Alumni Spotlight – Dr. Alisa Acosta ’02

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BVG Alumni Dr. Alisa Acosta '02

Congratulations to #BVGAlumni Dr. Alisa Acosta ’02 on her new role as Director of Research and Education at the Blockchain Research Institute (BRI), where she is dedicated to exploring and sharing knowledge about the strategic implications of blockchain technology on business, government, and society. Alisa first joined the BRI in 2018 after completing her Ph.D. in Computer-Supported Collaborative learning from OISE, University of Toronto, where she was the recipient of a Joseph Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship. In her current role at the BRI, Alisa is responsible for leading all educational initiatives, executing the BRI research agenda, and managing the content and programming of the Blockchain Revolution Global conference. She has also served as a member of the Blockchain Program Advisory Council at the York University School of Continuing Studies. Alisa currently lives in Toronto with her husband and two-year-old daughter. We wish Alisa continued success in her future endeavors

Alumni Spotlight – Jabir Rustom ’92

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BVG Alumni Jabir Rustom '92

#BVGAlumni Jabir Rustom ’92 has been working in the IT and management consulting professions since 1998 and has nearly 25 years of experience working in various senior IT and management consulting positions at Hershey, Baxter International, Johnson & Johnson, NewAGE Consulting and CONTAX. Jabir recently left the corporate world and now focusses on personal investments and philanthropic activities. We wish Jabir all the best in his future endeavours.

Alumni Spotlight – Anna Maria Buraya ’17

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BVG Alumni Anna Maria Buraya '17

Congratulations to #BVGAlumni Anna Maria Buraya ’17 on her years of success as the top player on the NYU Tennis team where she completed her Bachelor of Science, Finance degree from Stein School of Business at New York University in 2021. Anna Maria is currently working as Investment Banking Analyst at Evercore in New York, USA, and has previous experience working at TD Securities in New York. We wish Anna Maria continued success in all her future endeavours.

Alumni Spotlight – Sachin Arora ’12

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BVG Alumni Sachin Arora '12

Congratulations to #BVGAlumni Sachin Arora ’12 on his new position as Divisional Vice President, Marketing Strategy and Insights at The Bay. Sachin was previously with Hudson’s Bay Company in various positions and is excited about this career advancement opportunity to work in the senior management level. Sachin completed his Bachelor of Commerce (BComm) Honours, Business Strategy from Smith School of Business at Queen’s University and is serving as VP, Marketing and PR at Toastmasters International since 2019. Check out Sachin’s interview with The Bay ( to read more about his team goals, career paths and recommendations for emerging leaders. We wish Sachin continued success in his career journey.

Alumni Spotlight: Sophia Dungan ’07

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BVG Alumni Sophia Dungan '07

BVGAlumni Sophia Dungan ’07 has been teaching at Bayview Glen since last school year and is currently a Grade 3 homeroom teacher with a passion for nature, the outdoors and gardening. Sophia enjoys educating others about the benefits of nearby nature, and forming a bond with the flora and fauna in our communities. Before becoming a teacher, Sophia spent several years in the GTA’s woods, ravines and valleys teaching young children about building relationships with the environment, and she is particularly excited to bring her knowledge and enthusiasm in this area to Bayview Glen’s students and families. We wish Sophia all the best as she continues her legacy at her alma mater as part of the teaching staff.

Alumni Spotlight – Dr. Matthew Turnock ’02

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BVG Alumni Dr. Matthew Turnock '02

Congratulations to #BVGAlumni Dr. Matthew Turnock ’02, MSS, MSc, MD, FRCPC on his remarkable accomplishments in the healthcare profession, specializing in telemedicine, high-fidelity patient simulation, pre-hospital care, aeromedical transport, aerospace medicine, neuroscience and neural networks. Matthew is a Physician and Consultant Anesthesiologist at the Royal Columbian Hospital in Vancouver, British Columbia. He is also a Clinical Instructor with the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Anesthesia, Pharmacology, and Therapeutics at the University of British Columbia. Matthew received his MD from the University of Toronto, and holds a Fellowship in Anesthesiology (FRCPC) from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Prior to medical school, he completed a Masters in Space Studies at International Space University and a Master of Science in eHealth at McMaster University, investigating the use of patient simulators in austere environments. He also completed an Aeromedical Transport Fellowship in Australia. We wish Matthew continued success in all that he does.

Alumni Spotlight – Sherif Nathoo ’97

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BVG Alumni Sherif Nathoo '97

Congratulations to #BVGAlumni Sherif Nathoo ’97 on being the Top Awarded Sales Professional at CENTURY 21 from 2004 to present. Sherif has over 18 years of experience in the Real Estate industry and is also a Business Coach at Tom Ferry International. In addition, Sherif is a Property Manager at CMG Toronto where he is responsible for managing rental properties for investors locally and oversees, and he has been involved with Aga Khan Foundation Canada as a volunteer for over 25 years since 1992. Sherif graduated from Ryerson University in 2003 with a Bachelor of Commerce, Hospitality and Tourism Management degree and completed the Executive Education Course, Launching New Ventures at Harvard Business School in 2009. We wish Sherif continued success in his future endeavours.

Alumni Spotlight – Shirley Slavens ’92

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BVG Alumni Shirley Slavens '92

Congratulations to #BVGAlumni Shirley Slavens ’92, MBA on her remarkable accomplishments in the financial services, technology and retail industries. Shirley is currently the Director, Global HR – Contingent Workforce at Scotiabank and has worked in various HR positions at Scotiabank since 2001. Previously, Shirley has extensive experience working at Celestica, Hudson’s Bay Company and General Motors. As a leader who has spearheaded large-scale HR initiatives in global organizations, Shirley brings a strategic and nimble approach to the entire cycle of talent management. We wish Shirley continued success in her career journey.

Alumni Spotlight – Dr. George Foussias ’93

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BVG Alumni Dr. George Foussias '93

Congratulations to #BVGAlumni Dr. George Foussias ’93, MD, PhD on his outstanding accomplishments in the healthcare profession and his research work in the mental health field. George is a Clinician Scientist in the Campbell Family Mental Health Research Institute, Chief of the Schizophrenia Division and Director of the Slaight Family Centre for Youth in Transition at CAMH. He is also an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and the Institute of Medical Science, Faculty of Medicine, at the University of Toronto. His research focusses on advancing the treatment of motivation deficits and improving outcomes for individuals experiencing schizophrenia and related severe mental illnesses. We wish George continued success in his future endeavours.