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Thursday, January 21, 2021 — 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM EST

Waterloo Engineering students and alumni are invited to participate in an exclusive virtual Office Hour sponsored by Ten Thousand Coffees and RBC Future Launch: "Will Mentorship Get me a Job?".

Join RBC Olympian and Professional Athlete, Sam Effah, and RBC’s Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer, Mary DePaoli, as they share industry tips for landing a job at a top brand like RBC and how to stand out in a pile of resumes. Learn directly from Sam and Mary as they give inside tips and advice on finding a mentor and job in 2021, and learn the importance of mentorship in this critical time. Don’t miss this intimate conversation hosted by Ten Thousand Coffees for Mentoring Month 2021. Please bring your questions! 

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.

Photo of Mary DePaoli Mary DePaoli
Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer


Mary DePaoli is Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer at RBC. She is responsible for building RBC’s brand and reputation globally across RBC’s retail banking, insurance and wealth businesses through an integrated approach to brand, marketing, corporate citizenship, ESG, sponsorship, social media, and corporate communications. In addition, Mary serves as Chair of the Board responsible for overseeing the RBC Foundation, one of Canada’s largest corporate donors.

Prior to joining RBC, Mary held a series of increasingly senior roles at Sun Life Financial and TD/Canada Trust. She spent 15 years in the retail and institutional investment sectors, and led Sun Life’s business segment focusing on group retirement and investment solutions for corporate plan sponsors. In 2007, she was named Senior Vice President of Corporate Brand and Marketing, with responsibility for leading the company’s marketing strategies in Canada, the United States and Asia. In 2011, Mary was promoted to Executive Vice President, Public and Corporate Affairs and Chief Marketing Officer.

In 2012, she was named Marketer of the Year by Strategy magazine, and in 2013, she was distinguished as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network. Mary was also named one of Canada’s top 40 under 40 recipients. In addition to her role as Chair, RBC Foundation, Mary serves on the board of Women in Sports and Entertainment (WISE) and the Western Fundraising and Donor Relations Committee.

Photo of Sam EffahSam Effah
RBC Olympian and Professional Athlete


As a native Albertan, Sam Effah has speed. He’s represented Canada at 3 World Championships, 3 World University Games and most recently – the 2018 Commonwealth Games. As a 2-time Canadian Champion in the 100m, Sam has an innate enthusiasm for sport, marketing, and the Olympic movement. But it doesn’t stop there.

In 2019 he was cast on The Amazing Race Canada Season 7, where he inspired audiences with stories of injury, resilience and the hunger to be Canada’s fastest once again. Being selected for Canada’s #1 watched reality TV show – and placing second – is a testament to his marketability, strong storytelling talents and drive to win some of the shows toughest challenges.

On the corporate side, Sam has a passion for marketing, loves to speak and is driven when it comes to sponsorship and community development projects. At RBC, Sam works at head office in Brand Marketing, managing 18 Olympic athletes across the country. He’s also worked behind the scenes on sponsorship campaigns like The World Junior Hockey Championships, The Winter Olympics, WEDay and RBC Training Ground. As a 2020 Olympic hopeful while working in corporate – and excelling, Sam provides a unique perspective unseen in today’s industries. 

Free, however, registration is requested as space is limited
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