Tom Kineshanko BBA’08

Tom Kineshanko (BBA’08) is out in front in environmental innovation. He has transformed his grandfather’s company, Habitat Enterprises, into a firm that specializes in carbon trading, consulting, and project development. He did much of the work in his final honours semester studying sustainability in the faculty of business. <>

Green and Growing

Werner Knittel (BBA’95) is the new executive director of the 800-member B.C. Landscape and Nursery Association. It represents nursery growers, retail nurseries and garden centres, landscape trades, suppliers, and afiliates.

American Academic Awards

Michele Desmarais (BA’86) is awarded a University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Alumni Association Outstanding Teaching Award. Desmarais is assistant professor of philosophy and religion specializing in Sanskrit and Indian thought at UNO.

Harry Jol (BSc’87, MSc’89) is inducted as a fellow into the Geological Society of America. Jol is a professor of geography at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and an adjunct associate professor at the University of Toledo. During his master’s degree program, Jol conducted a high-resolution shallow seismic program on the Fraser River Delta with the Geological Survey of Canada.

Decoding Hollywood

Steven DeNure (BA’84) is on the map with his DECODE Entertainment Inc., one of the most successful producers and international distributors of children’s and family-oriented programs in the world. Angela Anaconda puts them on the map on Teletoon, ABC, and Fox. A new show, Urban Vermin, is picked up by YTV in Canada and Jetix worldwide. Live-action shows, including Naturally, Sadie, and The Latest Buzz, are also hits.


Regan Ross’s (GDBUS’06) interactive role-playing game The Civic Mirror is a hit with his Surrey students. Now Ross wants to introduce the game to school boards around the world so students from Grade 8 to second-year university can learn civics, economics, and citizenship subjects. Regan is recipient of the Prime Minister’s Certiicate of Achievement of Teaching Excellence.

John Everitt MA’70

SFU Forever! Bomba, the full moon party king, holds an SFU licence plate at Bomba’s Surfside Shack in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. The plate is courtesy of geography grad John Everitt (MA’70) who loved the university so much he had its initials put on his California plates when he went to UCLA for his PhD nearly 40 years ago. Now retired from Brandon University, he dragged the plates with him through various moves. Everitt is also a former president of the Canadian Association of Geographers.

Chief Now a Doctor

Chief Ron Ignace (PhD’08) of Skeetchestn First Nation receives his doctorate in anthropology. He is a fluent speaker of the Shuswap language, a founding member of the Secwepemc Cultural Education Society (SCES), and co-chair of the Aboriginal university partnership between SCES and SFU in Kamloops.


Dan Beavon (BA’80, MA’84) wins the 2008 Gold Medal of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada. The award is given annually to the outstanding research scientist in government. Beavon, who works for Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, is a criminology graduate.

Los Angeles musician and ilmmaker Kristopher Gee (BA’94, BFA’97) wins the Fine Work Prize at the Akira Kurosawa Memorial Short Film Competition. <>

How to Get the Perfect Shirt

It’s easy – just contact master of public policy student Bruce Kung (BA’04) whose two-year-old company focuses on custom dress shirts for men. They take between 14 and 25 measurements and produce the shirt of your dreams. <>

More Movies

Filmmakers Andrew Currie (BA’93), Trent Carlson (BA’93), Blake Corbet, who was an SFU student, and Mary Anne Waterhouse of Anagram Pictures are on a roll. With three movies underway this year they received a $250,000 line of credit from Teleilm Canada and a distribution agreement with Maple Pictures. The Teleilm money is part of a $1-million pilot project where certain producers are given blanket development money rather than project-by-project approval. Watch for Falling Awake, The Truth About Lying, and Shooting Blanks.

Kanwal Singh Neel PhD’08

As president of the B.C. Association of Mathematics Teachers, Kanwal Singh Neel (PhD’08) discovers that Aboriginal students have lower math scores than other students. Years later when he does his doctorate he works closely with the Haida Role Model Project to come up with a community-based way of teaching math designed to make it easier for students to grasp the concepts. He shares some of his ideas in the textbook series Math Makes Sense.

Northern Light

Toby Thorliefsson (MA’06) is devoting his life to the Arctic and Antarctica. He was a member of the Ellesmere Expedition whose main focus is to motivate 18- to 33-year-olds to become active in solving the climate crisis. He is currently on a lecture tour for the Norwegian Ministry of the Environment and will go on an American university tour later this year. <>

Growing Strong

Fraser Bruce (BA’95) is new chief inancial oficer for B&B Contracting Ltd. The company, already one of the top 100 in the province, is also recognized this year as one of the 50 fastest growing.

Pottery Passion

Kaslo’s Sarah Lawless (BA’97) receives one of six 2008 B.C. Creative Achievement Awards. Her SFU degree led to teaching in Thailand; she then studied pottery at the Kootenay School of the Arts in Nelson and continues to work in clay.

Minding Our Money

Kevin Page, who attended SFU, is Canada’s First budget oficer. His new job is to restore trust among Members of Parliament and the federal department of inance by analyzing forecasts and tabling reports on the state of the economy.

Super Senior

He completed his certiicate in Chinese Studies and was an exchange student in China in 1994 at the age of 77. Charles W. Nash, who was proud of his SFU connection to the end, dies in the late spring.

The Jazz Singer

Vocalist Laura Crema (BA’93) is rising to the top in the jazz world. Her album Spring Is Here is named vocal jazz recording of the year for 2007, receives a vote in the Village Voice annual critics poll, and is reviewed by Downbeat.

Global Star

Wesla Wong (BA’05) is Global TV’s newest face. She does the morning trafic and the Global Village segment. The move to the top-rated station is quite a switch for someone who originally wanted to join CSIS but balked at the idea of three years in Ottawa.

Music, Music, Music

Alan Juristovski’s (MBA’01) and SFU student Milun Tesovic’s MetroLeap Media is the top-traficked lyrics site on the Internet. The site has more than 500,000 licensed lyrics and about 22 million users each month.

Top Guy

David Ross (MA’95) is the new president of Langara College. He was most recently a vice-president at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

Royal Fellow

Lee Gavel (BA’74), the university’s chief facilities oficer and university architect, is elected to the College of Fellows of the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Gavel has worked at SFU for the last 20 years.


Wrestler Carol Huynh (BA’04) wins Canada’s first gold medal at the Beijing Olympics. The petite Huynh got her start in Hazelton, then trained in SFU’s varsity wrestling program.

African Politico

Mahamadu Bawumia (PhD’96) is Deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana. He is also running as vice-president for the ruling New Patriotic Party in the upcoming December elections.

Short Stories

In the Quiet After Slaughter is the iction debut of Vancouver journalist Don McLellan (BA’75). The book is published by independent imprint libros libertad, established by former SFU student Emmanuel Aligizakis. <>


SFU English professor Carole Gerson (BA’70) and co-editor Jacques Michon of the Université de Sherbrooke win a Gabrielle Roy Prize. The award, from the Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures, honours the best works of literary criticism published in both English and French. Gerson and Michon win for the third and final volume of History of the Book in Canada (1918–1980).

Photography: Diane Luckow/PAMR - Tom Kineshanko, John Everitt - Bomba, SFU News/PAMR - Kanwal Singh Neel.