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Ryerson Retail Alumni Association

RRAA LogoThe mission of the Ryerson Retail Alumni Association is to enrich and promote the growth of the community of retail professionals to become the leaders of tomorrow. Our efforts focus on building strong and mutually beneficial ties between the university and its alumni, promote goodwill in the community and create a dynamic alumni program, build loyalty, and generate continued support for the university.

Executive Team

Co-President: Sara Peshnak

Sara graduated in 2013 from the Retail Management program. For the past two years she was the Director of Marketing for the Alumni Association, and was just elected Co-President and couldn’t be more excited! She has been an Allocation Analyst at Sears for two years working in the big-ticket furniture department and is now working at Indigo's head office as Assistant Planning and Allocation Manager for home. Her passion for retail goes above and beyond and she is excited to lead the 2015 Alumni Association into the next term!

Co-President: Linda Nguyen

Linda graduated from the Retail Management program in 2012 and currently runs her family business here in Toronto while working on an exciting new venture that will launch soon. Current students may encounter Linda as she has been a Teaching Assistant for 3 years. She is passionate about the school and program and looks to give back in as many ways as she can while looking forward to another great two years on the alumni association.

Director of Finance: Michael Pelkola

Michale is graduating the retail program in the class of 2015. By being a part of the alumni association, he hopes to strengthen the connections between alumni, current students, and faculty to assist in the personal and career development of others. He has more than 5 years of experience in the retail industry and enjoys sharing the stories that have enabled him to gain immense knowledge of the grocery sector of retail. Michael prides himself in being a driven, enthusiastic and motivated individual with strong team building skills.

Director of Marketing and Events: Kylie Black

Kylie is a 2014 Graduate from the Retail Program. As the fourth generation of a well known family business in B.C., she moved to Toronto to pursue her passion and couldn’t have enjoyed her time at Ryerson more. Kylie began her career with Target Canada and, while difficult to experience its closure in Canada, this position provided her valuable learning.  Kylie now works for Canadian Tire as a Digital Commerce Analyst and is absolutely loving being a part of the eCommerce world.

Class Representative 2014: Hilary Taylor

Hilary is a recent graduate from the Retail Management program (2014) who is a current Executive Trainee and Assistant Planner in Menswear at the head office of Hudson’s Bay. She was President of the Retail Students Association during her time at Ryerson University, and hopes to continue using her leadership abilities through an executive position at a large retail organization. Hilary is eager to continue her studies in London, UK in 2016 where she has been accepted to Goldsmiths University to pursue her masters in Consumer Behaviour. In her free time, Hilary is working on learning the piano, loves finding great deals and exploring all the adventures that Toronto has to offer. Hilary is always excited to meet other Retail grads so feel free to reach out to her and introduce yourself!

Class Liaison 2016: Dana Marlatt

Dana Marlatt is a second year Retail Management student at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. She is currently the VP of events for the Retail Students Association and student liaison to the Retail Management Alumni Association. Dana also is an ambassador for Ted Rogers Outreach Program and is an active member in both the Toronto and Ryerson community.

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