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Level Up Series


Bringing recent grads together to grow and develop your professional and personal networks.

Young alumni speed networking

Date: Feb. 21, 2023 | 12-12:45pm EST
Format: Zoom meeting

Host: Ajay Nandalall BPA'14,MPPAL'16, AI/Machine Learning Governance & Strategy, TD Bank

Are you looking to grow your professional network or practice your networking skills? Join this virtual speed networking session hosted by Ajay Nandalall, where you will have the chance to meet fellow York alumni from all over the world and discuss topics that match your interests, including entrepreneurship, financial services, and marketing.

Attendees will participate in networking sessions in themed breakout rooms, all while making new connections. This session is designed for alumni who graduated in the last 10 years, and alumni from all degrees and programs are welcome. When registering, guests will have the opportunity to vote on which themed breakout rooms will be offered at the event.


Featuring alumni guest speakers to help recent grads in their career and life journey.

Buying a home in today's real estate market

Date: Feb.28, 2023 | 12-1pm EST
Format: Zoom Webinar

Host: Avreen Kochhar BHRM '19, Human Resources Specialist Advisor, Government of Canada

Alumni Speakers: Daniel Steinfeld BBA'04, co-founder and CEO, On The Block Realty; On The Block Auctions & Katie Steinfeld BBA'04, co-founder and Broker of Record, On The Block Realty

Thinking about buying your first home but unsure how to prepare for this type of life changing purchase?  Join this informative session to hear from industry experts, Daniel Steinfeld (BBA '04) and Katie Steinfeld (BBA '04) and learn about a range of topics to help you prepare to enter the housing market.

The session will cover topics including: 

  • The value of getting into the market 
  • Deciding to rent or buy 
  • Down payments, financing and available rebates 
  • How young people like you have moved up the property ladder 
  • Preparing for this purchase  
  • Who you need to help with this process (agents, lawyers, bank, etc.) 

Katie and Daniel will also discuss how they went from York University grads 15 years ago to partners in business and life (with four children!) to real estate entrepreneurs, podcasters, mentors and industry leaders. 

Registration is required in advance and attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions. 

Grad Studies Alumni Panel: How grad school fuelled my career

Date: October 13, 2022

Host: Thomas Loebel, Dean & Associate Vice-President, Graduate Studies

Thinking about grad school or simply curious about your options? Listen to alumni as they share their candid experiences as grad students, why they decided to enrol in a master's program, what they wished they knew before beginning their studies, and tips on how to prepare an effective graduate school application.

Panelists include:

  • Masaõ Ashtine (MSc'13), Postdoctoral Researcher in Energy System Modelling, Department of Engineering Science at the University of Oxford
  • Osman Naqvi (MMgt'17), Advisor, Investor Services at Invest in Canada
  • Sonia Sheechoria (BHRM'15, MLCE'19), Director Leadership Giving at Canadian Cancer Society

Let's get social: Content, strategy and building a social media following

Date: October 26, 2022

Host: Crystal Heidari (BSc'17, JD'20), Family Law

Speaker: Sara Elhawash (BA Hons.'15)

Fatigued or overwhelmed staying on top of all your social media accounts? What about marketing a product or a service for your employer or business? Listen to this session to hear from marketing expert and York alumna Sara Eldhawash (BA Hons.'15). She'll share tips and tricks relevant to the most popular social media platform and teach how to build a strategy for your personal brand or business. Sara will cover a range of topics, including content curation, building a following, account security, creating a strategy, and so much more.

The Level Up series invites alumni leaders to help new grads navigate life and work after getting their degree, covering subjects like professional networking, career development, and life skills. If you have any questions, or would like to present or host a Level Up session, please contact Senior Alumni Engagement Officer Nicole Light at or 437-235-8754.

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