MentorU Panel Discussion: Advice for New Graduates and Early Career Professionals

Are you graduating but struggling to transition from academia to industry? Have you thought about switching your career, but are not sure if it is the right decision and how to proceed? MentorUP is hosting a panel discussion featuring four accomplished senior professionals, with lots of industry experience, and who served in executive leadership and senior management roles. Join us for an engaging discussion and gain insight on what skills and qualities are important to succeed in the workplace early in your career; and to market yourself to industry employers.

When: Wednesday, 20 May 2015 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (MDT)
Where: TEC Edmonton (4th floor), 10230 Jasper Ave, Edmonton
Cost: $10 (25% off for early-bird registration)
Follow this link to register online

Meet Our Panelists
Don Cornthwaite, P.Eng | Founder, TNICO start-up and Senior Manager, McElhanney
Gail Powley, P.Eng | VP, Corporate Development, Willowglen Systems
Lana Sweeney | Executive Administration, R.W. Gibson Consulting Ltd.
Tyler Waye | President, IN.FORM

The two main topics of discussion will be:

  • The “Gap” – important skills, company processes, and field exposure that are not taught in school but needed for New Graduates in their job role. It will also be about the gap for graduating students with advanced degrees (PhD, MASc) seeking to leave academia yet struggling to find work.
  • Career Change – how to make successful transitions between jobs, how to decide if it is worth to take the risk, how to handle the situation if you are a highly educated person (e.g. PhD degree).

Do you have a specific question, you would like to address to our panelists?
If so, submit it to

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SouthVenture Student Entrepreneur Speaker Series (Lethbridge)

Guest Speaker: Dr. Rupal Patel

Northeastern University
Speech Scientist, Social Entreprenuer
TED Speaker

Thursday, April 16
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
#210, Penny Building
324 – 5th St. S, Lethbridge
Refreshments will be provided

Human Powered Technologies for Social Change

Dr. Patel looks for ways to give voice to the voiceless; she developed a technology
that combines real human voices with the characteristics of individual speech
patterns. The result is VocalID, an innovation that gives people who can’t speak
the ability to communicate in a voice all on their own.

Please Register:
or send an email to

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MentorYOU (Calgary) “Be the Project Manager of Your Job Search”

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

Wed. May 6th, 6:30-9:00 pm

Have you been able to pick up bits and pieces of job search strategy advice but have not been able to put it all together? Do you feel like you understand the Calgary job search but can’t seem to pin point exactly where things are going off the rails? Would you like to hear a simple process that has literally helped 1000’s of people right here in the city launch their careers?

The process you will pick up at this event has helped our speaker, Debbie Mastel, launch her career from working at a 10 person family business, to landing a job with the largest integrated oil & gas companies in Calgary. Debbie Mastel has helped 1000’s of people right here in Calgary with their career strategies and today is going to share some of her knowledge, tips and tricks to help you keep your networking alive using social media.

Speaker bio:
Debbie Mastel is a Critical Talent Specialist at Devon Energy and has previous experience in the same position with Suncor Energy. She has recruited talent for mid and senior level technical position and filled over 15% of “Difficult to Fill” positions by non traditional forms of recruiting like mapping, direct sourcing and by using social media, specifically Linkedin. She is an experienced speaker at career development events including at the Global Petroleum Show. Debbie holds a BA in English and is a certified LinkedIn recruiter.

6:30 pm – Registration
7:00 pm – Introduction
7:05 pm – Speaker presentation and Q&A
7:30 pm – Networking
9:00 pm – Event ends

Online via or at the door. Cost of $10 serves to cover the cost of refreshments.

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