Current students are invited to stop by The Wave, grab a coffee and
engage in some casual career conversation with guest alumni networkers.
This is the perfect place to ask questions and start making some
There is no cost to attend this complimentary event, and the coffee
and treats are on us. Students are requested to register online in advance.
Want to attend but unsure what to ask our guest networkers? Make the most of the event experience by reviewing this quick module prepared specifically for Careers and Coffee event attendees. Once logged into OWL, click the "Join this network now" button.
Please register for the event using your @uwo.ca email address.
Guest Alumni Include:
Vanessa Varriano BSc'10, Optometrist, Optometrists on Colborne
Vanessa completed her Bachelor of Science degree at Western before pursuing a Doctor of Optometry at the University of Waterloo. She gained clinical experience in the management of ocular disease, contact lenses and pediatrics on internships in Florida, South Carolina and the GTA before returning to practice at Optometrists on Colborne in downtown London. She has volunteered on an eye care mission to Romania and is a member of the Health Care Provider Champion Group with the Middlesex-London Health Unit.
Kyler Ayim BSc’07, Sole Proprietor, Founding Partner of NationWorks, Breakdancer
After graduating from the Department of Computer Science in 2007, Kyler knew he did not want to spend his career working in a cubicle as a programmer. However, like many young people, he didn't know exactly what he *did* want to do. Thus began Kyler’s journey of self-discovery. He now owns and runs 2 businesses with a focus on websites and technology, he manages and markets his breakdance crew, and he pursues entrepreneurial ventures.
As a sole proprietor, Kyler provides websites and targeted web marketing to help his clients discover customers. As a founding partner at NationWorks, he helps non-profits by combining their required tools under a single, scalable platform. And as a founding member of Ill at Will Breakin’ Crew, Kyler enjoys coordinating paid gigs and performing at weddings, business events, and festivals.
John Branton BA’80, Certified Financial Planner
Branton is a Certified Financial Planner with over 30 years of
experience, having worked in both Ontario and British Columbia. After
graduating from Western, John earned his Certified Financial Planner
(CFP) designation from the Financial Planners Standards Council, his
Chartered Financial Planner designated from the Canadian Institute of
Financial Planning, and completed the Professional Financial Planning
and Conducts and Practices courses offered by the Canadian Securities
While living in British Columbia, John enjoyed mentoring
students enrolled in the University of Victoria’s Business program. Now,
he is involved with David Foster fundraising gala events and is an
active member of Western’s alumni branch here in London.
Keith Gibbons BA'75, Retired teacher and textbook author
Gibbons retired in January 2014 after 35 years of teaching science for the London
District Catholic School Board (15 years as Science Department Head). During
his teaching career, he was a football and track and field coach at both
Catholic Central and Regina Mundi Catholic College. Keith is a science textbook
author and editor for McGraw Hill Ryerson, having authored or co-authored over
30 science textbooks and/or science curriculum materials. Keith is a former
Science Curriculum Coordinator for the Science Teachers' Association of Ontario
and Board Secretary for Dale Brain Injury Services and Board member for over 25