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Alumni Council

With over 180,000 alumni globally, Seneca's Alumni Council was launched in October 2013. This exciting group shines a spotlight on our extraordinary alumni, both here and around the world, as they have excelled in the classroom and in their careers.

The members will advise on alumni programs, become ambassadors in the community, share experience and expertise, and provide leadership as mentors to current students and recent graduates. In addition, the Council will support the college's fundraising and outreach efforts.

We sincerely thank our Alumni Council for staying engaged and committed to Seneca.

President

Steve Linthwaite

Steve Linthwaite

Steve graduated from the Aviation and Flight Technology diploma in 1985. He is the Vice-President, Flight Operations at Jazz Aviation. Steve began his career as a pilot for Austin Airways, and has extensive experience as a captain of the Dash-8 and CRJ aircrafts. During his time as a pilot with Jazz, Steve has held various representational positions within the Air Line Pilots Association. He was appointed Director of Flight Operations at Jazz in January of 2006. He has also led the development of the Jazz/Seneca cadet program that allows third year Bachelor of Aviation students to gain direct entry into the airline’s hiring pool.


Legacy Leaders

Helen Szumigaj

Helen Szumigaj

Helen graduated from the Business Administration program in 1983. She is the Director of Sales, Dairy and Culinary USA, Food Service National Accounts and Custom Products Canada for Kerry Ingredients and Flavours. Helen is responsible for the creation of food solutions for private label brands catering to retail and food service partners. Her strong commitment to volunteerism has twice earned her the Ontario government’s Volunteer Service Award. Helen is a member of the Women’s Food Service Forum, Women’s Executive Network, as well as a member of Women in Food Industry Management. She is a past member of Seneca’s Board of Governors and former chair of the College’s Business Advisory Committee.


Fabio Rotondo

Fabio Rotondo

Fabio Rotondo is a Laboratory Manager and Research Associate in the Department of Laboratory Medicine, Division of Pathology at St. Michael’s Hospital. He is also the Laboratory Manager and a Research Associate at St. Michael's in the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science. After graduating from Seneca’s Biological Research Technology program, Fabio began researching pituitary tumors and their causes, and relaying information to improve patient care. He has contributed to 86 peer reviewed publications, lectured at international medical conferences, mentored countless students pursuing careers in health science and medical research, and participated in studies with doctors and researchers worldwide.


Colin DMello

Colin D’Mello

Colin graduated from the Journalism-Broadcast program in 2005. He is an award-winning field reporter and the weekend co-anchor for CTV News at Six in Toronto. Prior to joining CTV, Colin spent four years as an anchor and City Hall reporter at 680 News. He has also served as an announcer with News 91.9 in Moncton and 1310 News in Ottawa. Throughout his career, Colin has covered various major stories, including the 2010 G20 protests in Toronto and the 2012 VIA train derailment in Burlington. He was born in Kuwait and came to Canada when he was 12.


Mohsen Sabet

Mohsen Sabet

Mohsen, an international student, graduated from the Mechanical Engineering – Tool and Die program in 2007. After graduation, Mohsen was hired by Concept Tooling & Manufacturing as a junior detailer/designer. In 2010, he was recognized by the Government of Ontario as an outstanding professional in the field of mechanical engineering. Mohsen was also selected by the Ministry of Research and Innovation to discuss business opportunities with newcomers and investors in the mechanical sector. Mohsen is a member of Seneca’s program advisory committee at Jane Campus.


Winston Stewart

Winston Stewart

Winston graduated from the Law Enforcement (now Police Foundations) program in 1992 and is a co-founder of Wincon Security and Investigative Services. He started the private security company with a $10,000 investment from his mother more than 14 years ago. Today, the Markham-based firm employs more than 40 people and provides security services to the Town of Markham, the York Region School Board and Toronto Community Housing. While studying, Winston was fully intending to become a police officer, but once he learned about the growing field of private security he decided to change his career focus. Winston has been nominated for a Premier’s Award and is a recipient of the College’s Distinguished Alumni Award.


Henry Zhang

Henry Zhang

Henry graduated from the Computer Networking program in 2000. Initially, he came to Canada from China to study at Seneca’s English Language Institute. Henry then leveraged his subsequent credentials in computer networking and technical support into a successful career in real estate. Today, Henry is Vice-President of Landpower Real Estate Ltd. in Markham, where he oversees multi-million dollar transactions with clients from around the world.


Jo Gomes

Jo Gomes

Jo graduated from Social Service Worker program in 1998. She is a Seneca professor and a group facilitator at York Region’s Addiction Services where she assists women with substance abuse problems. Jo is a former counsellor at Yellow Brick House and has held several positions in the social service field, including volunteer co-ordinator, group facilitator, crisis referral worker, health counselor, employment counsellor and relief worker. Jo has also volunteered with the Centre for Housing and Accommodations, the Anti-Racism/Anti-Oppression Committee for Yellow Brick House, Pride York, Take Back the Night and International Women’s Day. Jo received the Premier’s Award in 2012—only the eighth Seneca graduate to be honoured.


Paul Cannis

Paul Cannis

Paul graduated from the Business Administration—Human Resources program in 2003. He began his career at Teranet Inc. as a HR co-ordinator and was exposed to the multiple facets offered in an HR environment. Now, as a Senior Human Resources Generalist at Pharma Medica Research Inc., he has been able to establish himself as a key contributor within the clinic environment. Paul was a member of the Seneca Sting Varsity Soccer Team.


Career Builder

Matthew Wood

Matthew Wood

Matthew graduated from the Police Foundations program in 2008 and played varsity rugby with the College for two seasons. He is now the Team Leader for the Physical Security Operations department at TD Bank. He has also been employed with the Canadian Forces Army Reserve for more than 10 years and was recently promoted to the rank of Sergeant. As well, he served in Kandahar as part of the Psychological Operations team, and his battle group received the Governor General Commander-in-Chief Unit Commendation. Matthew was also selected as the 32 Canadian Brigade Group Soldier of the Year in 2009.


Jesse Weeks

Jesse Weeks

Jesse graduated from the police foundations program at Seneca's King City Campus in 2002. He was immediately hired with the Toronto Police Service and has worked as a Constable in various divisions over the past 11 years. Last year, Jesse founded "Project O" - a bootcamp that teaches at-risk youth about discipline and fitness. Jesse is currently on an extended leave from the police to pursue a career as a pop songwriter. Jesse's songs have been recorded by artists in various parts of the world, been featured in television shows/ commercials and also won multiple song contests. Jesse lives downtown Toronto but frequents Vancouver, Los Angeles & Nashville to collaborate with some of today's top songwriters.


Recent Graduate

Anna Mielnik

Anna Mielnik

Anna is a third year Fire Protection Engineering Technology student. She is the Vice-President of Education for the program’s Fire Protection Student Association which works to create networking opportunities for students and industry professionals. Anna was recently accepted to a specialized co-op placement with Toronto Transit Commission. Upon graduation, Anna hopes to work as a fire prevention officer or as a fire safety consultant.


Augusto Mari

Augusto Mari

Augusto, an international student, graduated with honors from the Business Administration, Management program in 2010. During his studies, Augusto was involved in student life as President of the Latin American Student Association, as a SMILE mentor and ambassador with the Seneca Student Federation and the International Student Centre. He is currently an educator for lululemon athletica and is working on building a company focused on relationship-building development programs.