Alumni Improving Life: Here’s How

At the University of Guelph, our shared mission among students, staff, faculty and alumni is to Improve Life. We see examples of alumni improving life daily – in the news, in our communities and around the world:

  • Matt Wittek, B.Comm. ’03, is on a mission to rid the world of plastic waste by developing reusable products for consumers.
  • Yvonne Su, BA ’11, first encouraged students to vote by orchestrating a Vote Mob. She co-founded Vote Savvy, an organization that partners with Elections Canada to provide resources to students on how to vote.
  • Paloma Nuñez, BA ’02, spreading laughter through her writing, acting, improv and teaching.
  • Drew Cumpson, B.Comm.’16, advises restaurants, hotels and airlines on improving accessibility, while coaching people with disabilities in everything from travel planning to obtaining post-secondary education to maintaining a healthy attitude.

The list goes on! That’s why, later this year, we will launch an Improve Life initiative. It’s a chance for us to showcase alumni and all the great work you are doing, both close to home and around the world. We’ll curate examples of many ways U of G alumni contribute to improving life, and we’ll feature alumni stories on our website and in social media. You deserve to be in the spotlight.

Be sure to read our Awards of Excellence winner profiles in this issue for more Improve Life inspiration. Whether you work in research, finance, hospitality, agriculture or the arts – whatever your profession, we want to hear from you! And please, this is no time to be modest. Reach out to us at