The list of mentors who participated in the IPAC Vancouver and CESBCY New Professionals Speed Mentoring Event.
Allan Corbett is a licensed as a Real Estate Professional and the Vice President for Education of the Spontaneous Speakers Toastmaster's Club.
Table topic description: Join us to find out how influential communication is, and how to improve your communication skills.
Dr. Beth Snow
Dr. Beth Snow is the Head of Program Evaluation at the Centre for Health Evaluation and Outcome Sciences (CHÉOS) at Providence Health Care and is leading the evaluation of the Clinical and Systems Transformation Project, a multi-year, multi-site electronic health record implementation. She is the president of the Canadian Evaluation Society BC & Yukon chapter and holds a Credentialed Evaluator (CE) designation. earned a B.Sc. (Hons) in Biochemistry (with a minor in Drama) from McMaster University in 1999, a M.Sc. in Human Biology and Nutritional Sciences from the University of Guelph in 2000, a PhD in Human Nutrition from the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 2006, and her MBA from the UBC Sauder School of Business in 2014. She has taught at the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University, and the Justice Institute of British Columbia.
Table topic description: We've all had experiences with good leaders and with bad ones. Let's talk about what leadership means and why it matters.
Joni Rose has over 20 years of experience in adult education, human resources, employee training, career development and program management. Prior to starting with the BC government in 2009 as the WelcomeBC Training Manager, she developed, administered and led training programs for the Surrey School Board, Douglas College and The University of BC. She has worked as a Co-operative Education Coordinator for both SFU and Kwantlen. In addition, she has been a career coach and writes/consults on employee training and development. Her current role as the Senior Program Advisor focused on skilled immigrant programming to help skilled immigrants find employment that is commensurate with their pre-arrival skills and training.
Table topic description: The BC Government as a career option: navigating the recruitment process and understanding the work style.
Kraig Short is a program manager at Western Economic Diversification Canada (WD) where he leads a team that works with business and non-profit stakeholders to build the “innovation ecosystem” of BC and commercialize exciting new technologies. Before joining WD, Kraig spent the bulk of his career with Industry Canada as a regional policy voice in economic and industrial development. He has close to 30 years of experience developing and maintaining collaborative relationships with a wide range of local, provincial and national associations on issues of importance to Canada's economic prosperity. Kraig is proud to say that he was born, educated and employed within a 30-minute drive of VGH.
Table topic description: I am convinced that I would not be where I am today in my career without a strong network to draw upon. Networking is more art than science and a muscle that must be exercised. Let me be your spotter.
Lea Elliott, principal at Naturehood and author of Work Like Nature: Sustainability lessons from ecosystems for your job or business, believes everyone can make the world better through their work. Lea uses her two decades of environmental experience to help public sector managers develop tailored green action plans. With her keen listening and observation skills, optimistic outlook and holistic approach managers can launch successful initiatives that are good for their team, organization and the planet.
Table topic description: Sustainability can help you reach your core work goals and feel really good about your work. Let's chat about how.
Lesleigh Stanley has been a proud public servant for the last 18 years with Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada. Throughout her career, she has placed a high value on exceptional service to internal and external clients and recognizes the importance that team work, insight, and positivity play in fostering a high performing public service. One of the ways that Lesleigh articulates these values is by being an active member and as of recently, the Co-Chair of Governexx. This opportunity led her to her current virtual assignment with the Federal Youth Network as the National Coordinator. Personally, Lesleigh is experiencing an opportunity practice work / life balance as a single mother to two children while moving forward with her career and returning to post-secondary.
Table topic description: How do I balance my life? What are some ways to recognize the need for ourselves and in others to re-align and maintain a healthy work life balance? What are some of the business and employee benefits of promoting and living work life balance? Making virtual and remote working actually work! Let's identify some of the challenges, strategies and tips when working in a virtual team.
Motivated by her passion for helping others, Monica especially enjoys leadership, facilitation and mentoring. She is very fortunate to have worked in a wide variety of positions during her thirteen years as a public servant. In December 2016, she was honoured to receive the W-T Regional Award for Excellence in Leadership and People Management via Service Canada's ADM Awards of Excellence. She just finished a two year term as the Co-chair for Governexx, BC's interdepartmental youth and developing employee network under the FYN umbrella, and continues to contribute as a consultant. She is very grateful to now be working in her "dream job" at Veterans Affairs Canada as a Case Manager.
Table topic description: Only you have the power to develop your career - be ready for when the right opportunity strikes! Let's talk about how to prepare yourself using self-assessment, radical engagement, mentors and a personal record of achievements, to your advantage.
Pat Soanes has enjoyed a diverse career in the public sector. She is a Chartered Professional Accountant and has held executive roles in both corporate and operational roles in local government and crown agencies. She is passionate about good corporate governance and has worked to instill those principles in every organization she has served, ensuring the best service to customers and value-for-money are achieved.
Table topic description: A moral person knows the right thing to do. An ethical person does it. We all face ethical dilemmas in our careers. How do we navigate when faced with a situation that doesn’t feel right?
Penny Cooper is Principal Consultant with Penny Cooper & Associates, Evaluation and Research. Penny combines over twenty years’ experience in evaluation and applied research with formal qualifications as a Master of Evaluation (University of Melbourne) and Credentialed Evaluator. She is the former Director of Evaluation and Impact Analysis for the Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research and was an Evaluation Lead in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. Penny is known by clients and colleagues for her ability to navigate politics by listening with intent, identifying shared stakeholder interests, encouraging transparency and asking the right questions at the right time. Penny competed for Canada in field hockey at the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea.
Table topic description: Whatever small "p" politics are going on within a project or program, they will be sure to come out in the evaluation. How do you navigate them, stay focused and keep your cool?