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Class Notes

Submitted by alumni on Tue, 05/26/2015 - 09:00.

Class Notes

Connect with fellow grads and discover who’s doing what where, including a chat with cookbook author, Rebecca Klemke, BA’06.
by Erin Moulton

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Dr. Paul Beck, MD’90, was awarded the 2014 Cumming School of Medicine Alumnus of Distinction Award for excellence in mentorship. He is currently the director of the Leaders in Medicine program and a professor in the Department of Medicine.

Sanjeev Khanna, MSc’90, along with his wife, Alka, donated $1-million as part of the Engineering Leaders campaign. The donations will be used to help renovate the Engineering Career Centre, will create awards for students and allow for special guest lectures. The Alka and Sanjeev Khanna Engineering Career Centre was named in their honour.

Ian Gates, BSc’90, Hossein Hejazi 
(Dr. Seyed Hossein Hejazi), PhD’11, received funding from the Canada Foundation for Innovation to improve oil recovery by building a state-of-the-art microfluidic infrastructure for a hydrocarbon resource laboratory.

Hugh O’Reilly, LLB’90, was named President and CEO of OPTrust in December 2014.

Anne Kirker, LLB’91, was named one the Women’s Executive Network 2014 Canada’s Most Powerful Women in November 2014. She is a partner at Norton Rose Fulbright Canada LLP and was named President-Elect of the Law Society of Alberta for 2015-2016.

Jacqueline Drew, BCOMM’92, MBA’11, launched her latest album in January entitled The Boss is a Woman, featuring 11 original songs. Drew is also the CEO and principal consultant of Tenato Strategy Inc.

Kenneth Cameron, MFA’96, is the playwright behind Dear Johnny Deere, a musical about a farming couple set to the music of Canadian Fred Eaglesmith. The show has been featured across Canada and runs in Calgary at the Max Bell Theatre April 28-May 31, 2015.

Marjan Eggermont, BA’91, BFA’96, MFA’98, Associate Dean (Student Affairs) and Senior Instructor in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, presented biomimicry projects with several of her students at “Inspired by Nature,” a Telus Spark Adults Only night. They included a “cooking show,” but, instead of food, made cement from seawater and carbon dioxide and highlighted ways to get more power from the wind. Eggermont also co-founded Biomimicry Alberta and co-edits and designs ZQ, an award-winning journal about biomimicry.

Naser M El-Sheimy, PhD’97, and Kunal Karan, MSc’94, PhD’99, are two of six University of Calgary researchers who received Strategic Project Grants from the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. El-Sheimy will be developing new expertise in UAV based mapping and Karan will use funding to design high-performance and low-cost polymer electrolyte fuel cells.

Robin A Grouette, BSc’99, BSc’99, former operations manager at Shell’s Appalachian petrochemical project and now production system advisor of Shell’s Upstream Americas Unconventional Operation, was honoured 
at the 5th Annual Spring Swing Gala on March 28.