Lama Aggad

Maydianne Andrade

Maria Annecchini

Sadia Butt

Desma Charlemagne-Michel

Lindsay Colley

Mohamad Fakih

Jim Falle

Ali Ghafour

Deepthi Guttikonda

Karima Hasmani

Carol Henry

Jack Hung

Sadi Khan

Bruce Kidd

Helen Kontozopoulos

Loretta Marcoccia

Olivia Nuamah

Tayyab Rashid

Alicia Samuel

Sean Smith

Gord Stellick

Camille Stewart

Georgette Zinaty

 

 


Lama Aggad
Entrepreneur, Public Speaker, Media Presenter

Lama is a graduate from York University majoring in Information Technology and has over 8 years of Canadian work experience. Shifting her career from IT to journalism was a reaction of censorship she faced when writing an article in Excalibur newspaper at York University in Toronto. In addition to her belief in freedom of expression, Lama’s commitment involves bridging the gap between East and West and minimizing the social political and religious stereotyping against Arabs.

 

 

 

 

Maydianne CB Andrade 
Vice Dean, Faculty Affairs & Equity
U of T Scarborough

Maydianne Andrade is a Professor and Canada Research Chair in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Toronto Scarborough. With an MSc in Zoology from the University of Toronto Mississauga and a PhD in Neurobiology & Behavior from Cornell University, Andrade’s uses cannibalistic black widow spiders as models for understanding how natural selection shapes mating behaviours and life history traits. She is a Fellow of the Animal Behaviour Society and the recipient of numerous research awards including a University Faculty Award from NSERC, Premier’s Research Excellence Award from the Government of Ontario, New Opportunities and Leaders Innovation Fund Awards from the Canadian Foundation from Innovation, and an African Canadian Achievement Award for Excellence in Science.  Since 2012, Andrade has also been engaged in speaking about how implicit/unconscious bias can affect the assessment of women, people of colour, and other under-represented groups in academia and leadership roles. Her focus on methods of counter-acting these effects has become part of her work as Vice Dean of Faculty Affairs & Equity for UTSC, a position she has held since January 2017. She is also a founding member and the inaugural Chair of TIDE (the Toronto Initiative for Diversity and Excellence), a group of faculty from across the University of Toronto who are trained to speak to and educate their colleagues about the effects of implicit biases on decision-making.

 

 

Maria Annecchini 
District Vice President – Toronto East
Scotiabank

Scotiabank is Canada’s international bank and a leading financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and Asia-Pacific. They are dedicated to helping their 24 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets.

 

   

Sadia Butt
Account Director – Strategy
Corus Entertainment

Sadia is currently an Account Director at Corus Entertainment, where she has been part of the Brand Creative and Production team for most of her 20 years in the media business, recently parlaying that content development expertise into Strategic Business Development Leadership. Sadia is an award-winning Producer, Writer, Publisher, and Voice Talent, having been the voice of Treehouse TV for 10 years. Known for her presentation style and brand building acumen, she also led the launch of California startup Life Foods Inc, a whole-plants based locally-sourced product line. Sadia describes herself as a relentless optimist and pop culture enthusiast who lives for immersive travel.

 

 

Desma Charlemagne-Michel 
Director, Human Resource
U of T Scarborough

Desma holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Human Resources & Industrial Relations and Economics; and a Masters degree in Human Resources.   Desma started her career at the University of Toronto in September 2015 as the Director, Human Resource Services within University Operations.  In February 2018, Desma joined the Human Resource Services at UTSC where she is the Director and reports to the Vice President & Principal.

The UTSC HR office overseas the Human Resources and Payroll for all UTSC staff and faculty.  Human Resource Services aims to enhance the University’s mission by fostering a healthy, fair, equitable work environment that will attract excellent employees and enable them to develop to their full potential.

 

 

 

 

 

Lindsay Colley
Director
Canadian Public Accountability Board (CPAB)

Lindsay Colley is a sustainability professional and CPA, CA from Toronto. She is currently a Director in the Thought Leadership group at the Canadian Public Accountability Board (CPAB), an independent oversight organization created to protect the integrity of financial reporting in Canada. She received her Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Toronto Scarborough in 2006, her Chartered Accountancy (CPA, CA) designation in 2007, and her Certificate of Environmental Management from the University of Toronto in 2010. Prior to CPAB, Lindsay worked at Tim Hortons Inc. as Manager, Sustainability, and at Ernst & Young LLP, in both the Climate Change and Sustainability Services Advisory practice and the Assurance practice. She is passionate about improving the lives of Canadians and in addition to her professional pursuits teaches corporate social responsibility at York University, is a member of the Social Issues Committee of the Salvation Army Canada & Bermuda Territory, and was recently selected to be a 2017-2018 Action Canada Your Energy Future fellow where she is developing public policy recommendations regarding Canada’s transition to a low-carbon economy.

 

 

 

 

Mohamad Fakih
President and CEO
Paramount Fine Foods

In 2006, Mohamad Fakih purchased a nearly bankrupt restaurant and transformed it into, what is now known as the fastest growing Middle Eastern Halal restaurant chain in North America – Paramount Fine Foods. Mohamad’s determination to change perceptions surrounding Middle Eastern food has driven Paramount’s brand success across Canada and Internationally as well as advancing the global Middle Eastern food trend.
A community leader, Mohamad regularly participates in fundraisers and community events, supporting multiple causes and organizations including the Canadian Cancer Society, Islamic Relief worldwide, Sick Kids Hospital and the Make a Wish Foundation in Toronto. Both Paramount and Mohamad have donated generously to these charities and other non-profit organizations.  Across his restaurants Mohamad offers discounts to all Emergency Service Workers in uniform to show appreciation for their service in our communities.

 

 

 

 

Jim Falle
Former CFO
Canadian Banking, Life Insurance, Asset Management and P&C Insurance Industries

A C-Suite Executive with 30 years of experience as a CFO in the Canadian Banking, Life Insurance, Asset Management and P&C Insurance Industries. Recognized for results achieved in driving business performance, reengineering, and mergers and acquisitions. Significant Board, Corporate Governance and Risk Management experience. Possesses extensive business acumen as well as excellent team, leadership and communications skills. Recognized by his Peers and his profession including receiving the FCA designation in 2009, and being nominated for CFO of the year in 2014. A thought leader frequently sought as a speaker and Industry leader at Financial Institution seminars and industry forums.

Jim is also a UTSC alumnus (BA 1977).

 

  

 

 

Ali Ghafour 
Founder & CEO
2020 Armor

Ali Ghafour has founded four companies and is currently founder and CEO of 2020 Armor. He is a former four time Canadian National Taekwondo team member with a degree in Computer Science from the University of Toronto (Class of 2002). Ali is an expert in sports and business and has been on popular investment TV programs such as Dragons Den and Shark Tank.

 

 

 

Deepthi Guttikonda
Managing Director
Formstack for Salesforce at Formstack

Founded in 2006, Formstack is a versatile online form solution that streamlines processes for capturing and managing information. With Formstack, businesses and teams of all types and sizes can easily create online forms to automate repetitive business processes and gain rich insights. People can embed forms directly onto their websites and social media profiles to capture leads, as well as use online forms to collect payments, gather feedback, and streamline internal workflows. This flexibility enables organizations to simplify their data collection while expanding their resources.

 

 

 

 

Karima Hashmani
Senior Advisor, Equity & Diversity
U of T Scarborough

Karima Hashmani is the Senior Advisor on Equity and Diversity for the University of Toronto Scarborough Campus. She works to ensure that every member of the campus community has the right to study and work in an environment free of discrimination and harassment.  Karima is a graduate of York University’s Environmental Studies program and holds a certificate in Leadership & Inclusion from Centennial College. Karima has over fifteen years of experience in addressing complex equity, diversity and human rights issues in social housing, the non-profit sector and within public sector organizations. Karima was raised in Scarborough, and is passionate about creating access and inclusion for marginalized communities.

 

 

 

Carol Henry
Director, Human Resources
Longo’sLongo’s is a family-owned Canadian organization founded in 1956 that operates more than 30 full-service grocery stores across the GTA as well as Grocery Gateway, Canada’s leading online grocer.  As Director of Human Resources, Carol provides direction to the Company in the areas of Talent Management, Training & development, Engagement, Team Member Relations and Change Management.   Her leadership in HR spans a broad range of industries including Retail, Logistics, Telecommunications and Hospitality.  She holds the CHRP designation, an MBA from the University of Toronto and a BA from the University of Tampa, Florida.
 

 

 

Jack Hung 
Senior Manager, Capital Market Risk Management – P&L & Valuation Control Analysis
TD Canada Trust

The Toronto-Dominion Bank & its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Group (TD). TD is the sixth largest bank in North America by branches & serves approximately 22 million customers in a number of locations in key financial centres around the globe. Over 85,000 TD employees represent the strongest team in banking. Delivering legendary customer experiences is who we are & is part of being the Better Bank. Visit our Careers page to learn more about TD & why TD is a great place to work.

 

 

Sadi Khan 
National Sales Manager, Analytics Platform Software
IBM Canada

IBM is a leading cloud platform and cognitive solutions company. Restlessly reinventing since 1911, we are the largest technology and consulting employer in the world, with more than 380,000 employees serving clients in 170 countries. With Watson, the AI platform for business, powered by data, we are building industry-based solutions to real-world problems. For more than seven decades, IBM Research has defined the future of information technology with more than 3,000 researchers in 12 labs located across six continents.

 

 

 

Bruce Kidd 
Principal, University of Toronto Scarborough
Vice President, University of Toronto

Professor Bruce Kidd is a renowned scholar, activist, and respected academic leader. He brings a lifetime of experience to his current position as Vice President and Principal, University of Toronto Scarborough. 

Professor Kidd has been engaged all his life in Canadian and international sport policy.  As an undergraduate at the University of Toronto, he initiated Canada’s participation in the World Student Games, and in subsequent years, helped create many features of the Canadian sports system, including the Athlete Assistance Program, the Sport Dispute Resolution Centre of Canada, the Canadian Sport Policy, the Sport Canada Research Initiative and the Commonwealth Sport Development Program. He is also an honorary member of the Canadian Olympic Committee.

 

 

 

Helen Kontozopoulos 
Co-founder
U of T Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab (DCSIL)

Helen Co-Founded the University of Toronto’s Department of Computer Science Innovation Lab “DCSIL” in 2015, an incubator and accelerator for early stage startups in Canada. DCSIL’s startups focus on artificial intelligence, machine learning, data science, AR/VR and cybersecurity technologies, Helen works with these teams on their strategy, growth, industry relationships, and ux/design areas of their ventures.

She is directing efforts at DCSIL to foster innovation and commercialization through entrepreneurship programs, curating talent development, supporting tech transfer and increasing industry collaborations.

She is a lecturer at the University of Toronto, in the Department of Computer Science (St.George campus) and Department of Computer and Mathematical Sciences (Scarborough Campus), where she teaches product development, ux/design, lean startup methodologies, rapid prototyping, entrepreneurship, innovation, and growth strategy.


Loretta Marcoccia 

Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer, Global Capital Markets
Scotiabank

In 1988, The Bank of Nova Scotia acquired McLeod Young Weir (later renamed ScotiaMcLeod Inc.) – a leading Toronto brokerage firm, founded in 1921. In November 1995, the wholesale arm of ScotiaMcLeod was formally integrated with the capital markets businesses of The Bank of Nova Scotia under the marketing banner Scotia Capital Markets. Complementing its combined capabilities, The Bank of Nova Scotia successfully acquired the long-standing leading dealer in bullion, The Mocatta Group, and formed what is now known as ScotiaMocatta – the precious and base metals businesses of The Bank of Nova Scotia.

 

 

 

 

Olivia Nuamah 
Executive Director
Pride Toronto

Olivia Nuamah is a community builder, mother, and artist.

As Pride Toronto’s Executive Director, she brings almost 25 years of experience working in both the non-profit and government sectors. Her experience as a DJ in the Toronto and England club scenes has given her a unique understanding of the representation of trans and queer artists in cultural spaces and is driving her goals as she looks to the future of Pride.

 

 

Tayyab Rashid
Clinical Psychologist
Health and Wellness Centre
U of T Scarborough

Dr. Tayyab Rashid  is a licensed clinical psychologist at the Health & Wellness Centre, and an associate faculty at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). Dr. Rashid‘s expertise includes positive psychology interventions and strengths-based resilience and mental health of young adults in post-secondary settings.

Dr. Rashid has worked for more than 15 years with young adults experiencing complex mental health issues including psychosis, complex trauma, grief, borderline personality disorder and severe depression. Rashid’s work has been published in academic journals and has been included in text books of psychiatry and psychotherapy.   Dr. Rashid is co-chair of Canada’s National Campus Mental Health Community of Practice. He has recently won the Outstanding Practitioner Award from the International Positive Psychology Association (IPPA) and Chancellor Award for the Emerging Leader from UofT.

Currently, Dr. Rashid is leading Strengths-Based Resilience & Flourish – two award-winning initiatives, with vulnerable young adults.

 

 

Alicia Samuel
Director of IT Business Solutions
Longo’s

Alicia Samuel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from UTSC. She is currently working towards her MBA at the University of Liverpool. She has 18 years of experience working in information technology. She has worked for high tech companies like IBM and Microsoft, as well as for iconic Canadian retail brands like Canadian Tire and Longo’s. Currently, she is the Director of IT Business Solutions for Longo’s. Alicia is married with two daughters and has a dog named Stitch. For fun, she has connected with a running group and intends to do at least two 5k runs a year.​

 

 

 

 

Sean Smith
Chief Executive Officer
Pethealth Inc.

Pethealth Inc. is an international leader in the provision of animal management software, RFID microchip identification, database related services for companion animals, and pet health insurance operating in North America and the United Kingdom. More recently, the Company has become a leading provider of pet pharmacy and pet specialty retail products to pet owners in the United Kingdom.

 

 

 

Gord Stellick
Hockey Analyst – Sportsnet
Hockey Insider and Host of Leafs Nation Pre and Post Game – Sportsnet 590 The Fan

Gord Stellick currently works as a broadcaster for Rogers Communications, both on Sportsnet and Sportsnet 590 The Fan. Prior to his career as a broadcaster, Stellick was the General Manager for the Toronto Maple Leafs, where, at age 30, he became the youngest GM in NHL history. He also worked in the head offices of the New York Rangers, serving as the Assistant General Manager from 1989-1991.

 

 

 

 

Camille Stewart
Assistant Vice President, Digital Advice and Solutions Department, Consumer Markets
Manulife

Manulife is a leading Canada-based financial services group that is helping people achieve their dreams and aspirations, by putting customers’ needs first and providing them with the right advice and solutions. With principal operations in Canada, the U.S. (where we operate as John Hancock) and Asia, we provide more than 20 million customers in 22 countries and territories with financial advice, insurance, and wealth and asset management solutions.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Georgette Zinaty
Executive Director, Development and Alumni Relations
U of T Scarborough

Georgette Zinaty is the Executive Director of Development and Alumni Relations for the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC).  An alumna of UTSC, Ms. Zinaty holds a Bachelor degree in English and Political Science, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Liverpool. She is currently working towards her Doctorate in Business Administration at the Henley Business School, University of Reading (a joint program with the Rotman School of Business) with a research focus on business leadership and in particular what leadership will look like in decades to come.