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YorkU Fall 2014

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34 YorkU Fall 2014 Prugo, Filko (BSc '96, JD) joined the law f irm O'Melveny & Myers as a partner in the intellectual property and technology practice in April. He has exper ience leading numerous litigation teams in high-stakes patent litigation and, in the past four years, he has first-chaired three full Abbreviated New Drug Applica- tion tr ials and been named to the Legal 500. Most recently, Prugo has represented Eli Lilly, Novar tis and Genzyme, one of the world's leading biotechnology companies. Weisfeld, Shane (BFA) is a wr iter who recently produced his f irst screenplay, Freezer, which is a thr iller he co-wrote with fr iend Tom Doganoglu, starr ing Dylan McDermott. The movie had a br ief theatr ical run and debuted in on- demand formats across Nor th America in Januar y. For two weeks, it was one of the top ten inde- pendent movies on iTunes. 1999 Hariharan, Prakesh (MBA) was appointed as vice-chairman and interim CEO of Wi2Wi. Hariharan was formerly a por tfolio manager at Front Street Capital, focusing on growth and income strategies in the yield space and on technology and agriculture investments. Najjar, Michael (MFA) is an assistant professor of theatre arts at the Uni- versity of Oregon. He ser ved as director for the stage production Ecstasy: A Water Fable, which aimed to expose local audiences to misrep- resented aspects of Middle Eastern culture and religion. The play opened in March and ran for seven per formances at the University of Oregon's Miller Theatre Complex. 2000 Bawa, Hussein (BA Hons. McLaughlin) is a char tered accountant, entrepreneur and author. He recently published his f irst book, The 6p Entrepreneur. For more information, visit Riskin, Dan (MSc) is the co-host of "The Daily Planet" on Discover y Canada. He recently released his new book, Mother Nature is Tr ying to Kill You, which explores the darker side of the natural world and the fasci- nating ways the environment fends only for itself. The book can be pur- chased through Amazon, Kobo and Indigo. 2001 Doyle, Colin (BFA) is a Toronto- based actor who starred in the world premiere of Sultans of the Street, a stage production that ran at Toronto's Young People's Theatre in late Apr il and early May. The play covers the stor y of four children from different social classes trapped in a world of begging on the streets of Kolkata, India. Throughout his career, Doyle has been nominated for three Dora Mavor Awards for acting. Naqi, Omer (BAS) has used his York degree to take him all over the world, from Toronto to Miami, Dubai to Abu Dhabi and now to Doha, Qatar. Over the past 15 years, Naqi has enjoyed a successful interna- tional banking career and has sur- vived both a brain tumour and losing his hearing in his left ear. He is hap- pily marr ied and a father of two girls, and he is working towards becoming an amateur triathlete. He counts many fellow York grads among his friends and still visits his favor ite Tim Hor tons at York ever y year when visiting Toronto. 2002 Gunn, Jeffrey (BFA, BEd) is a Toronto-based freelance guitar ist who has per formed and taught music across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. Early this year, Gunn travelled across Canada presenting a ser ies of free workshops, titled Hidden Sounds/Hidden Self, which were designed to highlight key musical ideas from his book Hidden Sounds: Discover Your Own Method On Guitar Series. 2003 Andrew, Jillian (BA '01, BA '02, BEd) is a columnist, educator and media consultant on female body image. Andrew recently presented her talk, "Body Image: Fat Shaming & The Thin Epidemic," at the TEDxYorkU 2014 event in March. The talk addressed fat shaming, fat euphemisms and strategies to address what she called the per va- sive "thin epidemic." 2004 Davies, Jon (MA) is the associate curator at Oakville Galler ies. In March, he received the Emerging Curator of Contemporar y Canadian Art Award and a $10,000 grant from the Hnatyshyn Foundation and TD Bank Group to help pursue profes- sional development. Waters, Scott (MFA) is an Okanagan, B.C., ar tist and Canadian Armed Forces of f icer who showed his The Keeper of Nothingness exhibit at the Vernon Public Ar t Galler y in March. The exhibit investigated the psycho- logical states that Canadian soldiers of ten exper ience in Afghanistan dur ing their deployment. Waters currently teaches part-time at OCAD University. 2005 Girdharry, Kevin (BA) was appointed manager, regulator y af fairs, with the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM) Canada in March, where he is responsible for monitor ing and assessing the legislative and regula- tor y impact of var ious environ- mental and consumer issues. Pr ior to joining AHAM Canada, Girdharr y was a research and policy analyst for the Cer tif ied General Accountants Association of Canada, and worked for several years at Estée Lauder in the United States and Canada. Kaminski, Victoria (EMBA) was appointed president and CEO of Alber ta Health Ser vices in March. Kaminski is a registered nurse with executive-level exper ience in the Ontar io and Newfoundland & Labrador health-care systems. Most recently, she served as president and CEO at the Eastern Regional Health Author ity in Newfoundland & Labrador, the province's largest health authority. 2006 Cotter, Ralph James (LLM) was appointed justice of the peace to the Ontar io Cour t of Justice in March. Cotter has been a provincial prose- cutor at the Ministry of the Attorney General for more than 10 years while also ser ving as professor at Con- estoga College for the security/police foundations and law clerk programs. 1998: Lisa Cantkier Class Notes

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