SHIFT Series

SHIFT is a webinar series that aims to prepare College of Arts and Science undergraduate students, graduate students and recent graduates for life after graduation. The online sessions will feature alumni speakers and presentations focused on how to succeed post-graduation.

SHIFT is free to attend for students, graduate students and recent graduates from the College of Arts and Science.

Series Details

Mondays, April 25 – June 13, 2022
12 noon – 1 pm
Online via Zoom (link to be sent out prior to event)

All students who attend three or more sessions will receive a Co-Curricular Record (CCR) credit.

Questions? Please email

PLEASE NOTE: All webinars except the webinar being held on April 25 will be recorded and made public on the College of Arts and Science YouTube channel once the webinar is over.

Series Schedule

Deliver Your Best: Public Speaking Essentials

Guest speaker: Heather Morrison (BFA’08)
Monday, April 25, 2022, 12 noon
PLEASE NOTE: This webinar will not be recorded.

This session will help you change your mindset when it comes to public speaking. We will cover the essentials of being a good public speaker, common fears and everyone’s favourite . . . what to do with your hands! Public speaking is a teachable skill, and this session will give you the foundation you need to succeed.


Heather Morrison (BFA’08)
Heather Morrison is an award-winning actress, director and playwright. She is also a radio host, an associate producer and a fitness coach, and has emceed more than 100 events in her home community of Saskatoon. She has provided private coaching and teaching workshops on public speaking for five years. She is passionate about building community, whether it is through her work as the former artistic producer of Sum Theatre, on air with CBC Saskatchewan or as a fitness coach. She is the recipient of a University of Saskatchewan Alumni Achievement Award, was named one of CBC’s Future 40 and, most importantly, is mom to an incredible little child named Judah.

Online and In-Person Interview Tips

Guest speakers: Dawne Warner (BA’92) and Roberta Braid
Monday, May 2, 2022, 12 noon

Do interviews give you the jitters? This session will provide an overview of the interview process, including key tips to effectively prepare as well as how to ace tricky questions. This session will cover ways to approach different interview formats, including virtual interviews.

dawne-warner-headshot.jpgDawne Warner (BA’92)
Dawne is an employer and community engagement coordinator who collaborates with employers, community leaders and career development professionals to support student career success as they transition into the world of work. After spending more than 15 years as a leader in human resources and operations management within public and private organizations, Dawne brings her experience and knowledge to her role by consulting, educating and strategizing with employers, industry leaders and community partners to ensure that connecting and hiring USask students and alumni is a key part of their organization's recruitment objectives. As well, Dawne facilitates employment-focused workshops with campus partners and meets with students on a one-on-one basis to support their transition from student life to professional employment.

Dawne holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from the University of Saskatchewan and an Ontological Coaching Certificate from The Newfield Institute.

roberta-braid-headshot.jpgRoberta Braid
Roberta Braid has a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Winnipeg. She has worked at the Student Employment and Career Centre (SECC) at the University of Saskatchewan for just over two years as a career counsellor, supporting students in exploring their career options, identifying goals and planning next steps.

Non-Linear Career Paths Panel

Guest speakers: Carmen Hamm (BA’11, MA’14), Andy Yuen (BA’05, BEng’05), Johnathan Tomas (BSc’12, MD’16), Ashlyn George (BA’09, BEd’10)
Monday, May 30, 2022, 12 noon

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The panel will be a chance for current students and recent graduates to gain insight and advice from our alumni panelists. It will give participants an opportunity to see what kind of careers one can get with an Arts and Science degree and how sometimes a degree that you receive may lead you to a career in something you did not expect.

andy-yuen-headshot-r.jpgAndy Yuen (BA’05, BEng’05)
Born and raised in Hong Kong, Andy moved to Wynyard, Sask.,when he was 15 years old, where his uncle, Leo, operated a Canadian Chinese restaurant. Andy attended USask and graduated in 2005 with degrees in economics and civil engineering. Andy practiced as a civil engineer from 2005 – 2014 in Saskatoon. In 2014, Andy took a break from engineering and opened Odd Couple Restaurant in Saskatoon’s Riversdale neighbourhood, which he operates with his family.

In 2020, Andy took two project management courses through the Edwards School of Business at USask and passed the Project Management Professional (PMP) exam. Andy recently started practicing as an engineer again, working as a mining project manager on a part-time basis. He is still involved at Odd Couple in a business strategy and menu development role.

carmen-hamm-headshot-r.jpgCarmen Hamm (BA’11, MA’14)
Carmen Hamm was born and raised in Saskatoon, getting her start in the restaurant industry at the age of 14. She continued working in various restaurants while completing her undergraduate degree in international studies and master’s degree in political studies (BA’11, MA’14). Carmen and her husband, Brad, founded Taste Hospitality Group in 2015 with a passion for hospitality and a love of good food and drink. With the support of an exceptional leadership team and staff, Taste’s portfolio includes UNA pizza + wine (with a second location coming later this year), Picaro Cocktails & Tacos, Cohen’s Beer Republic and The Cure Artisanal Charcuterie, as well as a growing catering department. The mission of Taste Hospitality is to establish a dynamic range of food and beverage institutions with a focus on excellence, integrity, fun, local, sustainability, servanthood, collaboration and passion.

johnathan-tomas-headshot.jpgJohnathan Tomas (BSc’12, MD’16)
Johnathan S. Tomas graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, first completing his degree in physiology and pharmacology in 2012 before completing his degree in medicine in 2016. He lives with his wife and two sons in Saskatoon. He is a family physician who has been working on the frontlines of health care throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. The F.L.I.G.H.T. Network is his first novel.

ashlyn-george-headshot-r.jpgAshlyn George (BA’09, BEd’10)
Ashlyn George is an award-winning travel writer, photographer and content creator behind The Lost Girl’s Guide to Finding the World. She is the go-to travel expert in Saskatchewan but is no stranger to trips abroad. Having travelled solo through more than 60 countries on all seven continents, she’s a passionate storyteller in pursuit of adventure, learning and discovery. When not on the road, you can find her working with some of the world’s most well-known brands @thelostgirlsgude.

LinkedIn Masterclass

Guest speaker: Omar Garriott
Tuesday, October 18, 2022, 12 noon

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LinkedIn is always changing—and the savviest jobseekers change right along with it. It can be hard to know where to focus on LinkedIn. That’s why we’ve partnered with two former LinkedIn employees to get you access to their online masterclass. You can expect to:

  • Participate in live role playing
  • Make changes to your LinkedIn profile that will immediately start attracting recruiters
  • Work on techniques that will 10x increase your chances of getting interviews at any organization

omar-garriott-headshot-r.jpgOmar Garriott
Omar Garriott leads Qualtrics’s education business. Previously, he was the senior product marketing manager at LinkedIn, managing content, campaigns and product development for students and universities. Prior to his role at LinkedIn, he led iPad marketing to schools (K-12 and higher ed) for Apple, and led product launches to students and schools for Adobe.

Garriott has also spent time as a third-grade teacher for Teach for America, as a non-profit fundraiser and a lobbyist with national social enterprise PeerForward, as a summer consultant in FSG’s education practice and in social marketing with Porter Novelli.

He earned a bachelor’s degree with distinction in commerce from the University of Virginia and an MBA from University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business. He also holds a Non-profit Management Executive Certificate from Georgetown University and sporadically tweets from @socialchanger.