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Posted June 13, 2016

Meet the new Alumni Association Board

Brand new executive was voted in at the May AGM

The new AAWC board members bring a host of experiences from their professional and academic lives as well as from  their volunteer involvement with other organizations.  They are all eager and ready to start working on planning great events for the upcoming year. Here is a listing of the new board members along with their brief bios:

Sean Kiefte - President
Sean graduated from Woodsworth College in 2009 with an Hon. B.A., majoring in Employment Relations. He is a former WCSA member and has worked in various departments at the University including Labour Relations, Compensation, and the Anti-Racism & Cultural Diversity Office. He is currently a Job Evaluations Specialist at Ontario Public Service. Sean is a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP) and has a certificate in Pay Equity from the HRPA.

Genevieve Nixon - Treasurer
Genevieve graduated from Woodsworth College with a Bachelors of Commerce degree. Throughout her four years at U of T, Genevieve dedicated much of her time to Woodsworth College as a Residence Don, and an active member of the WCSA. She is currently a Business Process Analyst at TD . Genevieve is also a Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award recipient.

J. Erin Rud - Secretary
Erin graduated with Distinction in November 2014 with an Honours BA in Philosophy after entering U of T via Woodsworth’s Academic Bridging Program. Currently an Accounting Assistant, she is about to begin studies for the CPA designation. Erin looks forward to giving back to Woodsworth College in return for a wonderful university experience and career opportunities.

Elizabeth Trotter - Past President
Elizabeth graduated in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and received the Peter F. Bronfman Gold Scholarship. She completed her MA in Counselling Psychology in 2008. Elizabeth was involved for over 20 years in credit analysis and multinational account management positions with the Royal Bank in Calgary, the UK and Toronto. Elizabeth holds an MBA from Queen’s University.

Dan Acheson
Dan graduated from Woodsworth College in 2002 with a double major in Commerce, and Religious Studies. Dan also holds Computer Studies diploma from Seneca College.  Dan is a business management consultant specializing in situational assessment, strategic planning, and business change management.  He enjoyed a progressive 20 year career in IT at CIBC and Manulife Financial. From 2002 Dan has worked in the business management consulting field.

Anthony Blair
Anthony graduated from the University of Toronto in 1992 with a BSc (majors in Psychology and Criminology, and minor in Sociology). He currently works for the federal government as Chief, Pay and Pension.  Anthony also servies as a mentor in the College's Alumni Students Mentorship Program

Maddie D'Agata
Maddie graduated from Woodsworth in 2010, with an Honours BSc in Psychology and Criminology. She is currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Social-Personality Psychology at Queen's University, where she received her M.Sc. in 2013. Maddie is a former WCSA board member, was one of the Orientation Coordinators for Woodsworth Frosh in 2009, and was awarded the Woodsworth College Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010. 

Fazal Khaishgi
Fazal graduated from Woodsworth College in 2011 with a double major in Economics and Employment Relations and a minor in Political Science. Fazal is currently the Director of Finance & Technology at, as well as the Co-founder of While the former offers customers great experiences for less than what they would normally pay, the latter is a cloud-based business management solution offering online booking with schedule management and performance tracking. He has over 7 years of operations and business development and management experience, as well as fund raising experience.

Yasmeen Khan
Yasmeen graduated from Woodsworth College in 2008 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Art History and English Literature. Yasmeen is a communications and event specialist and has extensive experience working in a variety of communication portfolios with RBC and Corus Entertainment

Rena Prashan
Rena graduated from Woodsworth College in 2009 with an Hons. B.A., specializing in Urban, Economic, and Social Geography. She has worked at the University of Toronto since 2010 in the Faculty of Medicine, Office of the Governing Council, and most recently at the University of Toronto Scarborough where she is the Committee Secretary for the UTSC Campus Council and its Standing Committees.

Prash Rasaiah 
Prash graduated from Woodsworth College in 2010 with an Hon. B.A.  He is a former member of the Woodsworth College Residence Council and WCSA.  He has been working at the Bank of Montreal since graduation as a Product Management professional in Payments and Credit Card Products. 

Cindy Sinclair
Cindy graduated with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in History & Art History in 2005 and a Master of Education (M.Ed) degree in Sociology in Education in 2009 (OISE).  Cindy is currently a doctoral student in Sociology in Education & Workplace Learning at OISE.  Cindy joined the AAWC in 2009 as a Board Member and Treasurer (2009-2011).   She is the recipient of Institute of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology Ontario Scholars Press Award (2002) and the OISE Muriel Fung Extra-curricular Student Community award (2013).

Rabea Soofi
Rabea graduated in 2013 from Woodsworth College with an Honours BA Specialist in Political Science and a Minor in French Language.  Rabea is currently working as a Sponsor Support Coordinator at Lifeline Syria in Toronto promoting the private sponsorship of Syrian refugees to Canada. Rabea developed a strong interest in refugees and forced migration while working with the UNHCR as a Sexual and Gender-Based Violence officer. She has also worked with national and international NGOs and international organizations abroad in various capacities. 

Junior West
Junior graduated from Woodsworth College in 2013 with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Human/Cell and Molecular Biology. He is currently pursuing graduate studies at the University of Toronto in Cell and Molecular biology. Junior is also the Program Development Officer for S.E.E.D.S., a non-profit organization that provides science and health related programming for youth in high priority neighbourhoods in Toronto. In his free time, Junior enjoys playing volleyball and running.

Yuri Yatsenko 
Yuri graduated from Woodsworth College in 2010 with an Honours BSc in Biomedical sciences. He also completed a Master’s degree in Bioinformatics and Statistics at University of Guelph in 2013. Yuri currently works in the private sector for a major global research and advisory firm in management consulting capacity, but has also done work with non-profits, along with experience in academic research. In his free time, Yuri enjoys tennis, snowboarding, and golf.

Congratulations to the new board members!


Posted June 13, 2016

Broadbent Institute teams up with Woodsworth and CIRHR

Workplace Democracy for the 21st Century

Woodsworth College is proud to be a co-sponosor of the half day conference which will bring together some of Canada's leading thinkers on precarious work, decent wages and working conditions.

Panel discussions will take place at Innis Town Hall.  For more information please visit the Broadbent Institute web site.

Posted June 13, 2016

Former Ontario lieutenant-governor received honorary degree at Woodsworth Convocation

Hon. James Bartleman's address touched on Canada's residential school legacy

Woodsworth College was honoured to have James Bartleman be the honorary degree recipient at its convocaiton on June 10th.  After a lengthy and distinguished career as a diplomat, Mr. Bartleman became Ontario's lieutenant-governor in 2002. In his speech he covered the residential school issue as well as remarking on his childhood and the importance that his mother placed on reading.  Read more about James Bartleman here

Posted January 07, 2016

Woodsworth community members honored by the Governor General

Meritorious Service Medal awarded and Order of Canada Appointments announced

Alumnus Jowi Taylor (WDW '90)  was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal at Rideau Hall by the Governor General David Johnston on December 11th, 2015. Created in 1991, the medal is intended to recognize individuals who have carried out meritorious acts bringing benefit and honour in either the military or the civilian domain.  

Jowi Taylor is the driving force behind the Six String Nation and its centrepiece, the Voyageur guitar. He has travelled coast to coast to coast with this unique, handcrafted symbol of Canada’s rich cultural diversity. With each stop at schools, community centres and public events, Canadians are invited to pose or perform with Voyageur and to come together in a celebration of music and song. 

More honours were announced on December 31st with the release of  names of Canadians who are to be appointed to the Order of Canada.  Amongst those named were Jack Lynn Cockwell, a Woodsworth College donor, business leader and philanthropist, and Rohinton Mistry, a Woodsworth alumnus (1982), and renowned author of such books as Such a Long Journey and A Fine Balance, for which he received the Giller Prize.

The College is very proud of the accomplishments of its alumni and friends and extends congratulations to all!


Posted January 05, 2016

Brookfield Bronfman Scholarships Announced

Six Woodsworth students to be awarded prestigious scholarships

Carol Chin, Acting Principal, and the Brookfield Bronfman Committee, are pleased to announce this year's Brookfield Peter F. Bronfman Scholarship recipients.  

The Brookfield Peter F. Bronfman Gold Scholarship is the premier award of the Brookfield Peter F. Bronfman Scholarship Fund. This award was established by Peter Bronfman’s wife Lynda, his business colleagues and companies associated with Brookfield Asset Management Ltd following his death. The award is given to superior all-round Woodsworth College students in their final year of study.  Students must  demonstrate outstanding academic excellence, as well as having contributed through volunteer activities to the University and their communities.  The value of the Gold Scholarship is $12,000, awarded to each student.

The Brookfield Peter F. Bronfman Leadership Scholarship is given to runners up to the Brookfield Peter F. Bronfman Gold Scholarship. The value of the scholarship is $6,000, awarded to each student. These students must also demonstrate academic excellence, as well as having contributed through volunteer activities to the University and their communities.

When selecting candidates for these awards, the committee also takes into account any personal challenges that students have overcome.

This year's recipients are:

Gold Scholarships:

Jade LaMarche - studying Religion, Psychology and Sociology

Danny Pan - studying Neuroscience and Anthropology

Leadership Scholarships:

Cheyenne Cameron - studying Religion, Archaeology and English

Vincent Harinam - studying Criminology & Sociolegal Studies and Political Science

Olivia Hauck - studying Sociology, Women & Gender Studies and Equity Studies

Danielle Magsumbol - studying Diaspora & Transnational Studies, Urban Studies and English

Congratulations to all!

Posted January 05, 2016

Woodsworth Student Publishes Book

Experiences as Child Soldier turned into Graphic Novel

Michel Chikwanine is a Woodsworth College student who is currently studying African studies. His traumatic experiences as a child soldier form the basis of his book Child Soldier: When Boys and Girls Are Used in War. 

The book is being published as a Kids Can Press  CitizenKid books.  This is a joint project with retired general and ex-senator Roméo Dallaire, now a full-time advocate for child soldiers.  The book is co-authored with Jessica Dee Humphreys and illustrated by Claudia Davila.

Read the full Maclean's  full article about Michel and the book here and listen to his recent interview on the CBC program Q

Posted December 17, 2015

Alumni Portraits

Woodsworth Grad Betty Xie featured in UofT Alumni Portraits

Film maker and Woodsworth College alumna Betty Xie was recently interviewed by the University of Toronto as part of the Alumni Portraits series.  Read and listen here.

Posted December 17, 2015

Woodsworth Student Featured in CBC Podcast

Audrey Rochette speaks about her journey

The CBC podcast, Campus,  featuring Audrey Rochette, a former Academic Bridging student,  was released this week. You can listen to the podcast here.

Posted November 11, 2015

Woodsworth Alumnus Elected

Shaun Chen (06) part of new Liberal Government

The federal election resulted in a majority win for the Liberal Party of Canada and heading to Ottawa along with 184 other Liberals will be Woodsworth grad Shaun Chen.  He will represent the new riding of Scarborough North.  Shaun has been a Toronto District School Board trustee since 2006 and was its chair when he became a candidate in the federal election.  

Shaun has served as director of the Ontario Public School Boards’ Association and was a member of the City of Toronto Children’s Services Advisory Committee, where he worked to support a multi-year strategy to expand Toronto’s child care system. He was named by Maclean’s Magazine as one of “100 young Canadians to watch.”  

Shaun graduated from Woodsworth College with a BSc in Computer Science and Equity Studies.  He is also a graduate of OISE where he received his MA in Sociology in Education and where he is currently enrolled as a PhD student in Social Justice Education.

The College congratulates Shaun on his win and wishes him all the best in his new and challenging role!

Posted November 05, 2015

Inaugural Morley Gunderson Lecture

Labour Economics and Industrial Relations Focus of New Annual Lecture

To honour the contributions of Professor Morley Gunderson in research and labour policy in Canada a lecture was established this year in his name.  This lecture is jointly presented by the Department of Economics, the Centre for Industrial Relations & Human Resources, and Woodsworth College.

All three of these University of Toronto divisions are very pleased that the inaugural lecturer will be Professor Edward Lazear of Stanford University.  Professor Lazear is the Jack Steele Parker Professor of Human Resources Management and Economics in the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  He is also the Morris Arnold and Nona Jean Cox Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, and a Senior Fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research.

Edward P. Lazear has  taught at Stanford since 1992. He previously taught at the University of Chicago's Economics Department and Graduate School of Business, where he was the Brown Professor of Urban and Labor Economics.

Lazear served as Chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers and served at the White House from 2006 to 2009.   In his position as the chief economic advisor to the President, he advised on a broad range of matters that involve both the macroeconomy and microeconomic issues.

Founding Editor of the Journal of Labor Economics, Lazear is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, the Econometric Society, and the Society of Labor Economists of which he was president. Lazear is a Visiting Distinguished Fellow of the Becker Friedman Institute at the University of Chicago and is heads the economics initiative at the George W. Bush Institute. He is also a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, where he co-chairs the program in personnel economics.

Professor Lazear has written extensively on labor markets and personnel issues; microeconomic theory; issues involving worker compensation and effects on productivity; entrepreneurship; governmental policies on discrimination, affirmative action, and comparable worth; educational policy; unemployment; culture, language, and diversity issues; the doctrine of employment at will; distribution of income within the household; pricing and marketing policies; and other issues involving labor markets and the macroeconomy. He has over 100 published academic articles, he is a frequent contributor to the popular press, and has written or edited twelve books.

Professor Lazear's book Personnel Economics (MIT Press, 1995) expands on his 1993 Wicksell Lectures. In 1998, he received the Melamed Prize, which cited this book as the best research by a business school professor anywhere in the world during the previous two years. He received the  Distinguished Teaching Award from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business as well as the PhD Faculty Distinguished Service Award.

Lazear won the IZA Prize in Labor Economics, which is given to the person viewed to have made the most significant contributions to labor economics in the world. This was primarily for his work in personnel economics. In June 2006, Lazear was awarded the Jacob Mincer Prize given by the Society of Labor Economics for lifetime contributions to the field. He holds four honorary doctorates.

In addition to his former duties in Washington, Professor Lazear has been an advisor to the governments of Czechoslovakia, Romania, Russia, Ukraine, and Georgia.

The lecture will take place on Friday, November 6, 2015. Lecture venue, time and registration details are available here.

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