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SFU is proud to recognize four inspiring individuals with 2022 Outstanding Alumni Awards:
Kluane Adamek, a visionary leader and the youngest woman to hold the title of Yukon Regional Chief; Anne Giardini, a business executive, lawyer, writer and community advocate who served as SFU’s chancellor; Elio Luongo, an esteemed international corporate advisor dedicated to improving equity in the boardroom; and Poh Tan, an entrepreneur and scientist advancing more inclusive STEM education.
Regional Chief Kluane Adamek (Aagé) is a citizen of Kluane First Nation, and is from the Dakl’aweidi Clan. In 2023, Kluane and her family proudly welcomed daughter, Tayāna Copper-Jane.
Kluane is passionate and committed to lifting up and creating opportunities for leaders of the next generation. She has worked in support of youth leaders consistently throughout her life and career. Most recently, she supported the advancement of the Yukon First Nation Climate Action Fellowship and the Yukon First Nation: Reconnection Vision, led by 13 Yukon First Nation youth climate leaders.
In 2019, Kluane completed her Indigenous Business Leadership Executive MBA at Simon Fraser University where she further expanded her governance and leadership experience. In 2021, she was named one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence, and was part of the WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100. She was also awarded with the 2023 David Rockefeller Bridging Leadership Award.
Kluane has served as the Assembly of First Nation (AFN) Yukon Regional Chief since 2018. She approaches issues and solutions uniquely through a values based leadership approach, and is deeply committed to advancing the interests of the 14 Yukon First Nations. She works closely with Chiefs and citizens in the region - and beyond - to advance their priorities and interests both regionally and nationally.
Regional Chief Adamek proudly leads the AFN National Portfolios for Environment, Climate Change, Water Stewardship, and Modern Treaties. Her leadership has been critical in advancing environmental action as a top priority for First Nations, both nationally and internationally.
Chancellor of SFU from 2014 to 2020, a member of SFU's Board of Governors from 2010 to 2014, and an alumnus herself, Anne Giardini, OC, OBC, KC, is a long-time champion of the university.
As a celebrated corporate director, lawyer, community advocate and author, Anne is acclaimed for her groundbreaking leadership in the Canadian resource industry and contributions to numerous community and nonprofit boards, and for supporting the advancement of women, the environment, higher education and the arts.
In the business community, Anne pursued a successful two-decade career with the Canadian subsidiary of Weyerhaeuser Company, where she enhanced sustainability and ethical practices in a variety of leadership roles including as president from 2008 to 2014.
Anne has written two best-selling novels, and has been a news columnist and public speaker, covering topics including the environment, law, diversity and inclusion.
For her contributions to SFU, the business community and society as a whole, Anne was presented with an honorary Doctor of Laws degree in 2022.
With three decades of experience serving clients at KPMG, Elio Luongo has advised some of Canada’s largest companies, helping these businesses grow and achieve long-term success.
He has held senior leadership roles at one of the world’s most prominent professional services firms, including acting as KPMG Canada’s CEO and Senior Partner and a member of the Global Board of KPMG International.
Through his inclusive and visionary leadership, Elio has created career development opportunities for thousands of aspiring CPAs growing KPMG in Canada from 6,000 to 10,000 employees. As a champion of diverse teams, he has led by example, appointing women to more than 50% of the roles on his executive team. Elio oversaw the appointment of the company’s inaugural Chief Mental Health Officer – the first in corporate Canada – and KPMG Canada has been recognized for numerous employer awards, including by Forbes Canada for being the Best Employer for Diversity in 2022. He is also a member of the 30 percent Club which advocates for greater representation of women in Board Seats and C-Suites.
As a proud SFU alumnus, Elio has served on SFU’s 50th Anniversary Campaign Cabinet, as a member of SFU’s Board of Governors and as a Chair of the Dean’s External Advisory Board for the Beedie School of Business.
Poh Tan is an entrepreneur, stem cell scientist, and one of BC’s most renowned STEM educators.
As an educational consultant for BC Hydro’s Power Smart for School’s program, a long-term volunteer at Vancouver’s Science World, and a researcher at Vancouver Botanical Gardens Association, Poh has spent hundreds of hours helping the community build culturally-inclusive education programming. Through her initiatives, she has inspired hundreds of fellow educators to adopt inclusive teaching materials, including post-secondary instructors in SFU’s Decolonizing and Indigenizing STEM Community of Practice.
The two-time TEDx speaker previously served as the President of the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology and is a delegate of the National Council of Women of Canada to the UN Commission on the Status of Women contributing to the UN’s Zero Draft on Accelerating the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective. Poh was the inaugural recipient of the Kris Magnusson Emerging Leaders Award in Education, a YWCA Women of Distinction Award Nominee in Education, Training, and Development, and was recently the recipient of the Mantella Corporation Entrepreneur BIPOC Grant Award in recognition of BIPOC business leaders.
In 2019, Poh established STEMedge Academy Inc, a cultural-inclusive education consultancy that advises organizations on local STEM outreach programs.
Poh holds a PhD in Experimental Medicine from UBC and recently obtained a PhD in Educational Theory and Practice Program for her thesis on understanding the development of scientific literacy through different lenses, including Indigenous Hawaiian epistemology.
Poh is proud to be an SFU alumnus where she continues to mentor SFU undergraduate students across different disciplines.