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ABOUT THE SCHOOL OF RETAILING

The University of Alberta School of Retailing was founded in 1994 and has been committed to providing students with the guidance and tools to meet their professional aspirations in the retail industry. The School of Retailing was created to educate students through hands-on-learning while providing students with insight into their career paths. Over 200 students have completed the program and have gone on to have rewarding careers in the retail industry. The School of Retailing is home to an advisory board that represented 15 CEOs and founders from Retail Organizations across Canada.

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Meet the Team

Our services are provided by talented Bachelor of Commerce students at the University of Alberta School of Business. Each of our Digital Consultants is trained in digital marketing, branding, and consulting in order to provide you with a high-quality and insightful experience. Meet our team below!

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Heather Thomson

​Executive Director

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  • History: one of the first people hired at Lululemon Athletica in Alberta in 2003, been with UofA SOR since 2018. Passionate about business and communities.

  • Fun fact: Insane sense of direction, dual citizen, been to Disneyworld/land 18 times.

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Yoojin Jung

Project Lead

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  • MBA Candidate

  • After graduating: I want to develop brilliant software products.

  • Fun fact: I travelled to 16 countries. My next destination is Finland!

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Brett Eigner

Marketing Lead

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  • Major: Operations Management

  • After graduating: I want a role solving business problems with technology or improving sustainability initiatives

  • Fun fact: Did you know cucumbers, peas, and avocados are actually a fruit?

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Anjika Sabhani

Digital Consultant

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  • Major: Marketing

  • After graduating: I want to work as a digital marketer or brand manager!

  • Fun fact: I sewed my Grade 12 graduation gown

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Ashneil Bhatnagar

Digital Consultant

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  • Major: Finance

  • After graduating: I want to work as a strategy consultant!

  • Fun fact: I listen to podcasts any chance I get

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Bri Thompson

Digital Consultant

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  • Major: Strategic Management and Organization

  • After graduating: I want to go into management consulting!

  • Fun fact: I was a national-level jump roper

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Brooklyn St. Louis

Digital Consultant

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  • Major: Operations Management 

  • After graduating: I would like to work in data analytics/visualization!

  • Fun fact: I grew up on a grain, sheep and beef farm an hour north of Edmonton

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Eddie Lee

Digital Consultant

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  • Major: Management Information Systems

  • After graduating: I hope to find a fulfilling job where I’m able to utilize my creativity!

  • Fun fact: You can spell my entire name, upside down, with the numbers 0,1, 3 and 7!

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Jeffrey Baglinit

Digital Consultant

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  • Major: Marketing

  • After graduating: I want to work with a team of nerds and continue to support brands

  • Fun fact: I find Esports really cool and I compete in the Hip Hop dance style of Breaking.

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Junaid Suthar

Digital Consultant

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  • Major: Management Information Systems

  • After graduating: I want to build a career as a Project Manager, if it’s within the Food Industry then that would be a bonus!

  • Fun fact: It’s impossible to hum while pinching your nose. Try it!

 

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Kian Javier

Digital Consultant

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  • Major: Finance

  • After graduating: Work to live, not live to work!

  • Fun fact: I’ve hugged and sung with Ariana Grande once.

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Paige Lutz

Digital Consultant

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  • Major: Business Economics and Law

  • After graduating: After my undergraduate degree, I plan to move on to law school!

  • Fun fact: I can name all the countries in the world! I get super excited whenever there’s a geography question on Jeopardy.

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Rea Naidoo

Digital Consultant

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  • Major: Marketing

  • After graduating: I hope to work in an ad agency!

  • Fun fact: I competed and placed in national martial arts competitions.

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Selin Simsek

Digital Consultant

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  • Major: Marketing

  • After graduating: I want to get into Product Design, more specifically Furniture design and start my own Furniture business!

  • Fun fact: My roommate and I foster up to 13 animals each year. It is very rewarding!

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Simone Websdale

Digital Consultant

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  • Major: Marketing

  • After graduating: I would like to work in real estate!

  • Fun fact: I traveled to Okinawa, Japan in 2015!!

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Tristan Rutter

Digital Consultant

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  • Major: Marketing

  • After graduating: I want to start a career in the menswear industry.

  • Fun fact: We share 1% of our DNA with Cavendish Bananas. Another Banana fact - each one you buy at the grocery store is genetically identical to the others.

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Tanya Paramapathy

Digital Consultant

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  • Major: Finance

  • After graduating: I want to start my own business!

  • Fun fact: I was on the jumbotron at a raptors game, in nosebleed seats but STILL!!