They first met in 2000 at a drug-testing seminar for varsity athletes — “romantic, right?” jokes Maggie — yet didn’t date until a few years later.
“Being involved in varsity sports helped me complete the degree and keep my head straight,” says Maggie, who was MVP in her fourth year on the team. “It provided a strong support network and structure. It was a huge part of my life. Then, my engineering professors taught me how to problem solve, how to see the world.”
Like Mike, Maggie is a second-generation Concordian. Her father Charles “Herb” Katz, BA 68, attended Sir George Williams University. Her family always encouraged her to play soccer.
“The team evolved over the five years that I was there and so did I,” says Maggie. “By my last year, we were a winning team and that journey stayed with me.”
After completing her MBA in Ottawa, Maggie spent 12 years with TD Bank Group, promoted through the ranks in credit management and commercial credit risk management — all while raising two children with Mike.
Following her heart, she left finance in 2017 to become a lifestyle and documentary family photographer.
“As a second career, photography was a big change, but it was the right decision,” she says. “Getting an engineering degree from Concordia, followed by my MBA, gave me the capacity to work hard and see things through.”
Mike also reflects fondly about his time on campus.
“Concordia was the place where I grew up, where I became responsible and learned how to apply myself academically and not just on the ice,” he says.