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Dean Zwick

Detlev Zwick, PhD

Dean, Professor of Marketing & Tanna H. Schulich Chair in Digital Marketing Strategy

Detlev Zwick is Dean of the Schulich School of Business at York University, where he has been a member of the faculty since 2002. He is a professor of Marketing and the Tanna H. Schulich Chair in Digital Marketing Strategy…. Read more

Alex Athanasopoulos (MBA ’12)

Principal, Director, Investment Banking at Eight Capital

Entrepreneurship: Founding Blade Air – Success Through Schulich-Connected Partnerships
Alex has spent his entire career working with companies to help finance growth initiatives and execute on strategic opportunities…. Read more

Chris Carder

Executive Director, Office of Innovation & Entrepreneurship; Co-Director of Entrepreneurial Studies, Schulich School of Business

Entrepreneurship: Founding Blade Air – Success Through Schulich-Connected Partnerships
Chris Carder is a Serial Entrepreneur with more than 20 years experience in the Digital/Technology Sector and a sought-after Startup Advisor, Investor and Advisory Board Member… Read more

Linda Cattelan (MBA ’95)

Executive & Career Acceleration Coach; Leadership Development, Results Catalyst Inc.

Executive Coaching
Recognized as a leadership and career development expert, Linda brings 15 years executive coaching and mentoring experience as well as 25 years of financial services experience, much at the executive level working for some of the largest financial institutions in North America…. Read more

Sean Drygas (MBA ‘02)

Global Lead, ESG & Impact, Colliers International

Sustainability
Sean is Global Lead, ESG and Impact at Colliers International, leading development and execution of Colliers’ ESG strategy and reporting on performance. Prior to joining Colliers, Sean was VP of Strategy & Sustainability at Spark Power Group… Read more

Julianna Egressy (IMBA ’97)

Vice President, Supply Chain Operations, Medicom

Supply Chain
Julianna Egressy is a driven leader with international experience in operations, logistics, supply chain improvement and change management. Track record in operational improvements to drive productivity and reduce costs. Experienced in managing organizations… Read more

Mark Esposito

Co-Founder & Chief Learning Officer, Nexus FrontierTech

Emerging Tech, AI and Digital Transformations, Thriving in a Digital Future and Megatrends, AI & Practical Applications
Mark Esposito is recognized internationally as a top global thought leader in matters relating to The Fourth Industrial Revolution, the changes, and opportunities that technology will bring to a variety of industries. He is Co-Founder and Chief Learning Officer at Nexus FrontierTech… Read more

Gaby Fisch (MBA ’04)

Principal, Move Forward

Executive Coaching
Gaby Fisch is a coach and consultant specializing in learning, culture, and organizational development.  She is a curious lifelong learner, completing her BA in cultural anthropology, followed by her MBA, coaching certification and a consistent stream of professional development courses and self study… Read more

Jorge Gamboa (MBA ’08)

President & Leadership Development Coach, LIM Canada Inc.

Executive Coaching
Jorge Gamboa is in licensed partnership with LMI Canada specializes in helping organizations drive more growth and increase profitability by developing leaders and improving their performance through goal-oriented executive programs… Read more

Chelsea Gray

Associate Director, Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Schulich School of Business

Entrepreneurship: Founding Blade Air – Success Through Schulich-Connected Partnerships
Chelsea Grey is the Associate Director, Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Schulich School of Business with the mission of further developing the fast-growing Schulich Startups Community – now supporting more than 150 student/alumni companies…Read more

Rina Lamba (MBA ’19)

Director, Public Health, York Region

The Great Disruption: Impact and Key Shifts in Healthcare
Over the last 20 years, Rina Lamba has demonstrated her passion for administering and improving value-based healthcare services. Having covered a broad spectrum of roles on the frontlines as a nurse, and then in positions as administrator of a long-term care home… Read more

Joseph Mapa

Krembil Chair in Health Management and Leadership; Director, Krembil Centre for Health Management and Leadership; Executive Director, Health Industry Management Program; Adjunct Professor, Schulich School of Business

The Great Disruption: Impact and Key Shifts in Healthcare
In 2017, Joseph completed his tenure as a health care executive as Founding President & CEO of Sinai Health System from 2015-2017, after serving as President and CEO of Mount Sinai Hospital from 2001-2014. Sinai Health System is an integrated health delivery organization… Read more

Marguerite Mcleod-Fleming (MBA ’99)

Developing Inclusive Leaders, Propelle Leadership Solutions

Executive Coaching
Marguerite Mcleod-Fleming is an experienced Leadership and Innovation Strategist.  She works with organizations to create new value using evidence-based creative problem-solving and innovation methodologies – utilized by thousands of companies around the world… Read more

Alan C. Middleton (MBA ’77, PhD ’97)

Independent Author, Speaker, Consultant with Sage Management Advice. Retired Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Marketing and Executive Director, Schulich Executive Education Centre, Schulich School of Business

The Verities: Leadership Behaviours That Endure
In 2021 the American Marketing Association Toronto (AMA Toronto) published his book Mentorship Matters – Now More than Ever, which followed numerous published articles and speeches and two co-authored books, Advertising Works II and Ikonica – A Field Guide to Canada’s Brandscape… Read more

Arman Mirza (MBA ’00)

Director Supply Chain Capacity & Operations Planning, The Home Depot Canada

Supply Chain
Arman Mirza is the Director of Supply Chain Capacity & Operations Planning at The Home Depot Canada. He is responsible for planning volumes that move from suppliers through the transportation and distribution network and on to stores and customers… Read more

Ramy Nassar

Founder & Managing Partner, 1000 Days Out

Emerging Tech, AI and Digital Transformations, Thriving in a Digital Future and Megatrends, AI & Practical Applications
Ramy is the founder of 1000 Days Out and author of the upcoming “AI Product Design Handbook”. As the former managing director of Design & Strategy for Architech and head of innovation for Mattel, he has led diverse teams… Read more

Loran Nordgren

Professor of Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University INFO

The Great Disruption: Driving Employee Well-Being Solutions Through AI
Loran Nordgren is a professor at the Kellogg School of Management and bestselling author. Loran’s mission is to use behavioral science to make leaders and organizations better. His research has been published in leading journals such as Science, and his ideas are regularly discussed in prominent forums such as the Harvard Business Review…Read more

Dayna Patterson (MBA ’05)

Consultant, Facilitator and Coach, Patterson Leadership

Executive Coaching
Dayna Patterson is passionate about leadership development and change.  She has engaged as a leadership coach and facilitator since 2007.   Her personal mission is to help others achieve their full potential… Read more

Robert Phillips

George R. Gardiner Professor in Business Ethics; Professor of Sustainability; Director, Centre of Excellence in Responsible Business, Schulich School of Business

Sustainability
Dr. Robert Phillips is George R. Gardiner Professor in Business Ethics and Professor of Strategic Management at the York University’s Schulich School of Business. His PhD is from the University of Virginia’s Darden School. Prior to Schulich he held positions at… Read more

Hatim Rahman

Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

The Great Disruption: Driving Employee Well-Being Solutions Through AI
Hatim A. Rahman is an Assistant Professor of Management and Organizations at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University. His research investigates how artificial intelligence, undergirded by algorithms, is impacting the nature of work and employment relationships in organizations and labor markets… Read more

Guy Reichard (MBA ’00)

Self Leadership Coach & Trainer, HeartRich.ca

Executive Coaching
Guy Reichard is an Executive Life Coach and Personal Growth Mentor.  Guy Reichard is a Self Leadership Coach & Resilience Trainer working with people looking for more meaning, purpose, resilience and fulfillment in their lives… Read more

Lauren Rinaldo (MMGT ’17, MBA ’21)

Epic Project Training Lead, Scarborough Health Network

The Great Disruption: Impact and Key Shifts in Healthcare
Lauren Rinaldo is currently a Project Lead at Scarborough Health Network (SHN). During her time at SHN, Lauren worked with six partner hospital organizations across the central east region of Ontario to launch a new clinical information system and help transform the way healthcare is delivered… Read more

Matias Ruiz (MBA ’12)

Management Consulting Manager, Accenture

Supply Chain
Matias Ruiz is a supply chain specialist where has extensive experience in the procurement process, inventory planning and management, and supply chain management. He is a Manager Consulting at Accenture… Read more

M. Johnny Rungtusanatham

Canada Research Chair in Supply Chain Management (Tier 1); Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems; Area Coordinator, Operations Management and Information Systems, Schulich School of Business

Supply Chain
Dr. M. Johnny Rungtusanatham (Ph.D., University of Minnesota) is Canada Research Chair in Supply Chain Management at the Schulich School of Business, York University; a 2017 Fellow inductee of the Decision Sciences Institute; a 2015 Dennis E. Grawoig Distinguished Service Award also from the Decision Sciences Institute… Read more

Shane Saunderson

Director, Centre of Excellence in Disruption and Transformation, Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC)

Emerging Tech, AI and Digital Transformations, Thriving in a Digital Future and Megatrends, AI & Practical Applications
After sneaking away from a small-town prairie farm, Shane Saunderson spent his early career as an entrepreneur in North America and Europe focused on product design, robotics and connected devices. He later joined Idea Couture… Read more

Giancarlo Sessa (BBA ’19)

Co-founder & CFO, Blade Filters & Blade Air

Entrepreneurship: Founding Blade Air – Success Through Schulich-Connected Partnerships
Giancarlo Sessa is the co-founder of Blade Filters and Blade Air, which are leaders in providing clean air solutions for commercial applications…Read more

Ron Sidon (MBA ’68)

Philanthropic Projects and Mentor of Engineering and Business Startups, JSD Inc.

Entrepreneurship: Founding Blade Air – Success Through Schulich-Connected Partnerships
Ron Sidon is an accomplished businessman, engineer and entrepreneur with several inventions and patents to his name. Sidon has a career-long history of volunteering and philanthropy and for giving back to his alma maters, his professions and the community… Read more

Andrea Spencer (MBA ’13)

Principal (Consulting), Optimus SBR

The Great Disruption: Impact and Key Shifts in Healthcare
Andrea Spencer is a Principal in Optimus SBR’s Industries and Government Practice, and is the lead of the consulting firm’s health care and social services portfolio. She is an experienced consultant… Read more

Kadie Ward (EMBA ‘20)

Commissioner and Chief Administrative Officer Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development

The Great Disruption: Driving Employee Well-Being Solutions Through AI
Ms. Ward is a seasoned executive whose career to date has been characterized by successful collaboration across public, private and not for profit organizations to design and deliver inclusive economic growth strategies…. Read more

Graham Watt (MBA ‘16)

Senior Director, Head of ESG (climate-focused) Solutions, T&O Strategy, Innovation and Technology, RBC

Sustainability
Graham Watt leads the Climate Solutions Program within RBC’s Innovation & Technology group.  He has been with the bank for 5 years, and played a role in several teams across personal and commercial banking… Read more

Sheelagh Whittaker (MBA ‘75)

Author, Global non-exec board member, Retired CEO Electronic Data Systems (EDS)

The Verities: Leadership behaviours that endure
Sheelagh Whittaker loves to laugh. A savvy strategist and CEO, shrewd observer of the zeitgeist, and engaging storyteller – imparting wisdom from her invariably humorous stories… Read more

Jessie Jun Xing (GDBE ’05)

Director, Environmental, Health & Safety, PepsiCo Canada

Sustainability
Jessie Jun Xing is responsible for leading strategic EHS planning, tactical and CapEx plans and execution of the Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) agenda across all PepsiCo Global R&D centres, laboratories and process centres… Read more