Alumni in the News

James North Condo Aims to Be Model for Affordability

The Hamilton Spectator | January 4, 2018

Emily Power, Class of 2017

John van Nostrand and Emily Power are planning a condo that will offer personalized solutions for home ownership, including customized unit configuration. The plan is to build a eight-storey building on James North at Ferrie where a portion of the block would be torn down for the project. Read more here.

Health Unit Welcomes New Associate Medical Officer of Health

TB News Watch | August 24, 2017

Emily Groot, Class of 2007

Dr. Emily Groot is very familiar with Northern Ontario; she grew up in Sault Ste. Marie.  Her understanding of the region will be an asset in her new role as the Thunder Bay District Health Unit’s associate medical officer of health.  Read more here.

Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize Finalist

The Globe and Mail | April 22, 2017

Vass Bednar, Class of 2008

The Lieutenant Governor’s Visionaries Prize was created to give Ontario’s most creative thinkers a forum for tackling the challenges that Ontarians and Canadians will face over the next 50 years—and to give them a chance to present their solutions in front of a panel of the province’s thought leaders. Winners will be determined in the fall of 2017. More information can be found here.

Theatre Work Often Lands Actor Behind Bars

Hamilton Spectator | February 1, 2017

Jill Kooymans, Class of 2014

After earning a Master’s degree in Applied Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama in London England, Jill Kooymans has developed a program for using theatre as a tool to help rehabilitate prisoners.

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Outstanding Alumni Recognized at Awards Ceremony

McMaster Daily News | June 2, 2016

Alenia Kysela, Class of 1994

Dr. Alenia Kysela was one of eight alumni who were inducted into the Alumni Gallery, which recognizes outstanding accomplishments in professional and volunteer life, at the University’s annual Alumni Awards ceremony on Wed. 1 June 2016.

Trudeau Shuffles the DM Deck a Second Time

Ottawa Citizen | March 8, 2016

Dylan Jones, Class of 1992

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau went outside of Canada’s public service to fill two deputy minister positions in his second shake-up of bureaucracy’s senior ranks within a week.

An Ethical Approach to Teaching

London School of Economics and Political Science | February 22, 2016

Alison Powell, Class of 2000

Director of MSc Media and Communication (Data & Society) at The London School of Economics and Political Science, Dr. Alison Powell researches systems of technologies.

Mac Prof Shows Art in Louvre

McMaster Daily News | January 4, 2016

Sarah Garside, Class of 1987

A McMaster psychiatrist has displayed her first ever oil painting at a prestigious art show at the Louvre in Paris, France.

The Art of Health Care

Hamilton Spectator | September 11, 2015

Simon Oczkowski, Class of 2006

There is an art to caring for the sick that goes beyond conventional science and medicine.  Hamilton Health Sciences is joining James Street Supercrawl for the first time Friday to share how hospitals use creativity to heal and comfort.

Mac Kicks Off New Public Health Program

Hamilton Spectator | September 11, 2015

Joyce Chan, Class of 2015

McMaster University has officially kicked off its brand-new graduate course in public health — a program borne out of the ripple effects of the SARS crisis.

Niagara Physician and McMaster Alumna Wins Sibley Award for Teaching

McMaster Daily News | June 17, 2015

Amanda Bell, Class of 1995

Amanda Bell, an assistant clinical professor of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine’s Niagara Regional Campus, is the 2015 recipient of the John C. Sibley Award for excellence in education by part-time faculty.

Alum to Receive Environmentalist Award

McMaster Times and Hamilton Spectator | May 19, 2015

Stephanie McLarty, Class of 2003

Stephanie McLarty received an Award of Merit at the 2015 Hamilton Environmentalists of the Year Awards on 10 June 2015. Stephanie is the owner of REfficient, an online reuse marketplace. Companies can use REfficient to buy quality, discount telecom and A/V equipment from sustainable sources.

See recent articles about Stephanie in the Hamilton Spectator and the McMaster Times (pp. 10-11).

Montreal Diary: Helping New Immigrants Embrace Winter

Montreal Gazette | January 29, 2015

Adrienne Blattel, Class of 1998

For many new immigrants, the long, cold winter is an unpleasant side effect of becoming a Canuck. Community leader Adrienne Blattel is on a mission to change that.

Would You Eat These Carrots?

Hamilton Spectator | January 7, 2015

Kate Parizeau, Class of 2001

Some vegetables never bask under the bright lights of the grocery store’s supermodel catwalk.

Don’t Limit the Role of Health Officers to Needles and Pills

Globe and Mail | November 19, 2014

Monika Dutt, Class of 1999

Earlier this week, The Globe and Mail published a column asking public health officers to “focus on disease, not politics.”

Poor, Elderly, Stranded in West Side Food Deserts

Vancouver Sun | June 25, 2012

Zsuzsi Fodor, Class of 2009

“Vancouver’s south and west-side neighbourhoods offer the least access to fresh affordable food, which can be a serious problem for people who are poor and who have mobility problems.”

Karen Bakker, 39: Sounds the Alarm on Dwindling Water

Globe and Mail | April 27, 2012

Dr. Karen Bakker, Class of 1995

“Canadians have taken water for granted for too long, warns Karen Bakker, geography professor at the University of British Columbia and one of the country’s foremost experts on water governance.”

He’s Really Getting a Handel on his Direction

Hamilton Spectator | May 26, 2011

Alex Cann, Class of 1996

The Bach Elgar Choir closes its season this Saturday with Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus…” It (Judas Maccabaeus) offers a perfect counterpoint to Messiah,” said the BEC’s new conductor, Alex Cann, who acknowledged the possibility of “a certain oratorio fatigure.”

Tings Chak’s Beautiful Book Pays Homage to ‘The First Real Home I Ever Had’

Hamilton Spectator | April 20, 2011

Tings Chak, Class of 2009

“We’re all on loan to each other, for what time we have together.  The world gave us Tings Chak, on a five-year lease (2005-2010) as it were.” More: Tings Chak (20 April 2011) (Hamilton Spectator)

A McMaster Grad in Devastated Sri Lanka Sees How Little Some People Have – and Why We Should Care

Hamilton Spectator | March 5, 2011

Jesse Bauman, Class of 2010

“Eight months and 12 days ago I was still in Canada — at Hamilton Place, to be specific. I received my undergraduate degree from McMaster University that day, along with hundreds of other excited and terrified young students. I left Canada a few months later to start a job with a relief and development organization in Sri Lanka…”

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