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physCAP Career Events

The physCAP Career Events are designed to give 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 2nd, 3rd and 4th year students in Physics Majors, Specialist and Joint Specialist programs.

physCAP Career Event
Physics Careers Outside Academia

Hear from a panel of physics alumni who used their physics degrees in ways you may never have thought of!


2024 Alumni Panelists:

sheri Crawford

Sheri Crawford

Director, Data Governance, Scotiabank

BSc (1988), Physics, Biology, Psychology, University of Toronto

MBA (1997), University of Toronto

Sheri Crawford has over 30 years’ experience in the varied fields of Data and Platform management, Financial Services Software and HR. She currently leads a team of professionals who are responsible for the IT-adjacent activities providing governance of Retail Credit Risk data for Scotiabank.

Christopher Main

Christopher Main

Articling Student, OSSTF

BSc (2019) – Physics and Mathematics (Specialist), University of Toronto

MSc (2020) – Mathematics, University of Toronto

JD (2023) – University of Toronto

Chris Main is an articling student at the Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation. In this role he works with the OSSTF's member protection department. His day-to-day work involves supporting the OSSTF's membership by doing legal research, working on grievance arbitrations and preparing responses to the Ontario College of Teachers.

Prior to beginning his legal career, Chris studied math and physics at the University of Toronto. The problem-solving skills he gained in the degree have proved to be invaluable throughout his legal education and career.

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Jane Dong

Hybrid Cloud Digital Enablement Lead and IBM Quantum Ambassador, IBM

BSc (2015), Physics (Specialist) University of Toronto

MMI Master of Management of Innovation (2016), University of Toronto

Jane Dong is an IBM Quantum Ambassador and Digital Enablement Leader for Hybrid Cloud Services. Jane graduated from the University of Toronto specializing in Physics and Mathematics with high distinction. She has solutioned and delivered enterprise level digital solutions for clients across North America and the Caribbean.

Outside of her Quantum Ambassador role, Jane and her team focus on creating digital, emerging tech and hybrid cloud solutions consulting works the following streams: Solution Envisioning, Proof-of-concept Development, Production Ready Pilot development services for clients in Energy Utilities, Retail, Engineering & Construction, FSS and Public Sectors.


Isaac Nikolai Fox

Copywriter and Creative Director, HIMSS

HBSc (2019) – Physics & International Studies

Isaac is an award-winning copywriter and creative director. To put it in his words: “Turn me loose in a Google Doc and I'll bring wild ideas to life.”

Isaac was involved in the PhySU as a community member and spent quite a lot of his time at the lounge on second floor during his undergraduate years at U of T. Things took a left turn after and he ended up in advertising. Isaac’s creative work has been covered in Adweek, won Gold Honors at the Shorty Awards, and picked up Transform Awards for Best Use of Copy + Tone of Voice.

Isaac is currently a Creative Director for Copy at HIMSS, a global health tech society. He builds and executes new content pillars (like case stories), manages freelance creators, and oversees voice + brand strategy across all their channels.

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

Photos of Speakers from the years 2016-2023

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