On Tuesday, October 22, we were pleased to host the first Career Breakfast for this school year in the Parent Association Learning Commons at our Moatfield Campus to explore a day in the life in Mathematics with two of our Bayview Glen alumni, Ambrish Shah and Alia Saeed '08.
Both Ambrish and Alia made students and parents re-think the importance of mathematics and its role in critical thinking which can be applied to a wide variety of areas both in the workplace and out. As Ambrish mentioned “Mathematics is not just a stand alone subject of field of study. It’s a language and essential tool for all other sciences. Skills that are honed and nurtured by mathematics include logic and reasoning, creativity, abstract or spatial thinking, critical thinking, problem-solving and even effective communication skills.” In addition, both reflected fondly on their time at Bayview Glen and the many opportunities they experienced that have been advantageous. In particular, they shared the impact of their Round Square experience both personally and professionally.
The next Career Breakfasts are scheduled for Tuesday, December 3, 2019 and Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 7:30 a.m. at our Moatfield Campus. Please stay tuned for more details.
Ambrish Shah, Class of 2003, graduated from the University of Waterloo in 2007 with a Bachelor of Mathematics, majoring in Actuarial Science, Statistics and Finance. Through UW’s co-op programme, Ambrish was hired as an intern at Barclays Capital in their US fixed income trading division in New York. Immediately drawn to the energy and intensity of the trading floor, Ambrish decided to shift his academic focus towards finance and fast tracked his undergraduate degree to accept a full-time job offer from Barclays. Ambrish has been a trader for 12 years, spending the first 10 at Barclays. Early in his career, he traded structured interest rate swaps and options and later moved to the cash bond trading desk. Ambrish is currently a Director at Deutsche Bank Securities, trading US Treasury Bonds and interest rate derivatives. In his work, he uses various mathematical principals and concepts, most importantly: multivariate differential calculus, statistical analysis, and game theory. Ambrish studied at Bayview Glen from Grades 5-11.
Alia Saeed, Class of 2008, graduated from Queen's University in 2012 with the highest level of distinction after completing her Bachelor of Commerce. During her university study, Alia spent one term abroad in Paris, and she started at PwC as a summer student after her second year of university. Alia joined PwC full time after graduation in the audit practice and obtained her CA designation. During that time, she completed a secondment in their New York City office. Upon her return, she joined their Valuations Group and obtained her CBV designation. In March 2019, after almost 10 years at PwC since she started as a summer student, she joined the Valuations Team at CPPIB (Canadian Pension Plan Investment Board).
As an annual Thanksgiving tradition, Bayview Glen hosted this year's Alumni Homecoming on Friday, October 11 in the Daunt Dining Hall and welcomed back over 70 participants, including alumni, faculty, staff and past parents.
Our recent Class of 2019 graduates enjoyed reconnecting with former classmates/teachers and picking up their yearbooks. Other alumni and friends appreciated the opportunity to learn about different ways that they could get involved and all of our available resources.
Special appreciation goes to our Alumni Association Board members, student volunteers and food service provider Aramark Canada. Please stay connected and we look forward to seeing you again at future alumni events.
In September 2019, the Bayview Glen Alumni Association hosted two successful events on campus for alumni, parents and students.
As part of the Fall Fest this year on September 22, a group of Bayview Glen alumni and parents participated in the inaugural Beer Tasting Social and had an enjoyable time on the Moatfield Campus Rooftop Patio trying different types of beers and ciders, generously contributed by Richard Wood ’08 from Bobcaygeon Brewing Co., as well as two other companies.
In addition, we were excited to welcome back Lisa Sonshine ’00 and her musical partner Brock Burford to the Fall Fest stage. The Juno-nominated duo “Sonshine and Broccoli” have been entertaining families for over a decade, engaging children and parents alike with their enthusiasm and energetic pop-rock songs. They have quickly become a favourite of Bayview Glen students and families.
On September 24, four alumni entrepreneurs - Greg Church ‘91 (Domain Design Inc.), Richard Wood ‘08 (Bobcaygeon Brewing Co.), Dayna Stein ‘09 (bare market) and Louisa Nicolaou ‘08 (Photographer, Photos By Weez) - returned to Bayview Glen and shared their journeys and experiences with alumni, parents and students.
Thank you all for your participation. Stay tuned for the next event in the series.
Sunil Gurmukh graduated from Bayview Glen in 2001 and is a lawyer at the Ontario Human Rights Commission (OHRC). Prior to joining the OHRC in 2011, he worked at the African Canadian Legal Clinic as a Staff Lawyer and articled at Hicks Morley Hamilton Stewart Storie LLP. He has worked on significant human rights cases at the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario and all levels of court, including the Supreme Court of Canada. He has a B.Comm. from Queen’s University (2005) and an LL.B. from Western University (2008). He has been recognized for his human rights work as a winner of the 2016 Precedent Setter Award and 2017 Hennessy V.S.O.P. Privilège Award and member of Bay Street Bull’s 2017 Power 50 Guide. Sunil was selected as the Bayview Glen Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient in 2017, and was recently named as one of the country’s top 25 most influential lawyers by Canadian Lawyer Magazine in August 2019.
Yong (Daniel) Shen '15 came to Bayview Glen in Grade 7 and stayed all the way until Grade 12. Daniel recently graduated from Harvard College, the undergraduate liberal arts college of Harvard University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Human Developmental and Regenerative Biology and a minor in Classics. At Harvard, he served as the President of the Harvard-Radcliffe Kendo Club, a teaching assistant for developmental biology, peer tutor, and ran a biotech startup. Daniel graduated with Summa Cum Laude and was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After graduation, Daniel is spending a year as a Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Fellow in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories to learn about Indigenous healing, culture, and the intersection between health, environment, and policy. In August of 2020, Daniel will start medical school at the Columbia-Bassett program at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Thank you to all alumni and friends, as well as faculty, staff, former teachers and past parents who participated in this year’s Alumni Reunion Weekend and made it the most well-attended in history.
The weekend kicked off with the evening reception on Friday May 3 at CRAFT Beer Market Toronto with a packed crowd of over 120 participants in attendance. It was great hearing the stories and updates from our graduates, while alumni from the honoured classes of 1994, 1999, 2004, 2009 and 2014 celebrated their milestone reunions together.
On Saturday May 4, alumni returned to Moatfield Campus and enjoyed the student-led campus tours, networking luncheon as well as the 14th annual Alumni vs Students basketball game. Our Alumni Reunion 2019 Weekend concluded with the Juno-nominated “Sonshine and Broccoli” children’s music show in the J.T.M. Guest Theatre, featuring our BVG alumna Lisa Sonshine ’00 and her musical partner Brock Burford.
Photos from the weekend are available in the Photo Gallery. Many thanks to everyone involved who helped make this annual Alumni Reunion event another great success, especially the Alumni Association Board, Alumni Events Committee, student volunteers, and door prize donors.
Stay connected and we look forward to seeing you again at future alumni events.
On March 28, a group of Bayview Glen alumni and guests participated in the Alumni Chocolate Bark Making Workshop 2019 at Purdys Chocolatier.
Participants had an enjoyable time tasting different types and species of chocolate, and learning how to craft their own take-home batch of chocolate bark with the Master Chocolate Connoisseur.
Please stay tuned for the next event in the Alumni Education Event Series. We look forward to seeing you again at the upcoming Alumni Reunion 2019 Weekend on Friday, May 3 and Saturday, May 4.
On Tuesday, March 5, Stephanie Hedges ’09 (right) and Katie Sakran ’09 (left) returned to Bayview Glen as alumni speakers at our last Career Breakfast of this school year, and shared their insights in the Healthcare industry with our current students and parents from the Prep and Upper School community.
Stephanie shared the functions and requirements to be a genetic counsellor and how she can imagine genetic counsellors emerging as the forefront of healthcare in the, possibly near, future. Katie captured the audience by demonstrating what it means to be a behavioural therapist, by using one strategy of positive reinforcement (the audience were rewarded with a chocolate bar when correctly answering questions). Advice for the future: If you take courses that you like, it will lead to a career you love.
Thank you to our two talented alumni for their involvement and support of our school community. All three Career Breakfasts were great successes and featured inspirational alumni speakers. We hope you could join us at the Career Breakfasts next year.