Career Experts

Mentor Introduction

Mr. Yao

Work Experience

  • He is a Software development engineer in the Promotion Analytics Team (PAOS) at Amazon fulfillment Canada. PAOS is a small team in charge of the promotion quality of global Amazon events such as Prime day, Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Educational Background

  • He graduated with distinction from the program of Electrical & Computer Engineering at University of Waterloo

  • He was an elected student representative to the Engineering faculty for 3 consecutive terms. He was a member of the Waterloo Engineering Endowment Foundation Teaching Assistant

Mr. Kallas

Work Experience

  • With over 12 years of professional HR experience, currently a Senior Manager of Human Resources at CIBC Bank Headquarters, providing manpower support to over 200 banking centres in BC and Northern Canada

  • Former HR Manager at Best Buy, Staples, McDonald's and other leading companies in Canada West headquarters

Educational Background

  • SFU Beedie School of Business MBA

  • UBC Bachelor of Psychology with a minor in Criminology

  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University (Kwantlen) Bachelor of Human Resource Management

Mr. Kozak

Work Experience

  • He is currently the Owner/Principal of CopyCat Invest, he is the finance expert conducts company-specific research to understand company's business dynamics and fundamentals to analyze investment opportunities
  • After graduating from SFU, he started working for TD Bank (now TD Canada Trust) in the retail division as a Personal Banker. This has helped him to get in tune with client's investment needs and interests which landed him a Portfolio Manager role at North Growth Management a few years later, a prestigious investment firm in Vancouver, focused on Canadian and U.S. equities. Length of employment was 13.5 years

Educational Background

  • CFA Charter holder since 2003
  • Graduated from SFU with a BBA (Bachelor of Business Administration) with concentrations in Finance and Marketing
Mrs. Stevens

Work Experience

  • She is an award-winning Graphic Designer with over 20 years' experience creating engaging campaigns for organizations such as The BMO Vancouver Marathon, Vancouver Fashion Week, and the City of Victoria
  • In her current role at TransLink, she designs and develops experiential graphics, branded environments, and wayfinding information to improve the customer experience

 

Educational Background

  • In 2018, She was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award from her alma mater in recognition of her mentoring, volunteering, and career accomplishments
  • She holds two certificates in graphic design, and has studied Digital Marketing, Public Relations, Social Media Marketing, and Artificial Intelligence for Non-Programmers at BCIT
Mrs. Zhang

Work Experience

  • She is an experienced Executive Coach specializing in guiding students towards a successful career in the finance industry. Moreover, she coaches business professionals through challenges in workplace and personal situations
  • With over a decade of experience as a Finance Literacy Trainer from Vancity Bank, she is a skilled facilitator who has delivered numerous seminars regarding the non-profit sector across the Lower Mainland
  • She has effectively run many workshops in partnership with community organizations that work with newcomers to help them access to financial services. Her workshops cover a wide range of topics including basic banking, budgeting, taxation, credit, and contracts

 

Educational Background

  • Degree in Economics from Simon Fraser University
  • Graduate Certificate in Executive Coaching from Royal Roads University
Mr. Sun

Work Experience

  • He is a designated professional accountant holding CPA licenses in Canada, the United Kingdom and Hong Kong, China. As a tax partner/owner at Dougan Irwin & Associates, his primary focus has been on Canadian corporate, personal, trust tax planning and compliance for owner-manager businesses, corporate reorganizations, estate planning, CRA dispute matters and general business consulting
  • Prior to that, he was a district manager for 13 Subway Restaurants on Vancouver Island

 

Educational Background

  • He holds Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licenses in Canada, Great Britain and Hong Kong
  • He completed 3-year CPA Canada In-depth Tax program in 2019
  • He graduated from Vancouver Island University with a degree in Accounting
Mrs. Kvitka

Work Experience

  • She is an experienced digital marketing professional who helps brands and individuals achieve their goals by establishing a solid online presence through a variety of digital marketing channels

  • Outside of the corporate setting, she is passionate about digital personal branding - and loves to coach students on how to do it right

  • She is heavily involved in mentoring at different entrepreneurship development programs including George Brown College

 

Educational Background

  • Graduated with a Master of Science in Engineering from the National Metallurgical Academy of Ukraine. For almost 15 years, she has continued to succeed in the field of digital marketing
Mrs. Yung

Work Experience

  • She is skilled at business analysis and design, project management, agile methodology, facilitation and collaboration, database design and analysis, web programming and has the unique ability to speak business and technical languages to shape business needs and processes and into valuable technology solutions
  • Notable clients include: Herschel Supply Company, TREZ Capital, Chrysalix Venture Capital, TIMIA Capital, Fraser Health Authority, Provincial Health Services Authority, WorkSafe BC, Boeing Vancouver
  • Over 15 years of experience working in the business consulting field
  • Selected as an ambassador for the Vancouver Board of Trade between 2013 and 2016
  • Current board member of Women in Tech (CanWIT), a local organization

 

Educational Background

  • She is a Technology Consultant who holds an MBA with over 15 years of professional experience
Mr.Eng

Work Experience

  • He is a senior accounting professional earned his CPA, CGA accounting designation in 2001. His industry experience spans from municipal government such as the Resort Municipality of Whistler to retail at Best Buy Canada, to high tech, biotechnology, and his current role as assistant controller at Niradia group of companies, a conglomerate involving real estate development, construction, property management, and hospitality. His current duties include working as a team with other professional accountants to lead and manage the accounting department and processes within the organization
  • He is also part of the management team that makes strategic tax and business planning decisions to move the overall operations forward

 

Educational Background

  • B.Sc. in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from the University of Alberta
  • B.Arts from UBC with a major in Psychology
Mrs. Chow

Work Experience

  • Senior People Partner at OANDA, has been working in Human Resources for over 14 years
  • Majority of her career was in the tech industry in roles responsible for all aspects of human resources including performance management, benefits, payroll, recruitment, immigration and relocation, employee relations, and training and development

 

Educational Background

  • She graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration with a specialty in HR and International Business
  • Since then, she earned the CPHR and Compensation Management Specialist designations
Mrs. Hunter

Work Experience

  • Cyndi Hunter is a seasoned growth marketer and product designer based in Vancouver, B.C, focused on user experience (UX)
  • She has worked in the online dating space since March 2012 where she was an Advertising Executive at Plentyoffish.com (POF). While there, Cyndi played a key role in a team responsible for growing the number of active users domestically and abroad, as well as monetizing the site through ad sales
  • In three years, she helped Plentyoffish increase two impressive milestones: doubling its size, from 50 million users to 100 million, while reaching $100 million in revenue. This set POF apart as the world's largest free dating site, grooming it for acquisition by Match.com for $575 million dollars
  • Prior to her POF role, Cyndi was the Marketing Community Manager of the Canadian Yelp team where she learned the art of community management from the company that coined the term (and the role). During that time, she increased local online engagement by 30% while creating monthly, sold-out events for the growing Yelp community
  • Other notable experiences include doing media relations for NBC during the 2010 Olympics and consulting for innovative fin tech (financial technology) startups in NYC

Educational Background

  • Graduated from Thompson Rivers University with Bachelor of Arts, major in English
  • Graduate from British Columbia Institute of Technology with Certificate in Marketing and Public Relations Management
Mrs. Beresford

Work Experience

  • She is an accomplished human resources leader with over 20 years of success in enabling companies to achieve their business goals
  • As an HR Generalist, she has an extensive background in all areas of human resources and has worked in a wide variety of industries including high tech, union and professional services
  • In her current role at MCM architect, she is passionate about coaching leaders through change to bring about cohesive and engaged work environments
  • Expertise in engaging with ethnically and culturally diverse job seekers and being able to help them find opportunities to combine their skills with job placements

Educational Background

  • She enjoys supporting her community and loyal served in her Majesty's Canadian Naval. Reserve for 17 years, retiring as a Petty Officer First Class. Collen has a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Windsor, Ont.