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b2B English Careers Night – Career Panel Discussion (Winter 2018)

February 7 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Not sure what to do with your English degree? We’ve got a b2B for that!

A panel of English alumni will discuss their U of T education, the value of their degree, and their pursuit of successful careers. Bring your questions to ask during the panel discussion or chat more informally after the panel, when food and refreshments will be served!

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 what you need to know.

  • Ensure you register!
  • Arrive on time (or early).
  • Participation in the b2B program can be listed on your Co-Curricular Record (CCR) if you complete all three required steps.

Confirmed alumni guests:

  • Ann Y.K Choi, Author and Educator, Freelance writer, York Region District School Board
  • Jesse Grimstead, Manager, Field Operations, Bell Canada
  • Philip Marchand, Book Columnist, National Post
  • Ann Walmsley, Writer and Journalist

Alumni Biograhy: 

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.


Jesse Grimstead, Manager, Field Operations, Bell Canada

I was fortunate enough to be employed with a Bell Canada subsidiary throughout my undergrad career as a telecom technician.

Upon graduation, I continued on with the same company as a technician, shortly after moving into a technical training role. My next move was to become a temporary supervisor, responsible for some of the newly hired employees I had recently trained. My position was made permanent within a year and I was responsible for a team of 25 unionized employees.

I’ve spent the last two years as a Field Operations Manager for Bell Canada, supporting enterprise clients in Downtown Toronto. I’ve also recently begun my MBA through Queen’s as the next step in my personal & professional development.

None of this would’ve been possible without my U of T experience, and I’m happy to share my story and encourage prospective grads in all disciplines. As an English Major working in the tech field, I can offer with certainty that the world will take you to some unexpected places!


Philip Marchand, Book Columnist, National Post


I was born and raised in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and studied English literature at the University of Toronto in 1964. Since that date, with a few years exception in Vancouver in the 1980s, I have spent my adult life in Toronto.

I was a free lance magazine journalist for several years, producing a collection of my essays and articles entitled Just Looking, Thank You. I also published a collection of critical essays in 1998 entitled Ripostes: Reflections on Canadian Literature.

Subsequently I wrote a biography of Marshall McLuhan, which has gone through at least three editions. My most recent book was entitled Ghost Empire; How the French Almost Conquered North America, a work of history, travel and journalism.


Ann Walmsley – Writer and Journalist


Ann Walmsley is the author of The Prison Book Club and a magazine journalist whose work has appeared in The Globe and Mail Report on Business Magazine, Maclean’s and many other publications. She is the recipient of four National Magazine Awards, a Canadian Business Journalism Award and two International Regional Magazine awards. The Prison Book Club is her first book. It won the 2016 Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction and was longlisted for the 2016 RBC Taylor Prize and the 2016 BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction.

Born in Picton, Ontario, Walmsley graduated with a degree in English literature from Trinity College at the University of Toronto, before pursuing a career in journalism as a magazine writer, book reviewer and editor. During her writing career, she has lived in Toronto, Paris, Westport CT, Dallas and London.

Intrigued by her parents’ membership in a local literary society called Tennyson Club, she founded her first book club at age nine. Since then, she has been a member of five other book clubs in Canada and the U.K. But it wasn’t until a friend invited her in 2010 to help with book selection for a prison book club that she found the material for a book that she herself would write.





February 7
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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