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Panel and Workshops

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Friday, April 28, 2017

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

SUCCESS ISN’T A STRAIGHT LINE (Giovanni Rm, 2nd Flr)

Is life throwing a few twists and turns your way? You’re not alone. Everyone faces obstacles in their careers and lives, and one bump in the road isn’t the end of the world. Our panel of successful alumni will discuss overcoming challenges.

Panellists
Raymond Ang, Privacy Officer, CHATS
Greg Bolton, Creative Director, Jam3
Elizabeth Ching, Content Marketing Manager, CrowdRiff
Jessica Panetta, Head Director, Conceptual Event Society

SO YOU WANT TO GO TO GRAD SCHOOL? (St. Patrick Rm, 3rd Flr)

Attending graduate school is a huge decision. Whether you’ve made up your mind or are still sitting on the fence, you probably have plenty of questions. Is grad school for me? How can I improve my chances of getting in? How do I make a smooth transition? Do I even need to go to grad school? Our alumni panel of MA, MSc and PhD students know what graduate school is all about, and they’ll give you straight answers.

Panellists
Omar Bitar, Research Assistant, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
Savo Lazic, Scientifc Associate, Ontario Institute of Cancer Research

THINK LIKE AN ENTREPRENEUR  (St. David Rm, 3rd Flr)

Entrepreneurship isn’t just about starting your own business. In fact, you can apply entrepreneurial thinking across every career field and industry, whether you’re building a business or working for someone else. This hands-on workshop will show you how to think like an entrepreneur and develop skills around adaptability, self-direction, creative thinking and problem-solving—tools that can help you take control and be successful no matter what career path you choose.

Presenters
Kate Bowers, Career Educator, Career Centre
John Bray, Career Education, Career Centre

HOW TO LEVERAGE YOUR ARTS AND SCIENCE DEGREE  (Terrace Rm, 3rd Flr)

You worked hard to earn your degree. Now it’s time to make your degree work for you. At this informative workshop, a panel of human resource managers from a range of organizations will show you just how to do that. They’ll help you think way outside the box as you explore the versatility and marketability of your Arts & Science degree

Panellists
Mary Jane Braide, Principal, MJ Braide Positioning and Brand Strategy
Veronica Ha, Project Business Analyst, Ontario Public Service
Allison Venditti, Founder, Careerlove and Relaunch Collective

WORKING IN CANADA – FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS  (St. Lawrence Rm, 3rd Flr)

The expert staff at U of T’s Centre for International Experience has designed a session especially for international students. This workshop will help you navigate Canada’s employment, immigration and residency requirements. Topics will include: post-graduation work permits, legal rights and obligations, and permanent residency options.

Presenter
Abdelaziz (Assiz) El Mejdouby, Immigration Officer, Centre for International Experience

THE PERKS OF BECOMING A U OF T ALUM  (Lombard Rm, 2nd Flr)

A degree from one of the world’s top-ranked universities is your first perk – right up there with your life-long relationship with U of T. It all starts with career services and networking opportunities for new grads. But staying involved as you evolve keeps life interesting. Come back for a lecture or social event. Become a mentor or run a club. Join the gym or Faculty Club. New alumni even get discounts on their memberships and credits for the School of Continuing Studies. Because learning never stops and neither does your connection to U of T.

Presenter
Jonathan Cheevers, Manager, Young Alumni and Student Outreach, Alumni Relations

IMPROV YOUR INTERVIEWING SKILLS  (Armoury Rm, 2nd Flr)

Do you break into a sweat at the very thought of a job interview? Do you have career-related stage fright? Improvisers from the Social Capital Theatre can teach you how to reduce anxiety, stay in the moment, respond to questions in an authentic way and avoid interrupting people during the interview process. This workshop will teach you how to stop worrying in high-stress situations. Not to mention, improv is fun.

Presenter
Tracy Shea-Porter, Founder and CEO, Jump B2B

WHO SAYS YOU HAVE TO GO TO GRAD SCHOOL?  (St. George Rm, 2nd Flr)

Some people go straight to graduate school after their degree while others choose from an array of educational options. Our alumni panelists discuss what’s out there, from diploma and certificate programs to professional degrees. And it’s not that one is better than the other. It’s about figuring out which path will lead to the career you want. So bring your questions. Our experts have answers.

Panellists
Niya Bajaj, Senior Communications Consultant, Government of Ontario
Arlette Bax, Advancement & Community Relations, Montcrest School
Carrie Millen, Director, Professional Development, Canadian Professional Sales Association

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4:45 pm – 5:45 pm

SUCCESS ISN’T A STRAIGHT LINE  (Giovanni Rm, 2nd Flr)

Is life throwing a few twists and turns your way? You’re not alone. Everyone faces obstacles in their careers and lives, and one bump in the road isn’t the end of the world. Our panel of successful alumni will discuss overcoming challenges.

Panellists
Raymond Ang, Privacy Officer, CHATS
Greg Bolton, Creative Director, Jam3
Elizabeth Ching, Content Marketing Manager, CrowdRiff
Jessica Panetta, Head Director, Conceptual Event Society

SO YOU WANT TO GO TO GRAD SCHOOL? (St. Patrick Rm, 3rd Flr)

Attending graduate school is a huge decision. And whether you’ve made up your mind or are still sitting on the fence, you probably have plenty of questions. Is grad school for me? How can I improve my chances of getting in? How do I make a smooth transition? Do I even need to go to grad school? Our alumni panel of MA, MSc and PhD students know what graduate school is all about, and they’ll give you straight answers.

Panellists
Omar Bitar, Research Assistant, Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto
Savo Lazic, Scientific Associate, Ontario Institute of Cancer Research

THINK LIKE AN ENTREPRENEUR St. (David Rm, 3rd Flr)

Entrepreneurship isn’t just about starting your own business. In fact, you can apply entrepreneurial thinking across every career field and industry, whether you’re building a business or working for someone else. This hands-on workshop will show you how to think like an entrepreneur and develop skills around adaptability, self-direction, creative thinking and problem-solving—tools that can help you take control and be successful no matter what career path you choose.

Presenters
Kate Bowers, Career Educator, Career Centre
John Bray, Career Education, Career Centre

INTERNSHIPS: THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY  (Terrace Rm, 3rd Flr)

Internships can be an invaluable opportunity to gain on-the-job experience in your chosen field. But it can be tricky deciding which internships to pursue and which to avoid. Our panel – including alumni who have completed internships and alumni employers who have hired interns – understand the scene first hand. They know both the negatives and the positives: where to find internships, how to get them, how you’ll benefit, and how you won’t.

Panellists
Jessica Horwitz, International Trade Lawyer, Bennett Jones LLP
Julie Jo, Business Analyst, Ontario Public Service
Jamie Lee, Assistant Brand Manager, Procter & Gamble Inc.
Aidan Nguyen, Marketing Manager, Global Functions, Royal Bank of Canada
Katelyn Palmer, Policy Advisor, Ontario Ministry of International Trade

MAKING THE MOST OF YOUR STUDENT EXPERIENCE  (St. Lawrence Rm, 3rd Flr)

Sure, the finish line is in sight but there’s still time before you graduate to take your learning outside the lecture hall. Participating in clubs, activities and campus life enhances your learning in ways you never imagined. Whether they’re leadership, team-work or interpersonal, the skills you build after class will follow you after graduation and beyond. Our panel of students will share their own experiences and advice. Topics include: how to build up your resume and how to have fun.

Moderator
Donald Boere, Assistant Principal and Registrar, Innis College

MONEY AFTER GRAD  (Lombard Rm, 2nd Flr)

Are you worried about your financial future? This session will focus on some of the best moves you can make when it comes to your money after graduation – and the biggest mistakes to avoid. Do you want to know the best strategies for repaying your student loans, or what to do if you can’t do that right away? What about other financial topics like savings, credit, and financing? Learn about the best steps you can take to tackle your financial future after graduation – even when you don’t know that that future looks like yet!

Presenter
Anne Arbour, Financial Educator, Credit Counselling Society

TALKING TO NEW PEOPLE  (Armoury Rm, 2nd Flr)

Does the idea of walking into a room full of strangers make you want to run in the opposite direction? Do you have trouble striking up a conversation with people you just met? Our networking expert will show you techniques for making those introductions less awkward and more meaningful. You’ll get the chance to try out those newfound networking skills at the Student and Alumni Reception following the workshop.

Presenter
Erin Clifford, Lead Coordinator, Mentorship and Peer Programs, Division of Student Life

WORKING WITHOUT BORDERS  (St. George Rm, 3rd Flr)

Each year, hundreds of new graduates from U of T broaden their horizons with an international work experience. In this session, some well-travelled alumni will talk about their experiences working in other countries. Bring any questions you might have about applying to work abroad, adjusting to life overseas and packaging your work-life experiences for an international audience.

Panellists
Celine Cheung, e-Seminar Coordinator, The Hanen Centre
Anthony Mayadunne, Lecturer in Finance, University of Toronto Mississauga and Schulich School of Business, York University
Rani Pooran, Senior Advisor, Diversity & Inclusion, BMO
Catherine Tsalikis, Senior Editor, OpenCanada.org
Justine Abigail Yu, Communications and Marketing Director, Operation Groundswell

*Please note that panel and workshop topics and descriptions are subject to change.

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Industry Panels

Saturday, April 29, 2017

10:00 am – 11:15 am

Medical/ Healthcare and Wellness Services  (Terrace Rm, 3rd Flr)

Panellists
Sohnee Ahmed, Genetic Counsellor, GeneDx
Sherry Brown, Patient’s Medical Home Coordinator, The College of Family Physicians of Canada
Jiayi Hu, Co-Founder, MD Consultants

Accounting and Finance  (Armoury Rm, 2nd Flr)

Panellists
Laura Camasta, Management Associate, TD Bank
Rob Hong, Founder/CEO, Sapling Financial Consultants Inc.
Irina Issakova, Vice President and Director, TD Asset Management
Sabeen Saeed, Product Manager, MD Financial Management
Buyi Zhu, Analyst, Bank of Canada

Public Policy  (Giovanni Rm, 2nd Flr)

Panellists
Jessaylyn Chen, Senior Economist (Acting), Ministry of Energy
Jesse Dhaliwal, Government Relations Analyst, Loblaw Companies Limited
Afeefa Karim-Nasir, Business Analyst, Ontario Ministry of Labour
Cory Mulvihill, Lead Executive, Policy and Public Affairs, MaRS Discovery District

Marketing and Advertising  (St. Patrick Rm, 3rd Flr)

Panellists
Ainsley Gilkinson, Manager, National Media Relations, Sony Music Entertaiment Canada Inc.
Jim MacDonald, Investment Marketing Writer, Mackenzie Investments
Shanondoah Nicholson, Marketing and Events Manager, Newcomp Analystics
Audrey Ooi, Senior Advisor, Digital Marketing, Canadian Red Cross
Cristina Rizzuto, Marketing Manager, Soulpepper Theatre company

Arts and Recreation  (St. David Rm, 3rd Flr)

Panellists
Luisa Alvarez Restrepo, Coordinator, Festival Programming, Toronto International Film Festival
Amanda Clarke, Volunteer Coordinator, Reel Asian International Film Festival
Tanya Hoshi, Producer, Hoshi Productions
Ana Sani, Voice Actor, Corus/Nickelodeon

11:30 am – 12:45 pm

Research and Development  (Terrace Rm, 3rd Flr)

Panellists
Vivian Chung, Policy Research and Stakeholder Engagement Coordinator, The Atmospheric Fund
Pacal Tyrell, Director of Data Science, Department of Medical Imaging, University of Toronto
Tara Marie Watson, Postdoctoral Researcher, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
Ken Yang, Founder and CEO, Splashtones Music

Education and Training  (Armoury Rm, 2nd Flr)

Panellists
Arpita Ghosal, K-12 Instructional Coach, Toronto District School Board
Melanie McDonald, Director, Customer Experience, EF Educational Tours
Carrie Millen, Director, Professional Development, Canadian Professional Sales Association

Social Services  (Giovanni Rm, 2nd Flr)

Panellists
Raymond Ang, Privacy Officer, CHATS
Milton Barrera, Manager, City of Toronto
Sasha Elford, Coordinator, Membership Recognition and Engagement, Girl Guides of Canada
Michaelann George, Professor, Sheridan College

Communications / Media and Publishing  (St. Patrick Rm, 3rd Flr)

Panellists
Momin Ahmad, Social Media Manager, UrbanToronto & SkyriseCities
Michael Genova, Senior Communications Advisor, Office of the Mayor, City of Mississauga
Melissa Perri, Communications Coordinator, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment
David Topping, Digital Strategy and Product Manager, St. Joseph Media

Entrepreneurship / Innovation  (St. David Rm, 3rd Flr)

Panellists
Miriam Buttu, Founder & CEO, Mint Maintenance Inc./MB&CO
Sarah Ker-Hornell, President, SKH
Haoyang Liang, Founder and CEO, Wherego
Amy Matchen, Manager, startGBC, George Brown College

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