Meet the Careers by Design Team.
We Coach You to Purpose, Passion & Profit!

Careers by Design Founder & Practice Leader, Shirin Khamisa, leads a team of hand-picked expert career counsellors focused on coaching you to your highest performance and potential.  

With equal focus on head and heart, each one of our counsellors undergoes an extensive selection and training process in our unique coaching methodology before becoming a Careers by Design Certified Coach.

Together, our team has decades of experience achieving results in the Canadian marketplace with multiple credentials, awards and accolades.Each member of our team has coached individuals in every industry and stage of career and have been featured in dozens of national media outlets, such as CBC, CTV, Global, The Globe & Mail and The National.

Click through and learn more about each of our highly qualified team members.

Lee Weisser M.Ed. PCC
Senior Career Counsellor & Life Coach

Hi! My name is Lee Weisser and my passion is to help others discover their life's passion. I've experienced many transitions in my own career journey, reinventing myself many times both by choice and by necessity. I have felt both the fear and excitement of trying something new. I can help you to discover the work you are really meant to do.

I've made a number of career changes myself and I haven't always fit the traditional expectations. Because of my life experience, I can offer clients support and encouragement. I help them maintain their hope, take action, and really be themselves through their work choices.

I have spent over 12 years, face-to-face, coaching 100s of individuals just like you and I'm excited to help you Feel Better, Do Better and Get What You Want, Faster!

Pat Parisi M.Ed.
Career Counsellor & Life Coach

Hi! My name is Pat Parisi and my passion is to support people to thrive in their careers and live meaningful lives.  I can help you find deeper satisfaction and happiness in your career and life choices and live your dream.

Like many of our clients, I've transitioned through many careers successfully including more than a decade in HR and also being self-employed for more than 15 years.  I bring a capacity for heartfelt deep listening and a warm sense of humour. 

I have spent over 16 years, face-to-face, coaching 100s of individuals just like you and I'm excited to help you Feel Better, Do Better and Get What You Want, Faster!

Eileen Chadnick B.Ed. PCC 
Career Counsellor, Leadership & Life Coach

Hi I'm Eileen and my support is backed by a solid track record as well as unique perspectives from more than 25 years of my own career experience that has spanned coaching, leadership development, marketing and public relations consulting, fitness and wellbeing, and writing.  

I have significant experience from the financial services sector, education – and more. Known to create safe, positive environments and learning experiences, I have worked with leaders from emerging to experienced as well as people just starting out in their careers.

I bring a multi-disciplined focus to coaching drawing from diverse fields including emotional intelligence, positive psychology, and neuroscience – and the emerging field of Conversational Intelligence® (C-IQ®).  I am also author of the book, Ease: Manage Overwhelm in Times of ‘Crazy Busy’. Since 2007, I have been a contributing columnist with the Globe and Mail / Globe Careers.

I have spent over 14 years, face-to-face, coaching 100s of individuals just like you and I'm excited to help you Feel Better, Do Better and Get What You Want, Faster!

Roya Janemi B.A. M.Sc. 
Client Happiness Manager

Hi I'm Roya and I'm here to make sure that you are well taken care of from the moment you reach out to us at Careers by Design!

I'm an Occupational Therapist by training and I will take time to understand your career challenge and listen to your story with compassion and patience.  

I consider myself a 'world citizen' and have spent much of the last 10 years living, working, volunteering and traveling abroad.  All these experiences have shaped my identity as someone who embraces diversity in everything I do.

I'm thrilled to be a part of the Careers by Design team and look forward to help you discover your true potential!

Nadia Qasmieh M.A. 
Resume & Professional Branding Specialist

Hi! I’m Nadia, a confidence-building, career-boosting, image-polishing copywriter.

I’m passionate about helping people see their true potential and assisting them in presenting themselves genuinely yet artfully, especially in writing.

I’ve revamped 100s of personal documents, and helped people from diverse backgrounds express themselves – backgrounds ranging from the arts, finance, marketing, and education, to sustainable development, engineering, and a variety of medical and scientific fields.

I understand how first impressions are important to you and since a resume, an email, or a statement of purpose may be your method of first contact, I can help you turn your thoughts and ideas into perfectly moulded words.

For over 13 years, I’ve been reviewing documents, interviewing 100s of individuals just like you, and digging deep to find that wow-factor in each. 

I will ultimately focus on building your image by developing content that reflects your personal brand and promise.

Now you know my story. Let me help you write yours.

Shirin Khamisa B.A. B.Ed. 
Founder & Practice Leader

Hi I'm Shirin Khamisa and I founded Careers by Design more than 12 years ago to help people create "More Happy Mondays"!  

Why would I pour all my heart and soul into designing a company like this? Because I truly believe that we are all on a journey of professional and personal development and I honour the value that a kind, caring professional coach brings when things aren't going the way we want them to.  

I found this out myself during my own career struggles and like many of us who help others, I had to feel the pain deep down inside before I was able move on in my life and find rewarding, meaningful work that honoured my talents and strengths.  

It's now our mission at Careers by Design to help anyone who isn't happy with their work to do the same and find their "More Happy Mondays"!