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Career Conversation Panels: Statistics and Data Science

In partnership with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals who are putting their degree to use in a variety of fields?
Connect with professionals currently enjoying careers in a variety of settings and get the inside scoop on what it’s really like to work in these fields. During this panel professionals will share their personal stories about breaking into their field, how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experience helped them succeed in their jobs and what types of opportunities are available in their field. The panel will be moderated by one of the Career Centre’s team members and followed by an open forum where students will have an opportunity to ask the panelists their own questions.
Registration is required.You may register for this event on theCareer Centre’s online system(you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).
Participating Panelists
John Yawney
Data Science Lead, Adastra
Alumnus: MSc Applied Mathematics, 2011
I lead the data science practice at Adastra Corporation where, since 2016, I have been responsible for developing and growing the team. I oversee artificial intelligence and machine learning projects and direct Adastra’s exploration of emerging technologies and topics, allowing for insight-driven and innovative client solutions. I aim to emulate Adastra’s values of honesty and transparency with our clients to continually align their expectations with our results.

Andy Koh
Statistician, SCiAN Services
Alumnus: MA Mathematics and Statistics, 2016
As our population ages, more and more R&D go into taking care of the people. As a statistician in clinical trials, we help companies design and evaluate studies so we can efficiently use the resources available. Being able to use what I learned in school to advance science feels great.

Dilara Cakir
Senior Data Analyst, Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
Alumna: Honours BA, Applied Mathematics and Computer Science, 2010

Peter Mercurio
Director of Optimization, CIBC

I’m grateful for my co-op program in undergrad where I gained 2 full years of relevant work experience. With 2 competing job offers before graduation, I joined the bank and quickly learned that higher education and personal development was essential to career progression. Here I am 10 years later wrapping up my PhD in Statistics and just started my own optimization and analytics team.

Brent Fagan
Data Scientist, KPMG
Alumnus: MA Statistics, 2016
II started working at KPMG as a data scientist while I was still completing my master’s degree in statistics at York University in 2016. It was here that I took on my first data science role where I’ve had the opportunity to work on many interesting projects alongside many intelligent people.


Oct 05 2018


10:30 am - 12:30 pm


1014 Victor Philip Dahdaleh Building
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