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Moving Forward Webinars

In 2020, the LA&PS Dean's Office launched new webinar series titled Moving Forward, creating an opportunity for engagement within the LA&PS community. This virtual series of lunchtime talks allows our alumni, students, donors, retirees, faculty and staff to connect and explore how people and organizations are navigating the future with strength, determination and skills needed to overcome unprecedented barriers and create a positive change.

The series explores:

  • How organizations are adapting in order to move forward through the COVID-19 pandemic
  • How communities and organizations are moving forward on issues of equity and social justice
  • How students can move forward in their career goals, through the advice and wisdom of alumni who are graduates of the same program

Each webinar features either a one-on-one interview or a panel discussion with high-level decision makers from various fields, offering unique insights gained through first-hand experiences. All are welcome to attend and participate.

The series returns in September 2022!

Registration is open to all.  Mark the date in your calendars, you won’t want to miss it.

Our second year of Moving Forward Webinar Series has been a success! Resonating strongly with students, alumni, faculty, staff community and other friends of York, it attracted hundreds of participants and tackled topics on how to “move forward” in uncertain times.  Check out our YouTube playlist or click on Past Events below to see recordings of the past webinars. 

Past Events

How Two Years of COVID is Impacting Canadian Real Estate | March 24, 2022
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The Moving Forward: How Two Years of COVID is impacting Canadian Real Estate webinar brought together four LA&PS alumni, who all hold senior positions in real estate industry. Hear them discuss how the pandemic and other factors altered the Canadian real estate market, the significant shifts and changes happening in multi-residential and commercial sectors, market resilience, and the growing trends in real estate. The panelists also shared their career paths and provided valuable advice to those looking to pursue a career in this exciting and consistently growing field.  

Panelists: 

  • Anthony Facchini, Senior Vice President, Operations at Crossbridge Condominium Services Ltd. 
  • Avi Behar, Chairman & CEO and Broker at The Behar Group Realty Inc. 
  • Haya Zilberboim, CEO and President at Emma Capital Inc. 
  • Mark Baltazar, Co-Founder at Peak Multifamily Investments 

Hosted by Sean Kheraj, Vice Dean and Associate Dean, Programs, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. 


Women in Leadership | March 8, 2022
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The Moving Forward: Women in Leadership webinar spotlighted LA&PS alumnae, three extraordinary women and dynamic leaders, as they talked about their paths to success, how they overcame obstacles along their career paths, and what inspires them. They shared valuable career and life advice on topics such as what makes a great leader, having confidence and the importance of practicing self-care.

Panelists:

  • Deryn RizziFire Chief at City of Mississauga 
  • Marsha GreeneShowrunner of The Porter (on CBC and BET+) 
  • Sharon ZoharCEO at The Big Push 

Hosted by Lily Cho, Associate Dean, Global & Community Engagement, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.


Thriving with my English Degree | February 17, 2022
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The Moving Forward: Thriving with my English Degree webinar showcased LA&PS alumni sharing their career journeys and experiences as they navigated their way from earning their English degrees to working in senior positions in varied fields, from law to technology, to non-profit and advertising. Watch them talk about how important an English degree is to have in any industry and how it develops many skills that employers are looking for such as critical thinking, cross-cultural communication, and analytics.

Panelists:

  • Jennifer GoldPartner at Wood Gold LLP & President at Women's Law Association of Ontario   
  • Nicolas DesRochesMarketing Manager, ApplyProof at ApplyBoard  
  • Shawna HaymanVP, Business Lead at Cossette  
  • Tamer IbrahimYouth Collective Impact Program at Laidlaw Foundation 

Hosted by Lily Cho, Associate Dean, Global & Community Engagement, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.


How our Alumni are Strengthening Black Communities | February 8, 2022
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The Moving Forward: How our Alumni are strengthening Black Communities webinar featured LA&PS alumni who are active in various initiatives addressing anti-Black racism. Watch this webinar and hear the alumni talk about the challenges and limitations they have encountered as Black individuals and how they are helping, and how we can all help build a better and inspired future for Black communities.

Panelists:

  • Craig WellingtonExecutive Director at Black Opportunity Fund 
  • Kamika McLeanGeneral Counsel & Corporate Secretary at KSS HoldCo Inc
  • Kevin YardeMPP – Brampton North at Government of Ontario 

Hosted by Daniel Kikulwe, Special Advisor on Student Success and an Associate Professor in the School of Social Work, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. 


No regrets: How my Liberal Arts degree Set me up for Success | January 25, 2022
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The Moving Forward: No regrets: How my Liberal Arts degree Set me up for Success webinar showed LA&PS alumni discussing their journey from graduation to their current leadership roles. Tune in to see them talk about their paths less traveled and how their Liberal Arts degree was an essential building block to a great career and a richer life. They also shared insights and gave great advice and tips to future Liberal Arts graduates.

Panelists:

  • Alessandro ColarossiCustomer Success Manager, Channel Partners and Agencies at Google 
  • Angela LawrenceChief Culture Officer at Gusto 54 Restaurant Group 
  • Ayesha ShahFounder & Managing Director at C-Potential  
  • Domenic Di PaolaGlobal Head, Risk & Control at TD Securities 

Hosted by Sean Kheraj, Vice Dean and Associate Dean, Programs, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. 


Careers in Disaster and Emergency Management | December 1, 2021
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In the Moving Forward: Careers in Disaster and Emergency Management webinar LA&PS alumni talked about their journey from graduation to their current roles and their involvement and responses to events such as the Northeastern blackout of 2003 and earthquakes in Haiti.  If you are interested in the field of Disaster and Emergency Management, some great advice and tips were given throughout this webinar.

Panelists:

  • Ben Pantin, Supervisor, Distribution Grid Operations at Toronto Hydro  
  • Deryn RizziFire Chief at City of Mississauga  
  • Joe GaglianoPresident of Access Restoration Services   
  • Nicole PoulinForeign Service Officer at Global Affairs Canada  

Hosted by Eric Kennedy, Associate Professor, School of Administrative Studies.


Moving Forward with Pam Westman, President, Nelvana | November 18, 2021
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Tune in to Moving Forward with Pam Westman webinar to see Faculty of LA&PS alumna, Pam Westman, talk about her career journey from attending York part-time to becoming a President of Nelvana, a leading Canadian children’s entertainment company responsible for shows such as The Hardy Boys, Esme & Roy and Peppa Pig. Westman is an experienced leader who has navigated through technological upheavals, social change, and other challenges. Watch the interview and be inspired by Westman's story of adaptation, resilience, and success, and what it means to be a woman now in an entertainment industry.

Hosted by Lily Cho, Associate Dean, Global & Community Engagement, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. 


Evolution of In-Person Sport | November 4, 2021
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Tune in to the  Moving Forward: Evolution of In-Person Sport webinar to see Faculty of LA&PS alumni talk about their personal journeys and how things have changed in the world of sports over the past 18 months.  Our audience left with some great tips and information on what the future of in-person sport holds for both fans and athletes alike.

Panelists:

  • Brandie Wilkerson, Team Canada Beach Volleyball Olympian at Team Canada   
  • Breagha Carr-Harris,Manager, Fan Experience at Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment (MLSE)  
  • Jim KozakSVP and Head, MediaCom Sport and Entertainment - Canada   
  • Josh Epstein,Head, Corporate Sponsorship at BMO Financial Group   
  • Terri Mattucci, Director, Digital and Commercial Content at Maple Leaf Sports Entertainment (MLSE)  

Hosted by Michele Johnson, Associate Dean, Students, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies. 


Being a first-generation student: What it means to be first in your family to go to university | October 5, 2021
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The Being a first-generation student: What it means to be first in your family to go to university webinar featured LA&PS alumni talking about their personal journeys and the challenges they encountered as first-generation students. Our audience left with some great tips and guidance on how to handle these challenges and move forward including getting involved beyond the classroom, asking professors for career advice and forging connections that last a lifetime.

Panelists:

  • Nick Moumos, Associate Vice President, Product Development at Canada Life 
  • Rochelle Ford, Founder, CEO, and Career & Well-being Coach for Professional Moms at Queen Success by Rochelle 
  • Sujata Berry, Temp Project Lead at CBC 
  • Tom Doulos, Vice President, Customer Experience at Endy Canada Inc. 
  • Toni-Lynn Raponi, Associate Vice President, Corporate & Public Affairs at TD 

Hosted by Lily Cho, Associate Dean, Global & Community Engagement, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies.


Moving Forward with Melissa Grelo, Co-Host of CTV’s THE SOCIAL | March 25, 2021
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This lunchtime webinar featured Melissa Grelo, co-host of CTV’s The Social. Grelo talks about her career journey, which began as a freshly minted York University graduate and has led her into diverse experiences as a prominent media professional at the forefront of the many issues facing Canada and the world in recent years.

Panelist: Melissa GreloCo-Host of CTV's THE SOCIAL at Bell Media


Women in Leadership | March 8, 2021
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During this webinar, we heard about the career journeys of women graduates from York University's Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies who are currently in leadership roles.

Panelists:

  • Carolyn ClarkHospitality Human Resources Executive (Retired)
  • Diane FlanaganVice President, Corporate Affairs & Communication at Intact Financial Corporation
  • Erin ElofsonHead of Canada, Australia and New Zealand at Pinterest
  • Laura CannoneCo-Founder and CEO at The GG Media Group & Glama Gal Kids Spa Franchise
  • Nimi Nanji-SimardFounder & Chief Scraf Lover at Niminimi Designs Inc
  • Tina PowellBoard Director and Marketing & Communications Co-Chair at Zonta Club of Oakville

How we tackled COVID: Discount Car & Truck Rentals | February 25, 2021
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In this Moving Forward lunchtime talk, York alumni Jay Singer explains how he led Discount Car & Truck Rentals through the brunt of the COVID-19 pandemic in early 2020.

Panelist: Jay SingerPresident at Twelve Strings Consulting & Ex-President and CEO at Discover Car & Truck Rentals


How York alumni are advancing initiatives in Black communities | February 9, 2021
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In this session of the Moving Forward series, we heard from graduates from the Faculty of LA&PS who are currently involved in various initiatives addressing anti-Black racism.

Panelists:

  • Ahmed IsmailVice President at Wellington Management
  • Danielle DowdyAdvisor, Strategic Policy & Stakeholder Relations at Toronto Police Services Board
  • Joan JenkinsonExecutive Director at Black Screen Office
  • Marlon ReidCommunity General Manager at CIBC
  • Nadine SpencerCEO at BrandEQ Group

My English degree: what a great decision! | February 4, 2021
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During this Moving Forward webinar, we heard from graduates of York’s Department of English who are currently in leadership roles as they shared their career journeys with us.

Panelists:

  • Kirsten Manley-CasimirActing Legal Director, Indigenous Justice Division at the Ministry of the Attorney General
  • Lena AzzouChief of Staff at Metrolinx
  • Mike PavkovicVice President - Payments and Trade Operations at RBC
  • Tamer IbrahimYouth Collective Impact Manager at Laidlaw Foundation

How Entrepreneurs Overcome Adversity | January 28, 2021
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This lunchtime webinar brought together five successful entrepreneurs who have graduated from York University. Hosted by Sean Kheraj, Associate Dean, Programs at LA&PS the alumni discussed their entrepreneurship journey and provided valuable insights on overcoming adversities and finding mentors to help up-and-coming entrepreneurs grow.

Panelists:

  • Anil TanejaManaging Director at Palm Holdings
  • Matt GoldenFounder and Managing Partner at Golden Ventures
  • Noora SharrabCo-Founder and CEO at Sitti Social Enterprise
  • Richard ReinerFounding Partner at CC Stratus Capital
  • Sharon ZoharCEO/Founder at The Big Push

My Economics degree: what a great decision! | December 8, 2020
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Sean Kheraj, Associate Dean, Programs, chatted with five successful grads of York’s Department of Economics and explored their path to success. The panelists discussed their career journey and provided valuable insight on career paths and key skills required to have a successful career.

Panelists:

  • Barry KadochVice President, Corporate Planning and Budgeting at SmartCentres REIT
  • Jeff HindleSenior Principal and Vice President - Data and Services at Mastercard
  • Kashmera SelfAssociate Vice President, Strategy & Emergin Solutions Delivery at Interac Corp.
  • Leonard MeloffChairman and President at Renza Holdings Ltd.
  • Will RamjassDirector and Assistant General Counsel at McDonald's Canada

How we’re tackling COVID: Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking | November 24, 2020
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Lily Cho, Associate Dean, Global & Community Engagement, LA&PS, chatted with three York alumnae who are an integral part of the Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking. This webinar discussed the impact of COVID on the operations of the Centre and how the Centre is adjusting to new risks and opportunities.

Panelists:

  • Margot FranssenFounder and Co-Chair at The Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking
  • Julia DrydykExecutive Director at The Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking
  • Ashley Franssen-TingleyDirector of Stakeholder Relations at The Canadian Centre to End Human Trafficking

My History degree: what a great decision! | November 5, 2020
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Sean Kheraj, Associate Dean, Programs, chatted with successful grads of York’s Department of History and explored their career paths and received some great insights on how they reached where they are today.

Panelists:

  • Kristen BuckleyAssociate Vice President, Government Partnerships & Service Programs at Kids Help Phone
  • Karen CarterCo-Founder and Director at BAND Gallery
  • Frank CianciulliChairman & CEO at The Wish Group
  • Tanya Rocca, Senior Counsel at Ontario Power Generation

Women in Leadership | October 13, 2020
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We have made strides in improved equity, but there’s still work to do. What are the frontiers of practice that promote women’s leadership? Professor Lily Cho, Associate Dean, Global & Community Engagement, hosts a panel of exceptional LA&PS alumnae who share their experiences as women leaders in 2020.

Panelists:

  • Terri EllisRSM Canada Alliance Leader at RSM Canada
  • Jane EvansManaging Director, Organization Effectiveness at BMO Financial Group
  • Janet HawkinsPresident and CEO at Opterus Inc.
  • Anika HolderVice-President and Director, Human Resources at Penguin Random House Canada Limited
  • Sandeep TatlaVice-President, Head of Diversity, Inclusion and Corporate Social Responsibility at PointClickCare

How we’re tackling COVID: Cineplex | September 24, 2020
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Cait O’Donovan (MA, Communication & Culture), VP, Digital Commerce at Cineplex and Sean Kheraj (LA&PS Associate Dean, Programs) chat about the innovation it’s taken to adapt to COVID.

Panelist: Cait O'DonovanVice President, Digital Commerce for Cineplex Entertainment