Work + Asia Conference


The Contemporary Asian Studies Student Union is pleased to welcome all undergraduate students within the Faculty of Arts and Science at the University of Toronto to join us on March 20, 2015 for our inaugural WORK + ASIA Conference. Recognizing the increasing importance of Asia as a trade and diplomatic partner to Canada, and noting the number of alums who have moved to Asia after their studies, or are employed in Canada in sectors that interact with Asian counterparts, CASSU aims to explore the many avenues of professional and academic relationships in and with Asian countries and why Asia is an important region in which to be invested.


Program of WORK + ASIA Conference


1:15-1:20 Professor Joshua Barker (Director of Asian Institute) Welcome

1:20-1:25 Professor Stephen Toope (Director of Munk School) Video Welcome

1:25-1:45 Ambassador David Mulroney (Canada’s Ambassador to China) Keynote Lecture

1:45- 2:00 Question & Answer period with Mulroney


2:05- 2:08 CASSU exec Anthea Snowsill introduces panelists

2:10- 2:20 Agnivesh Mishra – Policy Analyst at Department of Energy, Government of Alberta—used to be the International Relations Officer/ Trade and Investment Officer (China, Korea, Japan) for Alberta) )

2:20- 2:30 Justin Poy – President and Creative Director of The Justin Poy Agency, an award-winning full service Ad Agency based in Markham, Ontario specializing in ethnocultural strategic planning and creative execution (he is also the son of Vivienne Poy)

2:30- 2:40 Graham Candy- Cultural Strategist at Fresh Squeezed Ideas. His specialty is uncovering cultural insights that companies can concretely leverage to impact consumer purchase decisions. He has a PhD in Anthropology from UofT and was very involved in AI when he was a student here

2:40 – 2:50 Panelists in conversation

2:55- 3:10 Question & Answer period with Job Panel panelists

3:10- 3:30 BREAK


3:40- 3:43 CASSU exec Susan Cui makes introductions

3:45- 3:55 Wei Huang – Career Educator at U of T Career Centre

3:55-4:05 Noriko Suzuki – Administrative Officer at The Japan Foundation

4:05-4:15 TBA – Canada India Business Council

4:15- 4:25 Question & Answer period with Job Culture Panel

4:25- 4:30 Break


4:35- 4:37 CASSU exec Anthea Snowsill introduces Section 3 of conference

4:40-4:45 Carmen Ho presents (PhD student in Political Science)

4:51- 4:56 Nick Feinig presents (PhD student in Anthropology)

4:57- 5:02 TBD

5:03- 5:15 Panelist in conversation (with moderated questions- no open Q&A)

5:15-5:17 Closing remarks by CASSU exec Alice Niu

5:30- 6:30 Reception