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Alumni Profiles

The alumni office and your Alumni Association Council are dedicated to keeping in touch with Ontario Tech alumni. We recognize the achievements and contributions of successful alumni annually through the Alumni Assocation Awards, but we know you are worthy of being celebrated all year round! 

Share your good news with classmates by submitting a Milestones notice. We may feature you next! 

Featured profiles

  • Jaclyn Gibson, '14
    Jaclyn GibsonJaclyn Gibson | Class of 2014

    Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Communication and Digital Media 
    Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

    Jaclyn Gibson loved her undergraduate experience at Ontario Tech University. Studying communications with a focus on health sciences provided her with a springboard into a career she loves.

    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 is now a Human Resources Analyst for the County of Northumberland, where she lives with her family (her husband is also a graduate of Ontario Tech). She has maintained strong ties to the Ontario Tech campus community and was recently featured at a virtual Alumni Speakers Series event in May 2020. Jaclyn shared insights into her time at Ontario Tech and spoke about the importance of defining and pursing a career with passion!

  • Emily McKnight, '12
    Emily McKnightEmily McKnight | Class of 2012

    Bachelor of Arts, Criminology 
    Faculty of Social Science and Humanities 

    Intending to pursue a career in law enforcement, Emily completed the Police Foundations program at Durham College in 2008. After learning more about law enforcement and the social, communication and technical skills needed to serve and protect communities, Emily decided to enter the Criminology and Justice pathway program at Ontario Tech in 2009. 

    This interdisciplinary program, which weaves sociology, psychology, philosophy and law together with criminology, revealed new opportunities to Emily. She was keen to explore how criminal justice is shaped by social, political and technological contexts. After graduating in 2012, Emily enrolled in the Dispute Resolution certificate program at York University where she honed her communication, mediation, negotiation and arbitration skills. 

    Meanwhile, Emily was continuing to connect with Ontario Tech, attending alumni events and maintaining the relationships she had developed with fellow students and faculty members. Realizing that she could apply her knowledge and skills to a range of occupations, and appreciating the Ontario Tech environment, Emily decided to become an Academic Advisor. Currently, Emily works within the Faculty of Business and I.T. She is part of a team that aims to help students in the Bachelor of Commerce program make choices that will lead to their academic success. Emily works with students to identify their strengths and interests, guide them toward a career path, establish academic goals and plan the courses that will meet their objectives. She enjoys answering their questions, addressing concerns and finding practical solutions for issues ranging from academic and career to personal and financial. 

    In 2019 Emily married alumnus Michael Williams-Bell. Michael completed his PhD at Ontario Tech in Applied Bioscience in 2016 and is currently a professor at Durham College. They live in Durham Region. 

  • Brittani Van Dusen, '16
    Brittani Van DusenBrittani Van Dusen | Class of 2016

    Bachelor of Arts (Honours) – Communication and Digital Media 
    Faculty of Social Science and Humanities

    “Every year of university that went by, my path became clearer and more exciting,” says Brittani. “I didn’t just get a degree, I gained invaluable knowledge about myself and the world.”  

    She learned that she loves to explore, read, create – and to learn about people. “I’m so privileged to be working in my chosen field,” Brittani says. Since 2018 she has been working as a Key Account Manager with Sales Talent Agency, a North American sales recruitment company based in Toronto. She also recently started working as a Contract Sales Recruiter for Clearbanc, which provides affordable growth capital for online brands.  

    Brittani has always been a hard worker; she started her first part-time job at the age of 15. She dreamt of becoming a paramedic but soon determined that she wasn’t suited for that career. Instead, Brittani joined the Communication and Digital Media Studies program at Ontario Tech University.  

    Determined to put herself through university, Brittani held up to four concurrent part-time jobs during her years of undergraduate study. On campus she worked as a Marketing Assistant and as a volunteer in a number of roles: Vice-chair of the Communication Council, Writing Peer Tutor, and blogger for Student Speak, the online source of Ontario Tech student experiences.  

    Brittani felt “valued and inspired” by the university’s teaching faculty. As the recipient of a donor award, she also received some welcome financial assistance for her ambitions. Brittani has realized those ambitions, receiving her bachelor’s degree in 2016 and embarking on an engaging and evolving career. It’s just what she loves – exploring and learning. 

    Brittani gives back to the Ontario Tech community by being a mentor in the Ontario Tech Hub. The Ontario Tech Hub pilot is an exclusive networking and mentoring platform that introduces users to alumni and students based on specific career interests and goals.