Career Roundtable Speaker: Sebastian Cosgrove
Presentation topic: Using your language skills in aviation: the business, where you can go and how you can use your B.Ed. or other experience to get a “leg up”.
Years on Jet: Never! But I loved Dragon Boating with the team.
Bio: Sebastian has a teaching degree from Queen’s University after completing the Concurrent Education program at Trent University. With a major in Modern Languages, he was hired by Air Canada during his studies as a Flight Attendant. Upon graduation, he started as Training Specialist responsible for hiring and training flight attendants. Shortly after, he launched Air Canada’s internal social network and has now created Cargo’s Customer Relations Department.
Career Roundtable Speaker: Joanna Kirke
Presentation Topic: Building Your Cultural Competence and Positioning Your Experience as a Leadership Advantage: Your global experience gives you a competitive advantage to lead with a global mindset. In this session we will learn how to position that advantage and build your cultural leadership competence in the workplace.
Years on JET: Tochigi Prefecture, Utsonomiya, (1 year) as teacher for Chuo Joshiko and at Mo Gakko (a school for children with disabilities)
Bio: President, Executive Coach and Leadership Developer at Kirke Consulting.
After teaching ESL at Queen’s University School of English and for the JET Programme in Japan, Joanna returned to Canada to join the Learning Department of a high-tech company building a Corporate University and later coached Executives and led programs in Financial Services. She completed an International MBA at Rotman, a Certificate in Evidence Based Coaching at Fielding Graduate University and a Yoga Teacher Training Certificate at Octopus Garden for increased mindfulness. She now owns and operates her own Consulting Business and has taught and coached thousands of leaders around the globe in leadership topics across the spectrum. She has worked with such companies as Bell, TD Bank, BMO, CIBC, Meridian, Sovereign General, Canadian Tire, Capital One, Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaws, Enbridge, Vexos, KPMG, McMillan LLP, The Nova Scotia Department of Justice, KidsAbility, CamH, Detour Gold, Golcorp, The Women in Leadership Foundation, and Pratt & Whitney. Joanna is looking forward to sharing her leadership tools with you.
Career Roundtable Speaker: Chris Draenos
Presentation Topic: Improving Presentation and Facilitation Skills (Topic relevant to any!)
JET Placement: Karatsu-shi, Saga-ken (2006-2008)
JETAA Exec Position: (current) Director, Special Projects; (former) Chair; (former) Conference Coordinator
Bio: I am current studying to be a nurse, with an interest in public health and working with marginalized populations. Prior to that, I have 8 years of experience in the healthcare/pharmaceutical industry in hospital administration, project management, market research and privacy. My experience on JET is not directly related to my current career but provided me with transferable skills, such as facilitating workshops, designing health education using learning principles, cultural sensitivity, flexibility and adaptability.
Career Roundtable Speaker: Dahlia Nicholson
Presentation Topic: Serving the Public
(Industry: Public sector )
Years on JET: Kyoto Fu, Kameoka Shi (1999-2001)-Taught at 4 Junior high school
Bio: Since Dahlia’s return she has been active in many roles in JETAA Toronto (Canada Rep, Chair, Events). She has been with the Ministry of the Attorney General as a Victim Witness Service Worker for over 10 years and is currently a supervisor with the court services division. Dahlia believes that assisting the public and providing high quality services is important to maintaining public trust in the OPS. Dahlia has expanded on her teaching role in Japan and currently teaches part time at George Brown College.
Career Roundtable Speaker: Lichia Liu
Presentation Topic: Starting a Creative Business
Years on JET: Iga-Ueno, Iga-Shi, Mie-ken 2007-2008
After returning from Japan, Lichia pursued a graduate degree, and worked as an Urban Designer in Taiwan, China and Canada before starting her own illustration and design studio, Gotamago. Now entering into her fourth year as a small business owner, Lichia leads a team of six and recently opened a small studio-shop in Toronto’s east end. Gotamago stationery and art prints can be found in more than 200 stores across the US and Canada, and have been featured in various media outlets, including the Food Network, Chatelaine, BlogTO, Eater, Buzzfeed and the Kitchn.