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Life After York

Updated: May 10, 2023

By Trina McQueen, Director, Curriculum Development & Sector Relations


At the Life After York gathering this fall, artist Jinny Yu was asked what she most valued about her time in the MBA program. "It taught me how to shake hands," she said.

Life After York Speakers (on screen, left to righ): Jinny Yu, Karan Al Masri (at table, left to right): Kadija de Paula, Awani KulKarni
Life After York Speakers (on screen, left to right): Jinny Yu, Karam Al Masri (at the table, left to right): Kadija de Paula, Awani Kulkarni

Seeing the raised eyebrows around the table, she explained that the proper greeting (medium firmness, not too long) was just a small example of the professionalism that Schulich taught her—professionalism that was highly useful in her career. Her art is based on an inquiry into the meaning of painting as a way to understand the world "Artists aren't always or exactly 'normal people' " she said. "Schulich gave me a chance to learn how to interact with different ways of thinking and working." That interaction led her to Artist in Residence programs in Dawson City, New York, Seoul, and Banff, and she is now a Professor of Visual Arts at the University of Ottawa.


Life After York is an annual event in the Arts, Media, and Entertainment program, where current students have a chance to meet and talk with program graduates about the worlds they are about to enter. This year, the four graduates (including Jenny Yu) represented a wide range of careers: Awani Kulkarni, Development Executive, Kids and Family at Shaftesbury Productions;

Karam Al Masri, program consultant, Ontario creates and Kadija de Paula, just back in Toronto, at the Toronto Arts Council, after working in South America, Europe, and Asia.


This global group was asked how the sector was working to establish diversity in their workplaces. The answer: there have been advances, but more work needs to be done.



Life After York 2023 (left side of table left to right) Kadija de Paula, Awani KulKarni, Nikolaos Markakis, John Drinkwater, Sophia Katzell (right side of table left to right) Trina McQueen, Hillary Kaplan, Jordan De Biasi, Majd Khnouf
Life After York 2023 (left side of table left to right) Kadija de Paula, Awani Kulkarni, Nikolaos Markakis, John Drinkwater, Sophia Katzell (right side of table left to right) Trina McQueen, Hillary Kaplan, Jordan De Biasi, Majd Khnouf

Thank you to our Life after York alumni guest speakers who shared their experiences and wisdom with current AM&E students on December 7, 2022.












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