Meet The Team
Vantage Professional Development Inc.'s instructors are accredited in their field, have significant experience teaching at post-secondary institutions and are effective and enthusiastic communicators. Because of the varied academic qualifications and work experience of Vantage PD’s instructors, they have a unique capability of bridging the gaps between business, law, engineering and management to deliver practical and relevant information.
David House currently instructs several business courses for the Ivey Business School, the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Science. After obtaining a Bachelor of Engineering Science at the University of Western Ontario, he received his professional engineering designation in 1990. David was employed in the automotive industry in numerous roles as an engineer and in management. In 2000, David obtained his MBA. Since then, David has taught several courses at Western University including a compulsory full year business course to fourth year engineering students. He has won several awards for excellence in teaching.
Bob Thompson lectures on Employment and Business Law, Negotiations, Industrial Relations, and Business Case Analysis to college, university and graduate students in Toronto. Bob started his career as an industrial engineering co-op student in the automotive industry. Subsequently, he gained experience in human resources, labour relations and workplace law first at a large Canadian retailer and then at a large Canadian financial institution handling grievances, engaging in collective bargaining and resolving large volumes of workplace disputes. Bob was called to the Ontario Bar in 1995 and received his human resources professional designation in 2000. He is a graduate of Osgoode’s LLM Program in ADR, he obtained his joint LLB/MBA degree at the University of Ottawa, an MBA specializing in environmental issues at Kent University in England, and his Industrial Engineering Degree at Kettering University in Michigan.
B.S. (Ind.Eng.), LL.B., MBA, MBA (Env.), LL.M. (ADR)
BA, BED, MED
Reid Drysdale is Online Coordinator and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Arts and The Chang School, Ryerson University, following an executive career in the Canadian Public and Private Sector. He also serves as Practicum Coordinator and regularly teaches in the groundbreaking Ryerson University-First Nations Technical Institute Partnership Program, where he was awarded Instructor of the Year, in 2012. As well, Reid is affiliated with the Department of English / Ryerson University Writing Centre where he conducts instructional labs and lectures in academic English studies. After obtaining undergraduate degrees from Wilfrid Laurier and Western and a M.Ed. degree from the University of Toronto, he completed a doctoral fellowship and the course requirements for a PhD in Higher Education. He also holds several professional designations and accreditations.
Reid has managed funded, multi-complex projects as Principal Consultant serving federal government departments and provincial ministries, and has co-contributed to books, articles and reports published in government, academic, and professional journals. His current research is on the interplay of democracy, political culture and the institutions of public administration; ethical dilemmas and codes of conduct in public administration; and, issues of racial equity from the perspective of organizational learning and socio-cultural practice theories. Reid is particularly interested in place-based, practitioner-driven inquiry.
Jason Stornelli is an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Oregon State University. He obtained his Ph.D. in marketing at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. He studies how emotions and culture shape consumer judgments and decisions. Jason is a graduate of the HBA program at Western University's Richard Ivey School of Business, and he was a lecturer at Ivey (Introduction to Business Decision-Making) prior to starting his Ph.D. He has also worked in a purchasing role at a major Canadian retailer, in alumni/development for Western, and in the public sector. In his spare time, Jason enjoys traveling, anything to do with cars, and cheering for an elusive playoff appearance from his favorite sports teams – the Blue Jays, Maple Leafs, and Wolverines.