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Smith MDPM Advisory Board

Smith School of Business is proud to work with highly-respected and accomplished industry leaders to ensure our Master of Digital Product Management program meets emerging needs, and provides strong connections to the business community.

Jessica Creces (Advisory Board Chair)
VP Strategic Growth & Data
Cineplex Digital Media

With more than 20 years of experience in technology-led B2B and B2C organizations, Jessica is a data-driven Product, Sales, and Marketing leader who has successfully led several companies in the transition from product-centric to customer-centric. She is currently the VP, Strategic Growth & Data at Cineplex Digital Media.

Prior to CDM, Jessica held varying leadership positions at BlackBerry, D2L, Christie Digital, and RBC.

Jessica holds an MSc in Technology Management from Wilfrid Laurier University and a BSc in Computer Science from Western University.

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Gordon Sandford
National Partner for Digital Transformation
EY

Gordon Sandford is a National Partner for Digital Transformation and Future Ready Workforce/Lifelong Learning at EY with over 29 years’ experience at the intersection of business and IT. He launched a national digital offering several years ago and has been leading these efforts nationally ever since. Over his career, Gordan has helped a multitude of clients with their business, IT, and digital transformation strategies by empowering and enabling their people to BE digital.

Holding an HBA and MBA from Ivey Business School along with a multitude of other licenses and certifications, Gordon is an avid lifelong learner with a genuine curiosity regarding the future of work. His areas of expertise include Gordon Digital Strategy, Digital Operations, Digital Delivery, Customer Experience, Innovation, User Centered Design, Business and IT Alignment, IT Strategy and Planning, Value Attainment, Enterprise Architecture, and Business Operations.

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Stephane Cousineau, EMBA'10
Assistant Deputy Minister of the International Platform Branch
Global Affairs Canada

Stephane was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister of the International Platform Branch at Global Affairs Canada in January 2022. Over his 30 years of service for the Canadian federal government, Stephane has held multiple executive-level positions including Senior Assistant Deputy Minister of Corporate Services at Shared Services Canada, Assistant Deputy Minister of Corporate Management Services and Chief Financial Officer of the Financial Transactions and Reports Analysis Centre of Canada (FINTRAC).

Over his established career, Stephane has contributed to a number of broader Government of Canada initiatives, including Mental Health and Wellness and Workplace Charitable Campaign at Shared Services Canada. Stephane has wide experience in leading, leveraging and managing business transformation agendas and managing strategies, program designs, organizational integration and large scale, complex business and system projects.

Stephane holds an MBA from the Smith School of Business.

Jon Aikman

Tolu Arogunmati, MBA'19
Product Manager
Meta

Tolu is a Product Manager at Meta, working at their head office in Menlo Park, California. Tolu was no stranger to product management before his big move to the Bay Area, having previously led both the mobile division for Sportsnet and multiple product teams at IBM where he worked primarily on financial planning and performance management software.

Tolu completed his Bachelor of Engineering at Carleton University in 2014 before graduating from Smith’s Full-time MBA program in 2019. Tolu enjoys sharing knowledge from his experiences having moved to Canada on his own as a Nigerian immigrant at 16 years old. He strongly believes in Canadian kindness and is constantly seeking out opportunities to pay that warmth and generosity forward.

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