Friday Sessions

Trans Inclusivity Workshop

Time: 2:10 PM – 4:00 PM

LocationCC Lounge – Room 287

Facilitator: TBA

Individuals who identify as trans often experience barriers to accessing necessary services due to discrimination or harassment based on their gender identity and gender expression. This practical session and the accompanying toolkit will explore the experiences and challenges faced by trans people and will support you to develop approaches to fostering a trans-inclusive environment. Participants will also learn small and larger steps they can take personally and within their organizations to create more inclusive spaces and services for trans individuals.

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The World of TELUS: Where Start-Up Meets Big Business

Time: 4:10 PM – 5:10 PM

LocationLLC, L1020

Speaker: Tim Hassed, director, Consumer Sales and Marketing

Let’s face it. When it comes to corporate culture, big businesses can sometimes have a reputation of being rooted in slow, bureaucratic processes that lack innovation. TELUS’ motto flies in the face of all of that. Learn about the progressive, start-up mentality of Canada’s fastest-growing national telecommunications company from Tim Hassed, Director, Consumer Sales and Marketing, who leads the TELUS Digital team trailblazing this philosophy across the company. TELUS’ culture is a hybrid of the benefits of a start-up (creativity, lean and agile methods to product delivery, co-creation with customers, and a fail fast mentality) and the exposure and professional development opportunities that come with big business. In addition, diversity and inclusiveness are supported and embraced as core values to the strength of TELUS’ culture, which reflects the diversity of its customer-base and Canadians. All of this works in tandem with TELUS’ Customers First strategy, a north star that guides every decision and action, and empowers team members with the tools, resources and decision-making opportunities to deliver and succeed.

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The Real Deal About Biglaw

Time: 4:10 PM – 5:10 PM

LocationCIBC – Room 392

Speakers: Cat Youdan, Preston MacNeil,  Jordan Knowles, Andrew Wang

This session will offer an overview of the law firm recruiting process, working as a young Bay Street Lawyer, and what to expect after you graduate. A group of experienced panelists will discuss strategies for a successful recruit and work transition as you are surviving law school.

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Interactive Dialogue: Why Mentors Matter, How to Find One and How to Keep One

Time: 5:20PM – 6:20 PM

Location: CC Lounge – Room 287

Speakers: Kimberly Smith, Garrett Belk

Ernst & Young LLP will host an interactive session to talk about mentorship at EY, and to provide personal experiences in the workplace as out LGBT employees.

Do you know how to find a mentor? Are you unsure about coming out to a mentor? What are the responsibilities of a mentee and mentor? The content of this session will provide practical answers to these questions and provide participants an opportunity to interact with the speakers and each other because a better understanding of mentorship can help you reach your career goals.

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Development Planning to Support Career Goals

Time: 5:20 PM – 6:20 PM

LocationLLC, L1010

Speaker: Kavya Kumar

An important part of moving towards your career goals is identifying and addressing your development needs. Building an effective development plan is a proven method of achieving the development goals that will bring you closer to your career aspirations. In this workshop, you will be introduced to Talent Management Principles and the lens of Developmental Planning. You will leave with an understanding of how to create a quality development plan, your role in the development planning process and how you can put it to action.

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Workplace Gender Equality and Inclusion

Time: 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

LocationDesaultels Hall

Moderator: Pia Schmidt-Hansen,

Panelists: Melanie Bejzyk, Jennifer Johnson, Maria Theofilaktidis, Mary-Ellen Anderson

The LGBTQA+ community faces unique challenges that make it hard for them to assert leadership in the workplace. This panel brings together a unique perspective on gender barriers and discusses strategies to overcome these obstacles whether you are transitioning to the workplace or seeking growth in your organization.

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Saturday Sessions

Community Outreach Initiative

Time: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: CIBC – Room 392

Facilitator: TBA

An interactive brainstorming session facilitated by consultants from McKinsey & Co. Using a structured problem-solving approach, students will work in small groups and think of innovative and tactical strategies to tackle a problem or opportunity faced by a community organization.

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Designed Thinking Workshop

Time: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Location: CC Lounge – Room 287

Facilitator: TBA

Business Design is a human-centred approach to innovation. It applies the principles and practices of design to help organizations create new value and new forms of competitive advantage. In this workshop, participants will learn the basic principles of business design, and put their learnings into action by addressing a problem through the lens of business design thinking.

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The Internet of Things: Where Are We Headed?

Time: 3:15 PM to 4:15 PM

LocationLLC – L1030

Facilitator: TBA

Discussion of tech trends and how things have changed in the past few years and their implications on candidates that companies are looking for. For someone who is considering entering the industry, how they can prepare and discuss where the industry will be moving forward.

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The Power of Storytelling During Your Job Search

Time: 3:15 PM to 4:15 PM

LocationLLC – L1020

Facilitator: Terrence Gargiulo, Chief Storyteller & Taylor Vanderway, Manager

This session will be an interactive session with Accenture’s chief storyteller,  Terrance Gargiulo.  Terrance has specialized in the use of stories for business purposes.  He will conduct an interactive session articulating the value of stories in connecting with your audience, interviewer or new friend.   Terrance will give the participants the skills needed to craft their stories and an opportunity to present and refine.  This is an exciting interactive session for those looking to take their skills to the next level.

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Law Panel: Intersections Across Legal Areas

Time: 3:15PM – 4:15 PM

Location: LLC – L1010

Moderator: TBA

Panelists: Amer Pasalic, Troy Ungerman, Sara Cohen, Mitchell Grasser

This panel will feature esteemed professionals across various fields of law to discuss their career progression and educational background.  For students entering the field of Law, this panel will discuss the versatility of their degree across various fields’ i.e. corporate, criminal, environmental etc. For students entering the field, having an understanding of their options following school can better equip them in making the right career choice.

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Coding Workshop

Time: 4:30 PM to 6:30 PM

LocationFinance Lab

Facilitator: Faisal Al-Tameemi, Head Instructor at Lighthouse Labs

Learn the fundamentals behind web development with HTML5 and CSS3. We will be building a landing page from scratch using the lessons learned from the workshop.The examples and project are all based on real-life scenarios which you might encounter as a technical entrepreneur.

This workshop is meant for people trying to get familiar with the fundamentals of building websites and web applications using modern technologies. We will keep away from more complicated topics but we will provide resources for attendees to work on as next steps.

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Make the Move: Backpack to Briefcase

Time: 4:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Location: LLC – L1020

Speakers: Brandon Kerstens, Geoffery Hunnisett, Douglas Rienzo

The hiring process within the legal field is highly competitive. This session will focus on tips and practical strategies to help you stand out amongst your competition as a student, leader, and a transitioning professional.

Presenters will discuss the transition from law school to work, covering CVs, cover letters, OCIs, in-firm interviews, etc. and will also touch upon social media tools. The session will focus on issues relevant to LGBTQ applicants with regards to these areas.

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