Alumni Career Chats: The New Wave

Are you curious to explore the news ways in which mental health and wellness are being supported?

Do you have a passion for ecology, environmentalism, and the new green economy?

Interested in social media, influencer culture, and the new realms of digital communications and marketing?

From October 26th through to October 28th, join us for a slate of Alumni Career Chats that we like to call … The New Wave.  For three days we’ll meet three unique alumni that have boldly ventured into careers that are new, innovative, and forward thinkingWe have a mix of entrepreneurs, consultants, and creators which have jobs, that in many ways, didn’t exist 10 years ago.

Alumni Career Chats: The New Wave

Monday, October 25th

Alumni Career Chat with Kimberly Lyn

Digital Marketing & Community Management

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Kimberly Lyn is a writer, digital editor and communicator known for her thoughtful and strategic approach to developing creative and exciting online content.

With more than 10 years experience in marketing communications, public relations, social media and writing, Kimberly has held positions with private and non-profit organizations such as the Hudson’s Bay Company and Toronto International Film Festival. She has also written for several lifestyle publications such as and Huff Post Canada.

She is well known and respected in Canada’s fashion community through her fashion blog, The Souls of My Shoes. She was named by NOW magazine as one of the next up-and-coming Toronto fashion bloggers and was nominated for a P&G Beauty & Grooming Award. Kimberly has been featured in noted publications such as FLARE and the Toronto Star.

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Tuesday, October 26th

Alumni Career Chat with Megan Rafuse

Mental Health and Wellbeing

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Megan is an entrepreneur, clinical therapist and mental health innovator based in Toronto. She is the co-founder and CEO at Shift Collab, an integrated healthcare company that offers both therapy and mental wellness education in a simple, relatable, and actionable way. 

In her current role, Megan has taken Shift Collab from a small practice to a team of over 95 therapists and educators and has made the company a leading provider of therapy and mental wellness training to top companies, institutions, and insurance groups across North America. She has also co-created a number of high-profile mental health education programs such as Real Campus, a student assistance program, and What’s Your Big Lie? which has been presented to over a half million people around the world and counting. 

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Wednesday, October 27th

Alumni Career Chat with Faizan Ahmed

Sustainability and the Green Economy

2:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Faizan has over 6 years of waste reduction, diversion, and circular economy experience in North America. He has completed a Master of Science in Sustainability Management from the University of Toronto and is currently working as a Sustainability Consultant with the ReMM Group.

He was selected by Corporate Knights as a Top 30 under 30 Sustainability Leader in 2016 for developing and launching the City of Mississauga Green Leaders Program. This program helps engage City employees to increase their environmental awareness and reduce their environmental impact at home and work.  Faizan is very enthusiastic about waste and recycling and tries to help others to do better for the environment.

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About Alumni Career Chats

Have you ever wanted to hear the real stories behind the successes, failures, twists, and turns that our very own U of T Alumni have experienced as they navigate their careers?

Alumni Career Chats create an intimate, relaxed online space where students and recent grads can ask questions and hear unique, personal stories from a diverse selection of working professionals that, just like you, were once U of T students searching for success and happiness in the working world.

Each session features one Alumni guest that will share their own personal career story.  Our U of T Career Exploration staff will be there to ask questions and help guide the conversation, but ultimately this is about YOU.  Your interaction and questions are an integral part of the event, so we invite you to be curious and engage in the conversation as well.

We aim to showcase a diverse selection of special Alumni throughout the various chats; ensuring that a plurality of diverse, equity deserving and gender-inclusive folks are represented.  We hope that all U of T students can see themselves represented in these conversations.