media release

SFU honours four outstanding alumni

December 08, 2011

Julie Saito, SFU Alumni Association, 778.782.3688;
John Grant, Alumni Relations, 778.782.3994;


Simon Fraser University’s Alumni Association has selected a pioneering paleontologist, a community activist, an Aboriginal physician and a globally engaged former Mountie as 2011 Outstanding Alumni Award recipients.

The four will be honoured during SFU’s Outstanding Alumni Awards dinner Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2012 at Vancouver’s Four Seasons Hotel.

The recipients were chosen from seven categories—academic achievement, arts and culture, athletics, professional achievement, public service, service to the community and service to the university—following nominations by alumni, faculty, staff, students and community members. They include:

Rolf Mathewes, BSc ’69 (Biological Sciences)  – Academic Achievement (Maple Ridge) Biology Professor, SFU Faculty of Science 

Rolf Mathewes is one of Canada’s top paleoecologists. His research reconstructs the history of climate events through time, answering fundamental questions in geology, biogeography and evolutionary biology. A pioneer in forensic botany, he uses science to help solve crimes. He has distinguished himself as an outstanding professor, teacher, mentor and scientific researcher.

James Chi Ming Pau, EARTS ’84 – Service to the Community (Vancouver) Downtown Eastside Community Volunteer

Since arriving in Canada in 1975, James Pau has dedicated himself to improving the quality of life for residents of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Trained in both Western and traditional Chinese medicine, his humanitarian involvements include immigrant concerns, literacy, poverty, housing, street safety, dysfunctional families, seniors issues, drug and alcohol addiction, and health and wellness.

Nadine Caron, BSc ’93 (Kinesiology) – Professional Achievement (Prince George) Surgeon, University Hospital of Northern B.C.

Nadine Caron is a surgeon, educator, patient advocate and community leader. She is passionate about health policy and has served on many committees to help shape Canada’s health agenda. She is internationally known for her advocacy work to address the special health needs and disparities of rural, remote, northern and Aboriginal communities, and is a role model for First Nations youth.

Graham Muir, MA ’82 (Criminology) – Public Service (Ottawa)
Assistant Commissioner, RCMP (retired)

A 36-year veteran of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Graham Muir has contributed to the safety of Canadians at home and abroad. His extensive police experience includes postings in Canada, the former Yugoslavia, Haiti, and most recently as the Canadian Police Commander in Afghanistan, where he provided expertise to the Afghan National Security Forces.

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