Alumni Advisory Council

Slate of Officers

2021 - 2022 Alumni Advisory Council


Kat Clark
Chair - 2021 - 2023
Broadcasting, Television & Communications Media, 2010

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Since graduating from Mohawk’s Television and Communications Media Program, Kat Clark has worked at television stations throughout the GTHA including CTS, CHCH, and Cable 14 and for production companies on film sets and national television shows like “So You Think You Can Dance Canada” and the JUNO Awards.

In 2015 Kat transitioned to radio broadcasting and has thrived in her role as the swing announcer and promotions director for KX947, KX96, 949 The Rock, CKDO, Durham Radio News, Wave.FM, 92.9 The Grand and launching soon: 88.5 The Lake!

She also spends time working with her husband and fellow Mohawk Students’ Association past president, Daniel Clark at his company Cithara Guitars Inc. which is a custom guitar shop and repair center for musical instruments located in Hamilton, Ontario.

Kat returned to Mohawk in the winter of 2019 as a part-time faculty member, educating second-year radio students in their final semester and preparing them for the workforce as future-ready graduates.

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Jonathan Vize
Vice Chair - 2021 - 2023
Journalism and Communications Media, 2005

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A graduate of the Journalism and Communications Media program, Jonathan Vize is an award-winning broadcast professional whose career began at CTV Toronto through a student internship from Mohawk.

Nearly a decade later, Jonathan became an integral part of the CTV Newsroom and management team as Senior Manager of Broadcast Operations, overseeing one of the largest groups at CTV in Toronto.

In 2014, he was awarded the Bell Media Inspiration Award for his commitment to excellence and productivity. Jonathan has now returned to his hometown station in Hamilton, where he coordinates and assigns daily news coverage, generates story ideas, and stays on top of breaking news as the Assignment Editor at CHCH News.


Jay Hayward
Past Chair - 2021 - 2023
Business Administration, 1990

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A graduate of Mohawk’s Business Administration program, Jay Hayward began his career in the automotive aftermarket sector right after graduation, starting out in a quality control and process development role.

Throughout his career, Jay has had held various roles in vendor relations management and regional management. In 2009, Jay joined the team at CSN Collision Centres, an automotive collision consolidation corporation operating in Canada and the United States with over 240 locations and growing. He started as the operations manager which led to multiple promotions as director, operations, and vice-president of operations for Canada.

Today, Jay is the vice president, program and service for North America, where he leads the teams responsible for the collision organization’s vendor and OEM partnerships, human resources, data and technology, as well as corporate operations and infrastructure.

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Kyle Datzkiw
2020 - 2022
Business Administration, 2016

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Graduating from General Business in 2016, Kyle Datzkiw is a proud Mohawk College Alumni from the McKeil School of Business. While there is so much to appreciate about the education he received during his time at Mohawk, Kyle is most proud of his time spent outside of the classroom with the Mohawk Students’ Association (MSA).

Kyle served two terms on the Board of Directors for the MSA, including a term as president in 2016-2017. Having always had a passion for customer service and assisting others, Kyle now works as a Financial Services Manager for Performance Mercedes-Benz in St. Catharines, Ontario. 

Outside of work, Kyle takes great pride in remaining involved in the community. As a member of the coaching staff for the basketball program at Westmount Secondary School, he looks to be able to mentor and support the potential future Mohawk students of tomorrow. 

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Julia Freeman
2020 - 2022
Event Management Post Graduate Certificate, 2015

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After graduating from Mohawk’s Business Marketing program, Julia Freeman (nee Jarusauskas) began her career with The Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Mohawk College before moving into the role of Marketing & Events Specialist at the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce, where she supports marketing initiatives and plans and executes some of Hamilton’s largest events.

Over the past five years at the Chamber, Julia has participated in many initiatives such as the Hamilton Juno Awards, the Canadian Country Music Awards, the Pan Am Soccer Tournament, and an Evening with Michelle Obama.

Julie is dedicated to giving back and supporting her community. Her volunteer experience includes sitting on the Hamilton Chamber’s Young Entrepreneurs & Professionals (YEP) Executive Committee, and previously was part of the Dr. Bob Kemp Hike for Hospice Planning Committee, and was a judge for the Barrie Chamber Business Awards.

Julia has planned hundreds of events throughout her career thus far and continues to enjoy every minute of it.

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Linda Rourke
2020 - 2022
Broadcasting, Television & Communications Media, 1990

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After graduating from Mohawk's media department Linda's career has taken her across the country and includes media sales in radio at Q107, PRN and Canadian Broadcast Sales, a weather specialist and morning show host at The Weather Network in Montreal and Ontario, morning show host and location producer for Vancouver Breakfast (CTV), back up sports and weather host on Canada AM, radio hosting at Country 95.3 Toronto, and host and producer, host, videographer of Hamilton Life and City Matters at Cable 14, Hamilton.

Linda has also contributed her talents to Mohawk College as a part-time instructor and has volunteered as a host for productions for International Women's Day and Media panels.

Linda has left her long career in media to join the Mohawk College Foundation Team as Senior Development Officer Academic partnerships. Bringing her full circle.

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Lucas Lubin
2021 - 2023
Journalism - Print and Broadcast, 2012

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Lucas is a proud graduate of Mohawk's journalism program. While studying, he was a victim services volunteer, a member of the Canadian Forces reserves, and a staff writer and radio host for the campus newspaper and radio station.

He converted an internship with CBC News Network into an associate producer position for the broadcasting corporation's News Now program. Lessons learned in seeking truth and helping others were transferred into his life-long dream of becoming a sworn police officer for the Hamilton Police Service.

Lucas is currently assigned to the youth and school office in the city’s core and has volunteered in multiple events aimed at enhancing young lives. He was also a lead in two events that raised about $10,000 to send 30 kids back-to-school shopping with police officers. He aims to continue to serve others in various ways in partnership with the community.

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Alex Pal
2021 - 2023
Mechanical Engineering Technology, 2009

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Alex is a Real Estate Investor, Developer and Agent along with his wife and business partner Kaely.

His Company, Pal Property Solutions is a professional, full-service real estate solutions company located in Hamilton, Ontario. They specialize in Partnering with individuals who are interested in investing in real estate but don't know how or where to start. Pal Property Solutions works towards creating value and generational wealth for both them and their partners by sourcing and bringing back to life ugly, run-down homes and rejuvenating neighbourhoods.

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Chris Tarpos
2021 - 2023
Broadcasting, Television & Communications Media, 2013

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Chris Tarpos is a 29 year old graduate from the Television & Communications Media program at Mohawk College. Chris started working in the television industry at the age of 17 in summer 2009 as an extra on the television series “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” Chris started attending Mohawk College to study TV Broadcasting in the fall of 2010. In his first year, he was offered internships at Corus Entertainment and YTV, along with a volunteer on-air gig at MuchMusic. He was also offered a job as a teleprompter operator at CHCH News. In the summer before entering his third year at Mohawk, Chris was offered an internship at Bell Media as a web content coordinator. Along with working, Chris volunteered for Bell Media, CBC, and Corus Entertainment. He has assisted in a variety of Canadian award shows such as the Juno Awards, the Gemini Awards, Canada’s Walk Of Fame, the Canadian Country Music Awards, and the MuchMusic Video Awards. Before graduating in June 2013, Chris was offered a job as a Master Control Operator at Bell Media, where he still works today. Chris also works on film sets as an actor and a stand-in.

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Katherine Whittington
2021 - 2023
Social Service Worker, 2010

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Katherine is a 2010 graduate of the Social Service Work program of Mohawk College. Katherine spent her first year in the college residence having fun, making friends and creating a welcoming environment as a staff person on the Social Orientation Staff (S.O.S) committee. In Katherine’s second year, she continued her work experience as a Resident Advisor, believing that a warm smile, listening ear and an open door is the start to help problem solve many worries and stressors.

Today, Katherine works as a Direct Support Facilitator for Community Living Hamilton, in their Residential Supports Division.

Katherine believes in inclusion, community integration, person-centred practices and living your best life!

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Yash Shastri
2020 - 2022
Motive Power Technician, 2017

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Yash graduating from Mohawk’s Motive power, program Yash secured a position as an Automotive Service Technician at Canadian Tire Burlington, Appleby Line Location. After obtaining red-seal certification Yash joined ProServe Automotive Inc Burlington as Senior Service Technician. Yash also volunteers with Andy’s Son-Rise program, where he plays and interacts with a boy named Andy. He is helping Andy step out of autism. While at Mohawk Yash received many awards for his academic successes and community involvement including a Celebration of Learning Rising Star award.



Ashik Ashik, President, Mohawk Students’ Association

Garrett Blair, Past President, Mohawk Students’ Association


College Resource

Wendy Makey, Director, Alumni Relations

Lori Morgan, Chief Marketing & Recruitment Officer

Cebert Adamson, VP Students, International & Alumni

Lisa Fitzpatrick, Operations Coordinator, Marketing & Recruitment

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