Life After Trent: Mentor Program
The Alumni mentors for 2017 are listed here in alphabetical order, so please scroll down to see them all. Mentors in the Peterborough Community are listed after.
Alma Barranco-Mendoza, MSc Applications of Modelling in Natural & Social Sciences; BSc (Hons) Math & Computer Studies, '90 Chief Information Officer, Canadian Space Society
Julie Cayley, BSc (Hons) Environmental & Resource Science & Biology, '87 General Manager, Severn Sound Environmental Association
John Collinson, BSc Computer Studies and Environmental & Resource Studies, '90 Vice President, General Insurance Business Technology, TD Insurance, TD Bank Group
DJ Cunningham, BBA Administration and Policy Studies, '01 CEO, LEARNstyle Ltd.
Laura Dalloo, BA (Hons) History & Political Studies, '91 Legal Counsel, Department of Justice Canada
Chris Fleury, BA Political Studies and Environmental Studies, '09 Lawyer, BONN Law Office
Cathy Fooks, BA (Hons) Political Studies, '79 President and CEO of the Change Foundation
Chris Fountain, Economics, '94 CEO, Pita Pit Canada
Lynda Hanley, BA (Hons) Administration & Policy Studies, '85 Client Executive, IBM Canada
Mike Hendren, Bachelor of Business Administration, ‘04 Executive Director, Kawartha Land Trust
Dianne Lister, BA English, '71 Lawyer, Principal, The Dianne Lister Group
Evan Lyons, BA Political Studies and History, '12 Specialist, Analytics and Research, Business Intelligence, Interac Association
Winston Meyer, BSc Economics, '78 First Vice President and Portfolio Manager, CIBC Wood Gundy
Dr. Thomas Miller, BSc Chemistry, '82 Physician, Peterborough Regional Health Centre
Darren Murphy, BA Sociology ‘96 Vice President, Advertising Sales Community Markets POSTMEDIA
Suzana Pinto, BSc Computer Studies, ‘99 Communications and Web Manager, Faculty of Science at Ryerson University
Krista Scaldwell, BA Economics & Sociology, ‘86 Vice President, Public Affairs, Coca-Cola Canada
Allan Seabrooke, B.Sc. Geography, ’80, M.Sc. Watershed Ecosystems, ‘82 Chief Administrative Officer, City of Peterborough
Stephen Stohn, BA Economics, '66 President, Epitome Pictures Inc.
Laura Suchan, BSc Anthropology '84 Executive Director, Oshawa Museum
Robin Sundstrom, MA History, '78 President, IRonside Investor Relations
Patrick Thoburn, BA English, ‘84 Co-Founder, Matchstick Inc.
Julie Davis Vice President, External Relations and Advancement, Trent University
Alma Barranco-Mendoza, MSc Applications of Modelling in Natural & Social Sciences; BSc (Hons) Math & Computer Studies, '90
Chief Information Officer, Canadian Space Society
Bio coming soon
Julie Cayley, BSc (Hons) Environmental & Resource Science & Biology, '87
General Manager, Severn Sound Environmental Association
Bio coming soon
John Collinson, BSc (Hons) Computer Studies and Environmental & Resource Studies, '90
Vice President, General Insurance Business Technology, TD Insurance, TD Bank Group
John Collinson is the Head of General Insurance Business Technology for the TD Insurance business segment at TD Bank Group. He is based in Waterloo, ON with alternate offices in Toronto, ON and Montreal, QC that he visits several times per month. John is a strategic, collaborative and accountable member of the Bank’s executive leadership team and has held a number of progressively senior roles from entry level programmer analyst upon graduation from Trent in 1996 to his current role as the lead technology delivery executive for TD's Home and Auto Insurance business in Canada. While most of his career has been at TD Group, he spent six years working for other organizations, and brings a deep understanding of the Information Technology industry through his experience in corporate technology and professional services consulting including experience in all aspects of financial services, insurance, consumer packaged goods, manufacturing, retail sales and eCommerce. John has worked as a software developer, project manager, enterprise architect, shared technology services manager, IT auditor, and senior executive leader over the last 20 years. He is a strong champion for achieving an effective professional and personal balance and also prioritizes time to contribute to the community. He is a certified and active soccer referee and has contributed numerous hours over the last two decades to the coaching, officiating and leadership of soccer organizations in Ontario.
DJ Cunningham, BBA Administration and Policy Studies, '01
CEO, LEARNstyle Ltd.
DJ Cunningham is the co-founder and CEO of LEARNstyle Limited, a multi-million dollar Canadian technology training and app development company. LEARNstyle is now Ontario's fastest growing learning company and the largest provider of direct to student educational training services in the province. Both the company and DJ have received numerous accolades and recognition for the work they do supporting learning in education and in business. This has included being named by MaRS Discovery District Education Changemaker, as well as being named to the Tech fast 50 community for the past 3 years. DJ has been asked to key note numerous education and technology conferences across the country. LEARNstyle is recognized as a premier Canadian training partner for both Microsoft and Google. DJ was also recently a featured speaker in a TEDX talk.
Laura Dalloo, BA (Hons), History & Political Studies, '91
Legal Counsel, Department of Justice Canada
Bio coming soon
Chris Fleury, BA (Hons) Political Studies & Environmental Studies, '09
Lawyer, BONN Law Office
Chris Fleury is a lawyer practicing in Hastings, Prince Edwardfd and Northumberland Counties. Chris’ practice is restricted to insurance litigation on behalf of injured plaintiffs and criminal litigation on behalf of those charged with Criminal Code offences. Chris finds meaning in speaking truth to power on behalf of his clients, whether this involves insurance companies or police officers and Crown attorneys. After graduating from Trent Chris attended Law School at Osgoode Hall in Toronto. During his law school years Chris was a Division Leader in the criminal law division of the school’s Legal Aid clinic. He was also involved in several local community organizations and received awards from the law school for his community service. Chris is a member of the Ontario Trial Lawyers Association, the Criminal Lawyers Association and the Hastings County Law Association. Volunteering and giving back to the community are extremely important to Chris. He enjoys volunteering with the local brain injury association. When he is not practicing law Chris tries to stay active at his local CrossFit box.
Cathy Fooks, BA (Hons) Political Studies, '79
President and CEO of the Change Foundation
Ms. Fooks is President and CEO of The Change Foundation which is dedicated to independent analysis and informed debate on current and emerging health issues. Prior to the Foundation, she was the founding Executive Director of the Health Council of Canada where she was responsible for reporting to Canadians about health care renewal. She has also held executive positions with the Canadian Policy Research Networks, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario and the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. She has over twenty years’ experience in health policy and research, government affairs and media relations and has written numerous articles and reports on the Canadian health care system. She has completed the Executive Program in Change Management at the Rotman School of Management and the Executive Program in Strategic Perspectives for Non-Profit Management at the Harvard Business School. In addition, she has been a member of numerous Boards and committees, including The Micherner Institute, Cancer Care Ontario, Health Links Advisory Committee, and the Women's College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care. Cathy has a Master’s Degree in Political Science from Queen's.
Chris Fountain, Economics, '94
CEO, Pita Pit Canada
Chris embraced the position of CEO in Canada in 2009 when his management team acquired Pita Pit Canada. He enjoys inspiring and educating motivated individuals into entrepreneurs and community leaders while leading a dynamic Canadian born brand and its enthusiastic partners. The Pita Pit began as a single outlet in Kingston, Ontario in 1995 and has grown to over 600 locations in 11 countries. Chris opened his first business when he was 21 years old and has lead a serial entrepreneurial life ever since. Pita Pit is uniquely positioned as a healthy alternative in the fast casual restaurant space.
Lynda Hanley, BA (Hons), Administration & Policy Studies, '85
Client Executive, IBM Canada
Lynda is a senior sales executive at IBM. In her current position as a Client Executive, she is responsible for solution selling to the Marketing, Personal and Commercial areas of Bank of Montreal. She is based in Toronto with responsibility for both BMO and BMO Harris in Chicago. Lynda’s depth of experience in relationship selling, and customer centric focus has allowed strong business development activities leveraging the best of innovation at IBM. Information technology is a rapidly evolving and highly fluid industry. To help her customers succeed, she must bring the best of cloud, mobile, analytics, cognitive, and emerging digital technologies to help make significant impact to her customers business results and impact in the marketplace. Working collaboratively across multiple stake holders, differing priorities, products, channels and approaches takes a seasoned professional to navigate and demonstrate repeated successful outcomes. Lynda has rounded out her professional career with business opportunities in Egypt, philanthropy opportunities in education, business innovation coaching, and social causes. When not spending two with her two children, Lynda enjoys active sports and has enjoyed adventure travel in Africa, Europe, North America and Nepal. Through extracurricular activities , Lynda has become certified as ski instructor, hockey coach and adult educator.
Mike Hendren, Bachelor of Business Administration, ‘04
Executive Director, Kawartha Land Trust
Mike Hendren has a keen interest in community, business and organizational development. He grew up in a family business environment and completed a Business Administration Degree from Trent University; a Masters in Urban and Regional Planning from Queen’s University; and is a registered professional planner. His volunteer, academic and work experiences span all three sectors and blend his interests in business and community development with a focus on real estate, urban planning, fundraising and conservation. Mike joined Kawartha Land Trust as Executive Director in late 2009. During his tenure he has led the development of the organization, its mission and structure. Kawartha Land Trust is now recognized as a community leader with strong and diverse resources, a committed team of volunteers, partners and core staff, as well as a proven track record in achieving collaborative community and capital projects in excess of $5M. Mike recently completed two terms as Chair of the Board of the Ontario Land Trust Alliance and while he sometimes dabbles in music, Mike spends much of his free time in the outdoors, primarily in his own backyard of the Kawarthas.
Dianne Lister, BA (Hons) English, '71
Lawyer, Principal, The Dianne Lister Group
Ms. Lister is a lawyer and has held senior roles in Canada’s charitable sector since 1986. Currently Ms. Lister is a senior associate at the Hutchinson Group, with a focus on talent development, leadership assessment and executive coaching. Previously, Dianne was the President and CEO of the ROM Governors, responsible for all philanthropic, sponsorship and stewardship programmes, and governance of the public foundation. Prior to joining the ROM in 2011, Dianne was the Vice President, External Relations and Advancement for Trent University (2006-2011). The Dianne Lister Group was launched in 2003, and Ms. Lister and her four associates provided strategic counsel on governance, organizational audits and competitive analysis while offering CEO coaching and Board development programmes. From 1991-2003, Ms. Lister worked with the SickKids Foundation, first as Executive Vice-President and COO, then as President and CEO. Ms. Lister was the first Canadian to receive the prestigious International Fundraising Executive of the Year award (2002) and the first non-practicing lawyer to receive the Ontario Bar Association’s John Hodgson Award for Community Leadership (2004). In 2006, she was honoured as a Distinguished Alumni of Trent University. In September 2011, she was also named one of Canada’s Top 25 Women of Influence.
Evan Lyons, BA (Hons) Political Studies and History, '12
Specialist, Advanced Analytics and Fraud Risk, Interac Association
Evan Lyons is leading the integration of market research and business intelligence as an Advanced Analytics Specialist at Interac Association. His role with Interac involves merging the collective value of both market research and business intelligence to provide the organization with robust data solutions. In creating such reports, the organization is able to make stronger business decisions based on strategic knowledge of both the company internally, and the market as a whole. Mr. Lyons is an innovative, collaborative and dedicated individual who is using his unique skill set to disrupt and rejuvenate the world of market research and business intelligence. Despite being relatively new to the corporate world, he has been recognized by business leaders for his enthusiasm and innovative approach to data analytics. As a result, Mr. Lyons is helping other small businesses understand and take advantage of their valuable data, and sits on the board of advisors for an award winning Tech Company. He is a regular guest speaker at industry conferences and university/college events. Evan also sits on the Client Side Research Council, a national board focused on innovation and student integration into professional research. Mr. Lyons strives to live a healthy, happy, well-balanced lifestyle by being actively involved in his community. Mr. Lyons has founded an annual scholarship in Peterborough for a student graduating from his former high school. He is a part of Sunnybrook’s Next Generation team, a co-chair of the Community Events Committee at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and is involved in alumni and mentorship programs at Wilfrid Laurier University, Trent University and Humber College. Evan holds a Master's Degree in International Relations from Wilfrid Laurier.
Winston Meyer, BSc (Hons) Economics, '78
First Vice President and Portfolio Manager, CIBC Wood Gundy
Mr. Meyer has established himself as a leading investment strategist through 30 years with CIBC Wood Gundy, as the head of The Meyer Small Financial Group. His team is responsible for managing in excess of $200 million in client assets. They offer a full range of financial services and products. He is also a proud community leader and volunteer. He has served on numerous Boards and Committees. Presently he is President and Chair of the Board of Community Door, a not-for-profit company he helped create. It provides accessible and economical shared space facilities for charities and not-for-profit organizations that annually provide assistance to over 50,000 clients in need. Mr. Meyer has received numerous awards, most notably the prestigious June Caldwood Award for Volunteerism by the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration on behalf of the Government of Ontario, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and the Spirit of Trent Award. Mr. Meyer also holds an M.B.A. from Queen’s University, the Chartered Investment Manager designation and is a certified Elder Planning Counsellor.
Dr. Thomas Miller, BSc (Hons) Chemistry, '82
Physician, Peterborough Regional Health Centre
While completing his degree at Trent, Dr. Miller was also a varsity rower, a Junior Senator, President of Peter Robinson College Cabinet and co-founded the first chapter of Trent Student Pugwash. After Trent he studied for a M.Sc. at the University of Manchester and then returned to Canada to work as a Health Policy Analyst for Health Canada. He studied medicine at McMaster University, and completed his Family Medicine residency at McMaster in 1993. During that time he became a member of the research team for the “Health of Children in War Zones Project,” acting as the Principal Investigator for the Gaza Child Health Survey. In 1998 he returned to Peterborough to work as an emergency physician at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC). From 2003 to 2011 he held the positions of Chief or Medical Director of Emergency Services at the PRHC. This past year Dr. Miller earned the Canadian Certified Physician Executive (CCPE) designation and is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at Queen’s University. In addition he has was Co-Chair of the Carol Love Rowing/Paddling Tank funding committee for Trent Athletics, was Chair of the Arts, Culture and Advisory Committee for the City of Peterborough and is currently a member at large on Trent University's Board of Governors.
Darren Murphy BA Sociology ‘96
Vice President Advertising Sales Community Markets POSTMEDIA
A dynamic sales leader that is people and results focussed Darren is the now the Vice President of sales for POSTMEDIA Community Markets - a position with a national scope overseeing more than 25 divisions and 135 Advertising staff. A collaborative and strategic leader Darren is a member of the Senior Leadership team for POSTMEDIA. Recipient of Trent University’s Young Leader Award in 2007 Darren has held progressively senior roles within media organizations since graduation. Named Publisher at the age of 29 Darren was the youngest publisher of a daily newspaper in Canada at the time. Darren acted as Publisher, The Peterborough Examiner from 2006-2010 and was most recently Vice President, Advertising for the Toronto SUN. In his current role Darren is responsible for leading the transition of a large media sales organization through a period of significant disruption as the organization pivots from a traditional newspaper company to a leader in digital solutions. Darren has been active on a number of local boards including the United Way and MusicFest. A father of 2 teenagers Darren enjoys time with his wife of 17 years at their home in Peterborough County.
Suzana Pinto, BSc (Hons) Computer Science and Mathematics, '99
Communications and Web Manager, Faculty of Science, Ryerson University
Suzana Pinto is a three-time award winning communications professional for her work producing creative, innovative and high quality promotional videos. Currently, as the Communications and Web Manager for the Faculty of Science at Ryerson, she plays a key role in strategically building and enhancing the Faculty's reputation and visibility in science education through print, digital, and web communications. Previously, she was with the Faculty of Science at York University where she led initiatives to enhance internal communications, external relations to media, government and the general public, and redesigned and redeveloped the Faculty's website. Suzana also worked for the Waterloo Institute for Nanotechnology (WIN) at the University of Waterloo where she managed external relations and events to establish WIN as a global centre of excellence for nanotechnology and its applications. Suzana is a strong advocate for women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). She volunteers to teach how to program/code and mentors students in non-traditional science career paths such as science communications. During her time at Trent, Suzana was a member of many clubs and groups, founded the undergraduate computer science club, was a work/study student for Alumni Affairs, and participated in intramural soccer. To gain experience, she worked for the Ministry of Environment as a data management technician and the Ministry of Natural Resources as a junior systems developer through the Ontario Summer Experience Program. Suzana has a Master's in Management Sciences from the University of Waterloo.
Krista Scaldwell, BA (Hons) Economics & Sociology, ‘86
Vice President, Public Affairs, Coca-Cola Canada
Krista is currently the Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications for Coca- Cola Canada. Previously she has held the same role at Johnson & Johnson Consumer Group of Companies in Canada and at Bristol Myers Squibb Canada. She has more than a decade of public affairs and communications experience in Canada and has worked on projects in Latin America and Asia Pacific as well as the US. Prior to industry she was a senior political staff in the Ontario Government. Krista has more than 20 years of non-profit experience both in management and at the board level. Non-profit board and fundraising experience includes the Canadian Cancer Society, the Ontario Lung Association, Durham Abilities Centre, Durham Mental Health Services and various political campaigns and fundraising events. As well, she has corporate board experience with the Toronto Port Authority. Currently she is a member of the Selection Advisory Board of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, the chair of the Board of Action Against Hunger Canada and a member of the Blue Ribbon Committee of the Greater Toronto Airport Authority. Krista represents Coca-Cola Canada on the board of the Canadian Beverage Association. Krista has an Executive MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.
Allan Seabrooke, B.Sc. (Hons) Geography, ’80, M.Sc. Watershed Ecosystems, ‘82
Chief Administrative Officer, City of Peterborough
Allan Seabrooke is the Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Peterborough, providing daily administration and long-term leadership to a City population of 80,000. The position oversees a staff of 1,010 and a budget of $313 million, delivering a broad range of services to residents. He is an accomplished senior government administrator with over 25 years of Canadian municipal and provincial experience, coupled with private sector business partnership experience. Prior to joining the City of Peterborough, he has served as a Commissioner of Community Services in Waterloo and Markham and is the former Chief Administrative Officer for Otonabee Region Conservation. In addition to Bachelor and Master’s Degrees from Trent University, he has completed the Queens University School of Business Executive Leadership Program and was awarded the Accredited Municipal Clerk Treasurers professional designation. He has held elected appointments as President of several professional organizations in the parks and recreation field, and significant numbers of publications in professional journals and conference/seminar speaking engagements in North America. He is a certified and active basketball referee, baseball and hockey coach and has contributed numerous hours over the years to coaching and officiating these sports.
Stephen Stohn, BA Economics, '66
Executive Producer, Degrassi
Stephen is Executive Producer of the award-winning series Degrassi and has executive produced many other projects previously, including Open Heart; The L.A. Complex; Instant Star; The Juno Awards broadcast; the digital series Live @ The Orange Lounge; and many of their related websites, webisodes, new media and social media initiatives. He is also a founding partner of Stohn Hay Cafazzo Dembroski Richmond LLP, where he provides strategic legal advice to performers, advertisers, merchandisers, multimedia creators, broadcasters and film and television producers. Stephen was inducted in 2011 into the Canadian Music and Broadcast Industry Hall of Fame. He is active in lobbying for reform of Canada's copyright laws, is a Director, Member or Founder of a number of cultural industry associations, and appears as an expert witness before the Copyright Board of Canada. Stephen is currently Chairman of the Board of Orange Lounge Recordings. He is also a Director of the Canadian Retransmission Collective, ISAN Canada, and the Producers’ Audiovisual Collective of Canada. Stephen was previously a Partner for 10 years with McCarthy Tétrault LLP, and holds degrees from University of Toronto Law School (J.D., 1977) and Trent University (B.A., 1969). Stephen values greatly his relationship with Trent, where in 2007 he was recognized as a Distinguished Alumni, and in 2015 received a D.Litt. (honoris causa).
Laura Suchan, BSc (Hons) Anthropology '84
Executive Director, Oshawa Museum
Laura Suchan is Executive Director of the Oshawa Community Museum where she has been balancing budgets and writing business plans for 25 years. In addition to her degree from Trent, Ms. Suchan has a Master’s Degree from York and also holds an Adult Teaching and Training Certificate from Durham College. She has taught oral history at Trent University and Durham College. One of her research interests is female education in the 19th century and early gravestones. Ms. Suchan has self published two books, Memento Mori: Classifying Nineteenth Century Ontario Gravestones and Writing Memoirs for Fun and Profit. She has also written extensively on local history and memoir writing. She has been a member of the Writers Community of Durham region for over10 years. She is a member of the Lunchtime Talkers Toastmasters Club, the Abandoned Cemeteries Committee for Clarington and is President of the Trent University Alumni Association for Oshawa/Durham.
Robin Sundstrom, MA History, '78
President, IRonside Investor Relations
Robin Sundstrom is president of IRonside Investor Relations, a communications firm serving small- and mid-cap clients. Robin has counselled companies for more than 20 years, supporting her clients’ financing and marketing needs by delivering clear, crisp content, sound strategic advice, and strong PR. With a BA in history from the University of Toronto, an MA in medieval history from Trent, and a graduate degree in psychology from the Institute of Child Study, her academic background is diverse, and she has taught history, women’s studies, and political science at the university levels. Robin focuses on governance, ethical business practices, risk management and sustainability and her client base includes health sciences, alternative finance, big data, and environmental companies. Her board work includes Women Entrepreneurs of Canada, Sagittarius Capital Corp., the Cleantech Angel Network, the Massey Centre and the Board of Governors for Trent University.
Patrick Thoburn, BA (Hons) English, '84
Co-Founder, Matchstick Inc.
Patrick Thoburn is a co-founder of Matchstick Inc.: an independent social media marketing agency that builds Social Brands. Since 2001 they have leveraged the power of consumer word of mouth for their client’s brands. They believe that the most powerful selling of products and ideas take place not marketer to consumer, but consumer to consumer. In addition, Mr. Thoburn is a frequent speaker on social media marketing at conferences and universities in Canada and the United States and is past Co-Chair of the Word of Mouth Marketing Association’s Member Ethics Advisory Panel. He has more than a decade of consumer marketing industry experience, most of it with leading and emerging platforms in digital and social media. Prior to Matchstick Mr. Thoburn was Director of Research at Toronto-based Youth Culture. He is a lawyer by training and was named one of Canada’s most influential marketers on Marketing Magazine’s Power 100 List.
(Individuals that work in the Peterborough Community that are interested in mentoring students)
Vice President, External Relations and Advancement, Trent University
Julie’s career has spanned the private, not-for-profit and institutional sectors with a focus on marketing and communications, strategic leadership, fundraising and stakeholder engagement. Working at Unilever Canada and Quaker Oats she developed international marketing strategies, led innovative consumer research projects, developed award winning advertising and multi-media campaigns, and spearheaded new product development. Moving into the charitable sector she led the Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation to raise more than $35 million over nine years, including two capital campaigns and their first million dollar gift. As Vice President External Relations and Advancement at Trent University she worked across the University to develop a new institutional brand positioning, rejuvenate the relationship with the community, lead the 50th anniversary celebrations and is currently working to complete the $50m campaign, the largest in Trent’s history. Julie is seen as a community builder, motivational speaker, insightful strategist and authentic leader.