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RUAA Board of Directors

Alumni Relations Board of Directors

The 2019 Ryerson University Alumni Association Board of Directors. Absent: Colton Creber, Tanya Kostiw and Kersti Kahar. Photo: Clifton Li.

 

The Ryerson University Board of Directors is a working volunteer board. Members are important ambassadors for the university and attend events throughout the year on behalf of the RUAA. Members work individually and as part of committees to achieve goals aimed at strengthening Ryerson for all community members reporting on their progress at the Annual General Meeting, open to all Ryerson alumni.



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Stephanie Veltmann, Fashion Communication & Design '09
Stephanie Veltmann
RUAA, President
Fashion Communication & Design '09
  
Maurizio Rogato, Urban and Regional Planning '02
Maurizio Rogato
RUAA, Vice President
Urban and Regional Planning '02
  
Amanda Cupido, Journalism '12
Amanda Cupido
Director
Journalism '12
  
Tanya Kostiw, MA Literatures of Modernity
Tanya Kostiw
Marketing & Communications Liaison
MA Literatures of Modernity
  
Kersti Kahar, Ryerson Fund Liaison Director of Development, 
Annual & Leadership Giving
Kersti Kahar
Ryerson Fund Liaison
Director of Development,
Annual & Leadership Giving
  
Marc Castillo, Accounting ’16
Marc Castillo
Director
Accounting ’16
  
Colton Creber, Business Management ’14
Colton Creber
Director
Business Management ’14
  
Marsha Brown, Social Work ’09
Marsha Brown
Director
Social Work ’09
  
Meredith Jordan, Radio and Television Arts '95
Meredith Jordan
Manager, Alumni Marketing and Communications, Alumni Relations, Ex-Officio
Radio and Television Arts '95
  
Thomas Birchall, Business Management '73
Thomas Birchall
RUAA, Secretary and Treasurer
Business Management '73
  
Rodney Yip, Applied Computer Science '82
Rodney Yip
Director
Applied Computer Science '82
  
Joshua Makuch, Business Administration (MBA) '16
Joshua Makuch
Senate Liaison
Business Administration (MBA) '16
  
Lindsay Kane, MA Immigrations & Settlement Studies ’09
Lindsay Kane
Director
MA Immigrations & Settlement Studies ’09
  
Mallory Silver
Mallory Silver
Director
Image Arts ’09
  
Catherine Paisley, Business Management ’09
Catherine Paisley
Liaison to the Board of Governors
Business Management ’09
  

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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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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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Maurizio Rogato

Maurizio Rogato is a registered professional planner and Principal at Blackthorn Development Corp.

Prior to Blackthorn, Maurizio was with Solmar Development Corp. where in  heading up and directly managing a very extensive development and land portfolio, he 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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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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Amanda Cupido

Amanda Cupido is a communications advisor for World Vision International with a passion for storytelling and digital content development.

After graduating from Ryerson University's Bachelor of Journalism program, she pursued a career in radio, where she worked as a producer, reporter and news anchor at Newstalk 1010 CFRB. Before moving to the non-profit industry, she also spent time working at a digital content agency producing video, podcasts and social media strategies for government and corporate clients.

Throughout this time, Amanda remained involved with the Ryerson Journalism Alumni Association and was the president from 2012 until 2016.

She is currently working on her Master of Professional Studies degree, with a specialization in the psychology of leadership, from Pennsylvania State University.

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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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Joshua Makuch

A veteran of the war in Afghanistan, Josh is a graduate of the Canadian Army Command and Staff College and is currently a management consultant at Capco. He remains involved with the TRSM community, as a member of the planning committee for the Ted Rogers MBA Anniversary, and recruiting students to Capco. Josh is also a Director of the Queen’s York Rangers Regimental Council, a not-for-profit organization that supports the soldiers of the Queen’s York Rangers, one of Toronto’s oldest militia regiments. He is committed to serving Ryerson University as a member of the Senate, and to help continue to shape it into one of Canada’s pre-eminent higher education institutions.

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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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Lindsay Kane

Lindsay is passionate about promoting education, experiential learning and in supporting people through the development of their careers. As a Certified Human Resources Professional, her pride and joy is being able to help others, particularly students, become successful in their careers. After completing her Master’s degree in Immigration and Settlement Studies from Ryerson University and working with various newcomer groups, she later refocused her career towards the field of higher education. She has worked with three departments at the University of Toronto and for over four years she has worked with Ryerson’s Law Practice Program (LPP), since the program's inception. As part of the LPP, she has been a group recipient of Ryerson’s Make Your Mark Staff Award and of an Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Provincial Diversity Award.

In her spare time Lindsay is completing a ‘Leadership in Organizations’ Chang certificate program; volunteers as a phone responder for one of the city’s main mental health organizations; contributes as an HR Committee Member for a seniors active living centre; and was previously a Ryerson Tri-Mentoring Program Mentor. She believes in the magic of learning, inclusion, innovation, nature and delights in the flavours of home cooked meals.

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Colton Creber

Colton Creber is an Investment Manager with QuadReal Property Group, focusing on value creation, large scale development and investment strategy through the multi-residential/ mixed-use portfolio. The company’s $24.5 billion portfolio spans 23 global cities across 17 countries. Prior to QuadReal, Colton was a member of the asset management and development teams with KingSett Capital, Canada’s leading private equity real estate investment firm.

Colton sits on the board of Sunnybrook Hospital Next Generation Young Leaders and volunteers actively with NAIOP Toronto. Colton holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Ryerson University (2014) and is a candidate for the CFA designation.

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Marsha Brown

Marsha Brown brings over 25 years experience in the nonprofit sector, with a focus on transforming the lives of disenfranchised families and youth. She attributes her passion for philanthropy to her 18 years career at the YWCA Toronto and her mother Lolita a strong community advocate. Currently the Vice-President at the Jean Augustine Centre for Young Women’s Empowerment and an avid volunteer, Marsha accepted the Ryerson’s G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Award in 2018. A Social Work graduate, Ms. Brown has been assisting the Viola Desmond Awards Committee since 2015, celebrating the work of staff/faculty and providing bursaries for students pursuing post-secondary education. Marsha also supports Food for the Poor Canada, an organization known for its work in the Caribbean and Latin America and is a member of Junior League Toronto, Pace Canada and People Bridge Charitable Foundation. Her mantra is “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others", Mahatma Gandhi’s.

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Marc Castillo

Marc Castillo graduated from the Ted Rogers School of Management in 2016. During his time at Ryerson, Marc was involved in various organizations including RSU Board of Directors, RSU Commissioner for Student Groups and Course Unions, Tri-Mentoring, Ryerson University Accounting Society (RUAS) and the Filipino Canadian Association of Ryerson (FCAR).

Today, Marc is a Sales Manager at Peninsula Canada a consulting firm that helps small to medium sized business with comprehensive around-the-clock HR and health and safety support that’s custom-tailored to their business. Joining the company at its early stages of launch in the Canadian market to its current portfolio of over 120 employees in one year. Continuing the company’s success by assisting in the launch of services in Western Canada by spring 2019.

Marc has been actively involved at Ryerson as a philanthropist donating to create bursaries for second generation students and acting in an advisory role to various student groups to help continue their legacy in the Ryerson community.

Marc also volunteered in the past at various organizations in the GTA including Start Proud where he helps young students as they transition from school to career in order to build a national network within the LGBTQA+ community. Salvation Army as part of their Toy mountain drive every Christmas in the past three years.

He is a huge advocate in building a network of partners in various industries to help leverage Ryerson students to start or continue their careers, which includes over 50 referrals of Ryerson Alumni in various industries.

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Kersti Kahar

Kersti is the Director, Annual & Leadership Giving with University Advancement at Ryerson. A long-time fundraiser and marketer, Kersti has nearly 20 years' experience in the sector — and, like most fundraisers, it was a career she fell into. Prior to joining Ryerson, she headed up the Direct Marketing and Philanthropy Operations portfolios at the CNIB Foundation (Canadian National Institute for the Blind). She has also worked at UNICEF Canada and Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, as well as with multiple other not-for-profits, ranging from local grassroots social service agencies to national health charities to international NGOs.

Kersti is passionate about volunteering and community engagement. She currently sits on the board of directors for Trinity Square Cafe, a fantastic organization that supports adults living with mental illness. She also has extensive experience in hands-on volunteer engagement, from answering a crisis line to feeding feral cats to working on countless political campaigns.

In her off-hours, Kersti enjoys running, making jams and pickles, and having multiple books on the go at any given time.

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Catherine Paisley

Catherine Paisley, a graduate of Ryerson’s School of Business, is the Vice President of Science Education and Experience at the Ontario Science Centre. She joined the Centre in 2000 and is a member of the senior executive team, responsible for strategic leadership and operational management. Her portfolio includes the content development, design and fabrication of exhibitions; the development and delivery of programs; and oversight of the youth volunteer program and the Ontario Science Centre Science School.

Catherine sits on the Board of Directors of Ryerson University; is the Board Liaison to the Ryerson University Alumni Association Board; and has participated as a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council for university’s Faculty of Science. She has held senior leadership roles on the board of the Canadian Association of Science Centres, including a two-year term as President. She is an Editorial Advisor for Dimensions, a publication of the International Association of Science and Technology Centres, located in Washington DC.

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Mallory Silver

Mallory brings extensive experience in the Ontario post-secondary sector to the board. Utilizing the skills she developed as a graduate of the Image Arts — New Media program (2009), she has worked with universities across Ontario to coordinate province-wide initiatives that promote accessibility (through the IDeA student competition) and research on campus (through the Research Matters campaign). Mallory is passionate about advocating about the benefits of working and living in barrier-free communities, and about the impact that research has in improving society. She looks forward to working with the board to develop projects and initiatives that benefit the greater Ryerson community of students, faculty and alumni in a similar manner.

Mallory is a skilled event coordinator, currently working at York University on the University Events & Ceremonies team. With a focus on convocation, her portfolio of events also includes fundraisers, government announcements, institutional celebrations and annual ceremonies. She is eager to put this experience to use with events and initiatives that are spearheaded by the RUAA.

For many years, Mallory has used her campaign and event experience in her capacity as a volunteer with the O’Keefe House Alumni Association (OKHAA). As a dedicated O’Keefe House resident (2005–2008), Mallory has donated extensive time and energy to coordinating annual O’Keefe football games, several reunions, and most recently the O’Keefe House farewell events in June 2018. She is thrilled to use her role as Director to represent the OKHAA on the RUAA, and looks forward to exploring how the RUAA can better represent and connect with more small interest groups on campus, as well as their alumni, with hopes to create a better connected Ryerson University community.

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