Spring 2020

EDITOR: Elizabeth Peirce


COVER PHOTO: Paul Darrow

CONTRIBUTORS: Erin Elaine Casey, Renee Hartleib, Krista Keough, Gail Lethbridge, Elizabeth Peirce, Joanie Veitch

ALUMNI DIRECTOR: Mary Ann Daye BComm’85

ALUMNI OFFICER: Stephanie Letemplier, Emily LeBlanc and Chantal Caissie BA’13


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VICE-PRESIDENT: Collette Robert BSc’15

SECRETARY: Bafana Mashingaidze BSc’14 MBA’17

ALUMNI COUNCIL: Brenda Allen BA’96; Kelsey Baker BComm’15; Bruce Bishop BA’79; Sarah Cameron BComm’18; Tariro Dheka BA’16; Jennifer Drillio BA’14; Sylvia Gawad BSc’14; Elora Gehue BA’17; Fiona King BComm’93; Dongsheng Li BComm’15; Ralston MacDonnell DipENG’76; Zachary MacMillan BA’17; Michael Mercer BA’10 MA’16; Jason Mullen BA’98; Tom O’Handley BComm’02 MBA’15; Dan Rudisuela BComm’07 MBA’08; Jennifer Schwartz BA’09; Kaitlyn Touesnard BComm’13

ALUMNI REPRESENTATIVES ON THE BOARD OF GOVERNORS: Greg Dickie BComm’03 (external); Rick Flynn EMBA’97 (external); Scott McElman BComm’91; Jennifer Nicholson BComm’93 (external); Tom O’Handley BComm’02 MBA'15; Dan Rudisuela BComm’07 MBA’08

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Featured Articles:

Sticking with it

For Lori Francis, Dean of Science (Acting) at Saint Mary’s University, watching the young players on Team 4 of the Atom C division of the Halifax Hawks Minor Hockey Association lace up their skates to play hockey on home ice made her feel even more connected to Saint Mary’s. 

James Curleigh: The Rock Star CEO

When James Curleigh walks into the room, you don’t automatically think “CEO.” The long curly hair, sunglasses, leather jacket and “Make Rock, Not War” T-shirt are all more rock star than Chief Executive Officer. And then there is the Levi’s armour: no suit and tie here. No sir.  

“It’s a community service”

Picture a sunny auditorium filled with about 50 bright young faces. It looks like a typical university class, but these particular Computer Science students are about to embark on a very important real-world assignment: developing a customizable app to help young adults with autism navigate the complexities of email.  

SMU Athletics & Recreation Department: Staying Connected during the Pandemic

You may think that the traditional role of a coach may have been altered during the COVID-19 crisis, but it’s business as usual—or unusual—for our team of coaches. With the recent announcement of AUS cancelling the Fall season, coaches will continue to prepare for 2020 and beyond, recruiting, staying connected with their…

Campus Notes:

“I give because I want to create opportunities.”

When Michael Brown started at Saint Mary’s as a mature student, he wasn’t sure he would fit in. “I felt very alone,” he says. “I was scared of failing. I honestly didn’t think I was going to make it through the program.”  


“I give because I believe in Saint Mary’s University.”

Senior Director of Human Resources Kim Squires has a long-standing relationship with Saint Mary’s. For over 40 years, she has been active within the university in several different capacities as a student, employee, volunteer, and fundraiser.  


“I give to pay it forward.”

Saint Lucia national Christopher Fevrier vowed that when he made it, he would give back to the community. “I promised myself that I would set up an award,” he explains. “It’s an amazing feeling knowing you can help someone and have a positive impact.” 

Alumni News:


September 30 - October 4, 2020

Alumni Events

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We are always pleased to hear about the diverse experiences and accomplishments of our alumni and to share these stories with you.

Class Notes

Find out what other alumni from our year are up to.

In Memoriam

Death notices and obituaries