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Graduate Success

The proof is in our graduates – engaged citizens who are prepared for today’s careers and ready for tomorrow’s opportunities. Equipped with a Seneca education, you will join 175,000 alumni who have taken their places as innovators and leaders around the world.

marc-caira Marc Caira

Vice-Chairman, Restaurant Brands International

“At Seneca, I not only learned the practical tools I needed to be successful early in life, but also the critical values and principles that are embedded in me.”

During his 40-year business career, Marc has served as CEO of Tim Hortons, CEO of Nestlé Professional World Wide and CEO of Parmalat North America.  He is Vice-Chairman of Restaurant Brands International, the parent company of Tim Hortons and Burger King. In addition, he serves on the Board of Directors for Hydro One and Minto Homes.  Marc was named the Canadian Press "Business Newsmaker of the Year" in 2014 and is also the 2015 winner of the prestigious Premier's Award recognizing his outstanding business achievements.

Steve Linthwaite

Vice President, Flight Operations, Jazz Aviation

“The education I received at Seneca provided me with the tools required to be a successful commercial pilot, and I learned that I was capable of much more.  At Seneca, I learned to embrace challenges.”

Captain Steve Linthwaite has flown as a commercial pilot for 30 years.  He has held various senior positions at Jazz and its predecessor airlines, as well as within the Air Line Pilots Association.  Steve is passionate about working with students who are pursuing a career in aviation and recognizes the importance of helping to create pathways for their future success.  He was instrumental in the development of a Jazz Cadet program with Seneca’s Bachelor of Aviation Technology degree.

Pooja Handa

Broadcast Journalism
Co-host, CP24/ CP24 Breakfast 

“I loved being at Seneca.  We constantly had guest lecturers, telling us what it was like in the business.”

A graduate of Seneca’s Broadcast Journalism program, Pooja has been an anchor for CP24 since 2008, became a co-host of CP24 Breakfast Weekends in 2011, and moved to the weekday breakfast show in 2014.  Previously, she worked as a traffic reporter and entertainment host for Global Morning News where she created and hosted a unique entertainment segment called the PH FACTOR (Pooja Handa Factor).  Pooja takes time to give back to the community by hosting and supporting various charitable initiatives. She also works closely with the Halton Industry Education Council mentoring young girls in their career paths.

Perdita Felicien

Broadcast Journalism
Olympian and Broadcast Journalist

“As a mature student, I appreciated the dedication of my classmates and how focused and practical the curriculum was."

Perdita Felicien is a two-time Olympian, 10-time Canadian champion and world champion hurdler, who, upon retiring from competition, entered into a second career as a broadcaster, motivational speaker and writer. A graduate of Seneca’s Broadcast Journalism Summer Institute, Perdita’s broadcasting career includes sports and community affairs coverage with CBC, TSN, CHCH Hamilton and Global Television. She is a volunteer with many organizations that promote sports, including Right to Play and Count Me In. Perdita has been named Canada’s and Ontario’s Female Athlete of the Year and received the Keys to the City of Pickering and the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Anne Marie-Dean

Executive Director, Hill House Hospice

“Not only did the Seneca Nursing Professors teach me the skills I needed to be a nurse, they taught me the science and art of nursing. This has led to a very rewarding career."

Anne-Marie is the Executive Director at Hill House, a residential hospice. Under Anne-Marie’s leadership, Hill House has become a model of palliative care across Canada. She welcomes Seneca nursing students and believes strongly in more education and less fear about death. In 2006, Anne-Marie’s accomplishments were acknowledged with a nomination for the prestigious Premier’s Award. She has also received the Helen Best Award and has been twice nominated for the Toronto Star's Nightingale Award.

Fabio Rotondo

Biological Research Technology
Laboratory Manager & Research Associate, St. Michael’s Hospital

"My experience at Seneca was instrumental in helping me in my career. I know that my education is making a difference for me and for others."

Fabio Rotondo is the Laboratory Manager and a 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, 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.

Jo Gomes

Social Service Worker

“I’m so happy to be able to empower my students to affect change and improve the lives of others.  That’s what my professors did for me.”

During the course of her 23-year career, Jo has held several positions in the social service field, including volunteer co-ordinator, group facilitator, crisis referral worker, health counsellor, employment counsellor and relief worker, as well as teaching in Seneca’s School of Community Services. She has 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 events.  Four years ago, Jo also helped start the Social Service Worker Alumni Jamaica Project, an initiative that sees staff and alumni from Seneca travel to Jamaica for two weeks to lend their training and expertise to marginalized groups living in the Port Antonio community.

Jodi Garner

Biotechnology Technologist (Research)
Facility Manager, Hospital for Sick Children

“Keeping the program current ensures students have the necessary skill set to enter the field.” 

Jodi has worked at the Hospital for Sick Children in the department of Developmental and Stem Cell Biology for several years. During this time, she quickly rose into the position of Facility Manager of the Embryonic Stem Cell Facility – a profitable core facility, which provides service and support to those interested in stem cell technologies. In addition, she works as laboratory research project co-ordinator in the laboratory of Dr. Janet Rossant, Chief of Research, participating in various research projects on stem cell biology and early embryo development. She has also taught and provided guest lectures in biotechnology both locally and internationally to initiate international collaborations in the field of stem cell research. Her impressive list of education and work experience also includes volunteer work at Stem Cell Talks and Science Rendezvous, and working on the Project Advisory Committee for the Sanofi Biotech Challenge, which allows high school students to design and investigate independent research projects.

Zack Teperman

Broadcast – Radio
Owner, Zack Teperman Public Relations

"Going to Seneca was one of the easiest and best decisions of my life. Through the communication and marketing courses offered, I was able to gain valuable skills that have helped me run my public relations firm across North America and the world."

Zack is the owner of Los Angeles public relations firm ZTPR. He got his start at Vaughan Secondary School’s radio station and, after attending Seneca, gained valuable experience in Toronto, Miami and Yellowknife. Up north, he created “Zack Taylor”, a celebrity blog dubbed “the Canadian version of Perez Hilton”. This initiative broadened his understanding of celebrity culture and the critical role of PR. A three-month contract with Lexicon PR turned into four years as Operations Manager and Head Consultant. When the owner decided to sell the business, Zack bought him out and ZTPR was born. It is his proudest accomplishment.

Caroline Charter

Senior Director - Worldwide Operations, Partner Enablement at Microsoft

“I knew the curriculum would give me the foundation and preparation I needed for the workforce.” 

Caroline was named one of “Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women - Corporate Executive Category” by the Women's Executive Network and the Financial Post in 2013. She has spoken to diverse groups of women around the world and mentored individuals across Canada and the United States.

Bernice Lo & Andrew McKenzie

Creative Advertising
Art directing and writing team, Cundari

"As a young, aspiring art director, Seneca equipped me with the skills I needed to succeed in the career I have today." – Bernice Lo

“At Seneca, I received the personal attention and guidance that allowed me to excel.  I also gained confidence.” - Andrew McKenzie

Bernice and Andrew both attended Seneca’s Creative Advertising program but never crossed paths in the classroom. Bernice chose Seneca after earning a degree in communication studies. Thanks to her Seneca education, she now has the ability to bring artistic concepts to life using various computer applications. Andrew came to Seneca after brief stints studying business administration and graphic design. After Seneca, he landed an internship with ACLC Advertising and another with BBDO Toronto, where he and Bernice collaborated for the first time. The team reconnected at Cossette two years later.

Andrew and Bernice have built their portfolios, producing print ads and television spots for clients like BMW and McDonald’s. They now make up an art directing and writing team at Cundari, a Toronto advertising agency.

Jameel Abdul-Baasit

General Arts & Science
Associate, Brauti Thorning Zibarras LLP

“My education taught me that if you set out to do something, there are no limits to what you can do.”

Jameel first realized he needed a career change when doing office installations at age 19. Instead of installing offices, he wanted to work in one so he decided to get a degree. He researched college options and found Seneca’s General Arts and Science program. At Seneca, Jameel managed to juggle family and school obligations, while playing rugby for the Seneca Sting, winning a gold medal with the ski team and tutoring students in the Learning Centre. Jameel transferred to York University to become a teacher, but instead, applied to law school on a whim and was accepted to Osgoode Hall. He was called to the Bar of Ontario in 2015 and is now an Associate at the Toronto firm Brauti Thorning Zibarras LLP.