Why should you attend?
- Learn from industry experts
- Mingle with potential summer employers from various industries
- Learn how to maintain employment in Canada
Open to all international undergraduate and graduate students.
9:00 - 9:30 am: Registration
9:30 - 9:45 am: Welcome and Blessing
9:45 - 10:30 am: Opening Keynote
Stephen Bull, Assistant Deputy Minister, Service Alberta, Government of Alberta
Originally from the UK, Steve immigrated to Canada in 1996 and has worked for both the private and public sector. In his role of Assistant Deputy Minister – Provincial Telecommunications and Registries in Service Alberta he has responsibility for a wide variety of things. As an introvert and immigrant who “had it easy”, Steve is passionate about diversity and inclusion.
10:30 - 10:45 am: Break
10:45 am - 12:15 pm: The Power of Connections
Expert tips from professionals on how to improve your employability. Learn how to find opportunities by networking, meeting people and building relationships.
Connector Program Coordinator
Edmonton Region Immigrant
Lead Talent Specialist
Senior Business Development Officer
Government of Alberta
Nermeen Youssef, PhD
Public Servant and Writer
12:15 - 1:30 pm: Lunch, Free headshots and Infomart
- Enjoy delicious sandwiches to re-energize you for afternoon sessions
- Get a FREE headshot from professional photographer Steven Li for your LinkedIn profile
- InfoMart: Mingle with potential summer employers from various industries such as UAlberta Conference Services; City of Edmonton summer employment opportunities; Insurance companies; Rental companies; Summer camps and more!
1:30 - 3:00 pm: Concurrent Sessions
Entrepreneurial skills students can use for life
Entrepreneurs are responsible for turning ideas into money-making businesses. Success requires focus, great communication, and the ability to grow their connections. What does that have to do with being a student? If you think of yourself as the business, then growing your career is your own form of entrepreneurship. What activities do you take on when your time is limited? Why would anyone be interested in you? How do you meet the people you need to meet?
This interactive workshop will give you some insight into the key entrepreneurial skills of managing your time, pitching, and the thing everyone says you should do but no one ever explains how to do - "networking"! You'll leave the session with some useful tips and tricks and a new perspective on how to grow the enterprise of you.
Presented by Arden Tse
Investment Manager - Accelerate Fund II
What is volunteerism and how does it improve employability
Did you know, employers seek candidates who have volunteer experience? In this session, learn what volunteerism is and how it can improve your chances of being the selected candidate.
Presented by Deanna Key, Team Lead at Catholic Social Services of Alberta.
3:30 - 3:15 pm: Coffee Break - Telus Atrium
3:15- 4:45 pm: Concurrent Sessions
How to improve your online job profile
Learn how to conduct an effective job search, write an engaging cover letter and resume, and create a professional work profile on LinkedIn.
Presented by Nick Wilson, Communications Coordinator
Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry – Surgery Department
University of Alberta
Beyond 9 - 5: The Entrepreneurship Route
This session focuses on entrepreneurship and includes information on the resources available to help you through the process.
Presented by Emeka Ekwosimba
Acting Director – Science and Innovation division
Economic Development and Trade - Government of Alberta
5:00 - 5:30 pm: Closing and Prizes
Winners will be selected for the conference prizes, which include a 30-minute meeting with an HR professional and a career coaching package from the UAlberta Career Centre.