Jim Meekison, BA’61, MA’62, (pictured on the left) was recently announced as the 2018 recipient of the Alma Mater Society’s Great Trekker Award. The award, which was presented by Jeff Todd (right, interim VP of Development and Alumni Engagement and executive director of alumni UBC), recognizes UBC alumni who have achieved eminence in their fields, made significant contributions to their communities, and shown ongoing support to their alma mater.
Meekison’s career has spanned over 40 years and encompassed investment banking, cable television, and private equity. He has served as director or chair of numerous organizations, including Trimin Capital Corp., Nesbitt Thomson Limited, and Cablecasting Limited. He currently serves on the Board of GMP Capital Inc., and as director of FitSkin, an emerging startup producing technology that enables detailed skincare analysis through a unique iPhone camera attachment.
In his early days at UBC, Meekison was frosh president and a member of the AMS Student Council. After graduation, he continued to have an extraordinary impact on his alma mater. He served on UBC’s start an evolution Campaign Cabinet, enabling the university to successfully complete the most ambitious fundraising and alumni engagement campaign in Canadian university history. He also served on the Dean of Arts Advisory Board.
A long-time university supporter, Meekison has made a tremendous difference in the lives of many UBC students through the establishment of the Meekison Arts Student Space, a social and study space for arts students. He established the Meekison Arts Student Entrance Award, a $10,000 renewable award that recognizes academic achievement, leadership skills, and an interest in joining and contributing to the UBC community. He has also provided generous support to UBC Okanagan.
Richard Garner, BSc’63, continues to practice orthopedic surgery at a private practice in Anchorage, Alaska.
While Keith Harrison, BA’67, is primarily a novelist, his latest book is scholarly. Shakespeare, Bakhtin, and Film: A Dialogic Lens uses the bold yet subtle ideas of Mikhail Bakhtin – who celebrated the carnivalesque under Stalin – to explore the politics and creativity of global Shakespeare on screens. Harrison lives on Hornby Island and is an academic emeritus at Vancouver Island University.
Doug Sturrock, BPE’63, (MA’71, Alberta), has been busy since retiring from his position as head of the Physical Education department and rugby coach at Magee Secondary School. With Tom Keast, he published Once a Mermaid: The Meraloma Club 1923-1988 in 2001 and he recently self-published It’s a Try! The History of Rugby in Canada. With over 1100 pages and 400+ images, it is the first of its kind to cover the beginning and development of the sport in Canada from the mid-1860s to 2011. Contact Doug at firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain a copy.