In May, Alison Dempsey, BA, LLB’90, LLM, PhD’12, received her PhD in law from UBC. Combining scholarship with 20 years of legal practice, 15 of which focused on corporate governance and related areas, Alison’s doctoral thesis, Principles, Process, Responsibility: Exploring Ethics as a Meta-Regulatory Framework for Evolving Governance Discourse, proposes a new paradigm for understanding, developing and maintaining high standards of corporate governance and conduct.

Major Lynnette MacKay

On September 22 Major Lynnette MacKay (née Nahirney), BA’94, was honoured to be Canada’s representative at the dedication service of a fallen WWI Canadian soldier, Cpl Alfred Gyde Heaven, MM, 102nd Battalion Canadian Infantry. The soldier was identified in a Shrewsbury, UK, cemetery more than 12 months ago by ex Cpl (Retired) Philip Morris, 2nd Light Infantry, while he was conducting research on British war graves. Morris ventured outside the designated military plots and noticed a weathered, unattended grave that had the markings of military rank and decoration. With the help of other researchers and local military clubs, information from Cpl Heaven’s grave and about his service was presented to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. This amazing effort eventually resulted in the dedication of the WWI headstone embossed with the Canadian Maple Leaf, 95 years after his passing. Major MacKay, CD, is in the Canadian Forces Logistics Branch and is currently an exchange officer posted to 29 Regiment Royal Logistic Corps in South Cerney, Gloucestershire.

Stephen Scali, BA’95, lives on the sub-tropical idyllic island of Mauritius with his spouse and
two children and is head of the Mauritius office of international law firm Conyers Dill & Pearman. After UBC, Stephen obtained an MA from Warwick Business School (on a Commonwealth Scholarship), followed by his law degree from Harvard Law School. He practised international corporate law with Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer in London and Paris, acted as in-house counsel to a leading international company as well as investment bank, and was CEO of an international trust company. Stephen is the UBC representative in Mauritius, among other alumni activities.

Peter B. Raabe

Peter B. Raabe, PhD’99, enrolled at UBC as a very mature student, graduating at the age of 50. His doctoral thesis was on the use of philosophy in treating mental illnesses, a practice often referred to as “philosophical counselling.” He now teaches the only course in North America on the topic at the University of the Fraser Valley. He also has a private practice in philosophical counselling in North Vancouver and established two mental health and philosophy discussion cafés in the Fraser Valley. He currently has a contract to write a book titled Philosophy’s Role in Counselling and Psychotherapy. As one of the world’s foremost authorities on philosophy as therapy for the mind, he taught a master class in Korea in July, discussing the need for a paradigm shift away from the common belief that mental illness “causes” various symptoms to the reality that symptom groups are labelled as mental illnesses. This shift in thinking away from the so-called medical model of mental illness and biological psychiatry allows for a significant reduction of our society’s reliance on pharmaceuticals in treatment.

Economist Dr. Stephanie McWhinnie, MA’99, PhD’06, is now a lecturer at the University of Adelaide in Australia. Stephanie analyses data to make predictions about the future of our world’s fish stocks. Her research involves three distinct areas: the international sharing of fish stocks, the impact of management changes in the fishing industry, and determining the effects of combining behavioural economic models with fisheries theory on sustainability in the fishing industry.


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