March 2, 2016

 

Discover : Network : Connect

Student 2 Business (S2B) is the marquee event that connects post-secondary talent to career opportunities in London, Canada. Employers, keen to connect with their future workforce, share their advice, needs and opportunities with tomorrow’s talent.

Who:

500 post secondary students from many faculties and programs connect with 250 local business and community representatives from a variety of sectors

When:

Wednesday, March 2, 2016  3:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
(Registration opens at 1:30 p.m)

Cost:

$10 for students, $25 for each business & community representative

Transportation:

From Fanshawe & Western Campuses

 

"The S2B Conference was a fantastic experience at which I gained the networking skills and contacts to jumpstart my career."

Jarad Fisher, past participant

 

"As a former Fanshawe College grad, I had attended and met my future mentor at Student2Business and it made a huge difference to my career path."

Treena Bell, Randstad Engineering

 

Program

 
 

1:15 pm

Bus Transportation
From Fanshawe & Western main campuses

1:30 pm

 

Registration

Business card pick up, free coat & boot check

2:00 pm

 

Pre-conference networking and resource booths

Session: Unleash Your Entrepreneurial Spirit
Discover the key reasons to launch your business in London and the current financial incentives and assistance to get you started.

3:00 pm

Conference Opening Session—London's Economy

3:30 pm

 

Two sessions:

1. The International Students Session
This session is designed for individuals studying in London on a study permit. Learn from companies who have hired international students and international students successfully employed. There will be an open-floor question and answer session.

2. What Would An HR Expert Say? 
A panel of Human Resource representatives will respond to popular questions submitted by participants and registration and share real life examples and tips on how to be successful when appliying for jobs.

4:30 pm

Employer Arrival and Registration 

4:45 pm

Employer Mixer

5:15 pm

Keynote Presentation:
Bobby Umar - 'Authentic Networking: Own Your Leadership Path'

Bobby Umar will bring the best of his Networking Mastery program, including strategies, tactics and more. His session will be highly interactive, diving deep into skills, theory and feedback. Topics to cover will include why networking, how to be authentic, using your personal brand, leveraging social media mastery and owning your career or leadership path. The idea is to give you the confidence and tactics you need to put into practice and ramp up your career and business growth.

6:15 pm

Formal Remarks
(Mayor, President of Western, President of Fanshawe)

6:30 pm

Career networking
250 employers in 9 key sectors connecting to 500+ post-secondary students

8:15 pm

Bus Transportation
Return to Fanshawe & Western main campuses
 
 
 
 

Keynote

 

Bobby Umar

President and Leadership Catalyst, Raeallan

'Authentic Networking: Own Your Leadership Path'

One of Inc. Magazine’s Top 100 Leadership speaker, Bobby is a 4x TEDx speaker, international author, Huffington Post contributor and social media guru, who champions authentic connection and heart-based leadership. With a background in brand marketing (Kraft & Unilever), engineering (Bombardier) and the performing arts (Second City), Bobby has led Raeallan for 8 years and is now a recognized leader in Social Media and Personal Branding and Networking. 100,000+ people across the world have experienced Bobby’s high-energy keynotes, interactive teambuilding activities, engaging workshops and Networking Mastery coaching programs.

Named the 2nd best Twitter business coach and 4th best Leadership Influencer on social media via Kred, Bobby is one of the top tweeters in the world with over 300,000 followers. He hosts a weekly tweetchat called #PoCchat every Monday at 11:00am that has reached over 55 million impressions. Bobby has authored 2 books last year, including ‘Barrons GMAT’ and ‘How to Network Anytime, Anywhere, with Anyone.’ He is also the founder of DYPB – Discover Your Personal Brand conference, held yearly every August in Toronto.

Bobby is dedicated to causes embracing youth, entrepreneurship and diversity. Most importantly, Bobby is a fiercely proud dad of two. He has never lost a thumb war, ever.

 
 

Students

 

This is your opportunity to:

  • Mix and mingle with employers from London’s business, not-for-profit and public service communities
  • Enhance your networking skills
  • Learn job search best practices
  • Explore career possibilities with a variety of employers

Your $10 ticket includes:

  • Bobby Umar's Keynote Address
  • Professional Networking session
  • Afternoon of workshops
  • A food and beverage ticket
  • Coat and boot check

London is a great city to go to school and to start your career. S2B gives you the opportunity to network with employers who are there to meet you in a safe and welcoming environment.

London's premier networking conference celebrates the city's key industries. Attend skill-focused workshops, pickup personal success secrets, and network with over 250 business representatives.

 

Unleash Your Entrepreneurial Spirit: London has the resources to make it happen!

Discover the key reasons to launch your business in London and the current financial incentives and assistance to get you started.

Presented by London Small Business Centre

 

The International Advantage: Session for International Students

This session is designed for individuals studying in London on study visas. There will be an open-floor question and answer session.

All international students currently studying in London are strongly encouraged to attend this informative session. This session will provide helpful tips and suggestions on how international students can best prepare for employment in Canada and connect with local employers seeking their skills. International students who have recently secured employment in our community will share their stories and best advice on how to successfully transition into the Canadian workforce.

Presented by WIL Employment Connections

 

What would an HR expert say? Expert Tips for job search success. (Presented by and Worktrends)

A panel of Human Resource representatives will respond to popular questions submitted by participants at registration and share real life examples and tips on how to be successful when applying for jobs. These experts will provide insights on everything from filling out applications, creating resumes and cover letters, and discuss common mistakes that occur during these processes.

There will be opportunities for questions from the audience.

Presented by Human Resources Professionals Association London & District and Worktrends

 

 

Transportation Details:

Departure from Western and Fanshawe commences at 1:15 p.m. with buses rotating every half an hour throughout the afternoon. The buses will return to campus at 8:30 p.m.

LEDC

Fanshawe College

Main Entrance Circle

LEDC

Western University

Natural Science Building

 
 

Resources

 

Students - How to Prepare:

  • Practice your networking
  • Plan your outfit
  • Do your homework
  • Follow up!

Practice your networking.

  • During the conference:
    • Bring a friend, but make sure you part ways during the networking session
    • Meet as many people as you can
    • Compare notes afterwards with your friend
  • Exchange business cards: Jot down three pieces of information on the back of their card:
    • Today’s date
    • Name of conference
    • One word memory jogger from your conversation with this person

Plan your outfit.

  • Wear professional attire with pockets that make it easy to access your business cards:
    • One pocket for personal cards
    • One pocket for new connections
  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Respect the conference's scent-free environment

Do your homework.

  • Research the companies and individuals who you can see will be attending (listed on Eventbrite)
  • The more you know about them in advance the better!
  • Remember that many companies have a full range of positions required for their successful operations
  • For example, many will have accounting, marketing, IT and human resources positions that are not sector specific

Follow up!

  • Share what you’ve learned through social media! Link a relevant article or share a handout and let your following know you’re engaged in networking and mentorship
  • Pull out all of the business cards you collected at the conference. Within the next 36 hours do one or more of the following activities:
    • Connect on Linkedin with a personal message referencing the conference and your conversation.
    • Follow-up on any and all promised networking connections you offered other people. Make it easy by using email or Linkedin
    • For the high potential new connections, reach out personally and invite them to coffee/tea, breakfast or a networking lunch. If geography is an issue, invite them to schedule a phone call to get to know each other better. Make your invitation approachable and hold off any hard-sell language or asks. Give before you get!
    • Add to your contact management system. Don’t allow these business cards to lay around unattended for days/weeks/months
    • Record it. File it. Purge it (the card), but keep building the relationship
 
 
Register
 
 

Employers

 

Register today as we share your presence on our networks! Your company name will attract young talent, who will target your company as an employer of choice. Your support is critical to the success of this event and will enhance London’s ability to keep these valuable future workers.

4:30 pm: Employer Registration Commences

5:15 pm: Bobby Umar: "Authentic Networking: Own Your Leadership Path"

Bobby Umar will bring the best of his Networking Mastery program, including strategies, tactics and more. His session will be highly interactive, diving deep into skills, theory and feedback, for all participants to use with a live practice session later in the day. Topics to cover will include why networking, how to be authentic, using your personal brand, leveraging social media mastery and owning your career or leadership path. The idea is to give you the confidence and tactics you need to put into practice and ramp up your career and business growth.

6:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Networking Session

Your $25 ticket includes:

  • Insights from Keynote Bobby Umar
  • A forum to network 500 post-secondary students & 250 business colleagues
  • The opportunity to increase your company profile as a career launch pad
  • A food and beverage ticket
  • Coat and boot check

What questions to expect:

  • What roles exist in your company?
  • What skills are required to get into your company?
  • How did you start your career?
  • What was your career path?

Share your knowledge of Canada's London as a great place to launch and accelerate a career!

Although this is not a job fair, it is an opportunity to meet the best and the brightest from top educational institutions. We won’t stop you from scouting for talent - we know from prior events that businesses have recruited attendees.

Employers - How to Prepare:

Remind yourself of salient facts about your company, your industry, its key challenges and opportunities. You may wish to speak with your Human Resources department for tips to get candidates interested in applying.

Example: Key qualities and skills that your company looks for in a resume/cover letter.

You will have the opportunity to meet lots of interested and enthusiastic students, in various stages of their academic journey. Some will be shy and others will be very forthcoming!

Please try to balance your time to meet as many students as you can during the time period.

Some things to think about beforehand:

  • Prepare a few questions to ask students to increase their comfort level
  • Stock up on your business card supply!
  • Wear comfortable shoes
  • Have fun!
 
 

Registration

 
 

Sponsors

 

Sponsoring the event:

It is through the generosity of our sponsors, that we can defray costs for students, businesses and community representatives. Sponsorship packages are still available and we recognize our sponsors in all our print, web, media and event handouts.

 

Presenting

  • _London Economic Development Corporation

Platinum

  • Fanshawe College
  • Western University
  • Work Trends

Gold

  • WIL Employment

Silver

  • Fanshawe College Lawrence Kinlin School of Business
  • Trios College

Bronze

  • 3M
  • Brescia
  • College Boreal
  • Downtown London
  • HRPA
  • Huron
  • Kings
  • Knighthunter
  • Libro
  • London Employment Help Centre
  • London Health Science Center
  • MIchael Clark Construction
  • Randstad Engineering
  • StarTech.com
  • TechAlliance
  • YOU
  • ZTR

Media

  • AM980
 
 
 

How can we help?

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Robert Collins

Director, Workforce Development

519.661.4545 • 1.800.327.2428