Meet the Team
Robert Hines, JD
Robert Hines has over 30 years of management experience in senior leadership roles in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom, and has served on the boards of directors of a number of corporations.
He has held a number of senior leadership positions in investment banking, including: President and Chief Executive Officer of Credit Suisse Canada; Vice-Chairman of Investment Banking for Merrill Lynch Canada; and Managing Director of CIBC World Markets, working in Toronto and London.
He has also held a number of senior leadership roles in the executive search industry, including: Managing Partner Global Operations of Heidrick & Struggles at the firm’s head office in Chicago; Managing Partner Canada, Heidrick & Struggles; and Senior Advisor to the Board Services practice of Korn Ferry Canada.
He began his career practicing law with Aird & Berlis where he specialized in corporate finance and securities law.
Mr. Hines is Chair of the Independent Review Committee of Mackenzie Investments Mutual Funds. He is also a member of the International Advisory Council of the Schulich School of Business at York University and Executive Director of Schulich’s Career Development Centre.
Minoo Bhutani, MBA, ACC
Minoo has 18 years of experience, 12 in Banking and Accounting, including having worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers, TD Securities and Scotia Capital in Canada, and a leading securities company in India. A CA finalist, he also has a BAS in Finance from York University, and an MBA in International Finance. Minoo is a Board member of the Indo Canada Chamber of Commerce, as well as an Executive Board member and Treasurer of the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE). Minoo was previously a member of Serve Canada, a youth development organization. He also has a certificate in Coaching, Business Career Counselling and Assessment and Behavioural Interview Skills.
Minoo is responsible for directing all internal aspects of the Career Development Centre and the Graduate & Internship recruiting process, ranging from student relations, counselling, workshops, events and clubs. He is involved on the external front with organizations and alumni in promoting the school.
Lyla Korhani, MBA, ACC
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, CORPORATE RELATIONS
Lyla oversees the Corporate Relations portfolio within the Schulich Career Development Centre. Her work consists of establishing new employer relations, and fostering and developing strong partnerships with corporate recruiters and alumni interested in hiring Schulich students across all programs. Lyla also represents the Executive Director in matters involving CDC Advisory Councils, nationally and globally, and external initiatives as assigned by the School - with the objective of branding Schulich talent to major stakeholders. Her past corporate experience includes working for leaders in the CPG/marketing industry (Nestle) and in publishing (Harlequin), developing branding strategies and executing marketing plans for their respective brands on a national level. Lyla is also an Accredited Certified Coach and a graduate of the Schulich MBA program (2001).
Phanindra Deonandan, MPA, ACC
Phanindra has over 15 years of teaching, training and facilitation experience in Canada, Japan and the US. She holds a BA and B. Ed from the University of Toronto, a TESL Certificate from Humber College, and an MPA from Queen’s University. She was based in Miami for over four years as the Regional Education Manager responsible for training all staff in North America and the Caribbean region in airports, in-flight and cruise-lines for Clinique, Estee Lauder Companies. Prior to that, Phanindra supervised the student internship program for an international language school in Toronto, and she worked in Japan as an English instructor for five years.
Mark Freedman, MBA
MANAGER, INDUSTRY ADVISING
Mark, a 2015 MBA alumni from Schulich with a focus on Consulting and Entrepreneurship, founded Chataway Sports, a company dedicated to helping athletes achieve new levels of excellence in sport. He holds a Bachelors of Biological and Computer Sciences from the University of Western Ontario. In his past, Mark worked with Accenture as a Consultant MBA Intern in Financial Services and as a Technical Specialist Business Intelligence for the Bank of Montreal. Mark is CDC Industry Manager, with a focus on Consulting and Case Preparation.
Industry Advisors / Career Coaches
Kathrin Bohr, MBA
INDUSTRY ADVISOR (Public Sector, Sustainability, Government, Arts & Media)
With fifteen years’ experience working in the field of CSR & sustainability, Kathrin is a highly respected professional who has worked with some of Canada’s and the international community’s leading companies, non-profit organizations and government agencies.
She is a Senior Partner with Stakeholder Research Associates (SRA) and prior to joining SRA held the position of Director, Sustainability Solutions at Intertek, an international supply chain services firm where she managed global CSR programs for notable companies such as McDonald's. As Vice President at the non-profit Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR) Kathrin advanced the CSR movement in Canada and worked with companies such as Hudson’s Bay, Loblaw, Walmart, Ontario Power Generation, RBC, CIBC, Scotiabank and EDC to assist them with CSR strategy development, implementation and communication.
Victoria Cabral, BSc.
INDUSTRY ADVISOR (Financial Services, Insurance, Real Property and MREI Students)
Prior to joining Schulich’s CDC Team, Vicky lead the Technology Consulting campus recruitment program at Accenture and more recently, supported RBC’s campus recruitment needs for their Functions, Insurance, and Capital Markets businesses.
As the Financial Services Industry Advisor, she works closely with the student body to equip them with the tools they need to excel in their career search journey. She is also the point of contact for select employers in the Financial Services industry and serves as a partner to support them with their recruitment needs. Vicky is our client and student career advisor for Financial Services, Insurance and Real Property students.
Diana Caradonna, BHRM, ACC
INDUSTRY ADVISOR (Accounting and MAcc Students)
Diana has 8 years of experience in Human Resources, having worked for Imperial Life Financial, Air Canada, Manpower and Adecco Financial Staffing. She graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Human Resources Management, and with a Diploma in Human Resources Administration, with a certificate in Adult Education/Staff Training from Seneca College. Diana is our client and student career advisor for Accounting and MAcc students.
Amir Khan, BA, ACC
INDUSTRY ADVISOR (Consumer Packaged Goods, Marketing, Retail and MMgt Students)
Amir graduated from York University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Amir entered the Retail Executive Program at Hudson's Bay Company and served as HR Manager for two years after working with HBC for several years on a part-time basis. He transitioned to the NFP sector as an Employment Advisor and Placement Specialist for JobSkills Canada. Amir is our client and student career advisor for Consumer Packaged Goods, Marketing, Retail and MMgt students.
Elana Markus, BBA
INDUSTRY ADVISOR (Consumer Packaged Goods, Marketing and Retail)
Elana has 10 years of experience - 6 years of Tier 1 Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) Sales, Category Management and Brand Marketing experience from PepsiCo Canada and 4 years as a professional recruiter with Fish Recruit, collaborating with organizations in the CPG, Retail, Healthcare, and Business Enterprise sectors, to build high-performing teams through the hiring of top talent.
Mike Nadal, ACC
INDUSTRY ADVISOR (Banking and MF Students)
Mike brings over 14 years of experience in financial services, asset management and wealth management, having worked at AIM Trimark, ING Direct, and for the last six years as Vice President at Tricycle Asset Management and Patient Capital Management. Students will appreciate Mike's breadth and depth of experience. Mike is our client and student career advisor for Banking and MF students.
Bonnie Wong, BCom, CHRL
INDUSTRY ADVISOR (Telecommunications, Technology and Entrepreneurship)
Bonnie brings her marketing and recruitment experience to help students market their skills to potential employers, having worked at Desjardins Insurance, State Farm, Invesco Canada and a financial technology company. As a recruiting analyst at a Fortune 50 company, she launched the employer branding campaign and trained recruiters in US and Canada to source passive candidates. As a recruiter, she consulted hiring managers and developed the strategy to attract talent with diverse business experience.
Bonnie graduated from the University of Toronto, with a Bachelor of Commerce degree. She also attained her Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) designation. Bonnie is our client and student career advisor for Telecommunications, Technology and Entrepreneurship.
Michelle Steiner, BA, B.Ed.
BUSINESS RELATIONS COORDINATOR
As the Business Relations Coordinator, Michelle continues to develop strong rapport with major stakeholders throughout the university and with large corporations. Daily correspondence with senior leadership professionals and alumni enables Michelle to maintain professional relationships with those who have a direct impact on student employment opportunities. Michelle works alongside the Executive Director and is responsible for the coordination of business development meetings, corporate events and client/Alumni liaising in Toronto, New York, Palo Alto and London. Michelle graduated from York University with a BA in Sociology and B.Ed. with a Fine Arts Specialization. She also holds a certificate in Adult Education from the Canadian College of Educators and TESL certificate from Global Leadership College.
Sybil Massey, BA
TEAM LEAD, CLIENT SERVICES
Sybil organizes workflow, communications, short-term staffing resources, website support and is the in-house system administrator for the Career Development Centre's CRM, CareerQuest. Sybil has extensive experience working within a career centre environment, having worked within the post-secondary education sector for the past 17 years. During that time, Sybil's involvement has included on-campus recruitment, career management systems, communications, project management and event planning. Additionally, Sybil is a York University graduate, having obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Science.
Mindi Chiu, MBA
RECRUITMENT COORDINATOR (Consumer Packaged Goods, Marketing, Retail, Public Sector and Healthcare)
Mindi works with the CDC's industry advisors to plan on- and off-campus recruitment events on behalf of Schulich students. She coordinates with HR representatives from various companies in the CPG/Marketing, Retail, Public Sector and Telecommunications industries to post jobs, book company information sessions and interview schedules, and organize career-related workshops for students.
Prior to coming to Schulich, Mindi worked in the co-op office at Lassonde School of Engineering. Her background also includes working as a Business Analyst in France for an automotive consortium after completing her MBA at the IPAG Business School in Paris. She also holds a B.Comm from the University of Toronto.
Khushbu Chokshi, BAS
RECRUITMENT COORDINATOR (Consulting, Telecommunications, Technology and Entrepreneurship)
Khushbu received her Bachelors of Administrative Studies with a Professional Certificate in Human Resources from York University. Prior to joining the Career Development Centre (CDC) at the Schulich School of Business, Khushbu worked with the Department of Music and Human Resources at University, as well as with the Ministry of Labour. Khushbu coordinates graduate and internship recruitment activity for current and graduating MBA/Masters and BBA/iBBAs programs.
Rose Lucibello, BA
RECRUITMENT COORDINATOR (Accounting, Banking, Financial Services, Insurance and Real Estate)
Rose graduated from York University with a BA in Sociology and Psychology. In addition to having several years of customer service experience in the retail industry, Rose has provided excellent service to York students working within the Faculty of Arts Advising Centre and the York University Career Centre. Rose coordinates internal events such as Career Day, the Summer & Internship Fair, the Financial Services Luncheon, the Recruiter Roundtable, the Industry Advising Breakfast Series, Career Fridays, and any additional CDC networking events. Rose also coordinates CDC outgoing communication for student and corporate clients.
CAREER CENTRE ASSISTANT
Michelle’s professional experience spans over 10 years, providing administrative support and customer service while working in the health care, and travel and tourism industries. Michelle coordinated patient and client services with organizations such as The Hospital for Sick Children and Lester B. Pearson Airport. Additionally, Michelle obtained her Diploma from Seneca College in the Travel and Tourism Program.
As the first point of contact for the Schulich Career Development Centre, Michelle coordinates front line operations and provides excellent customer service to students, alumni, recruiters and guests. As part of the CDC Operations Team, she further schedules industry advising appointments for students, oversees the Centre’s primary email accounts, and is involved with recruitment information sessions and events.