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Life After Trent: Career Conversations

The Alumni are listed in alphabetical order, so please scroll down to see them all. 

Alma Barranco-Mendoza  MSc Applications of Modelling in Natural & Social Sciences; BSc (Hons) Math & Computer Studies, '90  CEO and Co-Founder, Infogenetica Solutions Ltd and Chief Information Officer, Canadian Space Society, Vancouver

Meghan Buckham MA Canadian & Indigenous Studies '10  Regional Negotiator, Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, Negotiations and Regional Operations Division, Northeast, Fort St. John, BC

Malcolm David Campbell  BA Biology and History, '95  Botanist/Ecologist, Habitat Assessment and Restoration Professionals, North Carolina

Sue Campbell  BA Political Studies, '87  Senior Advisor, Community Relations, Indigenous Drinking Water Projects Office, Ministry of the Environment & Climate Change, Government of Ontario, Toronto

Julie Cayley  BSc (Hons) Environmental & Resource Science & Biology, '87  General Manager/Executive Director, Severn Sound Environmental Association, Simcoe

Anthony Cole  BA (Hons) English & Math, '92    Lawyer, Partner, Lloyd Burns McInnis LLP, Toronto 

John Collinson  BSc Computer Studies and Environmental & Resource Studies, '90    Vice President, General Insurance Business Technology, TD Insurance, TD Bank Group, Waterloo, Toronto

DJ Cunningham  BBA Administration and Policy Studies, '01    CEO, LEARNstyle Ltd., Toronto

Laura Dalloo  BA (Hons) History & Political Studies, '91  Legal Counsel, Department of Justice Canada, Ottawa

Su Ditta  BA Political Studies, '73  President & CEO, Wild Ideas Arts Consulting 

Chris Fleury  BA Political Studies and Environmental Studies, '09    Lawyer, BONN Law Office, Trenton

Cathy Fooks  BA (Hons) Political Studies, '79    President and CEO of the Change Foundation, Toronto

Chris Fountain  Economics, '94  CEO, Pita Pit Canada, Kingston 

Frank Gerstein BA (Hons) Economics and Political Studies '88  Chairman and President, Westbury National Show Systems, Toronto 

Deanna Guttman BA (Hons) Canadian Studies, '03  Executive Director, Peterborough Symphony Orchestra, Peterborough

Lynda Hanley  BA (Hons) Administration & Policy Studies, '85  Client Executive, IBM Canada, Toronto

Mike Hendren  Bachelor of Business Administration, ‘04    Executive Director, Kawartha Land Trust, Peterborough

Shane Hobson  BA (Hons) History and Philosophy, '83  Lawyer, Ministry of the Attorney General, Toronto West Crown Attorney's Office

Jacob Leibel  BA (Hons) Economics and Computer Science, '95  Vice President and Head of the Private Investment Management Group of Raymond James, Ltd., Toronto

Evan Lyons  BA Political Studies and History, '12   Senior Manager, Analytics Program, Interac Association, Toronto

Jaime McKenna Bachelor of Business Admininstration, '92   Senior Vice President, Finance and Investments, Minto Capital,  Ottawa

Dr. Thomas Miller  BSc Chemistry, '82   Physician, Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Peterborough

Darren Murphy  BA Sociology ‘96    Vice President, Advertising Sales POSTMEDIA, Peterborough 

Suzana Pinto  BSc Computer Science & Mathematics, ‘99    Communications and Web Manager, Faculty of Science at Ryerson University, Toronto

Allan Seabrooke  BSc Geography, ’80, MSc Watershed Ecosystems, ‘82    Chief Administrative Officer, City of Peterborough

Stephen Stohn  BA Economics, '66    President, Epitome Pictures Inc., Toronto

Laura Suchan  BSc Anthropology '84    Executive Director, Oshawa Museum, Oshawa

Robin Sundstrom  MA History, '78 President,    IRonside Investor Relations, Toronto

Patrick Thoburn  BA English, ‘84    Co-Founder, Matchstick Inc., Toronto 

Dr. Gregory Zaniewski   BSc Biology, ‘92    Physician, Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Peterborough 

Alma Barranco-Mendoza, MSc Applications of Modelling in Natural & Social Sciences; BSc (Hons) Math & Computer Studies, '90  

CEO and Co-Founder, Infogenetica Solutions Ltd. and Chief Information Officer, Canadian Space Society, Vancouver  

An innovative technology leader, academic, and entrepreneur, CIO of the Canada Space Society and CEO and Co-Founder of Infogenetica Solutions Ltd, a natural health products company, Alma has made sustained and significant contributions to technology development, implementation, and research. She has consistently envisioned the applications of technology well ahead of her peers and has developed three first-in-class commercial software systems for the legal, telecommunications, and health industries respectively. Her research as tenured professor in Computing Sc. and Biotechnology at TWU on diabetes assessment systems and assistive learning technology for Autism has won several grants and awards, and attracted international media attention. She has held top information technology positions at Trinity Western University, NerdForce Canada, and the Canadian Space Society, where she was awarded the Frost & Sullivan 2015 CIO Impact International Award and was a finalist for the 2015 YWCA Women of Distinction Award in Technology, Science and Research. She is a sought-after international speaker, has published numerous scientific and popular publications, and she teaches and mentors youth, women, and future and present technology professionals at Simon Fraser University, Trinity Western University, and University of the Fraser Valley and through volunteer programs such as The Hour of Code and Canadian Women in Technology.  She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Langley Hospice Society, as Vice-chair of the Canadian Space Society Vancouver chapter, and is a Co-Founder of the TWU Gender Studies Institute. Alma holds a Ph.D. in Computing Science, with a focus on Artificial Intelligence and Health Informatics, from Simon Fraser University, and M.Sc. in Applications of Modelling in the Natural and Social Sciences and B.Sc. Hons. in Computer Science and Mathematics from Trent University. She is married and has a pair of twin sons. She and her family enjoy the outdoors, playing music, and travelling.

Meghan Buckham, MA Canadian & Indigenous Studies, '10  

Regional Negotiator, Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, Negotiations and Regional Operations Division, Northeast,  

Shortly after completing her Master’s degree at Trent, Meghan moved to Fort St. John, BC to pursue a career with the BC Public Service. Since 2014, Meghan has held roles with both the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations as well as the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. In her current role as a Regional Negotiator, Meghan is responsible for government-to-government negotiations between Crown agencies and Indigenous communities and represents BC on land and resource planning committees with local Indigenous groups. Meghan's passion and deep commitment to learning from and working collaboratively with Indigenous communities to support innovative solutions to complex environmental issues motivates her work. Prior to her time at Trent, Meghan received her Bachelor Arts in Political Science from Wilfrid Laurier University and participated in the Ontario Legislature Internship Programme where she worked in the offices of both a government and opposition Member of Provincial Parliament.

Malcolm David Campbell, BA Biology and History, '95  

Botanist/Ecologist, Habitat Assessment and Restoration Professionals, North Carolina

David Campbell works as a Botanist/Ecologist and Wetland Delineator for a firm that operates throughout portions of the southeastern United States. His position involves doing surveys for threatened and endangered plant and animal species, delineating and identifying wetlands, interfacing with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on behalf of clients, and working with the United Fish and Wildlife Service. He has published peer-reviewed articles in professional journals in the U.S., as well as discovering and describing a new species of plant unknown to science (in progress). He has good cross-experience between academia and the private sector. 

Sue Campbell, BA Political Studies, '84  

Senior Advisor, Community Relations, Indigenous Drinking Water Projects Office, Ministry of the Environment & Climate Change, Government of Ontario, Toronto

Sue Campbell is a graduate of Trent’s Class of ’87 (Champlain College). She completed a B.A. in Political Studies from Trent and an M.A. in Political Science (theory) from the University of Toronto in 1989. She also has a degree in journalism from Ryerson University. Sue started out in print journalism, with seasonal jobs at the Haliburton County Echo, the London Free Press and the Globe and Mail.  She then worked for 15 years in television and radio at the CBC on multiple network shows and producing several controversial documentaries for CBC Radio’s Ideas. In 2009, she transitioned to a new kind of work in the public sector, representing the province on land claim issues in the Negotiations Division at the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. She recently moved to a position at the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change as a Senior Advisor in Community Relations at the Indigenous Drinking Water Projects Office. Sue has volunteered with her dog at CAMH’s pet therapy program, taught ESL at St. Christopher’s House and is the President of the Board of Directors for her condominium. She lives in Toronto and has a passion for cycling, literature, photography and travel.

Julie Cayley, BSc (Hons) Environmental & Resource Science & Biology, '87  

General Manager/Executive Director, Severn Sound Environmental Association, Simcoe

Julie Cayley is an accomplished and respected government relations, partnership and public policy strategist. With twenty-five years of experience and expertise working with conservation, environment and agriculture sectors, Julie is an effective and innovative relationship builder who engages her well-developed network and draws upon client interests to develop strategic partnerships and advance sector positioning.  Julie has a significant background in creating successful connections within Government, Industry and the Agriculture, Conservation and Environmental Communities. As Head of the Industry and Government Relations for Ducks Unlimited Canada (DUC) in Ontario she established and grew a successful government and industry relations and policy influence program. At the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) her expertise was used in policy, program and partnership development and delivery in the areas of nutrient management, water quality, source water protection and land stewardship. Julie has a B.Sc. from Trent University, is a professional agrologist and is a graduate of Class 8 of Ontario’s Advanced Agricultural Leadership Program (AALP). She was the first woman to Chair the North East Agriculture and Biological Engineering Community and has served on many boards including The Rural Ontario Institute and the Couchiching Conservancy. Julie is the General Manager of the Severn Sound Environmental Association on Georgian Bay in Midland Ontario and runs her own policy and government relations consulting business.

Anthony Cole, BA (Hons) English & Math, '92

Partner, Lawyer, Lloyd Burns McInnis LLP, Toronto

Anthony Cole is a partner at a “Bay Street” law firm in downtown Toronto.  His legal practice focuses on insurance coverage issues and disputes, contract and policy drafting, insurance regulatory issues, and privacy law. He also acts as litigation counsel in the areas of professional errors and omissions (including engineers, real estate agents, financial services professionals, and insurance brokers), directors’ and officers’ liability, defamation, construction disputes, and contract disputes. Additionally, he has worked in the intellectual property field, litigating matters involving trademarks, copyrights, and patents. Anthony has appeared on motions, trials, and appeals before the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, the Ontario Court of Appeal, and the Federal Court of Canada. Anthony was one of only two Canadian lawyers listed in the Rising Stars Expert Guide for insurance law in 2015 based on peer and client reviews. He was also awarded Top Tier in Insurance Law in the Corporate Livewire 2015 Legal Awards. In addition, he was elected National Secretary of the Canadian Bar Association’s Insurance Law Section for 2010.  Anthony obtained his Math and English honours degree from Trent University in 1996, and graduated with the highest academic standing in the university, winning the Governor-General’s Award. He was awarded a scholarship from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law, and graduated as a Juris Doctor in 1999. Anthony has published papers in the Canadian Litigation Counsellor and the International Law Office Newsletter, and delivered numerous seminars for clients and fellow professionals on a variety of legal topics.

John Collinson, BSc (Hons) Computer Studies & Environmental & Resource Studies, '90

Vice President, General Insurance Business Technology, TD Insurance, TD Bank Group, Waterloo, Toronto

John Collinson is the Head of General Insurance Business Technology for the TD Insurance business segment at TD Bank Group.  He is based in Waterloo, ON with alternate offices in Toronto, ON and Montreal, QC that he visits several times per month.  John is a strategic, collaborative and accountable member of the Bank’s executive leadership team and has held a number of progressively senior roles from entry level programmer analyst upon graduation from Trent in 1996 to his current role as the lead technology delivery executive for TD's Home and Auto Insurance business in Canada. While most of his career has been at TD Group, he spent six years working for other organizations, and brings a deep understanding of the Information Technology industry through his experience in corporate technology and professional services consulting including experience in all aspects of financial services, insurance, consumer packaged goods, manufacturing, retail sales and eCommerce.  John has worked as a software developer, project manager, enterprise architect, shared technology services manager, IT auditor, and senior executive leader over the last 20 years. He is a strong champion for achieving an effective professional and personal balance and also prioritizes time to contribute to the community.  He is a certified and active soccer referee and has contributed numerous hours over the last two decades to the coaching, officiating and leadership of soccer organizations in Ontario.  

DJ Cunningham, BBA Administration & Policy Studies, '01

CEO, LEARNstyle Ltd., Toronto

DJ Cunningham is the co-founder and CEO of LEARNstyle Limited, a multi-million dollar Canadian technology training and app development company. LEARNstyle is now Ontario's fastest growing learning company and the largest provider of direct to student educational training services in the province. Both the company and DJ have received numerous accolades and recognition for the work they do supporting learning in education and in business. This has included being named by MaRS Discovery District Education Changemaker, as well as being named to the Tech fast 50 community for the past 3 years. DJ has been asked to key note numerous education and technology conferences across the country. LEARNstyle is recognized as a premier Canadian training partner for both Microsoft and Google. DJ was also recently a featured speaker in a TEDX talk.

Laura Dalloo, BA (Hons), History & Political Studies, '91  

Legal Counsel, Department of Justice Canada, Ottawa

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Su Ditta, BA Political Studies, '73

President and CEO, Wild Ideas Arts Consulting, Peterborough

A nationally recognized leader in the arts and culture sector, Ms. Ditta is President of Wild Ideas Arts Consulting, a management company providing governance, planning and capacity building services for arts organizations all across Canada. She is also the Executive Director for the Electric City Culture Council in Peterborough, a new, not-for-profit service organization serving the arts, culture and heritage sector in Peterborough and the surrounding area. Previous to these roles, Ms. Ditta was the Associate Curator: Media Arts at the National Gallery of Canada, Director of the Media Arts Section of the Canada Council for the Arts and Adjunct Curator: Media Arts, at Oakville Galleries. Ms. Ditta has been an advisor to the Banff Centre for the Arts, the National Film Board, Telefilm Canada and the Department of Canadian Heritage. She is a founding director of the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough and has served on a number of volunteer boards in the non-profit sector. In 2008, Ms. Ditta was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni of Trent University.


Chris Fleury, BA (Hons) Political Studies & Environmental Studies, '09

Lawyer, BONN Law Office, Trenton 

Chris Fleury is a lawyer practicing in Hastings, Prince Edward and Northumberland Counties.  Chris’ practice is restricted to insurance litigation on behalf of injured plaintiffs and criminal litigation on behalf of those charged with Criminal Code offences.  Chris finds meaning in speaking truth to power on behalf of his clients, whether this involves insurance companies or police officers and Crown attorneys. After graduating from Trent Chris attended Law School at Osgoode Hall in Toronto. During his law school years Chris was a Division Leader in the criminal law division of the school’s Legal Aid clinic. He was also involved in several local community organizations and received awards from the law school for his community service. Chris is a member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, the Criminal Lawyers Association and the Hastings County Law Association.  Volunteering and giving back to the community are extremely important to Chris.  He enjoys volunteering with the local brain injury association.  When he is not practicing law Chris tries to stay active at his local CrossFit box.  

Cathy Fooks, BA (Hons) Political Studies, '79

President and CEO of the Change Foundation, Toronto

Ms. Fooks is President and CEO of The Change Foundation which is dedicated to independent analysis and informed debate on current and emerging health issues. Prior to the Foundation, she was the founding Executive Director of the Health Council of Canada where she was responsible for reporting to Canadians about health care renewal. She has also held executive positions with the Canadian Policy Research Networks, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. She has over twenty years’ experience in health policy and research, government affairs and media relations and has written numerous articles and reports on the Canadian health care system. She has completed the Executive Program in Change Management at the Rotman School of Management and the Executive Program in Strategic Perspectives for Non-Profit Management at the Harvard Business School. In addition, she has been a member of numerous Boards and committees, including The Micherner Institute, Cancer Care Ontario, Health Links Advisory Committee, and the Women's College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care. Cathy has a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Queen's. 

Chris Fountain, Economics, '94 

CEO, Pita Pit Canada, Kingston

Chris embraced the position of CEO in Canada in 2009 when his management team acquired Pita Pit Canada.  He enjoys inspiring and educating motivated individuals into entrepreneurs and community leaders while leading a dynamic Canadian born brand and its enthusiastic partners.  The Pita Pit began as a single outlet in Kingston, Ontario in 1995 and has grown to over 600 locations in 11 countries.  Chris opened his first business when he was 21 years old and has lead a serial entrepreneurial life ever since.  Pita Pit is uniquely positioned as a healthy alternative in the fast casual restaurant space.

Frank Gerstein, BA Political Studies, '85

Chairman and President, Westbury National Show Systems Ltd., Toronto 

Frank Gerstein is Chairman and President Westbury National Show Systems Ltd., Canada’s finest full-service entertainment technology company. Frank’s professional business career started in his family’s retail company, Peoples Jewellers Limited, where he worked through its transition to its new structure. After that, he and partners opened Atlas Bar & Grill: a new format restaurant bar nightclub. Having worked in the retail and hospitality industries as a tenant, he began a career in real estate that spanned 11 years, beginning in RioCan and then moving to J.J. Barnicke Limited, working with clients such as Cadillac Fairview, Ivanhoe Cambridge, Sun Life, Skyline Investments, Algoma Central Corporation, Loblaw Properties, Nortel, and Great West Life amongst others. Total transactions completed during his tenure were in excess of $2,500,000,000 and his knowledge and experience made him an invaluable asset for the DTZ Barnicke Capital Markets Team. In 2010 Frank left the real estate industry and started with Westbury National Show Systems Ltd. Today Frank is Chairman, President and Owner of the company. Frank is proud to carry on a family tradition of community involvement in his position on the Board of Mount Sinai Hospital Foundation. Frank’s contribution carries with it over 60 years of his family’s commitment to the advancement of the hospital. He is also a contributing Director on the Board of Canfar (the Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research), and has served as a director of The Gerstein Crisis Centre and the Holy Blossom Temple Foundation. In addition, he serves as a director of two family foundations:  the Bertrand Gerstein Family Foundation and Philip Smith Family Foundation.

Deanna Guttman, BA (Hons) Canadian Studies, '03

Executive Director, Peterborough Symphony Orchestra, Peterborough 

Deanna is the Executive Director of the Peterborough Symphony Orchestra (PSO), and has a passion for orchestral music and a diverse range of experience in the charitable sector. Her time on the boards of the Kawartha Youth Orchestra, PSO and the Electric City Culture Council have given her important insight and knowledge into the needs of successful arts and charitable organizations. As the former Development Coordinator at Kawartha Land Trust, Deanna lead their community outreach and re-branding efforts and founded their successful annual and monthly giving program. Before getting involved in the not-for-profit sector, Deanna's career had brought her to the Federal Public Service as a Community Outreach Manager for Statistics Canada helping grassroots organizations across the province make the most of their Census data.

Lynda Hanley, BA (Hons), Administration & Policy Studies, '85t

Client Executive, IBM Canada, Toronto

Lynda is a senior sales executive at IBM. In her current position as a Client Executive, she is responsible for solution selling to the Marketing, Personal and Commercial areas of Bank of Montreal. She is based in Toronto with responsibility for both BMO and BMO Harris in Chicago. Lynda’s depth of experience in relationship selling, and customer centric focus has allowed strong business development activities leveraging the best of innovation at IBM. Information technology is a rapidly evolving and highly fluid industry. To help her customers succeed, she must bring the best of cloud, mobile, analytics, cognitive, and emerging digital technologies to help make significant impact to her customers business results and impact in the marketplace. Working collaboratively across multiple stake holders, differing priorities, products, channels and approaches takes a seasoned professional to navigate and demonstrate repeated successful outcomes. Lynda has rounded out her professional career with business opportunities in Egypt, philanthropy opportunities in education, business innovation coaching, and social causes. When not spending two with her two children, Lynda enjoys active sports and has enjoyed adventure travel in Africa, Europe, North America and Nepal. Through extracurricular activities , Lynda has become certified as ski instructor, hockey coach and adult educator.

Mike Hendren, Bachelor of Business Administration, ‘04

Executive Director, Kawartha Land Trust, Peterborough

Mike Hendren has a keen interest in community, business and organizational development.  He grew up in a family business environment and completed a Business Administration Degree from Trent University; a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Queen’s University; and is a registered professional planner.  His volunteer, academic and work experiences span all three sectors and blend his interests in business and community development with a focus on real estate, urban planning, fundraising and conservation. Mike joined Kawartha Land Trust as Executive Director in late 2009.  During his tenure he has led the development of the organization, its mission and structure.  Kawartha Land Trust is now recognized as a community leader with strong and diverse resources, a committed team of volunteers, partners and core staff, as well as a proven track record in achieving collaborative community and capital projects in excess of $5M. Mike recently completed two terms as Chair of the Board of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance and while he sometimes dabbles in music, Mike spends much of his free time in the outdoors, primarily in his own backyard of the Kawarthas.

Shane Hobson, BA (Hons) History and Philosophy, ‘83

Lawyer, Ministry of the Attorney General, Toronto West Crown Attorney's Office, Toronto

“Canada’s Outstanding Small University” offered a small town farm kid the opportunity to grow and thrive in an academically and socially nurturing environment. Looking back, Shane doesn’t think his career would have been as rewarding had he gone to a “Queen’s or a U of T” for his undergrad. After obtaining his BA, Shane went on to Dalhousie University for law, graduating with a LLB in 1990. Called to the bar in 1992, he spent the next eight years in private practice specializing in family and divorce law. In 2001, Shane took a position as an Assistant Crown Attorney with the Crown’s Office in Belleville, and then later moved to the Etobicoke office in 2004. In 2015, he was appointed the Crown Attorney for the Toronto West Office. With a staff of 38 lawyers, the office prosecutes all Criminal Code offences for the bureau of Etobicoke. When quizzed on how he finds the role of Crown Attorney, he instantly replies “It simply the best job I have ever had.” In his spare time Shane teaches, mentors and endeavours to grasp the basic skills of hockey.  

Jacob Leibel, BSc (Hons) Economics and Computing & Information Systems, '95

Vice President, Head of Private Investment Management Group, Raymond James Ltd., Toronto

Upon completion of his honours joint economics and computer science degree from Trent University, Jacob Leibel graduated from Laurier University where he completed his Master’s in Business Economics. Jacob has spent the last seven years with Raymond James Ltd., the Canadian arm of North American investment dealer Raymond James Financial Inc., as Vice President and Head of the Private Investment Management Group (PIMG), the firm’s discretionary portfolio management platform. The platform currently manages over $7 billion dollars for High-net worth Canadians across the country. He has demonstrated extensive skills and experience working with portfolio managers leveraging his technical expertise to bring efficiencies to all aspects of their business. Jacob had spent the previous seven years working in various roles at RBC Dominion Securities and RBC Capital Markets, most recently assisting in the management of their advisor managed discretionary program, the largest of its kind in Canada. He is currently licensed as a Portfolio Manager and Supervisor for Managed accounts with IIROC along with holding a Chartered Investment Manager (CIM) designation. He lives in Toronto with his wife and two children, Ariel and Liam.

Evan Lyons, BA (Hons) Political Studies & History, '12

Senior Manager, Analytics Program, Interac Association, Toronto

Evan Lyons is leading the integration of market research and business intelligence as an Advanced Analytics Specialist at Interac Association. His role with Interac involves merging the collective value of both market research and business intelligence to provide the organization with robust data solutions. In creating such reports, the organization is able to make stronger business decisions based on strategic knowledge of both the company internally, and the market as a whole. Mr. Lyons is an innovative, collaborative and dedicated individual who is using his unique skill set to disrupt and rejuvenate the world of market research and business intelligence. Despite being relatively new to the corporate world, he has been recognized by business leaders for his enthusiasm and innovative approach to data analytics. As a result, Mr. Lyons is helping other small businesses understand and take advantage of their valuable data, and sits on the board of advisors for an award winning Tech Company. He is a regular guest speaker at industry conferences and university/college events. Evan also sits on the Client Side Research Council, a national board focused on innovation and student integration into professional research. Mr. Lyons strives to live a healthy, happy, well-balanced lifestyle by being actively involved in his community. Mr. Lyons has founded an annual scholarship in Peterborough for a student graduating from his former high school.  He is a part of Sunnybrook’s Next Generation team, a co-chair of the Community Events Committee at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and is involved in alumni and mentorship programs at Wilfrid Laurier University, Trent University and Humber College. Evan holds a Master's Degree in International Relations from Wilfrid Laurier. 

Jaime McKenna, BBA, '92

Senior Vice President, Finance and Investments, Minto Capital, Ottawa

Jaime McKenna brings 15 years’ experience to her role as Senior Vice President, Finance and Investments with Minto Capital, where she oversees all acquisitions, dispositions, financial reporting and governance for Minto’s $3.0B multi-residential and commercial real estate portfolio. She is a key member of the executive management team leading the division’s overall strategy and business planning. As well, Jaime sits on multiple Minto Capital investment and advisory committees that oversee $1 billion in investor equity. Jaime provides her institutional clients with oversight that is defined by the strictest compliance, discipline and governance. She has led several transactions over $100 million, with a multitude of equity and debt structures. Before joining Minto in 2008, Jaime was Director of Finance for Bell Canada’s Professional Services Division servicing Bell’s Top 300 corporate clients, where she directed financial policy and budgeting processes and led the financial integration of seven newly acquired ICT subsidiaries into the parent company. Jaime recently completed her studies as a Chartered Business Valuator (CBV) and is a Certified Professional Accountant (CPA).    

Dr. Thomas Miller, BSc (Hons) Chemistry, '82

Physician, Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Peterborough

While completing his degree at Trent, Dr. Miller was also a varsity rower, a Junior Senator, President of Peter Robinson College Cabinet and co-founded the first chapter of Trent Student Pugwash. After Trent he studied for a M.Sc. at the University of Manchester and then returned to Canada to work as a Health Policy Analyst for Health Canada. He studied medicine at McMaster University, and completed his Family Medicine residency at McMaster in 1993. During that time he became a member of the research team for the “Health of Children in War Zones Project,” acting as the Principal Investigator for the Gaza Child Health Survey. In 1998 he returned to Peterborough to work as an emergency physician at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC). From 2003 to 2011 he held the positions of Chief or Medical Director of Emergency Services at the PRHC. This past year Dr. Miller earned the Canadian Certified Physician Executive (CCPE) designation and is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Queen’s University. In addition he has was Co-Chair of the Carol Love Rowing/Paddling Tank funding committee for Trent Athletics, was Chair of the Arts, Culture and Advisory Committee for the City of Peterborough and is currently a member at large on Trent University's Board of Governors. 

Darren Murphy BA Sociology ‘96

Vice President Advertising Sales POSTMEDIA, Peterborough 

A dynamic sales leader that is people and results focused Darren is the now the Vice President of sales for Central and Eastern Canada for POSTMEDIA - a position with a national scope overseeing more than 100 divisions and 260 Advertising staff. A collaborative and strategic leader Darren is a member of the Senior Leadership team for POSTMEDIA.  Recipient of Trent University’s Young Leader Award  in 2007 Darren has held progressively senior roles within media organizations since graduation.  Named Publisher at the age of 29 Darren was the youngest publisher of a daily newspaper in Canada at the time.  Darren acted as Publisher, The Peterborough Examiner from 2006-2010 and was most recently Vice President, Advertising for the Toronto SUN.  In his current role Darren is responsible for leading the transition of a large media sales organization through a period of significant disruption as the organization pivots from a traditional newspaper company to a leader in digital solutions.  Darren has been active on a number of local boards including the United Way and MusicFest.  A father of 2 teenagers Darren enjoys time with his wife of 17 years at their home in Peterborough County. 

Suzana Pinto, BSc (Hons) Computer Science & Mathematics, '99

Communications and Web Manager, Faculty of Science, Ryerson University, Toronto

Suzana Pinto is a three-time award winning communications professional for her work producing creative, innovative and high quality promotional videos. Currently, as the Communications and Web Manager for the Faculty of Science at Ryerson, she plays a key role in strategically building and enhancing the Faculty's reputation and visibility in science education through print, digital, and web communications.  Previously, she was with the Faculty of Science at York University where she led initiatives to enhance internal communications, external relations to media, government and the general public, and redesigned and redeveloped the Faculty's website. Suzana also worked for the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) at the University of Waterloo where she managed external relations and events to establish WIN as a global centre of excellence for nanotechnology and its applications. Suzana is a strong advocate for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). She volunteers to teach how to program/code and mentors students in non-traditional science career paths such as science communications. During her time at Trent, Suzana was a member of many clubs and groups, founded the undergraduate computer science club, was a work/study student for Alumni Affairs, and participated in intramural soccer. To gain experience, she worked for the Ministry of Environment as a data management technician and the Ministry of Natural Resources as a junior systems developer through the Ontario Summer Experience Program. Suzana has a Master's in Management Sciences from the University of Waterloo.

Allan Seabrooke, BSc (Hons) Geography, ’80, MSc Watershed Ecosystems, ‘82

Chief Administrative Officer, City of Peterborough

Allan Seabrooke is the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Peterborough, providing daily administration and long-term leadership to a City population of 80,000.  The position oversees a staff of 1,010 and a budget of $313 million, delivering a broad range of services to residents.  He is an accomplished senior government administrator with over 25 years of Canadian municipal and provincial experience, coupled with private sector business partnership experience.  Prior to joining the City of Peterborough, he has served as a Commissioner of Community Services in Waterloo and Markham and is the former Chief Administrative Officer for Otonabee Region Conservation.  In addition to Bachelor and Master’s Degrees from Trent University, he has completed the Queens University School of Business Executive Leadership Program and was awarded the Accredited Municipal Clerk Treasurers professional designation.  He has held elected appointments as President of several professional organizations in the parks and recreation field, and significant numbers of publications in professional journals and conference/seminar speaking engagements in North America.  He is a certified and active basketball referee, baseball and hockey coach and has contributed numerous hours over the years to coaching and officiating these sports. 

Stephen Stohn, BA Economics, '66

Executive Producer, Degrassi, Toronto

Stephen is Executive Producer of the award-winning series Degrassi and has executive produced many other projects previously, including Open Heart; The L.A. Complex; Instant Star; The Juno Awards broadcast; the digital series Live @ The Orange Lounge; and many of their related websites, webisodes, new media and social media initiatives. He is also a founding partner of Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond LLP, where he provides strategic legal advice to performers, advertisers, merchandisers, multimedia creators, broadcasters and film and television producers. Stephen was inducted in 2011 into the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame. He is active in lobbying for reform of Canada's copyright laws, is a Director, Member or Founder of a number of cultural industry associations, and appears as an expert witness before the Copyright Board of Canada. Stephen is currently Chairman of the Board of Orange Lounge Recordings. He is also a Director of the Canadian Retransmission Collective, ISAN Canada, and the Producers’ Audiovisual Collective of Canada. Stephen was previously a Partner for 10 years with McCarthy Tétrault LLP, and holds degrees from University of Toronto Law School (J.D., 1977) and Trent University (B.A., 1969). Stephen values greatly his relationship with Trent, where in  2007 he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni, and in 2015 received a D.Litt. (honoris causa).   

Laura Suchan, BSc (Hons) Anthropology '84

Executive Director, Oshawa Museum

Laura Suchan is Executive Director of the Oshawa Community Museum where she has been balancing budgets and writing business plans for 25 years. In addition to her degree from Trent, Ms. Suchan has a Master’s Degree from York and also holds an Adult Teaching and Training Certificate from Durham College. She has taught oral history at Trent University and Durham College. One of her research interests is female education in the 19th century and early gravestones. Ms. Suchan has self published two books, Memento Mori: Classifying Nineteenth Century Ontario Gravestones and Writing Memoirs for Fun and Profit. She has also written extensively on local history and memoir writing. She has been a member of the Writers Community of Durham region for over10 years. She is a member of the Lunchtime Talkers Toastmasters Club, the Abandoned Cemeteries Committee for Clarington and is President of the Trent University Alumni Association for Oshawa/Durham. 

Robin Sundstrom, MA History, '78

President, IRonside Investor Relations, Toronto

Robin Sundstrom is president of IRonside Investor Relations, a communications firm serving small- and mid-cap clients. Robin has counselled companies for more than 20 years, supporting her clients’ financing and marketing needs by delivering clear, crisp content, sound strategic advice, and strong PR. With a BA in history from the University of Toronto, an MA in medieval history from Trent, and a graduate degree in psychology from the Institute of Child Study, her academic background is diverse, and she has taught history, women’s studies, and political science at the university levels. Robin focuses on governance, ethical business practices, risk management and sustainability and her client base includes health sciences, alternative finance, big data, and environmental companies. Her board work includes Women Entrepreneurs of Canada, Sagittarius Capital Corp., the Cleantech Angel Network, the Massey Centre and the Board of Governors for Trent University. 

Patrick Thoburn, BA (Hons) English, '84

Co-Founder, Matchstick Inc., Toronto

Patrick Thoburn is a co-founder of Matchstick Inc.: an independent social media marketing agency that builds Social Brands. Since 2001 they have leveraged the power of consumer word of mouth for their client’s brands. They believe that the most powerful selling of products and ideas take place not marketer to consumer, but consumer to consumer. In addition, Mr. Thoburn is a frequent speaker on social media marketing at conferences and universities in Canada and the United States and is past Co-Chair of the Word of Mouth Marketing Association’s Member Ethics Advisory Panel. He has more than a decade of consumer marketing industry experience, most of it with leading and emerging platforms in digital and social media. Prior to Matchstick Mr. Thoburn was Director of Research at Toronto-based Youth Culture. He is a lawyer by training and was named one of Canada’s most influential marketers on Marketing Magazine’s Power 100 List.  

Dr. Gregory Zaniewski, BSc Biology, '92

Physician, Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Peterborough

Bio to come.