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Each year, SFU and the Alumni Association honour our most accomplished graduates with Outstanding Alumni Awards.  Nominations are made by alumni, faculty, staff, students, and SFU's many friends in the community.

The recipients for the 2013 Outstanding Alumni Awards are:

The SFU Alumni Association is pleased to congratulate the 2013 recipients. They were honoured at a special dinner event on February 26, 2014 at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver.  [Event Details]

Krista Guloien

Ms. Krista Guloien, BA '04 Criminology – Athletic Achievement
Olympic Medallist, Women’s Rowing

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Krista Guloien is a world-class athlete who reached the pinnacle of athletic achievement by winning a silver medal in women’s rowing at the 2012 Olympics. Her rowing career began as a student in 2001 when she joined a learn-to-row program at SFU. Falling in love with the sport during her first practice, and inspired by other great Canadian rowers like Silken Laumann, Krista began working and dreaming toward the goal of rowing in the Olympics one day. Her quick rise through the ranks is nothing short of meteoric. After graduating from SFU, she moved to Ontario to train with the National Team and competed in her first World Championships in 2006 and her first Olympics in 2008. Known for her hard work, consistency, and “boat feel”, the innate sense of when the boat is in balance and going fast, Krista became a team leader who was valued and respected for her ability to push and encourage people at the same time. Her resilience and commitment paid off in August 2012, when she and her teammates on the women’s eight rowing team won silver for Canada. Krista stands out as a role model for young athletes and has volunteered countless hours to educate, coach and mentor young athletes. She contributes her time to numerous community events and charitable causes, and is the lead ambassador and spokesperson for The 60 Minute Kids Club, a national non-profit dedicated to encouraging kids to lead more active and healthy lives. Her achievements in rowing at the national level, World Cup Regattas, World Championships and the Olympic Games rank Krista among the top female rowers in the history of Canadian rowing.

Howard Sapers

Mr. Howard Sapers , BA '80 Criminology – Public Service
Correctional Investigator, Federal Office of the Correctional Investigator

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Mr. Howard Sapers is respected as a principled, insightful, and passionate voice on criminal justice issues. As Correctional Investigator appointed by the Canadian government, he serves as the federal ombudsman for offenders in Canada. His work supports the rights and fair treatment of those under the care of Canada’s correctional system. He has an extensive background in corrections, rehabilitation of offenders, and crime-prevention and brings multiple perspectives from his prior roles with the National Parole Board, the John Howard Society of Alberta, and the Legislative Assembly of Alberta. He has demonstrated a fearless commitment to address longstanding and complex problems in the correctional system, including the special needs of the mentally ill in prison, Canada’s over-represented population of incarcerated Aboriginal persons, and preventable deaths of inmates in custody. He displays the consistent courage, often in the face of adversity, to do and say what is right. His frank and focused annual reports to parliament have raised public awareness of the plight of the marginalized in the criminal justice system and have encouraged much needed debate on areas often left in the shadows. Prompted by his recommendations, Canada has now developed a mental health strategy to help support and treat the growing and disproportionate number of offenders in prison with mental illness. He is often called upon to comment on government policies and spending priorities, underlining the need for more investment in rehabilitation and reintegration programs for offenders and better standards of care in prisons to lower the incidences of violence and self-injury.

Tim Martin

Mr. Tim Martin, MA '84 Geography – Public Service
Ambassador and Diplomat, Government of Canada Foreign Affairs

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Mr. Timothy Martin is a leader in international development who combines diplomatic sensitivity and acumen with extensive regional and national engagement in some of the most troubled areas of the world. His record of international service spans a range of countries and issues including aid and development, environmental concerns, conflict resolution, failed states, multilateral relations, trade, diplomatic relations, and peace and security. In December 2013 he will complete a two year term as the Canadian Ambassador to Colombia, having previously served as Representative of Canada in Afghanistan and as Canadian Ambassador to Argentina and Paraguay. He has been a Director of the Stabilization and Reconstruction Task Force Secretariat (START); a body providing Canadian support to fragile states facing natural and human induced crisis. In 2004 he chaired the Kimberley Process for Conflict on Diamonds where international efforts were made to curtail the illicit trade in diamonds that had financed decades of conflict in Africa. Concurrently he served as the Director of the Peace Building and Human Security Division. He also served as Deputy Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process and has held positions in the Caribbean, Central America and Africa. He is a recipient of the Treasury Board’s Award of Excellence in the Public Service for his leadership in Canada’s humanitarian aid to Palestinian children affected by conflict. His achievements exemplify the transformational international contributions that Canadians have become known for and the global community needs and expects.

Lance Uggla

Mr. Lance Uggla, BBA '85  – Professional Achievement
Co-Founder and CEO, Markit

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Mr. Lance Uggla is an exceptional business leader with an innovative mind and entrepreneurial spirit; in ten years he has built a global powerhouse in financial information and services. 

After receiving his BBA from SFU in 1985, Lance went on to receive his Masters degree from the London School of Economics and then held a number of positions in the financial sector in Toronto at Wood Gundy, CIBC World Markets and Toronto-Dominion Securities (TD).  In 1995 he moved to London to build TD’s global credit trading business transforming the office into a 400-person operation with a $20 billion portfolio.  In 2003, Lance left TD to form Markit having spotted a business opportunity to provide much needed transparency around credit default swaps.  Lance grew the company from a single product, five person operation run out of a converted barn in the English countryside to an international giant with over 40 products, 3,000 employees and 20 offices worldwide and revenues in 2013 approaching USD 1 billion.  Markit helps more than 3,000 customers reduce risk, improve operational efficiency and benefit from enhanced transparency.

Lance fosters an entrepreneurial spirit in the company through shared ownership: over 28 per cent of the company is owned by employees.  In 2012 Lance was named the Ernst and Young UK Entrepreneur of the Year and in 2013 he was one of two Canadians shortlisted for the World Entrepreneur of the Year Award.  Lance supports a number of charitable causes, primarily focused on giving children a better start in life.  Most notably, with his wife, he founded a school in Zambia for street children that today has over 440 pupils.