Career: Entrepreneur & Social Entrepreneur

Barb Stegemann

Author and Social Business Innovator

When King's grad Barb Stegemann won the chance to make her pitch on the CBC-TV program Dragons' Den, she drew upon her experiences at King's and ended up becoming the first woman from Atlantic Canada to score a deal on the...

Andrew Laing

President, Cormex Research

As a self-professed news junkie, Andrew Laing has made a career out of his talent for observing patterns in the world we live in. He is the president of Canada’s leading media research firm—and what makes this his dream job...

Amber MacArthur

Author, Entrepreneur, Blogger, Keynote Speaker, and TV/Radio Host

How do you go from a two-room schoolhouse in rural PEI to becoming a leading voice in new media and technology? According to Amber MacArthur, even just one year at the University of King’s College makes all the difference. Described by Canadian...

Michael Sacco

Founder, Chocosol

Spoiler alert. Michael Sacco becomes a chocolate maker by the end of this short bio.   In the mid-nineties, Michael Sacco enrolled at King’s and found what he loved in the Foundation Year Program (FYP). So he just kept going on...

Megan Buntain

Chief Marketing Officer, Buntain + Partners

Megan Buntain has been busy—since launching her startup buntain+partners in summer 2015, her team of three now represents 10 clients. “We’re learning a lot—quickly, ‘failing fast’, building trust with our clients, and are still a bit...

Lindsay Cameron Wilson

Writer, Host of Love Food and The Food Podcast

“For me,” says Lindsay Cameron Wilson “a recipe is never just a recipe. It’s a neighbourhood. It’s a family. It’s a story.” And she tells those stories on her cooking show Love Food ...

Ariel Nasr

Filmmaker

It is hard to imagine how tendonitis can lead to an Oscar nomination, but it did, in a round about way, for Ariel Nasr. This part of his story begins with Ariel cutting wood. “I suffered a repetitive strain injury using a chainsaw...

Lorraine Vassalo

Owner and Operator, Avondale Sky Winery

The vineyard is one of the oldest in Nova Scotia, planted on the pastoral beauty of the Avon Peninsula. The retail space is the carpenter gothic of a church more than a century and half old, moved by truck and ferry forty-two kilometers. The...

Robyn Tingley

Founder, GlassSKY

Robyn Tingley had just finished an internship with Elle Magazine in Manhattan when professor of journalism Stephen Kimber introduced her to job recruiters at NBTel. She was offered a job in public relations, straight out of the BJ program. She would spend 11 years there. ...

Sam Mednick

Professional Life and Executive Coach, Blueprint Coaching; Journalist, Travel Media Group

“My motto is ‘just say yes’,” says Samuelle – Sam – Mednick. It helps to explain why her journey from the King’s quad to Barcelona, where she now lives and works, has taken her to Fiji, Vancouver, Argentina,...

Hannah Rittner

Playwright, Screenwriter, and Producer

“I’m not a ‘name’ yet,” says Hannah Rittner. Maybe. But don’t tell the Canadian theatre scene that. Hannah has worked for some of the leading Canadian theatre companies and festivals such as Summerworks, Canadian Stage, Neptune...

Mark DeWolf

Sommelier, Manager Custom Content, Food & Drink, The Chronicle Herald

So two economists walk into a bar - “and they walk out sommeliers,” laughs Mark DeWolf. It’s not exactly the way it happened for Mark, but it is pretty close. Mark graduated from King’s he says with &ldquo...

Michelle Rosetta Hamer

Owner and Queen Bee at Bee23 Natural Beauty

Michelle Rosetta Hamer was at a crossroad. She had a family to support, a strong entrepreneurial spirit, and she wasn’t sure she wanted to work for someone else. She wondered: “What have I done with my potential?” An idea started...

Rebecca (Moore) Brown

Owner, Clearview Tea Company

When Rebecca Brown is looking for a little comfort, she might put on an ivory cable knit sweater. But her ivory cable knit sweater is not a wooly pullover; it is a tea blend that she created. “It was one of those cold...

Safia Haq

Co-owner, Tart & Soul Cafe

It was early in 2017 and Safia Haq was scrolling through Facebook. She saw an ad. It asked for a business proposal for a space that had been a café. Interesting, she thought, and sent it to a friend. Saf had been thinking about...

Dalia Lourenço

Communications Consultant, United Nations and Career Strategist

Dalia Lourenço found herself in Luanda, the capitol of Angola on the west coast of Africa. She had a contract with the United Nations to help with communications for vaccination programs. One was for an ongoing battle against polio. She found a...

Wanda Taylor

Executive Director, Stepping Stone; Acquisitions Editor, Formac Publishing; Author

Wanda Taylor is probably one of the busiest people you’ll ever meet. If you ask her what she does she’ll say, “I am an author, an educator and a social justice activist. I’m also an artist and...

Marc Almon

Film Producer

For moviegoers, Blackbird is an award-winning production about the juvenile detention system. For producer Marc Almon, the film is the biggest risk he’s ever taken. "There were periods of production when I thought I was going to go bankrupt. It was a...

Andrew Choptiany

Architect

“Architecture is about building places for people to live in, and philosophy is actually a huge part of that,” Andrew Choptiany’s antics on campus earned him the RL Nixon Award for Best Contribution to Residence Life that year. While many...

Ryan Hreljac

Founder, Ryan’s Well Foundation

By the time Ryan Hreljac arrived at King’s to pursue a International Development and Political Science degree, he had already laid a wreath with Prince Charles, dined with Prince Edward at Buckingham Palace, attended church with Queen Elizabeth, appeared a couple of...

Robert Muggah

Co-Founder, Igarapé Institute

Robert Muggah moves about the red stage, engaging the audience, left, right and centre. He speaks with passion and determination.  Robert is giving a TED talk in Rio de Janiero on how to protect certain cities from failing. “We need to start...

Gillian Clark, Karen Gross & Laura Vingoe-Cram

Artistic Co-Directors, Keep Good (Theatre) Company

“We just kind of hit it off, complementing each other’s personality,” says Laura Vingoe-Cram. She’s talking about her friendship with Karen Gross. Both were theatre buffs, taking advantage of what King’s had to offer. “Laura...

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