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Purpose-Driven: Discover Careers in AI

April 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

About Purpose-Driven

UBC Purpose-Driven is a networking series and career building experience organized by the UBC Career Centre, in partnership with Alumni UBC.

The series is designed to provide students from all faculties with an opportunity to engage their values, purposes and see where and how career collides with making the world a better place. This series will foster curiosities, test assumptions, and showcase alumni and industry professionals who are problem-solving global issues or facing global challenges. It is focused on creating value for all participants by bringing together faculty, alumni, students, and employers to share related research, current trends, events, challenges, opportunities, and more.

Discover Careers in AI

On April 3rd, 2024, the UBC Career Centre and Alumni UBC are hosting “Purpose-Driven: Discover Careers in AI (Artificial Intelligence),” a career exploration event that is designed to provide students and new grads an opportunity to learn about the breadth of career options in AI, create network connections, and hear from experts from a variety of academic backgrounds and career stages. This event will showcase how AI can make the world a better place.

The event format will consist of a keynote talk, followed by a moderated panel discussion, and closing with career conversations that involve alumni, industry professionals, and students. 


5:30pm: Doors open

6:00pm – 6:15pm: Keynote Speaker

6:15pm – 6:45pm: Panel discussion

6:45pm – 7:00pm: Panel Q&A

7:00pm – 7:45pm: Career conversations with Industry Professionals (Networking with Alumni Industry Professionals)

Light refreshments available throughout the event.


Keynote Speaker: Dr. Anita Ho – Ethics in AI expert / Bioethics / Healthcare


– Joy Case: Founder of AIforAll.Live – UBC Alumni, MEd

– Saloni Mulani: Recruiter at Borealis AI (RBC Institute of Research) – UBC Alumni, BArts

– Steven Tam: Partner at INQ Law – UBC Alumni Law/BCom

– James Zhan: COO and Co-Founder of CoPilot AI – UBC Alumni, BSc, Computer Software Engineering

Alumni Volunteers – AI Alumni Industry Professionals joining the event:

– Morgan Davidson, Account Manager, Nvidia – UBC Alumni, BEcon

– Jatin Rajvanshi, Product Manager, Boeing – UBC Alumni, MBA

– Daniel Friedriks, Lawyer, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP – UBC Alumni, BSc, Cognitive Systems and Minor in Law

– Alex Chan, Senior Solution Specialist, Data and AI (Azure), Microsoft – UBC Alumni, BArts

– Jesse Chen, CEO Co-Founder, Copilot AI – UBC Alumni, BSc, Computer Science

– Paul Save, Founder, Cascade Data Science Institute – UBC Alumni, BCom and MASc, Civil

– Alexander Lurye, Senior Software Engineering Consultant, Self-Employed – UBC Alumni, MBA

– Hanna Dandanell, Director of Revenue Operations, CoPilot AI – UBC Alumni, BArts, Political Science and International Relations

– Terralynn Forsyth, Co-Founder & CPO, FutureFit AI – UBC Alumni, BArts

– David Johnson, Head of AI and Data Interpretation, Ontopical – UBC Alumni, MSc, Computer Science

– Edison Yang, Senior Software Engineer, Trnd.io – UBC Alumni, BSc

– Eric Laycock, Chief AI Officer, Amazing Brains – BA, Cognitive Systems

– Frederic Ren, Machine Learning Engineer, Inverter AI – UBC Alumni, BSc

– Hatef Khadivinassab, Head of Control Engineering, Sanctuary AI – UBC Alumni, Phd

– Doug MacKenzie, Analytics Engineer (AI Research), DialPad – UBC Alumni, BSc, Cognitive Systems

– Ian Horseman, Content Creator, Builder of Things – UBC Alumni, MEng, Electrical

– Camisha Kuang, Head of People & Culture, CoPilot AI – UBC Alumni, BArts, Psychology

– Nader Fallah, Associate Director, Praxis Artificial Intelligence – UBC Alumni, Post-doc, Cognitive Neuroscience

For more information about the event or you would like to register as a student or alumni please go to CareersOnline (if you are unable to register through CareersOnline please send an e-mail to recruit.talent@ubc.ca asking to register to this event with your full name and e-mail).

If you would like to be an Alumni Volunteer, please contact the UBC Career Centre.