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Topic: AHSC's Career Series: Career Panel Day 1

Time: Mar 15, 2022 07:00 PM America/Toronto


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Meeting ID: 968 2848 6210

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Title: President - Owner & Partner - Senior Canadian Art Specialist


Background: Theatre


Rob began his career in the auction industry during the spring of 2000, accepting a position as a Client Services Administrator and Accounts Clerk with a Toronto auction company. In the years that followed, Rob received training from specialists in all areas of the auction and appraisal industry, with a focus on historical and post-war Canadian art. His titles were regularly elevated by the firm to varying specialist and managerial roles, eventually acting as Vice President and chief auctioneer of the Canadian art division. Rob's general responsibilities included securing consignments of important works of art for sale and overseeing the day to day administration and operations of the division. Through his more than thirteen years with the company, the Canadian art division grossed in excess of $90 million in sales.


In June of 2013, Rob entered a partnership with Mayberry and colleague Lydia Abbott to form Consignor Canadian Fine Art. The new partnership created a stand-alone company, based in dedicated gallery space on Toronto's Dundas Street West, across the street from the Art Gallery of Ontario. The new venture addressed the changing landscape within the Canadian auction industry, melding traditional and specialized client services with industry-leading technology. After six successful years of growth within the industry, Consignor was rebranded as Cowley Abbott. The Cowley Abbott team not only accepts consignments for inclusion in professionally curated and academically presented auctions, but also offer the service of private purchase and sale. As a Managing Partner in Cowley Abbott, Rob's responsibilities include overseeing the management of the company, while also providing clients with unparalleled service, focusing on the collection of consignments for the firm's auctions as well as providing formal appraisal services for varying purposes.


An arts graduate of the the University of Ottawa, Rob has also completed appraisal courses through the International Society Appraisers, the largest professional association of personal property appraisers in North America. This training allows him to provide clients with formal appraisals written to ISA and USPAP (The Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) standards, meeting the varying appraisal needs of the Canadian art industry. Rob is a regular contributor to Arabella, a Canadian art, architecture and design magazine with distribution throughout North America.


As an auctioneer, Rob regularly donates his expert services to various fundraising events and organizations, including The Art Gallery of Mississauga, The Varley Art Gallery, TD Securities, Wildlife Preservation Canada, The Peterborough Regional Health Centre, Project Sunshine Canada, The Fred Victor Centre, The Daily Bread Food Bank, Cottage Dreams, Art For Eyes and Kids Help Phone.

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Cassandra Di Felice

Title: Development Associate at The Musical Stage Company


Cassandra (she/her) is a Toronto based fundraiser, event coordinator, and arts administrator currently working for The Musical Stage Company. She holds a Post-Graduate diploma in Not-for-Profit Management from Western's School of Continuing Studies, an Honours Specialization in International Relations from Western University, and is a current candidate in University X's Fundraising Management Certificate program. Cassandra has worked with various youth theatre companies throughout the GTA and Southwestern Ontario as a director, choreographer, and stage manager, and worked at the Grand Theatre in London, ON in a variety of patron services roles. She credits Theatre Western, Musical Theatre Productions, and the Palace Theatre Arts Commons (London Youth Theatre Education) for making London feel like home. 

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  Emily Peltier  

Title: Program Manager at Scarborough Arts, Scarborough, ON Programmer and Co-Owner at Glory Hole Gallery


Background: Visual Art & Museum Studies


Emily Peltier is an independent curator, community arts organizer, and advocate for the wellbeing of 2SLGBTQ+ people and communities, everywhere. She is a white settler of Irish and French descent. 

Emily is the Program Manager at Scarborough Arts, Industry Programmer at Toronto Queer Film Festival, and has worked in the arts, culture, and social sector for the past ten years. Emily’s scholarly credentials also focus on visual arts and curating. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Honors degree in Visual Arts and Museum Studies (Western University, 2015), as well as a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree in Criticism and Curatorial Practice (OCAD University, 2017). 


Emily is the co-creator and curator of the world’s first, and only, miniature 2SLGBTQ+ gallery and collective, Glory Hole Gallery. This miniature concept gallery was developed in Toronto in 2017, and since then has become a collective of artists and curators working to promote the creative talent of 2SLGBTQ+ people and communities in the GTA and around the world through free public programming, exhibitions, screenings, and artist talks. The gallery is currently located at The 519 community center in Toronto, Ontario, and is partially funded by the Toronto Arts Council and Community One Foundation. 


Her independent curatorial work has included solo curated and co-curated exhibitions at the Art Gallery of Ontario, Blank Canvas Gallery, Critical Distance, The ArQuives, Whippersnapper Gallery, and community centers in Toronto. Her research and curatorial interests include community-led creative engagement, art activism, and the impacts of community arts programming responding to social determinants of health.


Emily’s passion for the arts and professional support for artists is evident in her continued dedication to accessible community arts programming as Program Manager at Scarborough Arts. Emily currently lives in Scarborough South-West.

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  Thaly Tapia  


Thaly Tapia has been in the entertainment industry for the past 8 years as a partnerships expert and has worked on such projects as The Hunger Games, La La Land and John Wick. Thaly graduated from Western University in 2012 with an Honours Double Major in MIT and Film.

Title: Senior Manager, Corporate Partnerships at Toronto International Film Festival


Background: Film Studies


Chloë Catán holds a BA from Bristol University and a master’s degree from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London, UK. She has managed public art commissions for Millennium Park in Chicago, the Vancouver Sculpture Biennale, Hermann Park in Houston and Michigan State University. Previously Acting Public Art Curator for the City of Mississauga, Chloë currently runs the public art program for Waterfront Toronto

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  Chloë Catán  

Title: Public Art Program Manager at Waterfront Toronto









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Topic: AHSC's Career Series: Career Panel Day 2

Time: Mar 16, 2022 07:00 PM America/Toronto


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Meeting ID: 910 0107 6697

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Corrie Jackson


Corrie Jackson, RBC Senior Curator, joined RBC in 2014, overseeing the management and strategy of the RBC Corporate Art Collection. Previ­ously she worked at the University of Toronto art Museum, at Sotheby’s Canada, and as an independent curator. She finished her Masters in Visual Studies, Curatorial Practice at the University of Toronto with a focus on contemporary Canadian artists. Her curatorial interests focus on cross-generational dialogues and developing the role of collections as accountable and inclusive narratives.

Title: RBC Senior Curator


Background: Art History

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Emma Richan Landis


Emma Landis (She/Her) is the Principal of Richan Art, an art consultancy headquartered in Toronto that specializes in public art management and fine art advisory services. Richan Art facilitates art activations in the home, the office, and the city through private acquisitions, corporate collection management, and large city-defining public art projects. /

Title: Principal, Art Consultant at Richan Art

Background: Art History

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 Jenn Goodwin 

Title: City of Toronto. ArtworxTO: Toronto’s Year of Public Art. Nuit Blanche. Arts Programmer, Producer, Curator, Dance artist


Background: Dance 


Jenn Goodwin (she/her) is a dance artist, curator, and artistic producer/programmer. Much of her art and producing practice focuses on temporary art in public space through movement and a feminist lens in addition to championing artists and communities by way of their art practices.


For the last fifteen years she has worked for the City of Toronto, Arts & Culture Department with a focus on Nuit Blanche. She is now lead Programmer of the Cultural Community Hub Exhibitions with ArtworxTO (The Year of Public Art). Through the City of Toronto, she has worked with many artists and curators including Ai Weiwei, Rebecca Belmore, Brendan Fernandes, RISE, Hiba Abdallah, Ebony G. Patterson, Michael Snow, Kelly Mark, Shuvinai Ashoona, and many more.


Jenn is a graduate of the Master of Visual Studies - Curatorial Studies program at the University of Toronto. Previously, she received a BFA from Concordia University in Contemporary Dance with a minor in video. Goodwin has curated performance and exhibitions for A Space Gallery, the Art Bank, Summerworks Festival, The Drake Hotel, and Harbourfront Centre and others. Over the last 25 years her dance work has been shown across Canada and internationally from Newfoundland, Ottawa, and Montreal to Melbourne, Australia, Brussels, Amsterdam, New York City, Vancouver and extensively in Toronto.


Goodwin has also been one half of the art band MORTIFIED with Camilla Singh, whose instruments include drumming, dancing, cheerleading and fight choreography. She was also co-founder of The Movement Movement with Jessica Rose. which invited the public to run through museums and galleries in their Run with Art Series.


Goodwin recently created Poems for Your Path as part of a ‘pivot” program during the pandemic through STROLLTO in which artists from various disciplines share messages of strength, hope and resilience, displayed throughout the city in the form of text-based visual art installations.


She also recently founded DoorTODoor Dances during the Covid-19 pandemic with Sarah Doucet, Kate Nankervis & Zoja Smutny to deliver dances to the doorsteps of long-term care homes.


Jenn has written for the Journal for Curatorial Studies, The Canadian Theatre Review, Anandam Dancetheatre, and The Dance Current.


She lives in Toronto with her husband and two sons.

IG- @jennygeezz

FB- Jenn Goodwn

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 Camille Intson 


Camille Intson (she/her) is an award-winning Esto-Canadian performance and media artist, writer, queer-feminist folk musician, and researcher. Her artistic work has received international attention and critical acclaim. Most recently, her play We All Got Lost won the 2021 Robert Beardsley Award for Young Playwrights (issued by the Playwrights’ Guild of Canada), her work betweenspace was longlisted for the 2021 New Media Prize and shortlisted for the Opening Up Award, her folk EP “troubadour” was released in August of 2021, and her latest play JANE — a speculative fiction drama about virtual reality deepfake pornography — is currently in development with support from the Toronto and Ontario Arts Councils, Nightwood Theatre, and Green Light Arts. As a PhD student within the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information, her research areas include: queer-feminist and anticolonial STS, collaborative and community-based practices of making and repair, design justice, practice-led artistic research, and the integration of emerging (digital, AI) technologies into creative work. She can be found everywhere online at @thecamiliad or

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 Melanie Taylor 

Title: Communication and Engagement Specialist at MacLennan Jaunkalns Miller Architect

Background: SASAH


A SASAH Alum, Melanie is Communications & Engagement Specialist at MJMA Architecture & Design – an interdisciplinary design firm based in Toronto. Melanie is passionate about uncovering the unique stories of the communities our projects serve. She undertakes rigorous research and analyses of the cultural and physical contexts of each project to develop a team of consultants and collaborators that will best serve the project's needs and goals. Leading MJMA’s community engagement, Melanie is working towards her certification in Public Participation (IAP2) and is a co-lead of MJMA's 'IDEA' Group (Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity, and Accessibility).

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Samantha Summers


Samantha Summers is the Manager of Individual Giving for the Toronto International Film Festival, and the Board Chair for Breakthroughs Film Festival. Samantha holds a Master of Museum Studies (UofT), a Master of Information (UofT), a Master of Arts (Queen's U), and a Bachelor of Arts (UofT).

Title: Manager, Individual Giving at Toronto International Film Festival

Background: Medieval Studies







R E S O U R C E S   L I V E    t o d a y !


I N T E R V I E W   T I P S  +  T R I C K S

R E V I E W I N G 


Hello! My name is Ash and I’m currently a first-year in SASAH, English Literature, and Creative Writing. I spent the last few weeks visiting various career-related resources provided by Western. As an Arts & Humanities student, it is often difficult to find effective material regarding careers. I encourage everyone to give some of these resources a try, as each student will have varying opinions regarding the resources. I hope that the reviews provide a few starting points of where to access online help with your career pathways. 

Student Experience Webinar : Steve Dalton (Career Coach)



Steve Dalton hosted a webinar to share science-based techniques for effectively and efficiently preparing resumes, writing cover letters, answering interview questions, and more. The issue with this webinar was accessing it. I signed up for the Zoom meeting a couple weeks in advance, not noticing that I was not sent an email with the link. On the day of the webinar, I revisited the website and searched everywhere trying to join it until I finally gave up. 


Careers By Degree


Careers By Degree aims to communicate to students  that only 10% of employers actually search out a certain degree. Most of the time we limit ourselves to traditional jobs in our fields. Careers By Degree  shows the wide range of job options you have with your degree to avoid these limiting beliefs. The introduction and background of English Literature and Creative Writing made me feel a little better about my choice of studies. Although, it is a fairly long general introduction restating how there are lots of jobs that take each degree. It then continues to discuss general information about English studies and the importance of transferable skills. This is great if you want to read further information regarding those topics, but I’m only looking for career advice. Overall, it is a good place to look at the beginning of your job search. It gives you many ideas of what types of jobs are often hiring for your degree type — but this did not teach me anything new. Even though the resource is trying to reach outside of traditional job choices, I do not think that it is very successful in doing so with English degrees. This only highlighted traditionally associated jobs like education, journalism, and media, but failed to mention other fields that an English degree assists in. This is why AHSC runs  Career Series, where we focus on specific and detailed information in order to reach Arts students directly rather than having general advice typically made for business or science jobs. Overall, I think that Careers By Degree  is useful for basic brainstorming ideas for your future!


Western Employment Resource Centre: E-Advising Information


WERC provides assistance with resumes, cover letters, CVs, LinkedIn profiles, interview practice, and personal statement support. The E-Advising section of WERC is truly helpful and easy to use; I sent in my resume and cover letter and get quick and effective feedback. It was nice to have an informed opinion on these documents, and they even caught some wording errors and suggested big ideas that I should focus on. Their advice, however,  was very predictable. I would have liked less structural advice and more about the way I presented myself through the cover letter and resume. Perhaps if I had originally asked for that advice, I would have received it.  Overall, it is a reliable and user-friendly option for checking the quality of your resume.

W H A T    D O    T H E Y     O F F E R . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  • Help center for resumes, cover letters, CVs, and LinkedIn

  • Virtual drop in for one-on-one feedback and support 

  • Provides constructive feedback on the overall appearance, relevance and content of your documents

  • Feedback via email

  • Email with your name and Western ID

  • send LinkedIn url or documents with brief descriptions of what they will be used for 

  • Students can expect a response within 3 business days

  • Peer mock interviews 

  • Get feedback from a Career Profile Advisor in a virtual 30-minute session or pre-record an interview on InterviewStream and receive written feedback within InterviewStream

  • InterviewStream appointments can be booked through Western Connect

Western Connect (For Jobs) 



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This review was provided by an anonymous student in English Literature. The overall experience was not very helpful for them, at least for a student in their field. There were not very diverse or plentiful opportunities, especially any geared specifically towards English.

W H A T    D O    T H E Y     O F F E R . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  • Experience Catalogue 

    • Listings of various social, career, and general development events

    • Able to narrow down the focus to interested areas such as Community Engaged Learning

  • Internship Program

    • Offer internship placements based on faculty 

    • Apply to faculty connection and then view postings and apply accordingly 

  • Co-Curricular Record

    • A platform to log all extra-curricular activities to have breadth of experience at Western

    • Ability to plan ahead and browse the directory for various co-curricular opportunities 

    • Can request recognition for an unlisted position 

  • Other Available Resources

    • Login for Career Cruising 

    • Interview Streaming access, a widely used video interviewing platform

    • Magnet access, a networking platform for career, business, and community opportunities

English Department Graduate Development “Career Pathways for Humanities PhDs” Presentation with Jeff Schwegman



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The goal of this presentation was to reach a broad range of non-academic audiences to consider and find careers inside and outside of scholarly work. This workshop was engaging and fun! Interactive slideshows were sent out to the participants to determine what each of our personal and professional values are in the workplace. It really opened my eyes for what type of career I desire, what work-life balance I need, and what environments would allow me to thrive the most. The only drawback is that this presentation was directed towards upper years, so being a first year made some of the material less relatable. The advice was focused around PhD candidates and how to apply for graduate programs. It is good information for future PhD students and upper years, but I would not suggest a first year student attend it. 


Please note: Since this event is a webinar form, future webinar dates are unconfirmed. Check your UWO email to keep up with webinar opportunities from your department!

Career Education:


Resume & CV Support


The many examples of cover letters and resumes in professional formatsin this resource are there to assist you with writing your own. The issue that I found was with these examples. I looked briefly, but there were hardly any options for jobs that are geared towards the Arts — however, there are many examples that can be relevant for seeing a general example of what to write (ie, for summer internships). There are pre-recorded workshops that are interesting to watch but did not entirely hold my attention. The general pieces of advice are relevant, but the majority of this resource was not helpful. I believe that it is more useful to send in your cover letter and resume to a resource where they review it and give personal feedback. By following a standard template as an Arts student, I do not think that you can stand apart from other applicants.

Prepare For Interviews


This resource is very personalized, as most of it includes mock interview sessions where you can practise before actually participating in an interview. Despite the fact that I was already familiar with the content of the module, the overall information was nice to know. It is an effective resource for directly preparing for an interview, which is better than only watching videos and practicing in front of the mirror.

Further Your Education


This is a perfect resource to start thinking about your career path. It teaches you skills like writing a personal statement and asking for a recommendation. As a first-year I have never contemplated how to ask for a recommendation from a professor before. Therefore, FYE might have some little pieces of information that are very new to you. The information is not entirely specific but is imperative to know when you are entering the world of careers. In the end, this resource is perfect to obtain a breadth of vital career knowledge. The only reason why FYE does not have 5 stars is because there is an abundance of documents to read through, so it takes some time to absorb the information. 

Job Search


This resource focuses on enhancing your job searching skills through networking, social media, updating documents, and more. The workshops and tips for job searching are interesting and simple to use. I feel like there could be more Arts related companies to look into for A&H students, but the overall knowledge was very helpful to read about. It also has many tips on workplace safety and how to be successful in various environments. It takes a bit to read through all of the information, but it is still a good way to brush up on your employee rights for any job. In addition, there is a list of websites that are useful for finding jobs.

W H A T    D O    T H E Y     O F F E R . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  • Book a Career Appointment 

    • Can do an introductory appointment, career appointment or a mock interview  

  • Attend Career Workshops 

    • Workshops such as growing your LinkedIn or improving your resume and cover letter 

    • They offer links to the slides from the workshop as well as to the recorded section 

  • Connect with Employers and Recruiters

    • Can register for information sessions to connect with employers  

    • Offers registration for HireWesternU Fairs to allow students to gather information and create connections with employers 

M E N T A L     W E L L N E S S

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J O I N   T H E    Z O O M !



Topic: AHSC’s Career Series: Portfolio Workshop with Andres Garzon!

Time: Mar 18, 2022 05:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


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Meeting ID: 929 8073 7510


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