Alumni in the News

George Brown takes pride in the success and achievements of our graduates. Take a minute to learn about the impact their GBC education has had on them and on our communities, both locally and globally.

Your journey holds significance, and we want to hear it in your own words. Share your alumni story through this form today and join the ranks of alumni who inspire and empower the George Brown College community.

Aakash Dhall

Culinary Management, 2015

Chef Aakash Dhall shares how his experiences at George Brown College helped guide him to success, including winning season 3 of Food Network Canada’s Fire Masters and as the research and development chef for 1 Hotel Toronto.

Abarna Krishnakumar

Architectural Technician, 2014

Abarna is working in the Unites States as a VDC Training Manager. She carries a passion for education and Building Information Management (BIM), with 10 years of work experience. Throughout her various roles at different firms, the two constants that she always encountered were BIM/VDC and fulfilling the informal educator role.

Aiko Rudder-Jones

Culinary Management Program, 2020

Chef Aiko decided to follow her dream of cooking up Bajan street food and opening her own catering, called Bim Street Eats.

Aliya Hirji

Honors Bachelor of Technology-Construction Management, 2022

Aliya has always been fascinated by architecture. She came to Canada from Tanzania, studied architectural technology, and went on to construction management.

She adapted to Canadian life, made the Dean’s list and received several merit-based scholarships while at GBC. In 2022 she has been nominated for the Premier’s Awards in the Recent Graduate Category.


Amy Symington

Amy Symington in kitchen

Culinary Management Nutrition, 2010

In 2009, Amy Symington was working on her Culinary Management – Nutrition diploma at George Brown when she started to volunteer at Gilda's Club Toronto, doing culinary nutrition workshops for the members. Among these were supper clubs held two nights a week to help facilitate attendance at evening-based group meetings.

Ben O’Neil

Graphic Design grad Ben O'Neil in front of his convocation mural

Graphic Design, 2023

Graphic designer, Ben O’Neil was proud to be a part of his fellow grads’ convocation celebrations in 2023. He designed the massive and colourful mural outside Meridian Hall that served as the backdrop for family and friend pictures and selfies. 


Bennett Stableforth

Bennet Stableforth, GBC construction alumnus

Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management), 2013

GBC grad Bennett Stableforth comes full circle as a project manager for Limberlost Place.

Braden Chong

Culinary Skills, 2015

Braden is the Head Chef at MIMI Chinese, a restaurant in Yorkville, that brings dishes from across China to Toronto.

Cassandra Koss

Cassandra Koss

Interprofessional Complex and Long-Term Care Program, 2021

As part of her program, Cassandra was asked to make “friendly visits” with residents at retirement homes. When she realized how meaningful these interactions were, it was an epiphany. As COVID10 confined residents to their rooms and exacerbated their loneliness, Cassandra developed and innovative program allowing residents to use iPads so they could engage with each other.

Chris Campbell

Chris Campbell

Carpenter General Apprentice Certificate, 1991

Carpenter, union leader and equity, diversity and inclusion champion Chris Campbell, alum is passionate about helping others succeed in the skilled trades.

Chris Palivan

Special Events Management, 2014

As a family man, adventurer and world traveller, Chris’ commitment to living a life of purpose and contribution are seen through his leadership and influence in the Toronto Cider Festival he co-founded. Chris’ appetite for having an impact on the world has led him to collaborate with some of the world’s most prolific events, such as TIFF, the Pan Am Games and the Commonwealth Games, all while continuing his entrepreneurial endeavours.

Courtney Brooke

Courtney Brooke

Digital Communications and Media/Multimedia, 2022

Courtney is a true serial entrepreneur having entered her entrepreneurial journey thanks to the encouragement of a fellow classmate, who was so impressed with her work style that she asked Courtney to become a cofounder. They went on to create an amazing brand.

Craig Pike

Craig Pike

Theatre Arts, 2006

Check out the recipe for “sweet success” by GBC alum Craig Pike founder of Craig’s Cookies.

Darrell Bowden

Darrell Bowden

Career and Work Counsellor Program, 1995

Although from a seventh-generation Canadian family, Darrell was the first to go to college and university.

Fast forward, in 2022 he has been nominated for the Premier’s Award in the Community Services Category.

Darryl Shotlander

 Post-Grad Italian, 2023

As a recent graduate of the college, Darryl has experienced firsthand the life-changing perks of tapping into the strong network of mentorship and support the college offers. 

During his postgraduate program, he completed an externship at a three-Michelin-star restaurant Osteria Francescana in Italy, and most recently he landed an exciting opportunity at London’s HIDE, working along a fellow alum.

David Dunkley

David Dunkley

Millinery Certificate, 2003

David Dunkley, Toronto milliner headed to London for coronation-related events and parties with his beautiful hats!

David Wolfman

Chef David Wolfman

Culinary Skills, 1981

Award-winning culinary artisan Chef David Wolfman is a professor at the College since 1994. He has not only revolutionized the culinary landscape here in Canada, but he has also changed the way the world thinks about Indigenous and North American cuisine. He has won multiple educational, industry, and community service awards. 

Derick Robinson

Derick Robinson

Commercial Dance, 2011

As George Brown Dance graduate and current faculty member, Derick approaches all aspects of life imaginatively, and his career is no exception. He shares how he has found a life of creativity in dance and encourages emerging dance artists to explore the diverse paths available in the performing arts.

Dyan Grace Abadonio

Pre-Health Sciences Pathway to Certificates and Diplomas Program, 2020

Dyan Grace Abadonio, a George Brown College alum, transformed her nursing dream into reality, overcoming unconventional challenges. She joined as a mature student, completed her studies, and now works as a Registered Practical Nurse, proving that age is no barrier.

Emily Clairoux

Community Worker Program, 2019

Emily is an artist from the Algonquin’s of Pikwàkanagàn First Nation, and is of mixed heritage Anishinaabe and French. She works under the name Eagle Woman Arts in her creative practice. Her work is inspired by her community, as well as the teachings she’s picked up along the way. 

Eric Y. Wang

Culinary and Hospitality Management, 2011

Eric Y. Wang, a George Brown College Culinary and Hospitality Management graduate, transformed his life into a successful entrepreneur. His innovative approach to restaurant management challenges the traditional tipping system, aiming to combat racial bias.

Esther Baruti

Alumna Esther Baruti

Computer Programming and Analysis, 2015

Esther started as a software developer at Loblaw Digital in 2018, quickly moving her career forward. In 2019, Evoke, one of North America's largest tech conferences, named her one of the recipients of the Developer 30 under 30 Award. She said the award prompted both celebration and reflection.  

Eugene Filice

Eugene Filice

Construction Engineering Technician, 1994

Eugene is currently the Vice President of Construction at Great Gulf, a major residential construction company, where he emphasizes teamwork and shared responsibilities. He continues to contribute to advancing the construction industry on three major, deeply interconnected fronts: technology, health and safety, and education.

Evan Alexander Smith

Evan Alexander Smith

Theatre Arts, 2009

Evan has been a successful actor and voice-over artist since his graduation. Now he is part of the hit musical “Merrily We Roll Along” at Broadway’s Hudson Theatre and on stage with Daniel Radcliffe, Jonathan Groff and Lindsay Mendez! 

Fahd Chowdhury

Business alum Fahd Chowdhury sitting at his desk

Analytics for Business Decision Making, 2020

Fahd already had 12 years of experience in the telecommunications, fast-moving consumer goods, aviation, education and transportation industries when he moved to Toronto from Bangladesh in 2018. Pursuing a postgraduate degree at GBC was a transformative decision that equipped him with valuable skills and exposed me to the Canadian corporate landscape.  

Farrah Sheikh

Farrah Sheikh

Construction Trades Techniques, 2018

With an engineering degree already in hand, Farrah needed a hands-on experience to enhance her practical skills.

She now manages key design aspects of major projects around the GTA.

Fateema Al-Hamaydeh Miller

Screenwriting & Narrative Design, 2021

In 2023 Fateema was one of the two GBC alumni among 18 storytellers selected for the prestigious Canadian Film Centre Norman Jewison Film Program.

Grace Dvornik

Culinary Skills Program, 2019

Grace is used to cooking in very tight spaces. She measures out ingredients before getting started, chops vegetables in advance and always cleans up as she goes. She is a private chef who has worked on superyachts in the Caribbean, Bahamas and the United States.

Janesh Sritharan

Janesh Sritharan

Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management), 2021

Soon after graduation Janesh became a project coordinator at a construction company, overseeing project schedules, budgets, and onsite safety protocols.

He believes, scholarships allow learners to move forward in their studies and careers with confidence.

Jasmine Linton

Jasmine Linton looking at thermometer

Baking and Pastry Arts Management, 2022

Many students come to George Brown College’s Chef School with dreams of baking show stardom. Jasmine Linton did the reverse.

After making it to the quarter-finals of season three of The Great Canadian Baking Show, Jasmine started her first year of the Baking and Pastry Arts Management program in September 2020.

Jill Romain

Special Events Management Program, 2017

Meet Jill Romain, co-owner of Bloom Bar Studio, where floral artistry meets specialty wines and fresh coffee. With a background in events, Jill transformed a lockdown idea into a vibrant space on St. Clair West, offering unique experiences, delightful treats, and carefully curated wine options.

Joe Sarnovsky

Chef School graduate joe Sarnovsky

Culinary Skills, 2022

Chef School graduate Joe Sarnovsky recounts his experience working in Ukraine with the World Central Kitchen (WCK)

Joëlle Jacqueline

Instructing Adults, Workforce Development & Training, 2015

During the startGBC Winter2023 semester, Bootcamp cohort participant Joëlle Jacqueline attended every session, provided motivation and encouragement to other cohort members. She has a wealth of operational knowledge and process development expertise to help establish businesses and enhance business performance. Joëlle also has a passion for working with people and developing their talents.

Jordon Jensen

School of Computer Technology Graduate Jordan Jensen

Computer Programming and Analysis, 2023

Jensen, a member of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation, was one of six Indigenous students to be awarded a $10,000 scholarship from the Ontario Power Generation’s (OPG) John Wesley Beaver Memorial Scholarship program.

Jensen looks forward to putting his advanced diploma to use as he searches for a role in front-end development with a focus on improving the user experience.

Joy Flores

Recreation Management in Gerontology Program, 2021

Meet Joy Flores, our outstanding Recreation Management in Gerontology Program 2021 graduate, now a dedicated programs therapist at the O’Neill Centre, Toronto. Her person-centered approach fosters deep connections, transforming residents' lives. Joy's commitment exemplifies the essence of Person-Centred Language initiatives and has been awarded the Inaugural Person-Centred Language Award.

Julia Huynh

Julia Huynh

Business Administration Marketing 2021

Julia Huynh had already completed a law degree in Vietnam when she decided to pursue her dream of studying abroad and finding a career that aligned more with her passions. After a successful journey at George Brown College pursuing marketing and an interest in mental health advocacy, she’s now giving back as an alumni mentor to current students through the Centre for Business’ Student-Alumni Mentorship Program.

Kayla Moryoussef

Kayla Moryoussef

Community Worker, 2018

Kayla has made significant contributions in the area of death and grief counselling. Through her company, Good Death Doula, as well as her work with the Home Hospice Association and Death Cafe, Kayla has positively impacted her community and brought a pragmatic and compassionate perspective to care for persons at the end of their lives.

Kevin Buck

Post-Grad Italian, 2018

While at GBC, lessons learned from chef instructors motivated and inspired Kevin to keep working, keep pushing and taking on opportunities across the world.

Today he is the Sous Chef at HIDE Above in London (UK).

Latifa Smujda

Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management), 2016

Latifa is building a sustainable future. She is the project coordinator for major solar panel farms in Australia, coordinating with contractors and colleagues in North America, Europe and Asia; managing delivery schedules and meetings across multiple time zones. 

Lesley Hampton

Lesley Hampton

Fashion Techniques and Design, 2017

Fashion designer, entrepreneur and George Brown College graduate Lesley Hampton has been honoured by the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business (CCAB) for her professional success. 

Marc Pannia

Marc Pannia

Sport and Event Marketing, 2014

Marc Pannia took the skills he developed while studying at the Centre for Business and used them to carve out a successful career in the film industry. The George Brown College alumnus works for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), produces Oscar-nominated films and writes and directs his own projects.

Maria Mamone

Honours Bachelor of Commerce (Financial Services) Program, 2021

After graduating from George Brown College, Maria became a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) Ambassador, excelled in the CPA rotational program at George Weston Limited, and now aims to mentor and inspire others.

Marin Hickox

Marin Hickox

Sport and Event Marketing2002

In March of 2023 Hockey Canada named Marin the first vice-president of women's and girls' hockey of the organization. Later in October Marin received the “2023 Alumni Achievement Award” by 5 to Watch: Canada’s Sports Business Awards, that recognizes the contributions and leadership of sports business professionals.

Melonie de Guzman

Melonie de Guzman

Sport and Event Marketing, 2006

Melonie is a pioneer and advocate for the inclusion of women in technology-focused industries. She has attained a high level in her industry as a certified Project Manager Professional (PMP) and SAFe Agilist as well as a SCRUM Master II, while serving as a mentor and international speaker. 

Mike Yorke

Mike Yorke

General Carpentry, 1986, and Labour Studies, 1989

Mike co-founded the College of Carpenters and Allied Trades and has been instrumental in ensuring workers have up-to-date skills. He has participated in humanitarian construction projects in several countries, as well as supporting local programs to interest youth-at-risk in the trades.

Mitchell LeBlanc

Screenwriting & Narrative Design, 2017

Mitchell is a screenwriter, narrative designer, director, actor and part-time professor at GBC and a Resident at the at CFC’s Norman Jewison Film Program in 2023.

Morolayo Folami

GBC business graduate Layo Folami

Marketing Management – Digital Media, 2022

After completing a business management degree in the U.K. and working in digital marketing for nearly five years, Layo Folami decided to pursue a formal digital marketing education to take her career to the next level.

Natasha Roberts

Natasha Roberts

Fashion Management, 2019

Natasha Roberts is running a business in style with her mom!

Nicholas Smujda

Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management), 2016

From George Brown College to the other side of the Globe! Nicholas is on the forefront of PCL Construction's renewable energy business unit in New South Wales, Australia, overseeing the construction of solar farms as a project manager.

Niravkumar Dilipbhai Prajapati

Mechanical Technician – CNC and Precision Machining Program T173, 2020

Niravkumar Dilipbhai Prajapati joined George Brown College for the Mechanical Technician & Precision Machining program in 2018. The program’s CO-OP experiences have paved his way for a successful career as a Mechanical Designer.

Ramkumar Arunamoorthy

Ramkumar Arunamoorthy

Information System Business Analysis, 2013

Ramkumar devoted his time and career to empowering people through education, providing technology training for 4000 plus individuals across Ontario facilitating the training needed to work in the technology sector. His work has garnered recognition by major tech companies, with him serving as Google's "Mentor East Canada Region" and "Women TechMaker Ambassador.

Ramneet Brar

Business Administration Accounting, 2017

Ramneet has been named one of the 2023 ApplyBoard International Alumni of Impact Winners.  She is an exemplar of perseverance, innovation, and compassion. Her trailblazing efforts at Isempower (co-founded by her) and commitment to international student success have positively contributed to Canada's professional landscape.

Raquel Fox

Chef Raquel Fox

Ravneet Singh

2017 Culinary Management program

Chef alum Ravneet Singh celebrates the opening of his first restaurant 'Barkat' - a real Toronto gem. 

Ray Williams

Culinary Arts Program, 2011

Financial services executive, chef and accessible education advocate Ray Williams, alum is dedicated to creating opportunities for others.

His career began in London’s financial district. He brought his young family to Canada, where he is currently the Vice-Chairman of Financial Markets.

Rehan Ahmed

Nursing alumnus Rehan Ahmed

Practical Nursing Program, 2020

Nursing graduate, Reham Ahmed returned to GBC to run a community COVID-19 vaccination clinic.

Roger Mooking

Culinary Management, 2001

Roger is a globally recognized, Trinidadian born, Canadian raised talent that creates immersive experiences in the Arts.  As a celebrity chef, restaurateur, television host, author, and award-winning recording artist, he has earned an international reputation as a multi-media artist and entertainer showcasing a globally inspired vision that reflects his rich family heritage, love for people and travel. Roger is best known as the host of the internationally celebrated grilling and barbecue show “Man Fire Wood”.

Rokhaya Gueye

Rokhaya Gueye

Construction Engineering Technician - Management, 1999

Twenty-two years after graduating from George Brown College’s (GBC) construction engineering technician management program, Gueye is pursuing an apprenticeship at the College of Carpenters and Allied Trades in Vaughan, Ont.


Sage Paul

Sage Paul

Fashion Techniques and Design Program, 2006

Co-founder and executive & artistic director of the bi-annual celebratory Indigenous Fashion Arts in Toronto, Sage, a Denesuliné tskwe member of the English River First Nation works to express and sustain Indigenous culture. She learned to sew and bead as a child, loved fashion, and enrolled in a fashion techniques and design program.

Sand Tsoi

Bachelor of Commerce (Culinary Management), 2023

With the help of startGBC, Sand launched a food stall for her authentic Thai cuisine takeout business Baan. She participated in high-profile summer food festivals in Toronto, including Smorgasburg and the Taste of Lawrence. 

Shayne Speck

Shayne Speck

Sheet Metal Apprenticeship, 2012

Shayne returned to teach at the School of Apprenticeship & Skilled Trades as he believes in keeping things current through ongoing improvement and mentoring of the next generation. He trained the 2023 bronze medal winner student for the Skills Ontario Competition in the Sheet Metal Category!

Shuang Wu

Shuang Wu

Business Marketing Program, 2021

When asked about GBC, Shuang Wu lights up with joy as she shares how much the College means to her. 

Wu moved from China to Canada in 2020, looking for new opportunities after an engineering degree and almost a decade of working in the pharmaceutical industry. She wanted to expand her marketing knowledge and attend a good school in an exciting city.

Read Shuang's story

Stephanie Guth

Culinary Management Diploma, 2009 and CAPS Sommelier Certificate, 2012

Stephanie Guth's passion for travel led her to a hospitality career, which she cherishes for its global opportunities. Combining her new career in wine with her passion for travel, Guth went on to work as a sommelier in restaurants in the UK and New Zealand. She values the strong sense of community in the food and beverage industry, where lifelong friendships were born during her time at George Brown.

Vincent Nguyen

Construction graduate Vincent Nguyen

Construction Engineering Technology, 2021

While in school, Vincent has received a student award, that greatly contributed to his academic success. It was a precarious time in 2020, when he had recently arrived from Vietnam. After graduating he started working as a junior estimator, and now is a project co-ordinator with a goal of becoming a project manager someday.

Wilson Lai

Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management), 2019

Wilson started as a labourer and worked his way through a couple different roles within construction. His goal was to eventually manage and lead, but he wanted to fully understand different parts of the business before doing so.

Zvi Katan

Zvi Katan

Special Events Management, 2021

Sports have always been Zvi’s true calling. As an avid basketball fan, he has a profound appreciation for all sports and their power to bring people together.Currently, he works as a Brand Partnerships Coordinator at TSN. He also runs a successful sports media brand called The Raptors Insider, which he founded in 2018 and has grown to over 40,000 loyal followers.