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Humanities b2B Speed Networking Event (2019)

October 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Wondering what to do with your Humanities degree? We’ve got a b2B for that!

Alumni from Book & Media Studies, Celtic Studies, Christianity & Culture, Cinema Studies, Classics, Comparative Literature, English, French, German, History, History of Art, Italian, Philosophy, Medieval Studies, Religion, Sexual Diversity Studies, Slavic, Spanish and Portuguese will come to campus to discuss their U of T education, the value of their degree, and their pursuit of successful careers with current Arts and Science students.

Each speed networking round will last 5-10 minutes. After an announcement is made by the moderator, students will be instructed to move to the next alumni station. Alumni guests will remain at their stations throughout the speed networking session. Light refreshments will be served afterwards, to give the alumni and students a chance to mingle in a less formal setting.

What you need to know:

  • Ensure you register below!
  • Bring questions!
  • 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.



Students will be divided into groups. As a group, students will converse with an alumnus for 10 to 15 minutes. Once that time has expired, the alumnus will move to the next station.


Speed Networking events allow students to:

  • connect with successful alumni, faculty members and your peers;
  • ask questions, learn from each other and feel supported as you decide on your next steps;
  • hear the stories of alumni who have successfully transitioned from their academic to professional careers.

Speed Networking events allow alumni to:

  • connect with students of their corresponding sector and fellow alumni.
  • share stories of their successful transition from degree studies to their profession.
  • answer questions from students regarding their personal career path.


Time Activity
5.30pm Alumni are invited to arrive, register and mingle ahead of students’ arrival.

Refreshments will be available throughout the evening.

6:00pm Students arrive

Welcome remarks

Alumni guest introductions by moderator

6:20pm Speed Networking session begins (10 minutes per round).

Note: The event moderator will announce the end of each speed networking round and will ask alumni to move to the next table and begin networking. Students will remain at their stations

7:20pm Speed networking session ends / closing remarks.

Informal networking session

Refreshments will be provided

8:00pm Event concludes


b2B Speed Networking 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

Alumni Biographies

Michael Calvert, Senior Clinical Director, Specialized Medical & Complex Care, Sinai Health System, Bridgepoint Hospital

Michael is the now retired (August, 2019), Senior Clinical Director of the Specialized Medicine and Complex Care Program of Sinai Health System, a major downtown Toronto Hospital system, fully affiliated with the University of Toronto. Clinically, his portfolio focused on the care of patients and caregivers who required advanced renal care including hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis, palliation, neuro-muscular support, and advanced care for the medically fragile.

Michael has had a varied career within healthcare, ranging from being Critical Care Nurse within a Neurosurgical -Trauma Intensive Care Unit (St. Michael’s Hospital), a Clinical Nurse Educator, a Patient Care Manager, Clinical Director Rehabilitation Services and Ambulatory Care (Bridgepoint Hospital), and finally as a Senior Clinical Director (Sinai Health System).

Clinical highlights of his career including participating in the development of architectural design Generic Outcome Specifications for the Province of Ontario as they relate to hospital construction, the redevelopment of Bridgepoint Hospital, including the transfer of 364 patients from one hospital facility to a new facility within eight hours in April 2013. Michael was also a clinical lead in the Electronic Documentation Development & Implementation Steering Committee, a clinical lead for the Professional Care Delivery Model Steering Committee, and a co-chair of Sinai Health System’s Alternate Level of Care (ALC) Steering Committee, as well as a member of the Clinical Operation Performance Committee, the Toronto Acquired Brain Injury Network, the Southeast Toronto Stroke Network, the Pandemic Planning Task Force, and the Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (TC-LHIN) ALC Steering Committee.

Michael graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto in 1980, and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Ryerson Polytechnic University, and a Masters in Theological Studies, from St. Michael’s College, University of Toronto

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.

Vicki Chan, RIM Project Coordinator, Ontario Public Service

Vicki is an information professional who has served public organizations and advocacy groups across Vancouver, Edmonton, and Toronto. In her current role at the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, she contributes to the development and execution of the ministry’s long-term information governance strategy. She previously held roles at the Alcohol and Gaming Commission of Ontario, the Alberta College of Pharmacy, the Association of Mineral Exploration, and more. Vicki received an Honours Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from the University of Toronto and a Master of Library and Information Studies from the University of British Columbia.

Jennifer Holland, Executive Assistant to the Vice Dean, MD Program , U of T

Jennifer is currently working in the Faculty of Medicine administration.  She graduated from the University of Toronto in June 2001 and started working at the University in July.  She has held several positions in various portfolios ranging from residence/student life to Confidential Secretary to the Dean of Medicine.  A staunch advocate of work/life balance and enjoying where you work and what you do, Jennifer has interacted, and established relationships, with a variety of internal and external stakeholders over the course of her career from marketing firms to the senior leadership in hospitals.  She is a firm believer in importance of giving back to the community where you live and where you work.

Kristopher Kinsey, Manager, Partnerships, The Bentway Conservancy

Kris is a partnership builder and arts administrator who is passionate about city building and community. Kris studied sociology at the University of Toronto, and became interested in the design and animation of public spaces after seeing William H. Whyte’s The Social Life of Small Urban Spaces during an urban studies course. Kris joined The Bentway in October 2017, coming most recently from TIFF, where he spent over three years working in the areas of government relations and philanthropy. While at TIFF, Kris played a lead role in starting up a new outreach program for seniors, coordinating outdoor film screenings at local parks, and supporting fundraising efforts for TIFF’s charitable initiatives. On the side, Kris helps coordinate a weekly HIV testing program with Hassle Free Clinic, which provides free testing and counselling services at community centres across the city. Kris also volunteers as an environmental steward with City of Toronto, and supports Swim Drink Fish in their efforts to monitor water quality in Toronto’s inner harbour.

Cassandra Mazza, Customer Success Manager, Nexonia

I’m a Customer Success Manager who got my professional start in Public Relations before transitioning into a career in account management as part of Toronto’s vibrant SaaS tech scene. I earned my Honours BA in English, History and Writing and Rhetoric in 2016 before completing a Post-Graduate Certificate in Public Relations from Humber College. I currently work at Nexonia, a software company that helps eliminate the busywork involved in time and expense management.

Robert Muff, Court Office (Special Constable) + Military Reservist, Toronto Police and Canadian Armed Forces

Robert obtained an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree (German, English, History) and a Master of Arts Degree (German) from U of T. Part of his undergrad was spent abroad on two occasions in Germany studying at universities through the Centre for International Experience. Robert was employed by the German Department during his graduate studies as both a Course Instructor and Teaching Assistant. Upon graduation in 2016, he was hired by TPS as a court officer and currently works at the College Park Courthouse. In the past, Robert volunteered with the Good Shepherd Ministries homeless shelter and the Multicultural History Society of Ontario.

Robert is also a Sergeant with the Canadian Armed Forces Reserve Force and has been serving for over 10 years. As a Combat Engineer, he most recently deployed overseas in 2018 to Iraq for 6 months on a NATO operation. He was a member of a small team training and mentoring local military/police forces in explosive search techniques, minefield awareness and unexploded ordinance identification. He has undergone much training across the country with the army. On his free time, you will find Robert working hard at the gym, reading a book, or hanging out with friends.

Sona Noorazi, Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, Immigration Law Clerk at EY Law LLP

Sona is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant. She currently works as an Immigration Law Clerk at EY Law LLP in the Tax – People Advisory Services group. She prepares and processes a wide array of Canadian immigration applications. Prior to joining EY Law LLP, Sona worked at a Toronto-based immigration law firm where she handled both Canadian and U.S. immigration matters. She has experience in handling immigration matters for executives, managers, and professional employees of multinational corporations.

She completed her Honours Bachelors of Arts with Distinction from the University of Toronto in 2016 where she double majored in Criminology & Sociolegal Studies and History. Most recently, Sona has successfully obtained a Certificate in Immigration: Laws, Policies and Procedures, University of British Columbia in 2018. During her personal time, Sona volunteers as a mentor with Youth Assisting Youth.

Jane Smythe, Lead Hand – Audio Visual & Staging, Department of Hospitality, Hart House

Jane A. Smythe (she/her) currently works in the Department of Hospitality at Hart House (a part of the University of Toronto) as the Lead Hand for Audio-Visual & Staging for all events that occur at Hart House. She received an Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto from the Centre for Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies, with a minor in Visual Studies. After U of T, she continued her studies in the first cohort of the Arts Management program at Centennial College in 2015.

Jane has worked in various roles in the Toronto arts and culture scene, particularly the performing arts sector. She has worked for such organizations as the Canadian Stage Company, Prologue to the Performing Arts, Aboriginal Curatorial Collective, On the Edge Fringe, ReelWorld Film Festival and Ontario Presents. Jane is also a fashion designer with her own company called MotherFUNK Apparel, where she creates products and custom designs for clients all over North America. The company is environmentally mindful in it’s practices, using textiles that would normally go to the landfill to create new designs. MotherFUNK also promotes ethical practices in it’s operations with no outsourcing of labor to make all apparel items.

Andrea Tavchar, Professor, Humber College

Currently a professor of public relations at Humber College, Andrea specializes in teaching social media, strategic communication planning and public affairs, and she is a thesis advisor. Andrea is also an active member of the Canadian Public Relations Society where she is a judge for the association’s industry awards. In the television industry, Andrea performed public relations and programming management roles for YTV, StarChoice and MTV Canada. Andrea was also the supervisor of public affairs at the Region of Peel. Andrea recently graduated with her PhD from U of T, OISE, focusing on peripheral participation in social media. Andrea’s ties to U of T extend even further, having graduated from there with a BA in English. Andrea also holds an MA in Adult Education.

Arina Turulja, Manager, Brand Strategy & Customer Experience, PC Financial

Arina immigrated to Canada at the age of 5 with her family from former Yugoslavia. She completed an Honor’s Bachelor Degree in Political Science, Bioethics, and English in 2014 at the University of Toronto. Upon graduating, Arina joined Canada’s largest retailer, Loblaw Companies Ltd. in a finance – marketing role on their in-house charity team full-time after spending the summer supporting their private label group. Arina held progressively more senior positions over the next few years shifting her focus from the charity into the merchandising and buying group, managing key CPG relationships and product portfolios. This year, she pivoted into a Customer Experience Strategy and Delivery role out of their downtown President’s Choice Financial office and is loving every minute of it. She is a music junkie, bookworm, and coffee shop fanatic.







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