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UNBeknownst: The UNB Alumni Podcast

 

Our podcast for alumni, by alumni features stories, insights and ideas from UNB alumni around the world and digs deep into discussions on hot topics and their secrets to success. Join us as we unravel the stories of our alumni. Listen to the episodes below.

Most recent episode

Episode #17: Tom Liston on Bay Street and how the Canadian tech sector can help us overcome big global challenges

Tom Liston (BBA’96), a 2020 Proudly UNB Alumni Award of Distinction recipient, is one of the most sought-after minds in Canada’s tech investment sector. As chief investment officer of a leading technology-focused venture capital firm, he made investments in SaaS, FinTech, and healthcare IT fields – two of which were among the top exits in Canadian technology in the past decade.

Tom also volunteers his time as a mentor at the Future of Sport Lab in Toronto, has raised over $100,000 for the MLSE Foundation to support kids sport, and just recently was a lead investor and advocate for refurbishing Canada’s oldest basketball court in St. Stephen, NB.

In this episode, Tom discusses how he broke into the big leagues on Bay Street, his secrets to investment success and why he values giving back to the community.

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Podcast episodes

In this episode Mike discusses his work as an ER and aerospace physician, what it’s like to be part of a space crew, and what it takes to follow your dreams and shoot for the stars.

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In this episode she discusses her role as Editor-in-Chief of Canadian Geographic, the polarization of media and influence of social media, and the rewards of doing what you love.

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In this episode, Ash discusses the lessons he learned through early explorations of building apps during the rise of the smartphone, his approach to compassionate software development and his motivation for building a psychologically safe work environment. 

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In this episode he discusses the dangers and rewards of leading humanitarian work with UNICEF around the globe and how taking the chance to study at UNB changed the course of his life.

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In this episode Olive discusses her experience as an international student at UNB and how organizations can intentionally include more diverse people and build more representative teams.

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In this episode he discusses the importance of the ecosystem in welcoming newcomers, how the TME program helped him build the foundations of his business and how giving back to the community helps everyone feel they belong.

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In this episode he discusses his experience with the Canadian Real Estate Association, the hot Canadian real estate market and its volatility, and networking with others to help close a deal.

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In this episode they discuss leading healthcare through a pandemic, addressing current and future challenges and adapting to change.

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In this episode, Sam discusses her experience being persistent even in the face of failure, staying mentally fit and competing on a global stage.

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In this episode, Eric Cook (BScE'88) and the AAA team discuss early career wins, including NASA, Industry 4.0 and the next wave of automation, and why innovation can happen anywhere.

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In this episode Cayman Grant (BBA’01) discusses using your degree to become anything you want, her passion for telling the story of underdogs and why we need to talk about failure.

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In this episode Natalie Weigum (BSc’10) discusses working on transformative climate change projects, optimisms about the future of climate change and advice for not being afraid of change in your career.

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Michaela D'Intino (BScE’16) discusses the importance of local supply chains and why she’s passionate about building strong operations at a local Atlantic company.

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Pam Palmater (LLB'97) is an award-winning public speaker, author and social justice activist. She was one of the spokespeople and public educators for the Idle No More movement and continues to advocate alongside other social movements focusing on Indigenous rights, social justice and climate action. She is also a well-known media commentator and public speaker - considered one of Canada’s Top 25 Influential Movers and Shakers by the Financial Post. Pam is a member of the Eel River Bar First Nation in northern New Brunswick and has four university degrees, including a law degree from UNB in 1997. She’s been a practicing lawyer for 22 years and is currently a Professor and the Chair in Indigenous Governance at Ryerson University.   

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Jason Goldlist (BPhil’06), graduated from UNB with a Bachelor of Philosophy in Leadership from Renaissance College and is currently CEO and co-founder of Venue, an online platform for virtual special events that inspire and engage. He’s also co-founder of TechTO and has an impressive resume, including as Head of Marketing and General Manager of Wealthsimple.  

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Welcome to UNBeknownst, a podcast for alumni, by alumni.

In the pilot episode, University of New Brunswick Associated Alumni Executive Director Michelle McNeil gets to know our volunteer alumni hosts of Season 1 of this new podcast. UNBeknownst explores unexpected career paths, insights of alumni learned from experience outside the classroom, and hot takes on current issues. In our pilot episode, learn more about our hosts:

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Original podcast music by Beats of Burden, a proud UNB and CHSR alum, and Ottawa-based musician and producer who defies definitions. He mashes dirty electric guitars, old school hip hop beats and electronic keys into a unique sound full of addictive hooks. His debut album Dark Night was released in 2021 and is streaming on apple music and everywhere else.