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The CFS Team

Karen Murkar
Chair, School of Accounting & Financial Services

Karen Murkar is academic Chair for the School of Accounting & Financial Services.  She holds an undergraduate degree in Administrative and Commercial Studies from the University of Western Ontario, MBA majoring in finance from the University of Windsor and a diploma in Adult Training and Development from the University of Toronto, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE).  Karen began her career in Corporate and Government Banking with BMO and prior to accepting the Chair position with Seneca College, Karen was the Coordinator, Faculty and Academic Leader Training with Keller Graduate School of Management and DeVry University out of Chicago.

416-491-5050 ext. 22337


Lori Pinder
CFS Support Coordinator

Lori Pinder joined the Centre for Financial Services team in 2007, and brought with her significant administrative and operational experience developed in the financial services sector in the course of working with senior leaders in the fast-paced banking, securities and insurance industry.  Prior to joining the Centre Lori held a number of administrative positions in services and health organizations.  Lori has participated in the development and organization of the Centre's Financial Services Practitioner Graduate Certificate program. She has worked with marketing staff, instructors, product and service suppliers and key stakeholders/companies in the insurance, securities and banking industry to ensure that program not only meets industry standards and requirements but attracts new talent into the area.  Lori currently provides executive administrative support the CFS team as well as the academic Chair and Program Manager of the School of Accounting & Financial Services. She is also an integral part of Seneca Business team.

416-491-5050 ext. 22015


Sam Albanese CFP, CLU, ChFC, FLMI, TEP
Insurance & Wealth Management, Industry Director

Sam has over 40 years' experience in the Financial Services industry.  He started in 1974 with Montreal Life and went on to work with the ING Group of Companies for twelve years.  In 1990, he incorporated his own agency, Albanese Financial Group Inc., and built it into a national distribution company with brokers from coast to coast.  The name was subsequently changed to AFG Canada Inc. to reflect its national presence.  In 2004, Sam sold AFG Canada Inc., joined Seneca College's, Centre for Financial Servcies in 2005 as the Industry Director of Insurance & Wealth Management programs.

416-491-5050 ext. 22048


Samky Mak
Compliance & Risk Management, Industry Director
Samky holds a Bachelor of Science with a double major in Management & Economics from University College, Cardif, U.K., as well as his MBA (Finance) from Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto.  He has worked as a financial planner and holds his Canadian Securities & Life Licence.  Samky is a full-time professor/program coordinator and compliance consultant, focusing on compliance culture development and compliance officers skills training. Samky has worked with industry associations such as the Canadian Life & Health Insurance Association (CHLIA), Canadian Bankers Association (CBA), Finanical Consumer Agency of Canada (FCAC) and the City of Toronto as well as international business development & consultation experiences in the Far East.

416-491-5050 ext. 26872


Rohan Singh
Associate, Financial Services

Rohan Singh has been a financial services executive in the Canadian life insurance and mutual fund industries for over 30 years. He has held several senior management positions with responsibility for insurance and investment product development, marketing, multi-channel distribution management, strategic business unit management, and corporate strategic planning. Most recently, he was President and Director of ING Wealth Management Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary by ING Canada.  Rohan joined the Centre for Financial Services at Seneca College in the spring of 2008 and has been actively involved in raising awareness of Seneca's Financial Planning programs.  In addition, he teaches courses in marketing, life insurance , investment funds, and retirement planning for the School of Accounting & Financial Services.  Rohan holds a B.Sc. and Excecutive MBA from the University of Toronto.  He has completed the Officers, Partners, and Directors' course of the Investment Funds Institute of Canada, and holds the FLMI (Fellow of the Life Management Institute) and EPC (Elder Planning Counselor).

416-491-5050 ext. 26941