Annabel Lyon’s first novel, The Golden Mean, has struck a chord with both the public and the literati. It was the only book in 2009 to be nominated for the top three Canadian fiction prizes: the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award for English language fiction, and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Lyon won the Rogers Prize.
He’s a shipwreck archaeologist with a long list of books under his belt, is executive director of the Vancouver Maritime Museum, has appeared as an expert in numerous television documentaries, co-hosts the new National Geographic International Television series The Sea Hunters, and is pursuing a PhD in history at SFU.
Stanley Wong is the new chief executive officer of the Hong Kong Competition Commission, having taken up the position in September.
She was a star basketball player at SFU; now she’s a star in a whole other firmament. She is a surgeon, a role model for Aboriginal youth, one of Maclean’s “100 Canadians to watch,” a champion of the Canadian health-care system, and an Action Canada fellow.
Zabeen Hirji (MBA'94) is RBC's chief human resources officer.
Kevin Falcon, B.C.’s Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure, gets plenty of airtime and print space. His issues run the gamut from the Sea-to-Sky Highway (Highway 99) to the northern reaches of the Gateway Project (a $3-billion initiative that will ensure B.C.’s potential as the Asia-Pacific Gateway to North America is realized) – and everything in between.
Phillip Steenkamp, Simon Fraser University's new vice-president of external relations on his experience as president and CEO of the B.C. Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Secretariat
Susan Lambert is the high-profile face of the British Columbia Teachers’ Federation (BCTF). And Niels Veldhuis is a highly regarded economist with expertise in taxation, banking, productivity, investment, labour markets, and government finances. He is a frequent TV commentator and his articles have appeared in more than 50 newspapers around the world.
Sara Diamond is the 21st president of the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), Canada’s largest art school. She is internationally known as a new media theorist and historian, researcher, media artist, designer, and curator. Her installations and video works are in the National Gallery of Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Fifty years ago this spring Ron Baker and SFU were big news. The “instant university” needed to be up and running in a very short time and Baker was in the thick of things.
Jim Chu has been named the new Chief Constable for the City of Vancouver, beating out five other contenders for the top job. The tech-savvy veteran officer is the first person of Asian descent to head the Vancouver force.
His name is Shadrach Kabango, though he’s known as Shad K. He was born in Kenya to Rwandan parents, grew up in Ontario, has a business degree from Sir Wilfrid Laurier University, and is currently an MA student at SFU. That’s the capsule biography.
He’s an Outstanding Alumni Award winner with a background in sports management. Now he’s senior vice president of revenue, marketing and communications for the Vancouver Organizing Committee (VANOC) for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. His responsibilities include sponsorships, television revenues, ticketing, licensing and merchandising, marketing, communications, and media relations.
New Vancouver mayor Sam Sullivan is passionate about Vancouver and his new job. He sees the mayor’s office as a continuation of his long record of public service that includes years of working with non-profit community organizations and 12 years as a Vancouver city councillor.
Larry Beasley is co-director of planning and director of current planning for the City of Vancouver. His vision of a thriving city with a vibrant urban core is drawing attention from planners and architects from around the world. The United Nations recognizes his work as one of the “world’s 100 best planning practices,” the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada gave him its Medal of Excellence as Advocate for Architecture, he is a Fellow of the Canadian Institute of Planners, and he has been named a Member of the Order of Canada.
George Bowering is poet laureate and SFU professor emeritus. He's also a two-time Governor General's award winner - once for poetry, once for fiction - and a member of the Order of Canada. SFU professor Roy Miki is winner of the 2002 Governor General's award for poetry. aq recently sat in on a conversation between the two poets.