Speaker Series

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Our Speaker Series events are designed to help you expand your employment outlook. At each event, you will:

  • Hear from professionals who graduated with your degree or work in your field of interest.
  • Learn tips and strategies about career and work search based on the lived successes and failures of professionals.
  • Gain perspective on your skills, knowledge, and abilities and how they apply to the workplace.
  • Open doors to opportunities by talking with professionals who can get you connected.

Each event will include a panel discussion with an opportunity to ask questions. All Speaker Series events are free. Registration is required to access virtual event links. 


Upcoming Events

Arts Careers: Careers in Social Justice & Human Rights
Thursday, January 28, 2021 
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. MST
Location: Virtual via ZOOM

Hear from speakers who have graduated with an Arts degree and work in social justice and/or human rights. Gain perspective on your skills, knowledge, and abilities and how they apply to the workplace.

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Speaker Bios:

Idara Effiom
Idara is a recent graduate from the U of A with a degree in Psychology and certificates in Interdisciplinary Leadership and International Learning, who works as a volunteer coordinator with the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights. In her role, she manages a team of approximately 300 volunteers across Canada, who are engaged in community development through education of human rights, promotion of feelings of dignity across the country's most vulnerable population, and human rights advocacy.
Jan Fox
Jan is a proud graduate from the University of Saskatchewan and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Advanced) in Psychology, who has been involved in social justice for more than 40 years.  As the Executive Director at REACH Edmonton Council for Safe Communities, Jan works to address the root causes of crime through leading community involvement, stakeholder engagement, inter-agency collaboration, and other efforts that support Edmonton as a safer and more inclusive city. Prior to that, Jan retired after 30 years with Corrections Canada.
Chevi Rabbit
Chevi Rabbit is an award-winning human rights advocate, Edmonton Top 40 under 40, artist, film producer, and educator. Chevi's Arts education includes Native Studies and Anthropology at the University of Alberta. A Program Facilitator with the Akamihk Community Development Society, Chevi is also Founder of the Maskwacis Two Spirit Society.
Aditya Rao
Aditya Rao (BA '12) is a lawyer and union organizer specializing in immigration and refugee law, labour and human rights. Aditya works with the Canadian Union of Public Employees based in Fredericton, NB (Wabanaki Confederacy) and focuses on human rights issues in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. He serves on the board of the Atlantic Human Rights Centre and completed his law articling at Amnesty International Canada. Aditya earned a BA (Double Major) in Political Science and Economics at the University of Alberta.

Career Advice for International Students
Wednesday, February 3, 2021 
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. MST
Location: Virtual via ZOOM

Hear from a recruiter who can shed light on the unique work search concerns of International students. Gain perspective on your skills, knowledge, and abilities and how they apply to the Canadian workplace.

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Speaker Bios:

Masa Idelbi
Senior Human Resources Advisor for Rohit Group of Companies.
Violet Poon
Human Resources Consultant for Careers for Community.

Arts Careers: Creative Careers
Thursday, February 25, 2021
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. MST
Location: Virtual via ZOOM

Hear from speakers who have graduated with an Arts degree in Fine Arts focus, Drama, Music, Art & Design and work in a creative field. Learn about working in the gig economy and how the industry has changed since COVID-19.

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Speaker Bios:

Emma Houghton
Emma Fowler Houghton is an actor, playwright, emerging director, voice artist, and very curious human. She graduated in 2017 from the University of Alberta with a BFA Acting with Distinction and pre-covid was onstage with Alberta Theatre Project's production of Actually. Currently, she is an Artistic Associate with Punctuate! Theatre, and a part of their 2020/2021 Partizan's Playwriting Unit.
Christy Campos
Christy is a product designer with a degree in VCD (Visual Communication Design) from the U of A. She is currently working at Jobber, a software company based out of Edmonton, which helps small home service businesses organize their entire operations. Christy enjoys the process of designing user experiences that can help solve customer's business problems and in turn help them to succeed in their work and their lives. When she's not doing designerly things she is making art through painting and printmaking as well as getting out in nature as often as possible!

Arts Careers: Careers in Multi-media 
Wednesday, March 3, 2021
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. MST
Location: Virtual via ZOOM

Hear from speakers who have graduated with an Arts degree and work in the multi-media sector. Have the opportunity to hear from FilmMakers, Podcasters and Video Game professionals. Gain perspectives on how your skills, knowledge, and abilities can be applied to this career path.

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What can I do with my degree in Biological Sciences?
March 2021 (Date TBA)
Location: Virtual via ZOOM
More information on this session will be available soon!

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