media release

Four outstanding SFU alumni honoured

December 11, 2013

Julie Saito, Executive Director, SFU Alumni Association, 778.782.3688,
John Grant, Associate Director, Alumni Relations, 778.782.3994,


Simon Fraser University’s 2013 Outstanding Alumni Award (OAA) recipients’ accomplishments and contributions to society epitomize the university’s motto: Engaging the World.

The university’s alumni association will recognize this year’s OAA recipients, SFU alumni Krista Guloien, Lance Uggla, Howard Sapers and Tim Martin, at the awards’ 30th anniversary event on Thursday, Feb. 26.

Ms. Krista Guloien, BA ’04 (Criminology) – Athletic Achievement (Vancouver, BC), Olympic Medallist, Women’s Rowing

Krista Guloien is a world-class athlete who achieved the pinnacle of athletic achievement by winning a silver medal in women’s rowing at the 2012 Olympics. Known for her resiliency, hard work and leadership, Krista stands out as a role model for youth, volunteering countless hours to educate, coach and mentor young athletes. Her achievements at the national level, World Cup Regattas, World Championships and the Olympic Games rank her among the top female rowers in the history of Canadian rowing.

Mr. Lance Uggla, BBA ’85 – Professional Achievement (London, England)
Co-Founder and CEO, Markit

Lance Uggla is an exceptional business leader whose innovative mind and entrepreneurial spirit have transformed the global credit derivatives market. Spotting an opportunity to provide transparency around credit swaps and pricing information while reducing customer risks, he formed Markit, growing the company to an international giant with more than 3000 employees, 22 offices worldwide, and a valuation of more than $5 billion. He is a visionary in the global financial information services industry and one of the world’s top entrepreneurs.

Mr. Howard Sapers, BA ’80 (Criminology) – Public Service (Ottawa, ON) Correctional Investigator, Federal Office of the Correctional Investigator

Howard Sapers is a passionate voice on criminal justice issues whose work supports the rights and fair treatment of those under the care of Canada’s correctional system. He has demonstrated a fearless commitment to addressing longstanding and complex problems in the correction system. They include 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. His courageous dedication to social justice is creating safer communities for us all.

Mr. Tim Martin, MA ’84 (Geography) – Public Service (Bogota, Colombia) Canadian Ambassador to Republic of Colombia

Tim Martin combines diplomatic sensitivity 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. His achievements exemplify the transformational international contributions that Canadians have become known for and that the global community needs and expects.

For more about the awards, current and past recipients, and the event:

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 125,000 alumni in 130 countries.


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