International Alumni Panel

Past Panels

Winter 2016

David Olofin - International Business Management, 2015

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David is currently a Financial Service Representative at GoEasy Financial©. David was previously in telecommunications sales at S&P Data in Hamilton, Ontario. David has spent many hours volunteering as an international student mentor/ambassador at Mohawk College. David holds a post graduate certificate in International Business Management from McKeil School of Business. While at Mohawk College, David was a student mentor where he taught engineering and business mathematics courses. This willingness to assist and volunteer earned him a Student Engagement award for the academic year of 2014-2015. Prior to coming to Canada, David worked with Lagos State Internal Revenue in Nigeria as a Revenue Supervisor. He holds an Honors Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics from the University of Lagos Nigeria.

Tianzhi (Andrew) Zheng - Health, Wellness and Fitness, 2015

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Holding a dream to help people keep away from sickness, I started to study western medicine in the First Moscow State Medical University in 2004. Six years later, I successfully graduated and also realized that prevention is more important than treatment. With unexpected luck, Chinese traditional medicine helped me learn one more essential concept, which is to unleash the power of self-healing. More fortunately, majoring in Health, Wellness and Fitness program at Mohawk College made my knowledge more comprehensive and integrated in the health field. I am very thankful to Mohawk College for helping me on self-development, teaching me all the knowledge, giving me the opportunities to practice, and more. Now as a Food and Nutrition Technician in a wellness clinic, I enjoy my fresh new life to actually help my clients keep away from sickness.

Oluwakemi (Kemi) Olaleye - Human Resources Management, 2014

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Kemi is a graduate of Human Resources Management in 2014, prior to that she has a B.A in English Language and she held a leadership position in University of Ilorin as the President of AIESEC Ilorin a sub organisation to AIESEC International from 2007-2008 and worked on projects like HIV/AIDS called ASK (Answer Solutions and Knowledge) to create awareness to high school students.

In 2012, she decided to resign from her job from a prestigious school in Nigeria to pursue her career in Human Resources. She was a volunteer at Slum2School Africa for a year, working with children from disadvantaged communities to gain access to quality education and was the Human Resource Coordinator; before she recently moved to Canada in 2013 to further her education and career in Human Resources.

While in Mohawk College, she had a holistic college experience. Apart from studying, she volunteered in various activities such as Open House, International Student week, Institute for Canadian Citizenship - Mohawk Chapter and International Education Week just to mention a few. She was awarded “The Guard me Posts Graduate Certificate Award” and she did her internship with Hamilton Health Sciences.

Currently, Kemi is a Certified Human Resource Professional (CHRP) in Canada, works with Easy Financial and plans to compliment her career by developing herself further as a Business Analyst.

Preet Sandhu - Insurance, 2014

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I came to Canada in 2012 to make it my new home as an international student from India. After completing my Masters in Business Administration in Marketing from New Delhi (India), I got myself enrolled in Insurance diploma at Mohawk for 2 years as I decided to switch my career from marketing to finance and insurance. After facing the initial challenges to adapt into a completely new environment and country, things started to work out with the great support of Mohawk college teachers and friends. After graduating in 2014, I found a job in my desired field of finance. I am currently working with Go Easy LTD as a full time Financial Services Representative. On the side, I am an independent licensed Financial Advisor providing assistance with all sorts of financial goals and planning (insurance and investments). Based on my experience, I came to a conclusion that Canada is a land of opportunities provided that you are at the right place at the right time. Moreover, Mohawk College has been a life changing experience as they polished my skills during the initial years of my establishment in Canada.

Summer 2015

Alisha Fellows

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I am currently a Junior Accountant of assurance at WBM Partners LLP, a public accounting firm in Burlington. I graduated from the Business Accounting – Coop program (with Honors) in 2014 where I was awarded the Graduate’s Award for Outstanding Achievement and the President’s Award for Academic Excellence.

I am currently attending McMaster University where I am taking courses towards my CGA/CPA accounting designation. I am from the island of Jamaica, where I was born and raised in the capital city. Prior to leaving Jamaica, I obtained a Bachelors’ Degree in Business Administration (Marketing major and International Business minor). I am also a member of the Brantford Caribbean Association committee and a dancer for the Brantford Caribbean Dance Vibration dance group (performing a the annual Brantford International Villages, FestCaribbean, and charity event such as the Taste of Glenhyrts.

Shan Li

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Graduated from Mohawk Electrical Engineering Technology-Control program at 2012.

Before I started at Mohawk, I just graduated with a bachelor degree in English from China.

The most successful and wonderful thing during my Mohawk time is the Co-op experience. I worked in Horizon Utility(Hamilton Hydro)for 4 months and 12 months in Toronto Hydro which is my current employer. The amount of knowledge and skills that I learned from my 4 Co-op terms had helped me getting my current full time position. Also the co-workers had helped me establish a great industry network. Even I wasn’t lucky enough to get an offer before graduation, I am pretty confident that I will get into the power industry in the near future.

Right after graduation, I had started my fulltime position at Toronto Hydro as an Engineering Technologist in design for Capital Project including Electrical and Civil. Meanwhile, I had continuously pursuing my certification through OACETT(Ontario Association of Certified Technologist and Technicians) to be a C.E.T.(Certified Engineering Technologist).I had learned quite a lot so far at work and very happy at my current position with Toronto Hydro. Also I am an active alumni member for Mohawk College. It’s a beautiful thing to be able to share my experience and story with all the people especially more and more young students in Mohawk. I saw the previous Shan among them.

Vinay Joshi

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In India before Vinjay came to Mohawk he graduated with a Bachelors of Business Administration. He was a National Champion in swimming and water-Polo. He worked part-time as a swimming and water-polo coach during school. He was offered a fulltime position from IBM computers during Campus placement fairs, but chose to come here for international study experience.

In Canada and at Mohawk he started in International Business Management in January 2013 and graduated same year. Then went into the Business General program in 2013 and graduated in summer 2014. He worked part-time in international news. A few months after graduation, he was given the opportunity to work as a recruiter in international department of Mohawk College.

Benjamin Ukaonu

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Ben is currently Financial Service Representative at Easy Financial Services National Sales Centre and Telecommunications Sales Representative at S&P Data (Rogers Telecommunications Company) in Hamilton, Ontario. Previously Ben was as a Field Sales Representative with Bell Canada Agent Netwiseems Direct BRS at Oakville, Ontario and volunteered as an International Student Mentor at Mohawk College in Hamilton, Ontario.

Prior to coming to Canada, Ben's career spanned 5 years in the private sector where he held senior management positions as a Business and Sales Operations Manager with a Nestle Nigeria plc Distributor Willy J & Sons Nigeria Ltd.

Ben holds a Post-Graduate Certificate in International Business Management (Honours) from Mckeil School of Business, Mohawk College and was the recipient of the; Faculty of Business, Skilled Trades and Apprenticeship International Scholarship Award for the Academic year 2014/2015. A Graduate member of the Nigerian Institute of Management and holds a Bachelors of Science degree (Honours) in Biochemistry from Igbinedion University, Okada, Nigeria.

Winter 2015

Rouxanne Irving

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Rouxanne Irving is an International Support Officer in International Student Services at Mohawk College. She graduated from Mohawk College with a Diploma in Business Accounting (Hons), and was awarded with The President’s Silver Medal – One of Mohawk’s highest medals of achievement for her exemplary work on campus as a student. She came to Canada in winter 2011 as a student from the beautiful island of Jamaica, where she taught as a business teacher for approximately 2 year; she holds a Diploma in Secondary Teacher Education.

Earl Clarke

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In 1998, Earl Clarke completed an Advance Science Technician Diploma at the John S. Donaldson Technical Institute in Trinidad, and completed his on the job training at Chemistry Food and Drugs ltd in Trinidad for 2 months as a Laboratory Technician Trainee. After the first week of training he was given his own drugs to analyze and work on. This is where his passion for the chemistry profession began. At Mohawk College, he completed the Chemical Engineering Technology program and graduated with a 95% GPA in February 2005. He was a member of the Canadian Society for Chemical Technology and an International Education Student Ambassador at Mohawk College. After Mohawk College he was first employed at Xerox Canada from March of 2005 to 2009 as Chemical Technologist then at Arcelormittal Dofasco as a Blast Furnace Operator. During this period he attained his Insurance License and continue to mentor members of his community.

Harin Dalal

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Harin graduated from Mohawk College’s Health Wellness and Fitness- Co-op program in June, 2014. He aspires to be a Physical Therapist in Canada and has a Bachelor’s Degree in Physiotherapy from Bangalore, India. Currently, Harin works at Mohawk College as a Technologist, assisting professors of the School of Justice and Wellness programs and also as a Research Assistant at St. Joseph's Health Care in Hamilton assisting seniors in their physical maintenance program. Before moving to Canada, Harin actively volunteered his time in local communities to organize blood donation camps, and advocate for physiotherapy and health awareness programs in rural parts of India. He has worked for hospitals and non-profit organizations rehabilitating children, adults and seniors from different walks of life.

James Cao

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James Cao chose the Biotechnology Technician (Health) program in Mohawk College, because he had a dream to become a doctor, and was very interested in Biology in high school. He studied 2 years in school and had one full year of co-op in a pharmaceutical company. It was a great experience, as it was the first real full time job he have ever had. He graduated from Mohawk in May 2012. While at Mohawk he started a Mohawk Chinese Association, which promoted Chinese culture in the school, and organized many activities for Chinese students in the school. James' interests have moved from medicine to business and he has started his own dry-cleaning business where he is constantly learning new things.

Rajeev Bhatia

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Rajeev Bhatia completed a Bachelors in Computer Science in India. Then he chose management as his career path. He completed his MBA degree in IBM and finance. After this, he worked as a Business Development Executive for a company name System Solution Pvt. Ltd for almost 3 years. He moved to Canada and enrolled in the International Business Management program at Mohawk graduating in 2013.

"I am really grateful and highly appreciated with the education force and practical knowledge of the teaching staff. The work force was really very enthusiastic about what they taught and delivered to the students. After graduation I feel I fortified my career after this IBM course."

He started his career in CANADA as an e-Marketing Coordinator for a company name SKYDEK Solutions in Toronto. The job was good but he need something where he can implement his knowledge on his own, without any supervision. In 2014, he started his own business with his brother, buying a gas station then a year after, one more. He is also working as an Insurance and Financial advisor for a company name World Financial Group.

Georgina Boulus

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Georgina Boulus graduated from Mohawk's Computer Systems Technician – Network Systems in 2008. She has been working for Blackberry since she graduated, as Software Tester. Today she is a Senior Software Tester who is managing testing on the BlackBerry Enterprise Server licensing feature and supervising a team of three.



Jin Kim

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Jin Kim had graduated high school and was working at a computer repair shop before coming to Canada to enroll in the Computer Systems Technology-Network Engineering & Security program. Since graduating in 2013 Jin has worked in Mohawk’s International Department as well as being involved with the Global Hamilton Connect Group and has volunteered for the Burlington Sound of Music Festival.