16th IEP Conference

Conference Details

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The 16th Annual IEP Conference was held Thursday, March 21, 2019 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. and Friday, March 22, 2019 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.

We thank all sponsors, exhibitors, delegates, volunteers and staff for making the 16th Annual IEP Conference successful.

Celebrating over 16 years of providing IEPs with information, resource and networking opportunities to succeed in Canada, the IEP Conference is regarded as one of the most innovative and respectful events for Internationally Educated Professional newcomers seeking practical, effective career & employment advice.

Day 1 - Emcee, Plenary Session

Christopher Alexander

MBA, Past Chair, PCPI President and CEO, Zhoosh Service Enterprise Chief Administrative Officer (CAO), Festival Management Committee

Christopher Alexander is the Chief Administrative Officer of the Festival Management Committee, the organization that produces the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, one of the largest street festival and cultural organization in North America. He has a passion for his culture and believes that this festival is the ultimate expression of caribbean culture in the City of Toronto. Mr. Alexander is a former banker and an entrepreneur. He is the President and CEO of Zhoosh Service Enterprise a consulting company focused on helping small business owners start, grow and optimize their businesses. Chris is also a Business Coach. He is a member of the board of directors of Progress Career Planning Institute. Chris holds a Master in Business Administration from Dalhousie University, a Bachelor of Business Management Degree from Ryerson University and a Diploma in Business Management and Accounting from George Brown College. He is a Personal Financial Planner, and a Fellow of the Institute of Canadian Bankers. Chris presented a series on financial planning and retail borrowing on OMNI television. He appeared as a guest on the “My Money” segment on the Women’s Cable network, and represented the bank on a regular basis at community events throughout his years in the financial services industry. He was a mentor both for the bank and for new immigrants to Canada with a financial services background. He wrote a weekly column in the 24-Hour community newspaper called Financial Fitness which was featured in Canoe Money where he was one of the columnists.

Day 1 - Welcoming Remarks

The Honourable Mitzie Hunter, M.P.P.

Member of Provincial Parliament for Scarborough-Guildwood

Mitzie understands the community and the power of working together. A lifelong city builder and transformational leader, she's held various senior management roles in corporate, agency and social enterprise organizations. As a member of the Ontario Liberal Caucus in the 42 Parliament, Mitzie serves as critic for Finance, Treasurery, Government and Consumer Services, Tourism, Culture and Sport. Mitzie is formerly Ontario’s Minister of Advanced Education and Skills Development. In the role, she’s worked to make sure everyone has access to the success that comes with education and training — regardless of their social or economic background. She was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2013 as the MPP for Scarborough-Guildwood. She previously served as Minister of Education and as Associate Minister of Finance, responsible for the Ontario Retirement Pension Plan.

Day 1 - Indigenous Performance

Drum and Dance Ceremony

Steve Teekens

Nipissing First Nation - Day 1: Conference Opening: Drum and Dance Ceremony

Steve Teekens is a member of Nipissing First Nation. Steve has been working with the marginalized and homeless sector in Toronto since 1995. Steve is the Executive Director at Na-Me-Res (Native Men’s Residence) where he has worked since 2008. Steve is very active in Toronto’s Indigenous Community where he volunteers at Aboriginal Legal Services Community Council Program, Toronto Police Services Aboriginal Consultative Committee, Vice President of TASSC (Toronto Aboriginal Social Services Council). Steve also teaches traditional drumming and to the youth and men at various Native organizations inside and outside of Toronto. Steve enjoys working and volunteering in the Indigenous Community and wishes to see people overcome their obstacles and find the resilience in themselves to succeed in life.

Saga Kwandibenz

Ojicree, First Nation Dancer - Day 1: Conference Opening: Drum and Dance Ceremony

Saga is an Ojicree from the small community of Constance Lake First Nation. She has however being a residence of Toronto for the past 17 years and performs at events all over Canada representing indigenous culture and she is also a Fancy Shawl Dancer. Saga is pleased to dance at the conference to welcome the IEPs.

Day 1 - Opening Keynote Speaker Topic

Making a Cultural Shift to Find Work in Canada The way we were brought up has a much bigger impact on the way we think and communicate than most of us realize. This becomes particularly impactful for people who move from one country to another as adults – the way they were taught to think and communicate is now different from the way the people they interact with are used to think and communicate. When skilled immigrants come to Canada as adults and look for work in this country, they often apply the approaches and thought processes they would have used in their home country. Unfortunately, this does not work in a Canadian context. Canada is a country of specialists, whereas most of immigrants are used to think of themselves as generalists. To be successful, immigrants need to make the mental shift and start thinking of themselves as specialists – start looking for work like specialists.

Lionel F. Laroche, Ph. D., P. Eng.

President, MCB Solutions - Opening Keynote Speaker

Over the past 20 years, Lionel Laroche has helped many highly skilled immigrants find jobs in Canada that makes use of their experience and education. He also provides training to many immigrant servicing agencies to help their counselors learn the concepts and approaches he has developed in the process. Born in France, he has obtained an engineering degree from the Ecole Polytechnique de Paris and a Ph.D. from Caltech. He worked as an engineer for Procter & Gamble and Xerox in Canada for four years each before becoming a cross-cultural consultant. He has written three books and presented to over 100,000 people in 20 countries. He is generally described as thought-provoking, practical and highly engaging.

Day 1 - Closing Keynote Speaker Topic

My Canadian Journey

Mark Beckles

Senior Director, Youth Strategy and Innovation, RBC - Closing Keynote Speaker

With over 25 years’ experience in financial services, Mark has held executive leadership roles in banking, insurance, risk management and the non-profit sector. Currently, Mark is the Senior Director, Youth Strategy and Innovation and has national responsibility for executing RBC Future Launch, a $500MM investment to ensure that young Canadians are ready for the future of work. Prior to assuming this role Mark was Head, RBC Insurance Advice Centre, responsible for leading over 500 licensed insurance advisors who provide insurance advice and solutions to RBC Insurance clients across Canada. Mark has served as Regional Vice President, Retail Banking in the Greater Toronto Region at RBC Mark is actively engaged in the community and has volunteered on many boards. He currently serves on the board of Harbourfront Centre, and is an Advisory Board member of the Canadian Multicultural LEAD Organization. In 2011, Mark received the City of Toronto Bob Marley Award for his commitment to diversity and City Building. In 2012, he was recognized with the BBPA Distinguished Men of Honor Award. He was also recognized for his work in support of the Canadian Sickle Cell Network. In 2012 he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his community volunteerism. In 2015, Mark received the 2015 Harry Jerome award for Professional Excellence. Mark holds an MBA in International Business from the University of Bradford and has completed executive programs with Richard Ivey School of Business, and Rotman Business School. Mark is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds the (ICD.D) designation. Mark is married with three children and enjoys reading, jazz and football.

Day 1 - Skill Building Sessions

Topics: "Social Media and Your Career Search " and "Personal Branding"

Chanelle Linton

Youth Employment Coordinator, PCPI - Skill Building Day 1: Personal Branding

Chanelle is a Career Development Professional at PCPI for over twelve years, in progressive roles. In her current role as Youth Employment Program Coordinator, She designs and develops, employment related workshops and is one of the key soft-skills trainer and educator of employability skills. Chanelle also has over 10 years of managerial, administration and marketing experience. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Marketing & Advertising, and she is certified in Personality Dimensions and Level B Psychological Instruments

Sheryll Smith

Employment Marketing Consultant, PCPI - Skill Building Day 1: Personal Branding

Sheryll has 10 years in experience developing and facilitating Adult Learning using many methods including; face to face, online and blended approaches. She is an expert in HR solutions and has helped hundreds jobseekers fulfil their career goal while addressing employers’ hiring needs. Her passion lies in helping people to reach their full potential by sharing her knowledge and by creating a supportive and empowering learning environment for her clients. Sheryll believes in a shared learning experience for both facilitator and learner.

Jake Hirsch-Allen

Economic Graph and Higher Ed Learning Solutions Lead, LinkedIn Canada - Skill Building Day 1: Linked In Presenter

Jake Hirsch-Allen is currently the Economic Graph and Higher Ed Learning Solutions Lead at LinkedIn Canada. He is a Director on the Board of the Canadian Club, teaches Global Health at McMaster University and is on the Advisory Boards of the Hot Docs Cinema and Code for Canada. Jake founded Lighthouse Labs, Canada's foremost software development bootcamp and Hacking Health. A former intellectual property and international criminal lawyer, Jake was also Chair of the Technology Committee of the Global Education Platform and clerked at the Supreme Court of Israel.

Day 2 - Knowledge Pods

5 Topics: Mental Health • Value of Volunteering • How to Apply Online • Applying to be a Canadian Citizen • Engineering Resume Recommendations

Sukhjit Singh, MBA, CCS, CIRS

Knowledge Pod Day 2 Presenter - Value of Volunteering

Sukhjit Singh is an accomplished Career Development Professional and an avid volunteer. Being inspired by Volunteerism and becoming a passionate and proud Canadian; A strong supporter of social and civic inclusion for newcomers to Canada, he feels that volunteer work is not only a way to gain Canadian work experience, but it is the best way to participate in and learn about the new country as well. Sukhjit recently published his first book “Same Shoes, Different Doors”. This book is chronological stories of his journey of struggle and success as a new immigrant in Canada. This year he has been awarded Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers, Canada's Top honor for Volunteerism administered by Governor General's office.

Day 1 - PROFESSIONAL SECTOR PANELS

Learn from industry leaders - many who are IEPs themselves - about sector trends and job opportunities, companies that are hiring, networking tips, and how to best manage your career for maximum results. Bring your business cards and connect with professionals who are eager to share their job finding experiences with you!

Engineering Sector Hub

The Engineering Sector hub is designed to have Thought Leaders in a panel format, share their expertise and knowledge on trends and hiring practices in the sector. The delegates will have the opportunity to: •Learn what engineering employers are looking for in a potential candidate •To ask your individual questions and gain practical advice of internationally educated professionals who have lived experience of gaining employment and progressing their career in Canada •Gain clarity on the P.Eng licensing requirements for new Canadians •Identify what does not work when seeking employment •Form connections with potential employers

Darya Duma, BESc, PEng, PMP, PSP

Owner/Senior Consultant, 4DPM - Engineering Sector Hub Facilitator

FACILITATOR: Darya is the owner of 4DPM, providing training, facilitation and consulting services in project management. Darya has over 20 years experience managing projects in construction, standards development and business consulting, and in project management consulting and training. Practice areas include PM governance, PM software implementation, and course design and delivery. Darya has volunteered for the Project Management Institute, lectures at Queens University and is a member of the Canadian Mirror Committee to ISO/TC 258 for Project, programme and portfolio management. Her corporate customers include Procept Associates, Canada’s two largest nuclear electricity generators, a defense contractor and two mining corporations.

Lee Weissling, PhD

Senior Research Officer - Ontario Society of Professional Engineers - Engineering Sector Hub Facilitator

FACILITATOR: Lee Weissling conducts research and generates reports concerning engineering policy, labour market conditions and other topics related to engineering. He also writes proposal for government grants and oversees management of OSPE’s Bridge Training Programs for International Engineering Graduates. Prior to his current role, he was Manager of Policy and Government Relations OSPE, advocating to government about issues concerning the engineering profession Before joining OSPE in May of 2008, Lee was Corporate and International Relations Manager at Athabasca University in Alberta. He promoted and marketed their Executive MBA program to corporate clients and the international market and was responsible for developing corporate alliances in areas such as research, joint marketing, and executive management short-term courses.

Rejeanne Aimey, BESc, MBA, PEng

Senior Consultant - KPMG - Engineering Sector Hub Panelist

Rejeanne is currently a Senior Consultant with KPMG, having previously worked at SR&ED Consulting and General Motors. She was elected to the OSPE Board of Directors in 2017 and appointed as Secretary of the Board in 2018. Rejeanne has volunteered with Women in Engineering Science (WIES) by leading the Marketing and Media for the Design Competition Leadership Committee and as a coding volunteer. She has dedicated time to supporting children ages 11-14 to design, build and market apps to support sports rehabilitation. She holds an MBA from the University of Phoenix and a BESc. from the University of Western Ontario.

Mehemed Delibasic, M.Sc., P.Eng.

Division Manager, Transportation Planning and Traffic Engineering - McIntosh Perry Consulting Engineers Ltd. - Engineering Sector Hub Panelist

Mehemed Delibasic is Division Manager at McIntosh Perry and has over 20 years of experience in the transportation sector. Mehemed holds a Master of Science degree in Traffic/ Transportation Engineering. Mehemed’s projects include transportation master plans, transit projects, municipal and provincial environmental assessments, transportation demand and traffic management, transportation / urban planning, preliminary and detailed highway / road design, transportation impact and traffic safety studies, and traffic operations and parking studies. Mehemed volunteers with the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE), Canadian Institute of Transportation Engineers (CITE), Ontario Traffic Council (OTC), and Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)

David J. Fortin, BASc, MBA, PEng

CEO - DataRealm Inc. - Engineering Sector Hub Panelist

Dave started his career in Finance at Ford Motor Company, Powertrain division. At Ford he also worked in Manufacturing Controls engineering and Manufacturing Data Systems. From Ford, he went to Flow, where he was Product Manager and General Manager of Flow Software Technologies. After 4 years at Flow, Dave started DataRealm Inc. DataRealm grew and facilitated corporate-wide data collection into Ford, which became a corporate standard. DataRealm now employs 35 and is incorporated in Canada, US and Mexico. Its customers include Ford, GM, Chrysler/FCA, Honda, ABB Robotics, Thyssen Krupp Systems Engineering, Jamieson Vitamins and more.

Pauline Gavilanez, CHRL

Director, Human Resources - DMC Mining Services - Engineering Sector Hub Panelist

Pauline Gavilanez is a member of DMC Mining Services’ Executive Leadership Team and provides strategic direction in Human Resources. As a Certified Human Resources Leader (CHRL), Pauline’s career spans 20+ years within the large Construction, Waste Management and Engineering Consulting sectors. Pauline is the President of the EHRA (Engineering Human Resources Association) Executive Board of Directors. As an advocate and leader with respect to "Multi-culturalism" and "New Canadians" initiatives, she has participated in numerous community and professional events as a panelist and subject matter expert.

Dr. Ali Hoss, PhD, PEng, CEM, CMVP

Manager, Existing Building Energy Management - WSP - Engineering Sector Hub Panelist

Ali Hoss is an award-winning leader in the energy industry and innovative business strategist with deep knowledge of energy conservation and environmental sustainability. With over 12 years of experience in energy system design and optimization and interest in the energy performance market, Ali has been providing strategic direction and technical solutions to IESO, utility companies, and commercial and institutional customers. In 2016, Ali led the implementation and delivery of the first full scale pay-for-performance DSM program in North America, with a budget of $25M, for large commercial and institutional customers. Ali is a professional engineer with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering, a Certified Energy Manager and a Certified Measurement and Verification Professional. In his current job, Ali is Managing WSP’s energy management service line in Canada. Ali has authored more than 12 journal and conference papers, co-authored 2 book chapters, and has delivered many lectures and presentations at national and international conferences, symposia, and technical meetings. In 2017, Ali was named Canada's Young Energy Professional of the year by the Association of Energy Engineers.

Rene McKeown CHRP, RPR, ICMP

Director, Human Resources - The Municipal Infrastructure Group (TMIG) - Engineering Sector Hub Panelist

Rene is the Director of Human Resources for The Municipal Infrastructure Group as well as TMIG's Social Procurement Liaison. Having worked in HR for the last 20 years, Rene is very familiar with acquiring and developing talent in the field of civil engineering. In an effort to gain a better understanding of Diversity and inclusion in the workplace, Rene completed a certificate in Leadership and Inclusion from Centennial College this past July 2018.

Chris Metaxas, P.Eng.

Principal, Executive Director of Engineering - Mooney Metaxas Engineering Inc. (MME) - Engineering Sector Hub Panelist

Chris is the Executive Director of Engineering for Mooney Metaxas Engineering Inc. (MME) and is a designated Consulting Professional Engineer under the PEO. Chris is responsible for overall management of engineering services including providing input into the talent acquisition and career development of technical staff at MME. He has worked for engineering consulting and design-build firms in roles including engineering design, project management and contract administration for private and public-sector clients. Chris sits on the Government Relation Committee for Consulting Engineers of Ontario, and also volunteered as a technical adviser for Bridging the Gap Africa.

IT Sector Hub

The Information and Technology Sector Hub is designed to help you learn from Sector specialists, Generalists and Program Advisors how best to position yourself for employment success in Canada. •Hear from employers who are passionate about their field and about helping immigrants find their path in IT •Hear from program advisors about what is available to help prepare you for a successful job search •Find out what you need to do to prepare yourself to be well represented in your Canadian job search with your international education and experience •Learn and experience how powerful and useful networking is to a successful career

Maureen A. Ford

Program Manager, Talent Innovation - Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) - IT Sector Hub Facilitator

Maureen Ford is Program Manager of the ICTC initiative that connects employers to newcomer ICT professionals who are employment-ready after completing ICTC’s bridge training program called the Integrated Work Experience Strategy (IWES) Program. IWES is a workforce-solution bridge training program that prepares and assists internationally educated and experienced ICT professionals to secure employment and continue their career in Canada's Digital economy. ICTC is a not-for-profit national centre of expertise for the digital economy. Through trusted research, innovative talent solutions, and practical policy advice, ICTC fosters industry economic development and consumer engagement in a global market. For more information visit www.ictc-ctic.ca

Amal Alsheikh

Technology Project Manager, BMO - IT Sector Hub Panelist

Amal Alsheikh, Technology Project Manager, BMO, manages technology projects. Amal leads projects from initiation through planning, then to executing and closing activities; these projects include complex and critical areas that are taken into account in order to ensure successful implementation without any security breaches or service interruptions.

Yeon Leong (Leona) Cho

Chief Information Security Officer, KEB Hana Bank - IT Sector Hub Panelist

Leona Cho, Chief Information Security Officer, KEB Hana Bank Canada, is responsible for developing and managing security governance, framework, policy and procedures and robust security controls aligned with business objectives under OSFI (Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions) regulation. She has more than 20 years' intensive experience in Security Management, IT Risk Management, IT Audit from global financial institutions and IT company including Citigroup, TD Bank, Equitable Bank and LG Group.

Raminder Kaur

Programmer, House of Commons - IT Sector Hub Panelist

Raminder Kaur, Programmer at the House of Commons, prepares software packages and documentation for deployment that adhere to defined standard deployment policies; produces design artifacts such as class diagrams and sequence diagrams for product features or client solutions using best practices to architect, design and implement services; participate in stress tests, load tests, performance tests, making recommendations to improve performance and scalability; and is responsible for implementing product features within a team using best practices to meet solution deliverables.

Rathika Ravichandran

Project Manager - TD Bank - IT Sector Hub Panelist

Rathika Ravichandran serves in the Project Management Office (PMO) at TD Bank. Rathika manages various projects under the digitization and automation portfolio. These projects enable implementation of newer enterprise-wide technology solutions.

Anna Raymer-Parks

Senior Business Analyst, RGA (Reinsurance Group of America) - IT Sector Hub Panelist

Anna Raymer-Parks, Senior Business Analyst, Reinsurance Group of America (RGA), works with clients to define, customize, and implement automated underwriting solutions for Life Insurance products. This process primarily involves requirements planning, elicitation, design, testing and training activities.

Arun Sharvirala

Junior Data Analyst, ICTC - IT Sector Hub Panelist

Arun Sharvirala is a Junior Data Analyst at the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC). Arun assists in job market analysis which helps to drive research and policy within the organization. Arun has 3 years of experience in the analytics field working on predictive modelling techniques in the Telecommunications domain. Arun has worked on NLP (Natural Language Processing) and has a great interest in Artificial Intelligence technologies.

Amar Vivek

Data Analyst - ICTC - IT Sector Hub Panelist

Amar Vivek is a Data Analyst at the Information and Communications Technology Council. He helps the organization to strengthen Canada’s digital advantage in the global economy by providing actionable insights using data analysis skills. Amar has close to 10 years of experience in the IT sector ranging from Mainframes to data warehousing, ETL and Big Data technologies. He has a keen interest in emerging technologies such as Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence.

Sales, Marketing & Communications Sector Hub

"Looking to get into Sales, Marketing or Communication? Come hear from the experts." Overview Description: In this interactive session, you’ll: • Learn from other IEPS on how they navigated the Canadian Sales, Marketing & Communications landscape to get successful roles • Understand the key skills, experience and education for this sector • Identity how to best market yourself in a competitive marketplace

Wendy Woods, MBA, CPCC, ACC

Founder & Principal - Watershed Training Solutions - Sales, Marketing & Communications Sector Hub Facilitator

Wendy Woods brings over a decade's worth of corporate training and coaching experience specializing in Leadership and Resilience. By focusing on Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness and Neuroscience, she helps her clients leverage their time, increase their effectiveness, and achieve better results. Prior to Watershed, Wendy worked for leading Bay Street companies such as Dynamic Mutual Funds, Richardson Greenshields and RBC Dominion Securities. She has her Honours B.A. in Psychology, an M.B.A., a Certificate in Adult Education, a Certificate in Applied Mindfulness Meditation, and a license in Emotional Intelligence (MHS).

Mara Aalipour

CEO & Founder, WINpreneurs - Sales, Marketing & Communications Sector Hub Panelist

Mara established her own media business within a year of landing in Canada. She recently launched her own coaching business, helping clients discover their ‘winner within’, and live the life of excellence.

Samuel Balzan

Founder Purple Sales Solutions Inc. - Sales, Marketing & Communications Sector Hub Panelist

Samuel is a dual citizen of Canada and France, a graduate of the Kellogg School of Management, a seasoned B2B sales, marketing strategist and founder of Purple Sales Solutions Inc. His company accelerates B2B technology and growth initiatives in North America with best sales and marketing practices leveraging cutting edge technologies.

Winnie Biala Mittal

Manager, Multicultural Marketing - Koodo & Public Mobile - Sales, Marketing & Communications Sector Hub Panelist

Winnie is a passionate marketer with over 15 years of experience. Having been born in Hong Kong to Indian parents, and studying & working in Canada, she has embraced the diversity across cultures. Today she continues her journey of building her multicultural experience.

Kristina Koprivica

Director of Marketing, Kruger Product - Sales, Marketing & Communications Sector Hub Panelist

Kristina is responsible for developing business strategies for assigned brands, leading the marketing team in execution of tactical plans, and managing creative and media agency relations and product development plans.

Liz Oke, BFA, CM

Principal, lizoke, Inc. - Sales, Marketing & Communications Sector Hub Panelist

Liz also serves as Lead Course Developer at the Canadian Marketing Assn., (CMA) and is a Course Instructor at U of T’s School of Continuing Studies. She advises businesses on marketing and sales decision making.

Bobby Sahni

Partner; Co-Founder - Ethnicity - Sales, Marketing & Communications Sector Hub Panelist

Bobby Sahni is a veteran and thought-leader in the multicultural marketing industry. He was the Head of Multicultural Marketing at Rogers Communications before starting Ethnicity - a multicultural marketing & advertising agency dedicated to helping companies drive new growth and sales by engaging North America’s ethnic and new immigrant communities.

Erin Smith

VP Marketing - Xello - Sales, Marketing & Communications Sector Hub Panelist

Erin has a diverse marketing background, having led brand and performance marketing campaigns in retail, banking, and loyalty sectors. Five years ago she ‘pivoted’ to become part of Toronto's emerging technology industry -- and she hasn't looked back.

Healthcare & Related Professions Sector Hub

Session Title: Gateway for Healthcare Careers: Exploring the challenges, the opportunities and the alternatives – Discover an IEHP's Roadmap to Access Healthcare Professions in Ontario Objective: This panel discussion shall assist internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs) to access the Ontario health care system by offering counselling on the ways in which newcomers can become professionally licensed; pursue additional professional training to obtain employment in their field; and explore alternative, complementary career paths. Discussion topics will include: # 1: What are the key challenges confronting international health care professionals? What opportunities can IEHPs pursue to achieve their career objectives? #2: How to assist IEHPs better understand the health care employment environment, both regulatory and non-regulatory sectors #3: What professional supports exist for IEHPs? What alternative - complementary – career options are potentially available?

Dr. Shafi U. Bhuiyan, MBBS, MPH, MBA, PhD

A/Professor, School of Occupational and Public Health; Co-Founder/Program Lead, Intl. Trained Medical Doctors (ITMD) Bridging Program, Ryerson University; Asst. Professor, U of T - Healthcare & Related Professions Sector Hub Facilitator

Dr. Shafi Bhuiyan is an internationally recognized scientist and academic leader in global public health and post-graduate education initiatives, with diverse experience in both developed and developing countries. The bridging program he leads provides ITMDs with training to transition into non-licensed health care positions. Dr. Bhuiyan is an RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants award finalist, and he recently was named Chair of the Canadian Coalition for Global Health Research.

Ana Bernstein BSW, MBA

Manager start-up, ISAGE Bridge Training program - Healthcare & Related Professions Sector Hub Panelist

Ana combines a specialty in HR with over 10 years’ experience in counseling roles within the employment sector, internationally and in Canada. As a former newcomer herself, Ana has deep understanding of the challenges IEPs face: this perspective informs her role in assisting clients secure positions similar to those in their home countries. Ana is currently Manager of the ISAGE Bridge Training Program, offering alternative careers for IEHPs as well as teachers and social workers.

Irina Edilova

IEHP Advisor, Health Workforce Integration, HealthForceOntario Marketing and Recruitment Agency - Healthcare & Related Professions Sector Hub Panelist

Within the Health Workforce Integration department at HealthForceOntario, Irina provides information, advice and support to Internationally Educated Health Professionals related to their path to professional practice. Irina’s career has spanned work in education, consular services, international development and recently, in health workforce advisory services. Currently, she works predominantly with internationally trained doctors and is very passionate about helping them to obtain a medical license or choose a meaningful and rewarding alternative career in Canada.

Nava Israel PhD

Manager of Adult Education, Mennonite New Life Centre - Healthcare & Related Professions Sector Hub Panelist

Dr. Nava Israel is an internationally educated professional in the field of healthcare, and a leader in driving fairness and social change for immigrants in Canada. Nava has had the pleasure of supporting the evolution of access to healthcare professions since 2005; a designer, developer and manager of multiple bridge-training programs; the founder of “The Bridging Coalition”; and a consultant working with many regulatory bodies across Canada on the development of tools, processes and policies related to fair assessments of immigrant professionals. Currently, Dr. Israel supervises a bridge training program for mental health professionals; and is a Director of Programs at the Toronto New Life Wellness Place, an innovative social enterprise designed to support entrepreneurial, immigrant health and wellness professionals.

Jeff Kariuki

Director of Newcomers and Employment Services, Job Skills - Healthcare & Related Professions Sector Hub Panelist

Jeff is a passionate leader with over sixteen years of experience in community development and Employment & Newcomer Services in the non-profit sector. He combines his excellent understanding of the needs and barriers of newcomers, families, children, youth and marginalized communities with service delivery, active giving and contribution.

Ruth Lee RN, MScN, PhD

Executive Director, McMaster University, CARE Centre for Internationally Educated Nurses; & Associate Clinical Professor, School of Nursing - Healthcare & Related Professions Sector Hub Panelist

Ruth’s clinical expertise spans roles as staff nurse, clinical nurse specialist, program manager, Chief of Nursing Practice, and Executive Director. Her research, publications and presentations include culturally competent practice, diversity and cultural issues in health care, and health human resources planning with a focus on internationally educated nurses.

Mirjana Milanovic MD, DHMHS, HOM

Doctor of Homeopathic Medicine, Private Practice - Healthcare & Related Professions Sector Hub Panelist

Dr. Milanovic received her MD from the University of Sarajevo in the former Yugoslavia and practised extensively (including internal and preventive medicine) before immigrating to Canada. In Toronto, she worked as a Clinical Education Specialist in the largest teaching hospital (UHN) in Canada. After passing the Medical Council of Canada's Evaluating and Qualifying Examinations she found herself in Homeopathy, graduating with honours from the Ontario College of Homeopathic Medicine (OCHM). Mirjana has a private practice in Toronto and teaches medical sciences and homeopathy.

Emal Stanizai, MD, MA

Project Coordinator, Immigrant Insight Scholars Initiative (IISI) - Access Alliance Multicultural Health & Community Services - Healthcare & Related Professions Sector Hub Panelist

Emal Stanizai’s work focus is enabling internationally educated researchers to build local experience, track records, and professional networks needed to transition to a successful career as a researcher in Canada. The project is targeted at internationally educated researchers/analysts (e.g. epidemiologists, statisticians, clinician scientists, evaluation experts, and community-based researchers) who are currently under-employed or who are in precarious employment. An MD, Emal specialized in public health and has more than 10 years of work experience in associated projects, program management, and research within several national and international organizations, UN agencies, and governmental departments.

Holliday Tyson

Founding Academic Director, International Midwifery Pre-Registration Program (IMPP), Ryerson University, Chang School of Continuing Education - Healthcare & Related Professions Sector Hub Panelist

Holliday Tyson is the founding and current Director of the International Midwifery Pre-registration Program, which has operated continuously since 2002, providing 20% of Ontario’s midwifery workforce. Previously, she was the founding Director of the Laurentian University Four Year Baccalaureate Midwifery Program and a consultant for the World Health Organization. She has practiced midwifery and nursing and been an educator in 7 countries, and is a former President and Co-registrar of the College of Midwives of Ontario.

Wayel Zanjir, ITMD

Resident in Internal Medicine, McGill University - Healthcare & Related Professions Sector Hub Panelist

Dr. Wayel Zanjir graduated from Gulf Medical University in Ajman, United Arab Emirates in 2015. Soon thereafter, he moved to Canada with his family to continue his life journey. He joined clinical research in hepatology as a postdoctoral research fellow at the Toronto Centre for Liver Disease, and the Internationally Trained Medical Doctors (ITMD) Bridging Program at Ryerson University in 2016. Dr. Zanjir is the creator and owner of MedTube medical channel on Youtube.com.

Finance & Accounting Sector Hub

"Discovering opportunities and rewarding careers in Canada's Financial Services sector" Overview Description: Join Financial professionals from the corporate and non-profit sectors as they discuss how to identify, apply and interview for in-demand positions. This session also covers general aspects of the regulatory environment, certifications, and academic qualifications needed for various roles; plus •Learn how to network for job leads and expand your contacts •Practise making a great first impression, especially in interviews •Discover more about Canada's financial services sector, one of the strongest in the world; and the career opportunities available to IEPs within large, medium and small enterprise employers

Heather Turnbull, BA (Hons)

President, Turnbull Consulting Group - Finance & Accounting Sector Hub Facilitator

Heather Turnbull is a Toronto based meeting facilitator and career advancement consultant. She assists organizations in strategizing and implementing better ideas and plans for success, over the long term. In addition to her extensive volunteer activities in the performing arts and martial arts, she is a passionate advocate for IEPs and all vital contributors to Canada’s social and economic wellbeing.

Sashya D'Souza, MBA

Senior VP, Talent Initiatives, Toronto Finance International - Finance & Accounting Sector Hub Panelist

Sashya D’Souza is the Senior Vice President of Talent Initiatives at Toronto Finance International (TFI), a public-private partnership between financial services (FS) organizations, post-secondary institutions and the government, to drive the growth and competitiveness of Toronto’s FS sector and to lead its promotion as a prominent global Financial Centre. To that end, Sashya heads TFI’s Talent team, which leads multi-stakeholder, sector-wide projects to attract, develop and retain world-class, in-demand talent for financial services. Sashya has worked in the human resources field for 18 years, and has 10 years of financial services experience.

Patricia Gonzalez, CPA

Sr. Retail Planning and Analytics Analyst, Walt Disney Canada Inc. - Finance & Accounting Sector Hub Panelist

Patricia specializes in financial planning, analysis, and strategic decision planning. Her experience gained in Brazil and Venezuela spans varied industries including entertainment, packaged goods, real estate, automotive and newsprint. Over the past 8 years at Disney, Patricia has been responsible for retail analytics and trade management. Patricia earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Public Accounting from the Universidad Catolica Andres Bello, Caracas. In 2008 she moved to Canada, and most recently earned her CPA designation.

Kamilah Hudson, CPA

Director of Finance, Sistering - Finance & Accounting Sector Hub Panelist

Kamilah manages the day-to-day financial affairs of this $ 5M not-for-profit women’s services organization in downtown Toronto. Her previous experience includes internal auditing within corporate and government environments.

Carmen Jacques, CPA, CGA, BCom.

Student Recruitment Manager- IEP, CPA Ontario - Finance & Accounting Sector Hub Panelist

Carmen Jacques, CPA, CGA, is a Student Recruitment Manager with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. In addition to her CPA designation, Carmen also holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Sydenham College, University of Mumbai. A skilled accountant with a wealth of experience in international industry, Carmen offers exceptional knowledge and expertise in helping new Canadians. Carmen personifies the values of CPA Ontario, and is an invaluable resource when communicating the career benefits and opportunities offered by a CPA designation. For more information about your future career as a CPA, you will have an opportunity to speak to Carmen.

Yanky Li, CPA, PMP

President & Co-Founder - OpenHouse.AI - Finance & Accounting Sector Hub Panelist

An entrepreneur at heart, Yanky Li has spent nearly all his working career pursuing business solutions – locally and internationally - through the application of technology. He currently heads up OpenHouse.AI, a technology company that combines AI and machine learning with real estate. Additionally, Yanky is a passionate and inclusive community social change advocate.

Mikhail Sadhu, BSc. (Hons)

Manager, Tax, PriceWaterhouse Coopers, LLP - Finance & Accounting Sector Hub Panelist

Mikhail’s scope of responsibility includes client and project management, leading the CRA review process, and supporting technical audits in the IT, Life Sciences and Engineering industries.

Mehran (Michael) Sedigh, CPA

Partner, Triple M Accounting - Finance & Accounting Sector Hub Panelist

Mehran immigrated to Canada as a youngster, and pursued his education at York University achieving his CPA designation in 2016. Within his private accounting practice, he specializes in Personal and Corporate taxation, including cross border and treaty-based filings.

Jaisal Thapar, CPA, CA, ICAI (India)

Audit Manager, KPMG Canada - Finance & Accounting Sector Hub Panelist

Based in Toronto, Jaisal holds public accounting licenses in Canada and India. He is part of KPMG Canada’s audit and accounting advisory practice with industry focus on technology and media. He started his career with KPMG India and has worked across industries and geographies. Jaisal especially enjoys working with a number of Canadian tech companies and startups with prominent activity in global markets.

Entrepreneurship Sector Hub

Curious about starting your own business in Canada? You're not alone: it's one of the fastest growing career opportunities for newcomers! Delegates can expect to: •Learn the fundamentals of Entrepreneurship in the Canadian economy/an alternative option to employment •Discover the Canadian environment and culture for entrepreneurs •Appreciate how to develop a business idea and validate assumptions •Understand small business financing options •Be motivated by entrepreneurs sharing their business experiences •Participate in a question & answer session •Receive tips on free resources for entrepreneurs

Ronit Goldenberg

Facilitator (formerly, Business Information Specialist, Enterprise Toronto) , City of Toronto - Entrepreneurship Sector Hub Facilitator

While at the City of Toronto, Ronit helped assess and validate numerous business ideas, as well as provided support through sharing market research data and regulatory information. She also participated in the Profession-to-Profession Mentoring Immigrant Program.

Sharon Connolly, BBA, MBA

Vice President, Newcomer Entrepreneur Success Team (NEST), Business Development Canada (BDC) - Entrepreneurship Sector Hub Panelist

Sharon has more than 20 years experience in commercial lending and real estate financing. In her role as the leader of the NEST team at BDC, she provides financing and operational expertise to newcomer entrepreneurs, enabling them to overcome systemic barriers and obstacles. Sharon and her team believe strongly in working collaboratively with partners, so entrepreneurs can accelerate their businesses and become successful in Canada.

Gabriela Covaci, BSc., MEd., MBA

Employment & Career Consultant, Mohawk College - Entrepreneurship Sector Hub Panelist

In her role as a career and training specialist, Gabriela develops and delivers workshops incorporating self-assessment, strategic planning, and intercultural communication. She is also the Founder of ROCAteach Canada, a not-for-profit organization promoting Romanian culture and language in the Hamilton-Halton region.

Susan Henry

Manager, Community Investments - Alterna Savings & Credit Union Limited - Entrepreneurship Sector Hub Panelist

Susan’s responsibilities include leadership of the Community Micro Finance and Loan Funds Partnership Programs. She was instrumental in creating the Networking Café at Alterna, helping members connect and expand their business skills. She frequently speaks about financing to small business owners and potential entrepreneurs, across the GTA and Ottawa region. A passionate, committed volunteer, Susan serves on the Women’s Economic Council National Advisory Committee, as well as with the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

Gerard Keledjian

Executive Producer, New Horizons Media - Entrepreneurship Sector Hub Panelist

Gerard is the award-winning Founder of New Horizons Media, a Toronto-based social enterprise for multicultural video production and event services. In addition to organizing the Immigrant Business Expo, in 2015 Gerard launched New Canadians, a national TV and web-based series dedicated to newcomers to Canada and would-be immigrants.

Eddie Lee

Founder and CEO, OneHub - Entrepreneurship Sector Hub Panelist

Eddie is the founder of First Financial Controller Inc. and Canada Business Enterprise Inc., and is currently managing a dozen companies in Canada and overseas as CFO and senior executive. OneHub, the innovative business development centre Eddie established in Markham, has greatly contributed to the expansion of his activities in Canada, and across many international locations. Previously Eddie held a leadership position at Acer Group, a leading multinational IT provider, where he helped set up their operations in China and Europe.

Dr. Doaa Mohsen

Project Manager, City of Toronto - Entrepreneurship Sector Hub Panelist

In addition to her municipal government role, Doaa is a professor of Business Management in multiple Canadian universities & international Think Tanks, a Certified Senior Business Management Consultant, and a Multicultural Ambassador (Philanthropy) for Canada World Vision. She is a passionate community activist and is dedicated to community engagement locally and provincially.

Otis Mushonga

Manager, Programs and Services - ACCESS Community Capital Fund - Entrepreneurship Sector Hub Panelist

ACCESS Community Capital Fund is a Toronto-based charitable organization that helps people facing financial barriers in the GTA and Hamilton obtain low-interest loans up to $15,000 for small business and Foreign Credential Recognition. ACCESS helps diverse groups, including immigrants, to reach their economic potential through self employment and employment. Otis delivers small business workshops and works directly with clients to help them with loan applications and support services.

Rosanna Penilla-Bharucha


Consultant/Executive Director - Intercontinental Consulting Services - Entrepreneurship Sector Hub Panelist

Rosanna is an award-winning serial entrepreneur whose wealth of experience includes child and elder care services, event management, strategic marketing, and business development coaching for start-ups.

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Platinum Sponsor

WES

Gold Sponsor

City of Toronto

Silver Sponsor

BDC

Silver Sponsor

CIFP

Silver Sponsor

RBC

Silver Sponsor

CBC Toronto

Media Sponsor

Star Metroland Media

Media Partner Sponsor

OMNI TV

Media Sponsor

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ACCES Employment

Access Centre for Regulated Employment

Access Community Fund

Alterna

BDC

Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

Canadian Institute of Financial Planners

Care Centre for IENs

CBC

Centennial College

City of Temiskaming Shores

City of Toronto

Collège Boréal

Chartered Professional Accountants (CPA) Ontario

GHD Engineering

HRPA

Humber College

Immploy

Insurance Institute of Canada

Jacobs

Job Skills

Learning Disabilities Association

Magnet

Michener Institute

Morrison Hershfield

OACETT

Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE)

PAIE Program -Toronto and Region Conservation Authority

PCPI

Professions North/Nord

R v Anderson & Associates

RBC

Seneca College

Stantec Consulting

Sun Life Financial

TD Bank

The Chang School – Ryerson University

The Career Foundation

Welcome Centre

Windmill

World Education Services – WES

WSP Canada

YMCA of GTA

York University

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

7:30 am - 8:20 am

Room:

LOWER LEVEL

Registration in MTCC North Building

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

8:15 am - 8:20 am

Room:

Room 105

Singing of the National Anthem and Indigenous Performance

Indigenous Performance, OCanada National Anthem,

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

8:20 am - 8:25 am

Room:

Room 105

Welcoming Remarks

The Honourable Mitzie Hunter, M.P.P - Member of Provincial Parliament for Scarborough-Guildwood

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

8:25 am - 8:30 am

Welcoming Remarks

Silma Roddau - President and IEP Conference Chair

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

8:30 am - 9:30 am

Room:

Room 105

Opening Keynote Speaker Presentation

Lionel F. Laroche, Ph. D., P. Eng. - President, MCB Solutions Topic: Making a Cultural Shift to Find Work in Canada The way we were brought up has a much bigger impact on the way we think and communicate than most of us realize. This becomes particularly impactful for people who move from one country to another as adults – the way they were taught to think and communicate is now different from the way the people they interact with are used to think and communicate. When skilled immigrants come to Canada as adults and look for work in this country, they often apply the approaches and thought processes they would have used in their home country. Unfortunately, this does not work in a Canadian context. Canada is a country of specialists, whereas most of immigrants are used to think of themselves as generalists. To be successful, immigrants need to make the mental shift and start thinking of themselves as specialists – start looking for work like specialists.

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

9:30 am - 10:00 am

Room:

Room 105

Networking Exercise by CBC

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

10:00 am - 10:15 am

Make Your Way To Your Concurrent Sessions

Make Your Way To Your Concurrent Sessions

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

10:15 am - 12:00 pm

Room:

Room 105

Engineering Sector Hub

Overview The Engineer Sector hub is designed to have Thought Leaders in a panel format, share their expertise and knowledge on trends and hiring practices in the sector. The delegates will have the opportunity to: •Learn what engineering employers are looking for in a potential candidate •To ask your individual questions and gain practical advice of internationally educated professionals who have lived experience of gaining employment and progressing their career in Canada •Gain clarity on the P.Eng licensing requirements for new Canadians •Identify what does not work when seeking employment •Form connections with potential employers

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

10:15 am - 12:00 pm

Room:

Room 103

Information Technology Sector Hub

The Information and Technology Sector Hub is designed to help you learn from Sector specialists, Generalists and Program Advisors how best to position yourself for employment success in Canada. •Hear from employers who are passionate about their field and about helping immigrants find their path in IT •Hear from program advisors about what is available to help prepare you for a successful job search •Find out what you need to do to prepare yourself to be well represented in your Canadian job search with your international education and experience •Learn and experience how powerful and useful networking is to a successful career

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

10:15 am - 12:00 pm

Room:

Room 104AB

Sales, Marketing & Communications Sector Hub

"Looking to get into Sales, Marketing or Communication? Come hear from the experts." Overview Description: In this interactive session, you’ll: • Learn from other IEPS on how they navigated the Canadian Sales, Marketing & Communications landscape to get successful roles • Understand the key skills, experience and education for this sector • Identity how to best market yourself in a competitive marketplace

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

10:15 am - 11:05 am

Room:

Room 104C

Skill Building Session - Social Media and Your Career Search (LinkedIn)

Social Media and Your Career Search (LinkedIn)

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

10:15 am - 11:05 am

Room:

Room 104D

Skill Building Session - Personal Branding

Personal Branding

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

11:05 am - 11:10 am

Switch to Other Skill Building Session

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

11:10 am - 12:00 pm

Room:

Room 104C

Skill Building Session - Social Media and Your Career Search (LinkedIn)

Social Media and Your Career Search (LinkedIn)

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

11:10 am - 12:00 pm

Room:

Room 104D

Skill Building Session - Personal Branding

Personal Branding

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

12:00 pm - 12:45 pm

Room:

TBD

Lunch

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

12:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Room:

Room 105

Healthcare and Related Professions Sector Hub

Session Title: Gateway for Healthcare Careers: Exploring the challenges, the opportunities and the alternatives – Discover an IEHP's Roadmap to Access Healthcare Professions in Ontario Objective: This panel discussion shall assist internationally educated health professionals (IEHPs) to access the Ontario health care system by offering counselling on the ways in which newcomers can become professionally licensed; pursue additional professional training to obtain employment in their field; and explore alternative, complementary career paths. Discussion topics will include: # 1: What are the key challenges confronting international health care professionals? What opportunities can IEHPs pursue to achieve their career objectives? #2: How to assist IEHPs better understand the health care employment environment, both regulatory and non-regulatory sectors #3: What professional supports exist for IEHPs? What alternative - complementary – career options are potentially available?

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

12:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Room:

Room 104AB

Finance & Accounting

"Discovering opportunities and rewarding careers in Canada's Financial Services sector" Overview Description: Join Financial professionals from the corporate and non-profit sectors as they discuss how to identify, apply and interview for in-demand positions. This session also covers general aspects of the regulatory environment, certifications, and academic qualifications needed for various roles; plus •Learn how to network for job leads and expand your contacts •Practise making a great first impression, especially in interviews •Discover more about Canada's financial services sector, one of the strongest in the world; and the career opportunities available to IEPs within large, medium and small enterprise employers

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

12:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Room:

Room 103

Entrepreneurship Sector Hub

Overview Curious about starting your own business in Canada? You're not alone: it's one of the fastest growing career opportunities for newcomers! Delegates can expect to: •Learn the fundamentals of Entrepreneurship in the Canadian economy/an alternative option to employment •Discover the Canadian environment and culture for entrepreneurs •Appreciate how to develop a business idea and validate assumptions •Understand small business financing options •Be motivated by entrepreneurs sharing their business experiences •Participate in a question & answer session •Receive tips on free resources for entrepreneurs

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

12:45 pm - 1:35 pm

Room:

Room 104C

Skill Building Session - Social Media and Your Career Search (LinkedIn)

Social Media and Your Career Search (LinkedIn)

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

12:45 pm - 1:35 pm

Room:

Room 104D

Skill Building Session - Personal Branding

Personal Branding

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

1:35 pm - 1:40 pm

Switch to Other Skill Building Session

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

1:40 pm - 2:30 pm

Room:

Room 104C

Skill Building Session - Social Media and Your Career Search (LinkedIn)

Social Media and Your Career Search (LinkedIn)

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

1:40 pm - 2:30 pm

Room:

Room 104D

Skill Building Session - Personal Branding

Personal Branding

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Make Your Way To Plenary Room

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm

Room:

Room 105

Closing Keynote Speaker Presentation

Closing Keynote Speaker: Mark Hughes, President of RBC With over 25 years’ experience in financial services, Mark has held executive leadership roles in banking, insurance, risk management and the non-profit sector. Currently, Mark is the Senior Director, Youth Strategy and Innovation and has national responsibility for executing RBC Future Launch, a $500MM investment to ensure that young Canadians are ready for the future of work. Prior to assuming this role Mark was Head, RBC Insurance Advice Centre, responsible for leading over 500 licensed insurance advisors who provide insurance advice and solutions to RBC Insurance clients across Canada. Mark has served as Regional Vice President, Retail Banking in the Greater Toronto Region at RBC Mark is actively engaged in the community and has volunteered on many boards. He currently serves on the board of Harbourfront Centre, and is an Advisory Board member of the Canadian Multicultural LEAD Organization. In 2011, Mark received the City of Toronto Bob Marley Award for his commitment to diversity and City Building. In 2012, he was recognized with the BBPA Distinguished Men of Honor Award. He was also recognized for his work in support of the Canadian Sickle Cell Network. In 2012 he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal for his community volunteerism. In 2015, Mark received the 2015 Harry Jerome award for Professional Excellence. Mark holds an MBA in International Business from the University of Bradford and has completed executive programs with Richard Ivey School of Business, and Rotman Business School. Mark is a member of the Institute of Corporate Directors and holds the (ICD.D) designation. Mark is married with three children and enjoys reading, jazz and football.

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

3:30 pm - 3:45 pm

Room:

Room 105

Closing Remarks / Draws for Prizes

Closing Remarks / Draws for Prizes

Date:

March 21, 2019

Time:

3:45 pm -

Conference Day 1 Ends

Day 1 ends. See you all tomorrow on Day 2!

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

9:00 am -

Room:

LOWER LEVEL

Exhibits Day 2 Opens

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Employers and Exhibitors Market Place - All Day

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

9:00 am - 2:30 pm

Resume Critique

Resume Critique done by the following organizations: PCPI, The Career Foundation

Date:

Time:

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Knowledge Pods

(20 minutes with 10 minutes for questions)

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Knowledge Pod - Topic: Mental Health

Mental Health

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Knowledge Pod - Topic: Value of Volunteering

Value of Volunteering

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Knowledge Pod - Topic: Applying to be a Canadian Citizen

Applying to be a Canadian Citizen

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Knowledge Pod - Topic: Mental Health

Mental Health

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

11:00 am - 11:30 am

Knowledge Pod - Topic: Value of Volunteering

Value of Volunteering

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Knowledge Pod - Topic: How To Become an Entrepreneur in Canada

How To Become an Entrepreneur in Canada

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

11:30 am - 12:00 pm

Knowledge Pod - Topic: Engineering Resume Recommendations

Engineering Resume Recommendations by OSPE

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Knowledge Pod - Topic: Mental Health

Mental Health

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

12:00 pm - 12:30 pm

Knowledge Pod - Topic: Value of Volunteering

Value of Volunteering

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

12:30 pm - 1:00 pm

Knowledge Pod - Topic:Applying to be a Canadian Citizen

Applying to be a Canadian Citizen

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Knowledge Pod - Topic:Mental Health

Mental Health

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

1:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Knowledge Pod - Topic: Value of Volunteering

Value of Volunteering

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Knowledge Pod - Topic: How To Become an Entrepreneur in Canada

How To Become an Entrepreneur in Canada

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

1:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Knowledge Pod - Topic: Engineering Resume Recommendations

Engineering Resume Recommendations by OSPE

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Knowledge Pod - Topic: Mental Health

Mental Health

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Knowledge Pod - Topic: Value of Volunteering

Value of Volunteering

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Knowledge Pod - Topic: Applying to be a Canadian Citizen

Applying to be a Canadian Citizen

Date:

March 22, 2019

Time:

- 3:00 pm

Day 2 Close

2nd Day Conference Ends