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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 January 11 at the FIRST LEGO League East Ontario Championships, all 40 teams from the province gathered to hear the results of the competition. When we heard our team called for the third-place Champion’s Award, there were no words to accurately capture the feeling of intense joy our team felt. We were all in utter disbelief that this was happening.
We were all on edge, unsure if we would move on or not. This was the culmination of our hard work and continued effort throughout this season. Our coaches and mentors told us to take off our sweatshirts, just in case we got called up for an award. We were positive we would not move on because we thought the incredibly innovative ideas of the other teams were so strong, but we took them off anyway.
We thought we might go to the Ontario Innovation Celebration. This did not happen. Perhaps, an award for our project, still nothing. Then, it was time for our fate to be decided. Time seemed to slow down. When the announcer said, “In third place, team number 2-1-5-4-4, All Systems Code,” we all jumped up and started cheering and screaming. A massive tsunami of relief flooded over us. We had done it, and we were going to an international competition! We sprinted down from our seats and received our award. When we arrived at the photo station, we all started hugging each other. It was so surreal.
We have had innumerable enlightening experiences together, and we treat each other like family. Through the season, we have laughed and learned together, while further strengthening our friendships with each other.
We are team All Systems Code and we will continue to work hard together in the pursuit of learning. Maybe, if we are lucky, we will hear our team’s name called again at our International Competition. Stay tuned.
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.