Check out our previous Conference Speakers below!

Embracing Change: One Constant in Life - Glenda Watson Hyatt

Are you experiencing a constant stream of change? Are you struggling to keep your head above water?

Using storytelling and her sense of humour to share living with cerebral palsy, Glenda Watson Hyatt describes a myriad of changes in her ambitions and interests; in the technology that increase her capabilities; and in her perception of what is possible. All these combined have led her to a most unexpected career path. She reveals five requisite characteristics for navigating and embracing changes.

Changes are inevitable throughout life. Glenda reassures you that the key to successfully navigating changes depends on how you embrace them.

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Author, motivational speaker and badass agitator Glenda Watson Hyatt inspires people who are silently screaming “There’s more to me!” and yet they are unsure in which direction to go to move forward. Using an iPad text-to-speech app to accommodate her significant speech impairment, she motivates audiences to identify their dream and to take action.

Innovation & Entrepreneur: Critical skills for an uncertain world - Dr. Sarah Lubik

In an increasingly unpredictable future, innovation and entrepreneurship skills are new form of job security, but they are about far more than just starting companies.  Entrepreneurship and innovation are about a mindset and a skills base that do not date and make you ready to create your own opportunities.

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Dr. Sarah Lubik is SFU’s Director of Entrepreneurship. She is co-Champion of the Technology Entrepreneurship@SFU program,  lectures in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and a researcher in entrepreneurship and commercialization.  Sarah has been named one of Business in Vancouver’s Top 40 under 40 and an Innovation Leader by the Government of Canada. She is also a certified business coach and the co-founder of Lungfish Dive Systems.

Sarah holds a BBA (honours) from SFU and a masters and PhD from Cambridge.

Tackling the Dread: Winning Interview Skills - Judi Huta

Job Interviews are the much dreaded and feared necessity every job seeker must experience not only once but usually up to 10 times before finally landing the right job. Ask yourself:
- What do employers expect to hear and see in a Job Interview?
- How do I prepare for the interview to ensure I am a STAR performer?
- Do l know the stages of the Job Interview?

This session will give you the confidence and skills to successfully tackle your next interview and show the employer that YOU are the right person for the job!

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Judi Huta, a Certified Career Development Practitioner, working with WCG Services, has over 20 years’ experience in assisting people enter and re-enter the workforce. Judi develops and delivers workshops on such topics as crafting a winning resume and cover letter, interview skills, finding the hidden job market, and employer wants and needs. She engages with the business community to identify workforce challenges and solutions that create great matches for both the job seeker and perspective employer. Judi is an instructor at Douglas College in the Career Development Practitioner Program.

What You Need To Know About LinkedIn - Kristin Vandegriend   

LinkedIn can be used as an effective platform to find work and build long-term career success. In this workshop, we’ll cover how to:

· Optimize your LinkedIn profile to get noticed
· Find job opportunities and get valuable career information
· Develop a reliable, authentic network
· Build your professional brand   


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Kristin Vandegriend is the owner of Career Story, a career management company focused on helping people take control of their careers and find the work they deserve. 

What Employers are Seeking in New Hires - Employer Panel

Everybody has ideas about what you should do to land your first job, but what do actual employers say?

In this session you will get information directly from the source. Representatives from some of Vancouver's most respected organizations will share their insights in what they are looking for in new hires. You will hear their views on the skills they most value, their thoughts on the relationship between school and experience, and how social media is used by recruiters. There will also be an opportunity for smaller, more intimate conversations where you can ask your own burning questions.

Meet representatives from Vancouver Airport Authority, Vancity and Lululemon Athletica

Gwen Dimen has over 7 years of experience in Human Resources, working in the public and private sector. Currently she works as an Employment Advisor in the area of Diversity and Inclusion at Vancouver Airport Authority, one of the world’s top-rated airports driven by the strengths of their people. Careers with the Airport Authority are varied and challenging, they invest in the development of their employees through on-the-job and classroom training that promotes health and wellness, as well as, personal and professional growth.

Lindsay Bissett supports Talent and Recruitment for Enterprise Services & Enterprise Risk Divisions as a Talent Consultant in Vancity’s People Solutions department, while working on an inclusive Youth Internship Program, delving into inclusive hiring practices, deepening involvement with Vancity's Diversity and Inclusion portfolio and much more. This exciting role keeps her close to the evolving work of her organization and focused on collaboration. Before joining the Talent Team Lindsay worked in a variety of roles within Vancity’s branch network, Community Investment department, Microfinance team and enjoyed a brief summer in Marketing. Outside of work Lindsay is a Board Member for Baobab Inclusive Empowerment Society, the littlest Surrey Not for Profit with the biggest heart, where she manages their Social Media.

Dayna Gerson started her journey in Human Resources at Hootsuite Media Inc, where she was able to develop and grow for almost 3 years. She recently transitioned to lululemon and is now a People and Culture Specialist supporting the Product organization. She is a SFU Alumni with a B.A in Communications. Ask about her career transition from university to the world of work at the Backpack to Briefcase Employer Panel!

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