Some of our outstanding 2013 graduates featured in this interactive map are choosing to remain in Canada as they work, learn, and otherwise apply their University of Toronto degrees

Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 9:17am

Students featured in this interactive map are just a few of the outstanding 2013 graduates going on to exciting placements in the working world and beyond.

Gurveer Bains (Mississauga)
BSc in Biology, Geography and Environmental Science

Gurveer Bains is an outstanding student leader serving as Valedictorian for U of T Mississauga’s 2013 graduating class. Gurveer’s involvement in campus organizations such as the Community on Campus, Peer Health Education, and becoming a certified Medical First Responder with the Erindale College Special Response Team earned her several awards including: Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award, UTM Principal’s Involvement Award, Volunteer Recognition Aard, University of Toronto Social Sciences and Humanities Research Fellowship. She goes on to pursue graduate work in geography at Queen’s University, where she says she will focus on health-related research.

“I was lucky to be able to work with Dr. Kathi Wilson as a Research Assistant on several projects in Geography, in addition to my honours thesis, which was co-supervised by Dr. Wilson and Dr. Daniel Harrington. This experience definitely inspired me to pursue health-related research on the Master’s level after the completion of my undergraduate degree. I was also able to participate in Research Opportunity Program with Dr. Fiona Rawle, an internship at Credit Valley Hospital (under the supervision of Dr. Frank Papanikolaou) and participate in several practicum courses, especially in my upper years of university."

 “Additionally, being involved in so many different organizations on-campus (e.g. ECSpeRT, UTM Career Centre, Community on Campus and Peer Health Education) has provided me the necessary skills to balance and prioritize tasks, a life skill which I believe has prepared me well for my next step. I also got to meet some of the most amazing people I have ever met while at UTM!”

 “I am definitely excited to pursue the new opportunities ahead of me. I really loved the research I was involved with in my undergraduate years and am really excited to pursue health-related research on an advanced degree level. As a Toronto native, it will definitely be a change to move to another city, but I'm excited to see what awaits me ahead!”

Hands-on health with occupational therapy

Joanne Wincentak (Mississauga)
BA in Biology and Geography, University of Toronto Mississauga

Joanne Wincentak is the top graduating student from UTM’s Geography Department and, in addition to excelling in her studies and winning the Canadian Association of Geographers Award, she also served as a research and teaching assistant within the department and as a member of the student association. Joanna goes on to graduate study in Occupational Therapy at the University of Toronto.

 “UTM provided me with the opportunities to explore my academic interests in many exciting areas. In my last two years I developed my academic path within the field of health care. The faculty and research and teaching opportunities within my program have prepared me for my path into graduate studies. I would also like to thank my family, friends, and Professor Joseph Leydon for helping me and supporting me in my journey here at UTM.”

 “I'm excited to apply the knowledge and skills that UTM has instilled me with in practical settings and helping others gain independence and fulfillment within their everyday lives as an occupational therapist.”