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16  The Business of
A ground-breaking discovery
or brilliant idea is one thing.
Getting it to market is another.
21   New Shoots
UBC creative writing
students partner with local
high school teachers on poetry
and fiction workshops to draw
out young talent.
28 Ride Don't Hide
An alumnus drew attention
to the stigma and ignorance
surrounding mental illness
by riding his bike around
the world.
Water Portraits
Belgium: 4.3 Litres per person every hour. A recent grad
combined art and math for a campaign to raise awareness
about our water consumption.
31   Campaign Update
A few months into UBC's ambitious campaign, start an evolution,
here's how we're doing.
54 The Last Word
Rachel Lewis, MBA'oo, is COO of the Vancouver Whitecaps FC and
she's having a ball.
5    Take Note
UBC people are predicting
the future of the oceans;
improving health and school
outcomes for sexual minority
youth; and exploring the
impacts of mercury use in
small-scale mining.
34 Alumni events
36 Class Acts
42 T-Bird News
45 In Memoriam
What the Trek?
Trek Magazine caption competition
Captions please! Send your answers by July 31 to trek.magazine@ubc.ca or to the address in the
right-hand column. The cleverest caption will be rewarded with a UBC alumni stainless steel insulating
flask. It's free to enter and the odds are better than the national lottery.
Last issue's winning caption was sent in by Norm Moss, BEd'7i:
"Your coach is only half right in calling you a hirdhrain."
Norm was delighted to hear he'd won the last UBC alumni travel mug
in stock. "I have a small cabin on a lake near here/' says Norm, "and will
put my mug on the window ledge overlooking the lake as a reminder of
my days at UBC when I knew more than I do today." We're happy to
know our last mug is going to a good home.
EDITOR Vanessa Clarke, BA
ART DIRECTOR Keith Leinweber, BDes
Michael Awmack, BA'oi, MET'09
Alison Huggins, BA
CHAIR Judy Rogers, BRE'71
VICE CHAIR Dallas Leung, BCom'94
TREASURER Ian Warner, BCom'89
Aderita Guerreiro, BA'77
MarkMawhinney, BA94
Carmen Lee, BA'oi
Michael Lee, BSC86, BA'89, MA'92, LLB
Brent Cameron, BA, MBA06
Ernest Yee, BA83, MA'87
Blake Hanna, MBA'82
Robert Bruno, BCom'97
Miranda Lam, LLB'02
Jeremy McElroy, BASc'07
Chris Gorman, BA'99, MBA'09
Lesley Bainbridge, BSRP'82, MED'95
Stephen Owen, MBA, LLB'72, LLM
Norma-Jean Thompson, BCom'oS
Catherine Comben, BA'67
Rod Hoffmeister, BA'67
Jim Southcott, BCom'82
Barbara Miles, BA, Postgrad Certificate in Ed.
Stephen Toope, AB, LLB& BCL, PhD
Sarah Morgan-Silvester, BCom'82
Jeff Todd, BA
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I remember being a school kid and having to take home a report card
for my parents that accused me of being a daydreamer. "Vanessa needs
to apply hers elf," it said. The subj ect was math, taught by a grey man in a
grey suit covered in a layer of chalk dust. "Mr. Grey lacks imagination,"
my teenage self reassured herself.
I hate to admit it, but Mr. Grey was right. Dreaming is one thing.
Doing is another. Think of all those half-formed ideas that float through
an undisciplined mind; any potential little gems escape back into the
ether without ever being fully grasped or realized. Perhaps the real act
of creativity lies not in the fleeting idea, or even the a-ha! moment of a
game-changing discovery, but in the weeks, months, sometimes years of
determination and effort that take something from concept to actuality.
If it weren't for people who apply themselves, the world would get
stuck in a standby zone. Happily, the UBC community is brimming with
determined types - from inventors and entrepreneurs to scientists, social
advocates and artists. Things get done, here. Over the past 50 years, UBC
folk have disclosed 3,000 inventions in diverse areas ranging from human
therapeutics to computer software and engineering. But as you'll find out
on page 16, a brilliant discovery is only half the battle; the other half is
transitioning that knowledge or idea into a treatment, device or other
life-enhancing product.
On a cultural front, how many tantalizing premises for the Next Great
Canadian Novel never make it past the stage of idle contemplation?
There is no such waste of imagination in UBC's Creative Writing Program.
The glass showcase on the fourth floor of Buchanan displaying the
published works of faculty and alumni speaks to a culture of keyboard
tenacity. Writing is all about rewriting, as poet Tess Gallagher told a class
of students when she visited UBC recently: "Consider the moment of
revision to have the equal possibility of creation," she said. The program's
students are involved in a high school outreach program that is planting
the same good habits in Canada's youngest writing talent (page 21).
When it comes to innovation, it's the following through on an idea
that really matters. One of the most interesting facts I came across while
working on this issue is that the .CA country code domain name originated
at UBC in 1987. This is only because forward-thinking computer facilities
manager John Demco thought it would be a good idea to register Canada's
identity on the internet - two years before any of us had even heard of a
place called the World Wide Web. Then he volunteered his time for the
next 13 years maintaining the domain and registering 100,000 domain
names, before handing the task over to a non-profit he helped create.
Now that's what Mr. Grey would call applying oneself. The two millionth
.CA domain is anticipated this year (page 18).
Having a good idea won't change the world, but seeing it through just
might make a difference. This issue is full of stories about people who had
the brilliance, gumption and determination to do just that.
Vanessa Clarke, Editor
4   TREK   SPRING/SUMMER 2012 Take Note is edited from material that appears in
other campus communications, including UBC Reports.
MOA receives Bill Reid jewellery
An 11-piece gold and silver jewellery collection
created by Haida artist Bill Reid is now on display
at UBC's Museum of Anthropology (MOA). The
collection was created over a 20-year period
(1954-1974) for Sydney Friedman and his late
wife, Constance Livingstone-Friedman, who
were longstanding UBC professors and early
patrons of Reid.
Standouts of the collection include an
exquisite gold bracelet featuring a raven with
cut-out wings and feathers, a gold brooch and
matching earrings, a hinged silver bracelet with
an eagle motif, and a silver picture frame fully
engraved with a bear motif.
"This collection has outstanding significance,
not only as a representation of Bill Reid's
extraordinary early work, and the value of such
material for the study of Canadian art history,
but also in encompassing one collector-family's
relationship with the artist over a 20-year
period," says MOA curator Bill McLennan.
The new pieces, valued at more than $500,000,
expand MOA's Bill Reid collection - already the
world's largest public one - to 250 pieces,
including carvings, drawings, metalwork, and
sculptural masterpieces such as The Raven and
the First Men, which depicts a version of the Haida
people's origin story and is on permanent display
at the museum. Only two pieces in the jewellery
collection have previously been exhibited.
Bill Reid (1920-1998) was a pivotal force in
introducing to the world the great art traditions
of the indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast.
His legacies include infusing these traditions
with modern ideas and forms of expression.
The Friedman family's generous gift includes
two other objects that will be exhibited later this
year: a print by Reid and a historical Northwest
Coast bracelet by an unknown artist.
Future ocean
An international team from the Nippon
Foundation-University of British Columbia
Nereus program has unveiled the first global
model of life in the world's oceans, allowing
scientists and policymakers to predict - and
show through 3D visualizations - the state of
life in the oceans of the future.
Combining scientific data from three major
factors impacting our oceans - climate change,
human activity (including fisheries and river
run-off) and food web dynamics (fish eating
fish) - the Nereus model shows life under the
sea from 1960 to 2060. Based on current
policies, the model shows a strong decline in
the biomass of large fish, while some small fish
may actually be increasing.
"This is the first comprehensive attempt to
model life in our global oceans, and will require
refining," says UBC Fisheries professor Villy
Christensen, "but we can now show the future
impact of choices we are making today, and answer
the question: what must we do now to leave
healthy oceans and fish to future generations?"
The model is capable of analyzing data from
four linked global models - Earth System, Ocean
Life, Biodiversity Envelope, and Fisheries
Management and Governance - to generate
3D scenarios based on different fisheries
management choices and policies.
It includes an interactive tool called The
Oracle, which responds to questions from the
public by presenting different scenarios based
on certain choices and courses of action. For
example, asking "How will fishing efforts impact
future fish stocks?" leads to two scenarios.
In one, fishing efforts increase over time and
result in dramatic declines in future biomass of
large fish. In a second scenario, fishing efforts
are gradually reduced, resulting in a slow,
gradual recovery.
Christensen recently announced formal
partnerships between the Nereus - Predicting
the Future Ocean program and five renowned
institutions: Duke University, Princeton
University, University of Stockholm, Cambridge
University, and the United Nations Environment
Program's World Conservation Monitoring
Centre (UNEP-WCMC).
Canadians want
more services, lower taxes
Many Canadians complain about government,
especially after tax time. Nearly half- 45 per
cent - say that government laws, services and
programs are irrelevant to their well-being and
quality of life. This is according to a national poll
by McAllister Opinion Research on issues studied
by UBC public policy professor Paul Kershaw.
"These results are ironic," says Kershaw,
"because Canadians use public schools, universities,
medical care, pensions, unemployment insurance
and many more programs and services on a daily
basis." Despite claiming that government policy
doesn't matter, around 90 per cent of Canadians
reject spending less on almost all aspects of
social policy, the poll indicates. In fact, it shows
most of them want governments to spend as
much, if not more, on a broad range of issues
such as families with kids, seniors, medical care,
the environment and poverty reduction.
"It has become trendy for Canadians to say
that government doesn't matter," says Kershaw,
"but nine in 10 Canadians want as much, if not
more, spending on a variety of priorities."
Despite this, 47 per cent also indicate they
would vote against any politician who wanted
to increase taxes for any reason.
PHOTO: MARTIN DEE Kershaw's research shows that since 1976,
spending on these social programs increased
four times faster than the taxes that pay for
them. "Canadians haven't always been so
unwilling to balance the country's chequebook,"
says Kershaw, noting that just 10 years ago, taxes
were $80 billion higher. "But since 2000, we've
prioritized tax cuts to 'pay ourselves' first and
foremost, while continuing spending."
According to Kershaw, individual income tax
is down nearly $38 billion a year, and we slashed
sales taxes by nearly $19 billion to a level far
below a generation ago. Corporate taxes also
dropped substantially, down nearly $18 billion.
Kershaw's research shows that the dramatic
pattern of tax cuts over the last decade does not
play out neutrally across generations. Since
expenditures on medical care and pensions grew
while taxes declined, there are far fewer resources
with which to adapt to the declining standard of
living for today's generations under age 45.
"Policy solutions need to be paid for;
otherwise we squeeze generations that follow
with larger debts," says Kershaw. We can make
room to pay for them by spending less on other
things or we have to ponyup ourselves, as we did
before the year 2000."
When cooking is hazardous to health
Approximately half the world's population relies
on traditional biomass (wood, animal waste,
coal or charcoal) for cooking fuel because of
limited access to clean sources of energy. This
dangerous practice causes indoor air pollution
and leads to severe respiratory diseases that kill
approximately two million people worldwide
annually, according to the World Health
Organization. It's a dire problem that assistant
professor Hisham Zerriffi and his research team
are working to solve.
"Energy poverty is one of the biggest human
welfare issues of our day," says Zerriffi, who is
based at the Liu Institute for Global Issues at
UBC. "We're talking about more people who die
each year from cooking than from malaria." It is
often women and children who suffer the most
from indoor air pollution, and who carry the
burden of collecting fuel to burn. Beyond health
and gender equity implications, burning biomass
is also associated with environmental concerns
such as carbon emissions and climate change.
Letters and Numbers,
Faces and Names
Stephen J. Toope,
President and Vice-Chancellor, UBC
Do you still remember your UBC student number? You would have had to write or recite it scores of
times over the course of your four (or more) years here, and chances are good that it has lodged itself
indelibly in your memory. Due to the logistical exigencies of an institution with thousands of students,
that number - along with the letters and numbers that got added to your transcript each semester -
was for all intents and purposes your UBC identity.
Paradoxically, now that our student population tops 55,000, that is changing. Three initiatives are
helping UBC evolve to a "faces and names" relationship with every new student who enrolls with us.
The news might just convince you to pull out your student card again ...
Broad-based Admissions
Effective for the 2012-2013 academic year, all applicants to undergraduate programs at UBC Vancouver
will be evaluated using a broad-based admissions process. In addition to high school grades, each
applicant will provide a personal profile detailing their educational accomplishments and plans, as well
as their life and community learning experiences and the ways those experiences have shaped them.
UBC's Sauder School of Business and the faculties of Science and Arts have been using broad-based
admissions for several years, and have found that the process lets them consider a much fuller range
of applicants' accomplishments and assemble a more diverse and engaged student body. Applicants
find the process gives them a chance to reflect on the lessons inherent in their life experiences and
challenges, and to be considered for the full breadth of aptitudes they possess.
The evaluation process is therefore much more rigorous - and a much greater investment for UBC -
than it has ever been in the past. Hundreds of specially trained staff will evaluate each application
individually according to standard, campus-wide criteria. UBC receives over 30,000 applications every
year, and we accept approximately one out of every five. We don't expect those numbers to change
this year, but we do expect to be referring to each one of them by name.
Names, Not Numbers
Beginning this June, every undergraduate student arriving at UBC will be assigned an Enrolment
Service Professional (ESP), who will be a source of advice and assistance throughout the student's
entire UBC career. By June 2013, every undergraduate will have one. The ESP relationship will mean
students can access admissions, registration, student records, student financial support, fee assessment
and more, all through one person - and that person will know their name. The ESPs, each of whom
receives six weeks of training, will also know the student's history with UBC and be able to build a
relationship over time.
The Learning Plan Strategy
Learning plans are currently used by a number of faculties to help students document their goals, both
personal and professional, and tie those goals to learning experiences in class and in the community.
Over the coming year, UBC will formalize a learning plan strategy for the institution as a whole.
We are changing the way we interact with our students, with an approach that sees and supports the
whole student throughout the whole UBC experience. Our goal is nothing less than a transformative
learning environment, filled with faces we recognize and names we know.
Although there are a variety of fuels and
methods to burn them more efficiently, little
progress has been made in getting individuals to
switch to better cookstoves and modern fuels.
"It's a complicated problem because governments
can't afford to hand out improved cookstoves to
a continually growing population, and the
private sector needs to recover its costs so they
can continue to distribute more stoves," explains
Zerriffi. Businesses are having trouble staying
afloat because the majority of consumers who
need this product are very poor.
"We need to combine new technologies with
smart policies ... and help create viable markets,
encourage households to switch to new stoves, and
fix some of the gaps in funding - especially for
those atthe lowest end of the income scale," he says.
A possible solution that's received mixed
reviews involves using financing from carbon-
offset programs to support the distribution of
cleaner stoves. Organizations that distribute
cookstoves can apply for carbon credits in the
internationally regulated carbon offsets market,
or sell them on the voluntary market. Zerriffi's
colleague, Professor Michael Brauer of the
UBC School of Population and Public Health, is
evaluating such a carbon credit-financed program
in India. He will measure health improvements,
the extent to which harmful emissions are being
reduced, and whether the stoves are sustainable
and accepted in the community.
"There is great potential to dramatically
improve people's lives and reduce a major
source of emissions related to climate change,"
says Brauer, "but there is also the potential to
squander lots of money and goodwill."
Captain Cook's ceremonial
club comes home
An object of global historical and cultural
significance, received by explorer Captain James
Cook from a Canadian First Nation during his
final voyage to the Pacific (1776-1779), has been
donated to UBC's Museum of Anthropology (MOA).
Cook became the first European to set foot
on the Northwest Coast when he arrived at
BC's Nootka Sound on March 28,1778. The
Mowachaht-Muchalaht First Nation greeted
and hosted Captain James Cook in 1778 at
Yuquot (Friendly Cove) in Nootka Sound and
presented him with the ceremonial club. A
year later, Cook was killed in Hawaii.
Recently purchased through a private dealer
in New York, and valued at $1.2 million, the rare
ceremonial club was the last remaining object
from Captain Cook's personal collection not
housed in a public museum. Thanks to Michael
Audain and the Audain Foundation for the
Visual Arts, the club has been returned to BC.
Like much of Cook's personal collection, the
club found its way from his family into the private
Leverian Museum in London, where it was sold
in 1806, passing through several private collections
until it was obtained by the foundation.
Considered the oldest known and most finely
executed club of this style, it is carved from yew
wood in the shape of a hand holding a sphere. It
may have beenboth a ceremonial symbol of its
owner's high rank and a functional tool or weapon.
The club was carved by an Aboriginal Northwest
Coast artist as early as the mid-1700s, placing it
within the last generation of traditional objects
created before European contact.
anti-homophobia programs
Anti-gay bullying is a common occurrence in
schools across Canada. Although school and
community programs to counter it already
exist, how effective are they? The answer to
this question is the focus of a $2 million,
five-year study led by Elizabeth Saewyc,
professor of nursing and adolescent medicine
at UBC's School of Nursing.
The study - funded by the Canadian
Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) - is to
date the agency's single largest investment
aimed at improving health and school
outcomes for sexual minority youth.
"We know from previous research how
common stigma and anti-gay bullying is in
schools across Canada, and the health problems
such violence can lead to," says Saewyc. "Schools
and communities are using a lot of different
strategies to try to change this, but very few of
these strategies have been evaluated to see not
only if they work and how well they work, but
why they work," she says.
She explains that anyone can be affected by
homophobia. "In any high school, there are far
more heterosexual teens than lesbian, gay,
bisexual or questioning teens, and because
of this, we have found half or more of those
targeted for anti-gay harassment actually
identify as straight. There isn't much research
about them, but what there is suggests they have
the same health consequences as LGBTQ youth
who are bullied," says Saewyc.
Saewyc's team includes co-investigators from
10 universities - representing seven Canadian
provinces and several US states - who will work
with ministries of education and health,
national teacher and public health associations,
school districts, and community programs that
work with schools.
Researchers will document and assess the
types of strategies that schools currently use to
foster connectedness and reduce bullying, and
also track trends in health and safety among
youth. The team will also study the experiences
of heterosexual teens who are harassed because
people assume they are gay.
PHOTO: BILL MCLENNAN Researcher climbs to the top
Most of us imagine scientific research being
carried out within the confines of well-lit
laboratories scattered across university
campuses. But sometimes, researchers have
to travel for their work.
This April, researcher Philip Ainslie led a
25-member team of international scientists on a
six-week research expedition to Mount Everest's
Pyramid laboratory. The team, which included
several UBC students, was there to conduct a
series of experiments measuring oxygen
deprivation and blood flow through the heart,
lungs and brain at high altitudes.
"People who live their lives at high altitude
seem more resistant and less vulnerable to the
respiratory and cardiovascular problems that
we experience living at sea level," says Ainslie,
who holds the Canada Research Chair in
Cerebrovascular Function in Health and Disease.
An accomplished mountaineer who has
been to Everest seven times, Ainslie says the
conditions in the Himalayas offered the best
and most cost-effective opportunity to conduct
research. The focus of his work is the integrated
mechanisms regulating human cerebral blood
flow in health and disease. He studies how
blood flows to the brain in a variety of clinical
populations: healthy adults, children, seniors,
and those affected by specific health issues
like heart disease, sleep apnea, dementia and
stroke. His research aims to reduce risk and
improve prevention.
The associate professor in the School of
Health and Exercise Sciences was recently
named Researcher of the Year at UBC's
Okanagan campus. "He is an acknowledged
leader in cerebral vascular physiology whose
research is answering fundamental questions
about human physiology, and advancing our
knowledge about an array of chronic health
conditions," says Miriam Grant, dean of research
and vice provost for UBC's Okanagan campus.
Since completing his PhD in 2002, Ainslie has
authored a book, published more than 100
peer-reviewed publications, contributed 10 major
book chapters and has successfully supervised
27 post-graduate students. He has attracted
more than $3 million in research grants - $1.6
million of that since joining UBC in 2009.
UBC has expanded its use of broad-based
admissions - an application process based both
on grades and personal experiences - to all
applicants of direct-entryundergraduate programs
at the Vancouver campus, making UBC the largest
Canadian university to include non-academic
criteria in its application process on this scale.
The move requires applicants to answer four
to six "personal profile" questions in addition to
providing secondary school marks. The
questions give applicants the opportunity to
reflect upon and talk about their learning,
experiences, and goals.
Broad-based admissions have been used by the
Sauder School of Business since 2004 and other
faculties have made partial use of the system in
recent years. In 2011,25 per cent of all new
first-year UBC students on the Vancouver campus
were admitted using the system.
"By allowing us to consider the full range of
our applicants' accomplishments, broad-based
admissions has allowed Sauder to build a more
diverse and engaged student body," said Daniel
Muzyka, dean of the Sauder School of Business.
"The feedback from the business community about
the calibre of our graduates has been tremendous."
Paul Harrison, associate dean for Students in
the Faculty of Science, who has been involved in
expanding the broad-based admission system,
says, "a successful UBC science student needs a
strong academic background and high school
marks will continue to be important for
admission decisions."
"Success at university requires students to
engage with their learning at a deep level and
to learn from the challenges they encounter
as they work toward attaining their goals. We'll
use the personal profile to gather a broader
range of indicators to assess an applicant's
potential for success."
"UBC wants to improve our ability to select
students who will really engage in the life of the
university because university is about so much
more than getting a degree," says UBC associate
vice president and registrar James Ridge.
UBC offers students the opportunity to take
part in community service learning projects,
international service learning projects,
undergraduate research, co-op programs, study
and research abroad programs and more. UBC
typically receives more than 30,000 applications
to undergraduate programs each year. Last year,
the university welcomed 5,913 new first-year
students to its Vancouver campus.
We asked,
you answered
Jeff Todd, Executive Director,
Alumni Association/AVP Alumni
From school report cards to university essays, students are required to undergo a constant barrage of
evaluation and testing. But you're alumni, now, and the roles have reversed; it's us under scrutiny and
you giving the grades.
Since 2005, Alumni Affairs has been seeking the opinions of UBC alumni. These surveys, conducted by
an external firm, are a measure of how you perceive your alma mater and how we're doing at providing
you with programs and services of value. (Are we offering you A when we should be offering you B?
How aware are you about the programming available to you? Do you value UBC? Do you feel valued by
UBC?) The third and most recent survey was conducted last year, and attracted our highest ever
response rate at 19 per cent. Our thanks go to those of you who were so giving of your time.
Although there are many positive indicators of your affiliation to UBC, the survey results also revealed
a few areas where, in the language of report cards, we "could do better." We have a little way to go
before being able to proclaim ourselves top of the class in alumni service provision.
A clear theme emerging from the 2011 survey is that those of you who had a positive experience as
students are likely to develop stronger and more enduring relationships with UBC and hold very
favourable impressions of the institution as alumni. These grads are more likely to act as ambassadors
for UBC, boosting its reputation and, hand-in-hand with that, the value of their degrees.
Compared with previous surveys, alumni expressed more interest in staying informed about UBC and
in programs with an educational, intellectual or cultural focus. The same applies to networking with
other alumni, career services, and mentoring students.
But (and it's a big BUT) UBC doesn't get stellar marks for its ability to provide you with these opportunities.
It's our younger alumni who express the greatest interest in these activities but rate us least favourably.
It's a clear message to do better, and so we are refreshing our student and alumni programming in
response and will be conducting focus groups to help guide us in our work.
However, it should be noted that this low satisfaction rate coincides with a low awareness among
that age group about our programming. It's evident that we also need to examine our marketing and
communications approach, and this overhaul is already underway. To bear in mind is the fact that 45
per cent of alumni respondents said they use social media such as Facebook, Twitter and Linkedln to
interact with other alumni - one in 10 of you on a daily basis.
But we'd like to end this on a high note. Almost all who volunteered in the 12 months prior to the 2011
survey reported a positive experience. And alumni who visited campus in that time period are far more
likely to report a sense of belonging than a sense of being an outsider whose relationship with the
university is unacknowledged.
So one message seems clear to us: greater engagement generates greater satisfaction. Come to campus,
get involved, attend an event, read this magazine (online, if you prefer). You may just be pleasantly
surprised enough to give us a higher grade in the next survey, and we will be working hard to earn it.
Pass the popcorn please
An exceptional collection of classic, foreign and
independent films valued at $1.7 million is now
being housed and preserved by UBC and SFU.
Videomatica - Vancouver's iconic independent
video rental store that specialized in rare and
esoteric titles - has donated the bulk of its 28,000
DVDs, 4,000 VHS titles and 900 Blu-rays to UBC.
The collection will be housed at UBC Library
with more than 5,000 duplicates available at
UBC's Dept. of Theatre and Film. SFU received
about 2,800 documentaries from the collection.
Videomatica has
donated the bulk of its
28,000 DVDs, 4,000
VHS titles and 900
Blu-rays to UBC.
"We're honoured to serve as the new home for
an outstanding collection of films," says Ingrid
Parent, university librarian. "These titles, which
number in the tens of thousands and cover a
huge array of genres and topics, will serve as a
valuable source of research and enjoyment."
The collection includes feature films, literary
adaptations, cult and art films, foreign films
from more than 75 countries, Canadian works
and selections from the Vancouver International
Film Festival.
Videomatica on West 4th Avenue was founded
by former UBC students and film buffs, Brian
Bosworth and Graham Peat in 1983. It was
Vancouver's first specialty video store and a
favourite among the city's cinephiles.
"After spending three decades building a
unique film library and the better part of a
year trying to preserve it, how wonderfully
rewarding it is to know the interests of both the
public and film students will be served with the
collection finding a home at UBC and SFU," says
co-founder Graham Peat, who also acknowledges
the contributions of Yosef Wosk, the philanthropist,
community leader and academic whose efforts
spurred the Videomatica donation.
Following an extensive archival process over
the next 18 months, the collection at UBC will be
available to borrow for UBC students, staff and
faculty and community borrowers by early 2013.
10   TREK    SPRING/SUMMER 2012 Mercury contamination
from small-scale mining
In Columbian mining towns, artisanal miners are
using mercury to extract gold from ore, putting
themselves, their communities and the country's
food exports at risk for mercury contamination.
Typically a poverty-driven activity, artisanal
mining provides a source of income for those with
few other options. "These miners aren't villains,
they're victims," says UBC professor of mining
engineering Marcello Veiga, who is the world's
leading researcher on mercury contamination
and UN advisor on the global effects of artisanal
gold mining. After 30 years in the field involving
travel to about 40 countries, he knows that
hazardous extraction methods aren't restricted
to Columbia. There are roughly 15 million
artisanal gold miners living in 80 countries -
men, women and children - whose activities
contaminate the environment with 1,000
tonnes of mercury each year.
Last year, Veiga and a research team investigated
gold artisanal mining methods and mercury
release pathways in 17 towns in the Columbian
province of Antiquoia, where miners typically
bring the ore back to town for processing
because the presence of gold has attracted
armed guerillas and paramilitary activity.
The extraction process involves grinding the
ore with mercury into small ball mills called
cocos. Before discarding the waste product,
which contains most of the mercury, the miners
soak it with cyanide to recover any residual gold.
This produces highly toxic mercury-cyanide,
which is then discarded into the local creeks,
potentially affecting farms located downstream.
As of yet, not much is known about the impact
this practice is having on the environment and
food chain. Colombia's central and regional
governments as well as the UN are involved in
the research project, and one of the goals is to
demonstrate to miners practical alternatives
that are cleaner and safer.
Veiga explains that it's the town residents
who face the most immediate and extreme danger
of exposure because of the mercury released
directly into the air during the refinement
process. Mercury is a toxin that can damage the
brain and kidneys. Air quality measurements
reveal mercury levels 10 times the limit set by
the World Health Organization. "We found
these levels and higher to be common in busy
main streets with stores and schools, and with
residential neighbourhoods nearby," reports
Veiga. The study was led by UBC PhD mining
engineering student Paul Cordy. ©
A Fresh Vision
Judy Rogers, bbevi,
Chair, UBC Alumni Association
Universities are busy and complex places that operate in a continually changing
context. Technological advances, differing societal and economic climates, new
fields of exploration, and demographic shifts are just a few of the variables
affecting its work. In order to serve the university and its grads effectively, the
Alumni Association board must be nimble, skilled and effective with a robust
set of principles in place to guide its work.
With this in mind, board members have been busy conducting preliminary
work on a new multi-year strategic plan for Alumni Affairs. This plan will
include the development of a fresh and energizing formulation of the vision that
drives our work to ensure it reflects our current aspirations and is harmonious
with those of the university. Our goal in revising the vision is to further deepen
the culture of alumni engagement at UBC, as well as the partnership between
UBC and the Association. This work will also allow us to judge the relevance
and strength of our programming and communications with greater clarity.
The board will have a multi-day meeting in June to review our progress, examine
feedback from various stakeholders, and establish next steps. I'm pleased to
report that our efforts have so far been well received, eliciting thoughtful and
constructive feedback. But more work and consultation remain ahead.
In addition to launching this strategic planning process, the board has completed
a governance review. It has affirmed its commitment to the principle of self
governance and to developing a distinct and influential voice among alumni
and across the broader university community. The emerging recommendations
from the review are for a smaller board focused on strategic direction, development
of appropriate policies, and ensuring the Alumni Association has the resources
necessary to effectively fulfill its vision and serve UBC and the alumni community.
There are also plans for a broader advisory council to engage more alumni in
the work of the Association and the life of UBC.
To ensure we have the resources necessary to support and extend our
engagement efforts, a board work team has recently completed a careful
review of our revenue-generating activities. We are also strengthening our
communications and marketing programs to more effectively engage alumni
and build awareness of our activities.
The board is committed to growing and deepening alumni engagement while
aspiring to be a stronger connection point and forum for alumni volunteers
across the university. There is much work still to be done, but I am confident
that we have a very solid base on which to build.
SPRING/SUMMER 2012   TREK    11 ^^
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Peter Holmes, BA'll,
has a head-on
approach to tackling
complacency around
water conservation.
■ *■
; Peter Holmes' dad, Roger, is a patient man who
loves his son. So much so, he agreed to be the
guinea-pig for Holmes'photography project,
which involved having a bucket of water poured
over his head while reading the newspaper at his
kitchen table in Wainwright, Alberta.
"That water was ice cold," recalls Holmes.
"I was so intent on convincing him to do this
project - that we had to do it inside, and we
couldn't do it in the bathroom - I forgot to use
warm water when filling up the bucket."
But the few seconds of discomfort endured
by Roger produced the photo Holmes was after,
one that sparked a whole series of what he refers
to as water portraiture. It combines art and
math to create a message and a reaction in the
observer: that fresh water is a precious resource
under alarming stress about which most of us
are oddly detached and complacent.
"It's understandable," says Holmes. "People
have a million and one things to do every day
and water is a funny res ource in that it's
ubiquitous in North America - we turn on
the tap and it's there - but strangely we don't
think about it because it's everywhere, which
makes it invisible." But water really is the most
important resource, he says, essential in
everything from apples to Apple computers.
We may be complacent about it now, but Holmes
doesn't think it will be that way for long. In
other parts of the world, the situation is already
dire; the World Health Organization estimates
that one billion people do not have access to
clean water, a resource we use to flush our
toilets and water our lawns here in the west.
The idea for a photography project to
promote greater water awareness surfaced when
Holmes was a political science major at UBC. He
was taking a couple of art history courses and
one on environmental politics in the same
semester, and was a card-carrying member of
the Photography Club. "I looked at what others
had done with similar goals - from pictures of
tar sands to pictures of pristine bodies of
After drenching his
dad with 11.8 litres
of water, anAlbertan's
hourly average, Holmes
decided to expand
SPRING/SUMMER 2012   TREK   13 Art can produce the emotional response
that academic reports andpapers often lack,
no matter how alarming their revelations.
water - and didn't feel I could add any value," he
says. "But portraiture has a long history of being
able to establish an empathetic connection
with the viewer."
Art can produce the emotional response that
academic reports and papers often lack, no matter
how alarming their revelations. He wanted to
find a way of relaying the vital information he
was reading about at university in a way that
would resonate in the hearts and minds of the
electorate, and provoke smarter political
decisions and investments. "We toss out statistics
in research as if people can understand and
relate to them but often they don't," says Holmes.
Take water consumption. "Statistics are often
given per person per year - but over 100,000
litres very quickly becomes unimaginable.
How many bathtubs is that worth?"
Instead he collected statistics from various
sources that were based on the average hourly
residential water consumption per person.*
The figures were much easier to relate to and
consequently harder to ignore. "I wanted to
combine portraiture with this prodigious hourly
statistic. It finally dawned on me to just take
that amount of water and dump it on somebody."
After drenching his dad with 11.8 litres of
water, anAlbertan's hourly average, Holmes
decided to expand the project to other places in
Canada and then to other countries by working
on it during an exchange year in Granada, Spain.
(He feels that water is such a regional issue it's
important to take the pictures in the country the
stats relate to, using local residents as models.)
He couch-surfed with friends of friends living in
major European cities, often persuading his hosts
to double as portrait subjects, bucket-pourers,
or light stands. Sometimes he befriended
strangers on the street and enlisted them in the
*This figure is calculated by dividing the input of treated,
potable water by population. It does not include agricultural,
thermoelectric or industrial uses, but does include restaurants
and light industry within the municipal limits.
14   TREK    SPRING/SUMMER 2012 It finally dawned on me to just take that amount
of water and dump it on somebody/'
cause using nothing but a friendly smile and the
promise of a clean towel.
Holmes allowed himself only one attempt at
each portrait, and yet the results are striking. The
images draw you in and cry out for an explanation.
Making one hour's worth of water visible in a
single portrait makes our relationship with this
vital resource personal and immediate,
somehow. "It's important to make it beautiful
and astonishing because when a person is
astonished they're interested in a way that
supercedes factual information," says Holmes.
"And when they come closer and read the
statistics underneath they can connect the
two and become interested in another way."
Holmes is eager to get the images in front of the
public. As well as a website, he had an exhibition
Water Conservation
on Campus
UBC has an intimate relationship with water.
Nestled at the tip of the Point Grey peninsula,
the campus is embraced on three sides by
ocean and river, and bound on the other by a
temperate rain forest. The university also sits on
a natural aquifer, a porous, layered bed of sand
and gravel that holds water and could contribute
to future water self-sufficiency on campus.
In 2011/12, UBC achieved a 50 per cent
reduction in water consumption in institutional
and ancillary buildings compared with 2000
levels, adjusted for growth. The university is now
developing a Water Conservation Action Plan
that will set ambitious new water conservation
targets for its Vancouver campus.
Feedback from public consultations seeking
the community's visions and priorities for water
conservation and management, along with a
water audit of seven UBC buildings, is being
used to inform the draft plan. Five key priorities
in Washington, DC, last November, and has
had the images printed up in newspaper format.
He's mailed copies of these to magazines,
handed them out on the street, and even
sneaked them into newspaper dispensers.
While in the US he met with the World Resource
Institute in DC and The Human Impact
Institute in NY and is interested in working
with NGOs concerned with water conservation
and other environmental issues who are keen
to conduct public campaigns.
Holmes' next project is already taking shape
and will combine portraiture with statistics on
coal consumption. So if you see a smiling
photographer heading your way armed with a
bucket of coal and a clothes brush, consider
yourself warned. O
were identified for water management,
including rainwater harvesting; more efficient
landscape irrigation; reduced water use
and wastewater generation; managing water
use in building operations; and education
and engagement.
UBC's Water Conservation Action Plan will
be complete in 2012. For more information and
to read the draft Discussion Paper, please visit:
In the Okanagan, UBC researchers have
been awarded $1.2 million in funding from the
Government of Canada to study how water
conservation practices can be used to reduce
greenhouse gas emissions. The university will
develop beneficial management practices for
irrigation that mitigate greenhouse gas
emissions and carbon sequestration in
orchards in the Okanagan and Fraser Valleys.
This research will allow producers to improve
their production efficiency and minimize their
impacts on the environment while continuing
to produce top quality fruit.
Janet Berryman is my hero. In her will,
she created a medical scholarship at UBC
that has supported almost 100 students.
As one of those students, I've been able
to study obstetrics and neonatal care.
Janet's scholarship helped me graduate
from the Faculty of Medicine. Now
I'm working on research into the early
detection and treatment of a congenital
lung defect in infants. Through Janet
Berryman I've found my calling. I'm
helping save lives. And I get to bounce
ideas off of some of the brightest minds
around. But the one person I really look
up to is Janet Berryman. I'll never forget
your generosity. Thank you for giving
me the opportunity to chase my dreams.
- Jordan Chan*
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IUBCI      a place of mind
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A brilliant idea or ground-breaking discovery is only the beginning.
Unlocking its economic and social potential sometimes involves
negotiating the often perilous path to market, which requires a bold
vision, having the right people involved at the right time, a receptive
environment, and sometimes a little bit of luck.
The history of invention at UBC is book-ended by
two environmentally-focused ideas: one a vastly
more efficient way to aid the reforestation of
ogged areas, and the other a new device for the
purification of water. Both feature entrepreneurial
students as inventors. All that separates them is
50 years and 2,998 other UBC inventions.
Over five decades, the innovation ecosystem
has undergone many drastic changes. In 1961,
when Jack Walters disclosed the Tree Planting
Gun and Bullet system he initially conceived of
while a student at UBC in the 1950s, there was no
formal process at the university for managing and
commercializing intellectual property, and all
inventions were managed by Canadian Patents
and Development Ltd. (CPDL). This changed in
1982 when UBC terminated its agreement with
CPDL in order to manage its own intellectua
property, and in 1984 created the University-
ndustry Liaison Office (UILO) - the first of its
kind in Canada
With an initial staff of three specializing in
patents and licensing, the UILO allowed UBC to
work directly with its own researchers and take a
more strategic approach to commercialization
The intention was to increase opportunities for both
UBC and its researchers to share in the financia
benefits arising from research discoveries that
had significant academic, economic and socia
impacts. The university had missed major
opportunities to do so in the past, including the
1961 discovery of calcitonin by Dr.Harold Copp,
Used as a treatment for osteoporosis and
analgesic for bone cancer, it became the second
most popular hormone treatment in the world
By the time Dr. Madjid Mohseni and graduate
student Kristian Dubrawski disclosed UBC's
3,ooolh recorded invention in June 2011, UBC had
developed an international reputation for its
commercialization activities. The university's
discoveries - in diverse areas ranging from
human therapeutics to computer software and
engineering - are the basis of 150 spin-off
companies, and products that have generated
more than $5 billion in sales, along with widespread social and academic benefits. (And it's
worth noting that although Walters' tree planting
system - which enabled the planting of 1,500
seedlings an hour as opposed to 750 per day -
was never a commercial success, it nevertheless
eft its mark; the concept of contained root
systems used in the invention was the catalyst
for containerized planting, now the predominant
form of planting in BC.)
These days, the UILO also handles industry-
sponsored research and has a broader range of
approaches to advancing new discoveries that
are not solely focused on extracting maximum
financial value. Mohseni and Dubrawski's water
purification device, for example, has been
identified as a clear candidate for advancement
in keeping with UBC's global access principles,
designed to ensure developing world access to
relevant technologies. The device uses electrocoagulation to remove impurities in an energy-
efficient way, including elements such as arsenic
found in groundwater in some areas of BC as well
as many parts of the world such as Bangladesh
Throughout 50 years of change, however, some
things have stayed consistent, and the successfu
translation of the 3,000th discovery into a product
faces many of the same challenges as the
commercialization of Walters' tree planting
system. The path from lab to market is often
perilous, with many outstanding scientific
discoveries failing to make the transition. This is
particularly true for disruptive, game-changing
discoveries, which frequently emerge from basic
scientific research with no commercial motivation. Such discoveries are typically 10 to 20 years
away from becoming a successful product, and
require not only receptive market conditions, but
the strong leadership of technology champions
who have the vision and drive to overcome
obstacles encountered along the way.
The following vignettes reveal the circumstances behind just a few of UBC's most
successful innovations, highlighting the many
factors involved in guiding them along the often
arduous route to commercial success. THE VALUE DF SCIENTIFIC CURIOSITY
The most commercially successful UBC
technology to date is the Visudyne®* therapy
developed by QLT Inc. and used to treat a form
of wet age-related macular degeneration
(AMD), the leading cause of age-related
blindness. Used in more than two million
treatments worldwide, the genesis of the drug
can be traced back to basic scientific curiosity.
Dr. Julia Levy was on holiday with her family
at their cottage in the Gulf Islands when she
noticed that her children, who often played
on the field around the cottage, sometimes
developed lesions that looked like burns on
their arms and legs. On returning to UBC,
Levy consulted a colleague who was a plant
biochemist. He identified cow parsley, a plant
that grew abundantly around the cottage, as
the major cause. It contains a light-activated
drug in its sap. If the sap gets on the skin in
sunny weather, it will create lesions. Levy began
research into the potential of photo-activated
chemicals, becoming a pioneer of photodynamic
therapy. This treatment uses a dose of
non-thermal laser light to activate drugs after
they are injected into a patient's bloodstream
and have accumulated in the appropriate areas.
Vision became a target for the company after
Levy's mother was diagnosed with wet AMD,
Levy recognized similarities between this
condition and the cancers that the company
was focusing on at that time. Verteporfin (the
A classroom project in UBC's Computer Science
department to improve course preparation and
the student learning experience revolutionized
e-learning and set the standard by which much
university teaching is done today. In 1995 UBC's
Murray Goldberg and his teaching assistant,
Sasan Salari, developed web-based course tools
(WebCT), allowing educators to set up courses
that contain searchable course notes, review
material, discussion boards, quizzes, exams,
image databases and chat rooms. After initially
being made available free of charge to other
active ingredient in Visudyne®) was discovered
through UBC research led by Dr. David Dolphin,
and the patents and know-how related to
verteporfin were licensed exclusively to QLT in
1988. Visudyne® received regulatory approval in
2000, a full 19 years after the company initially
spun-out of UBC. Its development period
provided invaluable experience, training and
research opportunities for numerous UBC
students and faculty. Its commercialization
has improved the quality of life for patients
worldwide and was the fundamental factor in
the development of BC's biotechnology sector.
institutions, in 1997 a company was spun-out to
commercialize the WebCT product, with rookie
entrepreneur Goldberg at the helm. Such was
its success, the company was acquired in 1999
by Universal Learning Technologies of Boston,
who retained the WebCT name, with Goldberg
serving as Canadian president. It was estimated
that by 2005 the software was being used by up
to 14 million students daily across 80 countries.
In February of 2006, WebCT was acquired by
its major competitor, Blackboard®,
UBC's first spin-off company, created in 1976,
in many ways demonstrates how successfu
companies based on university technologies
sometimes have to avoid pushing their
technical discovery into an unreceptive market,
and instead let it be pulled in the direction of
the best opportunity. Vortek Industries Ltd
was created to commercialize the work of
researchers led by Drs. Roy Nodwell and
David Camm in the Department of Physics
and Astronomy, who designed and developed
an arc lamp capable of generating extremely
high-intensity light. The lamp was recognized
by The Guinness Book of World Records as the
world's most powerful, continuously burning
light source. Potential applications included
ighting for stadiums, search and rescue and
other emergency response operations, and
even film sets.
But it was not the light itself that would spel
success for Vortek. What proved more valuable
to potential customers was the rapid heating it
produced. And so the company adapted and
started providing thermal testing and certification
for aerospace companies and NASA. The lamp
was also an integral component of the Rapid
Thermal Processing technology developed by
Vortek that provided precise thermal control in
the production of microchips and semiconductors.
This led to Vortek's acquisition by semiconductor
giant Mattson Technology of California in 2004,
Canada's identity on the internet was secured
25 years ago by the visionary work of John
Demco, then Computing Facilities manager in
the Department of Computer Science. Demco
established the .CA domain name in 1987 -
two years before the World Wide Web even
emerged. Working with a team of fellow
volunteers, he maintained the .CA registry until
2000, registering and recording more than
100,000 names before the registry was
handed over to the Canadian Internet Registry
Authority, a not-for-profit corporation that
Demco helped establish in 1998. In 2012 the
two millionth .CA domain is expected to be
created for a Canadian business, individua
or organization, making it one of the most
recognized domain name extensions on
the internet.
In 2011, UBC professor emeritus Phil Hill
received the Principal Award of the Ernest C
Manning Awards Foundation for his discovery
25 years earlier of a technology that enables
diesel engines to run on clean-burning natural
gas. Now being successfully commercialized by
UBC spin-off company Westport Innovations,
Dr. Hill's technology almost didn't make it out
of the lab.
Hill conceived of and first developed the High
Pressure Direct Injection technology in the late
1980s in his research lab at UBC's Department
of Mechanical Engineering. Supported by a
market assessment funded through the UlLO's
then new Demonstration Prototype Development Program, the technology initially attracted
considerable interest and funding support.
By 1994, however, research funds were
diminishing, and UBC faced mounting worldwide
patent costs that would be hard to sustain. The
technology had been marketed to major diesel
engine manufacturers, but a suitable licensee
had not been found, and the undesirable option
of closing the technology was becoming a more
realistic possibility by the day.
It was around this time that entrepreneur
David Demers approached the UILO, looking
for a new business opportunity. Both sides
recognized Dr. Hill's discovery as a good fit,
and Demers established Westport Research
(which later became Westport Innovations)
to commercialize the technology. The company
maintains research partnerships with UBC to
this day and, with Demers still at the helm,
boasts partnerships and joint ventures with
eading diesel engine and vehicle origina
equipment manufacturers from around the
world. Currently employing more than 900
people, Westport develops, manufactures and
distributes natural gas engines and fuel systems
for new vehicles such as pickup trucks, refuse
haulers and long-haul trucks, as well as
developing natural gas technologies for rail,
marine and high-horsepower equipment.
In 2004, Gary Albach (a co-founder of Vortek
ndustries, UBC's first spin-off company)
returned to UBC to become the UlLO's first
entrepreneur-in-residence. A key part of his
role was to identify and support UBC companies that had been flying under the university's
radar due to the fact that they were created
around the entrepreneurial zeal of current
students, staff, faculty and recent alumni rather
than being based on university intellectua
property. By walking the halls, it soon became
evident that there were many such companies.
Although a number of them did receive
support from faculties and through the UlLO's
entrepreneurs-in-residence, it was ad-hoc and
for many other companies was non-existent. In
2010 UBC launched the entrepreneurship@UBC
initiative to address this gap in support for student,
alumni, faculty and staff entrepreneurs (see
next page)
One of the many new companies that is
benefiting from this initiative is Aeos Biomedical,
whose innovative medical adhesive tape, Target
Tape, has been developed to allow doctors to
make more precise incisions during surgery. The
technology emerged from UBC's New Venture
Design course - a collaborative entrepreneuria
course which partners undergraduate students
from UBC Engineering and the Sauder School of
Business. Between 2009 and 2010, undergraduate
engineering students Patricia Backlund and
Colin O'Neill and commerce students Nicholas
Seto, Wylie Spencer and Emi Yamada developed
the concept, with O'Neill and Seto later
incorporating Aeos Biomedical to bring
the product to market.
The company was first supported by
entrepreneurship@UBC in August 2010, when
they were selected to take part in an Alumni
Affairs event in Silicon Valley where they
presented their business idea to alumni and
venture capitalists. In the fall of 2011, Aeos
Biomedical won the inaugural entrepreneur-
ship@UBC Seed Accelerator Fund competition,
ultimately securing an investment of $50,000,
and they are also receiving support from the
UlLO's Start-up Services Voucher program,
providing them with up to $5,000 worth
of in-kind services such as intellectual property
strategy. An algorithm developed by Dr. David Lowe has
become one of UBC's most frequently licensed
and diversely applied technologies. The SIFT
(Scale Invariant Feature Transform) algorithm
is able to recognize and match shared features
in images. It was first licensed in the mobile
robotics industry and was integrated into
Sony's electronic pet dog AIBO to recognize and
respond to visual instructions from its "owners."
It's been 13 years since Dr. Lowe published
his findings, and nine since a US patent issued.
Over that time, strategic licensing activities have
allowed licensees to gain exclusive rights in
some specific fields of use, and consequently
the technology has been used in applications as
diverse as security, space robotics and mapping
databases. It is also helping to detect and
prevent items from leaving supermarkets
hidden on the bottom of shopping carts by
matching images taken by cameras at the
checkout to stocked products in the store.
In 2002/03, Dr. Lowe and then PhD student
Matthew Brown incorporated SIFT into
software called Autostitch™, the world's first
automatic two-dimensional image stitcher.
It was capable of identifying and selecting
images sharing common elements, and then
positioning and blending them into seamless
panoramas of up to 360 degrees. Licensed by
companies around the world, the inventors
themselves spun-out their own company,
Cloudburst Research, in 2009 to create the
Autostitch™ for iPhone app, which became
an instant hit with iPhone photographers and
has sold well over 400,000 copies to date, in
more than 80 countries.
Supporting UBC
In 2010 UBC launched entrepreneurship@UBC, a
cross-campus initiative led by Sauder School of
Business, the faculties of Applied Science and
Science and the UILO. The entrepreneurship@UBC
program provides all student, faculty, staff and
recent alumni entrepreneurs with access to the
educational opportunities, space, capital,
services, mentorship and networks to help them
succeed, and has already been involved with
approximately 200 new ventures and business
ideas from entrepreneurs within all disciplines
across the university. Alumni who have graduated
within the last three years are eligible to apply for the
services and funding offered by the initiative. Visit
www.entrepreneurship.ubc.ca for more details
The SPARK alumni branch is a joint initiative
between business and computer science alumni
and students. It's dedicated to bringing together
UBC's entrepreneurial alumni and building
bridges between student companies and industry
contacts. The launch party last fall attracted
more than 100 attendees and recent events have
been focusing on the topic of business start-ups.
Visit spark.alumni.ubc.ca to find out more.
Plans for UBC's future Alumni Centre include
an incubator space for start-ups, where students
and recent alumni will have an opportunity to get
their businesses off the ground. An important
part of the program will be alumni mentors
providing direction to young entrepreneurs.
Do you have mentoring skills that you would
ike to share? Don't wait for the new building -
sign up to be a mentor today:
Dr. Martin Gleave is based at the Prostate
Centre at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH)
In 1998, he developed a new therapy to address
treatment-resistant cancers. Recognizing the
potential value of this and subsequent related
discoveries, the UILO worked with Dr. Gleave to
help set up a spin-off company to develop and
commercialize these therapies, introducing him
to entrepreneur Scott Cormack. In 2000, the
pair co-founded OncoGenex Technologies and
took an innovative step in trying to bring the
therapies through the hugely expensive clinical
trial process to market. Rather than employ a
large team of in-house researchers and
technicians, a decision was made to keep the
company "virtual" with a skeleton staff, and
instead use funds to sponsor the necessary
research, much of which was conducted by
Dr. Gleave and his team at UBC and VGH.
This decision to keep the company virtual in
its infancy not only allowed it to develop
treatments with a very low amount of "capital
burn," but the research relationships it fostered
also led in part to the creation and funding of
the Prostate Centre's Translational Research
Initiative for Accelerated Discovery and
In 2008 the company became OncoGenex
Pharmaceuticals after completing a reverse
takeover of a publically listed company. With
Cormack still at the helm, OncoGenex has
raised more than $50 million in the last year
alone, and in partnership with global company
Teva Pharmaceuticals, has successfully
advanced its lead product, custirsen, into the
later stages of clinical trials, known as Phase 3.
By sensitizing tumor cells to standard chemo-
therapeutic drugs, trials to date suggest that
the treatment could both prolong survival and
reduce pain in patients with prostate cancer, and
prolong survival in patients with lung cancer.
In the fall of 2007, the university formalized a
set of Global Access Principles it created in
consultation with the UBC chapter of the
student group Universities Allied for Essential
Medicines. This was to ensure developing
world access to relevant UBC technologies
and research. The first licensing agreement in
specific accordance with these principles was
reached in May 2008 with Vancouver company
iCo Therapeutics for a new formulation of a
drug with the potential to treat leishmaniasis,
a disease contracted by two million people a
year, predominantly in the developing world.
The new oral formulation of amphotericin B
was developed in the lab of Dr. Kishor Wasan.
Under the terms of the license agreement,
iCo Therapeutics gained the worldwide right
to develop and sell the formulation in the
developed world as a treatment for blood-borne
fungal infections (a leading cause of death in
immuno-compromised individuals). In return,
through subsidized pricing, iCo will ensure a
suitable formulation is accessible to countries
in the developing world for the treatment of
leishmaniasis. In 2009, iCo and the Canadian
Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) established
the Research Chair in Drug Delivery for Neglected
Global Diseases, held by Dr. Wasan. O
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Chances are, one of the books sitting on your bookshelf was
written by an alumnus of UBC's Creative Writing Program, one
of the oldest of its kind in the country. An educational collaboration
with the Vancouver School Board extends its reach into high school
classrooms, where UBC MFA students are tending Canada's
youngest writing talent.
By Teresa Goff
One flight up from Philosophy, on the fourth
floor of Buchanan E, carefully selected clippings
from literary journals and newspapers line the
walls. Announcements for writing contests and
prizes are tacked to cork boards, alongside calls
for lyrics and librettos. To read from one end of
the UBC Creative Writing Program hallway to
the other is at least an afternoon's worth of
literary and poetic immersion, culminating in
the glass showcase housing a selection of books
written by either graduates of the program or
their instructors. Among many others of note
there is Blood Sports, one of two bestselling
novels by Eden Robinson, a Hailsa author and
alumna whose first book, Monkey Beach, won
the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and was a finalist
for the 2000 Giller Prize. And there's The
Cripple andhis Talismans by another grad,
Anosh Irani, whose novel The Song ofKahunsha
was published in 13 countries, became a
bestseller in Canada and Italy, and was a finalist
for CBCs Canada Reads. These two are just a
small sampling of the writers who achieved what
they came here for: seeing their stories in print.
The UBC Creative Writing Program, which
continues to produce accomplished authors, is
one of the oldest and most distinguished in the
country, and these walls chart its history. Among
the clippings, a few pages torn from an old issue
of The Walrus magazine hang as a reminder of
what "an increasingly influential cabal of
Canadian poets" can become: black and white
photographs from the summer of 1970 show a
young Margaret Atwood, a sultry Michael
Ondaatje, Milton Acorn seated in a stand of
trees, and Earle Birney "having a nicotine fit"
on Charles Street in Toronto. None of them is a
grad, but it was Birney who established UBC's
Creative Writing Program five years before this
photo was snapped.
As both poet and professor, Earle Birney
(1904-1995) encouraged generations of students
and his inspirational words can still be found in
print up and down the fourth floor corridor. When
itbeganinl965, the program was Canada's only
credit-course in creative writing. As a template,
Birney used the University of Iowa's creative
writing program. Founded in 1936, the Iowa
Writer's Workshop has amassed 28 affiliated
Pulitzer Prizes earned by an impressive list of
faculty and graduates. Notable writers include
Flannery O'Connor, John Irving, Raymond
Carver and the poet Tess Gallagher, Carver's
widow. What sets both the UBC program and the
Iowa Writer's Workshop apart is the learner-
centred approach based on workshops that
allow students to critique one another's work.
There is also a strong philosophy of mentorship.
Today, American poet Tess Gallagher is
visiting UBC to address a class in room 476. She
has just applied bright magenta lipstick and her
eyebrows are drawn on in the fashion of a
Hollywood actress from the 40s. When she
speaks, her voice is musical and full of mirth.
"Keep the doors and windows of your poems
open," she tells the students in Rhea Tregebov's
graduate class. "You never know what might fly
in." As if to prove her point, in the ensuing hour
of poetry and personal anecdotes she shares
with the class Gallagher conjures images of the
Vietnam War, the executed Romanian dictator
Nicolae Ceausescu, Oliver Cromwell and the
blood stains of Irish monks still visible on
monastery walls in Ireland, a hummingbird in
2008-09 - OSCAR KWONG; 2009-10 - KIMBERLY CHAN; 2010-11, NAOMI SONOBE
SPRING/SUMMER 2012   TREK   21 torpor sealed in a wooden box, a Guatemalan
mother cradling her dead child, Edith Piaf, Billie
Holiday, and the grave of W.B. Yeats. Gallagher
calls Yeats her poetic relative and says it is
through him that she was "kidnapped by
poetry." His poetry came to her at the age of 18,
through her first writing teacher. "It is like how
singers pass songs down," she says. "Youpass
your favourite poets down to your students."
UBC creative writing professor Rhea
Tregebov, a novelist and poet, met Gallagher at
the Vancouver Writers' Festival in 2010. By then,
Tregebov had been reading the poet since the
70s, and credits her with inspiring a confidence
to write in what was then a male-dominated
world of poetry and prose. Tregebov invited the
poet to visit her UBC class at a time that
coincided with the launch of Gallagher's latest
poetry collection Midnight's Lantern, recently
released by Blood Axe Press. "I love that name,"
Gallagher says to the class, "a bloody dripping
axe cutting through everybody's resistance to
poetry." The eight students seated around the
table haven't any aversion to poems. Many are
doing their manuscript-length theses in verse.
Emily Davidson, a graduate student in her third
year, says she is attempting to complete a
collection of poetry between 40 and 60 pages in
length. "The page is where we go to make sense
of being alive," she says. But the process is
slow-going. That is because, as Gallagher
reminds the students, writing is rewriting.
Gallagher's late husband, Carver, was a celebrated short-story writer who lived by this
basic rule. "Consider the moment of revision,"
Gallagher says, "to have the equal possibility of
creation." Sowing these seeds in new writers is
important because, like love, writing is easy to
fall into. It is the sustaining and nurturing that is
the challenge.
On the wall just outside the Creative Writing
Program's office are some words from Birney.
"The feeling of companioning and helping young
writers to survive and mature still sustains me,"
he's quoted as saying. This sentiment has found
form not only in "the house that Birney built," as
the program at UBC has come to be known, but
also in an extension program that takes creative
writing MFA students into high schools where,
instead of getting advice from established
writers like Gallagher, they are the ones
imparting the poetic and literary insight.
The New Shoots program is an educational
collaboration between the UBC Creative
Writing Program and the Vancouver School
Board (VSB). For the last 27 years, graduate
students have been paired with high school
teachers and invited into secondary school
classrooms as creative writing mentors. Past
New Shoots mentors have included Billeh
Nickerson, Charlotte Gill and Andrew Westolle,
"The feeling of
companioning and
helping young writers
to survive and mature
still sustains me."
recent recipient of the Charles Taylor Prize for
Literary non-fiction. Mentors work with high
school students on submissions for the New
Shoots anthology: a collection of poems, stories
and original cover art by secondary students,
selected and organized by a team of UBC
student editors.
This year will see the publication of the 27th
volume of New Shoots. Natalie Thompson, a
prairie poet and graduate student in Tregebov's
class, is the program's coordinator and says this
year was the biggest ever for New Shoots, with
14 UBC students placed at 13 high schools across
Vancouver. Her VSB counterpart, Ian MacLeod,
a teacher at David Thompson Secondary School,
has been involved with New Shoots since 1995.
He says the program is important because it
teaches students to use words to express
themselves. "There are so many sides of
ourselves that we pack away," he explains, but
New Shoots allows students space to investigate
things in their lives that are challenging.
"One girl explored honour killing," MacLeod
remembers. "It was very chilling what she wrote."
Evelyn Lau, Vancouver's current poet
laureate, remembers high school as "the death
knell" for anyone who was different as a
teenager, "especially for the creative brooding
literary types." Lau's parents had their sights set
on their daughter as a doctor, but from a very
early age the poet knew she needed to write.
"A lot of writers feel it but don't trust it," she
says. Lau had poetry published in the New
Shoots anthology the year before she ran away
from home. She was 13. "Nobody takes you
seriously at that age," says Lau, whose first poem
was published when she was 12. "When you start
out you need validation and I was always looking
for that." Lau recalls being brutally determined
and hungry for constructive criticism. She was
fortunate enough to find one teacher, Robert
Best, who read her critically and taught her not
to be satisfied with early drafts.
Gene Derreth, a UBC alumnus and teacher at
Vancouver Technical School, says that high
school poetry is full of emotion but often lacks
imagery. Then there are the vampire stories, lots
of them. "But who am I to judge?" he says,
noting he can't ask the students to write like
Raymond Carver but he can ask: "did I see any
evidence of editing?" Unlike other schools
across the district, Van Tech offers a suite of
writing classes, and Derreth teaches them all.
He asked New Shoots mentor, MFA student Ajay
Mehra, to do one-on-one consultations with the
students. "They work extra hard with the person
from UBC," says Derreth. Van Tech has a Poetry
Cafe, an annual event started by Derreth, now in
its seventh year. The 2012 Poetry Cafe took
place in February and sold out days in advance
of the event. Apparently, poetry is not yet dead.
On the walls of the fourth floor of Buchanan
E, the words of Earle Birney speak to why poetry
22   TREK   SPRING/SUMMER 2012 persists: "None of us wants to live but to affirm
life. We all need the therapy of fancy and play,
honest emotion, pity, laughter, joy. Especially
the joy. That comes when the words move
someone else from mere living to being Alive,
A student from Tregebov's class in Bucanan
E asks Gallagher about her ability to dance with
agile grace around issues of sentimentality. In the
hands of an inexperienced poet, sentimentality
becomes sloppy soup but Gallagher easily
incorporates nostalgic imagery to tear-jerking
effect. The images are visitations, Gallagher
The 2012 Poetry
Cafe took place
in February and sold
out days in advance
of the event.
Apparently, poetry
is not yet dead.
explains. We use words to remind us of the
wordless ways we are touched, she tells the
students, but adds caution by quoting Flannery
O'Connor: No tears in the writer, no tears in
the reader. Whether through poetry or song,
theatre or film, everyone has, if even for a
fleeting moment, been transported, touched,
transformed. Then you are pulled out of the
reverie and on you go back to the world of
weighty affairs. "That reasoning part bears down
on us so heavily," says Gallagher to Tregebov's
students after reading "Prayer for Nettles" by
Romanian poet Lilliana Ursu, "but there is an
underworld that poetry borrows from that is so
important to us." That nether world allows
Gallagher to co-translate Ursu's poetry, with
Adam Sorkin, even though she doesn't speak
Romanian. "I cannot tell you how that is true,"
Gallagher explains, "but I could get the resonance
and the spirit just like you can when you hear
Edith Piaf sing in French." The students sigh
audibly in recognition. Ah, poetry. 0
A poem written by Vancouver Poet Laureate
Evelyn Lau when she was a teenager
participating in the New Shoots program:
explosion of light defying darkness
heat blossoming corroding
shadow imitating man
shadow flung from symmetry
wild precise.
sky lights up
sun casting dreams
dreams of brightness in little men;
sun to scorch and sun to warm
sun reflection in stranger's eyes
brushing fire
No world without magic light.
A poem from this year's anthology by Isabelle
Fau from Eric Hamber Secondary
The World is a Forest
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The world is a forest,
A sea of evergreens and dogwoods—
Some trees in clumps,
Others wanderers
Collecting their own rays of sun
Alone in a meadow.
How I dream of wandering,
My roots having space to
Into the vast earth that must be tapped
Of all its knowledge and mysteries.
I want to feel the sun on my face,
The wind in my leaves,
And the birds rest on my boughs.
Instead I rest under the shade
Of larger oaks,
Their thick branches
Only filtering some light
And residual raindrops.
One day
I shall walk in flowers
With a patch of sunlight
All my own.
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for teens. THE MTElt SCHOOL SEATED ON A PLANE in Miami bound for
Port-au-Prince, I'm watching teams of people
walk down the aisle, each wearing their group's
distinct T-shirt. The logos include: Habitat for
Humanity, Rotary International, Mission
Possible, Running Water for Haiti, Firefighters
for Christ, and Change the World. The latter
shirt is worn by members of a large Texas
church, and on the back it has a list of the year's
missions with dates like a concert shirt. I point
it out to my companion, Bradley Pierik, who
recently defended his master's thesis at UBC
in chemical engineering. He nods. "Notice it
doesn't specify, 'Change for the better.'"
Pierik is very aware of the dubious track
record of international aid. He studies water
treatment, and he's here in his role as research
scientist for The Water School. The Canadian
non-profit organization promotes a method so
simple it's hard to believe: fill a plastic pop bottle
with water and leave it on a hard surface in the
sun for one day. It's called solar disinfection,
or SODIS: the sun's ultraviolet rays kill microorganisms in contaminated water and make it
safe to drink.
My dad is a good friend of Robert Dell, one of
the Water School's founders. Dell introduced me
to Pierik and suggested I go along with him to
Haiti to learn about the work. From the first time
I heard about The Water School, I was fascinated.
Anyone who has been to a developing country
knows about the devastating impacts of
waterborne disease. A solution using available
resources, sunlight and plastic bottles, seems
brilliantly easy. But development work, I quickly
learn, is not.
American doctor and anthropologist Paul
Farmer has written extensively about the
devastating consequences of foreign intervention
and aid to Haiti. In the years before the January
2010 earthquake, the country had become "a
veritable 'Republic of NGOs,' home to a
proliferation of goodwill that did little or
nothing to strengthen the public sector." As the
armies of idealistic youth and earnest church
members file past, I'm reminded of his warning
inHaiti After the Earthquake, that the generous
outpouring of help risks being squandered by that
same dysfunctional system of humanitarian aid.
Enoch Firmin, the six-foot-five director of The
Water School in Haiti, meets us at the airport in
Port-au-Prince. If anyone scares you, he tells us,
just smile, and his gentle manner demonstrates
that theory. He translates for us and explains
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some of the complexities of Haitian culture.
Many of his friends moved to the US, but he
chose to stay here, and he has a tough-love
attitude towards his struggling country. People
living in the tent cities of Port-au-Prince, he
says, are staying there for the free food and
services they get from foreign organizations.
Even out in remote places, the ever-changing
parade of aid workers has made for uneasy
relations. "Development work here can't be
done by white people," he tells us, "because
the Haitians think 'ah, there's money there.'"
We take a flight to Firmin's home in the
northern city of Cap Haitien, and then head east
in a Pathfinder to visit the village of Mombin
Crochu, where The Water School has done
extensive work. The road starts out promising
as a flat paved highway, becomes gravel, and
then as we begin the ascent up the mountain,
tire tracks on muddy soil. It's enclosed on both
sides almost the entire way by a lattice-like
plant, a relative of the pineapple. We cross
bridges flowing with knee-deep water, follow
switchbacks, and once creep along the edge of
a sharp drop-off while a loaded bus brushes
our rear-view mirror on the inside.
We only stop to discuss the wisest route
through stretches of mud, and the 67-km trip
takes almost four hours. "We're Haiti per cent of
the way there," we assure each other, continuing
a riff that began on our first day when we ate a
pizza drizzled with Cheez Whiz. You can only be
Haiti per cent sure of anything here, especially
customer service.
"Is my bag on the plane?" we heard a woman
ask the domestic airline worker.
"Yes," he said.
"Do you promise?" she asked.
Along the way, small groups of women walk
toward the market in town, with bulging bags
balanced on their heads or strapped to a donkey:
mangoes, sticks, peanuts, lentils. At times there
are magnificent views of green hillsides marked
with small farms. The homes in Mombin Crochu
(Crooked Tree) are just off a main pathway, and
children run en masse from one home to another.
Most people here subsist on small farming
operations, the kind of living that consistently
ranks this country's economy as the poorest in
the Western hemisphere. But although there are
problems - teenage pregnancy, inadequate health
care, the treacherous road to Cap Haitien - this
village doesn't have the desperation evident in
the slums of Port-au-Prince. People whose
children have moved to New York City or Miami
SPRING/SUMMER 2012   TREK   25 M«j
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pop bottle with water and leave it on a hard
surface in the sun for one day.
prefer to stay here. One man laughs when I ask
if there is crime. "Do you see any policemen?"
he asks.
We visit several homes, small thatched huts
kept so meticulously that the soil around them
is swept. Children are often responsible for the
family's drinking water, and they fill up
containers at nearby wells and lay them in the
ridges of corrugated steel roofs or on flat tables.
One woman with tight short braids brings
stools out other home for us, and picks up a
small girl who is crying at the sight of the
intruders. "I know the importance of clean
water," she explains, gesturing to an older girl
whose left eye is unfocused. She thinks her
daughter had typhoid fever as a baby, and it
affected her vision.
Now, she teaches women to use SODIS as part
of a prenatal course.
Holding the small child who is still clutching
her blouse, she describes an essentially modern
program, from conception to child care,
including nutrition and maternal health. There
used to be deaths in childbirth, but now women
are encouraged to go to clinics. Sometimes,
women don't want to do the proper thing
because of certain voodoo beliefs. "So we deal
with that," she says. In a few short minutes she
has us spellbound. "Do you deliver babies?"
Pierik asks, and she emphatically shakes her
head, because she doesn't have the proper
qualifications. "But I can," she adds, with a
self-assured wave other hand that tells us why
she, and not an outsider, should be doing
development work here.
The Water School was founded by Robert Dell,
a retired water chemist who ran Dell Tech
Laboratories, a chemical regulatory compliance
company, for 21 years. After a trip to Kenya in
2001, he began researching water treatment
technologies that could be useful in Africa,
and came across solar disinfection. The method
had been studied extensively by a Swiss aquatic
research institute (EAWAG), and after his own
field work in Uganda, Dell made some further
simplifications to the process. The Water School
works in five countries, and maintains a "train-the-
trainer" approach, so that teachers or other leaders
promote the method to their own community.
As an undergraduate engineering student at
University of Toronto, Pierik spent a summer in
Africa working for a church organization and
digging wells. The next year, while working at a
large Canadian water treatment company, he met
Dell, who later asked him to work for the Water
School. He completed a thesis project on various
aspects of the science of solar disinfection. At
UBC he built a sunlight simulator and wrote his
master's thesis on the effectiveness of using
plastic bags instead of bottles. The idea proved
successful, and several other organizations that
promote SODIS are now looking at using bags
for treating water in disaster relief because they
are easy to transport.
Pierik has studied many methods of disinfection,
and often finds that great ideas work well in the
lab but not in practice. His favourite part of his
job is traveling to places like this and meeting
the people who use the technology.
After dinner, Firmin takes us to a small
guesthouse of a Catholic church for a meeting
with several local men. They include Jonas
Leclerc, a pastor and school teacher who has
been teaching SODIS in his own community
further up the mountain. A petite man in a ball
cap and polo shirt, Leclerc waited by a phone for
most of the day to hear news ofPierik's arrival,
and then hitched a two-hour ride on the back of
a motorcycle down the rugged path to meet him.
Leclerc has much to say: people like SODIS
because they prefer the taste to water treated
with chlorine tablets, and because it's free. "I don't
want to go too far," he says in Creole. "But SODIS
is the answer to a lot of our water problems."
It's a cautious but ringing endorsement in a
place with more than its fair share of water
problems. Even before the 2010 cholera
epidemic, introduced by UN peacekeeping
troops responding to the earthquake, Haiti's
water security and quality was declared the
worst in the hemisphere. The villages here have
public faucets, but the spring water that flows
down the mountain to a cistern needs to be
treated. The cholera outbreak affected this area,
but there were no cases in the villages where
people used SODIS.
One of his challenges, Leclerc explains, is that
there are many organizations promoting other
methods of disinfection. Just recently, people
from another NGO dropped off a load of water
filters. They stayed for ten minutes to explain
the process and then left. The filter has a life-span
of perhaps a year, and there's no guarantee the
same group will be back. The local people are
tired of getting different instructions.
"When I'm doing the training," Leclerc
explains, "some people say SODIS is lies.
They ask thousands of questions to make me
uncomfortable. What I need now is more training
so I know what SODIS is, so I can answer."
Pierik nods. The goal of the Water School, he
explains, is not that everyone uses SODIS, it's
that everyone has clean water. He thinks it
important to acknowledge the strengths of other
technologies, while also describing the strengths
of SODIS. "Every technology has strengths," he
says. "The most important measure is how well
it works in a community."
By that standard, Leclerc has found success.
He began to teach SODIS in his own village, and
eventually worked his way into eight others, an
area encompassing about 18,000 people. Pierik
is fascinated. He assures Leclerc that he will give
him more scientific information, including studies
on positive health impacts in communities that
use SODIS.
"It sounds like you had a demand," he says,
and Leclerc nods. This is the perfect situation: a
pull from the community rather than a push
from the organization. "So why is that?" he asks.
Leclerc shrugs. "It's so simple and anybody can
do it," he says. "Sometimes you receive grants to
do water projects but sometimes you don't. So
what do you do? With the Water School you
don't need a grant."
The point sticks in my mind as we drive
down the mountain the next day, and Pierik
and Firmin discuss how to make the Water
School more sustainable. What appeals to me
about their work is the light-handedness of it,
the relative invisibility of people like Pierik
and Robert Dell. I think of Jonas Leclerc
heading the other direction on the back of a
motorcycle, passing women carrying sticks
and lentils, armed only with knowledge and
passion for this beautiful place. 0
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good company."
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SPRING/SUMMER 2012   TREK   27 Afteryears of hiding his struggles with mental illness, Michael Schratter,
BSc'96, BEd'99, MEd'07, decided it was time to tackle the stigma he was
trying so hard to avoid. So he got on his bike and told everyone he'd be
back in a few months.
What kind of person would bicycle around the
world yelling that he is crazy? A crazy person.
My name is Michael Schratter and I am
bipolar. I also happen to be a Canadian Jew,
a teacher, a part-time journalist, a fiance, a
brother, and a son. But it is the label of mental
illness that carries the most weight.
In my opinion, there is no other human
affliction still so misunderstood, feared, and
ultimately stigmatized. And it is this stigma,
along with the prejudice so often encountered
by the mentally ill, that is perhaps the greatest
issue when it comes to recovery.
Imagine returning to work after a sick leave
with a cast on your broken arm. You can expect
sympathy, humorous get-well cards, and support
from your colleagues. Now imagine yourself
returning to work and telling them you were
away because of a schizophrenic episode, or a
debilitating anxiety attack, or some other onset
of acute mental illness. I'm sure you'll agree that
the same social support needed to expedite your
healing might not be so readily present. There is
also a serious possibility that such forthrightness
has jeopardized your future social and professional
opportunities, and you are more likely to be
ostracized. (A common misconception about
people with mental illness is that we're either
dangerous, or at best weird and unemployable.)
A few months before I started the science
degree program at UBC in 1993 my father was
killed in a bicycle accident. I began university -
what should have been an exciting new period of
my life - dealing with major anxiety and
depression. I eventually succumbed to a manic
episode that left me hospitalized, but also set me
on the long road to recovery and self-awareness.
UBC's Student Health Services provided me
with easy and quick access to the professional
help I needed, allowing me to persevere and
complete my schooling. After graduating with
a degree in biology, followed by another in
education, I became a school teacher with the
Vancouver School Board.
The psychiatrist I saw when I was a student
practiced out of the UBC Hospital and helped a
lot of other young adults grappling with mental
illnesses and tough academic demands.
Knowing I wasn't alone - that there were
other students on campus dealing with similar
issues - was extremely comforting and took the
edge off my fears for the future. And yet on a
social level I was still guarded about what I was
going through. For as long as I can remember,
the fear of being seen as "crazy," of being outed
as "crazy," has had me spend enormous amounts
of emotional energy in remaining hidden.
28   TREK   SPRING/SUMMER 2012 As the hyper-social animals we are, it is
essential to feel support and empathy when
we are hurt. Whether dealing with a physical
or psychiatric setback, study after study shows
that when we feel support and empathy from
those around us during our period of healing we
tend to recover faster and to a fuller extent. And
yet, regrettably, there is an argument to be made
that when suffering with mental illnes s you
might be better off keeping your mouth shut
about it, or at least be very selective in choosing
who to tell.
It was while dealing with the social
repercussions of the manic episode at UBC
that I realized the absurd injustice behind my
secretive behavior. This inspired a plan to cycle
around the world and draw attention to the
damaging affects of the stigma surrounding
mental illness. Ride Don't Hide was born.
Everyone in my social sphere would know that
I was bipolar. Once started, there was no turning
back. Why? Because I believe that if we talk
about the stigma it will begin to disappear. If
we can share the common story of how mental
illness affects so many lives, we will see it for
what it is: a variation of the human condition.
Cycling as a form of travel was introduced to
me by my parents and we enjoyed several family
bike trips together in BC and Europe while I
was growing up. After my father died, I sought
solitude in a solo bike trip across Canada. Upon
reaching the shores of Newfoundland, I decided
that some day I would cycle around the world.
(Apparently, wanderlust has been with me since
childhood - a time my mother confesses she
nearly sewed address labels into all my clothing
so I could always be returned.)
On August 1,2010,1 set out from Vancouver
to cycle the equatorial distance of 40,000 km
around the planet, a journey that would take
me across six continents and 33 countries, and
present me with 31 flat tires. The school board
granted me a leave and the newspaper Vancouver
24Jfpublished a biweekly mental illness
awareness column that I wrote from the road.
I also partnered with the Canadian Mental
Health Association BC (CMHABC). My colleagues
there worked hard to create awareness of the
Ride Don't Hide campaign with many successful
fundraising efforts.
They say behind every great man there is a
great woman. Well I'd say that behind every
crazy man there is an extraordinary woman. The
fact that I was able to complete the ride, the fact
that the campaign reached any level of legitimacy
and made any difference whatsoever has
everything to do with my partner, Deborah So.
Not only did Deborah encourage me to follow
my dreams and take the risk, she basically ran
the campaign from the corner other desk while
working full-time. On May 12,2011, after she'd
joined me for a month's cycling through Asia,
we were engaged in Hong Kong.
So what did I learn from the ride? Perhaps it
has something to do with being on a bicycle, but
no matter where I went people were friendly and
helpful. And outside a few harrowing incidents
with traffic, never did I feel in danger. Ultimately,
If I were a
weak person, I
wouldn't have had the
mental strength it
required to cycle 16
months, day in, day
I learned that the world is a safe and kind place
and I think all we want is just a little respect, we
all need a little love. And a person dealing with
mental illness is no different.
Having a mental illness has nothing to do with
being weak of mind, of bad character or a moral
failure. It is a biological affliction like any other. I
think for me the greatest triumph of completing
Ride Don't Hide was to prove that point. If I were
a weak person, I wouldn't have had the mental
strength it required to cycle 16 months, day in,
day out, regardless of the challenges presented
by weather, geography and loneliness.
To adequately describe how I felt cycling into
Vancouver on the last day of Ride Don't Hide on
November 12,2011,469 days after I'd set off is
beyond me. Some two hundred cyclists came out
that day to ride with me from Tsawwassen to
downtown Vancouver. With a police escort
leading us the whole way, we arrived wet but safe
to a cheering crowd of several hundred waiting
for us at Rogers Arena stadium.
I was free.
Months later, after many speaking engagements
in schools and businesses, and dozens of interviews
in newspapers, TV, and on the radio, I am proud
to say that Ride Don't Hide has helped to
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diminish the misunderstanding that surrounds
mental illness. The campaign has also raised
nearly $90,000 in funds towards CMHA BC's
youth education programs.
I continue to be involved with the association's
mental health awareness initiatives and am
working with them to have Ride Don t Hide
become an annual mental health awareness
community ride here in Vancouver and across
many BC communities. And I was recently
appointed to the Ministry of Social Development's
Council on Employment and Accessibility.
Although my life with mental illness has been
tough at times it is certainly nothing to pity. In
some ways I believe that being bipolar has
allowed me to persevere and find wells of
determination in me that might not have been
apparent otherwise. And one thing I am very
sure of: being bipolar has made me a much more
empathetic man. ©
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Vancouver - Burnaby in their annual community bike ride.
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Student mental health is fundamental to
learning and UBC has made it a goal to create a
campus community that promotes wellbeing.
To this end, the university has launched a new
program called Early Alert, which will provide
better support for students through early
identification of issues, appropriate referral,
and timely intervention.
Using the new program, professors and staff
members identify troubling changes in a
student's habits. Trained advisors review the
confidential information and if it looks as
though a student might need assistance, an
advisor will get in touch with him or her to
discuss the concerns.
There are more than 45,000 students on
campus. It can be difficult to know if issues like
decreased attendance, a few bad marks or a
change in mood is a temporary behaviour or a
sign of a broader academic, financial or mental
health problem.
"Too often faculty and staff see a concern and
are not sure how to best support students,"
says Janet Teasdale, senior director of Student
Development and Services. "The Early Alert
approach offers a more coordinated response
by providing a care plan and point of connection for each concern."
Early Alert is part of a broader initiative to
enhance student experience and wellbeing by
improving how the university supports
students across a range of services. This could
mean helping students prevent problems from
occurring, or offering timely and coordinated
services to prevent problems from becoming
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30   TREK   SPRING/SUMMER 2012 Campaign Update
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The past year has been a momentous one for UBC as, together
with our donors and alumni, we launched the most ambitious
fundraising and alumni engagement campaign in Canadian
history. The start an evolution campaign aims to raise $1.5 billion
dollars for students, research and community engagement and
to double the number of alumni involved annually in the life of
the university by 2015.
We have made tremendous progress in our first year of the
public phase of the campaign, raising $194 million in 2011/12 -
making a total of $90omillion so far - and engaging 35,000
alumni over the same period. 2,500 alumni donated their time
and skill as volunteers. It is an inspiring start that will keep us
focused on the enormous task we still have ahead.
UBC alumni are perfectly placed to help their university realize its
ambitions: to improve our world through innovative community
partnerships; to support the student experience; and to act as
advocates and ambassadors. Whether you are attending an
event, mentoring a student, serving in an advisory capacity, or
donating to a project that is close to your heart, I urge you to
stay invested in your university.
This year's Report on Giving (you can read it at reportongiving.ca)
does not focus only on numbers, but on the effect those
numbers have had and the lives we have touched together.
It's full of stories of how our donors, many of them alumni,
have helped to make changes. Most of these stories are about
individuals, and how their lives have been affected by the work
we do at UBC. But more than that, they're about communities,
about how our community of donors and alumni has joined
with the university to build a better future here in British
Columbia and around the world.
Thank you for your continuing support of UBC.
Professor Stephen J. Toope
President and Vice-Chancellor
SPRING/SUMMER 2012   TREK   31 Campaign Update
Inspired to Give Back
It's a start I'll never forget," states Marya Sopova when asked about the housing
and living assistance provided by UBC. For Marya, the opportunity to complete
her education marked the beginning of a transformative journey as a specia
education teacher. This extraordinary educator has now paid it forward by
establishing a new bursary for single mothers in the Faculty of Education
Marya was a stay at home mom when she divorced in the 1970s. "I was
given $350 per month in alimony to cover rent, food, and clothing for three
children, and I didn't know what to do," she explains. "I had no formal training
for employment."
Although Marya wanted to return to university and complete her
education, the prospect looked bleak. At a friend's suggestion, she presented
her story to the Dean of Women. "I was given a two bedroom townhouse at
Oyama Court right on campus," says Marya. "I couldn't get over the fact
had a place to live, and I could continue with my education."
Two years later, Marya was employed by the Langley School District as
one of the first special education teachers in BC. She showed a natural talent
for unlocking the imagination, energy, and curiosity children possess
Five years after that, she applied to the Ministry of Education's Go North
plan and was seconded to teach in Lower Post and Good Hope Lake. "While
many of the children possessed remarkable skills, their literacy levels were
"I couldn't get over the fact I had a place to live, and I
could continue with my education."
far below average," explains Marya. By making her lessons culturally relevant,
Marya worked with her students' interests and strengths in an attempt to
improve their reading challenges. After one year she was offered the post of
principal in Good Hope Lake
Marya eventually returned to Langley where she worked until retirement
Along the way she touched numerous lives, enabling students to improve
themselves through the gift of education. Today, Marya remains a powerfu
advocate for literacy and education
"Graduating from UBC has given me a life I never imagined," emphasizes
Marya. "And that's the reason for creating this bursary - I wanted to give
back what was given to me. My desire is to inspire others to donate funds or
establish bursaries for students in need, so they may also realize the joy of
becoming productive citizens."
32   TREK    SPRING/SUMMER 2012 Partnering with UBC
We are pleased to have surpassed the 2011/12 alumni
engagement goal for the campaign with 35,051 alumni engaged
in a way we can measure. There are a myriad of ways alumni
are engaged, from simply sharing their address with us to
mentoring a student. Here is a snap shot:
35,051 alumni engaged
in a measurable wa
» 13,000 ATTENDED
» 2,800 ASKED FOR
» 12,000 UBC ALUMNI
» 2,500 #UBCALUMNI
» 11,907 MADE
» 7,000 FACEBOOK
» 1,193 ATTENDED A
Over 100,000
alumni email addresses
Over 200,000
addressable alumni
Maureen Jack-LaCroix, BA'74,
discovered her passion for protecting
the environment while studying at
UBC, but wasn't sure of the best way
to help. She has since found her
calling and now collaborates with
UBC students to promote responsible
habits at the grassroots level
"An intergenerational mix is key
to the changes that are coming about
right now," says Jack-LaCroix, who
is the founder of Be The Change
Earth Alliance, (BTC) a non-profit
charitable organization that
encourages people to make
sustainable and just lifestyle choices
through programming in schools,
communities and the workplace
"I had significant environmental concerns while in school but I didn't feel
empowered to share them. It took a while to develop my voice." So she is
helping current UBC students to find theirs sooner
Jack-LaCroix's organization has partnered with UBC-Community Learning
nitiative to provide valuable community-based learning experiences for third
year Sociology students studying natural resource issues. They mentored
students from John Oliver High School working with BTC's Student Leadership
in Sustainability program. By facilitating weekly Action Circles on environmenta
concerns and discussing different steps they could take to raise awareness of
ecology in school and at home, students influenced a number of actions
including everything from turning off the lights at lunch hour, to locating
recycling bins beside garbage cans, to asking parents to buy low flush toilets.
The university students not only encouraged awareness and the adoption
"Be The Change has really benefitted from the
energy, enthusiasm, optimism and intelligence of
bright young people."
of good habits, but gained insight into how change takes place in a real-world
setting and what some of the obstacles are. "Right now we're in the midst of
a significant shift in worldview," said Jack-LaCroix. "It's one thing to theorize
about these changes. It's another thing entirely to work with people and
support them to create real change."
In addition to partnering with the sociology students, Jack-LaCroix hosted
two interns from the Faculty of Arts Internship Program and worked with
students in the Sauder School of Business on developing a social media plan
to raise awareness about the use of disposable cups. "Be The Change has
really benefitted from the energy, enthusiasm, optimism and intelligence of
bright young people," she says, "I highly recommend that other organizations
get involved with UBC and its students."
Through these creative partnerships with UBC, Jack-LaCroix hopes to
encourage the next generation to voice their concerns. "Politicians respond to
voters and corporations respond to consumers," she says. "Although
individual changes may seem insignificant, we can have a huge influence
when we make conscious choices in alignment with our values." O
We're here, we're there, we're everywhere!
No matter where you are in the world, chances are there are other UBC alumni living nearby. With more than 50 alumni branches, we make it easy to stay
connected whether you're living in Calgary or Kuala Lumpur. Below are some of the locations that hosted UBC alumni events in the last three months.
• Networked with Denver-based UBC
alumni at an evening reception
• Witnessed entrepreneurship at its
best at SPARK'S UBC's Hot
Companies Event (Vancouver)
• Cheered on the Vancouver
Whitecaps FC as they battled DC
United at BC Place (Vancouver)
• Joined grads from other Canadian
universities for a reception in
Washington, DC
• Bowled with finesse at UBC Alumni
Bowling Night in London
• Enjoyed a walk down memory lane
at the UBC Chemistry Alumni
Reunion (Vancouver)
• Reconnected with fellow alumni
at UBC Alumni Happy Hour in
New York City
• Joined Sauder Business Club of
Greater China for an UBC alumni
mixer with members of the Beijing
business community
• Discussed the pros and cons of
egalizing marijuana (Burnaby)
• Polished off Papa Lynch's chili dogs
at the ICAN Invitational Curling
Bonspiel Title in Richmond
o Looked at ways of overcoming the
generational divide in British
Columbia (Victoria)
• Enjoyed dinner and drinks with
ndonesia-based UBC alumni
o Attended the Great Trekker
Luncheon in Toronto
• Joined the BC Alumni Network and
friends of British Columbia in Korea
at a reception hosted by Premier
Christy Clark in Seou
• Attended a Tiki-themed UBC
Dentistry annual alumni reception
in Vancouver
• Discussed the concept of menta
space in New York City
• Volunteered at the Vanier Cup
tailgate party at the newly renovated
BC Sports Hall of Fame (Vancouver)
o Attended a performance of
Vancouver Opera's production
Romeo et Juliette, featuring alumna
Simone Osborne
• Discussed the meaning of The
Medium is the Message at UBC
Alumni Bookclub socia
• Attended a champagne reception
celebrating the 50th anniversary of
the UBC Department of Asian Studies
• Socialized with fellow alumni and U
of T grads living in the San Francisco
Bay Area
• Celebrated the launch of UBC's
start an evolution campaign in Asia
(Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing)
• Enjoyed a yuletide celebration with
fellow UBC alumni in London
• Hiked the Dragon's Back trail in
Hong Kong
• Discussed the media's role in
creating ideals around body image
(North Vancouver)
• Learned how to develop a sensible
debt-management strategy
• Joined fellow UBC alumni for a
"Pit Night" mixer in Montrea
o Played some dream golf at the 6th
Annual UBC Desert Classic Golf
Tournament in Palm Springs
• Celebrated the inaugural UBC
Faculty of Education Alumni
Teacher Award
• Discussed Calgary as a potentia
eader of political and social change
• Joined Toronto-based alumni for a
performance of Michael Ende's The
Neverending Story at Young People's
Theatre in Toronto
• Mingled with Shanghai-based
alumni at the 4"1 Annual Canadian
nter-University Alumni Mixer
• Learned about breakthroughs
in Cancer Prevention at pane
discussions in Vancouver and
the Okanagan
• Celebrated the 50th anniversary
of the law class of 1962 with a tour
of Allard Hall, Law's new home
on campus
• Met other Forestry alumni and
headed out to UBC's Malcolm
Knapp Research Forest near
Maple Ridge
• Attended the UBC Law Alumni
Association Achievement Awards
ceremony at the Four Seasons Hote
in Vancouver
• Discussed sustainable living at
the Evergreen Cultural Centre in
34   TREK    SPRING/SUMMER 2012 Give yourself an edge on the competition. The Next Step
event series helps recent grads transition successfully from
campus to workplace.
The Next Step:
Your Okanagan Career
JUNE 12 ■ Kelowna
The Next Step:
Educating your Palate
JULY 25 ■ Vancouver
The Next Step: Building
Your Calgary Network
JUNE 19 ■ Calgary
The Next Step: A Great
First Impression
The Next Step: A Great
First Impression
OCTOBER 3 ■ Vancouver
ubc dialogues
Nothing's black and white when it comes to this event
series. Provocative questions attract a multitude of opinions.
What's yours?
Educators, fundraisers, child advocates: Are teachers
expected to do it all?
SEPTEMBER 18 ■ Lower Mainland/Vancouver
Are we eating sustainably? Can we afford not to?
SEPTEMBER 29 ■ UBC's Okanagan campus (part of Community Day events)
For more information, or to find out about more UBC Dialogues,
For more information, or to find out     visit www.alumni.ubc.ca/dialogues
about more The Next Step, visit
It's time to crack open the face paints. Homecoming
will be taking place on September 15 on the
Vancouver campus. Details coming soon
On April 4, Professor Scott Watson, BA'75, MA'77,
and Anne Pearson, BA'oo, MArch'06, hosted the first
New School/Old School alumni event at Anne's
store, Vancouver Special. The event brought
together more than 30 Art History, Visual Arts
and Theory alumni. Ian Wallace, BA'66, MA'68, D.
Litt'10, was the guest speaker and shared his
stories of the time he spent at UBC and how
important it was to his career as an artist. If you
are interested in reconnecting with Art History
and Visual Arts alumni or hosting a future event,
please contact laura.quilici@ubc.ca
THE 2012
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The 2012 UBC Alumni Achievement Awards will be
held on November 14 at the Four Seasons Hotel in
Vancouver. The recipients will be announced this
summer, www.alumni.ubc.ca/events/awards
Ageless Pursuits is a popular summer lecture
series offered by UBC Continuing Studies each
June. Participants select two morning courses
from four options each week, and sign up for one
or more weeks of fascinating lectures on a wide
variety of topics, lively discussion and shared
enquiry. The 2012 series runs June 4-29,
Monday-Friday, 9:3oam-noon; UBC Point Grey,
$95+tax, (age 55+), $i35+tax (under age 55),
Classes take place at the UBC Vancouver Point
Grey campus. Lectures in this year1s line-up
include: The Holocaust Revisited; Cities in Our
Time: Moscow; The Voices of Jazz; The New
Testament in Western Art; Psychology of
Connectedness; The Causes of War; Origin and
Function of Superstitions; Centuries of Time Around
the Salish Sea; Nine European University Towns;
and much more. View the complete 2012 Ageless
Pursuits schedule at cstudies.ubc.ca/ageless or
inquire by phone at 604.822.1444. UBC Alumni
who register for a UBC Continuing Studies
summer institute are eligible for an exclusive
special offer and other special summer events
View cstudies.ubc.ca/alumni-summer for details
Call for Nominations:
Nominate a worthy individual who
has made a substantial contribution
to society.
Any member of the public or the
University communities may submit
nominations, which that are valid for
a period of three years.
Nominations accepted on an on-going basis
Nominate an individual today
Click on the UBC Okanagan Senate
or UBC Vancouver Senate.
Long Time, No UBC...
what have you been up to lately?
Let your old classmates know what you've been up to since leaving campus.
Send your news and photographic evidence to trek.magazine@ubc.ca or UBC
Alumni Association, 6251 Cecil Green Park Road, Vancouver, BC V6T1Z1.
(Mail original photos or email high resolution scans   preferably 300 dpi.)
Please note that Trek Magazine is also published online.
During his 91-plus years of living,
Roy V. Jackson, BA'43, has served
in chemical warfare research in
Ottawa, completed battle training
in Ontario (fortunately unfinished
when the war ended), completed a
course in civil law in McGill, and
held a career in international patent
lawthat relocated him to the
United States for a more promising
future. This included the 1960s and
70s in Greenwich Village and lots
of foreign travelling. Retirement
after the years of technical writing
and those life-changing counter-
cultural years in the village led to a
second career of studies and
writing inspired by the vast and
fascinating social changes he
observed in his lifetime. Starting
about 50 years ago in the counter-
cultural 60s, Roy's efforts to find
a plausible narrative that could
explain what was transforming our
world led him to St. Augustine's
idea that our history was the
education of the human race in
the generational stages of our
own lives, infancy, childhood,
adolescence, adulthood, and
maturity. That fractal connection
grew into his book, Growing up in
History: A Memoir of Western
On January 17,2012, it was
announced that Barbara Howard,
BEd'59, is among this year's class of
inductees into the BC Sports Hall
of Fame. In the late 1930s, Barbara
exploded onto the scene as one of
the fastest female sprinters in the
British Empire. At the age of 17, she
ran the 100-yards in a time of 11.2
seconds at the Western Canada
British Empire Games trials -
beating the games' record by
one-tenth of a second. The result
earned Barbara a well-deserved
spot on Canada's team for the 1938
Commonwealth Games in Sydney.
She finished sixth in the 100-yard
dash and won a silver and bronze
as a member of two relay teams.
Barbara was set to compete at
the Tokyo Olympics in 1940, but
the games were cancelled because
of the war and didn't resume for
a decade. By then, Barbara's
sprinting career was over. After
graduating from UBC in 1959, she
became a teacher and was much
loved by many students. At the age
of 91, Barbara remains active in the
community spending much of her
time socializing at her Burnaby
home and at a seniors centre
lifting weights, giving massages
and conducting peer counseling.
Barbara will be formally inducted
on September 20,2012.
Dr. Pullikattil Chacko Simon,
MSc'60, celebrated his 99th birthday
on March 1,2012. Dr. Simon
worked as a pathologist and
research microbiologist at the
Canada Department of Agriculture
Animal Pathology Laboratory.
He has published many scientific
papers, and has contributed to a
four volume textbook on the
infectious diseases of animals,
Handbuch der bakteriellen
Infektionen bei Tieren. Dr. Simon's
charitable work includes helping
to found The Hatfield Society, a
non-profit organization that
provides scholarships to students
from low income families in the
Greater Vancouver Area, and the
Chacko and Lize Simon Scholarship
Fund - a fund that provides
scholarships to students from
poor families in his native state of
Kerala, India. To date, some 3000
scholarships have been awarded.
Not content to relax in his
retirement, he continues to write
and has published 42 articles and
two books.
In 1964 Gerry Taylor, BSc'63,
MSc'67, left his provincial fisheries
biologist position in Victoria to
enroll in UBC's Institute of
Fisheries. Gerry completed his
master's degree while working
part-time at the Fish and Wildlife
Branch, as it was known then.
Gerry was assigned to the northern
region of BC and worked out of
Smithers until early 1969. At the
time, industrial developments such
as hydro electric projects, natural
gas and oil exploration, pipelines,
logging, mineral exploration and
mines, and highways construction
were accelerating in the north.
Consequently, early efforts were
necessarily confined to identifying
urgent inventory needs, providing
habitat protection guidelines to
industry, and introducing a
systematic way of recording
basic fish inventory. For the next
15 years Gerry was involved with
developing specialized habitat
restoration and enhancement
techniques, which were applied
to interior trout lakes and streams
and, under the major Salmonid
Enhancement Program, coastal
steelhead streams. He then served
for eight years as a manager
responsible for recreational
fisheries management and spent
the remainder of his career as an
inter-agency liaison. After enjoying
a 34-year career, Gerry retired in
1997, but continued consulting in
basic fish biology for an additional
five years. Gerry and his wife,
Lynne, have been world travellers
for over 40 years, having visited
backpacking and trekking areas in
Switzerland, Scotland, Peru,
Bolivia, Nepal, New Zealand,
Australia, South Africa, Hawaii,
Newfoundland and most of BC,
including 19 trips in the Rockies.
Gerry is still fishing for steelhead
since his start in 1952!
Frances Clay Welwood, BA'64,
BLS'66, a Nelson, BC, resident for 42
years and 2001 Citizen of the year,
realized a lifetime ambition and
wrote a book. Her novel, Passing
Through Missing Pages: the
intriguing story of Annie Garland
Foster [1875-1974], is the culmination of twenty years' of research,
inquiry and writing. In addition to
being Nelson's first elected female
alderman in 1920, Annie Foster was
also a teacher, nurse, war widow,
journalist, biographer of Pauline
Johnston and social activist.
Frances uncovers the mystery to
which Mrs. Foster alluded to, but
dismissed from her own memoir
written in 1939.
Since leaving UBC, Percy
Marshall, BASc'67, has enjoyed a
rewarding 44-year career specializing in engineering, project
management, sales and marketing,
research, management and
consulting that has taken him
across Canada and overseas. To
date, he has published more than
90 articles.
On February 3,2012, Philip
Alliiigham. BA'68, PhD'88, was the
sole Canadian presenter at the
Dickens 2012 Bicentennial
Conference in Paris. His paper
was entitled: Dickens and the Idea
oftheDickensian:A Tale of Four
Cities. Philip was also one of the
few Canadians who attended a
wreath-laying ceremony at
Westminster Abbey on February 7,
2012, celebrating the 200th
anniversary of Charles Dickens'
birth. In addition to being the
contributing editor of The
Victorian Website and editorial
consultant to The Dickens
Magazine, Philip is an associate
professor, Faculty of Education and
adjunct professor, Department of
English, at Lakehead University.
Although Brenda Larson (nee
Pugsley), BEd'71, (MEd'79, Gonzaga
University, Spokane WA), retired in
2006 from a 34-year teaching
career in Vancouver, Langley and
Kelowna, she has remained active
in education. Brenda has been
presenting teacher workshops
throughout North America as well
as expanding and marketing her
Itchy's Alphabet line of educational
materials, a unique program
designed to teach letter sounds
and letter formations. Each picture
cue in the shape of the letter brings
a visual/concrete connection to
learning these auditory/abstract
skills. In January 2011, a research
project supporting the effectiveness
of Itchy's Alphabet ("Teaching
Letter-Sound Connections With
Picture Mnemonics: Itchy's
Alphabet and Early Decoding")
was published in the peer reviewed
journal, Preventing School Failure.
Brenda spent most of 2011
developing a French and Spanish
component for the Itchy's Alphabet
program which are available on her
website, www.itchysalphabet.com
Christman Lee, BEd'73, was
inducted into the Softball BC Hall
of Fame on October 15,2011, as an
official, becoming the first Chinese
Canadian to receive this accolade.
Prior to his retirement in 2009,
highlights of his 30-year officiating
career included umpiring the
1996 International Softball
Federation Men's World Fastpitch
Championship in Midland,
Michigan; the 1999 Pan American
Games in Winnipeg; and the 2003
Pan American Games in Santo
Domingo, Dominican Republic.
Christman was also a secondary
school teacher for 35 years,
teaching in Nakusp, West
Vancouver and Delta.
Marion Pollack, BA'74, retired in
2012 after years of activism in the
Canadian Union of Postal workers
and the women's movement. She is
currently a board member of the
Canadian Research Institute for
the Advancement of Women and
CoDevelopment Canada.
Margaret Evans (nee Bacon),
BScN'75, recently published her
book, Could it Really be Something
They Ate? (Balboa Press, 2011),
which addresses food sensitivities
in children. The book aims to
educate people about how a simple
change in a child's diet can often
eliminate a multitude of troubling
symptoms, and also guide parents
in making changes in the midst of
their busy lives. As a registered
nurse in both pediatric oncology
and neonatal intensive care,
Margaret has worked with
hundreds of families over the last
25 years, supporting them through
food and health-related challenges.
Margaret's business, Dynamic
Choices Family Wellness, was
established to help families find
solutions to the physical and
behavioral challenges of their
children. Margaret lives in
Vancouver with her four children,
three grand-children, and husband,
Ken. More information is available
at www.foodsensitivechildren.com
Each year, The Pierre Elliott
Trudeau Foundation appoints up
to 10 Mentors for its mentorship
program. The program seeks to
forge intellectual and personal bonds
between renowned Canadians with
extensive experience in public life,
and young, talented PhD students.
This year two UBC alumni are
amongst the 10 appointed Mentors:
involved in Aboriginal and
environmental issues, Paul
Kariya, BA'75, MA, PhD, is currently
the executive director of the Clean
Energy Association of British
Columbia and was previously the
executive director of the Pacific
Salmon Foundation, the CEO of
Fisheries Renewal BC, and the
executive director of the BC
Treaty Commission. And Cindy
Blackstock, BA'88, PhD, a member
of the Gitksan Nation in B C, has
worked in the field of child and
family services for more than 20
years, is the executive director of
the First Nations Child and Family
Caring Society of Canada and an
associate professor at the University
of Alberta.
On February 9,2012, Larry
Beasley, MA'76, was recognized for
his contributions to the Vancouver
design community and awarded
the Interior Designers of Canada
and International Interior Design
Association Leadership Award of
Excellence. He is a fellow of the
Canadian Institute of Planners, an
honorary member of the Canadian
Society of Landscape Architects
and has been recognized as an
'Advocate for Architecture" by the
Royal Architectural Institute of
Canada. In 2004, he was made a
Member of the Order of Canada for
his leadership role in reshaping
Vancouver's downtown core into a
vibrant, urban community, known
as the "Vancouver Model."
Congratulations to Dr. Bao V.S.V.
Vadlamudi, MSc'so, PhD'83, for his
recent appointment as director of St.
Peter's Institute of Pharmaceutical
Sciences in Warangal, India. Dr.
Vadlamudi completed his BPharm'73
and MPharm'76, from Andhra
University, Visakhapatnam, before
completing his degrees in Pharmacology and Toxicology from the
Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences
at UBC. He has held previous
positions including reader in
pharmacology, University
Department of Chemical Technology
(UDCT) (1984-89); professor in
pharmacology, Bombay College of
Pharmacy (BCP) (1989-90);
visiting lecturer at UDCT/BCP
(1990-2002); and director, BCP
(2004-07). Dr. Vadlamudi's career
began in the '90s initially as the
principal research scientist at
Hoechst Research (1990-1992)
followed by head of pharmacology
at the Hoechst Marion Roussel
Research Center (1992-98). He was
then head of pharmacology at the
Nicholas Piramal Research Centre
(1998-2002); VP, Discovery Biology,
Suven Life Sciences (2002-04); VP
and principal fellow, Nektar
Therapeutics India Private
Limited, Hyderabad (2006-2011);
and Sr. VP, Life Sciences, at Vimta
Labs Ltd, Hyderabad (Mar
2011-Oct 2011). He also serves as
editor of the Indian Journal of
Pharmaceutical Sciences. He has
authored and co-authored 25
research publications, 20 poster
and oral presentations and
delivered more than 50 invited
lectures on various topics related to
drug discovery and development,
scientific writing and careers for
pharmacy graduates. He was the
recipient of the Fellow of the
Indian Pharmaceutical Association
award in 2000, Dr. B. N Ghosh
Memorial Oration Award of the
Indian Pharmacological Society in
2005 and the Prof. M. L. Khorana
Memorial Lecture Award 2009 of
the IPA.
Even in retirement, Bika
Buebsaat, BA'81, and her husband,
Jon Bartlett, BA'75, continue to
keep busy with their involvement
in a variety of pursuits, including
the recent publication of a book,
Dead Horse on the Tulameen:
Settler Verse from BC's Similkameen
Valley. The book presents a unique
approach to local history in that it is
based on a collection of verses drawn
from the pages of Similkameen
Valley newspapers between the
38   TREK    SPRING/SUMMER 2012 years 1900 and 1945. The verses
were submitted to the paper by
local residents and concern daily
life in the valley over the years.
The poems and songs in the book
are supported by extensive
historical background and archival
photographs. Rika and Jon have
been singing together since 1975,
focusing especially on the songs of
British Columbia made by settlers,
loggers, miners and fishers. They
have worked extensively with Phil
Thomas, whose collection of folk
books is housed in the Phil Thomas
Collection in UBC Library's Special
Collections, and have produced
four CDs of Canadian songs.
Drew Young, BA'82, received the
2011 Canadian Institute for
Theatre Technology (CITT) award,
which recognizes an individual's
longstanding career achievement
as an educator in a technical or
related discipline, while preparing
students for work within the
Canadian live performance industry.
Drew, who graduated from UBC
Theatre, helped to establish the
Stagecraft and Event Technology
program at Douglas College in 1987
and has been program coordinator
ever since. The unique program
offers a two-year diploma that
prepares graduates to work in theatre,
special events, film or television.
Colleen Hardwick, BA'83, is the
CEO and founder of PlaceSpeak, a
company that connects people's
online identities with their
residential addresses so that they
can voice their opinions electronically in a wide variety of forums.
The company most recently hosted
the 2012 Urban Futures Survey
(UFS) - PlaceSpeak uses geo-
veriflcation to identify what census
tract each respondent is coming
from. The UFS is the third iteration
of a UBC-led longitudinal data
survey used to gauge how the
opinions of Metro Vancouverites
change over time. The first survey
was spearheaded by Colleen's
father, UBC professor Walter G.
Hardwick, in 1973 and the second
was completed in 1990. The survey
will allow communities to forecast
and anticipate the needs and
desires of the Lower Mainland's 2.1
million residents.
On August 2,2010, Gail Lin Joe,
BEd'83, MEd'85, successfully passed
her oral defense for her doctorate
of education degree from Simon
Fraser University with the doctoral
dissertation entitled: Capturing the
Practical Wisdom of Retired School
In May 2012, Marjorie Simmins, BA'84, received a Master's of
Arts Research (Education) from
Mount Saint Vincent University in
Halifax. For the degree, Marjorie
studied the history and current
forms of memoir and included her
own memoir of the past fifteen
years living in the Maritimes in her
thesis. Marjorie was raised in
Vancouver and spent most of the
1990s working as a freelance writer
and copy editor. She wrote a
number of articles for Trek
magazine, including her first
article, "After the BA," which was
published in Trek's predecessor,
The Chronicle, in 1990. Her
writings have been published in
leading newspapers and numerous
provincial and national magazines.
Her essay, "Trips from There to
Here," a memoir published in
Saturday Night magazine, won a
Gold Medal at the 1994 National
Magazine Awards. In 1997,
Marjorie moved to Cape Breton
and soon after married the
Maritimes, or more correctly,
married a Maritimer. She enjoys
writing about the dazzling diversity
of differences between Canada's
lateral coasts and embraces all
things East Coast from Digby
scallops to the Cape Breton
Highlands. She refers to herself as a
west coast woman whose heart has
discovered that it has many homes.
Marjorie currently teaches memoir
writing in and around Halifax and
is a member of the Writers
Federation of Nova Scotia.
Cathy Chan (LeDuc), PhD'85,
and Pat Chan, MBA'85, recently
enjoyed a holiday to India and
England that turned into a UBC
alumni reunion. In Delhi, they
enjoyed catching up with Barun
Mohanty, MBA'85, and Banjani
Iyer Mohanty, MBA'85. Barun is
now the managing director,
International, and director, India, at
the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation,
and Ranjani is a freelance writer
and editor whose articles have
appeared in publications around
the world. In Dehradun, near the
foothills of the Himalayas, Pat and
Cathy enjoyed a wonderful
traditional Indian dinner at the
home of Rajeev and Suman
Nangia, PhD'80. Suman, along with
her daughter, Vasundhara, operate
an educational and psychological
consulting business. On the return
journey Pat and Cathy stopped in
London to visit with Jane and
Kevin Bush, MBA'si. Cathy and
Pat currently reside in Edmonton,
where Cathy is on faculty at the
University of Alberta.
Jason Farris, BSc'89, has
authored and published his fourth
book, Behind the Moves: NHI
General Managers Tell how
Winners are Built. The book is
based on in-person interviews
with 35 NHL GMs - collectively
representing over 500 seasons of
NHL GM experience - who have
taken a team to the Stanley Cup
final. Toronto Maple Leafs GM,
Brian Burke, penned the book's
After receiving four degrees at UBC,
Christian Dy, BASc'94, BEd'95, MA'02,
MBA'08, has been successful in two
careers: teaching and financial
management. In 2003 he received
an Outstanding BC Teaching Award,
and in 2008 he took over his father's
financial practice after completing
his MBA. In his 20s, Christian spent
a lot of time in developing countries
- Zimbabwe, the Philippines,
Vietnam, Cambodia, Nicaragua and
Guatemala - participating in and
leading education and health
projects. In July 2010, he brought 17
volunteers to Guatemala, most of
whom were university students, to
work on building and education
projects involving sponsorship for
abused women and children. The
volunteers then travelled and
explored the surrounding areas on
their own, learning about the region
and various cultures - an experience
he refers to as voluntourism. He
plans on recruiting and leading
teams to developing countries
throughout his career. Christian
lives with his wife and three
daughters on the North Shore.
In October 2011, James Hooper,
MA'98, was elected president of the
British Columbia School Counsellors
Association, which advocates for
the enhancement and high quality
of counselling in BC schools. After
studying at Manitoba, McGill and
Carleton and working as a reporter
and editor with the Toronto Star,
James migrated west and enrolled
in UBC's secondary education
program in 1976. Upon graduation,
he taught with the Maple Ridge
school board for almost two decades
and then returned to UBC where
he received his MA in counselling
psychology in 1998. James has been
an elementary counsellor in Maple
Ridge since 1999.
UBC Alumni Association board
member, Chris Gorman, BA'99,
MBA'09, was elected a trustee on the
Board of Education for School
District No. 23 (Central Okanagan) -
the fifth largest School District in
British Columbia - on November
19,2011. Chris was elected by
colleagues to serve as vice-chair,
chair of the board's Finance and
Legal Committee, and member of
the Planning and Facilities
Committee. Prior to his election,
Chris worked as executive assistant
to Canada's Minister of Foreign
Affairs, the Honourable Peter
MacKay, PC, QC, MP, and in various
roles in the international shipping
and insurance industries in Canada
and the United States. Chris resides
in Kelowna with his wife, Elizabeth
and two daughters, Isabelle (four)
and Naomi (one).
James D. Kondopulos, BCom'oo,
LLB'03, recently became a partner at
the Vancouver-based employment
and labour law boutique, Roper
Dr. Jill A Miwa, BSc'oo, is part of
the international research team led
by Professor Michelle Simmons at
the University of New South Wales
in Australia that has created a
working transistor consisting of a
single atom placed precisely in a
silicon crystal. The research letter,
"A single-atom transistor," was
recently published in the Journal
NatureNanotechnology. Dr. Miwa -
the only Canadian on the team - is
currently working in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at
Aarhus University in Denmark.
Since graduating from UBC with a
degree in English, Sandra Garcia,
BA'05, has established a career as an
independent publicist and public
relations consultant in Vancouver.
In addition to being a member of the
Forum for Women Entrepreneurs,
she is the festival director and
acting secretary on the board of
directors of the Vancouver Short
Film Festival Society, along with
board members Spencer Kent,
BCom'io, Valerie Warner, BA'07(Hon),
director of legal affairs, and
founder, Brian Danin, BFA'07.
40  TREK    SPRING/SUMMER 2012 Concerned with rising student
debt, a team of post-secondary
students, including UBC alumna,
Dawn Sheirzad, MBA'os, created
the online student network, LocAZu
(www.locazu.com). It allows
students from across Canada to
connect with one another by
sharing study material and campus
events, evaluating professors and
courses, and trading textbooks.
LocAZu is active at 72 campuses
across the country with over
350,000 total postings.
Michelle Lei, IMBA'06, and her
sister, Judy, have founded Light
Activewear - active wear apparel
for yoga, hot yoga, pole, gym, dance,
and fun. The locally-designed
apparel is available for sale in
Canada, the United States, and
Asia, (www.lightactivewear.com)
Jacqueline Gow, BA'08, and her
business partner, Barrett McBride,
have recently started a business in
Santiago, Chile. Localisto provides
a tech service in the form of an app
for city agencies in the US to
contact community members on
important local projects. The goal
of the project is to leverage a
community's group voice and
help it to be heard by local
governments, developers and
urban planners to build better
community communication
and dialogue.
Tyler Mifflin, BFA'08, and his
brother, Alex Mifflin, are the hosts
of The Water Brothers, a six-part
documentary television series from
SK Films that explores the challenges
facing water - earth's most precious
resource - and the challenges
humans face in managing freshwater
and ocean resources sustainably.
The idea to embark on this project
arose when Tyler and Alex started
working together on IMAX projects
at SK Films in 2009. Tyler had just
received his degree in film
production from UBC and Alex was
an environmental/international
studies graduate from Dalhousie.
One of the unique aspects of this
series is that Alex and Tyler are
effectively creating this series on
their own. Alex is the lead researcher, co-writer and co-host,
and Tyler is co-host, director and
co-producer. The first season takes
viewers to destinations around the
world, including the mighty Mekong
River in South East Asia, the frozen
Arctic Circle, the disappearing
coral reefs of the Caribbean and the
Carp-infested waters of the
Mississippi and Illinois Rivers.
Episodes can be viewed online at:
Mitchell (Mitch) Wilson, BSF'io,
is currently a Forester in Training
with the Association of British
Columbia Forest Professionals and
has been working as a forest
engineer on the BC Coast for the
past two years. Now he's part of a
team that's establishing a tree
nursery in Mahenge, Tanzania.
Mitch initially travelled to
Tanzania in 2004 with Dr. Louise
Jelik-Aall, founder of the Mahenge
Epilepsy Clinic. He returned in
2009 to research the potential for a
community tree nursery as part of
his forestry degree at UBC. A team
determined to see the desperately-
needed nursery materialize was
formed, and the Ulanga District
Tree Nursery (UDTN) was
established. The nursery is being
managed by local university-
trained forest professionals from
the Ulanga District Council and
will supply 100,000 seedlings
annually for the local community.
Last September, 13,000 tree
seedlings were sponsored by
small Canadian businesses and
individuals. The seedlings are
currently growing at the nursery,
and will be distributed to the
community for planting in
November 2012 when the rainy
season begins. With hopes of
improving livelihoods and
sustainability in developing
forest-dependent communities,
Mitch is now undertaking an
MSc in Tropical Forestry at the
Dresden Technical University in
Germany. For more information
about the UDTN, please visit
www.udtn.org. ©
SPRING/SUMMER 2012   TREK   41 The Big Block Awards and Sports Hall of Fame
Induction Dinner on April 4 was replete with
sights and sounds of UBC Thunderbirds past
and present, but the statement that might have
been the most poignant of all went unheard by
the 900-plus in attendance.
"All for one, and one for all, forever," said
football alumnus David Sidoo after the
induction of his coach, Frank Smith, during
which Sidoo and 12 former team mates took the
stage to stand behind the rock-solid 80-year-old
icon in a display of allegiance. The most
successful football coach in UBC history, Smith's
acceptance speech moved the crowd from hilarity
("I can remember the entire roster of the 1947
New York Yankees but I can't recall what I had
for breakfast") to heartfelt solemnity when
acknowledging his late son and successor
("God bless you Casey").
Many other moving recollections of yesteryear
were offered up, including classically understated
remarks by 1963 hockey team member,
humanitarian and three-time Olympian Terry
O'Malley. Then there was 1960 oarsman Bill
McKerlich, who expressed inexhaustible pride
in being part of a scrappy crew of students who
came ever so close to winning gold medals in the
1960 Rome Olympics. One of Canada's top
international soccer goaltenders, Pat Onstad,
couldn't make the party due to coaching
responsibilities with MSL's DC United, but
his mother and father stood in admirably,
particularly when Cindy Onstad reminded
some 600 student-athletes of the role their
parents may have played in their success.
Former volleyball superstar Tom Jones'
dignified acceptance speech set the tone for
those that followed, including that of Richmond
Olympic Oval Volleyball Centre of Excellence
head coach Joanne Boss, who appeared
overjoyed to be introduced as simply one of
the greatest athletes in UBC history. Tracey
Lipp-Derheim's children, husband and parents
beamed while the former Canadian Ladies
Amateur Golf champion thanked them and her
university for supporting what she modestly
avoided admitting was a stellar playing career.
Current Thunderbird coach Deb Huband
graciously accepted on behalf of basketball
pioneer Barbara Bobertson, and a large
crowd of hockey alumni grandly feted former
men's athletic director Bick Noonan, who
conveyed fond memories of more than four
decades of supporting student-athletes.
The evening began appropriately with a
spectacular sunset upon the floor-to-ceiling
windows of the Vancouver Convention Centre,
and culminated with the annual athletic awards
hardware being handed out to another cadre
of extraordinary students. MC and volleyball
alumna Emily Cordonier skilfully managed
proceedings; associate athletic director
Theresa Hanson described a vintage year that
included four CIS national championships; and
football alumnus Atlee James produced many
a celebratory video, including one to salute
retiring women's field hockey coach Hash
Kanjee. Somewhere in the middle of it all, the
announcement (within mere metres of the
Vancouver 2010 cauldron) that five UBC
swimmers had qualified for the 2012 Olympic
Games contributed additional wow factor.
All in all, the year-ending soiree was one for
the ages.
Eight days later, UBC Athletics associate
director of development Steve Tuckwood
threw open the doors of the long awaited UBC
Sports Hall of Fame in the Doug Mitchell
Thunderbird Sports Centre and welcomed a
crowd of some 100 inductees and guests. The hall
displays photos and memorabilia of a century of
varsity sport, unifying in perpetuity the collective
footsteps of an otherwise diverse body of
accomplished alumni - "all for one, and one
for all, forever."
A total of five current UBC Thunderbird
swimmers and two alumni have qualified to
compete in the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The UBC contingent includes CIS Female
Swimmer of the Year Savannah King (400 and
800-metre freestyle); CIS Male Swimmer of the
Year Tommy Gossland (4x100 metre freestyle
relay); World Championship bronze medalist
Martha McCabe (200 metre breaststroke); CIS
Rookie-of-the-Year Tera Van Beilen (100 and
200 metre breaststroke) and Heather MacLean
(4x100 metre freestyle relay).
At the recent Olympic trials in Montreal, Van
Beilen and McCabe swam the second and third
fastest times in the world this year in the women's
200-metre breaststroke, clocking respective times
of 2:24.03 and 2:24.81. "We are very excited that
five current UBC Thunderbird swimmers and
two of our alumni have qualified for the London
2012 Olympics," said UBC head coach Steve Price,
acknowledging former Thunderbirds Scott
Dickens and Brent Hayden who are also going
to London. "It again shows that by combining
the assets of our varsity team, club team and the
National Swim Centre, our student-athletes can
pursue their international and varsity aspirations
at the same time." Former UBC swim coach
Tom Johnson and National Swim Centre
colleague Jozef Nagy will be on deck as coaches
in London, while the National Swim Centre's
Janice Hanan will make the trek as team
manager. Former UBC rowing coach Al
Morrow also hopes to be coaching athletes in
London, pending the outcome of Olympic trials.
Meanwhile, Kyla Bichey, who has just
completed her fifth year of eligibility on
UBC's five-time national champion women's
volleyball team, has high hopes to qualify for
London along with five of her former UBC team
mates. Marisa Field, Claire Hanna, Jennifer
Hinze, Carla Bradstock and Liz Cordonier
are all former Thunderbirds who are training
with the national team in preparation for the
May Olympic qualifying tournament. Recent
graduate Steve Gotch, meanwhile, has similar
hopes with Canada's men's team.
UBC Track and Field coach Marek Jedrzejek
says former Thunderbird high jumper Mike
Mason "already has one leg on the plane to
London." Mason took top spot in the recent
UBC Open by clearing 2.28 metres, meeting the
Olympic 'B' standard. To make the Olympic team,
Mason must clear the 2.28 mark once more and
also finish in the top four at the national
championships at the end of June in Calgary.
Former T-Bird men's race walker Inaki Gomez
has to do the same in his event at the national
championships in order to qualify. Alumna Liz
Gleadle, a four-time NAIA champion and
current record holder in javelin, also has a very
good chance of advancing, as does current
Thunderbird thrower Curtis Moss. ©
2011-12 ATHLETIC
Jarrid Ireland
Tera Van Beilen
Women's Swimming
Hayley Pipher and Alexandra Leask
Kylie Barros and Robyn Pendleton
Billy Greene and Tommy Gossland
Martha McCabe and Kyla Richey
Andrew Robb
2012 HALL OF
Rick Noonan and Frank Smith
Tom Jones, Joanne Ross,
Tracey Lipp-Derheim, Pat Onstad
and Barbara Robertson
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Irving K. Barber •
Dr. Irving K. Barber, BSF'so, OQ OBC, the principal
donor for UBC's Irving K. Barber Learning
Centre and a passionate supporter of education
and research in British Columbia, passed away
peacefully at home on April 13 at the age of 89.
Ike, as he preferred to be called, was born on
February 14,1923, in Edmonton. He first came
to UBC in September of 1945, having previously
served for five years during World War II with
the Royal Canadian Air Force, and graduated
with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry in 1950.
In 1952, he qualified as a Professional Registered
Forester. He was involved in the forest industry
in British Columbia for 57 years, working with
people at all levels and throughout the province.
In 1978, at the age of 55, he founded Slocan
Forest Products Ltd. and over the next 23 years
built it into one of the leading lumber producers
in North America. He retired as chairman in
February 2002.
Ike was a visionary thinker with a strong
commitment to strengthening BC, improving
the quality of life for its residents and providing
an enriched university experience for students.
He had a life-long belief in the value of education
and the importance of access to education,
regardless of income, especially in remote
communities of the province. He was closely
involved with UBC both in Vancouver and in
the Okanagan. The Irving K. Barber Learning
Centre, to which he donated $20 million in
2006, remains a world-leading facility and a hub
of the Vancouver campus, and is accessible
worldwide. In 2004 he donated $10 million to
establish the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and
Sciences and the Irving K. Barber Learning
Centre Interface Program at UBC's campus in
the Okanagan.
Ike's generosity has been instrumental in
establishing programs to promote research,
including the creation of the I.K. Barber
Enhanced Forestry Laboratory at the University
of Northern British Columbia, the Irving K.
Barber Diabetes Research Endowment Fund at
UBC and the Ike Barber Human Islet Transplant
Laboratory at Vancouver Hospital in partnership
with UBC. He received an honorary degree from
UBC in 2002.
Dr. Barber's leadership was recognized
throughout his career. He received numerous
forestry and industry awards, and was appointed
to the Order of Canada, the Order of British
Columbia and the CanadianBusiness Hall of Fame.
He is survived by his wife, Jean, whom he
married in 1943, his three children, Linda
(Brooke) Williams, James (Lynne) Barber and
Gregory (Linda) Barber, nine grandchildren and
17 great grandchildren.
The family has issuedan open invitation to a 'Celebration of Life for Irving K Barber'on Monday June 11,
2012 in the Old Auditorium from 3-4pm. The memorial will be followed by a reception in the Golden
Jubilee Room at the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre from 4-5pm. All are welcome to recognize the life
of this great Canadian, British Columbian andsupporter of UBC. If you are unable to attend in person,
the memorial will also be webcast live at www.ikebarberlearningcentre.ubc.ca.
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Catherine McDougallDaly
(nee Urquhart), BA'30
Cath was born October 31,1910, in Kamloops,
BC, and died on February 12,2012, in Vancouver.
She grew up in Rossland and married Dr. J.
Stuart Daly, BA'24 (MD Queen's '27) in 1936. They
moved to Trail, where Cath was actively
involved in the community and was a member
of many organizations, including the University
Women's Club, the Canadian Red Cross, the
Hospital Auxiliary, and the East Trail United
Church. She was always generous to those in
need and dedicated to her family and friends.
Predeceased by her husband and eldest
daughter Marnie Gayton, she is survived by
five children, Elizabeth (Richard) BA'6i, Donald
(Judith), Jane (Don) BEd'66, Susan (Reimar)
MLS'76, and Neil (Lucille), 16 grandchildren
and 16 great grandchildren.
Ina MacKirdy (nee Bearing), BA'41
Ina, who was born in Vancouver and grew up in
Point Grey and South Burnaby, passed away on
October 10,2011, at the age of 91. After graduating
from UBC in 1941 with a bachelor's degree and
teaching certificate, Ina began teaching in North
Burnaby. She went on to earn a Bachelor of
Library Science from Seattle University and
subsequently worked as school librarian in
secondary schools in Abbotsford and Powell River.
In 1961, Ina married Harvey MacKirdy, BA'47,
BEd'53, and together they had four children: Judy,
John, Mark, and Janis. Harvey's career in school
administration took the family to Smithers,
Terrace, Ladysmith, and finally to Duncan where
he worked as superintendent of schools for the
Cowichan School District. Ina spent 39 rewarding
years in Duncan as a homemaker, active United
Church member, and master gardener.
Predeceased by her husband, Harvey, son
Mark, and sister Enid Dealing, BA'52, Ina is
survived by her three children, five grandchildren,
and her sister, Elinor Verkerk.
Archibald Cockburne Bain, BA'42
Archie was born in Vancouver on October 31,
1919, and passed away on June 4,2010. After
receiving his BA and subsequent teacher
training in 1942, Archie enlisted in the RCAF.
During a short Christmas break, he married
fellow student Jean Anderson, BA'40, Dip (Soc
WK)'4i on December 24,1942. Specialized radar
training followed immediately at MIT Barton
and Corpus Christie, Texas. He was then posted
with one other Canadian radar technician to a
remote RAF station at Cruden Bay in Scotland.
Archie's five years at UBC were rewarding
ones because of the many activities he enjoyed,
including the Players Club, Debating Society,
History Club, Social Problems Club, Student
Christian Movement, and student politics. In
first year, he took the lead in Playboy of the
Western World, then several other roles such as
Lord Bingley in Pride and Prejudice, followed by
some directing - Trojan Women, for one. In his
graduate year, the Players Club alumni had
Archie do an evening of Shakespeare readings
with the visiting young Leonard Bernstein -
this memorable event was in honour of Leonard,
friend of the prominent Buckerfleld family.
Leonard and Archie made a handsome pair
indeed. These extra-curricular activities earned
Archie a Literary and Scientific Executive
Honorary Award.
At war's end, after teaching for a year in
Vancouver schools, Arch made a complete
career change. Remarkably, with no farming
experience, he decided to apply under the
Veteran's Farm Act to purchase an ocean front
acreage in Greater Victoria, an area later
becoming Central Saanich. This was a bulb-
growing area at the time, and Archie became
acquainted with the Saanich Penninsula Bulb
Growers Association, who employed him as
secretary-manager and encouraged him to try to
make a go as a bulb grower. This led to building
greenhouses and starting the first tropical plant
business on Vancouver Island. Archie Bain tropical
plants soonbeganto appear in government and
business offices, florist shops throughout the
Island, supermarkets and in shipments to the
western provinces.
Throughout, Arch continued a lifelong
interest in acting, singing and music, and
playing guitar and piano. He took several roles
in the Victoria Theatre Guild such as The
Heiress, and Chekhov's Marriage Proposal -
both plays winning Drama Festival Awards.
There were also singing roles in the Victoria
Operatic Society, such as Annie Get Your Gun,
Oklahoma and South Pacific. Music played a big
part in Jean and Archie's home life with their
three daughters, Lynne, Lesley and Jill who
graduated from the University of Victoria.
Lesley and Jill later attended UBC for graduate
studies in social work and art history. With a
strong belief in the value of any kind of education,
they established a scholarship at UVic in social
work with a child welfare specialty.
Because the UBC auditorium holds so
many memories, a donation was made for its
46  TREK    SPRING/SUMMER 2012 refurbishment, thus putting Archie's name on
one of the beautiful new seats in 2010.
There had been time for travel, often with
family, to the UK, Europe, Turkey, Buenos Aires,
the United States and Mexico. Truly Archie found
a remarkable and rich balance in life, as student,
entrepreneur, actor, musician and much-loved
family man. He will be missed forever.
Phyllis Hope Tisdall (nee Milligan), BA'43
Phyllis passed away on September 15,2011, at
the age of 88. Raised in Victoria, Phyllis moved
with her family to Vancouver so that she and
her brother could attend UBC. After graduating,
she worked for the City as a social worker. She
married her husband, William Hodgetts Tisdall,
BASc'5i, after a whirlwind wartime romance
while he was on leave from the Seaforth
Highlanders during the Italian campaign of
WWII. In 1951, the family moved to Calgary
after the oil patch opened. After raising her
three children, Phyllis earned a second degree
in education and worked for two decades in the
Calgary Public School system as a librarian. She
is survived by her children, Rob (Polly), Barbara,
and Philip (Holly), nine grandchildren and two
great granddaughters.
Dr. Ursula Helen Knight
Abbott, BASc'49, MSc'50
After a bravely fought battle with cancer, Ursula
died at home in Davis, CA, on January 15,2012.
Born in 1927 in Chilliwack, BC, Ursula graduated
from Duke of Connaught High School in New
Westminster in 1945. At UBC she received her
bachelor's degree in agriculture followed by an
MSc in poultry and genetics. In 1955, she obtained
her PhD in Genetics at University of California,
Berkeley. Her career at University of California,
Davis, spanned almost 50 years, during which time
she travelled extensively and spent time living and
working in Italy, France and Washington, DC.
Ursula earned the respect and admiration of
her peers and graduate students for her dedication
to the study of avian embryo, in particular the
advancement of avian developmental genetics,
and was chair of the Avian Sciences Department
from 1981-1984. In her honour, and on the occasion
of her retirement as emeritus professor, the
Ursula K. Abbott Symposium on Developmental
Genetics and Teratology was held at UC Davis in
February, 2004.
Ursula maintained a second home in
Vancouver, BC, and spent time there often. She
will be remembered by her family, friends and
colleagues as a superb conversationalist, an astute
business person, and a very independent and
adventurous individual. She will be particularly
missed by her cousins in Toronto, with whom
she spent Christmas for the past 25 years.
She was predeceased by parents, Ruth Agar
and Gordon Knight; husband John and son,
Michael. She is survived by her son, John
Gordon Abbott, and fondly remembered by
many cousins in Canada and the United States.
A Celebration of Life was held for Dr. Abbott
on May 2 at UC Davis. In her memory, donations
may be made to the Knight Family Centenary
Scholarship and the Ursula Knight Abbott
Travel Scholarship at UBC.
Alexander Green, BSc'50
Alex was born and raised in Nanaimo, where his
father, James Green, was a building contractor
responsible for City Hall and many other civic
structures. Alex learned the art of fixing things
from James - a skill that stayed with him until
his passing on his 83rd birthday on February 1,
2011, at Vancouver General Hospital.
Alex left the Island to pursue a degree in
agriculture. Following graduation, he went to
the United States and obtained his MSc in
agriculture from Iowa State in 1952. While
there, he travelled in the US and Mexico and
developed a love of travelling.
He returned to Canada and joined Canada
Alexander Green
Agriculture as a pedologist, conducting soil
research in BC and the Yukon, and as an
assistant soil surveyor in the provincial soil
survey under C.C. Kelley in Kelowna. He then
joined the federal soil survey under Laurie Farstad
(MSc, Agriculture) at UBC. In the 60s, Alex was
involved in the Canada Land Inventory program.
His work fulfilled his love of travel, taking
him across the Interior and to the Caribbean.
He and his wife, Betty, lived in Trinidad, under
secondment to the Imperial College of Tropical
Agriculture, and then in Vieux Fort for the soil
survey of St. Lucia. From 1978 to 1985, he
coordinated the soil survey program for the
Tanzania Wheat Farm project in East Africa
for the Canadian International Development
Agency - a position that allowed him to travel
through Europe in his comings and goings from
Vancouver to Africa.
When in Vancouver, he served as an adjunct
professor of soil sciences at UBC, until retiring
in 1991. In retirement, he consulted on soil
issues and continued his passion for organic
gardening. He also continued the art of fixing
things, in his house and also in his garden,
where he spent much of his time.
Alex is survived by his wife of 51 years, Betty,
children Peter (Yoonhi), David (Sandra), Ian
(Daniela), and Martha Molls (Zakary), and
grandchildren Brandon, Serena, Luiza, Nicolas,
Bianca, Ohana, Jasper, and Charles.
W. Bert (Bern) Gayle, BSF'50
Bert (Bern) was born June 21,1924, in Salmon
Arm and passed away on July 23,2011, at the age
of 8 7 with his family by his side. He grew up in
Powell River and on his 18th birthday joined the
RCAF. In 1943, after earning his pilot wings and
a commission, he became a flying instructor. A
year later, just after D-Day he was transferred
overseas. Based in England, he flew Wellington
and Lancaster bombers until the end of the war.
Upon returning to BC, Bert attended UBC where
he earned his forestry degree and later became a
Registered Professional Forester.
Bert worked in the forest industry for 43
years. He began with the BC Forest Service and
then moved to the Powell River Company (later
Macmillan Bloedel Ltd.). Bert's final 25 working
years were spent with Canadian Forest Products
Ltd. and he retired in 1989 as vice president and
director. Throughout his career he was active in
forest-related organizations, serving as president
of the Northern Interior Lumberman's Association,
vice president of the Junior Forest Wardens of
BC, director of the Council of Forest Industries
of BC, and a founding director of the BC Forest
Alliance. In 1990, he received the Tree of Life
Award from the Canadian Institute of Forestry.
Away from the office and into his retirement,
he enjoyed swimming and tennis, was an avid
boater, gardener, cross-country skier, winemaker
and world traveler. He was active with the Gyro
Club of Vancouver, The Royal Canadian Legion
West Vancouver Branch #60, and was proud of his
service with the Air Cadets of West Vancouver.
Bert will be greatly missed by his wife of 63
years, Betty, his son, Warren, daughter Nancy
and his many friends and colleagues.
Bruce James Burns, BASc'50
Born on February 15,1919, in Edmonton to Roy
and Ella Burns, Jim passed away on December
Jim enlisted in the RCAF during WWII and
while attached to the RAF was in charge of radar
stations in North Scotland, India and South Asia.
He attended UBC following the war and graduated
with a degree in electrical engineering. Dedicated
to his profession, he spent his working career
with Westinghouse Canada in Hamilton, ON, as
an outstanding expert in Metalclad Switchgear.
In 1985 Jim and Enid retired to Vancouver
Island and spent many happy years enjoying
travel, golf, close family life, and community
volunteering until his death. A natural athlete,
Jim excelled at hockey, tennis and golf throughout
his life.
A dedicated husband, father and grandfather,
his life exemplified quiet courage, deep faith,
integrity, determination and an abiding love of
family. He will be greatly missed by all those
whose lives he touched.
Jim was the beloved husband of Enid, his
devoted wife of 58 years; father of his loving
daughters, Barbara and Roberta and son-in-law
Michael Heaven; grandfather to Laura, Marissa
and Jessica, and uncle to Burns Maddin and
family. He is predeceased by his parents, sister
Barbara Maddin and nephew Gordon Maddin.
Raymond Charles Douglas Gould, BASc'50
Born March 2,1925, in Camrose, AB, Raymond
Charles Douglas died peacefully at home on
December 27,2011. Raymond is survived by his
wife of 56 years, Hazel (nee McKenzie);
daughters Linda (Dave) and Susan (Rob); and
son Brian (Lana). He is also survived by his
grandchildren, Christine (Christopher), Jason,
Keelan, Neva, Annika, and Chloe; greatgrandchildren William and Noah; nephews
Roderick and Richard Murray and James Coy;
brother-in-law Ian Murray; and cousin Pam
Puley He was predeceased by his older sister,
Muriel (Ian), who died in 1964.
After moving from Alberta to Vancouver
when he was seven, Raymond lived with his
family in a duplex in the West End in Vancouver.
This is where he developed his interest in
swimming, sailing and exploring the North
Shore Mountains. Following two years of service
with the RCAF near the end of WWII, he
attended UBC and in 1950 completed a degree
in engineering physics, which subsequently led
him to the oil patch in Alberta.
It was in Alberta that he met his lovely tall
wife, Hazel, who was also working in the oil
business. After marrying in 1955 in Calgary,
Raymond and Hazel left their jobs and started
the Tall Girl Shop Ltd. retail clothing store for
tall women. Their expanding and successful
business led them to Toronto in 1986.
In 2009, they retired to Victoria to be closer
to family. Raymond lived a full life that included
many adventures and travels. These included a
solo motorcycle trip around the perimeter of the
US in his early 20s; several trips with his family
to Hawaii and the Caribbean; and trips to
Australia, New Zealand, Egypt, Fiji, Bali,
Thailand, and other exotic destinations. He
sailed the Bahamas and Virgin Islands with his
family in the late 70s on their 41-foot family
sailboat. He had a lifelong passion for aviation
and was an accomplished pilot flying small
planes, gliders (SSA diamond badge), and model
airplanes (built from scratch). He also enjoyed
scuba diving, skiing, and swimming. He had a
passion for several styles of music, and his love
of music was passed onto his children who have
gone onto become accomplished musicians.
Hugh J. Goldie, BASc'53
It is with great sadness and a profound sense of
loss that the family of Hugh Goldie announces
his passing on November 20,2011.
Hugh was born November 9,1929, in Vanderhoof,
BC. After receiving his electrical engineering
degree at UBC, he joined the Northern Electric
Company in Montreal as a development
engineer. After receiving his master's from McGill
University in 1956, Hugh returned to BC to take
a position as an assistant communications and
testing supervisor in the Electrical Operating
division of BC Electric. Hugh had an impressive
and successful career with BC Hydro, joining in
1962 as a communications engineer. In 1966 he
moved to senior control and communications
engineer and in 1968 he became assistant
manager, Systems Planning and Development
Engineering division, moving to manager of that
division in 1970. Hugh became vice president of
Electrical Operations in 1981 and three years
Hugh J. Goldie
48   TREK   SPRING/SUMMER 2012 later became vice president of Corporate
Planning. By his retirement in 1987, he had 30
years of service in the power utility business
with BC Hydro and was widely respected in the
hydro electric community.
Hugh was a registered professional engineer
in BC, an honorary lecturer in the Department
of Electrical Engineering at UBC, and a senior
member of the Institute of Electrical and
Electronics Engineers (IEEE). As chairman of
the Vancouver Section of IEEE in 1973, Hugh
was very active in bringing the first Power
Engineering Society (PES) Summer Power
Meeting to Vancouver. In 1979, Hugh took on
the chairmanship of the next Summer Power
Meeting - a meeting that still holds the record
for attendance and number of papers presented.
In 1984, Hugh was one of five recipients from
the Vancouver Section of IEEE awarded the
IEEE Centennial Medal.
Hugh was a devoted husband and father who
cherished his family and friends and will be
missed dearly. Predeceased by his son, Steven,
Hugh is survived by his loving wife of 58 years,
Doe, his son, David (Shelley), grandsons David,
Mark and Joel, and his sister, Janet Darke.
Donnalene (Dene) May Steven, BASc'53
Born on April 21,1931, Dene died on January 6,
2012 in Vernon, BC after losing a battle with
pulmonary fibrosis. Dene has gone to be with
her Lord and Saviour in Heaven and will be
dearly missed by her entire family.
Dene was born on the family farm in Swift
Current, Saskatchewan, eventually moving with
her family to Qualicum Beach on Vancouver
Island where she attended high school. In 1951,
she married James Steven and in 2011 they
celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.
Dene graduated with honors from UBC as a
pharmacist in 1953 and practiced pharmacy
until 1987, although she continued to be a wise
and studious resource on medical issues for her
family and friends. As part of Dene's desire to
help people find healthy solutions for life, she
was very passionate in her Christian ministry
and service for over 50 years.
Dene was very close and dear to her three
younger siblings: Dennis Sackett (Anne),
Lorraine Jacklin (Buzz), and SuellenDodd
(Alan). Dene was the much loved wife of James
Edward Steven, and wonderful mother and
friend to her four children, Douglas (Cindy),
Debbie, Rik (Ralph) and Janette (Dean). Dene
leaves behind her five grandchildren, Shelby
(Dan), Courtenay (Morgan), Tyrel, Roxanne,
Mathew, and four great-grandchildren, Emily,
Avery, Rowan and Wentworth.
Alexander Harry Lenec, BCom'54
Alex passed away peacefully in White Rock, BC,
on December 8,2011, after a long struggle with
diabetes and heart disease. He is survived by his
wife, Roxsane Halser-Lenec, BA'82, daughter
Sandra, sons James, John, Michael and David,
extended families, relatives and friends.
Alex was born on November 21,1931, in
Toronto and grew up in Vancouver. After
attending John Oliver High School, he studied
commerce at UBC. After graduation, Alex
obtained his designation as a chartered
accountant. After initially working for Canada's
tax department, he went into public practice.
Alex developed a keen interest in mining and
became president of Pyramid Mining. It is said
that Pyramid was the stock that put the
Vancouver Stock Exchange on the map in 1965
and introduced people from all walks of life to
the stock market. The stock soared above $15,
trading over six million shares in one day! The
rich lead-zinc ore body was located on the Pine
Point property in the Northwest Territories and
was subsequently purchased by Cominco after
the stock hit $20.
The Pyramid story really demonstrates who
Alex was - he took risks and always believed
there was an upside to everything in life. His
positive energy radiated whenever he entered a
room and he always cared for the welfare of others.
Although Alex never wanted to "retire," he did
take time to enjoy the sun in Hawaii and Palm
Springs. He will be dearly missed, but definitely
not forgotten.
Robert Morford
Robert Morford, BPE'56, MPE'59
In his early years, Bob Morford's destiny could
not have been clearer. Born into a military family
of some significance, both his grandfathers were
generals in the British Army. Bob himself was
decorated by the King after he completed three
years in the British Military Police Service, Jungle
Company in Malaya where he was born. It was
then that fate and happenstance intervened.
When Bob left the protracted conflict
between Commonwealth forces and the
communist Malayan National Liberation Army
in 1952, he was given a ticket on the next boat
leaving Malaya. He was told that it was destined
for the USA. With no landing or immigration
papers, officials in San Francisco told him that
there was a train leaving for Canada shortly and
that he should be on it. When he arrived in
Vancouver with 30 dollars in his pocket, he was
told that displaced persons were being recruited
for a massive hydroelectric project near Kitimat.
Bob signed up and off he went to a remote region
where his lifelong love of the British Columbia
wilderness was born. Amongst the workers were
several UBC students, who encouraged him to
accompany them when they returned to classes.
Weeks later, his life took another fortuitous
turn. While standing in the registration line-up
in UBC's Armouries, he was approached by
Physical Education professor and varsity rugby
coach, Albert Laithwaite, who was evidently
impressed by his imposing physical stature and
encouraged him to come try out for the team. He
then chanced upon a student named Gerry
Kenyon, who was president of the Physical
Education Undergraduate Society. "We got to
talking about this and that, and he asked me if I
had thought of a career in Physical Education,"
recalled Bob recently. "So I gave it a shot."
He graduated at the top of the class of 1956
and won four Big Block Awards for rugby.
Professor Max Howell, who Bob greatly admired,
convinced him to pursue graduate studies.
Having subsequently been one of the first
graduates in the School's new master's program,
Bob's keen interest in science and physical
activity prompted him to pursue doctoral
studies at the University of California-Berkeley
There he specialized in motor learning and
performance, and he completed his dissertation
under the supervision of Franklin Henry, one of
the founders of the academic discipline.
He returned to Canada for a brief time at the
University of Alberta, where he was reunited
with former UBC Professor Max Howell. He
then moved to California State University-
Hayward. Teaching motor learning and
performance seminars as well as advising
graduate students, he followed Henry's lead and
began to focus on the field as a whole, especially
its future directions as a discipline. Ultimately,
he became the school's director, and his
influence grew as he served as an invited speaker
and wrote numerous papers. His rising visibility
and achievements were instrumental in his
recruitment to the University of Washington in
1973, where he served as chair of a newly formed
department, and recruited a wide range of
specialists able to advance interdisciplinary
teaching and research agendas. During this time
his visions for academic kinesiology took shape
and his contributions to the discipline garnered
much recognition, including his election to the
American Academy of Kinesiology.
UBC's initial attempts to recruit him as
director of the School of Physical Education
were not successful, but a subsequent telephone
call from President Douglas Kenny resulted in
negotiations to expand the School's spectrum of
learning and research and ultimately his
welcome return to Point Grey. Bob's vision was
to create a school with superb undergraduate
and graduate programs. Integrated exercise and
sport sciences programs and research agendas
were at the top of his list, with important
connections to Sport BC and Sport Canada and
also to the medical community. The latter
priority resulted in the creation of the Allan
McGavin Sports Medicine Clinic.
Often the conversations about Bob stray to
his lifelong preoccupation with birding. While
at UBC as an undergrad student he took courses
in ornithology, which he considered as a career
for a time before Max Howell convinced him
otherwise. His love for the BC wilderness
endured none the less, particularly for the
Bowron Lakes region where he maintained
a shorefront cabin, and where the still deep
waters upon which he plied his canoe mirrored
an understated and profound intellect.
When Bob left UBC in 1995 he was recruited
by San Francisco State University. Unresolved
budget challenges resulted in his prompt
resignation as Dean and a paradoxical return
to the place of his birth. After serving for nine
years as a senior consultant to the National
Sports Institute of Malaysia, he retired to
Mexico where on March 27 he completed his
altogether remarkable journey.
DaleB. Gillis, BCom'57
Born August 15,1934, Dale died October 27,
2011. Dale leaves to rejoice in his life. He leaves
behind his wife, Alison, daughter Marin, son
Derek, daughter-in-law Sharon, his dearly
beloved grandchildren, Caitlin and Jackson
Gillis, sister Aileen Wilkie and his niece, Denise
Pew. Great gratitude from Dale's family is given
to Dr. Otto Schussler and Dr. Siva Karunakaran.
Michael John Haggerty, BASc'60, PhD'64
Mike passed away peacefully at St. James
Cottage Hospice in Vancouver on December
15,2011, at the age of 72. Mike's career in
theoretical physics included being a member
of the research team headed by 1977 Nobel
Laureate, Ilya Prigogine. In recent years, Mike
retired to Vancouver where his many friends
included those in his walking clubs.
Predeceased by his parents, Bill and Irene
Haggerty, and sister, Robin Pretious, Mike is
survived by his children, John, Megan (Greg
Cargnelli), Braden (Anthony Dutton);
grandsons Sam, Ivo, Declan and Luca Dutton;
longtime partner, Sharon; sister, Joan and
several nieces and nephews.
The family is grateful for the care and support
provided by the staff at Vancouver General
Hospital, the Cottage Hospice, and by those who
visited Mike during his hospital stay.
Arthur Cornerman, BASc'6i, PhD'64
Born April 12,1937, Arthur passed away on
October 23,2001. A native of Vancouver,
Arthur led his graduating class in Chemistry at
UBC in 1961, and followed this with a PhD in
1964. His achievements in a career of medical
research as a professor at the University of
Washington, Seattle, and as cofounder and
president of Ardono Research, were recognized
by several prestigious research prizes and
awards. A scientist and scholar, Arthur was
especially noted for his wonderful sense of
humour and his warm and caring personality.
After 10 years Arthur is still deeply and sadly
missed, and lovingly remembered by his twin
brother Norman, his sister Liliane and their
families, and by his nieces, nephews and friends.
Igor Rene (Ray) Huene, BCom '61
Born November 24,1934, Ray died suddenly at
home on January 4,2012. He was a beloved
husband for 56 years to Catherine Elliott (nee
Hannah), and a loving and devoted father to Paul
(Twyla), Janet (Heinjo), Claire (Graeme), and
Andrea (Stuart). Ray was also grandfather to
seven very special grandchildren, aged six to 22
years. Ray is survived by his older brother, Victor.
Ray graduated from the Faculty of Commerce
at UBC in 1961. In the early 60s, he held
positions within the Government of Alberta, and
retired in 1996 from Corporate Properties at the
City of Calgary after 25 years of service.
50  TREK    SPRING/SUMMER 2012 Ray cared deeply about social and environmental
issues, and was actively involved with Friends of
Medicare, the Council of Canadians, and the
Calgary Field Naturalists Society. He was also a
lifelong learner and took pleasure in a wide
variety of activities, including aviation, scuba,
scouting, silver-smithing, Biblical scholarship,
bird watching, travel, and outdoor activities of
all kinds. Ray volunteered in the community his
entire life, including volunteering for the fire
department in Delta, BC, the North Haven
Community Association, Scouts Canada, and
the Summer Village of Ghost Lake.
Stephen John Hetherington, BA'64
On January 19,2012, beloved husband, father
and grandfather went home to be with Jesus
after a thankfully brief battle with renal cancer.
Steve was a longtime Port Coquitlam resident,
and most recently, was living in Oliver, BC. He
spent the majority of his career teaching Junior
High School in Coquitlam. Steve was a man of
service, both to God and to his fellow man. Most
recently, he was the President of the Okanagan
Gleaners. Steve is survived by his wife, Betty-Jo;
sons Eric (Kimberley), Brock (Mary); granddaughters, Abigail and Ainsley; brother, Eugene
(Bonnie), and sister Jill.
He was a gifted educator, man of faith and
volunteer with the Okanagan Gleaners in Oliver,
B.C. He will be truly missed by family and friends.
Keith Bradbury I
Keith Lyall Bradbury, BA'66, BA(Law)'69
May 12,1940-April 27, 2007. Keith was one of
the architects of what is unquestionably the
greatest success story in Canadian television
news history. His career in television began in
1972 at BCTV and marked the beginning of a
remarkable evolution of the News Hour. His
determination to build a strong local news voice
in British Columbia resulted in a program that
set the standard for all news organizations
across the country. When he retired from his
role as vice president, News, and news director
in 1998 he left an organization that was
unmatched in its vigor and its success anywhere
in North America.
He revolutionized television news in Canada
with a simple formula: tell relevant and
compelling stories, do it consistently and do it
well. He broke the TV news mold of predictable
30-minute news stories, pioneering the idea
that the length of a news story should be
dictated by the importance of the story, the
pictures and the people themselves. Among his
many innovations was the launch of Canada
Tonight, the precursor to Global National.
He was known for his logical and analytical
mind and in his role, first as reporter and then
news editor and vice president of News, he was
never afraid to challenge the conventional
wisdom of the day. He was never willing to
accept second-best, always questioning whether
a story could be more thoroughly or engagingly
told, and ensuring the news department was an
advocate for the viewer.
Keith's list of awards and honours over the
course of his news career goes back to 1962
when, as editor-in-chief of The Ubyssey, he and
his fellow students won the Southam Trophy for
best university newspaper in Canada. That same
year, he won the Bracken Trophy for best
editorials. Years later, under Keith's leadership,
the BCTV news department was also honoured
many times, winning trophy cas es full of
Radio-Television News Directors Association of
Canada awards, both regionally and nationally.
Other recognition came from the Canadian
Association of Broadcasters, the BC Association
of Broadcasters, Can-Pro, and the Jack Webster
Foundation. In 1999 the Jack Webster Foundation
honoured Keith and former colleague Cameron
Bell with the Bruce Hutchison Lifetime
Achievement Award. In 2004 Keith received
a lifetime achievement award from the Radio
Television News Director Association of
Canada. In 2007 the Webster Foundation
further honoured him by dedicating the Best
Television Reporting of the Year award
annually to his memory.
Keith was born a prairie boy in Moose Jaw,
SK, and had an unusual education, dropping out
of high school to flip burgers at King's Drive-in
on Broadway and then landing a job as copyboy
at The Vancouver Sun where he quickly rose to
general assignment reporter and then assistant
city editor. With the urging of legendary Vancouver
Sun managing editor Erwin Swangard he enrolled
at UBC where he earned a BA and LLB.
He loved being a husband and a father to his
two children. His friends and family, which now
includes five grandchildren, continue to miss him.
John Craig Samson, BSc'67, MSc'68
Born of Acadian descent in New Westminster on
August 8,1945, John passed away after a short
illness on February 7,2012, at the age of 66, in
Despite his working-class background, John
was privileged to attend UBC on scholarship,
gaining his bachelor's (with honors) and
master's degrees in physics-geophysics. John
professed that he chose physics because he
could not tolerate the smells emanating from
other science labs; in truth, he was thrilled by
the beauty and elegance of the mathematics he
found in the physical universe. As an undergraduate member of the UBC Physics Society, he
co-edited the UBC Physics Society Journal and
spent his summers working as a field geochemist
in Northern BC and Yukon.
John met the love of his life, Liz Semmens,
BSN'68, while at UBC. They were married for 42
years and had two children: Jean-Paul (nee
Sean) and Michael.
After completing his MSc, John attended the
University of Alberta (U of A), receiving his PhD
in 1971, followed by post-doctoral research at
the University of California, San Diego. In 1973,
John and his family returned to Canada where
he worked in Ottawa for five years at the National
Research Council in laser and plasma physics.
In 1978, John joined the University of
Alberta's Department of Physics as an assistant
professor. During his 30 years there, he moved
up the academic ranks, eventuallybecoming
department chair from 1996 to 2004. John
spearheaded the renewal of the department,
overseeing one of the largest recruitment drives
in its history. His initial conversations lead to
the department's new home in the Centennial
Centre for Interdisciplinary Science. John was
instrumental in bringing supercomputing to the
U of A by helping to build an Alberta consortium
called Multimedia Advanced Computational
Infrastructure (MACI), later becoming Westgrid.
John was a pioneer in time series analysis,
ULF plasma waves, and magnetic substorms.
He was the first to observe and record specific
frequencies of Alfven waves that he believed
were responsible for magnetic substorms -
Samson's "Magic" Frequencies are so named in
his honour. His expertise in substorms and in
analyzing the optical and magnetic signatures
of the aurora borealis, known as the northern
lights, brought him in contact with the 2007
THEMIS mission. THEMIS was comprised of
five satellites deployed to examine how
substorms are triggered and how they evolve.
John, as the principal investigator for Canada's
CANOPUS experiment, had expertise in
analyzing data from ground instruments,
making him the ideal Canadian to work with
the THEMIS team. Wave process data observed
by THEMIS mission spacecraft are being
processed by scientists around the globe using
software tools that John originally pioneered
John's profession offered many opportunities
to indulge in travel with Australia being a
favourite, oft-visited location. After retiring as
professor and chair emeritus in 2006, John
enjoyed daily long walks with his small terrier
taking photographs of nature. During summers
he sojourned in the sunny Okanagan, motoring
through the vineyards in his red MG sports car.
John's mentorship of students and postdoctoral
fellows, together with his scientific achievements,
helped to mold a new generation of scientists
who continue to advance his ideas.
Dr. Anita Sleeman
(nee Andres), BMus'71, MMus'74
It is with deep sadness that the family of Anita
Andres Sleeman announces her peaceful passing
on the morning of October 18,2011, at her home
in North Vancouver.
The uniquely creative Anita was born
December 12,1930, in San Jose, CA, to Alejandro
Andres from Salamanca Spain and Anita Dolgoff
from Stavropol, Russia. Her exceptional musical
abilities were evident as early as age three and
by the age of eight she began composing. While
attending Placer College as a music student in 1948,
Anita met her future husband, Evan Sleeman.
They married in 1951 and purchased a ranch in
Nevada with Evan's parents, Louis and Alice.
Together they had six children and lived in
Nevada until they immigrated to Canada in 19 63,
where they lived on a remote Chilcotin ranch.
In 1967, they relocated to the Vancouver area.
Anita resumed her studies at UBC earning a
bachelor's degree in music in 1971, followed by a
master's degree three years later. She was
co-founder of the Delta Youth Orchestra and
helped establish the music program at Capilano
College in North Vancouver as a member of its
music faculty. In 1982, she returned to California
to complete her doctorate at the University of
Southern California (USC) while also attending
the famous Dick Grove School of Jazz. At USC
she was a member of Pi Kappa Lambda National
Honor Society for Music Students.
For 17 years Anita acted as musical director
and conductor of West Vancouver's Ambleside
Orchestra, until her retirement in 2010. Her
compositions have been premiered in London,
England, and Fiuggi, Italy, as well as in Ottawa,
Winsor and Vancouver; commissions include CBC
Radio, Vancouver Community College, the Delta
Youth Orchestra, the Galiano Trio, and others.
Anita was also a pilot, avid knitter and
seamstress, builder of dollhouses, and gracious
host. She had an offbeat sense of humour and
loved to write satirical limericks. She was the
mentor and friend of many. Anita is survived by
her husband, their children, Julie Andres, Kathy
Kyler, Grant, Kevin, Cindy and Bryan Sleeman,
and their families.
52   TREK   SPRING/SUMMER 2012 Garth Stewart Wilson, MA'84
After a long battle with cancer, Garth passed
away in Ottawa on November 13,2010, at the age
of 50 with his beloved wife, Sandy Lynch, by his
side. Born in Kamloops in 1960, Garth obtained
his bachelor's degree in history at the University
of Victoria in 1982 before going on to UBC to
pursue postgraduate studies in this discipline.
After completing his master's at UBC in 1984,
Garth spent two years in Denmark studying his
specialty, Viking seafaring, in preparation for a
PhD. Although the proposed doctorate never
materialized, he acquired the experience and
training that enabled him to pursue what was
later to become his life's work in museums.
In 1989, Garth was hired by the Canada
Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa as
the curator of marine transportation. By 2003,
he was responsible for all forms of transportation
at the museum - a position he held until his
death. Garth oversaw the creation of several
exhibits and was active in increasing the museum's
collection of relevant transportation artifacts.
As the result of his efforts, the collection grew to
include more examples of working vehicles,
Canadian content and critical infrastructure.
During his career, Garth published a large
number of both popular and professional
articles and monographs about the history
of transportation. Many of them appeared in
Material History Review, a scholarlyjournal
originally published by the museum and the
journal in which he served as the English
Review Editor from 1991-2006.
Garth was also active in a number of
professional organizations, including, The
Canadian Nautical Research Society, The
Museum Small Craft Association, The Atlantic
Challenge Canada Foundation, The Adirondack
Museum, and most recently, T2M - The
International Association for the History
of Transport, Traffic and Mobility.
Andrew T. Wade, BA'07
Andrew was born May 26,1985, in Denver, CO.
Known to his family and friends in Denver as
Andy, he graduated from George Washington
Secondary in 2003. With an interest in film
production, Andrew applied to UBC and fell in
love with the campus and the city, saying "this is
it." During his first two years at UBC, Andrew
lived in Totem Park Residence where he made
many close friends with whom he spent much of
his time over the next eight years. Andrew was
known for his love of Vancouver, and reminded
everyone how lucky they were to live close to
such 'epic' mountains and ocean. He joined the
Westside Rino's soccer club and always loved
playing with the championship team.
Andrew started in UBC Film Studies courses,
but his interest in other subjects led him to
choose an interdisciplinary major in cognitive
systems. During his last term at UBC, Andrew
took a visual analytics lab which changed his
career focus. After graduation, he worked at
UBC and SFU learning the techniques within
this multidisciplinary field.
In 2008, Andrew decided to pursue a master's
degree in visual analytics at SFU. He developed a
passion for travel after travelling to Europe with
a close friend, jumping at any personal or work-
related opportunity to travel the world. During
this time, Andrew accepted an internship with
Boeing Co., and using his visual analytics expertise
and working with their safety engineers, he
helped precipitate changes in five Boeing
aircraft and their pilot safety manual. After
accepting a career offer with Boeing, Andrew
went to India in early September 2011 to work
on a project involving SFU, Boeing Co. and
Optimus Info Systems.
On September 25,2011, Andrew died along
with 18 others when his tourist flight around
Mount Everest crashed near Kathmandu.
Two days earlier, he had submitted the final
revisions for his master's thesis. His master's
degree was awarded posthumously at SFU in
October 2011. Scholarships in his name at UBC
and SFU have been established to recognize
students who demonstrate interests and
acumen in visual analytics. His beautiful smile
and passion for life are greatly missed by his
family, friends and mentors. ©
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SPRING/SUMMER 2012   TREK   53 Rachel Lewis grew up in a soccer-mad family. Her dad was a soccer coach and
they were all keen supporters of Vancouver Whitecaps FC
The soccer theme has stuck. In 2007 Lewis became chief operating officer for
Whitecaps FC and she's having a ball. When she volunteered as a speaker at
UBC's Student Leadership Conference this spring, she told the students: "I'm
proof that if you work hard, follow your dreams, and take a few risks along the
way, you can get to where you want to be and achieve your goals and ambitions."
Lewis first joined the club in 2003 as director of event management and
stadium development after being interviewed by owner Greg Kerfoot (BSc'83)
and 'Caps legend Bob Lenarduzzi
Prior to joining Whitecaps FC, Lewis was tournament director of the Air
Canada Championship PGA Tour Event, and project manager for the BMO Financia
Group Canadian Women's Open. As well as being a board member of the
Gastown Business Improvement Society, she is a member of the Internationa
Women's Forum, a former director of both Sport BC and Kidsport Canada, and a
former Trustee with the BC Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. She also volunteered
as a member of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 Steering Committee
In 2008, Lewis received the Business in Vancouver 40 Under 40 award and in 2011
was named one of BC's 100 Women of Influence by The Vancouver Sun. She recently
received one of the inaugural Celebration of Leadership in Canadian Sport Business
Awards, presented by George Brown College in partnership with the Globe and Mail
What is your most prized possession?
It's a toss-up between my photo
albums and my grandmother's
antique necklace
Whatwas the last thing you read?
Patriot Hearts by John Furlong and
Gary Mason
Who is going to win Euro 2012?
What are you afraid of?
Spiders and cockroaches
Describe the place you most like to
spend time.
The beach. Vancouver's beaches are
so spectacular and I also love travelling
to different beaches around the world
If a genie granted you one wish,
what would it be?
A copy of myself so I could spend the
day with my family and at the office
Name the skill or talent you would
most like to have.
Great orator
What or who makes you laugh
out loud?
My kids. To quote Bill Cosby, they really
do "say the darndest things." I'm also a
big fan of the TV show Modern Family
saw it for the first time on a flight
and was laughing out loud - I actually
woke up the guy sitting next to me.
What's the most important lesson
you ever learned?
Don't take no for an answer. It is
usually the easy way out and, if you
are creative and persistent, nine times
out of 10 you can make things happen
What's your idea of the perfect day?
One where I completely check out of
technology. I don't get a single emai
or phone call and can just enjoy time
with my family. 25 degrees, sunshine
with a light breeze ... and a beautifu
beach also helps
Name the world's three greatest
soccer players (living or dead).
Pele, Diego Maradona, and at this
rate, Lionel Messi
What item have you owned for the
longest time?
A baby blanket my grandma crocheted
for me - my son now sleeps with it.
What is your pet peeve?
A mess - especially at home or in
the office
What's the most challenging part
No two days are ever the same which
makes every day a new challenge and
opportunity. It is also what I love the
most about the job
What's one of your favourite
memories to date while working at
Whitecaps FC?
March 19, 2011 - our first match in
Major League Soccer was magical. It
was both the culmination of years of
hard work and also the beginning of a
great new chapter for the club
If you could invent something,
what would it be?
I've always wanted to be an entrepreneur, I just have no idea what I would
invent. I guess that's a problem
If you weren't doing your
current job, what do you think
you'd be doing?
really can't imagine doing anything
else. I love what I do
In which era would you most like to
have lived, and why?
This one. I like to live for today.
Which three pieces of music would
you take to that desert island?
The Beatles Anthology, Mozart,
U2's greatest hits or Madonna
(can't decide).©
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