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physCAP Career Event 2019

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The physCAP Career Event is designed to give 3rd and 4th year students a sense of what opportunities exist for students with the analytical and quantitative skills that are developed during an undergraduate physics degree program. Open to students in Physics Majors, Specialist and Joint Specialist programs.

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2019 Speaker Bios:

Jenna McKenzie is co-founder and Principal Geophysicist of Ronacher McKenzie Geoscience Inc. She is passionate about mineral exploration and has extensive field, processing, inversion and interpretation experience with ground, borehole and airborne geophysical methods in early exploration and advanced mining scenarios. Her consulting experience includes multiple commodities including diamonds, gold, potash, lithium and cobalt, and deposit types such as porphyry copper, volcanogenic massive sulfide (VMS) and sedimentary exhalative (Sedex). Jenna is a member of the Association of Professional Geoscientists of Ontario (APGO) and the Society of Exploration Geophysicists (SEG). In addition, she currently serves on the executive of the Canadian Exploration Geophysical Society (KEGS) and sits on the board of the Decennial Mineral Exploration Conferences (DMEC). Jenna is also a founding member of Women Geoscientists Canada, an organization that promotes gender balance in the geosciences.
Julius Lindsay is the Project Manager, Climate Change and Sustainable Development at the Town of Richmond Hill. He is currently leading the Town’s community energy, and climate change adaptation and mitigation work.  Prior to joining Richmond Hill, he worked with the City of Mississauga leading their climate change and community energy work. Julius has a H.B.Sc in physics and math from the University of Toronto.
Anthony Moots graduated from in Computer Science and Physics and completed his MBA at Rotman after gaining work experience for a few years.  Upon completing his undergraduate degree, Anthony started a software company which provides operations management software to residential construction companies.  He also worked for one of Canada's largest insurers for three years, conducting IT audits and in risk management. He has always enjoyed teaching which has been part of his life through tutoring in high school, during undergrad, and beyond.  In addition to his work at his software company, Anthony is a Professor at George Brown College in the Construction Management Program.
Peter Copeland graduated with a B.Sc. (Hons) in physics in 1992. He subsequently completed a U of T Law degree in 1995 and was admitted to the bar in 1998. He maintains a trial and appellate practice in criminal law and related matters, regularly appearing before every level of court in Ontario. He handles all types of criminal cases, from common assault and drinking and driving to homicide matters. He has a particular interest in cases involving complex legal issues or expert scientific or technical evidence in areas including accident reconstruction, medical causation, and computer forensics. He has lectured and presented papers at continuing legal education programs and conferences held by various organizations including the Criminal Lawyers’ Association, Osgoode Professional Development, the Advocates’ Society, the Law Society of Upper Canada and the Ontario Bar Association.

 When asked what they learned/gained from the career event, participants said....

  • Gained more confidence about their degree 
  • Learned how to start a job in finance field, how physics can be applied, what kind/level of job to look for
  • Learned about possible career paths in physics and how to apply for them 
  • Learned that an education in physics gives you many skills and attributes that are coveted by people in many fields
  • Learned how diverse a career a physicist can have and how unbounded the options are