It was a privilege to be invited to address the Construction Trades Exploration Advisory Committee (CTEP) at their annual meeting this week. Sponsored by the TMG Builders and the Toronto District School Board, coordinated by Mr. Elvy Moro, and hosted at Northview Heights Secondary School, the event featured incredible success stories of its young, driven, and enthusiastic program candidates. We also learned that the CTEP program will be expanding and I'm looking forward to being part of its future growth in any way I can.
On November 2nd, I delivered a speech to Toronto City Council as a candidate for the Ward 28 Interim Councillor appointment. Although I drew the unenviable speaking position of second last, I was one of five (of 31) candidates to receive a vote on the first ballot. Click HERE to watch.
My reflection on our trip to North Korea was printed in The Globe and Mail's October 14, 2017 weekend edition. They even included Irina's photography in the full page piece. Husband-Wife publishing duo -- would never have imagined that.
The online version can be read HERE.
Proud to release this teaser for JobTalks.org, my SSHRC-funded research project aimed at improving the way students, parents, and educators look at the Skilled Trades. I have an outstanding team in videographer Ahmed Said and Research Assistant Benjamin Millard, with great help from Maryl Eva.
In a few weeks, we'll be releasing 10 videos of tradespeople who are passionate about their jobs in a variety of fields. In the months that follow, dozens more interviews will be uploaded to our Youtube channel. In Spring 2018, a new Job Talks website will be launched, capable of matching individuals to particular trades based on their underlying values, goals, emotions, and personality. Once matched to a particular trade, visitors can then connect with various education and employment pathways in their respective trades. If you have an interest in our project, please reach out through the project's Contact page.
I had the pleasure of joining fellow researchers and research supporters at the Office of Research & Innovation's 2017 Applied Research Day. The Office truly knows how to celebrate its researchers and partners and to cultivate industry relationships. It was an uplifting event and showcase, where I had the opportunity to provide the latest update on Job Talks. In the bottom right is Research Assistant Benjamin Millard giving a sneak-peek of our initial video series. The overall event was a hit!
I recently participated in a panel discussion on social isolation with other experts on The Zoomer, hosted by Marissa Semkiw. The show aired nationally on VisionTV. In Canada, one in five people say they don't participate regularly in any social activity. StatsCan estimates that more than 30% of Canadian seniors are at high risk of isolation. I brought a comparative perspective to the discussion (Millennials vs. Zoomers) and warned about Millennials' relative comfort with being alone in the Digital Age and why this may be concerning for the future. Watch the show HERE
I was featured in the February 2017 edition of George Brown News. It was very nice of the college to publish this interview. I gave the most thought to the question in the top-right corner. It's always rewarding when a student who "gets it" ends up getting the job they wanted. Click image to enlarge.
On May 4th, 2017, I will speaking at the Association of Fundraising Professionals South Eastern Ontario Chapter's Annual Conference at the Ambassador Hotel & Resort in Kingston, Ontario.
The theme of the conference is Building the Future of Philanthropy. It will bring together over 100 fundraisers from all sectors of the region for a 1-day opportunity to learn, network and source new and innovative ways to fundraise.
I will be delivering a talk on the underlying drivers of Millennial donors who give regularly, along with strategies for reaching and keeping them.
Regsistration information is here: https://goo.gl/NfGZ6E
I'm a marketing professor at George Brown College in Toronto, Canada. Past Vice President and President of Caroline Co-op in Ward 28, where I live and work.
I have a PhD in sociology from the University of Waterloo.