It takes the combined diligence and knowledge of our entire Global Learning team to bring you the gold star level resources we offer you today.
FOUNDER, CEO, and LEAD TRAINER
Elaine Newman is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Canadian firm, Global Learning. As CEO, Elaine has extensive experience in strategic consulting and implementing training solutions. Since 1996, she has worked with private and public employers from all market segments striving for success in today’s diverse business environment. Her expertise covers a wide range of areas including Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion, Change Management, and Organizational Effectiveness. As an Executive Strategist, Elaine’s strengths are centered in her ability to address what matters most to her clients. Her focus on innovation, creativity and sustainable solutions for over 25 years has led to organizations regarding her as a valuable and collaborative business partner.
Ever willing to share her vast business knowledge and unique perspectives, Elaine has accepted invitations to present at some of the top conferences and forums across Canada. She has been asked to speak on issues of building respectful workplaces, diversity and inclusion on Matt Galloway’s CBC Morning Show, “Professionally Speaking” with Randall Craig and Gail Vax-Oxlade’s Late Shift on NewsTalk 1010. In 2013, 2014 and 2015, Elaine was nominated for the RBC Canadian Woman Entrepreneur of the Year Award. She has also been recognized in Social Media as one of the Top 5 Diversity Thought Leaders in Canada. As a member of several professional associations and organizations, Elaine remains on the cutting edge of diversity and inclusion topics and business strategies.
Elaine and her family reside in Toronto, Ontario where she is very involved in local non-profits organizations and civic endeavors. She has served her community through active involvement as Chair of the CNIB Visions Gala and is a member of the CNIB Public Education and Advocacy Committee.
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
Greg Dimmer has been the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) for Global Learning Inc. for the past five years and is responsible for financial reporting, asset management, pricing strategies and contract negotiations. He has a history in the financial services industry in North America including roles with Integrated Asset Management (IAM), a Toronto based institutional asset management firm with over $2 billion of assets under management. Prior to IAM Greg was a Senior VP with MMV Financial, a leading provider of venture debt to North American technology companies. Prior to that he was Senior VP with Collective Bid Systems one of two on-line institutional bond trading platforms in Canada. Greg has been involved with the CNIB for over ten years, including Chair of the Ontario Board of Directors and is currently involved in various fund raising projects for the non-profit organization. He holds a Bachelor of Applied Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto and an MBA from the Schulich School of Business at York University.
DIRECTOR, CLIENT SERVICES
Our Director of Client Services, Jessica Prentice has over 11 years of client relationship experience. She holds both Business and Hospitality Management degrees and has an extensive background in customer service along with event and sales planning. Her passion for diversity and inclusion and cultural perspectives is a true asset in her interaction with our clients. Jessica plays a critical role at Global Learning by ensuring that we continuously exceed our clients’ expectations.
DIRECTOR, BRANDING AND COMMUNICATIONS
Michael Mastroddi is known as the unconventional piece to the puzzle that makes up our team here at Global Learning and FutureProofing.Today. Having spent over 15 years wearing many hats in the theater and film industry (literally and figuratively), he developed a keen eye for understanding emotional intelligence as it relates to an audience. With this understanding he developed one of North America’s go-to strategies for implementing social media output when it comes to small businesses and individualized branding. Along with his husband, Michael founded the boutique marketing, communications and development firm, Propeller Tail Media, where he was fortunate to be involved with some of this years most viral campaigns, such as The Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion’s famous “Luge” video, which garnered over 10 million YouTube hits (and counting) and was featured everywhere from the New York Times to Buzzfeed. He also is proud to say he created the Canadian Diversity specific hashtag #CDNdiversity, which at it’s peak moments, reaches over 4 million Twitter users. He is thrilled to be working with both the Global Learning Group of Companies and their new subdivision FutureProofing.Today as the Director of Branding and Communications. A native Long Islander, Michael studied at the University of Cincinnati’s prestigious College Conservatory of Music, and currently works / resides in New York City.
ADJUNCT TEAM MEMBERS
VP, Global Talent
Rhonda is a passionate, respected innovator, Rhonda Singer helps organizations achieve bottom line results through Identifying, leveraging, and engaging global talent. Her 20+ years of senior leadership accomplishments achieved within corporate, entrepreneurial and not for profit environments have made her an ideal partner for business leaders seeking to optimize return with their multi-cultural talent investments.
As President of an award-winning organization for nearly 10 years, Rhonda was one of the first business leaders to identify a vital intersection of opportunity for key stakeholders and Canada’s Internationally Educated Professionals (IEPs). This led her to conceiving, producing, and eventually rebranding the first five of multiple IEP Conferences, a landmark forum for thousands of talented immigrants seeking professional success in the GTA and beyond.
Rhonda’s collaborative approach, entrepreneurial insight and overall breadth of experience is enhanced through specialist designations: she was one of the first individuals in Canada recognized as an advanced certified Cultural Intelligence (CQ) facilitator, as well as an internationally recognized Career Management Fellow (CMF).
Rhonda Chaired the National Steering Committee Initiative for Internationally Educated Professionals, at Canada’s Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) from 2006-2013.
Rhonda was the national and international speaker, facilitator on Cultural Intelligence and its implications for organizations, including: Australian Human Resources Institute International; CBA/Canadian Corporate Counsel Association; Association of Career Professionals International (USA); Teachers of English as a Second Language (TESL) Ontario – Oct. 2014.
She designed and implemented the inaugural HR Development and Learning Centre within multi-million dollar manufacturing company, contributing 20% improvement in customer service cycle time and a 50% increase in operational effectiveness. She co-developed a model (collaborating with Ontario physicians) which influenced the future of Continuing Medical Education (CME).
She chaired the first steering committee of the Worker’s Compensation Board and The Institute resulting in the successful planning and implementation of an on-going, innovative educational forum for various Health Care providers throughout Ontario.
Rhonda Received the Business of the Year and Corporate Excellence of the Year Award recipient (Finalist with U of T and Delta Hotels), recognized by Scarborough Chamber of Commerce.
CHIEF INFORMATION AND TECHNOLOGY OFFICER
As Global Learning’s Chief Information and Technology Office, Margaret Werdermann heads up our eLearning division and is directly responsible for overseeing all aspects of our eLearning programs from research and instructional design to multi-media and graphics to course programming as well as the development and management of our proprietary Learning Management System (LMS).Before working with Global Learning in 2005, Margaret’s career path began in the post-secondary classroom where she progressed from a classroom instructor to become the Director of Curriculum Development for a well-respected career college. From there, her passion for world class curriculum design, along with her strong IT skills and experience in the areas of database development and administration, lead to increasingly responsible positions in both the corporate and academic arenas where she contributed to, and supervised, the development of a three-tier commercial software application involving all aspects of school division data requirements, lead a corporate Learning & Development department, and became a regular columnist for Window Watch magazine.
Although her primary focus with Global Learning is on corporate training, Margaret believes strongly in the importance of accessible higher education and has developed courses for the University of Manitoba’s Distance and Online Education division. These experiences have led to a unique skill set that combines technical know-how with extensive educational expertise.
Margaret has a degree in Education and a Masters degree in Distance Education, with a specialty in educational technology, along with diplomas in Information Systems Development and Database Administration. She is an active member of the eLearning Guild and has been designing curricula for adult students in a wide variety of subjects, delivery methods, and platforms for over 15 years.
Senior Diversity & Inclusion Consultant, Facilitator
Kate Moore is a talented specialist in diversity, inclusion, leadership and transformation. She has over 20 years experience and proven expertise in helping organizations and individuals to make positive and transformative shifts. Her work has spanned private, public and not-for-profit sectors where she has provided her services as a consultant as well as held senior leadership positions.
Her past roles include Senior Business Transformation Consultant with a project management centre of excellence, Manager of the Multiculturalism Program with the federal government, Board Member of the Canadian Bureau of International Education, Faculty at the International Educators Training Program of Queen’s University, Executive Director of the Ten Oaks Project, Facilitator with Skills for Change, and Coordinator of Ryerson University’s International Services for Students.
Kate’s breadth of experience has resulted in extensive understanding of how to work on both sides of the equation. She has guided mainstream organizations in learning how to celebrate diversity and create inclusive environments. As well she has assisted individuals from traditionally marginalized and under-represented groups to successfully navigate selection processes and foreign working environments in order to succeed. Her work has spanned collaborating with multiple identities including individuals from different cultures, racialized minorities, sexual orientations and gender identities, special needs and Indigenous peoples.
Kate is the founder and owner of Vital Shift Consulting. Her vision is to create a positive, safe environment where people focus on identifying opportunities and then making them come to life. She offers her clients a unique blend of skill sets including transformation, diversity, inclusion, leadership and coaching.
Kate has a love of learning and other cultures. She has worked, studied, volunteered and traveled in over 40 countries worldwide and worked professionally with newcomers to Canada from over 100 countries. Kate is bilingual (French and English) and also has a working knowledge of Spanish.