SHIFT Professional Development Conference for Graduate Students

Tuesday, April 30th, 2019

Goodman Atrium

Conferences are a great place to make meaningful professional connections that can extend beyond your graduate life. Campus staff, faculty, presenters and employers will be onsite, to share their wisdom and career paths during our Concurrent Workshops, Career Stories Session and Networking Lunch.

Whether you are just beginning to think about what comes next, wanting to kick-start or energize some career action, there is something for you at SHIFT! We have a great roster of dynamic and passionate experts who have some fresh ideas about how to make the most of your graduate education.

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Conference Agenda

8:30 to 10:00 a.m.   Registration + LinkedIn Photo Booth

10:00 to 10:30 a.m.    Greetings + Opening Remarks:

Dr. Gervon Fearon, President
Dr. Diane Dupont, Interim Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies

Morning Concurrent Session

10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Concurrent Session 1: Exploration

In this session you will engage in a dialogue on the role chance plays in your career. Based on the theoretical foundation of planned happenstance (Krumboltz) and chaos theories of career development (Bright & Pryor) you will discover flexible strategies to manage your own professional goals during your transition from graduate studies to the next phase of your career – whether this be academia, career, entrepreneurship or other pathway. Learn how to guide your own future and be in the “right place at the right time” in a time of uncertainty and transition.

Workshop Moderator: Marisa Brown

Are you looking for opportunities to work within a higher education setting? How can you lever your research and teaching skills for fields and positions in academia. Join our panel discussion and career talks with Masters and PhD graduates who have made career shifts, pivots and embraced the mindset of versatility.

Workshop Moderator:
Lianne Fisher

Panel: Blake Helka, Biljana Vasilevska and Rachel Hirsch

In this workshop, comics artist Georgia Webber invites you to discover comics’ unique power to communicate a density of information, both personal and research-based. Participants of this workshop will have a chance to draw, to learn methods for creating comics of their own, and to discuss the value of personal perspectives in art and communication.

Workshop Moderator:
Georgia Webber

Over a decade ago, Gallup unveiled the results of a landmark 30-year research project that ignited a global conversation on the topic of strengths. The Clifton Strength Finder is an online assessment tool that has helped millions of people discover their top five talents and used their results to maximize their potential at work and everywhere else.

*Pre-registration prior to April 23 is required. This is limited to 25 people. Once registered, participants will receive an access code to complete the CliftonStrengths assessment, which must be completed by Sunday April 28. This assessment will take between 30-45 minutes to complete.

The access code will give you access to:

  • complete the CliftonStrengths online talent assessment
  • Your Top 5 Signature Themes Report, Strengths Insight and Action-Planning Guide, and Strengths Insight Report
  • action items and other resources to help you understand your CliftonStrengths
  • receive a digital copy of the book CliftonStrengths for Students
    • downloadable via .epub and .mobi file types

Workshop Moderators:
Amber Scholtens

Ever wonder how you could turn your ideas into an enterprising venture? Grad students are fundamentally driven by a ‘passion for a problem’. Whether your field of study is science or the arts, this ‘passion’ is a similar characteristic shared by many entrepreneurs. Learn how you can access a network of free venture development and training opportunities, and research innovation and commercialization services at Brock University and in Niagara.

Workshop Moderator:
Brad McLean

Panel:
Cassie Price
Dan Bordenave

Lunch and Keynote

12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.    Lunch + Keynote Address

Lorna MacEachern, Career Counselor, 
Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, McGill University

Afternoon Concurrent Sessions

1:15 to 2:30 p.m Concurrent Session 2: Experience

This interactive workshop is designed to assist individuals to discover how much knowledge they have about cultures, and countries around the world. Even if you believe you have a vast amount of knowledge about the world, you will be surprised at some of the interesting international elements you will learn at this workshop! You’ll have fun, discover your knowledge of the world around you, and educate yourself.

*Completing 1 & 2, would make you eligible for credit for Intercultural Workshop 1, International Plus Mandatory workshops, and Campus Wide Co-curriculum credit for Personal Growth.

Facilitator:
Trecia McLennon

Knowledge translation or mobilization plans are integral components of most scholarship or funding applications. Learn more about this emerging field and the importance of marketing your research to a variety of audiences. This workshop will allow you to gain an understanding of basic knowledge mobilization principals and review key recommendations around plain language messaging in academia.

Workshop Facilitator:

Jayne Morrish

According to Parker Palmer (2007), “we teach who we are.” The teaching dossier or portfolio is a collection of artifacts that documents your teaching expertise and growth. Whether you create one for job search purposes or for instructional development, your dossier can help you articulate who you are as a teacher. This workshop is geared to graduate students new to teaching.

Workshop Facilitator:

Lianne Fisher

Networking is essential to landing that first job! Whether it’s networking one-on-one over coffee with an industry professional or networking in a large group setting, there are do’s and don’ts that can open doors just as quickly as they can close them. Networking 101 will take you through the proper networking techniques as well as answer some more difficult questions like when is the right time to follow up? How to stand out? How to maximize your time at a networking event with each of the professionals? How to keep the conversation engaging?

Workshop Facilitator:
Venessa Magny

Fostering meaningful relationships with people and organizations that share a common destiny or vision can help you co-create new professional learning experiences and opportunities. In this session, we’ll hear stories from current and former graduate students who have taken the initiative to do something different that opened up a series of unimagined opportunities. Join our conversation!

Workshop Facilitators:
Carolyn Finlayson
Cecilia Garcia Vega

Panel:
Nicole Staite
Reuben Plance
Baileigh Sornberger
Maico Padillo

Put your talent and graduate training to work during a research internship. Learn how graduate student internship holders have broadened their professional networks, applied their skills, built their CV with peer-reviewed research, and made a difference in their workplace. In this workshop, you will learn the ins-and-outs for identifying opportunities for MITACS and OCE internship experiences.

Workshop Facilitator:
Iva Bruhova
Dan Bordenave
Tasnuva Afreen
Nathan Olmstead
Brandon McKinlay

2:45 to 4:00 p.m. Concurrent Session 3: Taking Action

This workshop was developed to familiarize individuals with the experience of travelling to a different culture. The workshop focuses on a variety of areas, including Culture Shock, Cultural Communication, Ethnocentricism, Cultural Identity, and much more. A unique and valuable perspective is developed through this workshop by recognizing how we see ourselves and others.

This foundational workshop is the pre-requisite for the other two courses in the Intercultural Certificate, a mandatory requirement for international plus, and a required workshop under the Personal Growth Domain under the Campus Wide Co-curriculum.

*Completing 1 & 2, would make you eligible for credit for Intercultural Workshop 1, International Plus Mandatory workshops, and Campus Wide Co-curriculum credit for Personal Growth. 

Workshop Facilitators:
Trecia McLennon

How do you know when an employer is looking for a ‘resume’ or a ‘curriculum vitae’ (CV), when the terms are often used interchangeably? In this informative session, you will learn how resumes and CV’s are different from one another, when to use each document, and how to tailor your application to the appropriate audience. This session will also address application expectations for government positions and how to modify your documents for applicant tracking systems (ATS).

Workshop Facilitator:
Kara Renaud

Your cover letter is an essential piece of personal writing that creates your first impression to potential employers. In this session, we will discuss why cover letters are critical to the job search process and how to interpret and dissect a job advertisement. Learn how to employ creative strategies for planning and preparing your letter to help you spark the attention of your audience.

Workshop Facilitator:
Jackie Crawford

Interviewing is more than just having the right answers! Come and hear about tips and tricks to make you stand out in an interview and be the most prepared that you can be. Topics will include Mastering the Interview Questions, The Psychology of Interviewing and How to Make Them Like You. You do not want to miss this session as you prepare for your next great opportunity!

Facilitator:
Ashley Chimenti

Envisioning a career in academia? When applying for a faculty position or a post-doc It is critical to be prepared to talk about yourself and your understanding of an institution during the application and interview process. Learn how to prepare and convince the hiring committee that you are the best candidate for the position. Join our conversation with Brock faculty members;

Workshop facilitator:
Heather Gordon and Doug Bruce

With more than 560 million users on LinkedIn, 77% of North American companies use this social media platform as part of their candidate search. Managing your online presence effectively and using social networks are critical to finding and landing a job. This workshop will assist you in building your LinkedIn profile and exploring effective strategies to develop your network and digital brand!

Workshop Facilitator:
Kristen Wall

Closing Remarks + SHIFT Mixer

4:00 to 5:30 p.m.    Closing Remarks + SHIFT Mixer

When you register, your schedule will be on the back of your name tag.

If you wish to download, you can here.

Mingle at the SHIFT Mixer

The SHIFT Mixer social event will take place in the Goodman Atrium starting at 4 p.m.

Come join us for a signature drink and tasty appetizers mixed with an opportunity to relax and chat with workshop facilitators (a mix of Brock alumni, faculty and staff, as well as industry professionals) and fellow grad students. Cash bar is available for those interested in purchasing an alcoholic beverage.

Plus, you need to show-up to win one of many draw prizes (approx. 50 prizes)!

LinkedIn Photo-booth will also be available during the Mixer.

The SHIFT Conference is presented by the VITAE Professional Development Partners and co-sponsored by the Faculty of Graduate Studies, Career, Co-op & Experiential Education, Brock University Alumni Association, Centre for Pedagogical Innovation, and the Graduate Students’ Association.

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Conference Presenters

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keynote presenter

Lorna MacEachern, MA, BA (Psychology), McGill University

For the past 12+ years my passion has been helping graduate students to achieve their professional development goals by empowering them to reflect on their strengths and values. Using a holistic approach, my aim is to develop future leaders. My approach is grounded in Self Determination Theory as it pertains to goal achievement.’

Lorna has presented at professional conferences and been a guest speaker at numerous academic conferences and meetings. After obtaining her MA in Counselling Psychology, Lorna began her career at McGill University as a Career Counselor for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars. She then joined the Office for Postdoctoral Affairs at Yale University, where she established a new career service for postdocs. Lorna is currently in the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at McGill University, where she is developing a network of tools and programming (collectively referred to as myPath) to help PhD students create an Individual Development Plan (IDP).

Workshop Facilitators

Amber Scholtens

A proud graduate of Brock University, Amber has worked at Brock ever since completing her business degree is 2005.  Her passion for inspiring learning and self-exploration began with her role in Career Education, helping students to discover their career path and build skills that would support their success after graduation. In her current role as the Manager of Student Leadership & Engagement in Student Life, Amber works with student leaders across campus to build the skills they need to be effective, self-aware leaders. A trained facilitator, Amber has been delivering workshops for over 13 years.

Workshop:
Discover Your Strengths in Grad Studies and Beyond

Ashley Chimenti

Ashley is a career development professional who has spent more than 10 years bridging the gap between those looking for new opportunities and the employers seeking qualified candidates to fill business needs. She brings a wealth experience having worked in numerous areas of career development including agency recruitment, education as well as the Employment Ontario Service model. With experience in both job coaching as well as business development, she has a full understanding of the full recruitment lifecycle which allows her to connect to those she assists in a very tangible way. Ashley’s passion to assist job seekers can be seen through both her dedicated one on one coaching and support sessions as well as the energy and enthusiasm she brings to group facilitation. Ashley holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Western Ontario and currently holds the position of Manager- Career Education, Goodman School of Business.

Workshop:
Rock your Job Interview

Biljana Vasilevska is a Research Officer for Institutional Grants and Awards in Brock University’s Office of Research Services. She applies for and administers a portfolio of awards including the Canada Research Chairs program and the Canada Foundation for Innovation awards. Outside of the office, she can be found reading (anything from textbooks to trashy novels), writing (poetry and creative nonfiction), and ‘rithmaticing (sorting out data management issues for community groups; knot theory in the form of knitting; geometry in the form of hula hooping, and most recently, applied wave equations by learning to play piano).

Workshop:
Becoming An Enterprising Researcher

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Blake Helka is an Industry Liaison & Partnerships Officer within Brock Universities Office of Research Services. Blake completed his M.Sc. in Chemical Biology at the Biointerfaces Institute, McMaster University in research focused around high-throughput material synthesis and screening for bioassay development. Transitioning to industry Blake previously worked at SQI Diagnostics Systems Incorporated, an Ontario based Biotechnology company as part of their R&D team developing microarrays for various diagnostic applications. With a passion for knowledge translation Blake shifted back to the world of academia where the primary focus in his current role is to expand research at Brock University by engaging local industry and community partners to identify potential research collaborations.

Workshop:
Beyond Academia: Careers in Higher Education

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Dr. Bradley McLean, Senior Technology Transfer Officer in the Office of Research Services, is Brock’s in-house expert on taking ideas and inventions to market. If you are a researcher interested in the commercial potential of your idea or invention, or looking for a commercial partner to help, Brad is who you want to talk to!

Workshop:
Becoming an Enterprising Researcher

Brandon is a current PhD student in the Faculty of Applied Health Sciences (Health Bio-sciences) at Brock University. His doctoral research, funded by Mitacs Accelerate through Own the Podium, focuses on nutritional strategies to improve recovery in youth athletes. Brandon currently holds a Master of Science degree in Kinesiology, an Exercise Science and Health Promotion undergraduate degree and is a practising Registered Kinesiologist.

As a former high-performance athlete, Brandon was able to incorporate his passion and knowledge of sport into his research, with the goal of providing children the opportunity to advance their skill and performance level beyond what could have been previously attained.

Brandon currently interns at the Canadian Sports Institute of Ontario (CSIO) as an exercise physiologist for Rowing Canada and is the lead physiologist at the Brock University – Rowing Canada satellite hub.

 

Workshop:
Build Professional Skills with a Research Internship

As a member of the Co-op, Career and Experiential Education team, Carolyn is a passionate student-centred professional who supports the Faculty of Social Sciences in growing experiential education opportunities at Brock University. With both an undergraduate and graduate degree from Brock’s Child and Youth Studies program, along with her Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Ottawa, Carolyn has a strong background in understanding effective ways to enhance student learning through facilitated experiences

Workshop:
Design Your Professional Learning Experiences

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Cassie Price is the BioLinc Coordinator for Brock University’s bioscience business incubator, BioLinc. Educated at the University of Guelph, Cassie earned a Bachelor of Science Honours degree, in Biomedical Toxicology in 2011. As the BioLinc Coordinator, Cassie is a critical planner and primary driver of facility coordination, communications and promotional initiatives. She is responsible for the day-to-day supervision of processes and to coordinate and oversee all required tasks for client, project and facility management, to ensure the timely delivery of projects at BioLinc and to initiate and steward connections with students, researchers and entrepreneurs. As part of Cassie’s role as the BioLinc Coordinator, Cassie also manages BioLinc’s Kick-Starting Entrepreneurship program, a program designed to help youth (aged 18-29) explore and grow their early stage business ventures.

Workshop:

Becoming an Enterprising Researcher

Cecilia

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Cecilia Garcia holds a BA in Organizational Psychology (Mexico City) and a Masters in Education in Administration and Leadership (Canada). She is the Graduate Student Support Coordinator at the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Faculty of Education at Brock University. In her role, she gets to interact every day with students and connect them to people and services that will support them to ensure their academic and professional success.

Her background includes ten years of experience in Human Resources designing, developing and delivering various professional development programs. Passionate about adult education, coaching and mentoring programs, experiential education, and all about student success!

Workshop:

Design YOUR Professional Learning Experiences

Dan Bordenave is the founder of Bisep Inc., a medical device innovation company, as well as the Member and Facility Manager at Spark Niagara Educational and Innovation Center both from Niagara Falls. Dan graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Kinesiology and a Masters of Science in Applied Health Sciences in 2014. While working in the long-term care setting Dan saw a problem in the manner in which the healthcare systems did it’s ambulation and mobility training and invented a device that attaches a patients wheelchair to their walker (The ARMM). In addition to operating his company, Bisep Dan works for a local Innovation and Educational Centre which helps early-stage startups with affordable office space and complimentary services. Furthermore, Dan helps graduate students from Brock University that have any entrepreneurship or business-related questions. Dan has always had an appreciation for Brock University and attributes his success to being a Badger throughout his University career.

Workshop:
Build Professional Skills with a Research Internship

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Doug Bruce is a professor in the department of biological sciences at Brock University and is currently serving as the chair of that department. Doug was born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, and looks back very fondly on his undergraduate and graduate studies at Simon Fraser University. He continued his graduate research work on photosynthesis as a postdoctoral fellow at Brown university in Providence, Rhode Island before coming to the Niagara region to stay. During his time at Brock, Doug has taught a wide variety of courses but has especially enjoyed teaching first year biology and helping students with the transition from high school to university.

Workshop:
The Academic Interview

Ebru Ustundag, an Associate Professor of Geography at Brock University. At Brock, Ebru is also affiliated with the interdisciplinary MA program Social Justice and Equity Studies. Her research areas are intersections of citizenship studies and feminist geographies. She is also a proud member of Niagara Sex Work Alliance, Great Lakes Feminist Collective and Graphic Justice Research Alliance. Ebru received her PhD from York U. She earned her MSc in Urban Planning and BSc in Political Science and Public Administration from Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey.
Workshop:

Drawing the Inside Out: an Intro to Graphic Narratives for Personal and Research Interests

Drawing of Georgia Webber

Georgia Webber is a comics artist, writer, and editor living in southern Ontario. She is entirely occupied by the intersection of health and art, making music, comics, and facilitating health workshops from this point of fascination. Georgia is best known for her debut graphic memoir, Dumb: Living Without a Voice (Fantagraphics 2018), the chronicle of her severe vocal injury and sustained vocal condition which causes her pain from using her voice. This difficult experience lead her to work as a Cranial Sacral Therapist, a meditation facilitator, and as an improvising musician, blending elements of healthcare, body awareness and creative expression within constraints. She has extended her love of the voice into the community with a project called MAW Vocal Arts. MAW hosts a vocal arts showcase event every few months in Toronto, Ontario, her home, as well as a regular practice session called Breathing Music where people can explore breath through deep listening, movement, meditation and sounding practices. http://www.georgiawebber.com/about

Workshop:

Drawing the Inside Out: an Intro to Graphic Narratives for Personal and Research Interests

Heather-Gordon

Heather Gordon grew up in Ottawa, Ontario and completed her undergraduate at Trent University in Peterborough, where she had the privilege of doing research in a chemistry professor’s lab every summer. Heather then came to Brock University for her MSc in Chemistry. She went with CUSO to Nigeria to teach chemistry and math in a high school in a small town outside of Ibadan. On her return to Canada, she first became a research assistant and then started her PhD studies at the University of Guelph. After that, she did postdoctoral research at the National Research Council of Canada in both Ottawa and Winnipeg, at the University of Toronto, and worked for a nascent biotechnology company at Queen’s University, Kingston before coming to Brock as a faculty member in the Department of Chemistry and Centre for Biotechnology.

Workshop:
The Academic Interview

Iva Bruhova is an Industry Liaison & Partnership Officer at Brock University. Iva’s key role is to create, promote, and facilitate partnerships between Brock researchers and their industry or community partners. As 1 in 6 in North America, Iva was awarded a technology transfer fellowship to expand her skills in managing contract research agreements, licensing and intellectual property. Iva can strongly relate to researchers and graduate students, as she pursued a PhD investigating novel pharmaceuticals and their action on the cardiovascular and nervous systems, published over 15 peer-reviewed articles and was granted 3 research scholarships. Iva particularly enjoys her position at Brock as she is involved in fostering research projects that are making an impact in our community. Her goal is to increase the number of flourishing industry-academic partnerships at Brock!

Workshop:
Build Professional Skills with a Research Internship

Jackie Crawford

Jackie is an experienced career development coach and employment programs specialist. Working in the career education field for over 20 years; she is passionate about making connections and linking opportunities with talent. She’s driven to make an impact on the lives of Brock students by leveraging the best learning opportunities that employers can offer. Jackie lives, works and plays hard in Niagara – a community she loves. For five years she worked on the Mayor’s Committee for Community and Race Relations. She has been awarded for volunteering in her communities as a fitness coach, Peace Week organizer and sits on the Board of Directors for the Employment Help Centre. Specialities include: Coaching, advising and leading individuals & teams to achieve their goals, facilitation and teaching adults, sales and strategic thinking, writing to persuade or move to action.

Workshop:
Engage Your Audience: How to create a standout cover letter.

Jayne Morrish is a mobilizer who works to ensure that research is being translated into practice outside of academia. As the Knowledge Mobilization Officer at Brock University’s Centre for Lifespan Development Research Jayne uses her magnetic and decisive personality to engage with various organizations around using Brock’s research in practice and policy. The focus of her work is on co-creating new knowledge and building strong connections with key partners locally, nationally and internationally. Knowledge mobilization is an emerging field that is becoming increasingly important across a variety of sectors and Jayne is incredibly excited to be a part of the group that is leading the charge toward evidence-informed research, policy and programming initiatives across Canada.

Jayne joined Brock University as a staff member in 2014, but has been at Brock since 2009 when she began her SSHRC funded Master’s Degree in Lifespan Development at Brock, where she focused on adolescent risk-taking as related to activity engagement. Prior to this Jayne obtained a Bachelors of Health degree from York University in Psychology and History and also holds the Knowledge Translation Professional Certificate from the University of Toronto and the Hospital for Sick Children. Before coming to Brock Jayne worked in the non-profit sector for over 5 years as Research Coordinator at Parachute and SMARTRISK, Canada’s national injury prevention organizations.

Workshop:
Sharing Your Research: Knowledge Mobilization

Kara has devoted her life’s work to supporting the career development needs of students in higher education. She brings her passion for helping others to grow and succeed into every interaction she has with students and staff. As Supervisor, Career Education, Kara oversees the staffing and service delivery in CareerZone, and coordinates programming and events that help students explore career possibilities, articulate their skills and find meaningful work. Kara is a recent graduate of Brock’s Master of Education – Administration & Leadership program, holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from McMaster University, and a Career Development Practitioner Certificate from Conestoga College.

Workshop:
Resumes & CV’s: Showcase your Skills + Experience

KristenWall

Kristen recently joined the Campus Career Education team after spending a year working exclusively with the students in the Goodman School of Business. As a Career Consultant, she assists students in their transition from campus to career by offering 1:1 consultations, workshops, events and more. She’s passionate about seeing students succeed and reach their career-related goals.

Workshop:
Optimize Your LinkedIn Profile

Lianne’s role in the Centre for Pedagogical Development (CPI) at Brock University is Educational Developer. Lianne’s journey to this employment includes working as a Learning Strategist, a Child and Youth Worker, and a Long-TermCare Aide. It really is not a big surprise that her background is Lifespan Development and Child and Youth Studies.

Workshops:

Beyond Academia: Careers in Higher Education
Preparing a Teaching Dossier

Marisa is a career education professional with a background in career development and a keen interest in incorporating theory into practice. As a certified Career Development Practitioner, she currently leads career education programming and curriculum for Co-op, Career & Experiential Education at Brock University. Marisa completed her Master of Education in Teaching, Learning and Development at Brock University with a research focus on career programming in higher education and employability skills. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Guelph and the Career Development Practitioner program at Conestoga College.

Workshop:
From Chaos to Career: Learn how to be in the right place at the right time

Nathan Olmstead received his MA in Political Science from Brock University in 2018. He is now a doctoral student at the University of Toronto, where he is studying Political Theory and Public Policy. His research interests include smarty city development, transhuman technologies, and political theology. His research has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, such as Political Theology, Adaptive Human Behaviour and Physiology, and Neuroscience. Since 2016, Nathan has also worked as consultant for the public and private sector and helped to compose several public reports currently at the forefront of Canadian policymaking.

Workshop:
Build Professional Skills with a Research Internship

Nicole received her Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in Child and Youth Studies from Brock University, and is currently a second-year Master’s student working under the supervision of Dr. Tricia Vause.

With a passion for working with children and youth with neurodevelopmental disorders (ND), Nicole developed a 9-week recreational dance program called Dance with a B-E-A-T! (Behavioral Analysis and Therapy). Her program uses recreational dance, behavioral analysis and therapeutic components to target gross-motor and balance skills, self-efficacy, sense of belonging and self-esteem in children and youth diagnosed with a ND and/or anxiety disorder. Dance with a B-E-A-T! uses the child’s strengths (heightened energy, movement, and creativity in children with NDs), as well as therapeutic components such as breathing and relaxation coping mechanisms to target these keystone domains while fostering an environment that promotes belonging, friendship, and confidence. Nicole is excited to pilot Dance with a B-E-A-T! at Pathstone Mental Health to better understand the facilitators and barriers to her intervention program.

Workshop:
Design YOUR Professional Learning Experiences

Dr. Rachel Hirsch offers expertise in research development and capacity building stemming from over eight years’ experience working collaboratively with academics and community groups at Brock University, Memorial University, Trent University, and York University.
 

In 2010, she completed her SSHRC funded, award-winning doctoral work on the social dimensions of residential pesticide policy change at the University of Western Ontario in Geography. From 2010-2013, she developed a collaborative research program focused on building research and evaluation capacity on the topic of knowledge translation and food security in Iqaluit, Nunavut and Nain, Nunatsiavut (Labrador). During this time, Dr. Hirsch led or co-led multiple grant applications for community-administered research and program funds totaling over $135,000 including a SSHRC Standard Research Grant. She has been recognized for her research on the social dimensions of policy change and local knowledge sharing by the Society for Risk Analysis, the Canadian Knowledge Transfer and Exchange Community of Practice, and the Canadian Association of Geographers.

From 2014-2017, Dr. Hirsch was Brock’s Social Justice Research Institute (SJRI) Projects Facilitator during which time she bolstered research imaginations leveraging more than $700,000 in external research grants and contracts. Now, in her current role as a Research Officer, Dr. Hirsch is the main point of contact for any Brock faculty members planning to apply to SSHRC or any other external social science and humanities research funder. This includes assistance with research development, review/feedback on draft applications, and any internal or external liaisons necessary for letters of support, contract negotiations, or other agreements with research partners.

Workshop:
Beyond Academia: Careers in Higher Education

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Reuben Plance holds a B.A in Political Science and Information Studies at the University of Ghana, Legon (2013) and a Master of Philosophy in Comparative and International Education from the University of Oslo, Norway (2017). Currently, he is pursuing his Masters of Education (Social and Cultural Context Stream) at the Faculty of Education, Brock University.  He worked with UNICEF Norway as a Gate Ambassador where he successfully helped in multiple fundraising campaigns. Driven by his passion for seeing a socially just educational system, he also took the opportunity to travel around some European countries to develop his intercultural competencies. Reuben is passionate about global education, and his current research focuses on efforts adopted by the government to ensure an equitable and inclusive Technical and Vocational Education in Canada.

Workshop:
Design YOUR Professional Learning Experiences 

Tasnuva is working as a research assistant with Dr. Christopher Fullerton at the Department of Geography and Tourism while she is finishing her Masters in Sustainability. On the second years of her masters program, Tasnuva worked as a research assistant at the University of Waterloo help creating a research agenda for the CIHR School Nutrition Policy PPM 150 and continues to be a contributing partner to the team. She is passionate about Public Transit Marketing and Innovation. Tasnuva is a recipient of the Accelerate MITACS grant where she had the opportunity to work as a Junior Outreach Officer at the Canadian Urban Transit Research and Innovation Consortium (CUTRIC). At Brock University, Tasnuva looks forward to continue working on Innovation and promotion of pubic transit from a sociological perspective. She also enjoys canoeing, camping, and spending time with her family and friends.

Workshop:
Build Professional Skills with a Research Internship

Trecia-McLennon

Trecia is the Intercultural Communications Coordinator at Brock International Services. She is a former assistant professor in the school of International Studies at the University of Ulsan in South Korea, and a former instructor of Global Management Studies at Ryerson University.

She is a published author with a passion for all things intercultural. Her experience traveling to 18 and living in five different countries equipped her to get by in five languages.

She has a BA in Communications, an MBA, and a certificate in Adult Training and Development. She’s a qualified IDI administrator and a certified training and development professional (CTDP).

Workshop:
Intercultural Shift 1

Intercultural Shift 2

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Vanessa is a Career Education professional with over 5 years of experience working in post-secondary institutions and in Campus Recruitment with an Accounting firm. Vanessa completed her undergraduate degree a the University of Ottawa and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Human Resources Management from Humber College and CHRP designation. She is fluently bilingual in both official languages and loves to connect with Francophones in the community. As the Employer Development Manager for Goodman Career, Vanessa is responsible for employer outreach and on-campus engagement opportunities. She attends many networking events to engage and interact with community partners, encouraging them to hire from Brock!

Workshop:
Networking 101

NEW Conference Certificates

Earn a SHIFT Conference micro-certificate by pairing themed workshops.

  • Introduction to Intercultural Competency Certificate: Register and participate in both intercultural competency workshops at SHIFT to earn the first two required workshops toward International Services Intercultural Certificate for students.
  • Introduction to Knowledge Mobilization Certificate: Register and participate in both the Graphic Narratives and Knowledge Mobilization workshops and earn credits for the Introduction to Knowledge Mobilization Certificate.

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Contact us

Contact information

905.688.5550 x 6129
vitae@brocku.ca

Location

MacKenzie Chown
MCC 207

Hours

Monday to Friday
8:30am to 4:30pm