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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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Jodi Abbott, BA’98, the president and CEO of Norquest College, was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in 2015 by the Women’s Executive Network. She received the Trailblazers and Trendsetters Award for women who are either the first in their field or have made a major impact on it. She has successfully grown Norquest College by expanding relevant programming, building new partnerships with industry and business groups, and improving brand recognition.

Jolien Creighton, BSc’92, and Teviet Creighton, BSc’94, are part of a scientific team (U.S.-based Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory) that recently made history by discovering the existence of gravitational waves. This highly significant discovery confirms what Einstein predicted in his general theory of relativity 100 years ago: ripples in space time exist.

Sukh Dhaliwal, BSc’90, Pat Kelly, BA’94, Anita Vandenbeld, BA’94, and Len Webber, BComm’98, all won seats in the federal election last fall. Former MP Dhaliwal won the Liberal seat for Surrey Newton. Kelly is the rookie Conservative MP for Calgary Rocky Ridge while Vandenbeld is the rookie Liberal MP for Ottawa West Nepean. This is former Alberta MLA Webber’s first foray into federal politics as the Conservative MP for Calgary Confederation.

Gregory Francis, LLB’90, Rhoda Dobler, BA’88, LLB’92, Sean Smyth, LLB’93 and Robert Armstrong, LLB’98, were all appointed to the Queen’s Counsel in Alberta on January 28, 2016.

Lynette Loeppky, BA’93, was nominated one of the top five finalists of the prestigious Hilary Weston Writers’ Trust Prize for Nonfiction for her debut book, Cease: A Memoir of Love, Loss and Desire. Her story navigates the intense emotions of a woman who feels stuck. She is just about to leave her partner but doesn’t — after finding out her partner is terminally ill.

Ambrose Mong, BA’91, teacher, ordained priest and author, just finished his latest book, Accommodation and Acceptance: An Exploration of Interfaith Relations. As controversial Swiss priest, Hans Kung has said, "No peace among the nations without peace among the religions. No peace among the religions without dialogue between the religions. No dialogue between the religions without investigation of the foundations of the religions." Mong’s book investigates the ‘turbulent history of Christian faith and identity in Asia down the years’.

Sheila Musgrove, BA’92, the Founder and Finder of Fabulousness has just written and published her first book: HIRED! How to Get The Zippy Gig. The president of TAG Recruitment Group shares hundreds of her insider secrets on how to land that new job. Despite the challenging economy, TAG has snagged the 49th spot on the Fast Growth 50 listing of Alberta’s fastest growing companies — again. Her company also ranked in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.

Lloyd Robertson, QC, LLB'91, Calgary’s chief crown prosecutor for the past seven years was appointed to Calgary Provincial Court, Criminal Division on September 4, 2015. As told to the Calgary Herald, the third-degree black belt holder attributes his life successes to the discipline and balance he receives from practising the Japanese martial art of Shaorinji Kempo.