Notable alumni

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Renowned nature photographer Paul Nicklen, BSc '90.

Our stars

There's a special sense of pride that comes from discovering the actress on your TV screen or the innovative business leader you've just read about is a UVic grad.

UVic is fortunate to have lots of high-profile members of its alumni community. Check them out in the tabs below.

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Kevin Bazzana, BMus, ’88, author of the award-winning Glenn Gould biography, Wondrous Strange.

Sam Dunn, BA ’98, director of a series of documentary music films, including Rush: Beyond the Lighted Stage.

Esi Edugyan, BA '99, novelist and 2011 Giller Prize winner for Half-Blood Blues.

Erin Karpluk, BFA ’00, actress and star of CBC TV’s Being Erica (2009-11).

WP Kinsella, BA ’74, author of Shoeless Joe, on which the movie Field of Dreams is based.

Mark Leiren-Young, BA '85 writer, 2009 Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.

Paul Nicklen, BSc '90, nature photographer (National Geographic).

Arleen Paré, MFA '12, poet and winner of the 2014 Governor General's Literary Award for Poetry (Lake of Two Mountains).

Charles Ross, BFA ’98, creator and performer of the One Man Star Wars Triology.

Erin Shirreff, BFA '98, photographer/video artist and winner of the 2013 Aimia/AGO Photography Prize.

Alisa Smith, MA '97, co-author, The 100-Mile Diet: A Year of Local Eating.

Jessica Stockholder, BFA '82, sculptor and recipient of 1996 Guggenheim Fellowship and 1988 National Endowment for the Arts Grant; current chair, visual arts, University of Chicago.

Michael Audain, VC '59, LLD '09. Chair, Polygon Homes and Audain Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Bob Cummings, BA '89, Executive Vice-President, WestJet.

Don Drummond, BA ’76, retired chief economist, TD Bank Financial Group.

Stephen G. W. McKay, BEng '92, President, Quester Tangent.

Robert Pearce, BA '78, retired President and CEO Personal and Commercial Banking, Bank of Montreal.

Kelsey Ramsden, BA '00, President, Belvedere Place Development Ltd., and Spark Play Ltd.

Tracy Redies, BA ’84, former CEO, Coast Capital Savings Credit Union.

Shannon Rogers, President and General Counsel, Global Relay,

Bob Shields, BA '85, President, ITB Marine Group.

Tamara Vrooman, MA ’94, CEO, Vancity Savings Credit Union.

Grand Chief Edward John (Akile Ch'oh), BA '74, Hereditary Chief, Tl'azt'en Nation; former, chair of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Robert Louie, LLB ’82, Chief of the Westbank First Nation. Order of Canada.

Carol Matthews, MA '97, Nanaimo community leader. Order of BC.

Sheridan Scott, LLB ’81, former commissioner, Competition Bureau of Canada.

Julie Angus, MSc ’01, 2006 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year with Colin Angus; (human-powered ‘round the world expedition).

Stewart Butterfield, BA ’96, co-founder of

Daniel Sieberg, BFA ’98, Google technologist (formerly with CBS News, New York; CNN).

Andrew Weaver, BSc ’83, climatologist.

Stephanie Dixon, BA '09, multi-medalist, Paralympic swimming.

Eli Pasquale, BA ’85, Canadian basketball hall of fame member; five national titles during his UVic Vikes career.

Gareth Rees, BA ’91, four appearances for Canada in the Rugby World Cup.

Alison Sydor, BSc ’89, former world champion mountain biker; 1996 Canadian Press Female Athlete of the Year.

Lauren Woolstencroft, BEng ’05, 2006 Torino Paralympic skiiing gold and silver medalist.