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Career Education Specialists

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Fenella Amarasinghe
Career Education Specialist, Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science

famarasinghe@ryerson.ca

 

Education

B.A. Honours, English and History (University of Toronto)
Bachelor of Secondary Education (La Trobe University, Melbourne)

 

Biography
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.

 

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

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Herleen Arora
Career Education Specialist, Faculty of Community Services

herleen.arora@ryerson.ca

 

Education

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)

 

Biography
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. 

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


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Rebecca Dirnfeld 
Career Education Specialist, Yeates School of Graduate Studies

rdirnfeld@ryerson.ca

 

Education
Career and Work Counselor Diploma (George Brown College)
M.A. History (University of Ottawa)
B.A. History (University of British Columbia)

Biography
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.

 

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

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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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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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Ken Lee
Career Education Coordinator, FCAD/FCS/FoA

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.

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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Chi-Chi Egbo 
Campus Engagement Specialist, Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science

cegbo@ryerson.ca

 

Education
B.A. Sociology (McMaster University)
Public Relations Certificate (University of Toronto)

 

Biography
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.  


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Dan Traynor 
Campus Engagement Specialist, Faculty of Communication & Design

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.


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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.


Campus Engagement Coordinators

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Sunny Chan
Campus Engagement Coordinator

sunnychan@ryerson.ca

 

Education

PhD Engilish (University of Wisconsin-Madison)
M.A. English (University of British Columbia)
B.A. English (University of Alberta)

Biography

Sunny started at the Ryerson Career and Co-op Centre in July of 2018, after completing a PhD in English literature and criticism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. After many years of teaching and working in academia as both a graduate student and career advisor for the English department, she decided that her work as a student services provider was most fulfilling to her and made the choice to switch her focus onto that path. She also has extensive experience in editing, academic publishing, and creative writing, and looks forward to translating that communications experience to the world of career education. In addition to her work, she is a linocut printmaker and has gained some web marketing and sales experience through owning an Etsy store.

 

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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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Emily Jones
Student Staff Development Advisor

emily.jones@ryerson.ca

Biography
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.

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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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Brandon Sloan
Strategic Communications Advisor

brandon.sloan@ryerson.ca

 

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

 

Biography
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.


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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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
Manager, Career Education Specialists

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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Rachel Barreca
Manager of Campus Engagement 

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 and currently serves as the Vice President of Folk Music Ontario’s board of directors.

Campus Engagement Ambassador

RCC Student Staff, Kayla

Kayla G. 

Education


Journalism, 3rd year, Faculty of Communication and Design

Meet Kayla


I chose to apply and work at the Career Centre because I wanted to learn more about what Ryerson offers to students. So far, I have learned so much about what services and resources are available to us, and I enjoy finding new information every day. 

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.

 



Fahim K.

Education

Mechanical Engineering, 2nd year, Faculty of Engineering and Architectural Science

Meet Fahim

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".








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