uOttaKnow Podcast

uOttaKnow, a podcast that illuminates, inspires and entertains!

Make uOttaKnow your go-to podcast for conversations with our uOttawa community around the globe that illuminate, inspire and entertain. Listen along with your fellow students, researchers, alumni and friends!

The first season of uOttaKnow featured leading uOttawa researchers covering trending topics such as stress and mental health, vaccine research and educational adaptability. The second season focuses on wellness and personal growth with alumni guests from the fitness, fashion and music industry. uOttaKnow is produced by the Alumni Relations team at the University of Ottawa.

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Hosted by:
Gwen Madiba
(MA ’12; BSocSc ’08)
President, Equal Chance

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Season 1

Episode 1 - Stress, Resilience and the Brain (with Nafissa Ismail)

Episode 2 - COVID Vaccine Development (with John Bell)

Episode 3 - Beyond the Classroom, Education in a Pandemic (with Joel Westheimer)

 

Season 2

Episode 1 - Think Like an Olympian (with Jean François Ménard)

Episode 2 - Afrobop, Music and Healing (with Idris Lawal)

Episode 3 - Fashion is Passion (with Chantal Durivage)

Episode 4 - Inclusive Fitness, Motivation and Positivity (with Jeanette Jenkins) 

 


Season 2, Episode 4 – Inclusive Fitness, Motivation and Positivity

April 27, 2021

In this episode, host Gwen Madiba (MA ’12; BSocSc ’08), is joined from Los Angeles by celebrity fitness trainer alumna Jeanette Jenkins, founder and president of the Hollywood Trainer. Jeanette talks about her journey to reaching millions online with her workouts and the evolving landscape of the fitness industry. She shares inclusive fitness tips for individuals of all abilities and backgrounds to motivate, build confidence and embrace healthy living. This episode also includes a special spotlight question by alumnus Trevor Monaghan (Gee Gees Men’s Football ’97-’01) member of the Cree Nation of Chisasibi, and fitness manager of the Chisasibi Fitness Center located on the eastern shore of James Bay in Northern Quebec.

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Jeanette working out

Guest: 
Jeanette Jenkins 
(Faculty of Health Sciences Alumna) 
Celebrity Fitness Trainer,
Author, Health and Fitness Expert 
Founder and President,
The Hollywood Trainer 

 

Trevor in the gym

Spotlight Question: 
Trevor Monaghan 
(Gee Gees Men’s Football ’97-’01) 
Fitness Manager, Chisasibi Fitness Center 


Season 2, Episode 3 – Fashion is Passion

March 30, 2021

In this episode, host Gwen Madiba (MA ’12; BSocSc ’08), is joined by Chantal Durivage (BA ’93) founder and EVP, Creative Affairs of Groupe Sensation Mode. Their conversation touches on everything from fashion as self-expression, eco-conscious clothing to the future of retail and body diversity. This episode also includes a special spotlight question by Isabelle Gauvreau (BFA ’97) visual artist, owner and private stylist of the Ottawa boutique Isabelle Mode.

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Chantal Durivage

Guest:
Chantal Durivage
(BA ’93)
Founder and EVP, Creative Affairs
Groupe Sensation Mode

Isabelle Gauvreau

Spotlight Question:
Isabelle Gauvreau
(BFA ’97)
Visual Artist
Owner and Private Stylist,
Isabelle Mode

 


Season 2, Episode 2 – Afrobop, Music and Healing

February 23, 2021

In this episode, host Gwen Madiba (MA ’12; BSocSc ’08), is joined by Afrobop Toronto based recording artist, Idris Lawal (BCom ’15), who released his debut EP Young, Black & Blue to great acclaim in 2020. They explore the power of music for social change, as well as healing. This episode also includes a special spotlight question by Haitian Canadian musician, Liautaud H Philogene (BSocSci ’17) who works under the artist name King H.

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Idris Lawal

Guest:
Idris Lawal
(BCom ’15)
Recording Artist
Account Executive, Cossette

Liautaud

Spotlight Question:
Liautaud H Philogene (King H)
(BSocSci ’17)
Recording Artist
Coordinator, Vanier Community Service Centre

 


Season 2, Episode 1 Think Like an Olympian

January 26, 2021

In this episode, host Gwen Madiba (MA ’12; BSocSc ’08), is joined by mental performance coach and two-time graduate, Jean Francois Ménard (MA ’07; BSc ’05), who has worked with an incredible roster of elite athletes such as Olympic champions Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue, Super Bowl Champion Laurent Durvernay-Tardif. They discuss practical strategies on how to manage uncertainty and build resilience from his book “Train Your Brain Like An Olympian - Gold Medal Techniques to Unleash Your Potential at Work". This episode also includes a special spotlight question by head assistant coach, Gee Gees women’s volleyball Kaly Soro (BA ’19; Gee Gees Women's Volleyball ’13-’18).

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Jean Francois Menard

Guest:
Jean Francois Ménard
(M.A. 2007; BSc '05)
Mental Performance Coach

Kaly Soro

Spotlight Question:
Kaly Soro
(BA '19; Gee Gees Women's Volleyball '13-’18)
Head Assistant Coach
Gee Gees Women’s Volleyball
University of Ottawa


Season 1, Episode 1 ­– Stress, Resilience and the Brain 

September 22, 2020

In this episode, host Gwen Madiba (MA ’12; BSocSc ’08), is joined by Nafissa Ismail, PhD, University Research Chair in Stress and Mental Health with the School of Psychology at the University of Ottawa. Dr. Ismail explores the impact of prolonged stress on the brain and shares strategies to build resilience during challenging times.

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Guest of episode 1

Guest:
Nafissa Ismail, PhD
Associate Professor
School of Psychology
University of Ottawa


Season 1, Episode 2 ­– COVID-19 Vaccine Development

November 17, 2020

In this episode, host Gwen Madiba (MA ’12; BSocSc ’08), is joined by Dr. John Bell, Professor with the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ottawa and Senior Scientist at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. Dr. Bell sheds light on the topic of COVID-19 vaccine development, as well as the challenges of mass distribution, access, safety, and effectiveness. 

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John Bell

Guest:
John Bell, PhD
Cross-Appointed Professor
Faculty of Medicine
University of Ottawa


Season 1, Episode 3 – Beyond the Classroom, Education in a Pandemic

December 15, 2020

In this episode, host Gwen Madiba (MA ’12; BSocSc ’08), is joined by Dr. Joel Westheimer, University Research Chair in Democracy and Education at the University of Ottawa and education columnist for CBC Radio’s Ottawa Morning. Dr. Westheimer explores how learning during a global pandemic is shaping and impacting the younger generation, Gen C- ‘Generation Covid’.

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Dr. Joel Westheimer

Guest:
Joel Westheimer, PhD
Full Professor
Faculty of Education
University of Ottawa

 

 

 

 

 

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