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Entering the workforce in a pandemic

A discussion with alumni mentors

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

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This event is free



Wednesday, August 26, 2020

Whether you’re looking for advice and support to face unprecedented challenges, or for guidance to help map out your next career move, mentors can be a great resource.

In this session, you will meet #CUConnect mentors and learn directly from executives who have mastered the skills to perform at the highest levels of business.

You are bound to leave with a larger network and, potentially, a new mentor.


Niloofar Moradi, BEng 10

Niloofar Moradi, BEng 10
Turboprop Project Engineering, Pratt & Whitney

Niloofar Moradi earned her undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering from Concordia University in 2010 and launched her career at Rolls-Royce Canada in the energy sector. Drawn to aviation and aerospace, Moradi later joined Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC) as an aerodynamicist, where she was involved in all aspects of turbine aerodynamics – from research and airfoil design to engine development and production support. In 2016, concurrent with her design work at P&WC, Moradi earned her Master’s degree from École de Technologie Supérieure as a significant player in the creation of a multi-disciplinary design optimization system.

Moradi’s dedication to encouraging and creating new opportunities for the next generation of engineers keeps her ever engaged with the engineering community. Her drive to inspire and mentor the younger generation is a direct result of her firmly held pay-it-forward philosophy. In addition to her work and volunteer activities, she is an avid traveler and a passionate scuba diver.

Key discussion topic: Adaptability — Taking your career to new heights

Dawn Williams, BComm 05

Dawn Williams, BComm 05
President and Sales Recruiter, Sirius Personnel 

Dawn Williams's first sales job was at Xerox where she learned fundamental selling skills.

She then went into telecom as a sales rep and was promoted to sales manager and more senior sales leadership roles until the day she purchased Sirius Personnel — a recruitment firm specialized in sales and marketing professionals. Throughout this time, she was also busy completing her MBA with a major in Finance and minor in Marketing.

Sirius recruits and places sales and marketing professionals throughout Quebec for their B2B clients. Dawn conducts hundreds of interviews per year and listens to feedback from hiring managers and human resources professionals on what works and what does not. She believes that everyone has a skill and that it's her job to find out what each candidate’s skill is.

Key discussion topic: Preparing for the job market as a new graduate

Dawn Williams, BComm 05

Matthew Silver, BComm 13
Immigration Attorney

Matthew Silver is the founding attorney of Silver Immigration, an immigration law firm based in Montreal. He is also the author of the best-selling book “Navigating US Immigration in Modern Times” and he sits on the Executive Committee of American Immigration Lawyers Association (Canada Chapter).

Mr. Silver graduated from Concordia in 2013, majoring in International Business. After Concordia, he attended the University of Miami School of Law where he graduated Cum Laude. Matthew also earned a Master of Law from Osgood Hall Law School. He is a member of the Florida Bar and Ontario Bar.

Key discussion topic: law school, alternative career paths, and how to start and run your own business.

Nako Mbelle, BA 95

Nako Mbelle, BA 95
Founder and CEO of Fintech Recruiters 

Nako Mbelle is the Founder and CEO of Fintech Recruiters located in Toronto. She started the firm in 2014 to meet the growing demand for experienced Financial Technology professionals at startups that were disrupting the financial services space. She has worked with pioneering FinTech startups and mid-sized innovative financial technology companies in New York, Toronto, Boston, Atlanta, San Francisco, London, Hong Kong and Singapore. 

Before her recruiting career, she worked in the technology sector as a business development and sales representative. She has held various roles in strategy, sales and marketing analytics in tech startups and mid-sized companies. She finds joy in connecting job seekers with fulfilling career opportunities at disruptive Fintech startups.

Key discussion topic: Emerging careers in Fintech and what you need to know to find a job in the field

Karen Koenig, BComm 82

Karen Koenig, BComm 82
Vice-President and Sales Representative, Paracom Realty Corporation, Brokerage

Karen Koenig has more than 30 years experience in retail as a Controller and director of real estate working in-house for some nationally and internationally known fashion and specialty retailers such as Tommy Hilfiger and Mexx.

For the past 8 years Karen has been a licensed real estate broker, moving from Montreal to Toronto in 2012, working for CBRE and Cushman & Wakefield, now with Paracom, specializing in Retail Leasing & Sales, Franchising and Business Development for National Accounts in the Restaurant, QSR, Entertainment, Sports Recreational and traditional retail sectors.

Karen is responsible for managing a company's primary assets, its real estate holdings, finances, expenses, & above all, its people by being a driving force to increase the level of customer service and ensuing success and profits, despite today’s market conditions.

Key discussion topic: What you need to know about retail real estate after COVID-19

Brian Beattie, BComm 76, MBA 8

Brian Beattie, BComm 76, MBA 81
Chair, Board of Directors at JobTrain

Brian Beattie has worked in various finance, accounting, and operational positions at leading tech companies.

After six inter-city moves with his family in Canada and the United States, in 1999 he became the CFO of a start-up based in Silicon Valley and took that company public. He then joined another tech company in the semiconductor space as the CFO and was responsible for the infrastructure teams that grew to over $3B in revenue globally. Brian now focuses on  board work and a handful of start-up ideas.

Key discussion topic: What you need to know about navigating the corporate landscape.

Anjan Aralihalli, BSc 90

Anjan Aralihalli, BSc 90
Venture Partner at CTI Life Sciences

Anjan or "AJ" Aralihalli works at CTI Life Sciences — a leading Canadian venture fund with $245M CAD AUM. CTI is currently raising a third fund targeting $200-250M CAD.

He is also a steering committee member of a NYC-based angel investment group called Mid-Atlantic Bio Angels (MABA). He has more than 20 years of experience working in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries.

AJ is also a member of the board of directors for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), the largest non-profit organization dedicated to neuromuscular disease care and research in the United States. He is also a corporate fundraiser for Wings Over Wall Street (a NYC based charity raising money for ALS research) and the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins University.

After Concordia he completed received his MBA from Queen's University and his MSc in Biotechnology at Johns Hopkins University.

Key discussion topic: Careers in venture capital, biotech and pharma

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