Brenda Macdougall joins Royal Society of Canada

Brenda Macdougall (BA’94, PhD’05) is one of the Royal Society of Canada’s incoming members of The College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists.

Macdougall is the Chair of Métis Research at the University of Ottawa and is a leading expert on Métis and First Nations social and cultural history.

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In 2011, Macdougall was honoured with the Canadian Historical Association’s Clio Prize for her book One of the Family: Métis Culture in Nineteenth-Century Northwestern Saskatchewan.

In March, Macdougall was recognized as a 2016 Alumni of Influence by the College of Arts & Science.

Read more on Macdougall’s entry into the Royal Society of Canada.

Alumni to guide new direction for Huskie Athletics

Huskie Athletics announced the establishment of a Board of Trustees to guide and advise the direction of strategic, financial, and operational decisions. Beginning November 1, 2016, the Board of Trustees will work to enhance the university and community importance of Huskie Athletics in Saskatoon and across the country.

Alumnus and former Huskie David Dubé (BA’85) has been appointed as the chair of the Board of Trustees. “A vibrant athletic program is a fundamental part of the culture on campus and enhances our connection to the community. We are proud to have produced generations of Huskies who have gone on to excel as amateur, professional and Olympic athletes, as well as Rhodes scholars, scientists, artists and leaders of industry,” said Dubé.

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Diane Jones Konihowski (BEd’75, LLD’02), Tom Anselmi (BE’85), David Sutherland (BComm’73), Shelley Brown (BComm’78) join Dubé to comprise the community members of the board, in addition to five campus representatives.

Read more about the contributions of our alumni to the Board of Trustees.

U of S awarded $77.8M to lead “Global Water Futures” research program

Alumni and current PhD student Holly Annand (BE’09, MSC’12) was on hand to speak yesterday at the largest funding announcement in the university’s history. The U of S was awarded $77.8 million from the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) to lead the “Global Water Futures” research program.

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The funding “enables students like myself to learn from the best and the brightest,” said Annand.

Read more about the announcement.

Alumni Highlights: Jacqueline Cook

Our U of S alumni have made their mark all over the world. As we celebrate our centennial year, we want to highlight the accomplishments of our graduates.

This month, we caught up with Jacqueline Cook (BComm’13). Cook is the vice president of growth at Vendasta Technologies, which was recently named one of Deloitte’s Technology Fast 50 fastest growing technology companies in Canada. She is an alumnus of The Next 36, Canada’s premier entrepreneurial leadership initiative. She also co-founded and was CEO of Triumf Mobile Rewards. Cook has been a recipient of a CBC Saskatchewan Future 40 under 40, the YWCA Women of Distinction Award and serves on several boards and organizations across Saskatoon.

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Tell us about the campus when you went to the U of S; how is it different today?

One of my favourite things about the U of S is its timeless charm. The campus is sort of like London meets Melbourne – it has a mix of rich, historical “Thorvaldson” class with hints of modernism. While it wasn’t that long ago that I attended the U of S, the campus has attracted beautiful new architecture like the Health Sciences Building and the brand new Gordon Oakes Red Bear Student Centre which have both followed this artistic mix of “old meets new/knowledge meets innovation” style of architecture.

What’s one of your favourite memories you had outside of the classroom?

One of my favourite memories outside the classroom was attending the women’s basketball CanWest final at the PAC. The crowd was absolutely on fire, we sat court side, the beer was ice cold and the Huskies were unstoppable. Some of my good friends were on the team and they went on to win the CanWest final and progress to nationals – a first CanWest win at home in Huskie women’s basketball history.

Overall, how was your U of S experience?

My U of S experience was unforgettable. It was the perfect balance of structure, guidance and freedom.

How did going to the U of S shape your career?

I was not your average student at the U of S. In my first year, I played Huskie soccer and was on the road a lot. I dropped out to work and travel around the world for a year. When I came back, I started a company and took classes in the afternoons and evenings. Toward the end of my degree, I was on the road a lot with work and other delegations. Because of this, I wasn’t a model student and definitely didn’t get straight As. The U of S provided me with the flexibility to pursue my dreams while pursuing my education. My profs allowed me to incorporate the things I was learning in the ‘real world’ into my own student experience, and because of this, I feel like I was provided a truly incomparable university experience.

What did you wish you would have known on your first day at the U of S?

I wish I knew how fleeting those years would be. I wish I took it was more seriously, but also less seriously. University is the perfect place for accidental collisions – meeting a potential lifelong friend, business partner, spouse, mentor, employer. I wish I opened myself up to more opportunities for those accidental collisions early on, as those led to some of my greatest relationships and experiences.

Check in for monthly Q&As with alumni from all the U of S colleges, as we sit down to talk about their life after the U of S and how being on this campus shaped their careers. In case you missed any previous features, you can read them here.