On April 19 and 20, Mr. Hammond, Director of University Counselling, was at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan participating in the Canadian Independent School Counsellors conference. While there he met with two Bayview Glen alumnae: Rachel Aizen ’07 and Madeline Daigle '17.
Rachel (pictured left) graduated from UBC-O in 2012 with an Arts degree and has moved full-time to Kelowna where she works with and for a number of community service organizations, and Madeline (pictured right) is just finishing her first year in the UBC-O Science programme. Both commented upon their strong relationships with Bayview Glen teachers and mentors as important aspects of their high school days.
Our regional visits will continue to a variety of university communities next year. If you have any suggestions for those visits, please feel free to contact Mandy Lau, Director of Alumni Relations, at email@example.com. Alumni are encouraged to keep Ms. Lau updated with their current email addresses and social media contacts so that they can be informed of future regional visits.
Greg Church started at Bayview Glen in Grade 6, along with his younger brother Geoff, as his step-grandmother was affiliated with the school. BVG life for Greg consisted of moving from the valley to the current Upper School, ski trips to various countries, experiencing a wide variety of sports, spending time in the computer lab, being a Prefect, winning art and citizenship awards and many fond memories.
Involved in construction from the young age of 15 and working in the maintenance department of BVG with Roger and Michele for four summers, developed an interest in Greg for design/build. After graduating from BVG in 1991, Greg attended York University’s Fine Arts programme for one year before applying to and graduating from OCAD’s Environmental Design programme. It was here that Greg learned design theory, material and technology and how to transform conceptual ideas into spatial realities.
Greg decided to follow in his parents’ entrepreneurial footsteps once graduating from OCAD with his degree and created his own design/build company, Domain Design Inc. Since 1996, Domain Design Inc. has grown exponentially, along with Greg’s practical and business skills, and has a healthy portfolio including both high-end residential and commercial projects.
Greg attributes the guidance and reassurance that he received from his BVG teachers to his current successes. For over 10 years, Greg has been a Scouts Canada Leader working with and teaching youth of all ages, practical life and outdoor skills. Now Greg is continuing his passion for guiding youth by joining the BVG Mentorship Program to help students who are considering careers in the trades, or architectural design.
BVG has provided Greg with lifelong friendships and the Alumni Association continues to foster a deep connection to the school despite it being 27 years since he graduated.
Dr. Vinay Bhide’s Bayview Glen adventure began in the valley in 1980 as a 6 year old entering Grade 1 and as you’ll read below, he’s never really left. After graduating in 1993, Vinay attended the Arts and Science Programme at McMaster University and then followed this by attending dental school at the University of Toronto. After obtaining his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree in 2001, Vinay realized that he still had more to learn and entered into a specialty programme in Periodontics at the University of Toronto. After finishing his specialty training in 2005, Vinay enjoys a career encompassing private practice and part-time teaching and lecturing both locally and internationally.
Vinay attributes much of his success to the formative years that he spent at Bayview Glen. He remembers his time at the Glen very fondly. Some of the highlights include ski trips to exotic destinations such as Quebec, Lake Placid, and Chamonix, France, performing in Spring Festival at Roy Thomson Hall, being Head Prefect, and winning The Glen’s inaugural Governor General’s medal in his graduating year. More than this, he cherishes the lifelong friendships he made as a BVG lifer and the many incredible teachers that guided him in his journey.
Things have come full circle for Vinay, as the biggest highlight of his BVG experience is the fact that both of his daughters, Leela (Grade 6), and Meena (Grade 4) are following in his footsteps as students of Bayview Glen. Vinay can’t believe that it’s already been 25 years since he graduated from Bayview Glen and is looking forward to celebrating this milestone at the Alumni Reunion with his classmates. #BVG4Life
Mr. Hammond, Director of University Counselling, met with Bayview Glen alumni on April 5 studying at the University of Waterloo and Wilfrid Laurier University, followed by a visit with those at the Royal Military College of Canada and Queen’s University on April 10. The intent of these visits was to establish the regional networks in the Kitchener-Waterloo region and in Kingston, plus to provide some exam-time levity for our young alumni.
Close to 20 former students from the Classes of 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 visited with Mr. Hammond, as well as one alum from 2009 who checked in via social media. Ms. Eva Lee and the math team were also at the University of Waterloo on April 5, and they met with some alumni during the annual math contest there. As is often the case, many of our graduates commented upon how the Advanced Placement programme at Bayview Glen and the collaborative work environment we provide helped to prepare them for success at the university-level.
Our regional visits will continue to evolve in the next school year. If you have any suggestions for future visits or if you are an alum wishing to help host a regional event, please feel free to contact Ms. Lau at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alumni are encouraged to keep Ms. Lau updated with their current email addresses and social media contacts so that they can be informed of future regional visits.
On April 18, the Bayview Glen Alumni Association hosted our inaugural BVG L!NK Alumni Networking Speaker Series focussed on the finance industry. Our panel talked us through their thoughts on the current state of the industry and how it is evolving, as well as providing practical advice on career development. Of particular interest was the discussion on the differences between the buy and sell side of the markets, and the unique opportunities that exist for finance professionals in Canada at the large Canadian pension funds. Finally, there was a brief networking session after the panel where the participants had an opportunity to connect with each other and the panelists.
Special thanks to our panelists Benita Warmbold (past parent), Sandra Taube Godard (past parent), and Zoheb Dosani ’08 for their time, as well as to our moderator Christian Medeiros ’12. We also thank Scotiabank and Barbara Mason (BVG Board of Directors) for providing the space for our event at the Scotiabank Digital Factory.
Richard Wood ’08
Bayview Glen Alumni Association Board
Events Committee Chair
Wen-Hao Lue studied Software Engineering at University of Waterloo and graduated in 2014. During university he created Mantaphrase, a phrasebook app for travellers, and Mixbox, an interactive remixing app for iPad. He won pitch and business competition awards such as the Norman Esch Entrepreneurship Award and Velocity Demo Day Awards for Mixbox and Mantaphrase. Wen-Hao has worked at various companies and start-ups in Silicon Valley such as Twitter, Square and Glooko as a software engineer. At Twitter, he worked on big data engineering problems using Hadoop, MapReduce, and real-time data processing algorithms for the product Twitter Headlines. At Square he developed product on iOS and released an open-source debugging tool called PonyDebugger. Wen-Hao is currently the co-founder and CTO of Sesame, a Toronto-based start-up that helps teachers give better feedback to students. Sesame has customers all around the world, as well as Canadian schools and colleges such as Niagara College, Kingsway College, and Calgary Arts Academy. Sesame has raised venture capital from investors and accelerators such as Y Combinator/Imagine K12 and The Next 36.
After graduating from Bayview Glen in 2004, Christopher Flora entered into the Computer Engineering co-operative programme at the University of Waterloo. Christopher was exposed to a variety of work opportunities that helped shape both his academic and career decisions. The co-op programme was invaluable to him and allowed him to work in a variety of different industries ranging from Financial Institutions to start-up companies in Silicon Valley. After completing his degree, Christopher started his professional career at the Bank of Montreal in the compliance and technology department, dealing primarily with regulatory issues and data loss prevention. He recently changed jobs and moved to CIBC within the Enterprise Data Technology group. It is a particularly exciting group to be a part of with the culture being more start-up like and innovative compared to other departments within the Bank. The role is comprised of both strategic and development components, but, unlike the traditional FI technologies and groups, it leverages a new, innovative stack – node.js, angular, mongo, d3, elastic search, to name a few. Christopher is sure that as he progresses through his career, there will be other opportunities he will pursue and companies he will work at – regardless, he hopes to never stop learning and growing and is excited for what the future will bring.
We are delighted to welcome back two alumni speakers, Christopher Flora ’04 and Wen-Hao Lue ’09, on Tuesday, March 6 for our last Career Breakfast of the school year. Christopher (right) and Wen-Hao (left) shared valuable insights and knowledge with current students and parents on various topics related to Computer Engineering and Software Engineering, including their co-op experience working at various companies and start-ups in Silicon Valley. All three Career Breakfasts were great successes and featured inspirational alumni speakers. We hope you could join us at the Career Breakfasts next year.
The first Bayview Glen Alumni Wine Education Workshop on Thursday, March 1 was a great success.
Over 30 alumni and their guests gathered at our Moatfield Campus in the J.T.M. Guest Theatre with sommelier Bernard Stramwasser to learn about the fundamentals of wine tasting, how wine is made and differences between red and white wine. Following the workshop, the participants enjoyed some delicious hors d’oeuvres to pair with wine and make connections with each other.
Special thanks to the Alumni Association Board, the Events Committee, as well as Mandy and Darlene who contributed their time and effort in organizing the event. Enjoy the event photos available in the Photo Gallery of the Bayview Glen school website.
This was the first social event of the Alumni Association Board, and stay tuned for more events to be planned throughout the year. We look forward to seeing you again at future alumni events, including our BVG L!NK Alumni Networking Finance Speaker Series on Wednesday, April 18. Visit the Alumni Events website to learn more.
Richard Wood '08
Bayview Glen Alumni Association Board
Events Committee Chair
Justina Yeung '17 first began table tennis lessons at the age of 8, and became the Canadian Champion a few short years later at the age of 13. Since then, Justina has reached the podium at nearly all the events she has competed in, including the North American Championships and World Junior Circuits, with her highest record at one Canadian Championships being 7 medals out of the 8 categories she competed in. Justina was 1 of 2 Canadian girls on the North American team at the 2014 World Cadet Challenge, and in 2015 she contributed 2 gold medals to Ontario in the Canada Winter Games for Doubles and Teams events. This past June she was a bronze medalist for Junior Doubles and Teams in the inaugural Panamerican Junior Championships. To date, she has qualified to be on Team Canada at 3 World Junior Championships and 3 World Senior Championships with her fourth World Juniors just around the corner in November. Justina is currently supported by Canada Card and continues to train and qualify for the 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2018 World Senior Championships during her time as a student at the University of Toronto in the Life Sciences programme.