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Submitted by alumni on Fri, 05/30/2014 - 22:45.

Class Notes

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1990s

Dr. Roxanne Goldade, MD’90, is the Faculty of Medicine’s 2013 Alumna of Distinction Award winner. She is the current physician lead for Paediatrics for Kids in Care (P-KIC) at the Alberta Children’s Hospital and recently served as the distinguished graduate at the May 2014 convocation ceremony, leading the Graduate’s Pledge.

Bruce Palmer, BComm’93, MBA’96, was recently named vice-president and also added wealth advisor to his existing role at RBC Dominion Securities in Calgary. Bruce offers a full suite of financial services to affluent retirees, busy professionals and business owners. In addition to investing their money, Bruce offers insurance, individual pension plans, charitable gift programs, family trusts and other advanced wealth management solutions.

Vincent Ho, BMus’98, is the composer-in-residence with the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra (WSO), completing his seventh and final season with them. Among his many accomplishments, Ho’s percussion concerto, The Shaman, was presented in Winnipeg and New York by the WSO with Dame Evelyn Glennie as the soloist. Most recently it was presented in Shanghai and Hong Kong. More about Ho and his work is available at vinceho.com.

Geoffrey Gregson, MBA’98, has a new book Financing New Ventures: An Entrepreneur’s Guide to Business Angel Investment, which incorporates the views of business angels, venture capitalists, entrepreneurs, and legal advisors; draws upon the latest academic thinking on financing new ventures and provides comparisons between business angel and venture capital investing. Geoffrey is a director of the Centre for Entrepreneurship Research at the University of Edinburgh Business School in the United Kingdom.

Patricia Katz, MCE ‘99, recently published a book of her ink and watercolour paintings, Sketches of Saskatoon. Patricia’s fine art website is pat-katz.artistwebsites.com.




Lessons Learned
In March, the Faculty of Environmental Design welcomed back one of its own — alumnus George Stuetz, now a director with the Office of the Auditor General of Canada. On campus to present the 2013 Fall Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development and a selection of other past audits, Stuetz is passionate about international work and a big believer in multi-disciplinary degrees.

“When I was in EVDS,” says Stuetz, BSc’88, MEDes’96, “we were able to cross a lot of interdisciplinary boundaries. We were exposed to a variety of students and professionals — corporate executives, scientists, architects, planners, and educators — and along the way we developed a lot of soft skills that continue to help me, even today.”

Today, Ottawa-based Stuetz works with a team of colleagues in the office, comprised of auditors (from a wide variety of disciplines), scientists, statisticians, communications experts, graphic artists, and editors — “and we all have our own quirks,” he says. “Having skills in negotiating, diplomacy, and persuasion are invaluable to working inside and outside the office as are skills in marketing and interviewing. Every year the Commissioner completes five to seven audits, so, every year I get assigned a new audit with a new team. Adaptability, flexibility, and a love of learning — among other things I learned at the U of C — are paramount.”

In the 14 years that Stuetz has worked in the Auditor General’s office, he’s been involved in 18-some environmental audits, ranging in focus from transportation of dangerous goods, to sustainable fisheries management, climate change, marine parks, and management of toxic substances.

Although Stuetz loves the inquiry that comes with his job he admits that, “aside from working in the area of corporate social responsibility it would be “cool” to take on something like David Suzuki’s position. I enjoy teaching, photography, and exploration and Suzuki and Jay Ingram [long-time host of the Discovery Channel’s Daily Planet] worked in these areas. I also play a mean accordion!”

Until one of those roles opens up (it took 16 years, before Ingram left Daily Planet), you’ll likely find Stuetz hard at work on audits in Ottawa or around Canada, and even overseas — or taking shots of interesting sculptures and architectural wonders.