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Class Acts

Some graduates in this listing have received more than one degree from Concordia, Sir George Williams and/or Loyola. These people are listed under their earliest year of graduation.


Hugh McQueen, L BSc (eng.), in September marked 50 years since his first academic term at Concordia. A graduate of Loyola’s pre-engineering program in 1954, he then obtained a BEng at McGill in 1956 and a PhD at Notre Dame University, South Bend, Ind., in 1961. Hugh then became a professor at École Polytechnique. In 1968 he taught Materials Science in the Loyola Engineering Program and began in Mechanical Engineering at Sir George Williams, where he was chair of the department, 1971-1973. He retired in 1998 and was appointed Distinguished Emeritus Professor. In June, he was awarded the Canadian Metal Physics Medal at the 51st Canadian Materials Science Conference.


Gloria Gadoury, S BA, MA (Eng.) 91, works with the Salvation Army teaching English and the Bible to refugees. She recently finished her intensive study of Mandarin and now knows seven languages. Gloria is married with two daughters and two grandchildren and lives in Montreal.


Milan Muravec, S BCom, studied business administration and behavioural science for management at the University of Western Ontario and University of California, Los Angeles. He is CEO of Muravec and Associates, a management consulting firm in Walnut Creek, Calif., and lectures on business fundamentals for engineers at the University of California, Berkeley. Milan is married and has two sons, Todd Andrew and Darrin Treavor.

Shirley Raphael, S BA, has been a practicing artist for over 30 years. She had a retrospective of her work (1985-2001) at the Farfelu Gallery in Sutton, Que., in July. “I am primarily a printmaker, but also do paintings, mixed media, and banners. I have been active in Canada and the U.S. I’ve been away a lot, but now Sutton is my permanent residence. I’d like to hear from people who hung out at L’Echouerie or Bob Silverman’s 7 Steps bookshop.”


Robert W. Jort, S BA, recently retired from his position of Senior Director, Organizational & Human Resources Planning, at Air Canada. He is married with two daughters and lives in Hawkesbury, Ont.


Dave Hardy, S BA (Eng. lit.), was Film Artist in Residence at Simon Fraser University, 1975-76, and designed the curriculum for the full-time program of the Vancouver Film School in 1987. He also served as the head of instruction at the film school, 1987-1990, and taught film editing and cinematography. Dave now teaches privately. He lives in Vancouver.

Tom McHale, S BSc (eng.), writes, “I have been traveling the world in the last decades and would like to contact some of my good friends from the Loyola Engineering class of ’65, especially those who went on to McGill and obtained an electrical engineering degree there as well.”

photo by Doreen Lindsay

Hand-coloured photograph by Doreen Lindsay

Doreen Lindsay, S BA, S MFA 69, held an exhibition of hand-coloured photographs, “Conservatory,” at the gallery at Victoria Hall in Westmount, Que., September 7 to October 11. The photos (including the one pictured at right) are all of the Westmount Conservatory.

35th Reunion

David Superstein, S BSc, BA 75, received an MEd from the University of Ottawa in 1972 and an MA from Adler School of Professional Psychology in 1991. “After teaching with the Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal for 23 years, I became principal of Herzliah High School in Montreal in 1992. I retired in 2000. I recently ended my retirement to become the Director of Admissions and Community Relations at Centennial Academy in Montreal. ”

Andy Zajchowski, L BA (poli. sci.), received a Diploma in Public Administration from Carleton University in 1972. He works for the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada as a negotiator, representing members and negotiating collective agreements. Andy lives with his wife, Sandy, and two daughters, Sheri and Lauri, in Nepean, Ont.

Painting by Valerie Kent

Jefferson Forest - Suede Fog by Valerie Kent

Valerie Kent, S BA, is a Toronto artist whose many exhibits included a solo show of 38 pieces at the Skylight Art Gallery at the Aurora Town Hall in Aurora, Ont., and the Richmond Hill Group of Artists Juried Show, where she received the Jurors’ Award, both in September. In December Valerie will have her third annual holiday solo show at the Mandeville Art Gallery in Toronto. She writes, “After teaching at the college and university level, I am now teaching at a high school in Toronto. I also teach watercolour painting to adults at the Mill Pond Art Gallery in Richmond Hill. I also do watercolour painting and have exhibited all over. I have a web site,

30th Reunion

Kenneth B. MacDonald, L BA 72, a former Loyola Warriors hockey player, was inducted into the Glengarry (Ont.) Sports Hall of Fame in Williamstown, Ont., his hometown. Kenneth was a successful Junior hockey coach. He is an elementary school teacher.


L Col. Michel Desgroseillers, L BCom (admin.), assumed command of the St. Hubert, Que., 438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron in August. He began his career in the Canadian Forces shortly after graduation and became a helicopter pilot for the regular force. In 1996 Michel transferred to the reserves and presently works for Transport Canada. His 27 years of service includes being team leader of the UN Observer Force in Lebanon and the Golan Heights in addition to other Canadian Forces posts. Michel and his wife, Julie Régimbald, live in Ste. Julie, Que.

Susan Stromberg Stein, BA (Eng.), received an MA in Canadian literature from McGill in 1977. Susan, an internationally awarded sculptor, was chosen as the “Featured Sculptor” for the Reel Film Festival in Montreal, representing Canada, in September, and was commissioned by the Orchestre Métropolitain du Grand Montreal to create a bronze version of their official 2001 logo. Susan’s marble sculpture, Hungry/Angry Hands, was selected by Flora Canada for the annual Canada Day celebrations in Montreal.

Sequoia #1, 2000 by Linda Rutenberg

Sequoia #1, 2000 by Linda Rutenberg

Linda Rutenberg, S BA 74, MFA 86, took part in a three-photographer exhibition, “Image-Paysage,” at the Stewart Hall Art Gallery in Pointe Claire, Que., August 27 to October 7.


Barbara Nathan-Marcus, BA, MA 82, is an Ottawa-area artist. She exhibited her paintings as part of a three-woman show, “Hello Ethel,” at the Saw Gallery in Ottawa, in August.


Antonia Di Paola-Belliveau, BSc (bio.), is a chief technician in the chemistry department at McGill. With her husband, Thomas Belliveau, and their three daughters, Janet, Pauline and Claudia, “we recently moved back to Montreal from a 10-year stint in Jonquière, Que., where my husband was working at the Alcan Research Centre. His transfer to the Montreal head office is giving me the opportunity to renew old ties, including Concordia.”

Alan Escofferey, BCom, received an MBA from the University of Central Florida in 1995. He is Business Manager, Commercial, for the State Group in Toronto, a company providing infrastructure services. He is married with children.

Deborah L’Abbee, BA, is an investment advisor for RBC Dominion Securities in Langley, B.C. “I moved to B.C. in 1978. My husband, Norman, our son, and I live close to the U.S.-Canadian border, a mixture of rural and suburban setting. I do miss the excitement of Montreal and hope to one day introduce my son to the city. My career in the investment field can be very challenging and rewarding.”

Graham F. Wagner, BSc (bio.), writes, “I have been on faculty in the department of physiology at the University of Western Ontario since 1991. After leaving Concordia in 1976 I did postgraduate studies at Simon Fraser University and postdoctoral work at the University of British Columbia and the University of Manitoba. I study the evolution of hormone structure and function in worms, fish and mammals, and it was all inspired by the profs at Concordia. It’s been a long haul, but I love it!”


25th Reunion
Robert Martin, BA, MBA 85, is Senior VP with Plan Vista Corp., a healthcare technology company in Tampa, Fla. He’s married with two children.

Irene Turanski Melnyk, BA, began as a commercial stock representative for Shell Canada in Calgary, where she has lived for the past six years. She is also pursuing an accounting certificate at the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT).


William (Bill) Banks, BA (geog.), received an MBA from McGill in 1984. He is VP Business Development for Fairway Canadian Express, a Canadian-owned trucking company offering transportation throughout North America. Bill is married to Alison Harris and they have three sons and live in Dollard des Ormeaux, Que. “Trucking is a dynamic and challenging field which is usually not a popular career choice. This is unfortunate, since qualified managers are highly sought. I would be very open to mentor individuals who wish to make transportation a career.”

Anna (Anya) Chmielewski, BEng (elec.), is a project manager for Image Power Company in Vancouver. “A big ‘Hello’ to my past engineering classmates, friends and acquaintances. Since living and working in Montreal and Ottawa I’ve moved to Vancouver, which is such a beautiful city. I still do miss Montreal (and the east side) but certainly not the snow or freezing rain. I’m working in project management and just enjoying the West Coast. Hope you’re all well and happy. Feel free to drop me a line.”

Diane Linstead, BSc (bio. psych.), and her husband, Michael, have one son, Seth, and live in Westlake, Ohio. “We relocated here, where Michael is the new director of Rail Operations for the Cleveland Regional Transit Authority.”


20th Reunion
Jagg Carr-Locke (Joanne Griffith), BA (journ.), received an MA in 1987 and a BEd in 1988 from the University of Toronto. In September she was appointed as an assistant professor of journalism at Ryerson University. She is concurrently pursuing a PhD in political science at U of T. Jagg previously taught high school social sciences and was a broadcast journalist.


Sylvain Melancon, BCom, is Vice-President of National Sales, Industrial Division, for Agropur near Montreal. He has two children and lives in Longueuil.


John P. Foley, BA, received his law degree from the University of Toronto in 1987. He recently became an associate at Shook, Hardy & Bacon, a law firm based in Kansas City, Mo. John is a member of the firm’s Corporate Finance and Business Section and works in Washington, D.C. He lives in Arlington, Va.

Shlomo Schwartzberg, BA (poli. sci.), writes, “I have just completed my fifth fulfilling year as director of programming for the Toronto Jewish Film Festival. I have also kept up my journalism and currently cover the Canadian film industry for publications in Los Angeles and London, England, and file stories for the prestigious Israeli English-language newsmagazine, The Jerusalem Report.”


Susan Bone, BA (libr. studies), received an MA in library and information studies from Dalhousie University in 1989. “After managing a national publication for the Oceans Institute of Canada and working for the Halifax City Regional Library for seven years, my filmmaker partner and I “retired” to beautiful seaside LaHave, N.S., where I work as a freelance writer, editor and researcher. I’d love to hear from long-lost Concordia friends.”

Guadalupe Puentes-Neuman, BA (psych.), received her MA and PhD in psychology from Université de Montréal. She is now a professor in the department of special education at Université de Sherbrooke and lives in St. Elie d’Orford. “I’m enjoying the best of both worlds: interesting academic work and the beauty of the Eastern Townships. I’m always glad to hear from other Concordians.”

Mike Venditti, BEng (mech.), writes, “I work for Unigear Industries, one of the top gearing companies in Canada, as manufacturing manager and in process control. I have two children, Alexander and Matthew. I’d like to hear from Robert Cochrane. We used to discuss the statistics and dynamics classes over lunch at the Campus Centre. What good memories!”


Efstratios (Steve) Albanis, BA (psych.), received a Diploma in Management from McGill in 1990. He is now a convention services technician for Le Centre Sheraton Montreal. Steve and his wife, Chantal, have two children, Nicholas and Eleni, and live in LaSalle. “I miss those amazing afternoon naps at the Oasis Lounge at Loyola.”

Judith Gulko, MA (appl. psych.), PhD (clinical psych.) 91, writes, “I’ve lived in Boca Raton, Fla., for the last five years, with my husband Frank Eidelman, a physician who graduated from McGill in 1985, and two children. I’m a psychologist who specializes in working with women with eating disorders.”

Stewart Fletcher drawing

Drawing by Stewart Fletcher

Stewart Fletcher, BFA, Claudine Ascher, BFA 83, Diane Collet, BFA 76, and Ingeborg Hiscox, BFA 79, were part of a five-person exhibition, “Improvisations 2001”at Galerie de la Ville in Dollard des Ormeaux, Que., September 12 to October 4. The artists had improvised for four weeks on drawing paper 30 metres long and two metres high.


Renato Anzovino, BCom (fin.), writes, “I had been with the Royal Trust/Royal Bank for almost 12 years as a portfolio manager. Recently, I left RBC private counsel to join Goodman Private Wealth Management, as a Vice-President and Portfolio Manager, in the Montreal marketplace. GPWM is an investment counselling firm specializing in high net worth individuals.”

Hugh Mahabir, MBA, is a teacher for the Cree School Board in James Bay, Que.


Louise McKissick, BFA, exhibited an interactive installation, “The Julia Set,” at Artemisa Gallery in Chicago, Ill., in September. Louise also debuted Mettachine (Sequence 1) in October at tranz< tech, the Toronto International Video Art and New Media biennale. Louise is a new media performance and installation artist based in Chicago, and an assistant professor of academic computing at Columbia College, Chicago. She graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995.


Bill Aubé, BCom (fin.), received an MBA from Dalhousie University in 2000. He is now Assistant Vice-President, Sales — Quebec Region, for HSBC Bank of Canada in Montreal. He lives on Nun’s Island. “I’m happy to be back in Montreal after several years in Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver with HSBC.”

Maureen Bradley, BA (comm. studies), MA (media studies) 95, received an MFA in film from the University of British Columbia in 2001. She has been producing films since 1990 and is now in a tenure-track position teaching film at the University of Regina.

Juan Corsillo, BCom (fin.), writes, “I am Senior Vice President and Manager — Strategic Initiatives, for General Electric Capital in Norwalk, Conn., the largest non-bank finance institution in the world. I relocated to Connecticut last year after spending four years in San Francisco. My wife, Debora, and I have two boys and live in Ridgefield, Conn.”

Ruth-Anne Lesar, BA (APSS), received a post baccalaureate in education from Simon Fraser University in 1995. She now works in Vancouver as an integrated services coordinator for the B.C. Ministry of Children and Family Development — Community Living Services, helping families with special needs children. Ruth-Anne is married and has a daughter.

Abdul Rasheed Muhammed, MBA, writes, “ I would like to say a big hello to all in my MBA class of 1987-1989. I’m now in sunny Dubai (United Arab Emirates), where it’s 45 degrees (gee, that is hot). I do remember all the great days I had at Concordia. I work for Unisys Corporation as Regional Sales Manager for the Middle East. I’m married with two children who are attending international school (of course with a Canadian principal). I would like to hear from anyone from my MBA class.”


Phil Moscovitch, BA, MA (religion) 96, writes, “I was recently named editor of Canadian Screenwriter magazine. I also write marketing and promotional materials, documentaries (including two stories in the popular “Dogs with Jobs” series), magazine articles, web sites, media kits and the children’s comic, Daisy Dreamer. I’m married to Sara Lamb. We have three children and live on 30 acres in Glen Margaret, N.S.”


10th Reunion
Tejinder Singh Bhuller, BA (journ. & poli. sci.), is a self-employed interpreter-translator in Montreal, certified for Punjabi-English-French. He is married to Manpreet Chahal-Bhuller, and they have two children, Monica and Ravinder, and live in LaSalle.

Juliet Buchholz, BA (poli. sci.), is a Senior Administration Assistant for Raytheon in Vancouver. Raytheon is involved in defence, government and commercial electronics and business aviation, based in Lexington, Mass.

Tim Hovey, BCom (int’l. bus.), lives in San Juan, Puerto Rico. “I completed my MBA at the University of British Columbia in 1994 (including one semester at Copenhagen Business School in Denmark). I then spent three years with the Business Development Bank of Canada, in both lending and consulting. For the past four years I have been working for Scotiabank’s international banking division, one year in the Dominican Republic and three years in Puerto Rico.”

Tammy Lu, BFA, lives in Southend-on-Sea, U.K. “I just graduated with an MA in fashion design from Central Saint Martin’s College in London, England, and have taken a job running the fashion BA program and teaching art and design classes at South East Essex College. Since 1992 I have lived in the U.S., Taiwan, Spain, Hungary and most recently England, most of the time studying or working in education and art and design.

Giovanni Spezzacatena, BFA (film anim.), MFA (film prod.) 1997, writes, “I am currently living in Seattle, Wash., where I am a full-time design and animation faculty member at the Art Institute of Seattle. I have come to appreciate the complex art and science of teaching (and the great job many of my Concordia profs did), while continuing my own education in the process. My website:


Vicken Balian, BCom, lives in Ste. Adele, Que. “After graduating I earned Certified Management Accountant (CMA), Certified Internal Auditor (CIA) and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designations. After working in the manufacturing and financial sector, for the past three years I have been travelling throughout North America for a Denver-based firm, the Implementation Partners LLC, which specializes in the implementation of the JD Edwards ERP system. I am currently Client Manager & Senior Applications Specialist with emphasis in the financial suites & activity-based costing.”

Henry (Ting-Ho) Tam, BEng (elec.), is a sales manager at Oplink Communications in Toronto. “After I graduated, the first few years were tough, and I worked at low-end jobs at various companies, including IC sales at Future Electronics and computer sales.”

Keith Woolrich
, BSc (phys.), is Manager, Network Systems, for the pharmaceutical company Pfizer Canada in Montreal. He lives in Île Bizard.


Alexander Bevan, BA (poli. sci.), writes, “Upon graduating I entered the field of advertising and worked with creative teams for several Montreal-area agencies. In April 2000 I co-founded Agent 30 Communications in Montreal, where I am currently Executive Vice-President and Creative Director.”

Howard (Haim) Garfinkle, BCom (acct.), is a comptroller for Rhodia Israel in Netanya, Israel. “I married a lovely Londoner, Lisa, and we have three kids with triple citizenship. I am working as comptroller for a subsidiary of a French chemical company, where they make fun of my Québécois accent. The news around here is pretty discouraging after the high hopes of last year, but sometimes you just have to keep looking to the future. There’s no place like home!”

Karen Kitto
, BFA (drama edu.), received a BEd from the University of Western Ontario in 1995. She now teaches English for the International College in Beirut, Lebanon. “I’m still not tired of seeing the world! Love teaching, love travelling and love coming home to visit.”


Jonathan Bell, attendee, writes, “I was a UK exchange student in 1994-95 in the commerce program. I’m single and work for Citibank in the U.K. I’d like to hear from anybody I knew in Hingston Hall that year.”

Carol V. McQueen
, BA (history), recently returned from Oxford University, England, where she was attending on a Rhodes Scholarship. She will soon defend her PhD thesis in international relations. Carol also recently received a postdoctoral fellowship in international security, jointly from McGill and Université de Montréal. She is now teaching a course on international organization at McGill.


Stéphanie Adolfson, BFA (art hist.), is Senior Transcripts Assistant, the supervisor of official transcripts, at Concordia’s Office of the Registrar. She lives in Montreal.

Paul Mirshak, BCom (mktg.), writes, “I have spent the last two years at Molson Canada, where my most recent position was Assistant Brand Manager for Molson Export. I am currently doing my MBA at Arizona State University in Phoenix, concentrating in sports business. I would love to hear from my fellow classmates and team members from the 1996 Undergraduate Business Games and Commerce Games gold medal teams.”

Xuân-Huy (san-we) Nguyen
, BFA (photog.), was honoured in June as the “Jeune professionnel ou travailleur autonome du Québec” at the Gala Arista-Financière Sun Life 2001, for founding L’Art qui fait Boum!, La Triennale de la Relève québécoise en arts visuels. L’Art qui fait Boum!, which was held in June 2000, was created to encourage public awareness of new Québécois talent in visual arts.

Uvernes Somarriba, BEng (comp. sci.), is a self-employed computer science advisor in Managua, Nicaragua.


5th Reunion
Salma K. Pal, MA (PPPA), lives in Montreal. “I own my own consulting firm and work mostly in employment-based immigration. My projects have taken me from rural areas in Newfoundland and farming regions of southern Ontario to placing foreign-trained RNs in Vancouver. I still use the valuable research and organizational skills learned from writing my MA thesis.”

Carol Turner, BA (Fr. studies), is a materials manager for Patheon Whitby, a pharmaceutical company in Whitby, Ont. She and her husband, Charles, have one daughter, Kim.


Ari Grief, BFA (film studies), is the writer, director and producer of 681-0638, his first feature film, which had its world premiere at the 2001 Toronto International Film Festival. 681-0638 is a comedy-drama following the diverse individuals who use a New York City telephone booth over the course of a day. Ari’s other credits include the short film Open Up and You’re No Good, a music video for a local solo performer. He is currently developing a feature film project, Neon Grove, a coming-of-age tale set in Montreal against the backdrop of a Quebec referendum. Ari lives in Toronto.


Charles Flageole, MA (human. syst. interv.), has a BA from the University of Ottawa and a Certificate in Career Development from Concordia University College of Alberta. He has worked in Ottawa for the Federal Public Service since 1989 and is currently a Learning and Organizational Development Consultant with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Milo.

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