Graduates of the Trudeau Centre have taken diverse and intriguing paths in their efforts to make a positive contribution to the global community.

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Alexa Waud

Alexa graduated from the University of Toronto in 2018 with majors in Peace, Conflict and Justice and Environment and Health. During her time in the program, she was involved in the first-ever Reach Project with Dr. Joseph Wong. Her interests are largely in environment social science, and the flexibility and interdisciplinary nature of the program allowed her to take courses in these topics. After graduation, she pursued a Masters in Oxford at the School Geography and Environment. She then moved to London to organize with the grassroots environmental justice group Fuel Poverty Action. She now works at Traverse, an organization that specializes in social research and public engagement. There, she helps navigate complex social problems through avenues such as deliberative dialogues.


Brian Malczyk

Brian graduated from the Peace, Conflict and Justice program in 2016. He describes how PCJ prepared him for many different paths following graduation. As a result, he took a year off of school to return to music—one of his passions from his time at St. Michael’s Choir School—during which he taught piano and sang in choirs and at local parishes. He since longed to return to study in a program akin to the interdisciplinary nature of PCJ but with more quantitative approaches, leading him to currently pursue a Master’s of Global Affairs (MGA) at the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy. Brian is currently the executive director of the Center for Development and Strategy (CDS), a charity and think tank based in New York. He is also the co-founder and vice-chair of Esonance, a federally-incorporated consulting company in Toronto. They are currently piloting a program to help people in various stages of their careers and lives more generally to address challenges faced by young professionals. Generally, he hopes to continue roles in global strategy and pursue work similar to what he currently does with his colleagues at the Rotman School of Management and Munk.



Chanel Grenaway

Chanel graduated from the Peace, Conflict and Justice (then Peace and Conflict) program in 1997. She then found work at the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO), an international development agency that helps create strong businesses in foreign countries by creating partnerships between (semi-)retired Canadians and local businesses. She worked there for five years, starting in the communications department and then later moving into the programming side. During her time at CESO, however, she came to realize that there was a lot of social justice work to be done right here in Canada, particularly surrounding women’s equity, poverty reduction, and Indigenous issues. This led her to the Canadian Women’s Foundation in 2003, where a one-year contract turned into 14 years. There, she managed collaborative, multi-year grant-making projects that supported women living on low incomes to participate in pre-apprenticeship programs, self-employment programs and gain valuable work experience through social enterprises.   She also contributed to the launch and implementation of a Leadership Institute, focused on the needs of emerging leaders in the non-profit sector. She now leads her own consulting firm, Chanel Grenaway and Associates, assisting non-profits to promote gender equity and community development through intersectional analysis.


James Fraser

James graduated from the Peace, Conflict and Justice (then Peace and Conflict) program in 1996. Aided by international experiences during his undergrad, he proceeded to work for Doctors Without Borders for several years, beginning as a logistician and later becoming a program coordinator. He then founded Dignitas International in 2002, growing it from zero to 130 people during his time there while effecting policy changes for better health access, training health care workers and spreading access to HIV treatment in Malawi. He is now President and CEO of ChipCare, a Toronto based diagnostic company that boasts a low cost, rugged, mobile and polyvalent (cells, immunoassay and molecular) blood testing platform to increase diagnostic access to the hardest-to-reach populations.



Saambavi Mano

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Saambavi graduated from the University of Toronto in 2018 with a specialist in Peace, Conflict and Justice and a minor in Political Science. She is currently a first-year JD student at UofT’s own Faculty of Law and describes how the interdisciplinary nature of the program has helped her with the wide variety of mandatory courses. The opportunities and extracurriculars offered through the program have helped her engage with the law program and she’s become involved with various activities like first-year moot, the Litigation Association and the University of Toronto Faculty of Law Review. Saambavi also works for labour law clinic Advocates for Injured Workers, which takes on cases not only in defense of injured workers’ rights, but also violations to the Human Rights Code such as wrongful dismissal.




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