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Featured Alum David Ben standing in front of bookshelves
Featured Alumni

David Ben

“I believe that to be an artist, you need great technique, a great understanding of the past and a vision for the future,” says conjuror and former lawyer David Ben. 

Preet Banerjee

University of Toronto Scarborough | Faculty of Arts & Science

Preet Banerjee’s route from UTSC neuroscience student to TV finance personality took a detour through Bridgestone Racing Academy.

Raffaello D’Andrea

Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering

Raffaello D’Andrea's experiments began early. He figured out - or not - aerodynamic stability by jumping from a rooftop with an umbrella.

Rahul Bhardwaj

Innis College | Faculty of Arts & Science

Rahul K. Bhardwaj might be a Londoner by birth, but it is the city of Toronto that has truly captured his imagination and his heart.

Raymond Moriyama

John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design

In 1949, Raymond Moriyama's first-year essay on why he wanted to be an architect earned an A+. He's now one of Canada's greatest.

Rena Arshinoff

Dalla Lana School of Public Health

Rena Arshinoff believes her epidemiology degree from U of T helped provide a solid foundation for her work as a rabbi.

Rita Tsang

Victoria College | Faculty of Arts & Science

For Rita Tsang, going to U of T was a family affair - a fact that inspired her to co-found one of the largest travel companies in Canada.

Robert Herjavec

New College | Faculty of Arts & Science

Robert Herjavec calls himself a “serial entrepreneur.” This might sound scary, but his rags-to-riches story is really about a nice guy.

Rohinton Mistry

Woodsworth College | Faculty of Arts & Science

Rohinton Mistry is the only author ever to have all his novels shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize.

Rosanna Wong

Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work | School of Graduate Studies

Dame Rosanna Wong Yick-ming played a prominent role during Hong Kong’s handover to China in 1997.

Ryan Pyle

New College | Faculty of Arts & Science

Ryan Pyle decided to venture to the land he learned so much about in his Chinese history and politics classes.The trip transformed him.

Samantha Nutt

Faculty of Medicine

If more people were to listen when Dr. Samantha Nutt speaks, the world would be a safer place. Fewer children would suffer.

Sarah Slean

Woodsworth College | Faculty of Arts & Science

Sarah Slean recorded her first album at 19. In 15 years, she’s compiled a resume that many would be proud of after a lifetime.

Shawn Ahmed

Trinity College | Faculty of Arts & Science

In 2007, Shawn Ahmed went to Bangladesh with a laptop, a camera and a passionate yet indeterminate plan to help alleviate global poverty.

Sheila Heti

Trinity College | Faculty of Arts & Science

Sheila Heti can talk about "how should a person be?" But it's really better for people to read what she writes about it.

Sheldon Inwentash

New College

A donation from Sheldon Inwentash and his wife, Lynn Factor, was the largest gift to a North American faculty of social work at that time.

Shelley Saywell

Woodsworth College | Faculty of Arts & Science

Shelley Saywell went to university to study theatre arts, but soon realized her political and artistic interests were in competition.
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