Headliners

They’re fluent in Klingon and quantitative research; they’re professional taste-testers and star athletes; they know the difference between the Triassic and Jurassic periods; and so much more. Meet the who’s who of Alumni Weekend!

Saturday Lineup

Peter Tertzakian

Peter Tertzakian

The Main Event: Alberta’s Next Big Boom
11:15 – 12:15 p.m.

Peter Tertzakian is an economist, investment strategist, advisor, author and public speaker on issues vital to the future of energy. Peter’s passion is studying how society evolves its energy use and applying the lessons of the past to today’s strategic business issues. Peter has an undergraduate degree in geophysics from the University of Alberta, a graduate degree in econometrics from the University of Southampton in England and a Master of Science in Management of Technology from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. In addition to his principal roles at the ARC Energy Research Institute, where he is executive director, and at ARC Financial, he is an adjunct professor at the University of Calgary and has lectured at many leading universities and conferences around the world.

Twitter: @PTertzakian

Alice Reimer, BSc’99, MBA’03

Alice Reimer, BSc’99, MBA’03

The Main Event: Alberta’s Next Big Boom
11:15 – 12:15 p.m.

Alice Reimer is a successful technology entrepreneur and dedicated community leader and mentor. She co-founded Calgary-based Evoco, leading the innovative SaaS firm from initial concept through to a 2012 acquisition. Most recently, Alice was CEO of Chaordix, a pioneering software leader in the crowdsourcing and open innovation space with global clients including LEGO, KPMG, and IBM. Alice is currently the site lead at Creative Destruction Lab Rockies (CDL-Rockies), a mentorship and financing program for massively scalable science and technology-based startups. Alice was the recipient of PROFIT’s W100 designation as one of Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs and was named one of Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People for 2013. Alice was recently awarded the 2016 Rod Charko Service Award, established to recognize an individual who has gone above and beyond to enhance the technology ecosystem in Alberta.

Minister Ricardo Miranda, BA’06

Minister Ricardo Miranda, BA’06

The Main Event: Alberta’s Next Big Boom
11:15 – 12:15 p.m.

Ricardo Miranda was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the constituency of Calgary-Cross, on May 5, 2015. On Feb. 2, 2016, Miranda was appointed Minister of Culture and Tourism. Prior to his service with the Legislative Assembly, he was a flight attendant for 15 years, and worked as a servicing representative, member organizer and research representative with the Canadian Union of Public Employees in Alberta. Miranda holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Calgary, and is working towards a secondary degree in industrial relations with a long-term view of obtaining his PhD. He is multilingual and fluent in Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, French and English.

Twitter: @_RicardoYYC

Dr. Elizabeth Cannon BSc'84, MSc'87, PhD'91

The Main Event: Alberta’s Next Big Boom
11:15 – 12:15 p.m.

Dr. Elizabeth Cannon is the president and vice-chancellor of the University of Calgary. An expert in geomatics engineering, Cannon has led research at the forefront of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) since 1984, and she has commercialized technology to more than 200 agencies worldwide. She has received awards such as the Johannes Kepler Award from the U.S. Institute of Navigation, the NSERC E.W.R. Steacie Fellowship and the Gold Medal Award from Engineers Canada. She has also received honorary degrees from Acadia University, the University of Ottawa, Université de Montréal and SAIT. Cannon is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering and an elected foreign associate of the National Academy of Engineering. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in mathematics from Acadia University, and a BSc, MSc and PhD in geomatics engineering from the University of Calgary.

Dr. Gijs van Rooijen, PhD’93

The Main Event: Alberta’s Next Big Boom
11:15 – 12:15 p.m.

Dr. Gijs van Rooijen was born and raised in the Netherlands, where he obtained a BSc/MSc degree in molecular sciences at Wageningen University. He completed his PhD at UCalgary in plant molecular biology in 1993. Gijs currently serves as the Chief Scientific Officer at Genome Alberta, and he is also an inventor on 24 issued patents and a co-founder of two technology companies. From 1997 to 2006, he was an adjunct professor at UCalgary where he delivered guest lectures on topics including plant biotechnology, project management and legal/ethical considerations around genomics research. He enjoys hiking, camping and cross-country skiing and exploring old European cities and countries. In September 2017, he was elected to UCalgary's Senate and, as senator, he is excited to contribute to the evolving success of UCalgary as a top research university and as a place where students can feel safe, welcome and respected.

Ian MacGregor, BSc’71

The Main Event: Alberta’s Next Big Boom
11:15 – 12:15 p.m.

Ian MacGregor is the president, CEO and chairman of North West Refining, a 50-per cent owner in the North West Redwater Partnership, which is building the first new refinery in Canada since 1984. The Sturgeon Refinery will be the world’s first to incorporate CO2 management with carbon capture and storage. This approach will allow the company to produce an ultra-low-sulphur diesel with one of the lowest carbon footprints of any petroleum-based fuel. Construction of Phase One of the Sturgeon Refinery peaked at employing 7,000 Albertans and still has almost 1,000 people working there on a daily basis.  

John Gilchrist

John Gilchrist, BA’77

A Taste of the Decades 
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Food critic and author John Gilchrist writes about restaurants for the Calgary Herald and reviews restaurants for CBC Radio in Calgary. He’s authored 11 national bestsellers and three apps on dining in Southern Alberta; contributes regularly on food and travel to Travel Alberta and to magazines such as Swerve, enRoute, Where, Avenue and Harry; and is the Calgary judge for the Canadian Culinary Championships. He’s a regular contributor on Breakfast Television and leads culinary travel programs around the world for UCalgary Continuing Education, where he taught food and culture programs for more than two decades. He also has mixed memories of dining on-campus in the 1970s. If he had to live off three food items for the rest of his life, John would pick the takeout menus from good Thai, French and Vietnamese restaurants.

Twitter: @GilchristJohn

Shawna Curry

Shawna Curry, BKin’03, BN’11

A Taste of the Decades
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Shawna Curry, CTI Co-Active Coach, has made her mark in the health and wellness space as an Amazon best-selling author and international speaker, and through podcast appearances and personalized health coaching. This variety of experience has built a community of clients who benefit from her intimate and inspiring health and wellness information. Her writing has been published in Forbes Science, Inc. and Impact magazines. Her company, Your Lifestyle Strategy, has been dedicated to total-health solutions and all of the aspects of healthy living including fitness, sleep, nutrition, self-help and overall lifestyle strategies. In this Alumni Weekend session, Shawna — a self-described foodie who has a number of food sensitivities — will share how growing awareness of dietary restrictions has impacted food offerings on campus.

Twitter: @takechargeyyc

Carmen Braden

Carmen Braden, MMus’15

Sub-Arctic Symphony
1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Carmen Braden is a Western Canadian Music Awards -nominated musician from the Canadian sub-Arctic. Hailed as “a talented, bold musician” (Up Here Magazine), Carmen is a lifelong Northerner whose music has been described as “drop-dead gorgeous” (Ottawa Citizen). Her music and sound company, Black Ice Sound, is based in her hometown of Yellowknife. Carmen draws inspiration from her environment by examining natural and human phenomena through sonic, visual, sensual and scientific ways of understanding. Her favourite saying is, “Stop, listen to that!”;

Dr. Masaki Hayashi, PhD

Sub-Arctic Symphony
1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Masaki Hayashi is a professor of hydrology in the Department of Geoscience. He has been studying sub-arctic permafrost in Northwest Territories for nearly two decades, and has seen the effects of climate warming first-hand. He thinks that permafrost research is fun because it involves wilderness camping (no Internet!), flying around with helicopters, watching the beautiful northern lights and mingling with local First Nations people

 

Eleanor Bash, MSc’11

Sub-Arctic Symphony
1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Eleanor is a UCalgary PhD candidate in the Department of Geography and president of the Board of the Girls on Ice Canada Society. Over the last 10 years, her research in glaciology has been primarily focused on understanding the interactions of climate, glaciers and society through modelling glacier runoff and changes in water supply. Currently, she’s interested in using unmanned aerial vehicles to improve monitoring and predictions of glacier change. In addition to her research, Eleanor serves on the board and instructs for a Revelstoke-based non-profit that gives high school girls opportunities to explore field science in the mountains of Western Canada.

Angela Smart

Angela Smart, BMus’18

Sub-Arctic Symphony
1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Angela is a first-year student in the Master of Music program at the University of Calgary, with a specialization in violin performance. Born and raised in Calgary, Angela frequently performs with local ensembles in a variety of genres and styles throughout the city. Angela was first introduced to new music in her undergraduate degree at UCalgary and has since enthusiastically sought out opportunities to work with Canadian composers on numerous occasions.

James Chen

Zixin (James) Chen, BMus’17, BSc’17

Sub-Arctic Symphony
1:45 – 2:35 p.m.

James Chen began studying piano at the age of seven and, at the age of 12, he began studying with Marilyn Engle. Under her guidance, James was a finalist in the RBC Concerto Competition and competed in the Canadian Music Competition, Calgary Concerto Competition and several Calgary Kiwanis Festivals (now the Calgary Performing Arts Festivals), and performed for artists such as Aleksandar Madžar and Pavel Kolesnikov. He attended the Académie Musicale Internationale Barbara Krakauer in France and the Coimbra World Piano Meeting in Portugal. He completed a double-major program in electrical engineering and piano performance before continuing his studies in music; he is now pursuing a master’s in music performance. During his studies at UCalgary, James has been awarded with the Seymour Schulich Scholarship for Academic Excellence for three years as well as numerous scholarships from the music division.

Ethan Mitchell

Ethan Mitchell (Future Alumnus!)

Sub-Arctic Symphony
1:45 – 2:35 p.m.

Ethan Mitchell is a cellist in the second year of his Master of Music program at the University of Calgary. Having finished his undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa, he moved to Calgary to pursue a MMus under the guidance of John Kadz and Johanne Perron. While studying performance, Ethan has also pursued studies in composition and electroacoustic music, and most recently has developed a passion for improvisation.

Pam Krause

Pam Krause, BA’86

Masculinity: We Are What We Learn
1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Pam Krause has been involved in the Calgary non-profit community for almost 25 years. Today, she is the president and CEO of the Calgary Centre for Sexuality, the only non-profit organization in the city that provides comprehensive sexual health programs and services across people’s lives. Pam is one of Calgary’s strongest voices on issues related to sexual health, LGBTQ rights and women’s equality, and is a leader in developing innovative strategies to promote social change. Pam has been described in the media as one of the only Calgarians who feels comfortable talking to strangers about sex. 

Jessalynn Keller

Dr. Jessalynn Keller

Masculinity: We Are What We Learn
1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Jessalynn’s love for teen media (well beyond her adolescent years!) took her to New York City, where she interned at Seventeen Magazine and Elle Girl Magazine, before taking up the academic study of girls’ media for her PhD in Austin, Texas. Her ongoing obsession with teen mags and girls’ media activism has recently taken her to Los Angeles for the inaugural Teen Vogue Summit, which was keynoted by Hilary Clinton. Jessalynn, assistant professor with UCalgary’s Department of Communication, Media and Film, is currently writing about Teen Vogue as feminist media while proudly wearing her pink “This is what a Teen Vogue reader looks like” button.

Twitter: @jessalynn_marie

Michael Kehler

Dr. Michael Kehler

Masculinity: We Are What We Learn
1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

The owner of arguably one of the snappiest shoe racks in Calgary, Dr. Michael Kehler, PhD, Research Chair of Masculinities Studies at the Werklund School of Education, has been known to trace his conference presentations on the basis of where and when he purchased his considerable shoe collection. And, while he takes his speaking and conferences seriously, Michael abides by the rule of work-life balance and no destination is too far when it comes to his other penchant, food. His shoes are indeed made for walking, especially when it comes to his culinary weaknesses. Join Michael and the panel and, if nothing else, you’ll at least know where his shoes have travelled! 

April Viczko

April Viczko

Rococo Punk Photoshoot Tour
1:45 – 2:45 p.m., or 3 – 4 p.m.

April Viczko is a theatre designer and UCalgary professor whose work has been seen on stages large and small from Victoria to Toronto. In the spring of 2018, she worked at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity with The Only Animal Theatre Society on a production titled SLIME, involving 3D printing and Arduino computer technology, and with lots of glowing LEDs in her costumes. She is a Siminovitch Protégé Prize recipient and has received both an Emerging Researcher Award and Established Teacher Award from UCalgary’s Faculty of Arts. April is a full member of the Associated Designers of Canada in set, costume, lighting and projection design, and is the convener for the World Stage Design exhibition coming to Calgary in August 2021.

Tim Nguyen

Tim Nguyen, BFA’06

Rococo Punk Photoshoot Tour
1:45 – 2:45 p.m., or 3 – 4 p.m.

Tim has been a freelance photographer and independent artist since 2008, and is currently one of Calgary’s most prominent performing arts photographers. A passionate image-maker, Tim's photos continue to evoke his passion for theatricality in every project — from the beautiful to the mechanical and mundane. His primary fine-art work, Lumination, has received multiple awards, gallery showings and was adapted as a coffee-table book in 2015, selling out in days. His theatrical photography has been featured in newspapers and on television, both locally and nationwide.

Erin Molly Fitzpatrick

Erin Molly Fitzpatrick

Rococo Punk Photoshoot Tour
1:45 – 2:45 p.m., or 3 – 4 p.m.

Erin is an artist, photographer, art director, printer and collaborator. As a creative working primarily in photography and printing, her works have been exhibited in various shows and galleries throughout Canada. Erin has freelanced internationally, and has worked for multiple publications and national ad campaigns as a photographer and writer. She is a graduate of the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa with high honours, and this has led her to teach workshops and offer private mentorship in Calgary, Ottawa and Toronto. She now resides in Calgary, focusing on new projects.

Harry Sanders, BA’88

UCalgary Folklore and Fakelore
1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Historian Harry Sanders was born in 1966 in Drumheller, where his father owned and operated the Whitehouse Hotel. He figures spending all that time around this old hotel is what led to his career as a local historian. While working on his Bachelor of Arts degree from UCalgary, which he earned in 1988 with First Class Honours, he spent his summers working as an interpreter at Heritage Park Historical Village and has worked for the Calgary Public Library and the Glenbow Library and Archives. Since 1995, he’s been self-employed as a historical consultant, contract researcher and freelance writer. He’s also appeared on CBC Radio (where he got his nickname: Harry the Historian), served as the Calgary Heritage Authority 2012 Historian Laureate, and has authored several books on local history.

Terry Vulcano, BA’77, BSc’88

UCalgary Folklore and Fakelore
1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

After working for CP Rail in industrial relations and marketing, Terry Vulcano did volunteer work in Botswana (1982-1985), where he helped rural entrepreneurs by arranging training and finances. After his stint in Botswana, he earned a BSc in archaeology. Terry then volunteered in Belize (1991-1995), and his stories from his time there were published as Adventures Out of Belize. Terry is also an inventor, designing and patenting a 16-key computer keyboard (an app version is available on Google Play), devising an “OchoPhonic” sound system that utilizes eight pyramid-shaped speakers, and creating The  Hexagon/Dragon Game, which is played in five dimensions .

Jason Herring (future alumnus!)

UCalgary Folklore and Fakelore
1:45 – 2:45 p.m.

Jason Herring is a fifth-year computer science student at the University of Calgary. He is the editor-in-chief of the university’s independent student newspaper, The Gauntlet, where he spends all day rabble-rousing. When he’s not stirring the pot, Jason enjoys writing code, cycling and going to concerts.

Ben Matchett

Ben Matchett, BComm’06, BA’06

Triassic to Athletic
3 – 4 p.m.

Ben Matchett feels more like a dinosaur every day as he begins his 19th year on campus at UCalgary. As assistant athletic director of operations and communications for Dinos Athletics (and unofficial Dinos Athletics historian), you can find him on the floor of the Jack Simpson Gym, on the turf at McMahon Stadium or in the press box at Father David Bauer Arena — often all on the same day — as he and his team oversee marketing, promotions, communications, social media and event management for more than 100 varsity games and 450 student-athletes each year. So far, however, his efforts to reanimate a T-Rex have proven unsuccessful.

Twitter: @benmatchett

Dr. Annie Quinney

Dr. Annie Quinney, BSc’09, MSc’12

Triassic to Athletic
3 – 4 p.m.

One of Annie’s favorite courses to teach is Introduction to Dinosaurs, and her favourite dinosaur is the parasaurolophus (she'd be lying if it was for any other reason than it is so much fun to say!). If she could choose to spend a day watching a real dinosaur, it would probably have to be a long-necked dinosaur like a brachiosaurus. These giants pushed the extremes of body size for land-dwelling animals, but we understand so little about their bodies functioned. Annie, an instructor with UCalgary’s Department of Geosciences, completed her PhD at Monash University in 2015. Her research used fossils to reconstruct climates and environments during the Age of Dinosaurs. Annie then worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Arctic Institute of North America where she developed science education and outreach programming.

Twitter: @UofC_Geoscience

Alice de Koning

Dr. Alice de Koning

Metaphorically Speaking!
3 – 4 p.m.

Dr. Alice de Koning, PhD, has a vision for a Calgary full of entrepreneurial thinking and entrepreneurial talent, joining artists, teachers, digital media and geomatics nerds, and even finance and government workers, to create smart solutions and positive impact at home and around the world. And, when she thinks big-picture, everything from big class project assignments to research programs take a creative twist. Alice is the area chair of Entrepreneurship and Innovation with the Haskayne School of Business. Outside of work, she loves music, food, sports, travelling … life is good! 

Finn

Dr. Patrick Finn, MFA'09

7 Languages for 7 Minutes
3 – 4 p.m.

Dr. Patrick Finn, PhD, works with people and groups to integrate systems that cross the human-machine barrier. Focusing on performance and technology, Patrick has worked in the private and public sector and has lectured, taught and led workshops throughout North America, Europe and Asia. In this seven-minute talk, Patrick will address the only language you need to know: code. Code is the most flexible, dynamic and organic form of communication in human history. Code is the world’s primary literacy, and, as such, should be the centre of everything we do. 

Joseph Windsor

Dr. Joseph Windsor, MA’12, PhD’17

7 Languages for 7 Minutes
3 – 4 p.m.

qaStaH nuq jay’? (Klingon for “What the @#$% is happening?”) A theoretical linguist in medical research, Dr. Joseph (Joey) Windsor, PhD, is a knowledge translator for a global health lab within the Cumming School of Medicine, where uses his knowledge of language to make specialist research publically accessible. But beyond the walls of the lab is where his passion for language really comes alive. Joey is a “conlanger” — someone who invents languages. He has worked with game-makers and novelists to invent languages for sci-fi and fantasy settings, such as the recently released The Bearer’s Burden by Chad Queen. It’s not all fun ‘n’ games, though; Joey also does serious academic work with languages such as Irish and Blackfoot … and Klingon.

Twitter: @LingJWWindsor

Clifton Cunningham

Dr. Clifton Cunningham

7 Languages for 7 Minutes
3 – 4 p.m.

Dr. Clifton Cunningham, PhD, went over to the dark side of the Force (math) toward the end of his undergraduate degree in physics when he fell in love with the Langlands program. Since then, he's led several military incursions into algebraic geometry and number theory. Besides his regular gig at the University of Calgary as an associate professor with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, he’s held positions at the University of Toronto, the University of Massachusetts, the University of Paris and the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques. An avid and active supporter of Beakerhead, Clifton was a science busker on Stephen Avenue in its inaugural year and, more recently, a Pi Day celebrant at Crave cupcakes. 

Ian Holloway

Dr. Ian Holloway

7 Languages for 7 Minutes
3 – 4 p.m.

Dean, Faculty of Law

Who can say they were once washed overboard in a hurricane in the North Atlantic Ocean? This guy! Beyond the legal sphere, Dr. Ian Holloway, QC, PhD, dean of the Faculty of Law, spent 25 years serving in the Royal Canadian and Royal Australian navies; in 1989, he was awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration. In 1992, he was awarded the Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation and, in 2013, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Prior to coming to UCalgary, Ian held appointments at Australian National University (where he also got his PhD), the University of Cambridge and the National University of Singapore. He has published two books, a number of book chapters, and many refereed articles in national and international law journals. In addition, he’s published a book on naval history. The best part of his job? Being the guy who gets to say, “Hey, what if we tried this?”

Trent Fox

Trent Fox

7 Languages for 7 Minutes
3 – 4 p.m.

Trent Fox is a member of the Wesley First Nation and is a Stoney Nakoda language specialist. A PhD candidate with the Werklund School of Education, Trent is researching the historical development of the Iyethka Nakoda people and language. He is an author, writer and language advocate.

Dr. Darin Flynn, PhD

Dr. Darin Flynn, PhD

7 Languages for 7 Minutes
3 – 4 p.m.

Come sample LING 227: Rap Linguistics, a popular course that relates rap music to language science (next offered in Winter 2019). As Maclean’s magazine has described it: “In what might be the coolest course in Canada, linguistics professor Darin Flynn’s syllabus features Eminem, Kanye and Jay Z, all of whom are required reading — or listening, rather.” Says Flynn: “As linguists, we seek to understand language as it is, not as it should be.” Students will take a closer look at rap’s phonology and syntax, using software to measure sounds. They’ll then choose their favourite rapper and delve deeper. “These songs criss-cross sound, emotion, grammar and multiple metaphors in such a rich way,” Flynn says.

Twitter: @darin_flynn

Sher-D Wilson, D. Litt

Sheri-D Wilson, D. Litt

7 Languages for 7 Minutes
3 – 4 p.m.

Sheri-D Wilson is Calgary’s Poet Laureate for 2018–2020. A spoken-word performer, poet, activist and self-described multilingutarian, Sheri-D is the award-winning author of 11 books, the creator of four short films, and has released four albums combining music and poetry. She is known for her electric performance style, making her a favourite of festivals around the world and she has read, performed and taught in festivals across Canada, the U.S., U.K., France, Spain, Belgium, Mexico and South Africa. In 2017, she received a Doctor of Letters (Honoris Causa) from Kwantlen Polytechnic University in Surrey, B.C., after publishing The Book of Sensations and releasing the CD Dragon Rouge. Sheri-D is also the founder and director of the Calgary Spoken Word Society and the Spoken Word Program at The Banff Centre.

Twitter: @SheriDWilson

Instagram: sheridwilson

Marina Fischer

Marina Fischer, BA’02, MA’08

Money: Around the World
3 – 4 p.m.

Affectionately known as “The Money Lady,” Marina is a collection specialist with Nickle Galleries and specializes in the study of ancient money called numismatics, with a special interest in ancient Greek and Roman coins dating as far back as the 6th century BCE. Marina studied art history and then fell in love with the ancient world during her early years at university. She also moonlights as a Continuing Education instructor and shares her passion for art and anything ancient through her classes and travel courses. Marina is a recipient of the 2018 University of Calgary Teaching Award and spends her days talking and reading about money.

Sunday Lineup

Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod

Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod

Creating Healthy Habits
9: 30 – 11 a.m.

For more than 30 years, under the umbrella of BodyBreak, healthy living experts Hal Johnson and Joanne McLeod have been encouraging Canadians to live a healthy, active lifestyle. You may recognize their catchy tune during TV commercial breaks encouraging you to get up off the couch. They show how practical and easy it is to do. But, most of all, it’s fun! To celebrate their 25 years of healthy living, team work and positivity, Hal and Joanne competed on CTV’s The Amazing Race Canada as Team BodyBreak. Considering all they’ve accomplished, their most important message of all? “Keep fit and have fun!”

Twitter: @bodybreak
Instagram: bodybreak88
YouTube: BodyBreak
Facebook: BodyBreak

Reed Ferber

Dr. Reed Ferber, BPE’93

Creating Healthy Habits
9: 30 – 11 a.m.

Dr. Reed Ferber, MD, is the director of the Running Injury Clinic. The goal of the clinic is to educate and develop injury prevention and rehabilitation programs for runners and walkers of all ages through world-class research and clinical practice. The clinic serves as a public facility for the clinical assessment of musculoskeletal injuries for walkers and runners, as well as a dynamic research laboratory. His newest venture involves exploring wearable technology and how it can help us exercise more efficiently and habitually while decreasing the chance of injury.

Dennis Sumara

Dr. Dennis Sumara

Werklund School of Education Reunion Brunch
10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Dr. Dennis Sumara, PhD, dean of the Werklund School of Education, joined the University of Calgary in 2009; under his leadership, UCalgary’s education faculty was renamed the Werklund School of Education in 2013, honouring a major philanthropic gift providing resources that will strategically support research and teaching. Dennis’ research spans the fields of curriculum studies, teacher education and literacy education. His interests include the studies of literary engagement, studies of normative and counter-normative structures in teacher education, and complexity studies of educational structures and systems.

Don AhnAhnsisi McIntyre

Don AhnAhnsisi McIntyre

The Gandhi Lecture: Exploring Truth and Reconciliation
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Don McIntyre is Ojibway of the Wolf Clan from Timiskaming First Nation in northern Quebec. His Anishinabe mowin name is AhnAhnsisip. He was adopted by the Beaver Clan of the Nisga’a and carries the Blackfoot name Makóyoomaahkaa. Don has spent most of his life as a teacher in public schools, colleges, universities, First Nation communities and around the world. He is an assistant professor at the University of Lethbridge, an adjunct professor at the University of Waterloo, a special lecturer at the University of Victoria and UBC law schools, and has spent almost 20 years teaching Indigenous leadership and management development programs at the Banff Centre. An award-winning painter and carver in the traditional style of his territories, Don’s work has been exhibited around the world.

 

Dr. Cora J. Voyageur, PhD

Dr. Cora J. Voyageur, PhD

The Gandhi Lecture: Exploring Truth and Reconciliation
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Dr. Cora Voyageur is a full professor in the Sociology Department at UCalgary. Her research interests explore the Indigenous experience in Canada including leadership, community and economic development, women’s issues, and health. Her books include Firekeepers of the 21st Century: Women Chiefs in Canada; My Heroes Have Always Been Indians, editions 1 and 2; and Indigenous Identity and the Post-Secondary Institution (with Barbara Barnes). She co-edited Hidden in Plain Sight: Contributions of Aboriginal Peoples to Canadian Identity and Culture, Volumes I and II; Restorying Indigenous Leadership: Wise Practices in Community Leadership, editions 1, 2 and 3; and a special issue on Indigenous leadership in the International Journal of Leadership (with Chellie Spiller and Rachel Wolfgramm). She is a residential school survivor and a member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation from northern Alberta.

Brian Calliou

Brian Calliou

The Gandhi Lecture: Exploring Truth and Reconciliation
10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Brian Calliou is the director of the Indigenous Leadership and Management program at The Banff Centre. Having previously worked as a lawyer, Calliou remains connected with the Indigenous Bar Association. He researches and writes about Indigenous community economic development from a strength-based approach and based on stories of Indigenous organizational success. Calliou is Cree from northwestern Alberta.

Allan Donsky

Dr. Allan Donsky

Science in the Cinema: Wonder
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Navigating the rough waters of life, especially as a youth, is challenging. Many kids often feel lost and are not sure what they are missing. A mindfulness expert and clinical associate professor with UCalgary’s Department of Psychiatry, Dr. Allan Donsky, MD, has dedicated his professional time to help guide school-aged kids as they discover and embrace the richness of humanity. Focusing on four key aspects of mental health — mental, emotional, physical and spiritual — he has tips and tricks to conquer life’s challenges. A favourite quote: “You already have everything you need to be your own best friend.”

Nowell

Dr. Lorelli Nowell, MN’12, PhD’17

NurseMentor Mingle and Appreciation
10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Dr. Lorelli Nowell is an Eyes High Postdoctoral Scholar at the University of Calgary Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning. Her postdoctoral work focuses on professional learning and development of academics, and she’s been developing, implementing and evaluating a certificate in teaching and learning specifically for postdoctoral scholars. Her graduate work focused on mentorship in Canadian nursing academia. Lorelli worked as an instructor in the Faculty of Nursing while completing her master’s and doctoral degrees. During that time, she served on a mentorship committee. She also won the Faculty of Nursing Pursuit of Excellence Inspirational Preceptor/Mentor Award for 2017.

Twitter: @lorelli_nowell
 

Dr. Eric Donovan

Dr. Eric Donovan

Faculty of Science Reunion Brunch, Featuring Steve!
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

The best part of Eric’s job as associate dean, as well as a professor in physics and astronomy, is interacting with faculty, staff, alumni and students from all the diverse areas of science in the faculty. Eric, who holds a PhD, especially loves it when he’s part of a team that comes together to take on some challenge. The best part of his job as a physicist, and the most surprising part of his job, is that he’s been able to take looking at the aurora and turn it into some pretty exciting science. Away from the university, Eric loves taking photographs and spending time with his son.

Saturday is for the wondrous

Saturday is for the wondrous

Discover UCalgary’s most imaginative experiences. The only lecture you’ll hear is: Have fun!

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Sunday is for having a blast at brunch

Sunday is for having a blast at brunch

Skip the lineups — Alumni Weekend has the most entertaining brunches in town!

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See all the fun from last year!

See all the fun from last year!

Nearly 1,400 of your fellow alumni, families and friends registered to attend Alumni Weekend 2017. Check out all of the activities from last year.

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A special thank you to our presenting sponsor TD Insurance.