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Jason Soloway Taking the leap
It’s now or never. That’s what a little voice inside his head said to Jason Soloway, BA’95, MA’99, approaching his 40th birthday. It’s now or never to move on from being a vice-president at New York’s Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies and to dive headfirst into running restaurants, something Soloway wanted to accomplish before it was too late. [Read more]
Richard Meen Best in show
Decades ago, Meen, MD’63, visited New York City to deliver a lecture for a canine education program. A Toronto-based psychiatrist, he was president of the Canadian Kennel Club at the time. His counterpart at the American Kennel Club, among the world’s most prestigious registries of purebred dogs, greeted Meen and wasted no words in introducing him to the class. [Read more]
Mariam Hamou Heart of a revolutionary
Mariam Hamou helps tell the story of a Sryrian civil war [Read more]
Rory Capern Making Twitter fly
Between his first and second year at Western, Rory Capern, HBA’00, MBA’04, witnessed the “power of the web” for the first time. [Read more]
Mark Furukawa High fidelity
As a recent university graduate, Furukawa didn’t have the money to seize an opportunity to open a Hamilton, Ont., location of the famed record store Dr. Disc. So, he turned to his parents for financial support. “They were happy to see me happy,” he said. “They are very selfless people.” [Read more]
Sonja Salmon Leave your butterflies behind
As a young Bay Street executive, Sonja Salmon traveled the world, living her life out of suitcases. Really, really ugly suitcases. [Read more]
Alex Paterson Building the perfect beast
Alex Paterson never wanted to control the beast; he simply wanted to keep it fed. And as a member of the Liberal Party’s digital campaign team during the 2015 Federal Election, he saw firsthand what that would take. [Read more]
Janet Bannister Janet Bannister, HBA'92, continues to see opportunities after Kijiji success
Bannister, HBA’92, founded Kijiji Canada, which has become the largest and most visited classified site in the country. She later led Kijiji Global, which included businesses in Europe, the United States and Asia. Her success with the company was unparalleled and, at the height of it, she walked away. [Read more]
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