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Highlights: Designing Your Life: Unique Careers of Advanced Degree Holders

February 08, 2017

On February 7 at the Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, graduate students and postdocs gathered to meet with 12 SFU grad student alumni who pursued interesting, non-linear careers beyond academia. Despite the snowy weather, over 70 people attended this pioneer event and it was a great success. Attendees learned from the panelists about their experiences in making the decision to find a career outside of academia, and how they got to where they are today. 

The event was organized by the Office of Graduate Studies and Postdoctoral StudiesCareer and Volunteer Services, and the SFU Alumni Association.

Designing Your Life 2017

MC, John Horn welcoming everyone during the opening. 

Designing Your Life 2017

Brendan Connors describes his experience navigating career transitions and its challenges. During the plenary session, each panelist answered a question related to their career path and personal experiences. 

Designing Your Life 2017

Attendees had the chance to speak with panelists during the three roundtable sessions. 

Designing Your Life 2017

The networking session was a lively exchange of ideas and connections. 


  • Aaron Cruikshank (MA, Public Policy), Managing Partner, Crux Group
  • Adrian Moise (PhD, Computing Science), Founder and CEO, Aequilibrium Software
  • Brendan Connors (PhD, Biology), Senior Systems Ecologist, ESSA Technologies
  • Cindy Jiang (MPH, Public Health), Manager, Threadworks
  • Darcie Bennett (PhD, Sociology), Director of Strategy, Pivot Legal Society
  • Helen Kang (PhD, Sociology), Medical Writer and Researcher
  • Joanne Hastie (MBA, Business Administration), Marketing, Sponsorship & Business Development Director, GranFondo Canada and professional artist
  • Mike Damiani (PhD, Chemistry), Patent Lawyer
  • John Grant (MED, Education), Director, SFU Alumni Relations
  • Parvind Grewal (PhD, Mechatronics), Systems Analyst, Provincial Health Services Authority
  • Robin Roff (PhD, Geography), Conflict Resolution Specialist, UBC Faculty Association
  • Steve Anderson (MA, Communication), Founder and Senior Strategist, OpenMedia

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