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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 8: Samantha Stewart on competition, mental fitness and developing a growth mindset

Samantha Stewart (BRSS'13, BA'14, MEd'19) is an internationally decorated athlete as a member of Team Canada’s wrestling team. She is a ten-time national medallist, was the Rio 2016 Olympic alternate, and recently won bronze at the 2021 Wrestling World Championships.

Off the mats, Samantha has completed three degrees at UNB and is now a Licensed Counselling Therapist candidate who combines her passion for helping others discover their purpose with her dedication to and knowledge of elite sport in Canada.

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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Podcast episodes

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.