Office Hour: "Should I Start a Business or Get a Job?"

Thursday, July 15, 2021 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm EDT

Waterloo Engineering students and alumni are invited to participate in an exclusive virtual Office Hour "Should I Start a Business or Get a Job?" sponsored by Ten Thousand Coffees.

Let the great debate begin! On July 15th, join us for our most controversial Office Hour yet: deciding if you should stake out and create your own venture or accept that job offer. If you’re still navigating your next steps as a fresh graduate or if you've ever thought about starting your own business but didn’t know if it was the right move, this is the event for you!

Dave Wilkin (BSc 2011), an entrepreneur and CEO of Ten Thousand Coffees, will host three esteemed guests: an entrepreneur, a venture capitalist, and an early career leader for their take on a question they’ve often had to answer: Should I Start a Business or Get a Job? RSVP to receive the Cisco Webex link to join. Bring your questions and get ready for a fun panel discussion!

Join the Waterloo Engineering Hub (powered by Ten Thousand Coffees) to gain access to this Office Hour. If you are already a member of the Waterloo Engineering Hub, please sign in to RSVP.

Panel Speakers:
Trang Trinh

Trang Trinh is the Founding Director & CEO of TREC Brands, a recreational cannabis brand house that developed and manages WINK, Blissed, and Thumbs Up brands. Trang obtained her Chartered Accountant designation at PricewaterhouseCoopers and expanded out into industry at Loblaw Companies and Joe Fresh. Trang also worked at Deloitte Canada’s Women Initiative Network national chair working to recruit, develop and retain top talent women at the firm.

Trang is a champion for diversity and inclusion. She is a mentor to many and continues to pursue her mission of equality and values-based foundation at TREC Brands, a company who believes that values drive profits, not the other way around. TREC Brands won Employer of the Year at the Canadian Cannabis Awards in 2019.

Isabel Hazan
Isabel works as an investment analyst at Leaders Fund, a venture capital firm based in Toronto investing in early stage technology companies across North America and Israel. Before joining Leaders Fund, she worked at iGan Partners, a healthcare-focused venture capital firm, and at an early stage startup in Singapore as one of 15 students selected for the Cansbridge Fellowship.

Isabel earned the Schulich Leaders Scholarship to complete her degree in Applied Mathematics and Mechanical Engineering at Queen's University (Class of 2020), where she managed a student-run coffee shop alongside her studies. 

Brien Convery
Brien is the voice and advocate of diversity, inclusion, and belonging as the National Director, Early Talent Communities and Inclusive Recruitment at RBC, engineering people-centric recruitment strategies and plans focused on the attraction and engagement of early talent and inclusive recruitment.

Brien is a multi-award winning student experience maker, published thought leader, speaker and podcaster and has been featured in several magazines and conferences in North America.