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

UNB Alumni

Posted: Sep 19, 2022

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


Wasson family, 2013

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: Sep 15, 2022

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: Sep 14, 2022

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: Sep 9, 2022

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: Sep 6, 2022

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: Aug 30, 2022

Category: Management , UNB Fredericton , Inspiring Stories


Sunil Pathak

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: Jun 23, 2022

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: Jun 14, 2022

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: Jun 9, 2022

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

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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