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Amy Chen

Amy Chen

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Graduation Year

  • BCom 2011 Innis College
Inside the Classroom

Alongside the Classroom

  • Summer intern, Big Four accounting firm
Outside the Classroom

Career Description

  • Chartered Accountant
  • Technical consultant in accounting and finance
  • Frequent traveler across the US
  • Figure skater at heart

“Be involved, meet people, have fun! Undergrad is a time to take good risks – explore what you like and don’t like. Don’t be afraid to work hard to do the things you want to do!

 

Kenneth Godevenos

Kenneth B. Godevenos

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Graduation Year

  • BA 1969 University College
Inside the Classroom

Alongside the Classroom

Further Education

  • B.Ed., (1971)
  • MBA (1981)
  • Education in guidance and human resources
Career Description

  • Three years of teaching — English, Journalism, Guidance Counseling.
  • Then joined HR at Ontario Hydro (recruiting, labour relations, strategic planning, compensation and benefits, organization development, etc.) at various structural levels.
  • Secondment to Ontario Ministry of Labour as first Director, Policy & Research for the Pay Equity Commission.
  • After Hydro, joined Rogers Communications Inc. as Director, Compensation & Benefits.
“Join appropriate and relevant associations related to your choice of field(s). Become a member, volunteer, get on committees, work your way up the ladder as far as possible in those organizations. Take advantage of the opportunity to speak or present at their conferences, etc. Become well known. Write articles for their magazines. Teach their courses. Then when you’re ready, stop working for others and work for yourself.”

 

Justine Laboni

Justine Iaboni

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2008 St. Michael’s College
Inside the Classroom

Switched programs from:

Outside the Classroom

Further Education

  • MA, Cinema Studies, 2008-09, University of Toronto
Career Description

  • Launched a blog in 2009 and grew it into one of the top fashion, travel, beauty and lifestyle blogs in Canada.
  • Attended fashion weeks in Toronto and NYC writing for fashion publications.
  • Invited on press trips around the world working with tourism boards, hotels, local organizations, airlines, and many other brands.
  • Lectured at U of T and Ryerson on many occasions about her career.
  • Featured in magazines such as Toronto Life and Fashion.
  • Helped to forge the influencer industry in Canada by working with brands such as Unilever, American Express, PANDORA, Cadillac Fairview, Coach, Bayer, Nordstrom, etc.,
  • Mentored new bloggers starting out in the industry at Blogging Conferences
  • Volunteered with Filling the Gap TO
  • In 2017, left the blogging world to pursue her true passion: music and the arts.
  • Released an album in 2017
  • Writes a weekly spiritual newsletter based on the teachings of Wayne Dyer, Gabrielle Bernstein and Marianne Williamson targeted at women who are looking for guidance in their lives, and trying to find ways to work past limiting beliefs.
“I would tell myself that I CAN DO IT. That I am enough. I would tell myself that the world isn’t against me and that I am valuable. I would tell myself that you can have your cake and eat it to; that the limiting beliefs we’ve been passed down through our parents, social constructs, media, are not objective truth. We can choose the life we want to live. The how doesn’t matter. Sometimes having blind faith is the greatest gift you can give yourself, and you don’t have to “do it” the way that the mainstream does. I have always been a deep, feeling person and neglected that part of myself during undergrad. I repressed my inner dreamer for fear of not fitting in and fear of failure. The world has taught me so much, outside of school. I wish I had someone to impart real world knowledge onto me when I was in University. I wish I had someone to tell me that everything is going to be OK, that I CAN DO IT, whatever I dream of, no matter how silly or unconventional – I can achieve it.”

 

Carol Nash

Carol Nash

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 1980 University College
Inside the Classroom

Switched programs from:

Alongside the Classroom

Further Education

  • PhD, Philosophy of Education, University of Toronto, 1989
  • MA, Philosophy of Education, University of Toronto, 1984
  • BEd, Secondary Education, Business Studies, University of Toronto, 1981
Career Description

“Believe in your dreams.
Do what you love.
Take opportunities as they come.
Concentrate hard when you work.
Think about who you were, who you are now and who you want to become.
Check your work many times with fresh eyes.”

 

Bruce Reid

Bruce Reid

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Graduation Year

  • BCom 1984 University College
Inside the Classroom

Alongside the Classroom

Further Education

  • Certificate in Project Management, McMaster University
Career Description

  • Banking in Schedule II banks (Chemical Bank Canada, Daiwa Bank Canada) and at Scotiabank for over 20 years.
“Know what career you really want–you can’t aim at a target you can’t see!

Get involved in campus clubs–looks great on a resume, plus starts to develop connections.

Get involved in mentoring–it’s a very valuable experience.”

 

Ruolun “Roland” Xing

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2010 University College
Inside the Classroom

Alongside the Classroom

  • Volunteered at various student activities
  • Model UN
Outside the Classroom

  • Volunteer at the Royal Ontario Museum as a program coordinator
  • Volunteer at the NGO “Ten Thousand Villages”
  • Summer School in Siena, Italy; Tours, France; Berlin, Germany; and Jerusalem, Israel
Further Education

  • MBA, China Europe International Business School
Career Description

  • Graduated from University and went back to China for as a salesperson for a pharmaceutical company in Beijing, China
  • After two years of sales, responsible for annual sales of $130 million USD in 2012 and a team of 500 salespersons
  • Worked at Novartis AG, a Swiss pharmaceutical company, while studying for MBA
  • Joined Baxter International, an American medical device company, through various positions and locations: Country marketing in Shanghai, China; global business portfolio management in Chicago, USA; and Asia-Pac marketing in Singapore.
“Broaden the scope of your academic and personal development as much as possible while at school.”

 

Jessica Horwitz

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Graduation Year

  • HBA 2007 University College
Inside the Classroom

Alongside the Classroom

  • UC Lit Committees
  • Toronto Globalist Magazine
Further Education

  • Queen’s University, J.D. of Law, 2012
Career Description

  • Jessica B. Horwitz is an international trade, customs and regulatory lawyer at Bennett Jones LLP. She advises Canadian and international clients on a broad range of trade and investment matters, including import/export compliance, customs audits, trade remedies, bilateral and regional free trade agreements, WTO law, anti-corruption compliance, controlled goods and technology, economic sanctions, product regulation, corporate social responsibility and other cross-border issues. Jessica represents clients in trade verifications by the Canada Border Services Agency, proceedings before the Canadian International Trade Tribunal and the Federal Court of Appeal and regulatory investigations by the RCMP, CBSA and Global Affairs Canada. Before becoming a lawyer, Jessica worked in international policy analysis at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington D.C. think-tank where she covered trade and economic issues in the Americas. She has previously completed internships in the United States and Chile and studied abroad in Singapore.
“Professional and academic references are essential for job and post-graduate academic applications. During undergrad make sure you find a way to demonstrate your abilities to professors and employers/supervisors so that they know you (and remember you!), feel comfortable recommending you and are able to substantively comment on your characteristics to a future prospective employer.”
mark bonham

Mark Bonham

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Graduation Year

  • BCom 1982 University College
Inside the Classroom

  • Accounting, Business, Economics, Business History, Capital Markets Theory
Outside the Classroom

  • Campaign manager, UC Lit President
  • Fraternity member
Further Education

Career Description

  • Investment management, insurance industry (Canada Life Assurance Company)
  • Founder of two of Canada’s largest mutual fund companies
  • Extensive philanthropic work in education, health and arts
  • Senior Fellow, Massey College, University of Toronto
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“Life is short, start working on your dream projects now.”

“Keep a daily diary.”