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Career Conversations with HR Professionals

Career Conversations with Human Resource Professionals
October 28, 2019 05:30 PM to 07:30 PM – 109 Atkinson College, Harry Crowe Room
In Partnership with The Human Resources Student Association
Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals who are putting their HR 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 the Experience York (you will be able to sign in using your Passport York and register for appointments and events on the system).
Participating Panelists

Shaunak Ramaiya, Talent Management Consultant, Ontario Treasury Board
Shaunak Ramaiya,
Talent Management Consultant, Ontario Treasury Board
Alumna: BCom, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, 2017
As I entered my final semester of business school, I would have never guessed that despite being a marketing major, I would be working in Human Resources and build a career in it… but here we are!
I’ve worked a broad range of HR roles – Recruitment, Insurance Benefits, Talent Mgmt.- in both private and public sectors. I’m currently working in Learning and Development by designing and delivering leadership development programs.
In simple terms, I help ensure employees get good bosses and not bad bosses!

Vikram Mitter, Senior Recruitment Consultant, TunnelBear

Vikram Mitter
Senior Recruitment Consultant, TunnelBear
Alumnus: BHRM, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, 2013
Faculty: Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies
Graduated: 2013
Current Career: Senior Recruitment Consultant
I am a results-focused, quality-driven talent leader focused on partnering with some of Canada’s fastest growing tech companies to help grow and scale teams across the organization. I have a proven track record and passion for coaching, building new teams, and of course filling those hard to fill roles! In my years of recruitment what I have learned is that you have an opportunity to make a difference and have an impact so do it with people you admire, and do it with a company you believe in!

Gurvir Bains, HR Business Partner, Shopify Inc.

Gurvir Bains
HR Business Partner, Shopify Inc
Alumnus: BHRM Honours, Atkinson, 2011
My passion has always been working with people, learning about their ambitions and drive. When thinking about what field of work I wanted to get into, there was never any doubt that human resources was it, it gives me an opportunity, everyday to help individuals do their best work. I look forward to continuing doing the work that I love – in this ever evolving field.

Saiyaf Alli, Senior Talent Acquisition Advisor, Desjardins

Saiyaf Alli,
Senior Talent Acquisition Advisor, Desjardins
Alumnus: BA, Faculty of Arts, 2006
Degree: Bachelor of Arts, York University
Faculty: Faculty of Arts, Business and Society
Graduated: 2006
Current Career: Senior Talent Acquisition Advisor
Everyday, I look forward to helping change people’s lives by offering them their next challenge in their career. I am lucky to indulge in my passion for networking, utilize and enhance my communication and people skills, and have fun just meeting new people. All of these perks are balanced with tight deadlines, building trust, and the expectation to find top talent for the organization I work for.

Vishwa Tailor, Talent Acquisition Specialist, Staples
Vishwa Tailor,
Talent Acquisition Specialist, Staples
Alumnus: BAS, Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, 2015
I graduated from York University in 2015, unaware of where i wanted to take my career. With my business degree at York, i was also able to obtain an HR certification which broadened my horizons to additional opportunities. I then fell into Talent Acquisition after i graduated and started working on contract through a temp agency recruiting for engineers at a firm called ComTech Group.This gave me a foot in the door to move on to a recruiter for Accounting and Finance at a well established firm called Robert Half. After working at Robert Half for 2 and a half years, i moved onto Corporate Talent Acquisition at Staples.


Oct 28 2019


5:30 pm - 7:30 pm


109 Atkinson College, Harry Crowe Room
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