Alumni achievement awards

Congratulations to the 2013 recipients of the University of Saskatchewan Alumni Association’s Alumni Achievement Awards.

Each year, the Alumni Achievement Awards are presented to U of S graduates who advance the reputation of the University of Saskatchewan and the Alumni Association. Award recipients are chosen for their outstanding achievements and innovation; commitment to excellence; community engagement and leadership; and contributions to the social, cultural and economic wellbeing of society.

Recipients will be recognized at the annual Honouring our Alumni reception at TCU Place in Saskatoon on October 24.

For more information on the awards, past recipients and nomination information for 2014, visit

The Hon. Charles (Charlie) Mayer, P.C., BSA’64

Charles Mayer

The Hon. Charles (Charlie) Mayer, P.C., BSA’64, for his lifetime of commitment and contributions to the agricultural industry in Canada as a public servant.

Elected member of Parliament in 1979, Mayer served in the House of Commons for 15 years and was a member of cabinet for nine years as Minister of Agriculture, Minister of Western Economic Diversification, Minister of State for Grains and Oilseeds, and Minister of State for the Canadian Wheat Board.

Mayer was a Canadian representative during negotiations for the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT). He was also involved in the agricultural components during negotiations of the Canada – United States Free Trade Agreement.

Throughout his political career, Mayer worked tirelessly to ensure the viability and diversification of the rural economy. He was an advocate of value-added processing and increased control of the producers in the marketing of their products. During the drought in Western Canada during the mid-1980s, he was instrumental in securing federal assistance for prairie farmers.

In recognition of his service, Mayer is a member of the Queen’s Privy Council, was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Golden and Diamond Jubilee Medals, and is a member of the Canadian Agricultural Hall of Fame.

Donald (Don) A. Mitchell, BA’69, MA’73

Donald Mitchell

Donald (Don) A. Mitchell, BA’69, MA’73, for his public service and contributions to community-based social and sustainability initiatives.

Mitchell earned both of his degrees at the U of S Regina Campus*, where he served as president of the students’ union, vice-president of the Canadian Union of Students and editor of the Carillon student newspaper.

He has long been an advocate for local and national food policy, health-care reforms and affordable housing. In 1975, his thesis became a published book, The Politics of Food.

For more than 25 years, Mitchell co-ordinated the Churchill Park Greenhouse Cooperative in Moose Jaw. The project—which was featured in a National Film Board of Canada documentary, Everyone’s Business—integrated disadvantaged individuals in economic and social development. It not only improved the diet of participants, it provided food for the Moose Jaw Food Bank, for a local school lunch program and farmers’ markets in Moose Jaw and Regina.

Mitchell has served a term as mayor of Moose Jaw and is in his third term as city councillor. He sits on housing, environment and cultural diversity advisory committees.

Mitchell has served on several boards, including the Saskatchewan Health Coalition, Council of Canadians, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (Saskatchewan), and Food Secure Saskatchewan.

Prior to 1974, when the University of Regina was officially legislated as a separate degree granting institution, students were part of the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus, and earned University of Saskatchewan degrees.

Dr. James Ogloff, MA’86

James Ogloff

Dr. James Ogloff, MA’86, for his groundbreaking contributions to criminal justice and pioneering efforts in education and the practice of clinical forensic psychology.

The University of Saskatchewan’s strong reputation in clinical and forensic psychology with the Regional Psychiatric Centre drew Dr. Ogloff to the U of S. His education here served as the foundation for his career-long interest in clinical forensic psychology. He later earned a law degree and PhD from the University of Nebraska.

He joined the psychology Department at Simon Fraser University (SFU) in 1990, where he developed and directed the Program in Law and Psychology. He later became SFU’s first endowed professor in psychology and served as the first director of mental health services for BC Corrections.

In 2001, Dr. Ogloff joined Monash University and the Victorian Institute of Forensic Mental Health in Australia as foundation professor of clinical forensic psychology. He later established the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science.

Dr. Ogloff is a fellow of the Canadian, American, and Australian psychological societies. He has published 16 books and more than 230 scholarly articles and chapters. He has served as president of associations, including the Canadian Psychological Association, the American Psychology Law Society, the Australian and New Zealand Association of Psychiatry, Psychology and Law, and has received awards for his work from psychological associations in Canada, the U.S. and Australia.

Prof. Emeritus Dufferin (Duff) Spafford, BA’59, MA’61

Duff Spafford

Prof. Emeritus Dufferin (Duff) Spafford, BA’59, MA’61, for his significant work unearthing history and archival information on the U of S and its people.

Spafford taught political studies at the U of S for almost 40 years. After retiring in 2002, he worked closely with University Archives to tell the story of the university. While archivists provide administrative histories of the U of S, ensuring we have evidence to understand the university and its functions, Spafford gave new insight into what gives life to the institution—its people.

Spafford spearheaded the alumni book project, a collection of books authored, edited or illustrated by former U of S students. Over 3,000 books are listed, and almost 1,000 books are in a physical collection.

As a member of the selection committee for the College of Arts and Science 100 Alumni of Influence, he was integral in finding alumni deserving of the award and in establishing important connections of alumni to the U of S that would have otherwise remained unknown.

Spafford also conducted extensive research for The Sheaf’s 100th anniversary in 2012, tracking down former editors and staff members for a special anniversary publication. Cheryl Avery, university archivist, said, “The university matters to him; and it matters to him that we tell its story well. He has helped us do so.”

Young Alumni Achievement Award

Dr. Farrah Mateen, MD’05

Farrah Mateen

Dr. Farrah Mateen, MD’05, for her internationally recognized research and scholarship in global health and neurology.

Dr. Mateen’s academic career—focusing on neurological disorders in low-resource settings—has taken her to developing countries in Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East studying brain disorders. She has worked with the World Health Organization’s polio eradication initiative and the United Nations’ high commissioner for refugees.

She completed a residency in adult neurology at the Mayo Clinic, a fellowship in medical ethics at Harvard Medical School, and a fellowship in neurological infections and multiple sclerosis at Johns Hopkins Hospital. She is expected to defend her PhD in international health epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in late-2013.

This fall, Dr. Mateen joined the Massachusetts General Hospital Department of Neurology at Harvard Medical School to begin a program in global health and neurology—the first dedicated program of its kind in North America.

In her budding career, Dr. Mateen has already authored more than 80 academic papers, with some appearing in noted journals such as The Lancet and the Journal of the American Medical Association, and she has received many awards and honours, including the prestigious American Academy of Neurology Founders’ Alliance Award.

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