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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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Jillyka Julianda

Project Lead

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  • MBA Candidate

  • After graduating: I want to work with executives on their most challenging business problems.

  • Fun fact: I am a foodie and I enjoy riding my motorcycle!

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Brooklyn St. Louis

Project Coordinator

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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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Paige Lutz

Digital Consultant

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  • Major: Business Economics & 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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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!

  • 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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Jeffrey Baglinit

Digital Consultant

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Jason Li

Digital Consultant

Selin Simsek

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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  • Major: Marketing

  • After graduating: I plan to continue in digital marketing, either at an agency or a private firm!

  • Fun fact: I am a big foodie, and I like trying out new food places!

Ayesha Pandey

Digital Consultant

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  • Major: Marketing

  • After graduating:  I want to become a brand manager someday, and also get into digital design.

  • Fun fact: I gained two inches in height after my scoliosis surgery in grade 9!

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Sadhya Gulhati

Digital Consultant

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  • Major: Marketing

  • After graduating:  I want to continue working in marketing and doing graphic design! 

  • Fun fact: One time Ted Baker introduced himself to me while I was in a Ted Baker store and I laughed in his face because I thought he was lying. 

Michael Dreger-Smylie

Digital Consultant

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  • Major: Operations Management

  • After graduating: I hope to continue in the world of consulting or work somewhere in the sports industry.

  • Fun fact: Part of my last name (Smylie) is on the Stanley Cup

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David Dang

Digital Consultant

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  • Major: Marketing

  • After graduating:  I want to work in the sports industry and hopefully land a marketing role with a pro-sports team down the road

  • Fun fact: I have rewatched Avengers Endgame more than 10 times!

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Abyad Rahman

Digital Consultant

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  • Major: Accounting

  • After graduating: I want to work as a tech/strategy consultant in the fintech industry!

  • Fun fact: I love morning smoothies and I am always looking for new ingredients for them! Give me ideas!

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Ashley Clark

Digital Consultant

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  • Major: Marketing

  • After graduating: I would love to start a business doing brand design/graphic design while incorporating my marketing skills! 

  • Fun fact: I danced competitively for 13 years!

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