My Economics degree: what a great decision!
Hosted by Associate Dean, Programs, Sean Kheraj, this lunchtime webinar explores the career journey of successful grads of York’s Department of Economics. Join us as we discuss their path to success and receive valuable life advice from them.
• Barry Kadoch, BA’87, CPA, CA
Vice President Corporate Planning and Budgeting at SmartCentres REIT
Barry Kadoch is an experienced chief financial officer (CFO) with a strong background in the real estate industry. Kadoch currently serves as the vice president of corporate planning and budgeting at SmartCentres REIT, one of Canada’s largest fully integrated REITs, featuring 166 strategically located properties across the country. Prior to joining SmartCentres, Kadoch’s career included senior positions at Deloitte (senior manager – A&A finance), Drizeen Holdings Inc (CFO), Trinity Development Group (CFO/COO) and Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (vice president). Kadoch graduated with an Economics degree in 1987 and is experienced in management, finance, accounting, strategy and mergers and acquisitions.
• Jeff Hindle, BA’95
Senior Principal and Vice President – Data and Services at Mastercard
Jeff Hindle’s 25 years of leadership experience spans four startups and five Fortune 100 firms in the communications, technology and financial service industries. His management responsibilities and products have crossed 30 countries, covering marketing, segment management, product development, information security, application development, manufacturing, service delivery and strategic planning. Hindle’s team at Mastercard set the near term go-to-market strategies for strategic clients, strategic markets, and key new products globally. His team also acted to ensure Mastercard is designing and delivering services that do well and do good. Himself a four-time entrepreneur, Hindle remains an advisor to MaRS Discovery District ventures and Fintech Growth Syndicate ventures.
• Kashmera Self, BA’99
AVP, Strategy & Emerging Solutions Delivery at Interac Corp.
Kashmera Self helps determine the role Interac plays within the Canadian innovation ecosystem. She leads the evaluation of opportunities on emerging trends and technologies and through enterprise strategy development determines what that could mean for Interac. Her focus today is on future-looking initiatives, specifically digital commerce, consumer-directed finance (aka open banking), data exchange, blockchain, connected cities and social commerce. She has twenty years of experience in product management and leading go-to-market strategies within the payments, financial services, and travel industries with her career concentration on the digital economy. Self was the recipient of the Women in Payments Rising Star Award and is often called upon to speak at industry conferences where she has contributed to the dialogue on innovation and transformation both within Canada and abroad.
• Leonard Meloff, BA’89
Chairman and President at Renza Holdings Ltd.
Leonard Meloff is an entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in technology and enterprise software leadership. Currently he serves as chairman & president at Renza Holdings Ltd. which, through its subsidiary Renza Capital, is an affiliate of CCC Investment Banking, a bespoke consulting company headquartered in Toronto, Canada. Meloff oversees CCC Investment Banking’s technology and innovation practice that helps early-stage start-ups in financing, advisory services, and mergers and acquisitions. He has previously worked for companies such as Endeca Technologies, BMC Software and Cognos. Meloff holds a BA in economics from York University.
• Will Ramjass, BA’89, LL.B.
Director & Assistant General Counsel at McDonald’s Canada
Will Ramjass is an experienced corporate lawyer and business executive, with over 26 years of legal practice. After being called to the bar in 1994, Will co-founded and managed the law firm of Ramjass, Sagara & Baboolal in Toronto, where he practiced for seven years, until his transition as in-house corporate counsel with Tim Hortons in 2002 and then to McDonald’s Canada in 2005. He currently acts as director and assistant general counsel of McDonald’s Canada and had a dual role as the general counsel of McDonald’s Latin America from 2017-2019. Ramjass is also a member of the board of directors of Ronald McDonald House Charities Canada and is currently the chair of the City of Brampton Appeal Tribunal