Woodsworth Alumni Association 2021-22
Meet the new Board of Directors
The 2021-2022 Board of Directors Bios
Erin Rud-Thompson, President
Erin graduated from Woodsworth College in 2014 with Honours B.A. (Specialist in Philosophy). She is currently the Vice President Of Finance And Operations at WD Numeric Corporate Services. Erin has been on the Woodsworth College Alumni board since 2015. She is currently president of the board. Erin has also volunteered at the Multiple Sclerosis Society in BC and the BC Green Party and has many other interests including distance running, painting in both watercolours and acrylics, working with people, food, and travel.
Sofiya Datsyuk, Vice-President
Sofiya Datsyuk has worked in management and project support at an entrepreneurial boutique securities law firm for over five years. She obtained her honours bachelor degree from the University of Toronto in 2015 and serves as the Vice President of the Woodsworth College Alumni Association.
Maina Rambali, Treasurer
Maina Rambali is a finance and accounting professional for publicly traded mining companies. Most recently Maina held positions as Treasurer and Controller at Harte Gold Corporation. Previously she was Accounting Manager at Global Atomic Corporation. Maina has extensive experience in treasury management, financial reporting, budgeting, and forecasting. Maina graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 2016 from Woodsworth College, University of Toronto. As a proud alumna, Maina is actively engaged as a mentor in the Hart House Mentorship program. Currently, she also serves as a board member and Treasurer on a Toronto Standard Condominium Corporation.
Harlan Tufford, Past-President
Harlan graduated from Woodsworth College in 2012. He is a corporate governance expert, currently serving as VP, North American Governance Research at MSCI Inc. He is the former President of the Woodsworth College Alumni Association and a director of the Churchill Society for the Advancement of Parliamentary Democracy. He likes curling in the winter and watching baseball in the summer.
Najva has held multiple senior roles within the Ontario Liberal Party and in government including being Chief of Staff to the Minister of Economic Development and Growth. She currently serves as the Chief of Staff to the Leader of the Ontario Liberal Party. Najva completed her Masters in Public Policy, Administration and Law from York University and graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts from Woodsworth College at the University of Toronto, specializing in Political Science with a double major in French and Spanish. While at Woodsworth, Najva was heavily in student life including being on the Woodsworth College Students’ Association, a Don at the residence, and was the founder of the Are You Woodsworthy? Leadership Conference. Najva and her husband live in York Region.
Jasmine was an active member of the Woodsworth College community from 2007-2011, including as Editor-in-Chief of the Woodsworth Howl and as Lead Coordinator for Orientation 2011. After graduation, Jasmine studied law with a focus on public law and legal research. Her passion for access to justice law reform has led her to a career in legislative affairs at Queen’s Park. Jasmine is also an avid volunteer, working primarily with youth empowerment and immigration settlement service organizations.
Annum graduated from UofT/Woodsworth College in 2012 and is looking forward to reconnecting with the community. She is a corporate strategist and has been working at Visa Canada for the last few years, recently returning from maternity leave. When Annum is not working, she enjoys spending time with her young daughter, her husband, and their golden doodle Zazu. A hobby she picked up over the duration of this pandemic is working on some DIY woodworking projects. When she finds the time, she enjoys working on home improvement projects with these newfound skills!
Dr. Huda Henry-Riyad is the Co-Founder & CEO of The Key Group International Inc., a strategic political and corporate consulting firm. Dr. Henry-Riyad credits Woodsworth College for the start of her career journey where she enrolled in 1997 as a special student. She went on to complete her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry at UofT and started her entrepreneurship journey in 2005. Dr. Henry-Riyad has extensive executive experience in research, publishing, and strategic organization. She is instrumental in creating and maintaining Key Group's client relationships. She is innovative pragmatic in her management model and oversees multiple teams comprising of a large number of experts and technical staff in various complex engagements worldwide. She served on multiple boards in both Canada and the US for educational, community, and mental health causes. Finally, Dr. Henry-Riyad is devoted to her family. She is adventurous, loves traveling, and meeting new people to acquire new knowledge and experiences.
Qazi Hassan Manzoor
Born and raised in Pakistan, my love for Canada started when I came to this great country as a 17-year-old to pursue my undergraduate studies at Woodsworth College at the University of Toronto. After completing my Honors Bachelor's degree in 2008, with a double major in Economics and Employment Relations and a minor in Political Science, I pursued a Master of Human Resources at King’s College London. My professional career in Human Resources spans over 12 years in various countries with Fortune 500 companies like Coca-Cola, Reckitt Benckiser, L’Oréal and Amazon; where I am a Sr. Human Resources Leader. I am honoured and thrilled to join the Board of Directors for the Woodsworth College Alumni Association (WCAA) and I look forward to being part of this vibrant community that has given me so much during my undergraduate studies.
Katelyn has been a member of the Woodsworth College Alumni Association Board of Directors for three years and sits on the board’s Governance and Nomination Committee. She is a lawyer practicing in the areas of competition and foreign investment, intellectual property, and litigation, and previously worked for the provincial government on business and organizational strategy. While a student of Woodsworth College, Katelyn studied criminology and history.
Roger recently retired from an international career in journalism, corporate communications, consulting, and university-level teaching. He served as a Senior Communications Manager at the Mastercard Foundation in Toronto after holding senior communications positions at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. He has also lived and worked in Paris managing communications for international organizations in the public and private sectors. Roger holds an MA in International Policy and Practice from George Washington University in Washington, D.C. and a BA in Political Economy from the University of Toronto (Woodsworth College).
Maria Fernanda Parra
Maria graduated from Woodsworth College in 2008. She currently serves as Director, International Pensions & Asset Management at Scotiabank. Maria has been a Woodsworth College Alumni Association board member since 2019.
Laura Scarlett Martin
Laura Martin is an accomplished entrepreneur and alumna of Woodsworth College’s Academic Bridging Program. Since graduating with a double major in Psychology and Cognitive Science in 2016, Ms. Martin has worked as COO at Matrix Mortgage Global. By implementing her vast knowledge of organizational psychology, Ms. Martin achieved a 5-year revenue growth of 710% and led Matrix to become Canada’s #1 Mortgage Brokerage. In 2020, Laura developed Lingo Learn, an ESL start-up, with her partner, Luis Escobar. As CEO of Lingo Learn, she employs 15 teachers and educates over 500 ESL students to communicate and thrive at work and in life. She is truly driven to help others succeed and looks forward to building community and awareness through the WCAA.
Celebrating the Woodsworth College Class of 2021!
Congratulations to the class of 2021! Here are some reflections of graduating students.
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