Alumni Notes

2015

Ariel Lubecki, MFin, CFA, joined Burgundy Asset Management as Institutional Relationship Manager in February to focus on client relationship management and business development for Canadian institutional clients.
Published in: Winter 2016
John Neretlis, EMBA, started a new company, Next Gen Anesti, a family-business consulting practice. John specializes in helping families that own businesses to execute succession strategies by developing next-generation owners and leaders, implementing governance structures and facilitating family communication and relationship building.
Published in: Winter 2016

2014

On Top of the World Megan McDonald, MBA’14, goes mountain climbing to help soldiers and veterans. Sixty-five years ago, Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay became the first to reach the top of Mount Everest. This past April, Megan McDonald headed to Everest, where she met Sir Edmund’s son, Peter Hillary — a two-time Everest conqueror himself. Megan works for True Patriot Love (TPL), a charity that supports Canadian military and veterans’ families. Her trip to Everest was part of a TPL expedition. The team included ill and injured soldiers and veterans, as well as business executives from across the country. Everest was a once-in-a-lifetime experience, Megan says. Led by Peter Hillary, the TPL team trekked to base camp on Mount Everest, then summited the 20,000-foot peak of Lobuche East, which sits near Mount Everest in Nepal. “It was beautiful and challenging, and I consider myself incredibly lucky to be the member of the team at True Patriot Love that leads the recruitment, fundraising and development of the expeditions,” Megan told us. Of course, it was all for a good cause. The Everest expedition raised $1 million, with funds going to help military families — everything from dealing with mental health and physical rehabilitation to transitioning back to civilian life.
Published in: Summer 2018
Laurel Walzak, EMBA, has been appointed Chair of the board of directors of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL).
Published in: Winter 2018
Andrew Gabriel, BCom, GDA, joined KSV Advisory, a boutique professionalservices firm providing financial advisory services to distressed businesses and their stakeholders across North America. Andrew recently merged his background in accounting and his passion for music by joining the board of Mozart Project, a non-profit focused on developing young classically trained vocalists as well as promoting a classical repertoire to younger generations.
Published in: Winter 2018
Armen Kurdian, EMBAA, is a Captain in the U.S. Navy, and the Director of Engineering and Product Support at Naval Supply Systems Command, Weapon Systems Support. A major project is the development of a comprehensive contracting guide for additive manufacturing (AM) for the navy and Marine Corps. Armen is also co-founder of Prosiren Inc., which he launched with some of his classmates. Prosiren is a technicalapparel brand.
Published in: Winter 2018
Bhairav Mehta, CQEMBA, was promoted to the position of Senior Data Scientist, Battery and iOS Power Log, at Apple Inc., in Cupertino, CA in April. In his spare time, he continues his work at DataInquest Inc., a company he founded in 2014 that offers training in big data, data science, machine learning and artificial intelligence. 
Published in: Summer 2017
Casey Burgess, CQEMBA, has been promoted to the positions of Executive Assistant City Attorney and Chief of the Municipal-Regulatory Section of the Dallas City Attorney’s Office. 
Published in: Summer 2017
Jayson Chakkalakal, AMBA, in March accepted a new role as Product Manager, Marketing, for PCM Canada (formerly Acrodex) in Edmonton. Jayson’s new role entails managing Evolve, an end-to-end SMB IT solution with a focus on the Canadian market. 
Published in: Summer 2017
Tyler Hennick, BCom, has joined the Agricultural Transformation Agency in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, as a Project Leader on a one-year contract.
Published in: Summer 2017

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