Alumni Achievement Awards

Congratulations to this year’s Alumni Achievement Award recipients!

The Alumni Achievement Awards recognize graduates of the University of Saskatchewan for excellence, leadership, and innovation in their achievements and contributions to the social, cultural, and economic well-being of society, which positively reflect on the University of Saskatchewan and the Alumni Association.

Austin Beggs

Austin Beggs (BA’74) for his role in helping grow innovation and research in Saskatoon and throughout Saskatchewan.

During his 28-year career at Innovation Place, Austin was part of the team that transformed the research park from two buildings with six clients into an internationally recognized cluster of 28 buildings housing 185 clients in three cities. These clusters of expertise, innovation and research contribute close to $1 billion to the provincial economy each year.  As president of the Association of University Research Parks and a founding member of AURP Canada, Austin traveled the world interacting with numerous organizations while promoting Saskatchewan.

Sasha Bernatsky

Dr. Sasha Bernatsky (BSc’88) for her contributions to internal medicine in the fields of rheumatology, epidemiology and research focused on improving the outcomes for persons with systematic lupus (SLE).

Receiving medical and postgraduate training at a variety of Canadian universities, Sasha is an associate professor in the Department of Medicine at McGill University, where her current research focuses on an international cohort study of cancer and mortality in SLE with further assessments of risk factors for cancer in this disease. She is a scholar of the Canadian Arthritis Network and is a member of many national and international research networks.

Anne Doig

Dr. Anne Doig (MD’76) for her leadership and commitment to family medicine and the medical profession.

On top of serving patients in a full-time clinical practice for her entire 34-year career, Anne has served her profession through the Saskatchewan Medical Association, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan and the Canadian Medical Association—where she currently serves as past-president. She is also a clinical associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the U of S and was recently appointed to the board of directors of STARS—Saskatchewan’s new helicopter air ambulance service.

elaine gols

Elaine Golds (BA’64) for her life-long commitment to volunteerism and environmental sustainability.

After a short career doing biomedical research, Elaine has spent more than 20 years as a full-time volunteer devoted to environmental activities in British Columbia. She has become a familiar public figure in the Greater Vancouver area, dedicated to the education of citizens, business people, and elected officials on environmental issues that include forests, water and fish habitat. She has inspired many other volunteers to protect BC’s natural resources and is a regular contributor to local publications on environmental issues.

Digvir Jayas

Digvir Jayas, FRSC (PhD’87) for his research and significant contributions to the agricultural industry.

Digvir is registered professional engineer and registered professional agrologist. Holding a Canada Research Chair in stored-grain ecosystems, he conducts research related to drying, handling and storing grains and oilseeds and digital image processing for grading and processing operations in the agri-food industry. Digvir has authored or co-authored over 700 technical articles in scientific journals, conference proceedings and books dealing with storing, drying, handling and quality monitoring of grains. He is currently the vice-president (research and international) at the University of Manitoba.


Professor Emeritus Radhey Lal Kushwaha (PhD’67) for his service to the engineering profession—nationally and internationally.

Lal is one of the first recipients of a PhD in Agricultural Engineering in Canada.* His international activities and collaboration—that reach into Asia, Africa and South and Central America—has garnered much recognition from engineering bodies and industry to build upon the reputation of the U of S. He has made significant contributions to soil–machine interactions—and the transfer of resulting technologies to developing countries—particularly to mechanically neutralize anti-personnel and anti-tank landmines, an area in which he is co-holder of three patents.

* Thanks to our friends at University Archives, we know Lal and William Ernest Muir (BE’62, PhD’67) were the first to receive this degree at the U of S. Although we cannot verify beyond a shadow of a doubt, their research indicates these were the first PhD-level degrees in Agricultural Engineering awarded in Canada.


Robert (Bob) McKercher, QC (BA’50, LLB’52) for his contributions to and the advancement of the law profession in Canada.

Having practiced law in Saskatchewan almost his entire career, Bob—along with his brother, Donald—established the law firm now known as McKercher LLP. Bob served as president of the Law Society of Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan branch of the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Bar Association. Bob and his wife of 60 years, Peggy, are proud U of S supporters, helping establish two lecture series in the College of Law and establishing the Huskie Academic and Athletic Award of Excellence.

Bruce McManus

Dr. Bruce McManus FRSC, FCAHS (BAPE’67, MD’77) for his contributions to cardiovascular research and treatment.

As a well-known and recognized cardiovascular researcher, Bruce has made many contributions in the areas of organ transplantation and heart injury and failure. Some of his most significant contributions include work regarding the diagnosis and treatment of heart muscle injury in relation to viral infection, and the prediction, diagnosis, treatment, and management of immune and inflammatory diseases in transplanted patients and in distinct forms of heart failure. Bruce holds numerous patents and has long been committed to mentoring scientists and clinical trainees.

Ted Turner

Chancellor Emeritus Edward (Ted) Turner, CM, SOM (Ag/Dip’48, LLD (honorary)’89) for his leadership in agriculture and service to the University of Saskatchewan.

Ted worked his way from the family farm to being president of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool. He was active in the expansion of the Wheat Pool’s commercial enterprises and served on several national committees and boards—including the Conference Board of Canada and as an advisor to the Economic Council of Canada. He was an advisor in negotiations of the Canada – USA Free Trade Agreement and other international agreements. Ted played a significant role in fundraising for the Agriculture and Bioresources building and the First and Best capital campaign.

Garrett Wilson

Garrett Wilson, QC (BA’53, LLB’54) for his contributions to law, business, politics and literature.

Before being named an honorary life member of the Law Society of Saskatchewan, Garrett practiced law for over five decades, serving as a Regina city prosecutor and counsel to the Regina Police Service. Both personal and business interests in wildlife led to an honorary lifetime membership in the Regina Wildlife Federation. Garrett also served the Liberal parties of Saskatchewan and Canada in a variety of roles, including campaign manager. All of his experiences contribute to his growing collection of literary works making Saskatchewan’s story accessible to all.

The Young Alumni Achievement Award recipients are:

Natasha Haskey

Natasha Haskey (BSNT’98, MSc’07) for her work improving the nutritional well-being of children.

Natasha began her career as a registered dietitian working with Saskatchewan families in pediatric nutrition—a field in which she acted as a mentor to both students and professional dietitians. Starting with her graduate research, Natasha has developed a niche discipline of probiotics and inflammatory bowel disease that has led to a role on a multi-disciplinary team with the Saskatoon Health Region. She also provides fourth-year nutrition students with experiential learning opportunities as a clinical assistant professor with the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition.

Karl Miller

Karl Miller (BA’98, BComm’01) for his contributions as an entrepreneur and businessman.

Combining his education in business and regional urban development, Karl has successfully melded his passions to become a leader in real estate development in Saskatoon. Karl is a founding partner and president of Meridian Development Corporation, a Saskatoon-based company that has worked on high-profile projects such as the re-development of the historic King George Hotel, the Luxe condominiums on Broadway Avenue and the recently completed undergraduate student residences at the University of Saskatchewan.