Lyrics made popular by classic rock band The Tragically Hip wafted through the door of a tenth-grade classroom this past autumn. Inside, an unconventional history class was taking place at Thunder Bay’s Superior Collegiate and Vocational Institute.
Annette Butikofer has always been a self starter who jumps in with both feet. Currently, she’s responsible for about 4,000 IT professionals in her role as information technology branch assistant commissioner and CIO with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). “My team provides IT development and support services to the CRA, as well as to the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA),” she explains.
May 3, 2016, started out as an ordinary morning for Tommy Sullivan (BEd’13). He had no inkling that the wildfire roaring through northern Alberta would reach Fort McMurray that day. The teacher and hockey coach left the Fort McMurray condo he shared with his wife Anna to drive to work at his school in nearby Fort McKay – a First Nation community of about 400. By lunchtime, smoke was rolling into the schoolyard, and at three o’clock, Anna sent him a photo of the fire nearing their condo building.
Dr. Somashekhar (Som) Naimpally, Lakehead University Professor Emeritus of Mathematics, published close to a dozen books and over 100 research papers in his lifetime. His daughter Anuradha (Anu) and sons Shivshanker (Shiv) and Ravi were born in India. Som moved his family to several cities in the United States, Canada, and India before coming to Lakehead University as a mathematics teacher and researcher in 1971.
You’re seated in the audience. Live, before your eyes, a song takes shape a piece at a time. In just minutes, one man records each separate instrument, harmony, and sound effect in the song, then plays it all back to accompany him as he sings on stage. You have just been treated to a Jean-Paul De Roover performance.