• Shane Saunderson

    Technology

    Leading Digital Transformation, Masters Certificate in Analytics and AI for Leaders, Professional Graduate Certificate in Business Product Design, Masters Certificate in Innovation Leadership, Certificate in Futureproof Your Organization

    Technology

    Dr. Shane Saunderson is an expert in the design and psychology of interactions with social machines. Shane also lectures on digital transformation and emerging technologies with Schulich Executive Education at York University. He has spent over a decade consulting for Fortune 500 clients on digital strategy, disruptive innovation, and technology projects. Shane has helped found several startups, has chaired numerous industry boards, is a prolific technology writer, and frequently gives talks on robotics, AI, design thinking, and the future of technology in society. He is a former Vanier scholar who holds a Ph.D. in Robotics with a specialization in psychology from the University of Toronto, an MBA in Technology and Innovation from the Ted Rogers School of Management, and a B. Eng. from McGill University.

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  • Sharlene Fernandes

    People Leadership

    Masters Certificate in Adult Training and Development

    People Leadership

    Sharlene Fernandes is a client-centric learning and development manager and instructional design consultant, working in the fields of professional sales, consumer packaged goods, and data analytics. She led the client-learning and professional-certification teams at the Canadian Professional Sales Association (CPSA), and the technical and analytical Canadian client-training programs at Nielsen. Currently, as part of Nielsen’s Global L&D organization, she designs and manages enterprise-wide, global-learning and certification paths for both Nielsen associates and clients across the world. She has supported the learning and development needs of hundreds of leading global CPG brands such as Coca-Cola, Nestle, P&G, and Mars. She specializes in designing and facilitating engaging in-person, virtual, and digital learning experiences based on performance needs in changing environments. She has a passion for combining technology, brain science and learning principles to help clients apply and embody new skills, especially as it pertains to technology adoption and change management. Sharlene Fernandes is a graduate of the Advanced Masters Certificate in Adult Training and Development (aMCATD) program from Schulich ExecEd and achieved her Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP) designation through the Institute for Performance and Learning (I4PL). She holds an Honours Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto in psychology and human biology.

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  • Sharone Bar-David

    Coaching and Collaboration

    Coaching and Collaboration

    Sharone is President of Bar-David Consulting Inc., a company dedicated to building respectful work environments through training sessions, consulting, and specialized services for revitalizing the effectiveness of abrasive leaders. She brings to her work a unique synthesizing perspective gained through 20+ years’ experience as a lawyer, trainer, speaker, consultant and family therapist. Sharone’s insights into workplace-related matters are featured regularly in a commentary column she writes for the Canadian HR Reporter magazine. Her expertise in workplace change is featured in a book she has co-authored, Awakening the Workplace. Her tips-packed blog had become a destination for readers wishing to create respectful and engaged work environments.

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  • Shawn Pariag

    People Leadership

    Masters Certificate in Adult Training and Development

    People Leadership

    Shawn is senior manager, learning design, with Royal Bank of Canada. For the past 20 years he has successfully merged his passions for technology, project management and adult learning into an intriguing career. Shawn graduated with a BSc in Computer Science from the University of the West Indies. He also earned certifications from the American Management Association and Prosci as a Certified Trainer and Change Management Professional. Shawn was often called upon to lead training teams on large transformational technology-based projects. He has also lectured to college classes on information management, project management and educational technology. Shawn successfully completed the Masters Certificate in Adult Training and Development (MCATD), became a Certified Training and Development Professional with The Institute for Performance and Learning and a Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute. Shawn is currently the Learning Portfolio Lead for Retail Operations within RBC’s Personal & Commercial Banking segment, a learner base of approx. 9000 RBCers.

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  • Shirley Hoy

    Municipal Sector, Public Sector

    Municipal Sector, Public Sector

    As one of Canada's most knowledgeable public service leaders, Shirley's 30-year career includes serving as Assistant Deputy Minister in three ministries: Ontario Women's Directorate, Ministry of Community & Social Services, and joint ADM of Operation and CEO of the Ontario Housing Corporation. Between 2001 and 2008, Shirley served the vital role as City Manager for the City of Toronto, advising the Mayor and City Council on major fiscal, organizational and service strategies. In 2014, Shirley completed a five-year term with Toronto Lands Corporation, where she helped oversee a $340-million revenue contribution.

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  • Simone Harrington

    Healthcare

    Masters Certificate in Healthcare Management

    Healthcare

    Simone has dedicated her career to driving transformative changes in healthcare. Her unique blend of skills in strategy, project management, and policy change positions her as a driving force behind health system transformation, aiming to create a healthier future for communities and regions. Simone is a critical member of the team that developed, designed and then implemented the largest voluntary hospital merger in Canada at Trillium Health Partners (THP) – a world-leading, full system of care in Mississauga and West Toronto serving over 1.7 million patients annually. She has progressed through several critical leadership roles including THP’s first Director of Strategy & Project Management, then Associate VP of People, Strategy & Volunteers. Currently, Simone is VP at the Institute for Better Health (IBH), a national leader in health services research and THP Solutions, which will drive innovation and create new revenue streams for THP to drive sustainability in health care and lead THP as an Edge partner within the $30M Federal innovation network CAN Health Network. In her role at the IBH, she has been instrumental in bridging research and innovation ambitions with sound business strategies from HR to Finance to Project Management to build success. This culminated last year with THP’s recognition for the first time as one of Canada’s Top 40 Research hospitals. In 2022, Simone was honoured as one of Canada's 100 Most Powerful Women by The Women's Executive Network and in 2023, as a Distinguished Alumni by the Faculty of Science at the University. She also serves as a board member at Sheridan College, in the role of Vice-Chair since 2023. Simone holds a Bachelor of Science & Business from the University of Waterloo's Coop Program and an MBA from The Schulich School of Business at York University.

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  • Snehal Patel

    Big Data and Analytics

    Big Data and Analytics

    With more than 10 years of consulting experience, Snehal focuses on helping large organizations unlock the full potential of their data through AI and analytics, and use it as an asset to drive profitability, reduce costs, mitigate risk. As a senior manager within Omnia AI, Deloitte’s AI Consulting practice, he specializes in advisory and large-program delivery to transform and mature enterprises across all aspects of data management, analytics, and AI.

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  • Stephanie Tavitian-Guthrie

    Masters Certificate in Workplace Performance and Learning

    As Director of the Wealth Learning team for BMO Wealth Management, Stephanie Tavitian-Guthrie is responsible for leading learning that enables BMO’s wealth professionals to be successful in their new and existing roles. Guiding a team of design, development and delivery professionals with a focus on learner experience first is evident in her approach – consultative leadership, human centered design and a commitment to elevate learning. She has over 27 years’ experience in the financial industry in various functions and roles ranging from sales leadership through to client experience and for the last 15 years she has led learning delivery, design and development teams within the company. Her personal passion for coaching is deeply entrenched in how she lives, works and volunteers as a certified Co-Active coach. When not working, you are certain to find her volunteering with her daughter’s swim club and cheering loudly so her daughter can hear her from the water!

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  • Stephen E. Weiss

    Financial Acumen

    Financial Acumen

    Steve Weiss is an international negotiation specialist. For more than 30 years, he has delivered high-level negotiation training in academic and corporate settings. Steve is an award winning instructor, and his popular Schulich international negotiation program features “mega-simulations” to reinforce key negotiation techniques. Steve will be facilitating the dynamic Canada-China negotiation simulation at this special event. Steve's extensive clients to-date include American Express Canada, AT&T, Babcock & Wilcox, Celestica, Dassault Aviation, and Purolator.

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  • Stephen Friedman

    General Management, People Leadership

    Management 1: The New Managers Course, Solving Complex Problems, Certificate in Strategic Agility, Schulich Mini-MBA: Essentials of Management, Leadership 2: Advanced Leadership for Senior Managers and Directors, Schulich Executive Presence, Management 2: The Advanced Managers Course, Masters Certificate in Management, Masters Certificate in Leadership, Leadership 1: Certificate in Leadership Skills for Supervisors and Frontline Leaders

    General Management, People Leadership

    Stephen specializes in teaching leaders and management professionals about various aspects of interpersonal communication, management skills and leadership development in the workplace. His extensive education experience includes online and live education. He is an award winning, Adjunct Professor of Organizational Studies at the Schulich School of Business at York University since 2000, where he teaches Organizational Behaviour, Team Development, Human Resource Management and Leadership in the BBA, MBA, Masters of Marketing, Masters of Management and Masters of Artificial Intelligence programs. Stephen has worked with groups and individuals across a broad range of industries Stephen’s casual and affable delivery style immediately puts his participants at ease and sets a unique interactive and engaging tone which has made him a sought after and repeat speaker, educator and coach for numerous organizations across Canada. His style is authentic, provocative, humorous and fun. He holds an M.A. and an Honours B.A. in Psychology. Additionally, Stephen Friedman is a skilled and recognized executive coach, facilitator and educator of leadership and management skills development, team development, organizational learning and human resource management for numerous organizations and individuals. His experience with in this area spans over 25 years.

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  • Stephen Gregory

    Sales

    Certificate in Sales Management

    Sales

    Since 1989, Steve Gregory has led IsaiX Technologies Inc., a firm specializing in sales organizational development and technology. Their methods and technology supporting sales and sales management, have had significant impact in organizations such as ATB, Merck, Michelin, GDI, KeyBank, TD Ameritrade and TD Bank. In 2012 he was invited to sit as a Director of Acerus Pharmaceutical Corporation, a TSX-listed specialty pharmaceutical company actively developing medications for men’s health. Steve is a graduate of Carleton University, with an undergraduate degree in Law and Political Science. In 2013 he completed the Rotman School of Management, Directors Education Program.

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  • Stephen McPhie

    Marketing

  • Steve Blane

    People Leadership

    People Leadership

    Steve is an award-winning training consultant and instructional designer with a specialty in (and passion for) elearning. He has worked in the training and development industry for close to 20 years and was the lead designer for two Canadian Society for Training and Development design awards. He also won the inaugural Iron Mouse award for Storyline design at the 2015 Institute for Performance and Learning (I4PL) awards. In addition to his work as a facilitator for the Masters Certificate in Adult Training and Development (MCATD), Steve has been a regular guest speaker at I4PL’s national conference and spring symposium, York University and various networking groups across the GTA.

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  • Steve Pulver

    Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Marketing

    Certificate in Leading Digital Transformation for Non Profits, Certificate in Business Essentials, Leadership 1: Certificate in Leadership Skills for Supervisors and Frontline Leaders

    Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Marketing

    Steve Pulver began his career in marketing and sales by selling cameras to pay his way through graduate school. Upon graduation he joined the more traditional marketing ranks at P&G. He then spent some time at CBS Records where he managed the Canadian launch of many of the '80s best selling artists. An opportunity to become a partner at a fledgling agency called Echo Advertising was too good to pass up and, in1987, Steve became a driving force in what would become one of the largest and most successful Canadian advertising agencies. Upon its sale in 2006, Steve turned to consulting and teaching, becoming a four-time teacher-of-the-year nominee at Canada’s #1 Business School, the Schulich School of Business at York University. A former stand-up comedian, Steve loves teaching as he says the audience has to pay attention and he gets to read his act! Steve’s entrepreneurial career continued at Mill Street Brewery where he helped to grow the business into the most successful craft brewery in Canada before it’s sale in 2015 to Anheuser Busch. Numerous other businesses attract his expertise, including a number started by former students, inspired by his passion and knowledge.

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  • Steven Bongard

    Healthcare

    Schulich Mini-MBA: Dentist Business Leadership Program

    Healthcare

    Dr. Steven Bongard obtained his DDS degree from the University of Toronto Faculty of Dentistry in 1986. His professional interest has been concentrated on all aspects of implant dentistry since 1995. He has extensive experience in implant placement, bone grafting procedures, and the prosthetic component of implant restoration. He has published and lectured nationally and internationally on implant placement, full arch rehabilitation and non-grafted immediate approaches to implant surgery. He presently maintains a dental practice in Toronto, Ontario, that is exclusive to the placement and restoration of dental implants. His recent focus has been on developing a community resource and training centre that can provide access to innovation, technology and advanced infrastructure, as well as support and mentoring, to the dental implant community.

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