If there is any measure of MacEwan’s success as a university, it’s our incredible alumni, who represent us in wide-ranging disciplines here in Edmonton and around the world.
That’s why every year we relish the opportunity to shine a spotlight on some of our outstanding alumni, sharing their stories with our most recent grads and our entire community.
The Distinguished Alumni Awards celebrate accomplishments in areas such as community development, lifelong learning and business innovation. Recipients address the newest graduating class during MacEwan’s convocation ceremonies – passing on their hard-earned wisdom with those who will follow in their footsteps.
Here are the Spring 2019 Distinguished Alumni Award recipients.
Emmett Hartfield, Bachelor of Commerce, 2010
After receiving his Bachelor of Commerce from MacEwan University in 2010, Emmett began his career working for a boutique real estate marketing agency in Edmonton. He immediately noticed a gap within the Alberta residential real estate market, and at the age of 27, co-founded Intelligence House.
Within its first five years, the highly successful data research, marketing and sales agency was handling over $600 million in multi-family assets in Canada and the United States. Intelligence House’s clientele includes some of Canada’s largest developers, and the company recently expanded into New York and New Jersey. In 2017, Alberta Venture listed Intelligence House as the 14th fastest-growing company in Alberta. Emmett has also received many recognitions for his work, including being named to Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 Under 40.
Dr. James Makokis, Bachelor of Science Transfer, 2001
Dr. James A. Makokis is a Nehiyô (Plains Cree), Two-Spirit physician from Onihcikiskwapiwinihk (Saddle Lake Cree Nation), who practices general family medicine in Kinokamasihk (Kehewin Cree Nation) and a more specialized clinic in Edmonton where he focuses on providing medical hormonal transitioning for transgender people. His passion drives him to elevate the nehiyô health system, which includes the use of nehiyâw maskihkiya (Cree medicines) and preventative interventions during the Cree Seven Stages of life, while simultaneously working to eliminate systemic racism and discrimination in the health care system and beyond.
James has served as chairperson of the inaugural Indigenous Wisdom Council of Alberta Health Services, and is currently a board member of the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute of Indigenous Health at the University of Toronto and Indigenous Advisory Council of MacEwan University.
He is a recipient of the National Aboriginal Achievement Award (currently known as the Indspire Awards), and Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Mark Power, Child and Youth Care, 1996
Mark Power is a counsellor, writer, filmmaker, visual artist and the founder of Give of Yourself – a social enterprise. Throughout Mark’s diverse career, he has supported people and families through setbacks and seasons of rebuilding. His creative projects, including a series of short documentaries, empower people on journeys of incarceration, re-integration, addiction and homelessness.
As a trusted advisor in youth development, Mark draws on his long-standing relationships in education, mental health, corrections and community disability services. He advises and supports professionals in developing coaching and mentoring skills for youth and families, and is masterful at navigating institutional supports and creating innovative outreach programming. Mark currently facilitates in the arenas of mental health, social justice and restorative coaching.
Dr. D. Scharie Tavcer, Law Enforcement and Security, 1992
Dr. D. Scharie Tavcer is an associate professor in the Department of Economics, Justice, and Policy Studies at Mount Royal University. She received her Doctorate in Sociology from the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law and the Albert-Ludwigs Universität in Freiburg, Germany.
Scharie’s main areas of scholarship and research include offenders and the barriers and challenges of reintegrating into the community; sexual and relationship violence; understanding crime, social disorder and the criminal justice system through a feminist lens; victims and trauma-informed care; poverty offending; and mental illness.
Prior to her career in academia, Scharie worked for Correctional Services Canada in Alberta and British Columbia. She uses her expertise to give back to her community, serving on the board of the Elizabeth Fry Society and contributing research and acting as an advocate to many organizations including United Way, the Calgary Women’s Emergency Shelter and the Justice Sector Constellation of the Poverty Reduction Coalition of Calgary.
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