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Stories, profiles and interviews with UVic alumni and features from the UVic Torch magazine.

Liquid assets

June 7, 2024

These crafty grads are pouring their talents into making award-winning beer, cider and spirits.

Boost your career with networking expert

June 6, 2024

Author Maria Gallo, an expert on leveraging your alumni connections, shares networking knowledge in an upcoming webinar

Internet sensation

May 13, 2024

A keen eye for observation and a pitch-perfect “German Mother” earned Theatre grad Laura Ramoso millions of online followers as the comedian takes the world by storm.

Wave of change

May 13, 2024

Social Sciences grad Lucas Harris pours his passion for surfing and the environment into his current leadership role at Surfrider Foundation Canada.

A passion for politics

May 10, 2024

UVic Poli Sci grad Rachael Segal regards Canadian election night as her "Super Bowl," and she’s on a mission to help women discover that engagement in politics can be invigorating and fun.

Top of your game

May 9, 2024

Olympic physiologist Ben Sporer, BSc ’98, MSc ’01, has distilled years of learning into his new book, Output, which shows how anyone can borrow principles from sport to...

Better bridges

May 7, 2024

A tragic accident inspired UVic alumnus Harsh Rathod, PhD ’19, to harness the power of AI and drones to improve the safety of infrastructure—and save lives.

Supporting Tse’k’wa

May 7, 2024

Alyssa Currie, MA ’19, leads operations of Tse’k’wa, an accessible cultural-heritage site in northern BC and one of Canada’s oldest known archeological sites.

Swimming lessons

May 7, 2024

UVic Psychology grad and Olympian Ryan Cochrane reflects on his years as a high-performance athlete—and how it helped him navigate a real estate career.

Choosing her path

May 2, 2024

Theatre grad Medina Hahn’s latest success is the interactive multi-platform reconciliation story Inheritance: A Pick-the-Path-Experience.

My business

We profile enterprises run by UVic alumni.

Creating planet-positive solutions

September 6, 2023

Science grad Parmjot Gill co-founded Kite, a venture studio that helps work through problems to create world-class companies and a cleaner, more sustainable resource industry

Leading the charge

July 24, 2023

BCom grad Andrew Johns is helping drivers go electric with a new network of charging stations

Distill my beating heart

April 20, 2023

Mechanical Engineering grads Darcy Lane, BEng ’06, and Brandon Fry, BEng ’10, are helping fuel the craft distilling revival with their custom-made stills

Ask an expert

We learn useful tips and life hacks from UVic alumni.

For the thrill of it

June 19, 2023

Bestselling author and Writing alumna Gail Anderson-Dargatz delivers some need-to-know tips to start up a literary novel or a fast-paced thriller

Alum shares tips on mental wellness

April 20, 2023

UVic triple grad and campus counsellor Adam Tran offers up some life hacks on caring for your health and well-being.

Cyber security expert offers life hacks

April 19, 2023

UVic double grad Nav Bassi shares his dos and don'ts when it comes protecting yourself online. 


We profile UVic alumni who recently made a bold life change.

Capturing memories

May 1, 2024

Chelsea Warren turned her focus from science to photography to fulfill her creative drive and run her own business.

Fits to a tea

November 8, 2023

Business grad Zet Le gave up a corporate job to make his dreams come true by starting Y Not Today, a unique Bingsu ice-cream and bubble-tea business in Calgary.

A kind word for social workers

April 20, 2023

Social worker Amy Pinnell left public service to start her own business, sharing messages and products to ease the load of her colleagues in the field.

Vox alumni

Alumni share stories in their own words.

Now boarding

May 1, 2024

UVic social work alumna and debut author Amy Mattes, BSW ’17, writes about the enduring joy of skateboarding and why kickflips might help kick-start creativity.

Different fires

May 24, 2023

How a return to wildfire fighting in BC helped Writing grad Kelly Bouchard reboot from the stress and exhaustion of his work with Toronto’s homeless.

Wheels, words and healing

April 20, 2023

Martin Bauman discovered the life-changing power of stories during a cross-country bike ride for mental health.