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Dave Barnes

Co-ordinator, Relay for Life Youth Program, Canadian Cancer Society
Like so many people, Dave Barnes (Rec Co-op '93) has been personally touched by cancer. The experience led him to get involved with the Canadian Cancer Society (CCS), and ultimately to a full-time career.

Phuc-Nhi Phuong

Public Health Planner, Region of Waterloo Public Health
If you asked Phuc-Nhi Phuong (Health Studies ’04, Master of Public Health ’08) to create a job description based on her university experience, her current position as a Public Health Planner for the Region of Waterloo would be it!

Jeff Payne

Corporate Partner Service & Activation, Toronto FC
To Jeff Payne, soccer is more than a way of life; it’s a way to make a living. The Recreation and Business grad is living his dream working for Toronto FC, Canada’s first Major League Soccer team. And Jeff says he has Waterloo’s innovative program, which combined his passion for sport and business, to thank.
Dr. Dan Honsinger

Dr. Dan Honsinger

Emergency room physician

For Dr. Dan Honsinger (Kin, ‘03) the only thing routine about his day is knowing when it starts and ends. As a physician in a busy emergency room, no two days are ever the same.

Tyler Damen

Tyler Damen

Chiropractor, Damen Optimal Health Team

Skin cancer now affects one in every seven people in North America. Like many Applied Health Sciences alumni, Dr. Tyler Damen is trying to change this statistic, but unlike many he is also part of it.

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Victoria Behune

President and CEO, Ontario Tourism Education Corporation

Victoria Behune believes everything should be based on a plan. Her thirty-year career in tourism is the product of a plan, which as a student started with the goal of being the president of a company.

Judy Kruger

Senior Scientist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
What does the University of Waterloo and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in Atlanta have in common? Well-respected international reputations and Dr. Judy Kruger.
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Dorothy Dowling

Chief Marketing Officer and Senior Vice President, Marketing and Sales, Best Western International

Recreation and Leisure Studies alumna, Dorothy Dowling has revolutionized the world of hospitality marketing. In 2014, Dorothy was named the 27th most influential Chief Marketing Officer by Forbes Magazine and rose to the 18th most influential in 2015! Dorothy’s passion for marketing, dynamic leadership skills, and profound dedication to her profession have helped distinguish her in the industry. In recognition of her efforts and leadership in the hospitality industry, Dorothy was awarded the 2016 Applied Health Sciences Alumni Achievement Award.

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Charlie Johnstone

Chief Executive Officer, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair

Charlie Johnstone is the Chief Executive Officer of The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. A Toronto native, he has an extensive track record of executive leadership organizing national and international spectator events.

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Dr. Rohit Ramchandani

Founder and CEO at Antara Global Health Advisors

Dr. Ramchandani is Founder and CEO at Antara Global Health Advisors, a Canadian consultancy that provides technical expertise and evidence-based public health and management advice to organizations around the world, including Fortune 500 companies, NGOs and governments. He is Public Health Advisor and Principal Investigator at ColaLife, a globally renowned initiative focused on improving access to essential medicines like ORS and zinc for childhood diarrhea by leveraging the Coca-Cola supply chain. 

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Christina Hassan

Co-Founder of FullSoul Canada

As a recent Master of Public Health (’16) graduate and a Law student at the University of Calgary, Christina dedicates her time and energy to growing FullSoul Canada, a social enterprise she co-founded to equip hospitals in developing countries with medical delivery kits.

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John Lohuis

Former CEO and GM, Niagara Parks Commission

John (BA '76) has had a very diverse career in both private and public sectors that include Ministries of Correctional Services, Health and Natural Resources. He is still active in promoting parks issues within CPRA and as a Board member of the Leisure Information Network. John is also a Board member of the Niagara Sports Commission where he is busy with a bid for the Canada Summer Games for Niagara.