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 Speaker Series sessions are free. Registration is recommended.

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Careers in Social Justice

Thursday, January 23, 2020
5:00–7:00 p.m.
4-02 SUB

Sponsored by: Faculty of Arts



  • Derek
    Derek (he/him) designs solutions to improve student, staff, and faculty member wellness within the University of Alberta's Faculty of Engineering. He also draws from over a ten years of experience in violence prevention education in his work as a consultant with Haubner Motashaw Consulting, where he lends his expertise to guide organisations' efforts to prevent sexual violence and harassment. Whatever the role, Derek aims to deliver impactful work with a guiding tenet: empathy.
  • Lora Pillipow

    Lora Pillipow, Deputy Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women

    Lora’s executive leadership experience focuses on building teams to produce results. She has worked in Alberta in the public service sector for over twenty years. She has previously served as Deputy Clerk to Executive Council and Deputy Secretary to Cabinet. Throughout that time she has held positions in various ministries including Environment, Human Resources and Employment, Policy Coordination Office, Housing and Urban Affairs, Human Services, Culture and Tourism, and the Alberta Climate Change Office. Lora has a background in political science and women’s studies and focused her research on the impact of policy decisions to the non-profit sector.

  • Roxanne Runyon
    Roxanne Runyon (she/her) works as sexual violence prevention and education coordinator at MacEwan University, where she leads initiatives that foster individual, community and institutional capacity to prevent and respond to sexual violence. Her greatest joy about this work is supporting individuals in becoming advocates for consent, healthy relationships, and social justice within their own communities. She holds a bachelor of arts in women’s and gender studies from the University of Alberta and a masters of arts in gender studies from Queen’s University. She uses a social justice lens in her work to address the ways that systems of oppression and inequity lead to power-based violence, and to advocate for approaches to sexual violence prevention and response that are anti-oppressive and trauma-informed.
  • Sam Pearson
    Sam Pearson graduated with a bachelor of arts in women's and gender studies and psychology from the University of Alberta. Sam's dedication to anti-sexual violence advocacy began when she saw an education presentation from the University of Alberta Sexual Assault Centre (SAC) in the second year of her undergraduate degree. This presentation influenced her to submit an application to become a volunteer with SAC. In 2017, after volunteering and being employed by the SAC in various capacities for a number of years, Sam moved into the role of Director. This position allows Sam to provide vision, guidance, and mentorship to a tremendously talented group of volunteers and staff, who passionately believe in the transformative power of peer-education, community-driven awareness initiatives, and person-centred support.
  • Sarah Russell
    Sarah Russell graduated from the University of Alberta in 2014, with a major in women and gender studies and a minor in English. After graduating Sarah worked for a variety of organizations in the non-profit sector where her roles have included: event management and planning, program logistics coordination, accreditation, volunteer coordination, and professional development and research. Throughout her varied career and community work, her degree has assisted her to look at problems and solutions with a lens of intersectionality and to ask a lot of questions.

Careers in Rehabilitation Science

Tuesday, January 28, 2020
5:00–7:00 p.m.
Corbett Hall 3-01

Sponsored by: Rehabilitation Medicine Students' Association



  • Dr. Ashley Pike
    Dr. Ashley Pike, Senior Research Analyst with the Government of Alberta, Ministry of Education
  • Dr. Christy Lane
    Dr. Christy Lane, Founder of Vivametrica and Associate Professor in the Department of Health and Physical Education at Mount Royal University
  • Dr. Jennifer Klein
    Dr. Jennifer Klein, Senior Consultant for the Healthcare Improvement Team, Alberta Health Services
  • Dr. Sanja Schreiber
    Dr. Sanja Schreiber, Owner & Director of Curvy Spine – Scoliosis & Kyphosis Specialty Centre and Adjunct Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy at the University of Alberta
  • Mr. Adam Pinkoski
    Mr. Adam Pinkoski, Research Associate at Rehabtronics and Lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology, Sport and Recreation at the University of Alberta

Careers in Human Ecology

Thursday, February 6, 2020
5:00–7:00 p.m.
AgFor Atrium

Sponsored by: TBA



  • Bonnie Chiu
    Bonnie Chiu recently graduated with a bachelor of science in human ecology with a major in family science and minor in community nutrition, and received a certificate in international learning. She is currently the assistant with Research and Prospect Management at the University Hospital Foundation, where she works to support a team of major gift fundraisers in strengthening relationships with donors. Bonnie has actively volunteered in the areas of health promotion and non-profit sector advocacy, and is always guided by her values of collaboration and understanding.
  • Haley Lefferson
    Haley Lefferson graduated in 2018 in human ecology with a major in family ecology and a minor in aging. She has experience working in not-for-profit, the University, municipal government environments, seniors' housing, association administration, volunteer coordination, museums, recreation planning, and career development. Haley loves being able to share the ideals of human ecology with other professionals and believes that it is truly a superpower when it comes to the work world.
  • Lucie Heins

    Lucie Heins is a UAlberta graduate with a bachelor of science in human ecology and a masters in textiles and clothing. Lucie is currently working as an assistant curator for the Western Canadian History program at the Royal Alberta Museum, attending to artifacts that reflect domestic and work history in Alberta—a collection comprised of over 80,000 artifacts!

  • Taya MacQueen
    Taya MacQueen holds a bachelor of science in human ecology (child and youth studies), and is a behaviour specialist and program coordinator with the Edmonton Catholic School District. Taya's responsibilities include coordinating a targeted early learning program, as well as exploring the underlying causes of severe behaviour and the specific interventions to address them. Previously, Taya has worked with families affected by developmental disabilities in formal and informal settings, as well as the high risk youth population. 

Life After University

Wednesday, February 12, 2020
5:30–7:30 p.m.
ECHA 1-190

Sponsored by: Office of Alumni Relations



  • Al Visram

    Al Visram graduated from UAlberta in 2010 (BSc with a specialization degree in psychology). After completing this degree, he ventured into recreation management and managed two recreation facilities just outside of Edmonton. After eight years working in recreation, Al decided on a career change. He is now completing a master's in psychology, and loves being a student again. Al has learned a lot in his past career and is applying those lessons to his future work as a psychologist. Al is also a Mental Health First Aid Instructor and has training in critical incident stress management, as well as crisis intervention.

  • Amanda Brace

    Amanda Brace has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in library and information studies from UAlberta, receiving her bachelor of arts in 2007 and her masters in 2015. As an undergraduate, Amanda majored in English and minored in classics, and studied library science as a master's student because she is passionate about education and literacy. She currently works at the Alberta School of Business as an admissions coordinator for prospective graduate students. Whenever she gets a chance, she goes to play, movies, or the ballet. Amanda also describes herself as proudly nerdy and at home when attending comic expos.

  • Doug Bennet

    Doug Bennet is a UAlberta graduate with a bachelor of arts majoring in psychology (2015). He currently works as a project manager for Covenant Health and works with at-risk youth, and has previous experience working for the UAlberta Career Centre and the UAlberta Residence Services. In his spare time, Doug enjoys meditation, biking and board games.

  • Katie Willis

    Katie Willis graduated in 2013 with a bachelor of arts, majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology and completed a master of arts in communications in 2018 while working full time. Katie currently works as the Communications Lead in the Faculty of Science at UAlberta, where her responsibilities include public relations and writing about research and research discoveries. Prior to working at the U of A, Katie worked in both non-profit and corporate sectors. Her interests include traveling (including studying abroad), cooking, reading, practicing yoga and self-care, and spending time with dogs.

  • Torrey Dance
    Torrey Dance graduated from the Faculty of Arts in 2010 with a double major in sociology and psychology, and is currently completing a master's of education in adult, community, and higher education in the Department of Educational Policy Studies at UAlberta. Torrey has worked for the U of A in a variety of roles since he was a student, including volunteer management, event planning, prospective student recruitment, advising and career education. He currently works as the director of special projects (outreach) for the UAlberta Faculty of Engineering. Torrey is passionate about student leadership and development, and helping students find their place both on- and off-campus.

Career Pathways in Data Science Management

Tuesday, February 25, 2020
5:00–7:00 p.m.
Location TBD

Sponsored by: Faculty of Science


Speakers TBA

Career Pathways in Environmental Energy

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
5:00–7:00 p.m.
Location TBD

Sponsored by: Faculty of Science


Speakers TBA

The Future is Arts

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
5:30–7:30 p.m.
Tory 1-125

Sponsored by: Faculty of Arts



  • Carina Ludgate
    Carina Ludgate is a graduate from University of Alberta's Faculty of Arts, Political Science (2009). After working for the Legislative Assembly of Alberta post-graduation, she returned to school in 2012 to pursue a Bachelor of Communication Studies at MacEwan University. She currently runs a branding and communications consulting company in Edmonton, and is in the process of completing her Masters of Arts in Communications and Technology at the U of A.
  • Chris Fletcher
    Chris Fletcher is a business development manager with AltaML (Machine Learning & Artificial Intelligence) and has spent over a decade working in the technology industry in Edmonton. After his first five years at Apple, he went on to work in business development for startups in digital authentication, e-Commerce, and in his own logistics venture. He currently handles sales and partner development for AltaML, one of Canada's fastest-growing Artificial Intelligence companies.
  • Emmy Stuebing
    Emmy Stuebing is the director of the Edmonton Public Schools Foundation (EPSF), an organization that raises funds to help kids get ready for learning and their life through public education. Prior to joining the EPSF, Emmy served as the fund development manager for the Edmonton Public Library, managing the successful campaign to raise $10 million to support the revitalization of the Stanley A. Milner Library in downtown Edmonton. Emmy has spent her entire professional career working in the nonprofit sector. Over the past twenty-one years, Emmy has worked for six great nonprofit organizations, as well as volunteered on numerous boards and committees. She has expertise in fund development, communications and nonprofit management. In 2010, Emmy was recognized as one of Edmonton’s Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Magazine.
  • Ian O'Donnell
    Ian O'Donnell has been the executive director of the Downtown Business Association of Edmonton for the past three years. As a proud arts graduate with a major economics and minor in psychology, Ian has had the pleasure of working in various industries and roles over the course of his career. Starting off with Pattison Outdoor in advertising, he assisted the sales team and then led the leasing department for Northern Alberta. He then transitioned to a new opportunity with local developer, Langham Developments, where he was an assistant project manager for their high-rise infill projects in the downtown core. Ian then ventured into a nearly decade long tenure as a project manager and LEED AP at Manasc Isaac (architects).

Careers in Biological Sciences

Thursday, March 26, 2020
5:30–7:30 p.m.
CAB 243

Sponsored by: TBA


Speakers TBA