PEY Co-op Program
Recognition Awards

Sixth Annual PEY Co-op Award Winners (2022-2023)

The Engineering Career Centre's PEY Co-op Awards celebrate our industry partners and students who help make PEY Co-op a successful and rewarding program. PEY Co-op provides our students with full-time job experience that can only be gained from this immersive industry program.

Thank you to everyone who submitted entries to acknowledge the dedicated people who went above and beyond during both Summer and the 12–16-month 2022-2023 work terms.

We are thrilled to share this year's award recipients in the following categories:

  • PEY Co-op Student of the Year
  • PEY Co-op Mentor of the Year
  • PEY Co-op Employer of the Year

We also wish to acknowledge all of our outstanding nominees for their significant contributions to our community. In addition, we thank each of the nominators for taking the time to acknowledge and recognize this important work.

PEY Co-op Student of the Year

The PEY Co-op Student of the Year Award recognizes a PEY Co-op student that demonstrated excellence in the workplace as an outstanding member of the employer’s team. Employers nominate students for this award, and this year two students were recognized for their exceptional contributions in their respective workplaces.

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Barry Bytensky

PEY Co-op Employer: The Hospital for Sick Children

Barry Bytensky (EngSci 2T3+PEY) is a graduating Engineering Science student in the Biomedical Systems option, with a minor in Artificial Intelligence Engineering. He spent the PEY co-op term at the SickKids’ PCIGITI Lab, where he developed a novel simulation platform to explore prospective high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) treatments of retinoblastoma (RB). His promising findings led to several presentations at SickKids research conferences.

He has continued to work with PCIGITI as a part of his undergraduate thesis project, where he is experimentally validating the simulation platform. His excitement towards novel HIFU treatments for RB has led him to pursue a MASc in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto.

He is honored to receive this award, and would like to acknowledge and thank Dr. Adam Waspe, Dr. Jane Walter, and Dr. Ashwin Mallipatna for their continued support. He would also like to acknowledge Dr. James Drake and the entire PCIGITI team for their support throughout his co-op term.

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Karma Sadhwani

PEY Co-op Employer: Scotiabank

Karma Sadhwani (Chem 2T3+PEY) is a graduating Chemical Engineering student with a minor in Engineering Business. During her Professional Experience Year (PEY) Co-op at Scotiabank, she served as a Trade Floor Technology Consultant with the Global Banking & Markets Technology team. In this role, she was involved in managing various high-risk trading applications utilized within the department and actively pursued automation opportunities across different teams on the trade floor.

At the University of Toronto, Karma made the most of her time by taking on various leadership roles, including Chair of the Canadian Society of Chemical Engineering (CSChE), Co-Chair of Brew of T, participating in the Cast of Skule Nite, and completing an undergraduate thesis titled "Identifying and Evaluating Factors that Affect PEY Positions in Chemical Engineering" under the guidance of Professor Ariel Chan.

This summer, Karma will return to Scotiabank as a Sales & Trading Rotational Analyst.

PEY Co-op Mentor of the Year

The PEY Co-op Mentor of the Year Award recognizes an exemplary individual and their commitment to excellence in mentoring. Through a range of professional development opportunities, the two mentors guided and supported a PEY Co-op student or students to enhance their skills and knowledge during the 2022-2023 work term.

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Adriano Lombardi

PEY Co-op Employer: Walmart Canada

Adriano Lombardi is an accomplished professional with over 23 years of extensive process improvement experience and over 16 years of cross-functional leadership across diverse sectors, including financial services, retail, and manufacturing. In his most recent role as Director of Business Process Re-engineering at Walmart Canada, Adriano collaborated closely with business teams to drive medium to large-scale operational and digitization projects.

Adriano holds a BASc in Industrial Engineering (2000 + PEY) and a MEng (2012) from the University of Toronto. In addition, he is a licensed Professional Engineer, a Six Sigma Black Belt, and a SAFe Agilist. Since his first role in 2000, Adriano has been a passionate mentor within the PEY program. His unwavering commitment to nurturing talent and championing the program has spanned his entire career.

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Alice Gao

PEY Co-op Employer: Deep Genomics 

Alice joined Deep Genomics in 2015, following the startup's founding by her PhD supervisor, Professor Brendan Frey.

During her time at Deep Genomics, Alice has engaged in diverse areas, from building software for ML research to developing models for genome biology and drug discovery.

Her passion lies in creating tooling to support reproducible ML research and accelerate the development of genome biology ML models, particularly in an era where training such models demands substantial data and computational resources.


PEY Co-op Employer of the Year

The PEY Co-op Employer of the Year Award recognizes an exceptional employer that hired from the PEY Co-op Program during the 2022-2023 work term. The recipient of this award provided a unique work experience and fostered a positive and supportive environment to a PEY Co-op student or students through enriching professional development opportunities. Because of the employer, the student or students came away from their PEY Co-op experience with enhanced knowledge, honed interests and a head start on developing as a professional.

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PEY Co-op Student of the Year Nominees

Adam Mutassem - Mattamy Homes

Alex Kohlman Sawa - Terrestrial Energy

Ali Aboelela - JCA Technologies

Alison Okumura - Hatch Ltd.

Alston Lo - Deep Genomics

Alyssa Chote - HTS Engineering

Amina (Amy) Al Maleh - Global Affairs Canada

Amy Huang - Environment and Climate Change Canada

Andriy Drozd - Garner

Annemeike Tucker - SLR Consulting (Canada) Ltd.

Arafat Syed Shah - Intel PSG

Audrey Dessureault - TWD

Barry Bytensky - Hospital for Sick Children

Ben Akkermans - CPP Investments

Blake Gigiolio - AMD

Chen-Yuan (Thomas) Lin - Signal 1

Daniel Koen - TC Energy

David Zazai - Enbridge Gas Inc.

Desmond Hui - Ministry of Transportation

Eleanor Vaz - Kellanova (previously known as Kellogg)

Emma Day - National Research Council Canada

Emma Seabrook - RBC

Ennio Ottaviani - Concast

Esme Bonnell - Cortex Design

Ferdinand Tonby-Strandborg - Norsk Titanium AS

Insha Merchant - TC Energy

Jack Phelps - Inpria

Jesus Martinez - Royal Bank of Canada

John Lewczuk - Arcturus Networks

Karma Sadhwani - Scotiabank

Kursum Fatima - Ontario Power Generation

Laura Battista - Kinectrics Inc.

Liah Scott - WalterFedy

Lucia Huang - Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Madeleine Chu - CIBC

Mahdi Abdul-Jalil - Fidelity

Margartia Savguira - Sanofi

Matthew Lioukras - Safran Landing Systems

Michael Milad - City of Toronto

Nadia Candler - e-zinc

Natalia Bellefleur - ecobee

Natalie Chan - StoneX

Nili Upadhyay - North York General Hospital

Olivia Lotzer - Traferox Technologies Inc.

Parth Mahendru - Bombardier

Qianqian Zhang - Analog Devices (ADI)

Rajiv Andrew Parasramsingh - Royal Bank of Canada

Rishabh Saini - Red Hat

Rohan Patel - Arctic Wolf Inc

Seeun Lee - City of Toronto

Shiqi Xu - National Research Council of Canada

Shuixin Hu - Ministry of Education, Government of Ontario

Skye Neale - Sanofi

Sofia Karter - University of Toronto

Stefan Scodellaro - Microchip Technology

Tiffanie Truong - Veeva Systems

Timothy Squire - Periscope Capital

Urara Murakami - Gannett Fleming Canada ULC

Vanessa Elefteriadis - RBC

Vatsal Bagri - Niyo Solutions Inc

Vishal Radhakrishnan - TC Energy

Wayne Quach - Environment Climate Change Canada

Wei Sha - City of Toronto

William Hanley-Steemers - e-Zinc

Yiran Wang - eCAMION

Yuanzhe Deng - PTC

Yukang Wen - RBC Capital Markets

Zeynep Tibik - Intel Canada

PEY Co-op Mentor of the Year Nominees

Adriano Lombardi - Walmart Canada

Alex Ng - Zebra Technologies

Alexander Brandimarte - RBC Capital Markets

Ali Kalantarian - Intel Corporation

Alice Gao - Deep Genomics

Aziz Ahmed - Ministry of Environment

Brock Clayden - Sanofi Pasteur

Carol Yang - Ontario Power Generation

Felipe Perez - Signal 1

Filip Jeremic - Qualcomm Canada Inc

Greg Hatt - Security Compass

Jackie Liang - Aecon Group inc. (Aecon Utility Engineering)

John Beresford - NVIDIA

Johnathan Cai - DXS - Direct Expansion Solutions

Joshua Friedrick - Raven Industries

JP AMORIM - Dragados - Finch West LRT Project

Kai Zhang - Intel of Canada

Kevin Ngai - Environment and Climate Change Canada

Kevin Eng - ecobee

Kieran Corr - ecobee

Kody Orr - Litens Automotive Partnership

Lucas Della Mora - Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)

Mahdi Zangeneh - Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks

Marin Ming - Sanofi

Mark Horbal - CPP Investments

Parker Zhang - Qualcomm

Pascal Yu - TC Energy

Pavel Soudakov - FedEx Ground

Rachit Bhambri - Enbridge

Reza Nakhjavani - Intel

Rodrigo Fernandez-Gonzalez - University of Toronto

Ryan Boyd - Enbridge

Sarndip Sahota - Modern Niagara

Serag Gadelrab - Qualcomm Canada Inc

Sherif Abdelsamad - Jule Power

Stefano Martinez - Cadillac Fairview

Sumit Sharma - TD Securities

Thomas Lin - SpaceRyde

Tom Kralidis - Environment and Climate Change Canada

Vlad Mandrychenko - Garnercorp

Volodymyr Mandrychenko - Garner Distributed Workflow

Xiuye (Sam) Ruan - Honda of Canada Manufacturing (HCM)

Yuhan Lee - Brigham and Women's Hospital (Harvard Medical School)

PEY Co-op Employer of the Year Nominees

BA Consulting Group Ltd.

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC)

ConCast Pipe

Dufferin Construction


Environment and Climate Change Canada




JANA Corporation



NETINT Technologies Inc.


Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks

Ontario Power Generation

Procter & Gamble


Qualcomm Canada Inc

Rakuten Kobo Inc.

Raven Industries

Royal Bank of Canada

Signal 1

TD Securities

Veeva Systems

Walmart Canada


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