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Big Data Programming & Architecture

Uncover the Hidden Value of Big Data

Bridging theory and practical experience

Instructors and Advisory Board


Big Data Programming & Architecture is taught by industry professionals who translate theoretical concepts into real-world applications. These individuals are dedicated to their students and transferring their knowledge.


Advisory Members

Stacey Aguinaldo - Lead, Customer Success, IBM Watson Financial Services Solutions
Paul Curtis - Manager Solutions Deliver / Business Intelligence Consultant, The Co-Operators Insurance
Guido Di Cesare - Architecture, Big Data and Integration, Canadian Tire Corporation
Bradley Gibson - Enterprise Account Manager, Cloudera
Chris Giovis - Business Intelligence Consultant, The Co-Operators Insurance 
Jim Green - Vice President, Environics Analytics
Dan Iacono - Director BI & Analytics, RCI Finance, Rogers Communication Inc.
Snehal Patel - Senior Manager, Big Data Analytics, AI, Omnia AI, Deloitte Canada
Sandip Shah - Director / Head of Data & Business Intelligence, WestJet

Faculty Approvers

The Certificate in Big Data Programming and Architecture ​was designed in association with the MacData Institute and the DeGroote School of Business. Faculty members on the Board act as approvers to curriculum and add the latest research-based findings to the program. ​

Dr. Elkafi Hassini, Professor, Operations Management, DeGroote School of Business, Acting Director of MacData Institute

Dr. Susan McCracken, Associate Dean (Academic), Associate Professor, Accounting and Financial Management Services, DeGroote School of Business​


In addition to instructors, the program is fortunate to have industry mentors who aid students through their capstone course in applying project management principles to a major data science and big data project.  ​