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Yogendra Acharya
BBA (Tribhuvan University), LLB (Tribhuvan University), MBA (Tribhuvan University), MSc (Asian Institute of Technology), MPA (Tribhuvan University), PhD (The University of Melbourne)
Business

Location:
GH208
Phone:
416.798.1331 ext.6221
Email:
yogendra.acharya@guelphhumber.ca

Dr. Yogendra Acharya has been an instructor in the Business program at the University of Guelph-Humber since 2017. Dr. Acharya has been teaching at post-secondary institutions since 2007. He combines experience as a management expert and section chief of planning and project division at the Training and Research Institute of Development Bank of Nepal from 1988 until 2007. Dr. Acharya’s specializations include institutional development for sustainable microfinance, development studies, and assessment and analysis of microfinance and micro-insurance programs. Dr. Acharya has also provided microfinance training to thousands of Small Farmer Development Project (SFDP) managers in Nepal during his 18 years of service. He has published scholarly articles on development studies and microfinance in leading international journals, and has also published a book and book chapters on understanding sustainable microfinance and social entrepreneurship. He holds a certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education (TLHE).

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Heath Applebaum
BA (Wilfrid Laurier University), MCM (McMaster University)
Media Studies

Location:
GH408
Phone:
416.798.1331 ext. 6087
Email:
heath.applebaum@guelphhumber.ca

Heath Applebaum has been an instructor in the Media Studies program at the University of Guelph-Humber since 2013. Outside of the classroom, Applebaum is the president of Echo Communications, a reputation management consulting firm that helps companies across North America. He is a sought-after industry thought leader that has spoken at 70 conferences around the world. Applebaum has previously taught at both Humber College and McMaster University. His teaching philosophy is predicated on bringing the real world into the classroom, to prepare his students for future success. He shares his 20 years of diverse marketing, PR and journalism experience gained from leading corporate, agency, and non-profit organizations with his students. Applebaum is a global-award-winning communications consultant and published writer. Recently, Applebaum was elected to the board of director's for the Canadian Public Relations Society and has just begun writing his first book for an international publisher.


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Leslie Auger (nee Stefanyk)
BSc (Brock University), MA (Brock University), PhD (University of Guelph), RKin, CSEP-CEP
Program Head Kinesiology

Location:
GH308G
Phone:
416-798-1331 ext. 6315
Email:
leslie.auger@guelphhumber.ca

Dr. Auger is the Program Head of Kinesiology at the University of Guelph-Humber. In this role she is involved in curriculum development, hiring faculty, teaching, managing student and faculty concerns, recruitment, interacting with industry and academic partners, managing finances, and supporting student activities. Dr. Auger completed a Post Doctoral Fellowship at York University and at the University Health Network in Toronto. She completed her PhD at the University of Guelph in Human Health and Nutritional Sciences and a Masters in Community Health Sciences and Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology at Brock University. Her research has spanned many areas; analyzing the effects of fear on fall incidence in the elderly, investigating how hormones and exercise affect fat transport within the muscle, health outcomes resulting from physical and psychological interventions aided by smart phone technologies, and exercise interventions for cancer survivors. Dr. Auger is currently researching student wellness at the University of Guelph-Humber.


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Alice Balter
BA (University of Ottawa), MA (University of British Columbia)
Early Childhood Studies, Family & Community Social Services

Location:
GH308
Phone:
416-798-1331 ext. 6302
Email:
alice.balter@guelphhumber.ca

Alice-Simone Balter has been an instructor in both the Family and Community Social Services and Early Childhood Studies programs at the University of Guelph-Humber since 2012. Balter is currently a PhD student at the University of Toronto, in the Developmental Psychology and Education program at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, where she is engaged in exploring emotional regulation. She has an interest in child and adolescent health and well-being, sexuality, and mental health. Balter has been leading research projects with successful grants from the University of Guelph-Humber, including: “Early Childhood Educators' perceptions of the development of sexuality and gender in childhood” (2014); “How teachers (K-12) maintain positive mental health” (2015); and, “Community collaboration to evaluate Toronto Public Health’s Raising Sexually Healthy Children for Early Child Care Providers.”


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Gordon Bannerman
BA (London School of Economics), MA (London School of Economics), PhD (King’s College London)
Business

Location:
GH208
Phone:
416.798.1331 ext.6221
Email:
gordon.bannerman@guelphhumber.ca

Dr. Gordon Bannerman has been an instructor in the Business program at the University of Guelph-Humber since 2017. Dr. Bannerman has taught British history at the London School of Economics (LSE), Dundee University, and King’s College London. He previously worked as a research assistant at LSE, a committee reporter at the UK Parliament, and research officer for The Letters of Richard Cobden project at the University of East Anglia. In the latter role, he is a named contributor to the four published volumes arising from the project. Dr. Bannerman has an extensive publication record of books, articles, and reviews, including the monograph “Merchants and the Military in Eighteenth-Century Britain” (2008). Dr. Bannerman is also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.


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David Birkett
BA (University of Toronto), MA (Carleton University), GDPA (Western University)
Business

Location:
GH208
Phone:
416.798.1331 ext. 6221
Email:
david.birkett@guelphhumber.ca

David Birkett has been teaching in the business program at the University of Guelph-Humber for twelve years. Since 2004, Birkett has been a financial consultant to the Toronto Region Board of Trade, preparing financial forecasts and funding options for major infrastructure projects. His main non-academic work experience was as Director of Budgets and Finance at the Regional Municipality of Halton from 1981 to 2004. He was directly responsible for Operating Budgets ($450m) and Capital Budgets and Forecasts ($1.1 b). He also managed an actively traded bond fund ($500m), maintained Halton’s AAA credit rating, managed bond issuance and developed strategies to finance development projects. Prior to this, Birkett was employed in the private sector as a Senior Investment Analyst at Sun Life, where he assessed the credit position of Canadian province and their major crown utilities. His professional affiliations include the Past Chairman of the Municipal Finance Officers Association of Ontario and member of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants–Public Sector Accounting Liabilities Task Force.


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Vivian Bizios
BASc (Ryerson University), ND (Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine)
Kinesiology

Location:
GH308
Phone:
416.798.1331 ext.6326
Email:
vivian.bizios@guelphhumber.ca

Dr. Vivian Bizios has been an instructor in the Kinesiology program at the University of Guelph-Humber since 2017.  Dr. Bizios began teaching in 2003, having served as faculty at George Brown College and the Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Bizios also currently practices as a registered Naturopathic Doctor and has worked in a variety of clinical settings including; Cancer Treatment Centers of America, the Robert Schad Naturopathic Clinic, sports and injury clinics, and specialized women’s health and pediatric clinical settings.  Dr. Bizios continues to work alongside medical doctors and allied health professionals.  To broaden her clinical scope, she received additional training and certification in mind-body medicine from Harvard Medical School. Dr. Bizios is a passionate educator with a keen interest in bringing her knowledge of complementary medicine, natural health products, nutrition, and wellness-based approaches to health into the classroom.   


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George Bragues
BA (University of Toronto), MA (University of Toronto), MBA (York University), PhD (Boston College)
Assistant Vice-Provost, Program Head Business

Location:
GH403D
Phone:
416.798.1331 ext. 6049
Email:
george.bragues@guelphhumber.ca

Dr. George Bragues has been the Assistant Vice-Provost and Program Head of Business at the University of Guelph-Humber (UofGH) since 2005. His writings have spanned the disciplines of business, economics, politics, and philosophy. Dr. Bragues has published op-ed pieces in Canada’s Financial Post and a wide variety of scholarly articles and reviews in journals such as The Journal of Business Ethics, Qualitative Research in Financial Markets, The Quarterly Journal of Austrian Economics, The Independent Review, History of Philosophy Quarterly, Episteme, and Business Ethics Quarterly. His books include Money, Markets, and Democracy: Politically Skewed Financial Markets and How to Fix Them (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016) as well as Cooperation and Excellence: A Pre-Modern Case for Capitalism (Lexington Books, 2017).


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Helen Chen
BA (McDaniel College), MA (University of Missouri, St. Louis), PhD (University of Missouri, St. Louis)
Psychology

Location:
GH408
Phone:
416.798.1331 ext. 6071
Email:
helen.chen@guelphhumber.ca

Dr. Helen Chen has been teaching at the University of Guelph-Humber since fall 2018. She received her PhD in industrial/organizational psychology from the University of Missouri, St. Louis. She has been a practitioner in the applied setting as a HR consultant, business leader and entrepreneur, with a keen focus on talent assessment, leadership training and development, organizational learning and executive coaching. She is certified in multiple psychological assessment tools and she has designed and implemented simulation-based assessment to measure leadership potential and competencies. In the past decade, her consulting practice has led her to Asia through working with global organizations, addressing talent management challenges in a cross-cultural environment. Dr. Chen is dedicated to developing practical and valid tools and best practices to assist organizations maximizing the potential of human capital. 


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Jerry Chomyn
BGS (Thompson Rivers University), MA (University of Guelph)
Electives

Location:
GH408B
Phone:
416.798.1331 ext. 6267
Email:
jerry.chomyn@guelphhumber.ca

Jerry Chomyn is the former Program Head of Media Studies (retired) at the University of Guelph-Humber and is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Guelph. Chomyn has redeveloped the program curriculum to reflect a multi-disciplined, multi-platform approach to the theoretical and practical side of media studies. He has helped establish international partnerships with universities in Argentina, China, Germany, and Austria. Prior to this, Chomyn was the station manager, professor, and coordinator of the radio broadcasting program at Humber College. He wrote, presented and was successful in securing the first FM radio license for a college in Toronto. While at Humber, Chomyn won the Innovator of the Year Award and was named to the Radio Humber Hall of Fame. In the past seven years, UofGH Media Studies students have won more than 200 international awards.


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