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2019 Recipients G. Raymond Chang Outstanding Volunteer Awards

 

Richard Anton
 

Richard Anton

Business Management ’97


Richard Anton is a key member of the Ted Rogers School of Accounting and Finance Advisory Council and regularly lends his expertise and advice to faculty, staff and students. As senior vice president and chief operations officer at CIBC Mellon, Richard also played an integral role in championing the Business Innovation Hub within the company. Located at CIBC Mellon, and an important part of the university’s zone learning ecosystem, the hub creates opportunities for Ryerson students to work directly with CIBC professionals on practical solutions to real-world challenges. Back to top

 

 

Dr. Pamela Appelt
 

Dr. Pamela Appelt


A retired judge of the Court of Canadian Citizenship, Dr. Pamela Appelt has been the patron of Ryerson’s Viola Desmond Awards since 2017. A strong ally of the university’s Equity and Community Inclusion team, Pamela has lent her name to raising awareness and funds for the annual awards which celebrate the achievements of Black women in Canada. Her continued support helps provide access to a Ryerson education for deserving women from across the country. Back to top

 

 

Marco Attanasi

Business Management ’18


Since graduating in 2018, Marco Attanasi has volunteered for events at Ryerson University and served as a tireless and devoted career mentor with the Tri-Mentoring Program. He continues to support and guide students toward their professional goals and aspirations, and build strong relationships with his mentees and incoming students. Back to top

 

 

Mark Barnes
 

Mark Barnes


Since 2016, entrepreneur and management consultant Mark Barnes has volunteered as a coach in Ryerson’s Social Ventures Zone (SVZ). He has helped several startups develop growth strategies, improve business processes and raise capital. The SVZ relies on Mark’s three decades of experience to challenge budding entrepreneurs on their business fundamentals, and to ultimately help them transform their projects into successful and sustainable enterprises. Back to top

 

 

Yoel Berznoger
 

Yoel Berznoger


For several years, Yoel Berznoger has provided career advice and mentorship to students at the Ryerson School of Interior Design (RSID). He has served as a student portfolio and thesis project critic, and generously shared his experiences to inspire students at the annual RSID Careers Night and the school’s Year End Show. As a director with Haworth Inc., Yoel also helps Ryerson recognize talented students through the Haworth Organic Workspace Award and Haworth Innovation in Design Award. Back to top

 

 

Lawrence S. Bloomberg, C.M., O.Ont.


Canadian philanthropist and business leader Lawrence Bloomberg served two terms as chancellor of Ryerson University. From 2012 to 2018 he shared his business experience and passion for education with students, faculty and staff of the Ryerson community. He has acted as Ryerson’s ambassador on local, national and international stages, and presided over all convocations to confer university degrees and welcome new graduates. His support for Ryerson’s research, education, innovation and entrepreneurship has helped to shape the university’s city-building agenda. Back to top

 

 

Virginia Bosomworth
 

Virginia Bosomworth


Virginia Bosomworth is the president of the volunteer-run, non-profit LIFE Institute. For over 20 years, the organization has worked with the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education to offer exceptional learning experiences to older adults. Under Virginia’s leadership, the LIFE Institute recently expanded its partnership with Ryerson by funding the Toronto Social Capital Study with the university’s National Institute on Ageing, and assisting with data collection through the participation of its members. Virginia’s efforts are helping Ryerson explore new ways to ensure seniors lead active, healthy and engaged lives. Back to top

 

 

Sheila Boudreau
 

Sheila Boudreau


A professional landscape architect and planner with more than 25 years of experience, Sheila Boudreau volunteers her time to mentor students, support activities and bring insight to the Ryerson Urban Water (RUW) Advisory Board. Sheila assisted students in planning the 2016 RUW Green Infrastructure Hackathon, and helped organize the 2018 Implementing Green Infrastructure workshop. Her guidance helped make both events successful. Back to top

 

 

Deirdre Boyle
 

Deirdre Boyle

Disability Studies ’10, MA in Public Policy and Administration ’18


For several years, Deirdre Boyle has served as the alumni representative for the Disability Studies Student Awards Selection Committee. As a wife, mother of two, City of Toronto employee, and access and equity activist, she continues to help create a more equitable society in all that she does. Back to top

 

 

Diego Burdi
 

Diego Burdi

Interior Design ’92


Diego Burdi has volunteered as a student portfolio and thesis project critic for over two decades, generously providing professional advice and career mentorship to Ryerson School of Interior Design (RSID) students. He has served as a member of the RSID Advisory Council, and currently presents inspiring career paths to students at the annual RSID Careers Night and the school’s Year End Show. As co-owner of the award-winning design firm Burdifilek, Diego is a true role model for RSID students. Back to top

 

 

Matthew Butko

Hospitality and Tourism Management ’88


Matthew Butko was an active member of the Ryerson Hospitality Alumni Association (RHAA) for nearly three decades, serving as president from1988 until 1993, and again in 2000. Under his leadership — through annual golf tournaments, alumni breakfasts and support for several student bursaries — the RHAA fostered strong relationships between alumni and students of the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management. Matthew has also been involved with the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Advisory Council. Back to top

 

 

Deborah Chant
 

Deborah Chant


Deborah Chant generously gives her time and advice to the Faculty of Community Services (FCS). Whether it is as a professor emerita of Ryerson’s School of Early Childhood Studies, or through her 10 years of service on the Faculty of Community Services Dean’s Advisory Council, she has consistently demonstrated extraordinary dedication to making FCS and Ryerson the best it can be. Back to top

 

 

Bryan Chartier
 

Bryan Chartier


Bryan Chartier has provided professional advice and career mentorship to Ryerson School of Interior Design (RSID) students for many years. He serves as a portfolio critic for undergraduate students, frequently speaks at the annual RSID Careers Night, and recently arranged an architectural tour of Ottawa’s National Arts Centre for first- and second-year students. Additionally, Diamond Schmitt Architects, where Bryan is director of interior design, generously supported the 2019 RSID Year End Show. Back to top

 

 

Marie Chevrier
 

Marie Chevrier


Marie Chevrier, founder and CEO of Sampler, is transforming the way consumer packaged goods companies distribute product samples. As a DMZ alumna, Marie is an active volunteer for many DMZ women-in-tech initiatives. Her efforts are helping the next generation of women in Toronto’s startup ecosystem. Back to top

 

 

Brian Cooper


As the CEO of the marketing agency MKTG, Brian Cooper has helped the Ted Rogers School of Management deliver its unique sport business education to undergraduate, graduate and executive learners. In the 1990s, Brian was the president of the Toronto Argonauts. He later joined Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment where he helped launch the Toronto Raptors. Now, as a key member of the Future of Sport Lab Advisory Committee, Brian shares with students the lessons gleaned from his decades of sport and sponsorship marketing experience. Back to top

 

 

Cyrus K. Cooper
 

Cyrus K. Cooper

Hospitality and Tourism Management ’09


Drawing on a hospitality career that spans more than 15 years, including leadership roles with prestigious brands such as Pusateri’s Fine Foods, the Granite Club, and Oliver & Bonacini Restaurants, Cyrus Cooper has generously volunteered in several capacities at the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM). He is the current president of the Ryerson Hospitality Alumni Association and a member of the Ted Rogers School of Hospitality and Tourism Management Advisory Council. Cyrus also helps TRSM students through the Cyrus K. Cooper Award for Food and Beverage Excellence. Back to top

 

 

Dr. Linda Cooper
 

Dr. Linda Cooper


As a professor emerita of the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Dr. Linda Cooper is a stalwart supporter of the profession. In her current role as treasurer of the Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association, she helped establish a student awards program funded with donations from the association’s members. Linda also served as the inaugural president of the University of Toronto-Ryerson University Lambda Pi-at-Large chapter, which provides invaluable networking and professional opportunities to nursing students and faculty. Back to top

 

 

Leah Dunbar
 

Leah Dunbar


Leah Dunbar has leveraged her project management experience to mentor students from the RU Interprofessional program, as well as the Middle-level Managers with Technical Backgrounds Bridging Program for internationally educated professionals at the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education. Leah has also been an important member of an advisory committee at the Chang School where she provides expertise in mental health and the needs of first responders. Back to top

 

 

Kumar Erramilli
 

Kumar Erramilli


Former Blackberry employee and serial entrepreneur Kumar Erramilli is currently the Chief Technical Officer of ActoApp, which grew out of Ryerson’s DMZ Accelerator. Kumar pioneered the DMZ’s Alumni-in-Residence program which gives former DMZ members opportunities to mentor current startups. Through this program, Kumar has helped mentor over 10 startups on topics ranging from sales and strategy, to marketing and fundraising. Back to top

 

 

Dr. Karen Fleming
 

Dr. Karen Fleming


Physician and division lead at Sunnybrook Family Medicine Obstetrics, Dr. Karen Fleming has been a longtime champion of Ryerson’s Midwifery Education Program. In addition to supervising students during their obstetrics placements, she selflessly gives her time and expertise as a guest teacher and preceptor in midwifery courses. As a member of the program’s advisory committee since 2016, her thoughtful guidance is inspiring the next generation of midwives. Back to top

 

 

Vera Frenkel


Since 2004, Vera Frenkel has been a member of the Advisory Committee for the School of Image Arts. As one of Canada’s most influential and recognized artists, and a professor emerita from York University, she brings her exceptional experiences as an artist and educator to the benefit of the School of Image Arts. Vera’s passionate support for the education of tomorrow’s artists continues to inform the School of Image Arts’ teaching methods and priorities. Back to top

 

 

Shirley Heard


In 1975, the historic Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing officially became part of what is now the Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing at Ryerson University. As president of the Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing Alumnae Association, Shirley Heard encourages members to donate well loved memorabilia to the Wellesley Hospital School of Nursing collection in the Ryerson Archives and Special Collections, and inspires alumni to support awards for current nursing students. Back to top

 

 

Michael Higgs
 

Michael Higgs

Social Work ’15


Michael Higgs was a 2018-2019 career mentor with Ryerson’s Tri-Mentoring Program, helping students approaching graduation make a successful transition into the workforce. He is described by one mentee as an outstanding, informative and knowledgeable mentor regarding the psychology sector. Michael continues to mentor Ryerson students, and demonstrate his passion for helping others. Back to top

 

 

Mark Jamieson
 

Mark Jamieson

Civil Engineering ’03


A Civil Engineering alumnus, Mark Jamieson has assisted final-year students with their mandatory capstone project for many years. In addition to guest lecturing in the course, he spends countless hours developing challenging projects and providing technical advice to student groups. Mark guest lectures in Civil Engineering’s Highway Design course as well, helping students connect their classroom theory with real-world engineering practice. In his senior role at BA Group, Mark has also facilitated the hiring of several Ryerson engineering students. Back to top

 

 

Jorgen Jensen
 

Jorgen Jensen


Jorgen Jensen began volunteering over 10 years ago with Conversational Connections, a collaborative program between the G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education and Ryerson’s English Language Support program. Jorgen works with students helping them gain confidence and fluency in their spoken English. The multilingual students he works with often face academic and cultural challenges in the complex university learning environment. Jorgen’s guidance, positive energy and infectious enthusiasm create an environment conducive for learning. Back to top

 

 

Miriam Kagan
 

Miriam Kagan


Miriam Kagan has been an essential member of the Ryerson Image Centre’s (RIC) docent team since it opened. Miriam’s commitment to arts education, combined with her passion for sharing her deep knowledge of photography with the general public, provide an enriching experience for all the RIC visitors with whom she interacts. Back to top

 

 

Paul Kay
 

Paul Kay


The Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) has been fortunate to have Paul Kay as a member of its docent team since the very beginning. Paul generously shares his profound knowledge of photography with visitors of all ages. His enthusiasm for learning and love for education makes him a valued member of the RIC team. Back to top

 

 

Marcelo König Sarkis
 

Marcelo König Sarkis

Chemical Engineering Technology ’87, Chemical Engineering ’88


An accomplished patent agent with his own firm, Marcelo König Sarkis has given back to Ryerson in a number of ways. He is an active member and former director of the Ryerson University Alumni Association, and a former alumni representative on the Ryerson Senate. As a patent professional, Marcelo has generously contributed his time to educate students and faculty on intellectual property (IP) issues as well. He has acted as a mentor in both the DMZ and Science Discovery Zone to help entrepreneurs safeguard their IP without sacrificing the forward momentum of their business. Back to top

 

 

Kevin Krasnowski
 

Kevin Krasnowski

RTA School of Media ’09


While a student in Radio and Television Arts, Kevin Krasnowski received an award for greatest contribution to campus life, as well as Ryerson’s D.H. Craighead Trophy for his contributions to interuniversity sports. After graduating, Kevin continued to be deeply involved at Ryerson, becoming the lead alumni ambassador for Ryerson Men’s Hockey, and organizing and promoting the annual alumni games and golf tournaments in support of student-athletes. Kevin was also a member of the Ryerson University Alumni Association where he served as director of Shared Interest Groups from 2014 to 2018. Back to top

 

 

Brian J. MacDonald
 

Brian J. MacDonald


Brian MacDonald’s perspective as a startup founder, banker and senior advisor in the Ministry of Economic Development and Growth has been an incredible asset to the Norman Esch Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship Awards Selection Committee. He has generously provided his insight, advice and time to help hundreds of students with their award applications. The impact of Brian’s leadership and his willingness to connect students to pivotal external resources have been key contributors to the success of the Esch Awards. Back to top

 

 

Daniel M. MacKay
 

Daniel M. MacKay

Mechanical Engineering ’09


Distinguished lawyer and intellectual property (IP) agent, Daniel MacKay is a graduate of Ryerson’s Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science (FEAS). In addition to bringing engaging professionals as guest speakers to the university, he volunteers as one himself. He lectures on the principles of IP to students in a variety of undergraduate and graduate level courses, including the specialization in Engineering Innovation and Entrepreneurship, as well as to entrepreneurial technology students in the iBoost Zone. His willingness to mentor young entrepreneurs, and his success promoting the importance of IP to the FEAS community, have been indispensable. Back to top

 

 

Daniel Mohammed
 

Daniel Mohammed

Business Management ’14


Following the successful completion of Spanning the Gaps’ Transition Foundations Program, Daniel Mohammed pursued and completed his undergraduate degree in Business Management. Throughout his studies, Daniel stayed connected to Spanning the Gaps and supported the program in many ways, including volunteering at events, participating in student panels, and acting as a program ambassador and mentor. He continues to support Spanning the Gaps in various capacities, and is a fantastic representative of the compassion and dedication of the program’s alumni. Back to top

 

 

Andrew Moss
 

Andrew Moss


Andrew Moss joined the Social Ventures Zone (SVZ) coaching roster in 2018 and has been a consistent, supportive and valuable presence ever since. He brings his background in the professional sports sector to his coaching of a number of ventures and their teams, and regularly volunteers his time to help them with their challenges and increase their chance of success. Andrew also recently started the Founders on Purpose podcast, where he has featured a number of SVZ startups and highlighted their journeys. He is a great example of how coaching and mentorship can break down barriers between universities, their students and communities. Back to top

 

 

Kimberly R. Murray


Kimberly Murray is an unwavering supporter of Ryerson’s upcoming law school. She was part of the team responsible for creating Ryerson’s law school proposal, served on the inaugural Faculty of Law advisory committee, and has been instrumental in developing the core Indigenous Law course. She has also provided advice and insight on curriculum, the university’s approaches to various accrediting bodies, and deepened Ryerson’s connections to the legal community. Back to top

 

 

Amin Nikdel
 

Amin Nikdel


Amin Nikdel is founder of the startup Intellistop and a member of the Science Discovery Zone (SDZ). He is the first person the SDZ calls when a mentor or industry partner is needed, and he has been instrumental in building a culture of knowledge-sharing within the zone. Amin’s generosity of time and spirit have made a striking difference in the SDZ community. Back to top

 

 

Sandra Odendahl
 

Sandra Odendahl


Sandra Odendahl volunteered in the Social Ventures Zone (SVZ) from 2017 to 2019. As President and CEO of CMC Research Institutes, she brought decades of environmental science expertise and executive experience to the entrepreneurs in the SVZ, helping shape their ideas and guide their ventures to success. Back to top

 

 

Michael Onesi

Business Management ’95, Journalism ’96


Michael Onesi founded the Ryerson University Kingston Alumni Branch and continues to lead as its president. The branch has championed many events, including cheering on the Ryerson Rams at varsity games, trivia nights against other post-secondary rivals, patio socials, and supporting causes such as the Salvation Army Hamper Packing campaign. Michael’s ongoing commitment and dedication to Ryerson and this group continues to inspire other branches and demonstrates the value in staying connected. Back to top

 

 

Yvonne Osondu
 

Yvonne Osondu


Yvonne Osondu received care from Riverdale Community Midwives during the pre-regulation era and has been a passionate supporter of the profession ever since. In addition to serving as a member of the Midwifery Education Program Advisory Committee for over six years, she supports the program’s admission process by reading application letters, participating in admission interviews and much more. Yvonne’s perspectives have been extraordinarily valuable to the Midwifery Education program. Back to top

 

 

Rebecca Pang
 

Rebecca Pang


Rebecca Pang is the senior director of U.S. strategic business development at RBC and has previously held roles at CIBC, T-Mobile USA, China Netcom in Beijing and McKinsey & Company in Hong Kong. Rebecca is a key member of the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) Dean’s Advisory Council, a mentor to students in the Top 200 Program and currently serves with the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre Advisory Council. She consistently gives her time and advice to help TRSM’s students, faculty and programs. Back to top

 

 

Leena Patel
 

Leena Patel


Leena Patel has held several senior executive roles in data analytics, technology strategy, business development and marketing. For the past five years she has served as a mentor in the Top 200 Program at the Ted Rogers School of Management, and as a member of the Advisory Council for the Ted Rogers Leadership Centre. Her expertise and advice have made a significant difference in the career paths and lives of our students. Back to top

 

 

Jim Reid


Since 2011, Jim Reid has been the chief human resources officer at Rogers. A former tactical helicopter pilot in the Canadian Armed Forces, Jim holds an MBA from McMaster University and is a graduate of Harvard’s Advanced Management Program. Jim has volunteered in multiple capacities at the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM), including serving on the Dean’s Advisory Council, leading sessions for three consecutive years at the Ted Rogers Management Conference, and lending his time and expertise as a mentor and advisor to TRSM students. Back to top

 

 

Shawn Richard
 

Shawn Richard


As president of the Canadian Association of Black Lawyers, Shawn Richard served on the inaugural Advisory Committee for the university’s Faculty of Law and was integral to creating Ryerson’s law school proposal. He most recently assisted with the university’s equity, diversity and legal training conference, and generously gives his advice and insight on curriculum development. Back to top

 

 

Will Richman
 

Will Richman


Will Richman, co-founder and CEO of GrowthGenius, graduated from Ryerson’s DMZ Accelerator in 2018. He has led a number of initiatives at the DMZ, including the DMZ Book Club and an annual coding session for DMZ staff. He has also contributed to several DMZ Accelerator and Women Founders Accelerator workshops. Through his involvement as an Alumni-in-Residence, Will freely shares his knowledge as an entrepreneur, and continues to be a trailblazer for incoming DMZ companies. Back to top

 

 

John Riggleman
 

John Riggleman


With decades of theme park industry experience, John Riggleman is an invaluable resource for Ryerson students across many programs who are considering careers in themed entertainment design. As a senior director with Universal Parks & Resorts, he helped the annual Ryerson Invitational Thrill Design Competition relocate to Orlando, and continues to provide students with exclusive access to private areas at Universal Studios. John is accessible to students as an industry contact, has helped numerous students obtain internships, and has arranged executive guest speakers for the program on a number of occasions. His contributions enable Ryerson to play an important educational role in a unique industry. Back to top

 

 

Rhiannon Rosalind
 

Rhiannon Rosalind

Arts and Contemporary Studies ’08


A passionate Ryerson ambassador, Rhiannon Rosalind served on the university’s Board of Governors from 2015 to 2018. In 2016, she took on an additional role with the Ryerson University Alumni Association as liaison to the Board of Governors where she kickstarted the group’s first fundraising initiative. As the CEO of the Economic Club of Canada, Rhiannon continually looks for opportunities to partner with Ryerson and further strengthen the university’s reputation. Back to top

 

 

Dr. Hassan Saffarini
 

Dr. Hassan Saffarini


For the past ten years, Dr. Hassan Saffarini has assisted students in the mandatory final year capstone project course in Ryerson’s Department of Civil Engineering. Every academic year, Hassan supervises a group of students who benefit from his extensive engineering experience and guidance. Back to top

 

 

Betty Skuffham

RTA School of Media ’54


Betty Skuffham has volunteered for five years with Discrimination and Harassment Prevention Services to assist a Ryerson staff member with vision loss. In addition to her dependability and hard work, the knowledge and perspectives Betty shares continue to be a tremendous asset. Her passion for improving accessibility and accommodation exemplifies Ryerson’s values of creating a more equitable and inclusive campus community. Back to top

 

 

Karla Stephens Tolstoy


Serial entrepreneur Karla Stephens Tolstoy has held senior executive positions in both the private and public sectors. Through her lifestyle brand, Stand Up Speak Up, Karla is inspiring conversations about difficult topics in order to identify solutions. Since 2015, Karla has played a key role in the Entrepreneurship and Strategy Advisory Council of the Ted Rogers School of Management to further develop the program and assist students with their career paths. Back to top