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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-Founder and Director of Marketing
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.
Santiago Endara: Latin Sales Coordinator
Santiago was born in Quito, Ecuador, a beautiful country with snowy mountains, sandy beaches, unexplored jungles and the Galapagos Islands. His background is in Sales and Marketing and before arriving in Vancouver, he worked for a market research firm, a newspaper and a snack factory. He majored in Marketing and Business Administration. As a former part time D.J., he has a great passion for all types of music; alt rock, classic rock, reggae, and ska. He would love to exchange his music with other students from different countries and increase his collection! He enjoys sports, especially football and misses going to the stadium to sing the songs of his home team. He is always very happy to help students and make their stay at Tamwood College an unforgettable experience.
Yasu Komukai: Japanese Marketing Coordinator
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.
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.