Career Conversations Panels

Career Conversations panels let students explore a variety of careers within a specific field, connect with York alumni and individuals working in their field of interest, and get inside tips on securing employment in a specific industry from professionals who do the hiring. Throughout the year, panels are held with two areas of focus:

Career Conversations with Alumni Career Conversations with Hiring Managers
Alumni and other professionals share:

  • Their personal career paths;
  • how their university education is relevant to their particular position;
  • the realities of sectors they work in;
  • strategies for entering the sector;
  • opportunities within their fields;
  • resources for connecting with professionals in that field.
Hiring managers share:

  • Where to find 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 effective résumés and cover letters;
  • What to expect during the interview; and
  • How to succeed on the job.

Upcoming Career Conversations Panels 2016-17

Jan
17
Tue
2017
Career Conversations Panel: Strategies for Getting Hired in the Finance Sector @ 014 McLaughlin College
Jan 17 @ 1:30 pm – 3:00 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.


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 Conversation Panel: Strategies for Getting Hired in the Technology Sector @ TBD
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


Catherine Christou
IBM Campus Team Lead
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.


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 @ TBD
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 Conversation Panel: 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


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.


Register for these panels on the Career Centre's online system using Passport York (you must sign up for an account on the system before you will be able to register for any events).