KI Seminar: KI Alumni Panel 2024

Friday, February 2, 2024 2:30 pm - 3:50 pm EST (GMT -05:00)

Life after KI

Ever wonder what life will be like after you graduate? So did we. Ask us anything about transitioning out of your undergraduate degree.

The panel includes BKI alumni working in multiple disciplines and completing post-graduate study.

John, Patrick, Erin and Karissa's headshots

Joan Ang (She/They), BKI '12: Energy & Carbon Management
Joan Ang (BASc, BKI, 2012), completed concurrent undergraduate degrees in Knowledge Integration and Systems Design Engineering with a French minor. They completed co-op terms in the software and building construction/facilities management industries at a mix of public sector and private sector organizations. After graduation, Joan worked as a user experience designer at a tech start up for a couple years and tried out grad school before shifting into energy management. As Energy & Carbon Manager at Western University, she now works to decarbonize Western's campus and operations. Outside of work, Joan reads 300+ books a year, is learning American Sign Language and is completing a spinning certificate with the Ontario Handweavers and Spinners.

Patrick Famaran (He/Him), BKI '16: Tech Partnerships 
As Senior Manager, Tech Partnerships – Patrick develops and curates partnerships and sponsorships for Tech@RBC. Specifically, Patrick works with a network of academic, tech ecosystem, and community partners to accelerate Tech@RBC’s strategic ambitions – including talent, brand, thought leadership, and tech employee engagement. 
Previously, Patrick led social impact programs and national charitable relationships for RBC Future Launch & RBC Foundation as Manager, Social Impact for RBC Corporate Citizenship. Patrick started his career in the RBC Amplify Program, building a tech solution designed to improve the digital presence of young people. Prior to joining RBC, Patrick completed a Masters of Environment and Sustainability from Western University and a Bachelors of Knowledge Integration (Collaborative Design Specialization) from the University of Waterloo – where he managed a fully volunteer run, non-profit coffee shop.

Erin Jamieson (She/Her), BKI '17: Law
Erin received her BKI in 2017 (part of the Berlin II cohort) and her JD from Queen's University in 2020. She articled at the Kitchener Crown Attorney's office, and began working there as a lawyer in April 2021 after her call to the bar. In Erin’s 3 years as a lawyer she has prosecuted a variety of offences including impaired driving, domestic violence related offences, sexual assault, aggravated assault, drug trafficking and illegal firearm possession. Erin is recently working on a team that deals primarily with youth accused people, as well as people whose mental health has a nexus with their offending behaviour.

Karissa Manning (She/Her), BKI '19: User Experience Design
Karissa Manning completed two Joint majors in Knowledge Integration and Psychology with a Fine Arts Studio Minor and the Collaborative Design Specialization during her time at Waterloo. After graduating from KI in 2019, Karissa went on to complete a Master of Digital Experience Innovation (MDEI) at Waterloo. In parallel, Karissa worked at Mindful Makers as an Instructor to provide educational services to allow children to develop hands-on maker skills. After developing her digital strategy and content creator skills there, Karissa worked as a user experience designer, first for Sonova and now for Kognitiv Corporation. In her current role, Karissa utilizes her design thinking and collaborative skills from KI to help her clients build deeper customer relationships using Kognitiv’s AI-powered technology.

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