Peer Review - The University of Calgary Alumni Podcast

Shawna Cunningham talks about truth and reconciliation in Canada and why it’s so important to build a cultural bridge between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

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As mental health awareness continues to grow, career experts and researchers chime in about how to integrate wellness into the workplace to combat potential or existing toxic behaviours. 

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Failure is trending, but is that a good thing? We ask six alumni what they think about failure and what advice they’d give their younger selves.


Whitney Rockley, MBA’97
Ben Cannon, BA’14
Christine Dagenais, MBA’11
Cheryle Chagnon-Greyeyes, BA’99, BA’01
Patrick Lor, BA’90, MBA’01
Bridget Casey, MBA’15

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Bridget is the founder and content creator of Money After Graduation. From paying off debt to investing in the stock market, Bridget provides clear, actionable advice that will transform your finances. Bridget holds a BSc from the University of Alberta and an MBA in finance from UCalgary. She is regularly featured as a millennial finance expert as a guest on BNN and CBC, and was recognized as one of Alberta’s Top Young Innovators in 2016.

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Simon is a palliative physician in Calgary and a member of the O’Brien Institute for Public Health at the University of Calgary. He divides his time between inpatient and community practice and, in 2016, helped to found the Calgary Allied Mobile Palliative Program (CAMPP) with Rachael Edwards of Calgary Urban Project Society (CUPS). CAMPP was established in response to the inequity experienced by homeless and vulnerably housed patients at end of life. Previously, Simon worked with Doctors Without Borders in Afghanistan and Doctors of Two Worlds on a trip to Nepal.

Learn more about Calgary’s Allied Mobile Palliative Program (CAMPP).

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How do people recover from addiction? Amber Hedges, MA’17, explains how stigma can be more of a barrier than the substance itself.

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In the world of #MeToo, #TimesUp and the recently exposed “incel” community, we talk to masculinity experts about what men and boys are thinking and what we can do to nip “toxic masculinity” in the bud.

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When applying for a job, should you include a cover letter? Do you have to customize each resume? What headings should you use? Everyone has their own style when it comes to applications, but Brian Palmer, BComm’06, has some not-so-secret tips and best practices.

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Scholarships, transformational experiences, and health and wellness are key contributors to student success — and these extraordinary alumni are proof.

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If you’ve visited the UCalgary Native Centre, attended any local marches or participated in a KAIROS Blanket Exercise, there’s a good chance you’ve heard Cheryle Chagnon-Greyeyes, BA’99, BA’01. In this episode, Cheryle explains how to be an activist and why it’s important to give back in a good way.

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How do you get work experience without having any work experience? According to Reg Tiangha, BSc’04, volunteering is an easy way to diversify your skills, increase your employability and find a sense of purpose in your life.

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Spoofing Jerry Seinfeld’s Netflix series, Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee, Ben Cannon, BA’14, discusses mental illness, addiction and striving to earn a living as an up-and-coming comedian.

We may have hit a few potholes along the way, so listener discretion is advised.

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From the thrill of 100 asks to get one “yes,” to the restlessness of watching TV after his company is bought, the co-founder of iStock, Patrick Lor, BA’90, MBA’01, discusses the perks and burdens of serial entrepreneurship.

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Christine Dagenais, MBA’11, is an expert when it comes to personal and professional branding. In 2005, Christine founded Creative Coaching, a consulting practice focusing on three key areas: executive and career coaching, management consulting, and professional speaking. Her specialization spans business administration, Myers-Briggs, change management, professional coaching — and that’s just the beginning of the list. Her philosophy for successful career and executive development is simple: just be you.

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One of few female senior leaders in venture capital, Whitney Rockley, MBA’97, decided it was time to upgrade her education at UCalgary back in the 1990s when she was told she wasn’t bright enough to work as a bank teller. Knowing she was on the wrong career path, Rockley pursued a graduate degree in entrepreneurial thinking and took part in a prescribed mentorship program. She relentlessly sought opportunities wherever they presented themselves, regardless of country or perceived risk, and today she is the co-founder and managing partner of McRock Capital, based in Toronto. 

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