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top 40 group picYoung alumni shine in national spotlight


By Matthew Fox

Two Schulich School of Engineering grads and a Haskayne School of Business alumnus have made executive search firm Caldwell Partners’s 2006 Top 40 Under 40 list published in The Globe and Mail. The awards program annually recognizes 40 Canadians under the age of 40 for their career accomplishments and contributions to community.

“These individuals are evidence of the impact that the U of C alumni family of 120,000 has on the business, health, social and cultural life of Calgary, across Canada and in 128 countries around the world,” said Catherine Bagnell Styles, the university’s associate vice-president, external relations. “The contributions they’ve already made to their chosen professions and communities make them remarkable ambassadors for the U of C.”

Tom Mawhinney, MBA’01, is president of Wellpoint Systems, a Calgary-based software company serving the oil and gas sector, and founder of a sales and marketing consultancy. Wellpoint was recently named a member of the Branham Group’s Top 20 Movers and Shakers for 2006, a nod to the firm’s growth among Canadian technology companies.

Brendan Frey, BSc’90, is an associate professor in electrical and computer engineering and head of the University of Toronto’s Probabilistic and Statistical Inference (PSI) Group. Frey looks at applications related to machine learning and creating algorithms to help computers identify specific patterns. Applications for the PSI Group’s findings are broad, ranging from developing software that allows a computer to organize thousands of digital images to studying hundreds of MRI images at once to identify a medical problem.

Ravinder Minhas, BSc’05, is president and CEO of Calgary-based Mountain Crest Brewing Co. and co-founder of Minhas Energy Consultants. To support its growth in the discount beer market, Mountain Crest recently purchased the Joseph Huber Brewing Company, the second-oldest brewery in the U.S. Minhas is a pioneer in the beer and liquor industry for proactively introducing warning labels to raise awareness of fetal alcohol syndrome.

Minhas was recently named the U of C’s 2007 Graduate of the Last Decade and will be honoured, along with the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award winner, Ken Storey, BSc’71, at the Arch Awards gala in Calgary on June 14.