Lifelong Education as a Stepping Stone Toward Meaningful Employment

April 20, 2016

6:00PM - 8:30PM

Innovate Calgary (Alastair Ross Technology Centre), 3553-31 St. NW, Calgary, T2L 2K7

$10 to cover cost of refreshments. Cash payment at door also available.

  • Have you finished your degree/diploma and are hesitant about your next steps?
  • Are you a young professional, in an early stage of your career, who is seeking ways to expand your knowledge?
  • Or maybe you are a new Canadian who is looking for opportunities to upgrade your skills and fill any knowledge gaps about the specifics of your profession in Canada?
  • Are you wondering if continuing education or even a more advanced degree will make you more competitive in a tough job market?

Come and hear from our experts about the role of education in targeting meaningful employment.


$ 10 online at or at the door (cash only)


5:45 pm:    Registration
6:15 pm:    Introduction to MentorUP, the event and speakers
6:30 pm:    Evelyn Brisibe & Kate Estby, Mount Royal University:
                           Success Through Continuing Education
7:00 pm:    Natascha Doiron, Bow Valley College:
                           Become Indispensable, Education Matters
7:30 pm:    Break
7:40 pm:    Wendy Hutchins & Guido van Marle, University of Calgary:
                            School’s Not Out: Subscribe now to the School of Life Long Learning
8:10 pm:    Networking: Practice your networking skills with mentors, speakers and attendees
8:30 pm:    Event ends


Speaker bios

University of Calgary
Wendy Hutchins, PhD
Wendy Hutchins, MLT, BSc, DipHons, PhD, SciComm   The alphabet soup should say it.  Wendy is a wanderer.  Even while taking a whole bunch of advanced microbiology courses, she found it important to take flower arranging and quilting – how many of you have transcripts like that?   Sometimes you just have to go on a tangent or maybe you still don’t know what you want to be when you grow up.  Wendy likes to rant about what education really gives you (especially your PhD) and why we are all enrolled in the school of lifelong learning.

University of Calgary
Guido van Marle, MSc, PhD
Director International Partnerships and Engagement|Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement Director Biomedical Sciences|Bachelor of Health Sciences Program Associate Professor|Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Infectious Diseases Cumming School of Medicine|University of Calgary. Guido is a Canadian permanent resident from the Netherlands.  His perspective on ContEd deals with student’s expectations on graduation…  that they are TOTALLY equipped for jobs…which most are not.  And what you have to think about once you have your degree.

Mount Royal University
Evelyn Brisibe, MBA PM, PMP, CBAP
Evelyn has over 20 years of project management experience with special focus on areas such as business improvements and change management. She is a long standing instructor in several Continuing Education programs including Business Process Management, Business Analysis and Lean.

Mount Royal University
Kate Estby, B.Sc., B.Ed.
Kate is a Program Coordinator at Mount Royal University. She brings her passion for education to her current role in supporting Adult Learners through Continuing Education.

Chiu School of Business, Bow Valley College
Natascha Doiron, MBA
Natascha Doiron’s professional competencies encompass the areas of post-secondary education, business development, hospitality, trade, software technology, marketing, communications, and project management. Prior to joining Bow Valley College in her role of Coordinator for Professional and Continuing Studies at the Chiu School of Business, Natascha has held leadership positions within the academic industry for over 15 years. She is an advocate that believes people can develop their full potential through education. She has built her expertise by helping thousands of individuals gain transferable skills to advance their career. Natascha is also recognized for her leadership in social entrepreneurship and innovation and is the recipient of excellence awards. Natascha holds a Post MBA in Asian Business Management, an EMBA in European Business Management, and an MBA in North American Business Management.