MBA, MSc, MFin, CPA, CMA, CAIA
Adam works as a Senior Risk Analyst and Consultant in the real estate industry, as well as a Corporate Trainer specializing in technical skills development. He has worked in various sectors including finance, energy, real estate, and government. Adam has taught and developed courses in accounting, finance, general business, mathematics, supply chain, and operations for several years across Canada.
Adam has a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from McMaster University, a Master in Finance (MFin) from Queen’s University, a Post-Graduate Diploma (PGD) in Organizational Psychology from the University of London, and a Master of Science (MSc) in Supply Chain Management from Wilfrid Laurier University. He also holds professional designations as a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) and Chartered Alternative Investment Analyst (CAIA).
CFA, MBA, FRM
Airan is a Senior Risk Management, Treasury, and Capital Markets professional with 27 years experience, including 15+ years of progressive responsibility in associated risks (Liquidity, Market and Credit). Recognizing the importance of Accounting early on, he mastered Accounting in his undergrad including the recipient of Deloitte and Touche scholarships which included an internship. Airan was also a 2011 & 2012 Judge for Corporate Reporting Awards sponsored by the CICA. He started off his career in Market Risk and has spent the past 10 years focused on Credit and Liquidity Risk, primarily at the largest Canadian Banks. Airan has earned the Chartered Financial Analyst and Financial Risk Manager designations coupled with his MBA from Schulich School of Business which he earned in 2000. Outside of work, Airan enjoys family time with his wife and two young (and highly active) daughters. He enjoys photography as a hobby, but rates himself a novice at best.
Alfonsina is a Professor teaching human resources subjects in post-secondary education since 2002. Alfonsina has held various positions in the field of human resources in large, private and public organizations. Areas of expertise are in organizational learning, performance and change management, talent acquisition, and organizational effectiveness.
Alfonsina graduated from York University with a major in Psychology and later completed her graduate certificate in Human Resources Management at Seneca College. She went on to successfully pursue her M. Ed in Adult Education at Brock University. With her strong passion for learning, Alfonsina’s long range goal is to complete her PhD in Organizational Psychology.
MBA, CPA, CMA
Amal is a highly dedicated accounting professional with solid background in both government and not-for-profit sectors; experienced in financial accounting, financial reporting, budgeting & forecasting, managerial and cost accounting, performance management, performance measurement (KPI), and internal auditing. Amal has demonstrated leadership in collaborating with examination and evaluation of organizational processes to ensure compliance with accounting policies and regulatory requirements, to report findings and risk areas, and to recommend possible improvements and corrections. Some of her roles include business analyst, senior accountant and others.
Amal completed her business accounting diploma, in 2009, from Mohawk College, with Dean’s Honour List. Also, she earned her Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CMA) designation, in 2012, from CPA Ontario, followed by a Master of Business Administration, specializing in Strategic Management in 2021, from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Amal enjoys giving back to the business community, in helping CPA students work towards their designation, by volunteering as a board panel member for the final assessment of the CPA Professional Education Program Capstone 1 Oral Board Report, from 2015-2019. Also, she volunteered as a provincial judge at DECA Ontario regional competitions in 2016 and 2019.
BA, MBA, PhD (International Marketing)
Dr. Amanpreet Chhina brings over 20 years of experience in both teaching and researching marketing at the university level. In addition to teaching with the School of Continuing Studies at York University, Amanpreet is a Professor of International Marketing in the Faculty of Business at Humber College in Toronto. Amanpreet has taught a wide range of courses, including Introduction to Marketing, Consumer Behaviour, Advertising and Sales, Retail Marketing, International Marketing and Customer Service.
Amanpreet’s teaching career spans over Asia and North America and she brings with her a wealth of global experience. Amanpreet is actively involved in applied research in collaboration with companies and organizations on topics that include consumer behavior in online marketing, inclusive marketing for business owner policy, sustainable marketing and emerging marketing technology.
In addition to teaching and researching, Amanpreet founded GreyCells Global Consultancy Inc., which provides international business advice to small and medium enterprises. Amanpreet earned a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD) in International Marketing, along with a Masters in Business Economics and Bachelor of Arts degree with Economics Honours.
CPA, CA, MFin
Andy has over 12 years of experience in progressively responsible roles within the financial service industry, primarily focusing on financial reporting, performance measurement and assurance & auditing. He is currently a Senior Audit Manager at Royal Bank of Canada where he leads all aspects of audit engagement including planning, executing, and reporting. In addition, he is a facilitator in the CPA Ontario’s Professional Education Program (PEP). Andy has strong interest in education, in particular mentoring and coaching accounting students. Andy holds both Bachelor of Commerce and Master of Finance from the University of Toronto, and a Chartered Professional Accountant designation.
MTax, CPA, CA
Andy Tse, MTax, CPA, CA, is an assurance and taxation professional with over 14 years of experience. He began his accounting career in assurance and then took a role in financial reporting. Later, he developed an interest in taxation and joined a global accounting firm where he worked on tax audits, advisory, and compliance engagements for some of the largest companies in Canada. Currently, Andy is working in the Public Service.
Andy believes that one of the most important aspects of accounting education is instilling in students the ability to integrate technical knowledge with practical applications. Without practical applications, technical knowledge is interesting but of limited value to practicing accountants; without technical knowledge, the ability to practice accounting is severely limited by the inability to analyze known facts and determine the correct accounting treatment. This integration between theory and practice can be difficult for many students, and enabling them to make this link is his primary goal as an instructor.
Andy holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of British Columbia and a Master of Taxation degree from the University of Waterloo.
President of Yu Consulting Group & Senior Advisor, Finance and Business Operations with Wentworth Strategy Group
Anna Yu is the President of Yu Consulting Group and a Senior Advisor, Finance and Business Operations with Wentworth Strategy Group. Anna provides management consulting and advisory services to business leaders and companies at all stages of growth with insight on strategic planning, financial strategy, operations, risk management, operational excellence, and people optimization strategies.
As a trusted transformational leader, Anna guides companies and business leaders through growth and change by aligning people, processes, and systems to common goals. Her diverse career at Xerox Canada, Dell Financial Services, The CIT Group, and The Bank of Nova Scotia included a broad spectrum of leadership of teams and projects.
Anna serves as a mentor to start-up companies with Futurpreneur and is an instructor at Seneca College with focus on organizational behaviour and leadership. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree majoring in Economics from the University of Toronto and is Six Sigma Green Belt certified. She is actively engaged in giving back to our communities, including helping professional newcomers to Canada navigate their careers in the Canadian market.
Director, Emerging Issues and Strategic Partnerships at CPA Canada
Anna-Marie Christian FCPA, FCMA is Director of Emerging Issues and Strategic Partnerships at Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) of Canada. Anna-Marie served on key committees spearheading the unification of the Canadian accounting profession, including the development of the CPA Professional Education Program (PEP). She has a rich and varied background in both industry and in accounting education. She has held management positions in property management, construction, manufacturing, consumer packaged goods and not-for-profit organizations, and was involved for over 15 years in delivering the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) Strategic Leadership Program. She has also developed and delivered workshops on Strategy, Communication and Not For Profit Accounting.
Anna-Marie has a Bachelor of Arts (Honours – Sociology) from the University of Toronto and is a member of Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario (CPA Ontario). She received the prestigious “Fellow” Chartered Professional Accountant (FCPA), in 2014 in recognition for her dedication and passion to the accounting profession.
Antonia (Toni) Kaltsounis
Antonia (Toni) Kaltsounis
Anwar has over 20 years of industry experience working for Unilever and Johnson & Johnson in Australia, South Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. During this time, he has managed global brands including Ponds, Vaseline, Sunsilk, Pepsodent, Aim, Band-Aid, Carefree and Acuvue.
Starting as a brand manager, Anwar progressed through various responsibilities in marketing and sales to become Regional General Manager and then Country Manager for the Middle East and North Africa, receiving recognition as a multi-year President’s Club award winner for outstanding achievement.
Anwar has been teaching marketing and international business for the last 13 years, both at York University and McKeil School of Business. He is also co-author of “Principles of Marketing,” the 1st Arab world edition with Professor Philip Kotler.
MAcc, CPA, CA, CMA
Aron has in excess of 15 years of experience working in both accounting and taxation. He has held various positions in accounting firms, and is currently employed by the public sector. In addition, he has taught post-secondary education since 2009 in the areas of intermediate financial accounting, advanced financial accounting, and personal taxation.
Aron has a Masters of Accountancy (MAcc) with a major in taxation from Brock University and also holds a Chartered Professional Accountant designation (CPA, CA, CMA).
In his spare time, Aron enjoys travelling.
BBA, LL.M., CPA, CA
Bartosz has over 10 years of auditing and accounting experience in the public and private sectors. He is currently an Audit Director at the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario, where he oversees value-for-money audits of various government ministries and agencies. Previously, he served as a Senior Auditor for Ernst & Young.
Bartosz has over 7 years of experience teaching auditing and accounting for CPA Ontario, University of Toronto and York University, where he has received recognition and awards for his excellence in teaching and creating a positive learning environment for his students. He is also a contributing author to Auditing: The Art and Science of Assurance Engagements 13th edition, 2015, a widely used university textbook in accounting and audit courses.
Bartosz is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) and holds a Masters of Laws (LL.M.) degree from Osgoode Hall Law School and a BBA (Accounting) from York University.
Chief HR Officer, JD Aero
Belinda has over 10 years of multi discipline Human Resources experience in the Consulting Engineering and Aviation industries, along with teaching undergrads and post grads across the various disciplines of HR.
A curious and passionate people person, who oscillates between learning and teaching, her focus is to contribute to the development of the future HR workforce. Her classes are inclusive, discussion focused and strives to bring the class into the HR world, by drawing upon everyone’s personal experiences to paint ‘It Depends’ scenarios in order to establish a deeper understanding of who they are as individuals, as well as explore possibilities on how they can best serve as top class HR Practitioners and Managers of the future.
She remains committed to providing students with the insights and tools necessary to ensure their employees and companies not only survive, but thrive.
Senior Director, Philanthropy, Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto
Brian is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) with 15 years of experience in managerial positions at large enterprises and financial institutions. His roles have been diverse; most recently a Director of Investment Finance at OMERS Infrastructure, and prior an AVP of Financial Advisory at Manulife and a Senior Associate in the Audit & Assurance Group at PwC. Brian’s experience includes financial management, reporting and advisory of organizations as well as monitoring compliance with regulations and standards.
His career has been focused in the investment management industry, specializing in private assets in global markets including infrastructure, private equity, and real estate. In his time at Manulife, Brian developed and led the “Investment Education Program”, the company’s in-depth investment technical training program. Brian holds a Master of Management & Professional Accounting from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Commerce from McGill University.
Calvin is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA, CA) in audit and assurance practice in both public and private sectors. He is currently a manager at a global accounting firm where he performs financial statement audits in financial institutions, including clients in banking and asset management sectors. He is enthusiastic about audit innovations through data analytics with a “data-first” mindset.
He is actively involved with CPA Canada’s Professional Education Program (PEP) to prepare CPA candidates for their success in their journey to becoming a CPA. He has been a facilitator and session leader in various PEP modules and a marker at the national marking centre since 2017. He believes understanding “why” in a subject is more critical than just knowing how to deal with it.
Calvin earned a Bachelor of Arts (Honours – Accounting and Economics) from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Arts in Economics from the University of Waterloo. He holds Chartered Professional Accountant designation (CPA, CA) as a member of CPA Canada and CPA Ontario.
Professor of Accounting, Mohawk College
Carol has an eclectic experience background in the private and public sectors in health care, insurance brokerage and consulting, education and professional association environments in financial and human resources roles. She loves facilitating learning because she enjoys seeing students develop their knowledge, skills and confidence. Business today wants employees who will be life-long learners and knowing that she might have a part to play in developing your skill level and confidence as a continuous learner makes her feel great about what she does.
Carol holds an undergraduate degree in Mathematics, and bachelor’s degree in Adult Education, a Masters of Business Administration degree, and a CPA designation.
B.Sc., PMP, PMI-PBA, CBAP
Cheryl is the CEO of Knowledge Adapters, a Toronto-based consulting firm that offers business analysis and project management consulting and training services in the areas of business analysis, project management and change management. Clients include public and private sector organizations across all industries, including financial services, high tech, telecommunications, transportation, construction, entertainment, and all levels of government.
Cheryl is co-author of “Effective PM and BA Role Collaboration” (2015), J. Ross Publishing, and one of four global authors of The PMI Guide to Business Analysis (2017), published by the Project Management Institute (PMI). She has spoken at conferences, chapter meetings, colleges, and at universities to audiences across the globe.
Cheryl founded the PMI Toronto Chapter Business Analysis Community; the first Business Analysis Community within a PMI Chapter, and has served as a Director at Large for the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA) Toronto.
Cheryl is a certified Professional in Business Analysis (PMI-PBA), Project Management Professional (PMP) and Certified Business Analysis Professional (CBAP).
Chris is a data expert: determining its value, monitoring its integrity and managing its performance. After spending decades working in full-service and multi-national marketing agencies, he has turned his passion and experience to helping organizations build positive, long-term relationships with their stakeholders.
For more than ten years, Chris has created, revised and taught a range of courses for Canadian colleges and universities. On his own time, he works with sector development organizations to educate non-profit leaders on best practice. Additionally, he creates and delivers workshops to under-served communities to improve employment opportunities. Chris holds his MBA from the University of Ottawa.
Senior Product Designer, Shopify
Danny Williams is a digital product designer based in Halifax, Canada who works with industry-leading companies to solve complex problems. Currently, he is a senior designer at Shopify, where he has built core product and platform experiences for millions of merchants.
Danny has worked with companies backed by the likes of Deloitte and Salesforce Ventures, is an alumni of Venture for Canada, and in 2015 was a Canadian delegate at the G20 YEA Summit in Beijing, China. In addition to his design practice, Danny taught design at General Assembly and more recently teaches design at York University.
President, Risk Management 101
Darius is a risk management consultant (Risk Management 101) and past-chair of the RIMS Canada Council (RCC), past-president of the Southern Alberta Risk and Insurance Management Society (SARIMS) and a risk and insurance practitioner for the past 25 plus years. He has worked with very large organizations, such as the Calgary Board of Education, with 100,000 students and 10,000 staff. Darius has also worked with organizations that have operations all across Canada, with over $10bn of property under management, and post-secondary institutions with very diverse risk profiles (e.g. academic, research, student travel, fundraising and provincial budget risks).
CPA, CGA, MBA
Desislava is a highly motivated accounting professional with solid background in the areas of financial accounting, managerial and cost accounting, and business statistics. She has work experience in various industries such as energy, utilities, infrastructure, and manufacturing. Some of her roles include programs analyst, corporate accountant, senior project accountant, and others. In addition, Desislava has taught numerous accounting, finance, and statistics courses to international and domestic adult learners.
Desislava is a proud York University alumna. She graduated from the Bachelor of Administrated Studies, honors in accounting program, followed by the Chartered Professional Accountant (CGA, CPA) designation, and a Master of Business Administration, major in accounting, from Wilfrid Laurier University. To further enhance her teaching skills, she successfully completed the Adult Education/Staff Training certificate program at Seneca College.
In her spare time, Desislava enjoys playing the piano, reading books, and giving back to the business community. In particular, she volunteers as provincial judge at DECA Ontario regional competitions.
Vice President, Labour Relations and Human Resources, Maple Leaf Foods Inc
Dezi Singh is currently the Vice President of Labour Relations and Human Resources at Maple Leaf Foods. He received his honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business at York University in 2006, followed by his Masters degree in Industrial Relations from Queen’s University in 2007. Since then, Dezi has held a number of esteemed positions in the field of labour relations, in large federal and provincial organizations. He has focused on developing labour strategies and collective bargaining, as well as alternative dispute resolution. More specifically, Dezi has created and delivered training with regard to maintaining a positive workplace, health and safety in the workplace, and interest based negotiations. In his free time, Dezi developed and taught a course in negotiations and has been an adjunct professor at York University since 2017.
MBA, (DBA), P.Eng., PMP®, PgMP®, PMI®-ACP, CMC, CSM®, CSPO®
Dilash is a leading project management expert who brings extensive international experience working with both private and public sector organizations. He is presently the Director of Project Management & Delivery Services with a multinational financial data organization, where he is accountable for process optimization, portfolio prioritization, and the delivery of strategic, client-driven and regulatory projects. His career spans hi-tech, finance, security and educational industries concentrated on North American, European and Asia Pacific markets. Dilash also brings more than ten years of experience in teaching and developing post-graduate courses and programs in business strategy, project management and information technology.
Dilash is currently pursuing his Doctorate in Business Administration with a focus on organizational agility. He has a Computer Engineering degree from the University of Ottawa, a Bachelors of Education specializing in Adult Education from Brock University, and a Master’s in Business Administration – Executive Management from Royal Roads University. He is a licensed Professional Engineer, certified Project Management Professional (PMP®), Program Management Professional (PgMP®), PMI® – Agile Certified Professional (PMI-ACP®), PMI®-ATP trainer, and regular speaker at the Global Project Management Conference. In addition, Dilash is a Certified Scrum Master (CSM®), Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO®), Certified Management Consultant (CMC), SAFe Program Consultant (SPC®), and Prosci® Certified Change Management Consultant.
MA, HDipEd, Cert. Coach (NCCP) TESL(C)
Doina Nugent is a passionate and student-focused educator and coach, with over 20 years of experience developing, coordinating, and instructing Academic and Professional Communications Programs in English, German, and French at York University, in Vancouver, Victoria, Germany, the UK, and Ireland.
Her continued focus is on creating engaging, inclusive learning environments to foster communication confidence, and on helping international students and Internationally Educated Professionals adapt to the North American academic, professional, and cultural environment.
At York University, Doina has taught a variety of courses, including Research Report Writing, Critical Thinking, Public Speaking, Teamwork, Case Study Methodologies and Analysis, and Intercultural Communication. In Europe, Doina developed and delivered in-house corporate English language training programs (Business Communication) and worked as and trained Translator/Simultaneous Interpreters. Doina also worked for many years as Assistant Editor in online publishing, and as official examiner in English, German, and French for both national and international examination boards (IELTS, iCELBAN, GCSE and Advanced (A) Levels (UK), and An Roinn Oideachais, Ireland).
Doina holds an Honors B.A. in English, German and French, and a Master’s degree, both from the National University of Ireland. Her teaching specializations (Higher Diploma in Education; Teaching licenses in Ireland, UK, and Germany) include Modern Language Teaching and Assessment Methodologies, Experiential Learning, Content Learning in Language (CLIL), and Personal and Social Development.
Doina has also had a lengthy and successful career in elite ultradistance running, triathlon and high-altitude climbing, winning 5 Intercontinental and 3 World Championships.
Reviewer, Macrothink Institute
Dorjana is a highly committed and passionate educator holding a PhD and a master’s degree in Finance, and Bachelor in Accounting. Having 14 years of teaching experience in universities and professional experience in accounting, finance, and marketing with leading International companies. Have been published tens of articles in prestigious research journals. Skilled in teaching, mentoring, research, communication, public speaking, and problem solving. Awarded academic title “Docent” for high academic achievements, High Commendation for exceeding the goals beyond expectations and listed on the Dean’ Honor list for great academic results.
Dr. Mohammad Nozari
Dr. Mohammad Nozari
BSc, MBA, PhD
Dr. Mohammad Nozari is a scholar-practitioner with more than 25 years of industry experience in automation, telecommunications, finance, and banking sectors and has led multi-national projects across Asia, Europe, and North America. he has taught in various universities with a focus on combination of technology, business, and management through business communications, project execution, leadership, as well as courses in software engineering.
Mohammad is an expert in delivery of complex technology products and implementing corporate strategies. He has a strong passion for education as the essential tool for making positive social change. He continuously combines his experience with teaching courses, leading to delivery of real-life up-to-date experience to his students. This has proven to be a successful approach in preparing students for their future endeavors through real life case studies.
Mohammad has a doctorate (Ph.D.) in Management, a Master’s of philosophy, a Master’s of Business Administration, and a Bachelor’s degree in Software Engineering. He continues to research in Biomimicking, an interdisciplinary field he established in his doctoral study that combines swarm intelligence with management of human resources. Mohammad’s research interests also include strategy implementation, cultural intelligence (CQ), and history. His book titled “Leadership through Battles” presents a unique view of combining history with constructs of leadership and strategy.
Dr. Pramela Nair Panthallor
Dr. Pramela Nair Panthallor
Instructor, York University
Dr. Pramela Nair Panthallor has over 11 years of experience working in positions of technological manager, lecturer, consultant, and director in Asia, CIS, Europe, South America, and Canada. As an educator for business management and software engineering courses, she has taught courses like business statistics (including SPSS), financial economics, business planning, management & organization, logistics & supply chain management, global business, operating systems, and introduction to computers.
As someone who believes in life-long learning, Pramela is passionate about learning new teaching methodologies and technologies to enhance the quality of facilitating learners. Being a research enthusiast, she is keen to contribute to the understanding of sustainability in the educational sector. She is the co-author of a management book ‘Operational Sustainability in the Mining Industry’ published by Springer Nature Publications.
Pramela has a Doctorate (PhD) in Business Research, a Master’s in Business Administration, a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering, and is currently planning to get certified for CTP/CTDP.
PMP®, AOP, ATP, TEFL, ITIL, RIMS®-CRMP, B.A.A.
Ellie has over 20 years of experience delivering strategic oversight of digital transformations, transitions, and infrastructure programs in banking, retail, government and health. Her progressive experience in program and portfolio management culminated in her becoming the Director of Vendor Management for the Retail Operations Strategic Business Unit with CIBC. As a project management consultant focusing on global strategic initiatives, risk management, and continuous improvement across multiple industries, Ellie is passionate about bringing her experience into the classroom. Ellie is currently a Program/Delivery Manager at IBM, overseeing programs across multiple industries and supporting clients with achieving their strategic objectives, while developing new project management professionals.
Ellie brings a BA in Office and Administrative Studies and Certificates in Teaching and Training Adults, Risk Management, and TEFL. A certified PMI Authorized Training Partner, PMP, Accredited Outsourcing Practitioner, and RIMS-Certified Risk Management Professional, she is currently pursuing her Master’s in Education at uOttawa. Ellie teaches various project management and business courses with the PMI Toronto Chapter and at post-secondary institutions throughout the Greater Toronto Area. Committed to diversity and inclusion, Ellie consistently adds additional certifications to her repertoire, in topics that include accessibility and teaching in a digital world. Ellie volunteers as a mentor with the PMI Durham Highlands Chapter and was a contributor to the PMBOK v7 Standards as a part of her 3-year (2020-2023) volunteer assignment on the PMI Standards Committee.
B.Comm., MBA (Strategy), PFP, RIS
Faisal has 20 years of experience in national, regional and branch leadership roles with TD, Laurentian Bank and London Life, progressing to executive-level roles including District Vice President and Associate Vice President of Sales, Strategy and Digital. He is also a management consultant within the Canadian financial services sector.
Faisal has worked in many different areas of the industry which includes analytics, sales leadership, capability development, advice strategy and distribution leadership roles within insurance, retail banking and wealth management.
Faisal has over 10 years of experience as an educator. He is currently a part-time professor in the Business Faculties at York University, Humber College, and Sheridan College. He is Co-Founder & Chair of Refugee Girls Worldwide, a current Board Member at William Osler Health System Foundation, and past Cabinet Chair at United Way.
Faisal holds a Bachelor of Commerce (concentration in Finance) and an MBA (concentration in Strategy) from the University of Windsor.
BA, MHRM, CHRE
A senior global executive with over 25 years’ experience, Faith has served in roles such as Chief People Officer, Global Head of Talent as well as SVP, Human Resources for a number of multinational organizations. She currently serves as an active Professional Advisory Committee member for degree programs for two Canadian universities.
Faith brings expansive expertise and specialization in Organizational Design & Development, Talent Management, Succession Planning, Talent Acquisition, Performance Management, Employee Relations, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, and Strategic Planning. Additionally, Faith’s background has given her broad experience across a range of industries that include Technology, Pharmaceutical, Engineering, HR Services, and Insurance.
Faith obtained her Masters of Human Resources Management (MHRM) from York University, a BA in Industrial/Labour Relations from the University of Toronto, a Certificate in Adult Training & Development from OISE, as well as a Business Administration Diploma from Sheridan College. Faith is a member of the HRPA, from which she holds the top tier designation of Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE).
Instructor, People Analytics, York University
Farzeen Foda is a Talent Strategies professional with experience in corporate strategy, talent acquisition, and organizational design. Her experience spans the healthcare and financial services industries where she has leveraged technology, data, and continuous improvement to drive change in alignment with strategic objectives. In her current role, she manages CIBC’s Student Internship Program, designing high-value, high-impact work placements for early talent. In her spare time, she enjoys channeling her creativity toward home decor, crafting and DIY experiments.
Farzeen holds an HBSc. Life Sciences, from McMaster University and an MBA from the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.
CPA, CA, CPA (Illinois), CIA, CGMA, Member of ACTRA
Director, Research & Analytics, HR, Rogers Communications Inc
Geoff is a director and behavioral scientist leading a strategic research team using science, advanced analytics, and consulting to shape Rogers’ management strategy for its 26,000+ employees. Prior to joining Rogers, Geoff worked at Google’s People Analytics team and 4 Fortune/Forbes Global 1000 Companies, received a PhD specializing in Organizational Behavior at UCLA, and obtained both a Master of Industrial Relations and Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Toronto. His award-winning research has shaped government legislation and organizational policies, been published in prestigious academic journals and best-selling books, and received global media coverage.
Geoff holds a Ph.D in Management & Organizations from UCLA, and completed a Master of Industrial Relations and Human Resources and a B.Comm at the University of Toronto.
B.Ed., MBA, PhD, CHRP
Dr. Indira Somwaru is a human resources professional and educator with over twenty years of experience in both business and academic settings. Her industry experience includes senior human resources management positions in a variety of organizations including health care, real estate and publishing.
Indira currently teaches courses in business and human resources management at York University in the Schulich School of Business, School of Administrative Studies, School of Continuing Studies, and School of Human Resources Management, from which she is a Teaching Excellence Award recipient. She brings specialized expertise in negotiations which she teaches to Schulich undergraduate, graduate and executive level students. Indira also teaches courses in the Master’s Degree program in Industrial Relations and Human Resources at the University of Toronto and Rotman Commerce.
In addition to teaching, Indira designs and delivers workshops and provides consulting services to private industry, particularly in the area of human resources management. Her areas of expertise include negotiations, change management, leadership and managing diversity.
Indira brings a PhD in Management from Griffith University as well as an MBA, BEd and BA from the University of Toronto. She is also a Certified Human Resources Professional (CHRP).
Course Director, York University
Irma Spahiu is an academic and a lawyer with expertise in Administrative and Regulatory Law. She has a Master of Laws and a PhD in Law from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a Master in International Management from the University of Montesquieu-Boardeaux IV. She currently teaches law-related courses at the U of T and UOIT. Her recent teaching experience and practice includes areas of access to information and privacy rights, with a focus on Canadian and European legal frameworks.
Senior Product Manager, Shopify
James has 12+ years of experience in the technology industry across design and product management crafts. An advocate for customer focused innovation he is currently a Senior Product Manager at Shopify. He also previously worked at Uber, Walmart Labs and Xe.com in product management roles.
MA, PhD (ABD)
A passionate and enthusiastic instructor, Janet Melo-Thaiss believes that York University’s classrooms have the power to change the world for the better. Winner of multiple teaching awards, including the President’s University-Wide Teaching Award and Humanities Teaching Award, Janet focuses on mentoring students and facilitating their journey towards the highest expression of their own skills and talents.
Janet’s work in the financial and insurance industries as a Marketing Professional and Financial Writer informs her focus on experiential learning in the classroom and helps students to see the connections between their academic and professional paths. Known as an innovative teacher, Janet’s classroom is a dynamic space where mindfulness meets academic excellence.
Jason Russell has a PhD in History from York University, and is the author of a book and several academic articles relating to work and labour issues both in historical and contemporary contexts. He regularly presents papers at national and international academic conferences. He has taught courses on labour/industrial relations and other work and employment subjects at five different colleges and universities including York, the University of Western Ontario, and McMaster. His current research interests focus on the development of management as an occupation in Canada from the 1940s to the 1990s.
BSc Honors in Computing, and MBA.
Jed has over 20 years of experience in IT, information, and knowledge management. He is a member of the Company of Fellows of the Association for Intelligent Information Management (AIIM) and a Certified Information Professional (CIP).
Jed has been in product management since 2018 when he joined the Digital Group at TD Bank as a Senior Product Manager for Enterprise Search. Since 2019 Jed has been with NetDocuments, a cloud content services company as Director of Product Management responsible for Security & Governance products and now as Principal Product Manager working on ideation, innovation pipeline, and business case development.
BA (Hons), M.Ed
Jeff’s background in business and human resources management spans more than twenty-five years. In his capacity as an independent consultant, he has worked with some of Canada’s most influential companies, completing client engagements in both the public and private sectors. His international experience includes working with post-secondary partners in Indonesia to assist with the development of applied entrepreneurship curriculum and the establishment of community business support centres.
Jeff has taught management development, organizational behaviour, human resource planning and development, and business foundation courses at McMaster and York universities, and at Seneca, Conestoga, and Confederation colleges. He has an undergraduate honours degree in Economics from Laurentian University in Sudbury, and a graduate degree in Education from Nipissing University in North Bay.
B.Comm., MBA, EcD, (PhD)
Jennifer is a marketing and business professional with more than 20 years of leadership experience in both the public and private sectors. Jennifer previously held the role of Director of Economic Development and Culture at the City of Vaughan. In the private sector, Jennifer has held senior leadership positions in venture capital and business consulting. Recognized as a serial entrepreneur, Jennifer successfully built a business consulting firm that sold to a large multi-national accounting firm in 2013.
Jennifer is the co-founder of Women Leadership Nation Inc., an organization committed to helping close the gender gap in the workplace and she is the host of the WLN Breaking Barriers Podcast. Jennifer has been recognized by Insights Success Magazine as 1 of 20 successful businesswomen to watch in 2020, has won 11 marketing awards, and was designated as a Women of Influence by the Universal Women’s Network in 2020.
Jennifer holds an MBA specializing in international business and marketing, as well as a Bachelors in Commerce, a Certificate in Higher Education Teaching, a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership, a Certificate in Marketing Management, and a Graduate Diploma in Management. She has completed the York Entrepreneurship Development Business Incubator Program at Schulich School of Business and holds the Economic Development Professional (EcD) Certification and Designation. Jennifer is currently obtaining a PhD in Management, specializing in Leadership.
Director, Organizational Culture and Analytics, Anchor HR Services.
Jessica Collins is the Director of Organizational Culture and Analytics at Anchor HR Services. She leads strategic consulting projects that include change management, performance enablement, and people analytics. Her clients range from small not-for-profit organizations to large retail companies. Jessica develops and promotes insights-based people practices to fuel sustainable organizational health, innovation, and performance. Prior to consulting, Jessica worked in organizational development and analytics at Intact, following HR business partnership and total rewards at BHP. Helping HR become more data-driven is key to Jessica’s mission: helping organizations inspire and enable their people.
Jessica holds a Masters of Industrial Relations and Human Resources and Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Toronto. She is also proud to have earned a Certificate in People Analytics with the first cohort at York University.
BSBA, MBA, (PhD), CPHR
Joanna has more than 20 years of experience in international business operations with industry expertise in manufacturing, retail, hospitality, and international logistics operations. Her progressive experience in human resources and organizational operations culminated in becoming the Chief Executive Officer of 3Ks Unique Co., a successful multinational firm. As a business and human resources consultant with a focus on business development, compliance, and health & safety for international organizations, Joanna brings a passion for teaching that brings business world reality into classroom instruction.
Joanna brings a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, an MBA from William Howard Taft University, and Certificates in Project Management, Human Resources Management and TESOL. She is currently in the process of completing her Doctorate in Business Administration with a specialization in business leadership and management, and receiving validation as a CPHR. Joanna teaches a variety of business and human resources courses at York University, Seneca College, and Centennial College and is a facilitator for HRPA-York Region’s Educational Committee.
Project Manager, The Hospital of Sick Children
John Nashid has over ten years of experience in teaching, health care and consulting sectors. He works a project manager with the Strategy Department at SickKids hospital providing strategic support across all programs. John received his MBA and Bachelor of Kinesiology from McMaster University, and is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and Certified Managerial Accountant (CMA).
Josie Cassano Rizzuti
Josie Cassano Rizzuti
B.Comm, MCM, APR
Josie has over 20 years of experience in the steel industry where she works for ArcelorMittal Dofasco, part of multinational producer ArcelorMittal, the second largest steel producer in the world with a presence in 60 countries. Early in her career, Josie was a Business Unit & Capital Accountant, where she was part of a history-making takeover. In 2011 she moved to strategic marketing and communications, an area of lifelong interest. She has recently joined the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion team on special assignment.
Josie is accredited with the Canadian Public Relations Society (CPRS) and in 2019 joined the CPRS Board of Directors in Hamilton as Co-Chair of Business Development. In 2021 she became the Treasurer of the Board. Josie is a speaker with the CPRS Speakers Bureau and an academic journal author. She has presented at several International Public Relations Conferences with McMaster University such as the Institute of Public Relations Bridge Conference in Washington, the 28th BledCom Symposium in Slovenia, and the CCI Corporate Communication International Conference in Milan, Italy.
Josie holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the DeGroote School of Business and a Master of Communication Management degree from McMaster University & Syracuse University.
B.Sc., MBA (Marketing & Strategy)
Judy has over 20 years of experience in brand management, marketing, and business strategy analytics in the consumer packaged goods industry, steering multi-million dollar franchises to rapid growth. Judy has led Fortune 500 teams at Kraft, Mondelez and The Nielsen Company, where she served as Vice President, Client Services. Judy currently leads York University’s YSpace Food Accelerator to help food start-ups scale and accelerate growth. She also serves as a Program Advisor for York University’s Entrepreneurial Leadership & Learning Alliance (ELLA) Accelerator supporting women’s entrepreneurship, and as a Business Mentor for youth entrepreneurs with the City of Markham. In 2014, Judy founded Pivot Perspectives Coaching & Consulting, a training organization for leaders and entrepreneurs.
Judy holds a Masters of Business Administration from Rotman School of Business with specializations in Marketing and Strategy. She also has a Bachelor of Science in Actuarial Sciences from the University of Toronto and is a Certified Coach with the Coaches Training Institute (CTI).
Co-Founder, Director Of Products, OneClass
Katherine has extensive startup experience being on the founding team of OneClass, helping it achieve proof-of-concept and scale the business to an international platform with multiple product lines. Her journey into product management started in 2015 with a laser focus on the creator economy of OneClass and its marketplace. Katherine has worked with product organizations based in Canada and China, and in both cases, established the product culture in both.
Katherine completed her undergrad at University of Toronto Scarborough with a BBA specializing in Strategic Management. She is passionate about tech-enabled solutions helping people and businesses scale.
BSc (Econ), MBA, CIPM
Kenrick has over 25 years of experience in the banking industry focusing on corporate lending and asset management. He is currently a Vice President at TD Asset Management within the Investment Risk department where he specializes in Performance Measurement and the Global Investment Performance Standards (GIPS). Kenrick is also the Vice Chair of the Canadian Investment Performance Council (CIPC) of CFA Societies Canada.
Kenrick has over 20 years of experience as an educator. He is a part-time instructor at York University School of Continuing Studies and George Brown College Centre for Continuous Learning, as well as a former lecturer at Sheridan College. His key subject areas include Accounting, Corporate Finance, Personal Finance, Economics and Statistics.
Kenrick holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of the West Indies and an MBA from the University of Edinburgh. He has completed various courses with the Canadian Securities Institute and holds a Certificate in Investment Performance Measurement (CIPM).
Director, Enterprise Risk, Analytics and Decision Support (Corporate Risk Management), Workplace Safety and Insurance Board
Lapo Calamai is an economist, certified risk management professional and thought leader with 15 years of experience at the intersection of public policy and the financial services, insurance and pension industries. Throughout his career, Lapo has held leadership positions in the private, public and non-profit sectors. He has served as an economic and policy advisor to ministers and government executives in federal and provincial governments in the United Kingdom and Canada.
As a career public servant and former registered lobbyist, he brings to the table unparalleled acumen navigating complex and highly-regulated industries. Lapo’s core areas of expertise include corporate and enterprise risk management, insurance, corporate governance, compliance and internal audit. He is a trusted advisor for organizations looking to establish, operationalize or enhance risk management processes and tools with the objective of driving growth, optimizing capital efficiency, strengthening reputation and meeting compliance obligations. A published author, Lapo has written articles on emerging economic policy, insurance and risk management issues, and holds an undergraduate degree in economics and a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Associate Director, Human Resources & Equity, Diversion and Inclusion, Workplace Safety and Insurance Appeals Tribunal
Lauren Canzius is a strategic HR professional experienced in all aspects of human resources management. Lauren takes a holistic approach to consulting services by helping clients align their people strategies with their corporate objectives within the ever changing global and competitive context. Lauren specializes in human resources consulting, change management, project management, labour and employee relations, collective bargaining, training and development, business development and public speaking. She also teaches undergraduate courses in HR and labour relations.
LLM, MBA, MEd, MEng, MI, CSSBB, PMP, PEng
Lucas has taught in-person, hybrid and online business courses for undergraduate and graduate students at several universities across Ontario. He has led large-scale projects across different industries such as fiber optic, cement, automotive, consumer packaging, healthcare and higher education. He has worked as a Project Manager, Project Director, and Advisor of Transformation for organizations that include Atlantic Packing Products Ltd., University Health Network, Central Local Health Integration Network (LHIN) and the College of Family Physicians of Canada.
Lucas holds graduate degrees in Business Administration, Education, Engineering, IT and Law from the University of Toronto. He also holds various certifications and designations including Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB), Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE) and Project Management Professional (PMP) to name a few. He is currently pursuing a PhD in Higher Education.
Mangala Rao D’sa
Mangala Rao D’sa
B.Sc., MBA (Digital Transformation)
Mangala is a senior marketing executive with a reputation for building iconic brands through fully integrated marketing by combining strategic thinking and bold creativity with a digital first mindset to build sustainable businesses that can ignite growth.
Currently the Vice President of Marketing & Innovation/Supply Chain at Second Cup, Mangala has held senior management positions with top firms including PepsiCo, Roots, Kraft and Post Consumer Brands. Mangala has provided consulting in strategy and marketing to Indigo Books & Music Inc. as well as top-tier corporations in retail, production services, consumer packaged goods, apparel and fashion.
In addition to teaching at the York University School of Continuing Studies, she is currently a Board Advisor to the Humber College School of Business.
Mangala is an Honours Economics and Math graduate of the University of Toronto and completed her MBA in Digital Transformation at McMaster DeGroote School of Business.
Senior HR Executive
Mark is a senior HR executive with over 20 years of broad experience in both business and academic ventures. He has held senior HR executive and officer roles in various organizations including large global organizations, domestic market leaders and high-growth start-ups. His experience includes all major facets of the HR discipline including total rewards, talent management, organizational transformation, change management, labour relations in addition to board level and other advisory work. He has taught HR and labour relations courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level and joined York University in 2002. Mark holds a BA (Economics), Master of Industrial Relations (MIR) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) and is a graduate of York University, University of Toronto and the London School of Economics.
Project Manager, Michelle Gibbons, Written Communications
Michelle comes to the field of Human Resources with more than twenty-five years of senior level human resources management practice in professional services and private sector companies. She majored in HR for her Bachelor of Commerce and completed a Master of Arts specializing in Learning and Technology, and most recently has been professionally certified as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) through the International Coach Federation.
Over the course of her career, Michelle has worked extensively in all areas of human resources that you will cover in your program. She continues to provide HR consulting services to various clients and finds that working in HR each day can bring new challenges as there is always more we can learn. With ten years of teaching human resources and leadership courses at the university/college level, Michelle’s passion is creating great learning experiences for every student.
Inclusive and Diversity Analytics Consultant, Mckie & Consultants
Miranda McKie is a Data Architecture and Engineering Manager and leads the People Analytics function for Accenture Applied Intelligence Canada. In her role, Miranda helps her clients across various industries including financial services, educational, transportation, and the broader public sector leverage their data as a corporate asset through the development of solution architecture and the implementation of Advanced Analytics. Miranda is passionate about Inclusion and Diversity Analytics and has worked on various initiatives focused on utilizing artificial intelligence capabilities to gain insights on systemic issues that impact women in the workplace. Miranda leads the GTA Women’s ERG and is a Board Member on the Toronto Board of Trade’s Young People’s Committee. She is also very involved in Accenture’s pro-bono practice.
Prior to Accenture, Miranda co-founded and was the President of a non-profit, Young Women in Business (YWiB) Toronto, which provides over a thousand Toronto women with a strong and sustainable network of support to enable their professional development. Miranda’s work in advancing women in the workplace led her to be the 2020 recipient of Catalyst Canada’s Emerging Leader Award.
Audit Supervisor, Office of the Auditor General of Ontario
Neil Ganatra is an experienced audit and accounting practitioner. He has worked on financial statement assurance engagements for a wide variety of clients across multiple industries in both the public and private sector. He is qualified as a Chartered Professional Account (CPA, CA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE) and has a Certificate of Enterprise Risk Management in the Public Sector from the Schulich School of Business, Executive Education Centre.
Neil is passionate about education and has gained valuable experience in teaching through a variety of roles, such as teaching for CPA Ontario’s Professional Education Program (PEP). He has also worked in educational content and curriculum development and conducted research for accounting and audit projects. Throughout his career, he has enjoyed coaching and mentoring CPA candidates and volunteering in the community.
B.Comm., CPA, CA, FRM
Nidhi brings over 20 years of accounting and finance experience. Her professional growth with large multinationals, start-up businesses and entrepreneurial enterprise has allowed her to develop a strong appreciation for evolving financial reporting and controls. During her career, Nidhi co-founded and operated a multi-modality medical clinic in the GTA and was a financial leader for a privately pharmaceutical business which was later acquired by a TSX listed company. During this time, she provided cross-functional leadership and her financial expertise was integral in growth strategies for products and services.
Nidhi now spends her time providing advisory services for small business, teaching at York University School of Continuing Studies, and volunteering in the non-profit sector. She is the Treasurer for a nonprofit organization, is the former Vice Chair at Skylark Youth and Families and a former board member for the Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences. She also brings board experience from the private sector. Nidhi is a CPA, CA, and is certified in Risk Management.
Professor, George Brown College
Dr. Svergun is an experienced executive manager and educator specializing in human resources management, HR planning and organizational behaviour. During her more than 15 years in senior management roles, she has coached professionals and executives across several industries preparing them for change management initiatives and supporting their business improvement projects. Her portfolio of industries includes public sector work, retail, mining and heavy industries, manufacturing and professional services firms.
Oxana’s teaching promotes scientific-based and effective people management solutions helping organizations to improve their people management capacities. Her practically oriented teaching strategies build learners’ professional expertise and translate evidence-based concepts into effective action.
BFA, MA, EMBA
Rahim has 13 years of experience in marketing, business strategy, and product management in varied sectors, including fashion, technology, education, and wellness. He has led multifaceted new brand development projects for two ready-to-wear clothing brands and was instrumental in growing the merchant base of a Techstar backed digital start-up for personal care services.
Rahim is the founder of The Herringbone, a marketing consultation service that helps early-stage start-ups and small businesses to tell their stories. His other achievements include marketing projects for luxury brands like Valentino and Ferretti Group.
Rahim holds a Joint Executive MBA from Schulich School of Business at York University and Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in Chicago. He also has a Masters degree in Fashion Merchandising and Management from Polimoda School of Fashion Design and Marketing in Florence.
MA, MASc, PMP, CHRL
Rehan is an HR and Project Management Professional with over 20 years of experience. In January 2014, he became the Founder & CEO of the HR and Project Management Corporation, a global firm specialized in providing recruitment and training services.
Rehan is a part-time faculty member at York University, Humber College, and Lambton College where he teaches HR and project management. He has an Honours BA in Economics from the University of Toronto, an MA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario, and an MASc in Management Science from the University of Waterloo. He also has a Master’s Certificate in Learning & Development from Schulich’s Executive Education Centre and holds both the PMP & CHRL Professional Licenses.
Riana Vumbaca is a Senior Accountant and part-time Sessional Instructional Assistant. She currently works at Ernst & Young (EY) LLP in the assurance practice where she conducts financial statement audit and review engagements for a variety of clients in the private sector. Riana is a recent graduate of the Rotman Commerce Program at the University of Toronto and a successful September 2020 Common Final Examination writer. She combines her professional experience and familiarity with the CPA process to help her students in their pursuit of attaining their professional accounting designation.
Senior Human Resources Executive
Robert (Bob) DaCosta is a senior human resources executive who has held Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer positions in the healthcare and education sectors. He is also an experienced educator and facilitator known for his engaging style and providing practical real-world examples when teaching. Bob is a Certified Health Executive (CHE), a Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) and holds a master’s in education degree (M.Ed.). He also has been involved in several not-for-profit boards as a Board Director. He is currently a Board Member of Community Living York South.
Ron Alexandrowich has been a course director/professor at York University’s School of Human Resource Management since 2003. Ron has held positions and worked with various private/public corporations and the non-profit sector in leadership and organization development where the focus has been on cultural transformation and organizational effectiveness. In 2013 he was responsible for HR operations during the Calgary floods for the Canadian Red Cross where he is also a Disaster Management Certified Instructor.
In 2014 Ron received the Teaching Excellence Award within the School of Administrative Studies, and in 2015 was selected as a finalist within the School of Human Resource Management. Both awards are determined by student selection.
B.Sc. (Hons), MBA (Technology & Innovation)
Salman has over 10 years of experience in business development, international business and technology across the corporate and non-for-profit sector. He has been highly successful at advising fast-growing international companies on market entry strategies in his current role at Toronto Global, where he has helped attract over 25 international companies that will create more than 800 new jobs for Canadians and generate upwards of $140M of investment to Canada.
Prior to this, Salman worked in client facing roles in technology companies which included 5 years at IBM where he supported enterprise clients. Salman is currently on the Program Advisory Committee at the Faculty of Business at Humber College and serves as a board member at the Toronto Workforce Innovation Group.
Salman has an Honours Degree in Computer Science from York University and an MBA in Technology and Innovation from Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University.
MBA, CPA, CMA
Saurab is a Partner at a Public Accounting Practice, leading the Firm’s integration across all service lines. He has over 10 years of experience in corporate finance, advising clients across a diverse range of industries in Canada, and in some instances, globally. Saurab has significant experience working with multinational corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises, and start-ups, and has led teams in complex finance and tax assignments including international expansion, wind-ups, equity and debt financing transactions, transfer pricing, expatriate tax, mergers, and acquisitions.
Additionally, Saurab has completed the CPA In-Depth Tax course and has extensive expertise in taxation matters impacting the technology industry. He also advises clients in numerous other industries including real estate, construction, manufacturing, finance, medical, dental, and legal. Saurab has contributed to numerous speaking and teaching engagements related to all matters of taxation, financial and assurance. He will be pursing his Executive Ivey MBA beginning February 2022.
Setinder Rupra is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) and Payroll Compliance Practitioner (PCP) with over 20 years industry experience. In addition to teaching Human Resources and Payroll courses, she managed a niche business that provides watch repair services to various luxury brands. Setinder also brings practical knowledge of pre-hire assessments and tools through her work with McQuaig as the Lead Facilitator and Customer Success Manager. Setinder has a wealth of firsthand experiences to share with her students.
Setinder is passionate about creating an inclusive an interactive learning experience for her students and professional clients. She is committed to creating an environment where students can explore and share their own ideas in the often “grey” areas of HR and become comfortable making decisions where there may not always be a black and white answer.
Setinder’s areas of expertise are human resources, organizational behaviour, payroll, customer experience, employee engagement, corporate training, and business management.
BA, MBA (Marketing & International Business)
Sheri has over 20 years of experience in marketing and advertising, brand management, startups and small business spanning the automotive, consumer packaged goods, e-commerce and service industries. Sheri is an award-winning marketer for Fortune 500 brands such as Kraft, Coca-Cola, Ford, Nissan/Infiniti and Unilever where she helped lead a multi-million dollar product launch for Sunsilk Hair Care into North America.
Since 2012, Sheri has taught Marketing and Sales for Enterprise Toronto, the City of Toronto’s Small Business Centres. In 2017, Sheri launched her own tech-ed startup, Codezilla Kids, which served 40+ schools in Toronto. She currently helps small business owners through ZipLaunch, a consulting and training program for new entrepreneurs.
Sheri holds a Masters of Business Administration from Dalhousie University (Marketing and International Business specializations) and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.
MBA, CPA, CGA, ACCA
Shirley has taught a wide range of courses including accounting, finance and taxation for over ten years at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Her industry experience spans both the public and private sectors in the areas of corporate finance, accounting, controllership and project management.
Shirley is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) and a member of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). She holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) with a focus in Commerce and Strategy from Laurentian University.
Shirley also teaches in the MBA Program at Cape Breton University and has been involved as a subject matter expert in curriculum design to meet industry and professional certification requirements. Her teaching philosophy includes motivating and encouraging students to learn from one another, while always challenging them to be critical thinkers.
Senior Product Manager, Varicent
Stefan is a CPA,CA that transitioned into the tech world and is now a Senior Product Manager at Varicent, a B2B SAAS leader in the Sales Performance space. He currently leads a team of 3 product managers, 3 designers and 30+ developers/QAs for a new product that he took from ideation to launch.
Steve Fletcher has been an Occupational Health and Safety Professional for the past 27 years. He believes in lifelong learning and the fact that you are never too old to learn something new. Steve has graduated from three Ontario Colleges, and is a three-time graduate of McMaster University in Human Resources, Labour Studies, and Occupational Health and Safety complimented with a Masters of Public Administration from Western University.
Steve’s career has given him significant experience in the healthcare, education, municipal and industrial sectors of Ontario workplaces. He has been teaching with McMaster in the Human Resources program for the past 15 years and has a passion for helping students thrive and enjoy the learning experience.
MHRM, CHRL, CTDP
Su-Yan Gay is a Human Resources professional who brings almost 20 years of HR experience to York University. Su-Yan worked as the Manager of Learning & Development for a large crown corporation for over 10 years. Her most recent position took her to Alberta, where she was the Supervisor of Employee Education and a Senior HR Advisor within a municipal government organization. Based in Toronto, Su-Yan is currently managing her own HR consulting firm (NAYUS Consulting Group) where she is advising public and private organizations in both Canada and the Caribbean with their HR and talent management needs.
Su-Yan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Toronto, a Bachelor of Education degree (specializing in Adult Education) from Brock University, and a graduate degree in Human Resources Management from York University. In addition, she holds the professional designations of Certified Human Resources Leader and Certified Training & Development Professional.
Owner, SA Maislin Cosultants
As principle of S.A. Maislin Consultants, Sue-Ann is passionate about partnering with leading employers to create healthy, safe, sustainable and high-performing workplaces. She has over 20 years of leadership and health and safety consulting experience in the financial services, healthcare, manufacturing, telecommunications, social services and education industries. Sue-Ann has a master’s degree in counselling psychology and adult education from the University of Toronto. She’s also a qualified Mental Health First Aid Instructor through the Mental Health Commission of Canada. To learn more about Sue-Ann visit her website, www.sueannmaislin.com.
Financial Controller, Entrematic Inc. North America
Supinder has 17 years’ experience working as a Financial Controller in various manufacturing industries from packaging, refinery services, lumber and door opening solutions in North America. He has been teaching since 2007 with CPA Ontario and is currently teaching at York University Schulich School of Business in the BBA and MBA programs and with the York University School of Continuing Education. He teaches Management Accounting, Financial Accounting, Finance, Audit, Capstone, Accounting Information Systems and Tax. Supinder holds the following designations: an undergraduate BBA degree from Schulich, an MBA from Warwick University, CPA, CMA In Ontario and CCP in Canada.
Syeda Fahmida Habib
Syeda Fahmida Habib
M.Fin., MBA, DBA
Dr. Syeda Fahmida Habib is a passionate, student-centered educator with 24 years teaching experience at University/College level. Her core area of teaching has been finance and banking. Fahmida has also taught accounting, marketing, and general management courses. She has been involved in text book writing, curricula, course material and assessment development as well as managing teaching teams. Fahmida has authored a textbook on Islamic Finance and Banking for Wiley Publishers in 2018. She completed her DBA from SMC University, Zurich and has a Masters in Applied Finance from Macquarie University, Sydney plus an MBA, majoring in marketing.
Fahmida believes that learning happens when the material is adapted to the learner’s abilities and interest. She has had great rapport with her students and colleagues. Fahmida has worked with mature multicultural student groups and strives to instill in her students her own passion for life- long learning and learning beyond borders. She also encourages them to work professionally, independently, in teams and contribute to their work environment, their societies and to their families.
B.E, M.Sc., PMP, PMI®-ATP Certified Trainer
Tabitha has been involved in the project management field for over 10 years. Having worked on projects across the globe, she found her home in the education field in 2012. She started her career in projects as a computer programmer, then transitioned to the role of search engine optimization expert and software tester. The projects she worked on ranged from software development projects to language translation software projects at British-based Applied Language Solutions. She also worked on internal process improvement projects at Cognizant Technology Solutions. Tabitha is a part-time Instructor at various colleges in the Greater Toronto Area, as well as a certified PMI®-ATP Trainer with Driven Leadership Solutions, a PMI Authorized Training Partner.
Tabitha has a Masters in Project Management from Colorado State University and a Bachelors in Computer Engineering. A PMP® since 2013, she has held several roles in post-secondary and is passionate about using technology to deliver content that speaks to every kind of learner.
Director - Operational Risk Management, Canada Life
Terry Lampropoulos in an instructor in the Risk Management program. Through his experience in the Canadian financial industry, he has worked in consulting, fraud, insurance, business continuity management, and various risk management roles in capital markets, credit cards, model risk, technology risk, and operational risk. With a sound education base that includes an Honors Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, his MBA at Dalhousie University, and certifications in Risk Management, Business Analysis, and Project Management, Terry is able to use his experience across multiple fields to bring the classroom to life using modern case examples that emphasize the role of risk management in both theory and practice.
Chartered Professional Accountant
Timothy is passionate about teaching and bringing currency to the accounting curriculum by ensuring relevant topics, case studies and examples, are embedded within each class. With experience in financial accounting, internal audit, and corporate finance; Timothy continues to share his insights and knowledge of accounting with students.
Timothy has a broad spectrum of experience, having spent 25 years in aviation involved in many aspects of labour relations and occupational health and safety. Timothy Held many leadership roles including crew chief and Vice President of the union local
In 2014, Timothy began teaching aviation technology at Centennial College. He completed the college teaching and higher learning diploma with high honours. A firm believer in life-long learning, he completed a bachelor’s degree in adult education at Brock University in 2017. In 2018, wanting to expand his teaching portfolio, he graduated from the York University postgraduate studies program in Human Resources Management. In 2018, Timothy enrolled in the University of Fredericton Master of Business Administration human resource leadership program. In 2022, he graduated with a master’s degree in educational leadership studies from Memorial University.
Today Timothy endeavours to create a positive classroom experience, as he enjoys his position as a corporate trainer traveling the world teaching aviation to various airline employees.
Manager, Risk Management Services, The Regional Municipality of York
Tina Gardiner is the Manager, Risk Management Services for The Regional Municipality of York, one of Canada’s fastest growing municipalities, and has accumulated over 30 years experience in risk and insurance with various corporations. During her career with York Region Tina has successfully built the Risk Management Services (RMS) unit, from the ground up, incorporating an enterprise risk management approach. Today this unit of claims and risk management professionals has a respected advisory role within the Region.
Continuing education is important to Tina having been a lifelong learner herself. After graduating with her Biology degree (BSc) from Wilfrid Laurier University she went on to complete her Chartered Insurance Professional designation (CIP) from the Insurance Institute of Canada, Canadian Risk Management designation (CRM) from University of Toronto, a Masters Certificate in Municipal Leadership from the Schulich School of Business at York University, Excellence Canada Certificate in Process Improvement Management and York Region’s own Executive Leadership Program. Tina has been an instructing insurance and risk management courses in a formal and non-formal setting since 2005.
Currently serving in her second year as a Director on the Risk and Insurance Management (RIMS) Board, Tina has been an active participant in RIMS at the Chapter level thorough ORIMS, serving several terms as President, and nationally through the RIMS Canada Council serving as Chair. Tina was humbled and honoured to receive the industry’s 2010 Don Stuart Award for Excellence in Risk Management. Tina is also an active member in the Society of Professional Insurance Administrators of Ontario (SPIAO).
Tina likes bringing people together through networking, shared experiences and as a thought leader. She is the co-founder and co- chair of two municipal risk management committees in Ontario; and has served as Chair of a Canadian on-line municipal risk management forum. Risk Management is a passion for Tina, and she loves to talk about anything risk and insurance related….. especially with rising risk and insurance professionals.
Risk Management Industry Professional
Tony Rossi is a risk management industry professional who has practiced in both traditional and enterprise risk management roles within the public sector. Tony’s 20-year career includes implementing an enterprise risk management framework, establishing large self-insured deductible programs, managing claims administration departments, and implementing effective risk control measures. Tony has been teaching risk management courses since 2004 and strives to provide students with a valuable learning experience.
Wei is a seasoned business-technology professional with expertise in consulting, capital markets, and technology management. She has a proven track record of managing cross-functional and cross-regional teams through the full digital product management lifecycle. Wei has worked in many different areas of the FinTech industry, from both strategy and execution perspectives in driving digital transformation. Currently, she is a Director at Scotiabank, managing global banking markets engineering and consulting teams, with an emphasis on highly complex and large-scale business platforms modernization.
Wei holds a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Rotman School of Business specializing in Consulting, Strategy, and Change Management. She also has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto, with concentration in Finance. Wei is a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM) and is completing additional professional designations in trading.
Data, Information & Technology
Digital Transformation Specialist, Microsoft
Adarsha Datta is the Developer Engagement Lead for Cloud + Enterprise with Microsoft Canada. He has 12+ years of experience in the technology industry across software development, technical consulting, solution architecture and business development. He did his undergrad in Computer Science and Engineering, started his career as a software engineer and soon transitioned to technical consulting in IBM India. After finishing his MBA from Schulich School of Business, York University, he joined Microsoft Canada and has held multiple roles such as Technical Evangelist, National Startup Lead and currently is the Developer Engagement Lead for Cloud and Enterprise. He is passionate about helping customers and partners digitally transform by adopting transformative technologies and practices such as the Cloud, Agile and DevOps.
Software Developer & Engineering Manager
Affaf is a seasoned software developer and engineering manager with over 14 years of experience across various technology stacks, spanning multiple industries. Affaf is currently leading and managing teams of developers across different products and is directly involved with managing the production and release of software and web application solutions through a managed agile process with a key focus towards enabling and supporting DevOps culture. In addition, Affaf specializes in cloud-native development to leverage modern practices in a pragmatic manner. Affaf completed his B.Sc. in Life Sciences from McMaster University and is currently pursuing an M.Sc. in Computer Sciences from the University of Liverpool.
Senior Information Technology, Cyber Security, and Risk Management Professional
Having been brought up in over three continents as part of his childhood, Ali Khan, CCISO, CISM, CISSP, CDPSE, CISA also known as #thecyberAli, is an executive cybersecurity professional, father, author, thought leader, mentor, angel investor, and a humanitarian.
Ali serves the cybersecurity industry globally with his innovative approach to executing and delivering on cybersecurity initiatives. As a mentor and educator, Ali continues to work closely with educational institutions to develop the next generation of cybersecurity professionals and also provides mentorship, guidance and career coaching to upcoming and aspiring cyber professionals and startups. Ali also volunteers his time and efforts at not-for-profit organizations providing his subject matter expertise.
Ali has an Executive Management Certificate in Leading Organizations in Disruptive Times from INSEAD School of Business, France, an Honors Bachelor of Arts, Majoring in Information Technology Management from York University, Canada and is a Certified Chief Information Security Officer (CCISO), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE) and Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). Ali also has NATO and Level II (Secret) Clearance from the Government of Canada.
He’s also the co-author of Because You Can: Your Cybersecurity Career, a simple and practical handbook with actionable insights for success.
To learn more about Ali, visit: www.thecyberAli.com
Lead Research Scientist, Vertical Scope
Dr. Annie Lee holds a PhD from the University of Waterloo at the Centre of Pattern Analysis and Machine Intelligence with over 12 years of experience in data mining and machine learning. Dr. Lee’s passion in finding patterns in society and in nature in the big data era has lead to dozens of publications in computational advertising, sentiment analysis, and sequence analysis, including a highly-read review paper on big data. Most notably, Dr. Lee developed interpretable unsupervised algorithms, which uncovered patterns utilizing clustering and partitioning of raw data and a priori knowledge.
Currently, Dr. Lee is the Lead Research Scientist for the Data Science team at Vertical Scope, where she drives the efforts for the in-house academic research, algorithmic implementations, and evaluations. During her tenure, Dr. Lee propelled projects on identifying product names, sentiments analysis towards product features, and topic modelling in order to generate key business insights for reporting brand and site health.
Dr. Lee is currently serving as the funding chair for Broadening Participation in Data Mining and was a co-chair of Women in Machine Learning, co-hosted with the 2010 Annual Conference on Neural Information Processing Systems in Vancouver. Dr. Lee was an NSERC and OGS scholar.
Security strategy and risk consultant, team lead, Accenture
Arlene Worsley is well versed in both business and IT environments where she uniquely brings expertise in cyber risk plus 14 years of crisis management, project management, communications and reputation management. She holds the CISM, ISO 22301 and cloud security certifications as well as a BA in Communications and Media Studies education from the University of Calgary and University of Oregon. Arlene has spent countless hours as a crisis management lead in incident command centers through workplace fatalities, natural disasters and evacuations, environmental incidents, anti-industry campaigns, physical protests, provincial regulatory hearings and sophisticated cyberattacks resulting in data breaches and online brand abuse.
Today, Arlene is an award-winning cyber risk and crisis management practitioner for a global consulting firm, an Assistant Instructor in the Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals at York University, a guest speaker, mentor and co-author of “Because You Can: Your Cybersecurity Career.”
Graduate Teaching Assistant, Smith's School of Business at Queen's University
Cecilia Ying has 16 years of professional experience in capital markets, most recently with Scotiabank as Director in Global Risk Management with responsibility for counterparty credit risk monitoring. Cecilia has a scope of research that spans areas of AI explainablity and its application in the financial industry. One of her current research projects is examining the impact of AI on cognitively intensive tasks performed by skilled workers, such as lawyers who are using an AI tool to reference preceding cases, or doctors leveraging medical AI tools for preliminary diagnostics. Her other research explores ML algorithms for predicting defaults in private firms using alternative unstructured data extracted from websites and social media.
Cecilia is currently pursuing her PhD at Queen’s University, Smith School of Business in Management Analytics, and holds a Masters degree in Management Analytics from Queen’s University and a Joint Honours Bachelors degree in Mathematics and Applied Economics from the University of Waterloo.
Claude K. Sam-Foh
Claude K. Sam-Foh
Manager, Enterprise Architecture & Governance, Centennial College
Claude Sam-Foh is the former Chief Enterprise Architect and Chief Cyber Security Officer with the Financial Services Commission of Ontario. He has extensive business and IT knowledge, gained through more than 30 years’ practical experience in both fields. His area of expertise encompasses enterprise architecture, information management, information security, privacy leadership, cloud computing, service management, portfolio, program and project management, business systems analysis and agile management.
Claude has recently joined the School of Continuing Studies at York University as a curriculum developer and Instructor. Claude makes business and IT learning fun and adapts his delivery to the level of his students. He challenges them to think strategically and emphasizes on applying the knowledge they have learned in the workplace. His motto is “Knowledge Secured and Wisdom Applied.” He leads by example, teaches with passion, and creates a learning environment where students are motivated to excel.
MA, CIPP.C, CIPM, Lead, Cyber Threat Intelligence, Privacy Advocacy & Thought Leadership, PWC Canada
Cristina Onosé leads teams at PwC Canada in Privacy Advocacy and Thought Leadership and Cyber Threat Intelligence. She works with organizations to optimize their privacy and security programs, enhance consumer trust, ensure compliance with applicable privacy and security requirements, and intelligently assess cyber threats.
Prior to joining PwC, Cristina was the Director of Government Relations and Privacy at the Canadian Marketing Association (CMA). She has also served in roles in the government of Ontario, an EU Parliament think tank in Belgium, and a foreign diplomatic office.
Cristina is a member of the Certification Training Advisory Board of the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP). She also serves as board director of the Public Affairs Association of Canada (PAAC), the Digital Advertising Alliance of Canada (DAAC) and the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Canada (EUCCAN). She is a frequent speaker and author on privacy and security-related issues, including government regulation (PIPEDA, GDPR), data strategies, and emerging technologies (IoT, smart cities, automated vehicles, etc.).
Cristina is an instructor in York University’s School of Continuing Studies Certificate in Information Privacy (teaching the ‘Privacy in Technology’ course).
DeFi Developer, opty.fi
Over the course of half a decade, Dhruvin Parikh has been helping organizations build next generation systems through cutting edge technologies. He is a Software Developer at a leading Toronto based Blockchain startup. He quickly perceived the potential of decentralized systems and that motivated him to start exploring blockchain technology since early 2017.
Dhruvin’s role includes but not limited to write clean, bug-free and well-tested code mainly in React, React-native and Node. He has been actively contributing to open source blockchain projects of Ethereum, AION and Polkadot ecosystem.
Dhruvin is dedicated in solving complex problems. He is an Adjunct Professor as well as Curriculum developer at George Brown college for Blockchain Development Program. He is responsible for creating and delivering content for full stack development (Node & React), Smart Contracts and decentralized applications.
Dhruvin provides smart solutions to hardware and firmware designing needs of Pharmaceutical and Electricity utility companies in India. He also runs a solo software consulting firm in Canada which provides development services for decentralized applications and solidity smart contracts.
Dr. George Wanganga
Dr. George Wanganga
Automation Developer, Moneris Solutions
Dr. George Wanganga works for Moneris Solutions as an automation developer while teaching part time in post graduate courses in various institutions like Lambton, Sheridan, Georgian among others. As an ardent researcher, with Doctorate degree in Computer Science (Big Data Analytics) he has a keen focus on big data tools, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, deep learning and in synergistic value co-creation in the utilization of big data resources.
He has presented his machine learning, sentiment analytics and deep learning research in top class international conferences and symposiums as wells published with the most reputable journals such as IEEE. He also holds BSc. Mathematics & Computer Science, MSc. Software Engineering with business administration and personnel management diplomas. George has over 25 years of experience in the wider IT field and has largely been involved in research, teaching, curriculum development in universities and colleges as well in extensive industry-based IT consultancy.
COO, Managing Partner, Cytelligence Canada
Over the past 28 years, Ed Dubrovsky’s name has been synonymous with information security, Cyber breach response, risk management, cyber education and entrepreneurship. As a practitioner and management executive (COO and CISO) Mr. Dubrovsky built and led cyber consulting practices in a number of organizations including successfully concluding an acquisition by one of the largest publicly traded global insurance services conglomerate.
Mr. Dubrovsky is responsible for helping thousands of victims across North America recover from some of the most devastating cyber-attacks including ransomware, business email compromises, extortion attacks, malicious insiders and advanced persistent threats. Mr. Dubrovsky’s passion is in developing organizational cybersecurity programs that fundamentally are structured to rapidly adapt to new threat actor tools, techniques, and processes through the use of effective controls coupled with relevant intelligence. When Mr. Dubrovsky is not busy helping clients, he can be found teaching at the York University’s cyber security program where he sits on the advisory board and acts as both a course developer and an instructor. Mr. Dubrovsky holds a number of academic and industry certifications including BSc, MSc, MBA, OSCP and the CISSP designation (2002).
Mr. Dubrovsky is a well-known leader in the Cyber field and has authored numerous articles in the areas of offensive security, practical measures to protect organizations, contributed to many media articles and is frequently sought after to present at numerous media and industry conferences across the globe.
GCFA, CISSP | Senior Consultant Breach Response & Advisory, Cytelligence Inc.
Manager, Cyber Security Governance, Corus Entertainment
Eric Anastacio has over 20 years in IT Audit experience. Eric started his career at PwC after completing his Bachelor’s in Commerce. During that time, Eric attained his CISA, CIA and CRMA designations. After that, Eric has held multiple positions with several organizations, including the Ontario Ministry of Finance and CIBC. Eric also holds a Masters in Education and has experience delivering IT Audit courses with emphasis on emerging technologies, such as Cyber Security and Cloud Computing.
MSc, CISSP, CISM, CRISC, CCSK, SCF
Gaurav Kumar is a security and risk management leader with one of the world’s largest management consulting companies. In his current role, Gaurav is responsible for helping client executives develop suitable security and risk management strategies that meet business needs, seeking to balance defensive and responsive strategic elements.
For over 15 years, Gaurav has been helping businesses understand and proactively manage information technology risks by effectively acting as both a technical subject matter expert and a trusted business information security adviser. Gaurav has worked in all verticals of information security and risk management including access management, threat analysis, security monitoring and response, risk management, security assurance and governance, security consulting, and enterprise security program management.
Gaurav holds a MSc in information security and assurance (majoring in vulnerability management) from Norwich University in Vermont, USA. Gaurav also holds the CISSP, CISM, CRISC, CCSK, and SABSA security architect designations.
Gaurav teaches the Information Security Risk Management and Governance course.
Director, Sina Media Lab
Ghassem Tofighi received a BSc in electrical engineering (Communication) from Sharif University of Technology in Tehran, Iran, in 2006. He continued his academics and pursued a MSc in computer engineering (Artificial Intelligence) from the University of Isfahan, Iran in 2011. In January 2017, Ghassem defended his thesis and graduated with a Ph.D. in electrical and computer engineering from Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada.
Ghassem has worked as a curriculum developer, and an instructor for data science, machine learning, deep learning, electrical and computer engineering, mathematics, and business management courses at York University, Ryerson University, University of Toronto, and the University of Waterloo. In August 2018, he joined Sheridan College as a professor of Cognitive Computing and Machine Learning. He has also worked as a Research Scientist in Silicon Valley, USA, and as a Senior R&D Engineer in Tehran.
Ghassem’s research interests are in the areas of computer vision, machine learning, deep learning, and data science. He has published several scientific papers and patents.
For more information about Ghassem Tofighi, please visit: https://ghassem.com
Co-founder/Lead Developer, Virgil Systems
Govind is a blockchain developer and researcher who has been in the space since 2014. He was involved with several start-ups during university which provided him with very strong development skills.
Govind has participated in several hackathons, notably winning EthUofT 2018 and creating a top 10 hack at HackFS 2020. He also is an advisor to Legal Hackers at UofT Law. The group organized a participating node in Global Legal Hackathon 2020 where the winning group went on to start a company.
After winning EthUofT, Govind was reached out to by the Creative Destruction Lab at Rotman Commerce, offering to incubate his group’s project at their inaugural Blockchain-AI stream. This led to him starting DataX Research, which was developing a browser-based blockchain plugin which could facilitate data monetization, along with several other experimental data science projects. He decided to pause DataX and went on to found Virgil Systems, where he currently works as lead developer. The company focuses on advanced peer-to-peer networks powered by DLT.
Govind is a passionate believer in data privacy and a free and fair internet. He has contributed to several open source projects and donates regularly to EFF and Wikipedia.
He holds an honours bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, Philosophy, and Economics from the University of Toronto.
Senior Research Scientist, TELUS
Haleh Shahzad is a senior research scientist at TELUS, Cybersecurity Analytics with 8+ years of experience in AI (deep learning, machine learning), software development, advanced analytics, and wireless networks. She is currently leading AI initiatives for cutting-edge cybersecurity solutions to tackle security challenges and enhance the security posture of both TELUS and its customers. Haleh has a Ph.D. degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from McMaster University, and she was also part of the sessional faculty in the Electrical and Computer Engineering department.
Vice President, Enterprise Architecture, IT Strategy & Applied Innovation, Cooperators Group of Companies
Hashmat is the Assistant Vice President & Managing Enterprise Architect at The Co-operators Group. For over 10 years he has effectively led initiatives that have involved rapid advancement in data, analytics, digital, and business leadership. As a technology enthusiast and lean startup evangelist, he is renowned for building a “never rest, kill complexity and care more” culture that manages existing technical debt and prepares the organization for future disruptions by leveraging emerging business models and digital ecosystems.
Hashmat is a published data science, IT, and agile delivery practitioner and academician with over 5 years teaching and curriculum development experience at colleges and universities in Canada. He has also organized conferences and workshops, and been interviewed on print, radio, social media and TV as an analytics expert.
Data Science Mentor, SharpestMinds
Hemant Sangwan (PhD-Business, University of Toronto) is a Professor at Seneca College, School of Marketing and a sessional at Schulich School of Business and Rotman School of Management for courses in marketing, analytics, and data science. Prior to his teaching career, he spent 12 years in industry—management consulting, marketing research, and economics and policy research in leading consulting firms—the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), GfK, IHS Markit.
Hemant uses rigor of academic knowledge in strategy, marketing, data science & analytics, and economics, and creativity of real-world experience to deliver consulting solutions and problem-solving approach. He has served clients across industries – CPG, retail, financial services, and telecom, both in Canada and international market. On his consulting engagements, he has demonstrated his expertise on problem formulation, project management, data interpretation & translation on cases in growth strategy, branding, pricing, CRM, and new product development. He has an exceptional knowledge of analytic thinking and decision making under uncertainty.
In addition to his teaching and consulting interests, Hemant also has a passion for discussion on economic and public policy topics. He was a strategist for a political campaign for a candidate in Ontario municipal election in 2018. As a strategist, he used skills in marketing, strategy, branding, and social media to advise the candidate on campaign logistics, voter segmentation, platform positioning and campaign messaging in both print and social media channel.
Outside work, Hemant likes to watch sports, movies, reading books on business history, and learning about long terms investment strategies.
Machine Learning Engineering Lead, Toronto DS&E Lab, HSBC
Indu is a Senior Machine Learning Engineer at HSBC Bank. She uses data to bring value to the business & our customers.
Prior to that, she has worked with MNCs such as Accenture, Cerner, P&G, and Blackberry Messenger.
Her roles have been diverse and evolved as an Engineer, Analyst, Data Scientist. She brings an international exposure of working in the Engineering & Analytics fields.
She graduated as Master of Business Analytics from York University, Toronto and did undergrad in Computer Engineering from Staffordshire University, UK. She has been mentoring young students, budding engineers, graduates, skilled professionals who want to use Engineering as a means to bring innovative solutions to the multiple problems in the society.
She is also part of different not- for profit organizations such as Women in Tech World, Women in Leadership.
She wants to bring the male: female ratio in the STEM field at a better level than what she has seen so far. She wants to help young women & men to align their passion using right tools & skills.
Data Science and Analytics Consultant
James Mwangi is a data science and analytics consultant, practitioner, researcher, and educator whose work experience spans over 15 years in financial services, automotive, healthcare, manufacturing, public service and education. He has undertaken complex end-to-end data science and analytics projects for banks, USAID, Land Rover Corporation and City of Toronto. Some of his flagship projects include institutional space optimization, enhancing traffic safety through analytics, workflow analytics and market basket analysis of business product lines.
James has a PhD in Information Systems focusing on Decision Tree Algorithms and a Master of Science in Distributed Information Systems and Artificial Intelligence. His bachelor’s degree is in computer science and statistics. He has broad experience teaching data science and analytics in colleges and universities in North America.
Director, Cyber Security Incident Response, Forensics & Governance, CIBC
Jeff is the Director of Customer Protection (Authentication) and Cryptographic Services within the information security department of a major financial institution with over 20 years’ experience in 24/7 operations environments. Prior to venturing into information security, his focus was as a director of architecture in the contact centre and application development space, leading technical teams of up to 100 members. He primarily served financial services, telecommunications, and professional services organizations.
His experience in architecture, data centre, program management, application development and strategy has led him to experience every one of the 8 domains prescribed within the CISSP Common Body of Knowledge.
Jeff wrote his Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) certification exam in 2013. He first trained as an aircraft engineer and continues to carry learnings from that industry into technical operations.
Jeff teaches the Cyber Security Operations Management course within the Certificate in Advanced Cyber Security and he is also the Academic Coordinator for the Post-Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security Operations.
Former AI Director, Bell
Jennifer is a data science & AI strategy consultant, and an inaugural class member of the Masters, Management in AI program at Queen’s. In addition, she is a recent graduate of the MIT Executive Program on AI: Implications for Business Strategy, and holds an Honors Bachelors of Commerce with a minor in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia.
Jennifer has over 7 years of experience in a strategy, finance, operations and data analytics capacity. Her passion for business, and emerging technologies has been refined over the years via strategic roles at leading global organizations including ABInBev, Uber, PepsiCo, JP Morgan and the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Jennifer is passionate about digital literacy, serving as the Toronto Lead for Canada Learning Code, and as a course developer and instructor for the Intro to Artificial Intelligence course delivered by Durham College and assessable to the entire Ontario College System.
When not immersed in an IDE, or exploring the latest python package, Jennifer can be found sailing or going for a run along the waterfront.
Director, AI/ML, Loblaw Companies Limited
Dr. Karthik Kuber has several years of academic research as well as applied data science experience in the technology and banking sectors. His current interests are in exploring and applying various Machine Learning techniques in the context of large-scale engineering systems, with a special emphasis on building interpretable models. Dr. Kuber received his PhD from Syracuse University in Computer Science, focusing on Machine Learning and Evolutionary Computation, is a certified instructor with NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute, and has co-organised three editions of the International Workshop on Evolutionary Rule-based Machine Learning. Dr. Kuber is currently a Senior Data Scientist at RBC. He also volunteers actively with DataKind on projects applying Data Science for social causes. Outside of work, you will probably find him on a cricket field or in a dojo.
Team Lead of the Security Operations Centre, CIBC
Kellen Holmes has over 6 years of security investigations and incident response experience and is currently employed as the Team Lead of the Security Operations Centre at CIBC. He completed a 2-year diploma program for Computer Programming and 3 years in the Information Systems Security program at Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.
His life goal is to one day automate himself out of a job and he dreams of building systems that protect and enable human beings to thrive. Beyond information security and information technology, Kellen enjoys caring for his house plants and arguing with his cat.
Cloud Solutions Architect, Microsoft
Leo has over 10+ years of experience in various solution architecture and enterprise architecture roles with large organizations in the financial, manufacturing, and software industries. He is currently a Cloud Solutions Architect at Microsoft helping the largest Canadian organizations adopt cloud technology. Leo has extensive experience with service-oriented architecture, application integration, cloud-native application and hybrid-cloud architecture, as well as security software architecture. Leo is also TOGAF® 9 Certified, a Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect and holds a Computer Science degree from York University. Leo has also taught technology related courses in several educational institutions. In his spare time, Leo enjoys reading, listening to podcasts, traveling around the world, and dissecting the latest technology buzzwords.
Lead Developer, Mavennet
Mahmoud is an experienced developer with half a decade of experience in the blockchain industry. Having worked in various roles in the development side he currently leads the team at Mavennet. He has extensive experience building products on the FinTech and Supply chain sides and has directly managed multiple production and software releases in that timeframe. He is a co-editor of multiple W3C Specifications and is passionate about sharing his experiences and expertise in modern software development, including distributed systems, DevOps, cloud native-solutions, and the cutting edge of technology.
Principal Consultant, Camar Solutions Inc
Mark is a leader, consultant and educator in the fields of business intelligence and data analytics. In the corporate education area, Mark has developed and delivered many courses on topics related to big data, data provisioning, data quality, data governance, analytics and business intelligence. He has delivered courses in both classroom and online formats to corporate and government clients on a global basis. In the consulting and operations fields, Mark has worked in information strategy, performance management, control center operations, transaction control, compliance, business intelligence, analytics, simulation, application development, 5 program leadership and project management. He has built and developed high performing teams that delivered quality results.
Mark has significant industry experience in the energy sector gained from operational, leadership and consulting roles at production, transmission and distribution companies. His domain experience is primarily in system operations, commercial transaction control and asset management. As a Certified Business Intelligence Professional (CBIP) at the Mastery Level, his expertise has been demonstrated in the areas of analytics, information management and team leadership.
Mark teaches CSDA1030 Data Organization for Analysis and the CSDA1050 Advanced Analytics Capstone Course.
Director of Data Science, Royal Bank of Canada
Masoum is the Director of Data Science at Royal Bank of Canada where he leads a team of highly-skilled data scientists and engineers. Prior to joining RBC, Masoum was the Senior Manager of Advanced Analytics at Aimia, a data-driven marketing and loyalty analytics company. As a hands-on practitioner, he has experience building and deploying predictive models that optimize marketing decisions for clients in the Retail, CPG, Financial Services, Travel, and Loyalty sectors. He holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master of Management Analytics from Queen’s University.
Matthew has spent the past several years working with big data and smart cities in order to better understand where, when, and by whom location-data might be used in real-world applications. His interests has been focused on how code, space, and place coalesce through physical and virtual worlds, as people use mobile and digital technologies to navigate through their everyday lived experiences. Matthew’s work is the implications of big data technologies as they integrate more and more into our daily lives with potential of altering forms of participatory democracy. Matthew is a Senior Geospatial Data Scientist at the City of Toronto, PhD Fellow at McGill University, and was previously a Research Developer at Esri Canada Inc.
With over 10 years of experience, much of Matthew’s work has focused on developing and implementing new ways to explore and use big data in decision support systems that provide real-time feedback in domains such as urban planning, policy formation, and community representation.
Professor, School of Engineering and Applied Science, ICET Centennial college
Mayy is a software engineering professor and she has practical hands-on experience in developing machine learning algorithms and big data recommended systems. Her research work has been published in the IEEE Transactions on Software Engineering journal and she has participated and published conference papers at the “IEEE Big Data” and the “Data mining software repositories” conferences. Mayy has developed and delivered courses in the areas of big data, data analytics, and data mining at universities and colleges across Canada.
Her practical 20+ years of experience covers the banking, telecommunication and academic industries. She has led many projects in fields of CRM, geo-marketing research, business intelligence, network expansions and channel migration across several countries worldwide. She continues to support data analytic initiatives in organizations, with a focus on maximizing the value obtained from data by building analytical models that relate to data & business processes with the objective of providing information for key decisions.
CIPP/US, Founder and Principal – PRIVĀT, LLC
Peter is a recognized thought leader in information privacy with 20 years of international experience as a former marketer, technologist, lobbyist and association leader and as a current consultant, educator and keynote speaker.
Peter helped grow the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) from a professional community to the world’s largest privacy association as its first Assistant Director and then as Vice President. He led the creation of the first professional certification in privacy, the IAPP’s Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) in 2004 and launched the CIPP-Canada (CIPP/C) in 2006. Today, over 30,000 professionals globally hold one or more of the CIPP credentials which certify knowledge in privacy laws, standards and practices.
Peter helped to establish the Canadian office of the IAPP and the Canada Privacy Symposium, the flagship annual event held in Toronto since 2006. He has worked closely with practitioners, policy makers and regulators from around the world on privacy matters. Peter’s roots are in digital media at WIRED magazine and Hotwired, one of the very first Web publishing sites. He also served as the first managing director of the Digital Advertising Alliance (DAA) and led the expansion of the “Your Ad Choices” consumer privacy preference program.
Peter has served in leadership roles at technology companies CMGI and dataxu (now Roku), trade associations the 4A’s, DAA and the NAI and ad agencies Wells Rich Greene BDDP and MVBMS Partners/EURO RSCG. He has represented industry in policy working groups and technical standards bodies such as the Trustworthy Accountability Group (TAG) and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). Presently, Peter advises clients on the digital media marketplace and the evolving regulatory environment for information privacy.
Managing Director, Addity
An accomplished professional with over 20 years of global technology consulting and teaching experience, gained from working in North America, Germany, Hong Kong and India, Preeti is a passionate advocate for the importance of Critical Thinking, Math and Technology education in driving innovation. In her role as Managing Director, Preeti provides leadership to promote Addity’s vision for learning enrichment by planning, implementing, monitoring and evaluating various aspects of the curriculum and the program as a whole. A proactive relationship and alliance builder, with strong people development focus, she is consistently recognized by clients for exceptional leadership and dedicated customer service. She is the past chair of the IEEE Women in Engineering group and an invited speaker at events and part of many Conference Organizing Committees.
Preeti teaches the CSDA1030 Data Organization for Analysis course.
Big Data Analytics Instructor, York University
Rick is a mentor and educator whose work experience spans over 18 years in financial services industry. He is an educator in the fields of Big Data Analytics, Business Intelligence and Project Management. In the education area, Rick has developed and delivered many courses on topics related to big data, data provisioning, data quality, data governance, analytics, project management and business intelligence.
He has delivered courses in the classroom adding an interactive and experiential experience environment. In mentoring, Rick has assisted students in developing inquisitive business modelling comprehension that encapsulates a professional Major Research Project. Many of his projects have been with big name clients such as Napoleon, Busch Systems, Tangerine Bank. He has developed high performing teams that become refined presenters, storytellers, analysts and produce exceptional results.Rick has significant industry experience in the financial sector gained from wholesale and retail that include investments, pensions and capital markets. His expertise has been demonstrated in the areas of analytics and team leadership.
Project Manager, Intransigense
Saber Amini is an engineering professional with a PhD in electronics from the University of Toronto. Dr. Amini’s expertise is in the area of embedded sensor systems with focus on software visualization and storage of sensor data. He has consulted with several companies in implementing big data storage architectures and helping organizations use their data to make better business decisions and gain a competitive edge.
Dr. Amini is an advocate of entrepreneurship in the area of Big Data and believes that there is great potential in the next decade in implementing disruptive business opportunities. He currently runs a start-up focusing on using artificial intelligence for real time marketing and analytics.
Senior UX Lead, Sun Life
Scott is a product management and technology professional with a deep understanding of organizational strategy, technology design, and change management. As a Senior UX Lead in Sun Life’s Digital Products team, he is responsible for managing the user experience for the customer facing applications. Previously, Scott was a Senior Product Manager at RBC where he was responsible for creating the learning experience for RBC’s global enterprise programs, and also managed the relationship between RBC Learning and the Technology & Operations group.
Scott is an experienced executive training facilitator, and has been nominated for teaching awards in McMaster University’s MBA program. He holds a Ph.D in Knowledge Management along with a Master of Information Studies (MIS) in Information Systems from University of Toronto, a Master of Education from Athabasca University, and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University.
Previously, Scott has led a national training department at an automotive financial services firm where he was responsible for strategy and all instructional design. Scott also facilitated the educational design of McMaster’s new EMBA in Digital Transformation, and instructed courses in McMaster University’s undergraduate, MBA, and EMBA programs.. His previous industry experience in financial services, project management, consulting and information systems security management add to his experience.
AVP for DevOps, Release and Tools, Aviva Canada
Shane Mannion is AVP for DevOps, Release and Tools at Aviva Canada. He has over 20 years industry experience across development, technical lead and operations roles, with a focus on DevOps for the past 5 years.
Holding Masters degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science, the realisation that engineering excellence in all aspects of software delivery drove great DevOps outcomes was a light bulb moment – both disciplines could converge into something new and groundbreaking.
At Aviva Canada, Shane works with a centralised team of talented and experienced DevOps engineers, promoting consistent adoption, best practice and continuous improvement across a diverse technology estate. This is achieved through close collaboration with individual development teams and their respective DevOps engineers.
Global Head of Cyber Security Operations, Scotiabank
Trish Villanueva, Global Head of Cyber Security Operations at Scotiabank, started as a SOC analyst 10 years ago and has gone on to build Security Operations Centres in 4 continents around the world. Trish has been involved in responding to some of North America’s prolific breaches and has consulted on security operations for 100+ organizations globally. Currently, she manages a team of cybersecurity professionals, including Cyber Threat Intelligence, Global Incident Response, and Data Loss Monitoring.
Course developer and instructor, blockchain and cryptocurrency, York University
Victor became interested in blockchain and cryptocurrency in 2014. After taking blockchain courses offered by University Nicosia and ConsenSys, he was convinced that this decentralization technology can change the world for the better. In 2015, he co-founded the blockchain community group at CPP Investment Board and hosted frequent blockchain workshops for his colleagues. He was part of a blockchain pilot team that conducted a feasibility study on an enterprise blockchain use case. In 2019, Victor co-founded the DeFi Toronto meetup to promote decentralized finance as a use case of public blockchains. In 2020, he and his team won the first prize (US$2500) from Aave in EthGlobal’s HackMoney hackathon.
Victor is a veteran financial economist and investment analyst with 20+ years of experience investing across multiple asset classes, including real estate, infrastructure, and fixed income. He graduated with a Master’s degree in applied economics from the University of Victoria and is a CFA charterholder. He was on the advisory committee of George Brown College’s blockchain development program.
Security Technical Program Manager, Amazon Web Services
Victoria holds the CISSP, CISA and CPA designations and has an MBA from Queen’s University. She is currently a Senior Information Security Consultant at a “Big 5″ bank specializing in red team remediation and support. Victoria is passionate about education and contributes to the community as an Assistant Instructor in the Certificate in Cyber Security Fundamentals at York University. She also supports the cybersecurity community as President of the (ISC)² Toronto Chapter board, where she works to create professional education opportunities, encourages increased diversity in the field, and connects the numerous and diverse information security groups across the GTA in order to advance the industry together. Victoria is also researching new insights into the “human element” through marrying the fields of psychology and cybersecurity, and is a frequent speaker at cybersecurity conferences and events.
Senior Enterprise Solutions Architect
Wessam Abdelwahab is a Senior Enterprise Solutions Architect with over 15 years of extensive experience in managing, architecting, designing, developing, and implementing secure large-scale distributed systems within the private and public sectors. He led the architecture, integration, and infrastructure upgrades for multi-million-dollar systems within the financial industry as part of legacy systems modernization and digital transformation. He is a Cloud Evangelist transforming IT landscapes and accelerating the journey to the cloud.
Senior Developer, Mavennet
Yinghui, an experienced developer with a demonstrated history of working in the computer software industry, from healthcare, AI to blockchain. She has strong engineering professional skills in computer science, databases, and full-stack development, who focuses on delivering sustainable technical solutions that create a positive impact on the society.
Cyber Security Auditor, Manulife
Zain Haq is an information systems, cyber security and IT audit professional. Currently, Zain is a cyber security Audit Manager with Manulife Financial, a multinational financial services organization headquartered in Toronto. Zain leads and delivers a mix of application security and management audits, business integrated audits and technology project risk reviews. Previously, Zain has worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) where he led and delivered various third-party assurance engagements for clients in different industries including telecommunications, technology service providers, financial services and asset management.
Zain is an alumnus of York University, having completed his BCom in accounting in 2010. Zain is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA).
Leadership Partner, Data and Analytics, Gartner
Zeyad Azem is the Leadership Partner in Data & Analytics at Gartner focused on helping organizations across Canada build and advance their data and analytics strategies. Zeyad has been planning and implementing transformational data-driven solutions for over 20 years across a variety of sectors.
Zeyad previously spent over a decade in data and analytics consulting, architecting CoE analytics practices and delivering large-scale analytics solutions for several Fortune 500 companies including RBC, TD Bank, Scotiabank, and Genworth. He brings hands-on knowledge, experience, and leadership in advanced analytics across functional areas including Risk Management, Marketing, and Product Strategy. Zeyad has built and led several lean data science teams that leveraged data and analytics to drive customer value.
His experience is supported by a Bachelor of Science degrees in Physics & Computer Science from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Master of Science degree in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Guelph. Zeyad also holds executive certificates in strategy, Innovation, and leadership from MIT Sloan School of Management.
Amin Jagani, HBSc., BPharm, RPh, MBA
Amin Jagani, HBSc., BPharm, RPh, MBA
Associate Director, Clinical Project Management, Parexel Biotech, Inc.
Amin is a seasoned veteran of the pharmaceutical industry with more than 20 years of pharmaceutical drug development experience in all phases of drug research. Amin has more than two decades of senior leadership, project management and clinical trial monitoring experience working across a broad spectrum of pharmaceutical companies, contract research organizations and site management organizations. He has worked for Fortune 500 companies including Procter & Gamble, Amgen, Bristol Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly, Syneos, PPD, ICON and Parexel. His experience includes operational oversight of multi-therapeutic, global Phase I-IV drug/biologic trials, device studies, and functional outcome projects. He has managed multi-compound client portfolios and programs for key accounts including a large Phase III global study with 3000+ patients from 180 sites across 26 countries where he oversaw global clinical operations and program management for Canada, USA, and Latin America.
In his current role, Amin focuses on end-to-end program management of large global Phase II/III oncology studies. He works with global cross-functional teams to craft program strategy, mission, and vision, manages trial and department budgets and P&L functions, develops clinical and business decision support systems, and provides consulting services to clients. Amin is also a licensed compounding pharmacist and provides direct patient care services in community pharmacy. Amin received his HBSc. in Cell & Molecular Biology, professional degree in Pharmacy (BPharm) from the University of Toronto and an MBA in Corporate Finance and Entrepreneurship from Queen’s University.
Celin Sabu, BSc., MSc.
Celin Sabu, BSc., MSc.
Senior Global Trial Manager, Cell Therapy, Bristol Myers Squib
Celin has over 17 years of experience working in the clinical research field and is currently a Senior Global Trial Manager, Cell Therapy with Bristol Myers Squib. Previously, she worked with Hoffman La-Roche as a Global Studies Manager, where she was responsible for all operational aspects of study management, managing various immuno-oncology trials, along with being an integral part of the investigator relations initiative. Previously, Celin worked at multinational pharmaceutical firm AstraZeneca Canada as a Local Study Leader responsible for leading and executing Phase I-III trials in oncology, nephrology and respiratory. During her tenure at AstraZeneca, she was recognized for her leadership and contribution with the Scientific Affairs Excellence Award for collaborating to deliver immuno-oncology studies and drive strategic research investment. Celin has held various roles including Research Officer with a site management organization, as well as Senior Project Manager and Clinical Research Coordinator with a leading multinational hospital. Celin has led the planning and execution of investigator-initiated trials funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Indian Council of Medical Research, focused on maternal health, childbirth, and the early detection of cancer.
Celin has instructed at the University of Mumbai, where she provided professional training to postgraduate students in clinical trial coordination. Celin graduated at the top of her class with a BSc. from Mumbai University and holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Research from Cranfield University in the UK.
PHD, C. PSYCH., Acc.FM.
Dr. Dan Ashbourne is a Clinical Psychologist, registered in Ontario by the College of Psychologists and an Accredited Family Mediator with the Ontario Association for Family Mediation. Dr. Ashbourne began working at the London Family Court Clinic in 1999 after having run a Children’s Mental Health Centre in Newfoundland, and later working in Thunder Bay across many diverse communities. He became the Executive Director at the London Family Court Clinic (LFCC) in 2011 until retiring from that role in January 2022. LFCC provides mental health services to children and families involved with legal/clinical systems. Over many years at LFCC, Dr. Ashbourne built relationships with various Indigenous colleagues and communities, including supporting the collaboration with Oneida Settlement through the Lona’tshistanet project for children, youth, and families. As Executive Director Emeritus of LFCC, Dr. Ashbourne continues to provide assessments and consultations to the courts for Youth in Conflict with the Law, Child Welfare and/or Parenting Plan Evaluations, as well as provide clinical and consulting support to a new LFCC division, Navigating Onward, or NavOn. He also provides consultation to the ADR-LINK referral service, the Child Witness Program, the London-Middlesex Child and Youth Advocacy Centre (CYAC), and for FASD assessment consultations.
Dr. Ashbourne has been a long-standing member of the Association of Family & Conciliation Courts (AFCC) and has sat on the Board of Directors of the Ontario Chapter. He is on the executive committee of a joint project funded by MCCSS between the Centre for Research and Education on Violence Against Women and Children (CREVAWC) and the LFCC, which is reviewing the Ontario Death Review Committee Recommendations provided following the deaths of adults and/or children. Currently, Dr. Ashbourne oversees various grants and projects at LFCC, while providing training to legal and mental health professionals on topics including trauma informed care, self-care for professionals, family relations, domestic violence, interviewing children, reporting on the Voice of the Child, and Child Inclusive Mediation.
Lisa Tran, HBHSc.
Lisa Tran, HBHSc.
Global Clinical Trial Manager, Janssen Inc.
Lisa has more than 15 years of clinical research experience gained in several multinational pharmaceutical companies, with a rapid growth of responsibilities. Currently, she is a Global Clinical Trial Manager at Janssen Inc., part of the Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson and Johnson. She works with diverse cross-functional study teams including those at the global and country level and is responsible for the end-to-end operational management and delivery of large oncology trials.
Lisa has held a number of different roles in her career including Local/Country Trial Manager, Global Clinical Project Leader, Clinical Trial Monitor, Monitor Manager, and Study Coordinator. She has been an integral part of managing and leading teams to successful execution and delivery of Phase I-IV studies in various therapeutic areas, which includes oncology, endocrinology, immunology, cardiovascular, hematology, and neurology. Her extensive experience includes working at several prominent companies and academic institutions, such as Bayer Inc., Novo Nordisk Canada Inc., ApoPharma Inc., and Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.
Lisa holds an Honours Bachelor of Health Science from the University of Western Ontario and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research. She is also a graduate of the Project Management Certificate Program at Ryerson University.
Miran Kenk, PhD, CCRP
Miran Kenk, PhD, CCRP
Scientific Associate, University Health Network – Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Miran has over 12 years of experience in clinical research, conducting academic and industry sponsored clinical trials in oncology and neuropsychopharmacology. As a Scientific Associate with the Surgical Oncology Department of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, the largest oncology hospital in Canada and a global leader in cancer research, he oversees the conduct of a number of phase II and III clinical trials evaluating novel disease biomarkers and treatments. He is responsible for multi-site phase III studies and adaptive clinical trials accruing in both Canada and the United States.
Miran obtained a PhD in Cellular and Molecular Medicine (Pharmacology) from the University of Ottawa followed by a post-doctoral fellowship at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto. At CAMH and UHN, Miran worked closely with institutional and provincial Research Ethics Boards and Health Canada to implement appropriate documentation and procedures, including novel consenting approaches to accommodate specific participant populations and biobanking of samples for correlative research.
Ronak Dhanak, B.D.S., ACRP-CP, ACRP-PM
Ronak Dhanak, B.D.S., ACRP-CP, ACRP-PM
Global Study Associate Manager, AstraZeneca Canada
Ronak has over 14 years of experience working in the clinical research industry in Canada and India. He is currently a Global Study Associate Manager at AstraZeneca Canada, where he is responsible for study management and delivery of clinical studies from clinical study protocol development through to study set-up, maintenance, close out, report development and archiving.
Ronak has extensive experience in the monitoring of clinical trials through early and late development (Phases I-IV) in various therapeutic areas, which includes oncology and cardiovascular in addition to endocrinology, ophthalmology and pain management. Ronak gained his monitoring experience as a Senior Clinical Research Associate with ICON-DocsGlobal, one of the world’s largest clinical research organizations, as well as a host of multinational pharmaceutical companies including Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer and Boehringer-Ingelheim across Canada and India.
Ronak is a Dentist by education and has a Post-Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research. He has certifications in Clinical Research and Clinical Research Project Management through the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP).
Taymour Bibi, HBSc.
Taymour Bibi, HBSc.
Global Studies Leader, Hoffmann-La Roche
Taymour has over 17 years working in the clinical research field and is currently a Global Studies Leader at Hoffmann-La Roche, a prominent multinational pharmaceutical company. He is responsible for leading cross-functional study teams on the successful execution and delivery of large global trials and overseeing a team of Global Studies Managers.
Previously, Taymour worked as a Global Studies Manager at Hoffmann-La Roche, where he was responsible for all operational aspects of study management and in various disease areas including infectious disease, immunology and ophthalmology. Prior to that, Taymour worked at multinational pharmaceutical firm Novo Nordisk Canada, as a Country Study Manager responsible for the management and execution of phase III-IV trials in diabetes, obesity and pediatrics. Taymour started his career working in Clinical Research Organizations. He held various roles including Senior Project Manager, Project Manager and Clinical Research Coordinator at AXON Clinical Research and DecisionLine Clinical Research.
Taymour has over 10 years of experience as an educator in the field of clinical research. He holds an Honours Bachelor of Science in Human Biology with a minor in Bioethics from the University of Toronto and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Clinical Research from Humber College.
Marketing, Communications & Design
UX Manager, Shopify
For the past 8 years, Alisha has been using research, design and strategy to help some of Canada’s biggest brands in Canada and beyond create experiences that focus on people. Alisha is especially focused on how design thinking can create both social change while having positive impact on business. Today, she is applying her experiences and philosophy to her role as Senior Designer at Shopify. She is also the founder of Side x Side Collective, an organization affecting change within the design industry by providing women, agender, and non-binary designers and technologists with goal-oriented mentorship and support.
Director Of Product Design at Maple & Adjunct Professor, The University of Toronto
Carmen has been a designer, researcher and teacher for more than a decade. He has achieved degrees in computer science and management science at Ryerson University and then went on to obtain his PhD in Industrial Engineering at the University of Toronto. His PhD thesis entitled The Vibrochord – Investigating a Vibrotactile Instrument, explored the design, creation and use of the world’s first digital, fully vibrotactile musical instrument. Carmen went on to become a Professor at Centennial College where he led several applied research projects including MagnusMode and a Mixed Reality Mobile Game. He then left the world of academia and went into the financial industry to design online and mobile user experiences for CIBC and RBC. After starting and leading a small prototyping team at RBC Carmen left to establish the design practice at a small company based in Markham called Orbit Group.
Chief Operating Officer, Zoocasa
Carrie Lysenko has been knee deep in Digital since the early 2000s. She has led the growth and development of one of Canada’s most beloved sites and apps at The Weather Network for over a decade. She now heads up Product at VerticalScope, which is the largest online community and forum provider in the world.
Marketing Communications Consultant, C&C Consulting
Cathy has worked on high profile PR campaigns with some of the most brilliant brands & marketers in Canada. She’s a 20-year PR agency veteran with an MBA, who founded Cowan & Company Communications—a communications agency specializing in premium lifestyle brands—which has been recognized 4 times as IABC/Toronto’s Boutique PR Agency of the Year. In addition to winning numerous awards for marketing communications, media relations, special events, publications, social media and social responsibility, she’s collaborated with trailblazing brands, including L’Oreal Paris, Kraft, Jamieson Vitamins, Cisco, Expedia, Nintendo and Food Banks Canada. But, ultimately, extraordinary communications results are her driving passion and greatest professional reward. She’s thrilled to share these real-world Canadian PR successes and best practices with her students at York University.
Manager, Employee Communications - Cooperations, Air Canada
Christine is a results-oriented communications professional with more than seven years of experience, specializing in internal communications. She is currently a Manager for the Employee Relations division at Air Canada and has a firm grasp of corporate messaging, branding, event planning and leadership communications. Christine has always been passionate about the telecommunications industry and enjoys enhancing employee and customer engagement through internal and external communications, along with testing new products and services. She has had success facilitating the development of employee communication initiatives including leadership blogs, vlogs, town halls, emails and speaking notes, as well as identified communication gaps between management and front-line employees. Her work has resulted in new processes that better support internal stakeholders in day to day operations.
Honours Bachelor of Arts, Economics. University of Toronto, St. George
Donna is a marketing leader with over 10 years of experience in beauty and CPG industries across North America. She’s held marketing and category director roles at Estee Lauder Companies and Dyson Hair Care, launching some of the most globally recognized products and campaigns. She’s partnered with big tech players such as Google, Meta, TikTok, and Condé Nast and key retailers such as Sephora, Amazon and HBC to bring brands to the forefront of the digital evolution.
What started as stumbling into brand management after a B.A. in Economics from the University of Toronto, has turned into a career passion.
Instructor, York University
Doris is an award-winning writer and editor. She has successfully worked as a content creator for more than 25 years. She was the editor of a national magazine, was part of the editorial staff at regional publications, and has freelanced for major newspapers and magazines in Canada. She has also created branded content and assisted brands with their promotion. She believes there are always several potential stories, and several ways to tell them — the key is understanding the audience, the brand, and the platform.
Director, Digital Marketing, Reliance Home Comfort
Erica is a performance marketing consultant with a diverse background in both corporate companies and global media agencies. Her journey in digital marketing started in 2011 with digital media planning of display, search, and social campaigns for clients such as IBM, Cogeco, Tim Hortons, and US pharmaceutical companies. At Rogers Communications, she’s led many e-commerce and digital product initiatives to transform their user’s digital experience, drive B2B lead generation activities, and consumer acquisitions. Currently, she is an independent consultant for a number of small to mid-size companies in e-commerce, technology, and real estate, helping clients excel in digital marketing.
Director of Global Public Relations, The NPD Group
Eric is a strategic senior leader with a breadth of category and industry experience, and a track record of leveraging marketing and PR to deliver profitable growth. Eric is a truly integrated communicator with expertise in all facets of marketing, including branding, market research, advertising, digital marketing and social media, lead generation, public relations and corporate communications.
After 10+ years building award winning communications programs for some of the world’s largest brands – including Google, Nike, Coca-Cola, Samsung, Molson Coors, Wal-Mart, UPS and Pepsi – Erick now leads The NPD Group’s public relations and communications efforts in key global markets including Canada, Latin America, and APAC. He is responsible for developing and maintaining the company’s leadership position globally, while at the same time building credibility for NPD’s most valuable assets – our products and our people.
President and Chief Reputation Officer, Echo Communications Inc
Heath is a global-award-winning communications expert who has taught thousands of PR students at five different universities and colleges across Canada over the past 10 years. Outside of the classroom, he is the President of Echo Communications Inc., a reputation management consulting firm that helps companies across North America. Heath is a sought-after industry thought leader that has spoken at 70 conferences around the world and teaches communicators around the world through the International Association of Business Communicators Academy.
Heath has previously taught at the University of Guelph-Humber, Humber College, University of Victoria, and McMaster University, and has been a PR curriculum developer for Centennial College. His teaching philosophy is predicated on bringing the real world into the classroom to prepare his students for future success. He generously shares his 20 years of diverse marketing, PR, and journalism experience from the corporate, agency, consulting and non-profit sectors with his students. Heath has been published in a university textbook and international journals. He was recently re-elected for his fourth consecutive term on the Board of Director’s for the Canadian Public Relations Society.
Jeff’s background in business and human resources management spans more than twenty-five years. In his capacity as an independent consultant, he has worked with some of Canada’s most influential companies, completing client engagements in both the public and private sectors. His international experience includes working with post-secondary partners in Indonesia to assist with the development of applied entrepreneurship curriculum and the establishment of community business support centres.
Jeff has taught management development, organizational behaviour, human resource planning and development, and business foundation courses at McMaster and York universities, and at Seneca, Conestoga, and Confederation colleges. He has an undergraduate honours degree in Economics from Laurentian University in Sudbury, and a graduate degree in Education from Nipissing University in North Bay.
Learning Experience Design Consultant
Jude has gained over ten years of professional experience as a Learning Experience Design (LXD) consultant and educator. This extends across international borders working with global teams like Microsoft, Mazda Europe, Danone-Nutricia, GE, and Accor Hospitality, as well as private learning institutions. Her current role is in the food technology and sustainability sector where she works as Senior Learning & Development Specialist with Mosa Meat.
She has also cultivated a human-centered philosophy to learning design and is an advocate for diversity and inclusion. Currently, she is pursuing an EdD with the University of Glasgow. Her research explores areas of post-feminism and cultural studies related to policy and practice in education. As a result, her approach to LXD development engages distinct perspectives, develops competencies, and generates more relevance for her learners.
Justin Da Rosa
Justin Da Rosa
Content Marketing Manager & Strategist + Course Instructor, York University
Justin is a lifelong storyteller. With a degree in professional writing from York University, he plied his craft as a journalist for five years before becoming a content marketing manager. He currently works as the managing editor for Ratehub.ca, a fintech startup in Toronto that aims to help Canadians make better financial decisions. When not managing Ratehub’s content department he freelances as a writer, helping brands tell their stories.
Digital Marketing Consultant, Marketize
With 20+ years experience, Ken brings an in-depth understanding of the digital marketing ecosystem to his instruction.
Having developed digital engagement programs for leading companies including Nike, Arlene Dickinson Enterprises and Reliance Home Comfort. Ken has utilized a range of tactics including digital CX, content marketing, SEO, and paid search, to achieve high- impact business results.
In his current role as the principal consultant with Marketize, Ken advises SMEs and start-ups seeking to increase their customer base and revenue returns through the digital channel.
Course Instructor, York University
For more than 10 years Laurie Baker, PhD has been helping businesses succeed through digital marketing. Working with businesses of all sizes, she has helped to redefine brand narratives, launch new product campaigns, and help build out successful content marketing strategies.
Published in the Canadian Journal of Communications (and elsewhere), Laurie has a deep fascination with the ways that technology redefines the creation of cultural and ritual experiences. Through the lens of technology use, she has explored how economic and ritual anthropology and science and technology studies intersect through the creation of new market spaces. In 2015, Laurie co-authored “Trying The Way: Ethnographic Glimpses of York University”. This publication is a reflection of her long- standing appreciation for the community and collegiality that York offers.
Leigh Mitchell is an inclusive marketer and the founder of Bee Happy HR & Marketing Co. where she manages innovative, diversity-driven marketing campaigns and develops progressive brand identities for business and HR clients. Leigh has worked with national brands, government organizations, non-profits, and social enterprises throughout her career. Leigh’s mission is to drive equality and belonging into strategic plans and everyday workplace communications. Leigh is also the founder of Women in Biz Network. She runs and promotes a business accelerator, her Time to Thrive Podcast, mentorship initiatives, and a vetted career board for women.
Leigh is known for developing unique influencer marketing campaigns at live events for national brands. Leigh’s thought leadership blogs have been published by Active for Life, Sage, and Microsoft Canada. Throughout her career she has developed unique experiential marketing campaigns for Microsoft Canada, SAGE, TELUS, TD Canada Trust, Staples Canada, and Chevrolet Canada. Her work has been featured in the CBC News, The Globe and Mail, Toronto Star, Canadian Living, The Wall Street Journal, and as a speaker at numerous industry events. Connect with Leigh on Linkedin and across social media channels via @womenbiznetwork
Manager, Public Relations, Government of Canada
Lonny is a seasoned communications professional with more than 16 years of experience in public affairs, media relations, project management and strategic communications. He has held various communications positions within the Federal Public Service and is experienced in working with senior executive levels, including the Canadian Prime Minister’s Office, several Federal Ministers and senior military officials. Lonny has had a varied career including working as a television news producer, covering federal elections, Olympics and Remembrance Day Ceremonies. While working for the public service, he was responsible for media relations for the 2010 G-8 and G-20 Summits in Ontario. Since 2014 Lonny has been managing public affairs at the Department of National Defence (DND). In this role he has coordinated communications for national events such as the 2017 Invictus Games, the visits of the Royal Family in Canada, Ceremonial Guard activities on Parliament Hill, and Canada Day celebrations.
Head of Global Partner Marketing, Cisco
As Vice President of Growth Marketing for Cisco Canada, Luxy provides leadership and hands-on management to define marketing strategy development, in collaboration with Americas team, and the broader Cisco global community. A critical key to her success, is building high performing teams who bridge data and real-life applications and draw new paths to run effective marketing operations at scale. She also believes diversity in culture and thinking is the foundation of organizational success and leads by example through inclusion. Outside of the office, Luxy’s passion for catalyzing new thinking in marketing has led her to Co-Chair the CMA MarTech council and seats at various boards.
Founder, THINK DIFFERENT[LY] and COMMS.BAR
Lyndon has 25 years experience working in communications working in-house and agency side. He is a recovering broadcaster, having started his career in radio news having been one of the first 30 Broadcast Journalism graduates from the Bachelors program at Nottingham Trent University in the UK.
Lyndon is the inventor of The Lean Communications Methodology, Framework and toolkit that enables organizations to use Lean Startup principles and processes to build strategic hypotheses and test them in order to improve the effectiveness of communications strategies. He has also developed the first periodic table of elements for strategic communications that allows scientific method to be used by communicators.
Having moved from the UK to Canada in 2010, Lyndon is the founder of two startups, THINK DIFFERENT[LY] and COMMS.BAR – a walk-in style clinic providing strategic communications advice that helps organizations diagnose the challenges facing them and develop effective strategies for overcoming them.
CMO/Vice President, Marketing, Digital Experience, & Category, Second Cup
Mangala has a reputation for building iconic brands through fully integrated marketing. She brings marketing, innovation, and digital product teams together to build great businesses and deliver a superior customer experience. Currently an independent strategy consultant, Mangala works with Indigo Books & Music Inc. Previously she held marketing leadership roles at Roots, Pepsico Canada, and Post Consumer Brands. She has also worked at Reckitt Benckiser and started her career at The Nielsen Company.
Mangala is an Honours Economics and Math graduate of University of Toronto and completed her Master of Business Administration in Digital Transformation at McMaster DeGroote School of Business.
In addition to her instructor role at the School of Continuing Studies, she is currently board advisor to the Humber College School of Business.
Masters of Business Administration, Schulich School of Business, York University. Bachelor of Arts, University of British Columbia.
With over a decade of experience in digital marketing and transformation, Mario has focused on strategic marketing as a source of innovation to drive long-lasting change for organizations of all sizes.
Throughout his career, Mario has been a senior management consultant, performance marketer and digital strategist, and has helped a myriad of clients in multiple sectors achieve their marketing and digital transformation goals. Mario has worked in the for-profit sector, helping clients such as Uber, Arc’teryx, Build-a-bear, Spence Diamonds, Meetup and many other enterprise-level, as well as SMBs, solve complex marketing and data problems. Mario has also worked with non-profits and government-funded institutions such as the Vancouver Art Gallery, UBC, BCIT, IntegrityBC, The Canadian Museum of History, The Canadian Crafts Federation, and others.
With experience in both strategy and tactical level digital initiatives, Mario has utilized digital marketing for improved discoverability, growth, and engagement. Mario is currently an Associate Director at Thrive Digital, one of the largest digital marketing agencies in Canada. He holds an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, and a BA from UBC.