Alumni Notes

2014

Evan Sequeira, BCom, after final exams spent three months in Belize teaching health in secondary schools before starting a job in financial services in Toronto. There, he discovered a way to merge his background in finance and his passion for mental health by joining Capitalize for Kids – a non-profit organization supporting children’s mental and brain health at Toronto’s Sick Kids Hospital. Founded by Jeff Gallant and Kyle MacDonald, both BCom’11, the enterprise continues to organize an annual investors conference, which has raised more than $4 million for the hospital over the past three years. In November, the group launched the Capitalize for Kids Student Challenge, in which university students will compete in a portfolio-management challenge to become “Canada’s top student investor”.  Visit capitalizeforkids.org/challenge for details. 
Published in: Winter 2017
David Weyant, CQEMBA, has been appointed Chair of the Board of Governors of Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, an internationally renowned home of arts and culture. He also accepted the position of Chief Operating Officer of the Alberta Lawyers Insurance Association. 
Published in: Winter 2017
Casey Burgess, CQEMBA, is beginning his second term as Mayor of the City of Wilmer, Texas, after running unopposed in this year's general election.
Published in: Summer 2016
Kevin Dong, MFIN, accepted a finance manager role at VersaCold Corporation on April 8, his 8th wedding anniversary, after working at Kimberly-Clark for 18 months.
Published in: Summer 2016
Bettina Pierre-Gilles, EMBA, member of the boards of Calgary Co-op and Exaltexx, has completed the Directors Education Program of the Institute of Corporate Directors. She is also in the process of launching the first utility-scale solar project in Alberta.
Published in: Summer 2016
Laurel Walzak, EMBA, received the 2016 Ontario Volunteer Service Award from the Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade in recognition of her role as a community volunteer through five years of service supporting George Brown College.
Published in: Summer 2016
Stewart Campbell, CQ-EMBA, accepted a new role at Roche Genentech’s global headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, where he heads up Global Product Strategy for the Breast Cancer Franchise, the company’s largest portfolio. Roche leads all biopharmaceutical firms in oncology product development in pursuit of finding a cure for cancer, spending more on R&D than virtually any other company in the world, Stewart reports. 
Published in: Winter 2016
Jessica Lui, BCom, has accepted a consulting position at Deloitte in Toronto after having spent much of the past year involved in United Nations initiatives and working as a strategy consultant at Global Professionals Practicum, a professional coaching firm. In July, Jessica attended the annual UN Youth Assembly in New York as a Canadian Representative. She was one of 600 invited international delegates and reported on her experience in The Huffington Post.
Published in: Winter 2016
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.
Published in: Winter 2016
Celine Tarrant, BCom, launched Smart Girls Sweat, a "sweatworking" group that combines working out and networking for professional women in the Toronto area interested in meeting like-minded people and maintaining an active lifestyle. The December inaugural event sold out, attracting 30 professional women for an evening of working out, healthy refreshments and a presentation by Laurel Walzak, EMBA’14, COO of Fitneff Inc. (profiled in QSB Magazine, Winter 2015). Visit smartgirlssweat.com for news of upcoming events.
Published in: Winter 2016

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