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Career Industry Trends and Events – January 21, 2018

Submitted on Tuesday, January 23, 2018

On this page, you will find helpful information to keep you up-to-date on upcoming events and trends across a range industries. Career trends may range from areas such as recruitment practices, top organizations to work, 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:

5 jobs expected to be ‘vital’ for Canada’s economy in 2018

This article highlights 5 important jobs for Canada in 2018, including roles such as machine learning engineer and technical recruiter.

The Future of Human Work Is Imagination, Creativity, and Strategy

This article discusses the role of human workers in the workforce with the advent of robots and technology implementation by many companies. Four key concepts in how we think about the future of human workers are discussed.

The Juggernaut Startups of 2017: Wealthsimple, Rubikloud, Ritual and Element AI

This article discusses four successful startups that were finalists for 2017’s Canadian Innovation Awards.

CBC, Deloitte, Interac, and TD Hiring for Digital Roles at Techfest Toronto Next Week

This article highlights companies who are looking to hire at the Techfest Toronto recruiting event taking place next week.


Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Toronto Professionals & Entrepreneurs Social Mixer
Concentration: All
Time: 7:30pm – 11:00pm
Location: Proof Bar, 220 Bloor Street West, Toronto, ON M5S 1T8
Fee: Free
Description: Toronto Social Mixer Group & Green Lotus Marketing Firm are excited to invite you to join Toronto’s biggest social networking group comprised of art enthusiasts, business professionals and entrepreneurs from all industries to expand their business and social network through events where real relationships are developed organically with real people.


Thursday, January 25, 2018

Concentration: All
Time: 6:30pm – 11:00pm
Location: Steam Whistle Brewing
Fee: $20
DescriptionTechfest attracts up to 1,000 attendees, more than 300 career opportunities, and up to 15 hiring companies. Hiring company executives pitch a crowd of potential employees on why they’re the best employer in the room.


‘PitchItTO’ Event is Providing Start-ups the opportunity to Pitch their Startup!
Concentration: UXD, ISD, CT
Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Location: 251 Queen Street West, Toronto, ON M5V 1Z4
Fee: Free
Description: Launched in Toronto in October 2016, three-to-five startup companies are hand-picked to pitch their product or service to a live audience, and receive real-time (and post-event) feedback from our select judging panel. “PitchIt” offers high-quality networking and pitches in an intimate and supportive environment. All events are stored on YouTube for public review, post-event critique and review.


Friday, January 26, 2018 

Concentration: UXD, ISD
Time:  January 26th 6:00 PM to 8 PM to January 27th 9:30 AM to 5 PM
Location: Inclusive Design Institute at OCAD U, 49 McCaul St, M4W 2G8, Toronto
Fee: Free
Description: TELUS commitment to diversity and inclusiveness has been a cornerstone of their award winning culture and they are now partnering with BIG IDeA to build a more accessible retail store experience. We are looking for a diverse group of creative minds to solve a set of design challenges that will improve the way that all customers but particularly persons with mobility disabilities, hard of hearing, and Deaf, navigate and interact with team members at TELUS stores. If you are passionate about enhancing the retail experience, then join us and TELUS in their journey toward where the future is friendly.


Toronto Machine Learning ‘Micro-Summit’ Series (TMLS)
Concentration: ISD, CT, UXD
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
LocationRBC WaterPark Place, 88 Queens Quay W, RBC Auditorium, Toronto, ON M5J 0B8
Fee: $25
DescriptionTMLS is an initiative to accelerate the growth of ML/AI in Toronto. We have gathered the top insights, expertise from our community of over 6,000 Toronto-based professionals to create a bi-monthly Toronto Machine Learning Series.

Seminar series content will be practical, non-sponsored, and tailored to our local ecosystem. TMLS is not a sales pitch – It’s a connection to a deep community that is committed to advancing ML/AI and to create and deliver value and exciting careers for Canadian Businesses and Individuals.


Saturday, January 27, 2018 

OpenEd Hacks: Toronto
Concentraiton: UXD, ISD
Time: 9:00am – 9:00pm
Location: BrainStation, Toronto
Fee: $50
DescriptionOpenEd Hacks is an innovation challenge dedicated to innovating solutions to reinvent tomorrow’s learning experience through prototyping and design thinking. This represents an opportunity for every educator to improve the education system and every student to challenge the status quo.

Participants are encouraged to tackle challenges at the intersection of education and technology.


Building a recommendation system with Machine Learning
Concentration: ISD
Time: 12:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: Burnhamthorpe Library, 1350 Burnhamthorpe Road East, Mississauga, ON L4Y 3V8
Fee: $25
Description: This workshop will focus on the practical applications of machine learning in real-world recommendation systems (i.e. Netflix, Amazon). The workshop will go through the applications of recommendation systems and the statistics and machine learning behind them.

Portfolio Project: Students will develop a Collaborative Filtering system from scratch and use it to develop a recommendation system for 500 online products!



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