Class Notes February 2017

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Heather Negrych, MBA ’13, BAdmin ’09, has been promoted to the position of Senior Manager for Priddle-Luck Professional Corporation. In her role, she is responsible for the Elliot Lake office which provides personal and corporate tax services. She is also a CPA Candidate.

Michelle Connolly, MBA ’15, is now a Quality Control Manager with Pfizer. Pfizer Brandon is a manufacturing site. Getting my MBA certainly gave me the experience, education, and competitive advantage when applying on this position Operations Management, Managerial Ethics and Decision Making, and Making Sense of Organizational Change are particularly helpful in my new role.

Susanne Manaigre, MBA ’04, Network Rail Consulting is expanding to Canada and has appointed Susanne as Vice President- Canada to lead this effort with the new Toronto office.

Ken Lin, MBA ’12, PMP, is now Program Manager, Business Aircraft with United Technology Aerospace Systems, Landing Gear division in Oakville, Ontario. He is supporting FAA qualification of the new Gulfstream G600 Business Aircraft and will also manage the G600 landing gear systems new product introduction (NPI) phase into the Gulfstream aircraft production plant located in Savannah, GA.

Jamie Albrecht, BMgmt ’13 is excited to move into a newly created position for Western Canada with Coca Cola Refreshments as a Senior Recruiter. This new position will focus on sourcing candidates in rural and urban locations, working closely with management on strategic initiatives, conducting market trend analysis, as we well as manpower planning and forecasting.

Sandy Ennis, MBA Student, is currently an independent Business Consultant, STEME Consulting, and also enrolled in the Online MBA for executives program at Athabasca University. My value is the ability to lead teams without formal authority and gaining their respect in the process. This includes analytical skills which is effective at understanding the complete situation from all points of views. The result is identifying successful solutions while adhering to corporate procedures.

Rod Caroca CPHR, PBDM ’14, recently joined Clean Harbors in Edmonton as the Director of Human Resources for their Oil & Gas Division. In this role Rod will be working with Senior Executives while leading a team towards supporting a network of over 800 employees.

Eileen McNally MBA ’07 has recently accepted the position of Senior Director with INaMINUTE Ltd. Through the past few years she has been a consultant for small businesses helping them take their business to the next level.

Gilda Nunes, MBA ’13, CPA, CMA, recently joined Bayer Inc. as Finance Business Partner – Regional & Customer Marketing, Crop Science Division. Gilda acts as a member of the Canada ACO Customer Management Team and leads and facilitates the annual mid and long term strategic planning process for the O&C Region North America.

Janet Tufts, MBA ’13, Tufts Consulting Inc. combines the experience (a half-century) of owners Paul and Janet in the education and non-profit sectors. Specializing in leadership development, communications and conflict management, Tufts Consulting also brings an international lens to their work having spent two years as members of the advisory team leading the implementation of the Malaysian government’s blueprint for school transformation.

Dr. Maureen Topps, MBA ’14, The Cumming School of Medicine, University of Calgary, recently announced the appointment of Dr. Maureen Topps as the new Senior Associate Dean, Education. Dr. Topps will begin this new leadership role effective July 1, 2017.

Scott Young, MBA ’16, GardaWorld Protective Services recently announced the promotion of Scott Young to Senior Director, Business Development.
For the last four years he has overseen growth in the west. Scott will be tasked with expanding GardaWorld’s footprint in Ontario and Atlantic Canada in addition to his continued involvement with Western Canada. Scott was also recently named as one of Canada’s Top 10 Security Professionals Under 40 by SP&T News.