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Ron Alexandrowich

I have held senior positions in human resources and organization development where the focus has been on cultural transformation and organizational effectiveness.  I am an expert in human resources, leadership and change management, organizational design and strategy. 

I am the Past President of the Human Resources Professionals of York Region (Human Resources Professionals Association).  I am also a volunteer Disaster Management Instructor for the Canadian Red Cross and have had the opportunity to be the HR Manager for the Calgary/High River floods.

Courses taught:

  • International Human Resources Management
  • Human Resources Planning
  • Issues in Human Resources Management
  • Cross Cultural Management
  • Leadership and Management Skills
  • Organizational Development
  • Strategic Human Resources
  • Research Methods in Human Resources Management
  • Training and Development
  • Industrial Relations
   
Glenn Belanger

Email: belangerglenn@hotmail.com

Anna Blake

Email: ablake@yorku.ca

Gary Blake

Gary has many years of managerial and consulting experience in manufacturing, logistics, retail & wholesale, and head office environments. He has held positions such as Lean Six Sigma Champion, Director of Organizational Development, Manager Corporate Training, Production manager, and Director of Corporate Engineering.

With outstanding cross-functional experience, Gary has led many successful projects and change initiatives. Personal Six Sigma black belt projects in Head Office and logistics settings delivered $5 million savings. Lean value stream mapping projects in a Finance Division delivered major reductions in non value added work, and greatly improved cycle time. He designed a new Lean production facility using organizational development concepts and Lean tools, and supervised construction, delivering significant additional sales with same workforce. Gary delivered Lean Manufacturing training to this facility with a grant from the Yves Landry Foundation.

With 26 years of Organizational Development experience as a change manager, Gary is action-oriented to deliver results. His comfortable facilitation style is uniquely successful at motivating front line workers to achieve both personal and organizational goals.

With a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McGill University and a Master of Business Administration degree from York University, Gary is a course director teaching third year Human Resource Management topics in the HRM program at York University. He is a past Vice Chair and Chair of Governance Committee of the Board of Directors of the Ontario Service Safety Alliance.

Nadia DeGama

Email: ndegama@yorku.ca

Andrea Garson

Email: garson22@rogers.com

Althea Gordon
Althea Gordon

MHRM (York University)
BSc (Hon) (University of the West Indies – Mona)

Email: altheag@yorku.ca

Background:

Althea Gordon's academic background includes a BSc (Hon) in Management Studies at the University of the West Indies (Mona) and a Masters in Human Resources Management (MHRM) from York University.

Althea has several years of professional Human Resources experience in various strategic roles in the public sector and large scale multinational organizations.

Research Interest:

  • Gender and Collective Bargaining
  • Diversity in the Workplace
  • Intergenerational Workplace
  • Pay Equity
  • Workplace Bullying

Publication:

Gordon, A. (2011) "The time is ripe to fight employment ageism", HR Edge - The Magazine of Leading Edge Ideas in Human Resource Management, pp. 18-19

Amanda Hudson

Email: amandajh@yorku.ca

Keon Jordon

Email: keon.jordan075@gmail.com

Leigh Lampert

Email: leigh@leighlampert.com

Leigh Lampert serves as in-house Legal Counsel to Sears Canada, a large Canadian retailer. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Ryerson University and an Adjunct Professor of International Business and Human Resources at York University.

Previously, he served as an associate lawyer with a Toronto law firm, practicing immigration law and citizenship law and assisting multinational corporations and individuals with Canadian and US immigration and citizenship law, particularly relating to executive transfers in order to facilitate employment, business development and foreign investment.

Leigh received his LL.B. and M.B.A. from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Social Sciences from the University of Ottawa.

He previously worked as Special Advisor to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada. He has held similar positions with the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration and the Minister of National Defence. He has also worked for the federal Minister of Labour and the Deputy Prime Minister of Canada.

Leigh is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and has been associated with the Canadian Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Immigration Lawyers Association, and the Ontario Bar Association.

Vita Lobo

Email: vitalobo@yorku.ca

Linda Love
Linda Love

Email: lindalov@yorku.ca

Linda Love is Senior Director, Human Resources at The Insurance Institute of Canada. Her career includes 20 years of Human Resources experience in various industries including insurance (P&C and Life), pharmaceutical, service, health care and not-for-profit.

Linda's extensive background in Human Resources includes experience in Workplace Branding, Mergers and Acquisition, Change Management, Compensation and Benefits, Talent Management, Succession Planning, Leadership Development and the development of corporate HR strategies.

Educational/Professional Qualifications

MHRM, York University
BA, (Psychology) Queen's University
CHRP – Certified Human Resources Professional
Executive Human Resources Planning – Queen's University

Publications

Love, L. F., & Singh, P. (2011). Workplace Branding: Leveraging Human Resources Management Practices for Competitive Advantage Through "Best Employer" Surveys, Journal of Business and Psychology, 26, (2), 175-181.

Speaking Engagements

CCH – National Webinar – Employer Branding for Tomorrow's Workplace – June 11, 2009.

Sana Mojdeh
Sana Mojdeh

Email: sanamojdeh@gmail.com

1. Academic Background:

Sep. 2009 - July 2014: Ph.D. Candidate in Business Administration (Specializing in Information Systems), DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

Ph.D. Thesis: Understanding Knowledge Sharing in Web 2.0 Online Communities: A Socio-technical Study. Supervisor: Prof. Milena Head

Aug. 2007 - May 2009: M.Sc. in Information Technology and Management, Bryan School of Business and Economics, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, NC, USA

Master Thesis: Much Ado about Visualization: Investigating the Effects of Cognitive Style-based Dashboard Design on Information Visualization. Supervisor: Dr. H. R. Nemati

Sep. 2000 - Sep. 2004: B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering, Sharif University of Technology, Tehran, Iran

Senior Project: OLAP Applications. Supervisor: Prof. S. M. Khalesizadeh

2. Publications:

Mojdeh, S., Head, M. (2011) "Understanding Knowledge Sharing in Web 2.0 Online Communities", Proceedings of the 6th Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems, Cyprus.

Mojdeh, S. Nemati, R. H. (2008) "The Effects of Cognitive Style-based Dashboard Design on Dashboard Solutions Acceptance", Proceeding of 10th GITMA Conference, Mexico City, Mexico

Mojdeh, S. (2007), "Business Intelligence Vendor Selection: A Case Study for IranKhodro Automobile Manufacturing Co.", accepted for 4th International Conference on IT- New Generations (ITNG), Las Vegas, NV, USA

Mojdeh, S., & Etebari, M. (2005), "Supply Chain Performance Management: Use of OLAP", Best awarded paper, Proceeding of 2nd national Performance Management Conference, University of Tehran, Iran

Mojdeh, S. (2004), "Selecting Manufacturing Flexibility Dimensions with AHP based on Business Strategy", Proceeding of 1st International Industrial Engineering Conference, Tehran, Iran

3. Teaching Experience:

HR Research Methods (HRM4420) -York University Winter 2014
Business Applications (BAB220) - Seneca College Winter 2014

4. Honors & Scholarships:

McMaster University Graduate Scholarship for Doctoral Students (2009-2012)

Granted for full tuition-wavier for MSITM program, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (2007-2009)

Best awarded paper, 2ndt National Performance Management Conference, Tehran, Iran, May 2005

Ron Ophir

Email: ophir@yorku.ca

Ping Peng
Ping Peng

Course Director, Human Resources Management

MHRM (York University)
BAS (York University)
BA Honours (Guangxi University, China)

Background

Ms. Ping Peng holds a Masters Degree in Human Resources Management from York University. Ping has been a Part-time faculty member with the School of Human Resources Management since 2008. Ping has extensive Human Resources and Financial Management experience, particularly in the non-profit sector. In addition to teaching, Ping currently works in an administrative unit at York University, primarily responsible for the Human Resource management and Employee Relations of the Division. Prior to coming to York, Ping had held such positions as Director, Business Operations and Human Resources Management, and Director, Finance and Administration.

Ping's areas of interest include: Human Resources Management, Compensation, and Recruitment & Selection.

Selected Work and Publications:

2009 Pay Equity in Ontario: The case of a non-profit seniors service organization. Journal of Canadian Public Administration, Volume 52, No 4. December: 613–625. The Institute of Public Administration of Canada. (With P. Singh)

2010 Canada's bold experiment with pay equity. Gender in Management: An International Journal, Vol. 25 Iss: 7, pp.570 – 585. (With P. Singh)

Contact Information:

Office: 121 Atkinson
Email: ppeng@yorku.ca

Amanda Pettica-Harris

Email: amandah@yorku.ca

Amanda Peticca-Harris is a PhD candidate at York University's School of Human Resources Management. Her PhD dissertation is centered on exploring how yoga teachers in Canada experience a career calling. During her doctoral studies, Amanda has developed a number of core research interests, including work intensification, working conditions, and a critical exploration of the ethics of contemporary careers. Amanda has published in the Journal of Business Ethics and Journal of Management Development.

In addition to her academic achievements, Amanda also has over ten years of senior leadership experience as a strategic HR business partner in industries such as IT consulting, hospitality and luxury retail, for client groups across Canada and the United States. 

Anna Podesta-Da Silva, M.A.
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Anna Podesta da Silva is President of Desta Communications Inc. a consulting company that specializes in providing Team Development, Organizational Development, Change Management and Training services to both business and government. Desta Communication Inc. has been in operation providing services throughout North America since 1992.

She was also elected Brampton Catholic School Board Trustee for Wards 1,3 & 4 in 2010. Ms. Podesta has lead many large scale business transformation, change management and training projects for companies such as Bell Canada, Bell Mobility, Rogers Communications, Solectron, Bombardier, Scotia Bank, Ministry of Education, and the Ministry of Training, Colleges, and Universities and the United Way, to name a few.

Ms. Podesta is also a certified Leadership Coach. She is author of "The Coach Approach" which is a coaching methodology which helps business professional obtain their business and career goals. She is an innovative thinker and creative problem solver who take initiative and motivates individuals into action.

Ms Podesta received her Master's Degree from Central Michigan University and her area of research concentrated in the role of leadership for change. She is currently specializing in Team Development, working with companies to address conflict issues through the application of team development process concepts. Ms. Podesta's areas of knowledge include:

  • Business Improvement and Innovation
  • Organizational Design
  • Organizational Development
  • Project Management
  • Strategic Planning
  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Change Management
  • Leadership Development & Talent Management
  • Operational Framework Development
  • Training and Program Development
  • Human Resource Management
  • Human Resource Recruitment and Selection
  • Talent Management
  • Team Development
  • Performance Management

Indira Somwaru

Indira Somwaru (B.A., B.Ed., MBA, CHRP)

Indira Somwaru is a senior human resources professional and educator with a broad range of experience in both business and academic environments. Her business experiences spans a broad range of industries from publishing to real estate at senior levels of responsibility for the HR function. She currently teaches undergraduate and graduate level human resources management and general business courses to York University, University of Toronto and Seneca College students.

Indira also provides human resources management consulting services to organizations specializing in the development of training programs.

She is currently working on her PhD. in business focusing on the area of employee involvement in unionized organizations.

Christopher Sweeney

Christopher Sweeney, H.B.A., LL. B., is a graduate of Huron College, University of Western Ontario and Osgoode Hall Law School. He articled in the area of Civil Litigation at Lawson McGrenere, worked in Compliance at Royal Trust and as Contracts Administrator at the Canadian Film Centre, Short Dramatic Film Program.

He has mainly worked as a Provincial Prosecutor in Toronto, prosecuting and conducting appeals of numerous regulatory statutes. While at the Provincial Prosecutor's office, he was Acting Manager for a period of time, supervising prosecutors and support staff. He is a published author of five graphic novels for the educational market, has produced a number of one act plays and is currently hired to write a feature comedy screenplay. The subject matter of the screenplay is not inspired by any of his HRM students' exam answers.

This is his second year as a Sessional Lecturer.

Chris Upton

Email: cupton@yorku.ca

Lynne van Buskirk

Email: lynnevan@yorku.ca

Education:

Bachelor of Administrative Studies, York University
Masters of Public Administration (policy stream), Queen's University

Research:

Two main areas of research interest:

1) The interpretation of human rights codes and the impact of rights commission decisions in the workplace and society at large. Are their decisions fair and equitable; are they consistent from case to case; do they provide a reasonable expectation as to potential outcomes, as required under the rule of law?

2) Comparisons of diversity management in the public and private sector; impact of the implementation of public policy in both sectors; impact of accountability requirements and privacy legislation on diversity management.

Teaching:

School of Human Resource Management; 2009 to 2011
School of Administrative Studies; 1990 to 2008
Faculty of Arts, Division of Social Science 2005 to 2007

Teaching philosophy:

My goal in teaching is to draw students deeply into the subject matter and to encourage student participation so that they understand that they are an integral part of the teaching/learning experience.

Professional Experience: over 20 years of management experience in the following areas:
Human Resources Management: Change Management/Work Process Review; Operations Management; Systems Implementation/Management; Budget Management/Financial Planning

Lisa Violo
Lisa Violo

Lisa Violo is a Learning Consultant & Coach whose varied clients have included WIND Mobile and the Real Estate Council of Ontario (RECO).  Lisa has been teaching at York University since 2008. Lisa previously lectured at McMaster University's DeGroote School of Business.  Prior to consulting, Lisa's professional career included various roles within companies such as McMaster University, PepsiCo and Research in Motion.

Education & Professional Designations
Hons. Bachelor of Commerce, MacMaster University
Master of Business Administration (MBA), Brock University
Certificate in Human Resources Management, Seneca College
Masters Certificate in Adult Training and Development, Schulich School of Business Executive Education Centre
Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP), Human Resources Professional Association
Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP), Canadian Society for Training & Development

Other Interests
Lisa lives in Oakville with her husband and daughter.  In addition to her love for teaching, Lisa enjoys basketball, yoga, singing and camping. Lisa also volunteers with the Foundation for Prader-Willi Research Canada (FPWRC) which raises funds to find a cure for PWS, a rare genetic disorder.

Gordon(Qi) Wang

Email: gordwang@yorku.ca