Release Date: November 16, 2010
Media Contact: Dale Johnson, External Relations
Phone: 306-585-5439
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University of Regina graduates giving back to current students as part of annual alumni awards program

University of Regina alumnus Frank Fowlie, a pioneer in the field of online dispute resolution and the first-ever online ombudsman, will be speaking to students in justice studies at the University of Regina as part of mentorship activities accompanying the University of Regina's Alumni Crowning Achievement Awards (ACAA). Fowlie, who has contributed to peacekeeping, negotiations and conflict resolution in East Timor, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's ACAA awards gala on November 18 at the Radisson Hotel Saskatchewan.

Fowlie obtained a bachelor of human justice from the University of Regina in 1992 and went on to earn a master of arts in conflict analysis and management from Royal Roads University in Victoria, British Columbia, where he has been an associate faculty member. He earned his doctorate of conflict resolution from La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia. He also trained as a negotiation instructor at the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School. Today, Fowlie is the inaugural ombudsman for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), a job that he has held since November 2004.

Of his time at the University of Regina, Fowlie says, "An important lesson I carry forward from the U of R is the personal understanding that I could undertake studies as an adult learner -  that it was possible to balance work life, home life, community life and still make room for academics. Those lessons helped me to complete my masters, and my doctorate."

Elaine Bourassa BAdmin'84, a highly regarded member of Regina's business community who held high profile positions in the mining, natural gas and investment sectors, will receive the ACAA Award for Professional Achievement. Doug Folk PGDEA'89, MEd'93, will receive the Award for Distinguished Humanitarian and Community Service for his dedication to coaching elite female hockey and his extended career in the Regina Public School system. Garth Fredrickson BA'79, a great supporter of the University of Regina, will receive the Dr. Robert and Norma Ferguson Award for Outstanding Service to the University and the University of Regina Alumni Association. Nick Carleton BAdmin'01, BA(Hons)'02, MA'05, PhD'10, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Regina who is known internationally for his research in assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders, chronic pain and traumatic stress in adults, will receive the Outstanding Young Alumnus award.

The ACAA program was established in 2005 to celebrate alumni who have realized extraordinary achievements and made remarkable contributions to the University of Regina and their communities.

Each recipient will return to the University for a mentoring session which will give students an unparalleled learning opportunity.  Details of the ACAA recipient's sessions are listed below.

Thursday, November 18
8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Research and Innovation Centre, Room 208 (Between College West and the Laboratory Building)
Speaking to justice studies students about the role of the ombudsman as it relates to Canadian law.

Friday, November 19
10:30 a.m. - 11:20 a.m.
Classroom Building Room 127
Speaking to psychology students about "The Changing Mind Research" in clinical psychology and exploring the value of teaching and mentorship, empowering students; and how alumni contribute to the U of R.

Wednesday, November 24
11:30 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.
Classroom Building Room 128
Speaking to geography students about his own past as a geography student and how his interests in economic geography led him to a very successful career in real estate and commercial property development.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Speaking at e-Merging Professionalism Conference.

For complete biographies of all recipients visit the Alumni Relations website at:

For more information on the mentorship sessions, contact:
Brenda Oliver
Ph: 585-4838
Fax: 585-4997