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Humanities / Languages Speed Networking
September 27 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Not sure what to do with your degree in Humanities/Languages? 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, alumni will rotate to the next networking station. 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!
- 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.
- Andrew Milroy – Quality Coordinator, Eye Bank of Canada
- Anna Teskey – Dispute Resolution Officer, Landlord Tenant Board
- Ann Y.K. Choi – Author and Educator, Freelance writer, York Region District School Board
- Ashifa Rajwani – Student Recruitment and Communications, Office of Student Recruitment, University of Toronto
- Celine Cheung, e-Seminar Coordinator, The Hanen Centre
- David Basskin – President, David Basskin Consulting Ltd.
- Diana Dhaskali – Senior Underwriting Assistant, Sun Life Financial
- Eugene Choi – Strategic Planning and Execution, Travellers Canada
- Ho K. Sung – Architect
- Jesse Grimstead – Manager, Field Operations, Bell Canada
- John Parker – Private Consultant
- Jonathan Liu – Senior Consultant, RBC
- Laurie Drake – PhD Candidate, University of Toronto
- Luisa Alvares Restrepo – Senior Coordinator Festival Programming, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)
- Liron Taub – Legislative Counsel, Government of Ontario
- Michael Restivo – CEO and Owner Restivo Wealth Management Co. Restivo Media Co. Microtronics Co.
- Monica Morana – Junior Litigation Assistant, Dewart Gleason LLP.
- Nicholas Dion – Senior Projects Officer, Office of the Provost, University of Toronto
- Shannon MacInnes – Coordinator, Leadership Annual Giving, University of Toronto
- Sheng Ping Guo – PhD student and Research Fellow, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto
- Tara Zabella – Co-Operative Education Officer, George Brown College
Andrew Milroy – Quality Coordinator, Eye Bank of Canada
Andrew Milroy is a quality improvement and healthcare manager with over 7 years of experience in healthcare, the pharmaceutical industry, government, and international development. He has spent more than 4 years working on quality and process improvement projects within the health sector and 3 years in Federal Government and the United Nations on capacity development and communications.
In the health sector Andrew has supported several important province-wide projects. While with Clinical Trials Ontario he led the development of a Qualification Manual for use in auditing Research Ethics Boards (REBs) with the aim of certifying REBs in Ontario. This was done in order to improve the process for clinical trial start-up times to make Ontario the preferred location for global clinical trials. At Mount Sinai Hospital he collected data from multiple sources to assess the effectiveness of an educational intervention aimed at reducing functional decline in elderly patients implemented in 14 hospitals across Ontario. As Human Research Protection Program (HRPP) and Clinical Quality Assurance (CQA) Manager, Andrew was responsible for the Quality Program of the ethica Clinical Research Inc. group of companies.
Andrew has developed online training and knowledge exchange tools for several organisations and companies and has delivered high-level presentations on unlocking user participation on Web 2.0 technologies, and youth outreach with Web 2.0 technology. His pilot project, entitled iMDG, utilised social media to establish an online community of youth activists in the Asia-Pacific Region and reached national news coverage in The Hindu (India’s third most read newspaper), and INQUIRER (the Philippines most widely read newspaper).
Anna Teskey- Dispute Resolution Officer, Landlord Tenant Board
Anna Teskey is a certified mediator and arbitrator currently at the Landlord Tenant Board as a dispute resolution officer. As a licensed real estate broker, she also serves as an arbitrator on the Ethics and Appeals Committee at the Toronto Real Estate Board and on the Discipline and Appeals Committee at the Real Estate Council of Ontario. She is a roster mediator for the Ontario Mandatory Mediation Program and is on the Alternative Dispute Resolution Institute of Ontario roster.
She has served on regulatory, by-law and governance committees of a university student residence with charitable status and has worked with legislation governing auto insurance benefits as a mediator with the Financial Services Commission of Ontario.
Anna graduated from University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art History and French Literature.
Ann Y.K. Choi – Author and Educator, Freelance writer, York Region District School Board
Ann Choi 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.
Ashifa Rajwani – Student Recruitment and Communications, Office of Student Recruitment, University of Toronto
Ashifa Rajwani graduated from the University of Toronto in 2003 specializing in Art History and History. She took a year off to work before heading over to London, United Kingdom to the School of Oriental and African Studies to pursue a Masters in Art and Archaeology. Her dissertation focused on Bollywood beauty and culture from the 1950’s to 2000. During her time in London she had the opportunity to work at Asia House, a non-for profit organization. Here, Ashifa helped organize events with local artists, including an event that was hosted by Cobra Beer at the India Embassy.
After returning to Toronto, Ashifa worked in several galleries and organized a number of exhibitions for local artists before deciding to pursue University Administration. She has been working at the University of Toronto for over 6 years now, currently at the Office of Student Recruitment where she works with the Communications team.
Celine Cheung, e-Seminar Coordinator, The Hanen Centre
Celine Cheung earned her Honours BA in University of Toronto and has worked in education and arts and culture ever since. After her graduation, Celine worked as a Montessori teacher in an international school in Hong Kong for three years. Currently, she works at The Hanen Centre, a non-profit organization that provides resources and training for speech language and early intervention professionals, while running an online tutoring business on the side.
David Basskin – President, David Basskin Consulting Ltd.
I have practiced Entertainment Law for more than 35 years. I received my B.A. from the University of Toronto (1974), my LL.B. (1977) and LL.M. (1999) from Osgoode Hall Law School and my M.B.A. from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto (2003). I was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1979 and served as a Law Clerk to the Chief Justice of the High Court of Ontario in 1980.
From 1981 to 1988, I was Corporate Secretary and Legal Counsel to CTV Television Network Ltd. and worked as an in-house lawyer at film and television producer Nelvana Ltd. in 1988 and 1989.
I was President and CEO of the Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency Ltd. (CMRRA) from 1989 to 2003. CMRRA is Canada’s largest music licensing agency, representing songwriters and music publishers for the licensing of their songs to record and internet music companies, film producers and broadcasters. During this period, I was also Legal Counsel to the Canadian Music Publishers Association, and was closely involved in the process of Copyright Law reform.
Since 2003, I have been a consultant on issues related to copyright, music licensing and technology. I taught Canadian Business Law at Ryerson University in the winter of 2015, at Humber College from Fall 2015 to Summer 2016 and at George Brown College in 2016 and 2017. I am planning to enter a Ph.D. program next year at U. of T.
I have been involved with music for most of my life, as a classical and jazz musician. Since 2007, I have been the creator and host of “Stolen Moments”, heard every Friday from 10 PM to 1 AM on JAZZ.FM91, Canada’s only all-jazz radio station.
Diana Dhaskali, Senior Underwriting Assistant, Sun Life Financial
I have been working for Sun Life Financial since 2009. I started working as Sales Assistant in Group Benefit Business Development department. 2 years after moved to Group Benefit Underwriting Department as Senior Underwriting Assistant. From there moved to Underwriting Best Practice department and for a short period of time worked as Underwriter in SunAdvantage Underwriting department.
Eugene Choi – Strategic Planning and Execution, Travelers Canada
Eugene Choi graduated with a BA in Philosophy and Ethics, Society, and Law in 2012. He started his professional career as a systems testing analyst, but has since become a strategy and innovation professional who has experience taking corporate initiatives all the way from problem identification and strategic economic assessment through to capital budgeting through to execution and implementation. Eugene is currently working in the Strategic Planning and Execution team at Travelers, a Fortune Global 500 P&C insurance company, where he managed the initiative to expand their Warranty line of business into the commercial property sector and into two additional provinces. Eugene is also pursuing an MBA part-time at University of Toronto’s Rotman School of Management.
Ho K. Sung – Architect
Ho Sung enrolled as an undergraduate in the Arts & Sciences program at UofT, where he studied many different subjects in various fields in order to attain a broad ‘integrated’ arts and sciences education. After graduating, Ho followed his life-long interest in design by studying architecture, first at UofT (B.Arch) and later at Syracuse University (M.Arch2).
Ho is a member of the OAA, RAIC and the TSA, and is a practicing architect in Toronto specializing in houses and other types of projects. Ho has participated as a guest critic at schools of architecture at UofT and at Ryerson University, and has mentored OAA intern architects.
Ho’s volunteerism at UofT began in 2010 as a Career Mentor at University College, where he mentored four undergraduate students in four years. Two of the mentees decided to pursue architecture at the Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Design (UofT), where one mentee is currently a student, and the other is a recent graduate who has commenced her career.
Ho has also served on the User Committee of the UC Revitalization project, and is currently serving on the UC Alumni Association and at the UofT College of Electors.
Ho’s mentoring and other volunteer contributions were recognized with UofT’s Arbor Award in 2014.
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!
John Parker – Private Consultant
UofT BA 1977
Osgoode Hall LLB 1980
Junior lawyer with medium size Toronto firm 1980-1986
Member of legal department of major Industrial Corporation 1986-1994
Member – Ontario Legislature 1995-1999
Lawyer with solo practice 1999-2006
Member of Toronto City Council 2006-2014
Private consultant 2014-present
Jonathan Liu – Senior Consultant, RBC
Jonathan Liu works at RBC as a Senior Consultant, supporting the credit measurement efforts of the Bank’s first CCAR and IFRS9 filings. In a previous life, he worked in the private security industry as a team lead and close protection specialist, eventually serving as interim Regional Manager for Source Security & Investigations’ Ontario operations. Notable projects include the G20 protests, Juno Awards, and MMVAs.
Jonathan specialized in philosophy and minored in English at the University of Toronto. He directed the Hart House Investment Fund and played soccer and softball at Trinity College.
Laurie Drake – PhD Candidate, University of Toronto
After I completed my MA at the University of Toronto, I worked as Project Manager and Team Supervisor at the YMCAs of Quebec. I returned to UofT to complete my PhD in History a few years ago and also work as a facilitator. I am happy to chat about the non-profit sector, education and facilitation, and graduate student life.
Luisa Alvarez Restrepo – Senior Coordinator Festival Programming, Toronto International Film Festival
Luisa graduated with a double major in Art History and Renaissance Studies. During her undergrad she was very involved with extracurricular at the college and university level. It was her experience gained through extracurricular that played an important role in taking the first steps in her career.
Liron Taub, Legislative Counsel, Government of Ontario
Following law school, I articled with the Government of Ontario in the office that does criminal appeals, then worked for a year as an Assistant Crown Attorney before becoming a Legislative Counsel (a person who drafts laws).
Michael Restivo – CEO and Owner Restivo Wealth Management Co., Restivo Media Co., Microtronics Co., LION
Mike Restivo is the owner and founder of Restivo Wealth Management Co. and Restivo Media Co. He previously was the CEO and owner of Microtronics Co., a point of sale (POS) retail/restaurant system and restaurant management software by which IBM compatible microcomputers can be used as electronic cash register (ECR) terminals and sales and inventory management can be performed, in real time, at the “back office”.
In his current role, Mike acts as a unique combination of Internet web content provider, editor, publisher, business motivational speaker and wealth management author. He writes and speaks about motivational and educational articles of importance to small business, economic, financial and investing themes on his own web site and on other web sites.
Monica Morana – Junior Litigation Assistant at Dewart Gleason LLP
After completing her Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree at the University of Toronto, Monica Morana pursued her legal career in the Accelerated Paralegal Program at Seneca College. In this program, Monica has received many awards including being a two-time recipient of the President’s Honour List as the result of her 4.0 GPA and a 3rd place nationwide ranking in the 2017 Osgoode Cup Moot Competition. Monica is also active in her legal community by volunteering with organizations, such as Innocence Canada and the Ontario Justice Education Network, where she is currently a Project Coordinator on its organizing committee. Monica also served as Secretary-Treasurer with Seneca College’s Legal Studies Students’ Association, where she co-led career and advocacy workshops. At this time, Monica works at Dewart Gleason LLP as a junior litigation assistant and looks forward to becoming a licensed paralegal in 2018. She welcomes all students to inquire about her experience as well as success in networking
Nicholas Dion – Senior Projects Officer, Office of the Provost, University of Toronto
I completed my PhD in Religion at the University of Toronto in 2012. After that, I worked for five years at the Higher Education Quality Council of Ontario, an agency of the provincial government that conducts research and provides policy advice on the management of Ontario’s post-secondary institutions. Since June 2016, I have been a Senior Projects Officer in the Office of the Provost at the University of Toronto. In that capacity, I manage the implementation of large-scale policy projects at the University.
Shannon MacInnes – Coordinator, Leadership Annual Giving, University of Toronto
While at U of T, I was a hyper-involved New College student in multiple leadership positions in my fourth year. I was President of the NCSC, Roscoe, and one of the first Undergraduate Dons that New College had. The summer before fourth year, I realized I did not want to be a teacher, but it was too late to change my majors. I finished my degree in summer school and graduated in November. I was so focused on my obligations inside and outside the classroom that I forgot to think about what I would do next. My sister and I were the first in our family to go to university, and our parents did not have the same professional networks that the parents of my peers at U of T did. Thus, when I graduated, I had to move home to my small town and work a number of not great retail jobs while I planned my next move. I went to Humber for a Post-Grad Certificate in Fundraising and Volunteer Management in 2012, which helped me build a professional network of my own. I did my internship at New College, and was introduced to people in Advancement at U of T who would later higher me for my first full-time grown-up job at the Faculty of Law in Alumni Relations. I now work at the Division of University Advancement in Leadership Giving.
Sheng Ping Guo – PhD student and Research Fellow, Emmanuel College, University of Toronto
After graduation from the MA-East Asian Studies and Asian Pacific Studies 2014, I attended the PhD Theological Studies program at Emmanuel College, University of Toronto. I attended more than ten international conferences to present my new findings and published nine academic papers in the field of Christianity in China, world Christianity, and inter-religious and civilisations dialogue. In 2017, I won the prestigious FTE Doctoral Fellowship from the Forum for Theological Exploration and the Ricci Doctoral Research Fellowship from Ricci Institute for Chinese-Western Cultural History, University of San Francisco. I published some of my academic papers at https://utoronto.academia.edu/SGuo.
Tara Zabella – Co-Operative Education Officer, George Brown College
For over ten years Tara has been helping young adults to navigate the labour market. Tara gained inside knowledge of hiring practices during 5 years as Director of Staffing and HR while being responsible for hiring over 1000 staff per year. Realising a desire to contribute to community labour market development, Tara moved to an employment-focused non-profit in downtown Toronto. After assisting hundreds of individuals to reach their employment goals she was promoted to a management position responsible for supporting a wider and more diverse group of job seekers. Tara now works at George Brown College coordinating work integrated learning initiatives, and at Mohawk College as an instructor and course developer in the Career Consultant Postgraduate Program. With an Honours BA from University of Toronto in History and English, Tara is currently pursuing a Masters in Higher Education at the University of Toronto OISE. Her graduate study focus is increasing equitable access to work integrated learning in Ontario post-secondary institutions. Tara also taught English in Taiwan to ESL students for 3 years.