The Toronto Team
Ben is a Grade 12 student in the Gifted/Advanced Placement Program at Thornhill Secondary School. He is passionate about scientific research, exploration, and technological innovation. Ben excels academically, and has been the recipient of a myriad of awards for his accomplishments. From a very early age, he has been interested in the sciences, and he now wishes to pursue a career in medicine where he can carry out his true passion of helping others. Ben’s infatuation with the sciences is paralleled by his love of business. He serves on DECA Ontario’s Provincial Executive Team and has travelled to compete in DECA’s prestigious international competition, where he placed within the top five of his event. Ben is also a Peer Mentor, Prefect Captain, and the Director of Finance for his school’s award-winning newspaper. In his spare time, Ben can be found reading, swimming competitively, biking, and immersing himself within his community through volunteering. He also enjoys playing the Alto Saxophone and is working towards his Grade 10 certification from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Ben is greatly looking forward to OMS 2017 and cannot wait to help equip like-minded individuals with the knowledge and the ambition they need to enter the world of medicine!
Casey is currently a Grade 12 student in the IB program at Bayview Secondary School. She has a variety of interests as seen in her extra-curricular activities which include playing in her school’s band, being a member of the BSS dragon boat team, and serving as an executive of her school’s Prefect Organization. Casey discovered her interest in medicine during her Grade 11 year after watching a medical drama, which first opened her eyes to the exciting roles one could have in the field of medicine. She has been hooked ever since, and continuously looks for as many opportunities as she can to learn more about the field. This past summer, Casey volunteered in clinical support at the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, where she had her first glimpse of the professional working environment in a hospital. From her own experiences, she understands how daunting it is for high school students to be pressured to decide their career paths at such an early stage in their lives, especially with a field as broad and intensive as medicine. Casey is very excited to serve as Co-President for OMS Toronto’s 2017 conference, and to inspire the next generation of students.
Ryan is a Grade 12 student at William Lyon Mackenzie CI, with a focus on Marketing and Computer Science. He has a passion for using Graphic Design to express his ideas and change lives. Ryan has experience designing logos for a TV series, clothing line, as well as television broadcast (camera, switching). He also has experience with traditional advertising, social media, search engine optimisation, sales promotion, and marketing analytics. On the side, he is a professional front-end developer. In addition, Ryan has experience with IR Spectromicroscopy research (on snake spectical scales) with Canada’s only synchrotron. He was awarded multiple times for his successes in both academics and business. Ryan started marketing with DECA and the SHAD John Dobson Entrepreneurship Cup. From there, he found his interest in innovation and inbound marketing. Ryan challenged himself and got elected for student council as the Marketing Representative. Ryan’s personal objective is to help others overcome their inhibitions; he focuses his skills on promoting the growth of businesses that deserve success. Ryan is passionate to join Operation Med School for its best term yet!
Finance and Corporate Relations Director
Joey is a Grade 11 student in the Arts Unionville Program at Unionville High School where she majors in the Alto Saxophone. From a very young age, she developed a passion for the arts, and music in particular, which has motivated her to take piano lessons. As of now, she is not only playing piano as a hobby, but she also teaches at home privately and at an education center in Scarborough. Joey is not only passionate about music, but she also cares for entrepreneurship, sports and medicine. She displays an interest in the research and development of medicine and the composition of skin, with hopes of one day becoming a dermatologist. Aside from focusing on academics at school, she also finds time to participate in various extra-curricular activities such as wind ensemble, basketball, and youth organizations such as Change the World Markham. Ultimately, Joey not only aspires to be a kind, helping hand to others, but also a driven leader in her community. She believes that success always comes from hard work and that the first step to achieving any dream comes from one having the mentality of Nike’s slogan, “Just do it.” Joey is extremely excited to work with some of the finest leaders in Toronto to make this year’s OMS experience extremely valuable for everyone!
Fiona is a Grade 12 student at University of Toronto Schools. Ever since she was young, she remembers being extremely fascinated by the world of science and medicine; this fascination is what drives her to ultimately pursue a career as a doctor or a researcher, where she will be able to make impactful contributions to the community and help others. In particular, she is interested in pursuing a career in stem cell therapy and regenerative medicine, aiming to develop more patient-friendly and reliable alternatives to cure various diseases. At her school, Fiona is a co-founding and executive member of the Mini-Med Club, which aims to educate students about the latest innovations in the world of medicine, as well as allow students to connect with professionals who already work within the field. She believes that it is crucial for students to educate themselves about the field of science because it is such an ever-changing field of study that benefits greatly from the input of numerous individuals. She is also involved in many other extracurriculars, such as being on the Varsity Girl’s Basketball team and being one of the Literary Representatives for her school’s House system. Fiona is looking forward to working with the other OMS Executives to make 2017’s OMS Conference the best one yet!
Maitray is a Grade 12 student enrolled in Rick Hansen Secondary School. He is the owner and founder of Flush Productions, an Audio/Video and DJ service company, specializing in banquet hall events such as weddings, birthdays, and anniversaries. He loves being a part of organizations and activities that bring real change to his local community, as well as globally. He is currently volunteering at the Etobicoke General Hospital and Mississauga Hospital. In school, he is the President of DECA, Director of Finance for STEM and is involved with the SAC and Mental Health Awareness Club. Outside of school, he is part of the Mississauga City Youth Council, International Humanitarian Peel Youth Council, and the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. He wishes to become a doctor in the field of internal medicine as he feels that this field will allow him to directly impact the lives of patients. When he has free time, he is often DJ-ing, watching TV, reading or doing any sort of physical activity. In the coming year, he looks forwards to working with the OMS team to bring forth the best OMS conference. Through the conference, he hopes to inspire and motivate individuals to become members of the healthcare industry.
Denesh is a Grade 11 student attending William Lyon Mackenzie CI for the Math and Computer Science Program (MaCS). He is heavily involved in his school community, holding executive roles on his Student Council and HOSA chapter, while also being involved in DECA, Science Club and the Computer Programming Team. Outside of school, Denesh spends many hours as a volunteer at Baycrest Hospital, a world leader in geriatric care. He loves interacting with the diverse group of seniors and is using his positions on the Youth Council and Baycrest-Mackenzie Partnership to help others become exposed to this amazing opportunity. In the future, he hopes to go into medicine so he can help people, but also wants to apply his passion for computer programming to lead innovative research and design. In his leisure time, Denesh can be found playing soccer, playing video games and reading manga. He is excited to work with this year’s talented OMS team as one of the Logistics Directors to help passionate individuals achieve their dreams of practising medicine.