Congratulations to #BVGAlumni Sana Qureshy Tahir ’93 on her recent promotion as Vice President of Finance at Vantage Elevator Solutions in New York. Sana joined Vantage in 2018 as Director of Finance and served as an advisor for the Executive team to drive both topline and bottomline growth. Sana has over 15 years of extensive experience in the financial executive roles and has previously worked at Union Park Slope, PepsiCo, AVON Products, Nestle Waters and MeadWestvaco in the United States. We wish Sana continued success in her career journey.
#BVGAlumni Alex Fanourgiakis ’00 is a Cyber Security Professional with over 15 years experience in Information Security specializing in Governance, Risk and Compliance with a strong background in threat risk assessments and vulnerability management. Alex has been working as Senior Manager, Cyber Security Policy and Standards at Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services since 2017, and has previously worked in various Cyber Security consultant and analyst positions at Ontario Treasury Board Secretariat, NCI Secured Intelligence, Corus Entertainment and Enterasys Networks. Alex is a passionate contributor to various Digital Identity initiatives, the Pan-Canadian Trust Framework and the development of an assurance framework. Alex obtained his BAS, Information Technology and Business Administration from York University in 2005. We wish Alex continued success in his future endeavours.
Congratulations to #BVGAlumni Patrick Leung ’91, P.Eng., MBA, PMP, PgMP, CMP on his remarkable accomplishments with over 20 years of experience in project management, technology and procees engineering, strategic and management consulting and systems implementation/integration. Patrick has been working at Alectra since 2010 and is currently working as Manager, Capital Projects where he leads a team of 25 Supervisors and Design Technicians in the design and co-ordination of capital construction projects totalling over $120 million. Prior to joining Alectra, Patrick has extensive work experience at various corporations including Toronto Hydro, Reliance Home Comfort, Canadian Pacific Railway and Deloitte Consulting. Patrick graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor of Engineering (B.Eng.) degree in 1998 and completed his Master of Business Administration (MBA), Finance degree at Queen’s University in 2004. In addition to his Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) designation, Patrick is also a Professional Logistician (P.Log.), a Project Management Professional (PMP) and a Program Management Professional (PgMP). Patrick is a founding member of the Bayview Glen Alumni Association Board and served from 2008 to 2012. We wish Patrick continued success in all his future endeavours.
Congratulations to #BVGAlumni Katherine Tsiofas ’13 on recently obtaining her Certified Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. Katherine has been working at Deloitte since 2018 and is currently a Consultant with the Finance and Performance Consulting Group. Katherine previously obtained her Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies, Business degree from Western University in 2018 where she was also a five-year starter and three-year captain of the Western varsity volleyball team. We wish Katherine continued success in all her future endeavours.
In the Spring of 2020, Bayview Glen’s FIRST LEGO League Challenge teams were having another fantastic season, making further preparations after having accomplished a great deal in the first rounds of competition. Unfortunately, this was put on hold by the pandemic. The school’s Spring intramural program was also cancelled. Over the Summer, Jesse Denison revived robotics through an online summer camp. In the Fall session, Eric Borromeo, of Ctrl-Z fame, and newcomer Ben McCord taught online programming courses with the invaluable assistance of experienced Upper School students. This continued through the Spring session. In the Summer, the school offered both in-person and online robotics experiences, with the help of the venerated coach Harold Goldstein.
In the Fall of 2021, BVG began its first competitive FLL Challenge season since the beginning of the pandemic. We created 4 teams for the FLL CARGO CONNECT season consisting of 36 students from Grade 5 to 8. Ctrl-Z returned under the guidance of Eric Borromeo, and Ben McCord coached the teams ConnecTech and TransporTech. First-time coaches Meredith Langston and Julia Warren led the DARSELLAAS, a Grade 5 to 6 team, with the help of Harold Goldstein.
With approximately 150 teams competing in FLL Challenge, BVG had a remarkably successful and enjoyable experience. This season was especially challenging because the BVG teams had to socially distance and separate by grade cohort. Their hard work, perseverance, and positive attitudes paid off. All 4 teams won awards at their respective Regional tournaments:
- Ctrl-Z: Champion’s Award, 1st place
- DARSELLAAS: Newcomer’s Award for team and the Coach’s Award for Julia Warren
- ConnecTech: Champion’s Award, 1st place
- TransporTech: Engineering Excellence Award
Each team progressed to the Ontario Provincials. Amid formidable competition, Ctrl-Z and TransporTech were fortunate enough to win awards. Ctrl-Z took 1st place and is progressing to FIRST Championship, to be held in Houston in April. TransporTech won another Engineering Excellence Award and will advance to the Canada Cup in May. Additionally, both teams competed in the FLL Ontario Innovation Celebration, and each won a Champion’s Award for their Innovation Project. With the Champion’s Award comes a nomination to represent Ontario and submit their project for the FIRST LEGO League Global Innovation Award.
Congratulations to #BVGAlumni Chauncey Tse ’98 on his new IT position at Google in Los Angeles, USA. Prior to joining Google, Chauncey has broad IT-related work experience at various organizations including WellPoint, KPMG Advisory, American Express Global Business and CNM LLP, where he oversees the direction of executing strategic and tactical projects driving governance and IT security. Chauncey completed his Bachelor of Science, Information Systems degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, and he is a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Certified Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK). We wish Chauncey continued success in his career journey.
Congratulations to #BVGAlumni Dr. Anissa Moeini ’03 on her remarkable achievements as an edtech entrepreneur, social scientist and expert in the field of enterprise impact measurement. Recently, Anissa participated at the 2021 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) Summit in Doha speaking about edtech impact and exploring edtech’s role in reclaiming a future for all through education. In January 2021, Anissa founded Goldstar Education in London, UK and is serving as CEO of Goldstar Education and Expert-in-Residence of EDUCATE Ventures Research (the largest edtech research accelerator in the world). Anissa is also Honorary Research Fellow at the UCL Knowlege Lab, Institute of Education, University College London, and obtained her Doctor of Philosophy – PhD, Learning Sciences from UCL in 2020. We wish Anissa continued success in all that she does.
Congratulations to #BVGAlumni Aaron Strahle ’15 on his recent promotion as Senior Financial Analyst, PGT FP&A at PepsiCo. Aaron joined PepsiCo in 2019 after completing his Bachelor of Business Administration – BBA, Accounting Focus from Wilfrid Laurier University, and is responsible for helping integrate new tools to push PepsiCo’s finance vision of the future. In addition, Aaron has been involved in the sailing community for over 14 years as both a competitor (Regional/National/World events) and coach. We wish Aaron all the best in his future endeavours.
Watch the FIRST Canada Live! Show featuring our very own robotics team, Ctrl-Z following their first-place win of the Champions Award!
Christina Crisostomo graduated from Bayview Glen in 2009 and is a brand marketing and communications professional with 9+ years of global agency and in-house experience, working with non-profits to Fortune 500 companies. She specializes in digital content strategy and production for social media, email marketing and web. With a passion for social impact, Christina graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service in Washington, D.C. and began her career in the non-profit world at the Center for Reproductive Rights in New York, NY. She has carried this passion into the corporate sector in roles at Edelman and Staples Canada. She also volunteers as a crisis responder with Kids Help Phone.