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2022 New World of Work Forum

The New World of Work Forum, founded in 2017 by Arts & Science grad Bruce Miyashita, is graciously funded by the Tom & Nancy Miyashita Arts & Science Program Enrichment Fund. The forum aims to support students in understanding and communicating their professional value to the dynamic world of work.

The 2022 New World of Work Forum revolves around 3 major themes: “Digital Communication, Embracing Unconventional Career Paths, and Merging Personal Fulfillment with Public Benefit.” The 2022 Forum, which takes place virtually (via Hopin), consists of a series of shorter events spread over the course of a week. See the full schedule and registration details below.

Student project management team

Please contact a member of the team if you have any questions about this year’s Forum.
Serena Balzer (, Anitra Bowman (, Sanjana Shah (, Elizaveta Zvereva (

student Volunteer team members

Surbhi Rao, Katerina Simantirakis, Rebecca Smith, Maya Verma, Sydney Wisener, Audrey Wu

nwwf 2022 schedule

Monday 7 February, 2:30-3:00pm

Opening Ceremonies + Keynote  – An introduction to this year’s forum, featuring a keynote speech by Artsci grad Catherine Wiebe. Catherine has worked as a writer, an editor, a teacher, and is now the owner of a bookstore. Come hear her reflections on Artsci, work, fulfillment, and more!

Monday 7 February, 3:00-4:00pm

Grad School Panel 
It’s hard to figure out what comes after Artsci. For some people, it’s grad school. Hear from Artscis who went into graduate programs ranging from Physics to Public Policy to Medicine. You’ll have a chance to ask about how they chose their graduate programs, their experiences in grad school, what it took to get there, and more!
Panelists: Stephanie Bertolo, Nathan Cupido, Cassandra Devenyi, Lily Green, Caitlin Jago, Ian McIntosh, Dan Milisavljevic, Emma Mulholland, Rhea Murti, Sophie Roher, Sarah Sandor

Tuesday 8 February, 11am-12pm

Breaking Down Career and Industry Silos Panel
Law, medicine, business, performing arts. Our conception of industries and career paths are often siloed and compartmentalized. The new world of work is breaking the walls between industries down! The theme of discussion for this event focuses on how inter- and multi-disciplinary teams are integral to the workplace. Hear from panelists from a variety of industries and career pathways about how they have worked in cross-functional teams and the value of collaboration as we work toward a more sustainable future.
Panelists: Sunanna Bhasin, Claire Browne, Vito Buonsante, Heather Cohen, Kathleen Huth, Evan Jones, Muhannad Malas, Nadia Stuewer, Desiree Valadares, Sean Williams

Tuesday 8 February, 6:00-7:00pm

Sustainability and Business Workshop – Led by Barbara Cox
Join us for a discussion of how ESG (environmental, social, and governance) perspectives affect a range of businesses and industries, and how we can do business more sustainably. Led by a leader in sustainable banking, this workshop will allow you to learn, discuss, and explore a wide range of ESG issues across all sectors.

Wednesday 9 February, 12:30-1:30pm

Career Switches Panel – During the “Career Switches” event, you will listen to stories from  people who have worked across industries and sectors with particularly interesting, unexpected, or otherwise unique career paths to talk about.
Panelists: Robert Brookfield, Meg Casson, Michael Hewlett, Michelle Hudson, Alexis Karasiuk, Chioma Ume, Gil Yaron

Wednesday 9 February, 6:00-7:00pm

Law and Mediation Workshop – Led by Melissa Paglialunga, Josiah Schaafsma
This is a Mediation 101 Session! The workshop focuses mainly on the place of mediation within the legal environment. We will discuss topics like litigation versus mediation, the role of mediation within the Rules of Professional Conduct, as well as mediation as a type of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). We will also talk about the experience of a law student working as a mediator, as well as potential career paths that utilize the skills developed by leading mediations.

Thursday 10 February, 10:30-11:30am

Political Risk and Government Affairs Workshop – Led by Shane Senecal-Tremblay
The rapid globalization of business and escalating volatility of geopolitical risks in global markets have led to a rising demand for professionals who can help firms manage their exposures. In this workshop, Shane Senecal-Tremblay introduces students to career tracks in political risk consulting, government relations and adjacent public sector roles. He will also shed light on the day-to-day in industry, discuss how alignment between industry and government is vital for successful foreign investment strategies, and explain the skills and value arts students can bring to these corporate roles and international careers.

Friday 11 February, 11:30am-1:00pm

Digital Tools Workshop – Led by Jake Hirsch-Allen
Have you left your LinkedIn to dust away indefinitely somewhere in the depths of your phone? Or are you the person that keeps it crystal clean and ready to mingle with a potential employer? Or maybe you don’t have LinkedIn because you think that it’s dominated by corporate values… In this workshop, Jake Hirsch-Allen will tell us how we can make the most out of our LinkedIn experiences. You will also learn about why digital credentials are growing in popularity, and how this is connected to a shift towards skill-based hiring.

Closing Ceremonies + Microcredential How-To
Serena Balzer, Anitra Bowman, Sanjana Shah, Elizaveta Zvereva, Bruce Miyashita, Dr. Jean Wilson


Bruce Miyashita

Bruce Miyashita (Artsci 1984)
Bruce Miyashita is Lean Sensei at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, where he leads the design and application of Lean principles to the College’s strategies and processes.  Previously, he was Head of the Process Centre of Excellence at BMO Financial Group, Vice-President Six Sigma at Maple Leaf Foods Inc., and Director of Strategic Initiatives at Bombardier Inc. He was also a Lean consultant at McKinsey & Company.  He has an undergraduate degree from the Arts & Science Program at McMaster University and an MBA from the Ivey School of Business at the University of Western Ontario.

Keynote Speaker

Catherine M.A. Wiebe (Artsci 2006)
Catherine graduated from Arts & Science in 2006. She earned a B. Ed from Queens in 2009, spent two years writing her first novel, Second Rising, and working part time as an editor, and then went on to teachers’ college (publishing her book at that time) and a successful career in teaching. She moved to teaching part time after returning from her most recent maternity leave, and opened a bookstore this summer. Currently, Catherine is teaching part time, bookstoring part time, and loving life full time!
Media Recommendation: The Comfort Book by Matt Haig

Alumni workshop facilitators

Sustainability Leadership and Change Management Workshop

Barbara CoxBarbara Cox
Barbara is a lawyer and Deputy General Counsel at HSBC Bank Canada. She provides legal support to the Canadian commercial banking business of HSBC, a global financial institution. Barbara’s expertise includes ESG-related finance products, cross-border trade, and payment systems. Her experience also includes anti-money laundering, anti-corruption, and international sanctions work. She has developed and taught graduate law programs at Osgoode Hall Law School in these specialties. Barbara holds a BA (University of Toronto), JD (University of Western Ontario), and GPLLM in International Business (University of Toronto).
Media Recommendation: Paris 1919 by Margaret MacMillan

Law and Mediation Workshop

Melissa PaglialungaMelissa Paglialunga (Artsci 2019)
Melissa holds a B.Arts Sc. (Combined Honours in Business) from McMaster University. While at McMaster, she founded the Artsci musical, which provides an opportunity for students to express themselves through song, dance, and acting. After graduating, she went on to pursue the joint MBA/JD program at York University. Outside of musical theatre, Melissa loves crafting new recipes, achieving fitness goals through dance, and running around with her new puppy, Bella. After graduating from the joint program, Melissa hopes to practice Corporate Law in Toronto, utilizing the skills she has acquired while at both Osgoode and Schulich.
Media Recommendation: Tick, Tick…Boom!

Josiah SchaafsmaJosiah Schaafsma (Artsci 2018)
Josiah Schaafsma is a third year J.D. student at Osgoode Hall Law School. Prior to attending law school, Josiah obtained a B.Arts Sc. (Hons) at McMaster University. During his time at Osgoode, Josiah has volunteered as a caseworker at the Rexdale Legal Clinic, an editor for the student newspaper, and an equity officer for Osgoode’s Pro Bono Students Canada Chapter. This past summer, Josiah pursued his interest in corporate law while working at McCarthy Tétrault LLP. In his spare time, Josiah enjoys practicing yoga, planning out his next vacation, and learning how to make new cocktails.
Media Recommendation: Podcast – “Labyrinths: Getting Lost with Amanda Knox”

Political Risk and Government Affairs Workshop

Shane Senecal-TremblayShane Senecal-Tremblay
Shane Senecal-Tremblay is an international government relations, geopolitical risk, and policy professional. He currently works at Atlas Risk Group advising clients on emerging market investment strategy. Shane is also an instructor on government relations and political risk at the University of Toronto. He previously worked as manager of global government relations at Kinross Gold Corporation; at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland; and at the OECD in Paris, France. Shane studied at the Paris Institute of Political Studies, Duke University, Queen’s University, and at the University of Toronto, from which he holds a M.P.P.
Media Recommendation: Podcast: “Revisionist History” – Malcolm Gladwell; Book: Political Risk: How Businesses and Organizations Can Anticipate Global Insecurity by Condoleeza Rice and Amy Zegart

Digital Tools Workshop

Jake Hirsch-AllenJake Hirsch-Allen
Jake Hirsch-Allen builds public private partnerships between North America’s governments, workforce development organizations, colleges and universities, and LinkedIn Talent Solutions. Through this work, he supports and is learning to be an ally to groups such as newcomers and refugees, indigenous populations, the formerly incarcerated and people with disabilities. He advises several startups including FutureFit AI, HireGuide and Readocracy. He speaks regularly on the changing nature or future of work and learning and is passionate about skills-based hiring and learning. He is a Director on the Boards of the Canadian Council for Youth Prosperity, Information and Communications Technology Council, and the Canadian Club. He 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.


Stephanie Bertolo

Stephanie Bertolo (Artsci 2018)
Stephanie graduated from Arts & Science in 2018 with a minor in Community Engagement. She then worked as the Vice-President (Education) of the MSU and as a Constituency & Research Assistant for Hamilton City Councillor Maureen Wilson. Afterwards, she completed her Master of Public Policy at the University of Toronto. Stephanie is now employed at the Advocacy Centre of Tenants Ontario as a Research Assistant, where she works with other legal aid clinics to improve their municipal advocacy work and helps ACTO with their provincial government relations.
Media Recommendation: The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is a mystery novel that promises to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Sunanna Bhasin

Sunanna Bhasin (Artsci 2017)
Sunanna is currently a Senior Forensic Accountant at Ernst & Young LLP within their Forensics & Integrity Services practice. After graduating from the Arts & Science Program in 2017, she pursued her Master of Management and Professional Accounting at the University of Toronto. Due to the program’s fantastic co-op program, she secured a position at EY as an auditor within the Assurance practice and worked in that field for about 30 months. Sunanna’s interest in more investigative work and white-collar crime led her to apply internally for the Forensic Accountant role in late 2021. She is finding it challenging, intriguing, and fulfilling so far!
Media Recommendation: The new Spider-Man movie!

Robert Brookfield

Robert Brookfield (Artsci 1992)
Robert Brookfield is presently Deputy Assistant Deputy Minister in the Policy Sector of the Canadian Department of Justice. Previously, for more than five years he was Director General of the Trade Law Bureau (JLT) of the Government of Canada. He led the CUSMA (formerly NAFTA) legal team and has acted as primary legal counsel or negotiator of elements of many free trade negotiations, including the Canada-EU Comprehensive Trade Agreement, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), and free trade agreements with Korea, Honduras, and Panama. He has served as counsel for Canada on several WTO disputes, including US-Country of Origin Labelling and China-Auto Parts. He has a law degree (L.L.B.) from the UBC (1995) and a B.Arts Sc. from McMaster (1992).

Claire BrowneClaire Browne (Artsci 2016)
Claire graduated from Arts & Science in 2016 (Combined Honours in Chemical Biology), and subsequently studied medicine at Western University. There she furthered her interest in chemistry with Dr. Len Luyt’s lab through the school’s Summer Research Training Program. In 2019-20 she became Co-Editor-in-Chief of University of Western Ontario Medical Journal. Claire graduated from medical school in 2020 and remained at Western for residency (Internal Medicine). She is hoping to match to Medical Oncology for her fellowship, and is learning more about medical education by leading occasional morning report sessions on clinical reasoning and developing an oncology-focused podcast episode. Claire also loves baking and cooking, and is excitedly waiting to resume in-person volunteering with her favourite local food charity, Growing Chefs! Ontario.
Media Recommendation: Podcast – “Gastropod”

Vito Buonsante

Vito Buonsante
In 2003 Vito received his Master of Law at the University of Bari Aldo Moro located in Italy, and then pursued work in Europe related to Environmental Law. He has worked as a Health and Environmental Lawyer in Brussels, as well as taken on a position as the Legal Consultant for the FAO. More recently, Vito has taken the role of the Plastics Program Manager for Environmental Defence Canada. Currently, he teaches at McMaster and works as a Technical and Policy Advisor for the IPEN.

Meg Casson

Meg Casson (Artsci 2009)
Meg graduated from Arts & Science in 2009 (Combined Honours in Political Science). She then studied Health Policy and Economics at the London School of Economics and Political Science in the UK. The following year, she worked as a research assistant in the field of pharmaceutical policy and pricing in the EU. This led her to apply to medical school. She studied medicine at the University of Toronto and graduated with her MD in 2015. Meg is currently a Family Physician with a focus on women’s health and Indigenous health in the Northwest Territories.
Media Recommendation: Podcast – “The Waves”

Heather CohenHeather Cohen (Artsci 2009)
Artsci grad Heather Cohen works as senior legal counsel in the market regulation branch of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC). Prior to her role at the OSC, she worked for Legal Aid, non-profits, the United Nations, and a large international law firm. Heather obtained her JD from the University of Toronto with an exchange to the University of Amsterdam. She spends her free time taking photos of her lovable rescue pups and volunteering on refugee rights.
Media Recommendation: The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

Nathan Cupido

Nathan Cupido (Artsci 2016)
Nathan graduated from Arts & Science (Combined Honours in Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour) in 2016. He stayed at McMaster to complete a Master of Science in Health Science Education, and is now a PhD student in the Health Professions Education Research degree concentration offered by the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation & the Wilson Centre at the University of Toronto. He is also a research fellow at the Wilson Centre. His research focuses on how models of expertise development and identity formation can inform the principles of curriculum design to train future health professionals to meet the novel, complex, and evolving challenges of the healthcare system.
Media Recommendation: Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig is one of my favourites and probably explains (to a degree) my interest in education research.

Cassandra Devenyi (Artsci 2019)
Cassie graduated from the Arts & Science program in 2019 (Combined Honours in Political Science). She is now in her third year at the University of Toronto Faculty of Law. At the U of T, Cassie volunteers at the school’s legal clinic, where she assists low-income community members in family law matters. This summer, Cassie will be articling at Niman Mamo LLP, a family law firm in Downtown Toronto.
Media Recommendation: Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine; Podcast – “Sawbones: A Marital Tour of Misguided Medicine”

Lily Green

Lily Green (Artsci 2020)
After graduating from the Arts & Science Program in Spring 2020, Lily pursued an MA in History at McMaster. In the History graduate program, she expanded upon her fourth-year Arts & Science thesis to create a five-chapter MA thesis titled “Hysteria and Its Descendants: A History of Gendered Wastebasket Diagnoses.” She successfully defended her thesis in December and is now enjoying reading, doing puzzles, caring for her cat, and playing the piano.

Michael Hewlett

Michael Hewlett (Artsci 2014)
Michael grew up in Winnipeg and graduated from Arts & Science in 2014 with a minor in Mathematics. He went on to study Evidence Based Social Intervention at Oxford University (2015-2016) and then worked as a social research consultant in Vancouver and subsequently as a behavioural science fellow for the federal government in Ottawa. During the pandemic, Michael has led the federal web analytics team, and worked as a curriculum developer for celebrity-taught hobby classes on Currently, he is working to start his own business.
Media Recommendation: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Michelle HudsonMichelle Hudson (Artsci 2001)
Artsci grad Michelle Hudson is a creative freelancer, multimedia performance artist, and immersive games producer currently working on the UK’s largest augmented reality story trail, and redeveloping a hybrid (live/digital) autobiographical theatre show about online dating. Prior to a career in the arts, she worked internationally on development and biodiversity conservation projects, and also spent seven years as a management consultant supporting governments in the UK and Canada to meet their economic development goals. She lives in London, England.
Media Recommendation: Karen by Blast Theory

Kathleen Huth

Kathleen Huth (Artsci 2008)
Kathleen graduated from Arts & Science in 2008, after which she received her MD from McMaster. She completed her pediatrics residency at the University of Ottawa and a Master in Medical Sciences (Medical Education) at Harvard Medical School. Kathleen is an academic pediatrician in the Complex Care Service at Boston Children’s Hospital. Kathleen’s work has led her to become the Program Director of the Complex Care Fellowship. Her career is focused on improving the care of children with medical complexity through education and partnership with patients/families. Half of her time is spent in a complex care clinic working with an interprofessional team (largely via telehealth the last couple of years), the other half involves leadership roles in faculty development, quality improvement and educational research.
Media Recommendation:  Far from the Tree by Andrew Solomon

Caitlin Jago

Caitlin Jago (Artsci 2009)
Caitlin graduated from Arts & Science in 2009. She stayed at McMaster to complete a Master of Medical Science in Infection and Immunity, and then medical school. After graduating from medical school in 2014, she completed an OBGYN residency in Calgary and a fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery in Ottawa, with a concurrent fellowship in Simulation and Medical Education. She now works at the Rockyview General Hospital and the Calgary Chronic Pain Centre. Outside of medicine, she enjoys reading, eating, skiing, and hiking.
Media Recommendation: Podcast: “Home Cooking with Samin Nosrat and Hrishikesh Hirway”; Book: Deep Secret by Diana Wynne Jones

Evan JonesEvan Jones (Artsci 2001)
Evan Jones graduated from the Arts & Science Program in 2001, and specialized through Sheridan’s Interactive Multimedia Programme and the Canadian Film Centre’s Media Lab. His company Stitch Media is an interactive media studio focused on telling stories with new technology. Evan’s award-winning work combines television, radio, web, mobile, games, virtual reality & the real world; projects range from interactive documentaries (‘Best in Electronic Culture’ by the UNESCO World Summit) to branded entertainment (‘Best in Digital Marketing’ by the Digi Awards) to innovative games (‘Best VR Game’ by Cinequest Festival). In the past, he has collaborated on projects with Microsoft, Disney, Oculus, FOX, Discovery, CBC & Simulation Canada.
Media Recommendation: Podcast –The Adventure Zone”

Alexis Karasiuk

Alexis Karasiuk (Artsci 2016)
After graduating from Arts & Science in 2016, Alexis completed a BEd at UBC’s West Kootenay rural teachers’ education program in Nelson, BC. She taught high school English and social studies in Crawford Bay, BC, and then became an outdoor educator and professional development lead in Toronto. Alexis has also worked as a teacher for international students (Burundi, East Africa) and as clinical research assistant (Toronto). Currently, she is an MD student at McMaster’s Niagara Campus.
Media Recommendation: Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

Muhannad Malas

Muhannad Malas
Muhannad completed a BSc in Human Biology and a Master of Public Health from the U of T, through which he has also published research on the effects of vaping and tobacco control policies. After completing his studies, Muhannad became a toxics campaigner at Environmental Defence Canada, where he led successful campaigns to eliminate toxic chemicals such as bisphenols and PFAS from products through policy reform. Currently, along with teaching Global Health Governance and Advocacy courses at McMaster, Muhannad is also a Senior Climate Campaigner with Stand.Earth, where he advocates for more sustainable fashion through government and corporate policy making.

Ian McIntosh

Ian McIntosh (Artsci 2020)
Ian graduated from Arts & Science in 2020. He is currently completing a Master of Science in Urban Planning (MSc.Pl) at the University of Toronto on a part-time basis. He is also currently a Policy Advisor at the Ontario Ministry of Transportation. Past roles have included non-profit arts management (Pride Toronto) and research (University of Toronto, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development). In his free time, Ian enjoys staying home and joining video calls.

Dan Milisavljevic

Dan Milisavljevic (Artsci 2004)
Dan graduated from Arts & Science in 2004 (Combined Honours in Physics). He went on to attend the London School of Economics and Political Science on a Commonwealth Scholarship to complete a Master of Science in the History and Philosophy of Science. The following year, he began his PhD in Physics and Astronomy at Dartmouth College. He has since been a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University and a postdoctoral research associate at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory. Since 2017, he has been an assistant professor at Purdue University where he leads the Time Domain Astrophysics research group.
Media Recommendation: The Day We Found the Universe by Marcia Bartusiak.

Emma Mulholland

Emma Mulholland (Artsci 2018)
Emma graduated from Arts & Science in 2018 (Combined Honours in Biology). She stayed at McMaster to complete an MSc in Biology, and is now a PhD candidate in microbiology at the Université de Montréal. Between her MSc and PhD she worked for the Council of Canadian Academies, an organization that facilitates expert, evidence-based assessments of complex topics that are relevant to Canadian public policy.
Media Recommendation: Galileo’s Daughter by Dava Sobel.

Rhea Murti

Rhea Murti (Artsci 2021)
Rhea Murti graduated from Arts & Science this past spring and started law school at the University of Toronto. At U of T, she is a research student in the David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights and is an Associate Editor for the Indigenous Law Journal. After graduation, Rhea hopes to pursue a career in Indigenous Law.
Media Recommendation: “Rutherford Falls” — a sitcom that tackles Indigenous land rights!

Sophie Roher

Sophie Roher (Artsci 2013)
Sophie graduated from Arts & Science in 2013, and then completed a Master of Science in Health Policy and Bioethics at the University of Toronto. She is now a PhD Candidate in Public Health at the Dalla Lana School for Public Health at the University of Toronto. Sophie is passionate about community-based research and northern health and has worked on a range of community-led projects with Indigenous communities in the Northwest Territories. She also has experience developing and supporting policy initiatives in Ontario, Yellowknife, Whitehorse, and Uganda.
Media Recommendation: Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo.

Sarah Sandor

Sarah Sandor (Artsci 2018)
Sarah graduated from the Arts & Science Program (Combined Honours in Molecular Biology and Genetics) in 2018. After completing an MSc in Biology at McMaster, she moved to the UK to pursue further graduate studies. She is currently a PhD student at the University of Cambridge, studying the evolution and adaptation of bacterial communities within freshwater ecosystems.
Media Recommendation: “Our Planet” (the limited series Netflix documentary, narrated by David Attenborough) and “Fantastic Fungi” (the 2019 documentary). These two fascinating documentaries provide insight into the beauty of our natural world.

Nadia StuewerNadia Stuewer (Artsci 1993)
Nadia has worked in a variety of positions focused on international affairs and has lived, worked, and studied in a variety of countries. After graduating from Arts & Science in 1993, which included a year at a German university, she did an MA in International Development. After schooling, she lived and worked in Fiji, Halifax, and Italy. In 2003, she started working for the Foreign Service (FS) at Global Affairs Canada, where she had a wide variety of positions at headquarters in Ottawa and was posted to Geneva.  In 2015, she accompanied her FS spouse to postings in India and Senegal, where she reinvented herself with a combination of volunteer and paid work. Since the pandemic, she is back in Ottawa.
Media Recommendation: Any book by Guy Gavriel Kay, but especially Sailing to Sarantium!

Chioma Ume

Chioma Ume (Artsci 2003)
Artsci grad Chioma Ume cares about people – and believes that who they are and what they need matters. Her work aims to unearth the complexity and context of the human experience and to translate it into tangible actions and designs. As a design researcher based in San Francisco, CA, her current projects are leading research at a brand strategy start-up and working part time as a design advisor in the US Office of the Surgeon General, with a focus on loneliness and human connection. Prior to that, Chioma was a Director of Research and Insights at IDEO, a global design firm, where she focused on new product and service innovation in the food industry. She also spent a year at their non profit, In a previous life, Chioma was a lawyer, working in corporate law on Bay Street, for the Ontario government as a criminal duty counsel in Toronto and for the Canadian Bar Association as a Regional Program Manager of collaborative access to justice programs in East Africa and China.
Media Recommendation: Book: On Earth We Are Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong, Podcast: For the Wild Episode with Dr. Bayo Akomolafe

Desiree ValadaresDesiree Valadares (Artsci 2009)
Desiree’s professional work is in architectural design, specifically in historic landscape preservation. She is currently based in South Lake Tahoe, California where she is completing a PhD in UC Berkeley’s Architecture: History, Theory and Society Program. Her professional practice involves cultural heritage preservation and policy at sites as diverse as national parks, historic sites and landscapes across the US and Canada. She works alongside federal and nonprofit preservation agencies, racialized and Indigeous peoples to interpret sites of importance in culturally specific ways that acknowledge intersectional histories of land and labour. She holds a professional design Master in Landscape Architecture (Guelph) and in Urban Design and Housing (McGill), as well as her B.Arts Sc. (Combined Honours in Art History, 2009). Desiree will return to Canada this summer as Assistant Professor in UBC’s Department of Geography.
Media Recommendation: Crooked Media’s “This Land” Podcast

Sean WilliamsSean Williams
Sean Williams is the People Operations Manager at Metrix. Sean has a background in Human Resources (HR) Management and over 5 years of HR experience across multiple industries including Computer Software, Healthcare, Automotive and Professional Services. Sean attended Ryerson University in the Business Management program at the Ted Rogers School of Business where he majored in Human Resources Management. Sean began his career at Dundas Data Visualization as an HR Administrator. From there, he became a Human Resources Generalist at Hyundai Mobis where he broadened his skillset in the area of Health & Safety, among other HR responsibilities. Currently, Sean is responsible for ensuring the Metrix team has every resource necessary to meet project deadlines and fulfill every client need. Sean is passionate about providing a supportive culture with career advancement opportunities and continuously looks to improve processes to allow the Metrix team to meet their highest potential.
Media Recommendation: “The Dark Knight”

Gil Yaron

Gil Yaron (Artsci 1989)
In addition to his B.Arts Sc., Gil has a law degree (LL.B.) from Ottawa University and a Master in Law (LL.M.) from UBC. He practiced law for 10 years in shareholder activism and environmental law, then ran his own leading-edge, eco-friendly business for 5 years. Afterwards, Gil was a green building consultant and has been managing product stewardship programs for the past 7 years across Canada. On the side, Gil is a musical theatre composer and provides international support and capacity building to non-profits through Canadian Executive Services Overseas (CESO).
Media Recommendation: Just Mercy by Bryan Stephenson and American Dirt by Jeanine Cummins

Registration Details

Please register for the events you wish to attend by 11:59pm on 3 Feb. 2022.
Links to Register
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