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Associated Alumni

UNBeknownst: The UNB Alumni Podcast

Fun news! The UNB Associated Alumni is starting a podcast - for alumni, by alumni.

The new podcast will feature stories, insights and ideas from UNB alumni around the world and dig deep into discussions on hot topics or their secrets to success. It will broadly appeal to both young grads and more seasoned alumni and will feature alum who are in top positions globally or in everyday jobs that matter within the community.

Our first episode will launch in September 2021. Check back here for updates!

Introducing the UNB Alumni Podcast

Call for artwork

We're looking for creative artwork and music to add to this project. Specifically, we want to feature original cover artwork for the podcast, and original music as the background for the introduction to each episode. If you would like to submit your work for consideration, we'd love to hear from you - and if your creative piece is chosen, you will be fully credited in the show notes and website promotion of each episode (with a link to your own site if you would like). 
 
Artwork: we're looking for cover art to be used to promote the podcast on app platforms and on social media. Although we'll need to stick to brand guidelines, we're looking for something creative that will appeal to the UNB alumni audience. Before submitting your art, please contact us for brand guidelines and complete specs required. 
 
Music: we'd love to showcase original instrumental music that will be used as a background during the introduction to each episode of the podcast. We're looking for something upbeat that can be faded out as the talking begins - we would need just a 1-minute clip of music. 
 
To be considered, please submit your creative by July 30 to alumni@unb.ca. PLEASE NOTE: if you are submitting artwork, you must contact us first for complete specs.  

Meet your podcast hosts

Shauna ColeShauna Cole is an educator, career strategist, creator of Career Interrupted and proud UNB alumna. She’s got an MBA and Arts Degree from UNB and is also a Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) and Senior Certified HR Professional (SHRM - SCP). She regularly teaches courses on effective communication and leadership in the UNB MBA Program. Check out Career Interrupted, her education company, where she shares workplace and job search resources for professionals who believe in inclusion.

Arash AhmadiArash Ahmadi is an Electrical Engineering graduate from UNB working in the cloud operations infrastructure field at a company that is the global leader in corporate digital learning. He is also an aviation and space enthusiast who enjoys reading and learning about the history of flight and space exploration. He started streaming as a hobby to be able to share his passion for aviation with likeminded people and that has quickly become a passion of its own. As a content creator, he has been involved in video production and streaming with over 600 hours of experience in providing both educational and entertaining content to a wide range of audiences. His goal is to create a knowledge sharing platform that can attract curious students so they can ask questions and learn from successful people.

Arsham AhmadiArsham Ahmadi, P.Eng., graduated from the Electrical Engineering program at UNB. He is a licensed professional engineer with a decade of experience in power electronic and embedded systems design. Team building, personal and professional growth as well as enterprise development are his core values. He has served as an elected member of the APEGNB Moncton branch committee and has organized many professional development presentations for engineers and university students. He believes that UNB is a school that has trained many great minds who are making a difference in the world and hopes to leverage his professional experience along with his passion for science, music and multimedia production to discover and tell the stories of UNB alumni from all over the globe.

Armin AhmadiArmin Ahmadi graduated with a Bachelor of Business Administration from UNB. He has been involved in the film industry and has recently joined the Star Trek’s film production crew. He is part of the PA (Production Assistant) team and helps prepare and organize resources on the film set. He is the liaison between the public and the production staff during the filming process. His passion for film has been pushing him to further his education by taking acting courses to understand the industry better from within. He also enjoys teaching and has tutored students in math and science as well as ESL to adults at the YMCA. He loves to engage in meaningful conversations and dissect success stories that promote the desire to take a leap and grow.


Emily BarnerEmily Barner is a proud UNB alumna from the BBA program and Tibbits Hall. Starting her career with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs, she ended up in Malaysia as the Executive Director of the Malaysia Canada Business Council. In Kuala Lumpur, she went on to join a consulting firm working on creating strategic corporate social responsibility programs. She also developed initiatives to inspire, create and connect entrepreneurs across Malaysia to the global ecosystem, which included programs with the Global Entrepreneurship Week, Kauffman Foundation and Cambridge University’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Learning. Now based in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia on Borneo Island, Emily has continued her work to inspire entrepreneurship and has been Leading Projects and Content Production for programs including efm.live radio, Techfest Live 2020, Midlife Enterpriser, and Rebound.Asia. Emily is the co-founder of the Borneo Tribal Squad Martial Arts and Fitness, managing pro-athletes and running fitness and self-defence programs.


Ian SmithIan Smith is a career academic who simply refuses to leave UNB. He came from Nova Scotia in 2012 to study physics before discovering his true passion for computer science. This path kept him at UNB for a concurrent BCS/BSc and an MCS before the PhD that he is currently pursuing with the Human-Computer Interaction Lab and the Institute of Biomedical Engineering. While his research interests focus on improving motor learning with technology, he loves Fredericton for so much more. Ian can usually be found coaching swimmers in pools around the city or belting out showtunes in community theatre productions (or anywhere else, really).


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