David Agnew became Seneca’s fifth president in 2009. Prior to joining Seneca, he held leadership positions in public, private and non-profit sectors, including as Secretary to the Cabinet in the Ontario Government, Principal Secretary to the Premier, President/CEO of UNICEF Canada, Principal at Digital 4Sight, Executive Vice-President and Corporate Secretary for the Credit Union Central of Ontario and Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments. In 1995, he was seconded to the University of Toronto’s Massey College as a Senior Resident. Mr. Agnew is Chair of the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH). He also serves on numerous other boards and committees, including the Canadian Ditchley Foundation Advisory Board and vice-chair of Polytechnics Canada. He is past chair of Colleges Ontario and Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, former vice-chair of the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) and is a founding member of Sichuan University’s International Advisory Board.
Vice-President, Finance & Administration
Nevzat Gurmen has served as Seneca’s Vice-President, Finance & Administration, since 2015. He oversees Finance, Capital Projects & Campus Planning, Seneca International, Seneca International Academy, Centre for Institutional Data & Enterprise Analytics and Campus Services. Mr. Gurmen joined Seneca from Durham College, where he was vice-president of corporate services and chief financial officer for seven years. He previously held various roles at Centennial College, including associate vice-president of corporate planning and finance. Mr. Gurmen worked in progressively senior positions for multinational companies like Frito-Lay and Unilever in Turkey, England, Poland and South Africa. He is the former chair of the Central Community Care Access Centre board in York Region. Mr. Gurmen is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a graduate of Middle East Technical University in Turkey.
Laurel Schollen has more than 35 years of teaching and administration experience in the Ontario postsecondary sector. She rejoined Seneca as Vice-President, Academic, in 2016 after serving as vice-president of academic at Fleming College. Ms. Schollen was Seneca’s dean of Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering Technology between 2003 and 2010 and associate vice-president of Educational Excellence between 2011 and 2014. Between 2005 and 2014, she was the project director for two Ontario college system-wide research studies: the College Mathematics Project and the College Student Achievement Project. Since returning to Seneca, Ms. Schollen has overseen growth in program development and enrolment, with a focus on digital learning. This includes establishing Seneca as the first Adobe Creative Campus in Canada and the early development of a case writing and teaching centre. She currently serves on the management board for the Ontario College Quality Assurance Service and the board of directors for ventureLAB. A lifelong learner, Ms. Schollen is a PhD candidate in the Department of Leadership, Higher and Adult Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.
Associate Vice-President, Human Resources
Bernie Beaulieu joined Seneca in 2014 and is currently Associate Vice-President, Human Resources. Before joining Seneca, he served in several leadership positions, including as executive director of human resources at Laurentian University, executive vice-president of human resources at Menu Foods, director of human resources at Cadbury Adams and director of human resources at Church & Dwight. Mr. Beaulieu is a graduate of Laurentian University, a member of the Strategic Capability Network and the Human Resources Professionals Association. He holds the CHRP, CHRL and CHRE designations.
Chief of Staff, President’s Office
Associate Vice-President, Public Affairs & Community Engagement
A proud college graduate, Renata D’Innocenzo has spent most of her career in postsecondary education, serving in strategic planning, communications, marketing, recruitment and issues management roles. As Chief of Staff to President David Agnew and Associate Vice-President, she is currently leading Seneca Au Large — a series of renewal initiatives creating an equitable, sustainable and more virtual Seneca. Ms. D’Innocenzo is Corporate Secretary to the Board of Governors, oversees the Registrar’s Office and is Chair of the Enrolment Management Committee. She worked as a consultant in the areas of organizational effectiveness, business development, customer service, process improvements, dispute resolution, marketing, corporate communications and event management, and she served on the United Way York Region campaign cabinet. Ms. D’Innocenzo graduated from Niagara College in journalism and completed the Alternative Dispute Resolution program at Seneca. She has a master’s degree in interdisciplinary studies from Royal Roads University, with a focus on leadership and innovation, and completed the Crisis Leadership in Higher Education Program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Associate Vice-President, Academic
Tina DiSimone is currently Seneca’s Associate Vice-President, Academic, leading Academic Planning & Partnerships. Since joining Seneca in 2007, she has served as dean of Faculty of Applied Arts & Health Science, principal of King Campus and, for the last five years, as associate vice-president overseeing areas such as Academic Planning, Learning Services, Centre for Institutional Data & Enterprise Analytics, Strategic Planning and Enrolment Management. Ms. DiSimone has 30 years of experience in the Ontario postsecondary system at progressive levels of responsibility. She began her career at St. Clair College, where she was acting vice-president of academic, chair of the School of Applied Arts & Sciences and chair of the School of Skilled Trades & Apprenticeship Training. She is a graduate of University of Windsor with an honours bachelor of arts in psychology. She holds a master’s degree in continuing education from the University of Calgary and has completed coursework and comprehensive exams towards a doctor of education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto.
Associate Vice-President, Information Services
Radha Krishnan is the Associate Vice-President, Information Services, at Seneca, responsible for digital and technology transformation. He joined Seneca in 2013, bringing more than 30 years of global information technology (IT) experience in various industries, including higher education, non-profit, supply chain, distribution, retail, manufacturing, dealership management, hospitality, travel and consulting. Mr. Krishnan has diverse experience in architecting, implementing and managing core IT functions in complex, multi-stakeholder environments. Mr. Krishnan sits on the board of a Markham-based non-profit technology organization. He is also a mentor with the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council, coaching new immigrants to find jobs and be successful. He is a graduate of Bharathidasan University, the National Institute of Information Technology and the Project Management Institute.