NOTRE DAME CA N A DA
TABLE OF CONTENTS 03 STUDENT PROFILES
10 ALUMNI PROFILES
NOTRE DAME | CANADA
I chose Notre Dame because the students enjoy a balanced lifestyle. There is no doubt that Notre Dame is academically rigorous, but everybody is involved in so much more, whether it be school clubs, residence hall activities, or volunteering in the community.
ANIKA KHEMANI TORONTO, ONTARIO CLASS OF 2021 FINANCE AND ECONOMICS
Since coming to Notre Dame, I have been involved in various activities. I am part of the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club Soccer Team, for which I traveled to schools in the Chicago area and played in the national tournament. I have also spent time volunteering in the South Bend community at the Colfax Cultural Center; every two weeks, I attend the center to participate in peer-to-peer discussions with previously incarcerated individuals who are trying to reintegrate into the community. My favorite experience at Notre Dame has been the football games. I found that they really highlight the family aspect of Notre Dame. Although I knew nothing about football coming in, I eventually became a fanatic. There is something magical about 80,000 people cheering for the Irish and embracing each other to sing the alma mater after the game. Week after week, these games remind me of the strong and supportive community that we have at Notre Dame.
PUBLIC SERVICE MINOR
I was looking for a school with a good balance between academics, athletics, and a sense of community. Touring campus may have been one of the most valuable experiences in reaching a decision, as I was able to witness first-hand the incredible support students received from their professors, peers, and coaches. In making my final decision, not only was it important that I was enrolling in a rigorous academic program, but that I would be attending a place that would enable me to grow, continue playing sports, and have a strong and passionate community.
CHRISTIAN BRUNNER-LOPEZ TORONTO, ONTARIO CLASS OF 2019 FINANCE
During my time at Notre Dame, I have been involved in various business clubs to supplement my in-class education in a more applied environment. This has been incredibly helpful in discerning where my post-graduation interests lie and also to get to know other students better. Additionally, I work with international admissions by assisting in new projects and events to broaden Notre Dameâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s international student body. Beyond the tailgates and football games, the traditions and student body, and the beautiful campus, I have been able to meet some incredible people and friends. Some of the most unique experiences I have gained as a result of being at Notre Dame include a summer studying abroad in Portugal as well as doing a business case with Peking University for a week in Beijing. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m excited to continue my studies next semester in Hong Kong through a study abroad program before returning for my senior year at Notre Dame with the Irish!
EUROPEAN STUDIES MINOR
I chose Notre Dame because of its strong community, between students as well as with alumni. I knew Notre Dame would allow me to explore a wider range of interests and engage in a well-rounded course load beyond the standard engineering curriculum.
TEAGHAN STACK CALGARY, ALBERTA CLASS OF 2020 MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
While at Notre Dame, I have been involved in the Society of Women Engineers, Hall Council, and Club Boxing. I have also been a member of the international ambassadors team for the past two years, helping with International Student Orientation, Study Abroad Student Safety Summits, and various other activities throughout the year that aim to bring our community together to learn about and share different cultures and traditions. My favorite experience has been my involvement in the Reilly Dual Degree Program, which is allowing me to pursue degrees in both mechanical engineering and industrial design while at Notre Dame. My enjoyment of my first-year fine arts requirement led me to explore ways to incorporate more creative aspects into my engineering degree, which eventually led me to this program. I am very grateful that being at Notre Dame has helped me to combine two things I am passionate about, which has in turn helped further many of my skills in both areas, and will lead to my being a more balanced and knowledgeable engineer and designer.
AND INDUSTRIAL DESIGN
Finding a school that maintains such high-level academics while being such a supportive and collaborative community is rare, but that is exactly what drew me to Notre Dame. Everyone here truly wants to see you succeed, and classes are small enough for you to really get to know your peers and professors.
KELSEY DEGAGNE LONDON, ONTARIO CLASS OF 2019 POLITICAL SCIENCE
I like to stay busy outside of the classroom. I play on the Womenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Club Hockey team, am an international ambassador, have sat on my residence hallâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hall Council, and do a late-night radio show once a week with some friends. Through such a wide range of activities, I have had the opportunity to meet incredible people from all over campus and from all over the world, and have been a part of some great community events. My favorite experience at Notre Dame was the internship I did this past fall at Downtown South Bend, a local non-profit with the goal of making the downtown area a better place to be for residents, students, and visitors alike. Our big event of the season was Small Business Saturday, and through the planning process I got to meet with local business owners and really think creatively with them. Because of my internship, I have a newfound love for the city of South Bend and I have enjoyed sharing that with my friends this year by taking them to great off-campus events.
AND ECONOMICS EUROPEAN STUDIES MINOR
I chose Notre Dame because of its unparalleled community. After visiting campus for a weekend during high school, I immediately felt like part of the Irish family. Notre Dame also has a truly unique combination of academics, athletics, and faith that has pushed me to improve in many different aspects from the moment I set foot on campus.
EDGAR DUFFY AURORA, ONTARIO CLASS OF 2019 FINANCE
At Notre Dame I have been involved in a wide range of organizations, including Investment Club, where we learn about investment fundamentals, and the Student International Business Council (SIBC), where we work on business cases and present them to alumni at partner companies. I am also part of the Canadian Association of Notre Dame Youth, our Canadian club on campus. Keeping with my roots, I also stay active by playing interhall hockey, floor hockey, and broomball. I have also had rewarding experiences interning in Chicago and San Francisco over the past two summers. My favorite experience at Notre Dame was my first Fisher Regatta. The regatta is a daylong event at the end of the year where participants build boats from scratch and race across St. Mary’s Lake. Funds raised by the regatta go directly to St. Adalbert’s, an elementary school in South Bend. Although my boat fell apart half way across the lake during my first regatta, I had a great time. It was also very fulfilling to see that our fundraising resulted in a new science lab for St. Adalbert’s. The regatta is a tradition unlike any other on campus and one that I look forward to all year long.
I chose Notre Dame for several reasons. First, I wanted to go somewhere where I could experience a new culture and depart from my comfort zone in Canada. Second, I was attracted to Notre Dame’s strong school spirit and its commitment to have a positive impact on society. These values were exhibited in the acceptance letter and in my conversations with international students at Notre Dame.
SOPHIA PELAYO VANCOUVER, BC CLASS OF 2021 FINANCE AND DESIGN
At Notre Dame, my role in Freshman Class Council enabled me to foster a connection with the greater student body while coordinating exciting events around campus. With the Student International Business Council (SIBC), I participated in the Asian Stock Portfolio Management Competition, working extensively in researching various stock options in the Hong Kong market. This summer, I am excited about spending one month working with Citibank in Hong Kong through SIBC. My favorite experiences at Notre Dame have revolved around my countless meals in South Dining Hall. It might seem like something trivial, but the dining hall is an amazing place to meet new people and experience Notre Dame’s unique culture on a daily basis. Everyone at the dining hall–from the international staff to students of all majors, ages, and backgrounds–is extremely welcoming and willing to share their experiences with those around them. It is the mundane things, like eating at the dining hall, that remind me how fortunate I am to be part of the Notre Dame family.
HUGH HART CLASS OF 1988
I have recently begun a new chapter in my career as the vice president of sales and account management at NexgenRx in Toronto. I have spent my entire career in the financial services industry in Canada working for a large bank and then several large insurance companies. My career began in trading, after my graduation from Notre Dame, then progressed to the insurance business starting as an underwriter, then through many sales roles, culminating in my appointment with NexgenRx in November 2017.
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND INTERNSHIPS I participated in interhall athletics and AIESEC (International business student organization), a club that helped bring students from around the world to South Bend for internships. Since graduating I have been involved in many organizations in my community as a volunteer and a leader. I am an active Member of the Notre Dame Club of Toronto and have served as its president and currently as a board member.
FAVORITE THING ABOUT NOTRE DAME
My favourite thing about Notre Dame is its campus. I visited as a freshman in high school and the spirit and beauty of the campus has never left me. The campus has been a central part of my family life and two of my children have attended Notre Dame as well. To quote a famous former coach, “For those who know Notre Dame, no explanation is necessary. For those who don’t, no explanation will suffice.”
HOW NOTRE DAME CHANGED ME
Notre Dame taught me to be an active participant in my community. I had the opportunity to volunteer with community organizations while a student and I have continued that to this day. From Father Hesburgh on down it seemed that Notre Dame people were involved in their communities and the importance of that is a big part of what I hope to pass along to my children today.
NICOLE ZHANG CLASS OF 2014
After I graduated from Notre Dame in 2014, I played golf professionally and competed on the LPGA - Symetra Tour for one season. After retiring from golf, I pursued a career in the oil and gas industry in Alberta, Canada. Currently, I am the president of an oil and gas company called Northern Clover (“Clover” is a reference to Notre Dame).
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND INTERNSHIPS
While at Notre Dame, I worked as a tutor, student-athlete mentor, notetaker for students with learning disabilities, and TA for business statistics. I also volunteered at local schools in South Bend and inspired elementary students to work hard in school and to pursue their dreams. During my last year at Notre Dame, I joined the inaugural Mendoza Student Leadership Association and represented the management-entrepreneurship major.
FAVORITE THING ABOUT NOTRE DAME
My favorite thing about Notre Dame was the openness of all students to meet others, collaborate, and learn from each other. The friends that I made during my time at Notre Dame made me into the strong, passionate, and considerate person that I believe I am today.
HOW NOTRE DAME CHANGED ME
Not only did I learn the business knowledge and skills that have helped me succeed in my career thus far, but more importantly, I have learned the importance and value of integrity. One of my company’s core values is integrity, and our team bases our business decisions and actions on this value.
KYLE TROLLEY CLASS OF 2012
HISTORY AND BUSINESS ECONOMICS MINOR
After graduating in May of 2016, I worked in Toronto for a division of Johnson & Johnson Inc. My role was to support the company’s regional sales managers in their acquisition and service of patients. In this role, I would coordinate the sale and shipment of medical devices from our warehouses to patients, pharmacies, and sales managers across Canada. In addition, I was responsible for creating and updating customer accounts during the company’s transition to a new SAP business system. In August of 2017, I enrolled in the University of Alberta’s Faculty of Law, where I am a member of the graduating class of 2020.
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES AND INTERNSHIPS While at Notre Dame, I was a four-year member of the Men’s Lacrosse program. I helped the team reach the national quarter-finals in 2013, the NCAA Championship game in 2014, the semi-finals in 2015, and the quarter-finals in 2016. Off of the field, I was involved in a mentorship program at a local South Bend middle school, where I served as a positive role model for struggling students who were in need of guidance. In helping the students with their schoolwork, playing games or sports, and sharing our experiences, I was able to create lasting relationships that benefitted both my mentees and myself.
FAVORITE THING ABOUT NOTRE DAME
No matter where I am in the world, there are Notre Dame alumni and friends who want to help me succeed. The name of the University and what it represents carries a lot of recognition and weight, which are invaluable in every situation I have been in both as a student and since graduating.
HOW NOTRE DAME CHANGED ME
Notre Dame provided me with a world-class education and personal skills that I can take with me everywhere I go, both professionally and as a person. I have yet to meet someone who I think received more from a school than I have received from Notre Dame, and I will be forever grateful to be part of the Notre Dame family.