Learn about our MC and Panelists for the 2018 Alumni Career Panel:


Christian Codrington

Principal, Forum HCM
Director of Human Resources, Industry Training Authority

Christian Codrington has an extensive and varied human resources background working with a variety of organizations, including the Human Resources Management Association (HRMA), Starbucks Coffee Canada, and Service Canada (formerly Employment and Immigration Canada). 

Christian has appeared on dozens of radio, print and television features, providing expert commentary on human resources-related subjects, including bullying and workplace conduct, and he has been part of teams developing solutions to a variety of human resources challenges. More recently, he founded Forum HCM, a consulting practice committed to providing human resources solutions for small and medium-sized businesses.

Christan holds an undergraduate degree in business from SFU, as well as certifications in Mediation and Conflict Resolution from the Justice Institute of BC.

Website: Forum HCM


Aaron Cruikshank


With a varied career before grad school that includes working in the trades, Aaron started as a management consultant in 2003, and made the leap into private sector consulting in 2005. Today, Aaron is a self-described research, strategy and implementation specialist - helping his clients go from the "idea on a napkin" stage to a working business unit or product.

He has worked with many large organizations including New York Institute of Technology, Bosch, Kal Tire, the Government of Canada, BC Lottery Corporation, the City of Surrey, Vancity Credit Union, Nintendo, and Shell Oil, as well as charities in the Downtown Eastside and the Surrey Homelessness Task Force. 

To date, Aaron has advised over 550 companies and organizations on a wide range of topics and works throughout Canada and the US. 

Aaron holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communication and a Master of Public Policy - both from SFU.

LinkedIn: Aaron Cruikshank
Website: Cruikshank Consulting Ltd.

Cindy Jiang

Project Coordinator, MAD CITY: Mental Health HIstory Exhibit

Whether in the field of health, migrant rights, or disability rights, Cindy's passion is working with people to create community. She has worked with various organizations, including Simon Fraser University, the Fraser Health Authority, the Provincial Health Services Authority, and Migrant Forum in Asia. She is interested in addressing the social inequities in health, and her research interests include mental and sexual health.  

Cindy is the Project Coordinator for the MAD CITY: Legacies of MPA, a mental health history exhibit. Prior to her work with MAD CITY, she was the Developer and Manager of the Threadworks Program at Craftworks, a non-profit organization that provides craft therapy and supplemental income to people with disabilities. She has also worked as a Research Intervention Associate on the Strength in Unity project (Vancouver site), a national research study looking to reduce the stigma of mental illness among South, East, and Southeast Asian men. 

Cindy completed her Master's degree in Public Health at SFU in 2016. 

LinkedIn: Cindy Jiang
Website: MAD CITY

Connie Swan

MEd, Educational Leadership K-12
Learning Services Support Teacher

Connie is from the N’lakapamux Nation. Her mother is Thompson from Lytton, BC and her late father is Cree from Cold Lake, Alberta.

She has over 15 years of experience working for First Nations Education, with a Masters of Education in Educational Leadership K-12 from SFU, a Bachelor of Education from UBC, and a Bachelor of Arts from UCFV.  She was formerly a Principal of a First Nations Independent School within the Secwepemc Territory and has extensive experience in teaching all grades ranging from K-7.

In 2014, Connie relocated to the Lower Mainland and balanced her work between that of a Teacher on Call (TOC) and a Reading Intervention Teacher for a year before securing a full time position as a Learning Services Support Teacher. 

Connie has high aspirations of returning to Aboriginal Education, where she has a vested interest in Aboriginal curriculum development and implementation. Entering the political realm of Aboriginal Education is also a high point of interest for her.

Corin Browne

MA, Communication
Community Engaged Artist
Media Arts Teacher

Corin Browne was in high school when a counsellor suggested that her generation should be prepared to face up to five distinct career shifts over their lifetime.  Her reaction was deep relief that the future held multiple possibilities and could be crafted from personal passion, curiosity and hard work.  Fast forward twenty-five years, and Corin wears three distinct but related professional hats; media producer, community engaged artist and film teacher.

With an academic background in critical media education (BA and MA Communication, SFU) and digital production, Corin creates media-based projects that explore notions of community, feminism, social justice and memory, and has been working as a community engaged artist for over 15 years. 

Her recent projects include Common Notions, a documentary exploring youth liberation through the lens of an arts and activism center in Vancouver, EMMA Talks, a women’s speaker series and art festival and We Are Everywhere, a book project featuring 10 remarkable adults that experienced government care as youth. 

Corin is also a certified secondary public school teacher and is now teaching Media Arts and Animation at Templeton Secondary School in addition to her long running AfterSchool Film Program.

Kim Duff


Kim has lived most of her life in and around Vancouver, interspersed with countless trips and tenures abroad. Starting out in the oil & gas industry in Aberdeen, Kim spent many years moving between academia and industry.

Kim moonlighted at Teekay Shipping while writing her doctoral dissertation. This move was frowned upon by some, but fortunately the years she spent as a moderately rebellious punk saw through the advice to only focus on academia. After publishing her book on Thatcherism, urban space, and contemporary British Literature, Kim left academia in 2011, and has worked full time at Teekay shipping ever since.

In the last year she has taken on increasingly interesting, impactful and rewarding work in the digital transformation of the Teekay organization.

 Kim holds a PhD in English from the University of British Columbia.

LinkedIn: Kim Duff
Website: Kim Duff

Mariner Janes

MA, English
Housing Project Manager, PHS Community Services Society

Mariner Janes was born in Victoria, BC, and raised in East Vancouver. His books include The Monument Cycles (Talonbooks 2013), and blueprint, a chapbook. He has also been published in West Coast Line and the anthology The Revolving City from Anvil Press. While studying at SFU, he co-edited iamb magazine, a venue for new and emerging writers.

Mariner works in Vancouver’s DTES for PHS Community Services Society as a housing project manager – the organization behind Insite (the supervised injection site), several addiction treatment programs, and over 1400 units of housing across Vancouver and Victoria. In 2014, CBC put him on a list of "11 Canadian Writers to Watch". He is currently at work on a second collection of poetry and short stories.

Mariner earned his Master's degree in English from SFU in 2008.

Mike Damiani


Mike Damiani completed his BSc and PhD at Simon Fraser University. While completing his PhD research, Mike also attended law school at the University of Alberta. Following graduation from law school and defence of his thesis, Mike was called to the British Columbia bar in 2013 and passed the Patent Agent exams in 2015.

Currently, Mike utilizes his science background working as a lawyer and patent agent in the Intellectual Property Group at Borden Ladner Gervais LLP. His work involves obtaining, evaluating and advising on patent protection, negotiating patent licensing agreements, and advising technology startups.

LinkedIn: Michael Damiani
Twitter: @michaeljdamiani
Website: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP 

Morenike Akinyemi

MBA, Business
Project Manager, Office of Virtual Health & Mobile Medical Units, PROVINCIAL hEALTH sERVICES aUTHORITY

Morenike has always been drawn to the sciences and pursued an  undergraduate degree in Pharmacy. After working as a pharmacist for a few years in both hospital and community settings, she decided to focus on the business side of the healthcare industry, and moved to Canada to pursue a Master's of Business Administration (MBA).

Morenike has since worked as a business analyst, management consultant and project manager, coordinating the delivery of various health related projects with a diverse set of stakeholders in renowned public and private organizations.

She has a strong desire to enhance the way technology is used in the healthcare industry to empower and create better outcomes for patients, and she works toward this in her current role at PHSA.

Morenike holds an Bachelor's degree in Pharmacy, and a Master's in Business Administration from SFU.

LinkedIn: Morenike Akinyemi

Parvind Grewal


Before she started her PhD program, Parvind wasn't sure what she wanted to do. With her extensive background in software and hardware design, she enjoyed working in the technical field but she also craved something more.

While working on her doctoral project - designing a glove that would help doctors more accurately detect breast cancer - Grewal discovered a new and unexpected calling: helping improve patient supports.

Parvind pursued that passion by approaching the BC Cancer Agency. There she learned to use her technical knowledge to find solutions on how to better meet patient needs. 

Parvind completed a PhD in Mechatronics Systems Engineering at SFU in 2014.

Website: Provincial Health Services Authority | CST Project
LinkedIn: Parvind Grewal

Renata Aebi

MA, Education
Executive Director, St. Leonard's Youth and Family Services

With 25 years of experience in community-based social services, Renata is currently responsible for the overall operation of STLEO and for setting the vision and strategic direction of the organization.

She has received recognition from all levels of government for her work in advancing human rights for children affected by violence, and her contributions include legislative and policy reform for child victims. Renata has represented Canada internationally at the International Summit on Homelessness, and in governmental preparations for the Canada/US Joint Report to the World Congress III on the Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents.

She leads in community engagement through her involvement on a number of boards and committees, including the Vancouver Foundation and the Child Advocacy Centre of Vancouver, and is a past president of the Canadian Women’s Congress.

Renata has a Master's in Education from SFU, and it currently pursuing an EdD. Her doctoral research focuses on new praxis paradigms in child welfare.

LinkedInRenata Aebi

Zak Zawaduk

MPH, Public Health
Planning Assistant, City of Vancouver

Zak began his career doing frontline harm reduction and outreach work in Victoria and, later, Vancouver. Working with organizations like AIDS Vancouver Island and PHS Community Services Society, he worked closely with clients to support them to achieve their goals.   

After years of frontline harm reduction and support work, he transitioned to the field of public health research and planning. Working at the City of Vancouver, he collaborates with partners in health, government, and community to address emerging priorities across the mental health and addictions landscape in Vancouver. In this role, Zak still has the opportunity to work closely with people with lived experience of mental health issues or substance use, and their input continues to guide his work.

Zak holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Victoria and a Master's of Public Health from SFU.


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