Best Practices and Professional Journeys

This video project captures testimonies from mentors who have participated in various GradProSkills events and activities. When filming, we ask each mentor to share notable experiences in their professional journey and to offer best practices that have defined their professional success.  

All the videos were captured and produced by graduate students working as part of the GradProSkills team.

Best Practices

2013 Fall Speed Networking
Producer: Graduate and Professional Skills (GradProSkills)
Building your professional network is key to career development. GradProSkills hosts networking workshops including speed networking events each fall and winter. University Communication Services produced this video with participants at the 2013 Fall Speed Networking event. Build your network with GradProSkills.

2013 Fall - Best Practices - Nasim Sedaghat
Producer: Graduate and Professional Skills (GradProSkills)
This video is part of a series of interviews and testimonials provided by professionals who took part in the GradProSkills Speed Networking event in November 2013. In this video, Nasim Sedaghat, a Research and Development Department Team Leader, discusses her best practices and how taking risks is an essential part of becoming successful.

2013 Fall - Best Practices - Orzugul Kamolova
Producer: Graduate and Professional Skills (GradProSkills)
This video is part of a series of interviews and testimonials provided by professionals who took part in the GradProSkills Speed Networking event in November 2013. In this video, Orzugul Kamolova, an Instructional Designer and Techno-Pedagogical Advisor, discusses her best practices and to never underestimate the power of a smile.

2013 Fall - Best Practices - Minda Miloff
Producer: Graduate and Professional Skills (GradProSkills)
This video is part of a series of interviews and testimonials provided by professionals who took part in the GradProSkills Speed Networking event in November 2013. In this video, Minda Miloff, a Training Consultant and Certified Professional Coach, discusses her best practices and how it's important to be patient and meet as many people as you can on your professional journey.

2013 Fall - Best Practices - Tarek Riman
Producer: Graduate and Professional Skills (GradProSkills)
This video is part of a series of interviews and testimonials provided by professionals who took part in the GradProSkills Speed Networking event in November 2013. In this video, Tarek Riman, a Social Media, SEO, and Web Marketing Manager, discusses his best practices and how volunteer work can effectively prepare you to enter the job market.

2013 Fall - Best Practices - Dan O'Connell
Producer: Graduate and Professional Skills (GradProSkills)
This video is part of a series of interviews and testimonials provided by professionals who took part in the GradProSkills Speed Networking event in November 2013. In this video, Dan O'Connell, a Team Leader, Senior Trainer, and Instructional Designer in IT, discusses his best practices and the tremendous role that passion plays in a professional environment

2013 Fall - Best Practices - Christian Durand
Producer: Graduate and Professional Skills (GradProSkills)
This video is part of a series of interviews and testimonials provided by professionals who took part in the GradProSkills Speed Networking event in November 2013. In this video, Christian Durand, a Communications Advisor at Concordia University, discusses his best practices and encourages young professionals to keep their boss happy.

2013 Fall - Best Practices - Mark Samuels
Producer: Graduate and Professional Skills (GradProSkills)
This video is part of a series of interviews and testimonials provided by professionals who took part in the GradProSkills Speed Networking event in November 2013. In this video, Mark Samuels, a Biomedical Researcher, discusses his best practices and how being a team player can provide an excellent path to professional success.

2013 March - Best Practices - Vivek Venkatesh
Producer: Graduate and Professional Skills (GradProSkills)
This video is part of a series of interviews and testimonials produced by GradProSkills gathering "Best Practices" offered by professionals working in Montreal who attended the March 2013 Speed Networking event. In this video, Vivek Venkatesh, Associate Dean, Academic Programs and Development in the School of Graduate Studies at Concordia University, discusses the importance of adaptability and "learning how to learn," transferring and applying skills from one discipline to another. He also encourages students to develop a process for solving complex problems, involving listen to multiple perspectives, reflecting and developing reasoned arguments.

2013 March - Best Practices - Michael Hinton
Producer: Graduate and Professional Skills (GradProSkills)
This video is part of a series of interviews and testimonials produced by GradProSkills gathering "Best Practices" offered by professionals working in Montreal who attended the March 2013 Speed Networking event. In this video, Michael Hinton, a Presentations Coach and owner of Hinton & Co., a Montreal-based communications consulting firm, stresses the imporance of public speaking skills across all jobs and disciplines. He also encourages students to find something they love doing, and turn that passion into a career path

2013 March - Best Practices - Tina Cerulli
Producer: Graduate and Professional Skills (GradProSkills)
This video is part of a series of interviews and testimonials produced by GradProSkills gathering "Best Practices" offered by professionals working in Montreal who attended the March 2013 Speed Networking event. In this video, Tina Cerulli, a Project Management Consultant, discusses her experience leading teams and facilitating meetings, and she encourages students to develop a vision for their professional careers.

2013 March - Best Practices - Mary Perri
Producer: Graduate and Professional Skills (GradProSkills)
This video is part of a series of interviews and testimonials produced by GradProSkills gathering "Best Practices" offered by professionals working in Montreal who attended the March 2013 Speed Networking event. In this video, Mary Perri, a Concordia Alumna and Strategic Planning and Business Consultant, Pfizer Canada, gives students advice for joining professional teams and discusses the importance of interpersonal skills alongside any discipline-specific technical skills

2013 March - Best Practices - Patrick Daniel
Producer: Graduate and Professional Skills (GradProSkills)
This video is part of a series of interviews and testimonials produced by GradProSkills gathering "Best Practices" offered by professionals working in Montreal who attended the March 2013 Speed Networking event. In this video, Patrick Daniel, Chartered Accountant and author of the book, Finding Your Road to Success, encourages students to develop resilience and resourcefulness, and recounts his own early-career experiences in finding the right job.

2012 June - Best Practices - Silvia Cademartori
Producer: Graduate and Professional Skills (GradProSkills)
This video is part of a series of interviews and testimonials produced by GradProSkills capturing the "Best Practices" of professionals working in various sectors. In this video, Silvia Cademartori, Communications Consultant and Manager of Student Programs with IABC Montreal, discusses her experience and encourages graduate students to seek out professional experiences in the field

2012 Best Practices – Business Finance / Sales - Harry Stergiopoulos
Producer: Graduate and Professional Skills (GradProSkills)
This video is part of a series of interviews and testimonials produced by GradProSkills during the Speed-Networking event held on November 14, 2012. Harry Stergiopoulos is an investment advisor with Assante Wealth Management Capital Limited. He shares his insights to best practices in the field.

2012 Fall - Best Practices Visual Arts - Anne Bertrand
Producer: Graduate and Professional Skills (GradProSkills)
This video is part of a series of interviews and testimonials produced by GradProSkills during the Speed Networking event held on November 14, 2012. In this video Anne Bertrand discusses her experience pursuing a visual arts career and the importance of maintaining your integrity.

2012 Best Practices – Engineering - Jean-Claude Bastien
Producer: Graduate and Professional Skills (GradProSkills)
This video is part of a series of interviews and testimonials produced by GradProSkills during the Speed-Networking event held on November 14, 2012. In this video Jean-Claude Bastien, structural stress engineer at Bombardier Aerospace discusses aspects of his work and provides insight over the many years of working in the field.

2012 Best Practices – Communication and Media - Celine Milot
Producer: Graduate and Professional Skills (GradProSkills)
This video is part of a series of interviews and testimonials produced by GradProSkills during the Speed-Networking event held on November 14, 2012. Céline Milot, is Directrice du développement at Blue Storm Média in Montreal. She offers experience and insight to graduate students emphasizing valuable skills that go beyond knowledge in the field or discipline.

2012 Best Practices – Building Development - Tony Vanvari
Producer: Graduate and Professional Skills (GradProSkills)
This video is part of a series of interviews and testimonials produced by GradProSkills during the Speed-Networking event held on November 14, 2012. Tony Vanvari, works in Facilities Management at Concordia University and in addition operates his own condominium development and construction business. He offers best practice advice to graduates starting out in their careers.

2012 Fall - Best Practices - John Schwinghamer
Producer: Graduate and Professional Skills (GradProSkills)
This video is part of a series of interviews and testimonials produced by GradProSkills during the Speed-Networking event held on November 14, 2012. In this video John Schwinghamer, portfolio manager at ScotiaMcLeod and author of the book “Purple Chips” discusses his experience and encourages graduate students to make connections with the professionals they would like to know.

2012 Best Practices – Business - Adam Lepine
Producer: Graduate and Professional Skills (GradProSkills)
This video is part of a series of interviews and testimonials produced by GradProSkills during the Speed-Networking event held on November 14, 2012. Adam Lepine, premier relationship manager at HSCB Bank Canada shares his experience while emphasizing the value of soft skills.

2012 June - IABC Networking Mentors - Catherine Fisette
Producer: Graduate and Professional Skills (GradProSkills)
In the video Ms. Fisette highlights aspects of her professional journey and provides graduate students with seasoned insights into the field of communications. Staying current with new technologies, working with mentors and membership with professional associations such as IABC are examples of some of the pointers she offers to graduate students.

2012 March Networking Job Search Strategies - Joy Gandall
Producer: Graduate and Professional Skills (GradProSkills)
In March 2012 we invited Concordia Alumni to participate in a speed networking event. The event included a presentation by Joy Gandall, Professional Human Resources Consultant and Concordia JMSB Alumni, who offered strategies for approaching your job search and the importance of building a professional network. This video montage offers a small sample of strategies discussed in her presentation.

Professional Journeys

2013 Spring - Professional Journey - Mary Perri
Producer: Graduate and Professional Skills (GradProSkills)
GradProSkills is Concordia University's graduate and professional skills training program, launched in August 2011. This video is part of a series of interviews and testimonials produced by GradProSkills during our Speed Networking event held in March 2013. In this video, Mary Perri, a Concordia Alumna and Strategic Planning and Business Consultant with Pfizer Canada, describes her varied professional and educational turns and developments, and how being flexible and open to opportunity were key to finding the right career.

2013 Spring - Professional Journey - Tina Cerulli
Producer: Graduate and Professional Skills (GradProSkills)
GradProSkills is Concordia University's graduate and professional skills training program, launched in August 2011. This video is part of a series of interviews and testimonials produced by GradProSkills during the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Speednetworking event held in March 2013. In this video, Tina Cerulli, a Project Management Consultant, tells about how she grew in her professional career by having a vision and voicing a desire for new job responsibilities.

March 2013 Professional Journey - Montage
Producer: Graduate and Professional Skills (GradProSkills)
GradProSkills hosts speed networking events each fall and winter. In March 2013 we collected professional journey interviews from several of our mentors. This video includes several excerpts from mentors including Michael Hinton, Presentations Coach and owner of Hinton & Co.; Silvia Cademartori, Communications Consultant and Manager of Student Programs with IABC Montreal; Tina Cerulli, a Project Management Consultant; Marc Cossement, Business Development Manager with Barco Canada; Patrick Daniel, Chartered Accountant and published author; Mary Perri, Strategic Planning and Business Consultant with Pfizer Canada. Each shares aspects and insights about about the professional journey within their respective fields

2012 Fall - GradProSkills Professional Journey Montage
Producer: Graduate and Professional Skills (GradProSkills)
This video is part of a series of interviews provided by professionals who participated at the Speed Networking event held at Concordia University on November 14, 2012. Interview excerpts were provided by Jean-Claude Bastien, a structural stress engineer with Bombardier Aerospace, Anne Bertrand, a visual artist and director of Artist-Run Centres and Collectives Conference (ARCA) , Tony Vanvari, who works with Facilities Management at Concordia University and runs a business venture in the condominium development and construction field. Each shares aspects and insights about the professional journey within their respective fields.

2012 Fall - Professional Journey – Business - Heather Sterling-Marriott
Producer: Graduate and Professional Skills (GradProSkills)
This video is part of a series of interviews and testimonials produced by GradProSkills during the Speed-Networking event held on November 14, 2012. Heather Sterling-Marriott, investor and entrepreneur with World Financial Group shares valuable tips about her professional journey.

2012 IABC - Professional Journey - Adrian Cropley
Producer: Graduate and Professional Skills (GradProSkills)
In the video Mr. Cropley highlights aspects of his professional journey and provides graduate students with seasoned insight to skills needed in today's world of communications.

March 2012 - Professional Journeys
Producer: Graduate and Professional Skills (GradProSkills)
In March 2012 we invited Concordia Alumni to participate in a speed networking event and to also share their professional journey -- from graduate to professional career. This video is a montage of professional journeys captured at that event.