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Congratulations to the 2016 Arch Award Recipients

UCalgary Alumni Association Celebrates Eight Outstanding Alumni

Educational trailblazers, entrepreneurial mavericks, medical innovators, energetic and curious minds to be celebrated this November.

UCalgary alumni are making their mark around the globe and the 2016 Arch Awards on November 9 will celebrate eight whose work is driving positive change in our communities.

Please join us in congratulating these eight outstanding alumni who will be receiving the: Distinguished Alumna Award, Management Alumni Excellence Award, Alumna of Distinction Award and the Alumni Achievement Award.

We're celebrating our recipients November 9. Register now. 

Ratna Ghosh,

C.M., O.Q., MA’73, PhD’76

Distinguished Alumna Award

Social Change Through Empowerment

From India to the Canadian prairies, Ratna Ghosh has carved her niche as an educational leader, author and lecturer over her 40-year career.

The first female dean of McGill University’s Faculty of Education from 1998-2004, Ghosh now holds two endowed chairs at McGill – James McGill Professor, and William C. MacDonald Professor of Education. Her diverse research includes comparative, international and inclusive education, and women and development. She is currently researching education and religious extremism with funding from the Social Science Research Council of Canada.

Among Ghosh’s awards, honours and accolades are her election as a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada (1999), appointment to the Order of Canada (2000) and the Order of Quebec (2006), election as president of the American Comparative and International Education Society (2012), president of the Shastri Indo-Canadian Institute, and her profile as one of Time magazine’s “Canada’s Best in Education (2003).

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Larry Shelley,


Management Alumni Excellence Award*

Finance and Community First

Larry Shelley’s finance career has spanned decades and seen him climb the corporate ladder to come full circle as managing partner of = Citrus Capital Partners Ltd.

Starting as an audit technician at Touché Ross & Company, he has held senior roles in several companies including as founding partner and CEO of Barr Shelley Stuart; founder and president of Tamarack Capital Advisors Ltd.; external director and treasurer of Golder Associates Corporation; executive vice-president, Meyers Norris Penny LLP; and president and CEO of Coril Holdings Ltd.

Shelley is also a community-minded Calgarian – he currently serves as the board chair for Beakerhead and has been a member of the Rotary Club of Calgary since 1993.

At the Haskayne School of Business he is a familiar face and a member of the Management Advisory Council as well as founding member of the Haskayne Founders’ Circle – a group of supporters of the school who contribute $10,000 each year.

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Dr. Pam Veale,

MD’93, MDSc’00 

Alumna of Distinction Award*

Achieving Medical Education Excellence

Over the past 15 years, Dr. Veale has been a dedicated educator who is committed to creating a successful learning environment for future doctors.

She has served as course chair, director of student evaluation and assistant dean, undergraduate medical education (UME) and played a key leadership role in the recent successful UME accreditation process. Dr. Veale’s leadership activities extend beyond UME to other levels of education within the faculty.

While contributing to many administrative and leadership activities in medical education, she continues to demonstrate a passion for teaching at all levels. She regularly teaches in multiple UME courses, supervises residents and presents at Continuing Medical Education and parent education events. She has served on several supervisory committees for graduate students in medical education, and is a mentor in both student and faculty mentorship programs.

Dr. Veale’s contributions in leadership and education have been recognized both locally and nationally. In 2012, she was appointed Faculty Fellow for the Cumming School of Medicine. The quality of her teaching is reflected in multiple teaching awards. Nationally, she received the designation of Founder, Developmental Paediatrics from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 2012.

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Jane Salma Alkhouri,


Alumni Achievement Award

A Global Ambassador for Canada and UCalgary

While at UCalgary, Alkhouri was a student leader, writer for The Gauntlet; member of: Alpha Gamma Delta, political clubs, campus safewalk, the senate; and later an employee. 

Now a career federal public servant with Global Affairs Canada (GAC), Jane Salma Alkhouri’s leadership took root at UCalgary and has taken her around the globe.

Currently posted to the High Commission of Canada to Pakistan in the foreign policy and diplomacy service section, Jane has also worked in: Kandahar for 14 months in 2009-10; Lebanon during the 2016 resettlement of Syrian refugees; and Algeria to organize two Canadian co-chaired counter terrorism capacity building conferences. At headquarters she has worked on international security, South Asia, Africa, and physical resources.

When in Ottawa, Alkhouri volunteers with the Famous 5 committee, promoting the role of women as nation builders, and the Harmony House women’s shelter.

She is also the author of, a collection of funny stories about women and girls born to immigrant parents. She hopes to publish a book in 2017 with profits donated to organizations working to end child, early and forced marriages; assisting refugees; and supporting survivors of sexual assault.

Jane is the recipient of the: Government of Canada General Service Medal with one rotation bar, South West Asia ribbon (2009); and Government of Canada Operational Service Medal, South West Asia ribbon (2010); Government of Ontario’s Leading Women Building Communities (2015); GAC Deputy Minister’s award medal for contributions to the resettlement of Syrian refugees (2016).

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Arsheen Dhalla,


Alumni Achievement Award

Nursing Expertise with Global Impact

Nursing alumna Arsheen Dhalla was a high-achieving student-to-watch on campus, and six years post-graduation she’s already made her mark.

After graduation, Dhalla honed her nursing skills with Pure North S’Energy, a non-profit provider of preventative wellness programs across Canada and then transitioned to her fulltime role with Daraja – which means bridge in Swahili – the non-profit foundation and charity which she started in Zanzibar, Tanzania.

Registered as a charity Canada and Tanzania, Daraja runs a volunteer program that supports a local school and orphanage to empower young adults, create educational opportunities and provide tools that support life skills training and business entrepreneurship. Daraja also supports a local hospital and the Kanga Maternity Trust through equipment donations and fundraising to improve health care for mothers in Zanzibar.

Daraja also maintains Calgary ties through work with the Calgary Children’s Cottage Society to enrich their current programming in family health and nutrition. Dhalla plans to grow the foundation, continue her education and work as a community health nurse in Zanzibar.

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daniel j kirk,


Alumni Achievement Award

An Artist for his City

If you’ve taken notice of any murals in Calgary, there’s a good chance that they were painted by visual artist daniel kirk, director and founder of BlankPage Studio.

A painter, a builder and a social entrepreneur, kirk splits his time between creating art in both his studio and abroad, and also maintains a focus on grassroots initiatives that blend art with the greater community good. 

He has led initiatives for at-risk youth through the Boys and Girls Club, Urban Youth Worx, the City of Calgary and more. Through his leadership, he has negotiated several mentorship programs, working with youth and members of the homeless community to create place making projects. kirk's projects intend to question issues surrounding privatization and value, utilizing a community building approach to art making.

At BlankPage, kirk has built a creative “hub” for artists, designers and architects to share, create and innovate and along the way he’s garnered accolades from Calgary’s business and arts community and also his former faculty members.

kirk inspires Calgary’s arts community to use their creativity for community good. Through this, he hopes to inspire Calgary's communities to be more creative as they grow and change.

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Dale Walde,


Alumni Achievement Award

Digging In and Inspiring Students  

Dale Walde says he got a “late start” in his academic career, late being all of 27 years old.

Walde spent time in the private sector as a consulting archaeologist while he was finishing up his PhD and in 1998 he entered academia, taking his first role as the director of UCalgary’s Archeology Field School. In that role he immediately initiated a public archaeology program, introducing several hundred members of the public to Canadian Plains archaeology and First Nations traditions.

During 2008, under Walde’s leadership, the field school and public archaeology program undertook a major project at the Siksika Nation to carry out its educational and community involvement mandate at the Cluny Fortified Village site in Blackfoot Crossing Historical Park. Following the Bow River floods in 2013, Walde worked with the Alberta Culture initiative to train First Nations students in archaeological assessment procedures.

Walde and his team of dedicated undergraduate and graduate students have expanded the University of Calgary’s public archaeology program at Siksika Nation and built stronger connections First Nations through the Indigenous Youth Engagement Program.

An undisputed leader in his field, Walde is also a much-loved teacher and mentor, inspiring his students to embrace the study and practice of archaeology.

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Suzanne West,


Alumni Achievement Award

The Energy to Enable Others

Suzanne West is a dreamer, an inventor and an achiever. Hers is the classic story of success from humble beginnings. Her achievements building five oil and gas companies is impressive, but that's not what has people talking. It's what she is doing in her latest endeavour, Imaginea Energy. 

She has devoted her life to changing how we do business, to smash Planet, People and Profit together. She deeply cares about our planet and everything living on it. Suzanne believes in the potential of the whole person. And she cares about profits too, because sustainability means being economically sustainable as well. What has people inspired is her passion and authenticity as she forges her path forward.

Anybody who meets West knows within a few moments that she is the real deal. Her passion is infectious. And that's good! - because the other thing West cares about is collaboration, that if we are to make the world a better place, we need to do it together. She is also leaving her mark through her philanthropy and through health and fitness – Her annual Steps to End Homelessness event is an example that achieves both, raising $51,000 in 2016. 

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Thanks for our affinity partner – TD Insurance –
for their generous support of alumni recognition at UCalgary.

*The Management Alumni Excellence Award is given by the Haskayne School of Business

*The Alumna of Distinction Award is given by the Cumming School of Medicine.

Click here to view the Distinguished Alumni Award Past Recipients 

Click here to view the Grad of the Last Decade Past Recipients (2003-2014)

Click here to view the Future Alumni Award Recipients (2009-2014)