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b2B Backpack to Briefcase – English Career Panel (Winter 2019)

February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Not sure what to do with your English degree? We’ve got a Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) English Career Panel Discussion for that!

A panel of successful English alumni will discuss their U of T education, the value of their degree, and their pursuit of successful careers. This is a great opportunity for you to network with alumni, faculty and peers to discuss the various avenues you can take in your career after graduation. Bring your questions to ask during the panel discussion or chat more informally after the panel, when food and refreshments will be served! The event will take place at The Faculty Club on February 25 at 6:00-8:00 pm. 


Attending Alumni: 

  • Ann Y.K Choi, Author and Educator, Freelance writer, York Region District School Board
  • Jason Cawthorn, Vice President and Head of Sourcing Execution, Strategic Group, TD Bank
  • Daniel Harney, PhD, Grants & Awards Editor, Office of the Vice Dean, Research & Innovation

Attending Faculty:

  • Professor Richard Greene, Professor of English, University of Toronto – (Moderator)
  • Professor Paul Stevens, Chair, Department of English


Ann Y.K Choi, Author and Educator, Freelance writer, York Region District School Board

Ann attended the University of Toronto where she studied English and Sociology (1992), and Education (2001). She is also a graduate of the Humber School for Writers (2009), the Creative Writing Certificate Program at the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies (2012), and National University’s Master of Fine Arts program in Creative Writing (2016).

Published by Simon & Schuster Canada, her debut novel, Kay’s Lucky Coin Variety, was a 2016 Toronto Book Award finalist and one of CBC Books’ “12 Best Canadian Debut Novels of 2016”.  Her essays and poems have appeared in several literary magazines and online publications. Ann is also an educator with the York Region District School Board, working primarily with students who have academic and social-emotional needs. Some of her previous jobs include working as an Early Childhood Educator (ECE) and editor.

Jason Cawthorn, Vice President and Head of Sourcing Execution, Strategic Group, TD Bank

Jason Cawthorn is the Vice President and Head of Sourcing Execution within the Strategic Sourcing Group. In this role he is accountable for the overall category sourcing strategy, as well as leading the operationalization of procurement requests from intake through to fulfillment for $8.5B in good and services that TD Bank spends with third parties on an annual basis.

Prior to joining TD, Jason held procurement leadership roles at EDS, Hewlett-Packard, Agrega (ABInBev and BAT) and Ever Corporation, where he was responsible for sourcing categories across many industries and globally across over 170 countries. With over 20 years’ experience in procurement, Jason brings both procurement expertise and thought leadership to the table. He is also a board member of the Canadian Aboriginal & Minority Supplier Council.

Professor Richard Greene, Professor of English, University of Toronto – Panel Moderator

Richard Greene is a professor of English at the University of Toronto. He holds a doctorate from Oxford University and has nine books to his credit. A biographer and poet, he has won both the Governor General’s Literary Award and the National Magazine Award.

Daniel Harney, PhD, Grants & Awards Editor, Office of the Vice Dean, Research & Innovation

Daniel Harney received his PhD in English from UofT in 2013. For three years, he has worked with researchers from disciplines as diverse as chemistry, philosophy, history and molecular genetics to develop their writing skills and refine their grant proposals. He is currently the grant editor for the Faculty of Medicine at UofT where he works one-on-one with UofT’s medical science researchers to help them submit competitive proposals to federal funding agencies. He also frequently speaks to groups of postdocs and trainees at UofT’s affiliated hospitals about strategies to improve their science writing.

Professor Paul Stevens, Chair, Department of English


Paul Stevens is currently Professor and Canada Research Chair in Early Modern Literature & Culture. During 2015-16, he was the Senior Research Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford. His primary area of teaching and research is Milton and seventeenth-century literature, especially as that area illuminates colonialism and nationalism, secularism and religious change, and literary theory and history. Professor Stevens’s first book Imagination and the Presence of Shakespeare in “Paradise Lost” (Wisconsin 1985) examined the way Shakespeare appears to function in Milton’s writing as a metonym for imagination, so much so that as Milton strove to rationalize the psychology of religious faith, he played a critical role in facilitating the Romantic idealization of imagination. In a subsequent sequence of articles, the two most influential of which remain “‘Leviticus Thinking’ and the Rhetoric of Early Modern Colonialism,” Criticism 35:3 (1993) and “Paradise Lost and the Colonial Imperative,” Milton Studies 34 (1996), his focus turned to colonialism and post-colonial theory, most notably showing how Scripture gave Western colonialism its peculiar character and challenging the conventional view that Milton was “a poet against empire.” In Discontinuities: New Essays on Renaissance Literature and Criticism (Co-ed, Toronto 1998), he began his continuing engagement with the genesis and significance of the New Historicism, two later articles, “Pretending to be Real: Stephen Greenblatt and the Legacy of Popular Existentialism,” New Literary History 33:2 (2002) and “The New Presentism and its Discontents,” Rethinking Historicism(Cambridge 2012), identifying the shortcomings of New Historicism but suggesting how liberating historicist thinking more broadly construed can be. His interest in colonialism led to nationalism and his prize-winning collection, Early Modern Nationalism and Milton’s England (Co-ed, Toronto 2008), fore-grounded the Janus-faced nature of modern nationalism. Professor Stevens is currently working on two projects, The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare and War and Sola Gratia: English Literature and the Secular Ways of Grace for which he was awarded a 2012-13 Guggenheim Fellowship and which analyzes the ways in which the religious doctrine of grace morphs into all kinds of surprisingly different, secular forms of cultural surplus. A former President of the Milton Society of America and Visiting Fellow at All Souls College, Oxford, he was recently elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He is the founder and coordinator of the annual international Canada Milton Seminar and a passionate graduate and undergraduate teacher, recent prizes including the Northrop Frye Award for Excellence in Teaching and Research (2008), Finalist for the TVO Best Lecturer Competition (2009), and the President’s Teaching Award (2010).



February 25
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm