Meet our student recruiters


Kari Clarkson

 

Going to university is a huge decision. Deciding which university is right for you is an even bigger one. That’s where our student recruiters come in!

Their job as is to inform you about everything and anything to do with our university. Our recruiters answer questions about academics, admissions, experiential learning, student life, athletics and residence. They do this by travelling across Ontario and the world, going from school to school and speaking to all of our potential students.

The goal of our student recruiters is to show you what life would be like at our university and answer all of your questions or concerns. 

Get familiar with our 2018–2019 recruiters and make sure to say hello when you see them on the road!

Recruitment Team

Top Row (Left to Right) Darrell, Shannon, David, Brent. Middle Row (Left to Right) Sara, Ellanne, Riley, Paige. Bottom Row (Left to Right) Shantel, Nik, Sam, Rav.


Brent Seton

Where did you go to university and what did you study?

I earned my diploma in Accounting at Durham College and my Bachelor of Commerce – Finance at Ontario Tech University.

Why did you chose our university?

I chose our university because of the small campus and community-focused atmosphere. Our university provided me with plenty of opportunities to broaden my social and career horizons by offering a variety of extracurricular activities.

What did you like most about our university?

What I liked most about our university was the technology-based learning. In any career you choose, being able to master new applications or already being equipped with knowledge on how to use them makes you invaluable to employers.

How were you involved at university?

I was on the golf team where I had the chance to represent my school at multiple tournaments across the province. Even though we were not the best, we still had fun!

What made you interested in becoming a student recruiter?

Being able to impart my enthusiasm for my university experience for those that, like me, were sometimes overwhelmed with the options. I wanted to provide one-on-one chats from someone who has been through it all and can make the information in all of the student recruitment handbooks personalized. 

What are you most excited to experience on the road?

Being able to visit the many different small towns I normally would not get to see sitting behind a desk. I look forward to some of my extended stays and getting to sight see and experience what the local culture has offer.

Where will you be going on the road?

  • Muskokas
  • Ottawa
  • Sudbury
  • Greater Toronto Area (GTA)

 


 Darrell McFarlane – Indigenous Recruiter

What did you study at university?

My education is in Indigenous Studies, psychology, and Youth Corrections and Intervention. I come into the position with 10 years of experience working with all ages of Indigenous peoples in a social worker role. I myself am Indigenous (Ojibway from Couchiching First Nations), which is four hours northwest of Thunder Bay.

What do you like most about our university?

At our university we have great support systems in place for students including many resources that are available at the Baagwating Indigenous Student Centre. 

What made you interested in becoming a student recruiter?

I was drawn to the Indigenous recruiter position because I think it will be a great opportunity for me to give back to Indigenous communities across Ontario as well as inspire and promote post-secondary education to all those who have yet to experience it or have the chance to do so.

What are you most excited to experience on the road?

I look forward to meeting new people and visiting all the different communities throughout Ontario.

Where will you be going on the road?

  • Manitoulin Island
  • Peterborough
  • Thunder Bay
  • Quebec

 


David Monize

Where did you go to university and what did you study?

The program that I chose was the comprehensive mechanical engineering program at Ontario Tech University. 

Why did you choose our university?

I chose our university because it is a small school that has a welcoming and diverse community. It is also a school that has unique programs and opportunities available to all students regardless of the faculty, and different learning styles are catered to.

What did you like most about our university?

Some of things that stand out about our university include:

  • Most of my professors and teaching assistants knew me by name
  • Getting involved with my faculty was easy to do
  • The career centre helped with preparing me for job interviews

How were you involved at our university?

When I was a student, I got involved with working with my faculty through the engineering society and volunteering for open houses and the Ontario Universities’ Fair. I also took the chance to create a live stream with riot radio through multiple semesters.

What made you interested in becoming a student recruiter?

I wanted a chance to be the person that helped me pursue my post-secondary studies when I wasn’t sure of what I wanted to do, whether it be college or university. Having a job as a recruiter was also a chance to share my own experiences at our university with others. Also being able to travel around Ontario as part of the job is a bonus.

What are you most excited to experience on the road?

I’m definitely just excited to be on the road, driving around a lot. 

Where will you be going on the road?

  • Ottawa
  • Kitchener
  • Waterloo
  • Guelph

 


 

Ellanne Thomson

What did you study at university?

I graduated with my Bachelor of Business in Marketing and Consumer Culture in December 2017.

I chose to continue my studies at university after completing an Advanced Diploma program because I wanted to further understand the strategic and psychological piece behind Marketing.

What did you like most about university?

My favourite part about university was building my own academic support system, which included staff, my professors and friends. My professors taught me how to take my knowledge and transfer it into career ready skills. While my friends taught me tirelessly – even at midnight before a final exam – to challenge myself and my understanding.

How were you involved during your time at university?

While I was a student I was involved in the business program’s club, where we organized events to network with industry companies as well as workshops to learn from industry specialists. I also worked on campus for my last year in the Career Centre and gained a lot of professional development experience.

What made you interested in becoming a student recruiter?

I am excited to do this job because I want to be able to connect to potential students by telling them about my experiences at university, in the hopes that they end up with their questions and concerns answered and maybe even educated further to make the best decision for them.

What are you most excited to experience on the road?

I am most excited to go up North Bay and Sudbury as well as getting to meet and talk to new people!

Where will you be going on the road?

  • Etobicoke
  • Mississauga
  • Scarborough
  • North Bay
  • Sudbury

 


 

Mack Hunter

Where did you go to university and what did you study?

Communications at Ontario Tech University.

Why did you choose our university?

I chose our university because I was interested in the program, the location of the university and a recruiter visited my high school.

What did you like most about our university?

Small class sizes and a close-knit campus, also the knowledgeable and memorable professors.

How were you involved at university?

Communication sub society, 10th anniversary celebration volunteer, International Mother Language Festival volunteer, working in the Communications and Marketing department as a student employee, graduating class challenge rep.

What made you interested in becoming a student recruiter?

The chance to travel and meet with students. I remember how intimidating university seemed, so I am excited to help students that have many questions.

What are you most excited to experience on the road?

I am most excited to try different food from around the world and experience different cultures.

Where will you be going on the road?

  • Malaysia
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Indonesia
  • Jamaica

 


 

Nik Vantfoort

Where did you go to university and what did you study?

Bachelor of Engineering in Energy Systems Engineering and Master of Applied Science in Mechanical Engineering at Ontario Tech University.

Why did you chose our university?

I chose our university because of the unique programming, varsity sports and the support on campus for both.

What did you like most about our university?

The small class sizes allowed me to easily communicate with my professors.

How were you involved at our university?

I was a member of the Varsity Rowing team for seven years during which I was vice-president of the Ontario Tech Rowing Executive Committee for two years, President of the Ontario Tech Rowing Executive Committee for two years, Captain of the Men’s Rowing team for a year and the inaugural President of the Ridgeback Leadership Council in my final year.  During this time I was also selected to varsity crews which were selected to represent the university at national championships in Montreal, Victoria and Antigonish.

I also participated in intramural volleyball when my class schedule didn’t conflict with it. I made a lot of friends through joining a different team every semester and always enjoyed playing against past teammates.

I often participated in our semi-annual Open House or at the Ontario Universities’ Fair as a student ambassador for my faculty. It was at these events that I was first able to connect with potential students and talk about what the university has to offer them.

What made you interested in becoming a student recruiter?

I bleed blue. I have been at the university for so long and enjoyed my experience during my degrees that I felt talking to potential students about the university would be rewarding.

What are you most excited to experience on the road?

I enjoy running, so I am most excited for exploring new cities by running through them.

Where will you be going on the road?

  • Ottawa
  • Barrie
  • Collingwood
  • London
  • Great Toronto Area (GTA)

 


 

Rav Dhamrait

Where did you go to university and what did you study?

Bachelor of Arts in Criminology from Ontario Tech University.

Why did you choose our university?

It was a brand new school, which was appealing to me. The thought of starting something new seemed nice. It was close to home (45 minutes), but far enough away that I had to move out.

What did you like most about your university?

The people. Everyone during my time was great, from services, professors, advisors to the other students.

How were you involved at your university?

I played many intramural sports, joined a fraternity and took part in orientation week each year as well. I was also a student ambassador and helped with events such as Open House and the Ontario Universities’ Fair each year.

What made you interested in becoming a student recruiter?

I really enjoyed my time at our university and really liked helping at the events, so it seemed like a good fit and it would allow me to share my experiences with other prospective students.

What are you most excited to experience on the road?

Exploring some new places I have not been to before.

Where will you be going on the road?

  • New York
  • Houston
  • British Columbia
  • Panama City
  • Grand Cayman
  • Scarborough
  • Whitby
  • Oshawa

 


 

Riley Davis

Where did you go to university and what did you study?

I graduated from the Forensic Science program with a minor in Biology at Ontario Tech University in 2014.

Why did you chose our university?

I chose our university because it has a very strong Forensic Science program.  Our university offers state-of-the-art facilities as well as the crime scene house that weren’t available at other institutions.  I am a hands on person, and our emphasis on putting theory into practice really appealed to me.  

What did you like most about our university?

I found that at our university I wasn’t just another number.  As I progressed through my program, I knew all of my classmates and I was on a first-name basis with the majority of my professors.  It was a huge comfort knowing that I wasn’t an anonymous face in the crowd, and that I had this support system in place. 

How were you involved at our university?

I took part in intramural sports by playing on a hockey team with a group of my friends and classmates.  Many of my friends were on our university’s science council, and I attended many of the faculty social events.  I also never missed an opportunity to go to events put on by the student association.  All of these options allowed me to meet a lot of new people.

What made you interested in becoming a student recruiter?

I was interested in the opportunity to come back to our university.  I love that I get the chance to go out and share my experiences with others. I think it is awesome that I can have a positive impact on others!

What are you most excited to experience on the road?

I’m very excited to get out and visit new places and see different parts of Ontario.  I can’t wait to meet all kinds of new people and spread the word about our university!

Where will you be going on the road?

  • Mississauga
  • Etobicoke
  • Richmond Hill
  • London
  • Guelph
  • Windsor
  • Sarnia
  • Chatham-Kent

 


 

Samantha Little

Where did you go to university and what did you study?

Communication and Digital Media studies at Ontario Tech University.

Why did you choose our university?

I chose our university for my studies because I felt that it was a place where I could really thrive in my studies, and become the person I really wanted to be. I wanted to go to a school where I could have the university experience while living at home. Our university instantly felt comfortable and like home to me. It was an easy choice.

What did you like most about your university?

The resources that are available was what I liked most. I knew in order to get the most of my university experience and thrive I would need to use the student services. In my first year, I attended study skills and writing workshops. Learning great note-taking techniques in my first semester set me on the right path for the rest of my undergrad.

How were you involved at your university?

I wasn’t really involved in anything and I regret it.

What made you interested in becoming a student recruiter?

I had heard about the recruiter job through my friend Shelly who I graduated with in 2017. I was instantly intrigued, and thought it would be a great opportunity to show students how proud I am to be a graduate of our university and allow them to see what they can do here too. I also love to travel and it is a great way to see the province.

What are you most excited to experience on the road?

I am most excited to see areas of Ontario that I wouldn’t have the opportunity to go to without this job. It will be a challenge, living out a suitcase for three months, but it will be a great learning opportunity to get out of my comfort zone. 

Where will you be going on the road?

  • Belleville
  • Timmins and Thunder Bay
  • Niagara Falls and St. Catherines
  • Windsor 

 


 

Sara Stephen

Where did you go to university and what did you study?

I did my undergraduate degree at Ontario Tech University in the Faculty of Social Science and Humanities, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Communication and Digital Media Studies with a focus on Globalization, Communication and Social change. I also minored in Political Science.

Why did you choose our university?

I chose our university for a variety of reasons. I wanted to commute to school and stay close to home but I also wanted a smaller community with plenty of opportunities to engage with my professors and peers on a more individual level. Simply, I wanted a welcoming environment with quality education, opportunity and qualified professors.

What did you like most about our university?

I really enjoyed how creative I could be at accessing my education in the ways I wanted to by creating my own pathway. The professors encouraged us to be unique and to challenge our existing methodologies and push ourselves further to experience it all. I also enjoyed many of the leadership opportunities I was presented that really helped me develop as an academic and professional while preparing me for further education after my undergraduate studies.

How were you involved at your university?

I was involved in the Student Mental Health Services department, while also participating in the first ever student led Mental Health Advisory committee. I was also an ambassador and orientation leader. Most of these opportunities enhanced my studies and also gave me the opportunities to grow as a person.

What made you interested in becoming a student recruiter?

I became interested in the student recruiter position because I wanted to share my experience at our university and show students that the education and opportunities provided to students are truly remarkable and world class. I have so many peers who have pursued higher education in extremely competitive programs and they were given the tools they needed to get into these programs right here at our university. I can’t wait to share that knowledge and demonstrate why our university is an amazing choice.

What are you most excited to experience on the road?

I’m excited to explore Ontario, I really haven’t gone past Durham Region and the GTA.

Where will you be going on the road?

  • Kingston
  • West London
  • Greater Toronto Area


 

Shantel Mangroo

Where did you go to university and what did you study?

Master of Health Sciences in Community Health and Bachelor of Health Sciences at Ontario Tech University.

Why did you choose our university?

The university has an incredible Health Sciences program that offers a technology-enriched learning environment to enhance the academic experience, and a practicum course that allows for experiential learning.

What did you like most about our university?

My most memorable experience at the university was my practicum at Lakeridge Health. I had the opportunity to work in a hospital setting, which sparked my passion for research and pursuing my master’s degree.

How were you involved at our university?

The university’s ambassador program was one of the most exciting programs I got involved in. I was able to volunteer at events such as the Ontario Universities’ Fair, the university’s Open Houses, which then led to a job as a tour guide, and now as a student recruitment officer!

What made you interested in becoming a student recruiter?

I love meeting students interested in the university and sharing my experiences and advice with them.

What are you most excited to experience on the road?

This is my first time recruiting internationally, which I am beyond excited for!

Where will you be going on the road?

  • Trinidad
  • Kitt’s
  • Barbados
  • Kingston
  • Toronto

 


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