Alumni Office Hours

Each term, we bring students and alumni together for the Alumni Panel event series.

Throughout the term, alumni from various fields will host small group sessions providing undergrads and grads an opportunity to expand their networks and career potential. 

If you are interested in hosting a session, please email the Alumni Engagement Officer for more information.

Student participants

  • Attend small, online events hosted by Health alumni on career-focused topics
  • Learn about different career and education paths 
  • Gain insights into emerging opportunities and challenges
  • Receive advice to help your personal and professional growth
  • Grow your network through casual conversations
  • Ask questions and get answers from friendly people who have been where you are!
alumni panel event series

Upcoming session: Wednesday, February 28

Our upcoming Alumni Panel event will take place on MS Teams at 12 p.m. on Wednesday, February 28. We will hear from three speakers, one from each department of the Faculty. 

See below for speaker details and registration.

Naime Tugac in fitness studio.

Naime Tugac

MSc '16, Kinesiology

BSc '14 , Kinesiology

Registered Kinesiologist and Clinical Exercise Physiologist

Naime (pronounced N-Eye-Ma) is a Registered Kinesiologist and Clinical Exercise Physiologist with a passion for providing exercise prescription/therapy for individuals with chronic conditions. They completed their undergraduate and graduate degree in Kinesiology at the University of Waterloo. Following their studies, Naime worked as a Supervisor in Wellness Programming at the Kitchener-Waterloo YMCA’s. After a year in this role, they desired more clinical expertise and were fortunate enough to work at St. Mary’s General Hospital in Cardiac Rehabilitation. After seven years in clinical care, Naime realized their vision for health and well-being was something they wanted to pursue on their own. In 2024, they opened their own exercise studio, “Movementality" in uptown Waterloo, which specializes in exercise for individuals with chronic disease.

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Derek Linwood

MA '18, Recreation and Leisure Studies

BA '17, Recreation and Sport Business

Sport Services Coordinator, City of Vancouver

Derek Linwood (he/him) is a two-time UWaterloo Health grad with his undergraduate degree in Recreation and Sport Business (BA '17) and graduate degree in Recreation and Leisure Studies (MA '18). Shortly after graduating, Derek packed his bags and headed West to pursue a career in municipal recreation. He is currently the Sport Services Coordinator with the City of Vancouver, overseeing a team of Recreation Programmers that create quality, accessible sport opportunities across the city. Outside of work, Derek recently became a father, and he is absolutely smitten with his 5-month-old daughter Norah. 

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Alex House

MPH '20, Public Health

Projects Leader, OPHEA (Ontario Physical and Health Education Association)

Alex attended the University of Waterloo from 2018 to 2020 in the Master of Public Health (MPH) program. Upon completing her MPH, Alex worked for the Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services COVID-19 Vaccine Response team. She currently works as a Projects Leader for OPHEA (Ontario Physical and Health Education Association). Alex was born and raised in Waterloo, and currently lives in Toronto with her partner and dog, Lucy.

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Past events

Brad Silveira

November 16, 2023

Featuring Brad Silveira (BA '16), Trade Marketing Manager for Bud Light at Labatt Breweries of Canada.

Missed this session? Watch Brad Silveira's office hour here!

Courtney Voisin

November 14, 2023

Featuring Courtney Voisin (BSc '17), Registered Physiotherapist at SOS Physiotherapy.

Missed this session? Watch Courtney Voisin's office hour here!

Heather Lillico

November 13, 2023

Featuring Heather Lillico (MSc '13), self-employed Employee Health & Wellness Strategist.

Missed this session? Watch Heather Lilico's office hour here!

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kathleen mccaughey

October 19, 2023

Featuring Bradley Bonitatibus (BPH, '19), Tech Lead for Data Engineering at theScore, and Kathleen McCaughey (BA '14), Community Programs Manager at The Humane Society.

Andrea Gardi

March 2, 2023

Featuring Andrea Gardi (MA, '14), Executive Director at Regional Tourism Organization 4 Inc.

Missed this session? Watch Andrea Gardi's office hour here!

Juliane Koropeski

March 1, 2023

Featuring Juliane Koropeski (BPH, '18), Policy Analyst at Health Canada.

Missed this session? Watch Juliane Koropeski's office hour here!

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January 26, 2023

Featuring Caitlyn Hillar (BA '21), Community and Corporate Sales Development Coordinator at the Calgary Sports and Entertainment Corporation.

Missed this session? Watch Caitlyn Hillar's office hour here!

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January 25, 2023

Featuring Natalie Benik (BPH '18), Manager of Integrated Care at the eHealth Centre of Excellence.

Missed this session? Watch Natalie Benik's office hour here!

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January 24, 2023

Featuring Dr. Ammar Bookwala (BSc '13), Family Physician at Streetsville Medical Centre.

Missed this session? Watch Ammar Bookwala's office hour here!

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November 3, 2022

Featuring Dr. Jade Egonia (BSc '09, DC '14), Chiropractor and Co-Owner of The Movement Lab.

Missed this session? Watch Jade Egonia's office hour here!

Image of Nancy Spreitzer

November 2, 2022

Featuring Nancy Spreitzer (BA '10), Secondary Teacher in the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB).

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November 1, 2022

Featuring Paige Piggott (BSc '17), Occupational Therapist (OT) at Ross Memorial Hospital.

Missed this session? Watch Paige Piggott's office hour here!

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October 6, 2022

Featuring Lyricy Francis (BSc '19, MPH '22), Analyst in Health System Analytics at the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)

Missed this session? Watch Lyricy Francis' office hour here!

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October 4, 2022

Featuring Bimal Lakhani (BSc '07), Senior Research Scientist, Futures Innovation at lululemon.

Missed this session? Watch Bimal Lakhani's office hour here!

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October 4, 2022

Featuring Greg Mittler (BA '14), Esports Coordinator at University of Waterloo Athletics.

Missed this session? Watch Greg Mittler's office hour here!

Rebecca Wong Kai Pun

June 23, 2022

Featuring Rebecca Wong Kai Pun (BA '09), Owner and Speech-Language Pathologist at Bloom Speech Language Therapy.

Missed this session? Watch Rebecca Wong Kai Pun's office hour here!

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June 22, 2022

Featuring Matt Clements (BSc '97), Critical Care Flight Paramedic at Ornge.

Missed this session? Watch Matt Clements' office hour here!

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June 20, 2022

Featuring Ahmad Syed (MHI '20), Surgical Clinical Analyst at William Osler Health System.

Missed this session? Watch Ahmad Syed's office hour here!

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May 19, 2022

Featuring Meghan O'Neill (BSc '16), Epidemiologist and Research Officer with the Population Health Analytics Lab.

Missed this session? Watch Meghan O'Neill's office hour here!

Mujeeb Duranai

May 18, 2022

Featuring Mujeeb Duranai (BSc '13), Physiotherapist at Align Physiotherapy + Sports Clinic.

Missed this session? Watch Mujeeb Duranai's office hour here!

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May 17, 2022

Featuring Maddie Campbell (BA '19), Operations Coordinator at Canadian Student Leadership Association.

Missed this session? Watch Maddie Campbell's office hour here!

Allie Piatkowski

March 16, 2022

Featuring Allie Piatkowski (BSc '15), Project Manager, Geriatric Emergency Medicine at University Health Network.

Missed this session? Watch Allie Piatkowski's office hour here!

Diana Ho

March 15, 2022

Featuring Diana Ho (BA '15), Event Manager at Ada Support Inc.

Missed this session? Watch Diana Ho's office hour here!

Whitney Baxter

March 15, 2022

Featuring Whitney Baxter (BSc '09), Naturopathic Doctor at Fairfield Health and Wellness Clinic.

Missed this session? Watch Whitney Baxter's office hour here!

Rachael Cale

February 17, 2022

Featuring Rachael Cale (BA '14), Child Life Specialist at the Hospital for Sick Children.

Missed this session? Watch Rachael Cale's office hour here!

Mikki Campbell

February 16, 2022

Featuring Mikki Campbell (MHE '18), Strategic Initiatives Manager at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

Missed this session? Watch Mikki Campbell's office hour here!

Melissa Trinh

February 15, 2022

Featuring Melissa Trinh (BSc '13), Athletic Therapist at Appleby College.

Missed this session? Watch Melissa Trinh's office hour here!

Rob Watson

January 20, 2022

Featuring Rob Watson (BA '13), Manager of Competitions at Golf Ontario.

Missed this session? Watch Rob Watson's office hour here!

Rachel Laxer

January 19, 2022

Featuring Rachel Laxer (PhD '17), Applied Public Health Science Specialist at Public Health Ontario.

Ben Reid

January 18, 2022

Featuring Ben Reid (BSc '10, MSc '13), Territory Business Manager at Dexcom.

Missed this session? Watch Ben Reid's office hour here!

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November 24, 2021

Featuring Jessica Vandermey (BA '14), Director, Sales at Kensington To.

Missed this session? Watch Jessica Vandermey's office hour here!

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November 17, 2021

Featuring Laura Healey (MSc '19), Manager, Footwear Innovation at PUMA Group.

Missed this session? Watch Laura Healey's office hour here!

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November 3, 2021

Featuring Tanya Casole-Gouveia (BA '09), Producer, Social Media Lead, CBC/Radio-Canada

Missed this session? Watch Tanya Casole-Gouveia's office hour here

Headshot of Michael Lau

October 20, 2021

Featuring Michael Lau (BSc '02), Leader, Human Factors at Insight Innovation Center.

Missed this session? Watch Michael Lau's office hour here!

Headshot of Sarah Blades

September 21, 2021

Featuring Sarah Blades (MPH '12), Prevention & Health Promotion Specialist at IWK Health Centre

Missed this session? Watch Sarah Blades' office hour here!