Pilon School of Business – Staffing Announcements
The Pilon School of Business Leadership Team is pleased to share and welcome nine full-time faculty to the Pilon School of Business, in a number of business disciplines. Please join us in welcoming our faculty colleagues to the PSB Community.
Professor, Entrepreneurship & Sustainability
Vishal Badiani has been an active entrepreneur for over a decade with experience in forming new business models and startups revolving around innovative solutions and leading large enterprise digital transformations.
He is currently pioneering a new AI based platform called Millo, started in 2020, that is being leveraged for ‘future of work’ strategy by organizations and academic institutions to create professional networks leading to better research, collaboration and mental well-being of its employees, faculty and students.
Prior to starting this venture, he was leading a large digital transformation for RBC, including a new predictive analytics insights engine on the banks mobile platform which attracted millions of active users. He has held progressive senior leadership roles in financial services, real estate, academia and gained dynamic international experience through global leadership roles in Australia and Asia.
Vishal was a part-time professor in PSB between 2011-2016 where he taught classes in Entrepreneurship, Digital Marketing, and Customer Relationship Management. He provided student support in his role as Academic Advisor and was a Faculty Advisor for Enactus Sheridan where he was awarded Faculty Advisor of the Year.
Vishal holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Western Ontario and also earned his Master in Business Administration from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and Queens University in Kingston. He was awarded the Fellow of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Institute at Cornell university in 2015.
In this new role, Vishal is excited to focus on education of high-growth entrepreneurship and technology innovation at Sheridan. He will leverage his experience of leading startups ground up and within large enterprises to create experiential learning for students in PSB who are interested in Entrepreneurship.
Avid sports fan, with a love to give back to the community, Vishal spends his weekends with the family and holidays exploring the world and traveling for causes through his involvement in charitable organizations. He was awarded a ‘Global Citizen’ title for his contributions and impact to the community in 2018.
Professor, Creativity & Leadership
Hyacinth joined Sheridan in 2015 as a part-time faculty and has been a partial load faculty for over six years. Before joining Sheridan, Hyacinth worked in the telecommunications, recruitment, and non-profit sectors.
Hyacinth brings over 15 years of business experience and worked at a senior executive level for a multi-national telecommunications provider. As sales/operations executive, Hyacinth led a business unit of over 200 staff and co-developed the business transformation initiative for her division to create an alternative business during a corporate merger. She also participated in the planning and preparing of the Business Unit’s five-year strategic plan.
Hyacinth also has 7-years’ experience working in the non-profit industry as a project manager. She mentored internationally trained professionals who were new to Canada to help them become certified or registered in their field. She wrote grant proposals that generated over $5M in grant funding from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) and the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration (MCI). She also developed, implemented, and managed bridge to work training in career streams for Sales and Marketing, Supply Chain, Human Resources, Information Technology and Tourism and Hospitality.
Hyacinth earned her Master of Business Administration degree from Nova Southeastern University and a master’s in educational studies in the social and cultural field of education from Brock University. She has a graduate certificate in Adult Education from George Brown College and Project Management from Sheridan College.
Hyacinth is in the second year of her Ph.D. program in educational studies at Brock University. Her specialization in the social, cultural, and political contexts field provides a framework for her to think about the theoretical, methodological, and pedagogical practices in education—how learners think, access information, grow, and become. Hyacinth brings strong skills in qualitative research. Her research examines alternative pedagogies that challenge educators to radically re-imagine culturally sustaining and accessible approaches to education.
Professor, International Business Management
Jennifer joined Sheridan in 2011 as a partial-load instructor in the Pilon School of Business (PSB). During her time as a professor, Jennifer has developed curriculum, taught a variety of courses in the diploma and post-graduate programs and has been an active contributor to program reviews and other initiatives. She has been the Coordinator of the International Business Management Program from which she is a graduate.
Jennifer has also been a strong contributor in a variety of student engagement initiatives including the PSB Case Competition, Enactus, the Women in Business Club and the HR Student Association.
Jennifer has run a successful consulting business and has managed international projects commissioned by regional and international agencies such as the Global Affairs Canada, The U.S. Commercial Service, The Quebec Trade Office, The Ministry of Economic Development and Trade, The Ontario Environmental Industry Association, and The Association of Registered Interior Designers.
Jennifer’s extensive experience also includes coordination of high-level international delegations and managing international conferences and trade missions. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Organization of Women in International Trade (OWIT) and is dedicated to supporting women-run businesses expand internationally.
Jennifer completed her undergraduate degree from the University of Western Ontario in Administrative and Commercial Studies and holds a Masters degree from Royal Roads University with a focus on Intercultural and International Communication.
Dr. Patrick Francis
Professor, Business Analysis & Process Management
Dr. Francis has over 25 years of private and public sector experience in quality and risk management in various industries including health care, manufacturing, finance, higher education, and food processing.
His diverse professional and academic background allows him to bring both breadth and depth to the topics taught. As part of his quality and risk advisory work with corporations, he taught risk management at the University of Toronto School of Continuing Studies for several years as well as coached professional practitioners in risk management. Additionally, Dr. Francis was an adjunct professor, enterprise risk management in digital industries, at the University of Toronto. He also taught and developed curricula for several courses in business and operational management at Humber College, Toronto School of Management, and Tyndale University College & Seminary.
Prior to Sheridan, and concurrent with some of the aforementioned roles, Dr. Francis worked in various areas of risk, information technology, strategy, and process/project management positions at the Bank of Montreal, Ministry of Health, Regional of Peel, and Ontario Financing Authority, where he oversaw and developed several risk and process management programs. Patrick was also previously the Quality Manager at Tiffany Gate Foods and Pepsi-Cola Inc. respectively where he developed quality and risk dashboarding systems to enhance product/service monitoring and tracking.
Dr. Francis holds several designations including Risk Management (CRM), Quality Engineer (CQE), Lean Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB), Business Process Management (CBPP), Project Management (PMP), and a Specialized Credential in Quality Risk Management (SCRM). In addition to his Bachelor of Science honours degree in Mathematics and Chemistry, Dr. Francis holds three postgraduate degrees/diplomas in Management, Business Administration (Finance & Banking), Mathematical Finance, and a PhD in Health Sciences (Quality Management).
Professor, Business Law and Ethics
After graduating law school, Izhak’s keen interest in business took him back to school to earn his MBA. Izhak began his business career at one of North America’s largest financial companies where he developed and delivered comprehensive training programs on all aspects of investment funds, annuities, pensions, estate planning, insurance law, retirement and financial planning, and taxation. He was also heavily involved in financial product development and marketing. Wanting to work more closely with individuals, Izhak established a financial planning practice which he grew to one of the largest at Manulife Securities.
After selling the practice, Izhak began teaching a wide variety of law, tax, and financial courses at both Humber and George Brown Colleges. Subsequently returning to the corporate world, Izhak left teaching for a number of years to serve as a senior executive with a not-for-profit insurance association.
Unable to stay away from school, Izhak returned to teaching, at Sheridan, two years ago. He has been teaching a variety of courses, principally law and accounting, in the Pilon School of Business.
Izhak earned his Master of Business Administration Degree from Schulich School of Business and his JD/LLB from the Osgoode Hall Law School. He also completed a certificate in Adult Training & Development from OISE/University of Toronto and has his Certified Financial Planner designation.
Professor, Supply Chain
Emiliano has more than two decades of experience working with manufacturers and exporters helping them increase their global growth by providing support and guidance with export, logistics and supply chain management issues. His strategies not only focus on navigating companies through the complexities of global supply chains but also in the small details that can make or break an international trade transaction.
Emiliano has worked in the private and the not-for-profit sector, has taught and developed courses in supply chain management, international business, and operations for multiple colleges in Ontario. He is a Certified International Trade Professional (CITP)with the Forum For International Trade Training (FITT), holds the Professional Logistician (PLOG) designation from the Logistics Institute, is an International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) Registered Trainer on Incoterms® 2020. Emiliano completed a Master of Business Administration (Global Leadership stream) at the University of Fredericton and is also completing the certification for instructors designation (CCI) with the Canadian International Freight Forwarding Association (CIFFA).
Emiliano joined us from Export Development Canada (a crown agency of the Government of Canada) where he was an International Business Advisor since 2018, and his duties included supporting and ensuring clients had resilient logistics and optimized supply chains, that will prepare their organizations and expand business internationally.
With more than 10 years of experience in post-secondary teaching and curriculum development, Emiliano is excited to offer his industry and education experience to Pilon School of Business students.
Dr. Brandon McFarlane
Professor, Creativity & Leadership
For the last seven years (2015-2021), Brandon instructed courses in the Board Undergraduate Certificate in Creativity and Creative Problem Solving, where he garnered a reputation for providing students with transformative learning experiences. He’s an in-demand speaker on creative approaches to pedagogy, and gave the keynote address at Humber College’s pedagogy day in 2018.
Brandon significantly advanced Sheridan’s Scholarly Research and Creative Activities (SRCA) portfolio by launching a number for impactful grant-funded, social innovation projects and removing barriers to participation in SRCA activities. His research synthesizes insights from innovation management, creativity studies, and the humanities to solve pertinent challenges in the creative industries and imagine new approaches to higher education. A passionate creative leader, Brandon champions a student-first approach to SRCA that prioritizes career development and creative exploration. Under his supervision, 12 research assistants have won institutional awards for their contributions to SRCA including two PSB alumni.
Brandon has published 9 articles and textbook chapters including works in The Creative Industries in Canada and Uncertainty: A Catalyst for Creativity, Learning, and Development. He’s been honored with numerous awards at Sheridan for his contributions to teaching, research, and equity, diversity, and inclusion; and was nominated for Colleges & Institutes Canada’s nation-wide Leadership Excellence Award for Faculty (and will be keeping his fingers-crossed until results are announced in April 2022).
Prior to joining Sheridan, Brandon completed his Doctoral studies at the University of Toronto (2012), where he researched Canada’s creative economy and taught literature, Canadian studies, and geography (2006-2014). Brandon brings 16-years’ experience to the position and a track-record of innovation in Canada’s post-secondary sector. He’s delighted to be joining the Pilon School of Business and can’t wait to collaborate with our talented students, faculty, and staff.
Professor, Digital Marketing and Marketing Analytics
Dana Moskowitz is excited to be part of the Pilon School of Business faculty as a Professor of Digital Marketing and Marketing Analytics. As a results-driven marketing professional with 20 years of experience, primarily in the technology sector, marketing consumer electronics and B2B SaaS solutions, Dana has led high-profile product launches (i.e. iPhone) and digital marketing portfolios.
Throughout her career, she has also led customer success teams to boost retention, loyalty, and upsell as part of her marketing portfolio. Dana also offers her extensive experience working in both Canada and the U.S. as a management consultant. She brings teaching experience in the Diploma, BBA, and Postgraduate marketing programs and is a specialist in Digital Marketing and curriculum development.
Educating is a passion for Dana as she loves being part of the learning journey with her students. Her goal is to ensure students have the right toolkit and business knowledge to be successful in their careers.
Dana has an MBA in Strategic Marketing, an undergraduate honours degree in psychology and she recently completed a certificate in adult education and training. Dana has two teenage girls and lives in Toronto with her kids and husband.
Dr. Meagan Troop
Professor, Interdisciplinary Competency Development and Reflective Practice
Meagan Troop has worked in post-secondary education for over a decade with experience in both college and university contexts. In her most recent role as the Manager of Educational Development at Sheridan’s Centre for Teaching and Learning, Meagan collaborated with faculty, staff, and administrators to design and facilitate programs and initiatives that build teaching and learning capacity.
Before joining Sheridan, Meagan worked as an educational developer and instructional designer with positions at the Universities of Guelph, Waterloo, and OCAD, and has adjunct teaching experience from St. Lawrence College, Wilfrid Laurier University, Western University, and The University of Guelph.
Meagan holds a PhD in Education from Queen’s University with a focus on curriculum. She is actively involved in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) as a researcher with contributions made through peer-reviewed publications, mentorship, and educational leadership at local, national, and international conferences and events and as an Editorial Board member of the Canadian Journal for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (CJSoTL). She is also currently the chair of the Advisory Board for eCampus Ontario and the Co-Chair of the Council of Ontario Educational Developers.
Meagan is thrilled to be joining the PSB team and so grateful to be part of a transformative vision for teaching and learning.
Please join us in welcoming everyone to the Pilon School of Business community.