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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.

See also our Artists page.


Cameron Nish, S BA, Concordia Emeritus Professor of History, was named Member of the Ordre des Francophones d’Amérique in 1984. “In 1959 I received an MA from the Université de Montréal and a doctorate from the Université Laval in 1965. From 1957 until my retirement in 1993, with the exception of a few years, I taught history at Sir George and Concordia.”


Lillian Rubinlicht, S BA (Eng.), retired as Concordia’s Assistant Director of Library Personnel in May. She is also a graduate of Macdonald Teachers’ College and McGill. Lillian joined Concordia as a cataloguing librarian in 1972. She eventually was appointed Assistant Director in 1992 and served as Interim Director in 1998.


Jeff Barber, BA (comm. studies), writes, “I worked as a freelance photographer in Victoria for 19 years before moving to New Zealand in 1999. I studied viticulture at the Eastern Institute of Technology in Hawks Bay, N.Z., 2000-01, then developed a family vineyard, Pond Paddock Vineyard, in Martinborough, N.Z. We grow pinot noir and Riesling fruit. We sell our single vineyard pinot noir in Sydney, British Columbia and now Ontario. I am married to a Kiwi, Christine Barnett, an archaeologist who I met in Victoria. We have a boy, Walter (10), and a girl, Alena (13). I was the entertainment director for Loyola’s student association in 1975, and I played junior varsity football in my first year at Loyola in 1970.”

Robert Lamb, BSc (comp. sci.), lives in Kirkland, Que. “I’m happily married to a wonderful woman, with two kids in university/college. Still living in Montreal after all these years. Ex of Nortel.”


David-Philip Gladstone, BFA (music), is President of IFISC. “SGWU and Loyola were my campuses, and then it all became Concordia. Next was McGill, as an educational specialist with a focus in music as well. All great stuff! My days at Concordia were amazing times!”

Beverly Stride Côté, BA (hist.), retired as a resource teacher in 2002 from the Riverside School Board and lives in Saint Lambert, Que. “I enjoy life with my husband of 40 years, David. I’m an active member of the local horticultural society, University Women’s Club and a library volunteer delivering books to shut-ins. We still winter in the south.

Marie Lancup

Marie Lancup, at a pub in Dublin, Ireland.


Marie Lancup, BSc (comp. sci.), lives in Liverpool, U.K., and is Managing Director of James Lambert Consulting (UK) Ltd. in London.

“I first moved to Europe in 1986. As a Director of SCII Ltée, a Canadian IT services company, I helped establish the Paris-based French branch of the business and was promoted to VP, Sales & Marketing, in 1988. In 1993 I made the move to the U.K. to set up my own company, James Lambert Consulting Inc., focusing on strategic business change projects.

I enjoy living in Europe because of the wide diversity of cultures at such close proximity and the rich history, incredible architecture, and fabulous variety of food and wine! But I love Canada, and Quebec will always be what I consider my true home. It would be a real pleasure to hear from classmates and professors from when I was a student at Concordia.”



Christopher Atherley, BFA (music), lives in Bridgetown, Barbados. “I am Director of Music for the Royal Barbados Police Force Band. I am also a counsellor and Archbishop/Primate of the Anglican Church Worldwide. I enjoy playing the clarinet, conducting and preaching. I thoroughly enjoyed my student days in Canada.”

Dean Macaskill, BComm (acct.), is Vice President, Investment Division, for Lennard Commercial Realty in Toronto. “I recently relocated from Ashlar Urban Realty to Lennard. I have two fantastic girls, Quinn (11) and Brooke (9), both of whom are very active with horseback riding and spending my money. I have a Bouvier named Dana, who’s 12 years old and doesn’t like my kids. I am happily single and enjoy my free weekends sport-touring on my motorcycle wherever it takes me.”


Lennox Carter, BComm (acct.), is Manager of I.V. Carter & Co. in St. John, Barbados. “I left Canada in 1982 and have not returned. I would like to hear from my old friends Mike Bamcil (from Nigeria), Joseph Amacuando (from Ghana) and Helena (from Ghana). I am in private practice in Barbados and I also have a construction company. I thank Concordia and Loyola Campus for having a good long-lasting influence on my life and my successes.”

Steve Galluccio, BA (transl.), is the writer of the international hit movie Mambo Italiano and the award-winning television series Ciao Bella. Steve’s new movie, Surviving My Mother, will be released this fall. His latest project, Funkytown: When Disco Was King, will start shooting in the spring of 2008.

Danny Kucharsky, BA, GrDip (comm. studies) 84, received a gold in the Best Retail Article category from the Canadian Business Press at the 53rd annual Kenneth R. Wilson Awards Gala in Toronto, June 4. Danny won for his article “Friendly funerals,” which appeared in the April 6, 2006, issue of Marketing Magazine. Danny is a journalist and the Montreal correspondent for Marketing Magazine, and has won three gold Canadian Business Press awards for his writing.

Gerry Yampolsky, BComm, is director of marketing communications for NDS in England. “I’m married with four kids, living in Israel, working around the world for NDS, with an office in London. I fondly remember the days at The Link.


Fred Lee, BCSc, is a data architect for Canadian Natural Resources Inc. in Calgary. “I am enjoying sunny Alberta and my first job in the oil and gas sector, at the Horizon Oil Sands project, one of the 10 biggest construction projects in the world.”


Gerry Lafferty, BA (psych.), writes, I am the Executive Director of the New Hope Senior Citizens Centre in Montreal’s N.D.G. district (a stone’s throw from Loyola Campus). I have worked here for just over one year after more than 17 years directing St. Michael’s Mission, a drop-in centre for homeless people. New Hope’s mandate is to alleviate senior isolation. It is a vibrant community centre. I am married and have six children. It would be fun to hear from old friends!”


Alain Piché, BEng, MEng 90, is an engineering analyst for Bodycote in Mississauga, Ont. He married Kathleen Vincent on August 18. 88 Michael Goldfarb, BA (poli. sci.), lives in Newbury Park, Calif. “I am an employment attorney and CEO of a U.S. national human resource consulting corporation headquartered in southern California. I am originally from the Town of Mount Royal. My wife, Lily, was born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, so that makes her an actual ‘Valley girl.’ ”


Glenn D. Clavier, BA (cr. writing & journ.), GrDip 95, is a communications consultant for Les Services Clavier in Montreal. “On April 30, I gave a presentation at the first International Forum of Translation/Interpreting and Social Activism, held at Concordia. The session examined the benefits, dos and don’ts of volunteer projects as an educational tool in translator training. It was based on a two-year volunteer project completed on behalf of YMCA Tours Ecuador under the auspices of Concordia’s graduate certificate in localization program.”

Sandro D’Annibale, BComm (int’l. bus. & mktg.), is President of Vinipassion, a wine importing agency in Montreal.

Christine Jones, BFA (design for theatre), was nominated for a 2007 Tony Award for Best Scenic Design of a Musical, for her work on the hit musical Spring Awakening. After receiving her BFA at Concordia, Christine earned her MFA from New York University, where she currently teaches. She is also a professor at Princeton University. Her credits include The Green Bird, directed by Julie Taymor on Broadway, and she has designed for regional theatre across the U.S. and for a music video for the Ben Folds Five.

Steve Prentice, BA (comm. studies), is President of Bristall Morgan Inc. in Toronto and lives in Oakville. He is a specialist in organizational psychology, focusing on the effective use of time and wellness strategies in the workplace. He is a professional speaker and author of two books, Cool Time: A Hands-on Plan for Managing Work and Balancing Time (John Wiley & Sons, 2005) and Cool Down: Getting Further by Going Slower (John Wiley & Sons, 2007). Steve also makes frequent appearances on television, radio and in print in both Canada and the U.S. as an expert in workplace health issues.


Mariam (Shaghafi) Firouzi, BComm (acct.), lives in Danville, Calif. After graduation, Mariam moved to Vancouver and in 1994 moved to San Francisco. “I’m looking for friends from 1985 to 1989 at Loyola Campus.”

Lucie Mayer, BFA (voice), has lived and worked in Germany since 2004. An acclaimed opera singer, the dramatic-soprano spends her time surrounded by music and languages, as she is also a part-time English and French teacher. She and her partner, Canadian heldentenor Kevin Armstrong, call Bremen, Germany, their home.

Sandra-Lynn Spina, BA (app. soc. sci.), was named Director of Administration for Concordia’s Office of the President in April. Sandra had been the Director of Communications for Concordia’s Office of Advancement and Alumni since February 2006, and prior to that had been Director of Marketing Communications since 1997. She is also a member of the Concordia University Magazine editorial advisory board and is past president of the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education


Jonathan Costello, Cert (community services), has lived in Caledonia, Ont., for the past three years. “I completed my BA in Geography at McMaster University in Hamilton in 1994. I’m currently a social service worker for Community Living Hamilton.”

Michel Héroux

Michel Héroux, BFA 91

Michel Héroux, BFA (music), writes, “I am now teaching jazz guitar at Cégep de St-Laurent in Montreal. This year I also had a baby girl. My first CD of original jazz compositions, Conversation (Effendi Records), just came out. My years at Concordia were great. I studied with Gary Schwartz, Joe Sullivan and Jan Jarczyk among others. Lots of good memories.”

Gladys Osego (Maphanyane) Ramadi

Gladys Osego (Maphanyane) Ramadi in front of the parliament buildings in Windhoek, Namibia.

Gladys Osego (Maphanyane) Ramadi, BA (journ. & soc.), tell us, “I send my warmest regards. After working for Radio Botswana since 1991, I moved to the Media Institute of Southern Africa (MISA) in 2005, and I am now based in Windhoek. MISA is a media freedom advocacy organization.

I am responsible for the Broadcasting and Information Communication Technology (ICT) program. One of the major campaigns under this program is the transformation of state broadcasters into public service broadcasters.”


Michael O’Shaughnessy, BCSc, is Associate Director Data Warehousing and Business Intelligence for Pfizer Inc. in New London, Conn. He and his wife, Kathy, have two children, Thomas and Meghan, and live in Salem, Conn.


Adrian Knight, BFA (film studies), is founder and president of Triana Inc., and has been providing location management services in Montreal and the province of Quebec for over 12 years. His film and television clients include Dreamworks, Warner Brothers, Paramount, New Line, CBS, NBC Universal, USA Network, Scripps and the CBC. Commercial clients include Volkswagen, Coca- Cola, Loto-Québec, Ford and General Motors. Currently, Adrian is under exclusive engagement as Director of Locations and Resources at the Quebec Film & Television Council.


Victoria Stanton, BFA, Cert (TESL) 06, is a published author (Impure: Reinventing the Word, Conundrum Press, 2001) and practicing artist. She has been presenting time-based and video work across Canada, the U.S., Europe, Australia and Japan.


Dimiter Terziev, GrDip (adv. music perf.), after Concordia moved to Edmonton and earned a Master of Music degree from the University of Alberta. Dimiter and his wife Ilka have been living in Kamloops, B.C., since 2002. He is affiliated with the United Conservatory of Music in Kamloops and the Vernon Community Music School. Dimiter has given several piano and chamber recitals and performed with orchestras in Canada, the U.S., Bulgaria, Germany and the Netherlands. His Canadian debut CD, Colours of Bulgaria (2000), received four stars from both CBC’s “Sound Advice” and La scena musicale magazine. In 2004 he recorded Nocturnal World, an anthology of nocturnes, and he is now looking for a sponsor for his next CD, The Birth and Death of Classicism.


Patrick Devey, BSc (exer. sci.), GrDip (DSA) 00, MA (ed. tech) 02, was appointed Supervisor, Training and Development, for Concordia’s Instructional and Information Technology Services (IITS) in April.


Chau WaiKei, BComm (fin.), lives in Hong Kong. “Please feel free to contact me if you are in Hong Kong.”


Nabil Khoury, BCSc, writes, “I’m doing a master’s and supporting myself by working the graveyard shift as a tech support agent for IBM in Montreal.”

Jeff Knowles, GrDip (DSA), completed a BSc in Physiotherapy Studies at Dalhousie University in May. He earned a Letter of Distinction from the Dalhousie Student Union for Outstanding Contribution to Student Life from 2003 to 2007. Jeff championed the establishment of the Dalhousie Chapter of the National Health Science Student Association in 2006, was elected as the chapter’s first president and played a leadership role in building key relationships, notably with the faculty committee responsible for mandatory interprofessional learning modules between the health sciences disciplines. He lives in Lower Newcastle, N.B.

Mamun Mahmud, MSc (math. & stats), is an analyst for Health Canada in Ottawa. “It is a nice memory to recall my days at Concordia!”

Karen McLaughlin (Bures), BA (psych.), lives in Portland, Ore. “I was married in 2004. We now have one little boy, Aiden Charles Bures, who is 11 months old and the best thing that has ever happened to us. I played on the women’s soccer team at Concordia. Hi to Jason Westerholm, Chris Swallom and Heidi Wilke.”


Judith Murphy, BA (transl.), Cert (TESL) 03, is a translator and teacher in Montreal. “I returned to finish my degree at the age of 58 and went on to do a teaching certificate (TESL). I am actually having fun at work! I have never been so happy as I am now. This proves that it is never too late to fulfill your dreams!”

Jonathan Roll, BComm (mktg.), is an account executive for iPerceptions in Montreal. “I married in June, moved to a new duplex in N.D.G. and started a new job in April. As well, I will be launching my own website offering custom framed photos,, and my corporate site will be”


Ayodele Oredein, BA (econ. & stats), is Managing Director for Opylab Ventures Ltd. in Essex, U.K. He lives in Lagos, Nigeria.


Stephanie Griveau, BA (app. human sci.), lives in Versailles, France. “Since graduating in 2004, I have travelled and worked for many big-name companies, such as the Hilton Hotel London Heathrow and Parfums Christian Dior UK. I have recently moved to Paris, where I am a freelance event manager and also Bilingual Director’s Assistant at Pioneer France SA.”

Cheryl McLean, MA (creative arts therapy), lives in Dorchester, Ont. She is the publisher/editor of the Canadian-based international open-access, peer-reviewed journal CCAHTE, Creative Arts in Health, Training and Education ( and created the CCAHTE journal blog “Crossing Borders”.

Cheryl toured in Canada and the U.S. with the original solo ethno-drama about aging, mental health and autonomy, Remember Me for Birds, between 2003 and 2005, and is in the process of re-launching the production. She is also a creative arts therapies educator and holds training intensives twice yearly at the Windermere Manor in London, Ont., and will be teaching Creative Responses to Death and Bereavement at the University of Western Ontario in 2008.

Charlene O’Hanley, GrDip (adult ed.), lives in Gore, Que. “I’m teaching full-time at the Lachute Adult Centre, live on a lake and am enjoying my new granddaughter, Lily!”


Noah Campbell, BA (econ.), writes, “I am presently studying in the Master’s of Science in Administration Applied Economics program at HEC Montreal.”


Matthieu Bédard, BSc (biochem.), writes, “I’m enrolled in my first year as a PhD candidate at Queen Mary University in London, U.K., in Biomaterial Engineering. I am currently working under scholarship at the Max-Planck Institute of Colloids and Interfaces in Potsdam, Germany.

Aaron Talwar, BA (Eng. lit.), lives in Boonton, N.J. “I went to Montreal for New Year’s Eve when I was 18, and I fell in love with the city. I was attending County College of Morris in N.J. as a broadcasting major. When I was finishing up my associates degree, I applied to only one school, Concordia. I was not accepted to the film department because I did not have a complete file, but a few weeks later I was accepted as an English major. I stuck to English, because I was intrigued by the department and the professors. I am currently an editorial assistant in psychology at Prentice Hall in Upper Saddle River, N.J. I am striving to make my way up through the company and become an editor one day.”

Alison Nicole Twerdun, BA (poli. sci.), writes, “After I graduated in the fall of 2006, I was promoted to research officer in the Office of Government and Corporate Relations for Alcan in Ottawa.”


Elicia Robinson, BA (human rels.), began this fall at the London School of Economics to pursue an MSc in Organizational and Social Psychology.

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