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Campion alumni honoured at centennial celebrations

By Frank Flegel


Four people were recognized as Campion College’s Alumni of Distinction at the college’s centennial celebration held Oct. 4 - 8. All recipients credited Campion and the Jesuit influence for giving them the values that carried them through life and the successes they have achieved. From left: Jane Leibel, Natasha Jaques, Campion president Rev. John Meehan, SJ, Jacqueline Beaurivage, and Doug McKillop. (Photo by Frank Flegel)

REGINA — A computer programmer researching artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT); a senior bank executive; a voice and performance professor at Memorial University; a Fellow Chartered Accountant — all with a long list of community and professional involvement — were recognized as Campion College’s Alumni of Distinction at the college’s centennial celebration held Oct. 4 - 8. All recipients credited Campion and the Jesuit influence for giving them the base values that carried them through life and the successes they’ve achieved.

Natasha Jaques graduated in 2012 with a BSc honours in computer science and a BA in psychology. She obtained a master’s degree in computer science at UBC and is currently working on a doctoral degree at M.I.T. Along the way, she earned several scholarships and interned at both Microsoft and Google. Her internship at Google included working with the Google Brain Team in the Machine Intelligence Division.

Jacqueline Beaurivage graduated in 1974 with a BA in literature. She then earned a diploma in early childhood education from McGill University in 1975 and an MBA in 1981, and pursued doctoral studies in business administration. She entered the banking world with the Royal Bank of Canada in 1981 and rose to the position of vice-president of Marketing and Sales in 1991. She moved on to CIBC, where she was named president of CIBC Trust in 1994 after serving in several vice-presidential positions. In 2010 she joined the executive team of the Ontario Teacher’s Pension Plan, and since 2014 has been a member of the board of directors for the Toronto-based mortgage lender Home Capital Group.

Jane Leibel graduated with a BMus degree in 1983, obtained her master’s degree in voice performance from the University of North Texas in 1985, an opera diploma in 1988 from the University of Toronto, and completed her doctoral work in music, voice performance/opera from the University of Michigan in 1999. She realized her goal of teaching at the university level by obtaining a position as professor of music (voice/vocal pedagogy) at Memorial University’s School of Music, St. John’s, Nfld., where she has been for 18 years.

Doug McKillop graduated from Campion College High School in 1972, and obtained a BAdmin degree from the University of Regina. He became a Registered Industrial Accountant, a Certified Management Accountant, a Chartered Accountant, and finally, a Fellow Chartered Accountant. He worked for the Saskatchewan Finance Department and has served as Saskatchewan’s representative on the Canada Revenue Agency’s Tax Professional Advisory Committee; he currently serves on the Leaders Council to the Hill and Levene Schools of Business at the University of Regina. Along the way, he found time to serve on various community organizations, including as vice-president for the 1987 Western Canada Summer Games and vice-president of Saskatchewan Sport from 1991 - 1995. In 2017, he completed the Director’s Education Program through the University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.

Spread over five days, Campion’s centennial celebrations attracted some 450 alumni, staff and guests. The program included an opening reception at the college building on the University of Regina grounds, an open house and tour of the former Campion College High School building (Now the Regina Christian College), a pub night at The Owl, a Gala Dinner at the Conexus Art Centre, and a concluding Sunday morning mass at the college, followed by a pancake breakfast.

Several paintings by renowned artist Erica Grimm, a Campion alumna, were unveiled in the Campion College Library, where they will be permanently displayed as a legacy of the centennial celebrations.

Alumni came from far and wide to see old friends and celebrate their time at Campion College in Regina. The furthest-travelled was Constantino Villalobos, who lives in Mexico. He was delayed by the earthquake that struck the day of his departure, endured two vehicle collisions (neither his fault) and was almost stranded in Calgary before his friend and fellow alumnus Gordon Wicijowski managed to get him on board the last aircraft of the day leaving Calgary for Regina, and he arrived just in time for pub night. Villalobos was known as “Tino” when he was a student at Campion. He and several other students from Mexico attended Campion College High School in the 1950s.


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