Networking and Recruitment Events

Ask Me About My Career Panel

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
U of A Butterdome

At the Career Centre, we challenge the idea that careers are predictable, linear, and can be planned. We encourage students to view their life as a whole, taking the time to reflect on how the activities they are engaged in contribute to the overall person, health and wellness, and career.  

Stop by our booth at Careers Day and chat with one of our invited guests who have all had diverse and non-linear careers.

Featured Panel

10 - 11 a.m.

Terry Curtis
Executive Director Corporate Strategy
Edmonton Economic Development Corporation (EEDC)

  • About Terry

    As part of the Executive Team, he is responsible for organizational communications, articulation of strategy, and driving transformative change.

    He brings over 15 years of extensive experience from Intuit Canada and General Electric, focused on multi-year business and organizational transformation, employee communications and engagement strategies, project and change management, effective leadership, and leading, developing, and mentoring high-performing teams.  As a communications business partner, he has supported C-suite leaders and teams across North America, the UK, and India.   He uses a team-focused approach to building communications strategies, goals, and plans that works well in dynamic environments.

    Outside of the office, Terry spends time with his wife, Tracey and daughter, Emily, reading anything by his favourite author Cormac McCarthy, watching dystopian films, and enjoying B.C. and Californian wines. 

11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Tyree McCrakin
Program Assistant, Graduate Student Internship Program

  • About Tyree

    Tyree began his post secondary education not knowing for certain what his career would be.  Eventually Tyree settled on studying History, and earned his B.A.  From there he completed a B.Ed. and went into full time teaching.  After teaching for several years he shifted gears again and spent several years working on becoming a certified farrier/blacksmith.  He was self-employed and shoeing horses for a living for almost a decade, when he began to get into human resources and recruitment work.  After several stints in oil related businesses as a recruitment specialist, HR Manager, and Chief Cultural Officer, the economic situation pushed him out of that field.  He is now working at the Career Centre at the University of Alberta, under the Faculty of Graduate Students and Research, helping administer the GSIP Internship Program.  

    Tyree’s career path is a good example of the chaos theory of career development, as he has had the opportunity to learn a wide variety of skills across a broad range of seemingly-unrelated areas.

12 - 1 p.m.

Niem Huynh (黃可柔), PhD
Manager, Graduate Student Recruitment, Concordia University

  • About Niem
    Geographer. Inquirer. Risk taker. Niem is also an explorer of career opportunities. You may find her weaving between crowds of people, lending her ear to acquaintances who share their employment trajectories. Niem’s interest in supporting graduate students search for meaningful careers was ignited by her own journey. Professional work took her to Texas, for an Assistant Professor position. This was followed by Niem leaping to a research role in a non-profit organization in Washington, DC. Feeling like the Canada goose, Niem traced her roots back to Canada where she has since enjoyed being a Career advisor at McGill University, working primarily with graduate students. Today, Niem leverages on her suite of transferable skills and manages graduate student recruitment at Concordia University.

1 - 2 p.m.

Ayaz Bhanji, ’91 BSc (Pharm)
President, U of A Alumni Association
Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Excellence

  • About Ayaz

    A Graduate from U of A Pharmacy in 1991, Ayaz is a pharmacist by profession, has an MBA from Athabasca University, has served two terms as President of the Ismaili Council for Edmonton and was Co-chair of the Joint Liaison Committee of the Council for Edmonton and University of Alberta and is currently the President of the Alumni Association at the U of A.

    Ayaz has held previous positions as Honorary Secretary – Council for Edmonton, Member for Communication and Publications and Chairman of the Youth and Sports Board.  He has also served as a Board Member and Vice President of the Alberta Pharmacists Association. 

    Ayaz was born in Uganda and came to Canada in 1972.  He is a successful entrepreneur in Alberta and is currently a Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Excellence, and a Senior Partner of EPC Capital Ltd, an Edmonton based development company. His agency employers over 160 associates, staff, and is the largest RE/MAX office in Edmonton. 

    Ayaz participates in many charitable organizations including the Children’s Miracle Network and the Realtor’s Community Foundation and volunteers a great deal of his time for various worthwhile causes. He has three children, ages 20, 16, and 14, loves to travel, play golf, hockey and volleyball.

2 - 3 p.m.

Rohit Gupta
President, Rohit Group of Companies

  • About Rohit
    As President of Rohit Group of Companies, Rohit’s responsibilities include the strategic direction of the firm and oversight of all operations. Rohit is at the forefront of new opportunity development and special projects for the firm. He has helped drive the growth of the organization from housing into commercial land development and real estate lending. Rohit’s strengths are in creating new opportunities and identifying unintended consequences. He also has a powerful and ongoing commitment to give back to the community. This is in line with his goal to make the organization “an institution that is respected for the way it conducts business, a leader in real estate, and a contributor to the world beyond the organization itself.” Rohit has achieved an MBA and a BSc in Computer Science from the University of Alberta, as well as a Master Home Builders Designation from the Professional Home Builders Institute of Alberta. He has also served as the Chairman of the Board for the Alberta New home Warranty Program, and Chairman of the Professional Builders Institute of Alberta. 

3 - 4 p.m.

André Costopoulos
Vice Provost/Dean of Students
University of Alberta
  • About André
    Andre Costopoulos is an archaeologist who earned his PhD at the University of Oulu in Finland in 1999. He conducts research on human adaptation to environmental change. He served as Associate Dean (Student Affairs) and then Dean of Students at McGill starting in 2008. He joined the University of Alberta as Vice Provost and Dean of Students in 2016.