What can you do with your degree?

What can you do with your degree?

UP NEXT: Working for the Government of Canada 

Wednesday, November 27 | 5-7 p.m. in MacLaurin A144 and the lobby just outside

No matter what you're studying, there's opportunity within the federal government. Come learn what this could look like for you!

Join us to:

  • Hear from professionals working for a range of federal agencies and departments (Panel from 5 - 6:15 p.m.)
  • Meet students who have worked for the Government of Canada (Networking from 6:15 - 7 p.m.)

Attend the 1-hour panel to hear from all speakers—stay after to connect with panelists and students one-on-one!

If you're already logged into UVic, you'll be directed to the registration page. If you're not logged in, you'll be taken to the main portal homepage - look for "Events and workshops" and then navigate to the calendar to register. You can also stop by on the day of the event.

Meet our panelists

Check back soon as we add additional panelists for the November 27 session.

Erik de Vries - Expenditure Management Sector, Treasury Board Secretariat

Erik de Vries joined Human Resources and Skills Development Canada in 2002, where he worked in various labour market and workplace learning programs. Since 2007, he has been at the Treasury Board Secretariat, where he supported public management reforms, including in red tape reduction and budgeting reform, and led the government’s spending review team. In his most recent role as Senior Director in Expenditure Management, he implemented the Government of Canada's Policy on Results to improve and make better use of performance information in program management and budgeting.​

Job title: Erik is currently serving as Executive in Residence with UVic's School of Public Administration. His home job title is Senior Director, Expenditure Management Sector, Treasury Board Secretariat.

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Journalism, Carleton University
  • MA in Political Science, University of Toronto
  • PhD in Political Science, Carleton University

Nic Ens - Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Nic Ens is a fifth-year marine biology student currently working with the ocean science division of Fisheries and Oceans Canada at the Institute of Ocean Sciences. He started with the federal government as a co-op student with Agriculture and Agri-foods Canada in 2017 researching invasive agricultural pest beetle management, and has continued with the government through his remaining co-op terms. He joined Fisheries and Oceans Canada in 2018 at the Pacific Biological Station in Nanaimo where he performed stock assessment work, and then moved back to Victoria in 2019 to work with the ocean science division at IOS.

Currently Nic is a part of the active acoustics research team, where he studies temporally-linked behaviors in pelagic ecosystems off the West Coast of Vancouver Island using active acoustic instruments. His position also takes him into the field with regular DFO surveys and field days on the water near Quadra Island and in Saanich Inlet for instrument testing and installation. He plans on continuing his current research after his graduation in 2020. 

Job title: Acoustic research technician working with the ocean science division of Fisheries and Oceans Canada at the Institute of Ocean Sciences

Degrees:

  • Fifth-year marine biology student (graduating in 2020)

Linne Fournier - Canada Border Services Agency

In her current role, Linne continues to be responsible for positioning human resources as a key enabler and strategic partner to Agency outcomes. She advocates for evidence-based decision making in human resources through effective planning, modeling, and the use of data to drive HR considerations, decisions, and initiatives.

Linne provides strategic advice to the President of the CBSA through her roles as lead of both the domestic ‘Deputy Minister University Champion’ and the international ‘Heads of Border-Five Human Resources Working Group’ secretariats. Each file is aimed at increasing Agency outreach and alignment with external stakeholders – be it in the academic or the multi-national security sphere.

Throughout her career, Linne’s focus has been enhancing stakeholder engagement, relationship building, and advocating for a partnership approach to facilitating Agency strategic HR needs. During her 19 years in the public service, she has lead teams in all areas of human resources: staffing; classification; labour relations; performance management and planning – with a keen awareness of each discipline’s impact on both the operational and corporate levels of Agency achievement. Having started as a student, Linne’s professional path allowed her to gain exposure to a multitude of departments within each of the social, security, and economic portfolios.

A people-person by nature, Linne is passionate about connecting and collaborating with colleagues and other stakeholders, alike. Her management style puts the development and well-being of her employees first. A firm believer that ‘a team that laughs together, thrives together,’ she is a relentless advocate for people building as a catalyst for achieving business outcomes. Ensuring a healthy work-life balance, Linne relaxes by playing golf, hiking, getting lost in a good book, and spending time with friends and family.

Job title: Linne Fournier currently serves as Director of Strategic Workforce Management (SWMD) at the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).

Degree:

  • Bachelor of Arts, Lettres françaises, Université d’Ottawa

Acacia Hooker - Canada Border Services Agency

Acacia Hooker is a 2019 graduate from the Gustavson Bachelor of Commerce program and started her government career as co-op student with the Department of National Defence under Civilian Human Resources. Where she gained professional development, personal growth and strong knowledge of the many opportunities that exist for student employment. Continuing as a University of Victoria Student Ambassador through the Federal Student Work Experience Program (FSWEP) she helped to grow the Ambassador presence on campus and guided fellow students in choosing Federal Government positions.

Job title: Acacia Hooker is a Senior Human Resources Assistant in Strategic Workforce Management for the Canadian Border Services Agency.

Degree:

  • Bachelor of Commerce (Co-op Designation), University of Victoria

Kirsten Parfitt - Employee Development Division, Canada Border Services Agency

Kirsten started her career with the federal service in 1995 while studying biology at the University of Victoria.

After graduating, Kirsten continued her journey with the Agency by working in various capacities from frontline operations, to project management, policy development as well as training design and delivery. Recently she launched a new division that will focus on employees and their career development. As an accomplished certified sommelier with BC roots, she can often be found in the Okanagan with her family (including her dog Magnus) enjoying her favourite wines.

Job title: Kirsten is a director with the Canada Border Services Agency.

Degrees:

  • Bachelor of Science, Biology, University of Victoria
  • Master of Arts, Diplomacy, Norwich University

Byron Smiley - Natural Resources Canada

Byron Smiley joined the Canadian Forest Service as a student in 2010. After finishing graduate studies in 2015 he worked for the Canadian Forest Service Carbon Accounting Team using remote sensing data and computer modeling to estimate the carbon budget of forests across Canada and climate change mitigation scenarios in the forest sector. Since 2018, Byron has been working with the National Forest Inventory team as the coordinator for the Photo Plot Program which, in collaboration with the provinces and territories, assesses and monitors the extent, state, change and sustainable development of Canada’s forests.

Job title: Byron Smiley is a Forest Inventory Officer at Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Services, National Forest Inventory

Degree:

  • Bachelor of Science, Geography (Co-op Designation), University of Victoria
  • Master of Science, Geography, University of Victoria

Hear from students and recent UVic graduates who have worked for the Government of Canada

These students have worked in co-op positions for a range of agencies and departments. They'll be available to answer questions from 6:15-7.

Liam Brockley - biochemistry

Liam (fourth year) has worked in two roles with the Government of Canada.

Field of study: Biochemistry

  • Most recent job title: Laboratory assistant (plant biochemistry lab)
  • Most recent federal employer: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
  • Other federal positions: Research assistant (entomology lab), for Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Finn Deschner - sociology

Finn (master's student) has worked in two roles with the Government of Canada.

Field of study: Sociology

  • Most recent job title: Visitor safety ambassador
  • Most recent federal employer: Parks Canada
  • Other federal positions: Federal Government Student Ambassador

Ryan Hicks - commerce

Ryan (Bachelor of Commerce, class of 2019) has worked as a co-op student with the Government of Canada.

Field of study: Commerce

  • Most recent job title: Business analyst co-op student - finance
  • Most recent federal employer: Department of National Defence

Hana Hourston - mathematics (minor in earth sciences)

Hana (fourth year) has worked in a variety of co-op roles with the Government of Canada.

Field of study: Mathematics (minor in earth sciences)

  • Most recent job title: Data analyst
  • Most recent federal employer: Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Past federal positions: Geodynamics GIS assistant with Natural Resources Canada

Yamini Iyer - commerce

Yamini (third year) has worked in two roles with the Government of Canada.

Field of study: Commerce

  • Most recent job title: Business analyst co-op student
  • Most recent federal employer: Department of National Defence
  • Other federal positions: Federal Government Student Ambassador

Byron Kontou - computer engineering

Byron (fourth year) has worked as a co-op student with the Government of Canada.

Field of study: Computer engineering
  • Most recent job title: Research assistant
  • Most recent federal employer: Natural Resources Canada

Quinna Laver - sociology and environmental studies

Quinna (BA 2019) has worked in two roles for the federal government.

Field of study: Sociology and environmental studies

  • Most recent job title: Administrative Assistant, Gulf Islands National Park Reserve (Parks Canada Agency)
  • Previous federal co-op position: Student Visitor Services Attendant, Parks Canada Agency

Lumin McCutcheon - commerce (IB specialization)

Lumin (Bachelor of Commerce, class of 2019) has worked in two roles with the Government of Canada.

Field of study: Commerce, IB specialization

  • Most recent job title: Business analyst co-op student - Engineering Division
  • Most recent federal employer: Department of National Defence
  • Current position: Client Specialist, International & Indigenous Executive Programs, Gustavson School of Business

Vincent Piette - Master in Public Administration

Vincent (second year) has worked in a variety of co-op roles with the Government of Canada.

Field of study: Master in Public Administration (MPA)

  • Most recent job title: Junior program adviser
  • Most recent federal employer: Service Canada, Citizen Services Branch, In-Person Operations and Strategies (IPOS)
  • Past federal positions: Junior communications officer, Service Canada, Citizen Services Branch

Julian Sketchley - English and communications

Julian (fourth) has worked in a variety of co-op roles with the Government of Canada.

Field of study: English & communications

  • Most recent job title: Project coordinator
  • Most recent federal employer: Service Canada
  • Past federal positions: Public Services and Procurement Canada

Rydr C. Stobl - mechanical engineering

Rydr (fourth year) has worked as a co-op student with the Government of Canada.

Field of study: Mechanical engineering

  • Most recent job title: Student project technologist
  • Most recent federal employer: Canadian Coast Guard (Marine Engineering Unit)

How to register

Register for sessions through the Co-op and Career portal—just sign in with your Netlink ID and visit the 'events and workshops' calendar to register for your session!

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