Alumni Crowning Achievement Awards

The 2019 Alumni Crowning Achievement Awards, presented by the University of Regina in partnership with the University of Regina Alumni Association, celebrate six extraordinary alumniseasoned and new—who have made extraordinary contributions to community and to the University of Regina through their humanitarian acts, as well as their generosity of spirit, volunteer leadership, and career endeavours.

2019 Alumni Crowning Achievement Awards Dinner
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Grand Ballroom, Queensbury Centre

Evraz Place (1700 Elphinstone Street)

   5:30 p.m. Reception
   6:15 p.m. Opening Remarks
   7:00 p.m. Program & Dinner

Attire is business formal.

For more information, please contact Alumni Office at 306-585-4503 or

2019 Recipients


Gary Drummond, QC, BA'72
Lifetime Achievement Award

The Queen’s Counsel-turned-business-leader has never been one to pursue recognition for his considerable achievements. Founding partner of Direct Energy, Gary was president from 1991-2000. In addition to real estate and farming ventures, Gary has used his lifelong love of sports to fuel many of his recent business and philanthropic endeavors. Read more...

Janine Windolph BFA'06, MFA'11 and
Trudy Stewart BFA'08
Distinguished Professional Achievement Award

The filmmaking duo of Trudy Stewart and Janine Windolph have created—together and separately—award-winning documentaries featured at festivals and screenings around the world. They are committed to illuminating Indigenous issues and inspiring meaningful change. Read more...

Brianne Urzada BEd'12 (with distinction),
BA'14 (with distinction)
Humanitarian and Community Service Award

Life threw Brianne Urzada a curveball when at 23 she was diagnosed with stage three Hodgkin’s lym-phoma. While undergoing chemotherapy, the arts educator realized she could not control her cancer, but she could control how she recovered. Over eight months and six rounds of chemo therapy, Brianne discovered a new community: other cancer survivors. She realized that she wanted to use her art to give back for all the "amazing" care and support she recieved. Read more...

Tyler Willox BBA'11
Young Alumni Award

Still early in his career, Tyler Willox has already established himself as a leader within Regina’s business community. While a student at the University of Regina, Tyler founded the Regina chapter of 5 Days for the Homeless, served as Vice-President the student union and as President of the Business Students’ Society, as well as a member of the U of R Senate. Read more...

Paul McLellan BAdmin'81, MBA'09
Dr. Robert and Norma Ferguson Award for Outstanding Service

A self-described life-long learner—he received in Bachelor of Business Administration from the U of R in 1981, trained at SIAST (now Saskatchewan Polytechnic) to become a journey person electrician in1982, and returned to U of R to receive his Executive MBA in 2009—and passionate ambassador for the University of Regina, Paul served on University’s Board of Governors from 2008-2015, with two of those years as Board Chair. Read more...

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