Alumni Spotlight – The Ontarion
Alumni Spotlight


Mitch Moffit and Greg Brown

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On June 6, 2012, University of Guelph biological sciences graduates Mitchell Moffit and Gregory Brown launched AsapSCIENCE, a YouTube channel dedicated to tackling to simple and complicated issues surrounding science and the scientific field. As of May 25, 2015, the channel has 3.88 million subscribers, and has gained over 400 million views.

In addition, to AsapSCIENCE, Moffit and Brown run a secondary YouTube channel titled AsapTHOUGHT. Their secondary YouTube channel aims to put science in a social context, looking at the social consequences of scientific pursuit.

Jeff Marek

After graduating in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts, Marek began working in the field of broadcasting. Marek’s work with Live Audio Wrestling (LAW)—hosting a broadcast on the topic MMA and wrestling—propelled him forward into the media and communications industry. After his stay at LAW came to an end, Marek began working closely on Toronto Maple Leafs programming, including the popular radio show Leafs Lunch. Marek continued to involve himself in all things Toronto Maple Leafs—eventually leading him to host his own radio show titled The Jeff Marek Show. Marek’s persistence and hard work saw even more reward, when, in the summer of 2007, he became the lone host of Leafs Lunch. Around this time, Marek began hosting Hockey Night in Canada on the extremely popular Sirius Satellite Radio service, which saw Marek providing top quality guests and programming. Ultimately, Marek left his position at AM 640—Toronto Radio to work with Sportsnet in 2011. Marek currently hosts a variety of hockey-related talk shows and broadcasts on Sportsnet Radio, as well as a popular podcast titled Marek vs. Wyshynski.

 

Reid Coolsaet

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Coolsaet is an Olympian and long-distance runner from the University of Guelph who earned his B.Comm. in 2002. Coolsaet was an active participant for the Guelph Gryphons, and often ran in a variety of long-distance events, placing highly in a majority of them. Coolsaet was a seven-time member of the national track and field team, and a six-time all-Canadian member. In addition to being named male athlete of the year on two separate occasions by the University of Guelph, Coolsaet was also a 10-time national champion in cross-country and track and field. After graduating, Coolsaet went on to place first in the 5000m event at the NACAC U-25 Championships held in 2002. In 2011, Coolsaet participated in the Toronto Waterfront Marathon, where he ran the second-fastest marathon time by a Canadian. Ultimately, Coolsaet’s transition towards marathon-distance events qualified him for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England.

 

Thomas Dimitroff

Completing his Bachelor of Arts degree from U of G in 1990, Dimitroff is an incredibly successful alumnus who is currently the general manager of the Atlanta Falcons. After graduating, Dimitroff found work with the Saskatchewan Roughriders primarily as a scouting coordinator, while also being involved in many other facets of the team’s operation. Shortly after, Dimitroff began working as a part-time scout for the Kansas City Chiefs in 1993. Dimitroff’s scouting knowledge and his keen ability to pick out young talent proved to be a large asset for many NFL teams. After gaining traction in many NFL organizations, Dimitroff found himself working for various teams for the next 10 years, including the Detroit Lions, the Cleveland Browns, and the New England Patriots, respectively. In 2008, Dimitroff became the general manager of the Atlanta Falcons—a position he has held for more than six seasons. In 2010, Dimitroff was awarded for his work with the Falcons by receiving the Executive of the Year award on two separate occasions.

 

Dr. Kimberly Moffit

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Moffit is a prominent relationship therapist and media personality. Graduating in 2007 with a Bachelor of Arts, Moffit has seen her hard work pay off. Moffit also attended Wilfred Laurier University and received her MA in Music therapy—she further continued her studies overseas in England, earning a Ph.D. in Counselling Psychology from Middlesex University. In 2008, Moffit opened Kimberly Moffit Associates Therapy (KMA Therapy), her own practice that focuses on helping young professionals in a safe environment. Moffit has also made a vast amount of television appearances —whether working as a psychological consultant for emotional issues, or giving relationship advice, Moffit tackles a variety of issues which remain pertinent to viewers nationwide. After starting out as a small practice, KMA Therapy now has a team of over 20 professional members. Moffit’s work as a spokesperson on key mental health issues is a constant reminder of the positive impacts an individual can make.

 

Christopher Charles

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The people of Cambodia are part of a large global population that suffers from constant iron deficiency. 2008 biomedical sciences graduate Chris Charles, however, found a quick and remarkably easy way to ensure that the people of Cambodia were able to maintain a constant dietary intake of iron: The Lucky Iron Fish.

The Lucky Iron Fish Project provides a simple solution to combat iron deficiency. A small iron fish is placed into a pot to boil for 10 minutes. Food is then cooked in the same water, and the iron particles are absorbed by the food. Once someone consumes the meal, they acquire 75 per cent of their required daily iron intake.

The project was born from Charles’ trip to Cambodia before beginning his studies at the University of Guelph. Prior to beginning his studies as a master’s student, Charles embarked on a summer-long trip to Cambodia to conduct research on the population. Alongside a team of local volunteers, Charles traveled by boat from village to village to collect blood samples from local Cambodians.

Concluding his trip, Charles eventually joined Research Development International, an NGO with research dedicated to studying dietary iron deficiency. Today, Charles spends much of his time continuing his work in Cambodia.

 

Olivia Chow

Politician, artist, and teacher Olivia Chow graduated from the University of Guelph in 1979. With a bachelor’s degree in fine arts, she worked as an artist, before later teaching at George Brown College’s Assaulted Women and Children Counselling and Advocacy Program.

Chow’s first foray into politics was in 1985, when she ran for school board trustee and won, with the aid of local New Democratic Party Member of Parliament Dan Heap. In 1991, she was elected to the Metropolitan Toronto Council.

In 1997, Chow entered the federal stage, running as the NDP candidate for the Canadian House of Commons in Trinity-Spadina. Chow was defeated. She ran again in 2004, only to be defeated again. On January 23, 2006, Chow finally won the Trinity-Spadina seat for the New Democratic Party. She was re-elected in 2011, when the NDP rose to the position of Official Opposition against the reigning Conservative Party of Canada.

In 2014, Chow resigned her NDP seat, in order to run in the Toronto mayoral election. However, Chow was unsuccessful in her mayoral bid.

During her time as a politician, Chow has been a champion for gender equality, women’s rights, and an end to sex slavery. In addition, Chow was an advocate for the homeless, public transit, and a series of issues that promoted sustainable development.

 

Angela Liddon

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Author Angela Liddon graduated from the University of Guelph with a bachelor’s degree in 2006. As a result of years of unhealthy eating habits, Liddon converted to veganism in an attempt to combat the unhealthy choices of her youth.

In 2008, Liddon began her food blog, Oh She Glows, in an attempt to write about her path to recovery from an eating disorder. The blog quickly connected with male and female readers alike, and today boasts over one million readers on a monthly basis.

Liddon was approached by an editor in 2011 to write a cookbook, and the first physical copies of Oh She Glows hit bookshelves on March 4, 2014. Oh She Glows was selected as the Chapters/Indigo book of the year in 2014.

Liddon and her writing has been featured in the National Post, as well as healthy living magazines like Self.