2016 Distinguished Alumni

2016 UVic Distinguished Alumni

Honouring the Impact of UVic Alumni

Here are members of the alumni community who will impress you with their accomplishments, inspire you with their commitment, and deepen your sense of pride in their (and your) connection to UVic.

The Distinguished Alumni Award recipients are chosen by their respective faculties, divisions as well as the UVic Libraries. The awards were presented Feb. 2 in the Royal BC Museum.

Gustavson School of Business


Richard Fyfe, MBA '99

As Deputy Attorney General for BC, Richard Fyfe shares responsibility for leading the Ministry of Justice, with over 6,000 employees and an annual budget in excess of $1 billion. He is part of a major effort to modernize the justice sector, increase access to justice, and create more effective ways of dealing with conflicts and disputes.

Richard has found ways to remain in touch with his community, including variously as a member of the Greater Victoria Library Board, the Canadian College of Performing Arts, and the Canadian Bar Association, BC Branch – BarTalk editorial board.

Continuing Studies


John M. Wilson, Cert '98

The CEO and Principal of Wilson’s Transportation and the Wilson’s Group of Companies, John M. Wilson graduated from the Business Administration program.

He took the helm of the family business in 2008 and has grown the business to be the largest charter bus company on Vancouver Island and now includes the YYJ Airport Shuttle, Gray Line Sightseeing Victoria and an eight-bay mechanical and body shop facility.

Through Wilson’s Transportation, John has become well-known as an active community leader, sponsor and endorser of Vancouver Island sports teams and athletics.



Clint Hamilton, MEd '92

Clint Hamilton’s passion for coaching and athletics is evident in his role of director of UVic Athletics and Recreational Services, a position he’s held since 2005.

He has put the focus on student support and recognition with varsity athletes, alumni and community engagement and healthy living. In 2008, he launched the annual Vikes Championship Breakfast, raising $2.8 million for student-athletes.

Clint also spearheaded the new Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities – the first new recreation facility at UVic in 40 years.


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Jacques van Campen, BEng '88

As Vice-President at Schneider Electric, Jacques van Campen leads the global power metering business with his team of 200 engineers and marketing professionals located in five countries. The company is the global leader in terms of sales and innovation.

The products are responsible for managing the electrical infrastructure of many of the world’s Fortune 500 companies and leading local enterprises including UVic, Esquimalt Graving Dock, Royal Jubilee Hospital, and BC Hydro.

Jacques has been a leader from its early days of 15+ employees to its current place at the forefront of innovation and business.

Fine Arts


Glynis Leyshon, BA '73

Glynis Leyshon is one of Canada’s most respected opera and theatre directors. Her most recent project was Otello for Pacific Opera Victoria, a work she remounted recently for L’Opéra de Montréal.

During her longstanding relationship with Pacific Opera Victoria, she has created over 20 new productions. She served as artistic director of the Belfry Theatre for 11 seasons, directing more than 25 productions and leading a capital campaign that allowed the theatre to purchase and renovate a landmark heritage building.

Human and Social Development


Glen Coulthard, PhD '10, MA '03

Glen Coulthard is a member of the Yellowknives (Weledeh) Dene First Nation and an assistant professor in the First Nations and Indigenous Studies Program and the Department of Political Science at UBC, where he teaches political theory and Indigenous politics.

He is the author of the critically acclaimed Red Skin, White Masks: Rejecting the Colonial Politics of Recognition (University of Minnesota Press) and he is a recipient of the Contemporary Political Theory’s annual award for best article.



Dan Sharp, BA ’84

Dan Sharp is the owner and CEO of Western Allergy, a Victoria-based niche pharmaceutical company specializing in diagnostics and immunotherapy. Western Allergy was part of the first North American clinical trial of sublingual immunotherapy, which is now in wide use.

Dan’s other entrepreneurial interests are varied and include health and wellness, veterinary medicine, retail pharmacies, agriculture, software development and design, and an award-winning restaurant.



Robert Lapper, LLB '81, BA '78, Dipl '90

Robert Lapper, QC, is Chief Executive Officer of the Law Society of Upper Canada. He has a passion for legal and justice issues and wide-ranging experience in legal policy and operations. He is a frequent speaker, lecturer and writer on public law, Aboriginal law, commercial law and related issues.

He also has a long history of volunteering with community organizations, include the UVic Alumni Association.

Medical Sciences


Dr. Patrick McAllister, BSc '81

Dr. Patrick McAllister, recently retired from clinical practice, specialized in reconstructive surgery of the knee and hip.

His passion for improved access to musculoskeletal care – and to improve the quality of practice for care providers – led him to start RebalanceMD, a musculoskeletal referral center for southern Vancouver Island.

He is also a consultant and volunteer surgeon for Comprehensive Community Based Rehabilitation in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.



Dr. Bruce Shepherd, BSc '85

After joining Bell Laboratories in 1997, Bruce Shepherd designed algorithms and produced software in areas such as optical network design, real-time network management, scheduling and Internet measurement.

He also maintained an interest in the fundamental theory behind these problems including his analysis of the world’s defacto interdomain routing protocol (border gateway protocol). He is a member of the department of mathematics and statistics at McGill University.

Social Sciences

Brenda Eaton

Brenda Eaton, MA '89, BA '82

Brenda Eaton's career has spanned senior leadership in the public service, private sector corporate directorships and non-profit advisory activity. She was also a chief financial officer at a health authority. 

Since leaving formal public service (most recently as deputy minister to the premier) Brenda has taken on a number of corporate directorships in the private and public sectors. In addition, she has kept her hand in the public policy and academic world by teaching courses in public policy and guest lecturing.

University Libraries


Terry Eastwood, Dipl '72

Internationally recognized for his work as a pioneer archival educator, Prof. Terry Eastwood helped set the standard for the way archivists conduct their work. In the mid-1980s, he co-chaired a national committee that led to a new set of rules to guide archivists in describing their materials. He then played a key role in creating the Canadian Rules for Archival Description.

Three times he acted as director of what became the School of Library, Archival and Information Studies at UBC, retiring from that position in 2010.