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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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Jeremy Bridge, BSc’05, chemical engineer and CEO of PK Sound. Since 2009, Bridge’s loudspeaker manufacturing and event production company has increased revenue by 1000 per cent and has expanded to the U.S. with 61 staff and contractors. In 2015, PK Sound won the Calgary Chamber Small Business Week Innovation award for their new product Trinity — a remote-controlled 3D sound system. In 2014, Bridge was named one of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40.

Kandrix Foong, BGS’02, Jason Smith, BSc’98, MSc’01, Daniel Heng, BSc’00, MD’02, Deirdre Lanigan, BSc’03, Kenna Burima, BMus’04, Van Nguyen, BSc’00, MSc’03, MD’05, Fiona Clement, BSc’01, PhD’06, Heather Jamniczky, BSc’01, PhD’06, Scott Crockatt, BComm’08, BA’08, Christine Johns, BFA’01, PhD’08, Hailey Seidel, BA’08, Evan Wilson, MA’09, Wilma Shim, BSc’07, LLB’10, Cheryl Barnabe, MSc’11, Lawrence Korngut, MSc, ’14, Pippa Blair, BComm’07, BN’14, Amanda Hehr, MBA’14, were recognized as the ‘best and brightest Calgarians under 40 years old at Avenue Calgary magazine’s annual Top 40 Under 40 Awards ceremony on November 3, 2015. In 2015, 18 UCalgary alumni were selected for their exceptional leadership and outstanding work in their respective fields.

Connor Gottfried, BSc’04, CEO and CTO of Leara eLearning Inc., has been designing cutting-edge eLearning tools since 1997 for clients around the globe. His recent ground-breaking Respond5: Creator Edition product just won Digital Alberta “Best in eLearning” award in 2015. The product is the world’s first cloud-based SCORM Content Management System which lets you build content that is viewable on all devices.

Kent Hehr, BA’97, JD’01, Erin Weir, MA’07, and Pierre Poilievre, BA’08, are three out of nine alumni who won seats in the federal election last fall. Hehr is not only Liberal MP for Calgary Centre but sits in Trudeau’s cabinet as Veteran Affairs Minister. Weir is the rookie NDP MP for Regina Lewvan and former cabinet minister Poilievre won back his seat as the Conservative MP for Carleton.

Davidson Manaloto, BSc’05, is a mechanical-engineer-turned fashion designer who is turning heads in Vancouver with his designs for the contemporary menswear brand wings + horns.  Upon graduation, he was awarded Designer of the Year at the Helen Lefaux School of Fashion Design.

Safia Nathoo, BSc’07, MSc’09, MBA’14, and Nabeela Nathoo BSc’09, are two sisters who have set up a $2,000 scholarship for full-time students who are registered in a thesis-based graduate program in the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The Nathoo Family Graduate Scholarship is an active scholarship for the 2016 Graduate Awards Competition. “We come from a family that deeply values education,” says Safia. “We feel very fortunate to have attended the University of Calgary and wanted to find a way to give back. We are thrilled that we are able to ‘pay-it-forward’ to the university which we attribute to helping us grow personally, academically and professionally.”

Natalie Panek, BSc’07, is a rocket scientist who was named one of Forbes 30 Under 30 in 2015 and hailed as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network in 2014. She works for space robotics firm MDA, maker of the famous robotic Canadarm. If that isn’t enough, she was also the winner of the 2013 University of Calgary GOLD award, and has joined the Cybermentor Advisory Counc>il, an online program that connects girls in Grades 6 to 12 in Alberta with women in science and engineering.

Hillary Sharpe, BA’05, MSc’08, PhD’13, along with Tom Strong, Associate Dean (Research) in the Werklund School of Education have co-authored and released a book last fall called Embodied Relating and Transformation Tales from Equine-Facilitated Counseling. The book explores how women with eating disorders can be treated and counselled through the unconventional approach of animal-assisted therapy, namely horses. Activities such as riding, horse care, grooming and saddlery are used as a means of achieving therapeutic goals.

Chidinma Thompson, LLM'07, was awarded at the Women in Law Leadership Awards on November 10, 2015. Thompson won Tomorrow's Leader that recognizes a recipient’s tremendous growth and development at the start of her career as well as her outstanding legal capability and leadership potential.

Kate Thompson, MArch’02, recently promoted to vice-president, projects at Calgary Municipal Land Corporation will oversee and manage architectural controls for East Village including the development of the new Central Library.