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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 their community. Mitch has been named one of Atlantic Canada’s...

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

UNB Alumni

Posted: May 26, 2022

Category: Podcast



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

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Cormac Stewart combined degrees to bring ideas to life

UNB Alumni

Posted: May 25, 2022

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



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

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

UNB Alumni

Posted: May 18, 2022

Category: UNB Fredericton , Inspiring Stories



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

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

UNB Alumni

Posted: May 11, 2022

Category: UNB Saint John , Inspiring Stories



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

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Volunteer spotlight: Amber Corby (BRSS'12)

UNB Alumni

Posted: Apr 26, 2022

Category: Kinesiology , Inspiring Stories , UNB Fredericton



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

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Volunteer Spotlight: Ian Hardy (BBA'07)

UNB Alumni

Posted: Apr 26, 2022

Category: Inspiring Stories , UNB Saint John



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

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