Alumni profile: Jackie Lee

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No one can say that Jackie Lee hasn’t been busy since graduating and her hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed: she is the 2009 recipient of the Faculty of Science’s inaugural Young Alumni Award.

Since obtaining an Honours Science degree with a minor in psychology in 2006, Jackie has owned several start-up companies. She is the founder of Jackie Lee Talent Management Inc., a recruiting company focused on helping new and recent graduates find full-time accelerated positions in technical and business fields. Jackie’s clients are found around the world in places such as Waterloo, Toronto, London, New York, the United Kingdom, and China.

In addition, she has been working on a software start-up called My Dream Closet, which aims to fuse the different worlds of fashion and technology by an innovative online shopping experience.

As a student at Waterloo, Jackie was extremely involved in extracurricular activities. She was a student fundraiser for the Office of Development and raised an impressive $1 million. She was also a member of the Waterloo Varsity Women's Tennis Team as well as Impact Entrepreneurship Group, Canada’s fastest growing, student-run entrepreneurship organization. Jackie credits some of her success to her involvement with Impact. Joining the group she says “was one of the best things I ever did because it gave me strong networking and project management skills.”

Though owning multiple companies keeps Jackie busy, she still finds time to volunteer in the Waterloo community.

I am passionate about keeping students and alumni involved at Waterloo, she says.

Jackie currently serves on the Waterloo Alumni Council and the Faculty of Science Dean’s Advisory Council.

Jason Coolman, Director of Alumni Affairs at Waterloo believes Jackie is very deserving of this recognition.

She is a very successful entrepreneur and a great mentor for students and alumni alike. I know she will continue to have a bright future ahead of her.