Our Team

Program Director

Marilyn Laiken, PhD - Program Director

Marilyn Laiken is Director of the Masters Certificate in Adult Training and Development, co-sponsored by Schulich Executive Education Centre at York University and the Canadian Organization Development Institute (CODI). She is also a co-owner and Academic Director of CODI, as well as past Chair of the OISE, University of Toronto Department of Adult Education & Counselling Psychology, and Professor Emeritus of Adult Education in Workplace Learning and Change. Since 1975, Marilyn has been Principal of Laiken Associates, a Toronto consulting firm that has served hundreds of clients in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.

Marilyn combines an interest in adult education and organizational change through her research, teaching and field development, and speaks internationally and has published widely in these areas. Her book, “The Anatomy of High Performing Teams: A Leader’s Handbook” has been used by teams and team leaders since 1991. Her “Adult Educator’s Resource Manual” is forthcoming. Marilyn has been honored with the prestigious OCUFA award for “Excellence in Teaching”, and the Canadian Society for Training and Development President’s Award for her contributions to the field of Adult Education, as well as their first research award.




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Steve Blane

Steve is an award-winning learning experience designer and consultant with Benchmark - a performance focused design collective. A near 20-year industry vet, he has a speciality in (and passion for) elearning. Steve was the lead designer for two CSTD design awards and won the inaugural Iron Mouse award for Storyline design at I4PL2015.

Steve's taught the instructional design module with Louise Grummitt since 2007 and the rapid elearning design course (with Sean Speake) since it's inception in 2012.

He's a regular guest speaker at the IPL’s national conference and spring symposium, York University and various networking groups.

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David Donaldson

David Donaldson is a Program Director with TidalShift Inc. David is an experienced facilitator, trainer, courseware developer, and consultant with over 25 years of experience building and delivering solutions for clients across North America. 

David brings a unique style and perspective to the sessions he facilitates. His deep rooted belief that one needs to master the core essence of a concept before moving forward, keeps his sessions grounded and makes the key learning objectives more relevant and applicable (a difficult task in today’s world of quick fixes and miracle cures!). David is often praised for breathing life into the subject matter he teaches and giving his students a unique, holistic experience. 

David holds a Change Management Practitioner (CMP) Designation from APMG, a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation from the Project Management Institute (PMI), and is a Certified Training & Development Professional (CTDP) from The Institute for Performance and Learning (formerly CSTD). He is an active member of The Institute for Performance and Learning and recently completed his Master’s Certificate in Adult Training & Development, demonstrating his ongoing commitment to development for himself and his students. 

David’s diverse training experience extends beyond the corporate setting. In his spare time, he trains fledgling pilots to get their wings and young horses to trust their mounts.

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Bindi Doshi

Bindi has spent the past 15 years working for the Government of Canada in Learning and Development in the areas of facilitation, instructional design and management. Her award-winning work in business development and service management reflects her ability to expertly facilitate both small-teams and large groups.

With over 10 years experience facilitating, and training facilitators to deliver, in a wide array of contexts such as HR, Finance, Service delivery, Management and Justice, Bindi is regularly sought out to support the learning of a variety of professionals from frontline service providers to departmental leadership. She has led professional learning on a broad range of diverse topics including, but not limited to, Communication, Service Excellence, Effective Feedback, Working with Virtual Teams, Conflict Management, Mental Health and Resiliency.

Bindi is committed to a client-centric and collaborative approach that focuses on developing programs that meet the unique needs of each group.

A graduate of the MCATD program, a designated Certified Training and Development Professional and an accredited Insights Discovery practitioner, Bindi deeply believes that highly interactive and engaging sessions, where adult learners feel respected and valued, help them build upon their current understandings and continually evolve their practice. 

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Carlos Esteves

Carlos has a Bachelor of Science degree with a Psychology major and a Master of Education from the University of Toronto with a focus on adult education and community development.  In addition, Carlos is MBTI certified and has provided total quality methodology leadership as a Six Sigma practitioner and ISO Lead Auditor.  In an extensive IT career, he has created and led national soft skills training programs along with customer and employee focus group initiatives.

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Quintin Fox

Quintin Fox is the Director of Training Development and Capacity Resourcing at Gay Lea Foods Co-operative.  Gay Lea Foods Co-operative is a leading dairy processor with 35% of Ontario dairy farmers as member-owners and over $700 million in sales with over 900 employees working out of 12 sites across Ontario. Quintin works with the Human Resources and Member Relations departments to develop training and development programs to meet the needs of members, delegates, directors and employees.

He is responsible for the development and delivery of the award-winning Leadership in Governance director and delegate training program. Since joining Gay Lea Foods in 2012, he has overseen the development of the Lighthouse Program – a program which is developing the next generation of leaders from across Gay Lea’s seven different sites and at all levels of the co-op. 

Quintin graduated from the MCATD program in 2016 and is currently working towards his Certified Professional Facilitator designation through the International Association of Facilitators.

Prior to joining Gay Lea Foods, he was responsible for education and research at the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA).  As Director of Consultancy and Training, Quintin led a number of projects on behalf of CCA’s members and the wider co-operative movement.  He was the Principal Investigator of the Measuring the Co-operative Difference Research Network, a multi-year $1 million Community-University Research Alliance (CURA) led by CCA in partnership with four Canadian universities. 

Quintin has 20 years’ experience working for membership-based organizations in pivotal roles with a focus on education and training, research and governance.  Prior to joining CCA, Quintin was Head of Consultancy and Training at the UK-based educational charity, the Plunkett Foundation. In 2014, Quintin was recognized for his work with the Foundation and became a Fellow of the Plunkett Foundation.  He is a graduate of the University of London, UK.    

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Louise Grummitt , M.Ed., CTDP

Louise combines a love of learning and expertise in instructional design with exemplary management skills to provide exceptional service as a performance consultant, project manager and instructional designer. She has over 30 years experience in instructional design, and has worked closely with clients in financial services, retail, manufacturing, high technology, the non-profit sector and government. While she continues to design traditional classroom learning, her current focus is the design of e-learning and e-classroom programs.

Louise wrote the CSTD Competencies for Training and Development, which has been a top 10 business book for much of the past four years. She designed and facilitated the original Module 3 at OISE 18 years ago, and has reworked the session over the years to meet the changing needs of participants and the industry. Louise has been a Managing Partner with Benchmark Performance, a Toronto-based performance consulting and instructional design company, for the past 15 years.


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Kevin Guerin

Kevin is currently a Visiting Fellow in the Masters Certificates in Adult Training and Development program at the Schulich Executive Education Centre (SEEC). He started his career in the Public Service in the 1990s in the fields of training and communications in the Canadian Forces, before becoming a Minister’s Press Secretary, and then his first executive position working in Communications for Environment Canada. Later, as Chief of Staff for the Office of the Speaker of the Senate, Mr. Guerin learned from leaders at the highest levels.

Kevin is a leadership development specialist, trainer and facilitator with over 20 years’ experience. Kevin is also a communications specialist, accomplished speaker and presenter.  He has spoken at dozens of events and delivered hundreds of training sessions.  Kevin spent three years as a teaching assistant at Carleton University, 15 years teaching as a reserve force officer in the Canadian Forces and over 4 years as an associate faculty member and Regional Director at the Canada School of Public service. 

Kevin is a Certified Training and Development Professional, has an Advanced Masters Certificate in Adult Training and Development from SEEC and is an Accredited Insights Discovery Practitioner.

Kevin grew up in Oshawa, Ontario and has a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from Carleton University and is a graduate of the Royal Military College of Canada, with a Master of Arts in Military and Strategic Studies.  Kevin lives in Pickering with his two children.

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Sandra Harris , M.Ed.

Sandra is the principal of Synergy Management Consulting and has over 35 years of combined business and consulting experience.  After 10 successful years in the highly competitive telecommunications field she attended OISE/UofT and acquired her M.Ed. Sandra accumulated invaluable Organizational Development experience with a top international consulting firm doing projects for many of Canada's largest companies, such as Bell Canada, Scotiabank, Sheridan College and GlaxoSmithKline.  For the past 15 years Sandra's focus has been the health care sector in general and hospitals in particular.  Sandra’s healthcare clients include the University Health Network, CAMH, Lakeridgde Health and Mackenzie Health, to name a few. Her offerings include customized training and education, team building, conflict resolution, facilitation and leadership coaching.  All of Sandra's work is premised on fostering collaboration, engagement and respect, and helping people resolve issues in a safe and supportive manner.  The thought leaders that most influence Sandra are Positive Leadership, Appreciative Inquiry and Humble Inquiry.  You can contact Sandra by e-mailing her at sandralharris@sympatico.ca

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Chris Hutcheson

Chris Hutcheson is the president of IDEA Ltd., a training solutions consultancy. A graduate of the Certificate in Adult Education - Developing Human Resources Focus program at OISE/UT, he has nearly 30 years experience in the training & development field, and has developed and conducted many workshops on presentations, trainer training and management development for a variety of private and public sector organizations. He is the author of the Learning Style Questionnaire, published by HRD Press. Chris is one of our two Practicum Supervisors. For more information, please visit www.ideaworldhq.com.

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Carley Inglis

Carley is a Manager of Learning Programs at Rexall Pharmacy Group, where she has 14 years of experience in various positions within the organization. She started her Learning and Development career in 2008 as a national technology trainer. In 2012, she transitioned to a Learning Specialist role, in which she further developed her skills and abilities in instructional design, technical training, soft skill training, presentations and facilitation.

As a graduate of the AMCATD program (2013 MCATD, 2015 AMCATD), her experience will allow her to bring a fresh, ‘real world’ perspective to the program and its facilitation. She also is a certified InsideOut Coaching facilitator, Expert Certified in Articulate Storyline 2 and has other certifications from organizations such as FKA and CMC. Her experience as a personal trainer in the fitness industry also provides her the opportunity to apply coaching and training techniques in different scenarios. 

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Linda Lehtonen, M.Ed.

Linda is a facilitative consultant in the areas of advanced facilitation skills, process consultation and team process. She has worked for 20 years with clients such as Noranda, Mutual Group, CIBC, Nortel, and many government groups. She has an M.Ed. from OISE, University of Toronto. Her work has included managing a team of consultants and work in the U.S., Europe and Southeast Asia.


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Edward J. Marinos B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed.A.E., Ph.D.EDU

Edward Marinos brings valuable academic credentials, as well as many years of experience in the training and organizational development fields. He has recently become a full time professor at the Pilon School of Business at Sheridan Iinstitute of Technology. Edward has been associated with the Learning and Organizational Development functions for the past 17 years in management and senior leadership roles for organizations such as: Rexall Pharma Plus drug stores, GE Water & Technology, Zenon Environmental, the Ontario Ministry of the Environment, Canadian Tire and the Toronto Transit Commission.

Edward holds a B.A. in Social Science, B.Ed. in Teaching and Curriculum, an M.Ed. in Adult Learning and Ph.D. in Education at the University of Toronto. His area of discipline is in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning with a specialization in Organizational Learning. As part of his Ph.D. program he developed and tested the validity of his design of a competency-based teaching and learning model for Subject Matter Experts, Technical Experts and Trainers in organizations; in an attempt to assist with ways to improve their ability to design and deliver adult-centred instruction. 

Edward is a part-time faculty member at the Humber College Business School where he teaches courses in Traiining and Development, Instructional Design, Adult Learning, Occupational Health & Safety and Strategic HR Planning. He is the owner of Avalone Learning Solutions, a Learning and Organizational Develoment Consulting company that designs and delivers a variety of training programs and strategic consulting services for organizations in areas of Performance Management, Instructional Design and Delivery, Online Learning and Management and Leadership Development programs.

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Shawn Pariag B.Sc., CTDP, PMP

Shawn is a Senior Manager, Learning Design with The Royal Bank of Canada. For the past 20 years he has successfully merged his passions for technology, project management and adult learning into an intriguing career.

Originally from the twin-island Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, Shawn graduated with a B.Sc. in Computer Science from the University of the West Indies.  These skills were further honed when he joined The Royal Bank of Trinidad and Tobago where he held several leadership roles in Technology and Learning & Development.  He also earned certifications from the American Management Association and Prosci as a Certified Trainer and Change Management Professional.  Shawn was often called upon to lead training teams on large transformational technology-based projects.  On evenings he also lectured part-time at a local community college, teaching courses in Information Management, Project Management and Educational Technology.

In 2009 Shawn moved to Toronto with his wife and daughter where he was fortunate to continue working for The Royal Bank.  Being new to Canada and seeking professional validation Shawn successfully completed the Masters Certificate in Adult Training and Development, became a Certified Training and Development Professional with The Institute for Performance and Learning and a Project Management Professional with the Project Management Institute.  Shawn is currently the Learning Portfolio Lead for Retail Operations within RBC’s Personal & Commercial Banking segment, a learner base of approx. 9000 RBCers.

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Natasha Toney

Natasha Toney is a creative problem solver and critical thinker with a passion for the art and science of facilitation. Natasha has over 20 years of instructional design, training, presentation, facilitation, and interactive workshop experience. Her areas of expertise span a broad range of topics from leadership and emotional intelligence to change management and post implementation process redesign.

Natasha is a Certified Life Coach (CCP), Certified ScrumMaster® (CSM), Certified Six Sigma Black Belt (CSSBB), and a Project Management Professional (PMP®). She obtained her Masters Certificate in Adult Training and Development (MCATD) from Schulich Executive Education Centre. Over the course of her career, Natasha has worked with fortune 500 companies such as Coca-Cola, Unilever, and RR Donnelley. She utilizes her extensive knowledge to ensure both profit and not-for-profit organizations experience sustainable business transformations.

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