Our alumni community is over 14,000 members strong. From Toronto to New York City to Hong Kong and beyond, our graduates are making their marks in businesses and communities around the globe. We are exceptionally proud of all of our grads and are excited to share their stories.
Featured Alumni Profile
Christina Barillari, BCom ’09
Cristina Barillari (BCom ’09) pursued the traditional CA career path after graduation. She searched out a local CA firm with a corporate culture and found the perfect fit at Soberman LLP, where she is a level 3 staff accountant. “I liked the opportunity with Soberman because it gave me a wide variety of opportunities to work in varying industries,” she says. She obtained her CA designation as she felt it was the logical next step in her career.
Cristina believes that the reputation of both UofT and the Commerce program set her apart from other university graduates. She credits her degree and the Commerce community for developing the interpersonal skills that are critical to her success in the workplace. “The great breadth of courses I took as part of my commerce degree helped me become a well-rounded individual. The Commerce program allowed me to get a major in economics and the theories I learned helped me guide my clients, not only from a financial reporting perspective, but also from a business and economic perspective,”she says.
An active member of the Rotman Commerce alumni community, Cristina believes that being engaged as a graduate, both with her fellow alumni and with current students, is vital. “I enjoy being able to interact with students and provide them with a different perspective on the challenges they face in the hopes that it helps them achieve their goals,” she says. She also believes that alumni can be valuable resources for one another. “At the end of the day, it’s great to know you have friends who have come from the same or similar background as you,” says Cristina.
It’s not surprising that Cristina was very involved with the Rotman Commerce Students’ Association throughout her second to fourth years as an undergraduate.Her most enjoyable activity? Planning social events for the commerce community during her third year. “It was an ongoing commitment that really gave me multiple opportunities to meet a variety of students in the program. When I was a student, it felt like the Rotman Commerce program had a great sense of community within the larger scope of the University of Toronto,” says Cristina. “I had a wonderful undergraduate experience. I enjoyed all the extracurricular activities I was a part of. I had wonderful instructors and learned a lot both inside and outside of the classroom”.