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.
Jonathan Moneta graduated from Bayview Glen in 2003 and pursued a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in the Theatre programme at York University. Jonathan is the founder and creative director at MakeLab Studio, a laboratory of interactive technology. He leads a team of engineers, fabricators, designers and theatrical producers, who have together produced more than 800 interactive experiences for museums, festivals, and companies around the world. In many ways, MakeLab is a hybrid of engineering and art, of science and theatre. The studio is a product of his interests first explored here at Bayview Glen, and he credits his English, Drama, Computer Science and Physics teachers for helping him explore those interests. Jonathan was selected as the Bayview Glen Distinguished Alumnus Award Recipient in 2019. In December 2019, Jonathan was featured on CP24 Breakfast to showcase the interactive technology used by MakeLab, including edible selfie photo booth, customized ornaments and personalized gift wrapping papers.
Alexis Rudnick graduated from Bayview Glen in 2000 and has published 14 children’s books and a new Rap-A-Long collection to some acclaim under the pen name “Alexis Alexander”. His recently launched album hit #1 on iTunes for kids music on opening day and was interviewed on CBC Metro Morning with Matt Galloway on November 18, 2019. The series is called "Friendly Fables" and is based on the life and adventures of his two children, Ella (4) and Lochlan (2). One of his stories, “Heroic Hospital Quest”, is partnered with The Hospital For Sick Children where he reads to patients on a regular basis. Alexis was thrilled about the opportunity to participate in the Bayview Glen Merry Market last year to showcase his Friendly Fables children’s book series to the school community.
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.