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GRADTalks presents a wide range of expert speakers ranging from world-renowned academics to pioneers in industry and innovation, and leaders in government and policy. Speakers highlight the critical importance of graduate education in their professional experiences, and inspire and challenge graduate students to consider career pathways beyond their current degrees.

It's Your Career—Take Charge! 

March 10, 2020

The Yeates School of Graduate Studies is excited to present the winter session of GRADTAlks: It’s YOUR Career — Take Charge!

Join your fellow Ryerson graduate students and create your own, unique career vision! There will be interactive discussion and personal reflection exercises. The session will end with a reception.

This session will engage you in:

·         creating your own, unique career vision

·         exploring how you can shape your participation in your graduate program to help you achieve your career goals

·         developing strategies to enhance your career resilience

·         creating and utilizing diverse marketing strategies that align with your unique  career goals and vision

The small-group format will provide you with the opportunity to network and make connections with your YSGS colleagues, workshop facilitators and YSGS career specialists.


  • Dr. Janice Waddell, RN, MA, PhD, interim associate dean, student affairs, YSGS and professor, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing
  • Dr. Karen Spalding, RN, MSc, PhD, program director, Master of Health Administration (Community Care) and associate professor, School of Health Services Management

This event qualifies for the Future Smart, opens in new window program. Bring your passport to be signed.

All Ryerson graduate students are welcome! Refreshments will be served.

Location: ILC, 133 Mutual St., Ryerson University

Time: 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Registration at 5:30 p.m. for a 6 p.m. start, followed by an informal networking reception.

NOTE: This is a FREE EVENT. Registration is encouraged. Register early to secure your spot!

Please contact if you require any accessibility or dietary accommodations to ensure your inclusion in this event.

Building Resilience: getting through grad school in one piece!

November 4, 2019

Graduate students learned how to culture their resilience and well-being by learning how mindfulness, gratitude, optimism, self-compassion and grit come together to build their resiliency tool kits. They learned strategies for thriving — in grad school and beyond! 

This session was facilitated by Dr. Diana Brecher, Clinical Psychologist, Centre for Student Development and Counselling, Division of Student Affairs / Adjunct Faculty, Psychology Department /  ThriveRU, opens in new window, Special Projects, Student Affairs.

Recipients of the Jennifer Mactavish Graduate Student Leadership Awards, opens in new window were also announced at this event.

Leadership Skills: From Scholar to Influencer

February 28, 2019

Learning how to inspire, impact, innovate and implement, graduate students had the opportunity to enhance their leadership and influential skills through interactive discussion and personal reflection. 

The session was facilitated by Dr. Wilson Leung, Director, Graduate Leadership Institute.

Growing Your Network

Thursday, March 1, 2018

At this fun and interactive networking event about networking, graduate students connected with other students, staff and faculty from across the university and heard experts share networking essentials for career success.


  • Dr. Henry Parada, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Faculty of Community Services
  • Dr. Janice Waddell, Director of Experiential Learning, Yeates School of Graduate Studies; Associate Professor, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing
  • Dr. Hong Yu, Interim Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Programs; Associate Professor, Retail Management, TRSM

Resources were also provided by representatives from the Career Centre for further guidance related to networking and career development for graduate students.

Communication Skills: Expressing Yourself

October 17, 2018

This session focused on the art of communication in diverse situations relevant for graduate students. Participants engaged in interactive discussions and activities to enhance their communication skills. Students stepped outside of their comfort zone and experienced communication skills in action amongst a supportive graduate community!

Recipients of the YSGS Graduate Student Leadership Awards, opens in new window were also announced at this event, followed by a networking reception.


  • Herleen Arora, Career Education Specialist, Faculty of Community Services
  • Rebecca Dirnfeld, Lead, Graduate Career Education
  • Luciana Longo, Career Education Specialist, Faculty of Science
  • Curtis Maloley, Educational Developer, Ryerson Learning and Teaching Office (LTO)
  • Ahmed Minhas, Master of Professional Communication (MPC) graduate
  • Dr. Ken Moffatt, Ryerson's Jack Layton Chair and Professor, School of Social Work
  • Dr. Mike Moore, Biomedical Physics (PhD) graduate
  • Michelle Schwartz, Instructional Design and Research Strategist, Ryerson Learning and Teaching Office (LTO)

Charting Your Career Journey  

October 17, 2017

At this interactive session, grad students engaged in visioning activities and networking discussions to inform their professional development and career journeys.

Topics included:

  • Where am I headed post-graduation?
  • Where do I see myself in my future career?
  • How do I hope to contribute to my community, society, profession, etc.?
  • What are some cultural/intercultural aspects of the career experience?


  • Dr. Martin Antony, Professor, Psychology; Director, Anxiety Research and Treatment Lab
  • Lois Didyk, Community Mental Health Counsellor, Community Outreach Services, Toronto East Health Network, Ryerson alumni (’16)
  • Rebecca Dirnfeld, Career Education Specialist, Ryerson Career Centre
  • Dr. Jasna Schwind, Associate Professor, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing
  • Peter Haastrup, PhD Candidate, Policy Studies
  • Dr. Miljana Horvat, Associate Dean, Graduate Studies, FEAS
  • Eno Hysi, PhD Candidate, Biomedical Physics; Vanier Scholar
  • Dr. Vathsala Jayasuriya-Illesinghe, MD, PhD Candidate, Policy Studies; Trudeau Scholar
  • Dr. Michael Kolios, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, FOS
  • Curtis Maloley, Educational Developer, Learning & Teaching Office; Lecturer, Department of Sociology

Achieving GRAD Balance

February 28, 2017

At this fun and informative evening, our speakers shared tips and tools to help grad students achieve balance in their daily lives. There were prizes, a cooking demo, interactive fun and smoothies!

Topics included: tips for daily balance (time management); health and wellness resources at Ryerson; nutrition for students (cook an omelette in under two minutes!), and mindfulness relaxation.


  • Maria Chaparro, Clinical Psychologist, Centre for Student Development and Counselling, Ryerson University
  • Jacalyn Dryland, Registered Dietitian, Dufferin Area Family Health Team
  • Juannittah Kamera, Health Promotion Programs Coordinator, Ryerson University
  • Jasna Schwind, Associate Professor, Daphne Cockwell School of Nursing, Ryerson University


Professional Skills: Tools for Success after Grad School

October 25, 2016

Four expert panellists shared their thoughts on the importance of building essential professional skills, and what employers are looking for.


  • Dale Carl, Associate Director, International Relations, & Director, MBA Graduate Studies, Ryerson University
  • Barbara Crow, Dean, Faculty of Graduate Studies, York University
  • Caroline Konrad, Director, Career Centre, Ryerson University
  • Nicholas Yee, AVP, Information Management Practice, Global Technology Office, Manulife Financial

Beyond the PhD: Career Pathways for Graduate Success

February 24, 2016

Four expert panellists shared their experiences and thoughts on career pathways for graduate students, followed by a Q-and-A session and networking reception.


  • Rebecca Dirnfeld, Career Consultant, Ryerson University
  • Jennifer Mactavish, Dean, Yeates School of Graduate Studies
  • Jennifer Polk, Academic, Career and Life Coach,, external link, opens in new window
  • Greg Singer, Director of Research Services, OCAD University

Secrets of a Successful Student-Supervisor Relationship

October 27, 2015

Five faculty members discussed their experiences and thoughts on the "Secrets of a Successful Student-Supervisor Relationship," followed by a Q & A session and networking reception.


  • Michael Kolios, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Science
  • Sri Krishnan, Associate Dean, Research and Development, Faculty of Engineering & Architectural Science
  • Lynn Lavallee, Chair, Human Research Ethics Board; Associate Director, School of Social Work, Faculty of Community Services
  • Janet Lum, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Studies, Faculty of Arts
  • Kelly MacKay, Associate Dean, Research and Graduate Programs, Ted Rogers School of Management

Imagine a Connected World with Privacy Built-in: Enter Privacy by Design

April 1, 2015

Dr. Anne Cavoukian, Executive Director of Ryerson's Privacy and Big Data Institute, spoke about "Privacy by Design" and the need for proactive privacy in our ever-connected and global world.

"If you value freedom, value privacy," Dr. Cavoukian told the audience at the winter GRADTalks lecture. 

Disruption...nothing remains the same. Faster.

November 19, 2014

Nadir Mohamed, Distinguished CEO-in-Residence, Ryerson University, was the inaugural speaker in the GRADTalks Lecture Series. Mr. Mohamed spoke on the potential that all graduate students have for innovation and entrepreneurship, no matter what their discipline.

Nadir Mohamed, a former CEO and president of Rogers Communications, is a highly regarded leader in the Canadian communications industry. During his 25-year career, Nadir held senior leadership roles at Canada's top communications companies, including Rogers, Telus, and BC Telecom.