What can you do with your degree?

What can you do with your degree?

A career exploration panel series

Learn how you can make the leap from university to a rewarding career.

  • Hear from industry experts about career options in specific industries—and how they broke into their sectors
  • Learn about the current job market
  • Get meaningful advice on your career plans
  • Figure out your next steps after graduation

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Tues, Feb 28
5:30 - 7 p.m.
Turpin A110

Working in the bio-medical and health sector

Science, Engineering, Exercise Science, Physical and Health Education, and Human and Social Development

Tues, Mar 14
5:30 - 7 p.m.

Cornett A120

Marketing, communications, public relations and new media

Fine Arts, Humanities, Business and Social Sciences

Wed, Mar 15
5:30 - 7 p.m.

Clearihue A212

What can you do with your degree in English?


Thurs, Mar 16
5:30 - 7 p.m.

Cornett A221

Working in the field of environmental sustainability and green technology

Engineering, Social Sciences, Science and Business

About the panelists

Working in the bio-medical and health sector (Tues, Feb 28)

Sarah LeBlanc - Physical Literacy Supervisor, PISE

Sport and physical activity have been a catalyst in Sarah’s life for valuing her health and wellbeing, developing strong friendships and relationships. Due to her positive experience with physical activity and sport, Sarah became passionate in promoting physical activity as a model for preventative healthcare. This led her to study a Bachelor of Science degree with a Major in Exercise Sciences at Concordia University in Montreal. Throughout her studies, Sarah worked as a Fitness Monitor at PERFORM, Concordia’s Exercise Science research centre. There, Sarah gained experience training and educating people on the long term health benefits of physical activity.

Sarah discovered physical literacy when she went to work at the Pacific Institute for Sport Excellence (PISE) in 2013. It was a new concept to her, but it connected all of Sarah’s areas of interest and passions. Sarah is currently the Physical Literacy Supervisor; she develops and coordinates physical literacy programs to help create positive, developmentally appropriate physical activity experiences for participants of all abilities. Sarah also trains and leads a team of 14 part-time Physical Literacy Leaders. Sarah is grateful that she has found a field of work where she gets to collaborate and share her passion with others to develop healthier communities. 

Katy Milne - Researcher, Deeley Research Centre, BC Cancer Agency

Katy Milne graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Microbiology.  She subsequently started working at Stressgen Biotechnologies in Victoria after having done 4 co-op work terms there as a student.

In 2003, she moved to the newly built BC Cancer Agency’s Trev and Joyce Deeley Research Centre where in 2004 she started up a histology laboratory. Initially, the histology core served internal projects at the DRC but has since grown to provide histology work for collaborators both nationally and internationally for research projects and clinical trials and has developed into the Molecular and Cellular Immunology Core (MCIC). The DRC as a whole focuses on cancer and the immune system. The MCIC’s specialty is multicolour immunohistochemical staining which allows a more in-depth assessment of how tumors and the immune system interact. State-of-the-art imaging and analysis equipment allows collection of large amounts of data on small samples. 

As research needs change, Katy is also responsible for developing new methods of analyzing tissue and staying on the leading edge of her field.

Nathan Muller - Mechanical Engineer, StarFish Medical

Currently employer with StarFish Medical in Victoria, BC, Nathan is an experienced EIT with skills in the mechanical design of biomedical products.

Nathan graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from UVic in 2014, and has worked in a range of industries, including biomedical lab research, and solar and building systems design.

Zen Tharani - Senior Consultant, Gevity

Zen Tharani is a Senior eHealth and Health Informatics Management Consultant with over 16 years of specialized national and international experience rooted in leadership, management, business development, project management, program management, change management, and business analysis.  He has successfully delivered numerous regional and provincial multi-million dollar eHealth initiatives across Canada. He continues to play a significant role in shaping the future of the Health Informatics field by transitioning health informatics from theory into practice throughout the diverse health delivery settings.

Zen holds a CPHIMS-CA certification in addition to a BSc. in Health Information Science from the University of Victoria as well as a Post Graduate Diploma in Health Informatics from the University of Central Lancashire, United Kingdom.

Zen is a published author and an entrepreneur who is passionate about delivering far reaching positive effects of health information technology. An avid volunteer, Zen has spent many years giving back to the local and international communities.

Eban Tomlinson - Program Manager, Semaphore Solutions

Eban is currently Program Manager of the life science lab integration division at Semaphore Solutions. He got to this leadership position with a computer science degree, an undeclared minor in psych, and a hatred of writing code that remained undiscovered until AFTER his graduation. Having worked in IT consulting, mining, health, shipbuilding, health again, process consulting, and now genomics, his career path has varied both in role and industry. He’s happy to talk anytime about his unconventional path to leadership, and the people-first management philosophy he follows.

Cindy Trytten - Director, Research and Capacity Building, Vancouver Island Health Authority

Cindy’s career in health research is diverse and spans both the public and private sectors over 27 years.  Working in a dynamic, complex environment, she leads change by developing capacity to integrate research into practice to improve the health, well-being and quality of life of residents of Vancouver Island and beyond. Developing strong relationships and effective coalitions with diverse groups including researchers, practitioners, decision makers and patients is a key part of her role and one she enjoys immensely. She’s an avid lifelong learner, focusing at this stage on personal mastery, continuous leadership development and living mindfully.

Marketing, communications, public relations and new media (Tues, Mar 14)

Christina Harris – Brand Implementation Manager

Christina Harris, BA (Linguistics, 2000), works at UVic Communications and Marketing managing a team helping to implement the UVic Edge brand. Christina has worked in the communications field since she was a UVic student who spent most of her time working at the Martlet. While her education also includes training at the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing at Simon Fraser University, she largely credits her success to her liberal arts education, strategic perspective, strong organizational ability and self-taught design skills. 

Over the last 15+ years, Christina has held a wide variety of positions across many sectors—from freelance graphic design, writing and communications consulting for non-profits, to project manager at a small PR agency and management roles at BC Ferries and UVic. She is looking forward to talking about the many types of work available to folks with skills in communications and marketing—regardless of your educational background.

Peter Knapp – CEO and Lead Strategist

Peter completed a Bachelor of Commerce from McMaster University, where he also completed the theme school on International Justice and Human Rights. Peter worked as a research analyst immediately after graduation, before joining a small corporate communications company. He started his own company in Calgary at the age of 26, building a full-service communications agency that eventually attracted the attention of a large agency conglomerate that ended up buying the company. In 2012, Peter moved to Victoria, and started Upanup Studios, which is up to a staff of 15 and growing. Upanup is a digital-oriented marketing and communications agency that crafts user-centred experiences for businesses, brands and communities throughout Western Canada. Peter has spearheaded online marketing and communications efforts that have garnered many international awards.

Caroline Mitic - Graphic Designer, Photographer, Writer and Business Owner

Caroline Mitic completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UVic in 2005, and went on to pursue a career in graphic design.  After spending ten years working in-house for various organizations including Camosun College, she decided to venture into the world of the great unknown as a freelancer.  Caroline now does contract graphic design for a number of clients, most of who are located in Victoria.  She specializes in branding and print design, and she especially enjoys working with small businesses.  Caroline loves the world of freelance because it allows her to keep a flexible schedule and work with a diverse list of clients, including UVic.  She is passionate about design, art, writing and photography.  She has also become an expert at time-management and personal finance.

Mike Russell - Police Officer and Public Affairs and Social Media Spokesperson

Constable Mike Russell is currently a patrol officer, and formally the Public Affairs Media Spokesperson and Social Media Officer for the Victoria Police Department.

VicPD has long been a leader in using social media and technology to connect   directly with community utilizing Social Media alongside traditional media relations to connect in new and meaningful ways. From #VicPDHelps Canada Day social media tips line, to Open Source Investigation, to managing and mitigating issues before they spiral out of control, Mike’s long been at the forefront of the social media revolution.

Mike (and VicPD) have found success in social media by working directly with the community. Both officers and citizens are often looking to build on the simplicity of direct, personal connections. Mike uses connections, established through social media to help bring our communities together. This closer connection has resulted in the swift return of lost children and vulnerable older adults, the apprehension of dangerous suspects, the return of stolen property, and the improvement of traffic safety. By stepping out of the traditional media cycle, VicPD has improved public service and our public image. 

Mike is a community activist, social media geek, professional communicator, husband and father of four. 

Grant Storry - Entrepreneur, Consultant and Business Leader

Grant Storry earned his Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Victoria in 2003. During his time at UVic, Faculty of Business, Grant completed a concentration in entrepreneurship. Fast forward 14 years later, Grant has had the pleasure of seeing success as an entrepreneur, consultant, and business leader. Grant is guided by a simple philosophy to do great work and be good to people. He views the world as a place of abundance and opportunity, and loves calling Victoria his home. 

Most recently Grant worked at Beanstream Internet Commerce in dual roles of VP Emerging Products and Acting Head of Marketing for North America. While with Beanstream, Grant helped its co-founders pitch the company for acquisition as part of its divestment from Digital River (Siris Capital), and successfully positioned Beanstream for acquisition by Bambora / Nordic Capital in 2015. At Beanstream, Grant drove mobile payment innovation on the product team while also participating on the NA leadership team. His teams were responsible for launching a competitor to Square’s mobile card readers, sproutPOS.com; and worked directly with TD Bank, First Data Bank, and Apple on the launch of Apple Pay in Canada, among other highlights. 

Prior to Beanstream Grant worked at Custom House Currency Exchange, founded by Peter Gustavson. Grant was part of the leadership team that helped sell that company to Western Union for $370M USD, one of the largest acquisition valuations to occur on Vancouver Island. After the acquisition, Grant stayed on with Western Union Business Solutions managing global online marketing, and had P&L responsibilities for the online foreign currency exchange platform. After a few years Grant realized that Fortune 500 life was not for him and he left to co-found an award-winning sports betting software company locally in Victoria, Bet Smart Media, Inc. with two of his good friends.

When he’s not running his own companies, or working for others, Grant consults in the areas of digital products and digital marketing. As a consultant Grant has worked with companies primarily around mobile advertising and mobile financial technology in Silicon Valley, Seattle, and across Canada. 

What can you do with your degree in English? (Wed, Mar 15)

Kathleen Assaf

Kathleen Assaf, MA (English) 1994, works for the BC government as project leader in workforce forecasting on corporate succession management. She provides organizational leadership on workforce data integrity, use, reporting, and analysis. She also leads the analysis of legislation and policy for corporate succession management initiatives.

Brad Buie

Brad Buie, BA (English) 1999, is awards facilitator in the Vice-President Research Office at UVic. He crafts and coordinates nominations for research and teaching awards for faculty. He also teaches business communications in the Gustavson School of Business.

Sonya Chwyl

Sonya Chwyl, BA (English) 2016, is communications coordinator at Glenlyon Norfolk School (GNS). She works as part of the GNS marketing and communications team to create products that highlight our students, staff, and the GNS community. Her job involves everything from writing and editing to photography, graphic design, and video production.

Darcie Scollard

Darcie Scollard, BA (English) 2014, is with the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. She works with program areas and regional staff across the province to move website content from existing sites into a new corporate web platform. She oversees all aspects of project work, and assists with tasks such as writing and editing content, user experience testing, and training for their content management system.

Jessica Woollard

Jessica Woollard, MA (English) 2007, is a communications officer with the Greater Victoria Public Library. Storytelling is her specialty, whether she communicates through creative marketing copy, social media, public relations, and feature writing. Over the last decade, she has worked as a researcher, teacher, freelance writer, and communications professional.

Working in the field of environmental sustainability and green technology (Thurs, Mar 16)

Leanne Taylor - Senior Planner, City of Victoria

Leanne Taylor is a Senior Planner at the City of Victoria. She is currently the Area Planner for Vic West, Fernwood, North Park and Burnside/Gorge neighbourhoods. She has over eleven years of professional planning experience working for municipal government in the Capital Region. Leanne’s background includes a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning at Queen’s University, an undergraduate degree in Geography from the University of Victoria, and a Certificate in Urban Design from Simon Fraser University.

Dr. David Bristow - Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering, UVic

Dr. David N. Bristow is an Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering at the University of Victoria where he runs the Cities and Infrastructure Systems Lab. He teaches on infrastructure resilience, smart cities and sustainability in civil engineering. His research concerns systems planning and decision making through advancement and integration of theory, methodology and practice in systems engineering and risk management via ecological, network, control system, optimization and thermodynamic approaches to modeling and simulation. David’s application areas of expertise include infrastructure systems of systems; buildings; critical infrastructure; and whole cities with emphasis on sustainability, risk and resilience. His industrial experiences in the software industry and in consulting range from work on smart city messaging technology, carbon calculators and carbon planning tools to alternative energy and infrastructure resilience. David holds Doctorate and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Bachelor’s in Systems Design Engineering from the University of Waterloo.

Rahul Ray - Senior Planner, Environmental Dynamics

Rahul Ray is a Senior Planner with Environmental Dynamics. His social science, planning, and facilitation work is enhanced by his education and experience in the biological sciences. He has prepared socio-economic baseline studies, led Aboriginal community engagement programs, and conducted impact assessments for many major projects across western Canada. Rahul is a Registered Professional Planner in British Columbia and a Member of the Canadian Institute of Planners. 

His project approach has allowed him to connect with a diverse range of people across Canada, each time allowing him to build strong, respectful relationships focused on understanding issues and developing solutions. He is a strategic planner in profession and personality. He has experience as a project manager, technical specialist, engagement lead, business owner and operational leader for a team of 25 professionals.

Kelly Forbes - Outreach and Interpretation Officer, Parks Canada

Kelly Forbes works as the Outreach and Interpretation Officer for the Clam Garden Project in Gulf Islands National Park Reserve (GINPR) for Parks Canada. The Clam Garden Project is a 5 year, collaborative study involving Coastal First Nations and various partners to examine the impact of clam gardens on intertidal ecosystems, combining traditional knowledge and scientific study. Previously, Kelly worked as a Program Assistant with Fair Mining Collaborative and as a Resource Management Technician with GINPR. She holds a double major in Geography and Canadian History (2013) as well as a Bachelors of Education (Elementary & Middle Years, 2016) from the University of Victoria (UVic).

Heather Remacle - Business Analyst, Natural Resource Sector, Provincial Government of BC

Heather has worked as a public servant in the resource management and environmental fields since 2003. Her work on climate change began in 2008 with a focus on international policy and partnerships. This role gave her a broad perspective of the challenges and opportunities associated with climate change. Now, she is helping the Natural Resource Sector in government to transform how it does business, so that it can meet the needs of a changing demographic, economy, information technology landscape and environment.

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