• Women in Business Networking Event

    Join us in-person at Schulich on Tuesday, June 21st from 5:30pm to 8:30 pm (EDT) as we learn about the challenges and opportunities facing women in business. Hear firsthand from students and alumnae on what life is like as a woman in business school and in post-business school careers. Our Keynote Speaker and Schulich alumnae will let participants know why businesses value diversity and give advice on how to succeed. Come learn more about Schulich’s commitment to diversity!

    Please note that this event will be held in-person at the Schulich School of Business, Seymour Schulich Building (111 Ian Macdonald Blvd, Toronto). Guests will be asked to wear a mask while indoors; however, masks may be removed while eating and drinking at the reception.  Details on how to redeem complimentary parking pass, as well as transit and driving directions can be found here.

    Registration for the event is now closed.

    Please click here for more information on how Schulich empowers women in business.

Women in Business Agenda (click to expand)

Registration and Networking Reception

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5:30 PM – 6:45 PM. EDT

  • Check-in with registration desk at North Entrance of Schulich School of Business building (across from TTC station)
  • Enjoy some food and beverages as you network with other attendees at the reception

Welcome and Opening Remarks

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6:45 PM – 7:00 PM. EDT

  • Welcome and Opening Remarks
Marcia Annisette, Associate Dean, Academic and Professor, Accounting Marcia Annisette, Associate Dean, Academic and Professor, Accounting

Marcia AnnisetteMarcia Annisette

BSc (West Indies;) MSc (UMIST), PhD (Manchester); FCCA(UK), CPA, CGA

Associate Dean, Academic
Professor of Accounting

Dr. Marcia Annisette is Associate Dean Academic at the Schulich School of Business, York University Canada. She is also a Full Professor of Accounting. She holds a Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Manchester and is a Fellow Certified Chartered Accountant of the UK. She also is a CPA, CGA of Canada. Her major research interest is in the social organization of the accountancy profession. Dr. Annisette has received several awards for her scholarly work, including: the 1999 the Basel Yamey Prize for the best article for the year published in Accounting Business and Financial History Journal; the 2008 Outstanding Paper Award (winner) at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence for her co-authored paper published in Qualitative Research in Accounting and Management and the 2011 & 2016 “Highly Commended” Award (runner up) in the Mary Parker Follett Manuscript Award for articles published in Accounting Auditing and Accountability Journal. She is currently co-editor-in-Chief of Accounting Organizations and Society, was co-editor-in-Chief of Critical Perspectives in Accounting from 2009-2018 and currently sits on the editorial boards of 11 other academic accounting journals. She has previously held academic appointments at universities in England, the USA, Spain, and her home country, Trinidad and Tobago. She actively participates in the organization of several important conferences in the fields of inter-disciplinary accounting research and accounting history where she has served variously as conference convener and chair, opening plenary speaker and senior faculty advisor.

Keynote Speaker

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7:00 PM – 7:30 PM. EDT

  • Keynote Speaker Presentation and Q&A
Sasha Krstic, President, Mastercard Canada Sasha Krstic, President, Mastercard Canada

Sasha Krstic, IMBA ’03

President, Mastercard Canada

Sasha Krstic is president of Mastercard in Canada. In this role, she is responsible for all aspects of the company’s Canadian operations, and leads the regional strategy to continue growing Mastercard’s brand and business in Canada.

Since joining Mastercard in 2004, Sasha has held leadership roles in key regions across the globe. Most recently, she was executive vice president of Services for Asia-Pacific, and from 2016-2018, she was the head of the Nordic and Baltic division, where she oversaw eight diverse markets and was responsible for developing and executing Mastercard’s strategy to grow the business and deliver innovative payment experiences for consumers and merchants.

Sasha began her Mastercard career in Canada and is excited to bring her global experience and perspective back home. During her 11 years in the Toronto office, she held three key positions:

  • Senior Vice President and Group Head, Global Products and Solutions, overseeing the development of innovative products and services to benefit Canadian consumers, merchants and business partners;
  • Senior Vice President and Group Head, Issuer Relationship Management, working closely with financial institutions across the country, deepening relationships and strategically growing Mastercard’s market position;
  • Client Business Leader, Advisors

Sasha graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Arts in Native Studies and has an International Master of Business Administration from the Schulich School of Business at York University. She is passionate about bringing the best out of colleagues, partners and customers; advancing opportunities for women; and most importantly, of living and leading with authenticity.

Alumni Panel Discussion and Q&A

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7:30 PM – 8:25 PM. EDT

  • Alumni Panel Discussion and Q&A
Moderator: Ela Veresiu, Associate Professor, Marketing, Schulich School of Business Moderator: Ela Veresiu, Associate Professor, Marketing, Schulich School of Business

Ela Veresiu

Ela Veresiu, iBBA (Schulich School of Business, York); PhD (Witten/Herdecke University)

Associate Professor, Marketing

Ela Veresiu is an Associate Professor of Marketing and the Marketing Area PhD Program Coordinator at the Schulich School of Business, York University. Her research, which focuses on understanding and promoting consumer diversity and market inclusion at the interplay of identity, technology, branding, and institutions, has been awarded the prestigious Sidney J. Levy Award and the Ferber Award Honorable Mention, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), published in the Journal of Consumer Research, the Journal of Advertising, the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research, Consumption Markets & Culture, and Marketing Theory, and featured by, among others, CBC News, The Conversation, and The National Post.

Panelist: Meghan Archibald Panelist: Meghan Archibald

Meghan Archibald, MBA ’19

Product Marketing Manager, Clio

Meghan Archibald has worked in Marketing for over 10 years. Currently, she owns Product Marketing for billing and accounting at Clio, the leading legal practice management software. As a Product Marketing Manager at Clio, Meghan influences the product strategy and roadmap, brings new releases to market, and enables internal teams to tell compelling stories and drive product success. Meghan’s passion for startups and tech all began several years ago when she co-founded an EdTech startup and sat on the advisory board of a local accelerator. Since then, she’s advised startups and remains active in the Schulich Startups community. Outside of Clio, you can find her playing soccer, making soap, or rock climbing.

Panelist: Ambreen Hasan Panelist: Ambreen Hasan

Ambreen Hasan, MBA ’19

Senior Consultant, Deloitte

Ambreen Hasan has 3 years of experience as a Senior Technology Consultant in the Cloud Migration strategy and implementation at Deloitte Canada with previous experience in data analytics from India. Currently Ambreen is working on a project as a Project Manager for multi-cloud migration strategy.



Panelist: Gabriela Moreno Kahn Panelist: Gabriela Moreno Kahn

Gabriela Moreno Kahn, MBA ’21

Associate, Global Operations Catalyst Development Program, Scotiabank


Panelist: Azadeh (Ozzy) Roustakiani Panelist: Azadeh (Ozzy) Roustakiani

Azadeh (Ozzy) Roustakiani, MBAN ’19

Manager, Data Analytics, TD

Ozzy Roustakiani, is a Data and Analytics Manager with TD Bank, leading the team that delivers data analytics solutions in the Enterprise Project Delivery Excellence space. She is passionate about data, storytelling, connecting the dots and acting as a bridge between technology and business. Her educational background includes two M.A.s in Business Analytics from the Schulich School of Business and IT Business Management. She also has a B.A. in Software Engineering. On top of everything, she accomplished so far, Ozzy is a proud mom of a little princess.

**Unfortunately, Ozzy Roustakiani will be unable to join us for our panel event. Taking her place will be Gabriela Moreno Kahn, MBA ’21.



Closing Remarks

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8:25 PM – 8:30 PM. EDT

  • Closing Remarks
Katherine Elliot, Assistant Director, Recruitment & Admissions Katherine Elliot, Assistant Director, Recruitment & Admissions

Katherine Elliot

Assistant Director, Recruitment & Admissions

Katherine Elliot has been a part of the education community for over 12 years. As the Assistant Director, Recruitment and Admissions at Schulich, she is responsible for overseeing recruitment activities and admission to the domestic MBA program and undergraduate BBA and iBBA programs. Having worked with both domestic and international institutions, Katherine has a unique understanding of the value of offering guidance throughout the recruitment cycle. Katherine is passionate about supporting students as pursue higher education and helping students reach their goals through higher education.