Rose Patten Mentorship Program
Abdelaziz El Mejdouby
International Student Immigration Advisor, Centre for International Experience (Student Life)
Abdelaziz(Aziz) El Mejdouby was born and raised in Morocco (North Africa). Completed his graduate studies in the US as an international student then immigrated to Canada in 2010. Aziz holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration and another Master’s degree in Education. Aziz is fluent in Arabic, French and English. He also have an intermediate level in Spanish. Aziz has been working at the higher education sector since 2004. He worked as an admissions/recruitment advisor at Rhode Island College in the US. Prior to moving to Toronto Aziz has worked in the public school system in Quebec. Aziz is also a certified Canadian immigration consultant and has been working at U of T as an international student immigration advisor since 2013.
Senior Advancement Research Officer, Faculty of Arts & Science
Hello! I am Adam Fox and I am a senior data analyst and researcher in the Office of Advancement/Office of the Dean in the Faculty of Arts & Science, supporting the Faculty’s fundraising and alumni teams. I have worked at U of T for 12 years and my favourite time to be on campus is in the spring when the cherry blossoms are blooming. I am interested in evidence-based public policy and strategic planning and I’m a strong believer in the power of higher education to shape lives and change the world. I am thrilled to be joining the 2020 cohort for the Rose Patten Learning Mentorship Program!
Learning Strategist, Academic Success
Andrea Graham is an experienced Learning Strategist with Academic Success where she supports graduate and undergraduate students on all matters of learning and academic performance through individual consultations, workshops and resource development. She also conducts program assessment, faculty support and partnered initiatives across campus. Andrea’s other experience includes faculty development (CTSI), project management in online educational applications (TVOntario), management consulting (Accenture), and teaching and research roles (sociology, kinesiology, writing, education). She holds a B.A., B.Ed., M.A., Ph.D. and coaching credential.
Interim Graduate Student Funding Officer, Dean's Office, OISE
Anna Mozharova has been with the University of Toronto for over 10 years. During this time, she has supported graduate and undergraduate programs at a variety of divisions including: The Dalla Lana School of Public Health; Faculty of Arts and Science; Enrolment Services Office; and OISE. In addition to experience in graduate program administration and student financial support areas, Anna is a data management expert. Her established knowledge of ROSI, FIS, U of T financial policies and CUPE collective agreements provide a solid foundation for her ongoing commitment to designing effective methods to process, analyze and present data. Her current project focuses on the development of a new data management strategy for graduate student funding records at OISE. Anna is also pursuing a Data Science Certificate and aspiring to join the ranks of U of T staff supporting management in a data-driven decision making process.
Experiential Learning Advisor and Manager, Division of Student Life
Aziza Virani is the Experiential Learning Advisor and Manager of the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program at the University of Toronto. She currently facilitates Africa-based internships and career development opportunities for third-year undergraduate Mastercard Scholars. Previously, Aziza coordinated a series of international internships with the Queen Elizabeth Scholarships at U of T, focusing on student recruitment, partnership building, and ensuring successful student transitions into and out of international placements. Aziza holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Spanish from McGill University, and a Master of Education from OISE, U of T.
MMI Program Coordinator, Institute for Management and Innovation, UTM
Beate is the Program Coordinator of the Master of Management of Innovation (MMI) program at the Institute for Management and Innovation at UTM. In this position, she oversees the day-to-day administrative operations of the program in addition to being the lead on all recruitment and admissions initiatives. She is a true team player and enjoys working with students as well as staff and faculty to create a positive learning environment.
Beate holds a Bachelor of Business Administration Degree from Germany and is currently pursuing her Masters of Education Degree in Post-Secondary Studies at Memorial University.
During her spare time she loves being with family, travelling as well as being an active gym member.
Senior Team Lead, Procurement Service
Eric Foremski is a supply chain specialist with five years experience in procurement and data analysis. Currently, Eric works in Procurement Services at the University of Toronto and is set to complete his Certified Supply Chain Management Professional (CSCMP) designation in the summer of 2020. As a strong believer in process efficiency, Eric played a critical role in the implementation of PO Workflow; an extension of the University’s Financial Information System (FIS) that helped streamline purchase order creation, compliance monitoring and document storage. On his days off, Eric enjoys a competitive game of beach volleyball but can also be found trying to outwit his friends and family in a classic game of Settlers of Catan. Throughout the course of the mentorship program, Eric is hoping to learn more about himself as a leader and leverage the experience to position himself for a future role in management.
Lead Coordinator, Mentorship and Peer Programs, Division of Student Life/Student & Campus Community
Erin Clifford is the Lead Coordinator, Mentorship and Peer Programs within the Division of Student Life. Since graduating with her Masters in College Student Personnel she has worked at The Ohio State University, The Multiple Sclerosis Society of Canada and joined U of T in 2012. Outside of work she is an avid reader and runner and enjoys spending time with her husband, two daughters and golden retriever.
Department Manager, Geography at UTM
Ivanka Pribramska is a Department Manager, Geography at UTM, where she is responsible for the departments operations. Prior joining UTM, Ivanka was a Research Administrator for the University of Toronto Practice-Based Research Network at the Department of Family & Community Medicine for almost 6 years. Her previous work experience include Information officer at University College London, UK and wide range of administrative and teaching roles at the Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic.
Ivanka completed her Master of Arts degree in Library and Information Science in 2002 and PhD in Information Science in 2012, both at the Charles University. She is currently working towards her CPA designation through UofT School of Continuous Studies.
Web Developer,UTM I&ITS
I’m a Web Developer at UTM. I have 10 years of hands-on end-to-end web development experience, and 7 years of experience leading a small development team. For the past 3 years, I've been building transformative applications on the ServiceNow platform. I'm certified as a ServiceNow Administrator and ServiceNow Developer. I am always curious and have been learning machine learning and TensorFlow at my own pace.
Graduate Liaison Officer, Dept. of Leadeship, Higher & Adult Education
Karolina Szymanski is the Graduate Liaison Officer in the Department of Leadership, Higher & Adult Education, one of the largest graduate units at the University of Toronto. In this role, she leads a small academic student services team that supports over 1200 students as well as faculty across three distinct programs. Karolina served terms on the Graduate Education Council at U of T and the OISE Faculty Council, and currently sits on the Academic Programs Advisory and the Student Experience Committees at OISE. Having worked at the Faculty of Medicine, the OISE Registrar’s Office, the Department of Women & Gender Studies, the School of Graduate Studies and the Family Care Office, her career has taken her all around the U of T map! Karolina completed her Hon. B.A. in Equity Studies and M.Ed. in Higher Education here at UofT and taught in the Graduate Professional Skills program for six years.
Business Development Coordinator, Department of Management, UTSC
I am the Business Development Coordinator for the Department of Management at U of T Scarborough. My role is to take the lead on international employer development for the Management & International Business (MIB) Co-op program. I have a Bachelors of Business Administration degree specializing in International Business and a Human Resources Management Graduate Certificate. I recently came back September 2019 from a one year educational leave studying Chinese (Mandarin) at the National Sun Yat-sen University in Kaohsiung, Taiwan through the Huayu Enrichment Scholarship Award from Taiwan’s Ministry of Education. I am an avid traveller and love to learn about different countries, culture, and cuisine. For the year 2019, I visited 13 countries and 66 cities. Happy to help anyone plan their next adventure.
Accessibility and Scheduling Coordinator, School of Continuing Studies
Passionate about helping others and have worked with children, youths and adults for over 10 years. I studied Psychology and History at the University of Toronto, and completed a Masters in Applied Disability Studies at Brock University. I have worked in hospitals and privately funded organizations in the Durham Region before joining the University of Toronto in 2012.
As the Accessibility and Scheduling Coordinator for the School of Continuing Studies (SCS) my main responsibilities include the coordination of academic supports for students with disabilities, in addition to, overseeing classroom assignments for all courses/programs offered by SCS.
Fun facts: I love puzzles (logic puzzles and cryptic crosswords as of late), photography, and cooking. I am work towards my scuba diving advanced specializations.
Academic Information and Communication Technology,Faculty of Nursing
Neal is the Academic Information and Communication Technology Supervisor at the Lawrence S. Bloomberg Faculty of Nursing. He has worked at Nursing for the last 4 years and prior to that worked in academic technology at OCAD U as well at Goldsmiths, University of London and the Royal College of Art. He is focused on providing training and support in the areas of online teaching and learning, digital teaching strategies, and using technology in the classroom.
Recruitment and Diverse Student Success Coordinator,Office of the Registrar and Student Services
Nicole Ryan is a Recruitment and Diverse Student Success Coordinator in the Faculty of Education at the Ontario Institute of Studies in Education, University of Toronto. Nicole’s career in higher education started in 2003 at McGill University in Montreal where she worked for close to a decade. In 2013, she began working at the University of Toronto in the Faculty of Medicine, and continued on to the Faculty of Education in 2015. In her current role, Nicole specializes in student recruitment, developing and maintaining relationships, counsels and advises prospective students on graduate programs, admissions and career options.
Nicole’s portfolio includes working with all students, but also focuses on initiatives related to immigrant and under-represented racialized students. Finally Nicole also manages the OISE Student Success Centre, an academic skills and support centre providing one-on-one support for various academic needs. An OISE alumna, Nicole completed her Masters of Education in Adult Education and Community Development.
Operations and Research Administrator,IBBME
Noah Frank has been working at the University of Toronto since 2009. Over the span of his career, he has worked at all three campuses in positions ranging from lab manager to research administrator to operations manager. He is currently employed in the Translational Biology and Engineering Program, the University of Toronto component of the Ted Rogers Centre for Heart Research, a world-class cardiovascular research institute. In his current position, Noah’s portfolio is varied and wide-ranging, including research administration, operations management, health and safety, and communications. Outside of work, Noah is a dedicated husband and father of two. He volunteers on the parent council of his elder daughter’s school; as the labour relations officer on the board of directors of his younger daughter’s daycare; and co-chairs his neighbourhood residents’ association.
Manager, Strategic Communications,Rotman School of Management
Rebecca Cheung is a communications manager at the Rotman School of Management, where she writes about students, alumni, research and school news. It’s a role that suits her well — Rebecca enjoys meeting interesting people and helping them tell their stories.
Before joining the University of Toronto, she worked in communications and public affairs offices at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health and Women’s College Hospital. Rebecca has earned a bachelor’s degree in life sciences (Queen’s University), a master’s degree in science (Queen’s University) and a master’s degree in journalism (UBC).
Data Analyst,Office of the Registrar
I have been working at UTSC in the Office of the Registrar as a Data Analyst for over 10 years. In my current role, I work closely with Admissions and Student Recruitment teams as well as other teams within the department. I also work with different departments at UTSC and across U of T campuses. I provide data to assist with achieving business goals by translating business requirements into reports and analyses. My responsibilities include preparing statistical reports, predictive analysis, dashboards and data visualization to support decision-making processes. I like to get my hands dirty with data and fortunately there is abundance of data. I have a degree in Master of Education in Higher Education from OISE and most recently I received a Certificate in Project Management from School of Continuing Studies.
Career Educator, Student Life/Career Exploration and Education
As a higher education professional, Sania Hameed (she/her) currently supports students in their career development via programming, advising, partnerships, and projects. Through her Master of Education in Higher Education at OISE, she conducted primary research on the Experiences of Racialized Student Affairs Professionals and has presented on the topic at several conferences and post-secondary institutions in Canada. Sania’s commitment to advancing equity and inclusion have motivated her to take on several leadership roles, notably Co-Chair, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Community of Practice for the Canadian Association for College and University Student Services (CACUSS), and Executive Member, Connections and Conversations U of T (St. George chapter). Leveraging an equity lens, she hopes to apply her skills in relationship building and project management to improve systems, processes and experiences within post-secondary education. Sania can be found on Twitter at @hameed_sania.
Registrarial Administrator, Transitional Year Programme
Shane Wallace is the Registrarial Administrator - Recruitment and Admissions at the Transitional Year Programme, a special access programme that provides a supportive pathway for communities underrepresented at the University of Toronto. He holds an BA from the University of Toronto in Equity studies and Sociology, and an M.Ed in Educational Policy from OISE. Shane’s portfolio at TYP includes working with communities and organizations external to the U of T community to collaboratively design pathways for mature applicants enter post-secondary studies. Over the years, Shane has been instrumental in facilitating improvements to administrative and business processes, related to registration, admission, academic policy and student services. Shane’s central foci in both his prior community work and current work within the University has been related to facilitating access to post-secondary education initiatives for underserved and underrepresented groups, as well as seeking to better the experiences of marginalized persons in the post-secondary context.
External Relations & Student Life Liaison, Mechanical & Industrial Engineering
Hello fellow mentorship program participants. My name is Shannon Osborne and I am the External Relations & Student Life Liaison for the Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering. In this role I manage a wide portfolio that covers the life cycle of our U of T stakeholders starting with recruitment/admission of undergraduate students, to working with current students supporting clubs and funding and then on to our industry/alumni partners through alumni relations/advancement programming. External relations is a dynamic role where no two days are ever the same. I’m a proud U of T alumna with a degree in Industrial Engineering and an M.Ed from OISE. Outside of work, I’m a busy mom of 3 kids, a volunteer Girl Guide leader and just completed a major house renovation. I look forward to getting to know everyone over the course of the program this year!
Quality Assurance Review and Program Evaluation Officer, Post MD Education
Shantel Walcott is the Quality Assurance Review and Program Evaluation Officer for the Post MD Education Office in the Faculty of Medicine, which oversees training in 75 residency programs. As a member of the accreditation team Shantel supports residency program directors, program administrators and education leads in their preparation for internal and external reviews. She also manages projects relevant to program evaluation, continuous improvement and workshop development. Shantel has a MSc degree in Health Systems Research from the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation as well as previous experience in research ethics and genetics research. She has an overall passion for research and making meaningful contributions to science, medical education and academia. As a life long learner, Shantel is looking forward to participating in this program as well as continuing to build meaningful connections within the UofT community.
Senior Budget Analyst, UTSC Financial Services
My name is Thubasini Rameshkumar. I am a Chartered Professional Accountant (CGA, CPA). I have been working at UTSC since July 2012. Currently, I am holding a Senior Budget Analyst position in the Operating Budget team in the Financial Services department. Prior to coming to UTSC, I have had positions in corporate finance in the private sector. I am proud to work for this great institution and being part of creating a well-educated future generation. My core values are honesty, ethical, kindness and trustworthy. In terms of my personal life, I am married with two children. I live in Scarborough, a few minutes away from UTSC! I like to travel to different places and learn about their history and culture. I love nature. One of the greatest perks of working at UTSC gets to enjoy lunchtime walks on the new nature valley trail.
Finance & Payroll Officer, APSC Admin. Units
Tom is currently a Finance & Payroll Officer in the Faculty of Engineering and is completing his Master of Education at OISE. He began working in university administration in 2010, after completing his Bachelor of Commerce at U of T. For the first two years of his career, Tom worked at Ryerson University. In 2012, he moved to London where - after briefly dipping his toes into consulting in intangibles valuation - he ended up in the research office at the Imperial College of London. After returning to Canada in 2014, Tom worked for a year in the research office at Ryerson University before moving to U of T. Tom spent a year in the Research Office, and then joined the Department of Medicine to work in Academic Appointments. After three years at the Department of Medicine, Tom moved into his current role in Engineering. In his free time, Tom enjoys baking bread.