Meet the 2017 LAUNCH Leaders

UTM101H5 LAUNCH: Business, Commerce and Management 

UTM102H5 LAUNCH: Science, Mathematics and Psychology

UTM103H5 LAUNCH: Humanities and Social Sciences

UTM101H5 LAUNCH: Business, Commerce and Management 

LAUNCH Team Leaders

Ahad Syed

Year if Study: 3rd  

Program of Study: Accounting Specialist, Economics Major

Favourite Quote: “Even if you fall on your face, you’re still moving forward.” – Victor Kaim

Most memorable UTM experience: Winning the UTM Business Consulting Association’s - Road to Consulting case competition, with a team of people I had met for the very first time that same day.

James Tinamisan

Year of Study: 5th

Program of Study: Accounting Specialist, Economics Major

Favourite thing about UTM: I absolutely love the UTM community and how diverse it is. Learning about different cultures is a hobby of mine and with people coming to UTM from all over the world, it allows me to learn and discover new things everyday about people’s backgrounds and ethnic ancestry.

Favourite Quote: “All it takes is that one song that brings back a thousand memories.” - Unknown


LAUNCH Leaders

Adityasingh Badal

Year of Study: 3rd

Program of Study: Accounting Specialist, Economics Major

Favourite Thing About UTM: The people – they are really nice and helpful. They made UTM my second home. They are also really awesome and every individual has an amazing story.

Favourite Quote: “Work hard until you no longer need to introduce yourself.” – Unknown

Ashna Behl

Year of Study: 4th

Program of Study: Accounting Specialist, Economics Major

Favourite thing about UTM: The nature and the third floor of UTM library

#1 Thing you want us to know about you: I taught myself how to dance and have never taken a single class but I can do any type of dancing (except ballet and tap... I don't like those!)

Hong Jie Xu

Year of Study: 3rd

Program of Study: Finance Specialist, Economics Major

Most memorable UTM experience to date: On the very first day, a fly flew into my eye on the way to the bus stop

Favourite Quote: “I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully” - George Bush

Joan Park

Year of Study: 3rd

Bachelors of Commerce – Accounting Specialist, Economics Major

Favourite Quote: “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.” - Forrest Gump

#1 Thing you want us to know about you: Since I was young, I've moved a lot from place to place so I have met lots of interesting people and experienced various unique cultures.

Louis Nguyen

Year of Study: 3rd

Program of Study: Finance Specialist

Favourite Quote: “Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass...It's about learning to dance in the rain.”  - Vivian Greene

#1 Thing you want us to know about you: I have an obsession with Corgis.

Sarah Girgis

Year of Study: 3rd

Program of Study: Accounting Specialist, Economics Major

Favourite Quote: “I didn't come this far, to only come this far.” – Sarah Girgis

Most Memorable UTM Experience to Date: I absolutely love the period between summer exams, and orientation preparation. As an orientation leader and facilitator, I know the hard work that goes into making these events happen and it is by far the most rewarding experience to see incoming students enjoying the events, exploring UTM, making new friends in the process.

UTM102H5 LAUNCH: Science, Mathematics and Psychology

LAUNCH Team Leaders

Fatima Atyani

Year of Study: 4th

Program of Study: Major in Biology for Health Science, Double Minor in Sociology and Chemistry

Favourite Quote: “Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t” – Bill Nye

Most memorable UTM experience: I was a LAUNCH Leader this past year and it was the best experience I’ve ever had during my time at UTM. I not only met and became friends with incredible and inspiring new-to-UTM students, but I found a family within the Office of Student Transition and with the other Leaders. I made life-lasting friendships and had experiences that I’ll never forget.

Zhao (Joey) Chen

Year of Study: 3rd

Program of Study: Specialist in Computer Science

Favourite Quote: 'Don't quit. Suffer now and live the rest of your life as a champion.' - Muhammad Ali

#1 thing you want us to know about you: If I ever look like I am in deep thought and I seem unapproachable, I am probably thinking about a TV show or video game. So feel free to talk to me.


LAUNCH Leaders

Denia Hurst

Year of Study: 3rd

Program of Study: Molecular Biology Specialist, Functional French Minor

Favourite thing about UTM: My favourite thing about UTM is the size of the campus. UTM is considerably small compared to other universities, which makes it easier to make friends, get involved on campus, and get to know your professors and classmates in your program.

Favourite thing to do outside of class: My favorite thing to do outside of class is dance. Growing up, I took dance lessons in styles such as ballet and jazz. When I got to university, I continued to dance by joining the Caribbean Connections Dance Club at UTM. I use dance as a way to exercise, relax, and destress from studying.

Isabella Grossi

Year of Study: 4th

Program of Study: Forensic Anthropology Specialist

Favourite Quote: ''You miss 100% of the shots you don't take.' - Wayne Gretzky' - Michael Scott

#1 thing you want us to know about you: I sing and play the ukulele.

Leah Jasmin Hamid

Year of Study: 4th

Program of Study: Double Major in Biology for Health Sciences and Anthropology

Most memorable UTM experience to date: Singing with my best friend in UTM's Got Talent

#1 thing you want us to know about you: I love expressing my creativity and working as part of a collective.

Pavneet Kaur

Year of Study: 4th

Program of Study: Double Major in Biology and Psychology

Favourite thing to do outside of class: Go to the gym

#1 thing you want us to know about you: I have an over the top obsession with Harry Potter

Prabjhot Bajwa

Year of Study: 2nd

Program of Study: Double Major in Biology and Psychology

Favourite Quote: My favourite quote is “Live the life you love.”

#1 thing you want us to know about you: I love to smile… a lot. 

Ruchi Shah

Year of Study: 4th

Program of Study: Double Major in Biology for Health Science and Psychology

Favourite Quote: “Hardwork beats talent if talent doesn't work-hard.” - Unknown

Most memorable UTM experience to date: Sitting in the very first BIO152 lecture hall with 100 other students

Thomas Piekut

Year of Study: 3rd

Program of Study: Biology Specialist, Chemistry Minor

Most memorable UTM experience to date: Going on a field excursion to San Salvador Island, Bahamas, with an incredible group of individuals who I recognize as great friends and admirable scholars, to perform a research project in geochemistry under the invaluable supervision of Drs. Laflamme and Piunno, was unequivocally my most memorable experience at UTM.  As a consequence of my experience, I have become a strong advocate for international learning opportunities and hope that more students will come to appreciate the merits of education in the field.

Favourite Quote: 'Chance favors the prepared mind'  -Louis Pasteur

Umairah Boodoo

Year of Study: 4th

Program of Study: Double Major in Biology for Health Science and Environment Management

Favourite thing to do outside of class: I love watching TV, especially Grey's Anatomy and One Tree Hill (repeatedly).

#1 thing you want us to know about you: I recently fell in love with Lady Gaga through her new album...

UTM103H5 LAUNCH: Humanities and Social Sciences

LAUNCH Team Leader

Tayyaba Shahzad

Year of Study: 4th

Program of Study: Double Major in Political Science and Criminology

Favourite Quote: “The people who live in the last places; the people who are most neglected and least valued by the larger world, often represent the best of who we are and the finest standard of what we are meant to become.” – Greg Mortenson

#1 thing you want us to know about you: I’m a goofy and slightly awkward individual who is bound to make you laugh!


LAUNCH Leaders

Derrick (Man Pok) Choy

Year of Study: 3rd

Program of Study: Sociology

Most Memorable UTM Experience to Date: My friend and I from St. George chased a skunk near McGrath valley, thinking it was a raccoon. We did not get sprayed.

#1 thing you want us to know about you: I’m an entrepreneur that sells Lego and I love playing with it as well. 

Lubna Ahmad

Year of Study: 5th

Program of Study: Psychology & Sociology Double Major

Favourite Quote: "Where There is Kindness There is Goodness and WHERE there is goodness, There is MAGIC." - Cinderella

Most memorable UTM experience: This one time 1st year I walked out of an exam at 9pm and was greeted by a sparkly winter wonderland right here on campus. It was awesomeeee to behold. Also all of the wonderful people I’ve had the privilege to meet through volunteer and work experiences and make amazing memories with!

Syfa Honna Nabukenya

Year of Study: 3rd year

Program of Study: Specialist in Digital Enterprise Management

Favourite thing about UTM: The buildings and how we are surrounded by just nature. The design is very modern and just peaceful especially when you study or eat in IB or Deerfield with the enormous windows on looking the forestry scene. It makes me appreciate UTM even more and what a great opportunity I have been given to be here.

#1 Thing you want us to know about you: I genuinely enjoy helping people whether a stranger or someone I know. This is a vital value of my character.

Victoria Nader

Year of Study: 4th

Program of Study: Double Major in French and Political Science

Favourite Quote: “Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.”   ? Aristotle  I love that Aristotle promotes personal understanding and development through his work. He believes that people should strive to be their best selves in order to achieve a fulfilling life. In university, and in life generally, you will discover who you are and it is important to listen to yourself. Take advantage of all the opportunities offered to you outside of the classroom to figure out your likes and dislikes and who you truly are. When you know who you are, you can work towards being the best you!

#1 thing you want us to know about you: The #1 thing I want you to know about me is that I am really passionate about development. I love developing myself and helping others and communities develop. I enjoy setting and sharing goals, writing in my agenda/planner 24/7, and trying to be the best me (I take Aristotle's philosophy to heart). I am not perfect, so I often don't meet my goals, but it's fun setting them. I like to encourage other people to set goals as well to help them accomplish their dreams. The power of writing and saying your goals should not be understated!