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Students and alumni mix at Ottawa's Rideau Club

Georgette Zinaty, executive director of development and alumni relations, speaking to alumni, students and prospective students at an event in Ottawa last month.

UTSC students met with respected alumni and hopeful prospective students last month in the Rideau Club in Ottawa to talk about issues in Canadian development policy.

The event – organized by the Office of Development & Alumni Relations, the Office of Admissions & Student Recruitment, and the Centre for Critical Development Studies – brought 20 International Development Studies students to meet with about 100 alumni and prospective students from the Ottawa area.

“It was really interesting to meet so many alumni and see what they’ve done,” says Kira Paisley, a first-year IDS student who attended the event. Many of the alumni were former IDS students who have gone on to work in government or for non-profits.

Normally alumni events and prospective student events are held separately. But Georgette Zinaty, executive director of development and alumni relations, says that combining them and adding current students to the mix worked well, and will be a model moving forward.

Current students got an idea of how their careers might unfold and made valuable contacts. Prospective students got to talk to current students, and alumni had a chance to reconnect with the university.

“We met some truly incredible future UTSC students at the Ottawa event – and we look forward to welcoming them to campus in September when they begin their studies,” said Shelby Verboven, director of recruitment at UTSC.

Speaking was Paul Kingston, director of the Centre for Critical Development Studies at UTSC. He was joined by John Sinclair, an international development specialist and veteran of the Canadian International Development Agency, the World Bank, and the UK’s Department for International Development.

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