Conference Schedule

Conference Schedule

The 2021 Conference date will be announced in the Fall

2020 Conference Schedule


9:00 am – 10:00 am  Conference Check-in, Registration and Breakfast – Lobby

10:00 am – 10:30 am  Warm-up Activity – Panel Rooms

10:30 am – 11:30 am   Industry and Topic Panels:

  • Transition Effectively into the Workplace – A Panel for Young Alumni Delegates – Room 1210
  • Internships: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly – Room 2185
  • Work or More School: Life After Undergrad – Room 1220
  • Social Services – Industry Panel – Room 2175
  • Working without Borders – Room 2165

11:45 am – 12:45 pm  Industry and Topic Panels:

  • Success isn’t a Straight Line  – Room 1220
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation – Industry Panel – Room 2185
  • Research & Development – Industry Panel – Room 2175
  • Education & Training – Industry Panel Room 2165

12:45 pm – 1:45 pm  Networking Lunch – Lobby

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm  Industry and Topic Panels:

  • Public Policy – Industry Panel – Room 2175
  • How to Leverage Your Arts and Science Degree – Room 1210
  • Medicine, Healthcare and Wellness – Industry Panel – Room 2185
  • Media and Marketing in the Digital Era – Industry Panel – Room 2165

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Keynote address by Ausma Malik (HBA 2013) – Room 1160

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm Alumni & Student Networking Reception with 100+ alumni on hand to speak with students and recent graduates about their career path after graduation. – Lobby

*Please note that seating for the keynote is limited so we highly encourage you to get to the talk by 2:55pm. If capacity is reached, you are welcome to go to the Lobby to mingle with other delegates and alumni ambassadors until the reception begins at 4:00pm.

Panel Titles & Descriptions

10:30 am – 11:30 am

Transition Effectively into the Workplace- A Panel for Young Alumni Delegates

Just like your transition into university, your shift into the workforce comes with new challenges, new expectations, and new rules of engagement. Whether you’re just starting out, would like to become more office savvy, or want to learns ways to navigate up at your organization, our panellists are here to answer your questions.

Internships: The Good, The Bad, The Ugly

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

Work or More School: Life After Undergrad

Figuring out what to do after your undergraduate degree is a huge decision. And whether you’ve made up your mind or are still on the fence, you probably have plenty of questions. Is graduate school for me? Will graduate school prepare me to meet my future career goals? Should I complete a certificate program instead? Our panel of alumni will feature people who have completed Masters degrees, PhDs, as well as diploma and certificate programs. Learn how further education played in their careers.

Social Services - Industry Panel

Looking to use your degree to make a positive impact in non-profit organizations, with government agencies, and beyond? Alumni working in social services will share stories and advice about this industry.

Working without Borders

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

11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Success Isn't a Straight Line

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

Entrepreneurship and Innovation - Industry Panel

Alumni will talk about their unique career journeys in the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation. Learn what it took for them to make it in this exciting industry.

Research and Development - Industry Panel

Wondering how to apply your academic learning in the world of research and development? Attend this panel discussion to learn from Arts & Science alumni about the realities of a career in this industry.

Education and Training - Industry Panel

What does it mean to be an educator in the classroom? In business? For individuals or large organizations? Alumni working as educators in various fields will speak with you about what this industry has to offer.

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

Public Policy - Industry Panel

Do you want to leverage your studies to make a difference in the world through working in public policy? Attend this alumni panel discussion to hear what a career in public policy looks like.

Medicine, Healthcare and Wellness - Industry Panel

Hear from Arts & Science alumni about what it took to secure a career in medicine, healthcare and wellness. Learn about the challenges, the current context, and the many different paths that exist.

How to Leverage an Arts and Science Degree

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

Media and Marketing in the Digital Era - Industry Panel

Hear from alumni working in marketing and media, learn what it takes to stay relevant in this industry, and what careers in marketing and media will look like in the future.

*PLEASE NOTE THAT INDUSTRY AND TOPIC PANEL TITLES, DESCRIPTIONS AND START TIMES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.