News Archive

Meet Canada's chief NAFTA negotiator

August 1, 2017

The first round of NAFTA talks are set to take place Aug. 16-20 with alumnus Steve Verheul, BA'82, MA'84 (Political Science) as Canada's chief negotiator.

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Alumnus’ bike lane blitz making TO streets safer

July 27, 2017

Kyle Ashley, BA’12 (Psychology and Anthropology), a parking enforcement officer with Toronto Police Service, reaches out to Toronto’s cyclists over Twitter, under the handle @TPS_ParkingPal.

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Performance app moves athletes beyond training

July 27, 2017

Ronen Benin, HBA’12, a former national level swimmer and coach, was inspired to develop Logit, a digital log/journal for athletic performance, to help his younger brother, Daniel Benin, BMOS’15, then a member of the Western Mustang’s swim team, anticipate illness, injury and potential burnout.

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Alumni named Top 40 Under 40

July 5, 2017

Western University congratulates five of its alumni for being named to Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 for 2017. Through hard work and dedication, these alumni have earned one of Canada’s most prestigious honours for young leaders.

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Plotting a course for golf’s future in Canada

June 28, 2017

Laurence Applebaum, HBA’94, was recently named Chief Executive Officer of Golf Canada. The Toronto native, who spent the last five years as Executive Vice-President of the Women’s Tennis Association, succeeds Chief Sport Officer Jeff Thompson in the position.

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Grad takes stand on gender identity

June 28, 2017

Joshua M. Ferguson, BA’09 (Film Studies), identifies as non-binary trans and uses the pronouns ‘they,’ ‘them’ and ‘their’ to reflect gender identity. The writer and filmmaker recently applied for a non-binary birth certificate in Ontario, attracting media attention and fostering conversations surrounding recognition of gender identity across Canada.

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Alumni make music in The Early Morning

June 16, 2017

Johanna Kaipainen, BSc’03 (Food & Nutrition), Malcolm Scott, BA’01, LLB’04, and Sandy MacDonald, BA’00 (Kinesiology & French), BEd’01, are seen here with The Early Morning bandmates Jim MacDonald and Bronson Metcalfe.

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Street hockey brings success for Ivey grad

June 1, 2017

When Scott Hill, MBA’02, witnessed the popularity of a 3-on-3 street basketball tournament held in London’s downtown core, he thought, “Why isn’t there something similar for street hockey?”

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New app connects talent and business

May 26, 2017

Alumna Erika Mozes, BA'00, and her partner Josh Karam, have developed a new app called Hyr that connects employees and employers in the hospitality sector.

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History students and alumni find ‘lost’ cemetery stones

May 25, 2017

Students and alumni working on a Canada150 project at Woodland Cemetery in London have discovered 130 gravestones that had been all but lost to history. Pictured are, from left, Piotr Dobrzynski, Alyssa Szilagyi, Levi Hord, MacKenzie Brash and Sunny Kim.

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Program helped retrain brain, refocus life

May 25, 2017

When he graduated from the Graduate Diploma in Professional Communication and Management program in Spring 2015, Adam Rice founded LoanConnect, a financial technology company that aggregates lenders across the country into one easy-to-use site for borrowers.

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Preserving Canadian memory on Juno Beach

May 25, 2017

Rebecca Le Savoureux, BA’05 (Political Science, French), is among alumni helping preserve Canadian memory through their work at the Juno Beach Centre.

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60 years of rowing excellence

May 25, 2017

In September, Western Rowing celebrates its 60th anniversary with a weekend alumni event. There will be activities for all generations and their families, including the chance to cheer on the current Mustangs team at the Western Invitational Regatta, a formal alumni dinner, and the annual Old Oars Regatta and boat christening.

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Mission of mercy: Dr. Toni Zhong, MD’02

May 12, 2017

Spearheading humanitarian surgical missions to developing countries, alumna Dr. Toni Zhong, MD’02, is featured in a video that recently won an award from the News Photographers Association of Canada.

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Spence takes the helm at Sonos

May 12, 2017

In January, Patrick Spence, HBA’98, was named CEO of Sonos, a Santa Barbara, Calif.-based wireless speaker and home sound system company. It’s an honour, Spence said, to take over the reins of the growing tech company.

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Meds 2017: Yousif Atwan

May 12, 2017

For Yousif Atwan, there was no “aha” moment, and no epiphany. Rather, the decision to pursue medicine was somehow just there - a plan slowly coming together one piece at a time. And it developed as a result of a strong family foundation, a fascination with science and an unexpected academic mentor who opened the door to new opportunities for him.

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Canada's next astronaut?

April 28, 2017

Francis James Frenzel, BSc'08, 1 of 17 has been shortlisted to become Canada’s next astronaut.

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Alumna sets sights on world’s tallest peak

April 27, 2017

Illina Frankiv, BSc’11, MES’13, is taking on the Seven Summits – seeking to climb the tallest peaks on each of the seven continents. She has already climbed two, and plans to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in September and Everest in April 2018.

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Around the world in 40 days

April 13, 2017

Aviators Bob and Steve Dengler, BA’93, are set to be the first father/son team to circumnavigate the globe in a helicopter.

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Alumna off to Antarctica for climate research

April 12, 2017

More than 70 women with a background in science, including Cathy Sorbara, BMSc’06, will embark on a three-week excursion to Antarctica where they will network, learn about climate change research and engage in leadership training.

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