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  • Jodi L. Abbott, '93 MEd, '96 PhD
    Honour Award

    Jodi L. Abbott has reached the pinnacle of achievement as a figure skating judge. One of the sport's most accomplished judging officials, she has officiated at elite skating competitions around the world, including the Olympic Games, four International Skating Union World championships, and the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating. As one of a handful of individuals chosen to revamp the judging system following the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City, she played a significant role in designing the system currently used for judging figure skating. A leader within the broader community as well, Abbott, president and CEO of NorQuest College in Edmonton, has long been an advocate for people with disabilities and a champion for improved health-care services. Her impressive career history includes senior positions with the Canadian Paraplegic Association in Edmonton, Catholic Social Services, the Canadian Diabetes Association and Capital Health.

  • Bob H. Aloneissi ’84 BA, ’87 LLB
    Honour Award

    Bob H. Aloneissi works tirelessly to help make the world a more just and humane place. He is known as one of Alberta’s leading criminal lawyers. Outside the courtroom he spends much of his time as a philanthropist. He is a U of A sessional lecturer, teaching criminal trial procedure. His work inspired some of his peers to create the Aloneissi-Gower Pro Bono Community Service Award for law students. Aloneissi has worked on the difficult yet rewarding Victim Offender Rehabilitative Dialogue project, which allows victims to meet and question offenders. In 2012, he was appointed Queen’s Counsel, an honorary title given to select lawyers. Aloneissi helps organize an annual Crown versus defence lawyer hockey game, with the proceeds going to charities such as Right to Play. He also supports the World Food Programme, the YMCA’s Strong Kids campaign and the Phoenix Multi-Faith Society for Harmony, which fosters harmony among Edmonton’s diverse communities. Aloneissi and his wife have four children, and his compassion led to him organizing a group that helped a Syrian refugee family with six children start a new life in Edmonton. (Awarded in 2016)

  • Loraine R. Altenweg, ’75 BCom
    Honour Award

    Loraine R. Altenweg is the financial officer of the Alberta Cancer Foundation. A well-respected chartered accountant, she has been a long-standing board member and chair of the audit committees on several publicly traded companies and Capital City Savings Credit Union. Recently, she was appointed to the University of Alberta Audit Committee. In recognition of her excellence and commitment to the accounting profession and the business community, the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta honoured her with a 2006 Distinguished Service Award. (Awarded in 2006)

  • Harvey Anderson, '64 BSc(Ag), '66 MSc
    Honour Award

    Harvey Anderson has brought nutrition and diet to the forefront in medical science and education through his extensive research efforts. An innovative administrator, he was instrumental in creating new university, national, and international partnerships between academics and industry leaders in an effort to improve human health through a coordinated application of scientific advancements in nutrition and food safety. He is the recipient of numerous awards, which recognize his significant contributions to nutrition studies. (Awarded in 2002)

  • June M.S. Anonson, ’84 BSc(Nu), ’93 MEd, ’02 PhD
    Honour Award

    June M.S. Anonson is the assistant dean of the College of Nursing at the University of Saskatchewan. Recognized for her leadership in the nursing profession, she has received many honours from nursing associations in Alberta, British Columbia, and Saskatchewan, and she, along with her colleagues, is the recipient of a four-year Canadian Institutes of Health Research Award to research health care in Saskatchewan’s isolated north. She is also involved in collaborations with universities in China, Korea, and Japan to allow for U of S students to train at these institutions and to share "Best Practices" with these countries. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Kwasi Ansu-Kyeremeh, ’84 MEd
    Honour Award

    Kwasi Ansu-Kyeremeh is a scholar, teacher, and communications expert who has contributed extensively to the establishment of education policy for the Republic of Ghana. A professor in communication studies at the University of Ghana, he is also the Chief of Atwima Apemanim, a village of about 400 in the Ashanti region of Ghana, where he has advanced community projects, including a children’s library, a kindergarten, and a resource centre for teachers and nurses. Keen to inspire others to think globally, he co-teaches the Global Citizenship Field Experience (in rural Ghana) course for the University of Alberta. (Awarded in 2009)

  • Donald F. Archibald, '82 BCom, Howard Crone, '84 BSc(Eng), and Alison Jones, '85 BSc
    Honour Award

    Donald F. Archibald, '82 BCom, Howard Crone '84 BSc(Eng), and Alison Jones, '85 BSc teamed up in 1996 to build the phenomenally successful oil and gas producer Cypress Energy, a company that started with an initial market capitalization of $6 million and not even five years later sold for $800 million. Joining forces again, they formed Cequel Energy Inc., a junior oil and gas exploration and production company, which in July 2004 merged with Progress Energy to form Progress Energy Trust. In addition to their innovative business leadership, they are active in the community and professional organizations. All three were recognized in 1999 by Report on Business as among Canada's Top 40 Under 40. (Awarded in 2004)

  • Genevieve C. Balogun, ’75 BLS
    Honour Award

    Genevieve C. Balogun has been honoured with many distinctions for her work in promoting multiculturalism and stopping racism. Affectionately known by her students as Mrs. B., she has been an educator with the Calgary Board of Education for more than 30 years and is currently a community liaison for the Terry Fox Family of Schools. In the community, she works with many organizations, including the Alberta Association for Multicultural Education. She is also one of two community leaders designated as 'Visionaries' for the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative of the Calgary Foundation’s Forever Funds. (Awarded in 2006)

  • Karima Bapoo-Mohamed, ’86 Dip(DentHyg), ’11 MBA
    Honour Award

    Karima Bapoo-Mohamed is a dedicated advocate of global oral health who has focused her efforts over the last two decades on advancing dental hygiene training worldwide. She has motivated culturally diverse teams to achieve higher standards of excellence in North America, Asia, Africa, Australia and Europe, including Russia. She is a clinical associate professor in the dental hygiene program at the University of Alberta and the recipient of the School of Dentistry’s inaugural 2013 Gibb Clinical Teaching Award. Through her association with the Vassos Clinic in Edmonton, she has published papers on her clinical research and new protocols for implant hygiene. Her recent MBA project focused on oral health training in Kenya and has resulted in new program opportunities in Southeast Asia. She is a certified instructor with the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI) and a frequent speaker at the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID). (Awarded in 2014)

  • Rick Beaver, '80 MSc
    Honour Award

    Rick Beaver is a respected ecologist, community leader, and renowned artist who pioneered the restoration of the Alderville Black Oak Savanna, the largest remnant of an endangered ecosystem found in central Ontario. As an artist, he has combined his background in biology with his Aboriginal heritage to create colourful, striking images. Beaver’s paintings of wildlife are well-known examples of Canadiana, and he has produced more than 30 sold-out print editions. He also operates his own digital printmaking studio. As a dedicated conservationist and ecologist, as well as through his art, Beaver devotes endless hours teaching all ages about the importance of limiting human environmental impact. (Awarded in 2005)

  • Dennis Bedard, '76 BSc, '78 DDS
    Honour Award

    Dennis Bedard, who went on to complete a specialty in pediatric dentistry, has devoted countless hours to the dental health of less fortunate people in Alberta, as well as in Guatemala. Most recently, he has been involved in a volunteer project in the Philippines. (Awarded in 2000)

  • William Alan Bell, ’53 BA, ’55 BEd, ’67 MEd
    Honour Award

    William Alan Bell exemplifies what it is to have a big heart. A retired teacher, his contributions go far beyond the classroom. As a member of the International Shrine Clown Association, he has brought joy to children and their families for many years as Ding Dong the Clown, receiving the Shriners’ Red Nose Award four times. He has contributed to many other community service organizations, including Scouts Canada, which awarded him the Medal of Merit in 1988. He is a fellow and former national president of the Canadian College of Teachers. Other honours include the Samuel A. Dickson Award from the Fort Edmonton Park Foundation and Kappan of the Year from Phi Delta Kappa. While a teacher at Alex Taylor School, he opened his home to a young Vietnamese refugee, becoming his guardian and later taking in his brother. He and his wife also help many post-secondary students through two awards they have established. (Awarded in 2014)

  • Charles Bentley, '39 BSc(Ag), '42 MSc '90 DSc(Honorary)
    Honour Award

    Charles Bentley, a former dean of agriculture at the University of Alberta, has received 30 national and international awards recognizing his contributions to soil science and education. In addition to dedicating 50 years of service to international agriculture development work, he conducted pioneering soil research at the University’s Breton Plots that have contributed to substantial increases in food production not only in Alberta but in many countries worldwide. (Awarded in 2002)

  • Ron Bercov, '59 BSc
    Honour Award

    Ron Bercov served the University of Alberta for 41 years, five as associate vice-president (academic) and three on the Board of Governors. He was president of the Canadian Association of University Teachers and vice-president of the Canadian Mathematics Society and editor of its bulletin. He was also chair of the Alberta Universities Pension Board. A university, college, high school, and wheelchair basketball official, he has refereed three national championship tournaments and four wheelchair basketball nationals. In 2002, he received the Canadian Association of Basketball Officials Wink Willox Award for improving officiating in Alberta. (Awarded in 2004)

  • Roy Berg, '50 BSc(Ag)
    Honour Award

    Roy Berg, an internationally recognized scientist, revolutionized Alberta’s beef cattle industry through his innovative research into crossbreeding conducted primarily at the University’s Kinsella Ranch. His hybrid beef breeding programs led to a 30 percent increase in production, helping make Alberta a world leader in beef production. A former University of Alberta chair and dean of agriculture and forestry, he continued his support for the faculty by helping establish the Bar None Endowment Fund. (Awarded in 2002)

  • Sten Berg, ’54 BSc(Ag)
    Honour Award

    Sten Berg has made significant contributions to agriculture in Canada and beyond. Sten was organizer of the Western Hog Grower’s Association (WHGA) and was known for his innovative hog breeding and production management practices. In 1962, as chair of the WHGA market development committee, he pioneered outreach to the Japanese market. At its peak, 15 per cent of Alberta’s hog production went to Japan. In 1974, Sten was appointed to the Alberta Export Agency. He later launched his own market consulting firm and served as chair of the Alberta Cattle Commission. He was involved in numerous projects in China, including an evaluation of human and natural resources of the Himalayan mountain territories. Sten also served as a Strathcona County elected councillor. (Awarded in 2012)

  • Tim Berrett, ’97 PhD
    Honour Award

    Tim Berrett has the unique distinction of having competed in nine consecutive IAAF World Championships in Athletics and five Olympic Games as a race walker. A twotime Commonwealth Games medalist, he won 15 national titles between 1992 and 2008 and is the current North American track record-holder for the 5-, 20- and 50-km race walks. An Oxford graduate, he came to Canada on a Canadian Rhodes Foundation Scholarship and completed two masters’ degrees from Queen’s University. After graduating from the U of A, he launched Caminata Consulting and continued his relationship with the U of A as an adjunct professor. Active in the community, he volunteers with numerous sporting organizations and is president of Athletics Alberta. (Awarded in 2011)

  • Jeanne F. Besner, ’77 BSc(Nu), ’85 MHSA, ’99 PhD
    Honour Award

    Jeanne F. Besner is regarded as one of Canada’s leaders in articulating nurses’ role in advancing primary health care. She is the director of the Health Systems and Workforce Research Unit with the Calgary Health Region, leading the development of a research agenda focused on optimizing the role of nurses and other members of the health team in an evolving health system. Appointed chair of the Health Council of Canada in 2006, she is a member of the board of trustees of the Canadian Health Services Research Foundation and a past president of the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Larry Booi, ’68 BA, ’89 BEd
    Honour Award

    Larry Booi is regarded for his visionary leadership as a teacher, administrator and advocate for education. From 1968 to 2003, he was a teacher and department head with Edmonton Public Schools. In 1999, he was seconded to serve as president of the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA), where he spearheaded an unprecedented partnership to unite school boards, teachers, superintendents and officials committed to provide quality education to Alberta children. A former vice-president of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation, he was also involved in curriculum development and has written textbooks used in Alberta schools. In recognition of his many contributions, he received ATA’s highest honour, the Honorary Membership Award in 2008. He is currently president of the provincial advocacy organization Public Interest Alberta. (Awarded in 2011)

  • Michael Boorman, '69 BSc, '71 MD
    Honour Award

    Michael Boorman is a caring Alberta rural doctor respected for his dedication to the town of Rimbey. In addition to medical services, he has made huge contributions to the community by participating in numerous organizations. Before setting up practice in Rimbey in 1978, Boorman served on a one-year volunteer medical mission in Katmandu, Nepal. He remains connected with the international scene through various organizations, including Amnesty International and Physicians for Global Survival. Based on his contributions to rural medicine, teaching other health professionals, and his volunteerism with the local community and beyond, he received the Alberta Rural Physician Award of Distinction in 2004. (Awarded in 2005)

  • Hugh Bradley, ’54 BSc(Ag)
    Honour Award

    Hugh Bradley is a respected farming pioneer in Canada’s North who is highly regarded for providing many young people with agricultural experience. His farming legacy in the Yukon began in 1954 when he, along with his brother Dick, Buck Godwin, ’54 BSc(Ag), ’64 BEd, and John Stelfox, ’52 BSc(Ag), bought Pelly River Ranch, and overcame the challenges of farming in northern Canada. In recognition, Hugh and his family were named the Yukon’s Farmers of the Century. In 2004, he was part of a delegation representing the Yukon at the Circumpolar Agriculture Association in Sweden, and, upon his return, he received the Yukon Commissioner’s Award for Public Service. He has received an Award of Merit from Environment Canada for his 50 years as a volunteer climate observer, and his community contributions were recognized by the chief and council of Selkirk First Nation. Over the years, his partners have moved on, but Hugh still operates Pelly River Ranch. (Awarded in 2011)

  • Anne Brailsford, ’72 BEd, ’81 MEd, ’85 PhD
    Honour Award

    Anne Brailsford has had a tremendous impact on literacy in Canada. She is the architect of Edmonton Public School’s Balanced Literacy Program, designed for elementary school students to increase their reading and writing achievement. This program is currently used in more than 120 Edmonton schools, and its success has reached far beyond Alberta’s borders. Retired from her teaching career that spanned three decades, she now works as a language arts consultant and is the co-author of Balanced Literacy in Action and Book Talk: the Power of Book Clubs in Middle Grades and a senior author of the new Literacy Place program for Scholastic Canada. (Awarded in 2007)

  • J. Lorne Braithwaite, ’63 BCom
    Honour Award

    J. Lorne Braithwaite became a consummate entrepreneur and industry leader in Canadian regional mall real estate and retailing, amassing 40 malls as the founder, president and CEO of Cambridge Shopping Centres. He went on to found, build, and own the eight-store national Ethan Allan retail chain and to serve as the worldwide chairman (1995–96) of the International Shopping Council. Locally, he has worked closely with his favourite charities, Junior Achievement and the United Way. (Awarded in 2003)

  • Barb Bromley, ’47 Dip(Nu), ’48 BSc(Nu)
    Honour Award

    Barb Bromley is a tireless volunteer and dedicated nursing professional who has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the health and well-being of residents of the Northwest Territories. She was instrumental in the establishment of the Northwest Territories Registered Nursing Association, which let to her founding role with the Yellowknife Association of Concerned Citizens for Seniors. A community leader and activist, she successfully lobbied the NWT Government to have new facilities built for the elderly and for Alzheimer’s care in Yellowknife. Her contributions have been recognized with a Canada Volunteer Award, and she is a Member of the Order of Canada. (Awarded in 2009)

  • Sandra Bromley, ’79 BFA
    Honour Award

    Sandra Bromley is an award-winning artist, humanitarian, and change agent whose work builds social awareness. Her Gun Sculpture, produced with Wallis Kendal, ’69 BEd, was created from deactivated firearms and was exhibited internationally at the World’s Fair in Hanover, Germany; the United Nations in New York; and in Seoul, Korea. A CCHS Fellowship on women and post-war conflict societies led to her participation in a series of conferences on the plight of children, and social activism reached closer to home when she co-established the ihuman Youth Society in 1998, a non-profit crisis intervention centre dedicated to helping youth in despair. (Awarded in 2009)

  • Richard T. Brownlee, '63 MD, '66 MSc
    Honour Award

    Richard T. Brownlee has made tremendous contributions to the medical community as a cardiac specialist. He founded the Cardiac Surgical Program at Victoria’s Royal Jubilee Hospital, where he later served as head of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgical Services. He is the founder of the Cardiac Development Laboratory and Vivitro Systems Inc., a company that provides equipment and services for the laboratory assessment of heart valves used by universities and hospitals world-wide. The founding director of the Victoria Heart Research Institute Foundation, he holds two patents related to prosthetic heart valve design. Former chair of the B.C. Provincial Advisory Panel on Cardiac Care, Brownlee continues to perform surgery and recently helped set up a cardiac surgical program in Qingdao, China. (Awarded in 2005)

  • J. Alan Bryan, ’58 BA, ’59 LLB
    Honour Award

    J. Alan Bryan, an appointed Q.C., is an influential figure in the legal profession and the community-at-large, where he has helped to build a better Alberta. This partner with Edmonton’s Bryan & Company LLP has made many contributions to his profession. In 2009, he was honoured with a Distinguished Service Award from the Canadian Bar Association/Law Society of Alberta, and he was selected by his peers for inclusion in the "Best Lawyers in Canada 2010" listing. In addition, he is actively involved with many community and non-profit organizations, having served as chair of the Mental Health Foundation and the University Hospital Foundation. (Awarded in 2010)

  • Judah Busheikin, ’74 BA, ’79 LLB
    Honour Award

    Judah Busheikin is a successful Edmonton entrepreneur and strong supporter of various community organizations. As the president of Great Cookies by George, he presides over the company’s 13 locations in five provinces, and his online business makes cookie deliveries across North America. He has donated more than 1.5 million cookies to numerous causes, including the Canadian Blood Services and the Multiple Sclerosis Society. In 2006, he received the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce Small Business Owner of the Year Award in recognition of his entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to his staff and the community. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Paul J. Byrne, ’85 PhD
    Honour Award

    Paul J. Byrne is a visionary leader. He has created a unique footprint for a sustained commitment to higher education by promoting partnerships and by removing barriers to learners’ participation. He has held leadership roles at three Canadian public post-secondary institutions, and he is currently president and CEO of Grant MacEwan University. He serves on numerous national and international boards, sharing his vision, expertise, and ability to inspire, and he has participated in projects in India, South Africa, China, and Vietnam, just to name a few. The recipient of many honours, including the Paul A. Elsner Interna¬tional Excellence in Leadership Award, he was recently installed as Honorary Colonel of 419 Tactical Fighter Training Squadron. (Awarded in 2010)

  • Duncan Campbell, ’82 BA (RecAdmin)
    Honour Award

    Duncan Campbell is known as the "Quadfather" for co-inventing wheelchair rugby, developing it into a Paralympic sport and inspiring countless athletes. He became quadriplegic as a teenager after a diving accident. In 1976, he and four friends created a game tossing a volleyball around and crashing their wheelchairs into one another, which evolved into wheelchair rugby. Largely through Campbell’s efforts, it became a national sport for quadriplegic athletes, and its popularity began to grow worldwide. In 2000, the sport — the only full-contact wheelchair sport — achieved full medal status at the Paralympic Games. Campbell remains a driving force in the national and international wheelchair rugby communities. He is national development director for Wheelchair Rugby Canada and national director of the Canadian Wheelchair Sports Association’s Bridging the Gap program, which has introduced thousands of people to wheelchair sport. In 2013, he was awarded the Paralympic Order, the Paralympic movement’s highest honour. (Awarded in 2014)

  • Murray Campbell, ’79 BSc (Hons), ’81 MSc
    Honour Award

    Murray Campbell has earned a prominent place in the history of artificial intelligence by achieving one of the most significant milestones to date. He was one of the three scientists who created Deep Blue, the IBM computer that beat world chess champion Garry Kasparov in 1997. The success brought international recognition and the $100,000 Fredkin Prize, established to recognize the first computer to beat a world chess champ. In 1998, the Deep Blue Project was named an IBM Research Extraordinary Accomplishment — at the time, one of only 13 such projects in IBM’s history. He is now a senior manager in the cognitive computing group at IBM Research. His work includes a system to use real-time medical data for early detection of epidemics and leading a team on the use of analytics approaches to create a smarter workforce. In 2012, Campbell was named a Fellow of the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence. (Awarded in 2014)

  • Gary Campbell, ’58 BCom, ’62 LLB
    Honour Award

    Gary Campbell has been an active leader within Edmonton’s legal community for many years and has dedicated countless hours to numerous charitable and civic organizations. He was the founder and director of the Minerva Foundation, chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and budget chair for the Edmonton 2001 World Championships. (Awarded in 2001)

  • Phyllis Cardinal, ’80 BEd, ‘91 Dip(Ed)
    Honour Award

    Phyllis Cardinal, a First Nations educator, has dedicated her career to tailoring learning environments to the needs of Aboriginal students. Her leadership, direction and tenacity were the impetus for the creation of the Amiskwaciy Academy, an innovative school for Aboriginal students, where she serves as principal. Located in Edmonton, this landmark venture is just one of the crowning achievements in her career. (Awarded in 2001)

  • Chetwyn C. H. Chan, ’92 BSc(OT), ’95 PhD
    Honour Award

    Chetwyn C. H. Chan is an internationally recognized expert and scholar in the field of rehabilitation sciences. His pioneering work in Asia has advanced the discipline particularly in the return to work of injured workers. He has built a stronger rehabilitation educational system by developing specialized curricula for several key universities. He is an appointed national expert in rehabilitation by the Singaporean government and an advisor of China’s Workers’ Injury and Rehabilitation Advisory Committee. A member of several leading Hong Kong advisory committees, he is an elected fellow of the American Psychological Association and of the Hong Kong Psychological Society. He is on the editorial board of five leading international journals and has published more than 100 papers. (Awarded in 2011)

  • Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn, ‘81 BFA
    Honour Award

    Larisa Sembaliuk Cheladyn is an accomplished artist internationally renowned for her use of vivid watercolours and dramatic imagery. Her works can be found in collections across Canada, South America, Australia, and Europe. A sessional instructor with King’s University College, she is also well-known for her illustrations in textbooks and children’s books, including five Canadian best-sellers. This long-standing, dedicated volunteer of the Friends of the Kule Folklore Centre at the U of A believes in giving back to the community, and she incorporates charitable donations as part of her exhibition’s objective. She was recognized in 2005 as a Woman of Vision by Global Edmonton and with a City of Edmonton Excellence Arts Achievement Award in 2002. (Awarded in 2010)

  • Gordon Clark, '46 BSc, '48 MD
    Honour Award

    Gordon Clark, while still a student, served as the first conductor of the University of Alberta Mixed Chorus (UAMC), a campus organization that recently celebrated its 60th anniversary. Under Clark's leadership, the Mixed Chorus began its longstanding tradition of taking choral music on the road, representing the University in communities throughout Western Canada and the U.S. Clark also spearheaded the Chorus's first appearance on CBC Radio. After graduating from the University, he enjoyed a distinguished career as an anesthesiologist. In 1994, he was honoured with a lifetime membership in the UAMC Alumni Association. (Awarded in 2004)

  • Joseph Leonard Cloutier, '87 BEd, '90 MEd, '97 PhD
    Honour Award

    Joseph Leonard Cloutier has devoted his life to developing programs for disadvantaged youth. Once a high-school dropout himself, he is the founder of Edmonton's Inner City High. (Awarded in 2000)

  • Joel Cohen ’88 BSc
    Honour Award

    Joel Cohen is an award-winning writer and executive producer for one of the most oft-quoted television shows ever. The Simpsons is an animated half-hour of comedic genius that’s bursting with social commentary on everything from modern culture and social norms to politics and education. After earning his MBA at York University, Cohen started to dabble in writing, eventually moving to Los Angeles and landing a gig writing for the sitcom Suddenly Susan. In 2001, Cohen began writing for The Simpsons, and there’s been no looking back. He now shares his experiences through corporate lectures in a presentation he calls “The Business Tao of Homer: Lessons in Creativity and Innovation From The Simpsons.” He is also working on various movie projects. Cohen is an inspiration to past, present and future students, and he wisely says his education was fuelled by curiosity and a sense of self-discovery. His journey from science to satire has been one filled with milestones and much success. (Awarded in 2016)

  • Jean Cooley, ’77 PhD
    Honour Award

    Jean Cooley is an inspiration to women in science. A leading analytical chemist, she worked for more than 30 years at Syncrude Canada where she developed processes critical to the advancement of the oil sands industry. Committed to the betterment of her field and society-at-large, she has generously given back to her profession and the community. She held various positions with the Chemical Institute of Canada and other professional boards. She also has been a long-standing volunteer with WISEST, where she has inspired countless young women to consider careers in science. In addition, she has served on many U of A committees, including Alumni Council and the Senate. (Awarded in 2010)

  • Bruce Coggles, ’72 BEd, ’75 BA
    Horizon Award

    Bruce Coggles was the principal of Edmonton’s Jasper Place High School and is an innovative educator and administrator who works tirelessly to support his staff and students. (Awarded in 2006)

  • Jean E. Côté, ’64 LLB
    Honour Award

    Jean E. Côté has been a major contributor to the law profession in Alberta. For nearly a decade, he served as a lecturer, practitioner-in-residence and justice-in-residence in the Faculty of Law and was head of one part of the Alberta Bar Admissions course. An author of a number of books and articles, he is a justice of the Alberta Court of Appeal, the Court of Appeal for the Northwest Territories and the Court of Appeal of Nunavut. (Awarded in 2001)

  • Eugene J. Creighton, ’85 LLB
    Honour Award

    Eugene J. Creighton, a member of the Blood Tribe, is a partner with Walsh Wilkins Creighton LLP. An expert in Aboriginal law, he acts as counsel for a number of First Nations organizations. He is highly regarded for educating non-Aboriginal lawyers about First Nations people, and he has taught at the University of Lethbridge and Red Crow Community College on Aboriginal issues. He received the 1999-2000 Deputy Minister's Award for Economic Development for his work on the Blood Tribe Irrigation Project, and in 2005 he received the Alberta Aboriginal Role Model Award for his mentoring of Aboriginal lawyers in his firm. (Awarded in 2006)

  • Jean-Michel Crépin, ’77 BSc(Ag)
    Honour Award

    Jean-Michel Crépin is an internationally respected agrologist and a quintessential entrepreneur. He was the founder, president, and CEO of Norwest Labs, Western Canada’s largest agricultural and environmental laboratory. He is a partner in an agri-food laboratory in Hong Kong, a consultant for a U.K. public corporation, and part of a study group led by professors from the University of London, MIT, and Stanford University. He also serves as director of the Canadian Council of Independent Laboratories. In 1995, he received the Distinguished Agrologist Award for his contributions to the profession. (Awarded in 2006)

  • Elizabeth Crown, ’78 PhD
    Excellence Award

    Elizabeth Crown is an internationally respected expert in the field of textile science, specializing in thermal protective materials and clothing. Her research has contributed significantly to the development of both national and international performance standards for protective clothing for workers in the oil, gas, forestry, and firefighting sectors. (Awarded in 2003)

  • Lorna Crozier, '80 MA
    Honour Award

    Lorna Crozier is an icon of Canadian literature whom Margaret Laurence has called "a poet to be grateful for." She has won numerous awards, including Canada's most prestigious prize, the Governor General's Literary Award, for her eighth book of poetry, Inventing the Hawk. Beyond Canada's borders, her work has earned much praise, has been translated into half a dozen languages, and has even inspired composers to write music to her words. In 2004, the University of Regina awarded her an honorary doctorate, and the University of Victoria, where she serves as chair of the writing department, made her a distinguished professor. (Awarded in 2005)

  • Julius T. Csotonyi ’98 BSc(Hons), ’02 MSc
    Honour Award

    When you look at the work of paleoartist Julius T. Csotonyi, you can almost feel the ground shiver and hear the snuffling and snorting of prehistoric beasts. It’s no surprise Csotonyi is one of the world’s leading natural history illustrators. His work is in museums such as the Royal Tyrrell Museum and the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum. He contributed to Canadian cultural identity by creating five prehistoric animal-themed stamps for Canada Post and coins and medallions for the Royal Canadian Mint. Csotonyi is a favourite artist of paleontologists around the world, as they look to him to illustrate new species for their research publications. He is also a three-time winner of the John J. Lanzendorf PaleoArt Prize, the only award in the scientific community that recognizes paleontological art. (Awarded in 2016)

  • George Cuff, ’74 BA(RecAdmin)
    Honour Award

    George Cuff is a sought-after consultant, advisor and teacher of local government, governance and effective management. A four-term mayor of Spruce Grove, Alta., he has spoken to countless municipalities about effective local government and provided sage counsel to more than 500 organizations, largely in the public sector. He has worked in every Canadian province and territory and with all three levels of government. He has also taught local government principles to mayors in southeast China and was keynote speaker at a gathering of mayors of Southeast Asia. A past president of the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, he has authored two "how-to" books on local government and three books in a series entitled "Off the Cuff," the first of which — Cuff’s Guide to Municipal Leaders — has received considerable acclaim across Canada. Cuff is a strong believer in helping others: among other projects, he and his wife help support a children’s camp in northwest Romania. (Awarded in 2014)

  • Carla Cuglietta ’01 BEd, ’01 BPE
    Honour Award

    Carla Cuglietta is known for her commitment to volunteer work and service learning with her students as an educator with Edmonton Catholic Schools for 15 years. She has taken her love for service to a global scale by also working in Costa Rica, El Salvador, Mexico, India, Sierra Leone, Uganda and China. One of her biggest passions is securing clean drinking water and micro-finance loans for women in urban slums and rural areas of India. In Sierra Leone and Uganda, she taught peace education and gender equity courses to teachers in partnership with the Canadian Teachers’ Federation. She was awarded the Prime Minister’s Certificate of Achievement for getting students involved in their community, and won the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for her global work on gender equity. Locally, she co-founded WE Stand, a leadership summit that inspires and educates young people on how to foster personal growth in a way that creates positive change for others. WE Stand will embark on a world tour to seek out and develop 10,000 young leaders over the next 18 months. (Awarded in 2016)

  • James Cummins, ’74 PhD
    Honour Award

    James Cummins is an internationally recognized leader in second language learning and literacy development research. During his more than 30 years with the University of Toronto’s Modern Language Centre and the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, he has made a profound impact in the field of educational theory and linguistics, focusing on minority and multicultural populations. He has authored more than 110 refereed journal articles, 18 books, and is widely cited in both professional and academic literature. He holds a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair and is a recipient of the Inter¬national Reading Association’s Albert J. Harris award and an honorary doctorate from New York’s Bank Street College of Education. (Awarded in 2010)

  • Ron Cummings, ’59 BA, ’60 LLB
    Honour Award

    Ron Cummings is well-known in the legal community as the "Father of Modern Tort Law in Canada." He has been nominated for the Order of Canada and the Order of Excellence for Alberta for his life's work in representing individuals suffering catastrophic injuries. His cases have set landmark precedents in Canada and the British Commonwealth. He is also widely recognized as being a generous benefactor to inner-city children and the elderly. (Awarded in 2001)

  • Linda J. Cundy, ’84 Dip(Ed), ’88 MEd
    Honour Award

    Linda J. Cundy is a dedicated champion for the human rights of the deaf. Internationally respected for her advocacy, she was the first deaf consultant hired by Edmonton Public Schools, where she taught at the Alberta School for the Deaf for 23 years. A former instructor at Lakeland College and the University of Alberta, she is currently an education consultant for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing with Edmonton Regional Educational Consulting Services. A member of several boards, she has received many accolades. She was inducted into the Canadian Cultural Society of the Deaf Hall of Fame and was named as a YWCA Woman of Distinction and a Woman of Vision by Global Edmonton. (Awarded in 2010)

  • Janet Davidson, '84 MHSA
    Honour Award

    Janet Davidson is chief operating officer with Vancouver Coastal Health. She was recently elected vice-chair of the Standing Commission of the International Red Cross/Red Crescent Movement, its highest deliberative body. She served for six years as a vice-president of the International Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent. One of Canada's most respected health care executives, she is past-president of the Toronto East General Hospital. Renowned for her visionary leadership style, she was called upon by the Ontario government to chair a leadership group of hospitals in the Toronto area during the 2003 SARS crisis. (Awarded in 2004)

  • Elizabeth M. Bruce Davies, '69 Dip(Nu), '70 BSc(Nu)
    Honour Award

    Elizabeth M. Bruce Davies is a tireless advocate for children with life-threatening conditions and their families, and she has contributed extensively to both knowledge and practice related to hospice care for children. Her work has helped family members, nurses and other health-care workers deal with one of the most traumatic experiences a human can encounter – the death of a child. Davies, whose extensive publications include three books, 45 book chapters and 92 refereed papers, began her academic career at the U of A before accepting appointments at UBC and then at the University of California San Francisco. While in Vancouver, Davies founded Canuck Place Children's Hospice and served on its board for many years. She is now an adjunct professor and senior scholar at the University of Victoria, where she mentors new faculty and graduate students as well as conducts research in pediatric palliative care. (Awarded in 2013)

  • Andrew Dawrant, ’93 BA
    Honour Award

    Andrew Dawrant is widely considered the top Chinese-English language interpreter working in China today. Andrew is the only native English speaker accepted as a Chinese language interpreter at the United Nations. He has also served at other high-level meetings of the UN, G8/G20 and International Atomic Energy Agency. Andrew began his career as a Chinese language interpreter for the Government of Canada in 1996 after graduating from the U of A and completing conference interpreter training. He instructed in the simultaneous interpretation program at Beijing Foreign Studies University and, in 2002, simultaneously interpreted a speech by U.S. president George W. Bush broadcast to an audience of hundreds of millions across China. Currently, he works as managing director of Sinophone Interpretation, a firm based in Shanghai. (Awarded in 2012)

  • Katherine J. Dekker, '81 BEd, '95 Dip(Ed), '03 MEd
    Honour Award

    Katherine J. Dekker is an innovative educator committed to improving the lives of her students in a positive and respectful way. As principal of St. Francis of Assisi Elementary School in Edmonton, she oversees a learning environment where 55 per cent of the students come from First Nations or Métis homes and another 40 per cent are of African background. Dekker has taken measures to better integrate the students by building multicultural classrooms. All students have the opportunity to learn from African and Aboriginal elders as well as cultural leaders, allowing them to share and better understand each other's cultures. Dekker is also tireless in her efforts to provide students with the nutrition they need to fully engage in their studies. In addition, she keeps everyone focused on the fundamentals that underpin learning and has implemented thoughtful strategies that have significantly increased reading levels. In 2012, the Learning Partnership recognized Dekker as one of Canada's outstanding principals. (Awarded in 2013)

  • John C. Demco, ’73 BSc, ’75 MSc
    Honour Award

    John C. Demco created the original registry for the Canadian Internet domain .ca, managed it as a volunteer for 13 years, and helped to establish the Canadian Internet Registration Authority. He is a founder of the Canadian Internet, setting up one of the first Canadian links to the United States. In recognition of his pioneering work and service to the Internet, he was inducted into the Canadian Internet Hall of Fame in 1997. (Awarded in 2003)

  • Andrew E. Derocher, ’87 MSc, ’91 PhD
    Honour Award

    Andrew E. Derocher is a world-renowned expert in Arctic ecology, making a huge impact on wildlife conservation. His work on climate change and toxic chemical exposure on large Arctic mammals, in particular the polar bear, is internationally respected and highly cited. This U of A biology professor is lauded for his integrity and interdisciplinary perspective, which have made him an outstanding role model for students as well as the scientific community. A member of, and advisor to, several committees, including the International Association for Bear Research and Management, Polar Bears International, and World Wildlife Fund Canada, he is a member and past chair of the IUCN/SSC Polar Bear Specialist Group. (Awarded in 2010)

  • Gerald DeSorcy, '55 BSc(Eng)
    Honour Award

    Gerald DeSorcy has made conservation, public safety, and consultation a priority for the oil and gas industry, influencing key legislation to protect the public interest. During his 38-year career with the Energy Resources Conservation Board, he moved through the ranks from field inspector to his ultimate appointment as chairman in 1987. Respected internationally for his work, he went on to serve as the Canadian chair for the World Petroleum Congress. (Awarded in 2002)

  • Christopher Charles Stuart Donaldson, ’68 BA
    Honour Award

    Christopher Charles Stuart Donaldson is a recognized expert in surface electromyography (SEMG), chronic pain, and fibromyalgia. He is the co-founder of Electromyographic Back Rehabilitation Services, a private clinic specializing in the treatment of chronic maladies. In 1995, he received the American Journal of Pain Management award entitled the Outstanding Contribution to the Interdisciplinary Pain Management Literature for his work on SEMG, headaches, and neck pain. He is an adjunct associate professor at the University of Calgary, and he lectures extensively throughout North America. (Awarded in 2006)

  • Jim Donlevy, ’59 BPE, ’61 BEd, ’75 MA
    Honour Award

    Jim Donlevy has been a leader in provincial sports for more than 30 years. A highly respected coach, he received five Coach-of-the-Year awards from his colleagues at both the provincial and national levels and is an inductee to the University’s Sports Wall of Fame. His impact in sports continues through his coaching and educational clinics in the Western Hockey League and in his role as commissioner for the Canada West Football League. (Awarded in 2003)

  • Robert Dowling, '55 BSc(Pharm)
    Honour Award

    Robert Dowling, over the course of seven decades, has made significant contributions to his community, his province and his country. His service to Canada began in 1942 when he volunteered and served as a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force. His subsequent career in pharmacy eventually took him to Jasper, Alta., where from 1958 to 1996 he owed Cavell and Whistlers drug stores, and worked assiduously to obtain municipal status for the community. In 1969, he was elected to the Alberta Legislature to represent the constituency of Edson. He served in several cabinet positions focusing primarily on business and tourism. Following his time in elected office, Dowling served as commissioner for Alberta's 75th anniversary celebrations and later led the province's participation at Expo 86 in Vancouver. In recent years, he has dedicated his time to the initiatives of the Canadian Executive Service Organization. (Awarded in 2013)

  • Robert L. Duke, ’69 BA, ’70 LLB
    Honour Award

    Robert L. Duke is a respected lawyer who gained considerable prominence in civil litigation circles when engaged in the West Edmonton Mall roller coaster inquiry and in the Code inquiry into the failure of the Principal Group. In addition to his many professional commitments, he is a dedicated community leader. He served as a director of the Edmonton YMCA and as president of the Edmonton Husky Track and Field Association. He was a past chair of the Glenrose Hospital Foundation, and in recognition of his work with the Foundation, he received an Award of Distinction from Capital Health. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Greg Eberhart, ’79 BSc(Pharm)
    Honour Award

    Greg Eberhart is a champion for the pharmacy profession in Alberta. Serving as the Registrar of the Alberta College of Pharmacists since 1990, he has led pharmacists’ contributions to many innovations, including Alberta’s Pharmacy Information Network and Electronic Health Record. He led consultations and negotiations that, in 2007, gave pharmacists authority under the Health Professions Act to prescribe drugs. This momentous change now provides Albertans with new alternatives to access safe and effective drug therapy and gives pharmacists the opportunity to contribute more meaningfully to patient health and to the Canadian health system. (Awarded in 2008)

  • James S. Edwards, ‘62 BA, ‘06 LLD(Honorary)
    Honour Award

    James S. Edwards, former broadcaster, member of Parliament, CEO of Economic Development Edmonton, and chair of the U of A Board of Governors, has a lengthy record of dedicated public and community service. A force for positive change throughout his multi-faceted career, he has been an exceptional leader and advocate for post-secondary education, playing a major role in many significant U of A milestones. A founding director of the Edmonton Heritage Festival, he has generously volunteered his talents to the community, including the Edmonton Opera Association, Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, and the Alberta Human Rights Commission. He has received many honours, including the Alberta Centennial Medal and the Canada 125 Medal. (Awarded in 2010)

  • David L. Emerson, ’68 BA, ’70 MA
    Honour Award

    David L. Emerson has rendered outstanding service to Canada as a leader in government, business and public service. First elected to Parliament in 2004, he served as minister of industry in the Liberal government. He brought a wealth of experience to that position, having been deputy minister of finance in British Columbia, chair and CEO of Canadian Western Bank and Canfor Corp. and head of the Vancouver Airport Authority. After being re-elected in 2006, Emerson joined the Conservative government, serving as minister of international trade and briefly as foreign affairs minister. In 2008, he chose not to stand for re-election and joined CAI Managers, where he is now senior advisor. His service to Canada continues: he has led a number of government advisory committees, including the Premier’s Council for Economic Strategy in Alberta and the Prime Minister’s Advisory Committee on the Public Service.

  • Margaret Jean Epoch ’77 BPE, ’97 BEd, ’02 MEd
    Honour Award

    The phrase “make the world a better place” is used repeatedly when people talk about Margaret Jean Epoch. As a teacher and archivist at a small K-9 school in Niton Junction, Alta., Epoch makes a big difference in the world. Her list of projects, volunteer activities and awards is lengthy. One of her proudest accomplishments is helping make Niton Central School the first Canadian elementary school to be accepted as a member of the Associated Schools Project Network by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The school proudly flies the United Nations flag. Her local volunteer work with students, staff and community members includes Habitat for Humanity, the Terry Fox Run, Aboriginal Achievement Awards, Wigs for Kids, the local food bank and many more programs. Epoch also volunteers with victim services and helped fundraise for the school’s naturalization park. She started a fundraiser to help rebuild a school in India after the 2004 tsunami, and her students sent letters of support to victims after the 9/11 attacks and the shooting of four RCMP officers in Mayerthorpe, Alta. (Awarded in 2016)

  • Ken Eshpeter, '71 BSc(Ag)
    Honour Award

    Ken Eshpeter is widely admired in his community as a leader, organizer, public speaker, poet, writer and singer. A longtime resident of Daysland, Alta., he has been a pioneer in all he has done – from his innovative agricultural techniques to his spearheading the formation of Alberta’s first successful short-line railway. He is currently chair and CEO of Battle River Railway. Formed as a new generation co-operative, the railway runs through a 100-kilometre stretch of central Alberta. It serves the grain-handling needs of shareholder-farmers but also ships sweet crude – and may soon offer passenger service. Eshpeter has held office as the reeve of Flagstaff County, and was a key volunteer involved in the preservation and resurrection of the Daysland Palace Theatre, now a thriving community focal point that promotes community theatre and regularly hosts performances by some of Canada's best musicians and actors. (Awarded in 2013)

  • Julian N. Falconer, ’87 LLB
    Honour Award

    Julian N. Falconer, a senior partner with the Toronto firm Falconer Charney LLP, is regarded for his advocacy in human rights and public interest litigation. A recent success was his work on the legal team acting on behalf of Maher Arar, a case that made Canadian history as the largest human rights settlement allotted to an individual. He serves as co-chair of the Saving Lives Implementation Group, and he has received several awards, including Pride magazine’s African Canadian Achievement Award and the Vision of Justice Award presented by the Black Law Students’ Association of Canada. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Ralph Anderson Farvolden, '67 BA
    Honour Award

    Ralph Anderson Farvolden has provided longtime leadership to the accounting profession. He has written several publications; and developed practices and procedures aimed at constantly improving the services delivered by chartered accountants. (Awarded in 2000)

  • Richard Fedorak, '76 BMS, '78 MD
    Honour Award

    Richard Fedorak has provided insight into the diagnosis and treatment of intestinal diseases such as peptic ulcer disease and inflammatory bowl disease. During his illustrious medical career, he has published more than 400 peer-reviewed manuscripts and secured two patents related to colonic-specific drug delivery and metabolomics. In addition to being a practising physician, Fedorak wears many hats at the U of A: he is a professor of medicine in the division of gastroenterology, directs both the Centre for Excellence for Gastrointestinal Inflammation and Immunity Research and the Northern Alberta Clinical Trials and Research Centre, and is an associate vice-president (research). Fedorak also serves on national and international scientific advisory boards and has given his time to numerous committees within the U of A, including Alumni Council. Recently, Fedorak and his research team discovered and developed a new, non-invasive colon cancer screening test based on the presence of metabolomic markers in urine. (Awarded in 2013)

  • Brian A. Felesky, '67 BA , '68 LLB
    Honour Award

    Brian A. Felesky, a founding partner in the law firm Felesky Flynn, has taken on a leadership role in the business, legal, and volunteer communities. He is the founder and co-chair of Homefront (a Calgary Justice Working Committee on Domestic Violence), vice-chair of the Canada West Foundation, and he recently led Calgary's record-breaking United Way Campaign. Considered one of Canada's pre-eminent tax lawyers, he has been asked to serve on numerous government commissions. He also serves on many boards, including TransCanada Power, Suncor Energy, and he is the past president of both the Canadian Bar Association and the Calgary Bar Association. (Awarded in 2004)

  • Alan D. Fielding, ’65 BA, ’69 LLB
    Honour Award

    Alan D. Fielding was honoured with a Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award in 2014 for his significant contributions to local and international causes. A founding partner of Fielding & Co. LLP, Fielding held numerous positions with the Law Society of Alberta and the Legal Education Society of Alberta. He has served as president of the Vision Credit Union for decades. Fielding, a longtime Rotarian, lives by the Rotary motto Service Above Self. He is active not only in his community but also in his church and the university. A longtime advocate for mental health, he served for 19 years as chair of the Central Alberta Mental Health Review Panel and currently serves on the Alberta Review Board. Music is Fielding’s great love, and he has long been a performer and a supporter of the Camrose and Edmonton music scenes. (Awarded in 2015)

  • R. Leighton Fisk, ’63 BSc, ’65 MD, ’72 PhD
    Honour Award

    R. Leighton Fisk is a pioneering cardiovascular and thoracic surgeon with a long list of career firsts. In addition to having a busy practice and establishing a cardiac surgery program for disadvantaged people living in his region, he served as an adjunct professor of bioengineering at Arizona State University, where he helped established a cardiovascular research lab. His research brought significant funding to ASU from regional and national sources, and in 1986 he received the ASU President’s Distinguished Achievement Award for his contributions to the institution. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Roman Paul Fodchuk, ’54 BSc(Ag)
    Honour Award

    Roman Paul Fodchuk has created a legacy for future generations as a landscape architect and cultural historian. This graduate from the University of California (Berkeley) with a BSc in landscape architecture and from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design worked as a planning and interpretive design professional for Parks Canada and the National Capital Commission. He also provided professional services to Ontario and Quebec municipalities. As a landscape consultant, he created the master plan for Alberta’s Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, and he contributed to the creation of Edmonton’s Capital City Recreation Park, the foundation for the river valley park system. He is the author of Zhorna: Material Culture of the Ukrainian Pioneers, which has been called "the definitive work on Ukrainian material culture in Alberta. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Merna Forster, ’76 BA
    Honour Award

    Merna Forster has made important contributions to bringing Canadian history alive. Merna has done this through innovative public awareness initiatives that promote a better understanding of the brilliance, ingenuity, energy and creative power of Canadian women. The recipient of many awards, she has worked on numerous public education programs and outreach activities in Canada’s national parks and national historic sites. She is also well known for her public presentations, her writing and her media commentary. Her life work has culminated in a trio of invaluable resources: the heroines.ca website she created in 2004 and two best-selling books, 100 Canadian Heroines: Famous and Forgotten Faces and 100 More Canadian Heroines: Famous and Forgotten Faces. She is currently executive director of the Great Unsolved Mysteries in Canadian History Project at the University of Victoria. (Awarded in 2012)

  • Cyril Frank, '70 BSc, '73 Dip(Ed)
    Honour Award

    Cyril Frank is an orthopedic surgeon and pioneer in grafting and repairing ligaments. He has been a major contributor to medicine as a teacher, researcher and administrator. Frank was the scientific director of the Institute of Musculoskeletal Health and Arthritis at the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and chaired an international panel for the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences that developed a framework for capturing the impacts of health research. As the McCaig Professor of Joint Injury and Arthritis Research at the University of Calgary, he helped establish an Alberta Osteoarthritis Research Team. Here, he made innovations in care and prevention, and improved access to quality care for patients. In April 2013, Frank took on a new challenge as the CEO of Alberta Innovates- Health Solutions, which shares the Alberta Innovates mandate to advance health research and innovation in the province. (Awarded in 2013)

  • Bob de Frece, '69 BSc, '71 DipEd, '75 BEd
    Honour Award

    Bob de Frece has dedicated countless hours over the past 16 years conducting the University of Alberta Mixed Chorus. Under his leadership, the choir has served as a musical ambassador for the University throughout Western Canada and the Northwestern United States. A professor of elementary education and music at the University of Alberta, he has gained an international reputation as a gifted author, festival adjudicator, guest conductor, and workshop leader. (Awarded in 2002)

  • Mark Freeman, '81 BSc
    Honour Award

    Mark Freeman is a leader in condensed matter physics and nanotechnology research. Working at the University of Alberta, his research team has largely pioneered stroboscopic and microscopy techniques to achieve a kind of "movie-making" for microscopic processes. The recipient of numerous awards and honours, his groundbreaking work has helped position Alberta on the world stage as a key player in nanotechnology. (Awarded in 2002)

  • Kenneth J. Fyke, ’71 MHSA
    Honour Award

    Kenneth J. Fyke has contributed significantly to Canada as an innovative leader in the fields of health policy and administration. He was the first president and CEO of the Greater Victoria Hospital Society, one of Canada’s first amalgamated hospital systems, the first CEO of the Capital Health Region in Victoria, and the founding board chair of the Canadian Blood Services. A former deputy minister of health in two provinces, he authored Caring for Medicare — Sustaining a Quality System, the Report of the Commission on Medicare in 2001. A Member of the Order of Canada, he remains active in overcoming challenges facing our health care system. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Linda R. Gadwa, ’99 BEd, ’06 Dip(Ed), ’09 MEd
    Honour Award

    Linda R. Gadwa is an educator highly respected for her leadership at Kehewin Community Education Centre, where she served as principal for four years spearheading many initiatives to promote Aboriginal culture. At Kehewin school, located near Bonnyville, AB, she wove a strong Cree language and cultural component into subjects. She also helped establish a research program in partnership with the U of A to enhance students’ performance in math, and she created a stay-in-school incentive program for high school students. In 2010, she received Canada’s Outstanding Principal Award from the Learning Partnership—a reflection of her decades-long dedication to cultural education at Kehewin school. (Awarded in 2011)

  • Michel R. Gagné, ’87 BSc
    Honour Award

    Michel R. Gagné, a chemistry professor at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, is an international leader in catalysis chemistry. A groundbreaking researcher, he holds five patents, and he has authored more than 100 publications in some of the most prestigious top-tier scientific journals. His research has been recognized with several awards, including the National Science Foundation Career Award, and he has lectured in universities around the world at national and international conferences. His contributions to the scientific community also include several years’ service on the editorial board of the Canadian Journal of Chemistry as well as the NSERC Grants Selection Committee and its Banting PDF Fellows Selection Committee. (Awarded in 2011)

  • Susan M. Gallacher, ‘84 BCom, ‘88 LLB
    Honour Award

    Susan M. Gallacher is a nationally recognized leader in business and philanthropy. One of Canada’s most successful entrepreneurs, she is the founder and former vice-president of DirectCash Income Fund, the country’s largest branded ATM provider, and the president and CEO of DirectCash Bank. Despite her demanding career, she is always available to lend her expertise, leadership, and generosity where needed, including mentoring aspiring entrepreneurs or supporting student scholarships for single parents studying law at the U of A. She also contributes her time and resources to many charities in Calgary. In 2005, she was the recipient of the Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. (Awarded in 2010)

  • John Grigsby Geiger, ’81 BA
    Honour Award

    John Grigsby Geiger is an award-winning journalist and a gifted writer whose books are written in a scholarly, yet accessible, entertaining and inspiring manner. He is the best-selling author of The Third Man Factor among other internationally renowned non-fiction works, including Frozen in Time: The Fate of the Franklin Expedition. His work has been translated into 14 languages, and four of his books have been made into featurelength documentaries, including by the National Film Board and National Geographic. An explorer-at-heart, he spent three field seasons in the Arctic as an historical investigator for the Knight Archeological Project with anthropologist Owen Beattie. An editorial board editor at The Globe and Mail, he is a senior fellow at the University of Toronto’s Massey College and president of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society. (Awarded in 2011)

  • Curtis Gillespie, ’85 BA(Spec)
    Honour Award

    Curtis Gillespie has been a champion of cultural and literary life. A former writer-in-residence at the University of Alberta, he has written five books as well as more than 100 magazine articles on the arts, politics, society, travel and sports, earning a record-tying four National Magazine Awards in 2014 and a total of seven over his career. In co-operation with the Canadian Literature Centre at the U of A, Gillespie co-founded and edits the magazine Eighteen Bridges, created in 2010 as an outlet for Canada’s narrative journalists. The magazine has won eight National Magazine Awards. Committed to bettering his community, Gillespie was co-founder and inaugural board chair of Edmonton’s Nina Haggarty Centre, an arts school for persons with development disabilities. He served as board chair of Litfest, an Edmonton nonfiction festival, from 2008 to 2013 and now sits on the boards of the National Magazine Awards Foundation and the Canadian Literature Centre. (Awarded in 2014)

  • R. Gerald Glassford, ’64 MA
    Honour Award

    R. Gerald Glassford is a highly influential statesman for physical education, recreation, and sport, and is a tireless volunteer. His 45-year career with the University of Alberta included serving as the dean of two faculties and as the first vice-president of development and community affairs. He has volunteered his expertise on numerous provincial, federal, and University committees, promoting active living and fitness. As a respected educator, administrator, and volunteer, he has received numerous honours, including the Province of Alberta Centennial Salute for Sport & Recreation and the Government of Canada Citation for Citizenship. (Awarded in 2008)

  • Steven Glover, ’87 MBA
    Honour Award

    Steven Glover, the current executive director and CEO of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta, has been a dedicated leader in the accounting profession. He was the driving force behind the creation of the CA School of Business, was a member of the Education Committee of the International Federation of Accountants, and has served with numerous community organizations. (Awarded in 2001)

  • Buckley Godwin, '54 BSc(Ag), '64 BEd
    Honour Award

    Buckley Godwin combined his two loves, teaching and commercial horticulture to develop the dried ornamental and cut flower industry in Alberta. He has received numerous awards and speaking invitations from across North America. (Awarded in 2000)

  • George Goldsand, '59 MD
    Honour Award

    George Goldsand has made tremendous contributions to medical education and patient care. The first specialist in Infectious Diseases (ID) in Western Canada, he established the ID department at the University of Alberta and trained many specialists. He served as an associate dean for 14 years and earned recognition as one of Canada's foremost leaders in medical education. As a professor emeritus, his current interest is the social accountability of medical schools. He has been honoured with national awards from the Canadian Infectious Diseases Society, the College of Family Physicians, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for his outstanding contributions to medical education. (Awarded in 2004)

  • Donna Goodwin, '78 BPE, '80 MA, '00 PhD
    Honour Award

    Donna Goodwin chaired the highly successful Health Canada education project,Moving to Inclusion. Under her leadership, a resource guide and nine curricular guides were developed for teachers planning physical education programs for students with specific disabilities. The resources were distributed to 15,000 schools across Canada—a feat of national and provincial cooperation in education that is rarely seen in this country. (Awarded in 2002)

  • Marie L. Gordon, ‘79 LLB
    Honour Award

    Marie L. Gordon, an appointed Q.C., has contributed enormously to the legal profession. She has dedicated her career to social justice and the fair treatment of women and children in the field of matrimonial law. An internationally consulted expert, she has held leadership positions in several significant law-reform initiatives, including the development of spousal support guidelines. Her involvement in the National Judicial Institute is a testament to the high regard in which she is held. A respected instructor in the U of A Faculty of Law, she has volunteered her time and expertise to many organizations, including the Edmonton Community Legal Centre and the Canadian Research Institute on Law and the Family. (Awarded in 2010)

  • Douglas Goss, '81 BCom, '84 LLB
    Honour Award

    Douglas Goss was the recipient of the Outstanding Volunteer Fundraising Award presented at the 2001 Philanthropy Day Luncheon. He was recognized for his leadership on the Corporate Fundraising Board for the Fort Edmonton Historical Foundation, which raised $4.5 million in a recent campaign. In addition to being a lawyer and business leader, he has served on numerous other charitable and community organizations. (Awarded in 2002)

  • M. Elizabeth (Betty) Gourlay, ’66 Dip(Nu), ’67 BSc(Nu)
    Honour Award

    M. Elizabeth (Betty) Gourlay is highly regarded for her leadership in the nursing profession. In the 1990s, she launched one of the inaugural independent nursing practices in Canada and served as the first president of the Canadian Association of Nurses Independent Practice, where she was instrumental in developing standards and guidelines for the assessment and licensure of independent practicing nurses. She is actively involved in fundraising to support continuing education for nurses, and in 1988 she led a campaign that raised more than $10 million. In recognition of her many contributions, she was recognized with a lifetime achievement award from the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta. (Awarded in 2011)

  • Dianne Greenough, ’78 BEd
    Honour Award

    Dianne Greenough has taken the art and athletics of cheerleading to new heights. In 1995, she was invited to develop an acrobatics co-ed cheer team for the Edmonton Eskimos Football Club, which was soon regarded as North America’s best. Her Victoria School of the Arts cheer teams won 52 city and provincial titles and 200 championship trophies from competitions around the world. She recently coached the gold medal-winning Team Canada in the ICU World Cheerleading Championships. She has choreographed numerous high-profile events, including the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics, the 2001 World Track and Field Championships and the 2005 World Masters Games. She is the creator of the Alberta Cheerleading Association and also founded Perfect Storm Athletics, which works with young people in fitness, leadership and success. (Awarded in 2012)

  • Allan Gregg, ’72 BA, ’74 MA
    Honour Award

    Allan Gregg has made novel and variegated contributions to Canadian society as a political commentator, acclaimed lecturer, television host, and best selling author. He founded one of Canada’s largest polling firms and then went on to serve as the head of the Canadian media giant, Viacom. In addition, he has played a significant role in the Canadian cultural community, managing popular artists such as The Tragically Hip and serving as the chair of the Toronto Film Festival. (Awarded in 2003)

  • Jim Gurnett, ’69 BA
    Honour Award

    Jim Gurnett is a passionate champion for social justice. A recognized humanitarian internationally, he has served as executive director of Edmonton’s Mennonite Centre for Newcomers since 2001. Previously, he was executive director of the Hope Foundation and manager of community services at the Bissell Centre. In 2007, this former New Democrat MLA was awarded a Project Ploughshares’ Prelorentzos Peace Award and named one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people by Venture magazine in recognition of his work addressing poverty and homelessness. In 2008, he received an honorary diploma in community studies from Grant MacEwan College. (Awarded in 2008)

  • William Haddad, ’41 BA, ’41 LLB
    Honour Award

    William Haddad has served his community as a lawyer, judge, and avid volunteer. He is esteemed for his dedication to law and justice and for generously giving his time and expertise to many organizations such as the Canadian Legion, the South Side Athletic Association, the Kinsman Club, and the Edmonton Eskimos Football Club. He offered his leadership and professional expertise as the first chair of the Edmonton Police Commission and served for almost a decade on the Alberta Securities Commission. Past president of the Edmonton Bar Association and former member of the Hospital Privileges Appeal Board, he has served as umpire under the Employment Insurance Act since 1994. (Awarded in 2008)

  • Allen R. Hagerman, ’73 BCom
    Honour Award

    Allen R. Hagerman, the chief financial officer of the Canadian Oil Sands Trust, has brought much credit to his profession during his long-standing career. A strong community supporter, he has served on many organizations, including the board of governors of the University of Calgary, various Calgary Exhibition & Stampede committees, and as past chair of the Alberta Children’s Hospital Foundation. In recognition of his contributions, he was recognized as a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta and received the Institute’s Distinguished Service Award in 2006. (Awarded in 2006)

  • Ray B. Hansen, ’78 BA, ’81 LLB
    Honour Award

    Ray B. Hansen is the general counsel and officer of Syncrude Canada Limited and the president of Northward Developments, Syncrude’s housing and developing arm. Highly respected in the legal profession, he is also highly regarded for his commitment to educational and health initiatives, volunteering his legal and business talents to charitable organizations. He was the first president of the Alumni and Friends of the U of A Faculty of Law Association, a past director of the Fort McMurray YMCA Association, and is a member of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Dorothy J. Harris, ’46 Ba
    Honour Award

    Dorothy J. Harris has had a lifelong mission to promote dance and dancing for all people, regardless of training and background. While pursuing her master’s degree in Wisconsin, she encountered the Orchesis approach to dance. It became her dance model for life. In 1963, when she became a phys-ed instructor at the University of Alberta, she formed an Orchesis group to attract students to the world of dance; Orchesis remains a a creative force today. Harris helped develop Dance Alberta (now Alberta Dance Alliance), Dance in Canada and Dance and the Child International (DACI). She led the charge that saw dance become part of the professional core of physical education and recreation teaching. She exposed students and the public to dance by arranging a wide variety of dance experiences. Since retiring as a professor in 1990, she has continued to develop movement resources for children and adults in schools and universities. She was honoured with the Alberta Centennial Award in 2005. (Awarded in 2014)

  • John James "Jack" Harris, ’79 LLB
    Honour Award

    John James "Jack" Harris, in addition to running a busy law practice, is a respected politician who has dedicated decades to public service, 14 as leader of the New Democratic Party of Newfoundland and Labrador. As a lawyer, he set a new standard through his work representing victims of the Mount Cashel Orphanage sexual abuse scandal. As a politician, he spent most of his tenure as the lone voice for the NDP, serving as a critic for all portfolios and consistently providing a strong social and economic justice perspective to the legislature on issues such as health care, education, and the needs of those disempowered in society. (Awarded in 2008)

  • Walter Harris, ’38 BSc, ’39 MSc, ’91 DSc (Honorary)
    Honour Award

    Walter Harris is respected as Canada’s foremost "Dean of Analytical Chemistry," having served the chemistry department at the University of Alberta for 44 years. During his career he contributed to 25 scientific advisory councils and played a leading role in the proper disposal of Alberta’s hazardous wastes. Highly regarded for his research, teaching, and public service, he has received the Order of Canada, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, and received two honorary degrees. (Awarded in 2003)

  • Brian Hesje, '69 BEd, '73 MBA
    Honour Award

    Brian Hesje, president and CEO of Fountain Tire since 1991, has shown dedication to his profession while building this successful business. His leadership and commitment have resulted in increased sales and the expansion of the company across Western Canada. (Awarded in 2000)

  • Robert Hironaka, '51 BSc(Ag), '53 MSc
    Honour Award

    Robert Hironaka, while working as a research scientist at the Agriculture Canada Research Station, Lethbridge, advanced the knowledge in ruminant nutrition that significantly contributed to the development of Alberta's feedlot industry. A noted community builder, he was a founding member of the Lethbridge and District Japanese Garden Society that created Nikka Yuko Centennial Garden, one of the western world's most outstanding Japanese gardens. He has received many honours from his community and profession, including an honorary degree from the University of Lethbridge, where he served as chancellor. (Awarded in 2004)

  • Todd Hirsch, ’89 BA(Hons)
    Honour Award

    Todd Hirsch is an economist who is passionate about breaking down the numbers to tell the story of the economy. He explores the connection between the economy and the role of arts and creativity, and thus has been called an economic philosopher who sees Alberta’s vast potential. Hirsch is the chief economist with ATB Financial and a contributing writer with the Globe and Mail. He held positions with the Canada West Foundation, Canadian Pacific Railway and the Bank of Canada, and he taught economics at the University of Calgary for more than a decade. Hirsch serves on the Alberta Economic Development Authority. For his significant community involvement, he was honoured with the federal government’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. His 2012 book The Boiling Frog Dilemma: Saving Canada From Economic Decline, further reflects his interest in the role of arts and culture within innovation and the economy. (Awarded in 2015)

  • Andrew J. Hladyshevsky, ’76 BSc, ’79 LLB, ’87 MBA
    Honour Award

    Andrew J. Hladyshevsky, a recognized legal specialist, author, and instructor in commercial and corporate law, is renowned for his dedication to the community and to social and cultural works. He is president of the Northern Alberta Alliance on Race Relations, dedicated to the elimination of racism, and a member of the advisory council of the proposed Canadian Museum of Human Rights. The president of the Shevchenko Foundation, he is a founding director and former vice-president of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and a former chair of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and Edmonton Concert Foundation. He is also an active fundraiser for the Edmonton Christmas Bureau. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Megan M. Hodge, ’73 BSc(Speech)
    Honour Award

    Megan M. Hodge has dedicated her career to advocating for children with severe speech sound disorders. A longtime faculty member in the U of A Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology, she has been an innovative teacher, mentor and champion of clinically relevant research. In 2005, she received the Eve Kassirer Award from the Canadian Association of Speech-Language Pathologists and Audiologists for outstanding professional achievement. Megan’s work has resulted in the development of a widely used tool for measuring children’s speech intelligibility, as well as an effective intervention approach for children and their families. Known by the trademarked name Let’s Start Talking, this innovative and creative program applies theoretical principles of neuroplasticity and speech learning to a structured curriculum. (Awarded in 2012)

  • Gordon Hoffman, ’66 BA, ’74 LLB
    Honour Award

    Gordon Hoffman has been recognized by the Calgary community and the legal profession for his service to numerous social, cultural, and charitable organizations. Besides managing a busy law practice, he is the founder and president of the Project Warmth Society of Canada, Project Warmth Society of Alberta, Operation Kickstart of Alberta, the HDD Charitable Foundation, and numerous other charitable foundations and organizations benefiting those in need. (Awarded in 2001)

  • Harry Hole, ’44 BSc(Eng)
    Honour Award

    Harry Hole, made his mark on the family business, Lockerbie and Hole and served as president of many other companies, as well as being on the board of directors of 16 companies. He gives generously of his time, serving Canada, the province, and the City of Edmonton through the military and numerous organizations. He has made exceptional contributions to the community and has been a generous supporter of many charitable organizations. (Awarded in 2001)

  • Hugh S.D. Hoyles, ’66 BPE
    Honour Award

    Hugh S.D. Hoyles created a legacy of wellness at the University of Alberta, where he served as the director of Campus Recreation for more than 32 years before retiring in 2004. Affectionately known as Captain Rec, he was a tireless promoter of health through sport. Under his direction, the Campus Recreation program became one of the most comprehensive at any Canadian university. His contributions to the sport of volleyball, which includes serving as the director of volleyball for the 1976 Olympic Games, have earned him induction into both the Alberta Volleyball Hall of Fame and the Volleyball Canada Hall of Fame. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Brenda Huband, '86 BSc(Nu)
    Honour Award

    Brenda Huband is dedicated to enriching the lives of adults through her efforts in continuing care and health administration. As the executive director of Carewest, a Calgary-based continuing care organization, she implemented innovative programs for seniors, especially those with memory-based illnesses. A tireless advocate for health care reform, Huband secured funding for an occupational stress injury clinic for Canadian Forces veterans and helped implement a program that enables seniors to remain at home rather than be admitted to continuing care. An active member of the community, she volunteers with the Alberta Winter Games and has served as the medical clinic coordinator for the Canadian National Cycling Competition. (Awarded in 2005)

  • W. Laird Hunter, ’74 BA, ’75 LLB
    Honour Award

    W. Laird Hunter has devoted much of his career to helping advance the law and regulatory regime applicable to charities and non-profits in Canada. Appointed a Queen’s Counsel in 2006, he brought together Canadian federal and provincial departments with voluntary-sector representatives to improve the regulatory environment in which non-profits operate. He has worked on provincial and federal legislative reviews of co-operatives in eight Canadian provinces and contributed to the advancement of First Nations communities. Laird was instrumental in shaping the First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act. In 2012, the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association honoured him with a 2012 Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his pro bono activities. (Awarded in 2012)

  • Sook Hur, ’86 PhD
    Honour Award

    Sook Hur is an innovative leader in educational research, governance, and teacher education in Korea. As the president of the Gyeonin National University of Education—Korea’s largest university for educating teachers—he has made many contributions to higher learning, serving as the director of the Korean Research Foundation and chair of the Advisory Committee for the Korean Ministry of Education. A loyal alumnus, he has served as president of the U of A Alumni Association Branch in Korea and has played a pivotal role in the ongoing collaboration between Gyeonin National University and the U of A’s Faculty of Education. (Awarded in 2008)

  • William Hurlburt, ’48 BA, ’49 LLB, ’97 LLD(Honorary)
    Honour Award

    William Hurlburt has, through the Law Society of Alberta and the Federation of Law Societies of Canada, taken part in important initiatives of the legal profession in areas such as legal aid, liability insurance, and supervision of lawyers' competence. As a founder, board member and chair, director, and counsel of the Alberta Law Reform Institute since 1968, he has helped to promote many important reforms in Alberta law. (Awarded in 2001)

  • Nat Indrapana, ’73 PhD
    Honour Award

    Nat Indrapana is one of the top sports officials in Thailand. A distinguished member of the International Olympic Committee since 1990, he has dedicated his career to transforming sports programs in Thailand. The former deputy governor of the Sports Authority of Thailand and dean of the Faculty of Physical Education at Thailand’s Srinakarinwirot University, he is the vice-president of the World Taekwondo Federation and serves on the Coordination Commission of the XXIX Beijing Olympic Games. (Awarded in 2006)

  • Selwyn Jacob, '70 BEd
    Honour Award

    Selwyn Jacob is an award-winning filmmaker with a commitment to telling important narratives with a social impact. Based in Vancouver, he has produced closed to 50 films since joining the National Film Board in 1997. Jacob, who was born in Trinidad, came to Canada to 1968 with the dream of becoming a filmaker. It was a dream that wouldn't die: he became a teacher and eventually a school principal but chose to leave the security of that career to educate the wider audience through film. Early in his life as an independent filmmaker he directed We Remember Amber Valley, about the black community that existed near Lac LaBiche, Alta. Many of Jacob's films have won awards, including the production Mighty Jerome, about Canadian Olympian Harry Jerome. This collaborative project earned four Leo Awards and an Emmy Award in 2012. Jacob is dedicated to training the next generation of Canadian filmmakers. (Awarded in 2013)

  • Frank Jenkins , ’66 BEd, ’71 MEd, ’87 PhD
    Honour Award

    Frank Jenkins is a science educator and an enthusiastic advocate for science education who spent more than 40 years inspiring young minds. His philosophy of teaching students to test and explore rather than simply memorize procedures made him a beloved teacher to many. He taught high school chemistry for more than 30 years, spent more than 10 years as a university instructor in the U of A’s Faculty of Education until his retirement in 2011, and led the faculty’s CMASTE (Centre for Mathematics, Science & Technology Education). Jenkins further shared his wealth of experience by writing innovative textbooks. His achievements have been recognized with the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence and the ATA Science Award for Distinguished Service. He has devoted time to the ATA Edmonton Chemistry Council. Innovations include syntheses of natures of science as create-test-use-and-falsify laboratory work, of classroom ways of presenting evidence, and of criteria for evaluating claims to scientific knowledge. Jenkins has participated in workshops and projects around the world, and his influence on teachers and students from near and far shows what passion, innovation and dedication can do. (Awarded in 2015)

  • Yasmin Jivraj, ’80 BSc
    Honour Award

    Yasmin Jivraj is a seasoned business executive with more than 30 years of experience in the information technology (IT) sector. She is president and co-owner of Edmonton-based Acrodex, which has offices across Canada and a development centre in India. An active community leader, she has served on the boards of CBC/Radio-Canada and the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation. She is a supporter of, and has served on the board of, the Aga Khan Foundation Canada. For her contributions to the advancement of IT she was named a Fellow in 2005 by the Canadian Information Processing Society and, in 2011, NAIT awarded her an Honorary Bachelor of Technology in Technology Management. (Awarded in 2012)

  • Gordon Orval Johnson, ’51 BSc(Ag)
    Honour Award

    Gordon Orval Johnson is a valued member of the community who has opened his home—and his heart—to more than 170 foster children during a 30-year period, even while raising his own seven children. Johnson was a longstanding employee with Alberta Agriculture and has served as a dedicated volunteer in his local community. In 1987, the Wetaskiwin Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture honoured Johnson and his wife Mahala as "Citizens of the Year." (Awarded in 2003)

  • Margaret Johnson, ’60 Dip(Nu), ’62 BSc(Nu), ’80 MHSA
    Honour Award

    Margaret Johnson is highly regarded for her outstanding leadership in the municipal, provincial, and national health care community. As president and CEO of Edmonton’s Royal Alexandra Hospitals, she was the first woman appointed to lead a teaching hospital in Western Canada. She is recognized for her volunteer service to the Canadian College of Health Service Executives, Health Professions Advisory Board, and Volunteer Centre, Edmonton, and other organizations. She has served her alma mater through the Alumni Council and as a two-term president of the Public Health Science Alumni Association. (Awarded in 2008)

  • LeRoy Johnson, ’68 BEd
    Honour Award

    LeRoy Johnson has served his community and Alberta with great dedication. As an educator and former MLA, he played an instrumental role in the development of sport and culture in Camrose. At Camrose Lutheran College, now Augustana Campus, he spearheaded the successful Vikings Hockey Program, including the prestigious Viking Cup international hockey exchange. He played an integral role in the 2004 merger of Augustana University College with the University of Alberta, and as an MLA he supported initiatives to bring state-of-the-art facilities to Augustana campus. The recipient of many awards, he recently received the 2007 Hockey Alberta Centennial Award. (Awarded in 2008)

  • Cecilia Johnstone, '73 BA, '74 LLB
    Honour Award

    Cecilia Johnstone has assumed leadership roles within the legal profession at provincial, national, and international levels. As a justice of the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta she has shown dedication to the principle of equality for all before the law. (Awarded in 2000)

  • Krishan Joshee, ’68 BEd
    Honour Award

    Krishan Joshee is a highly respected community leader whose efforts have built bridges between cultures and communities for the purpose of serving society. A former science teacher, he is a model for engaged citizenship. He has been on the board of organizations as diverse as the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, the Edmonton Police Commission, the National Film Board and the Canadian Race Relations Foundation. He is a founder and former president of the Edmonton Heritage Festival, and former premier Ralph Klein declared him a lifetime chair of the Wild Rose Foundation. In the late 1980s, Krishan helped create the Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace. He has also received the Alberta Achievement Award for Service and the Order of Canada. (Awarded in 2012)

  • Dennis M. Kadatz, ’60 BPE, ’61 Dip(Ed), ’65 MA
    Honour Award

    Dennis M. Kadatz has taken on a leadership role in Alberta’s sports community as both an athlete and a builder. A respected coach and administrator, he served as director of athletics and an associate dean of the physical education faculty at the University of Calgary. He served as general manager and president of the Calgary Olympic Development Association, recognized as one of the most successful post-Olympic organizations in the world. In 2005, he was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame and is an inductee of both the University of Calgary Sports Hall of Fame and the University of Alberta Sports Wall of Fame. (Awarded in 2006)

  • Connie Kaldor, ’75 BFA
    Honour Award

    Connie Kaldor has made significant contributions to Canada’s musical scene as a singer, songwriter, and performer. A recipient of three Juno Awards, she artistically mixes all musical genres. In 1981, she formed Coyote Records, producing 11 records under her independent record label. Canadian Geographic chose her song "Wood River" as one of the 10 best Canadian nature songs, and in 1992 she served as a Goodwill Ambassador for Canada touring in China, India, and Europe. In 2006, she was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Prem Kalia, ’64 BEd
    Honour Award

    Prem Kalia has lived a life of service through teaching and advocating for global peace, universal brotherhood and social justice. He has done this in the classroom, the United Nations Club, the Multicultural Council of the Alberta Teachers’ Association and the Mother Teresa Habitat Institute. Through the Mahatma Gandhi Canadian Foundation for World Peace, he brought attention to many issues, raising awareness and supporting initiatives that share Gandhi’s philosophy. As chair of the foundation for more than a decade, he was a recognizable leader who established the U of A’s Gandhi Institute and local conferences at high schools. He was instrumental in establishing Gandhi Peace Weeks and the Mahatma Gandhi World Peace Graduate Scholarship at the U of A. (Awarded in 2012)

  • Jason Kapalka, ’92 BA, ’94 MA
    Honour Award

    Jason Kapalka is a trend-setter in the video gaming industry who got his start in the computing world as a writer for top-notch gaming magazines. Today, he is chief creative officer of PopCap Games, a company he co-founded in 2000, which was recently acquired by Electronic Arts. Considered to be a mastermind in the art of casual games, he is the creative force behind many of the company’s titles, including the wildly successful Bejeweled, which was named the most popular puzzle game of the century according to Guinness World Records 2010 Video Games Edition. PopCap’s other hit games include Plants vs Zombies, Zuma, Bookworm and Peggle. (Awarded in 2011)

  • Yusuf A. Karbani, '73 MBA
    Honour Award

    Yusuf A. Karbani is a partner and co-founder of one of Edmonton’s most respected CA firms, Gardiner Karbani Audy and Partners LLP. A leader in the community, he volunteers his accounting expertise to a variety of local organizations. Serving as the current chair of the audit committee for the Edmonton Community Foundation, he overseas $160 million in charitable endowments. Most recently, he helped plan, develop, and implement a cemetery for the Markaz-ul-Islam Society, and also raised funds for the construction of a new mosque in the Millwoods area of Edmonton. Karbani is a member of many professional organizations, including the Institute of Chartered Accountants—where he formerly served as a seminar instructor. (Awarded in 2005)

  • Kenneth J. Kasha, ’57 BSc(Ag), ’58 MSc
    Honour Award

    Kenneth J. Kasha is a highly respected plant geneticist who revolutionized the way plant breeders throughout the world develop improved cultivars of cereal crops. In 1970, he published an article in the journal Nature outlining his breakthrough, based on the hybridization of cultivated barley species with a wild relative to produce large numbers of homozygous barley plants. This "doubled haploid" research inaugurated a new era in plant breeding, greatly simplifying the selection of plant lines with desired traits. Later he would perfect an even more efficient technology for generating double haploids in cereals using immature pollen. An emeritus professor at the University of Guelph, Kasha has received worldwide recognition for his contributions to world food production. In 1983, he won the Ernest C. Manning Principal Award for innovation by a Canadian. He has also received an honorary degree from the University of Calgary and was named an officer of the Order of Canada in 1993. (Awarded in 2014)

  • Louanne Keenan, '75 Dip(DentHyg), '81 BA, '95 MEd
    Honour Award

    Louanne Keenan has used her talents and background in education to promote health in communities in remote areas of Honduras and Guatemala. She has also worked with the National Committee of Oral Health in China on a pilot project for water fluoridation. (Awarded in 2000)

  • Pat Kiernan ’90 BCom
    Honour Award

    Pat Kiernan spends his mornings with more than one million New Yorkers as the morning anchor for NY1, a cable news channel. He’s also the host of the Bloomberg Television program Bloomberg North, seen across Canada each Thursday evening. Kiernan curates his favourite headlines for his website, PatsPapers.com. His work in the media began at the U of A, where he was active with the student newspaper The Gateway and with CJSR radio. After graduation, Kiernan worked for Edmonton’s CTV and Global stations. It wasn’t long before he moved to New York City, where he has since added to his NY1 duties with programs for CNN, VH1, CNBC, GSN and Canada’s Business News Network. This native Albertan has become so identified with New York news that he has appeared as himself in movies such as The Amazing Spider-Man 2, Night at the Museum, and this past summer’s Ghostbusters remake. Kiernan is well-known as a New Yorker who stays connected to his roots in Canada. He’s frequently called upon to speak at community and charity events, and he’s an active member of the New York branch of the U of A Alumni Association. (Awarded in 2016)

  • Wallis Kendal, ’69 BEd
    Honour Award

    Wallis Kendal is an accomplished artist, author, and social activist who works tirelessly to help high-risk youth. In 1997, he co-founded the iHuman Youth Society, a non-profit organization in Edmonton. Considered one of North America’s best support groups, iHuman helps troubled teens find success and confidence through artistic programs. In 2005, the Canadian edition of Time magazine named him one of Canada’s heroes in recognition of his innovative work with at-risk youth. (Awarded in 2006)

  • William Leslie Kent, '31 BSc (Eng)
    Honour Award

    William Leslie Kent, at 101, is one of the U of A's oldest graduates participating in Reunion Weekends and branch meetings. He enjoyed an illustrious, 41-year career as a civil engineer, building major structures across Canada, beginning with the Lion's Gate Bridge in Vancouver, and continuing with hydro plants, dams, bridges, buildings, causeways, and canals. After retirement, he worked with First Nations tribes in British Columbia on nine distinctly different infrastructure projects. He also volunteered in the Philippines, supervising construction of a tuna canning plant. He is an honorary member of the Gold Key Society. (Awarded in 2009)

  • Peter G. Kevan, ’70 PhD
    Honour Award

    Peter G. Kevan is an internationally recognized authority on pollination biology whose research has led to increases in fruit and vegetable production both nationally and internationally. On numerous occasions, he has been called upon to assist international aid and conservation agencies dealing with the global issue of managing agroecosystems. A respected innovator, he was the recipient in 2001 of the Synergy Awards from NSERC and the Conference Board of Canada for University/Industry collaboration. (Awarded in 2003)

  • Harold Kingston, '73 BCom
    Honour Award

    Harold Kingston is a founder of Kingston Ross Pasnak LLP. Active in the community, he is a board member of WINGS of Providence, a second-stage women's shelter, and the president of the Alberta Diabetes Foundation. He is the chair of the Alberta/NWT Chapter of the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation and vice-chair of its national board. He is also a board member, executive committee member, and finance chair of Northlands Park. In recognition of his service to his profession, he was recently granted a Fellowship from the Alberta Institute of Chartered Accountants. (Awarded in 2004)

  • R. Hugh Knowles, '57 MSc
    Honour Award

    R. Hugh Knowles is an internationally respected landscape architect and horticultural scientist. During his long career at the University of Alberta, he served as a professor and as the superintendent of grounds, where he transformed the University's campus into a veritable park. His work in turf research is widely sought after nationally and internationally, and his book, Woody Ornamentals for the Prairies, is considered by many to be a gardener's bible. His work has received many honours and citations. In 1984, he was awarded a Fellowship in the Canadian Society of Landscape Architects. (Awarded in 2004)

  • Tako Koning, ’71 BSc
    Honour Award

    Tako Koning has been described as "an Angolan Angel" for his humanitarian work in that country. A geologist for more than 30 years working worldwide in the oil industry, he organized major donations of textbooks and journals for universities in Nigeria and Angola, countries where he has lived and worked for the past 16 years. Since his retirement he has worked with a humanitarian organization that provides clean drinking water to rural populations in northern Angola, and he chairs the Mosquito Nets Project, supplying nets that prevent malaria. For his work he was honored with the Regional Services Award presented by the Society of Petroleum Engineers International. (Awarded in 2008)

  • Michael A. Kostek, '50 BEd, '59 Dip(Ed)
    Honour Award

    Michael A. Kostek is an award-winning educator with an unwavering commitment to the profession. His career with Edmonton Public Schools spanned five decades and included a secondment to the Department of National Defence to serve as the headmaster of the Canadian NATO International School in the Netherlands. An archivist with Edmonton Public Schools, he is the driving force and visionary behind the McKay Avenue School Archives and Museums. In 1995, a school located in West Edmonton was named in his honour to recognize his many contributions to education and his support of local history. (Awarded in 2004)

  • Deborah Kully-Martens, ’80 BSc(Spch&Aud)
    Honour Award

    Deborah Kully-Martens is a champion in the field of stuttering treatment and research. She is the executive director of the internationally recognized Institute for Stuttering Treatment and Research (ISTAR), which she co-founded in 1986 with the late Dr. Einer Boberg at the University of Alberta. She is the co-author of the Comprehensive Stuttering Program, which has been translated into German and French, and she was recently invited to establish a stuttering treatment program in the United Arab Emirates. Through her dedication and compassion, she has left an indelible mark on the lives of thousands of people who stutter. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Philip Lachambre, '76 BCom
    Honour Award

    Philip Lachambre is executive vice-president and chief financial officer at Syncrude. He has been instrumental in managing the effects of major oilsands industry expansion with the goal of orderly and responsible growth with regard to environmental concerns. (Awarded in 2000)

  • Barb Laderoute, '83 BEd, '94 MEd, '05 PhD
    Honour Award

    Barb Laderoute is a difference maker. As an international expert on indigenous language literacy, she has raised the profile of the Cree language. As an educator, she is making a difference in the lives of children. A Cree Métis from Alberta's Gift Lake Métis Settlement, Laderoute followed her interest in Aboriginal education to the U of A, where she won numerous awards, including a national research award from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council and the U of A’s Andrew Stewart Memorial Prize. Laderoute could have continued in academia but chose instead to return to her community, where she is principal of Gift Lake School. Under her leadership, the school earned recognition as one of Canada’s "Top Ten Schools for Aboriginals," and in 2002 Laderoute’s contributions and commitment to her community were celebrated by the Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women. (Awarded in 2013)

  • Patricia C. Lane, ’79 BA, ’82 LLB
    Honour Award

    Patricia C. Lane has championed equality in the legal profession. Her work on employment benefits for same-sex couples and their ability to be married in Manitoba permanently changed that province’s social landscape. She served on the Collaborative Practice Manitoba Association for many years. She also helped develop the Youth Helping Youth program and, in 2003, the youth involved won the inaugural Sybil Shack Human Rights Youth Award. Her honours include the 2010 Ally Award, presented by the Canadian Bar Association for work advancing equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgendered and two-spirited people. She is active in programming nationally and in the U.S. on effective conflict resolution communication and has board positions on the Women Lawyers Forum for both jurisdictions. (Awarded in 2012)

  • Ted Langford, '72 BEd
    Honour Award

    Ted Langford has devoted his career to education and post-secondary administration in Alberta. As an administrator, he is highly respected for his business and political acumen that is coupled with a deep understanding of education and its impact on the community. Of particular note is his longstanding leadership of Portage College in Lac La Biche, and his commitment to Aboriginal education. He has also managed several other institutions, guiding them through financial and organizational challenges. Most recently, he was a key player in the successful merger of Augustana University College with the University of Alberta. Active in the community, he contributes to numerous community and political organizations. (Awarded in 2005)

  • Peter K. K. Lau, '75 BCom
    Honour Award

    Peter K. K. Lau is the chair and CEO of Giordano International Limited, a Hong Kong retail operation listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange since 1992. A trailblazer, Lau left a middle-management position at a Calgary oil and gas company for a sales manager position with Giordano. Within two years, he reached senior management. Under his visionary leadership, combining Eastern and Western philosophies, Giordano has experienced phenomenal growth. Today, it serves more than 1.5 billion customers in 26 countries. A believer in giving back to the community, Lau has helped build schools for underprivileged students in rural China. (Awarded in 2004)

  • Hugh Lawford, ’54 BA, ’55 LLB
    Honour Award

    Hugh Lawford revolutionized legal research by being one of the driving forces behind Quicklaw— the world’s first and Canada’s largest online legal information service. With more than 3,700 databases that are searched 21 million times annually, this world-wide service is used anywhere common law is practised and is offered free to judges, law students, and professors throughout the Commonwealth. In addition to serving as the company president, Lawford is a professor emeritus of law at Queen’s University. (Awarded in 2003)

  • Patrick Lee, '70 BSc, '78 PhD
    Honour Award

    Patrick Lee, a cancer researcher at the University of Calgary, has made landmark discoveries that may result in a whole new area of cancer treatment. He has gained international attention and is a highly sought after speaker at national and international conferences. (Awarded in 2000)

  • Christine Lefaivre, ’79 BSc(OT)
    Honour Award

    Christine Lefaivre has implemented groundbreaking strategies for working with people who have sustained traumatic brain injury and has licensed her methodology. She was an early pioneer advocating for the right of the brain-injured survivor to be cognitively retrained at 2001 Alumni Honour Awards when institutional care was the norm. A clinical instructor at the University of British Columbia, she has twice been named the B.C. Female Entrepreneur of the Year in the quality-plus category. (Awarded in 2001)

  • Oryssia Lennie, ’69 BA
    Honour Award

    Oryssia Lennie has more than 35 years’ experience in constitutional and public policy development and administration with the provincial and federal governments. Lennie’s early career years were spent on Peter Lougheed’s team, and she was part of the delegations leading up to the Constitution Act of 1982 and the Meech Lake and Charlottetown accords. She was also the secretary to the Alberta Senate reform task force established by Don Getty and served as the deputy minister of federal and intergovernmental affairs and deputy minister for Western Economic Diversification Canada. Lennie’s awards include the Peter Lougheed Award for Leadership in Public Policy and the Lieutenant Governor’s Gold Medal for Excellence in Public Service. In 2009, she retired from the public stage but is still inspired to help make the world a better place. She is a longtime champion of the United Way, and her community involvement has included University of Alberta positions as well as sitting on the board for the Canada West Foundation. She is currently chair of the Alberta Research and Innovation Authority. (Awarded in 2015)

  • Ronald R. Lett, ’74 BSc(Med), ’76 MD, ’84 MSc
    Honour Award

    Ronald R. Lett is a compassionate surgeon and trauma epidemiologist who demonstrates exceptional commitment in providing improved education, training, and health care to those living in less fortunate regions of the world. As the founder of the non-profit organization, Canadian Network for International Surgery, he has promoted the delivery of essential surgical care to underprivileged people in Africa, trained 7,500 primary care physicians, researched surgical and injury mortality, and involved a network of volunteer Canadian surgeons and obstetricians. He has devoted much of his career to improving maternal care, safety, and surgical capacity in low-income countries. (Awarded in 2008)

  • Shar Levine,  ’74 BA
    Honour Award

    Shar Levine is an award¬ winning writer and designer of science books for children. Her commitment to encouraging science literacy and her ability to make science fun for kids is evident in the more than 60 titles that bear her name and that of her writing partner, Leslie Johnstone. Levine owned a toy store in Vancouver called Einstein’s the Science Center, and there she taught hands-¬on science to kids. She also spent time as a columnist and TV consumer expert until 2006, when her children’s books became her main focus. Often described by friends and colleagues as a woman with infectious energy and creativity, Levine also connects with people through public appearances and her website, sciencelady.com. She currently sits on local and national literary and literacy boards. She co¬created Celebrate Science, the first Canadian science writer’s festival. Her ability to share her passion for science education and engage students in everything from the biochemistry of fermentation to the science of sensory perception makes her books a favourite on the shelves of public libraries and kids’ cubbies.(Awarded in 2015)

  • Irene G. Lewis, ’80 BEd, ’84 MEd
    Honour Award

    Irene G. Lewis has had a 30-year career spanning the breadth of the Canadian educational system and two continents. The current president of SAIT, she has worked as a teacher in primary, secondary and post-secondary systems; has authored textbooks and hosted an educational television series. Her contributions to Alberta were recently honoured when she was named one of Alberta’s 50 most influential citizens by Alberta Venture magazine. (Awarded in 2001)

  • Jack Lewis, ’57 BSc(Ag)
    Honour Award

    Jack Lewis is an innovative agriculture producer, a leader in the community, and a generous supporter of the University. As the co-owner/operator of his family-owned Lewis Farms, located just west of Edmonton, he pioneered new farming techniques for seed potato production as well as being involved in the founding of a potato growers cooperative. He also helped establish Lewis Farms as a Canadian leader in the breeding and production of Simmental cattle. For his outstanding record of service to agriculture and his community, he received the Edmonton Northlands Farm Family Award. (Awarded in 2008)

  • Mary Lobay, '63 BEd, '66 MEd, '92 LLD(Honorary)
    Honour Award

    Mary Lobay has been involved in education as a teacher, administrator, and volunteer for most of her life. A member of the Order of Canada, she has made exceptional contributions to the community in a wide variety of areas. (Awarded in 2000)

  • James A. Lore, '54 BSc(Ag)
    Honour Award

    James A. Lore, through his groundbreaking studies, has achieved a distinguished reputation as an authority in land stewardship and resource development resolutions. Active in his profession, he served as president of the Alberta Institute of Agrologists and the Agricultural Institute of Canada. He is also a strong supporter of the community. The current director of Foundation Olds College, he formally served on the board of governors of Olds College, acting as chair from 1993 to 1996. He has received numerous accolades and awards for his service to his profession and society. (Awarded in 2004)

  • Larry Y. Louie, ’82 BSc
    Honour Award

    Larry Y. Louie is a successful Edmonton optometrist with a humanitarian spirit and a passion for photography. His award-winning images have been featured in National Geographicand Condé Nast Traveller and exhibited around the world. His compelling photographs, which document the plight of people threatened by rapid modernization, have received international recognition, including a Humanitarian Documentary Grant with World Photography, the IPA Lucie Award—one of the top prizes awarded in photography—and a National Geographic World in Focus contest. A champion of those suffering from preventable blindness, he donates proceeds from his photographic projects to SEVA Canada, a nonprofit organization that provides eye care services in the developing world. (Awarded in 2011)

  • Jeffrey C. Lozon, '78 MHSA
    Honour Award

    Jeffrey C. Lozon is a quintessential health care leader. As president and CEO of Canada’s sixth largest hospital, St. Michael’s in Toronto, he eliminated a $63-million debt and turned the facility into a model of fiscal responsibility. A strong advocate for the rights of the underprivileged, Lozon spearheaded the hospital's internationally respected Inner City Health Program. He also successfully lobbied for increased federal investment in health research and established Canada’s first endowed chair in Inner City Health. An associate professor in the department of health policy, management and evaluation at the University of Toronto, Lozon served one year as Ontario's deputy minister of health. (Awarded in 2005)

  • Monoly Lupul, '50 BA, '51 BEd
    Honour Award

    Monoly Lupul was the founding director of the Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies at the University of Alberta. Through his research, he provided some of the basic philosophical and moral principles that justified the adoption of multiculturalism policies at federal, provincial, and municipal levels of government. He contributed to the draft of Section 27 of Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms. He also pioneered the development of studies in Canadian educational history at the U of A. (Awarded in 2002)

  • Linda Lusby, ’78 MSc
    Honour Award

    Linda Lusby, a well-known leader in the national and international standards communities, has served as chair of the Canadian Standards Council and is currently serving as the first North American president of the Pan American Standards Commission. As a professor of Environmental Science at Acadia University, she was instrumental in founding Acadia's interdisciplinary degree program in environmental science. She is a Fellow of the Leadership for Environment and Development program and contributes to the joint research program of LEAD and Imperial College, London. (Awarded in 2001)

  • John R. Mackey, ’90 MD
    Honour Award

    John R. Mackey has earned international recognition for his clinical research in breast cancer and for his collaborative translation research studies in cancer therapeutics. He is a senior medical oncologist at the Cross Cancer Institute and a professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta. He directs research in the Northern Alberta Breast Cancer Program, which has evolved into one of Canada’s strongest cancer-site-specific teams, and he is the director of the Cancer International Research Group, an academic clinical trials organization. (Awarded in 2006)

  • Barbara MacKinnon, ’74 Dip (RehabMed), ’76 BSc(OT)
    Honour Award

    Barbara MacKinnon is dedicated to creating opportunities and providing services for individuals and groups with mental and social disadvantages. Serving over a 20-year period as the executive director of three different local, non-profit volunteer health organizations in Ontario, she spearheaded many innovative programs and received numerous awards for her contributions to the community. MacKinnon was the first non-physician to receive the Ontario Psychiatric Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mental Health. (Awarded in 2003)

  • Lorne MacPherson, ’78 LLB
    Honour Award

    Lorne MacPherson, a former entertainment lawyer, is a recognized leader in Canada’s film industry and a dynamic force in the arts community. The founder, first president, and CEO of the Alberta Motion Picture Development Corporation, he is a recipient of provincial and national film industry awards. He has produced numerous independent films, including the Hounds of Notre Dame and Motherlode, as well as television programs for broadcast. In addition, he has contributed countless volunteer hours on many arts and cultural boards, and he served as the chair of the Edmonton Jazz Festival for a decade. (Awarded in 2008)

  • Terry M. Macyk, ’68 BSc(Ag), ’72 MSc
    Honour Award

    Terry M. Macyk is internationally recognized as a pioneer in the reclamation of surface-mined lands and industrial waste management. His research set the environmental reclamation standard in some of the most challenging circumstances and resulted in internationally adopted guidelines. In his years with the Alberta Research Council, he served as an advisor to land owners, and to industry and government decision-makers. He played a key role in helping industries return disturbed lands to a productive and biologically self-sustained state. He was the first Canadian to receive the Reclamation Researcher of the Year and the William T. Plass Lifetime Achievement awards from the American Society for Surface Mining and Reclamation. (Awarded in 2010)

  • David Magee, '72 BSc(PT), '75 MSc, '80 PhD
    Honour Award

    David Magee is a recognized expert in the treatment of sports injuries, working extensively with amateur and professional athletes and volunteering his time at more than 26 national and international elite sporting events. He has consulted widely as a teacher and mentor in Canada, the United States, Japan, Brazil, and Europe, and has published a textbook on musculoskeletal assessment. His book is recognized as a leading source in its field and has been translated into five languages. (Awarded in 2002)

  • John C. Mah, '75 BA, '76 LLB
    Honour Award

    John C. Mah, a partner with the Edmonton law firm Chomicki Baril Mah LLP, is a dedicated community leader with national prominence. A Commander in the Most Venerable Order of the Hospital of St. John of Jerusalem, Mah was recently elected deputy chancellor of the Priory of Canada of the Order of St. John. His involvement with St. John Ambulance began in 1992, and he was elected chair of the Alberta Council in 1999, leading it through five years of tremendous growth. A Lieutenant Colonel in the Office of the Judge Advocate General (JAG), he is the most senior reserve JAG for the Western Region. He is a former national chair of the Hong Kong Canada Business Association and past member of the U of A board of governors. (Awarded in 2005)

  • Leona J. Makokis, ’89 BEd
    Honour Award

    Leona J. Makokis has been tireless in her efforts to provide cross-cultural education and understanding of indigenous values while working as a Cree language instructor, international presenter, and provincial resource person. As president of the Blue Quills First Nations College in St. Paul, Alberta, she was instrumental in spearheading a Bachelor of Education completion program with the University of Alberta. She has earned numerous awards and accolades for her visionary work in aboriginal education. (Awarded in 2003)

  • Tony Mandamin, '82 LLB
    Honour Award

    Tony Mandamin was appointed judge of the Provincial Court of Alberta and publicly sworn in October 1999, in a special ceremony on the Tsuu T’ina Reserve. He presides in court on two First Nations Reserves and in the Calgary Criminal Division. A strong advocate and leader for reform in the justice system, he is involved in the innovative Tsuu T’ina peacemaker program, which integrates an Aboriginal restorative justice initiative by the Tsuu T’ina Nation with provincial court proceedings. (Awarded in 2002)

  • Randy Marsden, ’89 BSc(Eng)
    Honour Award

    Randy Marsden is a recognized leader in the field of assistive technology. His company Madentec has helped more than 20,000 people suffering from paralysis, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis, and head injuries communicate by using adapted computers and communications devices, involving specialized equipment that detects cheek movements, blinks, sips, and puffs. His company has been recognized with numerous industrial design and technology awards, including the 2008 ASTech Societal Impact Award. His products are available worldwide, with some portions licensed by Microsoft. For his clients, the communication devices he has created what many have called "life-changing miracles." (Awarded in 2009)

  • Dru Marshall, ’82 MSc, ’89 PhD
    Honour Award

    Dru Marshall, a successful coach of Pandas Field Hockey and the Canadian National Field Hockey team, is a recipient of the prestigious 3M Award for Coaching in Canada. Winner of many Coach-of-the-Year awards in Canada West and CIAU, she continues to make an outstanding contribution to the development of women’s sport in Canada through teaching and research, mentoring national coaches, and advising the Federal Minister of Sport. (Awarded in 2003)

  • Jean McBean, ’68 BA, ’72 LLB
    Honour Award

    Jean McBean won widespread respect within the legal profession and in the broader community for her passion for social justice, and for the thousands of volunteer hours she committed to serving those most vulnerable in society. For four decades, she was an active teacher in the areas of family law and matrimonial property law to members of the legal profession and members of the bench, as well as to the general public. In 2001, she left private practice to set up legal aid offices for family law in both Edmonton and Calgary. A former president of the Alberta New Democratic Party, she also served a term as a commissioner of the Alberta Electoral Boundaries Commission. (Ms. McBean passed away in April 2012.) (Awarded in 2012)

  • Thomas Alexander McPherson, ’62 MD
    Honour Award

    Thomas Alexander McPherson has excelled as a builder and mentor in Alberta’s health-care sector, a leader and policy-maker in Canadian medicine and a pioneer in Alberta’s biotechnology industry. Appointed as an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Alberta in 1969, he progressed quickly through the academic ranks, serving as a full professor of medicine until 1994. As director of medicine and medical oncology at the Cross Cancer Institute from 1972 until 1985, he helped establish the institute’s academic programs. After serving as president of the Alberta Medical Association in 1982-83 and president of the Canadian Medical Association in 1984-85, he became deputy minister of health for Alberta in 1985. He was later named deputy commissioner and executive director of the Premier’s Commission on Future Health Care for Albertans, which presented its "Rainbow Report" in 1990. Entering the private sector in 1991, McPherson led the biotechnology firm Biomira Inc. until his retirement in 2006. (Awarded in 2014)

  • Margaret Meikle, '78 BSc(HEc)
    Honour Award

    Margaret Meikle is a gifted communicator and fact-finder with talents that have led her to a varied freelance career researching, writing, producing, and performing. Best known as the "Answer Lady" on CBC Radio’s Gabereau show, her iconoclastic wit and wisdom appeal to both adults and children, making the numerous books she’s written, including an award-winning children’s book, well-received by her readers. Meikle is also involved in fundraising for Parkinson’s research and established the website www.porridgeforparkinsons.com (Awarded in 2002)

  • L. Kirk Miller, '65 BA
    Honour Award

    L. Kirk Miller is a San Francisco-based architect and planner. His architectural designs and projects have earned him many awards, including one of building design's highest accolades, the American Institute of Architecture's prestigious Honour Award. His contributions to the profession are renowned. He served as chair of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) National Ethics Council and is a gubernatorial appointee to the California Architects Board, responsible for overseeing the education, internships, examination, and regulation of the state's professionals. He also served as president of the Canadian American Chamber of Commerce of California. (Awarded in 2004)

  • Larry Milligan, ’61 BSc, ’63 MSc
    Honour Award

    Larry Milligan is recognized both nationally and internationally for his contributions to the Life Sciences. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada who has won numerous awards and has authored more than 130 research publications. He went on to become a visionary leader as dean and vice-president of research at the University of Guelph. Throughout his career, he was called upon to lend his leadership to many non-academic provincial/national intergovernmental agencies. (Awarded in 2003)

  • R. Vance Milligan, ’78 LLB
    Honour Award

    R. Vance Milligan, an appointed Q.C. and a senior partner with Bennett Jones LLP in Calgary, is a visionary leader and advocate for the rights of Albertans with disabilities. For more than two decades, he has served as chair of the Alberta Paraplegic Foundation, helping to advance spinal cord research and build awareness about the obligations of society to fully integrate all of its citizens. He is active in numerous community agencies and professional organizations, and his efforts have led to improvements to the Alberta building code as well as advocacy for accessible housing for seniors and Albertans with disabilities. (Awarded in 2009)

  • Karen Mills, ’56 Dip(Nu), ’66 Dip(PHNu), ’69 BSc(Nu), ’79 MHSA
    Honour Award

    Karen Mills fostered innovative public health nursing programming in Edmonton while gaining a national and global reputation for her expertise. She was appointed to the Canadian Delegation to the World Health Assembly of the WHO in Geneva on four occasions, and Co-chaired the landmark First International Conference on Community Health Nursing Research. Among her many awards is the Defries Medal, the highest honour granted by the Canadian Public Health Association for her achievements in public health. (Awarded in 2003)

  • Ed Molstad, ’67 BSc, ’70 LLB
    Honour Award

    Ed Molstad is an experienced trial lawyer with Parlee McLaws LLP dedicated to his profession and the community. He has served on many professional organizations and was president of the Law Society of Alberta in 1993. He has acted as legal counsel for the Canadian Football League Players' Association since 1974 and recently received the CFL Commissioner’s Award for outstanding contributions to the League. A Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, he was appointed Honorary Chief of the Samson Cree Nation for his work on behalf of, and contributions to, the First Nations community. (Awarded in 2006)

  • Krista Monson,  ’91 BA
    Honour Award

    Krista Monson flexes her creative muscle as “conceptor” and stage director for the world renowned Cirque du Soleil. She began her career in Canada, combining dance, music, theatre and athleticism with musical theatre and international special events. She was the principal choreographer for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2001 IAAF World Championships in Athletics and was featured in a 2012 CNN series entitled Leading Women. Her first position with Cirque was as artistic director of O and she then moved on to be casting director for the circus’s resident shows worldwide. One of Monson’s most rewarding experiences was conceiving and directing One Night for One Drop, a global philanthropic event to help provide access to clean water and sanitation in developing countries. The show raised more than $2 million. Monson serves on voluntary boards, including advisory boards at Chapman University and the Canadian College of Performing Arts. She is also a proud member of the Académie Francophone de Las Vegas. (Awarded in 2015)

  • Bill Moores, ’71 BPE, ’72 Dip(Ed)
    Honour Award

    Bill Moores is currently an assistant coach with the Edmonton Oilers. He has enjoyed an exciting career in hockey, coaching at the junior, collegiate, international and professional levels. He led the Golden Bears hockey team to five CIAU championships, winning two national championships for his alma mater. He has shared his passion for hockey extensively, working as a dedicated mentor and teacher for amateur coaches. (Awarded in 2001)

  • Patrick Moran, '51 BSc(Ag)
    Honour Award

    Patrick Moran served as the provincial horticulturalist in Saskatchewan for many years, receiving numerous awards for his contributions. The crowning achievement of his career was the creation of the Wascana Centre, which includes the Saskatchewan Legislative Building, the University of Regina, city parkland, a wildlife refuge, and arts complex, with an art gallery named in his honour. The project has served as an inspiration for urban development in cities across North America. (Awarded in 2002)

  • Fawzy Helmy Morcos, ’85 MEd
    Honour Award

    Fawzy Helmy Morcos has had an exceptional career in health care, often leading the way in women’s health issues and improving care practices. He received his medical degree in Egypt and his specialty training in the U.K. before coming to Canada in 1969 to teach obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Alberta. The former chief of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at Edmonton’s Misericordia Hospital, he played an important role in changing practices related to childbirth in Alberta, advocating to allow fathers in the delivery room, promoting prenatal classes and enhancing the mother-child bond by keeping them together in the hospital. He helped midwifery gain recognition and opened the first menopause clinic in Alberta in 1993. Morcos has had a thirst for knowledge throughout his career. A longtime fascination with the relationship between the psyche and the physical body led him to pursue master’s studies in educational psychology at the U of A, focusing on maternal anxiety. (Awarded in 2014)

  • Mary Moreau, '79 LLB
    Honour Award

    Mary Moreau, a justice of the Court of Queen's Bench of Alberta, has made significant contributions to the legal profession and had a lengthy record of service to the province's francophone community before being appointed to the Bench in 1994. She is well-respected for her earlier counsel work at all court levels on issues arising from the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, including the right to a jury trial in French, minority language education rights, and the right to equitable electoral boundaries. She is active in several court committees, including the Queen's Bench media relations committee. She currently serves as co-chair of the Canadian Superior Court Judges Association Conduct Committee. (Awarded in 2004)

  • Thomas E. Morimoto,  ’49 BSc(ChemEng), ’52 MSc
    Honour Award

    Thomas E. Morimoto is a pioneer of the energy industry. After working as a radio operator for Canadian Airways in the world of famous northern bush pilots, joining the 1930s gold frenzy in the Northwest Territories and participating in the D-Day invasion as a member of the Canadian Army, Morimoto completed his engineering education. He worked in Canada’s construction and engineering sectors before moving overseas and spending a decade in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, managing a world-scale gas project. He retired and left Dubai in 1987 and has continued to participate in U of A alumni life from his home in Kelowna, B.C. In 2007, Morimoto published his memoir titled Breaking Trails: From Canada’s Northern Frontier to the Oil Fields of Dubai.(Awarded in 2015)

  • Hugh Morrison, ’30 BA
    Honour Award

    Hugh Morrison has enjoyed a life of adventure. A Rhodes Scholar, he went on to assume a variety of titles during his colourful career—London Evening Standard journalist, Toronto Star journalist, Latin-American airline/wartime intelligence agent, CBC Radio broadcasting executive, publicist for the United Way of Greater Toronto, and teacher of public relations at Humber College. His unique experiences brought him in contact with many notable people, including prime ministers and presidents. (Awarded in 2001)

  • Michael R. A. Mowat, ’79 PhD
    Honour Award

    Michael R. A. Mowat is a cancer researcher whose work focuses on tumour suppression genes. Over the last 30 years, Michael—a senior scientist and professor at the Manitoba Institute of Cell Biology—has published in many high-impact scientific journals, including his seminal paper in the journal Nature in 1985 that clarified the true role of the gene p53. He showed it to be a tumour suppressor, not a tumour-causing gene, and p53 is today the most studied gene in human disease. In 1992, the U.S. National Cancer Institute invited Michael to serve on its committee for research excellence in lung cancer. He is also recognized for his teaching, mentoring and relentless dedication to community service. (Awarded in 2012)

  • Jean E. Mucha, '65 BEd, '79 MEd
    Honour Award

    Jean E. Mucha is a tireless volunteer and promoter of lifelong education and local history. An educator whose career with Edmonton Public Schools spanned 37 years, Mucha has played significant roles with the Edmonton Historical Board, the Edmonton Public Library, and the University of Alberta Alumni Association. As a board member of WIN House, she was fundamental in the creation of the Elderly Adult Resource Services Program, established to prevent elder abuse. She has received many honours for her volunteer work, including Canada's IYOP Volunteer Award, the Minister’s Seniors Service Award from the Alberta Government, and the City of Edmonton's Salute to Excellence Award. She also received longstanding service awards from her fraternities: Phi Delta Kappa and Delta Kappa Gamma. (Awarded in 2005)

  • Yvonne Munn, '50 Dip(Nu), '51 BSc(Nu)
    Honour Award

    Yvonne Munn is well-respected as an articulate spokesperson for nursing and as a dynamic administrator. Living in the United States, she has received numerous national awards for her professional contributions. Upon retirement in 1993 as chief nurse executive at the Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital, an annual research award and lecture series were established in her name to honour her commitment to research-based practice. (Awarded in 2002)

  • Geraldine Nakonechny, ’59 Dip(Nu), ’60 BSc(Nu), ’83 MEd
    Honour Award

    Geraldine Nakonechny is a visionary leader in the field of nursing. The former dean of Health and Community Studies at Grant MacEwan University, she developed one of the first e-learning systems in Canada, and she pioneered international student exchange projects in Australia, Ukraine, Russia, and China. Her Canadian International Development Agency-sponsored Health Education Link project established regulatory networks and curriculum transfers within the Russian Federation, which had a significant impact on hundreds of thousands of nurses, resulting in better public health outcomes. A Member of the Order of Canada, she is a recipient of the Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta Nurse of the Year Award and several international honours and awards. (Awarded in 2010)

  • Susan Nattrass, ’72 BPE, ’74 MA, ’88 PhD
    Honour Award

    Susan Nattrass dominated the sport of trapshooting by winning six World Championship gold medals, four silver and three bronze and holding the women’s world record from 1974–1989. She was invested as an Officer of the Order of Canada, inducted into Edmonton's, Alberta's and Canada’s Sports Halls of Fame, and named Canada’s Athlete of the Year (1981). She was instrumental in establishing separate women’s events in trap and skeet shooting for the 2000 Olympics. (Awarded in 2003)

  • Alfred Nikolai , ’73 BPE
    Honour Award

    Alfred Nikolai has dedicated his life to the health and well-being of people and communities. After completing his university education, Nikolai was a teacher in Labrador. He developed programs to help his students be healthy and active, and he worked with the military to provide outdoor survival training. He followed this career with 19 years as a civil servant in roles related to recreation and active living. Nikolai’s career then moved to Fairview College and NAIT. He finally turned his attention to Habitat for Humanity. He has spent a decade developing housing for low-income Alberta families and expanding the organization to build more homes and include provincewide partners. His leadership has allowed Habitat to work with businesses, government and volunteers who come together to give people a hand up. Nikolai also includes his alma mater in housing initiatives, and he has taken the lead role with the U of A chapter of Habitat for Humanity. If you see members of the Bears or Pandas teams volunteering on a build, you can bet Nikolai is involved. (Awarded in 2015)

  • John (Jack) H. Nodwell, ’64 BSc(Eng)
    Honour Award

    John (Jack) H. Nodwell is an internationally respected business leader who has made tremendous contributions to the engineering profession. He is the founder of the world-class equipment manufacturing company, Foremost Industries, where he served as its president and chair until 2003. Under his visionary direction, he established a decades-long and groundbreaking business relationship with the former Soviet Union during—and after—the Cold War. He shares his expertise as a member of numerous corporate boards and organizations and has donated ecologically significant land areas to conservation trusts. He has received many awards for his achievements in international marketing, entrepreneurship in times of adversity, and technological advancement and leadership in assisting petroleum exploration and development in Canada’s North. (Awarded in 2011)

  • Ronald Odynski, '73 BA, '74 LLB
    Honour Award

    Ronald Odynski has generously devoted his time to numerous organizations and projects including the United Way, the University of Alberta Senate, and the Kidney Foundation of Canada. He was one of the driving forces behind the rejuvenation of the Edmonton Community Foundation, serving in a variety of roles including chair. His leadership and community contributions were recently recognized with a Law Society of Alberta and Canadian Bar Association Distinguished Service Award. (Awarded in 2002)

  • Sylvia Oishi, '85 LLB
    Honour Award

    Sylvia Oishi is highly regarded for her work in the area of domestic violence. Prior to her appointment as judge of the Provincial Court of Alberta in 2008, she was the assistant chief Crown prosecutor for the Lethbridge Office of Alberta Justice, Criminal Justice Division, where she spearheaded the creation of a specialized domestic violence court. She has worked with the Provincial Chief Crown Sub-committee on Family Violence, contributed to numerous boards, and volunteered with many organizations, including Lethbridge Family Services and Big Brothers and Sisters. In 2007, she received the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for her social advocacy and was inducted into the University of Lethbridge Alumni Honour Society. (Awarded in 2010)

  • Esther Ondrack, ’63 BA
    Honour Award

    Esther Ondrack is the senior vice-president, secretary, and director of Chieftain International, Inc. In addition to her extensive involvement on boards and committees that support social services, health, and education in Edmonton, she is a strong supporter of the University of Alberta, having served on advisory boards for the School of Business and the Faculty of Arts. She is also well-known in the community for her avid support of the arts. (Awarded in 2001)

  • Monsignor Felix Otterson, ’44 BA, ’49 Dip(Ed), ’53 BEd
    Honour Award

    Monsignor Felix Otterson has served the Catholic ministry and Edmonton Catholic Schools with great dedication and leadership. Ordained a priest in 1948, he served as an educator for 35 years at various high schools, including St. Joseph’s and Austin O’Brien, where his contributions and readiness to help earned him the admiration of hundreds of students and colleagues. During this time, he also completed a master’s degree in Latin Classics at Fordham University. Following his retirement from teaching in 1985, he spent 10 years as the Alberta Bishops’ representative to the Alberta Catholic School Trustees’ Association. Named a Monsignor in 1991 by Pope John Paul II, he was a full-time pastor of St. John the Evangelist until 1998. An elementary junior high school was named in his honour in 2010. (Awarded in 2011)

  • Joanne M. O’Gorman, '74 Dip(RehabMed), '75 BSc(PT)
    Honour Award

    Joanne M. O’Gorman is the director of the Office for Health Innovation and Technology for Alberta’s Capital Health region—Canada’s largest integrated academic health system. O&Gorman has dedicated her career to improving the health of Canadians through her roles in clinical care, health program management, planning at the provincial and regional levels, and in government health policy and legislation development. She led the restructuring of Capital Health's community rehabilitation program by improving access to services. As a leader in wound-care management, she initiated the development of evidence-based approaches to wound care across the care continuum and launched a Best Practice Conference in wound care that is now held biannually in Edmonton. (Awarded in 2005)

  • Judith Padua, '62 BA
    Honour Award

    Judith Padua has been the executive director of the Clifford E. Lee Foundation for more than 20 years, leading its support for projects in early childhood education, the arts, social services, and international development. She has earned numerous awards, including the World University Service of Canada Award, the Alberta Children's Services Award, and induction into Edmonton's Cultural Hall of Fame. She was instrumental in the creation and endowment of the University of Alberta Playwright-in-Residence program and the Lee Global Education Fund. Her involvement in the Success by Six organization has brought philanthropic attention and support to the area of early learning and care for children. (Awarded in 2004)

  • Josephine Enero Pallard, ’72 BEd, ’74 Dip(Ed)
    Honour Award

    Josephine Enero Pallard is a champion for immigrant and refugee women and other marginalized community groups. In 1984 this dedicated elementary teacher and English as Second Language volunteer instructor helped launch Edmonton’s Changing Together: A Centre for Immigrant Women, which has assisted 45,000 women with training, finding protection, and gaining empowerment. In 2005, she received the prestigious Governor General's Awards in Commemoration of the Persons Case for having advanced the cause of equality for girls and women in Canada. In 2007 she received the Recognizing Immigrant Success and Excellence (RISE) Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mennonite Centre for Newcomers as well as a Doctor of Sacred Letters (honoris causa) from St. Stephen’s College in Edmonton. (Awarded in 2008)

  • Darwin Park, ’67 BPE
    Honour Award

    Darwin Park is a tireless, lifelong volunteer who has generously given his time and energy to the United Way, the University of Alberta, AIESEC, Uncles-at-Large, and numerous community based organizations. In 2003, he chaired the highly successful Alberta Capital Region United Way Campaign. The former Spruce Grove Citizen of the Year and 1977 recipient of the Queen’s Silver Jubilee medal was recently recognized with the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal for community leadership in 2002. (Awarded in 2003)

  • John (Jack) R. Perraton, ’69 BCom, ’73 LLB
    Honour Award

    John (Jack) R. Perraton has made contributions to his community and his profession that are legendary. In recognition, he has received many honours and awards, including Calgary’s Citizen of the Year, the Order of Canada, and appointment as Honorary Consul General by the Republic of Korea. Currently a board member and Chancellor Emeritus of the University of Calgary, he also chaired Canada’s bid for Expo 2005, soliciting support from over 80 countries worldwide. (Awarded in 2003)

  • Trey Petty, ’82 BSc, ’84 DDS
    Honour Award

    Trey Petty has been innovative in providing quality oral health care for special-needs patients (such as those with mental or physical challenges or HIV/AIDS). The regional head for Dentistry and Oral Medicine for the Calgary Health Region, and the Director of Oral Medicine for the Tom Baker Cancer Centre is active in his community and profession and has received an Outstanding Community Service Award, Certificate of Merit, and Award of Merit from the Canadian Dental Association. (Awarded in 2003)

  • Alexander D. Pringle, '68 BA
    Honour Award

    Alexander D. Pringle is one of Canada’s most well-respected criminal defence lawyers, esteemed for his quiet and firm commitment to fundamental values. Pringle has practised as a criminal defence lawyer since 1973 and is the senior partner with Pringle Chivers Sparks in Edmonton. He has demonstrated his incredible commitment to sharing his love of law in his more than 23 years of teaching criminal law, early in the morning, before he begins his legal work. Named as one of Canada’s top criminal defence lawyers by the National Post, he has appeared before several commissions of inquiry, and as lead counsel on major criminal and constitutional cases in the Supreme Court of Canada on over 40 occasions. A founding member of both the Criminal Trial Lawyers Association of Alberta and the Environmental Law Centre of Edmonton, he has also given his time to numerous community organizations. (Awarded in 2013)

  • Norman F. W. Picard, ’74 BA, ’75 LLB
    Honour Award

    Norman F. W. Picard is a partner in the Edmonton law firm Barr Picard and has practised family law for more than 30 years. He has been a sessional instructor at the University of Alberta and has written and edited for many legal publications. As a leader in the governance of the profession in Canada, he has served on the national Ethics and Professional Responsibility Committee of the Canadian Bar Association and as a bencher of the Law Society of Alberta. He has helped promote awareness of First Nations, Métis and Inuit culture and history through school programs. For more than 30 years, he has co-ordinated music and entertainment for law community gatherings and has been a dedicated board and cast member with Players De Novo, a group of lawyers and judges that raises funds for local theatre. In 2014, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association, Alberta Branch. (Awarded in 2014)

  • Mary Phillips-Rickey, ‘77 BCom
    Honour Award

    Mary Phillips-Rickey, a chartered accountant, has made major contributions to the musical life of Edmonton in her role as general manager of the Edmonton Opera Associ¬ation. Under her leadership, the company thrived in a season out of its regular venue, retired its historical deficit, and greatly expanded its local partnerships. A tireless advocate for the arts, she is active on many boards and juries, including serving as director of the Board of Edmonton Economic Development Corporation. She teaches an opera course at the University of Alberta and accounting at Grant MacEwan University. Her talents also extend to the stage — she has been onstage with Edmonton Opera and is a member of several vocal ensembles. (Awarded in 2010)

  • Robert J. Porozni, ’64 BSc (Pharm)
    Honour Award

    Robert J. Porozni is regarded for his professional and community work in St. Paul, Alberta. A pharmacist for more than 40 years, he is a founding member and former board chair of Value Drug Mart Associates Ltd. Since 1970, he has operated two pharmacies, which more than once have been named as St. Paul’s business of the year. He received the Alberta College of Pharmacists’ Bowl of Hygeia Award in 1996 and has been honoured as St. Paul’s Citizen of the Year. A charter member of the St. Paul Lions Club, he is an executive member of the Servus Credit Union Board and continues to contribute to provincial and community affairs through volunteer work. (Awarded in 2007)

  • David W. J. Reid, ’54 BSc, ’56 MD
    Honour Award

    David W. J. Reid is highly regarded for his leadership role in post-secondary education and his devotion to his profession as an obstetrician and gynecologist. He was a co-founder of the University of Alberta’s Medical Project OSVITA, where he made fundamental contributions training physicians from the Ukraine following the Chernobyl disaster. He is esteemed for his talents in urban hospital design, and as a consultant he has been involved in design projects around the world. At the U of A, he is a clinical professor in medicine and an adjunct professor in education. (Awarded in 2006)

  • Bruce Reith, ’79 BA(RecAdmin)
    Honour Award

    Bruce Reith is serving the Edmonton community with great dedication and generosity by providing opportunities to those less fortunate. The executive director of Hope Mission since 1985, he has devoted his time to working with those most in need with compassion and integrity. His visionary leadership steered Hope Mission to meet the growing social needs of the city, taking it from a single-service ministry into a comprehensive social-care agency with more than 190 employees and 1,600 volunteers. Recognizing the ability of all people, his work has enabled many, turning outreach into an adventure of discovery and an exchange of compassion, regardless of the fortune of those who engage in the Hope Mission’s work. (Awarded in 2010)

  • Mary C. Ritchie, ‘80 BCom
    Honour Award

    Mary C. Ritchie is the CEO of Richford Holdings. A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta, she is highly sought after as a member for public and corporate boards such as the CPP Investment Board, RBC Funds Inc, and Industrial Alliance Insurance. She is also a member of the Natural Resources Canada Advisory Committee to the Deputy Minister. Her service to the community has been extensive, including work with Alberta Ballet, Edmonton Opera, and the Edmonton Community Foundation. She has also given back to her alma mater as a member of the U of A Audit Committee and on two faculty advisory councils. (Awarded in 2008)

  • Robert Ritter, ’71 BSc, ’73 Dipl(Ed), ’85 MEd, ’96 PhD
    Honour Award

    Robert Ritter has been committed to excellence in science education for more that 35 years. Now the director of the Centre for Mathematics, Science and Technology Education in the Faculty of Education at the University of Alberta, he was an outstanding teacher, principal and senior administrator with the Edmonton Catholic School District for many years. Recognized by the Alberta Teachers’ Association Science Council as the 1990 Outstanding Science Teacher award, he is the author or co-author of numerous science textbooks, scholarly articles and educational resources. In his U of A position, he has worked to significantly improve strategies for science teaching and learning. Projects include the development of resources for teaching nanotechnology and leveraging the motivational aspects of video games to engage 21st-century learners. Internationally, Ritter works with educators in Norway to organize energy-focused summer camps, and he has contributed to a UNESCO project developing teacher resources. (Awarded in 2014)

  • Hugh A. Robertson, ’63 BA, ’66 LLB
    Honour Award

    Hugh A. Robertson is a respected legal educator and community leader who has made significant contributions to his profession both locally and abroad. The executive director of the Legal Education Society of Alberta for 23 years, he is past-president of the National and International Legal Education Associations, past chair of the Edmonton United Way, and past chancellor of St. Stephen’s College. Internationally, he taught in China, Vietnam, and Africa and led CIDA and UN missions in Zimbabwe and Laos. He is a currently a member of the Governing Council of the Commonwealth Lawyers Association. He was appointed Q.C. in 1990. (Awarded in 2009)

  • Barbara Rocchio, ’61 Dip(Nu), ’64 BSc(Nu), ’88 MEd
    Honour Award

    Barbara Rocchio is a dedicated nursing professional who has had a significant impact on health care delivery in Alberta. She has taken on a leadership role in nursing and nursing management at the local, provincial, and national levels. As a mentor, teacher, and colleague she has had an immeasurable influence on thousands of nurses. In 2005, she received the Lifetime Achievement in Nursing Award by the College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta. (Awarded in 2006)

  • Robert W. Rosen, ’67 BA
    Honour Award

    Robert W. Rosen is the president and CEO of City Lumber Corporation and president of West Edmonton Centre Corporation. One of Canada’s most knowledgeable and respected business leaders in the heavy industrial construction marketplace, he has developed a reputation for excellence in both business and community service. He has served on numerous community boards, including the University of Alberta Board of Governors and Senate. He is the past chair of the Edmonton Economic Development Corporation, Alberta Economic Development Authority, and the Young Presidents’ Organization. He is the current Dr. Charles Allard Chair in Business at MacEwan College. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Barbara Rothe, ’60 Dip(RehabMed)
    Honour Award

    Barbara Rothe helped shape the physical therapy profession in Alberta. Among her numerous contributions, she served as the president of the Alberta Chartered Physiotherapists Association, helped develop the Physical Therapy Profession Act, served as the national chair of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and co-chaired its National Congress. She has also been involved in developing post-secondary education programs for physical therapy in the province. (Awarded in 2001)

  • Catherine M. Roozen, '77 BCom
    Honour Award

    Catherine M. Roozen a native Edmontonian, is a businesswoman respected for her philanthropic work. She is a director and corporate secretary of Cathton Holdings Limited and a director of the Allard Foundation, a family legacy that has quietly been making a difference throughout Alberta for more than 20 years. A strong supporter of the University of Alberta, she served as one of the three co-chairs of the University's last—and very successful—fundraising campaign and recently completed her second term as a member of the board of governors. Deeply committed to helping the community, Roozen currently serves on the Strategy Council of the Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute and is a former director of STARS. (Awarded in 2005)

  • Bruce A. Roy, ’59 BSc(Ag)
    Honour Award

    Bruce A. Roy was instrumental in building Alberta’s reputation as a leader in the international world of Draft horses. A successful heavy horse breeder, he has had a major influence across Canada in improving the market value of Canadian breeding stock. He was editor of Percheron Broadcaster for years before publishing his own magazine, Feather and Fetlock, which was bought by Draft Horse Journal in 2003, although he is still a contributing editor. In 2004, he received the Alberta Horse Industry’s Distinguished Service Award for his contributions to the industry. (Awarded in 2006)

  • G. R. (Gus) Rozycki, ’81 PhD
    Honour Award

    G. R. (Gus) Rozycki recognizes that being aware of an issue and doing something about it are not the same thing. Born in a refugee camp in Germany, he spent his entire childhood in the camp before his family came to Canada. In his new country, he embraced the opportunity to learn, earning three degrees in Saskatchewan before bringing his wife and young children to Alberta for his doctoral studies. In 1982, he was a founding member of the Strathcona Shelter Society, a safe haven for victims of family violence. Five years later, responding to the need for a treatment centre for children weighed down by emotional, developmental and mental health issues, he left a job with the Alberta Teachers’ Association. He and his wife used their home as collateral to found Bosco Homes. Through Rozycki’s leadership as founding executive director, Bosco Homes became a multi-tiered family of organizations providing services to children in Alberta and the Northwest Territories. (Awarded in 2014)

  • Fred H. Russell, ’72 BSc(Eng)
    Honour Award

    Fred H. Russell, a building project director with PCL Construction Management Inc., has played a major role in many Edmonton projects. He was on the design and construction team for the Francis Winspear Centre for Music and has been responsible for many University of Alberta projects. Highly respected as a mentor, his leadership skills have helped many young professionals and colleagues in the industry. He is a member of the Edmonton Construction Association Board and past president of the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of the NWT. (Awarded in 2006)

  • Ivor Ruste, ’77 BCom
    Honour Award

    Ivor Ruste is a high-profiled chartered accountant in Alberta. He has taken on significant professional and volunteer roles, which have earned him many accolades and honours. The former managing partner of KPMG LLP in Edmonton, he is vice-president of finance for EnCana Corporation in Calgary. In addition to his professional responsibilities, he has been extensively involved with the University of Alberta, serving on its board of governors and alumni council, and with the community, as a member of the Support Network and the United Way Capital Campaign. (Awarded in 2006)

  • Doreen Ryan, ’73 BEd, ’83 Dip(Ed)
    Honour Award

    Doreen Ryan was a record-setting Canadian speed skater, who won 10 national championships and represented Canada in the 1960 and 1964 Olympic Games. The first woman inducted into the Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame, she continued her contributions to sport by managing the Canadian Track and Field Team for eight years. She received the Award of Merit for long-term service to the Commonwealth Games of Canada. She has been inducted into numerous sports halls of fame, including the Canadian and Alberta Speed Skating Halls of Fame, and the Alberta Softball Sports Hall of Fame as well as the University of Alberta Wall of Fame. A founding member of Alberta’s InMotion Network, she has been instrumental in promoting physical activity opportunities for girls and women. (Awarded in 2008)

  • Lorne Sawula, ’67 BPE, ’69 MA, ’77 PhD
    Honour Award

    Lorne Sawula is an internationally recognized authority on coaching volleyball. He has contributed to all levels of play, serving as the head coach of the Australian, British, Costa Rican and Swedish national volleyball teams. He took the Canadian national team to the 1984 Olympic Games, four world championships, two Pan Am Games and has been involved with other elite sporting competitions, including FISU Games and the Norceca Championships. In 1996, he joined the U of A Pandas’ bench helping lead them on a winning streak of six consecutive national titles. He is an inductee of the Alberta Volleyball Association Hall of Fame and the co-founder of ASPIRE Volleyball, an organization dedicated to improving the technical abilities of athletes and coaches in the sport. (Awarded in 2011)

  • Donald P. Schurman, ’79 MHSA
    Honour Award

    Donald P. Schurman has made outstanding contributions to the field of health services in Canada. He served as president and CEO of the University of Alberta Hospital, QE II Health Sciences Centre in Halifax, and the Alberta Mental Health Board. He was also the founding CEO of both the Institute of Pharmaco-Economics and the Canadian Patient Safety Institute. One of the co-founders of TkMC, which is now part of Sierra Systems Consultants, he is an associate partner with the Edmonton office of Sierra Systems. In addition to serving on the boards of two publicly listed companies and one private, he also serves on many health care and community boards. (Awarded in 2006)

  • Allan Scott, ’68 BSc(Eng)
    Honour Award

    Allan Scott has demonstrated strong leadership and commitment to Alberta’s business and volunteer communities. From 2002 to 2007, he served as president and CEO of Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC). Under his leadership, Hall D, the much-acclaimed venue at the Shaw Conference Centre, was constructed. Joining forces with the U of A along with the EEDC, he helped launch TEC Edmonton to support start-up companies. Since 2002, he has served as board chair of the Art Gallery of Alberta, where, as chief fundraiser, he has raised more than $88 million towards rejuvenating the gallery and arts in Edmonton. (Awarded in 2009)

  • William Selezinka, ’49 BEd, ’57 MD
    Honour Award

    William Selezinka, is a humanitarian committed to rehabilitating vision care services in his native Ukraine. Since 1992, he has traveled to Ukraine, leading teams of eye specialists who have performed more than 500 major surgeries and transported more than $2 million of donated surgical supplies and medicines. He has instructed medical staff in Ukraine, facilitated specialized surgeries in the United States, and presented a poster to ban land mines at the American Academy of Ophthalmology in San Francisco. This professor emeritus of ophthalmology at the Universities of Saint Louis and California, San Diego has been recognized with a Certificate of Special Recognition by the U.S.Congress and an Outstanding Humanitarian Service Award from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. (Awarded in 2008)

  • Amil B. Shapka, ’78 BSc, ’90 DDS
    Honour Award

    Amil B. Shapka is a dedicated humanitarian and volunteer who has provided medical and dental services to remote villages in Central America for more than 10 years. In 1996 he was responsible for forming Kindness in Action, a consortium of more than 100 Canadian professionals who are willing to volunteer their time to provide medical and dental services to those with less in the developing world. (Awarded in 2001)

  • William J. Sharun, ’72 BSc, ’74 DDS
    Honour Award

    William J. Sharun is a highly respected dental professional and community-minded volunteer. He has worked in dentistry at the local, provincial, and national level, and was president of the Alberta Dental Association and governor of the Canadian Dental Association. Internationally, he has led teams on dental missions in Africa. He served as chair of Edmonton’s Ronald MacDonald House’s $11-million capital campaign and is president of the University of Alberta Dental Alumni Association. In recognition of his significant contributions to society and his profession, the Alberta Dental Association recently honoured him with its Award of Excellence. (Awarded in 2009)

  • Allan G.P. Shewchuk, '84 LLB
    Honour Award

    Allan G.P. Shewchuk, who was appointed Q.C. in 2002, has provided countless hours to numerous legal, academic, and community organizations. A dedicated professional, he strives to ensure that the public understands the good work that lawyers do to make society a better place. His is also devoted to helping others through his teaching and guidance on finding "work-life balance." The balance in his life comes from his family, his law practice, teaching Italian cuisine, hosting television-cooking shows, and doing humanitarian work in the Horn of Africa with his wife. (Awarded in 2009)

  • Judy Shierman, ’83 BEd
    Honour Award

    Judy Shierman works with children in Third World countries. While serving in Bolivia, Judy and her husband became aware of the alarming living conditions of the children who live in Bolivian prisons with their incarcerated parents. The couple has helped develop a holistic program that operates on a daily basis helping the children with all their emotional, physical, medical, educational, and spiritual needs. (Awarded in 2001)

  • Larry Shipka Sr., ’64 BSc(Pharm)
    Honour Award

    Larry Shipka Sr. has been a leader in the pharmacy profession in Alberta. A former auditor inspector and later registrar/ treasurer of the provincial professional association, he championed the Alberta Pharmaceutical Profession Act. While with the provincial department of health, he was instrumental in developing the Alberta Health and Wellness Drug Benefit List currently used by pharmacists around the province. He also served as an instructor and active volunteer at the University of Alberta. (Awarded in 2001)

  • Margaret A. Shone, ’76 LLM
    Honour Award

    Margaret A. Shone is an internationally recognized legal scholar who works to improve the laws in Alberta. She is also a strong advocate for the rights of those with mental disabilities and fought for the inclusion of mental disability in the Alberta’s Human Rights, Citizenship, and Multiculturalism Act. In 1992, she received the Suzanne Mah Award from the Alberta Human Rights and Citizenship Commission for her outstanding leadership in promoting human rights in the practice of the law. (Awarded in 2003)

  • Lori Shortreed, ’85 BA(Spec)
    Honour Award

    Lori Shortreed has used her background in cultural anthropology to support intercultural relationships and access to justice in minority, immigrant and refugee, rural and disability communities. Choosing always to work for passion above material gain, she has worked for agencies such as Edmonton’s Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative Ltd., Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters and the George Spady Society. As first executive director of the Edmonton Community Legal Centre, she ensured program relevance and financial stability, recruited volunteer lawyers to provide pro bono legal services and forged partnerships in the community and government. Shortreed has volunteered internationally with the United Nations, CUSO International, the Carter Center and other agencies to support democratic governance and minority rights. In her work with the Multicultural Health Brokers Cooperative, she developed intercultural education workshops for university and college students and implemented a diversity management strategy to support inclusive workplaces. Shortreed was appointed recently to the Premier’s Council on Disabilities. (Awarded in 2014)

  • Thomas E. Siddon, '63 BSc(Eng)
    Honour Award

    Thomas E. Siddon is a former professor, acoustical engineer, MP, and federal cabinet minister. While in government, he successfully negotiated Canada's role in the U.S.-led Space Station, established the world's first policy for sustainable management of fish habitat, and led the negotiations concluding the Nunavut Final Settlement Agreement. Since leaving public office, he has remained active as an environmental leader, lecturer, and board director of numerous organizations. He was recently honoured with the Okanagan Water Leadership Award for 2009 and currently serves on the Blue Water Advisory Panel for the Royal Bank of Canada. (Awarded in 2009)

  • Donald A. Sinclair, ’73 MEd
    Honour Award

    Donald A. Sinclair is an outstanding leader in education whose work has benefitted many educational institutions in his native Australia. He has written award-winning textbooks and served as chief appointments officer for the Victorian Ministry of Education. Determined to improve the world around him, he volunteered to teach long-sentence prisoners to matriculation level at night. He has also been involved in Australia’s Ryder-Cheshire Foundation almost since its inception 50 years ago and, as its national chairman, provided leadership to its efforts to ease the suffering of the disabled and destitute of impoverished areas. In 2009, in recognition of his leadership and his diverse contributions to the nation, he was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia. (Awarded in 2012)

  • Pawan K. Singal, ’74 PhD
    Honour Award

    Pawan K. Singal is a world-renowned physiologist and researcher respected for his contributions to his field and for his dedication to his community. Considered a leading authority on the role of free-radicals in heart failure, he has discovered a patent-pending formula that may help cancer patients taking the chemotherapy drug adriamycin. This physiology professor at the University of Manitoba has authored more than 200 original research papers and co-edited more than 20 books. In the community, he played a lead role in raising $5 million to build a community centre in Winnipeg. He has received numerous national and international honours, including being named an Honorary Life President of the International Society for Adaptive Medicine and receiving the Mario Toppo Distinguished Scientist Award. (Awarded in 2006)

  • Mogens Smed, ’72 BA
    Honour Award

    Mogens Smed is a creative business leader whose decisions are guided by a steadfast environmental consciousness. He founded Smed Manufacturing in the mid-1990s and focused on producing modular interiors for office space, reducing reliance on traditional building materials, which often end up in landfills. After building SMED International into a multimillion-dollar company, Mogens founded DIRTT (Doing It Right This Time), which has pushed the envelope of modular interiors by using and producing less waste, and adding more design and performance to its products. Interiors & Sources magazine named Mogens an Environmental Champion for his commitment to stopping the corporate cycle of procure, build and demolish. DIRTT has received numerous other awards recognizing the excellence of its products and its environmental commitment. (Awarded in 2012)

  • B.A.R. (Quincy) Smith, ’66 LLB
    Honour Award

    B.A.R. (Quincy) Smith, regarded as one of Canada’s top insolvency lawyers, was named a Fellow of the Insolvency Institute of Canada in 1995. A former president of the Calgary Bar Association and a past bencher of the Law Society of Alberta, he is retired from the active practice of law, serving as senior counsel in the Calgary Office of Dentons Canada LLP. Beyond his impressive legal career, Smith is respected for his contributions to the community. He is an honorary life director of the Calgary Stampede, was co-chair of the 2005 United Way Campaign and a member of non-profit boards including the Glenbow-Alberta Institute, the Calgary Airport Authority and Calgary Economic Development. Smith also assisted in the transformation of Travel Alberta to a marketing organization outside the government structure. As its board chair, he ensured the reconstituted organization had sound governance, guided its strategic planning and led the recruitment of the first CEO. (Awarded in 2014)

  • Murray Frank Robert Smith, '48 BEd, '74 PhD
    Honour Award

    Murray Frank Robert Smith has been a lifelong volunteer coach and coach educator/mentor. His research in instructional methods led to the redesign of the Water Safety Program for the Red Cross, an organization he volunteered with for 30 years. A pioneer in sport psychology, he has written widely on coaching methods and psychology and has conducted workshops in Canada, the United States, and Europe, and has served as a consultant to numerous university and professional teams and international athletes in several sports. (Awarded in 2002)

  • Nizar J. Somji, ’85 MSc
    Honour Award

    Nizar J. Somji, president of one of the fastest growing technology companies in Canada, believes an investment in youth is an investment in the future. In addition to many accolades for commercial achievement, his company, Matrikon, received the Top Employer of Youth Award from the Conference Board of Canada and maintains its position of leadership through strong relationships with academic centres. (Awarded in 2001)

  • Alfred Sorensen, ’83 BCom
    Honour Award

    Alfred Sorensen is a leading entrepreneur in the global energy sector. He is the former president and CEO of Calgary-based Galveston LNG, which was sold to Houston Apache Corporation and EOG Resources Canada in 2010. An innovative leader with a progressive business approach, he played a key role in solidifying an agreement with 15 First Nation communities, which allowed for the Pacific Trail Pipelines project to cross their lands. A generous supporter of his alma mater, he recently donated $5 million to the U of A to establish the Alfred Sorensen Global Experience Fund that supports student participation in international exchanges and the creation of the Alfred Sorensen Chair in Energy, Environmental and Reputational Risk Management. (Awarded in 2011)

  • Paul G. Sorenson, ’67 BSc, ’69 MSc
    Honour Award

    Paul G. Sorenson, a remarkable administrator and academic, has demonstrated strong leadership within Alberta’s science and technology community. As associate vice-president (research) at the University of Alberta, he was instrumental in the proposal and development stages of the National Institute for Nanotechnology. He is the founder of WestMOST, a groundbreaking consortium of Western Canadian universities sharing a common, industry-focused Masters of Software Technology program, and co-founded two University spin-off companies: Avra Software Lab and Onware Software Systems. Elected as a founding Fellow of the Canadian Information Processing Society in 2006, he was also recognized as a Supporter of the Year by Alberta’s Information, Communications, and Electronics Technologies Alliance in 2002. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Bud Steen ’76 BA, ’79 BA(SpecCert), ’82 LLB
    Honour Award

    Bud Steen has always played by the rules. As a lawyer and a Canadian Football League referee, he worked with precision and a sense of fairness. He spent more than 30 years in the CFL and refereed seven Grey Cup games, including his final game: the 2010 Grey Cup in his hometown of Edmonton. He was also the founding president of the Canadian Professional Football Officials Association. His work in the field of law included serving on the Canadian Bar Association and the Queen’s Bench Rules of Court review committees. He has also lectured for the Legal Education Society. In 1997, Steen became chair of the CKUA Radio Corporation’s board of directors and helped CKUA return to the airwaves through a fundraising effort to ensure the station’s financial stability. Steen is now retired from law and active officiating but continues to volunteer in his community and work for the CFL. (Awarded in 2016)

  • William Stephen, '54 BCom
    Honour Award

    William Stephen has shown leadership and service to the chartered accounting profession throughout his career and into his retirement. Very active in student education programs, he has served on committees to continually improve the study and teaching of accounting across Canada. (Awarded in 2000)

  • Marcella M. Szel, '74 BA, '75 LLB
    Honour Award

    Marcella M. Szel, senior vice-president bulk commodities and government affairs for the Canadian Pacific Railway, is a leader in the corporate world. Highly respected for her business acumen, she served as the chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in 1998 and was recently appointed to the board of directors of Export Development Canada. An experienced lawyer and author of many papers, she is also recognized for her dedication to community involvement. She is one of three volunteer co-chairs for the University's Faculty of Law campaign 2008, is a member of the Esther Hones Foundation, and is active in several other professional organizations. (Awarded in 2005)

  • Sock Miang Teo-Koh, ’83 BPE, ’86 MSc
    Honour Award

    Sock Miang Teo-Koh has dedicated her career and much of her extensive volunteer effort to helping people with intellectual and physical disabilities. An associate professor of physical education at the National Institute of Education in Singapore, she is a specialist consultant for movement programs for children, including adapted education programs for individuals with disabilities. Since 1987, she has been active in Special Olympics Singapore and is now its president. She chairs the Special Olympics Asia Pacific Leadership Council and serves as a Council Member for Sport Singapore and as a steering committee member for the 2015 ASEAN Para Games. She was an elected member of the Singapore National Olympic Council and principal of the Singapore Olympic Academy. The president of Singapore conferred upon her the Public Service Star (2013), the Long Service Medal (2013) and the Public Service Medal (2008). She was instrumental in creating the Singapore branch of the Alumni Association in 1990. (Awarded in 2014)

  • Gordon W. Thompson, ’65 DDS
    Honour Award

    Gordon W. Thompson has made significant contributions to the dental profession on provincial, national, and international levels. He is a former dean of the Faculty of Dentistry at the University of Alberta and former director of dental services for the Alberta government. He has authored more than 100 research papers and has served as the chair of the National Dentistry Fund and chair of the National Council on Education. He currently serves as the executive director of the Alberta Dental Association. (Awarded in 2001)

  • Don Thurston, ’58 BSc(Eng)
    Honour Award

    Don Thurston is president of Calgary’s Selkirk Portfolio Management. He has served on numerous boards and advisory committees and is currently a director of the Calgary Foundation, the Hones International Piano Competition, and Momentum, an organization that works with the working poor and underemployed in Calgary. A champion for Engineers Without Borders, he has provided essential financial support for the U of A Chapter of EWB and is a leader at the national board level. His contributions to the community were recognized with the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta Volunteer Service Award. (Awarded in 2008)

  • Don Trembath, '88 BA
    Honour Award

    Don Trembath is an award-winning author and tireless promoter of literacy. Heralded as a strong voice in young adult literature, he has written 12 novels, nine of which are Canadian bestsellers. His first book, The Tuesday Café, was inspired by six years of work at the Prospects Literacy Association in Edmonton, and it received many honours, including the Writers Guild of Alberta R. Ross Annett Award for Children’s Literature in 1997. As a mentor, he presents workshops to young people across Canada through such organizations as the Writers Guild of Alberta and the Centre for Family Literacy. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Guy Turcotte, '76 MBA
    Honour Award

    Guy Turcotte is a successful entrepreneur who runs three major companies: Fort Chicago Energy Partners LP, which is involved with the Alliance Pipeline project; Western Oil Sands, participating in the Athabasca Oil Sands project; and Stone Creek Properties, developing mountain resorts in Alberta and British Columbia. The recipient of numerous Canadian and North American awards, he has been honoured by the petroleum industry and Wall Street for his acumen as a top CEO. (Awarded in 2002)

  • Rudi Unterthiner, ’67 MD
    Honour Award

    Rudi Unterthiner is affectionately known as the heart-and-soul of plastic surgery. For years his work as a Beverly Hills cosmetic surgeon was in stark contrast to the weekends he spent as a general practitioner helping impoverished people living in Mexico’s Baja region. In recognition of his humanitarianism and language skills, he was appointed by the Reagan and Bush administrations to serve as an ambassador-at-large for Europe and Latin American affairs and as a member of the U.S. delegation to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. Currently on the board of the Starkey International Hearing Foundation, he donates medical services to First Nation communities on Vancouver Island and is the successful author of the novel, Faces, Souls and Painted Crows. (Awarded in 2010)

  • Frances Vargo, ’67 Dip(RehabMed), ’76 BSc(PT), ’79 MEd, ’83 PhD
    Horizon Award

    Frances Vargo has earned the respect and admiration of her peers for her tenacity and her passion in advocating for the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society. She has advanced the understanding of policy decision makers in Alberta about the needs and interests of those who are disabled. She served as the executive director of the Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities and was a member of the Discipline Committee of the College of Occupational Therapists of Alberta. (Awarded in 2004)

  • Edward R. Wachowich, '53 BA, '54 LLB
    Honour Award

    Edward R. Wachowich is highly esteemed for his exemplary dedication to not only law and justice, but also to the community. As the former Chief Judge of the Provincial Court of Alberta, counsel, trial judge and lawyer, he made significant contributions to Alberta’s legal profession. In addition to his continuous work with the Alberta Catholic Health Corporation, where he was appointed as one of the founding directors in 1976, he has supported many charitable organizations and served as president. (Awarded in 2007)

  • W. Ross Walker, ’56 BCom
    Honour Award

    W. Ross Walker has more than 40 years of experience in management, accounting, and finance. During most of his career, he was involved in senior management roles with KPMG, serving as chair and CEO of KPMG Canada and as executive partner of KPMG International. In recognition of his contributions, he was named a Fellow of Chartered Accountants by the Ontario and Alberta Institutes of Chartered Accountants and awarded the Order of Outstanding Merit by the Ontario Institute. Currently, he is a board member of three corporations and chair of two. (Awarded in 2006)

  • Douglas Stuart Walkinshaw, ’66 MSc, ’70 PhD
    Honour Award

    Douglas Stuart Walkinshaw, an internationally recognized authority in the field of indoor air quality, has made a significant contribution towards healthy indoor environments. As owner of Indoor Air Technologies, VEFT Aerospace Technology, and Echo Air, he has championed many improvements to building and aircraft air quality. He created the National Research Council’s first indoor air quality research program, contributed to Health Canada’s first air quality guidelines, co-founded the International Society of Indoor Air Quality and Climate (ISIAQ), and was a scientific advisor on Sick Building Syndrome guidelines for the World Health Organization. He is a Fellow of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers and a member of the ISIAQ Academy of Fellows. (Awarded in 2010)

  • Alfred Earl Dennis Wardman, ’93 BMed, ’95 MD
    Honour Award

    Alfred Earl Dennis Wardman is a compassionate physician, innovator, and indomitable spirit whose determination is not defeated by circumstances. He is the first Aboriginal person in Canada to complete specialty training in both public health and addiction medicine, and he works as a community medicine specialist while also practicing clinical medicine in a methadone maintenance clinic in downtown Vancouver. A recognized expert on Aboriginal health, he often represents First Nations people on matters pertaining to public health and addiction issues and is working towards the application of telehealth technology that will connect physician services to isolated First Nations reserves in B.C. (Awarded in 2009)

  • Gordon Warnke, '78 BSc, '81 LLB
    Honour Award

    Gordon Warnke is a co-managing partner at New York’s Dewey Ballantine LLP and co-chair of the firm’s tax department. An expert in mergers, acquisitions, and other areas of tax law, he has advised numerous Fortune 500 corporations on tax matters, including the Walt Disney Company and Sony Corporation. Dedicated to the profession, he serves on the executive committee of the Tax Section of the New York State Bar Association and is a former chair of the American Bar Association Tax Section’s Committee on affiliated and related corporations. Warnke, who holds a doctor of juridical science degree from Harvard University, has been acknowledged in International Tax Review's Guide to the World’s Leading Tax Advisers and in other publications as one of the leaders in the tax field. (Awarded in 2005)

  • Allan A. Warrack, ’61 BSc(Ag)
    Honour Award

    Allan A. Warrack, a U of A professor emeritus of business has demonstrated strong leadership and commitment to Canada on the political, academic, and volunteer fronts. After graduate studies at Iowa State University, he came back to his alma mater, where he taught in the agricultural economics department, was founding director of the Master of Public Management program, and served as vice-president (administration). In 1971, he entered politics and was appointed as minister of two portfolios, making him the first and only U of A academic to serve as an Alberta cabinet minister. He has served on many public and private boards and is a member of the National Research Council of Canada. (Awarded in 2009)

  • Brian Webb, ’73 BFA
    Honour Award

    Brian Webb is an award-winning dancer, choreographer, artistic director, and producer whose innovative vision has contributed to the vibrancy of the arts community in Edmonton and beyond. For 30 years the Brian Webb Dance Company, which he founded, has taken a collaborative approach to re-energize contemporary dance, which has successfully produced the largest contemporary dance season west of Toronto. He also lends his talents to the wider arts community through his involvement as director and past president of the Edmonton Professional Arts Coalition, past chair of the City of Edmonton’s Salute to Excellence awards, and as the artistic producer of the Canada Dance Festival at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. (Awarded in 2009)

  • Cora Weber-Pillwax, ’77 BEd, ’92 MEd, ’03 PhD
    Honour Award

    Cora Weber-Pillwax is an educator with many years of teaching experience in the public school system as well as at the U of A, where she is an associate professor in the educational policy study department. Renowned for her work with Aboriginal communities and her positive contributions to the lives of Aboriginal people, she is the principal investigator for the Community-University Research Alliance project Healing Through Language and Culture, a groundbreaking study to reconnect Aboriginal peoples with their language and culture. The recipient of numerous awards, including a SSHRC Research Award, she is highly cited in education research literature and is an esteemed mentor and inspiration to all those she has taught during her teaching career, which started in 1968. (Awarded in 2011)

  • Elizabeth Webster, '80 BSc(Speech)
    Honour Award

    Elizabeth Webster has provided leadership to the profession of speech pathology. Her skill and dedication were largely responsible for the considerable success of a special, limited-time master's program offered to speech-language practitioners by the University of Alberta. (Awarded in 2000)

  • Wanda Wetterberg, ’74 BA (RecAdmin)
    Honour Award

    Wanda Wetterberg is an accomplished administrator and dedicated volunteer with such organizations as the City of Edmonton, the University of Alberta, and the YMCA, working to make her community and society a better place. After a 25-year career holding senior positions in the public sector, including serving as the U of A’s associate vice-president (human resources), she is now chief operating officer of Women Building Futures, an organization that helps unemployed and underemployed women reach economic independence by providing them with training to become skilled tradeswomen. (Awarded in 2008)

  • James K. (Jim) Wheatley, '68 BEd, '71 LLB
    Honour Award

    James K. (Jim) Wheatley has made an extraordinary contribution to sport and community activities in Edmonton. Following a diverse practice of law, he was appointed in 2003 to the Provincial Court of Alberta. After serving between 2008 and 2013 as assistant chief judge in the criminal division, he has now returned to sitting as a trial judge. He was the driving force behind successful Edmonton bids to host the 1994 Canadian Figure Skating Championships and 1996 World Figure Skating Championships, as well as four World Cup Swimming Championships. He was inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame in 2000 as a Multi-Sport Builder. Many other community activities have benefitted from his leadership, including the National Entrepreneur Development Institute, Victoria School Foundation for the Arts, the City of Edmonton Salute to Excellence Awards and the Players De Novo. He has also served as a guest lecturer with NAIT, Grant MacEwan and the U of A. (Awarded 2013)

  • Jeffrey G. Whissell, ’98 BSc(Pharm)
    Honour Award

    Jeffrey G. Whissell is a forward thinking and respected leader in the pharmacy profession. He is lauded for creating a more patient-focused health care system and for championing the pharmacists’ role in delivering quality health care to Albertans. As president of the Alberta College of Pharmacists, he was instrumental in advancing the profession’s role in providing care as, under his leadership, pharmacists were granted prescribing authority by the Province. He has served Albertans in acute care leadership roles and is currently the Director of Pharmacy Practice at the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association. He is a passionate advocate and volunteers with many professional organizations, including the Pharmacy Examining Board of Canada. In recognition of his many contributions to his profession, he has received the Alberta Pharmacy Centennial Award of Distinction. (Awarded in 2011)

  • Patrick Whitney, ’74 BFA
    Honour Award

    Patrick Whitney is a visionary educator and innovative designer promoting human-centred design and sustainable development strategies among business leaders worldwide. The director of the largest graduate school of design in the U.S. and former White House design advisor was named among the top 25 individuals advancing international Chinese business. In addition to consulting with such influential corporations as Aetna and Texas Instruments, he has led field studies in Mumbai, India, seeking design solutions for everyday problems experienced by residents of some of this area’s poorest slums. (Awarded in 2008)

  • Rudy Wiebe, ’56 BA, ’60 MA, ’09 DLitt(Honorary)
    Honour Award

    Rudy Wiebe is one of Canada’s most influential writers. His work is characterized by an unflinching depiction of the struggles and experiences of people who don’t typically have a voice in literature. It has earned him widespread recognition, including the Governor General’s Award for Fiction – in 1973 for The Temptations of Big Bear and in 1994 for A Discovery of Strangers. A professor emeritus at the U of A, Wiebe has also won the Royal Society of Canada’s Lorne Pierce Medal and the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Award. In addition to his many novels, Wiebe has published short story collections, non-fiction, plays and children’s books and written film scripts. A passionate advocate for other writers, he was a founder of both the Alberta Foundation for Literary Arts and the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. He is also a founder and former chairman of the Writers’ Union of Canada. (Awarded in 2013)

  • Sandra B. Woitas, '80 BEd, '96 MEd
    Honour Award

    Sandra B. Woitas is a visionary educator who continues to push boundaries to champion top-notch programming for marginalized youth. Among her initiatives, she led the City Centre Education Project, which brought seven inner-city schools and communities together to improve learning environments and opportunities for 1,700 disadvantaged children and their families. She took this learning further during her recent secondment to Alberta Education, where, in partnership with Alberta Health Services, she built 32 school-based integrated mental health service sites across the province. A tireless advocate for public education, she is also a sought after public speaker on the issue of bullying. (Awarded in 2009)

  • Phyllis Yaffe, '72 BLS
    Honour Award

    Phyllis Yaffe is a visionary and trailblazer whose appetite for learning has made her one of the most powerful women in Canadian media. In 1973, she became interested in publishing and co-founded a magazine for librarians. Later, as executive director of the Association of Canadian Publishers, she played an integral role in securing federal government support for Canadian publishing. Moving to television, she joined Alliance Communications, and she was instrumental in winning specialty channel status from the CRTC – thereby introducing History Television and Showcase Television to Canadian viewers. As president and CEO of Alliance Atlantis, she achieved continued success with its television distribution business and company productions. The former chair of the Ontario Science Centre, Yaffe is now board chair for both Cineplex Entertainment, and the board of governors of Ryerson University. (Awarded in 2013)

  • Olive Yonge, ’74 BScN, ’78 MEd, ’89 PhD
    Honour Award

    Olive Yonge has asked throughout her career, "Why not?" When she was a new assistant professor at the University of Alberta, she created a mandatory course for third-year students in which they were taught by practitioners directly in the clinical area. Soon students were placed all over the world, from Ireland to Australia. Based on this initiative, she obtained a number of Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grants, published extensively and is consulted nationally and internationally. She has also obtained a number of teaching awards, including a 3M Fellowship. Yonge has served as vice-provost (academic programs) at the U of A and is currently deputy provost. Her skills are in developing teams, working through conflicts and sparking new initiatives. She believes in volunteering in the community. Her most memorable volunteer experiences were as a Girl Guides leader in the inner city and bringing nursing students to the inner city. (Awarded in 2014)
  • Ralph B. Young, ’73 MBA
    Honour Award

    Ralph B. Young is an accomplished business leader who uses his business talents to serve a wide range of charitable organizations. As president and CEO of Melcor Developments Limited, he gives back extensively to the community and his alma mater, serving on the University of Alberta’s Alumni Council, its School of Business Advisory Council, and its Board of Governors. In addition, he contributes significantly to countless educational, professional, and cultural boards, such as the AHFMR and the Citadel Theatre, and was chair of the City of Edmonton 2004 Centennial together with the 2004 legacy project Churchill Square.

  • Leonard Zaichkowsky, '66 BPE
    Honour Award

    Leonard Zaichkowsky is regarded as one of North America’s leading sports scientists and psychologists. A professor at Boston University (BU), he is a respected academic who has advanced the development of applied sport psychology. A licensed psychologist and a sport psychologist certified by the Olympic Committee and the Association for the Advancement of Applied Psychology (AAASP), he provides and supervises consulting services for BU sports teams through the Sport Psychology Clinic. In the past, Zaichkowsky has consulted for the Boston Celtics, Calgary Flames, and most major professional sports organizations. He has provided steadfast leadership to numerous students and university-wide committees. A former president of the AAASP, he has written more than 75 scientific papers, co-authored seven books, and is a highly sought-after speaker. (Awarded in 2005)

  • Harold B. Banister, ’73 BCom
    Centenary Award

    Harold B. Banister has a long and diverse record of service to the University of Alberta. Hallmarks of his contributions include his establishment of the Banister Chair in Business in 1980. In addition, he and his wife, Linda, created the Harold B. Banister Dean’s Citations in Business, one of the highest honours the University can bestow upon an undergraduate student. A former U of A Senate member, he was behind the funding initiative of Alberta’s Bill 1: the Access to the Future Fund—a $3-billion endowment to provide money for innovative and collaborative post-secondary projects as well as matching grants for donations to Alberta’s post-secondary system. (Awarded in 2008)

  • Gordon E. W. Barr, ’72 BSc, ’74 BA, ’77 LLB
    Centenary Award

    Gordon E. W. Barr, an appointed Q.C., has generously given of his time, talents, and energy to numerous University of Alberta initiatives and programs. A partner with the Edmonton law firm Barr Picard, he has brought his professional expertise to the University as a member and past president of both Alumni Council and the Alumni and Friends of the Faculty of Law Association, where he drafted the initial bylaws. He is a past member of the U of A Senate, and he continues to serve on the Faculty of Science Excellence in Teaching Award Selection Committee. His enthusiasm and passion for all things U of A shine through in all the roles he has taken on involving his alma mater. (Awarded in 2009)

  • John Bocock ’57 BSc(Ag)
    Centenary Award

    John Bocock is a dairy farmer, environmentalist and engaged community member. With strong convictions and a generous spirit, he has spent much of his life as an advocate for what he believed in.

    Bocock has been involved with Initiatives of Change for more than 50 years. The organization is committed to promoting racial harmony and reconciliation around the world.

    He spent 15 years as assistant leader of the Sturgeon Valley 4-H Dairy Club and was district chair of the Farmers’ Union of Alberta, later Unifarm. In 1970 and ’71, the Bocock dairy herd won the Department of Agriculture Greater Average Butterfat provincial award. When an oil company announced plans to set up a sour gas plant near his home, Bocock was chief spokesperson and helped bring people together to get the company to install scrubbers that would reduce sulphur emissions.

    In 2010, the Bocock family established the ALES International Bar None Experience Award that goes to two U of A students in agriculture each year. Bocock also was the facilitator of a new combined Bar None Award from the agriculture classes of 1956, ’57 and ’58.

    In 2012, Bocock hosted his 55th class reunion at his farm in Sturgeon County, Alta. Bocock says he is most proud of his wife Jenny and their daughter Rachel. (Awarded in 2016)

  • Michael Bullock, ’60 MD
    Centenary Award

    Michael Bullock has been a key supporter of U of A medical students since 1991, when he and his wife, based in California, established a bursary that provides financial support to two students for their entire medical training. Michael worked as a railroad brakeman and in logging camps to put himself through university and worked as a medical technologist before enrolling in medicine. During breaks from medical school, he worked, literally, night and day to finance his education. Michael wishes to reward students who are "self-reliant" and who have earned money to help pay for medical school. He believes that such students should find time to "smell the roses." (Awarded in 2012)

  • Helen Kwan Yee Cheung, ’13 MA
    Centenary Award

    Helen Kwan Yee Cheung has a diverse professional background in business, social work, personnel and intergovernmental relations. She has served in various leadership capacities on many community and business boards. She founded two women’s groups and served as a community volunteer for close to three decades. She received the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award in 2003. She pursued lifelong learning after retirement and received her master of arts degree in East Asian Interdisciplinary Studies with outstanding academic achievement in 2013. In 2014, she volunteered at the Bruce Peel Special Collections Library to curate a historical exhibition and produce an accompanying book entitled Painted Faces on the Prairies: Cantonese Opera and the Edmonton Chinese Community . She continues to help the library in collecting archival materials that reflect the Chinese experience in Canada. (Awarded in 2015)

  • Robert Lampard, ’64 MD, ’66 BSc, ’67 MSc
    Centenary Award

    Robert Lampard was named one of Alberta’s 100 Physicians of the Century after serving as director of medical health at the Michener Centre for more than 27 years. In addition to caring for adults with developmental disabilities, he has worked resolutely to uncover the accomplishments of Alberta’s medical pioneers, many of whom are associated with the U of A. His passion to preserve the history of medicine in Alberta has resulted in a website and numerous publications, including Alberta’s Medical History: Young and Lusty and Full of Life and Deans, Dreams and a President, which commemorates 100 years of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry. In 2006, he was named adjunct professor of medical history by the faculty. He also served on the faculty’s alumni association for nine years and organized the Golden Bowl football game in 1963, a precursor to the Vanier Cup. (Awarded in 2013)

  • Edmond Levasseur, ’67 BEd
    Centenary Award

    Edmond Levasseur has spent his life working as an educator, notably in the areas of language, culture and international education. His career included work with various school boards and he was an advocate for language education policy and second-language education. He served on the University of Alberta Senate for two terms. Levasseur was a champion and co-chair of U School, a senate initiative that worked to introduce and connect students in grades 4 through 9 to the U of A. He helped introduce and lead U School, which grew from 75 students to more than 850 within six years. He continues to volunteer at U School. As a francophone and former student of College Saint-Jean, Levasseur was a natural as faculty liaison with Campus Saint-Jean. He served that role for six years and continues to promote the campus and attend events. Levasseur was also a dedicated volunteer in Edmonton’s French theatre community. Throughout his career, he has devoted thousands of hours to volunteer work. (Awarded in 2015)

  • Jim Hole, ’79 BSc(Ag)
    Centenary Award

    Jim Hole has shown a truly exceptional commitment to his alma mater. A member of Alumni Council for 12 years, he served as the Alumni Association president from 2007 until 2010. His presidency coincided with the celebration of the University's centenary in 2008 and, along with University president Indira Sameresakera, he served as one of the Honorary Centenary Co-Chairs. During the centenary year, he donated more than 1,000 hours of his time, ensuring that U of A alumni were well represented and the important contributions of alumni to the University were recognized. Hole also had a notable involvement in the creation of Alumni Walk at the entrance to Quad on campus, shepherding the project from conception to construction. As a member of the University's Senate, he helped initiate "U School," which brings to campus students who might not otherwise be exposed to the University. While serving on the University's Board of Governors, he chaired the Safety, Health and Environment Committee. (Awarded in 2014)

  • Michael Kaye, ’88 BA
    Centenary Award

    Michael Kaye, a star on the New York haute couture scene, is dedicated to giving back to his alma mater, exemplified by his support of students and the University’s centenary celebrations. The creator of an award-winning designer label, he has become well-known for his tartan gowns, one of which is part of the permanent collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. To help the University celebrate its centenary, he donated a one-of-a-kind, green-and-gold tartan gown to the human ecology department, designed an original U of A inspired nine-piece jewelry couture clothing collection, and conducted a symposium for students interested in a fashion career. His support continues as he provides internships at his New York studio and funds a student award to help aspiring U of A student designers.  (Awarded in 2010)

  • Wendy C. Jerome, ’58 BPE
    Centenary Award

    Wendy C. Jerome is one of the University of Alberta’s most willing volunteers. A reunion class organizer for the Office of Alumni Relations, she helps out with numerous alumni events and activities and is an active committee member for the Physical Education and Recreation Alumni Association. A former professor at Laurentian University and former national coach with the Canadian track and field team, Wendy is a pioneering Canadian sports psychologist. One of the first people in North America to earn a degree in sports psychology, she founded Canada’s first undergraduate sports psychology program in 2001 at Laurentian. Wendy has worked with athletes from almost every sport and from five countries. (Awarded in 2012)

  • Penny Lightfoot, ’77 Dip(Rehab), ’78 BSc(PT), ’83 MHSA
    Centenary Award

    Penny Lightfoot has made an extraordinary gift of time and energy to the U of A through her involvement in the School of Public Health. An executive director with Alberta Health Services, Lightfoot has shared her expertise generously with her alma mater to help the university improve its educational and research programs in public health to meet the needs of students, the practice community and the community at-large. Lightfoot has been involved with the School of Public Health on an ongoing basis for more than a decade. As the external representative to the school’s faculty evaluation committee since its inception in 2007, she has never missed a meeting. She is also a member of the school’s external advisory council and its professional degree committee. In addition, she is a regular guest lecturer and helped create the School of Public Health Alumni Chapter, which she has chaired since its founding in 2011. (Awarded in 2013)

  • Lloyd Malin, ’65 BA, ’70 LLB, ’03 LLD(Honorary)
    Centenary Award

    Lloyd Malin has served his alma mater with great distinction, volunteering with exceptional vision, dedication and leadership. A member of Alumni Council, he served as president from 1995 to 1996 and was involved in many initiatives, including the creation of an alumni directory. He also championed the staging of the first-ever convocation ceremony in Hong Kong — a highly successful event that was repeated during the University’s Centenary. He served as a member of the University Senate and the Board of Governors, acting as chair from 1997 to 1998 and vice-chair from 1998 to 2002. An appointed Queen’s Counsel, he was appointed as a judge of the Provincial Court of Alberta in 2003.  (Awarded in 2011)

  • Trevor Mak,  ’82 BCom, ’84 MBA
    Centenary Award

    Trevor Mak has been a leader of the University of Alberta Alumni Association Hong Kong chapter since 1984. With a busy schedule that includes his family as well as his job managing and developing private banking business for Julius Baer HK, Mak finds time to organize up to six alumni events per year and host University of Alberta visitors when they travel overseas. He notably helped organize a Hockey Night in Hong Kong theme week for 19 Alberta oil companies arriving for a seminar at the Hong Kong Stock Exchange alongside a dozen retired NHL players. In 1998 and 2008, Mak organized convocation ceremonies in Hong Kong, and for many parents of alumni it was the first time they had seen the U of A grads receive their degree. More than 1,000 people attended these events. (Awarded in 2015)

  • Reginald Moncrieff, ’70 BA
    Centenary Award

    Reginald Moncrieff has been, for more than three decades, the glue that holds together the U of A alumni family in New York. Moncrieff, who began a private dental practice in the Upper West Side of Manhattan in 1980, is also a clinical instructor in the dentistry department at Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Despite his busy professional life, Moncrieff has enthusiastically given of his time to the activities of the U of A Alumni Association. He spearheaded the formation of the alumni chapter in New York and has annually organized many innovative events that take advantage of the city’s rich cultural environment. He was the creative force behind a juried U of A alumni art show hosted at the Alberta Government Office in New York, and he founded the alumni skating event now held each year in Central Park. Moncrieff also makes time to welcome alumni newcomers to his city, answering questions and easing their transition to life in the Big Apple. (Awarded in 2013)

  • Sharon Morsink, ’97 PhD
    Centenary Award

    Sharon Morsink, logs hundreds of volunteer hours each year sharing her passion for science with thousands of school children and others from the community. Since earning her PhD in theoretical physics, she has opened a window to the mystery of the universe by hosting free, twice-weekly public viewings at the University's campus observatory and organizing related events. These activities, tied to happenings such as eclipses and comets, help raise scientific literacy in the community, leading to increased interest in careers in science. Morsink also had a hand in designing the new University of Alberta Observatory, whose three domes are a striking feature of the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science. Morsink has even been known to dress the domes up for special occasions—last Halloween they were giant jack-o'-lanterns. Beyond her involvement with the observatory, Morsink gained Royal Astronomical Society of Canada (Edmonton Centre) funding to build accurate three-dimensional models of the planets, which now hang in the CCIS west atrium. (Awarded in 2014)

  • Theodore (Teddy) Aaron, ’39 BSc, ’42 MD
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    In almost seven decades of practising medicine, Theodore (Teddy) Aaron not only witnessed major changes in the discipline, he was at the forefront of a number of them. He was the first person in Alberta to administer penicillin, and his research led to the use of antihistamines in cold medications. The breadth of Ted’s contributions to health care in Alberta is recognized in professional circles in his being named one of Alberta’s Physicians of the Century and receiving the Pharmacy Centennial Award of Distinction—the only person to make both lists.

    While he was doing his internship at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, Ted obtained penicillin from Ottawa and administered it to a patient via an IV drip. In order to reuse it for other patients, and having training in chemistry, he extracted the antibiotic from the patient’s urine to treat others, with excellent results.

    Always alert to happenings on the forefront of medical research and practice, Ted was the first in Western Canada to do Rh blood typing to ensure compatibility for blood transfusions. He became interested in allergic rhinitis—the cluster of symptoms triggered by breathing allergens—and decided to pursue graduate studies in New York, where he worked alongside Robert Cooke, the founder of the American Academy of Allergy and Clinical Immunology.

    At the University of Pittsburgh, Ted conducted major pharmacological and clinical studies on new antihistamines and identified two—neohetramine and thephorin—as having very low side effects, making them suitable for over-the-counter sales. Neohetramine, in particular, he found to decrease cold symptoms and, as a result of his clinical studies, the use of antihistamines in cold remedies has become universal.

    In the ensuing years, his reputation as an allergist continued to grow. In addition to treating patients, he taught at the University, lectured around the world, and initiated the first course for the American College of Physicians at the Banff Centre. And his innovations continued. In collaboration with the pharmaceutical company Merck, he designed the first nasal steroid aerosol spray for use on seasonal and perennial rhinitis and the control of nasal polyps. To treat a patient with severe allergic swelling in the eyes, he worked with a pharmacist to design eye drops incorporating a drug normally inhaled. That preparation was later marketed under the name Opticrom.

    At 94, Ted still has an extraordinary passion for education and medical discovery.

  • Gregory E. Abel, '84 BCom
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    A respected business leader, Gregory E. Abel has distinguished himself on a global scale in both the energy industry and the communities he serves.

    As the chairman, president and CEO of MidAmerican Energy Holdings Company, Greg Abel gives visionary leadership to the diverse and growing energy company he joined in 1992. It was then a small geothermal energy producer, and he has played a significant role in growing it into a global energy enterprise providing safe and reliable electric and natural gas service to more than 7.1 million customers worldwide. Under his leadership, MidAmerican, now with assets of $52 billion, has grown to include energy-related businesses, as well as the second-largest full-service real estate brokerage firm in the U.S. Also a major provider of wind-generated power in the U.S., MidAmerican has undertaken the world’s two largest solar power developments.

    The clear voice Abel provides in policy discussions and his drive to work toward balanced, sustainable solutions have the potential to yield a positive outcome for energy consumers worldwide. He is also deeply committed to giving back to the communities his businesses serve. He personally supports numerous community organizations, particularly those developing the leaders of tomorrow, and has taken innovative approaches to ensure his company’s employees also play a positive role in their communities. (Awarded in 2013)

  • John Acorn, '80 BSc, '88 MSc
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    John Acorn is an internationally known scientist, author, and broadcaster whose career has been marked with creativity and a passion for science. The host and creative force behind the popular TV series Acorn and The Nature Nut, he has educated and entertained audiences worldwide. As a best-selling author, he has had a huge impact on amateur entomology, and his field guides have earned him numerous awards.

    As research associate at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology and the E. H. Strickland Entomology Museum, Acorn continually goes beyond his professional commitments and generously gives his time to promote the field. He served as president of the Entomological Society of Alberta, and he participates in numerous other associations. Acorn's work has been honoured in many ways, including the Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Award Foundation Prize for Excellence in Science and Technology Journalism and two "Rosies" from the Alberta Motion Picture Industry. His gallery videos at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, where he serves as the official host, have earned first place honours in both Canada and the U.S. (Awarded in 2005)

  • Doris Anderson, '45 BA, '73 LLD (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Doris Anderson helped shape the awareness of Canadian women during two decades as editor of Chatelaine. The editorial direction she gave to the popular women's magazine is considered a pivotal point in the women's movement in Canada. 

    Dr Anderson is the author of three novels and the non-fiction work on the status of women, The Unfinished Revolution. As president of the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women, she resigned in 1981 in protest over governmental interference. This initiated a chain of events that led to a new section in the Canadian constitution confirming the equality of men and women. 

    The chancellor of the University of Prince Edward Island, Dr Anderson received the Order of Canada in 1974 and was elected to the Canada's News Hall of Fame in 1981 and received the YWCA Women of Distinction Award in 1982. (Awarded in 1994)

  • Margaret-Ann Armour, '70 PhD
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Margaret-Ann Armour has made an indelible mark at the University of Alberta as one of the founders of WISEST— Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science, and Technology. A Fellow of the Chemical Institute of Canada and the assistant chair of the University's chemistry department, she is an internationally recognized expert in hazardous chemicals management. She received the McNeil Medal of the Royal Society of Canada in 1994 and in 1996 was selected to receive the prestigious 3M Teaching Fellowship, Canada's highest teaching award. Throughout her career, Armour has inspired many young science-minded souls and vigorously promoted equality in the sciences.

    For her many contributions, Armour has received numerous accolades. She received the Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case, the Canadian Association of University Teachers' Sarah Shorten Award, and the American Chemical Society Award for Encouraging Women into the Chemical Sciences. In 2003 she was listed in Macleans magazine's Honour Roll of Canadians Who are Making a Difference, and in Edmonton's centennial year she was named one of 100 Edmontonians of the Century. (Awarded in 2004)

  • Gordon E. Arnell, ’56 BA, ’57 LLB 
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    One of North America’s outstanding community and commercial leaders, Gordon E. Arnell continues to strive for excellence as a businessman, volunteer, and philanthropist.

    Gordon E. Arnell began his impressive career in the late 1950s as a litigation lawyer. In 1970, he entered into the commercial real estate industry, where he held various senior positions with the industry’s top companies.

    In 1987 he became president and CEO of Brookfield Properties, and in 1997 he served as chair and CEO before being appointed non-executive chairman in 2000. Under his direction, Brookfield Properties became one of the largest publicly listed real estate companies on the New York Stock Exchange and a North American leader in Class A office buildings (referring to buildings characterized by high quality design). Brookfield is one of New York’s largest commercial property owners.

    As a leader in the community, he supports both local and international endeavours. In response to seeing that the health care needs of farmers working on isolated farms in Brazil were not being met, he worked with the University of Alberta to find a solution. His vision and contributions were behind the establishment of the successful collaborative program that supports faculty members from the College of Nursing at University of Sao Paulo at Ribeirao Preto, while they complete their studies in the U of A nursing faculty. (Awarded in 2008)

  • Bob Baker, ’74 BFA
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Through his talent, creativity, and enthusiasm, Bob Baker has passed along his love of theatre to audiences around the world, and his impact will be felt for generations to come.

    A leading light in Canadian theatre, Bob Baker has been enthralling audiences around the world as an actor, director, and artistic director. He is admired and praised for his talent and versatility with all genres, including the development of original new works, all of which have garnered rave reviews. A leading light in Canadian theatre, Bob Baker has been enthralling audiences around the world as an actor, director, and artistic director. He is admired and praised for his talent and versatility with all genres, including the development of original new works, all of which have garnered rave reviews.

    The artistic director of Edmonton’s cutting-edge Phoenix Theatre from 1982–1987, he has also directed productions across Canada, the U.S., and Scotland. In 1990 as the artistic director of Toronto’s the Canadian Stage Company, he led the team lauded as achieving one of the most successful turnarounds in Canadian theatre history. His ability to create first-rate productions brought him to the Citadel Theatre in 1999, where his programming rejuvenated the Citadel with an unprecedented number of new productions, a phenomenal increase in audience attendance, and innovative programs, including the Robbins Academy, Canada’s most comprehensive creative development program.

    His work has been recognized with a Dora Award and several Sterling Awards for directing. He is a member of Edmonton’s Cultural Hall of Fame, has been an Honorary Member of the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, and was recently honoured with a Provincial Awards Celebrating Excellence (PACE) Distinguished Achievement Award. (Awarded in 2010)

  • C. Fred Bentley, ’39 BSc, ’42 MSc, ’90 DSc(Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Soil scientist C. Fred Bentley is internationally renowned for his contributions to agricultural education and research.

    Dr. C. Fred Bentley not only distinguished himself as an outstanding educator but as a leading soil scientist, both in Canada and internationally. Ahead of his time, he was a pioneer of the green revolution who promoted the sustainable use of soils to improve the world’s food supply.

    After holding faculty appointments at the Universities of Minnesota and Saskatchewan, Dr. Bentley spent most of his teaching career at the University of Alberta, where he served as dean of the agriculture faculty from 1959 until resigning in 1968 to become the first special advisor in agriculture with the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA). His work overseas, relating to development assistance, included leading teams for projects in India, Indonesia, China, Sudan, and Pakistan. In 1972, he became a member and the first board chair of the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics in India, and he established the International Board for Soil Research Management in 1985.

    A former consultant with the World Bank, the United Nations, and other government agencies, both at home and abroad, he has received many national and international honours for his far-ranging contributions to agriculture. (Awarded in 2008)

  • Marjorie Bowker, '38 BA, '39 LLB, '91 LLD (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Marjorie Bowker spent 17 years as a judge of the Family and Juvenile Courts of Alberta and was the initiator of the Family Court's Conciliation Services, a counselling initiative that has since been copied in other jurisdictions in Canada and in Australia. Dr Bowker has a lively interest in legal and constitutional matters. Her 1990 book examining the Meech Lake Accord was a Canadian best-seller, as was On Guard for Thee, her independent analysis of the Canada-U.S. Free Trade Agreement.

    A dedicated community volunteer, Dr Bowker was the first woman appointed to the governing board of the University of Alberta Hospitals, and she has served organizations such as the Junior League, the John Howard Society and the YWCA. She holds honorary degrees from three universities and was a Edmonton Business and Professional Women's Club "Woman of the Year." She was inducted into the Order of Canada in 1990. (Awarded in 1995)

  • Sister Annata Brockman, '65 MEd
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    A pioneer in the field of education, Sister Annata Brockman has dedicated her life to teaching and to serving her faith community.

    The first woman to get a master’s degree in educational administration at the University of Alberta, Brockman has been an inspired and inspiring educator inside and outside the classroom. For 21 years she taught in the Edmonton Catholic School System, serving as principal at three schools. Among her many contributions to positive change in the lives of her pupils and their families, she was instrumental in changing the practice of only allowing girls to take home economics and restricting industrial arts classes to boys. Since retiring from the classroom, she has continued to be active in the community and for two decades provided leadership as pastoral associate minister at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Edmonton. 

    In 2010, Edmonton Catholic Schools named a school after her, and she plays an active role in that school community, greeting students as they arrive on the first day of school and visiting weekly. In recognition of her outstanding contributions, she was the inaugural recipient of Newman Theological College’s prestigious Chancellor’s Award and also received its Christian leadership award. She has also been recognized as a “Woman of Vision” by Global TV. (Awarded in 2013)

  • Judd Buchanan ’53 BA
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Judd Buchanan, displayed a strong work ethic from a young age. Beginning with his first paper route, he moved on to work as a “redcap” with CP Rail, unloading luggage and pocketing tips.

    He earned an economics degree while serving as president of his fraternity, Kappa Sigma, and the U of A Liberal club. His political interest began when he worked for his father’s provincial Liberal campaign. Nelles V. Buchanan, ’21 LLB, didn’t win, but the teenaged Buchanan was hooked.

    Buchanan was elected to the House of Commons in 1968 and appointed to the cabinet in 1974. He served as minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, minister of Public Works, minister of state for science and technology and president of the Treasury Board. He helped form one of the earliest Toastmasters clubs in Canada: the Forest City Toastmasters in London, Ont. Buchanan’s days serving travellers at CP foreshadowed things to come. He became the first chair of the Canadian Tourism Commission and he invested in Silver Star Mountain Resort near Vernon, B.C. Buchanan was also the first chair of the group that built the Wickaninnish Inn, a hotel on the beach in Tofino, B.C.

    His volunteer work has included serving as chair of the Greater Victoria Hospital Society and working with other organizations in London and Victoria. He became an officer of the Order of Canada in 2000. (Awarded in 2016)

  • Joseph Charyk, '42 BSc(Eng), '64 LLD (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    In 1963 Joseph Charyk became the founding president of the Communications Satellite Corporation, and under his leadership, COMSAT ushered in the age of commercial satellite communications. In 1989 the U.S. government awarded Dr Charyk the prestigious National Medal of Technology, citing his role in guiding the growth and development of the INTELSAT system, which today serves 160 nations and territories. A former professor of aeronautics at Princeton University and former director of Lockheed Aircraft's Astrophysics and Chemistry Laboratory, Dr Charyk served with the United States Air Force immediately before joining COMSAT. Initially the Air Force's chief scientist, he later held the number two position responsible for all Air Force activities. 

    Dr Charyk's many honors include the Television Arts and Sciences Directorate Award, the Goddard Astronautics Award and the Guglielmo Marconi International Award. (Awarded in 1994)

  • Robert Church, ’62 Bsc (Ag), ’63 MSc
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Recognized as a world-class molecular and developmental geneticist, Dr. Church's groundbreaking research on DNA/DNA and RNA/DNA hybridizations created a framework for many of today's molecular biology techniques. His research in embryo manipulation and transplants in livestock resulted in significant scientific and economic advances. He also inspired his students and family to pursue distinguished careers.

    An Alberta rancher and a professor emeritus at the University of Calgary, Dr. Church is internationally respected for advancing excellence in scientific research and promoting the benefits of science to economic growth. He assumed a leadership role in creating the Alberta Science and Research Authority and the Alberta Ingenuity Fund. While serving on the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council and Medical Research Council, he had a major influence on Canada's science and research policy. For his many outstanding contributions in science, biotechnology, and sustainable agribusiness, Dr. Church was inducted into the Canadian Agriculture Hall of Fame, received the Alberta Order of Excellence and was made a Member of the Order of Canada. (Awarded in 2002)

  • Joe Clark, '60 BA, '73 MA, '85 LLD (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    When he led the Progressive Conservative Party to power in Ottawa in 1979, Joe Clark became Canada's sixteenth prime minister, the youngest person ever and the first native westerner to hold that office. 

    A former editor of the Gateway and later a lecturer at the University of Alberta, Mr Clark was first elected to national office when he won a seat as MP for Alberta's Rocky Mountain riding in 1972. From 1979 until his retirement from elected office in 1993, he served the Yellowhead federal constituency in Alberta. 

    Following the fall of his minority government in 1980 and the return to power of the Conservative Party in 1984, Mr. Clark earned the respect of Canadians for his work as Canada's minister of external affairs and later the minister responsible for constitutional matters. In 1992 he was a recipient of the Great Canadian award. (Awarded in 1994)

  • John S. Colter, ’45 BSc
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Professor emeritus at the University of Alberta, John S. Colter has contributed significantly to Canada’s standing as a leader in the field of biomedical sciences. A renowned virologist, he has made many fundamental discoveries, including his pioneering work on isolating infectious RNA from mammalian viruses. 

    As chair of the University’s biochemistry department from 1961 to 1987, he is credited with building it into one of the best in North America. He succeeded in attracting top-flight young scientists to the department, which in the 1980s received more research funding than any other at the U of A. During his academic career, he provided leadership to many research organizations, including the Medical Research Council of Canada and the National Cancer Institute of Canada, and was an associate editor of Virology from 1961 to 1988. After his retirement in 1987, he spent several years as scientific advisor to the president of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research. Elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 1973, he received an ASTech Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Alberta Science and Technology Community in 1995 and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Science from the University of Western Ontario in 1998. (Awarded in 2006)

  • Linda C. Cook ’74 BA, ’75 BLS, ’87 MLS,
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Linda C. Cook, was one of those kids who read under the covers with a flashlight. When this avid reader enrolled in her first university class, The English Novel, she fell in love with the course.

    After completing her library studies degree, Cook began her first library job at the Misericordia Community Hospital, where she learned that librarianship is about helping people and making a difference.

    After serving as director of the Yellowhead Regional Library System in Spruce Grove, Alta., Cook began a new journey as chief executive officer of the Edmonton Public Library until her retirement. For 19 years she fought for the public library system, implementing a self-check-in and checkout service, free memberships, an Aboriginal services librarian, a lending machine in an LRT station, new and renewed libraries, and outreach workers to help customers who are at risk use the library.

    In 2014, EPL became the first Canadian library to be named North America’s Library of the Year, a proud moment for the dedicated CEO and her staff.

    Cook continues to make a difference by volunteering on various boards. She was the first recipient of MacEwan University’s Gold Medal, has won the U of A’s Library and Information Studies Alumni Association Distinguished Alumni Award and both the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and Diamond Jubilee Medal. (Awarded in 2016)

  • Melody Davidson, ’86 BPE
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    As a coach and mentor, Melody Davidson is a trailblazer who has left an indelible mark on the sport of women’s hockey in Canada and around the world.

    As a coach, mentor, and administrator, Melody Davidson has played a monumental role in the evolution and development of women’s hockey, nationally and internationally. In doing so, she has become a role model for all those who aspire to coach at the highest level in any sport.

    Growing up in small-town Alberta, Davidson’s options to play hockey were limited, but her love of the game inspired her to find creative ways to stay involved, including coaching her younger brother’s hockey team. After graduating from the U of A, she worked as a recreation director in Castor, Alberta, for 10 years, and then in 1995, she took a leave of absence from her job to attend the National Coaching Institute at the University of Calgary.

    Since then, she has never looked back. The head coach of the Canadian women’s hockey team, she has scored numerous victories behind the bench, including three Olympic gold medals — two as head coach and one as assistant coach — and five World Championship titles. In addition to her commitment to Hockey Canada, she generously donates her time to give back to the game by supporting the development of coaches. (Awarded in 2010)

  • Stuart Davis, '39 BSc(Eng), '40 MSc
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Professor emeritus of chemistry at the University of Alberta, Stuart Davis is highly regarded for his dedication to the arts and for his philanthropy. Davis, often referred to as Edmonton's patron saint of music, is the cornerstone donor of the majestic concert pipe organ that stands three-storeys high in the Winspear Centre. Many other organizations have also benefitted from his generous support, and in 2003 he was named the.. city's Philanthropist of the Year for his extensive contributions to the community.

    Davis earned his PhD at McGill University. In 1942, he was asked to come teach at the University of Alberta for an eight-month appointment. This was the start of what became a 40-year career, which saw Davis teach thousands of students and help build the University’s internationally respected chemistry department. Beyond his academic duties, Davis was instrumental in the design of both the east and west wings of the campus complex now known as the Gunning/Lemieux Chemistry Centre. A strong supporter of the University of Alberta, Davis made a major gift to the science faculty to support the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science. (Awarded in 2005)

    The University community is deeply saddened by the loss of Stuart Davis who passed away on July 30, 2005. Davis was extremely honoured to be a Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient.

  • Louis A. Desrochers, '52 LLB, '78 LLD (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    A respected lawyer, Louis Desrochers has made extraordinary contributions to Alberta&s francophone community, the University of Alberta, and the community at large. Esteemed for his innovative leadership and great energy, he initiated many unprecedented and far-reaching legislative changes, benefitting Alberta's francophone community. A community leader, he helped found Théâtre français d'Edmonton and served as president of the Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta. He is a former president of the Edmonton Family Service Bureau, and served as chair of the board of trustees of the Grey Nuns Hospital Foundation.

    Desrochers was appointed to the board of governors of the University of Alberta in 1963 and in 1970 was elected Chancellor of the University. More than anyone else, he was responsible for Collège universitaire Saint-Jean becoming the Faculté Saint-Jean, and for 25 years he served as chair of the advisory board of the Faculté. In 2001, a professorship in Etudes canadiennes/Canadian studies was named in his honour. For his contributions, Desrochers was made a member of the Order of Canada and the Alberta Order of Excellence. He has also received three honorary doctorates. (Awarded in 2005)

  • Patrick Doyle, '47 BSc, '49 MD
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    A leader in the field of otolaryngology in Canada as well as internationally, Patrick Doyle has made significant advances both in the operating room and in the classroom. In 1982 he performed the first cochlear implant surgery in Canada, enabling a young woman who had been totally deaf to hear environmental sounds, understand speech, and even talk on the telephone.

    A professor emeritus of the University of British Columbia, Dr Doyle headed that university's Division of Otolaryngology from 1972 to 1991 and also taught at the University of Oregon Medical School. In the course of his career, he has written numerous scholarly papers, and he is a member of many professional societies.

    In 1988 Dr Doyle was named president of the American Board of Otolaryngology, the first Canadian to serve as president of that board. In 1994 he was named president of the Triological Society, a prestigious organization for practitioners in his specialty. (Awarded in 1995)

  • Clare Drake, ’58 BEd, '95 LLD (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Clare Drake is the most successful coach in the history of Canadian college hockey. Under his leadership, University of Alberta Golden Bear hockey teams won 697 games, six national championships, and 17 Canada West conference titles. He has also coached football, and in 1967-68 his Golden Bear teams won national titles in both hockey and football. 

    A co-coach of Canada’s 1980 Olympic hockey team, he coached gold-medal teams at the World Student Games, and at the Spengler Cup tournament. He has also coached in the NHL and served as a mentor coach for Canada’s national women’s hockey team.

    Throughout his career, Clare Drake has provided enlightened leadership to hockey coaching development, and his writing contributed substantially to the theoretical background of the renowned Canadian Coaching Certification Program. A gifted teacher, he has conducted coaching workshops and hockey clinics throughout North America, Europe, the Orient, and Australia. He was twice named the Canadian Inter-university Athletic Union hockey coach of the year and is in both the Alberta and Canadian Sports Halls of Fame. (Awarded in 1999)

  • Harold I. Eist, '61 MD
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Harold I. Eist works in child and adolescent psychiatry and psychoanalysis. He uses his more than 50 years of medical practice to help the disadvantaged.

    His clinical work has included 25 years leading a clinic for Washington, D.C.’s most underprivileged community, where he treated ill and dangerous patients who were both children and adults. He was thus named Washingtonian of the Year by Washingtonian magazine in 1979. Eist turned the clinic into the major private resource for the District of Columbia’s mentally ill, and it subsequently received the American Psychiatric Association’s Gold Award.

    Eist’s leadership roles have included acting as president of the American Psychiatric Association and as the North American board representative of the World Psychiatric Association. He has written hundreds of journal articles, newspaper columns and book chapters. Eist’s professional experience has led to him providing testimony before United States senate and congressional committees, and to giving expert comment to news media, including Washington Post, New York Times, 60 Minutes, 20/20 and CBS Evening News.(Awarded in 2015)

  • Lila Engberg, '49 BSc(HEc)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Lila Engberg has devoted herself to working with women and families in Africa, South America, and Eastern Europe. Retired from a faculty position with the College of Family and Consumer Studies at the University of Guelph, she uses her expertise to help women and girls develop their own goals and identify the steps necessary to realize these goals.

    Dr Engberg was the driving force behind the Home Economics Association of Africa. She has spent many years in Africa, sometimes working at the grass-roots level on simple agricultural and homemaking projects, and sometimes working at the university level, training African home economists to work with their own people. In recognition of her contributions, Dr Engberg has received honor awards from both the Canadian Home Economics Association and the Ghana Home Science Association. In 1997 she received the distinguished service award of the International Federation of Home Economics. (Awarded in 1997)

  • Anthony Fields, '74 MD
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Viewed by his colleagues as a highly accomplished administrator, Anthony Fields is also a distinguished oncologist, compassionate physician, and a respected teacher. As vice-president of Medical Affairs and Community Oncology at the Alberta Cancer Board and a former director of Edmonton's Cross Cancer Institute, he has created innovative treatment programs and influenced cancer control policy at the provincial and federal levels.

    Fields is currently president of the National Cancer Institute of Canada, one of the country's most influential bodies funding cancer research, and serves as a member of the Council of the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control.

    While fulfilling his extensive administrative duties, Fields remains active in cancer research and practices as an oncologist, treating patients with gastrointestinal malignancies. He is regarded as a motivational authority in cancer control, inspiring a generation of medical students and residents with his energy, enthusiasm, and dedication. To his patients, Fields is best known and admired for his endless supply of compassion and caring. (Awarded in 2003)

  • B. Brett Finlay, ’81 BSc, ’86 PhD
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Dr. B. Brett Finlay is at the forefront of the emerging field of Cellular Microbiology, making several fundamental discoveries and publishing more than 300 papers.

    One of the world’s foremost experts on the molecular understanding of the ways bacteria infect their hosts, Dr. B. Brett Finlay is highly respected for his groundbreaking strides in forwarding infectious disease research. 

    Holding a Peter Wall Distinguished Professorship at the University of British Columbia and working with the Michael Smith Laboratories, he combined cell biology and microbiology to establish the field of cellular microbiology. He initiated the formation of the Canadian Coalition for Safe Food and Water and discovered a bovine vaccine against E. coli 0157, which will decrease the risk of human infection. He served as the director of the SARS Accelerated Vaccine Initiative (SAVI), where he propelled research forward developing a vaccine within one year—a process that usually takes 10. In 2005, he was awarded an $8.7-million grant under the Grand Challenges in Global Health initiative funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to study ways of fighting infectious diseases in developing countries.

    He has won several prestigious awards including the EWR Steacie Prize, the CSM Fisher Scientific Award, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, an Officer of the Order of Canada and Member of the Order of British Columbia. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Lillian Fishman, ’36 BSc(HEc)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    A pioneering spirit in the biochemistry community, Lillian Fishman has had a lasting impact on cancer research as a co-founder of the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute.

    An avid interest in education and biochemistry is the hallmark of Lillian Fishman. Although she pursued a career as a dietician and earned her master’s in science education from Boston University, she is recognized for her collaborative working relationship with her husband, Dr. William Fishman.

    For years, she worked alongside her husband in his laboratory at Tufts University, pursuing groundbreaking cancer research. In 1976, Dr. Fishman faced mandatory retirement. In response, he and Mrs. Fishman decided to embark on a daring mission — to create an independent research institute dedicated to oncodevelopmental biology.

    With a small grant and big dreams, they rented a small lab near the Salk Institute in California. A few years later, they established La Jolla Cancer Research Foundation, which became a National Cancer Institute-designated facility in 1981. Now renamed the Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute, it operates five research centres and is home to more than 1,000 staff.

    Mrs. Fishman’s role in the growth of the Institute is beyond measure, and she continues to be its guiding light. She leads the Group of 12 to educate the public on the role of medical research and is a passionate supporter of the Fishman Fund, which helps young research fellows. (Awarded in 2010)

  • Donald C. Fletcher ’80 BMedSc, ’82 MD
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    When Donald C. Fletcher was in kindergarten, someone asked him what he wanted to be when he grew up and his answer was a doctor or a tiger. He chose scrubs and surgery over stripes and claws. Ophthalmology appealed to Fletcher and working with low-vision patients called to him. His patients have significant vision loss that affects their everyday life, especially the ability to read. He has provided care to more than 25,000 patients and has worked on technologies to help his patients read.

    One of his proudest contributions was to incorporate a team approach that included occupational therapists in low-vision care. It took him 15 years to get blanket approval from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to include rehabilitation with vision improvement.

    He has also helped establish low-vision rehabilitation clinics in the Philippines, Zimbabwe and North and South America.

    Fletcher has served in leadership roles for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As bishop for a San Francisco congregation at one point, a relative shared that he was a member of the LGBTQ community. Fletcher welcomed the community into the church.

    “I think this is one of the most correct things I’ve ever done, and I will keep pushing until the day I die to ensure my brothers and sisters who are gay know God loves them.” (Awarded in 2016)

  • Eldon Foote, ‘45 BSc, '48 LLB, '96 LLD (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Eldon Foote is an astute entrepreneur and generous benefactor who has enjoyed outstanding success in business. In 1965 following a distinguished career in the practice of law, he was appointed a Queen's Counsel. In 1967, he made a bold move starting a franchise operation in Australia that marketed household detergents. The business grew into an international marketing phenomenon. In the ensuing 30 years, he expanded the business to Japan, Hong Kong, and the Republic of Korea with a sales force of over 50,000.

    In 1997, he sold the business. This provided the opportunity for him and his wife to pursue philanthropic interests. A generous benefactor in Australia and Canada he actively maintained his connection with the University of Alberta by establishing scholarships in track and field and nursing and endowing a Visiting Chair in International Business Law.

    Inspired by his love of track and field, Foote made a major gift to the University of Alberta to help build Foote Field, a world-class training facility used for the 2001 IAAF World Athletic Championships. (Awarded in 2002)

  • Catherine Fraser, '70 LLB
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    The Honorable Catherine A. Fraser, Chief Justice of Alberta and the Northwest Territories, has been the chief justice of Alberta's highest court, the Court of Appeal, since 1992 and prior to that was a justice of the Court of Appeal and of the Court of Queen's Bench. Chief Justice Fraser is firmly committed to ensuring that the public interest is well served by the justice system.

    As chair of the Education Committee of the Canadian Judicial Council and as a member of the Council's Special Committee on Equality in the Courts, she has Bly supported efforts to provide continuing judicial education on social justice issues for all judges in Canada. A leader in the community, she has been recognized with a YWCA Tribute to Women Award. (Awarded in 1996)

  • Eric Geddes, ’47 BCom, ’80 LLD (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Eric Geddes has worked tirelessly to improve the quality of life in Edmonton and to serve his profession and his alma mater. He is a former president of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce, the founding chairman of the Old Strathcona Foundation, and a trustee and former chair of the Winspear Foundation. The former managing partner of Price Waterhouse’s Edmonton office, he was a member of the Board of Governors of the University of Alberta from 1972 until 1978 and served as the Board’s chair for three years.

    Recognizing the importance of science and technology to the development of Alberta’s economy, Dr Geddes founded Edmonton’s Advanced Technology Project and served as the first chair of the board of trustees of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research. He later chaired two centres established under the national Networks of Centres of Excellence program. For his outstanding contributions to the community, in 1990 Dr Geddes received the inaugural Alberta Science and Technology (ASTech) Leadership Award. His many other honors include the Order of Canada, which he received in 1989. (Awarded in 1999)

  • Scott Gilmore, ’95 BCom
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Scott Gilmore was working with a UN peacekeeping mission to East Timor in 2001 when he realized the noises to which he awoke each morning weren’t just annoying clatter—they were the sounds of positive economic change. Below his window, his Timorese landlord was using the money from Scott’s rent to refurbish minibuses and to hire local boys to work as drivers and mechanics. “He was soon the largest employer in the neighbourhood and provided an island of stability and prosperity, all because of my rent cheque,” says Scott.

    Unfortunately, Scott wasn’t witnessing that type of local improvement at his day job. “It was frustrating,” he recalls. “Here we were, spending more on the peacekeeping mission than the GDP of the country, yet with no change on the ground as far as jobs created or anything like that. Everything we were using, whether bottled water or laundry materials, was being flown in.” 

    After seeing the same thing happening in Afghanistan, Scott decided to ally himself with the people who were really making a difference. In 2004, he quit his job with the Canadian foreign service and created the organization now known as Building Markets. 

    As a result of Scott’s work, the UN, NATO and the U.S. have all changed the way they procure goods for foreign aid. The Pentagon alone has since procured more than $1 billion in goods and services from Afghan companies, creating thousands of jobs. 

    Begun with a staff of four, Building Markets has grown to more than 120 people with offices in six countries. It has operated alongside 10 peace and humanitarian missions. In total, Scott and his team have been instrumental in creating more than 130,000 jobs and redirecting $1.1 billion into some of the world’s poorest economies. 

  • John Godel, ’53 BSc, ’55 MD
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    University of Alberta professor emeritus in pediatrics, John Godel is a physician highly respected for his contributions to pediatric health care in remote Canadian and African communities and for his research on vitamin D as protection from a host of health conditions.

    A caring and compassionate physician, John Godel has served the medical profession with great distinction, and his impact has been far-reaching. Thousands of children have benefited from his dedication to improving pediatric care, and many practitioners, inspired by his work, are following in his path.

    Godel’s international outreach began in 1969 when he accepted a Canadian International Development Agency post at a teaching hospital in Nigeria. In 1973, he moved with his family to Tunisia to serve as the chief of pediatrics in Menzel Bourguiba. While there, he championed the refurbishment of a military hospital and organized pediatric, maternal and child health services. Under his care, the mortality rate of hospitalized children markedly decreased from 50 to five percent.

    In 1978, he returned to Edmonton as a U of A professor and chief of pediatrics at the Charles Camsell Hospital. It was also during this time he began travelling to northern Canada to provide health care to Aboriginal children. His work in these isolated communities led to his pioneering research on the importance of vitamin D and the effects of alcohol on a fetus during pregnancy. A Member of the Order of Canada, he continues his work in Africa with the Healthy Child Uganda project. (Awarded in 2011)

  • Katherine Govier, '70 BA (Honors)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Through her acclaimed novels and short fiction, as well as through her involvement in organizations such as the Writers Development Trust, Katherine Govier has enriched Canada's literary life. Katherine Govier has made an exceptional contribution to the vitality of Canada's literary life. The acclaimed author of the novelsHearts of Flame and Angel Walk, she is the winner of the 1997 Marion Engel Award, which recognizes a Canadian woman author in mid-career for outstanding prose writing. Other honors include the City of Toronto Book Prize in 1992 and both the National Magazine Award and the Authors Award in 1979. 

    In her fiction, Ms. Govier transforms the incidents of daily life to give them magical significance. Her strong women characters and her insight into relationships have touched readers in many countries. In addition to the acclaim that has greeted her novels, her short fiction has been included in major anthologies. Beyond her contributions as a writer, Ms. Govier has enriched Canada's literary community through her work as the chair of the Writer's Development Trust and as the co-founder of the Writers in Electronic Residence program. She has also been president of PEN Canada, which works on behalf of writers in prison and promotes freedom of speech around the world. (Awarded in 1998)

  • Paul Gross, '97 BFA (Drama)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    One of Canada's most popular actors, Paul Gross is internationally known for his role as Constable Fraser on the award-winning television program Due South -- a series in which he served as executive producer and senior writer for many of the episodes. The 2002 film, Men with Brooms, which he wrote and starred in, marked his directorial debut in filmmaking, and it became one of the top grossing English-Canadian films made in decades.

    The recipient of numerous awards, Gross received two Geminis for Best Actor for his role in Due South, a prestigious Dora Award for his performance in the play Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching Toward the Somme, and a Clifford E. Lee National Playwriting Award for The Deer and the Antelope Play. His success as a playwright earned him invitations to serve as playwright-in-residence at Canada's most prestigious theatre houses, and in television, he received a Gemini Award for Best Writing in a Dramatic Television Series. Also a talented musician, Gross has written and performed songs for television and released two CDs. (Awarded in 2002)

  • Ralph Haas, ’61 BSc(CivEng), ’63 MSc
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    For his role in developing and implementing systems, concepts and technologies for managing networks of paved roads, Ralph Haas is known as the “father of pavement management.”

    During a lifetime of teaching and research, Ralph Haas has authored or co-authored the leading books on pavement and infrastructure management, as well as 400 technical publications in the field. His pioneering concepts and technologies have been implemented around the world, advancing the state of knowledge and practice in pavement management while realizing major cost savings for governments and society.

    A distinguished professor emeritus at the University of Waterloo, where he served two terms as chair of the department of civil engineering, Haas has had a lifelong commitment to excellence in teaching. An extraordinary mentor, he goes to great lengths to encourage his students and colleagues to realize their potential and maximize their contributions to society and their professions.

    The recipient of some of the top honours in his profession, Haas is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, the Engineering Institute of Canada and the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is the only academic to have been named an honorary life member of the Transportation Association of Canada. In 2008, he was named a member of the Order of Canada. (Awarded in 2014)

  • John Hagan, '71 MA, '74 PhD
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    One of the world's leading criminologists, John Hagan is known for his penetrating intellect, creativity and enthusiasm. His pioneering contributions to scholarship in his field include a unique theoretical model used to help explain gender differences in delinquency.

    An award-winning teacher at the University of Toronto, Dr Hagan accepted the W. Grant Dahlstrom Chair in Sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in late 1994. He is the author of 10 books, including the text Structural Criminology, which earned a Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Sociology Association, and he has served as a member of the Canadian Bar Association Task Force on Gender Equality in the Legal Profession and the National Academy of Sciences' Panel on High Risk Youth.

    Dr Hagan is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and of the American Society of Criminology, which he served as president in 1990-91. (Awarded in 1995)

  • Jay Hair, '75 PhD
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    The president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, the world's largest environmental education organization, Jay D. Hair is a recognized leader in the environmental movement worldwide. In 1994 he was elected to a three-year term as president of the IUCN (The World Conservation Union), a global network of scientists and conservation professionals.

    A gifted communicator, Dr Hair has written and spoken extensively on environmental issues and co-chairs a sector of U.S. President Bill Clinton's Council on Sustainable Development. He was once described by a U.S. Senate majority leader as "the most respected member of the environmental community," and his communications skills and solid BACKGROUND in biology have earned him respect in corporate boardrooms as well.

    Dr Hair's commitment to environmental protection has been recognized with several honors, including the Environmental Educator of the Year Award from Ball State University and the Wirtz Environmental Award of the National Park Foundation. He is also the recipient of two honorary doctoral degrees. (Awarded in 1995)

  • Douglas Hamilton, '80 BSc(ElecEng), '84 MSc(Eng)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Both as a physician and an engineer of outstanding ingenuity, Douglas Hamilton has helped to make space travel safer.

    Renowned for his ingenuity and ability to fix anything, Hamilton chose to follow his studies in engineering with training in medicine. In 1992, after graduating with a medical degree and a PhD in cardiovascular physiology, he turned to space medicine, studying at International Space University and earning USAF flight surgeon wings. Over 14 years working at NASA, he supported numerous Space Shuttle and International Space Station missions, developing equipment and improving medical procedures. In 2009, he was the flight surgeon for Canadian astronaut Robert Thirsk’s 188-day mission.

    For his work related to clarifying the risk of electric shock during spacewalks at the International Space Station, Hamilton received NASA’s Exceptional Achievement Medal in 2012. He has also been honoured for the work he did assisting evacuees relocated to Houston in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. As the lead night-time physician at the emergency clinic set up at the Astrodome, he directed the work of 3,000 medical professionals for two weeks. He was also part of the NASA team that assisted the successful effort to rescue the 33 Chilean miners trapped underground by the 2010 Copiapó mining accident. (Awarded in 2013)

  • Edward H. Harrison, '77 BEd
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Edward Harrison's vibrant paintings of the land and people of the Yukon grace private collections and art galleries throughout the world. Much of his career has been spent teaching art to children of all ages but his distinctive painting style, which captures the simple beauty of the north, has made him one of Canada's most prominent artists and an award-winning author and illustrator of children's books.

    The recipient of numerous awards throughout his career, he was the first Canadian to have his work selected for the International Children's Book Illustrator Exhibit in Bologna, Italy, and he received special honours for his illustration of A Northern Alphabet. Harrison's colourful work brought to life the famous poem by Robert Service in the book, The Cremation of Sam McGee -- winner of the New York Times Best Children's Book Selection prize and the American Library Association Notable Book award.

    In recognition of his contributions to Canadian art and culture, he has received honorary doctorates from Athabasca University and University of Victoria and was made a Member of the Order of Canada. (Awarded in 2002)

  • Richard Haskayne, '56 BCom, '96 LLD (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Dick Haskayne has provided outstanding leadership to the Cana- dian business community. He has served as president and CEO of Home Oil Company and of Interprovincial Pipe Line Limited and has been a member of numerous company boards. His corporate service includes concurrently chairing the boards of three major companies: Nova, TransAlta Utilities and MacMillan Bloedell. Dr Haskayne has made public service a priority, as well.

    He is a former chair of the Board of Governors of the University of Calgary and a past governor of the Olympic Trust of Canada. In the mid-1980s he was a member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants' commission to study the public's expectations of audits. The 1994 winner of the Canadian Business Leader Award from the U of A Faculty of Business, he is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and an honorary life member of the Association of Profess-ional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta. In 1995 he received the distinguished service award of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta. (Awarded in 1997)

  • Dan Hays, ’62 BA
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    A lawyer, parliamentarian, diplomat, rancher and proud Albertan, Dan Hays has made outstanding contributions to Canada and the world.

    Appointed to the Senate of Canada in 1984, Dan Hays served as the Speaker of the Senate from 2001 until 2006, the first Albertan to hold that office. As a senator, he took part in some of the iconic public policy debates in Canada’s modern history, including those over the goods and services tax and free trade. His Senate committee work influenced policy related to agriculture, forestry, energy and the environment.

    Hays has been associated with the same Calgary law firm for almost 50 years. Named chairman of that firm, MacLeod Dixon, in 2007, he later oversaw its merger with the global firm Norton Rose. As honorary chair of the Calgary Stampede Foundation, he continues his family tradition of hosting the Hays Breakfast during the Stampede.

    An active supporter of French culture in Canada, Hays was made an officer of France’s Legion of Honour in 2011. In 2000, his efforts to promote Canada-Japan relations were recognized when he received the Grand Cordon of the Order of the Sacred Treasure from the Emperor of Japan — only the second Canadian to be so honoured. (Awarded in 2014)

  • F. Ann Hayes, ’61 Dip(RehabMed), ’68 MD
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    A shining example of pioneering spirit, Ann Hayes is a compassionate physician who is making a significant contribution to humanity by providing educational opportunities to vulnerable, marginalized girls in Africa.

    A pediatrician and pharmaceutical clinical researcher, Frances Ann Hayes has demonstrated an exceptional commitment to the wellbeing of marginalized children. In 1984, while on staff as a pediatric oncologist at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, she volunteered in the pediatric department of Makerere University in wartorn Kampala, Uganda. She returned in 1986, and during this stay she adopted an orphaned infant girl, which cemented her bond with Ugandan children. She adoped a second daughter in Memphis three years later.

    In 1990, after serving as a visiting professor in pediatric oncology in Brazil, Hayes established a career in the pharmaceutical industry. From 1992 to 2002 she held various positions with Immunex Corp., eventually becoming senior vice-president for clinical research.

    After retiring from Immunex, Hayes re-established her commitment to children in need by establishing two organizations. The Danica Children’s Foundation, named for her two daughters, funds projects in health and education for children mainly in the Seattle area. As an expression of her continued commitment and connection with Uganda, she founded and continues to be the major supporter of Concern for the Girl Child, a non-profit agency providing educational opportunities, social support, and health care for orphaned girls in poverty stricken areas of Uganda. (Awarded in 2009)

  • Naomi Hersom, '69 PhD, '92 LLD (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    A respected Canadian educator and researcher on women's issues, Naomi Hersom was president of Mount Saint Vincent University in Halifax from 1986 to 1991. She had previously served as professor and dean of the College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan. 

    The first woman to be elected president of the Canadian Education Association, she has also held office as president of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education and of the Canadian Society for the Study of Higher Education. 

    Her many honors include investiture as Grand Dame of Merit, Order of the Knights of Malta. She has been the recipient of the Woman of the Year Award from the YWCA and received the George Croskery Award of the Canadian College of Teachers. In addition, she has been awarded honorary degrees by seven universities, including the University of Alberta. (Awarded in 1994)

  • Shirley A. Hopkinson, ’81 BEd, ’82 MEd, ’86 PhD
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    An educator who has made a difference in the lives of countless children and their families, Shirley A. Hopkinson has enriched and enlivened her community through her compassion and tireless determination.

    Shirley A. Hopkinson is an educator who exemplifies the best qualities of the profession. Her heroic work in the classroomhas received numerous accolades, including the District of Columbia Teacher of the Year Award in 1991 and an American Teaching Award in 1992. As an administrator, she received the 2005 Principal of the Year Award from the U.S. Federal Head Start Program. Under her leadership, students at Barnard Elementary School in Washington, D.C., have continually achieved academic success, and in 2007 their test scores jumped more than 30 percentage points in reading and math—the highest improved scores in the district.

    Dr. Hopkinson is passionate and uncompromising about educating all children entrusted to her. She tailors her lesson plans to fit the needs of all students, and she works part-time at the Smithsonian Museum to help raise money to buy books, toys, and supplies for her class. Recognizing the parent-teacher-student connection, she co-developed Project CAPABLE, an after-school program to help parents reinforce classroom lessons. She also created Next Step, a collaborative with an inner-city early childhood centre, to help give all children a chance for achieving excellence in education. (Awarded in 2008) 

  • Myer Horowitz, '59 MEd, '90 LLD (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Considering himself to be a schoolteacher by profession, Myer Horowitz has remained deeply committed to enhancing learning opportunities for school children. His advocacy in the 1970s contributed to the Alberta government's decision to have universally accessible early childhood services. In the 1990s, he was quick to lobby for the reversal of the Alberta government's decision to reduce funding for kindergarten. He continues to seek ways to address social and educational issues through his involvement in organizations such as the Vanier Institute of the Family.

    Dr. Horowitz became the president of the University of Alberta in 1979. For a decade, every member of the University family felt the impact of his guiding hand. He demonstrated a deep and abiding interest in all aspects of campus life and cultivated relationships based on mutual respect. Upon his retirement as president, numerous honours were bestowed, including the re-naming of the Students' Union Theatre to the Myer Horowitz Theatre. Named an Officer of the Order of Canada, he has received numerous awards from the teaching profession and seven honorary degrees from Canadian universities. (Awarded in 2002)

  • Helen Huston, '49 BSc, '51 MD, '85 LLD (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Helen Huston has been an inspiration to countless Canadians and others around the world. For more than 30 years she served unselfishly as a medical missionary to Nepal, helping to improve the quality of life for some of the poorest citizens of that country. 

    Dr Huston began her career serving in India with the United Church of Canada. She first entered Nepal in 1955 and returned to join the United Mission to Nepal on a permanent basis in 1960. In 1982 the Nepal Medical Association granted honorary life membership to Dr Huston the first such recognition ever granted by that body to a medical doctor from the western world. 

    A recent winner of the Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation Award for Humanitarian Service, Dr Huston has also received the Outstanding Achievement Award of the University of Alberta Medical Alumni Association. (Awarded in 1994)

  • Jay Ingram, '67 BSc
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Jay Ingram has made a career of sharing his fascination with science. From 1979 to 1992, Ingram hosted CBC Radio's Quirks and Quarks. More recently, he became a television personality, serving as a co-host of the Discovery Channel's daily science program @discovery.ca. His ability to share a sense of wonder about the scientific world has resulted in many honors.

    These honors include Canadian Science Writers' Awards, medals from the International Radio Festival of New York, and awards from the Association of Canadian Television and Radio Artists, which recognized him as "Best Host" in 1981. The author of six books, Ingram has also written and hosted several radio documentaries, contributed to the popular children's magazine Owl, and writes a regular science column for the Toronto Star. (Awarded in 1996)

  • Kevin Jenkins, '80 LLB
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    As the head of one of the world’s largest humanitarian organizations, Kevin Jenkins is making a positive impact on the lives of millions of children.

    In 2009, Kevin Jenkins left a comfortable career in private business to devote his energy and leadership to community service as president and CEO of the not-for-profit organization World Vision International. After practising law briefly, Jenkins became interested in business and went on to a career that included senior management positions with Canadian Airlines International, Westaim Corp. and TriWest Capital Partners. At Canadian Airlines, he successfully led the company’s reorganization, one of the largest — if not the largest — consensual financial restructurings in Canadian history.

    In his position with World Vision, Jenkins leads one of the largest humanitarian NGOs in the world. Dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice, World Vision operates in 96 countries and has an annual operating budget of nearly $3 billion. Jenkins represents World Vision on the international stage, at the United Nations, at the World Bank and with government leaders around the world. His success with World Vision follows a long history of community service motivated by his Christian faith and enabled by the continued support of his family. (Awarded in 2014)

  • Francis Johnson, ’40 BSc
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Francis Johnson has made seminal contributions to our understanding of the earth’s outer atmosphere. In addition, as a principal investigator in the Apollo program, he provided the instruments that the astronauts placed on the moon’s surface to study the lunar atmosphere. Following the Second World War, he was part of a team that used captured German V2 rockets to make the first measurements in space and provided the first detailed picture of the ozone layer. Later, he was the first to realize that the temperature of the high atmosphere was constant and that the earth was surrounded by a faint cloud of hydrogen, which he named the geocorona. He also developed the tear-drop model of the magnetosphere.

    Since the early 1960s, Dr. Johnson has been associated with the University of Texas at Dallas. He served a brief term as president of that institution and is credited with transforming it into a world leader in space science research. Among the many honours he has received are NASA’s Exceptional Scientific Achievement Medal and the Space Science Award of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics. (Awarded in 2001)

  • Elizabeth G. Jones, '55 BSc(HEc)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Pediatric nutritionist and noted author Elizabeth G. Jones is the founding chair of the Foundation for the Children of the Californias. With her visionary leadership, this tri-national foundation (a Mexican, Canadian, and U.S. collaboration) constructed Hospital Infantil de las Californias in Tijuana, that region's first full-service pediatric specialty centre for children regardless of ability to pay. She also spearheaded an outreach program to engage impoverished communities.

    Jones has established many successful nutrition programs. She was one of the first professionals to make a major contribution to the renewal of breastfeeding at the institutional level, and she implemented Kangaroo Care, which sees mothers or medical team members carry malnourished infants skin-to-skin, providing human contact to help them thrive. Among her many honours, in 2003 she was named a World of Children Cardinal Health Children's Care Award Honouree for her international contributions to the well-being of children. A dedicated teacher, she holds appointments at San Diego State University, University of California in San Diego, and Universidad Autonoma de Baja California, Mexico. (Awarded in 2004)

  • Walter Kaasa, '51 BEd, '93 DLitt (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    As an actor, director, and narrator, Walter Kaasa has enriched the lives of Edmontonians, Albertans, and Canadians. He has also had a profound influence on arts and culture in Alberta through his contributions as a high-ranking arts and culture administrator. In 1956 Mr Kaasa was appointed coordinator of cultural activities for Alberta's Department of Economic Affairs — at the time, one of just three staff members in the branch. He was later named Alberta's director of recreation and cultural development, a post he held until 1973. At that time, both areas achieved departmental status and he was named assistant deputy minister of cultural development. When he retired from that position in 1982, the Department of Culture had a staff of more than 300. Mr Kaasa, who remains active as president of his own speech academy, has received many honours, including an honorary degree from the U of A, the Banff Centre of Fine Arts National Award, and appointment to the Order of Canada. The Kaasa Theatre in Edmonton's Jubilee Auditorium is named in his honour. (Awarded in 2000)
  • Lewis E. Kay, ’83 BSc
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    A brilliant scientist, Lewis E. Kay is internationally recognized as being in the forefront of the development and application of NMR spectroscopic methods for the study of protein structure and dynamics.

    One of the world’s leading chemists, Lewis E. Kay is recognized for his cutting-edge research in biomolecular nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy. He has been instrumental in developing new three- and four-dimensional nuclear magnetic resonance methods for obtaining pictures of complex biomolecules. This revolutionary work has led to important discoveries, helping researchers understand the underlying biological characteristics of diseases. This understanding has increased the probability of finding ways to cure or prevent diseases such as cancer.

    As a researcher and professor of molecular genetics, chemistry, and biochemistry at the University of Toronto, Kay has mentored numerous post-doctoral fellows and graduate students. He has published an impressive number of peer-reviewed articles, including publications in Nature and Science, and is listed in the Institute for Scientific Information’s database of top-cited researchers—making him one of the most cited chemists in the world.

    He has received numerous honours, including election as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is a recipient of the Wilbur Cross Medal of the Yale University Graduate School, the highest honour the school bestows on its alumni; the Royal Society of Canada’s Flavelle Medal; and the Founders Medal from the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Biological Systems. (Awarded in 2009)

  • Egerton King, '43 BSc(Eng), '88 DSc (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Egerton King, who retired as chairman of Canadian Utilities Limited in 1984, began his career as a test engineer for Canadian General Electric and later saw wartime service as an electrical engineer in the navy. His involvement with Canadian Utilities began in 1956, and he was named general manager of the Yukon Electrical Company and Yukon Hydro when CU acquired these companies in 1958. He became general manager of CU in 1966, and when the CU companies came together under group management, he became president of each of the companies in the group as well. In 1977, he was named chairman of Echo Bay Mines Limited.

    Mr King has served on numerous corporate boards and is a past director of the Conference Board of Canada. His exemplary record of involvement in the community includes service as president of the Edmonton Chamber of Commerce and as chairman of the University of Alberta Hospitals' Board. (Awarded in 1995)

  • Maria M. Klawe, '73 BSc, '77 PhD
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    A role model for women in science and engineering, Maria Klawe has established a strong research record in theoretical computer science and discrete mathematics while becoming a highly respected university administrator.

    Among her numerous accomplishments, Klawe has held the NSERC-IBM Chair for Women in Science and Engineering and established the software company Silicon Chalk, Inc. In addition, she is credited with contributing to the IBM Almaden Research Centre's leading stature in the world of computing science.

    Klawe is known for her unique ability to promote interdisciplinary research, and her administrative talents led her to the University of British Columbia where she served as head of the Department of Computer Science, as vice-president of Student and Academic Services and then as Dean of Science. In 2003, she was appointed dean of Princeton University's School of Engineering and Applied Science. She is currently the President of the Association for Computing Machinery and chair of the Board of Trustees of the Institute for Women and Technology. (Awarded in 2003)

  • David W. Krause, '71 BSc, '76 MSc
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    David W. Krause is a world-renowned vertebrate paleontologist who has made groundbreaking discoveries and remarkable humanitarian contributions.

     

    A leading figure in the world of paleontology, David W. Krause is internationally regarded for his scientific achievements and humanitarian contributions.

    A Distinguished Service Professor at Stony Brook Univer¬sity, he is the founder and leader of an inter-national research effort on the paleontology of Madagascar. Among his most significant finds are the largest, most complete skeleton of a Mesozoic mammal from the southern hemisphere, the heaviest frog known to exist, and a skeleton that provides a crucial missing link between dinosaurs and birds.

     

    An ardent conservationist and humanitarian, Krause is also recognized as a role model for enlightened science. While on his first expedition in Madagascar in 1993, he saw first-hand the extreme poverty of this area. Driven by this personal experience, he established the Madagascar Ankizy Fund (MAF) to provide education and health care for children living in remote areas of the country. By 2010, MAF had financed the construction of water sources, health clinics, and four public schools.

     

    He has published more than 150 research articles in top scientific journals, including Scienceand Nature. He has also been featured in several TV documentaries and in newscasts on CBC, NBC, CNN, and FOX. (Awarded in 2010)

  • Norma Kreutz, ’44 BEd, ’55 BA, ’68 MEd
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Norma Kreutz is the epitome of those of whom it can be said, “She gave her life to teaching; she gave her heart to her students.” The beneficiary of her mother’s sacrifices to ensure her children received an education, in return she worked hard at the University of Alberta and then did her best to instill a love for education in her own students.

    She began her teaching career in rural Alberta but soon returned to Edmonton, where she taught at Queen Alexandra and Strathearn Schools before finishing her career at Bonnie Doon High School. She is esteemed not only for her vitality and keen interest in the subjects that she taught, but for her dedication to ensuring her students had the coping skills to deal with the difficult times in their lives.

    Over the years, the 1950 graduating class from Queen Alexandra School has had four reunions with the theme “Dinner with Miss Kreutz.” The dinners are a celebration and a way of saying thank you to the teacher who, over the course of three years, taught them lessons that would enrich their lives forever.

  • Arthur Kroeger, '55 BA(Honors)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    When Arthur Kroeger retired from the federal public service in 1992, he was regarded as Canada's "dean of deputy ministers," having served as the administrative head of six different federal government departments. Once described by the Financial Post as "an Ottawa rarity — a Westerner who rose to the top as a federal civil servant without losing touch with the folks back home," Mr Kroeger tackled many thorny problems during his 34-year civil service career, including the replacement of the Crow's Nest Pass Agreement with modern grain transportation legislation. 

    Shortly before his retirement, he was given the challenge of organizing a series of regional conferences on the Constitution of Canada. Since 1993 Mr Kroeger has served with great energy and dedication as chancellor of Ottawa's Carleton University, where the Kroeger College of Public Affairs is named for him. He is a Companion of the Order of Canada, having originally been appointed to the Order as an Officer in 1989, the same year he received the Public Service Outstanding Achievement Award.  (Awarded in 2000)

  • Robert Kroetsch, '48 BA, '97 DLitt (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Renowned poet, novelist, essayist, and teacher, Robert Kroetsch is one of Canada's most accomplished authors. With a career spanning 40 years, Kroetsch has received numerous honours, including the prestigious Governor General's Literary Award for his book The Studhorse Man. He has penned 9 internationally acclaimed novels, 12 books of poetry, and 5 books of non-fiction, essays, and exploration.

    Celebrated as a leading creator of contemporary Canadian literature, his writing, teaching, and critical vision have helped shape Canadian literature and culture. His works have been translated, published, and studied extensively worldwide, and he has given readings in countries as various as China, Japan, Finland, Italy, and Australia. Kroetsch has taught and mentored countless writers throughout the world, and he recently served as the Distinguished Visiting Writer at the University of Calgary. A Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, he was short-listed for the Governor General's Literary Award in 2000 for his latest work, The Hornbooks of Rita K.  (Awarded in 2003)

  • Harold (Hal) Kvisle, '75 BSc(Eng)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    A respected businessman at home and abroad, Hal Kvisle is known for his strong leadership and commitment to the energy industry in his role as president and CEO of TransCanada Corporation. Under his direction, TransCanada has grown into North America's largest natural gas pipeline company and built a successful power business. An Alberta Venture magazine poll named Kvisle and TransCanada among the most respected leaders and corporations in Alberta in 2005. Previously, Kvisle held leadership positions at Dome Petroleum and Fletcher Challenge Energy.

    Combining exemplary professional skills with economic, financial, and political wisdom, Kvisle was the first Canadian to be elected to chair the board of directors of the Interstate Natural Gas Association of America—a role representative of the importance of Canada in meeting the natural gas demands of North America. An advocate for higher education, Kvisle is chair of the board of governors of Mount Royal College in Calgary. He also gives back to his profession and the community by serving on many boards and through his membership with many professional associations. (Awarded in 2005)

  • Jong Pil Lee, ’70 PhD
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Jong Pil Lee has been tireless in his efforts to improve the quality of mathematical education in the United States. A distinguished teaching professor at the State University of New York College at Old Westbury, he has demonstrated incredible initiative and determination in mentoring thousands of students and teachers in mathematics.

    In 1987, he established the Long Island Mathematics Conference at Old Westbury, the largest one-day regional mathematics conference in the United States. Lee is the founder and project director of the Institute of Leadership Development for Teaching Mathematics and Technology, which has provided in-service training for hundreds of teachers. In 1992, to help gifted students develop their creativity to their full potential, he founded the Institute of Creative Problem Solving, allowing 75 students in Grades 5 to 10 to attend sessions at Old Westbury, tuition free. In 1991, he founded the Long Island Mathematics Scholarship Foundation for Minority Students. In recognition of his commitment to education and mentoring, he was honoured in Washington with a prestigious 2005 U.S. Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. He is also an inaugural inductee of the Long Island Mathematics Educators Hall of Fame. (Awarded in 2006)

  • Raymond Lemieux, '43 BSc, '91 LLD (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Raymond Lemieux has been awarded honorary degrees by universities around the world — 15 in all — and received some of the world's most prestigious scientific awards, including the 1990 King Faisal International Prize in Science (Chemistry). His contributions to Canadian science were recognized in 1991 with the first-ever Canada Gold Medal for Science and Engineering, Canada's highest scientific honor. 

    A University professor emeritus in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Alberta, Dr Lemieux is considered the modern pioneer of carbohydrate chemistry, having first gained widespread international attention when he synthesized sucrose in 1953 a challenge considered the "Mt. Everest" of carbohydrate chemistry. 

    Dr Lemieux was the founder of three chemical manufacturing and research companies. His immunochemical research has led to major developments in immunology and biology, and he pioneered the application of nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy to chemistry. (Awarded in 1994)

  • Garry M. Lindberg, ’60 BSc(Eng)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Garry M. Lindberg was at the forefront of one of the most outstanding accomplishments by Canadian scientists in the realm of space technology.

    Garry M. Lindberg was a pioneer in Canada’s Space Program. After graduating from the University of Alberta, he received an Athlone Fellowship to attend Cambridge University, where he completed his PhD in engineering mechanics. When he returned to Canada in 1964, he joined the National Aeronautical Establishment of the National Research Council.

    In 1974, Dr. Lindberg was named project manager of the Space Shuttle Attached Remote Manipulator System, or the Canadarm, the most well-known Canadian accomplishment in space. Making its debut on the Space Shuttle Columbia in 1981, the Canadarm enabled Canada to become a major player in human space flight and a leader in robotics innovation.

    Dr. Lindberg went on to serve as the director of the National Aeronautical Establishment, where he oversaw the creation of the Canadian Astronaut Program. He became the executive director of the space division of the NRC in 1986 and played a key role in establishing the Canadian Space Agency in 1989, serving as its vice-president of research and applications until his retirement in 1997. He remains active with many professional and community organizations, and has received numerous awards for his contributions to space technology and his leadership of the Canadarm project. (Awarded in 2008)

  • J. Wilton Littlechild, ’67 BPE, ’75 MA, ’76 LLB
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    For years the Indian Association of Alberta has given out awards to Native students recognizing their outstanding contributions to their communities, as well as athletic and academic excellence. These awards are named for “Willie” Littlechild, the first Treaty Indian in Alberta to graduate with a law degree and the first Treaty Indian ever elected to the Canadian parliament. In all his endeavors, Mr Littlechild has exhibited commitment to excellence. As an athlete he won more than 45 provincial, regional, national, and international championships. For his efforts as a coach and organizer of sporting events, he won the 1988 Paul Harris Fellowship Award from the Rotary Clubs of Canada. 

    As a parliamentarian, Mr Littlechild served on several senior committees in the House of Commons and was a parliamentary delegate to the United Nations. At the international level, he organized a coalition of Indigenous nations that sought and gained consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the UN, and he is now working with the UN on the creation of a permanent United Nations Forum for Indigenous People. In 1999 Mr Littlechild’s many accomplishments were recognized when he was awarded the Order of Canada. (Awarded in 1999) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WOq2Q0lAoJk

  • Peter Lougheed, '51 BA, '52 LLB, '86 LLD (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    When Peter Lougheed, was elected leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Alberta in 1965, his party held no legislative seats. Six years later after a stunning upset of the Social Credit government that had held office for 35 years, he became Alberta's premier of the province. During three subsequent elections, he led his party to victory, increasing its popular support and majority each time. 

    Mr Lougheed's B support from Albertans helped him become one of Canada's most influential leaders. Although a champion of the interests of Western Canada, he was also a B voice for Canadian unity. 

    A former president of the Students' Union at the University of Alberta, Mr Lougheed is now a partner in the Bennett Jones Verchere law firm in Calgary. In 1987 he was named a Companion of the Order of Canada. (Awarded in 1994)

  • Frank T. MacInnis, ’68 BA, ’71 LLB
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    A respected business leader with a lengthy record of giving back to the community, Frank T. MacInnnis has demonstrated keen insight into global issues.

    Frank T. MacInnis is a towering figure in the construction profession. Under his exemplary leadership, EMCOR Group has become the world’s largest specialty construction and facilities services company. It has been consistently named by Forbes magazine as one of “America’s Most Admired Companies” due to its high ethical standards and foresight of vision.

    MacInnis got his start in the construction industry in 1975 working with the Paris-based company Spie Batignolles SA. Projects took him around the world, giving him a global perspective and considerable experience with international markets. In 1978, he moved to the United States when he was named chair and CEO of H.C. Price Construction.

    In 1994, he joined JWP and under his steadfast leadership as CEO and president, more than 200 acquisitions and 30,000 employees were successfully reorganized to create EMCOR Group. 

    Committed to giving back to the community, MacInnis sits on numerous professional and charitable boards. He has generously supported his alma mater, serving as a guest lecturer in the law faculty, sponsoring scholarships, and developing the MacInnis Centre in the U of A’s Law Centre. (Awarded in 2009)

  • Donald C. Mackenzie , CD, CMM, '59 BCom, '03 LLD (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Donald Mackenzie has made his mark nationally and internationally as both a military and business leader. His rise through the ranks of the Canadian Armed Forces culminated with his promotion to Lieutenant General, and his appointment as Deputy Commander in Chief of the North American Aerospace Defence Command (NORAD), the highest international appointment for a Canadian Air Force officer.

    After more than 36 years in the Canadian Forces, Mackenzie retired and went on to serve for 12 years on the board of directors with the Mexico City and Miami-based PanAmerican Beverages Inc. -- an international bottling company that distributed Coca-Cola products in Mexico, Central and South America. In addition, he contributed his unique insights into military, economic and political issues on the board of the Canadian Institute of Strategic Studies.

    A strong supporter of the University of Alberta School of Business, Mackenzie has served as an Executive in Residence, and he established the Donald and Margaret Mackenzie Undergraduate Teaching Awards for Teaching Excellence. (Awarded in 2003)

  • Gerald Maier, '51 BSc(Eng)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    As the chairman and chief executive officer of TransCanada PipeLines, Gerald Maier spearheaded that company's international pipeline expansion project, one of the largest development projects ever undertaken by a single Canadian company. Mr Maier joined TransCanada as its president and CEO in 1985. To his responsibilities at TransCanada, he brought a distinguished background in the energy industry, having served at the helm of Hudson's Bay Oil and Gas and of Bow Valley Industries Ltd. His experience also included work in the U.S.A, Australia and the United Kingdom with Continental Oil, a company with which he also had responsibilities for operations in Africa, the United Arab Emirates and Southeast Asia. He is a director of Alberta Natural Gas Company Ltd. 

    A proud Canadian, Mr Maier has been a clear voice for Canadian unity and has been active in numerous community concerns. (Awarded in 1994)

  • Tak Wah Mak, ’72 PhD
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Tak Wah Mak is internationally recognized as one of Canada’s most accomplished research scientists and scholars.

    Considered one of world’s most important researchers in the fields of immunology, biochemistry, and cancer research, Tak Wah Mak has made tremendous contributions to medical research through his groundbreaking work. He is internationally renowned for identifying and cloning T-cell receptor genes, a major breakthrough in immunology, that greatly accelerated advancements in the understanding of many diseases. His discovery was recognized with numerous awards, including the prestigious Gairdner International Prize, the Novartis Prize in Immunology, the Sloan Prize, the Paul Ehrlich Prize, and many others.

    A professor at the University of Toronto since 1975, he is also the director of the University Health Network, one of the largest cancer research institutes in North America. The founding director of the Amgen Institute from 1993 to 2002, he became the director of a new institute for breast cancer research in 2004. A prolific scholar, he has more than 600 scientific publications (60,000 citations) and has given numerous keynote addresses at symposia internationally. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and Ontario, a Fellow of the Royal Society of London, and the recipient of 12 honorary degrees. (Awarded in 2008)

  • E. Preston Manning, ’64 BA
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    The historical significance of Preston Manning’s contributions to the political life of Canadians will be felt for generations to come. He was the founder of two new political parties, the Reform Party of Canada and the Canadian Reform Conservative Alliance—both of which gained official opposition status in Canada's parliament. Manning served as the Leader of the Opposition from 1997 to 2000, where his principled and ethical approach to the responsibilities of office earned him the respect of MPs on both sides of the House.

    Since his retirement from Parliament in 2002, Manning has remained dedicated to revitalizing democracy in the Western world. He is the author of two best-selling books, The New Canada and Think Big, and served as a senior fellow of the Canada West Foundation and as a distinguished visitor at both the University of Calgary and the University of Toronto. A senior fellow of the Fraser Institute and president and CEO of the Manning Centre for Building Democracy, he continues to write, speak, and teach on a variety of subjects. He has been awarded honorary doctorates from the University of Calgary and Tyndale University College. (Awarded in 2006)

  • Claire Martin, ’95 BSc
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    An award-winning weather forecaster and educator, Claire Martin has had a profound impact on weather reporting in Canada and around the world.

    Claire Martin has epitomized the profession of meteorology in Canada, providing the highest level of weather forecasting and science presentation. As a senior meteorologist for CBC News, she is renowned for her weather reports and has become the national voice for all things weather related.

    Martin’s dedication to her profession has greatly improved the public’s understanding of the science of weather. Working with the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society, she was the driving force in the development of national broadcast standards for weather reporting. She also shares her expertise with numerous organizations, including the International Association of Broadcast Meteorologists, where she served as chair and vice-chair. An avid educator, this former forecaster with Environment Canada helped create an award-winning weather unit for Alberta’s public school science curriculum, and she also helped run a weather broadcasting course for African nations with the World Meteorological Organization, a UN specialized agency.

    Martin was named the Best Weather Presenter in the World by the International Weather Festival in 2000, 2001 and 2003. In 2005, she was recognized by the American Meteorological Society as a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist—the first such certification awarded in Canada. (Awarded in 2011)

  • Joseph B. Martin, ’62 MD, ’98 DSc(Hon)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    An internationally renowned neurologist, researcher, and administrator, Dr. Joseph B. Martin has demonstrated keen vision, foresight, and leadership in the fields of medicine and academia.

    Regarded as one of the world’s most accomplished health research and health policy leaders, Dr. Joseph B. Martin has built a reputation as a visionary researcher in neurological sciences and as an outstanding leader in academic medicine and medical education.

    As a researcher, Dr. Martin focused on better understanding of brain regulation of pituitary hormone secretion and the genetics of neurological diseases. In 1980, he established the National Institute of Health-sponsored Huntington Disease Centre. Early work led to a breakthrough in identifying a genetic marker near the gene for Huntington’s disease, culminating in the identification of the gene for this disorder.

    As an administrator, he has been at the helm of a number of organizations, serving as chair of McGill University’s Neurology and Neurosurgery Department; chief of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital; and dean of medicine, then chancellor at the University of California at San Francisco.

    From 1997 to 2007, he was dean of the Harvard Faculty of Medicine, where he successfully led the unprecedented integration of academic programs of seven Harvard institutions and redefined the relationship between Harvard Medical School and its affiliated hospitals around a shared academic mission. He has received numerous honours, including being selected the inaugural recipient of the Henry G. Friesen International Prize in Health Research. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Donna Jean Martinson, ’71 BA, ’72 LLB
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Justice Donna Martinson has left an indelible mark on the Canadian legal system as a champion of judicial education programs and family law issues.

    Throughout her career as a lawyer, academic, and judge, Donna Jean Martinson has demonstrated a remarkable sense of leadership and responsibility to Canada’s legal system, making monumental contributions to social justice. 

    One of 15 women in a University of Alberta law school  graduating class of 150, she went on to complete her LLM from Cambridge University. She was named Alberta’s first female prosecutor in 1973, and practiced law in Calgary from 1979 to 1986, co-founding that city’s first all-female law firm. She also held faculty positions at both the Universities of Calgary and British Columbia. She was appointed to the Provincial Court of British Columbia in 1991 and as a judge of the Supreme Court of British Columbia in 1998.

    As one of two judicial directors of the Social Context Education Project, her work on social justice and judicial education has had a national impact and is being emulated and studied around the world. Through her prodigiously hard work, she changed the Supreme Court of BC’s practice for family resolution from being adversary-based to a settlement-based style. She has written numerous landmark decisions and her work has been instrumental in changing the way the legal system approaches family issues. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Alex F. McCalla, '61 BSc(Ag), '63 MA
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Alex F. McCalla is highly regarded for his research in international trade. His work has been extensively published, and its importance has been recognized by the American Agricultural Economics Association. He is a Fellow of both the American Agricultural Economics Association and the Canadian Agricultural Economics Society, and he was awarded an honorary doctorate from McGill University. He has served the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) for more than 20 years, and served as chair of the board of trustees of the International Maize and Wheat Improvement Centre.

    Throughout his distinguished academic career, McCalla has been associated with the University of California at Davis. While advancing through the professorial ranks, he was appointed dean of the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences at age 32 and later was the founding dean of the Graduate School of Management. When he elected to retire from active teaching in 1994, he became the director of the Agriculture and Natural Resources Department of the World Bank, where he worked to revitalize the World Bank's commitment to rural development. (Awarded in 2004)

  • Ernest McCoy, '47 BSc, '49 MD
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    A renowned pediatric researcher, McCoy led the University of Alberta's Department of Pediatrics from 1971 to 1985, helping to establish the department's national reputation for excellence in research. An expert in the metabolic changes associated with Downs syndrome and other forms of developmental delay, McCoy is a respected physician and academic who was instrumental in the operation of the Alberta Heritage Fund for Medical Research from its inception in 1976 until 1995.

    Most recently, since 1990 he has been devoted to the Greenpeace Children of Chernobyl Project, which he developed and led for three years as medical director. Under its auspices more than 60 physicians from Ukraine have studied in Canada and more have benefited from the education of Canadian physicians teaching in Ukraine. (Awarded in 1996)

  • Beverley McLachlin, '65 BA, '68 LLB, '68 MA, '91 LLD (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Regarded as a leading thinker on Canada's Supreme Court, Beverley McLachlin graduated from the University of Alberta law school in 1968, winning its gold medal. She went on to practise law in Edmonton, Fort St. John, B.C. and Vancouver.

    In Vancouver, Madam Justice McLachlin joined the faculty at the University of British Columbia law school, earning a reputation as a vigorous scholar and quickly becoming an associate professor. In 1981 she was appointed to the County Court of Vancouver. Appointments to B.C.'s Supreme Court and then its Court of Appeal soon followed. In 1988 she was named Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

    The following year Madam Justice McLachlin's meteoric rise in the judiciary was capped by her appointment to our nation's highest court, the Supreme Court of Canada. (Awarded in 1994)

  • David McLean, '59 BA, '62 LLB
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Beginning from his professional interest in real estate law, David McLean, the chairman, president and chief executive officer of the McLean Group, has gone on to distinguish himself in commerce. In 1992-93 he served as chairman of the Vancouver Board of Trade and as the chairman of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce.

    Mr. McLean has always been interested in community issues, and he and his family have been generous benefactors to many schools, universities and charitable organizations. He is a former chair of the board of governors of the University of British Columbia and in 1991 was instrumental in revitalizing the Gold Key Society at the University of Alberta.

    Mr. McLean serves on numerous corporate boards and, reflecting his B interest in the environment, is also a director of Ducks Unlimited Canada. He has been selected for honorary degrees from both UBC and the U of A. (Awarded in 1994)

  • Tim Melton, ’69 BCom
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Tim Melton is a real estate developer who has been building communities throughout Alberta for more than 45 years. Born in London, England, he grew up in Edmonton and attended St. Joseph’s High School. He is the executive chairman of Melcor Developments Ltd. and has been involved in all aspects of the real estate business. Melton Real Estate began in 1923 as a family real estate brokerage business. Through adherence to traditional business values and the skill and dedication of Melton, his father and his grandfather, Melcor has grown and prospered from its Edmonton roots. Recently, Melton and Melcor Developments provided the major support for the Stan Melton Chair in Real Estate at the Alberta School of Business. Melton strongly believes in community involvement and leadership. He is currently the director of the Edmonton YMCA Foundation and a member of the board of governors for Junior Achievement of Northern Alberta. He is the father of four children, a keen golfer and an avid sportsman. (Awarded in 2015)

  • Eileen Mercier, ’69 MA
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    A pioneer in the Canadian corporate world, Eileen Mercier was one of the first women in the country to build a career in corporate governance.

    With a career in finance and corporate leadership spanning 40 years, Eileen Mercier has management experience in the financial services, forest products, energy and communications industries. She was chief financial officer of Abitibi-Price Inc. and also held senior positions at Canwest Capital Group, the TD Bank and Gulf Canada Resources Ltd.

    After having operated her own management consulting firm, Mercier decided to devote herself full time to serving on corporate boards — one of the first women in Canada to build such a career. She has served on the boards of more than 25 organizations in Canada and the United States, ranging from small companies to global conglomerates. As chair of the Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan board, she has provided leadership to an organization with more than $140 billion in net assets.

    Recognized in 2011 as one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence, Mercier has been honoured for providing insight and leadership to many causes, including Schulich School of Business and Toronto’s University Health Network. She is a fellow of the Institute of Corporate Directors of Canada and the Institute of Canadian Bankers. (Awarded in 2014)

  • Roland Michener, '20 BA, '67 LLD (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Roland Michener was Canada's high commissioner to India in 1967 when he was called back to Canada and appointed governor general, a post he filled with great distinction, serving as the country's host to more than 50 royal visitors and heads of state.

    Dr Michener, who died in 1991, was class valedictorian when he graduated from the U of A in 1920. After studies at Oxford University as a Rhodes scholar, he returned to Toronto in 1924 to practise law. Elected to the Ontario legislature in 1945, he later served three terms as a federal member of parliament and was speaker of the House of Commons for five years.

    In his later years the charismatic Michener, who at age 82 scaled the 2,600-metre Alberta mountain named in his honor, was a spokesman and symbol for physical fitness, influencing thousands of Canadians. Nineteen universities, including the University of Alberta, awarded him honorary degrees, and numerous institutions across Canada bear his name. (Awarded in 1995)

  • Tevie Miller, '49 BA, '50 LLB, '91 LLD (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Tevie Miller (1928-1996), a former associate chief justice of Alberta, was a dedicated and tireless volunteer for the University, generously giving his time over 50 years to serve as Students' Union president, president of the Alumni Association, a member of the Senate, a member of the Board of Governors, and chancellor.

    An ardent community supporter, he was one of the founders of the Edmonton Community Foundation and worked with a great many community groups, including the Edmonton Jewish Community Council, the United Way, and the Edmonton Symphony Society, each of which he served as the board chairman. Justice Miller had a lifelong love of sports. In addition to being a director of the Edmonton Eskimos, he was a leader in organizing both the successful 1978 Commonwealth Games and the 1983 Universiade Games held in Edmonton. (Awarded in 1996)

  • W.O. Mitchell, '43 BA, '75 LLD (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Mitchell's first published novel, Who Has Seen the Wind, is considered a Canadian literary classic, selling more than half a million copies since its publication in 1947. He is the author of the homespun Jake and the Kid short stories which became the basis for the popular CBC radio series in the 1950s. In his distinguished career Mitchell has written numerous novels, plays and scripts and for several years was the fiction editor at Maclean's magazine. The Writers Guild of Alberta honored Mitchell in 1994 by presenting to him its first Golden Pen Award for Lifetime Achievement. He is an Officer of the Order of Canada and a Member of the Privy Council. (Awarded in 1996)
  • Virgil P. Moshansky ’51 BA, ’54 LLB
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Virgil P. Moshansky, followed an arts degree with a law degree and worked as a lawyer for many years. A move to Vegreville, Alta., brought three terms as mayor.

    As a private pilot and aircraft owner, he flew between his office and courtrooms across the province.

    In 1976, the federal government called and, after 21 years in Vegreville, Moshansky and his wife June moved to Calgary, where he served on the bench of the Supreme Court of Alberta for 28 years.

    On March 10, 1989, Air Ontario Flight 1363 crashed and Moshansky was appointed to head the commission of inquiry into the causes of the incident that killed 24 people in Dryden, Ont.

    His team spent three years conducting what has been called the most exhaustive aviation system investigation. A main area of concern was the lack of proper de-icing fluids and procedures. Transport Canada and other international regulatory authorities adopted his recommendations, making revolutionary changes to aircraft de-icing and saving countless lives.

    Moshansky received the Order of Canada in 2005 and was elected as a fellow of the U.K. Royal Aeronautical Society in 2007. He has spent much of his time volunteering. He is a life member of the Vegreville Lions Club and a past international director of Lions International. (Awarded in 2016)

  • Lawrence A Mysak, ’60 Cert(Arts), ’61 BSc
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Lawrence A. Mysak is internationally acknowledged for his pioneering research and inspiring teaching as a climatologist, mathematician, and oceanographer.

    A champion of the environment, Lawrence A. Mysak has spent his career helping improve our understanding of natural climate variability and global change. He is internationally regarded for his work on air-ice-ocean interactions and the modeling of glacial and warm climates. His work on the Northern Seas of Canada has stimulated extensive research on the Arctic climate system.

    In 1967, after earning his doctorate from Harvard University, Mysak joined the faculty at the University of British Columbia. In 1986, he moved to McGill University and in 1989 was appointed Canada Steamship Lines Professor of Meteorology. He has supervised 75 graduate and post-doctoral students.

    Mysak has made outstanding contributions towards the development of national institutions that further science and engineering in Canada. He is the founding director of McGill’s Centre for Climate and Global Change Research, and he served as president of the Royal Society of Canada’s Academy of Science. His contributions have been recognized with more than 27 national and international honours. He is a Member of the Order of Canada, a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union, and was the first Canadian to receive the Alfred Wegener Medal from the European Geosciences Union, reserved for scientists of exceptional merit. (Awarded in 2009)

  • Barbara Paterson, '57 Dip(Arts), '88 BFA
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    On 18 October 1999 the Governor General of Canada unveiled in Calgary a sculpture honouring the "Famous Five" — the remarkable women behind the famous "Persons Case" of 1929, which was a landmark in legal rights for women. The sculptor of the monument was another remarkable Canadian woman, Barbara Paterson, who was chosen for the commission as a result of a national competition. As the winner, Ms Paterson was commissioned to produce two monuments — one for Calgary; the other, to be unveiled a year later, for Ottawa. With the installation of her Ottawa monument, Ms Paterson has the honour of creating the first permanent Parliament Hill display memorializing women other than royalty. An artist of national stature and an active member of the board of directors of the Alberta Society of Artists, Ms Paterson is known for her insightful depiction of the uniqueness of human experience. Her works have been exhibited internationally in locations as distant as Bulgaria and Singapore. (Awarded in 2000)
  • Thomas Peacocke, ’55 BEd, ’59 BA
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Widely acclaimed as a teacher, actor, and director, Thomas Peacocke has played an integral role in the development of Canada’s professional theatre community and has made lasting contributions that will be felt for generations. 

    A celebrated teacher, actor, and director, Thomas Peacocke has significantly influenced Canadian theatre. He is the recipient of a Genie Award as Best Actor in the leading role of Pere Athol Murray in The Hounds of Notre Dame. He has been presented a Sterling Award for his contributions to theatre in Edmonton and a Dave Billington Award for his contributions to the Alberta Film Industry. A member of the Edmonton Cultural Hall of Fame, Mr. Peacocke was named a Member of the Order of Canada in 1996.

    Professor emeritus Peacocke played an instrumental role in the development of the University of Alberta’s drama department where he taught for 36 years, serving as chair from 1972 to 1977. He shared in the vision that led to the creation of the first BFA and MFA acting programs in Canada and guided many students in their significant artistic contributions to local, national, and international stage and screen. Active on numerous boards, he served as the head of drama at the Banff School of Fine Arts and as a regional vice-president of the National Theatre School of Canada. (Awarded in 2008)

  • Norgrove Penny ’71 BSc(Med), ’73 MD
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    When Norgrove Penny, was three years old, he knew he wanted to be a doctor. Penny grew up in Rhodesia, then Zimbabwe, where his father, Cherer, was a missionary doctor. Penny wanted to follow in his father’s footsteps, helping those in need.

    With political problems brewing in Rhodesia, his father moved the family to Canada. After medical school, Penny set up Vancouver Island’s first sports medicine clinic in Victoria in 1978 and was a consultant at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona, Spain. After serving as chief medical officer of the XV Commonwealth Games in Victoria in 1994, Penny was ready to contribute elsewhere.

    He and his wife, Anné, and daughters Rebecca, Bethea and Genevieve, travelled to Uganda, where they lived until 2002, so Penny could work with Christian Blind Mission International developing a rehabilitation project for children with polio, congenital club-foot deformity and other disabilities. He was the only pediatric orthopedic surgeon in Uganda.

    The orthopedic rehabilitation work Penny began in Uganda has become a successful model program around the world. He received the Order of Canada in 2007.

    Penny still works as an orthopedic surgeon in Victoria, and he is on committees that focus on initiatives for children needing orthopedic surgery. He travels overseas to help establish children’s programs and to train orthopedic surgeons in developing countries. (Awarded in 2016)

  • H.F. Lloyd Pinkney, ’52 BSc(Eng)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Internationally renowned in the field of engineering physics, H.F. Lloyd Pinkney was the principal investigator of the Space Vision System, a stellar breakthrough in space technology.

    Dr. H.F. Lloyd Pinkney played a tremendous role in advancing Canada’s role as a leader in space technology. A graduate of engineering physics from the University of Alberta, he began his 44-year career with the National Research Council of Canada in 1952, where he was involved with numerous projects with the Institute of Aerospace Research and the Integrated Manufacturing Technologies Institute. While working at the NRC, he completed his master’s and PhD in engineering mechanics at Stanford University. From 1996 to 2002, he worked as a scientific-engineering consultant with Neptec Design Group Ltd.

    During his time with the NRC, Dr. Pinkney was involved as the principal investigator with the Space Vision System. The SVS was based on the Real-Time Photogrammetry System that he co-designed in the early 1970s. His work on the SVS, a vision system for robotic devices such as the Canadarm, was considered a major advancement in space technology. The SVS enables the Canadarm and the Canadarm2 to handle payloads that are out of sight to astronauts operating these two giant robotic arms. It has also played an essential role in the construction of the International Space Station. (Awarded in 2008)

  • John Poole, '37 BSc(Eng), '87 LLD (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    With his brother, John Poole built Poole Construction (founded by their father in 1906) into one of Canada's major contractors. Along the way, the company set new and positive standards for staff and labour relations.

    A founding shareholder of the Oxford Development Group, Mr Poole was inducted into the Business Hall of Fame of Junior Achievement for Northern Alberta in 1980. Four years later, he received the Canadian Business Leader Award from the University s Faculty of Business.

    A tireless supporter of his community, Mr Poole is a benefactor of charities and institutions such as the Provincial Museums and Archives, Citadel Theatre, the United Way, and the Salvation Army, and he was instrumental in having the Edmonton Community Foundation reactivated in 1989. In memory of their parents, he and his brother endowed the Ernest E. and Gertrude Poole Chair in Management for Engineers at the University, where they also fund the Poole Eminent Lecture Series. (Awarded in 1995)

  • Tom Radford, ’66 BA
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    A distinguished documentarian, Tom Radford has played a pivotal role in Canada’s film industry, inspiring an entire generation of filmmakers.

    Tom Radford is a highly acclaimed filmmaker whose career as a writer, director and producer has earned him numerous national and international awards and accolades.

    For more than 40 years, he has had a profound influence on Canada’s television and film industries. In 1980, as an executive producer at the National Film Board (NFB), he founded the NFB Northwest Studio in Edmonton, which launched more than two decades of unparalleled film activity in Alberta and supported the development of many of our country’s filmmakers. He also initiated the National Screen Institute and established one of the first independent production companies in Edmonton. 

    A champion of environmental and social causes, Radford uses his creativity to showcase the distinctive character and heritage of Alberta and Canada’s North to the rest of the world. A founding partner of Clearwater Media, he explores the human experience and brings important—and sometimes forgotten—aspects of our natural history to the public’s attention. His ability to enthrall audiences extends to other art forms as well. He is the co-author of the best-seller Alberta, A Celebration, and his photography has been displayed at the National Gallery of Canada. (Awarded in 2011)

  • Ray V. Rajotte, ’71 BSc(Eng), ’73 MSc, ’75 PhD
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    The founder and director of the internationally renowned Islet Transplantation Group at the University of Alberta, Ray Rajotte started his basic research isolating, preserving, and transplanting the body’s insulin-producing cells in the early 1970s. In 1999, he and his transplantation group made headlines around the world by demonstrating a 100-per-cent success rate in freeing insulin-dependent diabetics from the need for daily insulin injections. Their breakthrough transplantation method, now known as the Edmonton Protocol, has brought hope for a normal life to people around the world who have severe type 1 diabetes mellitus.

    The winner of an Outstanding Leadership in Alberta Science Award in 2000, Dr. Rajotte has supervised or co-supervised more than 48 graduate students and 20 research fellows. Many of his students have won national and international awards and have gone on to appointments at universities across Canada, seven of them holding academic appointments at the University of Alberta. Since 1989 he has been graduate student coordinator in the University of Alberta’s Department of Surgery, whose graduate program has been rated as one of the top five in North America. (Awarded in 2001)

  • Stephen Ramsankar, '61 BSc, '63 BEd, '89 LLD (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    In 1970 Steve Ramsankar, who had come to Canada at age 19 from his native Trinidad and worked as a railway porter to earn money to support his education, became principal of Alex Taylor School in Edmonton's inner city. A month later a school breakfast program was in place. The first of many innovations introduced under his leadership, the program reflected Dr Ramsankar's belief that school must meet the needs of the whole child.

    As principal of Alex Taylor, he set out to make the school a welcoming place not only for its students but for the adults of the community. Pioneering undertakings such as a seniors' drop-in centre, a baby-sitting program, a police-in-school liaison program, and a summer school have trans-formed Alex Taylor from a school mired in the morass of its inner-city circumstances to a beacon for the entire community. In recognition of his achievements, which have been an inspiration to educators throughout North America and beyond, Dr Ramsankar has received numerous honors, including the Order of Canada and a UN Global Citizen Award. (Awarded in 1997)

  • Dan Riskin, ’97 BSc
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Dan Riskin was born at the University of Alberta Hospital in 1975. He grew up in Edmonton and did his undergraduate degree at the U of A from 1993 to 1997. There, he found a passion for bats that propelled him through graduate school (’00 MSc, York; ’06 PhD, Cornell) and into biomechanics research.

    While working at Brown University, Riskin started doing science outreach on TV, including a show about parasites called Monsters Inside Me, which led to regular guest appearances on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson. In 2011, he left academics to become co-host of Discovery Canada’s flagship science program Daily Planet , where he has worked ever since. His natural enthusiasm and passion for science make him an accessible, enjoyable host.

    Riskin continues his research with an adjunct professorship at the University of Toronto Mississauga, and his first popular book, Mother Nature Is Trying to Kill You, was released last year. Riskin lives in Toronto with his wife Shelby and their three kids. (Awarded in 2015)

  • Lubomyr T. Romankiw, '55 BSc(Eng)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Lubomyr T. Romankiw, along with Steve Jobs, was among those inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in Washington, D.C. Had the Apple co-founder been alive to participate, he could have been expected to shake Lubomyr’s hand with extra warmth—for without the work of the U of A alumnus in making data storage compact and affordable, there may well have been no Apple computer, no iPod, no iPhone.

    When Lubomyr finished his doctorate at MIT, he was offered a position in materials engineering at the U of A. However, rather than wait a year for the funding to be acquired, he accepted a job offer with IBM. That was in 1962, and he has been there ever since. Today, he serves as a fellow at the company’s T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, N.Y., where he mentors younger researchers and pursues projects of his choosing.

    At IBM, Lubomyr built up the Center for Electrochemical Technology and Microfabrication. He is credited with being instrumental in changing the perception of electroplating—the same basic process used in days past to rechrome metal bumpers—from an unpredictable art to an important branch of science and technology.

    Beginning in the late 1960s, he brought his expertise in electroplating to the project that would ultimately take him and his IBM colleague David Thompson to the National Inventors Hall of Fame. Using patented photolithography and the electroplating techniques Lubomyr had invented, they dramatically improved the data storage capacity of magnetic disk drives, decreasing the size of the disks from 24 to 2.5 inches in diameter.

    The basic processes and structures Lubomyr pioneered have been used ever since by virtually all magnetic head manufacturers around the world. “The way it’s done is still about the same,” says Lubomyr. “It uses the materials and processes I developed with my group.” That innovative technology has led to an amazing drop in the cost of data storage—from about $500,000 per gigabyte in 1979 to less than 50 cents today—and has ushered in the new digital age. Without massive low-cost storage and rapid access to stored data, we would not have the Internet, genetic engineering, genomics, the International Space Station or much else we now take for granted.

    In total, he holds 67 patents and has more than 150 published inventions, but throughout his career he has been as much a mentor as an inventor. At IBM, he assembled, trained and led a group of outstanding electrochemists, chemical engineers and material scientists, with whom he solved a number of key problems in electrochemistry and electronics.

  • Anatol Roshko, '45 BSc(Eng)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    A recognized world authority on various concepts important in aerospace engineering, Anatol Roshko has had a distinguished career as a teacher and scholar at the California Institute of Technology‹s Graduate Aeronautics Laboratories. Anatol Roshko is internationally known for his research in various areas of fluid mechanics and gas dynamics that are important in aerospace engineering. He is the co-author, with H.W. Liepmann, of the book Elements of Gasdynamics, which was published in 1956 and remains a standard text, widely used throughout the world. His academic career includes two years of teaching at the University of Alberta and 40 years at the California Institute of Technology, where he is now Theodore von Ksrmsn Professor, Emeritus.

    A member of the U.S. National Academy of Engineering and a Fellow of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Dr. Roshko has been a consultant to government laboratories and companies such as the McDonnell-Douglas, Rockwell, and General Motors Corporations. A world authority on turbulent shear flows, he is known for the breadth and originality of his work. He and his students have made significant contributions in fluid mechanics, including work on coherent structures that initiated new directions in turbulence research. (Awarded in 1998)

  • Nathaniel W. Rutter, ’66 PhD
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Internationally regarded as a leader in his field, Nathaniel W. Rutter helped put Canada on the map as a leader in Quaternary scientific research.

    A University Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta, Nathaniel W. Rutter, is a leading authority on Quaternary geology who has been connected with ambitious international efforts to understand past changes in the earth’s climate.

    As an early pioneer of climate change research, he was the first to show that multiple glaciations had affected Canada’s Rocky Mountains. He served as the chair of the University of Alberta’s Geology Department from 1980 to 1989. He, the department, and his many graduate students made major discoveries in amino acid dating methods and Quaternary climate history and climate change causes in many parts of the world. To his students he was an inspiration, as witnessed by their carrying out Rutterian traditions in their work worldwide.

    Throughout his career, he has been associated with many national and international committees. He was the first Canadian president of the International Union for Quaternary Research, a member of the Geological Scientific Board of UNESCO, and the founder of the scientific journal Quaternary International.

    His many honours include Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada, Officer of the Order of Canada, Honorary Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, Honorary Doctor of Science degrees and distinguished career awards. The Canadian Quaternary Association has described him as one of the world’s finest Quaternary scholars. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Francis M. Saville, ’62 BA, ’65 LLB
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Francis M. Saville, spent many successful years in energy and environmental law and then branched out into the business world. He was a director of Mullen Transportation from 1993 to 2005 and a director of Nexen Inc. from 1995 to 2013, including seven years as chair of the board.

    Saville’s belief in contributing to the community was evident starting in his undergrad days. As student union president, Saville, along with many others, was instrumental in the planning, financing and constructing of the Students’ Union building—a completely student-led project that was reported in the Oct. 27, 1967, issue of Timemagazine.

    Saville’s volunteer work has ranged from being a board member and chairman of his local community, the Springbank Park for All Seasons, to being a director of STARS air ambulance for eight years and volunteer chairman of Canada Olympic Park for the 1988 Olympic Winter Games in Calgary. He was a founding member and director of the Canadian Institute of Resources Law at the University of Calgary and chair of the Lester B. Pearson College of the Pacific. He currently volunteers with the Global Leadership Foundation.

    Saville and his wife Linda—whom he met in the Rutherford Library in 1961—now spend much of their time enjoying their children and grandchildren, as well as their motorhome and property at Gull Lake. (Awarded in 2015)

  • Myron Semkuley ’60 BSc, ’64 MD, and Elaine R. M. (Cormier) Semkuley, ’62 BSc(Pharm)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Myron Semkuley and Elaine R. M. (Cormier) Semkuley are heroic examples of health practitioners and humanitarians without borders. Together, they are improving the quality of life for those forgotten people living in desolate areas of the Ukraine and South East Asia.

    As a young couple, they decided to have a family, and then devote their time to international humanitarian work. In 1992, after raising five children, they began medical aid projects to Burmese refugees in Thailand and impoverished people in Western Ukrainian villages. Their tireless dedication inspired others to get involved, and, in 1999, Medical Mercy Canada (MMC) was established.

    Through the efforts of the Semkuleys and a team of volunteers, Medical Mercy Canada has grown to more than 100 projects, which include establishing and maintaining health clinics, small hospitals, orphanages, and schools as well as developing sanitation and clean water systems. MMC has also expanded to include sites in India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. In recognition of their work with MMC, the Semkuleys have received numerous honours, including an Honorary Citizenship Award from the Government of the Kozova Region, Ukraine; the Canadian Club of Calgary’s Humanitarian Award; and the City of Calgary’s Citizen of the Year Award. (Awarded in 2010)

  • Henry J. Shimizu, '52 BSc, '54 MD
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    One of the first Japanese Canadians to receive an MD and practise medicine in Canada after the Second World War, Henry J. Shimizu served with distinction as a professor, researcher, and administrator at the University of Alberta for more than 30 years. He played a significant role in the development of the U of A Hospital, where he co-founded Western Canada’s first Burn Treatment Centre and assisted in the establishment of a residency program in plastic surgery. A former president of the Canadian Society of Plastic Surgery, in 1974 he was a member of the surgical team that performed the first successful functioning limb replantation in Western Canada.

    A Member of the Order of Canada, Shimizu has made notable contributions outside of medicine. He served as chair of the Japanese Canadian Redress Foundation and was instrumental in creating the Nikkei International Memorial Centre, located in New Denver, B.C., where his family was interned during the Second World War. In 2002, his series of 25 oil paintings, recalling life in New Denver, was exhibited at Edmonton's Japanese Cultural Centre. (Awarded in 2004)

  • Joseph Shoctor, '45 BA, '48 LLB, '81 LLD (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Throughout his life, Joseph Shoctor has vigorously promoted causes he believes in. Prominent among these is Edmonton's Citadel Theatre, a major Canadian cultural institution which he founded and continues to serve as executive producer and chairman of the board of governors.

    A practising lawyer and visionary civic leader, Dr Shoctor has served voluntary organizations, corporate boards, and committees to enhance the quality of life in Edmonton for five decades. He is a founder of the Edmonton Eskimo Football Club, led the United Way, and headed many initiatives to enhance downtown Edmonton. He is also a leader in the Canadian Jewish community.

    For his contributions to his community and to arts and culture, Dr Shoctor has received numerous awards and honors. The winner of a Great Canadian Award and a Prime Minister's Medal from the State of Israel, he was named a member of the Order of Canada in 1978 and elevated to officer status in 1996. (Awarded in 1995)

  • Glenda Simms, '74 BEd, '76 MEd, '85 PhD
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    A native of Jamaica, Glenda Simms received her teacher's certification there before emigrating to Canada in 1971. After receiving her BEd degree from the U of A, she taught Native children in Fort Chipewyan, Alberta. It was the beginning of her career working with students from ethnic minorities.

    She later taught at the Saskatchewan Indian Federated College at the University of Regina, and then supervised race and ethnic relations for the Regina Public School Board. She subsequently taught Native Canadian education at Nipissing University College in Ontario.

    Since 1990, Dr Simms has been the federal government's head advisor on women's issues. In her position as president of the Canadian Advisory Council on the Status of Women, she has spearheaded the Council's respected research and publication initiatives and worked to make the Council better known to Canadian women. (Awarded in 1994)

  • Christopher Somerville, '74 BSc, '76 MSc, '78 PhD, '97 DSc (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    The director of the Carnegie Institution's Department of Plant Biology at Stanford University, Christopher Somerville developed a system to speed up identification of the plant genes responsible for any given characteristic of the plant. This pioneering achievement underlies much of the work now being done throughout the world to transfer desirable plant genes. Dr Somerville's innovative system is based upon the week Arabidopsis, with which he worked while a student and later a faculty member at the University of Alberta. In 1982 he moved to Michigan State University, where he continued his distinguished scientific career until leaving for Stanford in 1994.

    As a result of his contributions related to plant molecular biology, Dr Somerville has been elected to fellowship in the Royal Societies of London and Canada and to membership in the U.S. National Academy of Sciences -- one of very few people to concurrently hold these honors, which constitute the highest scientific recognition in these three countries. (Awarded in 1997)

  • Margaret Southern, '53 BPE
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Margaret Southern (nee Visser) is president and chief executive officer of Spruce Meadows Ltd. This world-class equestrian centre, which she and her husband established near Calgary, has the finest outdoor show jumping facility in North America and has been ranked the second-best equestrian sports venue in the world. A director on a variety of corporate boards, Mrs Southern also serves on the boards of the du Maurier Council for the Arts and the Equestrian Improvement Foundation, and is a past director of Skate Canada and the World Figure Skating Championships.

    In 1989 the Institute of Management Consultants recognized her as their Executive of the Year. A member of the Order of Canada, she has also received honors from the Calgary Humane Society and the University of Calgary, which awarded her an honorary degree. (Awarded in 1994)

  • Donald Stanley, '40 BSc(Eng), '88 LLD (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    In 1954, armed with a Harvard doctoral degree in environmental engineering and experience gained as Alberta's director of sanitary engineering, Donald Stanley opened the one-person practice that has grown into the Stanley Technology Group of Companies with offices around the world.

    While building an international reputation for quality engineering design and workmanship, Dr Stanley also found time to serve a number of community concerns. He is a past president of the Edmonton and Alberta Chambers of Commerce and of the University of Alberta Alumni Association.

    In 1985 Dr Stanley was the first recipient of the Association of Consulting Engineers of Canada's prestigious Carlson F. Morrison Award recognizing excellence within his profession. He is also a winner of the Engineering Institute of Canada's Julian C. Smith Medal for achievement in the development of Canada. (Awarded in 1994)

  • George Stanley, '29 BA, '71 LLD (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    A noted Canadian historian and a former lieutenant governor of New Brunswick, George Stanley has made a singular contribution to Canadian identity as the designer of Canada’s distinctive maple leaf flag. For his wide-ranging contributions to understanding the Canadian identity, George Stanley has been invested as a Companion of the Order of Canada. A pioneer in the study of western Canadian history, he is the author of 15 books, including a biography of Louis Riel and the seminal work The Birth of Western Canada. In recognition of his standing as an historian, he has been honored as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and has received numerous honorary degrees.

    Dr. Stanley was named a Rhodes Scholar and attended Oxford University after his graduation from the University of Alberta. He is also a distinguished veteran of the Second World War who completed his service as a lieutenant-colonel. He has always had a passionate regard for the welfare of Canada. A former lieutenant governor of New Brunswick, he established the country's first undergraduate Canadian studies program at Mount Allison University. However, his most visible contribution to Canada is the design of the distinctive maple leaf flag that first flew in 1965. It is based on a sketch he provided to a parliamentary flag committee in the early 1960s. (Awarded in 1998)

  • Robert Steadward, ’69 BPE, ’71 MSc
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    As a student in the 1960s, Bob Steadward helped plan a wheelchair basketball tournament. That involvement eventually led to his becoming the world’s foremost figure in the promotion of sports for persons with disabilities and an organizer of international sporting events. He has served three consecutive terms as president of the International Paralympic Committee and is the director of the University of Alberta’s Rick Hansen Centre, a world renowned research and development facility for disabled athletes.

    As president of the International Paralympic Committee, Dr Steadward has helped increase its membership from 37 countries to nearly 200, resulting in expanded access to sport for disabled people worldwide. For his efforts, he has received the highest award in Canada for volunteer contribution, the Bryce Taylor Award, and has been named an Officer of the Order of Canada. A leader in securing the 2001 World Track and Field Championships for Edmonton, he was one of 12 people in the world outside the International Olympic Committee to be appointed to the IOC 2000 Commission on Ethics and Reform. (Awarded in 1999)

  • Douglas R. Stollery, '76 LLB
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    A champion of human rights and community service, Douglas R. Stollery contributed to a milestone decision in Canadian law.

    In private practice and as general counsel for PCL Constructors Inc., Stollery has had a distinguished career in law. A Queen’s Counsel and fellow of the Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, he received the lifetime achievement award from the Canadian General Counsel Association in 2012. His leadership within his profession includes serving on the national executive of the Canadian Bar Association and as president of its Alberta Branch. He has also served as a director of the Alberta Law Reform Institute and the Legal Education Society of Alberta and as a member of the Federal Judicial Appointments Advisory Committee.

    A generous philanthropist committed to community service, Stollery has been a lifelong advocate for diversity, equity and human rights and has provided his legal services on a pro bono basis to many clients. This included serving as a co-counsel for the Delwin Vriend case that led the Supreme Court of Canada to amend Alberta human rights legislation to include protection on the basis of sexual orientation — one of the most important decisions under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. (Awarded in 2013)

  • Robert Stollery, '49 BSc(Eng), '85 LLD (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Robert Stollery is the visionary chairman and former CEO of Edmonton-based PCL Constructors Inc. Known not only for its leadership in building practices, the company is also recognized for its creative business practice — PCL is wholly owned by 750 shareholders, all company employees. Under Stollery's capable direction, PCL grew to become one of the largest contractors in North America with 22 offices conducting business internationally. In 1990, Junior Achievement of Alberta named Stollery to its Business Hall of Fame, and in 1993 he was named the Business Leader of the Year by the U of A Faculty of Business. (Awarded in 1996)
  • Grant Strate, ’49 BA, ’50 LLB
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    A pioneering dance educator, Grant Strate has significantly contributed to the art and teaching of dance in higher education.

    A creative and dynamic force in the dance world, Grant Strate was a charter member of the National Ballet of Canada, where he spent 20 years as soloist, first resident choreographer, and assistant to the Artistic Director. In 1970, he left the company to establish Canada’s first university degree granting dance program at York University, an internationally recognized program that has nurtured a generation of notable professional dancers. Ten years later, he became the director of the Centre for the Arts at Simon Fraser University as well as founding chair of the Vancouver Dance Centre Society.

    Recognized as a dancer and a master choreographer, he has created more than 50 ballets for dance companies around the world, including the Royal Swedish Ballet, the Beijing Dance Academy and the Juilliard Dance Department. His dedication to dance extends beyond the stage to his work as a writer, activist, and advocate. He was founding chair of the Dance in Canada Association and served as president of the World Dance Alliance/Americas. Often referred to as ”Canada’s Dance Statesman,” he has received numerous honours, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from CORPS de Ballet International, the Chalmers Award for Creativity in Dance, and the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award. He is a Member of the Order of Canada. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Don Tapscott, '78 MEd
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Considered a leading expert on the impact of information technology, Don Tapscott is a best-selling author who has served as a consultant to leading enterprises and governments around the globe. In his best-selling books, Don Tapscott raises questions that are of profound importance to the future of society. Considered one of the world's top writers and thinkers on the impact of information technology, he has been described as one of the most influential media authorities since Marshall McLuhan. American Vice-President Al Gore has called him one of the world's leading cyber-gurus.

    He is an advisor and consultant to many Fortune 100 companies and governments on every continent. National and international interest in Mr. Tapscott‹s writing has grown with the publication of each of his books. The Digital Economy became an international best seller within one month of its release and was named the top-selling business book for 1996. Paradigm Shift (1993), Growing Up Digital (1997), and Blueprint to the Digital Economy (1998) are also international bestsellers. Mr. Tapscott is deeply committed to the issue of mental health research funding and works extensively with other business leaders to raise awareness on this issue. (Awarded in 1998)

  • Richard Taylor, '50 BSc, '52 MSc, '91 LLD (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    The first University of Alberta graduate to win a Nobel Prize, Richard Taylor shared the 1990 prize in physics for "fundamental discoveries which show the innermost structure of matter." In experiments, conducted between 1968 and 1973 at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center, he and his colleagues provided the first physical evidence for quarks, now recognized as the building blocks of 99 percent of all matter on earth. A Stanford University Physics faculty member in since 1962, Dr Taylor worked in Stanford's famous High Energy Physics Laboratory and later helped direct construction of the Stanford Linear Accelerator. Built in the mid-1960s at a cost of $114 million, that accelerator remains the world's largest electron microscope.

    The curiosity that has fuelled Dr Taylor's distinguished career in experimental physics is undiminished, and he continues to lend his expertise to experiments testing the Standard Model of Matter. (Awarded in 1994)

  • Toh Swee-Hin, ’74 MEd, ’80 PhD
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    In 2000 an international jury unanimously selected Toh Swee-Hin, a professor of educational policy studies at the University of Alberta, as the recipient of the prestigious UNESCO Prize for Peace Education. The prize, whose previous recipients include Mother Teresa and the brilliant Brazilian educator Paulo Friere, recognized Dr. Toh’s pioneering work in promoting peace education in many countries, including Australia, Canada, Uganda, South Africa, Japan, Jamaica, the U.S.A., and in particular in the southern Philippines, a region of long-standing conflicts amoung various cultural and social groups.

    Born and raised in Malaysia, Dr. Toh served as a senior lecturer at the University of New England in Australia before returning to the University of Alberta as a faculty member in 1992. Since then he has made significant contributions to the internationalization of the University and is director of the linkage project with the University of Fort Hare in South Africa. That project, which he initiated, involves joint activities with South African educators to improve teacher education for post-apartheid educational needs. (Awarded in 2001)

  • William Thorsell, ’66 BA, ’71 MA, ’95 LLD(Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Visionary administrator, journalist, and editor William Thorsell is a cultural leader in Canada, having served as editor-in-chief of the Globe and Mail and as CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum.

    Through his leadership roles in journalism and at one of Canada’s most important museums, William Thorsell has had a significant impact on Canadian culture and how it is perceived on the international stage. In 2007 the Vatican invited him to make his observations at the Fifth Centenary of the Vatican Museum and share his ideas with the Pope.

    After completing a master’s degree in public affairs at Princeton’s prestigious Woodrow Wilson School, he returned to Alberta to serve as the executive officer of the U of A Senate. Dr. Thorsell’s journalism career began in 1975 at the Edmonton Journal. In 1984, he joined the editorial board of the Globe and Mail, becoming its editor-in-chief within five years. Under his editorial direction, the paper received international acclaim, won several national newspapers awards, and was cited four times by the Society of Newspaper Design as the best designed newspaper in the world.

    In 2000 he was appointed director and CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). He became the visionary and driving force behind the successful realization of Renaissance ROM, an ambitious expansion of the museum and Canada’s largest heritage renovation project to date. (Awarded in 2008)

  • James Westvick Thorsell, ’62 BSc
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    A leading international authority on conservation, James Westvick Thorsell has played a pivotal role in the preservation of numerous natural areas around the world. In his role as a senior IUCN (the World Conservation Union) adviser to UNESCO’s World Heritage Committee, he evaluated more than 175 sites nominated for World Heritage listings, resulting in almost one million square kilometres of land and sea being protected under this prestigious convention. His field experience includes more than 600 protected areas in 90 countries, he has authored or co-authored more than 400 technical reports and publications, and he serves on many prominent boards, including those of the Charles Darwin Foundation and the Nature Conservancy of Canada.

    Thorsell’s contributions to the global community are immeasurable, inspiring much work on protected areas in many countries. Early in his career, which included work as a planner, trainer and project manager in Canada, he was respected for his research and initiatives within Western Canada’s national parks, particularly the initiative for the Great Divide Trail. In recognition of his contributions, he was elected a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (London) and received the Packard International Parks Merit Award from the World Commission on Protected Areas. (Awarded in 2006)

  • Marguerite Trussler, ’69 BA, ’70 LLB, and Francis Price, ’75 LLM
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Marguerite Trussler and Francis Price are honoured for their leadership in the legal profession and in the arts community.

    While a Justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench, Marguerite made a significant impact on family law, leading many court initiatives, such as Parenting After Separation and Judicial Dispute Resolution. She was president of the Canadian Chapter, International Association of Women Judges. A respected Queen’s Counsel, Francis is recognized for his expertise in mortgage law and as an arbitrator. He served as a Bencher with the Law Society of Alberta and received its 2011 Award for Distinguished Service to the Community. Together, they have proudly raised three daughters, published a leading legal text, and worked in partnering the Edmonton legal and theatre communities.

    Leading by example, they give of their time and resources to educational and arts organizations. As a founder and the president of the Victoria School Foundation for the Arts, Marguerite has helped raise endowment funds to provide annual scholarships and masterclasses for many students. Francis has chaired the board of Edmonton Opera, received its 2006 Zoie Gardner Volunteer Award, spearheads its Endowment Program and sings in its chorus.

    The contributions Marguerite and Francis have made will have a lasting impact on our community. (Awarded in 2011)

  • D. Lorne Tyrell, ’64 BSc, ’68 MD
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    An outstanding research scientist who brought international attention to the University of Alberta when he developed the world’s first oral antiviral drug for the treatment of hepatitis B, Dr. Lorne Tyrrell won the Alberta Science and Technology Leadership Award in 1993 and the University’s highest research honour, the J. Gordin Kaplan Research Prize in 1998. He is also a respected teacher, the winner of numerous teaching awards in the Faculty of Medicine, where he has taught since 1975, and of the University’s Rutherford Teaching Award. In 1999 he received the University’s pre-eminent award recognizing excellence in both teaching and research, the University Cup. Dr. Tyrrell was awarded the Alberta Order of Excellence in 2000.

    The dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry at the University of Alberta since 1994, Dr. Tyrrell continues to work directly with patients and actively heads the respected Glaxo Wellcome Heritage Research Institute, originally created to support his hepatitis B research. In addition to his University awards, Dr. Tyrrell’s contributions have been recognized with national and international awards, including the Prix Galien Canada from the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers of Canada and the Gold Medal of the Canadian Liver Foundation. (Awarded in 2001)

  • Malcolm Urquhart, '40 BA
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    His sweeping knowledge of Canadian economic development has made Malcolm Urquhart, one of the most respected economics historians in the country. The co-author, in 1965, of the influential Historical Statistics of Canada, Urquhart had his interest in economics kindled while growing up on the Canadian prairies during the Depression years. He became a professor at Queen's University, where he has spent his entire academic career and where he chaired the Department of Economics for several years. He has served as president of the Canadian Economics Association, is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada Academy and a former president of the Society's Academy of the Humanities and Social Sciences. He holds honorary doctorates from Queen's University and from Bishop's University. (Awarded in 1996)
  • Thomas Walsh, '49 BA, '53 LLB, '89 LLD (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    The contributions that Tom Walsh has made to the City of Calgary, the Province of Alberta, and to Canada have been immense. Calgary's "White Hatter of the Year" in 1975, he has long been a dedicated volunteer to a myriad of organizations. The founding chairman of Parks Foundation Calgary, he is a former president of the Canadian Bar Association, a former president of the Rotary Club of Calgary, and a former chairman of the National Executive Committee of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. Despite the demands of his successful law practice and his extensive involvement in his local community, Mr Walsh has remained a committed supporter of the University of Alberta, serving as an elected member of the University's Senate from 1982 until 1988. For his accomplishments and contributions, Mr Walsh has received numerous awards and honours. These include the Premier's Award (Service), an honorary doctorate from the University of Alberta, the Distinguished Service Award from the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association in 1998, and the Order of Canada in 1995. (Awarded in 2000)
  • Anne Wheeler, '67 BSc, '90 LLD (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Western Canadian stories filmed in Western Canada are the hallmark of the work of filmmaker Anne Wheeler. A former National Film Board producer, director and writer of documentaries such as Great Grand Mother andA War Story, Wheeler gained considerable recognition for the feature film Bye Bye Blues, which she wrote, directed and produced in 1989. In addition she has directed a number of theatrical and televised films including Loyalties, The Diviners, Cowboys Don't Cry, Other Women's Children, and The War Between Us — many of them filmed in Alberta. She is also the author of A Harvest Yet to Reap, a reference volume on women's history. As writer and director, Wheeler is regarded as a pioneer in the burgeoning Canadian film industry. She has been lauded with five honorary degrees from Canadian universities and an Achievement Award from the Canadian Film and Television Association. She was elected an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1994. (Awarded in 1996)
  • Francis Winspear, '51 LLD (Honorary)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    A highly respected businessman and philanthropist, Francis Winspear has been associated with the University of Alberta for more than 60 years. His generous support has been felt throughout campus, and he is the first "Distinguished Benefactor" of the Faculty of Business and the inaugural "Honorary Fellow" of the Faculty of Arts.

    Dr Winspear is a professor emeritus of accounting and former director of the University's School of Commerce. During his business career, he was the president of 19 distinct commercial concerns and was actively involved in industries ranging from lumber and steel processing to real estate development, the wholesale distribution of dry goods, and aircraft construction and maintenance. When Dr Winspear retired in 1965, the accounting practice he had established in Edmonton in 1930 had become national in scope. Its merger with Deloitte Haskins Sells in 1980 created the third largest accounting firm in Canada. (Awarded in 1994)

  • William Winspear, '54 BCom
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    One of North America’s outstanding business leaders, William Winspear continues to strive for excellence as a volunteer and a philanthropist. After managing companies in Vancouver and Toronto, he moved to Dallas in 1975 to become president of Chaparral Steel, a company that under his leadership became known for its innovation in steel production. In 1985, he became president and CEO of Associated Materials, a building-supply manufacturer, with annual sales in excess of (US)$500 million.

    In both Canada and the United States, he is known for his enthusiastic and generous support of the performing arts and arts education. As a past-president of the Dallas Opera Society, he remains active on this board and is a charter member of the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts Foundation. In 2002, he gave the largest private donation in the history of Dallas to help build the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts. In recognition of his commitment to the opera, symphony, and arts education, he received an Honorary Doctorate in Performing Arts from the University of North Texas in 2000. (Awarded in 2006)

  • Ovid Wong, '70 BSc, '71 Dip(Ed)
    Distinguished Alumni Award

    Since leaving Alberta, Dr Wong has shared his enthusiasm for the teaching and learning of science in many ways. The author of 10 science books for children, he was honored with Book of the Year Awards from the Children's Reading Round Table of Chicago in 1986, 1987 and 1989.

    His enthusiasm for science education brought him Outstanding Science Teacher of Illinois awards in each of the years from 1989 to 1992, and in 1990 he was chosen to lead a delegation to the Soviet Union (as it was then known) as part of the People to People Youth Science Exchange.

    The principal of an elementary school in Bensenville, Illinois, Dr Wong is a former consultant and staff biologist with Rand McNally and Company. His award-winning books include Prehistoric People, Is Science Magic?, and Your Body and How it Works. (Awarded in 1994)

  • Jack Agrios , '59 BA, '60 LLB
    Excellence Award

    Jack Agrios, a specialist in development and administrative law, has made significant contributions to the athletics community on both the local and international level. It was his inspiration and vision that brought the 2001 IAAF World Athletic Championships to Edmonton. For his tremendous contributions as chair for the World Championships, Agrios, in Moscow, received the International Amateur Athletic Federation Silver Order of Merit, the first organizer honored with this prestigious award. In addition, in May 2002, the Mayor of Athens granted Agrios the Award of Merit, and the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association honored him with a Distinguished Service Award. (Awarded in 2002)

  • Edward B. Allan , '51 BCom
    Excellence Award

    Edward B. Allan was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta in 1999. Now retired from the firm Peat Marwick, he served a full term as a member of the Council and is a former secretary of the Institute. Ted's long record of community service includes contributions to the University as a member of the Board of Governors, and he is a former president of Edmonton's Kiwanis Music Festival. (Awarded in 2000)

  • Trevor Anderson , ’95 BA
    Excellence Award

    Trevor Anderson is gaining international attention as an independent filmmaker, and his work is screened at festivals around the world. His recent short film, The High Level Bridge, premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival and was an official selection of the 2011 Sundance Film Festival. The High Level Bridge, an independently produced tribute to the people and events surrounding Edmonton’s 48-metrehigh landmark, also received an honourable mention in the live action short film category at the American Film Institute’s 2010 AFI Fest. This self-taught filmmaker is also a theatre director, playwright and musician with the band The Wet Secrets, whose song “Secret March” was named as one of the best songs of the decade by CBC Radio 3 in 2010. (Awarded in 2011)

  • Kieran T. Block , ’10 BEd
    Excellence Award

    Kieran T. Block has relied on perseverance and a positive attitude to meet his challenges. In 2007, a misjudged jump shattered not only his legs but also his dream of playing professional hockey. He had won a major junior championship with the Medicine Hat Tigers and played hockey with the University of Alberta Golden Bears before the accident. Faced with an uncertain future, he persevered, undertaking years of intensive physiotherapy while continuing his studies. He graduated from the U of A in 2010. That same year he discovered sledge hockey — a version of hockey played on special sleds. In 2012, he returned to high-level competition with Canada’s national sledge hockey team, which won bronze at the world championships. In 2013, his team brought home world championship gold. Block, a substitute teacher, shares with his students the importance of perseverance and setting goals. He is part of Canada’s ESTEEM Team athletes role model program. (Awarded in 2014)

  • Donald G. Bishop , ’61 BA, ’62 LLB
    Excellence Award

    Donald G. Bishop is a leader in the legal community. In addition to serving as president of the Alberta Branch of the Canadian Bar Association, he served as president of the Law Society of Alberta. He is the Honorary Consul for Sweden and was awarded the Royal Order of the Polar Star by the Swedish Government in 2003. An Honorary Life Member of the Legal Archives Society of Alberta, he is active in the community, helping fundraise for organizations such as the United Way, the CNIB, and the Alberta Cancer Foundation. In 2006, he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association in recognition of his contributions to the legal profession. (Awarded in 2006)

  • John E. (Jack) Bradley , ’40 MD, ’72 LLD (Honorary)
    Excellence Award

    John E. (Jack) Bradley is an inductee to the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame who is well known for his contributions to medicine and healthcare in Alberta. He worked as a rural family physician for 20 years, before serving as the executive director of the Glenrose Provincial Hospital and as chair of the Alberta Hospital Commission. In 1977, Bradley was appointed as a Special Advisor on Medical Research and was charged with creating the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research, an institution now recognized nationally and internationally for fostering research excellence. In addition to his contributions to the field of medicine, he is a past-president of the University of Alberta Alumni Association, chairman emeritus of the University Of Alberta Board Of Governors, and he served as a member of the National Advisory Committee for the Red Cross. (Awarded in 2003)

  • Shannon S. D. Bredin , ’96 BPE, ’96 BEd, ’98 MSc
    Excellence Award

    Shannon S. D. Bredin has quickly established herself as a leader in the field of physical activity and health, where she is conducting pioneering research. A leader in community-based initiatives, she was the project lead in the innovative telehealth program, the Physical Activity Line (www.physicalactivityline.com), Canada’s free resource for evidence-based physical activity information. She was a principal investigator on the Getting Games Fit program for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, and she is the founder and director of the Cognitive and Functional Learning Laboratory at the University of British Columbia. In recognition of her many contributions, this assistant professor at UBC has received many honours, including the prestigious Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Health and Fitness Program Recognition Award in 2010. (Awarded in 2011)

  • John Butt , ’60 MD
    Excellence Award

    John Butt received the Order of Canada in the spring of 2000 for his work as a forensic pathologist and medical examiner. A leader in his profession, he has served as chief medical examiner in Alberta and Nova Scotia, establishing groundbreaking death investigation systems and legislation. He has also served as the president of the National Association of Medical Examiners (an organization based in the United States). In 1998, he faced one of the greatest challenges of his career when he led the investigation to identify the 229 people killed in the Swiss Air crash off the coast of Nova Scotia. Through that investigation, he set new, high standards for care of the next of kin of victims of multiple fatality disasters. (Awarded in 2001)

  • Julius Buski , '66 BEd
    Excellence Award

    Julius Buski, who served as executive secretary of the Alberta Teachers' Association from 1988 until his retirement last year, recently received the Canadian Teachers' Federation Special Recognition Award for his contributions to education provincially, as well as at the national and international levels. He is known for his cooperative and positive spirit and has been asked many times to represent the Canadian Teachers' Federation at international forums. (Awarded in 2000)

  • Valerie J. Campbell , '99 LLB
    Excellence Award

    Valerie J. Campbell, through her tremendous dedication and compassion, has been a positive force in Alberta's criminal justice system. She spearheaded significant changes in the way the province deals with domestic violence. As a crown prosecutor, she worked on many high-profile cases, including one that garnered national attention on the TV show W-FIVE. Recently seconded from that position, she is now the coordinator of family violence initiatives for Alberta Justice. In 2004, she received the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award for her outstanding contributions to the legal profession. (Awarded in 2005)

  • Janet Cardiff , '83 MFA
    Excellence Award

    Janet Cardiff and her husband, George Bures Miller, are among Canada’s most acclaimed and recognized artists. The couple produced The Paradise Institute, which triumphed at last year’s Venice Biennale, the world’s oldest and most prestigious art exhibition. Their work won two major prizes, the La Biennale de Venezia Special Award and a cash Benesse Prize from a Japanese corporation. Cardiff was also the first prize recipient of the $50,000 Millennium Prize from the Canadian Government for her audio installation Forty Part Motet. Included in Maclean’s Honour Roll of 10 Distinguished Canadians, Cardiff and Miller continually ignite the art world with their innovative works. (Awarded in 2002)

  • Court Carruthers , ’93 BCom
    Excellence Award

    Court Carruthers has made remarkable strides in the business world. In 2006 he was appointed president of Acklands-Grainger, Canada’s largest distributor of industrial supplies, which has sales of $750 million and 155 branches nationwide. In 2007 he was appointed senior vice-president of its U.S. parent, W.W. Grainger. A graduate of Queen’s University Executive MBA program, he is active in the community, serving as chair of the York Region United Way Campaign and as a member of the YMCA Open Doors Fund and the U of A Business Advisory Council. He and his wife, Kirstin, generously support numerous organizations and endowed the Gay D. Carruthers Scholarship in Marketing at the U of A in 2005. (Awarded in 2008)

  • Todd Cherniawsky , ’93 BFA
    Excellence Award

    Todd Cherniawsky is an accomplished production designer who has worked on numerous Hollywood blockbusters. He has been a member of two Academy-Award winning teams for art direction, including Avatar in 2010 and Alice in Wonderland in 2011, where he created the entire digital environment. Alice in Wonderland was also nominated by the Art Directors Guild for Excellence in Production Design for a Fantasy Film. A graduate of the American Film Institute with an MFA in production design, he has been creating behind-the-scenes movie magic for the past 15 years, and his work can be seen in Splice, Beowulf, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and Ocean’s 13. He is currently working on Disney’s Oz: The Great & Powerful as the art director, Emerald City. (Awarded in 2011)

  • Seokhee Cho , ’86 PhD
    Excellence Award

    Seokhee Cho is regarded as a pioneer of gifted education in the Asia-Pacific region. The director for the National Centre for Research on Gifted and Talented Education at the Korean Education Development Institute, she is also the president of the Asia-Pacific Federation of the World Council for Gifted and Talented Children. Through her innovative efforts in research, development, and training teachers, Korean gifted children have been able to be challenged to develop their creativity and many economically disadvantaged children have been accommodated within the educational system. She has also authored numerous research papers and journal articles. In recognition of her contributions, she was recently granted a National Decoration and was appointed to Korea’s Presidential Advisory Committee for Educational Innovation—the youngest member to serve on this high-powered committee. (Awarded in 2006)

  • Joe Couture , ‘72 PhD
    Excellence Award

    Joe Couture was in the centre of some of the greatest contemporary political and intellectual Aboriginal struggles in Canada. His vision and leadership as an Elder shaped much of the current fields of Aboriginal scholarship. He led the cultural, academic, and administrative development of the Nechi Institute, renowned for its Aboriginal framework in addictions treatment. In the area of Aboriginal corrections, he broke new ground that resulted in the inclusion of culturally inherent programming. As a department chair at Trent University, he established a native studies program that was emulated by universities across Canada. Affectionately known as Dr. Joe, he received a 2006 National Aboriginal Achievement Award. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Terry (Taras) Danyluk , ’91 BPE, ’04 MA
    Excellence Award

    Terry (Taras) Danyluk is an award-winning head coach of the University’s Golden Bears Men’s Volleyball team. Under his guidance, the team has won two Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) National Championships and four Canada West titles. He has been named CIS and Canada West Coach of the Year three times, and he received the Faculty of Physical Education Coaching Award in 1997 and 2005. His dedication to the sport extends beyond the U of A. He is a program coordinator for Team Canada Junior Men’s Volleyball and has served as an assistant coach for national and international teams. In 2005, his contributions to the sport as an athlete were recognized by his induction into the Alberta Volleyball Association Wall of Fame. (Awarded in 2006)

  • Melody Davidson , ’86 BPE
    Excellence Award

    Melody Davidson was the head coach of Canada's 2006 Olympic gold-medal winning women’s hockey team at the Winter Games in Turin, Italy. She is a tremendous role model for all those who aspire to coach at the highest level in any sport and for all those determined to make lasting contributions to international competitions. A key member of Hockey Canada for many years, she has served in various coaching, scouting, and hockey development capacities. Currently, she is the general manager and head coach of Hockey Canada’s Women’s High Performance Program. She is highly respected for her support of the sport, including the development of coaches, and for generously donating her time to give back to the game. (Awarded in 2006)

  • Howie Draper , ’91 BPE
    Excellence Award

    Howie Draper is the head coach of the University of Alberta Pandas Ice Hockey team — Canada’s most successful women’s university hockey team. Under his guidance, the team won its sixth Canadian Interuniversity Sport national championship in 2007. His skillful direction of the Pandas also earned him the title of CIS Coach of the Year twice and he has been named the Canada West Conference Coach of the Year four times since 2000. This former captain of the University’s Golden Bears Hockey team is a director of the U of A Summer Hockey Camps, and he teaches in the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Wendy Edey , ’74 BA, ’95 MEd
    Excellence Award

    Wendy Edey is the recipient of the 2001 Canadian Counselling Association Counsellor Practitioner Award. It recognizes her pioneering work in developing strategies for hope-focused counselling. She is the director of counseling at the Hope Foundation, a centre for hope studies at the University of Alberta. Known as a gifted psychologist, she employs her affinity for humor, her love of writing and her unique life experiences to create innovative techniques. Her approach makes it easier to work with people who tend to be neglected because they bring out the hopelessness in people who try to help them. She is a long-time advocate for people with disabilities, a trainer of health and social service professionals, a popular conference speaker, and an author. (Awarded in 2001)

  • J. Waymatea Ellis , ’97 BEd
    Excellence Award

    J. Waymatea Ellis is the lead singer, face and founder of Canada’s top reggae band, Souljah Fyah. Honoured at the 2011 Western Canadian Music Awards for Urban Recording of the Year, Souljah Fyah has appeared at some of Canada’s most prestigious music festivals and was nominated for a JUNO Award in 2009. As a social studies teacher, she tied music to country and culture, sharing the message that “uniqueness is not a weakness.” She is currently studying to be a minister of prayer with the International Council of 13 Indigenous Grandmothers to enhance her work with children. She has also been recognized as one of Avenue magazine’s Top 40 under 40 and with a Women of Vision award from Global TV Edmonton. (Awarded in 2012)

  • David H. Evans , ’78 BSc, ’82 PhD
    Excellence Award

    David H. Evans is an internationally recognized pox virus researcher and a member of the smallpox scientific advisory panel of the World Health Organization. A faculty member at the University of Guelph for 15 years, he returned to Edmonton as chair of the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology in 2003. His team from Edmonton and Calgary was recently awarded $24.9 million from the Canadian Foundation for Innovation and the Province of Alberta to create the Alberta Institute for Viral Immunology. In 2007, he was appointed director of this new institute. His work concerning pox virus replication has been funded for more than 20 years by the MRC and CIHR. (Awarded in 2008)

  • Brian Fryer , ’83 BPE
    Excellence Award

    Brian Fryer was inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum in 2013. One of the all-time great football players to wear a Golden Bear uniform, he was the first player in CIAU (now CIS) history to have more than 1,000 yards in a season. In 1975, he won the Hec Creighton trophy (awarded to Canada’s best university football player), and was a three-time Canada West All-Star and two-time All Canadian Player. Fryer was the first Canadian-born player trained at a Canadian university to be drafted by an NFL team and later became part of the Eskimo dynasty that won five straight CFL championships. He has been inducted into the U of A Sports Wall of Fame and the Edmonton Sports Hall of Fame. Since 1985, he has provided distinguished service to amateur football in Alberta and Canada as executive director of Football Alberta. (Awarded in 2013)

  • Heather S. Fuhr , ’89 BCom
    Excellence Award

    Heather S. Fuhr has repeatedly challenged her body to extreme tests of stamina and endurance as one of the top female international competitors in the Ironman triathlon. She is currently in second place on the all-time Ironman winning list, having 12 victories to her credit, including a World Championship title in 1997. From the moment that she entered a triathlon while articling to become an accountant, she knew her life was meant to take a different course. From there she went on to train and compete in locations around the world and establish herself as a Canadian standout in triathlon. Also known as a valued ambassador for the sport, she returned to Edmonton in 1999 to compete in and support the city’s first triathlon event. (Awarded in 2003)

  • Matthew Gaudet , ’12 BSc(Hons)
    Excellence Award

    Matthew Gaudet, a master’s student at the U of A, is the recent winner of two significant awards in computing science. He is part of a collaborative research project with IBM, evaluating the new hardware support for transactional memory that had been implemented in the IBM computer that was the fastest in the world in 2012. The paper he prepared based on this work was selected as the best paper at the 21st International Conference on Parallel Architectures and Compilation Techniques. Gaudet also received the gold medal at the associated student research competition. While an undergraduate, Gaudet had a successful industrial internship with the IBM Toronto Software Laboratory where he worked with one of the world’s most advanced compiler groups. Some of the code he implemented is now part of the commercial compilers that IBM distributes worldwide with its range of products. (Awarded in 2013)

  • Kenda Gee , '82 BA
    Excellence Award

    Kenda Gee is an Edmonton-based filmmaker and graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School. His documentary, Lost Years: A People’s Struggle for Justice has received international media attention and critical acclaim, including the award for best feature documentary at this year’s Asians on Film festival in Los Angeles. Centred on Gee’s own family history, Lost Years explores the last 150 years of the Chinese diaspora in Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Australia. As producer-director, Gee spent 12 years researching his production. Beautifully filmed with exquisite music and cinematography, Lost Years premiered in 2011 at the Guangzhou International Documentary Film Festival, where it was named the best documentary in the history and culture category. It has since won numerous other awards, been recommended as “required viewing for all Canadians,” and has appeared on television – the first miniseries on, or by, the Chinese Canadian community to be broadcast on a mainstream television network in Canada. (Awarded in 2013)

  • John Gill , '80 LLB
    Excellence Award

    John Gill, a lawyer, mediator, and arbitrator with the firm McCuaig Desrochers, was a key organizer for the successful 2003 FIFA U-19 Woman's World Soccer Championships, held in Edmonton. Gill devoted countless hours to organizing this world-class event, which drew record-setting TV audiences and crowds to the 60,000-seat Commonwealth Stadium. For all of his significant contributions to the soccer community, he was awarded the 2003 Alberta Soccer Association Award of Merit. Beyond athletics, he plays an active role within his profession and community, often taking on a leadership role, including serving as chair of Catholic Social Services and president of the Friends of the Faculty of Law Society. (Awarded in 2004)

  • William D. Grace , '56 BA
    Excellence Award

    William D. Grace was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Alberta in 1999. A former senior executive and chief financial officer at a number of major Alberta corporations — including Chieftain Development Co., R. Angus (Alberta) Ltd, and Canadian Utilities Ltd. — he retired as managing partner of the Edmonton Office of Price Waterhouse in 1994. A former president of the Edmonton Opera Association, he has served as vice-chair of the Capital Health Authority and of the U of A's Board of Governors. (Awarded in 2000)

  • Stacey J. Handley , ’93 LLB
    Excellence Award

    Stacey J. Handley, an accomplished lawyer, recently received two esteemed career awards. She was a recipient of the 2009 Lexpert Rising Stars Award, which recognizes Canadian lawyers under 40 who have demonstrated an outstanding track record of success, community involvement, and entrepreneurial spirit. She also received a 2009 Business in Vancouver Forty Under 40 Award, in recognition of her professional and community leadership. A partner in Lang Michener’s Vancouver office, she leads the firm’s Real Estate and Banking Group and is a member of its National Management Committee. A member of the Vancouver Bar Association, she is regarded for mentoring articling students and young associates in her firm, and she is a sought after speaker on woman leadership issues. (Awarded in 2010)

  • Robert Hedley , ’60 BEd
    Excellence Award

    Robert Hedley is a leading figure in the world of theatre. Recognized as a foremost play developer, director, and educator, he has directed productions throughout the United States, mentored internationally known playwrights, and was the founding artistic director of the Philadelphia [Theatre] Company. In the past 40 years, he has served as chair of the theatre departments at Villanova, Iowa, and Temple University and was the director of the Iowa Playwrights Workshop. He has been the Arts Fellow at Temple University and received the 2006 Barrymore Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his long-standing contributions to the Philadelphia theatre community. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Ki-hyung Hong , '82 PhD
    Excellence Award

    Ki-hyung Hong was recently appointed president of Daejin University, a distinct institution established in 1991, with a special interest in forging partnerships between North and South Korea. Since accepting this position in 2001, Hong has already lived up to the university’s motto, A University in Preparation for Reunification and Beyond. He has created a Graduate School of National Reunification and the Centre for Northern Studies. A recipient of the Korean National Medal of Honour, his advice on educational policy is highly sought after by the Korean government. A supporter of his alma mater, Hong was instrumental in developing the University’s summer programs for Kangwon Province English teachers. (Awarded in 2002)

  • James Jacuta , '79 BA, '82 LLB
    Excellence Award

    James Jacuta is a respected member of the legal community. A director with the University of Alberta's Canadian Institute of Ukrainian Studies, Jacuta took on a leadership role in organizing and training several thousand volunteer election observers during Ukraine's recent democratic transformation movement—the Orange Revolution—to uphold the democratic process. Active in the community, he has volunteered with a diverse array of non-profit organizations in areas such as social services, multiculturalism, crime prevention, business associations, and community leagues, among others. (Awarded in 2005)

  • Bruce Johnson , '83 BSc
    Excellence Award

    Bruce Johnson, president and CEO of Intuit Canada Ltd., has taken his tax software company from a small start-up with three employees to a nationally recognized leader in the financial software service industry. His company, which now employs more than 400 people, enjoys an excellent reputation for human resource practices. Johnson’s commitment to his business and employee satisfaction has resulted in Intuit Canada being in the Globe and Mail’s list of the “50 Best Companies to Work for in Canada” as the second-best employer. Intuit was also ranked as a top employer by MediaCorp Canada, who listed the company as one of Canada’s top 100 employers. (Awarded in 2002)

  • Michael Kaye , '88 BA
    Excellence Award

    Michael Kaye has turned his passion for fashion into an award-winning designer label, MICHAEL KAYE COUTURE. He works in the hub of the fashion industry -- New York's garment district -- and his designs have been featured in Town and Country, Martha Stewart Weddings, W, Modern Bride, Brides, Vogue, and Women's Wear Daily. Recently, one of his designs, a tartan gown, became part of the permanent collection of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, a tremendous accomplishment for a designer. In January 2004, Kaye received the Fashion Group International Rising Star Award for Women's Apparel for his innovation, creativity, and outstanding accomplishments in the fashion industry. (Awarded in 2004)

  • Marc Kennedy , ’05 BCom
    Excellence Award

    Marc Kennedy is an Olympic gold medalist. A member of the Canadian men’s curling team that went undefeated at the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, he is considered one of the sport’s best sweepers and one of the best second stones in the world. A three-time provincial junior champion, he joined Team Martin in 2006, and more victories followed. The team went on to win the World Curling Championships in 2008, two undefeated Briers in 2008 and 2009, and he was named as the World Curling Tour MVP in 2008. A positive role model both on and off the rink, he is a successful entrepreneur and community leader. He is a franchise owner for M&M Meat Shops, and he supports the Canadian Athletes Now Fund and Food Banks Canada. (Awarded in 2010)

  • Bernie Kotelko , '76 BSc(Ag)
    Excellence Award

    Bernie Kotelko, owner and operator of Vegreville’s Highland Feeders Ltd., is a leader in the $6.7-billion Canadian cattle industry. Guided by Kotelko’s strong industry and community commitment, his feedlot—the sixth largest in Canada—is a thriving agricultural enterprise built on a reputation of environmental excellence. In recognition of his contributions in the industry, Kotelko was awarded with last year’s inaugural Canadian Cattlemen’s Association Environmental Stewardship Award for Feedlot Operators. Recognized for his progressive leadership style, Kotelko also received the Distinguished Agrologist Award in 1998. He is sought after for his innovative thinking and creative approach, serving as a trustee for Alberta Ingenuity and on the board of the Alberta Value Added Corporation (AVAC). (Awarded in 2002)

  • Tim Lee , ’99 BDes
    Excellence Award

    Tim Lee was the 2008 recipient of Canada’s leading visual-art prize, the Sobey Art Award, presented annually to a contemporary Canadian artist. He was lauded for the visual and historical complexities of his work, in which he commonly uses photography and video to replicate and re-imagine seminal moments in art history and popular culture. Since 2001, his work has been exhibited and collected internationally at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London, Madrid’s Reina Sofia National Museum, and Tokyo’s Mori Art Museum. He is now working in Berlin as a DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst) scholar, which is a German academic exchange program. (Awarded in 2009)

  • Beng Fook Lim , '99 MSc(Eng)
    Excellence Award

    Beng Fook Lim, a successful entrepreneur, is the co-founder and chair of K-One Group, one of the fastest growing technology companies in the Asia Pacific. Under Lim's leadership, the K-One Group has won many accolades—the most prestigious was being ranked the 134th leading technology company in the Deloitte Technology Fast 500 Asia Pacific 2004 program. Lim's company finished off 2004 by winning the Enterprise 50 Award, the Golden Bull Award and the SMI ICT Adoption Award in Malaysia while Lim was named Entrepreneur of the Year by the Malaysian Canada Business Council. (Awarded in 2005)

  • David T. Lynch , '82 PhD
    Excellence Award

    David T. Lynch is the dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Alberta. Under his leadership, the engineering faculty has moved into the top five percent out of more than 400 engineering schools in North America. For his work as both an administrator and researcher, he was named the 2003 Resource Person of the Year by the Alberta Chamber of Resources. He has received several awards for his work as a professor, including the University of Alberta Rutherford Award for Undergraduate Teaching -- the University's highest teaching award. In addition, the Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists, and Geophysicists of Alberta presented him with its Centennial Leadership Award in 2001 in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the engineering profession. In 2002, he was elected a Fellow of the Engineering Institute of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Engineering. (Awarded in 2004)

  • Linda MacPhee , '65 BSc (HEc), '71 Dip(Ed)
    Excellence Award

    Linda MacPhee is an entrepreneur and business leader in the home sewing industry. She is the owner of the largest independent pattern company in Canada, and she recently celebrated her 25th year in the business. She is the creator of the TV series Linda MacPhee's Workshop, which is going into its seventh season and currently has an audience of 45 million viewers in North America. For all her accomplishments and longevity in the industry, she received the 2003 YWCA of Edmonton Tribute to Women of Distinction Award for Entrepreneurs as well as Global Television's Woman of Vision Award. She is active in the community, annually orchestrating a fashion extravaganza that show-cases her one-of-a-kind fashions, donating proceeds to a variety of local charities. (Awarded in 2004)

  • Dave Markle , '58 BSc(Eng)
    Excellence Award

    Dave Markle is a renowned optical scientist who was recently elected to the prestigious U.S. National Academy of Engineering, one of the highest professional distinctions accorded to an engineer. This is just one of many honours awarded to Markle, who holds more than 45 patents and was instrumental in the development of advanced photolithography systems used to manufacture semiconductor devices. Markle, who holds a master's degree from the University of Birmingham, is senior vice-president and CTO of California-based Ultratech, Inc. (Awarded in 2005)

  • Daniel McCaffery , ’69 BPE, ’76 MA
    Excellence Award

    Daniel McCaffery received an Honour Award from the American Institute of Architecture in spring 2001. This award, the highest of its kind in the architectural industry, recognizes his role in saving Chicago’s Reliance Building, an architectural treasure designed by Daniel Burnham. Built in 1893, the Reliance Building was the first-ever steel frame building constructed. Saved by the wrecking-ball, it was transformed into an attractive boutique hotel by McCaffery’s Chicago-based company, McCaffery Interests, Inc., That company is recognized as a North American leader in urban renewal development and has received numerous awards for redevelopment projects in many cities across the United States. (Awarded in 2001)

  • Beverley McLachlin , '65 BA, '68 MA, '68 LLB, '91 LLD(Honorary)
    Excellence Award

    Beverley McLachlin was named chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada in 1999. She is the first woman to be appointed to that position. The winner of the highest graduation honor of the University of Alberta law school, she has distinguished herself as a leading thinker on Canada's Supreme Court since her appointment to the Court in 1989. In 1994 she was one of the original inductees to the University of Alberta's Alumni Wall of Recognition. (Awarded in 2000)

  • Louise A. Miller , ’71 BSc(Nu), ’79 MBA
    Excellence Award

    Louise A. Miller is widely regarded as a volunteer leader, extraordinaire. Following surgery that forced her to use a wheelchair, she turned her boundless energy to advocating all levels of government on behalf of people with disabilities, and inspired changes to national and civic policies. She is a founding member and long-serving president of the Spinal Cord Injury Treatment Centre and has dedicated countless hours raising funds for research and equipment. In addition, she has served on numerous boards, including the University of Alberta Senate, and has produced an inspirational, local best-selling book, Daring to Live. For her contributions and service, she has received numerous awards, including the YWCA Woman of Distinction, Global’s Woman of Vision, and membership in the Order of Canada. In 2002, Miller received the Queen’s Golden Jubilee medal. (Awarded in 2003)

  • Sheetal Mehta , ’94 BA
    Excellence Award

    Sheetal Mehta is an award-winning social entrepreneur. A former director of Venture Capital Relations for Microsoft, she is the founder of Shivia Microfinance and the CEO of Innovative Social Ventures, a London-based company providing advisory services in fundraising, technical due diligence, and corporate partnering. The U.K. Trade and Investment appointed her as U.K. Deal Maker responsible for partnering with the world’s top entrepreneurs, and she was invited by Queen Elizabeth II to Buckingham Palace for a tribute to successful women entrepreneurs. In 2007 she was named one of the “Top 10 Most Powerful Asian Business Women in the U.K.” by Success magazine; received the Entrepreneur of the Year Award at the Asian Woman Awards for Excellence; and was shortlisted in the ‘Ones To Watch’ section of the Asian Power 100 list. (Awarded in 2008)

  • Andrei Metelitsa , ’04 BMS, ’05 MD
    Excellence Award

    Andrei Metelitsa is a stellar researcher, mentor, and physician, whose time at the U of A was marked by achievement and excellence. Recognized with 30 awards, he received nine in 2009, including the prestigious Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Resident Leadership Award for his contributions to the field of dermatology and his encouragement of developing future leaders in medicine. This former chief dermatology resident at the U of A Hospital has co-authored a book on dermatology, published numerous articles, and is a highly-sought after presenter. He is currently in Boston, completing a Laser and Dermatologic Surgery Fellow¬ship with Harvard and Yale-affiliated professors. He is also an assistant professor of dermatology at Tufts University School of Medicine. (Awarded in 2010)

  • Jack Mintz , '73 BA
    Excellence Award

    Jack Mintz was appointed president and chief executive officer of the C.D. Howe Institute in September 1999. Previously the Arthur Anderson Professor of Taxation at the University of Toronto, he is recognized as Canada's pre-eminent economist. In 1996, he was appointed by Canadian finance minister Paul Martin to chair the federal government's technical committee on business taxation. In 1998 he was a visiting scholar with the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C. (Awarded in 2000)

  • M. Anne Naeth , '76 BSc, '85 MSc, '88 PhD
    Excellence Award

    M. Anne Naeth is a leading expert on land reclamation and an award-winning teacher. A University of Alberta professor, she is a favorite among students who speak highly of her compassion and enthusiasm for her subject. In 2004, the Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry, and Home Economics named her Teacher of the Year, and in 1997 she received the prestigious 3M Teaching Fellowship, Canada's highest undergraduate teaching award. Naeth is widely published and a highly sought-after advisor to industry and government. In 2004, she was elected president of the Canadian Society of Soil Science (CSSS)—the first female to hold this post in the Society's 50-year history. (Awarded in 2005)

  • Colin D. Oberst , ’92 BEd
    Excellence Award

    Colin D. Oberst made hockey history with his musical score, Canadian Gold. His Celtic-flavoured composition was selected from more than 14,500 submissions to become the new theme song for Hockey Night in Canada, the country’s longest-running TV program. This accomplished musician, songwriter, and producer for Octavo Productions has been teaching for the past 13 years, and he is currently an elementary and junior high school music and art teacher with Edmonton Catholic Schools. In addition, he has composed several school board theme songs and commercials, and he has fronted several original rock bands, being featured on local radio stations and on MuchMusic. (Awarded in 2009)

  • Shannon O’Byrne , ’84 MA, ’85 LLB, ’91 LLM
    Excellence Award

    Shannon O’Byrne, a professor of law at the University of Alberta, is both an award-winning teacher and an authoritative legal scholar. Passionate about her students’ education, she is a recipient of the Tevie H. Miller Teaching Excellence Award as well as the university’s highest teaching honour, the Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Her published scholarship has been recognized and cited by numerous courts, including the Supreme Court of Canada. She has been invited to present her research to the prestigious National Judicial Institute, thereby helping to keep the Canadian judiciary abreast of legal developments. She has presented papers at conferences as distant as Japan and Ireland. O’Byrne is co-author of the leading business law text, Canadian Business and the Law, taught at business schools across the country. In 2014, the Law Society of Alberta and the Canadian Bar Association – Alberta Branch presented her with a Distinguished Service Award for Legal Scholarship. (Awarded in 2014)

  • Christopher Opio , ’94 PhD
    Excellence Award

    Christopher Opio is a University of Northern British Columbia professor making a difference in the lives of people living in Uganda. Compelled by his own personal experience (he was born and raised in poverty-stricken northern Uganda), he decided to put his academic and scientific training to work and help those from his home country. In 2007, he and UNBC colleague Tony Donavan founded the Northern Uganda Development Foundation (NUDF) to provide safe drinking water and locally managed projects for Ugandans. To date, NUDF has opened 42 wells, providing more than 50,000 people with access to clean water, and local farmers are now earning incomes from sustainable projects. In recognition of his humanitarian work as co-founder and chair of NUDF, he was named one of Canada’s Top 10 Champions of Change in 2010. (Awarded in 2011)

  • Nelli Antonio Peruch , '70 BA, '74 MA
    Excellence Award

    Nelli Antonio Peruch, one of the world’s finest virtuoso classical concert accordionists, is a musician of great art and culture. Recently, the President of the Republic of Italy bestowed upon Peruch one of the country’s highest honours, a Cavalierato (knighthood) in recognition of his preservation of Italian culture through music. Italian-born Peruch has contributed significant design ideas that have resulted in the creation of the world’s finest leading-edge concert accordion, and he has commissioned and performed new music written expressly for it. He has performed before enthusiastic audiences in Canada, the United States, Mexico, and Italy. His performances have been heard on Canadian and Italian national radio and on the Internet. (Awarded in 2002)

  • Scott Pfeifer, '00 BSc, '04 MBA and Marcel Rocque, '96 BEd
    Excellence Award

    Scott and Marcel are making curling history with Alberta rink teammates Randy Ferbey and David Nedohin as the only complete team to win four Briers. The "Fab Four" of curling are the reigning Canadian and World Men's Curling Champions, winning both the 2005 Brier and the Ford World Curling Championships. The team has also secured a berth in the 2005 Olympic Curling Trials. Strong community leaders, they are highly regarded for their work with young curlers, whom they teach and guide to respect the sport. Off the ice, Rocque teaches at Riverbend Junior High and is working towards completing his master's degree, and Pfeifer, the 1994 World Junior Champion, works for Alberta Energy. (Awarded in 2005)

  • Jane Ash Poitras , ’77 BSc, ’83 BFA
    Excellence Award

    Jane Ash Poitras is an internationally acclaimed visual artist whose work has been showcased in numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world. Her artwork is also found in many private and public collections, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Brooklyn Museum, and in the art gallery at Columbia University, where she earned her master’s degree in fine arts. She is a long-standing sessional instructor with the University of Alberta and a highly sought-after guest lecturer across North America. She is respected for her generous support of numerous causes in both the Aboriginal community and the community at large. She has received numerous honors, most recently the prestigious 2006 National Aboriginal Achievement Award for Arts and Culture. (Awarded in 2006)

  • John C. Poon , ’74 BA, ’84 LLB
    Excellence Award

    John C. Poon is a highly respected business leader who has achieved success in one of the most entrepreneurial and fast-paced marketplaces in the world. After 18 years in Edmonton, he returned to Hong Kong in 1998 to pursue his career in public companies. In 1999, he assumed his current position as executive director and group chief financial officer of Esprit Holdings Limited, an international apparel company with market capitalization around 4 billion Canadian dollars and more than 6,000 employees world-wide. Recently, the Hong Kong Institute of Directors acknowledged his accomplishments and distinctive leadership style by naming him the 2002 Listed Company Executive Director of the Year. While bestowing this honor, the Institute cited a few of his outstanding attributes, including his corporate governance capabilities, social service contributions, and fair treatment of shareholders. (Awarded in 2003)

  • Sally Rehorick , ’69 BA, ’71 MA
    Excellence Award

    Sally Rehorick has been appointed as the Canadian Chef de Mission for the Olympic Winter Games in February 2002 in Salt Lake City. This appointment comes from the Canadian Olympic Association after she served for more than two decades as a dedicated volunteer in high-performance sports. She is a World and Olympic judge for figure skating and has held numerous leadership roles for Skate Canada and the Canadian Olympic Association. The director of the Second Language Education Centre and a professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of New Brunswick, she looks at her Olympic appointment as an exciting new challenge. As chef de mission, she will lead a team of 166 athletes and 250 support personnel while serving as the official spokesperson for the Canadian team. (Awarded in 2001)

  • Jan Reimer , ’73 BA
    Excellence Award

    Jan Reimer, recognized for her ability to find local solutions to global problems, has been a force for positive change throughout her career. As the mayor of Edmonton, she initiated a comprehensive waste management program — the first of its kind in North America. Today, Edmonton is a world leader in environmental conservation and recycling. As the provincial coordinator of the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters, she continues to enable social development. In 2006, she received the Governor General’s Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case for her commitment to ensuring the well-being of society’s most vulnerable members. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Ginette Lemire Rodger , '95 PhD
    Excellence Award

    Ginette Lemire Rodger is a leader in the field of nursing. As an advocate for the advancement of health care policy and nursing practices, she received the prestigious Jeanne Mance Award in 2004 from the Canadian Nurses Association, considered Canada’s highest honour in nursing. Last year, the mayor of the City of Ottawa issued a formal proclamation calling Lemire Rodger the "Nurse Leader at the Heart of Innovation, Knowledge, and Care." Currently, she serves as the vice-president of professional practice and chief nursing executive at the Ottawa Hospital and is an adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa and at Queens University. (Awarded in 2005)

  • Alana Savage (Marjanovich) , ’97 BA
    Excellence Award

    Alana Savage (Marjanovich) has been an agent of change in defending victims of domestic violence. She joined the Edmonton Police Service in 2002 and was working in the Southeast patrol division as a police officer when she was diagnosed in 2009 with an atrial septal defect — a “hole in the heart.” When she returned to work, she was asked to review the handling of domestic violence assaults. She soon identified a gap: insufficient policing resources left victims vulnerable to re-victimization. To bridge that gap, Savage created a program in which Victim Support Team constables go beyond regular patrol duties to support and safety plan with victims. Offenders are also held to a higher level of accountability. The initiative has earned Savage the EPS Problem Solver of the Year Award, the Peace in Families Award from the United Cultures of Canada Association and law enforcement’s top award from the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the Webber Seavey Award for Quality in Law Enforcement. (Awarded in 2014)

  • Ellen Schoeck , ’72 BA, ’77 MA
    Excellence Award

    Ellen Schoeck retired in 2005 after 37 years on the University of Alberta campus, 23 of which were spent as director of the University Secretariat and secretary to General Faculties Council. She is the author of the 700-plus page book, I Was There: A Century of Alumni Stories about the University of Alberta, which received the Grand Gold and Grand Crystal awards from the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, District VIII. She is now an editor for a trade magazine, a consultant, and a public member of a provincial health board. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Matthew Skelton , ’93 BA, ’95 MA
    Excellence Award

    Matthew Skelton burst onto the scene in 2006 from scholarly obscurity to international fame with his first novel, Endymion Spring, which connects a modern-day mystery to an apprentice in Gutenburg's workshop in the 15th century. A New York Times best-seller, Endymion Spring already has been translated into 15 languages—its language rights have been sold in 20 countries — and its film rights were sold to Warner Brothers. After graduating from the University of Alberta, he left to study at Oxford University where he earned his doctorate. He started writing Endymion Spring when he was working as a teaching assistant at the University of Mainz and completed it when he returned to Oxford to work as a research assistant. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Michael Skuba , ’45 BEd, ’55 MEd, ’65 PhD
    Excellence Award

    Michael Skuba has enjoyed a distinguished 40-year career as a teacher, principal, superintendent of schools, and senior administrator. During his years as an educator and throughout his retirement, he has dedicated 60 years of service to Lions Club International, winning numerous leadership awards and spearheading the Hearing Aid Program, a humanitarian cause in the Philippines, Chile, Trinidad and Tobago, Belarus, northern Alberta, and the Northwest Territories. Through his tireless efforts, more than 1,500 hearing aids have been distributed to those with hearing loss, and speech therapy has been provided to children with speech delays. In 2007, he was inducted into the Lions Club Hall of Fame for his outstanding contributions to the Club and the community at large. (Awarded in 2008)

  • Benjamin Sparrow , ’99 BSc(Eng)
    Excellence Award

    Benjamin Sparrow is the CEO of Saltworks Technologies and lead inventor of its series of revolutionary desalination processes. Saltworks’ patented processes produce freshwater and solid salt from a variety of water sources, including seawater, mine tailings and oil-and-gas-produced water. Its technologies are proving to be lower-cost than conventional methods and environmentally friendly, using renewable heat from the sun or waste heat from industrial processes. His company is working with Albertan oil majors and has delivered plants to the Canadian navy, NASA and a major Australian energy company. In 2012, he was recognized with Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 Under 40 B.C. Award, based on his leadership, exemplary work ethic and groundbreaking accomplishments. (Awarded in 2012)

  • Sean Stewart , '86 BA
    Excellence Award

    Sean Stewart gained a stellar reputation very early in his career as a science fiction and fantasy writer. An author with a long list of awards, Stewart has completed seven novels in 10 years and has had his work published in many countries and translated into many languages. Most recently, his novel Galveston won the Canadian Sunburst Award, and tied for first at the World Fantasy Awards. He also wrote the Beast, the Web game associated with the Steven Spielberg film, A.I. The magazine, Internet Life, called the Beast “the Citizen Kane of online interactive entertainment,” and it was named the number one Web site of the year by Entertainment Weekly. (Awarded in 2002)

  • Shirley Stinson , ’52 Dip(Nu), ’53 BSc(Nu)
    Excellence Award

    Shirley Stinson received the Alberta Order of Excellence in 1999 and the Ethel Johns Award from the Canadian Association of University Schools of Nursing in 2000. She was also honoured by an anonymous donor who gave $250,000 to the University of Alberta in recognition of her contributions to the field of nursing. Considered to be the architect of Canadian nursing research, she was instrumental in pressing for the creation of the Alberta Foundation for Nursing Research. A highly respected teacher and mentor, nationally and internationally, she was instrumental in establishing Western Canada’s first master&s degree in nursing in 1975 and the first funded Canadian PhD program in nursing fifteen years later. (Awarded in 2001)

  • Vern Thiessen , '92 MFA
    Excellence Award

    Vern Thiessen, playwright, actor, screenwriter, director, and theatre educator, has triumphed on the international stage. Most recently, his heart-rending tragedy Einstein's Gift earned him Canada's top literary honour, a Governor General's Award in drama. Produced to critical acclaim at Edmonton's Citadel Theatre, this drama will be co-produced by the Gateway Theatre and the Firehall Theatre in Vancouver next year. His play Apple, which won the Alberta Play Competition and the Sterling Award for Outstanding New Play, was recently translated into Polish for Poland's theatres. Thiessen wrote the screenplay for the award-winning film Samurai Swing, which received international play at film festivals and was broadcast on CBC Television. He is the artistic associate at the Citadel Theatre, has served as president of the Playwrights Guild of Canada, and was Playwright in Residence at the University of Alberta, at Workshop West Theatre, and at New York's Blue Heron Theatre. (Awarded in 2004)

  • Suzanne Carol Tough , ’96 PhD
    Excellence Award

    Suzanne Carol Tough is an award-winning researcher and teacher whose work is changing the landscape of maternal and child health care in Alberta by contributing to policy development and practice changes. She is an associate professor at the University of Calgary and the scientific director of the Alberta Centre for Child, Family, and Community Research—Canada’s leading provincial research funder for policy relevant research. Widely published, she continues to mentor graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. In 2008, as the co-director of the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Interdisciplinary Pre-term Birth and Health Outcomes Team, she received the largest AHRMR award ever—a $5-million grant to combat pre-term birth. (Awarded in 2008)

  • Allan Wachowich , ’57 BA, ’58 LLB
    Excellence Award

    Allan Wachowich was appointed chief justice of the Court of Queen’s Bench of Alberta in January 2001, after serving on the bench for 26 years. He joined the judiciary when he was appointed to the District Court of Alberta in 1974. For several years he served as one of Alberta’s judicial leaders following his appointment as the associate chief justice of the Queen’s Bench in 1993. In addition to his service to the legal profession, he has given generously of his time serving on numerous athletic, cultural and charitable organizations. (Awarded in 2001)

  • Ernest J.M. Walter , ’63 BA, ’64 LLB
    Excellence Award

    Ernest J.M. Walter was appointed chief judge of the Provincial Court of Alberta in 1999. Throughout his lengthy legal career in Edmonton, he has taken on many leadership roles and has been involved with numerous professional associations such as the Municipal Law Edmonton Branch CBA and the Environmental Law CBA. Besides having numerous articles published, he has also lectured at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Extension and at Grant MacEwan College. Active in the community, he is involved in many local organizations, including United Way, St. Anthony’s College Alumni Association, Friars Club, NAIT Advisory Board, and Canadian Diabetes Association. (Awarded in 2001)

  • Jane Walter , ’93 BEd
    Excellence Award

    Jane Walter founded organicKidz in 2008 to provide safe, toxin-free baby bottles as an alternative to plastic ones containing bisphenol A (BPA). Created from food-grade stainless steel, her baby bottles are now sold in 35 countries. They have been featured on the Today Show and in O, The Oprah Magazine and endorsed by celebrity parents as well as Disneyfamily.com and Healthy Child Healthy World, which named organicKidz its first Trusted Partner in Canada. The bottles were also selected as a winner of the 2009 JPMA (Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association) Innovation Awards. Dedicated to improving the quality of life for children, she is a founding member of the 10,000 Kids Project, created to help feed Calgary children to promote their success at school. (Awarded in 2012)

  • George Webber , '73 BA
    Excellence Award

    George Webber has turned his passion for the Canadian Prairies into an award-winning career in photography. His depictions of Alberta life can be found in museum collections around the world and have been featured in numerous books and magazines. Recently, Webber's photograph Branding Day at Chinook Ranch won a national competition and is one of 14 photographs on display in the Canadian Pavilion at Expo 2005 in Aichi, Japan. A member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts, Webber is a freelance photographer and an instructor at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT) in Calgary. (Awarded in 2005)

  • Nathan Whitling , ’93 BCom, ’97 LLB
    Excellence Award

    Nathan Whitling is an Edmonton lawyer regarded for his expertise in civil rights law. In 2010, he received the Harradence Prize from the Criminal Trial Lawyers’ Association in recognition of his dedication to the principles of fundamental justice and fairness. Known for taking on controversial cases, he is lauded for protecting the rights of imprisoned persons as demonstrated in his work with Omar Khadr in Guantanamo Bay. A Harvard University Master of Laws graduate, he has appeared as a lead counsel before all levels of court in Canada and is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Human Rights Medal from the Canadian Human Rights Institute in 2009 and the Canadian National Pro Bono Distinguished Service Award in 2008. (Awarded in 2011)

  • Tara Whitten , ‘07 BSc
    Excellence Award

    Tara Whitten, a former member of Canada’s national crosscountry ski team, has done a kick turn into the sport of track cycling, garnering international attention. In 2009, she won the National Time Trial Championships, the Tour of P.E.I. Stage Race, silver at the Track World Cup in Copenhagen, and silver at the Track Cycling World Championships in Poland. She currently holds the Canadian record in the Individual Pursuit. Off the track, she is working on her PhD in neuroscience for which she has been awarded scholarships from Alberta Ingenuity and NSERC. (Awarded in 2009)

  • Lingyun (Lily) Wu , '91 MSc
    Excellence Award

    Lingyun (Lily) Wu is a medical scholar working on ground-breaking research garnering national attention. Recently, she received the prestigious Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) New Investigator Award, the highest award a young Canadian scientist can receive in the field of health research. Named one of Canada's rising stars based on her remarkable research accomplishments, Wu also received the New Investigator Award from the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada and a Young Investigator Award from Canadian Hypertension Society. An associate professor in the pharmacology department at the University of Saskatchewan, Wu is a well-published academic who has authored 50 papers, four book chapters, and 80 abstracts. Recently, her research was featured in Time magazine in the article entitled Eat Your Sprouts. (Awarded in 2004)

  • Jason Acker , ’95 BSc, ’97 MSc, ’00 PhD, ‘09 MBA
    Horizon Award

    Jason Acker, after completing his fellowship at Harvard Medical School, has very quickly garnered an impressive record of accomplishments. A senior scientist with Canadian Blood Services, he leads its national development program, which brings together scientific expertise from teams across Canada to improve the safety of the blood supply. As a U of A associate professor, his research in the emerging fields of cell and tissue preservation is receiving international attention. He was commissioned by the Smithsonian Institution to be part of its international team working to protect coral reefs through reproductive cell cryopreservation. The author of more than 100 publications and five book chapters, he holds nine patents in the areas of cell preservation and microfabrication. (Awarded in 2010)

  • Saleem Khaldoon Al-Nuaimi, ’09 BMedSc, ’10 MD
    Horizon Award

    Saleem Khaldoon Al-Nuaimi has a passion for psychiatry that knows no borders. After a medical mission to Turkey, he noticed the lack of psychiatric resources for refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war. His solution was a telepsychiatry service that allowed him to provide consultation over the Internet. This pilot program has been so successful it has expanded to include six psychiatrists from across North America as well as other mental health professionals. Al-Nuaimi, a psychiatrist specializing in children and adolescents, is also leading efforts to open a mental health facility in northern Syria. Al-Nuaimi serves on the charity board of Life for Relief and Development, and volunteers with the Canadian chapter of the International Union of Medical Care and Relief Organizations. He has won a number of undergraduate and graduate awards. His humanitarian philosophy extends outside his school and career, as he volunteers at his community mosque and a youth club. (Awarded in 2015)

  • Cristelle Audet , ’04 PhD
    Horizon Award

    Cristelle Audet is making groundbreaking strides as a leading researcher examining social justice issues in the counselling profession. An assistant professor at the University of Ottawa, she has received much recognition and funding for her work on the role of counsellors in developing countries. She is chair of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association’s Social Justice Chapter and Ethics Committee and is also in the process of launching a national Counsellors without Borders program. Her humanitarian leadership extends beyond academia. She is the co-founder and managing director of One Child’s Village, an NGO that helps HIV/AIDS orphans in Kenya. To date, One Child’s Village has built three schools, a dormitory, and a health clinic and is making an incredible difference in the lives of hundreds of Kenyan children. (Awarded in 2011)

  • Todd Babiak , ’95 BA
    Horizon Award

    Todd Babiak is an award-winning writer and journalist. His first book, Choke Hold, was nominated for the prestigious Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize in 2000, and in 2001 it won the Writers’ Guild of Alberta Henry Kreisel Award for Best First Book. Currently, Babiak is adapting Choke Hold as a screenplay for a motion picture by Jump Communications and Velocity Entertainment, and he has just finished his second book. As an entertainment writer with the Edmonton Journal, he recently won a Commentary award for his “Night Crawl” columns from the American Association of Sunday and Feature Editors Excellence-in-Writing Competition in Las Vegas. (Awarded in 2003)

  • Amanda Babichuk , ’01 BCom
    Horizon Award

    Amanda Babichuk is a woman of action in the business world who has demonstrated creative leadership and innovation in Edmonton’s food and restaurant scene. What makes her story—which includes being a single mother at 16—so inspiring is her determination to succeed and her ability to tackle change. In 2008, she opened d'Lish Urban Kitchen, a locavore meal assembly studio. This new-to-Edmonton concept earned her much recognition, including being named as Entrepreneur of the Year at the YWCA Women of Distinction Awards in 2009. Two years later, she evolved the business and d'Lish Urban Kitchen & Wine Bar reopened its doors in September 2010. Her success as a business owner has allowed her to give back to community organizations, including the Terra Centre for Pregnant and Parenting Teens, the YWCA, and more than four dozen other local charitable causes. (Awarded in 2011)

  • Greg Ball, ’93 BA, and Steve Blackman, ’97 LLB
    Horizon Award

    Greg Ball and Steve Blackman made Canadian television history with The Associates, a prime-time series on CTV that has the biggest budget of any Canadian television series to date. These two young lawyers discovered their shared passions for writing when they were articling. They would work 10-hour days practising law and then meet for late-night writing sessions. For two industry neophytes to launch their own show was an incredible coup. With their own production company in place, the two are working on more projects for television and are currently pursuing the creation of a show in Los Angeles. (Awarded in 2001)

  • Christopher Barton , ’00 BSc, ’03 MSc
    Horizon Award

    Christopher Barton is a stellar young researcher whose contributions to science and technology have garnered international attention. He was the only Canadian student on the IBM team that, using his algorithm for the Unified Parallel C (UPC) compiler, won first prize at the Supercomputing 2005 Conference — one of the world’s premier high performance computing competitions. A three-time recipient of the coveted IBM Corporate University Relations Doctoral Fellowship,he has three patents pending and is completing his doctoral studies in computing science at the U of A. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Ken Bautista , ’99 BEd
    Horizon Award

    Ken Bautista is co-founder of Startup Edmonton, a social enterprise working to amplify creative innovation and startups in Edmonton through events, mentorship, workspace and accelerators. He’s been a creative entrepreneur in the tech industry for over a decade, founding and growing two award-winning interactive companies, Hotrocket Studios and Rocketfuel Games. Under his leadership, Rocketfuel successfully raised public/private investment and signed an exclusive deal with Discovery Communications—the world’s number 1 non-fiction media company. He has been featured in a number of publications, including The New York Times, was recognized in Avenue magazine’s “Top 40 Under 40,” and named one of “Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People” by Alberta Venture in 2011. (Awarded in 2011)

  • Danisha Bhaloo , ’07 BA(Criminology)
    Horizon Award

    Danisha Bhaloo, who grew up in poverty, was inspired by mentors from Big Brothers Big Sisters Edmonton. They encouraged her to pursue a university degree and when she graduated, she made history as Alberta’s youngest probation officer. In 2007, after serving as a volunteer and board chair with the Youth Restorative Action Project, she founded the Aga Khan Council for Edmonton’s Youth Empowerment Strategy program, matching at-risk youth with mentors. In 2009, as she was completing a graduate diploma in public relations, she took a caseworker position with Big Brothers Big Sisters in Montreal. In 2011, she returned to Edmonton as manager of fund development for Boys and Girls Clubs/Big Brothers Big Sisters. She serves the community as chair of the Aga Khan Youth and Sports Board in Edmonton, a board member of the Edmonton John Howard Society, a Rotarian and an advisory board member of the U of A’s Festival of Ideas. She was recently appointed to the U of A Senate. (Awarded in 2014)

  • Catherine M. Biggs , ’91 BPE, ’96 BSc(Pharm)
    Horizon Award

    Catherine M. Biggs has demonstrated strong leadership in the pharmacy profession through her extensive involvement in patient care, research, and education. Upon graduation, she hit the ground running. In 2000, she was president of the Alberta College of Pharmacists, and in 2001 she was named as My Favourite Pharmacist, one of three national awards presented by the Pharmacy Practice magazine. Today, she is a project coordinator at the University of Alberta’s EPICORE Centre and a lecturer in the U of A’s Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Chris M. Blanchard , ’97 MA, ’01 PhD
    Horizon Award

    Chris M. Blanchard is breaking new ground in the field of physical activity and chronic disease prevention. He holds a Tier II Canada Research Chair in Cardiovascular Disease and Physical Activity in the Department of Medicine at Dalhousie University and two cross-appointments in the Schools of Health and Human Performance and Psychology. Prior to this, he held an Ontario Career Scientist award funded by that province’s Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and was a University of Ottawa Research Chair in the human kinetics department. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Graham Buksa , ’04 BSc(Eng)
    Horizon Award

    Graham Buksa has applied his inventiveness and drive to building longboards that have revolutionized the sport of longboarding. Graham built his first board while still a student. After graduation, he founded Rayne Longboards in North Vancouver and won the 2004 Small Business B.C. Plan competition. He has grown Rayne to a business of 30 employees, developed a line of 11 board designs and branched out into ancillary products. He has made Rayne a global brand and built a team of racers that includes world champion Kevin Reimer. Graham approaches his designs scientifically and builds the boards in his own high-efficiency factory with support from the National Research Council. (Awarded in 2012)

  • Leanne Brown ’07 BA
    Horizon Award

    Leanne Brown has helped improve the lives of thousands of low-income families by empowering them through low-cost, nutritious home cooking. As the capstone for her master’s in food studies at New York University, Brown wrote Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4/Day, a cookbook for people with tight budgets, particularly those on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits in the U.S. Next came a successful Kickstarter campaign to self-publish the book with a buy-one/give-one model, then a second edition of Good and Cheap through Workman Publishing. The free PDF version has been downloaded more than 900,000 times and more than 40,000 books have been donated to non-profits and food banks through the buy-one/give-one model. She was named one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 and one of the most innovative women in food and drink by Food and Wine and Fortune magazines. Brown and her husband live in Brooklyn, N.Y. (Awarded in 2016)

  • Vera Caine, ’98 BScN, ’02 MN, ’07 PhD
    Horizon Award

    Vera Caine is an associate professor in the Faculty of Nursing. Her areas of research reflect her interest in cross-disciplinary work and health equity in the areas of indigenous health and HIV infections. Since joining the faculty in 2009, Caine has held numerous operating grants and in 2013 received a New Investigator Award from the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. She maintains close relationships with community organizations such as the Boyle McCauley Health Centre, the Mustard Seed, Streetworks and HIV Edmonton. Her research has made significant contributions to narrative inquiry, a qualitative research methodology. She has also worked in supervisory roles with post-doctoral fellows and undergraduate and graduate students in the faculties of nursing, medicine, education and anthropology. (Awarded in 2015)

  • Lorne Cardinal , '93 BFA
    Horizon Award

    Lorne Cardinal is an accomplished actor with an impressive number of stage and television credits. His versatile talent is evident as he easily engages and enthralls audiences in a variety of roles, be it as the lovable Sergeant Davis Quinton on CTV's award-winning hit Corner Gas or in darker roles such as Rich in the major motion picture Insomnia. A strong advocate of theatre, Cardinal returns to the stage as often as his schedule permits, and he has directed several theatre productions. A role model to aspiring actors, Cardinal also greatly contributes to Aboriginal culture through his work with Native Earth Performing Arts, Saskatchewan Native Theatre, and Kanata Native Dance Theatre. (Awarded in 2005)

  • Malachy Carroll , '94 MSc
    Horizon Award

    Malachy Carroll has worked for Syncrude since 1994, earning early promotion from the company's Graduate Development program in recognition of his outstanding work. In 1998 he was transferred to the company's mining operations in Fort McMurray and was recently assigned the responsibility for the acceptance, commissioning, and startup of a large portion of the mining equipment for Syncrude's Aurora mine — normally such responsibilities are only given to engineers with significant experience. (Awarded in 2000)

  • Tim Caulfield , '87 BSc, '90 LLB
    Horizon Award

    Tim Caulfield, research director of the University of Alberta Health Law Institute, is a highly respected academic whose work in the areas of health policy and genetic research are widely published and regarded. In addition, Caulfield is an associate professor in the Faculties of Law and Medicine and Dentistry, and he recently received the prestigious appointment of being named a Canada Research Chair in Health Law and Policy. He is also a recipient of the University’s Martha Cook Piper Research Prize, given to faculty members who show outstanding promise as researchers early in their careers. A dynamic individual, Caulfield is an active member on numerous government committees and the co-editor of the Health Law Journal and the Health Law Review. (Awarded in 2002)

  • Marty Chan , ’92 BA
    Horizon Award

    Marty Chan has produced a string of hits at Edmonton’s Fringe Festival, winning applause and rave reviews from fans and critics alike. In addition to his award-winning Fringe productions (Polaroids of Don; Mom, Dad, I’m Living With A White Girl; The Bone House), he has also written masterfully for radio, film, and television. He won a gold prize at the 1997 Worldfest Charleston Film Festival for The Orange Seed Mythand Other Lies Mothers Tell, acted on and wrote for TV’s Jake and the Kid, and delighted CBC Radio audiences with his Dim Sum Diaries. Currently, he is writing humour columns for Alberta Venture magazine. (Awarded in 2001)

  • Todd Cherniawsky , ’93 BFA
    Horizon Award

    Todd Cherniawsky, a film production designer based in Los Angeles, has worked for such prominent directors as Robert Zemeckis (The Polar Express), Ang Lee (The Hulk), Tim Burton (Planet of The Apes), and James Cameron (Ghosts of The Abyss). Cherniawsky utilizes digital technologies to help other production designers and directors pre-visualize sets, lighting, or entire visual effects/action sequences. Active in the Canadian and Alberta film community, he has worked on the production design of audience and festival favourite Ginger Snaps, also contributing to the movie’s sequel and prequel. Cherniawsky is currently illustrating and drawing for the upcoming films, Paramount’s Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events, and Warner Brothers’ Flyby (Superman). (Awarded in 2003)

  • Irene Cheng , ‘96 BSc, ’99 MSc, ‘05 PhD
    Horizon Award

    Irene Cheng is an award-winning, innovative computer scientist making a tremendous impact on multimedia research internationally. She is the scientific director of the University’s NSERC/iCORE Multimedia Research Centre, and an adjunct professor in the computing science department. As a leader in interdisciplinary collaborations, she has established partnerships with other U of A faculties—including a joint curriculum with the art and design department—and with universities around the world. She invented a new educational framework, Online Multimedia Innovative Item Types, which helps bring high quality education to students through adaptive learning and evaluation. (Awarded in 2008)

  • Kelly Chichak , ’94 BSc, ’02 PhD
    Horizon Award

    Kelly Chichak was part of the science team that made a landmark breakthrough that will go down in the history of chemistry as a milestone in chemical synthesis. As a postdoctoral scholar with the internationally renowned Stoddart Research Group at UCLA, he achieved what many research groups around the world were trying to accomplish—making a mechanically interlocked compound whose three macrocyclic components have the same spatial properties as the Borromean rings. This discovery was published in the May 2004 issue of Science and was part of the cover story in the December 2004 issue of C&E News, which highlighted the discovery as one of the top achievements in supramolecular chemistry that year. He is a recipient of UCLA’s 2006 Amgen Postdoctoral Award and a Research Excellence Award. He is now a research scientist with General Electric Global Research in New York. (Awarded in 2006)

  • Claire Clark , ’02 BEd
    Horizon Award

    Claire Clark is a force for positive change in her efforts to support Aboriginal women in the community. After a 25-year career with Alberta Government Telephones (AGT), she embarked on a new path. She graduated from the U of A, formed a consulting company, and co-founded the Aboriginal Women’s Professional Association, where she served as executive director. A founding member of the Edmonton Aboriginal Business Association, she is also the promoter of empowering programs for Aboriginal youth, including Ask Your Auntie, which has been featured on CBC Radio. She spearheaded the first Toastmasters Club for Aboriginal people and was the first Aboriginal president of an Edmonton (Host) Lions Club. She has received numerous awards,including being named Global Television’s Woman of Vision and receiving the Lions Club Melvin Jones Fellow Award for humanitarian services. (Awarded in 2011)

  • Punita Chohan , ’08 Dip(Ed)
    Horizon Award

    Punita Chohan has a gift for creativity and a talent for inspiring others. An award-winning artist, she is inspired by—and, in turn, inspires—women of many generations and backgrounds. As a cosmetology instructor at Edmonton’s M.E. LaZerte High School, she teaches her students to see the internal beauty of each person. She works with community groups—from hospitals and senior associations to the Cerebral Palsy Association in Alberta and the Women’s Emergency Accommodation Centre—as part of her lesson plans, providing students a greater appreciation for others. She has been recognized with the City of Edmonton Cultural Diversity in the Arts Award and was named a YWCA Woman of Distinction. (Awarded in 2012)

  • Evan Chrapko, '88 BCom, and Shane Chrapko, '90 BSc(Ag) — and their friend and partner Val Pappes, '90 BCom
    Horizon Award

    Evan Chrapko, Shane Chrapko and Val Pappes took a good idea and transformed it into a huge e-business success story. Founded in 1997, DocSpace was the first Internet company to offer completely Web-based, digital-certificate-level file delivery and storage systems. For its many customers, including many Fortune 500 firms, it provided a total Web environment in which they could collaborate on files safely and privately in cyberspace. DocSpace, which was sold earlier this year for more than $500 million, was truly a U of A success story. Among the contributors to the company's success were Carmen deAntoni, '90 BCom, Byron Cassey, '92 BCom, and Norm Gretzinger, '91 BCom. (Awarded in 2000)

  • Diane H. Conrad , ’01 MEd, ’04 PhD
    Horizon Award

    Diane H. Conrad is one of Canada’s most promising up-and-coming research stars. She received the prestigious Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council 2006 Aurora Prize for her exciting and innovative research, which uses the transforming power of drama to educate incarcerated, high-risk youths. A drama education professor in the University of Alberta Department of Secondary Education, she has an incredible teaching background. She served as a volunteer teacher for the World Service University of Canada in Lesotho,located in Southern Africa, and in Rae-Edzo and Fort Good Hope in the Northwest Territories. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Mark Cranwell , ’95 LLB
    Horizon Award

    Mark Cranwell established himself early in his career as an expert in the area of intellectual property and international media and entertainment law. As a solicitor with the international firm Coudert Brothers in London, England, he serves as head of the Technology Media and Telecommunications Practice Group. He has an impressive client list, including the Beijing Olympic Committee, Toyota Formula 1 racing team, and several film and television clients. He was recently nominated as Associate of the Year by the U.K.’s Lawyer Magazine and is a published author, having contributed a chapter to the 2002 edition of Law and Media. (Awarded in 2003)

  • Pamela Marie Cunningham , ’01 BA(Native St), ’06 MA
    Horizon Award

    Pamela Marie Cunningham, as an educator, volunteer, and young academic, is a model of compassion, determination, and understanding. As the community liaison and practicum coordinator in the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta, she has developed two community-centred courses. As a community leader, she has worked tirelessly with non-profit organizations such as the Bissell Centre and the Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association, and she was instrumental as the volunteer project coordinator for the Rossdale Flats Aboriginal Oral Histories Project. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Jeff DiBattista , ’95 MSc, ’00 PhD
    Horizon Award

    Jeff DiBattista is an emerging leader in the field of structural engineering. His work includes several Edmonton landmarks, including the National Institute for Nanotechnology, the Edmonton Clinic, and the PCL Centennial Learning Centre—the first Alberta private sector building to receive LEED™ Gold certification. A principal with Cohos Evamy integratedesign™, a national engineering, architecture, and interior design firm, he has worked to establish the firm’s award-winning professional development program. He also collaborates with the U of A’s undergraduate civil engineering program, co-founding and supporting the fourth-year structural design competition. An associate adjunct professor in the University’s engineering department, he is highly regarded for his mentoring leadership and tireless advocacy for higher education. (Awarded in 2009)

  • Trevor Duplessis , ’97 BEd, ’00 BFA
    Horizon Award

    Trevor Duplessis has been widely recognized for his powerful acting performances on both the stage and screen. Since graduating, he has performed in theatre productions across Europe, Canada, and the United States. He received Edmonton’s Sterling Outstanding Fringe Actor award nomination in 2004, and his lead role in Drew Hayden Taylor’s In a World Created by a Drunken God drew international acclaim. The play’s success in Canada and Europe led to the creation of a feature length film for the Aboriginal Peoples Network, and his work in this movie resulted in him receiving a Best Actor award at the 2008 American Indian Film Festival and a 2009 Gemini nomination in the Best Actor category. (Awarded in 2010)

  • Kathryn Dong , ’07 MSc
    Horizon Award

    Kathryn Dong, an associate clinical professor of emergency medicine at the University of Alberta, has distinguished herself as a champion of initiatives addressing the health needs of inner-city residents. As co-director of the Edmonton Inner City Health Research and Education Network, she recognized that emergency rooms faced a “revolving door” challenge, seeing many of the same patients repeatedly. In 2013, with support from the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation, Dong helped launch the Inner City Health and Wellness Program, which sees willing patients referred to an interdisciplinary health-care team that gives them in-depth care and helps link them to primary and community-based care. Dong, who also took a leading role in developing an inner-city health elective for U of A students, wants to see hospitals provide compassionate and holistic care for inner-city residents, not only dealing with their acute issues but also helping to improve the social determinants of health, such as housing and social supports. (Awarded in 2014)

  • Farrah Salima Ebrahim , ’00 BA
    Horizon Award

    Farrah Salima Ebrahim, a manager with Deloitte in Toronto, is taking a leading role in social justice issues. Recognized for her work in human rights and multiculturalism, she has undertaken extensive research on the intersection of women, youth, Islam and civic engagement. She is a tireless advocate for women’s rights and for increasing the ability of Muslim women to participate in public decision-making. The youngest member to join the Canadian Council of Muslim Women, she holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and was awarded a fellowship with the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2006. In 2009, the Calgary Herald named her as one of the Top 20 Compelling Calgarians for her work in human rights. (Awarded in 2011)

  • Christina Ellis , ’96 BA
    Horizon Award

    Christina Ellis conducted her graduate work at York University (MES), and as a result of her research was invited to join the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI USA) in 2000 to spearhead a program designed to reduce the commercial bushmeat trade by addressing sustainable community livelihoods. She now serves as a vice-president, director of Africa Field Programs for JGI and continues to focus on community centred conservation in central Africa. While still in the early stages of her career in conservation, Ellis is well poised to contribute significantly to the wellbeing of the planet and to earn international recognition for her contributions. (Awarded in 2003)

  • Megan Engel , ’12 BSc(Hons), ’13 MSc
    Horizon Award

    Megan Engel has devoted herself to an emerging field of nanoscience that exists at the intersection of physics and biochemistry. The recipient of a prestigious Rhodes Scholarship, she is working on a PhD in atomic and laser physics at Oxford, studying photosynthesis as a platform to support processes leading to near-perfect energy transfer. When these principles are understood they could lead to technologies capable of revolutionizing renewable energy production. Engel demonstrates great determination to solve deeply complex questions in science. As an undergraduate, she was published in the Astrophysical Journal with a breakthrough discovery related to the orbital period of a distant X-ray binary star system. She is a devotee of J.R.R. Tolkien, author of The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The Tolkien Society she founded at the University of Alberta has become allied with Tolkien scholars around the world and was named best student group at the university in 2012. (Awarded in 2014)

  • Carole Anne Estabrooks , '87 BSc(Nu), '97 PhD
    Horizon Award

    Carole Anne Estabrooks has taken on a leadership role in the field of nursing research. An associate professor of nursing at the University of Alberta, Estabrooks also holds an adjunct appointment at the University of Toronto and is an adjunct scientist with the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences (ICES). Estabrooks has been extremely successful in obtaining external funding from local and national agencies. Most recently, she was awarded $1.9 million for an interdisciplinary, multi-site research program for which she is the principal investigator. A CIHR/MRC health scholar and an AHFMR health investigator in the U of A’s Faculty of Nursing, Estabrooks is internationally recognized for her work in research utilization and health policy. (Awarded in 2002)

  • Joelle Fawcett-Arsenault , ‘04 BSc(HumanEc)
    Horizon Award

    Joelle Fawcett-Arsenault is a compassionate advocate for the treatment and support of people with eating disorders. In 1996, at only 17, she was a founding member of the Society for Assisted Cooperative Recovery from Eating Disorders (SACRED). In 2005 she received a YWCA Women of Distinction Award for her work with SACRED, which has made Edmonton a leader in the treatment of people with eating disorders. A dynamic practitioner and entrepreneur, she worked with Volunteer Alberta before she and her husband opened Eco-Approach Consulting, a contracting business working with the non-profit sector. She continues her work with SACRED as its executive director. (Awarded in 2008)

  • Colin C. J. Feasby , ’98 LLB
    Horizon Award

    Colin C. J. Feasby, a leading expert on Law and Democracy in Canada, has published numerous scholarly articles, many of which have been cited in Supreme Court of Canada decisions. His stellar law career started when he was a student at the U of A, receiving numerous scholarships and serving as co-editor of the Alberta Law Review. Today, he is a partner with Osler Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Calgary, where he represents multinational corporate clients in complex litigations. In 2007, he completed his doctorate in law from Columbia University, and he was named a rising star by Lexpert magazine in their annual “Top 40 Under 40” list of Canadian lawyers. (Awarded in 2009)

  • Fay Fletcher , ’84 BPE, ’94 MSc, ’04 PhD
    Horizon Award

    Fay Fletcher is breaking new ground in the field of community-based, collaborative research practices. Through her work, she has built partnerships with a wide-range of community organizations, providing services to immigrant and Aboriginal communities that engage people from various cultures. She is an exemplar of university community engagement. Through collaborative partnerships, she has developed valuable teaching materials and programs, improving access to postsecondary education for Aboriginal students and has served as co-leader on three International Indigenous Summer Institutes. She held a joint appointment with the U of A’s School of Public Health and the Faculty of Extension, but recently joined Extension full-time to focus on her community-based research. (Awarded in 2009)

  • Bonnie Fournier , ‘04 MSc
    Horizon Award

    Bonnie Fournier, a lecturer in the nursing faculty at the University of Alberta, is a humanitarian dedicated to making a difference in the lives of impoverished children living in Africa. An impassioned believer in every child’s right to education and wellbeing, she co-founded a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing high-quality education and leadership development programs for Ugandan children displaced by conflict. During her trips to that country, she also conducts art and photography workshops to help students express their feelings and help them become role models for other children survivors of war and displacement. (Awarded in 2008)

  • George “Jody” Fraser , ’92 BA, ’96 LLB
    Horizon Award

    George “Jody” Fraser is a capable and admired lawyer who cares about justice. At the age of 20 he suffered a life-transforming accident while playing rugby and became paralyzed throughout most of his body. Refusing to allow his physical limitations to impede his goals, he completed a law degree and went on to serve as a crown prosecutor. There are many demands placed on a crown prosecutor, but he has asked for no special treatment and manages his heavy caseload with skill, compassion and determination. He enjoys his work and is dedicated to the pursuit of justice. (Awarded in 2001)

  • Leela J. Gilday , '97 BMus
    Horizon Award

    Leela J. Gilday is an award-winning singer and songwriter who has been entertaining audiences with her rich and distinctive voice since she was eight. Gilday, from the Dene Nations (Sahtugot'ine), was named Best Female Artist and Best Songwriter at the 2002 Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards, and her CD,Spirit World, Solid Wood, produced under her own record label, won for Best Folk Album and was also nominated for a 2003 Juno Award. In addition to self-managing her music career, Gilday is a founding member of the Recording Arts Association of the NWT. She has also worked with the Status of Women Council of the NWT and many First Nations across Canada to promote youth empowerment through her shows and workshops. In addition, she produces, writes, and hosts national radio programs on music and Aboriginal issues for the CBC. (Awarded in 2004)

  • Su-Ling Goh , '95 BSc
    Horizon Award

    Su-Ling Goh is a dynamic media personality on the national and international stage. Goh became an instant hit with TV audiences when she worked as a rookie news reporter and photographer at a local Edmonton station. In a few short years, she was recruited by Pyramid Productions to host Inside Entertainment, a CanWest Global nationally syndicated entertainment show. In addition to hosting, writing, and producing for Inside Entertainment, Goh appears daily on Global newscasts across the country and provides feature stories for Global National News. A strong supporter of the community, Goh volunteers her time through her active involvement in the Committee on Race Relations, school tours, career days, fundraisers, charity fashion shows, and award presentations. (Awarded in 2004)

  • Jocelyn L.H. Grozic , '94 BSc(Eng), '99 PhD
    Horizon Award

    Jocelyn L.H. Grozic, an engineer and assistant professor at the University of Calgary, is an award-winning researcher and academic. One of the few researchers in the world studying gas hydrates and gassy soils, her work in the field of soil mechanics has garnered international attention, leading to collaborations with researchers in Norway, Great Britain, and Japan. In 2004, she received the APEGGA Early Accomplishment Award and has secured more than $500,000 in research funding. Grozic, who holds appointments on various boards, is an inspiration for young professionals wishing to make a mark in their field of endeavour. (Awarded in 2005)

  • Mark Haroun , ’03 BA
    Horizon Award

    Mark Haroun is an accomplished television writer and playwright quickly making his mark through his work and community involvement as a mentor to young writers. He began writing at 18 and launched a number of successful works at various theatre festivals in Edmonton. In 2005, his play A Giraffe in Paris debuted at the Citadel Theatre to sold-out audiences and won a Sterling Award for Best Production for Young Audiences. This 2008 recipient of the Canadian Authors Association-Book Television Emerging Writer Award is a senior story editor and writer for the CBC TV series Heartland, and he won a Rosie at the 2009 Alberta Film and Television Awards in the best screenwriter drama category. (Awarded in 2009)

  • Andrew J. Hirsh , ’93 MSc, ’98 PhD
    Horizon Award

    Andrew J. Hirsh is a topnotch researcher breaking new ground in the fight against cystic fibrosis and chronic bronchitis. He completed his postdoctoral appointment at the prestigious Cystic Fibrosis Centre at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He was awarded a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellowship in 1999 for pivotal work with epithelial sodium channel blockers, and this project led to the formation of the pharmaceutical company Parion Sciences Inc. As director of pre-clinical development at Parion, his efforts led to the discovery of a novel epithelial sodium channel blocker currently being tested in Phase II clinical trials. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Casey Hudson , ’98 BSc(Eng)
    Horizon Award

    Casey Hudson is a video-gaming producer extraordinaire. A vice-president at Electronic Arts’ BioWare Studio, he has led teams of video game developers who have created some of the most respected — and sought after — titles in the industry, including Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, MDK2, and Mass Effect. His most recent project, Mass Effect 2, has become BioWare’s most highly rated game. Mass Effect 2 has garnered more than 40 perfect scores from publications around the world, and it was praised by Time magazine as being the “Avatar of video games.” His creative talents have taken video gaming to new heights. Mass Effect 2 has spawned a comic book series, three novels, and a feature film is on the horizon. (Awarded in 2010)

  • Pernille M.K. Ironside , ’95 BCom
    Horizon Award

    Pernille M.K. Ironside is a passionate humanitarian dedicated to improving the lives of people in conflict-affected areas. A graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School and Columbia University School of Law, where she earned a master’s of law, she has focused her energies on international human rights and justice issues. She has worked with the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and UNICEF in New York, where she helped launch major initiatives to improve the protection of civilians and monitoring of child rights violations in areas of armed conflict. She is now working as a child protection adviser with the UN Peacekeeping Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo, based in the volatile eastern region. (Awarded in 2006)

  • Abraam Isaac , ’09 BMS, ’10 MD
    Horizon Award

    Abraam Isaac combines a passion for world development with academic and clinical aptitude. Consistently at the top of his internal medicine resident group at the U of A, he was elected as chief resident. He is known for his exemplary care of patients, as well as his compassion and humility. A co-founder of the Kenya Ceramic Project, which developed and manufactured ceramic water filters and high-efficiency stoves, Isaac continues his commitment to working with the world’s disadvantaged through his involvement with Innovative Canadians for Change (ICChange). He co-directs this group, which brings together experts and students from across Canada to improve the quality of life for vulnerable populations. He is also involved in related projects in Burma, where he helps implement vocational training programs in high-efficiency stove design, and in Ethiopia, where the goal is to improve access to education for young girls. (Awarded in 2013)

  • Samuel Jenkins , ’05 BCom
    Horizon Award

    Samuel Jenkins is part of the wave of young professionals leading the charge in making Edmonton a hub for technology entrepreneurs. The co-founder and CEO of WellNext, an IT startup that encourages active, healthy choices in life through the workplace, Jenkins is at the forefront of young professionals building businesses linked to community development and volunteerism. He was also a founder of Startup Edmonton, a vehicle for nurturing new ideas and sharing entrepreneurial lessons. In keeping with his commitment to the arts and his community, Jenkins is an organizer with TEDxEdmonton and with artsScene Edmonton and serves as president of Edmonton’s Fringe Theatre Adventures. Since becoming involved as a volunteer in 2009, he has helped lead the Edmonton Fringe to a 40 per cent increase in ticket sales. Jenkins also shares his expertise as a director of the Alumni Association of the Alberta School of Business. (Awarded in 2013)

  • Govind V. Kaigala , ’05 MEng, ’09 PhD
    Horizon Award

    Govind V. Kaigala combines his expertise in both engineering and medicine to develop innovative solutions to challenging problems in clinical diagnostics. He is a principal investigator at IBM Research–Zurich, considered the birthplace of nanotechnology. Having established a new laboratory on micro/nano-biotechnology, Kaigala leads a team in the development of microfluidic probe technology, which will enable pathologists to gain more precise information from tissue biopsies. The technology, being developed in close collaboration with the University Hospital in Zurich, probes tissues and cells at the micrometre-length scale, not only generating more and better-quality data but also conserving the tissue in samples. The goal is to enable personalized therapeutic approaches to cancer treatment. Kaigala and his team at IBM–Zurich have published approximately 30 peer-reviewed articles and filed 10 patents. Before moving to Switzerland, Kaigala held a prestigious Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) scholarship at Stanford, where he developed new assays for monitoring toxins and explosives in water.

  • Kathryn M. King , '93 MNu, '97 PhD
    Horizon Award

    Kathryn M. King is one of Canada’s leading nurse scientists in the field of cardiovascular health. An associate professor and Heritage Population Health Investigator at the University of Calgary, she holds a joint appointment with the community health sciences department. The recipient of the 2004 Alberta Association of Nurses Award for Excellence in Nursing Research, she has been the principal investigator for seven clinical studies, garnering in excess of $850,000 in funding. She is also a co-principal investigator for the FUTURE Program for Cardiovascular Nurse Scientists, a $1.8 million, six-year Strategic Training in Health Research Program funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research. (Awarded in 2005)

  • Andrew Kushnir , ’02 BFA(Drama)
    Horizon Award

    Andrew Kushnir is a sought-after actor, playwright and community arts worker, who has emerged as one of Canada’s leading practitioners of verbatim theatre, plays created from the transcripts of original interviews. As the creative director of Project: Humanity, a Toronto-based group committed to raising awareness of social issues through the arts, Kushnir (who was known as Andrew Wasyleczko in his U of A days) created the award-winning play The Middle Place. Crafted word-for-word from interviews conducted at a youth shelter, it went on to have a national tour and has won numerous awards. As playwright in-residence at Tarragon Theatre in Toronto, he is working on a multilingual epic about Ukraine’s struggling democracy. Other works in progress include a look at the intersection of homophobia and racism in Canadian society and a piece about at-risk high school youth and the drama teachers working to enrich their lives. (Awarded in 2013)

  • Tatia Mei Chun Lee , '92 MEd, '95 PhD
    Horizon Award

    Tatia Mei Chun Lee has been teaching in the Clinical Psychology Program at the University of Hong Kong since 1996. As the program's chief examiner and the coordinator of the Psychological Services Unit, she has been successful in introducing a more innovative and integrative curriculum to enhance the scientific and professional development of clinical psychology in Hong Kong. (Awarded in 2000)

  • Nicole L. Letourneau , '94 MNu, '98 PhD
    Horizon Award

    Nicole L. Letourneau was recently recruited to the University of New Brunswick where she is an associate professor in the nursing faculty and a research fellow with the Canadian Research Institute for Social Policy (CRISP). In 2003, she was named Outstanding New Investigator by the Canadian Association for Nursing Research and was invited to be a New Investigator by the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research (CIAR). Her research continues to address the support needs of vulnerable families and children. She was recently awarded New Investigator funding from the Canadian Institute of Health Research to examine the needs of new mothers with depression to develop a support intervention that promotes maternal and infant health. Her work at CRISP (with Dr. Douglas Willms) and the CIAR has enabled her to expand her research program to examine populations of vulnerable children and families via complex analysis of data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Children and Youth. Since completing her PhD studies, she has received more than $4.5 million in funding for research as either a principal investigator or co-investigator. (Awarded in 2004)

  • Koren Lightning-Earle ’00 BA(Rec/Leisure), ’04 BA, ’07 LLB
    Horizon Award

    Koren Lightning-Earle is a leader in the local and national Aboriginal community and a role model for her peers and the younger generation. Lightning-Earle, Blue Thunderbird Woman, is Cree from Samson Cree Nation. Her commitment to enhancing the future of First Nations shows in her many roles in her community. She is president of the Indigenous Bar Association, vice-president of Kasohkowew Child Wellness Society, co-chair of the First Nations Women’s Economic Security Council and a member of the Federal Court Aboriginal Bar Liaison Committee. She was an elected council member for Samson Cree Nation from 2011-2014 and is co-founder of Hub, a community mobilization program to help reduce crime. She is also a sessional instructor at Maskwacis Cultural College, a post-secondary school within the Four Nations of Maskwacis, Alta. Lightning-Earle is married, has two young daughters, and is the sole practitioner at Thunderbird Law in her home community. (Awarded in 2016)

  • Geoffrey Lilge, '94 BA, Randy McCoy, '92 BA, and Daniel Hlus, '89 BSc
    Horizon Award

    Geoffrey Lilge, Randy McCoy and Daniel Hlus came together because of a shared love and respect for design. Forming their company, Pure Design, in 1994 they produced their first product—metal CD racks—by hand. Within three years of the company’s formation the partners were overseeing 30 employees and a product line of 75 different 2001 Alumni Horizon Awards accessories. Pure Design products have been featured on the set of Ally McBeal, a Janet Jackson pop video, a Steven Spielberg film, and in the 2001 Alumni Horizon Awardss of collectors who love Pure Design’s upbeat, liberal approach to design. In May of 2001, Pure Design was awarded the prestigious Editors Award for Furniture at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair in New York City. (Awarded in 2001)

  • Duane Linklater ’03 BA(NativeStu), ’05 BFA
    Horizon Award

    Duane Linklater, ’03 BA(NativeStu), ’05 BFA, is Omaskêko Cree from Moose Cree First Nation in northern Ontario. He attended the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College in upstate New York, completing his master of fine arts in film and video. He has exhibited and screened his work in Vancouver, New York, Philadelphia, Salt Lake City, Auckland and Edinburgh, Scotland. Modest Livelihood, his collaborative film project with Brian Jungen, was presented at the Walter Phillips Gallery at The Banff Centre as part of dOCUMENTA (13), with subsequent exhibitions at the Logan Center Gallery at the University of Chicago and the Art Gallery of Ontario. Linklater has exhibited at the Art Gallery of Alberta and will be a part of the SeMa Biennale in Seoul, South Korea in fall 2016. Linklater was also the recipient of the 2013 Sobey Art Award, an annual prize given to an artist under 40. He is based in North Bay, Ont. (Awarded in 2016)

  • Megan H. MacKenzie , ’08 PhD
    Horizon Award

    Megan H. MacKenzie serves as a role model for young Canadian researchers. Her groundbreaking work on the importance of a feminist analysis of war and conflict garnered her a prestigious, one-year post-doctoral fellowship at the Belfer Centre for International Security and the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government—the first Canadian to be awarded this post. Published in esteemed journals such as Security Studies, her work has been shaped by her insistence on pushing the boundaries of traditional international politics and her experience in the field, including interviews with more than50 female soldiers. In July 2009, she started an academic position at the Victoria University of Wellington in New Zealand. (Awarded in 2009)

  • Patricia Marck , ’80 BSc(Nu), ’91 MNu, ’00 PhD
    Horizon Award

    Patricia Marck is quickly earning an international reputation for her innovative academic work (www.nursing.ualberta.ca/SaferSystems/). In a joint appointment with Capital Health’s Royal Alexandra Hospital and the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Nursing, she is the first researcher to apply principles from the field of ecological restoration (the study and repair of damaged ecosystems) to researching health care safety. Using photographic research and other participatory methods, she works with students, practitioners, and administrators to study and strengthen medication safety and other aspects of care. Partnering with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute and Canadian Health Services Research Foundation Chair Jan Lander, she also exposes undergraduate and graduate students to a range of related local and national safety research initiatives. (Awarded in 2006)

  • Daniel McKennitt , ‘06 BSc
    Horizon Award

    Daniel McKennitt is an emerging leader in Aboriginal health research and awareness. A member of the Sandy Bay Ojibway First Nation, he founded the University of Alberta Aboriginal Health Group, and in 2008 organized the University’s first-ever Aboriginal Health Awareness Week. His contributions to campus—and beyond—have earned this U of A medical student numerous honours. In 2006 he was one of 12 selected to receive the National Aboriginal Role Model Award. In 2008 he received an Alberta Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award and a $10,000 National Award for Excellence in Youth Leadership from the Kaiser Foundation. (Awarded in 2008)

  • Jasmine Nahhas di Florio , ’94 BA
    Horizon Award

    Jasmine Nahhas di Florio is using her talents and legal know-how to help empower women and youth in developing nations around the world. A Rhodes Scholar and master’s of law graduate from Harvard University, she has worked with the U.S. Treasury Department and with an international law firm in New York. In 2002, she left the corporate world to champion international community building and development. Currently, she is the vice-president of the Education for Employment Foundation, helping to create job opportunities for those in Islamic countries. She is also the program manager for Afghan Women Leaders Connect, a special program of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors Inc. She has, in a very short time, amassed an impressive number of achievements and is highly respected for her commitment to social justice. (Awarded in 2006)

  • Robert Noce , '91 LLB
    Horizon Award

    Robert Noce began his legal career at the Edmonton law firm Duncan Craig. After three successful years as a lawyer, he actively entered politics running in an Edmonton by-election in January 1994. He finished second and decided to continue his passion for politics. In 1995, at age 28, he became one of the youngest councillors ever to be elected in the City of Edmonton. Three years later, he again won election as city councillor for Edmonton's Ward 3. Along the way, he has become known for his keen problem-solving skills and an ability to bring people together. (Awarded in 2000)

  • Christine Nordhagen , '94 BEd
    Horizon Award

    Christine Nordhagen, one of the world's most accomplished female wrestlers, is internationally hailed as a pioneer of the sport for women. She holds many championship titles, including six Worlds, 10 Canadian and two Pan American. In 1997, Nordhagen was inducted into the Canadian Wrestling Hall of Fame; that same year she was named the top international female by FILA, the wrestling world's governing body. A former teacher with the Calgary Board of Education, she now devotes her time to public speaking with a focus on motivating young people to make healthy choices, to be positive, and to set and reach goals. (Awarded in 2005)

  • Jason Lee Norman ’06 BA
    Horizon Award

    Jason Lee Norman is an integral part of Edmonton’s flourishing literary culture. He is a writer, editor and publisher who works to raise the profile of the city’s writing community. Norman is the creator of the bestselling 40 Below writing anthologies, collections of winter-themed works from more than 50 Alberta writers. He further supports local writers through Wufniks Press and Monto Books. He has published two short-fiction collections and was the 2014 Edmonton Public Library writer-in-residence, providing advice and encouragement to aspiring and established writers. Norman has taken to social media to promote a community network of local writers, and he is the creator of Words with Friends, the #yegwords creative-writing collective, and the #yegwords Coffee Sleeves program that prints fiction and poetry on cardboard coffee-cup sleeves. (Awarded in 2016)

  • Robert J. Op , ’94 BA(AUC)
    Horizon Award

    Robert J. Opp has come a long way from his rural Claresholm, Alberta, roots. Now living in Rome, he is the chief, policy and administration, of the Office of the Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP)— the world’s largest humanitarian agency. He is part of the small team that manages WFP’s global operations. His career with the UN began in war-torn Angola, and he has worked in several other countries in both Africa and Latin America. He credits the Rural Development Exchange program offered at the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Augustana for giving him his first exposure to a Third World country. He earned his master’s degree at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University, where he received numerous honours and awards. (Awarded in 2006)

  • Alfred Orono Orono , ’00 BA, ’03 LLB
    Horizon Award

    Alfred Orono Orono, a respected lawyer, is a passionate champion for social justice. A former Ugandan child soldier during the liberation war of 1979, he was able to escape his captors while in a Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Army-controlled area. He fled to Kenya and received UN protection. He was sponsored by the World University Service of Canada to study at the U of A. Driven by personal experience, he is a powerful voice for human rights and protecting rights of children. In July 2009, he was promoted to Appeals Counsel in the Appeals and Legal Advisory Division of the Office of the Prosecutor for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. He is currently completing the LLM program at the U of A. (Awarded in 2009)

  • Diane M. Orihel , ’13 PhD
    Horizon Award

    Diane M. Orihel is an outspoken defender of freshwater science and evidence-based science policy. In 2012, she stepped into the spotlight when the federal government announced it was shutting down Canada’s Experimental Lakes Area research site in northwestern Ontario — the site where University of Alberta professor David Schindler conducted his pioneering whole-lake, systemic ecological research. Orihel, who was studying toxic algal blooms in Canadian lakes, put her studies on hold to lead a “Save ELA” campaign. She created a website and advocated through social media. She met with politicians and other policy-makers, organized a group of academics and concerned citizens, and spoke many times to the media, using science, not emotion, to make her case. Her advocacy was successful: the federal government has signed a memorandum of agreement with the International Institute for Sustainable Development to operate the ELA research site and the Manitoba and Ontario governments have offered funding. (Awarded in 2014)

  • Shawna Pandya , ’06 BSc(Hons), ’12 MD
    Horizon Award

    Shawna Pandya, a neurosurgical resident at the University of Alberta Hospital, is combining her interests in neurosurgery, aerospace research and crisis management technology to make a difference in the world. Through her work and studies – including research on a robot capable of performing neurosurgery – Pandya has established a niche in the field of space technology spinoffs for medical benefit. While a student at NASA-backed Singularity University, she co-created an emergency response software, CiviGuard, that leverages the prevalence of smartphones for disaster response. The company formed to market the software was named one of Entrepreneur magazine’s “100 Brilliant Companies.” In 2012 she was one of five medical students chosen by the Canadian Space Agency for a four-week program at NASA’s space science centre in Houston and created a medical workstation to deal with emergencies. She has also served as vice-president at Edmonton SHINE, an inner-city free clinic for at-risk youth. (Awarded in 2013)

  • Danielle Peers , ’01 BA
    Horizon Award

    Danielle Peers is a woman of determination and an elite athlete who has left an indelible mark on the sport of wheelchair basketball. This bronze-medal Paralympian made history in 2005 as the first woman to be named to the American men’s all-star team and again in 2006 as the first female Most Valuable Player at the Men’s European Cup, where she played on a professional French men’s team. Also in 2006, she led Team Canada to a gold medal at the World Championships and was named the World’s Most Valuable Player. Named the 2007 outstanding athlete for all Basketball Canada, she is a motivational speaker and an ambassador for Muscular Dystrophy Canada. (Awarded in 2008)

  • Micheline Piquette-Miller , ’86 BSc(Pharm), ’94 PhD
    Horizon Award

    Micheline Piquette-Miller is an associate professor at the University of Toronto who is dedicated to unravelling the mystery of why humans respond differently to drugs at the genetic level. Her cutting-edge research has been recognized internationally, and she was recently awarded both a prestigious five-year Rx&D Health Research Foundation/CIHR Research Career Award and the Piafsky Young Investigator Award in Clinical Pharmacology. Piquette-Miller gives back to her profession through mentoring and serving on the American Society of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics Board of Directors. In 2000, she became one of the Alberta Women’s Science Network Mentors of the Millennium. (Awarded in 2003)

  • Mary Pinkoski , ’99 BA, ’06 BEd
    Horizon Award

    Mary Pinkoski remembers the first time one of her poems was published. It was five lines about summer camp that was printed in the YWCA parent newsletter. Edmonton’s former poet laureate is a spoken-word educator who knows how putting words together can be transformative. Her skill with words has earned her several honours, including being named in 2013 as Edmonton’s fifth poet laureate. She won the 2008 CBC Poetry Face-Off, took third prize and was the top-ranked female in the 2013 Canadian Individual Poetry Slam, and won a 2011 Canadian National Poetry Slam Championship at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word, where she was chosen by her colleagues as the most valuable poet. As poet laureate, she became known for her work in making the role visible. She performed at more than 200 public performances and wrote over 30 poems for various organizations across the city, bringing poetry to new spaces. Her legacy project was the creation of a City of Edmonton youth poet laureate position, so that poetic voices of youth would continue to be recognized and honoured in the city. (Awarded in 2015)

  • Marla R. Quinney , ’94 BSc(OT)
    Horizon Award

    Marla R. Quinney was given the opportunity, in the fall of 1999, to build a new occupational therapy department at the University of Chicago Hospitals in Illinois. With only five years experience in her profession, she tackled the challenge and managed to build the program by avoiding conflict, finding common ground with other health professionals and sharing her enthusiasm for what occupational therapy could do for patients. Beginning as the first occupational therapist, she was able to build a patient base, find resources, develop assessment tools, assist with policy development and market OT services across Chicago and the Midwestern United States. Two years later the department had grown to include seven occupational therapists. (Awarded in 2001)

  • Jana M. Rieger , ’91 BSc(Spch&Aud), ’01 PhD
    Horizon Award

    Jana M. Rieger is an international leader in functional outcomes assessment for head and neck cancer patients. Through her work at COMPRU (Craniofacial Osseointegration and Maxillofacial Prosthetic Rehabilitation Unit) at Edmonton’s Misericordia Hospital, she has made significant discoveries related to the types of surgeries and prostheses that work best to restore speech and swallowing after treatment for head and neck cancer. This Clinical Research Fellow at COMPRU and associate professor of speech pathology at the University of Alberta has made significant strides to improve the quality of life for survivors of head and neck cancer. (Awarded in 2007)

  • Kerry Rittich , '92 LLB
    Horizon Award

    Kerry Rittich is a highly respected legal scholar who is making outstanding contributions to the legal academic world. After graduating from the University of Alberta, where she received the Horace Harvey Gold Medal in Law for the highest standing, she obtained a coveted position working as a judicial clerk in the Supreme Court of Canada. She attended Harvard University, where she earned her doctor of juridical science degree and served as a Fulbright Scholar and a Knox Scholar. An associate professor of law, women's studies, and gender studies at the University of Toronto, she has distinguished herself as an expert in the analysis of the impact of legal regimes on economic and social development. She is the author of many law review articles, papers, and the book Recharacterizing Restructuring. This fall, Rittich is serving as the William Lyon Mackenzie King Visiting Chair in Canadian Studies, Harvard Law School and the Weatherhead Centre for International Affairs, Harvard University. (Awarded in 2004)

  • Scott Nicholas Romaniuk , ’08 BA
    Horizon Award

    Scott Nicholas Romaniuk is quickly garnering international attention for his scholarly work on international affairs, war and conflict, and other societal atrocities. He has an impressive record of publications, including several sole-authored books, edited volumes, and numerous articles in esteemed international journals. He has been involved in development work in Africa and recently interned at the Embassy of Canada in Washington, D.C. He is the recipient of the prestigious Geoff Weller Memorial Prize from the Canadian Association for Security and Intelligence Studies (CASIS). After completing his master's degree, he plans to pursue a doctorate in politics and international relations. (Awarded in 2010)

  • Adam Rozenhart , ’04 BA
    Horizon Award

    Adam Rozenhart is a storyteller who uses his expertise in digital media to build community and express his passion for Edmonton. As digital strategist at Calder Bateman Communications, he oversees award-winning projects such as the online “No Homophobes” anti-bullying campaign, which went viral around the world after being produced for the U of A’s Institute for Sexual Minority Studies and Services. He is co-founder of the Unknown Studio, a podcast featuring interviews with accomplished Edmontonians, and Nerd Nite Edmonton, which spotlights interesting people and projects in 20-minute presentations. He is also behind the Yeggies, a web awards show. In 2013, as director of digital communications for Don Iveson’s successful mayoral campaign, Rozenhart transformed the way municipal campaigns are conducted in a digital age. He is in demand as a conference speaker and media commentator and is a communications instructor at Guru Digital Arts College. He was named one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40. (Awarded in 2014)

  • Abdullah Saleh , ’10 MD
    Horizon Award

    Abdullah Saleh, a general surgery resident, is the founder and executive director of ICChange, an Alberta-based organization that manages and supports international development projects. In 2006, while a medical student, he founded the Kenya Ceramic Project, providing ceramic water filters and high-efficiency stoves to rural Kenyans. In 2008, he founded a project to aid Burmese refugees and also spoke at a UN conference about his work to show how university students can lead development projects. The recipient of a Clinton Global Initiative University Commitment Award and Canadian Medical Association Resident Leader Award, he was also recently awarded the Grand Challenges Canada Rising Stars grant for the development of a medical records initiative for the slum of Kibera, Kenya. (Awarded in 2012)

  • Erik J. Saude , ’00 BSc (Augustana), ’07 PhD
    Horizon Award

    Erik J. Saude is a stellar young researcher making groundbreaking strides by applying Nuclear Magnetic Resonance spectroscopy in the field of medicine to help diagnose patients quickly and tailor treatments to their specific disease. A direct result of his work with the University’s National High Field Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Centre was the formation of the Magnetic Resonance Diagnostic Centre, a collaboration of several U of A faculties and departments. A strong supporter of his alma mater, he volunteers his time with the Office of the Registrar during student recruitment and participated in the University’s Centenary Road Trip. In September 2007, this Camrose-raised, Augustana grad started medical school at the University of Calgary. (Awarded in 2008)

  • Marvin Schmidt , '95 BCom
    Horizon Award

    Marvin Schmidt, one of the youngest named vice-presidents for Merrill Lynch Canada’s Private Client Group (now CIBC Wood Gundy), is recognized as one of Canada’s top investment professionals. Starting out with Midland Walwyn Capital Inc., he quickly rose within the ranks of the organization. After one year, he received the firm’s National Leadership Award for earning the distinction of being one of the top three financial advisors in Canada. Today, the Schmidt Investment Group, with CIBC Wood Gundy, manages one of the largest private investment management practices in Canada serving the high net worth market. Most recently, Schmidt was selected to compete in the global competition Great Escape 2002 - The Global Scavenger Hunt, where he received the silver medal and helped raise money for charitable causes. (Awarded in 2002)

  • Lesley-Anne Scorgie , ’05 BCom
    Horizon Award

    Lesley-Anne Scorgie has enthusiastically promoted financial literacy through speaking and writing since 2001. She has written three bestselling books, including her latest Well-Heeled: The Smart Girl’s Guide to Getting Rich. In 2008, she established Rich By Inc., a financial consulting company that provides tools and resources to a variety of demographics. In 2014, she established MeVest, an online money school for Canadians. She has made numerous television appearances, including on The Oprah Winfrey Show and Breakfast Television, and her financial articles have appeared in such publications as the Globe and Mail and Toronto Star. Scorgie dedicates substantial time and resources to non-profits in her community, including the YWCA and the U of A. In 2011, she was one of Avenue magazine’s Top 40 Under 40 and was named one of the Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada in the future leaders category. (Awarded in 2014)

  • Shannon D. Scott , ’06 PhD
    Horizon Award

    Shannon D. Scott is one of few Canadian health-care researchers involved in the field of knowledge translation. An associate professor of nursing at the U of A, she has developed a program of research focused on understanding how research findings are transferred and used in child-health settings. She has published more than 60 papers in refereed journals and presented her work nationally and internationally. In 2011, she was given special recognition when she received the Monique Bégin Prize for Knowledge Translation from the Canadian Institutes for Health Research. She recently received funding as one of the co-directors of a National Centres of Excellence group entitled TREKK (Translating Emergency Knowledge for Kids). (Awarded in 2012)

  • Warren Serink , ’00 BA
    Horizon Award

    Warren Serink is an award-winning producer who has reported on breaking news from around the world. After leaving the U of A, he earned a graduate diploma in journalism and began a career in digital media, starting with an internship at the CBC bureau in London, England. In 2007, Warren became a producer at CBS News in New York. His assignments have taken him to Haiti and Chile after the 2010 earthquakes, the U.S. Gulf Coast during the BP oil spill, and Joplin, Missouri, following the deadly tornado. He has also had a front-row seat at events such as U.S. President Barack Obama’s inauguration, Michael Jackson’s funeral and Prince Harry’s royal tour of the Caribbean and Brazil. (Awarded in 2012)

  • Rohit Sharma , ’91 MSc, ’96 PhD
    Horizon Award

    Rohit Sharma developed new patented technology for optical networks, ultimately creating ONI Systems Inc., in 1997, and becoming one of the youngest high-tech entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley. Sharma served as executive vice-president and chief technology officer for the company while the operation grew to become the second largest provider of metro optical networking systems in the world, employing more than 700 people and posting annual revenue of nearly $200 million. In June 2002, Ciena Corporation acquired the company for approximately $900 million. Sharma now serves as senior vice-president and chief technology officer, Metro Networking Group for Ciena Corp. (Awarded in 2003)

  • Amy Shostak , ’07 BA
    Horizon Award

    Amy Shostak is a creative leader whose talents include acting, writing and improvising. She began performing with Edmonton’s Rapid Fire Theatre in 2002 and is now artistic director of the theatre, one of Canada’s oldest and most respected improvisational theatre companies. Rapid Fire has flourished under her direction; it was named Edmonton’s favourite theatre company by readers of Vue Magazine in 2012 and 2013. Accomplished as an improviser in her own right, Shostak has performed at improv festivals across Canada and as far away as Milan and Berlin. By 2011, Rapid Fire had outgrown its Old Strathcona venue and Shostak initiated talks with the Citadel Theatre that have led to her company having dedicated space at Edmonton’s flagship professional theatre. In 2012, Edmonton’s mayor at the time, Stephen Mandel, asked Shostak to co-chair a task force to find a uniting Edmonton story to present to the world. The result was the much-admired “Make Something Edmonton” campaign. (Awarded in 2014)

  • Myrna Simpson , ’93 BSc, ’99 PhD
    Horizon Award

    Myrna Simpson is quickly earning an impressive reputation as an innovative researcher by soil and environmental scientists across Canada and around the world. Her cutting-edge research conducted at the University of Toronto focuses on improving the understanding of environmental processes, such as soil contamination, and could lead to remediation of contaminated lands throughout Canada and the world. In recognition of her work in this area, Simpson recently became an NSERC University Faculty Award recipient and through funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation recently purchased the first high-field NMR spectrometer in Canada dedicated to environmental chemistry research. (Awarded in 2003)

  • Egbert Paul Slomp , '03 BSc(Eng)
    Horizon Award

    Egbert Paul Slomp is a champion of humanitarian issues as both a professional and a volunteer. He is the first Canadian field volunteer to be offered a three-year position with Engineers Without Borders (EWB), a charitable organization that works to support developing countries. A model of tolerance, goodwill, and compassion, Slomp lives and works in Pashane, a village outside Chipata, Zambia, surviving on roughly $80 (CDN) a month. The list of his good works is long, but he is currently helping African farmers implement low-cost irrigation techniques to increase efficiency. Well respected by peers, Slomp serves as a mentor to others in EWB. (Awarded in 2005)

  • Tania Lianne Spilchen , ’01 BSc
    Horizon Award

    Tania Lianne Spilchen is a dedicated humanitarian making a difference by improving the quality of life of impoverished children and their families in India. She is the founder of One! Interna-tional Poverty Relief, a charitable organization that helps children living in the slums of Mumbai by providing them with educational opportunities and health care. In 2001, with one mat on the side of the road, she started teaching eight students. Under her visionary leadership and commitment, One! International has grown, and it now helps more than 230 students in two year-round schools. It also provides children and their parents with access to needed medical care. In 2006, her work was recognized with a Making A Difference Award presented by Children’s Hope India. (Awarded in 2010)

  • Michael Stickland , '97 BPE, '04 PhD
    Horizon Award

    Michael Stickland is a groundbreaking researcher garnering international attention. His research, which examines the effects of exercise on cardiopulmonary function, is challenging previously held assumptions about the physiological effects of exercise. His discovery of pulmonary shunts that develop during exercise has had an enormous impact in the field of respiratory physiology. Stickland, who holds an NSERC post-doctoral appointment at the University of Wisconsin, received prestigious awards from the American Physiological Society and the Cardiovascular Systems Dynamics Society for his breakthrough research, which has been published in The Journal of Physiology. (Awarded in 2005)

  • Kuen Tang , ’06 BEd
    Horizon Award

    Kuen Tang is fearless in her approach to life and inspirational in her unwavering determination to achieve her goals. Tang, who became a quadriplegic after a 2001 car accident, was the first female quadriplegic to graduate from the U of A with an elementary education specialization. Her interest in graphic design led her to become the first quadriplegic to letter comic books for DC Comics and she later created her own comic strip. Tang’s long list of accomplishments includes creating the world’s first video resource for women with spinal cord injury; serving on the Alberta Premier’s Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities, and creating a program enabling people with higher-mobility disabilities to go skiing. She also climbed a 2,500-metre mountain. The recognition she has received includes being the first Canadian to be featured as “One to Watch” by the UK magazine Disability Now. (Awarded in 2013)

  • Dorothy Thunder , ’02 BA(Native Studies)
    Horizon Award

    Dorothy Thunder is helping keep the Cree language alive through her dedication and hard work. Dorothy, who is currently pursuing a master’s degree in linguistics with the goal of producing a corpus of the Cree language, is a highly regarded Cree language teacher who bridges the gap between academia and the community. Dorothy contributed to the team translating Father Émile Grouard’s 1883 Cree prayer book into modern Cree and English. That work resulted in the publication The Beginning of Print Culture in Athabasca Country, which was recently named Alberta’s scholarly book of the year. Having spent years creating a set of textbooks for Cree language classrooms, Dorothy is now developing an online version of her courses. (Awarded in 2012)

  • Iain Walker , ’86 BSc(Eng), ’89 MSc, ’93 PhD
    Horizon Award

    Iain Walker has made significant advancements in the areas of residential heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems, resulting in at least 10 percent savings in heating and cooling costs. As a scientist with the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory his research has contributed to the establishment of new building codes and influenced building practices. In addition, his ventilation calculation methods, widely used by researchers, were recently incorporated in the Canadian Government software package HOTCAN2000 and now HOTCAN3000–programs that are used for residential energy analysis. He has authored numerous articles, reports, and standards, and he is the executive editor of Home Energy Magazine. (Awarded in 2003)

  • Duncan Miano Wambugu , ’99 BA(Augustana), ’03 MMus
    Horizon Award

    Duncan Miano Wambugu has enthralled audiences around the world with his musical talents as a choral director, conductor and vocalist. After graduating from the U of A, he was one of the youngest appointed professors in the music department at Kenyatta University in Nairobi, Kenya, and the first African to conduct the Nairobi Orchestra for a full concert. A five-time national adjudicator for the Kenya Music Festival, he served as the vocal coach on the reality TV show Idols Eastern and Southern Africa. He is now pursuing his PhD at the University of Florida, where he earned a fellowship, and he established —and directs— the Pazeni Sauti Africa Choir, the first of its kind at this university. Hitting all the right notes—he continues to share the musical traditions of Kenya with the rest of the world. (Awarded in 2011)

  • Kristopher Wells , ’94 BEd, ’03 MEd, ’11 PhD
    Horizon Award

    Kristopher Wells is one of Canada’s leading experts on sexual and gender minority youth. His work has received over 50 awards, including a SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship, Killam Doctoral Fellowship, and most recently the Alberta Teachers’ Association’s Public Education Award. In 2004, Wells co-founded Camp fYrefly, which is Canada’s only national leadership retreat for sexual and gender minority youth. He also helped to create U of A Pride Week and the award-winning NoHomophobes.com, which went viral all over the world. Wells also helped develop ground breaking resources on gay-straight alliances, homophobic and transphobic bullying, and LGBTQ-inclusive policies and legislation for school boards and governments across Canada. Currently, he serves as the book review editor for the International Journal of LGBT Youth and is a board member for REACH Edmonton, a centre for excellence focused on crime prevention and community safety. (Awarded in 2015)

  • Thomas Wharton , '91 BA, '93 MA
    Horizon Award

    Thomas Wharton, a scholar and award-winning author, is an innovative writer whose work employs unconventional structure and characterization. Icefields, his critically acclaimed debut novel, won much praise and was awarded with a regional Commonwealth Writers Prize for Best First Book and the Writers Guild of Alberta First Book Award. His second novel, Salamander, was also a hit with critics and readers alike, and last year it was short-listed for a Governor General’s Award for fiction. Wharton, who has taught creative writing at the University of Alberta, took on a new role this fall. He is the University’s Writer in Residence, a title that he also held at Grant MacEwan College. (Awarded in 2002)

  • Cary Williams , ’03 BCom
    Horizon Award

    Cary Williams is an associate private wealth counsellor who invests in his community not only with his funds but also with his time and energy. He has helped start four non-profit groups, such as 100 Men YEG, an initiative that has gathered support from more than 200 Edmontonians, each of whom has committed to making a quarterly donation of $100 to the Edmonton charity of the group’s choice. Williams was a committee chair with Make Something Edmonton and a co-chair of the City of Edmonton’s NextGen Initiative, for which we was named one of Avenue magazine’s Top 40 Under 40. Williams started a financial advisory practice from scratch, and after five years he managed more than $40 million in assets. He went on to build a new practice focused on client-centred advice backed by academic research. He is a member of Startup Edmonton’s Founders 50, a network of business leaders devoted to creative and entrepreneurial thinking, and the Edmonton chapter of the national Manning Innovation Awards, which recognizes Canadian innovators. (Awarded in 2015)

  • Jennifer Wood , '90 BSc(Ag)
    Horizon Award

    Jennifer Wood, whose career in the cattle business started in 1990, is now one of the most influential executives in the Alberta beef industry. The president and CEO of three cattle companies, including Cattle & Co. Investments Inc., Edmonton Stockyard Inc., and Weiller & Williams (Saskatoon) Ltd., Wood continues to raise the level of excellence within the industry. Wood, the director of Strategic Initiatives, and her husband Jake Burlet, president and CEO, recently co-founded Viewtrak Technologies Inc., an innovative, web-based animal-tracking program that provides valuable—and previously unavailable—information to beef producers. A leader in her field, Wood was last year’s recipient of the prestigious Canada’s Top 40 under 40 Award by ROB Magazine and received Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award. (Awarded in 2002)

  • Tom Yonge , '04 BEd, ’04 BPE
    Horizon Award

    Tom Yonge is inspiring a new generation of volunteers and making a big difference in the lives of his students. When Yonge joined the staff of Edmonton’s Strathcona High School, the school leadership program involved only 36 students. By creating engaging and meaningful experiences, he has expanded enrolment almost tenfold and the program is so popular some students opt to take sessions on weekends. Service work is at the heart of Yonge’s leadership model. Students are encouraged to take on projects that make a difference in their community or another part of the world. With his involvement, Strathcona’s leadership program has raised more than $265,000 for charitable organizations, while his students have learned important life lessons and the emotional reward of giving back. For his positive impact on his students and his community, Yonge was recently named by Avenue magazine as one of Edmonton’s “Top 40 Under 40.”

  • Jeeshan Chowdhury, ’05 BMedSc, ’14 MD
    Lois Hole Student Spirit Award

    Jeeshan Chowdhury is a Rhodes Scholar who studied health information technologies at Oxford and completed a master’s degree and PhD. He began his research training at NASA, where the challenge of human space flight sparked his interdisciplinary approach to developing innovative solutions. He has since worked across a breadth of technology, from the design of experimental hardware diagnostics to the implementation and assessment of commercial software platforms. As a Jeanne Sauvé Fellow, he founded Hacking Health in 2012, an international organization designed to improve health care by bringing together technology creators and health-care professionals to collaborate on realistic, human-centric solutions to frontline problems. Hacking Health has since grown to include a score of chapters around the globe. Most recently, he has launched Listrunnerapp.com, a digital health startup that provides clinical teams with a point-of-care collaboration tool to manage patient lists and improve care. He remains active at the U of A as an adjunct professor of computing science. (Awarded in 2014)

  • Eric Fung, ’09 MD
    Lois Hole Student Spirit Award

    While a student at the U of A, balanced academic excellence with an exemplary record of leadership and service—both on and off campus. Committed to student affairs and advocacy, he served as the president of the University’s Medical Students’ Association and as a western regional representative of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students, where he brought attention to the soaring costs of medical training in Canada by organizing student delegates to meet with MPs in Ottawa. A volunteer with the U of A’s SHINE Clinic, he was also a board member of the Clean Scene Network for Youth, which provides drug abuse education. A musician who played alto saxophone with the U of A’s Syncope Jazz Band, he is now completing his residency program in psychiatry at the University of Calgary. (Awarded in 2009)

  • Bretton Hari, '12 BSc
    Lois Hole Student Spirit Award

    Bretton Hari is a fourth-year medical student at the University of Alberta, set to graduate in 2016. Hari spends much of his time volunteering and participating in local and international community activities. He has served as an executive committee member for the Affair of the Heart Gala fundraiser for the Stollery Children’s Hospital, was a co-leader of the MD Rural Ambassadors program and an executive planner for the Medical Students Orientation Week ’13. Hari was the associate director of residence at St. Joseph’s College and was a co-leader of the Emergency Medicine Club. He has kept busy outside of the medical field by volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Edmonton, playing trombone in the Syncope jazz band and planning social events for his classmates. His volunteer work has taken him to Ecuador as a project co-leader for Help, Learn & Discover, in which he worked with a group of students to fundraise for and build sustainable housing for small communities. He most recently enjoyed cycling across Switzerland with his dad.

  • Sara Houlihan, ’03 BSc, ’07 BSc(Pharm)
    Lois Hole Student Spirit Award

    has demonstrated a strong commitment to the University, sport, and the community through her involvement, leadership, and extraordinary spirit. A fourth-year medical student, she maintains a busy volunteer schedule both on and off-campus. As the director of SHINE, an inner-city, student-run health clinic, she implemented many successful initiatives, including securing corporate sponsorship to guarantee the clinic’s sustainability. She is a member of the U of A Rowing Club, the medicine faculty’s female hockey team, and was the captain of the Pandas field hockey team that captured its first-ever national title in 2005. She also serves as vice-president of the Green and Gold Athletic Society and is a member of the U of A Pharmacy Alumni Association. Off-campus, she is a recreational therapy volunteer and a practicing part-time community pharmacist. (Awarded in 2010)

  • Andrea Johnson ’16 BMedSc
    Lois Hole Student Spirit Award

    Andrea Johnson, ’16 BMedSc, is a strong supporter of inclusivity, mentorship and encouraging well-rounded, healthy living. As a leader on the medical school orientation committee, she ensured her fellow students felt welcomed upon entering school, and she later facilitated student mentorship and presentations supporting their transition through medical training. A skilled swing dancer, Johnson helped increase membership in the university swing-dance club as president and later co-founded the Medical Students’ Association Dance Club as a way for her fellow students to network, promote healthy balance and relieve stress. Johnson is engaged in several youth mentorship and preventive health programs, such as a weeklong summer camp teaching about science and healthy living, and a smoking cessation education program. Outside of class, Johnson is a talented pianist and artist and recently travelled to the Mediterranean with friends and family. (Awarded in 2016)

  • Blue Knox
    Lois Hole Student Spirit Award

     

    Blue Knox is a self-professed master of adventure, explorer and political junkie. She has had opportunities to volunteer, work and study abroad, including volunteering as a play worker in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, with Play Around the World through the Faculty of Physical Education and Recreation. She worked as an associate with Leadership Africa USA in Washington, D.C., while studying international relations at The Washington Center and also studied in Lille, France. Knox has spent time working with the Kids With Cancer Society and as a study abroad ambassador with UAlberta International. She was an undergraduate researcher through the U of A’s Undergraduate Research Initiative, where she explored the relationship between contemporary politics and the work of William Shakespeare. Knox is the editor-in-chief of The Wanderer Online and co-chair of the Alberta Not-for-Profit Case Competition in the Alberta School of Business. She recently accepted a position to work abroad. (Awarded in 2015)

  • Stephen Lee
    Lois Hole Student Spirit Award

    Stephen Lee, a fourth-year medical student, has been very active in the community. In 2010-11, he helped lead the MD Ambassadors Committee, a group of students that represented the U of A medical school to high school and undergraduates. The goal was to connect with a greater diversity of prospective students. He also co-founded a program that brought medical students together with small groups of undergrads of diverse backgrounds. He founded and ran Students for Learning, a program that helped academically struggling elementary children in the community, pairing university mentors with individual children for an entire year. Stephen also served as webmaster for the Kenya Ceramic Project, which promotes the use of ceramic filters for access to healthy drinking water. (Awarded in 2012)

  • Kirsten Lindquist, ’08 BCom, ’13 BA(NativeStuHons)
    Lois Hole Student Spirit Award

    Kirsten Lindquist played an influential role as a Métis student in the Faculty of Native Studies. As president of the Native Studies Students’ Association, she took the lead on initiatives designed to increase out-of-class interactions among fellow students by creating an open community environment through events and shared spaces. She transformed the faculty’s space in Pembina Hall and was the force behind creating a garden space for native plants outside Pembina. Lindquist also helped at faculty recruitment events and served as student representative on both the Faculty of Native Studies Council and on the faculty’s academic affairs committee. Lindquist has recently moved to Victoria to pursue her graduate studies. (Awarded in 2013)

  • Ashish Mahajan, ’07 MD
    Lois Hole Student Spirit Award

    Ashish Mahajan is an outstanding student leader  who, in addition to maintaining academic excellence, was an active volunteer. On campus, he was the first director of the Student Health Initiaties for the Needs of Edmonton Clinic, an interdisciplinary initiative by University of Alberta health sciences students to provides a high level of health care to Edmonton’s inner-city youth. He also served as his class president. Off campus, he volunteered with Big Brothers & Sisters, the Butt Out Program, the Diabetes Education Program, and he was a soccer coach for the Paralympics Sport Association. Currently, he is at the University of Toronto, where is he completing his residency program in radiology.

  • Jamaal Montasser, ’08 BSc(Eng)
    Lois Hole Student Spirit Award

    Jamaal Montasser is a socially conscious engineer with an interest in helping Canadians form partnerships with people from around the world to create positive social change. In addition to maintaining stellar grades, Jamaal played a leadership role on campus. He served as a councillor on the U of A Students’ Union and dedicated himself to the University of Alberta Chapter of Engineers Without Borders (EWB), holding many positions, including director of member education, vice-president of curriculum enhancement, and most recently, as president. A highlight of his time with EWB was a four-month junior fellowship in Ghana in 2007, where he worked as a liaison between small-scale farmers and that country’s Ministry of Food and Agriculture to help increase the impact of the Ministry’s services for more than 3,000 local farming households. (Awarded in 2008)

  • Alim Nagji
    Lois Hole Student Spirit Award

    Alim Nagji is a fourth-year U of A medical student who has gone above and beyond the call of duty as a student leader both on and off campus. On campus, he mentors first-year students and provides support to the Faculty of Medicine. Off campus, he served as a human resources intern with Roshan Telecommunications in Afghanistan, where he spearheaded an overhaul of HR training models. In 2008, he formed a partnership with the Aga Khan Hospital, where he designed a study on the prevalence of non-communicable diseases and risk factors of the 2,500 residents in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In his spare time, he can be found at BackrowProduction, his award-winning video production company, where he is a writer, actor and producer. (Awarded in 2011)

  • Melissa Paquette
    Lois Hole Student Spirit Award

    Melissa Paquette has made many contributions to the University of Alberta. As a physiology student in the science faculty, she was an active volunteer with the University’s Undergraduate Physiology Student’s Association, the Lister Hall Students’ Association, and WISEST. After travelling to the Dominican Republic in 2004 with the International Student Volunteers (ISV) to help Haitian refugees, she co-founded a local U of A ISV Club. She returned to the Dominican this past summer to lead other student volunteers. Her future plans include becoming a doctor and continuing her work in impoverished countries. (Awarded in 2006)

     
  • Amit R.L. Persad
    Lois Hole Student Spirit Award

    Amit R.L. Persad is a third-year biochemistry student entering his first year of medicine. He is founder and leader of Cardiovascular Health Initiative. The group, which seeks to improve cardiovascular health on campus, works with food vendors on campus to make available better nutritional information to students. Persad is also the co-chair of the Smoke Free Campus Initiative and is an executive member of the on-campus charity TeamUP Science. In addition to his campus activities, he is a council and executive member for the Edmonton Regional Science Fair. As the fair’s outreach chair, he works to increase participation and helps students receive mentorship from the post-secondary community. In addition, Persad is an avid research student, fascinated with biomedical research. (Awarded in 2013)

  • Kirsten Poon, ’12 BSc
    Lois Hole Student Spirit Award

    Kirsten Poon plans to pursue a career in primary care medicine and to advocate for preventive health care and healthier communities. She already has an impressive record of community service, including serving as chair of the City of Edmonton Youth Council for 2010-11. Kirsten is also a founding member and board director of a startup non-profit organization, Literacy Without Borders, which aims to help communities establish sustainable literacy programs by recruiting post-secondary students to travel to developing countries and share literacy models. Additionally, Kirsten has been active on the executive of the Rotaract Club of Edmonton, which is associated with Rotary International and promotes service to the community. (Awarded in 2012)

     
  • Leona Semenoff, ’11 BEd
    Lois Hole Student Spirit Award

    Leona Semenoff took on a leadership role in her community of Fort McMurray, AB, while completing her studies with the U of A. A dedicated volunteer with Girl Guides of Canada, she served as a district commissioner, camping advisor, and Yellow Activity Assessor. She also serves as vice-president of the board of the Aurora Youth Choir. This mature student, wife and mother juggled many responsibilities, including working part-time to achieve her dream of becoming a teacher. Her future plans—after a few years of teaching in front of the classroom—are to head back to university to pursue a master’s degree in early learning. (Awarded in 2011)

  • Andrew R. Tang, ’13 BMedSc, ’14 MD
    Lois Hole Student Spirit Award

    Andrew R. Tang has led efforts in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry to develop curriculum to increase interdisciplinary co-operation. As president of the Health Sciences Students’ Association, he organized teaching sessions on teamwork in health-care settings. As student representative on the Health Sciences Education and Research Commons, he helped organize “Save Stan Saturday,” an event that allows students to practise interdisciplinary co-operation through simulations. Tang has also served on the accreditation committee to evaluate the MD program at the U of A to identify areas for improvement in the education program. As editor-in-chief of the University of Alberta Health Sciences Journal, he trained his peers in the critical evaluation of medical literature. Originally motivated to enter medical school following a 2009 trip to Ghana, he returned to West Africa in 2012 and worked with the local government to track HIV rates and provide education to reduce stigmatization of those with the disease. (Awarded in 2014)

  • Michael A. Tessier
    Lois Hole Student Spirit Award

    Michael A. Tessier is a leader, an ambitious competitor and a compassionate student with an affinity for business.

    Tessier is co-founder and vice-president of public relations and marketing for the U of A’s Entrepreneurship Club, where he works to engage aspiring entrepreneurs. He is also co-founder of two businesses: Good Roots Landscaping and NoLemon Automotive, which he co-founded during the U of A’s 2014 test course for Entrepreneurship 101. This team won the 2014 Mark Robinson Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award.

    Other competitions in which Tessier has excelled include the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (national finalist), TEC Edmonton VenturePrize Awards (provincial finalist), and the Enactus National Student Entrepreneurship Competition, where he was a national champion.

    Tessier has also learned about the arts of leadership and teamwork through a long sports career. He has been on 20 sports teams and was captain of 15 of them, including the Clansmen Rugby Club U-21.

  • Tessier continually strives to be an influential business leader, entrepreneur and philanthropist as he pursues his vocational goals. (Awarded in 2016)

  • Celeste Taylor
    Lois Hole Student Spirit Award

    Celeste Taylor — a student in the University's Faculty of Agriculture, Forestry, and Home Economics, Celeste Taylor has a reputation for being dedicated to caring for others and helping those in need. She is a volunteer with the Canadian Blood Services, assists with music and the nursery at Capilano Christian Assembly, and counsels at summer camps. Education is important to Celeste, who plans to become a physician and work as a medical missionary. Working towards her goal, Celeste volunteered for two months this summer in Impfondo, Republic of Congo, working with medical missionaries who are overseeing the construction of Pioneer Christian Hospital. While in the Congo, she helped out at the hospital site, provided medical treatment for some animals, and assisted in the medical care of those in need, including helping out at the Leprosy Clinic and going out on house calls with a nurse stationed there. (Awarded in 2005)

  • Ray Muzyka, ’90 BMedSc, ’92 MD, and Greg Zeschuk, ’90 BMedSc, ’92 MD
    Innovation

    In 1995, two freshly minted University of Alberta-trained doctors parlayed their passion for video games into a billion-dollar business. Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk founded BioWare and quickly became known for creating culturally relevant and artful role-playing games. What started out as a humble company operated out of Zeschuk’s basement evolved into an award-winning juggernaut. BioWare was certainly on the world stage when LucasArts, founded by filmmaker George Lucas, asked the company to create a Star Wars game. In 2004, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic won Game of the Year at the Game Developers Choice Awards. Muzyka and Zeschuk were inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences’ Hall of Fame in 2011. They also received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Game Developers Choice Awards in 2013.

    Muzyka, who received his MBA from the University of Western Ontario (Ivey Business School) in 2001, retired from the video game industry in 2012. He began his next career chapter at ThresholdImpact, focusing on sustainable, profitable impact investing in information technology, new media and medical innovations with social entrepreneurs. He is an active angel investor and mentor to entrepreneurs. Muzyka served on the board of trustees of the Stollery Children’s Hospital Foundation from 2012 to 2015 and is currently a member of the U of A Board of Governors, chair of the U of A’s Venture Mentoring Service, and a venture advisor at iNovia Capital. He is on the board of directors of Athletigen, a sports genetics company that analyzes consumers’ DNA to offer a personalized approach to health and fitness. He is also co-chair and a member of the board of directors of CodeBaby, a web-based agent that helps companies increase online customer engagement.

    Zeschuk earned an MBA, from Queen’s University in 2004. He is a co-chair on the board of directors for CodeBaby and chairman of Zeroes 2 Heroes Media, an incubator group that develops new ideas and products annually. He is also wading deep into the world of craft-brewed beer. He is the executive director of the Alberta Small Brewers Association, produces a web-based interview show known as The Beer Diaries and is building a brewpub in the Ritchie neighbourhood of Edmonton. (Awarded in 2015)

  • Justine Barber '06 BCom and Kendall Barber
    Innovation Award

    When Justine Barber had boots made to fit during a trip to Bali, she was told that most people don’t make footwear like that anymore. Barber believed if North American customers were given the option to input their measurements online, made-to-measure footwear, created by craftspeople with fair salaries and healthy working conditions, could be delivered to their door.

    In pursuit of this dream, she and her sister Kendall travelled to León, Mexico, considered the shoe capital of the world, to partner with translator and shoe broker Laura Obregon-Cordova and factory owner Lupita Lyons. Poppy Barley was born.

    In 2012, Poppy Barley became the first company in North America to sell custom fashion boots online. Barber regularly meets with suppliers and tours the factories to ensure transparency, cleanliness and safety.

    The Poppy Barley company believes in a collaborative approach. Local employees include U of A grads Monica Gault, ’05 BA, Caroline Gault, ’10 BA, and Jane Sevick, ’14 BCom. The company opened a shop, office and showroom on Edmonton’s Whyte Avenue in February 2015, coinciding with a large product-line expansion. A flurry of media attention followed, from Flare and Glamour to Refinery29 and the Globe and Mail. The company currently ships hundreds of pairs of custom leather footwear across North America every month, as well as boots for two National Football League cheerleading teams every season. (Awarded in 2016)

  • Ryan Mason,’09 BA, ’15 MSc, and Cathryn Sprague , ’09 BCom, ’14 MSc
    Innovation Award

    Ryan Mason and Cathryn Sprague met during graduate studies at the U of A’s Faculty of Agricultural, Life and Environmental Sciences as they worked on master’s degrees in environmental sociology.

    With a shared passion for gardening and food security, Mason and Sprague decided to reclaim vacant urban land and use the space for growing food in an effort to improve the local food system. They studied intensive agriculture, invested in equipment and began reclaiming land in May 2014. Reclaim Urban Farm was born.

    Mason and Sprague work 15 plots of land borrowed from community partners throughout the Edmonton region. They focus on growing nutritious food with the lowest environmental impact and on educating local communities. They plant every week year-round, including micro-greens indoors during the winter. They harvest on average 45 kilograms per week, easily doubling or tripling that during the summer months. Reclaim shares its produce with its partners and supplies the City Market Downtown, retail locations and several Edmonton restaurants. (Awarded in 2016)