Alumni Notes


Rene Alcala, EMBAA, notes that after working for the Mexican federal government for six years, he was motivated by his EMBAA experience to move into the private sector. Rene is now with Killam Development as its business-development specialist in the Rio Grande Valley region of South Texas.

Published in: Winter 2020
Jordan Allred

Jordan Allred, EMBAA, is the co-founder and EVP of Bōde Canada, based in Calgary. The new venture employs intuitive technology to help people buy or sell a home without an agent, thereby saving thousands of dollars on commissions. Bōde, which started in fall 2019, also connects buyers and sellers with service providers such as photographers, stagers, inspectors and lawyers. “People are frustrated with how real estate is bought and sold today, and we have a solution that relieves that frustration,” Jordan says. 

Published in: Winter 2020
Cam Brewington

Cam Brewington, AMBA, moved to Brisbane, Australia on an assignment with Shell to work in energy trading, primarily on liquefied natural gas. Here, Cam stands in front of a 283-metre (928-foot) LNG tanker loading in Australia and heading to China.

Published in: Winter 2020
Taleen Haneshian

Taleen Haneshian, AMBA, told us that she has been enjoying volunteering with the Foundation for Armenians in Science and Technology (FAST), a tech ecosystem in Armenia. Taleen has been learning from technology leaders and immersing herself in the local culture.

Published in: Winter 2020


Andy Bayandor, MMIE, is excited to announce the launch of Twelve 7 Ventures Inc., an accelerator program for high-potential entrepreneurs looking to scale their business while maintaining control. Andy says that Twelve 7 is now recruiting its first Ottawa-Gatineau cohort. 

Published in: Winter 2020

Sandrino Brun, MIB, recently celebrated one year in the financial-accounting advisory-service practice at EY Switzerland. Sandrino counsels clients in the development and transformation of their finance and regulatory functions, reporting processes and financial modelling. 

Published in: Winter 2020

Kevin Crasta, AMBA, recently joined The Supreme Cannabis Company as project lead and will be establishing a new project-management office. Previously, Kevin worked for Staples as a change-management lead. Supreme Cannabis is a global, diversified portfolio of cannabis companies, products and brands. 

Published in: Winter 2020
Norman Musengimana, MMIE, says that after completing his degree at Smith, he participated in the Queen’s Innovation Centre Summer Initiative, where he further developed his business, BizSkills Academy, a virtual startup school with curated entrepreneurial programs and virtual workspace. “This year has started on a very high note,” he says. “I spent most of the month of March in Nairobi, Kenya, introducing our entrepreneurial platform to colleges and universities as well as to the ministry of education. We now have 15 colleges and universities in Kenya ready to partner with BizSkills Academy to help pilot our work.” 
Published in: Summer 2019
Max White, BCom, writes that he’s now working full time in music. He plays in the underground Montreal rock bands Light Bulb Alley and the Count Ferrara. He also co-founded the psychedelic blues punk duo, the White Brothers Band, with his brother Jackson. They made their debut at the Horseshoe Tavern in Toronto in July 2018. Max says he’s working on a number of new projects including the White Brothers Band’s debut album, and Light Bulb Alley’s third LP. In addition to these records, he contributed sounds for the soon-to-be released Netflix series V-Wars.
Published in: Winter 2019


Vir C. Advani, MBA, has started a new role with RBC Capital Markets after completing the RBC Enterprise Leadership Development Program. He is now vice-president, portfolio management with the asset-based lending team, part of the global credit division of RBC Capital Markets.
Published in: Summer 2019

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