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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

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.

Andrea Kosarew

Culinary Arts – Italian, 2016

Andrea’s journey, steeped in an unwavering passion for food and culinary exploration, spans a decade across renowned properties. Holding a postgraduate degree in Culinary Arts from GBC, his global tenure includes pivotal roles in Canada and the UK before his position at Kempinski Hotel & Residences Palm Jumeirah as sous chef in December 2021.

ANNISSA RODRIGUEZ RAMDHANIE

Analytics for Business Decision-Making, 2018

Annissa drives innovation and positive impact across various roles, including entrepreneurship, community development, and education. Beyond her professional endeavours at Lamiaceae, XYZ Storage, and Leaside Business Park, Annissa founded the I'm Possible – Rodriguez-Ramdhanie Scholarship with a mission to empower future generations through education. Actively involved in the GBC community, Annissa offers mentorship and advocacy, embodying the spirit of alumni excellence. As a member of the Program Advisory Committee of the School of Management – Analytics Program, she contributes valuable insights to enhance educational experiences, further solidifying her commitment to shaping the institution's future.

Barley Chironda

Practical Nursing, 2009

Barley's journey from practical nursing to leading Clorox Canada's healthcare team reflects his exceptional trajectory post-graduation. His expertise has expanded to include international consulting, demonstrating his versatility in the face of evolving challenges. With an eye on executive leadership and academia, Chironda aims to make significant contributions to the industry and create more resilient healthcare systems.

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.

Bruce Lee

Culinary Skills-Chef Training, 2021

Bruce Lee perfected his culinary expertise in prestigious establishments throughout France and Hong Kong via an international study and work abroad program facilitated by GBC before co-founding Roselle Desserts in Toronto. With unwavering resilience and a flair for innovation, Lee continues to push culinary boundaries alongside his partner, shaping Toronto's culinary scene and beyond.

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.

Chabi Arauz

Dance Performance, 2022

Chabi grew up in Panama City, Panama and has been dancing since her early years, starting with creative movement and tap, then slowly progressing into ballet. She kicked off her Dance Performance program with George Brown College through video training during the pandemic, then participated in Ballet Jörgen’s Mentorship program, and has been a part of the Junior Company and performed in exciting productions like The Nutcracker.

Chau Gia Han

Accounting, 2016

Chau Gia Han is a driven and ambitious graduate who has navigated the complexities of the business world with determination and grace. As the co-owner of a flourishing bubble tea shop in east Toronto, Gia Han's innovative mindset and dedication have been instrumental in the venture's success, earning her admiration and respect from colleagues and customers alike.

Chloe Nguyen

Baking and Pastry Arts Management, 2023

 

Chloe is a skilled pastry chef and entrepreneur who found her passion for baking at GBC. Winning the Gold Medal at the Skills Ontario Competition 2023 propelled her into mentoring roles at CHCA, inspiring new competitors to success. Alongside mentoring, Chloe has launched her own cake business, Chloe's Palette Cake Studio, where she showcases her creativity and love for cake artistry through personalized creations for special occasions.

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.

Chris Patrician

Building Renovation Technology, 2020

The entire George Brown College community was watching with excitement when Chris barreled down the track in Beijing as Team Canada went for gold in the four-man bobsleigh event at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.

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

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

Millinery Certificate, 2003

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

David Giller

Commercial Dance, 2018

David seamlessly transitions from captivating audiences on NBA courts to dazzling stages in neoclassical opera productions. Giller's journey from competitive dancer to choreographer showcases his dedication and versatility, as he brings a unique blend of athleticism and artistry to every performance. With a passion for innovation and a commitment to honing his craft, Giller continues to push boundaries and inspire audiences worldwide.

David Leopold

Business, 1984

David moved from Montreal to Toronto in 1980 for a three-year Business/Marketing program at George Brown College. Engaging deeply at GBC, he took on roles as the music director and station manager at the campus radio station GBFM. Transitioning into the wellness business in 2010, he founded a studio, specializing in Taichi and Qigong. David credits his diverse career and GBC education for his success, emphasizing the significance of cultivating relationships.

David Mendoza

Constructivist Counselling, 2017

David is a committed educator and experiential learning advocate, focusing on career development, e-learning, and language coaching. At George Brown College, he supports neurodiverse students and those facing mental health challenges. Through his leadership at Orbit 5, David fosters a global community that empowers international students to navigate uncertainty and prioritize mental well-being while pursuing their career objectives.

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. 

Denis Gorbunov

Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management), 2018

Denis, a proud graduate of GBC, is now a Project Manager at Great Gulf. In this role, he seamlessly applies the comprehensive knowledge and skills he gained at GBC, fueled by his passion for construction and commitment to continuous learning. In the dynamic world of residential construction—a field Denis is deeply passionate about—his success story underscores the transformative power of a George Brown education and its lasting impact on professional growth.

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.

Diego Mendoza

Culinary Management, 2022

Diego, with a decade of experience in pastry at global hotels like The Ritz Carlton and JW Marriott, achieved the position of Executive Pastry Chef at Hyatt Centric San Isidro, Peru. Driven by a desire for further education, he enrolled at George Brown College, immersing himself in a transformative post-COVID classroom setting. Beyond culinary studies, courses in business, sustainability, and marketing at GBC provided valuable insights, paving the way for his entrepreneurial journey. With a focus on ethically sourced cocoa, Diego launched a chocolate shop, leveraging multicultural insights gained at GBC for innovative flavour profiles.

Don Togade

Universal Design Learning, 2021

Don holds the role of Academic Program Co-ordinator and Professor at George Brown College's Bachelor of Behaviour Analysis Program. Despite facing speech challenges and recognizing his atypical learning style early on, Don's journey from a rural farming town in the Philippines to earning a Ph.D. in Behaviour Analysis exemplifies resilience, curiosity, and a commitment to inclusivity in education. His dedication to fostering enriching learning environments and promoting diversity serves as an inspiration to students and colleagues alike.

Donna Dingman

Nursing, 1975

In 1975, a unique class of nurses graduated from GBC's School of Nursing. Not only was Donna among the first graduates of the newly formed GBC nursing program, but she was also the last graduating class from the Toronto General Hospital campus before its official integration into the college.

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.

Dymika Harte

Graphic Design, 2018

Dymika is the founder and creative director of a female-powered creative agency with an expanding client base. She won the College's 2018 Student Entrepreneurship Award and was nominated for a Premier's Award celebrating outstanding Ontario college grads in 2021. 

Emefa Kuadey

Fashion Techniques and Design, 2019

Emefa Kuadey started her successful fashion design business while still in college. Through her hard work and creative designs, she has achieved significant success and brand recognition, particularly in light of her company's online and in-store partnership with mega-retailer Hudson's Bay. Her impressive work and path from civil engineering into the world of fashion has been featured in the November 2023 issue of Canadian Fashion Magazine.

 

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 Kukucka

Denturism Program, 2010

Currently serving as the Vice President of Clinical Removable Prosthetics and Design Technology at Aspen Dental, Eric’s journey from a GBC student to a prominent figure in his industry serves as an inspirational story for current and prospective students aiming to follow in his footsteps. As a researcher, educator, author, and leading authority in denturism, Eric helps develop protocols and materials for dental clinicians and technicians around the world.

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 is a classically trained, award-winning Canadian-American actor and voice-over artist. He was born and raised in Toronto, where he studied at George Brown Theatre School before starring in the original Canadian company of The Toxic Avenger Musical. His performance earned him a Dora Award Nomination, and he won a Gemini Award for his contributions to a documentary that followed the show’s journey from rehearsal to opening night. He spent two seasons at Canada’s prestigious Shaw Festival, starring in productions of Ragtime, His Girl Friday, Guys & Dolls, and Lady Windermere’s Fan.

 

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.

Forrest Liu

Culinary Management, 2013

Forrest's culinary journey began at George Brown College's Chef School, where he honed his skills and passion for cooking. After graduating, he embarked on a remarkable career, working alongside renowned chefs and eventually becoming a sought-after private chef for celebrities like Drake and the Weston family.

Gianmarco Sinisi

Digital Media Marketing, 2023

Gianmarco Sinisi has seamlessly translated his academic prowess into spearheading a revolutionary approach to business technology. With a keen understanding of marketing and sales integration, Gianmarco aims to reshape the landscape for business owners and influencers worldwide.

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.

Janielle Mckoy

Fashion Management, 2009

Janielle Mckoy is a renowned style expert, visual display artist, and costume buyer for film and television. Currently, Janielle stars as a guest expert on the popular Canadian morning show “Cityline”, sharing the latest fashion trends. She is also a fashion stylist and TV Guest Expert at Today’s Shopping Choice.

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.

Jason Miller

Sport and Event Marketing, 2012

Jason is a former Huskies basketball player turned Team Canada handball athlete. Transitioning from sports to the professional realm, Jason has carved out a stellar career in digital marketing. As the Digital Marketing Manager at York University, he's amassed numerous awards, presented at conferences, and teaches Marketing Analytics at Schulich School of Business.

Jex Paisley

Culinary Management, 2010

After completing culinary training in Jamaica and at George Brown College, Jex gained experience at prestigious 5-star resorts and explored culinary traditions across the Caribbean and Europe. Jex's love for cooking was sparked in his parents' kitchen, where he uncovered various Caribbean flavours. Through his venture, Transcend by Jex Meals, he aims to deliver his culinary creations, inspired by Caribbean and global influences, directly to customers' homes.

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.

Jolene May

Community Worker Program, 2011

Jolene May is Anishinaabe from Whitefish River Birch Island. She is highly motivated in Indigenous student success initiatives and was the first-ever elected Indigenous student representative to have a seat on the Student Association Board of George Brown College. Jolene is passionate about helping Indigenous students be successful in their education journey and is excited to help students by assisting them with their needs while attending GBC.

Joey Ma

Food and Beverage Program, 1995

Joey Ma's transformative journey with George Brown College began as a culinary student and evolved into her current role as Operations Manager of the Inventory Control Centre. As a proud alumna and dedicated employee, Joey champions GBC's strategic priorities, notably emphasizing lifelong learning and advocating for diversity, equity, and inclusion within the college community.

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.

Jose Hadad

Culinary Management, 2002

Jose turned his love for authentic Mexican cuisine into founding a now well-known restaurant chain in Toronto, the Mad Mexican. His inspiration came from his grandmother, as he believes, that “sometimes, revolutions are less about evolution and more about getting back to basics”. With resilience and determination, he overcame challenges and achieved culinary success from humble beginnings.

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.

Judy Choi

Human Resources Management, 2020

From her time at George Brown College, Judy developed a deep passion for HR and recruitment. Today, as a Talent Attraction Specialist at one of the Big Four, she is committed to inspiring and mentoring HR students, sharing her wealth of insights gained from her experience in the field.

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.

Juline Sutton

Social Service Worker, 2021

Juline oversees an online community dedicated to fostering a secure environment for discussions on mental health challenges among Black women. Her goal is to expand this community to encompass women in the Toronto shelter system, envisioning a broader and more inclusive support network. Driven by her passion for the cause, Sutton aspires to leverage her experiences to transition into leadership roles within the mental health sector.

Kai Palo

Fashion Techniques and Design, 2023

Kai Palo takes on the role of designer for The FOR TOMORROW sustainable hoodie collection, a joint venture between The Brookfield Sustainability Institute at George Brown College and SIXR. As the creative mind behind the hoodie line, Palo's contribution underscores the meaningful impact of GBC Fashion graduates and students in shaping environmentally responsible fashion initiatives.

Karan Tsoi

Culinary Management, 2013

Karan's culinary expertise blossomed during her time as a student at George Brown College's Chef School, where she immersed herself in the art and science of food. Following graduation, she embarked on a remarkable career, revitalizing esteemed Toronto restaurants and establishing acclaimed ventures in high-end catering and private culinary services.

 

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.

Ken Hall

Career and Work Counsellor Program, 2007

Ken Hall, an acclaimed public speaker and winner of the Canadian Comedy Award, is known for his standout performance as Herb in Netflix's "The Umbrella Academy." With multiple CCA nominations, including Comedic Artist of the Year, Ken brings over a decade of experience as an accomplished career counsellor. His diverse talents not only shine in acting but also underscore his dedication to both education and entertainment.

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

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. 

Lilly Lazare-Greene

Welding Techniques, 2022

Lilly, proudly representing her heritage as a member of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, is a trailblazing welder and lab technician, who has made remarkable strides in breaking gender stereotypes within the skilled trades industry. Her passion for welding techniques and her commitment to empowering women have left an indelible mark. As a graduate of George Brown College’s Welding Techniques program, Lilly exemplifies determination and resilience. She has actively prepared women for exciting opportunities in the field, proving that the world of welding is not limited by gender norms.

Luis Valenzuela

Culinary Management, 2003

Hailing from Guadalajara, Luis has made his mark on Toronto's culinary scene through his innovative approach to Spanish-inspired cuisine. With a background enriched by mentorship from renowned chefs in Europe and experiences at esteemed restaurants like North 44 and Bymark, he passionately shares his expertise as a dedicated professor at George Brown College, fostering the next generation of culinary talents.

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.

Maryana Sakhryn

English for Academic Purposes (EAP), 2010

In her role as the Immigrant and Transitional Education Pathway Advisor at GBC, Maryana plays a vital role in equipping immigrant and international learners with the knowledge, tools, resourcefulness, and self-efficacy to make informed decisions about further academic pursuits through integrated advising.

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. 

Melonie Lawrence

Fashion Management, 2015

Melonie Lawrence is a Toronto-based fashion stylist and creative director. Her successful styling career has allowed her to work with many high-profile television personalities and contribute as the key stylist for acclaimed shows like HGTV's Home to Win and AMI's Fashion Dis makeover show. Melonie has also played a pivotal role in shaping the aesthetics of nationwide commercial campaigns for brands such as Shoppers Drug Mart, President’s Choice, Chevrolet, ADT, Shiseido, and many others.

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

Fashion Management, 2019

Natasha's journey from childhood passion to fashion entrepreneur showcases two decades of style evolution and community impact. Embracing her love for unique vintage pieces, Natasha brings creativity and authenticity to Toronto's fashion scene, making waves with her eye-catching ensembles and dedication to customer satisfaction.

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.

Nik-Keisha Moodie

Honours Bachelor of Business Administration (Hospitality), 2016

Nik-Keisha Moodie is a visionary entrepreneur dedicated to making a positive impact in her community. With a diverse skill set and a passion for education, leadership, inspiration, and empowerment, she has become a trusted Business & Finance Coach. Nik-Keisha takes pride in helping individuals and entrepreneurs in various aspects of their lives, adopting a holistic approach to address their financial and business needs.

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.

Patrick Kwok-Choon

Theatre Arts, 2009

Patrick Kwok-Choon, a Canadian actor, gained recognition for portraying Gen Rhys on Star Trek: Discovery (2017). He earned a Bachelor of Arts & Sciences in Communication Studies before enrolling in George Brown Theatre School. Following graduation, he was invited to join the school's Advisory Board. Recently, he starred in Heritage Minute's Norman Kwong, the inaugural CFL player of Chinese descent and a four-time Grey Cup champion.

Polly Gove

Nursing, 1975

In 1975, a unique class of nurses graduated from GBC's School of Nursing. Not only was Polly among the first graduates of the newly formed GBC nursing program, but she was also the last graduating class from the Toronto General Hospital campus before its official integration into the college.

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.

Rayeheh Rezaei

Analytics for Business Decision Making Program, 2023

Rayeheh Rezaei is a distinguished alumna whose journey from academia to entrepreneurship showcases resilience and innovation. Combining her academic excellence with a decade of professional soccer, Rayeheh founded a Canadian brand specializing in eco-friendly and innovative water bottles for active lifestyles. Her success is marked by a commitment to quality and innovation, making her a source of inspiration for aspiring entrepreneurs. Rayeheh's story underscores the transformative impact of education and passion on shaping a successful entrepreneurial career.

Regina Hu

Special Event Management, 2022

With over 5 years of diverse experience in brand elevation, Regina has propelled giants SME eCommerce ventures to new heights. Her versatile skill set encompasses brand, digital, event, and eCommerce marketing, coupled with a knack for pioneering ideas. Beyond her corporate endeavours, Regina fuels her entrepreneurial spirit with Chimney & Tea, importing teas to Canada and infusing homes with diverse cultural flavours.

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.

Roc Chow

Electromechanical Engineering Technician, 2016

Roc Chow, the visionary founder of Generatr Inc., is revolutionizing cross-border collaboration between China and Canada in the IoT sector. With a decade of expertise, Roc identifies and addresses pain points, ensuring seamless partnerships and technological advancements. Passionate about societal enhancement, Roc spearheads the "Panda Charging" brand, a pioneering smart device charging solution inspired by global travels and a lifelong fascination with electronics.

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

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.

 

Sabrina Harding

Fashion Management, 2007

Sabrina's journey from childhood fascination to corporate success is remarkable. With a degree in Fashion Management from George Brown College and over 15 years of experience in the promotional products field, she has worked with prestigious clients such as the Vancouver Olympics, McDonald's, Coca-Cola, Audi, and BMO, showcasing her out-of-the-box thinking. Today, Sabrina is a respected entrepreneur, known for her creativity and dedication to bringing clients' dreams to life.

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. 

Scott Biel

Sports Marketing, 1991

With over 25 years of experience in customer communications management, Scott has consistently exceeded growth targets and led a team of exceptional sale's executives across the financial services industry.

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!

Shimmon Isaac

Sport and Event Marketing, 2022

Shimmon's journey from Sales Development Academy participant to leadership exemplifies dedication and growth in sports sales. His return to a leadership position at MLSE reflects his perseverance, passion, and the program's effectiveness. Having garnered valuable experiences and mentorship with the Premium and Suites team, Shimmon is committed to paving the way for future sales stars, ensuring his success inspires others to pursue and advance their careers in the field.

 

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.

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Stephanie Duong

Baking and Pastry Arts Management, 2011

Stephanie boasts extensive experience in entrepreneurship and pastry craftsmanship. With a background spanning Michelin-starred kitchens in Europe and Asia, she co-founded Roselle Desserts in Toronto, celebrated for its inventive, flavour-focused pastries. Passionate about exploring her city's independent businesses, Stephanie's modern approach to pastry emphasizes simplicity, seasonality, and exquisite taste.

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.

Tom Tomassi

Welding Specialization Designation, 1971

Tom is a dedicated Professor and Coordinator of Welding at GBC and is honoured at the Employee Service Recognition event for his remarkable 46-year career. Tom, who started at GBC as a student in the early '70s, has been a tireless advocate for inclusion, working to break down barriers for women, people with disabilities, and other marginalized groups in the trades. His advocacy extended to his role as a union steward and President of OPSEU Local 556, driven by his own experiences as an immigrant from Italy.

Tony Nguyen

Hotel Operation Management, 2020

Tony is a resilient entrepreneur who has faced and conquered numerous challenges in the business world. Graduating into an industry battered by shutdowns and restrictions due to the pandemic, Tony's determination and perseverance have propelled him forward. Now, as the co-owner of a thriving bubble tea shop in east Toronto, Tony's entrepreneurial spirit inspires those around him. Additionally, he was honoured as the 2022 Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year by startGBC, further cementing his status as a trailblazer in the entrepreneurial community.

Tyler Brown

Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management), 2016

Tyler already worked as a labourer before starting his program at George Brown and has built a decade-long career in construction. His passion for the industry has resulted in exciting opportunities that included estimation, project management, and a well-earned project director position most recently. He’s has been known for his integrity, determination, and for being the teammate many want in their corner.

Tymika Tafari

Theatre Arts – Performance, 2017

Tymika is an accomplished actor who turned a time of abrupt change and shutdowns into a period of creativity and growth, personally and professionally. Momentum started to build for Tafari during the height of the pandemic and continues to grow with new opportunities in the U.S., thanks to her work on the show Slip, a streaming series from celebrity executive producer Dakota Johnson.

Urvish Patel

Computer Programmer Analyst, 2021

With extensive experience as a Software Engineer, Professor, and Career Coach spanning over 5 years, Urvish specializes in automating business processes and assisting international students and newcomers in securing desirable roles. His dedication as a Career Coach lies in empowering individuals to unlock their full potential and realize their career ambitions.

Victoria Alexander

Food and Nutrition Management, 2012

Victoria hails from St. Lucia but journeyed to Toronto at 21 to pursue studies at George Brown College, specializing in Hospitality Management and Haute Cuisine. After gaining experience in St. Lucia's hospitality sector, she returned to further her education in Food and Nutrition Management. Inspired by a vision to introduce authentic St. Lucian flavours to Canada's culinary landscape, Victoria launched a distinctive line of all-natural sauces and spices, aiming to be among the pioneering St. Lucian product creators in Canada.

Victoria Grenkie

Honours Bachelor of Technology (Construction Management), 2014

When Victoria began her career in construction, she didn’t feel she had a support system that could recognize the unique challenges that come with being a woman in a male-dominated industry. In her role as a Senior Project Manager at Govan Brown, she’s been on a mission to build that longed-for sense of community.

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.

Vivene Roberts

Child and Youth Worker, 1993

Vivene never stops moving to ensure the needs of marginalized children and youth in foster care are being met. She runs a foster care agency, recently opened a foster care group home, and continually creates innovative new programming and services.

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.