Alumnotes – Fall/Winter 2013



EBY NOROOZI, MSc’78, the laboratory coordinator and lab supervisor for
the Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry at Macdonald Campus, was inducted into McGill’s Quarter Century Club last fall for 25 years of service as an employee of the University. He recently received full certification as a food scientist from the International Food Science Certification Commission. He earned the McGill Safety Ambassador Award in 2012 for contributions to health and safety at the University.

DANIEL DUBREUIL, BSc(Agr)’79, was elected president of the Canadian Society of Microbiologists for 2013-2014. The society has more than 500 members and is interested in all aspects of fundamental and applied microbiology. The next annual CSM meeting will be held in Montreal from July 27 to August 1, 2014.


ATP Nightmare Before Christmas 2010: Day 2MAURO PEZZENTE, MSc’97, is a bass player for, and the co-founder of, the Montreal band Godspeed You! Black Emperor, which received the 2013 Polaris Music Prize for their album Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend! The band, known for its independent-minded and nonconformist approach, reacted to the announcement with a mixture of gratitude and scorn (GYBE denounced the corporate sponsorship behind the event, adding that “organizing a gala just so musicians can compete against each other for a novelty-sized cheque doesn’t serve the cause of righteous music at all”). GYBE will be donating the $30,000 prize money to support music programs in Quebec prisons.

CHARLES VINCENT, MSc’80, PhD’83, received the “Distinction entomologique” from the Societé d’entomologie du Québec last November for career achievement.  In December 2012, he was elected as a foreign member of the Académie d’Agriculture de France, section Cultures, systèmes de production et produits végétaux. He was awarded the L.O. Howard Distinguished Achievement Award by the Entomological Society of America (Eastern Branch) in March. He is the co-author of Arthropod Management in Vineyards: Pests, Approaches, and Future Directions, which was published in 2012 by Springer in Dordrecht (The Netherlands). Charles is an adjunct professor in McGill’s Department of Natural Resource Sciences.


annedaleANN DALE, PhD’99, received the Molson Prize for the Social Sciences earlier this year, The $50,000 award, presented by the Canada Council for the Arts, recognizes outstanding lifetime achievements and ongoing contributions to the cultural and intellectual life of Canada. The selection committee described her as “one of Canada’s foremost academics in sustainable community development, an activist within the environmental movement, and an innovator in environmental education and civic engagement.” She is the Canada Research Chair in Sustainable Community Development at Royal Roads University.




BLANCHE LEMCO VAN GINKEL, BArch’45, was one of 10 Montrealers honoured this spring by the Château Ramezay Historic Site and Museum and by the Heritage Montreal Foundation for making important contributions to the promotion, conservation and development of Montreal’s heritage. Among the others who were honoured were MAURICE DESNOYERS, BArch’54, JULIA GERSOVITZ, BSc(Arch)’75, BArch’75, and BRUCE MCNIVEN, BCL’79. An issue of Architecture Quebec was devoted to the work of Blanche and her partner, Sandy van Ginkel.

GAIL LAMB, BArch’59, was recently honoured by the Ontario Association of Architects for being an active member for 50 years. In accepting her certificate, Gail noted that her first drawings were ink on linen and the National Building Code was once a 5” x 7” book that was half an inch thick. Drawing is now done on computers and the Ontario Building Code is in two large binders. In 1959, she was one of only two or three women in the Faculty of Engineering, while today, roughly 30 per cent of architecture students are women. She has a small, but active architectural practice in southwestern Ontario based in Lucan (near London) specializing in long- term care facilities.



GEORGE ELLENBOGEN, BA’55, is a poet and memoirist whose latest book, A Stone in My Shoe, explores the Montreal ghetto he grew up in, with its tight-knit sense of community and daily Yiddish newspapers. He now lives in Boston, where his book was officially launched at the Canadian consulate on October 2.

RANDAL MARLIN, MA’61, has published a second edition of his 2002 book Propaganda and the Ethics of Persuasion (Broadview Press). The second edition includes some new revelations about historical incidents that illuminate contemporary deceptions by government, corporations and the media. The Ottawa Business Journal described the first edition as “eminently readable, well written, packed with fascinating information.” Randal is a professor of philosophy at Carleton University in Ottawa.

GORDON LLOYD, BA’63, is a professor of public policy at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University. He is the co-author of a new book, The New Deal and Modern American Conservatism: A Defining Rivalry, that explores how the roots of today’s debates between liberals and conservatives in the U.S. grew out of the debates between Franklin Roosevelt and Herbert Hoover in the thirties.

MARTIN RUDNER, BA’63, MA’65, a distinguished research professor emeritus at Carleton University, recently co-authored Assessing Cyber Threats to Canadian Infrastructure, a study commissioned by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS). Co-authored with Angela Gendron, the publication is accessible online at

JAMES ARCHIBALD, BA’67, was appointed to the Conseil supérieur de la langue française, a council that advises the Quebec government on matters related to language policy. He is the associate dean (academic) of McGill’s School of Continuing Studies and the director of the school’s Department of Translation and Written Communication.

BARBARA MILLER, BA’68, PhD’73, is a recent recipient of the Massachusetts School Psychologists Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award. She worked in the state’s public school system as a school psychologist for 34 years and also served for many years as a field supervisor for graduate students in school psychology. She is a past president of the MSPA.

RONA ALTROWS, BA’69, BCL’78, LLB’79, is an author and essayist whose first short story collection, A Run On Hose, won the W.O. Mitchell Book Prize. She is the co-editor of Shy: An Anthology (University of Alberta Press), a collection of personal essays and poems by writers who have been labelled by the world — teachers, parents and peers — as shy.

SHERILL GRACE, MA’70, PhD’74, received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, an award that recognizes significant contributions by Canadians and permanent residents to Canada. She is a University Killam Professor at the University of British Columbia. In 2012, she published Bearing Witness: Perspectives on War and Peace from the Arts and Humanities (McGill-Queen’s University Press), a book she co-edited with Patrick Imbert and Tiffany Johnstone.


Monique_Jerome_Forget_014MONIQUE JÉRÔME-FORGET, BA’71, PhD’77, was named the 2013 Woman of Outstanding Achievement by the Fondation Y des femmes in Montreal. She was Quebec’s minister of finance from 2007 to 2009 and the president of the Quebec Treasury Board from 2003 to 2008. More recently, she has been the co-chair of a government-appointed work group looking at ways to increase the presence of women in positions of authority at major Quebec companies.


GORDON ROBACK, BA’74, was one of the recipients of a first-place gold medal prize from the World Poetry Movement’s Best Poets and Poems of 2012 International Amateur Poetry Contest, earning the prize for his poem “All The Same.” His book of poetry, When I Think of You — and other poems, is available through He earned MFA and PhD degrees from the University of Southern California and is hard at work on a new screenplay, “Young Lawyers in Heat,” in Vancouver.

MARION ETHEL, BA’75, is the director of Womanish Ways, a film about the women’s suffrage movement in the Bahamas, which was screened at the Africa World Documentary Film Festival earlier this year. A published author and poet, she served as the chief judge this year for the poetry category of the annual Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature. She read law at Cambridge University and has been a practising attorney since 1986.

ROBERT J. LEWIS, MLS’76, MA’77, is the editor of Arts & Opinion, an arts/culture/politics e-zine dedicated to giving “greater exposure to undervalued, underappreciated deserving men and women in the arts” and to providing “a forum for debate on the burning issues of our time.” To find out more, visit

LOUIS ARMANTIER, BA’77, PhD ’83) a publié Le balancier. Indochine-Viêtnam, Le temps des souvenirs, dans lequel il explore l’Indochine à la fin des années 1930 et au début au milieu des années 1940. L’ouvrage de monsieur Armantier, adolescent à l’époque, se penche sur les conséquences de l’invasion japonaise de 1940 et sur la tragique nuit du 9 mars 1945, au cours de laquelle les troupes nipponnes se déchaînèrent contre les maigres garnisons françaises d’Indochine, entraînant massacres et décapitations.

STEPHEN STOBER, BA’77, exhibited a series of his photographs, “Hotel Tropicoco and the Cuban Revolution,” at the Toronto Public Library’s north district branch in November.

PHILIP WILSON, BA’79, began a two-year term in May as the chair of the Human Resources Professionals Association, the largest HR association in the country. Phil has 30 years of business experience, specializing in the HR field, and has worked in senior global leadership roles at various companies, including CIBC, Nortel/BNR, Corel Corporation and CAE Electronics. In 2006, he was selected as one of 5 Stars of HR Innovation in Canada by the magazine HR Professional and received the Human Resource Professional Leadership Award in 2005. He has been a guest lecturer at York and Carleton universities.


John_and_Marcy_RhodesJOHN MCCALL MACBAIN, BA’80, and his wife, Marcy McCall MacBain, recently attracted international headlines when the McCall MacBain Foundation, a grant-making organization they established, donated $120 million to the Rhodes Scholarships Trust, to help fund the scholarships and to aid in the expansion of the program to Brazil, China, Japan and Russia. He received a Rhodes scholarship after completing his studies at McGill, where he served as the president of the Student’s Society. He is the founder and former CEO of Trader Classified Media, the world’s leading classified advertising company.


RICHARD UNGAR, BA’80, is an award-winning writer and illustrator who has just published his sixth book for children, Time Trapped, a middle grade sci-fi travel adventure. The novel is the sequel to his 2012 book, Time Snatchers.

HEATHER JOAN MARINOS, BA’81, is pleased to announce the release of her book, Casualties of the (Recession) Depression. In a mince-no-words style, Heather argues that American economic activity has not returned to close to normal levels. The book examines the lives of some of those who have been adversely affected by the long economic downturn. Heather lives in the eclectic South Florida village of Coconut Grove with her husband, Nick. Visit and for more information.

ADAM KRAVITZ, BA’85, has joined the corporate law practice group of Becker & Poliakoff’s office in Miami. Adam was the founding director and general counsel of Spark Networks, which runs online dating websites, including and He also served as the CEO of eVoter, Inc., a voter information website that he co-founded in 2009. The site attracted more than 1.2 million voters in six states and forged strategic partnerships with Yahoo! and NBC Local Media.


Marguerite Mendell, prix Marie-Andree BertrandMARGUERITE MENDELL, PhD’83, was one of the 2013 recipients of the Prix du Québec, the Quebec government’s top award for exceptional contributions to culture and science. The director of Concordia University’s Karl Polanyi Institute of Political Economy, she is an expert on the social economy in Quebec and co-founded the first microfinance organization in Canada. She was awarded the Prix Marie-Andrée-Bertrand.



ANNE BURLEY, BA’87, has published her first e-novel. The Command recounts the tale of a modern-day haunting inspired by true events. She also draws and paints (watercolor and acrylic), selling at shows and on commission. The Command is available through and you can find more information about Anne at

MICHEL LEVÉSQUE, MA’87, is the author of Histoire du Parti libéral du Québec: La nébuleuse politique 1867-1960 (Éditions du Septentrion). The book examines the relationship between the federal and the provincial wings of the Liberal Party in Quebec, the origins and evolution of Liberal clubs such as the Montreal Reform Club, the organization of the electoral machine, the liberal newspapers and the finances of the party.


American Promise (Idris Brewster and Oluwaseun Summers)MICHÈLE STEPHENSON, BA’87, is a documentary filmmaker whose work has appeared on PBS, Showtime and MTV. She co-produced and co-directed American Promise (pictured), an account, filmed over 12 years, of the experiences of two middle-class African-American boys (one of them her son) who entered a prestigious — and historically white — private school on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The winner of a Special Jury Award at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, the film examines issues of race, class and opportunity. American Promise will be broadcast on the PBS series POV in 2014.


ROBERT ROSENTHAL, BA’88, a lawyer with Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Robert is a trial lawyer specializing in labour, employment, and business litigation. He is in charge of his firm’s Las Vegas office’s labour and employment group.



CHRIS ALEXANDER, BA’89, joined the federal cabinet as Canada’s minister of citizenship and immigration in July. First elected to the House of Commons in 2011, he previously served as parliamentary secretary to the minister of national defence. A former diplomat, he was Canada’s ambassador to Afghanistan before serving as the UN deputy special representative in Afghanistan from 2005 to 2009. He wrote about his experiences there in his book, The Long Way Back: Afghanistan’s Quest for Peace.



S. LOCHLANN JAIN, BA’89, is an associate professor of anthropology at Stanford University whose research is primarily concerned with the ways in which stories get told about injuries, how they are thought to be caused, and how that matters. Her new book, Malignant: How Cancer Becomes Us, explores why cancer remains so confounding, despite the billions of dollars spent in the search for a cure. She argues that cancer must be addressed, not just as a scientific problem, but as a social one as well.

ANDREW STEINMETZ, BA’89, was a finalist for the 2013 Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction for his book This Great Escape, a portrait of Michael Paryla, a distant relative, a refugee from Nazi Germany who portrayed a Gestapo agent in an uncredited 57-second appearance in the iconic 1963 film
The Great Escape. Andrew is the founding editor of Esplanade Books, the fiction imprint at Véhicule Press.

JAN UNDERWOOD, MA’89, recently published her second novel. Utterly Heartless is a tongue-in-cheek murder mystery and academic satire set on a fictitious college campus in the Pacific Northwest and in Hades.

GABRIELLE COLLU, BA’91, is the director of communications for the Quebec Liberal Party and oversees strategic communications, internal communications and media relations for the party. She previously headed her own firm, Collu Communications.

LAURA HOEXTER, BA’90, a lawyer with Helsell Fetterman LLP, was selected by her peers for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. She was recognized for her legal expertise in closely held companies and family businesses.

BRENDA LEFRANÇOIS, BA’91, is the co-editor of Mad Matters: A Critical Reader in Canadian Mad Studies. The book presents diverse critical voices that convey the lived experiences of the psychiatrized and challenges dominant understandings of “mental illness.” Brenda is an associate professor of social work at Memorial University in Newfoundland.

CHRIS MCKHOOL, BA’91, is a violinist and the leader of the Sultans of String, which recently released their world-jazz-classical crossover CD Symphony! The Juno-nominated group is known for its distinctive sound — an intimate and playful relationship between violin and guitar that incorporates far-ranging influences. Their new CD features an impressive cast of guest artists, including musicians from the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, the Canadian Opera Company, the Canadian Ballet Orchestra, as well as Paddy Moloney from the legendary Irish group, the Chieftains.

DANIEL E. MURPHY, BA’91, married ELANA K. MELCHIONDO, BA’94, last winter in Syracuse, NY, after reuniting at the Molson Hall “Kev Pub XXV” 25th anniversary celebration in Montreal in August 2012.

CLAUDE BEAUCHAMP, MA’92, is the director of the 911 Institute at La Cité collégiale in Ottawa, a centre for emergency services training. From 2006 to 2013, Claude was the director of operations at the Quebec National Fire Academy. He was recently certified as the first international chief training officer (CTO) designee by the Commission on Professional Credentialing. The CTO program recognizes administrators of training and educational programs in emergency services who have demonstrated outstanding achievement throughout their careers.

ADAM DODEK, BA’92, is the vice-dean research at the University of Ottawa’s Faculty of Law where he is also an associate professor. His recent book, The Canadian Constitution (Dundurn), offers readers a short history of the Constitution, a timeline of important constitutional events and some insights into how the Supreme Court of Canada works. The book was inspired by the time he spent as a student of McGill’s dean of arts, Christopher Manfredi.

JAMES GORMAN, MA’92, is the new president and chief executive officer of the Council of Forest Industries. In his previous position, he was the deputy
minister of advanced education for the British Columbia government.

JONATHAN HAYES, BA’93, MA’96, is a filmmaker whose latest movie, Algonquin, was screened at the 2013 Montreal World Film Festival. The film, which stars Nicholas Campbell, Mark Rendall and Sheila McCarthy, examines how an unhappy school teacher’s life is upended when his roguish father talks him into collaborating on a book about Algonquin Park. This is Jonathan’s first feature-length film. He wrote Algonquin’s script and directed the movie.

RACHEL MOORE, BA’94, is a spokesperson for OneFamily Fund, an organization that offers a range of services and programs to support the victims of terror attacks in Israel.

ADAM BRADLEY, BA’95, is a filmmaker now based in New York. His first feature film, Cubicle Warriors, premiered at Cinefest Sudbury in September. His second feature, Yesterday last year, is currently in post-production and will be released in early 2014.

GUYLAINE DESCHÊNES, BA’96, recently published her first book, Harmoniser sa vie: L’Art de concilier le travail et la vie personnelle (Éditions Québec-Livres).

RICHARD HARRIS, BA’96, has published a new novel. A Father’s Son chronicles the relationship between a teenage hockey phenom and his estranged father and how they try to find common ground through a shared love of Canada’s national game.

NAOMI ZENER, BA’99, recently published her first novel. Deathbed Dimes, published by Iguana Books, focuses on a young attorney, the daughter of Hollywood royalty, who is determined to build a successful life for herself without her family’s help. You can visit Naomi’s author page at

MAX SPRINGER, BA’02, is a Los Angeles-based artist who collaborates with Lauren Cherry. Plaza, their interactive sculpture installation, was recently exhibited at the Good Weather Gallery in Little Rock, Arkansas. You can learn more about Max’s work at

STEVEN A. USITALO, PhD’03, chairs the Department of History at Northern State University and recently published The Invention of Mikhail Lomonosov: A Russian National Myth (Academic Studies Press).

JACLYN GORDON, BA’04, went on to graduate from Nova University South Eastern Dental School in Florida, followed by a one-year multidisciplinary program at the Lutheran Medical Center in New York City. She has joined Dr. Gerald Rudick, DDS’66, and associates, where she practises general dentistry and has received certification as a provider of the Invisalign orthodontic technique.

ARNAV MANCHANDA, BA’05, MA’07, was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, became a Canadian citizen and was appointed director of business development at SecDev Group, an Ottawa-based analytics and technology firm.

ANDREW LADD, BA’06, will publish his new novel, What Ends, in early 2014. The book, described as “poignant and touching” by Publishers Weekly, received the AWP Prize for the Novel from the Association of Writers and Writing Programs. Andrew lives in Brooklyn and is the blog editor for Ploughshares.

JESSICA PALMER, BA’06, has joined the Bridgewater, N.J.-based law firm of Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A. as an associate. She will focus primarily on commercial and employment litigation. She received her law degree from the American University’s Washington College of Law, where she served on the editorial board of the American University International Law Review and earned the Don Monroe Casto Constitutional Law Award.

JAMIE BOYD, BA’09, was one of 17 individuals to receive Action Canada Fellowships in 2013. The fellowships are intended to help nurture a new generation of emerging Canadian leaders. Jamie is an economist at the Department of Finance in Ottawa and the founder and director of Unu Design Workshop, a fair trade clothing company in Peru.

DREW NELLES, BA’09, has joined the editorial staff of The Walrus as one of the magazine’s senior editors. Drew was the editor-in-chief of the Montreal-based Maisonneuve when the publication was named Magazine of the Year at the National Magazine Awards in 2012.


Kitra photoKITRA CAHANA, BA’09, is the recipient of the International Center of Photography’s 2013 Infinity Award for Young Photographer. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, Colors and the New York Times. She is also a 2013 TED Fellow, participating in TED conferences and pre-conference programs. The photo featured here was taken for the “Colors of Money” exhibition organized by Fabrica in 2009.

CHRIS BARILLARO, BA’10, was the musical director of a recent production of the Tony Award-winning musical Ain’t Misbehavin’ at the Segal Centre in Montreal.

MARIA BENNETT, BA’13, began training in Cameroon as a Peace Corps environmental education volunteer in September. She will live and work in the country for two years, promoting sustainable natural resource management and planning techniques and fostering environmental awareness.




DONALD BEAUPRIE, BSc’51, DDS’56, is the author of Destination Algonquin Park: Tracks to Cache Lake and the Highland Inn, a book that recounts the tale of lumber baron J.R. Booth and the construction of a railway that connected the Great Lakes to the eastern seaboard, resulting in an influx of tourism to Algonquin Park. The book was shortlisted for the Ontario Legislature’s 2012 Speaker’s Book Award.

OSKAR SYKORA, DDS’59, was invited to take part in a special reception on May 23, 2012, celebrating the Dalhousie Dentistry Centennial. He was kept busy signing copies of his book, Maritime Dental College and Dalhousie Faculty of Dentistry: A History, which was described by former Canadian Dental Association Journal editor Ralph Crawford as “the most comprehensive history yet published on any of the country’s 10 dental faculties, and [one that] should appeal to any reader interested in the history of dental education.”

HERB BORSUK, DDS’72, is the recent recipient of the Faculty of Dentistry Outstanding Alumnus Award, the sixth award that he has received from McGill. His previous prizes include the W.W. Wood Award for Excellence in Dental Education, the Howard Katz Award for Excellence in Teaching and the McGill Alumni Association’s E.P. Taylor Award. He maintains a private endodontic practice in Montreal.

Norman Miller, DDS’74, is the driving force behind a mentoring program created for students in McGill’s Faculty of Dentistry. Officially launched in May, the program was created through his financial support, as well as matching funds supplied by the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. He is an assistant professor and a faculty adviser at the Faculty of Dentistry, where he has been teaching since 1975.

MARIO MARCONE, BSc’78, DDS’82, received the Academy of General Dentistry’s Mastership Award during the AGD 2013 Annual Meeting & Exhibits held in June, 2013. The Mastership Award is the highest AGD honor available and one of the most respected designations within the profession. He has also received fellowship awards from the Misch International Implant Institute (in 2009) and the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (in 2007). His dental practice is in Montreal. He has degrees in the Korean martial art of tae kwon do, under the training of grand master Chong Lee, receiving first dan and second dan black belt certifications. He and his wife Maria have one daughter, Sonia, who is pursuing a doctoral degree in neuropsychology in Montreal.


DAVID SMITH, BEd’58, MA’61, and CHRIS MILLIGAN, DipEd’70, MEd’73, have published Check Mate! a story for young adults.  Set in the year 1697, it relates the experiences of two ship boys — one English, the other French — who are on different sides in the life-and-death struggle for control of the Hudson Bay fur trade. For more details, please visit


Mike BabcockMIKE BABCOCK, BEd’86, will be the head coach of the Canadian Olympic men’s hockey team at the Sochi Games in 2014. He coached the men’s team to a gold medal win at the Vancouver Games in 2010. He led the Detroit Red Wings to a Stanley Cup victory in 2008 and coached Canadian squads to gold medal triumphs at the International Ice Hockey Federation world championships (2004) and the IIHF world junior championships (1994). He received an honorary degree from McGill this fall.


ERIK SLUTSKY, MEd’92, is a painter. His recent exhibition, “The Early Years/Les Années ’80 et ’90,” was held at Espace Pop in Montreal. The exhibition featured works on paper from the eighties and nineties. His next show, featuring recent oils on canvas, will be held at Montreal’s Galerie D in September, 2014.

MARC DESJARDINS, BEd’99, recently published his first book, La Grotte mystérieuse. The book was published by Aventures Éditions, which came up with the concept of personalized novels that are directly addressed to the reader. Children receive a chapter as a letter for 10 consecutive weeks. For more information, visit or

M. AWAY NASEEM, PhD’04, was recently selected as the first Georg Arnhold Visiting Professor on Educating for Sustainable Peace at the Georg Eckert Institute in Braunschweig, Germany. He is an associate professor in the Department of Education at Concordia University and the department’s graduate program director of educational studies. He carried out research examining social media as a space for sustainable peace at the Georg Eckert Institute from May to August of this year and will return to the institute next summer.

PATRICK MAYARD, BSc’05, BEd’05, is a mathematics, physics and robotics teacher at Rosemount High School. He has been involved in robotics competitions and scientific exhibitions for several years and is also the founder of the LMS Centre, which offers tutorial services and summer courses specializing in mathematics and science. He recently published The Mind & the Science of Success, a book that explores how “success is a science that can be learned and developed.”



C. GORDON LINDSAY, BEng’48, was awarded the Canadian Pacific Railway Medal at the May 28 Engineering Institute of Canada Awards Gala in Montreal. The award recognizes individuals who have contributed years of leadership and service to engineering organizations in Canada. Gordon has been an engineer for more than 60 years and his work has taken him to Africa, Saudi Arabia and all across Canada.

DAVID FUNG, BEng’70, MEng’72, PhD’79, was appointed to the federal government’s new Regulatory Advisory Committee, which will provide the president of the Treasury Board with unvarnished advice on the fairness and reliability of the government’s Annual Scorecard. The first edition of the Scorecard, expected this fall, will track the government’s progress in cutting red tape for Canadian business. David is the chairman and CEO of the ACDEG Group of companies, a global technology integrator, with business partnerships in forest products, clean technologies, specialty chemicals, renewable energy, agri-foods, marine equipment, OEM parts manufacturing, and packaging wastes recycling in North America, Europe, and Asia.

MOHAN MUNASINGHE, PhD’73, received an honorary doctorate at the general convocation of the Sabaragamuwa University of Sri Lanka in September for “his exceptional services to humanity and distinguished contributions towards the advancement of the disciplines of sustainable development, economics, energy and environment.” He was the vice-chair of the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which was a co-recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

ROBERT S. RAFUSE, BEng’74, is the recipient of the Réseau ACTION TI’s first MÉRITIC Award for IT architects. The prize recognizes his accomplishments on more than 100 projects that span 25 years as an IT architect.

ROBERT VAN DUYNHOVEN, BEng’88, has been promoted to president at CleanEnergy Developments Corp., a full-service, multidisciplinary company structured to handle all aspects and phases of a thermal energy project —  from feasibility and conceptual analysis, through to design, engineering, thermal interface with ground or water, equipment supply and commissioning.

PAULA WOOD-ADAMAS, MEng’95, PhD’99, is the new dean of graduate studies at Concordia University. She joined Concordia in 2001 as an assistant professor of mechanical engineering and was the graduate program director of mechanical and industrial engineering from 2006 to 2012. Her research has dealt with polymer science and rheology and she was a member of the working group that developed Concordia’s current academic plan.

ÉDITH BISSON, BEng’05, is the co-owner of Kangaride, a Montreal-based online ride-sharing service that was recently featured on CBC’s Dragon’s Den. By using its site, Kangaride members can post and book rides all over North America. The company, which collaborates with CAA-Quebec, aims to make ride-sharing convenient and inexpensive.



PETER KIRBY, BCL’83, LLB’85, recently published his second crime novel, Vigilante Season. His first book, The Dead of Winter, was shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel. Peter practices international law with Fasken Martineau, one of Canada’s largest law firms.


Fred1FRED HEADON, LLB’96, BCL’96, is the new president of the Canadian Bar Association. He heads Air Canada’s in-house labour and employment law team in Montreal. During his year-long term as CBA president, he will continue to chair the CBA’s Legal Futures Initiative, which is examining how the legal profession is likely to evolve in the years ahead. He will also be focusing on access to justice issues and on expanding the CBA’s membership.

ANDREAS KADLETZ, LLM’97, recently moved to Stuttgart in Germany with his wife, Jing Men, LLM’00, and their two children. Andreas is the general counsel with a German company that recently relocated to Stuttgart. He serves as a board member for several of the firm’s foreign divisions, including for Brazil and China. Jing continues to work as an independent business consultant, helping Western companies in their dealings in China.



HARRIET SIMAND, BCL’89, LLB’89, a teacher at the Bishop Strachan School in Toronto, received the 2012 Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence. Before turning to teaching, she worked as a human rights litigator and was a founding member of the Women and Health Protection group. With her mother, Shirley Simand, BA’49, she created DES Action Canada, which spawned related groups across the country and raised awareness about the health risks related to the drug DES (Diethylstilbestrol). She was the subject of a recent feature article in Professionally Speaking, the magazine of the Ontario College of Teachers.

ALAIN OLIVIER, BA’90, BCL’94, LLB’94, began his work as the new director of the Quebec Government Office in Mumbai on September 1. In that capacity, he will provide assistance to Quebec exporters searching for new business opportunities in the Indian market. He is the former director of the Quebec Government Office in Washington, D.C.

JAMES BAILEY, LLB’00, recently co-founded his own corporate law firm in New York City, Bailey Duquette P.C., with partner Marc Duquette. The two met while playing on a McGill law alumni hockey team in New York. James worked previously as a member of the litigation and antitrust departments of Baker & McKenzie and Coudert Brothers, both based in New York.


RickfordGREG RICKFORD, BCL/LLB’05, was appointed Canada’s new minister of state (science and technology, and federal economic development initiative for northern Ontario) in July by Prime Minister Stephen Harper. First elected to the House of Commons in 2008, he previously served the Conservative government as a parliamentary secretary for the minister of state (official languages), and as a parliamentary secretary for the minister of Indian affairs and northern development. Before entering politics, he worked as a nurse, a health care consultant and a lawyer.



LINDA WINKLER, BA’71, MLS’73, is the 2013 recipient of the Canadian Association of University Teachers Academic Librarians’ Distinguished Service Award.  The award recognizes outstanding service by an academic librarian who has contributed to the advancement of the status and/or working conditions of academic librarians at Canadian universities and colleges.

SYLVIA PIGGOTT, BA’77, MLS’79, has been elected president of the Women’s Canadian Club of Montreal and will serve in that role until 2015. She retired from the position of deputy division chief at the International Monetary Fund and was a consultant at the World Bank for Library, Archives and Document Delivery worldwide. Sylvia is a member of the McGill Women’s Alumnae Association board and the World Library and Information Congress and chairs the Black Academic Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to graduate, undergraduate and trade students.

TOMASZ NEUGEBAUER, BA’00, MLIS’06, is the researcher in residence for e-Artexte, a unique open access digital repository for visual arts documents in Canada. Tomasz played a key role in helping to develop and launch the project.
He is a digital projects & systems development librarian at Concordia University and the editor of

CORINNA MACDONALD, MLIS’08, is the project manager for e-Artexte, which provides museums, artist-run centres, art galleries and other publishers/authors a platform for flexible and simple archiving of their publications — making these works accessible to anyone on the Internet. For more information, visit



BERNARD STOTLAND, BCom’57, received the Distinguished Service Award from the Jewish General Hospital in recognition of the leadership he has provided to the McGill teaching hospital over the course of many years. As the former president of the hospital’s board of directors, he played an instrumental role in the successful launch of both the JGH Herzl CRIU Walk-In Centre and the JGH Centre for Child Development and Mental Health and in securing government approval for the hospital’s Pavilion K.

LOUISE ST-PIERRE, BCom’78, was recently appointed the new president and chief executive officer of Cogeco Cable Canada. She previously worked as Cogeco Cable’s senior vice president, residential services. Cogeco Cable Canada is the second-largest cable operator in Ontario and Quebec in terms of the number of basic cable service customers served.

ISABELLE MÉNARD, BCom’96, currently employed at TD Bank, was recently appointed vice-president, business banking, responsible for leading the downtown Montreal commercial banking centre and district. Founded in 1855, TD Bank is the second-largest bank in Canada and the sixth-largest in North America. She can be reached at

ZOË BEAUDRY, BCom’00, is the new director of communications for the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Zoë previously worked as the director of communications and marketing at La TOHU, the non-profit organization that supports and promotes circus arts in Montreal.

BRETT HICKEY, BCom’02, the founder and CEO of Star Mountain Capital, received the Philanthropic Achievement Award in Support of Bereaved Children this summer, an honour recognizing his work on behalf of children who have lost their parents. The prize was presented by A Caring Hand, the Billy Esposito Foundation.

NANCY BENTO, BCom’02, is a Montreal-based designer and the founder of Brisa Brasil Swimwear. The idea for the line was sparked by a four-year stay in Brazil during which Nancy studied the fashion business and worked with Brazilian designers. All the pieces are made in Montreal. For more information, visit

MARK EISENBERG, MMgmt’10, a McGill professor of medicine, recently received the Jewish General Hospital Award for Excellence in Clinical Research for his work in cardiology and cardiovascular epidemiology. The award recognizes researchers whose insights and initiatives in clinical research have resulted in unique and significant contributions to patient treatment and care. He was also recently elected to fellowship in the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Membership in the academy is considered one of the highest honours in the Canadian health sciences community.



BARRY D. FLETCHER, MDCM’61, received the Pioneer Award of the Society for Pediatric Radiology (SPR) in May. The award recognizes the important contributions he made to developing cardiac and oncologic magnetic resonance imaging techniques and his role in establishing imaging research as an important component of clinical trials in pediatric cancer. He was a radiologist at the Montreal Children’s Hospital and later at University Hospitals in Cleveland. In 1999, he retired as the ALSAC-endowed chairman of diagnostic imaging at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis. He was awarded SPR’s highest honour, the Gold Medal, in 2008.

GREG GEUKJIAN, BSc’70, MDCM’74, received the 2012 Award of Excellence for Patient Care in a non-urban setting from the Quebec College of Family Physicians at a ceremony held in November 2012.

ROBERT NAGOURNEY, MDCM’79, is a cancer specialist and the medical and laboratory director of Rational Therapeutics in California. His new book, Outliving Cancer: The Better, Smarter Way to Treat Your Cancer, focuses on his own approach to treating cancer and his belief that cancer therapies have often been poorly conceived and badly applied.

ETHEL RÍOS-ORLANDI, PhD’88, was appointed interim chancellor for the University of Puerto Rico’s flagship campus, UPR-Río Piedras, on May 14.  A full professor in the interdisciplinary Department of Physical Sciences, she served previously as dean for graduate studies and research and as assistant dean for academic affairs. She has been a consultant to UNESCO’s Institute for Higher Education in Latin America and the Caribbean. Her academic interests focus on the interaction between science, higher education and sustainable development.

RAMIN KHORASANI, MDCM’89, was recently inducted as a fellow in the American College of Radiology, one of the ACR’s highest honours for radiologists, radiation oncologists and medical physicists. He is the vice-chair of radiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston.

ANNE PERRAULT, MSc’89, recently published, with co-author Ann Mitchell, a visual cookbook entitled Je cuisine avec des images (Carte blanche). The clear, graphic presentation of each recipe (almost without text) makes meal preparation accessible to beginners as well as to persons with reading difficulties or mild intellectual disability. An English version will soon be available.

SAM J. DANIEL, MDCM’96, was inducted into the American Laryngological,
Rhinological and Otological Society (aka the Triological Society) in a ceremony held in Orlando in April.  The Triological Society, founded in 1895, is the most prestigious society in otolaryngology, and attracts the best and brightest in both academic and clinical otolaryngology. He received an honorable mention in the Triological Society’s 2013 Clinical Thesis Research Awards for the study, “Outcomes of an Innovative Ambulatory Minimally Invasive Botulinum Toxin Injection Technique in a Cohort of Drooling Children.”

AVRUM SPIRA, MDCM’96, is the 2013 recipient of the Alton Ochsner Award Relating Smoking and Disease. The prize was presented at the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians in October. Avrum is a professor of medicine and the chief of the Division of Computational Biomedicine at the Boston University School of Medicine. He was the first to define the reversibility and permanent effect of cigarette smoke on gene activity in the bronchial airway. Through this research, his lab created a biomarker enabling earlier diagnosis of lung cancer among smokers at risk of developing the disease.



HANK KNOX, BMus’78, MMus’79, recently released his new CD of keyboard works by J.S. Bach. The recording highlights the range of works that Bach — hugely acclaimed as a keyboard virtuoso — performed over the course of his life. An associate professor at McGill’s Schulich School of Music, Hank regularly performs with Arion Baroque Orchestra Tafelmusik, Les Violins du Roy and other ensembles. Visit to find out more.

MICHAEL PICTON, BMus’92, LMus’97, MMus’ 97, won the Turner Classic Movies Young Composers Competition in 2004, chosen from a field of more than 600 aspiring composers by a jury chaired by legendary Hollywood composer Elmer Bernstein. He moved to Los Angeles to score the 1926 Greta Garbo silent film, The Temptress, for broadcast on TCM. In 2006, he was the music composer for the 137th edition of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus, Bellobration. His circus-related work includes themes for two currently touring Ringling Bros. shows (Dragons and Built to Amaze) and the Cirque Mechanics shows Boom Town and Mechanical Circus. He has also worked on musical scores for films and TV series, including Bates Motel on A&E and Flash Gordon on ScyFy, as well as network themes for PBS, CNN International, Universal Network, and others.

TIM RIDEOUT, BMus’93, co-composed the musical score for the film Louis Cyr, based on the life of the legendary Quebec strongman. Tim collaborated with producer Eloi Painchaud and international cello star Jorane, the lead composer. His other musical scoring credits include Radio-Canada and TVO’s award-winning series Jack the Explorer. He continues to perform with the Celtic-Maritime band The Life of Riley.

MARIA DIAMANTIS, BMus’85, and her husband Dimitris Ilias are the artistic directors of Chroma Musika, which recently collaborated with Tradewind Books to produce Time for Flowers, Time for Snow, a children’s book and CD. Featuring narration by Monty Python alumnus Terry Jones, Time for Flowers, Time for Snow recounts the ancient Greek myth of the goddess Demeter, her daughter Persephone and how the seasons came to be. Maria and Dimitris recently received the Medal of the National Assembly of Quebec for their contributions to music and their work with children’s choirs.

GREG AMIRAULT, BMus’91, MMus’98, is a jazz instructor at McGill’s Schulich School of Music. He recently released East of the Sun, his second CD. He was the recipient of the Grand Prix de Jazz General Motors award from the Montreal International Jazz Festival in 2000, with the Eduardo Pipman Quartet. He also won a Prix d’Opus  for Concert-of-the-Year with the Altsys Jazz Orchestra under the direction of Maria Schneider.

ANTHONY PRISK, MMus’98, is the Philadelphia Orchestra’s new second trumpet. He was a member of the Houston Symphony for 11 seasons. He has performed internationally with numerous orchestras, such as the Los Angeles and Moscow philharmonics, the Grant Park Festival Orchestra, and the Montreal, Boston, and New World symphonies.

MARY KAVALAUSKAS, BMus’09, is a New York-based singer-songwriter who performs under the name Mary Alouette. Mary was named the Washington Area Music Association’s New Artist of the Year in 2012. Her new EP, The Lark, blends jazz with hip-hop and electronic beats. Mary studied opera at McGill.

JESSICA GARAND, BMus’10, created the non-profit Opportunity Music Project which provides free music lessons, instruments and mentoring to underprivileged kids living in New York. After completing her McGill degree, Jessica received a master’s degree in music from the Juilliard School, where she studied with Samuel Rhodes of the Juilliard String Quartet. For more information on the Opportunity Music Project, please visit

STEVE BILODEAU, BMus’11, is a guitarist and the leader of the Steve Bilodeau Group, a jazz group composed of McGill alumni. The group recently released their first recording. To hear a track from the EP, visit



MARTIN RUMSCHEIDT, BA’58, BD’61, STM’63, PhD’67, an ordained United Church minister and a retired professor of theology, was awarded an honorary doctorate this spring from the Atlantic School of Theology in Halifax, where
he taught for 27 years.  This was his second honorary degree. He received his first in 2002 from Victoria University in Toronto.

LLOYD “TED” SIVERNS, PhD’80, is returning to Tainan Theological College and Seminary in Taiwan as a visiting scholar.



MANFRED HOLL, BSc’50, is enjoying his retirement in Carmel, California, with his wife, Deb. He earned his PhD at UCLA in the mid-fifties during what he describes as the university’s “golden age” in meteorology and numerical analysis. He worked as an atmospheric physicist at the Air Force Cambridge Labs in Boston before establishing a weather dynamics program at Stanford Research Institute. He established his own firm, Meteorology International Inc., and led it for 23 years before taking a position with the National Ocean Service in Washington.

FRANK GUTTMAN, BSc’52, MA’02, a retired professor of surgery at McGill and the former chief of general pediatric surgery at the Montreal Children’s Hospital, is pursuing a second career as a Quebec historian. The French version of his 2007 book about Quebec politician Télesphore-Damien Bouchard, The Devil from Saint-Hyacinthe, was recently published by Les Éditions Hurtubise with a preface by former prime minister Jean Chrétien. Le Diable de Saint-Hyacinthe was favourably reviewed in Le Devoir. His second book, about journalist and former Montreal mayor Honoré Beaugrand, has been submitted for publication.


PAGE 7_Phil Gold_MG_8739PHIL GOLD, BSc’57, MDCM’61, MSc’61, PhD’65, was among the 13 winners of the 2013 Prix du Québec, the Quebec government’s top award for exceptional contributions to culture and science. He co-discovered the carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA) in 1965 with his colleague, Samuel Freedman, which became the most frequently used blood test in modern oncology. He was awarded the Prix Wilder-Penfield. Michel Tremblay, who led the Rosalind & Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre for 12 years, was also among the Prix du Québec winners, earning the Prix Armand-Frappier.



JIM LOTZ, MSc’57, has published 29 books. His most recent one, Pilgrim Souls: Caring for a Loved One with Dementia, deals with how he and his late wife, Pat (née Wicks, BLS’59), coped when she began suffering from Alzheimer’s in 2006. The aim of the book is to offer comfort and hope to dementia sufferers and their caregivers and to show that it’s possible to live a normal life even as the mind of a loved one slowly fails.

JERRY PELL, BSc’63, MSc’65, PhD’70, has retired from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) after 37 years of service. After earning his PhD, Jerry joined the faculty of Rutgers University as an assistant professor of meteorology. Subsequently, he was an environmental consultant, after which he worked for the State of Maryland in the Power Plant Siting Program. Jerry became an American citizen in 1975, and in August of that year was employed as an environmental scientist by DOE. While at DOE, Jerry worked on the (US) Clean Air Act, fossil-fuel issues, international environmental liaison, and on global warming. At the time of his retirement, Jerry was involved with applying the National Environmental Policy Act to the environmental impact aspects of siting electric power transmission lines. Jerry lives in Maryland with his wife, two daughters, and two granddaughters.

DONALD SMILLIE, BSc’67, retired from Capgemini Canada Inc., where he was a vice-president and the Canada-area delivery leader. He spent 44 years working in the information technology field for such companies as Ernst & Young (where he was a partner) and Dome Petroleum, and three years before that as a math and science teacher. In 2002, Don was awarded an honorary bachelor’s degree in information systems technology by the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in recognition of the contributions he had made to computer technology education through 25 years of participation on the SAIT computer technology advisory committee. Don and his wife, Ruth, celebrated their 47th anniversary in August in Calgary, where he fills his days hiking, skiing, gardening, volunteering and playing with grandchildren.

JAGANNATH WANI, PhD’67, was officially invested as a new member of the Order of Canada at a ceremony held at Rideau Hall in May. A professor emeritus of statistics and actuarial sciences at the University of Calgary, he was a founding member of the Schizophrenia Society of Alberta. He founded the Maharashtra Seva Samiti Organization in 1984, which has raised almost $7 million to provide essential services to India’s homeless and destitute. He created the Raga Mala Music Society, which has supported more than 200 performances across Canada by musicians and dancers from India.

CORRIE BROWN, BSc’73, is the recipient of the American Veterinary Medical Association’s 2013 XIIth International Veterinary Congress Prize, an award recognizing her contribution to veterinary medicine. A professor of veterinary pathology at the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, she has served on many national and international expert panels about animal health and has conducted workshops on basic field necropsy and diagnostic techniques in 30 countries.

LUC AMYOTTE, BSc’76, was awarded the Prix du ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur, de la Recherche, de la Science et de la Technologie for his book Méthodes quantitatives: Applications à la recherche en sciences humaines, published by Pearson ERPI.

JONATHAN LOURIE, BSc’82, has joined the corporate practice group of Duane Morris as a partner in the firm’s Boston office. Jonathan focuses his practice on representing technology-based companies in commercializing their technologies and bringing their products and services to market.

SERGE LEPAGE, MSc’84, recently retired from Environment Canada after working there for 17 years. His book Le Livre du Pouvoir was published last year by Éditions Mots en toile. The novel follows the adventures of fictitious McGill historian Alex Vincent, as he and his collaborators search for an ancient Egyptian manuscript with mystical properties that had once belonged to some of the most powerful conquerors and dictators in history. Serge is hoping to have the book translated into English and is looking for potential collaborators. For more information, visit


Joanne-WolfeJOANNE WOLFE, BSc’85, is the recipient of the 2013 American Cancer Society Pathfinder in Palliative Care Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to the advancement of the palliative care field. She is the founder of the Pediatric Advanced Care Team at the Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center, which has become a model for pediatric palliative care programs in the U.S. and abroad. Her early research on the experiences of children with advanced cancer is credited with launching an entire field of scientific investigation focused on improving care for children with life-threatening illness.

SIMON JOHN, PhD’92, was awarded the 2013 Bressler Prize in Vision Science. A senior staff scientist at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, he has been a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator since 1998. His lab studies the molecular features of complex diseases such as glaucoma, a major cause of blindness.

PAT YONGPRADIT, BSc’99, a former high school computer science teacher in Maryland and a 2010 Microsoft Partners in Learning Worldwide Innovative Educator, is one of 50 teachers profiled in Katrina Fried’s new book American Teachers: Heroes in the Classroom. Pat recently became director of education at, an online initiative devoted to the promotion of computer science education.

TOVA PAYNE, BSc’03, is a registered holistic nutritionist and personal coach. Her new book Eat, Think & Live Rich: A Guide to Health and Happiness offers strategies aimed at helping readers to eat in a more nutritious way and to boost their energy levels. The book is available at the McGill Bookstore. For more information, visit


FrederiqueFRÉDÉRIQUE VALLIÈRES, BSc’06, was one of several McGill alumnae recently named as Women of Distinction by the Fondation Y des femmes in Montreal. She is the president of Reach Out to Humanity, a group that collaborates with local governments and NGOs in countries such as Kenya, Tanzania and Peru on infrastructure improvement projects. Frédérique was named the 2013 Young Woman of Distinction. Other McGill graduates named as Women of Distinction were Olympic gold medalist SYLVIE BERNIER, MMgmt’11 (sports and wellness), Université du Québec à Montréal sexology professor MARTINE HÉBERT, BA’82 (education) and Douglas Mental Health University Institute executive director LYNNE MCVEY, BSc’81, MSc(A)’85  (health). MARIANNA NEWKIRK, the associate dean of research for McGill’s Faculty of Medicine, was named the woman of distinction for science and technology.


ROANNE WEISMAN, BSW’74, recently published her eighth book, In Sickness as in Health: Helping Couples Cope with the Complexities of Illness, co-written with Barbara Kivowitz. Some of her previous books have earned awards from iParenting Media and the National Health Information Awards. As a freelance writer specializing in biomedicine, integrative medicine and health, her work has appeared in such magazines as Country Living, Prevention and Body & Soul.

MARGE REITSMA-STREET, MSW’80, a professor at the University of Victoria in B.C., was honoured in 2009 with the Canadian Council on Social Development’s Weiler Award, which recognizes exceptional contributions to community and social development in Canada. As the principal investigator of SSHRC-funded projects on women’s individual and collective work, she has mentored graduate students and produced publications, including the 2012 book, Beyond Caring Labour to Provisioning Work, which she co-authored with Sheila Neysmith, Stephanie Baker Collins and Elaine Porter.


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