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Blanche Lemco van Ginkel, BArch'45, was honoured by the Order of Urbanists of Quebec in November 2003. At the celebration of the 40th anniversary of this professional organization which she helped found, she presented the Prix Blanche Lemco van Ginkel to 20 people who have made significant contributions to the development of urbanism in Quebec since 1963.

Glenn R. Miller, MUP'78, is Vice President, Education and Research, with the Canadian Urban Planning Institute in Toronto. A registered professional planner, Glenn is also founding editor of the Ontario Planning Journal, the professional practice magazine of the Ontario Professional Planners Institute. The magazine recently celebrated the publication of its 100th issue.

Daniella Rohan, BSc(Arch)'89, BArch'90, MUP'94, David A. Johnson, MUP'95, BCL'02, LLB'02, and big brother Alan are delighted to welcome the arrival of baby Erika Sarene in July 2003 in Montreal. They can be reached at

Nicolas Ryan, BSc(Arch)'90, BArch'92, received a master's degree from Columbia University in 1993. Established in New York since 1997, he worked several years in close association with Rafael ViF1oly on institutional projects, assuming leadership of the design team and process. He recently joined the office of Nicholas Grimshaw & Partners. As a Senior Architect and Project Manager for the Fulton Street Transit Center project, Nicolas is responsible for one of the high-profile projects in the Lower Manhattan revitalization efforts. Nicolas is also an adjunct assistant professor of architecture at the New York Institute of Technology, where he teaches architectural design.

Andrea Cooke, MSc(Arch)'01, and Bruce Greczkowski are proud to announce the birth of their first son, Daniel William, born in June in Montreal. Proud grandparents are Gail Gilles, William Cooke, PhD'69, and Ellen Cooke, PhD'72.


Michael Meighen, BA'60, received an honorary degree from the University of New Brunswick and delivered the convocation address to the more than 300 graduating students. The T.R. Meighen Family Foundation has had a profound impact on the university and on New Brunswick. In 1999 alone, the foundation gave $2 million to community projects. The creation of the Meighen-Molson Professorship in Atlantic Salmon Research led to the establishment of UNB's Canadian Rivers Institute in 2001. Michael, chairman and director of the T.R. Meighen Family Foundation, was appointed to the Senate of Canada in 1990. He also serves as Chair of the McGill Fund Council.

Y. Seyyid Abdulai, MA'68, PhD'78, has been presented with the Grand Decoration of Honour, a national award of Austria, in gratitude for his services to the country as the Director General of the OPEC Fund for International Development. He has been chief executive officer of the Vienna-based fund since August of 1983 and retired in 2003. Dr. Abdulai is credited with turning the fund from a fledgling institution into a major player in global development cooperation, present in more than 110 countries worldwide.

Edward S. Goldenberg, BA'69, MA'71, BCL'74, has joined the firm of Stikeman Elliott LLP as Partner, working out of the Ottawa office. As Chief of Staff and Senior Policy Advisor for former Prime Minister Jean Chrétien, he was closely involved in almost every major public policy file of the federal government over the last decade and has broad experience in handling complex issues both nationally and internationally.

Maria Barrados, MA'70, was appointed interim president of the Public Service Commission of Canada. She was previously Assistant Auditor General at the Office of the Auditor General of Canada, a position she had held since December 1993. Maria was educated as a sociologist and has a wealth of knowledge acquired in audit, evaluation and statistical analysis.

Philip Amsel, BA'74, has published his latest chapbook, entitled Don't Forget Your Love: Poems and Stories of Community Life. He has worked in a Montreal food bank and anti-poverty group for the last 15 years. The chapbook can be found at The Word and Double Hook.

Suzanne F. Seri, BA'75, is back in Needham, Mass., where she grew up. She and spouse Dror have an empty nest: Leora just graduated from Bates College and Ariel is a freshman at Champlain College in Burlington, Vt. Dror is consulting, acting as a go-between for Israeli companies in North America and abroad. Suzanne, a hospice volunteer for the past five years, obtained a BSN from Cornell University/NY Hospital School of Nursing in '77 and an MS in Community Health Nursing from Boston University School of Nursing in the early '80s. She worked for 20 years as a visiting nurse in neighbourhoods in the Boston area where she could use her French, Spanish and Italian skills. She is still working out and running, and is an active member of her temple choir. Email Suzanne at

Donna Smith, BA'75, MBA'77, was recently appointed Associate Dean of the Faculty of Communication & Design at Ryerson University in Toronto. Attracting some of the most talented students country-wide, the Faculty of Communications & Design offers sought-after programs in media, design and fine arts. Donna can be reached at

Steve Klingaman, BA'77, former member of the Montreal band Harlequin and now a singer-songwriter based in Minneapolis, has released a CD of music that focuses on love "put together and falling apart." The album features his daughter on vocals and Buck Owens's longtime drummer.

Douglas N. Robertson, BA'78, has been appointed General Manager, Private Equity and Real Estate Investments, for Canada Post Corporation's pension fund. Prior to joining Canada Post, Doug was Vice President, Real Estate Investments, for Canadian Pacific Investment Management.

Valerie (Bethell) Castle, BA'79, is the first female Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Michigan Medical School. She has also been selected to be the first recipient and honoree for the Ann Arbor Women's City Club "Women in the Spotlight" award. After completing her degree at McGill, Valerie received her medical degree in 1983 from McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. She also completed a fellowship in pediatric hematology/oncology at the University of Michigan Medical School in 1990. Valerie serves on a number of medical, research and children-related boards and committees, including the Advisory Panel on Research of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Marie-Anne Stamp, BA'80, visited Montreal in October from Ireland, attending a reception hosted by the Ireland-Canada Chamber of Commerce. She has offered help to any McGillian who should happen to be in Dublin, and can be contacted at

Grant McCrea, BA'82, LLB'85, MA'86, was recently named by EuroMoney magazine as one of the "World's Leading Litigators." Grant is a partner with Dewey Ballantine in New York City.

Mariam S. Pal, BA'82, MA'86, left her job at the Asian Development Bank in Manila, Philippines, to return to Montreal after almost 20 years working as a development economist. She is now in her second year of law studies at McGill.

Serge Durflinger, BA'84, MA'87, PhD'97, has left his position as historian at the Canadian War Museum after five years and is now an assistant professor in the Department of History at the University of Ottawa. His wife, Janine Stinge, MA'94, PhD'97, is a Senior Research Analyst at the Security Intelligence Review Committee in Ottawa. Serge and Janine were married in 1999 and live in the beautiful Gatineau hills.

Nick Rumin, BA'84, his wife, Mary Langeron, and their year-old daughter, Katie, live in Princeton, NJ. Nick and Mary moved to the Princeton area at the end of 1998 after a four-year stay in St. Petersburg, Russia, where Nick worked as an attorney. Nick now works in New York City as a legal recruiter.

Jonathan Berman, BA'87, has been a leader in the independent film and video scene for the last 15 years. His first film, The Shvitz, about Russian baths, appeared on PBS, TVOntario and at the Museum of Modern Art. His second film, My Friend Paul, about his bipolar childhood friend, won the award for Best Film from the American Psychological Association and can be seen currently on the Sundance Channel. Jonathan is completing Commune: the Black Bear Experiment, a documentary about the triumphs and excesses of 1960s idealism. He would love to hear from old friends, progressive philanthropists and fellow media makers. He can be reached at

Gary Strickland, BA'87, was recently appointed Vice President of Human Resources for ArvinMeritor's $2.5-billion exhaust business. Located in Detroit, Mich., Gary will be responsible for human resource strategy, planning and execution of all facets of the business for 32 sites in 12 countries. Gary recently served as Director of Human Resources for the undercarriage business within ArvinMeritor.

Gregg Varin-Hommen, BA'87, has recently published a book with his partner entitled Practical Karma.

Drew Young, BA'87, has joined Schering Canada as Marketing Director, Pharmaceu-tical Care. After having lived in Toronto for a number of years, Drew now lives in Montreal with his wife, Carrie Dandy, BA'94.

Philippe Brodeur, BA'88, says that his graduation doesn't seem like 15 years ago! He is living in Ireland, working as the news editor at TV3 Ireland, which is owned by Canwest Global and Granada.

Geoffrey MacKay, BA'88, has been named the new chief executive officer of Organogenesis Inc. Geoff joins the company from Novartis Pharma Canada, where he was vice president and business unit head in charge of immunology and transplantation. He also served as vice president of marketing, sales and health policy for Novartis Pharmaceutical's USA Tissue Engineering Business Unit, through which Apligraf, Organogenesis's living, bilayered skin substitute, was marketed.

Robert Edison Sandiford, BA'90, has had his fourth book, Sand for Snow: A Caribbean-Canadian Chronicle, published by DC Books of Montreal. Part memoir, part travelogue, it was launched in Canada, the United States and Barbados in the spring of 2004.

Karyn B. Zeldman, BA'91, and Wayne Aaron proudly announce the birth of Emily Joy and Zoe Jordyn in October of 2003.

Shaula Evans, BA'92, has been promoted to Delegate Shannon's Director of Constituent Services after working as Field Director for the successful Steve Shannon for Delegate campaign VA-35 in Virginia.

Alison Nasisi, BA'92, and husband Sol welcomed Benjamin Harris into the world in October 2003. Big brother Jacob, grandparents, uncles and aunts were all thrilled about his arrival.

Corey Cook, BA'94, married Elisa Jenshil in Ottawa in November of 2002. They have relocated to Sydney, Australia, as of December 2003. Corey is employed with RBC Capital Markets in money market sales and trading. His email address is

Carrie Dandy, BA'94, went on to obtain a master's degree in child studies in 1998 from Concordia University after her graduation from McGill. She currently works in pharmaceutical advertising as an account executive in Montreal, where she lives with her husband, Drew Young, BA'87. Carrie would love to hear from old friends at

David Huck, BA'94, is currently working in downtown Calgary in the energy business. David, Michelle, Indira, 3, and Saul, 1, send friends their best wishes.

Mark Paterson, BA'94, has published a collection of short stories, Other People's Showers. Mark has been widely published in literary journals and anthologies, and he is also known as the producer and host of the Grimy Windows Variety Showcase, a monthly cabaret at Hurley's Irish Pub in Montreal featuring music, poetry and prose, comedy and film. The lead story in the collection, "Saturday Night," won Honourable Mention in the 1999-2000 Quebec Short Story Competition.

Remo Li Fraine, BA'95, joined the diplomatic corps of Canada in 2000. He is currently serving in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Remo's previous postings include Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, as well as temporary assignments in Rome, Italy and Abu Dhabi/ Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

David Price, BA'95, recently passed his third CFA exam and became a CFA chartholder. He is a merchant banker with the Schroder Ventures buyout group in Montreal.

Vanessa Mitchell-Pinal, BA'96, is very happily teaching French and Spanish at the American Community School in London, England, and traveling the globe from Cuba to Egypt to Vietnam. Vanessa is a member of the McGill UK Alumni Board, and says they are very much interested in developing a more active Young Alums contingent in London. She invites any and all grads in the London area to contact them at

Alexandra Bedyn, BA'97, was married to Mark Gilliland in Ottawa in July 2003. They had returned to Ottawa in 2002 after teaching in Toronto for two years and both are now teaching with the Ottawa Carleton District School Board. Alex can be reached at

Magali (Boisier) Le Bouder, MA'98, says that after graduation, she moved to Atlanta with Madenga Le Bouder, BEng'96. Madenga had finished a Master's in Construction Management at Georgia Tech and was hired by Winter Group, a construction firm in Atlanta. Magali worked for a PR company for two years before switching to her current position at Tensar Earth Technologies. She enjoys her job, traveling around the country to meet with local distributors. Magali and Madenga were married in June 2003 and began a new adventure when Madenga moved to Chicago to complete an MBA at the Kellogg School of Business and Magali stayed in Atlanta. They will decide on their next move when Madenga graduates in 2005. Magali enjoys Atlanta branch alumni activities and looks forward to receiving news from grads who may remember her and Madenga.

Krishna G. Ramaraju, BA'98, recently joined the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Office of General Counsel after having graduated from Mercer University Law School in Georgia in May of 2003.

Julie Wright, BA'98, and Jonathan "Jonney-B" Baltrusaitis, BA'95, were married in August 2003 in Kananaskis, Alberta. Smoky forest fires, an eastern seaboard blackout and raucous motorcycle gangs couldn't keep them from tying the knot. The top-secret wedding was attended by a small group of family and friends, including Anita Cotic, BA'96, and Yasmin Yousseff, BA'95. The couple now reside in Toronto. Jon works in film and television and Julie is an arts and entertainment PR flack. They are often spotted around town wearing matching red leather jackets.

David Grenier, BA'00, is working as a financial advisor for Hydro-Québec in Montreal and is set to write his second exam for the CFA charter soon. Jaime Lim, BA'00, is currently in her second year of the MA program in Public Policy and Administration at Carleton University. She recently accepted a position in the Disability Policy Unit of Human Resources Develop-ment Canada.

Caroline Newcomb, BA'01, moved to Boston, Mass., where she is working in marketing as a Gillette account executive. Meghana Shah, BA'01, will receive her law degree from the University of Connecticut School of Law in May of 2004. She will then serve a one-year appointment on the Connecticut Supreme Court as clerk to Justice Christine S. Vertefeuille. Meghana recently published an article entitled "The Inadequacy of International Human Rights Instruments in Combating Dowry-Murder in India: A Case Study for the Developing World." The article will appear in the Connecticut Journal of International Law. Meghana welcomes correspondence from former classmates at

Pierre-André Duchemin, BA'03, says that in the world he grew up in, poor and uneducated, a university degree was part of an inaccessible world. It was with a feeling of deep pleasure and satisfaction that Pierre-André graduated in June 2003 at the age of 60 with first-class joint honours in Jewish and Religious Studies. He has since moved to Hawkesbury, Ontario, where he pores over a pile of books that cover the fields in which he specialized during those four wonderful years at McGill, still fascinated by readings and re-readings that he did not have enough time to fully enjoy.


Eyal Baruch, BEd'83, is presently working at the McGill Department of Athletics, and was selected as a finalist for the Montreal Gazette "Survivor Challenge," winning a trip to Las Vegas.

Athina Galanogeorgos, BEd'92, MEd'96, was named the new principal of Rosemount High School in Montreal. She was the vice-principal of RHS from October 1999 until October 2003. Athina is the first woman to hold this position at RHS.

Koren Maria Schonberger, BEd'93, is living in Seoul, South Korea, teaching ESL to elementary and secondary school students.

Melanie Vrba, BEd'95, and Brian McEwen, BA'94, DipEd'95, are continuing their international travels by accepting jobs as high school teachers at the Canadian Academy, in Kobe, Japan.

Georges Ranunkel, CertTrsyFin'97, devient président directeur général de la société, principale galerie de vente d'oeuvres d'art contemporain sur le Web depuis la France à l'International. Le site entièrement changé et ouvert en Anglais livre des oeuvres originales à prix atelier partout dans le monde en moins de 15 jours.

Bob Tarle, BEd'01, taught English and Media Studies for a year at a school in Surrey, England, before returning to Canada to complete a postgraduate journalism program in new media at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. He now holds a full-time position at TVOntario in their IT department, working primarily with online interactive multimedia.


Paul Tichauer, BEng'65, was appointed president and CEO of Cymat Corp., an innovative materials technology company. Paul brings to Cymat a wealth of experience in materials science, technology development and business management. He was most recently president and CEO of Sciemetric Instruments Development Institute, which provides contract R&D in materials and manufacturing technologies to various industries, including automotive. Earlier in his career, Paul was R&D manager with Union Carbide. He is a Rhodes Scholar and has a PhD in materials science from MIT and an MBA from Pace University, in addition to his McGill degree in metallurgical engineering.

Ken Kalman, BEng'66, PhD'70, has had his first novel, Jesus Loves Me, published by Xlibris Corporation. It is available online at, and is on the shelves in Canada and the U.S. CAPCAT has published his play, Bewitching, which is expected to have a production this year. He is also giving workshops on "Every Writer a Time Traveller," and a continuing series of articles on this topic is being published by Apollo's Lyre.

George Wright, BEng'66, in recognition of his distinguished service to the profession of management consulting, was elected by the Council of the Institute of Certified Management Consultants of Ontario as a Fellow of the Institute and is now authorized to use the designation Fellow Certified Management Consultant (FCMC).

Stephen C. Scott, BEng'70, is one of the 18 new Fellows who were honoured at the Society of Motion Picture Television Engineers Honours and Awards Ceremony during the 145th Technical Conference and Exhibition in November 2003. A fellow of the Society is one who has attained an outstanding rank among engineers or executives in the motion picture, television or related industries. Stephen is exploring several new product concepts, and previously worked at Miranda Technologies as group leader of an engineering design team.

Morrie Borenheim, BSc(Arch)'72, BEng'75, has joined SRI Sports Inc. as their vice president of construction. SRI Sports, located in Leander, Texas, is the world's largest sports surfacing company, providing both natural and artificial turf for all sports, tracks, tennis court and gym flooring.

Dr. Yervant Zorian, PhD'88, was named by EE Times magazine as one of a few key individuals who have influenced the course of semiconductor development technology. Dr. Zorian has served as Virage Logic Corporation's vice president and chief scientist since joining the company in 2000. He pioneered work on embedded test technology and is one of the world's leading experts in this field.

Hanspeter Bayer, BEng'92, received a Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Renssalaer Polytechnic Institute in June of 2003. He is now at United State Surgical Corporation as the senior design engineer in their new sports medicine division. Pete's email address is

Roland Georges Haddad, BEng'94, is living in Egypt and is working with the multinational consulting firm Dar Al Handash Consultants.

François Lajeunesse, BEng'97, works as an engineer for Exxon Mobil Canada in Calgary. He was in Montreal for the October 11 game in the McConnell Arena.

Karen Huang, BEng'98, has joined the REMAX Westmount team of professionals. She can be reached at (514) 933-5781 and looks forward to being of service to alumni.

Nigel Fung, BEng'01, has joined Caterpillar's Global Mining Division in Geneva as a junior marketing representative covering Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Health Sciences

Andrew G. Engel, BSc'53, MDCM'55, has been elected to membership in the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.

Andrea Blanar, DipOccTh'64, has a number of exhibitions featuring her Inner Temple works appearing across Canada, including Saint John, at the Trinity Galleries from May 14-29, and Hamilton from May 6-29 at the Gallery on the Bay.

Parimal Chowdhury, PhD'70, is a tenured full professor in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock. His research involves tobacco-related disease problems and physiological adaptation to microgravity. Parimal's research was funded by NIH and NASA. He is a member of numerous scientific professional associations, including the International PTID Society, and recently presented at an international meeting on tobacco-induced diseases held in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Mohan Munasinghe, PhD'73, was awarded the prestigious 2003 Adelman-Frankel Prize for unique and innovative contributions to energy research by the U.S. Association of Energy Economics and the International Association of Energy Economics at their international conference in Mexico City in October 2003.

Michael Vassilyadi, BSc'83, MSc'87, MDCM'90, was promoted to Associate Professor of Surgery and Pediatrics in May of 2003 at the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO) in Ottawa. Michael has been married to Anastasia Lyras, BSc'83, MSc'86, for over 17 years. They have three children: Frank, 15, Christal, 13, and Anthony, born in June of 2002. Anastasia ended her term as President of the Greek Ladies Philoptochos Society of Ottawa and is presently a member of the Metropolis Philoptochos Board of Canada. For the last two years she has been instrumental in organizing the "Hike for CHEO" fundraiser with the Hellenic Community of Ottawa.


Philippe Lette, BCL'68, is the senior managing partner at the firm of Lette, Lette and Partners' Paris and Geneva offices and so is a resident of both cities. He is a member of the bars of Quebec and Paris as well as being an international arbitrator for the International Chamber of Commerce. Philippe's areas of practice are tax, private banking, trusts, international joint ventures, oil and gas, and mining. He's married to Chantal and the couple have three children, Alexander, Eleonore and Arthur. He says that although he's been an expat for 34 years he still feels Canadian.

Maryse Bertrand, BCL'80, was named one of Canada's Top 25 Women Lawyers in the September 2003 edition of Lexpert magazine. In a prior edition of the same magazine, Maryse had also been named as one of Canada's Top 30 Dealmakers. She has been practicing corporate and securities law with the firm of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP for over 20 years. She is married to William Brock, BCom'77, BCL'78, LLB'80, also of Davies Ward Phillips & Vineberg LLP, and has two children, Julianne and Philippe.

Paule Robitaille, BCL'86, LLB'86, has been appointed to the Immigration and Refugee Board. Paule has over 15 years of experience in journalism, having worked at La Presse Canadienne, La Presse, Le Devoir, L'Actualité and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. She has won several awards during her career as a broadcast and print journalist. Paule is currently attending the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard University. Her appointment at the IRB is for three years.

Annamaria Mongillo, BA'83, BCL'87, LLB'87, occupe le poste de Coordonnatrice-Gestion des réclamations à l'Association des hôpitaux du Québec depuis décembre 2003.

Dimitri G. Mastrocola, BCL'89, LLB'89, began a position as Senior Vice President and Associate General Counsel with the Global Corporate and Investment Bank of Citigroup in New York City in April 2003. He had spent the previous seven years as a project finance attorney with Shearman & Sterling LLP, a New York-based law firm. Dimitri lives in New York with his wife, Rose Agozzino, and their daughter, Sarah, who turned 3 in February. A second child arrived in January.

Joseph John Varga, BA'87, CertProf French'87, BCL'91, LLB'91, has been the professional and legal officer for the McGill Association of University Teachers since 1994. He has also been for a number of consecutive years the Captain of the phonathon for the Faculty of Law. Joseph John and his bride, Edith Cecilia, were married in July 2003, and honeymooned in Mexico.

Mélanie de Souza, BCL'97, LLB'97, MBA'03, has completed her MBA and has returned to the practice of business law at the Montreal office of Heenan Blaikie. Her husband, Benoit Morel, BCom'90, BCL'94, LLB'94, MBA'99, has become a partner at the Montreal office of Desjardins Ducharme, where he also practices business law.

Marc-Antoine Joseph, BCL'97, LLB'97, est marié depuis juin 2001 à Eve Rivard et maintenant père d'un garçon de 19 mois et un autre garçon qui est né en janvier. Il est conseiller juridique d'entreprise pour la compagnie Voyage Expert Sécurité Financière depuis mars 2001. Marc-Antoine est entraîneur-chef de football avec l'équipe de football de l'école secondaire la Montée de Sherbrooke. Il est également assistant-entraîneur avec la nouvelle équipe de l'université de Sherbrooke, le Vert et Or.

Louis-Simon Ferland, BA'97, BCL'00, LLB'00, has worked for two years with a New York law firm and in 2003 traveled across Latin America. He will be starting an MBA at Columbia in 2004, and his email address is

David A. Johnson, MUP'95, BCL'02, LLB'02, who also has an honours BA from Queen's, and Daniella Rohan, BSc(Arch)'89, BArch'90, MUP'94, and big brother Alan are delighted to welcome the arrival of baby Erika Sarene in July of 2003 in Montreal. They can be reached at erikasrj@


Bernard J. Finestone, BCom'41, has been elected Chairman of the Honorary Colonels of Canada. He has been re-elected Honorary President of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps Association (Cavalry), member of the Executive and Chairman of the Finance Committee. He has also been re-appointed Honorary Colonel of the British Columbia Dragoons and was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal.

William Shatner, BCom'52, received an ACTRA Award of Excellence in appreciation of his work as an accomplished actor, writer, director and producer.

Harold Shapiro, BCom'56, LLD'88, was honoured by Princeton University with the James Madison Medal for his lifetime of work in college education and administration. As president of the university, Harold spearheaded the diversification of Princeton's campus, increased fundraising efforts and expanded the university motto from "Princeton in the Nation's Service" to include "and in the Service of All Nations." Though not an administrator since 2001, Harold never fully retired from teaching. While maintaining an active thesis advising schedule, he also teaches two Wilson School classes on bioethics.

John Kellett, BCom'68, Senior Vice President of RBC Global Asset Management, has been named Fund Manager of the Year by Investment Executive magazine. This is the first time this award has been bestowed on the manager of a bank-owned mutual fund.

Bernie Hadley-Beauregard, MBA'86, operates a marketing strategy and design firm in Vancouver, B.C. ( Brandever's newest wine branding project, Lotusland Vineyards, was documented by CBC TV's Venture, and the episode was broadcast nationally during winter/spring 2004.

Benoit Leroux, BA'96, BCom'97, CertTrsyFin'01, is out job hunting, and shouldn't have any problem since after McGill he went on to earn a Master of Science in Finance from Université du Québec à Montréal in '03, Chartered Financial Analyst designation from the Association for Investment Management and Research, and completed the Canadian Securities Course and the Derivatives Fundamentals Course from the Canadian Securities Institute.

Carrie Goldstein, BCom'98, is happily residing in Boston with her husband, Peter Mazoff, BCom'96. She very much enjoys her position as a Senior Project Specialist in Nursing Administration at Massachusetts General Hospital. Although she misses the Montreal scene, Brookline, Mass., is home for now.

Tamara Habib, BCom'98, says that after graduating from McGill, she worked in public relations for a small agency in Montreal for a little over a year, then in direct marketing at Cossette Communications for more than two years. She left work to pursue a full-time MBA at HEC International Management School in France. After graduating in August 2003, Tamara started a new job at Rogers Media, where she is responsible for direct marketing and promotion campaigns for Châtelaine and L'actualité magazines.

Brian Chi Lai Kwok, BCom'98, DPA'99, is currently working in Bermuda.

Maria Luisa Battista, BCom'99, wed Thomas J. Awad, BEng'99, in October 2003. The two McGill alumni met at the Sigma Chi fraternity Christmas party in December 1999, right after they graduated. Thomas is one of the founders of Octasic Semiconductor and Maria works at Standard Life in group pensions.

Matt Reynolds, BCom'99, is working as a corporate finance whipping boy for Newport Partners, a Toronto-based wealth management firm.

Jeffrey Thomson, BCom'99, graduated in June 2003 from the English and French Law program at King's College, London, receiving an LLB from King's and a Maitrise en droit from Université de Paris 1 (Panthéon-Sorbonne). Since September 2003 he has been undertaking bar school with a view to becoming a barrister in London and concurrently teaching Public Law at KCL.

Kumar Ramdyal, BCom'02, moved to Ottawa after graduation, where he is working for the Government of Canada (Public Works and Government Services Canada – Finance) as a financial analyst.

Stephen Kent, MMgmt'03, the acting mayor of Mount Pearl in Newfoundland and Labrador, has been honoured with the Horizon Award at the 22nd Memorial University Alumni Tribute Awards. The awards recognize contributions by MUN graduates as leaders, volunteers, ambassadors and mentors. Stephen is a 2001 graduate of MUN's business administration program, and was elected to Mount Pearl's city council at the age of 19 with the most votes of any councillor in the city's history. He earned his master's degree from McGill while working full-time and serving as deputy, then acting, mayor. He has worked since 1999 as chief executive officer of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Eastern Newfoundland. Stephen has received numerous service awards, including the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal. In 1999, Maclean's magazine named him one of the Top 100 young Canadians to watch in the 21st century.


Arthur Frackenpohl, DMus'57, Professor Emeritus at SUNY Potsdam, was commissioned by the Canadian Chamber Players to transcribe Beethoven's Eroica Variations. The premiere took place in Guelph in May. The Canadian Chamber Players ensemble consists of three quintets (woodwind, brass and string) and a percussionist, all members of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony Orchestra.

Shireen Maluf, BMus'92, MA'95, MMus'96, has opened a different kind of piano school in her country of Lebanon, called Résonnance-Liban. A humanitarian, cultural, non-profit foundation, it is a branch of Fondation Résonnance created by Elizabeth Sombart in Switzerland and recognized for pure public utility. Pianists in Résonnance-Liban bring classical western piano music to any place in Lebanon where the melodies and harmonies of the great piano repertoire can provide healing. For more information, or to inquire on how to lend a hand, please write to

Evan Jones, BMus'93, recently presented papers at the national meeting of the Society for Music Theory in Madison, Wis., and at an international Hugo Wolf conference in Ottawa. He also contributed a chapter to a new book entitled Mapping in the Age of Digital Media: The Yale Symposium (Wiley Academy, 2003), and was co-recipient of the inaugural Alfred Mann Dissertation Prize from the Eastman School of Music. Evan is in his third year as Assistant Professor of Music Theory at Florida State University, where he teaches modal counterpoint, form and analysis, 20th-century music theory, post-tonal aural skills and readings in music theory.

Kevin Komisaruk, BMus'94, MMus'96, DMus'03, had a busy summer in 2003, including a CBC broadcast (Quebec in Concert) in July, followed by several solo recitals in Germany in August where he performed on the 1659 Stellwagen organ at the Sanktmarienkirche in Stralsund, and an instrument dating from 1790 on the island of RFCtgen. He just moved to Toronto, where he's taken up an appointment at the University of Toronto Faculty of Music.

Anne-Marie Seager, BMus'95, can be heard this season at the Leipzig Opera ( in the premiere of Le Nozze di Figaro (Cherubino), the European premiere of Flight by Jonathan Dove, in I Capuleti e i Montecchi (Romeo) as well as in reprises of the Kaye version of Les Contes d'Hoffmann (LaMuse/Nicklausse) and Die Fledermaus (Orlovsky). This past November Anne-Marie was a guest of Stefan Sanderling and the Florida Orchestra in the Mozart Requiem. Visit Anne-Marie's website at

Brian Current, BMus'96, won the 2003 Barlow Prize, receiving a $17,000 (U.S.) commission to write a new work to be premiered by the American Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in the 2005-2006 season. As part of the prize, the Indianapolis Symphony will also perform the piece during the same season. The prize is presented each year by the Barlow Endowment for Music Composition at Brigham Young University. The 2003 competition received 427 entries from composers in 32 countries. Brian, who lives in Toronto, has won a string of awards, including the grand prize at the CBC Radio National Competition for Young Composers in 2001.

Tara-Louise Montour, LMus'97, is the recipient of the 2003 Fondation du Maire de Montréal award. Tara-Louise is a violinist who has appeared as a guest soloist with many of Canada's orchestras. She will be a featured soloist in the upcoming all-Canadian CD recording with the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra in 2004.

Cassandra Bourne, MMus'98, is Artistic Director and Director of Arts Education of the York Region Opera. The York Region Opera was established in association with the Arts Integra Centre for Music and the Arts to foster the careers of exceptional Canadian singers while enhancing the cultural and educational development of the York region. As opera is best heard live, Cassandra invites everyone in the area to come and experience the talents of these young performers.

Jean-Pascal Heynemand, BMus'99, attended the Montreal Conservatory of Music in 1999, participated in the Daniel Ferro Summer Music Programme in Greve, Italy, in 2000 and went on to join the Flanders Opera Studio in Ghent, Belgium. There, in 2001/2002, he sang the role of Tarquinius in Britten's The Rape of Lucretia. He was later accepted at the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, UK, where he received a Major Entrance Award and a Special Governor's Award. He was a finalist in all RNCM's major internal competitions and sang the role of Don Giovanni in the college's production of the Mozart opera. He also received a grant from the Peter Moores Foundation. He spent last summer as an understudy for the roles of Schaunard and Marcello in Baz Luhrmann's production of La Bohème on Broadway. He is on the first chapter of the international tour of that production in Los Angeles.

Religious Studies

Young-Gwan Kim, PhD'02, has published a book, entitled Karl Barth's Reception in Korea: Focusing on Ecclesiology in Relation to Korean Christian Thought. The book describes the unique relationship between Christianity and Confucianism. Young-Gwan is presently an adjunct professor of Christian theology at Pyongtaek University in Korea.


Frederick Andermann, BSc'52, won the 2003 Wilder Penfield prize, one of five awards in the scientific field of the Prix du Québec given yearly by the government of Quebec. The purpose of this tribute is to recognize the careers of men and women who have demonstrated a passion for their calling. Frederick is a professor of neurology and pediatrics at McGill and specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of numerous neurological conditions.

Peter Kevan, BSc'65, recently received an Alumni Pride Award from the University of Alberta, where he completed his PhD in 1970. He was honoured for his contributions to the study of pollination in nature and agriculture from the Arctic to the tropics. He is a member of the tri-national steering committee of the North American Pollinator Protection Committee and is involved internationally with the Convention on Biological Diversity. Peter is a professor in the department of Environmental Biology and Botany at the University of Guelph.

W. Bruce Gillis, BSc'67, has been appointed to the newly created Nova Scotia Insurance Review Board, a quasi-judicial body established to control automobile and home insurance rates in the province. He has practiced law in the Annapolis Valley since 1971. His son, Robbie, is in his first year of a Bachelor of Science degree at McGill and is enjoying it immensely.

Maria Stalteri, BSc'77, is studying part-time for an MSc in Biochemistry at Birkbeck College, University of London.

Charles Vincent, MSc'80, PhD'83, is president of the Entomological Society of Canada.

Paul J. Roebber, BSc'81, PhD'92, has won a 2004 Editor's Award from the American Meteorological Society (AMS), the nation's leading professional society for those in the atmospheric and related sciences. The award is being presented in recognition of his work as editor of the Monthly Weather Review, one of nine AMS scientific journals. Paul is currently an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.

Louis Taillefer, BSc'82, a gagné le prix Marie-Victorin (sciences de la nature et du génie) en 2003. Louis est un spécialiste de la physique quantique; il est reconnu internationalement pour ses recherches novatrices sur la supraconductivité et pour ses travaux sur l'étude des propriétés de la matière.

Faizan Alawi, BSc'92, DDS'96, is an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania, with appointments in both the dental and medical schools. He is Board-certified in oral and maxillofacial pathology, and is Director of Penn Oral Pathology Services. He was voted one of the Best Dentists in America for 2004. Faizan lives with his wife, Asma, outside Philadelphia. He would love to hear from former McGill classmates and friends.

Andrea Grottoli, BSc'92, has won the Geochemistry Society's prestigious W.F. Clark Award for 2004, which is given to a young scientist who makes a significant contribution to the field through their published work. Andrea's research is focused on ways to preserve coral reefs, and her study of carbon isotopic composition of coral is what won her the award. She is an assistant professor in the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

Julie Maggi, BSc'94, graduated from medical school at McMaster University in 1997, then completed a residency in psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Following this, she completed a fellowship in HIV psychiatry at the University of Toronto in 2003. Julie is presently completing a fellowship in public psychiatry at Columbia University and a fellowship in consultation-liaison psychiatry at Cabrini Medical Center/Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City. After this year, she hopes to take a long vacation!

Michel Carrier, BSc'98, is currently pursuing his MBA, and is president of the Concordia MBA Students' Association.

Patrick Lam Po Yuen, BSc'99, DipMgt'02, is doing his MBA at the Schulich School of Business at York University in Toronto.

Neil Simmerman, MSc'00, has been named to the Dean's List for Special Projects for the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Faculty of Health Sciences MD Program in International Health and Medicine in collaboration with Columbia University Health Sciences. He was recognized for his efforts in designing and implementing a geriatrics curriculum for the program, along with fellow Montrealers Dr. Dov Frankel and Dr. Mark Clarfield. For more information on Neil, or the BGU-CU program, visit

Marina Kaufman, BSc'01, is engaged to Craig Holz. Marina is a PhD canidate in cell biology at the Harvard Medical School, and Craig is an operations specialist at Brown Bothers Harriman & Co in Boston. A spring wedding is planned.

Social Work

Karen S. Haynes, MSW'70, has been appointed President of California State University – San Marcos. She assumed her new leadership role in February 2004. For more information, see the front-page story at

Louise Noel, MSW'84, vient de publier un livre sur la théorie de l'attachement intitulée Je m'attache, nous nous attachons: le lien entre un enfant et ses parents. Ce livre a été publié dans la Collection du Centre jeunesse de Montréal, aux C9ditions Sciences et Culture. Pour plus d'information voir le site Internet suivant:

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