Speaker Series

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

  • Listen to professionals who graduated with your degree or work in your field of interest.
  • Hear 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 have a panel, discussion, networking, and refreshments.

All events are free and registration is recommended.


Careers in Education Beyond the Classroom

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
5:00–7:00 p.m.
Location TBA
Sponsored by the Faculty of Education Undergraduate Student Services Office



  • Derek Kwan

    Derek Kwan has made a career out of being an indecisive generalist. Having graduated with a Bachelor of Education (Secondary Program) in 2008, he worked briefly as a science instructor at the Telus World of Science, a graphic designer, and a film production assistant. Derek then decided to go back to school to specialize in project management, and landed a career with Service Alberta and Alberta Education with the Government of Alberta. While he is currently completing his MBA, Derek also dabbles in the interactive digital media industry (i.e. video games), and has most recently started a role with the City of Edmonton as a corporate culture consultant.

  • Fatima Khawaja

    Fatima Khawaja graduated with a Bachelor of Education degree, and subsequently worked for a year at a not-for-profit organization specializing in programs for students experiencing difficulty reading. After working with this organization, she joined the Ministry of Economic Development, Trade, and Tourism with the Government of Alberta. In her current role as strategic initiatives officer, Fatima works on a variety of high-priority policies and programs aimed at improving the province’s economy.

  • Krista Aune

    Krista Aune graduated with a Bachelor of Education and a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of Alberta (UAlberta). As the Business Development Manager for U of A International (UAI), Krista collaborates with international clients in the private and government sectors to create partnerships in training and education that share UAlberta’s expertise with partners abroad. She also assists faculties in identifying revenue sources to support, enrich, and expand their international activities, while enhancing UAlberta's international reputation for excellence through teaching, research, and global engagement. Prior to UAI, Krista worked for the School of Business consulting, designing, and managing professional development experiences for Canadian clients in the public, private, and non for profit sectors.

  • Lindsay Adrian

    Lindsay Adrian is a consultant with the Edmonton Public Schools' Career Pathways unit. This unit supports schools by engaging students in K–12 in meaningful and engaging learning opportunities that empower them to explore future possibilities and plan their next steps. Before joining the Career Pathways unit, Lindsay was a classroom teacher for sixteen years, teaching a wide range of ages and learning needs.

Careers in Anthropology

Wednesday, November 6, 2019
5:00–7:00 p.m.
Location TBA
Sponsored by the Faculty of Arts