Meet Our Students (2021)

Read the biographies of our Doctor of Business Administration students below.

Mike Atkins

Mike Atkins

Doctoral Student

Mike is a management consultant and a partner at Breakpoint Solutions. Mike brings forward 20 years of experience as military leader, where he gained a deep understanding of what is required to develop high performance teams capable of thriving in VUCA (Volatile, Unpredictable, Complex, and Ambiguous) environments. His doctoral research interest aims to investigate, the effectiveness of using coaching to develop higher trust levels, with purpose to improve performance. Read more…
Arianna Bhagwansingh

Arianna Bhagwansingh

Doctoral Student

Arianna is the Director of Finance at Toronto North Support Services, a government funded healthcare organization. Her doctoral research aims to support organizational sustainability in knowledge economies. Arianna’s doctoral research will examine human capital disclosure and the extent to which it influences stakeholders’ decision making process, in the context of Ontario’s healthcare sector. Read more…
Neil Cody

Neil Cody

Doctoral Student

Neil is a faculty member of the business department at the Nova Scotia Community College, where he specializes in entrepreneurship and technology. Neil’s doctoral research will focus on the use of gamification to increase engagement and the role it might play in mitigating the negative impact of the novelty effect.This research aims to explore learner engagement and success, enhance the practical depth of the educational experience offered to the learners and increase the efficiency and effectiveness of the delivery, resulting in students/employees who are better prepared to make an immediate, meaningful impact within industry. Read more…
Malcolm D'Souza

Malcolm D'Souza

Doctoral Student

Malcolm is a faculty member at George Brown College in Toronto teaching Supply Chain and Operations Management. Malcolm’s general area of interest is the intersect between business and technology. Malcolm’s doctoral research is focused on eliminating food insecurity through enhanced supply chain optimization using blockchain technology. Read more…
Chafika Eddine

Chafika Eddine

Doctoral Student

Chafika is a governance consultant assisting mining companies to improve their performance on sustainability. She believes companies that are more inclusive and promote diversity perform better, and that sustainability can only be achieved with a holistic approach by incorporating social, economic and environmental values. Chafika’s research interests include ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) beyond compliance and its influence on sustainable investment, as well as relevant measures on climate change and social impact. Read more…
Coltan Fagan

Coltan Fagan

Doctoral Student

Coltan is an Associate Faculty Member for Royal Roads University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management (Sino-Canadian Program, Jinhua, China). Currently, Coltan’s doctoral research proposal focuses on generating interest in LGBTQIA+ heritage sites from younger generations. This research aims to contribute to management research and practice by combining two areas of study, Heritage and LGBTQIA+ Tourism. Read more…
Tracey Foster

Tracey Foster

Doctoral Student

Tracey is an independent consultant and principal of Tracey Foster & Associates who works with small and medium business clients to evaluate their internal strategic human resources (HR) management capacity and build comprehensive, customized programs of support based on identified needs. Tracey’s doctoral research will investigate ways in which HR leaders can capitalize on the growth of artificial intelligence (AI) applications for human resources tasks and how the role of HR practitioners must evolve accordingly to leverage human strengths. Read more…
Kostas Lekkas

Kostas Lekkas

Doctoral Student

Kostas is a senior director for a Canadian financial institution. Lekkas career spans over 20 years in multi-disciplinary strategic technology management supporting business architecture, software development, quality assurance, and operational support. Lekkas’ doctoral research will investigate and profile the surveillance business model’s usage and proliferation throughout modern business applications. Explore the privacy challenges faced by consumers, policymakers, and businesses using the surveillance business model itself as awareness is expanding within consumers and governments. Read more…

Shelly Lyons

Shelly Lyons

Doctoral Student

Shelly is a part-time professor and program administrator for Professional Programs at Crandall University in Moncton, NB. Lyons’ current research will investigate the impact of Adult TCKs (Third Culture Kids) on Canadian organizations. ATCKs bring a wealth of skills and experiences to the workplace, but also a variety of challenges.  Lyons will explore how these challenges affect an ATCK’s employability and what support employers could offer that will mitigate these challenges and maximize employee retention. Read more…
Jason Major

Jason Major

Doctoral Student

Jason is a recently retired Colonel from the Royal Canadian Air Force with over 30 years of service as a pilot. In the RCAF headquarters as a Director, he helped optimize a multi-billion-dollar enterprise with over 400 aircraft and 20,000 personnel. His research will review the impact from COVID-19 on the international aviation industry, present best practices and lessons learned and offer recommendations specific to the Canadian aviation industry that could make air travel both safer for Canadians, and less risky for aviation companies going forward.  Read more…
Nidal Mousa

Nidal Mousa

Doctoral Student

Nidal is an Associate Faculty in the Faculty of Management at Royal Roads University and a Financial Analyst at Federal Government of Canada. Mousa teaches applied research and business analytics, and corporate and international finance courses for Master of Global Management students. His research fields are applied research, financial analysis and planning. Read more…
Samer Obeidat

Samer Obeidat

Doctoral Student

Samer is a serial entrepreneur, an Artificial Intelligence (AI) expert, and an angel investor. Over the last decade, Samer has advised several governments in the MENA region on AI and performed various top management and advisory roles. Obeidat’s doctoral research will focus on researching, developing and validating a method that measures and reports on the ability of organizations to sustain a level of excellence in artificial intelligence and machine learning development, deployment and data-driven decision-making over multiple projects, on an ongoing basis. Read more…
Naomi Parker

Naomi Parker

Doctoral Student

Naomi works as the Senior Operating Officer at PolicyWise for Children & Families. Naomi’s research interest lies in how collaborative service delivery between primary and mental healthcare can be implemented and adapted across contexts and settings while achieving common outcomes. Read more…

Lisa Sansom

Lisa Sansom

Doctoral Student

Lisa is an Organizational Development Consultant / Positive Interventionist who works with leaders, teams, and organizational units to help them be more effective and supportive. Lisa works from a basis of applied positive psychology and brings research-based tools and methodologies into her consulting, speaking, corporate training and coaching. Her proposed doctoral research will involve developing and evaluating a framework for effective positive feedback that enhances both relational qualities and task performance. Read more…
Dawn Schooler

Dawn Schooler

Doctoral Student

Dawn is a consultant with Family Enterprise Consulting Group in Vancouver, BC. Dawn has accrued more than 15,000 hours with clients, and was the recipient of numerous teaching and coaching awards. Schooler’s doctoral research will investigate the lack of non-male voices in the decision-making processes of family-owned businesses. Read more…
Delmar Tobin

Delmar Tobin

Doctoral Student

Delmar  is a part-time faculty member in human resources management at Lawrence Kinlin School of Business, Fanshawe College in London Ontario. Before migrating to Canada, Tobin served in senior human resources management and training and development roles within public and private sectors organizations in Guyana and in the Caribbean region. His doctoral research will investigate the extent to which reward strategies promote the employee behavior that supports the successful integration of immigrants and other diverse groups into the workforce. Read more…
Elizabeth Williams

Elizabeth Williams

Doctoral Student

Elizabeth is president of Candler Chase, a communications and marketing consulting and training organization that helps executives and managers have better conversations with employees, customers and other stakeholders. Her research interests focus on developing communications competencies for current and potential organizational leaders, with a particular interest in how graduate business programs can inculcate the communication knowledge, skills, and abilities the modern workplace demands. Read more…
Mekoya Wondrad

Mekoya Wondrad

Doctoral Student

Mekoya is an independent consulting professional mining engineer, who is currently managing MEDYAS Mine Planning & Design Services since May 2017. Prior to this, Wondrad worked in various senior technical and management roles for Barrick Gold, Freeport, Goldcorp and other middle tier mining companies. Mekoya’s doctoral research will investigate and identify the problems that are associated with current mining sustainable development operations at remote mining communities. Read more…