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Agricultural & Environmental Sciences / Macdonald Campus

Stuart Bowman, BSc(Agr)'75, MSc(Agr)'78, was named Farmer of the Year by the New Brunswick Soil and Crop Improvement Association. Farmers nominated for Farmer of the Year are judged on how they conduct their farming activities and the decision is based on best management practices. Stuart tends to the dairy farm, Pumpkin Lady market garden and wild blueberries with the help of hired staff, his wife, Martha, and their two younger children, Kristopher, who is in grade 6, and Kerrie, who is in grade 10. Their eldest daughter, Kimberly, is in college.

Jack Thomson, BSc(Agr)'92, and his wife and business partner Rhonda MacDougall, BSc(Agr)'92, have been chosen as Atlantic Canada's outstanding young farm family. They will represent the four Atlantic provinces in a national competition in Winnipeg this November. Canada's Outstanding Young Farmers Program, for farmers between 18 and 39, was founded in 1979 by the Canadian Junior Chamber/ Jaycees. The national winner is selected from among seven regional winners. Jack and Rhonda run West River Holsteins dairy farm in Antigonish, N.S.


John H. Bird, BArch'49, ended his private practice in 1995. Following this, the Canadian Centre for Architecture accepted his works to create the John Bird Archive, 1942-1992. Upon examination and review of the collection, the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board has certified that the required criteria for "outstanding significance and national importance" have been met.

Martin D. Hull, MUP'95, has been named to the position of Transit Planner and Project Manager in the Philadelphia office of Michael Baker Jr., Inc., the Engineering unit of Michael Baker Corporation. In this role, Martin will be responsible for transit project management and marketing for the state of New Jersey and other projects around the country. He has nearly 20 years of experience in public transportation planning, marketing and design. Martin currently resides in Philadelphia with his wife, Marian.


Eric Robinson, BA'49, MA'60, has been awarded the Order of Ontario for his leadership in adult education, and his deep concern for Third World economic and human rights issues. Serving as the first full-time Principal of Frontier College, Eric later worked at two community colleges. After "retirement" he and his wife, Anne, worked on several volunteer service projects in Central America. Eric sends his best wishes to those who carry out the valuable work of promoting McGill.

Martin Rudner, BA'63, MA'65, has been appointed to the five-member Advisory Panel for the Policy Review part of the Maher Arar Inquiry. The Panel's task is to help the Commission of Inquiry examine the actions of Canadian officials in the Arar case and to recommend an arm's length mechanism for the activities of the RCMP with respect to national security. Maher Arar, BEng'95, was deported by the U.S. to Syria in 2003. Martin is the Director of the Ottawa-based Canadian Centre of Intelligence and Security Studies.

George Farkas, BA'67, MBA'76, has been elected Chair of XBRL Canada, the Canadian jurisdiction of the international XBRL consortium. XBRL is an XML-based, royalty-free and open standard being developed by XBRL International Inc., a not-for-profit consortium of around 200 companies and agencies delivering benefits to investors, accountants, regulators, executives, business and financial analysts, and information providers. George is President and CEO of XBI Software Inc., a company which is creating STP (straight through processing) applications for banks and other financial institutions.

Elaine Kalman Naves, BA'67, won the 2003 Mavis Gallant Prize for non-fiction with her most recent book, Shoshanna's Story: A Mother, a Daughter and the Shadows of History (McClelland & Stewart). She is living happily ever after with Archie Fineberg, whom she married in August 2003.

Michael Mirolla, BA'69, BA'87, has recently published a novel, Berlin, with Trafford Publishing.

Mordechai Nisan, MA'70, PhD'75, is teaching at Hebrew University in Jerusalem and has completed a second edition of his book Minorities in the Middle east (2002), while his political biography of the Lebanese patriot Etienne Sakr (Abu-Arz), The Conscience of Lebanon, was published in 2003. He continues to pursue his research, writing and activities on behalf of Israel's integration within the broad ethnic mosaic of the Middle east and beyond. This summer he plans to visit Turkey as part of his Asian conception. Mordechai can be reached at

Madeline (Cathcart) Bohr, BA'71, is an executive assistant with CSC in Wiesbaden, Germany. Her son Nico, 23, attends Concordia University in Montreal, and her other son, Marco, 25, graduated from Ryerson University in Toronto with a BFA in photography and is living in Tokyo. Madeline can be reached at

David C. Eames, BA'72, joins the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communica-tions at Syracuse University as a visiting assistant professor of public relations. He continues to teach public relations and creative advertising courses at Seneca College at York University in Toronto. After McGill, David went on to earn a master's degree in com-munications management from Syracuse University, and while at SU he was a recipient of the Award of Excellence from Women Executives in Public Relations. Prior to his career in education, David was a television scriptwriter and story editor with more than 35 screenplays produced for TV in the U.S. and Canada.

Dwight Duncan, BA'81, was re- elected to the Ontario Legislative Assembly from the riding of Windsor-St.Clair in the recent provincial election and in October of 2003 was appointed Minister of Energy, Government House Leader and Chair of the Cabinet.

Lesley (Kuhnel) Morden, BA'82, has moved to Calgary from Lions Bay, B.C. She is writing her PhD dissertation, How much damage did the Vikings do? An analysis of the material impact of Norse raids on northern France in the ninth century. Lesley worked in media relations for the financial services industry in Toronto for over 10 years and, after moving to B.C. in 1997 and running her own communications consultancy, decided to return to school at Simon Fraser University's history department. Lesley has one daughter, Samantha, 12, and has been married to husband Richard for 16 years.

Paula (Barbary) Shannon, BA'83, won the International Stevie Award for Best Sales Executive at the International Business Awards. These awards are the first global, all-encompassing awards program honouring great performances in the workplace. As Lionbridge Technologies' chief sales officer, Paula was recognized for her outstanding leadership and sales achievements in 2003 and her continued commitment to innovation, integrity and excellence. She is married to Patrick Shannon, BA'82.

Brian Topp, BA'83, is Executive Director of ACTRA Toronto, the 13,000-member union of television and film performers. He was previously Senior Vice-President (trade services) with Credit Union Central of Canada, and before that Deputy Chief of Staff to Premier Roy Romanow of Saskachewan. His wife, Rebecca Elbourne, BSc'89, MSc(A)'92, is taking courses at the University of Toronto. Their son Simon is now 8 and Alexander is now 6.

Domenic Tudino, BA'83, recently moved from Ottawa to Mississauga, where he joined the legal department of the City of Mississauga as a Legal Counsel, Real Estate Law. Domenic was called to the Ontario bar in 1988 and has spent most of his career practising commercial real estate law.

Nadine (Jelinek) Goodine, BA'88, CertPRMgmt'99, married Richard Paul Goodine, wine educator and export director for Banfi, in 2002. They moved to Bangkok in 2004, and Nadine currently works as a freelance writer. She most recently published an article on organic wine for Shared Vision magazine.

Ian Sirota, BA'88, MA'91, writes that after graduating from McGill, he traveled down south, where he attended law school at the University of Miami, obtaining his Juris Doctorate in 1994. He passed the bar exams in Pennsylvania and New Jersey in 1994, followed by Florida in 1998. Ian was hired as an associate at the firm of Margolis Edelstein in 1995 and was made a partner in 2003. He is happily married, and he and his wife, Stacy, have three wonderful children, Randy, 5, Brandon, 2, and Sloane, 1. They live in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and Ian would love to hear from McGill alumni who remember him.

Richard Ashok Coutinho, BA'89, completed his Master of Laws degree at Harvard Law School in 2002 and practises civil and aboriginal litigation with the Ontario Ministry of Attorney General Crown Law Office - Civil. He can be reached at

Monique Deveaux, BA'89, MA'91, has been awarded tenure at Williams College in Williamstown, Mass., as an assistant professor in political science. She is also the author of the recent book Cultural Pluralism and Dilemmas of Justice. Her research addresses the challenges and difficulties that cultural group rights may pose for individual rights and liberal norms in democratic states. After Monique received her degrees from McGill, she went on to complete her MPhil in 1993 and her PhD in 1997 at Cambridge University.

Perry Grossman, BA'90, completed a PhD in sociology at New York University in 2000, and then began working in customer research for a telecommunications company that makes voice recognition software for voice dialing and voice-controlled voice mail. He and his wife, Carrie James, just bought a condo in Brookline, Mass. In January Perry started an MBA program at Boston University.

Lesly Anne Wade-Woolley, MA'90, has received tenure at Queen's University. As Associate Professor in Cognitive Studies in Education, Lesly is also cross-appointed in the Psychology Department and runs the Reading Development Research Lab at MacArthur College. Lesly is married to Stu Woolley, BA'71, MA'79. They have a socially cued 10 -year-old daughter, Eve, and two young golden retrievers working on their "dogtorates."

Adam Dodek, BA'92, has taken a leave of absence from Borden Ladner Gervais LLP to serve as the Senior Policy Advisor on Justice issues to the Attorney General of Ontario, the Honourable Michael J. Bryant. Adam can be reached at

Zev Gewurz, BA'92, has been elected a director at Goulstan & Storrs law firm in Boston.

Franco Iacono, BA'92, says that it has been a while since he had a chance to catch up with McGill, and would welcome hearing from old friends at

Gerald Michael Butts, BA'93, MA'96, was recently appointed Deputy Principal Secretary to the Premier of Ontario, Dalton McGuinty. Gerald is living in the High Park area of Toronto with his wife, Jodi (Heimpel) Butts.

Jeff Gaulin, BA'94, and Alana Zanbilowicz, BA'94, are now living in Calgary with their son, Jonah. Jeff now works for Molson and Alana runs her own law firm. They are expecting their second child in August.

Zlatko Anguelov, MA'95, PhD'95, has published his memoir, Communism and the Remorse of an Innocent Victimizer (Texas A&M University Press, 2002), conceived and partly written during his years at McGill University. Zlatko and his wife, Roumyana Slabakova, PhD'98, an associate professor of linguistics at the University of Iowa, live in Iowa City, Iowa.

Lisa Grushcow, BA'96, was ordained as a rabbi from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in 2003, and also successfully defended her doctorate in Oxford. That summer, Lisa and her partner, Rabbi Andrea Myers, came back to Canada to have a civil marriage (having had a religious ceremony two years before). It reminded Lisa how proud she is to be a Canadian. Lisa is currently serving as Assistant Rabbi of Congregation Rodeph Sholom, a dynamic Reform congregation in New York City. Most important of all, Andrea and Lisa celebrated the birth of their daughter, Ariella Rose Myers, in February 2004.

Seth Wiener, BA'96, married Dawn Mariman in June 2004, and is working as a commercial litigator in San Francisco.

Jacques Khalip, BA'97, MA'98, completed his PhD at the English department of Duke University in early 2004. In the fall he will be an assistant professor of English at McMaster University in Hamilton, specializing in Romantic literature and culture.

Kate Podolec Dumas, BA'98, and Richard Dumas, BSc'96, MSc'99, were married in August 2003. Many friends from McGill were present, including Ivan Burvill, BEng'97, David Sachs, BSc'97, Alison McCook, BSc'98, Daniel Song, BSc'97, Alex Sheftel, BSc'99, Indira Kumar, BA'01, Majal Aguirre, BA'97, Elizabeth Kim, BA'96, and Yvonne Hung, BA'96. Rick and Kate have been living in New York since 1999. Rick received a DDS from New York University College of Dentistry in May 2003 and is currently in a residency program at Brooklyn's Lutheran Hospital. Kate just completed her MBA at New York University's Stern School of Business. They have many wonderful memories of McGill and try to visit as often as they can.

Terry Fong, BA'98, is currently completing his Master's in Taxation at the University of Denver, and graduates in August.

Sayde Torres-Segal, BA'99, lived in Boston for 3 1/2 years, working with mentally ill adults as a mental health counselor, and then was promoted to Assistant Program Director. She had a juicy part on a cable channel soap opera and sang in a women's choir. Sayde then decided to move to California to pursue her acting career. Rather than working as a waitress (like many other actors), she works with mentally ill children at Star View as a child and family specialist. Sayde is also taking acting classes, looking for an agent and sending out her headshot and resumé. She is very proud to have graduated from McGill and wherever she goes she tells people that McGill is the best school in the best city in North America.

Mary Fowles, BA'03, was awarded the second annual International Development Journalism Award given by Canada's International Development Research Centre in partnership with Concordia University's Department of Journalism. She will be heading to Morocco in the late summer for six months to work with Ali Amar, editor of the weekly newspaper Le Journal Hebdomadaire in Morocco. Reporters Without Borders consider it to be the most independent and progressive media outlet in Morocco today.


Newton C. Gordon, BSc'66, DDS'70, was elected president of the Dental Board of California (DBC) for a one-year term. Former governor Gray Davis appointed him to DBC in 2002. DBC is invested with the authority to regulate 28,137 dental licensees, 15,516 dental hygienists and 30,751 dental assistants. Additionally, Newton was inducted as a fellow of the International College of Dentists at its 74th Annual Convocation in October 2003. ICD is an honorary organization recognizing outstanding and meritorious service to the profession.


Sharyn Weinstein Sepinwall, MEd'76, PhD'02, received her doctorate from the Faculty of Education's Department of Integrated Studies for her thesis entitled Women of Valour: Literacy as the Creation of Personal Meaning in the Lives of a Selected Group of Hassidic Women in Quebec. Presently she teaches organizational behaviour, social psychology and group dynamics for the Faculty of Management and the Centre for Continuing Education at McGill. She is the wife of Bernard Sepinwall, BA'66, BCL'70, LLB'71, and the mother of three daughters, all of whom are McGill graduates.

Bruce Gravel, BEd'79, celebrated his 20th anniversary as President of the Ontario Accommodation Association, the non-profit association serving Ontario's motel/inn/hotel owners, headquartered in Peterborough. He is also Secretary-Treasurer of the non-profit Tourism Federation of Ontario, which he co-founded in 1996. A regular humour columnist for the Peterborough Examiner, he has completed his first novel, Inn-tolerable Retirement, a humorous "diary" of a novice innkeeper packed with actual outlandish incidents, and is currently seeking a publisher. He serves on the Advisory Board of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Ryerson University, Toronto, where he taught the Tourism Policy course for its Fall '01 semester. Bruce can be reached at

Denis Brault, MEd'80, has been teaching Latin, Ancient Greek and Greco-Roman civilization courses for students and the general public in the Montreal area for the past two years. These courses are offered by the Fondation Humanitas.

Victoria Jonas, BEd'86, has been with Franklin Templeton Investments Corp. for the past 18 months as a Senior Regional Sales Manager, with responsibilities including the wholesale distribution of wealth management products to the financial services industry. She is happily married to Alan Kapelanski, DipPubAcc'93, who is self-employed. They have a son, Peter, age 11, and a daughter, Sarah, age 6 1/2. The family lives in Beaconsfield.

Mark Shainblum, BEd'92, had a very big year in 2003. He turned 40 in April and in November married his one true love, Andrea, at Montreal's Shaare Zion Congregation. Simultaneously, he also served as president of SF Canada, the national association of science fiction and fantasy authors, and after many years as a science fiction editor and comic book writer, Mark published his first prose short fiction story, "Endogamy Blues," in the anthology Island Dreams: Montreal Writers of the Fantastic. The book's Montreal launch was hosted at the McGill Bookstore.

James D. M. Stewart, BA'92, BEd'94, and his wife, Julia Thompson, had their second child, Madeleine, in December 2003. James continues to teach Canadian history and philosophy at the Bishop Strachan School in Toronto and he has been writing essays on historical topics that have appeared in the Globe and Mail, Ottawa Citizen, Edmonton Journal and Toronto Star under the byline J.D.M. Stewart. James will be the guest speaker at the Toronto Arts and Letters Club on September 16, 2004, when he will give an address about Canadian prime ministers. He can be reached at

Gillian Florence, BEd'98, a proud McGill alumna, is a member of the Canadian national female rugby team. As a member of this team, she has represented Canada in more than 25 rugby tournaments globally. She currently holds the record as the most "capped" female in Canadian rugby history. She was also the youngest person ever to be named to the national rugby team when she joined at the age of 18 in 1994. Gillian was recently named one of McGill's top 20 athletes of all time.


Gerard Kenney, BEng'54, has just published his second book on the Canadian Arctic, Ships of Wood and Men of Iron. His publisher is the Canadian Plains Research Centre, University of Regina. Gerard's first book, Arctic Smoke & Mirrors, appeared in 1994. He finally retired in September 2002 after a long work career that includes 21 years with the Bell family of companies, 10 years as a farmer and 18 years with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). Gerard is devoting his retirement years to writing, concentrating on northern aspects of Canadian history. He can reached at

William J. (Bill) Cosgrove, BEng'55, MEng'62, DSc'01, was elected President of the World Water Council in October 2003. He continues to make his home in Montreal.

John G. Metrakos, BEng'55, has joined the ranks of volunteers at the McGill Engineering Career Centre (MECC). John retired in December of 1999 and devotes his summers to lowering his golf handicap.

Aftab Mufti, MEng'65, PhD'69, was elected the founding president of ISHMII, the International Society for Health Monitoring of Intelligent Infrastructures.

Robert Winston Revie, BEng'66, was honoured with the NACE International Technical Achievement Award in March of 2004. NACE International, the Corrosion Society, is a professional technical society dedicated to promoting public safety, protecting the environment and reducing the economic impact of corrosion by advancing the knowledge of corrosion engineering and sciences. Robert was recognized for his outstanding contribution to research in the field of pipeline integrity and for promoting the sharing of knowledge by organizing the Banff Pipeline Conference. He is Program Manager, Infrastructure Reliability of CANMET Materials Technology Laboratory, Natural Resources Canada, in Ottawa, where he currently resides.

Daniel G. Vanin, BEng'75, was appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of High River Gold Mines Ltd. as of February 2004. His primary responsibility will be the successful development of the Taparko Gold Mine in Burkina Faso, West Africa. Daniel is a highly regarded mining engineer with extensive experience in mine management, mine operations, development and construction.

Richard Surprenant, BEng'91, his wife, Laure, and their two daughters, Andrea and Clara, moved to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, in April 2004, where Richard is the Asia Pacific core team support to Energise teams across the region. Energise is a business group of Shell Global Solutions that specializes in energy efficiency at refineries and chemical plants.

Andy K. Wong, BEng'96, and Karen Liu were married in November 2003 in Ottawa.

Ali Azhar Lotia, BEng'99, has moved to Toronto after three years in San Jose, Calif.

Laura Lucier, MEng'01, received the 2003 Graduate of the Last Decade Award from the University of Calgary. This is one of the school's highest honours. Laura works for the Canadian Space Agency and is based in Houston, where she is involved in astronaut training.

Matthieu Peuler, BSc'98, BEng'01, MEng'02, writes to share some of the exciting stuff he's been doing with his McGill degrees. After finishing his Master's, he landed a job with a structural engineering firm in Manhattan, DeSimone Consulting Engineers, best known for doing a lot of work with world-renowned architect Frank Gehry. After a month, Matt was transferred to an exciting high-profile project in Atlantic City, N.J.: the Tropicana Resort and Casino where a ten-storey parking structure had collapsed back in October 2003. His job includes analysis of the structure to see if it is safe to continue construction, engineering of the demolition, and inspection of the reconstruction.

Health Sciences

Christopher Linstrom, MDCM'82, was recently named Professor of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the New York Medical College. Christopher is Chief of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and St. Vincent's Hospital, both in New York City.

Selina Luger, MDCM'87, was honoured in March of 2004 with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Hope Award for Medical Achievement. The same organization named her Woman of the Year in 2000 for her fundraising successes. Selina is the Leukemia Program Director at the University of Pennsylvania's Abramson Cancer Center, and is currently involved in 12 research studies at Penn's School of Medicine and at other institutions nationwide.

Dr. Jonathan A. Fridell, MDCM'94, MSc'99, has been named director of pancreas transplantation at the Clarian Transplant Center. He is an assistant professor of surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine, and performed Indiana's first liver-pancreas transplant in May 2003. Jonathan completed his residency at McGill and then earned a Master's in experimental surgery.

Jacqui Quinn-Leandro, PhD'04, successfully defended her thesis in the autumn of 2003, and went on to win a seat in the Antigua parliament in the elections in March of 2004. She is the first female MP in the history of the country.


Pierre Deschamps, BCL'75, has been named Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes académiques by France's Prime Minister, Jean-Pierre Raffarin. The Palmes académiques is an order founded by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1808, honouring a remarkable commitment to the advancement of knowledge. Pierre was also made a member of the Order of Canada for his volunteer work in 2000.

Michael Goldbloom, BCL'78, LLB'79, was appointed the new Publisher of the Toronto Star. He was previously Deputy Publisher and Senior Vice-President of Strategy and Human Resources for the Toronto Star. Michael joined the paper in July of 2003. He lives in Toronto with his wife, Fiona Macleod, BA'71, who works in the documentary film industry.

Eric Singer, LLB'79, BCL'79, is now President and General Counsel of BrandAbility Inc., a name creation and branding company that specializes in creating unforgettable names for new companies and products, as well as corporate taglines and slogans. He has also been elected to the Executive of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association (Toronto section). Eric may be reached at and for more information, please see

Owen Kurtin, BA'81, LLB'84, is a partner in the New York office of national law firm Sonnenschein Nath & Rosenthal LLP. He concentrates on transactions and regulations in the telecommunications, media, satellite/ aerospace and information technology sectors. Owen is married to Isabelle Housseau of Paris, France. He splits his time between New York and Paris and has a 4-year-old bilingual daughter, Dora, who speaks to her Dad in French and her Mom in English when she's mad.

Michael Byers, LLB'92, BCL'92, has been living abroad for the past several years, most recently in the United States, where he's been teaching international law at Duke University in North Carolina. But now, this 30-something thinker on world affairs is getting ready to come home, lured, he says, by the promise of a new era for Canada on the world stage. Michael has accepted a Canada Research Chair in Global Politics and International Law at the University of British Columbia. He will also serve as Academic Director of the Liu Institute for Global Issues.

Karen Yamamoto, BSc'92, LLB'97, BCL'97, and Rob Miners, BSc(Arch)'87, BArch'89, were married in Montreal in October of 2003 in unseasonal 24-degree weather and under beautiful fall colours. Rob started his own architectural firm (Studio MMA) three years ago. Studio MMA has been busy designing the new Mountain Equipment Co-op store in Montreal, luxury and mid-range condos, houses and chalets. Karen joined the firm Gowling Lafleur Henderson and practises as a technology and privacy lawyer. Karen can be reached at and Rob at

Martin J. Valasek, BCL'98, LLB'98, returned to Montreal in 2003 after spending three years in New York City, where he worked in the international arbitration group of White and Case LLP. Martin has joined the litigation group of Ogilvy Renault, where he continues to focus on international dispute resolution. He has settled in Westmount with his wife, Lisa Rambert, LLB'97, and daughter, Ellie, who was born in New York City in June 2002. So far, Ellie has very little interest in the law, and a very healthy interest in singing and dancing.

Christopher Waters, LLM'98, DCL'02, has published a book entitled Christopher Waters, Counsel in the Caucasus: Law and Professionalization in Georgia (Leiden: Martinus Nijoff, 2004). Christopher is a lecturer in law at the School of Law, University of Reading in England.

Michael Arnot, BCL/LLB'03, is living and working in Ottawa as a policy advisor to the Minister of Health, Pierre S. Pettigrew. Mike is really enjoying public policy - among other files, he's working on the medical marijuana program and Canada's Tobacco Control Strategy. More importantly, he married Nada Teofilovic in June. Friends can reach Mike at

Library and Information Studies

Ming Wong, MLIS'00, and her husband, Tim Ralston, are proud to announce the birth of their first child. Addison Cain Ralston was born in May of 2003 in Washington, D.C. He is a bouncing baby boy who keeps his Mom and Dad very busy. He likes visiting Canada, even in the winter! Ming welcomes news from old friends at


Richard M. Wise, BCom'62, has been appointed to the Business Valuation Task Force of the Appraisal Standards Board of the Appraisal Foundation, Washington, D.C. The Foundation is authorized by the U.S. Congress to be the source of Valuation Standards and Valuator Qualifications.

Barbra Fischer, BCom'78, is National Manager Credit Solutions for Private Banking at RBC Financial Group. She is responsible for all credit and lending in private banking and manages a team of 30 credit specialists across Canada. After McGill, Barbra went on to earn her MBA from Concordia University in Montreal in 1980. Barbra resides in Toronto with her two sons, Miles, 17, and Jonah, 13. Montreal is still "home" and she would love to hear from former McGill classmates at barbra.fischer@

Lawrence E. Johnson, BCom'78, writes to say that after practising law in California for the last ten years, he now is executive vice-president with, a leading interactive directory, and is spearheading a joint venture in China. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife, Anne-Marie Kovacs, BCom'85, and his children, Cedric, 11, and Sasha, 7. Anne-Marie is vice-president marketing and sales with an important local Internet company. They feel quite at home on the Strip since the top headliners are all from Montreal.

Kirit Patel, MBA'78, has relocated to Bangalore, India, after 31 years of service at Pratt & Whitney Canada, first in Montreal and then in Toronto. He now manages their engineering outsource operation. Both Kirit and his wife, Yogini, are enjoying the warm weather and warm hospitality in India.

Diana R. Shand, MBA'78, has been happy to welcome offspring of McGill friends who have been resourceful in searching her out through Alumni pages. Diana lives in the heart of the cultural area of Christchurch, New Zealand, and has plenty of room for visitors. She is the deputy chairperson of the Canterbury Regional Council, that part of local government that deals with natural resource management. Environmental issues and public transport matters keep her busy, but Diana makes time for tramping in the high country. She misses the long canoe trips in Quebec, says it was really great to be back for the MBA class reunion last May, and adds "Well done, organizers!" Diana is a member of the national Local Government Sustainable Development advisory group and welcomes contact with alumni with similar interests at

William Cheung, BCom'79, is Vice President Applications at Sobeys Inc., the second largest national grocer in Canada. He is responsible for four Informational Technology departments with a total staff of 70 professionals. William lives in Toronto and spends his time at the Nova Scotia head office. He can be reached at

Charlene Arje, BCom'80, was appointed President and National Executive of Honeywell Canada. She also continues her previous role as the General Manager of Global Business Services for both Canada and Latin America. Charlene joined Honeywell in 1996 as Finance Director for one of Honeywell Canada's Aerospace businesses. After her graduation from McGill, she went on to an MBA in finance and policy from York University.

Marc J. Belliveau, MBA'82, is practising law in Halifax with the prestigious firm Stewart McKelvey Stirling Scales. He specializes in securities law and intellectual property law, as well as corporate and commercial law, with an emphasis on corporate finance. Marc and wife Christine now have four children: Luc, Chantal, Sophie and Max. Marc says hello to the members of the 1980 Thomson House band, "The Hidden Agendas"!

Robert Soroka, BCom'84, is now a professor in McGill's Faculty of Management. A grad of Northmount High School in Montreal, he's helping to organize the reunion for the class of 1979. He says many high school classmates went on to McGill and he'd like them all to know that their 25-year reunion will take place at the Centre Renaissance, 7550 Henri Bourassa east, on Sunday, October 10, 2004. The Reunion Committee asks all '79 Northmount grads to email their contact info to as soon as possible.

Aline Bélanger-Lytzki, BCom'91, DPA'94, DipTax'97, has been named Vice-President, Corporate Controller and Assistant Corporate Secretary at CAE Inc., in Montreal. After graduating from McGill, she obtained her CA and CPA designations while working in Montreal and attending the Edinburgh School of Business for an MBA. In her current role at CAE, a public company listed on the Toronto and New York stock exchanges, she is responsible for all of this international corporation's financial reporting and compliance with securities legislation.

Patrick Robinson, MBA'98, has been named Director of Marketing for New Jersey-based Wilson Walton International, a pioneer in marine and offshore corrosion control. Patrick resides in Wall Township, New Jersey, with his wife, Rebecca.

Jawad Hussein Qureshi, BCom'00, continued his education with a Graduate Diploma in CED (Community Economic Development) from the School of Community and Public Affairs, Concordia University. Jawad has been accepted at the Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia, to do an MA in Asia Pacific Policy Studies (Governance and Human Rights), and he leaves for Vancouver at the end of the summer.

Adam Schlesinger, BCom'02, is leaving Bombardier Aerospace after two years of developing Global Business Applications for Procurement, Finance and Operations to return to school. He will be moving to Boston in September to attend MIT in the Master of Engineering in Supply Chain Logistics program.


Geoffrey Moull, BMus'76, music director for the Thunder Bay Symphony Orchestra, presented a preview of repertoire recorded for the CD Variations on a Memory in February 2004. The selections performed and recorded are of special significance to the TBSO, and all are a celebration of Canadian music.

Olivia Saragosa, BMus'98, MMus'00, mezzo-soprano, continues to emerge on European stages. In 2004-2005 she will be a solo member of the ensemble of Stadttheater Bremerhaven in northern Germany. This past summer she made her Italian debut in the title role of Carmen with Opera Studio Meran. She has been an active freelance artist in Germany since the completion of her vocal studies at the Hochschule fFCr Musik 'Hanns Eisler' in Berlin in 2002.

Kelly Hodson, BMus'01, has had a number of successful engagements during the spring of this year, including Concerts du dimanche in February and March in Nice, France; Liebestod, also in February and March, though in Paris, France; and Lamke in April and May at the Opera de Reims. Kelly can be contacted at kelly.hodson@

Religious Studies

Richard Kunzelman, BTh'76, received a Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal for having been Corresponding Secretary to the Intrepid Society, Inc., and chaplain to the Royal Commonwealth Society, Manitoba Branch.


Harold Kalter, MSc'51, PhD'53, has published a book entitled Teratology in the Twentieth Century: Congenital Malformations in Humans and How Their Environmental Causes Were Established (Elsevier, Amsterdam 2003).

Wendell Forst, PhD'55, is now retired and living in France but is busy writing. He just wrote Unimolecular Reactions: A Concise Introduction (Cambridge University Press, 2003). His previous book, Theory of Unimolecular Reactions, was published in 1973.

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 practised law in the Annapolis Valley since 1971. His son, Robbie, is in his first year of his Bachelor of Science degree at McGill and is enjoying it immensely.

Lorne Abramson, BSc'68, has retired after 31 years as a high school mathematics department head. He has just been hired as the Executive Director of the International Diabetes Camping Association. This new job involves management of the website,, coordinating a monthly newsletter and networking with over 200 camps for children with diabetes worldwide. Lorne is still happily married to Marilyn, with two daughters, Melanie and Lara. He can be contacted at

Charles Fajgenbaum, BSc'80, MBA'83, is the proud owner of Fermentations! Fermentations! offers clients a chance to make their own old-time, hard apple cider, as well as wine, beer and coolers. All ages visit this shop - the only one in Toronto to offer this extensive list of make-your-own beverages - to benefit from Charles's enthusiasm and knowledge. It has been voted the top stop in Toronto to make your own wine and beer six years running by the readers of NOW magazine, as well as receiving numerous wins in the annual eye magazine survey.

Jeannine Gagne Kazacos, BSc(PT)'80, and her husband, Stacey G. Kazacos, MBA'78, are working at the U.S. Embassy in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Jeannine is a Regional Applications Officer who travels throughout Africa providing computer hardware and software training/ support for the U.S. State Department. Stacey is the Counselor for Regional Affairs.

Paul T. LaFleche, MSc'80, PhD'85, is living in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In August of last year, he was named Secretary to the Cabinet of the Government of Nova Scotia. Prior to that he served as Vice President (Academic) of the Nova Scotia Community College.

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 an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee.

Michael D. Hill, BSc'89, was selected to receive the 2004 Michael S. Pessin Stroke Leadership Prize at the American Academy of Neurology's 56th Annual Meeting in April 2004. The prize recognizes emerging neurologists who have demonstrated a passion for learning and expanding the field of stroke research. Michael is an asssistant professor at the University of Calgary in Alberta, and his research focuses on establishing a new treatment paradigm for the 20 percent of patients who suffer a stroke while asleep.

Rodger Sadler, BSc'91, has been working in New York City as a patent litigator since graduating from Osgoode Hall Law School in 1998. Rodger, his wife, Andrea, and their 19-month-old daughter, Siobhan, live in Pelham, New York, a small town just north of New York City. They would love to hear from any of Rodger's McGill friends.

Daniel Marelli, MSc'92, has joined the Division of Cardiac Surgery in the Department of Surgery at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Philadelphia. He was also appointed Associate Professor of Surgery, Jefferson Medical College of Thomas Jefferson University. He will focus his clinical practice on complex adult cardiac surgery and heart failure.

Rik Ganju, BSc'94, sends warm regards to friends from McGill '94. He runs a Silicon Valley consulting firm that helps medical device companies optimize designs in R&D, or yields in production. The company is called Elastic Design, LLC. Friends can always reach Rik through

Jonathan G. Pomerance-Trifts (née Trifts), BSc'95, is living in Bristol, UK. He has been married to Dulseigh since 1995, and their daughter, Isaaca, was born in October of 2003. Jonathan is working for Canadian IT and management consultancy firm CGI (CGI-Europe Ltd.). He is currently completing his final course for his MSc (IT) at the University of Liverpool.

George Thanassoulis, BSc'97, completed his third year of residency in internal medicine at McGill, and started his fellowship in cardiology in July. He is pleased to announce that he is engaged to Sonia Tremblay, BSc'97, BSc(OT)'00, who is in her third year of medical school at the Université de Montréal. They plan to get married in the summer of 2005.

Hassan Said Bazzi, PhD'03, joined the group of Professor Françoise M. Winnik at the Université de Montréal, Faculty of Pharmacy, as a postdoctoral research fellow. Hassan is the recipient of an Industrial Research Fellowship from NSERC, which he plans on pursuing next year. In 2003, Hassan served as a weapons inspector with the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission in Iraq. He received the Honorary Shield of H.E. President Emile Lahoud of Lebanon for his services. In August 2003, Hassan was invited to the Canadian Society for Chemistry conference in Ottawa to present his work after being awarded the MSED/Bayer Inc. award in polymer science 2003 for best PhD research.

Social Work

Rev. Ronald Michael Grossman, BSW'78, is married to Hilary Borshy, and they live in Ottawa with their three boys, Daniel, 23, and Noah and Joshua, both 20. Ron is the executive director of Israel's Hope Ministries of Canada, and carries out an extensive public speaking schedule both in Canada and the U.S., along with editing the quarterly newsletter, The 'Y' Times.

Tracy Kreuzburg Ruth, BSW'97, has been working as an Addiction Counselor in her hometown of Corner Brook, Newfoundland, for six years, and worked in Child Protection for over a year before that. She married three years ago, has a beautiful two-year-old daughter, and is due to have a second child in October. Tracy still thinks of some of her professors and classmates from McGill from time to time, and she sends greetings to anyone who recognizes her name.

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