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March 24, 2021
|11 AM PST||Opening Remarks from the Career Development Centre+ Setup|
|11:15 AM PST||Keynote from Michael Chang, KPU Alumni|
|11:40 AM PST||"The Future of Technology & Work - Will I Be Automated" by Chris Pereira from Canadian Ecosystem Institute (Career Day Title Sponsor)|
|12 PM PST||Virtual Career Day Opens|
|3 PM PST||Virtual Career Day Closes|
STUDENTS, register here!
KPU's biggest career fair is going VIRTUAL on Wednesday, March 24, 2021! Similar to an in-person fair, you will be able to talk to employers directly, have 1-on-1 video chats with representatives or attend group video chats in KPU’s student/alumni job board, Career Connection!
OPEN TO ALL KPU STUDENTS AND ALUMNI!
CAREER DAY REGISTRATION CONTEST: From Feb 23 - March 23, 2021, we are doing a weekly $20 Visa Gift Card draw every Tuesday for students/alumni who register for Career Day before the event. Read the contest rules and regulations here.
EVENT DAY CONTEST: As a way to also give back to you students, we are giving away 1 $1000 Tuition Fee Waiver and 2 $500 Visa gift cards! When you register, attend and speak to at least 3 organizations, you will be automatically added to the draw for a chance to win these amazing prizes!
EMPLOYERS, register here!
Connect with hundreds of KPU students and alumni who are eagerly looking for employment, volunteer, and graduate study opportunities this Spring!
This year, we've also incorporated the Trades & Technology Career Fair making it our biggest career fair yet!
11:15AM PST: Keynote from Michael Chang, KPU Alumni
Michael Chang has leveraged his finance and performance management expertise to bring clarity on business decisions for owners, Executive and management teams across various sectors.
In the span of five years, Michael has served as a Consultant to Liquuid Home Ownership and Macias Gini & O’Connell LLP, acted as the Controller of Aman Group of Companies Limited and Assistant Controller of Venture Fusion Investment Group, and was the Founder/ Owner of a professional services company.
Michael is currently a Senior Associate in Grant Thornton’s Advisory Practice in Vancouver, BC. In this role, he has gained a broad exposure to Advisory service offerings, such as, insolvency, consulting, forensics, and valuations.
Michael is committed to help his local community thrive through his role as a Director of KPU Alumni Association, SurreyCares Community Foundation, and CPABC SLND Chapter. He was recognized by Cloverdale-Langley MP Tamara Jansen for his community contributions in 2020.
Michael is also a big advocate of community building, mentorship and storytelling, which led him to launch 26XMillennials.com. A social project with a singular vision to inspire, connect, and build one global community by sharing one new idea or multiple ideas with Millennials, Gen Z, Gen Alpha, and all future generations.
11:40AM PST - "The Future of Technology & Work - Will I Be Automated" by Chris Pereira from Canadian Ecosystem Institute (Career Day Title Sponsor)
Chris Pereira is an experienced strategy and communications professional from Canada with 15 years of experience in China. Fully bilingual (written/spoken) Mandarin and English, he has built his career upon being a constructive bridge between different people, interests, and cultures. He has worked with hundreds of companies, and dozens of Fortune 500 enterprises.
Chris was recently featured by Vancouver City News, Omni News, and Richmond News (link here) for his sponsorship of the translation of a BC First Nations history book into Mandarin, a project led by Professor Keith Carlson at University of the Fraser Valley. Chris was also the planner and project manager for the documentary "Connect the North", which highlighted young Inuit women whose lives and careers were improved after high-speed internet was brought to the Far North.
As a featured speaker at the International Economic Forum of the Americas (IEFA), Chris recently represented his company Canadian Ecosystem Institute as a panelist during a conversation about Accelerating the Global Digital Economy (Toronto Global Forum), and as an opening speaker for a session on inclusion and diversity at the IEFA’s Conference de Montreal. Link here and here.
Chris has spoken at over 30 universities and colleges across Canada, sharing insights about the future of technology and business, networking, and career. With his team at Canadian Ecosystem Institute, Chris is working to make Richmond BC a role model for successful multiculturalism in Canada, helping to ensure companies and people are able to integrate smoothly into the market in Canada and overseas.
Chis is President & CEO of communications and market research firm Canadian Ecosystem Institute, and co-founder of local BC networking organization West Coast Opportunity Accelerator. Spotlight video about Chris here
Login to Career Connection (KPU Student/Alumni Job Board).
Once you are logged in, go to Resources/Resources Library and search for 'Career Fairs' to view the resources below
Presented by KPU Career Development Centre
RSVP your spot today by logging into your Career Connection account following the events tab for workshops
How to V.C.F. (Virtual Career Fair)
Wed, March 3, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST
Tips and tricks you need to know to put your best foot forward during a virtual career fair, with a twist!
Career Day Preparation Workshop with Employer Panel
Wed, March 10, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST
This panel workshop will prepare students attending the Virtual Career Day 2021 on what hiring managers from the organizations participating in the Virtual Career Day 2021 are expecting out of student’s resumes and cover letters. Students will also learn the industry standards on virtual interview etiquette.
Taphy Lai, Operations Manager, Canadian Ecosystem Institute
Taphy Lai is the operations manager at Canadian Ecosystem Institute, Title Sponsor for Kwantlen University's career day. She has lived in China for many years before she moved to Canada and found synergy with CEI’s purpose in being the bridge of Chinese-Canadian businesses. As the operations manager at CEI, Taphy will share her own experience as a young professional as well as perspectives on what makes for a strong resume and interview skills.
Olenka Stepanova, Human Resources Manager, BE Power Equipment
Olenka was born in Kazakhstan where she spent the first 12 years of her life. Her family immigrated to Ontario looking for better future opportunities and a safer environment for the children to be raised in. After completing high school in a gifted program, Olenka got a scholarship at the University of Ottawa. In 2004, realizing that she could not handle the harsh Ottawa climate and deciding to pursue a business degree instead, Olenka transferred to Simon Fraser University. She completed her BBA with a concentration in Marketing and Human Resources. During university, Olenka worked with an agency to help with part-time/casual placements to get her foot in the door with prospective employers. Luckily, the market was doing quite well in 2008 and she found a full-time entry-level human resources job before she even wrote her final exam. Throughout the next 10 years, Olenka worked in both union and non-union environments, mostly in the manufacturing industry and progressed through the ranks. Just like many others, Olenka has lost her employment in early 2020s due to COVID19 and was unemployed for close to 6 months. She used that time to work on personal development goals. Today, Olenka works at BE Power Equipment, a family-owned rapidly growing progressive business specializing in power equipment such as pressure washers, lawnmowers and power generators. She has been a member of BC CPHR for over 10 years now.
Katrina McGuire, Talent Acquisition Specialist, BCAA
Katrina is a high energy, powerful communicator who is passionate about working with people. She has over 5.5 years of recruitment experience in both agency and internal settings, with a demonstrated record of success in full-cycle recruitment, recruitment strategy, client consultation, candidate sourcing, interview management and contract negotiation. Her favourite part about recruitment is matching great candidates with great companies that they can have a successful career in.
Kajal Ram, Recruiter, Translink
- Recruiter with TransLink since March 2019
- KPU Alumni, BBA HR - co-op option
- I enjoy connecting with people and travelling to new places!
Resume & Cover Letter Webinar
Tuesday, March 16, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST
Learn tips and tricks on how to effectively write and build your resume and cover letter! Please note: A recorded resume and cover letter webinar will be played followed by a live Q&A.
Bone Up on your Networking Webinar
Tuesday, March 23, 2021 | 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM PST
The 3 bones you need to strengthen to be a networking star!
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
You got the call for the interview. Now what?
Let’s dust off your interview techniques and polish them with some new tips!
Please note: The webinar is going to be conducted in Microsoft Teams. You will need access to a computer or smartphone and internet to join. An event invitation with the link to the webinar will be sent by email closer to the event.
Register now to receive the reminder email + link.
We would like to thank our sponsors for Career Day 2021
Canadian Ecosystem Institute
BE Power Equipment
Vandenberg's Landscape Design
Atkinson Landscaping Inc.
Building Supply Industry Association
Canadian Centre for Men and Families
Canadian Red Cross
Developmental Disabilities Association
DHL Supply Chain
First Nations Health Authority
FPS Food Process Solutions Corporation
Inclusion Langley Society
The Ledcor Group of Companies
Make a Future - Careers in BC Education
Paladin Security Company
PLEA Community Services
Sedai Law Office
Surrey Hospice Society
SurreyCares Community Foundation
The Sherwin-Williams Company
Township of Langley
Vantage Marketing Canada
YWCA Metro Vancouver
and more coming!
See more who's coming in Career Connection now!
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