Participant Profile

Aaron Doupe

Manager, Student Affairs, Glendon College, York University

BA Canadian Studies & French Studies, Glendon College, 2006

I'm a York and Glendon grad who loved my experience so much that I decided to stay! As a student, I was active in Residence and Campus Life and now enjoy working with students in many ways - and in both official languages. My portfolio includes residence life, student groups, conflict resolution, international student services, orientation, LGBT initiatives and many more areas of the student experience. I'm also a part-time student, completing a Master of Education degree with a graduate diploma in higher education.

Abdullah Rana

Business Consultant, CAA Insurance

BA Business Economics, 2012

As a Business Consultant at CAA Insurance, I work with various different teams such as Marketing, Finance, Pricing, IT, etc... to enable innovative Analytics & Tech solutions. This involves collaborating with Managers, Directors, sometimes President to draw out their vision, translate into requirements, obtain approvals and implement the change.

I do this by using Consulting skills, Project Management, Business Analysis, Quality Assurance and Business knowledge. This helps me deliver all change initiatives from end-to-end ensuring all stakeholder expectations are met.

Adam Camenzuli

Commercial Services Representative, Meridian Credit Union

iBBA International Business, Schulich School of Business, 2010

I am working in commercial banking at Meridian Credit Union, where we provide loans and other commercial credit products to businesses. At York, I was involved in founding the GLOBE International Management Conference and served on the Undergraduate Business Council. I have been fortunate to have traveled internationally representing York at SPECQUE and ICD's Young Leaders Forum in Germany as well as Princeton University's Business Today International Conference in New York. I studied at ESADE Business School, worked at Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, DAAD and General Motors. My international experiences have helped me develop language skills in English, French, Spanish, German and Swahili.

Adam Gordon

Director of Business Development, Freedom 55 Financial

BA, History 1998
MBA 2002

I have spent the last 12+ years helping new advisors build thriving practices in financial services. After completing my BA of History in 1998 from York University and MBA in 2002 from the Schulich School of Business, I started my career in financial services with GWL as a Living Benefits Specialist in August 2003. In August 2005 I decided to work with clients directly to help them achieve their financial goals and became an advisor at one of Canada’s largest financial planning firms.

I am actively involved in the financial services industry, with current roles as an ambassador for FPSC, I am a part-time faculty for Humber College’s Financial Planning program.

Adam Gordon

Director of Business Development, Freedom 55 Financial

MBA, 2002
BA, 1998

After completing my BA and MBA from York University, I started my career in financial services with Great-West Life as a Living Benefits Specialist in August 2003. In August 2005 I decided to work with clients directly to help them achieve their financial goals and became an advisor with Freedom 55 at the Toronto Financial Centre. After two successful years I accepted a move to management to become the New Advisor Training Manager (NATM) for the financial centre in September 2007. January 2009 brought a new opportunity to become a Director of Business Development where I have achieved Excellence in Financial Centre Management in my first two years in the role and I am aiming for 3 in a row.

When not working, I enjoy spending my time with my wife of 6 years, Erin, raising our child.

Adam Orfanakos

Investigator, SORT, Office of the Ontario Ombudsman

MA Critical Disability Studies, 2007

My experience as an Investigator at the Office of the Ontario Ombudsman has taught me a few things. No question that a solid commitment to continuing education is important to starting and thriving in a career. Very closely connected to that, I believe, is active participation in the voluntary and civic sectors. One of the adjectives I use to describe my career is "serendipitous." I am confident that were it not for my involvement in various voluntary and civic activities to complement my education, my career would not be where it is today so soon after graduation. In a job market saturated with highly educated job seekers, I firmly believe that developing skills outside of the classroom will better prepare young graduates to get that first job. It did for me.

Adriano Mena

Senior Planner, WSIB

Masters of Social Policy, Wollongong University (Australia), 2002
BA Public Policy and Administration, 2001

My career path has not been a usual one. In fact, most of it quite accidental. The challenges I faced in contract life are actually starting to see fruit as it is becoming a standard way to obtain varied experiences. This is what I can discuss as well as the pitfalls and strategic thinking that go along with it - as to achieve different goals, you need different plans.

Adrienne Middlebrook

Coordinator, Marketing and Communications, Greater Toronto Hockey League

BA Communication Studies, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, 2013

Adrienne Middlebrook is a communications professional with a specialization in the sports industry. Based in Toronto, Canada, Adrienne has worked with a variety of brands to help develop and execute social and communications strategies.

Adrienne currently works as a Communications and Marketing Coordinator for the Greater Toronto Hockey League, the largest minor hockey league in the world.

Ahmed Abubakar

Relationship Manager, LinkedIn

BA Political Science, 2013

I remember being 21 and feeling anxiety towards what I wanted to pursue after I graduated. I also remember being hungry to better myself, taking advantage of any opportunity around me and promising myself to stick through with that philosophy. If you told me I would be working for the largest professional network in the world back then, I would’ve been dumbfounded seeing as how I just created my profile back then. The TASTE program was instrumental in helping me develop; now it’s my turn to pay it forward.

Ahsan Mirza

Associate, McMillan LLP

JD, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2010

I am an associate lawyer at McMillan LLP in the Financial Services group. My legal practice focuses on banking, secured and syndicated lending, project finance and infrastructure. I advise both lenders and borrowers on domestic, cross-border and international financing transactions. I also have extensive involvement in project development and financing in the renewable energy and electricity generation sector, particularly in connection with the Ontario Power Authority's Feed-in Tariff (FIT) program.

I joined McMillan as a summer student in 2009 and completed my articles in 2011. At law school, I was the Managing Editor of the Osgoode Hall Law Journal and President of the Muslim Law Students Association. Before Osgoode, I studied Political Science and Economics at Carleton University.

Alamgir Khandwala

Staff Accountant, Deloitte LLP

BCom (Formerly BAS)- Specialized Honours in Accounting, 2017

I've travelled to 35+ countries on 6 continents & I hope to continue to increase the list in the near future. This wouldn't be possible if I didn't have my current role as an auditor at one of the biggest professional services firm in the world. It helps me combine my passion of being adventurous and helping organizations from a financial aspect. This is in addition to my passion of advocating on behalf of others in social, academics, inclusivity & student engagement matters. This is just a trailer of the film, want to know more? Let's have a chat.

Aleena Mazhar

Field Manager Eastern Canada, Mosaic Experiential Marketing

Honours BAS Marketing, 2008

I always loved to work. I worked throughout university and fell in love with what was to be my career in my second year at York. My passion for the new age of Marketing, moving from mass marketing to experiences and further into digital has been extended by the challenges I have faced in this fast paced marketing agency. Working with fortune 100 clients like Coca Cola, Labatt, and Diageo has made me put into practice all the great skills I learnt in university. This industry is incredibly exciting, and working at the leading agency is challenging yet the best experience I've ever had.

Alex Fanourgiakis

CTO, Echo Inc

BAS Information Technology, 2006

I am the founder of a boutique information security consulting firm that provides various specialized cyber security services for clients in these industries:
-Government (Federal and Provincial)

Focusing on the following core services:
-Penetration Testing
-Vulnerability Assessments
-Governance (Risk Assessments, Frameworks, Gap Analysis, etc.)
-Compliance and Audit
-Security Architecture

Ali Badruddin

Principal, Badruddin Consulting

BBA Finance & Accounting, Schulich School of Business, 2009

Ali is currently the Managing Director of Management Consulting at StrategyCorp - one of Canada's leading business, political, and communications consulting firm. He also sits on the board of the Empire Club of Canada and is involved with the York University Alumni Association. Prior to StrategyCorp, Ali was an entrepreneur who built his own independent consulting practice for several years. His projects included working with C-level executives in the financial, travel, and public sector in three different international geographies; assisting them with developing global strategy, business model transformation, and company-wide cost reduction. He also founded and sold an education technology company that provided a platform for university / college students to give their perspectives and advice to high school students applying to their campuses. Ali also worked as a Senior Consultant at Deloitte for two years. Ali holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University, where he served as Vice President of the Student Government, board member of the Faculty Council, and founder of Schulich’s premier student think tank.

Ali Jaffer

Senior Manager, Advisory Services, Grant Thornton LLP

BAS (Honours in Accounting), 2009

Ali is a CPA, CA; CISA; CISSP; CITP that focuses on performing and internal and external audits of controls, specifically within information technology. Ali spends most of his time at work helping businesses and organizations identify, validate and manage information technology risks across a broad spectrum, including security, privacy, business continuity, operations and change management.

Amanda Doobay

Manager, Ministry of Government Services, ServiceOntario

MPA, Queens University, 2010
BA Political Science, 2001

I joined Service Ontario in February 2010. Prior to that, I worked at the Ministry of Transportation for 10 years as a Senior Business Analyst working on various driver and vehicle initiatives before becoming a Senior Advisor to a Director. I also completed a Master's degree in Public Administration from Queens University in April 2010. I am also certified in Conflict Management and Alternative Dispute Resolution by the Mediation Centre of Southeastern Ontario/Queens University.

One of my most valued experiences throughout my OPS career has been the pleasure of having a strong mentor and have benefited from their experience, advice and guidance. I would welcome the opportunity to do the same.

Amar Ahluwalia

Head of Business and Corporate Development & Capital Markets, OnDeck

BA Economics, 2010

Amar Ahluwalia is a Financial Markets professional with experience in Corporate, FinTech, Management Consulting, Private Equity, and Alternatives Investments.

In his current role as Head of Corporate & Business Development and Capital Markets for OnDeck Canada, Amar is charged with leading capital raising/structuring, strategy, M&A, and business development. Prior to Joining OnDeck, Amar was Head of Fixed Income sales for Markit Group in Canada. Amar has also worked in Management Consulting and Private Equity. He began his career at BMO Capital Markets within the Debt Capital Markets Group.

Amar Samra

Marketing Specialist, Lexmark Canada

Honours BAS Marketing, 2008

Fresh out of York in '08, I shared the anxiety of most about getting employed amongst a trembling economy. Amassed with perseverance and of course bit of luck, I found a job online for a Fortune 500 Company - Lexmark International. After a nerve-wrecking 1st interview, I thought I had no chance whatsoever of getting it. Fortuitously, I got a call back and this time I wasn't going to let it slip away. You live and you learn - I won the job! Almost 3 years and 3 roles later, I went from consumer marketing to now working in the B2B space, as I manage the Business Solution Dealer Program, a national program of strategic copier dealers. I relish new challenges and often do my best work abide constant pressure. And that oh so coveted corporate secret? It's simple, always stay confident!

Amika Balram

Policy Analyst, Ministry of Education

BA Honors Political Science, 2011

The most precious piece of advice I received was to "know thyself." I've grown considerably over the years - which took time to learn and understand who I am and what my aspirations were. I am proud of my choice to work as a public servant for the Ontario government. I appreciate opportunities that allow me to share my experiences to engage those interested in pursuing a similar field.

Andre Chabot

Financial Consultant, Investors Group

Specialized Honours BAS Marketing & Human Resources Management Certificate, 2009

Since I was younger I have had a passion for helping friends better manage their personal finances. From saving pennies to buy chocolate bars to helping people invest for retirement goals. For the last 2 years I have embarked on a unique journey using my financial knowledge, HR skills and marketing abilities to create business plans to target client markets, make relationships with HR departments and bring comprehensive financial plans to Canadians in the GTA. Running your own practice takes discipline and hard work but has rewards match by no other. Come and pick my brain over some good food and see if this is a potential career model for you.

Andre Smith

Eligibility Adjudicator (Decision Maker), Government of Ontario

BAS Accounting

When I first started my academic journey two things were important to me 1) getting a career in accounting and 2) having a diverse career portfolio. Making a decision in university regarding these possibilities proved difficult, however, not impossible. Coming from the Caribbean with little experience navigating the job market in Canada, I must say it was very challenging experience. I ended starting my career in healthcare in various positions. I worked at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health for 5 years. I held positions such as program assistant and information specialist. I currently work as an adjudicator with the government of Ontario. Although my first objective was not met-career in accounting, I still prize my accomplishment to date and still haven't ruled out such career. I started as an adjudicator in 2016 and so far it's a great experience. I believe in commitment and determination and the belief that all things are possible.

Andrea Meghie

Manager Clinical Resources Services, School of Nursing, York University

BScN, 2003

I graduated from York in 2003 with a BScN. I went on to complete an MSN, and last year completed my Doctorate of Education. I have been an RN for the last 22 years, and have worked at the bedside, as a nurse educator in the hospital, and as a part-time nursing faculty member at York's School of Nursing. Last year I joined the staff in the School of Nursing as the Manager for the Nursing Resources Services. My passion is teaching and I hope to return to the classroom in the near future. I feel that is an engaging environment for life-long teaching and learning.

Andrew Ngui

Manager, Entrepreneurship Programs, MIT ODL Incubation
Design Entrepreneur, Andrew Ngui Design

BDes York/Sheridan Design, 2005

Started a design biz when I was 17. Worked at Ogilvy, Government & Education. Currently @MIT building sustainable entrepreneurship communities worldwide. I can help you scale & grow your business by developing deep insights in human-centred journeys.

Andrew Oh

Entrepreneur, Mint Ultimate

BA Psychology, 2015

Andrew Oh is the Founder and President of Mint Ultimate, an ultimate frisbee accessories company. Launched in 2015, he grew the business globally to sell in over 20 countries, sponsors nine professional players, and is working on the next line of high-impact products for the sport.

Andrew Stulberg

Division Director, Investors Group

Faculty of Arts, 2006

Being in business for myself has allowed me to achieve personal, professional and financial goals that I would have never dreamed of when I was still in school. Working in the financial Services Industry has given me the opportunity to help families with their financial picture at a time when more and more people need guidance in this area than ever before. As a Division Director I also have the unique opportunity of shaping advisors careers by mentoring and training them in the areas of business planning, financial planning, sales, and marketing. All areas of my business have provided me the ability to truly discover my passion and allow me to develop skills I would have never thought were there!

Angel Massey-Singh

Director of Marketing & Communications, Making Waves Swim School

BA Psychology, 1995

I have spent 20+ years in senior marketing positions in the corporate world, primarily in the technology industry. I've worked for a diverse array of companies in every aspect of marketing and often built marketing teams from scratch. One month ago, I pivoted my career to a community-based small business and am getting back to marketing basics again, at the same time learning a lot of new stuff too!

Ankur Gupta

Investment Associate, Scotia Wealth Management

MBA, 2015

Ankur joined Scotia Wealth Management in June 2015 as a member of the 1st batch of the prestigious Wealth management Associate Program (WMAP) started by Scotia. As an MBA in Finance from the Schulich School of Business, York University, a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and a Certified Financial Planner (CFP), Ankur has all the ammunition required to become your own personal CFO.

With a knack for numbers and an acute attention to detail stemming from his engineering background, Ankur makes sure he understands every facet of his clients' lives in depth before creating a financial plan for them. He also recognizes the importance of a client's understanding of where their money is invested and how their portfolio is doing, and hence he creates comprehensible models and reports for them. He helps manage the core portfolio including portfolio research and modelling ensuring every client is properly invested according to their risks and objectives.

Ankur has always been conscientious of his social responsibility and found a cause to champion at Kawasaki Disease Canada where he volunteers as a Treasurer and serves on the Board of Directors. He also supports and volunteers for JDRF.

In his spare time, he loves to kayak, bike and play squash. He is very passionate about travelling and exploring new places. He is also an avid soccer fan and supports Liverpool FC religiously.

Anna Doudina

Actuary & Director, Longevity, Sun Life Financial

BSc Pure Math & Statistics, 2006

I was always good at math but was not quite sure what I wanted to do after graduation. Luckily I met a friend during my last year at York who told me about the actuarial profession. After numerous actuarial exams and sleepless nights, I now have a profession that not only utilizes my mathematical and statistics skills but also draws upon economics, finance, risk management, computer science, research, leadership and much more to solve different problems.

Anthony Dionigi

Transit Supervisor, City of Fort Saskatchewan

MES and BA Master in Environmental Studies and Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies, Environmental Studies, 2016

York provided me with many rewarding experiences. From the 3-month YIIP internship in India, working for goSAFE, or becoming great friends with my Urban Studies prof, they all shaped who I am today. I am a graduate of the Masters in Environmental Studies (Urban & Transportation Planning focus), and BA in Urban Studies programs. My thesis looked at the BRT in Markham through a transit equity lens. Today I am a Transit Supervisor with a demonstrated history of working in private and public sector administration specifically related to transportation, public transit, urban planning, and local government.

Arifur Rahman

Microcomputer Analyst, University Information Technology, York University

BA Information Technology, 2003

As quoted by Steve Jobs, “You can't connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future.”

I didn't know what I was going to do when I left Dubai at age 19 and came to Canada as an international student. A high school degree and a burning ambition is all I had, and trust that the dots will somehow connect in my future.

While in University I obtained a degree in IT and Anthropology and diploma in Marketing, and trust that the dots will somehow connect in the future.

As a Microcomputer Analyst I have the opportunity to assist Faculty, Staff and Researchers on how best to use technology in order to advance their research and projects, and trust that the dots will somehow connect in my future.

Today looking back at the dots, my degree in IT helped me better understand use of Technology, my degree in Anthropology helps me better understand and cater to my multicultural client base requirements and my diploma in Marketing helped me better shape my skills to promote myself as a one of a kind IT professional.

Going forward I have trust that dots will somehow connect in the future.

Artem Safarov

Director of Health Policy and Government Relations, The College of Family Physicians of Canada

BSc Psychology, 2006

I have finished my BSc in Psychology in 2006. Struggled with a decision to pursue grad school - finally decided against it, focusing instead on my affinity for statistics. Worked in marketing and research 2008-2010. Finished project management certification in 2013 and have since been working in advocacy capacity for the organization representing Canada's family doctors.

Arun Nath

Manager Purchasing, Air Canada Jazz

MBA Schulich School of Business, BTech, 2003

I've been in aviation since 2003 (Asia and South East Asia) and have worked for Indian Airlines, Air India and Singapore Airline. I've been working for Air Canada Jazz since graduating from Schulich in May 2013.

Babak Maghsoudloo

Business Analyst/Account Manager, HInext INC

BSc Biomedical Science, 2014

I don't think that I could have imagined being where I am today when I began my post-secondary education not so long ago. I came out of high school with my eyes on becoming a medical doctor, much like a lot of students today. I worked hard for 5 years, got great grades, performed well on the MCAT, volunteered to no end but when it came to applying to medical schools I had an epiphany. I thought about studying for half a decade more and I knew that wasn't for me. My true passion was in the IT industry. With a bit of research, quite a bit of networking, and a whole lot of hard work I managed to get a job that I actually love. Now I work as a Business Analyst/Account Manager in a leading Mental Health Electronic Records company while managing accounts from Toronto to Arizona!

Beth Dea

Chief Operating Officer, Rise Asset Development

MBA - Nonprofit, Schulich School of Business, 1996

I started my career at IBM, then moved into the nonprofit sector, first in education, then as Executive Director of a small children's charity, then with Futurpreneur Canada as Senior Director of Partnerships for 8 years.  Futurpreneur is a Canadian charity that provides start-up financing for young entrepreneurs.  A year ago, I took a position as COO at Rise Asset Development, which is poised for growth across Canada.  My years at Futurpreneur have helped me to have a vision of where Rise needs to be over the short and long term, to scale and have national impact.

Birpreet Saini

Research Coordinator, CAMH

MA Health Policy and Equity, 2015

I grew up in India where I completed my Master's in Public Health. After coming to Canada, I worked at University of Toronto and Ryerson University on different research projects. My interest in understanding the relationship between health and equity led me to MA in Health Policy and Equity at York University. Through my current role at CAMH and previous position at AMHO, I have been involved in research on policy issues that affect the organization and delivery of health care services.

Brent Kopperson

Executive Director, Windfall Ecology Centre

BBA, Schulich School of Business, 1978

I am the founder and Executive Director of Windfall Ecology Centre, an unusual non-profit social enterprise dedicated to building sustainable communities. We focus on re-powering communities to create lasting wealth in a carbon constrained 21st century. Looking back on my career I guess one might classify me as a serial entrepreneur. The last 13 years have been devoted to social entrepreneurship during which time I co-founded a number of other leading social benefit organizations including the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association, the Community Power Fund, and the Canadian Renewable Energy Alliance. Through my work on the creation of Ontario's Green Energy and Economy Act I have tried to bridge provincial level policy change to remove the structural barriers that have up until now impeded the large-scale emergence of community-led and owned green energy sector. In 2010 I was elected a Senior Fellow of Ashoka, the global association of the world's leading social entrepreneurs!

Brian Goldenberg

Artistic & Executive Producer, Goldenberg Productions

BFA (Music), Fine Arts, 2004 / MBA (Arts & Media Management), Schulich School of Business, 2008

Theatre Producer, Music Director, Songwriter/Arranger, Performer (piano, trumpet, voice), and Educator.

Throughout my career, I have actively worked as an entrepreneur of creative and artist pursuits, working primarily as a producer, artistic director, executive director, creator, artist, manager, and mentor. I have routinely held multiple positions at the same time, currently working as the Founding Artistic & Executive Director for Angelwalk Theatre (musical theatre company), Artistic & Executive Producer for Goldenberg Productions (theatrical development, production, licensing and touring), Artistic Director/Producer & Music Director/Arranger for Vanier College Productions (only amateur extra-curricular theatre company at York University). I also have taught private music lessons through my private studio for over 20 years.


Bryan Skolnik

Managing Partner, Gardiner Roberts LLP

Law, BA 1991 LL.B 1994

Near the conclusion of my undergraduate degree at York I had to decide what came next. Unfortunately, while a major in sociology can be useful it does not give you too many ideas. I therefore decided to pursue law and attended Osgoode Hall. From there my path through the legal profession was somewhat traditional. Small firm to bigger firm to yet bigger firm. Ultimately, I became the managing partner in January 2016.

Calvin Barry

Lawyer, Calvin Barry Professional Organization

LLB Law, Osgoode Hall Law School, 1988

I have an extensive background in Criminal law built on a foundation of over sixteen years working as a Senior Crown Attorney. I have appeared as a Criminal Prosecutor at all levels of Trial Court and Prosecuted many high-profile cases, including more than sixty jury trials. I have practiced in the area of Criminal Law and Regulatory Offences since October of 2004. I have more than twenty-five years experience in the profession.

Cameron Mingay

Partner, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

LLB, Queens University
Honours BA Political Science, 1980

I’m a senior partner in the Securities Group, at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP, a Canadian law firm.  My diverse practice covers the areas of securities, corporate, mergers, acquisitions and divestitures, high-tech and natural resource law. I act as lead counsel for a number of public clients and serve as counsel to a number of investment dealers on corporate finance matters.

Carla Acosta

Manager of Social Enterprise and Partnership, Working Women Community Centre

BES Environmental Studies & International Development Studies, 2012

The universe is always presenting opportunities your way, it’s up to you to take advantage of them. My philosophy in life has taken me to experience a wide variety of work in Costa Rica, Tanzania, and in Toronto. Most of my experience to date is with the not-for-profit sector supporting environmental projects, newcomer service agencies, and most recently women entrepreneurship programs. In the midst of all this, I decided to pursue a Master’s in Urban Planning at Ryerson University and currently intern at a land use planning consulting firm.

Carol Altilia

University Registrar, York University

M.E.S, Environmental Studies, Faculty of Environmental Studies, 2003

Carol Altilia has been a member of the York University community for over 10 years.  She is currently the University Registrar, providing institutional leadership on strategic enrolment management, academic services for students, as well as leading key enterprise system changes.  Prior to this role, she held a variety of faculty administrative positions that combined planning, organizational development and resource management.  Her academic background in the business faculty at Ryerson University included teaching and research in the area of diversity and organizational planning and change.  She holds undergraduate degrees in Sociology and Business Administration, as well as a master’s degree in Environmental Studies in Planning.

Catherine Pike

Art Director, Editorial, Toronto Star

BA, 1976

It was only after seeing a roommate’s assignments that I discovered 'design'. After taking several courses at York I needed to create a portfolio and did that by going to grad school in England. I have worked in magazines and have been at the Star for 28 years, having applied to a classified ad for a graphic designer. While at York I was on the fencing team and was the correspondent with Excalibur. It was my first introduction to newspapers. I started out as an assistant to typographer Carl Brett and then had my own freelance business for 3 years before Maclean-Hunter then the Star.

Cecelia Paolucci

Senior Manager, Resource Development, United Way Toronto

MBA Arts and Media Administration, Schulich School of Business, 1998

Dedicated to bettering the communities in which we live, experience spans both the corporate and not-for-profit sectors, small, medium and international organizations. Solid business and educational foundation as a successful manager, board member and volunteer. Committed to promoting healthy and productive communities, excellent management and leadership practices and particular passion for the arts and culture.

Chantelle Quow

President, CQ International Business Consulting

BA Business Economics, 2012

I am currently a business consultant/president of my own company. I provide business strategy consulting to entrepreneurs and corporate clients and assist with business plans, marketing plans, and implementation plans for growth. I am a published and contributing writer to many different online platforms as a business strategy expert. In addition, I am currently pursuing an MBA degree.

Cherry Kwan

Community Manager, TechWyse Internet Marketing

LA&PS, Bachelor of Administrative Studies, Certificate in Marketing, Certificate in Human Resource Management, 2014

The first-year university me would have never thought I'd land an amazing role at an Internet marketing agency. It wasn't until I took my first marketing course that I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the marketing industry. I stepped foot into the marketing world as a Digital Marketing Intern, where I learned everything from social media, content marketing, search engine optimization, link building, to paid search. After my internship, I was brought onto the team as the Community Manager, where I'm managing TechWyse's social media, guest bloggers, company blog, PR, and overall branding. Everyday, I'm learning something new and I love the challenges this industry brings me.

Cheryl Giblon

Industry Liaison Manager, York University

PhD Marketing, Schulich School of Business, 1995

The breadth of experience I have been lucky enough to enjoy - starting with aerospace engineering simulations, then industrial marketing followed by managing warehouse operations, inside sales, engineering, and marketing has been fantastic. I have worked in 3 person start-ups and large multi-national corporations and run my own consulting firm. I would never have guessed the path my career has taken - and now I get to draw on all of my background as I connect companies to researchers here at York U for collaborative research projects.

Chris Gates

Senior Manager, Climate Change Policy, Office of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario

MES, 1978

I’ve been active in the field of environmental sustainability for over 30 years; in municipal and provincial government, in consulting, and in the private sector. From 1999 to 2008, I worked for Enbridge playing a lead role in developing Enbridge’s climate change and related corporate social responsibility programs. I joined the Office of the Environmental Commissioner of Ontario in October 2008. Here, I’m really enjoying the opportunity to make a difference in the development of government policy that reduces greenhouse gas emissions while growing the low-carbon, green economy. I manage my own carbon footprint by running several marathons each year, including the Boston marathon five times in the past seven years.

Christina Haas

Teacher, Bayview Glen Public School, York Region District School Board

MEd, 2007

If you are interested in teaching overseas or in Canada I have a wealth of knowledge to share. I have taught Junior/Senior kindergarten, Reading Recovery, Primary Special Education and ESL within the York Region District School Board. I have also worked for the York Region Learning Connections Global Classroom Program as a lead teacher and teacher in China and South Korea. I was an ESL teacher to Japanese students at the beginner, intermediate and advanced level in Whistler, B.C. I worked as a grade six Language Arts and Social Studies teacher with the Visiting International Faculty Program in North Carolina. I have also worked as a grade seven and eight English, History, Drama and Visual Arts teacher for the Niagara District School Board.

Christine Gordon

pecial Projects Manager, St. Michael's Hospital

MBA, 2010
MSc, 2000

I'm currently working in the capital planning role at St. Michael's Hospital, responsible for planning a new, $290M, 17-storey state-of-the-art patient care tower on the existing campus. Having completed both an MSc (2000) and an MBA (2010) from York University, I've focused my career within the broader health sector. I've been lucky to gain a thorough understanding of the health industry from a variety of roles over the past 10 years, including clinical research, communications and marketing for a large, national not-for-profit health charity and market research for biotechnology companies.

Christopher van Loenen

Social Media Manager,

BA Hons Communications/Law & Society, 2010

I've taken an unconventional journey to where I am today, and I've still lots of road ahead of me in my path, but I am happy where I am and with the decisions I've made that have led me here.

Claudio De Rose

Director, ServiceOntario

BA Public Policy and Administration, 1998

Claudio is the Director of Inter-jurisdictional Services at Services Ontario.

Clayton Rhodes

Professor and General Education Coordinator, Durham College

Honours BA Psychology, 1996

Clayton Rhodes has been a full-time faculty member with Durham College since 2006 and the General Education Program Coordinator since September 2014.

Outside of the college, Clayton has participated in several provincially and federally funded literacy projects.

Clayton earned his Honours Bachelor of Arts from York University and his Master of Arts in Education from the University of Phoenix.

Corey Davidson

Senior Business Consultant, ServiceOntario

MPPAL Public Policy, Administration and Law, 2013

I have always been drawn to teaching and mentorship - on both sides of those relationships. I am a big believer in paying it forward; specifically, sharing knowledge acquired through personal experience.

Cristina De Caprio

Lobbyist Registrar, City of Toronto, Office of the Lobbyist Registrar

Bachelor of Laws, Osgoode Hall Law School, 1994

Degree: Bachelor of Laws, University of Western Ontario, 1992
Pre-law: 2 years of Business Study at York University
Called to the Bar: 1994

Cuthbert Demello

Project Manager, KPMG

BSc Computer Science, 2003

To be in the field of project management, I feel so honoured to have been on a journey that has allowed me to travel internationally, interact with people from various backgrounds and continually learn and inspire. It's enriching to have opportunities that allow constant growth, and perhaps most importantly, foster relationships. There are always ups and downs, but I would have never imagined that I would be so fortunate to have these wonderful experiences - in all life aspects.

Cynthia Rubino

Director of Giving, The Ad Club of Toronto

BA Mass Communications & Psychology, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, 1996

I went to York thinking I was going to be a teacher but plans changed and my studies led me into Advertising.  It's been 20 years and this industry is dynamic but also has it's pitfalls.  Now I am on the Ad Club of Toronto Board as the Director of Giving.

Dahlia Levitin

Manager, HR & Services, Haremar Plastic Manufacturing Limited

BHRM, 2006

My motivation each day is knowing that what I do impacts all 100 employees in my workplace and how they feel about their work - the place they spend the majority of their waking hours. They know I stand for what is legal and what is right. I am involved in all aspects of HR: health & safety, training, benefits, recruitment, administration, employee relations, compensation, policies & procedures and coaching. There is never a dull moment, I am continually learning and frequently challenged. Balancing the needs of the people and business is a tough job, but someone has to do it.

Dan Kirby

Partner, Co-Chair Environmental Law Group, Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP

LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School, 1980

I have a degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto. I articled at the Ministry of the Attorney General, practiced general litigation at a 13 person firm for just over 4 years and have been practicing at Osler since 1986 (partner since 1988). Since about 1990 the majority of my practice has been in environmental law and for at least the last 15 years, it is exclusively environmental, almost entirely from the business side. I cover all aspects of environmental law, except charges under environmental statutes. It is great work since it forces me to continuously learn.

Daniel Cipollone

Associate, Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP

BA (Hons) Business and Society, 2009

Daniel Cipollone is an associate in the Financial Services Group at Cassels Brock & Blackwell LLP. His practice focuses on corporate and commercial financing matters and mergers and acquisitions, representing both lenders and borrowers engaged in domestic and cross-border lending transactions and corporate reorganizations.

Prior to joining Cassels Brock, Daniel summered, articled and was an associate with an international law firm and was seconded to the Ontario Securities Commission.

Daniel received his J.D. from Osgoode Hall Law School and his M.B.A. from the Schulich School of Business in 2014. Daniel received his Bachelor of Arts (Hons.) from York University.

Daniel Majonis

Scientist II, Fluidigm Canada Inc.

Honours Bachelor of Science Chemistry, 2006

After finishing my undergrad at York I went on to do a PhD in polymer chemistry at UofT. Since then I've been working as a research scientist in a biotech company that develops analytical tools for biologists. In my career it's been interesting to watch the transition from a startup to being acquired into a larger company.

Daniella Bellaire

Director of Sales, 7shifts

BA Business & Society, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, 2013

Daniella has been in sales as an individual contributor and sales leader for over for over 10 years. She currently serves as Director of Sales for 7shifts, a restaurant labor management platform, which helps franchise groups and restaurant operators schedule quickly, streamline communication, and reduce labor costs. Daniella has extensive experience in the tech and SaaS industry focused on SMB, Mid-Market, and Enterprise-level B2B Fortune 500 clients. Daniella has built and led teams in excess of 100+ with revenues surpassing $170M annually.

Daniella has had exceptional success in implementing a repeatable and predictable process by building highly targeted sales territories, implementing exemplary new hire and continued training programs, identifying and penetrating new markets, developing go-to-market strategies, recruiting top talent, implementing pay-for-performance compensation plans, and driving an accountable, fun, and values-driven sales culture. Daniella is a York University graduate and currently calls Toronto, Canada home.

Daping Yang

Staff Accountant, KPMG LLP

BAS Accounting, 2010

I began as a summer student at the KPMG Toronto office where I worked in the Finance Department. I returned as a staff accountant after graduating from York University in 2010. I am currently working in the financial services audit practice and look forward to tackling my CA exams.

Dave Leavitt

Self-employed and Teacher & Consultant, Toronto District School Board

BA & BEd Fine Arts, Cultural Studies & Education, 2003

When I was a kid, I wanted nothing more than to be done with school. And then something strange happened. I was offered a co-op position in high school, and lo-and behold, I loved working with kids. After a winding path, I'm not only a classroom teacher in one of the most challenging schools in Toronto, but I'm also a consultant on how to push the traditional model of teaching.

Teaching is the greatest job because you get to help someone discover themselves.

David Morris

Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

MA French Studies/History, 2014

I completed an IBA and MA in the liberal arts fields of French Studies and History and began my career as a Customer Service Representative for ServiceOntario. Over my 6 years in government, I have moved around from direct client service delivery, to communications, to supporting political decision-makers including the Ontario Cabinet and now to Health policy. My experience may help shed light on how you can use the soft skills of your degree to open doors to areas you never imagined working in.

David Wan

Manager, Analytics & Insights, Network Inc.

BAS Specialized Honors Marketing, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies , 2012

Originally, statistics were a hobby. I'm a huge hockey fan and in my yearly hockey pools, I realized that, by looking behind the numbers, I could find top performing players that others overlooked. And I started winning more pools (and money). So, I decided to learn more about analytics. Concurrently, I was studying database architecture, business process optimization, and online customer behaviour. So, my interest is in helping businesses make better decisions using data by translating people, process, and technology.

Derek Lett

Director, Diversity Program Design & Delivery, Ministry of Government Services, Government of Ontario

BA Public Policy and Administration, 1990

Since I was a small child, I was interested in doing things that would make a positive difference in the community in which I lived. I was fortunate to find an academic program at York U and launch a public service career with the Ontario Government that has allowed me to achieve that goal while maintaining the important balance of work and family life.

Diane Williams-Tyrrell

Financial Analyst, Harlequin Enterprises Ltd

BA Business Economics, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, 2004

Having realized at a very early age the importance of being able to manage finances, I pursed a degree to help organizations do just that. My career path has been diverse with the first part of having been in the food industry with Loblaw Companies, a mid career change lead me to join Harlequin Enterprises Ltd as a financial analyst doing budgeting and forecasting for the publisher.  In 2017 I joined the Black Female Accountants Network volunteering time to encourage and mentor the next generation of accountants.

Dorit Palvanov

District Manager, Arbonne International

BAS, 2010

I grew up in a family where entrepreneurship is not encouraged. In fact when I started my own business my parents told me to look for a "Normal Job". What is a Normal Job? Work from 9-5? Waste time commuting to work? Make someone else rich? NO WAY! My parents had taught me many things, but they didn't have the resources to teach me how to become a millionaire. Every day I wake up and thank God for giving me the opportunity to touch people's life. Someone once said: "When you help people become millionaires you make the world a better place". That is what I do. I share with people the opportunity to take action and change the world! When you have the money that is when you will be able to give, donate, inspire and change lives.

Dr. Allan Bonner

President, Allan Bonner Communications Management Inc.

LLM Alternative Dispute Resolution, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2007
MA Political Science, 1983

I have coached approximately 30,000 people to deal with some of the most controversial and public issues of our time. I have worked with heads of government, G7 and UN delegations, the WTO, NATO as well as CEO's and diplomats around the world. Recently, I worked in Hong Kong, Seoul, Tokyo, Bangkok, Beijing, Singapore, Canberra, Budapest, Geneva, Bled, most American States and all Canadian Provinces.

I have lived and worked in every region of Canada and done field work from: the Johnson Space Centre in Houston Texas, Cape Canaveral in Florida, the Museum of Broadcasting and CBS News Headquarters in New York, the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, and the cease fire line in Cyprus. In my 14 year career in journalism, I worked at the local and network levels in both Canada and the United States.

I hold degrees in Political Economy, Education, Business and an MSc in Risk, Crisis and Disaster Management. I also taught at the college level and regularly lecture at several universities and colleges. I've been trained in leadership education at Harvard University and in dispute resolution at Osgoode Hall Law School.

Dr. Earle Nestmann

President, Health Science Consultants Inc.

MSc Biology, 1971
PhD Biology, 1974

Following graduation, I taught at York for 3 years, then went into scientific research in my field (genetic toxicology) at Health Canada in Ottawa for 9 years. I moved back to Toronto to work at Cyanamid Canada, a multinational chemical company, heading up the pesticide regulatory/toxicology group in Canada, for 2 years before joining the consulting company Cantox in 1988. After 23 years with Cantox, I am presently consulting as President of my new company Health Science Consultants. I grew up in the US where I went to Marietta College for my BS degree in biology. My scientific training at York has helped me achieve success in an interesting, satisfying and profitable career in science.

Duncan McCallum

Associate Artistic Director, Mixed Company Theatre

BA Theatre - Creative Ensemble, 2005

Working full time in theatre is not a simple endeavor. Most theatre professionals juggle work from here and there, but miraculously I have been able to find a company that I enjoy working with and through determination and perseverance, have begun to carve my own position. I work in a theatre company that not only strives for artistic excellence but also pushes for social change with our work. I have been able to explore both my love of theatre and my love of education in this job and I am always trying to push my self to push others.

Eleni Giovanopoulos

Administrator- Venue Management, Event Services, Accreditation and Security, Toronto 2015 Pan/Parapan American Games Organizing Committee

Honours BA Theatre Studies, 2013

From Toronto's vibrant Lakeshore to the wild waters of Minden, it has been thrilling to witness the preparation of the venues which will host the Americas this summer, and to actively participate in the legacy the TORONTO 2015 Games will bring to this city.

Like most people, I have always enjoyed attending exciting large-scale events....and I am now grateful for the opportunity to learn from and work with some of the great minds and personalities from the industry. As an entertainment enthusiast with a combined background in theatre and athletics, I encourage everyone to get involved in this summer's biggest show of sport, arts and culture.

Emily Ward

Marketing Account Manager, Ingram Micro

BAS - Marketing

I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I said I wanted to get into Marketing. I knew it had to do with being creative in the business world, but my experiences at a large financial institution, a marketing agency and now an electronics distributor has given me all aspects of what it is to be in the marketing field.

Erin Elofson

Head of Financial Services, Retail, and Telecom, Facebook Canada

MA Communication Studies, Technology in Practice, 2008

As Head of the Financial Services, Retail and Telecom verticals at Facebook Canada, Erin leads teams that develop innovative partnerships with Canada’s top organizations to accelerate their growth. Building on her passion for technology and our transition to a mobile-first world, Erin collaborates with Canadian leaders on how to use Facebook's platforms to grow their businesses domestically and internationally.

Previous to Facebook, Erin was the global lead for Microsoft's partnership with BMO Financial Group. She also led the transformation of Microsoft Canada’s national partnership with HP Canada, spanning both organizations’ respective software, hardware, and consulting businesses. Erin also has a significant track record in product management across many infrastructure and productivity technology portfolios.

In 2008, Erin earned a M.A. at York University with a specialization in Technology in Practice, completing a thesis on media choice theory.

Eugen Spivak

IT Governance Consultant – Project Management and PMO, Metrolinx

MBA, Schulich School of Business, 2006
BSc Computer Science, 1999

My background is in management and in consulting. I have led many exciting international projects with fairly large teams (60+ members) in various industries - consulting, banking, telecom, energy, telecommunications. Now I am with Metrolinx, leading governance initiative to bring IT organization to the Enterprise level, and to revitalize its Project Management and PMO disciplines. I lead an active lifestyle - love travelling and sports - you name it! If you are different, and constantly think of how you can improve - I invite you to apply for TASTE, and connect with me on Facebook or LinkedIn!

Eugene Calabrese

Intermediate Accountant, Benesure Canada Inc.

MA Philosophy, 2005
BA History & Public Policy and Administration

I have left and returned to York many times. Each time I found great people to learn from and was able to plan my next step. The option to attend full and part time programs offers great flexibility if you have the chance to work full time and gain valuable experience. I have been upgrading my skills for the past few years at York and hope to take that knowledge to the ultimate level and acquire a professional accounting designation. The new faculty of professional studies is amazing, and I hope to share my experience with students that may be finding it hard to specialize. It is never to late to take a new path, and York offers many paths to those that want to work hard.

Fausto Natarelli

Director, Yonge Subway Extension, York Region Rapid Transit Corporation

Spec Hons BA, Political Science (Public Policy and Administration), 1984

My public service career began in 1984 when I joined the Ontario Ministry of Transportation (MTO). While at MTO I held a variety of progressively responsible positions in several different line of business. I concluded my career with the Ontario Public Service and MTO as Director of the Windsor Border Initiatives Implementation Group where I lead a multi-disciplinary team of professionals in the day-to-day development and delivery of a new border crossing system between Canada and the United States. In 2014, I joined Metrolinx as Director of the Hurontario Light Rail Transit (LRT) project and guided the advancement of this important transit initiative closer towards delivery. In my current role I'm responsible for advancing the further planning and preliminary engineering of the Yonge Subway Extension project in collaboration with the TTC and the City of Toronto. I'm an active York University School of Public Policy and Administration alumnus and enjoy meeting and assisting aspiring as well as mid-career public servants.

Flynn Paquin

Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General

BA Public Policy & Administration, 2008
LLB Osgoode Hall Law School, 2011

I graduated with a BA in 2008 and an LL.B. from Osgoode in 2011. I articled with the Ministry of the Attorney General and have been working there as a lawyer ever since. My practice mostly involves litigation relating to land development - curbing urban sprawl, protecting agricultural land and preserving the natural environment.

Francesca Accinelli

Director, English Market CMF, Telefilm Canada

BA Fine Arts, 1992

I am currently the Director, English Market for the CMF Program Administrator at Telefilm Canada. What does this mean? I am responsible for the team that completes business affairs processes for both Convergent and Experimental Programs for English Canada. I work closely with both TV and Digital Media producers as well as Canadian broadcasters and have been doing this work since 2001. I have the privilege of travelling across Canada seeing the content that Canadians create and how it is financed. So I know a lot about content! and I do a lot of mentoring and connecting! Maybe even internship connecting. Before that I worked in film and TV and before that I produced theatre for a number of years. I am on the York University Alumni board and a Vanier College alumma (go VCP!)

Frank Belluardo

Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Transportation (Ontario)

MPPAL Administration and Law, 2010
Honours BA Classical Studies & Italian, 2002

York University helped set the foundation for Frank's  personal and professional identity. Frank's time at York as a superbly active student leader helped ignite a fire for assisting  the broader community, eventually leading him into the realm of the public policy cycle. Over the years, Frank has worked as a political advisor in the offices of two Members of Parliament and later a Member of Provincial Parliament at Queen's Park. He has also worked on the policy team at the Ontario Chamber of Commerce. At present, he is a Senior Policy Advisor with the Ministry of Transportation. Frank also sits on the York Alumni Association's Alumni Chapters Committee, is an active student mentor, and is a Fellow of Vainer College. He is always ready to help students and lend a helping hand in shaping their academic and professional lives for the better.

Fredrick Zhou

CEO, Nvest

MA Economics, 2012

I graduated with a finance and economics background and I never thought I would devote my career to entrepreneurship. Two years after graduation, I worked as a COO of an education company and helped many others get their startups off the ground. Now, I am CEO at Nvest, an innovative financial technology company with the aim of returning meritocracy to the stock market. Remember, every time you frown in frustration, that's an opportunity and value to be captured.

Georgette Morris

Support Clerk, Government of Canada

BA Social Science, 2012 & BA Human Rights and Equity Studies, 2013

I've always wanted to work in government in one level or field. Entering York, I initially desired to pursue law and through a variety of courses and exposure , I found a more suitable passion/ Just over 5 years late I am closer to my idea field. I currently am pursuing my Masters at York in Public Policy Administration and Law. I am a strong believer of Lifelong education, whether theoretical or practical and have had several opportunities to engage in both. As a new grad and young professional I occupy an interesting space in the both my academic and career life.

Gillian Doucet Campbell

Director of Admissions and Advancement, Hamilton District Christian High School

BA Women Studies, 1999

When I started my BA I didn't know what I wanted to do - that's why I took Women's Studies.This degree helped to form and shape ideas I always had, but had trouble articulating. From there I went on to do an MA in Counselling Psychology. After working in private practice I realized I was better suited to 'arm's length' support. With my strong administrative and fundraising abilities I worked with a university. After completing an after degree in Fundraising and Resource Development and working as the Director of Philanthropy for a small NGO based in Winnipeg, I now develop relationships with prospective families, donors of all levels, alumni, corporate sponsors, etc., for an independent day school in Hamilton, Ontario.

Gillian Doucet Campbell

Manager of Alumni Relations, Hillfield Strathallan College

BA Women's Studies, 1999

When I started my BA I didn't know what I wanted to do - that's why I took Women's Studies. It was so broad but very inspiring and helped to form and shape ideas I always had, but had trouble articulating. Most importantly, it taught me to "think against the grain". From there I went on to do an MA in Counselling Psychology. After working in private practice I realized 'arm's length' support was better suited for me. I soon discovered my strong administrative and fundraising abilities as I worked with a university. After completing an after degree in fund development and working as the Director of Philanthropy for a small NGO based in Winnipeg, but located in places around the world, I now find myself developing relationships with alumni for an independent day school in Hamilton, Ontario.

Gino Caputo

VP, York Region Commercial Banking, TD Bank

BA Economics, 2000

Financial Services Professional with over 20 years of enterprise wide experience in commercial banking, risk management, project management, finance and retail banking. Proven ability to successfully deliver strategic and operational initiatives for shareholders, customers, employees and partners. A talent for analyzing problems, developing and simplifying procedures, and finding innovative solutions. A passion for developing people and fostering a performance driven environment of openness, trust and respect. Long term career goal is to continue to develop a diverse set of enterprise wide management skills and leadership capabilities in product and distribution management.

Glen Matadeen

Career Management Consultant | Managing Director, The School of Career Advancement Inc.

BA Psychology, 1995

I was always confused as to what I would do as a career and all I knew was I liked to analyze and was interest in learning about how people think, so I studied Psychology. My first career test said that I would do well as a teacher, preacher or counsellor. What I learned from volunteering with a crisis line was that I liked helping people. Then through a work experience, I discovered that I liked working with youth and assisting them with employment-related issues. My work as a Work/Study student at the York University Career Centre took it a step further. I came to the realization that I enjoyed working with educated, intelligent young people and adults.

When I graduated from York, using a Career Association list, I began networking with members of the Association, conducting informational interviews and learning more about the field of career development. With continuous action and follow-up during my job search, mixed of course with days of discouragement, I plunged ahead and got a lead that U of T may be hiring. I then contacted the Director at the U of T Career Centre and was referred to two Managers that were hiring. I met with the Managers for brief informational interviews, applied for 3 similar but different positions, interviewed for the 3 and was fortunate to get the job I really wanted…that was also really suited to my diverse interests and unique personality.

While at the University of Toronto I worked as a Coordinator of Student Outreach and Employment Coach at the Career Centre, Graduate Student Recruiter for the School of Graduate Studies and an Assistant Director with the MBA Career Centre at the Rotman School of Management. I also completed a Certificate in Adult Training & Development and a Master of Education at OISE.

After 19 years at U of T I gain enough momentum to take my career to a new level and Co-founded The School of Career Advancement Inc. My work now falls into three categories. I Coach individuals on all aspects of career development, I consult with organizations and work with them to develop, expand and implement their career services and I teach Professional Workplace Practices at McMaster University Faculty of Engineering.

If you’re searching for your career options meet with me and I will share how I found my path.

Greg Kelly

Director, Upper Canada Educational Services

Honours BA Geography, 1980

Presently, I am completing my 33rd year in a formal classroom teaching environment with the Toronto Catholic School Board. I have now taught more on-line credit courses than any other teacher in Ontario. I continue to develop an educational services business that focuses on 21st century learning. It is an education consulting firm that specializes in the use of technology in education, Upper Canada Educational Services. It is combining the latest innovations in education with the latest in technology allowing this generation of students the opportunity to learn when they want, at the speed they are comfortable with, and with a very high level of personal learning convenience. Having seen both the public and private side of education, I feel that this year in particular marks a major fundamental shift in education. This past year the Ministry of Education in Ontario is now offering through some school boards the ability for students to attain core high school credits on-line as part of their day learning schedules.

I feel that an aspiring teacher candidate now must not only have many positive humanistic characteristics, but a high level of technological capabilities to be successful. After 33 years of classroom teaching I would like to hope that I have some good insights that I would volunteer to share with students thinking of getting into education.

Greg Rusnell

Senior Account Executive, Sungard AS

BA English, History & Humanities, 1995

I am a York Arts grad with 20 years of corporate sales experience. I left York with dreams of altruistic pursuit and thousands in OSAP debt. I found a profession that valued my ability to write, speak and form - and deliver - opinions. One that also enabled me to make a healthy living.

Hendra Hendrawan

Manager, UIT Information Security,, York University

BSc Computer Science & BA Information Technology, 2000

Hendra has more than 15 years of experience in Information Security. He graduated from York with a BSc in Comp. Sci. and a BA in Information Technology. He is currently pursuing his MBA at Ted Rogers School of Management. He has also completed several certifications such as ITIL, GSEC, GWAS, GSNA, PCIP, GCIH, and GPPA. Besides IT, Hendra is also passionate about public speaking and tennis. He served as an executive member of P&G Toastmasters club in 2016. He almost fainted once while trying out hot yoga. Since then, he has decided to stick with tennis.

Henry Yeung

Tax Auditor, Canada Revenue Agency

BAS Accounting, 2009

I work at Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) as an Excise Tax Auditor. CRA was my employer of choice by graduation as I wanted to get into tax. So I applied to the agency via an auditor development program and against all odds succeeded. It was the height of the recession when I applied so competition was fierce. But, I managed to make it past all the other candidates, and along with five others, took part in the agency's Auditor Apprenticeship program. That was about two years ago and I have worked there ever since. It's been an amazing experience as I've gone from an apprentice, learning the ropes, to a trained auditor that handles files with values into the millions dollars. Every day presents new challenges and new opportunities to learn.

Hillary McMurren

Full time Residential Worker, Salvation Army Evangeline

BA Sociology - Social Justice Studies, 2009

If you would have told me six years ago that I was going to be working in the social services sector, I would have told you that I had different plans. But life had other ideas for me. As a Residential Worker at the Salvation Army Evangeline, I try to assist the people that come into the shelter to get back on their feet, while also helping them realize that they can accomplish “impossible”.

As a Residential Worker, I work with a staff team which provides supervision in the day to day operations of the shelter. I work with the case managers in providing information on the progress of each client's case plan and development. I provide one-on-one informal counseling, mediation, conflict resolution, and assist in encouraging the women who utilize the shelter's resources in reaching their goals.

Salvation Army Evangeline women's shelter does not have a website. Evangeline is a 90 bed women shelter which provides assistance to women who find themselves in need of shelter, are in an emergency situation, or need other assistance. There are women who come to the shelter who are fleeing from abusive and domestic relationships, immigration and court issues, waiting to receive housing, and those who have just arrived in Canada seeking Refugee status. The shelter provides counseling, housing information, medical services, mental health services, and much more.

Hossein Mohajer

Network Specialist, TD Bank

MA Economics, 1996

I graduated with a degree in Economics in 1996. I have built my career in IT, with a focus on Network Technologies over the past 10 years in large organizations. Besides technical skills, my roles have required strong communication and collaboration skills to achieve results. I am results oriented and have a keen interest in seeing young people develop and achieve their career goals.

Huzaifa Farooq

Associate Director, Finance, Bell Canada

BA Economics, 2008

I was once a student too. I know how hard everything can be; domestic life; social life; academic life; all of these components are always in a seemingly never-ending fluctuation of negative and positive. 3 years ago, I had no job, had loads of debt, and was uncertain about my future. Forward to today: I'm the Associate Director of Finance, little debt, and very certain of my future. I'm glad to say that I've come to this point because of the experiences throughout my life. Because of these, and many more reasons, I think I have advice for students, and grads that are trying to do great things with their life. I'm certainly not there yet, but I believe I will be; if you have that attitude, you'll definitely get there too!

Ijade Maxwell Rodrigues

Chief of Staff, Office of the President, York University

BSc Biology, 1999

I came to York as a student with the intent of going into forensic science once I completed my BSc. However, York provided me with numerous opportunities to explore in other fields, which is how I ended up in University Administration. I love that my job allows me to interact with a variety of people and work on diverse projects. York has been wonderful to me and I look forward to the opportunity to give back.

Ingrid Minott

Legal Counsel, Deloitte LLP

BA, MA Political Science/ Law and Society, 2004/ 2005

I manage complex litigation matters for Deloitte Canada and provide legal advice and support to partners, managers and key internal stakeholders across Canada regarding litigation, risk, employment, regulatory and compliance issues. Prior to joining Deloitte, I was an associate at Stikeman Elliott LLP where I practiced commercial litigation. I am a member of the Ontario, New York and District of Columbia Bars. I serve on the Board of Directors of the Black Female Lawyers Network and I'm an avid supporter of and volunteer with Pro Bono Ontario.

Irena Stankovic

Environmental Outreach Manager, TD Bank Group

Honours BA Business and Society, 2007

Following your passion(s) and interest is the surest path to happiness. Landing my dream jobs, time and time again might not have been easy but my passions have continued to drive me toward unexpected opportunities, that ultimately transformed me into a happy environmental practitioner who critically assesses social, environmental and governance issues for large impactful organizations. Let's chat about how you can follow your passions.

Irene Thomson

Senior Manager, The Bank of Nova Scotia

BA Humanities, 2006

Irene Thomson is a Senior Manager in the National Franchise Programs Office of Commercial Banking, Scotiabank. Irene has been with Scotiabank since 1981 and has held progressively senior positions in the commercial banking and small business segments.

She was named 2004 Scotiabank Best of the Best for her exceptional contribution to the Commercial Banking team. In 2007, she was the top saleswoman with the highest small business loan and deposit sales in the Scotiabank Toronto District. She is a contributing author to the 2012 Canadian Franchise Handbook.

Ivan Ho

Strategic Partner Manager, Google Canada

BAS Computer Engineering, Faculty of Science and Engineering, 2007

Hello everyone! It's been 10 years I have been away from Canada and in Oct 2017, I've finally moved back to a place I considered home. I grew up in Hong Kong and immigrated to Canada, Toronto 20 years ago to continue my high school and university studies. As soon as I graduated from York, I moved back to Hong Kong to start my career in digital advertising, focusing on digital marketing and media sales. I've always been passionated about digital marketing or in general everything tech related and have previously worked at Microsoft, Kenshoo and Facebook before joining Google Hong Kong 2 years ago and have recently transferred to Google Canada in the Toronto office.

I'm looking forward to meeting and sharing my experiences to those who are interested in starting a career in the digital marketing or advertising field.

Jamelia Campbell

Associate, National Media Relations, Sony Music Entertainment Canada, Inc.

BA Sociology, 2015

Entertainment has always been the centre of my life, both on stage and behind the scenes, so I found a way to marry my passions working in media relations at Sony Music. I was fortunate enough to ask the right questions to the right people and pursued a post-grad certificate at Seneca College to learn the practical skills to be a publicist, and now I'm working full time in my field of choice.

James D.L. Kerr


Osgoode Hall Law School, 1975
BA, 1975

I practice business law - both civil litigation and transaction work and have done so both as a partner in a law firm and as a sole practitioner. In 2004 I was certified by the Law Society of Upper Canada as a Specialist in Civil Litigation. I was an instructor in the Bar Admission Course in the Business Law Section for ten years where I taught “insolvency”. I have been a Continuing Legal Education presenter, am a Law Society mentor, a volunteer with the Ontario Lawyers Assistance Program and the author of the Law Society’s online How-To Brief: “How To Structure the Share Provisions of a Corporation”.

Jasmine Kwan

Senior Manager, Business Initiatives & Analytics, RBC Wealth Management

BA Economics, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, 2000

After completing my undergrad at York U, I started out in the Insurance industry in sales and progressed into information technology.  I joined RBC in 2010 as a Project Manager, and led a team to deliver projects for the online/mobile trading and insurance platforms. In 2013, I completed by Masters in Business Management at Ivey Business School at Western.  In my current role as Senior Manager, Business Initiatives and Analytics in Wealth Management trading, I'm responsible for business management, trade analytics, business initiatives, and client servicing.


Jason Ditkofsky

Co-Founder, Jase Ventures

MBA Sports and Entertainment Management, San Diego State University (United States), 2008
BAS, 2005

I completed my MBA in Sports and Entertainment Management at San Diego State University, which is overseen by the San Diego Padres baseball team (MLB). After graduating in 2008, I spent some time at Sony Pictures in Los Angeles working on feature film distribution and then transitioned into an agent's assistant roll at UTA in the Online & Digital Media department. Eventually, I returned to Canada and accepted a job for a consulting company that helped Canadian entrepreneurs with strategic business planning to launch their start-up or expand their current operational businesses. The time arrived that I wanted to take a crack at it myself!

What we essentially do at Jase Ventures is work with entrepreneurs who are looking for start-up capital. What differentiates ourselves from traditional venture capital is that we take ownership of the project with the entrepreneur and assist them with funding alternatives and essentially build their company with a clear-cut exit strategy 3-5 years down the line. Most of the companies are technology driven, and very often (but not always) associated with the entertainment industry.

For anyone who is interested in the sports and entertainment industry, technology and online ventures, and even aspiring entrepreneurs, we will have a lot to talk about!

Jason Vuu

Account Manager, Small Business, TD Bank

BHRM, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, 2014

I had no idea what I wanted to do when I applied for University in Grade 12. I was accepted to York as an Economics and French student, later switched into HR, and now do a role helping startup and growing businesses with commercial financing. I hope I can help students understand it's okay to be lost. That can be the most exciting part, but as long as you try your best in whatever you're doing.

Jean-François Crépault

Senior Policy Analyst, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

MA Political Science, 2007

It will be 10 years in August since I completed my MA in Poli Sci at York. I now work at CAMH, where my role is to develop policy recommendations in the area of substance use and communicate them to government and other stakeholders. This includes topics like how to legalize and regulate cannabis, how to address the opioid crisis, etc. It's a fascinating field!

Jeff Kenny

Partner/Planner, Strategy 4 Inc

BES Environmental Studies, 2007

I graduated from FES in 2007 in Urban and Regional Environments. I went to work in the field in 2008 and in 2012 became the youngest Partner at Strategy 4 Inc, an interdisciplinary development consulting firm based in Oakville, ON. I'm also a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners and a Registered Professional Planner. My work experiences have included a great many examples of the ideal vision of 'Community Planning' - public interest institutional projects especially. 

Jen Yeaman

Development Manager, Concord Adex Inc.

MBA & Graduate Diploma in Real Estate and Infrastructure, Schulich School of Business, 2010

Throughout my 15 years of experience in high-rise residential real estate development, I have worked in a variety of roles. In my current role as Development Manager at Concord Adex Inc., I am responsible for managing the design and development of multiple residential high-rise condominium projects. I lead the team from conceptual design to working drawings, and continue to work with the team, managing the design, throughout the working drawings process, construction, and throughout condo registration. The tangible results of the process are very rewarding!

Jenelle Ambrose

Legal Counsel, Grant Thornton LLP

BA Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Political Science and Communications, 2004

I obtained my J.D. from Dalhousie Schulich School of Law and was called to the Ontario Bar in 2012 and New York in 2015.

Before joining Grant Thornton, I practiced for five years in the financial services and risk management groups at  Dentons Canada LLP. I’m also a member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Canadian Association of Urban Financial Professionals.

In my spare time, I enjoy reading, catching up on Netflix shows and perfecting my swimming skills.

Jenn Birch

Human Resources Business Partner, Spicers Canada ULC

BA Cultural Anthropology, 2011

I had aspirations of being a teacher after graduation and took a job as an executive assistant to save up for teachers college in Buffalo. The company I joined was an employment and labour law/HR consulting firm. My career in HR was born from there and I never did make it to teachers college, but I couldn't be happier.

Jennifer Ankrett

Director, Academic Advising & Career Centre, University of Toronto Scarborough

MBA, Schulich School of Business, 2010
BAS, 2003

Jennifer has worked to build a progressive career that blends public and private sector experience. Her areas of expertise include strategic human resources management, training and organizational development, change management, student affairs, career development, communications and project management. Jennifer has held various leadership positions at York University and, prior to that, worked in a strategic human resources capacity with organizations such as Toromont CAT (Caterpillar Heavy Equipment) and TELUS Mobility. A York University alumna (twice over), she holds an Honours Bachelor of Administrative Studies and a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business, as well as a Certified Human Resources Professional designation. Jennifer's current role focuses on building relationships, developing and implementing strategic initiatives and leading an exceptional team, to support and engage students and new graduates in their career development.

Jennifer Ferdinands

Alumni & Events Officer, Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University

BAS Marketing, 2008

I have been part of the York University community since commencing my undergraduate studies in 2003. After completing my BAS in 2008 I began full-time employment at the Schulich Executive Education Centre, where I had the opportunity to work with clients interested in professional development. My current work as the Alumni & Events officer at the Faculty of Environmental Studies has given me the opportunity to connect with program graduates and to develop relationships with them, the Faculty and the University.

Currently, I am working towards my Masters of Education at York and hope to complete my thesis sometime next year. My research focuses on the experience of immigrant students in post-secondary education.

I love to help people, and enjoy volunteering my time wherever possible. I hope that through TASTE, I may be able to discuss some of the things you are most interested in or curious about and let you know a little more about my journey since graduation!

Jeremy Cox

Membership Assistance Officer, Dufferin Peel Catholic District School Board

BEd Education, 1993

I am participating in this program as a way of giving back to York University. I graduated in 1993 and was lucky enough to get a job almost immediately after graduation. I will be retiring at the end of June and I have a lot of information that I could pass on to young students who may be trying to get into teaching. I cannot get them a job, but I do believe with the right information they may be able to make better choices in their careers. I do hope that I will be given the opportunity to share some of my experience with the young people who will be making a decision to work in the field of education.

Jessica Quaile

Program Advisor, Ministry of Children and Youth Services

BA Sociology, Graduate Studies, 2011

Jessica Quaile’s motivation and great passion in life is development work that contributes to the growing needs of communities. She has been involved with non-profit organizations for over 10 years working her way from field positions to the Executive Director level. Jessica also has worked as a consultant, advising organization on their strategic planning and operational execution.
Jessica spends significant time in her community learning more about and advocating for the safety of children, youth, and families. Jessica has a degree in sociology and a diploma in early childhood education. In her work with the Ministry of Children and Youth Services, she is featured at public speaking events, informing communities on important and impactful legislative changes.

Jim Cassimatis

Director, Controllership & Financial Planning Branch, Ministry of Municipal Affairs & Housing, Ontario Public Service

BA Public Policy and Administration, 1988

I have had the benefit of working in a variety of provincial government ministries and roles (policy, finance, IT, communications) over the last 20+ years. I'm happy to meet with students seriously considering a career in the Ontario Public Service.

Joanne Duklas

AVP, Enrolment Management and University Registrar, York University

MBA, Schulich School of Business
Honours BA

Joanne Duklas, York's University Registrar began her career in the land development industry. For more than two decades she has worked in the non-profit postsecondary sector. As a two time graduate of York, she holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business. Her external committee work includes being past vice president, president and now past president of the national registrarial association. Joanne held similar positions in the provincial association and also sits on advisory boards including a research advisory board focused on student success. Her career includes extensive exposure to strategic market planning in the local, national and international contexts as a result of increasing leadership roles at the University. Joanne's current position involves oversight of admissions, the registrar's office, student financial services and client services. These four teams have a staff of close to 200. Students with an interest in leadership positions in the business world and/or postsecondary sector would benefit from meeting Joanne. She also has an extensive background in systems development, governance, policy, logistics, organizational change and marketing and looks forward to meeting with students that are exploring similar passions.

John P. Angkaw

Manager, Enterprise Risk & Patient Safety, St. Michael's Hospital

MEd, Brock University, 2008
BScN, Ryerson University, 2005
(Please note: Mr. Angkaw is not a York alumnus)

As an early careerist, my career path has allowed me to be very fortunate as I have been exposed to the different areas in healthcare: clinical, research, education, and management. I believe my current role has not only allowed me to apply my acquired education and skills, but also pursue a field to which I have great interest in.

John Valdez

Desktop Support Engineer, Achievers

BA Information Technology, 2015

I've always been fascinated with technology. As a kid, I was glued to the computer screen, breaking every desktop my dad brought home. This sparked an interest in a possible career and now I'm working with computers, servers, and most importantly people in an organization that thrives on personal development and recognition.

Jonathan Abrams

District Manager - Peel, Waste Connections of Canada

BA & BES, Political Science & Environmental Studies, 1999

I've spent my entire working career in the waste management industry in a variety of different and unique roles from driving a garbage truck to working in the corporate office. It's a fascinating and rapidly changing industry. While it isn't glamorous we are an industry that is innovative, forward thinking and will be the ones to solve global waste management and environmental issues. I like to share this about our industry and change the mainstream conception of what we do.

Jordan Assaraf

Lawyer, Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers

BA, Sociology, 2007

Jordan joined the Gluckstein team in 2012 to carry out his articles–at-law. He graduated from York University in 2007. He received his Juris Doctorate degree from Bond University in Australia and completed his Canadian Accreditation in 2012. Following his call to the bar in 2013, Jordan assumed his current position of associate lawyer at Gluckstein Personal Injury Lawyers. Jordan’s practice is devoted to all areas of Personal Injury litigation on behalf of plaintiffs, including product liability claims, medical malpractice, occupier’s liability claims, motor vehicle accident claims, and accident benefit claims.

Jordan is dedicated to advocating for his client’s rights. His passion to assist those in need is what inspired him to become the tenacious Personal Injury lawyer he is today. Jordan is a member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, the Advocates Society, Toronto Lawyers Association, the Ontario Bar Association, the Medico-Legal Society of Toronto and the American Association of Justice.

Prior to commencing his legal studies, Jordan was a Tennis Instructor at the National Tennis Centre at York University. At the University of Bond he was President of the Bond University Tennis Club. In his spare time Jordan continues to be an avid tennis competitor, he is a golf enthusiast and enjoys ice hockey.

Since joining the firm, Jordan has been involved in multiple charitable initiatives and sits as Vice Chair on the Brain Injury Society of Toronto’s Board of Directors and also sits on the Board of  Directors for the Variety Village Children’s Charity.  Jordan has become Captain of the Gluckstein Bears, the firm's team which participates in the annual Wheelchair Relay Challenge presented by Spinal Cord Injury Ontario (SCIO). Jordan also volunteers his time assisting with multiple charitable golf tournaments in support of local hospitals and rehab facilities.

Joseph Viviano

Research Methods Specialist, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

MSc Biology (Neuroscience), 2013

I taught myself how to program during my MSc in biology and now function as the computational backbone of a large (~20 member) computational psychiatry lab at CAMH.

Joshua Gelber

Doctor of Chiropractic & Clinic Owner, Annex Family Chiropractic

HBSc Kinesiology, 2000

I graduated from York with a keen interest in Chiropractic - which happened around 3rd year. And I've never looked back - I love what I do, who I get to serve, and the impact on society and the health of my community and more!

Julia Lalande

Strategy Advisor, Ministry of Labour

PhD History, 2001

Do you often get questions about your field of study? Does your grandmother worry that you will never find a job? I am a historian by training who has worked both at the university and in government. Technically I am not doing anything related to history, but I use many of the skills I learned in university. Today I am a public servant with a passion for evidence-based decision making. I believe that decisions should be based on the best evidence available, including research as well as contributions from stakeholders and people with lived experience, and should be constantly monitored and reevaluated. My PhD and subsequent 11 years working in university and government have helped me with this work while honing my analytical, communication and problem-solving skills.

Julia Salzmann

Senior Policy Analyst, York Region

BHS Health Policy, 2013

Julia Salzmann graduated from York University's Health Studies program with a specialization in Health Policy in 2013. During her time at York she worked as a Policy Analyst and Project Coordinator for the Faculty of Health. She was also the recipient of a number of awards including the Dr. Robert Lundell Achievement Award, the Lillian Wright Maternal-Child Health Undergraduate Scholarship, the Alumni Golden GRADitude Award, the Faculty of Health Silver Medal and the Murray G. Ross Award.

She holds a Masters of Public Policy at the University of Toronto where she was a Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) Fellow and took part in the CIHR Strategic Training Program in Public Health Policy with UofT's Faculty of Medicine and Dalla Lana School of Public Health. Since her graduation from York, Julia has held a number of policy related positions including; Policy Consultant for the University Health Network (UHN); Policy Analyst for the Ministry of Training Colleges & Universities (MTCU); Policy Analyst for the federal government with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) and Divisional Coordinator for the Region of Peel. Julia currently works as a Senior Policy Analyst in the Community and Health Services Department at York Region.

Julie Nettleton

EHS Field Representative, City of Toronto - Toronto Water

BA Multidisciplinary Studies, Glendon College, 1993

I've been in the Environmental Management Field for almost 20 years and have worked for non-profit, the public sector, and the private sector, predominantly implementing regulatory compliance and due diligence programs. Each sector has its own pros and cons, but all my experiences have been rewarding in their own way, and I'm always learning in this ever-changing field.

Kamran Khawaja

Director, Business Development, EXCEL

BA Business and Society - Political Science, Social Science/Labour Studies, 2002

My primary responsibility is leading Excel’s Business Development and sales activities, engaging with both prospects and existing customers including - wireless carriers / cable companies / telecom providers / telecom vendors / data centre operators / enterprise clients. I’m focused on building relationships and ensuring an unmatched client experience. Additionally, I also support our Operations, Recruiting and Technical Warehousing teams.

Kapil Ghai

Account Manager, Purolator

BA Kinesiology, Health, 2015

I never thought life would lead me to a career in sales! Becoming a sales professional has changed the way I see the world, and my decision making process as well. The art of sales has taught me a lot about customer engagement, and learning how to understand the needs of others, while finding solutions to their concerns.  I believe each person has their own way of finding success, and I am happy to help others on their journey!

Karen Cleveland

Communications, CAMH Foundation

Double Major BA Women's Studies and Communications, 2003

A branding specialist, I have more than 12 years of experience in marketing and communications.

I led the marketing and branding team at FASHION Magazine and Toronto Life before going freelance, which most recently led to my current role at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, in its Foundation.

I have worked on a wide range of marketing programs, from advertising plans, PSA's, social and digital, sales support and (at the risk of sounding immodest, my strong suit) media and stakeholder relations.

I am also a freelance journalist, regularly contributing to the Toronto Star, The Kit, Weddingbells, FASHION Magazine and a few other outlets.

Karen Shopsowitz

Producer/Director, Moviewitz Productions Inc.

Faculty of Fine Arts

I am an independent producer/director specializing in documentary. My work is primarily for television, either one-offs or series. I have also done music videos and one short fiction film, and am in the midst of pursuing other fiction projects. I am currently in post production on a project for the documentary channel. I work primarily as a director/writer and director/editor, and also work occasionally as a camera person. Previous films include Canada's War in Colour (Series Producer, director, editor), and My Father's Camera (winner of a Peabody Award; I was the film's director, editor, narrator and super 8mm camera person, also co-writer), produced by the NFB. I worked as a journalist for about eight years before coming to York (I have a BJ from Carleton).

Kashif Raza

Human Resources Business Partner, Voysus Group Inc

BHRM, 2007

I currently work as a Human Resources Business Partner at Voysus Group Inc. I am engaged in a variety of HR projects such as talent acquisition, total rewards, employee engagement, training and development, health and safety, workforce planning and more importantly business support. After graduation, I worked on contract positions at York University, at Rogers Communications, and as an HR consultant.

Kateryna Topol

Senior Art Director, Architech

BA Communication Arts and Anthropology

Toronto-based designer, thinker and a closeted anthropologist. As Sr. Art Director at Architect she leads the company’s design practice working with a team of multidisciplinary designers and clients directly on developing innovative and user-centric digital solutions.

Drawing on principles of Human-Centred Design, coupled with her extensive background in creative communication, Kateryna ensures that each solution meets and solves the client objectives while satisfying end-user needs and industry best practices for Future-Friendly design.

Over the years Kateryna has worked on projects across multiple industries for lean startups, corporate organizations, and global creative agencies for brands such as UNICEF, TD Bank, Ikea and P&G.

Katie Subbotina

Manager, Emergency Management and Business Continuity Program Development, Paladin Security

Masters Emergency and Disaster Management, 2015

It's been 5 years since I found out about the field of Emergency Management and in that time my life has turned upside-down. I enrolled and graduated from the Master's Degree. I completed few contracts and now have an amazing and fulfilling position at Paladin Security. It's been an incredible journey and I will gladly share my experience with anyone interested in listening to it.

Katrina Gordon

Environmental Site Assessor, Watters Environmental Group Incorporated

B.E.S Environmental Studies, 2013

I often describe my job as an environmental version of CSI. As an Environmental Site Assessor, I am constantly faced with new projects and new sites each with their own unique set of environmental factors, site activities and potentially affecting neighbours. It is my job along with collaborative efforts with various levels of my team to carefully assess the Site and remediate any environmental issues, if any.

Kelvin Ramchand

Federal Crown Attorney, Public Prosecution Service of Canada

BA Criminology, 2010

After winning my grade 7 mock trial, I knew criminal law would be the perfect career for me. I pursued this new found passion throughout my educational career until I was fortunate enough to be hired as a summer student with the Public Prosecution Service of Canada.

In my current role as Federal Crown Attorney, I have worked on high profile cases at both the trial and appellate level. I have been involved in drug, organized crime, terrorism and wiretap prosecutions in Toronto.

Ken Chung

Infrastructure Specialist, Independant Consultant

BA Computer Science, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, 1988

I jumped off from a general Computer Science BA, to make it to the other end as a subject-matter-expert in a complex proprietary commercial system. I have taken consequential risks and made snap judgements at times of uncertainty and ambiguity, just to survive and navigate my professional path in an exponentially changing industry. Lessons learned, price paid, result recognized and effort rewarded. I think it is an exciting ride with sweet after-taste. Are you ready to hear about it?

Kenneth Tan

Tax Team Lead, RBC Capital Markets

BCom, 2013

Not everyone knows what they want to do and where to go when they graduate - I am willing to share my insights on the Financial Industry and what it takes to get your foot in the door. There is a world of opportunities out there but each door is only open for so long. I would love to help new graduates take advantage of that opportunity and to make the best of it.


Kevin Westwood

Employment Placement Counsellor, YMCA HBB

BA Psychology, Faculty of Health, 2010

After graduation I spent 2 years in South Korea trying to figure out what I would like to do for the rest of my life. While I was there I seriously considered teaching. I came back to Canada and got a part-time teaching job within the YMCA helping adult learners meet their goals. From this position I learned about new opportunities within Employment Services. I ended up applying for a position as an Employment Counsellor and have been here ever since.

Kien Lam

Vice President, Human Resources, Prinova

BAS Human Resources Management, 2007

I would say I have been quite fortunate to have been able to directly apply my studies to a very rewarding career in Human Resources. From working with small and large corporations with their people management strategies and human capital needs and seeing the results of your actions transform the workplace, I would say the most satisfying comes from helping employees with their needs for a balanced work environment.

Kim Twohig

General Counsel (retired), Ministry of the Attorney General

LLM, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2002

I am a lawyer who has practiced law, primarily civil litigation on behalf of the Crown, for over 35 years. I received an LL.M. from Osgoode in Alternative Dispute Resolution and have taught and coached students and lawyers in the areas of advocacy, ADR and civil law. I have appeared at all levels of court, many times in high-profile cases while also juggling a family and community volunteer work. The time has flown by! I have recently retired early to explore other interests, both in and out of the legal profession. I would be happy to answer questions and share my thoughts and experiences with law students.

Kimberly West

Registered Nurse, North York General Hospital

BSc Nursing & Health Studies, 2005

The nursing field is such a rewarding position, with so many opportunity for growth and continued education.  It could also be a strenuous process in getting through the course, and I want people to know that it is worth it and not to give up.  I have absolutely no regrets looking back...if anything I am a better nurse because of all I went through.

Klesta Luli

Coordinator, Professional Resources, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

BHRM Human Resources Management, 2015

Passionate about professional development, after obtaining my degree and then my CHRP designation, I joined the top law firm of McCarthy Tétrault, in the Professional Resources team. I’m involved in various areas such as talent management, recruitment/selection, compensation, diversity, attrition. I also volunteer as an events committee member with the Human Resources Professional Association, Toronto Chapter, assisting with the professional development of the members and I’m a mentee in the association’s mentorship program.

Klesta Luli

Professional Resources Coordinator, McCarthy Tétrault LLP

BHRM Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Human Resources Management, 2015

Passionate about professional development, after obtaining my degree and then my CHRP designation, I joined the top law firm of McCarthy Tétrault, in the Professional Resources (talent management) team. I also volunteer as an events committee member with the Human Resources Professional Association, Toronto Chapter, assisting with the professional development of the members.

Kreshnik Mati

Director of Technology, Klick Health

BSc Computer Science, 2005

An experienced professional with more than 10 years of leading digital teams, and a strong ability for adapting to change in business needs, I manage teams and help clients innovate in an ever-changing technology landscape.
With the right blend of experience in technology, innovation, strategy, and business solutions, I have been working on a varying range of digital channels, including complete product lifecycles for web, desktop, mobile, email, ecommerce, CMS, B2B, and social media.
In a quest to improve how we build complex systems, I have researched and developed platforms that abstract complex information into simpler dimensions.
Ongoing tech interests: Distributed Computing, Formal Methods, Category Theory, Machine Learning

Kristen Pennington

Labour & Employment Lawyer, Grosman, Grosman & Gale LLP

BA Canadian Studies & Women's Studies (Glendon), 2011

Kristen Pennington is an associate lawyer with Grosman, Grosman & Gale LLP. She represents both employees and employers in all aspects of labour and employment law, but has a particular interest in human rights and the resolution of workplace conflict.

Kristen attended Glendon College from 2007 through 2011, lived on-campus and worked as both a Don and RLA.

Kristen graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Law in 2014 and was called to the Ontario Bar this year. Prior to joining Grosman, Grosman & Gale, Kristen summered and articled as a litigation student at a leading national firm.

Kristina Schwartz

Director, Operations & Sustainability, Brookfield Office Properties

BA Kinesiology & Psychology, 2000

As Director of Operations & Sustainability for the Canadian Commercial Operations division of Brookfield Office Properties, Ms. Schwartz is responsible for overseeing the Environmental, Health & Safety, Preventative Maintenance, Tenant Relations and Property Marketing Initiatives of Brookfield Office Properties' Canadian portfolio which comprise over 18 million square feet of Class A space. Ms. Schwartz has 12 years of Project Management experience and has been with Brookfield Office Properties since 1999. Ms. Schwartz has a BA in Psychology from York University and a Project Management Certificate from the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Toronto

Larysa Kazyeva

Recruiter, Asset Computer Personnel

BA Psychology, 2008

If you had asked me at 17 years old if I was going to take on Psychology, I would have thought you were crazy. It was a new and challenging field for me - understanding people, their motivation, reasoning and behavior. Having worked in office administration for almost a decade, I felt curious about people's behavior. Now I am a recruiter, connecting people and careers, inspiring them to be the best they can.

Layth H. Gafoor

Managing Partner, Lucentem Sports & Entertainment Law

JD, Osgoode Hall Law School, 2006

Leanna Karremans

Director - Research, Policy and Communications, Pathway Group

MPPAL Public Policy Administration and Law, 2012

Leanna has eight years of experience working at Queen’s Park. She offers a wealth of knowledge in communications, issues management, and media relations.

Prior to joining Pathway Group, Leanna worked in the Ontario Public Service as a Senior Issues and Media Relations Consultant with ServiceOntario and the Ministry of the Attorney General. As a public servant, her positions also included Senior Writer and Editor at the Ministry of the Attorney General, Policy Advisor with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and a Communications Writer in Cabinet Office.

From 2004 to 2008, Leanna worked politically on the provincial level of government as a Legislative Assistant and Issues Manager to the Ontario Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship and a Constituency Assistant to Members of Provincial Parliament in Ottawa and Mississauga. She has also been involved in political campaigns, both federally and provincially, since 2004 and has extensive volunteer experience over several years serving the Liberal Party of Canada.

Leanna has also successfully planned and executed lobbying activities on behalf of the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, including its inaugural G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit in 2010. This annual global summit calls on G20 Leaders to focus on and agree to implement policies, legislation and incentives that support start-ups and young entrepreneurs.

She holds a Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law from York University and an Honours BA in Mass Communications from Carleton University.

Lee Reisch

Marketing Manager, TELUS

BA Communications, 2006

I worked my first job when I was 13, and since then I have always had a job during school and through summer breaks. I continued to work through University as well to the point where I was working a full-time job in addition to a full course load. By the end of University I was overwhelmed and under-rested. My experience has helped me realize the importance of finding a healthy work/life balance. Having the education to support a career that I enjoy compliments my personal time for family, friends and hobbies. It is important for me to maintain creative outlets in everything that I do. It keeps life fun and interesting. Having passion for what you do can turn the most mundane tasks into a rewarding experience if you have the right attitude!

Léia Toledo

Communications & Strategy Coordinator, SNC-Lavalin

MA Communication and Culture, 2011

Communications is an intriguing, broad and interdisciplinary field. Explore your options in order to be competitive. Once you know what you would like to do, discover where you would like to be, and keep yourself updated. After more than 13 years working in this area, I may not have a final answer for all your questions, but I may have good assumptions and advice. If your path is in communications, I am here to help you to succeed in it.

Leonard Jean-Pierre

President, Inc.

BSc Kinesiology, 1996

International Business Development Executive, Recruitment Director, Human Resource Consultant and Payroll/Recruitment Outsourcing Consultant, Leonard has sharpened his skills during his outstanding career in Canada and the USA. He is now the President of the 2010/2011 Business of the! A former professional football athlete, Leonard is a well-known member of the business community and enjoys giving his time to charitable causes and supporting the expansion of supplier diversity in North America. was founded on the premise that providing complete and comprehensive services to a select number of clients is essential to developing successful business relationships.

Les Grober

VP & Director, TD Asset Management

BA Economics, 1993

After graduating from York with a degree in Economics, I went on to complete a Masters Degree in Economics from the University of Reading, England in 1994. I then began a career as an Equity Analyst at Manulife Financial. I went on to work at both Pension Fund as well as Hedge Fund companies over the course of the next 15 years. I also completed my CFA designation in 1997. I currently reside in Toronto, with my wife and two kids.

Leslie Wittlin

Partner, Heenan Blaikie LLP

LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School, 1972
BA Economics, 1969

I am a member of the Financial Services and Corporate and Commercial Law groups at Heenan Blaikie LLP, a Canadian law firm which was named one of the 50 “Best Workplaces in Canada” by Canadian Business magazine. My practice focuses on financial services, including insolvency and bankruptcy, secured and unsecured lending, involving commercial real estate and asset-based financing, creditor and debtor rights, and corporate reorganization and debt restructuring. Also, as I am quite involved in the China trade practice, and represent both Canadian and China based clients who are doing business in each jurisdiction, I travel to China on business a few times each year. My legal expertise is augmented by my qualification and experience as a Certified Forensic Investigator (CFI).

Lindsay Reid

Manager, Alumni Stewardship, York University

MBA Arts and Media Administration & Non-Profit Management, 1998

I graduated with an Arts degree (from another institution...) in '96 and came to York to complete my MBA in Arts & Media Administration and Nonprofit Management - I had NO idea what to do with an Arts degree and was thrilled to find out that there are lots of interesting and varied opportunities out there (I haven't followed the traditional MBA career path...).

Each of my jobs (National Ballet, Queen's University, TVO and now York) has involved lots of relationship building work, event planning, fundraising, etc. I get to work with and meet tons of interesting people and that's why I love my job - it's always changing.

Lisa Chen

Jr. Intranet Support Specialist, Volaris Group

BA Honors History, 2013

After graduating from York, I obtained a Master of Library and Information Science at Western University. I focused on technology and special librarianship. I completed co-ops in both the public and private sector.

Now, I work in the IT field and enjoy it.

If you're interested about the opportunities in the library and information field (i.e. records management, prospect research, etc.), I can provide you with a lot of details.

Lori Scarlett

Director Human Resources, Canada, Ingram Micro

BA Sociology, 1993

Lori Scarlett is the Director of Human Resources for Ingram Micro Canada. Lori has ensured a flawless delivery of human resources services and support to the entire Canadian division of Ingram Micro. Her day-to-day responsibilities lie in the overall identification, advancement and application of the company’s human resources activities and strategies. She oversees all aspects of the company’s Canadian human resource needs by supporting the business teams in the areas of performance management, talent acquisition, benefits and payroll. Lori graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from York University and a post-grad certificate in Human Resources from Seneca College. She served in the HR department in various capacities; Manager, Senior Manager, and Senior Manager Canada.

Lorraine McMeekin

Marketing Communications Manager, PointClickCare

BA Philosophy, 1999

I started at York thinking law school was where I would end up. As it happened I discovered I was a natural marketer but then a totally unexpected, four-year adventure to Asia happened. When I returned, I was dedicated to building a career in healthcare marketing and eventually found myself working in healthcare IT and haven’t looked back.

Luca Falconi

Director, Human Resources, Dentsu Aegis Network

Bachelor's Degree, Human Resources; Business & Society, 2011, Professional Certificate in HRM

I help companies grow and develop their talent and people leadership capabilities. I'm passionate about talent planning, organizational change, leadership development and future trends.

I’m currently Director, Human Resources at Dentsu Aegis Network, which is a media and digital marketing company that operates with 40,000 employees in 145 countries. I’ve previously worked at Holt Renfrew and LoyaltyOne | AIR MILES supporting their corporate teams.

I’d be happy to share my experiences with those interested in all things HR / the World of Work.

Luis Saffie

Chief Technology Officer, Homestars Inc

BA Information Technology, 2005

After graduating from the IT program from YorkU, I've been involved in many companies. From coaching students as a TA in different subjects to
working professionally in many companies playing various technical roles.

In my most recent professional move, I was able to build a highly efficient team, product and technology stack. The product was successful enough that a high profile public US company was interested and recently acquired us. I have since continued to build the company and been a key contributor to a successful integration with our new parent company.

Now it's my turn to give back and share some of the lessons I've learned along the way.

Mai Nguyen

Senior Consultant, Maple Leaf Strategies

PhD Political Science, 2014

Mai has over 10 years of experience in public policy analysis, strategic planning, communications, and stakeholder/community engagement. She possesses thorough knowledge of socio-economic policies, federal/provincial/municipal government processes, community engagement strategies and Indigenous affairs. She is a published author having published extensively on effective industry-Indigenous consultation and the role it plays in good policy making.

Prior to joining Maple Leaf Strategies, Mai was a sessional professor at York University teaching classes in public policy and administration. Based on her academic skills and research, she was later commissioned by the federal government to consult on its Urban Aboriginal Strategy in Ontario. Once she completed her doctoral degree, Mai went on to take policy advisor roles at York Region, the Ontario Chiropractic Association, and for the Ministers of Municipal Affairs and Government and Consumer Services at Queen’s Park.

While at Queen’s Park, Mai was instrumental in helping the government achieve its mandate. Through policy analysis and stakeholder engagement, Mai helped develop regulations around Ontario’s Real Estate market, the banning of door-to-door sales, and the pay-day lending industry.

Mai holds a Ph.D. from York University, Master of Arts from Brock University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Maralyn Ellis

President, Futures Found - Division of Red Merle Ltd

MES Environmental Studies, 2010

As a serial entrepreneur, I have been involved in many business startups, from "dot coms" to publishing houses. I am currently putting my background in business, marketing, advertising and design to use as an educational consultant, helping students and young adults find the right fit between their personality/interests and their education/career.

Marcin Migdal

Director Of Marketing,

Bachelor of Design, 2004

Call me an Entrepreneur, Technology Columnist, Marketing Director, Video Producer, TV Host, UX / UI Designer. I revamp and design brands and user experiences for enterprise companies and startups in B2B and B2C space ensuring their services and products over-perform in the global marketplace. My credits include 50+ Amazon book title, 50+ IMDB credits, 60 Million/200K subscribers on Youtube, an award from Canada's Premier Kathlyn Wynne and a hosting gig on

Margaret Drent

Strategic Policy Counsel, Law Society of Ontario

MA Political Science, 1992

In 1996, I graduated from McGill University with degrees in civil and common law and have been a public sector lawyer ever since at the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, and College of Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists of Ontario, and the Law Society of Ontario.

Margaret Hennebury

Director Business Development, Freedom 55 Financial, a division of London Life

BA Sociology, 1992

I graduated from York University in 1992. Armed with a fresh BA in Sociology I was ready to take on the world. After cruising the employment market for a few months and beginning to get disillusioned, I visited a grade school friend at her place of employment. We played catch up and she shared with me her career - I was intrigued.

Fast forward 23 years, I have never looked back. In the financial services I am able to apply my learnings from university directly to my career. I deal with people from all different cultures, backgrounds and countries. In every case I am able to provide valuable advice that helps them and their families build strong and sustainable financial futures.

In addition to providing help to my clients and families I have been fortunate to help myself and my family with a lucrative, sustainable career.

Marguerite Mcleod-Fleming

Director, Enterprise, Mitacs

MBA Strategic Management, Schulich School of Business, 2001

Life doesn't always go in a straight line. After working at Xerox and IBM, I started my own consulting business in 2001. After my second child I decided to look to work with an organization that aligns with my values. An opportunity came up with Mitacs and I have been working there ever since. I hope to go back out on my own and build up my consulting business again - but for now Mitacs is a great place to be and the experience I gain here may lead me in a new direction. As long as you are moving forward and working with your core values, everything works out.

Maria Stevens

Assistant Crown Attorney, Ministry of the Attorney General

LLB, Osgoode Hall Law School, 1996
BA, Glendon College, 1993

I have been a criminal lawyer for over 15 years. It is a very demanding career which requires dedication and fairness. Every day offers an opportunity to learn and to touch people's lives.

Marie Tieu

Recruitment, Selection, and Onboarding Coordinator, Johnston Equipment

BHRM Human Resources Management, 2016

I learned from an early age that I wanted to be in a profession that helped people and can create positive experiences. I knew that going into the HR field, I could impact the culture of a workplace, and meet new and interesting people, learning their likes and dislikes, and learning how important people are to a thriving business. I create diversity and inclusion within the workplace, while choosing different kinds of people that make up the company culture. This is what I enjoy, and this is what I'm passionate about.

Mario Cianfarani

Head of ETF Capital Markets, Vanguard Investment Canada

BA Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, 1995

ETF portfolio manager with verifiable, risk, business and operational skills. Capital markets derivative professional with profitable 12 year track record of successfully developing and managing listed and OTC equity derivative businesses. Relationships with top tier Canadian institutional clients. Proficient at trading and marketing all exchange listed cash and equity derivative products. Excellent cross asset derivative modeling skills.

Mark Terry

Communications Coordinator, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University

BA English & Media Studies, Glendon College, 1980

As a broadcast journalist, I have worked for all three of the major Canadian networks as well as several foreign broadcasters. I produced 18 films for the Permanent Exhibit of the Hong Kong Museum of History; I reported on the War in Kosovo from the battlefield; and traveled to both ends of the earth to create climate change documentaries that have created environmental policy for the world.

I have shot a film on every continent on earth and am a Fellow of The Explorers Club, a member of the Royal Canadian Geographic Society, a member of the Royal Canadian Institute for the Advancement of Science, and a Community Leader for the David Suzuki Foundation among others.

Mary Elbably

Financial Services Representative, TD Canada Trust

BA and MA Sociology, 2012

Sociology enriched my understanding of social perspectives including social behaviours, institutions and social change, just to name a few. As a Financial Services Representative, I am truly rewarded by the relationships I establish and maintain with my co-workers and clients. My academic skills are evident in learning about and understanding people's needs and goals, as well as working with clients to create customized plans that transform their goals into reality. This is how I fulfill my passion of helping others.

Melanie Lindayen

International Project Coordinator, Ve'ahavta, Humanitarian Relief Committee

BA International Studies, Glendon College, 2011

My work coordinating international projects covering a range of issues and missions in health and education for a humanitarian relief organization allows me to draw in fascinating ways from my degree at York. This includes partnerships and program development along a community-based development model, recently, for example, engaging and building skills and specialties of student scholars and experts for impact in the field. My field experience has chiefly been in education consulting and training facilitation in South and Southeast Asia, while my current work is focused in Africa, South America, and Caribbean. My base in Toronto allows me to maintain my connection with Glendon through Friends of Glendon and the Galerie.

Melinda Machado-Caylet

Geriatric Mental Health Clinician/O.T, UHN

BA Health, Kinesiology, 2006

I am a Geriatric Mental Health Clinician at Toronto Western Hospital and have worked in Mental Health for 10 years. I have a B.A in Kinesiology and Health Science and a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy.

I have a passion for Mental Health and have worked in the community as a case coordinator, as a crisis worked in psych emerge and as a O.T in LTC.

Michael Ross

Partner, Fuel Group Inc.

BA Communications and Sociology, 2002

I have 13+ years experience as a marketing expert across various industries including, entertainment, media, and technology.  Last year I joined startup SmartTones Media to lead their marketing efforts and product launch.  Having caught the startup bug I have now decided to follow my own patch and start my own company.

Michelle Garraway

Policy Advisor, Innovation & Research, Social Services Department, Regional Municipality of Durham

BA Psychology & Criminology, 2009

When I was in school I had no idea what I could do with my degree, I just knew that I wanted to help people and influence change. Five years after graduating I'm in my dream job that I didn't even know existed. I've worked on the front lines in social services in a halfway house, with youth, and in welfare, and now I get to lead innovation projects and build a culture of excellence in my organization. I help the people I work with and the people of my community every day and I love doing it.

Michelle Switzer

Resident Anthropologist, Idea Couture

PhD Social Anthropology, 2016

After completing my MA in geography, I spent two years working as a coordinator for an international development agency. While this is what I thought I wanted to do, I realized that I was more drawn to research that program management. So I applied for a PhD in anthropology. I never thought I would go back to being a student after my MA, or work in the private sector, but I have since done both. I've learned a lot about taking the skills developed through formal education and applying them in the job market.

Mike Kenigsberg

Vice President, Klick Health

BSc Environmental Science, 2002

I'm a science undergrad that mapped a path into Management Consulting following an MBA. Following a few years reorganizing divisions of Fortune 100 companies, developing go-to-market strategies for blockbuster drugs, and supporting some of the largest pharma brands in the world - I moved over to one of Canada's fastest growing tech companies. Here at Klick Health my focus is on the US Healthcare market (large pharma, biotech and medical device). I've run many of our teams - but currently I lead our West Coast operations (and have some East Coast clients as well).

Mina Marcello

Team Leader, Financial Advisor Hiring, Edward Jones

BA Sociology, 1996

I always knew I wanted to work with people and had planned to do that with a career in law. As I approached graduation, I decided instead of pursing law, I would venture to find my place in the work world. I pursued an opportunity in recruitment and found something I was very passionate for. I have worked in Recruitment and Selection with Edward Jones for the last 12 years.

Minho Lee

Mortgage Advisor, CIBC

BA Administrative Studies, 2014

I dreamed big and wanted to work for a global financial corporation, and York University opened up my path to join Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce as a Mortgage Advisor. I am not best Mortgage Advisor in CIBC and wasn’t best student in York University. However I am currently ranked #4 Mortgage Advisor in CIBC’s #1 team. My bio is short but my passion is there to make it long.

Mitch Gordon

Executive & Corporate Strategy Coach, Interra Coaching

BA Sociology, 1992

I am a Certified Coach Practitioner and founder of Interra Coaching. I work with executives assisting and coaching them to set their intentions and achieve their goals. I also offer personal one-on-one Life Coaching that helps my clients see the connection between work/life balance. I have always had the deep passion to guide people to their most fulfilling selves.

How did I choose to be a coach? For me it started with the foundation of wanting to help people. For me seeing people realize their full potential is thrilling. I love the fun that I create with my clients. I am trained to ask my clients powerful questions, trained to listen to my clients, and I am curious and deeply interested in my clients. I have found my passion, WHAT IS YOUR PASSION? HOW DO YOU BRING IT TO TEAMWORK?

Muhammad Rahman

Technologist, Sanofi-Pasteur

M.Sc Biochemistry, Faculty of Science and Engineering , 2014

After my graduation, I was looking for a job within my area of expertise and I realized that it is quite challenging for a fresh graduate to find a job. As a measure of trying every possible opportunities, I tried to connect York Alumni through York university career program for guideline and tips.

Finally, after 5 months of graduation, I started my first job as a process development associated in R&D. Research experience and technical skills from research lab was helpful to find the job.

Although my first job was not through my Alumni connection from, guideline and tips from the Alumni helped me to be more confident and patient about current job market.

Mya Imtiaz

Marketing Communications Advisor, Suncor Energy

Honours BAS Marketing & Human Resources Management Certificate

Who knew I would land my dream job right out of University - working on national Marketing and Advertising campaigns, traveling across Canada and USA and accelerating my growth on a daily basis? My education at York not only allowed me to realize my potential, but taught me how to use that potential to achieve my goals. In the past 18 months with Suncor Energy, I have held 3 different positions within the Human Resources and Marketing departments. Therefore, today I give back to York as much as I can as the President of the Atkinson Alumni Chapter and as an active Alumna volunteer across many different organizations.

Nabeel Rahman

Community Development Specialist, Town of Oakville

BA Law and Society, 2009

I have a College Diploma, a Hons. Bachelor of Arts, and a Master of Arts in Immigration and Settlement with focus on development of community resources for visible minority and marginalized communities.

If anything I have learned- it is that passion and creativity over anything else dictates where your career goes.

Naguib Gouda

President, Career Edge Organization

MBA Marketing & International Business, Schulich School of Business, 1984

I have a diverse career in the private sector and not for profit - spanning financial services, academic sector, healthcare and human resources.

I have also done extensive volunteer work - and believe in giving back.

I have taught students about networking, and believe it is an imperative life and career tool.

Nalini Khan

Barrister & Solicitor, Ontario Securities Commission

BA English & Philosophy, 1993

My undergraduate degrees in English and Philosophy sharpened my analytical skills. Specifically, my professors at York University encouraged me to not only think outside of the box, but to think  as though the box does not exist. With that in mind, I have always been interested in improving the world. Law permits and empowers this type of proactivity. Every day is an opportunity to make a difference. That is our honour.

Nama Vythilingum

Pharmaceutical Sales Associate, GlaxoSmithKline

BSc Biology, 2003
MSc Biology, 2008

When I started at York in 1999, I thought that I was on the path of becoming a doctor. Little did I know that 15 years later my education and career path would have been so multidisciplinary to include biology, research, teaching, pharmaceuticals, sales, personal coaching and immigration. If there’s one thing that experience has taught me it is not to put any blinders on and to stay open to opportunities.

Nancy Marques

Coordinator, Corporate Engagement, ACCES Employment

BA Criminology/Sociology, 2010

Hi there, I’m a York U alumni who majored in Criminology and Sociology who is now working for a non-profit, charity organization. My work experience includes marketing, event planning and corporate engagement as well as several retail/ customer service roles throughout my high school and university years. I love to travel and am obsessed with animals. I look forward to mentoring a York U student and help them achieve their future goals.

Nancy Simpatico

HR Advisor, Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada

BHRM Human Resource Management, 2008

My HR career path started with acknowledging that I wanted to be an advocate for employees but I was also curious about the business side to decision making - the Bachelor of Human Resource Management program at York University was the degree for me. York taught me key HR concepts and skills, and explained the linkage between HR and business acumen. With that knowledge, I pursued an MBA degree and then found my HR position at the Chartered Professional Accountants of Canada. At work my role depends on business and HR insight, requires critical thinking/investigative skills, and an attitude that is flexible and professional.

With education, perseverance, keeping up with HR news, and networking – students of human resource management learn key attributes that will help them find and attain their career path in HR.

Natacha Duke

Psychotherapist, Cleveland Clinic Canada

MA Counselling Psychology, McGill University, 2007
BA Psychology, 2004

I am a Registered Psychotherapist with the College of Registered Psychotherapists of Ontario. I received my Honours Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from York University and subsequently accumulated clinical research experience at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Baycrest Hospital. I then went on to specialize in counselling at McGill University, where I received my Master's Degree in Psychology. Throughout my career I have held counselling positions at several post-secondary institutions, including York University. I currently practice at Cleveland Clinic Canada, a health and wellness clinic that is affiliated with the Cleveland Clinic Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio. I work with adults and adolescents. My areas of interest are anxiety, depression and stress management.

Neha Arora

Masters of Teaching Student, University of Toronto (OISE)

BA Psychology, 2013

I started off at York in 2009 thinking that I wanted to complete my BA in Psychology and move on to either Graduate Studies in Psychology or go on to become a lawyer. Here I am, 5 years later, in the process of obtaining my Masters of Teaching.

Nicholas DeCillis

Product Manager - Tax Operations, RBC Capital Markets

BA Finance, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, 2009

I am currently a Product Manager with a history working in investment banking and asset management operations. That said, I was once a student trying jumpstart my career and navigate the job market for the first time. I am more than happy to share my experiences and offer some advice to prospective graduates.

Nick Balaskas

Technologist/Physics Lab Instructor, York University

BSc Physics, 1979

Thanks to my studies and experiences at York University, I was able to fulfill my dreams and partake in many new and amazing things after graduation both here in Canada and overseas.

Nicole Nolet

Senior Policy and Program Advisor, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

BA, Kinesiology and Health Science, Health Studies 2013

I'm currently working as a Senior Policy and Program Advisor at the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in the Population and Public Health Division. I have an undergraduate degree from York University where I double majored in Kinesiology and Health Science and Health Studies. I also have a post-graduate certificate in Public Administration from Humber College. I started at the Ministry as a summer student and have been working here since May 2014. I primarily work with Indigenous partners to implement chronic disease prevention programming.

Olga Kaminskaya

Associate - Capital Markets Trading Interest Rate Derivatives Sales, CIBC World Markets Inc.

BAS Finance, 2011

I started my sales career as a used car sales person. After developing strong interest in financial markets I have applied to York University to complete a business degree in finance. Currently I work in capital markets as a marketer of interest rate derivatives to corporate and government clients.

Olivia Glauberzon

Research Editor/Reporter, Transcontinental Media

BBA Schulich School of Business, 2006

When I graduated from Schulich, I thought I was going to become a Brand Manager. Little did I know a writer was brewing inside me waiting to make their debut. It was a long windy process to discovering my full time career but here I am blending a passion for learning about business with a passion for writing as a business reporter. Career exploration can be confusing but hopefully by sharing my process, students can learn from it.

Parwez Nejatie

General Manager, Alfasciences

BSc Chemistry, 1998

I graduated from York University in 1998. My major was Chemistry. I also have an associate degree in Chemical Engineering and certification in Quality Assurance and Management. I worked over 12 years in the Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries. In my academic and work experiences I have gained considerable knowledge and experiences which I can use and pass on to students such as basic knowledge you need to work in Pharmaceutical or Chemical Industries. I have also taught Pharmaceutical R&D, Drug Manufacturing, GMP and Quality Assurance at Pharma-Medical Science College of Canada in EastYork.  I am a former Quality Specialist with GlaxoSmithKline Inc. and Eli Lilly Canada Inc. My current interests are helping students of all age’s transition from high schools to post-secondary schools. I am particularly interested to help students and adults find work and transition in to the work force such as the competitive Pharmaceutical and Chemical Industries.

Paul Lantz

Executive Director, Keewaytinok Native Legal Services

BA Computer Science & LLB Law, 1980

I studied computer science at York and worked for several years before going to law school at Osgoode. Since 1982 I have worked in Moosonee at Keewaytinok Native Legal Services, a community legal clinic funded by Legal Aid Ontario.

Peter Kellner

President, Kell-Built Homes Ltd

MES, 1975
BA Urban Studies, University of Toronto, 1971
(Architecture), University of Toronto, 1968

Peter is an accomplished project manager and designer with over 40 years of experience in the design of high quality town-houses, infill developments, condominiums, very high quality luxury custom homes, and commercial projects.

Rahim Moosa

Consulting Executive, Self Employed

Bachelor of Administrative Studies, 2000

A former aircraft pilot, amateur DJ, and corporate executive, I thought I had experienced it all.  But, I'm not done yet.  I'm now helping the leadership team of an NGO in Central Asia align to a future state vision, and my mission is to help other future leaders realize their true potential.  My passion is coaching others to achieve their success, embrace change, and align to their strengths based leadership.  My motto is:  "Self reflection aids self actualization."

Raj Balasubramanian

Marketing Information Officer, CMA Ontario

Specialized Honours BAS Marketing, 2010

Raj joined CMA Ontario as a Marketing Information Officer (MIO) in the summer of 2011. In his role as MIO, he works mainly with York University, University of Ontario Institute of Technology, Trent University and Seneca College. He also supports CMA initiatives at all University of Toronto campuses, Ryerson, University of Guelph Humber and George Brown College. Raj is a marketing graduate from York University and served on the board of York Business Network and New College Council while at York. His prior experiences include working for the Schulich Executive Education Centre and a marketing internship at York University. In addition, Raj was selected as one of the Emerging Global Leaders by York International and Scotiabank among the undergraduate population at York University.

Randy Williamson

Strategic Decisions Advisor, Partner, Aird & Berlis LLP

Osgoode Hall Law School

For over 22 years I'd been a practicing CA, Bay St. law firm partner, large public company senior executive, 3-time independent business owner and national charity CEO. Then I took a couple of years off to figure out what I wanted the next 22 years of my career to be about.

Now I take all that I've learned in business and elsewhere to help entrepreneurial companies make their biggest decisions - Should we buy that business? Do that big financing? Sell the company? Develop that clean technology or renewable energy project?

I have been extraordinarily lucky doing things that I was passionate about, that I became pretty good at and that paid just fine. I'd love the chance to share some of my observations with a couple of York students.

Rheta Fanizza

Senior Vice President, Saint Elizabeth

MBA Marketing, Schulich School of Business, 1997

Rheta Fanizza is the SVP of Operations at Saint Elizabeth. In this role, she provides internal and external leadership for organizational quality, effectiveness and service excellence. She is responsible for the successful management and operation of regional service delivery centres, home care contracts and the staffing solutions business. Rheta has more than 15 years senior executive experience in leadership roles within the acute and community care sectors. Prior to SE, Rheta was the lead consultant and Chief of Staff to the Honourable Elinor Caplan for her provincial review of the competitive bidding process used by Ontario's Community Care Access Centres. Rheta is past chair of the Quality Healthcare Network. She is also an accreditation surveyor with Accreditation Canada.

Ricardo Laskaris

Reference Assistant, Steacie Library, York University

BA Psychology, 2009

Before graduating from York, I studied Cognitive Science & Artificial Intelligence at U of T, and also went to library school there, completing my masters in 2004. In 2007, I started working at York, and have enjoyed it ever since. I enrolled in undergrad Psychology at York because it's a prerequisite for most graduate Psychology programs, and although I'm not doing it in my current job, counseling and psychotherapy is another career interest (besides libraries) that I am exploring. So, really, I can tell you way more about libraries than about psychology, and if you're interested in working in libraries or becoming a librarian, I'd be happy to chat about it.

Richard Baruch

Retired, Munich Reinsurance Company of Canada

Honours BA Political Science, 1972

Like most people, I "fell" into the insurance/reinsurance industry. My career has involved becoming knowledgeable about natural disasters, learning how to negotiate, manage people as well as travel extensively. I obtained a general education as to how things are made and how they function and how things can go wrong that few other jobs could have offered.

Richard Yanaky

PhD Student / Researcher, The MARCS Institute, University of Western Sydney

BA Linguistics, 2011

I'm a researcher, interested in how we store language in the brain. My specialties are in acoustic phonetics and how sound and language is interpreted by our brains.

The inputs are infinitely complex, which leads us to ask, "What kind of underlying storage system must exist in order to be able to process such complex inputs?"

Rives Dalley Hewitt

Vice President, Business Development, DBM Canada Corporation

MBA Management, Georgia State University (United States)
BA History & English minor, Glendon College, 1971

I have over 30 years of experience in HR consulting, both in Canada and the United States. I am currently the Vice President, Business Development of DBM in Toronto where I am responsible for developing new customers, building business with existing customers, and managing projects in major multinational environments. Prior to that, I worked in the United States, as the Founder and President of the Dalley Hewitt Company where I developed a successful management consulting firm.

My major strengths are in executive recruitment, consulting, coaching and organizational development for major corporations to government and higher education. I have been an HR consulting business owner for 20 years and I look forward to meeting with students interested in these areas so that I may share my experiences.

Robert Roopa

Lead Therapist and Managing Director, Counselling Services for York Region

BA Kinesiology and Health Science, 2008

Mr. Roopa has research experience in both biomedicine and counselling. He has been awarded two Master's degrees from the University of Toronto (MEd Counselling and MEd Adult Education), received formal training from York University in clinical methods of stress management and self- regulation, and been granted professional certification from the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association as a Canadian Certified Counsellor (License #7303). Aside from his clinical responsibilities, Mr. Roopa was an instructor at the University of Toronto's Transformative Learning Centre and served as a department SOS co-chair at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (University of Toronto).

Roger Ramchatesingh

Leader - Equity Marketing, Edward Jones

International Summer School Programme, London School of Economics (United Kingdom)
EMBA Kellogg-Schulich, York University and Northwestern University (United States), 2003
BA Economics, McGill University

I am currently responsible for the Managed Portfolios area in Canada but, over the last 10 years, I have held positions in Equities, Banking and Marketing. Prior to working at Edward Jones, I've held various positions with the Canadian Bankers Association, the Institute of Canadian Bankers and Domino's Pizza International. I have also lectured part-time in Marketing in Schulich's MBA program.

Probably the most foundational and memorable work experience came from my time at Domino's Pizza. That brief experience earned me some scars at an early age. Only after the fact did I come to realize how much my strategic thinking competencies were being shaped and primed for the corporate environment.

Ronit Gordon

Policy Advisor, Ontario Public Service

BA Criminology, Sociology & Non Profit Management, 2009

Ronit received her Honours BA degree in Criminology and Sociology at York University along with a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from the Schulich School of Business. She completed her MA degree in Criminology at the University of Toronto where she received the Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate (SSHRC) Scholarship, which enabled her to pursue research on specialized court systems in Canada. She also completed a Graduate Certificate in Alternative Dispute Resolution where she specialized in family mediation and completed an internship in family mediation. She concurrently worked at the LaMarsh Centre for Child & Youth Research as the Project Manager for the National Victims of Crime Awareness Week (NVCAW) and as a Research Associate.

Rosa Taddeo

Policing Standards Development Officer, OPS - Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services

MA Public Policy, Administration and Law, 2011

A policy specialist, currently working on Policing Standards Development who incorporates her educational background (MPPAL) and 15+ years of work experience within the Ontario Public Service (OPS) managing multi-faceted and sensitive portfolios in the justice sectors (MCSCS, MCYS). A public servant, who has upheld the obligation to effectively and efficiently execute the duties, responsibilities, and credibility of each role assigned.

Ross McMillan

Interim Director, Student Community & Leadership Development (SCLD), York University

BA Political Science, 2001

I was one of those 'over involved' types during my undergraduate years and it has paid off big time by allowing me to engage students on a daily basis now as a student development professional. York is a great place and I was lucky to meet some fantastic people who took the time to mentor me as I left my home (small town in southern Ontario) to take full advantage of what university life has to offer.

Sana Mulji Dutt

Senior Manager, Communications, Ontario Genomics

BA Creative Writing, 2000 & MA Interdisciplinary Studies, 2013

I have shaped my career around the importance of language - from knowledge exchange & translation of research to using it for healing - it was extremely important for me to have a meaningful career. I have moved many jobs over the last 18 years without a break, and raised a family while working full time and studying part-time. I am now taking my first break to once again to take a detour and re-shape my career trajectory. I'm eager to have a conversation with new graduates and students about what has worked for me and to learn about their goals, dreams and aspirations.

Sana Zargar

Professor, Centennial College

MSc. Kinesiology & Health Sciences, 2010

With a Master’s Degree in Molecular Science and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Kinesiology and Health Sciences, I am a highly accomplished academic professional who has validated experience in academic teaching and work experience at the college/university level.

Sandy Braz

Freelance Writer and Producer,

BA English & Communications, 2003

More than a decade ago, I wrote a love letter to a boyfriend. When he read it, he looked at me and said, "You know, you're my favourite writer". And there the idea was planted: "Me, a writer?" I started my career at York, working as the news editor for the Excalibur. In 2003, I graduated with Honours with a Bachelor's degree in English and Communications. But I feel what I learned in that small newspaper office at York became the foundation for my career: I learned to write for print, edit, scout writers, be skeptical and pitch stories; eventually this led to freelancing opportunities, including writing for NOW magazine and Reader's Digest. Since leaving York in 2003, I've been a writer, freelancing for magazines, newspapers, web and for public relations and social media campaigns for large brands. These days, I'm taking on the challenge of feature writing for magazines and newspapers, writing a book of short stories to be self-published, and also producing a short-docu film.

Sarah Asgari

Manager, Leadership Giving, TVO

BA Political Science & Law and Society, 2006

Sarah is a seasoned fundraiser with over 7 years of development and volunteer management experience. She began her career at a children's national cancer charity, which was Canada's leading funder of pediatric oncology research. In 2010, Sarah moved to the Independent School sector as a part of a small development team required to assist with the school's fundraising, advancement and alumni programs. She has worked at the Toronto Community Foundation which ensures the vitality of Toronto to make it the best place to live, work and learn and grow through the power of giving. Its mission: To connect philanthropy to community needs and opportunities. Sarah currently works for TVO Ontario's public educational media organization.

Sarah enjoys volunteering in her community. She currently serves a number of local organizations in Toronto, including Pleiades Theatre, The Corsage Project, Member of AFP Toronto and York University's TASTE Program.

Sarah Canzano

President, IC Solutions

BA Languages, 1996

It took me a long time to complete my degree because I was busy travelling, starting a family & working. I don’t recommend everyone do it this way, but I was driven to complete what I started. In order to fulfill my inherent leadership abilities, I eventually opened my own recruitment business in early 2005. I love what I do - helping people with their careers and helping clients with their bottom line. I’m living the dream!

Sarah Devika Sumnauth

Founder & CEO, Urban Minerals

BES Environmental Studies, 2011

I graduated from York in 2011 with a Bachelors of Environmental Studies, but unsure as to what I wanted to create in this world. As life would have it, I already possessed many of the gifts that I bring to the table everyday in my online mineral makeup business, Urban Minerals. Once I was thoroughly bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, I committed myself to researching, learning and finally creating my dream line of Loose Mineral Foundation that serves women of all colours. I was driven to marry my love of the environment, beauty & multiculturalism in a way that serves the women of Toronto and the world, and successfully launched it in June of 2013. Now I would love to be able to share my experiences with those who have a need to create and just need some inspiration to get out of their own way.

Sarah Elliott

Teacher/Facilitator, Royal Ontario Museum

Diversity and Social Justice Program - Regent Park, Faculty of Education, 2007

I started volunteering at the museum as a way to make use of my Zoology degree when I was stuck working an office job, but I soon learned just how incredible a teaching tool the museum was. After years of working up through the ranks as a gallery facilitator, I decided it was time to go one step further and go back to school for a teaching degree. After a year abroad teaching in England, I am back at the ROM as a museum teacher and loving every second of it. Using the museum and its collections is an incredible way to inspire a sense of wonder and discovery in children as they learn, and give them the context to connect what they are learning to the larger world around them.

Sarah Palmer

Senior Communications Consultant, Ontario Public Service (Ministry of Government Services)

BA History, Geography & BEd Primary/Junior Education, 2006

When I entered university, I thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I had my heart set on being an elementary school teacher. However, my teaching placements weren't what I expected and I soon realized the teaching profession wasn't the right fit for me.

Unsure of what I should do with my history degree I realized I needed more career-specific training. I then completed a post-graduate certificate in public relations at Humber College. At Humber I knew I had found the perfect job for me. I worked briefly in the public relations department at World Vision before beginning a career in government.  For the past five years I've worked in government communications, leading large-scale internal communications projects, writing speeches and planning events for the Minister.

Sayma Hai

HR Representative, Bayer

BHRM & BA Business and Society, 2005

I moved to Canada in 2002. After five splendid years immersed in student leadership development, I joined Bayer in the Human Resources team. Some of my project contributions include: HR Communications, Talent Management, Learning and Development Programs, Diversity Committee, Career Management, Compensation and Benefits.

In my spare time, I volunteer with a number of community organizations and passionately take part in my local chapter of ToastMasters International. I am a student for life and enjoy trying new hobbies and experiences; most recently I learnt how to design wedding and special occasion cakes.

Scott Barbeau

Vice President, Health, Hill and Knowlton

MBA, Schulich School of Business, 2009

The most important thing I have learned (so far) in my 20+ years of work experience is this: Spend as much of your career as possible doing work that you enjoy with people you like and respect. Life is much more fun this way. My experience has been equally divided between working for pharmaceutical companies and working for communications companies who support these companies. The common thread has been a focus on marketing, brand communications and strategic planning. It would be my great pleasure to answer your career questions and discuss the working world with you.

Shaunna-Marie Kerr

Manager, WES Global Talent Bridge

BA Honours History and Urban Studies, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, 2010

As a student in the Liberal Arts, specifically History, I cannot tell you how many times it was assumed by others that my only career option was as a teacher. Especially in the job market I was graduating into, it didn't feel like there were a tonne of options for a new grad like me. Its been almost a decade (rounding!) since I graduated, and my career path has evolved and expanded in ways I could never have imagined. I'd love to chat about the path less traveled, and how I found my passion in a career outside of the private sector in non-profits.

Sheldon Frisch

Regional Associate, National Bank Financial Group

BA Humanities & History, 1997

I'm an investment sales professional/ Inside Wholesaler with National Bank Securities promoting our investment products to external IIROC & MFDA licensed investment advisors. I sell our investment funds to financial advisors who include our products when creating their clients investment portfolios. As a bank owned mutual fund company, I am well versed in the Wealth Management business of Canadian Financial Institutions and am available to discuss these concepts.

Sheldon Parchment

Case Coordinator, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health

Bachelor of Health Studies, 2007

When I graduated from York with a degree in health studies, pursuing a masters in social work was the last thing on my mind. I left York hoping to get paid from the business/economic side of the healthcare system and now I practice forensic mental health social work, a field where the criminal justice and healthcare systems meet.

From my experience, I think landing a position in a field that satisfies both your professional interests and salary expectations requires a balance of planning and spontaneity, from both an academic and employment perspective.

Sherine Osbourne

Communications and Marketing Advisor, Government of Canada

BA English and Communications Studies, 2003

Thanks to my Bachelor of Arts degree I have worked in many industries from health insurance right out of university to owning my own business, to numerous positions within the public service to now Communications and Marketing Advisor. I have also extended my studies to career counselling and broadcast journalism.
My degree gave me the leverage I needed to join the working world and fuelled my desire for continuous learning and career flexibility.

Shervan Vafa

Manager, Business Insights, TD

MA, PhD, Economics, 2017

I took as many econometrics courses as I could and I always kept an open mind. The mathematical statistics and the diversity of my past experiences help me every day in my job. I am lucky to be able to do what I really enjoy, which is data manipulation, modeling, and creating actionable business insights.

Shree Kargutkar

Portfolio Manager, Sprott Asset Management

BA Psychology, 2006

I have been investing in equities since I was 19 years old. After graduating from York with a degree in psychology, I worked in publishing for a couple of years while investing in small cap stocks and saving up for my MBA program. I got my break into the capital markets when I started interning at Sprott over the summer of 2010. Today, my passion for stocks remains the same as it was when I was 19. I wake up thinking about the markets and I love learning new things every day.

Shrikant Kelkar

Process Improvement Coach, University Health Network

MBA Schulich School of Business, 2013

I am a Process Improvement Coach, career coach, admissions consultant, prep test instructor and high school tutor! What I currently do is a result of the passion I have for people and working in systems that improve people's lives.

Even though I work full-time in the healthcare sector, my past work has taken me across three continents and various industries like auto and service.

Simran Chattha

Coordinator, Climate Research Mobilization, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

BES Environmental Studies, 2011

I work with the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority which is the Secretariat for the Ontario Climate Consortium (OCC). In my role, I support engagement between researchers and end-users to foster partnerships (i.e., through an annual symposium, workshops, information/training sessions, etc.). I also work with researchers and climate change practitioners to maximize the outputs of the services offered by the Ontario Climate Consortium (i.e. by developing plain language case studies and project updates).

Sonia Sheechoria

Alumni Engagement Officer, York University

MLCE '18 & BHRM '15

Studying HR at York University has opened up many doors professionally for me. This program taught me professional and practical skills to enter the workforce. Since graduation, I've worked numerous roles at the Canadian Red Cross (CRC) in Fundraising, Volunteer Management and Community Engagement. I've also been offered and accepted two highly skilled secondments as a Regional HR Manager at the CRC. In October 2016, I've returned to my alma mater in a role that encompasses all of my strengths, experiences and passions.

Sophia Sestito

National Corporate Environmental Manager, EllisDon

Honours BES Environmental politics, 2007

This is an exciting time to be in an environmental career. From carbon accounting, cleantech innovation, government grants and even yes I'm saying! I have had my fair share of time working out in the field, as well as the pleasure of project managing. My career has been diverse in nature and I believe my past experiences have helped shape the opportunities I have encountered and will into the future. I have been involved in asbestos testing, environmental assessments, paving, geotechnical and concrete assessment and project management in the environmental consulting world. I am the first National Corporate Environmental Manager EllisDon construction has had in it's 60 years in the industry and there's more opportunities to come. I can't wait to be part of the perpetual innovation, knowledge and growth in this industry!

Stefany Ting Tung Yeung

Technical Recruiter, Zylog Systems (Canada)

BAS Human Resources Management, 2011

Back in 2004 I never pictured myself as a recruiter. If someone were to tell me that I would have become a public speaker, job coach and have the ability to influence people's careers though the sharing of my knowledge, I would have asked if we were talking about the same person! Nevertheless, here I stand today, it's all true and I love every minute of it. Speaking publicly and positively impacting careers thanks to all that I have learned in my journey is fulfilling beyond what I thought possible. Every day gives me a chance to improve someone's future!

Steph Davidson

Marketing & Communications Specialist, Avid Life Media

BA English, 2006

Sometimes I wonder what undergrad me would think if I told her I work for one of the most infamous online dating companies in the world. I definitely could not have imagined my career path if I tried: from working in Residence Life at York, teaching English in South Korea, a post-grad in journalism, to a stint as a journalist at a national daily newspaper which turned into a role in PR at Ashley Madison. From there I started my own PR firm, launched a successful dating blog, and have since returned to Ashley Madison in a copywriting/marketing/communications role. I direct the tone and language of an international company - undergrad me would definitely be on-board for that.

Stephen Hutchinson

Customer Service Representative, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce

BA History, 2014

I am a York University undergrad student who has completed a four year Honors degree in the field of History. I currently work in the field of Banking and Commerce, but I hope to become a Doctor of Chiropractic within the next four years. I love working with people, learning new ideas, and giving the world a bit more creative touch.

My work ethic and perseverance have led to excellent marks, Magna Cum Laude recipient, and a member of the Dean's Honor Roll.

Steve Toth

Director of Internet Marketing, TechWyse Internet Marketing

BA Labour Studies, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, 2006

From publicizing signed bands on MySpace in 2009 to promoting public companies on the first page of Google, it's been very exciting to see the evolution of social media and Internet marketing. Starting out in word of mouth marketing and social, I've evolved into a well-rounded inbound marketer with experience in word of mouth, social media, content marketing, paid search, display advertising, and search engine optimization.

My true passion lies in the fusion of great content, social media, organic link-building, and its influence on search engine results. In my current role, I lead a team of talented specialists in Canada and overseas, where I create and implement strategies for small to lead generation businesses. In my industry, everything moves quickly and it's exciting to experience these changes on a daily basis!

Steven Petroff

Director, Client Services, IQ PARTNERS

BA Economics, Faculty of Arts, 1987

Steven graduated from York with a BA and then with his MBA. Starting in Customer Service at CIBC VISA, he then moved to Business Planning at Rogers. He then purchased an Art Gallery, specializing in Recognition & Rewards programs for companies such as KPMG, Honda and Labatt’s.

Steven specializes in the recruitment of Accounting and Finance professionals. He supports a large network as a LinkedIn Profile Expert and Career Coach.

Sundeep Virdi

Research Policy Analyst, Town of Oakville

BES Environmental Studies, 2008
MES Environmental Studies, 2013

Sundeep completed the Honours BES and MES program at York University's Faculty of Environmental Studies, and was the recipient of the Harry Victor Award and SSHRC Master's scholarship. She successfully defended her thesis in 2012 entitled "Bioart as a Possibility for Reconciling the Division between Nature and Art in Aesthetic Discourse" under the supervision of Dr. Cate Sandilands.

Since graduating, she has worked in the energy, sustainable transportation and waste management division in the Environmental Services department at the Town of Richmond Hill, helping the town earn the SmartCommute Employer of the Year 2013 award and Bronze Designation as a Walk-Friendly Ontario community. She is presently working on energy policy and planning at the Town of Oakville, recently completing the town's 5-year Energy Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) Plan 2014-2019: Technical Report available online at

She continues to pursue her research interests and was invited to guest lecture on Environmental Art at the University of Toronto in March, and is enrolled at the Canada Green Building Council Institute (CaGBC) to become certified as a Sustainable Building Advisor.

Susan Sperling

Manager, Corporate Communications, TTC

BA History/Labour Studies, 1991

It's been an interesting ride from York U to TTC (one which will be much quicker come December when the subway opens), where I head up a team of professional communicators at North America's third largest transit system. Along the way, I picked up a graduate degree, birthed and raised a couple of decent kids, and did front line media relations for Toronto Public Health during the worldwide infamous SARS outbreak. And somehow, I’ve managed to keep laughing.

Syed Muhammad Asher Ali Jaffri

IT Service Analyst, Town of Richmond Hill

Bachelor of Human Resources with Honors, LAPS, 2012

As a graduate from York University, I worked within the HR field for some time, but did not develop a "liking" for it, and hence I went back to school to pursue a diploma in IT. Coming out of the diploma course - I landed starting role as a Business Analyst/Consultant and then progressed further within that domain.

Terry Tyler

Marketing Specialist, Telus Mobility

Bachelor of Administrative Studies - Marketing, 2014

I have previously studied Architecture before pursuing business. I have worked in media, at a digital marketing agency, and at a startup before joining Telus.

Tony Genco

Vice President, Rapid City Transportation

BA, 1988

"I have had an interesting and varied career of experiences that I have enjoyed greatly and want to impart some ideas to those that attend school at my Alma Mater, York."

Tony Genco, was President and Chief Executive Officer, of Parc Downsview Park Inc. for more than 10 years and has boyhood roots in the Downsview community.  He has an extensive breadth of experience and skills in all facets of public affairs, communications, government relations and management, and is active in many charitable and community activities. Mr. Genco has most served on the Toronto Expo 2015 Steering Committee, the Smart Commute North Toronto-Vaughan Board and the Community Home Assistance for Seniors (CHATS). He currently serves on the Spadina-York Subway Extension Committee, the Columbus Centre, the Vaughan Public Libraries Board, and is an External Fellow at York University's McLaughlin College. Currently he is Vice President of Rapid City Transportation.

Tosin Akinwekomi

Management Consultant, Carly Rian Group

BAS Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Accounting / Business, 2007

I've been fortunate so far in my career to be able to do things that I never thought possible when I first graduated from York. Since graduating, I have worked in the federal government, ran a not-for-profit, worked at a top tier bank and now work as a Management Consultant at a boutique firm.

Tracy Y Singh

Property Accountant, Oxford Properties Group

BAS Accounting, 2011

My experience at York University challenged my abilities as a critical thinker, sharpened my analytical skills and trained me to examine issues beyond the surface.

After completing my degree, I pursued and completed the CGA designation. In my current role, I am responsible for the full-cycle accounting of the complex. Aside from my professional experience, I am a strong believer in contributing and giving back to the community. I held several volunteer positions during my time at York University with internal and external organizations.

I look forward to meeting with current accounting students to discuss their goals. I hope my mentorship will lead them on their continued path to success.

Vanessa Chow

Xbox Senior Channel Marketing Manager, Microsoft

BA Administrative Studies, 2006

I can still remember applying to York U for the concurrent education program to become a teacher. Needless to say, I changed paths part way through and pursued my degree in Administrative studies. Getting into advertising/marketing wasn't easy. I was competing with people that had co-op experience but creativity and persistence have led me to my dream job working in marketing with one of the most exciting brands (Xbox) that I could imagine.

Vanessa Tarazona

Director, Operational Risk and Performance Metrics - International Banking, Scotiabank

MBA, 2008

I was born in Peru and pursued my engineering degree there. But I only worked as an engineer for six months, after that I moved to logistics and got glimpse of the business world. So, I decided to go for my MBA, it was a great experience, which I never thought would lead me to the banking industry. After being with Scotiabank for 5 years, I can honestly say that I am enjoying it.

Vic Cizmarik

President, TORViC Technologies, Inc.

MBA, Schulich School of Business, 2005

Since playing my very first competitive hockey game at an early age, I aspired to lead by example. Today, I take pride in being referred to as an innovative front-line leader and working hand-in-hand with some of the brightest minds in software development. With my diverse experience, ranging from software development and sales to management consulting, I continuously challenge myself with complex and novel engagements.

Vicky Tran

Human Resources and Payroll Coordinator, Corrosion Service Company

BAS Human Resources, 2008

I have many years of work experience, from my part-time job in high school to where I am now in my career. I am looking to give back to the York community and support students who are interested in careers in payroll and human resources.

Vijay Sidhu

Police Constable, Toronto Police Service

BBA, Schulich School of Business, 2001

Graduating from Schulich, the last place I thought I would be was up at 4 a.m. driving around in a patrol car around the streets of Toronto.  Here I am 6 years later working as a police officer with Toronto Police.  I enjoy the rewarding aspects of working in public service and the variety of work that comes with policing.

Vincenza Moir

Guidance Counsellor, St. Jean de Brebeuf CHS

BA English Studies, 1978

I have always wanted to help kids and I really enjoy working with teenagers in particular. My current job as Guidance Counsellor gives me that opportunity while also providing me with a varied day. I teach the Grade 10 Career Studies course daily but most of my day is spent in my office helping my roster of students become all they can become by helping them choose career pathways, encouraging academic excellence or just chatting about what's important to them. I am privileged to work with an awesome team and I still really love coming to work, each day.

Vinod Goel

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience, Goel Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, York University

MES Environmental Studies, 1986

I am interested in understanding the cognitive, computational, and neural basis of rational decision-making and emotional processing in humans, and more recently, the interaction between the two. My primary methodologies include brain imaging (fMRI & PET), patient studies, and computational modelling. I also take an active interest in the philosophical/foundational issues that beset cognitive science.

Vyvy Truong

Technical Recruiter, NTT DATA Services

BHRM, Human Resource Management, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, 2014

I was like any other student - as graduation slowly approached, I thought to myself "what the heck am I going to do with my life?" I wasn't entirely ready to leave school yet but here I am, almost 4 years out of school working as a Technical Recruiter for an IT solutions company in the core. Hoping to stay connected with current students and keep the relationship going!

Walter Viguiliouk

Equity Research / Portfolio Management, Jarislowsky, Fraser Limited

BAS - Specialized Honours, Finance

I joined Jarislowsky, Fraser in 2010 and currently work as an Equity Research Associate on the North American Equities Team. Prior to that, I worked as an Assistant Portfolio Manager focused on pension, endowment, and high net worth client relationships. I also worked for the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI) as an Investment Analyst within the core Investment Team. Link to expanded bio:

Wardah Mughal


BA Economics and Finance, 2014

I am a finance and business graduate from York University and currently working for Intel . I worked in sales at Bell Canada through out university & that's where I realized sales was my forte. After graduation , I got an offer from a Bank but I chose to work as an account manager at CDW. I learned a lot about the IT industry during my tenure there, made connections with a lot of major vendors & decided to stay in the industry. Recently I have moved away from sales to back-end where I help my sales team to sell Intel & educate them on products.

Warren Pereira

Enterprise Account Manager, IBM

Bachelor of Admin. Studies (Marketing) 2013 and MBA (Strategy and Business Consulting) 2017

I represent IBM's Big Data & Analytics portfolio for clients in various industries such as Government, Financial Services, Insurance, Banking, Telecommunications and Retail across 23 countries in the Caribbean.

Warren Williams

Teacher, Peel District School Board

BA Kinesiology and Health Science & BEd, 2006

I have been a high school phys ed teacher for five years at Applewood Heights Secondary School in Mississauga. I have coached basketball for sixteen years, including as an assistant at York University.

Wendy Li

Public Health Nurse, Peel Region

BScN Bachelor of Science in Nursing (2nd Entry), 2015

When I tell people I'm a nurse, most people's first question is often, "Which hospital/unit do you work?". In today's world, we're realizing that preventative care is just as important as acute/reactive care. I believe it is crucial that we consider the proactive approach focused on health promotion to continuing promoting our population health. And this is where public health comes in.

William Lai

Former Administration and Systems Officer, Council of Ministers of Education of Canada

BSc Computer Engineering, 2006

William started his career at RIM/Blackberry where he experienced the incredible growth and success of a disruptive technology on a global scale. He has navigated the world of quality assurance and security while managing multiple projects, and avoiding the pitfalls of cognitive bias.

He put his French language skills to good use when he wore multiple hats in the public sector. Having experienced both the public and private sector, William has gained a unique perspective from assuming various roles.

William Sturm

GIS Analyst, 4dm-Inc.

MA Geography, 2009

I hold a Bachelor's degree from Ryerson University in Geographic Analysis and a Master's degree in Geography from York University. My specialty is GIS (Geographic Information Systems). Since 2009, I have worked as a freelance consultant for the Culture Department of the City of Markham, and as a Geospatial Analysis for 4dm-Inc., which is an environmental consulting firm. At 4dm-Inc, my projects covered subject matter ranging from Hydrological Enforcement (HE) of LiDAR derived data of river systems in Ontario to cultural mapping of cultural and recreational resources of Smiths Falls, Ontario. My ability in methodological approaches has also allowed me to do proposal and report writing.

Yan Zhou

Client Service Supervisor, Questrade

BA Economics, 2009

Questrade is an online discount brokerage. My role is on the front line of the company, dealing with clients' inquiries directly. I act as the point of contact to other Client Services Specialists in assisting them with inquiries and acting as liaison for inquiries within the Client Services Team and with other internal departments. I also assist in training and educating new specialists through job shadowing and sharing of best practices. I am excited to participate in TASTE as I would like to see more alumni helping out York students.

Zarreen Warsi

Assistant Manager, Continuing Professional Development, The College of Family Physicians of Canada

BA Political Science, 2013

My degree in political science imparted valuable life lessons and helped me develop strong reading, writing, and problem solving skills. It also helped me get a foot in the door when applying for jobs. However, I was one of those people who dropped in and out of school while working full-time and caring for a family. I completed my 3 year undergrad in 2009 and just finished my honours this summer. I want people to know that although it's hard to complete a degree, especially when "life" gets in the way, it can be done.

Zeitoon Vaezzadeh

Lawyer, Naimark Law

BA, Hons Sociology, 2008

I knew I wanted to be a lawyer since I was 16-years-old. Participating in a high school co-op program in a Law firm setting enabled me to see what a lawyer’s life would be like in a day-to-day setting. The work variety, impromptu nature of litigation, and pursuit of justice motivate my work ethic. I love what I do and look forward to share my work experiences with you.

Zlatko Alimpic

Physiotherapist/ Clinic owner, Park Lawn Physiotherapy

BA Kinesiology, 2003

I have been a Physiotherapist since 2010. Upon graduating with a doctorate degree in physiotherapy in NY, I worked in some of the top physiotherapy facilities in the US and Canada, where I gained extensive clinical experience treating a diverse patient population.

I currently Own a Private Practice Outpatient Orthopedic Clinic Specializing in Physiotherapy.