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MAC Conference

The MAC Conference is an annual half-day professional development and networking event for Ryerson MAC employees. The conference encourages MAC employees to collaborate through an exploration of diverse ideas related to a chosen theme.

Event details

MAC Conference 2019

Join your MAC colleagues for a half-day of professional development and networking at the seventh annual MAC Conference! This year's conference is focused on fostering a culture of recognition, the many forms it can take and how we can each play a part.
  • WHAT:
    MAC Conference 2019
  • DATE:
    October 03 2019
  • TIME:
    9:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • WHERE:
    Upper Gym, Kerr Hall West (KHW)

Please note that due to the construction as part of the Campus Core Revitalization project, the Upper Gym can be accessed through the 31 Gerrard Street East entrance or via the pedestrian bridge from the 2nd floor of Jorgenson Hall.

Let us know if you are no longer able to attend

If you are no longer able to attend, we would appreciate if you could withdraw your registration from the Learning Events Calendar before Monday, September 30 at 5 p.m.

Please note: In order to account for non-refundable costs, departments will be charged $50 for withdrawals submitted after September 30 or no-shows to the conference.


Time Details
9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Registration, coffee and refreshments
10 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. Land Acknowledgement
  • Tracey King, Indigenous HR Lead, Human Resources
10:10 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Opening remarks
  • Christina Sass-Kortsak, Assistant Vice-President, Human Resources
  • Mohamed Lachemi, President and Vice-Chancellor
  • Deborah Brown, Vice-President, Administration and Operations
10:30 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. My personal recognition experience
Presented by Natalie Roach, Mental Health Coordinator, Workplace Wellbeing Services, Human Resources
10:50 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Panel discussion
  • Carly Basian, Manager, Student Financial Assistance, Registrar's Office
  • Jagmohan Bhathal, Manager, Academic Services, Computing & Communications Services
  • Natalie Roach, Mental Health Coordinator, Workplace Wellbeing Services, Human Resources
  • Tanya Poppleton, Associate Director, Community Outreach and Special Projects, Community Safety and Security
11:30 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. The Ryerson Recognition toolkit
Presented by Monika Dacosta, Director, Total Compensation, Human Resources
11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Hot buffet lunch service
12:45 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. Keynote presentation: Five languages of appreciation in the workplace
Presented by Jen Gonzales, Executive Director, Student Affairs
1:45 p.m. to 2 p.m. Closing remarks
Christina Sass-Kortsak, Assistant Vice-President, Human Resources

Throughout the event, we will be collecting anonymous feedback with Poll Everywhere. If you are interested in participating, please bring a device that can connect to the wireless network.

Tweet using #MACConf

If you’re on Twitter, use our event hashtag #MACConf to tweet highlights, learnings and photos from the conference as it happens.


If you have any questions, please contact David Han, organizational and employee effectiveness assistant, at or 416-979-5000, ext. 3780.