When: 30th Nov 2012, 6-9 PM

Where: Living Arts Centre, BMO Hall, Mississauga.

For Event Programs and Floor Map, click here.

STRIDE is in The News

Facing the future. Jeff Moretti of the THINNOX Academy talks to students and parents about careers in IT. Staff photo by Rob Beintema

Students get their careers in shape

With the deadline to apply for post-secondary school approaching, graduating high-school students received help planning their career paths at the Living Arts Centre.

The Stride Education and Career Expo, hosted by Peel design academy Thinnox, provided assistance to students interested in the fields of technology, engineering and design.

Notwithstanding the economic downturn, the fair impressed upon students that high tech jobs are in demand and outgrowing many other fields — so obtaining the unique skills needed could put them on a path to future success. The event, which took place Friday evening, also aimed to relieve some anxiety experienced by prospective students when selecting a post-secondary program.

The expo offered five sessions to attendees, including an assessment workshop, to help select a path of employment; discovery booths, which presented the data on technological careers; an expert exchange, where participants had some face time with industry professionals; a brand stand, where students discovered their personal "brand," and a session on patenting an idea.

MBTI Assessment Workshop

Claire Coltsmann
Nov 28

Claire Coltsmann

Claire Coltsmann is a certified professional coach with more than twenty years' experience working in adult learning environments. Claire has been formally involved with coaching since 2002.

As a life coach, Claire enjoys working with people who recognize the need for change and are ready to make some critical choices in their professional and private lives. Claire has helped her clients articulate and achieve goals in a variety of areas - from changing careers to gaining life-work balance; from achieving health and fitness goals to using time and resources more efficiently.

Claire is accredited as an Adler Certified Professional Coach (ACPC) and an Associate Credentialed Coach (ACC) through the International Coach Federation. She is qualified to administer a variety of personal assessment instruments including the Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI).

A lifelong learner, Claire also has a Masters Degree in Leadership from Royal Roads University, British Columbia. Her previous formal education includes a degree in English Literature and Certificates in Human Resources Administration and Training and Development.

Start Up Street Facilitation

Mike Draper
Nov 28

Mike Draper

Mike is a Senior Executive with a very successful 22 year career of developing and executing business plans that result in accelerated growth. He is especially experienced in developing marketing and sales plans for new business start-ups and small to mid-sized companies that are driving for above-market sales revenue.

Mike joined the Growth Advisors Team in 2008 to advise business owners on how to grow their businesses through improved Sales and Marketing, control their time and achieve a better balance in their lives.

His areas of focus include:

  • Developing and implementing Marketing and Sales strategies
  • Negotiation Strategies
  • Developing high performance teams
  • Competing to Win

Brand Stand - Personal Image Building Workshop

Arnab Banerjee
Nov 28

Arnab Banerjee

After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Physics with a post graduate diploma in Information Technology, Arnab stated his career with one of India’s top IT consulting companies. He has since held various progressive roles in the industry including the roles of a project manager and Talent Acquisition Consultant. Moving to a dedicated resourcing role in the late nineties with a large multinational recruitment firm, he has since worked as a consultant for some of Canada’s top organizations including the big 5 banks and Global Fortune 500 companies.

Over the years, Arnab has been recognized by his peers and managers for his subject matter expertise and deep insights of the best practices in the recruiting industry. He has earned numerous awards both in an individual capacity and as a team member in his 15+ years of experience in the recruiting industry.

Guest Speakers

Susan Burt
Nov 21

Susan Burt

Discussion Ideas

TED careers in government.

About Susan Burt

Susan Burt is City of Mississauga Director of the Office of Arts and Culture, a 30-year Mississauga resident, worked in the City's Community Services department for 22 years. She began her career as a performing arts coordinator in 1987 and became the supervisor of the Arts Unit in 1990. In 1995, Susan moved into a community role as the supervisor of Community Development and in 1996 became the manager of Program Development.

Susan's experience in the community continued in 1998 as she became manager of Central Services where she focused on providing strategic recreation services and then in 2004 she became the manager of Business Planning. In 2005, Susan served on the Mayor's Arts Review Task Force as the staff resource. Also in 2006, Susan became the director of Planning and Development and Business Services in the Community Services Department where she linked strategic planning to operations at City facilities.

Robert Breen
Nov 21

Robert Breen

Discussion Ideas

Trends in the sound technology industry.

About Robert Breen

ROBERT BREEN is the Career Management Instructor and Industry Liaison at The Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology in London ON. He is a member of the Audio Engineering Society (AES) where he was recently re-elected as Vice President, Eastern US and Canada, a region comprising over 3000 members and 70+ local sections, for a second 2-year term. He also sits on the AES Education Committee, President's Advisory Group and Nominations Committee. He is founder of www.canadianaudiodistributors.com, importing studio microphones and accessories to Canada since 2006. His mic clients include Arcade Fire, Dan Mangan, Wolf Parade, The Dears, and Metric. Breen is a published author and has written articles which have been published in EQ, Mix, Professional Sound, and Canadian Musician Magazines amongst others. He has spoken on and moderated panels for the Toronto AES, the Western Canadian Music Awards, and London's Jack Richardson Music Awards Seminars.

He has functioned as a consultant and technician to various studios in London ON, upgraded and rebuilt the music studio at CHRW Radio at the University of Western Ontario, and owns and operates a 24 track analog studio where he continues to work as an engineer and producer. He was nominated in 2012 for the Engineer/Producer of the Year Award in both the Jack Richardson Music Awards and the London Music Awards. He plays guitar, bass, keyboards, and/or drums in 5 different bands. From 1998 to 2004 he worked as an engineer and studio manager at TEC Awards Nominated Ocean Studios in Burbank, California. While at Ocean, he participated in the restoration of a classic vintage NEVE 8048 and numerous acoustic upgrades. He assisted and engineered on hundreds of sessions, including several Grammy nominees and winners, working with artists such as Crosby Stills and Nash, Los Lobos, Mark Wahlberg, Stevie Nicks, Evanescence, Jimmy Eat World, Avril Lavigne, Sum41 and David Foster. Robert graduated from the Ontario Institute of Audio Recording Technology in 1996, where he was employed as a teaching assistant from 1996 to 1998. He also holds an English Degree from the University of Western Ontario.

Harpreet Kaur Neelam
Nov 21

Harpreet Kaur Neelam

Discussion Ideas

How Canada and Ontario are doing in the area of technical learning.

About Harpreet Kaur Neelam

Coordinator for Science and Technology for PDSB to inaugurate STRIDE; be there at 6:00 PM sharp to check out her keynote address; bring your phones for a phone poll.

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21st Nov:

  • Claire Coltsmann, accredited Adler certified professional coach administers personal assessment using a version of MBTI.
  • Harpreet Neelam Coordinator for Science and Technology for PDSB inaugurates STRIDE. Be there at 6:00 PM sharp to check out her keynote address. Bring your phones for a phone poll.
  • Justin Dooley et al discuss life in the trenches of a Game Design Studio.
  • Mike Draper et al take you on the START UP roller coaster.
  • Robert Breen from the OIART responds to questions about careers in Sound Technology.
  • Sam Dadhwal applies Zen principles to Career Management.
  • Scott Mcinnes & Jennie Aitken enact an ideal job interview.
  • Susan Burt, Director of the Office of Arts & Culture talks about TED careers in government & bureaucracy.


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