Meet Our Recruiters

Lindsay Nero

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Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario
High School: Bishop Ryan Secondary School
Degree: Bachelor of Arts, 2007
Program: Political Science
Twitter: UTMLindsay

My name is Lindsay and I have been working with the University of Toronto Mississauga for almost 8 years. Before joining the University of Toronto, I attended Brock University and lived in St. Catharines.  I became very involved in university life and had great opportunities to work on campus, just like you would here at UTM.  My experience at Brock lead me down my career path in university administration and helped me get to where I am today.  I love being a part of the recruitment team and I enjoy sharing my UofT Mississauga pride with all of you.  If you are searching for me on campus, you can probably find me at our fabulous state of the art gym facility.  I love trying new gym classes including spin, weight lifting classes and more!  Being Italian, cooking and baking have been engrained in me, both have been a part of my life since I was small. Although I can whip up a lasagna, my passion is baking.  I can make everything from cakes to cookies; if you are lucky when you come to visit us, you’ll find some cute cupcakes or homemade Italian biscotti in our office. Whenever I can, I am planning a trip somewhere around the world. I have been lucky to have visited many different countries throughout Europe and get excited any time I can travel the world.  For those of you from the Hamilton/Niagara region, keep your eyes open as you will often find me in the area!  


Mariya Kala

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Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario
High School: Philip Pocock Catholic Secondary School
Degree: Honours Bachelor of Arts, 2009
Programs: Major in Communication Culture & Information Technology; Double Minor in Geography & Religion
Twitter: UTMMariya
My name is Mariya, and I am one of the Recruitment/Liaison Officers at UTM. I graduated from high school in 2005 still unaware of what and where I wanted to study. I applied to three universities, all of which were local. I knew I wanted to come home at the end of the day to a home cooked meal and my own bed to sleep in. So, UTM it was. I really appreciated the flexibility of studying diverse programs and gaining a plethora of knowledge. After four years, three programs, and a set of great friends, I can truly say that I had a great experience at UTM – so great that I never left. I now recruit for the largest university in Canada! My journey began as a work-study student at the Office of the Registrar in my fourth year. I stuck around after graduating, and two years later, my perseverance paid off. I became a permanent Recruitment/Liaison Officer. I can honestly say that I love my job. Aside from the actual work I do – which is discussing the endless opportunities available at UofT with students like you – I get to travel across Ontario and out of province. If you attend high school in Mississauga, Brampton, Etobicoke, Georgetown, Milton, or British Columbia, I’ll see you there!

Ting Li

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Hometown: Beijing, China
Degree: Master of Business Administration
Programs: Communication and Project Management
Twitter: UTMTing
My name is Ting, and I am a member of the Recruitment team here at the University of Toronto Mississauga campus. My area of focus is international student recruitment. I have been working in this field for more than seven years, having previously worked as the senior recruitment officer at McMaster University recruiting international students within Canada and abroad. I have an undergraduate degree from McMaster University and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business. Having been an international student myself, I can really relate to the obstacles and challenges you might have as a new comer to this country. I am here to help! Here at UTM, you will find all sorts of aid geared to create a welcoming environment for international students to advance in their studies. We have all sorts of resources ready to help you on your path of success. I’ll be visiting international schools within Canada and abroad in the near future to tell you all about UTM and to answer your questions. See you very soon! If you cannot wait and have questions for me, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Madison Peters

Madison Peters

Hometown: Burlington, Ontario
High School: Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School
Degree: Honours Bachelor of Science ‘12
Programs: Double Major in Psychology & Criminology, Minor in Sociology
Twitter: UTMMadison

Welcome! My name is Madison and I am one of the Recruitment Officers here at UTM. I am so pleased that you are considering the University of Toronto Mississauga for your postsecondary studies! I graduated from U of T Mississauga in 2012, with an Honours Bachelor of Science degree. UTM has really become a second home to me over the 7 years that I have been here. As a prospective high school student, I was drawn to the University of Toronto because of its world-renowned reputation, the size of the institution, the variety of opportunities; both academic as well as social and the breadth of programs. I specifically chose the Mississauga campus because of the close knit community feel and the environment of the campus. It is truly such a beautiful place to study and work at! I chose to live in Residence at UTM in my first year and loved it so much that I made UTM my home away from home for my entire degree. As a student at UTM I was part of the UTM Dance Team and I worked as a Residence Don, Program Assistant and a Student Ambassador in the Office of Admissions. Following my degree, I was happy to be able to continue at UTM in a professional capacity. I love that my job includes sharing my experiences at UTM with prospective students! I look forward to meeting you and speaking to you about the opportunities available for you at UTM. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with me. 

Megan Janssen

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Hometown: Hamilton, Ontario
High School: Bishop Ryan Secondary School
Degree: Honours Bachelor of Arts '13
Programs: Specialist in Theatre and Drama Studies, Major in History, Minor in English

Welcome to UTM! My name is Megan, and I’m one of the Recruitment Officers at the University of Toronto Mississauga. From the moment I arrived on campus in 2009, I knew I was in the right place. I love that this is a green campus surrounded by wildlife. It’s also conveniently located between both Hamilton (my hometown) and downtown Toronto. I was also drawn to UTM for its passion for innovation and development. We are constantly growing! There are so many resources to take advantage of, and dedicated staff and faculty who are passionate about student success. I lived in Oscar Peterson Hall in my first year on campus, and worked with Student Housing and Residence Life for the remainder of my undergrad. UTM embraced my passion for learning and provided me with opportunities that shaped me into who I am today. I had an amazing experience as a student here, and after 2 years of working and travelling the world, I’m glad to be back on our beautiful campus to welcome you as you embark on your next big adventure - your undergraduate career! I look forward to meeting you and speaking to you about the opportunities available for you at UTM. If you have any questions, please feel free to get in touch with me. 

Brenda Colley

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Hometown: Etobicoke, Ontario
High School: Michael Power/St. Joseph
Degree: Master of Education, University of Toronto (OISE), 2014
Programs: Higher Education
I joined the University of Toronto community in 2007 when I started my BA specialist degree in English. While an undergraduate student, I spent much of my time in the Athletic Centre (AC) on campus. This was largely due to the fact that I competed for the Varsity Blues Cross Country running team for three years. Participating in a university sport was a great way to get involved and represent such a fantastic institution! I later decided to complete an M.Ed in Higher Education at OISE so that I could continue my time in the university community in a professional capacity. While completing this degree I had the opportunity to work as a work-study student in the School of Continuing Studies. This is where I learned about my love for working with students. I'm always excited to learn about a student's goals and how post-secondary education can help the student achieve them. I am so excited to now be at the beautiful Mississauga campus! I look forward to hearing about your goals and helping you get started on your path here at UTM! 

Adam Fraser

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Hometown: Summerside, Prince Edward Island
High School: Three Oaks Senior High (TOSH)
Degree: Honours Bachelor of Science ‘08
Program: Biology Specialist
Twitter: UTMPathways

My name is Adam Fraser and I am the Manager of Pathway Programs here at the University of Toronto Mississauga. After attending two previous universities, I finally transferred to UTM, which has now been my home for over 12 years. Coming from a small (very small) town, UTM, to me had a great community feel. I was able to excel in my academics, build a close community, and took advantage of the many out-of-class opportunities all of which made for an unforgettable university experience…which is probably why I have not left.

As the Manager of Pathways Programs, I get to connect with students who are coming to UTM through a non-traditional pathways such as those transferring from college or other universities, mature students or those who have strong academics but need extra language support. Being a non-traditional student myself it makes my work that much more enjoyable and rewarding. Please do not hesitate to reach out to me regarding the best pathway to continuing your education.