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b2B Industry Night: Careers in Government and Social Justice
November 14 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Thinking about a career in government and/or social justice? Curious as to how to plan your path forward and connect your current studies with a job after graduation? Join us on Wednesday, November 14, 2018, when alumni and students will mix and mingle for a very special b2B.
Careers in government and social justice span many areas and offer a variety of career options after graduation. The skills you gain from your Arts & Science degree can be transferred into many opportunities in these fields. This networking reception will be a great opportunity to make these connections and speak with multiple alumni who graduated from the Faculty of Arts & Science and have gone on to pursue a career in government and social justice, as well as with fellow U of T students who are also considering this path.
The b2B Industry Night focuses on careers in a specific industry, and offers an opportunity for students to engage with alumni who graduated from the Faculty of Arts & Science, and who are now working in various fields.
- Connect students, recent grads, and alumni who are interested in a career in a particular field.
- Encourage conversations about how an Arts & Science education contributes to a career in the field.
- Explore career options in order to support a successful transition after graduation.
- Develop and expand your professional network.
- Build awareness about the realities of a career in the industry and potential paths to get there.
- Discover a variety of career stories.
|5:30 pm||Alumni are invited to arrive, register and mingle.
Refreshments will be provided throughout the evening
|6:00 pm||Students arrive and register.
Ambassadors will be on hand to introduce students to alumni
|6:15 pm||Opening remarks
Networking event officially begins
|8:00 pm||Networking event officially concludes|
The b2B Industry Night attendees include students and recent graduates at various stages of their education and career, as well as Arts & Science alumni, including:
- U of T Arts & Science Alumni currently working in the industry
- Undergraduate students who are considering a career in the industry and want to learn how their studies will support them beyond graduation
- Graduate students (MA, MSc, PhD) who are interested in exploring careers in the industry
- Recent graduates who are looking to continue to develop their networks, professional skills and industry knowledge
Attending Alumni (Biographies Below):
- Raja Abdo, Media & Issues Analyst, Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
- Vassilia Julia Al Akaila, Development Coordinator, Corporate Philanthropy, Pathways to Education Canada
- Moyo Arewa, Research Associate, City of Toronto
- Niya Bajaj, Senior Communications Consultant, Ontario Public Service
- Amy Bronson, Senior Consultant, Strategy & Operations – Public Sector Transformation, Deloitte
- Megan Boyle, Director Public Affairs, Red Bull Canada
- Shelby Challis, Senior Policy Consultant, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
- Timothy Cheng, Policy Analyst, Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development
- Jana Chu, Senior Policy Advisor, Ontario Public Service
- Rick Clow, General Manager, Centre and South Hastings Waste Services Board aka Quinte Waste Solutions
- Brent Cotter, Outreach Organiser, Ontario NDP Caucus – Queen’s Park
- Timothy Dillon-Cheetham, Field Support Officer, Indigenous Friendship Centres
- Christopher Ezrin, Counsel, Department of Justice / Government of Canada
- Nathalie Forde, Policy and research Consultant, City of Toronto
- Alexander Goel, Senior Analyst, Cancer Care Ontario
- Steven Hobé, Strategist & CEO, Hobé+Hosokawa Inc.
- Daniel Hoyer, Project Manager, Evolution Institute; Seshat: Global History Databank
- Lauren Hudak, Senior Manager, Research, Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario
- Matthew Jurczak, Senior Privacy Specialist, Cancer Care Ontario
- Ruslana Krantman, Senior Policy Advisor, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
- Fidelia Fredua-Kwarteng, Senior Program Advisor, Ministry of Citizenship & Immigration
- Philip Lee, Self-employed
- Derek Li, Senior Policy Advisor, Ontario Public Service/Government of Ontario
- Larissa Migus, Program Adviser, Ministry of Labour
- Chau-Anne Nguyen, Staffing Services Officer, Ontario Power Generation
- Leonard Nolasco, Manager, Major Gifts & Strategic Projects, SickKids Foundation
- Lisa Robles, Senior Training Specialist/ Instructional Designer, Ontario Power Generation
- Anneliese Sanghara, Marketing Communications Coordinator, Esri Canada
- Michael Scott, Legal Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General (Financial Services Commission of Ontario Branch)
- Eloi Silva, Police Constable, Toronto Police Service (City of Toronto)
- Usha Shanmugathasan, Teacher, Havergal College
- Tanya Thomas, Canada Revenue Agency – Taxpayer Service Agent, Government of Canada
- Sarry Zheng, Innovation Consultant, Government of Canada
Biographies of Alumni and Student Guests
Raja Abdo, Media & Issues Analyst, Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities
Shortly after graduating in 2016, I began working in issues management and executive support at the Ontario Public Service. Most notably, I worked on communication strategy for the Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) during the 2017-18 academic year transformation of the program.During my undergraduate career, I began to strongly believe in making the most of a degree at the University of Toronto. Whether it’s extra-curricular activities, volunteering, studying abroad or working in university administration; having a story beyond “I finished my undergrad here” will take you a much longer way.
Vassilia Julia Al Akaila, Development Coordinator, Corporate Philanthropy, Pathways to Education Canada
Julia is a recent alumni of the University of Toronto who completed a BA in Political Science and European Union Studies. Her professional background began in Student Life while she is currently pursuing a career in Development as a Corporate Philanthropy Development Coordinator with Pathways to Education Canada. Although relatively new to the fundraising world, she has a great interest in mentoring youth and a great passion for enabling them to pursue their goals.
Moyo Arewa, Research Associate, City of Toronto
Moyo is a researcher and policy professional serving as a 2017-18 Urban Fellow at the City of Toronto. He holds a master’s degree in global affairs from the Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy, and has experience responding to policy challenges at various governance levels — from local to international. He was a 2016 Open Society Institute Fellow, a 2016-17 Junior Fellow at Massey College, and a co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of International Law and International Relations from 2016 to 2017.
Niya Bajaj, Senior Communications Consultant, Ontario Public Service
Niya Bajaj’s interdisciplinary background supports her paid and volunteer work in the areas of poverty reduction and economic empowerment, particularly for women and individuals from marginalized communities. Her 9-5 roles included: fundraising at the University of Toronto, marketing and content creation at Morneau-Shepell, strategic communications and event marketing at the Ontario Public Service and media relations at the Ontario Heritage Trust. She has supported resource development and using her governance expertise as a Chair of the Board of Directors at the Elspeth Heyworth Centre for Women, and as Vice-President of the Board at the Driftwood Theatre Group.
She is an Executive Producer at TOgether which connects digital companies with organizations that support women and girls in STEM fields through access to education, mentorship and showcasing their expertize and creating opportunities for women to empower other women, economically and in other ways. She was also an Executive Producer of the Live Well Festival, where she bought over 25 female leaders in the field of health and wellness over a day and a half to connect communities of colour with physical, mental, emotional and community wellness tools and start the conversations that are vital to build communities of care – since improved health equity has a significant impact on poverty reduction.. She recently completed her term as Director of Logistics at Toronto For Everyone. She has been involved in communications, event planning and fundraising consulting for not for profit organizations including Planned Parenthood Toronto, Pride Toronto and the United Way. Niya is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a major in Sexual Diversity Studies, and minors in Psychology and English. She also has a certificate in Event and Meeting Management from George Brown College. She completed her training in yin, restorative, meditation and aerial yoga in addition to her 250 hour yoga teacher training. She is excited to begin her 1200 hour yoga therapy training in March 2019 so she can continue her work in trauma specific yoga to continue to improve individual and community health equity while reducing poverty.
Amy Bronson, Senior Consultant, Strategy & Operations – Public Sector Transformation, Deloitte
Amy Bronson is currently a Senior Consultant in the Public Sector Transformation practice in Deloitte’s Strategy & Operations practice, where she supports public sector clients ranging from Ministries to transportation organizations to transform and improve operations. Prior to working with Deloitte, Amy worked in a range of international development, public sector, private sector, and non-profit organizations ranging from the Clinton Foundation to SunLife Financial to George Brown College. Outside of Canada, she has lived, worked or studied in in India, New York, Berlin and Malawi. She holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Guelph in International Development (with focus in Economics) and a Masters of Global Affairs from the Munk School at U of T.
Megan Boyle, Director of Public Affairs, Red Bull Canada
Megan is currently Director of Public Affairs with Red Bull Canada and has a strong professional skillset in Crisis Management, Corporate Social Responsibility, Grassroots Organizing, and Government and Public Affairs. She has a demonstrated history of working in the food & beverages industry, having previously worked for the Canadian Beverage Association for four years as their Senior Director of Government Relations.
Prior to that, Megan worked as a Senior Consultant for Global Public Affairs within its Health and Life Sciences practice group, assisting clients with stakeholder management, strategic planning, regulatory issues, and was successful in securing public reimbursement for several rare disease drugs.
Megan draws her capability and knowledge of Public Affairs from the eight years she spent as a political staffer at Queen’s Park working for two Opposition Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs). During that time, Megan was engaged in research, policy development and positioning for legislative and committee proceedings including Question Period. She has experience with Revenue and Government Accountability, Consumer and Government Affairs and Children and Youth Services portfolios. Megan is also very active within the Toronto volunteer community and currently sits on several Boards including the Empire Club of Canada; Equal Voice Toronto and Parkinson’s Canada. Born in Vancouver, B.C., Megan and her family moved to the GTA at a young age and has called Toronto home ever since.
Shelby Challis, Senior Policy Consultant, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
Following graduation (MPP, 2016), became a Policy Analyst with the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. Supported policy and program development related to building safety in Ontario.
Currently a Senior Policy Consultant with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Leads policy files that relate to hospital funding, performance measurement and integrating health care.
Timothy Cheng, Policy Analyst, Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development
My undergraduate degree was in Biochemistry/Chemistry at U of T which I followed with a PhD in Chemistry from the United States at Caltech in California. I then did post-docs in Cancer Research at the University of California at San Diego and McGill University in Montreal. My most recent degree is a Masters in Public Policy from U of T and I now work for the OPS.
Jana Chu, Senior Policy Advisor, Ontario Public Service
Jana Chu is currently a Senor Policy Advisor at the Ontario Ministry of Government and Consumer Services. She is responsible for reforming Ontario’s New Home Warranty Program, developing regulations for the new home construction sector and overseeing Tarion, a not-for-profit corporation that administers the Ontario New Home Warranties Plan Act and provides warranty coverage and other protections to new home owners and purchasers. She has previously worked as a Senior Policy Advisor for the Ontario Treasury Board Secretariat, Ministry of Labour and the Ministry of the Attorney General. She holds a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Leeds, a Masters in East Asian Studies and an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Equity and East Asian Studies from the University of Toronto.
Rick Clow, General Manager, Centre and South Hastings Waste Services Board aka Quinte Waste Solutions
Joined the Board in 1996. Was Operations Manager with the Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority, in Durham Region, for seventeen years prior to that, managing all aspects of natural area acquisition and maintenance as well as provision of recreational and educational services and facilities and programs to the public.
Chair of the Recreational Parks Operation / Environmental Landscape Management Services Advisory Committee at Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology. Member of the Tourist Association of Durham Region Board (an organization of facility providers) for nine years, serving as President for three consecutive terms and vice-president for a further three. Served ten years as a member of the Board of the Municipal Waste Association (MWA): at the same time serving as the Board’s chair of the Markets, Operations and Contracts sub-committee, and was Chair of Board for a year and vice-chair for six years.
For ten years an Association of Municipalities of Ontario (AMO) appointee to the Municipal Industrial Program Committee (the main negotiation tool) of the Board of Waste Diversion Ontario and have served on other short term committees of MWA and AMO.
BSc honours, geography, successfully completed three courses in management accounting and practices at the MBA level. Successful graduate – Institute of Corporate Directors, ‘Governance Essentials program for Directors of not-for-profit organizations’ as conducted by Rotman School of Management.
Brent Cotter, Outreach Organiser, Ontario NDP Caucus – Queen’s Park
Currently part of the Outreach team at Queen`s Park for the Ontario NDP – I have a career as a political and union organizer. My experiences include organizing precarious, part time and contract workers as part of Ontario`s largest union drive as an organizer for OPSEU, and working and leading political campaigns on national, provincial and municipal levels in Ontario, Alberta, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland and Labrador with Canada`s NDP.
Timothy Dillon-Cheetham, Issues Coordinator, Ontario Government, Ministry of Indigenous Affairs
My career is in Indigenous relations; I’ve worked with several Indigenous-focused non-profits focused on community development as well as Ontario’s Ministry of Indigenous Affairs. I have also previously worked for the United Nations in Bangladesh on community development research focused on adaptations to climate change, and prior to that, in Brazil, working on similar projects. I currently work for the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres as a Field Support Officer.
Christopher Ezrin, Counsel, Department of Justice / Government of Canada
I graduated with a degree in English Literature in 2000. I then went to law school at UBC. After graduating, I worked in criminal defence, then was in-house counsel at an industry regulator, and finally joined the Department of Justice in 2011. Most of my practice is in immigration law, and I have a particular interest in cases relating to national security and the Charter.
Nathalie Forde, Policy and research Consultant, City of Toronto
My work is centered around human service organizations; playing a key role in leadership development, board development and governance, organizational development, collaboration building, training, community, program and volunteer development. I have a firm commitment to public service when representing Court Services on a range of social development projects coordinated by Social Development, Finance and Administration. I contributed to the development and implementation of the Access T.O Initiative (Access to City Services for Undocumented Torontonians); City initiatives to address Human Trafficking; and currently contributing to the development of an Action Plan for Youth Vulnerable to Gender-Based Violence, Phase 2 of the Toronto Youth Equity Strategy. My experience and education in both community and program development covers a broad spectrum of customized services in the areas of consultation, facilitation, training and coaching. This often involves assistance in the design and delivery of projects and workshops as it relates to community development, and strategic and business planning. Ultimately, my role has been to assist organizations, and communities in working towards their goals.
Alexander Goel, Senior Analyst, Cancer Care Ontario
Alex is an IT professional currently working as an Analyst at Cancer Care Ontario (CCO) on the Synoptic Surgery Reporting project. His work is focused on structured data capture, informatics, and change management. Alex has diverse experience working with information systems, and specialized in Information Systems Design in the Masters of Information program at the University of Toronto.
Steven Hobé, Strategist & CEO, Hobé+Hosokawa Inc.
Steven Hobé has been an entrepreneur in the area of marketing and communications since the early 2000’s. He is now Strategist & CEO of Hobé+Hosokawa Inc., a Certified B Corp. Steven holds the designation of Chartered Marketer (CM) from the Canadian Marketing Association, as well as teaching Marketing and Consumer Behaviour courses at George Brown College.
Daniel Hoyer, Project Manager, Evolution Institute; Seshat: Global History Databank
I am currently the Project Manager of Seshat: Global History Databank and a Part-Time Professor at George Brown College. My work involves mostly research looking into the many causes and factors that led to equitable and sustained economic growth, societal development, and high levels of well-being for past societies; and how we can translate these lessons from history into positive social change today. In particular, colleagues and myself are trying to understand the role of ‘prosocial’ cultural traits in promoting equitable distribution of resources and curtailing predatory activity and conflict. My work with Seshat is part of the US-based non-profit think tank, the Evolution Institute, whose mission is to ‘apply evolutionary science to pressing social issues to improve global quality of life.’ Being born and raised in Toronto, I was very happy to move back home in 2016 after spending nearly a decade in New York.
Lauren Hudak, Senior Manager, Research, Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario
Lauren is Senior Manager, Research at HEQCO. Her primary research interests fall within equity of access, and strategies used to help students transition to and through postsecondary. At HEQCO, she is responsible for managing the Essential Adult Skills Initiative, as well as other large-scale partnership projects. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Political Science and Psychology from McGill University and a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Toronto.
Matthew Jurczak, Senior Privacy Specialist, Cancer Care Ontario
Matthew Jurczak is a Senior Privacy Specialist with Cancer Care Ontario (CCO), an agency of the Ontario government tasked with planning and funding cancer care, renal care and managing wait times. Matthew advises project teams and senior management on privacy legislation, regulatory compliance and, supports a number of key corporate initiatives including health system analytics and data de-identification.
Prior to joining Cancer Care Ontario, Matthew held positions in the health sector in both Ontario and Saskatchewan. In Ontario, he worked in policy analyst roles at the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Previously, Matthew worked at the Saskatchewan Ministry of Health where he supported the Saskatchewan Surgical Initiative, a provincial surgical wait-times reduction strategy.
Matthew earned a Bachelor of Arts in modern history from the University of Toronto (2009), and a Master of Public Policy in health systems research from the University of Regina (2012). Matthew returned to the University of Toronto and earned a Master of Health Science, Health Administration in 2018. After graduation, Matthew continues to be involved in the university community and currently serves as the Chair of the Soldiers’ Tower Committee. The committee is responsible for the preservation of the Soldiers’ Tower, a memorial to students, faculty and staff who served in the First and Second World Wars.
Ruslana Krantman, Senior Policy Advisor, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade
Ruslana is a Senior Policy Advisor at the Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade. In this role, she provides interprovincial trade policy advice to the Ontario government and helps implement the Canadian Free Trade Agreement. Ruslana previously held positions as a Senior Intergovernmental Advisor at the Ministry of Education and Program Advisor at the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities. Ruslana earned her BA from the University of Toronto in 2012, where she majored in Sociology and completed a double minor in History and Book and Media Studies. In Third Year, she went on exchange to the University of Amsterdam for one semester, where she focused on learning about social policy in the Netherlands.
Upon graduating from the University of Toronto, Ruslana completed a Master of Public Administration from Queen’s School of Policy Studies.
Fidelia Fredua-Kwarteng, Senior Program Advisor, Ministry of Citizenship & Immigration
Fidelia Fredua-Kwarteng brings a strong policy, project management and stakeholder relationship/management background, working in Government both in Nunavut with the Department of Health and Social Services, and in Ontario with the Ministry of the Attorney General, Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services. Fidelia has two Master’s degrees from the University of Toronto: a Master’s degree in Political Science and a Master’s degree in Social Work (Policy, Organizations and Community). Fidelia has over 14 years’ experience working with the Government of Ontario.
Philip Lee, Self-employed
I graduated with a degree in math and physics, and then went to work on an internship at a semiconductor firm in Germany. I had returned to Canada for a Masters in biophysics. Now, I work as a volunteer in environmental activism, and research work for my own projects.
Derek Li, Senior Policy Advisor, Ontario Public Service/Government of Ontario
Derek is an award-winning, high performing, and results-oriented Senior Policy Advisor who champions policy and solutions co-creation, and solving problems collaboratively to achieve greater efficiencies and better outcomes for government services and programs. Derek previously had a successful management career in the global (both in New York and Hong Kong) investment banking industry where he specialized in Private Equity, and Equities and Fixed Income trading for 7 years.
Larissa Migus, Program Adviser, Ministry of Labour
Larissa completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto with a major in Political Science and minor in Sociology. She began working at the City of Toronto as a political staffer in the city’s council offices. During her time as the Executive Assistant/Chief of Staff, she acted as the Councillor’s advisor and spokesperson and undertook research and analyses concerning a number of government policy initiatives involving the Toronto Transit Commission, policing, Toronto Community Housing and the city’s state of good repair. She worked closely with a number of key stakeholders and media outlets and coordinated media and public appearances for the Councillor. Larissa moved on to the Ontario Public Sector at the Ministry of Energy as an Issues and Media officer where she was responsible for media monitoring, the preparation of various communications products and comprehensive issue management plans for contentious issues affecting the ministry. She then moved to her current role in the Ministry of Labour’s Freedom of Information and Privacy Office as a Program Adviser where she provides advice and recommendations regarding the disclosure of various government records, utilizing the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA).
Larissa recently completed a six month secondment with the ministry’s Agency Relations Unit as an Agency Coordinator where she managed ministry-agency relationships. Her portfolio included the Workplace Safety a
Chau-Anne Nguyen, Staffing Services Officer, Ontario Power Generation
Chau-Anne graduated with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Linguistics and French Language Learning from the University of Toronto. Throughout her undergrad, she held many leadership positions including Vice-President of the French Course Union and Chief Returning Officer of the New College Student Council. Her passion for building positive relationships and developing others naturally led her to pursue a career in Human Resources upon graduation. Chau-Anne is currently a Staffing Services Officer at Ontario Power Generation supporting the Co-op and Developmental student recruitment file. She previously worked as a HR Assistant and HR Advisor in the Federal Government.
Leonard Nolasco, Manager, Major Gifts & Strategic Projects, SickKids Foundation
As the Manager for Major Gifts at SickKids Foundation, Leonard oversees fundraising activities for the Hospital’s international philanthropic priorities. In addition, he works with philanthropists in the community to support SickKids’ highest priority needs. Prior to joining SickKids Foundation in 2017, Leonard worked at The Hospital for Sick Children for 13 years in various roles. More recently, he was a Project Manager with SickKids International supporting the commissioning and operationalization of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa. From 2011 to 2015, he was the Senior Project Coordinator working on the Hamad Medical Corporation/SickKids Project in Doha, Qatar. There, he supported project management efforts in building paediatric clinical, education and research capacity for Qatar and the Middle East Region.
Leonard graduated with a degree in Political Science at the University of Toronto in 2008. He completed a certificate program in Project Management through the University of Toronto’s School of Continuing Studies and obtained a Project Management Professional (PMP) designation through the Project Management Institute in 2011. He is currently completing an MBA through Heriot-Watt University in Scotland.
Lisa Robles, Senior Training Specialist/ Instructional Designer, Ontario Power Generation
I work at Ontario Power Generation in the Learning and Development field as a Senior Training Specialist/Instructional Designer. I’ve been at OPG for 11 years and currently lead a team that develops training for IT software systems for the Nuclear and Hydro/Thermal divisions. I have a passion for education at work and through the Toronto school system as well. I have volunteered for many school board and provincial committees. As well, I have a special interest in improving Spanish-speaking student graduation rates in Toronto.
Anneliese Sanghara, Marketing Communications Coordinator, Esri Canada
Anneliese is a Marketing Communications Coordinator at Esri Canada, a mapping software company that bridges across industries and levels of government. She specializes in content development, event promotion, and project management. Outside work, Anneliese has served as the Director, Social Media for IABC’s Toronto chapter. She has a Honours Bachelor of Arts and Master of Professional Communication.
Michael Scott, Legal Counsel, Ministry of the Attorney General (Financial Services Commission of Ontario Branch)
Michael studied international relations, peace and conflict studies and economics at U of T (Trinity College), graduating in 2012. He completed his MA in economics (also at U of T) in 2013. He then studied public administration and law at Queen’s University. He articled with the Ministry of the Attorney General (Financial Services Commission of Ontario (FSCO) Branch). Michael has practiced with the Ministry of the Attorney General (FSCO Branch) since his Call in 2017. His practice involves a mixture of administrative and pension law.
Eloi Silva, Police Constable, Toronto Police Service (City of Toronto)
Eloi Silva graduated from the University of Toronto in 2003 with a major in Criminology. He joined the Toronto Police Service in April of 2005 and graduated as a Police Constable the following September. He has been deployed to such units as primary response, foot patrol, and criminal investigations (detective) bureau. He is currently assigned to the Traffic Services Unit where he has several roles; most notably he is certified by the Centre of Forensic Sciences as a Breath Technician where he analyzes breath samples of drivers who may be impaired by alcohol. He also acts as a coach officer for new recruits and participates in mentoring programs as an Alumni at St. Michael’s College School and The University of Toronto. Constable Silva was the valedictorian of his police graduation and has received several awards and commendations for the outstanding performance of his duties. Most recently, Constable Silva returned to The University of Toronto this past summer as a student to upgrade his BA to an Hon BA which will be granted as of November 2018.
Usha Shanmugathasan, Teacher, Havergal College
Usha graduated from the University of Toronto in 2006, receiving an Honours Bachelor of Arts with High Distinction in the areas of Women’s Studies and Equity Studies. The following year, she received her Bachelor of Education from OISE/UofT specializing in the Primary/Junior divisions, and has since been working as a teacher for the Toronto District School Board. In 2017, she joined the faculty of Havergal College to continue pursuing her passion for early years and thinking about how “girls” learn. She is passionate about the early years with a focus on early years mathematics, S.T.E.A.M and coding. She strongly believes in innovation, research and capacity building in education. Usha was part of the original Faculty that opened Fraser Mustard Early Learning Academy, the all-kindergarten school in the TDSB where she was the Lead Math Teacher. During her time at Fraser Mustard E.L.A. she shone a light on the importance of early years mathematics for educators, and families, and created innovative programs such as Math Studio and Expressive Arts. She delivers and facilitates professional development for educators across Ontario, and was on the Science Teachers Association of Ontario’s writing and presenting team for the brand new Kindergarten S.T.E.A.M resource. She was also a former K-12 Learning Coach, LC1 for the Toronto District School Board. Usha is currently pursuing her Masters of Education at OISE/UT in Educational Leadership and Policy with a focus on the Impact of Racial Microaggressions in Educational Leadership.
Tanya Thomas, Canada Revenue Agency – Taxpayer Service Agent, Government of Canada
I graduated from University of Toronto with a double major in Public Policy and Economics and a minor in Philosophy. After I finished my undergraduate degree, I finished my Project Management certification with the School of Continuing Studies at the University of Toronto. I worked as an Operations Manager for two years before deciding to work in public service at the Government of Canada. I am currently preparing to write my PMP designation exam and hope to pursue a career in project management at the federal government.
Sarry Zheng, Innovation Consultant, Government of Canada
Scientist by training, social scientist by trade, Sarry has lived in San Francisco, Beijing and São Paulo. Currently, she works on social impact projects, that transform business using data and design, in the public sector. Previously, she has worked closely with the founder of The North Face and the SVP of Innovation at Schneider Electric to design a business course on global product development and corporate innovation. She helped to set up a Massive Open Online Course in innovation and entrepreneurship with Coursera for EIT Digital. She dances in the spheres of education, e-commerce, and creative industries, where she collaborates with start-up founders, academics, and industry leaders. In her spare time, she trains at The Second City as an improviser in Toronto.
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