Alumni Association President’s Message

Judy MacMillan

Shortly after this issue of the Green & White shows up in your mailbox, we will celebrate with and welcome thousands of new members into the Alumni Association at spring convocation. It’s a moment that sometimes goes unnoticed as graduates tend to focus on ending their careers as student and transition to working professionals.

Helping these graduates realize their new bond with the U of S as alumni is part of what the Alumni Association does. We connect with upper-year students at graduation banquets, introducing them to the concept of a changed relationship with the university.

Representatives of the Alumni Association also officially welcome new alumni at each convocation ceremony, and a package of information, including their inaugural issue of the Green & White, is given to them. They are informed of the many benefits and services they have access to as alumni, that they join a special group of accomplished and well-respected individuals, and they are encouraged to carry-on the tradition of excellence U of S alumni exhibit around the world.

All of this is done by volunteers—alumni just like you and me take the time to introduce newcomers into our club, no, our alumni family.

We will be recognizing the contributions of these, and all U of S volunteers, at the U of S Alumni Association’s Annual General Meeting on June 19 at Convocation Hall in the Peter MacKinnon Building.

All the best,
Judy MacMillan Signature
Judy MacMillan, BSA’79

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Introducing the 14th chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan

Blaine Favel

Photo by David Stobbe

Blaine Favel (BEd’87, LLD’12), president and CEO of Calgary-based One Earth Oil and Gas Inc. and influential First Nations leader, has been appointed the 14th chancellor of the University of Saskatchewan.

Favel’s three-year term begins July 1, replacing Vera Pezer (BA’62, MA’64, PhD’77) who was first elected in 2007 and served two full terms. His appointment was confirmed at a meeting of University Senate April 20 based on the recommendation of a joint nomination committee.

Favel earned two other degrees—a law degree from Queen’s University and a master of business administration from the Harvard Graduate School of Business—and was given an honorary doctor of laws from the U of S in 2012.

He was Chief of the Poundmaker Cree Nation and served as Grand Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations from 1994-98. During that time, he led the development of the First Nations Bank of Canada and the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority. Favel was also a senior diplomat as the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Counsellor on International Indigenous Issues, served as a special advisor to the Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine, and was a panellist on the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

As chancellor, Favel will preside at university convocation ceremonies, confer degrees, chair University Senate and take a seat as an ex-officio member of the Board of Governors.

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Celebrating alumni excellence

Shannon Lindsay

Congratulations to Shannon Lindsay (BComm’08, MPAcc’10), the 2013 recipient of the USSU Engaged Alumni Excellence Award.

Lindsay served on student executives as an undergraduate at the Edwards School of Business and with the Master of Accounting program, spearheading fundraising initiatives, where she set records for charitable giving.

Professionally, Lindsay worked as a senior accountant at KPMG where she served on the charity and sustainability committees and received the KPMG CEO Community Excellence Award. She is currently manager of financial reporting and budgeting at Federated Co-operatives Limited.

On top of participating in the MPAcc mentorship program and acting as a reviewer for undergraduates that help prepare tax returns for low income individuals, Lindsay is an active volunteer with Saskatoon Road Runners Association, The Princess Shop, the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan and Students in Free Enterprise advisory board.

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MPAcc Reunion

MPAcc Reunion

Nearly 70 accounting alumni gathered in Toronto for their first ever reunion in October 2012. At the reception, Edwards School of Business Dean Daphne Taras introduced the keynote speaker, Shelley Brown (BComm’78), incoming Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants chair and senior partner at Deloitte.

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Notice of Alumni Association’s Annual General Meeting

  • Date. June 19
  • Time. 6:30 pm
  • Place. Convocation Hall

Volunteer recognition and reception to follow the meeting

Reports and agenda will be made available online at

RSVP online at or call 1-800-699-1907.

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Achievement Awards

Nominate a U of S alumnus for an Alumni Association Achievement Award.

The awards celebrate our outstanding graduates for professional, social and community contributions and achievements.

Alumni will be recognized for their contributions to fields such as Aboriginal initiatives, agriculture, the arts, athletics, sport and wellness, business and industry, community leadership, education, innovation, occupations or professions, philanthropy, research and volunteer service.

Recipients will be honoured at a reception on October 24 at TCU Place in Saskatoon.

Nomination deadline is June 28.

Nomination forms and terms of reference are available at

Did you get it?

Don’t be the last in your class to find out about U of S alumni news.

Update your contact information with the U of S alumni office to ensure you get the latest alumni information and news. Visit or call 1-800-699-1907.

You can also connect with classmates through our Facebook page or LinkedIn group.

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