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Career Industry Trends and Events – November 14, 2017

Submitted on Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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 Events:

November 14, 2017

TALENT TUESDAY: AI Edition @ DCSIL, University of Toronto

Concentration: UXD/ISD/CT/KMIM
Time: 11:30am – 2:00pm
Location: Sigmund Samuel Library Building, 9 King’s College Circle, 2nd Floor
Fee: Free

Description:What are the possible careers in artificial intelligence? Meet industry and startup mentors who can help guide you in your future career plans.



Designer Drink and Discussion

Concentration: UXD/ISD
Time: 6:30pm – 9pm
Location: The Craft Brasserie: 107 Atlantic Ave.
Fee: $7 – $11

Description:Designers of all levels are invited to get together to meet fellow creative professionals and discuss issues of importance to you and your peers.

There will be a 30 minute mingling, networking portion from 6:30 to 7:00 PM (with food!) and then participants will be divided into groups for discussions from 7:00 to 9:00 PM. Everyone will be able to choose two discussions and spend an hour at each discussion. These are casual conversations—no presentation or preparation necessary.


November 15, 2017

Inventions at UofT for Grad Student Entrepreneurs

Concentration: UXD/ISD
Time: 12:00 pm- 1:30 pm
Location: RBC Innovation Hub – ON Ramp: Banting Building
Fee: Free

Description: Does your research have commercial potential? Are you working with an industry partner? Or are you interested using your research to do a technology start-up? Come and find out how to leverage your research to create IP (Industry Partnerships) and how that IP is used to build commercial value.



Rakuten Kobo’s 2nd Annual Open House- A Kobo networking event

Concentration: UXD/ISD/LIS
Time: 6:00pm – 8pm
Location: Rakuten Kobo’s Headquarters, 135 Liberty St. Suite 101
Fee: Free

Description: If you are interested in helping us build the best consumer experience around eReading and audiobooks, or just learning more about our company, our people and what makes Kobo such a great place to work, come on by our office on Wednesday, November 15th between 6:00 and 8:00pm. We’d love to meet you! You will have a chance to speak with Michael Tamblyn, Chief Executive Officer; Alan MacNevin, Chief Marketing Officer; and Trevor Hunter, Chief Technology Officer as well as our hiring managers.


November 16

eLearning in Libraries Symposium 2017

Concentration: LIS
Time: 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Location: Toronto Public Library – Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street
Fee: Free

Description:The eLearning in Libraries Symposium brings together library folks from different sectors who are interested in online learning in libraries. This annual Symposium is an excellent opportunity for learning, sharing, and networking with library colleagues.



Career TECH Panel: Leading Your Own Career + Career Fair

Concentration: UXD/ISD
Time: 4:30 PM – 8:00 PM EST
Location: CBY A04 (Colonel By basement lounge), 161 Louis-Pasteur private, Ottawa
Fee: Free

Description: Ready for the BIGGEST TECH PANEL of the year? Want to know how to lead your own tech career?Want to ask professionals how they lead theirs? Well now’s your chance!! Come out to the first ever SESA Career Tech Panel! Enjoy some good FOOD, drink some Bridgehead COFFEE, and grab some cool company SWAG!! There will also be a draw for a Google swag bag! After the panel, there will be some networking/mini career fair to chat about upcoming internships, opportunities or simply ask more questions you have!


November 17 

WCD Campus Tour | Land Your First Data Scientist/Business Analyst Job

Concentration: UXD/ISD/KMIM
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30 pm
Location: University of Toronto, IB 260, Mississauga, ON L5L 1C6
Fee: Free

Description: Data Scientist is considered as one of the sexiest jobs in the 21st century. While the demand for data science talents keeps surging in Canada, the requirements from hiring companies are also very high. As a data science professional, one is expected to understand math, computer programming, machine learning, data visualization, as well as business domain knowledge. That’s why in the current Canadian job market, there’s a big talent gap.

WeCloudData invited over 10 data scientists, data engineers and business analysts coming to the universities to talk about the trends in data science job market and share their personal stories on how they landed their dream jobs in the data science field.


November 19

Meetup Big Data Scientists & Practitioners

Concentration: UXD/ISD/KMIM/CIPS
Time: 1:45 PM – 4:45 PM
Location: Toronto Public Library – Fairview Library
Fee: Free

Description: If you are seeking to start a career in the field of Big data analytics & engineer, Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence (AI), then this meetup is right for you!

This meetup will be your guide to learning how to use the power of Big Data Tools & Languages to ingest, clean & analyze data, create beautiful visualizations, and use powerful machine learning & AI algorithms! We recognize that Data Science and Engineering in business and technology is currently the big trend. Besides being a key focus area, arguably, in future, this alone is likely to be the differentiator among successful professionals in job market.


November 20

HME Mini Conference: Technology in Museums

Concentration: Museums/CT
Time: 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location: Royal Botanical Gardens, 680 Plains Road West, Burlington
Fee: Free

Description: Join us for our one day mini conference on Technology in Museums!


November 21

Data-Driven Care: Enabling Science and Technologies

Concentration: UXD/CT/KMIM/CIPS
TIme: 5 PM
Location: Room ENG-LG 12, George Vari Engineering Building (Intersection of Church & Gould), 245 Church Street
Fee: Free

Description: Recent advances in medical technologies provide an opportunity to collect and use a variety of data to assist in the delivery of care to patients in and out of the clinic. In the clinic, tools can be developed that provide insights into patient state that were not previously possible. In some cases various actions can be automated to assist clinicians in delivering care. Outside the clinic, patients can be empowered to manage their own care as they go about their daily lives without being confined to the hospital. Quite a number of impressive technologies have been demonstrated in the research space with a few emerging as commercial projects on the market; however, there are a number of challenges to overcome in order to realize the full potential of these technological advances. This talk will describe past and on-going work in this area by the speaker and others to ensure that the data are trustworthy, the tools that depend on the data are robust and safe, and the technologies are more likely to be adopted by the healthcare ecosystem. These would hopefully lead to the greatest possible impact for patients and their care providers.


November 22

Class of 2120: Technology and the future of education

Concentration: CT/CIPS/UXD
Time: 6:30 to 9 PM
Location: Shopify, 80 Spadina Avenue
Fee: Free

Description: Rising tuition costs, an ever-changing economy and cost-effective digital tools are changing education. What will the future of learning look like? What world will a Class of 2120 step into? Experts from tech companies, educators, industry leaders and – of course – students will engage in a debate about what education will look like in 2120. Moderated by a current student, the discussion will have panelists grappling with difficult questions about an industry steeped in tradition and ripe for disruption.



Toronto’s Reference Libraries: Past & Present

Concentration: LIS
Time: 7 to 8 PM
Location: Atrium, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge St. Toronto
Fee: Free

Description: Join us for an illustrated talk by architectural historian Marta O’Brien to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the present Toronto Reference Library. You’ll see and hear about the current building’s design, and the architecture of its ornate predecessors.


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