Class Notes – Fall 2018


 Ivan Stinson, BSA ’49, recipient of Landscape Legacy Award, Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, Sovereign’s Medal, Tians Crystal Award, Research Institute for Aging Innovation Champion.


Leanne Thompson, BA ’72, participated in Miami University’s Earth Expeditions global field course in Guyana.

Roger Courtenay, BLA ’76, is the landscape architect for the Dwight D. Eisenhower Memorial designed by Frank Gehry, under construction adjacent to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., opening June 6, 2020.

1974 Alumni
Since 1974, U of G alumni and retired professors have met at a cottage on Ontario’s Lake Rosseau in early June for a long weekend of tennis, beer, and food and wine pairings by wannabe chefs. Participants, including former economics professors Bruce Forster (BA ’70), John Benson, Robert Ankli, Douglas Auld and Ken Grant, come from all over Canada and the United States and even from as far as Kuwait. Celebrating the 44th annual gathering this year were: front row (l to r) Douglas Auld; John Auld, MA ’72 and former consumer studies professor; Grant; Dale Lockie, BA ’70 and U of G’s former executive manager of pension investments; and the late Roger Bic, former tennis court owner. Back row (l to r): Ankli; Jack Skinner, chair of the former Department of Economics (1964-70) and first dean of the former College of Social Sciences (CSS); Benson; Robert Williston, BA ’72, M.Sc. ’73 and former academic assistant to the CSS dean; and Forster. Lockie says today “the group drinks less beer, plays less tennis, but tells more lies…. and takes lots of naps.”


Michael Bedford, M.Sc. ’84, PhD ’89, received a poultry science research award from the American Feed Industry Association for improving animal performance through nutrition. Bedford is the research director for AB Vista in Marlborough, Wiltshire, U.K. He has led the development of a feed additive that combats the anti-nutrient properties of phytate, enabling livestock to extract more phosphorus, protein and energy from feed.

Frank Louws, BSAG ’85, M.Sc. ’88, has been named head of the Department of Horticultural Science at North Carolina State University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. He has taught at the university for 22 years and heads its centre for integrated pest management.

Lindsay Hofford, BA ’88, was named assistant general manager-director of scouting by the Arizona Coyotes of the National Hockey League. Previously, Hofford was an amateur scout for the Toronto Maple Leafs and a consultant and coach for the London Knights and Lethbridge Hurricanes. More than 100 current or former NHL players have played or trained with him.

Roger Russell, B.Sc. (Agr.) ’81, has been appointed dean of professional programs at Crandall University in Moncton, N.B., and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in organizational management. He says hello to all his OAC ’81 classmates and can be reached at

Ingrid Wypkema, B.Sc. (Agr.) ’83, is the new garden manager for the Bruce Botanical Food Gardens. See


Janice Barnes, MA ’93, was named to the board of directors for the 2019 Labrador Winter Games, which are held every three years. Barnes is executive director of the Labrador Affairs Secretariat and is the former mayor of the Town of Labrador City. She was the first woman to serve as deputy mayor for the municipality, a position she held until she was elected mayor in 2009.

Robert Noble, B.Sc. (Agr.) ’96, has been promoted to a secondary Principal at Jean Vanier C.S.S.

Katie Whelpton-Gross, BA ’92, has been named as the dean of students at Brandon University. Previously, she served as director of recruitment and retention, and executive officer to the president and board of governors.

Lori McKee, B.A.Sc. ’96, recently completed her PhD in educational studies at Western University and was appointed an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia.

Sandra Stewart-Fearnside, B.Comm. ’98, joined the new Courtyard by Marriott in Burlington, Ont., as general manager and director of hotel operations.


Scott Gilbert, BA ’10, has been named the ninth chief of police in Peterborough, Ont. He was the first unanimous choice for chief in the history of the city’s police service. Gilbert worked for 38 years for the Toronto Police Service, most recently as superintendent at 42 Division in downtown Toronto.

Raj Tut, B.Comm. ’13, started the property management company Gateway Multifamily Group, which was recently named to the Inc. 5000 listing of America’s fastest-growing companies.

Matt Wittek, B.Comm. ’03, founded and directs the Cupanion company. He is on a mission to rid the world of plastic waste by developing reusable products for consumers.

Cheryl Blackman, MBA ’10, has been named director of the City of Toronto Museums and Heritage Services.

Timothy Oliveira, B.Sc. ’07 and M.Sc. ’08, finished 13 years of post-secondary schooling and medical training and now works as a staff anesthesiologist.

Julia Woodhall-Melnik, BA ’07 and MA ’09, accepted a tenure-track position as an assistant professor in sociology at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John.

Devon Fernandes, BA ’15,  co-founded the KW Library of Things, a space where community members may borrow infrequently used items such as tools and camping equipment. Proceeds support individuals with disabilities who work in the library.