Faculty of Business Dean, Sylvia Lowndes welcomes back faculty and students Fall 2014

September 2, 2014

VRlThis September, we have the privilege of greeting more than 1590 first year students from more than 25 countries and into 20 different programs.  Each student is drawn to Sheridan’s Faculty of Business by our innovative programs, our outstanding professors and staff, our top-notch facilities and, our stellar reputation in business education.

Today, we will also have the honor of welcoming more than 140 new BBA students who will ‘learn to learn’ differently as we introduce our Faculty of Business innovative model of whole-learner development.  We will co-mingle critical 21st century competencies of critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and dealing with ambiguity, into the rich technical curricula of the respective disciplines within Sheridan’s Faculty of Business BBA suite of programs. This is a novel approach and we are thrilled with the range of possible developmental outcomes for our students. Thank you to all those involved in the design and development of our unique Sheridan Faculty of Business BBA experience!Enactus Group

September is a time for ‘fresh beginnings’ and ‘infinite opportunities’. As our students enter our classrooms over the next week I reflect upon the full range of ‘what is possible’ for those students who choose Sheridan’s Faculty of Business to explore, experience and expand their horizons.

I believe we have the good fortune to come together in a unique learning community. This fall we are proud to welcome many new professors, a new librarian and, many new support staff to our community – all with the goal of supporting an exceptional learning experience for our students. I am certain that you will come to recognize that just like our students, our Faculty of Business is primed for growth and transformation. These are exciting times. Thank you for all you do in support of our students. I trust you will all have an exceptional year!


We wish you a Merry Christmas, Happy New Year….and the very best of the Holiday Season!

December 16, 2013

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Professor David Nowell wishes all his colleagues a happy academic year Fall 2013

September 12, 2013

David and Sybil NowellRecently retired Sheridan Faculty of Business, Marketing Professor, David Nowell wishes all his friends and colleagues a happy new academic year as he celebrates not having to prepare for the September return of students. Professor Nowell is noted for leadership and his long time participation in The Ontario Colleges Marketing Competition.

David was the creator of the Lydiatt Award at OCMC.  It is named in part for William Arthur Lydiatt, who founded Marketing Magazine in 1918 and published it until 1954, when ill health forced him to sell it to MacLean-Hunter Limited, subsequently bought by Rogers Media. From the late 1940s until his death in 1961, he was supported by his niece Margaret, who helped him deal with the ravages of disease and allowed him to continue living with dignity and the gourmet lifestyle he loved.

Both David and Sybil Nowell retired this year from long teaching careers – Happy Retirement!

Faculty of Business says goodbye to Bill Holmes and welcomes Sylvia Lowndes Fall 2013

September 3, 2013
William Holmes, Vice Provost, Sylvia Lowndes Dean, Faculty of Business

William Holmes, Vice Provost, Sylvia Lowndes, Dean, Faculty of Business

Dr. William Holmes, formerly Dean of the Faculty of Business officially takes up his new duties as Sheridan’s Vice Provost starting this week.

“I’m really looking forward to the new role and working with my colleagues in this capacity,” said Holmes.

Holmes joined Sheridan in 2010 as Dean, Faculty of Business.  Bill has served as Adjunct Professor and Executive Director of the Undergraduate Program in the Faculty of Business Administration at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, and as the Instructional Manager (Dean) of Business for a network of colleges in the United Arab Emirates. Bill’s career has spanned the corporate and educational sector and has included assignments in Europe and Asia as well as the Middle East.

Sylvia Lowndes is appointed as Dean, Faculty of Business. Sylvia said that she is excited to join the Faculty of Business at this important time in Sheridan’s history and that her early focus will be on contextualizing the Faculty – meeting, listening, learning from and, understanding the wide ranging perspectives of faculty members, staff and students.

“My leadership style is one of building engagement and alignment. Together, we have many opportunities and challenges ahead of us including the launch and marketing of our new Degree programs, the internationalization of our Faculty as well as, the construction and growth of HMC2, among other important goals,” said Lowndes.

Sylvia holds an MBA in Finance from Dalhousie University, a BA in Urban Planning from McGill University, as well as several financial services designations, including Personal Financial Planner (PFP), Financial Planner (F.Pl.) through the Institut québécois de planification financière (IQPF), and the Canadian Securities Course (CSC). Sylvia has traveled extensively and is fluent in French and German in addition to English.

Faculty of Business congratulates Professors Genzer, Nowell and Skolnick on their retirement

July 3, 2013

FR1The Sheridan Faculty of Business congratulated three valued professors on their retirement at a recent gathering at the Trafalgar campus. Faculty of Business Dean, Dr. William Holmes, congratulated the professors on their retirement and praised Professors Erik Genzer, David Nowell and Harvey Skolnick for their collective one hundred years of dedicated teaching to the students of Sheridan.

The collective feeling of the retiring faculty were reflected in Harvey Skolnick’s words – “One of the things I take pride in is my style of teaching. When I put a course together, I put myself in the students’ shoes and ask myself, will the students clearly understand the concepts I am trying to bring across. I will modify things until I feel that everything is clear to the student. Another thing I am proud of is my respect for the students. I try to practice the golden rule, which is to treat people in a way that I would like to be treated.”

Professor Erik Genzer teaches in the Accounting programs, and professors Nowell and Skolnick teach in the Marketing programs.

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Sheridan College Faculty of Business says “Happy Retirement” to three valued members

June 27, 2013

SSASheridan’s Faculty of Business members recently gathered to wish Marilyn Morrison, Bernice Fehr, and Hildegard Salama happy retirement after their valued careers at Sheridan.

Morrison, Fehr and Salama each held the position of Director of First Impressions with theSSB Faculty of Business and ably handled student and public enquiries to the Faculty for a good many years.

The celebration was well attended by faculty, support and administrative members of the Faculty and members of the SSCcollege community and featured, laughter, tears, a pot-luck lunch and far too many delicious desserts to be consumed by human beings.

The festivities were marked by Dean William Holmes who, with a tear in his eye, remarked on the valuable work that the three had contributed to Sheridan College and the Faculty of Business and assured them that they would be difficult to replace.

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Sheridan Faculty of Business welcomes new faculty to the programs for 2012

September 4, 2012

Dr. William Holmes, Associate Deans, Cindy Gillette, Jeremy Staples and Jon Jones and the members of the Sheridan Faculty of Business recently welcomed several new faculty members to the business programs located at Hazel McCallion, Davis and Trafalgar campuses for 2012.

Carol Bureau

Professor Carol Bureau

Professor Bureau is a Marketing program faculty member who joined us in January and will be teaching mainly at The Hazel McCallion Campus in Mississauga.  Bureau is a senior Marketing and Sales executive with a broad based professional experience.  Professor Bureau has an Honours BBA from Wilfred Laurier and an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business.

Ginger Grant

Professor Ginger Grant

Also hired in January, Professor Grant is currently working across Marketing and degree programs.  Ms. Grant joins us from Simon Fraser University, where her focus was on Creativity and Business Intelligence.  She completed her BA from the University of Waterloo, her MA and PHD both in Mythology and Depth Psychology, from Pacifica Graduate Institute in California.

Michelle Guile

Professor Michelle Guile

Professor Guile joined the Faculty of Business this past summer and is a welcome addition to the Marketing faculty. Ms. Guille will be an Academic Advisor for the Marketing program at Davis campus.  Michelle graduated from the University of Toronto with a BA, and received an MBA in Marketing from Dalhousie University. Michelle has worked in a wide variety of marketing roles in the technology industry where much of her work focused on helping entrepreneurial firms bring new products to market.

Anne-Liisa Longmore

Professor Anne-Liisa Longmore

Professor Longmore is a full time faculty member in the Marketing program and will be advising the Marketing program students at HMC. Anne-Liisa has more than 20 years of progressive marketing management experience in organizations such as Kraft Foods, The Calgary Zoo, The Toronto Hospital, Science North and The Lung Association. Ms. Longmore has a Honours B.Comm from Laurentian University with a specialization in Marketing, a Masters in Continuing Education with a specialization in Adult and Workplace Learning, and is currently pursuing a Doctor of Education, specializing in Workplace and Adult Learning. Anne-Liisa is in the final stages of her dissertation thesis which explores Individual and Workplace Creativity and Innovation.

Roger Halfacre

Professor Roger Halfacre

Professor Halfacre brings an array of skills and work place experiences as a retail and corporate travel counsellor, inbound and outbound tour operation, religious pilgrimages and conference & event planning. Mr. Halfacre’s most recent position was as National Sales Manager specializing in the niche cruise market and in group development. A highlight of Professor Halfacre’s career was serving as Director of Transportation for World Youth Day 2002 (Papal visit to Toronto) for which he won the Canadian Special Events’ Industry STAR Award for “Outstanding Logistical Achievement”.  Roger holds an Honours Diploma in Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Administration from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto and a Master of Theological Studies degree from the University of St. Michael’s College.

Ernest Kerst

Professor Ernest Kerst

Professor Ernest Kerst joins the Sheridan Finance program mainly at the Hazel McCallion program in Mississauga. Mr. Kerst holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Toronto, a Masters of Business Administration from the Richard Ivey School of Business, and the Certified General Accountant designation.

Professor Kerst has held a variety of management positions including the General Manager and CFO of the Malivoire Wine Company.  Ernie’s previous teaching experience includes wine management, regulation and marketing at Niagara College.

Linda Batch

Professor Linda Batch

Professor Linda Batch joins the Sheridan Faculty of Business to teach in the Accounting program at the Davis Campus in Brampton.  Ms. Batch is a Certified Management Accountant and Professional Engineer. She holds a Master of Business Administration Degree Majoring in Accounting and Business Policy – York University Master of Engineering Degree – Mechanical Engineering – McMaster University.

In addition, Professor Batch has more than 25 years experience in industry, primarily manufacturing both in technical and business roles.

Gargi Mukherji

Professor Gargi Mukherji

Professor Gargi Mukherji teaches in the Faculty of Business – Paralegal program.  Gargi holds an LL.B. degree from the University of Manitoba, and a B.Ed. and M.Ed. from the University of Windsor.

Professor Mukherji has more than 10 years of experience as a Crown Prosecutor in Winnipeg, and in Windsor where most recently, she was in-house Counsel for the Windsor-Essex Children’s Aid Society.  Professor Mukherji has taught at the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law, and at Sheridan College.  Her specific areas of practice and education are in criminal law, child protection law, advocacy and evidence.  She is fluent in three languages.


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