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Welcome to CONNECT The Schulich Alumni Forum

CONNECT The Schulich Alumni Forum, brings together alumni from around the globe to discuss, debate and discover new ideas and concepts.

The theme for this year’s forum is The Great Disruption: What the New Normal Means to You and Your Business. We’re emerging from the pandemic with new perspectives about how we work and want to work, how to innovate, how to seize new opportunities, and how to lead in a world where technology can be embraced at lightning speed. Our new environment is juxtaposed against a heightened awareness for diversity and inclusion, ESG and a focus on the individual’s mental well-being. Join us for a dynamic program with engaging experts and thought leaders as we help you prepare for What the New Normal Means to You and Your Business.

In previous years, our CONNECT programs have been held in Shanghai, New York and Beijing. This year, CONNECT 2022 will be held virtually for our alumni who are 33,000 strong, with more than 90 alumni chapters in over 60 countries.

CONNECT Program Advisors

We would like to thank the CONNECT Program Advisors

Dean Zwick
Detlev Zwick, PhD
Dean, Professor of Marketing & Tanna H. Schulich Chair in Digital Marketing Strategy
Paul Dillon
Paul Dillon
Associate Director
Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC)
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Bill Graham (MBA '86)
Executive-in-Residence; Dean's Advisory Council, Schulich School of Business
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Pam Laycock (MBA ’89)
SVP, Chief of Staff
Torstar Corporation; Executive-in-Residence, President, Schulich Global Alumni Network, and Session Host, Supply Chain
Howard Lichtman (JD ’79, MBA ’82)
President, The Lightning Group;
Partner, Ethnicity Multicultural Marketing and Advertising
Howard Lichtman
(JD ’79, MBA ’82)

President, The Lightning Group;
Partner, Ethnicity Multicultural Marketing and Advertising
Joseph Mapa
Krembil Chair in Health Management and Leadership; Director, Krembil Centre for Health Management and Leadership; Executive Director, HIMP; Adjunct Professor, Schulich School of Business
Joseph Mapa
Krembil Chair in Health Management and Leadership; Director, Krembil Centre for Health Management and Leadership; Executive Director, HIMP; Adjunct Professor, Schulich School of Business
Rami Mayer (IMBA ’02)
Executive Director
Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC)
Rami Mayer (IMBA ’02)
Executive Director
Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC)
Deb Voorheis (EMBA '13)
Partner, Bigwin Talent Group; KS EMBA Alumni Association and Session Host, Employee Well-Being Solutions

CONNECT Session Hosts

We would like to thank the CONNECT Session Hosts

Osman Ali Ansari (MBA ’17)Project Manager, Peoples Group; Facilitator, Alumni2Student
Osman Ali Ansari
(MBA ’17)

Project Manager, Peoples Group; Facilitator, Alumni2Student
Santiago Ardila (MBA ’14)
Senior Business Development Manager, Conagra Brands; Facilitator, Alumni2Alumni and Alumni2Student
Santiago Ardila
(MBA ’14)

Senior Business Development Manager, Conagra Brands; Facilitator, Alumni2Alumni and Alumni2Student
Melissa Boward  (MBA '08) Managing Director, Corporate Development, RBC; Facilitator, Alumni2Alumni
Melissa Boward
(MBA '08)

Managing Director, Corporate Development, RBC; Facilitator, Alumni2Alumni
Jennifer Bruin (EMBA '16)Executive Principal Consultant, J. Bruin Associates Inc.; Session Host, Employee Well-Being
Jennifer Bruin
(EMBA '16)

Executive Principal Consultant, J. Bruin Associates Inc.; Session Host, Employee Well-Being
Lisa Marie Chen
(MBA '11)

Design Program Director, Business Automation, IBM; Session Host and Facilitator, Alumni2Alumni
Kariann Dale (MBA ’98)Vice President, Enterprise Conduct and Reputation Risk; Alumni Chapter President RBC; Session Host and Facilitator, Alumni2Student
Kariann Dale
(MBA ’98)

Vice President, Enterprise Conduct and Reputation Risk; Alumni Chapter President RBC; Session Host and Facilitator, Alumni2Student
Pete Gillespie (MBA ’91)
Regional Account Executive, Canada Life; Facilitator, Alumni2Student
Pete Gillespie
(MBA ’91)

Regional Account Executive, Canada Life; Facilitator, Alumni2Student
Ksenia Kavoun (MBA ’13)
Manager, National Health Care Practice, EY; Facilitator, Alumni2Student
Ksenia Kavoun
(MBA ’13)

Manager, National Health Care Practice, EY; Facilitator, Alumni2Student
Dana Krechowicz (IMBA ’07)Senior Sustainable Finance Manager, HSBC Bank of Canada; Sustainability Alumni Chapter President; Session Host, Sustainability
Dana Krechowicz
(IMBA ’07)

Senior Sustainable Finance Manager, HSBC Bank of Canada; Sustainability Alumni Chapter President; Session Host, Sustainability
Keith Loo (MBA '12)CEO, Skinopathy; Session Host, Healthcare
Keith Loo
(MBA '12)

CEO, Skinopathy; Session Host, Healthcare
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Frank Paul
(MBA '17)

Manager, Channel Management, Metrolinx;
Former GBC President; Session Host, Executive Coaching; Facilitator, Alumni2Alumni
Vandita Puri (MBA ’18)
Senior Product Manager, Auxita; Facilitator, Alumni2Student
Vandita Puri
(MBA ’18)

Senior Product Manager, Auxita; Facilitator, Alumni2Student
Haleel Sarwar  (MBA '11) Managing Principal, Capco; Facilitator, Alumni2Alumni
Haleel Sarwar
(MBA '11)

Managing Principal, Capco; Facilitator, Alumni2Alumni
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Ruku Sandhu
(MBA ’14)

Senior Manager, Strategy and Transformation, Direct Marketing, CIBC; President, CIBC/Schulich Alumni Association; Session Host, Technology
Tim Scheffler (MBA '95) CFO, Tecnasa; Alumni Chapter President Panama; Facilitator, Alumni2Alumni
Tim Scheffler
(MBA '95)

CFO, Tecnasa; Alumni Chapter President Panama; Facilitator, Alumni2Alumni
Fiorella Tubino
(EMBA ’14)

Pharmaceutical Patient Support Program Manager, Bayshore HealthCare, Session Host, Leadership Behaviours
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Martina Vrban
(MBA '84)

President, Astrelis; Session Host, Entrepreneurship