Mount Allison University is a primarily undergraduate Canadian liberal arts and science university situated in Sackville, New Brunswick. It has been ranked number-one in the country for 18 of the last 24 years by Maclean's magazine and given top ratings in Maclean's annual alumni survey. With a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio, the average first-year class size is 65 and upper-year classes average 14 students.Mount Allison University was the first university in the British Empire to award a baccalaureate to a woman . Mount Allison graduates have been awarded a total of 52 Rhodes Scholarships, the most per capita of any university in the Commonwealth. Mount Allison is the wealthiest university in Canada on an endowment per student basis. Wikipedia.
News Article | February 23, 2017
This press release is issued pursuant to Multilateral Instrument 62-104 - Take-Over Bids and Issuer Bids and National Instrument 62-103 - The Early Warning System and Related Take-Over Bid and Insider Reporting Issues in connection with the filing of an early warning report dated February 23, 2017 TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - Feb. 23, 2017) - Concerned shareholders (the "Concerned Shareholders") of Beaufield Resources Inc. ("Beaufield") (TSX VENTURE:BFD), led by Jim Deluce ("Mr. Deluce") and Shanghai Huaxin Group (Hong Kong) Limited ("SHG"), announced today four independent director nominees that the Concerned Shareholders intend to propose for election to the board of directors of Beaufield at the company's annual general meeting of shareholders currently scheduled to be held on Monday, February 27, 2017 (at 11:00 a.m. (Montreal time) at the offices of Lavery, de Billy, 1 Place Ville Marie, 40th Floor, Montreal, Quebec, H3B 4M4) (the "Meeting"). The Concerned Shareholders, which currently exercise control or direction over an aggregate of 21,250,000 common shares in the capital of Beaufield ("Common Shares") (representing approximately 11% of the 193,065,519 outstanding shares), believe that the current board of directors and management have underachieved in making strategic decisions that maximize shareholder value and are consistent with the best interests of Beaufield. The Concerned Shareholders are confident about the merit, quality and value potential of Beaufield's mineral exploration assets, but are frustrated with the limited progress that has been made in the long-term in respect of Beaufield's projects under the leadership of Jens E. Hansen, who has been the President and Chief Executive Officer of Beaufield, as well as a director, for over 20 years. The Concerned Shareholders acknowledge that some limited progressive activities have occurred with Beaufield in recent months; however, these activities are too little and too late to satiate the appetite for progress with Beaufield and its mineral resource properties. In addition, the Concerned Shareholders are concerned that any financing conducted by Beaufield in the near future, as evidenced by the recently-completed bought-deal financing priced at $0.10 per non flow-through share and $0.15 per flow-through share for aggregate gross proceeds of $6 million, would or will be highly dilutive and at a material discount to the current share price, to the detriment of all shareholders. The Concerned Shareholders are disappointed that the recently completed highly dilutive financing gave Osisko Mining Inc. a near-controlling position in Beaufield at a discounted price. The Concerned Shareholders are hopeful that, following the Meeting, a reconstituted board of directors comprised of the Concerned Shareholders' nominees will create a special committee with a focus of thoroughly canvassing and evaluating strategic alternatives (including potential joint ventures and/or change of control transactions) that are in the best interests of Beaufield and its shareholders. At the Meeting, shareholders will be asked to vote on, among other things, the election of directors. The Concerned Shareholders are proposing a new slate of fully-independent nominees to the board of directors of Beaufield that will bring a fresh perspective and a decisive plan for capitalizing on value-creating opportunities for Beaufield and its shareholders. The Concerned Shareholders' replacement director nominees are Bernard Deluce, Wesley C. Hanson, Zhuang MiaoZhong and Ronald W. Stewart, each of whom is highly-qualified and well-known in the business community. Their backgrounds and relevant qualifications are set forth below under the heading "Relevant Qualifications of the Concerned Shareholders' Director Nominees". Mr. Bernard Deluce, also known as Bernie, has been involved in the aviation industry for 30 years and has held mining interests mostly in the Northern Ontario and Northern Quebec area for 20 years. Previously, he has represented his family interests in Holmer Gold Mines Limited in 2004 as a board member until such company was taken over by Lake Shore Gold Corp. in December of 2004. Bernie is very familiar with Beaufield as he has served as an independent director of the Company since February 2016. Mr. Hanson is a graduate of Mount Allison University (1982) and has practiced his profession continuously since graduation. His early career focused on exploration for gold and base metal deposits throughout northern Canada. This eventually led to senior management positions at various gold development projects and producing gold mines throughout North America. Mr. Hanson joined SNC-Lavalin Engineers and Constructors in 1998 where he participated in numerous technical studies evaluating development projects globally. Mr. Hanson has served in senior management positions with several Canadian mining and exploration companies, including Kinross, Western Goldfields (Newgold) and Noront where he served as President and Chief Executive Officer for three years. Mr. Zhuang MiaoZhong has over fifteen years of experience in the energy industry. His previous experience includes working in state-owned enterprises, overseas corporations and large-scale enterprises, and he has extensive knowledge within these fields. Since 2007, he has been at CEFC China Energy Company Limited, which is a private collective enterprise with energy and financial services as its core business, seeking to expand international economic cooperation in the energy sector and establish a well-organized international investment bank and an investment group. CEFC China Energy Company Limited was ranked 229th with its revenue of USD$41.845 billion in the latest Fortune Global 500 in 2016. Mr. Zhuang MiaoZhong is currently the executive director of SHG, the executive director of the Council of the China Energy Fund Committee and is a General Manager of CEFC Hong Kong International Holdings Co., Limited. He holds a bachelor's degree from Xiamen University. Mr. Stewart is a mining professional with over 30 years of international experience in exploration, project development, operations and the capital markets. In December 2016, Mr. Stewart was appointed President and CEO of Eros Resources Corp., a junior resource exploration company focused on the acquisition, exploration and development of resource projects in the Americas. Prior to that, Mr. Stewart spent eight years in the capital markets industry as a top ranked equity analyst and investment banker: From December 2015 to November 2016, Managing Director, Mining Research at Dundee Capital Markets; from July 2014 to November 2015, Managing Director, Mining Equity Research at Macquarie Capital Markets (Canada) Ltd.; from January 2013 to June 2014, Managing Director, Investment Banking at Clarus Securities Inc.; and from September 2008 to December 2012, Senior Mining Analyst at Dundee Capital Markets. He also served as President and CEO of Verena Minerals Ltd. which later was renamed Belo Sun Mining. Prior to that, he worked as Executive Vice President of Exploration for Kinross Gold Corp. for over five years following a sixteen year career with Placer Dome Inc. On the date hereof, the Concerned Shareholders entered into a voting support agreement (the "Voting Agreement"), whereby the Concerned Shareholders agreed to vote their Common Shares (being an aggregate of 21,250,000 Common Shares, representing approximately 11% of the issued and outstanding Common Shares) in favour of the aforementioned director nominees of Mr. Deluce. The Concerned Shareholders believe in the significant potential of Beaufield. In order to maximize this potential, however, the leadership of Beaufield must, among other things: be more ambitious with its goals and vision for the company; and demonstrate a greater willingness to solicit, procure, consider and explore all proposals and corporate opportunities, with a view towards advancing Beaufield's projects and maximizing shareholder returns. Mr. Deluce previously acquired the 3,350,000 Common Shares that he currently holds through various transactions on the secondary market. This press release does not constitute a solicitation of proxies, and is being issued in accordance with the "early warning" requirements under applicable Canadian securities laws. Each of the Concerned Shareholders may, and reserves the right to, acquire or dispose of securities of Beaufield as circumstances warrant; and is carefully considering all legal options and remedies available to it as a shareholder of Beaufield. The above-referenced early warning report relating to this press release has been filed on System for Electronic Document Analysis and Review (SEDAR) at www.sedar.com under Beaufield's issuer profile.
Campbell D.A.,Mount Allison University |
Tyystjarvi E.,University of Turku
Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Bioenergetics | Year: 2012
The photoinactivation (also termed photoinhibition or photodamage) of Photosystem II (PSII) and the counteracting repair reactions are fundamental elements of the metabolism and ecophysiology of oxygenic photoautotrophs. Differences in the quantification, parameterization and terminology of Photosystem II photoinactivation and repair can erect barriers to understanding, and particular parameterizations are sometimes incorrectly associated with particular mechanistic models. These issues lead to problems for ecophysiologists seeking robust methods to include photoinhibition in ecological models. We present a comparative analysis of terms and parameterizations applied to photoinactivation and repair of Photosystem II. In particular, we show that the target size and quantum yield approaches are interconvertible generalizations of the rate constant of photoinactivation across a range of incident light levels. Our particular emphasis is on phytoplankton, although we draw upon the literature from vascular plants. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Photosystem II. © 2011 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Ouellette G.,Mount Allison University
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology | Year: 2010
This study investigated the relevance of type of practice and presence of semantic representation for orthographic learning in learning to spell. A total of 36 students in Grade 2 (mean age = 7 years 10 months) were exposed to 10 novel nonwords, 5 of which were paired with semantic information. Half of the participants practiced reading these new items, whereas the others spelled them. The students were then tested 1 and 7 days later on a dictation task. Results revealed a significant main effect of practice type favoring spelling practice and a main effect of the teaching condition, where taught items paired with semantic information were spelled correctly more often than words presented without semantic support. There was no effect of testing time, with learned words being retained well over the 1-week delay, nor were there any significant interactions. The findings support the contention that spelling offers an excellent milieu for orthographic learning to occur. Furthermore, semantics are proposed as a relevant factor in learning to spell, supporting the view that orthographic learning involves the integration of phonological, orthographic, and semantic representations. © 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
Walters B.B.,Mount Allison University
Human Ecology | Year: 2012
Property rights are a central topic in conservation debates, but their influence on environmental outcomes is rarely carefully assessed. This study compared land use, tree planting practices and arboreal vegetation on government, estate private, smallholder private and communal "family" lands in Saint Lucia. The influence of tenure was apparent, but overall not a strong predictor of either farmer practices or vegetation characteristics. Higher abundance of planted trees on smallholder private lands was offset by greater abundance of natural forest trees on estate and family lands. Tree planting and abandonment of cultivation (with ensuing afforestation) were commonplace on all three types of land. The influence of tenure was swamped by other factors shaping farmer decisions to plant trees, cut trees or abandon cultivation, including local topography and changing commodity and labor markets. Findings from this study challenge the assumption that property rights necessarily determine resource and environmental outcomes. © 2012 Springer Science+Business Media New York.
Vogels C.M.,Mount Allison University |
Westcott S.A.,Mount Allison University
Chemical Society Reviews | Year: 2011
The addition of catechol derivatives to boric acid affords a diverse family of compounds called arylspiroboronate esters. Due to boron's relatively low toxicity towards mammals, arylspiroboronate esters have several biological applications and are active for the treatment of wood against fungi and rot. These compounds are also finding increased use in organic synthesis and in catalysis. This critical review presents the synthesis, properties and applications of these remarkable compounds (149 references). © 2011 The Royal Society of Chemistry.
Brlocher F.,Mount Allison University
Journal of the North American Benthological Society | Year: 2010
Research on aquatic hyphomycetes has been dominated by process-oriented approaches. The main objectives have been accurate estimates of fungal biomass and production and measuring fungal impact on plant litter decomposition. In some cases, these estimates have been complemented by community assessments based on spore counts. Many other ecological and evolutionary topics, commonly studied in macroorganisms, were largely inaccessible, in part because of the low morphological complexity of fungal structures and the near impossibility of identifying them in situ unless attached to propagules. Molecular methods rely on extraction, amplification (polymerase chain reaction) and characterization (denaturing gradient gel electrophoresis, digitized fluorescent restriction-fragment length polymorphism, sequencing) of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), which occurs in all cells regardless of their reproductive status. Molecular methods allow more comprehensive characterizations of fungal diversity and evolution. Enzymatic activities can be explored at the level of gene presence (DNA amplification and sequencing), gene transcription (reverse transcription of messenger ribonucleic acid mRNA), by quantifying the total amount of specified enzymes in a sample via global antibodies, or by estimating their effect on model compounds. Selected actual and potential applications of these techniques are reviewed. © 2010 The North American Benthological Society.
Gamtessa S.F.,Mount Allison University
Energy and Buildings | Year: 2013
In 1998 the Canadian government introduced the EnerGuide for Houses (EGH) program, essentially consisting of home energy audits with financial incentives provided to the homeowner upon verification that sufficient auditor-recommended upgrades were undertaken to achieve energy savings. In this study, we analyze the EGH data compiled between October 1998 and September 2005 to determine what types of households chose to participate and what appear to be the main factors underlying retrofit decisions. In the program, homeowners were prescribed specific upgrade types in the first audit. Hence, the decision problem involves whether to retrofit at all and how many of the prescribed upgrades to adopt. Moreover, the second audit that reveals this decision does not reflect the possibility that some homeowners might have undertaken the recommended upgrades but opted not to or have yet to undergo the second audit. We adopt an econometric technique that takes these features of the data into account. We find that energy cost savings, financial incentives, and costs of retrofits are important factors behind retrofit decisions given several other home- and household-specific characteristics. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.
Lieske D.J.,Mount Allison University
Environmental Modelling and Software | Year: 2015
Westcott S.A.,Mount Allison University
Angewandte Chemie - International Edition | Year: 2010
No BO problem! Low-coordinate boron centers can be stabilized by using late transition metals, for example a platinum bisphosphine fragment. [Pt(PCy 3)2] reacts with Br2BOSiMe3 to give trans-[(PCy3)2PtBr(BO)], which contains an unprecedented thermally stable B≡O bond (see picture, Cy= cyclohexyl). Copyright © 2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim.
Barlocher F.,Mount Allison University
Fungal Ecology | Year: 2016
In 1942, Ingold documented an ecologically defined group of fungi, aquatic hyphomycetes, on autumn-shed leaves decaying in streams. They were shown to be vital intermediaries between the nutritionally poor leaf substratum and leaf-eating invertebrates. Research has subsequently emphasized functional aspects such as leaf decomposition and nutritional conditioning by fungi. Structural aspects (community composition) have attracted less attention, partly because of the difficulties of identifying fungal mycelia in situ. Extraction, amplification (PCR, qPCR) and characterization of DNA and RNA, and, more recently, of proteins, allow much greater insights into the presence of fungal taxa, their metabolic status (dead, dormant or active), and their potential and actual participation in decomposition processes. This approach can yield huge amounts of data, and major challenges today are the development and application of suitable bioinformatics techniques. The complexity of data collection and evaluation favour interdisciplinary teams of researchers. Fungi are major players in most ecosystems and are increasingly affected by human impacts. Changing land use, eutrophication/pollution and climate change are among the major factors that affect diversity and ecological functions of aquatic hyphomycetes. © 2015 Elsevier Ltd and The British Mycological Society.