PSB Faculty and Staff Announcements

By Anne-Liisa Longmore

I am writing to share several PSB faculty and administrative staff announcements with our community.

Dr. Brian Chama

After an extensive search process that attracted highly qualified candidates, I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Brian Chama to the position of associate dean in the Pilon School of Business, effective July 19, 2021.  In this role Brian will be responsible for the Human Resources and Office Administration portfolio of programs.

Brian joined Sheridan in January 2015 as a full-time professor teaching a variety of management and communications courses across the diploma, degree, and post graduate certificate programs including Managing & Communications Across Cultures, Managing Cultural Differences, Developing an International Strategic Plan, International Trade and Logistics, and International Business Law and Ethics and International Law. 

In June 2018, Brian became the program coordinator for the International Business Management post-graduate certificate program in the Pilon School of Business. During his tenure as program coordinator, Brian has strengthened and expanded the reputation of the IBM program by cultivating positive and rewarding relationships with internal and external industry and government agency partners. 

In addition to his teaching and coordinating responsibilities, Brian has been involved in curriculum development and enhancement, student recruitment and retention initiatives and research. 

Brian is presently the lead researcher for the Sheridan College and Afro Caribbean Business Network’s (ACBN) collaborative two-year research project. In 2020, Brian was nominated for the Sheridan College Emerging Leader Award designed to recognize and celebrate amazing contributions made by Sheridan College dedicated employees. 

Prior to joining the Pilon School of Business, Brian built a strong reputation in academic leadership, teaching, research, and strategic planning. He was a Professor at London Metropolitan University and at Kingston University. He was also a program director at the International Study Centre, at the University of Lincoln, and program director at the European School of Economics. 

Brian is also a published researcher having published his work in many peer reviewed journals, book chapters, and academic textbooks. In addition, he is an editorial book manuscript reviewer for Lexington Press and Palgrave Macmillan Press.

On top of his impressive academic experience, Brian also speaks many languages and has extensive international experience having lived in many countries around the world, working for international corporate and civil society organisations.

Brian holds a number of credentials and qualifications including a PhD in Culture and Communication from the Roehampton University in the United Kingdom, an Erasmus Mundus Master’s in International Business Law and Human Rights (having studied jointly at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and the University of Tromso in Norway), and a Master of Mass Communication. 

Brain is passionate about education and is a committed lifelong learner currently pursuing a third Master’s in Business Administration focusing on International Business Management from the University of Cumbria in the United Kingdom.   

When not working, Brian finds time to be involved in his community and is currently serving as a Black Community Advisory Council Member of the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board which works collaboratively to address anti-Black racism and improve educational outcomes for Black students. He is also an International Trade Committee Member for the Mississauga Board of Trade which provides support and resources for the business community involved in trade related services. It brings together business organizations and provides insight on the many critical issues facing business today and business landscape. 

I am grateful to the search committee for their contributions to this important recruitment process. Committee members included; Dr. Mamunur Rashid (associate dean, PSB), Connie Taylor (manager, Finance and Business Operations), Annie Tarzi (professor, PSB), Maureen Gioseffi (academic portfolio administrator, PSB), Nazlin Hirji (executive director, Continuing and Professional Studies), Lisa Brady (PSB human resources partner) and Natalie Pierre (PSB talent acquisition specialist). In addition to the search committee, I am grateful for the input provided by our stakeholder group members from across the college. 

Please join me in welcoming Brian to his new role as associate dean.

Dr. Mamunur Rashid

It is with mixed emotions that I share the additional news that Dr. Mamunur Rashid will be returning to his faculty role commencing Sept. 1, 2021. 

Mamunur joined PSB’s leadership team as an associate dean in January 2018, after serving as a full-time faculty member teaching Finance and Economics, and serving as a program coordinator for the International Business Management post-graduate certificate program.

During his time as an associate dean, Mamunur stewarded several successful curricular advancements, pilots, changes and program reviews. During the last year, Mamunur has worked closely with faculty and associate dean colleagues to facilitate the BBA program review and consent renewal process for the Finance BBA program. 

In addition to his role as an associate dean for his portfolio, Mamunur has also been actively engaged in a number of important PSB initiatives. For example, he worked collaboratively with internal and external partners and colleagues having played an integral role in the recent PSB-ACBN Collaborative Research Project, the PSB-FHASS pathways project, and the course-based REB process. 

Mamunur has supported and advanced the research culture in PSB working closely with PSB faculty colleagues and colleagues from across the college in his role as an administrative team member of Senate Standing Committee of Research. 

A champion of extra-curricular and co-curricular student engagement learning opportunities, Mamunur has been actively involved in organizing networking events for students including the very popular PSB-RBC Future Ready Virtual Event and the networking event for Finance students. 

Mamunur has shared how difficult this decision was for him as he has been honoured to serve the Pilon School of Business in the capacity of associate dean and has enjoyed working, learning, and building lasting relationships with his faculty colleagues, members of the PSB leadership team and his colleagues across the college. 

Please join me in thanking Mamunur for his contributions as Associate Dean and wishing him well as he transitions back to his faculty role in the Finance program.

Mamunur will continue to oversee his current portfolio until he transitions back to faculty in the fall. 

Cathryn Oliver

Cathryn Oliver will be returning to a faculty role on Nov. 1, 2021. 

I am tremendously grateful to Cathryn for extending the date for her return to faculty and for continuing on in the associate dean role to support the transitions within the leadership team during the last year. 

During this period, Cathryn’s leadership has been highly valued in her portfolios, and she has played an integral role in stewarding the advancement of PSB’s exploration of the micro-credential space, guided the ongoing analysis of the post-graduate certificate market, fostered the development of our post-graduate certificate bundling initiative and supported the onboarding of our newest associate dean. 

Cathryn’s passion for education, highly collaborative approach to her work, and strengths in relationship building have been invaluable during this time of transition.  

Please join me in thanking Cathryn for her continued contributions as associate dean and wishing her well as she transitions back to her faculty role in the Advertising program.

It is with mixed feelings that I share with you the upcoming retirement and departure of two of our PSB faculty colleagues, Dr. Tony Read and Dr. John-Paul Hatala.

Both Tony and John-Paul are valued members of our PSB community and they will be missed.

Dr. Tony J. Read

Tony has decided to retire from Sheridan at the end of the summer semester. During his three year’s at Sheridan he has enjoyed re-building and delivering the BBA Capstone Program, having redesigned both the Strategic Management and Integrated Industry Project courses. 

Culminating in the applied learning of nearly 800 fourth year students, supporting six course professors and identifying, engaging and supporting over 30 industry partners/entrepreneurs. 

Further, the teaching research work on both these courses has been celebrated at the Sheridan Creates 2021 conference and the Colleges and Institutes Canada 2021 conference, plus covered in a Globe and Mail special feature in 2020. 

Finally, to further assist the college, Tony process-led the new PSB vision/mission creation and supported the BBA degree renewal. 

He has provided significant value to the college, students, partners and other professors in mentoring and supporting the capstone delivery. We wish him all the best as he moves on to other opportunities.

Dr. John-Paul Hatala

John-Paul has made the difficult decision to shift from teaching full-time to pursue his consulting practice. 

Since joining the Human Resources portfolio as faculty in 2015, John-Paul has taught multiple courses across the HR programs including OB, Performance Management and HR Management at the diploma and BBA levels. 

John-Paul has also contributed to curriculum renewal, curriculum development and program reviews during his time in PSB. He has also made valuable contributions as course lead for Research Thesis, supporting all PSB BBA learners.

Both Tony and John-Paul will be with us until the end of the summer 2021 term. Please join me in congratulating our colleagues, thanking them for their service to Sheridan and our students, and wishing them the very best on their next adventures.  

Iryna Molodecky

Iryna Molodecky, professor of the creative stream in the Advertising Diploma and post-grad programs in PSB, is retiring this summer to begin a new chapter in her life exploring more fully her creativity and visual work. 

Iryna began her teaching career at Sheridan College in 2008 with 27 years’ experience in the advertising industry. In 2010, she joined the Creative Campus initiative and led the Creative Spaces task force, bringing creative energy to the newly built HMC campus. 

Throughout her 13-year career at Sheridan, Iryna has been a passionate supporter of creativity initiatives. She was part of the team that developed the Creative Thinking Gen Ed course and was instrumental in bringing it into the Advertising program as a mandatory course. Iryna has created a Visual Toolkit for teaching business that explores the connection between creativity, visuals and business (to be housed on Sheridan’s Source). 

“It’s been an amazing creative journey.”

Sidney Liburd

Sidney (Sydney) Liburd has been a long-standing Partial-Load faculty at PSB’s Finance program since January 2000. He was an integral part of the launch of the Financial Planning Post Graduate Certificate Program at the Trafalgar campus in Fall 2002. He was also the Coordinator of this program from Fall of 2011, until this program was discontinued after Winter of 2014. Under Sidney’s coaching, a group of Financial Planning students from PSB won the Bronze medal in the 2013 CIFP Case Competition.

In addition to his responsibilities as a member of the PSB faculty, Sidney has had a long tenure as an Academic Advisor in the Finance program since 2003. He has been providing steady guidance, support and assistance to our students mainly at the Davis campus and more recently to HMC students as well.

From outside of Sheridan, Sidney brings his experience from having owned & operated his own income tax sole proprietorship service since 1994. He also brings to the Finance program his experience as a Financial Advisor with the Investment Firm of Keybase Financial Group of Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Please join me in thanking Sidney for his contributions to our learners and community and wishing him the very best in his retirement.

Dr. Jason Dean

Dr. Jason Dean has accepted an Assistance Professor position at King’s University College in London, Ontario effective September 1, 2021. He joined PSB, Sheridan in 2013 and taught a suit of economics courses in our diploma, degree and grad-certificate programs. Jason has been a dedicated Professor with an incessant drive to seek out new methods to continually develop and advance his teaching practice. In his role as the Faculty lead of economics courses at PSB, he successfully developed and implemented new and innovative curriculum for all programming models. PSB students have hugely benefited from his integration of a range of active and experiential learning methods and effectively integrating technology in the classroom. He is well respected by his colleagues and students; and his friendly and approachable demeanor was greatly appreciated.

While at Sheridan, Jason also published several peer-reviewed articles on topics such as immigrant economic integration, impact of job matching, and labour market and housing outcomes of various marginalized groups in Canada. Jason will continue to be available until his departure at the end of August to support his colleagues to ensure a successful transition of his responsibilities.

Please join me in thanking Jason for his contributions to our learners and community and wishing him the very best in his new role at King’s University College.

Anne-Liisa Longmore is the dean of the Pilon School of Business

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