Feb. 22, 2001 Vol . 20, No. 4

Four alumni honoured for special achievement

The SFU Alumni Association is honouring four special alumni this year for their exceptional achievements in their fields. They will receive Outstanding Alumni awards at a reception at the Four Seasons Hotel on Feb. 22.

The winners are:

Professional Achievement
Linda Crompton, BA '87, MA (UBC), MBA (University of Kent at Canterbury)

Linda Crompton founded Citizens' Bank, Canada's first virtual bank to offer services solely over the Internet, the telephone and through automated teller machines. She is also the first female CEO in the Canadian banking industry.

Committed to the role of business in developing an ecologically and socially relevant economy, she was recently appointed to a national commission on corporate accountability. She also sits on several boards and advisory councils, including the UBC board of governors, the executive council of the Canadian Banking Association, Encorp Pacific Inc. and Ethical Funds Inc. Crompton is a popular and inspirational speaker who has addressed audiences around the world.

Professional Achievement
George Ionides, BSc, MSc, PhD (UBC), MBA '83

George Ionides, who holds a doctorate in physics, has devoted the past 27 years to research and consulting in the pulp and paper industry.

In 1986 he established one of the first consulting firms to the pulp and paper industry, Temanex Consulting Inc., which has provided service to more than 250 clients in 16 countries on six continents.

The author or co-author of 64 papers on pulp and paper marketing, technology and hydrodynamics, Ionides has also taught pulp and paper industrial techniques at UBC

Outstanding Student Leadership
Mary Beth Deline, undergrad, communication

Mary Beth Deline graduated in October 2000 with an honours degree in communication. Her honours project was unique for its examination, through storytelling, of the conflict surrounding a Lower Mainland park created eight years earlier. Her project also addressed ways to resolve such conflict.

Deline worked in several co-op positions and also found time to volunteer as the features editor for Wired Women, an Internet magazine. Deline is currently electronic media advisor for the National Liberal Caucus Research Bureau in Ottawa.

"I believe in the power of community," says Deline. "I was surrounded by a great community at SFU."

Athletic Achievement
Leah Pells, BA '89, Certificate (Liberal Arts) '89

A professional athlete, Leah Pells has been a member of the Canadian national team since 1986, competing in track and field competitions in the 1992, 1996 and 2000 Olympics.

She placed fourth -- half a second from the bronze medal -- in the 1,500 meter competition at the 1996 Olympics and won the silver medal at the Pan Am Games in 1999.

Pells was inducted into the SFU athletic hall of fame in 1994.

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