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Hive Exploration & Virtual Networking (Optional)

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8:45 – 9:00 AM EST (Welcome Centre & Wonder Room)

Participate in a recorded tour of the virtual event space. Engage with Admissions reps, staff, alumni, current students and participants.

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Welcome & Dean's Keynote

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9:00 – 9:15 AM EST (Main Stage)

  • Welcome and Overview
    • Hollis Sinker, Executive Director, Student Services and International Relations
  • Introduction of the Dean
  • Keynote Address: The Great Disruption and the New Normal
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Detlev Zwick, Dean

PhD, Marketing (Rhode Island); MS (Memphis); MS (Cologne, Germany)
Dean, Schulich School of Business
Associate Professor of Marketing

Detlev Zwick is Dean of the Schulich School of Business at York University, where he guides the School in its mission to develop purpose-driven leaders who aspire to make a difference in business and society.

Under Dean Zwick’s leadership, Schulich is focused on several key strategic initiatives, including delivering a world-class, transformative student learning experience, program innovation, high-impact research and positioning the School at the leading edge of the digital transformation reshaping business.

Prior to becoming Dean, Dr. Zwick served in a number of increasingly senior academic and administrative roles, including Director of Schulich’s BBA/iBBA Program and Associate Dean, Academic, during which he led the School’s rapid transition to remote online learning following the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. He was also a member of the York University Senate and represented Schulich on the Senate Executive Committee.
Dean Zwick is an early pioneer in digital marketing and his research focuses on new marketing technologies and their impact on consumer behaviour. He is co-editor of the book Inside Marketing: Practices, Ideologies, Devices (Oxford University Press), and frequently provides expert commentary to the media.

Head shot of Kiridaran KanagaretnamKiridaran (Giri) Kanagaretnam, Associate Dean, Students

MSEE (Purdue), PhD (Syracuse), ACMA (U.K.)CPA, CMA, CGA
Associate Dean, Students
Professor of Accounting

Kiridaran (Giri) Kanagaretnam, MSEE (Purdue), PhD (Syracuse), ACMA (U.K.), CPA, CMA, CGA is the Ron Binns Chair in Financial Reporting, Banking and Governance and Associate Dean Students at the Schulich School of Business. Giri has previously served as the Program Director for Master of Management. Before joining York University in 2013, Giri was a Professor of Accounting and Financial Management Services and Associate Dean (Academic) at the DeGroote School of Business, McMaster University. He has also been a visiting professor at Nanyang Technological University, HEC Paris and Erasmus University. His research focuses on financial institutions in particular bank stability, excessive risk-taking and financial reporting transparency. At Schulich, Giri has taught courses in the PhD, MBA, IMBA, India MBA, MAcc, MMgt and BBA programs.

Hollis Sinker, Executive Director of Student Services & International Relations

Executive Director of Student Services & International Relations

Hollis Sinker is the Executive Director of Student Services & International Relations at the Schulich School of Business. She is a Schulich MBA ’15, and has spent the past five years in a variety of recruitment and student service leadership roles within Schulich. Prior to completing her MBA, Hollis’ early career spanned the experiential and sponsorship marketing industry, where she worked with clients such as TD Bank, Coca Cola, and Sony Pictures.

Masters Program Overview

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9:15 – 9:30 AM EST (Main Stage)

Susan Calahan, Assistant Director for Recruitment & Admissions, will present a brief overview of the various masters offerings at Schulich, highlighting key aspects that make the programs unique and full of meaningful learning outcomes. 

Program Breakout Sessions

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9:40 – 10:00 AM EST (Courtyard)

Join one of our seven concurrent Specialized Masters Program sessions featuring key program faculty and staff.

Cube 1: Accounting (MAcc/DIAc) Program Session Cube 1: Accounting (MAcc/DIAc) Program Session

Shanker TrivediHosted by Shanker Trivedi
Associate Professor of Accounting; Program Director of Master of Accounting

The CPA-accredited MAcc enables students to write the CFE upon graduation and positions graduates for a challenging career in accounting.

The Diploma in Intermediate Accounting (DIAc) provides students with a core curriculum designed to thoroughly introduce them to financial and management accounting concepts. Students with a non-business or non-Canadian degree interested in the Master of Accounting (MAcc) program must first complete the DIAc.


Cube 2: Artificial Intelligence (MMAI) and Business Analytics (MBAN) Program Sessions Cube 2: Artificial Intelligence (MMAI) and Business Analytics (MBAN) Program Sessions

David ElsnerHosted by David Elsner
Adjunct Professor, Master of Management in Artificial Intelligence (MMAI) Program and Master of Business Analytics (MBAN) Program; President, DHE Consulting; Managing Partner, illuminaite

Learn to develop, evaluate, refine and implement AI-related applications and technologies for business through the MMAI.

With exceptional job prospects and SAS-certification, the Schulich MBAN helps you become an expert in the booming field of Big Data.


Cube 3: Finance (MF) Program Session Cube 3: Finance (MF) Program Session

Melanie CaoHosted by Melanie Cao
Program Director, Master of Finance; Professor of Finance; Director, Financial Engineering

Gain access to a career in Investment Banking, Risk or Asset Management and cover a significant portion of the CFA body of knowledge through the Schulich MF.



Cube 4: Management (MMgt) Program Session Cube 4: Management (MMgt) Program Session

Kevin TasaHosted by Kevin Tasa
Associate Professor of Organization Studies; Area Coordinator, Organization Studies

MMgt was designed to prepare high-achieving graduates from non-business backgrounds for rewarding management positions.


Cube 5: Marketing (MMKG) Program Session Cube 5: Marketing (MMKG) Program Session

Grant PackardHosted by Grant Packard
Program Director, Master of Marketing; Associate Professor of Marketing

The MMKG will provide students with digital marketing and analysis skills to be successful in the fast changing world of marketing.


Cube 6: Real Estate & Infrastructure (MREI) Program Session Cube 6: Real Estate & Infrastructure (MREI) Program Session

Avis DevineHosted by Avis Devine
Associate Professor, Real Estate Finance and Sustainability; Brookfield Centre in Real Estate & Infrastructure

Build your career on a solid foundation with the MREI program, designed to develop future leaders and career success in the industry.



Cube 7: Supply Chain Management (MSCM) Program Session Cube 7: Supply Chain Management (MSCM) Program Session

David JohnstonHosted by David Johnston
Professor of Operations Management and Information Systems; Program Director, Master of Supply Chain Management; Acting Director, Master of Business Analytics; Acting Director, Master of Management in Artificial Intelligence

This full-time or part-time MSCM program will develop the analytical and managerial skills needed to find creative supply chain solutions for tomorrow’s innovative economy.


Interactive Information Gathering Zone

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10:05 – 10:40 AM EST (Information Hub)

Whatever stage you’re at in your graduate journey, we can provide you with the connections you need. Staff and students have partnered together to support your ambitions, learning and career focus. Gain clarity on the support services offered, expected and valued at Schulich.

Sessions will each be offered twice to give you the opportunity of participating in two areas that are important to you. For each Interactive Zone, sessions will be held at the following two times:

Session A: 10:05 – 10:20 am      Session B: 10:25 – 10:40 am

Each presentation will be recorded and sent to all attendees following the event.


Zoom Booth 1: Admissions Zoom Booth 1: Admissions

Meet with the admissions team. Our role is to support you so that you can achieve your academic goals and to provide a bridge to other departments, resources, and the rest of the university.


Zoom Booth 2: Financial Aid Zoom Booth 2: Financial Aid

Learn about the various funding opportunities available to our students.


Zoom Booth 3: International Relations Zoom Booth 3: International Relations

The Schulich School of Business and its International Relations team places a high value on integrating international experiences into business education. With an increasingly globalized world, we believe in preparing our students for success and are committed to giving you the international educational experience of a lifetime!


Zoom Booth 4: Career Development Centre Zoom Booth 4: Career Development Centre

The Schulich Career Development Centre (CDC) offers a wealth of innovative programs and resources to help students launch their ideal career path and facilitate future employment opportunities.


Zoom Booth 5: Student Experience - Graduate Business Council Zoom Booth 5: Student Experience - Graduate Business Council

The Graduate Business Council (GBC or the Council) is the student government of master’s level graduate students at the Schulich School of Business (SSB or the School) of York University. The purpose of the Council is to represent the interests of the graduate student body to the Faculty/Administration and to foster within the student body a sense of identification and involvement in the Faculty and the University.


Alumni Panel Discussion

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10:45 AM – 11:15 AM EST (Main Stage)

Hear from a diverse panel of alumni as they discuss their experiences at Schulich and how it helped them secure success in their lives and careers post-Schulich. Come prepared to ask questions.

Moderated by Dean Detlev Zwick.


Followed by Wrap up and Final Remarks


Andrea Ascarrunz (MMKG '20) Andrea Ascarrunz (MMKG '20)

Andrea Ascarrunz is a Category and Shopper Development Analyst for Irving Consumer Products, a consumer-packaged goods company, and a recent graduate of the Master of Marketing candidate at Schulich School of Business. Her diverse background in product and service marketing has allowed her to work on projects for consumer-packaged goods, services, retail, and entertainment brands. Andrea is also a graduate from the University of La Sabana Cundinamarca with a Bachelor of International Business Management and International Marketing and Logistics Information. Andrea is motivated by how brands can connect with people and engage with them through emotion. She believes that brands need to be distinctive, not different. She is passionate about generating creative marketing strategies that help brands be in people’s top of mind.

Ricardo Luhm Silva (MMAI '21) Ricardo Luhm Silva (MMAI '21)

Ricardo Luhm Silva is a Data Scientist at Manulife with 5 years of experience in AI and Data Science, and 12 years of experience in project management. Ricardo holds a Bachelor in Mechanical Engineering with an MBA in Project Management, as well as a Master in
Industrial and System Engineering (AI and Computer Vision for industrial inspection), and Master in Artificial Intelligence from the Schulich School of Business.






Kristyn Nazareth (MMgt '19) Kristyn Nazareth (MMgt '19)

Kristyn Nazareth is an Account Manager in Small Business Banking at TD Bank. Prior to completing her MMgt, she completed a B.Sc. in Kinesiology at McMaster University, and is currently pursuing her Accelerated MBA on a part-time basis at Schulich.





Lucie Wang (MSCM '20) Lucie Wang (MSCM '20)

Lucie Wang is an Account Manager at EcoVadis. She has a background in Sales & Marketing and Supply Chain working with global clients in CPG and agricultural products. Lucie is experienced in both customer and supplier relationship management with language fluency in English, French, and Chinese (Mandarin). Lucie is passionate about sustainability and is now working with customers internationally to build up their sustainable procurement initiatives.







Network with Program Faculty, Staff, and Students

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11:15 AM – 11:45 AM EST (Wonder Room)

Engage and interact with the program representatives and faculty, along with admission representatives and current students.  Hear how to enrich your student involvement so you can have the best experience possible.