Meet Alumni Ambassadors
Meet the Alumni Ambassadors
Want to know more about a specific program, campus activity, or just get a sense of what it's like to be a Santamarian? We have a number of alumni who look forward to helping future SMUdents learn more about the Saint Mary's experience!
Learn about each Alumni Ambassador below.
Find out how you can become an Alumni Ambassador here.
Major: Entrepreneurship, Human Resource Management & Industrial Relations
Campus Activities: Enactus, Commerce Society
It’s Saint Mary’s culture of giving back that has most resonated with Ali. He challenged himself to become as engaged as possible in both extracurricular activities and community involvement. In addition to his commitment to Enactus as the co-president, he also worked at the Sobey School of Business Development Centre, served on SMUSA’s Board of Directors, and acted as VP External for the Sobey School of Business Commerce Society.
Following his time in SMU he started an online web presence company called SiteClub.tech and worked as a Small Business Advisor with Scotiabank. His love for his birth place, Yemen, and care to help others encouraged him to travel back and work on Solar Energy projects in providing access to electricity and and solar farming. He is currently the VP and Director of special projects with www.cewye.com and started his own company www.aadyemen.com focusing on IT and Solar Energy. His Entrepreneurial mindset didn't just stop there, he worked on growing the family farm www.algermozi.com as nature is a big part of his life. He is also working with his family on starting a realestate company www.algermozirealestate.com and always looking for new opportunities to tackle!
“My experience at SMU has allowed me to drive change by giving back and helping others
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ali-algermozi-96046b86/
- To connect with Ali, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Campus Activities: Bangladeshi Student Society, Grad Class Society
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mohammadashiq/
- To connect with Mohammad, please contact email@example.com
General Business Studies
Campus Activities: Teaching Assistant, Intramural Sports, Business Consultancy Program
Kevin is the Chief Investment Officer for Bluesky Equities, a single family office in Calgary. As leader of a small team investing in both private and public markets, his responsibilities are varied, encompassing tasks such as deal sourcing, researching & evaluating opportunities, due diligence, negotiating terms, and managing the entire investment portfolio.
While at Saint Mary’s University, Kevin was a TA for MGMT 1281 (Intro to Business Management) and MGMT 2383 (Micro Organizational Behavior), independently tutored students in Finance, Accounting and Statistics courses, participated in the Business Consultancy program through the SMU Business Development Centre, and played intramural volleyball and squash.
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevin-brent-cfa-33922337/
- To connect with Kevin, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/tristan-cayaoyao-093925117
- To connect with Tristan, please contact email@example.com
Major: Psychology (Honours), Minor: Religious Studies
Campus Activities: SMUSA, BoG, Academic Senate, Varsity Cross-Country, Intramural Volleyball, Grad Class Executive, Residence Assistant
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/shane-cunningham-boles-27023230/
- To connect with Shane, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Major: International Development Studies
Campus Activities: IDS Society, AIESEC, SMUSA
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/haley-glenen
- To connect with Haley, please contact email@example.com
Major: Finance and Accounting
Campus Activities: Varsity Football
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jeff-hart-cpa-ca-b7a8a88
- To connect with Jeff, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Major: Marketing and Finance, Minor: French
Campus Activities: Dance Team, SAGA (Students Acting for Global Awareness), Commerce Society, Study Abroad
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicolejackson3/
- To connect with Nicole, please contact email@example.com
Honours Psychology, Major: Biology
Campus Activities: SMUSA (VP Academic Affairs), Shinerama, Peaceful Schools International, Medical Society, Teaching Assistant.
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/blair-jones/
- To connect with Blair, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Major: Marketing & Management, Minor: Psychology
Amanda grew up in Calgary, Alberta and moved out east to attend SMU's Sobey School of Business in 2011. She majored in Marketing and Management with a minor in Psychology and was the valedictorian at her convocation in January 2016. While on campus she was constantly involved in a philanthropic pursuit, mentoring a student or convincing others to become Huskies! After convocation, Amanda moved back to Calgary and landed her dream job as a Fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Society!
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/akolwich/
- To connect with Amanda, please contact email@example.com
Double Major: Criminology & Sociology, Minor: Psychology
Campus Activities: Criminoloy & Sociology Society (Vice-President), Conflict Resolution Society (Vice-President), SMUSA (Vice-President of Academic Affairs), intramural volleyball, teaching assistant, tutor at Pathways to Education, bartender at Gorsebrook Lounge (campus bar)
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rachel-e-macdonald/
- To connect with Rachel, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
San Francisco, CA, USA
Campus Activities: Men's Soccer
Originally from Halifax, Josh graduated from the Sobey School of Business with an MBA in the Spring of 2015. While attending SMU he was heavily involved in varsity athletics as a member of the Men's Soccer team, while also focusing his studies on management, technology, and entrepreneurship. After graduating from SMU, Josh joined an early stage start-up, Pressly, in Toronto, which was subsequently acquired by Vision Critical in the summer of 2017. Josh currently works as the Head of Special Projects at Grammarly, an AI-powered communications assistant with over 15M users on a daily basis and $110M USD backing from top-tier investors such as General Catalyst, Spark Capital, Breyer Capital, IVP, and SignalFire. Josh also holds a BBA concentrated in Finance from St. Francis Xavier University, and resides in San Francisco, California.
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshmacintyre/
- To connect with Josh, please contact email@example.com
Major: Computing & Information Systems, Minor: History
Campus Activities: Enactus (Project Manager & Director of Technology), SMUSA Board Liaison, The Journal (Board Chair, Executive Director and Technology Writer)
Technology is in my blood. Since turning on my first laptop, I’ve had this curiosity about computing. I’m known for being an early adopter and being the first to try out a new feature. My favourite pastime is to troubleshoot problems and share information. Few things change and evolve as rapidly as technology making it such a unique and fascinating field.
My career began working for a telecommunications company learning the basics of customer service. The most exciting part was not the cellphones being sold but the wireless infrastructure that they required to work. My career continued leading me to work in an Apple Store. Here I learned the value of working with a team and discovered a passion for teaching and troubleshooting. To feel the appreciation someone shares when you help solve their issue or teach them a new skill is an incredible one. Today, I work at a software development company called REDspace. There I proudly work with a team of IT professionals as a Support Specialist. Leveraging my passion and experience with Apple devices and software, I’ve helped reduce employee downtime and resolve issues that pop up.
I graduated from Saint Mary’s University in 2020 with a Bachelor of Commerce. I majored in computing and information systems and minored in history. There is tremendous value in understanding what has happened in the past and what is coming in the future. During my time at Saint Mary’s, I served as the project manager for a computer literacy program for at-risk youth, director of technology for Enactus SMU, liaison for the student union’s board of directors, and as the executive director, board chair, and technology writer for the student publication.
During non-pandemic time, I volunteer with Junior Achievement of Nova Scotia to go into classrooms and talk about entrepreneurship and the business environment. You can still often find me researching the latest technology outside of work, trying out a new app, or walking my dog.
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bradenrnewell/
- To connect with Braden, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Major: General Business Studies
Joined St. Mary’s in 2009 to take the BComm program and worked as a teller throughout my undergrad. Upon graduating in 2012 I started in commercial banking, which took me back to Newfoundland. I worked there as a Commercial Account manager for two years until getting married in 2015 and moving to Vancouver, BC to work as a Commercial Analyst. Most recently (Jan 2018) I’ve joined RBC’s National Sales Group, Automotive Finance Division as a Commercial Account Manager. Dealing with franchise dealerships, rental companies and other automotive industries.
- Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathan-pumphrey
- To connect with Jonathan, please contact email@example.com
Double Major (Honours): Criminology, Sociology
Campus Activities: SMU Food Bank, Student Ambassador, Teaching Assistant & Tutor
Originally from rural Nova Scotia, Kala started at SMU in 2013. She worked in a variety of campus settings including the Centre for New Students as a Student Ambassador, Financial Aid as a Coordinator, the SMU Community Food Bank as a Coordinator, and in the Criminology department as a teaching assistant and tutor. She enjoyed catching SMU hockey games and using the fitness centre for spin, yoga, and pilates. She has remained involved with the SMU community through her philanthropic work in creating and fundraising for the Cayley Fox Memorial Award, which aims to support student well-being. After graduating from SMU, she received her Bachelor of Social Work from STU and Master of Clinical Social Work from the University of Calgary. She now works in Halifax as a Mental Health Clinician with Correctional Services Canada.
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kala-rafuse-03a89a95/
- To connect with Kala, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Annapolis Valley, NS
Campus Activities: Enactus Saint Mary's, ICBC Case Competition, Residence Assistant, Co-Op Program Participant
Kyle Rogers is a Manager, Commercial Banking with CIBC. He graduated from Saint Mary’s University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Commerce and a Certificate of Human Resource Management. During his time at Saint Mary’s, he was very involved on campus and highly recommends new students get involved as early as possible. His activities include: Enactus Saint Mary’s, ICBC Case Competition, Residence Assistant, and participant in the Co-op program. Kyle was born and raised in Cape Breton but now calls the Annapolis Valley home. In his spare time Kyle enjoys traveling with friends, golfing, and curling.
- Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/kyle-rogers/
- To connect with Kyle, please contact email@example.com
St. John's, NL
Mehrnaz was born and raised in Iran where she graduated in 2002 with a Bachelor’s degree is Civil Engineering. She moved to Canada in 2008 and relocated to Halifax in 2011. While working full time she enrolled in SMU part time MBA and graduated in spring of 2016. Mehrnaz enjoyed the close community at SMU and appreciates the ongoing professional support that SMU offers its student and alumni. “It feels like I never left the campus”.
She has over eighteen years of experience in various areas of the construction industry in Canada, Europe and the Middle East. Her experience covers areas such as structural engineering and design, concrete formwork design, technical sales, corporate training, and project management.
Mehrnaz is passionate about giving back to the community and does so through volunteering her time. She has been a volunteer with Calgary Public Library, CNIB, CBC, Feed Nova Scotia, and WISE NL.
- LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/mehrnazshamspour
- To connect with Mehrnaz, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Mahmudur Rahman Shovon
Major: Finance, Minor: Political Science
Campus Activities: SMUSA VP Academic, Speak Up Society President, Habitat for Humanity, Model UN, Pack Leader
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/skshovon/
- To connect with Mahmudur, please contact email@example.com
John is a BComm '08 (marketing major) graduate of Saint Mary's University. After graduating in 2008, he spent time working in hospitality in Halifax and then headed to Sydney, Australia where he worked at Fuji Xerox in B2B marketing. In 2010, John relocated to Toronto where he joined an e-commerce startup that he helped grow and was eventually acquired. For the last several years John has worked for a variety of marketing agencies focusing on digital strategy and customer experience for clients like PayPal Canada, Canada Post, and Interac.
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/john-sime/
- To connect with John, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Major: Management Certificate: Human Resources Management
Native Haligonian, Jocelyn currently lives just east of Toronto, ON with her fellow SMU Alumni husband, Matt. Jocelyn is passionate about her career and her current role as a Human Resources Coordinator for a large Canadian company. Jocelyn considers herself a "Husky for life" and is very enthusiastic to promote and share her experiences at SMU. In her spare time, Jocelyn enjoys spending time outside with her dog, Brody and horse, Valour.
- LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/jocelyn-simich-7033186a
- To connect with Jocelyn, please contact email@example.com
Majors: Psychology and Marketing
Campus Activities: Enactus Saint Mary's, SMUSA, Student Services, Residence Services, Intramurals
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sehmatsuri/
- To connect with Sehmat, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Ying (Wendy) Wang
Campus Activities: Enactus (Accessability Mentor), SAGA (Students Acting for Global Awareness), Commerce Society, Research Assistant & Teaching Assistant in Marketing Department
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/yingwendywang/
- To connect with Wendy, please contact email@example.com
Marc A. Waterfield
Major: Asian Studies
Marc is a full-time English communications teacher at Buntoku senior high school, and Adjunct Professor of English communication at Kumamoto University where he is also currently a PhD candidate in the field of applied linguistics. Along with his work in the education field, he has also worked in editing, proofreading and translation including Japan Karate-do Federation official documents, as well as assisting with the development of a system database for Smartphone automated translation app.
Marc is the coach for the semi-professional Buntoku Karate-Do team, who have qualified for the All Japan Invitational Championships for 5 consecutive years, All Japan Inter-high Championships Men’s Individual and Team Kumite 2 x Kumamoto Sotai Championships during his time as coach. While at SMU, Marc was a long-term scholarship exchange student through the ASN department, studying in Hokkaido for 1 academic year.
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/marc-waterfield-50098462/
- To connect with Marc, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Campus Activities: Geography Society
Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom
Chris grew up in Halifax County, and graduated from Saint Mary's in 1994 with a BA in Geography. While at SMU, Chris was involved with the Geography Society, competing in intramural activities and designing a t-shirt for the society. He went on to Dalhousie to complete a BEd in 1995. Upon graduating, Chris moved to Japan to teach ESL for 6 years, working for TOZA and ECC language schools. He went on to teach in secondary school in the UK, where he completed his Overseas Teacher Training as an ICT/Computing teacher. He is currently the Head of ICT/Computing at Abbot's Hill School, an independent girls school, in Hertfordshire, encouraging the next generation to become programmers. Chris is also a freelance graphic designer, creating graphics and logos for Deepwell Hypnotherapy, The SuperFood Curry Company and A J Charlton Photography.
- To connect with Chris, please contact email@example.com.