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Lisa Francis-Jennings

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Graduation Year

  • BA 1981 Innis College

Inside the Classroom

Switched programs from: Accounting

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

  • Owner, StratAffect
  • Leadership Programme Partner, Odgers Berndtson Luxembourg
  • Manager of client services
  • Training & development design & implementation, organisational change, leadership assessment & development

In the Media

“Financial courses will be useful no matter what you end up doing in the future. It is a great base for most careers and critical if you ever plan to start your own business.”

Webnesh Haile

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Graduation Year

  • HBSc 2009 Innis College

Inside the Classroom

Switched programs from:

Alongside the Classroom

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

In the Media

“1. Keep taking on new challenges. I learned almost as much from my extracurricular activities and student jobs as I did from my undergraduate degree.
2. Mental health is important. Take care of yours and don’t be afraid to ask for help.
3. If you want to go to graduate school or a post-secondary program, it’s usually important to make sure you keep your marks up. You may not be thinking about this in first or second year, but it never hurts to try and keep those doors open in future.
4. If something is not working, don’t be afraid to switch programs. I did that after second year and it was a great decision for me.

Danielle Dewar

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2007 New College
Inside the Classroom

Switched programs from:

Outside the Classroom

  • Costume designer on a few plays at Victoria College
Career Accomplishments

  • Spent several years working in communications for non-profits, startups and the tech sector in Canada
  • Now work as a freelance writer and run my own digital media company, Brand Dew Media
  • Also do freelance DV screenwriting and just produced a pilot for a new web series that will hopefully be funded through Kickstarter called The Stickmans
In the Media

New College Impact

I was in the double cohort. Many students were randomly placed in my first year of school, myself included, so I had virtually no ties to New College. The majority of my courses and education happened via the Cinema Studies program offered out of Innis College and the English Literature program offered out of Victoria College.

“It’s easy to make up your mind regarding what you’re going to study long before you even attend university. I made my choices that way at first but stayed open to the idea of changing my mind halfway through. I changed minors several times and don’t regret it. I took more credits than I needed to in the end, but gained a lot of experience in the different subject matter I studied along the way as a result.

Simon Erlich

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2014 Innis College

Inside the Classroom

Switched programs from:

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

In the Media

“The university is a diverse place with diverse people. Take advantage of that by learning from those around you and engaging in the immense variety of opportunities. Whatever you do, do not just stay in your room and study; the world requires you to do much more than describe the Theory of Relativity or the stylistic prose of Mark Twain.”

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.

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.

Michael
Di Febo

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2015 Woodsworth College
Inside the Classroom

Switched programs from:

Alongside the Classroom

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

Career Accomplishments

In the Media

“Become engaged in your 2nd year with Executive Committees, groups, networking, and personal health. Looking back, becoming so engaged in my 4th year was amazing; however I should have been using the numerous opportunities U of T offered throughout my four years.

These include resume and cover letter workshops, editorial help, public speaking, networking opportunities within my Faculty / Department and externally through other Departments, industry events etc. The opportunities offered through the University are first-class. Do not take those for granted or wait till the last year like I did. “

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