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#ChangChat on Networking Events: January 30

Attending events can be a great way to network and help advance your career, but how do you know which ones to invest your time and/or money in? Join us for our next #ChangChat on January 30 as we discuss how to select the most effective events to attend and provide you with some tips and tricks on how to leave a lasting impression.

Jason John, Manager, Career Education Specialists at Ryerson Career Centre will lead this discussion with special guests.

Monday, January 30, 2017
12:00 p.m.–1:00 p.m. (ET)

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ELX Master Class on February 16

Led by Jaimy Warner, Executive Director of Raindance Canada, veteran crowdfunder, and author, this Master Class will explore: the 3 month social growth strategy, defining and sharing your social voice, creating your evangelist team, incentivizing your online community, and how to craft and measure your key performance indicators. Traditional marketers, communications professionals, digital marketing strategists, entrepreneurs, and students may all be interested in this event.

Thursday, February 16, 2017
4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.

Ryerson University
350 Victoria Street, Toronto, ON

Register now. Fee is $65 (HST included).

Visit the Experiential Learning Exchange for more information on upcoming Master Classes and other free Networking events.


Continuing Education: Achieving the Dream

In today’s highly competitive job market, continuing education plays a pivotal role in matching skilled professionals with employment in high-demand fields. Dean Marie Bountrogianni spoke with Maclean’s magazine about how The Chang School’s offerings are helping empower adult learners to achieve their career goals through connecting them to the needs of employers. By acquiring a tangible skill, learners can take the ‘next step’ in their career path while also contributing to the Canadian economy.

Maclean’s also spoke with Jason Page, a military veteran, about how the Certificate in Disaster and Emergency Management helped him reevaluate his career aspirations when he was faced with a life-changing injury. Thomas Bezruki, a program instructor and fellow military veteran, discusses how the flexible program trains and prepares learners to respond to often precarious disaster situations.

Read the full article from the January 2, 2017 issue of Maclean's


2030 Vision: Exploring the Past and Imagining the Future

Ryerson University’s G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education is proud to present ChangSchoolTalks 2017. This series of events brings together thought-provoking leaders, industry pioneers, and hundreds of participants from various industries for the opportunity to foster active learning, relationship building, and idea exchange.

This year’s theme is 2030 Vision: Exploring the Past and Imagining the Future. Presenters will challenge us to examine the patterns of history, consider the disruptive nature of technology, and explore new and innovative models for learning.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017 and Thursday, April 6, 2017

Ryerson University



What Does It Take To Become a Privacy Professional?

With new legislation requiring that organizations have dedicated teams to ensure privacy compliance, privacy budgets are expanding, and so is the need for qualified privacy professionals. In her article featured in The Globe and Mail, Anita Fineberg, a privacy lawyer, consultant, and instructor in The Chang School's new Certificate in Privacy, Access, and Information Management, outlines the benefits to having training and education in the realm of privacy.


Collective Impact: Cultivating Ideas and Rethinking Access

Spanning the Gaps – Access to Post-Secondary Education at The Chang School of Continuing Education is proud to host Collective Impact: Cultivating Ideas and Rethinking Access, a one-day symposium devoted to collaborative problem solving and exploring innovative solutions around access to higher education through transition and upgrading programs in Ontario.

Being the first point of access for so many students wanting a second chance to reach their educational goals, we are excited to offer this chance for idea exchange. Keynote speakers, presenters and panelists will offer their perspectives and experience within the symposium themes of Access Student Funding Models, Supporting Academic Success and Reengagement, Promising Access Pathways, and Tracking Success – Evaluation and Metrics.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m. (networking reception 4:30 p.m.–6:30 p.m.)

George Vari Engineering Building, Sears Atrium, 245 Church Street

Visit the event page to reigster and for more information.


Dr. Marie Bountrogianni Quoted in Buzz Magazine about Women in Politics

For many women, the U.S. election of Donald Trump was simply reality smacking them in the head.

It proved double standards for women still exist, that misogyny is still quite prevalent and that a woman with 30 years of experience in the field still couldn’t win — even against a man who had zero on-the-job experience, who bullied and cruelly insulted others, including a disabled reporter and a former beauty pageant winner, and who boasted about sexually assaulting women with his notorious “grab them by the pussy” comment.

And it’s an especially pressing issue for women who are currently in politics, for those who might consider leadership roles or serve their community.

The effect has potential reverberations here in Canada, and even locally. With Trump’s win, everything women have been fighting for will be regressed, said Whitby Regional Councillor Elizabeth Roy.

The political sphere has long been dominated by men, even in Canada. Certainly, the past few years have been better for women in politics than ever before in this country. In 2015, the Liberal cabinet under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau achieved gender parity, but the move wasn’t without its critics. National Post political columnist Andrew Coyne called it a quota system and lamented that women were simply being chosen for their gender rather than their qualifications. Across the country, at least six provinces have had female premiers to date. But Canada still lags behind in the number of women in elected office. According to a study done by the Inter-Parliamentary Union, as of Nov. 1, 2016, Canada ranks 63rd out of 193 countries, based on percentage of women elected to federal office. Of the 338 parliamentary seats, women occupy 88, accounting for 26 percent.

Women in politics face challenges that are specific to their gender. While their male counterparts may get called negative names, those aren’t directly associated with them being men. Women, however, are often evaluated based on their clothing choices, looks, even the tone of their voices over their political experience. They are called gendered slurs: a number of Trump supporters could be seen wearing T-shirts that said, “Trump that bitch” — or worse. There are more subtle, insidious power plays faced by women. Oshawa NDP MPP Jennifer French, whose party is not only led by a woman, but has a majority female caucus (11 of its 20 members are women), said she’s received many comments on her outfits and age. French, who is 38, has been called “little lady,” “young lady,” and has even had an older man hold her face and tell her “how pretty I look with my hair up,” she recalled. French is not the only one who’s received these kinds of comments. Pickering-Uxbridge Liberal MP Jennifer O’Connell, 33, has been called “kiddo,” and the almost 50-year-old Councillor Roy, who has more than 20 years of political acumen, has faced the same kind of comments. French and Roy both recalled times when they had to speak up to ensure they weren’t interrupted or ignored. Roy recalled a number of times when a male colleague has taken credit for something she’s done.

This type of infantilization or downplaying of women in leadership roles — calling them girls instead of women or ignoring their voices, expertise and work — actually reduces a female candidate’s power, background, experience and capability, explained  Marie Bountrogianni, Ryerson University psychology professor and former Liberal MPP.

Women, when faced with a political environment that favours men like Trump, may retreat further, explained Marie Bountrogianni, Ryerson University psychology professor and former Liberal MPP. “Women are very practical. They may decide they can do other things with their intelligence and power, and that would be unfortunate.” Instead, she hopes that women will take the second option: mobilize, and support good, strong female candidates. To foster this, women need to support one another, Roy said. “Women are a great resource for each other, but we also share the same context of not being as valued in leadership roles.”

Pickering-Uxbridge Liberal MP Jennifer O’Connell’s five tips for women who are interested in politics:

  1. Volunteer on a campaign: O’Connell started volunteering for Ajax MP Mark Holland’s campaign in 2005. This gave her a real sense of how a campaign works and how to connect with people. She encourages volunteering for all different aspects of a campaign: data entry, calling on phone banks, door knocking, working on flyers or material, as she explained: “If you do just one thing, you don’t understand why it all means something bigger in the end.” It turned out to be a huge asset for her when she ran her own campaign.
  2. Start out small: When she ran municipally, she would select a few different locations to knock on doors and have meaningful conversations with people. “I would test out ideas, see if it was something the community was interested in without the pressure of time. It also gave me confidence when going into campaign mode and I had to be more efficient at it.”
  3. Have realistic expectations: When O’Connell first ran, she didn’t expect to win. She did expect to get experience, connect with people and build up name recognition. “It’s extremely difficult for a non-incumbent to break through,” she said. Having realistic expectations can put you in a better “head space if you’re not fortunate enough to win” as it can be devastating, she explained.
  4. Be underestimated: “When I was first elected to council, I was treated like a one-term wonder,” O’Connell said. At first, it hurt her ego, but then she realized it actually worked in her favour. “People would write me off and it allowed me to get a lot of things done. When I first ran, my opponent didn’t take me seriously. He went on vacation several times.” The best revenge, she said, is proving those people who underestimate her wrong.
  5. Even if you lose, you win: “Even if you lose, if you are out there raising the issue, raising the debate, you give your community a voice.” More women’s voices at the table means that more people are represented and can raise concerns that might otherwise go unheard.

This article appears in the Holiday Edition of Buzz Magazine.

Download the PDF version of this article.


New! Experiential Learning Exchange (ELX)

Ready to target your education for career advancement? The Chang School’s Experiential Learning Exchange (ELX) is a flexible model that emphasizes hands-on, project-based activities and connects you with coaches, expert advisors, and peers. Customize your learning experience through coaching-based modules, in-depth master classes, and opportunities for networking and mentoring.

Whether you’re at the start of your career or well advanced towards your career goals, the ELX is an efficient way to enhance core competencies and get practical experience solving real-world challenges so you can move to the next level. Get started:


The Chang School Offers Open Admission

The Chang School provides access to university-level and degree-credit courses for all adult learners, regardless of previous experience. Enrolment for most degree-credit courses is on an open admissions basis, providing convenient access to university classes no matter where you live or work – without any formal entrance requirements.

The Chang School extends Ryerson University’s academic resources to adults interested in building their careers, advancing their careers, changing careers, taking courses for professional development or general interest, or applying to a degree program.

If you plan to transfer credits back to your home institution, use your credits to gain entry to a Ryerson degree program (subject to space availability and competition), or if you require more information, please contact us or come to one of our Open House sessions.