Interested in the IT/Tech industry? Chat with local professionals and hear their story. Whether you're a new grad, newcomer to Canada, or an experienced professional looking for opportunities, this is the event for you.

  *Light refreshments provided

  *Q&A session

Mamata Patil,  Senior Technical Recruiter & Engineer  |  Quartech

Jamie Couper,  Recruitment Consultant  |  Gurulink

Neha Batta,  Quality Assurance Manager  |  CYMAX

More to come! Check back for updates.

Career Connections - Non Profit Sector

Thursday Mar 28, 2019  |  7pm - 9pm
Richmond Public Library 100-7700 Minoru Gate, Richmond BC

Chat with industry experts in the non-profit sector in small group settings and leave with valuable career advice and resources. 

 

       *refreshments provided
       *make sure to register, as seats are limited
       *industry expert bios below (check back for continuous updates)

Michael Lam |  Program Director, Employment Services, S.U.C.C.E.S.S.

Michael Lam has his bachelor's and master's degrees in policy making and administration from England. He has worked in the field of employment services and training since 1990. Michael is currently the Director of Employment Services at S.U.C.C.E.S.S., and works closely with the federal and provincial governments to address skill shortage issues and various programming for the under-represented populations, including immigrants, youth, mature workers, women, etc.

Michael introduced the very first funded job mentoring program in B.C. with support from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada. Thanks to his strong passion with the Foreign Credential Recognition agenda, Michael has been initiating local and national partnerships with various industry sectors and piloted bridging programs for internationally-educated professionals as well as unique support services for employers to hire, develop and retain immigrants.

Michael represents S.U.C.C.E.S.S. on different local and national committees such as the National Visible Minority Labour Force Development Council, Overseas FCR Projects Working Committee, National Newcomer Labour Market Partnership, BC Canadian Asian Workforce Strategy Advisory Committee, BC Employment Access Strategy for Immigrants Leadership Council and BC’s Prior Learning Action Network.

Alpana Sharma |  Business Advisor , Women’s Enterprise Centre

Women’s Enterprise Centre is a non-profit organization devoted to helping BC women launch, lead and scale their own businesses. WEC provide business loans, skills training, mentoring, advice and resources from its three offices in Kelowna, Vancouver and Victoria. As a Business Advisor, Alpana works directly with women business owners to provide one-on-one complimentary business guidance. Innovative and entrepreneurial, Alpana has operated her own import business successfully for several years. She is a Forum for International Trade Training (FITT) professional and supports clients who plan to export or import and grow their business internationally. Alpana also keeps WEC connected through social media and public relations efforts, supporting WEC’s brand and culture.

Samantha Kearney |  Manager of Social Enterprise and Resource Development, Battered Women’s Support Services

Samantha Kearney for the past 20 years has been advocating and supporting women’s equity and safety. Since 2005 she has been with Battered Women’s Support Services (BWSS) in the role as Stopping the Violence Counsellor and currently as the Manager of Social Enterprise and Resource Development. Engaging and inspiring community to join the efforts to end violence against women and girls towards a future that is safe, just, and equitable for girls and women is Samantha’s passion and mission. It is through My Sister’s Closet, a social enterprise of BWSS, that Samantha not only builds funds for the services and programs BWSS offers but also a community invested in a future free of violence.

Sunny Leung |  Director of Philanthropy, BC Children's Hospital Foundation

Sunny Leung has been in the non-profit sector for over 12 years, working in leadership positions in both SUCCESS Foundation and BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.  Currently working as Director of Philanthropy at BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, he has served in various capacities in the areas of major gift, planned giving, capital campaign and annual program development.

 

He has worked extensively with community philanthropists and leaders across different corporate sectors and cultures, and together with his ethnic background, he is currently leading the development and direction of the organization’s Chinese-Canadian fundraising effort.

 

Before transitioning into the non-profit sector, Sunny spent three years with J. Walter Thompson, one of the largest national full service marketing and advertising agencies.  Working closely with clients in the telecommunication, financial and retail industries, Sunny led various marketing and advertising campaigns that delivered on his clients’ needs.

Past Events

Career Connect

Thursday Mar 14, 2019  |  6pm - 8pm
 Blusson 11901 , Blusson Hall, SFU Burnaby Campus

Chat with industry experts in small groups and leave with valuable career advice and resources. 

 

       *refreshments provided
       *make sure to register, as seats are limited
       *industry expert bios below (check back for continuous updates)

King Long Tse  |  Senior Software Engineer at Segment

A graduate from UBC in Computer Science and Microbiology and Immunology, Long is a software engineer with more than 10 years of experience. He specializes in data collection and processing, and had experiences in Start-Ups and in Publicly Traded Companies. Apart from software development, Long has held leadership roles and has taken part in hiring processes. He can share with you the key qualities of a successful member in development projects.

Paul Russell  |  Development Support 2 (Gameplay Development, FIFA), Keyword Studio

Originally a film teacher and videographer in London before moving to Vancouver. He now works for Keywords Studios at EA, focusing on Gameplay Development for FIFA. Ask Paul about career transitions and questions about developing games!

Nenad Stojkovic  |  Talent Acquisition Coordinator at Paladin Security

Nenad has spent close to twenty years in the Private Security industry, after spending time with Military and UN Peacekeeping Missions overseas. Over the span of his career, Nenad has worked his way from Security Officer position to various challenging positions in Training and Development, including HR and Recruiting Management, leading to the current specialized role of external Talent Sourcing Coordinator for the largest BC Private Security provider – Paladin Security. Nenad also took on formal training and became provincially and nationally certified Instructor in Private Security related courses by Justice Institute of British Columbia and Crisis Prevention Institute, in addition to OHS training from BCIT. During his daily work, Nenad mentors and advises a wide range of candidates on successful career progression in a related field, while serving as a member of Program Advisory Committee for Police Foundations program at Discovery Community College.

John Gillis  |  Security Programs Manager at Paladin Security

 

Career Connect | Engineering

Thursday November 8th  |  6pm - 8pm
SFU Surrey 
250-13450 102 Ave, Surrey, BC V3T 0A3

Chat with industry experts in small groups and leave with valuable career advice and resources. EGBC (APEGBC) professionals and Stantec staff will be there. 
       *refreshments provided
       *make sure to register, as seats are limited
       *industry expert bios below (check back for continuous updates)

Syed Ali  |  Audio Visual Consultant, Aspyr Engineering
Syed has a Bachelor's of Engineering in Electronics Engineering and is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng) with EGBC. He has extensive experience in systems integration and low voltage and audio-visual systems. He has experience working on institutional projects to other specialized commercial projects in the Judicial and healthcare sector. He specializes in conceptual and system design, integration, project management, performance verification and evaluation. 

Avi Singh  |  Mechanical Engineer; Managing Director, Zoom Engineering Ltd.
Avi graduated from Lakehead University in Mechanical Engineering. He's been working in the industry since 2004. His experiences include being a Building Services Engineer, designing HVAC, plumbing, and working with fire sprinkler systems. He is now managing 13 staff  at an electrical and mechanical engineer consulting company.  

Kyle Jensen  |  Electrical Engineer in Training, Stantec

Kyle is an Electrical Engineer in training for Stantec’s water group in Surrey. He graduated from the University of British Columbia Okanagan in 2017 with his bachelor’s degree and has worked at Stantec since.

Sean Lockhart  |  Business Centre Discipline Lead, Stantec
Sean is the Electrical Engineering Discipline Lead for Stantec’s Surrey business line.
With over 15 years of experience as an electrical engineering consultant, Sean has garnered a wide range of knowledge and experience in all things electrical, instrumentation, and controls.

 

Career Connect | HR, IT, Finance/Banks

Thursday, Oct. 25th  |  6pm - 8pm
SFU Burnaby - Global Student Centre (AQ2013)
8888 University Drive, Burnaby

Chat with industry experts in small groups and leave with valuable career advice and resources.
  *refreshments provided
  *make sure to register, as seats are limited
  *industry expert bios below (check back for continuous updates)

Simon Cho  |  Web Developer, WiderFunnel
Simon is a Web Developer at a digital marketing company that works with various client websites such as HP, SportChek, and JBL. He went through 2 career changes, from being a marketer to game audio designer to now programming for websites and web/mobile applications.

Sonja Kaun  |  Area Sales Manager, CIBC
Sonja started with CIBC in 1993 and had many different roles within the bank, Personal Banker, Financial Advisor, Client Service Manager, Bank Manager and now Area Sales Manager for Mobile Investment Consultants.  Her career with the bank started in Edmonton and then Vancouver in 2013.  Her team is currently number 2 in all of Canada and they are a hard working, motivated group.

Cal Jang  |  Area Sales Manager, CIBC

Cal has been in the banking industry for over 36 years. He's worked at Vancity Credit Union for 19 years, 2 years at TDCT and now 15 years with CIBC.

He has had one of the top teams in Canada for the last 10 years

Taylor Chobotiuk  |  Hr Manager of People & Engagement, Tacofino
please check back for Taylor's bio

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