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UNB Alumni

Posted: December 8, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

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



On Dec. 30, 2022, Mary Duffley will retire from her role as Assistant Director of the UNB Associated Alumni after a nearly 30-year career at UNB. The profound impact she has had on the alumni family, the Saint John community and her fellow UNBers across the province lends to the remarkable legacy she will leave at UNB.  Following the proud footsteps of her late mother, who also retired...

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UNBeknownst #24: Krista Jones on the future of work, the intersection of people with digital transformation, and how Canada can be competitive globally

UNB Alumni

Posted: December 8, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Engineering, Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton



Krista Jones (BScEE'88) has been a passionate innovator and builder of technology-based businesses for over 30 years. She leverages her deep entrepreneurial and leadership experience to advise founders, inspire teams and create programs to scale Canada’s most innovative companies. Currently Senior VP of Ventures Services at MaRS Discovery District, she recently founded MaRS Momentum, an...

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Q&A: Kate Palmer, UNB Alumni Student Leadership recipient

UNB Alumni

Posted: December 1, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Young Alumni, UNB Fredericton, Inspiring Stories



Recipient of a 2022-23 Alumni Student Leadership Award, Kate Palmer is a science student on the UNB Fredericton campus, who is not afraid to tackle uncomfortable topics to improve student life. Kate’s involvement on campus includes advocating for mental and menstrual health. Her community volunteer work includes Liberty Lane, a shelter for women and children who are victims of...

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New grad Niomi Monteiro (BBA'22) finds employment at JDI after co-op experiential learning

UNB Alumni

Posted: November 29, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

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



For fall 2022 grad Niomi Monteiro (BBA’22), volunteer opportunities, experiential learning and co-op education were the highlights of her student experience - and they landed her a job with J.D. Irving Ltd. before even crossing the graduation stage. On top of her already-busy schedule of six to seven courses per semester, Monteiro took three co-op work terms throughout her UNB degree. Two...

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Sweat Club founder Laura Clendenning (BScKin'12) helps people fall in love with their health and fitness

UNB Alumni

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

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



What began as a love for leading a healthy lifestyle and working one-on-one with clients in her apartment complex, has transformed into opening a boutique-style gym in the heart of downtown Fredericton. Sweat Club founder and head coach Laura Clendenning (BScKin'12) says that being a woman in business and a woman in the fitness industry is empowering, but it took her a few career changes...

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Lynette DuJohn brings digital twin project to life at Vancouver International Airport

UNB Alumni

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

Category: Engineering, UNB Fredericton, Inspiring Stories



The COVID-19 pandemic hit airports around the world hard. But instead of standing still, Lynette DuJohn (BScCE’87) took the opportunity to innovate. Lynette is the Vice President of Innovation and Chief Information Officer at Vancouver International Airport (YVR) a role she’s held since 2016. During the peak of the pandemic slowdown, her team began a project of creating a virtual...

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UNB Alumni Holiday Gift Guide 2022

UNB Alumni

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

Category: UNB Saint John, UNB Fredericton



Share your UNB alumni pride this holiday season! In the spirit of the upcoming holidays and supporting ‘local,’ we’ve created a gift guide to help you find unique gifts for the special people in your life. This list highlights exciting products and businesses by our very own #ProudlyUNB alumni. Around the world, UNB alumni are creating, innovating and contributing exciting...

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Media Arts and Cultures alumni share their success

UNB Alumni

Posted: November 21, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton, Inspiring Stories, Young Alumni



One of the first programs of its kind in Canada, Media Arts & Cultures (MAAC) at UNB has offered students a dynamic mix of critical media studies and hands-on creative coursework since 1996. As a MAAC major, students learn about media by making media. They are taught to consider, critique, and engage intellectually with media and also learn the tools and techniques used today to create...

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Building an outstanding IT career right here in New Brunswick

UNB Alumni

Posted: November 18, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Inspiring Stories, Computer Science, UNB Fredericton



Mary Goggin (BScCS’82) is very modest about her success in the IT field, but her track record speaks for itself. Mary’s been instrumental in the growth and development of several IT consulting companies, including CGI and the company she co-founded, Accreon Inc. She’s been a sought-after project manager, technology expert and business strategist, having made a significant...

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UNBeknownst #23: Donald Savoie on the centralization of power in Western governments, lack of public trust in our leaders, and what government IS good at

UNB Alumni

Posted: November 10, 2022 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Podcast, Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton



Donald Savoie (MA’72) holds the Canada Research Chair in Public Administration and Governance at the Université de Moncton, as well as the Clément-Cormier Research Chair in Economic Development. Over his career, he has served as an advisor to federal, provincial and territorial government departments and agencies, the private sector, independent associations, OECD, the World...

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UNB alumni make up a quarter of Atlantic Canada’s Top 30 Under 30 Innovators list

UNB Alumni

Posted: November 4, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

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



Atlantic Business Magazine’s Top 30 Under 30 Innovator awards program recognizes young people who are turning their creativity and passion into revenue-generating pursuits. This year’s list includes a diverse group of marketers, scientists, entrepreneurs, inventors, artists and advocates. Eight(!) UNBers were named to the 2022 list. They exemplify what it is to be innovators,...

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A 20-year tradition for the Saint John campus Alumni Honour Guard

UNB Alumni

Posted: October 27, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Saint John, Young Alumni



A UNB Saint John tradition that spans 20 years has seen hundreds of alumni proudly sporting robes and red sashes, and has become a cherished activity for spring and fall convocation ceremonies.   The Alumni Honour Guard was first established in 2002 at fall convocation when UNB President Emeritus Dr. John McLaughlin was being installed at the Trade and Convention Centre in Saint John. The...

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P.R.O. Kids Saint John supporting children’s recreation for 20 years

UNB Alumni

Posted: October 27, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

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



A charitable program in Saint John is celebrating 20 years of helping children participate in sports and recreation. The P.R.O. Kids (Positive Recreational Opportunities for Kids) Saint John board of directors, which currently includes six UNB alumni volunteers, advocates for children and youth in financial need, with an anticipated goal to support around 2,000 kids in Greater Saint John this...

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Terry Malley rewarded for innovation, lifelong learning and giving back to the community

UNB Alumni

Posted: October 27, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Management, Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton



It was a big year for Terry Malley (BA’81) in 1979. Two years into a business degree at UNB, he and his father, A.J. Malley, decided to start a business together by opening a small manufacturing facility in Moncton to build truck caps, campers and van conversions for the recreational market. Two weeks before that, he had met Kathy (BEd’79), his soon-to-be-wife, at a dorm party on...

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Convoy baptism by fire for new Executive Director of Ottawa’s ByWard Market

UNB Alumni

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

Category: UNB Fredericton, Inspiring Stories



When we last caught up with UNB Renaissance College alum Kalin McCluskey (BPhil’07), she was in crisis management mode as Executive Director of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) in Ottawa drastically shifting the way the organization supported students during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cut to January 2022, and Kalin was back in the firepit, this time as the new Executive...

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Scott Mehan (BA'18) stays at UNB to support students on the Saint John campus

UNB Alumni

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

Category: UNB Saint John, Young Alumni, Inspiring Stories



When Scott Mehan (BA'18) completed his studies on UNB’s Saint John campus in the spring of 2018, it was no surprise that he decided to stay and work for the Registrar’s office shortly after. He’d grown to love the tight-knit community of UNB and the city of Saint John, since leaving his hometown of St. Stephen to pursue his studies. Ever since, Scott has played an active role...

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First-year tuition contest winner follows in parents' footsteps

UNB Alumni

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

Category: UNB Fredericton, UNB Saint John, Inspiring Stories



When their son Ethan won UNB’s first-year tuition-free contest, Blair (BPE’97) and Krista (MacFarlane, BA’95, MASRA’99) Tucker weren’t just excited that his first year would be paid for, but that he would be attending the university that means so much to them. Blair and Krista met at UNB. Blair, who hails from Newfoundland and Labrador, played varsity soccer, and...

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UNBeknownst #22: Emilie Chiasson on creating human-centered designs and solving big challenges through collective action and gender equality

UNB Alumni

Posted: October 13, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

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



Emilie Chiasson (BPHIL’15) is a design and innovation expert who’s worked with government and NGO organizations to co-create meaningful solutions to persistent problems in developing countries and regions. After graduating from UNB’s Renaissance College, she completed a Master's in Global Affairs from the University of Toronto's Munk School of Global Affairs & Public Policy,...

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A history of UNB’s Alumnae Association and the women who led it

UNB Alumni

Posted: October 3, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Saint John, UNB Fredericton



For 112 years, UNB’s Alumnae Association has been supporting female graduates and undergraduates at the university. In celebration of women’s history month, we are re-telling the story of the Alumnae Association and the women who led it.This story was re-published from UNB’s 225 celebration story series.In 1910, the eight female graduates and 11 undergraduates who met in...

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The women of UNB: More firsts for the women of UNB

UNB Alumni

Posted: October 3, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton, UNB Saint John



In honour of Women’s History Month, we are continuing our series of firsts for women at UNB, to share the stories of more of the incredible women from UNB’s history. These women are important figures in our long and storied history. From the first female president of the Associated Alumni, Rebecca Watson, to the first woman dean on the Saint John campus, Shelley Rinehart, the women...

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Pioneering computer science at UNB: the Wasson family bridges technology, business and learning

UNB Alumni

Posted: September 19, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Computer Science, Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton, Engineering



Photo (from 2013):  Brad Wasson, Marie-Claire Wasson (Brad & Colettes’s daughter), Colette Gagnon Wasson, Dana Wasson, Jane Wasson, Barbara Wasson, Didrik Wasson Lillehaug (Barbara's son), Svein-Ivar Lillehaug (Barbara's husband)   From her classroom at the University of Bergen, Norway, Professor Barbara Wasson (BScCS’82) tells her students that “data is the new...

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Dawn MacIsaac’s roundabout path to software engineering

Dawn MacIsaac’s roundabout path to software engineering

Posted: September 15, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton, Computer Science, Engineering



Dawn MacIsaac (MScE’99, PhD’04) has a bit of a unique perspective at UNB. As a professor jointly appointed with the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Computer Science, she teaches in and leads one of the few software engineering programs in Canada that blends computer science learning with engineering. Dawn was the lead in bringing the unique program into fruition at...

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Mike Wahl launches Wellness and Healthy Lifestyle show on NTV

UNB Alumni

Posted: September 14, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Kinesiology, UNB Fredericton, Inspiring Stories



It was 2009 when a tragic accident changed the course of Dr. Mike Wahl’s (BScKin’00) life. A routine flight from St. John’s, Newfoundland was headed offshore to the White Rose oil field carrying workers for the rigs when the helicopter when down. All but one person died on that flight, and the investigation later identified several variables that may have prevented the tragic...

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How you can celebrate UNB on Red and Black Day

UNB Alumni

Posted: September 9, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Saint John, UNB Fredericton



September 22, 2022 has officially been declared Red and Black Day at UNB! Red + Black Day is a day to celebrate our proud UNB community. UNB would not be the great institution it is without its people. It is you, our alumni, faculty, staff and students, who make this such a special place. We are proud to be a part of this community and want to share that pride with all UNBers.While we’re...

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UNBeknownst Episode 21: Josh O’Kane on Sidewalk Labs and “the city Google couldn’t buy” 

UNB Alumni

Posted: September 6, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Podcast, UNB Saint John, UNB Fredericton



Josh O'Kane (BSc/BA ‘09) is a reporter with The Globe and Mail who has covered the technology sector for much of the past five years. His coverage focuses on the relationships between tech companies and human beings, governments, economies, and each other. His latest book, Sideways: The City Google Couldn’t Buy, investigates the failed effort by Google sister company Sidewalk Labs...

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International student and alum returns to UNB

UNB Alumni

Posted: August 30, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Management, UNB Fredericton, Inspiring Stories



When Sunil Pathak (MBA’18) was working in Delhi as a team manager after finishing his undergraduate degree in India, his dream of doing an MBA overseas kept nagging at him. He’d been to Canada as a tourist and loved the country and its people, so when a friend introduced him to Dr. Devashish Mitra, the Dean of the Faculty of Management at UNB, Sunil was excited to learn more about...

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UNBeknownst Episode 20: Mitch Cobb on purpose-driven entrepreneurship and making a positive community impact

UNB Alumni

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

Category: Podcast



Mitch Cobb (BA’02) is co-owner and CEO of Upstreet Craft Brewery on Prince Edward Island. But Upstreet isn’t just a brewery - even though it's grown to become a major player in the Atlantic Canada brewing industry. It’s a Certified B Corp, intent on doing business differently and making a positive impact in its community. Mitch has been named one of Atlantic Canada’s Top...

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QA with Mark-Anthony Ashfield: Bringing the Memorial Cup to Saint John

Mark-Anthony Ashfield (BBA'00)

Posted: June 14, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Saint John



Mark-Anthony Ashfield (BBA'00) first moved to Saint John from Boiestown to pursue studies in the faculty of business on UNB's Saint John campus. Describing himself as 'sports obsessed,' he now works as a partner with Deloitte, is an active leader in the community, and has dedicated significant efforts to help bring the Memorial Cup to Saint John. Along with a number of community...

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UNBeknownst Episode 19: Julia Wright on finding your path through trial and error, and journalism in challenging times   

UNB Alumni

Posted: June 9, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

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



Julia Wright (BA’07) is host of CBC Information Morning on CBC Radio 1 in Saint John, and is also an award-winning writer and photographer. Born and raised in Saint John, New Brunswick, Julia was a contributor to Vice, Buzzfeed, and various local and provincial newspapers before taking on radio hosting duties in 2019. Earlier, she founded and edited two independent Saint John creative...

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UNB alumni among Top 50 CEO award winners

UNB Alumni

Posted: May 30, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Saint John, UNB Fredericton



The Atlantic Business Magazine’s 2022 Top 50 CEO Awards recently recognized 11 UNB alumni.   Since 1999, the Top 50 CEO Awards celebrates accomplished business leaders in the Atlantic region. Nominations are submitted by the magazine’s readers and nominees are judged according to corporate, community and industry involvement, as well as company growth and response to...

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UNBeknownst Episode 18: Brandon Mitchell on creating comic books and teaching youth through visually telling Mi’kmaq stories 

UNB Alumni

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

Category: Podcast



Brandon Mitchell (BIS’16, MEd’18) is a Mi'kmaq graphic artist, published writer and entrepreneur from Listuguj, Quebec, now residing in Fredericton. A two-time graduate of UNB, with a Bachelor in Multimedia and Art Culture and Master in Education, Adult and Continuing Education, he is the founder of Birch Bark Comics and creator of the Sacred Circles comic series. His work includes...

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Cormac Stewart combined degrees to bring ideas to life

UNB Alumni

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

Category: Computer Science, Young Alumni, UNB Fredericton, Inspiring Stories



It was Spring of 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic had just turned the world upside down and seven friends who met at UNB had plans cancelled. One of them was Cormac Stewart (BCS’21, BPHIL’21), who was supposed to be overseas doing an international internship as part of his studies with Renaissance College. Instead, he was home in New Brunswick, ruminating with friends about where to find...

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Shyla O’Donnell is optimistic about Indigenous rights and culture and a sustainable future for Canadians

UNB Alumni

Posted: May 18, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton, Inspiring Stories



Unity. It’s what Shyla O’Donnell (BScF’07) is most proud of. For five years she worked to create and lead The Wolastoqey Nation in New Brunswick, a non-profit organization formed in 2017 to help coordinate and provide technical support and consultatory advice to the Wolastoqey Communities of New Brunswick on matters that relate to Wolastoqey constitutionally protected...

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Q&A: Edith-Rose Cairns (BN'09)

UNB Alumni

Posted: May 11, 2022 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Saint John, Inspiring Stories



Edith-Rose Cairns BN, RN, CCHN(C), MPH, CTH™, RYT200 graduated from UNB's Saint John campus in 2009 from the faculty of nursing and over the last number of years has been working in Communicable Disease Control. Here she takes a moment to share why she is passionate about healthcare and her career in nursing. Did you always know you wanted to study nursing? It was not until my...

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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, Computer Science, 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: Engineering, 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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