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Meet Your Faculty of Communication and Design Team:

Athena Westlaken

Athena Westlaken
Campus Engagement Specialist - FCAD

Learn more about Athena on LinkedIn     

Athena joins Ryerson’s Career Education team with extensive career coaching experience and a passion for helping people shine. In addition to her private coaching practice, she’s served as Career Coach to MBA’s at the Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto) and VP Leadership and Career Coach for a boutique career transition and HR consulting firm.  She’s facilitated workshops in Personal Branding, Communication Skills, Powerful Presence and Mindset Confidence (for Elite Athletes) and Creative Entrepreneurship (for Artscape).

Prior to becoming a career coach, Athena’s highly diverse career path encompassed a wide spectrum of professional experiences, ranging from performing arts, to media production, publishing, PR, experiential marketing, media and corporate event sponsorship sales and business development roles.

How Athena Can Help

As the Career Education Specialist for the Faculty of Communication and Design, Athena designs, develops, and delivers a Faculty-wide Career Development Program, including career-related resource materials to support your professional development. 

Some of the services Athena offers include:

- 1:1 appointments

- Tutorials and workshops

- In-class workshops

- Faculty of Communication & Design career development events

Book a 1:1 Appointment

We recommended that you attend a workshop or tutorial before you book a 1:1 appointment with a career education specialist; most common career-related questions can be answered by attending one of these sessions. This allows us to focus on customization and specialization in your 1:1 appointment.

To book a 30 minute appointment with your faculty’s career education specialist, Athena, please visit our online appointment booking system.


If you cannot find an appointment time with Athena that fits your schedule, feel free to book an appointment with another Career Education Specialist at the Career Centre.

Faculty Specific Supports

Drop-In Meetings

If you’d like to drop by Athena's office to ask a quick question, feel free to visit her in POD-65C. If you are looking to meet with Athena for a one on one consultation, please email her at

Register for Faculty Events

We organize a variety of special sessions, workshops, and events throughout the year to address the needs of students from different faculties and special interest groups.

For more information on these events (e.g. dates, venues, registration link), please visit the Events Calendar.


If you are a faculty member, staff, or representative from a course union/student group looking to consult or collaborate with us in delivering career programming, please contact Athena.

Faculty of Communication & Design Career Education Events

Dan Traynor
Campus Engagement Specialist - FCAD

Learn more about Dan on LinkedIn     

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.

How Dan Can Help

As the Campus Engagement Specialist for the Faculty of Communication and Design, Dan develops relationships with employers looking to connect with Ryerson FCAD students and recent alumni. Dan coordinates and executes information sessions with employers (Industry Connect), panel discussions, and career fairs to connect Ryerson talent with today's employers.

Some of the services Dan offers include:

- Industry Connect sessions with employers

- Career fairs

- Panel discussions with FCAD graduates

FCAD Employer Events