SAVE THE DATE: Announcing the Fall 2017 Tech Week!

Due to the incredible support and the overwhelming feedback we received on our Winter 2017 Tech Week, we are extremely happy to announce that the next Tech Week will take place in the Fall Semester of 2017.

Save the date for the Fall 2017 Tech Week which will take place on October 2,3,4 at Humber College Lakeshore Campus. 

Workshop details and ticket information coming soon! Make sure to subscribe to our newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates.

VEB 2017/2018

Hanadi Alnawab

I am very pleased to share that we received for the third consecutive year, a grant from Ontario Centres of Excellence. The grant will provide funding for five e-business solutions with industry partners, to be completed by end of March 2018.

Our team of talented Humber students can provide the following:

  • Website development (WordPress or Shopify)
  • Graphic design and branding
  • Photography & videography for the website
  • Blog and Social Media setup and integration
  • A user manual and one-on-one training session on how to update and maintain the website

Eligible business partners must be registered in Ontario, and are required to make a minimum cash contribution of $500, which may be used to cover various project expenses such as but not limited to: website hosting cost during the development period, cost of purchasing stock images and stock video if/as needed for the website, cost of purchasing a premium theme for the…

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DBM Students Attend Digifest 2017

Hanadi Alnawab

This blog post is written by Tremaine Gordon on behalf of the group of students who attended Digifest.


Work. Learn. Play.  the theme that set the tone at this year’s DIGIFEST in 2017. It was also your daily itinerary. Your morning started off with Coffee and announcements, and then straight to work.  The Keynotes began almost immediately, and the audience started preparing questions. At each break you would get the chance to try out some tech hardware.  The Corus Quay Urban Tavern building itself had a mix of offices, innovative design, and even a slide. Each speaker gave a creative and informative presentation about something innovative happening somewhere around the world. We really enjoyed Cory Timpson’s talk about digital Storytelling at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

The breaks gave everyone a chance to speak to people, and learn about some of the  creative displays…

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Workshop: Video Editing on Filmora

We are happy to announce that a fourth year student from our DBM program, Lauren Ashmore will be hosting a hands-on video editing workshop this coming May! See below for more information, and don’t forget to register as there is limited seating!

What: Learn video editing on Filmora software

When: Monday, May 1st, 2017 @ 7-9 PM

Where: Humber College Lakeshore Campus

Workshop Leader: Lauren Ashmore

Registration Fee: $30

BYOC: Bring your own laptop (Mac or PC) and download Filmora


If you’re looking to learn any of the following, then this workshop is for you!

  • Edit your own video content for YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, Facebook?
  • Work as a social media marketer or web content creator?
  • Jump-start a video editing career?
  • Gain a competitive edge in today’s media landscape?
  • Strengthen your storytelling skills?
  • Be the family hero and edit your family memories together?
  • Try something fun?

Reserve your spot ASAP!

Entrepreneurship 100: Conversations

I recently attended a series of panel events held by the Impact Centre at the University of Toronto. The two panels I attended included successful individuals discussing both social entrepreneurship and freelancing.

As a student who has recently faced the dreaded voyage of finding a summer internship, I have also been actively thinking about what career path I would like to go down—whether that be a web developer, marketing strategist, sports marketing specialist, or a business owner (you can see why I might be stressed out). The questions in my head: Should I do freelancing? What if I don’t make any money? Should I start my own business? Do I have the resources and time to do that? Needless to say, I was rather lost and consumed by my own doubtful thoughts.

Which leads me to attending the Entrepreneurship 100: Conversations panel series at UofT. The industry leaders that attended were exceptional speakers. They provided in-depth knowledge not only about the industry, but their personal experiences and journeys. Being in the Digital Business Management program, I’d say it was a rather happy coincidence that the first panel included Heather Payne, the founder of Ladies Learning Code and HackerYou. The cherry on top: the second panel included Marg Reffell, a successful freelance web developer whose business is booming.

I was given the chance to speak to these ladies during the networking portion of the event. I was able to ask relevant questions regarding my career path and how to cope with such stresses. It is without a doubt, that I can say I learned a lot from all the panellists. While I still may not know what career path I want to choose, I feel confident in knowing that if I decide to be an entrepreneur, I don’t have to be scared of failure. I believe the greatest takeaway from Entrepreneurship 100, is that no business founder begins knowing how to do everything. Legality, finance, accounting, and all other technical knowledge is acquired throughout the process of running a business, not before. That’s not to say you shouldn’t do your research beforehand, but it means that you don’t have to be scared of the unknown. In the end, it seems that if you put in your maximum amount of effort, along with some help from supportive friends and family (or sometimes investors), and a bit of luck, anyone could be a successful entrepreneur.

A huge thank you to Taylor Wilkes and Charles Plant at the Impact Centre for making this happen!

TechWeek 2017: THANK YOU for making it a success!

We are excited to announce that TechWeek 2017 was a complete success! The conference brought together members of the community including Humber students, small business owners and local artists, who all share the same passion for digital business. Together we learned new tech skills, met new people and contributed to each other’s learning experiences.

We would like to thank our program coordinator, Hanadi Alnawab for the continuous support and encouragement, the grads for coming back to Humber to share their amazing experiences, and the wonderful team of Shopify experts who shared their knowledge with us.

Most of all, we’d like to say a huge thank you to every TechWeek 2017 attendee for making this event a huge success. We’re happy that we received such amazing feedback and look forward to hosting more workshops!

Day 1: Facebook Ads Hands-on Workshop

Download slides or read more here.

Delivered by Martin Perez, Digital Business Management Grad.

Day 2: Mail Chimp Hands-on Workshop

Download slides.

Delivered by Irina Gorea and Kiran Bajwa, Executive Members of the DBSA team.

Day 3: Shopify Hands-on Workshop

Delivered by a team of Shopify gurus.

Day 4: Grad Panel and Networking Event



Thank you and stay tuned for more events!


DBSA Hosts TechWeek 2017!

Mark your calendars! Join DBSA’s Tech Week for a series of hands-on workshops and a grad panel during the week of Jan 23, 2017

Day 1: Facebook Ads: Hands-On Workshop (delivered by: Martin Perez, Digital Marketing Specialist at The Successful Investor Inc.)

  • When: Monday Jan 23, 2017 @ 6:00 – 9:00 PM (includes time for Q&A)
  • Where: Lakeshore campus, Room L3012
  • What: In this workshop, you will learn how to market yourself or your business on Facebook using their advertising tools. Regardless of your budget, there is a way to use Facebook as a great promotional outlet!
  • Register Now!

Day 2: MailChimp: Hands-On Workshop (delivered by: Digital Business Management Students: Kiran BajwaIrina Gorea)

  • When: Tuesday Jan 24, 2017 @ 6:00 – 9:00 PM (includes time for Q&A)
  • Where: Lakeshore campus, Room L3012
  • What: In this workshop, you will learn how to market your business by building your brand using MailChimp, an excellent email marketing platform!
  • Register Now!

Day 3: Shopify: Hands-On Workshop (delivered by a team of Shopify Gurus). 

  • When: Wednesday Jan 25, 2017 @ 6:00 – 9:00 PM (includes time for Q&A)
  • Where: Lakeshore campus, Room A238
  • What: A team of Shopify Gurus will guide you, step-by-step, through the process of starting your own online store. Shopify is a Canadian e-commerce company that develops computer software for online stores and retail point-of-sale systems, enabling businesses to sell online, on social media, or in person.
  • Register Now!

Day 4: Grad Panel Alumni & Networking Event 

  • When: Thursday Jan 26, 2017 @ 6:00 – 9:00 PM
  • Where: Lakeshore campus, G Building Front Foyer
  • What: Meet our grads and hear their success stories and career path, network, mix and mingle, have fun!
  • Register Now!

Panelists Include:

  1. Martin Perez (LinkedIn)
  2. Chad Fernandez (LinkedIn) 
  3. Jeanne Marie Castor (LinkedIn, Website)
  4. Rorey Rose (LinkedIn)
  5. Lucia Paez (LinkedIn)
  6. Orest Pochodaj (LinkedIn)
  7. Ryan Daoust (LinkedIn)
  8. Diana Gaspar (LinkedIn, Nature’s Tale)
  9. Sapna Singh (LinkedInNature’s Tale)


Where: Humber College Lakeshore Campus

This past fall, DBSA asked you what type of workshops you’d liked to be apart of for our conference this year. The top results were: Facebook Ads, MailChimp, and Shopify! Therefore this winter, all students are welcome to join us for hands-on workshops led by your experienced fellow peers.

If you can’t make all the workshops, don’t worry! We chose to make our conference a week-long experience to fit your schedule. Sign up for what you can make, or what you’re most interested in. But don’t forget to come to the last day of Tech Week. Recent grads from the Digital Business Management program will be joining us to discuss their career paths and answer any questions you have for them.

Register ASAP, as all the rooms have limited available capacity. It’s going to be a great way to learn, acquire new skills, and network with your peers and successful alumni!

Want a chance to run your own seminar? Find out how!

Attention all students!

DBSA will be hosting Tech Week from January 23rd-26th 2017, where we will be holding student led workshops!

We are currently looking for any students who would be interested in running or assisting with any of the workshops. If you are interested, please email the following information to:


 *Note: Expertise means which tech area you have knowledge in and would be comfortable with leading or assisting a workshop (ex: Shopify, MailChimp, or Facebook Ads).

 The deadline for all submissions is December 3rd2016.

Click here for more details on Tech Week 2017:

Also feel free to let us know what you would like to see from us, and what you expect to see from Tech Week hosted by DBSA.

Thank You!


Free Lemonade!

Thursday September 22nd marked the launch of DBSA’s second event!

We decided to hold a lemonade stand where we offered a nice refreshing drink and some cookies to our fellow students, whilst also getting the word out on our new student association.  It was an exciting moment, as we finally had our very own business cards to hand out as well!

We set up at first floor of the L building, near the main entrance, with our handmade sign, cookies, and lemonade. We also had a sheet where students could leave us their email, and another with a survey of what types of workshop/events they would be interested in attending.

We were nervous at first, as we didn’t know what to expect. To our surprise, we ended up with a huge crowd! Many of the students who came up were genuinely interested in our association. A few even asked us how they can join and get involved with us.

At the end of our event, we ended up receiving three full pages of emails, and were able to give all of our lemonade away! Our first event was a success and we all couldn’t be happier!

Don’t worry if you were not able to attend our lemonade stand event. With this being such a huge success, we definitely plan to hold more events like this in the future. Stay tuned for more updates!

Do you have any ideas or suggestions as to what you want to see from our student association?  If so, feel free leave a comment down below or email us at: