Business and Economics

Faculty and Instructor Profiles

Full-Time Faculty


Catherine Denomme (Assistant Professor)
Ms. Denomme holds a BBA (Honours) degree from Algoma U and an MBA from the University of Windsor. She is President of Capavi Inc., a consulting company specializing in the areas of human resources, health and safety, and the environment for almost 20 years. She has developed a focus on developing managed systems, ISO registration, and ISO internal auditing.

David V. Galotta (Assistant Professor)
Mr. Galotta holds a Bachelor’s of Commerce (Honours) degree and an MBA from Queen’s University, and is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). He has worked for the Bank of Nova Scotia Corporate Finance in International Corporate & Investment Banking. He joined the Department of Business and Economics at Algoma U in 1990. His primary areas of instruction include financial accounting, corporate finance, and business strategy.

Henry Hornstein, Ph.D., (Assistant Professor)
Henry teaches in the Human Resources stream, and is particularly interested in the discipline of Organizational Change Management. Nonetheless he is a versatile professor who also teaches Consumer Behaviour and Introduction to Canadian Business. He has more than 30 years of internal and external organizational consulting experience on change management, business process redesign, large systems change, organization design/development, team design/development, leadership, and facilitation of a variety of activities including workshops (curriculum design and delivery), training and meetings. He has worked in many industry sectors including automotive, IT, manufacturing, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and telecommunications for organizations such as Bell Canada, Esso Petroleum, Ford Motor Company, Levi Strauss & Co., Oracle and Roche Diagnostics. He has also consulted in the Government of Canada to such organizations as Health Canada, The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority (CATSA), and the RCMP. Henry has a Doctorate in Psychology from the University of Calgary. He was full-time faculty at Concordia University where he taught undergraduate and graduate students about a variety of topics in OB, OD and HRM. He was also responsible for curriculum design and delivery. He has also been a sessional instructor at Norwich University and University Canada West. He has presented papers at conferences such as the annual meeting of the Academy of Management, the Canadian Psychological Association, and The Fifth Interdisciplinary Conference on Occupational Stress and Health. He has published articles in The American Journal of Mental Deficiency, The Innovation Journal, The Ivey Business Journal, The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, and The OD Practitioner. He can be reached at

R. K. Kadiyala (Professor)
Dr. Kadiyala holds a B.Sc. (Andhra), a M.Sc. (Purdue), and a Ph.D. (Western Ontario). He has been teaching Business and Economics courses at Algoma U for over 25 years, and has published research work in a number of national and international scholarly journals. His research areas of interest include Economic Development, Community Economic and Social Development, Econometrics, Microeconomics, and International Trade.

Hari S. Luitel, Ph.D. (Assistant Professor)
Dr. Luitel holds an M.A. (Tribhuvan University), and a Ph.D. (West Virginia University). Prior to Algoma University, he taught at University of Richmond, Virginia, St. Cloud State University, Minnesota, West Virginia University, Morgantown, and West Virginia Wesleyan College, Buckhanan, and at various private and public schools in Nepal. He specializes in public finance and environmental and natural resource economics. His research interests include fiscal policy, applied tax incidence, international tax system, monetary policy, macroeconomics, and time series econometric analysis. Dr. Luitel is a member of the American Economic Association, Canadian Economic Association and Omicron Delta Epsilon, an international honor society in Economics.

Dr. Gerry J. Mahar (Assistant Professor)
Dr. Mahar holds a BA from the University of Guelph, a BEd from Queens University, a BComm (Honours) from the University of Windsor, a BSc from SUNY–Albany, an MASc from the University of Waterloo, an MEd from the University of Toronto and a PhD from the University of Waterloo. He teaches courses in Managerial Cost Accounting, Consumer Behavior and Services Marketing. Dr. Mahar’s research interests include Management of Technology and Innovation, Applied Operations Research and Industrial Sales Management Practices in the IT industry. He has worked as a Territorial Sales Representative in the IT industry, as a Sales Manager at the District, Regional and National levels, as a Program Marketing Manager – National Accounts in sales and marketing management positions throughout Canada, with short term appointments in the USA.

Pelham Matthews (Assistant Professor)
Mr. Matthews holds a Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) from McGill University, and a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Concordia University. His areas of expertise include marketing, small business and entrepreneurship. He also provides business consulting services and is active on numerous local projects and committee.


Part-Time Instructors


Robert G. Ryckman
Mr. Ryckman holds a Bachelor of Science from Lake Superior State University and a Master of Science from the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. His career spans over 35 years in the fields of occupational health, safety and environment. He was a Registered Occupational Hygienist and a Certified Industrial Hygienist until his retirement in 2005. He is also past President of the Canadian Registration Board of Occupational Hygienists. His last appointment was Director of Safety, Health and Environment for an international engineering and construction firm with responsibilities for operations in Canada, USA, Peru, Argentina and Chile.

Fraser J. Carlyle
Mr. Carlyle is currently employed with Lucidia Studios in Client Business Development. Previously, he was with Northern Credit Union where he received several ‘Achievement in Marketing Excellence’ awards for his work. Mr. Carlyle has also worked with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation, Big House Communications, A&W Food Services, and as a private consultant.

John W. Mitchell
Mr. Mitchell is a Certified Management Accountant (CMA), a Registered Industrial Accountant (RIA) and holds a Bachelor of Mathematics degree majoring in Accounting and Computer Studies. He has twenty-eight years of teaching experience in the areas of both business and information systems.

Anthony S. Rossi
Mr. Rossi is a Chartered Accountant (CA) and a Chartered Business Valuator, with a BA in Economics. Mr. Rossi is a partner in the firm of Stefanizzi, Stefanizzi, and Rossi LLP, and has approximately nineteen years experience in the field of accounting.

Martha A. Brant
Ms. Brant is currently the Manager, Finance Support, in the Financial Planning and Analysis Department at the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. She has also held positions with the Canada Revenue Agency and Grant Thornton Chartered Accountants. Ms Brant has a BBA (Accounting Specialization), and both the CMA and CGA designations.

Larry Little
Mr. Little holds a BA, BComm (Honours), and an MBA, and has 10 years of teaching experience. He has worked with such companies as Sears Canada, Rapids Community Investment, and Home Depot Canada.

Stephen J. Hussey
Mr. Hussey holds a Bachelor’s of Commerce (Honours) from Carleton University and is a Chartered Accountant (CA). He spent 25 years in public accounting working for KPMG in Ottawa, Johannesburg, Montreal and Sault Ste. Marie and most recently as a partner with Grant Thornton in Sault Ste. Marie. He is currently Finance Manager of Ontario Aboriginal Housing Support Services Corporation. He has been an sessional instructor at Algoma University since 1988, with his primary area of instruction being Advanced Accounting.

Jackie Borrelli
Ms. Borrelli received her BBA (Honours) from Algoma U and is also a Chartered Accountant. She currently works at Algoma Steel as a Strategy and Risk Analyst, and is involved with analyzing external competitive data and industry trends, and benchmarking. Ms. Beith has also worked with BDO Dunwoody LLP as a Senior Accountant.

Robert Beggs
Mr. Beggs holds a Bachelor of Science Forestry (BScForestry) and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). He has significant experience in the forest industry and also provides financial planning and consulting services.

C.B. Willson (Adjunct Professor)
Mr. Willson’s academic credentials include a BA (Toronto), an LLB (Western Ontario), and an LLM (London School of Economics and Political Science). He is a partner in a local law firm and a practicing lawyer.

Martin O. Wright
Mr. Wright graduated from Algoma U in 1995 and became a Chartered Accountant in 2001. He is experienced in Public Accounting, including internal and external auditing, risk assessment, and financial statements. He has worked for Grant Thornton LLP and is currently employed the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation as an Audit Specialist.

Jerry V. Stefanizzi
Mr. Stefanizzi received an Honours Bachelor of Commerce in 1989. He is a Chartered Accountant and a partner in the firm of Stefanizzi, Stefanizzi, Rossi LLP. He is versed in Auditing, Personal Taxation, Corporate Taxation, and Estate Planning.

Lil Silvano
Ms. Silvano received her BBA (Specialization Accounting) from Algoma U in 1996, and her Chartered Accountant designation in 1998. She has experience in the planning and execution of audits for various groups including non-profits, private corporations, and municipalities.

Aaron Evans
Mr. Evans is an Algoma U BBA graduate and a Chartered Accountant. He has a strong background in developing and managing internal controls and business processes, and advanced knowledge of Generally Accepted Accounting Practices (GAAP) and financial statement preparation.

Dr. J Field
Dr. Field is an expert in the field of marketing and consumer behaviour, and has published numerous papers on the subject. He has also taught at Lake Superior State University, Mississippi State University, and Nicholls State University. Dr. Field’s research interests are in the areas of counterfeit products, health care product promotion, choice/market share modeling, e-marketing, promotion to children and scale development.

Edward M. Bumbacco
Mr. Bumbacco is employed by Algoma Steel and has managed several different areas within that company. He has expertise in many areas including scheduling and delivery systems, quality assurance, inventory management, and continuous improvement plans.