Joshua Calafato

Electrical and Computer Engineering, 1T7 PEY

Joshua Calafato giving the Valedictorian speech at the 2018 Grad Ball.

Joshua’s desire to improve the experiences of his classmates has resulted in lasting impacts on the U of T community. As first year chair of the EngSci Club, Josh organized several year-wide events and pranks which brought individuals closer together and raised the spirits of classmates in the stressful times of first year midterms. Throughout his middle years, he was a Frosh leedur, a spirit head, and member of several organizations within the university. All of these roles were undertaken with a strong desire to improve the quality of life within engineering, and to help students get through their degree with more than just grades.

In his final years of school, Josh focused on raising the profile of social issues within the U of T Engineering community. He designed, organized, and helped build monuments commemorating the École Polytechnique massacre in 2016 and Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in 2017, and actively encouraged all members of the community to think about their impact on the world. The motivation of this was simple: to show engineering students that they have a responsibility to confront injustice in the world and the ability to make people think differently about it.

After graduation, Joshua is joining a cryptographic startup that recently came out of U of T as a software engineer.

“The paths we take in life will lead us through all sorts of terrain and through all sorts of locations. There will be rough patches and smooth ones, right turns and wrong turns, and moments where we question the decisions we made that got us to where we are. The beauty of this journey comes from the fact that we keep pressing forward together. We share our paths with others and actively try to make the next leg of their adventure better. Even in the segments where we feel alone, we are building ourselves up for those who will join us later on. To take challenges head on and persevere through difficulty is one of the greatest lessons this degree has taught me, and to always improve yourself, your peers, and your communities is what I believe is at the core of being an Engineer.”
–Joshua Calafato