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Volunteer spotlight: Amber Corby (BRSS'12)

UNB Alumni

Posted: April 26, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Kinesiology, Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton



Amber Corby (BRSS'12) - Fredericton, NB What is your most memorable moment from your UNB alumni volunteer experience? I was able to share perspectives of both my student and professional experiences through a Ten Thousand Coffees Office Hour webinar on my career in the not-for-profit sector. I was so impressed with the thoughtful and relevant questions from those in attendance which made me so...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Ian Hardy (BBA'07)

UNB Alumni

Posted: April 26, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Saint John



Ian Hardy (BBA'07) - Saint John, NB Tell us about your time at UNB. What extracurricular activities were you involved in as a student?  I came to UNBSJ from Ontario and lived on campus for the first two years of attending. While living in residence, I participated in the residence council. In my later years at UNB I was part of the Keith's Club, which ran social events on campus, and was...

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Volunteer spotlight: Maher Ellaz (BScE'18)

UNB Alumni

Posted: April 26, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Young Alumni, UNB Saint John, Inspiring Stories



Maher Ellaz (BScE'18) - Fredericton, NB,  What is your most memorable moment from your UNB alumni volunteer experience at Skill Up for Success connecting with international students at UNB? Meeting new people in my UNB community and offering them a different insight into how to approach their UNB experience. Why did you decide to become a first-time volunteer? I wanted to give back to the...

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Maria Sharpe (BScF'07) is helping to improve the culture of wildland fire in Canada as fire science manager

UNB Alumni

Posted: April 26, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton



Maria Sharpe (BScF’07) didn’t fall far from the tree when she followed in her father’s footsteps to study in UNB’s faculty of forestry and environmental management. Now working as the Fire Science Manager with the Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre (CIFFC) in Alberta, Sharpe is helping to improve the culture of wildland fire in Canada. In her role with CIFFC, Sharpe...

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Janet Lin is transforming retail and financial services technology

UNB Alumni

Posted: April 25, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories, Computer Science, UNB Fredericton



If you live in Canada, you’ve probably collected PC Optimum points and used or seen the PC Mastercard for your retail purchases. What you probably don’t know is that those products are available because of UNB alumna Janet Lin (BCS’05) and the teams she worked with at Loblaw. Janet has made quite a name for herself in the IT and business worlds. She received the Oracle Global...

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UNBeknownst Episode 17: Tom Liston on Bay Street and how the Canadian tech sector can help us overcome big global challenges

UNB Alumni

Posted: April 22, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton, Management, Podcast



Tom Liston (BBA’96) is one of the most sought-after minds in Canada’s tech investment sector. Tom currently serves on several Board of Directors for public and private technology companies, and he has a strong track record of shareholder value creation in that capacity. As chief investment officer of a leading technology-focused venture capital firm, he made investments in SaaS,...

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UNBeknownst Episode 16: Mike Harrison on emergency medicine during a pandemic, flight surgery and the long way to get to what you love

UNB Alumni

Posted: April 8, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton, Podcast



Mike Harrison (BScKin’02, MScExSS’05) is a flight surgeon, as well as an emergency medicine and critical care physician at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida. He was recently one of the flight surgeons for SpaceX’s Crew-1 Dragon - which launched in 2020 and returned in 2021.  Mike graduated from UNB with a Bachelor of Science in kinesiology and a Master of Science...

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Caitlin Doyle (BScKin’11) is supporting chronic health in the community

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 29, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories, Kinesiology, UNB Fredericton, Young Alumni



UNB alumna Caitlin Doyle (BScKin’11) didn’t stray far after graduating from UNB’s Faculty of Kinesiology in 2011. As the Recreation Services’ (URec) Clinical Exercise Physiologist on our Fredericton campus, Doyle supports individuals with chronic health conditions in her community, while also collaborating with the faculty that impacted her career. In addition to...

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UNBeknownst Episode 15: Alexandra Pope on Canadian Geographic, life balance and the polarization of media 

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 25, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Podcast, UNB Fredericton



Alexandra Pope (BPhil’06) graduated from UNB’s Renaissance College Bachelor of Philosophy in Leadership program and went straight to work in social media and journalism for local newspapers. She jumped to The Weather network and then joined Canadian Geographic as digital editor – a dream job. Recently, she was named Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Geographic magazine and its...

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UNB alum building a bridge to Asia for New Brunswick company

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 23, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

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



Jay Yang (BBA’16, MBA’18) is a prime example of why recruiting international students is a good growth strategy for New Brunswick. After working in a plywood export company in China, Jay decided to study in Shanghai, where he ran into a teacher from Montreal who had spent time in Oromocto. He encouraged Jay to apply to UNB for a business degree program, and Jay ended up travelling...

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UNB Associated Alumni celebrates the UNB Saint John 2022 Graduating Student Leaders

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 22, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Saint John, Inspiring Stories, Young Alumni



Twenty one graduating students from the UNB Saint John campus have earned 2022 Graduating Student Leadership awards for the remarkable initiative they’ve taken during their time at UNB. The award recognizes students in their final year of studies who have made outstanding voluntary and extracurricular contributions to the campus, their academic program, and the university...

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Q&A: Reid Sutherland, UNB Alumni Student Leadership recipient

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 21, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton, Inspiring Stories, Young Alumni



Recipient of a 2021 Alumni Student Leadership Award, UNB Fredericton student Reid Sutherland shares how the award has positively impacted her UNB experience, how she contributes to student life on campus and why she enjoys studying in the faculty of science. Throughout her time on campus, Reid has immersed herself in campus activities, starting as a peer mentor in the Faculty of Science,...

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UNB alumnae strive to #BreakTheBias

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 7, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Saint John, UNB Fredericton



On International Women's Day, March 8, 2022, we celebrate all women, including these incredible UNB alumnae who are changemakers and community builders, and who strive to #BreakTheBias.  While this is just a small sample of the incredible work being done by alumni all over the world, we acknowledge these outstanding women and celebrate the impact they are making on their communities...

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UNB Menstrual Health Society bolstering program with support from UNB Alumnae Association

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 7, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton, Young Alumni, Inspiring Stories



The UNB Menstrual Health Society is a brand-new society working to reduce period poverty on the UNB Fredericton campus and in the community. The society was co-founded by UNB students Caroline Stephen and Kate Palmer. Their vision is to promote safe and inclusive spaces on campus by working to eliminate stigma around menstruation through promotion, initiatives, and projects.  The...

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UNBeknownst Episode 14: From Artsy to Shopify, Ash Furrow on compassionate software development and separating yourself from your work

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 3, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton, Podcast, Young Alumni, Inspiring Stories



Ash Furrow (BCS’09) is a compassionate software developer from the small town of Woodstock, New Brunswick. He started building iPhone apps in 2009 while still a computer science student at UNB, which launched his career as a mobile software developer. After graduating, Ash and his partner moved to Toronto, then Amsterdam, and then New York, where he joined Artsy as it was just beginning...

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WeAreUNB: Q&A with alumnus Reg Woods (BSF'03)

UNB Alumni

Posted: February 23, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton, Inspiring Stories



Why did you decide to study forestry? It was an easy decision because I grew up with it. My father was a forester from UNB, and we spent every waking hour we could in the woods, whether it was tagging along with him at work or working on the weekend in our private woodlots. It was a natural extension of what I loved to do from a very young age. That really drove home where I wanted to end up. I...

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Chris Ryan (BPhil’05, MEd’18) is working on integrating a model of community centered education in the NB public school system

UNB Alumni

Posted: February 22, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton, Inspiring Stories



Two-time alumnus and current UNB PhD student Chris Ryan (BPhil’05, MEd’18) spent thirteen years of his career inside the classroom as a New Brunswick teacher. So there is no better fit for this educational leader to help explore change in the province than through his recent appointment as research associate with the Mount Allison University Research Partnerships for Education and...

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Emily Scott: Five ways to include your children in your exercise

Emily Scott (BsKin’12, BBA'21)

Posted: February 22, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Insights



Photo: Tori Claire Photography   Emily Scott (BsKin’12, BBA'21) is a two-time UNB graduate, a kinesiologist, holistic nutritionist and Certified Personal Trainer through the Canadian Society of Exercise Physiology. She's also a mom of two, a runner, weight-lifter, and health advocate. In 2014, as a woman who had been athletic my entire life, I approached my postpartum...

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Renaissance College alumni spotlights

UNB Alumni

Posted: February 22, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton, Young Alumni



Over the past couple of years, UNB’s Renaissance College has posted a collection of alumni spotlights on their Instagram page, celebrating some of their incredible grads. Renaissance College is a program at UNB developing leaders that inspire positive change in their communities and beyond. These alumni are just a few of the inspiring grads, making their mark on the world. All stories...

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UNBeknownst Episode 13: James Gitau on the dangers and rewards of leading humanitarian work with UNICEF around the globe 

UNB Alumni

Posted: February 17, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton, Management, Podcast



James Gitau (BBA'87,MA'89) came from Kenya to Canada in the 1980s to study at UNB and later returned to Africa to cultivate an esteemed career with UNICEF across the globe. He’s part of UNICEF’s senior leadership and operations group, and over the years has developed cross-cultural team leadership skills and has gained international experience within the humanitarian and development...

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Driving road safety in Costa Rica

UNB Alumni

Posted: February 11, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton, Engineering



Javier Zamora-Rojas (MScE’11) came to the University of New Brunswick from Costa Rica in 2009 to complete a master’s degree in the globally recognized transportation engineering program. He came for the program, but loved the whole experience. “It was a thrill to come from the tropics to the snow. I loved it, and I loved the city and the university and the people. It was...

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Deep learning at Amazon

Deep learning at Amazon

Posted: February 9, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Inspiring Stories, Computer Science, UNB Fredericton



You probably don’t always think about all the work that goes on behind the scenes when you’re searching for that must-have book, latest gadget or feel-good movie on Amazon. Weiqi Zhang (MCS’13) does. Since 2015, Weiqi’s been one of the software developers and managers behind the fancy technologies that bring the right products in front of your eyes at the right time. He...

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UNBeknownst Podcast Episode 12: Olive Ozoemena on promoting diversity and inclusion through employment initiatives and economic development

UNB Alumni

Posted: February 3, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Podcast, UNB Saint John



Olive Ozoemena (MBA'16), Director of Programs and Operations for the New Brunswick Multicultural Council, is from Nigeria and came to New Brunswick in 2015 to study in the MBA program at UNB Saint John. She stayed in the community and has been an integral part of helping to build a multicultural society that is welcoming and inclusive for newcomers and people from all backgrounds. She is also a...

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Ryan Bennett (BSc'08) provides healthcare to New Brunswickers as Physician Assistant

UNB Alumni

Posted: January 25, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Saint John, Inspiring Stories



When Ryan Bennett (BSc’08) walks through the doors of the emergency department at the Dr. Everett Chalmers Regional Hospital in Fredericton, he knows he’s fulfilling his dream of caring for others. As one of only two civilian Physician Assistants (PAs) practicing in New Brunswick, Bennett can treat anything in the run of a shift from a sore throat to broken bones, or serious trauma...

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UNBeknownst Podcast Episode 11: Asif Hasan on the entrepreneurship ecosystem, and the role of businesses and individuals in building a diverse, flourishing community

UNB Alumni

Posted: January 20, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton, Podcast



UNBeknownst Episode 11 Asif Hasan on the entrepreneurship ecosystem, and the role of businesses and individuals in building a diverse, flourishing community  Asif Hasan is an alum from UNB’s Electrical and Computer Engineering and TME programs, and the CEO and co-founder of SimpTek Technologies, a Fredericton startup company that helps residential homeowners and electric utility...

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Fine tuning resilience beyond neurosurgery

Cynthia Percival

Posted: January 13, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Kinesiology, UNB Fredericton, Inspiring Stories



Written by Cynthia Percival (BPE'78) After graduating from UNB with a Physical Education degree in 1978, I coached downhill skiing for 40 years.  Living in rural Ontario I participated in ongoing outdoor activities, including hiking, mountain biking, kayaking and both XC and downhill skiing in winter. My lifestyle was (and is) about making healthy choices and enjoying vigorous social...

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Kinesiology alumnus part of recovery crew for returning astronauts

UNB

Posted: January 13, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton



When a student graduates from UNB, the world is truly in the palm of their hands. Where a UNB grad may end up can stretch far across the globe and out of this world.  This is the case for kinesiology alumnus, Mike Harrison (BScKin'02, MSESS'05), who had the opportunity to be part of the SpaceX recovery team monitoring the physical health of four astronauts once they landed back on earth...

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Four UNBers appointed to the Order of Canada

UNB Alumni

Posted: January 13, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton, UNB Saint John



Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, announced 135 appointments to the Order of Canada. The new appointees include two Companions (C.C.), 39 Officers (O.C.), one honorary Member and 93 Members (C.M.).  The Order of Canada is one of our country’s highest civilian honours. Its Companions, Officers and Members take to heart the motto of the Order:...

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UNBeknownst Podcast Episode 10: Jason Stephen on the hot real estate market and working through uncertainty

UNB Alumni

Posted: January 6, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Podcast, UNB Saint John



UNBeknownst Episode 10  Jason Stephen on the hot real estate market and working through uncertainty  Jason Stephen graduated from UNB Saint John in 1998 with a degree in history and political science, and is now a realtor and real estate expert. Jason is a REALTOR® with Royal LePage Atlantic, has been involved in organized real estate for more than 20 years and...

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