Master's and doctoral alumni profiles

Colonel Jim Kile.

Jim Kile

Canada’s Army Surgeon

Colonel Jim Kile, graduate of the MSc Kinesiology program and now Command Surgeon for the Canadian Armed Forces. His unexpected career path began at the University of Waterloo where exposure to his supervisor’s network started his journey in the military and through medical school.

Nick Frank

Nick Frank

Researcher, Nike

Since he was a young athlete, Nick Frank dreamed of working at Nike alongside world-renowned scientists  designing sportswear to improve athletic performance. Completing a Bachelor and Master of Science in the Department of Kinesiology further developed his curiosity in biomechanics and helped him develop a strong foundation in essential research skills. Combining persistence with solid field experience helped Nick to land a position as a Researcher at Nike, where he designs exceptional footwear for basketball players around the world.

Michael Cao.

Michael Cao

Design Researcher, Idea Couture

Michael Cao graduated with his MSc in Kinesiology in 2018. Now, he is a Design Researcher for Idea Couture, a strategic innovation and design firm. In his work, Michael is responsible for analyzing human behaviour and making recommendations for product innovation and design. 

Nel Wieman

Cornelia (Nel) Wieman

Senior medical officer, First Nations Health Authority, Vancouver, BC

A desire to transform the health-care system to be more culturally safe for Indigenous peoples has been the focus of Cornelia (Nel) Wieman's (MSc Kin '91) career as Canada's first female Indigenous psychiatrist. It was during her time at UWaterloo, both as an undergraduate and while she was studying for her MSc Kinesiology that she really discovered that some life goals she had previously thought unimaginable were attainable. From there, her path to her current position as senior medical officer began.

Laura Healey

Laura Healey

Footwear Innovation Manager, PUMA

A class in undergrad helped Laura Healey make the connection between her personal interest in sports, the field of biomechanics and a possible career in footwear research. She knew that the robust MSc Kinesiology research program would help her on the path to success. Today, Laura is Manager of Footwear Innovation at PUMA in Boston, Massachusetts.

Kylie Sullivan

Kylie Sullivan

Research Assistant, University of Waterloo, Bone Health and Exercise

For people who are undergoing cancer treatment or are recent cancer survivors, just getting out of bed can be a challenge, never mind taking part in an exercise class. But as someone with a lifelong passion for exercise, Kylie Sullivan has learned a lot about the resilience, strength and endurance of cancer patients and survivors, especially during the experiential component of her MSc Kinesiology program. Now, Kylie is returning to the University of Waterloo to work in the Bone Health and Exercise Science (BonES) Lab.