Meet Our Advisors

Our Career and Student Success Advisors will work with you to build your educational and career pathways. To find your advisor, select your campus Academic School below.

Still exploring your academic or career options? There's a pathway for you! Speak to the advisor of your preferred Academic School and we can show you the way.

Visit Academic Schools to find out more about the offered programs.

North Campus

School of Applied Technology

Gabriela Jakova, Advisor

Gabriela Jakova

Phone: 416.675.6622 ext. 4984
Email: gabriela.jakova@humber.ca

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  • Areas of Expertise:
  • Gabriela brings undivided enthusiasm when advising current and prospective students in the areas of career exploration, educational pathway planning and job search strategies. With more than 15 years experience in an educational setting, Gabriela implements holistic and developmental advising to provide students with guidance and support in their overall academic experience at Humber.

  • Credentials/Career Certificates:
  • Gabriela's academic credentials include a BA in English Language and Literature and a postgraduate diploma in Career and Work Counselling from George Brown College. Her educational background also includes a Common Assessment Certificate, Employment and Information Resource Specialist Certificate, Mental Health First Aid Certificate and a Level B Certification - certified to administer and interpret level B Psychological Assessments.

  • Professional Affiliations:
  • She is a member of the Canadian Association of Career Educators & Employers (CACEE) and The National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

  • Passionate about:
  • Gabriela's real drive is to inspire students to look outside of the comfort zones and achieve their true potential. She believes that the academic success is guaranteed when there is a strong school-life balance of the support services.

  • Favourite Quote:
  • "If the plan doesn't work, change the plan, NEVER the GOAL." - Anonymous

School of Health Sciences

Vicki Reay, Advisor

Vicki Reay

Phone: 416.675.5032
Email: vicki.reay@humber.ca

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  • Areas of Expertise:
  • Vicki is a seasoned Career Adviser. She brings over 25 years of experience in career services. With a career spanning more than 30 years as part of the Humber College family, Vicki is the most seasoned member of the original Humber Career Centre, and has honed her expertise in career advising while assisting in the ongoing development and growth of the Career Centre's services and activities. Over the course of her career, she has assisted thousands of students with her personalized approach to full-spectrum career advising services from career planning and job search coaching, to successful career transition management. Highly-regarded by industry partners for her modern approach to career services, she is often called upon by educators and faculty members to create and deliver custom workshops for students on a variety of topics including personal branding through resumes, interview etiquette, and the hidden job market. This experience, coupled with a wealth of industry partner relationships, has lead Vicki to serve as a key liaison to employers and external recruiters, while leading the planning and execution of industry-specific career fairs and networking events in the past 25 years alone.

    In her role as Career Advisor with the College's Career Services department, she is responsible for students in The School of Health Sciences and The School of Applied Technology portfolios.

  • Credentials/Career Certificates:
  • Her training and background includes several certificates including the CACEE-Career Educator Certificate, OCCE-Career Development Training Certificate, Career Strategies for the New World of Work Certificate, True Colors Certificate, and Type Focus Training.

  • Professional Affiliations:
  • She is a member of the Canadian Association of Career Educators & Employers (CACEE) and the Canadian Career Information Association (CCIA). She is also the past Chair, and current Treasurer of The Ontario College Career Educators (OCCE) - the committee representing all Career Advisors in Career Services in Ontario's Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology.

  • Passionate about:
  • Vicki is very passionate about her role and helping students achieve workplace success.

  • Favourite Quote:
  • "The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven't found it yet, keep looking. Don't settle." - Steve Jobs, Founder, Apple Inc.

School of Hospitality, Recreation, & Tourism

Christine Colosimo, Advisor

Christine Colosimo

Phone: 416.675.6622 ext. 4797
Email: christine.colosimo@humber.ca

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  • Areas of Expertise:
  • Christine brings over 24 years of experience in the post-secondary industry, and 17 years in career management.

  • Credentials/Career Certificates:
  • Her educational background is in Adult Education from Brock University. She holds several career certificates in career development including Level 1 "Personality Dimensions" certification. As well, she is a Holistic Narrative Career Coaching practitioner.

  • Professional Affiliations:
  • She is a member of the Ontario College of Career Educators (OCCE), and is the Co-Chair of the Canadian Career Information Association (CCIA)

  • Passionate about:
  • Christine has a passion for student success. She is a motivated professional who empowers people to understand their unique strengths, values and mission and assists them in finding creative ways to achieve their life goals and career dreams, while finding life balance, happiness and fulfillment.

  • Favourite Quote:
  • "Courage does not always roar - Sometimes courage is the quiet voice and the end of the day saying, 'I will try again tomorrow'".

School of Media Studies & Information Technology

Natasha Haniff, Advisor

Natasha Haniff

Phone: 416.675.6622 ext. 4392
Email: natasha.haniff@humber.ca

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  • Areas of Expertise:
  • Natasha has over 15 years experience in post-secondary education, advising students in the areas of admissions, registration, student services and academic planning.

  • Credentials/Career Certificates:
  • Her academic credentials include MA in Adult Education, a BA in English Literature and a diploma in Broadcast Journalism.

  • Professional Affiliations:
  • She is a member of the CACUSS (Canadian Association of College and University Student Services) and NACADA (The National Academic Advising Association).

  • Passionate about:
  • Natasha is passionate about empowering others to find balance and success in all areas of their life and to share their stories to encourage others to pursue their dreams and goals.

  • Favourite Quote:
  • "Your work is to discover your world and then with all your heart give yourself to it." - Buddha.

The Business School

Fredy Mejia, Advisor

Fredy Mejia

Phone: 416.675.6622 ext. 3242
Email: fredy.mejia@humber.ca

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  • Areas of Expertise:
  • Fredy is well versed in the areas of career advising, job search coaching, group facilitation, training, employer prospecting, motivational speaking and social media. Audiences include the unemployed, local/international students, recent graduates and newcomers to Canada.

  • Credentials/Career Certificates:
  • His background includes studies in career and adult education, the Assessment Component for Employment Counselling (ACEC), and Level I - Personality Dimensions certification training.

  • Professional Affiliations:
  • He is affiliated with the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE), OCCE/SCCO (Ontario College Career Educators/Specialistes en Carrieres des Colleges de l'Ontario), and the Canadian Career Information Association (CCIA).

  • Passionate about:
  • Fredy is passionate about advising students at all stages in their career; he helps them navigate their way around today's vastly changing labour market by strategically blending current technologies with social networking and job search strategies.

  • Favourite Quote:
  • "Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me..." - Albert Camus

Internationally Trained Immigrants (ITI) Clients

Valeriya Polyakova, Advisor

Valeriya Polyakova

Phone: 416.675.6622 ext. 4794
Email: valeriya.polyakova@humber.ca | advising-newcomers@humber.ca
Website: www.humber.ca/advisingnewcomers

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  • Areas of Expertise:
  • Valeriya is a highly skilled education professional with over 15 years of progressive and varied experience encompassing advising and coaching, teaching, career development, project management and program coordination.

  • Credentials/Career Certificates:
  • Valeriya is a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL) and holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics with an interdisciplinary approach that includes education, developmental psychology, socio-linguistics, and psycho-linguistics.

    Her educational background also includes a HRM postgraduate certificate from Humber College, Career Development certificate and Career and Employment Information Specialist certificate from ONESTEP Institute, Toronto.

  • Professional Affiliations:
  • She is a member of the Human Resources Professional Association (HRPA) - Peel Chapter, Canadian Career Information Association (CCIA), and is affiliated with numerous employment networking committees and bridging programs.

  • Passionate about:
  • Valeriya enjoys providing a balance of educational advising and program exploration to support and guide new immigrants to help them reach their goals and establish themselves as professionals in Canada.

  • Favourite Quote:
  • "Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful." - Albert Schweitzer

Humber College Community Employment Services (HCCES)

Sara Varvaris, Advisor

Sara Varvaris

Phone: 416.675.6622 ext.2786
Email: sara.varvaris@humber.ca

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  • Areas of Expertise:
  • Sara's post-secondary education experience in Registration and Student Services provides her the ability to holistically assist students during pre-admission advising appointments. In addition to providing services at the five Humber Community Employment Services Centre's, she facilitates workshops, presentations and participates regularly in community outreach events. Sara specializes in advising youth, mature students, Second Career applicants, internationally trained immigrants, individuals seeking training for career upgrading and members of marginalized communities.

  • Credentials/Career Certificates:
  • Sara's credentials include a Fashion Arts diploma from Humber and is currently pursuing her degree in Sociology on a part-time basis at the University of Toronto.

  • Passionate about:
  • Sara loves connecting with students on a deeper level through a personable approach and strives to help individuals recognize their potential to achieve their academic and personal success. She takes great pride in ensuring prospective students have a clear understanding of how to accomplish their educational and career goals prior to enrolling into a post-secondary program. Sara is passionate about her work and Humber, and encourages all prospective students to access supports available on campus.

  • Favourite Quote:
  • "When we love, we always strive to become better than we are. When we strive to become better than we are, everything around us becomes better too." - Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

Lakeshore Campus

The Business School

Linda MacDonald, Advisor

Linda MacDonald

Business Postgraduate

Phone: 416.675.6622 ext. 3321
Email: linda.macdonald@humber.ca

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Crystal Pole-Langdon, Advisor

Crystal Pole-Langdon

Undergraduate

Phone: 416.675.6622 ext. 5194
Email: crystal.pole-langdon@humber.ca

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  • Areas of Expertise:
  • Crystal has over 10 years of experience in post-secondary education, advising prospective and current students in the areas of program selection, academic and career planning, student services, and wellness. Crystal's background is in health promotion, which contributes to her holistic approach when advising students.

  • Credentials/Career Certificates:
  • Crystal's credentials include a BASc in Kinesiology from the University of Guelph and a diploma in Fitness and Health Promotion from Humber College.

  • Professional Affiliations:
  • Crystal is a member of The National Academic Advising Association (NACADA).

  • Passionate about:
  • Crystal is passionate about supporting others to overcome challenges and achieve their goals.

  • Favourite Quote:
  • "To love what you do and feel that it matters - how could anything be more fun?" - Katharine Graham

School of Media Studies & Information Technology

Pirom Houth, Advisor

Pirom Houth

Phone: 416.675.6622 ext. 4976
Email: pirom.houth@humber.ca

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  • Areas of Expertise:
  • Pirom has been in the field of Student Affairs for over six years, with experience in student development, transition, and career advising.

  • Credentials/Career Certificates:
  • Pirom is a Med Candidate at the University of Toronto, studying Student Development in Higher Education, focusing on holistic student development and career counselling. He also holds a BAA in Media Studies, and diplomas in public relations, media communications and design. Pirom also holds a Career Educator Certificate from the Canadian Association of Career Educators and Employers (CACEE) and is a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) certified facilitator.

  • Professional Affiliations:
  • Pirom is a member of the Canadian Association of College and University Student Services (CACUSS).

  • Passionate about:
  • Pirom is passionate about supporting students throughout their experience in and after higher education - focusing on the impacts of intersectional identities to student development and career success. In addition, he is also an avid foodie and enjoys concocting or eating various plant-based foods in his spare time!

  • Favourite Quote:
  • "Don't waste your time on jealously. Sometimes you're ahead, sometimes you're behind. The race is long and in the end, it's only with yourself" - Baz Luhrmann

School of Creative & Performing Arts

Pirom Houth, Advisor

Pirom Houth

Phone: 416.675.6622 ext. 4976
Email: pirom.houth@humber.ca

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School of Social & Community Services

Linda MacDonald, Advisor

Linda MacDonald

Phone: 416.675.6622 ext. 3321
Email: linda.macdonald@humber.ca

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School of Liberal Arts & Science

Crystal Pole-Langdon, Advisor

Crystal Pole-Langdon

Phone: 416.675.6622 ext. 5194
Email: crystal.pole-langdon@humber.ca

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Career Resource Developer

Ashvini Sriharan

Ashvini Sriharan

Ashvini Sriharan

Social Media and Online Resources
Locations: North Campus, Lakeshore Campus
Phone: 416.675.6622 ext. 5453
Email: ashvini.sriharan@humber.ca

  • Areas of Expertise:
  • Ashvini specializes in the research and use of online tools and social media for career development. She advises students on online portfolio building and strategic use of LinkedIn for networking and job search.

  • Credentials/Career Certificates:
  • Ashvini's current academic credentials include a BBA with area of emphasis in Marketing and Communications.

  • Passionate about:
  • Ashvini is passionate about helping others realize their potential and setting them on their way to achieve great things. In addition, she uses her passion for visual design to help students showcase their personal brand.

  • Favourite Quote:
  • "The future belongs to those who learn more skills and combine them in creative ways." - Robert Greene, Mastery

Reception

Jesmin Fuad

Jesmin Fuad, Reception

Jesmin Fuad

Location: North Campus
Phone: 416.675.6622 ext. 4591
Email: jesmin.fuad@humber.ca

  • Areas of Expertise:
  • Jesmin has been assisting and providing front-line customer service to Humber students in Career Services for the last ten years.

  • Favourite Quote:
  • "Positive anything is better than negative nothing".

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