2018 Distinguished Alumni

Announcing the 2018 UVic Distinguished Alumni Award winners!

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 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients are chosen by their respective faculties, divisions as well as the UVic Libraries. 

Join us in celebrating their achievements at the Distinguished Alumni Awards Night on February 5, 2018 at the Songhees Wellness Centre.

Mike Corrigan, MBA ’00 | Business

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Mike Corrigan, MBA ’00 | Business

Once drafted by the Detroit Red Wings organization, Mike Corrigan brings his A-game as CEO of Interferry, the trade association that represents the worldwide marine ferry industry. Mike’s extensive, executive experience heading one of world’s largest ferry operators –BC Ferries – transformed the company into a world leader in safety and operational excellence.

 

Lucy Bell, MA '16, Dipl '16, Cert '13 | Continuing Studies

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Lucy Bell, MA '16, Dipl '16, Cert '13 | Continuing Studies

Lucy Bell, Sdaahl K’awaas, is Head of the First Nations Department and Repatriation Program at the Royal BC Museum. A member of the Haida Nation, Lucy is a founding member of the Haida Heritage and Repatriation Society, where she is at the forefront of the Nation’s repatriation program. She is a recipient of the BC Achievement Award for her efforts to bring home over 500 of her ancestors’ remains from museums around the globe.

 

 

Jeffery Hopkins, BA ’91| Education

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Jeffery Hopkins, BA ’91| Education

A visionary leader in our education system, Jeff Hopkins has been a counsellor, a vice-principal, a principal, and a school district superintendent and was BC’s first Safe Schools Coordinator and the author of several books on the subject. Jeff is the founder and principal of the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry – an independent high school in Victoria – and was UVic’s first “Educator in Residence,” offering support and inspiration to education students and faculty in their contemplation of what an education system could be. Jeff has presented his ideas on education and schools not only throughout BC but nationally, internationally, and including two TEDx talks.

 

Dr. Marinos Stylianou, PhD ’93 | Engineering

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Dr. Marinos Stylianou, PhD ’93 | Engineering

Hailed as a natural leader, Marinos Stylianou is the CEO of S-FRAME Software and the developer of the Finite Element Analysis engine, which is a world-leading analysis tool, used in engineering structural analysis and design. A keen supporter of undergraduate education, Marinos established a training program where UVic students train on S-FRAME software, which gives them a competitive edge in securing engineering co-op placements and jobs world-wide.

 

Carli Kennedy, BMus ’08 and Julie Kennedy, BMus ’08 | Fine Arts

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Carli Kennedy, BMus’08 and Julie Kennedy, BMus’08 | Fine Arts

Carli and Julie Kennedy are identical twins forming the multi-award winning roots/country music duo ‘Twin Kennedy’. With Carli on guitar and vocals and Julie on fiddle and vocals, music critics describe these sisters as "Nothing Short of Awesome!". Originally, from Victoria, they recently relocated to Nashville, TN. The Twin Kennedy duo records, tours and performs extensively throughout Canada and the U.S.

 

Andrée Lacasse, BCYC ’14 | Human and Social Development

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Andrée Lacasse, BCYC ’14 | Human and Social Development

Andrée Lacasse  directs her passion, energy and commitment to improving the lives of children, youth and families locally, nationally and internationally. Co-founder of the Isa Mundo Foundation and the dedicated mother of an Inuk son, she is a Manager of Policy in the Lands and Economics Development Sector of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC).

 

Tamara Napoleon, LLB '07, BA '04 | Humanities

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Tamara Napoleon, LLB '07, BA '04 | Humanities

Tamara Napoleon is among a handful of Indigenous solicitors in Canada. While few in number, their work is central to Canada’s future. With her strong focus on Aboriginal economic development, governance and resource regulation, Tamara sees the law as the instrument of empowerment for Aboriginal peoples and particularly for the advancement and equality of Aboriginal women. Tamara is a board member of the Aboriginal Mother Centre, First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining, and 4 Evergreen Resources.

 

Merle Alexander, LLB '99, BA '94 | Law

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Merle Alexander, LLB '99, BA '94 | Law

Merle Alexander is a lawyer, legal reformer and a hereditary chief of the Tsimshian Nation. Known nationally and internationally for his work on Indigenous rights and reconciliation, he is at the forefront of strategic legal reform that empowers Indigenous Peoples and Non-Indigenous to effect reconciliation. Merle is one of the first Indigenous Partners in an international law firm. He is a role model and active mentor of Indigenous law students and lawyers across the country.

 

Julie Angus, MSc ’01 | Library

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Julie Angus, MSc ’01 | Library

Julie Angus is one of North America’s leading adventurers. A scientist and a bestselling author, she is regularly seen on television shows such as Canada AM, CBC Sunday News and Daily Planet. Not only is Julie the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean from mainland to mainland, she has also cycled across continents, paddled thousands of kilometers of coastlines and rivers, and organized a National Geographic expedition that sailed the ancient Phoenician trading routes to study the Olive.

 

Dr. Ian Courtice, BSc ’80| Medical Sciences

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Dr. Ian Courtice, BSc ’80| Medical Sciences

A strong advocate for physicians and patient care in BC - who also enjoys riding his Harley – Dr. Ian Courtice has provided exemplary leadership as President of The British Columbia Medical Association, The Society of Specialist Physicians and Surgeons of BC and The BC Anesthesiologist’s Society. Dr. Courtice is on the anesthesiology staff at the Victoria General and Royal Jubilee hospitals, a Clinical Assistant Professor in Anesthesiology for the UBC Faculty of Medicine and teaches at UVic’s Island Medical Program.

 

Dr. Daryll Harrison, PhD '87, BSc '81 | Science

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Dr. Daryll Harrison, PhD '87, BSc '81 | Science

One of the first graduates of UVic’s Chemistry Co-op program, Daryll embarked on a successful career with NOVA Chemicals where he assumed multiple leadership roles including: Research Scientist; Vice President, Technology; and most recently, Vice President, Program Management. NOVA Chemicals is a leader in the Canadian petrochemical sector and an active partner with Canadian universities in the training and recruitment of emerging young scientific talent.

 

Ry Moran, BA ’02 | Social Sciences

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Ry Moran, BA ’02 | Social Sciences

A proud member of the Métis Nation, Ry Moran is the first Director of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation. An award winning writer and broadcaster, he guided the founding of an Indigenous Archive, which documents the history of Canada’s residential school system. Containing millions of records including nearly 7,000 video/audio-recorded statements of former residential school students, the archive has been hailed a national treasure.