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Breaking Barriers Week

Date: Oct. 12, 2021 – Oct. 15, 2021

Time: 12:00 a.m.

Breaking Barriers Week

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 12 

Why Join the Discover Ability Network? 
11 am - 12 pm
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Discover Ability offers people who experience barriers to job searching due to disability, with tools and resources to overcome those barriers and make job searching easier and more effective: an unparalleled job matching technology to connect you to inclusive employers; access to free training on job search and disclosure; and networking events that connect you directly to employers seeking talent.  This live demonstration workshop walks job seekers through setting up a profile on the Discover Ability platform. 

Career Chat - Your Authentic Self at Work: What It Means & Why It Matters 
12 - 1 pm
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Why does being your Authentic Self matter in the workplace? Join us to find out the answer!  Join us in this interactive session with staff from Sheridan's Career Services team, including representatives from the Career Counselling, Employment Consulting, Employer Relations, and Co-Curricular Record (CCR)!

Designing a Successful Career in Animation with Mainframe Studios
1 – 2 pm ET
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Come hear Mainframe Studios Industry Veterans speak about how they designed their careers in animation, overcome the roadblocks along the way, and most of all, why they genuinely LOVE what they do!

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 13 

Job Search and Disability 
11 am – 12 pm
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Your 30-second-summary, resume, cover letter, references, networking skills, interview abilities and social media presence work together to create the story of you – and why you are the best candidate for a job. Join this workshop hosted by the Discover Ability Network to learn how each job search tool reinforces the other, how to stand out from other candidates.  Learn how disability can affect job search and how to maximize your story to get hired.   

Breaking Barriers Week Alumni Panel 
12 – 1 pm
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Connect with alumni who are committed to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion within the workplace as they share their experiences, success stories, career advice, and how they overcame obstacles throughout their journey. Learn about the importance of advancing the dialogue to overcome and break down identity-based barriers to employment and career success.

Panelist Include (full bios below): 
Muluba Habanyama, Journalism '16
Andrew Letchuk, Educational Support '17
Nick Nurse Business '99
George Alevizos, Theatre and Drama Studies '19

 
Becoming a Boss workshop with CGI’s Vice President  

3 – 4 pm ET
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Event Location:  MS Teams 
 
Targeted for students who identify as female and are studying in one of Sheridan’s Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) programs, this interactive workshop will provide students with an opportunity to communicate with and be mentored by a Vice President from CGI, Canada’s largest IT & Business Consulting services provider.  Hear about the VP’s journey of becoming a leader in a global company.  Ask questions and get advice on what you can do in order to reach your career goals! 

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 14

Careers with Impact: Being a Steward for Inclusion with McLean & Company
11 am – 12 pm ET

Join us to learn more about McLean & Co., the trusted partner of HR and leadership professionals around the world, how it is empowering organizations to shape workplaces where everyone thrives, and how you can be part of the transformative work McLean & Co. does.

Government of Canada Recruitment Information Session 
2 pm – 3 pm 
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The Government of Canada is looking for a diversity of people, fields of work and ways of thinking. We are committed to building a public service that represents and fully includes the diverse identities, cultures, skills, perspectives and experiences that make up Canada.  COME AND JOIN US to learn more about our student and graduate programs and how to navigate through the application process.

BLACKS Career Conversation Series: Diversity at the Top - Leading with Purpose  
 6-7 pm
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Location: Online, Hopin 

Black Leadership, Ambition, Collective Knowledge and Success (BLACKS) is a Career Conversation Series in partnership with Black Mentorship Inc. (BMI), Sheridan's Career-Integrated Learning services, Student Affairs and the Alumni Relations team. Students will hear from Sheridan alumni who are successful Black professionals about their experiences and success stories, get career advice, and learn how they were able to overcome obstacles throughout their journey. 
 
Join us for a panel discussion called Diversity at the Top – Leading with Purpose. Hear from our panelists who are not only leaders within their industry, but leaders within their community. The panel will offer insights on how to lead with purpose in order to help make a better workplace for tomorrow’s leaders. It’s important to remember that race not only still matters in the workplace, but it remains a powerful barrier that prevents African Americans from ascending to leadership (Forbes, 2020). As tomorrow’s leaders, we need to learn how we can lead with purpose and pivot towards a new norm.  

Moderator: 
Evangeline Chima
 
Panelists (Full bios below): 
Ryan Knight, Accounting ‘12
Tanya Sinclair, Human Resources ‘14
Faith Tull, Marketing ‘88

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15

Let’s Talk Work-Integrated Learning (WIL) Accommodations 
11 am – 12 pm ET
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Join presenters, Dana Brennand (Accessible Learning Advisor), Janice Galloway (Learning Strategist), and Janice Fennell (Manager, Accessible Learning) for an interactive and informative discussion about work-integrated learning accommodations, when and how to advocate for oneself in various employment and job search situations, and when and how to disclose a disability to an employer. 
 
Friends of Ruby Panel & Information Session 
1 - 2 pm:  
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Hear from a panel of diverse team members from Friends of Ruby, a non-profit organization dedicated to the progressive well-being of LGBTQI2S youth (aged 16-29) through mental health services, social services, and housing.  Learn about how Friends of Ruby is working towards its vision of a world where all lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex, and two-spirit young people feel validated, involved, and empowered to lead healthier lives.  Find out how you can join Friends of Ruby through diverse employment and volunteer opportunities and contribute to this vision. 

Breaking Barriers Alumni Panelists

Muluba Habanyama, Journalism '16

Muluba HabanyamaMuluba is a 2016 Sheridan College graduate of the Journalism program. Since graduating, she has been published in Flare magazine, Huffington Post Canada, MTV and more. She works in communications and hosts her own podcast “The Muluba Show”. She is an activist who educates on HIV and promotes change within systems. 

 

 


Andrew Letchuk, Educational Support '17

Andrew Letchuk

Andrew is currently enrolled as an undergraduate in the School of Disability Studies at Ryerson University. He is a 2018 graduate of the 2-Year Educational Support program at Sheridan College. As an individual living with Autism, becoming actively involved in the field of disability studies makes him feel that he is truly part of the community that engages in disrupting social, cultural, economical, and political barriers. It accepts his identity for who he is as a person. Andrew recently launched his own podcast series: Our Voices - Conversations of Disability. It focuses on the discourse of acknowledging the voices of people with disabilities and to open critical conversations on imagining an inclusive barrier-free society that accepts diverse identities.


Nick Nurse Business '99

Nick Nurse Nick began his career in banking as a teller at TD Bank in the early 2000s and earned a degree in Management and Enterprise Development from Ryerson University in 2003, after graduating from Sheridan with a diploma in business. Since then, Nick has held progressive roles in retail banking at TD, including Financial Advisor and Branch Service Manager. In 2015 Nick made a transition to corporate HR and supported multiple teams including Employee Programs and Leaves Management. Recent positions include strategy roles in Organizational Effectiveness and Wellness Benefits. His work in Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) over the years, as well as his own lived experiences, have broadened his understanding of social justice issues in the Black, LGBTQ2+ and Indigenous communities. This led to him to lend consultant support for TD's Gender Identify Evolution Management (GIEM) project in 2019.  In May of 2021, Nick was able to contribute his talent in D&I strategy and planning to the successful execution of TD's Red Dress Day event featuring notable Indigenous activist, Sheila North. In addition, he is a 2021 mentor with TENT partnership for LBGTQ2+ refugees and creates written content for the Black Employee Network at TD. Other notable external organizations that Nick has partnered with are the Aids Committee of Toronto and Pride Toronto. Nick has enjoyed travel to Italy, Spain, South America, Barbados, Cuba and Mexico and is able to communicate in basic written and spoken Spanish. He enjoys delicious food from around the world, 70s/80s music with a special affection for Latin jazz, human interest stories in cinema, personal writing projects and has an organic/holistic approach to physical/mental health and well-being. He lives with his partner in Toronto, Ontario.

Nick currently manages the Black History Month and Music/Ethno-Cultural portfolios in Corporate Citizenship at TD.


George Alevizos, Theatre and Drama Studies '19

George AlevizosGeorge is a professional actor living in Toronto. Being a graduate of the joint Theatre and Drama Studies program with the University of Toronto/Sheridan College, He has gone to work on multiple on camera projects including a guest starring role on the CityTV hit show Hudson and Rex and being featured on CBS’s Star Trek Discovery (among commercial work). On top of his on-camera roles, he’s gone to work with many live theatre companies in Ontario including Drayton Entertainment, Cahoots Theatre, LemonTree Creations, and he’s currently working with the company Shakespeare in the Ruff. Being the first graduate in a wheelchair of any professional training program in the country, he is a huge advocate for actors with disabilities in the industry, and will continue to fight until there is proper, and equal representation amongst all minority groups.


BLACKS Career Conversation Series: Diversity at the Top - Leading with Purpose

Panelists Bios 

Evangeline Chima

Evangeline ChimaEvangeline Chima is the founder of Black Mentorship Inc. BMI – an organization dedicated to fostering the professional growth and personal expansion of Black professionals through education, mentorship and skills building. BMI was born out of her personal experiences with systemic racism and bias as a Black professional woman in Canada. Despite having a master's degree in Information Technology Services, diplomas in Computer Network, Project Management, and Business Analysis – along with numerous professional certifications and her work ethics and commitment, she could not reach her professional aspirations.

Out of these experiences and with the recognition that Black professionals are underrepresented across industries and underrepresented in leadership roles, Evangeline created Black Mentorship Inc – (BMI) to inspire, support, and mentor Black professionals to fulfill their potential, build community, and promote change.

Evangeline created a framework to ensure every Black person has an opportunity to reach personal & professional empowerment through mentorship, education, and skills building.
Evangeline provides consultation to Sheridan College executives and academic leadership teams on Equity, Diversity & Inclusion through the BLACKS (Black Leadership, Ambition, Collective Knowledge and Success) initiative. This past summer, she provided mentorship to 16 Sheridan students through Sheridan College's Virtual Internship Program (VIP) – Innovation accelerator stream.
She encourages communities and organizations to imbed Equity and Inclusion within their change planning to create a safe, inclusive workplace. Through her work, Evangeline offers students from diverse communities internship opportunities via the Black Mentorship Inc. platform.

Evangeline sits on the Learning Disabilities Association of Halton-Hamilton Board, the Halton Equity Diversity Roundtable, HIEC Partnership Advisory Table, and participates in many strategic planning and program development roundtables – promoting change and building safe, inclusive and equitable communities.

Evangeline has been named one of the Black women to watch, and she is nominated for the Women of Inspiration Award. Her dream is to see every Black professional propel and reach their full potential. She is also a devoted wife & mother of four boys!

Ryan Knight, Accounting ‘12

Ryan KnightRyan Knight is the inaugural inductee into the Pilon School of Business Hall of Fame in the Recent Graduate category. He has distinguished himself with his tireless efforts to promote equity and remove historical barriers faced by Black business owners. He is the President and Co-Founder of the Afro-Caribbean Business Network (ACBN), created in 2018 as a response to his own experience of looking for support and networking. The ACBN works to unify and educate Black entrepreneurs in its network of more than 3,000 businesses, and in early 2021 began working on a research partnership with the Pilon School of Business to identify the needs of Black entrepreneurs and develop recommendations and resources to help build their business capacity.
“As a community, we face invisibility in currently available data,” Knight says. “Race-based data has not been historically collected, therefore, the actual reality that many entrepreneurs face in the Black community is not adequately reflected.”

Knight is also passionate about the need to provide youth with the skills they require to succeed as entrepreneurs. He is the founder of Detailing Knights, a mobile auto-cleaning company that gives young students the chance to run a franchise for the summer. He is also a social enterprise coach for the Youth Entrepreneurs’ Innovation Space, and acts as a leader at Empowered 4X, a business accelerator targeted at supporting start-ups from traditionally underrepresented communities. He is a volunteer board member for the Peel Learning Foundation, which assists families living in poverty, and a board member of Social Economy Through Social Inclusion. Knight was the winner of the Brampton Board of Trade Business Excellence Award in 2019.

A 2013 recipient of the Emerging Entrepreneur Award from the Toronto Board of Trade, Knight was named to the Brampton Board of Trade’s Top 40 Under 40 list in 2017.

Tanya Sinclair, Human Resources ‘14

Tanya SinclairTanya Sinclair is an award-winning human resources leader providing strategy, advocacy, and policy development advice with a focus on diversity and inclusion to corporations and the community. Tanya completed her HR education at Sheridan College and now holds the Certified Human Resources Executive (CHRE) designation along with the Distinguished HR Professional DHRP. Tanya has a master of arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Royal Roads University. Tanya is currently the Director, Talent Management at Ryerson University. In 2020, she founded a not-for-profit network called Black Human Resources Professionals of Canada through her desire to directly discover, connect and empower all Black HR professionals. Tanya’s leadership philosophy is lead, learn, laugh.

Faith Tull, Marketing ‘88

Faith TullFaith Tull is a highly accomplished global human resources leader who inspires and motivates others to aim for success through resilience and determination. Currently a consultant and a York University instructor, as well as a member of the Pilon School of Business BBA Program Advisory Council, Tull has blazed a trail across the HR landscape, having held top leadership positions in blue chip companies in a variety of industries. Faith is this year’s inductee into the Pilon School of Business Hall of Fame that celebrates alumni who have had a long, successful career. She has held leadership roles in human resources at Intelex Technologies, ULC/Industrial Scientific Corp., Randstad Canada, and First Canadian Title. She also made significant contributions in her roles at Sanofi Pasteur, GlaxoSmithKline and Husky Injection Molding.

Tull started her life in Canada as a 10-year-old new immigrant from Jamaica, who struggled to keep up with others at school and had to be put back a grade level. She says she spent the next decade of her life trying to catch up with her peers, but never gave up. She remained steadfast in her pursuit of education and earned her Business Administration Marketing diploma at Sheridan in 1988. She received her bachelor of arts degree in Industrial/Labour Relations at the University of Toronto in 1995, and then went on to get a certificate in Adult Education at OISE (U of T). In 2011, she completed her Master of Human Resources Management from York University – 23 years after she received her Sheridan diploma.

Named one of Canada’s 23 Top Black Canadians to Watch in 2016, Tull is a role model for Sheridan’s students. She strongly believes that it is imperative for human resources strategies to be closely aligned with the priorities of business. “My view is that all functions are charged with a specific mandate, each different from the other but none more important than the other. The people strategy permeates throughout the entire business life cycle. Once HR professionals appreciate this, they will continue to be invited to the table,” she says.

Passionate about giving back, Tull also provides mentorship and coaching to aspiring and seasoned business professionals. She also volunteers with multiple organizations in the Black community.

 
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