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Navigating Career Advancement

November 15, 2017 | 4:30 - 6:30PM

Curious about how leaders of diverse backgrounds advance their careers in a competitive market? Learn from industry professionals how to take ownership of your career advancement. Gain tools, hear stories and learn how to overcome barriers to career advancement.

Keynote: Sherilyn Charles, Director of Enterprise Customer Implementation, Rogers

Breakout Sessions focusing on:

  • Sourcing & maintaining a mentor

  • Leveraging LinkedIn for your career advancement

  • Advocating your advancement among Senior Management

  • Overcoming barriers to career advancement as a women

Register for Voices of Experience: Navigating Career Advancement here.


Sherilyn Charles


Director of Enterprise Customer Implementation




As Director of Enterprise Customer Onboarding at Rogers, Canada’s leading communications and media company, Sherilyn Charles has garnered a reputation for her passion for elevating customer experiences and driving results. Supporting a team of over 100 employees across Canada in the Business-to-Business sector, Sherilyn is both a forward-thinking leader and trusted mentor.


Consistently challenging the status quo and seeking opportunities to further her growth, Sherilyn intentionally put herself in uncomfortable situations to push beyond her limits and position herself for leadership. Propelling her to navigate from Accounts Receivable Clerk to a Senior Leadership position, in under 12 years. Distinguished for her immense ability to deliver results, Sherilyn has been recognized for Rogers’ highest honours including being named as a 2016 Employee of the Year, among many other awards and achievements. However, the work in which she feels most rewarded is in her role as a mentor and champion for Mental Health awareness. As a catalyst for positive change, Sherilyn’s vision is clear: to make a lasting impact at work and in her community - empowering people to leverage their past as fuel to succeed and reach new heights.


Liliana Nakamura


HR Consultant and Project Manager


Development Dimensions International


Liliana Nakamura is an HR Consultant and Project Manager with extensive experience in organizational development, change management, and leadership development.

Originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina, and fluent in 3 languages, she has built a solid career both domestically and internationally. Prior to settling in Toronto in 2012, she lived in Tokyo, Japan for 12 years and worked in diverse positions in the Japanese government and private organizations.

As an immigrant to Canada, knowing the challenges to enter the job market, she enrolled in a bridging program for internationally-trained HR professionals and completed an unpaid internship with a non-profit organization. With the help of others and her own tenacity, she landed an HR project role with DDI, a global consulting firm specialized in leadership development, and also acquired her CHRP designation. Within 5 years, she has further expanded her skills and has been promoted to Program Manager.

Having experienced some of the hurdles that new Canadians may face, Liliana is now committed to giving back to the community through volunteering as a mentor, speaker, and workshop organizer.


Manuelita Chérizard


Chief Talent Development Officer


Groupe Média TFO


Manuelita Chérizard is a passionate advocate for the development of human talent. As GMTFO’s Chief Talent Development Officer, she sees in every new or existing member of the GMTFO family the opportunity to cultivate unique talents and experiences, and create conditions where they can flourish. Her mission of bringing out the best in people is driven by a deep knowledge of how to align talent with organizational objectives, as well as keen personal insight. She has learned first-hand how appropriate supports can impact professional achievement. Throughout her varied career, she has made mentoring and development a top priority.

For over two decades Manuelita has guided human resources efforts in private, public, not-for-profit, and crown corporations having both unionized and non-unionized employees. Her experience in educational and media environments reinforces GMTFO’s leadership in these areas. She recently worked at Toronto’s largest independent school, where she was responsible for strategic planning, talent management, labour relations, compensation, and benefits for both the academic and administrative areas of the school. She also led HR for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation– English Services, and held roles of increasing responsibility in Human Resources at Aviva Canada, PricewaterhouseCoopers, the Bank of Montreal, and Nortel Networks.

A life-long learner and voracious reader, Manuelita earned her MBA at Concordia University in Montreal, after obtaining a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM). She continues to foster her love of books (and e-books) through sharing the joy of reading with her 10yr-old daughter and her husband.

Manuelita’s commitment to helping others to develop their potential extends beyond GMTFO. She is a mentor with the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, whose Mentorship Partnership matches recent skilled immigrants with mentors in their field. She has also volunteered her time as an active and committed board member for organizations dedicated to assisting newcomers in launching and improving their lives in Canada.

A proud francophone, as well as Spanish and English speaker, she is thrilled to be playing a key role in developing the talent necessary to keep GMTFO at the forefront of creating and delivering premium French-language educational content to francophones and francophiles in Ontario, Canada and around the world.


Surranna Sandy


Chief Executive Officer


Skills for Change

Ismaëll-Antoine Gaumond


Customer Success Manager, Large Enterprise Accounts




Ismaëll-Antoine Gaumond joined LinkedIn as a Customer Success Manager after managing recruitment teams at one of the Big Five banks. He now works with some of the largest organizations in Canada to help them raise awareness about available opportunities and to enable their recruiters to find, contact and secure the talent they need in the largest database of professionals in the world. Additionally, he helps organizations build and execute on their employer brand in the marketplace. 

Our team fosters strong engagement amongst end users of the LinkedIn Talent Solutions product suite so they can leverage the confluence of technology, marketing and recruitment to connect people with opportunities around the world, at a massive scale.  


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

4:30 - 6:30PM

Heaslip House, 7th Floor

297 Victoria St., Toronto, ON M5B 1W1


The Ryerson University Career Centre is proud to partner with the Chang School of Continuing Education and the Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion on this Voices of Experience event.