Arts & Science Connections Conference - Day 1


Monday, October 17, 2022

► Keynote: Diversity and the Workplace 

10:30 a.m. – 11:20 a.m.

Diversity and the workplace, how my experiences shape what I do in my work and how I work with people. My greatest passion is helping individuals find their passion and working with it. People have taught her that no matter how many obstacles people can face, if they have passion and enthusiasm they can get far.

Headshot photo of Angeli (she/ her)Angeli Mehrotra, (she/ her) , EDI Employment Engagement Specialist, University of Guelph, BA, SSW, CYW

An enthusiastic individual with over 12 years of unconventionally working in Equity Diversity and Inclusion experience. Angeli has been working in employment since graduating College and this has given her the ability to help and connect with community partners, students, and employers and ensuring they achieve their goals and are connected with the right services. 

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Build Your Experience & Your Network - All While You Are Studying! 

1:00 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Did you know that there are ways to Build your Experience, your Network and your Digital Profile -- all while you are studying?   Come hear from the publishers and the author of the Amazon Best Seller “Backpack to Briefcase, A Student’s Guide to a Meaningful Career Journey”.  This interactive session will include tips and techniques using engaging activities and the sharing of student success stories based on Stephanie’s experience teaching over 4,000 students.

Headshot photo of Speaker Stephanie KoonarStephanie Koonar (she/her), Co-Founder, PeerSpectives Consulting, BA Psychology, MBA

Stephanie Koonar is a marketing professional, academic, career coach and teambuilding facilitator. She has experience working with international teams from Dublin, Milan, Guadalajara, New York, and London. An award-winning instructor with over 20 years of teaching experience, she has taught over 4,000 students. Author of the Amazon Best Seller, “Backpack to Briefcase, A Student’s Guide to a Meaningful Career Journey”. A Greater Vancouver Board of Trade Mentor of the Year. Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach.

Headshot Photo of Speaker Louann McCurdyLouann McCurdy, Co-Founder, PeerSpectives Consulting, BSc Engineering, B.Ed. 

Louann McCurdy helps people bring forth the best in themselves, their relationships, and their career. She is an ICF-Certified Coach, specializing in CliftonStrengths. Louann has lived in 5 countries (Canada, USA, Singapore, France, and India), and has worked in STEM as an Engineer, IT Professional, and is now a Career Coach and Teambuilding workshop facilitator. Chair, Status of Women and Human Rights, University Women's Club of Vancouver. Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach.

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► A Employer Panel - How Equity, Diversity & Inclusion Create a Better Workplace for Everyone

4:00 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.

Have you heard about Equity, Diversity, and Equality (EDI), but not sure how it relates to you? Join our panel of experts to learn what EDI is, how it can be supported in the workplace, and what you can do now to be part of this positive change in the future of work

Headshot photo of Bri Denicola, they/them Bri Denicola, (they/them), Curriculum Development, MacPherson Institute @McMaster University, BA, MA 

Bri draws from their experiences as a queer and disabled person to provide affirming career education. They have five years of experience creatively designing and facilitating career development initiatives at McMaster University and is a volunteer at LGBT YouthLine. Bri is currently developing an open access, “Queering Careers Toolkit” to help 2SLGBTQ+ jobseekers locate affirming services and information.


Headshot photo of Isabel Dopta, she/herIsabel Dopta, (she/her), Communications Director, Food and Beverage Ontario and Food Processing Skills Canada, MA 

Isabel is a communications professional working in the Canadian food and beverage industry. She delivers programs such as CareersNOW! that are connecting students and jobseekers with exciting career opportunities in the Canadian industry. Isabel has several years of experience in the field of communications and PR with past roles including H+K Strategies, advisor to the Ontario Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, and Communications Director for Vineland Research and Innovation Centre — a national hub for leading edge Canadian horticultural innovation. Isabel loves her work and supporting others in finding their professional path. 

Headshot photo of Emily Hartman, she/her,Emily Hartman, (she/her), Head of Student Experience & Recruitment, Wavemakers, MA, BEd, BA 

With a background in Equity Studies, alternative teaching, and educational leadership, Emily helps bring immersive virtual learning to life with an emphasis on inclusion and innovation. At Wavemakers, Emily is the Head of Post-Secondary Institution and Student Engagement, building relationships with college and university partners and designing impactful learning experiences. Emily brings a queer, feminist, play-based and anti-racist approach to all her work. Wavemakers was intentionally designed with diversity and inclusivity at the forefront of the program. We are breaking the mould of traditional work-integrated learning so that ALL equitable Canadian post-secondary students can be part of a program that is accessible and innovative by design. Wavemakers is an immersive, virtual-reality-based program where students learn from world-class speakers, participate in a real-world business project pitch, network with over 40+ employer partners, and sharpen their future-proof skills. You belong here.   We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals to engage fully.  

Headshot photo of Annemarie Shrouder, she/herAnnemarie Shrouder, (she/her), MA, BEd, Bas, Director, Annemarie Shrouder International 

Annemarie Shrouder is an international speaker and best-selling author, a facilitator and consultant on issues of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Belonging.  She and her team create healthy workplace communities by focusing on these aspects, from the inside out. 

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