Advice from Mental Health Entrepreneur, Chakameh Shafii of TranQool

Recently, we had the privilege of interviewing Chakameh Shafii, Co-founder of TranQool, an online therapy platform. Chakameh is a Toronto native, who obtained a Bachelor of Engineering and a Master of Mechanical Engineering from the University of Toronto. During her Master’s degree, Chakameh founded the WISE National Conference, which encourages women in STEM to innovate

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How to Become an Accountant

To share the diversity of our National Young Leader mentors and their respective careers, we interviewed Alex Zhang, a Chartered Professional Accountant, about becoming an accountant. Previously, Alex obtained a Bachelor of Commerce with a Specialization in Accounting at the University of Toronto. Currently, he is an investment accountant, and is pursuing his Chartered Financial

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Career Profile: Justin Ruppel, Lab Manager & Musician

Recently, we interviewed Justin Ruppel, a lab manager and research assistant at the Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Toronto and a musician, who has performed around Toronto and toured North America. After receiving a Bachelor’s degree in Human Biology at the University of Toronto, he worked in labs at Mount Sinai Hospital, The

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Career Profile: Omar Alghabra, Member of Parliament

Recently, I had the privilege of interviewing Omar Alghabra, a Liberal Member of Parliament who represents Mississauga Centre, and a Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs.  Alghabra received a Bachelor of Engineering from Ryerson University and a Master of Business Administration from York University. As an activist for the community, Alghabra has served

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A Day in the Life of a Project Engineer

To share the diversity of our National Young Leaders and their respective careers, we interviewed one of our mentors, Samira Ahmadi, about her previous work as a Project Engineer in Iran. Samira obtained her B.Eng in Mechanical Engineering at the Iran University of Science and Technology and worked as a project engineer for Servo Hydraulics

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A Day in the Life of a Research Analyst

Working as an analyst requires a number of key competencies and skills and can be an extremely rewarding and satisfying career journey.  These professionals conduct research, analyze data, and present their work to help inform decision makers and stakeholders about a situation. Accurate knowledge of situations and circumstances, markets/sectors, emerging issues, and priorities are crucial

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A Day in the Life of a Substitute Teacher

Imagine walking into an unfamiliar room with minutes to execute the teaching day plan in front of you for 20 grade one students.  This is an everyday occurrence for a substitute (occasional) teacher.  The ambivalence – the excitement mixed with the uncertainty- wars within you throughout the day. While aspects of being an occasional teacher

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A Day in the Life of a PharmD Student

Hi everyone! My name is Marzena and I am in my 3rd year of studies at the University of British Columbia, and currently in my 1st year of pharmacy school. Since pharmacy is quite a popular career choice for many undergraduate science students, I have been getting a lot of questions about admissions and life

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Digging Deeper: An Interview with Paleontologist, Dr. Michael Caldwell

“There’s something about paleontology that makes people’s imaginations come afire,”  says Dr. Michael Caldwell, renowned paleontologist and chair of the biology department at the University of Alberta. Any child who went through a dinosaur phase (or never left it) can speak to the allure of ancient beasts and old bones. As a well-known researcher, focused

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All the Right Questions: an Interview with Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour on Women in Science, Diversity and Life

According to Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour, a distinguished chemist and the Associate Dean of Science, Diversity at the University of Alberta, there are many traits that make a good scientist—but the fundamental one is curiosity. “The basic curiosity is what starts everyone off,” she says, “How do things work? And leading from that is how to recognize the questions that need to

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