Global Careers through Asia

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Friday, January 29th, 2016

Friday, January 29, 201612:00PM - 5:00PMThe Vivian and David Campbell Conference Facility, Munk School of Global Affairs
1 Devonshire Place
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Conference is open to University of Toronto students

The Asian Institute, in collaboration with the Contemporary Asian Studies Student Union (CASSU), will organize a half-day conference, Global Careers through Asia, held at the Munk School of Global Affairs. The conference aims to get students thinking about how to plan for a global career in the twenty-first century, in a world that is no longer rooted in the west. Whether or not students go on to work in Asia, Canada, or anywhere else, Asia plays an important role in the global economy, and the ability to apply the skills and perspectives developed through Asian Studies to their future careers is crucial. Through a keynote presentation on the importance of Asia competence, an industry senior-level experts panel, and two alumni panels, students will receive inspiration and real-life stories from people engaged with Asia in their work. The conference will be followed by a networking reception with invited alumni and a speed mentoring session.


11:15 – 12:00
Registration and Informal Lunch

12:00 – 12:07
Welcome Remarks

Ritu Birla, Director, Asian Institute

12:07 – 12:15
Opening Remarks

Joseph Wong, Ralph and Roz Halbert Professor of Innovation, Munk School of Global Affairs

12:15 – 1:00
Keynote Address

David Mulroney, President and Vice-Chancellor, University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto; Former Ambassador to the People’s Republic of China

1:00 – 2:15
Making a Career with Asia

Mark McDowell, Ambassador to the Republic of the Union of Myanmar
Margaret Cornish, Former Chief Representative and Senior Advisor, Bennett Jones LLP, Beijing
Sarah Kutulakos, Executive Director, Canada China Business Council

Carmen Ho, PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science

2:15 – 2:30

2:30- 3:45
Engaging Asia, Beyond the University

Melinda Jacobs, Co-Founder, Lucent Sky
Betty Xie, Emerging Filmmaker; Development and Guest Services Coordinator, Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
Gaultier Letourneau-Ross, Analyst, Avia-Tek, Shanghai

Steven Denny, PhD Candidate, Department of Political Science

3:45 – 4:55
Making a Difference through Asia

Carlotta James, Outreach Manager and Research Coordinator-Asia, Peterborough
Remi Kanji, Co-Founder, Plato Medical, Singapore
David Wang, International Sales and Marketing Coordinator, Ishinomaki Laboratory, Japan

James Poborsa, PhD Candidate, Department of East Asian Studies

4:55 – 5:00
Closing Remarks

Eros Grinzato, President, Contemporary Asian Studies Student Union (CASSU)

5:00 – 7:00

Alumni and Students Mingle

5:30 – 6:30
Speed Mentoring Session

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