MentorUP Coffee Night – How To Become An Entrepreneur (Edmonton, 9 December)

Some people seem to be born with the business aptitude, flourishing with entrepreneurial ideas and opening one company after another. But many of us yet wish to learn how to come up with business ideas, how to pave the way from idea to practice, and find where the starting capital sits. Find answers to these and many other questions by joining our mentors and local businessmen at the next MentorUP Discussion Night devoted to entrepreneurship and essentials of starting own business.

Where: Fantasia Caffé – Enterprise Square,
10230 Jasper Ave (Bay LRT station)
When: 9 December 2015, 18:30 – 21PM
Cost: Free

Please RSVP here – space is limited

Snacks will be provided!

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Resources for your job-search

Venturing out on a job-search can be like setting out to climb a mountain without knowing the path and the tools needed. Some may build on past experience or learn over time to find the right path, but sometimes it is worth seeking assistance to give you the right tools and chose the right approach to the summit – your new job. At this event MentorUP will host mentors that represent a few select organizations that can provide you with the tools and guidance for your job-search. The event will feature short interactive presentations and Q&A. As always there will also be ample time to practice your networking skills with mentors and other attendees.

BESTT stands for Bridge for Engineering, Science and Technology Talent, and is a collaboration between industry, government and academia. BESTTjobs is an example of that collaboration teaming up BESTT with Office Jobs to align advanced talent with advanced Alberta organizations. This is a new organizational structure that is combining private business and the not-for-profit sector in order to advance both. The primary objective is to facilitate connections between these high calibre talent with Alberta organizations. The objective of this panel today is to discuss early stages of development on this new program. We are here to inform about the program but also to hear from you to find out what you need to see from an organization such as this for it to be of value to you.

Time and date:
Wednesday, 18 November 2015 from 6:10 PM to 8:20 PM (MST)

Innovate Calgary, 3553-31 St. NW, Calgary, Calgary, AB T2L 2K7, Canada

Online via (cost $10 to cover refreshments).

Program (tentative):
6:10 – 6:30 pm:  Registration
6:30 – 7:00 pm:  Introducing BESTTJOBS followed by Q&A
7:00 – 7:30 pm:  Introduction of Calgary Catholic Immigration Society (CCIS) presenter Mehrzad Eftekhar
7:30 – 8:00 pm:  Networking with presenters, mentors and other attendees
8:00 – 8:10 pm:  Closing word and thanking of Mentors and attendees

For CCIS – Mehrzad Eftekhar :
Mehrsad has been in the role of The Corporate Outreach Liaison at CCIS since May 2014. This role’s main responsibility is to advertise and market CCIS’ programs, and to offer employer workshops to support managers, HR professionals and supervisors in the workplace that want to learn more about how to maintain a thriving multi-cultural working environment. The Corporate Outreach Liaison position offers employer partnerships and/or coo perative opportunities to connect employers to the immigrant talent pool.Conducting mock interviews, recruiting candidates and filling partner job openings, facilitating career fairs and workshops, developing and maintaining CCIS’ recruitment website, are all values that this key position adds to newcomers and employers alike.

For BESTTJOBS – Gail Powley:
Gail is currently the Vice President, Corporate Development at Willowglen Systems. Her responsibilities in this role include Corporate direction, product marketing, organizational design and partnering. Gail has extensive volunteer experience, which includes co-chairing the advisory board of Bridge for Engineering, Science, and Technology Talent (BESTT) and director of the Alberta Womens Science Network (AWSN), which is an Alberta-wide network that provides mentoring and professional development to support under-represented populations in the science and engineering professions. She has also served as committee co-chair in Women in APEGA (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta and currently holds the title of President in CHOA (Canadian Heavy Oil Association)

For BESTTJOBS – Shawn Baldwin:
Shawn is an HR and Recruitment leader with over 20 years of experience leading recruitment teams and HR organizations. Shawn has spent many years leading Recruitment at a local and national level with organizations such as TELUS, Tervita and Shaw Communications. Currently he is the President of Office Jobs, a nearly 30 year old employment agency located here in Calgary. He is also in charge of a new hiring initiative in Calgary called Hire10, which is putting together a group of organizations that are committed to hiring 10 new employees in the coming months.

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Consider the Path towards a Technical Management Position


Understanding management in a STEM field

It is important to understand the role and transition of a technical specialist in contrast to a manager, if you love working in a team environment and leading technical professionals, then a management position might be your ideal career path!

In our MentorU Series, we are inviting professionals who have experienced transitioning from a technical researcher to a managerial role. The event will offer valuable insight, like:

• What did they do to qualify for a management position?

• What skills must one learn to succeed as a manager?

When: Tuesday, November 10 2015 | 7:00-9:00 PM (MST)
Where: Tec Edmonton Atrium – 4th Floor Bay Enterprise Square
Cost: $10 ($7.50 for early-bird registration)

Buy your tickets online at Eventbrite
RSVP and share the event on Facebook

Early-bird discount ends November 1st!


Azeret Zuniga, PhD – Associate Manager Gilead Sciences

Horazio Carletti, MASC – Project Manager Willowglen Systems Inc.


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