Career Conversations: Entrepreneurship, Self Employment and Start-ups

March 18, 2015 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
109 Atkinson Building (Harry Crowe Room)

In partnership with the Centre for Student Success, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Sponsored by York University Alumni Relations.

Always wanted to start your own business or work for yourself? Curious about what a career at a start-up might look like? Want to meet York Alumni and other professionals working as entrepreneurs or in brand new companies?

Connect with professionals currently enjoying careers in entrepreneurship & start-ups and get the inside scoop on what this kind of work is really like. During this panel professionals will share their personal stories about starting out in their careers, how their career paths took them from graduation to where they are now, what knowledge, skills and experience helped them succeed in their work and what types of opportunities are available to those following similar paths. 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 Career Centre’s online system (you must sign up for an account before you will be able to register for any events on the system).

Participating Panelists

Stacey Berry
Consultant, Facilitator, Public Speaker, Bstellar Consulting Group
Alumnus: MPPAL Public Policy Administration and Law, 2014

Stacey Berry is the CEO of BStellar Consulting Group, which specializes in soft skills and professional development training. She has several years of experience coaching and teaching youth and adults from low income communities. She has taught professional development seminars at Seneca College within the Continuing Education Department and conducts workshops for United Way Toronto. In 2010, she completed professional development training in management and leadership at the Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars in Washington, D.C

Valerie Copland
Business Development Manager, Futurpreneur Canada

Valerie Copland is the Business Development Manager with Futurpreneur Canada and has been working in the financial services, small business, and entrepreneurial focused industry for almost 10 years. Valerie has a passion for helping others and assisting entrepreneurs realize that they can achieve their dreams and goals in launching their business ideas.

Dennis Garces
Managing Partner, Think Think Think 3 Inc.
Alumnus: BA Creative Writing/ English Literature, 1992

Dennis Garces has held many senior marketing, business development, product development and digital strategy roles since his career began over two decades ago. As a marketer and music executive at Quality Music, A&M, PolyGram, Universal, Sony Music and BMG Music US and Somerset Group, Mr. Garces created marketing campaigns which involved a multitude of multi-platinum and award-winning artists ranging from Britney Spears, 50 Cent, Eminem, Elvis Presley, Maroon 5, Celine Dion, Neil Diamond, and was behind such brands as Much Music’s MuchDance and Big Shiny Tunes, American Idol, the Global Launch of the Barbie Music series for Mattel, the Fisher-Price children’s music series and the Juno and Grammy Awards. His career has been covered by in publications such as Marketing Magazine, Strategy Magazine, The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, Billboard Magazine, RPM, The Rolling Stone, Word Magazine, ! HITS Magazine and

Mr. Garces has also been involved in several startups. MTHIRTY, his first venture in 2005 had been subsequently sold to what is now known as Engagement Labs in 2012. He has been part of several other start-ups since then in the retail space with Global Retail Advantage and the data analytics field with InsightAction Inc. Currently his consulting company Think Think Think 3 Inc., consults for many national and global organizations and agencies.

Orlando Lopez
Financial Planner, TD Wealth Financial Planning
Alumnus: BAS Finance, 2008

As a financial Planner I work with individuals and families in managing their Financial affairs, which includes planning for major life goals such as funding a child’s education, buying real estate, and retirement. I help them understand considerations that are important in working towards these goals which includes, tax planning, estate planning, insurance, cash flow management, debt management etc.

Andrew Stulberg
Wealth Manager, Stulberg Wealth Management – Investors Group
Alumnus: BA Sociology, 2006

Upon graduating from York University in 2006, I jumped head first into a career in financial services. Fast forward to almost a decade later, I now head a team of financial professionals that provide holistic wealth planning to Toronto’s high net worth communities. Me and my team are highly sought after for our customized tax reduction strategies and advanced wealth management techniques, for high net worth retirees, those preparing to retire, and fellow business owners.

Bruce Sudds
Principal, Engagers
Alumnus: BA English Literature and Religious Studies, 1996

I never saw myself as a entrepreneur. Instead, I wanted to contribute my skill set to projects and organizations that inspired and entertained me. Those skills turned out to be in marketing, communications and management and have resulted in me working with social enterprises, not-for-profits and private sector organizations that include Hot Docs, Evergreen, the City of Toronto, the Directors Guild of Canada, The Bay of Quinte Region and many more…