Ismat Nathani (Director of Education)
Ismat professional background is in Natural health care specializing in Traditional Indian Medicine with over 20 years of experience. She is personally driven towards oneness and peace; she comes from a lineage of Sufis and believes that her guidance comes to her from her beautiful daughter and her lovely students.
Ismat will focus on interfacing the ancient concepts of health/well-being with current health needs, further developing educational programs, materials and teaching tools. Ismat will be working towards accreditation affiliations of Ayurveda and Indian Systems of Healing programs in Canada.
Loreli Buenaventura, M.A.
Inspired to help people connect to their life purpose, Loreli first studied mind-body wellness at the Chopra Center in California and later certified in Kundalini Yoga under internationally recognized Yoga Master, Gurutej Kaur, an original student of Yogi Bhajan. Loreli infuses her yoga and meditation practice with keen insight into stress management for modern-day work/life balance, informed by her experiences working in the public, corporate, government, and non-profit sectors.
Loreli is a seasoned human resources and communications professional who draws from her multidisciplinary background in the arts, community development and the finance industry. She has provided oversight of diversity and leadership development programming both globally and nationally for leading corporations, and currently oversees Canadian Banking diversity and professional development strategies on behalf of RBC. In this role, Loreli is guided by her resolve to help people realize their utmost potential, anchored by RBC’s diversity agenda and strategic initiatives. Prior to her career in Human Resources, Loreli led the launch and expansion of The Mentoring Partnership program for the Toronto Region Immigrant Employment Council to help skilled newcomers integrate into the Canadian workplace. As a former Public Relations consultant, she has managed issues in the media and the public on behalf of a diverse array of clients and community groups, including: Toronto Community Housing Corporation, Canadian Unity Council, Canadian Race Relations Foundation, Six Nations of the Grand River and the Aboriginal Peoples Council of Toronto. In the past, Loreli has also been responsible for communications initiatives in various capacities for the Ontario Premier’s Office and Quebec’s National Assembly. Loreli holds a Master’s degree in Sociology and Equity Studies in Education from OISE/University of Toronto. As a freelance writer, her pieces have appeared in the US and Canada, including Body & Soul magazine, The Globe and Mail and CBC Radio. She was also co-founder and arts editor of the former national literary magazine, Pagitica in Toronto.
Gurjeet Srinivas, has over 20 years of combined experience in Human Resources, Marketing, and Sales. Currently she works in the Global Diversity Group within the Human Resources at RBC. As a center of expertise, leads the development and implementation of Diversity and Employment Equity strategies and initiatives.
Prior to her current role, Gurjeet has held 2 other positions in her 9 years career with RBC including her role as a Campus Recruiter for RBC’s Leadership Development Programs and a recruiter supporting Canadian Banking. Before that Gurjeet has held progressive roles in several industries in marketing and Human Resources in India and USA.
Gurjeet holds a Master in Human Resources Management from The New School University, New York. She also has MBA in Marketing and Bachelor of Science degree in Botany from Delhi, India. She is passionate about diversity and committed to raising the bar on inclusion . She has special interest in holistic healing and has practiced yoga and mediation for many years. Since she was born and raised in India, she has a natural interest and flair in using Indian spices as natural remedies. She is married and has an eighteen year old daughter and two dogs. She is an avid photographer and traveler.