Entrepreneurial Alumni Speaker Series- Disruption & Pivots: Shape your Career Despite Uncertainty

March 23, 2021 @ 12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

In this 3 part series, our speakers will dive deep into their experiences as an entrepreneur, exploring their success, failure and lessons.

About this Series:
YSpace has partnered with York University's Alumni Engagement to bring you an at home edition of this series which features top York University alumni entrepreneurs. Each part of the series will aim to capture the real stories, challenges, successes and failures that they have encountered in their journeys.

These talks are meant to INSPIRE, MOTIVATE, and EDUCATE the audience on the realities of launching a startup in today’s world.

About this Talk:

The landscape of our world has changed drastically. From recessions and a pandemic, to industry disruptions and technological advancements; plotting a course to achieve your career goals has become increasingly complex. Learning to target a career destination without committing to an exact pathway may be the most important skill you can have. Come learn about the difficulties and lessons Jonathon learned while structuring his digital startup and his advice on working/founding businesses with friends. Plus learn how he addressed industry disruptions and the rapid speed at which technology is changing, and discover how to maintain a career dream that can pivot at any moment.


Jonathon Corbiere, CEO & Co-Founder, Thought Café, Co-Founder, COO (Futuretalk inc.)

Jonathon is a award winning writer and director focussing on factual content, cause based storytelling and education disruption. He is the Creative Director/Co-Founder of Thought Café an award winning animation, design and VFX studio, and Futuretalk: a mixed reality and tech focussed immersive studio. He is educated in graphic design, communication, film and visual effects and has over 11 years of managing creatives in a studio environment. . He is currently a Visiting Art Scholar at MIT and has taught Masters students in the Digital Media graduate program at UBC/Emily Carr. Through serving in the Canadian Forces as well as founding various start-ups Jonathon is a natural leader. During his early years of freelance work in the film, television and advertising industry, Jonathon realized that communicators have an inherent responsibility to spread important and relevant knowledge with their mediums. He co-founded Thought Café on the simple idea that he could help pave space in the industry for like-minded creatives, who too wished to work on socially relevant projects. Jonathon and Futuretalk are currently developing a synchronous immersive learning tool in light of the global need for distance learning.