Alumni Profiles

Arts — Culture

catherine sinclairCatherine Sinclair (B. Hum 2001)

Senior Curator
Ottawa Art Gallery

I am now Senior Curator at the O.A.G., and my Humanities education certainly contributed to where I am today. My curatorial work involves selecting artists for exhibition, both historical and contemporary, organizing those exhibitions and providing the research to back up those ideas, and assessing and growing the Gallery’s Permanent Collection. A major part of my job is research and analytic writing, and these skills really began for me in those B.Hum years. Read More.

victoria goddardVictoria Goddard (B.Hum 2004)

Writer, Gardener, Jobbing Humanist

At the College of the Humanities I learned to ask the old questions, and to live always as if they matter – and in doing so, I learned the courage shown by those, ancient and modern, who try to answer them. In short, I think I can say that my writing, like my life, is shaped by the past, and the College of the Humanities did not only show me those shapes, but also taught me to see. Read More.

kwende kefentseKwende Kefentse (B.A. 2011)

Cultural Planner
City of Ottawa

I think it’s a great foundation for doing more innovative things, because you get the opportunity to cross subjects, but in a deep way. My job has everything to do with being culturally sensitive, and so just being sensitive to all the different religions in the world, peoples, modes of thinking about the world and to be able to move with some flexibility between these has been really instructive. Read More.

Broadcasting — Media — Journalism

jennifer carswellJennifer Carswell (B.Hum 2005)

Senior Broadcast Journalist
BBC World Television, London, England

My love of stories, as a window into humanity and what makes us truly human, took root during the Humanities programme and has blossomed ever since.  On a regular basis, I go back to Humanities basics by examining original sources and documents and trying as best as I can to get behind, underneath, and around what is really there to figure out what is important. Read More.

danielle kubesDanielle Kubes (B.Hum 2009)

Freelance Journalist

Humanities prepares you for what comes after Humanities because you’re required to take a music class, a science class, a philosophy class, a history class, a literature class — and in doing so you will gain a breadth and depth of knowledge upon which our modern world was founded, and therefore be better able to navigate it. Read More.

Business

people - sarah cathrae 2Sarah Cathrae (B.Hum 2001)

Managing Director
Suske Capital

I have used these gifts towards many pursuits. I have managed people, an arcade, a banquet hall, and a marina. I did facilities management for the Canadian Space Agency. I have consulted for Fortune 500 companies. I worked in finance for Credit Suisse on Bay Street. I appraised multi-million dollar commercial properties. Currently, I work as the Managing Director of Suske Capital, a Canadian boutique private equity firm that invests in real estate, finance, emerging technology, alternative energy and healthcare. Read More.

Education

people-brett walkerBrett Walker (B.Hum 2002)

Department Head of English
Ottawa Catholic School Board

After graduating from the B.Hum. I enrolled in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. A year later, I was teaching English for the Ottawa Catholic School Board and today I am the Department Head of English at a Catholic high school  in Ottawa…I have taught a variety of subjects at different Ottawa area high schools and have worked with many amazing individuals. Education is both challenging and rewarding, but every day brings something new and exciting. Read More.

erik jefferyEric Jeffery (B.Hum 2005)

Assistant Dean, Pakuranga College
Auckland, New Zealand

Being an English teacher is incredibly rewarding—my job is to mentor and inspire young people, and help them find value in their lives. My working day is spent conversing with interesting young minds from all walks of life. It makes me proud to pass on some of the wisdom from the greatest books of all time to my own students. Read More.

sarah carlyon-bakerSarah Carlyon-Baker (B.Hum 2006)

ESL Program Resource Teacher
Upper Canada District Schoolboard

In the Bachelor of Humanities I read books I never would have encountered had I pursued a Bachelor of Arts degree, as I had originally planned. It gave me the English and History qualifications I needed to complete my Bachelor of Education, but along the way I also studied Religion, Politics, Art, Philosophy, and even Science. Read More.

kateri latour-coutureKateri Couture-Latour (B.Hum 2011)

Biology Teacher
American College of Sofia, Bulgaria

When my students discuss the social and ethical implications of science, my experience in the Humanities allows me to facilitate these discussions so that they can explore multiple perspectives and understand the real-world implications of what they learn. Read More.

jessica carmenJessica Carmen (B.Hum 2012)

Program Officer—Japanese Language Education
The Japan Foundation, Toronto

What has helped me the most in working in an organization promoting international (Japanese) culture, was completing my third year of studies in Osaka, Japan, through the B.Hum’s Study Year Abroad stream. This allowed me to gain an Asian perspective on what I had been studying at Carleton, while letting me exchange ideas with not only the local Japanese students but also fellow exchange students from around the world. Read More.

Education — University Level

allana haistAllana Haist (B.A. 2001)
Lecturer in Rhetoric and Composition, American University in Cairo

Entrepreneur
Social justice advocate

I am a lecturer in the Rhetoric and Composition Department at the American University of Cairo. I feel so incredibly lucky in this work to be able to experience the same openness, creativity, and excellent colleagues as I did back in my days in Humanities. The department is a part of the University’s Academy for Liberal Arts, placing us at the forefront of creating a literate culture where the sort of critical thinking we did back in Humanities can be introduced to our students here in Cairo. Read More.

erica chartersErica Charters (B. Hum 2002)

Associate Professor
Faculty of History
Oxford University

As a veteran of the Great Books programme, I am better prepared to think about continuity and change in a long-term perspective. Whereas many graduate students and academics are often overwhelmed by competing interpretations and theories, the unique programme at the College of the Humanities allowed me to feel at home in this intellectual environment. It fostered a sense of excitement and pleasure regarding intellectual debate, as well as a strong belief in the social nature of intellectual endeavours, two approaches which have served me well in my career. Read More.

timothy brownleeTimothy Brownlee (B.Hum 2002)

Assistant Professor of Philosophy
Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio

One achievement that I believe is unique to the College is in establishing a special community of learning…My professors showed an incredible dedication to my own development as a student and a person and continue to be model scholars. But I am continually impressed by the degree to which my friends, my fellow students, were also my teachers…Taking many of the same classes with the same intellectually curious and distinctly interested students has proven to be so powerful in large part because I found myself growing and learning with, challenging and being challenged by the same individuals over the course of four years. Read More.

chad jorgensonChad Jorgenson (B.Hum 2007)

Postdoctoral Researcher
ILIESI, Rome

While good courses and professors are indispensable to a good education, the gold standard is the quality of your peers, who challenge and stimulate you outside of the classroom. During my time at the College, I was privileged to be introduced to a number of extraordinarily gifted and creative people, many of whom continue to be close friends. Read More.

tiffany tsantsoulasTiffany Tsantsoulas (B.Hum 2010)

Ph.D. candidate in Philosophy
Penn State University
Former Director of Marketing and Education, inHealth Inc.

I know I could not have accomplished what I did in those three years after graduation without the strong foundation that the B.Hum provided me. Studying the humanities and philosophy developed my critical thinking, writing, and researching skills. The small classes, individual attention and mentoring, discussion groups and close-knit community of peers taught me how to clarify my ideas and articulate arguments. Most importantly I learned how to work hard, be curious, tackle problems, and bring passion into everything I do. Read More.

simon gurofskySimon Gurofsky (B.Hum 2010)

Ph.D. Candidate in Philosophy
University of Chicago

Academic research can sometimes seem narrow; the old joke is that by the time you’ve defended your dissertation, you know everything about nothing. Thanks to my time in the College, I have never lost sight of the broader human context that makes my philosophical pursuits worthwhile. I understand myself not merely to be offering a solution to a dry intellectual problem, or yet another minor interpretive variation on some well worked-over text, but to be trying to help all of us better to understand ourselves, each other, and the world in which we live. The Bachelor of Humanities has helped keep my research grounded in what really matters and has been indispensable for my philosophical and human development. Without it, I doubt I’d have been well positioned intelligently to pursue an academic career.

Entrepreneurs

johann kwanJohann Kwan (B.A. 2010)

Owner / Photographer
Johann Kwan Photography

In a program the size of the College of Humanities, you really get to know everyone. Professors are there for their students from the moment you enter the college, rather than years down the line when class sizes have thinned down from gargantuan lecture halls. Your fellow students are doing the same things you’re doing, puzzling through the same Platonic dialogue, blowing off steam together when the going gets rough. It’s hard at that stage not to start liking them and calling them friends. Read More.

International Aid and Development

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Jean-Noé Landry (B.Hum 2001)

Director of Strategic Initiatives and Outreach at Open North

My humanities degree taught me to work methodically from principles. I have seldom met someone who didn’t aspire to a life of dignity, happiness, justice, and freedom, all ideas that were contemplated and explored at the College of the Humanities. This was certainly the case when I worked in Ramallah with Palestinian advocacy groups or in Serbia with election monitoring groups, wary of a backsliding to the days of the Milosevic regime. Read More.

Sébastien HigginsSébastien Higgins (B.Hum 2013)

Intern
Clinton Foundation

After graduating from the Bachelor of Humanities, I decided to take a year off and gain some job experience before continuing my schooling. In January 2014, I started an internship with the Carter Center in their Democracy Program, monitoring political developments across the Middle East. I was also lucky enough to be deployed on an expert mission to Egypt to monitor the country’s pre-election political atmosphere in April 2014. I have since moved on to an internship with the Clinton Foundation, helping to organize the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual conference on international development. Throughout these professional experiences I have consistently drawn upon my research, writing and critical thinking abilities, all of which I owe in large part to my time in the College of the Humanities. Read More.

Law

audrey demarsicoAudrey DeMarsico (B. Hum 2001)

Lawyer for Osler Hoskin Harcourt LLP

The College of the Humanities was a valuable experience in both personal and professional growth. As a lawyer, I continue to use the creative thinking skills I developed at the College. I also have fond memories of the cultural events and the community of fellow students. Read More.

alumni profile - parul shahParul Shah (B.Hum 2002)

Lawyer for Justice Canada

The Bachelor’s of Humanities at the College gave me an invaluable foundation for the study and practice of law.  The program challenges students to think creatively and innovatively about the ideas that have shaped and continue to shape our communities and societies. It prepared me for the intellectual demands of a career in law and gave me a perspective that I continue to rely on in my daily practice. I am glad to be part of such a wonderful community of students, scholars, writers, artists, and professionals.

kyle kirkupKyle Kirkup (B.Hum 2006)

Lawyer, Academic, Writer

I often think about The College of the Humanities, and how it fundamentally shaped me as a person — not only did the B.Hum program teach me to think deeply and critically, but it also pushed me to be a disciplined writer, a thoughtful colleague, and an engaged citizen. Read More.

LuluPhoto-400x438Leonor Vulpe Albari (B.Hum 2014)

Accepted to Oxford Law

If you don’t know what you want to study in university, chose something you enjoy and that will give you tools you can use in many settings. Though the HUMS program did not give me a ‘predestined job’ after graduating, I think it was the best program I could have chosen because I enjoyed it and because I developed important skills, which I am now using in law. Read More.

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Roy Sengupta (B.Hum 2016)

Accepted to Harvard Law School

I am constantly amazed at the amount of meaningful contact I am able to have with professors on a day to day basis in this program, and I absolutely feel that the conversations I have had with my professors have contributed immensely to my own academic development. Read More.

Library and Archives

alumni profile - ciara o'sheaCiara O’Shea (B.Hum 2009)

Content Services Librarian, Borden Ladner Gervais

As a new librarian, I’ve been experiencing many different workplaces through contract positions. My Bachelor in Humanities has prepared me for them all through the practice in public speaking and argument in seminars and the focus on being a clear and concise writer. My wide ranging level of general knowledge from the program makes me comfortable in any workplace. Already I have taught third grade students about the Dewey Decimal system, helped a bilingual library in rural Eastern Ontario create and implement a new strategic plan, and researched Electoral Boundary Redistribution for federal employees.  Now I’m helping a large law firm redesign their intranet. My time at the College of Humanities gave me the flexibility to work in all of these positions.

Medicine

Robin Visser (B.Hum 2008)

Feeney Fellow
Hepatobiliary Surgery
University of Toronto

I graduated from the Humanities program in 2008 with a combined honours in Biology (in the era before the was an official ‘stream’ of curriculum geared towards this). With Dr. Laird’s encouragement, I applied and was accepted to medicine at McMaster University. There, I completed my MD in 2011 and went on to pursue General Surgery at the University of Manitoba. In June 2017, I successfully wrote my royal college exams to become a fully qualified surgeon and am now at the University of Toronto pursuing subspecialty training in hepatobiliary and multi-organ transplant surgery. This is a fairly coveted fellowship and I am extraordinarily fortunate to have the opportunity to pursue this amazing work. Along the way, I took a year off to do a Masters of Science at the bench, looking at the role epigenetics (specifically microRNAs) play in the pathophysiology and possible treatment for congenital diaphragmatic hernia in infants. We have just been published in Nature! Read more

francis bakewellFrancis Bakewell (B.Hum 2010)

Resident Physician in Emergency Medicine
University of Ottawa—Ottawa Hospital

The study of the great works of civilization forces the realization that each person that comes through our door is not just a patient with a complaint, but someone with the spark of reason and creativity that defines us as a species, someone with a life as meaningful as our own, and someone seeking help. The study of the Humanities is the broadest possible exercise in empathy. Read More.

people - rebecca warmington 1Rebecca Warmington (B.Hum 2011)

Fourth-Year Medical Student
University of Ottawa

The Humanities and Biology program was a perfect segue into medical school. Every day in medicine I am confronted with issues that the Hums and Bio program prepared me for.  When I assess a patient with type-2 diabetes, I know the pathophysiology of the disease from my biology training. But my critical thinking skills and understanding of different worldviews allow me to connect better with people in a way that goes beyond physiology. Read More.

deepro chowdhuryDeepro Chowdhury

Bachelor of Humanities and Biology
Class of 2015

The Humanities and Biology program, with its study of biology, biochemistry and all the traditional Liberal Arts has provided me with something I never thought I’d have during my undergraduate years: a genuine desire to attend every single one of my classes, every day. Read more.

Aleksander Godlewski

Bachelor of Humanities and Biology
Class of 2015

Public Policy

adam lajeunesseAdam Lajeunesse (B.Hum. 2005)

S.S.H.R.C. Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of National Defence

Over the past few years I’ve worked with the Alberta government, Foreign Affairs, the Arctic Institute of North America, Parks Canada, and the Inuit Circumpolar Council. All the basic skills I needed to succeed I acquired from the College of the Humanities. Education is more than simply the acquisition of facts, it consists of training the mind to process them creatively and effectively. That is the training I received from the College, for which I am deeply indebted. Read More.

alumni profile - jesse rosenbergJesse Rosenberg (B.Hum 2005)

Policy Advisor to Ontario’s Minister of Labour

Completing my Bachelors of Humanities at the College trained me in the intellectual flexibility I needed to succeed in my future endeavours. I have always connected my success in legal studies to the College – for me, law was a whole new way to think, which my undergraduate work had already prepared me for. In my current professional role as a Ministerial Policy Advisor, the ability to work in entirely different ways through the day has been of enormous benefit. I look forward to continuing to apply not the specifics of what I learned, but the ability to handle the breadth of thought, in the future.

leslie demeullesLeslie de Meulles (B.Hum 2007)

Senior Policy Advisor
Minister’s Office
Ontario Ministry of Northern Development and Mines

Humanities prepared me well for my professional life—especially political life. When faced with policy decisions that affect Ontarians, and trying to make the “right” decision, I run up against the same questions that Humanities forced me to consider: what is just? what is good, and which good ought we to pursue for society? These are the fundamental questions that face politicians as legislators and decision-makers. Read More.

Science

bradley laflammeBradley Laflamme (B.Hum-Biology 2015)

Graduate Student in Biology/Biochemistry
University of Toronto

When science courses are combined with Humanities courses that ask students to engage with ideas, rather than to categorize them as fact or fiction, there is a perfect balance. You get the necessary objective information while simultaneously being humbled before the sheer variety of ways in which human beings experience the world. Read More.

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