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1975

Wootten, Anne (BA)

A certified corporate etiquette and international protocol consultant, Anne received her training and certification from the Protocol School of Washington. Her unique approach to teaching stems from a three-decade career in the entertainment industry. Anne has directed and coached internationally known theatre, film and television performers and brings her attention to detail to her services as a business image consultant.

1978

Alvarez, Francisco (BFA, MBA ’90)

With over 25 years in the culture sector, Francisco has worked as a creative administrator in numerous cultural organizations and government and spent over 14 years at the Royal Ontario Museum in varying roles before joining Heritage Toronto as executive director in 2015. Currently the Dorene and Peter Milligan Executive Director, Galleries, at OCAD University, Francisco oversees the institution’s nine art galleries and permanent collection. He is also a principal at Mr. Pink Art Consultants – a high-end art consultant firm creating curated art and accessories collections for commercial and private clients. Dedicated to volunteerism, he has served as co-founder and board chair of the Pan American Food and Music Festival, co-chair of Pride Toronto and co-chair of Dancers for Life, among others. Francisco is a co-founder of the Inside Out film festival, ArtsXplosion Cultural Society and Nuit Rose, and sits on the City of Toronto’s Artistic Advisory Committee for Nuit Blanche. A former dancer with Dancemakers, a contemporary dance company founded at York in the 1970s, the native of Colombia was recognized in 2012 as one of the Ten Most Influential Hispanics in Canada by the International Languages Academy of Canada. In 2014, Francisco received the Person of the Year award from INSPIRE, a local organization honouring outstanding achievement in the LGBTQ community of Greater Toronto.

1980

McVey, Michael (BA, BEd, BA ’85, BEd ’87)

A professor of educational technology at Eastern Michigan University, Michael was recently elected to serve a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the International Society for Technology in Education – a passionate community of global educators who believe in the power of technology to transform teaching and learning, accelerate innovation and solve tough problems in education. An educator with over 35 years of experience, he began his career shortly after graduating from York University, teaching high school special education and English literature. After teaching in Japan from 1991-92 with the Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme, he relocated to Tucson, Ariz., where he taught special education and was recognized for creating the first school-based website in Arizona, one of the first district sites in the United States. After publishing his book, Meeting the Internet Challenge, Michael was invited to teach at the University of Arizona. He went on to complete his doctorate in educational leadership through Northern Arizona University and became a tenured professor at Eastern Michigan University. He currently lives in Saline, Mich., with his wife, Christen, a floral designer and city council member, and together they have a blended family that includes three daughters

1983

Alofs, Paul (MBA)

In April, Paul retired from his 14-year post as CEO of the Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation. During his tenure at one of the world’s top five cancer centres, he raised $1.2 billion in net fundraising. Paul is the bestselling author of Passion Capital: The World’s Most Valuable Asset (2013) and continues to speak frequently on the subject of how to build long-term success for your career, company or cause. Recognized in 1995 as one of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 business leaders when president of HMV Canada, Paul currently serves on the Dean’s Advisory Council for the Schulich School of Business.

1985

Hyams Romoff, Audrey (BA)

Five short years after graduating from York University, Audrey launched OverCat Communications, a Toronto-based public relations agency that has created campaigns for a wide range of clients and celebrities including Shoppers Drug Mart, Estée Lauder, Victoria’s Secret, Crate&Barrel, Jennifer Lopez, Sarah Jessica Parker, Céline Dion, Victoria Beckham and Revlon. Named a top PR executive for seven consecutive years by Cosmetics magazine, in 2012 Audrey was nominated for PR Professional of the Year by BizBash, a leading industry resource, in their annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

1998

Clarke, Anita (BSc)

Known online as Geeki Girl, Anita, a self-described computer nerd with a fashion twist and the creator of the award-winning I Want – I Got style blog, has combined her 14 years in QA and 10-plus years as a prolific fashion blogger into her dream job as an engineering storyteller (engineering communications) at Shopify – a Canadian e-commerce platform company. In her new role, Anita tells and facilitates the creation of stories about Shopify’s engineering team to the world

Frescura, Alex (BA, BEd ’02)

From a family of academics, Alex is currently the director of admissions and athletics at St. Michael’s College School in Toronto, while his wife, Rose (BEd ’03), is the department head of physical and health education at St. Brother André Catholic High School in Markham, Ont. Their five-year-old daughter, Lia, is a senior kindergarten student with the gift for language inherited from her late grandmother Dr. Marinella Frescur – a former faculty member in York University’s Department of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics from 1976 to 2010. Both Alex and Rose fondly remember their years working with the University’s athletic teams in the York University Athletic Therapy Certificate program.

1999

Farnsworth, Vanessa (BA)

A science journalist, former horticulturist and longtime resident of the British Columbia interior, Vanessa’s articles and columns have appeared in many regional and national publications, including Canadian Gardening and Canadian Living. She is best known for her memoir, Rain on a Distant Roof: A Personal Journey Through Lyme Disease in Canada (2013), which shone a spotlight on a looming public health crisis. Her latest book, the short story collection The Things She’ll Be Leaving Behind (2018), is a darkly humorous take on women trying to survive in often inexplicable circumstances. Vanessa is currently president of the BC Interior chapter of the Professional Writers Association of Canada.

Slind, Darren (MBA)

After successfully leading the Canadian and Latin American region for the J.D. Power global market research company as senior director since 2011, in October 2017 Darren was promoted to vice-president, South Asia, ASEAN and Oceania to lead J.D. Power in Asia Pacific. Darren recently relocated from Toronto to Singapore. In his new role he will lead a team of 90 associates across the region serving automotive clients in 10 markets including India, Thailand and Australia.

2003

Pone, Andris (MBA)

A bestselling author, Andris published his second book, Attract: Power Up Your One-of-a-Kind Personal Brand, in 2017. He is the go-to branding expert for CBC’s “The National,” CBC Radio One and the National Post, and has made multiple appearances on the Business News Network. A sought-after speaker, he has given keynotes across North America to Starbucks, Home Depot, Unisource, and some of the world’s largest banks and insurance companies. Andris is president of Coin Branding based in Toronto. He regularly returns to Schulich to lecture MBAs and undergrads on personal branding and how to articulate their unique gifts.

2014

Tremblay, Danielle (BA)

Danielle was recently promoted to a full-time position with the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Simcoe County as a mental health and addictions counsellor with Crisis Services. Founded in 1918, CMHA is one of the oldest voluntary organizations in Canada, providing services and supports to more than 1.3 million Canadians through the combined efforts of more than 11,000 volunteers and staff across Canada in over 330 communities.

In Memoriam

Bradden (née Knafelc), Andrea (BA ’08)

The 33-year-old Glendon alumna and Woodbridge, Ont., resident was tragically killed in the April 23 van attack on Yonge Street in Toronto. A member of the Slovenian Roman Catholic church in Etobicoke, Ont., Andrea earned a bachelor of arts in psychology from Glendon in 2008. After graduation, she began her career at MedHunters, moved on to TGO Consulting and was working as an account executive at IT research consultancy Gartner Canada’s Toronto office at the time of her passing.

Cross, Mark (BA ’16)

The York University alumnus died ­suddenly and tragically on April 6, in the fatal bus crash involving the ­Humboldt Broncos of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. An assistant coach with the Broncos at the time of his passing, Mark had been an assistant captain during his time at York and the team MVP in his fifth and final season in 2015-16. Remembered as a ferocious competitor and mentor who had a vibrant approach to life, he spent five seasons with the Lions from 2011-16.

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