CareerFinder Stakeholder Advisory Committee
With the much-anticipated launch of CareerFinder 2.0, we have formed a Stakeholder Advisory Committee (SAC) as of January 2023. Find out more about our members who will be enhancing the overall quality and usability of the platform!
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Sergey is currently Chief Customer Officer at SkyHive, a role in which his expertise in software and passion for client value shine through. In this role, Sergey and the Customer team work to scope out, solution, implement, and ensure customer satisfaction across Fortune 500 and Global 2000 organizations across 7 languages and global timezones. With one foot in the world of technology and the other in business, Sergey is excited about the transformative power of technology in helping to unlock human potential, fulfillment, and career development through artificial intelligence.
Having come from previous leadership positions in the not-for-profit and education sectors, Sergey’s values are closely aligned with SkyHive’s mission of building a future of inclusive work and social equality. Sergey is driven by the potential he sees in creating a lasting, meaningful, positive impact through SkyHive.
Fahimeh is an internationally trained professional who moved to Canada 10 years ago. Prior to moving to Canada, she worked in the education sector in three different countries, Iran, United Arab Emirates and Kenya. Fahimeh has an undergraduate degree in teaching and a graduate degree in management and like many newcomers to Canada, she decided to go back to school. In 2012, she earned a diploma in Career & Work Counselling.
Fahimeh has 8 years of work experience at ACCES Employment, a well-known non-profit organization in Toronto where she launched her career. At ACCES, she managed partnerships with employers, colleges, and the community. She led 4 different employment programs with a focus on supporting internationally trained professionals, including women and visible minorities.
Fahimeh’s passion is helping empower women, young girls, and advocate for diversity and inclusion. She also enjoy connecting with people and being a mentor to newcomers and helping them find their way in their new home.
Currently, Fahimeh works at York University where she leads employer engagement, partnerships, and events. Fahimeh is also a member of Equity Committee at York University and acts as a mentor with TRIEC.
Constance Exley (B.Ed, MES), Founder and CEO of Accessibility Services Canada, brings expertise and several years of experience delivering training workshops on the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) and related disability legislation. Over the last ten years, Accessibility Services Canada has worked with the provincial Accessibility Directorates to design and lead several province-wide education projects. Past project clients include the Ontario BIA Association, Ontario Nonprofit Network, Ontario Land Trust Alliance, Association of Ontario Health Associations, and Ontario Camps Association.
Katelynn has over eight years of experience in sales & relationship building as an individual contributor and team leader with traction and success in various industries, from conferences and events to wellness, higher education and technology in the diversity and inclusion space.
She is most passionate about relationships and the link between a business, its customers and the stakeholders within the company that drive its mission forward. She believes that when we improve our ability to relate and create empathy, understanding and compassion, we all win.
As a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and chef in her spare time, she helps individuals find more balance in their lives through health and wellness practices; she also brings her love for personal development into her professional life.
Maysa is an investor, advisor, and the founder and CEO of ScaleX, and the Cofounder of HearU. Fascinated by what IS possible, Maysa’s curiosity empowered her to grow a progressive and versatile career where she worked across several industries, leading and growing high-performing teams. From Financial Services to Tech, Maysa played a pivotal role in creating inclusive cultures and driving growth. Being an immigrant inspired Maysa to imagine and create workplaces that thrive because of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Mars (they/them) is a Data Analytics and Business Intelligence Student with a background of rehabilitation therapy, disability advocacy, and not-for-profit. They are currently in the middle of a career transition into technology and is enrolled in NorQuest College’s Autism CanTech! program. Mars is happy to be a part of the committee and is excited to provide a student and neurodivergent perspective.
Hasti is a dedicated student at York University pursuing a B.A., Hons. in Philosophy. As a Client Services Representative, Varsity Moot Team member, and Peer Mentor, Hasti utilizes her teamworking and leadership skills to assist students in job searching, career advice, and helps them develop their academic and personal success. She is also the Chief of Media and Outreach for Philosophia, and a Faculty Council Representative for the Student Council of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.
Cynthia Nonso is a versatile business leader with over 13 years of experience in business management. She has a proven track record of success in various roles that cuts across finance, operations, human resources, project management and strategic leadership. A newcomer to Canada, she moved here as a permanent resident with her family in December 2021. An avid learner who enjoys taking advantage of learning opportunities to enhance self development, she is a graduate of the Diversity Institute’s ADaPT program. She currently works as Recruitment Specialist for Scale Without Borders, where she helps immigrants in tech find employment in the Canadian Tech Industry.
Dan Olesen is a Senior Program Coordinator with CAREERS, living and working in Calgary, Alberta. Dan is driven to inspire a higher level of collaboration between industry, education, and the community. Sharing his experience, lessons of industry, and current market needs with more than 30,000 career seekers and their supports; Dan motivates career exploration through passion fueled workshops and public speaking events. A client focused reputation has helped connect more than 1,000 career seekers to 700 local employers for paid internships. Building a robust talent pipeline to better engage youth continues to increase employers’ and students’ retention to industry and fit-for-purpose.
In 2019, after more than 10 years of promoting the merit, value, and worth of apprenticeship training and the skilled trades, Dan began leading the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Program to increase awareness with youth to the horizon of career opportunities in areas of skill shortages within the tech ecosystem. Helping employers of choice inject youth into their businesses and industry markets. Values for teamwork, optimism, accountability, and a commitment to life-long learning are fused in all interactions with community stakeholders, to build strong vibrant communities.
The future of work depends on how we level up the connections between the traditional “tasks and responsibilities” with the priorities to a desirable quality of life. A balanced communication for community sustainability and business certainty, must start early in career education development with values-driven employers and partnerships at all levels of education to take on the future.
Nuha is a third-year student at York University interested in pursuing a career in the tech industry. As a student, the tools offered by CareerFinder can help students gain some knowledge about the tech industry especially with where to begin once they graduate. Nuha is happy to be a part of CareerFinder Stakeholder Advisory Committee to help enhance the platform so that other students find the various pathways and labour market demands within the tech industry!
Kerry Smith is the Senior Director for Metis Employment & Training, with the Manitoba Métis Federation. Through her education and experience, she has developed a strong foundation for assisting Indigenous people and families pursue greater opportunities.
For over 20 years, Kerry has been working for the Manitoba Metis Federation. She has been leading the areas of skills training, employment creation through economic development, youth development and education. Currently she leads a province-wide employment and training department with over 60 staff, providing services to thousands of Metis Citizens each year.
Kerry and her team have assisted over 40,000 Metis people achieve their training and employment goals through a wide variety of programs and services designed to assist Metis gain the skills needed to secure meaningful long term employment.
Over the years, Kerry has been part of the national negotiations for Indigenous strategies that enhance the lives of the Metis. Most recently, she has participated in developing several national strategies for education, early learning childcare, and housing.
Michael Willcox contributes to the analysis and development of labour market information in Canada. He brings experience in policy analysis and program evaluation from prior roles in the public sector.
His research interests are wide-ranging and include health, inequality, education and history of economic thought.
In his free time, Michael enjoys golfing, cycling and watching adventure sports from the safety of his home.