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Speakers Series

Throughout the year, the university and the Alumni Association Council organize a variety of events that provide opportunities for alumni to network and catch up with old friends. 

At Alumni Day in 2018, the Council announced the launch of a Speakers Series. Every Speakers Series will include a brief presentation followed by a networking opportunity for alumni to approach the speaker and network with fellow alumni. These events are open to all alumni of Ontario Tech University, as well as students in their final year of study. Speakers will include alumni, partners, and members of our university community. If you have suggestions, we would love to hear from you!

The Speakers Series schedule is below. For a list of all Ontario Tech alumni events, please visit our Events and Receptions page

Alumni Speakers Series

  • Michele Cox | June 19, 2019

    Michele CoxMichele Cox 

    Vice President, Marsh Risk Consulting
    Faculty of Business and Information Technology, Class of 2007


    Michele Cox was part of the first graduating class from Ontario Tech University. During her third and fourth year, she was part of a mentorship program - Students Mentoring Students.  

    Specializing in Human Resources at the University, Michele was able to springboard her career in risk management by leveraging her knowledge of human capital risk.     

    As Vice-President, she is now a Senior Enterprise Risk Management and Business Continuity Management consultant with Marsh Canada. She has had over 10 years of risk management consulting experience and has worked closely with numerous Canadian organizations to develop a successful risk management and resiliency programs. 

    We look forward to welcoming Michele back to campus to share her experiences and insights on the industry.

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  • Robina Brah | October 5, 2019

    Robina Brah Robina Brah

    Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, Class of 2017

    Robina is a role model for others in the Durham Region community. Robina feeds members of the homeless community, mentors at the Children’s Aid Society, and has written a children’s book, A Porcupine in a Pig’s Town, which aims to teach children about diversity and inclusion. Known as an ambitious activist and dedicated volunteer, Robina’s philanthropic efforts have earned her a nomination for the 2019 Alumni Association Awards.

    Robina obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology and a Minor in Criminology from Ontario Tech in 2017. She intends to pursue further education in leadership. 

    Robina came back to campus on October 5, 2019 as part of our Alumni Day celebration to speak about her accomplishments since graduation and to accept the 2019 Philanthropic Award. 

  • Wayne Cuervo, Cisco Canada | April 16, 2020

    Wayne CuervoWayne Cuervo

    Director of Innovation, Cisco Canada
    General Manager, Toronto Innovation Centre (Cisco Canada's headquarters)


    Wayne is Director of Innovation at Cisco Canada and is the General Manager of the Toronto Innovation Centre at Cisco Canada’s headquarters. The Toronto Innovation Centre is one of nine global Cisco Innovation Centres with a mandate to help solve customers’ business challenges by creating relevant solutions through co-development, creation of proof of concepts and prototypes.  Additionally, the Centre seeks to inspire and showcase local innovation and digital transformation trends and opportunities. The first of its kind in North America, the Cisco Toronto Innovation Centre helps organizations improve business outcomes by integrating, creating, testing, and validating IoT and other solutions.

    In previous roles, Wayne managed a portfolio of Cisco University Research Chair Investments for Canada.  The aim of the program is to help drive Cisco’s growth and investment in Canada, strengthen its competitive advantage by creating and managing a portfolio of research investments across higher education, and draw linkages and relevance back to industry solutions.

    Wayne was also responsible for the development and execution of Cisco Canada’s  Corporate Social Responsibility Strategy with a focus on large-scale technology donations to hospitals and educational institutions and developing strategic partnerships with not-for-profits toward a focus on business development

    Wayne was also a project and program manager in other roles at Cisco, and is Project Manager Professional (PMP) certified with a Six Sigma Black belt designation, and has managed large and complex system implementation and process improvement projects, both for Cisco Canada as well as Cisco globally.  Like his company, Wayne believes that giving back to his community is important. Wayne takes the position that donating time to community endeavors and encouraging others to do so helps support our society. Wayne is the founder of Cisco Canada’s Gay and Lesbian Enterprise Resource Group, Member, Advisory Board, Mark S. Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies at University on Toronto, and formerly on the board of directors of Pride at Work Canada (2008 to 2012) and still does work in the Inclusion and Diversity space.

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  • Jaclyn Gibson | May 5, 2020

    Jaclyn GibsonJaclyn Gibson 

    Human Resources Analyst, County of Northumberland
    Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, Class of 2014


    Jaclyn Gibson loved her undergraduate experience at Ontario Tech University. Studying communications with a focus on health sciences enabled Jaclyn to blend a number of personal passions.

    Jaclyn played with the Ridgebacks Varsity Women’s Hockey team. She served as Assistant Captain between 2011 and 2014 and during that time received numerous awards including Most Valuable Player, Top Offensive Player, Team Leadership award, the James-Baun Cup, and the Dr. Gary Polonsky Leadership Award. Jaclyn also received a Chairman’s Charity Classic donor award. In 2016, Jaclyn was selected to the Toronto Furies in the entry draft for the Canadian Women’s Hockey League. 

    In her own words, Jaclyn has “set the bar high” and is always looking for ways to better herself personally and in her career. She has recently completed a certificate in Human Resources Management through York University’s online program and is currently pursuing  a certificate in Municipal Accounting and Finance. 

    Jaclyn's talk will focus on the importance of defining and pursuing a career with passion. 

    Event Details
    • When: Tuesday, May 5, 2020 from 6 to 8 p.m. Remarks at 6:30 p.m.
    • Where: Venture13 Innovation Centre - 739 D'Arcy St. Cobourg, ON K9A 0H6
    • Light snacks and refreshments will be served.
    • Let us know you're coming - register online!