Finance Professionals

Ian Schnoor
President & Founder

Ian started the business in 2002 to provide Excel-based financial modeling training to professionals in the financial community. Ian has built The Marquee Group into a leading provider of financial modeling training, consulting and accreditation.

Over the years, Ian has taught thousands of business professionals and university students in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and Mexico. Ian is passionate about teaching and brings a hands-on, interactive approach to every course. He has developed a framework and discipline for building models and for teaching that is now used in all of The Marquee Group’s sessions.

Ian teaches at Queen’s University and is a past recipient of the “Instructor of the Year” award in the Master of Finance program at the Smith School of Business.

Prior to establishing The Marquee Group, Ian spent a number of years in the Investment Banking departments at Citigroup and BMO Capital Markets. Ian completed his Bachelor of Commerce Honours degree with academic distinction from the University of Manitoba and has also attained the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Tim Benson
Principal & Co-Head of Training

Tim provides strategic leadership and operational oversight to the training business at The Marquee Group. This includes managing relationships with clients and ensuring best in class training seminars are delivered.

Tim remains very active as an instructor and has taught thousands of business professionals and university students. Since 2012, he has been a Lecturer in the Master of Finance program at the Stephen J.R. Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.

Prior to joining The Marquee Group in early 2009, Tim had extensive experience in Investment Banking, Equity Research, Corporate Finance and Investor Relations. He was part of the senior management team at Retirement Residences REIT, a TSX listed real estate investment trust, with responsibility for business strategy, corporate finance and investor relations. Tim was also involved in negotiating the sale of the company to a private equity buyer (total value of the transaction was $2.8 billion).

Previously, Tim worked in the capital markets for over 10 years. While at a merchant bank he made private equity and mezzanine debt investments. At UBS Securities he was a sell side equity research analyst covering the Canadian oil & gas sector. As a member of the Investment Banking group at BMO Capital Markets, Tim was involved in a number of financings, mergers & acquisitions and securities valuations with clients in the oil & gas, utility and agriculture sectors.

Tim received his Master of Business Administration degree from the Ivey Business School and a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Haskayne School of Business. While at the Ivey Business School he taught business and entrepreneurial skills in Nizhny-Novgorord, Russia and Minsk, Belarus as part of the LEADER Project. He has also attained the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Dave Thomas
Principal & Co-Head of Training

Dave is passionate about teaching and the industry-leading course content for which Marquee is known. When not in the classroom, Dave focuses on developing new courses, course customization for clients and other content development. Since joining Marquee in 2012, Dave has taught hundreds of courses including training programs for analysts and associates at the major banks, corporate business development and budgeting teams, undergraduate and post-graduate business students and legal professionals in Canada, the US, Mexico and China.

Previously, Dave worked in Investment Banking for over 10 years at BMO Capital Markets. While at BMO, he was a Director in Equity Capital Markets where he oversaw prospectus-offered retail structured products for the firm as well as numerous equity financings and initial public offerings. Prior to that role, he was a member of the Utilities Group and was involved in numerous financing and mergers & acquisition transactions including significant work in the renewable and alternative power sector. Prior to joining The Marquee Group, Dave was CEO and Director of a Caribbean-based private bank providing asset management, trust and corporate services for high net worth and corporate clients.

Dave received his Master of Business Administration degree from the Ivey Business School and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Jon Zelman
Principal & Head of Consulting

Jon joined Marquee in early 2009 and is responsible for leading the firm’s consulting practice. He is focused on helping clients improve their Excel-based decision-making tools, so they can spend less time struggling with models and more time thinking about their businesses. Jon is involved in all of Marquee’s consulting mandates, overseeing model design as well as process management, and ensures that all models adhere to Marquee’s industry-leading best practices.

Jon is also regularly involved in teaching Marquee courses, and enjoys working with participants at bank programs, corporations, professional societies and business schools.

Before joining Marquee, Jon spent over a decade as an investment banking professional, advising clients on a wide range of transactions and opportunities, including mergers and acquisitions, debt and equity financings, restructurings and liability management. Jon was a Director at Citigroup, working in the firm’s New York and Toronto offices, and was focused on media and telecommunications companies including BCE, Rogers and Quebecor. Jon began his investment banking career in the Montreal offices of BMO Capital Markets, where he worked on a number of financing and advisory transactions.

A native of Montreal, Jon is fluent in English and French. Jon holds a Master of Business Administration from Columbia Business School, where he served as a Teacher’s Assistant in Corporate Finance. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Vermont.

Duncan McKeen
Principal

Duncan is passionate about teaching and strives to use an engaging and interactive approach in the classroom. He draws on his years of engineering and capital markets experience to deliver courses on financial modeling, valuation, and data sciences.

Duncan has been instrumental in developing multiple courses in Marquee’s training portfolio including a suite of Mining Financial Modeling courses as well our and Power BI training curriculum. He has a keen interest in data visualization that stems from his extensive experience marketing and presenting investment ideas to institutional buy-side clients. He believes that models and dashboards can be powerful communication tools and mechanisms to make better financial decisions.

Duncan joined the Marquee Group as a Principal in 2014. He has also been a Lecturer in the Master of International Business program at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University since 2015. Previously, he worked in the Capital Markets for over 10 years in Equity Research focusing on the resource sector analyzing commodities and mining companies. During this time, he was a Senior Vice President and Mining Analyst at Macquarie Capital Markets and a Vice President and Mining Analyst at GMP Securities. Duncan has built and managed research teams covering portfolios in excess of $140 billion. He has published institutional equity research on base metals, coal, fertilizers, uranium and platinum group metals. Prior to joining the financial community, Duncan worked with Ingersoll-Rand as a Mining Product Manager and a Technical Sales Engineer.

Duncan received his Master of Finance degree from the Queen’s University School of Business and a Bachelor of Engineering degree from McGill University. He also holds the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Toze Francisco
Principal

Toze has extensive capital markets experience and a passion for financial modeling and teaching. When not in the classroom, Toze focuses on business development and strategy, learning and developing new content, and providing strategic leadership and operational oversight as a Director of the Financial Modeling Institute (“FMI”).

Since joining Marquee in 2015, Toze has trained thousands of business professionals and university students throughout Canada, Europe, and the United States. As an instructor, Toze is an avid advocate of Marquee’s mission “to help finance professionals use the discipline of financial modeling to make sound business decisions.” Outside of training, Toze leads the continued growth of the financial modeling accreditation business, from its initial launch as the Financial Modeling Accreditation Program (“FinMAP”) in Canada in 2015, through the founding of the FMI in 2017, and the continued global development of this program today.

Prior to joining The Marquee Group, Toze worked at RBC Capital Markets as an Institutional Equities Liability Trader with responsibility for Canadian-listed public equities trading, capital allocation, and risk management. Previously, Toze was a member of RBC Capital Markets’ Global Equity Research department covering the Canadian Cable, Media, and Telecommunications sectors. Prior to that role, he participated in the RBC Capital Markets Global Markets Program where he worked in Global Mining Research, Foreign Exchange Trading, and Interest Rate Derivatives Trading. Before joining RBC Capital Markets, Toze worked at Scotia Capital as an Analyst within the M&A and Investment Banking groups and at Canada Pension Plan Investment Board as an Investment Finance Analyst in the Real Estate group.

Toze holds a Bachelor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo, a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University, the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation, and the Advanced Financial Modeler (AFM) designation.

A Portuguese-Canadian, Toze speaks English and Portuguese.  

Phil Watanabe
Principal

Phil brings his extensive capital markets background to the classroom and spends his time at Marquee teaching courses in financial modeling, accounting, interview preparation, and Excel.

Outside of the classroom, Phil draws on his accounting and finance experience to create real-life teaching examples that resonate with students from varying backgrounds. He enjoys teaching students of all levels and especially those that are committed to improving themselves and their skills.

Prior to joining Marquee, Phil spent 18 years in the capital markets primarily in an institutional sales and trading role. He started his career in the investment banking group at BMO Capital Markets where he worked on several financing and advisory transactions in New York and Toronto. Most recently, Phil was a Senior Vice President on the sales and trading desk with Macquarie Capital Markets Canada where he focused on liability trading in the energy sector. Before that, he was a Managing Director on the sales and trading desk at TD Newcrest where he helped start and build the firm’s Income Trust business.

Phil received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Wilfrid Laurier University.

Bogdan Tudose
Principal

Bogdan delivers a variety of courses at The Marquee Group that focus on financial modeling, data sciences, and programming. Outside of the classroom, he spends time developing new courses and training other instructors. Bogdan also provides strategic VBA programming insight on select consulting engagements and supports the Financial Modeling Institute (FMI) with exam content and grading.

As a Principal and Instructor, Bogdan teaches more than ten different courses throughout the year. He specializes in data sciences and he has helped create many new courses, including a two-day session on Python for Finance Professionals and new technical content for various bank summer training programs. On the accreditation side, Bogdan created and tested new exam questions for the inaugural sitting of the Chartered Financial Modeler (CFM) exam and also graded candidate exam submissions.

Prior to joining Marquee, Bogdan worked in the capital markets for over six years. Bogdan started his career as an Analyst in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at BMO Capital Markets and was promoted to an Associate. At BMO Capital Markets, Bogdan was actively involved in 14 live transactions spanning numerous industries which included Infrastructure, Metals & Mining, Financial Institutions, Media & Communications, Retail and Oil & Gas. He then joined Anson Funds, a long-short hedge fund in Toronto as an Investment Analyst. In this role, Bogdan developed and maintained in-depth financial models for the fund’s largest positions and conducted extensive due diligence, including meeting with management teams, industry experts, and buy-side and sell-side analysts. He was responsible for sourcing and developing investment ideas and recommending trade and risk mitigation strategies for the portfolio.

Bogdan received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Schulich School of Business, York University.

Jamie Wilkie
Principal

Jamie is based in Calgary, Alberta, and is focused building Marquee’s training and consulting practice in Western Canada. Prior to joining Marquee, Jamie spent 15 years in the capital markets and energy industries, primarily in an investment banking role.

Most recently, Jamie was operating his own practice providing financial modeling and strategy consulting services to privately-held companies in the oil & gas sector. This work included building customized budget models with input from technical, accounting and corporate finance teams, communications and advocacy work and confidential advisory services.

Prior thereto, Jamie was a Vice President/Director, Investment Banking, and worked for 5 years with a team that moved from UBS Securities to found the Calgary investment banking offices for Wells Fargo Securities. The group focused on M&A advisory and capital markets execution for mid to large cap clients in the E&P (conventional and oil sands), midstream and oilfield services sectors.

Jamie began his career in investment banking with Merrill Lynch as a summer student and full-time hire and has also spent time in investment banking covering E&P, midstream and services companies with Genuity Capital Markets, Versant Partners and TD Securities. In addition, Jamie spent one year covering large cap E&P & oil sands companies as an Equity Research Associate at Genuity Capital Markets.

Jamie received his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Haskayne School of Business at the University of Calgary and has attained the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation.

Paul Medici
Director

As part of The Marquee Group’s consulting practice, Paul is responsible for a team that delivers best-in-class financial models and custom Excel solutions. Paul also teaches Marquee courses and works with the Financial Modeling Institute to help manage and execute the exam grading process.

At Marquee, Paul has actively managed and executed numerous consulting mandates. Highlights include a valuation model for a prominent North American investment firm, a budget forecast model for a Canadian investment firm, and customized Excel data solutions for a Canadian bank, a leading Canadian retailer, and a global manufacturer. He has experience building forecast models and data analysis tools in a broad array of sectors including Financial Services, Healthcare, Manufacturing, Mining, Real Estate, Retail, Technology, and Charitable Organizations. Paul pulls from this experience as an instructor in the classroom, where he enjoys teaching participants about modeling best practices and powerful Excel tools that aid in the creation of best-in-class financial models.

Paul is a graduate of The Marquee Group’s Teaching Assistant Program and joined the Marquee Group while in business school. Prior to this, he worked for two years in Equity Research at Desjardins Capital Markets, where he covered equities and a variety of commodities within the mining sector. He also has two years of direct experience in the mining sector, having worked as a geologist for De Beers Canada, Goldcorp, and a junior exploration company. Paul became interested in finance and the capital markets when the junior exploration company he was working for was acquired in a transaction for approximately $400 million.

Paul received his Master of Business Administration degree from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. He also holds a Master of Science in Geological Science and Geological Engineering from Queen’s University.

Brendan Stephenson
Director

As part of The Marquee Group’s consulting practice, Brendan is responsible for a team that delivers best-in-class financial models and custom Excel solutions. He is an adamant believer that a financial model should act as both a powerful presentation tool and a dynamic spreadsheet. Additionally, Brendan works with the Financial Modelling Institute to manage and execute the exam grading process.

At Marquee, Brendan has led and executed numerous consulting engagements including a budget forecast model for one of the Large Canadian Banks, standardized lending assessment tools for multiple Government-sponsored Investors, and a merger model for a C$1.1 bn Energy Services Company. He has also had experience building forecast models and data analysis tools in a broad array of sectors including Financial Services, Private Equity, Technology, Real Estate, Mining, Charitable Organizations, and Food Service.

Prior to joining Marquee, Brendan worked as an Associate in the Mergers & Acquisitions Group at BMO Capital Markets. During that time, he was actively involved in transactions totaling over C$30 billion in enterprise value. He has extensive experience in a broad array of sectors including Power & Energy Infrastructure, Metals & Mining, Media & Communications, Technology and Forestry.

Brendan received his Bachelor of Commerce degree with a Major in Finance from Dalhousie University.

Hassan Ahmed
Director, Middle East and Asia

Hassan supports The Marquee Group’s growing consulting practice, delivers financial modeling training programs as an instructor, and leads the firm’s expansion efforts in the Middle East and Asia. Having spent over 20 years in emerging markets, Hassan is growing Marquee’s presence in the region and forming strategic business development partnerships.

At Marquee, Hassan has worked on consulting mandates across various industries. His engagements have included building a financial forecast model for a private equity-backed U.S. aerospace parts manufacturer to facilitate a capital raise and building the DCF and comparable company analyses for a $50 mm LBO of a private firm. Hassan strongly believes that data manipulation and financial modeling are fundamental communication tools for finance professionals. He enjoys teaching and is proud to share Marquee’s modeling methodology and framework to participants from around the world.

Prior to joining Marquee, Hassan was a management consultant with Deloitte in the Middle East covering a wide array of industries including financial services, real estate, oil & gas, and mining.

Hassan received his Master of Business Administration degree with Distinction from the Ivey Business School at the University of Western Ontario and is also a CFA Charterholder. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia University.

Kim Male
Director

As part of The Marquee Group’s consulting practice, Kim is responsible for delivering best-in-class financial models and custom Excel solutions. She is a firm believer that the key to success is working with clients to recognize their underlying business needs and developing solutions that allow them to focus on driving their business forward.

Kim has experience building budget and forecast models as well as reporting and data analysis tools in a broad array of sectors including Pharmaceuticals, Healthcare Services, Consumer Packaged Goods, Manufacturing, and Food Service.

Prior to joining Marquee, Kim worked as the Accounting Manager and Regional Controller for Supremex Inc. During that time she was responsible for the financial affairs of the region as well as the strategic and process management of finance, sales, and operations. She also spent over a decade in the Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Services industries, focusing primarily on government funding and reimbursement policy as determinants of revenue.

Kim received her Masters of Business Administration (Marketing and Strategic Management) from Schulich School of Business at York University and holds the CPA, CMA designation.  She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours – Management Accountancy) from the University of Waterloo.

Farhan Ahtisham
Associate

As part of The Marquee Group’s consulting practice, Farhan is part of a team that delivers best-in-class financial models and custom Excel solutions.

Prior to joining Marquee, Farhan was a consultant in the healthcare, biotechnology and software sectors. In particular, he worked within hospitals, pharmaceutical companies, and biotechnology early stage start-ups driving valuation and key performance indicator propositions. He has also worked within Angel investment groups for Valuation, Due Diligence and Mergers & Acquisitions for early stage ventures within the Life Sciences and Technology Sectors.

Farhan received his Master of Business Administration degree in Finance and Strategic Business Valuation from DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University. He has achieved the Advanced Financial Modeller (AFM) Designation from the Marquee Group and the Financial Modeling Valuation Analyst (FMVA) Designation from Corporate Finance Institute. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Molecular Biology & Genetics degree from McMaster University.

Sophia Taylor
Instructor

Sophia joined The Marquee Group in 2011 and has over 20 years of experience in capital markets, equity research, industry finance and accounting. In addition to her role with The Marquee Group, she is also currently Vice President of Corporate FP&A and Treasury for New Signature, a global Microsoft Partner she joined in 2012.

Prior to her current positions, Sophia was a Vice President and Equity Research Analyst with TD Securities, focused on the special situations/diversified business trust sector. This role involved providing investment recommendations to the investment community based on detailed financial models and analysis for a number of companies including: BFI Canada, Davis + Henderson, Sleep Country Canada and Arctic Glacier. Sophia started with TD Securities in 2000 as an Associate Analyst in the Canadian bank sector.

Sophia earned her CPA, CA designation at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP, as a member of the Assurance and Business Advisory Services team, focused mainly on financial services. She also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Toronto (Trinity College), with a Major in Economics.

Michael Milewski
Instructor

Michael Milewski co-developed and instructs the Python course at Marquee. Michael has several years of programming experience and is also knowledgeable in Excel, SQL and R.

Michael is currently a PhD candidate at McMaster University with research interests in corporate finance, modelling and machine learning. Michael has taught Numerical Methods in the Master of Finance program at the DeGroote School of Business.

Prior to starting his PhD Studies, Michael worked in the Aerospace/Defense industry in various engineering leadership roles where he led a variety of initiatives including new product development, operational improvements, acquisition integration and marketing.

Michael also holds an MBA from McMaster University and an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto.

Debra Giles
Instructor

Debra Giles develops and facilitates the credit courses at Marquee, which include topics such as business and credit analysis, due diligence, structuring of deals and negotiation, as well as security and documentation.  The courses focus on cases, group work, simulations and presentations with the goal of “teaching experience”.

After 19 years with Royal Bank of Canada, Debra retired in 2014 as Managing Director, Corporate Banking, Energy, with RBC Capital Markets. As a senior relationship manager, she was involved in the marketing and management of profitable relationships with energy clients in North America and Latin America. Debra was also Chair of the Utilities Industry Operating Committee which allocated capital to utility bank clients worldwide based upon the expected risk and reward. Her career at the bank was exemplified by a strong sense of leadership, partnership and teamwork with clients and staff.

Outside of Royal Bank, Debra held senior industry positions in international project finance, business development and investor relations.

Debra graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Commerce degree with great distinction.  Post university, she completed the CMA and CFA designations however no longer maintains the CMA designation.

Business Professionals

Lisa Cernivivo
Director of Operations and HR

Since joining Marquee in 2012, Lisa has held a variety of progressive roles and has rapidly grown with the business. In her current role as Director of Operations & HR, Lisa leads all of Marquee’s client operations, internal technology, and human capital programs. She is responsible for ensuring that the firm has the right people, technology, and capabilities to create a high-performance culture and efficiently deliver best-in-class training programs and consulting services.

Lisa manages all aspects of operations including vendor and contract management, technology initiatives, and client services. As a trusted business partner, she maintains and nurtures client relationships. As The Marquee Group continues to grow, Lisa also leads employee lifecycle programs to ensure Marquee attracts, retains, and develops industry leading talent.

In her previous role, Lisa spent 7 years as an HR Generalist supporting the Academic Portfolio at the Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Prior to that, Lisa was the Coordinator of the Master of Financial Economics Program, a new collaborative program between the Department of Economics and the Rotman School of Management.

Lisa received her Honours Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Toronto with a specialty in Industrial Relations.

Chantal Giurlanda
Director of Marketing

Chantal leads and executes marketing strategy for Marquee’s training, consulting, and accreditation segments. As well, she oversees all business development activities and implements other strategic programs and initiatives for the firm. Chantal also teaches Marquee’s PowerPoint courses and holds the Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) PowerPoint certification.

Chantal conceptualizes and delivers traditional and digital marketing campaigns that focus on building the Marquee brand in Canada and beyond. She also identifies opportunities for speaking engagements, thought leadership, and other industry partnerships. At Marquee, Chantal has led numerous marketing and technology initiatives including Marqueepedia, Marquee’s online e-learning platform, and the launch of the new company website. As a complement to her marketing role, Chantal also leverages her broad industry experience and enjoys spending time in the classroom leading the firm’s PowerPoint and communications courses.

Chantal is a graduate of The Marquee Group’s Teaching Assistant Program and joined The Marquee Group while in business school. Prior to joining Marquee, Chantal was a Generalist in the Wealth Management Generalist Rotational Program at RBC. The Generalist Program is a selective and competitive rotational development program to groom new, high potential talent across functional areas for future leadership roles in Wealth Management. She completed rotations in strategy, digital solutions, and institutional portfolio management while working in Toronto, Minneapolis, Boston, and London, UK. She also completed co-op work terms at Scotiabank Global Banking and Markets and GlaxoSmithKline during her MBA program.

Chantal received her Master of Business Administration degree from the DeGroote School of Business at McMaster University. She also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the Stephen J.R. Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.

Lydia Jay
Director of Finance

Lydia is passionate about strong planning & analysis to make better data-driven decisions and leads Marquee’s internal finance function. She manages all financial operations and related processes and tools at the firm.

At Marquee, Lydia leads the annual financial planning and forecasting process, develops monthly financial reports and metrics analyses, and establishes finance policies & procedures. Lydia also oversees projects such as automation efforts, cost optimization, vendor assessments, board material preparation, and other initiatives that support Marquee in delivery of its industry-leading education to clients worldwide.

Lydia has extensive finance and corporate development experience from some of Canada’s top publicly-traded technology companies. From Nortel to Cognos, the Royal Canadian Mint to BlackBerry, Bell Canada and Big Viking Games, Lydia has held a variety of roles and led teams that were responsible for managing multi-million dollar budgets. Her responsibilities have included developing and implementing business assessment processes and tools on internal venturing and corporate development teams, managing financial planning and analyses teams, and providing key insight to small and large business units as their finance business partner.

Lydia holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Western University, and a Master of Business Administration from the Telfer School of Business at the University of Ottawa.

Amagoia Lángara
Senior Manager, Special Projects

Before joining The Marquee Group, Amagoia studied, trained and worked as a scientist in the field of Biochemical Research as well as Scientific Information Management. She has worked as a Senior Information Scientist for Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Prior to emigrating to Canada, she worked as a researcher for several biotechnology companies and research institutions in the United Kingdom, including The John Innes Center in Norwich and The Natural History Museum in London.

A native of Spain, Amagoia is fluent in Spanish and English, and completed her Bachelor of Biological Sciences degree at La Universidad del Pas Vasco. After moving to the United Kingdom. she received an Master of Philosophy degree in Biochemistry from Cambridge University, a Master of Science degree in Biotechnology from Manchester University and an Master of Arts degree in Information Services Management from the University of North London.

Kayla Zigayer
Logistics Manager

Kayla is responsible for organizing and coordinating hundreds of training days delivered by Marquee each year. She is accountable for managing the end-to-end training management process which includes everything from the initial client scoping discussion to final course wrap-up.

At Marquee, Kayla has been instrumental in implementing new operational processes to ensure a seamless experience for clients and participants. These processes have included creating project charter documents, utilizing a new online course management tool, and building a repository of instructor teaching materials. Kayla ensures that print orders, course pages, equipment vendors, and other logistics are fully accounted for during the planning process. Kayla especially enjoys liaising with clients to understand how she can play an integral part in exceeding their training goals and objectives.

Prior to joining The Marquee Group, Kayla worked for the Make-A-Wish Quebec Foundation for six years. As Wish Coordinator, she organized life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Whether she was planning international travel experiences or simply organizing a hospital room decoration, Kayla found immense purpose bringing joy to children during very difficult times in their lives.

A native of Montreal, Kayla is fluent in both English and French. Kayla completed her Diploma of College Studies at Dawson College where she studied Community Recreation & Leadership Training.

Nichole Baxter
Administrative Coordinator

Nichole is the Administrative Coordinator and supports a broad range of functions and duties across the Business Team.

In her role, Nichole is responsible for the coordination and logistics for the firm’s training courses. She works closely with the Logistics Manager and Director of Finance to ensure that all print orders, course pages, and documentation of corporate processes and procedures are accurately accounted for.

Prior to joining The Marquee Group, Nichole worked for Water Polo Australia as the Office Administrator/Communications Officer for four years. She was responsible for overall head office operations and provided extensive clerical support to mid- and senior-level managers. Nichole demonstrated the ability to manage the workflow of the office by ensuring that all systems were in place and running efficiently.

Nichole moved to Toronto from Sydney, Australia, and is enjoying life in Canada where she now calls home.

Donna Rutherford
Executive Assistant

Donna has spent her career in business operations and keeps all aspects of the Marquee office running smoothly. She is often the first point of contact for client queries and is dedicated to providing a high level of customer service for the firm.

Before joining The Marquee Group, Donna worked at Canaccord Genuity as an Executive Assistant supporting the Global Co-Head of Investment Banking. Prior to that, she worked for the Chairman and CEO of MDC Partners and the Investment Banking department at BMO Capital Markets.

Teaching Assistants

Paramesh Krishnamoorthy
Teaching Assistant

 

Wale Oyebanjo
Teaching Assistant

 

Martin Pustavrh
Teaching Assistant

 

Fernando Solis
Teaching Assistant