Toronto: IN-PERSON Mentorship Taking Charge of Your Career

Date and Time

Starts:10/18/2022 5:30 PM

Ends:10/18/2022 7:30 PM

Registration Closes:10/20/2022 10:00 AM

Event Type: Mentoring


Toronto Metropolitan University 240 Jarvis Street , Ground Level The room is ILC International Li Toronto, ON



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Additional Information


A “no show/late cancellation” fee will be charged if cancellation is not provided to at least 3 business days in advance.

Registrations will not be accepted at the door.

Any required Proof of Vaccination and/or PPE safety protocols for this in-person event will be shared closer to the event date.

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This session will equip attendees, who are HR professionals, to think about and to develop their careers. It will include useful take-home exercises to help identify aspirations and achieve career goals.

  • Developing your career
  • Driving your career
  • Investing in yourself
  • Some steps you can take
  • Handy tools
  • How to take accountability for your development

This presentation will focus on how to manage and plan your career. It will touch on things like self-development, building self-awareness, marketing yourself to get to the next level, and other ideas such as the importance of networking and mentorship. 

  • It will provide an opportunity for introspection, thinking about transferable skills and other competencies necessary to move ahead.
  • A handy and easy introspection tool will be provided as a take-away for personal follow-up by audience members.
  • A future presentation that would be a natural sequel would be to delve deeper into enabling competencies such as Agile, EI, personal branding, goal-setting and moving into higher positions for career advancement.


5:30 PM Registration and Networking
6:00 PM Dinner
6:30 PM Speaker presentation
7:30 PM Event Concludes

“Learning & Giving Back!  As suggested by HRPA members and as part of our commitment to corporate social responsibility, HRPA has identified Indspire and Black Youth Helpline as recommended charities. Should you wish to support please select the $5 donation option upon checkout. Thank you!” 

Registration Difficulties or Questions? Please reach out to our Chapter Experience Coordinator, Tammy Williams

Speaker bio(s)
Bernadette De Souza, Certified Professional Coach

Bernadette is a Certified Professional Coach specializing in Executive, Career Transition and Life Coaching. She is a skilled facilitator and conducts strategic planning and team-building workshops for leaders and other professionals. She sits on the Board of Directors of two not-for-profit organizations. Skilled in career and leadership development, she is also a genuine people leader and motivator, inspiring all levels of professionals while grooming and nurturing diverse talents. With over 30 years as a senior executive and leader in the Ontario Public Service (OPS), the not-for-profit sector and international agencies, Bernadette’s career has focused on leading and implementing major transformational initiatives, with an emphasis on people impacts. She has a track record of exploring unchartered territory, building start-ups, using strategic visioning and collaboration as foundational elements of the change. She has led multiple mergers and divestments with user design and the voice of the customer being the focal strategy. In the past, Bernadette was an international diplomat, working in liaison, program management and disbursement roles at the United Nations New York, the U.N. (FAO) in Rome, Italy, the World Bank in Washington D.C., and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Bernadette majored in Biochemistry, and her graduate studies focused on Business, International Relations and Organizational Management at George Washington and Georgetown Universities in Washington D.C. She is an alumnus of the Disney School of Service, Harvard Business School Executive Program, and is a graduate of the Ivey School of Business Leadership Enrichment and Advancement Program. Strongly committed to personal growth and learning, Bernadette constantly seeks ways to expand her knowledge and skills through mentorship and self-study. She has traveled extensively (100+ countries), learning about cultures, history, art and music. Her entire family is musical, having a family band that performs for special events and for seniors and other disadvantaged groups. They live just outside Toronto and enjoy traveling, sports and volunteering in the community.