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B.A. Honours, English and History (University of Toronto)
Bachelor of Secondary Education (La Trobe University, Melbourne)
Fenella brings to the Ryerson Career Centre an extensive background in education working at schools in Toronto, New York, London, Seoul and Melbourne. As a teacher and leader she has coached colleagues and conducted professional development workshops. As a counsellor she has advised students as they plan their academic and professional careers.
Throughout her career Fenella has been driven by a passion for helping people reach their full potential.
Masters of Education in Social Justice Education, OISE (University of Toronto)
Bachelor of Education, OISE (University of Toronto)
Honours Bachelor of Health Sciences (Western University)
Herleen joins the Ryerson Career Centre with over ten years of experience in the non-profit and education sector. As a passionate educator and researcher, Herleen has coordinated and managed various employment and education initiatives focused on improving the economic and social well-being of marginalized communities with organizations such as the YMCA GTA, York Region District School Board, World Literacy Canada, and the Laidlaw Foundation.
Prior to Ryerson, Herleen worked as an independent researcher and consultant on community-based research projects focusing on youth unemployment, equity and inclusion, and social determinants of health. To further explore her passion for education and community development, Herleen continues to volunteer on initiatives with the Social Planning Network of Ontario and Women Offering Wisdom of York Region.
Career and Work Counselor Diploma (George Brown College)
M.A. History (University of Ottawa)
B.A. History (University of British Columbia)
Rebecca joined Ryerson's Career Centre in September 2014 from the Eisen Consulting Group Inc., where she managed both client and candidate relationships as a Client Services Administrator and Career Researcher. She has also provided career development training to individuals and groups in the educational sector, coordinating York University's Winters College Peer Mentorship Program, and managing a team of peer coaches working with at-risk students.
Additionally, she gives guidance to students and graduates on the job hunt through social media and via her website which also provides students with a space to share personal experiences in developing their career pathways.
B.A. Honours, Political Science (McMaster University)
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.
Bachelor of Arts (York University)
Diploma, Career and Work Counsellor, George Brown College
CCDP, Career Development Practitioner's Certification Board of Ontario
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.
B.A. Human Resources Management (York University)
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.
Diploma Human Resources Administration (George Brown College)
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.
BA Law & Society (York University)
B.Ed Primary/Junior (UOIT)
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.
B.Com. Human Resources Management and Marketing Management (Ryerson University)
Certified Human Resources Professional (HRPA)
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 fulfillment, 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.
BA Honors in Psychology with a focus on Couselling at York University
Computer Programing Diploma (Humber College)
Computer Information Systems Diploma (Humber College)
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.
B.A. Sociology (McMaster University)
Public Relations Certificate (University of Toronto)
Chi-Chi joined Ryerson Career Centre in October 2015. Previously, she was Recruitment and Training Lead at All Languages Ltd, where she specialized in hiring freelance translators. She approaches the career centre with a global mindset, having spent four years managing relationships with international candidates and clients. Chi-Chi has strong experience in working with people from diverse backgrounds and she is interested in the impact of language and culture on career development.
Chi-Chi has developed and implemented HR programs in the areas of recruitment, training and employee engagement. She is also passionate about the growing freelance economy and presented her ideas on alternative work options at Canada’s very first DisruptHR conference.
B.A. Hons English Langauge & Literature (Queen's University)
M.A. Environmental Studies (University of Toronto)
Fundraising & Volunteer Management Graduate Certificate (Humber College)
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.
B.A. Human Rights and Equity (York University)
Social Service Worker Diploma (Humber College)
Certified Human Resources Professional (HRPA)
Jean-Pierre approaches the career centre with a belief in empowerment and a passion for creating opportunities for all persons to succeed. Having worked in the not-for-profit sector as well as in post-secondary, he brings a wealth of knowledge to the Ryerson Career Centre. His background includes working with diverse populations to help create bridges and connections with employment as well as the creation of training programs/workshops and job fairs and networking events.
Jean-Pierre has spent a majority of his career working with priority populations with a focus on the LGBT community, having organized trainings surrounding inclusion in the workplace and partnering with a variety of community agencies that serve this community.
B.A. Sociology (New York University)
M.S. School Counselling (Nova Southeastern University, Florida)
M.S. Ed. Higher Education Leadership and Policy Studies (Hofstra University, New York)
Certified Career Development Professional
Nayelli has four+ years of experience in coordinating career programming and providing career counselling for students and alumni, including non-traditional, adult learners, and students from equity seeking groups. At the William Paterson University Career Development Centre (New Jersey) she worked with the College of Science & Health and the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. At the Hofstra Career Center, she worked with their School of Business.
Nayelli has cultivated work opportunities for students, developed recruitment strategies with employers, collaborated with student groups and organizations, coordinated peer advisor and ambassador programs, advised students, and developed and presented career education workshops.
B.A. Political Studies (University of Manitoba)
Publishing Certificate (Chang School of Continuing Education at Ryerson University)
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.
B.A. Honours, Pyschology (Queen's University)
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.
Emily joins the Career Centre team in the newly created role of Student Staff Development Advisor after spending much of her career to date working at the intersection of different sectors. Emily has worked across the education, non-profit and corporate sectors in Canada, Nigeria, The Netherlands and Australia. Most recently, she coordinated the school engagement program for Australia's National Disability Services. Emily obtained a Masters in Education from the University of Sydney in 2016 with a research focus on Higher Education. After 8 years abroad, Emily returned home to Canada to join the Career Centre team in April 2017. Emily brings an understanding of student-centered learning design to the ongoing development of student-staff at Ryerson.
B.A.S. Administrative Studies (York University)
Diploma Hons Marketing (Seneca College)
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.
B.A. Honours, Political Studies (Queen's University)
Bringing with him a career honed in communications and political advocacy, Brandon joined Ryerson in July 2015 as Coordinator, Special Projects with OVPS, working across RSA departments. Prior to this, he was Communications Specialist with Health Quality Ontario, responsible for overseeing the organisation's communications and events planning.
Previously, Brandon was Director of Communications with the Ontario University Students' Alliance (OUSA), responsible for the media relations, communication, and marketing plans for the 140,000 strong provincial student advocacy association.
B.A. Hons Political Science (University of Toronto)
M.A. International Politics (Universite de Paris, XI)
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.
B.Comm. Hons Marketing (University of Guelph)
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.
Bachelor of Business Management (Bharathiar University)
MBA (Marketing & HR) (Bharathiar University)
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 organsiations 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.
B.A. Specialized Hons Music (University of Guelph)
Diploma Radio Broadcasting (Algonquin College)
M.A. Education Studies/Person-Centred Education (University of Sussex)
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 and currently serves as the Vice President of Folk Music Ontario’s board of directors.
What I look forward to most this summer is continuing to connect with students across campus, as well as connecting with the student and professional staff within the Career Centre and all of Student Affairs. I love working in this environment; the better I understand my surroundings, the more effectively I can deliver our message to the student body.
I hope to build a career that allows me to feel fulfilled in and out of work. It's important to enjoy what you do, and it's important to maintain a healthy work-life balance.
Journalism, 2nd year, Faculty of Communication and Design
I strongly believe in helping students achieve their career goals and aspirations. I think it's important for students to utilize the wonderful resources the Career Centre offers. I'm excited to promote these services to students in FCAD!
Outside of my academic life, I love to figure to skate. I used to do competitive figure skating, but quit when I was in high school. I try and get back on the ice as often as I can; it helps relive stress and it's a great form of exercise.
My favourite movie genre is thriller/suspense. I love a good plot twist. (One of my favourite plot twists is in the movie The Usual Suspects - watch it!)
Mechanical Engineering, 2nd year, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
I chose to apply and work at the Career Centre because it allows me to utilize my existing skills, abilities and passion to benefit a large number of fellow students while allowing me to develop new skills and gain experience. I have creative ideas which can be implemented to address some important career related/professional issues that are faced by the students of Ryerson University. I also want to diversify the services provided by Career center making it more engaging and accessible to every student on campus, more specifically my own faculty--- Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science.
Outside of work/school I enjoy getting involved in my community and helping people in need. I am a former president of Ryerson Orphan Sponsorship Program and currently the vice president of fundraising of Engineer Without Border Ryerson and director of academic affairs of Mechanical Engineering Course Union. I am also the city youth councilor of ward 8 of City of Toronto representing 25000+ youth of that ward.
I am super interested in politics. I have sweet teeth; love pastry and cookies. I also love watching TV shows specifically "Suits".
Biomedical Science, 3rd year, Faculty of Science
I chose to apply and work at the Career Centre because it is an organization that recognizes the needs of students and are constantly looking for innovative ways to best help the students of Ryerson. I personally got to benefit from these services and I would like to be an advocate for what the Career Centre can offer to other students.
Outside of work/school I enjoy filming. I have recently gotten a camera and am looking forward to putting in many hours behind the lens.
My favourite movie genres are heist and comedy movies. I love movies such as Italian Job, and The Oceans Trilogy. These movies have great scenes of camaraderie. It's great to see a team work together to accomplish a goal (even if its robbing a casino).
Sociology, 3rd year, Faculty of Arts
I chose to apply and work for the Career Centre because I wanted to help my peers prepare for their futures. The Career Centre not only creates and environment that fosters my professional and personal growth, it also gives me the ability to promote their services so my peers can too have the same experience.
I hope to build a career where I am able to combine my love for creativity and my insatiable need to help others, on both a macro and micro level.
Outside of School, I enjoy all sorts of creative writing, I also compete and preform as a spokenword artist.
Business Management - Marketing, 3rd year, Ted Rogers School of Management
I chose to apply and work at the Career Centre because of the work environment that the Career Centre offers. It is a welcoming, safe space where you are able to be yourself and be able to express and share ideas that impact the Ryerson community.
I hope to build a career in Digital Marketing, or Brand Management - I love to combine my interests for the media and arts and my interests in marketing and data analysis.
My favourite hobby is Photography - being able to capture images that tell stories and convey emotions is something powerful that I absolutely love!
Creative Industries, 2nd year, Faculty of Communication & Design
I hope to build a career that involves elements such as interaction with other people, travel and an opportunity to express my creativity. Ultimately, I strive for a career where I will genuinely enjoy going to work everyday.
Outside work/school, I enjoy trying new foods/restaurants, watching movies, and traveling -- whether it be exploring the city around me, or a completely new place.
My favorite movie genre is Romantic Comedies, because I'm a sucker for romance plots, and when you combine the cheesy stuff with comedy, it doesn't get any better. My all-time fave is 50 First Dates, but I love any Adam Sandler movie. I also love feeling good after watching a film, so RomComs are definitely my go to.
Sociology, 4th year, Faculty of Arts
I chose to apply and work at the Career Centre because I had heard from previous employees that the staff were amazing to work with, which was really important to me! Additionally, I wanted to work in a different environment than what I was used to in the past. I also wanted to help students learn more about what the Career Centre has to offer them so that they can make full use of all the services throughout their time at Ryerson.
I hope to build a career in social justice work, both within and outside of NGOs that work with refugee and immigration aid.
Outside work/school, I enjoy spending time at Indigo or exploring hidden gems around the city that involve coffee.
Mechanical Engineering, 2nd year, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
I chose to apply and work at the Career Centre because I believed that I can bring forth awareness of the services that the Career Centre provides to students and emphasize the importance of building up certain skills through useful events. I've also heard how friendly and inclusive the environment at the Career Centre is and so to be able to work with such passionate individuals who all want to help students is a great honour.
I hope to build a career where I can combine my love for engineering with my humanitarian aspirations. At this point it is quite a general goal in life, however I know that through the experiences I have I will be able to make my passions a reality and it will most definitely align with my career.
Outside of work/school, I enjoy filming and editing videos as it lets me enter a whole other world of self expression. I love to capture moments or even tell my stories through the medium of videos. Apart from this, I enjoy learning parkour!
Nutrition and Food, 2nd year, Faculty of Community Services
I chose to apply and work at the Career Centre because the Career Centre has been extremely helpful in beginning to develop my own career path, and I think it's important that students and alumni make use of the resources we provide to advance in their field.
I hope to build a career in educating people on just how easy healthy eating can be, regardless of how much time or how many resources you have available to put into your diet!
Outside work/school, I enjoy baking, Running, Yoga, Shopping and TV Shows
Chemistry, 4th year, Faculty of Science
I chose to apply and work at the Career Centre because working as a Customer Service Advisor at the Career Centre is a great way to be involved with the Ryerson community outside of the classroom. I greatly enjoy the contact to the Ryerson community and being able to assist students and alumni to benefit from the services the Career Centre has to offer.
I hope to build a career in sustainable and inclusive development. I am planning to build a career in the international non-governmental sector, where I would like to be involved in projects that focus on renewable energy schemes and sustainable growth for less developed countries.
My favourite music is classical, jazz and soft rock and opera!
Criminology, Minor in Law, 2nd year, Faculty of Arts
I chose to apply and work at the Career Centre because it is an opening to a better understanding of the University as a whole, along with an opportunity to be exposed to the resources students have available to them. In holding this position I seek to provide excellent service to students and community members along with promoting the amazing services that the Career Centre has to offer.
I hope to build a career in the legal industry following my undergraduate degree, with a plan to attend law school.
Outside work/school, I enjoy spending time in the outdoors with family and friends.
Politics and Governance, 2nd year, Faculty of Arts
I chose to apply and work at the Career Centre because I felt it would be an excellent opportunity to network and contribute to the Ryerson community.
What I look forward to most this summer is the Linkedin and Civic Action event!
I hope to build a career in Canadian politics, focusing on women involvement and eventually becoming a politician.
Business Management, 2nd year, Ted Rogers School of Management
I choose to work at the Career Centre because I strongly believe it is one of the most important services offered at Ryerson University. I also enjoy the environment they have created for their employees.
I hope to build a career by doing the things I love, whilst always learning new things and taking on new challenges!
Outside of work/school I enjoy being with my friends and family. I love doing new things and eating good food!
Business Technology Management, 2nd year, Ted Rogers School of Management
What I look forward to most this summer is the chance to work on various projects for the Career Centre
I hope to build a career in management consulting.
Outside of work/school I am: a foodie, video game/board game/cartoon enthusiast, Toronto Raptors fan, recreational gym rat, and a proud Lannister.
Social Work, 3rd year, Faculty of Community Services
I chose to apply and work at the Career Centre because I have been working here for 2 years and with each new opportunity I get the chance to partake in provides me with new skills that contribute to my professional development.
What I look forward to most this summer is providing students with the necessary knowledge so they feel equipped and prepared to enter the job force.
Outside of work and school I enjoy being involved on campus as I currently hold multiple executive positions in a variety of course unions and student groups.
Industrial Engineering, 2nd year, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science
I chose to apply and work at the Career Centre because I wanted to work with great people! And I have experience working one-on-one and looking over resumes.
I hope to build a career in engineering, as close to being an inventor as possible!
Outside of work/school, I enjoy taking improv classes at Second City on Sundays.
Business Management - Human Resources, 4th year, Ted Rogers School of Management
I chose to apply and work at the Career Centre because it's a great opportunity to meet other students across campus. I learn something new from each individual I interact with while working here. It's a very supportive environment and an excellent place that gives me multiple opportunities to develop both personally and professionally.
I hope to build a career in recruitment after gaining my Certified Human Resources Professional designation.
Outside of work/school, I enjoy watching comedy shows, and reading thriller and suspenseful books.
Creative Industries, 3rd year, Faculty of Communications and Design
I'm going on my third year at the Career Centre. I think it's a fun and supportive environment to work in, and I enjoy working with other students.
I'm kind of a multipotentialite (check out the TED Talk). I haven't quite settled on one path yet. I have a lot of interests I can potentially pursue, so I'll see where my current opportunities can lead me.
I love music, dancing, biking, and making art.
Psychology, 4th year, Faculty of Arts
I have developed strong relationships with the professionals and student staff here. Working at the Career Centre provides me with various opportunities for personal and professional development. Last year, I gained strong public speaking and outreach skills as a Campus Engagement Ambassador. This year, I will continue to develop my communication and advisory skills as a ROPA.
I hope to build a career in mental health and social advocacy, working with marginalized populations such as the LGBTQ community and Indigenous populations.
My favourite hobby is cuddling with my 7 cats for emotional support.
Human Resources/Finance, 3rd year, Ted Rogers School of Management
I chose to apply and work at the Career Centre because I believe it is an excellent way to make a positive contribution to the Ryerson community. I am passionate about helping students achieve academic success. It is important to help current and graduating students develop critical thinking skills, set specific goals and find best solutions when searching for jobs.
I hope to build a career as a Human Resources Professional in Training and Development as well as Compensation; and work in consulting and education.
Outside of work/school, I enjoy getting involved with many student groups on campus, exploring new places or learning new skills, volunteering in public speaking and supporting eco-friendly community service projects.