David Wilson, BCom, was honoured by the National Association of Corporate Directors as one of the USA’s “most influential leaders in the boardroom” at a gala in New York City in December.
Marian (Higginson) Holley, BCom, crossed the finish line in November, receiving her Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, an online degree from Trinity Western University. Cheering her on as she completed her three-year marathon were her 'beloved six-pack' (her six children), as well as her mother, 87 years young (who was her first home-educator), siblings, dear friends, and professors.
Sheryl (Wirch) Mejia, BCom, had a great time at her class’s 25th-anniversary reunion in 2014. Many pictures have circulated, but this is the one she couldn't resist submitting.
Megann Willson, MBA, and her partner Steve Willson have recently relocated from Halifax to Toronto. They continue to run Panoptika, a consulting business that helps companies use customer understanding to build a better strategy. Megann also runs a social start-up, DZYN (weDZYN.ca— pronounced “we design"), which sells unique Canadian gifts and art, including UpSatchel upcycled handbags.
Jason Lewis, EMBA, reports that real estate has become more than his personal hobby; luxury real estate is now his passion. His new endeavour enables him to use his EMBA and international experience, as well as his finance, marketing, and negotiation skills, while also leveraging his years in the advertising business and life as an entrepreneur. His eldest daughter Madeline Power is loving every minute of her second year in the Commerce program.
Ronda (Smith) Sayers, BCom, and her husband own a cattle and horse ranch in Saskatchewan and a winter home in Arizona. Ronda consults for Selrae Group International, a boutique consulting firm providing executive consulting and private equity support for corporate turnaround projects. She is pictured with her husband Chris and son Spencer.
Katrina Galas, BCom, is now on the business-intelligence side of sport sponsorship and consulting, having accepted the position of Account Director at Repucom Canada, based in Toronto. repucom.com
Biswajit Das, MBA, joined PwC Canada as a Director in its Consulting Group. He is advising clients how to effectively win in the technology landscape that is evolving with the FinTech disruption in the financial-services sector.
Jonathan Lithwick, BCom, and his wife are proud to announce the birth of their first child Erica Jaclyn, born last summer.
Imola (Major) MacPhee, BCom, BSc’07, and David MacPhee, BSc’06, welcomed Owen Istvan into their lives in September. All are delighted to call Tuscaloosa, AL, their new home and are enjoying the adventures a new baby and new city bring.
Matt Polci, BCom, joined Mission Capital Advisors as a Director in the New York-based real estate firm's Debt and Equity Finance Group. Subsequently, he appeared on the "25 Under 35 CRE Finance Professionals in New York" list published in the Commercial Observer’s November issue. Matt began teaching at New York University’s Schack Institute of Real Estate (NYU) in January 2016 as an Adjunct Professor.
Eddie Ho, BCom, left Ernst and Young LLP as a Financial Accounting Advisory Services Manager in Toronto to embark on an exciting opportunity at Parkland Fuel Corporation as Controller at its corporate office in Calgary. Parkland is one of North America's fastest growing independent marketers of fuel and petroleum products. It operates under numerous brands, including Esso, Pioneer, Fas Gas, Sparlings Propane, Bluewave Energy, Elbow River Marketing, and many others.
Nancy Huynh, BCom, MA’13, married Tony Trang in Toronto, in June. A number of Queen's classmates attended the wedding, including bridesmaid Connie Sung, BCom’07, and matron of honour Diane Scarlett, ArtSci’07.
Jim McAllister, CQ-EMBA, after two and a half years living and working in Shanghai, moved to a new regional office in Singapore. He and his wife recently celebrated their first wedding anniversary.
Andrew A. Buzinsky, EMBA, married Dawn Sweany in August in the village of Lake Louise at a small family wedding. The couple continues to reside in Calgary.
Ian Macdonald, BCom, and his mother Pat this past fall celebrated the first anniversary of Old Tomorrow, their craft beer company. Old Tomorrow (one of Sir John A. Macdonald’s nicknames) brews “flavourful and approachable beers that tell the stories of Canadian greatness,” says Ian. Its flagship, Canadian Pale Ale, is sold in more than 300 LCBO stores.
Daniela Andrews, AMBA, BCom’03, left Canada at the end of March after deciding “in a moment of either clarity or insanity (sometimes it's hard to tell the difference)” that 2015 was her year for adventure. She has since travelled to more than 15 countries in Southeast Asia and Europe, chasing sunshine and an endless summer.
James Armstrong, AMBA, was excited to be the recipient of the inaugural Canadian version of the Breitling Energy Future Industry Leader Award at the Oil and Gas Awards held in June. The awards, affiliated with the Calgary Chamber of Commerce, recognize a young professional who has shown an inspiring contribution to the petroleum industry.
Sahar Jamal, BCom, BA'11, moved to London, U.K., for a new role as Senior Brand Manager for Nicorette (Nordic Region at Johnson & Johnson).
Aaron Lau, AMBA, and his wife welcomed their firstborn, Ethan, in February. On the career front, Aaron is now a Senior Manager for Financial Accounting Advisory Services at EY in Beijing.
Patricia McLeod, EMBA, accepted a new role as General Counsel to the Carevest Group of companies in July. She is Board Chair, YWCA Board of Directors; Vice Chair of the boards of Calgary Economic Development and the Calgary Film Centre; and a Director on the boards of Vibrant Communities Calgary and the Calgary Girls Choir.
Augusta White, BCom, was promoted to Manager, in Digital Channel Sales, Strategy and Planning at TD Bank. As a Duke of Edinburgh Award recipient at the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels and as a member of the Ontario chapter fundraising committee, Augusta had the honour of dining with HRH Prince Edward, pictured with Augusta.
Steven Sapinsky, EMBA, and his wife Loren announce the April birth of their son Taylor, who joins big brothers Kingston and Carter in making the family’s household more energetic than ever.
Barmak Ghanbarpour, MMA, and his wife Nazli welcomed their firstborn son, Dara, in October. The family continues to reside in Toronto.
Sana Kazani, BCom, married Shaheer Bhaidani in August. Many Queen's alumni attended, including bridesmaids Connie Blair, BCom'09; Fauzia Moosa, BA'08, BEd'09; Sarah Shallwani, BA'10; Sabia Remtulla, BA’08, BSc'09; and Noor Manji, BA'07. The couple lives in Toronto, where Sana works at Zurich Insurance and Shaheer at Purdue Pharma.
Dave Watson, AMBA, and his wife Julia announce the birth of their second son, Jack James Bruce Watson, born January 25. Says Dave, “Life with two boys has been wonderful yet busy, hence the embarrassingly delayed update.”