Alumni Buzz April 2023

Stay Connected!


Photo of Victoria HindeDear SAF alumni,

I hope everyone has had a great start to 2023 – it is hard to believe that it is already April!

This term we continue to see more and more opportunities for our students, staff, faculty and alumni to connect in person. At the end of March, we were so excited to celebrate the graduating class with our Grad Class Send-Off. And as I look towards the next couple of months, we have lots of events to look forward to – you can find a few of them linked below to register!

Our AFM 334: International Study Course will be heading to Singapore in May and we are so grateful for all of the support and excitement we have seen from our alumni in anticipation of this trip. This will be a fantastic learning opportunity for our students, and be sure to follow along on our social media channels to see photos and videos from these students once the trip gets started.

I would be delighted to have the opportunity to speak with you, to learn about what you have been doing since graduation and discuss how you may stay connected to the School of Accounting and Finance. If you have news or updates you would like to share with the SAF community, please submit a Class Note and, do not hesitate to contact me via email, at

Kind regards,

Signature of Victoria Hinde

Victoria Hinde (She/Her),

Alumni Development Officer 

2023 FCPA Designation: The Highest Honour a Profession Can Bestow

Congratulations to Ling Chu (MTax ’99) for receiving the Fellow designation, the highest designation the CPA offers. The FCPA is granted to members who have rendered exceptional service to the profession or whose achievements in their careers, the community, or in the profession have earned them distinction and brought honour to the profession.

2023 New Partners

The School of Accounting and Finance would like to congratulate Megan Mistry (MAcc ’13) as a new Partner this year at BDO Canada.

We congratulate Megan who is committed to delivering more and more exceptional leadership experiences.

2023 Business Excellence Awards Nominations

The 2023 Business Excellence Awards Gala, presented by Cowan Insurance Group, will recognize Chamber members that, through their leadership and involvement, have made exceptional contributions to the betterment of our community.

  • Business of the Year Award (Over 50 Employees)
    •   Activa
      •  John Hartwick (BA/MAcc ’99) - CFO
    • Northern Digital Inc.  
      • Gary Barfoot (BMATH/MAcc ’96) - CFO
  • Community Builder of the Year Award
    • Libro Credit Union
      • Janet Johnson (MAcc – 04)  - CFO & Exec. VP
  • Environment & Sustainability Award 
    • Huron Creek Developments 
      • Colleen Haney (BA/MAcc ’00) – CFO
  • Health and Wellness in the Workplace Award
    • Axonify
      • Carol Leaman (BA/MAcc ’89) - President & CFO

Class Notes

Share your exciting news and updates with the SAF community in the next Class Notes section of the E-Newsletter! If you have moved to a new city, started a new job, or did something adventurous, we would love to hear from you!

Alumni on the Move

Aman Walia (MAcc ’22) – External Audit Associate, PwC

Jessica Siew (BAFM ’21) – Private Equity Analyst, BCI NY

Judith Ma (MAcc ‘05) – Director, OMERS Growth Equity

Justin Chung (MAcc ’01) – Senior Vice President, Fengate Asset Management

Lisa Coulman (BA ’88) – Board Member, Thunderbird Enterainment

Megan Mistry (MAcc ’13) – Partner, BDO Canada

Patrick Lee (BA ’12) – Chief Financial Officer, AXA XL, Canada

Please forgive us if we have missed any of your milestones – we would be delighted to celebrate it in our next E-Newsletter. Please send any job changes, promotions or milestones to Victoria Hinde, Alumni Development Officer at

Upcoming Events

UWaterloo Calgary Alumni Chapter + Wine Tasting – April 12, 2023

Sommelier Mackenzie Putici will lead you through a guided tasting of three major grape varieties from around the world in an intimate tasting experience. Sip, swirl, and smell as you discover the deductive tasting method used by sommeliers to approach wine in a fun and casual way.

Warriors Football Annual 'Ring of Honour' Gala 2023 – April 14, 2023

Join Waterloo Warriors Football alumni and friends, including Head Coach Chris Bertoia, the coaching staff and student-athletes for a great night of stories, tributes, and celebrations in support of the Waterloo Warriors Football program

Alumni Weekend - June 3, 2023, and June 4, 2023

We can't wait to welcome you back to campus for a very special celebration! You're invited to reunite, reminisce and celebrate with your classmates, friends and family at reunion events, anniversary celebrations, learning opportunities and more!