PSB hosts virtual finance panel discussion over Reading Week

By Kathleen Bégin

The Pilon School of Business and Sheridan’s Career Centre hosted a virtual event for PSB Finance diploma and degree students and recent graduates on Tuesday, March 2.

The theme for the event was Changing Employer Expectations in a Pandemic Era. It brought together a panel of finance industry professionals to discuss industry trends, how to be successful and connect with potential employers and community partners and to learn from their experiences with the world of work during the pandemic.

The event kicked off with a keynote presentation on Alternative Financing presented by Jonathan Brindley of Liquid Capital Advance Corp. Small and medium-sized businesses have always had difficulty in securing the funding they need to grow and this is even more true during the pandemic. Jonathan presented some of the challenges businesses face and solutions that Liquid Capital can provide. A few case studies were presented to illustrate how these solutions can be implemented. 

Following the keynote presentation, panelists were introduced. The panelists were Jonathan Brindley, principal from Liquid Capital; Diana Caldi, senior recruitment consultant at RBC; Steve Rosen, from Farber Group; Adriel Casillas, TD Direct Investing specialist (Sheridan alumnus); and Agnes Dolotko, banking advisor at RBC (Sheridan Alumnus). The panelists and students were engaged in a very lively discussion, moderated by Joseph Conrad and Sandra Yu from Sheridan Career Centre. 

The discussion explored topics, such as, resume and job search, networking in a remote world, the certifications and skills that employers are looking for, what the industry is seeing in client awareness and how roles are changing. Questions from the students were engaging and insightful. The experience, knowledge and advice from the panelists will be very helpful to the students moving into the next part of their studies and careers. For asking the best question of the event, student Minh An was awarded a $50 Amazon gift card.

Closing remarks were presented by Dr. Anne-Liisa Longmore, the dean of the Pilon School of Business. Anne-Liisa extended a large thank you to everyone involved in the planning and implementation of the Finance Panel Discussion event: Kathleen Bégin, Lesley Rumsby, Mamunur Rashid, Sandra Yu and Conrad Joseph. Anne-Liisa also thanked the panelists for their generosity of time and the students who made the time to attend and ask questions.

Kathleen Bégin is the program coordinator for the Finance diplomas in the Pilon School of Business.

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