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GRADitude 2020 Speaker Series

The GRADitude program takes place every year to honour our graduating class. It takes this time to celebrate student achievements and provide graduating students with the opportunity to connect with inspiring alumni.

This year the reformatted GRADitude program features subjects led by alumni speakers to help new grads with next steps in their career journey. These sessions help to hone virtual networking skills, plan career steps, while bringing new grads’ authentic selves into their future.

Please see the GRADitude 2020 Fall Speaker Series lineup below. Watch the spring 2020 series here.


Nov. 10 | What Recruiters Look for in Young Alumni

Featuring recruitment specialists and hiring managers from a variety of industries, this special alumni panel will discuss ways new graduates can increase their chances of success when job hunting. You’ll learn:

  • What companies and organizations look for in new talent
  • Resume and interview tips, like how to interview well online
  • How the COVID-19 pandemic has affected hiring practices

This session is sponsored by Manulife, the alumni preferred partner for life and health coverage. Register and attend for a chance to win one of four $50 eGift Cards.

Ike Saliu (BHRM ’16), Diversity, Leadership and OD Coordinator at Insight

Ike is a HR professional currently specializing in diversity, leadership and talent development. Previously, Ike worked for Bell Canada, and currently works for a Fortune 500 company Insight with locations across Europe, North America and Asia. Ike’s career began in recruiting, where she specialized in regular recruiting and campus recruitment of both interns and new grads within the tech and telecom sector.

Ike has an ethos to get the right talent through the door coupled with her passion of ensuring teammates feel welcomed, heard and valued, because a company’s success thrives on having the best talent to do the job.

Shonagh Craddock (BA ‘09), Recruitment Manager at SE Health

Shonagh Craddock is a recruitment manager at SE Health. She has extensive knowledge of the health care market in Canada and currently manages recruitment initiatives and programs across multiple business lines nationally. She is a recruitment professional who is passionate about coaching her team and leaders to attract and retain top talent to provide care for our clients. Shonagh graduated from York in 2009 then completed a postgraduate certificate in human resources at Durham College.

She is an avid sports fan and traveler who cannot wait to be able to travel safely again.

David Ip Yam (BA ’12), Director of Career Education and Development  

David Ip Yam is a higher education professional and leadership educator. At York, he serves as the Director of Career Education and Development and is a part-time student in the PhD program in Education. David’s mission is to help you feel energized about your craft, clear about your process, and committed to transformation through leadership consulting, martial arts instruction, and relationship coaching.  

Over 10,000 student leaders, student affairs professionals, small organizations, couples and martial artists have worked with David to create a grounded, actionable and self-affirming sense of “let’s do this!” Browse davidipyam.com to learn more about his story, check out The Student Success Exchange podcast while you’re at it, and feel free to connect with him on Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter @davidipyam. 

Denise Bang (BA ’08, BHRM ’17), Campus Program Manager at Rogers Communication 

Denise Bang is a twice-over YorkU Lion! She completed her first degree in psychology and a second one in HR, including an internship work term. From eight-month internship at CGI, she had the opportunity to experience multiple roles within the HR industry and ultimately landed a gig in the campus world on a full-time basis, and the rest is history.

Now with nearly six years of experience and currently working at Rogers Communication as a Campus Program Manager, Denise is excited to share her experience as both a product of the internship program, new grad program, and overall experience with student and new grad hopefuls. She is a fan of bubble tea (but hold the bubbles), and cheese pizza. 

Nov. 17 | Negotiating Early in Your Career

Join award-winning lawyer Tanya Walker (LLB ’05) and Associate Jordan Routliff (BFA’11, JD’18) as they demonstrate how utilizing good negotiation skills can get you a step closer to achieving success – and help you build better relationships. In this session, you’ll learn:

  • How to apply negotiations to personal and professional transactions
  • How negotiating can help you build stronger professional and personal relationships
  • How to alter your negotiation approach during uncertain times

This session is sponsored by TD Insurance, the alumni preferred partner for car and home insurance. Register and attend for a chance to win one of four $50 eGift Cards.

Lawyer Tanya Walker (LLB ’05)

Tanya obtained a Honours Commerce degree with a minor in Economics in 2002. She then attended Osgoode Hall Law School and graduated in 2005. Tanya received her law license in 2006 and practiced at two Bay Street firms before opening Walker Law Professional Corporation, originally located on Bay Street. Walker Law employs eight lawyers in the area of commercial litigation. 

Tanya served on the Osgoode Alumni Board until 2017. She established the Walker Law Prize, which is given annually to the student who stands first in the Advanced Commercial Litigation Workshop at Osgoode Hall. In 2019, Tanya was honoured with the Osgoode Hall Law School Gold Key Award. Tanya regularly appears as a legal analyst on national television stations such as CityTV, CBC and CTV. 

Senior Associate Jordan Routliff (BFA ’11, JD ’18)

Jordan, who articled with Walker Law, received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2018 Prior to law school, Jordan od worked for several years as a technical director and account manager in the live entertainment industry.

Jordan’s practice focuses primarily on property law. He has acted as defence and plaintiff counsel in a wide range of property related matters including: breaches of agreements of purchase and sale, mortgage disputes, residential and commercial construction matters, disputes involving condominium developers and Tarion, and residential and commercial lease disputes. Jordan has also acted as counsel on various commercial contract disputes.

Nov. 24 | Money Matters for New Grads

Take ownership of your finances and your future by joining this session led by Money Matters Founder, Basia Pozin (BBA ’17). In this session, Basia will help you learn basic money management that will help lay the foundation for later life success. In this session, you’ll learn:

  • Tips related to budgeting and saving
  • How to build good credit history
  • An introduction to investing

This session is sponsored by MBNA Rewards® Platinum Plus® Mastercard®*. Register and attend for a chance to win one of four $50 eGift Cards.

Basia Pozin (BBA ’17), founder of Money Matters

Basia is a passionate banking professional who noticed early on in her career that many Canadians lacked basic money management skills. After graduating from the Schulich School of Business, Basia pursued a national management training program for consumer banking at one of the largest Canadian banks. Upon completing the training, Basia became the youngest branch manager in Canada at the age of 23.

Unfortunately, financial literacy is not an official part of our academic curriculum in schools and as such, many Canadians are left to fend for themselves. This was the inspiration behind Money Matters, where Basia strives to make financial literacy accessible in a non-intimidating environment.

Are you an upper year student leader who’d like to network at next year’s event?

Upper year under graduates can apply online to be part of next year’s event. Priority places will be given to students who meet the following criteria:

  • An executive on a student club
  • Part of student government or college council
  • An orientation leader
  • Varisty or intramural athlete
  • A volunteer for a department, program or student club.

Register now!

Questions? Contact alumni@yorku.ca

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