What can you do with your degree?

What can you do with your degree?

UP NEXT: Working for the Government of Canada

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!

5 - 7 in MacLaurin A144 and the lobby just outside

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 - Senior Director, Expenditure Management Sector, Treasury Board Secretariat

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.


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

Kirsten Parfitt - Director, Employee Development Division, Canada Border Services Agency

Kirsten Parfitt is a director with the Canada Border Services Agency. She 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.


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

Linne Fournier - Director of Strategic Workforce Management, Canada Border Services Agency

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

In her current role, she 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.


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

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.