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Leader-in-Residence Program

The Leader-in-Residence Program is designed to bring outstanding and accomplished leaders to share their experience, insights, wisdom and advice to the students of Pickering College.

Drawing from the world of business, the arts, politics, athletics, sciences, not-for-profits, philanthropy, education and the social sector, Leaders in Residence (LIR) are people of outstanding character and accomplishment who can be a model for the students of Pickering College and recognize this as an exceptional opportunity to positively influence young people.

Thank you to our past Leaders in Residence:


Uzma Jalaluddin - Journalist, Author of Ayesha at Last

Olga Morawczynski, PhD - Founder and CEO, Bounc3

Garrett MacSweeney - Ethics Professor, Ryerson University 

Nick Lavalle ‘13 - Comprehensive Designer, Clean Valley

Meghan Findlay - Freelance Writer

Lotem Baram - Pickering College Guidance Counsellor 

Jeff Moburg - Freelance Sound Designer and Music Maker

Beth Allan '01 - Storm Photographer

Quinn Ross '94 - Lawyer and Managing Partner, The Ross Firm

Lawrence Taylor '78 - Marine biologist and Entrepreneur

Isaias Medina '85 - Former senior Venezuelan diplomat to the United Nations

Dr. Alexander Zetzl '05 - Director of Operations, MMIS Inc.

Dr. Ian VanderBurgh - Director of CEMC, University of Waterloo

Peter Dobbs '87 - CEO of Enginess, Simplify Wireless

Dr. Jason Wilson - Juno Award-winning musician

Dr. Walid Hejazi - Associate Professor of Economic Analysis & Policy, Rotman School of Management

Dr. Louis Charland - Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Western Ontario

Alex Mazelow '02 - Entrepreneur & Business Owner, Carbon and Carbon Copy

Antonia Edwards -  Marketing Director, Clean River

Radha Bhardwaj and Stephanie Lau -  Blue Door Shelters

Rebecca Shields - CEO, Canadian Mental Health Association

Martin Vroegh - Senior Director, Greenhouse Gas Reduction Technologies

Angela Tessier - Educator in Northern Iraq

Rex Taylor - Founder, The Small Project

Daniele Zanotti - CEO, United Way

Dr. Samir Sinha - Director of Geriatrics, Sinai Health System