Alumni Achievement Awards

The 2018 USask Alumni Achievement Awards recognized eight influential alumni who’ve made an impact in their communities and professions.

This year's recipients

Gary Carlson (BSA’61, MSc’64)

Gary Carlson has been a community volunteer for more than 50 years and has been involved in more than 35 local, provincial, and national organizations and initiatives. He has lived a life of thoughtful contribution, supporting and giving back to the agricultural community in Saskatchewan.

Gary graduated in 1964 with a master’s degree in agriculture economics. He spent 25 years in Regina where he worked with the Saskatchewan Government, Saskatchewan Federation of Agriculture (farm lobby organization) and the Federal Government.

Gary was the lead organizer in the formation of the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame, Saskatchewan Farm Vacations Association and Nuffield Canada; and a founding ember of Sunset United Church, the Saskatchewan Home-Based Business Association and the Saskatchewan Human Rights Association.

He played a lead role in establishing two ongoing service projects: the Adventures in Agriculture program for Prairie High School students; and a partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association - Regina Branch.

Gary’s love for the University of Saskatchewan shines through his ongoing dedication and involvement. He was a member of both the Senate and Board of Governors. He and his wife have also established the annual Carlson College of Agriculture Scholarship.

He is a life-long gardener and for many years a premier exhibitor at Horticultural Shows and a provincial horticultural judge. An avid football enthusiast, he is a proud Saskatchewan Roughrider, Saskatoon Hilltop and Huskies football fan.

David Christensen (BSA’58)

David Christensen graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture in 1958. He went on to complete his master’s and doctoral degrees at McGill University before taking a position as a research associate at Cornell University. He ultimately returned to his alma mater, joining the Department of Animal Science in the College of Agriculture as an assistant professor in 1965. He became a professor in 1976 and serving as department head of animal and poultry science from 1983 to 1994.

David is internationally recognized for his research in dairy nutrition and feed development. His research has involved cattle mineral nutrition, forage and other feed evaluation. He has supervised 56 graduate students, authored or co-authored 175 refereed journal articles, authored 235 other research publications, delivered 49 invited conference presentations and 216 invited lectures.

David has also demonstrated strong support for and interest in international development. From 1970 to 1972, he was seconded to Makerere University in Uganda to develop a graduate program, teach undergraduates, establish an analytical nutrition laboratory and advise on government dairy policy. This experience inspired him to further engage in international agriculture development in many other countries within Africa, Central America, the Middle East and Asia.

He received the order of Canada in 2002, and was inducted into the Saskatchewan Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2011. As Professor Emeritus, he continues to teach, supervise and consult for several companies and organizations.

He and his wife Jeannette have been married for 58 years and their two children have five degrees from the University of Saskatchewan.  The two recently established the Christensen Family Award Fund for Animal Science.

Tim Hodgson (LLB’83)

Tim Hodgson enrolled in the College of Commerce (now Edwards School of Business) in 1977, and the College of Law in 1980. He has worked in the legal profession with Stevenson Hood Thornton Beaubier since graduating from the University of Saskatchewan in 1983.

As a student, Tim played for the U of S men’s Huskie Hockey Team from 1979 to 1983. He says he was fortunate enough to be part of a hockey program that evolved from obscurity to prominence in those years. The Men’s Huskie Hockey Team won three CWUAA Championships in his four years on the team, culminating with a national championship at the 1983 CIAU National Finals.

Tim’s time at the University of Saskatchewan helped shape not only his professional career but also his personal life. Aside from the many wonderful friendships that were formed during those years, Tim met his future wife, Sheila Kavanagh. They married in 1985 and have remained proud Saskatoon residents since.

Tim has been heavily involved in the community in a number of endeavors including volunteering for the Canada Summer Games, the World Junior Hockey Championships, the University Cup, coaching boys and girls minor sports at all levels in hockey, baseball, and soccer, and volunteering with Big Brothers Big Sisters.

Most recently, Tim readily accepted the role as the volunteer Saskatoon Chairperson for the Home Ice Campaign. Tim was unwavering in his passion to see the successful attainment of the fundraising target so the university and community could reap the benefits of this facility as soon as possible.

Patricia La​wson (BA’50, BEd’53)

Pat Lawson was the most distinguished female athlete in Canada during the 1950s with an unmatched athletic legacy.

As a student-athlete, she represented the university on 13 teams over four years including basketball, swimming, tennis, and track and field.

After her time as a student-athlete, Pat continued to pursue athletics, becoming a member of the Canadian women’s basketball team at the 1959 Pan American Games, a seven-time member of the Saskatchewan amateur golf team, and claimed Canadian titles in basketball, speed skating and golf.

Pat joined the Physical Education faculty at the U of S in 1956 where she was a teacher, coach and administrator until her retirement in 1990. She was a founding member of the Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women in Sport which aspires to enhance the presence of girls and women at all levels and in all areas of sport – as athletes, participants, leaders, officials, coaches and trainers.

It’s a good thing there is no limit to the number of Halls of Fame one can be in, because Pat would’ve exceeded that number a long time ago. She earned her inductions in the University of Saskatchewan Athletic Wall of Fame, the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame to name a few.

Always community minded, Pat has sat on many board throughout her years and continues to be an active member of Saskatoon’s sports community.

Dr. Suzanne Yip (BA’58, MD’60) and Dr. Ivan Jen (BA’57, MD’60)

Drs. Ivan Jen and Suzanne Yip are an exceptional couple who have made outstanding contributions to the medical profession, the artistic community and more broadly as generous philanthropists.

As newcomers to Canada from Hong Kong, Ivan and Suzanne overcame significant obstacles to attend the University of Saskatchewan. They met while attending medical school and were the first two Chinese-born immigrants to graduate from the College of Medicine in their respective specialties of dermatology and radiology.

Following specialty training in Diagnostic Radiology and receiving FRCP designation, Suzanne became a tenured faculty member of the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Medicine in the Department of Diagnostic Radiology (now Medical Imaging), practicing from 1968 until her retirement in 1996. In addition to clinical practice, a significant component of her work comprised teaching undergraduate as well as postgraduate students.

After his Internship at St. Paul’s Hospital and postgraduate study at Royal University Hospital, Ivan took further training in Dermatology, and built a thriving practice focused on skin diseases. In addition to teaching medical students and residents, his significant involvement in continuing medical education saw him travel across the province presenting the latest developments in dermatological therapies and best practices to physicians, nurses and pharmacists in a number of Saskatchewan communities.

With an avid interest in art, Ivan and Suzanne recently donated their collection of western Canadian prairie art to the newly opened Remai Modern, complementing their recent financial gift to the gallery’s capital campaign. Beyond the university and the gallery, their philanthropic endeavors reach many supporters of the hospital foundations, Saskatoon Community Foundation, Heart and Stroke Foundation of Saskatchewan, Meewasin Valley Authority, and others.

Kathryn J. Ford, Q.C. (BA’71)

Kathryn Ford graduated with a BA in 1971.  She went on to obtain her law degree from Queen’s University in 1974. She has practiced law in Saskatoon for over 40 years and specialized in family law and mediation, helping clients find collaborative solutions long before ‘conflict resolution’ became a welcomed approach in this field. Kathryn was a founding member of the Collaborative Lawyers Association of Saskatchewan and also worked to help establish the practice of collaborative law in the local bar.

Throughout her career, Kathy participated in legal education, professional Continuing Legal Education, public legal education and Bar Admission courses. She became very involved in the College of Law and in 2008, she was invited to coach the Mediation Advocacy Moot team and went on to coach teams that competed at world-class competitions in Toronto, London, Dublin, Chicago and Paris.

Kathy is widely known for her broad-ranging commitment to community service. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, she was a board member and president of the YWCA during the organization’s very successful Capital Fundraising Campaign and new building construction. Subsequently, she was a board member of the Saskatoon City Hospital Foundation, Saskatoon City Hospital, the Saskatoon Health Services Authority, Saskatoon Community Foundation, Riverside Country Club, and LutherCare Communities. 

Most recently, Kathy served as a board member and chair of Prairie Hospice Society in Saskatoon.  She served as a member of the Law Foundation of Saskatchewan for six years.  She was appointed to the University of Saskatchewan Board of Governors in 2013 and served for four and a half years.  In 2017, Kathy was awarded the YWCA of Saskatoon Women of Distinction Lifetime Achievement Award.

Hon. Gerald M. Morin (JD’87)

The Honourable Judge Gerald M. Morin has dedicated his life to the Canadian justice system for the past 45 years, travelling around Canada and lecturing on law, the Cree Court, criminal law, self-government and First Nation political issues and the human condition.

He is nêhiyow (Cree) from Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation and grew up in traditionally in Cumberland House, SK.

Judge Morin attained his certificate in social work from the University of Regina in 1978, and went on to work as a probation officer in Northern Saskatchewan. In 1987, he completed his law degree through the College of Law.

He practiced law in Prince Albert at the Pandila-Morin Law Office, appearing in all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada. In 1999, he was the first Indigenous person in Saskatchewan to receive the Attorney General’s Queen’s Counsel designation and by 2001 was appointed to the Provincial Court of Saskatchewan where he led the introduction of the Cree language into the court process. The Saskatchewan Cree Court is a unique initiative and is the first court of its kind in Canada.

Judge Morin continues to sit in many communities including Pelican Narrows, North West Territories, Yukon, Sandy Bay, Whitefish First Nation and Ahtahkakoop First Nation. He has also worked with the College of Law to initiate the Wunusweh annual lecture series on Indigenous law. In 2007, he was awarded the Willy Hodgson Award from the Law Society of Saskatchewan.

About the Awards

The Alumni Achievement Awards are presented annually to U of S graduates who advance the reputation of the University of Saskatchewan and the Alumni Association. Award recipients are chosen for their outstanding achievements and innovation; commitment to excellence; community engagement and leadership; and contributions to the social, cultural and economic well-being of society.

Established in 1978, the University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association Awards honour the outstanding accomplishments of our alumni and attest to the excellence of the University of Saskatchewan educational experience.

Past recipients

Dr. Greg Adams (DVM'82)
Dr. John Conly (MD'78)
Max FineDay* (BA'15)
Dr. Sherril Gelmon (PHYSIO'76)
Jo-Ann Hnatiuk (BSN'95)
Dr. David Mulder (MD'62)
Jeff Norris (BA'97)
Brian Towriss (BComm'78)
Ralph Young (BE'67)

*Young alumni recipients are subject to the same criteria; however, they must be under 40 years of age and have graduated from the U of S no more than 10 years ago. 

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Roma Franko (BA'59, BEd'61, MA'71)
Iain MacLean (BA'62, BEd'63)
Grit McCreath (BEd'91)
Ross Phillips (MSc'11)
Dr. Bruce Reeder (MD'76)
Noelle Rohatinsky (BSN'02, MN'08, PHD'13)
Ashley Smith (LLB'07)
Myron Stadnyk (BE'85)
Paul Suchan (BEd'07, BMUSED'07)
Dr.John Wedge (MD'69)
Audrey Zettl (BSN'63)

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Daphne Arnason (BComm’77)
Mark Boots* (BE’08, BSc’08, PhD’13)
Richard (Rich) Burton (BE’68, MSc’71, PhD’75)
Delwyn (Del) Fredlund (BE’62)
Namarta Kochar* (BA’00)
Dr. Ryan Meili* (BSc’00, MD’04)
Jennifer Pereira* (BA’01, LLB’03)
Richard (Dick) Rempel (BA’58)
Al Schreiner (BE’63)
Lynne Van Luven (BA’68)
Janet Verjovsky (BA’64)
Kwok-Keung (Peter) Wong (MSc’75)

*Young alumni recipients are subject to the same criteria; however, they must be under 40 years of age and have graduated from the U of S no more than 10 years ago.

Leanne Bellegarde (LLB’91)
Merlis Belsher (BComm’57, LLB’63)
Shannon Dyck* (BA’09, MES’12) 
Fred Fulton (BSA’50, PGD’68. MCtgEd’72)
Dr. Donald Greve (BA’58, MD’60)
The Hon. Terry Lake (DVM’86)
Scott McCreath (BComm’69)
Heather Morrison* (BFA’08) 
Mike O’Kane (BE’92, MSc’96)
Sheila Pocha (BEd’86, PGD’97, MEd’00)
Andrew Schmitz (BSA’63, MSc’65, DLitt’99)

*Young alumni recipients are subject to the same criteria; however, they must be under 40 years of age and have graduated from the U of S no more than 10 years ago.
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Dr. Farrah Mateen* (MD'05)
The Hon. Charles (Charlie) Mayer 
(P.C., BSA’64)
Donald (Don) A. Mitchell (BA’69, MA’73)
Dr. James Ogloff (MA’86)
Prof. Emeritus Dufferin (Duff) Spafford (BA’59, MA’61)

*Young alumni recipients are subject to the same criteria; however, they must be under 40 years of age and have graduated from the U of S no more than 10 years ago.

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Austin Beggs (BA’74)
Dr. Sasha Bernatsky (BSc’88)
Dr. Anne Doig (MD’76)
Elaine Golds (BA’64)
Natasha Haskey* (BSNurtr'98, MSc'07)
Digvir Jayas (PhD’87)
Prof. Emeritus Radhey Lal Kushwaha (PhD’67)
Robert (Bob) McKercher (BA’50, LLB’52)
Dr. Bruce McManus (BAPE’67, MD’77)
Karl Miller* (BA’98, BComm’01)

Chancellor Emeritus Edward (Ted) Turner (D/Agric’48, honorary LLD’89)
Garrett Wilson (BA'53, LLB'54)

*Young alumni recipients are subject to the same criteria; however, they must be under 40 years of age and have graduated from the U of S no more than 10 years ago.
B. E. (Bev) Allen (BSP’73)
Tony Dagnone (BComm’65)
L. David Dubé
Rui Feng
Edward Hudek
Ken Linnen
Terrence Veeman (BSA'62)

Previous Alumni Awards

1979 Mr. W. Hugh Arscott (BComm'48)
1980 Dr. J. Francis Leddy (BA'30, MA'31, PhD, LLD'65)
1981 Dr. Howard T. Fredeen (BSA’43, MSc Alta, PhD Iowa)
1982 Mr. Henry J. Fast (BSc’40)
1983 Dr. Clayton O. Person (BA’49, MS’51, PhD Alta)
1984 Dr. Jack Shaw (BA’34)
1985 Mr. Norman K. Rebin (BA’59)
1986 Mr. Lyman R. Hill (BEd’68, P/G Dip Ed. Admin’70, MEd’79)
1987 Dr. Neil S. Crawford (BA’51, LLB’54)
1988 Dr. Robert G. Robertson (LLD’59, BA Oxford, MSc TOR)
1989 Professor Jack L. Summers (BSP’49, MSP’52 Iowa)
1990 Mrs. M. Lorraine Hill (BSN’60, M/Cont. Ed’79)
1991 Mrs. Marian A. Younger (BA’28, BComm’53)
1992 Mrs. Ann L. Schulman (BSN’65)
1993 Dr. V. Elizabeth Dowdeswell (BSHEc’66, MSc Utah, LLD’94)
1996 Dr. G.W. (Scotty) Cameron (BComm’55, LLD’97)
1997 Mr. F.J. Hartley Fredeen (BSA’43, MSc’51)
1997 Mrs. Margaret Fredeen (BSN’47)
1998 Dr. Gwenna M. Moss (BSHEc’59, MSc WIS’68, PhD WIS’70)
1999 Mr. Gordon A. Wilson (BSA'48)
2000 Mr. Harold H. MacKay (BA'60, LLB'63 DAL)
2001 Mr. William Thomas (Tom) Molloy (BA'64, LLB'64)
2002 Dr. Vera R. Pezer (BA'62, MA'64, PhD'77)
2003 Dr. Louise Forsyth (BA'55, MA'63 UWO, PhD'66 UWO)
2004 Dr. Ernest (Ernie) Walker (C.M., S.O.M., BEd'71, MA'78, PhD'80 TEX)
2005 Dr. Bryan Harvey (BSA'60, MSc'61, PhD'64 CAF)
2006 Dr. Glen Baker (BSP'70, MSc’72, PhD’74, DSc’00) 
2007 Mr. W. Brett Wilson (BE'79)
2008 Dr. Russ Kisby (BAPE'63, LLD'96)
2009 Dr. Malcolm Wilson, MSc'77, PhD'81
2010 Dr. Ernest Olfert (BA'65, DVM'69, MSc'76)

1998 Ms. Arlis McQuarrie (Dip PT'73; BPT Alta'77, BA'79) 
1999 Ms. Ruth Smillie (1st year BFA, 1973-74)
2000 Mr. William Thomas (Tom) Molloy (BA'64, LLB'64)
2001 The Honorable Allen B. Sulatycky (BA'62, LLB'64)
2002 Dr. Mikha Singha Aulakh (BSc'72 India, MSc'74 India, PhD'83)
Dr. Sharon Butala (BEd'62, BA'63, PGD'73, LLD'00 Regina)
2004 Dr. John Leonard (Len) Gusthart (BEd'69, BA'71, MEd'75)
2005 Ms. Tania Miller (BMusEd'91)
2006 Dr. William (Bill) Waiser (S.O.M., MA'76, PhD'83)
2007 Mr. Don Bateman (BE'56)

2005 Mr. Orest Murawsky (BA'71, BEd'74, MEduc'75)
2006 Ms. Marie (Sharon) LaFlamme (BEd'91, PGD'01)
2007 Mr. Richard Dubé (BMUSED'94)
2008 Mr. Gordon Martell (BEd'91, MEduc'98)
2009 Mr. Cort Dogniez (BEd'79, PGD'92)
2010 Dr. Cecil King (BEd'73, MEduc'75)


1998 Ms. Grace Davis Pine (BSc'30, Med. Cert.'31)
1999 Mr. Gordon A. Wilson (BSA'48) 
2000 Mr. Ivan D. Yaholnitsky (BA'79, MA'86)
2001 Mr. Douglas C. Hodson (Bcomm'81, LLB'84)
2002 Mr. Norman Rebin (BA'59) Mrs. Delva Rebin (BA'58)
2003 Mr. Peter Zakreski (BA'61)
2004 Mr. David Rodney (BA'87, BEd'88)
2005 Ms. Eileen Skinnider (LLB’87), Dr. Marie Skinnider (MD’87), Ms. Kathleen Skinnider (BSN’91)
2006 Dr. Ann McCaig, C.M.; A.O.E (BEd’61, LLD'01)
2007 Ms. Sylvia Cholodnui (BSHEC'85)
2008 Mr. Levi Goertz (BE'04)
2009 Mr. Lorne Gelowitz S.V.M. (BA'83)
2010 Mr. Garth Herbert (Bcomm'91)

1998 Mr. Glenden (Glen) W. Hass (BSA'60, Ed Dip'65, BEd'66, MCEd'76)
1999 Mr. Gordon A. Wilson (BSA'48)
2000 FOCUS Friends of the College of Engineering, University of Saskatchewan (Calgary Chapter)
2001 Mr. Robert E. Brack (BSA'52, MSc'61 WIS)
2002 Ms. Patricia (Pat) F. Currie (BA'59; MA'62)
2003 Dr. Donald Stefiuk (BSC'73, MD'77)
2004 Mr. Kenneth Ready (BSP'53)
2005 Ms. Catherine Gryba (BSPE’84)
2006 Dr. David Keegan (BA’60 Cum Laude, MD’64)
2007 Ms. Carrie Allen (BA'00)
2008 Dr. Don Hamilton (BSc'68, DVM'70, PHD'74)
2009 Ms. Susan Milburn (Bcomm'78, MBA'80)
2010 Ms. Laurel Krause (BSHEc'75, BEd'77)


1999 Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation
2000 Mr. Richard L. Johnson (BSN'70, BA'86)
2001 Nutana Collegiate (Saskatoon)
2002 Ms. Patricia (Pat) A. Thomas (BCOMM'89, CA'80 Sask, CACE'00 UVic)
2003 Mr. Alan Thomarat (BA'95)
2004 Mr. Jerold (Jerry) J. Peters (BA'87, BEd'88, MEd'96 UVic)
2005 Professor Margaret Crossley (BA’82, MA’84, PhD’89)
2006 Dr. Thomas Hadjistavropoulos (MA’87, PhD’91)
2007 Mr. Brent Banda (MBA'01, BCOMM'97)
2008 Dr. Jocelyne Martel (MD'90)
2009 Ms. Betty-Ann Heggie (BEd'75)
2010 Dr. William Frischke (DVM'76)

2000 Dr. Aaron James Marshall (BSc'92, PhD'97 TOR)
2001 Mr. Trent McConaghy (BSc'99, BE(EL)'99)
2002 Mr. Christopher (Chris)D. Labrecque (BSc'99;BE(EP)'99)
2003 Mr. Benjamin Voss (BE'99)
2004 Ms. Garnette Weber (BSPT'96), Mr. Daniel Weber (BSC'96)
2005 Mr. Amit Gupta (BE(EE)’99, BSc’99)
2006 Dr. Thomas Yu (DMD’03)
2007 Mr. Andrew McCreath (BA'99)
2008 Mr. Chad Hamre (BE'05)
2009 Dr. Alika Lafontaine (MD'06)
2010 Ms. Kelly-Anne Riess (BA'02)

2017 Chris Hengen-Braun (BComm’11)
2016 Jaris Swidrovich (BSP '10)
2015 John Desjarlais Jr. (BE'11)
2014 Stavros Stavrou (BSc'10, MSc'12)
2013 Shannon Lindsay (BComm'08, MPAcc'10)
2012 Bryan McCrea (BComm'09)
2011 Brea Lowenberger (BA'09) 


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