Jaimie Boyd, MA’10, was recently named one of the top 20 most influential young people in government. The 2018 ranking by UK‑based Apolitical listed 100 future leaders, aged 35 or below, making a mark on government and public policy around the world. As director of Open Government in the Government of Canada, Jaimie leads a team that works to make government more transparent, accountable, and participative.
Aarondeep S. Bains, BA’11, was recently appointed to two positions: president of the South Asian Bar Association (SABA), Toronto Branch – the largest diverse bar association in Canada (Aaron is the youngest appointee in the history of the association); and member of the Committee of Management of the St. George’s Society of Toronto, one of the oldest charities in Canada. Aaron currently works as a capital markets lawyer at Aird & Berlis in Toronto.
Emilia Nielsen, PhD’13, has recently published her scholarly text, Disrupting Breast Cancer Narratives: Stories of Rage and Repair, with the University of Toronto Press. Her debut book of poetry, Surge Narrows (Leaf Press, 2013), was a finalist for the League of Canadian Poets’ Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. Its follow‑up, Body Work (Signature Editions, 2018), is a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Poetry – one of just a few Canadian finalists for what is billed as “the most prestigious LGBTQ book prize in the world.” In 2018, she joined York University’s Health & Society Program in the Department of Social Science as a tenure‑track assistant professor in Arts, Medicine and Healing.
Since graduation, Chol Duot Gak, BA’16, has published two books on FriesenPress, both written under his nickname Chol‑wdwuok. From escaping a massacre with his family to seeking education in a Kenyan refugee camp, Angels in Swollen Crises: Stepmother (2016) recounts the author’s experience as a child caught in the maelstrom of the Second Sudanese Civil War. Of Rags and Grades: Struggle of One (2018) continues the story, documenting his tireless efforts to escape the camp and find a better future through education. Learn more at cholwdwuokbooks.com.