Career Spotlight

Are you a Faculty of Health student curious about where your degree can take you?

Career Spotlight is an opportunity where you can connect with Faculty of Health alumni and learn about their careers. Weekly Zoom meetings feature different alumni from various career paths who share their experiences and answer students' questions. Listed below are the recorded and scheduled zoom meetings! All conversations are moderated by a Calumet & Stong College team member and are followed by an open forum where students will have an opportunity to ask questions.

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Ranjana Nagi - Health Policy Researcher

Click here to watch Ranjana Nagi's recorded interview
Date: Wednesday, May 26, 2021 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Ranjana is a health policy researcher with over three years of experience in academic research groups, biopharmaceutical companies, and consulting. She holds an honours BSc in Global Health from York University and an MSc in International Health Policy (with distinction) from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). During her undergraduate studies, she remained an active member of the student community – co-founding a peer tutoring program for her fellow global health students, winning the Dr. James Wu prize for the best research poster, and placing first (nationally) at the Canadian Red Cross Social Innovation Challenge. She has also interned at global biopharmaceutical companies Celgene Corp. and Amgen Ltd. in both Mississauga and London (UK). With her passion to apply rigorous research methods for health policy decision making, she is currently a research fellow at the Global Strategy Lab and has contributed to more than 7 academic papers.

Rodion Rogov - Senior Advisor, Strategy & Consulting Group, Colliers International

 

Date: Wednesday, April 28, 2021 @ 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

As a strategist by nature and training, Rodion focuses on providing strategic advice to organizations looking to accelerate results. Since 2012, he's led a diverse collective of strategy and execution, business transformation and organizational change initiatives across various industries and sectors, working internally and externally in a consultative capacity. His work most recently involved building the future of Toronto's waterfront, developing a real estate strategy for a National non-for-profit and introducing strategic thinking to a leading healthcare organization. As an entrepreneur, he has built his consulting practices from the ground up and advised multiple start-ups globally along the way. Rodion knows what it takes to translate an idea into action and guide an organization to deliver results.

Sarah Burch - Autism Spectrum Disorder Consultant

 

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Date: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 @ 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

Sarah graduated from York University in 2004 with a BA in Psychology. After toying with the idea of becoming a teacher, she ventured into the world of early intervention. Supporting children who experience an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) was a burgeoning field as the number of children receiving diagnoses was increasing. Sarah began her career by delivering Intensive Behavioural Intervention Therapy for a lead agency in Autism Services. Over her 16-year career, Sarah has experienced a myriad of changes in the delivery of funded Autism Services in the province. The impact of the changes led Sarah to earn her Master's Degree in Counselling Psychology and continue her career in supporting children and youth who experience ASD in a leadership capacity. When she isn’t wading through the research, Sarah enjoys skating with her daughter and taking a walk with an old friend.

Shahad Aali - Personal Fitness Trainer, TURF Athletics Club

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Date: Thursday, April 1, 2021 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Shahad is a Strength and Conditioning Professional and Personal Trainer at Turf Athletics Club. A long time ago, he tore his ACL claiming that it was one of the best and worst things to ever happen to him: "The worst is self-explanatory, I'm out of commission. Obviously, it's not ideal; my aspirations for playing professional baseball went down with the health of my knee. However, with the systematic degradation of my knee came newfound knowledge and acceptance of what I can control. If I never tore my ACL, I probably never would've become a trainer. I never would've learned physical rehabilitation, strength performance, human anatomy. I never would've met the very people that inspire me to be the best I can be. I found a pivot, a silver lining, a new beginning. I hope to help you find yours if you need it too."

Maha Rasheed - Recruitment Professional, IKEA Canada

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Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2021 @ 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Maha graduated from YorkU in 2010 with a bachelor’s in Arts (English major). She accidentally fell into HR/recruitment where she found her passion and journeyed through a variety of recruitment-related jobs. She is currently working for IKEA Canada in recruitment. She is open to networking and happy to share her experiences and lessons along the way.

Safiya Clarke-Mendes - Women's Community Development Coordinator at the Aids Committee of Toronto

 

 

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Date: Wednesday, February 24, 2021 @ 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Safiya has a Bachelor of Science in Global Health from York University and a Master of Public Health from George Washing University. She has contributed as a public health researcher and education workshop facilitator to the development and implementation of health promotion programs in Canada and in the Caribbean. She is currently living in Toronto, Canada and serving as the Women’s Community Development Coordinator at the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT).

Angelina Batac - Registered Nurse

 

 

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Date: Friday, February 19, 2021 @ 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Angelina is a Faculty of Health alumni and newly Registered Nurse who graduated from York University's Collaborative Nursing Program with Georgian College. Prior to starting her nursing career, she was the President and Co-Founder of the student club Nursing Student Tutoring, Ambassadorship & Mentorship Programs (NSTAMP). She also had the opportunity to hold various different leadership roles at Calumet and Stong College which helped her build skills that she uses everyday as a nurse. Currently, she is employed at Mackenzie Health Richmond Hill and Cortellucci Vaughn Hospital as a part of their Nursing Resource Team (Float). She has had experience on a variety of different types of units including the Intensive Care Unit, Emergency Department, Surgery, Telemetry, Pediatrics, Long Term Care, Rehabilitation and more.

Tania Xerri - Director, Health Leadership & Learning Network, York University

 

 

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Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2021 @ 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Tania Xerri is a passionate educator and leader in Adult Professional Learning serving Health and the broader Health community locally, nationally and globally and currently heads the Health Leadership & Learning Network (HLLN) in the Faculty of Health at York University. HLLN provides innovative and leading-edge education to working health professionals and health care management and staff. Tania has been instrumental in leading “integrated health” education in Canada, and most notably Health Coaching, where she has lead York University to offer the first accredited professional education Health Coaching program in Canada. She is the past board chair of the Conference on Management and Executive Education (CMED) where she served on the board for 5 years. CMED serves the broader Adult Professional Learning industry and serves a community of over 250 Universities and Colleges globally. Tania’s career spans almost 20 years in health care research in the Toronto teaching hospitals before arriving at York University in 2009. Using this experience, she has forged Health education and leadership that is inter-professional, evidence-based, informed by the industry, integrated and focused on “keeping people healthier, longer”. Tania is currently spearheading the use of micro-credentials and digital credentials in HLLN towards “connecting our learners to the global job community and getting the career they want”. She believes that the path to leadership is found first and foremost through your own personal ability to self-reflect and that you use leadership in everything you do, no matter how small.

Frank Clarke – Director, Communications & Planning, Faculty of Health, York University

 

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2021 @ 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Frank is the Director, Communications & Planning (since 2011), in the Dean’s Office in the Faculty of Health at York. He has previously served in communications roles at Sick Kids Foundation, the Ontario Ministry of Education, and Toronto Community Housing. A graduate of York University's Hons. BA History program and a recent Ph.D. graduate of York’s history program, Frank did not expect to end up in a career in communications but his is an example of a career path that can take unexpected turns. Frank’s story may be of interest to those students who are uncertain of their career path or to students thinking of going on to graduate school.

Kojo Mintah - Doctoral Candidate, Clinical Psychology, York University

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Date: Wednesday, December 2, 2020 @3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Kojo is a doctoral student from the York University Clinical-Developmental Psychology Program. Kojo has presented psychology research at over 15 university-level, national, and international academic conferences, and has published research in the Journal of Personality and Individual Differences. His research has focused generally on the social functioning of teenagers and emerging adults in general, autistic, and neurological populations, and he is currently studying social functioning among teenagers and emerging adults with a moderate traumatic brain injury.

Kimberly Igiebor-Isoken - BSc KHS graduate and CSEP-CPT certificate candidate

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Date: Monday, November 23, 2020 @11 AM – 12 PM

Kimberly is a recent graduate who obtained an Hons. BSc in Kinesiology & Health Science. Currently, she is taking a gap year before returning back to school to pursue higher education. As of recently, Kimberly is a candidate for the CSEP-CPT certificate in personal training and is starting a educational blog where she interviews healthcare workers to gain insights into their field.

Brittany Pasher - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Coach, The Canadian Mental Health Association

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Date: Friday, November 20, 2020 @12 PM – 1 PM

Brittany is currently a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Coach with The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), and a graduate of York University's Hons. BA Psychology program. She works to advocate for accessible mental health resources, and strives to continue doing so by contributing her work to non-profit and grassroots organizations.

Frankie Rubino – Registered Physiotherapist

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Date: Monday, November 2, 2020 @12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Frankie attended York University in 2012 and obtained a Specialized Bachelors of Science Degree in Kinesiology and Health Science. From there, he went on to pursue a Master's of Science in Physiotherapy at McMaster University, graduating in 2019. He is now a Registered Physiotherapist at Gemini Health Group in Richmond Hill, Ontario and Assistant Clinical Professor at McMaster University.

Clayton Rhodes -Durham College Professor

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Date: Tuesday, October 27, 2020 @1 PM – 2 PM

Clayton Rhodes graduated from York University in 1996 with an Honours B.A. in Psychology. He later continued his life-long learning journey by completing his Master of Arts in Education from the University of Phoenix in 2006. Clayton is currently a professor at Durham College. He teaches communications and general education courses.

Kamilah Clayton - Registered Social Worker

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Date: Friday, October 23, 2020 @11 AM – 12 PM

Kamilah Clayton is a Registered Social Worker, with over 10 years of experience working with children, youth, and families. Kamilah is an African Centred Rites of Passage Initiate and elder, and facilitates workshops on mental health in the Black community. Kamilah has a private practice in Whitby, ON, where she specializes in issues of Anxiety, Depression, Stress and Racial identity.

Topics discussed and their timestamps:

  • (01:12) Education and career background
  • (02:11) What does a typical day for Kamilah look like
  • (02:52) Skills and personal attributes needed for success in the field of social work
  • (04:07) Any personality type not well suited for a career in social work
  • (04:50) Most rewarding aspect of being a social worker
  • (05:34) Biggest risk that Kamilah has taken in her career journey
  • (06:54) Tips on managing work/life balance
  • (08:06) Advice for students who want to pursue a career in social work
  • (08:49) Tips on how to network effectively
  • (09:59) Resources for students to use while networking
  • (10:45) Resources for students to use to develop their professional skills
  • (11:36) Advice on how to avoid job hunting pitfalls
  • (13:27) Tips on maintaining a positive working relationship with clients
  • (15:20) Significant life event or mentor that influenced Kamilah’s career choice
  • (17:08) Kamilah’s early roles in the field of social work
  • (21:38) How to best foster anti-racism research in a community
  • (23:10) Tips on self-care and stress management
  • (27:26) Tips on community building within the black community
  • (31:03) What are some undesirable factors of being a social worker
  • (33:17) Advice for students who are looking to follow Kamilah’s career path
  • (35:31) Skills from undergraduate studies that helped Kamilah throughout her career
  • (36:21) If given the choice, would Kamilah choose the same path for herself?
  • (37:27) Negative experiences with clients or employees
  • (38:57) Final remarks

Jaime Filer – Online Personal Trainer & Influencer

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Date: Friday, October 16, 2020 @2 PM – 3 PM

Jaime Filer’s professional career in the fitness industry spans over 15 years. She started out as a trainer in Toronto, Canada with a CanFit Pro certification (and a spin instructor at Tait Mackenzie), and has done everything from run an internationally published magazine to compete in Crossfit and bodybuilding on the national stage. Her love of personal coaching always called her back. Through the power of social media and being an Influencer, Jaime has taken her $1500/month online PT business, to over $125,000 a year consistently.

Topics discussed and their timestamps:

  • (02:01) Education and Career Background
  • (04:30) Significant life event or mentor that influenced Jaime’s career choice
  • (06:01) What does a typical day for Jaime look like
  • (07:12) What are some undesirable factors of being an online business owner
  • (08:42) Resources to develop an effective social media strategy
  • (09:54) Most rewarding aspect of being a fitness trainer
  • (11:45) Tips for new graduates looking to start an online fitness training business
  • (13:28) Biggest risk that Jaime has taken in her career journey
  • (14:33) Skills and personal attributes needed for success
  • (18:51) If given the choice, would Jaime choose the same path for herself?
  • (20:28) Any personality type that is not well suited for a fitness training career
  • (22:14) Advice for students who want to pursue a career in online fitness training business
  • (23:46) Advice for students who are uncertain about their future career
  • (24:55) Skills from undergraduate studies that helped Jaime with her career
  • (26:30) Advice for students who are looking to follow Jaime’s career path
  • (29:25) Tips on maintaining a positive working relationship with clients
  • (30:27) How to deal with competition from other business owners
  • (32:19) Next step for Jaime in her career journey
  • (33:06) What advice would Jaime give to her 20-year old self?
  • (34:14) Resources for students who want to learn more about the fitness training career
  • (35:32) How to network effectively as an online business owner
  • (38:19) A memory from Jaime’s time at YorkU
  • (40:04) Time spent on Instagram as an online business owner
  • (40:52) How does Jaime push through bad days
  • (42:26) Final remarks

Debbie Engineer - Employer Engagement Coordinator, U of T Scarborough

Click here to watch Debbie Engineer's recorded interview 
Date: Friday, August 21, 2020 @2 PM – 3 PM

Debbie is a business development professional that is passionate about helping people succeed. Not only has she helped businesses achieve their hiring needs by promoting government incentive and subsidy programs, she has also linked hundreds of individual jobseekers to employment across all business sectors. With over 15 years of experience supporting everyone from new graduates to seasoned professionals, Debbie is a strong advocate for those who may need assistance in achieving their employment goals.

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Topics discussed and their timestamps:

  • (00:01) Education and career background
  • (02:57) Insider’s insight on experiential learning
  • (04:37) How was the shift from in-person to online in Debbie’s career
  • (06:27) How has the relationship between potential employers and students changed after COVID-19
  • (08:02) Difficulties working as an Employer Engagement Coordinator
  • (10:10) Most rewarding aspect of the job
  • (15:13) Biggest risk that Debbie took during her career journey that contributed to her success
  • (19:50) What helped Debbie make her decision to focus on HR
  • (22:07) An insider's look on the adult education degree that Debbie has completed
  • (24:50) Tips on networking and professional development
  • (29:06) How to deal with competition when applying for jobs
  • (32:03) What are Debbie’s thoughts on cold calls?
  • (36:03) What are employer’s expectations of undergraduate students looking to connect with them
  • (38:35) Advice for students who are uncertain about the direction they want to head in with their career
  • (41:50) Tips on how to look for new careers in multiple organizations
  • (44:25) How did Debbie set a path for herself as an immigrant woman
  • (47:55) Final remarks

Kyle Dunlop - Fitness & Lifestyle Consultant, Macewan University

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Date: Monday, August 10, 2020 @2 PM – 3 PM

A graduate of York University's Kinesiology and Health Science program, Kyle Completed the Fitness stream under Dr. Veronica Jamnik. Kyle is a certified Exercise Physiologist, Personal Trainer, and Strength and Conditioning Specialist. His areas of interest include: athlete development, nutrition, occupational and sport testing.

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Topics discussed and their timestamps:

  • (01:24) Education and career background
  • (03:04) What does it mean to be a strength and conditioning specialist
  • (06:18) What does the typical day look like for a lifestyle coach
  • (09:05) Kyle’s early roles in the fitness field
  • (10:57) Challenges working in the field of fitness training
  • (13:33) Biggest risk that Kyle took in his professional career
  • (14:34) Would you recommend new graduates to move across the country for a job opportunity
  • (15:48) Mentors that influenced Kyle’s choice to become a fitness trainer
  • (18:37) How did Kyle maintain study-work-life balance in his undergraduate
  • (20:22) If given the choice, what would Kyle change about his career journey
  • (21:21) Future career plans
  • (24:00) Advice for students who are uncertain about their future careers
  • (25:03) Advice for students who are looking to become a fitness coach
  • (30:23) How to foster positive relationships with students and clients as a lifestyle coach
  • (32:31) Skills learned in undergrad that Kyle uses in his professional career
  • (33:47) Advice on how to network effectively
  • (35:50) Recommended resources for students who are looking to get into the field of fitness
  • (39:00) Additional certificates required to become a fitness trainer
  • (40:00) A special memory from Kyle’s time at York University
  • (41:49) Advice for students who are uncertain about a career in the field of health

Araba Opong - Financial Advisor, Primerica

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Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020 @10 AM – 11 AM

Starting with post secondary studies in Biology and Psychology at the University of Toronto, and then a Collaborative Honours of Science degree in Nursing, Araba realized that she does not want to be tied down to a job that dictates when you must wake up, what car you can drive, where you can afford to live or when/how/where you can go on vacation! As a result, Araba is now focused on expanding her own business and building generational wealth by helping families gain knowledge about financial independence. She also continues to practice nursing on her own terms.

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Topics discussed and their timestamps:

  • (00:05) Education and career background
  • (01:33) Experience starting a career in finance with a background in health sciences
  • (02:07) What does a typical day for Araba look like right now
  • (03:43) Is additional schooling required in order to become a financial advisor
  • (04:38) Challenges of working both as a nurse and a financial advisor
  • (05:44) Most rewarding aspect of Araba’s two careers
  • (06:25) Biggest risk that Araba has taken in her career journey
  • (07:31) How does Araba maintain a balance between work and life
  • (08:31) If given the choice, would Araba choose the same path for herself
  • (09:10) Next step in Araba’s career journey
  • (10:20) Application process for a job as Registered Nurse (RN)
  • (12:04) Undergraduate skills that Araba found useful in her professional career
  • (12:49) Advice on how to network effectively
  • (14:47) How to develop positive working relationships with clients and patients
  • (16:42) Resources on developing financial and professional skills for new graduates
  • (20:31) Advice for students who are looking to become either a financial advisor or a RN
  • (22:10) What advice would Araba give to her 20-year-old self
  • (23:28) Careers related to finance and nursing that new graduates could look into after undergrad
  • (24:42) Advice for students who are uncertain about their careers
  • (26:09) A special memory from Araba's time at York University
  • (29:27) Advice for students who have no specific goal in the field of health
  • (30:00) Final remarks

John Vlahos - Team Services Coordinator, UEFA

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Date: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 @2 PM – 3 PM

John, a graduate of York University’s Kinesiology & Health Science program, continued his education and completed a Masters in Kinesiology under Dr. Safai, focusing on the sociology of sport, and completed a second Masters in Sports Management with the AISTS program in cooperation with the International Olympic Committee. After his first taste of organizing an international sporting event, the FIFA Women's World Cup in 2015, John needed more and set a goal of being a part of FIFA/UEFA and began a 4-year journey to achieve this, which included studying abroad in Switzerland. In between, he was involved in organizing the 2016 NBA All-Star game and worked for Ontario Soccer. Now John is organizing EURO2020 as a member of the Host Country Projects, Team Services division at UEFA.

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Topics discussed and their timestamps:

  • (01:54) Education and career background
  • (08:20) If given the choice, what would John change about his career journey
  • (09:33) Experience moving to Switzerland for grad school and work
  • (11:18) What are some of the challenges working in FIFA/UEFA
  • (14:30) Challenges of transitioning live athletics games to an online broadcast
  • (16:23) Most rewarding aspect of the job
  • (18:10) How to network effectively in the field of Sports Management
  • (20:50) Types of tasks for John in between events
  • (23:10) John’s role in the United 2026 FIFA World Cup
  • (24:43) Experience organizing events in different countries at the same time
  • (26:09) Advice on overcoming the language barrier while working internationally
  • (30:00) Number of team members in John’s department
  • (31:18) How to differentiate your job application from other applicants
  • (33:33) How to increase women’s football popularity worldwide
  • (37:04) New career pathways for students in the field of Sports Management
  • (38:48) Resources for students looking to learn more about this field
  • (40:40) Future endeavors for John in UEFA/FIFA
  • (42:42) How does UEFA ensure complete diversity inclusion in its programs
  • (45:28) Undergraduate skills that helped John in his professional career
  • (48:57) Advice for students who are unsure about a career in health
  • (50:20) Relevant volunteer opportunities for an undergrad student
  • (53:40) What sport teams does John support
  • (55:33) Career advice for students in the faculty of health
  • (57:55) Final Remarks
  • (59:03) How did John deal with failure during his career journey
  • (1:01:13) In John’s opinion, who is the greatest player of all time

Asal Kazemi - Doctor of Physiotherapy

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Date: Wednesday, July 22, 2020 @11 AM – 12 PM

Asal is a full-time clinical practitioner as an orthopedic physiotherapist where she works with two surgeons, two chiropractors, and three physiotherapists. Asal Kazemi holds an Hons. BSc focusing on kinesiology and biology. She also holds a Doctorate Degree in physiotherapy. Asal has experience working with patients who have various conditions such as back pain, tendonitis, joint pain, and many other conditions.

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Topics discussed and their timestamps:

  • (01:38) Education and career background
  • (02:27) A typical day for an orthopedic physiotherapist
  • (04:17) Most rewarding aspect of the job
  • (05:38) Most challenging aspect of working in the medical sector
  • (08:31) What made Asal choose a Doctorate in physiotherapy rather than a Master’s
  • (13:14) How to communicate effectively with other medical professionals
  • (15:03) How to deal with complaints from patients
  • (18:24) The biggest risk that Asal has taken in her career
  • (24:28) How to differentiate your grad school application from other applicants
  • (28:21) Advice on shadowing and internships
  • (30:44) Advice on moving across countries for higher education
  • (32:55) How to improve work ethic during medical school
  • (36:32) Advice on developing a skillset beneficial for a career in medicine
  • (41:50) Asal’s speciality in orthopedics
  • (46:23) How to foster positive working relationships with other physicians and chiropractors
  • (48:16) Advice for students who are looking to pursue a career in the medical field
  • (53:43) Final Remarks

Pegah Rahbar - Doctor of Chiropractic Student

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Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2020 @1 PM – 2PM

Pegah received her BSc Specialized Honors in Kinesiology and Health Science from York University in 2018 with the President's Honors Award. Her passion for healthcare, clinical diagnosis, and patient care along with her interest in conservative management of pain led her in choosing a career in chiropractic. Currently, she is a doctor of chiropractic student at the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College (CMCC) class of 2023. She is excited to share her personal experiences regarding her undergraduate involvement at YorkU, the application process, her current experience as a chiropractic student, and her research involvement. As the chiropractic field is a relatively young profession, she is hoping to answer any questions regarding what chiropractic is and how it has been benefiting patients with musculoskeletal issues.

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Topics discussed and their timestamps:

  • (01:47) What does it mean to be a Doctor of Chiropractic Student
  • (03:34) How did Pegah discover this relatively new profession
  • (06:14) Application process for CMCC
  • (10:11) Interview process for CMCC
  • (11:15) Biggest risk Pegah took that has contributed to her success
  • (12:00) Challenges of working in the Chiropractic field
  • (13:57) YorkU courses that helped Pegah at CMCC
  • (15:07) If not CMCC, what are other options for students interested in chiropractic
  • (16:18) What does a typical day look like for a Doctor of Chiropractic Student
  • (19:15) How to draft a unique application for CMCC
  • (20:50) Experience in CMCC courses
  • (23:55) Advice on CMCC application process
  • (27:23) Positions to transition to after graduating from CMCC
  • (35:18) What kind of technology is being implemented in the chiropractic field
  • (38:32) How to set your application apart from other applicants
  • (42:41) Role of networking in Pegah’s career journey
  • (45:25) A memorable experience from undergrad at YorkU
  • (47:00) Advice for students who are uncertain about a career in health
  • (50:21) Would Pegah recommend taking a gap year to new grads
  • (52:30) Final remarks

John Andonoff – Healthcare Consultant, JAndonoffConsulting

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Date: Monday, July 6, 2020 @10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

John Andonoff holds a Postgraduate Certificate of Business Administration from Heriot Watt University’s Edinburgh School of Business and a Bachelor of Arts Double Honours Degree in Mass Communications and Psychology from Toronto’s York University where his honours thesis on the Detection of Deception was published in the Journal of Psychophysiology.

An experienced operational leader who has a demonstrated ability at scaling up organizations with cross-functional leadership to achieve maximal revenue and profit, John is known to set a clear vision focused on achieving key quantitative metrics to meet stakeholder expectations. Most recently John spent the last 5 years at Tilray, a global leader in the clinical research, production, distribution and sales of medical cannabis where he led the explosive growth of this new non-combustible research driven therapy in Canada, Germany, Australia and Latin America. Throughout John’s career he has managed supply chain demands through predictive forecast models that have enabled company growth fuelled by accurate market assumptions.

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Topics discussed and their timestamps:

  • (00:07) Education and career background
  • (02:00) Typical day working as a healthcare consultant
  • (03:29) Different types of consulting in the healthcare sector
  • (05:38) John’s experience at Tilray, a cannabis manufacturer
  • (07:53) Working relationship between a consultant and a physician
  • (09:34) How has the legalization of cannabis impacted the industry
  • (13:25) Experience working in an international organization
  • (16:00) Advice for someone who wants to start their own recreational cannabis business
  • (17:29) Biggest risk John has taken in his professional career
  • (19:06) Careers in the pharmaceutical field
  • (22:01) What would John do differently in his post-secondary or professional career
  • (23:57) How can students implement a strategic plan for their careers
  • (28:00) Advice for students looking to move overseas for higher education
  • (29:34) How to look for internships and careers in the healthcare policy field
  • (32:32) John’s experience adapting to technology inside and outside his field
  • (34:42) How to network effectively on different platforms
  • (36:23) Advice for students looking to get a journal published during undergraduate
  • (38:07) How to maintain a positive relationship with employers and colleagues
  • (40:08) Related careers that students can look into today
  • (42:00) Resources for students looking to get into business or into the Cannabis industry
  • (43:04) What is more valuable in the healthcare industry: experience or knowledge?
  • (45:08) Advice for students who are uncertain about a career in health

Cameron Mattice – Founder, Mattice Movement

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Date: Monday, June 29, 2020 @2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Cameron is based in Toronto and has a degree in Kinesiology from York University. He is a registered Hatha Yoga Teacher and is certified as a Strength and Conditioning Coach. He has spent countless hours working with adults in both group and private settings and has worked amongst many knowledgeable health professionals. Cameron is the founder of Mattice Movement, an online coaching service that focuses on educating adults on physical literacy and lifestyle practices. Cameron helps individuals learn how to build a resilient body using sustainable methods. His mission is to help others develop confidence in their body and allow them to move through life with ease.

Cameron plans to further his education by attending chiropractic college at New York Chiropractic College in September 2020. In his spare time, Cameron enjoys connecting with nature during hiking, rock climbing, snowboarding, and various other outdoor activities.

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Topics discussed and their timestamps:

  • (01:35) Education and career background
  • (03:36) Life events that influenced Cameron to choose the physical fitness field
  • (08:32) Typical day as a personal trainer
  • (14:42) How was technology impacted the field of physical trainers
  • (21:29) Insights from life changing experiences
  • (28:56) Benefits of meditation
  • (33:10) Challenges of working as a personal/physical trainer
  • (39:11) Advice for students who are looking to become a trainer
  • (41:25) Learning to market a training business
  • (46:30) Advice on developing positive relationships with employers and colleagues
  • (49:25) How to network and find a mentor in the field

Nicole Arsenov – Teacher, Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board

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Date: Monday, June 22, 2020 @1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

This session’s spotlight speaker is Nicole Arsenov. Nicole graduated from York University with a BAS degree in English and History. She decided to pursue Teacher's College at the University of Western Ontario in the Intermediate and Senior Divisions which requires two subject specialties. Nicole is certified to teach Grades 7 to 10 and Grades 11 to 12. After receiving her Bachelor of Education, she decided to take an additional qualification in the Junior Division and became certified to teach grades 4 to 6. Nicole has experience working for two different school boards and has supplied or taught in every grade from JK to 12.

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Topics discussed and their timestamps:

  • (00:13) Education and career background
  • (03:30) Preference over secondary or elementary education
  • (04:25) What influenced Nicole’s choice to become a teacher
  • (08:40) Effect of quarantine on classrooms
  • (14:22) How to set boundaries with students in online learning platforms
  • (17:03) Favorite and least favorite part of the job
  • (27:17) Most rewarding aspect of being a teacher
  • (32:11) Skills suitable for a teaching profession
  • (38:52) Advice for students who are looking to become a teacher
  • (48:35) Nicole’s pick of books to share with students in secondary education
  • (51:52) Advice for students who are uncertain about their career path

Slav Feldman – Advanced Practice Physiotherapist

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Date: Wednesday, June 17, 2020 @10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

This session’s spotlight speaker is Slav Feldman. A graduate of York University’s Kinesiology & Health Science Program, Slav has been an orthopaedic physiotherapist since 2011. His interests include management of spinal pain, arthritis, and integration of technology in physical rehabilitation. Slav is excited to share his career journey and tips for success with Faculty of Health students.

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Topics discussed and their timestamps:

  • (01:00) Responsibilities of an orthopaedic physiotherapist
  • (02:16) Typical day for a physiotherapist
  • (08:45) Biggest risk that contributed to Slav’s success
  • (11:25) How is technology being implemented in the physiotherapy sector
  • (15:25) Barriers while introducing technology within the workplace
  • (16:26) How did Slav deal with failure and learn from it
  • (17:56) Difference between working in the private sector versus the public sector of healthcare
  • (21:17) How did the clientele change while moving from public to private sector
  • (22:57) Barriers in ensuring the quality of care for patients
  • (26:08) How did Slav deal with conflict in his first job
  • (27:51) Advice for students to negotiate with institutions with unethical policies
  • (30:45) Advice for students who are made to choose between quality of care and monetary value
  • (34:03) Personality types that are best suited for the work of a physiotherapist
  • (35:11) Most rewarding aspect of the job
  • (36:40) Does Slav incorporate restorative Pilates in his treatment plan for patients
  • (37:40) What would Slav change or do differently in his career path
  • (39:00) Next step in Slav’s career journey
  • (41:35) Change in Slav’s clientele after creating the website
  • (44:12) Ways to motivate patients in terms of following through their treatment plans
  • (46:15) Skills from undergraduate studies that helped Slav with his career
  • (48:12) How would Slav approach his post-secondary career knowing what he does now
  • (49:58) Advice for students who are uncertain about their career path
  • (53:19) How valuable are post-grad volunteer placements for a career in physiotherapy
  • (55:07) How did COVID-19 impact Slav’s profession
  • (56:55) Favorite and least favorite part of the job
  • (58:23) Role of networking in Slav’s career path

Suresh Subramaniam – Firefighter & Realtor

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Date: Thursday, June 11, 2020 @12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

This session’s spotlight speaker is Suresh Subramaniam. A graduate of York University’s Psychology Program, Suresh has been a firefighter for 10 years and a realtor for 3 years. He is excited to share his career journey and tips with Faculty of Health students.

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Topics discussed and their timestamps:

  • (00:43) Education and career background
  • (02:39) Life events influencing decision to become a firefighter
  • (03:36) Interest in firefighting as a career
  • (04:30) Biggest risk taken in Suresh’s career journey
  • (06:05) Advice for students looking to become a realtor
  • (08:25) Barriers in the way of pursuing firefighting as a career
  • (09:45) Alternative career path for Suresh
  • (10:52) Most rewarding aspect of the job as a firefighter and as a realtor
  • (13:10) Typical day for a realtor and best way to find clients
  • (16:05) If not psychology, what alternate undergrad pathway would Suresh take
  • (16:44) Next career step for Suresh
  • (17:50) Skills needed to be an excellent realtor
  • (19:24) Overall skills needed for an undergrad student to achieve a successful career
  • (21:25) Would Suresh recommend real estate as a career for students
  • (23:50) Challenges in undergraduate to overcome and learn from
  • (24:30) Challenges concerning market and clientele in real estate
  • (26:30) Early-on barriers of real estate career
  • (28:29) Tips for introverted students looking to start a career in real estate
  • (29:50) Advice for students who are uncertain about their future career path
  • (31:55) Changes in lifestyle that positively impacts one’s future career
  • (33:05) Advice for students who are looking to follow Suresh’s career path and learn related skills
  • (36:20) Suresh’s favorite book
  • (38:43) What part did networking play in Suresh’s journey
  • (41:11) Advice for students who are looking to improve their professional skills
  • (42:40) How did a psychology degree help manage the mental health struggles of being a firefighter
  • (45:20) Being a firefighter, how to interact with different personality types on the job
  • (48:29) Advice for students who are uncertain about their future career
  • (50:00) Final remarks

Nima Soudi – ER Physician, Markham Stouffville Hospital

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Date: Friday, June 05, 2020 @2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

This session’s spotlight speaker is Nima Soudi. Nima split his undergraduate degree between U of T then YorkU in Phys Ed and Kinesiology. He entered the Master’s program at YorkU, completed his medical degree at the University of Ottawa and subsequently did his Family Medicine residency at U of T, followed by a one-year fellowship in Emergency Medicine at Queen's University. Nima works as a full-time ER physician at Markham Stouffville Hospital, a relatively busy community hospital.

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Topics discussed and their timestamps:

  • (01:39) Nima’s education and career journey
  • (03:44) What a typical day looks like
  • (06:43) Advice for gaining references and the application process for medical school
  • (10:33) Tips for networking
  • (15:27) Experiences in undergrad and graduate school that helped Nima prepare for medical school
  • (17:32) Experience switching field of study from sports medicine to ER medicine
  • (19:05) What is the most rewarding aspect of the job and what is the hardest
  • (22:45) Favorite and least favorite courses in medical school
  • (24:26) If not a physician, what alternate career would Nima choose
  • (26:10) Risks that Nima took in his career path
  • (28:44) How to handle competitive environment in medical school while maintaining positive peer relationships
  • (31:00) Would Nima recommend medical school to other students
  • (32:47) Advice for students looking to apply for medical school
  • (34:29) Valuable skills to gain in preparation of medical school
  • (36:32) What would Nima have done differently in his academic career
  • (38:03) How to succeed at MCAT
  • (40:25) Next step in Nima’s career journey and potential plans for the future
  • (44:55) Advice on how to maintain life balance
  • (46:30) Were the networks made in undergrad helpful towards Nima’s career
  • (48:05) Way to destress from work
  • (49:20) Final remarks

Anita Senthinathan - Assistant Professor, Suny Buffalo State

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Date: Friday, May 29, 2020 @2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

This week’s spotlight speaker is Anita Senthinathan. Following an Undergraduate and Master’s Degree in Psychology, Anita pursued a combined Clinical Master’s and PhD in Speech Language Pathology (SLP) at Western University. Her research and teaching interest is in medically based and neurological speech disorders and swallowing. Anita graduated last year and started a tenure track position in Buffalo, NY. She has experience in acute care hospital settings and is passionate about diversifying the field of SLP. 

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Topics discussed and their timestamps:

  • (01:08) Education and career background
  • (01:50) Responsibilities of a Speech Language Pathologist (SLP)
  • (03:59) Anita’s career journey
  • (08:32) Life events influencing the decision to become a SLP
  • (10:08) Advice for students who are uncertain about their career choice
  • (13:17) Advice for students who wish to change their area of study later on in their post-secondary career
  • (17:13) Any challenges encountered in the field of SLP as a southeast Asian woman
  • (20:32) What the typical day looks like for a Speech Language Pathologist / an assistant professor at SUNY
  • (25:52) Pros and Cons of working in both careers
  • (29:10) Does heritage comes with barriers in one’s career
  • (34:40) Process of applying for a Clinical Master’s program in SLP
  • (39:39) Advice on how to network efficiently
  • (42:38) How to better prepare for one’s career while in undergrad
  • (45:45) Difference between working as a professor at McMaster vs. SUNY
  • (48:16) Experience moving across countries for a job
  • (50:30) Advice for current undergrads
  • (52:54) Whether a student should invest their time and money on a career that they are unsure about

Ghulam Ahmad - Online Fitness coach, Gene Activated

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Date: Friday, May 22, 2020 @12:00PM – 1:00PM

This week’s spotlight speaker is Ghulam Ahmad. Ghulam is based in Canada and is a graduate of York University’s Kinesiology & Health Science Program, Ghulam is an exercise physiologist and online fitness coach that specializes in weight loss transformations, specifically helping type 2 diabetics lose dangerous visceral fat around their stomach so they can start their journey of reversing their diabetes and live a longer, healthier life.

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Topics discussed and their timestamps:

  • (00:00) Education and career background
  • (07:06) Ghulam's online fitness business, Gene Activated
  • (09:04) A typical day for Ghulam
  • (10:42) Time management tips
  • (12:36) Entrepreneurial lifestyle, mindset, and stresses
  • (18:10) Identifying your career goals
  • (22:19) Lessons learned from previous jobs
  • (30:28) Advice for undergrads
  • (37:39) How can Calumet and Stong College better help students in preparing for their careers
  • (40:20) What it takes to be a personal/online trainer
  • (44:02) What separates a good personal trainer and a bad personal trainer
  • (46:44) Recommended courses for aspiring personal trainers
  • (49:50) Skills and attitudes to become a personal trainer
  • (53:46) What Ghulam finds rewarding and challenging with his career

Kara Golani - Manager, Special Initiatives, TD Canada Trust

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Date: Friday, May 15, 2020 @12:00PM – 1:00PM

This week’s spotlight speaker is Kara Golani. Kara Golani is based in Toronto and is an EdTech consultant and transformation expert who focuses on how cutting-edge technologies can drive learning. A lifelong learner herself, Kara is passionate about leveraging the power of 21C tools both in the classroom and the workplace.

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Topics discussed and their timestamps:

  • (00:38) Education and career background
  • (02:16) What a typical day looks like
  • (04:30) Current projects for Kara
  • (07:35) Strategies to best manage your team/s
  • (09:32) Preferences in how organizations operate
  • (13:00) Centralization vs decentralization models
  • (15:13) Career journey
  • (23:44) Advice for students aspiring to be a financial advisor
  • (25:40) How Kara adapted herself to so many different roles
  • (28:52) How to become more comfortable approaching recruiters
  • (31:10) Connecting with employers and building resumes during a pandemic
  • (34:07) What Kara finds rewarding and challenging with her career
  • (38:52) Programs that help you transition into the world of strategy and transformation
  • (44:05) How to handle burnout
  • (47:00) Advice for narrowing down your career path
  • (49:51) The impacts Kara is proud of
  • (53:43) Final remarks

Igor Klibanov – Owner and CEO, Fitness Solution Plus

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Date: Friday, May 08, 2020 @3:30 PM-4:30 PM

This week’s spotlight speaker is Igor Klibanov. Igor is based in Toronto and is a graduate of York University's Kinesiology and Health Science program. Shortly after graduation, he was selected as one of the top 5 personal trainers in Toronto by the Metro News newspaper. Over the next few years, Igor went on to build one of Toronto's premier personal training companies, Fitness Solutions Plus. During this time, he has authored 5 books on exercise and nutrition, including "STOP EXERCISING! The Way You Are Doing it Now" and "The Mental Health Prescription."

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Topics discussed and their timestamps:

  • (00:00) Education and career background
  • (04:26) Advice for students balancing what they want and what their parents want for their career
  • (05:54) Entrepreneurial skills needed to build your business
  • (07:12) Entrepreneurial struggles
  • (11:15) How to improve your public speaking
  • (13:46) Recommended sales and marketing resources
  • (14:48) What Igor's typical day looks like
  • (16:11) What Igor finds rewarding and challenging with his career
  • (17:14) Life events and resources that influenced Igor's career path
  • (18:15) How to adapt to the curveballs that life throws you
  • (19:16) Igor's major projects right now
  • (21:25) Personality traits that benefit you
  • (22:45) Previous work experience that benefited Igor
  • (23:17) Igor's motivation for personal training
  • (26:07) Resume and interview tips
  • (32:11) How to improve your interpersonal skills
  • (35:00) Tips on how to become a personal trainer
  • (36:47) Mistakes when developing your own business
  • (37:36) Interaction strategies with different clients/personalities
  • (39:17) Risks that pushed Igor forward
  • (41:41) Advice for undergrads and their career paths
  • (42:18) Resources for self-improvement
  • (43:17) What would Igor do to better prepare for his career
  • (47:14) Ways to network
  • (49:28) How to set yourself apart from the competition
  • (51:04) How to network/connect face to face
  • (53:50) Final Remarks

Harjot Dhaliwal - Health Analyst, Public Health Ontario

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Date: Friday, May 01, 2020 @2:00 PM-3:00 PM

This week’s spotlight speaker is Harjot Dhaliwal. Harjot is based in Toronto and completed her Bachelor of Health Studies at York University. Harjot is a Health Analyst with Public Health Ontario. Her focus is on Communicable Diseases and Emergency Preparedness & Response.

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Clayton Rhodes - Communications and General Education Professor, Durham College

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Date: Thursday, April 23, 2020 @2:00 PM-3:00 PM

This week’s spotlight speaker is Clayton Rhodes. Clayton is based in Toronto and is a professor at Durham College who teaches Communications and General Education courses. Professor Rhodes completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (York University) and a Master of Arts in Education (University of Phoenix).

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Topics discussed and their timestamps:

  • (00:13) Education and career background
  • (06:51) Should a student accept a contract job?
  • (08:22) Life events influencing career path
  • (12:28) Clayton's teaching pursuit
  • (15:50) Advice for students who are uncertain with their degree
  • (20:57) Durham's hiring status during COVID-19
  • (25:11) What it's like completing a Master's program later on in one's career
  • (32:19) Pursuing a Master's degree after being out of school for a while
  • (35:22) Changes in qualifications to become a professor
  • (38:03) What the typical day looks like
  • (42:08) The rewards and challenges regarding Clayton's position
  • (50:07) Training how and what to teach as a professor
  • (56:08) Final remarks

Bianca Williams – Public Health Nurse, Regional Municipality of Durham

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This week’s spotlight speaker is Bianca Williams. Bianca is based in Port Perry, Ontario and is a registered nurse working at the Regional Municipality of Durham. She completed her BScN at York University and briefly worked in an emergency department. She then took a position as a Public Health Nurse where she has worked for 6 years. Bianca experienced the health care system both as a worker and as a patient. This influenced her view on the need for patient-centered care and strong health care leadership. Bianca is currently working on her Masters of Science in Public Health with a focus on health service management.

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Topics discussed and their timestamps:

  • (00:00) Education and career background
  • (01:32) Significant influences that affected Bianca's decision to pursue nursing and public health education
  • (03:04) Expanding on Bianca's master's program
  • (04:00) Lessons learned early on in Bianca's nursing and public health roles
  • (05:33) What a typical day looks like
  • (08:17) What Bianca finds rewarding in nursing and public health roles
  • (10:32) Involvement in developing public health policies
  • (11:23) Advice for nursing and public health students
  • (12:25) Coping with stress
  • (13:51) Key attributes for success
  • (15:36) Are there public health jobs for kinesiology graduates?
  • (17:17) Recommended extra-curriculars
  • (19:16) Is a master's in public health essential to obtaining a career in that field?
  • (22:06) Large risks that contributed to Bianca's success
  • (23:35) What the job market looks like
  • (25:08) Next steps for Bianca and her career
  • (27:00) Advice for students who are uncertain with their degrees
  • (28:40) Advice for new graduates
  • (30:54) Tips for job hunting
  • (34:12) How networking plays a role in Bianca's career
  • (35:50) Recommended tools and resources to develop professional skills
  • (37:06) Final remarks