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Learn how we’re keeping our campus community safe, healthy and engaged during our gradual return to campus.
Note: The university’s mandatory vaccine directive is now in effect. Learn more about vaccine requirements.

Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Who we are

The Information and Client Services department is made up of individuals with unique skills and experience that together form one amazing team.

We are good at what we do because, at one point in our lives, we were all in your shoes! We had to navigate our way through post-secondary education in an ever-changing world. 

Our combined experiences will help connect you with the right person so you get the right information, at the right time!

Meet our frontline co-ordinators

  • Maria-Jose Martinez – Senior Co-ordinator

    Maria has always had a passion for helping others. With that intention in mind, she received her Advanced Diploma in Business Administration-Human Resources from Humber College, and upon graduating, worked as an Enrolment Advisor at the college for three years. Maria then transitioned to a position at Ontario Tech University as a Records Assistant, where she assisted with the preliminary stages of digitalizing the student records database.

    A year later, Maria received a promotion which enabled her to put her passion for helping others to further use working on the front line for what was then called the Registration front line. Maria’s exemplary skillset gained her another promotion when the Office of the Registrar amalgamated their services, leading to her current role as an Information and Client Services Co-ordinator II. Currently, her portfolio includes—but is not limited to—registration and convocation inquiries, as well as working on the creation of a standardized exam deferral process.

    When not working, Maria likes to spend time with family and friends, and enjoys playing softball, boxing, golfing, and travelling.

  • Diana Gutierrez

    Diana is a proud Ontario Tech alumna. She moved to Canada when she was only 17 and since then it has been a period of growth and new experiences—new culture, new friends, new life! This uniquely helps her identify not only with international students but also students living away from home.

    Diana started her professional journey in 2013 working for various departments within the Office of the Registrar and currently working as a Client Services Administrative Co-ordinator, which allows her to connect with students and parents by assisting them in the enrolment process.

    Her interests are in student outreach, leadership programs and intercultural communication. She thoroughly enjoys fostering  intellectual growth and creating a community within the student body. Her hobbies are traveling, crafting, hiking, and water sports such as wakeboarding.

  • Janine Haynes

    Always a disciplined child, Janine found solace through physical activity. Her pursuits led her to study performance arts at Ryerson University, where she graduated from the theatre program. Following graduation, Janine spent more than a decade travelling the world working with various companies as a performance dance artist. It was during her travels that Janine uncovered her love for the cultures and languages of the countries she visited. Through these experiences, she began to value the ability to communicate easily in foreign countries without the need of a translator.

    After retiring from the field of dance, Janine received her English teaching certification, moved to Europe, and taught students from the ages of 5 to 80. Once she moved back to Canada, Janine put her belief that everyone should be able to afford a post-secondary education, and her passion for meeting new people, to use when she gained employment at Ontario Tech University. She started working as a Financial Aid Assistant for Student Awards and Financial Aid, transitioned into the role of Student Awards Administrator, and finally to her current position as an Information and Client Services Co-ordinator II.

    While work does keep her on her toes, Janine still enjoys travelling, practicing and teaching yoga. She continues to perform with a Toronto-based Latin dance company.

  • Victoria Paterson

    Attending university for the first time presents students with such a new and exciting world, yet can often be overwhelming. From trying to locate classes, accessing various services on campus and finding the right person to talk to when in need of assistance. As a graduate of the Bachelor of Arts (Honours), Community Development and Policy Studies (CDPS) program Ontario Tech University, Vicky understands.

    Throughout her academic journey, she participated in the University Works program, gaining valuable experience working in the Office of the Registrar as a student employee. While attending university and working on campus, Vicky also earned her certification as a Skate Canada coach, which she now puts to use at her local skating club teaching youth how to skate. 

    Through these life experiences, Vicky developed a passion for helping students access the services and support they need to succeed in university. 

    Following graduation from CDPS, Vicky began her career at Ontario Tech University in the Office of the Registrar's Information and Client Services team as an administrator, before transitioning to a frontline representative.  Recently, she has moved into a new role as a Campus ID Co-ordinator, aiming to enhance the student journey and ease of access to services for students.

  • Diana Salim

    Having a passion for customer service, Diana completed the Hotel and Operations Management program at George Brown College. She likes to travel and learn about other cultures, and had the opportunity to explore different tourism trends in Europe as part of a study abroad program. She also completed an internship in South Korea.

    Diana began working in post-secondary education in 2015, and had positions at George Brown College and Durham College prior to coming to Ontario Tech. Diana is eager to assist students through their academic journey with Ontario Tech.

    In her free time, Diana enjoys learning languages, travelling, and watching movies.

  • Sarah Sidhu

    With diplomas in dental assisting, early childhood education, business administration, and one year of nursing experience under her belt, Sarah is a jack of many trades. 

    Sarah lived in Saskatchewan and worked as a dental assistant until she had children—after which she ran a government-subsidized daycare for eight years. Once her children were older, she decided to return to work as a dental assistant. 

    Sarah moved to Ontario 16 years ago for an employment opportunity with the University of Western Ontario, where she worked with the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry. In 2012, she joined the Ontario Tech community. 

    During her free time, Sarah loves walking, yoga, meditation, needlework and travel. She also belongs to Twisted Stitchers Guild.

Meet our administrative co-ordinators

  • Kayelle Abajian

    Kayelle is a Ontario Tech University aluma with a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), majoring in Organizational Behaviour and Human Resources Management and a minor in Forensic Psychology. During her academic years, she was the Ambassador for the Human Resources Association at Ontario Tech. Prior to joining the team at Ontario Tech, Kayelle worked as a receptionist at a car dealership.

    Kayelle’s interests outside of work include reading, writing, hiking, and watching tv shows and movies.

  • Ryan Charlton

    From the early days of dial-up internet to present day WiFi, Ryan grew up in the age of technology. Prior to joining the team here at Ontario Tech, he worked in the telecom industry as a Support/Communications Specialist and in the technology industry as a Computer Technician.

    When he is not at work, Ryan is a photographer as well as a graphic artist. He also enjoys being active through weight training, basketball, baseball, and track.

  • Sonya Winkworth-Chmatil

    Sonya is an outgoing, bubbly member of our team. She strives for quality customer service in every interaction she has! 

    Sonya has been on our campus most of her adult life. She earned a diploma at Durham College after finishing the Pharmaceutical and Food Science Technology program. Following graduation, Sonya worked for Durham College as a Life License Qualification Administrator at the Whitby campus helping students with their government qualification requirements. She then moved to a position as a Purchasing Clerk. In 2010, Sonya made the transition to Ontario Tech University when she joined the finance department as an Accounts Payable Coordinator where she helped faculty, staff and students with budgets and payables. Sonya joined the Registrar's Office as a Financial Aid Assistant—responsible for helping students with their OSAP applications, budgets, bursaries, and more. Sonya is very proud that she has built and maintained many collaborative relationships across the university over the past 11 years. Throughout her working career, Sonya shows strength in communication and academic knowledge which will help her in her new position as an Information and Client Services Coordinator I.

    Outside of work, Sonya likes spending time with her husband and three kids. She's also working on finishing her degree in Bachelor of General Studies (BGS), Arts & Science.

Meet our junior clerks

  • Nitha Kanagalingam
    Nitha is currently completing her final year of Electrical Engineering. She has been a University Works student since her second year, and is currently employed as an Information and Client Services Junior Clerk in the Office of the Registrar, assisting students throughout their academic journey. From her first year at Ontario Tech, Nitha has shown a great passion in supporting her colleagues and other students in succeeding throughout their studies by volunteering in different sectors. Some of her volunteering experiences include being Vice President of the Women in Engineering Society as well as an Ontario Tech Ambassador. She completed her electrical engineering internship at Ontario Power Generation, and was a foreign exchange student in Austria during her second year of studies. She is looking forward to her graduation.
  • Roxanne Kerr

    Roxanne started her Ontario Tech journey in 2019 as an international student from Jamaica. Her interest in both science and law led her to pursue a Bachelor’s degree in Forensic Science with a specialization in Biology. She began working in the Office of the Registrar in 2020 through the University Works program as an Information and Client Services Junior Clerk. Roxanne has a passion for helping others, so naturally, her favorite part of the job is assisting her fellow students with their inquiries to ensure that they feel supported at the university. She is also an International Student Leader and, in this role, she works with the International Office to support incoming international students in their transition to university and to life in Canada.

    In her free time, Roxanne enjoys playing tennis, listening to music and watching movies.

Meet our management team

  • Andra Drinkwalter – Director, Student Financial Assistance and Enrolment Services

    Andra graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Arts in Popular Culture, but enjoyed the university environment so much she joined Ontario Tech as an employee when it first opened its doors to students in 2003. Over the years, she has held progressive positions throughout her career at the university and continually strives to build inclusive, supportive and positive teams. Her goal is that these teams will be able to be successful in providing high quality service and support to students.

    Outside work, Andra keeps extremely busy with her husband and two kids, pursuing her master’s degree, playing soccer and reading.

  • Mhairy McLachlan – Manager, Information and Client Services

    Mhairy worked in the entertainment, technology, and telecommunications fields before joining Ontario Tech University. Her passion for helping others is what led her to the institution—first as Manager of Communications in the Office of the Registrar, then as the Manager of Information and Client Services.

    As a long-time mentor and advocate for young adults, at-risk youth, and young professionals, Mhairy strives to impart students with the knowledge, tools, and support to succeed both in school, and in life.

    When she is not working, Mhairy can most often be found working out, making plans to travel the world with family and friends, and researching home renovation ideas.