In this issue: International Women's Day events | Mindfulness for stressed-out managers | Brandon Gonez takes YouTube by storm | Seneca researchers develop next-gen coating for COVID-19 vaccines | Graduate and professional-level courses | Career Recharge workshops | Get involved | Alumni benefits
March 2021
#ChoosetoChallenge International Women's Day event 2021
March 8, 2021
9:00 - 11:00 a.m.

With this year's theme #choosetochallenge, we have invited a series of industry experts to discuss how we all can “choose to challenge” and call out gender bias and inequality, as well as recognize women's achievements to help create an inclusive world.

The event will include a keynote address from Seneca Alumna, Ainka Jess, founder of She’s4Sports; As well as a fireside chat with:

  • Laurel Schollen, Vice President Academic
  • Krisha Amin, SSF President
  • Janine Barry, Assistant Vice-President of Digital Engagement, Manulife Bank
  • Heather McCrory, CEO North and Central America Accor Group
  • Laureen Blu Waters, Elder
Career Recharge: Women in leadership
March 9, 2021
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Moderated by Seneca alumna Shivi Darubra, join panelists:

  • Jess Jones, President, Equation Angels
  • Naki Osutei, Associate Vice President Social Impact (Canada) TD Bank Group
  • Kimberly Moran CEO, Children's Mental Health Ontario

Learn about their leadership journeys, share perspectives on overcoming obstacles, and give advice for aspiring female leaders.
Alumni News and Stories
Alumni Event: Mindfulness for stressed-out managers

Thursday, March 25, 2021
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Join Seneca alumnus, mindfulness practitioner, and entrepreneur, Lalith Anada Gunaratne, for a 90-minute session on mindfulness for stressed-out managers. Lalith will share the science behind the practice; psychological and physiological benefits; tools and methods based on a focus on the breath to be resilient and grounded through stress and uncertainty.
Seneca researchers develop
next-gen coating for COVID-19 vaccines

A team of Seneca researchers is working to develop a next-generation coating to protect sensitive medicines and some of the emerging COVID-19 vaccines.

Led by investigators at the School of Biological Sciences & Applied Chemistry, the applied research project is a collaboration with Toronto-based Spectral Materials to create thermal barriers that protect vaccines in storage or during transport.

Brandon Gonez takes YouTube by Storm

A “dutty storm” swept across social media this week as Brandon Gonez, the fast-rising television personality, launched The Brandon Gonez Show on YouTube.

The Seneca graduate of the Summer Institute of Multiplatform Journalism certificate program has become synonymous with #duttystorm since he called a winter storm “dutty” on CP24 a couple of years ago. “Dutty” is Jamaican Patois for “dirty.”

Programs and Beyond
Considering graduate and professional-level courses? 
Explore Seneca’s wide range of programming for postsecondary graduates and working professionals.
Upcoming March workshops include:
Investor Relations (IR) – Financial Communications – Take your finance or communications career to the next level with our IR workshops - Essentials of IR and Developing the IR Toolkit
Artificial Intelligence (AI) for Leaders – Learn how AI can add value to your organization and how to modify your organization’s strategies to capitalize on the power of AI. 
Visit to learn more and register. All programming is currently virtual.
Career Recharge workshops
Delivered online through live, interactive video conferences, this new series of free workshops will help you build professional skills, network virtually, and achieve your career goals.

With upcoming online workshops such as InStage Live – Interview Skills, Taking the Unconscious out of Bias and Cultural Intelligence & Diversity you can recharge your career from anywhere.

Check out our spring schedule to see the full series and to register for upcoming workshops.
Get Involved
Call out for Seneca Alumni Toastmasters chapter

educational organization that teaches public speaking and leadership skills through a worldwide network of clubs. We are exploring the idea of starting a Seneca Alumni chapter.

If you are interested in volunteering or participating, please email
Thanks to our amazing Seneca community of donors, 2,346 students impacted by COVID-19 have received financial support, to date. That is simply amazing, Thank you!

But, did you know 79% of Seneca students are facing financial hardship because of COVID-19? The need remains great and your support is important now, more than ever.

If you are able to help, please consider making a gift to the COVID-19 Relief Support Bursary. Your support will make such a difference in a student’s life. Thank you for your generosity.
Alumni Benefits
Seneca students, alumni and employees are entitled to receive Seneca Preferred Pricing.
Use your free Perkopolis membership to enjoy great savings on entertainment, travel, attractions, shopping and more.

Contact us for a member ID.
A step-by-step online course by the LinkedIn Guys to show you how to turn your profiles into recruiter magnets, engaging fellow alumni and connections around the world to help you land your dream job. Free for alumni, valued at $130. Limited time offer, expires June 2021.