In recognition of alumni who have demonstrated notable accomplishments in leadership, service and dedication to their profession and/or community, a team of alumni, former faculty and parents selected these alumni for their role in the STS and broader community.
These Nil Nisi Optimum Notable Alumni are from a multitude of decades and professions and have brought honour and pride to their alma mater.
Dan Hays '54
Retired Senator, member of the Privy Council of Canada, partner at Norton Rose Canada
“I am honoured and grateful to the School. I am reminded of lessons learned and lasting friendships made as a student at Strathcona School for Boys. May Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School continue to build on its founding values and respect for modernity. May graduates continue to succeed in the roles they choose to pursue.”
Nick Graham '76
Owner of Fresh Happy People & former Chief Underwear Officer of Joe Boxer Corp.
“My years at Strathcona School for Boys and later at Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School influenced my entrepreneurial spirit to create and sell underwear. I recall my final year at STS as the happiest year of my educational experience. STS was a welcoming and warm community and made me feel at home and I remember it very fondly.”
Shannon Bowen-Smed '82
President and CEO, Bowen Workplace Solutions
“My years at STS formed a foundation that has enabled me to achieve much more than I could have imagined, both in my career and on a personal level. Thank you for the years of mentoring, learning and guidance that have shaped me into the person I am today.”
Jill Nation '70
Physician and professor in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Calgary
“At Tweedsmuir, much of our learning was accomplished in small groups, an innovation that was well ahead of the trend in team learning at the time. The love of learning I found at Tweedsmuir has carried all the way through my career where I continue to enjoy teaching in small groups and working with adult learners.”
Justice Rosemary Nation '71
Justice of the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench
“At Tweedsmuir: An Academic School for Girls, I learned how to be strong academically in what was rather a protected environment, which allowed me to develop a strong sense of self. This helped me immensely when I entered a work environment where a woman’s place was not the norm.”
Jamie Clarke '86
Extreme adventurer, Everest summiteer, owner of Out There Adventure Centre & Live Out There web business
“My love for outdoor pursuits was fostered at Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School where I went on many Outdoor Education trips. Having gone to the mountains to hike and ski when I was an early teen, shaped my life in a significant way. I can’t imagine what my life would be like if I hadn’t had that exposure to the outdoors when I was young.”
Dave Pierce '90
Emmy award-winning songwriter, composer, producer
“STS taught me how to dream big and overcome obstacles in order to achieve the best.”
Judd Palmer '90
Owner of the Old Trout Puppet Workshop
“I have a great deal for which to be grateful to STS. Most of all, the school culture nurtured individuality. The teachers saw each of us as singular people and gave us the resources to find out where our particular personalities might lead us. That’s an enormous gift.”
Craig Adams '95
Professional NHL player
“One of the things I loved about my years at STS was the setting. No matter what I was doing I always felt close to nature, and for me it was an ideal setting in which to learn. The lessons I learned from the faculty, the athletics, and the OE trips have been invaluable. The friendships I made will last a lifetime.”
Heather Gilley ' 78
“Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School has given me courage and confidence: to pursue a career in academic medicine; to work as a volunteer in a developing country; to climb a mountain; and to embrace whatever is next.”
Harvey Locke '75
Conservationist, writer and photographer, co-founder of the Yellowstone to Yukon Conservation Initiative
“Strathcona School for Boys and the support of its great teachers rescued me from a floundering academic career and taught me how to be strong by the rugged English public school method. Then, while attending STS I learned to engage with ideas, to consider different points of view, and to shoulder the responsibility we all have to make the world a better place. I am deeply grateful for all the School has done for me.”
James Cross '80
Professor, University of Calgary
“Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School created opportunities for me to discover my skills and passions, but also to push myself into the unknown.”
Ryan Harris '90
“During my time at STS, the boundless potential of the world began to reveal itself. I realized that one could be an active explorer – which led to sounding the depths of all this planet and humanity have to offer, charting a challenging, yet rewarding, course in my life.”
Alim Mitha '93
“I was very fortunate to have attended a school where the surroundings, the structure, and the teachers inspired in its students an appreciation for education, nature, physical fitness, diversity, and humanity. STS taught me to set my goals higher than I could reach, then gave me these tools so I could reach them.”
Mark Alexander '82
President – Americas, Campbell Soup Company
“Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School offered me so many different opportunities to learn and grow. Great teachers challenged and encouraged us in the classroom, on the playing fields, and in the mountains.”
Susan Elliott '89
Scientist, Entrepreneur, Principal and Co-founder, Virtus Insights Inc.
"Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School provided me with unique and formative opportunities. It helped foster my love for science, travel, athletics and adventure. I am grateful for the experience, education, mentorship and friendships that I made."
Robert-Falcon Ouellette '95
Member of Parliament for Winnipeg Centre
“When I started at STS I was certain I did not belong. While the teachers always challenged me and pushed me, it was with love and care. My moment of awakening was in Grade 9 with the realization that success is not determined by birth, but by hard work and your contribution to those around you. I learned that I could compete with the best of them. STS helped create my sense of personal power.”
Mercedes Stephenson '99
Micah Libin '91
Lawyer, Business Entrepreneur, Community Leader, Adventurer
Jan Jaffer '97
"STS was so much more to me than just a school. It was the community that I grew up with and that taught me so many valuable lessons. My peers and the faculty challenged me to grow academically and to appreciate the great outdoors. However, a much more valuable skill I developed was how to be an empathetic and caring leader. This humility, respect and the desire to help others succeed has made me the man I am today and for which I will always be grateful to STS and the many mentors in my life."
Maya Gohill '92
"One of the biggest advantages of attending STS as a young adult was that it developed my understanding of the value of community and relationship. The close-knit nature of our class, including our teachers, had a magical, inclusive quality to it, which I still value to this day. I also appreciated the quality of the instruction, and the values of respect for people and education that were instilled in us by attending STS. Smaller details that made STS unique, like standing when a teacher entered the classroom, wearing our uniform according to a standard, and the high degree of discipline we adhered to are all things which have informed the way I have approached life since graduating from STS."