My English degree: what a great decision!

February 4, 2021 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm America/Toronto Timezone
Zoom Webinar

This afternoon webinar brings together graduates from York’s Department of English who are currently in leadership roles, to share their career journeys with you. Join us as we discuss their path to success and receive valuable advice. Hosted by Associate Dean, Programs, Sean Kheraj. Includes a Q&A session.


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Kirsten Manley-Casimir

· Kirsten Manley-Casimir, BA, English 1997, Acting Legal Director, Indigenous Justice Division at Ministry of the Attorney General

Manley-Casimir is acting legal director with the Indigenous Justice Division (IJD), Ministry of the Attorney General (MAG), Ontario. She is responsible for constitutional law and civil litigation review. In addition, along with IJD colleagues, Manley-Casimir delivers the award-winning Bimickaway curriculum to MAG and other Ontario public service workers. One key thread that runs through all her work at IJD is the concept of lawyering for reconciliation. Manley-Casimir has taught at Osgoode Hall Law School and Queen’s University as an adjunct professor in courses focused on aboriginal law and Indigenous legal systems. Previously, Manley-Casimir worked as a research lawyer with the Law Commission of Ontario and as counsel at the Law Foundation of Ontario. Manley-Casimir has several articles published in peer-reviewed journals. She completed her PhD in law advocating for a relational approach to the duty to consult and accommodate Aboriginal Peoples under section 35 of the Constitution Acts. She is currently revising her dissertation for publication. She lives in Toronto with her husband Robby and two children.

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Lena Azzou

· Lena Azzou, BA, English 2005, Chief of Staff at Metrolinx

As chief of staff at Metrolinx, Azzou is responsible for managing the team within the CEO’s office, while providing input to the development and deployment of corporate strategy around key issues and organizational direction, coordination, and strategic management. The chief of staff also plays a key role in the planning and execution of Intergovernmental consultation and engagement, commercial management and executive outreach in support of the significant capital and operating programs at Metrolinx. Prior to joining Metrolinx, Azzou worked at Adjelean Allen Rubeli Ltd. a firm in the space of Structural Engineering, as well as Bell Canada. Azzou is the executive sponsor for the Women in Leadership group with key objectives being improving corporate diversity by attracting, developing and retaining women, increasing the visibility of women leaders in the transportation industry, and cultivating leadership competencies that reflect Metrolinx’s focus on growth and success. She also spends much of her time volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, and the United Way.

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Mike Pavkovic

· Mike Pavkovic, BA, English 1997, Vice President - Payments and Trade Operations at RBC

Pavkovic is currently vice president, payment and trade operations. In this role he leads a team of over 500 employees responsible for moving over 30% of the money in Canada, services the #1 leadership position in cross border banking, named the Best Trade Bank 4 years running, and supports all the technology our corporate clients use in managing their own cash. We also represent the bank with large key supplier relationships. We are located across Canada and the Caribbean.

Pavkovic joined RBC in 2004 and has had progressive roles in capital markets, spanning origination, strategy and product management. His most recent role was managing director for our financial institutions segment, and was key in integrating the I&TS segment back into RBC. In capital markets he was fortunate to be involved in large transformational deals (BMO Cash Insourcing) as well as our international expansion leading the roll out of our representative office in Brazil and India, as well as part of the team that opened the branch in China. Previously he was with CIBC where he worked through the retail channel part time during school, and then moved to the capital markets rotational program in New York, London and Barbados, doing work in FX, corporate banking, structured/project finance, mergers/acquisitions, cash management and then worked with CIBC Mellon, a joint venture that amalgamated the securities business of CIBC and Mellon Bank. There he worked in the technology division and worked on the development and release of their first online product.

Pavkovic has a BA from York University, an MBA from Dalhousie University and is a Certified Treasury Professional (CTP). He is also a member of the board of directors of Albion Neighbourhood Services, a non-profit that supports the local boys and girls club, and a variety of other social support agencies in the Albion and Rexdale communities of Toronto.

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Tamer Ibrahim

· Tamer Ibrahim, BA, English 2008, Youth Collective Impact Manager at Laidlaw Foundation

Ibrahim oversees the Youth Collective Impact program at the Laidlaw Foundation: an initiative in partnership with Innoweave that helps organizations in local communities across Ontario develop, launch and implement collective impact approaches that directly improve outcomes for youth in their community. He is also the Chair of board at For Youth Initiative: a nonprofit organization that has served, inspired and advocated for thousands of teens and young adults in York South-Weston since 1995. Prior to joining Laidlaw, Ibrahim was the Community Development Manager at UforChange—an organization that empowers youth through education, employment and the creative sector—where he helped develop the organization's fundraising strategy, writing grants and managing the organization’s special projects with some of its incredible partners like Google Canada, Artscape and the Inspirit Foundation.

All welcome to attend! To register, click here.