Nick Kuryluk

Nick Kuryluk
Place of Birth: 
Etobicoke, ON
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The balance of UTM and St. George campus experience was just what I was looking for. I am grateful for that experience.

Nick Kuryluk

Following his passion for science, culture and diversity, Nick Kuryluk graduated from UTM’s physical anthropology program in 1989. He was specifically interested in human and primate studies with a focus on the skeletal system. He remembers a facial reconstruction project as being one of his favourite assignments--using a skull replica of an extinct early human species, Australopithecus africanus, the project challenged and inspired him by combining science, problem solving, methodology and art.

Kuryluk chose UTM because of its reputation, proximity to his home and beautiful setting. He appreciated his professors, including Jerry Melbye and Becky Sigmund, who had outstanding reputations and inspired his creativity. He loved having the ability to complete courses both at UTM and the St. George campus, and as a student, he also participated in social, cultural and athletic clubs.

Kuryluk began working in the bio-pharmaceutical industry in 1989 and helped develop the Strategy and Program Management Office at Amgen Canada. Currently, he is the co-founder and co-principal of a strategic management firm, Virtus Insights Inc. He is also the CEO and CFO of ColdBlock Technologies Inc., a start-up using technology that was ranked in the top 10 innovations to look out for by Mining Magazine in 2015. Kuryluk also volunteers at the RIC Centre and UTM’s I-CUBE, mentoring and guiding start-up organizations and students.

Kuryluk is currently serving his third term as an alumni member of U of T’s Governing Council. He is currently a member of U of T’s Business Board, chair of UTM’s Campus Council, a cabinet member on UTM’s Boundless Campaign, and a member of UTM’s Vice-Principal & Principal search committee. He has received numerous awards for his dedication and contributions to UTM including the 2016 J. Tuzo Wilson Distinguished Alumni Award, the 2009 Arbor Award for volunteerism and the 2009 Top 40 Alumni Award.