Plan Workshops

Workshops that will help you develop the tools you need to succeed in the professional world


Emily Nichols

Join Emily Nichols as she leads a workshop on how to create a professional LinkedIn page that will highlight your strengths and bring out the best in you for the networking world

Written Applications

Catherine Dang

Catherine Dang will be heading a workshop to develop your professional writing skills and help write well-structured cover letters and application packages to help you succeed in your job search

Path Workshops

Workshops to help you explore potential paths after your undergraduate degree and how to make the most out of your education


Mike Thomson

Mike is a registered professional engineer in Ontario with twelve years of experience, including project management, project development, technical direction and client relations. His primary technical area of expertise is process engineering, focused on industrial wastewater management applications. His experience is focused mainly on large integrated industrial facilities, such as integrated steel mills, lead smelters, pulp and paper plants, food processing facilities primarily beef and dairy, as well as pharmaceutical and vaccine production campuses. Mike regularly works at the request of legal counsel on highly confidential projects.

He is an active volunteer as a wastewater practitioner in the Water Environment Association of Ontario (WEAO). He is a current member, and past chair, of WEAO’s Wastewater Treatment & Technology Committee. Mike was actively involved in the Engineering Society as a student and is a former Social Coordinator of ENGSOC. He is also a former president of the Engineering Alumni Association.


Geoff Beamish

Geoff Beamish works as a Machine Learning Engineer for The Home Depot. He graduated with a degree in Biological Engineering from the University of Guelph in 2017. During his degree, Geoff completed a research internship at the Bioproducts Discovery and Development Centre (BDDC). Upon graduation Geoff bounced around a few industries, gaining experience in automation consulting and tech startups. In his current role, Geoff uses skills learned in his BEng along with software fundamentals to extract insights from data.


At PDC, Geoff will introduce the field of Data Science and explain how he applies engineering fundamentals to tackle problems with Big Data.

Graduate Student

Maisyn Picard

Maisyn Picard is a recent MASc graduate from the University of Guelph. Maisyn also completed her undergraduate degree at Guelph in Biomedical engineering as a mature student. She now combines research fundamentals and engineering principles in her role as materials Engineer-in-Training in her current work place. Maisyn will be presenting on the key experiences learned through her journey as a masters student. The teaching experience and knowledge gained from her masters has landed her recognition at international conferences. Maisyn absolutely enjoyed her experience in post-graduate studies and would love to discuss the pros and cons of such studies.


Devon Dookram

Devon Dookram is a Business Consultant who began the journey of entrepreneurship in 2015 after graduating with a B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Guelph. Focusing on the building envelope sector, Devon assists window and door manufacturing companies by increasing throughput and innovating their offerings to find the next best product-market fit. 


At PDC, Devon will discuss the type of mindset that is critical to succeed in both business and personal life, the Golden Triangle, and why investing in yourself has the best return!

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