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What we do
REAA is an alumni-led proactive organization of industry practitioners. We strive to foster an environment that is high-impact with a highly customized suite of programs and services for upcoming graduates, alumni, and industry professionals alike to build, scale, and enhance their career journey.
We leverage our professional networks, cultivate partnerships, engage and collaborate with leading organizations, and provide a platform where industry-leading experts can discuss insights and experiences.
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Board of Directors
The Board of Directors ensures the continued success, growth and relevance of REAA by providing advice on strategic direction, organizational growth planning, university partnerships, industry engagement, as well as the development of programs and services. Furthermore, the Board of Directors promotes REAA in the broader business community, including potential sponsors and partners.
Edmond Farah is a practicing economist with his most recent experience stemming from supporting several Ontario ministries on program evaluation, enterprise-wise transformational and optimization strategy, and policy development initiatives. He is currently at York Region’s Department of Finance in the Office of the Budget. Con-currently he is a managing principal and Market Data Company - a boutique consultancy in the financial services sector. He is also a guest lecturer at York University in the topics of applied economics and policy.
Edmond holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Economics and Finance from Ryerson University and a Master of Arts in Economics from York University. He is also a registered student of the Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators.
Dhara Vyas has built her career in Toronto’s tech startup space and currently works for Instacart on the Business Development team. As a Member of the Board of Directors of the Ryerson Economics Alumni Association, she hopes to connect with the Ryerson economics community to help unlock an invaluable experience for the alumni network.
Dhara holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Economics and Finance from Ryerson University and a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) from Queen’s University.
Joey Seto is currently an economist for the Federal Government at the Department of Fisheries and Oceans where he has had the privilege to conduct rigorous economic analysis for Canada’s ocean-related management priorities such as the Species at Risk Act.
Prior to this role, he worked at the Ontario Ministry of Finance and at Scotiabank. Prior to entering the world of business and economics, he was a chef de partie in several professional kitchens and fine dining establishments in Toronto.
Joey holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Economics and Management Science and a Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance from Ryerson University.
Melissa Chiappetta is a Senior Economist in the Office of the Budget at the Ontario Ministry of Finance where she provides strategic advice on and supports the development of policy, legislative and financial submissions proceeding to Cabinet. She also supports the coordination and review of input into the Ministry’s major publications, such as the Provincial Budget and Fall Economic Statement.
Prior to this role, Melissa has held previous positions in the Ontario Ministry of Finance and has also gained private sector experience working in financial accounting.
Melissa holds a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in International Economics and Finance from Ryerson University. Melissa is also working towards obtaining her designation as an advisor in the financial services sector.
Kaushal Basnet currently works for Setter Capital, a global private equity focused Investment Bank, where he completes asset sales, fund restructurings, and other transactions for Venture Funds, Hedge Funds, and other Institutional Investors. He hopes to help Ryerson students and alumni understand and gain exposure to various market opportunities and build a social community through REAA.
Kaushal holds a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Economics and Finance from Ryerson University.
Moderated events featuring industry thought leaders on relevant topics
Virtual Event: Every 2nd Wednesday of the Month
Connecting Industry Mentors with Mentees through a matching approach
Events developed by collaborating with our partners