OTEC Team Announcement

4/21/2016
 

 

OTEC is pleased to announce organizational changes and new additions to the OTEC team to support the development of client relationships and services, workforce development, project proposals, as well as marketing and communications.
 
Luba Gavadzyn joins OTEC as Manager, Client Relationships. Luba brings an extensive background in customer service, with over eight years of experience in the hospitality and tourism industry. She is a certified Service Excellence Designated Trainer and has trained over 600 adult learners. At OTEC, Luba is responsible for managing project proposals and developing client relationships focusing on workforce development, academic training and corporate training. Luba is a graduate from Lakehead University where she holds a Bachelor of Concurrent Education, specializing in English and History. Luba can be reached at lgavadzyn@otec.org
 
With over eight years of international work experience in teaching and training, Sepideh Gorjizadeh joins OTEC as Coordinator, Client Services. Sepideh is responsible for supporting the development of OTEC’s public sessions and client services. She plays a key role in coordinating online learning bundles, such as Service Excellence Dynamics and the emerit Training and Professional Certification Portfolio. Sepideh holds a Masters of Education from Memorial University in Newfoundland. She also obtained a Masters of Arts with a focus in English from the University of Pune in India. Sepideh can be reached at sgorjizadeh@otec.org
 
Jamie Witmeyer joins the OTEC team as Coordinator, Marketing & Communications. At OTEC, Jamie coordinates and creates marketing and branding activities including website and social media updates, communication pieces and promotional material. She is also responsible for supporting the branding goals of OTEC and providing support to the President & CEO with corporate and Board of Director communications and events. Jamie has gained diverse experience in the communications, digital marketing and travel industry. She holds a Bachelor of Management and Organizational Studies with specialization in Consumer Behaviour from Western University. Jamie also holds a certificate in Public Relations from Humber College. She can be reached at jwitmeyer@otec.org

After nine years, OTEC Senior Vice President, Wendy Paradis is leaving the organization to join the Association of Canadian Travel Agencies (ACTA). “Wendy has used her senior management experience along with her extensive knowledge of the tourism, hospitality and healthcare industries to help grow OTEC into a leading training, consulting and workforce development organization,” states Victoria Behune, OTEC President & CEO. “Wendy has played a pivotal role at OTEC and I would like to thank her and wish her much success!”


If you are interested in joining OTEC’s dynamic Board of Directors, please forward a brief introductory letter highlighting your interests, motivation and business experience to:


Victoria L. Behune
President and CEO, OTEC
416.622.1975 ext. 209 vbehune@otec.org


Nick DiRenzo
Chair, OTEC Board of Directors
519.888.2420 nick.direnzo@sunlife.com


Our experience working with OTEC was a thoroughly enjoyable one. We were tremendously impressed by the professionalism of their approach and the quality of their work. American Express approached OTEC to develop a service training program for its partners in the restaurant industry. From a fairly sketchy brief, OTEC pulled together a process and product that far exceeded our expectations. They developed a very inclusive process that involved engaging the input and ideas of key people across the industry and created a program that was engaging, entertaining and creative while still presenting rich content. This was no off the shelf solution. OTEC took the time and effort to research the needs of our audience and consulted with us every step of the way to produce an end product that we were proud to have our company name associated with.;

— Vice President of Public Affairs Communication and Quality Services,
American Express Canada