University of Calgary

Powerful women

Nov. 26, 2008
Kimberley Amirault
Kimberley Amirault

Alumnae, faculty and philanthropist among Canada’s most powerful women

Kimberley Amirault, PhD’00, an adjunct professor in the Faculty of Kinesiology, Jennifer Hatfield, PhD’01, an assistant professor in the Faculty of Medicine, and Mary Rozsa de Coquet, BEd’79, DiPEd’88, LLD’06, whose Rozsa Foundation financed the Rozsa Centre on campus, were honoured yesterday at an awards luncheon in Toronto for their inclusion on the Women’s Executive Network (WXN) Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 list for 2008.

Published annually in The Globe and Mail, the awards represent proven achievers from many walks of life. The recipients are selected by an independent advisory board.

The Calgary-based Amirault is a performance consultant who works with the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets, world-class athletes and elite coaches, is the director of sport psychology at the Canadian Sport Centre Calgary and is the Canadian Olympic Committee’s lead specialist for sport psychology for the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Since breaking into the professional sports teams ranks in 2001, she has worked with the New York Rangers, the New York Knicks, and the Canadian speedskating, cross country skiing, and women’s hockey teams.


Jennifer Hatfield

Hatfield is the director of the Health and Society stream in the Faculty of Medicine’s Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHSc) program and director of the BHSc global health program. In addition to her leadership in global health research, Hatfield is being recognized for her work as a UN Mentor with women in Afghanistan promoting leadership opportunities, and her international role with the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research developing health research partnerships with Canadian institutions.

The honorees each credit mentors for much of their success. Amirault cites Rangers’ President Glen Sather, as well as fellow U of C alumnus and FirstEnergy Capital Corp. Chairman Brett Wilson, MBA’85, among her long-time advisors. “Since you have been such an important part of my life … I view this as ‘our’ celebration,” she wrote in an email breaking the news to her supporters. “You are the ones who help, teach, inspire and support me every day in the real things that matter so much.”

“I have been given remarkable opportunities to pursue rewarding work in Canada and overseas,” Hatfield says. “People like Dr. Billie Thurston, Dr. Tom Noseworthy and Dr. Benedikt Hallgrimsson have been incredible supporters, as has the Faculty of Medicine which has allowed me to follow my passion for undergraduate education and global health research.”

In addition to funding the Rozsa Centre, Rozsa de Coquet, president of the Rozsa Foundation since 1990, has led the Fine Arts Advisory Council on shaping the arts component of the U of C’s Urban Campus, and helped initiate the development of a new MBA in arts management stream at the Haskayne School of Business.

Other U of C alumni recognized on the list include Vianne Timmons, PhD’93, president and vice-chancellor of the University of Regina, Emily Zhang, BSc’05, co-president of the Calgary professional chapter of Engineers Without Borders, Lindsay Mitchell, MEDes’03, president of the Calgary professional chapter of Engineers Without Borders, Lakshmi Raj, BSc’95, co-CEO of Replicon Inc., and Teri Currie, BSc’86, executive vice-president, human resources at Toronto-Dominion Bank.