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Career Trends & Events – April 2nd, 2019

Submitted on Tuesday, April 02, 2019

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, to 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, at


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  1. HealthTO Special April Edition – Toronto Health Innovation Week (THIW)

DATE: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
TIME: 6:00 – 9:00pm
LOCATION: MaRS Discovery District (101 College St., Toronto, ON)

HealthTO brings together the Toronto healthcare community to discuss topics related to the future of innovation in health and wellness.

THE CROWD: Toronto’s healthcare professionals and innovators

THE FORMAT: Mingling & drinks > demos & showcases > community open mic > panel/keynotes > mingling & drinks

This month is a special edition of HealthTO, taking place during Toronto Health Innovation Week, and featuring 10 speakers who are thought leaders and Founders from Toronto’s Healthcare industry.

  1. Evoke – DisruptAI: Hackathon

DATE: Wednesday April 3-4, 2019
TIME: 9:00am – 5:00pm
LOCATION: Arcadian Court (401 Bay Street, simpson Tower, 8th Floor, Toronto, ON M5H 2Y4)
COST: Free!
Register here!

“Do you have a team of talented developers or data scientists? Form a team and compete against Canada’s most innovative companies!

About this Event

Evoke Canada – DisruptAI: Hackathon – April 3-4, 2019

DisruptAI is a two-day hackathon sponsored by Microsoft which challenges you to disrupt your industry using AI and data science. The hackathon will be held in conjunction with Evoke, one of Canada’s biggest developer conferences. We invite you to form teams of up to five members from your organization to collaborate and bring your ideas to life. Compete against developers from Canada’s most innovative and influential companies to win prizes and the 2019 Evoke Disrupt: Hackathon championship trophy.

Take advantage of the workshops, mentors, data sets, intelligent services through APIs and the power of the cloud to build your project.

DisruptAI will bring together hundreds of developers and data scientists from across Canada and aims to inspire and connect front-of-the-line innovators together to arrive at new insights.

Individuals are welcome to sign-up but will be placed on a waitlist. Priority will be given to developers who register as a team.

Agenda and more details coming soon!

No recruiters please.

By registering for this event, you are opting into Evoke’s email updates and email-based promotions from Evoke’s premium sponsors including exclusive information, updates and invitations to events. You can opt out of Evoke or premium sponsors email updates at any time.”

  1. York Science Forum: Cybersecurity in the Age of Espionage

DATE: Wednesday, April 3, 2019
TIME: 6:30 – 8:30pm
LOCATION: The Bram & Bluma Appel Salon at The Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge Street, Toronto ON, M4W 2G8)
COST: Free!
Register here!

“Join us as cybersecurity expert, author and former FBI operative Eric O’Neill, the inspiration behind the spy thriller Breach, tells real-life spy stories and how today’s cyber spy is responsible for sophisticated, brilliant, devious, and technologically advanced attacks targeting your data.

A panel discussion will follow the talk also featuring York mathematics Professor Patrick Ingram and Adjunct Professor at Osgoode Hall Law School and Associate at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP Kristin Ali, moderated by Dan Falk, award-winning science journalist and York Science Communicator in Residence.

Event Outline:

6:30 PM – Doors open

7:00 PM – Public lecture followed by panel discussion and Q&A with audience

8:30 PM – Book signing

A note about tickets: In case of a sold-out event, your ticket reservation may not guarantee seating. We recommend you arrive early.”

  1. Building an Online Presence (Masters, PhDs, and PDFs)

DATE: Thursday, April 4, 2019
TIME: 12:00 – 2:00pm
LOCATION: Grad Room – 66 Harbord St.
COST: Free!
Register on the CLN!

“In this workshop you will develop a personal brand (your research, your expertise, etc.) that you would like to represent online. We will discuss the different online platforms (websites, blogs, social media) that will help you connect with your audience.

What you need to know.

  • Ensure you register!
  • Arrive on time (or early). Events start on time and you may be denied entry after the event start time.
  • If you can’t come – cancel. Please cancel your registration to allow others a chance to attend.
  • Waitlisted students. If there are available spaces at the event start time, waitlisted students will be able to attend on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Bring your T-Card. Only University of Toronto students and recent graduates (within the past two years) are eligible to attend.

If you require disability-related accommodations for an event or workshop, please e-mail us at


  1. Accessibility Services Leadership & Learning Intern

CLOSES ON: Friday, April 12, 2019
EMPLOYER: University of Toronto – Student Life (St. George Campus) – Accessibility Services
PAYMENT: $25.23/hr, $25.74/hr as of July
(Part Time, 11-24hrs/week with some evenings/weekends)
LENGTH: May 1, 2019 – August 31, 2019
APPLY: On the CLN, Job ID 141656

“The Student Learning Team within Accessibility Services supports the learning and development of students in navigating Accessibility Services and the University of Toronto.
Under the direction of the Learning Strategies Specialist and the Program Coordinator, the Accessibility Services Leadership & Learning Intern will be responsible for working with staff to develop and deliver student programming. The Intern will:

  • Work within a holistic and student-centered approach and closely with staff to support the development of a suite of workshops on topics that include: navigating accommodations, resilience, planning and prioritization, self-advocacy and communication, and leadership & career development
  • Support the Moving Forward summer orientation program and the Accessibility Services summer welcome days that help new undergraduate and graduate students get a head start on their transition to U of T
  • Work closely with staff to develop and deliver training for student staff members, including peer advisors, peer mentors, and peer facilitators
  • Work closely with Learning Strategists, the Program Coordinator, and Academic Advisors to collect and create content for tip sheets around learning skills, administrative processes, and communication skills
  • Attend outreach activities – promoting Accessibility Services to incoming students at college and faculty welcome days over the summer
  • Occasional evening and weekends

Job Requirements:

  • Experience in the development and delivery of workshop materials to university students in either academic or student life programming required
  • Experience supporting the unique needs of diverse learners an asset
  • Experience with and knowledge of the services and resources available through the Division of Student Life and the University of Toronto more generally
  • Familiarity with the experiences of people living with disabilities is an asset
  • Strong written and oral communication skills. Confidence in speaking to groups and in organizing and facilitating meetings/workshops
  • Proficiency in computer skills, including desktop publishing (Microsoft Office Suite) and social media platforms
  • Projects are varied and may change from month to month, so solid project management skills and strong organizational, time management, and prioritization skills are required

The intern:

  • Attends biweekly Student Learning Team meetings
  • Attends Accessibility Services staff meetings as needed
  • Hours will be split between in office work and on location at outreach events

Accessibility Services at the University of Toronto (St. George campus) supports students with disabilities in accordance with the Ontario Human Rights Code, the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act and the University of Toronto’s Statement of Commitment to Persons with Disabilities. Once registered, students receive support in determining and negotiating effective academic accommodations as well as support for learning, adaptive technology, and community building.”

  1. Queering Religion Intern

CLOSES ON: Sunday, April 21, 2019
EMPLOYER: University of Toronto – Student Life (St. George Campus) – Multi-Faith Centre
PAYMENT: $15/hr
(Part Time, 1-10hrs/week with flexible hours Mon-Fri)
LENGTH: September 1, 2019 – March 31, 2020
APPLY: On the CLN, Job ID 122760

“The Queering Religion Intern will assist in engaging/facilitating student-initiated programming with students, staff and faculty in questions related to the intersection of faith and sexuality.  The Intern will explore and assist in creating safer places to discover the rich, sometimes troubling and often sacred intersection of gender identities, sexual orientation, faiths, religions, theologies and spiritual practice.


  • Facilitate weekly peer support/mentorship programme for LGBTQ students of faith, including film festival in the winter term.
  • undertake research and collect data re issues under consideration for programme development re faith and sexuality;
  • Learn about the role of religion in secular society, religion and culture, through active involvement in programme planning and implementation.
  • Liaise with the Multi-Faith Centre, Sexual Gender & Diversity Office and Campus Chaplains Association as well as the Bonham Centre for Sexual Diversity Studies.
  • Develop and practice skills in communication, meeting management, event planning, and marketing.
  • Work in a team environment under the supervision of professional full-time staff with the Multi-Faith Centre and the Campus Chaplains Assoc.


  • Understanding of intersectionality and identity development and theories of oppression
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and meet deadlines.
  • Ability to work in a team with minimal supervision.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • critical thinking skills
  • research experience
  • organizational skills
  • creativity
  • demonstrated interest in student learning
  • comfortable in a Mac and PC environment; proficiency in MS Office

Internship position from Sept 1st, 2019 to March 31st, 2020.

Deadline for applications is April 21st, 2019 with interviews commencing on May 1st, 2019.”

  1. Student Database Programmer

CLOSES ON: Sunday, April 30, 2019
EMPLOYER: Diane Frankling Co-operative Homes
PAYMENT: $20/hr
(Full Time, 35+ hrs/week)
LENGTH: May 1, 2019 – August 31, 2019
APPLY: On the CLN, Job ID 141528

Primary Function:

The student database programmer will be responsible for assisting for the design and development of the housing database program – its structure and its code, as well as designing the database program to be pertinent and customizable for other not-for-profit organizations (particularly the co-op housing sector). Throughout the design process, the programmer will be responsible for ensuring that the program meets all Canadian and Provincial government standards with regard to protecting personal electronic information from unauthorized access (PIPEDA).

Duties include (but are not limited to):

  • design user interface and web layout using HTML/CSS
  • develop new code and debug existing code for existing software enhancements
  • support and train co-op staff in using the housing database program
  • assist in troubleshooting any problems and maintain proper usage documentation of housing database program
  • research, gather, and synthesize information that leads to quality design and coding
  • test and fix code to ensure quality
  • create all programming documentation


  • enrolled in and returning to a recognized educational institution on a full-time basis
  • familiarity working with and designing user interface using HTML/CSS practices
  • WordPress, theming and module development experience
  • knowledge in JavaScript / PHP / MySQL programming on a Linux/Apache/MySQL/ platform
  • experience with Git and Github
  • enthusiasm for working with people from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds
  • database programming/query development using MySQL
  • self-directed and works with minimal supervision
  • decisive and produces quality work in short time-frames
  • excellent written and oral communication skills
  • strong organizational skills, time-management skills, and attention to detail
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