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Nic Weststrate

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Graduation Year

  • HBSc 2007 UTM

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Further Education

Career Accomplishments

In the Media

“Every day, try to talk to someone who is very different from you. Ask open questions and listen to understand, not just to hear. You will learn much more from people’s stories than any textbook. (But also read your textbook… before class).”

Matthew Celestial

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2016 Woodsworth College
Inside the Classroom

Switched programs from:

Alongside the Classroom

Outside the Classroom

Career Accomplishments

  • Launched a public strategy and communications firm, Statement Strategies, working with Paramount Pictures Canada, Toonbox Entertainment, Pixar Animation Studios, Universal Studios Canada, the Toronto Animation Arts Festival International, Ado Ato Pictures, and more.
  • Outside of public relations, he is a community organizer serving on the Board of Directors committee for Queer Ontario where he advocates for LGBTQ folks across all levels of government, launching non-profit initiative Diverse Francaise for newcomers to Canada interested in learning French (July 2019) and launching Health is a Right! Foundation supporting low-income communities in third world countries with access to healthcare (September 2019).
  • Previously, he was the Director of Operations for LGBT in Capital Markets, the Director of Operations for Inclusive Love, and sat on the Durham Environmental Advisory Committee.
  • Currently working towards a legal career to complete a JD and is as well interested in academic research on hermeneutics, media strategies that shape policy, and legal interpretation.
In the Media

“1) Be present and enjoy the moment.
2) Be self-compassionate – you are doing good wherever you are.
3) Never say never. Everything comes together in full circle at some point.
4) Be kind to every single person (even the person who stole your seat on the TTC). Say thank you. Hold the door.
5) Don’t stop — even if you have multiple doors closed on you and people berating you. Keep going.

Michael Lebenbaum

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Graduation Year

  • HBSc 2010 New College
Inside the Classroom

Alongside the Classroom

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

  • Worked as an epidemiologist conducting obesity and diabetes research at Public Health Ontario and mental health services research at ICES
In the Media

New College Impact

Participation in a First-Year Learning Community (FLC), frosh week most years, New Links mentorship program, and other events helped me with making friends on a large campus and made my U of T experience much more enjoyable.

“Take courses in other disciplines and explore other interests.

 

Emily Tsui

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2016 Trinity College
Inside the Classroom

Switched programs from:

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Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

In the Media

“Take advantage of all the international opportunities the university has to offer, and make sure to speak with the professors to give you advice.

Theresa Pinter

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2015 Woodsworth College
Inside the Classroom

Switched programs from: E-Commerce, Physics

Outside the Classroom

  • Kitchen/server/buyer, Hot Yam! — students getting together once a week to make a vegetarian meal and selling it to students for cheap (now closed)
  • Garden Club
  • Urban beekeepers, U of T Bees
  • Weightlifting
Further Education

Career Accomplishments

  • Online Asset Manager, TRP Consulting
  • Accounting Assistant, Heavy Consulting
  • Communications Officer/Author, GoGeomatics
  • Project Manger/Spacial Analyst, Williams Treaties First Nations
  • Research Coordinator, St. Michael’s Hospital
In the Media

Linson Lin

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Graduation Year

  • BCom 2019 Woodsworth College
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Outside the Classroom

Career Description

  • Sr. Analyst Intern, Finance & Operation, CPP Investment Board, CPA Rotational Program, Toronto: May 2018-August 2018
  • Accounting Clerk, Modern Family Realtor, Toronto: Jun 2016-April 2018

“Not just get prepared, but get prepared early

Step out of your comfort zone and challenge yourself

Expand your network and participate in as many events as possible

Be open-minded and flexible

Michael Proulx

Michael Proulx

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2013 Woodsworth College
Inside the Classroom

Outside the Classroom

  • Several Clubs (Objectivist, Consulting)
  • American Studies Students Society
  • Volunteered at the AGO
  • Goalkeeper for masters program’s soccer team
  • Traveled to Switzerland with a peacebuilding NGO for 2.5 months
Further Education

  • Master of Global Affairs, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, 2016. Focused on global markets and institutions.
Career Accomplishments

  • Started a consulting business based on master’s thesis

“Don’t sweat the small stuff – do the work and grades follow. Take every chance to discuss your grades – even good ones – on how you may have done better.”

Akanksha Ganguly

Akanksha Ganguly

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Graduation Year

  • HBSc 2013 Woodsworth College
Inside the Classroom

Switched programs from: Cell and Systems Biology

Alongside the Classroom

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

In the Media

“Life might seem stressful and uncertain sometimes, but it’ll be okay. It’s hard not to compare yourself to others sometimes, especially those who might seem to be doing better academically, socially, etc. But know that you and your journey is different. You have your own amazing strengths to offer this world, so focus on trying to figure out what those strengths and passions are and let that be your guide.”

Pamela Uppal

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2012 Woodsworth College
Inside the Classroom

Switched programs from: History, Spanish

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

  • Over the past 10 years, Pamela has been connecting theory with practice, engaging on three fronts: research initiatives, front-line work, and policy dialogues. She led a nonprofit organization at UofT, was a frontline worker in family services, built diversity, equity and inclusion capacity in Peel region, and undertook multiple research projects exploring gender issues in the South Asian community. Currently, she is leading a project at The Ontario Nonprofit Network exploring women’s employment experiences in the nonprofit sector. Pamela is also a group facilitator and a board member of Laadliyan.

“Network more with professors and be involved in a variety of extra-curriculars.

 

Nick Shah

Nick Shah

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Graduation Year

  • HBSc 2001 Innis College
Inside the Classroom

Outside the Classroom

  • Innis Residence staff
  • Intramural rugby
  • Charity work
  • Hypothesis journal
Further Education

  • PhD, Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto, 2008
Career Accomplishments

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Stanford University: molecular neuroscience
  • Scientist, Flexus Biosciences: working to discover new cancer therapies
  • Scientist & Team Lead, FLX Bio: working to discover and develop new cancer therapies
  • Senior Scientist, DiCE Molecules: working to leverage novel technology to discover new therapies

“Enjoy being a student and living in Toronto. It’s a fantastic city and school and since I’ve moved away I miss it a lot. Don’t be afraid to try courses that aren’t on your critical path to a major, you’ll meet great people and learn something about a new topic or about yourself. Have fun, and try not to stress yourself out!