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Fall 2023

Alumni updates

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

JOHN BOILEAU (BA) of Bedford, N.S., was invested in the Order of Nova Scotia for 2022. The award was announced on Dec. 12, 2022, and notes in part, “As an accomplished and widely published historian and heritage preservation advocate, Colonel Boileau has done much to enhance public knowledge of the province's rich history and its peoples.” He “has a passion for Nova Scotia's history,” is “immensely active in his community as a speaker, advisor, and commentator, and gives freely of his time and advice. John is an influential and positive force behind the promotion of the province's cultural fibre and has created an awareness and appreciation of Nova Scotia's rich and diverse history and heritage.” Because many of his contributions involved the military and military history, as a retired officer with 37 years regular force service and another 10 years as an honorary colonel, John was authorized to wear his army uniform by the commander of the Canadian Army for the occasion.

On January 11, 2023, at Westville, N.S., the Premier of Nova Scotia, Tim Houston presented retired judge CLYDE MACDONALD (BCL) of New Glasgow, N.S., with a Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal. In the past, Clyde has been the recipient of both the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals. Since the year 2000, Clyde has been the self-published author of 21 books about Pictou County and Nova Scotia historical events and people with all proceeds from the book sales going to charitable organizations.

PETER HUNT’S (BScME) of Kennett Square, PA, USA, wife, JOYCE (BA, BEd’73) had her second knee replaced. Now with two good legs she will be able to enjoy her garden. Also, she is anxious to get back on the racetrack to compete with me. She has her Porsche Cayman GT-4 and I now have a 2023 Porsche Boxster GTS.
DAWNE MCLEAN (née Wright, BSc) of Shepody, N.B., was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal (New Brunswick). This award honours the extraordinary contribution made to her community and the Province of New Brunswick, in her dedicated service for the benefit of others. Serving as president of the Albert County Historical Society, she authored the book A Glimpse of Past Days, with the purpose of sharing and documenting historical accounts and heritage photos in print, so that essential pieces of Albert County's rich history will be preserved for future generations.
‘79 - ‘84
THE NEILL HOUSE KNIGHTS are planning a reunion. We will be staying in Neill House from May 24 to May 26, 2024, and living how we did back in the days. Please come and join us to relive old memories and reestablish friendships. We also have regular Zoom meetings which are held quarterly. Please reach out to David Le Blanc at lebldav@hotmail.com and join us for the zoom meetings or to join us for the reunion. 
‘80 - ‘19

11 UNB alumni are Atlantic Business Magazine's 2023 Top CEOs.

  • JOEL ALBERT (BBA’05), co-founder/ owner/business development, NorthTaste Flavourings Inc., Anse-Bleue, N.B.
  • SASCHA BOULET-DEVOST (BScKin’09), CEO, Capture Therapeutics, Grand Falls, N.B.
  • MARY BUTLER (MEd’10), CEO and president, New Brunswick Community College (NBCC), Fredericton, N.B.
  • SUSAN CHALMERS-GAUVIN (BA’96, DLitt’12), co-founder and president, Atlantic Ballet Atlantique Canada, Moncton, N.B.
  • TANYA CHAPMAN (MBA’12), CEO and president, The Chapman Group. Saint John, N.B.
  • KEVIN KILEY (LLB’93), managing partner, McInnes Cooper, Halifax, N.S.
  • ERIK KLEIN (Class of ’97): CEO, Town Health Solutions, Hampton, N.B.
  • MARK MCALLISTER (CS’01), CEO and co-founder, VeroSource Solutions Inc., Fredericton, N.B.
  • KEITH MCINTOSH (DSc’18), CEO, PLATO Testing, Fredericton, N.B.
  • MATT SYMES (BA/BEd’04), CEO, Symplicity Designs, Moncton, N.B.
  • MARK WOOD (BScEE’80, MScEE’83), CEO and co-founder, Ocean Sonics Ltd., Truro Heights, N.S.

After playing full time master’s tennis on The ITF World Circuit Tour since 2009, MAR PEPIN (BEd) reached a milestone and won his 50th ITF title in Umag, Croatia, in September by capturing the men's 60 doubles title.

WARREN GRAY (BBA) of Waterloo, Ont., retired in January 2020 and now spends his time doing as little as possible.

MARK THOMAS (BScChE) of Houston, TX, USA, received the Proficiency Medal First Class, the highest civilian recognition in the Kingdom of Bahrain, from His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in December 2022.
In November 2022, TRINA INNES (MF) of Edmonton, Alta., was recognized as one of 100 women and gender-diverse people who are leading the way to a clean energy future in Canada through the Women in Energy Transformation Series.
Colonel (The Reverend Doctor) BARBARA L. PUTNAM, CD, née Cuthbertson (BSc) of Ottawa, Ont., received the degree doctor of divinity honorus causa from Acadia University at the 2022 Convocation. Barbara is a Canadian Forces chaplain who is passionate about diversity, equity, and inclusion. Her work is in the area of restorative practices for affected persons of sexual misconduct. She lives in Ottawa with her spouse, The Reverend Brad Putnam.
DR. RAOUF KHODABOCUS (BEd’87, MSc‘89, PhD) of Moka, Mauritius, an educational trailblazer was awarded the prestigious 2023 UNB Alumni Award of Distinction. “What an honour to be receiving this prestigious Award of Distinction from my alma mater. It is rewarding when one’s career reaches a major milestone.” All his three children who attended the ceremony are/were NSERC scholars pursuing their careers in the medical and dental fields in Canada. He can be reached at drkhodabocus@hotmail.com.

DON MOORE (BSc) of Moncton, N.B., joined the board of directors for the Codiac Regional Policing Authority (CPRA) in 2021, becoming chair of the board in 2022. The CRPA is the volunteer civilian oversight group that sets the priorities of policing, and budget, for the regional police service in Moncton, Dieppe, and Riverview, in New Brunswick.

TONY FABIJANČIĆ (PhD) from Corner Brook, Nfld., is a professor of English at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland. He is the author of three books: Croatia: Travels in Undiscovered Country (University of Alberta Press, 2003), Bosnia: In the Footsteps of Gavrilo Princip (University of Alberta Press, 2009), and Drink in the Summer: A Memoir of Croatia (Athabasca University Press, 2023). His other publications include scholarly articles, travel essays, personal essays, political essays, short fiction and photographs in the University of Toronto Quarterly, The Globe and Mail, Calgary Herald, The Antigonish Review, The Nashwaak Review and elsewhere.

ADAM BURNS (BSc) of Ottawa, Ont., received his BSc from UNB in 1998 and his MSc from Dalhousie University in 2000. He was recently appointed assistant deputy minister, aquatic ecosystems and fisheries management at Fisheries and Oceans Canada. Prior to this, he was director general, fisheries and resource management at DFO. He lives in Ottawa with his wife and our two sons.

JIM HIGGINS (MEd) of St. Stephen, N.B., was hired as the municipal returning officer for District 18, stretching from McAdam to Grand Manan. He was tasked with overseeing the recent municipal election in the district that was triggered by the amalgamation of areas by the Department of Environment and Local Government. He began work with Elections Canada in 2019, and has been involved in every election federally, provincially and municipally since, either as a poll worker, trainer or administrator.

JAMIE HEAP (BEd) of River Hebert, N.S., received positive media coverage in both the print and online versions of the Moncton Times & Transcript and L'Acadie-Nouvelle newspapers in early January 2023 concerning his 13th and latest book Wrestling with the Cormiers: The Careers of Brothers Leo Burke, Yvon “The Beast” Cormier, Bobby Kay, Rudy Kay & Mel Turnbow During the Territorial Era of Professional Wrestling, 1948 – 1991. As a result, demand increased exponentially from Jamie's initial limited 25-copy 2022 print run, causing him to sell all 110 copies of his second print run in just 15 days, making the book the most successful (in terms of copies sold) of his 10 self-published books and second only behind Lord of the Land: The Reign of Amos 'King' Seaman (415 copies) that was published by the Sackville, NB-based Tantramar Heritage Trust in February 2009. Altogether, Jamie has sold over 1,050 copies of his various books, surpassing his 1,000-copy goal that he set for himself five years ago.

DARCEY LYNCH (BBA) of Dieppe, N.B., had an 18+ year career in the functional areas of human resources, safety and operations across the manufacturing, agriculture and transportation sectors, and has recently founded Levitate HR Strategies Inc., a consultancy which combines human resources with occupational health and safety service offering. He invites connection requests from former classmates and alumni on LinkedIn at https://www. linkedin.com/in/darceylynch/.

In December 2022, CARRIE CULLIGAN YEAMANS (BBA'04; MPhil) was presented with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Medal for her coordination of several federal/provincial and territorial meetings for the premier of New Brunswick throughout the pandemic.

JASMINE CHONG (BSc) was named as one of the top 1 per cent most cited researchers in her field through Clarivate. Her sister has fond memories of her bringing “me into Bailey Hall as a young child, showing me around UNB, and bringing home spin dip. Her drive and success is what inspired me to attend UNB. She went on pursue her Master's in Epidemiology and a PHD Bioinformatics both at McGill.”

JOHN MATHER (BA’03, MEd) of Oromocto, N.B., following 10 years in Canadian Special Operations Forces Command in Ontario, was posted to the G3 (Operations) Branch at Combat Training Centre Headquarters at 5 CDSB Gagetown in September 2022. The family is very happy to be back home in New Brunswick, and exploring all the outdoor activities the province has to offer.

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