News Archive

Alumna’s debut novel breaks records – and silence – around myths of motherhood

March 2, 2021

A publishing house executive leaves her job to raise her young family and pens a debut bestseller, attracting a $3-million two-book deal. This may read like the synopsis of a story too good to be true, but it’s a chapter from Western alumna Ashley Audrain’s life.

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Western names Jeff O’Hagan as Vice-President, University Advancement

February 24, 2021

The alumnus and former Western fundraiser brings deep experience in the postsecondary and healthcare sectors.

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Dynamic career path leads alumnus to city development

February 24, 2021

Development Engineering Manager for the City of Kelowna, BC, James Kay, BESc/HBA ’01, is a lifelong learner and a firm believer in the idea that there is always room for improvement.

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Alumni start-up aims for perfect fit, fewer returns

February 24, 2021

SizeWize platform generates happy customers and revenue for clothing retailers.

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Inspired by others, doing a world of good

February 22, 2021

Alumnus Liam Brown finds meaning working for the United Nations World Food Programme.

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‘Perseverance’ pays off for Western Space alumnus

February 17, 2021

Western alumnus Raymond Francis serves as an engineer on NASA’s science operations team for the Perseverance rover.

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Alumna leads the world in robot ethics

February 9, 2021

Since her studies at Western veered from cell biology to the almost-life of artificial intelligence nearly 15 years ago, van Wynsberghe, BSc’06, has emerged as one of the world’s leading experts on robot ethics.

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Understanding ugly: Why some buildings beguile us, and others bewilder

February 4, 2021

A Western alumnus, Ellingham, MBA’79, has been studying how we esteem buildings for most of his career. Now, he aims to fascinate the general public and inform practitioners in his most recent book, Understanding Ugly: Human response to buildings in the environment.

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Engineering Process Success: Renix founder shares her entrepreneurial journey

January 28, 2021

Renix uses its proprietary technology (RenixUIXTM) to solve complex separation problems for resource processors and to purify materials used in business sectors.

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Alumni named to London’s 20 under 40 Class of 2020

January 21, 2021

The awards are organized by the Twenty Under 40 Foundation, in association with London Inc. magazine.

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Unlocking Canada’s competitiveness in 2021 and beyond

January 14, 2021

Former Bank of Canada Governor Stephen Poloz, MA ’79, PhD ’82, believes the Canadian economy will rebound, although some sectors will continue to struggle.

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Alumnus Frank Worrell named psychology association president

January 8, 2021

As the newly elected president of the 121,000-member American Psychological Association, Worrell now leads the world’s largest group of psychology scholars, educators, clinicians and students.

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Scholarships launched in memory of Iranian students

January 7, 2021

Chemistry student Hadis Hayatdavoudi and three other Western students aboard Flight PS752 will be remembered through scholarships.

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High-tech lighting can kill COVID-19 on surfaces: ImPaKT research

January 5, 2021

Working together with researchers at the Imaging Pathogens for Knowledge Translation (ImPaKT) Facility at Schulich Medicine & Dentistry, two alumni have shown the system they developed can effectively kill the virus that causes COVID-19.

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Abe Oudshoorn, Betty Anne Younker, alumni make Mayor’s Honour List

January 4, 2021

The annual homage recognizes Londoners who have made a significant contribution to their community. Originating in 1976 to recognize contributions to the arts, the Mayor’s New Year’s Honour List has since grown to include 10 different categories of achievement.

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Notable Western researchers, scholars, alumni appointed to Orders of Canada and Ontario

January 4, 2021

The Order of Canada and Order of Ontario are among the highest civilian honours for people whose service, innovation and compassion have made significant contributions to their communities.

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Christy R. Bressette to lead Indigenous Initiatives at Western

December 21, 2020

Bressette, a Western alumna and Anishinabe member of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation, begins her five-year term March 1, 2021.

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Alumnus promotes real-world learning experience for students

December 14, 2020

Everything civil engineering alumnus Tim Fernihough learned during his time at Western has influenced his ability to face challenges head-on throughout his career.

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Lisa Saksida and seven Western alumnae among Canada’s most powerful women

December 3, 2020

BrainsCAN co-director Lisa Saksida and seven Western alumnae have been named recipients of the 2020 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award.

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Alumna adjusts leadership for today’s changing world

November 27, 2020

Holding a position of leadership during COVID-19 has meant, for many, having to adapt their leadership styles.

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