Alumni Notes

2014

Jordan Speakman (AMBA) is now a Senior Trade and Investment Officer for Northeast Asia at Alberta’s Ministry of International and Intergovernmental Relations in Edmonton.
Published in: Winter 2015
Curt Walker (EMBA) was recently honoured with a fellowship by the Certified Management Accountants Society of British Columbia (CMABC). The fellowship (FCMA) designation is awarded to Certified Management Accountants in recognition of their outstanding contributions to the profession of management accounting and the community at large. Curt has had a distinguished career in the resort, hospitality, and tourism sectors and, most recently, with a First Nations community. He is currently the chief administrative officer for the Lil’wat Nation and lives in Pemberton, B.C.
Published in: Winter 2015
Laurel Walzak (EMBA) has been appointed to the Board of Governors of the George Brown College of Applied Arts and Technology. See the Start-ups Snapshot feature on Laurel’s new venture, Fitneff.
Published in: Winter 2015
Jessica Beakbane (BCom) has started a new job with Chubb Insurance in Toronto. She was excited to be trained by a fellow Queen’s alumna, Caroline DuWors (Artsci’09). Jessica received the 2014 Queen’s Student Alumni Association Volunteer of Distinction Award in April at the QUAA Alumni Awards Gala.
Published in: Winter 2015
Casey Burgess (CQ-EMBA) was elected mayor of Wilmer, Texas, defeating the incumbent by two votes in that city’s May 2014 general election.
Published in: Winter 2015

2013

Kenzie McNeil, MIB, has returned to Nova Scotia, working as a Senior Consultant, Finance, with Halifax Regional Municipality. Kenzie, who held a previous senior finance role with Halifax Municipality, spent the past year as a Senior Policy Advisor with York Region in Ontario. In his current role, Kenzie’s focus is public finance and macroeconomic issues.
Published in: Winter 2018
Robbie Mitchnick, BCom, ArtSci’13, completed his first year of the Stanford MBA program, achieving top one per cent distinction, which he attributes in large part to his time at Smith. He continues to serve as Chairman of Q4Q Beer Company, alongside a board that includes graduates from BCom’11 through BCom’15. The company recently launched its Naughty Otter beer in California, building on the success of the brand in Ontario.
Published in: Winter 2018
Augusta White, BCom, as part of her role on the Ontario board for the Duke of Edinburgh's Awards, met His Royal Highness Prince Harry during his recent visit to Canada. In addition, Augusta was selected to be mentored by TD Bank's CEO, Bharat Masrani, through TD's Women in Leadership chapter and was recently promoted to a new role directly reporting to the SVP of Human Resources and Talent at TD.
Published in: Winter 2018
Victoria Granovski, MFin, is now on the board of directors of Firm Capital Mortgage Investment Corporation in Toronto. She is also the Senior Vice President, Credit and Equity Capital, and Vice President of Mortgage Operations, at Firm Capital.
Published in: Winter 2018
Robert A. Janson, MFin, was named President of Westcourt Capital Corporation, based in Toronto.
Published in: Winter 2018

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