Alumni Watching - April 2012 - Simon Fraser University
Apr. 12, 2012

Outstanding Alumni Awards Winners for 2012 are (l to r seated) James Chi Ming Pau (EARTS’84), Downtown Eastside community volunteer (service to the community); Nadine Caron (BSc’93), surgeon at the University Hospital of Northern B.C. (professional achievement); Graham Muir (MA’82) retired RCMP assistant commissioner (public service); and Rolf Mathewes (BSc’69), SFU biological sciences professor (academic achievement).
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Outstanding Alumni Awards Winners for 2012 are (l to r seated) James Chi Ming Pau (EARTS’84), Downtown Eastside community volunteer (service to the community); Nadine Caron (BSc’93), surgeon at the University Hospital of Northern B.C. (professional achievement); Graham Muir (MA’82) retired RCMP assistant commissioner (public service); and Rolf Mathewes (BSc’69), SFU biological sciences professor (academic achievement).
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Smart Cookie Alan Boysen (BA’82) of Harbour Centre’s fabulous Cookies of Course, is working with the SFU Bookstore to raise money for SFU Awards. Cards are available at the bookstore for $5, and each card is good for five cookies or five coffees. All proceeds go to the student awards. <www.cookiesofcourse.ca>

Five in Top 40 Under 40 SFU alumni in the Business in Vancouver list are Robin Dhir (BBA’95), president and COO, Twin Brook Developments; Anita Huberman (BBA’95), CEO, Surrey Board of Trade; Diana Stirling (BBA’00), founder, OnTrack Media and Insider Trading Group; Benjamin Sparrow (MBA’06), CEO, Saltworks Technologies; and Joshua Zoshi (MBA’06), president and COO, Saltworks Technologies. <http://at.sfu.ca/vaEauZ>

One in Top 20 Under 30 Amit Sandhu (BBA’08), president and CEO of Richmond’s Ampri Group is named winner of one of PROFIT magazine’s first FuEL Awards. The awards honour the achievements and aspirations of entrepreneurs under 30. With Sandhu at the helm, the Ampri Group’s real estate development and investment has been able to attain annual revenues of more than $30 million. <www.fuelawards.ca>, <www.PROFITguide.com>

Connecting LocAZu connects students to students – the only network of its kind in Canada. It was founded by Dawn Sheirzad (BA’00, PBD’03) and its aim is to help students get more out of university and graduate with less debt.
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Leadership and Excellence Larisa Topalo (BBA’11, CIEL’11) receives the B.C. Export Award for International Business Studies. Topalo represented Canada as a young trade ambassador in Peru, volunteered with SFU international and global youth group AIESEC, and represented SFU at competitions in the Netherlands and Poland.

Rob Walsh BA’69 Rob Walsh (BA ’69), law clerk and parliamentary counsel at the House of Commons, is retiring. Walsh, a calm and measured student society president during the acrimonious 1968 – 1969 academic year, was an equally calm and well-respected voice during the recent tumultuous years of federal minority government. His job (and that of his office) is to provide advice on legal matters, particularly parliamentary and constitutional law, to individual MPs, House committees, the Speaker, and House administration officials; to draft private members’ bills and amendments to government bills; and, on occasion, to represent the House in court cases.

Go North, Young Man G.P. Lainsbury (PhD’96) engages with northern British Columbia in his Versions of North (Harbour Publishing). The poems in the book are an attempt to create a cosmopolitan art in a place that modernity sometimes seems to have skipped without compromising the area’s innate wildness.

Off to France Tighthead prop Jason Marshall (BBA’08) has a pro contract with Stade Aurillacois Cantal Auvergne in the second tier of French rugby. The former Clan quarterback started all four games for Canada at the 2011 World Rugby Cup.

Grey Cup Six former members of the Clan face off in the 2011 Grey Cup. The winning B.C. Lions muster Angus Reid (BA’01), Dean Valli (BA’06), and Neil McKinlay (BA’07), while the losing Winnipeg Blue Bombers have Doug Brown (BA’98), Ibrahim Khan (BSKin’04), and Aaron Hargreaves, who also played for SFU.

Photo Contest Check out the pix from the Alumni Association photo contest. Find them on Flickr at <http://at.sfu.ca/hPaqsH>.

Three for SFU Aaron May is the third generation of his family to attend SFU. The Nelson native will graduate from the Contemporary Arts film program in June. His dad is Brian May (BA’85) and his grandfather is Ken H.G. May (MBA’75). Brian remembers delivering questionnaires to help collect data for his father’s thesis.

International Success Trevor Lai (BA’03) is cutting a broad swath in Shanghai. In addition to the successful Ralphy the Rhino books, Lai has a new series about Ollie and Jack, a housecat and the toddler he lives with. Lai is also the vice-president of Identica Brand Consulting, and helps design exteriors for the Mercedes-Benz Smart Car division in Shanghai. <www.trevorlai.com, www.ralphy.ca>

Emily Ip BA’11 Emily Ip (BA’11) and her team design enVella, a dress that responds to certain stress signals by enveloping the wearer. The dress mimics animals in the wild that physically transform when threatened. The dress is in high demand at prestigious interactive media arts conferences, and Ip is now working on something that “will add new spice to the wedding industry.”  <http://at.sfu.ca/HvqYyA>

First Graduate Dies Robert Thompson (MSc’67, PhD’70), the first person to graduate from SFU, passes away in September. Thompson was professor emeritus of biology at Mount Allison University in Sackville, New Brunswick.

Award Daphne Bramham (MALS’99), Outstanding Alumni Award winner and Vancouver Sun writer, wins the Beyond Borders award for best print reporting in 2011. The award recognizes a series of stories on polygamy, Canadian law, and the fundamentalist Mormon community of Bountiful, which appeared in the Sun.

Top Educator Curtis Brown (ED’10) is recognized as Canadian Superintendent of the Year 2011 by the Canadian Association of School Administrators. Brown is superintendent of the South Slave Division Educational Council. <www.casa-acas.ca>

Music, Music, Music Singer and author Rika Ruebsaat (MA’00) (see Book Takes) is a founding member and ongoing organizer of the Princeton Traditional Music Festival. It features musicians from around North America and Britain and is free. <www.princetontraditional.org >

Top, Top Cop The new RCMP boss, Bob Paulson, attended SFU, although he did not graduate. He started his career with the Mounties in Chilliwack in 1986 and worked all over B.C. until 2005 when he was transferred to Ottawa.

Picture Perfect Diana Cruchley (MA’74) writes her first picture book, entitled Shhh! Canadian Scientists and Inventors Rule. It is an ABC book developed for the provincial government’s Year of Science program, and it is distributed free to all elementary schools and public libraries in B.C. <www.Canadianscientistsabc.com>

Mr. Movies Ian Caddell (BA’76) is honoured by the Vancouver Film Critics Circle. The long-time film critic has had The Achievement Award for Contribution to the Film Industry in British Columbia named for him.

Former Cabinet Minister Dies Reg Alcock (BA’77), a cabinet minister in Paul Martin’s federal government, passes away at age 63. The MP for Winnipeg South was defeated in 2006 and spent the years afterward teaching innovative MBA classes at the University of Manitoba’s Asper School of Business and lecturing at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Photograph of OAA winners Greg Ehlers/TLC, Rob Walsh photo: courtesy Rob Walsh, Emily Ip photo: Henry Lin

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