2011 November, Stein Gudmundseth

Stein Gudmundseth

Flying below the radar: The Scandinavian impact on business in Canada
Including comments on the resolution of the international Arctic claims issues.


Honorary Consul General of Norway in British Columbia


Partner with the law firm Gudmundseth Mickelson LLP




After almost 17 years of service, Honorary Consul General Stein Gudmundseth continues to be Norway’s principal representative in British Columbia since his appointment by King Harald V in August 1998. As Honorary Consul General he is charged with promoting friendly relations and commercial ties between Norway and Canada. King Harald V honoured him in 2008 by appointing him Knight First Class in The Royal Norwegian Order of Merit.


Stein was educated at the University of Victoria where he earned his Bachelor of Arts. He went on to complete his law degree at the University of British Columbia. He was called to the bar in 1974. Today, Stein is the senior litigation lawyer and founding partner of the law firm, Gudmundseth Mickelson LLP. He regularly appears in court on civil, commercial and securities matters as a litigator and offers legal advice primarily in business disputes, shareholder and partnership disputes, insurance law, and stock broker liability.He provides counsel before the Supreme Court of British Columbia and the British Columbia Court of Appeal.


From 1997 to 2004 Stein was adjunct professor of law at the University of British Columbia. He has been a speaker and contributor to numerous legal education programs.
In 1999 he was appointed Queen’s Counsel.


Stein was born in Oslo, Norway and is married to Carole Gudmundseth. They have two children, Maya, and Kieran.



2011 April, Jim Robson

Jim Robson, The Voice of Hockey

To many British Columbians, Jim Robson is the voice of hockey. Countless hockey fans literally grew up on the game while listening to Robson’s impeccable delivery of the on-ice action, whether over the radio or television.

Over the course of his forty-seven-year broadcasting career, Robson called the action for more than 2000 NHL games on radio and television. He broadcast four Stanley Cup Finals and five NHL All-Star Games for Hockey Night in Canada, but is remembered best for his twenty-four years broadcasting Canucks games on radio for CKNW. When the Canucks jumped to the NHL, he was there for the very first game on October 9th, 1970 doing play-by-play for the HNIC television broadcast. In his entire career, he never missed a broadcast due to illness.

Robson was only 17 when he walked into CJAV in Port Alberni to pursue a career in radio. He moved to Vancouver in 1956 to CKWX where he remained for 14 years and then moved to CKNW, his home for the next 24 years. During his career in sports broadcasting, he demonstrated versatility and ease with a range of sports including baseball, football, high school basketball , track & field and golf, but his passion was focused on hockey.

With Robson, listeners followed the progress of ice hockey in Vancouver. Wherever the team went, he was there, from the last game played at the Vancouver Forum to the first game at the Pacific Coliseum and subsequently, the team’s move to General Motors Place. He also brought hockey fever home with his broadcast of the first NHL games in Edmonton and Calgary for Hockey Night in Canada, not to mention his work for CBC, BCTV, VTV and CTV Sports Net.

His trademark line used to open every broadcast (“Good evening hockey fans and welcome to this National Hockey League game…”) became nearly as well-known as his regular nod to those listening at home: “…at this time it is my pleasure to welcome to the broadcast all the shut-ins, the pensioners, the blind, and all of those people who can’t get out to watch hockey games.” Robson’s lifelong dedication to his craft has been honoured numerous times, including induction into the media section of the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1992 and BC Sports Hall of Fame in 2000.

Robson retired in April 1999 and continues to attend Canucks games to this day as a spectator. He can regularly be found in the arena trading stories with fans and long-time friends. In 2005, he published a popular coffee table book, “Hockey Play-by-Play: Around the NHL with Jim Robson,” with Vancouver writer Jason Farris that told inside stories of Robson’s countless trips around the many NHL arenas over his career. When the Canucks honoured the original 1970-71 Canuck players on the 40th anniversary of the Canucks’ first NHL game October 9, 1970, the sell-out Rogers Arena crowd saved perhaps the loudest ovation of the night for Robson, the man who broadcast more Canuck games than any other.

2011 October, Nis Schmidt

Dr. Nis Schmidt, The Making of a Surgeon

Graduated from the University of Alberta Medical School in 1961 after undergraduate studies in Physical Education, Biological Sciences and Chemistry. Following a rotating Internship at the Misericordia Hospital in Edmonton, he commenced surgical training at the University of Hawaii. This was followed by a period in Family Practice in Ponoka Alberta before returning to the U of A enrolled in Graduate Studies completing an M.Sc. in gastrointestinal physiology. On returning to Surgical Residency, he spent additional time in Orthopedics, Pathology and Surgical Research, culminating in a Fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in 1969 and a Research Fellowship to the University of Copenhagen, Denmark in 1970. He participated in the early work of liver transplantation with study periods also in Sweden, France and Germany. Prior to his studies in Europe, he was appointed as surgeon to the Stadacona Hospital on the Canadian Naval base in Halifax and to the surgical staff at the University of Dalhousie, Victoria General Hospital, Halifax.


On completion of studies in Europe he joined the Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia, geographically located at St Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver. In addition to a Hepatobiliary Pancreatic and Gastrointestinal focus, he developed a clinical and academic practice of Endocrine Surgery and chaired that Section in the Division of General Surgery, UBC. At various times at SPH he directed the Surgical Intern program, chaired the Division of General Surgery and the Department of Surgery, and was Chief of Staff.  He chaired the Continuing Surgical Education Division in the UBC Department of Surgery organizing the popular annual Surgical Update for 20 years. He was a member of Council of the Canadian Medical Protective Association, on the Board of the Canadian Association of General Surgery, eight years as a Council member of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada completing as Vice President of Surgery on the Executive of the Royal College. He has memberships in many Canadian, American and International Surgical Societies. He has been a member of the North Pacific Surgical Association since 1978, and was on Council serving as Recorder and manuscript publisher for 6 years. He has served on the Editorial Board of several surgical Journals including the American Journal of Surgery and the Canadian Journal of Surgery. He carried a constant teaching and administrative load, and has over 50 peer reviewed publications. He has had the opportunity to extensively travel and speak on surgical subjects and issues in Canada, the US, Asia and Europe.

2011 May, Alon Newton

Alon Newton, Rescue in the Pamir Mountains


He was born, raised and educated in Israel and graduated from the Technion - Israel Institue of Technology with a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1989. While growing up in Israel, Alon was an avid climber and did many of his first ascents in the mountains of the Sinai Peninsula. He has summited, among others, Mont Blanc in the Alps and the Island Peak in the Himalayas. During his years in Israel he held the position of Secretary with the Israeli Alpine Club. Now married and with a teenage son, Alon considers himself retired from mountaineering. He moved to Vancouver from Hong Kong in 1996.
It was during his time as Secretary for the Israeli Alpine Club that Alon became involved with a search and rescue team that was sent to the Pamir Mountains in Tajikistan in the former Soviet Union, following an avalanche. On Friday, July 13, 1990 an earthquake caused a serac to collapse above camp II at the 6000 metre level on the route to Peak Lenin. The resulting avalanche obliterated the camp, killing 43 climbers with only two survivors.

2011 September, Kathleen Maiman

Tribute to Dr. Theodore Maiman, Professional Focus, Personal Warmth

Kathleen Maiman

What was Ted Maiman, inventor of the world's first laser, really like as a person?  I had the pleasure of being Ted's wife for 23 years; meeting him on a 747 flight after he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame along with Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, and the Wright Brothers.  When we started talking I felt an immediate comfort as if I had known Ted all of my life. I will share with you the scientist and the profoundly kind and gentle man.  I will explore why he was successful against very difficult odds and speak of politics, mischief, and the potent public relations 'spin' which played a role in his life.  Through personal stories of Ted's life, you as business professionals, will recognize your own tribulations and the sweetness success brings.

Just before Ted swept me off my feet I finished an Emergency Medical Technicians program with the thought of becoming a Physician's Assistant.  After my experiences in Real Estate sales and writing radio advertising, I found I had much interest in the medical field.

Kathleen and Theodore Maiman