Alumni Honour Society
The University of Lethbridge takes a great pride in the success of our alumni and, with close to 41,000 alumni worldwide, there are many reasons to celebrate.
To mark the University's 35th Anniversary in 2002, the University of Lethbridge Alumni Association established the Alumni Honour Society to recognize the achievements of a select group of alumni each year. The individuals honoured serve as role models through success in their vocation, outstanding community service or superior accomplishment in their avocation.
Nominations for the Alumni Honour Society are being accepted. Nominations can be forwarded to:
University of Lethbridge Alumni Association
c/o Alumni Relations
University of Lethbridge
4401 University Dr W
Lethbridge, AB T1K 3M4
2017 Alumni Honour Society Inductees
The 2017 University of Lethbridge Honour Society inductees are shining examples of what it means to be a uLethbridge graduate. Each of the individuals being honoured used the knowledge they gained at the University to achieve their personal and professional goals, and through these achievements has left a lasting impact on the people, organizations and communities with which they are involved.
KRISTIN AILSBY | BA ‘96
As a successful entrepreneur, engaged volunteer, respected advocate and effective educator, Kristin Ailsby is an inspiration to alumni and future alumni. After receiving a Bachelor of Arts at uLethbridge, she went on to the University of Alberta to complete a Master of Arts in the Sociology of Law and a Bachelor of Laws. She was called to the Alberta Bar in 2003. Ailsby is an accredited mediator, collaborative lawyer and experienced litigator, having advocated for clients at the Provincial Court, the Court of Queen’s Bench and the Alberta Court of Appeal. She founded her own firm, Clarity Law, in March of 2016. She has received many provincial awards and distinctions, and currently serves her community as president of the Lethbridge Association of Collaborative Professionals and Chair of the Lethbridge College Board of Governors.
SCOTT CRIGHTON | BMgt ’90
With a flair for business, sharp attention to detail and keen ability to spot an opportunity, Scott Crighton has evolved the service industry landscape in Lethbridge. Crighton is the entrepreneur and CEO behind Pop’s Taphouse North; Mojos Pub and Grill; Pop’s Taphouse South; Pop’s Taphouse West; Pop’s Taphouse and Grill Calgary; Kingsmen Ale House; and Coulee Brew Co. His companies are flourishing and employ more than 190 people. In 2017, Coulee Brew collaborated with uLethbridge to launch two special beer labels in celebration of the University’s 50th anniversary. Crighton is the executive chairman of ScoBob Investment Corp., and has volunteered with a number of organizations, including the Community Savings Members Board, Alberta Safer Bars Council and Kiwanis Club of Lethbridge.
RAJKO DODIC | BA ‘78 | Sipioohkitopii (Night Rider)
Committed to community service and family, Rajko Dodic is a shining example of a distinguished alumnus. After completing his undergraduate degree at uLethbridge he went on to earn a law degree from the University of Alberta. After Dodic was called to the Bar in 1982, he opened his own law firm where he was primarily a litigation lawyer and appeared in every level of court. Dodic has received numerous awards, including the Queen’s Counsel designation, Queen Elizabeth II Jubilee Medal, Law Society of Alberta: 35-year member, and has been involved as a board member with many community organizations. He served two terms as an alderman on Lethbridge City Council and was elected as the 25th mayor of Lethbridge in 2010.
RENÉ HUEL | BSc ’89
René Huel’s work takes him around the world as he and his team help to bring closure to families who lost loved ones under tragic circumstances. He joined the International Commission on Missing Persons (ICMP) in 2004 as a DNA scientist. In 2006, he became the Head of the DNA Laboratories Division, Department of Science and Technology, where he continues to oversee the largest and most successful laboratory system in the world dedicated to identifying missing persons. The ICMP’s DNA laboratories have assisted in identifying nearly 20,000 missing persons in countries around the world. Prior to ICMP, Huel worked in both private biotech and for the Government of Canada in plant genetics and molecular farming. He and his two brothers are all uLethbridge alumni, and his father is a retired faculty member.
PAT TANAKA | BA ’81
Passionate about helping youth, Pat Tanaka served uLethbridge students and alumni for nearly three decades as they explored career options and planned for their futures. In 1989, she launched the first permanent office on campus dedicated to engaging students in the career development process and, as such, laid the foundation for the evolution of those services. In her 27 years as director and manager of Career & Employment Services, Tanaka implemented a broad array of materials, events and programs, including establishing the highly regarded Career Fair. She advised thousands of students individually and in groups throughout her career, while gaining the respect of the business community through her professionalism and genuine interest in facilitating their recruitment of students and alumni.
JULIE TAYLOR (BA ‘05)and LOWELL TAYLOR (BFA ‘04)
Julie (Greidanus) Taylor and Lowell Taylor became a national sensation in 2016 when they competed on the Amazing Race Canada. Lowell, who has a degenerative eye disease called Retinitis Pigmentosa, was the TV program’s first blind contestant. From the bustling cities of Vietnam to the frozen tundra of the Northwest Territories, the couple illustrated how positivity and teamwork can turn obstacles into opportunities. Julie and Lowell met as students at uLethbridge. Julie is a speech-language pathologist, and Lowell is a registered psychologist. A para-triathlete and para-cyclist, Lowell (with pilot Mark MacDonald on the tandem bike) recently earned two bronze medals at the Canadian Track Championships, a silver medal in road cycling for Team Alberta and is aiming for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics in road and track cycling.