Meet our Staff & Teachers

Meet our Staff & Teachers

Winnipeg Staff


Gary Gervais – Founder and President B.A., J.D., M.B.A.
Gary is the President of Heartland. He was born and raised in Winnipeg. He lived in Ehime-ken, Japan for three years teaching English on the JET Programme.




Keira Bulloch – Director, Winnipeg B. Comm (Hons)
Keira is the Director of Heartland. She graduated with a double major in International Business and Marketing from the University of Manitoba, where she also obtained her Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education.




Jenni Danino – Marketing Director B.A.
Jenni studied at The University of Winnipeg in Rhetoric and Communications. UWinnipeg is also where she gained six years of experience in International Student Recruitment and Marketing.




Douglas Aguiar – IELTS Manager
Douglas Aguiar moved to Winnipeg from Brazil. He has a degree in Tourism and Hospitality from Brazil, and a post-graduation in International Business from Red River College. 




Moe (Mo-eh) Moriizumi – Administrative Assistant & Japan Marketing 

Moe is originally from Japan and has post graduations in Hospitality Management from Japan and Red River College. Moe is also Heartland’s Japanese Marketing Specialist and she is available to work with partners and future students in Japanese. Any inquiries about Heartland study programs, and for information about how to apply, please email




Yoshiko Watanabe is the accounting clerk at Heartland. She moved to Canada from Japan, and graduated from the Tourism Certificate Program and Accounting Certificate Program (honours) at Red River College.


Winnipeg Teachers


Teacher, Winnipeg – Carol
B.A., Carol is a graduate of the University of Winnipeg majoring in English Literature. She taught English in Chile for nine years. She received her certificate in TESOL from the University of Winnipeg in 2008. She has been teaching at Heartland since 2001.




Teacher, Winnipeg – Jeneen
B.A., Jeneen is a graduate of the University of Manitoba with an advanced major in Linguistics and a major in Spanish. She also obtained her Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (CTESL) from the University of Manitoba. She has been teaching at Heartland since April 2008.




Teacher, Winnipeg – Jon
B.A (Hons), Jon graduated from The University of Winnipeg and is also TESOL certified. He has also taught IELTS classes with Heartland as part of our IELTS Test preparation program.




Teacher, Winnipeg – Jeff
B.A., Jeff recently returned to Winnipeg after spending just over a decade teaching and developing curriculum for ESL students in South Korea.  He has his B.A., English (Film Studies, Theatre) from University of Manitoba.




Teacher, Winnipeg – Ken
B.A., Ken received a B.A., English from the University of Manitoba and CELTA certification from International House in Bangkok. He has experience teaching at universities in China and Canada.





Teacher, Winnipeg – Michelle
B.A., M.A., Michelle has called Winnipeg her home since 2011 and joined the Heartland team in April 2019. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Studies (with a double major in German Studies) and a Master or Arts in Literary and Media Studies from the University of Bamberg.





Mississauga Staff


Michael Dawod – Owner, Mississauga
Michael is the Owner of Heartland Mississauga campus.





Amanda Hall – Director, Mississauga
Amanda became School Director, Mississauga, in August 2019.









Paula Tadros – Business Development Director, Mississauga
Paula is the Business Development Director of Heartland Mississauga school.






Luciana VolpiSales and Marketing Brazil Representative, Mississauga
Luciana has a Business Administration degree from the University of Paulista – 2003 (São Paulo) and Post-graduation in International Business Management from Lambton College – 2019 (Mississauga)




Mississauga Teachers


Teacher, Mississauga – Allan
Allan has earned a certificate in TESL from the Canadian College of Educators, and is certified with TESL Ontario. Allan transitioned to teaching after seeing the difficulties some of his close friends had while learning English.  His focus is on finding new ways to make language learning easier, and he applies the knowledge he obtained from both his friends’ and his own language learning experiences to his teaching.





Teacher, Mississauga – Beata
Bachelor (Honours) degree in English Literature from York University and a TESOL certificate from the Peel District School Board.





Teacher, Mississauga – Suzy

Suzy obtained her bachelor’s degree from the University of Toronto. She has taught English abroad and locally since 2014. She is able to take her experiences outside of Canada and make relevant lessons for language learners. Suzy is an Ontario Certified English Teacher (OCELT).






Teacher, Mississauga – Saranya

Saranya has obtained her Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Waterloo.  She has earned a certificate in TESL from the Canadian College of Educators.  Saranya strives to create a fun, safe and inclusive learning environment for students.