Meet the ECC Team

Team Direction

Roger Francis

Executive Director

Roger has an extensive background in partnership building and market development. With over 20 years of experience in for-profit and not-for-profit environments, Roger has been a part of the full cycle of launching, developing and growing teams. He spent eight years as a strategic recruitment consultant for U.S. technology companies in the electrical engineering sector. Roger’s contributions include initiatives in local and international markets in experiential learning, internships and co-operative education. He has an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto and a graduate degree in Leadership from the School of Business and Economics at the University of Guelph.
416-978-3132 |  roger.francis@utoronto.ca

Anna Maria Russo, MA

Director, Employer Relations

Anna Maria has 13 years of experience at the University of Toronto with an impressive track record of launching and growing experiential learning programs. She is adept at departmental strategic planning involving expansion, governance and policy, and employer engagement while ensuring accreditation and industry professional standards. She has conducted research and co-authored publications on graduate student employability, co-operative education learning evaluations and improving work term assessment validity.

416-978-0128 | annamaria.russo@utoronto.ca

Estelle Oliva-Fisher, M.Ed

Director, Student Development and Career Programming

Estelle Oliva-Fisher has over 13 years of experience at the University of Toronto facilitating student, leadership, and team development, designing curriculum, and strategic project management. She is passionate and dedicated to enhancing the university experience through transformational approaches and collaborative initiatives. At the ECC, Estelle looks forward to creating meaningful and impactful learning opportunities that will support students’ professional skills development and career success.

 416-946-7450| estelle.oliva@utoronto.ca

Maya Churbaji, MBA, MArch

Manager, Operations

Maya Churbaji joins ECC as the inaugural Manager, Operations. She comes to ECC from The Rotman School of Management where she held the position of Manager, Special Projects and Operations, for the Professional MBA and Specialized Programs. She is passionate about education and has over 15 years of experience working in universities. She has a strong drive for excellence, broad and creative leadership skills, as well as extensive experience in strategic planning, research, operations, finance, and project management. Maya holds a Bachelor of Architectural Engineering, a Master of Architectural Design, and a Master of Business Administration in Leadership.

416-946-3827 | maya.churbaji@utoronto.ca

Employer Relations

Annie Sun

PEY Co-op Program Coordinator

Annie Coordinates the Professional Experience Year (PEY Co-op) Program advising students and employers throughout the process. Annie brings with her over 8 years of career practitioner experience in higher education and in the community prior serving internationally trained professionals. Annie is skilled in workshop design and delivery on career topics including job search, professional communications, job search strategies, job retention, and career wellness. Annie holds a Career Development Practitioner Certificate and applies an EDI and holistic positive psychology approach in her work with clients.

416-978-6691 | anniep.sun@utoronto.ca

 

Kate Epp

PEY Co-op Program Coordinator

Kate coordinates the Professional Experience Year Co-op (PEY Co-op) Program advising students and employers throughout the process.
416-978-0431 |  kate.epp@utoronto.ca

Marlyn de los Reyes

PEY Co-op Program Coordinator

Marlyn joined the Engineering Career Centre in 2006. With a degree in Commerce, she brings an extensive background in office administration and finance. Marlyn manages a portfolio of industry partners, maintaining relationships that lead to opportunities for our students. She then connects those jobs with engineering students.
416-946-8816 |  marlyn.delosreyes@utoronto.ca

Melissa Siah

PEY Co-op Program Coordinator

Melissa coordinates the Professional Experience Year Co-op (PEY Co-op) Program, and advising students and employers throughout the process. She brings 9 years of experience in Recruitment, Career Services and Employer Relationship building. Melissa is a Certified Human Resources Professional and is currently completing a Masters of Education in Adult Education and Community Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

416-978-3987 | m.siah@utoronto.ca

Nabeela Rahman

PEY Co-op Program Coordinator 

Nabeela joined the ECC as an Internship Coordinator, bringing with her 10 years of experience in building partnerships in education, and promoting social justice learning to primary and secondary school students and educators. At the ECC, Nabeela looks forward to creating new partnerships with employers to provide rich and varied PEY Co-op work-term offerings to U of T Engineering students.
416-978-0796 | nabeela.rahman@utoronto.ca

Robin Kotisa

PEY Co-op Program Coordinator

Robin coordinates the Professional Experience Year Co-op (PEY Co-op) Program, and advising students and employers throughout the process.
 416-946-5987 |  robin.kotisa@utoronto.ca

 

Silvana Mello

PEY Co-op Program Coordinator (On Maternity Leave)

Silvana coordinates the Professional Experience Year Co-op (PEY Co-op) Program and advising students and employers throughout the process.
416-946-5995 |  silvana.mello@utoronto.ca

Imad Nasr

Graduate Internship Program (On Secondment)

Imad recently joined the ECC to pilot the Graduate Internship Program. He is a Mechanical Engineer and an MBA graduate with over 10 years of experience in the construction, FinTech, recruitment and higher education industries.

 imad.nasr@utoronto.ca

Business Development

Justin Manning

Business Development Officer

Justin has over 15 years of experience in sales management and partnership development.  Having worked in the food manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and financial sectors, he is particularly passionate about reinventing business models and delivering strategies, frameworks, and plans that delight stakeholders.  At the ECC, Justin looks forward to fostering meaningful industry relationships that lead to exciting opportunities for students. He has an undergraduate degree from York University and a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from the Schulich School of Business.

416-946-8103 | justin.manning@utoronto.ca

Student Development

Korkoi Attoh

Student Development Officer

Korkoi is an experienced Career Practitioner and Certified Personal Development Coach, with over 15 years’ experience working in the social services and Career Development sector. Throughout her career, Korkoi has been a trusted advisor, mentor, counsellor and team member on several project teams.  She has held a number of roles over the years, and has counselled and provided coaching services to clients of all ages and stages; teaching career exploration, job readiness, and professional development.  She specializes in the areas of facilitation, mentoring/personal development coaching, skills assessment and career exploration. Korkoi is a champion for student success and growth.

 416-978-0381|  korkoi.attoh@utoronto.ca

Brittany Cohen

Student Development Coordinator, Career Resources & Online Technology

Brittany is a passionate educator with over eight years of experience designing, developing and evaluating learning experiences. Brittany’s passion for education lies in designing experiences that are meaningful, accessible, and engaging. She is inspired by holistic models of education and believes in the power of digital tools to transform learning and enhance professional development.

 416-978-8604| brittany.cohen@utoronto.ca

Carol Lam

Student Development Coordinator, Peer Education

Carol coordinates the PEY Co-op Peer Mentorship Program and oversees an amazing team of Peer Coaches at the ECC. She is fascinated by the intersection of student identities and career development, a focus of both her professional and academic experience. She hopes to create programming that empowers and equips students with the necessary competencies to become self-directed in their career development process and successfully transition to the ever-changing workforce.

416-978-3326 | carolh.lam@utoronto.ca 

Vallissa Mueller

Student Development Officer

Vallissa supports the Student Development and Career Programming of students through their PEY Co-op journey.

 416-978-6857 |  vallissa.mueller@utoronto.ca

Jessica Wurster

Student Development Officer

Jessica joined the ECC in 2021 and brings more than 10 years of experience working with university students. Her background is in experiential learning, equity programming, and advising and creating career development programming for engineering students. She is passionate about supporting students in their unique career journeys.

416-946-7199| jessica.wurster@utoronto.ca

Stakeholder Engagement

Joanne Huynh 

Stakeholder Engagement & Events Coordinator (On Secondment)

Joanne joined the Engineering Career Centre in October 2018, she is thrilled to bring her years of experience with creative marketing, graphics, design and event planning to the ECC.  Joanne coordinates the Employer Info Sessions, promotes events, activities and more to Engineering students. Having completed her Masters of Education at OISE (UofT) Joanne is presently pursuing her Doctorate of Education at UofT's OISE as well.

416-946-5989| joanne.huynh@utoronto.ca

 

Program Administration

Hannah Bild-Enkin

Program Administrator

Hannah joined the Engineering Career Center in 2018. She brings her experience as an academic and financial administrator to the team, providing a full range of administrative support. Hannah assists with finance, human resources, and facilities needs.

416-978-5569 | h.bild.enkin@utoronto.ca

Deborah Negede

Program Administrator

Deborah is a recent university graduate in biomedical science. She assists in student and employer inquires, supports the interview process, and provides general assistance to the PEY Co-op program.

416-978-3454 | deborah.negede@utoronto.ca

Megan Tate

Program Administrator

Megan is available to respond to inquiries regarding all aspects of ECC's programs. She coordinates the new graduate recruitment and the registration process for PEY Co-op.
416-978-6649 | megan.tate@utoronto.ca

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