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Alumni Updates

Jeremy Auger (M.Sc. '12) has been appointed to the federal government’s Future Skills Council. The Council will provide advice on skills development and training priorities. Auger currently serves as chief strategy officer at Kitchener-based technology company D2L.

Niki BudalicLaurier alumnus Niki Budalic (MBA '03) has been named director of soccer operations for David Beckham's expansion Major League Soccer (MLS) team, Inter Miami. Budalic was previously general manager of soccer operations for Orlando City of the MLS and the National Women's Soccer League's Orlando Pride.

Lisa DarlingLisa Darling (BA '92) has been named detachment commander of the Peterborough County Ontario Provincial Police (OPP). Darling first began her career with the OPP in 1995 and previously served as a detachment commander in Northumberland County. 

Blockchain Foundry Inc. has appointed Brennan Direnfeld (BBA '07) to its board of directors. Direnfeld possesses more than 10 years of finance and management consulting experience.

Devon FernandesCorporate Knights named Devon Fernandes (MA '18) to its 2018 Top 30 Under 30 in Sustainability list. Fernandes is co-founder of the Kitchener-Waterloo Library of Things, a space where community members can borrow infrequently used items such as tools, kitchen items and camping equipment.

Laura FiniLaura Fini (BBA '01) was recently named to Mass Transit Magazine's Top 40 Under 40. Fini currently serves as managing director at global professional services company Accenture.

Odette FraserOdette Fraser (BA '10) has joined the Toronto insurance litigation firm Dutton Brock LLP as an associate. Fraser joined the firm after three years practising insurance defence law, most recently as in-house defence counsel with a Canadian insurance company.

Andrea FreeboroughAndrea S. Freeborough (BBA '97) has been appointed chief financial officer of Kinross Gold Corporation. Freeborough first joined Kinross in 2009 and took up her new position with the company on May 1.

Emmie FukuchiEmmie Fukuchi (BBA '94) has been appointed executive vice-president and chief digital and marketing officer with The Co-operators. Fukuchi joins the organization from Great-West Lifeco, where she was senior vice-president of customer experience and marketing for the company's three life insurance brands.

Jamie GrooteLaurier graduate Jamie Groote (B.Mus. '16, DipOpera '18) was chosen as one of four young performers to join The Canadian Opera Company’s Ensemble Studio, Canada's premier training program for young opera professionals.

John HendryJohn Hendry (BA '91) was presented the Ontario Public School Board Association President's Award. The award recognizes school board trustees who have served their communities for more than 25 years.

Ian HeynenIan Heynen (MBA ’03) has been named general manager of Sysmex Canada Inc. Heynen will execute the company's business strategy in the Canadian market, overseeing all aspects of operations including marketing, sales and technical service functions.

Danielle RobertsThe Cayman Islands Ministry of Human Resources and Immigration has appointed Danielle Roberts (BA '07) as assistant chief officer. Roberts is responsible for coordinating the implementation of strategies, policies and procedures to support good governance, internal controls and service delivery.

David Schenk (BA '91) has been named regional operations manager for Ontario with Choom, an adult use cannabis company.

Andrew Tamlin (BBA '92) has been appointed CFO with Morguard Real Estate Investment Trust. Tamlin joins the organization after working in senior financial positions with ClubLink Corporation and TWC Enterprises Limited.

Yajian Wang (MBA '00) has been appointed CFO of Sandy Lake Gold Inc. Wang possesses 25 years of financial and accounting experience.

Bryan WelshBryan Welsh (BBA '90) has been appointed general manager of SodaStream USA. Welsh will oversee operations and business development for the brand.