Blake VanBerlo

2013
Schulich Leader

Western University
Engineering
Program

High School: St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Secondary School

Nominated by Linda Thomas

London, ON

What area(s) of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) are you pursuing for your undergraduate degree?

Engineering

What is your favourite inspirational quote?

"My friends, love is better than anger. Hope is better than fear. Optimism is better than despair. So let us be loving, hopeful and optimistic. And we’ll change the world." ~Jack Layton, in his Letter to Canadians, August 20 2011

What is a little known fact about you?

A little known fact about myself is that I am an avid musician.  My main skills lie in piano playing and singing.  I have obtained my Grade 7 piano from the RCM and have received jazz and improvisation training in highschool.  I can also play guitar, bass, guitalele, trumpet and French horn.  Music is my favourite and most treasured hobby.

Why do you think you make a great Schulich Leader?

I am interested in applying scientific principles to meet the modern and future needs of Canadian society.