Our Team

Dave Fenton

Dave Fenton

Assistant Director, External Relations, UTSC Management

Dave Fenton is the Assistant Director of External Relations with the Department of Management at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC). He leads a team of relationship managers that support Management’s accredited co-operative education program and oversees the curricular work-integrated learning (WIL) program through an innovation center named The BRIDGE. Through the team’s efforts, Management delivers roughly 3,000 WIL experiences in the classroom across 38 courses a year. Dave has been published in Cooperative Education and Work-Integrated Learning Canada’s (CEWIL Canada) e-book “The Practice of Co-op and Work-Integrated Learning in the Canadian Context”, presented publications at the WACE International Research Symposium, the World Association of Cooperative Education (WACE) World Conference, the CEWIL Research Spotlight, and serves as facilitator of Global WIL Modules. He is one of four practitioners globally that holds a Certificate in Global Work-Integrated Learning. Dave holds a Master of Education from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE) at the University of Toronto


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Shagaana Gunabalasingham

Operations & Events Assistant

Shagaana joins as the Event and Administrative Assistant at The BRIDGE. She is a recent graduate of UTSC Management's BBA. She has held several positions within the Department of Management supporting in event coordination, marketing, student support and engagement. Shagaana is also taking courses in Project Management to deepen her knowledge in the field. 

Mariana Jardim

Mariana Jardim

Liaison Librarian, Management, Entrepreneurship & Co-op

Mariana Jardim is the Liaison Librarian for Management/Economics, Entrepreneurship, and Co-op. She has held positions at the University of Toronto as an instructional technologist and as a faculty developer, and her professional areas of interest include information literacy, universal design, web accessibility, and online teaching and learning. Mariana holds Masters degrees from the University of Western Ontario and the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto.

Bill McConkey

Bill McConkey

Academic Director, New Venture Program, and Assistant Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship

In addition to teaching courses in Product Management, Entrepreneurship and Consumer Behaviour, Bill supervises students who wish to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities. Bill is involved in several student organizations, including MCC (Management Consulting Club) TMG (The Marketing Group) and the LIVE conference. Bill sits on the Board of Advisors and Board of Directors of a number of Canadian companies. 

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Celestine Nema

Program Coordinator, Entrepreneurship and Work-Integrated Learning

Celestine is the Project Coordinator at The BRIDGE supporting many of The BRIDGE’s initiatives and collaborations, particularly, the African Impact Initiative. Celestine is a BSc. graduate from U of T St. George with a career that spanned public service for almost a decade.  She also completed a post-graduate certificate in Public Administration, which led to her working in the public sector for the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) of Ontario, as well as the City of Toronto. Celestine has a passion for entrepreneurship, youth education, and youth development and employs this in her work at The BRIDGE.

Stephanie perpick

Stephanie Perpick

Director of Operations & Library Services, The BRIDGE

Stephanie is a business librarian and is Director of Operations & Library Services of The BRIDGE. She joined UTSC in 2013 managing the UTSC Library Finance & Trading Lab. Prior to joining UTSC, Stephanie worked at BMO Capital Markets for six years in the Investment & Corporate Banking division as a research consultant. Stephanie holds a Masters in Library & Information Science from the University of Western Ontario and an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto, Victoria College.  

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Arjuna Thaskaran

Industry Partnerships, Innovation, and Work-Integrated Learning Lead


Woody Wu

Supervisor, The BRIDGE

Woody graduated from the University of Toronto Scarborough, with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Economics with High Distinction. Prior to joining The BRIDGE, he worked in various internship roles in equity research and mergers and acquisitions. He is currently pursuing the CFA and FRM designations.