In his new book, James Giles, BA’80, MA’83, (PhD, Edinburgh), explores the many facets of human sexuality. Through a series of interrelated essays, Gender, Desire, and Nakedness (Hamilton Books, 2017), he investigates concepts of gender, sexual and romantic attraction, sexual excitement, and sexual desire and fantasies, in an attempt to get clear about this enigmatic aspect of our existence. Previously, Dr. Giles examined the seemingly inexplicable nature of sexual attraction in Sexual Attraction: The Psychology of Allure.
Bruna Martinuzzi, BA’81, MA’86, is celebrating the 14th year of her business, Clarion Enterprises Ltd. She has helped thousands of clients in both business and academia improve their presentation and communication skills. She feels great joy in doing the work she loves.
You may not know it with Brexit, but more countries want to join the European Union than leave it. Colin Wolfe, MA’81, is head of Western Balkans Regional Cooperation at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium, and works to make this a reality for countries such as Serbia, Montenegro and Albania by 2025. The priorities are better transport and energy links, and modernizing the economies. With a background in geography at the University of Dublin and UBC, and previous jobs in EU regional development and smart growth in Brussels, he is very interested in the economic push from business and science parks growing up by the UBC Vancouver and Okanagan campuses (where his son Jack now studies), and thinks a study exchange visit would be great!
Bruce Butler, BSc’83, has published his first book, Letters to a Driving Nation, which explores the conflict between drivers and cyclists. Having been a cycling commuter in Metro Vancouver for more than 20 years, he dispels the misconceptions many drivers have about cyclists (and driving) by deconstructing real-life conflicts often found between these two groups of road users.
After graduation, Fiona Taylor, BSc’85, MBA’87, joined Arthur Andersen (now Accenture). Eight years later, she launched a career in the utilities industry, joining BC Gas (now Fortis), where she helped develop a customer strategy and software solutions. From there, she spent nine years as VP of Professional Services for a software company in Miami. Many adventures followed, with travel through the US, Canada, Europe, the UK, New Zealand, Australia, and two remarkable weeks in Tripoli, Libya. She later took a role at BC Hydro, where she’s stayed for over eight years, helping to lead the smart metering implementation and working to modernize the grid. She married Pascal Leidekker in 1994. Danielle was born in 1996. She is into horses and competes in show jumping. Liam joined her in 1999. He is a competitive junior squash player, which keeps him fit, and is seriously into gaming, which does not keep him fit. Contact Fiona at email@example.com.
What keeps us together? What breaks us apart? UBC grads Fiona Tinwei Lam, BA’86, MFA’02, and Jane Hamilton Silcott, MFA’01, are launching an anthology of creative nonfiction and poetry, LOVE ME TRUE: Writers on the Ins, Outs, Ups & Downs of Marriage, where 26 creative nonfiction writers and 20 poets explore jealousy, adultery, divorce, polyamory, physical or mental illness, and loss. Featuring Mandy Len Catron, Kevin Chong and Joanne Arnott, Susan Musgrave, Lorna Crozier, Yasuko Thanh, Chris Tarry, Michael Crummey, Ayelet Tsabari, and more!
Vern Giesbrecht, MEd’89, has published about 35 articles in magazines and newspapers since retiring from Capilano College (now Cap U) in 2003. The UBC libraries were excellent sources of research for some of these articles. His seventh article for BC History magazine – “Mark Mosher: Community‑minded Communist” – has just been published.