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Education Program and travelled to

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Spain and Portugal this past summer. She is currently looking at pursuing

’08 MBAs Casey and Lazina (Shamseer) McKenzie of Edmonton, Alberta, were married in Banff on August 17, 2008, and have now happily settled into their new home and work lives: Casey as a Consultant, Strategic Management, for Stantec; and Lazina as Management Consultant for Sierra Systems.

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an MBA.

Edmontonians – Sizzling Twenty Under 30

’08 Fraser Murray, MBA, of Edmonton, Alberta, celebrated his convocation with parents Dorothy and Sandy Murray. Fraser’s brother Kolin (see photo) is crewing a sailing barque around the world and couldn’t participate in person. Fraser’s parents both graduated from the University of Alberta as did his brother Kolin who received his BA in 2008.

’08, Michael Tran, BCom, of Kitimat, British Columbia, joined Union Bank of Switzerland, one of the

“When Michael Brechtel, ’06 BCom, was born, his father was working on his thesis and the

world’s leading financial firms and the

family was living in an orange Volkswagen van on the prairies. Michael and his siblings were

biggest investment bank in Europe.

taught to challenge societal norms and ask why? Michael is still all about pushing buttons.”

During his time at the Alberta School of Business,Tran was also a member of the Program for Research and Management Excellence (PRIME), which sees the top-ten finance

After completing his Business degree, he joined a communications firm and loved it so much talking. The company’s tagline is “cutting through the clutter,” and the Website describes the company as “communication architects” in a world where people are bombarded with advertising messages from all angles. Much of his energy and enthusiasm is directed at involving young people in community development activities, Michael is founding Chair of interVivos, which is dedicated to creating dialogue, leadership and mentorship. His political interests have involved him as a board member of the VOTE! Society of Alberta; he is also Co-chair of ArtScene Edmonton and serves on the board of the Old Strathcona Foundation.

students every year manage a

Sharon MacLean’s Edmontonians will soon be celebrating its 20th anniversary. Nominations

$1.3 million endowment fund to

for next year’s Sizzlers are now being accepted. Be sure to check out the regular Linda

enhance their research and investment

Banister’s, 83 BCom, ’87 MBA, Poll Station feature question online. A December question

management skills for two years.

included “does your consumption of natural health products increase during the cold season?” Linda is President and owner of Banister Research and Consulting Inc.

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