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Career Industry Trends & Events – November 6, 2017

Submitted on Tuesday, November 07, 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 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 Articles:

12 Toronto companies hiring for more than 300 positions right now

This article provides information on twelve companies located in Toronto that are currently hiring for over 300 hundred different positions. Notable companies include Amazon Canada, Hubdoc, and Salesforce.

New report finds Canadian technology companies lagging in terms of female leadership

This article discusses findings from a recent report suggesting that many companies in the technology sector are lacking in female leadership roles. The report by the Canadian Securities Administrators indicated that only fourteen percent of total board seats were held by women. Furthermore, a gender diversity report by the law firm, Osler, indicated that only nine percent of directors in the technology industry were composed of women.

The top 10 companies Canadians most want to work for right now

This article provides the current top ten most popular companies that Canadians want to work for, according to a study by Indeed. Within the top three companies are Google and Tesla Motors.


Industry Events:

November 8, 2017


Concentrations: UXD/ISD/CT
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Workhaus Commerce Court South
Fee: $25.00

Description: Startup Social Startup Toronto’s famous entrepreneur networking event is back. Startup Social (formerly Startup Drinks) is Startup Toronto’s flagship & longest standing Startup community events. Startup Social is not only a monthly ritual for many of the city’s local Startups, VCs, small business owners it is also the gateway event to many new entrepreneurs, professionals, and students looking to learn more about Startups in Toronto.


Interact: Tech Meets Content – Then and Now

Concentration: CT
Time: 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Location: Monarch Tavern
Fee: $15.00

Description: A networking mixer for the digital economy. At this month’s Interact, Interactive Ontario President & CEO Christa Dickenson will discuss the interplay between technology and digital media content creation from both historical and forward-looking perspectives. Industry trends and statistics will appeal to established producers, while insights into in-demand skills in the interactive digital media sector will prove valuable for students and emerging producers. The presentation will highlight elements specific to Ontario’s growing IDM sector.



November 9, 2017

TechTO and Afterparty

Concentrations: UXD/ISD/CT
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: RBC Waterpark Place
88 Queens Quay West, Toronto, ON
Fee: $20.00 for general admission

Description: Join the TechTO Community to meet and learn from Toronto’s technology leaders, innovators, and enthusiasts.


Post-Quantum Cybersecurity Technologies Conference

Concentrations: CIPS/KMIM
Time: 6:00pm – 9:30pm
Location: Bahen Centre for Information Technology
Fee: $25.00

Description: The Post-Quantum Cybersecurity Technologies Conference is hosted by the University of Toronto Impact Centre. It brings industry leaders, security experts, academic researchers, technology entrepreneurs, and campus talents together to discuss how latest technologies such as Quantum Computing, Post-Quantum Cryptography, Artificial Intelligence are working with Cybersecurity. It is a perfect occasion for you to understand the industry trend, learn from the gurus, and discover the next business opportunity.

This high-demand event provides keynote speech, panel discussion, and start-up pitch.


Inclusive Design Thinking Workshop

Concentrations: UXD
Time: 6:45-9 pm
Location: 49 McCaul Street
Fee: Free

Description: An introduction to Inclusive Design Thinking through an experiential learning activity that introduces thinking about accessibility and inclusion in functional terms. Participants will learn to see their world with new eyes and become more aware of accessibility barriers which were previously invisible to them. Participants will learn about Accessibility Cloud an open source effort to provide accessibility information worldwide.



November 10, 2017

Social Media, Consent and the Biggest Lie on the Internet

Concentrations: CIPS/CT
Time: 1-2 pm
Location: Social Media Lab @TRSMRyersonU
Fee: Free

Description: Do you read privacy policies before agreeing to them? Or do you just check the box ‘I AGREE’? If you ignore policies, you might be contributing to ‘the biggest lie on the internet’, known anecdotally as ‘I agree to the terms and conditions’. This presentation will highlight results from an experimental survey (N=543) co-authored with Dr. Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch (UConn), addressing the extent to which users ignore policies when joining a fictitious social media service called NameDrop.Results revealed that most users ignore policies, preferring clickwraps (the checkbox) where possible. For those that read the policies, average reading time was 73 seconds for the NameDrop privacy policy and 51 seconds for the terms of service. Information overload was a significant negative predictor of a separate measure of self-reported reading behavior. Study implications were identified as 98% missed ‘gotcha clauses’ in the NameDrop policies about data sharing with employers and the NSA, as well as about providing your first-born child to access to the service.



November 11, 2017

DIRT: Intersectional Approaches to Messiness

Concentrations: ARM/CT
Time: 8 AM-6 PM
Location: Sally Horsfall Eaton Centre
Fee: $25 (contact for fee waiver)

Description: Archives are dirty. Though scholars have critiqued the idea of an archive as dusty and disorganized, their contents often challenge the very boundaries that try to contain them. The 2017 Activist Media Archives Symposium will interrogate the idea of DIRT by “departing from the planned coherent borders of the ‘archival’” and refocusing our attention to the “trashy, dirty, disgusting, and untidy disorganization of bodies, things, and emotions” (Manalansan 2014: 94). This symposium will bring together artistic, activist, and scholarly communities to highlight these kinds of messy, dirty, and alternatively-organized archival practices.


Genesys Hackathon

Concentrations: UXD/ISD
Time: 11 AM TO 3 PM (Nov 11 & Nov 12)
Location: Centre for Arts Design and Information Technology @ George Brown College
Fee: $5

Description: Teams should be constructed of 3 or less. There are a limited number of spots available for this event (cap of 20 teams). We are expecting a large number of applicants to register, and will be going through a selection process of identifying and vetting qualified participants by using a screening system.



November 12, 2017

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

Concentrations: CIPS/KMIM/ISD
Time: 2:30- 4 pm
Location: 27 King’s College Circle
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.


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