Jennifer was born and raised in Toronto. She is currently a first year medical student at the University of Toronto and wants to become a pediatrician. She has worked in several different industries including engineering and finance, and hopes to combine her engineering and business backgrounds with medicine to ultimately start her own non-for-profit organization.
Learning from different experiences and people is something Jennifer is extremely passionate about. She graduated top of her high school class from the International Baccalaureate program and went on to graduate with a 3.94 GPA from Johns Hopkins University, double majoring in Biomedical Engineering and Applied Mathematics & Statistics. She then moved to New York City to work as a fixed income trader and debt capital markets analyst for two years. As a current medical student, she hopes to advocate for health and education inequities, as well as inspire young women to defy stereotypes and pursue their dreams.
Jennifer’s passions also extend to music and the arts. She began studying at the Royal Conservatory of Music when she was six years old and obtained her ARCT diploma for both piano and flute. She has performed with various ensembles and has won numerous awards at the national level. She also loves ballet and obtained her Royal Academy of Dance Grade 8 certificate. In addition to music and dance, Jennifer is an avid oil painter and has won awards at the international level. She is grateful for the places she’s travelled and people she’s met through the arts. Similar to the arts, the beauty life embodies doesn’t always lie in measurable qualities or outcomes; rather, it appears when all these intricacies are viewed from a perspective that reveals the larger meaning of life itself.
Community service has always been extremely important to Jennifer, and she has been involved in many long-term volunteering experiences. She began mentoring youth in high school, where she worked as a music and academic teacher in her spare time. During university, she continued to pursue leadership roles working with students as a Resident Advisor and Teaching Assistant. She also enjoys combining her passion for medicine with community service by volunteering at the hospital. Her summer research in cystic fibrosis at The Hospital for Sick Children was especially important for developing her passion in pediatrics. Her interaction with youth from various backgrounds inspired her to realize the tremendous opportunities that come with education, hard work and a strong positive mindset.
Although Jennifer is new to the pageantry world, she ultimately wants to have a greater impact on the world and the values Miss Universe Canada embodies align closely with hers. “The resilience and adaptability I have developed through my diverse experiences were a result of not only hard work and perseverance, but also a product of the opportunities that came with living in an amazing country like Canada.” Being a medical student allows her to meet new people and help patients every day. However, she looks forward to the opportunity to represent Canada and share her experiences on a larger scale. In doing so, she hopes to motivate even more young women to pursue their dreams and not be afraid of defying stereotypes. This has been a long-held dream of hers, one that she is extremely grateful to have the opportunity to pursue.