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Agricultural & Environmental Sciences / Macdonald Campus

CYNTHIA MANNION, MSc(A)'85, PhD'04, graduated from McGill at Macdonald Campus on a stunning day in June 2004 accompanied by family and friends. Cynthia's PhD in Human Nutrition and Dietetics addressed the dietary behaviours of reproductive women and the effects of maternal dietary adequacy on infant birth weight. She has been an assistant professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary for the last four years, where she teaches research and pharmacology. Contact her at

JACK THOMSON, BSc(Agr)'92, and RHONDA MACDOUGALL, BSc(Agr)'92, were named Canada's Outstanding Young Farmers for 2004 at a ceremony in Winnipeg in November. Jack and Rhonda, who have three children, Shamus, 4, Bryce, 2, and Keith, 8 months, operate West River Holsteins in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. Canada's Outstanding Young Farmer Program recognizes farmers who exemplify excellence in their profession and promote the contribution of agriculture to the Canadian economy.

YANXI TAN, PhD'97, received the Wyeth Company's prestigious 2004 President's Award for outstanding contributions to research. The President's Award is given to ten individuals from Wyeth Research who made significant contributions to pharmaceutical research. As a Section Head in the Chemical and Pharmaceutical Development group in Pearl River, Yanxi has made pioneering use of cutting edge technologies to ensure there is no cross-contamination during the manufacture of drug products. Her contributions, which have been recognized by the American Chemical Society, have reduced cycle times, expenses and solvent waste in the drug development process.


NICOLAS RYAN, BSc(Arch)'90, BArch'92, has lived in New York since 1997. He is a senior architect at Grimshaw Architects and the project manager for the Fulton Street Transit Center in lower Manhattan. Nicolas was recently promoted to one of the firm's Associates. He is also an adjunct assistant professor of architecture at the New York Institute of Technology and a member of the American Institute of Architects.

MARIE-CHRISTINE PONAMALE, MUP'97, is working as Exchange Program Coordinator at Université Lyon III, in France. She develops exchange programs between her university and others, including McGill. In March 2004, Marie-Christine attended the inauguration of the New Yad Vashem museum in Jerusalem, where she met French Premier Jean-Pierre Raffarin and Nobel Peace Prize recipient Elie Wiesel. See cle.php3?id_article=99994.


WILLIAM WEINTRAUB, BA'47, became an Officer of the Order of Canada in October 2004 at an induction ceremony in Ottawa presided over by the Governor General. The citation, read at the ceremony, said, in part, "As a journalist, author, filmmaker and lecturer, William Weintraub has played a major role in our country's artistic and intellectual life."

MARTIN PUHVEL, BA'53, MA'54, was awarded the Order of the White Star by the President of Estonia in February 2005 in recognition of his services to the Republic of Estonia. Martin's services included advocacy in political circles and in the media in support of Estonia's independence, which occurred in 1991, as well as the promotion of Estonian culture in Canada.

A. RONALD TONKS, BA'55, has been appointed Associate Professor of History at Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, Tennessee. The Baptist History and Heritage Society of Brentwood, Tennessee, has published Ronald's study Duke K. McCall: An Oral History. He has resided in Nashville since 1972, where he was director of the library of the Southern Baptist Historical Commission for a number of years.

INGRID HALL, BA'64, MA'69, was appointed Chair of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency from September 2004 until October 2005. Ingrid concurrently serves as Canada's Ambassador to Austria and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Multilateral Agencies in Vienna.

PAUL MASSON, BA'68, recently published a book, The Monetary Geography of Africa (Brookings Press, 2004), which reviews the history of the use of currencies and evaluates proposed new monetary unions on the continent. Paul is Adjunct Professor and Research Fellow at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.

LEO ADLER, BA'70, was appointed to the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security in February. The Roundtable will discuss emerging trends and developments in national security matters, working with the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and the Minister of Justice. Leo, who has a law degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, was called to the Ontario bar in 1975 and has since become a member of the Criminal Lawyers Association as well as the International Association of Defence Attorneys. In 1999, he was named Counsel and Director of National Affairs for the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies. Leo has been a delegate at the Assembly of States-Parties meeting of the International Criminal Court at the UN and chaired various groups dealing with aspects of the justice system.

MARK PHILLIPS, BA'70, is a CBS News London bureau correspondent. He has covered many major stories, including the war in the Balkans, the death of Princess Diana and the weapons inspection conflicts in Iraq. Mark joined CBS News in 1982 as a reporter based in London and covered events throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He became the first non-British correspondent to report from the Falkland Islands during Great Britain's conflict with Argentina in 1982. Prior to joining CBS News, Mark was a reporter for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in London.

NICHOLE RICALENS POURCHOT, MA'73, has had several books published: Lexique des figures de style, Collection Synthèse (Armand Colin, 1998), Dictionnaire des figures de style (Armand Colin, 2003) and Les facéties du français, which will be appearing in fall 2005.

ANNA MARIA MAGNIFICO, MA'75, has been appointed Executive Director of the Internal Trade Secretariat. She is a senior executive with considerable experience in bilateral and multilateral trade relations, and served as Manitoba Representative for Trade and Investment in Europe. Having returned to Winnipeg, she is a volunteer board member of several not-for-profit organizations and was recently interim Managing Director of the Immigration and Refugee Community Organization of Manitoba. The Committee on Internal Trade is responsible for the implementation of the Agreement on Internal Trade, an intergovernmental accord to facilitate the free movement of people, goods, services and investment across Canada.

CHARLES S. CLARK, BA'76, recently published a new collection of history essays, entitled Mistakes Were Made: People Who Played the Role of "Goat" in History (PublishAmerica, 2005). In it, Charlie offers a blow-by-blow description of the mistakes made by some of history's most famous "goats" in such areas as the military, exploration, technology and the arts. He writes about such memorable mistakes as the pioneer guide who misled the Donner Party and the record executive who rejected the Beatles. Check it out at

GRANT MCCREA, BA'82, LLB'85, MA'86, appears in the Euromoney Legal Media Group's Guide to the Leading United States Litigation Lawyers 2005 and the Guide to the World's Leading Litigation Lawyers 2005. He practises international litigation and arbitration at Dewey Ballantine LLP in New York. His first novel, Alive by Death, will be published by Random House Canada in February 2006.

MICHEL GAGNON, BA'85, has been promoted to the position of Quebec Regional Manager for Weir Canada, Inc., a Glasgow, Scotland-based multinational operating in the field of industrial projects and equipment. Since his graduation from McGill, Michel has worked in the field of sales and marketing for such companies as 3M Canada and AAF Canada.

SIMMA LEVINE, BA'85, married Steven Bergman King in March 2005 in Roslyn, N.Y. Simma is the president of On the Road Booking, an agency in New York that specializes in the national tours of Broadway shows. Steven is the senior vice-president in charge of music publishing at Inspired Corporation, a music and video distribution and production company in Roseland, N.J.

VETTIVELU NALLAINAYAGAM, PhD'86, was appointed to the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security in February. The Roundtable will discuss emerging trends and developments in national security matters, working with the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and the Minister of Justice. Vettivelu has been an instructor in the Department of Economics and Political Science at Mount Royal College since 1998 and was Chair of the department from 1993-97. Since 2001, he has served as a Founder, Director and Research Chair with the Ethnocultural Council of Calgary, and from 1990 to 2001 he was a Board member, Vice-President and President of the Calgary Multicultural Centre. In 2001, Vettivelu received the Immigrant of Distinction Award from the Calgary Immigrant Aid Society for community service and the Commemorative Medal for the Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002.

SARAH (HAYES) DEHLER, BA'88, is responsible for media relations for March Networks, a recognized innovator of digital video security systems based in Ottawa.

PETER STROM, BA'88, is President and CEO of March Networks. He joined the company in 2003 as Senior Vice-President of Sales and Marketing, assuming responsibility for global sales and product development strategies for networked digital video solutions targeted at vertical market applications. In October 2003, Peter was promoted to Chief Operating Officer. Prior to joining March Networks, he spent more than ten years in the security industry, including two years as President and CEO of Gyyr, Inc. He has also held senior management positions at Sensormatic, Honeywell and Mosler Inc.

RICHARD B. LEVY, BA'89, was named Chief Operating Officer of International Creative Management, Inc. in March 2005. He will oversee business affairs, corporate communications, human resources and all other areas of the agency's day-to-day operations. In addition, he will retain his previous title of General Counsel and his responsibilities as the company's chief legal and compliance officer. Before joining ICM in 1997, Richard was an associate in the Los Angeles office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, as a member of the Employment and Entertainment Practice Groups.

DAVID THOMSON, BA'89, MA'90, is in the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto, where he teaches graduate courses on ethics, cities, and nature. His partner is Eva-Lynn Jagoe (B.A. 89), who is in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Toronto. They live in Toronto with their boys, Sebastian, 12, and Liam, 8.

IAN BRODIE, BA'90, was appointed Executive Director of the Conservative Party of Canada last year after working on the leadership campaign of Stephen Harper.

KRISTIN HOLMES, BA'92, was appointed Vice-President of International Licensing at Ziff Davis Media Inc. She will oversee all international licensing initiatives for the company's consumer and business technology publications and online properties. Kristin joined Ziff Davis in October 2000 as Director of Business Development and was responsible for the early growth and launch of the eSeminars business. Ziff Davis Media is a leading integrated media company focusing on the technology, videogame and consumer lifestyle markets. The company's magazine brands and contents are published in more than 40 countries and 20 languages.

CARELLIN BROOKS BARNES, BA'93, recently married Kestrel Barbara Barnes on Third Beach in Vancouver. At the reception, Carellin's first girlfriend, RACHEL ROSE, BA'93, reminisced about meeting the bride for the first time at McGill. In September of 2004, Carellin moved to the position of managing editor at New Star Books. She is also an instructor in the University of British Columbia's Women's Studies department. Her latest book, Every Inch a Woman, will be published by UBC Press in the fall. Carellin is the editor of Bad Jobs: My Last Shift at Albert Wong's Pagoda (Arsenal, 1998) and the co-editor of Carnal Nation: Brave New Sex Fictions (Arsenal, 2000).

WILSON RICARTE, BA'95, suffered a massive stroke in September 2004 causing a lesion in his brainstem, leaving him temporarily paralyzed from the neck down, unable to swallow solid foods, and with only the use of his right arm. He has also lost his ability to speak and has to relearn his speech all over again. His brain was unaffected and he is still the same person. He underwent intensive rehabilitation at the Montreal Rehab Centre. The doctors say he will recover but not for a very long time: months, maybe even years. You can reach him at

CRAIG MARTIN, BA'96, recently finished and launched a website called, which people can use to create their own online travel journal for free.

PEPITO R. FERNANDEZ JR, MA'97, sends his greetings to all McGill groupies! He is currently doing a PhD in Human Geography at the Research School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia. Pepito would like to think that the Department of Geography at McGill prepared him well to tackle his current academic load.

STACI WERBIN-TANNER, BA'97, moved to Toronto in July 2000 and currently works for Aim Trimark Investments as Sales Representative dedicated to the Edward Jones brokerage community in Ontario. She married Brian Tanner in June 2004.

CHRISTINA PIOVESAN, BA'98, moved to Los Angeles to complete a Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Southern California in Film Production, which she received in 2004. Christina was awarded a student Emmy award in March 2005 for a short film she produced called Miracle Mile. The film will also screen in the American Pavilion at the Cannes Film Festival as part of the Kodak Emerging Filmmakers Showcase.

MARY ANNA GRANCHAROFF, BA'00, has completed her MEd (TESL) degree and began teaching this summer at the Institute for North American Studies in Barcelona, Spain.

CASEY HAYES, BA'03, has returned to Canada after volunteering in Kenya for six months with a community organization focused on reducing poverty through community capacity building, food security and environmental management, community health and microfinance through the Coady International Institute's Youth in Partnership project.

DANITZA CAPARACHIN, BA'04, is currently part of a "stage" in a community centre that she hopes will help her find her way into the job that she wants. She is thinking about returning to McGill to do a BEd because her interests are kids and education. Danitza says hello to everyone, and old friends can contact her at with the subject line alumni-follow-up.


DENNIS STEPHENS, DDS'65, retired in December of 2004 from his position as Consultant Oral & Maxillo-Facial Surgeon at Kingston Public Hospital in Jamaica.


STAN GENDRON, BEd'77, is joining the Redmen football coaching staff. Stan, who will be coaching the receivers, holds a Level IV national coaching certification and has a strong playing and administrative background in numerous sports, including football, skiing, squash and tennis.

MYRNA LASHLEY, MEd'86, PhD'95, was appointed to the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security as Vice-Chair in February. The Roundtable will discuss emerging trends and developments in national security matters, working with the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and the Minister of Justice. Myrna has been a Professor of Psychology at John Abbott College in Montreal since 2003 and was recently appointed Vice-President of the Governing Board of the École national de Police du Québec. She has served as a consultant to the Jewish Family Services Centre, as well as the Ville Marie Social Services. Myrna was a member of the Centre for Research Action on Race Relations from 1999-2002 and received the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy Award from the City of Montreal in 2004; the award is presented to an individual whose contributions to the community exemplify the work of Dr. King.


AFTAB MUFTI, MEng'65, PhD'69, was conferred the 2005 Merit Award from the Council of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of the Province of Manitoba (APEGM) during a reception to celebrate National Engineering Week 2005. Recipients of the APEGM Merit Award are selected for their contributions to engineering through teaching, research and technical presentations. Aftab is the President of the ISIS Canada Research Network and a professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Manitoba.

MORRIE BORENHEIM, BSc(Arch)'72, BEng'75, recently joined Higgins Develop-ment Partners of Chicago, Ill. His first assignment is overseeing the construction of a High Containment BSL-4 Integrated Research Facility for the National Institutes of Health at their Rocky Mountain Labs in Hamilton, Montana.

DAVID BENSOUSSAN, MEng'78, PhD'82, was appointed to the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security in February. The Roundtable will discuss emerging trends and developments in national security matters, working with the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and the Minister of Justice. David has been a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering at the Université du Québec since 1982. He is President of the Communauté Sépharade Unifiée du Québec and has been a member of the Comité, Québec-Israel since 1977. He has published works in a number of areas, including telecommunications and energy. David's other accomplishments include receiving the Lauréat de la fondation internationale Matsumae from Japan in 1988 and the Prix du mérite et d'excellence du Centre communautaire juif in 2001.

OMAR F. ALI, BEng'81, MEng'83, PhD'89, resides with his family in Savannah, Georgia, and works for a great company called Rayonier, which is a specialty pulp producer. His title is Manager of Process Development in the Reseach Center. He remembers lots of great years at McGill, including his time as a Research Associate from 1983-84 with Dr. Douglas et al. in the Chemical Engineering department. Omar looks forward to the 25th reunion in 2006.

MICHAEL LEVITAN, BEng'89, has joined Global Markets Capital Group, an independent investment bank that provides strategic advisory services and mergers and acquisitions expertise to public and private companies. As a Principal in the New York office, he will support the firm's advisory and M&A efforts with biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and life sciences clients globally, and will help lead the expansion of the firm's efforts with U.S. clients. Michael has over 11 years of investment banking and corporate development experience in the health care industry with Wall Street firms Bear Stearns & Co. and Lehman Brothers.

GARNET ALEXANDER, BEng'93, and MARY HOWARD, BEng'94, are very proud to announce the birth of their daughter Renée, who was born last October on the same night as the Mech Eng ten-year reunion - sorry they couldn't make it! Equally proud are older brothers Kevin, 5, and Brendan, 3 1/2. Garnet recently started working in product development at Lasido, maker of Godin Guitars, after having been in the hockey equipment industry for the last 11 years. Mary is on a leave of absence from Rolls-Royce Canada, where she has worked since graduation in various roles on the development of new industrial gas turbine engines.

OLIVIER BERMAN, BEng'01, travaille pour la compagnie Iron Ore Canada à Labrador City depuis la fin de ses études et la mine lui a donné un défi, soit d'aller travailler à Paraburdo, Australie, pour 8 mois afin d'aller acquérir des notions de développement pour ensuite les implanter à la mine de Labrador City. Il est retourné la fin avril 2005.

HUIQIANG CHEN, MEng'03, and his wife YE TAN, MSc'04, are proud to announce the birth of their daughter, Victoria Jiahua Chen, in February of 2005.

Health Sciences

BRENDA MILNER, PhD'52, DSc'91, was among six scientists honoured in 2005 with Gairdner Awards. Established by Toronto businessman James Gairdner, the awards honour outstanding achievement in medical science. Brenda, a professor of cognitive neuroscience at the Montreal Neurological Institute, is being honoured for her pioneering research in the understanding of human memory. Of the 274 Gairdner winners, 64 have gone on to win the Nobel Prize.

CHARLES CRAWFORD, PhD'66, Emeritus Professor of Psychology at Simon Fraser University, had a busy 2004. In February he published Evolutionary Psychology, Public Policy and Personal Decisions (Erlbaum), which he edited with C. Salmon. In July he organized a symposium on evolutionary psychology and public policy for the meeting of the American Psychological Association. In September, Charles and his wife visited China at the invitation of Tianjin Normal University, and he gave lectures on evolutionary psychology there and at Nankai University. In October he organized a conference titled "Adaptations, Environments, and Behaviour: Then and Now" for the Cognitive Sciences Program at Carleton University in Ottawa.

MARIE-PIERRE FAURE, PhD'94, a été désignée Personnalité d'affaires Canada-France 2005. Ce concours, organisé par la Chambre de commerce française au Canada en collaboration avec PricewaterhouseCoopers, en est à sa troisième édition. Il honore des gens d'affaires qui contribuent à la vitalité économique entre les deux pays. Marie-Pierre est la présidente de BioArtificial Gel Technologies. Son entreprise est francocanadienne dans tous les sens du terme, puisque son actionnariat, son conseil d'administration et ses 32 employés proviennent tant de la France que de Canada. Par ailleurs, cette mère de trois enfants termine actuellement la rédaction d'un livre intitulé La peau, cette inconnue.


E. LEO KOLBER, BA'49, BCL'52, released his memoirs, Leo, A Life, in September 2003. Written with L. Ian MacDonald and published through the McGill-Queen's University Press, it details his remarkable relationships with the Bronfman dynasty, from founding father to his sons, and eventually to the dissolution of a great business empire. Leo oversaw the Bronfman family's major donations to McGill for many years, including the Seagram Building, now headquarters of the McGill Alumni Association. He holds honorary degrees from Concordia and St. Mary's universities.

DAVID GISSER, BCL'76, LLB'77, was appointed to the Cross-Cultural Roundtable on Security in February 2005. The Roundtable will discuss emerging trends and developments in national security matters, working with the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness and the Minister of Justice. David has been employed as Crown Counsel for the Manitoba Department of Justice since 1985. Previously, he was employed in general private practice, with emphasis on labour law, civil litigation and criminal law. David is a Member of the Board of Directors for the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg and was Chair of the Department of Justice's All Charities Campaign in 2001. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Jewish Child and Family Services of Winnipeg. David received an Outstanding Achievement Award from the Department of Justice in 2001.

DEMETRIOS XISTRIS, BCL'84, LLB'85, was recently appointed a Managing Director in the Legal Department at BNP Paribas in New York, where he is responsible for legal matters relating to the firm's equity business. He was previously in the Legal Department at the investment bank JP Morgan and in private practice at White & Case. Demetrios has been living in the New York area since 1985, and has been married to Aris Comninellis, a doctor, for 16 years. They have two athletic and hockey-playing daughters, Sylvia, 12, and Effie, 9.

DIMITRI G. MASTROCOLA, BCL'89, LLB'89, is leaving Citigroup's corporate finance legal department in New York after two rewarding years to begin an exciting new chapter in his career as a certified life and business coach, a leap he's been dreaming of taking for some time. Dimitri has founded SuccessCounsel, a personal empowerment training, coaching and consulting practice to help people achieve all their personal and business goals. For more information, visit

MÉLANIE DE SOUZA, BCL'97, LLB'97, MBA'03, who works as a business lawyer at Heenan Blaikie, and BENOIT MOREL, BCom'90, BCL'94, LLB'94, MBA'99, a partner at the law firm of Desjardins Ducharme Stein Monast and President of the Quebec MBA Association, are proud to announce the arrival of their first child, Sarah Jade, born in January 2005.

Library and Information Studies

SHANNON HODGE, MLIS'04, joined the Jewish Public Library of Montreal in February of 2005 as the archivist. Previously, Shannon worked at the McGill University Archives.

JUDITH WOLFTHAL, MLIS'04, joined the Jewish Public Library of Montreal in March of 2004, where she is a cataloguer and reference librarian specializing in Yiddish. In addition to her McGill degree, Judith also completed programs in history at Oberlin College and in Yiddish Studies at Oxford.


KEVIN RAY, MBA'80, was appointed Vice-Chairman, Deputy Head of U.S. Corporate at Scotia Capital, the global corporate and investment banking division of Scotiabank. He has overall responsibility for client relationship management in a number of industries, along with responsibility for the development and execution of certain credit-based products. Kevin joined Scotiabank in 1980 and served in Europe while he was Head of European Operations based in London. Before going to London, Kevin worked for Scotiabank in New York in the corporate banking, structured finance and syndications areas.

DENYSE CHICOYNE, MBA'81, was appointed to the Board of Directors of Richelieu Hardware Ltd. in April 2005. She has distinguished herself for over 20 years as a top-ranked analyst at Canadian brokerage firms, including BMO Nesbitt Burns, Nesbitt Thomson, McNeil Mantha Inc., Wood Gundy and the Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec. Denyse is a director of several companies and sits on the Advisory Board of the Faculty of Management at McGill. Richelieu Hardware is Canada's leading distributor, importer and manufacturer of specialty hardware and complementary products.

NEIL GLASBERG, BCom'84, has been appointed Senior Vice-President, BMO Bank of Montreal Direct at BMO Financial Group in Toronto. Neil has also been named a member of the Board of Directors of Special Olympics Canada.

FRANCE BELANGER, BCom'85, has been awarded a Fulbright Distinguished Chair at Virginia Tech's Pamplin College of Business, where she is associate professor of accounting and information systems. France, who is an Alumni Research Fellow in her department and directs the Pamplin College's Center for Global E-Commerce ( will spend next summer in Portugal, where she will teach a master's-level class on strategic information systems and conduct doctoral seminars at the Technical University of Lisbon's School of Business and Economics. France's research focuses on telecommunication technologies in organizations. She is associate editor of the Journal of Electronic Commerce in Organizations.

BRUCE C. YOUNG, BCom'85, has returned to the House of Commons after a seven-year stint in the PeopleSoft World. He is now Chief, Reporting Services for the Parliamentary Publications Department, and is responsible for transcribing and editing all that is said in all House committee meetings, and in the Chamber itself (Hansard). When not at work, Bruce and his wife, Deirdre, are kept busy with their two children, Patrick, 3 1/2, and Paige, 18 months.

GILLIAN FRIPP, MBA'94, and her husband, Derek Tilley, welcomed the birth of their first daughter, Charlotte Elizabeth, in September 2004. Gillian and Derek were married in Montreal at the McGill Chapel in April 2003.

DANNY BOUZIANIS, BCom'97, was named Maine's Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Regional Administrator Charlie Summers called Danny "an example for other young people in the state." He is a partner in eight Dunkin' Donuts franchises in Maine, a half-dozen real estate projects that exist or are underway, and the Eggspectation Restaurant in South Portland. About 350 people are employed in ventures in which he's a partner.

TREVOR PINTO, MBA'97, moved to Toronto in 1997 and worked with SAP Materials Management and Warehouse Management. He returned to Montreal in early 2003 and has been working with Bombardier in the same capacity since that time. Trevor invites other grads of '97 to contact him at

RYAN ROGOWSKI, BCom'00, has been promoted to Manager, Structured Product Sales, at HSBC Global Markets UK. Ryan joined the HSBC group after graduation.


JOHN A. NEAL, BSc'50, married Jane Blake in January of 2005. Both envision an active and artistic future together and plan to make the most of every day. John, who was in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the war before spending 40 years in a marketing career, now devotes his energies to writing. Janie is a watercolour painter who has a series of Alberta landscape greeting cards marketed through the Glenbow Museum.

DAVID ASH, BSc'66, PhD'73, has been appointed General Manager at Columbian Chemicals Canada Ltd. in Hamilton, Ontario.

GOSSE B. BRUINSMA, BSc'78, went on to earn a medical degree from the University of Leiden, the Netherlands. After practising in Ghana and the UK, he joined the pharmaceutical industry as European Medical Director for Zambon, Milan. Gosse later became Vice President for Medical and Regulatory Affairs with ClinTrials Research. In September 1995, he joined Forest Laboratories in NYC as Medical Director. From 1997 to 1999, Gosse was General Manager and Vice-President, Development, for Chrysalis Clinical Services Europe, based in Switzerland. He has served as President of Axonyx Europe BV since its formation in October 2000 and in March 2005 Gosse became the CEO of Axonyx Inc. He lives in the Netherlands with his wife and four children.

SOPHIA NADUR, BSc'88, currently lives in Ireland and works as a Marketing Director for Masterfoods.

CHRISTIAN LUPIEN, BSc'95, MSc'97, a reçu le prestigieux Prix Lee Osheroff Richardson. Décerné par l'entreprise Oxford Instruments Superconductivity, basée en Angleterre, ce prix honore des jeunes chercheurs nord-américains qui, dans la poursuite de leurs travaux, ont recours à de forts champs magnétiques ou à des environnements à très basse température. Christian s'est joint au Départment de physique de l'Université de Sherbrooke en janvier 2005, après un stage post-doctoral à l'université Cornell. Il s'affaire maintenant à mettre sur pied le Laboratoire de microscopie à effet tunnel à très basse température.

MARIE-HÉLÈNE ROCHON, BSc'96, joined Ogilvy Renault's Intellectual Property Group as a Patent Agent in Montreal. She will practise in intellectual property matters in the field of cellular biology. In addition to her degree from McGill, Marie-Hélène holds a master's degree in Food Science and a doctorate in Molecular and Cell Biology from Université Laval. She became a registered patent agent in Canada in 2004.

DANIEL HERTZMAN, BSc'00, is pleased to announce that he completed his medical degree from the Université de Montréal and will start a residency program in psychiatry at the University of Western Ontario in July 2005. Daniel would love to hear from old friends and classmates, who can contact him at

Social Work

REV. RONALD MICHAEL GROSSMAN, BSW'78, continues as an executive director of Israel's Hope Ministries of Canada. In the autumn of 2004 the new publication, Israel's Hope Magazine, was launched, of which Ron is editor-in-chief. A new website was launched in February 2005 and can be accessed at

LOLLY ANNAHATAK, BSW'97, received a National Aboriginal Achievement Award in the social services category in March 2005. The award is the highest honour the Aboriginal community bestows. Lolly translates and teaches courses in the McGill Certificate Program in Northern Social Work Practice. She was the first student guidance counselor for the Kativik School Board and the first Inuk to earn a Certificate in Northern Social Work. She began her career as one of the first community social workers in Nunavik. The Kativik Regional Government awarded her the Nunavik Academic Achievement Award. Lolly was a member of the Inuit Justice Task Force and is part of the Aboriginal First Nation Suicidal Prevention Committee for the Province of Quebec. She works for the Tulattavik Hospital in the Ungava region.

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