Alumni Guest Speaker Events

We are committed to providing you with new and exciting ways of connecting with alumni professionals in your field of interest.

Connect virtually with accomplished alumni to hear their career stories and learn about their roles, organizations, and industries. These sessions will be moderated by the Career Centre and will include a Q & A period where students and new graduates can ask questions.

Alumni Career Chats are designed to assist York students and new graduates in making connections, building their professional network, and gaining industry insights.

What to expect at an Alumni Career Chat?

During the session Alumni will share:

  • Their personal career paths;
  • How their university education is relevant to their particular position;
  • The realities of sectors they work in;
  • Tips and Strategies for entering the sector;
  • Opportunities within their fields;
  • Resources for connecting with professionals in that field.

Alumni Led Workshops are created and facilitated by alumni guest speakers who have expertise in job search strategies and techniques.

What to expect at Alumni Led Workshops?

These sessions will feature one alumni speaker and could focus on career-related topics such as;

  • Networking
  • Branding
  • Interview Preparation
  • Informational Interviewing
  • On the Job Success
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Global Job Search
  • Rocking Your Online Presence
Register for these panels on Experience York (the Career Centre's online job posting and event registration system) using Passport York.

Upcoming Alumni Guest Speaker Events

Oct
28
Wed
Alumni Guest Speaker Events: Shaunak Ramaiya (Learning Consultant at Ontario Public Service) @ Virtual
Oct 28 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Alumni Career Chats
Alumni Career Chats are designed to assist York students and new graduates in making connections, building their professional network, and gaining industry insights.

Shaunak Ramaiya
Learning Consultant at Ontario Public Service
Bachelor of Commerce, LAPS, 2017, York University

Shaunak Ramaiya

Alumni Bio

Like most of you reading this, I was a student for 15+ years of my life. I also played sports for the majority of my life. Think about all the different teachers and coaches I was exposed to - the good ones and the bad ones! This is what sparked my career interest - to develop talent. I work in Learning and Development (HR Department) and my goal is to accelerate the skills and careers of high potential employees.

During the session Alumni will share:

  • Their personal career paths;
  • How their university education is relevant to their particular position;
  • The realities of sectors they work in;
  • Tips and Strategies for entering the sector;
  • Opportunities within their fields;
  • Resources for connecting with professionals in that field.

Registration is required. Click here to register on Experience York.

Nov
3
Tue
Alumni Guest Speaker Events: Salman Khan (Senior Advisor at Toronto Global) @ Virtual
Nov 3 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Alumni Career Chats
Alumni Career Chats are designed to assist York students and new graduates in making connections, building their professional network, and gaining industry insights.

Salman Khan
Senior Advisor at Toronto Global
BSc, Computer Science. Science and Engineering, 2009, York Universityty

Alumni Bio

Having completed a computer science degree from York University in 2009, I would never have envisioned that in 2020, I would be working for a government funded not-for-profit organization that helps attract foreign direct investment to Toronto Region. Seeing international companies expand to the Toronto Region and create jobs for Canadians gives me great satisfaction.

During the session Alumni will share:

  • Their personal career paths;
  • How their university education is relevant to their particular position;
  • The realities of sectors they work in;
  • Tips and Strategies for entering the sector;
  • Opportunities within their fields;
  • Resources for connecting with professionals in that field.

Registration is required. Click here to register on Experience York.

Nov
5
Thu
Alumni Guest Speaker Events: Sarika Gundu (Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives, People and Culture at Deloitte) @ Virtual
Nov 5 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Alumni Career Chats
Alumni Career Chats are designed to assist York students and new graduates in making connections, building their professional network, and gaining industry insights.

Sarika Gundu
Senior Manager, Strategic Initiatives, People and Culture at Deloitte
BA, Psychology, York University, 2007

Alumni Bio

Senior Workplace Change Agent with extensive experience working with leaders and teams on creating and sustaining healthy, diverse and inclusive workforces. Areas of expertise include workplace mental health, change management, leadership development, talent management, employee engagement, stakeholder relations and organizational health. An innovative leader committed to building performance-based workforces that are resilient and purposeful so that everyone can bring their whole self to work. Also, serving as a board director for the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

During the session Alumni will share:

  • Their personal career paths;
  • How their university education is relevant to their particular position;
  • The realities of sectors they work in;
  • Tips and Strategies for entering the sector;
  • Opportunities within their fields;
  • Resources for connecting with professionals in that field.

Registration is required. Click here to register on Experience York.

Nov
17
Tue
Alumni Guest Speaker Events: Kelvin Ramchand (Counsel at Public Prosecution Service of Canada @ Virtual
Nov 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Alumni Career Chats
Alumni Career Chats are designed to assist York students and new graduates in making connections, building their professional network, and gaining industry insights.

Kelvin Ramchand
Counsel at Public Prosecution Service of Canada
BA, Criminology, York University, 2010 | JD, Faculty of Law, University of Windsor, 2014

Alumni Bio

"After being the lead prosecutor in a mock trial in grade 7, I became very interested in criminal law. I pursued this passion by taking Criminology at York and completing law school at the University of Windsor Faculty of Law.

I joined the Public Prosecution Service of Canada as a summer student and I am now a Federal Crown Attorney on the Anti-Organized Crime Team in Toronto. My practice focuses on high complexity wiretap cases involving conspiracies, large-scale drug trafficking and importing, organized crime, search warrants and emerging Charter issues. I have appeared before the Ontario Court of Appeal on a number of occasions and have conducted several jury trials. I am also a member of the PPSC Student Committee and mentor to prospective and current law students."

During the session Alumni will share:

  • Their personal career paths;
  • How their university education is relevant to their particular position;
  • The realities of sectors they work in;
  • Tips and Strategies for entering the sector;
  • Opportunities within their fields;
  • Resources for connecting with professionals in that field.

Registration is required. Click here to register on Experience York.

Nov
18
Wed
Alumni Guest Speaker Events: Ying Wang (Senior Lead, Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development) @ Virtual
Nov 18 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Alumni Career Chats
Alumni Career Chats are designed to assist York students and new graduates in making connections, building their professional network, and gaining industry insights.

Ying Yang
Senior Lead, Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development & Secretary of the Board, Working Women's Community Centre
BBA, International Bachelor of Business Administration, Schulich School of Business, 2015

Alumni Bio

Like many students, I believed I would enter the workplace with a clear path ahead of me and was frustrated when this didn?t happen. It took me a few years to shed this belief. What happened instead was that I tried on different roles either by choice or necessity to piece together a path. It is still a work in progress. My professional experiences in government intersect with my identity as a young person and first-generation immigrant. I am passionate about sharing my knowledge to support other students like me to navigate the workplace and define their careers.

During the session Alumni will share:

  • Their personal career paths;
  • How their university education is relevant to their particular position;
  • The realities of sectors they work in;
  • Tips and Strategies for entering the sector;
  • Opportunities within their fields;
  • Resources for connecting with professionals in that field.

Registration is required. Click here to register on Experience York.

Nov
24
Tue
Alumni Guest Speaker Events: Kapil Ghai (Community Manager at Staples Canada) @ Virtual
Nov 24 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm

Alumni Career Chats
Alumni Career Chats are designed to assist York students and new graduates in making connections, building their professional network, and gaining industry insights.

Kapil Ghai
Community Manager at Staples Canada
BA, Kinesiology and Health Sciences, LAPS, York University, 2015

Alumni Bio

Kapil is an avid Storyteller, Community Builder, and Podcaster who has been active in telling his stories across Canada for the past few years. Kapil is currently facilitating workshops with high schools and post-secondary institutions across Ontario. The workshops focus on helping students become effective communicators, and will help guide them through the journey of powerful decision making within your career. Kapil is the Community Manager for Staples Canada?s second fully transformational Coworking space in Oakville, ON. Through his role with Staples Canada, Kapil has been invited to many conferences and events to share his expertise and to teach others on how to organically build a successful and supportive community in both your personal and professional life. Kapil also runs his own storytelling Podcast called ?Finding Perspective?, the podcast focuses on interviewing regular people who have gone through some extraordinary life experience with the goal of giving the audience new ideas, new ways of thinking, and new perspectives, and to help people find a way to relate to a complete stranger who they?ve never met by only simply hearing their voice.

During the session Alumni will share:

  • Their personal career paths;
  • How their university education is relevant to their particular position;
  • The realities of sectors they work in;
  • Tips and Strategies for entering the sector;
  • Opportunities within their fields;
  • Resources for connecting with professionals in that field.

Registration is required. Click here to register on Experience York.