From a serial entrepreneur who made his first million at 22, to the manager of a newly-opened 55,000 square-foot food emporium in the heart of downtown Toronto, lawyers working in real estate, labour, corporate, and foreign investment law, to an actor, clinical psychologist, and more. Grade 11 students at St. Michael’s College School (SMCS) heard from an eclectic mix of professionals bringing with them an array of backgrounds and experiences during Career Day 2020.
In all, 15 presenters shared their personal journeys, career paths, and provided plenty of food for thought to more than 190 Grade 11 students. Many of the invited guests, which included nine SMCS alumni and five women, participated in their first Career Day experience at SMCS.
Here are some of their reflections:
RONEN BENIN - Founder and CEO, Avail, Healthcare, Mental Health
“Our youth are our future. It was important for me to inspire our next generation of leaders to follow their own path and not worry about what anybody else says or thinks.
I remember pressure. Pressure to do well in school, in sports, and in my side endeavours. As soon as I put the worst-case scenario in perspective, however, everything became easier to manage.
As long as you’re doing things to make the world around you better (aka ‘having impact’), everything else will fall into place.”
DEBBIE SALZBERGER - Lawyer/Partner, McCarthy Tetrault LLP
“I think it’s important to give students a sense of the breadth of opportunities available to them, to explain that there is no singular path, and there is no one definition of success.
Consistent with the themes discussed today, I remember being inspired by opportunities to have an impact, make a difference, and contribute positively to improving the community.”
MICHAEL GRITTI ’10 - Doctor, The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids)
“St. Michael’s started me on the trajectory that led me to where I am today in both medicine and life. Giving back is the least I could do.
I remember taking home the feeling that a St. Michael’s grad could do anything. Ten years later, I’m only more confident about that fact.
Dream bigger than the guy sitting beside you. Have confidence in yourself because, believe it or not, you already have all the tools to take you anywhere you could go.”