Our Alumni

For the last 50 years Humber has been offering amazing learning experiences to our students and we are very proud of your success. The following section provides highlights of just some of the notable alumni who have attained career success and made positive contributions to their communities locally and globally. Read about their stories and the path to success that their Humber education has provided and get inspired for the next 50.

Rebecca Addelman

A 2005 graduate of the Comedy Writing and Performance program, Rebecca Addelman is a writer and editor for New Girl.

Jill Andrew
Premier's Awards

Child and Youth Worker, 1998
Scholar, Columnist, Activist & Community Change Agent

Jill Andrew is a transformational leader in contemporary culture. She’s an award-winning columnist, public speaker, scholar, student equity advisor, youth, women’s activist, and media consultant... Read more

Emilie-Claire Barlow

One of many successful Humber Music grads, Emilie-Claire Barlow has released more than 10 albums, won two JUNOS and been nominated for five more.

Philip Beesley
Premier's Award Nominees

Director: Integrated Centre for Visualization, Design and Manufacturing, University of Waterloo, 2008

One of Canada’s pre-eminent artists, Philip’s experimental work in interactive, responsive environments has brought him to international attention. Philip is recognized... Read more

Erica Belanger
Premier's Award Nominees

Recent Graduate
Resource Mobilization Officer: Governments/Founder & Co-Director FOYA, 2008

Erica Belanger founded Forum for Youth Advocacy (FOYA), an organization that channels the idealism and energy of young people so they can help themselves and their communities. Right now... Read more

Laila Biali
Premier's Awards

Music, 2002
Professional Singer, Pianist, Songwriter, Performer and Recording Artist

Laila Biali is an award-winning internationally recognized Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist. Her accolades include “SOCAN Composer of the Year,” “Keyboardist of the Year” at Canada’s National... Read more

Kay Blair
Premier's Awards

Community Services
Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, 1985

Kay Blair (1956-2016) headed of one of Toronto's leading non-profit community agencies helping people who need it most. Blair took the reins of the Community MicroSkills Development Centre in... Read more

Gwen M. Boniface
Premier's Awards

Applied Arts Award
Humber College, 1998

An experienced veteran with a 20-year service record, Gwen Boniface made headlines when she was appointed the first woman commissioner of the Ontario Police (OPP) in May 1998, becoming one of only three women in Canada to hold the top position... Read more

Matthew Burnett

Matthew Burnett is a Grammy- and Juno-nominated music producer. The Humber Music grad has worked with Drake, Eminem, Nicki Minaj and Lil Wayne, among others.

Mark Cameron
Premier's Awards

Advanced Care Paramedic, County of Hastings
Course Director of Advanced Life Support Program at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
Paramedic, 1989

As an advanced care paramedic, Mark Cameron has devoted his career to saving lives. For rescuing a young girl trapped in farm... Read more

Mimmo Carbonara
Premier's Awards

Owner & President, 416 Automation Inc.
Electromechanical Engineering Technology - Automation and Robotics, 2007

Job description: heads up a custom manufacturer of automated machinery, testing equipment and adaptable electrical panels for the automotive industry.

Of note:... Read more

Jade Jager Clark
Premier's Awards

Owner and Artistic Director, Jade’s Hip Hop Academy
Fashion Arts, 2007

At the age of 18, Jade Jager Clark opened her own business, Jade’s Hip Hop Academy. Her multi-faceted career includes being an artistic director, choreographer, teacher and businesswoman. Her students are... Read more

Gabrielle Coe
Premier's Award Nominees

Humber College Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, 1975
Executive Director, Hospice Caledon

Gabrielle Coe has held positions of manager of perioperative services; director, Surgery, Ambulatory Care, Women’s Health, Infection Control Programs; and senior director, Surgery/... Read more

Allan Cole
Premier's Awards

Owner & President, MacKinnon & Bowes Ltd.
Funeral Service Education, 1978

Job description: operates Canada’s leading specialist in the movement of deceased persons throughout the world. Of note: first civilian mortuary affairs director with the Department of National Defence... Read more

Edge (Adam Joseph Copeland)

Yes, the former WWE wrestler. Edge (real name: Adam Joseph Copeland) is a graduate of the radio broadcasting program.

Brandon Cormier

Business Administration – 2012
Policy Analyst
Environment Canada – Strategic Policy Division
Brandon graduated from the 3 year Business program, then went to Ireland and turned that diploma into a Business degree. She then attended York University’s Master’s program in... Read more

Linda Dacres
Premier's Award Nominees

Health Sciences
Coordinator and Nurse Practitioner, 2008

A trailblazer in Ontario’s health system – one of the province’s first registered Nurse Practitioners, Linda has worked closely with provincial and federal governments, regulatory bodies, colleges, universities and hospitals... Read more

Matt Di Paola
Premier's Awards

Senior Vice-President & General Manager, Critical Mass
Public Relations, 1995

Job description: oversees more than 100 strategists, creative teams, technologists and project managers focused on developing innovative digital experiences for Canadian and international clients.... Read more

Suzanne Dimma
Premier's Awards

Editor-in-Chief, Canadian House & Home
Interior Design, 1993

Suzanne Dimma is the editor-in-chief of Canadian House & Home, and Maison et Demeure magazines, Canada’s authorities on decorating and design. Suzanne’s 20 years in the world of design media encompass... Read more

Peter Dundas
Premier's Awards

Ambulance & Emergency Care, 1981
Chief, Peel Regional Paramedic Services

An honours graduate in Ambulance and Emergency Care, Peter Dundas is Chief and Director of Paramedical Services, Regional Municipality of Peel, committed to getting the right tools to paramedics so they can... Read more

Jacqueline Edwards
Premier's Award Nominees

Law and Security Administration
Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, 1994
Aboriginal Regional Programs Manager (Ontario Region), Correctional Service of Canada

Jacqueline Edwards has spent most of her career at the Correctional Service of Canada. In... Read more

Candice Ekonomakos
Premier's Awards

Cook, Ritz-Carlton
National Junior Rep for the Canadian Culinary Federation (CCFCC) for the Central Region
Culinary Management, 2012

By night, she cooks at the Ritz-Carlton; by day, she helps prepare meals at homeless shelters across the city of Toronto. Devoted to helping the... Read more

Don Evans
Premier's Awards

Former Chief Operating Officer, Cofely Adelt GDF SUEZ
Solar Engineering Technology, 1984

Evans is an established and respected leader in the plumbing, heating and air conditioning industry, working on industrial, commercial, institutional and biotech facilities. He also volunteers... Read more

Nathan Fielder

The co-creator and star of Comedy Central's Nathan for You graduated from the post-grad comedy program in 2006.

Waawaate Fobister
Premier's Awards

Actor, dancer, choreographer, playwright, producer
Theatre Arts Performance, 2005

As a boy growing up in Grassy Narrows First nation, Waawaate Fobister knew that his destiny, like his father and grandfather, was telling stories. In 2009, Fobister’s play Agokwe won six Dora awards.... Read more

Giacomo Gianniotti
Premier's Awards

Theatre Arts – Performance, 2012
Actor, Producer, Writer

Giacomo Gianniotti is an Italian-Canadian actor best known for playing Dr. Andrew DeLuca on ABC’s hit television show, Grey’s Anatomy. In just three years, Gianniotti has become an internationally celebrated actor and Emmy... Read more

Kimberly Greenwood
Premier's Awards

Chief of Police, Barrie Police Service
Police Foundations Leadership, 2008

In 30 years on the force, Kimberley Greenwood moved up the ranks, serving her community with distinction and making important contributions to policing at every level. In 2013, she was named Chief of the... Read more

Thalia Hanniman

Women’s Volleyball

Top 50 Humber Hawks Athlete of All Time
Soon To Be Hall of Famer

Thalia, simply put, was the total student-athlete package. Her career highlights, including five straight OCAA Provincial crowns and finishing her career with an unprecedented 105-0 win/loss... Read more

Charlotte Hegele

Charlotte Hegele studied in the Acting for Film and Television program. She starred in Bomb Girls and also appeared in ... Read more

Lisa James
Premier's Awards

President, Environmental Advisory Group Inc.
Pharmacy Assistant, 1977

James is a trailblazer who has made a major impact on environmental sustainability by working with pharmaceutical companies, pharmacies and hospitals to find efficiencies in packaging design and waste.

A... Read more

Jamil Jivani

Jamil Jivani is a Canadian social entrepreneur and community organizer. He is the founder of the Policing Literacy Initiative, co-founder of Teachers Beyond the Classroom, and a 2014-15 articling student at Torys LLP.

Jivani was born in Toronto, Ontario and raised in the Greater Toronto... Read more

Andy Kikites
Premier's Awards

Civil Engineering Technician; Civil Engineering Technology
Director, Metrolinx

Andy Kikites is an internationally recognized expert in the art and science of bridge engineering, working with noted international planners and architects on some of the largest projects in the world,... Read more

Vincent Lam
Premier's Awards

Author and Physician
Creative Writing, 2003

Job description: celebrated writer and emergency room doctor

Of note: winner of the 2006 Scotiabank Giller Prize for his book of short stories Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures which has been on several Canadian bestseller lists.... Read more

Jabari Lindsay
Premier's Awards

Manager, Youth Development, City of Toronto
Social Service Worker, 2001

From front-line worker to program developer to educator, Lindsay has had an influential career helping at-risk youth. He is currently working on a youth equity strategy.

in 2009, Lindsay joined the City... Read more

Enrico Lisi
Premier's Award Nominees

Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, 1982
President, Elite Construction Inc.

Enrico Lisi started his career as an estimator with Structform, working for two years in structural formwork. He then worked with Style Group in general contracting and project... Read more

Anthony Longo
Premier's Awards

Humber College, 2000

Anthony Longo, President and Chief Executive Officer of Longo's, has established quality, freshness and service as hallmarks of his grocery store chain, now comprising 12 stores. In 1999, through a partnership with GroceryGateway.com, Longo's became the... Read more

Gerry M. Lougheed Jr.
Premier's Awards

Health Sciences Award
Humber College, 1994

The recipient of many academic awards and scholarships, Mr. Lougheed graduated from the Funeral Services Education program at Humber College in 1976. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Funeral Services of Ontario, and was recently... Read more

James Derek Marchand
Premier's Awards

Aboriginal Liaison Officer, Canada Border Services Agency
Law and Security Administration, 1996

Job description: facilitates partnerships with the community of Akwesasne and the Canada Border Services Agency to increase understanding and cooperation

Of note... Read more

Daniel McDonald
Premier's Awards

Deputy Chief, Peel Regional Police
Law and Security Administration, 1978
Advanced Police Science, 1983

Deputy Chief Daniel J. McDonald is a 32 year member of the Peel Regional Police. Rapidly rising through the ranks, Daniel has worked in the Intelligence Bureau, the Criminal... Read more

Kevin McDonald

Best known for co-starring in sketch comedy show The Kids in the Hall, Kevin McDonald studied theatre at Humber, but didn't last long in the program due to being better at comedy. With encouragement from one of his... Read more

Dr. Martin A. J. McNamara
Premier's Awards

Health Sciences Award
Humber College, 1999

Two-time graduate of Humber College, Martin McNamara has dedicated almost twenty-five years to the advancement of pre-hospital emergency care. Now an ER Physician with Huronia District Hospital, Martin started in Ambulance and Emergency... Read more

Cathy Mitro
Premier's Awards

Director, Humber Community Music School
Director, Youth Jazz Canada
Director, Intro to Commercial/Jazz Music program, Humber College
Music, 1979

“I believe in music. I believe in education. And I believe in the individual. Jazz embraces all three.” Catherine Mitro is... Read more

Adam Morandini

Men’s Outdoor & Indoor Soccer

CCAA (National) Hall of Fame
OCAA (Provincial) Hall of Fame
Humber Athletics Hall of Fame
Top 50 Humber Hawks Athlete of All Time

Adam Morandini, who backstopped the Humber Hawks to a National Championship in Men's Soccer, will be... Read more

Melanie Ng

Melanie Ng studied in the postgraduate Public Relations program. She is a news anchor and reporter for CityNews and Breakfast... Read more

Jason Parsons
Premier's Awards

Executive Chef and General Manager, Peller Estates Winery Restaurant
Cook Apprentice, 1992

Parsons has built an illustrious 20-year career in the culinary world, most recently as executive chef and general manager of Peller Estates Winery Restaurant, a premier dining venue located... Read more

Emmy Patterson

Fitness and Health Promotion – 2016
Board of Governor Award winner - 2016
Currently in the Kinesiology program at Guelph Humber
Emmy took advantage of the amazing bridge program to pursue a degree in Kinesiology.

Mia Pearson
Premier's Awards

Co-Founder, North Strategic
Public Relations, 1992

An award-winning entrepreneur, Mia Pearson is widely regarded as a pioneer in the Canadian communications world.

As the co-founder of North Strategic, Canada’s fastest growing national public relations and social media agency... Read more

Shannon Pride

Social Service Worker – 2015
Advocator/Navigator Community Outreach Wholistic Child & Youth Practitioner
Shannon has actually returned to Humber Orangeville Campus to present the ‘Blanket Exercise’ to current students.

Dina Pugliese
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Dina Pugliese, co-host of Breakfast Television, studied Journalism at Humber.

Lee Renshaw
Premier's Awards

President, Rise and Hand Travel Gear - A division of Round Circle Group Ltd.
Industrial Design, 2009

While you may not know Lee Renshaw by name, you may have seen him on TV. The inventor of Rise and Hang Travel Gear and president of Round Circle Group Ltd., Renshaw appeared on the... Read more

Patrick Rhodd

Men’s Basketball

Humber Athletics Hall of Fame
Number Retired
Top 50 Humber Hawks Athlete of All Time

Patrick was the best player on the best team in the country for many years. He was a three-time All Canadian, a mark that has seldom achieved by any athlete in OCAA... Read more

Walter Rhoddy
Premier's Awards

President & Owner, Rhoddy Design
Industrial Design, 1995

Job description: owns and operates an experiential marketing agency, guiding and executing marketing solutions through products’ entire design/build lifecycles

Of note: has been a designer, creative director and... Read more

Sabrina Rubli
Premier's Awards

Founding Director, Femme International
International Development, 2013

Sabrina Rubli took a “light bulb moment” as a student and created a clear, simple plan with the potential to create real change for women in developing communities.

It started when Rubli and her classmate... Read more

Michael Ruscigno
Premier's Awards

Technology Award
Humber College, 1999

Michael Ruscigno is President and Founder of InTELaTECH Inc., which provides electronic components and services in everything from engineering design to product marketing to Ontario's original equipment manufacturing (OEM) industry. A graduate... Read more

Mark Saunders
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Premier's Awards

Chief, Toronto Police Service
Police Foundations Leadership, 2008

In April 2015, after 32 years with the Toronto Police Service (TPS), Mark Saunders was appointed Chief of Police, making history as the first black officer to lead the largest municipal police service in Canada. He is... Read more

Vince Savoia
Premier's Awards

Executive Director, Tema Conter Memorial Trust Foundation
Paramedic, 1982
Law & Security Administration, 1981

For men and women in justice, emergency and military services, tragic events are a daily occurrence – and many have difficulty coping with the aftermath.

In... Read more

Gordon Schofield
Premier's Awards

Founding Partner, Murphy Business Canada; Owner/President Commerce Harbor Inc.
Business Administration, 1976

President & CEO of Commerce Harbor Inc, and partner/investor in Murphy Business, Gordon Schofield is a 40-year veteran in the business world. His vast experience includes... Read more

Dana Shutt

Men’s Hockey

OCAA (Provincial) Hall of Fame
Humber Athletics Hall of Fame
Number Retired
Top 50 Humber Hawks Athlete of All Time

Dana has experienced incredible success in OCAA men’s hockey, witnessed by his 9 years of service as a coach and player, resulting in... Read more

Rahul Singh
Premier's Awards

Founder and Director, Emergency Programs with GlobalMedic
Paramedic, 1993

Paramedic, Rahul Singh, is the founder and director of emergency programs at GlobalMedic, an organization providing efficient and cost effective disaster relief. He has led more than 50... Read more

The Sorry Girls (Kelsey MacDermaid and Becky Wright)

Kelsey MacDermaid (left) and Becky Wright met while studying in the Film and Media Production program. They graduated in 2014 and are now better known as The Sorry Girls,... Read more

Peter van Stralen
Premier's Awards

CEO, Sunshine Brands, parent company to The Grounds Guys and The Sprinkler Guys franchise systems
Landscape Technician, 1990

Starting out with just a lawn mower and a trailer, Peter van Stralen built a multi-million dollar landscape franchise brand that now has 180 locations across... Read more

George Stroumboulopoulos
Premier's Award Nominees

Creative Arts and Design/Création et conception
Host, The Hour, CBC Television, 2008

Much-loved host of CBC’s late-night talk show, The Hour, Stroumboulopoulos has interviewed some of the most famous people in the world – from politicians to rock stars, Nobel-prize-winning... Read more

Ron Suter
Premier's Awards

Marketing, 1981
Executive Vice-President, NBCUniversal Television &
New Media Distribution Canada

Ron Suter is known as a visionary trailblazer in his industry, playing a key role in redrawing the map of the Canadian Television Landscape. As EVP of NBCUniversal Television... Read more

Anthony Vanderburgh
Premier's Award Nominees

Humber College Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning, 1983
Music Composer / Producer, Freelance

Anthony Vanderburgh is an Emmy Award winner, a SOCAN award winner, a Juno award winner, and has been nominated for a Grammy. Among his most notable achievements are playing... Read more

Joanna Vitale

Women’s Outdoor & Indoor Soccer

Humber Athletics Hall of Fame
Number Retired
Top 50 Humber Hawks Athlete of All Time

Joanna was most dominant in OCAA women’s soccer, and her numbers held strong for over 15 years. She still holds the Hawk scoring record with 56 goals... Read more

Steve Wargalla
Premier's Awards

Vice-President, Intelliware Development Inc.
Data Processing, 1973

Steve Wargalla, vice president at Intelliware Development Inc., has more than 30 years experience in the information technology field. Throughout his career, Steve has helped organizations worldwide solve business... Read more

Greg Wells

Greg Wells, who also studied in the music program, is a producer and songwriter based in Los Angeles. He's worked with Adele, Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams, OneRepublic and many more. His songs appear on albums with more than 85 million... Read more

Lisa Zbitnew
Premier's Awards

Chief Executive Officer, Bandwidth Music and Marketing
Marketing, 1982

Zbitnew is one of Canada’s most successful female music executives. She was recognized for her excellence in sales, marketing and promotion by the Canadian music industry in 1989/90 and was named the Music... Read more