Arts & Science Connections Conference - Day 2

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Thursday, October 7, 2021: Finding Purpose in Further Education

► Further Education Experts Panel : Career and the Continuous Learner 

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Hear from experts and explore the many pathways further education has to offer, the importance of fostering continuous learning as a competency and how to leverage your learning for career building. The panel consists of a diverse group of further education experts such as Coursera, Ontario Colleges, a University Experiential Learning specialist as well a Graduate School Faculty expert, and a PhD turned Research Coordinator.


  • Brittany Etmanski, Research Coordinator & Instructional Designer, University of Waterloo

Brittany is a Research Coordinator at the Work-Learn Institute. She has a Masters in Sociology from University of Guelph and a PhD in Sociology from the University of Waterloo where her Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC) funded research examined the labour market pathways of PhD graduates from the social sciences. Her research focuses on the school-to-work transitions of postsecondary students, with emphasis on graduate student outcomes. She has published her research in Higher Education, Canadian Journal of Higher Education, Higher Education Policy, the International Journal of Work Integrated Learning, and Perspectives on Medical Education.

  • Jason Humphrey, Student Recruitment, Conestoga College

Jason is a student recruiter at Conestoga College with over 12 years experience helping students discover their pathway. Jason understands the benefits of university/college pathways as he is a graduate of the University of Guelph, Canadore College and Conestoga College. Looking to add a credential to your degree? Jason works with university graduates from the KW/Guelph area, helping them determine their next educational/career pathway.

  • Jonathan Malloy, Associate Dean, Faculty of Public Affairs, Carleton University

Jonathan is a professor of political science at Carleton University and currently Associate Dean (Research and International) in the Faculty of Public Affairs, where he also holds the Bell Chair in Canadian Parliamentary Democracy. With Loleen Berdahl he is co-author of Work Your Career: Get What You Want From Your Social Sciences and Humanities PhD, a practical guide to doing a PhD and beyond.  He has also published research supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council on the organizational and attitudinal barriers to adjusting graduate programs to encompass more diverse career paths. He is originally from Elmira, Ontario. 

  • Daniel Poulin, Manager, Experiential Learning Development and Recognition, Experiential Learning Hub, University of Guelph

Daniel is the Manager, Experiential Learning and Development in the Experiential Learning Hub at the University of Guelph. In this role he manages the tracking of curricular and co-curricular experiential learning opportunities offered at the University of Guelph and supports students in making sense of the skills they are developing in connection to their personal, academic, and career goals. Previously, Daniel coordinated several U of G peer support programs (Student Support Network, Peer Helper Program, OUTline) and has taught theatre to campers aged 9-18 at Centauri Summer Arts Camp. Through this work, Daniel has developed a passion for inclusion, collaboration, and interdisciplinary thinking. When he’s not working you can catch him dancing around his living room, playing with his dog Ollie, and sorting through his Lego collection.

  • Amy McLellanCoursera

A proud Gryphon, Amy graduated class of 2005 with a Bachelor of Arts (Sociology & Theatre). She is now Principal Technical Account Manager at Coursera, one of the world’s most transformative edtech companies. In her current role, Amy oversees the production, maintenance, marketing, reporting and localization of all Google’s Professional Certificates made available on Coursera.  Google Professional Certificates are one of many flexible, affordable, job-relevant online learning opportunities that are changing lives (& livelihoods) worldwide. Amy is very proud to be part of a mission dedicated to socioeconomic development, as well as the future of learning and the future of work.  
Prior to joining Coursera, Amy gained 15 years’ experience at three of Canada’s top business schools, (Dalhousie, McGill and Queen’s). She worked in an advisory, business development & corporate partnership capacity, all centering around the transition from school-to-work. Amy helped bridge industry and academia, ensuring today’s graduates were both aligned & competitive in tomorrow’s job market. An area of expertise is Canada’s tech industry, with deep knowledge of industry trends, in-demand skill sets, hiring needs and preferred recruitment practices. Outside of work, Amy can be found chasing around her two daughters and logging more kilometers on the Bruce Trail with her boxer, Zoey.

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► Building a Connected Micro-Credential Ecosystem

12:00 p.m. 1:00 p.m.

In today’s fast-changing workforce and emerging gig economy, a nimble recognition system is essential for both professionals and employers, as we move toward skill and competency-based hiring systems.  Learn what a micro-credential is, and why they are gaining traction with employers. 

Photo of Presenter Emma GoochPresenter: Emma Gooch, Program Manager, Micro-credentials at eCampusOntario

Emma Gooch is a Program Lead at eCampusOntario, a not-for-profit centre of excellence and global leader in the evolution of teaching and learning through technology. Emma has a BA in English and MA in Canadian Studies both from Carleton University and is a major contributor in a working group to co-create micro-credential initiatives and establish a framework to build connections between post-secondary institutions and the Ontario workforce.

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► Keynote: The Three Career Stories Everyone Needs (and how to tell them) 

5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. 
Careers are one of the most beautiful things you can create in your life. You get to decide how it looks, feels, and what to say about it. Stories are a powerful way to know what to do and say about our work. In addition, storytelling (the stories we tell about ourselves to others) is an effective way to help people understand who we are and how we can contribute as an employee. Stories make a difference. If you want to be better understood at the job you want, investing in your story skills is valuable, fun, and career-boosting. 

Photo of Presenter Kerry TwiggPresenter: Kerri Twigg, Story and Career Strategy Coach and Author

Kerri Twigg is the author of The Career Stories Method. Through courses and coaching, she helps people use their stories to grow their careers, whether they aim for a "job-job" or running their own business, and, if they're not sure what kind of work, she helps with that too. She has been helping people find and share their stories with confidence for nearly 20 years, first at a theatre school and now in the career management sector. Kerri regularly gets named as a top Career Coach to follow and is a LinkedIn Top Voice. 

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Special thank you to the University of Guelph Alumni Association (UGAA)  who provided generous sponsorship to make this keynote possible.

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