Grad Career Month 2011


Thomson House 3650 rue McTavish, Montreal, QC, H3A 1Y2, CA

If you are open to explore or pursue a career path outside academia, Grad Career Month showcases careers that capitalize on graduate training. Here is your chance to get your questions answered, build job search strategies that work and get the career mentoring you need. This series of panels, presentations, workshops and much more offers career options in industry, government and the non-profit sector. Networking starts here.

To view a list of panelist and bios, click here

Careers in International "Development" Panel
April 4, 12:00 - 1:30

All of our panel members have had international development careers and graduate training. Learn about how they got there and the advice they have for the emerging international development workforce.


David Ainsworth, PhD Information Officer Outreach and Major Groups, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, United Nations Environment Programme

Robin McLay, Executive Director, McGill's Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID)

Richard Zereik, Associate Director, Services for Students in the Office of the Executive Director, Services for Students

Claude Sauveplane, Ph.D., Former Interregional Consultant for Water for the United Nations, Board Member of Action Contre la Faim-Canada.

Leigh Jaschke, Education Specialist, Equitas

David Julien, D.Ps., Manager, Program Development World Anti-Doping Agency

How to Build a Career in International "Development" Presentation
April 4, 2:00 - 3:30

Learn about the steps you can take locally to move your international career forward.


Richard Zereik, MEd., Associate Director, Services for Students in the Office of the Executive Director, Services for Students, McGill University

Job Search Essentials for Grad Students Talk
April 6, 12:00 - 1:30

The essential  3 steps of career planning  and an overview of the job search toolkit (CVs,  Cover Letters, Interviews)  will be presented. You will hear from 2 graduate student career advisors who will share the key concerns and their solutions that graduate students face.


Lorna MacEachern, M.A., Graduate Student Career Advisor

Susan Molnar, M.Ed. Graduate Student Career Advisor

Careers in Psychology, Social Work & Counselling Speed Mentoring Event
April 7, 6:00 - 8:00

Do you know about all the career options in Counseling,  Psychology, Social Work?

Come to this speed mentoring event that promises to be both enjoyable and informative, organized by McGill's Career and Planning Services and the Quebec Counseling Association. Mentors will be seasoned professionals working in a variety of settings and specialties within the helping professions. As new professionals or graduate students, you will have an opportunity to meet with each mentor and engage in a discussion about their career and ways to get involved in their line of work. Feel free to bring your questions and exchange your contact information so that this event can serve as an important first step toward a mutually beneficial mentoring relationship.


Jack Hirschberg, PhD., Forensic psychologist and professor, Private practice and Concordia University

Carmela Mindel, M.A, M.Ed, President & Psychologist, Argyle Institute of Human Relations

Richard Zereik, Med Counselling Psychology, Associate Director, Services for Students in the Office of the Executive Director, Services for Students, McGill University

Rebecca Murray, M.A., M.F.T., Director and Therapist, Montreal Therapy Centre, Queen Elizabeth Health Complex

Jaclyn Mestel, MSW., Counsellor & Social Worker, Community and Private Practice

Lorraine Beaton, M.Ed., Guidance Counsellor, New Frontiers School Board

Vera Romano, PhD. McGill Counselling Services and McGill Educational and Counselling Psychology Lecturer

Rhona Bezonsky, MSW, Social Worker, Consultant, and Supervisor, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, McGill University Health Center

Lorne Flavelle, M.Ed., President and practitioner, National Private Practitioner chapter and private practice, respectively.

Sophie Buckiewicz, Addictions Counsellor, Pavillon Foster

Mary Ann Lichacz-Karwatsky, M.Ed., Educational Counsellor, high schools and adult centres.

Careers in Consulting Panel
April 8, 12:00 - 1:30

A collection of consultants in various fields will discuss how they capitalized on their graduate training. They will answer any questions you may have about their industry and tell you more about what they actually do, to help you determine your first steps and beyond.


Michael Anstey, Consultant, Boston Consulting Group, Toronto

Etienne Richer PhD, Senior Research Application Associate, BioMedCom

Anne H. Pertus, Senior Partner, Talent Management, The Pillars 

Edsel Phillip, Technology Consulting Analyst, Accenture, Montreal

How to Crack the Consulting Case Interview  
April 8, 2:30 - 4:00

Learn how to navigate through this unique interview style that is used for management consulting from a Boston Consulting Group perspective. 


Michael Anstey, Consultant, Boston Consulting Group, Toronto

CEGEP Career Fair
April 11, 12:00 - 3:00

Back again by popular demand! Come meet human resource representatives, deans and professors from local CEGEPs and discuss current teaching opportunities and the process of hiring.

Dawson College, Vanier College, College Lionel Groulx, Marianopolis College

Managing Your Finances as a Graduate Student & Beyond
April 14

Workshop 1 - 12:00 - 1:30
Workshop 2 - 3:00 - 4:30

Ye$ You Can... manage your finances now and get on the right track for life!

This 90 minute Financial Fitness clinic will help you manage your budget, understand credit, avoid risks and maximize income potential. We'll talk about what can go wrong and what can go right when you set your goals and plan for your future.  Useful  worksheets and handouts as well as online resources to be made available to participants.


Brenda Shanahan, Financial Educator

What You Want: The Art of Negotiation Presentation
April 20, 12:00 - 1:30

This seminar will be an interactive, fun, and interesting way to learn about negotiations and acquire information that will help you develop your negotiating skills.  Whether it's a salary negotiation, a promotion, acquiring a job,  bargaining a deal, learning how to work effectively in a team environment, or networking, you will be called upon to negotiate. It is not as daunting as it seems once you've developed a sensible approach.


Jay Allen Hewlin, Esq.

Science Careers Outside Academia
April 26, 12:00 - 1:30

If you think that a graduate degree in science means a future only in academia come discover what scientists are doing in the private and public sectors and how they partner with academics?

A collection of seasoned professionals will discuss how they capitalized on their graduate training in the Sciences, brainstorm about your career options and answer any questions you may have about the industry at large.


Maria Schamis Turner, Freelance Science Writer

Janine Lepage, Senior Consultant, Le Groupe JBL

Bill O'Neil PhD, Associate Director, Business Development, BioMedCom

Anne-Marie Alarco,  Director of Research Development, Génome Québec

Pharma Careers 101 Presentation:  An Overview
April 26, 2:00 - 3:30

The medical department of pharmaceutical companies offer a variety of positions to MSc, PhD and MD graduates. Positions available in clinical research, medical affairs, regulatory affairs, pharmacovigilence, compliance and medical information will be described.  Day-to-day tasks and skills required to perform in these positions will be discussed.  As well, tips on how to prepare for the interview and what to expect in the first 100 days on the job will be presented.


Janice Albert, MSc Pharmacology. Currently, PhD candidate in Experimental Surgery

Careers in the Government Panel
April 27, 12:00 - 1:30

The federal government is consistently chosen by students  as their 1st choice employer.

This is your opportunity to find out about career opportunities in the federal service. Panel members will speak about their own career path, help you understand the organizational structure and where you might fit in.


Robin McLay, Executive Director, McGill's Institute for the Study of International Development (ISID)

Karine Bernier, Masters in Public Administration,   Coordinator, Speakers Program, Foreign Affairs & International Trade

Karen Richardson, Program Manager, Environmental Information Commission for Environmental Cooperation

Paula Charbonneau-Gowdy, Senior Advisor, Learning Development and Technologies, Canada School of Public Service

Registration required through myFuture. From your homepage, click on the Events tab followed by the Workshop tab and keyword GCM 2011.