Meet Your Advisor

Student Central, Thunder Bay Campus

Student Central Professionals are available to offer guidance throughout your university career.  They provide clarification, motivation and direction in making positive post-secondary choices.  They can help you:

  • Develop your academic plan to graduation
  • Review your course selection in relation to completing degree requirements
  • Discuss academic standing, academic regulation and petitions
  • Change your major or program of study

Before meeting with the Student Central team, be sure to check to see if your program has a Faculty Advisor you should see first.

Student Central Professionals

Tonia Brooks

Derek Lawrence

Jennifer Liscomb

Olivia Ronkainen

Victoria Shields


Phone:  (807) 343-8500

Location:  University Centre UC 1002 

Team Lead

Samuel Budd


Phone:  (807) 343-8153

Location:  University Centre UC 1002

 Student Central, Orillia Campus

Staff at Student Central are able to answer questions related to Student Affairs, including academic advising, course registration and financial aid.  Stop by the Student Central desk during business hours on a drop-in basis - no appointment necessary!

Contact Us

Student Central: Front Desk, Simcoe Hall

Phone: (705) 330-4008 x 2100


Hours of Operation: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.


Faculty Advisor Contact List 

Faculty Advisors are available to offer advice on program-specific inquiries and to facilitate your development and learning as you progress through your studies. Unless otherwise specified, your Faculty Advisor is your Program Chair.

Contact your Faculty Advisor if you need help with:

  • Selecting courses that will develop/complement knowledge of your discipline
  • Clarifying requirements for graduation
  • Providing assistance regarding internship/co-op opportunities (where applicable)
  • Discussing graduate school options and professional opportunities
  • Discussing research/volunteer opportunities in their respective disciplines
Chair & Primary Advisor: Dr. Scott Hamilton (July 2018 - June 2021)
Secondary Advisor: Dr. Carney Matheson (July 2016 - June 2019)
Administrative Assistant:  Jennifer McKee 
Orillia Campus Advisor: Dr. Tim Kaiser 
Applied Life Science
Coordinator: Dr. Heidi Schraft
Administrative Assistant: Eleanor Maunula
Coordinator:  Dr. Robert Mawhinney
Chair: Dr. Joseph Carney (July 2017 - June 2020)
Chair:  Dr. David Law - based at Orillia campus (July 2017 - June 2017)
Administrative Assistant: Stephanie Skavinski
Administrative Assistant: Eleanor Maunula
Thunder Bay Campus

Program Chair YR1 & YR2: Dr. Hui Zhang - Acting
Program Chair YR3 & YR4: Dr. Timothy Hardie (July 2016 - June 2019)
Administrative Assistant:  Morna ToderashAcademic Advising:

Orillia Campus Program Chair: Dr. Isaam Dawood (July 2016 - June 2019)

Administrative Manager: Carolyn Rimkey
Academic Advising:
Chair:  Dr. Craig MacKinnon (July 2015 - June 2018)
Administrative Assistant:  Robbie Buffington
Computer Science
Chair:  Dr. Ruizhong Wei (July 2017 - June 2020)
Administrative Assistant:  Karen Romito
Dementia Studies (Interdisciplinary Certificate)
Advisor: Dr. Lynn Martin
Earth Science
Chair of Geology:  Dr. Peter Hollings 
Administrative Assistant:  Kristine Carey
Chair of Economics:  Dr. Robert Petrunia (July 2018 - June 2021)
Administrative Assistant:  Jennifer McKee
Education - Aboriginal Education
Acting Chair: Dr. John O'Meara
Administrative Assistant: Brandi Shorthouse
Education - Indigenous Language Instructors' Program
Coordinator:  Bryanna Scott
Administrative Assistant:  Julaine Trudeau
Education - Professional Development in Education
Director: Maria Vasanelli 
Administrative Assistant:  Colleen Woods
Education - Undergraduate Studies
Thunder Bay Campus 
Chair: Dr. Wayne Melville
Administrator: Sheila WilsonAdvising: Please contact Sheila Wilson

Orillia Campus

Chair: Dr. Frances Helyar (July 2017 - June 2020)
Programs Officer: Julie Howell
Engineering - Chemical
Chair:  Dr. Lionel Catalan (July 2016 - June 2019)
Administrative Assistant:  Karen Toneguzzi
Engineering - Civil
Chair: Dr. Eltayeb Mohamedelhassan (July 2017 - June 2020)
Administrative Assistant:  Karen Toneguzzi
Engineering - Electrical
Chair:  Dr. Krishnamoorthy Natarajan (July 2016 - June 2019)
Administrative Assistant:  Karen Romito
Engineering - Mechanical
Chair:  Dr. Basel Ismail (July 2016 - June 2018, January 2019 - July 2019)
Acting Chair: Kefu Liu (July 2018 - September 2018)
Acting Chair: Meilan Liu (October 2018 - December 2018)
Administrative Assistant:  Karen Toneguzzi
Engineering - Software
Acting Chair:  Dr. Hassan Naser
Administrative Assistant:  Karen Romito
Chair:  Dr. Anna Guttman (July 2016 - June 2019)
Administrative Assistant:  Cynthia Haggerty 
Orillia Campus: Dr. Alice den Otter
Environmental Studies - Biology
Chair of Biology: Dr. David Law - Based at Orillia Campus
Administrative Assistant:  Eleanor Maunula
Environmental Studies - Earth Science
Chair of Geology:  Dr. Peter Hollings
Administrative Assistant:  Kristine Carey
Environmental Studies - Geography
Chair of Geography:  Dr. Adam Cornwell
Administrative Assistant:  Jennifer McKee
Environmental Sustainability 
Chair: Dr. Sree Kurissery (July 2017 - June 2020)
Administrative Manager: Carolyn Rimkey
General Program - BA
Acting Dean: Dr. Rhonda Koster
Administrative Assistant: Susan Viitala
General Program - BSc
Dean:  Dr. Todd Randall
Administrative Assistant:  Tina Maenpaa
Advisor:  Dr. Matthew Boyd
Administrative Assistant:  Jennifer McKee
Geography and the Environment
Chair: Dr. Rob Stewart (July 2015 - June 2021)
Administrative Assistant:  Jennifer McKee
Chair: Dr. Peter Hollings (July 2015 - June 2018) 
Administrative Assistant:  Kristine Carey
Coordinator: Dr. Lynn Martin 
Chair: Dr. Michel Beaulieu (July 2017 - June 2020) 
Administrative Assistant:  Gail Fikis
Indigenous Learning
Chair: Dr. Rob Robson (July 2016 - June 2019)
Administrative Assistant: Bonnie McDonald
Interdisciplinary Studies (Includes Crimonlogy & Media Studies)
Chair: Dr. Michael Stevenson (May 2016 - June 2019)
Administrative Manager: Carolyn Rimkey
Director: Dr. Joey Farrell (July 2015 - June 2018)
Acting Director: Dr. Ian Newhouse (Jan 2018 - June 2018)

YR1:  Dr. Carlos ZerpaAdvisor
YR2:  Dr. Derek KiviAdvisor
YR3:  Ms. Leanne SmithAdvisor
YR4:  Dr. Ian Newhouse (Jan 2018 - June 2018)

Administrative Assistant:  Sandra Blackburn
Chair: Dr. Isabelle Lemée (July 2017 - June 2020)
Administrative Assistant: No Administrative Assistant at this time
Interim (Academic) Dean:  Justice Patrick Smith
Administrative Assistant:  Andrea McCall Onyefuru
Mathematical Sciences
Chair: Dr. Andrew J. Dean (July 2017 - June 2019)
Administrative Assistant:  Robbie Buffington
Chair: Dr. Aris Carastathis (July 2016 - June 2019)
Secretary:  Jennifer Howie
Natural Resources Management
Dean: Dr. Ulf Runesson 
Chair of Environmental Management Program:  Dr. W. Lense (Leni) Meyer (July 2015 - June 2018)
Chair of Honours Bachelor of Science in Forestry Program:  Dr. Mat Leitch 
Administrative Assistant:  Eva Scollie
Administrative Assistant:  Jennifer Bain Manion
Natural Science
Chair of Biology: Dr. David Law
Administrative Assistant:  Eleanor Maunula
Northern Studies
Program Advisor: Dr. Michel Beaulieu
Administrative Assistant: Gail Fikis
Advisor YR1 & YR2: Dr. Michelle Spadoni 
Advisor YR3 & YR4: Karen Poole
Director: Glenna Knutson
Administrative Assistant: Audrey Drebit 
Registration Assistance: Lois Ann Bender in SN1021E or at 807-766-7145
Outdoor Recreation
Co-Director: Dr. Tom Potter (July 2017 - December 2017)
Co-Director: Dr. Harvey Lemelin (July 2017 - December 2017) 
Acting Director: Dr. Margaret Johnson (January 2018 - June 2018) 
Academic Advising YR1: Dr. Harvey Lemelin & Alexa Haberer
Academic Advising YR2: Dr. Margaret Johnston & Eric Cline
Academic Advising YR3: Dr. Tom Potter & Rod Swatton
Academic Advising YR4: Dr. Willow (Lesley) Curthoys 
Administrative Assistant: Annette Graham
Palliative Care (Interdisciplinary Certificate)
Advisor: Dr. Marg McKee
Chair: Dr. Richard Maundrell (July 2015 - June 2018)
Advisor: Dr. Jason Blahuta 
Administrative Assistant:  Gail Fikis
Chair: Dr. Apichart Linhananta (July 2017 - June 2020)
Administrative Assistant:  Kristine Carey
Political Science
Chair: Dr. Patrick Cain (July 2016 - June 2019)
Advisor: Dr. Zuba Wai 
Administrative Assistant: Karen Woychyshyn
Chair:  Dr. Mirella Stroink (July 2015 - June 2018)
Administrative Assistant:  Mary Lysenchuk
Social Work
Director: Raymond Neckoway (July 2016 - June 2019) 
Thunder Bay Campus Academic Advisor:  Jenna Garlick 
Administrative Assistant:  Madge Chan 
Orillia Campus
Academic Advisor: Tess Buchanan
Administrative Assistant:  Lynda Kerr 
Advising: students may contact to book an appointment or call 705-330-4008 extension 2003
Chair: Dr. Tony Puddephatt (July 2017 - June 2020)
Secretary:  Karen Woychyshyn
Sustainability Sciences (Environmental Sustainability)
Chair: Dr. Sree Kurissery (July 2017 - June 2020)
Administrative Manager: Carolyn Rimkey
Visual Arts
Chair & Academic Advisor:  Mr. Roland (Roly) Martin
Secretary:  Jennifer Howie
Water Resource Sciences
Program Coordinator - Dr. Amanda Diochon
Administrative Assistant:  Kristine Carey
Women's Studies
Chair:  Dr. Lori Chambers (July 2017 - June 2020)
Administrative Assistant: Bonnie McDonald