Meet our Seneca International Team
The Seneca International team embraces people from all over the world. Many of the team have been Seneca students themselves and are always ready, not only to help and assist, but also to share their stories and advice from their personal experiences. Seneca International is proud of welcoming the world through its doors to over 5,500 international students from over 120 countries.
Dean, Seneca International
Jos is Dean of Seneca International, which includes International Recruitment, Business Development, the English Language Institute (ELI), International Partnerships and Projects, and the Confucius Institute. He oversees all international operations with his team of Directors, and he represents international activities in the senior management team.
Jos grew up in Holland, where he received his Master’s degree in Industrial Design Engineering. After working for the Dutch Ministry of Industry, he traveled through Africa, Asia and Latin America, followed by work as an Airline Analyst in the Marketing & Sales Division of Fokker Aircraft Ltd. In 1988, Jos joined the international medical relief organization Doctors without Borders (Médecins sans Frontières – MSF), where he worked for seven years in different roles. In 1995, Jos started work at Niagara College Canada as Director, International Education & Development. In September 2014 Jos moved to Seneca to become Dean of Seneca International. Jos also volunteers as an advisor for the Rotary International Foundation in Chicago, reviewing grant proposals and visiting the project sites of Rotary clubs around the world
Director, Asia Pacific
Nick leads a team that promotes Seneca College in the Asia Pacific region by participating in International Education Fairs and seminars. They also visit high schools, colleges, universities and language schools. The Asia Pacific team focuses on recruiting students, as well as identifying potential partner institutions to create joint educational partnerships with Seneca such as exchange or study abroad programs. In addition, his team develops the Seneca brand, promotes Seneca programs, and establishes short term/contract training opportunities for Seneca in the Asia Pacific region.
The Asia Pacific region also offers an annual Summer English Camp Program to give international students a chance to experience Seneca’s excellent learning environment, state of the art educational equipment, and the exceptional teaching skills of the faculty. Currently, there are more than 2,500 students from the Asia Pacific region studying at Seneca.
Nick was a professional classical musician in China before he immigrated to Canada in 1990. He plays bassoon and saxophone with various ensembles and orchestras in Toronto during his free time. Nick speaks English, Mandarin and Russian.
Director, Rest of World
Marnie leads a team of managers and recruiters who promote Seneca College abroad to students who wish to study in Canada. Marnie’s team is currently comprised of 4 recruiters who attend International study abroad fairs, work with agents and connect with stakeholders throughout their regions to bring qualified International students from across SAMEA (South Asia, Middle East, and Africa), Europe, Americas and the Caribbean to Seneca College. Marnie’s team is also comprised of two Toronto based team members who provide vital administrative support to her, the regional recruiters and assist with agent relations and finance.
Marnie previously worked in Canadian Federal politics, including running as a candidate in the 2015 Federal election. She also has extensive experience in public relations and International business, lived in Panama for many years, is fluent in English and Spanish, and is a graduate of Queen’s University.
Director, English Language Institute (ELI)
In her role as Director, ELI, Martine is responsible for a large Intensive English Program that prepares international students for postsecondary studies (400 – 700 students per semester).
The institute also has an extensive TESL Canada and TESL Ontario certified teacher-training program for ESL teachers. In addition, the ELI has become known for its innovation and expertise in developing technology-enhanced language learning programs. Martine provides academic leadership, oversight, strategic and financial planning, and program development both at Seneca and in projects abroad.Prior to joining Seneca, Martine was the Head of English Studies at the NATO Headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, where she also worked with the European Parliament and the European Community. She was also an Adult Literacy Staff Development Instructor for the Georgia State Board of Technical and Adult Education in the United States, and taught ESL at the University of Georgia. Martine has written articles and books focusing on the use of authentic literature and film in the ESL classroom. She holds her Honours Bachelor’s degree in Translation from Queen’s University and her Master’s degree in Adult Education from the University of Georgia.
Director, International Consultancy and Learning Solutions
Hadi joined Seneca in June 2016 to build and lead the College’s international activity in the fields of consultancy and learning solutions. He works with academic and service departments at Seneca.
Hadi has more than 13 years of experience working in innovation, technology, and corporate strategy. Before joining Seneca, he established and led a consultancy firm that focused on human capital solutions with clients in Canada, China and the Middle East. He also was responsible for the design and delivery of international training contracts, and led the transformation of a training business into a leading education technology company.
Hadi speaks English, Arabic and French (basic), is an alum of Singularity University’s (San Francisco) Executive Program (EP), has an MBA from University of Alberta, completed a Bachelor of Business Administration, and participated in graduate studies in Computer Science. Hadi is a mentor at Futurpreneur Canada and a Volunteer Consultant with the GROW Movement (Africa), where he provides advice to African entrepreneurs and micro-businesses in Uganda and Rwanda.
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Director, Academic Pathways & Mobility
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Assistant to Dean
Agnes has been working at Seneca since 1991. Agnes is accountable for administrative support to the Dean and oversees all general matters of the International office. She also serves as the first line of contact for the Office of the Dean to students, staff, and faculty. She coordinates meetings and special events on behalf of the Dean, acts as the liaison for the office with internal and external contacts, and coordinates special projects across the Dean’s portfolio that support student engagement and success.
Agnes is a Seneca alumna, having graduated from the Adult Education/Staff Training certificate program. She also taught computer applications for the Faculty of Continuing Education for nine years. Agnes' hobbies include competitive ballroom and Latin dancing, singing, drawing and snorkeling. She speaks English, Mandarin, and Cantonese.
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Front Desk Coordinator
Mohammad works as a Front Desk Coordinator and an International Student Coordinator, and is the first point-of-contact for visitors, students, faculty and staff members at Seneca’s International office. Mohammad provides administrative and organizational support. He also coaches Student Ambassadors in assisting clients; receives, directs and relays communications; assists in planning meetings and teleconference calls; and offers translation work in Arabic when needed.