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Career Education Specialists

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Ken Lee
Interim Career Education Specialist, Faculty of Community Services

kllee@ryerson.ca

 

Education

B.Com. Human Resources Management and Marketing Management (Ryerson University)
Certified Human Resources Professional (HRPA)

 

Biography
Ken joined the Ryerson Career Centre in October 2017 after working in the not-for-profit sector for more than two years. He has guided individuals in finding creative ways to achieve their life and/or career goals while finding fulfilment, satisfaction and balance in their lives.

Ken is a Ted Rogers School of Management alumnus and is driven to give back and help pave the path for others, as Ryerson students, staff, faculty, and administrators have done for him.



Faculty connection
To see when Ken is available for appointments, visit Appointment Booking. To learn more about his Faculty services, visit his Faculty Career Community page.


This position is currently vacant.
Lead, Graduate Career Education


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Maurice Fernandes
Career Education Specialist, Faculty of Science - Undergraduates

maurice.fernandes@ryerson.ca

 

Education

B.A. Honours, Political Science (McMaster University)

Biography

Maurice Fernandes is an award-winning HR professional with 20 years of experience specializing in talent acquisition, campus recruitment, employment brand, and digital media recruitment strategy. Maurice has focused his HR/Recruitment experience in the technology sector and his recruitment experience has taken him as far west as Silicon Valley and as far east as Prince Edward Island.  Maurice has spoken about HR/recruitment best practices and labour trends at a variety of conferences and campuses and contributed to articles for the Globe and Mail, Human Resources Director Canada, and the Canadian HR Reporter.  When not geeking out on HR and labour market trends, Maurice volunteers his time mentoring through Ten Thousand Coffees, the Ted Rogers School mentoring program, and can be found on a softball diamond most summer evenings. Maurice holds a bachelor’s degree from McMaster University.

Faculty connection
To see when Maurice is available for appointments, visit Appointment Booking. To learn more about his Faculty services, visit his Faculty Career Community page.


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Emma Hartley
Career Education Specialist, Faculty of Communication & Design

emma.hartley@ryerson.ca

 

Biography

Emma is a media professional with over 15 years experience in the entertainment industries and possesses a proven passion for launching careers.

As a Career Education Specialist for the Faculty of Communication and Design, Emma is able to combine her passion for the creative sector with her dedication to training and mentorship. 

Emma recently led the internship program and professional development within Ryerson's highly sought-after School of Creative Industries' undergraduate program by leading workshops, facilitating career events throughout the year and identifying key industry partnerships.

Emma has worked in the US, UK and Canada across both TV and features, holding positions such as Head of Development at Vertigo Films (Bronson, Monsters, It’s All Gone Pete Tong) and Director of Development at Muse Entertainment (Bellevue, Bomb Girls, After Camelot).

Emma currently chairs the Next Steps Committee with the non-profit media training program, POV 3rd Street. She has volunteered as an industry guest with organizations such as the Canadian Film Centre, National Screen Institute, Ryerson’s Entertainment Conference and has served as a juror for the International Emmy's Sir Peter Ustinov Television Screenwriting Award, Webfest TO and Shaw Rocket Fund’s Startoon Competition.


Faculty connection

To see when Emma is available for appointments, visit Appointment Booking. To learn more about her Faculty services, visit her Faculty Career Community page.


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Career Education Specialist, Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science

 


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Luciana Longo
Career Education Specialist, Faculty of Science - Graduate Students

luciana.longo@ryerson.ca

 

Education


Bachelor of Arts (York University)

Diploma, Career and Work Counsellor, George Brown College

CCDP, Career Development Practitioner's Certification Board of Ontario 

Biography

Luciana Longo has been working in the career development industry for 10 years,  supporting people in transition in all phases of the career development cycle including: self-assessment/career exploration, labour market information and job search in both one on one and group formats. Her most recent experience involved coaching foreign trained professionals with mainly STEM backgrounds with their integration into the Canadian labour market. Her greatest passion, however, is supporting people by raising awareness around their strengths and talents, to discover and manifest work that gives expression to who they are. 

Faculty connection
To see when Luciana is available for appointments, visit Appointment Booking. To learn more about her Faculty services, visit her Faculty Career Community page.


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Dena Marcos
Career Education Specialist, G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Studies

denamarcos@ryerson.ca

 

Education
B.A. Human Resources Management (York University)

Biography
Dena brings with her to Ryerson both human resources and career development experience within private and community settings. She has a Bachelor of Human Resources Management and is a Certified Human Resources Professional. As an HR professional, she has recruited many individuals for various roles in IT, supply chain, and administration. As a career development practitioner, she has offered one-on-one advising, facilitated workshops, and produced various events. Throughout her career, Dena has supported a variety of individuals including internationally trained professionals, mature students, and individuals in career transition. She is extremely passionate about helping people navigate their careers and empowering them to maximize their potential.

 

Faculty connection
To see when Dena is available for appointments, visit Appointment Booking. To learn more about her Faculty services, visit her Faculty Career Community page.


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Nikki Waheed
Career Education Specialist, Faculty of Arts

nikki.waheed@ryerson.ca

 

Education

Diploma Human Resources Administration (George Brown College)

 

Biography
Nikki joined the Ryerson Career Centre with six years of experience supporting un- and under-employed jobseekers across the GTA, in both career counselling and jobs placement. Most recently with the Centre for Education & Training, she previously worked with Newcomer Women's Services and the Toronto District School Board. Her career has dually involved preparing clients from diverse backgrounds with securing their next step and working with employers to identify ideal candidates to match their organization's needs. Nikki also brings experience in developing employer support services, career sessions and recruitment events.

Additionally, her work has involved successfully securing government funding and creating collaborations with partner organizations in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

 

Faculty connection
To see when Nikki is available for appointments, visit Appointment Booking. To learn more about her Faculty services, visit her Faculty Career Community page.


Career Education Coordinators

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Adrian Layne
Career Education Coordinator, FEAS/FoS/Chang

adrian.layne@ryerson.ca

 

Education

BA Law & Society (York University)
B.Ed Primary/Junior (UOIT)

 

Biography
Adrian is an Ontario Certified Teacher with over five years of experience in the non-profit and education sector. He has created and delivered various education and employment programs for organizations such as The Scott Mission, Gomaj Community Services, YMCA GTA, and the Children's Aid Society. Adrian’s work has focused on developing mentorship programs for elementary and secondary schools, coaching youth facing barriers to employment in marginalized communities, and tutoring students in the foster care system. Adrian is a dedicated educator and continues to support the community by volunteering his time to develop youth engagement initiatives with Keystone Dance Studio in Durham Region.


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Leslie Gallagher
Interim Career Education Coordinator, FCAD/FCS/FoA

leslie.gallagher@ryerson.ca

 

Education

B.A. Honours, English and Creative Writing (Dalhousie University)

Certificate, Entrepreneurial Skills (Dalhousie University)

Graduate Certificate, Career Development Practitioner (George Brown College)

 

Biography

Throughout her career, Leslie has been motivated to help people at all levels—from students to executives—transition to the next step of their career.  She brings her experience as an entrepreneur and a recruiter, as well as her education in the arts and career development.

Early in her career, Leslie founded and operated a tech company where new graduates applied to Nova Scotian businesses with video interviews. She was selected to represent Canada at the 2015 G20 Young Entrepreneurs' Summit in Istanbul, Turkey.

Leslie took her love of working with people into executive recruitment, where she then recruited for various Ontario-based tech companies. She specialized in executive sales and engineering roles, keeping a close eye on labour market trends.

Leslie then returned to school  for a post-graduate degree in career development, and began working at George Brown College as a Career Peer Coach in the career centre.

Leslie began her program practicum placement at the Ryerson Career and Co-op Centre in May 2019, before joining as the Career Education Coordinator in June 2019.


Campus Engagement Specialists

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Zeinab Alamagan
Campus Engagement Specialist, Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science

zeinabala@ryerson.ca

 

Education

BA Honors in Psychology with a focus on Couselling at York University
Computer Programing Diploma (Humber College)
Computer Information Systems Diploma (Humber College)

Biography

Zeinab joins Ryerson Career Center with over eight years of practice as an Business Development Officer, outreach worker and community advocate, and experience in bridging roles both an Employer Services Consultation and a Career Counsellor for  Employment Ontario Funded Programs at The Career Foundation.
 
With extensive experience as a job developer and strong knowledge of the current labour market and recruitment trends, Zeinab uses her expertise to empower job seekers through career education. She is client-focused and performs at the highest level of professionalism and excellence. She has an Honors degree in Psychology from York University, advanced computer literacy from her studies at Humber College and professional practice at Bell and Microsoft.Thorough training in career counselling and crisis intervention. Zeinab has participated in a multitude of internal and external employment-training opportunities and is dedicated to performing beyond expectations to support and build human capacities through in-depth assessments. Zeinab has also attended several Advanced Seminars in Counselling and has expanded on her Business Analyst certification by regularly attending employer events and local youth conferences.


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Shannon Boeckner
Campus Engagement Specialist, Faculty of Communication and Design

sboeckner@ryerson.ca

 

Education

Specialized Honours in Psychology (York University)
Post Graduate Diploma, Corporate Communications & Public Relations (Seneca College)
Master's of Theatre and Performance Studies (University of Toronto)

Biography

A resolutely passionate, lifelong learner, Shannon brings to Ryerson a wealth of community development experience she hopes will be beneficial to Ryerson students as well as the entire Campus Engagement team. Most recently, Shannon performed the role of Community and Donor Relations Manager at Appleby College, an international leader among Canadian independent schools, while previously accomplishing similar functions at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and Soulpepper Theatre Company in Toronto.  

This position is currently vacant.
Campus Engagement Specialist, Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science


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Jean-Pierre Fernandes 
Campus Engagement Specialist, Faculty of Community Services

j4fernan@ryerson.ca

 

Education
B.A. Human Rights and Equity (York University)
Social Service Worker Diploma (Humber College)
Certified Human Resources Professional (HRPA)

Biography

Jean-Pierre Fernandes is a Campus Engagement Specialist with Ryerson University’s Career Centre. Aligned with the Faculty of Community Services and leading many campus wide diversity initiatives including an EDI Taskforce, and various employer education sessions, Jean-Pierre works to create meaningful connections between Ryerson Students and members of the community.

Jean-Pierre brings with him a wealth of experience having work in the not-for-profit sector, supporting individuals with barriers to employment, including but not limited to, new comers, youth, individuals in the criminal justice system, members of the LGBTQ2S community and people with disabilities (visible and non-visible). Jean-Pierre’s career has brought him through organizations such as the YMCA and Dixon Hall, working in the GTA, and Regent Park.

Jean-Pierre holds a Social Service Worker Diploma, a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Rights and Equity and is a Certified Human Resources Professional with a passion for equity and social justice issues.

 


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Mark Whitten
Campus Engagement Specialist, Faculty of Science

mark.whitten@ryerson.ca

 

Education
B.A. Archaeology and Physical Anthropology Studies (Memorial University)

Biography

For the past 16 years, Mark has worked in the private sector, specifically in technology sales working with large, diverse global organizations like Oracle and LinkedIn as well as companies in hyper-growth modes like Hootsuite. Mark's experience includes back-end application technologies, hardware, talent acquisition solutions, marketing automation and most recently social media management systems.

Mark believes that in sales, your success is determined by your activities, the relationships you create and your ability to align business objectives with your organization's capabilities. What excites Mark the most about joining the team is the opportunity to take this mentality and create new opportunities for students, showcase Ryerson as a premier employer destination and bring new insights to the Faculty of Science.  


Campus Engagement Coordinators

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Leia Faso
Campus Engagement Coordinator, FEAS/FoS/Chang

leia.faso@ryerson.ca

 

Education
B.A. Political Studies (University of Manitoba)
Publishing Certificate (Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University)

 

Biography
Leia joined the Ryerson Career Centre in October 2017. Some of her past roles have included recruitment at a financial company in Toronto, finding qualified teachers and compiling data for an educational charity in London, UK, and establishing volunteering programs for newcomers in Winnipeg. Leia moved to Toronto from Winnipeg in 2009 to study at Ryerson’s Chang School of Continuing Education, and has been a passionate denizen of her adopted hometown ever since.

 


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Veronica Lee
Campus Engagement Coordinator, FCAD/FCS/FoA

veronica1.lee@ryerson.ca

 

Education
B.A. Honours, Psychology (Queen's University)

 

Biography
Veronica brings 4+ years experience working in the education sector in both Canada and Japan. She has managed and supported national and international events for up to 9,000 people and has built partnerships with corporate, not-for-profit and government organizations. She brings experience building educational programs such as the Canadian Youth Ambassador Program, a national initiative to empower youth to create change in their communities, the country and the world. Veronica is passionate about connecting students with opportunities for personal and professional growth.


Administration Support

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Christina Liang
Administrative Coordinator

m3liang@ryerson.ca

 

Education
B.A.S. Administrative Studies (York University)
Diploma Hons Marketing (Seneca College)

Biography
Christina joined the Career Centre in October 2010 after obtained her degree from York University. She is passionate about supporting students to achieve their potentials in and outside Ryerson University. She has more than 6 years of administration and customer service experience in both public and private sectors. Previously, Christina was the Office Administrator and Services Consultant in CNCCA Group, a Toronto based immigration consulting firm.

Christina came to Canada as an international student in 2003 and has been living in Toronto ever since. She is a native Mandarin speaker. 


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Communications Specialist

 


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Ambarwina Bin-Soekardji
Front Desk Assistant

abinsoek@ryerson.ca

 

Education
Bachelor of Social Work (Honours), Minor in Psychology

 

 

Biography

Ambar first joined the Career and Co-op Centre as a Resume and Online Profile Advisor during her fourth year of university, using her Social Work experience to build lasting relationships with students seeking support. In May 2016, she shifted gears to provide comprehensive and customer service support at the Centre's front desk.

Ambar has spent several years at Planned Parenthood Toronto as a Peer Health Educator and completed placements at community service centres in Regent Park and North York. Dismantling systemic barriers facing marginalized communities is one of her greatest passions; she continues this work through the Career & Co-op Centre's Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Task Force.

 


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Dan Traynor 
Career Integrated Learning Specialist

dtraynor@ryerson.ca

 

Education
B.A. Hons English Language & Literature (Queen's University)
M.A. Environmental Studies (University of Toronto)
Fundraising & Volunteer Management Graduate Certificate (Humber College)

 

Biography
Dan comes to Ryerson's Career Centre from Centennial College, bringing significant experience in internal & external stakeholder relations as well as expertise in student, alumni and donor engagement. As a Development & Alumni Officer he was responsible for raising over $450,000 in new scholarship funds for Centennial students. Dan worked with faculty and staff to establish over 30 new annual scholarships, and helped to support recent college graduates through a Young Alumni program.

With a passion for experiential learning, Dan has also worked as a part-time faculty member in Centennial's Recreation and Leisure services program, where he used a skills development approach to increase students' employability post-graduation.


Management

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Caroline Konrad
Director
caroline.konrad@ryerson.ca

 

Education
B.A. Hons Political Science (University of Toronto)
M.A. International Politics (Universite de Paris, XI)

Biography
Caroline joined Ryerson Career Centre as Director in July 2014. Previously, she was Head of Careers and Assistant Director, Student Services at the University of Southampton, England. A Toronto native, she relocated to Europe following her degree, working in Budapest, Brussels and London across the political and media sectors.

Before shifting her focus to post-secondary education, Caroline supported multinational clients with advisory to the European Union government institutions as a consultant with Brunswick Group LLP. Prior to this, Caroline was a member of the Mayor of Budapest’s policy advisor team in the European Parliament. She speaks French and Hungarian.


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Camara Chambers
Senior Manager, Career Education

c.chambers@ryerson.ca

 

Education
LLB Law with Honours (University of Liverpool)

Biography

A prominent community leader, Camara Chambers brings more than a decade of international experience in management, strategy, and community engagement to her role as the Senior Manager, Career Education. Her passion for education led her to her current role where she leads the team that provides tailored career guidance to Ryerson’s 44,000 students.

Camara earned a law degree with honours from the University of Liverpool at the humble age of 20 and went on to hone her skills in the charitable sector in England and Canada, eventually becoming the Executive Director of Canada’s largest volunteer centre. During her time at Volunteer Toronto, she increased revenue by over $600,000 and expanded the organization’s public engagement to reach 440,000 volunteers.

Camara is a CivicAction 2018 DiverseCity Fellow and was recognized as a national leader in the Canadian nonprofit landscape in The Philanthropist.  

 


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Thoywell Hemmings
Senior Manager, Career Integrated Learning

themmings@ryerson.ca

 

Education
B.A. Hons Specialized English (York University)
Ceritifcate, Human Resources (York University)
Masters, Human Resources (York University)

 

Biography
Thoywell brings more than 12 years of management and human resource experience through his work in a variety of industries including IT, restaurants and staffing facility services. His most recent role was at King’s Christian Collegiate, a private school in Oakville, Ontario, where he served for over 5 years as Director of Co-operative Education. Here, Thoywell was brought on to design and implement the 'Waterloo' of secondary school co-operative programs, entitled 'Pursue'. Prior to joining King’s Christian Collegiate, Thoywell was Sr. Resource Manager with S.I. Systems where he provided staffing for I.T. roles at major organizations such as BMO, CIBC, and Shoppers Drug Mart, to name a few. He holds a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in Human Resource Management from York University.


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Ian Ingles
Operations Manager

iingles@ryerson.ca

 

Education
B.Comm. Hons Marketing (University of Guelph)

Biography
Ian joined the Career Centre in 2003 as an Employment Services Coordinator and progressed from there to his current role as the Operations Manager for the Centre. Previously, he was responsible for placing students in IT related positions for a Toronto based career college.

In addition to his duties at the Ryerson Career Centre, Ian has been an active participant with CACEE (Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers) where he served two consecutive terms on the National Board of Directors as Chair of the Ethics Committee. 


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Jason John
Senior Manager, Campus Engagement

jasonjohn@ryerson.ca
 

Education
Bachelor of Business Management (Bharathiar University)
MBA (Marketing & HR) (Bharathiar University)

Biography

Jason joined Ryerson Career Centre as Manager, Career Consultants in October 2015. With 14 years of professional experience, he has supported organisations in the Advertising, Education, Retail, Distribution, Telecommunication, IT Solution Sales & Social Media space. 

Born and brought up in Toronto, he moved to India with his family at the age of 13 and completed his formal education. While working in India, he decided it was the right time to return to his roots in Toronto in 2003 and has worked for organisations like Sears, Bell, Microsoft and Metafore.

Most recently, he invested 3+ years with LinkedIn and had a formidable opportunity of working with a number of Clients including organisations in the Higher Educational space around Talent Branding & Engagement. This is where he noticed there was a gap between students and industry in tapping into the hidden job market and worked to educate students on how to digitally brand themselves and create relationships to find their desired career opportunities.


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Emily Jones
Manager, Assessment and Development

emily.jones@ryerson.ca

Biography
Emily is the Manager, Assessment & Development at the Ryerson Career & Co-op Centre. Her work focuses on the assessment and planning of the Centre’s programming, as well as professional and student staff development. She joined the Centre in 2017, first working on supporting professional development programming for students engaged in Ryerson’s work-study program. 

A common thread in Emily’s career has been working at the intersection of sectors for over 10 years. She has worked across the education, non-profit and corporate sectors at the helm of a global non-profit organization in Canada and the Netherlands; across the community and government sectors as Managing Director of an advocacy body in Australia and across the business and education sector as a lecturer at the University of Sydney (Australia). 

Emily holds a B.Comm. from the University of Ottawa and a M.Ed. from the University of Sydney where she studied the development of graduate attributes in an online learning environment. 

Connect with Emily on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emily-g-jones/ .

 


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Rachel Barreca
Manager, Strategic Initiatives

rbarreca@ryerson.ca
 

Education
B.A. Specialized Hons Music (University of Guelph)
Diploma Radio Broadcasting (Algonquin College)
M.A. Education Studies/Person-Centred Education (University of Sussex)

Biography
Rachel joined us in August 2014 after a year as the Acting Coordinator of Student Life Programs at Ryerson. She is a community builder and educator with a passion for transformative learning through the arts. For more than twenty years she has worked in Canadian and British higher education, providing students with opportunities for holistic learning through co-curricular programming in residence life, orientation and transition, student leadership, student activities, and career education at Carleton University, the University of Guelph, and the Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle.

Rachel is a musician, has served as the President of Folk Music Ontario’s board of directors, and most recently worked as the Export Development Director for Folk Music Canada.