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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 23, 2019, 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

Alumni Agenda: 

5:15 – 6:15      Alumni Dinner – Invited guests Only

Student and Alumni Agenda:

6:15 PM: Arrival
6:30 PM: Welcome & Introductions - Dr. Ishwar K. Puri
6:40 PM: Panel Discussion
7:00 PM: Question & Answer Period 
7:15 PM: Alumni & Student Mentoring Period -
Light Refreshments Provided

Panelists TBA                                             

Mentors TBA

Prizes TBA



Name Surname Employer
Zaki Abedeen, P. Eng. Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions
Salman Alam Kingsway Real Estate Brokerage
Akeel Ali GHD
Faisal Ali WSP
Jodie Atkins City of Toronto
Brandon Bailey Bailey Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Taher Banatwala Cimcorp Automation
Ewald Becker Planit Canada
Leigh Bedford SCIEX
Erika Bellhouse ArcelorMittal Dofasco
Ross  Belot Self, retired from Imperial Oil
Avi Bhargava Ukko Agro Inc.
Taya Burzynski WSP Canada Inc.
Josh Campbell McNally Construction Inc.
Jeff Christy Colliers Project Leaders
Tara Clayton Niagara Region
Danielle  De Rango McMaster University
Danielle DeRosa Sobotec Ltd.
Rahul Devnani RBC Capital Markets
Christine Ermarkaryan Braithwaite Technology Consultants
Jason Everitt L3 WESCAM
Andrey Feldman Sprout Wellness Solutions Inc
Andrea Forster SUEZ WTS
Harpreet Geekee Geekee HIGHMARK GLOBAL
Aaron Gerlach Clearpath Robotics
Peter Gowthorpe Gowthorpe Laveer Engineering
Aathiq Hameed IESO
Jakub Hana Ford Motor Company of Canada
Dilmeer Hazoor Quest Software
David Hendriks Magna International
Jayne Huhtanen FocalPoint Coaching of Toronto
Kieran Hurst Ministry of Transportation
Waleed Irfan UL (Underwriters Laboratories) Inc.
Raman Judge Black and McDonald
Bhavesh Kakwani ecobee
Nilushi Kariyawasam Laveer Engineering Ltd.
Andrew Kasza Envest Corp.
Salman Khan Suez WTS
Alyson King First Nations Engineering Ltd
Vitaliy Kondratiev Kondratiev theScore
Marium  Lanewala Smith and Andersen
Allan Magi City of Burlington
Daniel Mance AudioWise Canada
Alessandra Massaro, EIT CIMA+
Deepa Mathew McMaster University
Brian McFadyen Sunrise Spas
Richard Meguerian Laveer Engineering
Miles Milvaganam Self
Jim Morris Kinectrics
Fred Niemeyer Candu Energy, (formally Atomic Energy of Canada)
Alison Orr Orr Brown Consulting Engineers Ltd.
Meet Pandya Tata Consultancy Services
Barane  Paramanathan Bell
Randy Park Lightguide Systems Inc.
Sagarika Paul ArcelorMittal Dofasco
Mark Pavlidis Flixel Photos Inc
Alex Paynter SC Johnson Professional
Sandra Persaud Deloitte
Kevin Peters Accenture
Alvin Pilobello SNC Lavalin
Sanjna Pradhan STELCO
Mohamed Qishawi Schneider Electric
Mehran Reza Canadian broadcasting Corporation
Julian Riano MTE Consultants
Hassan Salam Salam iaqob Technologies
Richard Saponara Ontario Power Generation
Shakti Sawh Sawh Kinectrics Inc.
Peter Scott General Motors
Michael Scriven Alithya
Saurabh Shaw Neuroscience Graduate Program, McMaster University
Bilal Sherazi Environmental Infrastructure Solutions
Kevin Sia Stelco
ANJAN  SIDHU Spectral Medical Inc.
Joy Singh T.A. Cook
Jaclyn  Spackman Stelco
James Spackman Spine Advanced
Zachary  Strong Epiphany Coaches Inc.
Kristie  Syndikus Celestica
Sue Szymanski Szymanski Dragados
Meshaa Tariq L3 WESCAM
Cathy Taylor Centerra Gold Inc.
Keith Taylor JNE Consulting
Dave Thompson WalterFedy Inc
Robert Tong ON Semiconductor
Kim van den Heuvel Liberty Power
Mike Watters Hatch
Aries Wu Mobia Technology Innovations
Anna Zadeh Magna
Nanxi Zha Hamilton Health Sciences
Hao Zhang Zhang City of Toronto
Mochao Zhao Zhao Millipore Sigma