Across Canada and around the world, Waterloo alumni are making significant contributions to their University, their professions and their communities. The Alumni Awards recognize these individuals and their efforts to build a better world.
Faculty of Arts
Mark Ceolin (MA ’91): Alumni Achievement Award
Mark Ceolin (MA ’91) received an undergraduate degree in English and Psychology in 1986 from the University of Toronto, followed by a Masters degree in English in 1991 from the University of Waterloo and a PhD in 1999, from the University of Toronto.
Following several years of teaching and academic research at Canadian institutions, Mark moved to China in 2003 where he started Red Gate International, a successful media and public relations company.
He is the founding Chair of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai, which is the pre-eminent organization supporting Canadian business and community interests in China. With Mark’s leadership for growing business and fostering Canadian culture abroad, the Chamber continues to thrive today. More recently, he has led initiatives in Singapore and Vietnam, inspiring their Canadian communities to develop business and cross-cultural connections.
Mark was awarded a 2013 Governor General's Medal in recognition of his significant contributions to Canada-Asia relations. With years of engaging with numerous communities abroad, Mark is truly a Canadian cultural ambassador.
Danielle Rice (BA ’12): Young Alumni Award
While at Waterloo, Danielle Rice (BA ’12) was involved in a number of volunteer, research and teaching assistant positions. Since graduation, she excelled in research and clinical work in the fields of mental health and rehabilitation of chronic diseases. Danielle has provided cognitive and mental health assessments for stroke and heart attack patients, as well as for people suffering from dementia.
In just a few years, Danielle has published 18 peer-reviewed papers, 8 online book chapters, along with 50 conference presentations. She is currently a PhD candidate in clinical psychology at McGill University, for which she has won distinguished academic awards. She combines her studies with clinical work at two Montreal hospitals.
Danielle’s dedication to improve the mental health care systems is remarkable; her mentors say she holds tremendous potential to be a leader in the field of clinical psychology in this country. Danielle is an exemplary young alumnus who has already devoted a life time worth of work towards improving mental health care.
School of Accounting and Finance
Tim Jackson (BA ’92): Alumni Achievement Award
Tim Jackson (BA ’92) has an extensive background as an entrepreneur and business leader. Most recently, Tim joined SHAD in July 2016 after serving as an Executive Vice-President at the MaRS Discovery District, one of the world’s largest urban innovation hubs.
He’s also served as CEO of the Accelerator Centre, an incubator for technology start-ups and was a Vice President of University Relations at the University of Waterloo. He co-founded Tech Capital Partners (an early-stage venture capital firm), and served as CFO and CEO at Waterloo based technology firm, PixStream (sold to Cisco Systems).
Tim has been an active volunteer in his community chairing the boards of organizations such as the Waterloo Public Library, the Food Bank of Waterloo Region and the Centre in the Square Theatre. He has co-founded two charitable organizations and believes SHADs are as likely to transform Canada’s non-profit sector, as they are to build the corporate sector.
Hamoon Ekhtiari (MAcc ’09): Young Alumni Award
A lover of all things blueberry and/or avocado, Hamoon is currently the Director of Strategy and Innovation for the Executive Vice President at TELUS. Previously, he was the Founding Director of Studio [Y], a leadership and innovation academy at MaRS, Canada’s largest innovation hub.
Hamoon has also founded a social enterprise which raised $1M in its first year, helped build Deloitte’s consulting business in the Caribbean, and taught as adjunct faculty. He is a member of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference, a Rothschild Fellow at the University of Cambridge, a recipient of University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Math Alumni Achievement Medal, and a Canada Millennium Scholar. Through his most recent venture, Audacious Futures, Hamoon works with leaders and innovators across sectors and around the world on breakthrough innovation, transformation, impact, and re-imagining the future.
Faculty of Applied Health Sciences
Dorothy Dowling (MA ’83): Alumni Achievement Award
Recreation and Leisure Studies alumnus Dorothy Dowling (MA ’83) has revolutionized the world of hospitality marketing. In 2014, Dorothy was named the 27th most influential Chief Marketing Officer by Forbes Magazine and has since risen to the 18th most influential in 2015! Dorothy’s passion for marketing, dynamic leadership skills, and profound dedication to her profession have helped distinguish her in the industry.
Joining Best Western in 2004, Dorothy serves as the Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Sales and has successfully implemented award winning programs leading to the hotel chain’s accelerated growth over 12 years. She has rebranded the brand’s loyalty program, Best Western Rewards, which more than doubled its revenue contribution percentage. Under Dorothy’s leadership, Best Western has transitioned into a business that now focuses on marketing and sales. She has thrived in securing branding partnerships with large organizations such as Disney and Expedia. Prior to her work with Best Western, Dorothy was highly influential in her executive roles in organizations such as ARAMARK and Travelodge Canada.
Dorothy’s contributions to the hospitality industry have had great impact. She has been recognized with a number of awards and honours, including receiving the prestigious American Hotel Foundation Award for Best Practices in Guest Loyalty Programs, and was among HSMAI’s Top 25 Extraordinary Minds in Sales and Marketing two times. Additionally, in 2014, Dowling was inducted into the Direct Marketing News Marketing Hall of Femme. She serves as a leading figure in a number of hospitality and tourism industry associations, including Global Business Travel Association Allied Leadership Council as the Vice-President and Chair of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing International Association.
Kim Madden (BSc ’11): Young Alumni Award
A 2011 Health Studies graduate, Kim continued her education by pursuing a Master of Science and is currently a doctoral student in Health Research Methodology at McMaster University.
Since graduating, Kim has managed five large-scale multinational clinical trials in orthopaedic surgery, working directly with surgeons and site coordinators in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia. Her work with this multinational prevalence study, published in the Lancet, garnered international media attention. Kim’s research led to the development and implementation of procedures that no longer solely assess the physical health of abused women, but also their mental health.
Kim remains highly engaged with the University of Waterloo through Co-operative Education. She has supervised 15 Waterloo co-op students and 2 recent grads. With Kim’s mentorship and guidance, two Waterloo co-op students successfully published their research papers in peer reviewed medical journals.
Kim is the recipient of several honours and awards including the McMaster University Faculty of Health Sciences award for Outstanding Achievement in a Graduate program, awarded to the top 10% of graduating students (2014), the Health Methodology Excellence award (2016), McMaster University President’s Award for Outstanding Service, the highest honor for non-teaching members within McMaster University (2014) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) Doctoral Scholarship (2016).
Faculty of Engineering
Barbara Paldus (BASc ’93, BMath ’93): Alumni Achievement Medal, Professional Achievement
At age 17, Barbara Paldus (BASc ’93, BMath ’93) walked into the Waterloo Engineering undergraduate office to enroll in classes. When she was asked which program she was interested in, Barbara responded by asking a question of her own: Which program was the hardest to get into?
Not content to simply study electrical engineering at Waterloo, she pursued an applied math degree at the same time. Barbara graduated from both programs in 1993. Her exceptional grades earned her a spot in graduate school at Stanford, where she developed a spectrometer a million times more sensitive than existing instruments.
Doctoral degree in hand, Barbara set about commercializing her invention. It was a crash course in everything from raising capital and building teams to developing real-world applications. Today, cavity ring-down spectroscopy is used for everything from detecting pipeline leaks to ensuring that every banana in a shipment ripens at the same time.
In 2005, Barbara co-founded Finesse Solutions in Silicon Valley to develop measurement and control systems for pharmaceutical bioreactors. Currently, she is focusing on developing miniature cell factories for immunotherapy by taking T-cells from a cancer patient’s blood and training them to attack the tumours. The company’s goal is to develop a desktop machine that makes that process possible within hospitals to help extend the life expectancy of people with advanced cancer. Barbara, whose work has been recognized with numerous prestigious honours, has been awarded a remarkable 21 patents and has 12 pending patent applications.
Romesh Batra (MASc ’69): Alumni Achievement Medal, Academic Excellence
By every standard, Romesh Batra’s (MASc ’69) academic career has been truly outstanding. After graduating with his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at Thapar University in India, he came to Waterloo where he completed his master’s degree, also in Mechanical Engineering. He pursued his doctoral degree in Mechanical Engineering at Johns Hopkins University where he graduated in 1972.
Romesh is currently the Clifton C. Garvin Professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is also a world recognized leader in the science of failure of materials under extreme loads, such as those produced by roadside bombs.
His scholarly accomplishments are exceptional. He has mentored to completion 34 doctoral and 18 master’s students, and collaborated in research with 55 post-doctoral fellows. Nearly a dozen of his former PhD students hold faculty positions in India, China, Chile, Taiwan, South Korea, France, the United States, and right here in Canada.
The dean of Engineering at Virginia Tech describes Romesh’s academic accomplishments in research, scholarship, teaching, service and outreach as stellar and among the best of any faculty member he’s ever known.
His numerous awards include the Honorary Membership Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for his life-long outstanding accomplishments in research. The prestigious and highly competitive award is the highest honour bestowed by the society.
Brian Chapnik (MASc ’90), William Gastmeier (BSc ’74, MASc ’76), Robert Howe (BASc ’84), Robert Stevens (MASc ’03): Team Alumni Achievement Medal
HGC Engineering is a Toronto-based acoustical consulting group that was founded in 1994 when three respected Waterloo Engineering graduates — Brian Howe (BASc ’84), Bill Gastmeier (BSc ’74) and Brian Chapnik (MASc ’90) — came together with a common vision and a shared purpose. They were later joined by Rob Stevens (MASc ’03), also a Waterloo Engineering alumnus.
Together, they have grown their company thanks, in part, to their diversified skill set: Bill is an Electrical Engineering grad, Brian Howe and Rob are Mechanical Engineering grads, and Brian Chapnik is a Systems Design Engineering grad.
Throughout the years, HGC Engineering has gained a worldwide reputation in the measurement, assessment and mitigation of noise and vibration problems. It has also developed international expertise in the acoustical optimization of architectural spaces and products.
Over the decades, the company has worked with clients from a wide variety of industries and disciplines to develop responsive, cost-effective solutions based on its extensive acoustical experience and application engineering know-how. The majority of the company’s employees are Waterloo Engineering graduates, many of whom started working for the company as co-op students.
HGC principals have contributed knowledge, skills and experience to the education of Waterloo Architecture students for over two decades and made repeated contributions of technical expertise to other local institutions.
Michael Litt (BASc ’11): Young Alumni Achievement Medal
For his fourth-year Capstone Design project, Michael Litt (BASc ’11) designed a tool that could track how people watch marketing videos. The product became so successful that his Capstone Design team was chosen for a coveted spot at Y Combinator, Silicon Valley’s prestigious business incubator.
Since then, Michael, who graduated from Systems Design Engineering in 2011, along with Devon Galloway, also a Systems Design Engineering graduate, have built a comprehensive video marketing platform for recording, distributing and analyzing marketing videos. Vidyard is now one of Canada’s most successful tech startups and has attracted over 60 million dollars in venture capital and more than 1,000 global customers.
Despite his success in California, Michael returned to Waterloo Region to build Vidyard, which has inspired countless other young entrepreneurs to follow suit. The confidence shown by Michael to start and grow a great technology company has had an incredible impact on the startup community not only locally, but right across Canada.
His many awards and accolades include being recognized as one of 2016 Change Agents by Canadian Business magazine. Michael believes in giving back through supporting the University’s co-op program and hiring new graduates, many of them Waterloo Engineering students and alumni. In recognition of the company’s generosity, Vidyard has been named a top employer by the University.
Faculty of Environment
Stephen Thompson (MAES ’02): Alumni Achievement Award
Stephen Thompson (MAES '02) is an alumnus of Environment and Resource Studies and Local Economic Development programs and the recipient of more than 25 awards in economic development and tourism. Since graduation, he has become an experienced leader, holding senior management and director-level roles in economic development. In 2013, he accepted a diplomatic assignment, becoming Ontario’s senior representative and head of Ontario's International Trade & Investment Office in the western United States.
Throughout his career, Thompson has held increasingly progressive and visible roles, including economic development team lead in Niagara region, the bio-product investment lead for Ontario, General Manager/CEO of several not-for-profit corporations and director/department head for the City of Port Colborne. Under his leadership, the City of Port Colborne undertook a number of environmental initiatives pertaining to wetland protection, redevelopment and waterfront revitalization while also becoming the third economic development office in Canada accredited by the International Economic Development Council.
Thompson is amongst a select group of fewer than 40 people in Canada to have obtained the Economic Development Fellowship designation (Ec.D(F)), the highest level of economic development certification in the country. A Registered Professional Planner and a Certified Economic Developer, Thompson is also a member of the Economic Developers Association of Canada, Economic Developers Council of Ontario, International Economic Development Council, Ontario Professional Planners Institute, and Canadian Institute of Planners.
Nirvana Champion (MAES ’11): Young Alumni Achievement Award
As a student in the Local Economic Development program, Nirvana Champion (MAES '11) was the only Canadian selected to intern at the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe in Geneva, where she helped build a Toolkit on public-private partnerships. It was an experience that inspired her career goal of re-defining the way communities thrive through strategic policy interventions. Since then, she has had the opportunity to out her passion into practice in both the private and public sectors, first as a senior development analyst with Canada's top economic development consulting firm, Millier Dickinson Blais, and later running a one-woman economic development office in the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville. Champion was then hired as the youngest economic development officer on the City of Toronto’s Entrepreneurship Services team, where she authored a five-year strategic plan to guide the work of entrepreneurship services; the first of its kind for Toronto.
Outside her accomplished professional life, Champion is committed to building the community of Ontario’s next leaders. She helped establish the Young Professionals Network for the Economic Developers Council of Ontario and served as its first President. Now more than 200 members strong, the organization hosts mentorship and networking events and recognizes rising talent through a Young Professional of the Year award. Champion herself received the 2012 EDCO President's Award in recognition of her impact.
Faculty of Mathematics
William Zhou (BMath ’15): Young Alumni Achievement Medal
William Zhou (BMath ’15) is the co-founder and CEO of Chalk.com, an education software company focused in K-12. William has been passionate about entrepreneurship from a young age, founding his first company in high school. He launched his first Internet business in 2010, which he sold at the age of 18 during his first year of computer science at the University of Waterloo.
To pursue the bigger challenge of changing education, William founded Chalk.com to create a productivity suite for K-12 teachers. Forbes recently named Zhou to the top 30 under 30 list. Today, Chalk.com is used in over 20,000 schools and Chalk.com is empowering teachers to focus on what matters most - their students.
The Faculty of Mathematics awarded William Zhou the Young Alumni Achievement Medal for 2016.
Joanna Duong (BMath ’04): Young Alumni Achievement Medal
Joanna Duong (BMath ’04) took her passion for doing more with less and created the highly successful fashion company, Henkaa, which produces convertible apparel and accessories for women.
Jo’s family literally came to Canada with nothing more than the shirts on their backs and as the youngest of five, being resourceful, carving an identity, striving for growth and doing more with less are ingrained in her. After graduating from the University of Waterloo in 2004, Duong went into the real estate business. She was recognized for excellence, receiving the Coldwell Banker Sterling Award in 2006, 2009, 2010, and 2011. In 2010, Henkaa was started.
Jo (and Henkaa) believe in giving back and supporting women’s causes by participating in the Breast Cancer Run for the Cure, New Circles Prom Drive, Dress for Success, The Shoebox Project, and is an active partner of Plan Canada - Because I am a Girl.
The Faculty of Mathematics awarded Joanna Duong the Young Alumni Achievement Medal for 2016.
Glenn Ives (BMath ’84): Alumni Achievement Medal
Glenn Ives (BMath ’84) graduated as Ontario's Uniform Final Evaluation gold medalist. Moving from his first employer, Clarke, Henning & Co. to Coopers & Lybrand in 1985, Glenn spent a year in Toronto and almost two in the United Kingdom. He returned to Canada in 1987 and joined TVX Gold Inc. the following year. In 1993, he became Director and Chief Financial Officer of Vancouver-based Vengold Inc. In 1999, Glenn joined Deloitte as a partner and audit specialist in the mining and financial institutes sectors. In June 2010, he assumed his current role in Toronto as Chair of Deloitte in Canada. Glenn was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in February 2011.
Glenn's work in the community has its roots in decades of coaching hockey and soccer teams. Glenn is a member of the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation Board and the Catalyst Canada Advisory Board. He has been Deloitte's Vancouver United Way leader, and introduced Impact Day in his home office as a way of involving articling students in local nonprofit organizations before it became a national Deloitte initiative.
In 2011, the University of Waterloo School of Accounting and Finance awarded Glenn with the esteemed Alumni Achievement award.
The Faculty of Mathematics awarded Glenn Ives the Alumni Achievement Medal for 2016.
Dave McKay (BMath ’87): Alumni Achievement Medal
Dave McKay (BMath ’87) was appointed President of RBC on February 26, 2014 and Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Board on August 1, 2014.
In his previous role as Group Head, Personal & Commercial Banking, which he held from November 2012 to February 2014, Mr. McKay was responsible for RBC’s banking businesses in Canada, the United States, and the Caribbean, including personal and commercial financial services, credit cards and payments, as well as RBC’s sales and branch distribution, operations and advice centres.
Prior to this, he served as Group Head of Canadian Banking, Executive Vice President of Personal Financial Services, and Senior Vice President of Financing Products, respectively. Mr. McKay started his career at RBC in 1988, and has held progressively senior roles in Canada and Japan in retail and business banking, group risk management, and corporate banking.
In 2012, Mr. McKay received the “Retail Banker of the Year” Award by Retail Banker International.
Mr. McKay holds an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business at University of Western Ontario and a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo. He serves on the Board of Trustees for the Hospital for Sick Children (Sick Kids) in Toronto and is a member of the Catalyst Canada Advisory Board and the Business Council of Canada.
A passionate advocate for helping children to build the confidence to be active and healthy for life, Mr. McKay has also coached children’s basketball and hockey for many years.
The Faculty of Mathematics awarded Dave McKay the Alumni Achievement Medal for 2016.
Tas Tsonis (BMath ’75): J.W. Graham Medal in Computing & Innovation
CEO, Pulse Microsystems
Tas Tsonis (BMath ’75) has been an entrepreneur in the computer industry for over thirty-five years, demonstrating leadership and a passion for innovation and for inspiring people.
Tas has a Bachelor Math in Computer Science and Statistics from the University of Waterloo, and a M.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of Toronto.
After several executive IT roles at General Foods, Atomic Energy of Canada and Maple Leaf Mills, Tas co-founded and incubated a series of successful technology companies in a variety of fields including mobile technology, design technology, cloud-based graphics engines and social e-commerce.
For many years, Tas’ primary focus has been Pulse Microsystems, a software company that he co-founded. Pulse transformed the personalization of apparel and accessories by creating game changing software that blends graphical algorithms, computer science and mathematics including computational geometry. He has been granted twelve US patents based on mathematical and graphical algorithms.
Tas came to UWaterloo from Athens, Greece after high school and lives with his wife in Kitchener and Vancouver. He is a father of three, has completed several marathons around the world and enjoys spending time with his grandchildren.
Faculty of Science
Nicholas Brathwaite (MSc ’83): Distinguished Alumni Award
Founding Partner, Riverwood Capital, Menlo Park, CA
Nicholas Brathwaite (MSc ’83) is a successful technologist, engineer, entrepreneur, multinational business executive, and private equity and venture capital investor.
As a technologist, Nicholas has several patented inventions and pioneered the development of low-cost cell phones for developing countries. As an entrepreneur, he started several successful businesses which grew to annual revenues of $50M-$6B. As a business executive, he built and managed large multi-national teams and businesses. As an investor, he became a founding partner of Riverwood Capital in 2008, a private equity firm that invests in high-growth technology companies. His unique combination of technology know-how and commercial judgment ensured success of the many companies he developed, launched, managed, operated and championed. He also cofounded WRV, a venture capital firm that invests in tech start-ups.
After graduating from University of Waterloo, Nicholas started his career at Intel Corporation earning his first patent and developed some of the most advanced semiconductors assembly and packaging technologies of that time. He was a founding member of nChip which developed industry-leading advanced, multi-chip module assembly process. He then served as the Chief Technology Officer at Flextronics where his expertise and innovation moved the company into product development, overseeing the launch and growth of several of the company’s largest business units.
Nicholas is on the Board of Directors of many public and several private technology companies in the United States, Brazil, Argentina, China, Japan, and India.
Stephen Pautler (BSc ’92): Distinguished Alumni Award
Associate Professor of Surgery and Oncology, Western University, London, ON
Dr. Pautler (BSc ’92) pioneered robotic surgery for prostate cancer and has championed robotic surgery services for urology surgery. Following five years of surgical training in the urology residency at The University of Western Ontario, Dr. Pautler spent two years of post-graduate surgical training at the National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, performing both clinical and basic science research in minimally invasive interventions for urologic cancers. Additionally, he worked on molecular cloning and signal transduction mechanisms in kidney and prostate cancer, before joining the staff the Department of Surgery at Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western, in 2002. During the evolution of his career, he developed the first robotic surgery program in Canada and has performed the most robotic surgeries of any surgeon in any surgical discipline.
An active patient advocate and highly regarded teacher and researcher, he has co-authored more than 100 peer-reviewed articles, several chapters, has presented at numerous international urology meetings, and has been successful in obtaining peer-reviewed grant funding. He is a Canadian expert in hereditary kidney cancer syndromes and robotic surgery. Dr. Pautler provides leadership in provincial health care in his roles as the Southwest Regional Surgical Oncology Lead for Cancer Care Ontario and the Provincial Lead for Urologic Surgery, Access to Care.
His current interests include surgical quality improvement, robotics, the application of minimally-invasive surgical techniques and image-guided ablative procedures for urologic cancers.
David Weitz (BSc ’73): Distinguished Alumni Award
After earning his PhD in physics from Harvard University, Professor Weitz (BSc ’73) joined Exxon Research and Engineering Company, where he worked for nearly 18 years. He then became a professor of physics at the University of Pennsylvania until his most recent appointment to Harvard University as Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics & Applied Physics and Professor of Systems Biology.
He leads a group studying soft matter science with a focus on materials science, biophysics, microfluidics and biotechnology. He is director of Harvard’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, funded by the National Science Foundation. Professor Weitz is the co-director of the BASF Advanced Research Initiative at Harvard, co-director of the Harvard Kavli Institute for Bionano Science & Technology, and director of the Harvard Materials Research Science & Engineering Center. He is best known for his work in the areas of diffusing-wave spectroscopy, microrheology, microfluidics, rheology, fluid mechanics, and many more. Professor Weitz is a very active entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of many companies, including one of the most well-known microfluidics company, RainDance. Another company that he founded, GnuBio—an innovative desktop DNA sequencer, was recently acquired by Biorad.
Professor Weitz is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Kurt Gray (BSc ’03): Young Alumni Award
Assistant Professor, Psychology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC
Dr. Gray (BSc ’03) is a leading scholar in the field of social cognition, earning his PhD in 2010 from Harvard University. He investigates the mysterious inner lives of animals, machines, and human beings. His research has produced ground-breaking insights into how people perceive others’ minds and has discovered that minds are a matter of perception—how else can we make sense of people treating cats like humans, and homeless people like objects? Gray’s work has also revealed the psychological basis of moral judgment, the origins of social groups, and the roots of religious belief. His research investigates how people make decisions when lives hang in the balance. His work suggests that moral judgements—themselves subjective—hinges upon another subjective process: mind perception. In his almost 40 peer-reviewed articles, he has explored links between perception and mortality.
In addition to his numerous academic publications, he has received many national grants, and co-authored a popular press book: The Mind Club: Who Thinks, What Feels, and Why it Matters (Viking, 2016). He has been awarded the International Social Cognition Network Best Paper Award and Early Career Award, the Association for Psychological Science Janet Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Research, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology Theoretical Innovation Award.
Janet McDougall (BSc ’71): Contributions to Science Award
Founder, President, Owner, McDougall Scientific, Ltd. Toronto, ON
Combining formal and practical education at the graduate and undergraduate level, Janet McDougall (BSc ’71) linked her interests in science, statistics and pharmacology (MSc Pharmacology and Statistics, University of Toronto, 1977) to the world of clinical research bringing treatments from the lab bench to patients in need.
In 1984, she founded McDougall Scientific Ltd., a pharmaceutical contract research organization specializing in statistics and clinical data management services. Her company serves the statistical and data management needs of the pharmaceutical, biotechnical and medical devise industries engaged in clinical research. Janet has designed and analyzed hundreds of clinical trials and assimilated the complex rules of the international health research, and presented to both the Canadian (TPD) and American (FDA) regulatory authorities. Prior to starting the company Janet worked as a Research Assistant at the Addiction Research Foundation, taught in Technology at Durham College in Oshawa, and was a statistician in clinical research at McNeil Pharmaceutical.
Janet is accredited by both the Statistical Society of Canada (SSC) and the American Statistical Association (ASA) and has held a number of leadership positions in the American and Canadian Statistical Associations. Additionally, she acted as a Consultant Forum editor for the Liaison, was a member of the Prostate Cancer Canada Scientific Advisory Committee – Pilot Grant Programme. Janet’s work is published in applied statistical and clinical journals, lectured about applied statistics and continues to follow the changing trends in international healthcare research and the regulations that guide it. Janet is a mentor and generous supporter of the next generation of scientists.
Conrad Grebel University College
Ted Enns Dyck (BA ’90) and Darlene Enns Dyck(BA ’92): Distinguished Alumni Service Award
Ted Enna Dyck (BA ’90) and Darlene Enns Dyck (BA ‘92) are the founding pastors of Seeds Church in Altona, Manitoba. They have provided effective and creative direction for this innovative and thriving congregation and have given active leadership to a variety of community initiatives.
Notably, Ted and Darlene have worked to build community around refugee sponsorship through their Build-A-Village effort. Over the past decade, the group has drawn people together to sponsor 25 families under the couple’s collaborative leadership. The recent sponsorship of five Syrian families added 44 people, or one percent to the town’s population.
“We are thankful that we have been able to partner with many people and churches in our community to prepare a place for the uprooted,” remarked Ted. “We are also grateful that a new awareness and openness to the newcomer has gripped our nation. Our hope is that others can develop the learning and passion for this work we have discovered over the last 10 years.”
Learn more about Ted and Darlene's Hometown, Altona, MB welcoming refugees, as told by The Globe and Mail.
St. Jerome's University
Ken McLaughlin (BA ’65): Fr. Norm Choate, C.R., Distinguished Graduate Award
Start with a liberal arts education. Add a deep-seated belief in community and a willingness to serve others. Dedicate your whole self. Create change in your world. Ken McLaughlin (BA ’65) represents a living, breathing distillation of the St. Jerome’s ethos.
As a popular, respected professor with a personal passion for understanding and capturing not just the local scene, but also Canadian urban history, and as an official historian of the University of Waterloo, he has the expected lengthy list of publication credits: Kitchener, Waterloo, Cambridge, Hespeler, the University of Waterloo, St. Jerome’s University, St. Mary’s General Hospital, Grand River Hospital, the Kitchener Chamber of Commerce, the Homer Watson Gallery, Oktoberfest, Chicopee, Joseph Schneider Haus, and Mackenzie King – all have been chronicled in his books.
Ken’s version of his subject, however, can be viewed as a kind of applied history – an object lesson in the relevance of the humanities. Not content just to teach and write about local history, he also helped create it by devoting his efforts to the conception, development, and support of concrete expressions of its preservation and communication. Examples of his enrichment of Waterloo Region include the City of Waterloo collection of historical photographs as well as local landmarks such as Joseph Schneider Haus, the Waterloo Region Museum, the Seagram Museum, the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, and the award-winning CIGI Campus.
A 40-year resident of a designated heritage house, he has projected his love of community outward in the form of service, playing pivotal roles in the Waterloo Regional Heritage Foundation, the hiring of a city arborist, Joseph Schneider Haus, the Intelligent Community Committee, the Board of the Walter Bean Trail, the Cambridge Highland Games, and Doon Pioneer Village. He has also donated his enthusiasm and knowledge to act as mace bearer at UWaterloo convocations, as mentor for struggling local publication projects, and as guest speaker for educational and charitable organizations.
For his enduring, acclaimed, and multifaceted contributions to our understanding and appreciation of local, provincial, and national history and culture, and as a shining star in a long St. Jerome’s history of stellar graduates, Ken McLaughlin is undeniably deserving of the Father Noam Choate Award.
Faith Cameletti (BA ’13): Sr. Leon White Distinguished Alumni Award
Faith Cameletti (BA ’13) received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Honours Medieval Studies in 2013. A tireless seeker of social justice, Faith is a writer, storyteller, and social entrepreneur. Since the age of four, she has lived with rheumatoid arthritis, a chronic and often debilitating disorder. Rather than weakening her spirit, she has used her personal stories and experiences to advocate for those living with disabilities and chronic illnesses.
Faith has become an extraordinary example of the successful application of a university education. Her early accomplishments include academic articles, a documentary, chronic illness advocacy, and an online art exhibit. Her self-professed greatest passion is writing and making art for Lamp in Hand, a blog and online resource she founded and runs. Dedicated to social justice and living with intention, the site is based on the philosophy that “critical thinking is a lamp you can use to light your way … the key to a brighter future.”
Other aspects of her working life also reflect her values, such as directing projects at the Guelph Career Education Council to educate young people about planning for and understanding employment, and developing the WorkSafe mobile app. Her filmmaking portfolio has expanded to include associate producer responsibilities for an Oscar-nominated producer as well as camera operation, story-editing, and cinematography for documentaries and corporate marketing videos. She volunteers for a community garden, the Guelph Arts Council, #SecretSantaGuelph, and a co-working space. For her work as a storyteller and as a community contributor, Faith was acknowledged by the Guelph Mercury this past spring as one of Guelph’s 40 under 40.
Recently accepted for admission at Osgoode Law School, Faith will continue to enhance the world around her. For her work as storyteller and a social justice advocate, St. Jerome’s University is proud to present Faith Cameletti with the Sr. Leon White Distinguished Graduate Award.
Renison University College
The Very Rev. Andrew Asbil (BSc ’85): Distinguished Alumnus Award
Dean of the Anglican Diocese of Toronto
Rector of St. James’ Cathedral, Toronto
Dean Andrew Asbil (BSc ’85) is a leader in Canadian urban ministry within the Anglican Church of Canada. As rector of the Church of the Redeemer (2001-2015), located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Asbil has developed new and different ways to carry out ministry in an urban setting so that both the homeless and the banker feel welcome within the parish community. He has been at the forefront and a leader in creating inclusive communities within the Church for members of the LGBT community. Under Dean Asbil’s leadership, the Church of the Redeemer lunch program grew to feed over 100 people a day, five days a week, 44 weeks a year. The $130,000 cost of the program is funded mostly by the weekly open plate offerings of the parish. Asbil has been a courageous leader, trying new things both in liturgy and socially with an uncanny ability to mobilize congregations towards social justice and advocacy. In 2016, Asbil began his appointment as Rector of the Cathedral Church of St. James and Dean of Toronto. For his extraordinary record of service to the Anglican Church of Canada, to the community, to the marginalized, and to Renison University College, Renison was pleased to name Dean Andrew Asbil a Distinguished Alumnus of the College.
St. Paul’s University College
Nancy McCalder (BA '78): Distinguished Alumni Award
Nancy McCalder (née Derbyshire) (BA ’78) is a graduate of the Honours Co-op Recreation and Leisure Studies program and lived at St. Paul's from 1973-74. Recently retired, Nancy spent over 25 years working in mental health awareness and advocacy in Alberta. As Executive Director of The Support Network, she worked with Alberta Health Services to create the Wellness Network, Alberta's first peer to peer mental health support service.
For much of her career, Nancy was a leading advocate to increase funding for and accessibility to mental health services in Alberta. Her work was instrumental in the development and expansion of services for Albertans such as the 24 Hour Distress Line, Suicide Grief Support and 211, a wayfinding telephone and web service to enhance wellness for users. She also was part of a national committee that is working towards the development of a national suicide prevention line.
As Executive Director of The Support Network, Nancy lead a team of volunteers, professionals and practitioners to deliver daily supports for people in crisis who seek information and for those impacted by a loss to suicide in the city of Edmonton. After retirement, Nancy established the McCalder Mental Wellness Foundation to continue her support of mental health services in her community.
In recognition of her long service to the people of Alberta as a leading advocate, practitioner and for working to eliminate the stigma of mental health, Nancy was recently named recipient of the 2016 True Leadership Award by the Lieutenant Governor's Circle on Mental Health and Addiction.
Sean Murphy (BASc '93): Distinguished Alumni Award
Sean Murphy (BASc ’93), CPA, CMA, FCMC, PMP is a graduate of Mechanical Engineering and lived at St. Paul's from 1988-89.
He is a Partner, Consulting and Technology Solutions with MNP LLP and has over 20 years experience as a management consultant specializing in business & IT strategy, digital transformation, information management and project management.
Sean founded and was CEO of A Hundred Answers (AHA), an award winning Ottawa based professional services firm which was recognized as one of Canada's fastest growing companies and as one of Ottawa's top employers as voted by employees, prior to its merger in October 2016 with MNP LLP.
Under Sean's leadership AHA was known for its support of the Ottawa community with employees participating in many Ottawa area fundraising events and the firm provided funding for Aboriginal students at University of Ottawa and Queens University.
Sean also holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Ottawa and recently joined the University of Waterloo Alumni Council as one of two College representatives.
Sean is married to Tracy, and has three children, Delaney, Jack and Quinn.
Dana Decent (BES '13): Young Alumni Award
Dana Decent (BES ’13) is a graduate of the Environment and Business program and lived at St. Paul's during her first year in 2008-2009.
Since graduating in 2013, Dana has worked in the not-for-profit sector with My Sustainable Canada and Sustainability CoLab, in the private sector with Sun Life Financial and currently, Dana works in the academic sector with the Intact Centre on Climate Adaptation (ICCA) - a national applied research centre within the Faculty of Environment. As Manager of the ICCA, Dana is responsible for operational functions and research support for the centre’s programs.
Dana is an active volunteer and supporter of the University community – in the past several years she has volunteered with the St. Paul’s GreenHouse program, as well as Faculty of Environment open houses and breakfast series events. Dana currently volunteers with the Waterloo Region Rainbow Coalition (WRRC) to create safe-space social events for members of the LGBTQ community.
Recently, Dana was recognized by Corporate Knights magazine as one of Canada's Top 30 Under 30 in sustainability for being "an emerging leader in corporate and organizational sustainability with an outstanding record of contribution across the private and not-for-profit sectors."
In addition to her full time job at ICCA, Dana is currently pursuing a Masters degree in Sustainability Management.