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Alum Notes

Alum Notes: Spring 2022

Story by McGill News

May 2022


Charles Vincent, MSc(Agr&Env)’80, PhD’83, a research scientist at the Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu Research and Development Centre for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, received a Lifetime Achievement Award of Excellence at the 10th International IPM (Insect Pest Management) Symposium earlier this year. His research has been instrumental in the development and commercialization of biopesticide products. He has also made important contributions to physical control and classical biological control methods for the management of insect pests.

Ebrahim Noroozi, MSc(Agr)’78, a lab director and course coordinator with McGill’s Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry, and Sorayya Azarnia, PhD’08, are the co-authors of Seeing the World through the Mass Media Lens, an English vocabulary learning book for Persian-speaking people that covers subjects such as health, climate and world news.


Vivienne Poy, BA’62, LLD’11, is the recipient of the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education’s 2022 CCAE Friend of Education Award. A fashion designer and businesswoman, she launched Vivienne Poy Mode in 1981. She would later become the first Canadian of Asian descent to serve in the Canadian Senate. As a philanthropist with a focus on higher education, she has played an important role in supporting initiatives at several institutions, including McGill, the University of Toronto, York University, Simon Fraser University, and Seneca College.

Tommy Schnurmacher, BA’72, a former open line talk show host on CJAD in Montreal, recently completed the narration of the audiobook version of his memoir Makeup Tips from Auschwitz: How Vanity Saved My Mother’s Life, which was shortlisted for the Whistler Independent Book Awards.

Kim Bartlett, BA’78, MA’84, the former director of admissions at McGill, and her life partner Eduardo Turcott Rios, MEng’80, PhD’92, former scientific advisor at Revenue Canada, have retired and are beginning to make travel plans. They were delighted to see their daughter Astrid Turcott-Bartlett, BSW’20, receive her master’s degree in social work (dean’s honour list) last November at Place des Arts. In 2019, the McGill Alumni Association awarded Kim the D. Lorne Gales Special Recognition Award.

May Q. Wong, BA’78, the author of City in Colour: Rediscovered Stories of Victoria’s Multicultural Past, was one of the contributors to BLK: An Origin Story, a four-part documentary series that explores the untold stories of Black Canadians from the 1600s to the present. It is available for streaming on Global TV and Stack TV.

David Winch, BA’80, a writer-editor, recently completed work as a consulting editor on the International Civil Aviation Organization’s 2021 World Civil Aviation Report. At his publishing outlet davidwinch.website, he updated an essay that argues the case that Sweden was largely successful in its approach to managing COVID while rejecting hard lockdowns.

Anand Patwardhan, MA’81, received the Outstanding Achievement Award at the 2022 Hot Docs Film Festival. Some of the Indian filmmaker’s seminal works were featured in the festival’s Outstanding Achievement Award retrospective program, including A Time to Rise, Reason, War and Peace, and Father, Son and Holy War.

Rachel Martinez, BA’82, GradDipTranslation’07, was the translator for En bas de la côte, a new French translation of No Crystal Stair by the late Mairuth Sarsfield. A Canada Reads contender in 2005, No Crystal Stair is a story of friendship and community and an indictment of Canada’s “soft” racism, set in the Montreal working class neighbourhood of Little Burgundy in the 1940s. Linda Leith Publishing recently released both En bas de la côte and a new reissue of No Crystal Stair, which had been out of print since 2005.

Françoise Baylis, BA’83, University Research Professor at Dalhousie University, is one of the five recipients of the 2022 Killam Prize from the Canada Council for the Arts. A philosopher with an international reputation for her work in applied ethics at the intersection of theory and practice, much of her work has looked closely at the introduction of often risky novel technologies used in assisted human reproduction. Five Killam Prizes worth $100,000 each are awarded every year, one prize in each of the fields of humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences, engineering.

Ellen-Anne O’Donnell, BA’84, recently became the new integrity commissioner for the City of Calgary. She is the former chair of the Alberta Law Enforcement Review Board and the former vice-chair of the Alberta Criminal Injuries Review Board. The integrity commissioner is responsible for investigating and adjudicating potential ethics matters related to city council.

Carla E. Brodley, BA’85, the dean of inclusive computing at Northeastern University and the executive director of Northeastern’s Center for Inclusive Computing, is the recipient of the Association for Computing Machinery’s inaugural ACM Frances E. Allen Award for Outstanding Mentoring. She was recognized for her significant personal mentorship and for her leadership in creating systemic programs that have increased diversity in computer science by creating mentoring opportunities for thousands at Northeastern and other universities across the United States.

Chloé Archambault, BA’89, is a lawyer and writer. She recently released The Decoy, a thriller that largely takes place in the McGill Ghetto. The book focuses on Nina, a McGill graduate student in computer science who is also a Russian spy. The book is available on Amazon.

Emile Carrington, BA’89, was appointed a judge of the Superior Court of Justice of Ontario. He had been the assistant crown attorney for the Ministry of the Attorney General of Ontario in Toronto. He has spent most of his career as a Crown counsel, beginning as an assistant crown attorney with the Oshawa office, and thereafter working with the Toronto office, the Guns and Gangs Unit, the Windsor office, and Crown Law Office-Criminal. He has also served as discipline counsel for the Law Society of Ontario for two years.

Carol Devine, BA’86, leads Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) Canada’s Humanitarian Action on Climate & Environment (HACE) Initiative. She co-wrote MSF’s humanitarian brief in the Lancet Countdown report on health and climate change. Carol also led MSF’s Transformational Investment Capacity Climate Smart project from 2018-2021. She recently co-wrote Finding Marguerite and Tookoolito: “Mapping Women of the Arctic” which appeared in The Arctic Yearbook.

Pericles Lewis, BA’90, will begin a five-year term as the new dean of Yale College on July 1. He is Yale University’s Douglas Tracy Smith Professor of Comparative Literature, as well as its vice president for global strategy and vice provost for academic initiatives. Yale College is the undergraduate college of Yale University. Founded in 1701, it is the original school of the university.

Kristen Boon, BA’94, MA’96, is the new Susan & Perry Dellelce Dean of the Faculty of Law, Common Law Section, at the University of Ottawa. An expert in international law and contracts, she previously taught at Seton Hall Law School in New Jersey, where she was the associate dean for faculty research and development from 2018 to 2020.

Jessica Katz, BA’98, was appointed by New York City mayor Eric Adams to serve as the city’s chief housing officer, overseeing its housing agencies and affordable housing strategy. Her portfolio will include the Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD), the Mayor’s Office of Housing Recovery Operations (HRO), and the Mayor’s Office to Protect Tenants (MOPT). She was recently the executive director of the Citizens Housing & Planning Council (CHPC), a research and advocacy organization focused on housing and planning issues in New York City. In a previous stint with the HPD, she served as the associate commissioner for new construction and oversaw the creation of affordable and special needs housing.

Mila Aung-Thwin, BA’98, a documentary filmmaker and producer, received the 2022 Don Haig Award from the Hot Docs Film Festival. The award is presented to an outstanding Canadian independent producer with a feature-length film at the festival. The award recognizes creative vision and entrepreneurship, as well as a track record of mentoring emerging Canadian filmmakers. He is the co-founder of the Montreal-based production company EyeSteelFilm and has produced more than 30 feature documentaries including the Emmy-winner Last Train Home, Up the Yangtze, and Midwives, which had its Canadian premiere at Hot Docs this year.

Karolina Wisniewska, BA’99, was the assistant chef de mission of the Canadian Paralympic Team for the Beijing 2022 Paralympic Winter Games. A three-time Paralympian herself, she won two silver medals at Nagano in 1998, two silver and two bronze medals in Salt Lake City in 2002, and two bronze at Vancouver 2010. The first Paralympian to earn a place in the Canadian Ski Hall of Fame, she is currently a manager with Game Plan, Canada’s total athlete wellness program, supporting high-performance athletes throughout the stages of their career.

Shara Roy, BA’00, recently joined EY Canada, where she will become chief legal counsel and a member of its executive committee. Formerly with Lenczner Slaght, she has expertise in complex commercial litigation including professional liability, securities litigation, class action suits and restructuring and insolvency. She is the co-creator of Lenczner Slaght’s award-winning ReferToHer.com website. In 2019, she was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers by Canadian Lawyer.

Robert Earl Stewart, MA’00, is the author of a new memoir, The Running-Shaped Hole. The book chronicles how he, following a terrifying doctor’s appointment, took up running, reversed the disastrous course of his eating, and lost 140 pounds, experiencing mishaps and jail time on his way to running the Detroit Free Press Half-Marathon. His first book of poetry, Something Burned Along the Southern Border, was shortlisted for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award in 2010.

Adelina Vlas, BA’00, recently became the head of exhibitions and publications for the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto. Before joining the Power Plant, she was the associate curator of contemporary art at the Art Gallery of Ontario. She has also held curatorial positions at the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Canada.

Lisa Propst, BA’01, was granted tenure and promoted from assistant professor to associate professor of literature in the School of Arts & Sciences at Clarkson University. Her general research interests lie in the areas of contemporary British and postcolonial literature, women’s writing, and the ethics of representation. Her current project focuses on South African fiction that addresses the transition from apartheid to democracy.

Jessica Dymond, BA’05, is the editor of a new National Film Board VR experience, This Is Not a Ceremony, which premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival. Written and directed by Niitsitapi filmmaker Ahnahktsipiitaa (Colin Van Loon), This Is Not a Ceremony explores some of the darker sides of living life in Canada while Indigenous. Audiences experience a dream-like plane of existence, guided on their journey by two Indigenous trickster poets.

Kitra Cahana, BA’09, wrote and directed the 12-minute film Perfecting the Art of Longing. The National Film Board documentary focuses on her father, a quadriplegic rabbi in a long-term facility who was cut off from his loved ones during the pandemic lockdown. The film was a finalist for Best Short Documentary at the Quebec film industry’s Prix Iris and earned the Betty Youson Award for Best Canadian Short Documentary at the Hot Docs Film Festival.

Adam Harris Levine, BA’10, is the assistant curator of European art at the Art Gallery of Ontario. He is the curator of a major AGO exhibition that opens on June 8 called “Faith and Fortune: Art Across the Global Spanish Empire.” The exhibition, which brings together more than 200 works of art from Latin America, the Philippines and Spain made between 1492 and 1898, offers insights into the histories of resource extraction, the spread of Christianity, the development of racial categories and Indigenous resistance to conquest.

Dan Sorger, BA’13, recently became an associate in the litigation department of Murtha Cullina LLP. Prior to joining Murtha Cullina, he served as an intern for Judge John J. McConnell, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the District of Rhode Island and as an extern for Justice Francis X. Flaherty of the Rhode Island Supreme Court.

Jean Huynh, BA’17, the equipment manager for the Trois-Rivières Lions, is the 2021-22 recipient of the ECHL Equipment Manager of the Year Award. The winner is determined in a vote of the league’s equipment managers. He joined the Lions for their inaugural season after spending the previous four years as an equipment manager in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the Sherbrooke Phoenix and the Acadie-Bathurst Titan. He also has prior experience as an equipment manager with Hockey Canada, McGill University Women’s Hockey, Canada Women’s Hockey and Hockey Quebec, while also working as assistant equipment manager for the Montreal Canadiens during the 2015-16 season.

Victoria Simon, PhD’19, joined Felician University in New Jersey as an assistant professor of communications last summer. She did her dissertation at McGill on the history of music software interfaces, specifically touch screen interfaces, for people with disabilities. With a background in sound studies and production, she will teach a new sound studies class focusing on the theory and history of sound and the relationship between sound and society. Her other courses at Felician include Screenwriting, Film Analysis, History of Film Fiction, History of Film Documentary, and Public Speaking.


Gus (Augusto) Appignanesi, MA’76, is a clinical psychologist and a McGill lecturer in the Department of Educational Psychology and Counselling. He recently published If You Know What To Do Then Why Aren’t You Doing It?: The Pragmatic Insights, a self-help book that draws on his many years of experience. The book, available through Amazon, explains why change might appear to be simple, yet is very hard to achieve. It explores the underlining causes of self-sabotage and offers pragmatic insights that challenge perceptions around stress, anger and anxiety.

Gary Kirchner, BSc’77, DipEd’78, MA’87, a player and coach with the McGill football team between 1974 and 2006, recently published the novel Cromby’s Axiom (FriesenPress). The near-future dystopian fiction criticizes our reliance on social media, the incessant erosion of our privacy, and our ever-increasing thirst for celebrity and sensationalism. Cromby’s Axiom is his first novel.

Erika Rath, MEd’09, the director of student services at Sacred Heart School in Montreal, was one of the 2021 recipients of the Prime Minister’s Awards for Teaching Excellence. She is credited with playing an instrumental role in Sacred Heart’s transition to virtual learning in response to COVID-19. She also created Sacred Heart’s personal development class, a graduation requirement for all students, to equip them with the skills they’ll need to succeed both personally and professionally as young women leaders. The Prime Minister’s Awards recognize exceptional elementary and secondary school teachers in all disciplines throughout Canada.

Philip Cutler, BEd’13, was named one of The Globe and Mail’s “Changemakers” for 2022, one of 50 “emerging leaders who are finding pragmatic solutions to the world’s most intractable problems.” He is the co-founder and CEO of Paper, an online tutoring platform that serves 1.5 million students across the U.S.


Jang Kwon, BEng’92, an administrative systems manager at Concordia University, and Sheila Legault, BA’07, a senior manager for experiential marketing at Sephora, are two of the competitors in Wall of Bakers, a show on Food Network Canada featuring talented amateur bakers who take part in three rounds of competition. They begin with their crowd-pleasing signature desserts before moving on to other challenges. Their efforts are assessed by some of the country’s best pastry chefs.

Sarah Landstreet, BEng’07, was named one of The Globe and Mail’s “Changemakers” for 2022. She is the founder of Georgette Packaging, a carbon neutral packaging firm in Kitchener, Ontario. She started Georgette in 2013 after running her own bakery and seeing how much potential there was for the food industry to source domestically manufactured packaging, and to minimize its environmental impact.

Michael Mains, BEng’11, a senior design lead with AECOM, received the 2021 Young Tunneller of the Year award from the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association. He has worked on major tunnelling projects in Paris, San Francisco, and Vancouver, and is the senior structural engineer for the Technoparc/Airport Segment of Montreal’s Réseau Express Métropolitain (REM) project.

Erin Holley, BEng’17, was named one of The Globe and Mail’s “Changemakers” for 2022. She is a senior member of technical staff at Introspect Technology, a leading manufacturer of innovative test and measurement products for high-speed digital applications.


Clément Gascon, BCL’81, a former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada, is the 2022 recipient of the Canadian Bar Association’s President’s Award. Since his retirement from the Supreme Court in 2019, he has been candid about his struggles with anxiety and depression and has helped encourage more dialogue around mental health issues and wellness within the Canadian legal community. He is now senior counsel with Woods in Montreal. The CBA President’s Award recognizes the significant contribution of a Canadian jurist to the legal profession, to the Canadian Bar Association or to the public life of Canada.

Ian C. Pilarczyk, BA’92, LLM’97, DCL’03, launched a mobile pet grooming business in January 2021 servicing the Boston suburbs. He is a lecturer at Tufts University, and the managing editor of a volume being published by McGill-Queen’s University Press in fall 2022, Essays in Canadian Legal History: A Tribute to G. Blaine Baker (with co-editors Angela Fernandez and Brian Young).

Catherine McKenna, LLB’99, will serve as the chair of the High-Level Expert Group on the Net-Zero Emissions Commitments of NonState Entities. Launched by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres, the group will develop stronger and clearer standards for net-zero emissions pledges by non-state entities – including businesses, investors, cities and regions – and speed up their implementation. She was Canada’s minister of environment and climate change from 2015 to 2019, and the minister of infrastructure and communities from 2019 to 2021.

Marci Surkes, BCL/LLB’07, has joined the public affairs firm Compass Rose as its new strategic advisor. She will offer strategic counsel to Compass Rose public affairs counsellors and clients. She has 15 years of experience on Parliament Hill, most recently serving as executive director of policy and cabinet affairs in the Prime Minister’s Office. Her previous roles included chief of staff to former Minister of Public Safety Ralph Goodale.

Brian Gallant, LLM’11, is the CEO of Space Canada, an organization that represents Canada’s space innovators and allied industries. He is also the special advisor to the president of Ryerson University on innovation, cybersecurity, and law, and a member of the expert panel of the Canadian Centre for the Purpose of the Corporation. He is a former premier of New Brunswick and held other cabinet positions in the province, including attorney general, the minister responsible for innovation, and the minister responsible for women’s equality.

Florence Ashley, BCL/LLB’17, LLM’20, is a transfeminine jurist and bioethicist based in Toronto, where they are a doctoral student at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law and Joint Centre for Bioethics. Prior to their doctoral studies, they served as clerk to Justice Sheilah Martin of the Supreme Court of Canada (2019-2020), being the first openly transfeminine person to clerk at the highest court. They are the author of Banning Transgender Conversion Practices: A Legal and Policy Analysis, which was published by UBC Press in 2022.


Paul Desmarais, Jr., BCom’77, LLD’12, was named a Companion of the Canadian Business Hall of Fame. He has been the chair of Power Corporation since 1996. He was the co-chief executive officer of Power Corporation from 1996 until his retirement in February 2020. An Officer of the Order of Canada, and an Officer of the Ordre national du Québec, he has been active on a number of philanthropic advisory councils. The Canadian Business Hall of Fame’s 2022 Companions also include his brother André Desmarais, LLD’12, and their father, the late Paul Desmarais, LLD’92.

Jean Gattuso, BCom’79, was appointed by Canadian Transport Minister Omar Alghabra to co-chair the National Supply Chain Task Force. The task force will consult broadly with industry, associations and experts to examine the key pressures and make recommendations regarding short- and long-term actions to strengthen the efficiency, fluidity and resiliency of transportation infrastructure and the reliability of Canada’s supply chain. Global supply chains continue to be disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the growing impacts of climate change, and recent sanctions against Russia.

Daniel Aleman, BCom’16, is one of the recipients of the Tomás Rivera Mexican American Children’s Book Award for works published in 2020-2021. His young adult novel Indivisible is about a teen’s efforts to keep his family together when his parents face deportation from the United States.


Meir Kryger, BSc’69, MDCM’71, has received the Nathaniel Kleitman Distinguished Service Award from the American Academy of Sleep Medicine for dedication to the sleep field and significant contributions in the areas of administration, public relations and government affairs. He is a professor of medicine at Yale School of Medicine and has been treating patients with sleep disorders for more than 40 years. He described what is probably the first case of sleep apnea in North America while a trainee at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal. He is chief editor of the most widely used textbook in sleep medicine, The Principles and Practice of Sleep Medicine, now in its seventh edition, and has published more than 300 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

Leslie L. Citrome, MDCM’83, was elected president of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology for the 2021-2023 term. An author or co-author of more than 500 research reports, reviews, and book chapters in the scientific literature, he is a clinical professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at New York Medical College in Valhalla, New York.

Jeffrey B. Ulmer, PhD’85, has spent more than 30 years in vaccine research and development at Merck Research Laboratories, Chiron Corporation, Novartis and GlaxoSmithKline. His most recent positions have included global head, external R&D; head, preclinical R&D; and program head, technical R&D. He has published over 210 scientific articles, is an inventor on 11 patents, and is an independent consultant on vaccines R&D. Since 2021, he has been president, TechImmune LLC (Newport Beach, CA) and chief scientific advisor, Immorna Biotherapeutics Inc (Durham, NC).

Allan Peterkin, MDCM’90, DipPsych’92, was part of the editorial team that recently published the second edition of Caring for LGBTQ2S People: A Clinical Guide. The book provides clinicians with the knowledge and tools to continue to improve the health of LGBTQ2S people, while identifying gaps in care and health care disparities. He is a professor of psychiatry and family medicine at the University of Toronto, where he heads the Program In Health, Arts and Humanities.

Santa J. Ono, PhD’91, was recently elected a new member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was elected in Class V – Leadership, Policy, and Communications (Educational and Academic Leadership). A molecular immunologist, he is the president and vice-chancellor of the University of British Columbia, and the former president of the University of Cincinnati. Founded in 1780, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences honors excellence and convenes leaders to examine new ideas, address issues of importance to the nation and the world, and advance the public good. Other newly elected members include actor Glenn Close, novelist Salman Rushdie, and singer-songwriter Buffy Sainte-Marie.

Amit Bar-Or, MDCM’93, is this year’s recipient of the Barancik Prize for Innovation in MS Research. He is the Melissa and Paul Anderson President’s Distinguished Professor of Neurology at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, where he also serves as chief of the Division of Multiple Sclerosis and Related Disorders and director of the Center for Neuroinflammation and Neurotherapeutics. His work has provided insights into how immune cells interact with and influence one another to drive or calm immune attacks, and how these cells interact with brain cells to mediate destructive inflammation in MS. The Barancik Prize is an international award that recognizes exceptional innovation and originality in scientific research relevant to multiple sclerosis.

Nancy Edwards, PhD’95, is a professor emerita in the School of Nursing at the University of Ottawa and a Fellow of both the Royal Society of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. Not One, Not Even One: A Memoir of Life-altering Experiences in Sierra Leone, West Africa describes her community health nursing work and the impact that those experiences had on her research career. Though steeped in hardship, the memoir is buffered by humour, and propelled by fierce hopes for the future. Visit nancyedwards.ca to find out more.


Minna Re Shin, BMus’89, MMus’91, PhD’00, is a pianist who has performed in North America, Europe, Australia, and Asia. She has won several prizes over the course of her career, including first prize in the piano category of the 1990 Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competition. Her new album Sonate Tableaux, which marks her debut as a producer, will be launched in Montreal in June. Her music video “Sonate Tableaux: Mouvement 1”, recently won the Best Classical Music Video prize at the Fifth Music Film Festival in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Mike Fan, MMus’91, is a Chinese-Canadian, queer, and gender non-binary tenor, actor, educator, and advocate. They are the artistic director for Opéra Queens, a company that works on queer opera performances for BIPoC/IBPoC performers, creators, and audiences. In collaboration with Pacific Opera Victoria, Mike recently created Tā (他/她), an opera video that combined Chinese opera costume and makeup (by Starlight Chinese Opera) with European opera arias and art song inspired by the East. The video is now available to stream on POV’s YouTube channel.

Suad Bushnaq, BMus’09, BEd’13, is the recipient of this year’s Kathleen McMorrow Music Award winner, a prize that recognizes the composition and presentation of contemporary classical music by Ontario composers. She has almost 40 film credits within the last five years and was recently nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for her work on the score for the film Jasmine Road.


Moussa Youdim, BSc’62, MSc’64, PhD’66, an emeritus professor from the Rappaport Faculty of Medicine at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, is the recipient of the 2022 Israel Prize for Life Sciences. The prize committee praised him “for his pioneering, groundbreaking scientific achievements in the field of neuropharmacology.” He played a key role in the development of Azilect, a drug used for treating Parkinson’s patients. The Israel Prize is the highest honour awarded by the State of Israel for achievements in science and culture.

Pat Butler, BSc’65, recently published Through Her Opera Glasses: The Collected Letters of Betty Harbert’s 1930–1931 European Tour with Fictionalized Narrative. Based on a stack of letters written by the author’s mother during a year spent abroad as storm clouds were brewing across Europe, heralding the rise of fascism and the upheavals of the Great Depression. The novel offers a glimpse of inter-war life in some of Europe’s great cities.

Henry Braun, BSc’70, received the American Educational Research Association’s E. F. Lindquist Award for his research, which has focused on studying inequality in education and testing. The annual prize recognizes outstanding applied or theoretical research in the field of academic testing. The Boisi Professor of Education and Public Policy at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education and Human Development, he is also the director of Boston College’s Center for the Study of Testing, Evaluation, and Educational Policy.

Alan J. Cohen, BSc’72, was appointed the director of the Office of Innovation Management at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette last fall. He and his team facilitate industrial partnerships and protect and commercialize the university’s intellectual property. A geoscientist, he has more than 35 years of experience in leadership and senior advisory positions in oil and gas, green energy operations, and research and development.

Luba Katz, BSc’94, recently joined the Institute for Defense Analyses (IDA) as a research staff member for the Science and Technology Policy Institute, a federally funded research and development center operated by the IDA. She had spent the previous 18 years working at Abt Associates, a global consulting and research firm. The IDA is a U.S.-based nonprofit that addresses challenging security and science policy questions.

Shelly Bolotin, BSc’00, became the new director of the Dalla Lana School of Public Health’s Centre for Vaccine Preventable Diseases in March. She is also an associate professor of epidemiology at the school, which is part of the University of Toronto. An expert on measles vaccination, she had been working for Public Health Ontario (PHO), most recently as PHO’s lead on COVID-19 serosurveillance. She will continue to work at PHO part time.

Charles David Mathieu-Poulin, BSc’09, was named one of The Globe and Mail’s “Changemakers” for 2022. He is TC Transcontinental’s senior advisor – circular economy and has been working in sustainability at TC Transcontinental since 2012. He oversees the company’s efforts to ensure that its packaging is designed to be compostable or easily recyclable, and that post-consumer plastics are used to make packaging.

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