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Ali Choucair, MD’79, and his wife moved to Utah to be closer to family and friends. As well, Ali has taken on the position of medical director of neuro-oncology with Intermountain Health Care.
Gerald Fuller, BSc’75, was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in the U.S. this year. He has taught chemical engineering at Stanford University since 1980.
Eldon Godfrey, MA’75, received the Lifetime Volunteer Achievement Award at the 32nd annual Canadian Sports Awards in March 2005. He is a member of the World Swimming Federation and secretary-treasurer of the Amateur Swimming Union of the Americas.
Sean Goodwin, BSC’79, LLB’97 and his wife, Tina McKay, BA’88, BA’94, LLB’97, both received their LLM degrees in intellectual property from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2005. They have their own law firm in Calgary with specializations in patents, trademarks, and immigration.
Paul Miller, BEd’79, was appointed head of the Humanities Department at Kyoto International University. He also works as a columnist for a C.S. Lewis fan site (www.thestonetable.com).
Doug Royale, BA’70, is looking to pursue a degree in social work and working on a science-fiction romance novel. He’s happy to be back in Calgary after a short stint in Edmonton. He has a 20-year-old son and a 14-year-old daughter.
John Snyder, BA’75, was appointed minister of Nanton-Cayley pastoral charge with the United Church of Canada.
Keith Walker, BSc’76, earned a certificate in conflict resolution from Mount Royal College and has since moved to Denman Island in BC to live out the hippie dream!
Jan Wagner, BA’77, won two
first-place awards for his photographs at the 2005 American Auto
Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association’s 50th anniversary
journalism competition. His other
work includes writing and producing TV commercials, industrial
video scriptwriting, technical writing,
Shirley (Ksienski) Anderson, BA’84, married Neil Anderson in 2001 and they just became parents in January 2005 to Arnold Rubin Anderson. The family lives in Thornhill, ON.
Mark Charles, BSc’81, is a contractor with IBM in the U.S. and working from home.
Patrick Costigan, BSc’83, is living in New Zealand on a 41-foot sailboat. He has an e-business company that is growing well after years on the rocks. He’s looking forward to retirement in the next few years when he’s 47.
Kevin deBruyckere, BComm’86, manages major investigations for the RCMP’s Commercial Crime Section in BC. He received his Queen’s Commission in December 2004.
Richard Frederkind, MArch’82, spent five years as a senior architect and project manager for the largest 100 percent Native-American owned A/E firm in the U.S. He has since been promoted to associate vice-president and is being transferred to the company’s Denver office where he’ll start a new architectural department.
Mathew Kattapuram, BSc’83, is married with two girls, and is vice-president for the Public Private Partnerships division of Carillion Canada.
Maureen McGraw, BA’89, is the director of human resources for The Focal Point, an Oakland-based litigation graphics and strategy firm.
Building a solid career
Yves Gosselin, MEDes’78, is currently the president of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. He is also the director of Architecture and Engineering Resources for Public Works and Government Services Canada. In this position, Gosselin is responsible for the management of professionals in architecture, electrical and mechanical engineering, interior design, landscape architecture, urban design, and civil engineering.
“ I became interested in architecture towards the end of high school because
I wanted to find a field of study, and possibly a profession, that combined art,
history, and science,” says Gosselin. A very busy man, Gosselin has also
been a sessional lecturer and adjunct professor at various universities, including
Carleton University, where he lectured in urban
Bruno Sahut, BEd’89, is looking to build a private walk-in clinic in Calgary that would offer up to 2,000 MRI and PET scans a day at a budget price. Aside from a $36-million venture capital infusion, everything, including a team of doctors, is in place.
Paul Varro, BSc’86, is still working hard at Image Inspection Services to pay for his four kids!1990s
Fraser Abbott, BA’93, MA’97, was awarded the “sales manager of the year” for Hyatt Hotels and Resorts for all the properties in North America. He also continues to serves as the pipe major of the U of C Pipe Band.
Mastura Ahmad, BA’96, works as an English and literature teacher in sunny Singapore, and she welcomes fellow alumni to come on over for a visit.
Zahir Amin, BKin’99, graduated from medical school from the Flinders University of South Australia in 2004 and has since returned to Canada to start a family medicine residency at the U of C in June.
Jade (Shyback) Anderson, BA’96, worked for an insurance company for 10 years, and is now taking a break while her husband furthers his aviation career in the Middle East. She’s enjoying spending time with their three children and learning Arabic.
Jenna Barker, BA’98, lived in Tokyo for several years before completing a master’s of library and information studies at the U of A in 2004. She currently works for the Alberta Government and is working towards a project management professional certification.
Paul Brown, BA’94, BFA’97, says his stepdaughter, Beth, had a baby girl last year, Scarlett Bradley Kaecker. The middle name is in honour of Beth’s brother who died in a car accident last year.
Annie Chen, MBA’95, recently passed her certified financial planner designation exam.
Nicole (LeBlanc) Collard, BA’94, finished her MBA in public relations and communications at Royal Roads University in Victoria. She’s also started a new position in investor relations at Vault Energy Trust in Calgary.
Mixing art and educaton
BFA’90, was recently appointed Chair of the Department of Visual
“ The absolute best aspect of teaching photography is working with a student for a number of years; watching their evolution as a student, artist and human being and being a part of those events.” Even though both of her parents are professors, they were not the ones who made her think to become a prof herself. One night after returning to Calgary from Vancouver, where she unsuccessfully tried to make it in the film industry, Lee had dinner with her former U of C photography professor, Arthur Nishimura. “He listened to me pour out my frustrations and cry about my future; all he offered were words of encouragement and suggestions for success. When I got into my car, feeling much better, I thought ‘if I could do the same thing for just one other person I will have accomplished something with my life.’”
Lee also had one of her digital photographs (pictured here) accepted into the public collection of the Novorsibirsk State Art Museum in Novorsibirsk, Russia.
Julie (Williams) Cowie, BA’94, gave birth to her second son, Morgan, in October, and is serving her third term as president of the Nanaimo Branch of the Archaeological Society of BC.
Lettie Croskery, BA’90, started a holiday business in Crowsnest Pass in 2002, and says it’s an ideal place for families or couples wanting a ‘holiday headquarters’ from which to explore beautiful mountain recreation areas.
Peter Davis, BComm’91, and his wife welcomed their daughter, Kaia Lynne Davis Goddard, on May 9, 2003.
Kelly (Young) D’Eath, BSc’90, is the leader of the IS Regulatory,
Forecast and Design FST at TransCanada Pipelines.
Amy Eyman-LeBlanc, BA’91, works as a senior consultant with
Sarah Graham, BComm’98, has moved to London with her husband, Greg Clerkson, because he’s been transferred there with the Royal Bank.
Ian Gunn, BA’98, is a lawyer with Saskatchewan Government Insurance.
Dezene Huber, BSc’95, began his position as Canada Research Chair in forest entomology and chemical ecology in July and is also an assistant professor in the Ecosystem Science and Management Program at University of Northern British Columbia.
Stephanie Skoyles Jarkins, BA’96, earned her PhD in religious studies from Marquette University. She says life is wonderful in the southern part of the U.S., but admits she misses the mountains and wishes the best to everyone at her Canadian alma mater.
Steven Kelly, MBA’98, returned to Calgary afer a four-year posting in his company’s London Office.
Shamimur Khan, BSc’91, and his wife had their first child, Zain, in April.
Teresa Kinney, BSW’91, is working at the London Abused Women’s Centre in Ontario as an advocate and counselor for women who are in abusive intimate relationships.
Pam (Watson) Lafave, MSW’98, and her husband, Jeff, had a baby girl, Lauren Jane, on August 31, 2004. Pam’s enjoying her maternity leave from her social work position at Algoma Family Services in Sault Ste. Marie, ON.
Ken Lima-Coelho, BA’94, and Tara Lima-Coelho, BEd’97, are pleased to announce the birth of their first child, Adam Grayson, who was born on March 8, 2005. Ken is a TV producer with CBC Newsworld in Calgary, and Tara is on maternity leave from her teaching position with the Calgary Board of Education.
Nancy MacDonald, MCE’99, is retiring after 37 years with Human Resources Development Canada and two years teaching online for Loyalist College in Belleville, ON. Nancy will still be staying active and putting in two days a week working at her daughter's flower shop called Flowers by Dustin. Her own 1/2-acre property will be keeping her busy as well.
Voicing her talents
Patrice Jegou, BMus’98, recently took first prize at the IX Concurso y Festival Internacional de Canto Lirico in Trujillo, Peru, which brought almost 40 competitors from 13 countries to the South American country. In addition to a cash prize, the award comes with an invitation to give a recital during next year’s competition and to perform in London, England, with the Iberian and Latin American Music Society.
Jegou just finished
of teaching music at the University of Lethbridge
and has now moved to New Jersey to work on her
Rachelle McDonald Nichol, BA’95, has been living and working in Asia for nearly four years. In October she married Steven Nichol in Taichung, Taiwan, in a ceremony on a mountain overlooking their home. Her family came from Canada and his from England for the wedding.
Jacalyn McGee, BA’91, MBA’96, will be transferring back to the Calgary office of Husky Energy after spending two years working on a special project on the East Coast.
Ian Mitchell, BA’94, married Carole-Sophie Richard on July 23, 2005.
Anna Onishi-Gilchrist, BA’96, and her husband Kevin Gilchrist, BA’95, BEd’97, married in 1998 and had their first child, Ethan, in 2003.
Caterina Olivito-Veltri, BA’96, is a private mortgage specialist for the Alberta region with One Stop Mortgage Corp.
Constance (Contantinescu) Park, BComm’94, and her husband Tom Park, BComm’93, married in 1998, and the two have beautiful boys. Constance is the principal with Tasc Energy Systems, and Tom is the vice-president of marketing with Fairborne Energy.
Sara (Bacalmasi) Pettigrew, BSc’98, and her husband Chris Pettigrew, BSc’98, moved to Aberdeen, Scotland, in January. Sara was working as a reservoir engineer in Calgary until she was given the chance to lead the subsurface work in the development of a new BP oilfield in the North Sea. Chris will maintain his job in business development at Mentor Engineering in Calgary by working over the Internet from their home in Aberdeen.
Richard Smalley, BComm’95, and his wife Marsha (Keller) Smalley, BComm’95, celebrated the birth of their third daughter on April 7, 2005.
Neil Thomlinson, BA’91, received a PhD from the U of T in March for his doctoral dissertation, “Unfinished Business: The Remaking of Toronto.” He is currently an associate professor teaching urban, Canadian, and sexual politics at Ryerson University.
Denise Gagne Williamson, DipEd’93, produced and published
Rebecca Wood, BComm’98, moved back to Calgary last year just before the birth of her son. She has returned to work and is working at the Fairmont Palliser.
Greg Wutzke, BComm’93, relocated to the Chicago area in order to set up a U.S. presence for Guest-Tek Interactive Entertainment.
Tom Adkins, MBA’01, is an active partner in one of the top wineries in Canada.
Jeff Almon, BSc’03, was drafted by the Calgary Stampeders 36th overall in the Canadian College Draft in 2002. Then he played with the Ottawa Renegades and later the BC Lions. He’s since retired from football and will be graduating in 2008 from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto.
Gabriel Becerra Ayala, BSc’04, just finished his first year of grad school at U of C working under Rob Kremer. His research deals with ambient intelligent environments, constraint satisfaction theory, social commitments, and negotiations between agents.
Jaqueline Gemmill, BSc’02, is trying to finish writing her master’s of science thesis in geography.
Cesar Gordon-Calienne, BSc’03, and Sophie Durzi, BSc’02, will be getting married in Patras, Greece, on September 17.
Kristi Grant, BA’01, is engaged to be married in April 2006.
Stephan Hardy, BA’00, BComm’00, was the business director of a Montreal-based general interest magazine Maisonneuve for the past 2 1/2 years. He is now the creative director at Airborne Entertainment, generating wireless media for brands such as Maxim magazine and Fox’s The Family Guy. He also maintains a weblog called Creative Generalist (www.creativegeneralist.com).
Matt Hartman, MBA’02, recently left his post
with Lafarge to become the national director of
procurement and materials for National Process Equipment.
Tammy (Gamracy) Huggins, BSW’03, and her husband now have a little girl named Eden. She keeps them busier than they could have ever imagined!
Nimtaz (Rashid) Kanji, BComm’03, BA’03, recently married Alim Kanji, BSc’03, Bahng-Shin Kim, BSc’04, just got a job as a sales manager, but is hoping to find a business partner in the LED (Light Emitting Diode) industry.
Mark Krahn, PhD’03, postponed his convocation until June 2005 so that he could graduate with his wife, Jennifer (Brown) Krahn, PhD’05. To add to the excitement of that week, Jennifer also gave birth to their second daughter three days before convocation!
Daniel Krut, BA’02, broadcasts his radio show, Local Revolutions: Calgary Talks, every Monday at 11 a.m. on CJSW 90.9 FM. The show’s about the ideas presented by people who speak in Calgary, from author John Ralston Saul to scientist David Suzuki.
Valerie Millette, BSc’04, has been admitted into the veterinary medicine program at the University of Saskatchewan.
Rachel Mintz, MSc’04, is enjoying her job with Environment Canada using the same fuzzy logic methods of her thesis to other air quality issues.
Devin Nobert, BA’01, has a two-year-old daughter, and is in his second year of veterinary medicine at the U of S.
Paul Norris, MArch’03, is working for housebrand in Calgary. He’ll be writing his professional exams soon, and he’s looking forward to building beautiful houses and marrying his beautiful girlfriend, Rachelle Scarrow.
Wendy Osborn, PhD’05, recently obtained a tenure-track position in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at the University of Lethbridge.
Kenton Puttick, BA’05, married his sweetheart from CNST 231 Jeanette (Manning) Puttick, BA’04, in June.
Dwayne Redekopp, BSc’05, moved to Red Deer for an engineering job and is trying to make a dent in his student loans.
David Reynolds, BSc’74, MSc’76, MBA’04, retired from the City of Calgary to start his PhD in the Inter-Disciplinary Graduate Program at the U of C this fall.
Kurtis Sims, BSc’94, MSc’02, and his wife, Julie (Ethier) Sims, MD ’01, had their first child in February.
Claire Solohub, BSc’01, graduated with a co-op degree
in ecology and is currently working as a wildlife officer near Boulder, Colorado.
She enforces hunting, fishing, and other wildlife laws of the state,
and handles human-wildlife conflicts— particularly dealing with black bears and cougars.
Charissa (Stumborg) Hovdebo, BA’02, BEd’04, and Greg Hovdebo, BA’04, recently married and moved into their new condo.
Tom Susnir, MBA’02, was appointed quality assurance manager for Hunting Energy Services in Calgary.Leslie Erin (Srigley) Swan, BSW’02, married Jeff Swan in Sandals Ocho Rios, Jamaica, in January 2005.
Uggerslev, BA’03, is still
loving life and enjoying his career choice as an environmental
coordinator with ConocoPhillips.
When not at work, he can usually
be found on a golf course or
Heather Waddington, BA’96, BEd’00, has been living
in England for five years where she’s working
on a MEd at Cambridge. She will
be married to her husband, a Brit,
at Devonian Gardens on
Clarissa (Wong) Chow, BComm’00, and James Wong, BSc’00, BEd’03, married in 2003, and they moved into
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