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

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

Register for this event (in the LIM calendar under the 'events' tab) or stop by on the day.

If accessibility accommodations are needed for this event, please let us know as far in advance as possible.






Tues, Oct 24
5 - 7 p.m.
Turpin A110

Working in international development, community development and the non-profit sector

Business, EPHE, Humanities, Human & Social Development, Social Sciences

Wed, Oct 25
5 - 7 p.m.

Turpin A104

Working in banking, investment and finance

Business, Social Sciences

About the panelists

Working in international development, community development and the non-profit sector (Tues, Oct 24)

Liz Bean – Coordinator of Volunteer Services, Intercultural Association of Greater Victoria

Liz Bean is originally from Southern California, where she received a Master’s in Afro-American Studies. After graduating, Liz worked 10 years as a university administrator and 10 years as a Human Resources Manager for a government agency. Having moved to Victoria 7 years ago, Liz is now a dual citizen of the U.S. and Canada, and serves as Coordinator of Volunteer Services with the Inter-Cultural Association of Greater Victoria. Because Liz strongly believes each individual brings a unique set of talents, skills and strengths, she is passionate about providing opportunities for individuals to share their gifts with others.

Colin Eves – Director, The SAM Project

Colin Eves, graduated as a Forest Technologist from the College of New Caledonia in 1975. After working in logging for several years, Colin returned to school at UVic to study geography and economics. The impending birth of their first child compelled Colin and his wife Sandra to abandon their studies and start a tree planting company, Blue Collar Silviculture. Colin completed his MBA at Royal Roads in 2001, and currently holds Directorships with The Silvagro Partnership, a forest nursery producing 50 million seedlings annually, and The SAM Project, a rural development charity working in Zambia since 2007.

Alex Harned – Food Security Coordinator, Fernwood NRG

Alex Harned has a strong passion for bolstering food security and community engagement at the neighbourhood level. As the Food Access Coordinator at Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group, she manages various food security projects, including the Vancity Envirofund Awarded Fernwood Helping Hands, a community outreach program where skilled volunteers 'glean' (the practice of collecting fresh, excess foods) from farms across Greater Victoria and redistribute healthy food to those experiencing food insecurity.

Alex is also the founder of the Oaklands Sunset Market, a local community farmers market that supports hundreds of vendors, showcases over 80 local musicians, feeds more than 50 low-income families (through the BCAFM Nutrition Coupon Program), and hosts thousands of patrons who support the market. Alex was awarded the Vancity Youth Award 2015 through the Victoria Leadership Awards for the demonstration of leadership in the Capital Regional District that creates significant, positive societal change for marginalized people through social justice and environmental stewardship.

Charlene Smith – Donor Relations and Engagement Officer, Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island

Check back soon for more info!

Kaeley Wiseman – Coordinator of Volunteer Services, Intercultural Association of Greater Victoria

Kaeley Wiseman is a professional planner with almost ten year’s experience in the public, private and non-profit consulting sectors. Kaeley completed her undergraduate degree at UVic in 2005 in geography and environmental studies, and her masters in urban planning from the university of Manitoba in 2009. She currently manages M'akola Development Services, a 15-person non-profit consulting firm that leads affordable housing and mixed-use projects across the Province. 

Working in banking, investment and finance (Weds, Oct 25)

Genya Agathoklis – Financial Planner, RBC

Genya has been with RBC for almost six years; she started as a teller and then moved into cash management, and now into her current role as a Financial Planner. As a Financial Planner, she works one-on-one with clients to help them achieve their financial goals. This included retirement planning, investment planning, optimizing net worth and cash flow, and estate planning. She generally work with about 350 clients and they meet at least once a year. During her time at the bank, she has completed her Investment Funds in Canada (IFIC) and Personal Financial Planning (PFP) designations, and is working towards her Certified Financial Planning (CFP) designation. I have my undergrad in International Relations from the University of Calgary. She also take on an active role in volunteer opportunities at RBC – from giving presentations about financial literacy to their annual United Way campaigns.

Dwane Ford – Vice President and Branch Manager, RBC Wealth Management

Dwane Ford is the Branch Manager/Vice President of the Victoria and Sidney offices of RBC Dominion Securities, a role that he has held since 2004.  Originally an Investment Advisor with RBCDS in Regina, Dwane moved his family to the “wet” coast in 2000 to take a management role. Along with his wife Peg, who works at Camosun College, they have three teenage children, one of whom is in grade 12 and is in the process of applying at the University of Victoria. An English major from the University of Saskatchewan, Dwane fell into the investment business in the 90’s after a career in broadcasting.

Dale Hughes – Associate, CIBC Commercial Banking

Dale joined CIBC in September 2017 as part of the Commercial Banking Associate Program, a program aimed at developing CIBC’s talent pipeline and helping new graduates gain a strong foundation in commercial banking. As a part of the Associate Program, Dale joins a group of Associates from across Canada given the opportunity to learn and make a valuable contribution to CIBC’s Canadian commercial banking portfolio.

Prior to working at CIBC, Dale graduated in December 2016 with a Bachelor of Commerce from the UVic Gustavson School of Business. During his time at UVic, Dale held co-op positions with RingPartner, a local marketing technology company; Colliers International, a global leader in commercial real estate leasing and property management; and the British Columbia Investment Management Corporation (bcIMC), where he helped support the efforts of the Canadian real estate team in managing approx. $19 billion in Canadian real estate assets.

Outside of work, Dale is also involved in the UVic Urban Development Club, a student-run organization focused on learning about and connecting with the urban development industry in Victoria.

Jordie Hutchinson – Portfolio Manager, bcIMC

Jordie joined bcIMC in 2007 as an Analyst in Consulting & Client Services and moved to Public Equities in 2008. Within in Public Equities Jordie has served in a number of different roles, most recently as a Portfolio Manager on the Canadian Equity Team. Jordie is also involved in the bcIMC Equity Co-op program, serves as the University Outreach Chair for CFA Society Victoria and is the Program Director for the University of Victoria Student Investment Fund. Jordie graduated from the University of Calgary with a BComm in Finance and a BA in Economics and received his Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 2011.

Simon Philp – Market Vice President, CIBC Commercial Banking

Simon Philp is a Market Vice President, Commercial Banking for CIBC, leading Commercial Banking teams on Vancouver Island, throughout the BC Interior and in the Yukon, and is based in Victoria. Prior to joining CIBC in 2013, Simon spent 15 years in financial services in the Pacific Northwest, including 4 years in Seattle, WA covering large corporates. Simon has assisted companies with annual revenues ranging from a million into the many billions, both private, and public companies, across a wide variety of industries.

Outside work Simon served on the board of a number of organizations, including Habitat Acquisition Trust, the Canadian Association of Family Enterprise, Canada America Society, Certified Management Accountants, and the CPA joint venture, the governance board for the unification of the BC accounting profession. He has volunteered and served as a representative on several technology industry organizations, universities, business associations, arts groups and land trusts in both Canada and the US.

He received his Certified Financial Planner designation in 1999, and his Certified Management Accountant designation in 2002. Simon has always enjoyed helping companies grow and expand, and particularly the challenges that come from banking companies in the technology and aviation sectors.

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