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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 #21: Josh O’Kane on Sidewalk Labs and “the city Google couldn’t buy”

Josh O'Kane (BSc/BA ‘09) is a reporter with The Globe and Mail who has covered the technology sector for much of the past five years. His coverage focuses on the relationships between tech companies and human beings, governments, economies, and each other.

His latest book, Sideways: The City Google Couldn’t Buy, investigates the failed effort by Google sister company Sidewalk Labs to build a future-focused neighbourhood in Toronto, the many institutions that company won over, and the consequences of Big Tech’s push into the physical world. 

 

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Season two episodes

In this episode, Josh O'Kane (BSc/BA ‘09) discusses the background and inside scoop behind Sidewalk Labs and the Toronto city of the future that never happened, how he was able to build trust to learn the real story, and his first book on singer/songwriter Joel Plaskett and the “place” connection between his books.

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Season one episodes

In this episode, Mitch discusses the passion and technology behind Upstreet reducing its carbon footprint, how to find balance as an entrepreneur and creating a non-alcoholic craft beer.

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In this episode, Julia discusses why she loves her hometown of Saint John, her thoughts on challenging interviews, journalism since COVID-19, and what she learned at UNB that is so important in her professional life.

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In this episode, Brandon discusses his experience teaching Indigenous youth in his home community, the challenge of starting and growing an Indigenous business, and why incorporating the Mi’kmaq language into storytelling is a better way to expose young readers to culture and pride.

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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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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.