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GRADitude 2020 Speaker Series - Spring 2020

How to Network Digitally After Graduation

Our alumni panelists discussed how students can network digitally and make themselves stand out in an online world. Watch on YouTube.

Paul Lillakas (BA '12) Chef and Content Creator

Estonian-Canadian chef Paul Lillakas has traversed the food industry for 15 years in an eclectic variety of venues from restaurants to his work as a private chef and in the media. In 2014, Paul was a winner of Food Network Canada’s Chopped Canada and went on to become the personal chef to six-time Grammy award-nominated Canadian music producer Deadmau5. Paul was formerly the owner of FoodStyles Catering, specializing in custom tasting menus for private events. In 2016, Chef Paul went on to become Food Editor at Canadian Living magazine, developing all food content for Canada's largest food and lifestyle magazine. Today you can find Paul sharing his unique recipes on Cityline, CP24, Global and CTV's Your Morning as a contributing food expert. Paul specializes in global cuisine, mashing up flavours from around the world and re-envisioning classics to give them a modern flair. His favourite dish has always been the iconic Caesar Salad but you'll never find him cooking it without a twist (think vibrant Curried Caesar with Naan Croutons or his famous Caesar Lollipops appetizers). His guilty pleasure is curling up with his husband Alex and polishing off an entire bag of ketchup chips while watching old episodes of The Simpsons.

Daniel Steinfeld (BBA '04) Co-Founder of On the Block Realty

The ex-chief financial officer and vice president of sales for the Toronto Argonauts Football Club, Steinfeld currently operates Grasp Consulting, a strategic consulting firm dealing with business expansions and modeling projects spanning three continents. Steinfeld is a chartered accountant and has made a career out of relationship building and using a unique background to serve clients and colleagues at the highest level. Steinfeld is also a licensed realtor and is practices real estate in the Greater Toronto Area.

Outside of his professional life, Steinfeld mentors young professionals, speaks at conferences and teaches in several business settings. In addition to his role on the YUAA Board, Steinfeld sits as a senator on York University’s Senate. He also advises several university organizations on budgeting, responsible management and sponsorship.

Daniel lives in Woodbridge, Ontario, and is married as well as father to four future York alumni.

Zeynep Tuck (BA ‘02) Editor/Producer at Microsoft News (Via Aquent Studios)

 Zeynep Tuck is a producer, digital editor and sucker for a good story. Naturally, storytelling became the compass for her career. Today, she crafts and curates stories that engage and inform global audiences with Microsoft News. In the last two decades, Zeynep has put her communications degree to work in the sales pits of PR firms, the boardrooms of the private sector, and the newsrooms of global media outlets. Zeynep regularly facilitates workshops on personal branding and building influence online. She's a fierce advocate of gender equity and diversity in the workplace, and is always eager to help brands tell more inclusive stories.

Coffee Chat with Tuvia Borok (LLB ’03): Unashamedly Me: Bringing your Authentic Self into the Workforce

Alumnus Tuvia Borok shares his experience with authentic leadership, multi-faceted diversity, and re-defining heteronormative stereotypes. Watch on YouTube.

Tuvia Borok (LLB '03) Executive Director & Senior Counsel, Legal Dept, Goldman Sachs

Tuvia Borok is an Executive Director & Senior Counsel in the Legal Department of Goldman Sachs. He heads the Structured Finance and Securitisation legal teams in EMEA. He currently acts as Secretary to the Firm’s Sharia’a Supervisory Board. In 2018, Tuvia took up a leadership fellowship at Windsor Castle. Tuvia graduated with an LL.B. from Osgoode Hall Law School in 2003; and a BCL (Masters of Law) from Oxford University in 2005.

Tuvia is also co-founder & CEO of The P3 Network. P3 is a UK based not-for-profit that provides support, advocacy and role models for non-traditional and LGBT+ families. Tuvia is an award winning speaker and writer on authentic leadership, multi-faceted diversity, and re-defining heteronormative stereotypes. His contributions to diversity and inclusion have been recognized by UK Prime Minister Theresa May with a Points of Light Award. 

Then and Now: The First Step to Your Career

Our alumni panelists share their experiences about their journey from graduation to how they got where they are today. Watch on YouTube.  

Micah Anshan (MA '13) Partnerships Manager, Right to Play

Micah Anshan graduated with an MA in Science and Technology Studies from York University in 2013, where he was also a fellow of the Nathanson Centre for Transnational Human Rights, Crime, and Security at Osgoode Hall. After graduate school, Micah leveraged his experience with academic grant writing and commitment to community development to build a career in non-profit fundraising. With a passion for relationship-building, community development, and supporting high-impact initiatives, Micah has raised over $15 million for Right To Play's Canadian programs since 2015. Micah volunteers his time as a board member for a non-profit housing corporation in Toronto and when social isolation comes to an end he can't wait to get back on the soccer pitch!

Kimberly Badal (BSc ’12) Co-Founder, Caribbean Cancer Research Initiative 

Kimberly Badal (BSc ’12) is a cancer researcher and advocate working in the Caribbean region. In August 2016, Kimberly founded the Caribbean Cancer Research Initiative (CCRI), a non-profit organization focused on evidence-based solutions for cancer prevention and management. She believes that radical improvement will come when we allow the patient experience to shape the research agenda and measures of success. CCRI is currently working on their flagship project, which is the introduction of cancer patient navigation to the Caribbean. They are also setting up genetic testing and counselling services for patients at high risk for cancer and other illnesses.

Kimberly completed a Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science at York University, Toronto in 2012 and a Master of Science in Biomedical Science at St. Radboud University, The Netherlands. She is currently pursuing her PhD in Molecular Genetics at the University of the West Indies.

Tania Fuschino (BA ‘10) Vice President Operations, Acclaim Ability Management Inc.

A Certified Disability Management Professional (CDMP) with over 10 years’ experience, and graduate of the York University/Seneca College Rehabilitation Services program, Tania has extensive knowledge of the various legislation affecting absence and disability in the workplace and the ethical standards of her profession.

Tania also has extensive knowledge of various workers’ compensation legislations across the country having provided workers’ compensation claims management services across many jurisdictions. She is a dedicated professional with excellent communication and interpersonal skills that have been developed while working in crisis prevention. Tania's education and experience have allowed her to excel in her communication with all stakeholders for the development of safe and effective RTW plans. She has excellent problem solving and analytical skills and is very detail oriented. Tania has a keen ability to listen and negotiate, is highly organized and works well under pressure.

Tania has developed and implemented numerous disability management programs for a wide range of clients both large and small. She understands the needs of her clients and provide effective options that will improve their disability management programs, support employees and ultimately reduce costs to employers.

Daniel Listi (BA '17) Marketing Manager, PlayStation Canada, Sony

Daniel graduated from the Business & Society program at York University in 2017, via an unconventional route that included a four-year hiatus to complete a College Diploma and a contract with the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games. During his return to York, he began to focus his career into the business side of sports and entertainment, which lead him to becoming the VP of Corporate Relations with the York Sport Business Association. Since then, Daniel has worked in the sport and entertainment industry with TIFF, Hockey Canada, and an eSports start-up in corporate partnerships, where he's built and executed six-figure marketing partnerships with some of North America's top brands. Currently, Daniel has taken on a contract role as the marketing manager for Playstation Canada where he will lead the marketing planning and execution for the PS5 release in Canada.

Nishal Shah (BES ’18) GIS Technician with QSP Geographics Inc.

Nishal Shah is a GIS Technician with QSP Geographics Inc. He provides his technical expertise under the branch of geomatics consulting- where he analyzes, interprets and uses geospatial information for application in the energy sector, using internet-based computer software known as ArcGIS. Nishal holds a Bachelor’s of Environmental Studies from York University and a Certificate in Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and Remote Sensing.

Building Resilience in Times of Adversity

To support the graduating class with the next step in their career or education journey, Dr. Wilchesk shares critical internal and external resources that can be nurtured and developed to become more resilient in meeting the many challenges posed by the “new normal” as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Watch on YouTube.

Marc Wilchesky (PHD '80)

After a career at York University spanning 34 years, Dr. Marc Wilchesky (PHD '80) recently retired from his position as the Executive Director of Counselling & Disability Services. Prior to coming to York in 1985 to begin the first comprehensive postsecondary support program for students with learning disabilities in Canada, Dr. Wilchesky was the Executive Director of Integra, a children's mental health centre in Toronto for children and adolescents with learning disabilities. His main areas of interest have been support programs for students with disabilities at the postsecondary level, and counselling services for postsecondary students with mental health concerns. Dr. Wilchesky has lectured widely on topics related to accessible education as well as promoting resilience for students, faculty and staff in both the postsecondary and secondary school settings.

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