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RUAA Board of Directors

Alumni Relations Board of Directors

 

The Ryerson University Board of Directors is a working volunteer board. Members are matched up with staff according to their expertise to provide the alumni perspective and advice, but they also work independently setting and working towards their own set of annual goals. Board members report on their progress at the Annual General Meeting, open to all Ryerson alumni.

The RUAA is now accepting nominations for a variety of openings on the Board of Directors. View position descriptions and apply by Aug. 25, 2017.

Watch this video to learn more about the impact you can make as an RUAA Board member. 

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Paul Cheevers 2015
Paul Cheevers
RUAA, President
Radio & Television Arts '95
  
Stephanie Veltmann 2105
Stephanie Veltmann
RUAA, Vice President
Fashion Communication & Design '09
  
Maurizio Rogato
Maurizio Rogato
Chair, Academic Program Alumni Associations
Urban and Regional Planning '02
  
Kevin Krasnowski Headshot
Kevin Krasnowski
Director, Shared Interest Groups
Radio and Television Arts '09
  
Kwesi Johnson Headshot
Kwesi Johnson
Director at Large
Child & Youth Car '09
  
Rhiannon Traill
Rhiannon Traill
Liaison to the Board of Governors
Arts and Contemporary Studies '08
  
Charlene Samuel Headshot
Charlene Samuel
Annual Fund Liaison
Computer Science '08
  
Julie Zahab
Julie Zahab
Director, Nominations and Awards
Radio and Television Arts ‘87
  
Meredith Jordan
Meredith Jordan
Manager, Alumni Marketing and Communications, Alumni Relations, Ex-Officio
Radio and Television Arts '95
  
Tom Birchall
Thomas Birchall
RUAA, Secretary and Treasurer
Business Management '73
  
Marcelo Sarkis 2015
Marcelo Sarkis
Director, Regional Branches
Chemical Engineering '88
  
Emilie Ong
Emilie Ong
Director, Student & Recent Alumni
Accounting and Finance '12
  
Rodney Yip
Rodney Yip
Director at Large
Applied Computer Science '82
  
Ryan Rodrigues
Ryan Rodrigues
Liaison Senate
Business Management Certificate '03
  
Tanya Kostiw
Tanya Kostiw
Marketing & Communications Liaison
MA Literatures of Modernity
  

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Paul Cheevers

Paul E. Cheevers is a Vice President and Broker at Lennard Commercial Realty. His is consistently recognised as one of the top GTA commercial real estate brokers for public institutions and private companies providing expert commercial real estate advice for both sales and leasing projects.

Paul is a proud alumnus of Ryerson University, graduating in 1995 with a degree from the school of Radio and Television Arts. During his time as a student, he was President of the Students’ Union and was elected to serve students as a member of the Board of Governors and the Senate. After graduation Paul continued to support Ryerson, but this time as an Alumni representative on the Board of Governors.

On behalf of the Greater Toronto Chapter of NAIOP Commercial Real Estate Development Association, Paul was the co-organiser of the “Idea Exchange for Sustainable Real Estate”, a student essay competition for Ryerson Students.

When not volunteering with Ryerson, Paul has travelled and volunteered with orphanages, schools, and churches located in Africa, Australasia, Europe, Central America, South America and the Middle East. Paul enjoys playing squash and running at the Ryerson Athletics Complex. He lives in Toronto.

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Meredith Jordan

Meredith Jordan is the Manager, Alumni Marketing and Communications at Ryerson University in Toronto. Prior to this role, Meredith was the Alumni Relations Officer for Student and Recent Alumni Engagement (2008-09) and Marketing Communications (2010-2013).

Prior to coming to Ryerson, Meredith was a Conference Producer at Brunico Communications where she produced large scale conferences and events for the film, TV and marketing industries in Canada and in the United States. Meredith was a Steering Committee member for the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) National Conference (Toronto - 2012). In 2014, Meredith and her Alumni Relations colleagues received a CCAE Silver Award for Best Alumni Initiative for their multi-channel “Welcome to the Family” campaign for graduating students.

Meredith is a proud graduate of the Radio and Television Arts program at Ryerson.

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Stephanie Veltmann

A graduate of the Fashion Communications program (‘09), Stephanie is developing her career in branding with a focus on design. She has worked for well-known national fashion and beauty brands as graphic designer, Art Director and Brand Manager. This corporate experience provided a strong foundation for her transition into entrepreneurship. Today, Stephanie continues to build her branding company, BARE Brand, delivering a lean approach to brand consulting, strategy, design and management.

During her time at Ryerson, Stephanie pioneered the development of the women’s hockey program by campaigning on campus, recruiting, coaching and leading a group of dedicated student athletes who shared her passion for bringing women’s hockey back to Ryerson. After years of hard work and support from Sheldon Levy, Ryerson Athletics and student-athletes, the women’s hockey team was brought under the Ryerson Rams umbrella, making their CIS debut on September 16, 2011. In 2014, Stephanie was recognized for her contribution and was inducted into the Ryerson Rams Hall of Fame as a Builder.

Stephanie continues to be active on campus engaging Women’s Hockey alumni in her position as President and Ambassador for the RUWHAA (Ryerson University Women’s Hockey Alumni Association). She was also a past member of the Board of Directors for the RUAA representing the Shared Interest Chapter (2012-2014).

When Stephanie isn’t working, she can be found checking out the best coffee shops in the city, practicing hot yoga or lacing up for a game.

To get in touch with Stephanie Veltmann, please email stephanie@barebrand.ca

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Thomas Birchall

Mr. Tom Birchall was appointed as a Director on the Board of the RUAA in November 2012 and assumed the Secretary-Treasurer’s position in November 2015.

Tom was born and educated in Halifax NS and graduated in 1973 from Ryerson University with a diploma in Business Administration. He immediately joined the banking industry, working for the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce for 32 years as a corporate and commercial banker where he specialized in financial restructurings and start-up businesses. Since his retirement from the CIBC in 2005, Tom has operated a small consulting practice where he provides financial and management services to a select number of corporate clients primarily in Canada.

Tom also had a parallel career in uniform beginning in 1976 when he joined the Cadet Instructor’s List as a member of the Canadian Armed Forces Reserves. He was commissioned in 1977 and served with the 48th Highlanders of Canada in a number of appointments including Quartermaster and Commander of the Headquarters Company before taking on the duties of Comptroller with 32 Brigade, Downsview, ON. He officially retired form the CF in 1997. In 2012 Tom was a recipient of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of his work with DND, Veterans’ Affairs and the treatment of veterans.

He is a sports enthusiast and engaged in a broad range of other activities. Tom is a past President of The Scots: The North British Society and currently serves as Immediate Past President and Director with the Royal United Services Institute (Nova Scotia), Immediate Past President of the Nova Scotia Curling Association, President of his local condominium corporation, and Regional Director on the board of the Nova Scotia chapter of the Canadian Forces Liaison Council. In 2013 Tom was appointed Honorary Colonel of 12 Wing, Shearwater, RCAF and currently serves in that capacity.

Tom enjoys curling in the winter, golf in the summer (both pastimes he freely admits to being “just average”) and travel year round.

Tom and his wife of over 40 years, Christine, reside just outside Halifax in Eastern Passage, NS and have three grown children and four grandchildren living in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and Ontario.

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Maurizio Rogato

Maurizio Rogato is a registered professional planner working with Solmar Development Corp. and holds a degree in Urban and Regional Planning. 

In heading up and directly managing a very extensive development and land portfolio, Maurizio has gained considerable experience in managing land investments, acquisitions, finance structure, all with a keen interest in land use planning policy and implementation governing southern Ontario. 

Maurizio is also the former Chair of Ryerson University’s planning alumni committee and a guest speaker for industry associated events including the recent GTA Economic Summit where Maurizio sat on the development industry panel providing expert advice on real estate trends.

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Marcelo Sarkis

Marcelo founded Prima IP having practiced 26 years at a leading intellectual property boutique firm and an international renowned multi-disciplinary law firm.

Prima IP aims to provide quality intellectual property advice and services to multinationals, SMEs, start-ups and individual entrepreneurs with a focus on value.

Marcelo has extensive experience in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications and industrial designs in the pharmaceutical, chemical, oil and gas, medical device and mechanical areas and has advised clients on the procurement, management and assessment of intellectual property rights.

Marcelo has participated in many patent infringement and validity actions before the Federal Court of Canada. He has also advised foreign counsel in proceedings outside of Canada.

He is a Fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada, a registered professional engineer in Ontario, Chair of the Innovation Science and Technology Committee for the Brazil-Canada Chamber of Commerce and intellectual property advisor for Ryerson's Digital Media Zone (DMZ). He is also Canadian Co-Lead for the Sustainable Technologies/Green Energy Working Group of the Canada-Brazil Joint Committee for Cooperation on Science, Technology and Innovation.

The committee has been mandated by both the Canadian and Brazilian governments to oversee the implementation of the Canada-Brazil Framework Agreement for Cooperation on Science, Technology and Innovation, ratified in 2010.

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Kevin Krasnowski

Kevin Krasnowski graduated from Radio Television Arts in 2009.  Kevin volunteers as Alumni Ambassador for Men’s Hockey where he organizes the Ryerson Rams Hockey Alumni Golf Tournament and Alumni Games.  During his tenure at Ryerson, Kevin captained the Ryerson Rams Varsity Men’s Hockey Team for three of his five years on the team and was a four-time MVP.  He was a recipient of Ryerson’s D.H. Craighead Trophy for Contribution to Interuniversity Sports, Greatest Contribution to Campus Life and Community and was an Academic All-Canadian.  Kevin currently works as a Producer, Director, Videographer and Video Editor at Universus Media Group Inc. Prior to his role at Universus Media Group, Kevin was a Story Editor at TSN and an Associate Producer for Canada’s Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium during London 2012.

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Emilie Ong

Emilie Ong graduated from the Ted Rogers School of Management in 2012. During her time at Ryerson, Emilie was involved in ENACTUS Ryerson, Tri-Mentoring, and the Ryerson University Finance Society (RUFS).

Today, Emilie is a treasury and risk management professional at TD and civic leader in Toronto. At TD, she manages the bank's liquidity risk, which entails monitoring early warning indicators for a financial crisis, managing new regulatory requirements, and performing due diligence on new business and product approvals.

Emilie has been actively involved at Ryerson as a guest speaker at events and mentor in the TRSM Top 200 Program and RUFS Mentorship Program. Emilie also volunteers on the Board Youth Advisory Committee (YAC) at the YMCA of Greater Toronto where she ensures youth perspectives are heard on a broad range of issues. Emilie participated as a delegate at the 2015 CivicAction Summit: Better City Bootcamp. In her working group, she generated a range of ideas – from long-term policy changes to technology-based solutions – to improve quality of life for seniors by enhancing their access to affordable housing. She also loves to travel, read, practice yoga, and cheer on the Blue Jays!

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Kwesi Johnson

As a 10-year-old underachieving student, Kwesi’s journey from being a new immigrant to finding his way in the fourth largest city in North America was a daunting task to say the least. Now in his early thirties, Kwesi has worked with the likes of some of the largest public and NGO institutions in the region, gone the distance academically and continues to demonstrate his commitment to tackling some of the systemic issues that persist in the region.

Kwesi is an active community leader, volunteer, public speaker and a budding entrepreneur. As a highly determined, ambitious and charismatic emerging leader, Kwesi believes his 14 years of professional experience supporting youth living in complex socio-economic communities has been his most rewarding accomplishment to date.

His mantra is simple: we are all born students and teachers. The truly fulfilled among us never lose sight of this critical balancing act.

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Rodney Yip

Rodney Yip graduated from Ryerson's Computer Science program in 1982 and was immediately hired by Datacrown Inc, one of Canada's leading service bureaus. Through a succession of buyouts, Datacrown eventually became the outsourcing arm of IBM Canada. 

Specializing in Disaster Recovery, Business Continuity and Emergency Management, Rodney managed a series of products within IBM's Information Technology Services division. Activities included sales and marketing, product development, profit and loss management and personnel management.

Prior to his retirement in 2015, Rodney re-immersed himself in Ryerson's culture. He is on the Dean's Advisory Council for the Faculty of Sciences, Strategic Advisor for the Network Centric Applied Research Team and a mentor in the Science Discovery Zone.

Outside of Ryerson, Rodney is on the Board of Directors for Camp Trillium (a camp for children battling cancer), Director / Secretary for the Disaster Recovery Information Exchange (an association of Business Continuity professionals), Advisory Committee member of Canada's Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (a working group under the auspices of Public Safety Canada) and is co-chair of the Private Sector Partnership Working Group therein. Rodney is also on the Private Sector team for the United Nations International Strategy for Disaster Reduction. In his "spare" time, he is the Operations Manager for Regional Voice Leads at IMPACT 2030, a global private sector initiative that drives corporate volunteerism in support of the UN's 17 Sustainable Development Goals.      

Rodney can often be seen walking around the campus, engaging students and wondering where the meeting room is.

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Rhiannon Traill

Rhiannon Traill is the President & CEO of The Economic Club of Canada. Each year, more than 160 key global policy makers and business leaders seek out The Economic Club of Canada to make major keynote addresses. Under Mrs. Traill leadership the club has successfully expanded operations across Canada, making it the only National Public Policy Platform in Canada. The club now successfully stages events in Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Halifax, Moncton, Yellowknife and Nunavut. 

In 2012, Mrs. Traill launched the Annual Voice of Hope awards in Ottawa. This award was designed to recognize outstanding humanitarians that have dedicated their life to the equality of women and children around the globe. 

Mrs. Traill also founded The Jr. Economic Club of Canada which is organization designed to inspire Canadian youth to become financially literate, civically engaged and socially responsible. The Jr. Economic Club now runs 6 diverse programs under its banner including its flagship experiential learning programs “A Day on Bay Street” and the summer program “Bay Street Boot Camp”. To date over 35,000 students from across Canada have been a part of Jr. Economic Club of Canada programming and the club has granted over $100,000.00 in academic scholarships. Mrs. Traill has successfully developed three financial literacy tool kits to aid educators in teaching important financial skills to high school students. The Jr. EC toolkit “Your Money, Your Wellness, has now been successfully delivered in over 75% of the classrooms in Ontario and the “Me & My Money” toolkit for Inuit youth is currently being rolled out across all 53 arctic communities of Canada, in partnership with the National Inuit Youth Council of Canada. In September 2014, Mrs. Traill launched Jr. ECTV, a television program that provides a platform for young Canadians to talk about important issues. Mrs. Traill serves as the show’s host, writer and community producer. The show has included such high profiles guests as The Honourable Charles Sousa, Ontario Minster of Finance, Craig Alexander, Former Chief Economist of TD Bank & The Right Honourable John Turner, Former Prime Minister of Canada. The Jr. Economic Club has been nationally recognized by business and government leaders across the country and Mrs. Traill has appeared numerous times on BNN and CTV News to speak about the success of the program and the importance of financial literacy. 

In 2013, and again in 2015, Rhiannon was named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Business by the Women’s Executive Network in the Telus Future Leaders and the Sunlife Trailblazers & Trendsetters categories. She was also named one of Canada’s Change Agents by Canadian Business Magazine in 2016. She served on the Toronto committee for Canadian Blood Services Campaign for All Canadians, which successfully launched a national public umbilical cord blood bank in Canada and she currently serves as a member of the Council of Champions for the national not for profit, Children First. In 2014, Rhiannon was elected to Ryerson University's Board of Governors where she is responsible for the governance of the university; control of its property and revenues and the conduct of its business and affairs. She is also a singer, golfer, runner and a Ryerson University graduate. She currently resides in Markham with her husband Eric and her two sons Luke and Bennett. 

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Ryan Rodrigues

Ryan Rodrigues works for the University of Pennsylvania - The Wharton School in a Business Development and Recruitment capacity. Formerly he was the Director of Leadership Development & Recruiting at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Ryan is a graduate of the Ivey Business School (MBA) and has volunteered with several organizations including: the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Tennis Canada, Ryerson University, Hope Air, the Executive MBA Council and Legal Aid Ontario. He was recently appointed a board member of the Canadian Professional Sales Association, the Canadian Sales Institute and the CPSA Foundation.

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Charlene Samuel

Charlene Samuel is a Business Systems Consultant working within the financial industry and holds a degree in Applied Computer Science.

During her time at Ryerson, Charlene worked as a Supervisor and Caller at the Ryerson Annual fund. She also served at the President of the National Society of Black Engineers for the Ryerson Chapter.

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Tanya Kostiw

Tanya Kostiw is a writer/editor and a content and communications strategist, who began her career in the world of media. Since receiving her Bachelor of Journalism degree from Carleton University in 2009, she has held editorial positions at renowned and award-winning publications across Canada. 

After pursuing her passion for journalism as an editor and reporter at two bustling newspapers in Alberta, Tanya was keen to engage in academic pursuits and enrolled in Ryerson's Master of Arts in Literatures of Modernity program, graduating in 2013. During her time at Ryerson, she contributed to the mandate of freedom of expression advocacy group PEN Canada as part of a practicum, and worked as an editorial assistant for the literary arts journal, White Wall Review. 

From reporting on elections as a political journalist to providing analysis of the marketing strategies of the country's top brands, Tanya brings her multi-faceted editorial experience to her work today. She currently develops and implements content programs in her capacity as a senior writer and communications specialist at a creative marketing agency, and offers writing and editing services on a freelance basis. 

A proud Ukrainian-Canadian, Tanya has been an active member of the Ukrainian community, volunteering for cultural and charitable initiatives in Toronto, Ottawa and Ukraine.

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Julie Zahab

Julie is a proud graduate of the RTA program at Ryerson University. She has been active alumna of the class of ’87, organizing three successful reunions since graduation. Julie also graduated from Ryerson’s Chang School in ’93 with a certificate in Business Communications.

Right after graduation Julie joined Ryerson’s Undergraduate Admissions and Recruitment Office. She spent 17 great years overseeing national recruitment, and estimates that she presented to more than 250,000 future Ryerson students during her career. Julie served on many general and standing committees, and received the Ontario University Registrars’ Association Merit Award in 2003.

In 2004, Julie moved to Ryerson’s University Relations Office as the Manager of Marketing and Creative Services. In 2007 she was elected to the Canadian Council for the Advancement of Education (CCAE) Ontario board, where she served for two years until the board was dissolved. Julie remained active with the CCAE general committee during her time in the marketing office.

In 2015, Julie joined the Office of the Registrar as the Director of Administration and Special Projects. She loves interacting with students and is committed to enhancing and improving the student experience. Julie was recently elected to the Ontario University Registrars’ Association Executive Committee as a member-at-large.

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