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Class Notes

Submitted by alumni on Thu, 03/31/2016 - 20:19.

Class Notes

Connect with fellow grads and discover who’s doing what, where.
by Ellis Choe

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Heather Bryant, BSc’76, MD’79, PhD’86, the inaugural chair of the Institute of Cancer Research’s advisory board and a UCalgary clinical professor was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2015 by the Women’s Executive Network. She was awarded the KPMG Professionals Award that recognizes professionals who play a leadership role within their organizations. Currently the VP of Cancer Control at the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, Bryant has developed and implemented strategies on cancer control across the country.

Michelle Christopher, BA’82, Jean Munn, LLB’88, Valerie Prather, LLB’88, were all appointed to Queen’s Counsel of Alberta on January 28, 2016.

Stephen Harper, BA’85, and Terry Duguid, MEDes’85, are two of nine alumni to win seats in the last federal election. This is Liberal MP Duguid’s first win for Winnipeg South while former Prime Minister Harper has been MP for Calgary Heritage since 2002.

Sam Kolias, BSc’83, has been selected as the 2016 Distinguished Business Leader Award by the Haskayne School of Business and the Calgary Chamber of Commerce. Kolias is CEO of Boardwalk Real Estate Investment Trust, one of the largest real estate investment trusts in Canada. The award recognizes successful, ethical business leaders who demonstrate strong community leadership. Kolias also builds homes in Mexico for the poor, provides rental units for refugees and has set up scholarships for his employees’ children.

Heather McKay, QC, LLB’83 and Donna Purcell, QC, JD’88, were awarded at the Women in Law Leadership Awards on November 10, 2015. McKay won Leadership in the Profession (Private Practice) which recognizes the lawyer in private practice who shows exemplary leadership in areas that include mentoring law students and contribution to legal education. Purcell won Leadership in the Community which celebrates the outstanding contributions of a lawyer through Pro Bono legal services, as well as being a positive role model in the community.

Samuel Weiss, PhD’83, has been named to the Canadian team of researchers fighting brain cancer in children and adults. Weiss, director of the Hotchkiss Brain Institute and professor at the Cumming School of Medicine, will co-lead the Stand Up to Cancer Canada (SU2C Canada) Cancer Stem Cell Dream Team.