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UNB nursing student Emma Stephen receives UNB Alumni Legacy Award

UNB Alumni

Posted: August 17, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

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



A University of New Brunswick nursing student has been selected as the second recipient of the Alumni Legacy Award, established and presented by the UNB Associated Alumni. The 2021-2023 recipient, Emma Stephen, is a shining example of the values outlined by this scholarship. Throughout her two years at UNB, she has shown immense pride for our institution, dedication to her faculty and fellow students, and a commitment to carrying on the UNB alumni legacy. Valued at two-years of tuition and...

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Shelley Francis challenges us to understand the historical context of Indigenous Peoples in Canada

Shelley Francis

Posted: June 15, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Saint John , UNB Fredericton



This story is part of the Voices of UNB Alumni series and is written by Shelley Francis (BN'91), UNB alumna and current master of nursing student.It is critical for all Canadians to understand the historical context of Indigenous People for there to be true reconciliation, peace, and friendship between Nations.  I have spent my entire nursing career lifting the voices of Indigenous Peoples, providing non-judgmental, culturally safe, and compassionate care to all citizens.  I have...

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'Learning and Preserving' Indigenous languages through illustrations

Breana Andrews

Posted: June 9, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton



This story is part of the Voices of UNB Alumni series and is written by Breana Andrews (BScKin'21) My name is Breana Andrews, I am from Happy Valley-Goose Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador and I recently graduated from UNB in May 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology. While the human body has always been a passion of mine, art and storytelling have also always been there. Since I was a young girl, I had been creating art in some form. One moment that sticks out in particular, is sitting...

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Vice-President Saint John, Dr. Petra Hauf, shares UNB's ambitious vision for the new Integrated Health Initiative

Dr. Petra Hauf, Vice-President Saint John

Posted: May 18, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Saint John , Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton



The Integrated Health Initiative by Dr. Petra Hauf, Vice-President Saint John Growing up in a small town and being raised by a village, a sense of belonging and deep commitment to community is part of my DNA. The shared value of community is exactly what drew me to UNB and the opportunity to serve as the campus vice-president in Saint John.  There is much to like and admire about UNB Saint John, especially its longstanding relationship to the community. Being responsible for both the...

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Jennifer Splane (BSc'11, BN'15) creates her path as a nurse practitioner and healthcare researcher

UNB Alumni

Posted: May 17, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

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



Jennifer Splane (BSc'11, BN'15) is a current MN.ANP candidate and soon-to-be three time UNB alumna. She recently defended her thesis "Transitioning from Pediatric to Adult Healthcare: Exploring the Practices and Needs of Care Providers" and takes a moment to share why she is passionate about healthcare. Did you always know you wanted to study nursing? I actually did not know that I would end up in this field. I was always interested in science, in particular the human sciences. It...

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UNB alumni recognized by Atlantic Business Magazine’s 2021 Top 50 CEO Awards

UNB Alumni

Posted: May 14, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton , UNB Saint John



The Atlantic Business Magazine’s 2021 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 various managerial challenges.  Non-Profit/Not-for-Profit or Industry AssociationDr. Bernard Lord,...

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Nicki MacPherson (BN’14, BScKin'14) chooses to use her skills to provide care and education for students at UNB

UNB Alumni

Posted: May 12, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton



Nicki MacPherson (BN’14, BScKin'14) is a registered nurse who currently works at the UNB Student Health Centre on the Fredericton campus and has been instrumental in the COVID-19 student-isolation project since the pandemic began. She took a beat to talk to us about her journey to get here and what it means to her to support students. Did you always know you wanted to be a nurse? I knew I wanted to be a helper of some kind and thought it would be between teaching or nursing. My mom was...

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A non-traditional path for Joan Kingston (BN’78) where nothing is unattainable

Dr. Lorna Butler

Posted: May 7, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton



Written and submitted by Dr. Lorna Butler, Dean of UNB's Faculty of Nursing. Joan Kingston's (BN’78) career pathway as a Registered Nurse is neither linear nor traditional. Rather it reflects her character and the results of numerous initiatives that not only changed peoples’ lives but altered the landscape of their communities so others could thrive. Her career accentuates the power of what being a Registered Nurse means. Ms. Kingston began as a staff nurse and continued to...

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Passion and intensity have fuelled Jody Glidden’s exciting career path in tech startups

UNB Alumni

Posted: April 28, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Management , UNB Fredericton



Jody Glidden (BBA’06) believes that bringing passion and intensity to what he does has been his ticket to winning the tech startup game. He’s got the track record to back that up: Introhive is the fourth company he’s been involved in founding and building, and over the past year, it’s expanded its customer base by 52% and grown to almost 300 employees. Entrepreneurship and “messing around with computers” have been part of Jody’s world since he was a...

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Alumnus hopes to improve immunization rates in seniors

UNB Alumni

Posted: April 26, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton , Inspiring Stories



Older adults living in long-term care homes and retirement residences are increasingly vulnerable to COVID-19, the flu, pneumonia, and other diseases. Proper tracking of immunizations is important for knowing who is protected and when a booster is needed.   This is where Dr. Kumanan Wilson (BSc’92) comes in. In 2011, Dr. Wilson founded ImmunizeON, a digital immunization tracking system for parents to stay up to date with their children’s vaccinations, which expanded...

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Overcoming illness to shine in the fitness and sport industry

UNB Alumni

Posted: April 21, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton , Kinesiology



Jane McKeown's (BPE’99) life ever since she was young revolved around sport and fitness. She came by it honestly, coming from a family of athletes that included her parents as well as her brother Mark Jeffrey (BBA’86), who played for and coached UNB hockey, and her sister, who coached Saint Mary’s University basketball. So, when she graduated from Fredericton High School, Jane wanted to continue with her own basketball career. But after returning from a year at...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Camila Ugarte

UNB Alumni

Posted: April 20, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Young Alumni , Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton



Camila Ugarte (BPhil'08) - Saint John, NB   What is your most memorable moment from your UNB alumni volunteer experience? I loved how supportive and encouraging the experience was in addition to how well organized everything was. I felt comfortable going into the experience and passionate about the subject matter. Why did you decide to become a first-time volunteer?  The opportunity to represent my organization, but also speak on behalf of a topic I feel so passionate about. I loved...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Shawn Quinlan

UNB Alumni

Posted: April 20, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories , Management , UNB Fredericton



Shawn Quinlan (BBA'94, MBA'96) - Fredericton, NB   What is your most memorable moment from a UNB alumni volunteer experience? My most memorable moment was when I realized that a new hire at my office was a student I first met while serving as a table panelist during a Career Talks event at the Wu Centre. What are some of the volunteer roles you have participated in with UNB? I was on the advisory board of the Faculty of Administration for approximately 15 years and more recently I have...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Haley Bungay

UNB Alumni

Posted: April 19, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

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



Haley Bungay (BBA'13) - Fredericton, NB   What is your most memorable moment from a UNB alumni volunteer experience? My most memorable moment from my alumni volunteer experience definitely has to be the first Career Talks I attended! Being able to share a bit of my career experience with students currently attending UNB was incredible. I’ve always enjoyed being able to connect with students attending UNB to support them in their education and their future careers. Meeting with them...

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Volunteer Spotlight: Hansika Gunaratne

UNB Alumni

Posted: April 19, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

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



Hansika Gunaratne (BSc'12, BA'13) - Toronto, ON   What is your most memorable moment from a UNB alumni volunteer experience? My most memorable moment from a UNB alumni volunteer experience was presenting to a group of prospective students at the Transition to UNB event held in Toronto in 2016. It was great to reminisce and share details of my wonderful experiences at UNB with some of the youth considering joining the UNB family.  What are some of the...

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UNB Women in Sport conference ‘first of many’

UNB Alumni

Posted: April 19, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton , Kinesiology , Young Alumni



This story was first published in the Fredericton Daily Gleaner on April 12th, 2021, written by attributed to Bruce Hallihan. The UNB Alumni Association was a proud sponsor of the UNB Women in Sport Conference.   Mikaela Dodig hopes the first UNB Women in Sport Conference “proves to be the first of many.” The former UNB Reds women’s basketball all-star planned to launch the conference in 2020, as an in-person event, but the COVID-19 pandemic forced its...

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Maria Boyle: Five reasons to move your body

Maria Boyle (BScKin'16)

Posted: March 19, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Young Alumni , UNB Fredericton , Insights , Kinesiology



Photo: Lilian Archer Photography A chiropractor at Town Health Solutions in Saint John, N.B., and at Align KV Wellness in Quispamsis, N.B., Dr. Maria Boyle (BScKin'16) has been very engaged in her community and in the profession since joining the NBCA in 2018. She currently serves on the NBCA external affairs committee, and maintains a prominent and active social media presence promoting self-management and health. In 2020, she was recognized with the NB Chiropractors Association's Recent...

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Returning to New Brunswick to propel entrepreneurs to great heights

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 16, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton , Inspiring Stories



Kathryn Lockhart (BPHIL ’04) has an MBA from Harvard Business School and has worked around the world - from Toronto to Munich to St. John’s – but feels that coming back home to New Brunswick is where she can make the biggest impact. Growing up in Bath, N.B. with parents who met at UNB and siblings that attended UNB, Kathryn thought she’d break the mould by accepting a scholarship to the science program at Queens University and the Royal Military College. But after...

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Q&A: Hannah Sharpe, UNB Alumni Student Leadership Recipient

UNB student, Hannah Sharpe

Posted: March 15, 2021 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton , Inspiring Stories , Young Alumni



Recipient of a 2020-21 Alumni Student Leadership Award, UNB Fredericton student Hannah Sharpe shares how the award has positively impacted her UNB experience and how she contributes to student life amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout her time on campus, Hannah has thoroughly enjoyed her studies in the environmental geochemistry program and  is excited to be starting her Masters this summer at UNB.   What inspired you to enroll in UNB Fredericton’s environmental geochemistry...

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From hardware to software: proof that skills are transferable

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 10, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

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



When Lan Liu (MScEE’03) and her husband Richard Liu (MCS’02) came to Fredericton from Beijing, it was a bit of a culture shock. “We flew in on a tiny plane from Montreal and all I saw was trees,” Lan laughs. “I had no idea what I was getting myself into! It was a hot summer week when we arrived, and in China we often use an umbrella to shade ourselves from the sun on hot days. When I walked on the sidewalks of Fredericton with my umbrella, people looked at me...

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Learning technical and soft skills in a multi-cultural environment through co-op

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 10, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Computer Science , Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton



We chatted with 2nd-year Computer Science graduate student Priyal Chandrakant Jawale, who has been working at an 8-month co-op term with Teledyne-CARIS in Fredericton since September 2020, to find out more about her experience.  Q1. Why did you choose to study CS? As a child, I loved solving puzzles and playing board games. During high school, I developed an application on a large scale using basic programming languages such as Java and MySQL, which was a spark of dedicating my...

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UNB alumnae #ChooseToChallenge

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 8, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

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.   Jenica Atwin (BA'09, MEd'15) Member of Parliament for Fredericton and the first Green Party MP...

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Community fuels great projects and even greater dreams

Thandiwe McCarthy

Posted: February 16, 2021 12:00:00 PM AST

Category: Young Alumni , Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton



My name is Thandiwe Jelani McCarthy and I graduated from UNB in May 2020 with a degree in Recreation and Sport Studies with a major in Community Wellness. I think my graduation was unique in that due to the pandemic outbreak myself and many other students didn’t get to have one. Not only that but moments after finishing my degree in recreation and community wellness the entire recreation sector was shut down. Communities were being fined hundreds of dollars if they were caught...

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A voice for Black history in New Brunswick

Dr. Mary McCarthy-Brandt

Posted: February 16, 2021 10:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton , Inspiring Stories



I write this essay with much pleasure and feelings of gratitude. I am a 2007 graduate from UNB Master's of Education in Critical Studies program. I am also a Black woman, 6th generation and my roots go back before the province was formed, to 1783.  The province was formed in 1784. Taking the Critical Studies program and writing my thesis was a very gratifying and important time in my life, and perhaps I could even say one of multiple intersections in my life.  My MEd thesis named...

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Volunteer spotlight: Travis Bergin

UNB Alumni

Posted: January 26, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Engineering , UNB Fredericton , Inspiring Stories



One of the most challenging tasks Travis Bergin (BScCE’02, D-TME’02, MScCE’04) is faced with as a UNB Associated Alumni councillor, also happens to be the one he values and cherishes most of all. He says serving as chair of the scholarships and awards’ committee, and learning about the remarkable accomplishments of UNB students and alumni, has been one of greatest highlights of his time on council.  A three-time UNB alumnus and Fredericton native, Bergin has...

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UNB PhD candidate helps develop Black history resource for New Brunswick teachers

UNB Alumni

Posted: January 26, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton , Inspiring Stories



Alicia Noreiga-Mundaroy (BEd’11, MEd’16) came to New Brunswick from Trinidad and Tobago in 2018 to pursue her PhD in education at UNB. Two years later, she says that she could see herself making the province her new home. “It’s so quiet and peaceful here.”   She does admit though, that moving to New Brunswick did, and still does, have its challenges for her as a...

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Alumnus Jason Goldlist takes the road less travelled to tech success

UNB Alumni

Posted: January 25, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton



Jason Goldlist (BPHIL’06) has always been someone who wanted to do things differently. It was the reason he chose to leave Toronto and head to New Brunswick for university when his friends were going to Western or McGill. He was looking for a different kind of program, and the new Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Leadership at Renaissance College fit the bill.  “I’ve always been one to go against the grain, so this program was perfect for me. It was...

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Q&A Josée Richard, Forty Luxe The Label

Josée Richard (BA'17)

Posted: January 25, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton , Young Alumni



Since graduating from UNB Fredericton in 2017, young alumna Josée Richard (BA'17) followed her love for fashion, health and fitness. In August 2020, she launched Forty Luxe the Label, an online leisurewear brand. Here, she shares more about her inspiration behind the clothing line, what it's been like as a new entrepreneur and her future hopes for the business.   Tell us a little bit about Forty Luxe, your products and your target audience. Forty Luxe is a leisurewear (and...

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From UNB to Dragon’s Den and beyond

UNB Alumni

Posted: January 20, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

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



Curtis Kennedy (BScME, DTME) has been busy in the last few years. He recently pitched his product, Vertiball, on CBC’s Dragon’s Den and accepted a deal from dragon Arlene Dickinson. But there’s been a lot more going on behind the scenes. Curtis has been working since 2017 to develop and pitch his simple idea to ease chronic pain. “It’s been a lot of work and long hours but I hope that it’s helping people. It’s been a really exciting...

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Mother-daughter renaissance college alumni tackle systemic discrimination in Canada

UNB Alumni

Posted: January 18, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton



Josie McKinney (BPHIL’04) came by her dedication to community and Indigenous issues naturally. Her mother, Patsy McKinney (BPHIL’07), has always been a passionate organizer and advocate in the Mi'kmaq and Maliseet communities, and Josie had grown up taking part in daily conversations around the kitchen table in her Harvey, N.B. home about politics and rights issues. “My whole extended family have been leaders in Indigenous issues. My upbringing has been the driving force...

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Materials engineer goes digital

UNB Alumni

Posted: January 15, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton , Engineering , Inspiring Stories



Fredericton native Donna Dykeman (BScME’99, MScME’01) always enjoyed the sciences, so when she started her undergraduate degree at UNB she chose Mechanical Engineering because she discovered she enjoyed learning about and working with structural materials for mechanical design. “I remember enjoying the project work we did in undergrad where we were designing for the real world. Our visits to plants and production operations and having alumni speak to us in class opened my...

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An unexpected career path for a mechanical engineering alumnus

UNB Alumni

Posted: January 11, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

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



Who knew that a mechanical engineer could end up in an innovation role at one of Canada’s big banks? Malcolm Nwokotubo (BScME’16, DTME’16) sure didn’t when he first came to study at UNB. Growing up in Nigeria, Malcolm was always interested in problem solving, math and engineering. He decided he wanted to study in Canada because of the country’s reputation for being welcoming and friendly. Although he’d never heard of New Brunswick, he won a scholarship that...

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A sterling donation with historical significance

UNB Alumni

Posted: January 4, 2021 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton



No one knows exactly how it was first acquired, but a unique sterling silver tea service donated to the university has been in the Tibbits family for at least four generations. And given the Tibbits family’s long and historic connection to UNB and the province, its return to New Brunswick is cause for a bit of celebration, if not a full-fledged formal tea. It all began with the Honourable James Tibbits (1804-1890), a successful operator, manufacturer and shipper of lumber, initially...

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Lauren Holden: Holiday recipes

Lauren Holden (BSc'17)

Posted: November 24, 2020 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton , Insights



UNB young alumna Lauren Holden (BSc'17) is the face behind Lau's Healthy Life, a food and lifestyle blog featuring a healthy and delicious recipe index, as well as an e-cookbook. Originally from Prince Edward Island, Lauren later graduated from UNB's faculty of science and now lives in Toronto, where she is pursuing further studies. Passionate about living a healthy lifestyle, Lauren's blog was born from her Instagram page, where she first started sharing her favourite...

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NB Chiropractors Association recognizes UNB young alumna

UNB Alumni

Posted: November 24, 2020 12:00:00 AM AST

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



This month, UNB young alumna Dr. Maria Boyle (BScKin'16) was recognized by the NB Chiropractors Association with the Recent Graduate Award. This award recognizes the tremendous contributions of a recent graduate under five years, who has demonstrated success transitioning from school into practice, as well as a commitment and dedication to advancing the profession or their community. "I was shocked and honoured to get recognized this early in my career," says Dr. Boyle. "When I first...

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Innovating the restaurant of the future

UNB Alumni

Posted: November 19, 2020 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton , Management



Everyone knows restaurants are a tough business in the best of times. These are not the best of times. The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a toll on the restaurant industry globally, and New Brunswick is no exception. When the lockdown happened in March of 2020, the owners of Pomodori Pizzeria in Saint John worked quickly and innovatively to be able to not only stay afloat but turn out even more of their delicious Neapolitan-style wood-fired pizzas. Being innovative is nothing new for co-founders...

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Returning to New Brunswick to work from home

UNB Alumni

Posted: November 18, 2020 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Inspiring Stories , Management , UNB Fredericton , Kinesiology



There’s an interesting trend happening these days. Real estate in New Brunswick is a hot commodity and there’s a migration of young people into the province instead of out. The COVID-19 work-from-home movement, along with the safe reputation of the Atlantic Bubble and housing prices that are affordable, have created the perfect storm that’s attracting many New Brunswickers back home again. One of those is Nathan White (BBA’05). Nathan grew up in Fredericton as a big...

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Alumni holiday gift guide

UNB Alumni

Posted: November 16, 2020 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Saint John , Insights , 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. Along with UNB swag items, this list highlights exciting products and businesses by our very own #ProudlyUNB alumni. Around the world, UNB alumni are creating, innovating and contributing exciting things to their communities. Get your holiday shopping done from the comfort...

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Volunteer spotlight: Beverly Guimond

UNB Alumni

Posted: October 28, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Saint John , UNB Fredericton



For UNB Saint John alumna Beverly Guimond (BBA’04), volunteering time to her alma mater as treasurer of the Associated Alumni has been a positive and rewarding experience. A chartered professional accountant in Saint John, Beverly first moved to Canada from her home in Zimbabwe to travel and study abroad in the faculty of business at UNBSJ. Though there are many things she treasures about her UNB experience, one of those is reflecting on the early days of her academic career - from...

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Organizational change boils down to three ingredients

Kevin Ferguson, BBA'92, BA'93

Posted: October 26, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Insights , UNB Fredericton



“Hey gang, before we break, I just wanted to let you know that I’ll miss our afternoon call today. A friend I’ve known for 25 years passed away yesterday from Covid and I have to go see his family. Please keep safe everyone – this is real.”  Regardless of where we live or what we do, at some point in the past 7-10 months, any one of us could have been hearing or telling this sobering story. This has had universal impact, globally. I’ve been involved...

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The future of surgical robotics is here - and this alumnus is creating it

UNB Alumni

Posted: October 23, 2020 2:00:00 PM ADT

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



Jason Currie (MSE’15) may be working from his San Francisco Bay Area home these days because of the pandemic, but he’s still hugely excited to log in each day and tackle his current project – a general-purpose surgical robot. Jason is a senior robotics and controls engineer with Auris Health, Inc., now owned by Ethicon, part of Johnson & Johnson’s medical devices companies. Since 2018, he’s tackled this technical lead role within a huge team working on...

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How a UNB alumnus became the official rink engineering consultant of the NHL

UNB Alumni

Posted: October 23, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton , Engineering



When Ian Storey (BScME’96) left UNB with a mechanical engineering degree in hand, he never imagined he’d become an entrepreneur. Ian had developed an interest in energy efficiency and energy systems early on in his bachelors’ program and geared his courses toward a career at an energy utility. But after graduation, with few prospects for that kind of work available, he took a job in the aerospace industry managing international engineering contracts. After a few years of...

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The fast-paced world of transportation cybersecurity

UNB Alumni

Posted: October 23, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

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



When we think about cybersecurity, we typically think of our phones, computers and personal data being hacked. But Mike Vanderveer (BScCMPE’02) says heavy vehicles carrying dangerous goods are also a big cybersecurity concern. Mike, who graduated from UNB with a degree in computer engineering, is a transportation cybersecurity consultant with his own firm, Deep Micro, in Ottawa. He says that it is not easy to hack into our cars and car company security systems are continually improving....

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A rising star’s journey from Trinidad to Fredericton to Toronto

UNB Alumni

Posted: October 21, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

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



When Cilise (Legendre) Connell (BBA’12) made the move from her home in Trinidad and Tobago to Fredericton in 2009, her goal was to finish her business degree at UNB – (which she began through the UNB-ROYTEC partnership program) then return home to the small Caribbean Islands to find work. Eleven years later, she’s still in Canada. “I had such an amazing experience in Fredericton and at UNB that I didn’t want to go home,” she recounts. “I went back...

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Renaissance College alumna advocating for post-secondary students amid COVID-19 pandemic

UNB Alumni

Posted: September 23, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton



UNB alumna Kalin McCluskey (BPhil’07) discovered her love for public policy through her education at Renaissance College. Since now working in the post-secondary space as Executive Director of the Canadian Alliance of Student Associations (CASA) in Ottawa, she has applied the learning outcomes studied in the program to help her adapt as the COVID-19 pandemic drastically shifted the way they work to support students. CASA is a non-partisan, not-for-profit organization composed of student...

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Greater Moncton's Top 20 Under 40 recognizes three UNB alumni

UNB Alumni

Posted: September 22, 2020 4:00:00 PM ADT

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



Three UNB alumni were celebrated virtually on Sept. 17 as winners of the 2020 Greater Moncton Top 20 Under 40. Organized by the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Moncton and the Hub City Young Professionals Network, the program highlights 20 individuals making a difference in the community. The winners were selected by an advisory board of judges from a list of 120 nominations.Meet the UNB alumni recognized as Top 20 Under 40 winners. Chad Blakney (BScE’07), has...

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Internship program sparks strong mentorship between UNB student and alumna

UNB Alumni

Posted: September 22, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton , Young Alumni



When alumna Kate Ross (BPhil’05) first recommended Renaissance College to now-UNB student Callum Hunter, little did she know they would later become reconnected through the college’s Canadian internship program. Throughout the eight-week placement this summer, the two shared a positive learning experience and developed a strong mentor-mentee relationship that they look forward to growing throughout Callum’s academic career at UNB. Challenged to find an internship during the...

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UNB alumni recognized by Atlantic Business Magazine’s 2020 Top 50 CEO Awards

UNB Alumni

Posted: September 21, 2020 12:00:00 PM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton , UNB Saint John , Inspiring Stories



The Atlantic Business Magazine’s 2020 Top 50 CEO Awards recently recognized seven 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 various managerial challenges.  This year’s list recognizes UNB alumni in New Brunswick, Nova...

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Young alumna brewing a new marketing strategy at Picaroons Brewing Company

UNB Alumni

Posted: September 17, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

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



Experience counts when you’re developing growth and marketing strategies for companies. Kate McPherson (BBA’19) has it – even though she’s only 23. Kate graduated with a business degree from UNB’s Faculty of Management in 2019 with a ton of experience under her belt. First, she opted to take advantage of the exchange program and studied at Nanyang Technological University in Singapore for a year, doing a lot of focused market research directly with Asian-based...

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An alumnus and former co-op student comes full circle

UNB Alumni

Posted: September 16, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

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



Fredericton native Mike Harrington (BScSwE’15) instantly loved software engineering when he began the program at UNB. During his time as a student, he took part in five co-op work terms to gain experience while studying. “My goal was to try out different jobs to see what I liked. I worked with one company on a pricing app, then went to IBM for two terms and worked on software applications, then found Populus. It was a very small team of only five or six people, so I got to work on...

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LuminUltra to supply COVID-19 test chemicals across Canada

UNB Alumni

Posted: June 30, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Engineering , UNB Fredericton , Inspiring Stories



New Brunswick’s LuminUltra Technologies, headed by Patrick Whalen (BScChE’03, left), is increasing its production to supply chemicals for essential COVID-19 testing across the country. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on April 15 that LuminUltra is one of the companies that has signed a contract with the Canadian government to provide supplies needed in all provinces. Many regions have faced testing backlogs as they lacked certain chemicals needed to complete the tests. "We...

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Management students hitting experiential learning out of the park

UNB Alumni

Posted: June 30, 2020 12:00:00 AM ADT

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



It may have been one of the strangest and most challenging semesters at UNB because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the winter 2020 term ended with some good news for students in the Master in Quantitative Investment Management (MQIM) program. Just as exams were ending, they learned two of their teams placed high in two global competitions: one team tied with Rutgers for third place out of 58 universities in the MATLAB competition, hosted by the Professional Risk Managers’ International...

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A life in service to vulnerable children

UNB Alumni

Posted: January 16, 2020 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton , Management



James Gitau (BBA’87,MA'89) has never been one to shy away from a challenge. In 1982, Kenya was embroiled in an attempted coup, which led to the indefinite closure of the sole University of Nairobi. James’ high school advised students who could afford it to seek further studies abroad. He was given a list of potential universities in Canada, the U.K and the U.S:  James and his family chose to apply to Canadian Universities. Based on his ‘A” levels examination...

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UNB Associated Alumni awards the inaugural Alumni Legacy Scholarship

Young Alumni

Posted: July 17, 2019 4:00:00 PM ADT

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



A University of New Brunswick student was announced as the inaugural winner of the Alumni Legacy Scholarship, established and presented by the UNB Associated Alumni. This year’s recipient, Laura Palmer, is an outstanding example of the values outlined through the scholarship – fiercely proud of the institution, dedicated to making a difference on campus and committed to carrying on the UNB alumni legacy for years to come. Valued at two-years of tuition and fees, the scholarship...

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Coming 'back home' was a step forward for this engineering alumna

UNB Alumni

Posted: May 1, 2019 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton , Inspiring Stories , Engineering



Anna Robak (BScCE’01) is a proponent of always moving forward and conquering new things. So the decision to move ‘back home’ to Fredericton from New Zealand, where she had spent the last thirteen years working in global asset management, was not made lightly. A Fredericton native, Anna had gone through UNB’s civil engineering program concentrating in transportation and economics. “I wanted a career that was versatile and offered many opportunities,” she...

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Meet the 2019 Proudly UNB Young Alumni Achievement Award recipients

Alumni Office

Posted: March 7, 2019 3:30:00 PM AST

Category: UNB Saint John , UNB Fredericton , Inspiring Stories


The 2019 Proudly UNB Awards will recognize six distinguished alumni, two honorary members and one alumni group at an award's dinner on April 5. In the short time since graduating from UNB, Krystle Steeves (BScKin ’05) and Kenneth Fox (BBA’07) have both taken the world by storm in their respective fields of physical therapy and finance, and will be celebrated with Young Alumni Achievement Awards for their outstanding service and accomplishments. As a physical therapist,...

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Amazing stories of humanitarianism around the globe

UNB Alumni

Posted: March 6, 2019 12:00:00 AM AST

Category: Engineering , UNB Fredericton , Inspiring Stories



You would certainly be correct in calling Eugene Lewis (BScEE’64) an engineer, a professor and an entrepreneur. But beyond all of those things, the title that seems to truly fit him is humanitarian. Dr. Lewis, who taught at UNB for 37 years and Chaired the Electrical Engineering Department for 22 of them between 1980 and 2006, spent many years guiding students to think critically and problem-solve. All the while, he was applying those skills himself to solve pressing problems around the...

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Problem-solving in an exciting high-profile career

UNB Alumni

Posted: August 24, 2018 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton , Engineering



Ian Naish (MEng’71) has a face that might seem familiar. That’s because as a transportation consultant and former director at the Transportation Safety Board of Canada, he’s a media go-to spokesperson for train derailment and other major transportation news stories. Ian’s been in the transportation field since 1969 when he came to UNB fresh off a civil engineering degree from the University of London. One of his professors in London told him that transportation...

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Desk Diaries: Q&A with Client Solutions Managers at Facebook Canada

Young Alumni

Posted: July 9, 2018 12:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Young Alumni , UNB Saint John , UNB Fredericton



Our young alumni have transformed their UNB degrees into careers around the world. Whether their office is at a desk, on stage, in the outdoors or always on the move, we love taking a glimpse into their daily life. As Client Solutions Managers in the Global Sales Organization at Facebook Canada located in Toronto, two of our very own UNB young alumni, Farhad Aghaie Mibody (BBA'09) and Bobby Hennessey (BBA'08), tell us about their bright and creative workspaces, and the collaborative...

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Desk Diaries: Q&A with Canadian Geographic's digital editor

Young Alumni

Posted: March 13, 2018 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Young Alumni , UNB Fredericton



Our young alumni have transformed their UNB degrees into careers around the world. Whether their office is at a desk, on stage, in the outdoors or always on the move, we love taking a glimpse into their daily life. As digital editor for Canadian Geographic magazine at their head office in Ottawa, young alumna Alexandra Pope (BPhil’06) tells us about her always-interesting (and Instagram worthy) career.   Q: What inspired you to pursue a career in photography? I pursued photography...

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Recognizing exceptional young alumni with Proudly UNB Awards

Young Alumni

Posted: March 13, 2018 5:00:00 AM ADT

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


Two remarkable young alumni will be celebrated at this year’s Proudly UNB Awards dinner on April 6 for their outstanding service and achievements. In the short time since graduating, Kaitlyn Adair (BN’11) and Firat Güder (BScCMPE'06) have taken the world by storm in their respective fields of nursing and engineering.    Kaitlyn Adair graduated from UNB's Faculty of Nursing in 2011 and went on to pursue her passion for harm reduction and social justice. Soon after...

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Combining their love of travel, food and blogging

Young Alumni

Posted: February 22, 2018 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Young Alumni , UNB Fredericton


  Taking their UNB degrees across the globe shortly after graduating, Luke Martin (BSc’16) and Sabrina Davidson (BSc’16), embraced more than just their love of travel. While teaching English as a foreign language in Taiwan, the New Brunswick couple explored the diverse Taiwan food scene, documenting their discoveries on their blog. Chopstick Travel, Martin and Davidson’s travel food blog and YouTube channel, takes viewers through the streets, and to...

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CAMH Difference Makers in Mental Health: Lee Thomas

Young Alumni

Posted: November 14, 2017 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Young Alumni , Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton


The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) launched a cross-Canada call for nominations of people influencing change in mental health and recently announced their 150 Difference Makers, a list which includes recent UNB grad, Lee Thomas (BA'15). As a student, Lee started the #MyDefinition campaign at UNB, which is a mental health anti-stigma poster campaign. Now, Lee is an entrepreneur, a motivational speaker on mental health and stigma reduction, an instructor for Mental...

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A look at Kayley Reed's productivity and self care tips

Young Alumni

Posted: November 13, 2017 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton , Young Alumni


Kayley Reed (BPhil'14) is the co-founder and CEO of Wear Your Label, a fashion brand dedicated to ending the stigma around mental health. Kayley is also a passionate mental health advocate, writer, public speaker and founder of Blogger's Brunch. She has been recognized nationally and internationally for her work, including receiving a 2017 Proudly UNB Young Alumni Achievement award, the 2016 Notable Young Entrepreneur award and being named one of top 10 entrepreneurs to...

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Staying organized and motivated: Work productivity tips from young alumnus Feiber Omana

Young Alumni

Posted: November 8, 2017 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton , Young Alumni


2017 Proudly UNB Young Alumni Achievement award recipient, Feiber Omana (BBA ’06), came to Fredericton as an international high school student from Colombia and, in such a short time since graduating from UNB, has taken his academic and professional career by storm. Now as the vice-president of Corporate Development and Capital Markets for Shaw Communications, Feiber is accountable for overseeing a wide variety of activities within Shaw's corporate development and strategy planning...

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Young alumna places ninth in the Grand 2 Grand Ultra marathon

Young Alumni

Posted: October 31, 2017 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton , Young Alumni , Inspiring Stories


 UNB young alumna Kelsey Hogan (BPhil'16) placed second among women and ninth overall in last month's Grand 2 Grand Ultra Marathon (G2G). Facing her toughest ultra marathon to date, Hogan tackled the 273 kilometres from the North Rim of the Grand Canyon to the summit of the Grand Staircase as not only one of eight Canadians, but also as the race's youngest competitor. The Grand 2 Grand Ultra is a six stage, seven day footrace through the Utah and Arizona desert, and is the...

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UNB grad takes on the Toronto Independent Film Festival and the Atlantic Film Festival with screenings of his short film

Young Alumni

Posted: September 11, 2017 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton , Young Alumni


Film director and UNB young alumnus Gordon Mihan (BBA ’15) will participate in the Toronto Independent Film Festival Tuesday Sept. 12, and again later this week at the Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax, with screenings of his short film The Wakefield Will. The Toronto Independent Film Festival and the Atlantic Film Festival showcase the creative talents of micro and no-budget films from around the world. “I love having a vision and getting a group of people together to help...

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Reflections from past-president: Brooke Yeates

Young Alumni

Posted: August 29, 2017 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton , UNB Saint John


  Brooke Yeates served on alumni council for eight years, before taking on the president's role in 2015. During her term as president, several new initiatives were implemented including new governance processes, the launch of our U35 Young Alumni Network and the introduction of UNB Talks, an event series highlighting research and innovation at UNB. Her term also coincided with #ItBeginsHere, UNB's most ambitious fundraising campaign. As her term concludes and she begins a new chapter as...

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Getting to know your Associated Alumni President: Jill Jollineau

Young Alumni

Posted: August 22, 2017 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton , UNB Saint John


  There are few as #ProudlyUNB as new Associated Alumni President, Jill Jollineau. Jill comes from a deep family history at UNB and has been a long-time volunteer with the alumni office.  She has served on the Associated Alumni Council since 2009 as an incredible ambassador strengthening connections with our alumni around the world and helping future students discover UNB. She brings great passion and commitment to her new role as president, and we can't wait to see where she'll...

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The stars are aligned for UNB alumnus vying to become Canada s next astronaut: Alex Delorey

Young Alumni

Posted: February 9, 2017 4:00:00 AM AST

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


Childhood dreams of space travel may very well become a reality for UNB young alumnus, Alex Delorey (BScE’07), who has earned his spot as one of 72 candidates still in the running to become the next Canadian astronaut. Last summer, 3,372 applications were submitted to the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) for two astronaut positions that will be filled this year. The latest shortlist was announced last week, leaving Delorey, a Riverview New Brunswick native, excited and eager for what’s...

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Fredericton native making waves in the Canadian film scene

Young Alumni

Posted: December 5, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: UNB Fredericton , Young Alumni , Inspiring Stories


UNB young alumnus, Ryan O'Toole (BA '13), is attracting the attention of the Canadian film industry with his  talent and creativity. O'Toole recently participated in the 16th annual Silver Wave Film Festival with screenings of his short films, Sour World and Brookside Mall, included in the event-filled weekend. This year's festival was held Nov. 3-6 in Fredericton and has grown to become an important cultural event for Atlantic Canada, featuring films and documentaries shot in the...

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UNB alumna named NB Young Humanitarian of the Year

Young Alumni

Posted: December 5, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Young Alumni , Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton


Innovator, leader, entrepreneur – just three of the many words that represent New Brunswick’s Young Humanitarian of the Year, Jessica Brennan (BPhil ’15). For her commitment to helping foster leadership and volunteerism in youth, Brennan received the much deserved honour by the Canadian Red Cross on Nov. 9, alongside Humanitarian Award recipient Mahesh Raju. The Canadian Red Cross awards one Humanitarian Award and one Young Humanitarian Award annually in each of the four...

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Fredericton to Rio: Alumna blogs her volunteer experience at the 2016 Olympics

Young Alumni

Posted: August 22, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

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


While most of the country spent the past few weeks with eyes glued to the television, this was not the case for UNB young alumna, Olivia Babcock (BScEng '16), who experienced the thrill of the games up close and personal as a volunteer at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. From beach volleyball and men's soccer, to Sugarloaf Mountain and Dois Irmaos, Babcock documented her 20 day Brazilian experience in a blog, Without & About,  that will surely make you want to...

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Q&A: Ash Furrow

Young Alumni

Posted: August 22, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: UNB Fredericton , Young Alumni , Computer Science


From Fredericton and Toronto, to Amsterdam and New York, Ash Furrow (BCS ’11) has taken his computer science degree to creative lengths around the globe, publishing computer science books and developing iOS apps. He talks to us about his journey and lends great advice for fellow young alumni. Q: Did you come to UNB knowing which degree program and career path you wanted to explore? Not really. I knew I wanted to do something with computers and after learning the basics of programming...

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Craig Bell Estabrooks named 2016 YMCA Leader to Watch

Young Alumni

Posted: April 8, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Young Alumni , UNB Fredericton , Inspiring Stories


With a strong sense of pride for his hometown and province, UNB young alumnus Craig Bell Estabrooks (BA '08) was announced the YMCA of Greater Saint John's 2016 Leader to Watch for his commitment and volunteer efforts within the community. He will be honoured alongside John K.F. Irving, the recipient of this year's Red Triangle Award, at an awards gala on May 3 at the city’s new YMCA. As part of the YMCA's Red Triangle Awards program,  the Leader to Watch recognizes...

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Q&A: Josh O'Kane

Young Alumni

Posted: April 8, 2016 5:00:00 AM ADT

Category: Young Alumni , UNB Fredericton


UNB young alumnus Josh O'Kane tells us about his journey from UNB, to working for the Globe and Mail to writing a book on Canadian musician, Joel Plaskett. Released on April 1, O'Kane's book is entitled  Nowhere with You: The East Coast Anthems of Joel Plaskett, The Emergency and Thrush Hermit. Q: Did you come to UNB knowing which degree program and career path you wanted to explore? In high school, I was 100 per cent certain I was going to be a doctor, so I enrolled in science. That...

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From the V-Reds to the Maple Leafs: Young alumnus makes his mark

Young Alumni

Posted: February 11, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Management , Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton


  What began as a marketing project in the BBA program became much more for UNB young alumnus, Andrew Brewer (BBA '08). As Assistant Coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs, Brewer works on and off the ice in a hockey career he has always dreamed of. From the Aitken Centre, to the Olympic stage and now the NHL, the Fredericton native is making his mark on the sport. Brewer joined the Leafs in June of 2015, alongside Coach Mike Babcock, where he brings an eye for detail to the team. Analyzing...

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Young alumna helping Syrian refugees immigrate to Canada

Young Alumni

Posted: February 11, 2016 4:00:00 AM AST

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


  Two-time UNB young alumna, navy Lieutenant Sheena Teed (BA ’06, BN ’13), has taken her nursing degree across the globe to Beirut, Lebanon. As a Nursing Officer for the Canadian Armed Forces, navy Lt. Teed oversees the lab section of an immigration medical exam clinic, which processes tests for Syrian refugees immigrating to Canada. Patients entering the clinic receive blood and urine testing, and undergo behavior analysis as part of the immigration...

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Young alumna raises mental health awareness through clothing line

Young Alumni

Posted: November 12, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton , Young Alumni


  From the classroom to the runway, UNB young alumna Kayley Reed (BPhil ’14) and Kyle MacNevin have given fashion a new meaning through their clothing line Wear Your Label (WYL). Launched in the summer of 2014, WYL is turning passion into impact with clothing designs that spark positive conversations around mental health. The brand includes a collection of t-shirts, sweatshirts and leggings, which sport phrases such as “Sad But Rad” and “Self-Care Isn't...

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Q&A: Nathan Munroe

Young Alumni

Posted: November 9, 2015 4:00:00 AM AST

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


Whether you're a recent grad or an experienced professional, there's no better time to be thoughtful about your professional life and career. Two-time UNB young alumnus, Nathan Munroe (BBA '12, MBA '14,) shares his experiences since graduating and chimes in with great advice for fellow alumni. Q: Did you come to UNB knowing which degree program and career path you wanted to explore? Like many, I came to UNB pretty unsure of what my future had in store. I finished high-school with grades...

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