Wall of Fame

Created in 2002, the Wall of Fame Award is presented to Brandon University alumni who have made significant achievements in their career on a provincial, national, or international level bringing honour and prestige to our University.

Nomination form (includes terms and nomination procedures): Wall of Fame

A complete nomination package must be submitted to the Alumni Relations Office by 4:30 pm on April 1 of each year.

Past Wall of Fame Award Recipients:

tommydouglas_wallTommy Douglas
B.A. ’30
Inducted 1/24/2002
  • Premier of Saskatchewan, 1944-1961
  • First Leader of the National New Democratic Party 1961-1971
  • Companion of the Order of Canada, 1981
  • Largely responsible for central banking, employment insurance and universal medicare in Canada
  • Known as “the Father of Medicare”
stanleyknowles_wallStanley Knowles
B.A. ’30
Inducted 1/24/2002
  • Member of Parliament for Winnipeg North Central 1942-1958 (CCF) and 1962-1984 (NDP)
  • Appointed Honorary Table Officer to the House of Commons, 1984
  • Instrumental in the formation of the New Democratic Party out of the CCF in 1961
  • Largely responsible for introduction of the Canada Pension Plan
  • Received Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD), Brandon University, 1967
  • Chancellor of Brandon University 1970-1990
  • Appointed to Queen’s Privy Council, 1979
  • Officer of the Order of Canada, 1984
ronbell_wallThe Honourable Justice Ronald D. Bell
B.A. ’51
Inducted 1/24/2002
  • Solicitor, Dept. of National Revenue, Tax Division 1955-1959
  • Associate and Partner, Fenerty and Company Calgary 1959-1978
  • Appointed to Queen’s Privy Council, 1976
  • Formed Bell, Felesky, Flynn Tax Law Firm; Calgary 1978, Edmonton 1979
  • Affiliate, University of Ottawa School of Law
  • Chancellor of Brandon University 1990-1996
  • Appointed Judge, Tax Court of Canada 1991
dennisanderson_wallDr. C. Dennis Anderson
B.Sc. ’64
Inducted 1/24/2002
  • Assistant Professor, College of Commerce, University of Saskatchewan 1969-1971
  • Professor, Faculty of Management, University of Manitoba 1974-1990
  • Associate Dean and MBA Program Director, Faculty of Management, University of Manitoba 1988-1990
  • Governing Council, University of Swaziland 1992-1996
  • President and Vice-Chancellor, Brandon University 1990-2000
bettygibson_wallBetty Gibson
B.A. ’59
Inducted 11/14/2003
  • Teacher in rural Manitoba, Brandon and South Africa, 1929-1949
  • Principal, Fleming School 1949-1959
  • Assistant Superintendent, Brandon School Division, 1967-1968
  • Brandon College/Brandon University Professor, 1956-1975
  • Received Centennial Medal, 1967
  • Received J.M. Brown Award, 1974 for contributions to education in Manitoba
  • Known as “an exemplary educator”
henrychamp_wallDr. Henry Champ
Inducted 5/29/2004
  • Investigative Reporter for CTV Television’s flagshipW5
  • CTV Bureau Chief in Montreal, Washington and London
  • NBC News Correspondent in London, Frankfurt, and Warsaw Bureaus
  • NBC Chief Congressional Correspondent
  • Ten years with NBC both in Washington and abroad
  • Anchored CBC Televsion’s morning program in Halifax
  • CBC News Washington Correspondent
  • Received Honorary Doctor of Laws (LLD), Brandon University, 2004
  • One of television’s most experienced journalists”
walter_dinsdale_wall2Walter Dinsdale
B.A. ’27
Inducted 5/27/2005
  • Member of Parliament (Brandon-Souris) for twelve consecutive elections 1951 – 1982 (Dean of the House of Commons), P.C., D.F.C., M.A., LL.D.
  • Representative for the Official Opposition to the United Nations 1953-1955
  • Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Veterans Affairs
  • Minister of Northern Affairs and National Resources
  • Acting Minister of Mines & Technical Surveys
  • Chairman of the Political Committee NATO Atlantic Congress 1959
  • First Chairman of the Special Committee on the Disabled & Handicapped
  • Chairman of the Resources For Tomorrow Conference
  • Founder of the National Prayer Breakfast
  • His motto: “Has Served, Is Serving and Will Serve”
adrian_dehoog_wallAdriaan de Hoog
Inducted 10/21/2007
  • Rhodes Scholar, 1969
  • Canada’s Consul General in Berlin, 1992 – 1997
  • Dean, Canadian Foreign Service Institute, 1998 -2004
  • Author of The Berlin Assignment(2006) andBorderless Deceit(2007)
  • University of Saskatchewan, M.Sc. 1969; University of Oxford, D.Phil. 1974
andy_murray_wallAndrew Murray
B.A. ’72
Inducted 10/18/2008
  • Coach & Educator
  • BU Hockey & Football Captain
  • BU Hockey Head Coach
  • Mentor Coach, Hockey Manitoba
  • Head Coach, Canadian National Team
  • Only Canadian Coach to win three World Championships
  • National Hockey League Coach, 16 years
  • Most wins as Heach Coach of Los Angeles Kings
wilfrid_bigelow_wallDr. Wilfred G. Bigelow
Inducted 10/24/2009
  • Father of open-heart surgery.
  • Introduced the concept and technique of hypothermia for open heart surgery.
  • Co-developed the first electronic cardiac pacemaker for clinical use in 1950.
  • Influential in developing the first formal cardiac surgery training programme in Canada in 1956.
  • Authored over 120 publications on his hypothermia for open-heart surgery and pacemaker research.
  • Received the Gairdner Award for Medical Science in 1959.
  • Received the Honorary Doctor of Sciences, Brandon University 1967
  • Made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1981.
  • Inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame in 1997.
  • M.D. University of Toronto, 1938
Dr. Garth Bray
BSc. ’57
Inducted 04/19/2012
  • MD (Manitoba) 1961, FRCPC 1967
  • Neurologist, Montreal General Hospital, 1969-2007
  • Teacher, McGill University, 1969-2007
  • Researcher (nervous system repair), 1969-2000
  • Director, Division of Neurology, Montreal General Hospital, 1990-2004
  • Officer, Canadian Neurological Society, 1982-1989
  • Officer, Canadian Neurological Sciences Federation, 2004-2012
  • Advocate for persons with neurological disabilities
  • Award of Merit, Montreal General Hospital, 2007
  • Professor Emeritus, McGill University, 2007
Dan Bjarnason
BA ’63
Inducted 10/19/2013


  • Born in Brandon, MB in 1942
  • For almost 40 years, he was a television news and documentary reporter for the CBC’s National News
  • During his world-wide assignments, including time as a foreign correspondence based in London, England, he specialized in military history
  • His stories included the 50th & 60th anniversaries of the D-Day landings; the Liberation of Holland; Leningrad; the Little Bighorn; the Falkland Islands; the US Civil War; the 1982 Siege of Beirut; the Rhodesian War; Northern Ireland and Narvik, Norway
  • Wrote a book about Canada in the Korean War, entitled Triumph at Kapyong, about the first battle by Canada’s first troops sent into conflict in Korea.
  • Dan’s father is a Brandon College graduate, Class of 1948.
Ed Whitcomb
BA ’64
Inducted 10/18/2014
  • Department of Foreign Service 1975-1993, specializing in threat analysis and serving in Yugoslavia, Thailand, Indonesia, India, and Ottawa
  • Assignments included events such as the Cold War, civil wars, insurrections, dictatorships, the decline of Communism, the development of democracies, human rights, terrorism, and nuclear weapons
  • Senior Analyst for South Asia in the Intelligence Secretariat of the Privy Council Office, 1993-2008
  • Authored and published short histories of all of Canada’s provinces and three collections of Canadian folk music
  • Professor of History, 1969-1975
  • M.A. University of Manitoba, 1966; Ph.D. University of London, England, 1970; published by Duke University Press
Dr. Jim Parrott
BSc ’63
Inducted 10/17/2015
  • MD University of Manitoba, 1968; FRCSC 1974; FCCP 1979;
    FACS 1984.
  • Research Fellow, Stanford University, 1971-1976.
  • Cardiovascular Surgeon, Victoria General Hospital,
    Halifax, NS, 1976-1981.
  • Service Chief, Adult Cardiac Surgery/Cardiovascular and
    Thoracic Surgeon, Health Sciences Centre, Winnipeg, MB,
  • Associate Staff, Cardiovascular-Thoracic Surgery, Department
    of Surgery, St. Boniface Hospital, Winnipeg, MB, 1981-1991.
  • Chief of Cardiac Surgery Program/Chief of Clinical Perfusion
    Department, New Brunswick Heart Centre, 1991-2007.
  • Associate Professor, Department of Surgery, Dalhousie University,
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery, University of Manitoba, 1981-1991.
  • Assistant Professor of Surgery, Dalhousie University, 1991-2007
  • Member of the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick, 2010-2014.
Frank McKinnon
BA ’55
Inducted 10/17/2015
  • B. Paedagogy 1956; B.Ed. University of Manitoba, 1958.
  • School Principal, 35 years; President, Manitoba Association
    of Principals; Director, Canadian Association of Principals.
  • One of the “Founding Fathers” of the Manitoba High School
    Athletic Association.
  • VP Canadian Olympic Association; President & Chairman,
    Hockey Canada; President, Hockey Manitoba; Chairman,
    KidSport Manitoba.
  • Honored member: Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame; Manitoba
    Baseball Hall of Fame; BU Bobcat Hockey Hall of Fame;
    BU Sports Wall of Fame.
  • Recipient of the Canada 125 Medal and the Queen Elizabeth
    50th Anniversary Commemorative Medal for service to
    community, province and country.
  • Appointed to the Order of Canada, February 2015.

Cheryl Craig
BA ’76/BEd ’85
Inducted 10/15/2016

  • Internationally renowned researcher and speaker in the field of education.
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA) Fellow.
  • AERA Lifetime Career Achievement Award honoree.
  • Michael Huberman Award for Research on the Lives of Teacher recipient.
  • Endowed Chair of Urban Education, Texas A&M University.
  • University of Calgary, MEd ; University of Alberta, PhD.
  • Native of Foxwarren, Manitoba.
  • Spouse of Bruce Craig (Class of 1976).


Tony Chow
Associate ’64
Inducted 10/14/2017

  • MD (Manitoba) 1967; FRCPC 1973; FACP 1974.
  • Infectious Diseases physician, Harbor-UCLA, 1972-1978.
  • Founding Head & Professor, Division of Infectious Diseases, University of British Columbia & Vancouver General Hospital, 1979-1993.
  • Director, MD/PhD Program, University of British Columbia, 1995-2006.
  • Director, UBC/CIHR Strategic Training Program for Translational Research in Infectious Diseases, 2003-2007.
  • UBC Faculty of Medicine Distinguished Medical Research Award, 1996.
  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Association of Medical Microbiology & Infectious Diseases (AMMI) Canada, 2013.
  • Professor Emeritus, University of British Columbia, 2006.