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History

Bay Street Banking Academy was founded in 2009 by senior professionals in the field of Finance and IT with a focus on providing effective, quality, rapid results programs to train individuals for employment in the banking, trust, insurance and retail industries.
The partners have over 50 years of combined experience and have worked with some of the largest institutions in the Canadian market. In transmitting their Real World business experience, instructors employ a combination of teaching from hands-on banking experience backed up with targeted job placement assistance involving partnership with local banks, trust companies, credit unions and retail organizations.

Mission Statement

At Bay Street Banking Academy, we seek to make a strong contribution to the community by offering effective Training and Career Services for the banking and retail industries. The program mentors and guides individuals, who are thus re-energized with disciplined financial knowledge, toward their employment goals.

BSC Team

Beverly Cornthwaite, Program Manager

Beverley has over 20 years of experience in the human resources, program development and implementation, finance and recruitment fields. Beverley brings a wealth of experience in management, program development and implementation, budget development, contract negotiations and operations with CIC, HRDC, Social Services and Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. She has extensive experience working with an increasingly diverse clientele, including youth, EI and Social Service Recipients in the not-for-profit sector. She has strategically managed a dual role providing vision and leadership in developing and implementing business development, budgeting, recruitment and retention of employment services with the Toronto District School Board, YMCA, Bay Street Banking Academy and EnVision Education Foundation.

Forood Malekzadeh, Co-Founder

With over 30 years of experience in management, consulting, investment, talent acquisition and procurement across fields such as banking, IT, retail, telecommunication, manufacturing and international trade, Forood has held executive management positions with AGI, HFC, Ajilon, FMM GmbH, VTRAC Consulting Corporation and Accelon Ventures Corporation and Bay Street College (BSC). He has developed and managed relationships with major national and global organizations in North America, Europe, APAC and the Middle East including Accenture, Autodesk, AGF, BMO, CIBC, CGI, City of Toronto, Deloitte, D+H, FNS, FP, Gov. of Canada, Gov. of Ontario, Hitachi, lnvesco, lNG, Loblaw, Moneris, ResMor Trust (RBC), S&P, Scotiabank, State Street, SunLife, TD Bank, Telus and Toyota. Forood has helped over 2000 individuals with their career transition and mentored 800 entrepreneurs and IT professionals. Forood is a board member of EnVision Education Foundation and one of the founders of IITPS. Forood is one of the co-founders of BSC and is responsible for strategic planning and partnership development.

Maryam Bekhrad, Co-Founder

With over 25 years of experience in the IT, finance and human resources fields, Maryam has held executive management and consulting positions at IBM, KPMG, SoftQuad, Invescope, and VTRAC Consulting Corporation, Accelon Ventures Corporation and Bay Street College. She has worked with clients including CIBC, MacKenzie Financial, RBC Securities, State Street, Scotiabank and the Ministry of Transportation. She has provided services to 30 major organizations in North America. Maryam is a Computer Science graduate from Seneca College in Canada. Maryam is a co-founder of BSC and is responsible for finance and planning.