Arts & Science Connections Conference - Day 2


Wednesday, October 19, 2022

► RBC - Your Brand 

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Being Future Ready is a 1-hour session designed to engage youth and help to prepare them for the future of work, now!  This presentation was created as a tool to help RBC Future Launch Champions speak to youth about how the world of work is changing and how that change will affect them now and in the future. It explains what current opportunities exist, where we can expect some challenges and how youth can set themselves up for success. We'll also spend some time exploring transferrable skills and how to tell the story of those skills in order to build an elevator pitch for use during interviews, introductions, and more! 

Headshot photo of Cas Knihnisky, she/theyPresenter: Cas Knihnisky, she/they, BA, Assistant Branch Manager – Advisor, RBC 

Cas Knihnisky (she/they) is the Manager of the UofG OnCampus branch and has been with the Royal Bank for nearly three years. They’re a Guelph alum, having done their undergrad in International Development Studies and completed the Wood Centre Hub Incubator program. Cas loves baking, improv, and being the busiest person they know at all times. When it comes to discussing finances and financial literacy, Cas is passionate about making the confusing things makes sense, the scary things more accessible, and the mundane into opportunities for future joy. 

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► Gryphons in the Workforce - Alumni Panel

11:30 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

From studying at the U of G to pursuing interdisciplinary careers, hear the personal journeys of Guelph Grads. Learn about their stories, how they are building their career paths, and engaging their strengths. 

Headshot photo of Melanie McQueen, she/herPanelist: Melanie McQueen, (she/her)  BAS ‘21, Neuroscience and Psychology, Bilingual Recruitment Consultant, Summit Search Group 

Melanie brings a positive and enthusiastic attitude to her work life and provides an energizing outlook on recruitment and selection. Using her background in Neuroscience and Psychology, she is able to best understand the candidates and organizations she is collaborating with in order to deliver results. She takes time to research organizational needs and what motivates candidates in their careers to guarantee a good match is made. Melanie’s client focused approach ensures she provides an excellent and engaging customer service experience. Melanie is fluently bilingual (English and French) and holds a Bachelor of Arts and Sciences (BAS) in Neuroscience and Psychology as well as a Business Certificate specialized in Marketing from the University of Guelph. Currently pursuing CHRL designation. 

Headshot photo of Allison WyattPanelist:  Allison Wyatt, BAS ‘07, CRSP, Biology and English, Director, Occupational Health, Safety & Wellness, Health PEI 

Allison graduated from the University of Guelph in 2007 and started a career in Environmental and private hazardous materials consulting. She started working in health care in Occupational Health and Safety in 2012 for Niagara Health. Moved to Prince Edward Island from Ontario in November, 2020 and started working with Health PEI as the Wellness & Safety Manager. Recently (January, 2022) was promoted to the Director of Occupational Health, Safety & Wellness. 

Headshot photo of Julia Chapman,Panelist: Julia Chapman,  BAS ’07, English and Biology, Producer, CBC 

Julia Chapman is a proud U of G alumni and BAS graduate, class of '07. Now, she's a CBC journalist, with a focus on radio news. Julia began her CBC career as an intern in 2010, and never left. She's worked as an editorial assistant, associate producer, reporter, radio newsreader and producer in various Ontario newsrooms. Julia is currently the programming and planning producer for World Report, CBC's morning flagship radio newscast.  After graduating, Julia spent a year as Editor-in-Chief of The Ontarion and went on to complete a Master of Journalism at the Toronto Metropolitan University. A Toronto native, Julia enjoys travel and outdoor recreation. She studies wine on the side and hopes to one day get her sommelier certification.  

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► Wages, Outlooks, and Skills Tools for University Students 

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

The LMIC webinar, led by Graham Dobbs and Suzanne Spiteri, will serve to equip you with the necessary skills to use a range of labour market information (LMI) tools. This engaging and interactive presentation will provide an overview of Canadian LMI wages, outlooks, skills, tools, and dashboards. These interactive tools can give you timely, regional, and granular information on occupations and help improve your clarity surrounding LMI so you can make informed educational and career decisions, regardless of the path you take. 

This webinar will showcase the interactive LMI tools available to students. Webinar participants would benefit from viewing the presentation from a laptop or computer, to navigate the tools during the presentation. 

Headshot photo of GrahamGraham Dobbs, (he/him), PhD, Economist, Labour Market Information Council (LMIC) 

Graham Dobbs contributes to projects addressing labour definitions and education-related employment outlooks in the Canadian labour market. His current streams of work involve job vacancies analysis, capturing skills and emerging occupations in the green economy, as well as identifying labour market information gaps in equity seeking and underrepresented populations in Canada. 

Dr. Suzanne Spiteri, (she/her), PhD, Research Lead, LMIC 

Headshot photo of Suzanne Spiteri, she/herDr. Suzanne Spiteri is a sociologist with several years of experience in both qualitative and mixed-methods data analysis. She  leads labour-related projects that explore labour market tightness and the labour market outcomes of under-represented groups. 

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