Young Alumni Committee
The STS Young Alumni Committee is here to support the community in the same way they were supported during their time at STS.
If you are a current or former student and have questions about a career path, university, or pursuit, this is a great group to reach out to and send an email. Current parents are also welcome to reach out.
Also, if you have a cause or charity that you think the alumni should be aware of please reach out to Mark Le Dain '08. Our school has a long standing tradition of community involvement, and supporting each other in pursuits to make a positive impact.
Mark Le Dain '08 - Head of the Young Alumni Committee
Investment Banker with Barclays in Calgary
Mark attended Queen’s University School of Business where he was valedictorian. In his third year of studies he was selected to participate in an exchange to Rouen University, France. During his time at Queen’s Mark was a manager at a charity clothing company, Oil Thigh Designs, and project lead at a student run consulting company, CREO. Mark has received his CFA designation.
Mark attended STS for Grades 10 to 12. During that time he was valedictorian, a Prefect and played varsity volleyball and basketball.
Mark is currently a sitting member of the STS Alumni Executive.
Virginia Cooke '12
Associate at PwC working in Management Consulting
Virginia attended Western University and studied Finance & Economics. She was President of the Model UN club, where she began a new conference for local high school students. She finished university on exchange at the University of Hong Kong, travelling Asia afterwards. Currently, she is an associate at PwC working in Management Consulting.
Having attended Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School from Grades 1-12, Virginia played on the golf team, basketball, Model UN and was a horseback rider throughout.
Sean Cooney '06
Investment Banker at BMO Capital Markets in Toronto
Sean is an Advisory Board Member of the Barry University Student Managed Investment Fund (Founding Member). He attended Barry University in Miami, Florida, studying finance and accounting. Sean has presented a thesis at the 2012 National Conference of Undergraduate Research in Utah and as a co-author at the 74th International Atlantic Economic Society conference in Montreal.
Between Senior School and university, Sean backpacked across Europe spending time in Italy, France, Croatia, and Greece.
While attending STS for Grades 1 to 11, Sean played rugby, volleyball and basketball. He also participated in school trips to France and Cuba.
Dave Edwards '09
Investment Banker with Barclays in Calgary
Dave is involved in minor league basketball as a head coach of a high school team. He attended Western University/Ivey School of Business, earning a dual degree in Business (HBA from Ivey School of Business) and Engineering (BESc in Chemical Engineering). Dave has worked in Calgary during the summers (two internship terms with Nexen, one term with Barclays).
Dave travelled throughout Southeast Asia (Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia) for two months after graduation.
He attended STS for Grades 7 to 12, and during that time, Dave played basketball, badminton, and participated in track. He was also enrolled in the full IB program throughout Grades 11 and 12.
Geoff Evamy Hill '10
Sales, bartending & storytelling at Eau Claire Distillery
Geoff attended the University of Waterloo and graduated with a Bachelors of Knowledge Integration (Honours) with minors in Cognitive Science and Philosophy in 2015. Most recently, he led an ongoing social innovation initiative, Canoe, to create Joint-Canadian Undergraduate Degrees as a gift for Canada's sesquicentennial in 2017. He also recently co-founded the Canadian branch of the Rethinking Economics global student movement.
In 2016, Geoff will move to the UK to attend University College London to pursue a MSc in Cognitive and Decision Science.
Geoff was valedictorian of the 2010 graduating class. In 2012 he spearheaded Spur, an STS alumni pecha kucha event showcasing the diverse ideas and innovations in our
community. Geoff continues to write and draw comics.
Evan Ferguson '10
Founder of Encore Auto Finance
Evan attended STS from Grades 7 to 12. Following graduation, he attended Western University in Ontario where he completed a dual degree in Chemical Engineering and Business (Ivey School of Business). Upon graduating university in the spring of 2015, Evan founded Encore Auto Finance - a company that utilizes analytics and machine learning to help approve loans. Since inception, Encore has grown to employ software engineers, data scientists as well as finance and marketing majors.
In his spare time, Evan enjoys squash, skiing, and mountain biking - staying active has always been a priority. Feel free to reach out with any university or career-related questions!
Emma Fu '11
Attending St. George's University School of Medicine
Emma earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Calgary, where she started in neuroscience before switching to study cellular, molecular, and microbial biology.
In regards to volunteering in the community, Emma was VP Events and later President of Light up The World University of Calgary, and a volunteer researcher for iGEM Calgary, where she worked to develop a biological device to diagnose multiple infectious diseases simultaneously. She currently volunteers at the Association for the Rehabilitation of the Brain Injured and has previously volunteered at the emergency room at South Health Campus and Renfrew School.
Emma attended STS for Grades 1 to 12, where she participated in Round Square going on an exchange to Australia in Grade 10, speech club from Grade 9 onwards, took part in the band program for Grade 7 to 12, and the pit band for musicals in Senior School. She also took part in the full IB programme and earned the Premier’s Citizenship Award in 2011.
Brittany Girling '09
Engineering Analyst at Scotia Waterous in Mergers and Acquisitions in Calgary, working towards P. Eng.
Brittany is a member of Young Women in Energy and plays recreational soccer on a women’s team in Calgary. She attended Western University/Ivey School of Business, earning a dual degree in civil engineering and business. While at Western, she was a member of Engineers without Borders and Women in Engineering, editor and author for Ivey Business Review, co-founder and co-president of Ivey Energy and Resource Club and participated in a micro-finance service work trip with Global Brigades in Honduras.
Following graduation Brittany spent two months traveling through 19 countries in Europe and Morocco.
Brittany attended STS for Grades 7 to 12, and during her time at the School, she was a Prefect, played varsity basketball, field hockey, track and field and cross country and was a member of Round Square (participated in the conference in India in 2008).
Tom Hansen '08
Currently at Imperial Oil in the Environmental Services Group and completing a Masters in Environmental Engineering at the University of Calgary
Tom attended Western University/Ivey School of Business and earned a dual degree in Business (HBA from Ivey School of Business) and Engineering (BESc in Chemical Engineering). While at Western University, Tom had multiple roles with engineers without borders, was the Ivey Business Review editor-in-chief of the Fall 2012 issue and went on exchange to Hong Kong and started a travel blog: https://tomchansen.wordpress.com/.
Having attended STS for Grades 5 to 12, Tom played basketball, rugby and was on the track and field team. He was also a Prefect and participated in the theatre (Anne of Green Gables, Our Town).
Tom is also a mentor for at risk youth for Big Brothers and Big Sisters Calgary.
Will Kennedy '11
Medical student at the University of Calgary, Class of 2020
Will graduated from Queen’s University where he studied Life Sciences. During his time there he was involved with the varsity lightweight men’s rowing team.
Throughout his undergrad he spent his summers in breast cancer and aging research labs in Vancouver, Calgary and the Netherlands. After undergrad, he worked at the University of British Columbia as Head of the Mass Cytometry (CyTOF) facility.
As a medical student, he is interested in helping students engage and address issues with their education.
During his time at STS for Grades 10 to 12, Will was involved with the Track & Field and Cross-Country Running teams and completed the International Baccalaureate program.
Please feel free to reach out with any and all questions.
Taylor Kitchen '09
Engineer at Cenovus Energy in Calgary
Taylor attended Queen’s University, where he studied Civil Engineering.
He attended STS for Grades 4 to 12, and while at STS, Taylor played varsity basketball and volleyball and was also a Prefect.
Taylor currently plays men’s league hockey and softball. He also completed a trip around Europe after graduating from University.
Jahan Lakhani '08
Family Medicine Resident at the University of Calgary
After Grade 12, Jahan attended the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland where she completed her medical degree. Throughout her time in Dublin, Jahan volunteered with the Irish Red Cross, organizing various fundraising initiatives and served on a panel to promote multiculturalism in the community. Since University, Jahan has volunteered as a mentor to young women who have immigrated to Canada and has started a cooking blog: https://www.theediblerevolution.com/.
Having attended STS for all 12 years, Jahan participated in musicals, band, peer support and was a Prefect in Grade 12.
Adam Le Dain '11
Investment Banker with RBC Capital Markets in Calgary
Adam attended Queen’s University School of Business where he played varsity tennis, ran the QLEAD student conference and participated in an exchange to Trinity College Dublin in third year university.
During his time at STS for Grades 10 to 12, Adam was a Prefect and played varsity volleyball (team captain) and basketball (team captain).
Darby Lush '12
Studying Business at The University of Victoria
Darby is in her final semester at The University of Victoria and is double specializing in service management and entrepreneurship. While in the business program, Darby enjoyed being the VP of Events for the Commerce Students' Society where she had the opportunity to plan a number of large scale events. Darby has completed co-op work terms with Colter Energy, The Oak Bay Beach Hotel, and PCL construction.
Darby attended STS from Grades 1-12 along with my two siblings and enjoyed participating in both track and field and cross country.
Beth McFarlane '08
Grade 4 Teacher in the deaf/hard of hearing program at Stanley Jones Elementary in Calgary
Beth attended the University of Calgary where she earned a Bachelor of Education. She also attended the University of Western Ontario and earned a Bachelor of Arts.
Beth attended STS for Grades 1 to 12 and played varsity volleyball and basketball.
After graduation, Beth was assistant coach to the STS varsity women’s volleyball team for two years (2012-2013) and coached volleyball for two years (2012-2013).
Patrick Moumdjian '13
Attending Queen’s University School of Business in Kingston
Patrick went on an exchange to Finland during the Winter Semester of 2016, he volunteers at local elementary schools throughout Kingston and also volunteers annually with the Alberta Cancer Foundation.
During his time at STS for Grades 10 to 12, Patrick played varsity rugby, participated in Model United Nations and attended a conference in Washington, D.C. He was also involved in Round Square.
Rachel Roskey '09
Returned to the University of Calgary in the fall of 2014 to pursue a BSc in chemical engineering.
Rachel attended Western University, and earned a HBSc in Biology. While there, she played varsity women’s rugby and was elected to be part of the Western Mustang’s Leader’s Circle.
After graduation, she took a year off to work and travel throughout Western Africa and South East Asia and participated in an 8 week Global Health Education Trip in Ghana.
Rachel attended STS for Grades 4 to 12. During her time at STS, she played varsity basketball, volleyball and track, was a Prefect and participated in the 2008 CAIS leadership conference.
She currently acts as one of the 2009 STS class representatives, and has been a volunteer with Special Olympics since 2011; most recently acted as an assistant coach in the youth swimming program.
Katie Ruddy '07
Senior Accountant at KPMG in Calgary
Katie achieved her Chartered Accountant (CA, CPA) designation in January 2014 and has traveled throughout Southeast Asia with other STS alumni post university graduation.
She attended Acadia University and earned a Bachelor of Business Administration with a Major in accounting.
Katie attended STS for Grades 2 to 12. She is a 3rd generation STS alumni, her grandfather was Sandy Heard, the 1st headmaster of STS. Katie also played varsity volleyball and assisted in coaching the Grade 8/9 girls volleyball team in 2006.
Shiv Ruparell '15
Attending Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York
Shiv is currently in his third-year at Vassar College in New York, where he is pursuing a degree in International Relations and Economics with a Minor in French and Francophone Studies. He is currently based in Paris, where he is completing a year-long exchange at both SciencesPo (Institut d’études politiques de Paris) and the Université de la Sorbonne Nouvelle (Paris III). He spent the last summer interning for a political campaign in Calgary, and the summer before that interning at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C.
Outside of his education and work background, Shiv sits on a number of organizations at Vassar including the Vassar Senate (where he represents the Class of 2019) and the Vassar Hindu Association, of which he is the President. He also plays for the Vassar Men’s Varsity Squash Team and works for the school's Office of Residential Life.
While attending STS Shiv was a Prefect and an active member of the School’s Speech, Debate, and Model UN teams. He spearheaded the School’s annual Diversity Week initiative, participated each year in the fall musical, and was a member of the Cross-Country and Track & Field teams.
John Storwick '10
Medical Student at University of Alberta
John attended McMaster University where he earned a Bachelor of Health Science (Honors) degree with a Minor in Music Performance for piano. He is currently in medical school at the University of Alberta, hoping to specialize in Plastic Surgery, Anaesthesiology or Dermatology. While at McMaster University, John was involved in the theatre and arts community through various choirs and musical productions.
During his undergraduate, John spent his summers as an assistant at the Foothills Hospital researching the treatment of intracranial aneurysms with bioengineered stents. As well he has spent time traveling Scandinavia, Russia, and Thailand. Most recently, he spent a month in Thailand doing electives in Plastic Surgery and Anaesthesiology.
John attended STS from Grades 7 to 12. During his time at STS, he performed in the annual fall musicals and took part in the band program from Grades 7 to 12. As well, he was a member of the senior choir and the cross-country team.
Mark Storwick '13
Intern Architect at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP in London, UK
Mark is in his third year of studies at The University of Southern California in Los Angeles. He is participating in the school's five-year professional degree architecture program while also obtaining a minor in real estate development. Outside of his educational background, he spent the past summer acting as an intern designer for Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP at their London office. He will be returning again next summer to SOM, the architecture firm responsible for One World Trade Center and Burj Khalifa, among many other iconic buildings.
While attending STS for Grades 7 to 12, Mark travelled to: England for the Round Square International Conference, Montreal for the Canadian Accredited Independent Schools Student Leadership Conference and Queensland, Australia with the STS exchange program. During his studies, he participated in the annual musicals and held a position as Prefect in his final year.
Mark has continued his passion from travel and leadership at USC by acting as the Chair of Social, Design, and Recruitment of his fraternity, Beta Theta Pi. After obtaining his license and sufficient experience, Mark plans to pursue his passion for both architecture and real estate by establishing a design and development firm in the hospitality industry.
Natalie Sykes '08
Attending Columbia Law School in New York City
Natalie has competed on the Columbia European Law Moot Court team in Prague, Czech Republic and is currently working in International Arbitration in Hong Kong for the summer of 2015. She has been a consultant at Freedom House on both the Freedom of the World and Freedom of the Press reports.
Natalie attended the London School of Economics and earned a Master's in Human Rights. She also attended Georgetown University; School of Foreign Service. She has studied abroad in Paris, France and interned at the Canadian Embassy in Washington.
Having attended STS for Grades 7 to 12, Natalie played junior varsity volleyball, was a Prefect and took part in the Full IB Diploma.
Ashley Vogeli '09
Currently at the University of Calgary completing her Master’s in Public Policy
Ashley is acting as the Executive Vice President of the 2015 MPP Cohort, volunteers with Calgary Reads and the Calgary Youth Employment Center while also working in Public Affairs at Ipsos Reid.
She attended Acadia University and studied politics and philosophy. During that time, Ashley completed an internship with the Federal government in Ottawa.
Ashley attended STS for Grades 10 to 12. She played volleyball, ran cross-country and track, was a Prefect and also participated in Model United Nations.
Connor Waterous '10
Analyst at KKR in New York
Connor attended Harvard University and currently volunteers with Catholic Big Brothers and Sisters.
During his time at STS for Grades 4 to 12, Connor was a Prefect, was involved in Model United Nations and Round Square and also played on the golf team throughout.
Ian Whitestone '11
Process Engineer at Cenovus Energy in Calgary
Ian is completing a one year internship before returning to school and attending Queen’s University to study Chemical Engineering.
Ian attended STS for Grades 4 to 12 and played on the basketball and volleyball teams.
He is also currently participating in the Toastmaster’s program.
Katherine Wynne '10
Financial professional working in economic empowerment and gender equality.
Katherine spent the last two years at Morgan Stanley with DC’s #1-ranked team assisting in the management of over $3Billion. Katherine now consults for multilateral organizations including UN Women in NYC and the World Health Organization in Geneva. She is also a Huffington Post Contributor, Mogul Influencer, and White House nominated Global Changemaker.
Katherine graduated magna cum laude in 2014 from The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs with a degree in International Economics. Her internships include: the Embassy of Canada, the U.S. House of Representatives, and Refugees International.
Katherine serves on steering committees including: the Young Humanitarians Circle for Refugees International, the Advocacy Committee of the United Nations Association of the National Capital Area, and the UN Inter-Agency Network on Youth Development’s Working Group on Youth & Gender Equality (UN IANYD).