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Connections: Speed Mentoring and Networking

Connections events give you the opportunity to speak with a wide range of mentors and explore career paths, ask questions and gain valuable insights into their focus areas. This event is the perfect opportunity for you to network with alumni from your program who are established professionals and seasoned experts in their fields.

Past events have welcomed presidents, CEOs, directors and entrepreneurs. Each brought a breadth of experience and knowledge from the field as well as a desire to really connect with you and offer support.

How does speed mentoring work?

You may not have participated in a session like this before - and that's okay! We have a limited number of spots for students, so reserve one and complete the prep course early. At the event you will be rotated through different mentors on intervals so you have to use your time wisely.

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Click on Register button to reserve a spot and check for the confirmation email.

Review our mentor profiles and learn more about their areas of expertise.

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Brainstorm some questions you want to ask mentors - it is a speed session after all!

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The dress code is business attire and attendees are requested to show up on time.

Upcoming Events

Leveraging my Liberal Arts Degree

Date: March 2, 2023
Time: 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. EST

Venue: Convention Centre, (2nd Floor of Second Student Centre), Keele Campus 

Students in the Humanities and Social Sciences: your degree is your ticket to success! 

Come to our first in-person speed-mentoring event since 2020! 

Meet successful York graduates who started out by earning a Liberal Arts degree, and who are now enjoying successful and fulfilling careers in business, government, and the not-for-profit sector. 

This event is a chance for students to learn about career paths, receive advice and have their questions answered by people who have gone before them. 

Browse our Mentor Biosto see the alumni who participated in past events. Some of them will be back!  

Past Events

Check out our YouTube playlist or click on Past Events below (listed by academic year) to hear from our featured speakers from the past sessions.

Careers in HR Management | January 25, 2023

Come meet successful York graduates working in Human Resources! This speed-mentoring event introduces students to a variety of successful alumni working in senior roles.

This event is a chance for students to learn about career paths, receive advice and have their questions answered by the experts. These graduates already have the jobs you hope to have one day. Come learn how they got there!

Mentors at past events have come from companies as diverse as Deloitte, Bank of Montreal, CPP Investments, Citco Canada Inc. and many more.


Careers in Information Technology | December 1, 2022
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Students in School of Information Technology programs at Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies participated in a virtual Speed Mentoring and Networking event on December 1, where they engaged with established professionals and experts in the field of information technology. 

The alumni mentors had a breadth of industry knowledge and experience to share, coming from companies including Softchoice, RBC Capital Markets, Accenture, Workday and MLSE. 

The event included a feature interview with LA&PS alumnus Manil Wagle (MA, Information Systems & Technology ‘14), Senior Manager, Data Science & Advanced Analytics at OXFORD Properties.  Manil shares his career journey after graduation from York University, the importance of guidance in mentor-mentee relationship, and how combination of passion, hard work and continuous education can lead to a successful career. 


Careers in Economics, Accounting & Finance | October 5, 2022
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Students in Department of Economics and the Accounting and Finance programs at Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies participated in a virtual Speed Mentoring and Networking event on October 5, where they engaged with established professionals and experts in the fields of economics, accounting, and finance. 

The alumni mentors had a breadth of industry knowledge and experience to share, coming from companies including TD, KPMG, Metrolinx, MNP LLP and Franklin Templeton. 

The event included a feature interview with LA&PS alumnus Nadeem Kassam (BCom, Commerce '11 and MBA ‘20), Head of Investment Strategy at Raymond James Ltd. Nadeem shared his journey from York University to his current position, realities of current job market and the importance of networking to develop relationships and gather knowledge and insights for a successful career. 


Careers in Accounting & Finance | March 9, 2022
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Students in the Accounting and Finance programs at Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies participated in a virtual Speed Mentoring and Networking event on March 9, where they engaged with established professionals and experts in the fields of accounting and finance.

The alumni mentors had a breadth of industry knowledge and experience to share, coming from companies including Metrolinx, SAP Canada, TD, Deloitte, KPMG, and Franklin Templeton.

The event included a feature interview with LA&PS alumna Sandra Gortana (BA, Economics '88), Senior Vice President and Deputy Chief Auditor at TD Bank Group. Sandra shared her journey from her time at York University to her current role, as well as the mentors in her life and the importance of mentorship and networking for students in every stage of their career.


Careers in Human Resources Management (HRM) | February 9, 2022
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Students in the School of Administrative Studies (SAS), Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, participated in a virtual Speed Mentoring and Networking event on February 9, where they engaged with established professionals and experts in their fields.

The alumni mentors had a breadth of industry knowledge and experience to share, coming from companies including Deloitte, Bank of Montreal, CPP Investments and Citco Canada Inc.

The event included a feature interview with LA&PS alumnus and mentor Dario Kosarac (MHRM, Human Resources Management '14), Managing Director, Head of Talent Analytics & Rewards at CPP Investments. Dario shared his journey from York University student to current role, the future of Human Resources and the skills university students need to successfully transition to the workforce.


Careers in Information Technology | November 24, 2021
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Students in the School of Information Technology, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, participated in a virtual Speed Mentoring and Networking event on November 24, where they engaged with established professionals and experts in their fields.

The alumni mentors had a breadth of industry knowledge and experience to share, coming from companies including RBC, BDO Canada Google, CGI Canada, ISM Canada and Intuit.

The event included a feature interview with LA&PS alumnus and mentor Hasnain Versi (BA, Economics and Business '00), President and CEO at ISM Canada.  Hear Hasnain discuss his journey from an international student at York University to his current role, the influential role his mentors have played in his life, and the importance of networking and mentorship for students. Hasnain also doled out valuable advice about post-grad life, learning from failure, and embracing the unexpected.


Careers in Economics & Finance | November 10, 2021
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Students in the Economics and Finance programs at Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, participated in a virtual Speed Mentoring and Networking event on November 10, where they engaged with established professionals and experts in their fields.

The alumni mentors had a breadth of industry knowledge and experience to share, coming from companies including Canada Life, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada, Ontario Chamber of Commerce, TD and Value Insight Realty.

The event included a feature interview with LA&PS alumnus Matt Golden (BA, Economics '92), Founder & Managing Partner at Golden Ventures. Listen in as Matt speaks about making the transition from student to professional, how he's using his economics degree, and the importance of mentorship — at every stage of your career.


Careers in Business & Management | March 3, 2021

Students and new alumni in the School of Administrative Studies (SAS), Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, participated in a virtual Speed Mentoring and Networking event on March 3, where they engaged with established professionals and experts in their fields.

More than 40 alumni mentors met online with 60 students and recent graduates over three speed-mentoring rounds, followed by a topical networking session covering the focus areas most important to SAS students. The alumni mentors had a breadth of industry knowledge and experience to share, coming from companies including Microsoft, TD, Staples Canada, AstraZeneca, GE Healthcare and PwC.

The event included a feature interview with LA&PS alumnus Robert Cultraro (BCom '93), senior vice-president, chief investment and pension officer at Hydro One Inc. Cultraro shared insights about his career path and imparted industry knowledge to help students navigate their career journeys.

Read more about this event in YFile


Careers in Human Resources Management (HRM) | January 26, 2021

Students in the School of Human Resources Management were treated to an evening of expert advice and candid feedback from York alumni on Jan. 26 at the Connections Speed Mentorship & Networking event hosted by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) development team.

More than 20 LA&PS alumni mentors met online with 75 students, over three speed-mentoring rounds and topical networking sessions in Zoom breakout rooms. The alumni mentors, all senior leaders in industry and government, brought a breadth of experience and knowledge to guide students on their career journeys.

The event also included a feature interview with LA&PS and Osgoode alumna Grace Palombo, executive vice-president and chief human resource officer at Great-West Lifeco Inc. Palombo talked about her career journey and gave valuable insights for students aspiring to a career in human resources management.

Read more about this event in YFile


March 5, 2020

For students in York University’s School of Administrative Studies, March 5 was a night of inspiration and career growth thanks to the alumni from their program. For the second consecutive year, the Connections speed mentoring and networking event was hosted by the Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) Development Team, bringing alumni and students together for career conversations.

More than 100 undergraduate students from the Commerce and Disaster and Emergency Management programs had the opportunity to be mentored by alumni in their desired field of work.

Before the networking rounds, students received on-site coaching on networking etiquette from Sean Mullin, a post-secondary recruiter with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario. It gave them the opportunity to reflect on the purpose of networking and how to make the best use of their time.

There were more than 30 guest alumni mentors were in attendance, including presidents, CEOs, directors and entrepreneurs. Each brought a breadth of experience and knowledge from areas including accounting, disaster and emergency management, finance, marketing, human resources, management and others.

Read more about this event in YFile.

March 5, 2019

The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies (LA&PS) Development Team, in partnership with the School of Administrative Studies and the New College Alumni Network, hosted a speed mentorship and networking event on March 5.

Forty York University alumni and nearly 250 students took part in the event, which was held at the Second Student Centre on the Keele Campus. Guest alumni mentors brought a breadth of experience and knowledge in the areas of accounting, disaster and emergency management, finance, human resources, marketing, management and much more.

The students received on-site coaching on networking etiquette from Sean Mullin, post-secondary recruiter with the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario, the event’s lead sponsor. Students participated in three speed mentorship rounds where they were matched with alumni mentors. During the open networking session, students were free to ask additional questions.

Read more about this event in YFile.