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Agricultural and Environmental Sciences / Macdonald campus

Benjamin Anson, BScAgr'93, and Alexandra Leroux, BScAgr'93, are thrilled to announce the birth of their daughter, Rachel Emma Anson, who was born in November 2001. Alexandra is working for the Agri-Environmental Advisory Clubs, at the Union des producteurs agricoles, while Benjamin is a director of


Marc Daemen, BSc(Arch)'77, BArch'78, won five gold medals at the 28th edition of the FISA World Masters Rowing Regatta in Montreal, from August 31 through September 2, 2001.

Martine Dion, BScArch'90, BArch'92, has been promoted to Senior Associate at Symmes Maini & McKee Associates. She has more than eight years experience in the design of facilities for advanced technology, industrial and health care clients, with expertise in all phases of the design process, including the definition of technical requirements and the investigation of applicable design and building codes. Martine is one of 25 Massachusetts-based individuals who have earned Leader-ship in Energy & Environmental Design Professional Accreditation.


Linda Briskin, BA'70, has been promoted to full professor at York University, where she teaches in the Division of Social Science and the School of Women's Studies. She has published extensively on women and unions and inclusive pedagogies. In 1999 she won the 3M teaching award.

Michael Carin, BA'72, recently published his third book, The Future Jew, that identifies the Holocaust as a radical turning point in the history of Judaism. Michael is the author of Five Hundred Keys and The Neutron Picasso, and is Editor-in-Chief of Montreal Business Magazine.

Reed Dasenbrock, BA'74, has been appointed Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of New Mexico. His book, Truth and Consequences: Intentions, Conventions and the New Thematics, was published by Penn State Press in January 2001. He can be contacted at

Kenneth Matziorinis, BA'76, MA'79, PhD'88, has founded Hellas Capital (Canada) Inc., a Montreal-based company that facili-tates trade and investment activities between North America and Greece and provides investor relations services to North American institutional investors in Greek companies. In June 2001, Hellas Capital launched the first Canadian investment portal on Greece with the URL:

Tom Balke, BA'80, was appointed Vice President, External Relations, at Regent College in Vancouver. Regent is a graduate school on the campus of UBC with 740 students during the academic year and 950+ enrolled in its summer school. Tom, his wife Kim, and sons Jared and Eric moved from Nova Scotia, where he was the Atlantic Divisional Director with IVCF Canada. Recent research projects include a paper on the future of the Canadian university. Tom can be reached at

Harold Heft, BA'87, has published a book entitled The Shape of This Dying: Remembering Alexander Bercovitch, with Mosaic Press.

Louise Blais, BA'88, is Counsellor for Culture at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.

Susan Margles, BA'88, MBA'91, joined the Canadian Health Network as its first Executive Director in 2000. The CHN is an Internet-based service linking 26 non-governmental organizations that disseminate disease prevention information. Her skill in establishing a good collaboration among the network's partners at a time when the fledgling project appeared destined to collapse earned her an Excellence in Service Delivery Award for 2001 from the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat.

Christine Chirolas, BA'90, with her husband, Erik Brewer, and son, Adam, is pleased to announce the birth of Danielle Brewer in November 2001 in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Brian J. Donovan, BA'90, finished his MBA degree at the W.M. Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester, and has taken a position as an Assistant VP for Operations with State Street Corporation in Quincy, Mass.

Courtney Alexandra George, BA'90, joined the law firm of Cohen & Wolf, P.C. in Bridgeport, Conn. She is specializing in labour and employment law. She would love to hear from old friends at

Anastasia Seremetis, BA'90, Cert- Mgmt'94, has been living in Greece for the past seven years. She is teaching computer science at the high school and lyceum levels. Anastasia is married with three children, ages 6, 4 and 2.

Adam Dodek, BA'92, and his wife, Nicole Goldstone, are ecstatic to announce the birth of their son, Ben Goldstone Dodek, in August 2001 in Toronto. Adam is a member of the Public Law Working Group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. Members of the family can be reached at

James D. M. Stewart, BA'92, BEd'94, has been teaching philosophy and Canadian history at The Bishop Strachan School in Toronto since September 2001. James and his wife, Julia Thompson, have a son, William, born in April 2000. James says he misses the great debates from student council and wouldn't mind an appointment to the Canadian Senate. He can be reached at

Jennifer Evans, BA'93, finished her PhD and accepted a position as assistant professor of German history at Carleton University in Ottawa.

Maher Nicolas J. Firzli, BA'93, has lived and worked in Europe for almost seven years. He has joined KBC Securities in Paris, a subsidiary of Belgium's KBC Group, where he is in charge of selling European equities to UK and Canadian institutional investors. He can be reached at

Gayle Goldin, BA'93, after finishing grad school at Tufts University in Boston, moved to Providence, Rhode Island, with her husband, Jeff Levy. They bought a house, got a fantastic dog named Sabrina, and welcomed their first child. Zachary Mark Goldin Levy was born in July 2001 with a full head of hair! Gayle says she'd love to hear from old friends and can be reached at

Lynn Maxwell, BA'93, married Walter Davis in London, England, in May 2001.

Michael C. Kantor, BA'94, and his wife, Lori Lerner, announce the birth of their son, Dylan Brady Kantor, in September 2001. Michael says they are all doing fantastically well.

Nadia (Intrater) Samakh, BA'94, is a banking lawyer and lives in London, England, with her husband, Edouard Samakh, and son, Jonathan Kenneth, born in May 2001.

Deanne (Rourke) Steven, BA'96, became Deanne Steven when she married Mark Steven in Rossland, B.C., last summer. She met Mark while she was an exchange student in Durban, South Africa. They live in London, England.

Peter Wilson Yates, BA'96, completed a law degree at Dalhousie University in 2000. Peter is a lawyer at McCarthy Tetrault LLP in Calgary, practising in the area of banking and corporate transactions.

Ariella Anzarut, BA'97, just moved back to Montreal. She wanted to let everyone know that she is starting a very new venture in fresh and exciting desserts and pastries. Ariella spent the last five years in Paris and New York and she says she is very happy to bring something special back to Montreal, although it is not related to a BA in modern languages, but is definitely complementary!

Matthew Rippeyoung, BA'98, and Phyllis Rippeyoung, BA'98, are excited to announce the birth of their son, Max Wells Rippeyoung, in November 2001. The Rippeyoung family is now living in Iowa City, Iowa, where Phyllis is pursuing her PhD in sociology at the University of Iowa, and Matthew is a psychotherapist at the Mid-Eastern Iowa Community Mental Health Center.

Joshua Rose, BA'98, graduated from Clarkson University in May 2001 with a Master of Business Administration. He is working in Ottawa as a consultant specializing in management audits and evaluations for the Centre for Public Management. Josh would love to hear from his old classmates and friends at

Fahad Buallay, BA'99, is responsible for selecting and negotiating the rights for foreign TV programs in the Bahrain market. His work also includes playing an active part in daily program transmission and scheduling each three-month season of programs for BTV's Satellite Channel.

Yiping (Pauline) Zhang, BA'99, and her family moved to California in September 1999, when her husband, Jonathan Jiang, took a job at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as a Research Scientist. Yiping found her first job as a database developer in October 1999 at Praxis Computing, then moved on to become a computer system analyst at OnLine-Administrator Inc. in Los Angeles. She says the skills she learned were thanks to her studies at McGill and she's proud to be an alumna.

Linda Choi, BA'00, began studies at Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles. She is enrolled in a three-year course of study leading to the Juris Doctor degree.

Kimberley Brownlee, BA'01, was named a 2002 Rhodes Scholar. She is currently completing a one-year Master of Philosophy at Trinity College in Cambridge, supported by a Commonwealth Scholarship. Despite being legally blind, Kimberley isn't the least bit frazzled about studying at Oxford. She says her genetic disorder has never hampered her academic pursuits.


Donald W. Davis, BA'63, DDS'69, retired from Health Canada where he served in a number of positions during his 30 years with the Department. Donald lives in Vancouver and will be spending part of the year in Southern France. He says he plans to leap back into the literary pursuits he put aside for three decades.

Evelyn Yeo, DDS'00, and her husband, Mike Lazzaroni, are proud to announce the birth of Lucas Kee-Ming Lazzaroni in August 2001.


Hyman Davidson Gesser, PhD'52, retired in 1997 as Professor Emeritus from the University of Manitoba. His second book, Applied Chemistry, has just been published by Luwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.

Charles Laszlo, BEng'61, MEng'66, PhD'68, received the Gold Medal Award for exceptional individual achievement and distinction in a field of engineering from the Canadian Council of Professional Engineers. He developed a heart valve and helps make telephone systems accessible for the hearing impaired.

Paul Waller, BEng'77, established a full- time consulting business in 2000. Plastics Touchpoint Group, Inc. is focused on the blown film, cast film and flexible packaging industries. Paul has clients throughout North and South America, the Middle East and Africa. You can find out more by visiting the company website at

Marc A. Chiffert, BEng'79, President of ACM Engineering PC, based in New York City, is pleased to announce the opening of a satellite office in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ACM will operate there under the name Soluções de Engenharia e Construção Integradas.

Peter C. Noutsios, BEng'88, MEng'90, PhD'96, is working at Nortel Networks as an optical networks engineer in the Systems Engineering department. He received Top Talent Awards for making significant impacts on the business through exceptional, sustained results in 2000 and 2001. Peter is also Chairman of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (Lasers and Electro-Optics Society) Montreal Chapter, which won the 2001 Most Improved Chapter Award. He was elevated to IEEE Senior Member status for his significant professional achievements. Peter and his wife, Maria papamichelakis, BSc'90, reside in Montreal with their children, Dean, 4, and Kelly, 2.

David Arlettaz, BEng'93, went to business school in Paris, graduating in 1995. After three years in Hong Kong with Paribas investment bank, he worked for another three years at head office in Paris, during which Paribas was merged into BNP, the largest listed French bank. David moved to the London branch of BNP Paribas as a Vice-President in the Media and Telecoms Finance Group.

Diana Krystyne Blaikie, BEng'97, and her husband, Mark Tomiuk, BEng'95, MEng'96, have moved back to Montreal after four years in Chicago. She works as a biomechanical engineer developing software for a company based in California, and says she's taking advantage of the telecommute from home. Mark is working as a quality control engineer at a polyethylene extrusion plant in the pulp and paper industry.

Health Sciences

David L. Rimoin, BSc'57, MDCM'61, MSc'61, is chair of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Department of Pediatrics and Director of the Medical Genetics-Birth Defects Center in Los Angeles. He has received the Pioneer in Medicine Award for his work in clinical genetics, birth defects, and skeletal dysplasias from Cedars-Sinai.

Jeremy Brown, BSc'72, MDCM'77, is a medical attaché to the Canadian embassy in Vienna. In October he was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal by the Governor General of Canada for assistance rendered to the victims of the terrorist bombing in Nairobi in 1998.

Frederick S. Mikelberg, BSc'74, MDCM'78, was appointed Head of the Department of Ophthalmology at the Vancouver Hospital and Health Sciences Centre and the University of British Columbia.

Barbara Robertson, MDCM'77, is leaving Canada to work on a two-year contract in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, at the King Faisal Specialist Hospital and Research Centre in the Department of Anesthesia. Her husband, Brian, is accompanying her and their children are staying in Vancouver to continue higher education. When the Saudi contract is finished, the family is taking delivery of a new Hallberg-Rassy 39-foot sailboat in Sweden and sailing it to the South Pacific before returning to Vancouver.

Bonnie Kollmar, BScN'97, worked with Toronto Public Health for nine months after moving there and has been a public health nurse with York Region for three years, providing home visiting with the Healthy Babies, Healthy Children Program. She facilitates group education for families and participates in community development initiatives. Bonnie says that she and her husband, Oliver, purchased their first home at crazy Toronto prices and it's keeping them busy!


Jon Anderson, BCL'59, wrote City Watch: Discovering The Uncommon Chicago, published by University of Iowa Press. The book was reviewed favourably by the New York Times, putting Jon in what he describes as "author's heaven."

Philip Chodos, BA'69, BCL'72, LLB'73, after 13 years as Deputy Chair and Vice Chair of the Public Service Staff Relations Board for the federal government, has established Philip Chodos Dispute Resolution Services Inc. Philip is based in Ottawa, providing arbitration and mediation in labour-management and civil disputes. His two sons, Mark and Danny, are currently attending McGill. Phil can be reached at

Les Vandor, BCom'76, BCL'80, LLB'80, dispenses legal advice to 400,000 listeners to CBC Radio's Ontario Today program. His monthly hour-long segment fields calls about wills, landlord-tenant issues, liability, property and lawsuits. In a three-book series entitled Legal Counsel published by ECW Press, Les answers the 400 most frequently asked questions from his radio show. Les practises law with Vandor & Company in Ottawa.

Sean Michael Kennedy, LLB'81, was appointed Senior Regional Counsel of Legal Affairs for Canada Post Corporation in December 2000. Returning to Ontario after 11 years in the Vancouver regional office, Sean leads a staff of 13 legal professionals and is responsible for the Corporation's legal activities in Central and Western Canada. He and his wife, Kathleen, a senior solicitor with the City of Toronto, and their two girls, Tara and Sina, reside in Oakville.

Owen Kurtin, BA'81, LLB'84, and his Parisian wife, Isabelle Housseau, have a daughter, Dora, born in January 2000. Dora is being raised bilingual, and when she doesn't get her way, she speaks to her mother in English and her father in French! Owen is the Co-Chair of the Technology, Media and Telecommunica-tions Group of international law firm Salans. In addition to its Paris, London and New York operations, the firm has offices in Eastern Europe.

Library and Information Studies

Carolyn (Ferstman) Condé, BA'69, MLS'74, says that after a long sojourn in Toronto, she and her family are being very creative and education-oriented in Halifax. She received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in December 2001. Carolyn says she will be pursuing a Master's degree in Montreal in the near future. She has two children, 18 and 20, both pursuing university degrees in "the 'fax."


Neil Tudiver, BCom'64, joined the Canadian Association of University Teachers in Ottawa as Chief Negotiations Officer. Before joining CAUT he was with the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba.

Maqbool H. H. Rahimtoola, BCom'68, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of Dadex Eternit Limited in Pakistan and also serves on the boards of Berger Paints Pakistan, Ray Shipping Enterprises, Mirpurkhas Sugar Mills and Security Invest-ment Bank. Maq is also on the Board of Governors of the Karachi Development Authority. He is providing consultancy on Rebuild Afghanistan projects to local corporations as Managing Director of Bandenawaz (Pvt.)Ltd. in Karachi. Maq can be reached by e-mail at:

Larry Banack, BCom'72, was one of four recipients of the 2001 Ontario Bar Association Award for Distinguished Service to recognize those who have made exceptional contributions to the legal profession. Larry was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1977, is an elected Bencher of the Law Society of Upper Canada and has been in the OBA since 1977, serving for three years as Chair of the Association's Annual Institute of Continuing Legal Education. He currently sits on the OBA's governing council and is a past Chair of the Civil Litigation Section.

François Coutu, BCom'76, has been honoured as the first International Alumnus of the Year by Samford University in Alabama. He has been head of the Coutu Pharmacy Group, which owns more than 500 stores in Canada and New England, since 1990. François is also vice president of the Canadian Association of Chain Drugstores. He and his wife, Claude, have three children.

Salman Syed, BCom'96, became a partner with a human resources consulting firm in Singapore. He is trying to help Canadian companies set up operations in South East Asia. Salman would like to hear from fellow alumni passing through Singapore. He can be reached at

Alexandre Pelletier, BCom'97, after four years working in telecommunications in Montreal and Paris, joined the Paris office of a consulting firm last April, where he enjoys steep learning curves and a highly motivating and international work environment. He is in touch with BCom'97 alumni in San Francisco and New York City. He says he would love to hear from those who still remember him. Alexandre can be contacted at

Deepak Dave, BCom'98, moved from Nairobi and lives and works in London, England. He works as an investment banker at Canary Wharf and he says he would be glad to help out present or prospective students with career or related McGill information.


Jonathan G. Bayley, BMus'75, of the Faculty of Education at the University of Regina, had a very busy year professionally in 2001. He was involved in a number of presentations in both Canada and the U.S., including a workshop and performance at the Perpich Center for Arts Education in Golden Valley, Minn., and talks given at the 8th International Conference on Teacher Research in Richmond, B.C., and at the Alberta Music Conference in Edmonton.


Joel Weiner, BSc'63, MA'69, was appointed Health Canada's Regional Director General for Ontario and Nunavut in July 2000. Joel previously held senior positions in the Departments of Finance and Industry before joining Health Canada in 1993 as Director General of Communications. He subsequently served in the Health Protection Branch.

Peter Kevan, BSc'65, a professor at the University of Guelph, was awarded the prestigious Synergy Award from NSERC and the Conference Board of Canada.

Michel E. Kabay, BSc'70, Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems at Norwich University in Northfield, Vermont, has been appointed Director of the new Master's Program in Information Assurance at Norwich. Michel can be reached at

Lawrence G. Raifman, BSc'76, after many years of working in sales in the pharmaceutical and paint industries, has decided to change careers. He is teaching science and chemistry at King City Secondary School in King City, Ont.

Philip Nemni, BSc'81, MBA'84, says that while his career is progressing well, he is most proud of his growing family. In June 2001, Philip and his wife, Karen, had their third child, Hanna, little sister to Natalie, 2, and Noah, 5.

Bertwin Fong, BSc'82, has started an information management consulting business after spending 11 years as a senior chemist with Nalco Canada. He can be reached through his website at

Stéphane Coutu, BSc'87, assistant professor of physics at Penn State's Eberly College of Science, is a recipient of the 2002 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honour bestowed by the U.S. government on young scientists and engineers at the outset of their independent research careers. He describes his research as "the study of the universe at the point where the mind-bogglingly vast meets the infinitesimally tiny."

Erika (McPhee) Grande, BSc'87, married Joseph Grande in August 2001. Erika received a Master's degree in Construction Engineering at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. In December 1994, she was employed by Turner Construction Co. Since 1998, Erika has been working at a project site in Jersey City, N.J.

Xavier Bonnin, BSc'88, married Marie Cimino in August 2001 in Montreal. Xavier is currently a research physicist at the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Greifswald, Germany, while Marie is a legal secretary in Boston. Xavier hopes to hear from McGill friends at

Maria Papamichelakis, BSc'90, works at Wyeth-Ayerst Canada in St. Laurent as a research chemist in the Chemical Development Department. She was recently awarded her first commercial patent for a pharmaceutical drug used to prevent respiratory infections. Maria and her husband, Peter Noutsios, BEng'88, MEng'90, PhD'96, reside in Montreal with their children, Dean, 4, and Kelly, 2.

Jocelyn Kula, BSc'93, moved from Ottawa, where she worked for Health Canada, to Canberra, Australia, on a 13-month assignment with the Australian Department of Health and Aging. She will be responsible for the development of a new regulatory framework for in-vitro diagnostic devices. Jocelyn is looking forward to gaining insight into the Austrialian system of government and having the chance to travel throughout Australia and the rest of the South Pacific. Friends can contact her at

Francisco C. Ferreira, BSc'95, MSc'98, left Montreal in the summer of 2000. He has since completed an MSc in Bioinformatics at the University of Manchester (U.K.) in October 2001. He lives in his home town of Lisbon, Portugal, but he says a new job awaits him in Barcelona as a bioinformatics scientist.

James Gurney, BSc'96, MSc'98, and Laila Assefi Gurney, BSc'96, MSc'98, welcomed a beautiful daughter, Emma Caroline Assefi Gurney, into the world. Emma was born in October in Toronto.

Gil Kimel, BSc'96, is studying medicine at the University of British Columbia and says he's having lots of fun with his fiancé, Debbie Rosenbaum, MDCM'99, in Vancouver. They would be happy to hear from any classmates at

Peter Lau, BSc'96, works as a Senior Research Assistant at the Sanger Centre in the U.K., where one-third of the human genome was sequenced. Peter's project is in the field of proteomics and involves determining how proteins important in the cell cycle interact with each other in the worm Caenorhabditis elegans. He says he is also taking the time to travel all over Europe during holidays.

Heather Hodgins-Chan, BSc'99, and Kevin Chan, BSc'95, were married in September 2000. Heather is an occupational therapist at the University of Alberta Hospital in Edmonton and Kevin is studying pediatrics at the University of Alberta.

Sabine Annie Hélène Chauvet, BSc'01, is working towards an MBA in France at ESSEC Business School in order to work in the pharmaceutical industry.

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