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Steven Tratner

Immigration Consultant Program

Steven Tratner obtained his Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant qualification after selling a business he successfully owned and operated for twenty years. He currently also works as Manager, Immigration Services at two busy immigration offices. He is passionate about training and development of students who have chosen to pursue a career in the immigration field.

In addition to his membership in the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council, Steven has both an Honours Bachelors Degree in Economics and a Masters In Business Administration.

Marcelo A.

Paralegal Program

Marcelo is a lawyer licensed by the Law Society of Ontario. He has been a lawyer for over 15 years and has practiced in areas including Contract law and Civil litigation.

He has a Law Degree from Western Ontario and also studied at Case Western Reserve University Law School in Cleveland, Ohio, as a recipient of the Canada/US Law Institute grant.


Zia Hanif

Immigration Consultant Program

Zia Hanif has nearly 5 years of cumulative teaching expertise as an instructor, teaching Paralegal and Immigration Consultant Programs.  

Prior to teaching, Zia has a diverse work experience portfolio, spanning over 15 years in the information technology, financial services, supply chain management and client relationship management sectors. Zia enjoys teaching and coaching students to realize their career aspirations in the legal services industry.

Zia Hanif holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree and is a dual licensee, legal practitioner and a member in good standing with the Law Society of Ontario (LSO) and the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC).”

Joe R.

Personal Support Worker Program

Joe has over 18 years of experience in the Healthcare field. He has worked as a Personal Support Worker and a Nurse in a variety of Long Term Care and Community settings. He has also worked with autistic children, mental health patients and adults with disabilities.

Joe has been teaching Personal Support Worker (PSW) students for 6+ years. As a Registered Practicing Nurse he presents wellness seminars throughout the GTA. He is known as a compassionate and dedicated instructor.


Jelena Damjanovic

Medical Office Assistant Program

Jelena Damjanovic joined Academy of Learning in 2019 as a Medical Office Assistant instructor. She has 5+ years experience in teaching various medical subjects.

Jelena has an extensive knowledge and experience in a medical field. Prior to her role in academics, she obtained an MD certificate at University of Sarajevo and obtained the LMCC certificate, as a Canadian equivalent in training


Fredericka Jarvis

Personal Support Worker Program

Fredericka Jarvis shares her Nursing expertise with Academy of Learning since 2018, when she joined the Campus to teach the Personal Support Worker (PSW) program.

Fredericka brings international training and experience in Nursing from Washington, DC in the U.S.A. and has combined this with her Canadian education in Nursing, a BScN Degree, obtained from York University, in Toronto.

Matthew M.

Logistics and Supply Chain Operations Instructor

Matthew has over 10 years of experience in International Trade, Domestic Logistics and International Logistics. He successfully owns and operates his own company and brings his expertise to the classroom.

His company imports , trades and distributes within Canada and Worldwide.

Matthew holds a Forum for International Trade Training (FITT), Diploma in International Trade, International Business Administration Advanced Diploma and a Business Degree.


Bushra Khalid

Business Programs

Bushra is a graduate of the Administrative Assistant Diploma at Academy of Learning, which adds further to her education. Her Masters Degree was obtained in English Literature.

Bushra has 15+ years of Academic Management background and is a Learning Coach of Integrated Learning System™ (ILS)


Juliet Lavarias

Business Programs

Juliet is a graduate of Accounting and Payroll Diploma at Academy of Learning (Bay-Bloor). She is a Certified Member of Canadian Payroll Association.

Juliet is BSSA graduate and has experience in teaching Typing and Shorthand. She is also graduate in Personal Support Worker (PSW) and has experience in Long Term and Community settings.

She is currently working as a Learning Coach of Integrated Learning System™ (ILS)

Michael Aritonang

Business Programs

Michael is a Network Administration graduate and a Learning Coach of Integrated Learning System™ (ILS) at Academy of Learning.

He has a degree in Bachelors of Economy and has extensive experience in technical support, Microsoft Office, and demonstrates proficiency in CompTIA applications.


Chamara Perera

Regional Director

Chamara Perera has 20 years of experience in post-secondary institutions and collaborated with American and Canadian universities and Colleges. Chamara has in-depth knowledge in project coordination and management, understanding of policies, procedures and process in order to support external and internal clients.

Chamara enjoys assisting and guiding students and staff and is delighted to extend his teamwork competencies. Chamara has extensive experience in multilingual educational and professional work environments.

Chamara holds American credentials: an Associate of Science Degree in Business, Bachelors’ Degree in Business Management and MBA in Human Resource Management.


Annie Amenshewa

Campus Manager

Annie has been in the Education industry for the past 10 years and brings with her a wealth of knowledge in Student Financial Aid and Education Management. Annie is known for her encouraging and supportive approach to our students and effective guidance of her team.

She has been a key contributor towards the success of our students and continues to support all departments at Academy of Learning.

Annie holds Bachelor of Health Studies, Specialized Honors in Health Management.


Inoka De Silva

Director of Career Services

Inoka is a dedicated professional with over 14 years of experience in Human Resources, Recruitment and Business Consulting with excellent front-line customer service skills.

She also worked with Private Career Colleges for over 7 years in being a liaison between students, graduates, alumni and employers. She has been successful in coaching students and ensuring they are job ready graduates. Inoka is a passionate Career Services Professional and has fostered many business partnerships in the community.

Inoka has a Master of Science Degree in Statistics and Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from University of Houston-Clear Lake, USA.   


Russell Jude

Director of Admissions

Russell has over 10 years experience working in the Education Recruitment field and is very passionate about helping his students change their lives and careers. Russell has helped over 2,500 students find their dream job and career.

His high energy, professional work ethic, ability to connect with his students, being a team player and going above and beyond have been highlights of his successful career.

Russell holds a Bachelors of Science Degree & a Diploma in Marketing Management.


Jay Sarmiento

Network Administrator

Jay is a graduate of the Network Administrator Diploma at Academy of Learning (Bay-Bloor) which adds further to his education. His Bachelors Degree was obtained in Electrical Engineering.

Jay has been with Academy of Learning since 2011, as both an Integrated Learning System™ (ILS) Facilitator and Network Administrator for the Campus.


Pooja Langer

Student Services Specialist

A skilled professional and English Literature and ESL Instructor with over 15 +years of experience, Pooja is dedicated to improving students’ progress every day. Along with being a Bachelor in Education, a TESL diploma holder and a certified IELTS Trainer, she also holds an M.Phil. Degree in English Literature. She has the aptitude to coach students from multicultural backgrounds. She is passionate about mentoring and teaching students and believes that in this world where one can be anything-be considerate and genuine.