SHIFT Series

SHIFT is a weekly 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

Tuesdays, March 30 – April 27, 2021
12 – 12:45 PM
Online via Zoom (link to be sent out prior to event)

All students who attend three or more sessions will have a Co-Curricular Record credit added to their record.

Great door prizes for each webinar!


Series Schedule

Online and In-Person Interview Tips

Guest speakers: Dawne Warner (BA’92) and Roberta Braid
Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 12 PM

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.

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Deliver Your Best: Public Speaking Essentials

Guest speaker: Heather Morrison (BFA’08)
Tuesday, April 6, 2021, 12 PM

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! The work we do will transfer over to pitching your business as an entrepreneur, presenting to your boss, as well as online presentations and video basics.

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Self-Care and Managing Stress in the Pandemic: Tips from Peer Health Alumni

Guest speakers: Shiney Choudhary (BA’18) and Elizabeth Waslen (BA’19)
Tuesday, April 13, 2021, 12 PM

As recent graduates from USask, we have felt the changes that come with no longer being a student and the challenges that can bring. We are constantly faced with different expectations from our multiple part-time jobs, our parents, our partners and ourselves. In this presentation, we hope to give you some useful tips on self-care, managing expectations and stress in these challenging times, from one millennial to another. Combined, we have more than five years of Peer Health education experience and we are happy to share some tricks of the trade with you.

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Resiliency and Pivoting Your Career

Guest speaker: Dr. Monique Simair (BSc’04, PhD’09)
Tuesday, April 20, 2021, 12 PM

In this conversation-style webinar, we will explore one Arts and Science alumna’s winding career path, which led her to starting two successful companies and also overseeing a multi-million dollar tech development research program. We will explore different views and definitions of failure vs success and discuss ways to build resiliency.

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LinkedIn and Networking in the Pandemic

Guest speaker: Dawne Warner (BA’92)
Tuesday, April 27, 2021, 12 PM

Networking is all about building relationships that will help you uncover information about occupations, industries, career mentorship, employment or business opportunities. As your circle of contacts expands, so does your chance of finding a job. In this session you will learn how to network more effectively and build new connections.

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Presenter and Alumni Bios

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Dawne Warner (BA’92)

Dawne Warner has a degree in sociology from the University of Saskatchewan and an Ontological Coaching Certificate from the Newfield Institute. As an employment coordinator at USask’s Student Employment and Career Centre (SECC), her experience in human resources and entrepreneurship supports her passion in supporting and advising students and alumni as they transition in their careers.


Roberta 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.


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.


Shiney Choudhary (BA’18)

Shiney Choudhary is a spring 2018 graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology and a certificate in criminology and addictions. She has been involved in various student groups and departments on campus, as well as with organizations in the community. She enjoys giving back to the community that made her feel welcome 4.5 years ago, when she first arrived in Saskatoon. As a former international student, she continues to be involved in welcoming new international students and showing them the warmth of the city of Saskatoon despite the cold winter.


Elizabeth Waslen (BA’19)

Elizabeth Waslen is the social media coordinator at Peer Health USask. She previously facilitated the mental wellness group and continues to be passionate about mental health and normalizing strategies to prevent stress and burnout. A recent USask grad, Elizabeth is continuing her education in social work at the University of Regina.


Monique Simair (BSc’04, PhD’09)

Dr. Monique Simair (BSc’04, PhD’09) is the founder and owner of Maven Water and Environment. She was recently named a CBC Saskatchewan Future 40 winner and received a 2020 Alumni of Influence Award from the College of Arts and Science.

Monique is passionate about team building, the celebration of individual skills and abilities, and figuring out what will work best in a particular situation—not simply applying what is historically conventional.

Maven is Monique’s second company, founded in 2019 after the successful sale of her first company, Contango Strategies, to a publicly traded company. Her academic background is in applied microbiology and biogeochemistry.

Monique has extensive experience in resiliency after pivoting out of a more traditional career path and twice starting a company from scratch. She has learned to grow and then let go. Monique developed her resiliency by learning to fail and she has gotten better at it through training.

“The more challenging the situation, the more excited I get to solve it,” she says.