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Supreme Court Justice Rosalie Silberman Abella (BA 1967 UC) received an honorary doctorate from Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts. Abella’s address recounted her experience as the daughter of Holocaust survivors, and the importance of fighting injustice wherever it arises.


Claude Accum (BSc 1983 UC) was appointed President of Sun Life Financial Asia, an insurance and financial services company.


Lawyer Grace Alcaide Janicas (BA 1992 UC) received the 2017 J. Shirley Denison Award from the Law Society of Upper Canada, for her contributions to access to justice. She has served the Northern Ontario community for more than 20 years and is currently the director of legal services at the Algoma Community Legal Clinic in Sault Ste. Marie.


Professor Brenda Andrews (BSc 1980 UC), Director of the Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research and Charles H. Best Chair of Medical Research at U of T, has been appointed to the rank of University Professor, the University’s highest academic rank. Andrews is a pioneer in the field of systems biology.


My First Doll, a mixed media exhibition featuring works by artist Diana Bennett (BA 1965 UC), showed at Walnut Contemporary gallery in Toronto this past summer.


Janet Craig (BA 1995 UC) was named a director of the Canadian Investor Relations Institute, Canada’s national association representing investor relations professionals.


Vincent Galifi (BCom 1982 UC) was appointed to the board of CCL Industries, the largest label company in the world, headquartered in Toronto.


Professor Francess Halpenny (BA 1940 UC), former dean of the Faculty of Library Science at U of T (now the Faculty of Information) and editor of the Dictionary of Canadian Biography from 1969 to 1988, has published her memoirs, A World of Words: Francess Halpenny’s Autobiography.


Perry Ing (BCom 1997 UC) was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Mountain Province Diamonds Inc, a diamond mining company headquartered in Toronto.


At UC Convocation last June, newly minted alumna Seulgi Rosa Kim (BA 2017 UC) shared her thoughts on graduating and this photo on Instagram, which won her an iPad mini in a contest run by UC Alumni Relations that encouraged grads to share moments from their special day.


No Free Man: Canada, the Great War, and the Enemy Alien Experience (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2016) a book by Professor Bohdan Kordan (BA 1997 UC) received the Jennifer Walsh Award in Scholarly Writing at the 2017 Saskatchewan Book Awards. Kordan is Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Studies at the University of Saskatchewan.


Recent University College graduates Kaitlyn Liu (BSc 2017 UC) and Evelyn Moorhouse (BSc 2017 UC) were recognized with a Silver T at the U of T President's Reception last spring. The prestigious award is given to graduating student-athletes who excelled athletically over the course of their U of T careers. Liu, a figure skater, studied human biology and is pursuing a master’s degree at Queen’s University’s School of Kinesiology and Health Studies. Moorhouse, a squash player, studied geology and is pursuing a master’s degree in earth science at U of T.


Dr. Bonnie Madonik (BSc 1980 UC), an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at U of T and Medical Director of the Addiction Program at North York General Hospital, was appointed National Addiction Medicine Advisor to the Canadian Armed Forces.


Mary Anne Palangio (BA 1987 UC) was appointed Chief Financial Officer of LOGiQ Asset Management Inc, an investment advisory business headquartered in Toronto.


Shoshana Pollack (BA 1989 UC), a Professor in the Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work at Wilfrid Laurier University, was honoured with that institution’s Teaching Excellence – Innovation in Teaching Award.


Dr. Kowthar Salim (BSc 1997 UC) was named Vice-President of Critical Outcome Technologies Inc., a biopharmaceutical company.


Professor David Schneider (BSc 1986 UC) has been appointed Chair of Stanford University School of Medicine’s Department of Microbiology and Immunology.


Musician Paul Shaffer (BA 1971 UC), former band leader on The Late Show with David Letterman, released a self-titled album with the World’s Most Dangerous Band.


Lawyer Linda Silver Dranoff (BA 1961 UC) has published her memoirs, Fairly Equal: Lawyering the Feminist Revolution (Second Story Press, 2017). She joined fellow UC authors Sharon Marcus (BA 1955 UC) and Charlotte Fielden (BA 1955 UC) for a reading from their respective works in celebration of Canada’s 150th birthday at Wychwood Public Library in Toronto this past May.


It was a family affair at Spring Convocation as members of the Tieman and Coutts families gathered to celebrate the graduation of fifth-generation UCer Tessa Tieman (BSc 2017 UC). Tessa is the daughter of Tracy Tieman (BA 1984 UC), granddaughter of Janet Tieman (née Coutts) (BA 1957 UC), great granddaughter of J. McDermott Coutts (BA 1921 UC), and great-great granddaughter of John Coutts (BA 1884 UC).


Lawyer Gary Yee (BA 1983 UC) received a 2017 Law Society Medal from the Law Society of Upper Canada, for his activism and advocacy for Chinese and other racialized communities, as well as for his leadership in administrative justice and the tribunal sector.