Alumni: Best of 2011

Beedies make record $22-million SFU donation
SFU received its largest-ever donation in February 2011: $22 million from Ryan and Keith Beedie, to Ryan’s alma mater—SFU Business—which has since been named the Beedie School of Business.

REM prof named young researcher of the year
SFU alumnus Jonn Axsen returned to his alma mater as an assistant professor in the School of Resource and Environmental Management (REM) in 2011. But not before picking up an international prize honouring him as a 2011 Young Researcher of the Year.

Four outstanding alumni honoured
The SFU Alumni Association selected a pioneering paleontologist, a compassionate community activist, an extraordinary Aboriginal physician and a globally engaged former Mountie as recipients of its 2011 Outstanding Alumni Awards.

Alumni named to Surrey’s top 25 under 25
The City of Surrey named two SFU alumni—Ashish Gurung and Glen Chua—and three current students among the community’s most promising youths at its inaugural “Top 25 under 25” awards in 2011. The awards recognize youths who are potential “leaders of tomorrow” in areas such as civic development, social issues and business trailblazing.

SFU undergrads recognize SFU grad and mentor
SFU’s business administration student society, BASS, and the Beedie School of Business presented the 2011 BASS Corporate Impact Award in March to business alumnus Dave Cobb, then BC Hydro’s president and CEO and now with the Jim Pattison Group

Honours for Beedie School ‘mentor’
The Vancouver Board of Trade selected SFU alumnus and Beedie School of Business student engagement and recruitment manager, Sam Thiara, as Mentor of the Year in 2011 for his leadership with the board’s the Leaders of Tomorrow program (LOT).

Fine arts grad wins Webster journalism award
Shrum medallist and fine arts grad, Kelvin Redvers, a filmmaker and producer/director with CTV-BC’s aboriginal affairs program First Story won a Jack Webster Award, BC’s premier journalism prize, in 2011 for his documentary Black Blood: Tainted Land, Dying Caribou.
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Five SFU alums on BIV’s Forty under 40 list
Five SFU alumni were included on Business in Vancouver’s Forty under 40 list for 2011. Robin Dhir (BBA), Benjamin Sparrow (Management of Technology MBA), Anita Huberman (BA), Diane Stirling (BBA) and Joshua Zoshi (Management of Technology MBA) were lauded with rest of the group for their “unstoppable desire to be the best in their field.”