University of Calgary

Arch Awards

May 3, 2007

2007 Arch Award recipients combine
academic discovery with entrepreneurial spirit

2007 Arch Awards website 

Combining frozen frogs with beer sounds like an experiment that ends badly, but that’s what you get when you combine one of the world’s most prolific researchers and a wildly successful, young entrepreneur with a social conscience. Both are alumni of the University of Calgary and each is a recipient of an Arch Award, the annual program bestowing the highest honour upon U of C alumni.

Joining an exclusive group of just 23 recipients since 1985, the 2007 Distinguished Alumni Award winner, recognizing outstanding career success and contribution to the community, is Dr. Kenneth Storey, BSc’71, professor of biochemistry and the Canada Research Chair in Molecular Physiology at Carleton University in Ottawa.

Dr. Storey is one of the world's most frequently cited biologists whose ambitious research is leading to innovations in areas ranging from organ transplants to reducing diabetes complications.

Creating respect for Canadian science around the world, he speaks frequently on his findings on hibernation, surviving freezing and animal life without oxygen and inspires his peers, students and children of all ages with his obvious passion for science. In the media, Storey is known as the “frozen frog” expert for his research on what allows animals to survive in cold and northern regions.

The recipient of the 2007 Graduate of the Last Decade (GOLD) Award, recognizing young alumni under 35 who have made an early impact in their careers, is Ravinder Minhas, BSc’05, founder and president of Mountain Crest Brewing Company and co-founder of Minhas Energy Consultants Inc.

Just 25, Ravinder Minhas has co-founded several highly-successful businesses while accumulating no debt and enjoying consistent annual revenue growth. He is a strong supporter of socially responsible causes and is recognized as a pioneer in the beer and liquor industry for proactively introducing warning labels to raise awareness of fetal alcohol syndrome, winning the 2006 Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder’s Recognition Award.

“From a world-renowned researcher to a young entrepreneur, the 2007 Arch Award recipients exemplify the University of Calgary’s academic diversity and high-achieving alumni family,” said Tamara McCarron, president of the University of Calgary Alumni Association.

“Dr. Storey's career-long passion for research, discovery and mentorship started as an undergraduate honours student at the University of Calgary,” said Harvey Weingarten, president of the University of Calgary. “Mr. Minhas made an impression on Alberta's business landscape and in areas of social responsibility in a very short amount of time. They are just two of our outstanding alumni who inspire today’s students and make the entire University of Calgary community extremely proud.”

Storey and Minhas will be honoured at a gala on Thursday, June 14 at The Grand in Calgary.

The Arch Awards program is a U of C Alumni Association initiative and is sponsored by TD Meloche Monnex.

The winners were selected by an Alumni Association committee. All U of C graduates are eligible to be nominated for the appropriate award (with the exception of alumni who are elected politicians or those serving on the Alumni Association board of directors). Anyone can nominate an alum for an Arch Award and nominations are welcome year-round.

The University of Calgary's alumni family of 120,000 graduates make remarkable contributions to the business, health, social and cultural life of Calgary and many other communities. In fact, while two-thirds of our alumni stay in Calgary to live and work, our alumni are found in 128 countries around the world, expanding the U of C's global reach every year. To find out more and learn about Arch Award recipients from previous years, visit