Career Central

A Conversation with Howard Cooper: Artiste & Educator Extraordinaire

Howard Cooper started his career as an actor and writer with independent theatre groups across the country. He then attended Brock University and York University where he completed a B.A. and master’s degree in psychology. He continued onto the University of Toronto, where he obtained an additional B.Ed. Putting this extensive training to work, Howard taught at secondary schools in both the public and private sectors for several decades. During his later career, he developed several courses for online learning, which will continue to educate students for years to come. In his retirement, Howard has become an acclaimed author, having…
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A Conversation with Minister Reza Moridi: Physicist to Policy Maker

Minister Moridi was an innovative policymaker and crucial to modernizing multiple educational programs in Ontario, including the Ontario Students Assistance Program (OSAP). He is also a 1st generation immigrant, and the first minister elected to a Canadian parliament of Iranian descent. Prior to his work in politics, Minister Moridi was an eminent physicist and was elected a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and the Institution of Engineering and Technology in the UK. The following will discuss his education, his transition to politics, his views on optimizing Post-Secondary Education and advice to current students.   Before your entry into politics,…
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A Conversation with Dr. Andrew Baines: Doctor, Dean & Research Chair

Dr. Baines was the Vice-Dean of Medicine at the University of Toronto, he also served as the Biochemist-in-Chief of the University Health Network, and Chair of Clinical Biochemistry. Today, he is a professor emeritus at the University of Toronto. Why did you choose to study medicine? “I was drawn by the diversity and the fact that it dealt with life. I chose medicine because of the association with the humanities, dealing with humans and being part of a long tradition of working with health and disease. It enabled one to be part of a long but evolving tradition, which dealt…
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A Conversation with Dr. Janet Rossant: Chief of Research & Scientific Trailbreaker

Dr. Rossant was the Chief of Research at the Hospital for Sick Children and is a Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics, and the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Toronto. She discovered a type of stem cell type called the trophoblast, which among other achievements earned her the Canada Gairdner Wightman Award for 2015.   Why did you choose to study the life sciences? “My interest in the life sciences really goes back to high school. I was always interested in science, just the discovery aspect and the fascination of trying to understand the world around…
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