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Career Services

Career Services is located on the second floor of Kerby Hall (A wing) Mount Royal, Campus Map

A200 Kerby Hall, Mount Royal University

4825 Mount Royal Gate SW

Calgary, Alberta, Canada

T3E 6K6

Contact Us

Phone: 403.440.6307

Fax: 403.440.6655

E-Mail: careerservices@mtroyal.ca

8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday

Meet Us

Sarah Imran

Director

simran@mtroyal.ca  
403.440.6232

Yi Fei Wang

Growth and Innovation Specialist

yfwang@mtroyal.ca  
403.440.5981

Yi Fei is an experiential educator and specializes in work integrated learning and experiential learning. With over 10 years' experience designing and developing experiential learning programs and courses, Yi Fei plays an integral role in supporting the growth, innovation and sustainability of the experiential learning ecosystem at MRU. Working with all stakeholders, Yi Fei assists in delivering new experiences, services and work-integrated learning opportunities aligned with the strategic plan and objectives of Career Services.

Career Development Team

Vanessa Peterelli

Career Development Manager

vpeterelli@mtroyal.ca    
403.440.7097

Committed to experiential learning, student development and successful transitions from university to the workplace, Vanessa leads the Career Development team. Vanessa is an MRU graduate from the Journalism program and has 10 years of experience in Career Services, working with students, faculty and industry to support experiential learning.

Ashley Hoffarth

Work Experience Coordinator

ahoffarth@mtroyal.ca

403.440.5505

Ashley works with the Finance and Accounting programs to assist students in building their knowledge and skills in the area of career development. With over 15 years of experience in the field of Education as a teacher, mentor, and administrator, she is passionate about working with students to help them realize their future goals.

Kiko Peixoto

Work Experience Coordinator

kpeixoto@mtroyal.ca  
403.440.6754

With a passion for lifelong learning, Kiko enjoys encouraging and coaching others to recognize their strengths, challenges and opportunities for growth and helping them outline a path to achieve personal success, whether in sport or in careers.

Kristine Trinh

Graduate and Alumni Services Coordinator

ntrinh@mtroyal.ca

403.440.6231

Having worked extensively with job seekers from diverse backgrounds, ranging from fresh graduates to seasoned professionals, Kristine understands the myriad challenges and aspirations that students face.  Now, at MRU, Kristine is excited to bring her vast experience to provide exceptional services and foster meaningful relationships for our students and alumni. Inspired by her philosophy, "Be the change you wish to see in the world," Kristine is here to support and empower you in every step of your academic and career journey. 

Lindsay Ross

Work Experience Coordinator

lross@mtroyal.ca  
403.440.6542

Lindsay has a degree in journalism from MRU and comes to Career Services with nearly 20 years of diverse experience in communications. She works with students in Journalism and Digital Media as well as Broadcast Media Studies, empowering them in their career development journey and assisting them as needed along the way.

 

Lynn Dittmer

Work Experience Coordinator (on leave)

ldittmer@mtroyal.ca  
403.440.6965

Lynn works with the School of Communications programs. She supports Information Design and Public Relations students, specifically in career development. Using her background in facilitation, communications and experience partnering with businesses and non-profits, she thrives on assisting students in accessing and revealing their potential to engage in and keep pace with today's work world.

Robin Filmer

Work Experience Coordinator

rfilmer@mtroyal.ca  
403.440.6844 

Robin works with the Computer Information Systems and Computer Science programs at MRU.  She provides students with the tools needed to launch a successful career by working with them in class, groups or one-on-one situations designed to achieve their goals.

Stephen Shepard

Early Engagement Coordinator

sshepard@mtroyal.ca  
403.440.8960

With over 10 years of experience in post secondary administration, Stephen is passionate about student experience and success. He strives to connect his background in improvised music to his role supporting career services - he loves to think on his feet.

Valbona Pennoyer

Work Experience Coordinator

vpennoyer@mtroyal.ca
403.440.8973

Valbona has over 15 years of experience as a Human Resources professional working in Europe and Canada. Her experience includes program management, employment services, direct placements, performance management and career coaching. She works with Bachelor of Arts students, inspiring them to reach their career goals and fulfil professional dreams. 

Partner Engagement Team

Vance Koberstein

Partner Engagement Manager

vkoberstein@mtroyal.ca   
403.440.8863

Vance brings 15 years of post-secondary experience related to experiential and work-integrated-learning. He oversees a portfolio of programs and projects that collaborate with local, national, and international partners who engage in experiential and work-integrated learning.

Andrea Jaros

Work Experience Coordinator

ajaros@mtroyal.ca 
403.440.5626 

Andrea is passionate about realizing transformative experiential learning initiatives with partners. Backed by a Master's in Educational Technology and Design-Based Learning and a Project Management Professional certification, she collaborates with science and technology partners to ignite student careers.
Conan Daly

Work Experience Coordinator

cdaly@mtroyal.ca 
403.440.5937 

Conan supports employers in the Financial and Real Estate portfolios, and delivers Career Services LinkedIn workshops. He has also spent time  coordinating work terms for the MRU Broadcast Media Studies program, and being the primary person responsible for the Career Services media channels. 

Daniel Santiago

Work Experience Coordinator

dsantiago@mtroyal.ca 
403.440.8508

Daniel supports employers in the Energy, Utilities and Materials portfolios. An MRU Alumni, he is passionate about instructing and advising students through their career development journey.

Deepika Sharma

Mentorship and WIL Initiatives Coordinator

dsharma@mtroyal.ca
403.440.6735

Deepika is passionate about guiding students toward their fullest potential. She is committed to fostering meaningful connections and experiential learning.

Devon Covert

Work Experience Coordinator

dcovert@mtroyal.ca 
403.440.7016

Devon has a degree in English from the University of Calgary, and with his diametric background as both a Company Runner and Crew Leader for Alberta Wildfire's Helicopter Attack Firefighting program, he brings over ten years of customer service and career development to MRU. Devon supports employers in the Communications Services sector.

Jane Hawkins

Work Experience Coordinator

jhawkins@mtroyal.ca  
403.440.8857 

Jane loves to open doors to meaningful work-integrated learning opportunities. She specializes in partnerships in communication, government, health care and non-profit organizations to help students use their skills and knowledge to get started in careers that connect. 

Lori Kearney

Indigenous Work Experience Coordinator 

lkearney@mtroyal.ca

403.440.6309

Lori is a Visual Artist and Educator from Peguis First Nation. Her expertise in community development lends itself to nurturing positive relationships between multiple perspectives and cultures. These skills along with her creative intellect and love for learning will transfer beautifully, and she is very excited to walk alongside and support Indigenous graduates who are embarking on their new career journeys.

Ursula Wittner

Work Experience Coordinator

uwittner@mtroyal.ca 
403.440.6978

Ursula comes to the Career Services Consumer Discretionary and Consumer Staples portfolio with a strong background and understanding in Human Resources, Transitional Coaching, Entrepreneurship, and Employment Counselling. Ursula takes pride in having successfully assisted a diverse array of individuals to open opportunities for their career advancement while cultivating an environment that encourages and supports growth in self worth and confidence.

 

Operations Support Team

Carlos Gonzalez

Supervisor, Operations and Continuous Improvement

cgonzalezbotero@mtroyal.ca  
403.440.5196

Carlos comes to Career Services with a background in Engineering and experience in Project Management, Career Development and Employment Support. He takes pride in having successfully supported a diverse group of individuals to open opportunities for their career advancement while fostering great relationships with stakeholders, employers, government, and community. 

 

 

Alyssa Wadman

Technology Coordinator (on leave)

awadman@mtroyal.ca 
403.440.8602

Although she has a BSc. in Neuroscience, Alyssa joined Career Services to make new connections supporting students in experiential learning as a Technology Coordinator. Drawing on her Wildfire Logistics background, she's here to help make sure software systems are organized and coordinated in support of staff and students at MRU.

Lucy Sarhosh

Administrative Assistant

403.440.6562
Lucy is a dynamic professional with a diverse background in Journalism and Communications. Armed with a Master's Degree in Journalism and Media industries, she thrives on bringing projects to life. Lucy finds fulfillment in helping students navigate their paths and discover their true potential.
Natalie Garner

Administrative Assistant to Events & Engagement Facilitator 

403.440.5003

Natalie has a communication degree from Mount Royal University specializing in Information Design with a minor in Marketing. She strives with curiosity to fuel her creativity in design and creating accessible communication.

Natasha Harley

Events and Engagement Facilitator

nharley@mtroyal.ca
403.440.5179

For her role in Events and Engagement, Natasha brings an educational background in Psychology and Linguistics as well as community experience with event planning, hosting, and logistics. 

Phillip Feng

Technology Coordinator

yfeng@mtroyal.ca
403.440.8602

Phillip, a digital marketing professional with a keen eye for design, is driven by a passion to assist Career Services utilizing his blend of creative prowess and analytical abilities.

Rae Xue

Recruitment and Engagement Coordinator

rxue@mtroyal.ca
403.440.6008

Rae is a communications and social media expert with extensive experience in crafting effective campaigns for a variety of industries. She is here to utilize her expertise in content creation, audience targeting, and event planning to connect MRU students with employers in new and innovative ways. 

Tina Ince

Technology Coordinator

tince@mtroyal.ca 
403.440.6434

Tina has worked in Career Services at MRU for 8 years, previously as an Administrative Assistant and now as a Technology Coordinator. Working "behind the scenes", Tina helps manage the department database to support students, staff and employer partners.