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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




Zaki Abedeen, P. Eng. Emerson Commercial & Residential Solutions
Salman Alam Kingsway Real Estate Brokerage
Akeel Ali GHD
Faisal Ali WSP Canada Inc.
Omar Ali Hatch Ltd
Jodie Atkins City of Toronto
Brandon  Bailey Stantec Consulting Ltd.
Taher Banatwala Cimcorp Automation
Neha Baqai PepsiCo
Rachel Beaulieu Canplas Industries Ltd.
Ewald Becker Planit Canada
Leigh Bedford SCIEX
Erika Bellhouse ArcelorMittal Dofasco
Avi Bhargava Ukko Agro Inc.
Gabrielle Bouchard Jacobs
Elias Boukhers JDRF Electromag Engineering Inc
Taya Burzynski WSP Canada Inc.
Mary Byrne University of Toronto
Josh Campbell McNally Construction Inc.
Vikas Chennabathni Air Liquide Canada
Jeff Christy Colliers Project Leaders
Tara Clayton Niagara Region
Sarah Core Jordan Engineering
Danielle  De Rango McMaster University
Danielle DeRosa Sobotec Ltd.
Rahul Devnani RBC Capital Markets
Christine Ermarkaryan Braithwaite Technology Consultants
Jason Everitt L3 Wescam
Christopher (Chris) Ewen The Ainley Group
Andrey Feldman Sprout Wellness Solutions Inc
Andrea Forster SUEZ WTS
Harpreet  Geekee Highmark Global
Aaron Gerlach Clearpath Robotics
Dylan Gibson McLaren Engineering - Linamar
Peter  Gowthorpe Laveer Engineering Ltd.
Aathiq Hameed IESO
Jakub Hana Ford Motor Company of Canada
Hamed Hassanisaadi Huawei Technologies
Dilmeer Hazoor Quest Software
David Hendriks Magna International
Jayne Huhtanen FocalPoint Coaching of Toronto
Kieran Hurst Ministry of Transportation
Esther Hutten McMaster University
Waleed Irfan UL (Underwriters Laboratories) Inc.
Rohit Jayaprakash Hydro One Limited
Raman Judge Black and McDonald
Vish S. Kailey CNA Canada
Bhavesh Kakwani ecobee
Nilushi Kariyawasam Laveer Engineering Ltd.
Andrew Kasza Envest Corp.
Salman Khan SUEZ WTS
Alyson King First Nations Engineering Ltd
Vitaliy  Kondratiev theScore
Cheryl Koval Mount Sinai Services
Marium  Lanewala Smith and Andersen
Jennifer Lim Suez Water Technologies & Solutions
Ed Lutz Oxy Vinyls Canada Company - A Subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corp.
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 LTd.
Miles Milvaganam Self-Employed
Jim Morris Kinectrics Inc.
Corinne Mullen ArcelorMittal Dofasco
Emily Nichols Emily Nichols
Fred Niemeyer Candu Energy, (formally Atomic Energy of Canada)
Alison Orr Orr Brown Consulting Engineers Ltd.
Terry Ostan General Motors of Canada Company
Isabela Ozamiz Evertz Microsystems
Meet Pandya Tata Consultancy Services
Barane  Paramanathan Bell
Randy Park Lightguide Systems Inc.
NISHIT PATEL Dastur International 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
Lina Qamar Linamar - The Centre
Mohamed Qishawi Schneider Electric
Alex Rees Rees Plumbing & Heating Ltd.
Mehran Reza Canadian broadcasting Corporation
Julian Riano MTE Consultants
Peter  Rowles Posterity Group
Hassan  Salam iaqob Technologies
Richard Saponara Ontario Power Generation
Shakti  Sawh Kinectrics Inc.
Walter Schaible ASI
Peter Scott General Motors
Michael Scriven Alithya
Saurabh Shaw Neuroscience Graduate Program, McMaster University
Howard  Shearer  Hitachi
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 S 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
Jonathon White Dept of Electrical Engineering, Yuan Ze University
Jaimy  Wickrema L-3 Wescam
Aries Wu Mobia Technology Innovations
Anna Zadeh Magna International
Nanxi Zha Hamilton Health Sciences
Hao  Zhang City of Toronto
Mochao  Zhao Millipore Sigma