UNB Alumni
Telling our #ProudlyUNB stories

UNBeknownst #34: Mohamed Bagha on growing strong communities by engaging newcomers

UNB Alumni

Posted: December 20, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Saint John, Podcast



Mohamed Bagha (BAMHT'05, MIDST'13) is the managing director of the Saint John Newcomers Centre and chair of the Saint John Region Chamber of Commerce. Originally from Kenya, he arrived in Saint John in the early 2000s to complete his post-secondary education at UNB and has been part of the newcomer support scene in the Port City for over a decade.   Mohamed is interested in...

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Engineering the future of North Shore Mi'kmaq District Council communities

UNB Alumni

Posted: November 28, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

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



Tyler Patles (BScE’09) is a Mi’kmaq professional engineer and member of the Natoaganeg First Nation who feels strongly about giving back to his community. As director of Technical Services for the North Shore Mi'kmaq Tribal Council (NSMTC), oversees housing, infrastructure, and emergency management programs for the Tribal Council, which provides services to seven out of the fifteen...

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Q&A: Julianne MacCallum, UNB Alumni Student Leadership Award

UNB Alumni

Posted: November 24, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Saint John, Young Alumni



Recipient of a 2023-24 Alumni Student Leadership Award, Julianne MacCallum is a bio-psychology student on UNB's Saint John campus and has been heavily involved in student life as well as in her community. Julianne is a volunteer with the Promise Partnership Program, the Student Athletic Advisory committee, and the Golden Key Honour Society, and is president of the UNBSJ Global Medical...

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UNB Alumni Holiday Gift Guide 2023

UNB Alumni

Posted: November 24, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Insights, Law, UNB Saint John, Kinesiology, Computer Science, Inspiring Stories, Science, Education, Management, UNB Fredericton, FOREM, Engineering, Renaissance College, Arts, Nursing, Young Alumni



Share your UNB pride this holiday season! 'Tis the season for supporting ‘local.’ The 2023 Alumni Holiday Gift Guide highlights products and businesses by our very own #ProudlyUNB alumni around the world. UNB alumni are creating and contributing exciting things to their communities and beyond. Get your seasonal shopping done from the comfort of your home, while discovering the...

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UNBeknownst #33: Barbara Wasson on how technology and AI are shaping the future of learning

UNB Alumni

Posted: November 23, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Podcast, Computer Science, UNB Fredericton



Barbara Wasson (BScCS’82) is the director for SLATE - The Science of Learning and Technology, the Norwegian national centre for learning analytics. She is one of the founders of Kaleidoscope, a European Network of Excellence on Technology Enhanced Learning and has been the principal researcher on numerous Norwegian and international projects. She is also member of the Norwegian...

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Engineering the challenges of the 21st century

UNB Alumni

Posted: November 15, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton, Engineering, Inspiring Stories



Alex Miller (BScSE’79) is a pioneer in transforming geography and mapping into a 21st-century digital tool used by millions around the world. As president and founder of Esri Canada, the leading geographic information system (GIS) company in Canada, he believes that collecting and using information through a unifying lens helps us see systems within our whole living ecosystem and is...

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Blazing trails for women in rugby around the world

UNB Alumni

Posted: November 14, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton, Kinesiology, Inspiring Stories



Cristina Flores Justic (BPE’83) describes herself as a bit of a rebel. The daughter of a diplomat, Cristina attended a private French school in Mexico City, but, craving more action and adventure, soon found herself studying at Bishop’s College School in Canada. After finishing high school, she made her way to the University of New Brunswick for an undergraduate degree, flourished...

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The technology and science behind sustainable diversity and inclusion

UNB Alumni

Posted: November 13, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton, Inspiring Stories, Computer Science



Michael Wright (BBA’96, BCS’99) says that lasting and meaningful diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) efforts have to be about the science. That’s why he and co-founder Dr. Leeno Karumanchery created MESH/Diversity, a New Brunswick-based company offering software grounded in behavioural science and data, tailored for forward-focused organizations who want sustainable culture...

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Taking steps toward sustainability through upcycled fashion

UNB Alumni

Posted: October 25, 2023 12:00:00 AM ADT

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



A UNB alum is inspiring others to make sustainable clothing choices and to reduce their impact. Maria Hernandez (BSENR’21), the face behind upcycled clothing line Palo Verde Designs, has combined her love for fashion and her deep commitment to making the planet a more sustainable place. Palo Verde grew out of a longtime love of sewing and started as a side-hobby during her second year at...

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The Booker Prize, the Scottish Highlands and a love of writing

UNB

Posted: October 19, 2023 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Arts, Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton



It’s been a big year for Sarah Bernstein (MA’12). Her latest novel, Study for Obedience, was published in the U.K. and Canada in the summer of 2023. It’s now shortlisted for both the 2023 Booker Prize (one of six finalists) and 2023 Giller Prize (one of five finalists). And, she was named to Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists 2023 list. Oh, and she’s about to...

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UNBeknownst #32: Sara Taaffe on the tension between economic progress and sustainability

UNB Alumni

Posted: October 19, 2023 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Young Alumni, UNB Fredericton, Podcast, Renaissance College



“Knowing that there are a lot of people who really care and are working every day to make change, and seeing more and more policies and corporate behaviour changing, it leaves me feeling optimistic that we’re doing better than we were doing a year ago. There is hope and people have power.”  ~ Sara Taaffe (BPHIL'15)   Sara Taaffe (BPHIL’15) is a senior...

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The UNB graduate inside one of the biggest deals in Canadian corporate history

UNB Alumni

Posted: October 13, 2023 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Management, UNB Fredericton, Inspiring Stories



Mergers and acquisitions are exciting to read about –especially when they involve two of the largest entrepreneurial companies in Canadian history: Rogers Communications and Shaw Communications. In April 2023, after over two years of intense negotiations, a regulatory battle, fierce public opinion, and, finally, government approval, the $26 billion transaction that created one national...

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Joshua Pickard is shaping the future of manufacturing automation

UNB Engineering

Posted: September 27, 2023 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton, Engineering



In the dynamic world of engineering and innovation, individuals like Joshua Pickard (BScE12’, MScE’14, PhD’18) are making a significant impact. His journey from a small, quiet town in Woodstock, New Brunswick, to becoming one of the "Top 10 Under 40" in the Manufacturing Automation magazine is nothing short of inspirational. While growing up, Joshua demonstrated a passion for...

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From sales rep to CEO: Habib Dable shares lessons from a career in biotech

UNB Alumni

Posted: September 26, 2023 12:00:00 PM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton, Management



Taking calculated risks and doing meaningful work is what Habib Dable (BBA’91, MBA’94) says helped him build a successful career. That career is not only successful, it’s impressive. Habib has risen to the highest ranks of the biotech industry, including as former president, U.S. pharmaceuticals for Bayer and former president and CEO of Acceleron Pharma. He says it’s...

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Get to know your Associated Alumni president: Jennifer Sutherland Green

UNB Alumni

Posted: September 26, 2023 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Management, Law, Inspiring Stories, UNB Saint John, UNB Fredericton



Jennifer Sutherland Green (LLB'99) has a longtime connection to UNB and to the alumni community. Throughout her combined 14 years of volunteer involvement with both the Alumnae and Alumni Associations, she has become progressively more passionate about UNB.  A proud law alum, she brings great commitment to her new role.  How did your engagement with UNB Alumni Council begin? I first...

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Top national cybersecurity expert says music has been the key to her success

UNB Alumni

Posted: September 25, 2023 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Computer Science, UNB Fredericton, Inspiring Stories



Melanie Anderson (BCS’03), a professional in both cybersecurity and classical music, says it’s all about math and logic. Currently the director general of secure solutions and services in the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security at the Communications Security Establishment (CSE), Melanie and her team are responsible for applied cryptographic research, architecture, engineering and...

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Alumni-owned Ethos Athletics is inspiring the next generation of athletes

UNB Alumni

Posted: September 21, 2023 12:00:00 AM ADT

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



Motivated by his own experiences growing up in New Brunswick, UNB alum and professional volleyball player Connor McConnell (BBA’21) is inspiring young athletes one sport clinic at a time, through his business Ethos Athletics. With a lack of advanced sports camps being held across the province, McConnell and his business partner Nathan Brown are now filling this void for up-and-coming...

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UNBeknownst #31: Mike Corey on facing your fears to go far

UNB Alumni

Posted: September 21, 2023 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Podcast, Science, UNB Fredericton



Mike Corey (BSc’08) is a biology graduate turned travel host who never turns down an adventure. His curiosity has sent him searching out cultures, creatures, and locations that most people avoid – with the aim of facing – and even chasing – fear. This intense passion has led him to grow his YouTube Channel “Fearless & Far” to over 2M subscribers, receive 2...

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UNB engineering student Houda El Hajjaoui receives UNB Alumni Legacy Award

UNB Alumni

Posted: August 30, 2023 12:00:00 AM ADT

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



A University of New Brunswick engineering student has been selected as the third recipient of the Alumni Legacy Award, established and presented by the UNB Associated Alumni. The 2023-2025 recipient, Houda El Hajjaoui, is a shining example of the values outlined by this scholarship. Throughout her time as an international student at UNB, she has shown immense pride for our institution,...

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The value of building connections for young alum Ria Sabitry (BBA'22)

UNB Alumni

Posted: August 21, 2023 12:00:00 AM ADT

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



For 2022 grad Ria Sabitry (BBA’22), attending university was all about fostering and nurturing connections. Through co-op education, experiential learning, and volunteerism, she certainly did just that – and even landed a job before receiving her diploma. Now as a junior accountant (Chartered Professional Accountant candidate) with Irving Oil, Sabitry works and studies full-time...

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Engineering alum Adrian Tout keeps pushing at the edges of computing

UNB Alumni

Posted: August 18, 2023 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories, Engineering, UNB Fredericton



As a kid, Adrian Tout (MScE’97) drove his parents crazy with his curiosity. Turns out, that’s a key driver for changing the world. Adrian, now a product partnership lead at Google with 25 years of entrepreneurial and computing innovation under his belt, says curiosity is fundamental to constantly challenging the status quo and pushing the edges of what we know. “I’ve...

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The Canadian geneticist who isolated the cystic fibrosis gene looks back on the impact of her work

UNB Alumni

Posted: June 26, 2023 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories, Science, UNB Fredericton



When geneticist and senior scientist emeritus Dr. Johanna Rommens (BSc'80, PhD'86) was first featured in Alumni News magazine in 1996, she was riding the high of accomplishing breakthrough research that would change the fate of those diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF). It was a few years earlier, in 1989, that Dr. Rommens, as part of a small team at SickKids in Toronto, identified and cloned...

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UNBeknownst #30: Teresa Fowler on the need for a reckoning in Canadian hockey culture

UNB Alumni

Posted: June 6, 2023 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Podcast, Education, Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton



Dr. Teresa Fowler (MEd’11) is a researcher who is diving into the sexism, misogyny and hypermasculinity of hockey in Canada and who is now working directly with Hockey Canada to try to correct the enduring problems. Teresa is an assistant professor at Concordia University of Edmonton in the faculty of education. Her research focuses on critical white masculinities and the implications of...

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Two-time alum Haiping Fu (BBA’07, MBA’19) recognized as a woman of inspiration for her career in finance

UNB Alumni

Posted: May 29, 2023 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Saint John



From the tropical island of Hainan, China to Saint John, New Brunswick, two-time UNB alum Haiping Fu (BBA’07, MBA’19) has established a successful career in finance. Recently recognized by Canadian Immigrant Magazine as one of their 2023 Women of Inspiration in Banking and Finance, Fu has spent the last 15 years growing her business and helping others feel confidant and secure in...

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Women in Wood co-founder Lacey Rose (BSF’06) connects women in forestry across Canada and around the world

UNB Alumni

Posted: May 29, 2023 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: FOREM, UNB Fredericton, Inspiring Stories



It’s a Thursday afternoon and so far this week Ontario forester Lacey Rose (BSF’06) has planted trees, dealt with a boundary dispute, collected data and caught up on paperwork. And when she’s not in her dynamic role as the Renfrew County forester, or hosting the international web series Mighty Jobs, Lacey is helping to connect women foresters as the co-founder of Women in...

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Supporting housing in communities that need it most

UNB Alumni

Posted: May 26, 2023 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton, Renaissance College, Inspiring Stories



Catherine Pak (BPhil’11) has a driving mission. As a senior specialist with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), she’s fully invested in the organization’s aspiration to house every individual in Canada by 2030. She says it’s complex and hard work, but extremely rewarding. Catherine has been working with CMHC for five years – on the front lines and now...

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UNBers dominate Atlantic Business Top 50 CEO list

UNB Alumni

Posted: May 26, 2023 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Saint John, Law, Inspiring Stories, Kinesiology, Engineering, Computer Science, Management, UNB Fredericton



Atlantic Business Magazine’s 2023 Top 50 CEO Awards were recently announced, and 16 UNB alumni and alumni of the UNB Wallace McCain Institute’s (WMI) Entrepreneurial Leaders Program (ELP) made the prestigious list. In its 25th year, the Top 50 CEO Awards celebrate accomplished business leaders in the Atlantic region. Over the past 25 years, they have recognized 552 Top 50 award...

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Welcoming the Class of 2023 into the #ProudlyUNB alumni family

UNB Alumni

Posted: May 23, 2023 12:00:00 AM ADT

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



This spring we were thrilled to welcome 1,655 graduates into the #ProudlyUNB alumni family! During graduation ceremonies on the Fredericton and Saint John campuses May 17, 18 and 19, UNB celebrated the remarkable accomplishments of 1,322 graduates receiving bachelor’s degrees, 335 receiving master’s degrees, and 20 achieving the PhD.   Among the 2023 graduates are...

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UNBeknownst #29: Lea Nicholas MacKenzie on championing Indigenous human rights

UNB Alumni

Posted: May 11, 2023 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton, Arts, Podcast, Inspiring Stories



Lea Nicholas-MacKenzie (BA’91) is a trailblazer for Indigenous rights: she’s the former special advisor for Indigenous issues to the UN, former chief of staff to then minister of justice and attorney general of Canada, the Honourable Jody Wilson-Raybould, and past chief of staff to the National Chief at the Assembly of First Nations. She also served as director of aboriginal...

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Debbi Amirault has made a big impact in nursing in New Brunswick by bringing clinical experience to the classroom

UNB Alumni

Posted: May 8, 2023 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton, Nursing, Inspiring Stories



Debbi Amirault (BN’78, MN’01) was one of those people who knew from a young age what she was meant to do. Her sister Shannon experienced complex medical challenges from birth and the family spent a large chunk of time at Montreal Children’s Hospital, where Shannon endured over 30 surgeries. The experience for Debbi was eye-opening. “Nursing fascinated me. There was this...

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Sponsorship spotlight: Unlock Your Mind Mental Health Conference

UNB Alumni

Posted: April 24, 2023 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Young Alumni, UNB Fredericton, Inspiring Stories



The UNB Associated Alumni provides annual sponsorships to a wide range of student organizations, associations, groups, athletic teams and clubs in support of the university and its students.  The Unlock Your Mind Mental Health Conference, led by a talented executive team of UNB alumni and students, brought together individuals with personal experience, professionals with clinical...

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Providing the joy of entertainment

UNB Alumni

Posted: April 21, 2023 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton, Inspiring Stories, Computer Science



Luke DeWitt (BCS’06) has been known to enjoy a good baseball game along with a craft beer. But what he enjoys even more is building platforms that allow people to be entertained.  Luke is the director of web services for REDspace, a software development company in Halifax that builds custom, innovative and scalable platforms for media, entertainment and gaming clients such as Warner...

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Volunteer spotlight: Erin Stafford (BSc'08)

UNB Alumni

Posted: April 17, 2023 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton



A dedicated and longtime volunteer at UNB and in her community, alum Erin Stafford (BSc'08) enjoys giving back her time as an Associated Alumni councillor, connecting with alumni as a volunteer at chapter events in her province, and supporting incoming and current UNB students. In honour of National Volunteer Week, Erin reflects on her time at UNB and why volunteering is important to...

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UNBeknownst #28: Mark Leger on the future of local journalism and its importance in building communities

UNB Alumni

Posted: April 13, 2023 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Saint John, Inspiring Stories, Podcast



Mark Leger (MA’11) was editor of Huddle, the popular Maritime online business news publication, from 2017 to early 2023, and was also director of news content for parent company Acadia Broadcasting, which owns and operates 15 radio stations in Ontario, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. A journalist for more than 25 years, Mark began his career as a reporter and editor with the...

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Preserving the past and making connections on the Miramichi

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 29, 2023 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton, Arts, Inspiring Stories



Christine Jean (BA’21) loves to study people and nature – and the connection between the two. An anthropology graduate and current master’s student at UNB, her research focus is on human-nature relationships along the Miramichi River, in particular from Boiestown to Blackville, in the hopes of bettering understanding the community and providing ecologically, socially and...

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UNB Associated Alumni celebrates the UNB Saint John 2023 Graduating Student Leaders

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 23, 2023 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Saint John, Young Alumni, Inspiring Stories



Twenty one graduating students from the UNB Saint John campus have earned 2023 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: Callum Hunter, UNB Alumni Student Leadership recipient

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 16, 2023 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton, Young Alumni, Inspiring Stories



Recipient of a 2022-23 Alumni Student Leadership Award, Callum Hunter is a Renaissance College student and has been heavily involved in her faculty and in campus life. She has served as a residence proctor, as a member of the Renaissance College Society (RCS), as a volunteer on the UNB Student Union's Student Experience Team, and has represented UNB in the community through her volunteer...

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UNBers receive NB government award for excellence in championing gender equality

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 13, 2023 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Saint John, UNB Fredericton, Inspiring Stories



In celebration of International Women’s Day, the New Brunswick minister responsible for women’s equality has announced the recipients of the third annual Minister's Awards for Excellence in Championing Gender Equality – VIVE. VIVE is an award that promotes gender equality in our lives, workplaces and government. The VIVE Awards were created as a way to highlight and...

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UNBeknownst #27: Balarama Holness on education, politics and confronting systemic racism

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 9, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton, Inspiring Stories, Podcast, Education



Balarama Holness (MEd’16) is a former CFL athlete turned social entrepreneur, community organizer and anti-racism activist. A native of Montreal, he played professional football for the Montreal Alouettes, with whom he won the Grey Cup in 2010. He’s also well educated, having earned a master’s in education from the University of New Brunswick and a bachelor of civil law and...

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Recognizing UNB alumni on International Women's Day

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 8, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton, Inspiring Stories, UNB Saint John



On International Women's Day, March 8, 2023, we celebrate all women, including these incredible UNB alumni who are changemakers, community builders, and who uplift other women in their communities.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 our...

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Carolyn Campbell returned to New Brunswick to operate on the world stage

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 7, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton, Inspiring Stories, Engineering



When Carolyn Campbell (BScCHE’04) graduated from UNB she jumped from a classroom in her home province to nuclear power plant floors in Ontario. Her 16-month internship with the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission (CNSC) was an “eye-opening” experience – she had never even been on a plane prior to traveling to Ottawa and had never experienced big city living or...

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Kimberley Clarke is creating solutions for sustainable agriculture

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 6, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Inspiring Stories, Engineering, UNB Fredericton



One of the most pressing challenges in our world today is building a sustainable agriculture industry that will feed a growing population with nutritious food while not harming the environment with toxic chemicals, soil quality depletion, and over-consumption of water and non-renewable energy. The UN estimates that the world population will grow to 9 billion by 2050. To meet this demand,...

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Q&A: Emma Stephen, Alumni Legacy Award recipient

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 3, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

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



Reflecting on two years as the Alumni Legacy Award recipient, what has been most rewarding or exciting about your time at UNB? As I reflect on my time as the Alumni Legacy Award recipient, I think about how it has influenced my personal and professional growth. My participation in different organizations has helped me build new connections and develop valuable skills that will serve me in my...

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A leader in supply chain contributing to community growth in New Brunswick's Port City

UNB Alumni

Posted: February 22, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Saint John, Inspiring Stories



Shannon Blanchard (BBA’00) grew up in the New Brunswick city built around its harbour and port. Now she goes to work every day as a leader in the supply chain sector, contributing to the community through her role at Port Saint John, one of the primary catalysts for economic development in the region. As Director of Supply Chain Innovation, Blanchard’s responsible for Port Saint...

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From experiential learning at UNB to San Francisco startup success

UNB Alumni

Posted: February 20, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton, Computer Science, Inspiring Stories



When Spanish-born-and-raised Mikel Cármenes Cavia (BCS’09) landed in Fredericton to begin his undergraduate studies in computer science at UNB back in 2005, he probably didn’t realize just how much the experience would influence his life. Mikel had graduated from an American high school in Dubai and got the itch to go to university in North America. But his mother was having...

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The mindset shift needed for an inclusive community

UNB Alumni

Posted: February 20, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton, Kinesiology, Inspiring Stories



Sarah Wagner (MASRS’11) has leaned into a big challenge in New Brunswick. As executive director of Inclusion NB, her task is to take the lead in creating opportunities for people with an intellectual or developmental disability to live full and valued lives in all aspects of society. Sarah says that the non-profit organization is a one-stop-shop in providing support and advocacy...

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A second career uncovering and retelling history in Atlantic Canada

UNB Alumni

Posted: February 14, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton, Engineering, Inspiring Stories



Graham Nickerson (MScEng’02, MA’22) is passionate about researching untold Black history in the Maritimes and hopes that one day, “Black history will simply be history.” Nickerson, a native of Shelburne, Nova Scotia, came to UNB for a master’s degree in survey engineering and geology after having graduated from Saint Mary’s University in the same field. After...

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UNBeknownst #26: Deborah Lyons on being an Ambassador and UN representative in Afghanistan – and why education for women is critical for global stability

UNB Alumni

Posted: February 8, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton, Arts, Podcast, Inspiring Stories



Ambassador Deborah Lyons (BA’71, DLitt’15) is a diplomat with 21 years of professional experience in political affairs, international cooperation and economic development. Her most recent assignment was as special representative and head of the United Nations Assistance Mission in Afghanistan, having served prior to that as Ambassador of Canada to Israel and before that as...

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Q&A: Houda El Hajjaoui, UNB Alumni Student Leadership recipient

UNB Alumni

Posted: February 1, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

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



Recipient of a 2022-23 Alumni Student Leadership Award, Houda El Hajjaoui is an international student, studying chemical engineering, who has been actively involved on campus and in the community. She is the Communications Director for Shades of Change, an organization designed to advocate for a kinder and more respectful environment for people of colour. Houda has also taken on many...

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A community forest of the past and future

UNB Alumni

Posted: January 23, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: FOREM, Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton



Chris Gruenwald (BSF’04) grew up in the forest. Now, he gets to work in one and manage it every day. Chris is the director of forestry for Mission Municipal Forest, a community-managed forest that was the first of its kind in Canada. Since 1958, the City of Mission, British Columbia – about an hour east of Vancouver - has managed its forest resources for the benefit of the community...

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Relationships and hard work led to success for this SIF alum

UNB Alumni

Posted: January 22, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Management, Inspiring Stories, UNB Fredericton



Sean McNulty (BBA’07) is principal and co-founder of XIB Financial Inc., a Toronto-based capital markets advisory and asset management business. A BBA graduate member of the Student Investment Fund (SIF) program at UNB’s Faculty of Management, Sean says that his career path was both serendipitous and the result of hard work and building good relationships. “I had top...

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UNBeknownst #25: John Leroux on what it means to love a place and why architecture and art are so important in attracting and inspiring people

UNB Alumni

Posted: January 10, 2023 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Podcast, UNB Fredericton, UNB Saint John, Arts



John Leroux (PhD’20) is an architect, art historian and currently manager of collections and exhibitions at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton, New Brunswick. John has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the fields of art history, architecture, visual art, curation, and education. He holds a bachelor of architecture from McGill University, an M.A. in art history from Concordia...

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