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Windsor Proud Podcast

The University of Windsor Alumni Relations Office is pleased to present Windsor Proud – A podcast for University of Windsor Alumni. This series is hosted by alumna Dr. Mary Donohue, a social scientist who has dedicated her life’s work to providing tools to reduce stress, trust others more and therefore achieve their goals. The mission of these quick segments is to help University of Windsor alumni, students and friends manage during this drastic period of change. Our vision is to reduce your stress by sharing our knowledge.

Series 1 Episodes

Guest: Mary Jo Haddad, BSc Nursing '84, LLD '05
Chancellor, University of Windsor
Topic: A perspective from a former CEO and nursing professional.
Length: 15:03

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About Mary Jo Haddad

Mary Jo Haddad is President of MJH & Associates, providing strategic leadership, mentorship and healthcare advisory services. As Corporate Director, she serves on the Board of TELUS and is Chair of the Human Resources and Compensation Committee. She also serves on the HR Committee as a member of the Board of TD Bank Financial Group. She was appointed Chancellor of the University of Windsor in 2019.

Mary Jo maintains a strong commitment to giving back as an advocate for children and youth through her volunteer work as past Director of the Board of Kids Health Links Foundation, SickKids Capital Campaign and is Past Chair of Children First Canada, a not for profit committed to helping make Canada the best place for kids to grow up.

Mary Jo Haddad began her career in academic healthcare as a Registered Nurse.  She joined the Hospital for Sick Children in 1984 and served in several progressive leadership roles including Chief Nurse, Executive Vice-President, Chief Operating Officer and served as President and CEO from 2004 to 2014.

She is recognized for her innovative leadership and commitment to children’s health through a distinguished career in health care in Canada and the US, and leading numerous national and international initiatives. A champion of research and innovation, she led the creation of the Peter Gilgan Center for Research and Learning, building capacity and commitment to discovery, research and commercialization. She served as the Founding Chair of MaRS Innovation (now TIAP) and as a Founding Director of the Vector Institute.

Mary Jo holds a Masters of Health Science degree from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from University of Windsor and is a Nursing Graduate of St Clair College. She is a Member of the Order of Canada and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, and is the recipient of numerous awards. Her leadership contributions have been recognized with Honorary Doctor of Laws degrees from University of Windsor, Ryerson University and The University of Ontario Institute of Technology.

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Guest: Dr. Antoni Cimolino, BFA '84, DHum '04
Artistic Director, The Stratford Festival
Topic: What to do when the show can’t go on.
Length: 14:38

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Note: Interview was recorded prior to the announcement that the 2020 season would be suspended.

About Antoni Cimolino

Mr. Cimolino began his Stratford career as an actor, playing such roles as Flute in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Claudio in Measure for Measure, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet and Laertes in Hamlet.

He started to direct for Stratford in the mid-1990s, winning acclaim for such productions as Filumena, with Richard Monette; Twelfth Night, with William Hutt; Love’s Labour’s Lost, with Brian Bedford; King John, with Stephen Ouimette; As You Like It, featuring original music by Barenaked Ladies; Coriolanus, with Colm Feore and Martha Henry; Bartholomew Fair, with Tom McCamus; The Grapes of Wrath, with Janet Wright; and Cymbeline, with Geraint Wyn Davies.

In 2013, his first season as Artistic Director, he introduced the Stratford Festival Forum, a season-long series of events illuminating the themes of the playbill and illustrating their relevance in today’s world. That same season he directed The Merchant of Venice, with Tom McCamus and Scott Wentworth, and Mary Stuart, with Seana McKenna and Lucy Peacock, a production that was extended an unprecedented four times.

His recent productions also include King Lear with Colm Feore (one of the top-selling Shakespeare productions in the Festival’s history); The Beaux’ Stratagem with Colm Feore and Mike Shara; Hamlet with Jonathan Goad; The Alchemist with Jonathan Goad, Stephen Ouimette and Scott Wentworth; Macbeth with Ian Lake; The Hypochondriac with Stephen Ouimette and Brigit Wilson; The School for Scandal with Shannon Taylor, Geraint Wyn Davies and Joseph Ziegler; The Tempest with Martha Henry; Napoli Milionaria! with Tom McCamus and Brigit Wilson; The Merry Wives of Windsor with Geraint Wyn Davies, Sophia Walker and Brigit Wilson; and the English-language première of Birds of a Kind with Jakob Ehman, Deb Filler, Alon Nashman, Harry Nelken, Sarah Orenstein, Baraka Rahmani and Hannah Miller. 

In his previous roles as General Manager, General Director and Executive Director, Mr. Cimolino oversaw the successful launch of an endowment fund which now stands at $81 million. It has significantly improved the Festival’s infrastructure with four major construction projects between 2002 and 2008, including the extensive renovation of the Avon Theatre and the creation of the Studio Theatre. In January 2018, Mr. Cimolino and Executive Director Anita Gaffney launched a $100-million campaign to build the glorious new Tom Patterson Theatre, a campaign that had already achieved 70% of its target at the time of its public launch.

In 2014, he and Ms Gaffney announced an ambitious 10-year project to film Festival productions of all Shakespeare’s plays. So far, the Festival has produced 14 films, including Mr. Cimolino’s productions of King Lear, Hamlet, Macbeth, The Tempest and The Merry Wives of Windsor, as well as King John, Antony and Cleopatra, The Taming of the Shrew, The Adventures of Pericles, Love’s Labour’s Lost, Romeo and Juliet, Timon of Athens, Coriolanus and Othello.

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Guest: Dr. Scot McFadden, BA '73, MA '75
Sports Psychologist
Topic: Dealing with the feelings of being isolation and how to keep positive with so much uncertainty.
Length: 20:15

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About Dr. Scot McFadden

Since 1985, Dr. McFadden has worked with thousands of executives, managers and professionals in the world of business and hundreds of pro athletes primarily in National Hockey League. He is an Organizational psychologist with expertise in pre-selection management assessment & succession planning evaluation. 

Scot is currently retained by St. Louis Blues as organizational and clinical sports psychologist. Since joining the Blues in 2011, the team has the fourth best regular season record in the NHL and has reached the playoffs six years in a row. From 1995-2010, Dr. McFadden was Sports psychologist with Dallas Stars. He helped lead the team to two Western Conference titles, one President's trophy and the Stanley Cup in 1999.

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Guest: Yvonne Pilon, BComm '07
CEO, WEtech Alliance
Topic: Partnering in a crisis. Bringing together Businesses to help during a crisis.
Length: 12:58

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About Yvonne Pilon

Yvonne Pillon is the President and CEO of WEtech Alliance. At the age of 24, she founded her first tech venture, AD2IT, and by the age of 29, became the youngest woman to lead a Regional Innovation Centre. Yvonne has over 10 years of experience in the tech sector with a core focus on growing companies and building a thriving entrepreneurial community. She is also the host of the #TechInTheCity podcast.

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Guest: Dan Wells, BA '96 
President and Publisher, Biblioasis Inc.
Topic: How and why his bookstore turned to home delivery.
Length: 16:24

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About Dan Wells

Dan Wells is the founder and publisher at Biblioasis - one of the most successful small book publishing companies located in Windsor, Ont. As one of Canada’s leading small publishers, books published at Biblioasis have been locally, provincially, nationally, and internationally recognized. Books are nominated and win in all prize categories. Fifteen years later, his one-person operation has grown into one of the most successful small book publishing companies in Canada.

Dan contributes back to his community in several ways. He is the co-founder and Director of Bookfest Windsor / Literary Arts Windsor. He has served on many boards such as Ontario Creates, Literary Press Group and the Arts Council Windsor & Region. He is currently a board member on the Humanities Research Group, University of Windsor and the International Visitor’s Program, International Federation of Authors. He supports Windsor cultural activities and he contributes to revitalizing the Walkerville area.

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