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Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) Philosophy Mentorship Meal – Winter 2018

February 12 @ 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Mentorship Meals bring together alumni, faculty and students from the same discipline where you can enjoy a delicious meal while engaging in conversations about future career paths and the possibilities your degree can open up.

To be added to an invitation list for this event, please fill in our Registration Form to confirm your interest in attending    Dinners are restricted to 15 student attendees and final registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis. 

Please read below attending alumni for more information. This is part of the Backpack to Briefcase (b2B) Mentorship Meal series. 

 Attending Alumni 

  • Christopher Davies, Founder/Creative Director, Dog and Pony Studios
  • Danielle Graham, Program Manager, Ontario Centres of Excellence
  • Angela Misasi, Senior Sales Strategic Initiatives, BMO Financial Group
  • Deepak Ramachandran, CO-Founder and CTO, Fund Through

Attending Faculty:

  • Professor Imogen Dickie, Professor, Director of Undergraduate Studies (Dept. of Philosophy)
  • Professor Joseph Heath, Professor, Department of Philosophy


Alumni Biography

Chris Davies, Owner and Creative Director, Dog and Pony Studios Inc.

Chris Davies is the owner and Creative Director of Dog and Pony Studios Inc., a financial services focused marketing agency. By actively cultivating long-term marketing partnerships, Chris enables Dog and Pony to function as his clients’ right arm, creatively addressing all manner of marketing and communication issues through smart design and compelling content. Prior to founding Dog and Pony Studios in 1999, Chris worked 13 years at the Toronto Stock Exchange, from the trading floor to in-house creative director. With over 25 years of experience in financial services, and thousands of projects under his belt, Chris sees both the big picture and details that are the key to his clients’ success around the world. Beyond his extensive financial services experience, Chris holds a degree in philosophy from the University of Toronto.


Danielle Graham, Program Manager, Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE).

Danielle is a Program Manager at the Ontario Centers of Excellence (OCE), overseeing the Market Readiness (MR) Program and other early stage investment and company-led funding programs to help commercialize intellectual property (IP) developed in Ontario. Danielle comes to OCE from Communitech innovation center in Waterloo Region, where she was the Women in Tech Program Manager. She created the first female-focused entrepreneurial accelerator programs in Canada, called the Fierce Founders Programs and oversaw their development, implementation and delivery; investing over $500K in female-led startups a year. Prior to Communitech, Danielle was a consultant within the Deloitte Consulting Human Capital group. In addition, Danielle has an extensive background consulting overseas in South Africa, Mexico and Ethiopia and has professional experience in organizational development, technology adoption, culture change management and sustainability. Danielle holds a Masters of Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Wilfrid Laurier University, a Masters of Arts (M.A.) in African History from Dalhousie University and a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in History and Philosophy from Trinity College, University of Toronto.


Angela Misai, BMO Financial Group

(BIO Pending)


Deepak Ramachandran, CO-Founder and CTO, Fund Through

Deepak Ramachandran is co-founder and CTO of FundThrough, a fintech platform helping small businesses get paid earlier for their invoices.  He is also chair of the board of Miovision, a Waterloo-based company transforming traffic through computer vision and AI; and an active angel investor in startups in Toronto / Waterloo, the Valley and Bangalore India.  Deepak’s biggest volunteer commitment is mentoring young CEOs through his investments, and up-and-coming undergraduates through the Loran scholarship program.


Faculty Biography: 

Professor Imogen Dickie 


I am a professor in the Philosophy Department at the University of Toronto. My current research is centred on the theory of reference, singular thought, and associated topics in the philosophy of language and mind, epistemology, and the philosophy of action. I’m also an Editor of The Philosophers’ Imprint. From 2014 until 2017 I was a Section Editor for Philosophy of Mind at Ergo – an Open Access Journal of Philosophy.


Professor Jospeh Health 

Joseph Heath is Professor in the Department of Philosophy. His research interests include social and political philosophy, moral philosophy, and distributive justice. He is the author of several books, including Morality, Competition and the Firm (Oxford University Press), Communicative Action and Rational Choice (MIT Press), and Following the Rules (Oxford University Press), as well as a number of popular books, including The Efficient Society (Penguin), Filthy Lucre (HarperCollins), and with Andrew Potter, The Rebel Sell (HarperCollins). He is currently writing a book on the ethics of public administration. Professor Heath received his B.A. from McGill University, and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University. He is a Fellow of the Trudeau Foundation, as well as the Royal Society of Canada




February 12
5:30 pm - 8:00 pm