Founder & President
Graham Donald is one of North America’s leading experts on attracting, recruiting, and engaging students and graduates.
He founded Brainstorm Strategy Group Inc. in 2003 to focus on improving students’ school-to-work transition by advising and training both the employers that hire students and the educators who support their career development on campus.
His clients have included KPMG, PwC, University of Toronto, Deloitte, GE, McGill University, HSBC, UBC, Rutgers University, Kraft, and many others.
He chairs several conferences annually including the Campus Recruiting Forums in cities across Canada and the USA; the Canadian Career Development Summit; and, the Strategic Enrolment Marketing & Management Forum. He also speaks regularly at conferences across the US and Canada.
Graham Donald is a firm believer in the value of a general arts education and makes use every day of the skills he developed pursuing a double-major in English and Literary Studies. He received both his BA and MBA from the University of Toronto.
As an entrepreneurial, post-secondary administrator, Christine has more than 23 years of experience in creative program development, external outreach and relationship development, career planning, event management, marketing and communications, and team leadership in higher education.
Her experiences spans the U.S. post-secondary sector ranging from large, comprehensive career centres in public universities to being a one-person career centre in a specialized, private university. Her last post-secondary role in the U.S. before relocating to Canada was Assistant Vice President, Enrolment Management at Keck Graduate Institute (KGI) where her portfolio included Recruitment and Admissions, Student Services and Career Services.
Since moving to Canada in 2010, she has worn many hats at the Faculty based career centre at SFU’s Beedie School of Business. Christine defends her doctorate in education at SFU in July 2018 where her dissertation topic focuses on the services, metrics and resources of Canadian post-secondary career centres. Her other specialties include stakeholder engagement strategy development, motivating teams through change management processes, and a penchant for bringing new ideas to, and implementing within, an organization.
Katrina Eva Kozhuro
Marketing and Events Coordinator
With a background in digital marketing, Katrina brings a customer-focused approach to her work at Brainstorm and ensures that the company’s marketing efforts are successful through effective advertising, promotions, social media management and sales. Katrina also assists in coordinating Brainstorm’s many conferences and training programs.
Katrina graduated from Ryerson University with a Bachelor degree in Political Science and a minor in Marketing. Thanks to Ryerson’s innovative and rapidly emerging digital space, Katrina first developed her appreciation to limitless possibilities brought on by the internet and how they can assist in maintaining and further improving any brand’s online presence.
Katrina's professional background includes managing a thriving start-up's marketing and social media campaigns for over three years. She also worked in large-scale conference sales where she gained invaluable communications skills and a growing interest in events management and organization.
In her spare time Katrina loves to attend yoga classes, listen to music and watch political documentaries.
Lead Research Consultant
Christine Sjolander, EdD (ABD), MS Eng., BBA
Joanne is the resident Brainstorm number cruncher. She joined the team following a career of more than 25 years as a health and social science researcher, program evaluator, and senior-level manager in Canadian government and non-government organizations (NGOs). She is trained and experienced using both qualitative and quantitative research methods and has taught university classes and presented to academic conferences on research methods. Joanne has authored and co-authored more than 30 research publications using administrative and survey data including an impact evaluation of closing 50 small hospitals is one Canadian province.
Joanne has an MA in Medical Anthropology from the University of Saskatchewan. She is a certified Lean Yellow Belt, a huge fan of Crucial Conversations tools and methods, and a trained facilitator and negotiator. She was using SPSS before her computer had a mouse and the program had a GUI window user interface.
Joanne is respected by colleagues for delivering results and for the positive energy she brings to demystifying data collection, analytics, and statistical concepts. Balancing out her work life, Joanne is a Registered Yoga Teacher, mother of two grown sons, and an avid golfer, traveller and cyclist.