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UNB alumnae #ChooseToChallenge

Author: UNB Alumni

Posted on Mar 8, 2021

Category: UNB Saint John , Young Alumni , Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton , Management

On International Women's Day, March 8, 2021, we celebrate all women, including these 10 incredible UNB alumnae who are changemakers and disruptors, and who #ChooseToChallenge.

While this is just a small sample of the great work being done by alumnae all over the world, we acknowledge the work of these women and celebrate the strides they have recently been making in their fields.


Photo: SubmittedJenica Atwin (BA'09, MEd'15)

Member of Parliament for Fredericton and the first Green Party MP elected from New Brunswick.



Photo: SubmittedVirginia Bliss Bjerkelund (BA'51)

Published author, publishing her first novel at the age of 91 with another book in the works.



Photo: SubmitedTomi Gbeleyi-Curtis (BA'13)

The first 20-something year old to launch a Canadian beauty brand for women of Colour.




Photo: SubmittedDr. Sarah Gander (BSc'00, MEd'16)

Clinical department head in the Saint John Regional Hospital's Department of Pediatrics, community advocate and researcher focused on the effects of poverty on the health of children and youth.


Photo: SubmittedCayman Grant (BBA'01)

Emmy ® Award winning director for Playing For The Mob, as part of the highly acclaimed ESPN 30 for 30 Series.



Photo: SubmittedVictoria LaBillois (BA'91, MBA'04)

Two-time Canada's top 100 most powerful women recipient and Mi’gmaq entrepreneur.




Photo: SubmittedNicole LeBlanc (BBA'01)

Urbantech and sustainability focused venture capital professional, and co-founder and investor in Sandpiper.vc, a women-led venture fund based in Atlantic Canada.



Photo: SubmittedLi Song (BA'08, BEd'08)

Director of PRUDE Inc. in Saint John, NB, and advocate for newcomers to the city.




Photo: SubmittedKathryn Lockhart (BPhil’04)

CEO of Propel ICT, helping to raise Baby Unicorns in Atlantic Canada and beyond. One of Canada’s emerging leaders for 2021.



Photo credit: Kevin van Paassen/Sunnybrook Health Sciences CentreDr. Samira Mubareka (BSc'94)

Microbiologist who was part of a Canadian team that isolated the SARS-CoV-2 virus. 

Photo credit: Kevin van Paassen/Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre




Do you know a #ProudlyUNB alumna who is challenging the status quo and making a positive impact wherever they are in the world? Let us know!