Alumni

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Taking a Stand

As these alumni have discovered, it takes courage to speak up for what you believe in

Gimmy Chu, a University of Toronto graduate, co-founded the green technology company Nanoleaf. They developed the Nanoleaf LED light bulb, the world's most energy-efficient bulb.

Strength in Numbers

Our first-ever Alumni Impact Survey reveals that U of T alumni are making massive social, cultural and economic contributions around the world

Gwynne Phillips (left) and Briana Templeton of the surreal sketch comedy duo Templeton Philharmonic met in the University College drama program. They are currently writing and starring in CBC's web series

Divine Comedy

Alumni Gwynne Phillips and Briana Templeton unleash their inner infernos in darkly hilarious sketches

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Double Vision

Ophthalmologist Arun Lakra explores luck, science and faith in his hit play, Sequence

Theatre creator Nadia Ross (BA 1986 Victoria) is the winner of the $100,000 Siminovitch Prize, Canada's richest theatre award. Photo by David Irvine.

A New Role for Theatre-Goers

Nadia Ross, the winner of Canada's biggest drama prize, likes to keep her audiences on their toes. They don't just "sit in the dark and behave properly"

Developing recipes is one of Mary Berg's favourite things to do. It's central to her long-term ambition of building a career in catering and food media. Photo courtesy of CTV.

Hail to the Chef!

A golden borscht soup helped alumna Mary Berg win the title of MasterChef Canada. She now serves up her recipes on CTV’s “Your Morning” show

The Archaeologists (cover)

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

Rowers Kate Sauks and Liz Fenje on a rowboat.

Rowing for Gold

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

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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 Pollock

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

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In Vino Veritas

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

Celebrities at Red Dress Collection 2013, New York Fashion Week. Photo by Dan Lecca for The Heart Truth, National Institutes of Health

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

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

Pipe Dreams

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

Michael Boland's book Through the Lens of My Eye: Adventures of a Documentary Cameraman

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

Holocaust Heroine

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

Randy Pepper with his sister Leanne at the 2009 Oxfam Canada Trailwalker. Photography by MaryAnn Jansen

Power Walker

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

Madeleine Bisson

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

Good Eggs

Maliha Chishti, Bhante Saranapala, Jim O'Mara, Lesra Martin, Bindu Dhaliwal and Duff Conacher