Calendar

Career Centre workshops and events (including employer recruitment sessions, educator information sessions, Career Conversations panels, and career fairs) are posted on an ongoing basis as they are scheduled.

Oct
20
Tue
2015
Career Conversations with Children's Studies Grads @ 109 Atkinson Building (Harry Crowe Room)
Oct 20 @ 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

In partnership with the Centre for Student Success, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies and the Department of Humanities, Children's Studies. Sponsored by York University Alumni Relations.

Interested in finding out what you can do with a Children's Studies degree? Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals who are putting their degree to use in a variety of fields?

Connect with professionals currently enjoying careers in a variety of settings and get the inside scoop on what it’s really like to work in these fields. During this panel professionals will share their personal stories about breaking into their field, how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experience helped them succeed in their jobs and what types of opportunities are available in their field. The panel will be moderated by one of the Career Centre’s team members and followed by an open forum where students will have an opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Career Centre's online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

Participating Panelists:

Katelyn Forgione
Elementary Supply Teacher & Author,
York Catholic District School Board

Alumna: BA Children's Studies, 2010

I began pursuing avenues to bring awareness to children’s rights through my studies of understanding the impact of the UNCRC and working with Free the Children. I have recently completed my Master’s degree in Teaching at OISE/UofT. It is my dream that one day the rights of children will be respected, honoured and upheld globally.


Lisa Peppard
Account Manager,
donorworx Inc.

Alumna: BA & BEd Children's Studies/Psychology/Education, 2012

I have always been passionate about social justice, education and change. Throughout my university career I worked part time as a charity ambassador and upon graduation was offered a full time career managing fundraising teams and charity accounts. It is rewarding to know that my daily effort with campaign development and planning, performance management, corporate training and advocacy is making a lasting impact. As a certified teacher, my goal is to eventually teach, however I am currently gaining valuable skills and still providing educational opportunities for children around the globe.


Renee Shah Singh
Teacher,
Peel District School Board

Alumna: BA Children's Studies & BEd Education P/J, 2011

Ever since I can remember I have wanted to teach. Whether is was "teaching" my stuffed animals or trying to play school with my younger sisters, teaching has brought me joy. This is the joy I hope to share with my students on a daily basis. In our classroom I am not the only teacher. We are a community of learners and have an interchange of ideas. At the end of the day if my students develop a passion for the pursuit of knowledge and joy I have done my job well.

Oct
28
Wed
2015
Career Conversations with Grads who Write @ 109 Atkinson Building (Harry Crowe Room)
Oct 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In partnership with the Centre for Student Success, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Sponsored by York University Alumni Relations.

Interested in a career working in writing & publishing? Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals working in these fields?

Connect with professionals currently enjoying careers that involve writing and get the inside scoop on what it’s really like to work as a writer. During this panel professionals will share their personal stories about breaking into the field, how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experience helped them succeed in their jobs and what types of opportunities are available in the field. The panel will be moderated by one of the Career Centre’s team members and followed by an open forum where students will have the opportunity to ask panelists their own questions.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Career Centre's online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

Participating Panelists:

Bill Atkinson
CEO,
Draaken Science Communications
Alumnus: MA Science and Technology Studies, 2015

After 40+ years as a successful science writer, I returned to university to earn an MA in Science and Technology Studies, and am currently in year one of a PhD. And yet. I have some wounds upon me, that smart to hear themselves remember'd, in re the whole experience of writing; and I shall cheerfully recount these to anyone who may listen.


Rosemary Aubert
Mystery Writer
Alumna: MA English, 1977

I took my MA at York by means of a four-year evening course that required me to travel across the entire city on TTC after a full day's work at my job as an editor. At York I had the opportunity to learn a great deal about the most powerful authors in the English language. But I also learned what it means to really want something and to work hard to get it. These two lessons have served me well in my now forty-year career as a writer and writing teacher. I have had eighteen books published, some reaching international audiences. And I have taught writing at the School of Continuing Studies at the U of T as well as in the Summer Arts program of Loyalist College. At York, I learned dedication despite rough odds as well as experiencing the writing of the finest authors in English.


Jason Lapeyre
Filmmaker
Alumnus: MA Film, 2000

I'm a director, screenwriter and producer working in both film and television. My first feature (which I also wrote), a gritty crime thriller called Cold Blooded, won Best Canadian Film at the Fantasia film festival in 2012. My second feature, I Declare War (again, I wrote the script), was an official selection of the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, won the Audience Award for Best Film at Fantastic Fest the same year, and was released theatrically by Drafthouse Films. I'm currently working on my next film, an adaptation of a Philip K. Dick short story to be produced by Edward R. Pressman (Wall Street, American Psycho). I've been hired to write or re-write over a dozen feature-length scripts during my career for various production companies. I've also produced films, including the short film The Captured Bird, which was Executive Produced by Guillermo del Toro, and I've just completed principal photography on my first feature as a producer, The Lockpicker. My films have played in over 75 film festivals around the world and won over a dozen prizes.


Eric Tyndale
Content Specialist,
Foresters Financial
Alumnus: BA Professional Writing, 2009

After spending the first five years of my career as a writer and marketer for a children's toy and video game company, I am now writing and doing content marketing for a financial services company. I was also lucky enough to complete my MBA at Ryerson earlier this year with a specialization in marketing.


Ronnie Vogl
Sr. Technical Writer, Information Security,
Metrolinx
Alumna: BA Psychology, 1982

As a self-employed contractor, I'm very excited to be onboard at Metrolinx, a regional transportation agency. As a member of the Information and Information Technology (I & IT) team, I write system training materials. My work helps ensure that operating staff keep up with technological changes in this growing organization.

Nov
10
Tue
2015
Career Conversations with Computer Science Grads @ 125 Bergeron Centre
Nov 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

In partnership with the Lassonde School of Engineering. Sponsored by York University Alumni Relations.

Interested in a career in Computer Science? Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals working in the field? Connect with professionals currently enjoying careers in Computer Science and get the inside scoop on what it's really like to work in this field. During this panel, professionals will share their personal stories about breaking into the field, how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experience helped them succeed in their jobs and what types of opportunities are available in the field. The panel will be moderated by one of the Career Centre's team members and followed by an open forum where students will have an opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Career Centre's online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

Participating Panelists:

Cuthbert Demello
Project/Program Manager,
KPMG
Alumnus: BSc Computer Science, 2003

I feel so honoured to have been on a journey that has allowed me to travel internationally, interact with people from various backgrounds and continually learn. Despite the ups and downs, it's enriching to have opportunities that allow constant growth and perhaps most importantly, foster relationships. In my Program Management work, I bring and share these experiences by empowering people without ever compromising the most important thing: trust and relationships with everyone.


Tom Douramakos
Managing Director,
Web Objective Inc.
Alumnus: BSc Computer Science, 1981

I am the founder and served as CEO and President of GuestLogix Inc.(GXI.TO) from 2002 to October 2012, Chairman from 2007 to 2012 and Director from 2012 to April 2015.

I am currently a director on Socialabra and MobilXco.

I have held senior IT level positions with Silverline, CIT Global, AT&T, CSG, Manulife and Sunlife.


Eugen Spivak
Managing Partner,
Evantage Global
Alumnus: BSc Computer Science & MBA, 2009

My background is in technology, management and in consulting. I have led many exciting international projects with fairly large teams with hundreds of staff in various industries - healthcare, transportation, banking, insurance, energy, telecommunications. Earlier in my career I held almost every role within IT. It will be my pleasure to share technology and business insights with you.


Jan
13
Wed
2016
Career Conversations with Grads working in Economics and Finance @ 109 Atkinson (Harry Crowe Room)
Jan 13 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In partnership with the Centre for Student Success, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Sponsored by York University Community and Alumni Relations.

What’s it really like to work in economics or finance?  Want to learn more about the types of careers in this field from York alumni and other professionals working in a variety of roles?

Connect with professionals currently enjoying careers in banking, investments, market analysis and more, and get the inside scoop on what it's really like to work in this field. During this panel, professionals will share their personal career stories about breaking into the field, how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experience helped them succeed in their jobs and what types of opportunities are available in the field. The panel will be moderated by one of the Career Centre's team members and followed by an open forum where students will have an opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Career Centre’s online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

Participating Panelists:

David Jeffries
Senior Economist, Gluskin Sheff + Associates Inc.
Alumnus: MA Economics, 2008

After obtaining my MA from York, I worked for the Ontario Ministry of Finance for a year before landing in the Economics department at a large Canadian financial institution where I tried to help make sense of what was going on in a global economy in crisis. I currently work for a wealth management firm supporting the top-down perspective of the firm's investment process.


Orlando Lopez
Financial Planner, TD Wealth
Alumnus: BAS Finance, 2008

I went from being an international student sweeping the floors at Tim Hortons in 2004, to a Financial Planner featured on BNN TV and Part Time Professor of Finance at York University. Hard work does pay off and I am proof you should dream and keep your eyes on the prize.


Ali Maksoud
Senior Manager, Scotiabank
Alumnus: BA Business Economics, 2008

At the International Banking Finance comptrollers, every day is different and conveys new challenges. In my role I develop financial reports and work on forecasts and plans. The span of operations and diversity of FX always provides opportunities for creativity.

My first degree was BSc in Electrical Engineering. With that in my hand, I worked for after-sales operations of various automobile manufacturing companies overseas and in Canada. Being very technical, I felt I needed to change to adapt, thus I pursued a BA in Business Economics at York, Certified Internal Auditor Designation, C.I.A. and later MA in International Economics and Finance. Currently, I am pursuing the Canadian CPA designation. Economics is a great degree especially if you combine it with financial modeling or a math degree. What I've learned: Continuous improvement, always invest in myself and take more complex tasks.


Garry Sran
PhD Candidate Economics, York University
Alumnus: MA Economics, 2009

After graduating with my first degree from the University of Manitoba in 2005, my first job was President of the University of Manitoba Student Union. Having missed the life of studying, cramming, and eating fast food, I decided to pursue a Master's degree at York University 2008. After graduating York, I worked with CAW (now Unifor), the country's largest labour union as an Economic Analyst. I am now back at York studying, cramming, eating fast food while working on a PhD in Economics.


Fredrick Zhou
Co-Founder/CEO, Nvest
Alumnus: MA Economics, 2012

I graduated with a finance/economics background and never thought I'd devote my career to entrepreneurship. After I experienced countless frustrations with online stock recommendations, my friends and I founded Nvest, an innovative financial technology company with the aim of returning meritocracy to the stock market. Whenever I'm not working, I lock myself in my dark room, secretly building a forecasting strategy based on Professor John Smithin's Alternative Monetary Model.

Jan
20
Wed
2016
Career Conversations: Careers for Sociology Grads @ 109 Atkinson (Harry Crowe Room)
Jan 20 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In partnership with the Sociology Undergraduate Student Association and the Centre for Student Success, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Sponsored by York University Community and Alumni Relations.

Wondering where your sociology degree can take you?  Want to meet sociology grads who are working in diverse roles across different fields?

Connect with professionals currently working in a variety of professions and find out how their sociology backgrounds helped them to get there. During this panel, professionals will share their personal career stories about breaking into their field, how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experience helped them succeed in their jobs and what types of opportunities are available. The panel will be moderated by one of the Career Centre's team members and followed by an open forum where students will have an opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Career Centre’s online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

Participating Panelists:

Roderick Brereton
Owner, Urban Rez Solutions
Alumnus: BA Sociology, 1993

I am the founder and owner of the anger/change management consultancy Urban Rez Solutions. I have worked since 2000 directing capacity building initiatives. My expertise is supporting communities which have experienced inter-generational socio-economic exclusion and disenfranchisement. I have extensive experience developing systems addressing the unique challenges of racialized and first nations community. I emphasize developing and embellishing effective pro-social behavioural change strategies and exercising well thought choices.


Mary El'Bably
Financial Advisor, TD Canada Trust
Alumna: MA Sociology, 2014 & BA Sociology, 2012

My education has equipped me with a skill set that allows me to combine and apply methodological knowledge and theoretical understanding with real world applications. Blending my studies and work experience, I have the opportunity to work alongside individuals from all walks of life, and provide financial solutions that financial objectives and personal goals.


Margaret Hennebury
Director, Business Development, Freedom 55 Financial, a division of London Life
Alumna: BA Sociology, 1992

Graduating from university armed with a Sociology Degree, I remember thinking "now what". I wanted a place that I could make a difference; where I could use my studies to understand humankind and how they make decisions and work together. My 23-year career in the financial services industry has allowed me to accomplish those goals and so much more.


Malcolm Janes
Project Management Professional, Mjanes Projects Canada Inc.
Alumnus: BA Philosophy & Sociology, 1994

As I write this, I am struck by the realization I graduated 22 years ago. I distinctly remember wondering "now what?" I considered graduate studies, briefly attended law school and ultimately decided to join the workforce. My first serious job out of school was with IBM where I held a number of progressive positions and developed a specialization in project management. I set out as an independent contractor in IT in 2009.

I have always enjoyed learning and having multiple things on the go simultaneously. In addition to my work as an IT consultant, I also own and manage a number of rental properties in Toronto, have obtained my real estate sales licence and actively study and invest in the markets.


Dolores Montavez Ruz
Manager, Employment & Training, YWCA Toronto
Alumna: BA Sociology, 1997

I had a career when I returned to school so I chose to study what I loved, which was understanding societies, their principles and motivations, why they fought or collaborated, the events that brought them to where they were and what brought the best of them forward, both as individuals or collectives. Of course, although I was a mature student, I still wanted to change the world. This many years later, well, I can't claim to have changed the world, but I can certainly claim to have brought about positive change in the lives of quite a few. Every day is a little adventure when you choose to be in the service to others, and I would not choose to do anything else.


Hillary McMurren Pickles
Fulltime Residential Worker, Salvation Army
Alumna: BA Sociology in Social Justice Studies, 2009

If you had asked me when I graduated from high school that I would ever travel to Peru in university, I would have thought that would be impossible. If you had asked me if I was going to be working in different shelters in the city of Toronto, I would have also thought that was crazy, but here I am. I try to encourage and help people move from the streets to becoming a part of their communities from having their own housing and succeeding in putting their lives back together. This is what I love - watching each person discover that they can obtain independence themselves when they have the resources at their fingertips. The Salvation Army Evangeline Residence is a part of the Salvation Army Toronto Housing and Homeless Supports and provides assistance to women who find themselves in emergency situations. Evangeline provides services including counselling, nursing, art group, immigration support, and referrals to other social service agencies.

Jan
27
Wed
2016
Career Conversations: Careers in Entrepreneurship, Self Employment and Start-ups @ 109 Atkinson (Harry Crowe Room)
Jan 27 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In partnership with the Centre for Student Success, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Sponsored by York University Community and Alumni Relations.

Always wanted to start your own business or work for yourself? Curious about what a career at a start-up might look like? Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals working as entrepreneurs or in brand new companies?

Connect with professionals currently enjoying careers in entrepreneurship & start-ups and get the inside scoop on what this kind of work is really like. During this panel professionals will share their personal stories about starting out in their careers, how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experience helped them succeed in their work and what types of opportunities are available to those following similar paths. The panel will be moderated by one of the Career Centre's team members and followed by an open forum where students will have an opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Career Centre’s online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

Participating Panelists:

Tamara Gordon
Tamara Gordon Foundation
Alumna: BAS (Spec. Hons.), 2009

I am a Motivational Speaker, I work at a TD Canada Trust bank and I am the Founder and Vice President of the Tamara Gordon Foundation. I was severely injured in a skiing accident that left me paralyzed, confined to a wheel chair and without the use of my left dominant hand due to a brachial plexus injury. I have received many accolades including the Diamond Jubilee Medal Award from His Royal Highness Prince Charles of Wales and The Planet Africa Nelson Mandela Humanitarian Award. I was also recently welcomed as a member of Prince’s Charities Canada Advisory Council.


Dilshan Kathriarachchi
Chief Technology Officer, EQ Works
Alumnus: BSc Computer Science, 2012

I am the Chief Technology Officer of EQ Works, a leading TSX listed AdTech company in North America and Canada. Previously, I was a founder, CTO and President at Addictive Mobility, which was amongst Canada’s pioneers in Mobile Advertising. I was also awarded Canada’s 30 under 30 listing in 2013 by Marketing Magazine. I started my first company at the age of 15 in Sri Lanka, launching the country’s first e-commerce store and inaugurating the payment infrastructure to go with it. I am an investor and mentor to startups, an avid follower of new technology and passionate about entrepreneurship.


Andrew Oh
President, Mint Ultimate
Alumnus: BA Psychology, 2015

As an entrepreneur, I find true freedom in life by doing what I want to do. At 22 years of age, not many people can say they've build a global brand and sold in over 20 countries, had articles written about oneself, and more importantly, happy doing this rather than the alternatives out there. Mint Ultimate, an ultimate frisbee accessories company, is my brand, and I work each day with the hopes of building a better Nike by changing the way we dress.


Victoria Shearham
Alumna: BA History/English, BEd Education, 2014

I love being creative and having an outlet through which I can channel my creative musings. Whether it is writing or drawing, I love to create something and build it from the ground up. I’ve always been working on my own businesses. Currently, as I complete my Masters in Education, I both self-publish children’s books and make/sell dog bandanas and bow ties. I believe it’s important to follow your passions.


Fredrick Zhou
Co-Founder/CEO, Nvest
Alumnus: MA Economics, 2012

I graduated with a finance/economics background and never thought I'd devote my career to entrepreneurship. After I experienced countless frustrations with online stock recommendations, my friends and I founded Nvest, an innovative financial technology company with the aim of returning meritocracy to the stock market. Whenever I'm not working, I lock myself in my dark room, secretly building a forecasting strategy based on Professor John Smithin's Alternative Monetary Model.

Jan
28
Thu
2016
Career Conversations: ‘Green’ Careers @ 140 HNES Building
Jan 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In partnership with the Faculty of Environmental Studies. Sponsored by York University Community and Alumni Relations.

Are you concerned about the environment and interested in a "green" career? Want to meet York alumni and other professionals working in jobs where environmental stewardship, sustainability and justice are important?

Connect with professionals currently enjoying environmental careers and get the inside scoop on what it's really like to work in this field. During this panel professionals will share their personal stories about breaking into the field, how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experience helped them succeed in their jobs and what types of opportunities are available in the field. The panel will be moderated by one of the Career Centre's team members and followed by an open forum where students will have an opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Career Centre’s online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

Participating Panelists:

Anne Bell
Director of Conservation and Education,
Ontario Nature
Alumna: MES & PhD Environmental Studies, 1993 and 2000

I am the director of conservation and education at Ontario Nature, a charitable conservation organization that protects wild species and wild spaces through conservation, education and public engagement. I am privileged to work with youth, farmers, naturalists, community organizers and other individuals passionate about and dedicated to preserving and connecting with the natural world.


Sheila Colla
Assistant Professor,
York University
Alumna: PhD Biology, 2012

Hons BSc degree in Zoology from University of Toronto.
Postdoctoral Fellowship with Wildlife Preservation Canada and a Liber Ero Fellowship.


Kate Hayes
Manager, Aquatic (and Wetland) Ecosystem Restoration,
Credit Valley Conservation
Alumna: MES Integrated Watershed Management, 1993

Kate's previous work experience as a consultant focused on private/public sector partnerships to advance species at risk recovery efforts, and she continues to have a strong interest in engaging the private sector in restoration projects. She has also worked with the Canadian Wildlife Service on species at risk recovery efforts, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, and in the United States as a consultant. In her spare time, Kate is subjected to the ridicule of two teen aged boys, disdainful cats, and enjoys hiking and travelling from East Africa to the Galapagos to Nepal to Churchill, Manitoba.


Alexandra McDonough
Planner,
Canadian Urban Institute
Alumna: MES Planning, 2009

With a background in urban planning and cultural studies, Alex’s interests and expertise are rooted in cultural planning, public engagement, community planning and local economic development. At the Canadian Urban Institute, Alex has focused on work which connects decision-makers to the communities they serve. She has worked on over 30 urban, cultural and community planning projects with clients across Canada and internationally.


Susanne Poltrok
Director, Environmental Affairs,
Morguard Investments Limited
Alumna: BES Environmental Policy and Practices, 1994

Extensive experience in real estate transactions (acquisitions, dispositions and financing), environmental insurance and claims management, development, commercial contracts, leasing, project tendering and management, remediation, hazardous materials, policy development and training. Strengths in negotiation, environmental legal matters, due diligence and transaction solutions.


Brady Romanson
Project Manager,
DPRA Canada Inc.
Alumnus: MES Planning, Renewable Energy, 2011

I am currently a Research Analyst with DPRA Canada, joining the company in 2011. I hold a Master’s Degree from York University in Environmental Studies, with an accredited graduate certificate in Planning, as well as an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Geography from Carleton University. I am also a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners (MCIP) and a Registered Professional Planner (RPP). During my tenure at DPRA I has been involved as a key researcher for a number of environmental and community based socio-economic impact assessment, environmental assessment, Aboriginal engagement and community consultation, and strategic planning projects.


Feb
2
Tue
2016
Career Conversations: Discovering Careers at Gaming Start-ups @ 125 Bergeron Centre for Engineering Excellence
Feb 2 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

In partnership with the Lassonde School of Engineering. Sponsored by York University Community and Alumni Relations.

Do you love video games and want to make a career out of them?  Curious about what a career at a gaming start-up might look like?  Want to meet and network with professionals in this field?

Connect with employers currently enjoying careers in the gaming industry, and get the inside scoop on what this kind of work is really like.  During this panel, professionals will share information about their companies, their roles, and the types of positions that they typically hire for. They’ll share insights on what knowledge, skills and experience can be valuable to those entering this field, and the types of opportunities available to those following similar paths.  The panel will be moderated by one of the Career Centre’s team members and followed by an open forum and interactive showcase where students will have the opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Career Centre’s online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

Participating Panelists:

Mary Sorrenti
VP, Operations & Finance, Game Pill
Alumnus: BBA Accounting, 2004

Growing up, I loved art, but was obsessed with math. Embarking on a BBA at Schulich, I naturally thought I would earn my CPA designation, and go on to be a partner at a firm. A creative path was never on the horizon. Fast forward a decade, I oversee finances and am involved in creating games. It is fun, rewarding, and allows me to marry logic with creativity!


Daniel Vivona
Executive Producer, Head of Mobile Gaming,
Pong Game Studios
Alumnus: BA Information Technology, 2004

I've always wanted to be in gaming. When I started in Information Technology my goal was to eventually become someone who creates games. It took 10 years and I finally achieved my goal. Pong studios gave me the chance. I moved through the software industry in various roles, became a project manager, earned my PMP, learned Agile development, and now I'm Producing games. My career path certainly didn't start in gaming but now there are days I have to remind myself that I'm actually working!


Mark Wang
Co-Founder,
Game Hive Corp.

I co-founded Game Hive seven years ago with two partners. Mobile gaming wasn't really a thing back then. Through hard work and perseverance, our games have accumulated over 120 million installs with over 1 million daily active players. All six of Game Hive’s franchises had reached top 5 game in the App store. In my spare time, I enjoy rock climbing, watching sports, and market research – play more games!


Feb
9
Tue
2016
Career Conversations: Careers in Math & Stats @ 519 Kaneff Tower
Feb 9 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Hosted by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. Sponsored by York University Community and Alumni Relations.

Interested in a career in Math and Stats? Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals working in the field?

Connect with professionals currently enjoying careers in Mathematics and Statistics and get the inside scoop on what it's really like to work in these fields. During this panel, professionals will share their personal stories about breaking into their fields, how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experience helped them succeed in their jobs and what types of opportunities are available in the field. The panel will be followed by an open forum where students will have an opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.

This event will be preceded by a Math & Stats advising session:

  • 4-5pm: Joint advising session on programs within Math & Stats
  • 5-6pm: Pizza and Q&A
  • 6-7pm: Career Conversations Panel

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Career Centre's online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

Participating Panelists

Chris Wu
Math Teacher and Math Circles Instructor, Fields Institute

Chris Wu enjoyed studying mathematics as a math major at York University. During his time there, he represented York in the Mathematical Contest in Modeling, where his team received a problem designation of honourable mention. Upon graduation, and completion of teachers college, Chris has been teaching with the Toronto District School Board since.  Chris has been highly active in mathematics as a Math Circles instructor at the Fields Institute, the Regional Director of the Canadian Math Society's Invitational Math Camp held at York University, where he recruits the top high school math students in Canada from Central Ontario based on their performance on various national math competitions, and provides math enrichment to talented students.  In addition, Chris is also a member of the CEMC University of Waterloo's Competitions Committee where he writes and creates questions for the annual Gauss Contest.  Chris loves to share his passion for mathematics and problem solving with others.


James O'Sullivan
Group Head, Canadian Banking, Scotiabank

James O’Sullivan is Group Head, Canadian Banking. He was appointed to this position in June 2015. In this role, he is responsible for all retail, small business, commercial banking, wealth management and insurance operations in Canada, as well as the Bank’s administrative function of shared services. James has been with Scotiabank since 1990, and has held senior leadership roles in Investment Banking, Mergers & Acquisitions, Finance and Asset Management. Most recently, he served as Executive Vice President, Global Wealth Management. James holds a Specialized Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in Mathematics from York University, a Juris Doctor degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Schulich School of Business, York University. He is a past Chair of the Board of Directors at Humber River Hospital.


Dr. Arthur Ryman
Chief Data Officer (retired), IBM Rational Software

Dr. Ryman's most recent role at IBM was as Chief Data Officer. In this role he was responsible to establish end-to-end architectures, standards, and best practices for how data is described, accessed, transformed, stored, queried, and presented across all Rational and related third-party development tools. He represented Rational in W3C, OASIS, and OSLC to define and establish open standards related to data. Arthur is retired from IBM but continues to be very active in the field. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Ryerson University.


Eitan Gazit
Actuarial Analyst, Mercer

Eitan has been working in the retirement practice at Mercer as an actuarial analyst for three years. He is an Associate of the Society of Actuaries and an Associate of the Canadian Institute of Actuaries, and will attempt to qualify for fellowship with both associations this year. He graduated with an applied mathematics degree in 2011.

Feb
23
Tue
2016
Career Conversations: Alternative Career Options in Health Care @ 101 Stong College (Master's Dining Room)
Feb 23 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

In partnership with the Stong and Calumet College Offices of the Master as part of the Create Your Future Program. Sponsored by York University Community and Alumni Relations.

Interested in learning about more career options in health? Want to meet professionals and alumni enjoying careers in a variety of roles in the health sector?

Connect with York grads and other professionals and get the inside scoop on what their jobs are really like. During this panel, professionals will share their personal career stories about breaking into the field, how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experience helped them succeed in their jobs and what types of opportunities are available in the field. The panel will be moderated by one of the Career Centre's team members and followed by an open forum where students will have an opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Career Centre’s online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

Participating Panelists:

Alexander Arthur
Owner/Director of Programming, Toronto Athletic Camps Inc. (TAC Sports)
Alumnus: BA Kinesiology & Environmental Studies, 2012

I had always been interested in a variety of subjects, from health to education to training, from nutrition to sports psychology to injury prevention. I knew I wanted to be in charge of my own destiny and I had an independent frame of mind. After graduating I took on many different jobs, coaching being one of them. I was approached shortly after to start my own business, TAC Sports. I took the chance and am enjoying the multitude of skills and learning opportunities afforded to an entrepreneur. Evaluate, explore, follow your interests and strengths!


Francisco Baraquio
Clinical Research Director, Humber River Hospital
Alumnus: BSc Biology & Psychology, 2001

I always wanted to know what my options were before going to med-school. At that time, I thought that perhaps I would couple Science with an MBA. Preparing for this planned route, I came across the world of clinical research, which has many branches that one can dive into, and then learn, grow, and be passionate, while maintaining interest and drive from the possibility of infinite progress. I am grateful, as clinical research presents me with the opportunity to improve and advance health care and medicine.


Nicole Daniels
Naturopathic Doctor, College of Naturopaths of Ontario (CONO)
Alumna: MSc Biology, 2009

For as long as I can remember I've always wanted to have a career in Medicine (ie. a Doctor). At the time I had no idea what a Naturopathic Doctor was, and now I can't see myself doing anything else. As a Naturopath I treat people, not symptoms, which is the true meaning of medicine. Part of my job is to educate people on their own health. When they have that "aha" moment and start to see the connections between their mental, emotional and physical health, that's when the true healing begins. I am so fortunate and grateful to be doing what I love - supporting people in their own healing naturally.


Melissa Lujan
Board of Directors, College of Pedorthics of Canada

My path into Pedorthics was not a straightforward one, but I wouldn't change anything about it! My education in Athletic Therapy, Pedorthics, and my MSc in Kinesiology brought me to where I am today. My perspective on Pedorthics is a unique one in that I discovered I prefer to work behind the scenes on the Board of Directors, instead of working directly with patients.


Lynn Yawney
Medical Laboratory Technologist

When I was in high school, I wondered what profession I could pursue in health care that wasn't "a Doctor or a Nurse". The answer came in Medical Laboratory Technology. I worked in a Pathology Laboratory, taught for 21 years, then moved onto a position in the regulatory environment, then proficiency testing. All of these positions were in the laboratory field. A wonderful career indeed!

Feb
25
Thu
2016
Career Conversations: Leveraging your STEM PhD Outside of Academia (for York PhD students and postdocs only) @ 519 Kaneff Tower
Feb 25 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In partnership with the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Sponsored by York University Community and Alumni Relations.

Are you interested in a career outside of the academy? Do you want to learn more about how to navigate the world of post-academic careers as a PhD? During this session, connect with professionals in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professions and learn more about hiring practices, employer expectations and how to leverage higher education while exploring available career opportunities.

During this panel, professionals will share examples of the range of opportunities available within their fields, the particularities of applying as a PhD and talk about how to translate the skills developed in academia to non-academic careers. The panel will be followed by an open forum where PhD students will have the opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Career Centre’s online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

Participating Panelists:

Janna Anichina
Application Scientist, SCIEX
Alumna: PhD Chemistry, 2009

Scientific research was always my dream. I graduated with a BSc in Chemistry from Moldova State University in 1993, completed my first PhD in 1996 and spent the following 7 years in academic research at Moldova State University. After my family immigrated to Canada in 2003, I joined the Centre for Research in Mass Spectrometry (CRMS) at York University for a PhD program in Chemistry. After completing my PhD and two post-doctoral positions I joined SCIEX as an Application Chemist. Having no previous industrial experience, I have discovered this amazing world of industrial research and development, learnt what it is to be a part of an industry-leading team and contribute to the development of products enabling scientists and laboratory analysts to find answers to the complex analytical challenges they face.


Bob Cheung
Dr. (Retired Senior Scientist), Defence Research
Alumnus: BSc & PhD Vestibular Physiology and Psychophysics, 1990

Recently retired as Senior Scientist from Defence Research, my interest lies in translating basic human scientific research findings in physiology/psychophysics to applied, operational environments.


Jillian Hatnean
Business Development Specialist, Mitacs Inc.
BSc Honours Biochemistry with Thesis (University of Windsor, 2006)
PhD Chemistry (University of Windsor, 2011)
PDF Chemistry (University of Toronto, 2011-2013)

I always thought I'd be the mad scientist making ground-breaking discoveries at the bench. Eventually I fell out of love with the dream, but didn't want to leave research entirely. Today, I’m like a professional matchmaker - helping bridge the gap between academia and industry. At Mitacs, I help fund collaborative research projects that provide our interns with real-world experience in a non-academic setting - work I find incredibly rewarding!


Terry Sachlos
Associate Director, BEST Program - Lassonde School of Engineering

Degree: PhD, Oxford University, 2004
Postdoc: MIT, Harvard and McMaster

A serial entrepreneur having co-founded several start-up companies, Terry’s current endeavour is as the CSO of Bikanta Corp – a company developing fluorescent nanodiamonds as next-generation medical imaging probes. Terry completed his doctorate in bone tissue engineering at the University of Oxford. His research resulted in the development of a novel 3D ink-jet printing technology for bone tissue engineering at which point he co-founded Tissue Engineering Oxford (TEOX) Ltd, a university spin-out company to commercialize novel customisable bone grafts for maxillofacial restoration. During his postdoctoral tenure, he specialized in stem cells with Prof Bob Langer at MIT, Prof Debra Auguste at Harvard University and more recently with Prof Mick Bhatia at McMaster University. Working with Prof Bhatia and as part of a $26M stem cell screening initiative, Terry spearheaded the development of a novel stem cell screening platform which culminated in a 2012 first-authored pub! lication in the top-tier journal, Cell. This paper identified thioridazine, a drug used for decades to treat schizophrenia, as an agent able to selectively target cancer stem cells present in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients. These promising findings have led to the initiation of a clinical trial to repurpose thioridazine for relapsed AML patients. To date, Terry has first-authored or co-authored 14 peer-reviewed articles and filed 8 patents applications, all in the area of regenerative medicine. He is an Editorial Board Member of the Regenerative Medicine journal. Terry recently returned to Toronto from a visiting scholar post at the UC Berkeley Stem Cell Center to help develop the Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology program at the Lassonde School of Engineering, York University.


Elissa Strome
Executive Director, SOSCIP (University of Toronto)

Elissa was appointed Executive Director of SOSCIP in June 2015. Elissa completed her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of British Columbia in 2006. Following a post-doc at Lund University, in Sweden, she decided to pursue a career in research administration. Her first role was at York University, where she was the Faculty of Science and Engineering's primary research administrator from 2007-8. In November 2008, she joined the University of Toronto's Office of the Vice-President, Research and Innovation and was Director of Strategic Initiatives from January 2011 to June 2015. In that role, she led a small team dedicated to advancing the University's strategic research priorities, including international institutional research partnerships, the institutional strategy for prestigious national and international research awards, and other strategic initiatives, including establishing the SOSCIP research consortium in 2012.


Scott Tanner
Adjunct Professor, York University
Former CTO of Fluidigm Canada; Founder and CEO of DVS Sciences
Alumnus: BSc Science, 1976 & PhD Chemistry, 1980

Scott D. Tanner retired in 2015 from his last position as Chief Technology Officer of Fluidigm Corp (South San Francisco CA and Markham ON). He was the founding President and CEO of DVS Sciences and saw the company through the development and commercial launch of its first products, securing of Series A financing, and the subsequent establishment of its facilities both in Markham Ontario (R&D and instrument production) and it’s headquarters (commercial and reagents production) in Sunnyvale California. Dr. Tanner assumed the CTO position following the merger of DVS Sciences with Fluidigm in 2014.

The products that DVS Sciences has brought to the global market were originally developed at the University of Toronto where Dr. Tanner was a Professor in the Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering and then in Chemistry. Dr. Tanner received the 2011 University of Toronto Inventor of the Year Award for Biomedical and Life Sciences, the 2011 ThermoFisher Scientific Spectroscopy Award, the 2003 W.A.E. McBryde medal from the Canadian Chemical Society, and the 2001 Manning Innovation Foundation Award of Distinction. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (UK) and of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering.


Jan
17
Tue
2017
Career Conversations: Strategies for Getting Hired in the Finance Sector @ 014 McLaughlin College
Jan 17 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Connect with representatives from the top finance firms! Meet professionals who do the hiring, gain insight into the field and get strategies and tips on:

  • Where to look for and secure a position within the industry;
  • How to make connections within the field;
  • What is involved in the application process, e.g. specific hiring dates, materials required;
  • How to write an effective resumé and cover letter targeted to their organization;
  • What to expect during the interview; and
  • How to succeed on the job.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Career Centre's online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

Participating Panelists

Nadia Ahmad
Senior Finance Manager
IBM

IBM is a globally integrated technology and consulting company headquartered in Armonk, New York. With operations in more than 170 countries, IBM attracts and retains some of the world's most talented people to help solve problems and provide an edge for businesses, governments and non-profits.


Rebecca Batres
Manager, Regulatory Process Improvement, Licensing and Market Conduct Division
Financial Services Commission of Ontario


Carmen Spencer
Manager, Talent Development
Canada Bread Company, Limited

Not everyone is familiar with the Canada Bread name; however, if you live in Canada, you have almost certainly enjoyed at least one of our many products at breakfast, lunch, dinner or as a snack ... Our work is baked into life. Every meal. Every day.

Each day our associates rise to bake the freshest, highest-quality baked goods, serve our consumers and learn from one another. Our mission is to have delicious and nutritious baked goods and snacks in the hands of all Canadians!

We are a strong and sound company. Headquartered in Toronto, Ontario, we have been in business for more than 100 years. In May 2014, the company was purchased by Grupo Bimbo, the world's largest baking company with operations in 22 countries. In 2015, Canada Bread completed the purchase of Vachon Bakery. We strive to be a highly productive and deeply humane company. Our 4,125 associates and our 1,125+ independent operators nationwide work every day to achieve our vision of transforming the baking industry to better serve more consumers in Canada and throughout the world.

Jan
24
Tue
2017
Career Conversations: Strategies for Getting Hired in the Technology Sector @ 1014 Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Building (Formerly TEL)
Jan 24 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Meet professionals who do the hiring, gain insight into the field and get strategies and tips on:

  • Where to look for and secure a position within the industry;
  • How to make connections within the field;
  • What is involved in the application process, e.g. specific hiring dates, materials required;
  • How to write an effective resumé and cover letter targeted to their organization;
  • What to expect during the interview; and
  • How to succeed on the job.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Career Centre's online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

Participating Panelists

Corrine Bell
Campus Recruitment, Technology Solutions
TD

Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, with more than 80,000 employees in offices around the world, The Toronto-Dominion Bank and its subsidiaries are collectively known as TD Bank Group (TD). TD offers a full range of financial products and services 25 million customers worldwide.

At TD, information technology plays a crucial role in the services we provide to our customers. Our people work in a number of exciting areas, developing innovative technology that gives TD an edge. They come up against all kinds of interesting challenges and develop innovative solutions, utilizing a wide range of programs and platforms. Every day at TD is a chance to develop your skills and grow your career. Our talented IT team members work together, and have access to continuous support and learning opportunities. Expand your career at TD.


Nathalie Carbone
HR Advisor / Recruiter
Communications Security Establishment

CSE is one of Canada’s key security and intelligence organizations, focused on collecting foreign signals intelligence in support of the Government of Canada’s priorities, and on helping protect the computer networks and information of greatest importance to Canada. We also provide assistance to federal law enforcement and security organizations in their legally authorized activities, when they may require our unique technical capabilities.

CSE works to ensure security and stability of our country in protecting Canadians against terrorism and espionage abroad, cyberattacks and other important threats.


Daniela Vekic
Recruitment Partner, Campus Recruitment Team
IBM Canada

IBM is a globally integrated technology and consulting company headquartered in Armonk, New York. With operations in more than 170 countries, IBM attracts and retains some of the world's most talented people to help solve problems and provide an edge for businesses, governments and non-profits.

Innovation is at the core of IBM's strategy. The company develops and sells software and systems hardware and a broad range of infrastructure, cloud and consulting services.

Today, IBM is focused on five growth initiatives - Cloud, Big Data and Analytics, Mobile, Social Business and Security. IBMers are working with customers around the world to apply the company's business consulting, technology and R&D expertise to enable systems of engagement that deliver dynamic insights for businesses and governments worldwide.


Jennie An
Campus Programs Lead
GE Canada

GE is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are connected, responsive and predictive. Through our people, leadership development, services, technology and scale, GE delivers better outcomes for global customers by speaking the language of industry.


Stephanie Clarkson
HR Manager
Intelliware Development Inc.

Intelliware is a custom software, mobile solutions and product development company. We’re a recognized leader in Agile software development practices and we work with leading global organizations in sectors Financial Services, Healthcare, Retail, ICT and Government.

Intelliware’s niche is delivering mission critical software applications for complex business and technical challenges. We have an exceptional delivery track record, deep technical expertise and disciplined delivery on technical engineering practices.


Tyler Shane
Resourcing Manager
Thales Canada Inc.

Thales in Canada has 1,800 employees in Quebec City, Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto and Vancouver working in Defence, Avionics and Transportation markets. Thales in Canada is a 500 million (CAD) a year business, with a range of customers including Canadian and overseas urban rail operators, civil aviation, and defence and security agencies.

Thales in Canada also hosts three of Thales’ Worldwide Centres of Competence: Business & Regional Jet Flight Control Systems, in Montreal; Optronics, in Montreal; and, Urban Rail Signalling, in Toronto.

Jan
26
Thu
2017
Career Conversations: Strategies for Getting Hired within the Federal Government @ 152 Founders College (Founders Assembly Room)
Jan 26 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Connect with representatives from the federal government to learn about job opportunities. Meet professionals who do the hiring, gain insight into the field and get strategies and tips on:

  • What kinds of positions and roles there are in the federal government;
  • What kinds of skills/knowledge they're looking for;
  • What the recruitment process is like;
  • How to make connections within the field;
  • What is involved in the application process, e.g. specific hiring dates, materials required;
  • What to expect during the interview; and
  • How to succeed on the job.

Participating Panelists

Andy Ip
Manager, HR Operations, Government of Canada

The Public Service Commission of Canada brings together various job opportunities from various federal government departments under a single window at canada.ca/government-jobs.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Career Centre's online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

Jan
31
Tue
2017
Career Conversations: Strategies for Getting Hired in the Ontario Public Service @ 152 Founders College
Jan 31 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Connect with representatives from the Ontario Public Service to learn about opportunities within the Ontario Public Service. Meet professionals who do the hiring, gain insight into the field and get strategies and tips on:

  • What kinds of positions and roles there are within the Ontario Public Service;
  • What kinds of skills/knowledge they’re looking for;
  • What the recruitment process is like;
  • How to make connections within the field;
  • What is involved in the application process, e.g. specific hiring dates, materials required;
  • What to expect during the interview; and
  • How to succeed on the job.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Career Centre’s online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

Participating Panelists

Peter Goltsis
Assistant Director, Communications,
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services

The Ministry of Government and Consumer Services Communications Branch builds awareness, conveys information about services and influences behaviour change among key audiences. It identifies issues and opportunities, develops plans and executes tactics that support the government's priorities and ministry goals.


Sharon Gula
Recruitment Consultant, Ontario Public Service

Sharon has been working in the Ontario Public Service for 17 years specializing in recruitment services. She is currently a Recruitment Consultant with the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services providing end-to-end recruitment services to hiring managers. Sharon’s current portfolio is with the Ministry of the Attorney General.


Angela Ma
Recruitment Consultant,
Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, Ontario Public Service

Angela graduated from the University of Toronto with a master's degree in Industrial Relations and Human Resources. She started in the Ontario Public Service through the Ontario Internship Program and is currently a Recruitment Consultant with the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services providing strategic advice and end-to-end recruitment services to hiring managers. Her current client portfolio is with the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services.


Lisa Morgan
Project Lead, Retirement Homes Initiatives,
Ontario Seniors' Secretariat

The Ontario Seniors’ Secretariat (OSS) advocates for, undertakes and supports policy and program initiatives that help improve the quality of life of seniors, and undertakes public education efforts for and about seniors. OSS works with seniors’ organizations and across government to develop programs and services that meet the needs of seniors and help them enjoy safe, active and healthy lives.


Patrick O'Gorman
Senior Manager, Communications,
Ministry of Northern Development and Mines

The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines advocates on behalf of Ontario’s northern region, as well as on behalf of the province’s minerals industry. We deliver government programs and services in Northern Ontario and represent the interests of our partners and stakeholders at Queen’s Park.


Ryan Sandberg
Regional Recruiter,
Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services

The Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services' main objective is to enhance community safety through effective offender supervision, including the care, custody and intervention of offenders in our communities and institutions.


Feb
16
Thu
2017
Career Conversations: Leveraging Your STEM PhD Outside of Academia (for PhD students and Postdocs) @ 280N York Lanes
Feb 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Offered in partnership with the Career Centre and York's Faculty of Graduate Studies

Are you interested in a career outside of the academy? Do you want to learn more about how to navigate the world of post-academic careers as a PhD? During this session, connect with professionals in science, technology, engineering and math professions (STEM), and learn more about hiring practices, employer expectations and how to leverage higher education while exploring available career opportunities.

During this panel, professionals will share examples of the particularities of applying as a PhD and talk about how to translate the skills developed in academia to non-academic careers. The panel will be followed by an open forum where PhD students will have the opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on Eventbrite.

Participating Panelists

Sherry Boodram
Senior Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement Officer, Health Canada - Controlled Substances Program
Alumna: PhD Chemistry, 2012

After graduating with a PhD in Chemistry from York University in 2013, I began working for the federal government. I realized how much the government values and needs people with strong science backgrounds, and how much the transferable skills of PhD graduates are appreciated - such as leadership, decision making, and perseverance. I’ve held various positions in the federal government during my career so far, from conducting environmental assessments for proposed mining projects, to drug forensics and drug regulation. Currently I am a Senior Regulatory Compliance and Enforcement Officer in the Controlled Substances Program at Health Canada. In this role, I conduct regulatory inspections and implement compliance promotion initiatives in response to Canada’s current opioid crisis as well as regulate the growing number of medical marijuana licensed producers in Ontario.


Yilan Gu
Risk Manager, TD Bank Financial Group

Yilan received a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Toronto in 2010.


Courtney Hayward
Manager, Canadian Recruiting, McKinsey & Company Canada

Courtney is currently the Manager of Canadian Recruiting based in the Toronto office. She has been with McKinsey for about 6 years and spent 2 years based in the Calgary office. She received her BBA from Wilfrid Laurier University and a post-graduate diploma in Human Resources Management at Humber College.


Holly Heglin
Manager, PwC
Alumna: MA, PhD (Expected 2017) Pure Math, 2011

I am currently a manager in the advanced analytics practice, specializing in workforce analytics, cyberanalytics and customer segmentation for financial institutions, government and insurance companies. Risk and consumer analytics, forensic and accounting fraud data investigation, forecasting, marketing and competitive analysis, segmentation, visualization, data prep, pricing models, optimization are just a sample of the work delivered.

Beginning my business career at Telus on the Big Data Network Optimization Team, I assisted the marketing team in building propensity models and segmenting app users into personas. Key skills learned were building presentation materials with a story in mind and visualization software. Telus provided a good spring board to learn some foundational business skills and get exposure to contributing to business teams.

I then joined PwC in the Risk assurance practice, working on AML and risk analytics dashboards for a range of companies. After a brief time in the Consumer Business practice at Deloitte, I realized that PwC was going to be more aligned with my values and returned to Consulting and Deals at PwC in November 2015. The analytics practice at PwC has grown exponentially in the past year, and I have been very fortunate to be a part of that growth. I have enjoyed the transition to the consulting world and the projects are shorter lived and faster paced providing accelerated exposure to problem-solving in the business world. I do hold an MA in algebraic combinatorics and I am nearing the completion of my PhD in the same discipline.


Ed Shen
Alumnus: PhD Computer Science, 2012

After completing my PhD in Computer Science at York University, I completed a post-doc at the National Research Council (CNR)—Institute for Complex Systems (ISC) in Rome, Italy, in 2012, where I studied collective animal behaviour. I was the lead camera hardware engineer at Bubl Technology from 2014-2016. Currently I am a contract camera/hardware system designer to various startups.


Mar
8
Wed
2017
Career Conversations with Sociology Grads @ 001 Vanier College (Vanier Renaissance Room)
Mar 8 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

In partnership with the Sociology Undergraduate Student Association (S.U.S.A.) and the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies Dean's Office.

Wondering where your sociology degree can take you? Want to meet sociology grads who are working in diverse roles across different fields?

Connect with professionals currently working in a variety of professions and find out how their sociology backgrounds helped them to get there. During this panel, professionals will share their personal career stories about breaking into their field, how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experience helped them succeed in their jobs and what types of opportunities are available. The panel will be moderated by one of the Career Centre's team members and followed by an open forum where students will have an opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.

Light refreshments will be provided.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Career Centre's online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

Participating Panelists:

Kareem Bonner
Digital Marketing Strategist
Alumnus: BA Sociology, 2001

After I graduated from York, I didn't know what I wanted to do next. I worked in the hospitality, IT, retail industries, and also at a start up company. I ended up in the field of digital marketing, and have been in it since. My journey wasn't a straight line, and I didn't know what I wanted to do. I just knew I wanted to do something great, and my journey continues.


Roderick Brereton
Owner, Urban Rez Solutions
Alumnus: BA Sociology, 1993

I am the founder of the conflict/change management consultancy Urban Rez Solutions. I have worked since 2000 directing capacity building initiatives. My expertise is providing consultation to communities which have experienced inter-generational socio-economic exclusion and disenfranchisement. I have extensive experience developing systems addressing the unique challenges of racialized and first nations community. I empower people to develop effective pro-social behavioural change strategies.


Peter Ramjattan
Caseworker, Employment Services, City of Toronto Employment and Social Services
Alumnus: BA Sociology, 1996

18 years ago, I left York University equipped with a sociology Degree. Today, 18 years later, I have been working with the City of Toronto, and not a day has gone by where I regretted my education in this program. My degree and education from York has opened many doors for me, allowing me the opportunity to pursue a career that helped countless people achieve and realize their potentials and career goals.


Mar
16
Thu
2017
Career Conversations: Leveraging Your PhD in Social Science and Humanities Outside of Academia (for PhD Students and Postdocs) @ 519 Kaneff Tower
Mar 16 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Are your interested in a career outside of the academy? Do you want to learn more about how to navigate the world of post-academic careers as a PhD? During this session, connect with professionals with degrees in social science and humanities working in a wide range of fields. Learn more about hiring practices, employer expectations and how to leverage higher education while exploring available career opportunities.

During this panel, professionals will share examples of the particularities of applying as a PhD and talk about how to translate the skills developed in academia to non-academic careers. The panel will be followed by an open forum where PhD students will have the opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on Eventbrite.

Participating Panelists:

Colleen Cowman
Director, Development, Hamilton Health Sciences Foundation
Alumna: PhD Post-Colonial Literature, 1996

Education is something no one can take away from you. As a first generation university educated person in my family, I was aware from an early age of the power of formal education in both personal and career development. Getting into the non-profit sector - and leaving academia - was not an easy decision, yet for me it has turned out well. My writing and research background comes into play every day while I work with great people who want to make a difference locally and internationally.


Margo Gouley
Associate, The Humphrey Group
Alumna: MA, PHD English Language and Literature/Letters, 2013

After completing my PHD in English at York in 2013, I promptly lined up sessional teaching positions, as one does, to fund the search for a tenure-track job. I soon realized that I was not very excited about actually DOING that teaching while continuing to look for a permanent position. With no idea where to start looking for non-academic opportunities, I searched "consultant" on LinkedIn. Nearly 3 years later, I couldn't be happier with what I found in The Humphrey Group.


James Pratt
Research Officer, York University
Alumnus: PhD Philosophy, 2008

From studying ethics I moved to a job in the ethically challenging world of political lobbying, before ending up in a career in research administration. Each day I have the opportunity – and the privilege – to see the exciting work that other researchers are doing, and to help them achieve their objectives. And having a non-academic career doesn’t mean I have to give up on my own scholarly interests. I still find time for my own research, and now that I can do it on my own terms, it’s more rewarding than ever.


Craig Roxborough
Policy Analyst, College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario
Alumnus: PhD Philosophy, 2016

About 7 years ago I realized I wasn’t going to ‘make it’ as an academic and that I needed to start leveraging my skills into a ‘real job’ outside of academia. With a lot of work, about a year later I landed my first job as a public affairs researcher. After a couple hiccups and a lot of persistence, I then landed my ideal job doing health policy analysis.


Keith Stewart
Senior Energy Strategist, Greenpeace Canada
Alumnus: PhD Political Science, 1999

I have worked on climate policy analysis and advocacy for the last 18 years with a variety of non-governmental organizations, including the Toronto Environmental Alliance, the World Wildlife Fund and Greenpeace. I teach part-time at the University of Toronto, and still occasionally get arrested for chaining myself to things.


Jay Young
Outreach Officer, Archives of Ontario
Alumnus: PhD History, 2012

I'm an Outreach Officer at the Archives of Ontario - a position I've held since 2014. I earned my PhD in history in 2012, with a dissertation that examined the history of the Toronto subway system and its impact on the city's metropolitan identity. While at York, I also co-founded the website ActiveHistory.ca, a website that connects the work of historians with the public.


Mar
22
Wed
2017
Career Conversations: Discovering Green Careers @ 140 HNES Building
Mar 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

In partnership with the Faculty of Environmental Studies.

Are you concerned about the environment and interested in a "green" career? Want to meet York alumni and other professionals working in jobs where environmental stewardship, sustainability and justice are important?

Connect with professionals currently enjoying environmental careers and get the inside scoop on what it's really like to work in this field. During this panel professionals will share their personal stories about breaking into the field, how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experience helped them succeed in their jobs and what types of opportunities are available in the field. The panel will be moderated by one of the Career Centre's team members and followed by an open forum where students will have an opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Career Centre's online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

Participating Panelists:

Colleen Cirillo
Director of Education,
Toronto Botanical Garden
Alumna: BES Environmental Studies and Geography, 1995

I have studied and worked in the environmental field for 25 years, with a strong focus on urban greenspace issues and the promotion of sustainable behaviours. My projects are collaborative in nature. They bring together diverse partners to identify and achieve common goals while considering the perspectives and priorities of all stakeholders.


Christina DiCecco
Managing Director,
Connexions Consulting
Alumna: BES Environmental Studies, 2014

The process of finding your core interests and working at capitalizing on your personal talents is part of the journey of life. From the way I was raised to first jobs and now in my career development, there are core values that always held true - sustainability and environmental stewardship. Looking forward to discussing all types of options for an efficient way to get there.


Chun Nam Law
Planner, Policy Development,
Region of Peel
Alumnus: MES Planning, 2013

Growing up, I have always been fascinated by our cities and the natural environment. For the longest time I did not know what I wanted to do and it wasn't until my undergraduate education when I discovered a career that could fit my interest in the urban and natural environment. This prompted me to learn all that I could about planning which ultimately led me to the MES Planning program and to where I am today, developing policies to address housing affordability and planning for more sustainable suburban development for Peel Region.


Rebecca Niblett
Children's Education Supervisor, School Programs,
Toronto Botanical Garden
Alumna: MES Environmental Studies, 2007

My career path hasn't been straightforward. I've gone back to school and studied a variety of subjects (psychology, environmental studies and visual art) and I've had jobs in a variety of fields including teaching English in South Korea, volunteer management, environmental education, and administrative work. I believe that a varied background is a huge strength in the environmental field. But, it has taken me some time to find a position where I can use all of my strengths and experience.


Steve Roesch
Coordinator, Greenspace Conservation
Toronto & Region Conservation Authority
Alumnus: BA Environmental Studies, 2007

When I graduated from York I never thought I would ever be doing what I am currently am. Data collection and trail inspection were not something I even considered, but finding employment in the environmental industry, opened my eyes to the potential of the various kinds of work you can do with a environmental Degree/Diploma.


Sophia Sestito
Environmental Manager-Corporate Services
EllisDon
Alumna: BES Environmental Studies, 2007

This is an exciting time to be in an environmental career. From carbon accounting, cleantech innovation, government grants and even yes I'm saying it...construction! I have had my fair share of time working out in the field, as well as the pleasure of project managing. My career has been diverse in nature and I believe my past experiences have helped shape the opportunities I have encountered and will into the future. I have been involved in asbestos testing, environmental assessments, paving, geotechnical and concrete assessment and project management in the environmental consulting world. I am currently the first Environmental Manager EllisDon construction has had in it's 60 years in the industry and there's more opportunities to come. I can't wait to be part of the perpetual innovation, knowledge and growth in this industry!


Jessica Wright
Environmental Consultant, Associate
Dillon Consulting
Alumna: MES Environmental Studies, 2010

When I decided to do my MES at York, I did not have a clear career path. My philosophy was to study something that aligned with my passions and interests in a field where an interesting job/career could follow. Before I had even finished my MES, I was hired by Dillon Consulting, and interesting it has been! Throughout my time as an environmental consultant, my work has been very dynamic and has provided me opportunities to work with various types of clients (ranging from renewable energy, transportation, resources to government) and in a variety of geographies (coast to coast in Canada, El Salvador and Panama).


Mar
28
Tue
2017
Career Conversations: Discovering Careers in Marketing @ N940 Ross Building (Senate Chamber)
Mar 28 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Wondering where your marketing degree can take you? Want to meet marketing alumni who are working in the field?

Connect with professionals and find out how their marketing backgrounds helped them to get where they are now. During this panel, professionals will share their personal career stories about breaking into their field, how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experience helped them succeed in their jobs and what types of opportunities are available. The panel will be moderated by one of the Career Centre's team members and followed by an open forum where students will have an opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Career Centre's online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

Participating Panelists:

Bobby Malhotra
Vice President, Brand Director,
Publicis
Alumnus: BAS Business - Marketing, 2003

Bobby joined Publicis in 2008, to work with the Rogers team, to help turn one of Canada’s largest enterprises into a strong and consistent brand across all mediums. Today, Bobby leads the Coca Cola Canada business, as well as the Chrysler Canada team. Bobby truly believes in the “media-neutral” approach, by always looking for ways to deliver integrated communication strategies. A strong believer in a “collaborative” team, and a passion for creative - Bobby loves every opportunity to crack a business challenge and lead a team to victory. Bobby’s previous experiences also include: Business lead on Toyota Canada, Suzuki Canada, Prime Restaurants, and Flow (a division of Columbus communications).


Luca Garofalo
Marketing Manager - Hockey Sponsorship,
Scotiabank
Alumnus: BAS Marketing, 2010

To me there's nothing more exciting than a buzzer beater, overtime goal, or watching a child learn valuable life lessons through their love for sports. For those reasons and countless others I've always known that I wanted to pursue a career in the sports marketing industry. I'm currently a member of Scotiabank's Hockey Sponsorship team, managing all digital and social marketing initiatives pertaining to our extensive hockey sponsorship portfolio - Which includes our NHL partnership, NHL team partnerships, and our community hockey programs.


Amanda Herold
Marketing Manager
BMO
Alumna: BAS Marketing, HR, 2007

The reason I love marketing is the same reason I climbed Kilimanjaro in 2017; I find big adventure in taking on new challenges. Throughout my 10+ year career at Bank of Montreal, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce and Bell Canada I have always created impact through building creative strategies, roadmap planning, and leading talented teams. I thrive on variety and results; throw any objective at me and I will become determined to find a solution. Joining BMO in 2013 to drive $1.9B+ in Wealth Management acquisitions, I currently manage the Student and New Canadian segments, growing insights on how they purchase and consume Personal and Commercial products. Intellectual curiosity has lead me to pursue my MBA part-time. As a certified yoga instructor I maintain calm resilience on the mat and recharge with friends and family.


Andreea Papas
Manager, Marketing and Communications
CRH Canada Group Inc.
Alumna: BAS Marketing, 2010

While studying marketing in undergrad, I would have never anticipated having a career in the construction industry. After seven years working for one of the world’s largest construction material and services providers, I can say I’m happy it happened this way. Working on interdisciplinary teams to solve broad and complex challenges means no two days are quite the same, a fact that makes each day exciting.


Oct
4
Wed
2017
Career Conversation Panels: Statistics and Data Science @ Ross N620
Oct 4 @ 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals who are putting their degree to use in a variety of fields?

Connect with professionals currently enjoying careers in a variety of settings and get the inside scoop on what it’s really like to work in these fields. During this panel professionals will share their personal stories about breaking into their field, how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experience helped them succeed in their jobs and what types of opportunities are available in their field. The panel will be moderated by one of the Career Centre’s team members and followed by an open forum where students will have an opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Career Centre's online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

Oct
11
Wed
2017
Career Conversation Panels: Politics @ Harry Crowe Room (109)
Oct 11 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals who are putting their degree to use in a variety of fields?

Connect with professionals currently enjoying careers in a variety of settings and get the inside scoop on what it’s really like to work in these fields. During this panel professionals will share their personal stories about breaking into their field, how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experience helped them succeed in their jobs and what types of opportunities are available in their field. The panel will be moderated by one of the Career Centre’s team members and followed by an open forum where students will have an opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Career Centre's online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

Participating Panelists:

Rick Baldino
Manager,
Ministry of the Attorney General
Alumnus: BA Political Science, 1995

Rick Baldino has been with the Ontario Public Service for over fifteen years serving in many leadership capacities in issues management, operations, and strategic policy. He is currently the Office Manager at the Ministry of the Attorney General, Civil Law Division’s Ministry of Finance Legal Services Branch. Prior to that Rick served as the Executive Assistant, Administration to an Assistant Deputy Attorney General. Rick has also served as the Divisional Manager of Administration to an Assistant Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. Rick's previous stints include managing issues and media with the Ministry of Consumer Services, a senior advisor on Intergovernmental Relations, and a Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to Ontario Members of Provincial Parliament. He also brings a wealth of operations experience in the private healthcare sector managing branch operations and projects, partnerships and customer service. In his spare time, Rick has been a long time volunteer coach in minor hockey and other sports and a former personal fitness coach. He is married with two young children.


Charles Barone
Senior Advisor, Policy
Cancer Care Ontario
Alumnus: BA Political Science, 2005

After graduating from York University, I decided to take the skills I learned in my politics courses and help others solve difficult problems. This led me to work overseas, for charities and now a government agency. While a student, I learned how to look at the world in a comprehensive way, and this is still the most vital skill I apply to my current work.


Alysha Brown
Manager, Marketing Planning,
Scotiabank
Alumna: BA Political Science, 2008

When designing the next steps in my career, marketing was an option; just not one that I had considered when I graduated. After a severe cycling accident in 2010, I reassessed my career in banking, where I had worked while completing my degree.
Now as the proud mother of two boys with an incredible life partner, I’m going for my MBA to prepare for the next phase in my career.


Saranjit Singh Cheema
Legal Counsel,
UFCW Locals 175 & 633
Alumnus: BA Political Science and Anthropology, 2011

When I arrived at Keele campus in 2005, I had ideas about how my life would unfold, but no real clue as to how I would get there. Being involved on campus, in political life, and within my community helped me find my path. Today, I practice union-side labour and human rights law, am an active member of the NDP and have a vague idea of where I'm headed.


Sandra Lozano
President,
Hispanic Canadian Heritage Council
Alumna: BA Political Science, 2005

I completed my Bilingual Honours BA at Glendon College in 1997, MA in Comparative Politics at York in 2000 and LLB at Osgoode in 2005. I am currently a sole practitioner in my law firm practicing family law. I am one of the cofounders of the Canadian Hispanic Bar Association and the current President of the Hispanic Canadian Heritage Council.


Anita Lalchan
Community Facilitator,
CHIRS Community Head Injury Resource Service
Alumna: BA Political Science, 2009

When I first enrolled in this program 17 years ago, I could not have predicted the winding road that would lead me to where I am today. I dabbled in Photography, Municipal politics and ENGOs. Today, I work in Social Services supporting people that have an Acquired Brain Injury. Everyday provides opportunities for learning and growth!


Rick Baldino
Manager,
Ministry of the Attorney General
Alumnus: BA Political Science, 1995

Rick Baldino has been with the Ontario Public Service for over fifteen years serving in many leadership capacities in issues management, operations, and strategic policy. He is currently the Office Manager at the Ministry of the Attorney General, Civil Law Division’s Ministry of Finance Legal Services Branch. Prior to that Rick served as the Executive Assistant, Administration to an Assistant Deputy Attorney General. Rick has also served as the Divisional Manager of Administration to an Assistant Deputy Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. Rick's previous stints include managing issues and media with the Ministry of Consumer Services, a senior advisor on Intergovernmental Relations, and a Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to Ontario Members of Provincial Parliament. He also brings a wealth of operations experience in the private healthcare sector managing branch operations and projects, partnerships and customer service. In his spare time, Rick has been a long time volunteer coach in minor hockey and other sports and a former personal fitness coach. He is married with two young children.

Nov
15
Wed
2017
Career Conversation Panels: Commerce @ Harry Crowe Room (109)
Nov 15 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals who are putting their degree to use in a variety of fields?

Connect with professionals currently enjoying careers in a variety of settings and get the inside scoop on what it’s really like to work in these fields. During this panel professionals will share their personal stories about breaking into their field, how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experience helped them succeed in their jobs and what types of opportunities are available in their field. The panel will be moderated by one of the Career Centre’s team members and followed by an open forum where students will have an opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Career Centre's online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

In partnership with the Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies.

Nov
22
Wed
2017
Career Conversation Panels: Economics @ Harry Crowe Room (109)
Nov 22 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals who graduated with a Economics degree? Interested to learn more about their career journey and current roles?

Connect with professionals currently enjoying careers in a variety of settings and get the inside scoop on what it’s really like to work in these fields. During this panel professionals will share their personal stories about breaking into their field, how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experience helped them succeed in their jobs and what types of opportunities are available in their field. The panel will be moderated by one of the Career Centre’s team members and followed by an open forum where students will have an opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Career Centre's online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

In Partnership with The Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies.

Jan
11
Thu
2018
Career Conversations: Strategies for Getting Hired in the Ontario Public Service @ 014 McLaughlin College
Jan 11 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Connect with representatives from the Ontario Public Service to learn about opportunities within the Ontario Public Service. Meet professionals who do the hiring, gain insight into the field and get strategies and tips on:

  • What kinds of positions and roles there are within the Ontario Public Service;
  • What kinds of skills/knowledge they’re looking for;
  • What the recruitment process is like;
  • How to make connections within the field;
  • What is involved in the application process, e.g. specific hiring dates, materials required;
  • What to expect during the interview; and
  • How to succeed on the job.

Registration is required. You may register for this event on the Career Centre’s online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

Participating Panelists

Scott Allardyce
Policy Advisor, Ontario Government

The Employment Division of the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario oversees the coordinated implementation of the employment strategy, with the goal of improving employment outcomes for people with disabilities so that more people will be able to contribute their talents to the province’s social and economic growth. To reinforce the government’s position as a model employer for people with disabilities, the division works with partner ministries to implement OPS accessibility, including the Multi Year Accessibility Plan (2017-2021) .


Lisa Morgan
Project Lead, Retirement Homes Initiatives,
Ontario Seniors' Secretariat

The Ministry of Seniors Affairs supports, develops and delivers public services to improve the quality of life for seniors and helps them lead safe, engaged, active and healthy lives.


Patrick O'Gorman
Senior Manager, Communications,
Ministry of Northern Development and Mines

The Ministry of Northern Development and Mines advocates on behalf of Ontario’s northern region, as well as on behalf of the province’s minerals industry. We deliver government programs and services in Northern Ontario and represent the interests of our partners and stakeholders at Queen’s Park.