Famous Alumni June 2008
Graduates crossing the stage at Convocation this June will join a long list of successful Canadians who have passed through Mount Royal’s doors. From singer Jann Arden, who studied acting here for one year, to former Calgary Mayor Jack Leslie, a University Transfer student in 1938, some of the biggest names in our city and country have called Mount Royal home.
Here’s a look at a few of them:
Country music superstar Paul Brandt is the most awarded male country musician in Canadian history. He was a pediatric nurse in 1996 when the release of his first single My Heart Has a History, propelled him to international musical success.
Norman Kwong was installed as Alberta’s 15th Lieutenant Governor on Jan. 20, 2005. He is the first person of Chinese heritage to serve in the role.
Morningside Music Bridge
Kalan Porter won Canadian Idol’s second season after beating out 9,000 other contestants. Porter's sophomore album, Wake Up Living, was released this past August and debuted at No. 7 on the Canadian albums chart.
Chris Gailus the Emmy award-winning news anchor, has moved a lot during his career. After leaving Calgary in 2000, he worked in Dallas and then New York before joining the Global BC team in Vancouver as weekend anchor.
Bruce McCulloch is a successful director, writer, actor and comedian who has won several Gemini awards and received multiple Emmy award nominations. He is best known for his work as a member of The Kids in the Hall and as a writer for Saturday Night Live.
Behavioural Science ’05
Dallas Arcand has been a world class hoop dancer for 14 years. In 2007, he was again awarded first prize at the Annual World Championship Hoop Dancing Competition in Phoenix.
Applied International Business and Supply Chain Management ’06
Gina Guimont was among the 10 finalists vying for the title of Canada’s Next Top Model last spring, on the popular reality TV show. She made it to the top six before being eliminated from the competition. Guimont has now moved to Toronto to pursue a career in TV production.
Doris Anderson became a powerful force for change and women’s rights as editor of Chatelaine magazine from 1957 to 1977. She continued her advocacy efforts as Chair of the Advisory Council on the Status of Women, President of the National Action Committee on the Status of Women and President of Fair Vote Canada.