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Faculty & Mentors

Some of our outstanding Faculty and Mentors…

Peter Constantinou, PhD

Peter Constantinou is one of Canada’s leading public policy practitioner academics. He was awarded the President’s University-wide Teaching Award at York University and is a five-time winner of the teaching award at the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. As a professor in the School of Public Policy and Administration at York University, his research focuses on political acuity, stakeholder engagement, public management and government relations. He is also a recognized leader in experiential education, pedagogy and higher education.

Sanjay Dhebar, MBA

Sanjay is an adjunct faculty member in the Schulich School of Business at York University and the University of Salzburg Business School in Austria. His teaching focus includes sales/marketing, strategy and government and builds on his decade-long international teaching experience and his expertise in developing cutting-edge experiential curriculum design. Recently he published his book Tool Box for Performance Driven Leaders to compliment his keynotes on this topic.

Jamal Hejazi, PhD

Jamal serves as the Chief Economist for BDO Canada LLP where he heads up the firm’s Economics practice. He works with various stakeholders in Asia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa regarding implementation of good tax regimes and improvement of performance across taxing agencies. For the last 16 years, he has also worked with governments around the world to solve tax disputes with leading companies and has taught in various institutions related to leadership and cross-cultural matters.

Valerie Lopes, PhD

Valerie is focused on engaging students as active participants in learning. She has extensive expertise in professional learning and faculty development, the design and development of outcomes-based curriculum and courses as well as researching and implementing technology that enables learning experience. In addition to her many publications in the field, she has practical experience designing and developing curriculum for colleges, universities and institutes worldwide.

Maria Shibaeva-Escarraga, MBA

Maria is an award-winning executive‐level business leader with a passion and expertise for developing communications that win the hearts and minds of the audience. She has 13+ years of teaching/public speaking experience across multiple universities (most recently having joined the faculty at the University of Toronto), industries and countries – helping students and young professional entrepreneurs to advance their personal and business goals. She also has over a decade of independent strategic business consulting experience.

Michel Shah, MSc, CTDP, PMP

Michel Shah is an experienced educator, speaker, coach and consultant who has been a leader supporting the development of personal and interpersonal skills for more than 20 years. She is the founder and CEO of The UpSkill Corporation Inc. where she facilitates UpSkilling conversations in organizations across Canada. She is also the author of Explorations in Career Development: Personal and Professional (2019), and UpSkill: Soft Skills and Professional Development Essentials (2021), published by McGraw-Hill Education.


Victor Ajileye, MBA

Product Manager @ TD Bank


Aditi Austin, MBA

Manager, Advisory Services @ KPMG Canada


Rachel Dasendran, MBA

Manager, Management Consulting @ KPMG Canada


Gary Kimmel

Field CTO & Director of Enterprise Architecture @ Salesforce (USA)


Asmita Maiti, MBA

Senior Manager, Customer Growth Strategy @ Scotiabank


Ohita Odu-Thomas, MMIE

Senior Manager, Process Re-engineering (Technology & Operations) @ RBC


Kiki Oyerinde, IMBA

Generalist, ESG Client Experience @ RBC


Iyngaran Panchacharam, BEng

Senior Manager, Data and Analytics Strategy @ PwC


Utkarsh Pandey, BSc

Automation Technical Specialist @ IBM


Felipe Priuli, MBA

Senior Manager Crypto Assets @ RBCx


Sasan Zadeh, MBA

Engagement Manager @ PwC