Executive Members

Co-President: Sara Peshnak


I graduated in 2013 from the Retail Management program. For the past two years I was the Director of Marketing for the Alumni Association, and was just elected Co-President and couldn’t be more excited! I have been an Allocation Analyst at Sears for two years working in the big-ticket furniture department. I am now working at Indigo head office as Assistant Planning and Allocation Manager for home, which I will be starting May 4. My passion for retail goes above and beyond, and I cannot wait to lead the 2015 Alumni Association into the next term!

Co-President: Linda Nguyen


My name is Linda Nguyen and I graduated from the Retail Management program in 2012. I currently run my family business here in Toronto, and is working on an exciting new venture soon. Students from their undergrad year might have seen me around as I have been TA-Ing for 3 years. I am passionate about our school and program and look to give back in as many ways as I can. Looking forward to another great two years on the alumni association.

Director of Finance: Michael Pelkola

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I am graduating the retail program in the class of 2015. By being a part of the alumni association, I hope to strengthen the connections between alumni, current students, and faculty to assist in the personal and career development of others. I have more than 5 years of experience in the retail industry and enjoy sharing my experiences that have enabled me to gain immense knowledge of the grocery sector of retail, which also is where my passion lies. I pride myself in being a driven, enthusiastic and motivated individual with strong team building skills.

Director of Marketing and Events: Kylie Black


Kylie is a 2014 Graduate from the Retail Program. As the fourth generation of a well known family business in B.C she moved to Toronto to pursue her passion and couldn’t have enjoyed her time at Ryerson more. Kylie began her career with Target Canada, though difficult to experience it provided her valuable learnings. Kylie now works for Canadian Tire as a Digital Commerce Analyst and is absolutely loving being a part of the eCommerce world.

Class Representative 2014: Hilary Taylor


Hilary is a recent graduate from the Retail Management program (2014) who is a current Executive Trainee and Assistant Planner in Menswear at the head office of Hudson’s Bay. She was President of the Retail Students Association during her time at Ryerson University, and hopes to continue using her leadership abilities through an executive position at a large retail organization. Hilary is eager to continue her studies in London, UK in 2016 where she has been accepted to Goldsmiths University to pursue her masters in Consumer Behavior. In her free time, Hilary is working on learning the piano, loves finding great deals and exploring all the adventures that Toronto has to offer. Hilary is always excited to meet other Retail grads so feel free to reach out to her and introduce yourself!

Class Liason 2016: Dana Marlatt

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Dana Marlatt is a second year Retail Management student at the Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University. She is currently the VP of events for the Retail Students Association and student liaison to the Retail Management Alumni Association. Dana also is an ambassador for Ted Rogers Outreach Program and is an active member in both the Toronto and Ryerson community.


To contact us email: rraa@ryerson.ca