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Our Management Team

Keerith Bhangu

Keerith Bhangu

Project Coordinator

Keerith Bhangu completed her degree in Bachelor of General Science from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2020. Keerith worked in sales and customer service for 5 years before pursuing a career in administrative work, where she has now been working for the last 5 years. Keerith joined Smiles First Corporation in 2021 as an Executive Assistant to the CEO where her passion for ongoing learning and education was evident. Keerith has since taken on the role of Project Coordinator for Smiles First Academy, where her background gives us a unique perspective in how to curate courses and attract speakers that are relevant with today’s trends.

Donya Rashidi

Director of Sales & Marketing

Donya Rashidi completed her degree in Bachelor of Commerce with a Major in Marketing at Saint Mary’s University, in 2008.  Donya has over 10 years of managerial experience with a proven track record as an over achiever.  Donya’s diverse experience has enabled her to implement strategies that deliver results, which have greatly contributed to the growth of Smiles First Academy.  Within Smiles First Academy, Donya drives the marketing initiatives focused on audience growth, client engagement, and monetization strategies. Donya has a keen understanding of which topics are of greatest interest, all while cultivating meaningful relationships with speakers and participants alike.

Mohamed Razakazi

Managing Director of Operations

Mohamed graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelors in Business Commerce and Marketing. Mohamed is an excellent coach and works with the leadership team to develop their leadership and management skills. He is now utilizing his leadership skills to develop Smiles First Academy into the leading educational provider, by providing innovative solutions and inspiring others through his exceptional management skills.

Leslie Carrafiello

VP of Operations

Leslie joined Smiles First from the dental sector, where she led the National Operations Team, overseeing 150+ practice locations and over 300 dentists. Leslie is known for her inspirational leadership and driving results through relationships and team building. She now oversees operations for Smiles First Academy, applying the same leadership skills she has utilized in all her roles, to create an exceptional team. Leslie has expanded the Smiles First Academy catalogue of courses from just dental and healthcare courses, to include management and self-improvement courses, and even creating her own educational material for Academy.

Dr Azim Parekh

CEO

Dr. Azim Parekh attended the University of Toronto and has a bachelor’s in Mathematics and Physical Chemistry. In 1996, he graduated from Western University with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. As a dentist, Dr. Parekh understands the importance of quality continuing education and is inspired to offer his colleagues a variety of clinic learning options. Smiles First Academy’s inception began in 2018 and its goal is to become a leading educational platform.

Looking for a Venue?

Smiles First Academy

91 Granton Drive
Richmond Hill
ON L4B 2N5

Amenities

  • High Speed Internet
  • Smiles First Academy Room (capacity of 30 people including any instructor(s))
  • Twenty-One (21) tables (dimensions: W:5ft/153cm L:2ft/61cm) and 30 chairs
  • Access and use of kitchen to prepare and warm food Cooking is not permitted
  • Access and use of washrooms
  • Access to and use of fridge
  • Use of complimentary parking spots (side building parking available)
  • Two (2) televisions

Rates

Monday - Friday

Saturday - Sunday

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Terms & Conditions

Delays and Overtime

The Event is intended to start and end on time. Should the Event be a Half Day Rental and the start time be delayed, causing the Event end time to be extended One hour or more past the time contracted in this Agreement, Smiles First will charge for a Full-Day Rental.

Payments & Cancellations

All cancellations must be in writing and must be sent to Smiles First via email. All of the Deposits received by Smiles First in accordance with this Agreement are non-refundable, and shall be treated as liquidated damages incurred by Smiles First in account of cancellations, without abatement, set-off, or reduction of any kind.

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Our Advisory Committee

Dr Azim Parekh

CEO

Azim attended the University of Toronto and has a bachelor in Mathematics and Physical Chemistry. In 1996, he graduated Western University with a Doctor of Dental Surgery degree. Azim leads and mentors the Practice Community from a clinical perspective and has a loyal patient following. Azim has a solid understanding of the key components of what makes a business successful and has demonstrated this time and time again through consistent revenue growth and exceptional margins. Through his journey, Azim has learnt that the success of any business is people and relationships, which breeds passion, vision and innovation.

Leslie Carrafiello

VP of Operations

 Leslie joined Smiles First from the dental sector, where she led the National Operations Team, overseeing 150+ practice locations and over 300 dentists. Leslie is known for her inspirational leadership and driving results through relationships and team building. She now oversees operations for Smiles First Academy, applying the same leadership skills she has utilized in all her roles, to create an exceptional team. Leslie has expanded the Smiles First Academy catalogue of courses from just dental and healthcare courses, to include management and self-improvement courses, and even creating her own educational material for Academy.

Mohamed Razakazi

Managing Director of Operations

Mohamed graduated from Carleton University with a Bachelors in Business Commerce and Marketing. Mohamed is an excellent coach and works with the leadership team to develop their leadership and management skills. He is now utilizing his leadership skills to develop Smiles First Academy into the leading educational provider, by providing innovative solutions and inspiring others through his exceptional management skills.

Donya Rashidi

Director of Sales & Marketing

Donya completed her degree in Bachelor of Commerce with a Major in Marketing at Saint Mary’s University, in 2008. She has over 10 years of managerial experience with a proven track record. Her diverse experience has enabled her to implement strategies that deliver results, which have greatly contributed to the growth of Smiles First Academy. At Smiles First Academy, Donya drives the marketing, audience growth, customer engagement, and monetization strategies. Donya has a keen understanding of which topics our consumers are most interested in, all while cultivating meaningful relationships with speakers and participants alike.
Keerith Bhangu

Keerith Bhangu

Project Coordinator

Keerith completed her degree in Bachelor of General Science from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2020. Keerith worked in sales and customer service for 5 years before pursuing a career in administrative work, where she has now been working for 5 years. She joined Smiles First Corporation in 2021 as an Executive Assistant to the CEO and has since become a Project Coordinator for Smiles First Academy. Keerith’s science and administrative background give her a unique understanding on how to curate courses and speakers that are relevant with today’s trends, while effectively handling the administrative tasks required to keep operations running smoothly and efficiently.

Oyinkan Akinyele

Legal Counsel

Oyinkan is a corporate and commercial lawyer who has gained experience as in-house counsel in the public, health and environmental services sectors. She graduated from Osgoode Hall Law School and holds a B.A. (Honours) in Arts, with a major in political science and minor in sociology, from the University of Waterloo. Prior to joining Smiles First, Oyinkan provided legal support to a leading waste management and recycling business during a multi-billion dollar merger. Entrepreneurial and solution-driven, Oyinkan has a track record of building relationships and communicating effectively within a fast-paced environment.

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PRIVACY POLICY

At Smiles First Academy, your privacy is important to us. In our ongoing effort to protect our customers, we have implemented a Privacy Policy built on the ten principles in Canada’s Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act relating to the collection, use, disclosure and protection of personal information.

1. ACCOUNTABILITY

Smiles First Academy is responsible for all personal information under its control.
We have designated a Privacy Officer who is accountable for our compliance with Federal and Provincial privacy laws. Although other staff may be responsible for the day-to-day collection and processing of your personal information, all staff are briefed and receive training on the importance of your privacy and how to handle your personal information.
We are responsible for personal information in our possession or custody, including information that has been transferred to a third-party for processing. We will utilize contractual means to provide a high-level of protection for any personal information processed by third-parties.

2. PURPOSE

We will identify the purpose for which personal information is gathered prior to, or at the time of collection.
We may collect, use or disclose your personal information for the following purposes:

• To communicate with you and to send you information by email, mail, telephone, text message, or other means about our services and career opportunities, including sending marketing communications that we believe may be of interest to you
• To consider your application during our recruitment process
• To make your user experience easier, and more efficient
• To address problems with and improve our services
• To provide consistent, personalized services
• To help identify you when you visit our website, to gather demographic information about users of our website, and to improve our website administration
• To prevent, detect, mitigate and investigate fraud, security breaches and activities that are or potentially may be prohibited or illegal
• To respond to requests from government authorities
• To comply with legal process

You have the choice to not receive marketing information or calls.
Should your personal information be used or disclosed for a purpose not previously identified, we will make reasonable effort to identify the new purpose prior to its use or disclosure. We will also obtain

your consent before your personal information is used or disclosed for any such new purpose. If you are unclear about the purpose for which we collect information, please Contact Us to ask.

3. CONSENT

Your personal information will only be collected, used, or disclosed with your knowledge and express consent, except in emergencies and other occasions permitted or required by law. Once your consent is obtained, we will not seek your consent again unless the use, purpose or disclosure changes.

When your personal information may be used for previously unidentified purposes, your consent may be sought after the information has been collected but not before use.

You may withdraw your consent at any time, subject to legal or contractual restrictions and reasonable notice.

4. LIMITING COLLECTION

We limit the collection of personal information to the amount and type of information necessary for the purposes we identify. All information is collected by fair and lawful means.

5. LIMITING USE, DISCLOSURE, AND RETENTION

Your personal information will not be used or disclosed for purposes other than those for which the information is collected, except with your express consent, or as permitted by law.
Personal information may be processed, used, stored or accessed in other countries and may be subject to the laws of those countries. We will utilize contractual means to provide a high-level of protection for any personal information accessed or processed by third-parties.
We will only retain your personal information for as long as necessary to fulfill the purposes for which it was collected. We limit the use of your personal information, and it is not disclosed for purposes other than those for which the information was collected, except with your consent, or as required by law.
Where your personal information is no longer required to fulfill the identified purposes. It will be destroyed, erased, or made anonymous.

6. ACCURACY

We endeavor to keep all personal information under our control accurate, complete and as up-to-date as necessary for the purposes for which it is being used. If information needs to be updated, we will make every effort to update our records and advise others with access to the information of such changes.
If your personal information changes or you believe that the personal information under our control Is inaccurate, please Contact Us to have the information updated or corrected.

7. SAFEGUARDS

We keep all information safe from loss, theft, unauthorized use, changes, copying or disclosure. When we no longer need your personal information, we take the necessary precautions to destroy the information just as we do while storing it.
Depending on the format in which your personal information is gathered, security measures may include physical precautions such as locking files cabinets, restricting access to cabinets, offices and files, organizational measures such as limiting access on a need-to-know basis, and technological measures such as passwords and encryption.

8. OPENNESS

We are open and honest at all times, providing you with specific information about our policies and practices regarding the management of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, please Contact Us.

9. INDIVIDUAL ACCESS

It is your right to know what personal information of yours we have and who we have given it to. Upon written request and with reasonable notice, we will provide access to personal information we have in our possession, how it has been used and any third-party disclosures. We may require you to provide us with additional information which will assist in providing an account of the existence, use and disclosure of your personal information.

10. CHALLENGING COMPLIANCE

You have the right to challenge our compliance with the Personal Information Protection and Electronic Documents Act. We have enquiry and complaint procedures in place and will take the appropriate action to correct personal information handling policies and practices.

VISITORS TO OUR WEBSITE

By accessing or using our website, you consent to the terms of this Privacy Policy. If you do not consent to the collection, use and disclosure of your personal information in accordance with this Privacy Policy, please do not access our website or provide us with any personal information.
We regularly make changes to our Privacy Policy. Your continued access of our website following the posting of changes to this Privacy Policy means that you accept and agree to be bound by such changes. Please check this page periodically for any revisions.

WHEN WE COLLECT PERSONAL INFORMATION

Automatic Collection

We may automatically receive certain information when you interact with our website. This includes information such as the type of web browser you use, your operating system, your IP address, and the domain name of the website you visited us from.
Depending on your browser settings, we may store information on your computer in the form of a “cookie.” Cookies are small pieces of data stored on your computer that allow us to recognize your computer when you return to our website. We may also use cookies to deliver content or save information (such as your password so you do not have to reenter it when next you visit). You may turn off your cookies using the features contained in your web browser; however, doing so may prevent you from making full use of some or all of the features of our website.
Information you provide to us
We may collect personal information from you, such as your name, email address, telephone number, CV, cover letter, and employment history, when you visit our website to apply for a position. We may also collect personal information when you save your information with us online or contact us with a question or concern.

We do not sell, rent or loan any information.
In an effort to maintain data accuracy, prevent unauthorized access and ensure the appropriate use of information, we have established physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard the information we collect online. Unfortunately, data transmitted over the internet cannot be 100% secure. Since we cannot assure the security of any information transmitted to us, you transfer information to us at your own risk.
If you have any questions or concerns about our Privacy Policy, please contact our affiliate:

Privacy Officer

Smiles First Corporation
91 Granton Dr, Richmond Hill, ON L4B 2N5, Canada


E-mail: privacy@smilesfirstcorp.com

The Privacy Officer will investigate each complaint made to us in writing. If a complaint is found to be justified, the Privacy Officer will take appropriate measures, such as amending any policies and practices, if necessary.
Last Modified: February, 10, 2022.

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