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Backpack to Briefcase: Alumni & Student Networking Event

Backpack to Briefcase: Alumni & Student Networking Event

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CIBC Hall, McMaster University Student Centre

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Carm Vespi,

Are you a student looking for mentorship and support? Alumni share their experiences to prepare you for your future years at McMaster and beyond.


Over the years, McMaster Engineering has hosted an alumni/student mentorship evening, where distinguished alumni reconnect with McMaster and engineering students.  

Backpack to Briefcase, which will be held on Wednesday, January 22, 2020 will offer engineering students the opportunity to network and connect with mentors. 

The alumni mentors work in a variety of engineering fields, representing diverse backgrounds and bring valuable insights from their days at McMaster and beyond.  Alumni will share their experiences about academics, study skills, day-to-day issues, career planning, networking and professional development. They were students once too, they understand student goals and concerns and will be happy to address any questions that you students may have.

Mentors please register here


Dress code: Business Atire


5:30 PM: Mentor Reception (REGISTERED ALUMNI ONLY) 

6:00 PM: Student Arrival (make name tag & get raffle ticket)

6:30 PM: Welcome & Introductions - Dr. Ishwar K. Puri

6:40 PM: Panel Discussion

7:00 PM: Alumni & Student Mentoring Period -
Light Refreshments Provided




Nausheen Abid Hatch Civil Engineering
Hamad Akram PepsiCo Mechanical Engineering
Ahmad Al-Ali Ontario Power Generation Electrical & Computer Engineering
Akeel  Ali GHD Advisory Civil Engineering
Omar Ali Hatch Ltd Civil Engineering
Jodie Atkins City of Toronto Civil Engineering
Remy Audel General Motors M.Eng.Design - Engineering Design
Lisa Brown Toromont CAT Mechanical Engineering
Leanne Cleland Petro-Canada Lubricants Inc Chemical Engineering
Mariano Colicchio Hatch Civil Engineering
Danielle DeRosa The StressCrete Group Civil Engineering
Marc Directo Nix Sensor Ltd. Electrical & Computer Engineering
Regan Dixon General Motors of Canada Mechanical Engineering
Rachel Dubeckyj Imperial Chemical Engineering
Vince Ferraiuolo Petro-Canada Lubricants Mechanical Engineering
Peter  Gowthorpe   Mechanical Engineering
Noor Hassan  Amazon Web Services Electrical & Computer Engineering
Sonia Hassini McMaster Civil Engineering
Jayne Huhtanen FocalPoint Coaching of Toronto Chemical Engineering
Vish Kailey CNA Canada Electrical & Computer Engineering
Alyson King   Civil Engineering
Yifan Li WSP Chemical Engineering
Emily Lightstone GHD Civil Engineering
Ali Malik Ontario Power Generation Engineering Physics
Jim Morris Kinectrics Engineering Physics
Emily Nichols Emily Nichols Chemical Engineering
Ashley Osika Sensibill B. Tech. - Software Engineering Technology
Romeo Palombella PAL-TECH ENGINEERING INC. Civil Engineering
Meet  Pandya Evertz Microsystems Computing and Software
Sagarika  Paul ArcelorMittal Dofasco Materials Science and Engineering
Alvin Pilobello mindspaceIMPACT Chemical Engineering
Michael Piotrowski Intuitive Water Systems Mechanical Engineering
Sharon Platkin Vena Solutions Computing and Software
Sanjna Pradhan STELCO ( Steel Company of Canada) Materials Science and Engineering
Julian Riano IBI Group Civil Engineering
Michael Scriven Alithya Engineering Physics
Bilal Sherazi Environmental Infrastructure Solutions Civil Engineering
Sean Smith Entuitive Civil Engineering
Jackie Spackman Stelco Materials Science and Engineering
Shannon Stark CIMA + B. Tech. - Civil Engineering Infrastructure Technology
David Starr ArcelorMittal Dofasco Civil Engineering
Kristie Syndikus (Schweinbenz) Maple Leaf Foods Mechanical Engineering
Dave  Thompson WalterFedy Civil Engineering
Jane Travers Ontario Power Generation Mechanical Engineering
Lisa Vespi  Niagara Region  Civil Engineering
Mackenzie Wiens Deloitte Electrical & Computer Engineering
Tegiola Xhemalaj JLL M.Eng.Design - Engineering Design
Khaled Zaky RBC - Royal Bank of Canada Computing and Software