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Mathew Collingwood: President & C.E.O.
As one of the founding partners, Matt Collingwood has been with Tamwood since its conception. Born in central Canada and educated at the University of Ottawa, Matt has called Vancouver home since 1990. His prior experience in business and finance has contributed to the success and growth of Tamwood. Most of Matt's time is spent traveling between campuses and ensuring that his vision for Tamwood is being carried out, but meeting students and speaking with other Tamwood team members is something that he never loses sight of and tries to accomplish every day.
Tamsin Plaxton: Co-president & Managing Director
Although her formal education was in law and economics, Tamsin's dream of running a language school and summer camp was born out of her experiences as a summer camp counsellor in Switzerland and a bicycle tour guide in France, two jobs she did during her summer vacations while at university. Tamsin and Matt started the company in 1992 and Tamsin left her career as a lawyer in 1997 to take on the role of Tamwood's Director of Marketing. Tamsin is personally responsible for student recruitment in Europe and the Americas and for the development of all marketing materials including this web site.
Marjatta Hilden: Financial Controller
Marjatta was born in Finland but has spent most of her life in Vancouver. Her entire career and education has been in finance and she has been the financial controller at Tamwood since 1998. Since last year she has also taken on the responsibility of registrations which has given her the opportunity to interact more with the students which she very much enjoys.
Elizabeth Azeroual: Homestay Coordinator
Elizabeth was born and raised in Vancouver and has a B.C.I.T. Certificate in Administrative Management and a V.C.C. Certificate in Accounting, she has worked in Business Administration for fifteen years. As our Homestay Coordinator, Elizabeth does her best to match students to hosts and acts as a liaison between these parties.
Evan Yang: International Camps Program Manager
Evan Yang brings more than 10 years of experience in leadership, program development, and management. As the International Program Manager, Evan will oversee the daily operations of Tamwood International's Junior Centre Programs in all regions (Vancouver, Whistler, Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles). This position plays a vital coordinating and priority-setting role for the Junior Education Programs unique in both its diversity and its sheer distance, with hundreds of youth participants from over 20 countries each year. In addition, Evan worked at Junior Achievement of BC, the world's largest non-profit organization that delivers business education to students. Evan believes in endowing youth through education and feels very privileged to actively contribute to that cause for much of his career.
Kate Raven: Youth Program Manager
Kate Raven was born and raised in Ottawa and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and French from Wilfred Laurier University, and later completed her Bachelor of Education at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. As the Youth Program Manager, Kate is responsible for coordinating the daily operations of Tamwood International's Junior Centre Programs in all regions (Vancouver, Whistler, Boston, San Francisco, and Los Angeles). Kate previously worked as a Program Coordinator, where she helped new Canadians and youth living in low income achieve a post-secondary education. With a passion for sport and having recently moved to Vancouver, she can usually be found running around Stanley Park or doing yoga at one of the studios in town. Kate continues to be inspired and motivated by today’s youth and looks forward to working with some of the best at Tamwood’s Junior Centres.
Elena Machneva: Administrative & Executive Assistant
Elena has lived most of her life in Russia and has recently come to Vancouver attracted by local mountains and "outdoorsy" spirit of the city. Having a background in IT, Elena graduated from Georgian College with International Business Management Certificate. As an international student herself, she understands the excitement of living in a new country as well as the amount of effort needed to overcome all the difficulties of being out of one's comfort zone. Most of the time Elena is helping Tamwood President with various administrative tasks, including students survey administration. If you would like to give us a feedback or you know how we could improve our services, please, do not hesitate to contact Elena at email@example.com
Jeong Suk Seo: Business Development Manager, Korea
Jeong Suk is the Korean Marketing Coordinator at Tamwood. She was born in Seoul, South Korea. Jeong Suk holds a Bachelor of Law - Regional Development degree. In the past, she worked as a Marketing Manager at an international agency in Seoul for seven years and coordinated ESL programs at various universities in Korea. She has been working for Tamwood for many years and she always enjoys meeting Korean students and helping them with their needs. She has travelled across Europe and Canada.
Yasu Komukai: Business Development Manager Japan Market
Yasu was just like one of you some ten years ago. He was an exchange student in the U.S. and he went through what all ESL students experience. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and worked in sales & marketing in Japan. He has continued his sales career in Canada over the last 7 years. He is happy to help all students and he will make his time available for you anytime. His goal is for every student to have a great experience at TAMWOOD.
Natalia Bussard: Business Development Manager – Western Europe
Prior to joining Tamwood Natalia built the strategies for international business development and student recruitment for Canadian and Australian private education providers. In the past, Natalia Bussard worked vigorously in international markets such as Middle East, Europe, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Kazakhstan, Vietnam, Thailand, and Turkey. Natalia completed her Bachelor of Arts in English and American Literature and Master's degree in English and American Literature in Slovakia. Her PhD. is in Philosophy and she completed it at Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. She also holds Executive Leadership Certificate from Queen's University. Natalia's responsibilities include building strategies for international recruitment and creating partnerships in the markets of Western Europe.
Francisco Silva: Business Development Manager – Latin America
Being the Business Development Manager for Latin America, Francisco brings to Tamwood more than 7 years of experience working in international affairs, and with local and international students. His passion for Latin America and traveling around the continent brought him to work in education management. Francisco has graduated from Capilano University in North Vancouver with degree in Marketing and Latin American Management. When Francisco is not at the office he can be found hiking in the North Shore, snowboarding, playing football, or traveling around Latin America.
Hani Nino: Business Development Manager – Middle East
Born and raised in Amman, Jordan, Hani received a Bachelor degree in Engineering from Jordan University. He has over 10 years of in-depth experience in International Business Development for better quality performance and reliability in the industry. Hani has recently moved to Vancouver and joined Tamwood team for International Business Development and expanding the Middle East market.
He enjoys traveling a lot; which makes him an international worker, who finds joy in meeting new people and learning different cultures. He strives to always keep a positive attitude and has the ability to inspire confidence in any person and is always ready to offer his help.
Lenka Culikova: Business Development Manager – Eastern Europe, Turkey, Vietnam, Thailand
Lenka was born and raised in the heart of Europe, city called Banska Bystrica, located in a small, but picturesque country of Slovakia. She holds a Master degree in Economics and Management from University Nitra. Before joining Tamwood, she worked as a sales and marketing staff member in worldwide retail chain. Her position at Tamwood is a Business Development Manager for Central and Eastern Europe and Far East. You can meet her at one of the upcoming industry workshops or sales trips, as she travels extensively in order to develop her markets. In personal life, she loves skiing and has big passion for fashion.
Connie Ip: Work Programs Coordinator
Connie was raised in Vancouver and had worked in Japan and Hong Kong before. From her overseas living experience, she understands new culture can be exciting and overwhelming at the same time and she is more than happy to assist you in all aspects. Connie will be helping students of Tamwood with their internships and co-ops. She enjoys many outdoor activities such as snowboarding, golfing and camping. Her travel to Asia and Europe has enriched her appreciation of diverse cultures and life.
Sarah Tam: Customer Experience Coordinator
Sarah was born and raised in downtown Toronto and obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree in Marketing from Ryerson University. She is the Customer Experience Coordinator for GO International and works with participants who are looking for work once they arrive in Canada. She also manages the GO International Outbound programs to assist Canadians interested in going abroad. Sarah’s background is focused on marketing and international business. She loves music and dance and has travelled to parts of Europe and North America. She particularly enjoys learning about new cultures, languages and meeting new people from around the world.
Claudia Wu: Work Placements Coordinator
Claudia was born and raised in Toronto and received a Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Toronto. As the Work Placements Coordinator, she is responsible for helping Work Program participants with the interview process and continuously works with host employers to bring new opportunities to GO International programs. With a passion for traveling and exploring new cultures (traveled to 30 countries and counting!), Claudia has backpacked solo across Asia, Africa, Europe, North and Central America. Having recently moved to Vancouver, she can usually be found biking around/exploring the city or playing volleyball during her spare time. Claudia loves learning about new cultures and is looking forward to meeting participants from around the world.
Tina Barzo: Volunteer Programs Coordinator
Tina Barzo is a graduate of Marketing and Ecotourism Management with 15-year experience working in communications, fund development, community engagement and volunteer program management with conservation and environmental nonprofits in Ontario, British Columbia, and Alberta and the federal government for the past 7 years. She is also a graduate of Leadership Calgary, and was recognized with the Leadership in Volunteer Management Award in 2009. Her recent three month trip to New Zealand, where she volunteered for a coastal restoration project, has re-inspired her to study voluntourism and dive into her new job at Tamwood/Go International!
Scott Robertson: Program Advisor
As the Work Placement Coordinator and Program Advisor for Go International's Toronto location, Scott Robertson has spent most of his working life in the Employment Services field. Scott's experiences include owning and operating an Executive Recruitment Company based in Toronto and more recently Managing a Youth employment office for a non-profit Toronto Employment services organization. Scott has a BA in Psychology as well as a Bachelor of Social Work degree and has completed all the necessary coursework for a Masters in Conflict Resolution. With a passion for culture, travel and teaching/coaching, Scott looks forward to helping our Canadian visitors make the most of their Canadian experience.
Kaz Futawatari: Vancouver Campus Manager
You all made an incredibly good decision to come learn English here in Vancouver!!! Take advantage of every opportunity you have, especially the ones that you would never ever even think of doing if you were back home. This is your time to let go, experience a different side of life, find out who you are, be challenged, make tons of friends, get lost and then find your way home, be scared, but realize that you are in a safe place, and just learn and love learning. You are amazing for choosing to be here and I am SO EXCITED to meet all of you!
Shelley Quinn: Whistler Campus Manager
Shelley has been an active member of the Whistler business community since 1997, and owned and operated a Golf and Ski Tour Company prior to starting with Tamwood. After graduating from the University of Western Ontario in the late 1980's with an honours degree in French Language and Literature, Shelley completed a Diploma in Business Administration at Wilfred Laurier University. After graduation it was off to travel and work in various countries around the world, including Switzerland, New Zealand, Australia, Japan, Taiwan, Turkey, France, China and India. With a true passion for languages, Shelley speaks fluent French, along with basic Spanish and rudimentary Italian and Japanese. Favorite activities include many of the sports that Whistler has to offer, including skiing, cross-country skiing, biking, running, hiking, tennis, yoga.
Whistler is an awesome place to live, work, play, and study… to make new and lasting friendships and everlasting memories.
Drew Irwin: Toronto Campus Manager
Drew joined Tamwood International College in the spring of 2011, in the role of Campus Manager for Tamwood Toronto. It has been an exciting and productive time, and he is looking forward to many more years with this prestigious organization. Drew embarked on his teaching career over six years ago after spending years in the entertainment and event industries. In some ways, the parallels are remarkably similar in spirit although fundamentally different in theory. Most importantly, Drew is delighted to share cultural values and ideas with students from around the globe, and to share his love for the English language.
Rachel Elizabeth McKim: Toronto Office Administrator
Rachel has lived in the Yonge and Eglinton neighborhood for over 15 years, which has proven to be a huge advantage as she welcomes new students to the Toronto Tamwood Campus every Monday. Rachel loves getting to know the students during their Monday morning orientation, as she helps them learn the ropes of the campus and introduces them to the neighborhood hot spots. Many students refer to her as their “Big Sister in Toronto” because they can always go to her for information or advice on any topic!