Career Conversations Panels

Water droplets making contact with a pool of waterCareer Conversations, sponsored by York Alumni Relations, is a series of panel and webinar discussions that focus on various fields of interest and are designed to provide students with an opportunity to connect with employers and alumni; gain insight into areas of interest to them; and get advice from professionals currently working in the field. During these sessions, employer and alumni participants will answer questions from a Career Centre moderator, students and new graduates about:

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

Upcoming Career Conversations Panels 2014-15

Mar
11
Wed
2015
Career Conversations: Careers in Public Policy and Politics
Mar 11 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 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 in Public Policy or Politics? Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals working in the field?

Connect with professionals currently enjoying careers in policy or politics 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

Omar Ali-Khan
Project Manager, Ontario Public Service
Alumnus: BHS Health Policy, 2005

I wanted to pursue a career path where I could make a difference and make positive contributions to people’s lives. Essentially, I have that opportunity every day working for the Ontario Public Service. The reward has been developing the policy or program and informing the decision-making process that leads to better outcomes for people and society.


Jim Cassimatis
Assistant Deputy Minister, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
Alumnus: BA Public Policy and Administration, 1988

Jim has over 25 years of experience in the Ontario Public Service in different ministries and roles. He started as a policy analyst before moving on to finance, HR, IT, communications, real estate and health care. After graduating from York, Jim attained a Master of Public Administration at Dalhousie University. Jim is currently the Assistant Deputy Minister at the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, where he is responsible for administering an annual budget of over $1 billion and over 500 ministry staff.

Ezra Isaacson
Team Lead – Financial Decision Support, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Alumnus: MPPAL Administration and Law, 2014


Ezra is Master of Public Policy, Administration and Law and a Chartered Professional Accountant who currently leads a team to provide Financial Decision Support for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. In this role, Ezra helps to facilitate financial decisions, primarily related to hospitals. Previously, Ezra was responsible for coordinating the preparation of the Ministry’s financial statements. Ezra has been with the OPS for over 10.5 years.


Leanna Karremans
Executive Assistant, Pathway Group
Alumna: MPPAL Administration and Law, 2012

Leanna has eight years of experience working at Queen’s Park. She offers a wealth of knowledge in communications, issues management, and media relations.

Prior to joining Pathway Group, Leanna worked in the Ontario Public Service as a Senior Issues and Media Relations Consultant with ServiceOntario and the Ministry of the Attorney General. As a public servant, her positions also included Senior Writer and Editor at the Ministry of the Attorney General, Policy Advisor with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing, and a Communications Writer in Cabinet Office.

From 2004 to 2008, Leanna worked politically on the provincial level of government as a Legislative Assistant and Issues Manager to the Ontario Minister of Small Business and Entrepreneurship and a Constituency Assistant to Members of Provincial Parliament in Ottawa and Mississauga. She has also been involved in political campaigns, both federally and provincially, since 2004 and has extensive volunteer experience over several years serving the Liberal Party of Canada. She is currently a Member-at-Large with the Liberal Party of Canada Policy Committee.

Leanna has also successfully planned and executed lobbying activities on behalf of the Canadian Youth Business Foundation, including its inaugural G20 Young Entrepreneur Summit in 2010. This annual global summit calls on G20 Leaders to focus on and agree to implement policies, legislation and incentives that support start-ups and young entrepreneurs.

She is also a Volunteer Advocacy Ambassador with the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of Canada.

Mar
17
Tue
2015
Career Conversations with French Language Speakers
Mar 17 @ 12:30 pm – 2:30 pm

In partnership with French Studies, Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics. Sponsored by York University Alumni Relations.

Wondering where the knowledge of a second language can take you? Want to meet bilingual and multilingual professionals currently enjoying exciting careers?

During this panel, French-speaking professionals will share their personal stories. They will discuss how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experiences helped them succeed and what types of opportunities were available to them. The discussion will be moderated and followed by an open forum where students will have an opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions. (Note: This panel discussion will be conducted in French)
Vous demandez-vous où la connaissance d’une deuxième langue pourrait vous amener? Voulez-vous rencontrer des professionnels bilingues et multilingues ?

Durant notre table ronde, les professionnels qui sont diplômés par York discuteront de  la façon dont leur parcours professionnel et académique les a amenés du diplôme à l’endroit où ils sont maintenant. Ils partageront leurs connaissances, compétences et expériences. La discussion sera animée par un modérateur du département d’Études françaises et suivie d’un forum où les étudiants auront l’occasion de poser leurs propres questions aux panélistes.

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

To be updated.

Mar
18
Wed
2015
Career Conversations: Entrepreneurship, Self Employment and Start-ups
Mar 18 @ 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.

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

Stacey Berry
CEO, Bstellar Consulting Group
Alumnus: MPPAL Public Policy Administration and Law, 2014

Stacey Berry is the CEO of BStellar Consulting Group, which specializes in soft skills and professional development training. She has several years of experience coaching and teaching youth and adults from low income communities. She has taught professional development seminars at Seneca College within the Continuing Education Department and conducts workshops for United Way Toronto. In 2010, she completed professional development training in management and leadership at the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars in Washington, D.C


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

As a financial Planner I work with individuals and families in managing their Financial affairs, which includes planning for major life goals such as funding a child’s education, buying real estate, and retirement. I help them understand considerations that are important in working towards these goals which includes, tax planning, estate planning, insurance, cash flow management, debt management etc.


Andrew Stulberg
Wealth Manager, Stulberg Wealth Management – Investors Group
Alumnus: BA Sociology, 2006

Upon graduating from York University in 2006, I jumped head first into a career in financial services. Fast forward to almost a decade later, I now head a team of financial professionals that provide holistic wealth planning to Toronto’s high net worth communities. Me and my team are highly sought after for our customized tax reduction strategies and advanced wealth management techniques, for high net worth retirees, those preparing to retire, and fellow business owners.

Mar
26
Thu
2015
Career Conversations with Portuguese Language Speakers
Mar 26 @ 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm

In partnership with Portuguese Studies, Department of Languages, Literatures & Linguistics. Sponsored by York University Alumni Relations.

Wondering where the knowledge of a second or third language can take you? Want to meet bilingual and multilingual professionals currently enjoying exciting careers?

During this panel, Portuguese-speaking professionals will share their personal stories. They will discuss (in English) how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experiences helped them succeed and what types of opportunities were available to them. The discussion will be moderated 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

Angelo Gomes
Cabin Crew, Air Canada

Angelo is a cabin crew member of the In-Flight Services with Air Canada. He has always had a keen interest and passion for aviation. He has worked for both Canadian and International airlines, including Canada 3000 and Emirates. He has operated flights to countless destinations worldwide where he has applied his extensive training and language skills in Portuguese, French and Spanish. He has held leadership roles, such as, Purser and he has been involved in the training of newly hired flight attendants. Angelo aspires to share his knowledge and expertise with the next generation of cabin crew.


Cristina Martins
Member of Provincial Parliament

Cristina was elected to the Ontario Legislature in June 2014. She represents the great riding of Davenport and also serves as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and International Trade. Prior to her election, she was the President of the Federation of Portuguese Canadian Business and Professionals, Deputy Chair of the Greater Toronto Business Association, and Director of the European Union Chamber of Commerce in Toronto. Cristina is grateful for the opportunities that Canada has provided to her family, and will work to ensure that all immigrants to Ontario have the same chance to succeed.


Ana Ochoa
Chief Representative Officer, Caixa Geral de Depósitos

Ana Ochoa has been the Chief Representative Officer for Caixa Geral de Depositos in Canada since late 2010. She was former Head of Office for the public Portuguese Bank in both Belgium and the Netherlands. She received her University Diploma in Economics from one of the oldest universities of financial affairs in Portugal – the Instituto Superior de Economia e Gestão. Ms Ochoa has completed Post Graduate studies in Corporate Finance at ISCTE with Distinction and has a Masters Degree in International Politics from Universite Paris XI with Magna Cum Laude, the highest distinction. Her thesis “Fueling the Future” was published by this academy. In Canada she both studied at McGill and Rotman School – University of Toronto, in management affairs. She was awarded the Order of Merit, in Feb 2014, by the President of the Portuguese Republique and in 2013 by the Federation of Portuguese Canadian Business and Professionals w! ith the E xcellence Award.

“I like many fields: Classical Music, Arts, Cinema, Photography, History & Politics and Travelling. I enjoy also playing tennis and practicing martial arts but, specially, I keep a positive attitude!! I speak 6 languages and my dreams, are still dreamed and thought where the heart is: in Portuguese!”


Steven Silva
Department Head / Secondary Teacher, Toronto Catholic District School Board
Alumnus: BA French Studies & Geography, Italian & Portuguese, 2005, BEd Education, 2005 & MA Applied Linguistics, 2011

Steven Silva is currently Department Head of Languages and Cultural Studies in the TCDSB where he teaches a variety of courses from Grades 9 to 12, including Core French, Interdisciplinary Studies, International Languages-Portuguese/Spanish/Italian and Dance. Steven has always had a passion for languages, cultures and the arts, which he infuses into his teaching practice. He has been involved in a number of educational projects: Program Leader for Portuguese Studies at the secondary school level, Lead Writer for the Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum Review of International Languages, Author of FSL textbook resources for RK Publishing and Workshop Presenter at the OMLTA Conferences. Aside from teaching, Steven actively participates in the arts and travels to experience new cultures.


Wilson Teixeira
President, Able Translations Ltd.

I’m the founder and President of Able Translations Ltd. I’m a graduate of the Queen’s School of Business Executive Program and a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization. I’m a member of the Board of the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation. I also served two terms as a member of the Board of Directors of Canada’s Language Industry Association (AILIA). I’m a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.