Alumni Association Achievement Awards

Congratulations to our 2015 Alumni Achievement Award recipients!

The Honouring our Alumni Awards Gala will be held at Marquis Hall on October 22, 2015.

5:30pm  Champagne Reception

6:00pm  Honourary Alumni Presentations

6:30pm  Dinner and Program

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2015 Alumni Achievement Awards
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2015 Recipients are:

Dapne Arnason

Daphne Arnason (BComm’77) for her dedicated service as a volunteer and contributions to business and industry.

Daphne became a chartered accountant and worked for several years with Deloitte before she joined PotashCorp in 1988, where she held various professional and leadership roles. Daphne became a member of the senior management team, and an officer of the company, when she was promoted to vice-president, internal audit, and was later promoted to the newly created position of vice-president, global risk management, where she served until retirement.

She is a Fellow Chartered Accountant (FCA) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Saskatchewan and has served on several FCA committees. On top of being an active volunteer and fundraiser for a number of community based causes over the years, she has served on the board of the Saskatoon Airport Authority, is currently on the board of the United Way of Saskatoon and Area, and is a U of S Senate representative on the university’s Board of Governors.

Mark Boots

Mark Boots* (BE’08, BSc’08, PhD’13) for his innovative developments in research and application of technology for social change.

As a student, Mark was active in Engineers Without Borders and the U of S Space Design Team. He conducted research on, and made design enhancements to, a beamline at the Canadian Light Source synchrotron that, according to his supervisor, achieved “performance comparable to the three best spectrometers in the world.”

Mark co-founded VOTO Mobile, a technology startup in Ghana providing innovative software tools and to help organizations share information and gather feedback from the people they serve. Pioneering the use of SMS and voice-based interactions in local languages, accessible on the simplest mobile phones, VOTO has been able to provide information-on-demand—including maternal health education, effective farming practices, feedback for policy development and information for human rights report—to hundreds of thousands of rural mobile phone users VOTO now has 35 employees with offices in seven countries and has enabled more than 250 organizations in 22 countries to impact over 2.4 million stakeholders.

Richard Burton

Richard (Rich) Burton (BE’68, MSc’71, PhD’75) for his contributions to education and research.

The University of Saskatchewan has been Rich’s second home for almost five decades. While still a graduate student, he became a lecturer in the College of Engineering, was a professor until he retired in 2012, and served a five-year term as assistant dean of undergraduate studies for the college.

Teaching over 25 undergraduate and graduate courses and supervising/co-supervising over 70 graduate students, Rich was ahead of his time in demonstrating the now common teacher-scholar model, employing techniques such as distance learning, flexible timetables, group learning and inquiry-led study that encouraged students to explore their theories and “see where it went.”

As a leading researcher in fluid power systems (hydraulics and pneumatics), he served on many organizations, committees and professional bodies, produced over 200 conference and journal papers, and has been recognized with many awards and honours, including an Outstanding Achievement Award in 2014 from the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Saskatchewan.

Del Fredlund

Delwyn (Del) Fredlund (BE’62) for his service, philanthropy, and outstanding contributions to research and learning.

After earning graduate degrees at the University of Alberta, Del returned to the U of S College of Engineering where he taught for 34 years, served as department head, and developed the Unsaturated Soils Group.

He literally wrote the book on Soil Mechanics and Unsaturated Soils along with over 400 research papers. He has been leader, advisor and collaborator on several projects in several countries. A colleague of over 25 years said, “He is without question the top expert in the world in his disciplinary field.” He has earned many awards and honours, including an Order of Canada.

In addition to Del’s engineering assignments, he helped establish Canadian Food for the Hungry, a non-governmental organization that works to meet the needs of “the poorest of the poor” through development projects in about 50 countries. He also established a personal registered charity for education and work needs in developing countries such as Vietnam and Mexico.

Namarta Kochar

Namarta Kochar* (BA’00) for her volunteerism and community service.

Recognized as a woman of influence, and dedicated professional and volunteer. Balancing her day job as a development officer in Advancement and Community Engagement at the U of S and her many community commitments is a feat itself.

Namarta has energetically volunteered for numerous organizations including Dress for Success, Ovarian Cancer Canada, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada, Arthritis Society, Saskatoon Salvation Army, Alzheimer Society, The Children’s Wish Foundation, The Children’s Hospital Foundation and Raise-a-Reader. She is a public representative on the Drug Advisory Committee of Saskatchewan and the Saskatoon Environmental Advisory Committee, and has been a mentor for the Saskatchewan Association of Human Resource Professionals.

Recognizing her dedicated service, Namarta was named a Women of Influence by SaskBusiness Magazine, a U of S College of Arts and Science Alumni of Influence, one of CBC Saskatchewan’s Future 40 in 2013, and she received the Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal.

Terry Lake

Dr. Ryan Meili* (BSc’00, MD’04) for his significant contributions to public and Aboriginal health, and the medical profession.

Ryan is a family doctor at the Westside Community Clinic in Saskatoon and an assistant professor at the U of S College of Medicine, where he serves as head of the Division of Social Accountability, director of the Making the Links Certificate in Global Health, and co-lead of SHARE: the Saskatchewan HIV/AIDS Research Endeavour.

As a student, he helped establish the SWITCH clinic—providing medical care for the underserved population in the city’s west side—and later Making the Links that allows undergraduate students to serve at the SWITCH clinic, in remote norther Aboriginal communities and a handful of developing countries.

He authored a book, A Healthy Society: How a focus on health can revive Canadian democracy, in 2012, and he also serves as vice-chair of Canadian Doctors for Medicare, is a Broadbent Institute fellow, an Evidence Network expert, and is the founding director of Upstream: Institute for A Healthy Society.

Jernnifer Pereira

Jennifer Pereira* (BA’01, LLB’03) for her community leadership and contributions to her profession.

As a lawyer at Robertson Stromberg LLP, Jennifer is an active member of the Court of Queen’s Bench Bar Judicial Committee and has acted as president of the Saskatchewan Trial Lawyers Association, the Saskatoon Bar Association and as the chair of the Canadian Bar Association’s (Sask) Professional Image Committee.

Jennifer’s commitment to her profession is mirrored by her commitment to giving back to her community. In 2014, Jennifer was recognized by the CBC as one of Saskatchewan’s Top 40 under 40. She is president of the Persephone Theatre board of directors, and her work for that organization garnered her recognition as a Tourism Leader by Tourism Saskatoon. Jennifer is also a director of the board for music festival and technology conference MoSo Fest. Jennifer served on the University of Saskatchewan Senate for two elected terms, has sat on several boards and hosted a radio program on CFCR 90.5FM for 14 years.

Richard Rempel

Richard (Dick) Rempel (BA’58) for his leadership in teaching and learning and his ongoing dedication to telling the story of the university and its people.

After studying at the U of S, Richard went to Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, earning bachelor, master’s and doctor of philosophy degrees.

He then taught briefly at the University of South Carolina before joining the history department at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. There, he was co-ordinator of the Collected Papers of Bertrand Russell project and later served as director of the research centre dedicated to the 20th century British philosopher and political activist.

Richard, a fellow of the Royal Historical Society of Britain, aided the understanding of what the university and its people—staff, faculty and alumni—are to Saskatoon and Saskatchewan through several articles in the Saskatoon History Review. He wrote the book Research and Reform: W.P. Thompson at the University of Saskatchewan about Canada’s first geneticist and the university’s third president, that drew extensively from, and added to, University Archives and Special Collections.

Al Schreiner

Al Schreiner (BE’63) for his community leadership, philanthropy and significant contributions to business and industry.

Al served as president and chief operating officer of Stream-Flo Industries. Under his guidance, the company experienced significant success and growth, and developed and delivered significant technical and safety innovations for the industry.

Al has served the industry through professional organizations, such as the Oilmen’s Executive Association and the Petroleum Services Association of Canada. He is a U of S Alumni of Influence, a member of the Saskatchewan Oil Patch Hall of Fame, was a CJ MacKenzie Distinguished Lecturer.

Always generous with his time, Al has chaired or served on committees in Calgary. He is most generous with his time and resources toward the U of S—he is on the Engineering Advancement Trust board of trustees, is a long-time advocate and volunteer for the college’s Calgary chapter, and is always a willing mentor for young engineering alumni. He and his wife established the Al and Gisele Schreiner Scholarship for U of S engineering students.

Lynn Van Luven

Lynne Van Luven (BA’68) for her service to the arts, literature and education.

Lynne is a highly-respected journalist, editor and author. She established a career in journalism before attending the University of Alberta to earn her master’s and PhD degrees in English.

She taught at Carleton University before joining the Department of Writing at the University of Victoria, where she developed the creative non-fiction section, and served as associate dean of fine arts.

Lynn became a regular on CBC Radio’s The Arts Tonight and Talking Boots. She is one of the founders of the Creative Nonfiction Collective, past president of the Creative Writers and Writing Programs, and has served as judge or juror for several writing awards.

Lynn created and edited the anthology series on Canadian families that includes Nobody’s Mother, Nobody’s Father and Somebody’s Child, and she co-edited In the Flesh: Twenty Writers Explore the Body.

She is now working on a book of essays, I’ll See Myself Out, about aging.

Janet Verjovsky

Janet Verjovsky (BA’64) for her leadership and service to teaching and education.

Janet began her teaching career in Mexico City, as a science and biology teacher in bilingual schools, after obtaining her master’s of science in biology from Brown University, a master’s of education from the University of the Americas, Mexico, and a PhD in educational research from CINVESTAV-DIE, Mexico.

Janet then taught biology and applied chemistry as part of the International Baccalaureate diploma program at the United World College of the Adriatic in Italy, and then in France.

After returning to Mexico, Janet coordinated various masters programs for in-service science teachers before coordinating the academic program of the newly founded PAUTA—a non-governmental organization that identifies and develops mathematic and scientific talent in children and youth, especially in underprivileged communities—at the state, then national level. She also served as a delegate in the World Council of Gifted and Talented and a member of the European Council for High Ability.

Kwok-Keung (Peter) Wong

Kwok-Keung (Peter) Wong (MSc’75) for his significant contributions to business and industry, dedicated public service and philanthropy.

Peter—a registered professional engineer in three countries and fellow of three professional engineering institutions—is chairman and CEO of the Kum Shing Group, an engineering and construction firm in Hong Kong.

After working in a variety of engineering consultant jobs, Peter returned to Hong Kong to manage Kum Shing, a family construction business founded by his father. He transformed the company from a small firm with fewer than ten employees into a business group with 600 professional employees, 3,000 workers and an annual revenue of over HK$1.6 billion (CDN$200 million).

Peter created the Kum Shing WKF Education and Charity Foundation that has established 128 schools, provides university scholarships for rural students, and supports numerous local charities and initiatives.

His leadership has been recognized with several awards and honours, including Justice of the Peace, a Gold Bauhinia Star Medal, Director of the Year in 2015 by the Hong Kong Institute of Directors, and he was one of the inaugural inductees into the HKIE Hall of Fame in 2010.

*Young alumni recipients are subject to the same criteria; however, they must be under 35 years of age and have graduated from the U of S no more than 10 years ago.”
About the Awards

The Alumni Achievement Awards are presented annually to U of S graduates who advance the reputation of the University of Saskatchewan and the Alumni Association. Award recipients are chosen for their outstanding achievements and innovation; commitment to excellence; community engagement and leadership; and contributions to the social, cultural and economic well-being of society.

Alumni successes will be recognized through their exemplary contributions in fields such as:

  • Aboriginal initiatives
  • agriculture
  • the arts
  • athletics, sports and wellness
  • business and industry
  • community leadership
  • education
  • occupations or professions
  • philanthropy
  • public service
  • research
  • volunteer service

Note: The above are not categories nor an all-inclusive list. They are only suggestions to consider for nominees.

Here's what a few past recipients say about the awards:

Established in 1978, the University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association Awards honour the outstanding accomplishments of our alumni and attest to the excellence of the University of Saskatchewan educational experience.

Past Recipients


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Leanne Bellegarde (LLB’91)
Merlis Belsher (BComm’57, LLB’63)
Shannon Dyck, (BA’09, MES’12) young alumni recipient
Fred Fulton (BSA’50, PGD’68. MCtgEd’72)
Dr. Donald Greve (BA’58, MD’60)
The Hon. Terry Lake (DVM’86)
Scott McCreath (BComm’69)
Heather Morrison, (BFA’08) young alumni recipient
Mike O’Kane (BE’92, MSc’96)
Sheila Pocha (BEd’86, PGD’97, MEd’00)
Andrew Schmitz (BSA’63, MSc’65, DLitt’99)


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The Hon. Charles (Charlie) Mayer, P.C., BSA’64
Donald (Don) A. Mitchell, BA’69, MA’73
Dr. James Ogloff, MA’86
Prof. Emeritus Dufferin (Duff) Spafford, BA’59, MA’61

Young Alumni Achievement Award:
Dr. Farrah Mateen,


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Austin Beggs, BA’74
Dr. Sasha Bernatsky, BSc’88
Dr. Anne Doig, MD’76
Elaine Golds, BA’64
Digvir Jayas, PhD’87
Prof. Emeritus Radhey Lal Kushwaha, PhD’67
Robert (Bob) McKercher, BA’50, LLB’52
Dr. Bruce McManus, BAPE’67, MD’77
Chancellor Emeritus Edward (Ted) Turner, D/Agric’48, honorary LLD’89
Garrett Wilson, BA’53, LLB’54

Young Alumni Achievement Awards:
Natasha Haskey, BSNutr’98, MSc’07
Karl Miller, BA’98, BComm’01


B. E. (Bev) Allen, BSP’73
Tony Dagnone,
L. David Dubé,
Rui Feng,
Edward Hudek,
Ken Linnen,
Terrence Veeman,

In 2011, the format of the awards changed, eliminating the previous categories of awards.

Alumni Award of Achievement
1979 Mr. W. Hugh Arscott, BComm’48
1980 Dr. J. Francis Leddy, BA’30, MA’31, PhD, LLD’65
1981 Dr. Howard T. Fredeen, BSA’43, MSc(Alta), PhD (Iowa)
1982 Mr. Henry J. Fast, BSc’40
1983 Dr. Clayton O. Person, BA’49, MS’51, PhD (Alta)
1984 Dr. Jack Shaw, BA’34
1985 Mr. Norman K. Rebin, BA’59
1986 Mr. Lyman R. Hill, BEd’68, P/G Dip Ed. Admin’70, MEd’79
1987 Dr. Neil S. Crawford, BA’51, LLB’54
1988 Dr. Robert G. Robertson, LLD’59, BA (Oxford), MSc (TOR)
1989 Professor Jack L. Summers, BSP’49, MSP’52 (Iowa)
1990 Mrs. M. Lorraine Hill, BSN’60, M/Cont. Ed’79
1991 Mrs. Marian A. Younger, BA’28, BComm’53
1992 Mrs. Ann L. Schulman, BSN’65
1993 Dr. V. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, BSHEc’66, MSc (Utah), LLD’94
1996 Dr. G.W. (Scotty) Cameron, BComm’55, LLD’97
1997 Mr. F.J. Hartley Fredeen, BSA’43, MSc’51
1997 Mrs. Margaret Fredeen, BSN’47
1998 Dr. Gwenna M. Moss, BSHEc’59, MSc (WIS)’68, PhD (WIS)’70
1999 Mr. Gordon A. Wilson, BSA'48
2000 Mr. Harold H. MacKay, BA'60, LLB'63 (DAL)
2001 Mr. William Thomas (Tom) Molloy, BA'64, LLB'64
2002 Dr. Vera R. Pezer, BA'62; MA'64; PhD'77
2003 Dr. Louise Forsyth, BA'55; MA'63 (UWO); PhD'66 (UWO)
2004 Dr. Ernest (Ernie) Walker, C.M., S.O.M., BEd'71, MA'78, PhD'80 (TEX)
2005 Dr. Bryan Harvey, BSA'60, MSc'61, PhD'64 (CAF)
2006 Dr. Glen Baker, BSP'70, MSc’72, PhD’74, DSc’00 
2007 Mr. W. Brett Wilson, BE'79
2008 Dr. Russ Kisby, BAPE'63, LLD'96
2009 Dr. Malcolm Wilson, MSc'77, PhD'81
2010 Dr. Ernest Olfert, BA'65, DVM'69, MSc'76

 Alumni Honour Award
1998 Ms. Arlis McQuarrie, Dip PT'73; BPT (ALT)'77; BA'79
1999 Ms. Ruth Smillie, 1st year BFA, 1973-74
2000 Mr. William Thomas (Tom) Molloy, BA'64, LLB'64
2001 The Honorable Allen B. Sulatycky, BA'62, LLB'62
2002 Dr. Milkha Singh Aulakh, BSc'72 Guru Nanak Dev Univ (India), MSc'74 Punjab Agric Univ (India), PhD'83
2003 Dr. Sharon Butala, Bed'62; BA'63; PGD'73, LLD'00 (Regina)
2004 Dr. John Leonard (Len) Gusthart, BEd'69, BA'71, MEd'75
2005 Ms. Tania Miller, BMusEd'91
2006 Dr. William (Bill) Waiser, S.O.M., MA'76, PhD'83
2007 Mr. Don Bateman, BE'56

Alumni Excellence in Aboriginal Initiatives Award
2005 Mr. Orest Murawsky, BA'71, BEd'74, MEduc'75
2006 Ms. Marie (Sharon) LaFlamme, BEd'91, PGD'01
2007 Mr. Richard Dubé, BMUSED'94
2008 Mr. Gordon Martell, BEd'91, MEduc'98
2009 Mr. Cort Dogniez, BEd'79, PGD'92
2010 Dr. Cecil King, BEd'73, MEduc'75

Alumni Humanitarian Award
1998 Ms. Grace Davis Pine, BSc '30, Med. Cert. '31
1999 Mr. Gordon A. Wilson, BSA'48
2000 Mr. Ivan D. Yaholnitsky, BA'79, MA'86
2001 Mr. Douglas C. Hodson, Bcomm'81, LLB'84
2002 Mr. Norman Rebin, BA'59 Mrs. Delva Rebin, BA'58
2003 Mr. Peter Zakreski, BA'61
2004 Mr. David Rodney, BA'87, BEd'88
2005 Ms. Eileen Skinnider, LLB’87, Dr. Marie Skinnider, MD’87, & Ms. Kathleen Skinnider, BSN’91
2006 Dr. Ann McCaig, C.M.; A.O.E, BEd’61, LLD'01
2007 Ms. Sylvia Cholodnuik, BSHEC'85
2008 Mr. Levi Goertz, BE'04
2009 Mr. Lorne Gelowitz, S.V.M., BA'83
2010 Mr. Garth Herbert, Bcomm'91

Alumni Service Award
1998 Mr. Glenden (Glen) W. Hass, BSA’60; Ed Dip’65; BEd’66; MCEd’76
1999 Mr. Gordon A. Wilson, BSA'48
2000 FOCUS (Friends of the College of Engineering, University of Saskatchewan) - Calgary Chapter
2001 Mr. Robert E. Brack, BSA'52, MSc'61 (WIS)
2002 Ms. Patricia (Pat) F. Currie, BA'59; MA'62
2003 Dr. Donald Stefiuk, BSC'73; MD'77
2004 Mr. Kenneth Ready, BSP'53
2005 Ms. Catherine Gryba, BSPE’84
2006 Dr. David Keegan, BA’60 (Cum Laude), MD’64
2007 Ms. Carrie Allen, BA'00
2008 Dr.
Don Hamilton, BSc'68, DVM'70, PHD'74
2009 Ms. Susan Milburn, Bcomm'78, MBA'80
2010 Ms.
Laurel Krause, BSHEc '75, BEd'77

Alumni Mentorship Award
1999 Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation
2000 Mr. Richard L. Johnson, BSN'70, BA'86
2001 Nutana Collegiate, Saskatoon
2002 Ms. Patricia (Pat) A. Thomas, BCOMM'89 (U os S), CA'80 (Sask), CACE'00 (UVic)
2003 Mr. Alan Thomarat, BA'95
2004 Mr. Jerold (Jerry) J. Peters, BA'87, BEd'88, MEd'96 (VIC)
2005 Professor Margaret Crossley, BA’82, MA’84, PhD’89
2006 Dr. Thomas Hadjistavropoulos, MA’87, PhD’91
2007 Mr. Brent Banda, MBA'01, BCOMM'97
2008 Dr. Jocelyne Martel, MD'90
2009 Ms. Betty-Ann Heggie, BEd'75
2010 Dr. William Frischke, DVM'76

Outstanding Young Alumni Award
2000 Dr. Aaron James Marshall, BSc'92, PhD'97 (TOR)
2001 Mr. Trent McConaghy, BSc'99, BE(EL)'99
2002 Mr. Christopher (Chris)D. Labrecque, BSc'99;BE(EP)'99
2003 Mr. Benjamin Voss, BE'99
2004 Ms. Garnette Weber, BSPT'96 and Mr. Daniel Weber, BSC'96
2005 Mr. Amit Gupta, BE(EE)’99, BSc’99
2006 Dr. Thomas Yu, DMD’03
2007 Mr. Andrew McCreath, BA'99
2008 Mr. Chad Hamre, BE'05
2009 Dr. Alika Lafontaine, MD'06
2010 Ms. Kelly-Anne Riess, BA'02