Student & Alumni Success

Being a student at Brain Power means having like-minded peers: classmates and friends who are intelligent and inspirational. Our students make each other (and us!) proud. Brain Power graduates have incredible academic histories, amazing career trajectories, and inspiring success stories. We are proud to have played a part in their impressive accomplishments. Check out their varied talents, awards, interests, and success stories here!

 

Alumni - Jane Illarionova

Currently: UofT Engineering Student and winner of UofT Book Award, Queen’s Engineering $40,000 scholarship, UofT Dean’s Merit Award Scholarship for $10,000,

U of Ottawa Engineering & Biomedical Physics $16,000 scholarship.

Thoughts on Brain Power: BP helped me become beyond excellent in math, English, and public speaking!

Talents: Puns, spontaneous wit

Alumni - Ariel Rodov

Currently: studying for a Bachelor of Computer Engineering at Ryerson University specializing in Software Engineering and Management. MBA or MD hopeful!  

Thoughts on Brain Power: Whether a student has dreams to be a scholar, a business person, an engineer or just about anybody, Brain Power will help realize one’s own potential and play a key factor in the development of useful life and academic skills. Karine, Reuven and their fantastic team at Brain Power do a remarkable job of strengthening the parts of your brain that public education just doesn’t quite reach!

Recent Accomplishment:Part of Ryerson’s first ever Hackathon committee as the Executive of Marketing!

Student - Tian Shi Yuan

Success: Winner of SHAD Valley 2017 Competition! SHAD students are chosen from around the world through a rigorous, competitive process; selected students are top performers who are also well-rounded emerging leaders demonstrating initiative, creativity and flair. SHAD empowers exceptional high school students – at a pivotal point in their education – to recognize their own capabilities and envision their extraordinary potential as tomorrow’s leaders and change makers (in science, technology, engineering, arts & math).

Thoughts on Brain Power: Brain Power’s help was so important to me making it! Thank you.

Alumni - Dr. Taras Klitovchenko

Currently: Dentist; Graduate of McGill U for Doctor of Dentistry

Thoughts on Brain Power: The fundamental thinking skills and work ethic I gained from Brain Power continue to be valuable assets

Talents: Working with his hands

Alumni - Elliott Birman

Currently: Student at Harvard University; Graduate of UCC

Thoughts on Brain Power: Thumbs up for math and language arts at Brain Power

Talents: Research, academics, sports, and assisting young ivy-league hopefuls!

Alumni - Antonina Maltsev

Currently: McGill University student in Management, Finance, Entrepreneurship and Organizational Behaviour; Offered a job in investment banking at Clarus Securities upon graduation!

Thoughts on Brain Power: An amazing experience that encourages a love of learning!  BP played an immense role in the way I have developed as a curious and analytical thinker and shaped the way I think and look at the world around me. I have always viewed Karine as my biggest role model and more of a life mentor rather than just a teacher.

Talents: Public speaking (thanks to Brain Power!) and music and singing.

Alumni - Lynn Sue-A-Quan
Currently: Accepted to Juilliard in New York and New England Conservatory in Boston (scholarships from both schools).
Lynn plans to join an orchestra, teach, and perform throughout the world.
 
Thoughts on Brain Power: Every week, I would look forward to Brain Power, wondering what sort of new thing I would be blown away by. I loved how I was in an environment where learning was a priority. It made me feel welcome, and for once, made me want to learn more! Brain Power really shaped me into who I am today and I’m really grateful for all the mind-blowing awesome lessons!
 
Talents: viola
Alumni - Steven Tulman

Currently: Workshop Leader @ Harvard Business School, Schulich School of Business, Richard Ivey School of Business, to name a few; CEO of Social Pulse Marketing Inc and VP of Strategic Partnerships at Providr Inc.

Thoughts on Brain Power: Brain Power expanded my ability to think both strategically and logically and, most definitely, improved my odds of success.

Talents: Public speaking and business

Alumni - Ilia Sucholutsky

Currently: Graduate Program in Statistics at Waterloo University (research focus: deep learning for anomaly detection).

Graduated from Mathematical Finance and Statistics at the University of Waterloo; Future data scientist; Already landed work in Silicon Valley!

Thoughts on Brain Power: I love Brain Power and have never been to or seen a school quite as effective at actually teaching bright students!

Talents: Politics, finance, and mathematics

Alumni - Bhavy Dhawan

Currently: <3’ing his career in investment banking (Houlihan Lokey) in the USA; Graduate Ivey Business School at Western U

Thoughts on Brain Power: – scored in the top 10% of my class at Ivey; why? because of Brain Power

Talents: Writing, business

Alumni - Allan Yan

Currently: Graduate of Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario; Graduate of UTS

Thoughts on Brain Power: BP definitely gave me an advantage over my peers in school and enabled me to pursue whatever I wanted and always achieve a high level of success.  

Talents: Business and computers

Alumni - Naomi Brandt

Currently: Speech language pathologist; Founder and Clinical Director of Speech & Company; Graduated from the University of Western Ontario with a Masters of Science.

Thoughts on Brain Power: I still remember all the amazing puzzles and learning I had at Brain Power with a big smile!

Talents: Leadership, management, and being a mom (all at the same time!)

Alumni - Dennis Gorya

 

Currently: Owner, Lead Designer of Vanity Boys Inc. / On Fleek; marketing strategist; student at Schulich School of Business

Thoughts on Brain Power: Brain Power helps students develop critical-thinking skills that will help them in all aspects of their lives. The Brain Power team recognizes that there is no “cookie cutter” solution to inspiring and educating gifted students of differing backgrounds and interests, and they tailor their curriculum to reach those different students and resonate with them for years to come.

Talents: Design, Marketing, Entrepreneurship

Alumni - Michal Krasovitski

Currently: University of Toronto Student of Psycholinguistics; First place winner (International) Alice Munro Short Story Contest; Gold, Silver medalist in Queen’s Commonwealth Essay Competitions

Thoughts on Brain Power: My years at Brain Power were definitely the best in my life yet!

Talents: Debate and creative writing

Alumni - Stacy Gaikovaia

Currently: Nanotechnology Engineering student at University of Waterloo

Thoughts on Brain Power:  BP was very rewarding since it exposed me to really cool ideas about the world that would have otherwise been inaccessible to me (like diving into existentialism, for instance).

Talents: Growing tomatoes, physics, and ambitious pursuits (including rock climbing and archery!)

Alumni - Sasha Ioffine

Currently: Schulich School of Business graduate; Ph.D.-bound (English).

Thoughts on Brain Power: Fun, rigorous, inspirational, and motivating; I started BP at the age of 8 and feel lucky for it

Talents: Publishing my own creative writing

Alumni - Gabriel Birman

Currently: Student at Princeton University; Graduate of UCC

Thoughts on Brain Power: Thumbs up for math and language arts at Brain Power

Talents: Research, academics, sports, and assisting young ivy-league hopefuls!

Student - Shawn Liu

Currently: Brain Power’s Senior 2 student, Shawn Liu, was selected to attend University of California for summer science research at the Davis Center on Mind and Brain! What an accomplishment!

The Mind and Brain Pre-College Program is an experiential, research-based program that exposes successful applicants to the latest discoveries and questions in human cognition, perception, consciousness, and more.

One day Shawn hopes to lead a team of researchers that will develop non-invasive biotechnologies that can manipulate a person’s five senses in order to transfer his/her consciousness into an artificially created world.

Alumni - Nicole Rayskin

Currently: Business Administration @ Lazaridis School of Business, Wilfrid Laurier University; DECA top provincial winner (all thanks to my rhetoric and public speaking abilities I gained from Brain Power!)

Thoughts on Brain Power:  The most reliable place to get educated way beyond the school system. I love the relationships I formed with my (brilliant) BP peers and teachers — and I still stay in touch.

Talents: Business and knitting (yes, knitting)

Alumni - Harry Wang

Currently:  Medical school hopeful!  Harry holds a volunteer position at Sick Kids Hospital here at home, and abroad, in a hospital in China. Additionally, he is dedicated to his work in a local senior home, and is his school’s HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) chapter’s president.

Thoughts on Brain Power: My Brain Power experience is a great benefit to me – I appreciate all I gained from my in-class and experiential learning.

Alumni - Alex Zhou

Currently: Medical Sciences Student at Western University

Thoughts on Brain Power: Brain Power was one of the core experiences of my childhood that shaped who I am today

Talents: A passion for microbiology and immunology

Alumni - Carissa Wong

Currently: Studying at McMaster in Life Sciences

Thoughts on Brain Power: I really enjoyed my time at BP and the diverse classes I took! It helped me enhance my skills in writing and communicating with other people, which built my confidence.

Talents: Foreign Languages!

Student - Katya Katsnelson

Success: Invited to United Nations Sustainable Development Summit (NYC)  (conference attendee alongside Angela Merkel, Megan J Smith, the U.S Chief Technology Officer and Assistant to the President, and the Pope); Video production for Big Data University

Thoughts on Brain Power: It’s given me a true understanding of the meaning of education and the value of my own learning. I’m immersed [at BP] in a wide variety of material that I never would have been exposed to otherwise: Brain Power is the best decision I have made.

Alumni - Danny Samara
Currently: University Studies- Computer Science
 
Thoughts on Brain Power: Brain Power’s staff is the absolute best at not only effectively teaching its students, but also at keeping them engaged and interested every lesson. I went for two years and in that time, I learned more about literature and general writing (essay-writing, proper use of grammar, word-choices etc) than I have throughout the entire 12 years of “English” class I’ve attended in the public school system.  Thank you, Brain Power!
Alumni - Maria Guna

Currently: Claude Watson program at Earl Haig for Visual Arts and aspiring fashion designer; Winner of Visual Arts Major Award and gallery artist at Twist Gallery, Toronto.

Thoughts on Brain Power:  Brain Power is an amazing program that helped me immerse into the beautiful art of writing; it prepared me for high school oral speeches and essays, while helping me express my thoughts and opinions through writing.

Alumni - Gabriel Gefter

Currently: Architecture @ McGill University (most competitive program (only 12 students accepted/year!); Received Sheila Baillie Scholarship, Architecture ($20,000)

Thoughts on Brain Power: Brain Power helped me to effortlessly complete high school with high marks and achieve my academic goals.

Talents: Ultimate Frisbee and all things creative

Alumni - Michael Bakshy

Currently: University of Toronto Student in Mental Health Sciences; Dr. of Psychology hopeful.

Thoughts on Brain Power: I was at Brain Power for a number of years and it truly helped me succeed. These days my little sister attends Brain Power and I am thrilled to say she is thriving there.

Talents: People, networking, and spirituality

Alumni - Yossef Bisk

Currently: Masters degree in Applied Mathematics; Researcher and Academic Director of Actuarial Science Student Association at York University; Graduate of Schulich School of Business

Thoughts on Brain Power: A very personalized and meaningful experience:  I always felt I was the most important student in the classroom, and I think every other student felt that way, too.

Talents: Business, financial security systems, math, and using the power of the mind.

Alumni - Ben Levy

Currently: DECA Ontario Chapter Development Officer; Leader of Operation Med School (healthcare conference for donations to Hospital for Sick Children).

Thoughts on Brain Power: Truly a unique setting that fuels divergent thinking.

Talents: Alto Saxophone (jazz music) and competitive swimming.

Charles Wang - Uni Prep Alumni
Currently: Accepted scholarship to Computer Science at Waterloo
 
Received entrance scholarships to all of the universities he applied to:

– Computer Science and Mechatronics Engineering at University of Waterloo
– Engineering Science and Computer Science at UofT
– Engineering at Queens University
– Computer Science and Engineering at McMaster University
 
Thoughts on Brain Power:  Thanks for improving my essay writing skills!
Alumni - Louie Ryu

Currently: University of Waterloo Architecture

Thoughts on Brain Power: The best way I was able to both challenge myself and find my real academic abilities was to go to Brain Power! 🙂

Talents: Game theory and musicianship

Alumni - Ron Galaev

Currently: 3rd seat cellist for Kindred Spirits Orchestra, 4th substitute cellist for Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Thoughts on Brain Power: Brain Power taught me many things, however, most importantly it taught me that the arts, be it lingual, visual or musical, have an important role to play in the world and society. This inspired me to pursue music more professionally, as without this influence I would likely have never found myself in music.

Talents: Music and psychology.

Alumni - Illya Pilipenko

Currently: Engineering student @ McMaster

Thoughts on Brain Power: The courses at Brain Power helped me immensely, being the reason why I went from being terrified of presentations to favouring presentations as my strongest delivery method. The very friendly atmosphere at Brain Power was great, too, and it helped me make some new friends.

Alumni: Kevin Liu

Currently: studying at Western University, med-school hopeful.

Achievements: completed high school with a 95+ average and placed 10th in Ontario in the 2016 Canadian Chemistry Contest.

Thoughts on Brain Power: My experience with Brain Power was awesome: I got my mind blown every class.

Alumni - Justin Lu

Currently: IB Student, Engineering hopeful!

Thoughts on Brain Power: Karine’s Language Arts class introduced me to the vast world of literature. Through studying interesting short stories and novels from a variety of authors, I gained an interest in literature. Brain Power also strengthened my writing and critical thinking skills, both of which I find to be extremely crucial.

Alumni - Vivian Shi

Currently: Queen’s University English Masters Degree student; graduate of Queen’s University Concurrent Education; winner of National Logistics Leadership Award; founder of Yarning for Good

Thoughts on Brain Power:  BP helped me build skills necessary to achieve my goals in university;  I have been inspired to be a more creative and passionate scholar.

Talents: Renaissance literature from the 16th century

Student - Rahul Pandya

Success: Accepted to Queen’s Park Page Program (page in the legislature); finalist in provincial public speaking competition.

Thoughts on Brain Power: Worth the drive from Port Elgin! Brain Power has helped me succeed.

Student - Alex Bancea

Success: Accepted to Queen’s Park Page Program (page in the legislature); finalist in national public speaking competition (Canadian Young Speakers Contest – Agr.)

Thoughts on Brain Power: I’ve been enrolled at Brain Power math and language arts courses from the age of 8 and since then, Brain Power has shaped and molded my successful academic life.

Student - Steven Mai

Success: UTS acceptance; winner (finalist) of international essay competition (Rand Institute)

Thoughts on Brain Power: Helped with my academic successes (and love of chocolate cake)

Student - Alan Topash

Success: Working along side David Gurevich they are successful young teen entrepreneurs with a tech news startup: FACET News.

Thoughts on Brain Power: Brain Power has not only taught us to be more confident in our writing but also to make deeper more meaningful connections.

Student - David Gurevich

Success: Working along side Alan Topash they are successful young teen entrepreneurs with a tech news startup: FACET News.

Thoughts on Brain Power: Brain Power has not only taught us to be more confident in our writing but also to make deeper more meaningful connections.

Student - Oleg Tulea

Success: Winner of Fiddletree Essay Competition – Cape Breton

Thoughts on Brain Power:  What I love: the atmosphere of energy and enthusiasm at BP. The students are always interested, and the smart teachers are fun to be around.

Student - Veronika Urbanovitch

Success: Chosen for competitive Aerospace Manufacturing co-op; future engineer

Thoughts on Brain Power:  Brain Power helps demonstrate my smarts to others (and face my fear of talking to people). In my academics, BP has helped me raise my grades and make classes really easy.

Student - Cora Usurelu

Success: Winner of World Literacy National Writing Competition (Write for a Better World); Awarded honours by the Governor General of Ontario for winning Cambridge University – Royal Commonwealth Essay Competition; Winner of Math Competitions: Mathematica (Euler)

Thoughts on Brain Power:  Awesome! BP introduces unique topics in its programs and also has interesting trips, book club, and workshops. My favourite BP classes are those that involve class discussions (i.e debates, philosophical conversations, “add your own story”). Love!

Student - Michal Moshkovich

Success: Winner of Sage (Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship) Nationals and Ryerson Youth Startup Competition: innovator of SpitStrips – featured on CTV & CKNW News for her scientific innovation, now works with Ryerson University DMZ (business incubator).

Thoughts on Brain Power:  Brain Power allows me to think deeply and motivates me to take on challenges I would have never considered before! I love Brain Power’s thoughtful and caring atmosphere.

Student - Saesha Kukreja

Success: Winner of national poetry writing competition.

Thoughts on Brain Power:  Love the writing support and inspiration.

Student - Andrew Zhou

Success: Winner of Royal Commonwealth Essay Competition: Bronze medal.

Thoughts on Brain Power:  Excellent support with the writing process.

Alumni - Denesh Kumar

Currently: Accepted to TOPS, IB, and MaCS programs; graduating from MaCS; First place winner in Canadian Public Speaking Competition (CYSA); Scored perfect (5) on AP Computer Science Exams.

Thoughts on Brain Power:   Brain Power is a unique and empowering place to learn and it’s been a great opportunity for self-growth for me.

Talents: Computer science and mathematics

Alumni - Jamie Lee

Currently: University of Toronto (Rotman School of Business – Commerce); $4000 Scholarship recipient; Founder of Dreams of Tomorrow (Not-for-profit)

Thoughts on Brain Power:  Thumbs up!

Talents: Languages, empathy, and education

Alumni - Erik Fridman

Currently: Entrepreneur: Founder of Get Crazy Entertainment and C&S Windows; Professional musician. Business-degree-future.

Thoughts on Brain Power: Life-changing. Simply awesome.

Talents: Rhetoric, business, writing music, playing guitar, singing

Alumni - Danielle Tsirulnikov

Currently: Studying Health Sciences at McMaster University; Entrance scholarship: $1000

Thoughts on Brain Power: 6+ years at Brain Power – super.

Talents: Science and poetry

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