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Agricultural & Environmental Sciences / Macdonald Campus

YVES CHOINIÈRE, BSc(AgrEng)'84, was elected president of the Canadian Society for Bioengineering for 2004-2005. Yves was also appointed the Canadian representative to the American Society for Agricultural Engineering. For more information, visit

CAROL PLOUFFE, BSc(Agr)'92, was awarded the 2005 Young Engineer Award from the Canadian Society for Bioengineering in recognition of outstanding contributions to the field of soil/crop/machine interactions. He works at the Deere & Company Technology Center in Moline, Illinois, where he leads the soil dynamics activities, providing support for the Agricultural, Earthmoving and Consumer equipment divisions. He received the "Ag Innovation Award" for leading the design and implementation of the new John Deere indoor soil bin.

MARCELO BELTRÃO MOLENTO, PhD'00, organized an Agricultural Olympic Games in Santa Maria, State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. He suggested an activity that he learned from his years at Macdonald Campus, the cow- pat bingo game. Marcelo says it was one of the most popular events at the Games.


PRIYA RANGANATH, MArch'00, has moved to London, England, to be a part of the Energy and Sustainability team at Hilson Moran Ltd, which specializes in the provision of high-end mechanical and electrical solutions for buildings ( This position comes after a two-year contract as a civil servant with the federal government in Edmonton, Alberta.

ROBERT KIRKBRIDE, PhD'03, is a faculty member at Parsons School of Design in the Department of Product Design. Robert recently received the Gutenberg-e Prize, a $20,000 fellowship bestowed by the American Historical Association. The award promotes high-quality scholarly publishing on the Internet. Robert will receive assistance to adapt his dissertation, "The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro and the Architecture of Memory," to the possibilities opened by electronic publishing. He is developing "Sites of Inquiry," an interdivisional studio of Parsons School of Design examining how design, material craft and perceptions of space shape knowledge.


MANUEL G. BATSHAW, BA'37, DipSW'38, LLD'98, celebrated his 90th birthday in April. He still works as a consultant and development officer at Mount Sinai Hospital of Montreal. Manny's volunteer activities include service to the Batshaw Youth & Family Centres, the Jerusalem Foundation of Canada, the Federation-United Jewish Appeal, and especially McGill. He derives much gratification in working with the senior administration to redevelop the McGill Centre for Research on Children and Families, associated with the School of Social Work. Manny takes particular joy in knowing that he had a learning disability as a child and now celebrates receiving an LLD from McGill, the Order of Canada, the Order of Quebec, and having a distinguished child welfare organization, the Batshaw Youth & Family Centres, bear his name. JOEL YANOFSKY, BA'77, MA'81, has written his biography, Manny Batshaw, Architect of a Jewish Community.

GRAHAM DENNIS, BA'49, was awarded the Queen's Jubilee Medal in 1977 for contributions to journalism and society as a whole, and, in 1984, he became a member of the Order of Canada. He was inducted into the Junior Achievement Nova Scotia Business Hall of Fame this year. Graham is publisher of the Chronicle Herald, now the country's largest independent newspaper. Born and raised in Halifax, Graham began at the Chronicle Herald selling newspapers as a boy. After graduating from McGill, he took a full-time position with the paper, the third generation of his family to work there.

CONSTANCE R. (LEPOFSKY) GLUBE, BA'52, retired at the end of 2004 as Chief Justice of Nova Scotia and as Administrator of the Province of Nova Scotia. Connie has received honorary degrees from Dalhousie, Mount Saint Vincent and Saint Mary's universities. She received the Canadian Institute for the Administration of Justice Award in 2003, was made an Honorary Member of the Law of the Future Foundation and the Canadian Bar Association in 2004, and an Honorary Member of the International Association of Women Judges (Can.) in 2005.

LINDSAY COOK, BA'75, has joined the Board of Overseers of MSPCA-Angell, a leading humane organization providing care to over 250,000 animals each year. MSPCA-Angell operates three veterinary care facilities, including Angell Animal Medical Center in Boston, one of the world's foremost clinical veterinary institutions, and seven highly regarded animal care and adoption centres in Massachusetts. He is also a member of the board of directors of the New England-Canada Business Council, and a principal at Kinnen LLC, a mergers and acquisition advisory firm.

W. TAYLOR GRANT, BA'75, after a career as an animation editor for TV cartoons from 1981 to 1998, has graduated with an MSc in Multimedia Development from the School of Design and Communication at Anglia Polytechnic University in Chelmsford, England. His dissertation proposes a "timeline-based video conferencing workflow management system" that will take the concept of the virtual digital design studio to the next level in location-free creative collaboration.

GLORIA WATERS, BA'75, was appointed Dean of the Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at Boston University in January 2005. After earning her PhD from Concordia University, Gloria worked as a junior faculty member at McGill's School of Communication Sciences and Disorders. She began at Sargent as a professor in the communications disorders department, and served as chair before being appointed dean. Gloria plans to enhance both the college's programs and its national reputation.

DANIELLE MACBETH, BA'80, has published a book, Frege's Logic (Harvard University Press, 2005). In it, she develops an original alternative reading of Frege's logical language, Begriffsschrift. Based directly on Frege's notation and writing about logic, Danielle explains his peculiar two-dimensional notation and traces his understanding of Begriffsschrift. She is currently Associate Professor of Philosophy at Haverford College.

LILIAN O'MEARA, BA'81, after years of organizing and managing various libraries, now has her own business as a professional organizer. She has been a member of the Professional Organizers of Canada for two years and has clients throughout the Toronto area. She can be reached at, or at

BERNADETTE (DUFFNER) COLLEY, MA'85, recently celebrated the 15th anniversary of Colley Consulting, a practice special-izing in policy innovation in arts and education ( She also accepted a position as Associate Professor of Music Education at Boston University's College of Fine Arts, and continues work as a music director in the Boston area.

NIGEL CRAWHALL, BA'85, completed his PhD on the demise of !Ui-Taa (Southern San) languages at the University of Cape Town in 2004. In 2005, he was appointed Director of the Secretariat for the Indigenous Peoples of Africa Coordinating Committee, an advocacy network of first peoples organizations around Africa. Nigel's work has taken him to the Kalahari, the Sahara and most recently to the equatorial rainforest in Gabon to work with Pygmy communities. Once the chair of the SSMU South Africa Committee and coordinator of divestment activities at McGill, Nigel's home is now Cape Town.

FRANK P. HARVEY, BA'85, MA'88, PhD'93, was a runner-up for the 2005 Donner Prize for his book Smoke & Mirrors: Globalized Terrorism and the Illusion of Multilateral Security (University of Toronto Press). In it, Frank mounts a case for American unilateralism by exposing the real costs, potential risks and catastrophic failures of multilateral alternatives. He also addresses policies essential to the interests of Canada. Frank is a professor in the Department of Political Science and director of the Centre for Foreign Policy Studies at Dalhousie University. The Donner Prize is awarded annually for the best book on Canadian public policy.

ADEEB KHALID, BA'86, is one of the 16 Carnegie Scholars for 2005. Each scholar receives up to $100,000 over a two-year period to pursue research focusing on Islam and the modern world. Adeeb's research, Understanding Soviet Islam: the Roots of Contemporary Central Asia, will expand knowledge of Islam in a region largely unknown to experts in Islamic studies. Adeeb is an associate professor of history at Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., and a leading expert on Central Asia.

STEFANIE BECK, BA'87, was appointed to lead the Canadian embassy in Zagreb, Croatia, in 2004. She joined Foreign Affairs three years after graduation, serving in Dakar, Senegal, and Canberra, Australia, among other postings. Prior to Stefanie's appointment in Croatia, she was Canada's ambassador to Cambodia.

EVA STACHNIAK, PhD'88, published a second novel, The Garden of Venus (Harper Collins 2005), which tells of an extraordinary woman, Sophie Potocka, courtesan, courtier, countess and confidante to stars, queens and kings in late 18th-century Europe. The novel has already appeared in England, Australia, New Zealand, Greece and Italy. Eva's first novel, award-winning Necessary Lies ( in Canada First Novel Award 2000), was published in Poland in December 2004 as Konieczne Klamstwa.

IAN GRAHAM FINLAY, BA'89, is in the Politics Department of University College, Dublin, having completed his MA and PhD at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Md. He lives in Dublin with his wife, Jo Anne Mancini, who also holds a PhD from Johns Hopkins, and their son, Victor, age 7.

R. DAVID PEACOCK, BA'90, lives in Vancouver with his wife, Nobue, and daughter, Sonia. He is a teacher of English, ESL and Special Education at Fleetwood Park Secondary School in Surrey, BC.

THEODORE C. BURNS, BA'93, and CAITLIN PEPPERELL, BA'94, are pleased to announce the birth of their daughter, Myrna E. Burns, who was born in February 2005, and is named for McGill professor Myrna W. Selkirk.

JOE WONG, BA'95, lives in Toronto with his wife, Jennifer DiDomenico, after having spent some years in Madison, Wis., and Cambridge, Mass. Joe is a professor of political science at the University of Toronto, where he often runs into (and has coffee with) history professor MELANIE NEWTON, BA'96. His book on social policy in East Asia, Healthy Democracies, was recently published by Cornell University Press. Joe and Jen spent New Year's in NYC, where they partied with yesteryear friends (and partners), including Mark, Marco, Tony (Socrates), Jim and Gu, Alicia and Andrea.

MARIA MIGAS, BA'96, completed her medical degree at Dalhousie University in May 2002. She then married David Napier and moved to Ottawa, where she began residency training at the University of Ottawa. In May 2003, Maria and David welcomed a son, Jacob George, to the family. Maria works as a family physician in Ottawa.

CHRISTOPHE BONNEFOY, BA'97, has accepted a position at WestLB AG in London as a Relationship Manager in the Energy & Natural Resources sector. Having previously worked at WestLB in Bond Origination, he will find some familiar faces! Christophe is involved in the McGill Alumni branch in the U.K. and he can be reached at

ILKER KILIC, BA'98, worked in Montreal for a year, and then did his military service in Turkey for 16 months. He joined the Turkish Foreign Service in 2001 and was posted to Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo, in 2003. Ilker married at the end of 2004, and in September 2005, began studies at the College of Europe in Brugges, which he will attend for a year. He will then join the Turkish Permanent Delegation to the EU in Brussels. Friends can reach him at or Ilker misses everyone he knew during those fantastic years at McGill.

DEAN IRVINE, PhD'01, edited a collection of Anne Wilkinson's poetry, Heresies: The Complete Poems of Anne Wilkinson (1921-1961) (Véhicule Press 2004). This volume brings together all of Wilkinson's previously collected, uncollected and unpublished poems, and returns to circulation one of Canada's most important modernist poets. Heresies includes not only Wilkinson's poems, but also the record of their composition, revision and publication. Dean teaches at Dalhousie University in Halifax, and is editing a scholarly edition of F.R. Scott's complete poems and translations for the Canadian Modern Poetry: Texts and Contexts series (Canadian Poetry Press).


CHRISTIANA LEE, BSc'97, DDS'01, has taken over the practice of her father, DR. JOHNNY D'ARCY LEE, DDS'66.


MYER HOROWITZ, DipEd'52, LLD'79, received an honorary doctorate from the University of Calgary in June 2005. He is Adjunct Professor of Education and Chair of the Advisory Board for the Centre of Youth and Society at the University of Victoria, and President Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Education at the University of Alberta.

ELIZABETH CAMPBELL, BEd'75, is head of the Mathematics Department at Peterborough Collegiate and Vocational School.

DENNIS WAIDE, BEd'81, is the new defensive coordinator with the Redmen football team. He brings to the job 23 years of coaching experience with the John Abbott Islanders, including the last seven as head coach. During his two-decade stint with the Islanders, he handled defensive backs and special teams in addition to serving as defensive coordinator. Dennis played for the Redmen from 1977-81, winning the team's most improved player award in 1978 and earning all-conference honours in his final season.

MARC GÉLINAS, BEd'83, MA'89, joined the Canadian Olympic Committee in the new role of Director, Athlete and Community Relations, based in Montreal. He will have primary national responsibility for the development and delivery of Education and Youth Outreach programs. Marc has over 20 years of sport experience, most recently as Director General at Sportcom, a Quebec-based amateur sport organization mandated to increase the visibility of high-performance athletes and sport in the media. Marc was a pitcher for the Pittsburgh Pirates organization from 1976-82.

KATHLEEN GRAY, MEd'93, has published a book with Anne Lassance, Grieving Reproductive Loss: The Healing Process (Baywood Publishing, 2003). She is a registered nurse and bereavement counselor, and after several years of nursing and university teaching, Kathleen was drawn to the area of grief and bereavement, especially as it concerns the loss of a child due to reproductive-related conditions. This led to her founding of the Centre for Reproductive Loss, where she serves as director.

PENELOPE (ALLARD) LONGVAL, BEd'00, and NICHOLAS LONGVAL, BEd'02, are living in Ottawa, teaching physical education at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic High School in Russell. They have a beautiful 18-month-old son, Jaiden, and welcomed the arrival of triplets this summer. Penny and Nick can be contacted at

RACHEL SCHOENFELD, BEd'00, has graduated from the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College with a master's degree in Hebrew letters and the title of rabbi. She spent 1 1/2 years in Israel while at RRC, studying at the Conservative Yeshiva and Machon Schechter, teaching tefillah at the Liberal Yeshiva and volunteering as a chaplain in a nursing home. Rachel also served as the first student rabbi of the Ottawa Reconstructionist Havurah.


MICHAEL NOVAC, BEng'58, was promoted to the position of Honorary Consul General of Austria to the Atlantic Provinces at an official presentation by His Excellency Otto Ditz, Austrian Ambassador to Canada, in March 2005. In 1984, Michael began his honorary consular career with his appointment as Honorary Consul of Austria to the Atlantic Provinces. This promotion recognizes his contributions to strengthening economic, cultural and educational ties between Canada and Austria. Michael is President and CEO of Sonco Group, Inc., a company that specializes in the investment, development and management of commercial properties and gaming facilities.

HUGH GRAHAM HARRIS, BEng'62, reports that a wonderful dinner meeting between R. ANTHONY WATSON, BEng'61 (host), JOHN CLARKE, BEng'61, and himself was held in Kingston, Jamaica, in January 2005. The three are McGill Phi Kappa Pi alums. Hugh, who lives in Vancouver, also skis at Whistler most winters with DAN KRUPKA, BEng'61, and DON WELCH, BEng'61, also McGill Phi Kapps.

LAWRENCE SHEEHAN, BEng'63, is Program Manager for the water sector office in Baghdad, Iraq, with the engineering and construction firm of CH2M HIIL. He is responsible for managing the design and construction of the water and wastewater facilities and pipelines, together with dam repairs. The work is largely funded by the U.S. government and includes team members from countries throughout the world.

ANDREW H. VON KURSELL, BEng'63, was appointed to the Board of Directors of Brookmount Explorations Inc. He has over 42 years of experience in various sectors of the mining industry, and is currently President of Azure Resources Corp., a Director of Technology and Research Capital Corp. and International PetroReal Corporation.

MARTINE CORRIVEAU-GOUGEON, BEng'73, was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Canadian Commercial Corporation in May 2005. During a 30-year career in the telecommunications industry with Bell Canada, Silonex and Télébec, Martine concluded international manufacturing agreements, launched competitive new ventures and introduced Internet business solutions. Established in 1946, the CCC is an export contracting agency that brings buyers and Canadian exporters together, and reports to Parliament through the Minister of International Trade.

BRIAN F. KENNY, MEng'73, was appointed President of SMSP/Falconbridge Koniambo joint venture ferronickel project in New Caledonia. He is responsible for the design, planning and development of the operation, will establish and lead the senior management team and direct the development of strategies in addition to short- and long-term activities for the operation. The Koniambo joint venture will be one of the largest nickel producers in the world with an initial production of 60,000 tonnes per year. Previously, Brian was President, Bechtel Canada Inc./Bechtel Quebec, and General Manager, Mining and Metals, Canada and U.S.

DOUG BULGER, BEng'76, has joined PIRA Energy Group in New York as Managing Director of Project Consulting.

CHARLES HODGSON, BEng'81, signed a book deal with St. Martin's Press in New York. During more than two decades in space hardware, radar and consulting, he has collected words and stories about words, in particular, words about the human body. Ever wondered why the elbow is called the elbow, the name of that bump that almost covers your earhole, or how cold feet came to mean second thoughts? Charles has the answers in a book called Carnal Knowledge: A Playful Dictionary of Human Parts and Trivia, due for publication in 2006. Get a sneak peek at

CHANI SPIRO, BEng'83, and STANLEY SACHAREN, BEng'84, have been living in Israel for the past 19 years. They have four wonderful children and enjoy hiking, mountain biking, great books and good times with friends. Both Chani and Stan work in the very dynamic hi-tech industry in Israel. They would love to hear from McGill classmates and friends at

PAUL CARMEL, BEng'86, joined the Board of Directors of Orezone, an emerging gold producer that owns Essakan, the largest gold deposit in Burkina Faso, as well as several advanced-stage projects in West Africa. Orezone creates wealth by developing the earth's resources in an efficient and responsible manner. Paul is a professional mining engineer with 20 years of experience in the mining sector, both in industry and capital markets. He is Vice-President and Director of Sentient Asset Management Canada, a global mining investment fund. Prior to joining Sentient, Paul was Vice-President and Senior Gold Analyst at UBS Securities. Paul is based in Montreal.

L. PATRICK KELLY, BEng'86, broke the World Masters' Record at the 14th Masters' International Speed Skating Games in Italy in February 2005, posting an impressive 38.32 seconds in the 500 m, and winning an overall silver medal. Patrick is the principal analytical and equipment specialist of Peak Edge Performance, Inc. He has worked on fitness and technique with national competitors in speed skating and figure skating, as well as hockey players from the NHL, IHL and NCAA. Patrick consults for ice rinks in all areas from engineering to programming.

JULIE PAYETTE, BEng'86, DSc'03, received an honorary doctorate from Mount Allison University during convocation in May 2005. Julie is a Canadian Space Agency astronaut.

STEVEN DUFRESNE, BEng'94, was appointed European Sales Manager for Henkel's automotive electronics business. He will lead a European sales team focused on the burgeoning automotive electronics market and will coordinate sales, marketing and messaging priorities between the European team and the automotive electronics groups in other countries. Steve spent the last 11 years with Loctite, now part of the electronics group of Henkel.

ISABEL DESLAURIERS, BEng'03, won the 2005 National Volunteer Award from the Let's Talk Science Partnership Program, an innovative science literacy initiative, for her outstanding dedication in support of science education in Canada. She is one of hundreds of graduate student volunteers who participate in science education and outreach activities across Canada. Isabel works at McGill as a research and teaching assistant.

Health Sciences

CARL A. R. LEE, BSc'47, MDCM'49, is the first doctor to be given an Icon Award by the Trinidad Hilton, in March 2005. In 1980 he was the first doctor to be awarded a gold medal by the Trinidad & Tobago Medical Association.

CAROL L. RICHARDS, BSc(PT)'69, PhD'80, received the 2005 Dr. Jonas Salk Award from the Ontario March of Dimes. The $10,000 prize is presented to a Canadian scientist who has made a new or significant contribution in alleviating or preventing a disabling condition. Carol is internationally recognized for her work in the rehabilitation of walking disabilities related to strokes, cerebral palsy and musculoskeletal impairments. Since 2001 she has held a senior Canada Research Chair in Rehabilitation for her work in the rehabilitation of people with stroke and, since 2003, the Laval University Research Chair in Cerebral Palsy

RICHARD KLASA, MDCM'76, was the 2004 recipient of the Professional Association of Residents of British Columbia Residents' Advocate Award. The award is presented to a person who conducts himself or herself in an ethical and professional manner, is respected in the community and whose advocacy improves residents' well-being. Until 2004, Richard was program director for the Medical Oncology Residency Training Program at the British Columbia Cancer Agency. He lives with his family in Vancouver.

DAVID J. LEFFELL, MDCM'81, has been appointed Deputy Dean for Clinical Affairs at the Yale School of Medicine. He will be responsible for the growth and development of the school's clinical practice. David is currently Director of the Yale Medical Group and professor of dermatology and surgery at the Yale School of Medicine. He is also the author of the popular book Total Skin, and an expert clinician who specializes in skin cancer diagnosis and surgical treatment using the Mohs micrographic technique.

LOUISE PILOTE, MD'85, is the lead investigator of GENESIS, a new research project involving more than 30 investigators across Canada. It is Canada's largest multidisciplinary initiative to study the causes of cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of death in Canada.


JOHN B. CLAXTON, BCL'50, has published a work entitled Studies on the Quebec Law of Trust. It is a comprehensive study, and the first monograph on the new Quebec law of trust by an experienced practitioner. The book launch took place in June at the Faculty of Law. John is a member of the Quebec and Canadian Bar Associations.

DAVID P. O'BRIEN, BCL'65, received a Fellowship Award from the Institute of Corporate Directors in May 2005. ICD Fellows are nominated by their peers and selected by an independent committee, and have distinguished themselves by bringing sound corporate governance leadership to boardrooms across Canada. David is Chairman of Encana Corporation and the Royal Bank of Canada.

DAVID COLLIER, BA'78, BCL'81, LLB'82, was sworn in as the new bâtonnier of the Bar of Montreal at the association's annual meeting in May 2005. David is an IP litigation lawyer and Ogilvy Renault partner.

MICHAEL HARPUR, LLB'78, was appointed to the Ontario Court of Justice in May 2005. He will sit in Barrie. Previously, he was the head of the Commercial Litigation National Practice Group at Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP (Gowlings). Michael brings to the bench considerable experience in civil litigation. His clients included one of Canada's integrated oil companies, and he has served as counsel to Ontario's Environmental Assessment Board. Called to the Ontario Bar in 1980, he has been a lecturer for the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Canadian Institute.

BERNARD AMYOT, BCL'82, LLB'83, was elected Second Vice-President of the Canadian Bar Association in February 2005, to become its National President in 2007-08. He is a partner in the litigation department of Heenan Blaikie LLP in Montreal and a member of the firm's National Executive Committee.

BRAM FREEDMAN, BA'87, BCL'91, LLB'91, has been promoted to Chief Operating Officer of Federation CJA, the central organization for Jewish philanthropy and community service in Montreal. Prior to joining Federation CJA in 2003, Bram was Assistant Secretary-General and General Counsel at Concordia University for 11 years.

MARK A. ROPPEL, BCL'88, LLB'88, joined Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft LLP as a partner in the Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions Department in New York. He represents clients in a variety of domestic and cross-border transactions, including mergers, tender offers, leveraged acquisitions, restructurings and strategic alliances. Before joining Cadwalader, Mark was partner in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group of Shearman & Sterling LLP. While at McGill, Mark was Senior Editor of the McGill Law Journal.

DIRK BOUWER, LLB'92, and his wife, Janet, welcomed their third child, William, in November 2004. Dirk and his family live in Ottawa, where Dirk practices corporate law at the firm of Perley-Robertson, Hill & McDougall LLP.

MARKO PAVLIHA, DCL'92, was elected Minister of Transport of the Republic of Slovenia in 2004, and Vice-President of the National Assembly in 2005. He also chairs the Parliamentary Friendship Group with Canada. Marko is still teaching part-time at the University of Ljubljana as professor of commercial, transport and insurance law. Visit or write to him at

KEN FERNANDEZ, BCL'94, LLB'94, negotiates joint ventures in Guinea Conakry in gold mining, as well as sales of diamonds from that country. He is Executive Director of Horizons Political Consulting Agency, a company he co-founded in 1990. Ken is also President of Project Reach Out, a federally registered charity composed exclusively of volunteers who raise funds for missions in seven countries, each of which serves destitute people, providing them with dignity, food, clothing, shelter, education or training and medical care. Reach him at

ROBERT A. PETERSON, BA'96, BCL/LLB'03, joined the BC Cancer Foundation as their Major Gifts Officer for Vancouver Island.

NATASHA ELL, BCL'98, LLB'98, was married to Stephen Saunders on New Year's Eve, 2004. They have settled in Paris. Old friends can get in touch with Natasha at

Library and Information Studies

YU LI, MLIS'03, was appointed librarian at the University of Texas at San Antonio's Institute of Texas Cultures. She is responsible for collection development, cataloguing, managing library finances and the staff. Lilly is a member of the American Library Association, and previously worked as a documentation technician at New Frontiers School Board Archives in Quebec.


RICHARD M. WISE, BCom'62, received the 2005 Communicator Award from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators. The award is presented to a member of the Institute for promoting the profession in the fields of Law and Corporate Finance. Richard is a Fellow and Past President of the Institute.

DOUGLAS GAMEROFF, BCom'67, has sold his interest in Polifibra Canada to EIS Inc., a subsidiary of Genuine Parts, a Fortune 500 company. He founded Polifibra in 1987 and it is one of Canada's largest distributors of electrical insulation and magnet wire serving the transformer and apparatus repair industry. Douglas continues as President of Polifibra.

MARK C. STEINMAN, BCom'69, was appointed Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Hip Interactive Corp., Canada's leading provider of electronic entertainment, including video games, PC games, accessories and movies. With more than 30 years of senior financial experience, Mark was previously the Executive Vice-President and Chief Financial Officer of Stelco Inc., and held CFO positions with Spar Aerospace Ltd. and Rogers Cablesystems.

RONALD S. PURCELL, BCom'70, received accreditation as an Executive Associate with the Institute for Independent Business. The Institute and its Accredited Executive Associates bring small- and medium-size independent businesses around the globe the help and support they need by providing practical advice.

WILLIAM KOVALCHUK, MBA'85, was appointed to the Board of Directors of Dynetek Industries Ltd., a leader in developing, producing and marketing lightweight compressed natural gas and compressed hydrogen storage cylinders. William is based in Montreal, and is President of Claret Asset Management Corporation, a portfolio management firm. He has held senior positions with a number of financial institutions, and has served as Past President of the Montreal Society of Financial Analysts.

CLAUDE J. THIBAULT, MBA'91, was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Mediagrif Interactive Technologies, having spent the last three years in the same position with PTT Poly Canada, a joint venture of Shell Chemicals in Montreal.

AVIVA DWORKIND, BCom'95, MBA'01, and Jonathan Robinson celebrated the birth of their daughter, Emily Charlotte Maya, in February 2005. Aviva is a Manager in the Strategy & Transformation practice at Capgemini Toronto.

IMRAN AMED, BCom'97, writes that a McGill mini-reunion took place when he invited friends from all over to a 30th birthday bash entitled "The Beautiful and the Damned." Among the revellers who descended on Montreal from Europe and North America were ARSALAAN HYDER, BA'96, SHOLEH KOORJEE, BA'97, TERRY CHUNG, BSc'97, DEANA AHN, BA'97, MIRKO GILARDINO, BSc'97, MDCM'01, AMMAN SIDI, BCom'99, PATRICK LYNCH, BCom'01, JUAN GUARDADO, BEng'99, ALISON MAH-POY, BMus'97, TAREK MANSOUR, BCom'97, ALEYA KARIM, BA'00, and ALY-KHAN HIRANI, MA'03. It was a weekend to remember, visiting old haunts and creating amazing new memories in Montreal.

ANDREW KUYPER, BCom'97, worked for TD Bank (now TD Canada Trust) after graduation. He was the business lead for TDCT during the integration of the residential mortgage portfolio. Andrew went on to spend two years in project management with the bank, then two years as a relationship manager in the Mortgage Broker Sales department. In February 2005 he left TDCT to start up a new mortgage bank with two colleagues. Andrew is the Director, Sales Operations for Merix Financial. He married Rae-Anne Foley in August 2003. They have a daughter, Lauren, born in January 2005.

RICHARD G. MCCREARY, MBA'97, has been promoted to Managing Director in CIBC World Markets' Global Mining Group. CIBC World Markets is a recognized leader in providing financing and advisory services to mining companies around the globe. Rick can be reached at

MARIA-GABRIELLA KHOURY, BCom'99, was appointed Vice-President Research of Jordinvest, the first Jordanian public shareholding company, offering a variety of integrated investment banking services. She is responsible for the company's research department, supervising publication of weekly reviews and analyses, periodic, equity, sectoral and economic reports. Maria-Gabriella is a certified financial analyst and is a level 3 candidate in the CFA program.

LUCIE MARCOUX, CertHRMgmt'03, et son mari Vincent Lagueux sont heureux d'annoncer la naissance de leur fils, Louis, en mars 2005. Louis a été accueilli avec beaucoup d'amour par sa grande soeur Laura.


LENORE (MAHASE) SAMAROO, BMus'48, was given an Icon Award by the Trinidad Hilton for Music and Education.

ALDO MAZZA, BMus'79, visited Canberra, Australia, in April 2005, where he performed and gave master classes for World Rhythms Week at the ANU School of Music. A highlight of the week was a live two-way video performance which allowed Allan Molnar in New York to perform with Aldo in real time. In June, Aldo performed with the Festival String Quartet, playing music from the film The Pines of Emily Carr, and in July he served as Artistic Director of the KoSA International Percussion Workshops and Festival in Vermont. See

DAVID BERGERON, BMus'99, MMus'01, is a doctoral candidate at the University of British Columbia, where he is also a Teaching Assistant for piano. Focusing his research on Quebec music from the '70s to the present while working on standard repertoire for the piano with Professor Rena Sharon, he expects to complete his DMA in 2007. This summer David performed in Vancouver, Moose Jaw and Montreal. The recital in Moose Jaw coincided with the Centennial anniversary of Saskatchewan, and David was the first classical musician to perform in the new Cultural Centre.


PAUL LEBLOND, BSc'61, is interim Chair of the Pacific Fisheries Resource Conservation Council (PFRCC). Paul is an internationally renowned scientist who was a professor of oceanography and physics at the University of British Columbia until his retirement in 1996. He is now active in a variety of local, national and international ocean science and conservation forums. Paul was one of the original members of the Fisheries Resource Conservation Council for Atlantic Canada. The PFRCC is an independent body that reports annually on the status of British Columbia's salmon stocks, their habitat and related ecosystems.

MARGARET J. ABELA-SABINE, BSc'64, MDCM'68, was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Radiology. Margaret is affiliated with the West Lincoln Memorial Hospital in Grimsby, Ont., the Hamilton Health Sciences Centre, and the Ontario Breast Screening Program at the Sir William Osler Institute, both in Hamilton, Ont. She has also been active in medical societies, including the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Fellowship is one of the highest honours conferred by the ACR for service to medicine, significant accomplishments in research, exemplary performance as a teacher and outstanding reputation among colleagues and the local community.

JACK S.C. FONG, BSc'64, MDCM'68, MSc'68, received Western Connecticut State University's President's Medal for Distinguished Service to the university and the community in May 2005. He is chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Danbury Hospital, and also serves the hospital as chief of the Children with Special Health Care Needs Clinic and as an attending physician. Jack is additionally the attending physician for Green Chimneys Children's Services, and an associate clinical professor of pediatrics at the Yale University School of Medicine.

GRANT INGRAM, BSc'65, MSc'67, recently married Helen Burt. Grant is an Associate Dean in the Faculty of Science and Professor in the Department of Earth and Ocean Sciences at the University of British Columbia.

GORDON MASON, MSc'65, PhD'71, retired in July 2004 from his position as Professor of Mathematics at the University of New Brunswick. In May 2005, UNB conferred on him the title of Professor Emeritus.

MARK POZNANSKY, BSc'67, PhD'70, was appointed to the Ontario Genomics Institute Board of Directors. OGI is a not-for-profit corporation, working closely with Genome Canada and Ontario's Ministry for Economic Development and Trade, that serves the life sciences industry in Ontario. Mark is President and Scientific Director of Robarts Research Institute, and a founder of the London Biotechnology Commercialization Centre. He is also a founding member and past chair of the Council for Health Research in Canada and the CMDF/MDS Scientific Advisory Board.

ROBERT A. R. CLOUSTON, BSc'68, is President and Chief Customer Officer of Sargento Foods, a leading marketer of natural cheese based in Plymouth, Wisconsin. His career began at General Foods in Toronto and he subsequently spent 18 years with Warner Lambert in both Canada and the U.S. Prior to joining Sargento in 2000 as President of their Consumer Products Division, he was General Manager of ConAgra Frozen Foods' retail business and President and CEO of Leaf Connections. Bob is married with four children. In 1986 he was selected by Advertising Age as one of the "100 Best and Brightest Young Clients in Advertising." Bob is also a published author, working on his third book. Visit

MICHAEL LEBNER, BSc'69, is president of Clozex Medical, a privately held company focused on the development of innovative wound closure products and systems. He invented the ClozeX wound-closure device, which uses adhesive films and mechanical action to draw a wound together in seven to ten days. The device won the 2005 Medical Design Excellence Award, sponsored by Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry magazine.

JOE SCHWARCZ, BSc'69, PhD'74, received the 2005 Sandford Fleming Medal from the Royal Canadian Institute for outstanding contributions to the public understanding of science. The RCI is the oldest surviving scientific society in Canada, and is best known for public lectures on Sunday afternoons in the fall and winter at the University of Toronto. Joe is a McGill chemistry professor and heads the McGill Office for Science and Society.

KA SHUI LO, BSc'70, received the Asia Pacific Hotelier of 2004 Award in May at the 8th Asia Pacific Hotel Investment Conference in Singapore. He is Deputy Chairman and Managing Director of Great Eagle Holdings and Chairman of the Langham Hotels International Group. The prestigious award recognizes Ka Shui's dedication, commitment and achievement to the hotel industry in the region and particularly Hong Kong. After McGill, Ka Shui earned a medical degree from Cornell University in 1974, and did research in Nuclear Cardiology at the University of Michigan Hospital until 1979. On his return to Hong Kong, he joined the Board of Great Eagle Holdings in 1980.

BRUCE ELMAN, BSc'71, was reappointed Dean of Law at the University of Windsor in July 2005. Bruce earned his Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie, and his Master of Laws from Harvard. He was the Belzberg Professor of Constitutional Studies and Chair of the Centre for Constitutional Studies at the University of Alberta, where he received the 1999 Tevie H. Miller Award for Teaching Excellence. Bruce is Chair of the Ontario Council of Law Deans and a member of the Ad Hoc Ministerial Advisory Group to the Minister of Justice for Canada. He is also Chair of the Boards of Legal Assistance of Windsor, Community Legal Aid and University of Windsor Mediation Service.

HENRY W. LIM, BSc'71, has been elected as the 2006 Vice-President-Elect of the American Academy of Dermatology, the largest dermatologic association in the world, with more than 14,000 members worldwide.

LAURIE E. HELLENS, BSc'78, recently completed an Advanced Diploma in Genetics Technology at the Michener Institute of Applied Health Sciences in Toronto. She is working at Hamilton Health Sciences, McMaster University Medical Centre, in the Cytogenetics Laboratory and in the Molecular DNA Hemoglobinopathies Lab.

JIM IRWIN, BSc'80, has been appointed to the roles of Director and Project Development for Quest Oil Corporation. Jim received a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 1986, and was a Research Fellow at the university in the department of physics, developing techniques for the study of fluid inclusions in minerals associated with ore deposits and other geologic settings. He then was a Project Scientist at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, San Diego.

NASSIM USMAN, BSc'82, PhD'87, was appointed Entrepreneur-in-Residence for Morgenthaler Ventures in Menlo Park, Ca. He will focus on investment opportunities in biotechnology. Previously, Nassim was Senior-Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Sirna Therapeutics, Inc., where he was in charge of business and corporate development, manufacturing, quality and purchasing. Morgenthaler Ventures is a venture-capital firm with an investment focus on life sciences and information technology.

STEPHEN FERGUSON, BSc'88, PhD'94, was named one of Canada's "Top 40 Under 40" for 2004. The national awards program was founded and is managed by the Caldwell Partners and is in its tenth year. Stephen is the Director of the Cell Biology Research Group at Robarts Research Institute in the University of Western Ontario's Schulich School of Medicine. He holds a Canada Research Chair in Molecular Pharmacology.

BENOIT TREMBLAY, BSc'90, and his wife, Claire, are proud to announce the birth of baby Charlotte in Ottawa in April 2005.

MERVIN F. FINGAS, PhD'96, received a 2005 Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow from ASTM International. The award is the Society's highest recognition for individual contributions to standards activities. Mervin is chief of the Emergency Science and Technology Division for Environment Canada in Ottawa, and has initiated new F20 activities on Hazardous Substances and Oil Spill Responses, as well as making major contributions to a number of standards.

SPIROS KARIGIANNIS, BSc'97, has completed an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship at McMaster University and is beginning a two-year visiting position at Michigan State University in the Department of Mathematics.

JOANNA KIM WELFORD, BSc'97, is off to St. John's, Newfoundland, to take up a post-doctoral position in Memorial University's Earth Sciences Department.

BRENT MCGRATH, MSc'03, was awarded an Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research doctoral studentship award for his PhD research. Brent ranked first out of 130 applicants from across Alberta. AHFMR is the premier granting agency for medical research in Alberta.

Social Work

ROBBIE SCHWARZ, BSW'72, MSW'73, co-authored a chapter on Non-Accidental Injuries in the Oxford Textbook of Primary Medical Care (2004) with her husband. She was appointed lecturer in the Department of Public Health Services, at University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine, in 2000, and is on the Psychiatric Crisis Team at Markham Stouffville Hospital in Toronto. In addition to her private practice in individual, couple and family therapy, Robbie is an international speaker on "Short-Term Counselling with Couples" as well as "The Identification and Management of Spousal Abuse."

CHONG KEY GOT, BSW'80, writes that after five years in the field of social work providing services for children and youth, he decided he wanted to look at the world from a different angle. So in 1985, he returned to McGill and completed one year of an MBA program. Eager to put the marketing and finance skills into practice, he quit the program and opened a jewelry shop, where he unfortunately lost all his money. Chong chose to stay in the business world, and he now runs two car dealerships in Hong Kong. He would love to hear from his classmates and professors at

SHARON LONG, BSW'81, lives in Edmonton, Alta., with her husband, Miguel Brown. Her children Jarett, Cassandra and Tremayne live at home, while her eldest daughter, Dionne, and two granddaughters live nearby. Sharon is Executive Manager with Edmonton and Area Child and Family Services. She has spent the last 24 years working in the Edmonton area and cherishes the opportunities God has given her to make a difference in the lives of clients and staff.

RUTH WHITE, BSW'88, MSW'91, has been appointed director of the newly accredited undergraduate Social Work program at Seattle University in Seattle, Wash. Her latest publication, entitled "Homosexuality and the HIV/AIDS stigma in Jamaica," appeared in the journal Culture, Heath and Sexuality this year.

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