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What kind of career paths have our Religious Studies graduates taken?

Religious Studies graduates have taken diverse career paths. Graduates go on to teacher's college, NGOs, government positions, law school... the list of great jobs our grads hold is almost endless.

Meet recent graduate Alison Imrie, Class of 2017. She's currently doing attending law school at York University. 

Alison Imrie, Class of 2017

Career Paths


  • Rebecca Sampson led a tour group for teens in Israel over the summer of 2019. In September of 2019, she entered Teacher's College for the primary/junior sector at Brock University.


  • Carrie Barr began a Master’s of Public Policy at University of Toronto.
  • Adriano Grilli entered Teacher’s College at the University of Western Ontario.
  • Josephine Liauw works as Clubs Administrator at McMaster University.
  • Carrie Malcew now works full-time for the Canada Revenue Agency.
  • Grace Ann Steen entered Wilfrid Laurier University’s MA in Spiritual Care and Psychotherapy.
  • Martha Steeper began working for L’Arche Cape Breton, an ecumenical community for people with intellectual and physical disabilities.
  • Nicole Voisin entered into the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto to begin her Master of Arts in Child Study and Education.
  • Juanwen Xiong entered Teacher’s College at the University of Ottawa.


  • Alison Imrie began Law School at York University.
  • Shawnee Matinnia began Law School at the University of Windsor.


  • Lisa Rachelle Duggan completed a Master’s degree in Religion and Culture at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2017. She is currently a doctoral student in Religious Studies at University of Waterloo (joint program with Laurier) focusing on New Religious Movements and Popular Culture.
  • Zoe-Georgie-Elpitha Kalakos. Zoe is now a law student at the University of Windsor.


  • Laura Booth is the lead Vision Therapist at an Optometry clinic, where she treats patients with learning related vision problems, lazy eye, and concussions/brain injuries.
  • Jamie Lai worked in a private retirement home in the life enrichment department with a specialty with Montessori-based learning style for clients with dementia. She is now pursuing her Masters in Social Work.
  • Jorey Tessier is a manager at Costco Wholesale and is the author of a number of children’s books.


  • Jahnekque Blake completed a Diploma in Massage Therapy at the Canadian College of Massage and Hydrotherapy, and is now a Registered Massage Therapist working between clinics in Mississauga and Toronto.
  • Brittany Collura worked for a year at a commercial real estate company. In 2017 she completed her LL.B. at the University of Sussex in the UK. She is currently articling and completing the lawyer licensing procedure in Toronto. 


  • Erin Chesney received her JD from the University of Windsor in 2016. She is now a litigation lawyer practicing at McCarthy Tétrault LLP in Toronto.
  • Maya Kanani competed her JD degree at the University of Windsor in 2016 and was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2017. She currently works as litigation counsel at Aviva Trial Lawyers, the in-house legal counsel for Aviva Insurance.


  • Mitchell Blau graduate from McMaster with a combined honours degree in Religious Studies and Political Science. He then completed an MA in political Science at McMaster University. After this, he pursued a Law degree at the University of Windsor, graduating in 2017. He is now a licensed lawyer practicing insurance law in the city of Toronto. 


  • Jennifer Lortie attended Teacher’s College at the University of Ottawa where she received a Bachelor of Education, then worked as an English teacher at a high school in Alberta, and in 2014 was planning to pursue a Masters in Library and Information Science at the University of Alberta.  
  • Neomi Majmudar completed an MA in Child Study and Education from OISE in 2013 and is now a teacher in the Toronto District School Board.
  • Collin Rusneac took a job on the JET (Japan Exchange and Teaching) Programme, where he was stationed in Sendai until 2012, teaching English to elementary and middle school students. He then received the Monbukagakusho Scholarship offered by the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology and returned to Japan in 2014 to begin research at Tohoku University in Sendai, eventually transferring to Sophia University in Tokyo where he completed his master’s degree in Japanese Studies. He is currently completing his Ph.D. at Heidelberg University in Germany as a faculty member in the Heidelberg Centre for Transcultural Studies and the Cluster of Excellence “Asia and Europe in a Global Context.”


  • Jan Mendes went on to do an MA in Religious Studies at McMaster University. After completing the M.A., Jan-Therese entered the Ph.D. program in Social and Political Thought at York University.


  • Julie Barasevic completed an MA in Social Work and is now a clinical counsellor in Oakville.