Network your way to a job

Network your way to a job

When: Friday, June 1 from 1 - 4:30 p.m.
Where: Business and Economics Building 160

Students AND alumni are invited to join us on Friday, June 1 to:

1 - 2 Build a strong LinkedIn profile (and get a free professional headshot)
2:15 - 2:40 Learn how to network effectively to find work
2:40 - 4 Network with employers and alumni mentors to hear their advice
4 - 4:30 Mix and mingle (connect with employers and learn about opportunities)

Register for this event in the "Events" tab in LIM. Looking for networking resources?  Access info sheets and more.  

If accessibility accommodations are needed for this event, please let us know at UVicCoopCareerEvents@uvic.ca as far in advance as possible.

Which employers are attending?

The following employers will be on campus to meet with students at this event. Check back soon for additional employer biographies.

Valerie Dionne, Mental Health Student Advisor (UVic Centre for Accessible Learning)

Valerie has over 16 years of experience working in mental health and addictions with a focus on youth, harm reduction and community building. She studied Psychology and Addictions at York University and McMaster University in Ontario, but has lived in British Columbia for 14 years. Valerie has helped others achieve their goals in a variety of settings, including non-profits, various agencies that support at-risk youth, Island Health, and most recently in the Work BC program. Since March 2018, she has been at her new position as Advisor - Mental Health for the Centre for Accessible Learning at UVic. 

Valerie was born in Montreal, and is bilingual in French and English. She is of French, Irish and Mi’kmaq (Acadia, New Brunswick) descent.

Victoria Hodgson, Lead Technician (BC Cancer Agency)

Victoria is part of a team of researchers at BC Cancer Agency working to develop a clinical trials program for novel cell therapies in cancer. Victoria graduated from UVic in 2014 with a BSc. in Biochemistry (co-op), and including her recent 2 years with BC Cancer Agency has 5 years of research experience with Agriculture and Agrifoods Canada in Lethbridge AB, Kao Corporation in Tokyo Japan, and with the biochemistry/microbiology department at UVic. Victoria also has a passion for health and wellness as a fitness and first aid instructor with UVic and Recreation Oak Bay.

Rahim Khudabux, Owner/Manager (Max Furniture)

Rahim Khudabux is a UVic graduate with a major in Social Justice and a Minor in Business. He is the Owner and Manager of Max Furniture a Victoria BC. family owned store founded in 2008 with partners he made through mentorship programs on the island. Max Furniture is a full service furniture store focusing on Canadian made good quality furniture for any room in your home or office.

As a result of his hard work and by making connections his business was a 2010 New Business of the Year Finalist from the Victoria Chamber of Commerce. In 2015 Rahim was one of the Winners of the Top 20 Under 40 Award for Vancouver Island. 

 Rahim has strong ties and is highly active within the Victoria business community, and is running for the Victoria Chamber of Commerce Board – elections are in October of 2017.

The key to his business approach? “I believe in working smart and working twice as hard to get ahead. I grew Max Furniture through networking because I had absolutely NO MARKETING budget.”

Frank Low, Branch Manager (RBC)

Born and raised in Victoria, Frank has lived all his life in this community.  He graduated with an undergraduate degree in Bio-Psychology.  Frank is currently a Branch Manager for RBC Royal Bank and sits on the Regional Recruitment Team.  He has been a financial services professional for 35 years, 31 of those years in a sales management capacity. He has his Chartered Financial Planner designation, and has completed the Canadian Securities Course, the Investment Funds Institute of Canada’s Mutual Fund Course and the Branch Manager’s Course.

Frank serves on his church’s Board of Deacons in the capacity of Chair and Financial Officer.  He has also served on the Executive Board of the Victoria Chinese Commerce Association as President, and currently Chair of the Events Committee and Treasurer. He has served as an Executive Officer and Treasurer, and Chair of the Finance Committee for the Victoria Christian Education Society. Frank has volunteered as an interviewer at UVic’s mock interviews, and Executive Mentor for Bachelor of Commerce and MBA students, as well as a panelist in the annual RBC Case Competition.  Other past community involvement include Chair of the B.C.’s Children’s Hospital Community Board and Treasurer of the Victoria Chinatown Community Care Foundation, and Lifetime Member of the Chinatown Care Society.

Sheila Mitchell, Marketing Outreach and Business Development (BC Public Service Agency)

  • MAPC – Master’s in Professional Communication RRU
  • 8 years in the BC Public Service - roles include Recruitment Marketing Writer/Career Advisor/Lead Strategist Diversity Recruitment
  • 15 years in Television promotions, programming, marketing
  • Small business owner

John Nsabimana, Information Analyst (BC Government)

John spent 11 years of his life in a refugee camp in Uganda. He arrived in Canada in 2004 on a United World Scholarship, and attended Lester B. Pearson United World College of the Pacific.

During his Masters of Public Administration degree at the University of Victoria, John was an active member of the UNICEF University Club. In the spring of 2008, John was appointed as a Regional Youth Representative for UNICEF British Columbia before becoming a UNICEF Canada Ambassador in 2010. During his Masters, John took a semester to work in Lilongwe as an intern at the UNICEF Malawi Office in the Child Protection Section and also worked at UNICEF Headquarters in New York for nearly a year in their Armed Violence and Weapons, Child Protection Programme Division.

He now works as a Senior Freedom of Information Analyst with the Government of British Columbia.

Olga (Romanova) Radutsky, HR Manager (Reliable Controls)

Olga is an HR professional at Reliable Controls, a tech company working with internet and digital control systems. With 5+ years of experience in business development, Human Resources and talent acquisition both in Canada and overseas, Olga provides advising management on recruitment, selection & employee strategies. Olga holds an advanced diploma in HR management and business admin from Camosun College.