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Alumni: Giving U of T more reasons to be proud

 

Current Alumni Governors

Harvey Botting

Harvey Botting

Harvey Botting has earned two degrees from U of T: a BA in 1967 from Victoria College and an MBA in 1985 from the Rotman School of Management. He also received his Masters in Journalism from Northwestern University in 1969. He has served U of T on the College of Electors, the Governing Council Committee for Honorary degrees, the UTAA Board of Directors, the President’s International Advisory Council, and has chaired the Vision Fund at Rotman. He received an Arbor Award in 2001 in recognition of his outstanding volunteer commitment to the University. Regarding his connection to U of T, Harvey says, “I will forever be indebted to this great institution for what it has done for me and my family.” His son, brother and uncle are also graduates. He is particularly interested in how U of T will be funded in the future, what it needs to do to maintain its strong international reputation, and in borderless learning. Harvey spent his career in publishing, both in Canada and Europe, retiring from Rogers Media as senior-vice president.

David Bowden

David Bowden

David Bowden earned his MBA from Rotman in an unusual and interesting way, after being transferred by his company, Warner Lambert, to Chile from Toronto in 1988. He took his final three courses at Catholic University in Santiago. David, now interim President and CEO at Habitat for Humanity Canada, has also lived and worked in Italy, the U.S. and Havana, Cuba. The experience as an international student in Chile gave him “great empathy for foreign students,” something he wants to focus on after joining Governing Council in July. “The marketplace today is a global one and we can do even more to prepare all our students to succeed in it,” he said. David has an impressive record of volunteerism, including 14 years at Habitat for Humanity, a director of the Bata Shoe Museum and a business adviser at the MaRS Discovery District. “I have consistently received more from volunteering than I could possibly give back in return,” he said. Serving on Governing Council is very important to him. “It is a cliché but I am a big believer in education.”

Gary Goldberg

Gary Goldberg

Gary Goldberg earned a BA from University College in 1972. He serves on Governing Council and Business Board and is a member of the Quadrangle Society of Massey College. He is President of the Glenn Gould Foundation, president of Galin Foundation, a director of Gairdner Foundation, Siminovitch Prize Ltd. and the Barbara Turnbull Foundation for Spinal Cord Research. Gary is president of Gadango Inc., a private investment company. He is the recipient of an honorary doctorate from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology (2012), the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and a University of Toronto Arbor Award (1998). He lives in Toronto with his wife Linda, a U of T alumna. They have six children.

Nykolaj Kuryluk

Nykolaj Kuryluk

A graduate from the University of Toronto, Nick Kuryluk is the Chief Executive Officer at ColdBlock Technologies Inc., makers of ColdBlock Digestion Technology. Nick is also a co-founder of Virtus Insights Inc., a strategic management professional services company.

For the last 25 years, Nick’s career was focused in the biotechnology industry. He helped launch Amgen Canada in 1991. In his last 12 years at Amgen, Nick established and led the Strategy and Program Management Office where he governed the functions of 1) Strategic Planning, 2) Program Management, and 3) New Products Commercialization.

Nick currently serves on several boards and committees including, as an alumni member of the Governing Council for the University of Toronto, a member of the University of Toronto Mississauga (UTM) Campus Council and Vice Chair of the UTM Campus Affairs Committee. He is also an advisor at the Research Innovation and Commercialization Centre (RIC), a student mentor at UTM’s “I-Cube” incubator program and an advisory board member of Advantage Mississauga.

Andrew Szende

Andrew Szende

Graduating from U of T in 1967, Andrew Szende worked for more than a decade as a reporter for the Toronto Star before earning his Master of Social Science from the National University of Singapore. After serving in the Privy Council Office in Ottawa and as Associate Secretary of the Ontario Cabinet, Andrew returned to Asia as Ontario’s chief trade representative in Hong Kong, where he was also active in the local U of T Association. By 1995, Andrew was back in Toronto as Assistant Deputy Minister of Health. Since 1999, he has served as the CEO of the Electronic Child Health Network, a province-wide information sharing system for health care professionals. “The University of Toronto must remain in the forefront of delivering programs at the highest quality level,” he says. “Excellence in teaching attracts the best students.” Andrew knows a thing or two about student life. He spent a year as editor of the Varsity.

Keith Thomas

Keith Thomas

With degrees from U of T (BASc 1987, MA 1989) and Columbia (MBA 1994), Keith Thomas has more than 20 years experience in building, financing and restructuring technology companies. Keith has worked for Citigroup in its New York, London and Zurich offices and undertaken restructuring projects for Booz Allen & Hamilton and Tandon Capital. His first major startup was Vector Innovations. “With aging parents,” he says, “I was aware of the high medication error rates in nursing homes and built this company to improve the standard of care.” Now Keith is CEO of Vive Nano, a company with links to the U of T Department of Chemistry that was named winner of the Clean15 competition by Canadian Business magazine. Keith has rebuilt cars as well as companies. He spent a summer in Stuttgart restoring Mercedes roadsters – an interesting way to improve his German! Keith is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), a society of under-45 CEOs. He met his wife, CTV reporter and anchor Pauline Chan, at U of T. They have two children.

Bruce Winter

Bruce Winter

Bruce Winter is retired, having spent 35 years in public accounting. He was an audit partner with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP where his client base was focussed on larger, multinational clients. His experience included work with private and public companies in various industries, within Canada and globally.

Bruce is a member of the Board of Directors of St. Joseph’s Health Centre, Toronto. He became a member of the International Auditing and Assurance Board (IAASB) in January 2012. The IAASB is an independent standard-setting body that serves the public interest by setting high-quality international standards for auditing, assurance, and other related standards, and by facilitating the convergence of international and national auditing and assurance standards. He was a member of the Canadian Auditing and Assurance Board beginning in 2007, serving as Vice-Chair from 2008-2010 and then Chair from 2010-2012.

Bruce has taken an active role in the volunteer community, having held senior roles with Shaw Festival Theatre and the Canadian Cancer Society (Ontario Division). He has been a frequent presenter at the Institute of Corporate Directors, Directors Education Program on current topics for Audit Committees. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto, becoming a Chartered Accountant in 1979 and was awarded an FCA in Ontario in 2003.

Samra Zafar

Samra Zafar (BSc 2013 UTM and MA 2014) is a Commercial Account Manager – Toronto Business and Professional Services at RBC Royal Bank. She was previously an Associate with the ABL group at RBC Capital Markets.

She is a multiple award winning graduate of the University of Toronto, a Public Speaker, an upcoming Author, and the Founder of Brave Beginnings, an organization dedicated to helping women find personalized mentorship, friendship and support to rebuild their lives after oppression and abuse.

After overcoming severe challenges and adversity, Samra went on to graduate with a Master’s Degree in Economics from the University of Toronto and receive over a dozen awards and scholarships. She was the first mature student and woman of colour to win the John Moss Award, a $16,650 scholarship awarded annually to only one student from all three U of T campuses. She was awarded the Mother of the Year Award and was the recipient of the Spotlight Award by the Canada Pakistan Professionals Association and the Woman of Courage Award for being a community icon.

Samra is very involved in the community and is an active board member of Interim Place, the largest shelter for abused women and children in the Peel Region. She has appeared in several articles and TV interviews where she promotes education and empowerment, especially amongst women. She speaks at various events in GTA and was a recent speaker for the Couchiching Institute of Public Affairs and the International Women’s Day Conference by Amnesty International. She was recently featured as the cover story in Generation Next magazine.