Vancouver, BC: Creating a Remarkable Career

April 10, 2013

Recent alumni and current students of SFU are invited to participate in a panel presentation/discussion on best practices for career development for young professionals.

The SFU Alumni Association is on a mission to answer the question of what we would do if we could see out into the future, rewind our careers and replay it in order to ensure we maximize our success and minimize our regrets.

To help gain insight, we have three diverse speakers - distinguished leaders in their respective communities - who have created remarkable career for themselves.  Get insight into their journey as they answer the following questions: 

  • What were the turning points in their career? 
  • What did they regret most? 
  • What would they have done differently within 5 years of graduating university?
  • What were their successes?

After the speaker presentations, there will be a Q&A session, followed by networking and mingling with your peers.

Wednesday, April 10

Light appetizers and networking at 5:30 PM
Formal program starts at 6:00 PM

Segal Graduate School of Business, SFU
500 Granville Street
Vancouver, BC

Cost:  $20 (includes light appetizers and a beverage).  Yes, you can bring a non-alumni guest with you!  Their ticket cost is $25.

Speakers:  Click here or scroll down.

Speaker Bio's

Andrea Vanden Enden,
BBA '02

Connect Leader and Lead
for KPMG

Andrea VandenEnden currently serves as a Connect Leader and Lead for KPMG’s nationwide Alumni Program. She works with KPMG partners and industry contacts across Canada to put into action the firm’s strategy for building a strong alumni base. Prior to serving in this role, Andrea was a human resources manager within KPMG's Europe, Middle East and Asia Region where she was responsible for the management of various learning and development and recruitment projects across these three regions.

Experience to date includes organizing and running various training courses, global mobility programs, online learning systems, and campus recruitment initiatives and conferences. Andrea’s career path has led her around the world and she has had the opportunity to work in Vancouver, Atlanta and as far away as Amsterdam.

Andrea is a Chartered Accountant and graduated from Simon Fraser University in the BBA program that included the completion of five co-op terms. She also holds a Master of Professional Accounting degree from the University of Saskatchewan. Andrea is also an accredited MBTI (Meyers Briggs Type Indicator) facilitator, Step I and II.

Angus Reid,
BA '00

Offensive Lineman,
BC Lions, CFL

Angus Reid is an Offensive Lineman for the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League. With 13 years of professional athletics under his belt, Angus is a Grey Cup Champion, an SFU graduate and has played for the Simon Fraser Clan.

The home grown star out of Richmond has been with the BC Lions since 2001, and has been their starting center since 2003. Angus has played in 3 Grey Cups, winning with the Lions in 2006 and 2011.

He has played in 200 pro games ranking him in the top 5 all time for BC Lions. He was also a CFL allstar in the 2011, 2012 season. Angus has been a conference All Star, lineman of the year nominee, lineman of the week winner, a "Friday Night Gladiator", team captain, and Grey Cup Champion. At one time he had an astounding 142 consecutive games played ironman streak.

In his career as a professional athlete, Angus has experienced his fair share of successes and set-backs and lives by the mantra that true greatness comes not from knowing, but doing.

Angus holds a Bachelor of Arts from SFU and comes from a family of SFU alumni.

Cynthia Dyson,
BA '91

Director of Marketing Communications and Strategy for BC Hydro

Cynthia Dyson currently serves as the Director of Marketing Communications and Brand Strategy for BC Hydro. Cynthia’s job is to convince customers to save energy. In her role at BC Hydro, she and her team lead marketing communications activities across the BC Hydro and Power Smart brands including advertising, digital media, community investment and outreach, school programs and retiree engagement. In 2009, BC Hydro was named Marketer of the Year by the BCAMA. Cynthia is a “veteran” BC Hydro employee, having spent close to twenty years in various leadership capacities in the organization including corporate and employee communications, community relations and sustainability. Cynthia is also a former instructor with the Langara College Public Relations program and has also held communication roles within Overwaitea Foods and Vancouver Coastal Health.

Cynthia holds a Bachelor of Arts with a Communications concentration that included the completion of the co-op program, from Simon Fraser University. She has also completed the Co-Active Leader Program in organization leadership from the Coaches Training Institute.