About the Event

The Gustavson School of Business prides itself on providing an integrative and innovative educational experience. This year’s Workplace Skills Conference will provide Bachelor of Commerce students with the opportunity to virtually connect with top local and global companies to gain a better understanding of the transition to the workplace, while building essential skills for their personal and professional success.

Our theme this year is Navigating the Future - Together. The last few months have emphasized the need for businesses to be innovative and adaptable, while highlighting the importance of teamwork on not only an organizational level but within broader society. The conference will explore how to navigate change in ways that give businesses the best possible chance of success, now and into the future. Attendees will have the opportunity to delve into this topic from a variety of perspectives:


Standards of Professional Behaviour

Participants of the Workplace Skills Conference and GSB Co-op & Career Fair are expected to respect the Standards of Professional Behaviour in place at the Gustavson School of Business. Please contact us if you have any concerns during the event.

Workplace Skills Conference Schedule

Friday, January 15, 2021

All times listed are in Pacific Standard Time

  9:00 to 9:05 am
Conference Welcome
  9:05 to 10:00 am


The Other Side: Opportunities, Innovation and Disruption in the wake of a global pandemic

Bruce Poon Tip

Founder – G Adventures

  10:00 to 10:15 am
Networking Break
  10:15 to 11:00 am

Non-Traditional Careers: Expanding the Possibilities

International Focus: A Whole New World

Sustainability Focus: Meeting the Challenge

General Stream: Charting the Course

Flying High: Building a Toolbox to Help You Thrive in Any Industry

Megan Kelly

Operations Manager, Mood Cannabis Co.

Working With Influencers/Content Creators to Create a Global Brand

Brandon Wright

Founder & CEO, BRNKL

How Having a Healthy Business Means Having a Healthy Planet

Jonny Bierman

Founder & Content Cultivator, Eco Escape Travel

Personal Branding as a Student: How to stand out to get the Co-Op you want

Stefanie Grieser

Co-creator, Shine

  11:00 to 11:15 am
Networking Break
  11:15 to 12:00 pm


Inventing Your Future

Ann Makosinski

Inventor, Makotronics Enterprises Inc.

  12:00 to 12:45 pm
Lunch Break
  12:45 to 1:30 pm

Non-Traditional Careers: Expanding the Possibilities

International Focus: A Whole New World

Sustainability Focus: Meeting the Challenge

General Stream: Charting the Course

From Cupcakes Girl to PM of COVID-19 Vaccine

Lindsay Brookes

Project Manager (Strategic Initiatives, COVID-19), Island Health

What I Wish I Knew

Rob Fraser

Founder & CEO, Endur Apparel Ltd.

Sustainability vs. Innovation: Past, Present, and Future

John Vincent

Entrepreneur, Angel

Consulting: The Long Halloween

Nic Green

VP, Parametric Pro Consulting

  1:30 to 1:45 pm
Networking Break
  1:45 to 2:30 pm

Non-Traditional Careers: Expanding the Possibilities

International Focus: A Whole New World

Sustainability Focus: Meeting the Challenge

General Stream: Charting the Course

Perfect Pitch: Telling the Story of You in Entrepreneurship

Judy Zhu

CEO & Founder, MoneyGirls

The Ups and Downs of Being a 20-something-year-old Expat

Mollie Moric

Digital Marketing Specialist, Taroko

Coffee Specialists: for Love & Money

Stacey Toews

Co-Founder, Level Ground Trading

Are You Solving the Right Problems?

Amy Lewis

UX Design Lead, IBM Canada

  2:30 to 3:00 pm


Rowboat in a Hurricane - Riding the Wave of Change

Julie Angus

Adventurer, Scientist and Best-selling Author

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Territory acknowledgement
We acknowledge with respect the Lekwungen peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands, and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

Frequently Asked Questions

For additional questions specific to the GSB Co-op & Career Fair please visit this page.

It depends... If you are a 3rd year core BCom student, you will be automatically registered and attendance is mandatory. If you’re a BCom student in another year, or a recent graduate, you will need to register if you wish to attend (attendance is optional but highly encouraged). You will receive an email from the BCom Program Office with more details on how to register.
Your login details will be emailed to you ahead of the event by the BCom Program Office. You should use these details to access the online event. Sessions are held live, in Pacific Standard Time.
Check out the schedule and the speaker bios ahead of time to plan your day. 3rd year students are expected to pick one workshop session time slot (not a keynote or a plenary) to attend the GSB Co-op & Career Fair. So you will attend all keynotes and plenary, plus 2 workshop sessions out of 3. Check out the GSB Co-op & Career Fair page for more details, and start brushing up on your networking skills. Opportunities for Spring and Summer co-ops as well as career jobs will be available.
It depends…
3rd year core BCom students will be able to:
  • Attend live sessions from our four streams
  • Compete in the interactive leaderboard game
  • Visit the career fair taking place in the exhibition hall
  • Connect with inspiring business professionals

Students in other years and recent grads will be able to:
  • Attend live sessions from one stream and all keynotes
  • Visit the career fair taking place in the exhibition hall
Career fair exhibitors from multiple industries, sponsor representatives and presenters whose sessions you choose to take part in.
Yes. You’ll have a virtual briefcase you can add any documents to, which you can then download to keep.
You will need access to the Internet, a web browser (Chrome or Firefox are preferred) and you will need access to Zoom. We expect you to use a desktop or laptop computer to benefit from the full features of the event.
Not necessarily. However, just like with Zoom classes, we expect you to be an engaged audience. Having your webcam on is a great way to give instant visual feedback to speakers during a session (instead of a sea of black screens…), or to be more actively participating in Q&A. Also, employers have the ability to use a video chat at their booths.