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Career Symposium


The Student Life Centre is excited to announce the 2nd Annual Career Symposium is happening Thursday, January 30th, 2014 from 6:00-9:00pm at Brescia. The event will feature all Brescia Alumnae on five industry panels talking about what they have gone on to do with their degree, what they wish they had known as a student and much more!

The five panel areas are

  • Health & Wellness,
  • Business,
  • Non-Profit,
  • Education, and
  • Media & Communications.

All student attendees will be able to hear from two panels and have the opportunity to connect with the Alumnae at the Networking Reception following the panels.

As space is limited we encourage all students to RSVP online here by Friday, January 24th, 2014.

Check back in January for our Alumnae Panelists profiles to help you learn more about who will be at the Career Symposium!

Panel Details



Corinne Brenner, Employment Specialist with Leads Employment Services

As a recent graduate, Corinne has made the most of her Honours Bachelor of Arts: Double Major in Family Studies and Community Development in her current position. This role involves meeting with clients one-to-one and facilitating group sessions to assist them in learning important skills for life, employment, and independence. Corinne also graduated from Althouse with a Bachelor of Education, is a Member of the Ontario College of Teachers, and supply teaches. Corinne says that her favourite part of her role is “working with the population that I work with—individuals with developmental disabilities.” Her favourite memories at Brescia surround the times spent with classmates studying for exams or working on major projects.

Carmelita Tang, Western/Northern Regional Recruitment Officer with the Certified General Accountants of Ontario

Having the flexibility to control her own schedule, and knowing that each day will be fresh and different, are key aspects of Carmelita’s role. As a recent graduate of Brescia’s Community Development & Sociology program in 2007, Carmelita is also involved with work in the Non-profit sector. Her community involvement also spans past the workplace  in her role as a member and former VP: Public Relations & Communications with Toastmasters International Association; a Mentor & Recruitment Consultant with Junior Achievement of London; and as a volunteer with the Liberal Party of Canada & Liberal Party of Ontario.

Kathy McLaughlin, Program Coordinator with Downtown London

Kathy graduated from the Administrative Office Management Studies program in 1983 and currently works as a Program Coordinator for Downtown London.  Kathy has a true love for the city of London, and most enjoys working with local entrepreneurs and the municipality to make sustainable changes in London's Downtown core. Why is she proud to be a Brescia graduate? She says, “Brescia has a proud tradition of honouring women and their unique place in the world. The college provided a more intimate, fulfilling university experience and staff really worked hard to ensure that their students got what they needed.” Kathy is also busy as a member of the Ontario Business Improvement Area Association; member of the International Downtown Association; and volunteer with London Arts Council.

Daniella McIntosh, Community Engagement Coordinator with Immigration Partnership at Region of Waterloo

Daniella completed a B.A. with a Double Major in Psychology and Sociology at Western before attending Brescia to obtain her Community Development Certificate in 2011. In her current role, she enjoys “the strategic planning that goes into partnership work and being able to collaborate with individuals from various sectors while working to achieve positive outcomes for the successful integration of immigrants into the community.” In addition to this work, Daniella stays busy as the President of the Volunteer Association with St. Joseph's Regional Mental Health Care London, and Director for the Board of Directors with the Social Planning Council of Kitchener Waterloo. When asked about her time at Brescia, Daniella says,“Brescia provided a great learning environment with supportive faculty members and many opportunities to enhance learning outside of the classroom.”

Health & Wellness

Cindy Hartman, Healthcare Account Manager Summit Foodservice

While studying at Brescia to earn her BSc in Home Economics, Cindy most enjoyed courses that enabled her to use creativity through elements of design. For the past 15 years, she has translated this creativity along with her love for detail-oriented and customer-related work to her current role. While at Brescia, Cindy participated in SHEA, and she now acts as part of the Executive-Planning Committee for the London Home Economics Association, and is a member of both CAFP and the Ontario Home Economics Association. These groups also give her an opportunity stay in touch with some of her Brescia professors!

Carolyn Labadie, Talent Strategy and Development Specialist with London Health Sciences Centre

Carolyn’s recent graduation from the BMOS program with a Specialization in Organizational and Human Resource helped to prepare her in her current role at London Health Sciences Centre. What does a Talent Strategy and Development Specialist do? Carolyn’s favourite aspects of the role include corporate facilitation in which she gets to meet andinfluence the lives of her work’s wonderful 10,000 employees! She also coaches new leaders through their transition into leadership, which she finds very rewarding. In addition to this, Carolyn participates as a member of the Human Resources Professional Association of London and Windsor. Carolyn also participated in the MOS Internship program after her third year of study at Brescia. When it comes to this experience, Carolyn says, “I moved to Toronto to work for a global manufacturing company for 16 months. This experience extended my schooling by a year but was 100% worth it! I would not be where I am today if I had not participated in this program. Lesson: never be afraid to take risks.”

Rochelle Ethier, Dietetic Intern with ARAMARK

With a BSc in Foods and Nutrition and a second BSc, Honours Specialization in Nutrition and Dietetics, Rochelle has a lot to offer her current role. Rochelle sees the practical value in her internship, saying “I appreciate the patient interaction, charting on my own, making the plans of care and having the RD agree and further educate where needed during teachable moments. You cannot teach every situation, so the more exposure you get, the more you learn about different situations.” When asked why Rochelle is glad to be a Brescia graduate, she said “When you believe it, you will see it. Brescia promotes this passion, drive, and leadership. From being a student, you learn this early on and I am proud to apply these principles to all aspects of my life, and say that I developed and enhanced these throughout my years at Brescia. I believe they are the reason I have come as far as I have and will forever be appreciative.”


Natalie Hajpel, Accountant

Natalie completed her BMOS with specialization in finance and administration in 2011. Now, she works as an Intermediate Accountant (Public Accountant) gaining a breadth of experience at small- and mid-sized firms and experience with client interaction. In addition to this role, Natalie is associated with CPA Canada, obtained her CPA designation in 2014, and is working towards her CA. Natalie enjoyed the small class sizes at Brescia for their ability to facilitate group discussion, and build relationships with instructors/professors and classmates.

Mitra Khademi, Financial Advisor & Division Director at Investors Group

Graduating in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts, major in economics, Mitra has a lot to offer her current role at Investors Group. Her favourite work involves meeting new candidates to help them make their career choices, and helping clients build a solid financial plan. Mitra maintains a strong relationship to the Brescia community through Championing Brescia Connect, as the Chair of Brescia Foundation Development Committee, and as Brescia Foundation board Director.

Olivia Gualtieri, Staffing Specialist at City of London

After completing a double major in Community Development and Dimensions of Leadership Management in 2012, Olivia landed a Staffing Specialist position in Human Resources for the City of London. Here Olivia has been busy working with the public in Public Service, hiring, and assigning applicants to various responsibilities. Though she is no longer a student, Olivia appreciates maintaining friendships and connections to the Brescia community. When it comes to Brescia, Olivia says, “I’m proud to be a graduate.”” Because of Brescia she felt like she was able to customize her degree, was the first graduate of the DOL program, and advocated women in leadership. Outside of these roles, Olivia is also a makeup artist, runner, and is passionate about municipality.

Media & Communications

Erin Roy, Founder & Co-Editor of 'Ruralist' and Financial Advisor at Edward Jones

A recent graduate of the Double Major Leadership & Psychology in 2013, Erin now works in Financial Advising and as Founder & Co-Editor of Ruralist, an online blog the blends home, style, places, and food to showcase the best of rural life in Ontario. In this role, she enjoys finding and editing fantastic content, designing posts and sharing content on social media. Erin’s commitment to Edward Jones has spanned for 18 years, and Ruralist for 2 years. Currently, she is completing her MA in Leadership at the University of Guelph. Erin feels that her Brescia degree prepared her to be confident about her writing and speaking skills.  Erin’s life is also busy as a mother of 2 children.

Jackie Westlaken, Freelance Writer

Jackie is a full-time professor at Fanshawe College and coordinator of the college’s Corporate Communication and Public Relations graduate certificate program. Prior to joining Fanshawe in 2010, Jackie worked in various marketing/communications and training roles in both the finance and non-profit sectors, as well as for Fanshawe’s Continuing Education department. Committed to her own continuing education, Jackie holds a Master of Arts in Communications and Technology from the University of Alberta, a certificate in Adult Education from Western, a degree in English and Sociology from Brescia University College at Western, a marketing certificate from Fanshawe College, and a graduate certificate in Corporate Communication and Public Relations from Fanshawe College.  As a two-time cancer survivor, she volunteers with the Canadian Cancer Society as a Peer Support Volunteer and with the London Regional Cancer Programs Patient and Family Advisory Group. Jackie lives in London, is married, and has three dogs and two cats.

Ashley Conyngham, Director of Communications and Marketing at the London Economic Development Corporation (LEDC)

When it comes to her role, Ashley thrives on the challenges, pace of activity, and everyday variation in work. Graduating with an Honours in Philosophy and Political Science with a minor in Ethics in 2004, Ashley continues to stay involved in the Brescia community as a Board member of the Brescia Foundation as well.  Ashley is also an active citizen as a member of the Development Committee, volunteer with the Children’s Aid Society, involvement with the Centre for Research and Education for Violence against Women and Children and the Make it Our Business Program. In addition to this, Ashley is an avid athlete involved with a swimming, football, baseball and waterskiing.

Mandi Fields, Community Relations Coordinator with CTV London/Windsor

Mandi enjoys connecting with the community and making social change on social issues and causes in her current role. Of all her memories of Brescia, walking up the hill towards the school is Mandi’s favourite because the school still impresses her with its beauty. Mandi holds a BA in Sociology after graduating in 1995, and her favourite course was philosophy with Dr. Hudecki. Now, she maintains strong ties to the community as Founder of Tampon Tuesday, Co-Chair of The Pledge to End Bullying, Executive Committee for Hockey Helps the Homeless, Co-Chair of Up with Art in support of the Unity Project, Committee member for Clara’s Big Ride.


Stephanie Dunlop, French Teacher with Lambton Kent District School Board

Stephanie graduated from Brescia in 2002 with BA Honors in English and French.  From here, she obtained a BEd Honors French and her French teaching specialist. She applies this to her position as a Grade 3 and Core French Teacher.  When it comes to teaching, Stephanie enjoys instilling a love for the French language in her students, and participates as a member of the Core French curriculum committee at the Board level, Mentor for new teachers to the career, and Associate Teacher for Bed students. When it comes to her education at Brescia, Stephanie says, “Being at Brescia taught me to have a voice and stand up for myself and what I believed was right.  It taught me leadership skills which have allowed me to follow my dreams of being a teacher.  Finally, life has provided me with many challenges and celebrations!  My education at Brescia taught me to not only live life and celebrate but to face challenges head on and persevere.“

Lisa Haagsma, High School Hospitality Teacher

Holding two Bachelor of Arts, one in English and the other in English Literature and Family Studies, Lisa transfers her own educational background to her role as a Secondary School Teacher at Montcalm S.S. Teaching hospitality, Lisa most enjoys inspiring students to work in the culinary arts fields. While at Brescia, Lisa participated as a Soph during Orientation week and most enjoyed her English classes with Sister Corona. Her favourite memories include orientation week and Brescia Ball. She maintains her connection to Brescia as a Homecoming Committee member for the Brescia Alumnae association and as a Professional Mentor.

Lauren Starr, Career Services Officier, Industry Specialist for Faculty of Science at Western University

In her role, Lauren truly believes in the value of internships and loves when she can help a student get hired by an internship employer. Lauren graduated from the Political Science and Communications Program in 2004, holds a Master of Arts in Public Policy, and continues to take courses in the Career Development Practitioner Graduate Certficate from Conestoga. With all her education, she maintains a connection to Brescia as Chapter President of the Brescia Alumnae Association. In addition to this involvement, she also participates as the Co-Chair for the Special Events Committee of Big Brothers and Sisters of London.