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YorkU Fall 2014

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32 YorkU Fall 2014 1973 Cohen, Kitty (BA) became the oldest person in Canadian history to throw a f irst pitch at a Major League Base- ball game in May, at the age of 101. Having been a walker in the Weekend to End Women's Cancers event for the past seven years, Cohen was asked by of f icials at Pr incess Mar- garet Hospital to throw the ceremo- nial pitch at a game between the Toronto Blue Jays and the Los Angeles Angels at the Rogers Centre. She earned her bachelor of ar ts degree from York at the age of 60. 1974 Sheldon, Donald (LLB) was appointed to the board of directors of KWG Resources Inc. in Apr il. Sheldon is a professional engineer and mining secur ities lawyer prac- tising at the f irm of Sheldon Huxtable Professional Corporation in Toronto. He has been practising corporate and commercial law for more than 30 years with an emphasis on corporate f inance and securities regulation. Wolfberg, Adrian (BA Stong) recently completed his PhD in man- agement from the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University in Cleve- land. His professional life and aca- demic research have focused on the challenges and strategies used in creating and transferring knowledge to policymakers. This interest began almost 20 years ago when he was asked by a U.S. cabinet of f icer to convince a foreign president to change his mind about a policy anti- thetical to the interests of the U.S., which he succeeded in doing. Wolf- berg wants to pursue a combination of academic and consulting work. 1976 Roth, Irene (BA) is an author and editor with Halo Publishing who wr ites for children about empower- ment and self-esteem. Roth's book Queen Vernita Explores the Ocea- neer's Coastline was featured in March at the National Wr iting for Children Center, a monthly showcase of children's authors and illustra- tors. 1978 Scrivo, Salvatore (BA) is a records analyst with York's Community & Alumni Relations of f ice. Af ter 40 years with the University as both a student and an employee, Scr ivo retired at the end of August. 1979 Fukakusa, Janice (MBA) is the chief administrative of f icer and chief f inancial of f icer (CFO) at the Royal Bank of Canada, as well as a 2013 Bryden Alumni Award recipient. She was recently selected as Canada's 2014 CFO of the Year by Financial Executives Canada, PwC and Rober t Half, recognizing her quality, insight, direction and leadership. 1981 Fitzgerald, Oonagh (BFA '77, LLB) was appointed director of the Centre for International Governance Inno- vation's International Law Research Program, a $60-million, 10-year ini- tiative launched in 2013. Fitzgerald has extensive experience as a senior executive of various departments of the federal government and he most recently served as national security coordinator for Canada's Depar t- ment of Justice. Sorbara, Gregory (BA '78, LLB) is a former Ontario politician who began his three-year term as York Univer- sity's 13th chancellor in June. As ceremonial head, Sorbara will serve as lead ambassador of York, preside over all convocation ceremonies and confer degrees upon graduating stu- dents. He has held numerous cab- inet positions in the Ontario legisla- ture, including minister of f inance, minister of colleges and universities, minister of labour, minister respon- sible for women's issues and member of the provincial parliament of Ontario representing Vaughan. 1982 Branston, Randy (MSc) is a paper coatings technical specialist at BASF. He was awarded the 2014 TAPPI Coating and Graphic Ar ts Division Technical Award and the Charles W. Engelhard Prize in recog- nition of his outstanding accom- plishments and contributions to the advancement of technology in the chemical industry. 1983 Owen, Loudon (LLB) is an interna- tional businessman and lawyer who was appointed to the board of direc- tors of Aureus Mining Inc. in May. He co-founded and manages McLean Watson Capital, a pr ivate Toronto- based venture capital company, and has extensive public and pr ivate company board experience. 1984 Keshishian-Siraki, Armineh (BAS) is the founder and director of the Toronto-based Evolution Dance The- atre. In May, she helmed a produc- tion called Follow Your Heart, which tells the stor y of a modern Middle Eastern woman in love with a ver y traditional man with a controlling mother. 1985 O'Brien, Larry (LLB) is a cr iminal defence lawyer who was appointed to the bench of the Ontario Court of Justice in April and is set to preside in Kingston, Ont. 1986 Rider, Timothy (BA Spec. Hons. Stong) is now the head of commer- cial and capital markets for RBC Car ibbean Banking and has relo- cated from Whitby, Ont., to Nassau, Bahamas. At RBC, he is responsible for business, corporate, investment banking, sales and trading, trust and mutual funds across the Caribbean. Rider invites classmates and friends to get in contact when- Class Notes 1974: Adrian Wolfberg

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