Inventor of the Cree syllabic system of writing, Reverend Evans was a Methodist missionary and minister.
Inventor of the Cree syllabic system of writing, Reverend Evans was a Methodist missionary and minister.
The first provost of the University of Trinity College in Toronto, as well as the first professor of divinity.
Established by royal charter as an English fur trading company mandated to explore and exploit large parts of North America.
Vicar's warden at Matlock Bath Parish Church in Derbyshire, England. Secretary to the local chapter of the Church Missionary Society.
Anglican clergyman from a Naval background.
HBC Chief Factor.
Church of England clergyman and later the first Bishop of Algoma.
Anglican clergyman, especially to the Six Nations Confederacy at Grand River, ON.
Writer, Director, Filmmaker – Anne Wheeler was born in Edmonton, Alberta, in 1946. She grew up in Edmonton where she enjoyed exploring the country north of the capital with her pony. As a youth she enjoyed music and drama, taking the lead in her school plays and touring with a children's theatre company during the summers. Following high school, Wheeler pursued a B.Sc. in mathematics at the University of Alberta (UofA). She completed her degree in 1967. Upon graduation Wheeler travelled Western Europe and the Middle East. On her return she enrolled in a music program with the goal of pursuing a career in music and drama as a high school music teacher. Wheeler received her music teaching certificate in 1969. She resumed travelling and returned to Edmonton in 1971 after exploring more areas of the Middle East and Africa. On her return she began a Masters in music education at the UofA. During her UofA graduate studies Wheeler began to pursue her interest in filmmaking. She joined Film West Associates, a collective of independent filmmakers sharing a passion for filmmaking, a dearth of experience, and an interest in creating films about the West. After five years and several award winning short films, the cooperative started to dissolve. By then Wheeler was prepared to completely leave music teaching to continue filmmaking. In this period she worked predominantly with the National Film Board and in 1976 she participated in the establishment of the NFB’s North West Centre in Edmonton. Wheeler produced several films in her association with the NFB. These included Great Grandmother (1975), Augusta (1976), Happily Unmarried (1977), Teach Me to Dance (1978), and A War Story (1982). A War Story proved to be a watershed in her career. The film garnered many international awards, among them the Blue Ribbon Award at the American Film Festival (1983). Beyond filmmaking Wheeler also found time to start a family. She married Garth Hendren and in 1979 had twin boys, Quincy and Morgan. In the early 1980s the National Film Board (NFB) released all directors from its staff. Although Wheeler worked as both a producer and director at the NFB, she decided to quit for the opportunity of independent filmmaking. Her first post-NFB effort was A Change of Heart (1983), a film she co-wrote with Anne Frank. Produced for the CBC, it was Wheeler’s first entirely dramatic film, a new direction for her art. Wheeler followed this film with Loyalties (1985), her most critically acclaimed work. The work won several awards including: Portugal Film Fest, Best Actress; France, Critic's Choice; Quebec, Critic's Choice. It was also her first dramatic feature film. Bye Bye Blues (1989), Wheeler’s next film, is her greatest commercial success to date. Wheeler moved to Salt Spring Island in 1990 and became more closely involved with the film and television industry in Vancouver. This was a time when Wheeler expressed difficulty finding funding to produce feature length films. Accordingly, the move to the coast initiated a string of television works, particularly for the CBC, including The Diviners (1993), The War between Us (1994), Mother Trucker, Diana Kilmury: Teamster (1996), The Sleep Room (1997), and North of 60. In 1998, Wheeler directed the first three episodes of Da Vinci's Inquest. The CBC series continues in the successful style she established. In 1993 Wheeler had her first work produced in an American context. Working with producers Eileen Berg and Harold Tichner, Wheeler directed the made for television movie Other Women's Children, for A.B.C. In cooperation with Crescent Films, the movie won a Cable Ace Award for Performance. It was later aired on Lifetime in the United States, and Superchannel/C.B.C. in Canada. In 1999 Wheeler made Better than Chocolate working with Telefilm Canada, Rave Film Inc., and the British Columbia Film Commission. It was a return to feature films and comedy. The film was a popular and critical success on an international level. She followed this with three more dramas, Marine Life (2000), Suddenly Naked (2001) and Edge of Madness (2002). The first two continued Wheelers’ exploration of traditional relationships and sexual convention, the latter returns to her interest in the women’s experience of early Prairie life. Wheeler has continued her work in both television and film. Recent television works include A Sleep Room, The Investigation (2002) and This is Wonderland. Wheeler continues to write, direct and produce films. She has also started teaching at the University of British Columbia. She currently lives in White Rock with her family. To date, she boasts six honorary doctorates and an Order of Canada in recognition of art.
Alberta Barter Theatre was co-founded in 1972 by Prof. Larry Kadlec (UAD), Lee Livingstone (MFA Design, UA) and Bob Baker (BFA student, UA) under the auspices of the federal government's new Opportunities for Youth (OFY) grants, which provided salaries for the initial 11-member company and a small portion of production costs. The company performed in the summers at Torches Theatre, the outdoor venue at Corbett Hall built by the University of Alberta drama department for its summer theatre season from 1962-1970. The new theatre was an entirely independent company, taking its name from its box office procedures of offering admission through either cash or kind (modelled on the 1930s Barter Theatre of Abingdon, Virginia). Offering primarily light entertainment over six summers to a large following of Edmonton audiences, Barter Theatre also provided excellent training in all aspects of theatre production and management to many students and recent graduates with professional careers in mind. Except for the Summer of 1975, Lee Livingstone remained the chief administrator of the company and was also involved in direction and design. Bob Baker left the company after 2 years and Kadlec left in 1975. When the OFY grants were discontinued after 1975, the company became fully professional. It charged regular admission, but by the end of the summer season of 1978 the company determined that the theatre was no longer financially viable.
Cecil Scott Burgess was born in Mumbai, India in 1870, where his father, James Burgess, was Director of the Archeological Survey. The Burgess family returned to Edinburgh, Scotland the following year. Between the years 1887 and 1891 Burgess studied at the Royal High School in Edinburgh. He graduated with a gold medal. Burgess then studied architecture as an articled pupil to Sir George Washington Browne. He completed a four-year apprenticeship, a contemporary British standard, from 1892 to 1896. After completing his apprenticeship Burgess was admitted as an Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). It was a typical career path for British architects to travel through offices and projects gaining a resume of design experience and Burgess was no exception; following his apprenticeship Burgess did architectural work in Edinburgh, York, London, and Liverpool. He also continued to refine his skills with European travel studying and sketching the notable buildings, designs and works of art across the continent. It was during one of his study trips in 1903 he encountered the Edinburgh architect Percy Nobbs in Italy. Nobbs was about to accept a position to teach at McGill University in the Faculty of Engineering. Upon viewing Burgess's sketchwork he encouraged him to move to Montréal where he would find opportunities as a draughtsman. Burgess recognized the opportunity and before the end of the year, he was working in his profession designing several Québec projects including the Boys Farm and Training Schoold at Shawbridge, Quebec and several Montréal homes. In Montréal Burgess began his lifelong public advocacy of the Arts and Crafts design movement through public lectures and study groups. He delivered talks at the Province of Quebec Association of Architects and spoke at such public forums as the St. James Literary Society and the Grand Trunk Literary Institute. Without a Phd, Burgess nevertheless delivered lectures and taught courses at McGill between 1909 and 1911. The courses Burgess instructed betray the Arts and Crafts school of architecture he subscribed to. The were weighted to art and history and included historical drawing, architectural history and decoration. Recognizing it unlikely he would become permanent faculty, Burgess's acquaintance with Percy Nobbs again resulted in employment. Nobbs recommended Burgess to H.M. Tory, the first president of the newly conceived University of Alberta. Through his architectural firm, Nobbs and Hyde, Nobbs worked as the principal consulting architectural firm for the University and Nobbs requiered a supervising representative on the campus to see through to completion the firm's designs. President Tory appointed Burgess Professor of Architecture in 1913. He was made responsible to superintend the design of university buildings and design courses for the university's Department of Architecture. Upon his arrival Burgess designed Pembina Hall and the original six staff residences now known as the Ring Houses. He was the supervising architect for the Arts building (1915), designed the south wing of the University Hospital, University Farm buildings and cottages and the Varsity Rink, the University ice arena (1927). As University Architect Burgess also designed versions of the University crest, furniture, and various items of ceremonial regalia for official University occaisions. In addition to campus designs, Burgess was the associate architect for the Edmonton Natural Resources Building (now the Bowker Building) for the Provincial Government, the Birks Building and numerous private houses, memorials, and small design items across Alberta.
Henry Marshall Tory Scientist, Administrator, University President --The son of a Methodist Minister, Henry Marshall Tory was born on January 11, 1864, on a farm close to Guysborough, Nova Scotia. His lifelong association with education began with primary public school education in his native province. The curriculum was informal and teachers taught to the interests of students who often attended to farming duties and personal pursuits before attending class. Tory's family moved to Guysborough near the end of his primary school years and there he took on a position as a clerk for three years in a dry goods store. His interest in education continued, and he soon enrolled in Guysborough Academy for a two-year teaching program. Upon completing the program, he spent two years teaching in local rural schools. During his teaching tenure, Tory met Sir William Dawson, the Principal of McGill University, who was visiting Nova Scotia on vacation. Dawson persuaded Tory to attend McGill University. At 22 years old, Tory enrolled at McGill in a program of honours mathematics and physics. He graduated in 1890 with honours and a gold medal. Tory retained an interest in religion and following McGill graduation he studied theology at Wesleyan College, Montreal. He received a Bachelor of Divinity and took a two-year preaching charge at a church in Montreal. He then returned to his studies of mathematics and physics becoming a lecturer in mathematics at McGill in 1893. He completed his Masters in Mathematics in 1896. Tory now became further involved with academic administration at McGill. To help set up the new Department of Physics he visited the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge University for two terms. The experience gained there gave him the background required to help the McGill Physics Department to set up labs and design courses. His title became Demonstrator of Physics and he continued to lecture in mathematics. He received his D.Sc. degree and he was promoted to Associate Professor of Mathematics in 1903. At the turn of the century Tory's career began to turn more towards administration. His official McGill title was Associate Professor of Mathematics but he was also de facto Assistant Dean. Under Dean Dr. Charles Moyse, McGill began a programme of branch colleges across Canada and Newfoundland. Tory was sent as an envoy to investigate the sites of local colleges. He was also empowered to negotiate the branch colleges' relationship with McGill. In this capacity Tory negotiated the McGill University College of British Columbia in 1906. Returning from the Coast in the Spring of 1906, Tory visited Alberta and discussed affiliation with Alberta College in Edmonton and Canada College in Calgary. During this trip A.C. Rutherford, newly annointed Premier of Alberta and self-appointed Minister of Education, first met Tory. The province was organized in a 1905 Act of Parliament and the new legislature's first meeting passed the University Act to establish and incorporate a university in the province. The following year subsequent legislation empowered the Lieutenant-Governor to appoint a President charged to work with the University Senate to organize and develop a public university. By the time Rutherford travelled east in 1907 in search of a president, he had already met with Tory and corresponded with him on issues of university governance. Tory left McGill in January 1908 to assume duties as the President of the University of Alberta. With government authority Tory arranged to begin classes in the autumn of 1908 in the Duggan Street public school (currently Queen Alexandra) in Strathcona. 1907 legislation purchased River Lot No.5, 258 acres of uncleared land on the South bank of the North Saskatchewan river. Planning and constuction of a physical site for higher learning would preoccupy Tory's twenty- year tenure. The University began with a single faculty, five professors and 32 students. By his departure from the University of Alberta in May, 1928 he had overseen the school grow to five faculties plus related offices, about 1,600 students, and eight modern, well-equipped buildings. Dr. Tory's most important legacy was the secular, democratic ethos he applied to the policies of the new institution a perspective formed under the influence of Reverend Sewell and his 19th Oxford public lectures. Tory's first presidential address to convocation in 1908 read in part: "The modern state university is a people's institution. The people demand that knowledge shall not be the concern of scholars alone. The uplifting of the whole people shall be its final goal." This perspective was manifested in the Department of Extension. Tory initiated the creation of the Extension Department, first mentioning the project in a presentation to the Senate in April 1912. The next month he chose A.E. Ottewell as director. Extension Services operated on Tory's mandate that the University belonged to the people of Alberta; its slogan was borrowed from the first University Extension programme, Reverend Sewell's 19th century Oxford project: "We cannot bring the masses requiring education to the University - may it not be possible to carry the university to them?" To relate the University's work to Alberta's villages and towns, Extension Services used travelling libraries, lectures, debates, projection slides and films to offer a wide spectrum of instruction. In 1933 the programme spawned the Banff School of Fine Arts, a training centre for Drama, Music and the Arts with an international reputation. Dr. Tory's final report to the University Senate emphasized the success of the Extension programme noting "we have our own broadcasting station" and predicted educational success in emerging communication technology. Tory's public education credo translated onto the international scene in the form of the Khaki University. Through his association with Lt. Colonel Gerald Birks, Supervisor of the YMCA Canadian Overseas forces, and on the strength of a 1916 study by Tory concerning the needs of decommissioned soldiers, Tory was commissioned in 1917 to recommend and plan a Canadian army educational system. The resulting Khaki University, with Tory as executive director, became a model for military services world wide. From 1917 to 1919 the Khaki College saw 650,000 men attend lectures, and enrolled 50,000 in classes. Thousands of returning soldiers enrolled in universities across Canada supported by the studies they accomplished during wartime. The Khaki University supported soldiers' morale, enabled the military to set up an educational infrastructure, and provided a venue to promote higher education to thousands of Canadians. On a national level, Tory's greatest impact came through the economic and industrial implications of his work with the National Research Council. Tory's interest in science, and his background in math and physics, inspired him to consistently promote administrative and institutional support for scientific research. Tory worked to establish the Industrial Laboratory at the University of Alberta in 1911. In 1919 the University of Alberta joined a national initiative to promote applied science in the University Scientific Assocition. While the need for practical scientific research was underscored by the experiences of World War One, the war also drained resources. Prmairly in response to such funding problems, the University Scientific Association merged into a provincial organization combining with the Committee on Industrial Research, a committee with government and university affiliations. In 1921, by Order-in-Council 30/21, the Alberta Legislature created The Scientific and Industrial Research Council of Alberta. Tory actively promoted this model to the point of establishing two research professorships at the University of Alberta. He also provided space for the Council at the University and the Research Council staff assumed the title of Industrial Research Department at the University of Alberta. The Scientific and Insustrial Research Council of Alberta was the first provincially funded, scientific research agency in Canada. The Council played a guiding role in applied research into Alberta's natural resources, including the extraction of bitumen from the oil sands of northern Alberta. In recognition of Tory's successful advocacy of applied science research in Alberta, the national Council for Scientific and Industrial Research elected him to this National Council in 1923. By October of the same year he was unanimously elected President. On June 1, 1928, Tory decided to leave the University of Alberta to take on the full-time position of active President of the National Research Council (NRC), heretofore a position of mostly honorary status. As NRC President, Tory oversaw the 1932 establishment of the National Research Laboratories. In 1935, Tory retired from his NRC presidency at the age of 71. Unable to remain inactive, Tory lead the volunteer committee that worked to open Carleton College in Ottawa in 1942. He then took on the position of unsalaried President and lecturer. He remained in these posts until his death in 1947. Title based on content of fonds.
Zoologist, Ornithologist, 1891-1957. Swiss-born ornithologist and naturalist William Rowan immigrated to Canada in 1919; in 1920 he became the first professor of the Department of Zoology, which he headed until his retirement in 1956. He pioneered research into avian migration patterns and studied the cyclical population fluctuations of birds and mammals through banding studies. Dr. Rowan was a strong proponent of wildlife conservation and active in fish and game associations. He was also an artist whose works were exhibited in Canada and England. His drawing of a whooping crane was selected for the design of a Canadian postage stamp.
First president of the Saskatchewan Wheat Pool.
HBC furtrader, educator, and lawyer.
Assistant Director General of Surveys
Malcolm Mcleod immigrated to Canada in 1862. He took his education in New York and Pannsylvania. Began his railway career performing various labour work in 1878. He eventually progressed to the positions of Assistant Division, Assistant Chief, and Superintending Engineer, Chief Engineer, Crow’s Nest Division, Canadian Pacific Railway, 1898-1899. Before quiting the Canadian Pacific Railway he had risen to the position of Superintendent of Operations. He moved on to the Canadian Northenr Railway in 1900 as Chief Engineer, in 1907. In 1911, MacLeod was General Manager and Chief Engineer of the Canadian Northern Railway, Winnipeg.
Candas Jane Dorsey was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada on November 16, 1952. She was educated at the University of Alberta where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Social Work from the University of Calgary (Edmonton branch) and also a combined B.A. with distinction in English and Drama (1975). Candas subsequently earned a Master of Fine Arts from a British Columbia institution.
Candas worked as a social worker and child care worker in the 1970s and as of 1979, has primarily worked as a publisher, writer and editor in the fields of science fiction, fantasy, arts, poetry and journalism. Candas went on to edit and manage the monthly arts newspaper The Edmonton Bullet (1983-88) and in 1991, became a founding partner of Wooden Door and Associates, a professional communications company. The following year, Candas was founding member of The Books Collective, an independent trade publisher, which included roles as publisher and editor-in-chief of Tesseract Books (an imprint of The Books Collective) and River Books. Between 1990 and 1992, Candas held numerous Writer in Residences including with the Edmonton Public Library (1990), the St. Albert, Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan Public Libraries (1991) and the Leighton Artists Colony (1992). She became an educator of professional writing programs and writing-related courses and workshops for Grant MacEwan College, University of Alberta Faculty of Extension and Metro Continuing Education, and a Sessional Instructor for MacEwan University’s Bachelor of Communication Studies program.
Candas’s range as a writer includes fiction and nonfiction, short and long form, as well as journalism and advocacy, television and theatre scripts, magazine and newspaper articles and technical writing and manuals. Her published works include Machine Sex: And Other Stories (1988), Black Wine (1996), Vanilla and Other Stories (2000), A Paradigm of Earth (2001) and has contributed to the Tesseracts anthology series. She has also worked on stories for young adults and children.
Candas has an active role in her community of Edmonton, serving as a community activist for non-profit organizations and community leagues, a civilian member of a Community/Police Liaison Committee for the Edmonton Police Service and in 2013, was a Ward Six Candidate for Edmonton City Council. In the literary field, Candas is past President of SF Canada (Canada’s National Association of Speculative Fiction Professionals), and former Vice-President (1992-93) and President (1993-94) of the Writers’ Guild of Alberta. Throughout her career, Candas has been invited to several conferences and speaking engagements, some internationally, to speak on speculative fiction and other topics.
Candas Jane Dorsey is the recipient of many honours and awards including a City of Edmonton Arts Award (1988), the Aurora Award from the Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Association (1989), the James Tiptree Jr. Memorial Award for Black Wine (1998), the Writers’ Guild of Alberta Howard O'Hagen Award for Short Fiction for Vanilla and Other Stories (2001), an Alberta Centennial Gold Medal (2005) and the Writers’ Guild of Alberta Golden Pen Award for lifetime achievement (2017). In 2018, she was inducted into the Canadian Science Fiction & Fantasy Hall of Fame.
First formed in 1917 as a school within the Faculty of Medicine, the University of Alberta's (U of A) dental program became an autonomous degree- granting school in 1923, and achieved faculty status in 1944. From the years 1944 to 1958, U of A had the only dental school in Western Canada.
The Faculty of Dentistry trained dentists and dental hygienists for employment in private and public health care centres, as well as providing graduate studies programs leading to a MSc or PhD, and facilities for research. Students were given instruction and work experience at the University of Alberta Hospitals and at the Faculty's community health clinics. Within the Faculty were four departments (Dental Health Care, Oral Biology, Restorative Dentistry and Stomatology), each of which administers additional divisions. In 1996, the Faculty of Dentistry became part of the Faculty of Medicine becoming the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry.
Directors of the School of Dentistry included: 1923-1942 Harry Ernest Bulyea; 1942-1944 William Scott Hamilton.
Deans of the Faculty of Dentistry included: 1944-1958 William Scott Hamilton; 1958-1970 Hector Robertson MacLean; 1970-1976 James McCutcheon; 1976-1978 Donald M. Collinson; 1978-1989 Gordon W. Thompson; 1989- Norman K. Wood; 1994 Dr. Henry Dick (Acting); 1995- Dr. G. Wayne Raborn (Acting).
Peter Lougheed was a former premier of Alberta (1971-1985) who was in charge of the Progressive Conservative government in the province during an era of significant development for Alberta in relation to the energy sectors and provincial contribution to the national scene. Peter Lougheed was born in Calgary on July 26, 1928, son of Edgar and Edna Lougheed and grandson of Sir James Alexander Lougheed. He was educated in Calgary public schools, was awarded a BA. and LLB. from the University of Alberta in 1951 and 1952 respectively, and an M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1954, Lougheed was elected leader of a moribund Progressive Conservative party in Alberta in 1965, and went on to win a seat in the legislature in 1967, and to become premier at the head of a new Progressive Conservative government in 1971. He was premier of the province through tumultuous years of boom and bust, the development of the energy industry, and federal-provincial conflicts. Lougheed retired from politics in 1985 after winning four successive election victories. After leaving politics, Lougheed was a partner and counsel with Bennett Jones law firm in Calgary; was active in international business pursuits, and much involved in national issues of trade and constitutional reform. Lougheed made his home in Calgary and was involved in various business pursuits, actively supporting various organizations, and speaking out on matters of public concern.
Lougheed had long suffered from a heart condition and in early September 2012, his health deteriorated and he was taken to hospital where he died of natural causes. His body lay in state from September 17-18, 2012 inside the main rotunda of the Alberta Legislature Building. The national and provincial flags were flown at half-mast throughout the province of Alberta. After lying in state, Lougheed's body travelled back to Calgary in a motorcade from Edmonton that followed a procession through the city, passing places of significance to Lougheed. A state memorial was held on September 21, 2012 at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium in Calgary.
For a more complete biography see archivist's file.
Annora Brown was a Canadian visual artist whose work encompassed painting and graphic design. Born Mary Annora Brown in Fort Macleod, Alberta, in 1899, Annora Brown's father, Edmund Forster Brown was a member of the North- West Mounted Police who had ridden with Sam Steele and Kootenay Brown. Her mother, Elizabeth Ethel Cody, was one of Fort Macleod's first school teachers and was related to Buffalo Bill Cody.
Growing up in Fort Macleod, Annora Brown was introduced to art by her mother, who had been taught to paint by Florence Carlyle. Annora Brown later studied at the Ontario College of Art from 1925 to 1929. Two of her instructors were notable Group of Seven members Arthur Lismer and J.E.H. MacDonald. Following her instruction, Brown taught at the Mount Royal College in Calgary, Alberta from 1929 to 1931. She then returned to Fort Macleod to do field work in art and handicrafts for the University of Alberta Faculty of Extension. While in Fort Macleod, she continued to produce work in her studio and work as an illustrator and designer. She also became committed to introducing art schools into the region and expanding art education in Alberta in the 1930s and 1940s. She was an instructor at the Banff School of Fine Arts from 1945 to 1950.
Annora Brown worked in a variety of media including oil painting, watercolours, graphic design and print making. She is best known for her paintings of natural landscapes, wildflowers and Canadian First Nations communities. Brown was a member of the Alberta Society of Artists and Honorary Member of the Alberta Handicraft Guild. Her work is included in many public and private collections, and she has received national and provincial awards, prizes and honours.
In addition to her art, Annor Brown also published several books. Her first major publication, "Old Man's Garden" was published in 1954. Her subsequent books, "Flowers from Alberta" and "Sketches from Life" were published in 1974 and 1981 respectively.
Annora Brown lived in Fort Mcleod until 1965 when she decided to move to Sydney, British Columbia. She later relocated to Deep Cove, British Columbia where she remained until her death in 1987.
Austin Mardon was born in Edmonton, Alberta on June 25th, 1962. In his late teens he moved to Scotland where he attended Grenoble University. Mardon returned to Canada to attend the University of Lethbridge in Lethbridge, Alberta where he majored in geography. He received his degree in 1985 before going to graduate school for his MSc at South Dakota State University. In 1986-1987 he was a member of the Antarctic meteorite expedition for NASA and the National Science Foundation. He was awarded the Antarctica Service Medal for his work. Mardon also attended Texas A&M University for his Masters in Education, which he completed in 1990. In 1992 at the age of 30 Mardon was diagnosed with schizophrenia. Following his diagnoses he went on to complete his PhD in geography at Greenwich University in Australia.
Throughout his degrees Mardon published numerous articles and books. He was also elected an International Fellow and Corresponding Fellow of the Explores Club of New York and inducted into the international Academy of Astronautics.
Mardon has worked as a mental health advocate, writing and speaking on the topics of schizophrenia, homelessness, medication, and income support.
Mardon has been the recipient of many awards including the the Flag of Hope Award in 2011, the Bill Jefferies Family Award of the Schizophrenia Society of Canada in 2007, the Distinguished Alumni Award of the University of Lethbridge in 2002, the President's Award of the Alberta chapter of the Canadian Mental Health Association in 2007, and the Medal of Honour of the Alberta Medical Association in 2010. In 2007 Mardon was awarded the Order of Canada.
Mardon is currently an Assistant Adjunct Professor at the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre and in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Alberta (U of A). In 2019, he also began serving on the senate at the University of Lethbridge.
Mardon is married to Catherine Mardon.
The Legion of Frontiersmen is a volunteer paramilitary organization that was founded in 1905 by Roger Pocock (1865-1941) to take up the call to protect the British Empire in times of need and remain vigilant in times of peace. The organization soon expanded across the British Empire and, by WWI, there were more than 10,000 men enrolled. Pocock had served in the North West Mounted Police and fought in the Boer War, but he envisioned the Frontiersmen as being "civilian, self-supporting, and self-reliant," not under any specific police or military organization. Although the British War Office would not recognize the Frontiersmen during WWI, members were able to serve together by enlisting en masse to specific regiments, including the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.