Backpack to Briefcase Events Archive

Links to photography from some recent b2B Events

Winter 2015 Career Panel & Mentorship Dinners:

 

Fall 2014 Career Panel & Mentorship Dinners:

 

Winter 2014 Career Panel & Mentorship Dinners:

Detailed descriptions of some of our past b2B events:

2015/2016

Social Sciences Speed Networking - Tuesday September 29, 2015

Tuesday September 29, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Davenport Atrium
Jackman Humanities Building, Room JH 100, 170 St. George Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Johanna Sanchez,Senior Manager, Research Operations and PhD student, Sunny Research Institute (Department of Anthropology)
  • Dave Henriques,Chief Strategist, Movie Experts (Department of Economics)
  • Lucy Xiao,AML Investigator, BMO (Department of Economics)
  • Faisal Shaheen,Manager, Information Systems, City of Toronto (School of the Environment)
  • Ylber Kusari, Senior Manager, Corporate Partnerships, Save the Children (Centre for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies)
  • Kari Vierimaa, Assignment Editor, Global News Toronto (Department of Geography)
  • Asif Hossain,Digital Content Manager, Canadian Olympic Committee (Department of Political Science)
  • Monica Chu,Strategy Analyst, Ontario Ministry of Labour (Department of Political Science)
  • Dipal Damani,Consultant, D&D Inclusion Consulting (School of Public Policy & Governance)
  • Shranna Jaggernath,Senior Policy Advisor, Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services (School of Public Policy & Governance)
  • Mike Bugeja,Analyst, Optimus SBR (Department of Sociology)

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Languages Speed Networking- Wednesday September 30, 2015

Wednesday September 30, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Charbonnel Lounge at St. Michael’s College, 81 St. Mary’s Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Monica Aguirre,Business Development Manager, International Students, Ingle International (Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures)
  • Indrit Alushani, Overlay Coordinator at the 2015 PanAm Games in Toronto (Department of French)
  • Greg Grandsen, Screenwriter, Cineflix Productions (Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures)
  • Helen Joseph, High School Teacher, Toronto Catholic District School Board

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Life Sciences Speed Networking- Thursday October 1, 2015

Thursday October 1, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm
RW 010, Ramsay Wright, 25 Harbord Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Cissy Chan,Technician, Research and Development – Griffith Laboratories Ltd. (Department of Cell & Systems Biology / Department of Psychology)
  • Arash Ghashghai,PhD Candidate, Institute of Medical Science, Faculty of Medicine – Toronto General Hospital (Human Biology Program / Department of Cell & Systems Biology)
  • Matthew Panczyk,Senior Manager – Commercial Banking, CIBC (Human Biology Program / Department of Cell & Systems Biology)
  • Yixie Zhang,PhD Candidate, Department of Cell and Systems Biology (Human Biology Program / Department of Cell & Systems Biology)
  • Lauren Della Mora, Analyst, Cancer Care Ontario (Human Biology Program)
  • Joel Tan,Cell Biology Research Technologist – The Hospital for Sick Children (Human Biology Program)
  • Lisa Hopcroft,Physiotherapist, Sunnybrook (Department of Psychology)
  • Kathy Li,Legal Counsel, Children’s Aid Society, Region of Halton (Department of Psychology)
  • Brenda Marshall,President and Founder – FLOW Learning Group and The Solacium Group (Department of Psychology)

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Humanities Speed Networking- Tuesday October 6, 2015

Tuesday October 6, 2015

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Jackman Humanities Building, Room JH 100, 170 St. George Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Celine Cheung,Candidate Service Representative, Royal Conservatory of Music (Department of Art)
  • Jason Davidson,Investigations Analyst, Legal Aid Ontario (Department of History)
  • Emmanuel Leslie, Bilingual Admin Officer, b2B Bank (Department of East Asian Studies)
  • Kelsey Miner,Environmental Graphic Designer, Kramer Design Associates (Department of Art)
  • Adam Nayman, Critic, Eye Magazine (Cinema Studies)
  • Diana Pegoraro, Law Student, Osgoode Hall Law School, York (Department of Classics)
  • Jen Reid, Executive Management Strategist, ANTIcommunications Global Consultancy and Lecturer with the Book & Media Studies Program (Medieval Studies)
  • Cheridan Sanders, Producer, Salt & Light Media (Christianity & Culture)
  • Shoshana Wasser, Communications Coordinator, Ontario Arts Council (Book & Media Studies)

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Math/Physical Sciences Speed Networking- Wednesday October 7, 2015

Wednesday October 7, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Bahen Centre – BA 3200, 40 St. George Street

Alumni Guests:

 

  • Cory Mulvihill,Chief of Staff to Ontario’s Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities and Minister of Research and Innovation (Department of Chemistry)
  • Andy Tallevi,Formulation and Process Consultant, Keller Consulting (Department of Chemistry)
  • Anthony Green, Principal Solutions Architect, Red Hat (Cognitive Science Program)
  • Rebecca Dreezer, Software Engineer, Zynga (Department of Computer Science)
  • Vivian Rambihar,Cardiologist, Self-employed (Department of Physics / Department of Mathematics)
  • Masood Samim,PostDoc, UHN/Princess Margaret Hospital (Department of Physics)
  • Sudharshan Sathiyamoorthy,Vice President, Alignvest Investment Management (Department of Physics / Department of Mathematics)
  • Ken Smith,Corporate Director, Various (Department of Mathematics)
  • Sergio Betancourt, ICG Technology Associate, Citigroup (Department of Statistical Sciences)
  • Louis Chan, Associate Director, Financial Services – University of Toronto, Rotman School of Management (Department of Statistical Sciences)

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Women & Gender Studies Mentorship Meal- Thursday October 8, 2015

Thursday October 8, 2015

6:00pm – 8:00pm
Faculty Club

41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Amy Alexander, Physician, Self-Employed
  • Ayasha Mayr Handel, Manager, Youth Strategies Branch, Strategic Policy and Planning Division, Ministry of Children and Youth Services
  • Graydon Moffat, Owner, GRAYDON – Clinical Luxury

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Computer Science Career Panel Discussion- Tuesday October 13, 2015

Tuesday October 13, 2015

6:00pm – 8:00pm
Bahen Centre, Room BA 3200

40 St. George Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Rebecca Dreezer,Software Engineer, Zynga
  • Chris Kaknevicius,Director of Test Engineering, PointClickCare
  • Ruppi Rana,Software Engineer, Field iD
  • Benjamin Wan,IT Business Analyst, Self-Employed

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Peace, Conflict and Justice Career Panel Discussion- Wednesday October 14, 2015

Wednesday October 14, 2015

6:00pm – 8:00pm
The Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility

1 Devonshire Place

Alumni Guests:

  • Heather Johnston, President & CEO, Dignitas International
  • James Janeiro, Policy Advisor, Ontario Public Service
  • Nicola Luksic, Senior Producer, CBC Radio One

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2014/15

Winter 2015:

Career Panel Discussions

Astronomy & Astrophysics / Chemistry / Physics - January 20, 2015

Tuesday January 20, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Davenport Atrium
Lash Miller Building, 80 St. George Street

Alumni Panelists:

  • Dr. Saul Ship, President, Ship & Associates Inc.
  • Dr. Oekka K. Sinervo, Senior Vice President, Research, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research
  • Dr. Hernan Ugalde, Senior Geophysicist, Paterson, Grant and Watson Limited
  • Dr. Kirsten Vanstone, Executive Director, Royal Canadian Institute

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Philosophy - January 21, 2015

Wednesday January 21, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Room JH 100
Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street

Alumni Panelists:

  • William Arnold, Senior Vice President, Dell Corporation Realty
  • Lauren Bialystok, Assistant Professor, Department of Social Justice Education, OISE,  University of Toronto
  • Jason Davidson, Investigations Analyst, Legal Aid Ontario
  • Matt Fullbrook, Manager, Clarkson Centre for Board Effectiveness, Rotman School of Management
  • Jiyin Tu, People Analyst, Labatt Breweries of Canada

Art/Classics/East Asian Studies/History/Religion - January 22, 2015

Thursday January 22, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm
History Conference Room
Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street

Alumni Panelists:

  • Derong Chen, PhD, Sessional Lecturer, UTM
  • Cassie Kaiser, Interactive Web Designer, ecentricarts inc.
  • Ada Keon, Law Student, Faculty of Arts & Science, U of T
  • Alexander Swann, Communications and Opinion Research Consultant, The Gandalf Group

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Criminology - January 26, 2015

Monday January 26, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Kruger Hall
Woodsworth College, 119 St. George Street

Alumni Panelists:

  • Maria Luisa Abrera-Farol, Correctional Officer, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
  • Julia Gallo, Manager of Social Finance, Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment (MEDTE)
  • Tracey Hamilton, In-House Legal Counsel, SSQ Financial Group
  • John Irwin, Professor, University of Guelph-Humber
  • Nick Mintzas, Field Intelligence Officer, Investigation and Security Unit, Ministry of Children and Youth Services
  • Kerry Watkins, Instructor, Toronto Police College

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CERES / PCJ / SPPG / Political Science - January 27, 2015

Tuesday January 27, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Political Science Conference Room – Room SS 3130
Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street

Alumni Panelists:

  • Jonathan Bright, Associate, Wilson & Partners LLP
  • Jesse Dhaliwal, Member Services Liaison, Association of Ontario Health Centres (AOHC)
  • Hoda Farahmandpour, Executive Director, Wordswell Association for Community Learning
  • Vicki Long, Policy Analyst, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
  • Christopher Thomas, Product Manager, Enterprise Mobility Management, Telus

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Employment Relations - January 29, 2015

Thursday January 29, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Kruger Hall
Woodsworth College, 119 St. George Street

Alumni Panelists:

  • Theresa Aversa, Health and Safety Officer, Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)
  • Mark Carbonelli, Vice President, Human Resources Services, Walmart Canada Corp.
  • Sarah Smith, Associate, Mathews, Dinsdale & Clark LLP
  • Andrea Snider, Senior Consultant, Deloitte Consulting (Human Capital)
  • Michael Walker, Lead (Acting), Ontario Ministry of Labour
  • Matthew Demeo, Associate, McCarthy Tetrault LLP
  • Veronica Ha, Data Analyst, Attendance Support and Management Office, Ontario Public Service
  • Tara Irwin, Dispute Resolution Officer, Association of Management, Administrative and Professional Crown Employees of Ontario

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Sociology - February 3, 2015

Tuesday February 3, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Sociology Seminar Room (Room 240)
725 Spadina Avenue

Alumni Panelists:

  • Lauren Della More, Research Trainee, Public Health Ontario
  • Ike Okafor, Senior Officer, Service Learning and Diversity Outreach, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto
  • Cindy Sinclair, Executive Assistant and Communications & Technology Coordinator, OISE, University of Toronto
  • Justine Abigail Yu, Communications and Marketing Director, Operation Groundswell

French/Italian/German/Slavic/Spanish & Portuguese - February 4, 2015

Wednesday February 4, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Room JH 100
Jackman Humanities Institute, 170 St. George Street

Alumni Panelists:

  • Michelle Deirish, Campus Mental Health Partnerships, Centennial College
  • Terence Dunn, Masters Student, University of Toronto
  • Stefanie Freel, Senior Research/Planning Advisor, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Cynthia Macri, Senior Internal Newsroom Officer

Cinema Studies/English/Comparative Literature - February 5, 2015

Monday February 5, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Innis Residence Events Room
111 St. George Street

Alumni Panelists:

  • David Berman, Reporter, Globe & Mail
  • Nella Cotrupi, Adult Education, University of Toronto (St. Michael’s College)
  • Gregory Harrison, Manager, Communications and Change Management, TD Bank Group
  • Jaclyn Hodsdon, Publicist, Dundurn Press
  • Vanessa Tam, Coordinator, Industry Office, TIFF

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Mathematics/Statistical Sciences - February 10, 2015

Tuesday February 10, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Croft Chapter House
University College, 15 King’s College Circle

Alumni Panelists:

  • Tony Harold, National Manager, Sales, Fleet Operations & Strategic Planning, Mazda Canada Inc.
  • Milena Nazaruk, Senior Manager, Retail Analysis, Cadillac Fairview, Strategic Insights
  • Adam Ng, Senior Analyst, Quantitative Engineering, TD Securities
  • Mike Serafin, Library Computer Analyst, Web Developer, University of Toronto Mississauga

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Human Biology/Psychology - February 24, 2015

Tuesday February 24, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Room 560A
Sidney Smith Hall, 100 St. George Street

Alumni Panelists:

  • Henry Raffles Cowan, Research Analyst (Interventionist), Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)
  • Lauren Della Mora, Research Trainee, Public Health Ontario
  • Darrell Gonzales, Family Counselor, Associated Youth Services of Peel
  • Xin Hang, Associate Consulting & Analytics, Foster Rosenblatt
  • Andrew Manis, Project Control Officer, Enterprise Data Cetnre Program, RBC

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Careers in Government, Social Justice, Not-for-Profit - February 26, 2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015
The Music Room
Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle

Alumni Panelists:

  • Amina A, Fundraiser, AMS
  • Aisha Ansari, Investment Specialist, Government of Ontario
  • Rachel Anderson, Strategic Policy Analyst, Ontario Energy Board
  • Zita Astravas, Press Secretary to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne
  • Theresa Aversa, Health and Safety Officer Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)
  • Sogleen Ayaz, Recent Alumni
  • Niya Bajaj, Senior Events and Communications Officer, Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
  • John Ballantine, Manager, Municipal Finance Policy Branch, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • Vera Belazelkoska, Manager of Community Projects, The STEPS Initiative
  • Anthony Blair, Chief, Pay Operations, Public Works and Government Services Canada
  • Sandra  Bratina, Office Administrator, Abbeyfield Canada
  • Marcy Burchfield, Executive Director, The Neptis Foundation
  • Melanie Castillo, Coordinator, Donor Relations, AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT)
  • Salvator Cusimano, Refugee Settlement Worker, Romero House
  • Jason Davidson, Investigations Analyst, Legal Aid Ontario
  • Lauren Della Mora, Research Trainee, Public Health Ontario
  • Michael Denyszyn, Senior Legal Counsel at Ontario Securities Commission
  • John Paul de Silva, Founder and Managing Director, Social Focus Consulting
  • Nicholas Dion, Senior Coordinator, Research & Programs, Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO)
  • Philip Enright, Deputy Director, Deputy Director, Guns and Gangs Prosecution Office at the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General
  • Steven Fong, Conductor, March of Dimes Canada
  • Fidelia Fredua-Kwarteng, Senior Program Advisor Ministry of Citizenship, Immigration & International Trade
  • Robert Freeman, Senior Program Advisor, Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • Julia Gallo, Manager, Social Finance, Ministry of Economic Development
  • John Gillinsky, Historian and Independent Scholar
  • Neesha Gobin, Program Administrator, BMO
  • Veronica Ha, Data Analyst, Ontario Public Works
  • Zahra Habib, Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Community and Social Services
  • Ifhtia Haque, Adopt-a-Day Coordinator, Habitat for Humanity GTA
  • Denise Hansen, Writer
  • Laura Hay, Artist / Consultant
  • Justin Holmes, Founder and Director, The Basketball Academy
  • Jack Illingworth, Literature Officer, Ontario Arts Council
  • Fahmida Kamali, Project Coordinator Ministry of Government & Consumer Services, Ontario Public Service (OPS)
  • Yuna Kim, Corporate Development Intern, Kids Help Phone (previous)
  • Peter Laframboise, Investigator, College of Nurses of Ontario
  • Mary Jo Leddy, Founder, Romero House
  • Jeremy Link, Senior Communications Advisor, Public Works & Government Services Canada
  • Ken Loo, Auditor, Province Ontario
  • Eric Lucic, Team Leader, Park Assets, Park Planning, City of Mississauga
  • Anum Malik, Staff Lawyer, Scarborough Community Legal Services
  • Diana Markova, Research Assistant, Rotman Research Assistant
  • Lori Martin, Senior Cultural Affairs Officer, City of Toronto
  • Sheila McElrea, Executive Director, Fashion Helps
  • Sumon Mukherjee, Senior Economist, Ontario Ministry of Finance
  • Gladys Okine, Senior Director, Mission Advancement & Corporate Partnerships, Goodwill Industries of Toronto, Eastern, Central & Northern Ontario
  • Andrea Nagy, Director of Educational Programs, Pueblo Science
  • John Nguyen, Film Maker, Indie Films
  • Lavenya Rajendra, Senior Policy Advisor, Ontario Public Service
  • Amanda Pautler, Senior Manager, Government Policy, University of Toronto
  • Daniel Perry, Senior Clearance Analyst, Advertising Standards Canada
  • Nicole Pinto-Lobo, Project Manager, Ministry of Government Services, Infrastructure Technology Services
  • Craig Ruttan, Senior Consultant Counsel Public Affairs
  • Anne Sealey, Senior Policy Analyst Government of Ontario – Ministry of Children and Youth Services
  • Diane Silver, Community Planner, City of Toronto
  • Rob Sinclair, Manager, Generation Procurement Operations, Independent Electricity System Operator
  • P. Tamara Sugunasiri, Senior Counsel, Department of Justice Canada
  • Abiramie Thiru, Recent Alumni
  • Margaret Tomei, Legislation Design Specialist Ontario Ministry of Finance
  • Andre Trevisan, Senior Policy Advisor, Government of Ontario
  • Tony Tsui, Project Engineer, Ministry of Environment
  • Hrayr Tumasyan, Global Political Affairs Analyst, Canadian Centre for Responsibility to Protect (CCR2P), Canadian International Council
  • Helen Walsh, President and CEO, Literary Review of Canada and President of Diaspora Dialogues
  • Kate Wilkinson, Project Coordinator, Cancer Care Ontario
  • Justine Abigail Yu, Communications and Marketing Director Operation Groundswell
  • Durriya Zaidi, Facilitator, Mosaic Institute
  • Andrea Zeelie-Varga, National Programs Manager, Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research

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Political Science - March 3, 2015

Tuesday, March 3, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Political Science Conference Room: SS 3130
Sidney Smith Hall

Alumni Panelists: 

  • Liz Aldous, Development Associate of Corporate Partnerships, Toronto Public Library Foundation
  • Rachel Anderson, Analyst – Strategic Policy, Ontario Energy Board
  • Taras Pidzamecky, Chief Executive Officer & General Counsel, Ukrainian Credit Union Limited
  • Vito S. Scalisi, Barrister, Vito S. Scalisi Barrister

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Environment/Geography - March 9, 2015

Monday, March 9, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Croft Chapter House
University College, 15 King’s College Circle

Alumni Panelists:

  • Katrusia Balan, Research Analyst, Solid Waste Management Services, City of Toronto
  • Kristle Calisto-Tavares, Entrepreneur, Innovation Coach & Social Venture Specialist
  • Jim Gardner, President, Bruzer Sportsgear Ltd
  • Ifhtia Haque, Coordinator, Habitat for Humanity GTA
  • Sammy Lau, Digital Strategist, Canopy Labs
  • Holly Vaughan, Bilingual Knowledge Base Analyst, IntelliResponse

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English - March 18, 2015

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Jackman Humanities Institute
170 St. George Street

Alumni Panelists:

  • Diana Arajs, President, Poise Communications
  • Philip Enright, Deputy Director, Ministry of the Attorney General
  • Alix MacDonald, Series Producer, Cineflix

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Asian Institute (Networking Event) - March 20, 2015

Friday, March 20, 2015
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Vivian and David Conference Facility (St. George Campus)
1 Devonshire Place

Alumni Panelists:

  • Marco Amadasi, Real Estate Finance
  • SaimaS. Hussain, Peel Coordinator, CapaCITY Creators Project, Council of Agencies Serving South Asian (CASSA)
  • Paola Jani, Postgraduate Diploma Candidate, University of London
  • Zain Khursid, Post Graduate Student, Supply Chain Management Diploma, Humber College
  • Anita Li, Reporter/Editor, Mashable
  • Paramjit Rai, Academic and Arts Professional

Mentorship Meals

History - February 2, 2015

Monday, February 2, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm
The Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Elly Barandeh, Manager, Member Network, CPA Ontario
  • Tim Edwards, Assistant Crown Attorney, Ministry of the Attorney General
  • Lesley Wheldrake, Digital Communications Manager, Cancer Care Ontario

Rotman Commerce - February 4, 2015

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Alumni Guests:

  • Donald Karn, President – Karnco Ltd.
  • Anthony Scilipoti, President – Veritas Investment Research Corporation
  • David Scrymgeour, Entrepreneur and Executive-in-Residence, Rotman Commerce
  • Martha Tory, Partner, Assurance Practice – Ernst & Young

Computer Science - February 5, 2015

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Alumni Guests:

  • James Liang, Technical Lead – QA Automation, NetSuite
  • Adil Sardar, Development Team Lead – WaveDNA
  • Tony Yiu, Senior Programmer Analyst – Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan

Asian Studies - February 10, 2015

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Alumni Guests:

  • Anita Li, Contributing Editor, Mashable
  • Audrey Ooi, Marketing Specialist / Chief Eating Officer (Founder), Bell Mobility / Tasty Tours
  • Robert Sinclair, Manager, Procurement Operations, Ontario Power Authority

Geography - February 12, 2015

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Alumni Guests:

  • Meirav Even-Har, 3RCertified Program Manager – Recycling Council of Ontario
  • Ricardo Gomez-Insausti, Vice President of Research & Respondent Contact Centres – Numeris
  • Justin Holmes, Director – The Basketball Academy
  • Brian Ridgway, President – ShareNet

Sociology - March 2, 2015

Monday, March 2, 2015
6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m
The Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Maria Luisa Abrera-Farol, Correctional Officer – Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
  • Konstantinos Kostouros, Chief Executive Officer – Hellenic Home for the Aged Inc.
  • Kaya Quinsey, Instructor Therapist – AIM Autism Services

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Cell and Systems Biology - March 5, 2015

Thursday, March 5, 2015
6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m
The Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Brooke Acton, Senior Specialist, Research Programs – Weston Brain Institute
  • Simon Chun, Business Analyst – Scotiabank
  • Rhain Louis, Animal Ethics and Compliance Manager, Research Oversight and Compliance Office – University of Toronto

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German - March 10, 2015

Tuesday, March 10, 2015
6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m
The Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Julia Card, Speech Language Pathologist, Closing the Gap
  • Rick Coburn, Partner, Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Statistical Sciences - March 12, 2015

Thursday, March 12, 2015
6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m
The Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Don De la Paz, Head of Insurance Information Services and Chief Data Steward, RBC Insurance
  • Andrei Izmailov, Director of Strategy and Planning, TransUnion Canada
  • Howard Lyons, FCIA, FSA, Partner, Aon Hewitt
  • Thiru Ratnapalan, Technology Consultant

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Human Biology - March 16, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015
6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m
The Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Gary Margolis, Principal, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, DRI Capital Inc.
  • Dr. Sameer Masood, Resident, Royal College Emergency, University of Toronto
  • Dina Nikitina, Research Coordinator, Familial Breast Cancer Research Unit, Women’s College Hospital

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Spanish & Portuguese - March 16, 2015

Monday, March 16, 2015
6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m
The Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Waldo Aristizabal,  Director, Toronto Catholic School Board Employees Credit Union
  • Sharmila Clark, Solicitor, City of Toronto Legal
  • Miguel Lameiro, Chair, Centre for the Built Environment, Seneca
  • Julio Montero, LL.M., C.Tran. (C), Director, Compliance & Regulatory Affairs, Able Translations Ltd.

Philosophy - March 17, 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
6:00p.m. – 8:00p.m
The Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Stephen Bowman, Managing Partner, Bennett Jones
  • Keely Nugent, Project Manager, Teehan+Lax
  • Jason Shankaran, Detective, Toronto Police Service
  • Chris Stoate, Founder, LaserNetworks

Rotman Commerce - March 17, 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
7:00a.m. – 9:00a.m
The Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Andrew Drexler, Assistant Vice President, First National Financial LP
  • Farhan Ali Khan, Vice President, Financial Institutions Investment Banking Group, RBC Capital Markets
  • Alan Redway, Former Mayor of the Borough of East York
  • David Scrymgeour, Entrepreneur and Executive-in-Residence, Rotman Commerce

Cognitive Science - March 17, 2015

Tuesday, March 17, 2015
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Panelists:

  • Robert Beghian, Software Consultant, Kobo Inc.
  • Sarah Imrisek, Game Developer, Sinking Ship Entertainment

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Anthropology - March 19, 2015

Thursday, March 19, 2015
5
:30 pm – 8:00 pm
The Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Panelists:

  • Patricia Newland, Project Manager, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
  • Carla Parslow, Associate and Senior Archaeologist, Golder Associates
  • Debra Camilleri Pedersen, Director of Operations, Global Journeys, Canada

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Political Science - March 24, 2015

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Panelists:

  • Astrid-Maria Ciarallo, The Prince/s Operation Entrepreneur Program, HRH The Prince of Wales’ Charities in Canada
  • Netila Demneri, Research Associate, Russell Reynolds Associates
  • Jennifer E. Dalton, Assistant Professor, School of Public Policy & Administration, York University
  • Sean Gacich, Teacher, High School, Harbord Collegiate Institute
  • Kenneth Kidd, National Newspaper and National Magazine Award Winner and Author

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Earth Sciences - March 30, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015
6
:00 pm – 8:00 pm
The Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Panelists:

  • Robert Borowski, Equity Research Analyst, CFA Level 2 Candidate
  • Leif Nilsson, Vice President, Metals and Mining Investment Banking, Macquarie Capital
  • Nick Tintor, Managing Director, RG Mining Investments Inc.
  • Linda Wrong, Director, Environment, Hudbay Minerals Inc.

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English - March 31, 2015

Tuesday, March 31, 2015
5
:30 pm – 8:00 pm
The Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Panelists:

  • Anna Bartosik, Professor, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Sheridan College
  • John Cruickshank, Publisher, Toronto Star
  • Charles Foran, Author, Journalist and CEO of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship

Fall 2014:

Career Panel Discussions

Astronomy & Astrophysics / Chemistry / Physics - September 23, 2014

Tuesday September 23, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Physics Lounge, MP 110/111
McLennan Physical Labs, 
60 St. George Street

Alumni Panelists:

  • Duncan Jones, Principal, Hexagon Innovating
  • Dr. Martin Durant, Image Processing Researcher, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Asif Khan, Tax Manager, SR&ED

Student Reflections:

“I am really honoured by the opportunity to meet with professionals whom are willing to share their life stories and struggles they have went through during the school years, and this gives me a better idea of how does the transition between school and job market looks life.”

– Second year student

“The program is very helpful because it’s very important to hear real stories from real people that explains to you how difficult or easy it is to build a career in your area, and give you some tips from their own experience.”

– Second year student

“It is an excellent opportunity to provide ‘wake-up calls’ to those who have inputted little thought about what they would do after graduation. Some alumni who were in the same position are easily relatable therefore, and this interaction can foster meaningful relationships/connections, as well as provide motivation to pursue next steps.”

– Fourth year student

Art / Classics / East Asian Studies / History / Religion - September 30, 2014

Tuesday September 30, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Jackman Humanities Institute, Room 100 170 St. George Street

Alumni Panelists:

  • Peter Chang, Superintendent of Education, Toronto District School Board
  • Tara Cracknell, Marketing and Outreach Coordinator, Youth Employment Services (YES)
  • Michael Keoshkerian, Projects Manager – Privacy and Big Data Institute, Ryerson University
  • Melissa Perri, Coordinator, Community and Internal Communications, Maple Leafs Sports & Entertainment (MLSE)
  • Megan Torza, Partner, DTAH Architects

Student Reflections:

“Before attending this event, I was not sure what I could get from my degree (History) I am pursuing; to me, history was a vague and broad subject that seemed to have no relevance to anything other than teaching or researching. However, after meeting the alumnae with a history degree pursuing other jobs while still utilizing the skills learned from the department, I realized that degree was not just the contents we learn, but also about the basic, fundamental skills that we learn that can be applies in most unlikely fields. It may be a simple concept, but after hearing this from a faculty member and an alumni, I was surprised how much more confident I became in continuing my study in the department. Now that I know it will help me in one way or another, I am less unsure about my student life as a whole.”

– Second year student

“Hearing stories from alumni about how their career paths did not follow the plan they had in mind really helped me the most. It gave me assurance that it takes experience to figure out what it is I want to pursue with my life.”

– Third year student

“It was nice to know that other people (and probably most people) did not have everything figured out at the stage I am at in my education. The panelists really reinforced the importance of getting experience through work and volunteering. I knew this was important already, but school keeps me so busy that I have not made working or volunteering a priority. Now, I am going to try to make some time.”

– Third year student

Environment / Geography - October 1, 2014

Wednesday October 1, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm
University College, Room A101

Alumni Panelists:

  • Oliver Couto, Manager – The Bee Shop
  • Alexandra Palazzolo, Lab Technologist – Peto MacCallum Ltd. Consulting Engineers
  • Marcy Burchfield, Executive Director – Neptis Foundation
  • Nicole Pinto-Lobo, Project Manager – Government of Ontario

Student Reflections:

“One of the meaningful or helpful part of the b2B event was meeting UofT alumni who were able to provide inspiring advice while also letting us know the steps they’ve taken to get to this point of their lives. It is helpful to know that you don’t necessarily have to take one path to achieving your goals.”

– First year student

“I enjoyed listening to some of the things that our alumni did in finding their first jobs after graduation. They gave really good tips and it was good to learn that sometimes we need to think outside the box when searching for jobs.”

– First year student

“I was a bit confused as to what I might be doing after graduation and I was a bit scared.  Hearing the alumni talk about their experience and talking to some of them afterwards helped me see different options.”

– Fourth year student

CERES / PCJ / SPPG / Political Science - October 7, 2014

Tuesday October 7th, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Jackman Humanities Institute, Room 100 170 St. George Street

Alumni Panelists:

  • Craig Ruttan, Senior Consultant, Counsel Public Affairs
  • Margaret Tomei, Legislation Design Specialist, Ontario Ministry of Finance, Taxation Policy Division
  • Catherine Tsalikis, Producer, CTV News

Student Reflections:

“What I found to the most meaningful was that, through listening to the alumni’s testimonials, recommendations, and advice, I was better able to gauge a sense of what it entails being enrolled at the School of Public Policy & Governance. It was refreshing listening to someone speak from the NGO sector, as I think that definitely encourages students to pursue careers in fields other than government.”

– Fourth year student

“What I found most meaningful and helpful in the b2B event I attended was hearing the stories of the alumni. It was very encouraging to hear their path on to where they have landed now. It definitely reinforced and alleviated some of the fears I had after graduation. Most importantly, the main advice of the alumni resonated with me. To always keep your head up, keep trying, keep academically active even after graduation in the field you are interested, and keep actively seeking opportunities.”

– Fourth year student

“I was particularly entertained in this event, all of the speakers had great talks and I’m happy I attended. I thought the various streams that each speaker represented was quite helpful in terms of illustrating the versatility of the MPP program.”

– Fifth+ year student

 

Cognitive Science - October 8, 2014

Wednesday October 8th, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Croft Chapter House, Room UC 175, University College, 15 King’s College Circle

Alumni Panelists:

  • David Q. Chen, PhD Candidate, Institute of Medical Sciences, U of T
  • David J. Hayes, PhD, Brain, Imaging and Behaviour – Systems Neuroscience, University Health Network, Toronto Western Research Institute, U of T, Division of Neurosurgery
  • Karen Lau, Co-Founder and Creative Director, Mirens Inc.
  • Michael McCarthy, General Manager, Dealertrack Technologies Canada

Student Reflections:

“The most meaningful part of the event was the personal discussion with alumni. This allowed more personal questions and advice to be discussed. It was very helpful to hear their stories and it was comforting to know that they also were confused about their future and the paths they should take.”

– 2nd year student

“Hearing stories of the paths various Cognitive Science alumni have taken was very interesting as well as informative, and the advice that they gave was helpful. The best part of the event however was getting a chance to network and speak to alumni and ask questions about research, getting into graduate school, etc.”

– Recent graduate

“I think it was refreshing to see that you don’t need to have your life figured out yet. It’s nice to see people that have been through some struggles and still come out successful and it was a very fresh and honest take on what it’s like out in the ‘real world’. I really appreciated the honesty and the career and life advice more than anything cognitive science related, actually. It really got me excited and nervous about the future but in a good way!”

– 2nd year student

Sociology - October 9, 2014

Thursday October 9, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Sociology Seminar Room (Rm 240), 725 Spadina Ave.

Alumni Panelists:

  • Ainsley Gilkinson, Manager, Media Relations – Sony Music Entertainment Canada Inc.
  • Mary Jackson, Chief Officer of Professional Resources – Blake Cassels & Graydon
  • Chris Sewrattan, Criminal Defence Lawyer – Pringle & Bottomley
  • Andrea Zeelie-Varga, National Awareness and Prevention Programs Manager – Canadian Foundation for AIDS Research (CANFAR)

Student Reflections:

“The most meaningful and helpful experience that I had in the context of the b2B events was to hear about alumni’s career paths and to come to know how their sociology background had helped them to get there and continues to be relevant in their job.”

– Third year student

“What I found most helpful was hearing the alumni’s career stories involving how they took the initiative to get to where they are today. Their words of encouragement and level of optimism especially stood out.”

– Third year student

“The sociology B2B discussion panel helps me to realize the importance of getting involved in different communities and looking for internship opportunities. It opened up my eyesight to another career field which I have never thought of pursuing.”

– First year student

Languages - October 15, 2014

Wednesday October 15th, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Jackman Humanities Institute, 170 St. George Street, Room JH100

Alumni Panelists:

  • Zita Astravas, Press Secretary to Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne
  • Marco Falco, Lawyer, Torkin Manes LLP
  • Aisha Jamal, Assistant Professor & Filmmaker
  • Deepa Kanal, Policy Analyst, Ontario Public Service

Student Reflections:

“For me the most meaningful part was hearing testimony of how language learning helped the professionals who shared their stories with further developing their marketability and their skills. One particular idea that stood out to me was the notion that language learning helped them to become better net-workers, speakers and overall communicators in their respective fields. It would seem as though the ability to learn languages is a skill that is highly transferable and lends to many more possibilities than I had formerly believed possible.”

– Masters student

“I learned a lot just from hearing the stories and experiences of the Alumni and feel very inspired and reassured that I cant get a career out of a language program at school. I also enjoyed talking to the Alumni and just hearing their advises and interesting stories.”

– Fourth year student

“I spoke with one of the panelists (Fatima) during the networking portion of the b2B event and found her to be very approachable. She gave me some practical advice and a new perspective on how I was looking at my career options. She also pointed me in the direction of a useful website and offered to keep in contact with me in the future. It was a very productive talk.”

– Fourth year student

Mathematics / Statistical Sciences - October 21, 2014

Tuesday October 21, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Math Graduate Lounge – BA 6200, Bahen Centre (40 St. George Street)

Alumni Panelists:

  • Shiva Ashta, Data Scientist – AcuityAds
  • Derrick Gray, Director, Research Sample Design & Control – Numeris
  • Sina Motamedi, Policy and Quantitative Analyst – Ontario Ministry of Finance
  • Tony Panzarella, Manager, Biostatistics Department – Princess Margaret Cancer Centre

 

Student Reflections:

“The advice given in regards to quantitative careers was straightforward and down-to-earth. This talk was very encouraging and the speakers were authorities in their respective fields.”

– Third year student

“I know more now in which way i should improve myself. To get a job is not only base on what you have learned in class, but other abilities that you should have. For example, how to translate Statistic results into common language to other people.”

– Fourth year student

Cinema Studies / English / Comparative Literature - October 29, 2014

Wednesday October 29th, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Jackman Humanities Institute, 170 St. George Street, Room JH100

Alumni Panelists:

  • Jennifer Dewar, President, Dewar Communications
  • Dani Legault, Writer for The Twenty
  • Daniel Perry, Author and Senior Clearance Analyst, Advertising Standards Canada

Student Reflections:

“Attending the b2B event helped me substantially. Hearing the personal stories of all three alumni is always a reassurance that you are on the right path, and there are numerous bodies, both peers and mentors who know the path is not always easy.”

– Second year student

“The most meaning part of this event was to hear the personalized stories of the panel speakers. I gained some insight on the unpredictable post-graduate experience and how to maneuver it. I learned that there will be struggle no matter what, and no job is a bad job.”

– Fourth year student

“The most helpful part was simply attending. I needed to go to further my interaction skills. It’s something that needs practice and this a great opportunity to do so.”

– Third year student

Human Biology / Psychology - November 4, 2014

Tuesday November 4, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Ramsay Wright Labs – RW 432

25 Harbord St.

Alumni Panelists:

  • Oksana Andreiuk, Medical Operations Associate – GlaxoSmithKline
  • Stéfanie Fréel, Senior Research/Planning Advisor – Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Fahmida Kamali, Project Coordinator – Ministry of Government & Consumer Services, Ontario Public Service (OPS)
  • Kendra Naidoo, Legal Counsel – Centre for Addiction and Mental Health
  • Romeo Penheiro, Clinical Research Assistant – Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre
  • Julienne Torres, Director of Operations (GTA) – Appletree Medical Group

Student Reflections:

“The most meaningful part of the b2B I attended was gaining inspiration to be open to all opportunities and to look into new fields that are not necessarily directly related to my degree.”

– Fourth year student

“I found the alumni’s advice and journey to be the most helpful part because it made me feel better about my future. All of them mentioned that it is okay if we don’t know what we want to do after graduation because they have been through the stage in life and they have gone through the same things that we are going through.”

– Second year student

“It provided insight on other jobs in the field of human biology other than the traditional doctor/researcher.  I got to see what it took for other people to reach where they are in their respective careers.”

– Third year student

Cell & Systems Biology - November 25, 2014

Tuesday November 25, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Ramsay Wright Labs – RW 432

25 Harbord St.

Alumni Panelists:

  • Miran Kim, Registered Nurse – Centre for Addiction and Mental Health  / University Health Network
  • Andrew Manis, Project Control Officer, Enterprise Data Centre Program – RBC
  • Kate Penney, Scientific Art Review Editor – Imagineeringart.com Inc.
  • Julienne Torres, Director of Operations (GTA) – Appletree Medical Group

Student Reflections:

“The whole panel section I found to be very informative, and really showed off the diversity of careers in life science after school.”

– First year student

“I found the most meaningful part was that each alumni representative told us about their personal stories, especially about the problems they once had faced and how they found the solution when they were planning to leave the university. This gave me a sense about my future planning for finding a job and helped me be prepared for possible difficulties I might meet.”

– Fourth year student

“I learned that skills such as analytic, critical thinking, customer experience and interpersonal skills are what many employers like to see that you have learned as a result of attending university. Many of these skills are best enhanced outside the classroom, so that reinforces the need to get involved in the community and in extracurricular activities.”

– Second year student

Industry Night: Careers in Law - November 26, 2014

November 26, 2014

6:30pm-8:00pm

The Music Room at Hart House

 

Alumni Guests:

  • Elena Balkos, Associate at Miller Thompson LLP
  • John Birch, Partner at Cassels, Brock and Blackwell LLP
  • Stephen Bowman, Toronto Managing Partner at Bennet Jones LLP
  • Jonathan Bright, Associate at Wilson & Partners LLP
  • David Bronskill, Partner at Goodmans LLP
  • Candice Camilleri, Project Manager, Cabinet Office at Ontario Public Service
  • Timothy Chapman-Smith, Litigation Associate, McCarthy Tétrault LLP
  • Jason Cherniak, President, Cherniak Law Professional Corporation
  • Erin Craddock, Associate at Cassels, Brock and Blackwell LLP
  • Dr. Jennifer E. Dalton, Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy & Administration at York University
  • Michael Denyszyn, Senior Legal Counsel at Ontario Securities Commission
  • Philip Enright, Deputy Director, Deputy Director, Guns and Gangs Prosecution Office at the Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General
  • Kate Fairbrother, Associate Davies Howe Partners LLP
  • Marco Falco, Lawyer, Torkin Manes LLP
  • Karolina Fit, Articling Student at Groia & Company
  • Susana Fonseca, Articling Student at Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP
  • Sara Gelgor, Vice President, Enterprise Programs Compliance & Chief Privacy Officer at Scotiabank
  • David Hamer, Partner at McCarthy Tetrault LLP
  • Julie K. Hannaford, Founder at J K Hannaford Barristers
  • Vanessa Ibe, Lawyer at Rosenbaum & Frank LLP
  • Mary Jackson, Chief Officer of Professional Resources at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
  • Patrick James, Partner at Pinto Wray James LLP
  • Carolyn Johnston, Lawyer at Torkin Manes LLP
  • Gave Lindo, Lawyer & Deputy Director, Business & Rights at the CBC
  • Candice Mak, Lawyer, Flaherty Dow Elliott & McCarthy LLP
  • Gary Margolis, General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer at DRI Capital Inc.
  • Elder Marques, Partner at McCarthy Tétrault LLP
  • Jerome Poon-Ting, Senior Recruitment, Admissions & Diversity Outreach Officer at Faculty of Law, U of T
  • Tara Raissi, Lawyer at Kostniuk
  • Vito Scalisi, Barrister
  • Chris Sewrattan, Criminal Lawyer at Pringle & Bottomley
  • Peter Shadgett, Bureau Commander of the Ontario Provincial Police Investigation and Support Bureau
  • Alex Smith, Associate Lawyer, Torys LLP
  • Andre Trevisan, Senior Policy Advisor at the Government of Ontario
  • Kerry Watkins, LL.M. candidate in criminal law at Osgoode Hall Law School, York University
  • Victoria Watkins, Executive Director, Osgoode Professional Development/Assistant Dean, Osgoode Hall Law School at York University
  • Andrea Wood, SVP, Legal Services at TELUS
  • Cara Zacks, Associate, Litigation and Dispute Resolution Group at McMillan LLP
  • Christy Zhou, Associate at Blakes. Cassels & Graydon LLP

Student Reflections:

“The most meaningful part is when I spoke to a litigator and realized that I am very interested in becoming one in the future, because I have extensive experience with debating, mooting, and public speaking in general, and through talking with the litigator I became more interested in pursuing this area of law.”

– Fourth year Psychology student

The most meaningful part of the “careers in law” b2B event was talking to some of the alumni and listening to their career stories. It was intriguing to find out what kind of paths they took, what they did in order to reach their goals and getting tips on what I should be doing as a first year student. Specifically, I found talking to a crown’s attorney really valuable as he gave some general advice on becoming a professional in law. The event it self not only helped me to become more aware but also encouraged me to work harder and strive forward.”

– Chemistry masters student

“I had some doubts about the career path I had planned and talking with some of the professionals currently working really assuaged some of those doubts. I also learned a bit about different types of opportunities in the Law career field that I had never known before.”

– Second year Political Science student

Geography/Planning - December 1, 2014

Wednesday October 1, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm
University College, Room A101

Alumni Panelists:

  • Oliver Couto, Manager – The Bee Shop
  • Alexandra Palazzolo, Lab Technologist – Peto MacCallum Ltd. Consulting Engineers
  • Marcy Burchfield, Executive Director – Neptis Foundation
  • Nicole Pinto-Lobo, Project Manager – Government of Ontario

Student Reflections:

“I thought both the panel itself as well as the post-panel reception/casual networking to be really helpful and meaningful.  The students really seemed to enjoy talking to to the panelists and connecting with them individually.”

– PhD student

“After having the opportunity to speak with alumni who work in the field of GIS, I feel very confident in pursuing post-graduate studies.”

– Fourth year student

“Hearing the stories from the alumni and about what worked for them and what didn’t in their careers was very helpful. It was also helpful to hear their advice to succeed.”

– Fourth year student

 

Mentorship Meals

Department of History – October 14, 2014

October 14, 2014

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

 

Alumni Guests:

  • Robyn Brown MA, MP, Land Use Planner/Land Economist, IBI Group
  • Janne Duncan, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright Canada
  • Phil Gellatly, Associate Director, Wealth Management Operations Compliance, BMO
  • Harprit Gill, Hospice Counsellor, Heart House Hospice

 

Student Reflections:

“It was so meaningful to meet with different type of successful people coming from a different background although they did their major and minor history.  For me it was more meaningful to meet with our alumni Janne Duncan. She shared a lot of her knowledge and personal experiences which really meaningful to me.”

– Second year student

“It was a great experience getting to meet alumni and hearing their advice for graduating students.”

– Fourth year student

“Talking to the alumni and hearing about how they used their education and experience straight out of university to integrate themselves in a company and move upwards was very inspiring.”

– Fifth+ year student

Department of Philosophy – October 21, 2014

October 21, 2014

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

 

Alumni Guests:

  • Jonathan Liu, Analyst Business Strategy, Asset & Liability Management, Scotiabank
  • Kim McLaren, Principal, TDSB
  • Tamara Pravica, Business Writer and Proposal Manager at Odgers Berndtson

 

Student Reflections:

“What I found most valuable from the b2B dinner was the affirmation that a philosophy degree will allow for diverse job opportunities outside the realm of academia. The skills a philosophy degree develop such as critical thinking, attention to detail, logic formulation, and effective writing are extremely marketable, for almost every job.The best piece of advice was to basically have the courage to say yes to opportunities that present themselves, as this degree will continually offer support.”

– Fifth+ year student

“I networked with some alumni who I felt would be profitable to know and who may be able to aid me in some of my entrepreneurial goals. I also got to speak with a faculty member, Mark Kingwell, about a major concern I’ve been having with the option of going to grad school. It was interesting to hear that it is still an issue that he faces today, as an established professor.”

– Fourth year student

Department of Art – October 22, 2014

October 22, 2014

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Kelsey Miner, Graphic Designer at Kramer Design Associates
  • Lucila Portoraro, Assistant VP, Sothebys
  • Megan Torza, Partner, DTAH

 

Student Reflections:

“The most meaningful part of the event was to learn about how the alumni made their transition from university to work. They were very helpful tips that I would not be able to learn elsewhere. I became very much interested in the business of auction which has various dimensions of possibilities to explore and learn. They inspired me and encouraged me to not give up on my dreams and passion.”

– Fourth year student

Department of Physics – October 30, 2014

October 30, 2014

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Dr. Ernest Chan, Managing Member – QTS Capital Management, LLC.
  • Anthony Moots, VP Business Development – Builder Lynx
  • Dr. Sudharshan Sathiyamoorthy, Vice President – Alignvest

Student Reflections:

“For this dinner I received useful tips from my peers and students from the same program. I found this dinner very important because I was able to meet one of my professors in more informal atmosphere.”

– Second year student

“It was very helpful to hear about the decisions the alumni made, how a university degree in physics is valued outside of academia and to understand that a career is the product of marketing oneself.”

– Masters student

“The most helpful part was learning how skills were used from university to workplace. All in all, I received all the information that I needed, and there were valuable insights from the range of alumni.”

– Third year student

School of the Environment – November 3, 2014

November 3, 2014

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Rachel Anderson, Analyst, Strategic Policy – Ontario Energy Board
  • Kate Fairbrother, Lawyer – Davies Howe Partners LLP
  • Rohit Mehta, Development Assistant – Credit Valley Conservation Foundation
  • Jennifer Robinson, Network Manager – NSERC Canadian Network for Aquatic Ecosystem Services (CNAES), University of Toronto
  • Neda Tocheva, Project Coordinator – Pure Energies Inc.

Student Reflections:

“I found that I benefited from hearing alumni’s stories about how they got where they are today in their career. Their stories helped me put future studies and career options into more of a clear perspective. Not only did I learn about future environmental career paths I can potentially pursue, but I also received some advice from alumni about grad school and what they recommend when applying. Additionally, I was given a lot of useful tips when it comes to resumes and interviews. Through various conversations and listening to various pieces of advice, I was able to network not only with alumni, but with peers. This dinner was a useful way of meeting people. All in all, I really valued this experience, and I look forward to the workshop next year.”

– First year student

“Talking to alumni and listening to their advice was very helpful. They gave me confidence that I can find a job that I love related to environment and that it just might take time but will be worth it.”

– Fourth year student

“I found that the b2B Dinner with the Alumni was an excellent experience, especially because I learned valuable lessons about what sort of steps I ought to take to begin my professional career. Being able to talk one-on-one with several alumni of the School of the Environment was very helpful and allowed me to gain important insight into the working world.”

– Third year student

Department of Political Science – November 4, 2014

November 4, 2014

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Vera Belazelkoska, Project Coordinator, Community Engagement, The STEPS Initiative
  • Tyler Currie, Director of International Affairs, NHL Players Association
  • Sheree Drummond, Deputy Secretary, Office of the Governing Council, University of Toronto

Student Reflections:

“I think having alumni and faculty switch seats during the dinner provided more opportunities for me to listen from different perspectives. The whole dinner was nicely structured, which facilitated communication and encouraged everyone to speak up.”

– Fourth year student

“The variety of careers that the alumni had chosen was vast, and that made me feel empowered about my undergrad degree choice and my future prospects.”

– Third year student

“The most meaningful part for me was what one of the alumni said, about how political science is a very versatile degree. It’s more than the sum of the subjects we study in our classes; it’s a set of skills and a way of looking at the world, and with a sufficiently entrepreneurial mindset it can take us into many different fields of work.”

– Third year student

Department of Religion – November 4, 2014

November 4, 2014

6:00pm – 8:00pm 

Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Dan Acheson, Change Management Consultant, Inishmore Group Inc.
  • Rev. Bronwyn Corlett, Program Coordinator, Ministry Recruitment, Ministry and Employment Unit, General Council Office, The United Church of Canada
  • Emily Springgay, Centre Assistant, Centre for Jewish Studies, University of Toronto

Student Reflections:

“Having my anxieties being affirmed in that, many of the faculty and alumni members went through the same experiences as I am going through. As a result, it made me feel less isolated and assured me that it is okay to have my worries but to keep at my goals, seek help without feeling like it’s a sign of failure, and to go along with the curves that come my way in life. I also got the chance to build on networking with people outside of my community, which has become my comfort zone. It was a great push into something that usually brings doubt in myself and my capability to try new things and to be in new situations.”

– Third year student

“I think the most meaningful part of this experience was the fact that I could talk to professors I had or graduate students in the department and that gave me a sense community at the university – especially in my department.”

– Fifth+ year student

“I really liked the multi-generational aspect of undergrads, grad students, faculty, and alumni socializing in a semi-structured setting. Also, all of the alumni were supportive regarding being open to the idea of many different possible career paths being satisfying.”

– PhD student

Department of French – November 11, 2014

November 11, 2014

6:00pm – 8:00pm 

Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Zan Chandler, Foresight Analyst, KerrSmith Design
  • Heather Hiscox, Senior Host, CBC
  • Amanda Lauzon, MA Candidate & Occasional Teacher
  • Mark Selby, Producer, Don Ferguson Productions Ltd.

Student Reflections:

“I liked the fact that we were able to converse with professors and alumni on a more personal level. They gave great feedback and it was useful hearing them share their own experiences.”

– Fifth+ year student

“The most helpful part was to have alumni share their honest stories and their candor. Each alumni was very generous with their time and advice. They were there to help. Additionally, the intimate setting provided an atmosphere that encouraged connections.”

– Third year student

” Talking with such helpful and insightful alumni and staff members was extremely encouraging. I found myself happy to have taken this path of studying french and full of new hope and new ideas as well as plans for my future.”

– Third year student

Department of Earth Sciences – November 12, 2014

November 12, 2014

6:00pm – 8:00pm 

Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Alex Brkljac, Geologist – Wellgreen Platinum
  • Heather MacDonald, Mining Lead, Environment and Nuclear Market – CH2M HILL
  • Juliana Morales, Geologist (Mining Professional in Training program) – De Beers Canada Inc.
  • Alex Pernin, Research Associate, Precious Metals – Canaccord Genuity

Student Reflections:

“The dinner with successful alumni provided a personal avenue to ask any question the came to mind, and to have a relaxed and in depth conversation about what it takes to begin building a career path in geosciences. They encouraged us to be hopeful, and to actively pursue any and all leads, insisting that it pays to be persistent!”

– Fourth year student

“The opportunity to speak with alumni in a relaxed setting was invaluable, especially so early in my studies, as it gives me direction in terms of what I would like to do in the future.”

– Masters student

“The most helpful part of going to the b2B dinner was getting insight into what kinds of careers are relevant to both my minors and my major, as well as knowing that the programs I chose have job opportunities.”

– Fourth year student

Department of English – November 19, 2014

November 19, 2014

6:00pm – 8:00pm 

Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Daisy Qin, Digital Strategist, Nuvango
  • Lavenya Rajendra, Policy Advisor, Ontario Ministry of Transportation
  • David Swail, President and CEO, McGraw-Hill Ryerson

Student Reflections:

“It was a good opportunity to meet and discuss various topics with other students, faculty and alumni.  Being a mature student, I feel very isolated in my classes and it was nice to be able to meet and talk to other students on a more personal level.”

– First year student

“I found that the personal anecdotes of the alumni, as well as hearing the stories of fellow students from various walks of life made the evening rather eclectic. People with futures are interesting (if such a trite word as interesting can be used), and there is something magnificent about seeing an incipient life unfold, what George Eliot described as the “constant unfolding of far-resonant action”.”

– Fifth+ year student

“Most meaningful was reflecting on my experience as a student, with other students and people who have been here, alumni. Some of the alumni even had the same professors I’ve had and relating to them in that way was fun.”

– Fifth+ year student

Department of Earth Sciences – November 24, 2014

November 24, 2014

6:00pm – 8:00pm 

Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Alex Brkljac, Geologist – Wellgreen Platinum
  • Heather MacDonald, Mining Lead, Environment and Nuclear Market – CH2M HILL
  • Juliana Morales, Geologist (Mining Professional in Training program) – De Beers Canada Inc.
  • Alex Pernin, Research Associate, Precious Metals – Canaccord Genuity

Student Reflections:

“The dinner with successful alumni provided a personal avenue to ask any question the came to mind, and to have a relaxed and in depth conversation about what it takes to begin building a career path geosciences. They encouraged us to be hopeful, and to actively pursue any and all leads, insisting that it pays to be persistent!”

– Fourth year student

“I think my biggest assets are my interpersonal and communicative skills, which I have developed through a range of employments, sports and extracurricular activities. B2B provided an avenue for me to showcase, hone and make use of these skills, which I feel will be as important or more important than the grades on most mid terms and exams that I take through out my undergraduate career. B2b refreshingly allowed me to use and improve my interpersonal skill set, which I appreciate very much! Thank you for the opportunity!”

– Fourth year student

Trudeau Centre for Peace, Conflict & Justice – November 25, 2014

November 25, 2014

6:00pm – 8:00pm 

Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Jehane Adam, Manager Change Management, Deloitte
  • Vicki Long, Policy Analyst, Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
  • Timothy Ryan, Country Manager, Canada at Tilt
  • Ted Thomas, Private Sector Partnerships Advisor, CARE
  • Kristen Yee, Program Officer, Grand Challenges Canada

Student Reflections:

“I thought this b2B event was, on the whole, an amazing experience. The most meaningful thing that I got out of it was that it assured me that everything will fall into place after I graduate from U of T and that I should stop worrying so much.”

– Third year student

“This b2B event helped me gain the insight of a few University of Toronto graduates who explored a variety of career options and took years off school in order to truly figure out what their true passions are. I found this to be truly interesting and meaningful in shaping my future. The faculty inspired me and reminded me that what is truly important is following what I truly desire.”

– Second year student

“The b2B program is exceptional and is second to no other university program that attempts to connect students with alumni and work opportunities.”

– Second year student

Department of Mathematics – November 27, 2014

November 27, 2014

6:00pm – 8:00pm 

Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Antonia Katsinos, VP (Secondary School) – Toronto District School Board
  • Aamir Mohammad, Director – Aon Benfield Securities Inc.
  • Roshan Razik, Physician – St. Michael’s Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital
  • Ken Smith, Managing Partner – Dundee Associates Limited

Student Reflections:

“What I enjoyed the most throughout the night was the alumni’s openness and desire to help. Through their rotation around the dinner table, I was able to speak to the majority of them. They were keen to share their story and establish a dialogue. In addition, I met people in my program who share my desire to enter the professional world.”

– Fifth+ year student

“In my opinion, talking with the alumni in a more intimate setting was extremely helpful and insightful in gaining some understanding of how they followed their career paths in math related fields. Before meeting people of their caliber in their respected industries, we see their credentials and think of how extraordinary they are. This event though helped show that they were once students with aspirations, and with the same fears and uncertainties we face, and some probably faced the same, if not, worse challenges. Also, the variety of alumni made the evening that much more interesting and exciting.”

– Second year student

 

 

2013/14

Winter 2014:

Career Panel Discussions

Department of Philosophy - January 22, 2014

Wednesday January 22, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Jackman Humanities Institute, Room 418
170 St. George Street

 

Alumni Panelists:

  • Horatio Bot, Director, Financial Services, Faculty of Arts & Science, University of  Toronto
  • Kim McLaren, Principal, Greenwood Secondary School and SOLE Alternative School, Toronto District School Board
  • Angela Misasi, Manager, Business Strategies, BMO Financial Group
  • Victoria Shelep, Research Ethics Coordinator, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research

 

Student Reflections:

“Hearing advice from alumni about their career stories; it was very inspiring and motivating.”

– First year student

“I enjoyed the panel members speaking to degree of effectiveness that their education in philosophy had in their current occupations.”

– First year student

“It was meaningful and helpful to hear about the actual steps the alumni took (e.g. during their undergrad years) to get to their current position.”

–  Fourth year student

School of Public Policy & Governance - January 23, 2014

Thursday January 23, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Canadiana Gallery, CG 150
14 Queen’s Park Crescent

 

Alumni Panelists

  • Sarah Ha, Policy Researcher and Coordinator, CARP
  • Daniel Oettl, Consultant, The Gandalf Group
  • Thomas Vogl, Business Analyst, Ontario Public Service

 

Student Reflections:

“What I found most meaningful and helpful in the b2B event I attended was hearing the stories of the alumni. It was very encouraging to hear their path on to where they have landed now. It definitely reinforced and alleviated some of the fears I had after graduation. Most importantly, the main advice of the alumni resonated with me. To always keep your head up, keep trying, keep academically active even after graduation in the field you are interested, and keep actively seeking opportunities.”

– Fourth year International Relations and Political Science Student

“What I found to the most meaningful was that, through listening to the alumni’s testimonials, recommendations, and advice, I was better able to gauge a sense of what it entails being enrolled at the School of Public Policy & Governance. It was refreshing listening to someone speak from the NGO sector, as I think that definitely encourages students to pursue careers in fields other than government.”

– Fourth year International Relations Student

 “I was particularly entertained in this event, all of the speakers had great talks and I’m happy I attended. I thought the various streams that each speaker represented was quite helpful in terms of illustrating the versatility of the MPP program.”

– Fifth+ year Human Geography Student

Cinema Studies/Comparative Literature/English - February 5, 2014

Wednesday February 5, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Jackman Humanities Institute, Room 100
170 St. George Street

 

Alumni Panelists:

  • Tecca Crosby, Senior Vice President, Creative Affairs, eOne Television
  • Jeremy Link, Senior Communications Advisor, Public Works & Government Services Canada
  • Annarita Primier, Teacher, Canada’s National Ballet School
  • David Swail, President and CEO, McGraw-Hill Ryerson

 

Student Refelctions:

“I found the speakers’ honesty the most meaningful. It is difficult to ask people, especially in our discipline, how to transition from graduation to finding a job you desire. It was brilliant to hear them be completely open about the obstacles ahead. I particularly enjoyed Tecca’s point about the ‘entrepreneurial spirit’ that is necessary when pursuing a job; it seemed apt considering the broad nature of jobs an English major can attain.”

– Fourth year English student

“What I was interested in knowing is how each alumni broke into the workforce (how they used their networks to get jobs, etc.). I liked hearing about their personal experiences close to post-grad (such as applying for grad schools, taking a 5th year). It really made me feel as though I’m not the only one who is (or who has) gone through the same experiences, and that everything is going to be okay post-graduation.”

– Fifth+ year Sociology, Religion, Political Science student

“The most meaningful and insightful part was listening to the panelists’ post-graduation stories. I learned that the path to a particular job can involve many turns in a variety of jobs, and it is very possible to end up doing–and loving–something very different from what one initially planned.”

– Fifth+ year French, Anthropology, English student

 

Astronomy & Astrophysics/Chemistry/Math/Physics - February 12, 2014

February 12th, 2014

Alumni Panelists:

  • Christina Gouliaras, Synthetic Chemist – Toronto Research Chemicals
  • Gil Katz, Managing Partner – Giant Step Inc.
  • Adrienne Marcotte, Senior Manager of Client Interaction & Decisioning Management – RBC
  • Parandis Tajbakhsh, Freelance Researcher (Extraterrestrial Life)

 

School of the Environment - February 27, 2014

Thursday February 27, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Jackman Humanities Institute – JH 100
170 St. George Street

 Alumni Panelists:

  • Jessika Berns, Honours BA 2012 (Environmental Studies & Political Science) / MA 2013
  • Lauryn Drainie, Senior Campaigner – Change.org
  • Holly McLellan, International Director of Programming – Youth and Philanthropy Initiative (YPI)
  • Marlena Rogowska, Assistant Planner – Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing
  • Amanda Montgomery, Community Programs Manager – The Stop Community Food Centre

Student Reflections:

“I found it really helpful to hear from Alumni with different backgrounds in both career and education (beyond their undergrad). It was great that they spoke about their journeys including their difficulties. It made me feel really inspired.”

– First year School of the Environment student

“The most meaningful part of the b2B experience was the honesty with which the speakers gave their talk. It was excellent to hear about such diverse approaches to success.”

– Fourth year School of the Environment student

“The alumni’s stories were helpful to show different career paths out of environmental studies. Everybody had different life experiences to get to different career positions. I could relate to many of the decisions everyone had to make in their life paths.”

– Fifth+ year Zoology student

Art/Classics/History - March 4, 2014

Tuesday March 4, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Jackman Humanities Institute, Room 100
170 St. George Street

Alumni Panelists:

  • David Bronskill, Partner, Goodmans LLP
  • Samantha Cutrara, Senior Coordinator of Educational Programming and Exhibitions at the Archives of Ontario
  • Brandon Donnelly, Project Manager, Development, TAS
  • Stephanie Kourtis, Global Technology Services Senior Business Operations Manager, IBM Canada Ltd.
  • Diana Pai, Teacher & Head of the Languages Department, St. Clement’s School

Student Reflections:

“I always enjoy just listening to the alumni’s experiences and how they got to where they are today. I think it’s very refreshing to see that there are many different routes to take to get to a place where you are happy and satisfied with your career and it makes me feel less stressed about graduating and going into the workforce.”

– Fourth year English student

“I felt that it helped me relax about my future but at the same time it got me thinking about what I could do – even small things – in the field that I am interested in.”

– Second year History student

“The most helpful aspect of the event was listening to the advice of the panellists. Their stories have inspired me to become more involved in the community and have toned down any anxieties I had about entering the job market.”

– Fourth year History student

 

Psychology - March 4, 2014

Wednesday March 5, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Psychology Lounge, SS 4043
Sidney Smith Hall – 100 St. George Street

Alumni Panelists:

  • Thomas Bordere, Bilingual Human Resources Representative, Sears Canada
  • Dr. Stephanie Daoud, C.Psych. (Supervised Practice) Offender Counselor, Correctional Service of Canada
  • Dr. Ashley Waggoner, Denton Lecturer, Department of Psychology (U of T)
  • Lisa Norton, Intensive Case Manager/Court Support Worker, North York General Hospital
  • Tanveer Singh, Research Assistant, Hincks-Dellcrest Centre

Student Reflections:

“I think the most meaningful part was being able to ask questions to the panel in such an intimate setting and being able to mingle afterwards. It felt very personal and was very helpful.”

– Second year Psychology student

“I found most inspiring that the panel members despite coming from extremely similar backgrounds, pursued a diverse field of careers. This gave me comfort in that there are an infinite of possibilities.”

– Second year Psychology student

“The most meaningful part was getting a wider grasp of the possiblilties that having a degree in Psychology can take you beyond undergraduate studies.”

– Third year Cognitive Science student

CERES / Political Science / Religion - March 12, 2014

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Jackman Humanities Institute
170 St.George St. Room 100

Alumni Panelists:

  • Arek Aniolowski, Senior Policy Advisor, Government of Ontario
  • Hoda Farahmandpour, Executive Director, Wordswell Association for Community Learning
  • Matthew Legge, Program Coordinator, Canadian Friends Service Committee (Quakers)
  • Cristina Onosé, Manager of Public Affairs, Canadian Marketing Association (CMA)
  • Saeed Selvam, Co-founder, The SPARK Initiative and Candidate for City Council (Ward 17, Davenport)

 

Student Reflections:

“Simply hearing from the alumni about their post-graduate experiences and their advice on what we as students can do now to begin achieving our career goals was in itself very inspiring.”

– Political Science Masters student

“It was interesting to see how somebody coming with the same institutional and educational credentials ended up a few years removed from where I am currently. This gave me an interesting perspective on my current studies and helped me reflect better on what direction I want to take my career.”

– Political Science Masters student

“The alumni panel sharing both their successes and struggles were particularly illuminating to me.”

– Third year Political Science student

Employment Relations - March 12, 2014

Wednesday March 12, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Kruger Hall – Woodsworth College
119 St. George Street

Alumni Panelists:

  • Jehane Adam, Independent Change Management Consultant
  • Michael Allemano, Recruitment Consultant-Industrial Sales – Allemano Group Ltd
  • Fazal Khaishgi, Co-Founder – Cleverfox.com

Student Reflections:

“I find that the most helpful part of the b2B event is having graduate give us their experiences and their struggles post graduation. It is reassuring to know that different occupations and experiences can actually be applicable in the field of ER. Another helpful part of b2B is having a person from Rutgers come and and let us know more about higher education. This is a great opportunities to reflect my current and past experiences, and plan for my future.”

– Third year student

“Hearing experiences from an older generation, making me more comfortable with the idea of seeking a job in the future”.

– Second year student

Criminology - March 13, 2014

Thursday, March 13, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Kruger Hall – Woodsworth College
119 St. George Street

Alumni Panelists:

  • Adam Forbes, Criminal Lawyer, Hicks Adams LLP
  • Julia Gallo, Manager of Social Finance,  Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Employment (MEDTE)
  • Nick Mintzas, Youth Justice Trainer, Ministry of Children and Youth Services
  • Rick Pereira, Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services
  • Peter Shadgett, Bureau Commander, Ontario Provincial Police Investigation and Support Bureau
  • Kerry Watkins, Instructor, Toronto Police College
  • Winston Wong, Deputy Regional Director, Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services

 

Student Reflections:

“It made me realize that my degree is truly versatile. There are many career paths that I can follow, and I’m not limited to just the one. In a way, it was uplifting.”

– Recent Criminology graduate

“Hearing the stories of the panel members during their introductions was truly inspiring. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time! Also there was a common denominator among the panel members in stressing the importance of volunteer work and never saying no to a job, no mater how over qualified you may be for it.”

– Second year Criminology student

“The most meaningful or helpful part was learning how many career options there are for students with a degree in Criminology. Having panelists from various professions talk about their experience since studying Criminology showed the number of different paths that students can take after graduation besides the typical paths of law school and masters programs.”

– Fourth year Criminology student

 

English - March 13, 2014

March 13, 2014

Alumni Panelists:

  • Danielle Bochove, Substitute Business Host on a variety of CBC programs
  • John Cruickshank, Publisher of the Toronto Star and President of Star Media Group
  • Erin Lemon, Director of Faculty and Staff Communications, Strategic Communications, University of Toronto

Student Reflections:

“The most helpful part of the b2B event that I attended was hearing about the struggles that the successful alumni experienced as well upon graduating. As a recent graduate, it’s easy to feel like a failure and think that you are the only one who hasn’t found a job yet. After the event, I felt more confident that I too, would find my calling someday. I also gained valuable insight in terms of how to grab opportunities and ask for more responsibilities once I find a job.”

– Recent Alumnus

French/German/Italian/Slavic/Spanish & Portuguese - March 18, 2014

Tuesday March 18, 2014

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Jackman Humanities Institute, Room 100

Alumni Panelists:

  • André Diez de Aux, Quality Assurance Associate, Ontario College Quality Assurance Service
  • Cynthia Macri, Senior Internal Newsroom Officer, Government of Ontario
  • Adriana Rossini, Registrar & Director of Student Services, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
  • Andrea von Moeller, Owner, 2 Market International

Student Reflections:

“I felt that this b2B event that I attended re-enforced the importance of how hard work and dedication can get one far, and can help one achieve the job they desire to have in the future.  I felt that I learned more about some resources that are out there, that are able to help students network with people in their interested job field.”

– First year student

“I found the most meaningful and helpful part of the b2B event that I attended was the panelists introducing themselves and  discussing their career experience after graduation from U of T, as well as the question/answer session.”

– Fourth year student

“It was incredibly helpful to hear the alumni’s personal stories. It was very encouraging to find out their paths weren’t always set in stone but they had an idea of where they wanted to go and were able to .”

– Fifth+ year student

Italian Studies: Alumni with Graduate Degrees - March 20, 2014

Thursday March 20th

6pm

Father Madden Hall, inside Carr Hall

100 St. Joseph Street.

Alumni Guests:

  • Piña Aloia, MA, President, OTC Ltd.
  • Biagio Aulino, PhD Department Head of FSL./Classical & International Languages YCDSB 
  • Ashleigh Burnet, MA, FOI Access Specialist, Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB)
  • Annamarie Castrilli, PhD, Principal, Castrilli Law Office
  • Antonio D’Alfonso, PhD, Writer-Translator-Editor-Filmmaker
  • Alberto Di Giovanni, MA, Executive Director (Retired), Centro Scuola e Cultura Italiana
  • Michael Lettieri, PhD, Professor, University of Toronto
  • Sarah Mastroianni, MAEnglish Language Instructor, Seneca College
  • Anthony Mollica, MA, Professor Emeritus, Faculty of Education, Brock University
  • Fernando Pietramala, MA, Barrister & Solicitor, Self Employed
  • Sarah Rolfe Prodan, PhD, Research Fellow, Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies Victoria College, U of T
  • Enzo Sallese, MA, Partner, Minden Gross LLP, Barristers & Solicitors
  • Christine Sansalone, PhD, Assistant Professor, Laurentian University
  • Mara Santarossa, MA, High School Teacher; Tour Manager; Translator / Interpreter, TCDSB

 

Student Reflections:

“The most helpful part was hearing from the alumni because we could see different career paths and the diversity of the jobs within the same degree but the most meaningful time was the social time afterwards because I was able to meet professors and graduate students who were able to give me personal advice and it was a nice time to socialize and talk of similar interests with other people in the Italian department.”

– Third year student

Statistical Sciences - March 20, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Jackman Humanities Building – JH 100
170 St. George Street

Alumni Panelists:

  • Louis Chan, Financial and Reporting Analyst, Faculty of Medicine (U of T)
  • Milena Nazaruk, Senior Manager, Retail Analysis – Cadillac Fairview, Strategic Insights
  • Nicole Wang, Senior Quality Assurance Analyst for Mobile Banking – Scotiabank
  • Yang-Hai Wang, Managing Director, K & Y Vision Inc.’

 

Student Reflections:

“Having the opportunity to hear about the personal experience of each guest speaker was very helpful. It was interesting to listen to their stories, visions, and what they did when they were students, after graduation, when finding jobs, and during the works. Many speakers also shared their personal thoughts and suggestions for students which were very helpful, too.”

– Third year student

“The most helpful part of the b2B event was definitely listening to the the experiences of the speakers and the Q&A session that followed.”

– Second year student

Chemistry: Graduate Alumni - March 25, 2014

Tuesday March 25, 2014
6:30pm – 8:30pm
Lash Miller Building – Davenport Atrium (3rd floor)
80 St. George Street

Alumni Panelists:

  • Dr. David Dime, Founder – Toronto Research Chemicals
  • Dr. Gerald Gish, Staff Scientist – Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute
  • Dr. Andrew Sinclair, CEO – OtoSim Inc.
  • Lisa Studnicki, Director of Business Development – Custom Synthesis/Contract Research – GL CHEMTEC INTERNATIONAL LTD.

 

Student Reflections:

“The stories provided by the alumni were very interesting and helpful. It helped me gain perspective on the fact that grad school is only one stage of a life and opens up many doors.”

– Masters Student

“Certain questions were answered that I was wondering about. Also, some useful pointers were given in terms of looking for a job and how to better prepare for an interview.”

-Recent Alumnus

 

 

Mentorship Meals

Department of History – January 22, 2014

January 22, 2014

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Stree

 

Alumni Guests:

  • Mike Denyszyn, Senior Legal Counsel, Compliance and Registrant Regulation Branch, Ontario Securities Commission
  • Alex Graham, Managing Director & Head of Communications, Media & Technology Investment Banking, RBC Capital Markets
  • Carolyn Harris, Royal Historian & Teacher, University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies

 

Student Reflections:

“The opportunity to learn more about post-graduate options by talking to graduates, as well as how to make the most of my time at U of T both through connecting with my fellow students and with the faculty.”

– First year student

“I really liked how we met people with the same background in history that had done things completely different from each other, from an investment banker to a lawyer to a historian or a professor. It proved how much opportunities people have with history.

Meeting other students who were also confused about what they wanted to do, but had similar ambitions was great and it felt like a comfortable platform to share your views and ask questions. Overall it was a great experience! I would definitely go to another event like this again.”

– First year student

The seating arrangement really helped, though it may seem minor or silly, I am not great with networking. In fact from my four years of undergraduate experiences, this has been one of my first networking sessions, and as a person who experiences social anxiety, I found the setting helped. Having alumni seated amongst students (and switching) in a meal setting made everything less intimidating.”

– Fourth year student

 

Department of French – January 24, 2014

January 24, 2014

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Stree

Alumni Guests:

  • Dr. Michael Salvatori, Chief Executive Officer & Registrar, Ontario College of Teachers will be hosting the meal.
  • Zan Chandler, Strategist & Researcher, ZanCom Media
  • Linda Haldenby, Director, Programs and Community Development, Ontario Ministry of the Attorney General
  • Andrea Wood, VP, Legal Services, Telus

 

Student Reflections:

“I found the alumni’s career stories most useful, as they demonstrated the diverse range of careers and opportunities that can present themselves to a graduate with a French major/specialist and also how French language ability can be a transferable skill, beyond teaching or translation/interpretation.”

– Fourth year student

“The most meaningful part was listening to the stories of the graduate students, because they went through the same difficulties as me, and they still had a successful outcome. They provided with inspiration and they helped to clear out some questions about my future potential career.”

– Second year student

“The most helpful part of the b2B event was getting the opportunity to speak with alumni who attended UofT and to hear about how they transitioned from university into the workforce.”

– Second year student

Department of Italian – January 29, 2014

January 29, 2014

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Filomena Frisina, Partner, Gowlings Lafleur Henderson LLP will be hosting the meal.
  • Michael Tibollo, Barrister, Solicitor & Notary Public, Tibollo & Associates Professional Corporation
  • Madeline Zito, Director Public Relations, Great Gulf

Student Reflections:

“In general terms, I found the evening very enjoyable. In particular, I found it very rewarding and inspiring to listen to some of the stories from the alumni. Moreover, I was able to make a connection with one particular alumnus with whom I fully intend to follow up.”

– Italian studies PhD student

“Yesterday was a very cold evening. Six successful professionals gave up the warmth of their homes and a relaxing meal with their families to come to UofT, talk with a group of perfect strangers and answer their questions. They shared their stories, they gave us advice, they encouraged us to be brave and not to be afraid of the future, and they paid for our meal. This generosity is unbelievable and it’s by far the most meaningful part of this experience. This generosity made me feel part of a community of amazing people who are willing to help and support me in my career development. It was a reassuring and energizing experience.”

–  Italian studies PhD student

“Hearing the individual stories of each of the alumni was very beneficial for me because it helps me aim to emanate their networking, professional development, risk-taking, and reasoning strategies which brought them to their present positions.”

– Third year student

Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures – February 4, 2014

February 4, 2014

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Inge Ali, Retired from her position as Teacher f German, Head of the Department, & Curriculum
    Coordinator, Toronto French School
  • Rene Samulewitsch, Consultant, High Road Communications

 

Student Reflections:

“After the b2B event, I have more confidence and clearer understanding for my future. Humanity students always find themselves lost in the job market after graduation, but there are opportunities and no worry to learn things that is really your interest.”

– First year student

“Hearing again about the importance of making professional networks, as well as the reassurance from successful alumni about not needing to make decisions immediately, was very valuable and much appreciated.”

– Third year student

“I got chance to meet various people and share our stories together. I was also be able to meet other professors as well and discuss about my career with German. By communicating with others, I felt that I should do what I really want to do and follow my passion of learning German.”

– Second year student

Department of Art – February 6, 2014

February 6, 2014

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Cassie Kaiser, Interactive Designer, Ecentricarts inc.
  • Jane Smith, Director: Toronto Summer Music Foundation
  • Douglas Worts, Culture & Sustainability Specialist, WorldViews Consulting and Associate of The AtKisson Group

 

Student Reflections:

“I found the alumni’s candidness, approachable demeanour and willingness to answer questions the most meaningful part of the event.  I also enjoyed the closing speech Professor Kavaler gave where he was very insightful on the unique perspective and approach to other fields that taking art history as a discipline could result in.  I felt like the wide breadth of professional disciplines that the alumni came from, once again showed that there is no set path to success or professional fulfillment and encouraged me to actively seek out opportunities and to follow up on personal interests.”

– Fourth year student

“The life experiences and stories shared about lessons learned and where the world is going, also the intangible feeling of support and compassion from everyone who attended. Curiosity and discussion was also invaluable.”

– Fourth year student

“At first I thought the dinner may be a bit rigid in format which would make the conversation equally structured. However, as the evening progressed the alumni and faculty did a great job of meeting everyone, engaging in a poignant yet casual discussion, and including every student. I left the event feeling exited and impressed by the opportunity to have met so many like-minded and qualified individuals.”

– Third year student

Department of Political Science – February 11, 2014

February 11, 2014

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

 

Alumni Guests:

  • Jeff Bernstein, Project Manager, Konrad Group; Co-Founder synapsABILITY
  • Lauren Hudak, Researcher, Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO)
  • Ahmer Khan, Conversations Committee Member, Couchiching Institute of Public Affairs
  • Anthony MacKinnon, Crown Attorney, Halton Region
  • Charlotte Sobolewski, Manager, Human Capital, Deloitte

 

Student Reflections:

“This experience was wonderful! The most helpful part of the b2B event was meeting with Political Science Alumni who have embarked on a variety of different paths. Their stories were insightful and inspirational.”

– Fifth+ year student

“This was truly an incredible event! Most meaningful was connecting with students, alumni, program administration and faculty members. It was clear that both students and faculty members were touched by the honest and open interactions between alumni and future alumni. It was great to see the broad range of research interests all operating within the Department of Political Science.”

– Recent graduate student

“The intimate forum to speak directly with Alumni I would otherwise not be able to talk to in such a productive and informative setting. The most meaningful part is intangible – surprisingly, the Alumni’s willingness and enthusiasm to share candid portraits of their undergraduate, post-grad, and job prospect experiences  This really contributed to an enriched experience and made their advice helpful as they highlighted both the positives and negatives of their non-linear journey to success.”

– Fourth year student

Department of Religion – February 12, 2014

February 12, 2014

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Nicholas Dion, Research Analyst & Research Editor, Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario (HEQCO)
  • Michael Karapita, Journalism Program Coordinator, School of Media Studies and Information Technology, Humber Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning
  • Noreen McDermott-Santilli, Associate Creative Director, kbs+p toronto
  • Reverend Nola Susan-Crewe, Mount Sinai Hospital

Student Reflections:

“There were two aspects of the event that were very meaningful for me, as a graduating student. First, connecting with alumni and feeling a sense camaraderie because of the stories shared about our respective U of T experiences, specially, and other experiences more generally. Second, chatting with professors in a more relaxed, non-classroom setting was refreshing and some great conversation ensued.”

– Fourth year student

“Connecting with students who are facing the same struggles that I am. I was able to hear their advice and we could share our experiences. I was also able to gain a broader picture of what my experience university meant, which opened up ideas about my future plans, as well as helping me cope with this year.”

– Second year student

“The feeling of comradery that was at the dinner. It was great connecting with peers who were experiencing the same process as you. It was encouraging to hear from some of the alumni too.”

– Fifth+ year student

Department of Classics – February 25, 2014

February 25, 2014

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Gary Clewley, Successful Lawyer and former Crown Attorney
  • Barbara Leskovec, Project Archaeologist,  Golder Associates Ltd.
  • Eric Tindale, Financial Consultant, Investors Group Financial Services Inc.
  • Chris Woodbury, Retired Lawyer, Fraser & Beatty (now Dentons)

Student Reflections:

“I found it very helpful to talk to the alumni and other students about the many options to pursue for studies or work. It was really good to be able to ask advice and be surrounded by like minded people. It was an easy going atmosphere and everyone was keen to share their experiences.”

– Third year student

“I really found speaking with the alumni present to be very meaningful and helpful. Hearing their stories made me realize how valuable a degree in Classics can be if you are creative, keep an open mind, and are willing to work hard.”

– Second year student

“The variety of careers that the alumni have is extremely insightful and gives a broader image of what careers we can pursue with our degree.”

– Second year student

Department of Philosophy – February 25, 2014

February 25, 2014

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Andrew Milroy, Program Coordinator, Clinical Trials Ontario
  • Jason Shankaran, Police Detective with 52 Division
  • Alison Tasker, Senior Business Information Analyst, Project Delivery Group, Capgemini
  • Luke Yorkden-Chamerlain, Co-Founder and Vice-Chair, Nepali Children’s Education Project (NCEP)

Student Reflections:

“It was so nice to have the opportunity to meet philosophy program alumni and speak with them about their careers. This dinner was fantastic and I learned a lot about all the possible options I could do after university. I hadn’t really considered anything but grad school or a real-world job, but I learned about all sorts of certifications, NGO/non-profit work/and internship possibilities I hadn’t even heard of.”

– Third year Philosophy student

“The most meaningful part of this b2B event was being able to speak to both alumni and faculty members that I had not met before to learn about the many possible next steps upon graduation. Learning about the many possibilities and general bits of advice are both helpful and comforting in what I imagine will be a turbulent transitional time after graduation. Speaking to Prof. Kingswell was especially helpful as I have made up my mind to pursue graduate school as my next step and his advice regarding where to go and what to look for abroad specifically was extremely helpful.”

– First year Philosophy student

“The willingness of the alumni to be approachable and help us students out with our lives was very encouraging! I also got some great tips about how to get more involved in the areas I’m interested in, and some ideas on where to look for internships.”

– Second year Philosophy student

Department of English – February 27, 2014

February 27, 2014

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

 

Alumni Guests:

 

  • Julie Hannaford, President & Lawyer, J K Hannaford Barristers
  • Jaclyn Hodsdon, Publicist, Dundurn Press
  • Sean O’Neill, Manager, Aimia | AGO Photography Prize and First Thursday Programs, Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
  • David Swail, President and C.E.O. of McGraw-Hill Ryerson
  • Clive Veroni, President, Leap Consulting

 

Student Reflections:

“The b2B dinner was an excellent opportunity for me to not only learn about the success stories of alumni but to also speak with graduate students and my peers. For this reason, I think the most valuable thing about the event was the diverse group of attendees. I was both impressed and grateful as to how much the alumni are willing to offer advice, and to share their own personal stories. The setting of the event also allowed us to comfortably start conversations with the alumni or our peers after the dinner even if we did not sit close to one another during the meal. As a result, I had the opportunity to meet the majority of the group, and from them, I learned that there is a vast multitude of career options for an English Specialist.”

– Third year student

“It was encouraging to hear from alumni working in various areas, and what I took away from this event was a sense that my own skills, when combined with hard work and a willingness to pursue new and even unfamiliar career paths, can lead to success in number of fields. I also appreciated the fact that many of the alumni noted that they began in lower-level positions, but quickly gained in responsible due to their ability to think and work creatively.”

– Masters student

“I thought it was especially useful to me that the guests included alumni, faculty, recent Ph.D. grads and Ph.D. candidates and that I was able to talk to people of each description in the course of the dinner. Hearing about a range of experiences, both from people who have taken the academic route and from alumni who have pursued careers in business, etc. was very helpful — definitely try to get guests representing this wide a range of experiences at future events! It’s a good idea to present and promote the many and varied paths that one can take with an English degree. Also, the alumni guests’ and Prof. Stevens’ remarks were interesting and provided useful advice.”

– Fourth year student

Department of Earth Sciences – March 24, 2014

Monday, March 24, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Egizio Bianchini, Vice-Chair, Co-Head Global Metals & Mining, BMO Capital Markets
  • Stefan Ioannou, Mining Analyst, Haywood Securities
  • Leif Nilsson, Vice President, Macquarie Capital
  • Alex Terentiew, Equity Analyst – Metals & Mining, Raymond James Ltd.

Student Reflections:

“Having the staff there was great. It helped me learn what more the department has to offer and how post-secondary studies can be helpful and achieved.  I also loved the sharing around the table from the alumni; I was able to gather the importance of the alumni’s stories, then I could choose to whom I wished to speak.”

– Fourth year Earth Science student

“I was given a lot of advice on what I can do now to prepare for a future career, such as researching market trends and networking. This meant a lot coming from people who were once in the same position as me; it gave me hope that I’ll be able to start a career despite the current down cycle of the mining and exploration industry.”

– Second year Earth Science student

“Understanding that their stories contain struggles and challenges, but most of all the success. It was comforting to have support from successful women. This network session strengthened my will to succeed regardless of the obstacles.  I enjoyed listening to their stories  and realizing they were once in my position seeking job opportunities and continuing in the field they loved.”

– Fifth+ year Earth Science student

CERES – March 25, 2014

March 25, 2014
6:00pm – 8:00pm
Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Bronwyn Drainie, Canadian journalist and author; Editor-in-Chief of the Literary Review of Canada (LRC)
  • George Hanus, President & CEO, Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance
  • Helen Sinclair, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of BankWorks Trading Inc.
  • Georgina Steinsky, Executive in Residence at CERES; former Deputy Minister in the Government of Canada

Student Reflections:

” The b2B event helped to give me more validation about how having a ‘linear’ trajectory for oneself is not always ideal. Life is unpredictable, and it is more advantageous to be armed with diverse skills and a transferable skill-set. It was refreshing to hear that it is highly possible to end up in a career where one’s education and job description may not align, but that doesn’t mean that you are unfit for that position. There is never a ‘perfect’ career, rather there are areas that individuals desire to work in or not.

The strongest take-always for me were: to travel and enhance one’s knowledge of cultures; learn as many languages as possible; be flexible and take risks; don’t hesitate towards pursuing more education; be an expert at what you do; and strengthen your communication skills, (being clever at something is not helpful if you cannot communicate your ideas).”

– Masters student

Earth Sciences – April 10, 2014

April 10, 2014

6:00pm – 8:00pm
Faculty Club
41 Willcocks Street

Alumni Guests:

  • Dr. Nicole Januszczak, Targeting and Review Manager, De Beers – Exploration Canada
    Aisha Jean-Baptiste, Exploration Coordination Manager, Guyana Goldfields Inc. (GGI)
  • Dr. Silvia Mancini, Environmental Scientist, Golder Associates Ltd.
  • Alexandria Marcotte, Project Geologist, Canadian Zinc Corporation
  • Leonie Soltay, Associate Portfolio Manager, Sentry Investments

Student Reflections:

“Meeting with alumni from the Earth Sciences Department at U of T and hearing their stories and experiences as they transitioned from university into the work force and mining industry was the most meaningful part of the dinner for me. It was a great learning experience and very inspirational.”

– Fourth year student

“The most helpful part of the b2B event was to learn more about various careers waiting out there to pursue. Alumni stories brought more light on different branches of geoscience and jobs available. Their stories were very down to earth, bringing true meaning to the message they tried to deliver.”

– Fourth year student

“Understanding that their stories contain struggles and challenges, but most of all the success. It was comforting to have support from successful women. This network session strengthened my will to succeed regardless of the obstacles.  I enjoyed listening to their stories  and realizing they were once in my position seeking job opportunities and continuing in the field they loved.”

– Fifth+ year student

 

 

Fall 2013:

Career Panel Discussions

Art/Classics/History - October 1, 2013

Alumni Panelists:

  • Kristine Maitland, Admissions Officer, University of Toronto Schools
  • Steven Skurka, Barrister & Solicitor and Legal Analyst, CTV Television
  • Anthony Wu, Asian Arts Specialist, Appraiser, Consultant, Waddington’s Auctioneers

Student Reflections:

“Having conversations with various people proved to be a liberating experience. I liked how we shared possible steps that we could take in order to get to our goals: career. So, talking to the panelists, fellow students and faculty members gave me a valuable insight as an art student.”

– Third year student

“I enjoyed listening to the advice the panelists had to offer and I really liked how they didn’t place such a high emphasis on choosing the perfect education or life path.”

– First year student

French/German/Italian/Slavic/Spanish & Portuguese - October 2, 2013

Alumni Panelists:

  • Fatima Filippi, Executive Director, Rexdale Women’s Centre
  • Alexander Greco, Software Developer, Architech
  • Barbara Sheehan, Vice President, Institutional Sales, Connor, Clark & Lunn Financial Group
  • Monica Wallenfels, Senior Legal Counsel, Regional Municipality of Halton
  • Esther Zurba, Director, Castle Hall Alternatives

Student Reflections:

 

Astronomy & Astrophysics/Chemistry/Math/Physics - October 8, 2013

CERES/Political Science/Religion - October 8, 2013

Cinema Studies/Comparative Literature/English - October 9, 2013

School of the Environment - October 17, 2013

Chemistry: Graduate Students - November 26, 2013

 

Mentorship Meals

Department of French – October 16, 2013

Department of Slavic Languages & Literatures – October 21, 2013

Department of Germanic Languages & Literature – October 22, 2013

Department of Spanish & Portuguese – October 29, 2013

Department of History – October 30, 2013

Department of Classics – November 4, 2013

Department of Philosophy – November 4, 2013

Department of Political Science – November 5, 2013

Department of Art – November 13, 2013

Centre for Comparative Literature – November 19, 2013

Department of Italian Studies – November 20, 2013

Department of English – November 26, 2013