Daniel Vasquez, CHCA Externships & Co-op, Culinary Field Education Specialist

Daniel has been an integral part of George Brown’s Recruitment and Externship team for the past eight years. He connects students at the Chef School to the exciting world of the food and restaurant industry via externship placements and networking opportunities. Armed with an educational background in Human Resources and Training, Daniel has worked with students at the post-secondary level for over ten years by providing them with career readiness skills, coaching, mentoring and career opportunities. Daniel strives to ensure George Brown College is providing the best student experience and an invaluable partnership to our companies. “Knowing that every day and everything I do can make a difference in a student’s life and in turn contribute to the success of our partners domestically and internationally is what drives my motivation and my passion for my work.”

Contact: dvasquez@georgebrown.ca 416-415-5000 ext. 2791

Doreen Pashkoff, Co-op Coordinator

Doreen brings a wealth of experience in her role as Co-op Coordinator for the Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) for the School of Hospitality Management. She has worked in Field Education for 15 years at the College: 10 years in Business Co-operative Education and 5 years in the Hospitality Diploma Externship program. Previous to her tenure at George Brown College, Doreen spent 15 years working in Field Education with the Toronto Board of Education and the Toronto District School Board in all Coop programs. This experience has enabled her to place our BBA students for their two mandatory co-op work terms in both entry level and supervisory positions at companies like the Ritz Carlton, Starwood resorts, TD Wealth, and Kleinfeld bridal boutique.

What’s the best part about her job? "I have the opportunity to change people’s lives and that is an experience that I do not take lightly. To observe the growth of a Hospitality student at the beginning and completion of their Coop or Externship within their Industry is a special moment and when they become the supervisor and employer to a new student it comes full circle in the process for me."

Contact: dpashkof@georgebrown.ca 416-415-5000 ext. 6646

Andrea E. Low, Coordinator – CHCA Externships & Co-Op

A self-proclaimed “hospitality enthusiast”, Andrea entered the industry during a summer job and never looked back. She began her career in the Rooms Division department, but quickly changed her focus to Food and Beverage after encountering a very dynamic Food and Beverage Cost Control teacher, during her studies in Switzerland. Andrea has worked in hotels (airport, boutique, conference, luxury, resort, Head office), private yacht and golf clubs, high volume event venues as well as off-premise catering companies. One of many highlights of her career came in 2010, when Andrea was employed as the Conference Services Manager for the G20 Summit in Toronto; working for the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. Andrea’s various roles during her 35+ years in the hospitality industry makes her the ideal candidate to help place George Brown College School of Hospitality and Tourism Management diploma students in their Industry Externship. She has practical experience in each of the four programs taught at the college.

Andrea enjoys meeting the students and speaking with them to discover where their passions exist for the industry, ensuring a great match for the student and the field placement employer. “It is so rewarding to see a student enjoying their field placement. You can hear the excitement in their voice, as they apply the skills which they have learned at George Brown College and become more confident in their work. Many of our students receive job offers while out on their field placement. I take great satisfaction in that fact; knowing that I was able to help our students in some small way, on to their path to success.”

Contact: andrea.low@georgebrown.ca 416-415-5000 ext. 3828

Ramin Rahimi, Student Services & Work Integrated Learning Officer

At the Centre for Hospitality & Culinary Arts, Ramin is one of the first points of contact for students, faculty and prospective students who have academic related inquiries. In addition, Ramin administrates and manages the Certification courses (Smart Serve, Sanitation, CPR/First Aid and TICO). Ramin earned a Diploma from George Brown College in 2008 and Bachelor’s Degree from University of Toronto in 2017. His work as a Client Services Representative at Sunnybrook Hospital grew Ramin’s passion for public service. He now focuses on his career in customer service in the Culinary and Hospitality sectors. For the last nine years, Ramin has worked in various Support Staff roles at the College in including work in the Office of Research & Innovation.

Ramin supports the CHCA Co-op and Externship Coordinators to ensure that students experience a smooth, meaningful and rewarding field placement. He has extensive customer service experience along with a strong academic background. Ramin enjoys interacting and getting to know students, and he can’t imagine a better and more rewarding career than working as a Student Services & Work Integrated Learning Officer.

Contact: rrahimi@georgebrown.ca 416-415-5000 ext. 6701