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Spring/Summer 2021

Alumni updates

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Here is what some of our alumni have been up to this year

JOHN BOILEAU (BA) of Bedford, NS, on completion of 10 years as the honorary colonel of The Halifax Rifles (RCAC) and two years as the chair of the National Council of Honorary Colonels, was awarded the Commander Canadian Army Commendation in November for his work in the establishment of honorary colonel lines of communication across Canada, and seizing every opportunity to engage in community outreach, “thus bringing great honour to the Canadian Armed Forces.

ALFRED BRIEN (BBA, LLB’69) of Saint John, NB, a New Brunswick provincial court judge and founder of one of Canada’s first mental health courts, retired in November 2020, after 32 years on the bench. 

GREGG SMITH (BBA) of Bedford, NS, is retired and living in Bend, Oregon, since 2010. Beautiful city with many things like Fredericton of old. 

BARBARA SEAGRAM, née Williams, (BN) of Toronto, ON, along with her friend, Patti Lee, has built and sustained four schools in remote villages in Cambodia. They also build toilets and drill wells, and teach sanitation. Toilets are so important as they decrease the incidence of sexual abuse of women and allow young girls to not have to miss any school. They also build toilets at government schools and supply menses kits to young girls. They build handwashing stations at government schools, as well as at their own. They also have supplied thousands of water filters to remote villages in Northern Laos, thereby improving quality of life through improved health. All fundraising is done through bridge events, now online, but usually in person. There are no administration fees. All volunteers pay their own airfare, accommodations and meals. She continues to teach bridge all over the world and has now authored 32 published books on the game. If you want to learn bridge (free online) or wish to help with our Cambodia/Laos projects, email barbaraseagram@gmail.com. 


GEORGE HAMILTON (BScEng’74) of Peterborough, ON, on Feb. 19, 2021, along with members of the UNB contingent of the Canada Games 1971 New Brunswick downhill ski team (and a few non-UNB team members) gathered together for a virtual reconnect to commemorate 50 years since they competed together. Members from both the men’s and women’s teams and their coach joined from five time zones (NB, QC, ON, MB, AB, BC and US) to share memories. The team, and reconnected members, are looking forward to hearing from old ski and university friends, and contact can be made through George Hamilton at ghamiltoncobourg@live.com. Joining George were Tom Butz (Fredericton ski club), BLAIR VESSIE (BScF'72), Joanne Embree (Fredericton ski club), LINDA BAKER, née Ashton (BPE'74), BOB STANIFORTH (BBA'72), Joan Wilson (Campbelltown ski club), GEORGE “GEORDIE” HODGSON (BBA'72), Jennie O'Brian (Fredericton ski club), and ROSS DRYSDALE (LLB'73).

CAROLE ESTABROOKS (BN) of Edmonton, AB, updates from the last few years: in 2016, she became a member of the Order of Canada; in 2018 her Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (knowledge translation in elder care) was renewed and she received UA’s J Gordin Kaplan award for research excellence; in 2020 she was made a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and a fellow in the Canadian Academy of Nurses.  
BRIAN PECK (BScEng) of Vancouver, BC, as of Oct. 30, 2020, has retired from HSBC where he had been global head of trade floor voice and compliance technologies. Brian is re-discovering the feeling of freedom and is looking for better balance in life, including getting back into (modest) endurance sports activities. Brian is located in downtown Vancouver, BC, and can be reached at brianpeck88@gmail.com 
SUMMER COYLE, née Earl, (BA) of Rothesay, NB, has completed her fourth literary novel Summer is a Short Season, which is the third book in her Soulless Trilogy. Scorpions Hunt by Night and Sandcastles in the Rain are the first two books in the trilogy. She has also written Daisies from Ashes, which is a stand-alone novel. All of her novels are available worldwide in paperback and digital formats through multiple distributors.   
DAVID LEBLANC (BBA) of Ottawa, ON, retired from the federal public service in August of this year, after spending 35 years working for Statistics Canada, the last six months having to work from home due to the pandemic. David hopes everyone is staying healthy. David hopes to see a lot of you in 2022 for our 40th reunion. 
DERRICK STANFORD (BA) of Rothesay, NB, joined Brunswick News Inc. as the head of national partnerships. 

RAMSAY ANDERSON (BA) of Fredericton, NB, after 30 years in the travel and tourism industry as a flight attendant, a reservations agent with Air Canada Vacations and front line travel agent with Harvey’s Travel/Carlson Wagonlit, American Express and the past 19 years with CAA, has returned to UNB. In January 2021, Ramsay started as client services representative at the Office of the Registrar at Sir Howard Douglas Hall (he always called it the Old Arts Building). Lots of things have changed from his time on campus, but many things are so familiar. He has so many fond memories from his academic years 1985 to 1989, with two of those years in residence at Bridges House. These past months have been difficult. With the initial COVID-19 lockdown in March and April 2020, he spent many days walking the empty UNB campus, and photographing each building and the three entry gates (it was his COVID project). Soon the campus will come back to life with fun, laughter and friendship to make fond memories for many generations to come. 

KEN WENTWORTH (BScEng) of Calgary, AB, after having spent 17 years with NOVA Chemicals in Sarnia, ON, and 15 years at Petrogas Energy Corp. in Calgary, AB, (the company was purchased by AltaGas Ltd. in December 2020), he accepted the position of SVP – energy exports with AltaGas Ltd., having commercial responsibility for the Prince Rupert, BC, and the Ferndale, WA, LPG export terminals.  He continues to reside in Calgary with his wife Diana of 32 years.

TERRENCE RICHARDS (BCS) of Toronto, ON, as lionscanada.ca celebrated 100 years of service in Canada from 1920 to 2020, Kittitian Lion Tebo (Terrence) was elected to serve as the A-711 District Governor in Ontario (Toronto, Peel, Halton, Hamilton-Wentworth) to oversee 85 Lions Clubs from Scarborough to Stoney Creek, in Canada’s most populous district. Lion Tebo was the first black person to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in computer science as UNB Frederiction made history as Canada’s first faculty of computer science in 1993. 

STACEY STAIRS, née Calhoun, (BEd) of Sussex, NB, received the 2020  Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence.    

LORIE TRACEY, née Dee, (BEd) of Grand Falls, NB, completed her education degree at UNB. After more than 20 years in the public school system teaching, she completed her master’s of education degree in leadership studies from Memorial University. 

MELANIE PERRY, née Boulé, (BA, LLB’04) of Halifax, NS, has accepted a position as a senior crown attorney in special prosecutions as a cybercrime prosecutor. Melanie will continue to be based in Halifax, but will prosecute offences from across the province of Nova Scotia. Watch your online activities, folks!
ANDREA BALDWIN (LLB) of Halifax, NS, has joined Barteaux Labour and Employment Law Boutique to add immigration law practice. Immigration law is now a core practice area at the firm and Andrea could not be happier. “Immigration law is a natural fit with employment law,” says Baldwin who represents employers across Atlantic Canada and beyond.

CHRISTOPHER BOYSE (BA, BBA’04) of Calgary, AB, has recently taken on the role of director of compliance at Flahmingo Investments, a fintech startup business that is enabling micro-investing for Canadians. He is also founder and CEO of Brain Bar, a plant-based protein bar brand in Western Canada.  

DARCEY LYNCH (BBA) of Dieppe, NB, was appointed director of human resources with Midland Transport in May 2020. 

GRACE PIERCY (BScEng, JD’14) of Tennessee, USA, as the Customer Services Program (CSP) principal engineer, customer delivery with Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA), has been named External Relations Engineer of the Year. Grace came to TVA in 2016 and quickly earned the respect of her co-workers and local power company customers for her engineering acumen, leadership, and teamwork. Her desire to develop others led her to train engineers across the valley this year on complex projects such as arc flash hazard analysis. Grace worked with the principal engineering committee to help draft engagement guidelines and procure COVID-19 personal protective equipment to reassure other power utilization engineers that their protection and safety are the priority. Grace’s management of the CSP program in the district helped boost CSP program customer satisfaction from 77 per cent in 2019 to 96 per cent in 2020, based on the Voice of the Customer Survey results. Grace also contributed to the external relations team through her participation in the Employee Advisory Group, where she was selected to a leadership role as the chair of the Communications Committee. She did all of this while keeping her CSP Effective Recovery Rate above 100 per cent, onboarding a new engineer in January, and continuing development of two other engineers who had been in their roles less than one year. She received the TVA External Relations Rising Star Award in February 2019. As part of her selection as Engineer of the Year for External Relations, Grace is also a candidate for TVA’s Engineer of the Year. 
SOURAJ SALAH (PhD) of Dubai, UAE, is proud to be a mechanical engineering PhD grad of perhaps the first co-supervised grad by business and engineering faculty members at UNB (Dr. Rahim and Dr. Carretero). My best co-authored paper reached over 350 citations and resulted in Springer publishing my first co-authored book on company-wide management systems all with the help of my supervisors. Winner of the American Society for Quality UAE Quality Professional Qward. 

PHIL MAILLET (Class of ) made his NHL debut with the Washington Capitals on Feb. 7. (Photo courtesy of the Washington Capitals)

SAM POIRIER, (BScEng, M-TME), CEO and co-founder of Potential Motors, was recognized as a national changemaker by the Globe and Mail for “leading Canada into the electric vehicle revolution.”    

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