Our Team

 
Cesare Di Donato, Executive Director Cesare started his career in the steel industry as a project metallurgist. Moving into the education sector, he has taught in secondary school, college and university. Retiring as a curriculum consultant after 32 years in education, he is now the Executive Director of Canada’s oldest Industry Education Council. As a Past President of the Ontario Cooperative Education Association, he is passionate about experiential learning through hands-on authentic engagement. He is enthusiastic about facilitating partnerships between education and the broader community, to support learning beyond the walls of the traditional classroom. cesare.didonato at iechamilton.ca

Cesare Di Donato, Executive Director

Cesare started his career in the steel industry as a project metallurgist. Moving into the education sector, he has taught in secondary school, college and university. Retiring as a curriculum consultant after 32 years in education, he is now the Executive Director of Canada’s oldest Industry Education Council. As a Past President of the Ontario Cooperative Education Association, he is passionate about experiential learning through hands-on authentic engagement. He is enthusiastic about facilitating partnerships between education and the broader community, to support learning beyond the walls of the traditional classroom.

cesare.didonato at iechamilton.ca

Susan Clarke, Program Manager As a graduate of Laurier’s Psychology program, Susan is dedicated to helping others. In her role as Program Manager with the IEC, she is able to do this on a daily basis.  Assisting learners with information to help them make appropriate choices in relation to their career path is something that brings her joy.  Susan believes that everyone has a path, they just may need help finding it along the way.  She is also very involved in other guiding activities such as Scouts Canada and School Council and is passionate about being a volunteer in her local elementary school.  susan.clarke at iechamilton.ca  

Susan Clarke, Program Manager

As a graduate of Laurier’s Psychology program, Susan is dedicated to helping others. In her role as Program Manager with the IEC, she is able to do this on a daily basis.  Assisting learners with information to help them make appropriate choices in relation to their career path is something that brings her joy.  Susan believes that everyone has a path, they just may need help finding it along the way.  She is also very involved in other guiding activities such as Scouts Canada and School Council and is passionate about being a volunteer in her local elementary school. 

susan.clarke at iechamilton.ca

 

Beth Gibson, Project Consultant Beth has spent the majority of her career in the not-for-profit sector as a consultant and program manager. She is passionate about identifying and developing programs, partnerships and initiatives that support education, career mentorship and poverty reduction. Working collaboratively with multi-level stakeholders, Beth has a built a reputation of providing proactive strategies and solutions that assist with student engagement and local economic development, regardless of the industry. When not at the office, Beth enjoys baseball, mountain biking and hiking.  beth.gibson at iechamilton.ca  

Beth Gibson, Project Consultant

Beth has spent the majority of her career in the not-for-profit sector as a consultant and program manager. She is passionate about identifying and developing programs, partnerships and initiatives that support education, career mentorship and poverty reduction. Working collaboratively with multi-level stakeholders, Beth has a built a reputation of providing proactive strategies and solutions that assist with student engagement and local economic development, regardless of the industry. When not at the office, Beth enjoys baseball, mountain biking and hiking. 

beth.gibson at iechamilton.ca

 

 
Lorenzo Somma, Entrepreneur in Residence Several years ago Lorenzo took the plunge head on into the challenge of small business ownership, opening a community oriented video gaming venue in downtown Hamilton. Discovering a higher calling to the experiences entrepreneurship brings, he has since dedicated his energy to inspiring the entrepreneurial spirit and mindset in others. Lorenzo believes that there is no better example of experiential learning than entrepreneurship, which builds confidence, adaptability and resilience to any willing to make a dream into a reality. Inspiration to try, confidence to fail, resilience to prevail. lorenzo.somma at iechamilton.ca

Lorenzo Somma, Entrepreneur in Residence

Several years ago Lorenzo took the plunge head on into the challenge of small business ownership, opening a community oriented video gaming venue in downtown Hamilton. Discovering a higher calling to the experiences entrepreneurship brings, he has since dedicated his energy to inspiring the entrepreneurial spirit and mindset in others. Lorenzo believes that there is no better example of experiential learning than entrepreneurship, which builds confidence, adaptability and resilience to any willing to make a dream into a reality. Inspiration to try, confidence to fail, resilience to prevail.

lorenzo.somma at iechamilton.ca

Angie van der Zalm, Community Outreach Director Angie’s career has seen her hold various positions in different sectors. She spent many years as an international educator/artist and has also previously worked as a Director at a local manufacturing facility as well as a Manager of Enterprise Initiatives for a prominent tourist destination. As IEC’s Community Outreach Director, Angie is committed to promoting the benefits of experiential learning and fostering partnerships that help to make us a vital link to a student’s successful journey. angie.vanderzalm at iechamilton.ca  

Angie van der Zalm, Community Outreach Director

Angie’s career has seen her hold various positions in different sectors. She spent many years as an international educator/artist and has also previously worked as a Director at a local manufacturing facility as well as a Manager of Enterprise Initiatives for a prominent tourist destination. As IEC’s Community Outreach Director, Angie is committed to promoting the benefits of experiential learning and fostering partnerships that help to make us a vital link to a student’s successful journey.

angie.vanderzalm at iechamilton.ca

 

Rosalie Wilson, Manager of Finance & Administration Rosalie joined the IEC in 1984 doing administrative duties and has over 20 years’ experience in the bookkeeping field.  As the IEC’s Manager of Finance & Administration, Rosalie oversees all office-related matters.  She’s responsible for all accounts receivable/payable, budget and grant reporting, cash flow management and payroll, in addition to maintaining and updating all office computers. Life is like accounting – everything must balance! rosalie.wilson at iechamilton.ca

Rosalie Wilson, Manager of Finance & Administration

Rosalie joined the IEC in 1984 doing administrative duties and has over 20 years’ experience in the bookkeeping field.  As the IEC’s Manager of Finance & Administration, Rosalie oversees all office-related matters.  She’s responsible for all accounts receivable/payable, budget and grant reporting, cash flow management and payroll, in addition to maintaining and updating all office computers. Life is like accounting – everything must balance!

rosalie.wilson at iechamilton.ca

Carter van Veen, Facilitator and Community Liaison Carter is a 2nd year Software Development student at Mohawk College. His goal of becoming a video game programmer led him to this field. Carter has been coding since his early High School days, and believes that balance is the best approach when approaching his video games' creation by trying to keep everything balanced in it. Carter's reason for helping at Hamilton Code Clubs is to spread the joy of coding to others, and learn more coding tricks along the way. Carter at iechamilton.ca

Carter van Veen, Facilitator and Community Liaison

Carter is a 2nd year Software Development student at Mohawk College. His goal of becoming a video game programmer led him to this field. Carter has been coding since his early High School days, and believes that balance is the best approach when approaching his video games' creation by trying to keep everything balanced in it. Carter's reason for helping at Hamilton Code Clubs is to spread the joy of coding to others, and learn more coding tricks along the way.

Carter at iechamilton.ca

Mojdeh Ali Ardestani, Boot Camp Instructor and Facilitator Mojdeh is a 2nd year student at Mohawk college studying Software Development. She was an English teacher, for 10 years, and used creative ways to introduce concepts so the students could better understand the materials. She believes that introducing programming to students can help them be aware with upcoming technologies. She is very hardworking and passionate about learning programming and Web development. Mojdeh hopes to continue being active in the community and help people to know about programming and Web developing. Mojdeh at iechamilton.ca

Mojdeh Ali Ardestani, Boot Camp Instructor and Facilitator

Mojdeh is a 2nd year student at Mohawk college studying Software Development. She was an English teacher, for 10 years, and used creative ways to introduce concepts so the students could better understand the materials. She believes that introducing programming to students can help them be aware with upcoming technologies. She is very hardworking and passionate about learning programming and Web development. Mojdeh hopes to continue being active in the community and help people to know about programming and Web developing.

Mojdeh at iechamilton.ca

Tyler Vandermeer, Facilitator and Community Liaison Tyler is a 2nd year Software Development student at Mohawk College. His desire to see his ideas come to life with programming was what led him into the field. Tyler has played many sports throughout his life allowing him to fully understand the benefit to working as a team. Through his experience he knows to bring out the best work in someone is to help point them in the right direction and provide support when needed. He is a passionate programmer who will be dedicated to helping the community improve their technology skills through the IEC of Hamilton.   Tyler at iechamilton.ca

Tyler Vandermeer, Facilitator and Community Liaison

Tyler is a 2nd year Software Development student at Mohawk College. His desire to see his ideas come to life with programming was what led him into the field. Tyler has played many sports throughout his life allowing him to fully understand the benefit to working as a team. Through his experience he knows to bring out the best work in someone is to help point them in the right direction and provide support when needed. He is a passionate programmer who will be dedicated to helping the community improve their technology skills through the IEC of Hamilton.

 

Tyler at iechamilton.ca