Sarah Fulford

Editor-in-Chief, Maclean's

Sarah Fulford likes to really figure things out.  It’s part of why she’s recently been asked to manage Maclean’s, one of Canada’s most widely circulated news magazines. It also explains he...

Olivia Larkin

Senior Policy and Programme Manager, City of London Corporation

“Being a young person today is hard,” Olivia Larkin says. “The job market is hard. The world is chaotic. It’s hard to know what you want to do. But if you can just try a few things, that helps...

MOIRA DONOVAN

Independent Journalist

When Moira Donovan was a teenager, her sister told her she’d make a great journalist. Her casual reply was always “sure, that might work.”   Might work indeed. Today Moira is a highly respe...

Brendan Quinn

Creative Director

Brendan Quinn, BA(Hons)’03, can’t wait until his new recording studio is ready so he can have his picture taken at the console. A creative director at Vapor Music, one of Toronto’s largest post-...

Susan Leblanc

Actress, Member of the Legislative Assembly

The first year of university is often portrayed as the time when young people discover all of their passions; that this is their one chance to reinvent themselves and decide on their future plans. Sus...

Scott Simpson

Filmmaker, Playmaker Films

Reflecting on their lives, it's not unusual for someone to credit a specific moment or decision with changing the direction of their life in a way they couldn't have anticipated. While at King's, Scot...

Evany Rosen

Comedy writer, performer, showrunner

Like many King’s alumni, when asked to think back to high school and that big decision of where to go to university, Evany Rosen knew she wanted to go somewhere small. She loved the idea of a univer...

Jennifer Bell

Team Lead at Small Globe, Inc.

The story Jennifer Bell wants to tell is an amazing, globe-shrinking, beautiful account of a family torn apart by conflict then reunited after twenty years. It feels impossible. It feels like it sh...

Alex McLean

Co-Artistic Director, Zuppa Theatre

As a film lover and someone who became involved in school plays as a high school student in Dartmouth, Alex McLean knew from a young age that he wanted to have a career in the arts “in some way.” ...

Eva Holland

Freelance Writer and Author

Eva Holland has always been a writer. But she didn’t always think it could be a full-time job. “I had always been involved with writing and journalism-type work. I had always wanted to be a wri...

Rich Aucoin

Musician

Rich Aucoin sits under his iconic rainbow-coloured parachute; the kind children would congregate under in gym class, it’s now a staple of his live show. Though the pandemic has meant pressing pau...

Cassie Hayward

Junior Policy Analyst, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada

Cassie Hayward experienced food insecurity regularly growing up. In grade 10, she became involved with a 4-H program in Dartmouth. Through 4-H, Cassie had the opportunity to learn about agriculture an...

Sarah Burns

Rhodes Scholar; Economist with Bank of Canada

Sarah Burns just doesn’t give up. As a lean and lanky twelve year old she failed the test to become a competitive figure skater eleven times before she finally nailed it. When she was looking for...

John Scott

Documentary Filmmaker

Each of John D. Scott’s documentary films explores its subject in an unconventional way. In his films, you’ll find the traditional elements of documentary—interviews, narration and archival foot...

Adria Young

Office of Strategy Management, Province of Nova Scotia

Adria Young applied to King’s to study journalism. However, after completing the Foundation Year Program (FYP) and one year in the journalism school, she changed her major to English. Adria had beco...

Rachael Cadman

PhD candidate, Interdisciplinary Studies, Dalhousie University

Working in fisheries governance in Labrador may seem like a world away from studying Contemporary Studies and Classics at King’s – however, for Rachael, it was fairly logical progression. Racha...

Jennifer MacLeod

King’s Alumni executive

Jennifer MacLeod had every intention of becoming a nurse. Both her parents were health professionals, so why not? She applied for the nursing program at Dalhousie. “I was accepted by Dalhousie bu...

Elizabeth McNeil

Manager, Rewards Strategy & Management at Scotiabank

It’s fair to say that Elizabeth McNeil made the most of her time at King’s. Captivated by the Foundation Year Program (FYP), she majored in Political Science while taking every opportunity to expa...

Lee Nelson

Academic

Successfully defending his PhD thesis amidst a global pandemic is not something Lee Nelson could have ever imagined would be part of his “educational odyssey”. This summer, he did exactly that....

Georgia Carley

Instructional Designer, TuesdayAfternoon Media Inc.

“It’s something I wish I had known existed when I was in university,” says Georgia Carley with a laugh. “I didn’t find out about it until after my PhD graduation!” But that didn’t sto...

Shawn Martin

Policy Coordinator/Analyst, Health PEI

Shawn Martin was thinking about what he might say to new or prospective King’s students. He had two thoughts. “It doesn’t matter who you are or where you’re from,” Shawn says, ”if you...

Harry Critchley

Law Student, Schulich School of Law

“Once you start to have meaningful connections with people in jail, it is really hard to turn away from them. These are people who have been systematically failed by society.” Harry made those ...

Stephen Maher

Contributing Editor, Maclean’s Magazine

Throughout his 30-year journalism career, Stephen Maher has relocated several times and worked as a general reporter, restaurant critic, political reporter and magazine correspondant. While his career...

Katherine Connolly

Software Engineer at Neo Financial

Katherine Connolly admits that going from a liberal arts education at King’s to writing code for a brand-new digital bank is, well, an unusual path. “And it’s even weirder when you see what h...

Joanna Carroll

Chief Operating Officer at Think Research

Joanna Carroll has some advice for graduating King’s students. “Just go for it,” she says. “Take the risks. It’ll open up to things you’d never know.” It’s a philosophy that has tak...

Rose Lipton

Executive Director, Indigo Love of Reading Foundation

“It is all about the individual child,” says Rose Lipton. She’s talking about her approach—in the classroom as a teacher, then her years as Director of Canada Programs at Right To Play Inte...

Scott Andrew Christensen

Advanced ITC Teacher at Saudi Aramco College Preparatory Program, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

Scott Christensen did a little time travelling in 2019. He had enrolled in a program to teach creative writing offered at the University of Cambridge in England. “I walked around King’s College...

Nevin French

Vice President Public Policy, Information Technology Association of Canada

There probably isn’t a collective noun for a group of civil service positions, but for Nevin French, if there were, it might be an “excitement” of jobs. “I have always just wanted to do wor...

Temma Frecker

Middle School Teacher and Curriculum Coordinator: The Booker School in Port Williams, NS

Temma Frecker is pretty clear about her teaching philosophy. She says, “Empowerment is foundational for me—giving the students the tools and the confidence to help them delve into whatever is i...

Daniel Shearer

Executive Vice-President, General Manager at Cossette

You may not have heard of Daniel Shearer but when you get a hankering for a burger, feel the need to pick up a Google Home or are looking for a new bank, well, Daniel may have had something to do with...

Gwendolyn Moncrieff-Gould

Government Relations Officer, Universities Canada

With politics as the entrée of many dinner time discussions when she was growing up, Gwendolyn Moncrieff-Gould naturally moved into the political sphere. “I started getting involved with politic...

Alexander (Sander) Duncanson

Partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

Sitting in his Calgary law office, where he is a partner with the law firm Osler, Hoskin, Harcourt LLP, Alexander (Sander) Duncanson lets out a soft chuckle. “It was a bit of a complicated path I...

Robert Cribb

Investigative Reporter, Toronto Star

For Robert Cribb, there was never any question. “The only kind of journalism I ever wanted to do was investigative,” he says. True to his word that is exactly what Rob is doing with the Toronto...

Lisa Crystal

Management Consultant, McKinsey & Company, New York City

Lisa Crystal makes no bones about who her favourite physicist is. “Albert Einstein,” she says without hesitation, adding that she wrote her thesis in her final year in the Contemporary Studies ...

Laurel Collins

Lecturer, University of Victoria; City Councillor, Victoria

It was mid April in 2011. Laurel Collins was walking through the market in the Northern Uganda city of Gulu. She was working with the office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees—her field placem...

Phoebe Johnston

Program Director, Halifax Association Community Living

Phoebe Johnston had graduated from King’s and, typical of many new grads, was looking for what to do next. A group of friends suggested she go with them to live in Berlin. Not a bad idea, Phoebe tho...

Eyo Ewara

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Loyola University Chicago

For Eyo Ewara, philosophy is much more than a profession. “Philosophy asks a lot of the questions people have been asking themselves for centuries. Philosophy should help us work together to make...

Dorian Stuber

Isabelle Peregrin Odyssey Associate Professor of English, Hendrix College, Arkansas

Dorian Stuber has a corner office with two, count them, two windows looking out onto the campus of Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas. There are books everywhere, but he says, “it’s controlled ch...

Shannon Brownlee

Associate Director (Cinema & Media Studies); Assistant Professor - Cinema and Media Studies; Gender and Women's Studies

Shannon Brownlee discovered a kind of academic freedom when she went to King’s. “I never felt like I was, what’s the word? Grade grubbing? It was never about the grade,” Shannon says. “It...

Lezlie Lowe

Freelance Journalist and Journalism Instructor

Life has been a series of epiphanies for Lezlie Lowe. There was the one she had while studying in the Contemporary Studies Program (CSP). “I found that I could study philosophy, but I didn’t...

Mordecai Walfish

Deputy Director at Leading Edge HQ, New York

Mordecai Walfish sees himself, sometimes, as a translator. “One thing I am good at is toggling between different languages,” he says. Then he lists off the ones in which he is fluent. “I‘m ...

Griffin McInnes

Director, Playwright, Producer

Griffin McInnes is an award-winning playwright and theatre director. Not bad for a guy who hadn’t considered that as a career path before going to university. “I was never a drama kid,” Griff...

Marco Chown Oved

Investigative Reporter for Toronto Star

“I’m a little like Forrest Gump,” Marco Chown Oved says with a laugh. He has a point. Marco found himself, again and again, witness to major events. But not just a witness. He has made a care...

Chloé Hung

Writer. Director. Actor.

“I was walking across the King’s quad when I got the call,” Chloé Hung explains. “I had got the part of Juliet! I was jumping up and down!” To get a lead role in a King’s Theatrical So...

Johanna Skibsrud

Assistant Professor of English at the University of Arizona

When Johanna Skibsrud was just 18, she felt restless. Part of it was being a teen wanting to get on with life and to become a writer. But there was something else. She had finished the Foundation Year...

Stefan Leslie

CEO at Research Nova Scotia

Stefan Leslie wasn’t going to wait for the big one to hit, shaking Canada’s west coast. It would be too late then. “It is likely that there will be a seismic event creating a tsunami; we just...

Michael Da Silva

Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Faculty of Law/Institute for Health and Social Policy, McGill University

Ask Michael Da Silva what he does, and he will say, “I’m a teacher and a writer.” Ask him about what and you get a snapshot of a man who has embraced academia. “I am a lawyer by training...

Laura Armstrong

Sports Reporter at the Toronto Star

Laura Armstrong knew it would be tough finding a job in journalism after graduating. “I gave myself five years to find a career in this industry,” she says, knowing that the writing and communi...

Gwenith Cross

Secretariat Manager, Academic Council on the United Nations System

“I may not be the best example of getting a quick PhD,” says Gwenith Cross with a laugh. She’s right about that. Gwenith began her program at Wilfrid Laurier University in Kitchener-Waterloo in ...

Alexander Mifflin

Host / Writer / Co-Director / Research Director, The Water Brothers

Just imagine this—whale sharks and tiger sharks lurking around you. And up above, moving silently through the ocean off Costa Rica, three hundred hammerhead sharks glide by. It’s just another d...

Coren Pulleyblank

PhD Candidate School of Chemical Sciences, Dublin City University

It was the summer of 2015. In a mountain pass high up in the Alps between France and Italy, Coren Pulleyblank was using a small shovel to dig into the muck and mire, collecting samples. Forty centimet...

Harriet Alida Lye

Writer

Telling a good story about Harriet Alida Lye and her life during and after King’s is an easy task. The difficulty comes in deciding which story. It could be about the work she is currently doing ...

Calum Agnew

Doctor of Law (JD), University of Toronto

“The truth is out there,” Calum Agnew says with a laugh quoting the line from the title sequence of the TV show The X Files. The truth is out there and he knows how to find it. Calum is current...

Duncan McCue

Host of CBC’s Cross Country Checkup

Every Sunday afternoon Duncan McCue walks into a metaphorical corral. It’s actually a CBC Radio studio in Toronto. But Duncan knows he’s in for a ride hosting Cross Country Checkup, a national cal...

Owen Averill

Physician at Whitehorse Medical Services Ltd.

Owen Averill can look out on his lawn and see deer browsing, maybe a fox slinking by. Out back there are biking trails, but word of a sow grizzly bear and her two cubs hanging around is keeping him of...

Miranda Spence

Partner, Aird & Berlis LLP

Miranda Spence didn’t take any business classes when she was at King’s. Nor did she focus on business law classes at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Law. But here she is, a partner in the...

Matthew Sherrard

Partner, Gowling WLG

Matt Sherrard’s career path can be understood as “A Tale of Two Meals” (with apologies to Dickens). The first was a vegan meal of chapati and spicy curry. Not just spicy, “fiery,” Matt sa...

Benjamin Kates

Discipline Counsel, Law Society of Ontario

Ben Kates is never shy about accepting advice, nor giving it. “Don’t wait for that perfect job to be served to you on a platter,” he says. “Just leap and do something and be awesome at it, ...

Lia Milito

Fellowship Program Manager, Code for Canada

“It was terrifying for a while,” says Lia Milito. Lia had just joined a small team to create the start-up non-profit Code for Canada. The idea was good; the potential for helping Canadians was ...

Safia Haq

Co-owner, Tart & Soul Cafe

It was early in 2017 and Safia Haq was scrolling through Facebook. She saw an ad. It asked for a business proposal for a space that had been a café. Interesting, she thought, and sent it to a friend....

Charlotte Bell

Photographer, Filmmaker

Charlotte Bell is not likely to ever take the road well travelled. And part of the credit for that, she says, goes to King’s. “Within the King’s community I learned, for the first time, that ...

Shani Hamilton Greenlaw

Senior Project Manager, BaAM Productions

Shani Hamilton Greenlaw has been managing large-scale events for almost eight years now, from NHL outdoor hockey games such as the Winter Classic to the 2020 NFL Super Bowl LIV Opening Night in Miami....

Paul Thomson

Investor Relations Specialist, Numus Financial Inc.

Paul Thomson made a mid-point career change and it was his liberal arts background that gave him the confidence to make the move. After graduation, Thomson “just kind of fell into” a career in ...

Sophie Brauer

Architect at Gottlieb Paludan Architects, Copenhagen

Every once in a while Sophie Brauer would walk past the Dalhousie School of Architecture in Halifax and see the fascinating shapes and designs students were working on spread out on the lawn. She file...

David Huebert

Writer of Fiction & Poems

David Huebert grew up in Halifax. After years away, he has returned as an author, educator, and critic. “It feels like a bit of an odyssey,” he laughs. After graduating from King’s, David wen...

Hannah Rittner

Playwright, Screenwriter, and Producer

“I’m still so early on in my career. My best work is still ahead of me,” says Hannah Rittner. Maybe in her eyes, however she is certainly being noticed by others, including the organizations ...

Natalie Meisner

Associate Professor at Mount Royal University

Natalie Meisner is both thoughtful and eloquent when she talks about her craft as playwright. “I do think of the play as a kind of exquisite blueprint. It is still a work of art but it isn’t re...

John S. Weeren

Founding Director of Princeton Writes

John Weeren finished Foundation Year Program (FYP) in 1982, yet still spends his days on a campus that reminds people of Hogwarts. But it’s not King’s. It’s Princeton. As an undergraduate stu...

Alanna Robinson

Legal Counsel

For the past two years, Alanna Robinson has been taking a break from a fifteen-year career in corporate law to be a stay-at-home parent with her two kids, Charlie (3) and Sophie (6), and also to ponde...

Ariel Nasr

Filmmaker

It’s hard to imagine how a bout of tendonitis could lead to an Oscar nomination, a place in the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival Gala, and a great gig with the National Film Board (phew!), b...

Robert Muggah

Co-Founder, Igarapé Institute

In late 2019, Robert Muggah, BA(Hons)’97, and his family moved to New York from their home in Rio de Janeiro. Back in 2010 Robert co-founded the Igarapé Institute in Brazil, a 'think-and-do tank' w...

Kristi Bryson

Opera and Choral Singer

Kristi Bryson thinks parents who are not professional singers probably sing more to their children than she does. But she will sing a Mozart aria or two to her young son and certainly some Christmas c...

Davis Carr

Communications Advisor, Federation for Canadian Municipalities

When Davis Carr wants to do something new, chances are it will get done. “That’s how it was at King’s,” she recalls. “You just go for it.” Since she graduated in 2012, Davis has been...

Amy Shira Teitel

Author, Blogger, Historian

When Amy Shira Teitel looks up at the night sky she sees not just the twinkling lights, she sees stories. “I can’t look at the moon,” Amy says, “and not think about the stories of the peopl...

Mark Fleming

Lawyer, WilmerHale

As he was waiting to be called, Mark Fleming remembered the advice his mentor had given him: “Make sure you take the time to look around. Remember where you are. And say to yourself: This is really ...

Lindsay Cameron Wilson

Writer, Host of The Food Podcast

‘Finding the story in the everyday’ is the guiding and core principle of Lindsay Cameron Wilson’s work. As a food writer, recipe developer and host of The Food Podcast, Lindsay has been leani...

Arwen Kidd

Project Director, Internews (Sierra Leone) & Multimedia Consultant

Arwen Kidd has never been one to take the easy path. While a student at King’s, she spent a summer in Romania, researching her honours thesis on post-Communist media. A three-month journalism intern...

Laurelle LeVert

Associate Vice-President, UNB Saint John

For Laurelle LeVert, Associate Vice-President of the University of New Brunswick, Saint John, it all comes back to service. “My priority,” she says, “is to keep that engine running – to keep s...

Rosanna Nicol

Community Development Consultant

Rosanna Nicol is a quiet force to be reckoned with. Working in the field of Indigenous state relations, she has helped facilitate important work in Canada’s Indigenous communities. However, if asked...

Kate Cayley

Writer

Kate Cayley has published works of fiction, collections of poetry and produced several plays; but she didn’t always know she was a writer. After graduating from King’s, she and some fellow alum...

Wilson Bell

Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, History, and Politics - Thompson Rivers University

Wilson Bell loves being in the classroom. The father of two is an Associate Professor at Thompson Rivers University, but growing up in rural Nova Scotia, he says he “didn’t know what a thesis s...

Joshua Bates

Senior Policy Analyst, Accessibility Directorate, Department of Justice at Government of Nova Scotia

Joshua Bates has learned the ropes at all three levels of government; first with Toronto city council after he completed his master’s degree, then in Ottawa where he worked with MPs and later an adv...

Lauren Brown

Flight Instructor and Bush Pilot

Lauren Brown’s future is up in the air. Interested in the humanities as a high school student, Lauren applied to King’s last minute. Like many university students, she felt anxious at the prosp...

Ryan Hreljac

Founder and Executive Director, Ryan’s Well Foundation

One day in 1998 while he was sitting in his Grade One classroom in Kemptville, ON, Ryan Hreljac’s teacher, Mrs. Prest, told the students that some children were sick, and some were even dying becaus...

Chad Lucas

Diversity and Equity Advisor, Government of Nova Scotia

Journalist, author and communications advisor Chad Lucas uses storytelling to bring people together. For someone with dreams of being a reporter, Chad Lucas’ working life began exactly where a gr...

Liam Hyland

Camera Operator/ENG Technician, CTV National

Liam Hyland hand-delivered his application to former King’s journalism director Kim Kierans, unsure if his high school marks would be good enough. “On paper it may not look great, but if you gi...

Heather Blom

Producer, Rethink

Heather Blom’s contemporary studies at King’s revealed a natural talent for bridging disciplines and communities. “Language and art, scientific language and artistic language - in the end, it b...

Barb Stegemann

Author and Social Business Innovator

When Barb Stegemann won the chance to make her pitch on the CBC-TV program Dragons’ Den, she drew upon her experiences at King’s and ended up becoming the first woman from Atlantic Canada to score...

Andrew Choptiany

Architect

Andrew Choptiany’s antics on campus earned him the RL Nixon Award for Best Contribution to Residence Life that year. While many credit him for making the Foundation Year Program (FYP) the best year ...

Dr. Roberta Barker

Associate Professor, Dalhousie University

In her final year of high school, Roberta Barker saw the reading list for King’s Foundation Year Program (FYP) and knew she had found the right program. As a teenager, Barker had trained in class...

Gillian Clark, Karen Gross & Laura Vingoe-Cram

Artistic Co-Directors, Keep Good (Theatre) Company

“We just kind of hit it off, complementing each other’s personality,” says Laura Vingoe-Cram. She’s talking about her friendship with Karen Gross. Both were theatre buffs, taking advantage ...

Nicholas Day

Teacher

Soon after arriving on campus, Nick jumped into his King’s journey. Nick got heavily involved in student life. He played soccer for and captained the King’s Blue Devils, he ran the Amateur Athleti...

Mitchell Cushman

Artistic Director, Outside the March

Mitchell Cushman is a triplet, which is interesting in its own right as triplets account for just one in ten thousand births, far more rare than twins (one in 250). But what are the odds of a set o...

Jessica J. Lee

Author and Environmental Historian

“It’s strange to me that I circled back and became a writer,” Jessica smiles, “I got there in the end. It was just that I had to take a very different path.” That path has sent Jessica al...