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Where They Are Now
Profiles of U of T alumni

Remembering Austin Clarke

U of T alum was among the first writers in Canada to pay attention to everyday life in Toronto. He was also a champion of social justice

Portrait of a Serial Writer

By releasing his new book, chapter by chapter, online, author Hal Niedzviecki can interact with readers to learn what they like — and what they don’t

Choose Your Own Adventure

Markian Moyes updates a popular kind of kids’ book for the app generation

Shelley Gautier Photo by Eric Thibault Canadian Paralympic Committee

Champion for Sport

Paracyclist Shelley Gautier competes for everyone with a disability

Rowing for Gold

How Pan Am athlete Kate Sauks went from rowing newbie to medallist in just five years

Photo by Richard Phibbs

A Legacy as Big as All Outdoors

How the art of giving back motivates photographer Richard Phibbs

Conversations for Change

Aldeli Albán Reyna is excited to share her work, on improving the status of Indigenous Canadians, at the United Nations

In Her Shoes

Like many women, Tanya Heath loved the look of high heels, but not the pain that went with them. So she created her own line — with removable heels

Photo by Heather Pollack

A Woman on the Run

As her 50s approached, Margaret Webb set out to run her fastest-ever marathon… and write a book about aging and fitness

Photo courtesy of CTV

Religion, Prayer and The Amazing Race

Muslims Nabeela Barday and Shahla Kara stay true to their faith as they vie to win a race around the world

Photo by John Simone

Party Out of Bounds

In the late 1980s, photographer John Simone captured New York City’s outrageous counterculture on film

courtesy of Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer

Looking for Bears in High Park

In her new novel, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer reimagines a strange episode from Ontario’s past

In Vino Veritas

An anthropology degree adds depth to Adrian Marquez’s work as a sommelier

The Heart Truth

Sarah Temple is justly proud of her role in the iconic Red Dress campaign to raise awareness of heart disease in women

How Do You Talk To Kids About Sex? There’s An App For That…

Child psychologist Jillian Roberts creates an age-appropriate way to educate children aged four to eight about their bodies

Of Mules and Men

Laura Clarke’s poetry wins her the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award

Activism 2.0

What’s different about today’s environmental activists? Tools of the trade, says Emily Hunter, and a sense that change must happen now

Rent Anything!

Many of us have valuable stuff we rarely use. Now you can rent it out, thanks to a peer-to-peer platform from grad Martin Wong that works just like Airbnb

A Do-It-Yourself Legal Kit?

Monica Goyal’s company helps people avoid hefty lawyer’s fees

Pipe Dreams

Sarah Svendsen and Rachel Mahon are proving that organ music isn’t just for Dracula lovers

Modern-Day Tintin

Much like the Belgian reporter, cinematographer Michael Boland has dodged peril and travelled the world to get a scoop

Hamlet 2.0

Writer Ryan North raised more than half-a-million dollars through social media to publish his Shakespeare-adventure book

Hello, My Name Is…

Tired of having her name mispronounced, Ritu Bhasin developed an app to address the problem

Holocaust Heroine

Julija Šukys captures the life of a Lithuanian woman who aided the ghetto resistance

Meeting the World through Food

UTM grad Wendy Chung discovers global cultures, one kitchen at a time

Power Walker

How lawyer Randy Pepper discovered that walking 100 km in 48 hours is a powerful way to raise funds.

Photo by Bernada Gospic

Spontaneous Success

Learning to stay in the moment gave Madeleine Bisson the key to great improv acting – and to her first film role.

Bullseye!

Crispin Duenas will represent Canada in archery at the London Olympics

Searching for Guan Yin

Sarah Truman travelled across China looking for the Bodhisattva of compassion. What she experienced was a change inside herself

A Most Decent Proposal

What started as a regular U of T alumni event for Jiyoung Park turned into something much, much more

Who’s the Smartest of Them All?

Laura Suen, a recent U of T grad, placed second in the CBC show Canada’s Smartest Person

Photo courtesy of Jean-Guy Niquet

Master of Play

As director of Arkadium, Jean-Guy Niquet is diving into the fast-moving world of mobile games

Reading is Believing

Grad Asim Hussain believes in the power of books to help people reach their full potential

Remembering the Nanking Massacre

Diana Tso’s play Red Snow focuses on the “forgotten holocaust”

Photo courtesy of Christopher Law

The Real World

Four alumni offer advice to graduating students about finding a job and transitioning out of university

Photo courtesy of Tasty Tours

The Sweetest Tour

Audrey Ooi leads a sampling of the world’s most interesting desserts in Toronto’s Kensington Market

Photo Courtesy of Vijaya Selvaraju

Diary of a Globetrotter

From India to Thailand, Vijaya Selvaraju has filmed her travel and culinary adventures

An Explosive Performer

Andrea Sella uses nature’s elements to create crowd-pleasing spectacles

New Parliament Is U of T Blue

Grads elected in several conservative ridings, Liberal caucus is now one-fifth U of T alumni

Photo Courtesy of Massimo Volpe

Greasers versus Aliens

A Brooklyn turf war goes galactic, and a screenwriter goes to Cannes

Photo Courtesy of Frank Horvat

Green Keys

Frank Horvat plays piano in the dark to raise awareness of environmental issues

Photo Courtesy of Hilary Davidson

A Walk on the Wild Side

In her debut novel, Hilary Davidson asks what causes otherwise good people to do something terrible

Protecting the View

Should towers be visible behind Queen’s Park? An architecture grad fights to safeguard the view of Toronto’s most important heritage building

Tweet the Vote

Social media will be a force in this fall’s Toronto election, if a group of recent grads have their way

The Media’s Fault?

Tiger Woods doesn’t think personal sins should require public confessions. Media ethics prof and U of T alum Tom Cooper half agrees

The Dragon and the Stars

Writer Tony Pi draws on his Chinese heritage to create a magical alternate history

A Canadian Doctor in Chicago

Educated at U of T, Dr. Martha Gulati sings the praises of universal health coverage to a sometimes skeptical audience

The Imagined City

In her new book, writer Sarah Elton aims to put Toronto on the literary map next to New York, Dublin and Paris

Urban Jungle

Photojournalist Brent Lewin captures the plight of Thailand’s city elephants

Harley Pasternak Inc.

The Hollywood fitness guru and former U of T grad student turns his marketing game up a notch

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