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Career Industry Trends and Events – February 6, 2018 

Submitted on Monday, February 05, 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,

Industry Trends:


This article talks about an event hosted by RBC that aims to discuss advancements in technology and the challenges that product managers face. Note: You can get tickets for only $5 using the code listed in the article


This article discusses recent findings indicating that most Canadians do not read privacy policies, but many would be interested in reading the policies if they were presented in a more user-friendly format.


This article discusses a recent medical innovation produced by Studio 1 Labs, a bed sheet with sensors that uses AI and machine learning to provide doctors with patient information while also providing a more positive user experience for patients.

MaRS’ ‘Talent Fuels Tech’ Shows Discrepancies Between Job Seekers and Employers

This article discusses findings from Toronto’s MaRS indicating discrepancies between the expectations of job seekers in a role and the expectations of employers.


Wednesday, February 7, 2018

FutureMakers Talk: Overcoming Challenges Faced by Product Managers

Concentration:  UXD, ISD
Time: 6:30pm – 9:00pm
Location: 88 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON M5J 0B8, Canada
Fee: $10 ($5 if you use a code from Betakit. See article above titled “RBC WANTS TO TACKLE THE CHALLENGES OF BEING A PRODUCT MANAGER WITH FUTUREMAKERS EVENT”)

Description: The FutureMakers Talk series is an on-going meetup and learn tech community event presented by RBC. The talks are designed to bring tech enthusiasts, practitioners and experts in the tech community under one roof to share knowledge and discuss major tech advances. The series will feature stimulating discussions on machine learning, digital payments, digital design, cybersecurity and more.


Thursday, February 8, 2018

Ladies Learning Code: HTML & CSS for Beginners

Concentration: All
Time: This workshop will be run over the course of two evenings: Thursday, February 8th from 6pm – 9pm and Thursday, February 15th from 6pm – 9pm
Location: Wealthsimple, 860 Richmond Street West, Suite 300, Toronto, ON
Fee: $55

Description: If you are looking to get your feet wet when it comes to programming, then this is the workshop for you. HTML and CSS are the backbone of all websites, and knowledge of them is a necessity if you are interested in things like web development, creating marketing emails, or even blogging! The web without HTML and CSS would be would be a world without colourful, pretty websites, not to mention the web applications we all use daily. It’s easy to learn, and was designed so that everyone – even non-programmers – can do it. No fancy programs are needed, just Notepad and a web browser!

Our Ladies Learning Code workshops offer female-identified and male-identified, trans, and non-binary adults hands-on, project-based learning experiences that are designed to give beginners the skills and confidence they need to become digital creators.



Javascript: An Overview

Concentration: All
Time: 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Location: Workhaus, 30 Wellington Street West, 5th Floor, Toronto, M5L 1B1
Fee: Free

Description: In this workshop, we’ll go over some fundamentals principles, to give you a look into how JavaScript works. You’ll also learn how to use a popular online editing tool, Codepen, a social and collaborative development environment.

This workshop is designed for complete beginners but some familiarity with HTML and CSS is strongly recommended.



Sunnybrook Medventions Innovation Day 2018

Concentration: UXD, ISD
Time: 8:00am – 3:30pm
Location: Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, 2075 Bayview Avenue, McLaughlin Lecture Theatre (EG-61), Toronto, ON M4N 3M5
Fee: Free

Description: The morning session, Understanding International Markets, will provide discussions on international and emerging medical devices markets, helping entrepreneurs develop the “get-to-market” strategy to accommodate the rapidly evolving and globalized marketplace. The second morning session, Capturing the Global Market with Canadian Technologies, will present a series of case studies reviewing several made-in-Canada medical technologies, which have gone on to great commercial success internationally, propelling Canada to the forefront of the medical technology space.

The afternoon session, Innovation Resources to Help Canadian Companies Go Global, will provide discussions on various local resources and programs that play an important role in getting Canadian innovations to international markets.


Friday, February 9, 2018

Big Data Info SessionFree Use Case Sharing

Concentration: ISD
Time: 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm
Location: WeCloudData, 80 Bloor Street West, #Suite 500, Toronto, ON M5S 2V1
Fee: Free

Description: As the major banks in Canada have built their own data science teams and started to carry out proof-of-concept projects, data scientists who are able to use big data tools, like Hadoop, Hive, Scala, and Spark have become one of the most in-demand and highest-paying jobs in Canada. On Thursday evening, Shaohua Zhang, cofounder and chief instructor of WeCloudData, who’s also a data scientist at Kik, will share his experience on how he employed big data technology to build up customer taste graph from end to end.



Ontario Digital Inclusion Summit

Concentration: CT, CIPS, UXD, ISD
Time: Feb 9, 8am to Feb 10, 4pm
Location: Toronto Central Grosvenor St. YMCA Centre, 20 Grosvenor Street, Toronto, ON M4Y 2V5
Fee: $20 – $70

Description: The Public Policy Forum in partnership with the Government of Ontario will be hosting The Ontario Digital Inclusion Summit where leaders from all sectors will have the opportunity to share insights, identify knowledge gaps and set a course to work on digital inclusion together. The summit will focus on three themes: Access, adoption and application.


Exciting Jobs

Intern, Digital Assets

Company: Art Gallery of Ontario
Concentration: LIS, ARM, KMIM
Location: Toronto
Date Posted: Feb 2, 2018
Application Deadline: Feb 18, 2018

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