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Ambassador Program

Ambassadors 2016-2017

Program Overview

What is the Ambassador Program?

Ambassadors act as a key link between the Career Centre staff and the Telfer School of Management student body. An Ambassador is responsible for working closely with the staff at the Career Centre to ensure that other students are aware of all the events and programs that the Career Centre offers, as well as of how they can benefit from them. Career Centre Ambassadors are friendly, organized, and enthusiastic individuals who want to further not only their own career development, but also that of their peers. This extracurricular activity allows Ambassadors to develop skills that certainly will be transferable to future careers.

2017-2018 Ambassadors

Who do I Contact

If you require more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Career Centre Manager, or 613-562-5800 ext. 8925.

Program Structure

What will I do?

  • Volunteer at the Career Centre’s annual networking events (Telfer Connects and Telfer Networks)
  • Deliver interesting and informative presentations to classes about upcoming Career Centre events
  • Work with small teams on special projects
  • Help write and design the posts for the Ambassador student blog
  • Attend regular Ambassador Team Meetings (one meeting per month on average)
  • Act as a liaison between the Career Centre and the Telfer student clubs
  • Promote upcoming Career Centre events to students from a booth in the DMS lobby during busy times of the year
  • Promote the Career Centre activities using social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
  • Attend three Career Centre events each term. At each of these three events you may:
    • Greet the event speaker
    • Help prepare the room set-up
  • Conduct peer-to-peer advising on topics such as resumés, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, Career Centre services, etc.
  • Organize social activities for the Ambassador team
  • Actively participate in the Career Centre’s Financial Overseeing Committee

What will the program do for me?

  • The chance to develop and perfect your communication, presentation, teamwork, organizational, and networking skills
  • Increased exposure to potential employers
  • The opportunity to meet other students and make new friends
  • The ability to learn more about your own career goals and interests
  • Eligible for the Peter and Ann Koppel Scholarship for Excellence

Meet the team

Meet the 2017-2018 Ambassador Team. If you see them around campus, be sure to say hi.

Annesha Mendes


My name is Annesha and I am a second-year student studying Commerce with a specialization in Finance. This year, in addition to being an Ambassador, I am the Director of Events for the Telfer Human Resource Association. Aside from English, I speak French and am working my way towards Spanish! Outside of school, politics and government relations are some of my key interests, making Ottawa the perfect location for me.

The one thing I wish someone had told me when I started at Telfer: To visit the computer lab as often as possible and to get certified in Bloomberg, these are valuable resources to have access to!

Aya Jaffari


My name is Aya Jaffari and I’m in my second year in Finance at Telfer. My desire to join the Telfer Ambassador Program is due to the Career Centre’s guidance and tremendous help throughout my first year. During this first year full of new information and experiences, I was able to join a sorority. This enabled me to have more confidence in myself, to acquire a certain maturity and above all to become more comfortable speaking in front of an audience, especially due to the fact that I speak four languages: Arabic, French, English and Spanish. It doesn’t stop me from having a musical soul. During my free time, if there is a piano nearby, let me assure you that I can spend all day playing it. Otherwise, a book will do the trick.

The one thing I wish someone had told me when I started at Telfer: The importance of the academic specialists who guide us throughout our studies. Future students, I strongly advise you to reach out to them to help you with your course selection!

Christina Georgiou


Hi, I am Christina Georgiou, a fourth-year Accounting student. I am a student Ambassador for the Career Centre and a member of the Capital Markets Mentorship Program and the Telfer Capital Fund. I am fluently bilingual in English and French with a working knowledge of Greek. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, playing soccer and spending time with friends and family.

The one thing I wish someone had told me when I started at Telfer: To find out about all the clubs and activities that Telfer has to offer! Finding which clubs fit you and getting a start in these clubs during your first year will provide an abundance of opportunities within Telfer and in your careers. 

Christopher Flores-Lyons



Welcome! I am Christopher Flores-Lyons, a fourth-year student specializing in Accounting. Over the past three years, I have been very involved with the Telfer Community through the Accounting Club, MISA, 101 week and the Office of Campus Sustainability. For half a year, I also represented Telfer Students on the SFUO’s Board of Administration. Outside of school, I love cycling, working out at the gym, binge watching Netflix and reading in the park. You’ll often find me at little known cafes and restaurants around Ottawa, as I also love exploring and trying new things. I speak English and French and I am learning Italian in my free time. I encourage you to say hi and learn about everything the Career Centre has to offer!

The one thing I wish someone had told me when I started at Telfer: Go to as many networking events as you can! You get to meet lots of interesting people, and there's often tons of free food.

Daniya Gulzar


Hello! My name is Daniya Gulzar and I am in my second year of Accounting at the Telfer School of Management. I speak and have studied in both French and English. I enjoy participating in Telfer related events and volunteering for associations. One of the many reasons why I wanted to be an Ambassador was because I am an avid public speaker! In my spare time, I love to read books, watch movies, exercise, and practice the martial art of Taekwondo.

The one thing I wish someone had told me when I started at Telfer: DMS (Desmarais Building) is one of the busiest and nicest buildings on campus – so if you want a study spot with a view, be sure to get there early in the day. 

Gracia Djokouehi


Hi, my name is Gracia and I'm a 4th-year Finance student at Telfer. As an extracurricular, I was involved last year as an Outreach Agent in the Michaëlle Jean Centre for Global and Community Engagement. It was a really great experience! During my spare time, I enjoy drawing, dancing and watching Netflix. And finally, I am Francophone but I do speak a little English too.

The one thing I wish someone had told me when I started at Telfer: Choose your group assignment teammates carefully and do many activities as possible!

Jane Borla


My name is Jane Borla and I am a second-year Finance student. I am originally from the bustling suburban city of Mississauga, Ontario. I am trilingual with oral and written proficiency in English, French, as well as the Filipino dialect of Cebuano. I consider myself an autodidact, learning both how to play the guitar and photography. I make it a commitment to myself to actively participate in the arts. This being said, I enjoy listening to music, watching movies, reading novels, and practicing yoga. 

The one thing I wish someone had told me when I started at Telfer:  That the Career Centre’s website, and the Centre itself, has the necessary tools and resources to help you experience the best possible four years in your business degree.

Jennifer Affleck


My name is Jennifer Affleck and I am a second-year Management student at the Telfer School of Management. In my first year at Telfer, I performed as a dancer with CASCO, fundraising in support of CHEO. In my spare time, you’ll find me at the dance studio, hanging out with friends, or shopping. I have a passion for helping people pursue their goals and achieve success. By working with the Career Centre, I hope to help many people work towards their career goals.

The one thing I wish someone had told me when I started at Telfer: Go to as many of the events, workshops, and information sessions as possible; each one is a chance to acquire valuable knowledge and skills.

Jinna Lin


For those of you that do not know me, my name is Jinna Lin. I consider myself a people person, and very sociable and easy-going. These qualities will be strengths in the field of Human Resources. I speak English, Mandarin, and French. Something that I really enjoy doing during my free time is spending quality time with family and friends! As a student Ambassador, I am more than happy to share my experience with you and support you with your student life here at the University of Ottawa.

The one thing I wish someone had told me when I started at Telfer: Remember not to get carried away with the busyness from school and work. Leave some time for yourself and the ones you love. 

Kasia Palkowski


Hi! I'm Kasia Palkowski, a fourth-year Accounting student in French Immersion and one of this year's Head Ambassadors. I grew up in Mississauga, I speak Polish fluently, and I'm working full-time for the Federal Government until December 2017 through Telfer's BCom Internship program. In addition to my role as a Career Centre Ambassador, I'm a Sponsorship Director for CASCO and a member of the Telfer Accounting Club. In my spare time, I enjoy socializing with friends, rapping to Drake, working out and volunteering. I'm also the first in my family to attend University, which is something I'm very proud of.

The one thing I wish someone had told me when I started at Telfer: I wish someone had stressed the importance of getting involved with Telfer from the start of my University career. I've made a countless number of friends from volunteering a few hours per week, while making lasting contributions to my local community.

Kawal Pirwani


Hey there! My name is Kawal Pirwani and I am currently in my last year of Human Resources. Throughout my years in Telfer, I have learned that it is important to be proactive, to get involved and network. Some extracurricular that I have taken part in are DECA and Delta Delta Delta Sorority. When I am not busy with school or extracurricular activities, I find myself in coffee shops or wandering around Ottawa taking pictures.

The one thing I wish someone had told me when I started at Telfer: I wish someone had stressed how important it was to get involved. It was very intimidating at first because Telfer has so much to offer, but it is definitely worth it. 

Kevin Zhang


I’m Kevin Zhang and I am glad to be a member of the Career Centre Ambassador Program and to have the opportunity to share my experience with new students. As part of my extracurricular activities, I had the chance to experience friendship and cooperation as part of a Case Competition, and I developed my leadership skills by founding a new club. In order to keep up with the pace of our rapidly changing times, I always strive to step out of my comfort zone and to continue learning new knowledge. I have found that reading books every day is the fastest way to accumulate knowledge and to achieve success. When I graduate a year from now, I will take my Accounting diploma and the knowledge I’ve been taught by professors into the workplace, starting a new chapter in my life.

The one thing I wish someone had told me when I started at Telfer: The importance of attending events held by Telfer Career Centre. If I had known that, I would have made a clearer plan for my future career path and avoided many detours.

Laura Jardine


My name is Laura Jardine and I am a second-year management student at the Telfer School of Management. Last year I moved to Ottawa from a small town in rural New Brunswick. I speak English and I am currently working on learning French. During my first year I was a member of the uOttawa Dance Club and the Telfer Business Law Association. In my second year, I look forward to attending faculty events and getting more involved in the Telfer community. In my spare time, I enjoy swimming, travelling and binge watching Netflix. I am excited to work with my fellow career Ambassadors to make this a good year for all Telfer students.

The one thing I wish someone had told me when I started at Telfer: How many people are out there to help you. Not only do we have our peers and our professors, we also have the opportunity to speak to upper-year students, the Career Centre team, and a wide array of industry professionals.

Laurelle Whalley


My name is Laurelle Whalley and I am a second-year student here at the Telfer School of Management. I am currently in the French Immersion Finance program. In my spare time I like to read fictitious novels, crochet, and explore new and exciting places. My career goal is to become a Certified Professional Accountant after graduating from Telfer.

The one thing I wish someone had told me when I started at Telfer: How much I would grow as a person. I quickly learnt that this school would change me forever. During my first year here, I have not only become more mature but I have also grown professionally. I am breaking out of my shell and doing things I thought I would never see myself doing. I believe this is because Telfer offers more to students than any other business school, pushes its students to become involved, and truly cares about each and every one of its students.

Lindsay Armstrong


My name is Lindsay Armstrong and I am a third time returning Ambassador and fourth-year student at Telfer with an option in Finance. I’m in the Co-op program, and starting my third work term this fall. I volunteer in my spare time as a member of the CASCO Street Team and seek other volunteer opportunities around campus and the Ottawa community. In addition to school, work and volunteering, I enjoy spending time with friends and family, and staying active by running, going to the gym and playing intramural sports at the University. I am fluent in English, and a beginner in French but hope to practice and improve my French over the next few years.

The one thing I wish someone had told me when I started at Telfer: That professors are extremely approachable. Usually they are more than willing to answer questions and give advice to their students!

Marie Emmanuelle Kouadio

Marie Emmanuelle

My name is Marie Emmanuelle Kouadio and I come from Ivory Coast. I am a 4th year student in finance and it is my 3rd year as a Career Centre Ambassador. I speak three languages (French, English and Agni) and I am working on my Spanish. I have been highly involved as a volunteer for many clubs and associations such as CASCO and the Food Bank. I also represented the School at the 2017 Model African Union and joined the team of International Student Coaches. I am a fitness, dance, chocolate and nature lover. When I am not in the library studying, I like reading and sharing some quality time with my friends and family. I have a deep interest in equality gender, financial freedom, and personal development.

The one thing I wish someone had told me when I started at Telfer:  Be careful with prerequisites. Go and find the information yourself by booking an appointment with an academic specialist. It's an exercise to do on a regular basis to prevent you from having bad surprise, especially when you are close to graduation.

Morgan Fong


Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, I decided to start a new journey by attending the University of Ottawa. I am now in my 2nd year as a Business Management student, and I attended numerous, resourceful Career Centre workshops during my 1st year to further develop and improve my professional skills, inspiring my interest to become an ambassador. Taking advantage of the outdoor activities that New England has to offer, I enjoy staying active through kayaking, hiking, and skiing. I am looking forward to becoming more involved in the Telfer community and sharing my experiences with others.

The one thing I wish someone had told me when I started at Telfer:  To get to know your professors. By visiting their office hours, I was able to start building my network of relationships early on in my degree.

Ngia Kao


My name is Ngia Kao. I am a third-year Finance student who came to Ottawa as an international student from Russia. I have been involved in AIESEC Ottawa as a Corporate Representative and a Vice-President of Finance during my 1st and 2nd university years respectively. Also, I was a cast member at the CASCO Gala 2016. I fluently speak English, Russian and Vietnamese. During my spare time, I like playing sports such as soccer and tennis, snowboarding, pretty much doing any outdoor activities and taking photos and videos.

The one thing I wish someone had told me when I started at Telfer:  That it would be beneficial to me to find a professional in my field who would be willing to mentor me and give me valuable advice for my career path (To do so, I needed to network, send cold emails or apply to a Mentorship Program that the Telfer School of Management actually offers to all 3rd and 4th year business students).

Nourhan Mohamed


My name is Nourhan Mohamed. I'm a 2nd-year Finance student from Egypt. I'm also a Telfer Peer Mentor. I'm fluent in both English and Arabic and I'm a beginner in French. In my spare time, you'll find me enjoying a Zumba class or doing some Yoga.

The one thing I wish someone had told me when I started at Telfer: I wish I had known about Telfer peer mentors earlier, as I have received so much help from my own peer mentor as a first-year student. I believe if I had known about it earlier, a lot of things would have worked out better for me.

Polly Leung


My name is Polly and I am a 4th year student in International Management. I spent my summer working at American Express in their consumer marketing department in Toronto. My first few years in university were a whirlwind of clubs, networking events and meeting new people, as I was part of AIESEC, Telfer International, the Ambassador program just to name a few. You can find me in my spare time hitting the gym, going to creative events, or hidden away at a coffeeshop studying or reading a good book. 

The one thing I wish someone had told me when I started at Telfer: Always make sure you have your work-life balance figured out and NEVER forget to prioritize. 

Sandrine Sebogo


My name is Sandrine and I was born and raised in Burkina Faso, West Africa. I speak both French and English. I’m a third-year Finance student at the Telfer School of Management. As a student, I am not only interested in academic excellence, but I am also involved on campus. I participate in networking activities and university clubs, while volunteering. I also worked as a teaching assistant for a course at the Telfer School of Management. I aspire to an international career in the financial industry.

The one thing I wish someone had told me when I started at Telfer: I would have liked to have known about the useful services offered by the Career Centre.

Shiza Shahzad


My name is Shiza and I am a fourth-year student currently enrolled in the Finance program at the Telfer School of Management. I am actively involved in the Telfer community through clubs such as Telfer Finance Society, events such as 101 week, and competitions such as TICC, Telfer Trading Competition, and Portfolio Management Competition. Outside of school, I am most passionate about playing rugby. You can find me spending my spare time either hiking or reading a really great book. I am also a fluent speaker of Urdu and Hindi.

The one thing I wish someone had told me when I started at Telfer: How fast my four years would go by, and encouraged me not to waste a second of it. I think what’s most important is to hustle as hard as you can and make as much use of the resources around you as possible. 

Simone Albert


As an accounting student in my last year of university, I am proud to be one of the Co-Head Ambassadors this year and look forward to finishing off university having participated in a variety of activities in and out of Telfer. I have been a mentor, delegate for TMCGT, DECA and external case competitions, participated in the work-study program and volunteered through the university. I am from the Montreal area, and before you ask, yes, I do speak French. Wishing you the best year yet!

The one thing I wish someone had told me when I started at Telfer: To stop worrying about everything and get studying! I also think it is so important to keep a balance between school and everything else.

Sonya Gankina


Hi! My name is Sonya Gankina, and I am a second-year Marketing student at Telfer. During my first year I was involved on campus and attended as many Telfer and uOttawa events as possible. Fun fact: I am fluent in Russian as it is my first language. During my spare time, I like to travel, and spend quality time with friends and family. I am very excited for my second year and to work with the Career Centre, please feel free to reach out to me - I am always available for a chat.

The one thing I wish someone had told me when I started at Telfer:  That it is important to make connections with your classmates, professors, and guest speakers!

Tran Truong


I am currently in my fourth year of the BCom Finance. To make my academic experience at Telfer more valuable, I am highly involved in many extracurricular activities and clubs. Besides volunteering as an Ambassador at the Career Centre, I take part of TMCGT (Telfer Management Competitions) executive team as a Director of Sponsorships. During the school year, I provide assistance to the incoming international students with their transitions to university as an International Student Coach.

The one thing I wish someone had told me when I started at Telfer: To join case competitions. One of my highlights last year was to represent Telfer at Omnium Financier 2017, an inter-university case competition in the field of accounting and finance. It was a great learning experience and a chance to gain hands-on experience in the financial industry and improve my presentation skills.

Yasmina Zeidan


Hello! My name is Yasmina Zeidan and I’m a 2nd-year student studying Human Resource Management. This year, I am an executive member of the Human Resources Association at Telfer. I’m passionate about many things, but my main interests include spoken word poetry, travelling, singing, fitness, and sunsets!

The one thing I wish someone had told me when I started at Telfer: The importance of growing a network. Talk to people in your lecture rooms, befriend your group members, attend networking events throughout the year and start conversations with random students in the building, because at the end of the day we’re all on the same boat. It never hurts to grow your support system, especially when you’re stuck on a concept at 2 a.m. in the morning for your next exam.

How to become an Ambassador

Students who wish to be an Ambassador must submit their application in the spring for the following academic year. In order to be considered for the 2018-2019 academic year, you must apply in March 2018.


  • Entering your 2nd, 3rd, or 4th year at the Telfer School of Management in September 2018
  • Willing and able to volunteer 3-4 hours per week
  • Enthusiastic, passionate and approachable (Ambassadors are a resource to other Telfer students)
  • Interested in your own career development, and knowledgeable about Career Centre events and programs
  • Responsible, punctual and organized

How to apply

  1. Read the full job description
  2. Complete the online application form
  3. Be sure to submit a copy of your resumé and cover letter with the application form.
  4. Deadline to apply for the 2018-2019 academic year is Friday, March 23rd, 2018 at 4:30 p.m.
  5. A formal interview process will take place in the month of April 2018. Only those selected for an interview will be notified.


Quentin McLachlan (Winter 2014)

"I joined the Ambassador team in my third year of study. I found myself looking for opportunities to develop my professional skills and to learn about the services I had at my disposal as a student. I accomplished this and much more through my time spent with this dynamic team. Overall, the Program allowed me to practice practical skills such as public speaking, networking, and time management. The individuals that I had the opportunity to work with and learn from have been an integral part of my experience here at Telfer. 

I truly value this amazing Program and plan on putting this experience and the abilities gained through the Program to good use as I enter my professional career. I would not hesitate to recommend the Ambassador Program to current and future Telfer students and would do it all again myself if given the opportunity."