LaunchYU Speaker Series: Converting Curiosity into Consumption @ Second Student Centre, York University
Feb 28 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

LaunchYU has partnered with York University's Divison of Advancement to bring you the LaunchYU Speaker Series; a series featuring 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.

The session on February, 28 will feature guest speaker Jay Klein (BA '02), CEO of The PUR Company.

Registration is required for this event:

Jay Klein

CEO, The PUR Company

Jay Klein is a born entrepreneur who lives by a philosophy that with hard work and perseverance, everything is possible. Among Jay’s passions are marketing, entrepreneurship, and business - which he uses to inspire those around him daily. Jay’s vision was to develop a chewing gum free from chemical sweeteners, and safe for individuals with any allergies or dietary sensitivities. Having made this vision a reality with PUR Gum, he is on a mission to motivate and educate people around the world while providing them with great-tasting, high quality products.

The PUR Company launched in 2010 with PUR Gum after leading a team of professionals at Drivertise International, the first company Jay started in 2001. After he succeeded in selling his first pack of gum, he challenged himself to transition his small accomplishment into a full-fledged business, which has now become the #1 selling aspartame-free brand worldwide. Having expanded its product line with Mints and Popcorn, The PUR Company is a global leader in the continuously growing health food and better-for-you industry.

Jay was recently named on 2018’s list of Canada’s Top 40 Under 40. The PUR Company has been recognized as one of Canada’s Best Managed Companies as well as Canada’s Most Admired Corporate Cultures. PUR was also ranked top 10 on Profit 500’s list of Canada’s Fastest Growing Companies and #1 in Manufacturing.

Jay’s optimistic creativity was developed at a young age, selling candy out of his backpack in the 6th grade. He moved from Florida to Toronto in 1998 to attend York University. He graduated in 2002 with a double major in Political Science and Communication with honors. Klein was the recipient of the 2014 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of The Year, Emerging Entrepreneur Award. Jay is a member of Young Presidents’ Organization (YPO) and in addition to his professional achievements, sits on the Board of several charitable organizations that support the youth and Jewish community.

The York Circle Lecture and Lunch Series - Mar.2, 2018 @ Life Sciences Building, Keele Campus, York University
Mar 2 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

The York Circle Lecture and Lunch Series is held four times a year and is open to our community of alumni and friends. Hear from four of York's leading faculty members on a wide range of interesting topics that speak to some of the key themes that define York University.

Complimentary coffee, light snacks and lunch will be provided.

To RSVP for the March 2 lecture series or for more information visit:

Stay tuned for more information on the upcoming lecture or to sign up to become a Member of The York Circle to keep up-to-date on future events.

York U Scholars Hub at Markham Public Library Speakers Series @ Markham Village Library
Mar 14 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Markham Public Library and York University invite you to the Scholars Hub Speaker Series. The partnership brings some of York’s top academic minds to York Region.

The winter 2018 series, titled "School of Thought," features talks by academics and researchers from the faculties of Health, Science, LA&PS, Osgoode and Schulich.

Space for each talk is limited. Refreshments are provided.

Mar. 14, 2019 | If An International Law Breaks In The Forest, Does Anyone Hear It? Good Thing Professors Are Listening
Steven Hoffman (Professor, Osgoode; Director, Global Strategy Lab)

How do you hold countries accountable when they break international law? As the world gets smaller, we are increasingly counting on international law to help solve global challenges like human rights, disease, and climate change. Global governance institutions like the United Nations have limited ability to enforce laws. Though there are few international legal scholars working in any given area, the role of monitoring and enforcing international laws largely falls to them. Professor Steven Hoffman is a lawyer in the area of global health, and recent events including the Ebola crisis and cannabis legalization have demonstrated the challenges facing international law, and the importance of institutions that help to defend it.

This unique partnership is part of York University’s goals for community engagement and reputation-building, with a unique collaboration that invites alumni, students and their families, and the public to engage in meaningful talks and discussions.

@ Second Student Centre
Mar 16 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm








York U Indigenous Alumni Network

The Alumni Engagement Team and Centre for Aboriginal Student Services would like to invite our alumni to a networking and brainstorming breakfast on Saturday, March 16, 2019.  As York University builds our capacities in both Indigenous Studies and in supporting Indigenous students, we need you, our alumni to help. If you would like to share your ideas and/or contribute to a discussion on Indigenous student and alumni success, please contact Randy Pitawanakwat at the Centre for Aboriginal Student Services (CASS) at (416)736-2100 x 22607, York Lanes, Room 246, or at