2012 Alumni & Friends Celebration Honours Faculty's Best

Ken McGillvry, Dean André Roy, Tzephora Berman, Jim Davidson

L to R: UW VP of Advancement Ken McGillvry. Special guests Alumni Achievement Award winner Jim Davidson and author Tzeporah Berman. Faculty of Environment Dean André Roy

On a chilly night in downtown Toronto, the best and brightest of the Faculty of Environment gathered in the stunning Grand Banking Hall of the One King West hotel for the 2012 Alumni & Friends Celebration. It was a night for former students to catch up with old friends and faculty members, as well as pay tribute to those alumni who have taken their education and gone out into the world to do amazing things in their careers and for the planet.

Of the many celebrated alumni on hand, it was Geography grad Jim Davidson (’80), founding partner and CEO of Calgary-based FirstEnergy Capital Corp who took centre stage as the recipient of this year’s Alumni Achievement Award. As the leader of one of the world’s premier choices for energy sector investment banking, Davidson has been recognized by Canada’s Governor General and the national media not only for his business acumen, but also his charitable work.

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Jim Davidson's Alumni Achievement Award Acceptance Speech Keynote Speaker Tzeporah Berman Tzeporah Berman Audience Q&A

Both Davidson and FirstEnergy are well known for corporate giving through their support of a wide range of charities and significant annual contributions to community organizations. As co‐chair of “Leaps and Bounds,” the Calgary Humane Society’s capital fundraising campaign, he successfully led a $10.5 million capital campaign for a state-of-the-art animal shelter in Calgary. Davidson is also an active member of the Calgary Parks Foundation whose latest project, the Calgary Greenway, is a linear pathway that will encircle the city. The Calgary Greenway will be much more than a pathway; with a total of 118 km of pathways and parks, it will offer citizens and visitors alike access to off-leash dog parks, rest areas, family fitness parks and even educational wetlands.

Following Davidson’s acceptance speech, the crowd of nearly 200 guests was treated to a rousing talk by Tzeporah Berman, an eco-activist and author of This Crazy Time. Berman’s personal and professional journey from a curious young woman to one of this country’s most effective activists served as the emotional backdrop for her potent message about the rapid deforestation of our planet and the environmental toll being exacted by Canada’s oil sands projects.

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