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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

Justin Belanger BSc Computing Systems '09 Software Engineer, Lucidea, British Columbia

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

Andrew Burton M.Sc., Watershed Ecosystems, ’07 Senior Water Quality Specialist, Government of Manitoba, Winnipeg

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

Sue Campbell  BA Political Studies, '84  Senior Advisor, Community Relations, Indigenous Drinking Water Projects Office, Ministry of Environment, Conservation & Parks, Government of Ontario, Toronto

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

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

Sarah Cox BA Political Studies, '85  Director, Circumpolar Affairs Directorate, Crown Indigenous Relations & Nothern Affairs, Quebec

Roderick Cumming BA Canadian Studies '87 Director Communications & Stakeholder Engagement, Health Shared Services Ontario, 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 

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

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

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

Mike Hendren  Bachelor of Business Administration, ‘02    Vice President, Ontario Region, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Toronto and Peterborough

Graeme Kembel BA Political Studies, '07   Manager, Direct Response Fundraising, Liberal Party of Camada, Ottawa

Evan Lyons  BA Political Studies and History, '12   Manager, Systems, Statistics & Reporting, Ontario Securities Commission, Toronto

Jaime McKenna Bachelor of Business Admininstration, '97 Chief Investment Officer – Minto Apartment REIT, Ottawa

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

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

David Patterson, BA Political Studies, '66   Chair and CEO, Northwater Capital, Toronto

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

Nick Reid BSc (Hons) Biology, Environmental & Resource Science, '74  Executive Director, Ryerson Urban Water, Toronto

Krista Scaldwell BA Economics, Sociology, '86  Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs, Great-West Life, Toronto

Allan Seabrooke  BSc Geography, ’80, MSc Watershed Ecosystems, ‘82    Commissioner of Community Services, City of Peterborough

Stephen Stohn  BA Economics, '66    President, Skystone Media Inc; Executive Producer, Degrassi Founding Partner, Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond LLP, Toronto

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

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

Stewart Wheeler BA International Studies '88 Chief of Protocol of Canada, Global Affairs Canada, Ottawa

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  

Ann 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.

Justin Belanger BSc Computing Systems, '09

Software Engineer, Lucidea, British Columbia

Justin Belanger is a software engineer with Lucidea in Richmond, British Columbia. A graduate of Trent's Class of '13 (Champlain College), Justin put his skills into practice during his undergraduate studies by designing, implementing, and managing Web sites. Upon graduation, he bridged business and customer communications by developing interactive voice response (IVR) applications. Since 2016, Justin has been exploring and growing in British Columbia, while helping to advance knowledge and collections management through software. During his career, Justin has participated throughout the software development lifecycle, from project proposal to delivery and continous enhancement. He has mentored other engineers and empowered clients in diverse industries. He currently enjoys sharing discoveries around BC and in software engineering with friends, family, coworkers, and community clubs alike.

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.

Andrew Burton, M.sC., Watershed Ecosystems, '07  

Senior Water Quality Specialist, Government of Manitoba, Winnipeg 

Andrew Burton is a Senior Water Quality Specialist with over nine years of professional experience in environmental consulting, scientific research and government, specializing in the fields of atmospheric, terrestrial and aquatic chemistry. His areas of expertise include water quality, watershed management, eutrophication, fate of trace metals, atmospheric pollution, ecosystem acidification, environmental impact assessment, soil genesis and classification, and soil biogeochemistry. Upon completing his M.Sc., Andrew was awarded a 1-year internship with Environment Canada. Under the supervision of Dr. Julian Aherne, Andrew investigated the impacts of pollutants on semi-natural systems in Canada and the Republic of Ireland. As a Soil Scientist at Golder Associates Ltd. in Calgary, he participated in multiple soil and terrain related oil and gas, mining, transportation, and commercial land development projects in Canada and internationally. Andrew was nominated for a national ‘Outstanding Achievement Award’ and received multiple recognitions. Since 2016, Andrew has worked as a Senior Water Quality Specialist for the Government of Manitoba, providing technical expertise to deliver province-wide environmental programs related to the development of water quality standards, objectives and guidelines. In addition, Andrew is Manitoba’s representative on the Canadian Council of Ministers of the Environment (CCME) Guidelines Project Team (GPT).

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  States 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, Conservation & Parks, 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, Conservation & Parks 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.

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

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

John Collinson is the Head of 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 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. John is currently a member of the Finance and Property Committee of the Trent University Board of Governors.  

Sarah Cox  BA Political Studies, '85 

Director, Circumpolar Affairs Directorate, Crown Indigenous Relations & Northern Affairs, Quebec

Sarah has been in the Public Service for 19 years, the last eight of which have been at the executive level. She has spent the bulk of her career at Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada (CIRNAC), where she has managed complex projects. Her areas of work have included Education, Inuit Relations, Federal/Provincial /Territorial & Intergovernmental Affairs, the Northern Strategy and International Affairs, to name a few. She is currently the Director of Circumpolar Affairs at CIRNAC and the Canadian Head of Delegation for the Sustainable Development Working Group (SDWG) in the Arctic Council. On behalf of Canada, she leads or co leads 11 of the 18 current projects in the SDWG in areas such as renewable energy, food, teacher education and mental wellness.

Roderick Cumming BA Canadian Studies, '87

Director Communications & Stakeholder Engagement, Health Shared Services Ontario, Toronto

As a strategic communications and public affairs leader, Rod’s work experience has spanned 25 years in corporate and broader public sector work environments as well as on several high-profile civic events. Currently, Rod leads the communications and stakeholder engagement team at a health shared services and IT agency in Toronto. In previous roles, Rod was Vice-President of Outreach and Engagement at the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan, consulted on the 2017 Invictus Games in Toronto, and held senior communications and public affairs roles at the Toronto 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games working with external stakeholders, and on a range of files from communications planning, protocol planning and dignitary hosting. From 1998 to 2013 Rod was a senior member of CIBC's Communications and Public Affairs team. At CIBC he worked with all business units – wealth management, capital markets and retail banking – and supported senior executives and significant business projects in Canada, the US and the UK. Rod worked on a CIBC bank merger in the Caribbean from 2001 until 2004. Initially after graduating from Trent, Rod spent five years working with elected officials at Queen’s Park in Toronto. In addition to providing general career advice, Rod would be happy to talk with students interested in strategic communications planning, issues and crisis communications, event planning, stakeholder management, change management, internal communications & employee engagement, media relations, and consumer public relations.

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 software development company. LEARNstyle is Ontario's largest provider of direct to student educational training services. As well, LEARNstyle acquired Cardinal Software Services which is Ontario's largest provider of IEPs. Combined the two companies have become the largest providers of K to 12 educational 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 as well a delivering a TEDX talk. LEARNstyle is recognized as a premier Canadian training partner for both Microsoft and Google.

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.

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 Global, Kingston

Chris embraced the position of CEO in Canada in 2009 when his management team acquired Pita Pit Canada.  He became the CEO of Pita Pit Global in 2018. 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.

Mike Hendren, Bachelor of Business Administration, ‘02

Vice President, Ontario Region, Nature Conservancy of Canada, Toronto and 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 and a master's degree in urban and regional planning from Queen’s University. He is also 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. For the past nine years, Mike has led the Kawartha Land Trust as executive director. During his tenure there, he 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 $5 million. 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 with his family and friends.

Graeme Kembel BA Political Studies, '07

Manager, Direct Response Fundraising, Liberal Party of Canada, Ottawa

Graeme Kembel is a fundraiser for the Liberal Party of Canada, responsible for the Party’s national direct response giving program. After graduating from Trent’s Political Studies program, Graeme made his way to Ottawa in order to fulfill his goal of working in federal politics. While not seeking a profession in fundraising, Graeme discovered that the tools he acquired while at Trent could help him launch a career as a fundraiser. It was a career path that he had never considered. Now closing in on four years in the profession, Graeme has fallen in love with it. It’s only fitting that Graeme’s outgoing personality brought him to a profession whose sole goal is to connect people to causes they care about. Always looking for a new challenge, Graeme has become an avid runner, completing his first - of what he hopes is many - half-marathon in 2018.

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

Manager, Systems, Statistics & Reporting, Ontario Securities Commission, 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, '97

Chief Investment Officer – Minto Apartment REIT

Jaime McKenna brings over 15 years’ of financial and investment experience to her role as Chief Investment Officer of Minto Apartment REIT. Jaime oversees all acquisitions, dispositions, capital management for Minto’s $3.0B multi-residential and commercial real estate portfolio. Jaime is a key member of the executive management team leading the division’s overall growth strategy. 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. 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 is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), Chartered Business Valuator (CBV) and holds an Honours Business Administration degree from Trent University.

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. 

David Patterson, BA Political Studies, '66

Chair and CEO, Northwater Capital, Toronto

David Patterson is the Chair and CEO of Northwater Capital. The company provides asset management to institutional investors. As the company’s founder, David is respected at the executive-level of many of the largest pension plans in the world for his adeptness in creating solutions to seemingly intractable investment problems. Over the last three years David has been using his derivatives expertise to create a new start-up company in the Northwater Group specializing in U.S. corporate credit. David and the Drain-Patterson families established the first endowed Chair at Trent, the Kenneth Mark Drain Chair in Ethics. The Endowed Chairship is a transformational gift that symbolized the launch of a new era of philanthropy for Trent University. The Endowment celebrates Trent’s commitment to the humanities and critical thinking and is housed within the Philosophy Department. In 2006 David received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Trent University and an Honorary Degree, the University’s highest honour, in June of 2014.

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

Communications & Web Manager, Faculty of Science, Ryerson University

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.

Nick Reid BSc (Hons) Biology, Environmental & Resource Science, ’74

Executive Director, Ryerson Urban Water, Toronto

Nick Reid is the Executive Director, Ryerson Urban Water (RUW) since March 2016. RUW is a collective of 44 multidisciplinary researchers who share concerns about water in the urban environment. From rooftop farming, to water and wastewater treatment, to infrastructure planning and source water protection, Ryerson’s Urban Water group has the vision of creating a healthy urban water cycle through research, education and policy. Previously, Nick was Executive Director and Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at the Ontario Clean Water Agency (OCWA) where he collaborated with diverse stakeholders to execute longā€term initiatives fundamental to the growth of Ontario’s water sector. Nick participated in several stakeholder consultations as Ontario developed the Water Opportunities Act and its Water Sector Strategy. As General Manager of OCWA’s contract with the Regional Municipality of Peel, he was responsible for the day to day operations of the Region’s 4 main Water and Wastewater plants serving over 1.2 million residents. Nick has also worked extensively in remote sensing and multispectral image processing for environmental applications. He is a Director for Water Canada and Renew Canada Magazines. He volunteers on the boards of the Ontario Water Works Association (a section of American Water Works Association) and Out Of Bounds, a charity in the Jane/Finch area of Toronto supporting victims of gun violence. He was recently recognized by the Toronto Regional Immigrant Employment Council as a 10 time mentor, helping professionals from other countries adjust to Ontario’s business, government and social practices.

Krista Scaldwell BA Economics, Sociology, ‘86

Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs, Great-West Life, Toronto

Krista is currently the Vice President of Communications and Public Affairs at Great-West Life. Her previous role was in Public Affairs and Communications for Coca-Cola Canada. Previously, she has held the same role at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Group of Companies in Canada and at Bristol Myers Squibb Canada. She has more than a decade of public affairs and communications experience in Canada and worked in Latin America and Asia Pacific as well as the US. Prior to industry, she was a senior political staff in the Ontario Government. Krista has more than 20 years of non-profit experience both in management and at the board level. Non-profit board and fundraising experience includes the Canadian Cancer Society, the Ontario Lung Association, Durham Abilities Centre, Durham Mental Health Services and various political campaigns and fundraising events. As well, corporate board experience with the Toronto Port Authority. Currently, she is a member of the Selection Advisory Board of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada and the Markham-Stouffville Hospital Board of Directors. She is the past chair of the Board of Action Against Hunger Canada and was a member of the Blue Ribbon Committee of the Greater Toronto Airport Authority. Krista has an undergraduate degree from Trent University and an Executive MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

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

Commissioner of Community Services, City of Peterborough

Allan Seabrooke is the Commissioner of Community Services 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 over 700 and a budget of $21.3 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

President, Skystone Media Inc; Executive Producer, Degrassi Founding Partner, Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond LLP, Toronto

Stephen has worked in the entertainment industry for over 50 years, starting as a performing artist and songwriter, then as an entertainment and copyright lawyer. As a founding partner in the entertainment law firm Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond LLP, he has provided legal advice in the entertainment industry since 1979. He is currently Executive Producer of the television series Degrassi: Next Class, and was Executive Producer of earlier Degrassi iterations and of series such as Open Heart, Instant Star and The L.A. Complex. Stephen was a Director and Chair of the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (CARAS) and Executive Producer of The Juno Awards. He has lobbied for reform of Canada's copyright laws, participated as a director, committee member or founder of a number of cultural industry associations and appeared as an expert witness before the Copyright Board of Canada. He is currently Chair of Orange Lounge Recordings; a Director of ISAN Canada, the Canadian Retransmission Collective, and the Producers Audiovisual Collective of Canada; and a member of the Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Association of Canada (SOCAN). Stephen has been nominated four times for Primetime Emmy Awards, was inducted into the Canadian Music & Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame in 2011 and is a winner of the Peabody Award. He has received 28 nominations for Canadian Screen Awards and won 14 times. He holds an Honorary Degree from Trent, and just released a book, Whatever It Takes: Life Lessons from Degrassi and Elsewhere in the World of Music and Television. 

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. 

Stewart Wheeler BA International Studies '88 

Chief of Protocol of Canada, Global Affairs Canada, Ottawa

After graduating from Trent, Stewart joined the Department of External Affairs and has served more than 20 years in Canada’s Foreign Service. From July 2016 to December 2018 he was on loan to the Ontario Public Service as the Assistant Deputy Minister of International Relations and Chief of Protocol in the Cabinet Office – Ministry of Intergovernmental Affairs. He has recently returned to Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa as the new Chief of Protocol of Canada. During his foreign-service career Stewart had postings in Washington, London, Bogota, Kabul and from 2012 to 2016 was the Ambassador of Canada in Iceland. He also had the honour to serve for four years at Rideau Hall as Press Secretary to Governor General Adrienne Clarkson. He has worked in policy areas including: US congressional relations, trade promotion, Arctic policy, energy trade policy, human rights, peace processes, transitional justice, post-conflict reconstruction, and public affairs. In Ottawa, Mr. Wheeler has worked in Parliamentary and Cabinet relations, the Press Office, Mexico Relations, as well as corporate and internal communications. He received the Minister’s Award for Foreign Policy Excellence in 1999, the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002 and earned the Operational Service Medal – South-West Asia Ribbon, for his civilian service in Afghanistan in 2010-2011. Stewart would be happy to speak to students who are interested in exploring the idea of an international career whether in the public or private sector.

Dr. Gregory Zaniewski, BSc Biology, '92

Physician, Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Peterborough

Bio to come.