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Career Industry Trends and Events – February 12, 2018 

Submitted on Tuesday, February 13, 2018

On this page, you will find helpful information to keep you up-to-date on upcoming events and trends across a range of industries. Career trends may range from areas such as recruitment practices, top organizations to work at, to career exploration strategies. Events are external to the iSchool and will often take place in and around the Greater Toronto Area.

For questions related to this information, please contact Alex Howes, Careers Officer,

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February 13

Put the ‘YOU’ in UX Design

Concentration: UXD
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location:  Miami Ad School Toronto, 639 Queen St W. Unit 300, Toronto, ON M5V 2B7
Fee: Free
Description: For the first time ever, we’re bringing together some of Toronto’s most prolific UX designers to talk about how they create unforgettable digital experiences. These all-star panelists will draw on their individual experience in UX design to share how they got started, their unique approach to the user experience, and the valuable lessons they’ve learned throughout their respective careers. After the talk, we’ll cap off the night with an interactive Q/A and networking session with top industry professionals.

February 15

IOT (internet of things) join the wave

Concentration: UXD/ISD/KMIM/CIPS/CT
Time: 7:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: 192 Spadina Ave ROOM A, Toronto, ON M5S 2R4
Fee: Free
Description: The Internet of Things Applications are the ultimate manifestation of value. In IoT the composition of solutions, their development, deployment, and operation varies widely as do the specific implementations for connectivity.

WCAG 2.1: Strengthening The Tie Between Accessibility And Usability

Concentration: All
Time: 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: HackerYou, 483 Queen Street West, 3rd Floor, Toronto, ON M5V 2A9,
Fee: Free
Description: We’ve invited Erin Marchak, a Front End Developer Lead at Shopify, to help us understand how these guidelines reinforce the connection between accessibility and usability. Erin will go over some key usability principles, and show you how to frame accessibility discussions within user experience instead of hard-nosed compliancy. By using the carrot of good interaction design, and the stick of compliance, we will encourage others to look for ways to improve the accessibility and usability of the web for everyone.

February 16

Platterz Hackathon

Concentration: UXD/ISD
Time: 5:00pm (Friday) – 5:00pm (Saturday)
Location: Bahen Centre for Information Technology, 40 Saint George Street, Room D3200
Fee: Free
Description: From on-demand delivery services, to predictive technology, food tech is changing the way we eat. On February 16th, join Platterz for 24 hours as we get together to remix the food industry and find innovative solutions towards improving food-related tech. Come meet other food- and tech-lovers, bring an idea to life, eat a bunch of pizza, and have a lot of fun!

February 28

Toronto Internet of Things Symposium

Concentration: UXD/ISD/KMIM/CIPS/CT
Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: Ted Rogers School of Management, 55 Dundas Street West, 7th Floor TRS01-067, Toronto, ON M5G 2C3
Fee: 0-$30
Description: TorontoStarts is bringing together Toronto’s IOT things experts for an amazing evening of tech insights and networking. Come learn the latest on the Internet of Things from leaders building the next generation of devices.

Exciting Jobs

Volunteer Opportunity:

Project title

Information, Privacy and Archives (IPA) Intranet Project

About the project

Number of hours: 105

Location of placement: 134 Ian Macdonald Blvd., Toronto, ON M7A 2C5

Information, Privacy and Archives Division of Ministry of Government and Consumer Services serves to provide public bodies under the Archives and Recordkeeping Act and institutions under the Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection, and Municipal Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection corporate policies and guidance on sound practices related to records and information management, access to information, and privacy protection. Public bodies include all ministries in the Ontario Public Services (OPS), and related agencies, boards and commissions.

Currently corporate policies, guidance documents, tools and processes reside on three different platforms with some duplicate information. Through this project, they will be brought together for an evaluation by our subject matter experts. And only the most current and relevant information will be migrated to the new intranet site that is user centric and AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) compliant. To help maintain the health of the new site, and as part of the project, a governance model will be developed to manage future content and support the growth of the program.

Our target users include:

  • Recordkeeping, Access and Privacy practitioners and IT Professionals within OPS
  • All OPS employees
  • Agencies, Boards and Commissions with legislative requirements under the Archives and Recordkeeping Act (ARA), the Freedom and Information Privacy Protection Act (FIPPA) and the Municipal Freedom and Information Privacy Protection Act (MFIPPA)
  • The Cabinet Office, and the Ministers and Premier’s Offices

Job Duties

Major duties:

  • Assist with the content migration to the new web site (uploading documents or converting them into web text on the new platform.)
  • Assist with the update of links within each document
  • Assist with making documents AODA compliant
  • Participate in project meetings and discussions with internal and external stakeholders e.g. project status report, issues/ risks and possible solutions
  • Keep the project manager and project lead informed of the work progress
  • Participate in training sessions as required

Additional duties depending on the project progress:

  • Compiling online card sorting results and summarize the findings
  • Participate in the development of standards, governance, and development of web content optimization strategy, e.g. search engine optimization

The project team and subject matter experts will provide ongoing support to the students. Through the participation in the project, students will gain

  • Hands-on project management knowledge and skills in an agile environment
  • Hands-on experience with the front end web development of a real, live site that serves the entire Ontario government
  • Exposure to a UX design tailored to OPS users
  • Knowledge of OPS web standards, governance and legislative framework


Must have

  • Good collaboration skills and be a team player
  • Be willing to learn and progress
  • Be positive

Nice to have but not required (we will train you)

  • Experience with website platform, e.g. WordPress
  • Experience with developing website structure and uploading content
  • Experience as a web content administrator, editor and contributor
  • Knowledge of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA)

Expected outcomes

  • All corporate policies, guidance documents, tools and processes are migrated to the new user-centric AODA compliant website
  • Links within each document are updated
  • Search Engine Optimization, e.g. make current and relevant content searchable

Contact Information 

Please include your resume in your expression of interest via email to: Ning Dai

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