Marika Jeziorek is a PhD student in the Global Governance Program at the Balsillie School of International Affairs (Wilfrid Laurier University). She graduated with an MA in Global Governance from the University of Waterloo and the Balsillie School of International Affairs in 2010. While there, she researched under the supervision of Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Dr. James W. St.G. Walker. Prior to that, in 2009, Marika received a BA in Global Development and French from Huron University College at Western University.
After completing over a year of doctoral studies at the University of Guelph, Marika moved to Northern Ontario in 2012 to work in economic development. While there, she acquired experience at the local and regional level in the government, non-profit, and private sectors. She became a Northern Ontario Young Entrepreneur, and continued helping businesses, organizations, and government officials with their strategic planning and decision-making.
Taking some of her own advice, Marika began creating startups that would allow her the perfect work-life balance. Since 2014, she has run a location-independent international trade business, which has allowed her to travel, work, and live in various countries. With an organizational and business-savy mindset, she has helped businesses grow their brands across continents.
In 2022, Marika joined Lambton College, where she continues to teach courses in Business and Communications. During her time at Lambton, she was also a WIL Supervisor, mentoring and coaching a cohort of Agribusiness Management students, and a Project Lead on a Civic Lab Project with the City of Sarnia. She continues to be invested in the academic and professional growth of her students, and plans on teaching long-term at the postsecondary level.