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Meet the Team

Working closely with stakeholders across Rotman, the Advancement team engages alumni, friends and the corporate community in a lifelong relationship with the School to support cutting-edge research and programming as well as outstanding student and faculty talent.

Lina Murray

Lina Murray
Executive Assistant

lina.murray@rotman.utoronto.ca
416-978-3303

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Alumni Engagement

 
Sheldon Dookeran

Sheldon Dookeran
Senior Alumni Engagement Officer

sheldon.dookeran@rotman.utoronto.ca
416-978-8825

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Sarah Tron

Sarah Tron
Alumni Engagement Officer

On maternity leave; returning Fall 2021.

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Development

 
Lindsay Manning

Lindsay Manning
Director, Development

lindsay.manning@rotman.utoronto.ca
416-946-3975

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Katie R. Rock

Katie R. Rock
Associate Director, Development

katie.rock@rotman.utoronto.ca
416-946-7842

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Chantal Cory

Chantal Cory
Senior Development Officer

chantal.cory@rotman.utoronto.ca
416-946-3665

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John Cowling

John Cowling
Senior Development Officer

john.cowling@rotman.utoronto.ca
416-946-0439

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Jessica Freeman

Jessica Freeman
Senior Development Officer

On maternity leave until 2021

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Esther Lee

Esther Lee
Database Coordinator

esther.lee@rotman.utoronto.ca
416-978-4171

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Jennifer Tan

Jennifer Tan
Senior Development Officer

jennifer.tan@rotman.utoronto.ca
416-946-5427

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Olesya Zaremba

Olesya Zaremba
Research Officer

olesya.zaremba@rotman.utoronto.ca
416-946-3622

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Donor Relations

 
Deirdre Gomes

Deirdre Gomes
Associate Director, Donor Relations

deirdre.gomes@rotman.utoronto.ca
416-978-3010

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Photo coming soon

Stevie Asselstine
Donor Relations Officer, Events

stevie.asselstine@rotman.utoronto.ca
416-978-2626

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Teresa Catalano

Teresa Catalano
Senior Donor Relations Officer

teresa.catalano@rotman.utoronto.ca
416-978-0595

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Advancement
Communications

 
Alain Latour

Alain Latour
Development Communications Officer

alain.latour@rotman.utoronto.ca
416-978-0240

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Sandy Sparks

Sandy Sparks
Communications Officer, Advancement

sandy.sparks@rotman.utoronto.ca
416-978-3808

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Lina Murray
Executive Assistant, Advancement

Lina supports the Executive Director, Advancement, and the entire Advancement team with her expert administrative and organizational skills. She has over 10 years’ experience in the non-profit sector, having worked previously at the Canadian Centre for Diversity before joining Rotman in 2013.

Jennifer Hildebrandt
Director, Alumni Engagement

Bio coming soon

Sheldon Dookeran
Senior Alumni Engagement Officer

Sheldon began serving alumni by recruiting and admitting them to Rotman as MBA candidates. He continues to serve alumni by contributing to the Alumni Engagement team’s programs to support, engage and connect alumni to the school and each other. Sheldon leads initiatives to engage recent alumni with current students, student clubs, and Rotman departments through volunteer opportunities, Rotman events and the online alumni community, Rotman Connect.

Sarah Tron
Alumni Engagement Officer

As a member of the Rotman Alumni Engagement team, Sarah works with the team to development meaningful alumni engagement opportunities to strengthen Rotman alumni connection to each other and the School. Sarah manages class reunions, regional programming and corporate alumni initiatives. She holds a MBA from Schulich School of Business and a BA from Western University. Prior to joining Rotman Sarah worked in brand management and annual giving.

Esther Lee
Database Coordinator

Esther joined the Rotman School in 2018. As Database Coordinator, she compiles and organizes data on alumni engagement, volunteering, donations and events.

Lindsay Manning
Interim Director, Development

A member of the team since 2014, Lindsay builds relationships with both internal and external constituents in order to facilitate opportunities for philanthropic support, with the ultimate goal of advancing the Dean’s strategic priorities for the School and its impact both here and around the globe.

Lindsay holds a Bachelor of Arts from U of T and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Management from Humber College. Before joining Rotman, she had a successful advertising sales career with Toronto Life Magazine.

Jennifer Tan
Senior Development Officer

As a member of the Development team, Jennifer works collaboratively across the Rotman and business community to build meaningful partnerships and raise support for the immediate strategic priorities of the School. Jennifer has been with the Rotman School since 2011 taking on increasingly senior roles, and is currently focused on advancing areas of research and student support. Prior to Rotman, she worked with health-related charities.

Deirdre Gomes
Associate Director, Donor Relations

Deirdre provides strategic direction of stewardship and donor relations activities at the Rotman School of Management. Working collaboratively with the donors, senior leadership and key stakeholders, Deirdre creates opportunities to deepen relationships with donors and develops engagement plans that are aligned with the University’s funding and academic priorities.

Prior to joining Rotman, she worked at the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering managing the stewardship and donor relations portfolio. Deirdre has over eight years of experience in communications, donor relations and project management in the public and private sectors.

Sandy Sparks
Communications Officer, Advancement

Sandy supports the Advancement team with graphics, web support, and project management. Prior to joining the School in 2014, she worked at the Art Gallery of Ontario in administrative and project management roles on exhibition and publication projects. She holds a BFA in Image Arts from Ryerson University.

Olesya Zaremba
Research Officer

Olesya is a librarian-turned-prospect researcher, passionate about how research and analytics connect the dots and create exciting opportunities for support at Rotman. With almost twenty years of experience in research, information management and analytics, Olesya navigates through the wealth of information available and delivers succinct, relevant and timely information services to the Advancement Team. Olesya holds a Master of Library and Information Science degree from Catholic University of America and Master of Arts in Information Systems and Technology from York University. She is currently pursuing a certificate in Fundraising Management from Ryerson University.

Carolyn Morris
Associate Director, Advancement Communications

As a strategic advancement communications professional and former award-winning magazine journalist, Carolyn translates institutional and academic priorities into compelling narratives. She helps engage the Rotman School of Management’s strong community of alumni, donors and friends through meaningful storytelling. Prior to Rotman, Carolyn served as Senior Advancement Communications Officer for U of T’s Faculty of Medicine.

Alain Latour
Development Communications Officer

From yoga instructor to soldier, from late night TV co-host to award-winning digital media specialist, all of Alain’s professional experiences have been shaped by his eye for narrative. That’s because people and organizations alike are part of a story, whether they know it or not, and Alain takes pride in helping develop, shape, and invigorate those stories. Alain comes to Rotman armed with ten years’ experience as a storyteller, both at U of T and in the advertising/marketing industry, and he couldn’t be more proud to be a part of such an outstanding institution.

Teresa Catalano
Senior Donor Relations Officer

Teresa manages donor relations and stewardship activities and works collaboratively to foster relationships with donors and key stakeholders at the Rotman School of Management. Teresa comes to Rotman with over nine years of experience in Advancement. Prior to joining Rotman, she worked with the Division of University Advancement’s Corporate and Foundations team. Outside of Rotman, Teresa invests a great deal of time as an active volunteer and community leader at the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, and the Toronto Foundation.

Chantal Cory
Senior Development Officer

An intellectually curious fundraising professional. Chantal brings a focused, well-articulated and consultative methodology based on aligning business objectives with customer goals. Prior to joining Rotman, Chantal worked in agency environments focused on creating award winning advertising and marketing programs.

John Cowling
Senior Development Officer

John Cowling has over 15 years of experience driving organizational growth and development in higher education, national charities, and grassroots organizations. He oversees Rotman’s annual giving program, which includes the Dean’s Society, Reunion Giving, and the Rotman Community Campaign. Prior to joining Rotman, John worked at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, during the school’s celebrated move to its new home at One Spadina Crescent.

Linda Dudek
Executive Director, Advancement

Linda joined Rotman from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary, where she was the Director of Development, and helped raise $60 million in three years, including over $4 million in 2017 to launch CDL-Rockies. Prior to this, Linda was at the United Way of Calgary and Area, in campaign management and business development. Linda is a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE).

Jessica Freeman
Senior Development Officer

A team member since 2015, Jessica works with volunteers, alumni and donors to catalyze impact and create value for the business community and society at large.

Jessica has supported some of Canada's leading educational institutions and non-profits for the past decade including University of Toronto, University of Calgary and United Way of Calgary and Area.

Jennifer Neill-Smith
Alumni Engagement Officer

As a member of the Rotman Alumni Engagement team, Jennifer creates opportunities for Rotman alumni to connect with each other and the School in fun and meaningful ways. This includes class reunions, regional programming and corporate alumni initiatives. Prior to joining Rotman, Jennifer has worked in several areas of the University, most recently developing centrally offered programming for young alumni.

Stevie Asselstine
Donor Relations Officer, Events

Bio coming soon.

Katie R. Rock
Associate Director, Development

Having joined the excellent Rotman Advancement team in 2021, Katie brings more than 20 years of experience in securing donor support for impactful initiatives. Before joining Rotman from the Temerty Faculty of Medicine, Katie worked as a fundraising consultant in Halifax, Nova Scotia, advising charities across the Maritimes on their campaigns and major gift strategies.

Alexandra Brennan
Alumni Officer (LEADS)

As a member of the Rotman Alumni Engagement team, Alexandra creates meaningful opportunities for alumni which help to improve their connections with each-other, current students, and mentors/industry professionals. Previously, Alexandra worked as a Co-ordinator with Rotman Career Services. As a U of T alumna herself, Alexandra holds both a Bachelor and Master of Music Performance from the U of T Faculty of Music, where she also worked as Communications and Events Assistant in the Alumni and Donor Relations office.


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