Jordyn Taylor graduated from Bayview Glen in 2008 and completed her Master of Arts, Journalism degree at New York University in 2013 after finishing her Bachelor of Arts, History and Theatre degree at Hamilton College in 2012. Now based in New York City, Jordyn is the deputy editor of content at Men's Health magazine and the author of The Paper Girl of Paris, a young adult novel released on May 26, 2020 with HarperTeen. Jordyn is very excited that Booklist called The Paper Girl of Paris “a strong historical fiction debut”, Seventeen magazine named it an Editor's Choice, and MarieClaire listed it among the most anticipated books of 2020. Jordyn is also an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University, and her reporting has appeared in The New York Observer, Mic, and Glamour.com.
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Congratulations to #BVGAlumni Jordyn Taylor '08 on her debut novel launch on May 26, 2020. We are very proud of her remarkable accomplishments and wish her every success in her journey ahead.
While the COVID-19 circumstances continue to evolve around the world, we are proud to feature various healthcare professionals from the Bayview Glen alumni community as they share their perspectives and experiences with us on COVID-19, and how their roles and their patients are being affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Please check out their videos featured on our school and alumni social media channels:
Suraj K. Gupta graduated from Bayview Glen in 2007, and is the Chief Investment Officer for the Easton’s Group of Hotels, as well as the Co-Founder, President and CEO of Rogue Insight Capital. Easton’s is Canada’s largest private hotel and residential condo developer and Rogue is a venture capital fund co-founded by Suraj and his sister Reetu that invests in socially-impactful companies with diversity in their leadership. Suraj is very passionate about supporting entrepreneurship, equality, and social-impact, and he has travelled the world speaking about the importance of these causes. He was the keynote speaker at the York University Alumni Speaker Series, and at the Ontario Economic Summit where he spoke alongside John Tory, Premier Doug Ford, and Andrea Horwath. He was also invited to attend the Paris Peace Forum alongside several world leaders and was invited by the United Nations to be a Special Delegate on their UN Population Fund initiative. Suraj is also a mentor for the Youth Employment Services BizStart initiative, which helps at-risk youth in Toronto get off the streets by finding jobs, going back to school, or starting their own companies. Suraj’s work has not gone unnoticed, as he was recently awarded Canada’s Top-30-Under-30 by Kostuch Media Ltd.
Kelan McConnell graduated from Bayview Glen in 2013. He went on to study briefly in New York before returning home to study Math and Statistics at the University of Toronto. While completing his studies, he was involved with RBC in a variety of internship roles at the Home Equity Closing Centre, before transitioning to an analyst role in the Operations Transformation division of the RBC National Office in 2018. Since then, his role has evolved into its current state: leading and supporting various strategic data initiatives impacting Canadian Banking Operations, and engineering data infrastructures that leverage big data technologies for advanced analytics use cases.
Brandon Sewell graduated from Bayview Glen in 2006. He completed the Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies (BMOS) degree with specialization in Finance at the University of Western Ontario, and is a Technology Sales Professional who has spent the past six years working for industry-leading Fortune 500 technology companies in the Toronto area. He has a passion for business problem solving, building relationships, and making his customer successful. In his personal time, he likes to play and watch sports, hang out with his friends and family and travel the world. Recently, Brandon continues his post graduate study at the Harvard University Extension School in their Strategic Management Certificate programme.
On Tuesday, March 3, Brandon Sewell '06 and Kelan McConnell '13 returned to Bayview Glen as alumni speakers at our last Career Breakfast of this school year, and shared their insights in the Data Science industry with our current students and parents from the Prep and Upper School community.
Brandon highlighted that there are lots of roles within data science that are not necessarily the engineer. Companies need to connect the client to the solution which requires both technical skills and relationship building skills. Kelan shared insights into the expanding field of data science, particularly the amount of data that is collected on a daily basis, and how this field is developing as companies use data scientists and analysts to unlock how to make all this information meaningful. Both underscored the importance of soft skills because without communication and people management, technical advances can't be explained.
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.
On Tuesday, December 3, two talented alumni - Jonathan Moneta '03 and Robyn Richardson '07 - returned to Bayview Glen as guest speakers at our Career Breakfast and shared their insights about Innovative Technologies with our current students and parents from the Prep and Upper School community.
Robyn spoke about her different roles over the years and showed a video highlighting many of the special effects that her team is responsible for in a wide variety of shows on Netflix and CBS. She concluded by sharing her top three pieces of advice - explore what interests you, your network will be imperative, and skills you are developing now will matter. Jonathan also echoed the importance of building a network and how your friends are your best network. When starting his company, MakeLab, it was another Bayview Glen graduate, Tiffany McKenzie '04, who taught him about the legal aspect that he would not know otherwise. One message that parents and students alike walked away with, was that your journey is going to be different iterations of what you like - if something doesn’t work out, try to pivot.
The last Career Breakfast of the school year is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 7:30 a.m. in the Parent Association Library and Learning Commons at our Moatfield Campus. Please stay tuned for more details. We look forward to seeing you at our next Career Breakfast.
Robyn Richardson graduated from Bayview Glen in 2007. She went on to study Psychology at the University of Waterloo, receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree with Honours in 2011. She began her career in Arts Administration, including roles with the Juno Awards and Toronto International Film Festival, before shifting into film production in 2017. Now working as a Motion Graphics Coordinator with Junction Box Design, she brings her organizational and communication skills to a team developing fictional user interfaces for film and television. Recently, Robyn has worked on Netflix productions Let It Snow, Locke & Key, and Spinning Out, and is currently working on CBS’s third season of Star Trek: Discovery. Her passion for film extends beyond her career, and she loves watching movies both new and old at any opportunity.