2020 Urban Career Expo

When and Where

Friday, January 24, 2020 9:30 am to 5:00 pm
Great Hall
Hart House
7 Hart House Circle, Toronto, ON M5S 3H3


The School of Cities invites U of T students from all campuses to its  2020 Urban Career Expo.  

Join us for a unique opportunity to meet and network with urban leaders, community champions, city-builders and leading professionals across a range of urban-focused fields and sectors in government, public and private sectors and: 

  • Explore a range of innovative career pathways and internship opportunities; 

  • Share your creative and change-making work and aspirations with an interdisciplinary group of undergraduate and graduate students; 

  • Learn from our inspiring speakers and benefit from enriching cross-sector networking and professional development. 

  • Participate in a LinkedIn workshop over lunch

Registration is now closed. 

Full Agenda 

9:30 – 10:00 a.m.    

Registration & Networking 

10:05 – 10:10 a.m. 

Welcome: School of Cities 

10:10 – 10:55 a.m.  

Panel I – Public Sector 

11:00 – 11:45 a.m.  

Panel II – Community Champions 

11:45 – 12:00 p.m. 

Coffee/tea break 

12:00 – 12:45 p.m. 

Panel III – Private Sector 

12:45 - 12:50 p.m 

Remarks and thanks 

12:50 – 2:00 p.m. 

Lunch break and LinkedIn workshop (concurrent) 

2:00 – 2:15 p.m. 

Introduction and keynote speaker 

2:20 – 2:40 p.m. 

Networking : Mix & Mingle Round 1 

2:45 – 3:05 p.m. 

Networking : Mix & Mingle Round 2 

3:10 – 3:30 p.m. 

Networking : Mix & Mingle Round 3 

3:30 – 3:45 p.m.  

Closing Remarks 

3:45 –5 p.m. 



Panel I: Public Sector 

10:10 – 10:55 Conversation & Discussion moderated by Marieme Lo, Associate Professor and Associate Director Education, School of Cities including Q&A via index cards from the audience 

Bador Alagraa, Senior Program Advisor, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade 

Fariha Husain, Project Manager, Tower & Neighbourhood Revitalization Unit, Social Development, Finance and Administration, City of Toronto  

Liane Mahon, Vice President, Program Management & Business Operations, Infrastructure Ontario 

Yvonne Yeung, Manager, Urban Design, City of Brampton 


Panel II: Community Champions 

10:55 -11:45 Conversation & Discussion moderated by Ben Liu, Manager, School of Cities, including Q&A via index cards from the audience 

Shannon S. Holness, Community Benefits Organizer, Toronto Community Benefits Network 

Julia Lo, Director of Marketing & Communications, McCall McBain Foundation

Amanda O’Rourke, Executive Director, 8 80 Cities 

Anowa Quarcoo, Co-founder, Civic Tech Toronto


Panel III: Private Sector  

12:00 – 12:45 Conversation & Discussion moderated by Shauna Brail, Associate Professor and Associate Director, Outreach, School of Cities, including Q&A via index cards from the audience 

Christina Esposito, Marketing and Communications Lead, Tundra 

Chris Fraser, Partner, Moveable Inc. and Co-founder Liberty Village BIA 

Steven Little, Senior Manager Diversity & Inclusion, Scotiabank 

Andrew Miller, Associate Director, Mobility, Sidewalk Labs 

Conner Tidd, Co-founder & CEO, Just Vertical 


12:50 – 2:00 Lunch Break and LinkedIn workshop (concurrent) 

LinkedIn workshop facilitator: Adam Rodricks, National Lead Digital Services KPMG 


2:00 – 2:15 p.m. Keynote speaker: Kris Boyce, CEO, Greenwin Inc.


Facilitated Networking Participants

Avanade Canada

Bamike Kuyoro, Consultant, Advanced Analytics

City of Brampton

Yvonne Yeung, Manager, Urban Design

City of Vaughan

Michael Genova, Director, Corporate and Strategic Communications


Hannah Nogiec, Senior Consultant, Public Sector Transformation

Sarah Wilson, Manager, Public Sector Transformation

Master of Urban Innovation – University of Toronto

Alyssa Madrasto, Program Coordinator


Kristn Olson, Manager, Transportation Policy

Ministry of Economic Development, Job Creation and Trade

Bador Alagraa, Senior Program Advisor

Moveable Inc.

Chris Fraser, Partner and Co-founder Liberty Village BIA 

Ontario Cabinet Office - Ontario Digital Service

Michael Kehinde, Ph.D., Senior Advisor, Learning


Sherryl Merritt, Senior Manager

The Daniels Corporation

Ginette Battikha, Manager, People and Culture

Alison Platt, Director of Development

Toronto and York Region Labour Council

Mohammed Hashim, Senior Organizer


Christina Esposito, Marketing and Communications Lead

Susan Muccilli, Talent Acquisition Specialist

Urban Strategies Inc.

Matthew Kelling, Planner

Convener: Professor Marieme Lo, Associate Director, Education 

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