It's your move: Navigating a new world

Career Services' Career Conference
This event took place May 4 – 6, 2021

What's your next move?

Over the past year, we've witnessed the world of work evolve rapidly, including the ways we collaborate, connect and much more. It also represents a rapidly-changing future for students who are looking to make their next move and begin the job search. What skills will be in demand? Where will the next great opportunities be?

For this year's Career Conference, you're invited to three days of focused career conversations, skills development and exciting connections. Hear from local leaders and industry experts, grow your professional network and get the information you need to make your next big move.



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Build your skills

Attend a daily workshop to learn what core skills and competencies can help you be successful in your career.

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Join the conversation

Hear from leaders, industry experts and employers to learn what's happening in our industries right now and what opportunities await you.

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Take the next step

Participate in keynotes, workshops, panels and networking sessions to get equipped with the skills, connections and knowledge to make the next move in your career.

Tuesday, May 4

With a pandemic, shifts in the economy and a rapidly-changing global environment, what can we expect Calgary to look like in the future? As CEO of Platform Calgary, Dr. Terry Rock and his team are working towards cultivating spaces for innovation, sustainable development and disruption in Calgary. In this keynote, you'll learn what opportunities lie ahead for Calgary, and where new students can get involved.

You’re the protagonist of your career journey. In this workshop, David Cataford, undergraduate career development specialist at Career Services, will show you how to communicate your experiences, showcase your triumphs and captivate your audience in any kind of networking scenario, including virtually.

Date: Tuesday, May 4
Time: 10 – 10:45 a.m. MDT
Platform: Zoom

It's your opening move. What's a company without early believers? In this panel learn about the experiences of being the first few employees of companies and what it's like working in a startup and a small firm environment.


  • Anton Lysov, Rafflebox Technologies
  • Jeff Jackson, Bōde Canada
  • Zak Biggs, Goodlawyer
  • James Nauss, Neo Financial

Date: Tuesday, May 4
Time: 11 – 11:45 a.m. MDT
Platform: Zoom

Tourism and recreation have faced a number of checks through the past year, but they have yet to be checkmated. Hear from the movers and shakers making the tourism, arts and recreation industries a growing area of opportunity for new grads.


  • Lauren Maillet, The Hangar Museum
  • Dr. Shannon Murray, The Calgary Stampede
  • Zack Anderson, Telus Spark
  • Patrick Jones, Fairmount Jasper Park Lodge

Date: Tuesday, May 4
Time: 11 – 11:45 a.m. MDT
Platform: Zoom

Wrap up the day by connecting with your peers and employers, including the panellists from today’s breakout panels. This is the perfect way to form relationships with industry players and discover the opportunities available for you.

Date: Tuesday, May 4
Time: Noon – 1 p.m. MDT
Platform: Zoom

Wednesday, May 5

The transition from student to working professional can be stressful. In addition to the changes you'll face in your daily life, you might also face uncertainty and doubt as you explore the possibilities ahead of you. Dr. Andrew Szeto, Director of the Campus Mental Health Strategy, will shed light on the common issues students might face in their transitions and how you can maintain a healthy balance between your mental health and professional life.

You might have asked yourself, “what can I do with my degree?” or, “what are the best jobs?”

In today’s rapidly evolving world, where the only constant is change, these questions often limit us more than help us. They also reflect our mindset. In this workshop, career development specialist Matthew Geddes will guide you on how to develop a mindset that will help you to adapt to the changes and to thrive in your career.

Learning is a never-ending process. Graduating from a specific program or field of study doesn't limit you to only working in that area. In fact, adding additional skills can help you expand your opportunities for work and make you an even more valuable candidate.

In this panel, learn how you can pursue continuing education and industry-recognized certifications to broaden your career prospects.


  • Linet Kiplagat, W21C UCalgary
  • Chelsea Robertson, CPHR Alberta
  • Shelia LeBlanc, UCalgary Continuing Education
  • Candida Tocci, PMI Southern Alberta

So, you've realized that you don't want to be a doctor or a nurse, but you still want to be involved in healthcare. There are plenty of other careers where you can apply your education, like research, medical technologies, and much more. In this panel, meet the people who are contributing to healthcare and medicine in Canada in new and exciting ways, and learn how you can get started.


  • Celina Boothby, Alberta Health Services
  • Amanda Van Aggelen, Seasons Retirement
  • Caitlin Foster, University of Calgary
  • Sarah Topps, Mitacs

Thursday, May 6

You’ve heard the old saying, “When life hands you lemons, make lemonade,” but what does that mean for your future career? Gareth McVicar from Leadership and Student Engagement will share how you can turn your perceived “failures” into refreshing opportunities and how you can build career resiliency for long-term success.  Download the accompanying worksheet here.

Date: Thursday, May 6
Time: 9 – 9:45 a.m. MDT
Platform: Zoom

If you could picture yourself in 5 years, where would you be? What would your career journey look like?

Liliana Gonzalez from Career Services will lead this visioning workshop to show you how planning can you understand the steps you need to take now in order to get there. In this session, you’ll have the opportunity to reflect on your key values, hopes, fears and career goals, and write a letter to your future self.

Date: Thursday, May 6
Time: 10 – 10:45 a.m. MDT
Platform: Zoom


In this panel, you’ll hear from companies that have bucked tradition and made their own opportunities to carve out a niche in the industry. Learn how they embraced innovation and change, and how that can help you prepare for a career in a constantly changing world.


  • Chris Critchley, Bench Accounting
  • Bill Leinweber, Attabotics
  • Spencer Cox, SensorUp
  • Linda Chan, Benevity
  • David Pelton, Bell Flight

Date: Thursday, May 6
Time: 11 – 11:45 a.m. MDT
Platform: Zoom

Selling isn't just a skill for entry-level jobs. Whether it's making a pitch to your boss or closing an account, being able to sell sets your application apart.

Learn how you can leverage your degree in a career in management, business development, client management, accounts, or sales.


  • Navroop Sidhu, Blackline Safety
  • Sarah Eccleston, Stars
  • Anna Nesterova, AVA Medical
  • Megan Kurcwal, Stellaralgo

Date: Thursday, May 6
Time: 11 – 11:45 a.m. MDT
Platform: Zoom

Mix and mingle with your peers and employers, including the panellists from today’s breakout panels. Start making connections with industry players and discover the opportunities available for you!

Date: Thursday, May 6
Time: Noon – 1 p.m. MDT
Platform: Zoom

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