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The Road Ahead: A Micro-Conference for GTA Post-Secondary Student Employment

Ryerson Career Centre & Magnet

Thursday, 12 November 2015 from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM (EST)

The Road Ahead: A Micro-Conference for GTA...

Ticket Information

Type End Quantity
General Admission + Breakout Session: How Post-Secondary Institutions are Rethinking Career Education
Please Select ONE Breakout Session Only
Ended Free  
General Admission + Breakout Session: “The Road Less Travelled”- Supporting the Employment of Diverse Adult Learners
Please Select ONE Breakout Session Only
Ended Free  

Event Details

*Please note we have reached capacity on this event but we do have a waitlist. We encourage you join the waitlist so you can be a part of the discussion about the Road Ahead. 

-Brought to you by Ryerson Career Centre and Magnet-

A Leading-Edge Micro-Conference on Post-Secondary Student Employment Issues in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) to Connect, Engage, and Equip A Community of Students, Alumni, Educators, Policymakers & Employers


The Road Ahead is an interface on the employment landscape for university and college-level students and recent alumni in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), viewed, and told, from a contemporary post-secondary perspective.

Although the dialogue on youth unemployment is certainly not new, there still exists a real, and imminent, dilemma in the employment of this demographic related, in part, to policy shortcomings, reduced job offerings, and ever-slowly expanding career education mandates in higher education settings. The school-to-work transition has never been more difficult, requiring new ideas, and most importantly, novel initiatives, brought about by educators, policymakers and employers alike.

Are we effectively supporting the lost generation of talent? What, if any, are our best practices? Let us inspire change on #TheRoadAhead.


Event Registration Instructions:

Please select your Admission and preferred Breakout Session. Kindly note that the organizing committee will do their best to accommodate preferences for sessions.



If you require any specific accommodation please email Jean-Pierre Fernandes at




9:30 AM

Registration & Networking (Light breakfast refreshments)

9:55 AM

Opening Remarks

10:05 AM

Opening Keynote

Sanjay Khanna – Massey College at University of Toronto

Session One






Setup for Success: Are Post-Secondary and Industry Effectively Helping Launch Successful Careers?


Mark Patterson


Justine Chiu 

Simona Chiose

Paul Smith 

Karee Chen  



Executive Director, Magnet

HR Coordinator, MaRS Discovery District

Post-Secondary Reporter, Globe and Mail

Executive Director, CACEE

Rotman Commerce Students' Association Advocacy Director / Founder and Co-President Ascend, Uof T


Breakout Sessions








12:20 PM


Session Two

1) Developing Meaningful Career Opportunities for Post-Secondary Talent Before They Graduate



Tatum Wilson


Caroline Konrad

Heather Kelly

Neil Buddel  

Danielle Pierre


Senior Advisor, Office of the Premier


Director, Ryerson Career Centre

Director of Student Success, University of Toronto

Dean of Students, Centennial College 

Research Analyst, Ontario Undergraduate Student Alliance

2) The Road Less Travelled: Supporting the Employment Prospects of Diverse Adult Learners


Bruce Lawson

Elaine Lam


O’Neil Edwards

Rajesh Uttamchandani  


Fredy Mejia 

President, The Counselling Foundation of Canada


Director of Business Development and Strategic Planning at The Chang School

Director, Spanning the Gaps, Ryerson University

Human Capital Consulting, Deloitte and Professor, University of Toronto

Career Advisor, Humber College

Session Three






Understanding Inclusive and Accessible Recruitment Frameworks for Post-Secondary Candidates



Aisha Omar



Honourable David Onley  

 Jenny Poulos  

 Phil Fontaine  

Samuel Getachew


 Research Assistant, Diversity Institute – Ted Rogers School of Management


Former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario


 SVP HR, Personal & Commercial Banking, RBC

 Former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations

Community Journalist – TZTA /  Generation Next

2:45 PM

Closing Remarks



Lunch generously provided by Panera Bread

Panera Bread

Have questions about The Road Ahead: A Micro-Conference for GTA Post-Secondary Student Employment? Contact Ryerson Career Centre & Magnet

When & Where

Student Learning Centre
2 Gould Street
Toronto, ON M5B

Thursday, 12 November 2015 from 10:00 AM to 3:30 PM (EST)

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