A memorial will be held Sunday for Vasu Chanchlani, the well-respected businessman whose gift established the Chanchlani Research Centre at McMaster University. He died Sept. 7 at age 62.
Born in India, Chanchlani came to Canada in 1979 and led a series of highly successful business endeavours in the technology sector as co-founder of the Sigma Group of Companies.
Described by many as a "great Canadian" and "pillar of the community," the Mississauga resident was admired for his contributions to strengthening the relationship between Canada and India, and for his transition to philanthropy during the past decade.
A professor of medicine is among three McMaster scientists named to the Royal Society of Canada's College of New Scholars, a national group that recognizes the country's emerging academic leaders.
Gregory Steinberg is a professor of medicine in the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, as well as Canada Research Chair in Metabolism, Obesity and Type 2 Diabetes and co-director of MAC-Obesity (Metabolism and Childhood Obesity Research Program). He is one of 91 members named to the College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists, which is Canada's first national system of multidisciplinary recognition for the next generation of intellectuals.
Mi'kmaq artist Lorne Julien has honoured his daughter, McMaster midwifery alumna Alisha Julien-Reid by donating one of his paintings to the Midwifery Education Program.
The art piece entitled New Life will be displayed in a high-traffic area of the midwifery office in the Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Learning and Discovery. The painting was unveiled at an event on Aug. 29 attended by Julien and Julien-Reid, along with her husband and daughter and officials of the midwifery school.
Julien-Reid grew up on reserve in Nova Scotia. She has been practicing midwifery in Hamilton for the past year and will begin work in Calgary this month. Her efforts in the program inspired the painting, said her father.