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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

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iLaunch

iLaunch is a series of workshops to help students and new graduates launch their careers and learn how to job search during unique times.

This years' event will be held from May 3 to 7. You are invited to attend one or many sessions. Each day will feature alumni and employers as guest speakers. 

Register for iLaunch

Participants will:

  • Learn practical work readiness skills.
  • Chat with employers about ways to be successful in your job search. 
  • Develop strategies to enhance your job search.

Alumni and employer speakers

  • Monday, May 3

    For Monday's session, alumni and employer speakers will be discussing techniques for new graduates and pathways to career success with a focus on business and information technology

    Alumni speakers

    Danyal Sardar, BCom, CPA

    Danyal graduated from the Ontario Tech University Accounting program in 2015 and is now a Chartered Professional Accountant with years of experience in both public and private sectors. Danyal is currently a Senior Auditor with the Office of the Auditor General of Ontario, where they lead performance audits for the province. During their time on campus, they were involved with Ontario Tech's Accounting Association, DECA and worked as a peer mentor. Danyal is a huge soccer fan and has attended matches in England, Spain, and the USA.

    Victor Cho

    Victor graduated from Ontario Tech in 2015 and currently works as a Technical Solutions Architect at Cisco Meraki. Victor has held roles in customer support, product management, sales engineering, and leadership. After beginning his career in San Francisco, California, he now resides in Frederick, Maryland, with his wife and two puppies. In his spare time, he loves to cook and eat. He is currently trying to perfect Neapolitan Pizza at home.

    Tyler Turecki

    Tyler graduated from Ontario Tech University with a Bachelor of Commerce degree in 2017. Tyler is currently a Charted Insurance Professional (CIP) Candidate and also holds a Canadian Securities License from the Canadian Securities Institute. Tyler joined AonRe as a Senior Broker on the Canadian Treaty Team in November 2020. Prior to that, he worked in a relationship management capacity at Willis Towers Watson on their Complex Corporate Accounts team. His responsibilities include working closely with Canadian Insurer clients to place both proportional and non-proportional reinsurance treaties in the domestic and global marketplace. By utilizing AonRe’s global footprint, Tyler works closely with colleagues in London, Bermuda and mainland Europe. He prepares reinsurance market submissions, negotiates terms and conditions with reinsurers, evaluates quotations to determine recommended pricing as well as drafts and delivers client presentations to the C-Suite of major domestic Insurers.

    Employer speaker

    Madison Harry from Labatt and Scott Robbins from Nelson Industrial, Inc.

  • Tuesday, May 4

    Alumni and employer speakers for Tuesday's session will be discussing techniques for new graduates and pathways to career success with a focus on engineering

    Alumni speaker

    Miguel Santiago

    Miguel is a graduate of Ontario Tech with an Honours Bachelor Degree in Mechanical Engineering. As a student, Miguel was involved in various student organizations, primarily the Engineering Student's Society and the Ontario Tech Student Union. With this experience, Miguel earned an internship with Ontario Power Generation as a Project Coordinator in the Darlington Nuclear Units Refurbishment and continues to work for OPG, where he hopes to complete the Refurbishment Project. Miguel has an interest in graphic design, which includes photography and video editing.

    Employer speaker

    Connor Dougherty from Invista and Mario Fernandes from Nelson Industrial, Inc.

  • Wednesday, May 5

    Alumni and employer speakers for Wednesday's session will be discussing techniques for new graduates and pathways to career success with a focus on sciences and health science

    Alumni speaker

    Maria Roussakis

    Maria Roussakis is a registered Medical Laboratory Technologist working within the Platelet Immunology laboratory at McMaster University. She graduated from Ontario Tech University in 2016 from the Bachelor of Health Science in Medical Laboratory Science program. Since graduating, she has gained experience working in clinical laboratories within community hospitals and academic centres, practicing in the medical laboratory disciplines of clinical chemistry, hematology, and transfusion medicine. Last fall, she graduated from the Master of Science in Health Science Education program at McMaster University. When she is not working, she also enjoys volunteering with various organizations. She is an active volunteer with the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science, the Medical Laboratory Professional’s Association of Ontario, and the American Association of Blood Bankers. Finally, she has become an advocate for the medical laboratory profession on social media, awarding her a spot on last year’s Pathologist magazine’s Power List.

    Amber Armstrong Izzard

    Amber graduated from Ontario Tech University in 2018 with a Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) degree. She is currently in her final year of her Master of Science in Occupational Therapy at McMaster University. As a student occupational therapist, she has had the opportunity to complete placements exploring physical and mental health. She is excitedly looking forward to her next placement in Atikokan, Ontario, a small northern community known as the canoeing capital of Canada. During her time at Ontario Tech, she was actively involved on campus through the University Works program as a Peer Employment Advisor and several on-campus clubs. After graduating from Ontario Tech, she moved to Manitoba to work in addictions and mental health services. This experience solidified her drive to address substance use in Canada with a client-centred response as a future occupational therapist. 

    Employer speaker

    Gopi Balasingam, Mirza Baig and Wole Fapohunda from Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC).

  • Thursday, May 6

    Alumni and employer speakers for Thursday's session will be discussing techniques for new graduates and pathways to career success with a focus on social sciences and humanities and education

    Alumni speaker

    Amber Morley

    Amber Morley is a proud graduate of the Ontario Tech Communications and Digital Media Studies program from the Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities. As an Ontario Tech student, Amber worked in the Athletics Department as Game Day Supervisor, helping to organize and host Ridgebacks varsity sports. After graduation, Amber pursued her M.A. in Professional Communications and is currently finishing her thesis focused on women in golf. Amber has also been working within communication roles for a variety of organizations across Canada.

    Ask Amber questions about work-study at Ontario Tech, a career in Communications, what she loves about Ontario Tech or questions about an online Master’s degree.

    Merit Omedo

    Merit is graduated from Ontario Tech in 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Criminology and Justice with a minor in Forensic Psychology. Since graduating, she has gained multiple experiences working in various fields. She has worked as a fundraiser, community service worker, student recruitment advisor, and currently works as a brand ambassador while on the recruitment path to becoming a correctional officer. As an International student, Merit will be able to share her experiences navigating employment post-graduation.

    Mofi Badmos

    Mofi Badmos is the Diversity and Inclusivity Coordinator and Adjunct Term Lecturer in the Commerce program at Smith School of Business and Queen's University. She leans on her passions to support the successes of and advocate for students belonging to equity-seeking groups utilizing anti-racist, equitable and intersectional lenses. In her role, she fosters inclusive spaces for Commerce students, supports the transition needs of racialized International and Domestic students, and works with colleagues on developing equitable recruitment strategies

    Mofi has five years of experience in higher education and brings her lived experiences into her work. She is very passionate about representation, advocacy and empowerment to impact higher education learning. Mofi completed her Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology at Ontario Tech University and a Master of Arts in Immigration and Settlement Studies at Ryerson University.

    Employer speaker

    Ryan Smutnicki and Lori Zivanovich from Hamilton Police Service and Michelle Heald from the John Howard Society of Durham Region. 

  • Friday, May 7

    Alumni and employer speakers for Friday's session will be discussing techniques for new graduates and pathways to career success with a focus on graduate studies

    Alumni speaker

    Bilal Khan, BHSc (Hons), MPH, PhD (in progress)

    Bilal is a first-year PhD student in Health Services Research specializing in Outcomes & Evaluation at the University of Toronto, Institute of Health Policy, Management, and Evaluation (IHPME). His dissertation research will examine rates of recidivism and clinical outcomes among incarcerated individuals living with severe mental illnesses in Ontario correctional centres. Bilal is the social activities coordinator of IHPME’s Graduate Student Union (GSU), which involves coordinating/planning events from IHPME’s student body and alumni. Alongside his graduate studies and extracurricular commitments, he works as a Research Assistant in the Virtual Care Program at Women's College Hospital Institute for Health System Solutions and Virtual Care (WIHV). His work compromises evaluating digital health care interventions implemented in Ontario and across Canada. In his free time, Bilal enjoys hiking with his dog, Chewie, around Ontario and has taken up baking in the last year.

    Laura McKeown, BHSc, DC

    Dr. McKeown holds a Bachelor of Health Sciences degree with an Honours in Kinesiology from Ontario Tech University. She completed her Doctor of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) in June of 2020. Dr. McKeown completed her first year of her undergrad at the University of New Brunswick Saint John before transferring to Ontario Tech, where she enrolled in the pathway program to the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College. Dr. McKeown is a certified Animal Chiropractor and completed the Animal Chiropractic program at the Veterinary Chiropractic Learning Centre in Brantford, ON while in her fourth year at CMCC. Dr. McKeown has always valued being involved in her school community. While at Ontario Tech, she worked at the Career Centre, was a member of the novice rowing team and volunteered with the ASK Me campaign. During her time at CMCC, she worked as a notetaker and volunteered as an orientation leader.

    Employer speaker

    A panel presented by Career Accelerator:

    • Mario Quiquero from Canada Career Accelerator
    • Shawn Malhotra from Thomas Reuters
    • Jehane Adam from TD Canada Trust
    • Mory Paredes from Dentons

This year's workshops:

  • Career Chats will be held each day from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • How to Create a Winning Resume and Cover Letter.
  • How to Succeed in Your Virtual Interview.
  • Job Searching Strategies in Unique Times.
  • LinkedIn Hacks to Make an Impact in Your Virtual Job Search.

 

  • Managing Stress and Anxiety.
  • Navigating the Immigration System.
  • Presenting with Confidence.
  • The Collaborative Culture.
  • The Graduates Guide to Virtual Networking.

For more information, contact careercentre@ontariotechu.ca.