Alumni Dr. Melanie Noel (PhD (Psychology)’13), Liz Scarratt (BSc’99), Mark Erickson (BEDS’09, MArch’11) and Matthew Kennedy (BEDS’09, MArch’13) are included on Avenue Calgary’s list of Top 40 Under 40 2017 for their achievements in scientific research, university fundraising, and urban design and architecture.


From artists and bakers, to doctors and researchers, to entrepreneurs, engineers and inventors this group of Calgarians is moving the city forward. Avenue’s Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2017 is a celebration not only of individual success in its many guises, across a range of sectors, but also of the city that has provided the honourees a home and a foundation for their work. By being awesome, the Top 40 Under 40 Class of 2017 is making the city awesome, too.

Melanie NoelDr. Melanie Noel (PhD (Psychology)’13)
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Calgary; full member, Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute

Noel’s internationally recognized research has changed the understanding and treatment of the psychological aspects of childhood pain. She helped develop guidelines for pain reduction during vaccinations that have been adopted by the World Health Organization. Four years ago, just before starting a post-doctoral fellowship in Seattle, pediatric pain expert Melanie Noel lay in an ultrasound suite and heard words that changed her life: “There are three heartbeats.” Now, the assistant professor in psychology at the University of Calgary says having triplets has been both her toughest challenge and biggest boost. Continue reading »

Liz Scarratt

Liz Scarratt (BSc’99)
Director, Institutional Programs Division, Research Services, University of Calgary
Scarratt has become a key player in securing funding for research at the U of C, implementing processes at the university that have helped increase research funding by more than $100 million annually. As director of the institutional program division for the University of Calgary’s research services office, Liz Scarratt leads a team of 15 administrators who help U of C researchers get funding to do groundbreaking work. There are grants and funding that researchers apply for on their own, but it’s the large and complex research projects that Scarratt and her team work to secure funding for. Continue reading »

Mark Erickson and Matthew KennedyMark Erickson (BEDS’09, MArch’11) and Matthew Kennedy (BEDS’09, MArch’13)
Co-owners, Studio North
Studio North champions (and builds) laneway housing in Calgary, along with other projects that have grown the two-person partnership into a boutique firm of seven employees in under five years. After completing their master’s of architecture degrees at Dalhousie University, Mark Erickson and Matthew Kennedy returned to Calgary in 2013. They brought with them an excitement for public art, vibrant urban spaces and a new way to approach development in established neighbourhoods: laneway housing. Continue reading »

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Photos: Jared Sych; Erin Brooke Burns