Thanks for a Great TechWeek event!

A big shout-out to our DBSA team and our presenters for making this Fall’s TechWeek series a huge success! Special thanks to our alumni for coming back and sharing their knowledge and experience with their Humber family, we’re so proud of you Amanda Rice, Prab Vashisht,  Vik Joshi, Lauren Ashmore,  Irina Gorea, and Martin Perez. Thanks to Sheena Ordinario, and Isabella Annouza for joining us!

The following workshop were presented at Humber’s Lakshore campus, along with some of the material shared by our presenters:

Thanks to the DBSA team: Michallia Marks, Japjit Grewal, Usman Mayo, Andre Thompson, Devan Shingadia, Lana Hekmat, Alexandra Belen, and Shray Shrotriya for your hard work and dedication.

TechWeek Fall 2019 – Mark Your Calendar!

The Digital Business Student Association is proud to host the following hands-on workshops during our TechWeek Fall 2019 at Humber’s Lakeshore Campus. All the sessions will be held in a computer lab, feel free to use Humber’s computers or bring your own laptop!


Learn how to setup and run your own e-commerce store using Shopify.

Facebook Ads & Canva

Canva – We will start by covering the basics of Canva – What is Canva, How to use Canva, The importance of Canva & how Canva can be used for business Success. This will be an example of how to leverage FREE online tools to your advantage.

Facebook Ads – Facebook Ads are essential to Digital Marketing Success & Lead Generation in Any company. We will learn how to design a Facecbook Ad Graphic, as well as the back-end targeting technicality that makes a Facebook Ad successful. We will also cover the “do’s” and “don’ts surrounding Facebook Ads.

Video Editing with Filmora 

Strengthen your storytelling skills and learn how to create and edit your own video content for YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, and Facebook. In this hands-on workshop, you will learn how to merge, split, trim, crop, cut and paste video clips to make your video unique. Improve Saturation and Contrast for a better quality image. Adjust the speed for slow motion effect, or to speed up the action. Rotate the image for unique angles… and so much more. We will download and use the free trial of Filmora, an affordable video editing software.

  • Date&Time: Thursday Sept 19 @ 7:30 – 9:00 PM
  • Delivered by Lauren Ashmore, Video Production Professor and Digital Marketer. Lauren completed her Advanced Diploma in Film and Television Production in 2011 and her Bachelor of Commerce in Digital Business Management  in 2018. She has extensive experience in the video production industry and currently teaches at the School of Media Studies
  • Location: Lakeshore Campus, lab L3014
  • Cost: $5 (ticket sales are final, non refundable)
  • Register online (Eventbrite)

Microsoft Excel 

Two full-day workshops delivered by Isabella Annouza (Microsoft Certified Trainer) 

Beginners: Saturday September 21, 2019 @ 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM.

Intermediate: Saturday September 28, 2019 @ 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM.

This is a hands-on session scheduled in a computer lab, feel free to use Humber’s computers or bring your own laptop


Participants will learn about the importance of email marketing and how to set up their first campaign. We will also walk through the analytics report to better understand campaign performance. This is an introductory level workshop that is recommended to those who have never worked with MailChimp before.

  • Date&Time: Monday Sept 23 @ 6:30 – 8:00 PM
  • Delivered by Irina Gorea, Marketing Manager at Greenloc Environmental Hoarding, Irina graduated from the Digital Business Management BComm program in 2018 and is currently completing her Masters degree at Ryerson University
  • Location: Lakeshore Campus, lab L3012
  • Cost: $5 (ticket sales are final, non refundable)
  • Register online (Eventbrite)


Learn how to create your professional LinkedIn profile! In this session, participants will work on setting up a marketable profile, building up their network, sending messages to new connections, following companies/ groups and how to participate in them, sharing updates and articles.

  • Date&Time: Tuesday Sept 24 @6:30 – 8:00 PM
  • Delivered by Sheena Ordinario, Placement Advisor, Faculty of Business, Humber College
  • Location: Lakeshore Campus, lab L3014
  • Cost: $5 (ticket sales are final, non refundable)
  • Register online (Eventbrite)

Google Analytics

Learn how to use Google Analytics to track your website’s performance plus some advanced features such as remarketing and e-commerce analytics. There will also be a brief overview of the Google Analytics certification process and how to integrate Google Analytics with Google Data Studio for better reporting..

  • Date&Time: Thursday Sept 26 @6:30 – 8:00 PM
  • Delivered by Martin Perez, Digital Marketing Specialist in the tech sector. Martin has worked with small startups and large multinational companies to achieve their digital growth goals. Recently, Martin worked in a digital agency founded by ex-Googlers providing SEO and SEA services to businesses. Martin graduated from the Digital Business Management BComm program in 2016.
  • Location: Lakeshore Campus, lab L3014
  • Cost: $5 (ticket sales are final, non refundable)
  • Register online (Eventbrite) 

*Please note that ticket sales are final, non-refundable. It is not possible to issue refunds or workshop credits for any reason

Alexandra Belen shares her Study Abroad experience at VIA University College, Denmark

I spent my Winter 2019 semester in the beautiful country of Denmark. I lived in the city of Horsens and attended VIA University College for Global Business Engineering where I met incredible people from different parts of the world. The program provided me with fresh academic approach, improved intercultural communication skills and the ability to be flexible and adapt to new circumstances.

While studying at VIA, I decided to join an event called the VIA Hackathon, a 24-hour problem-solving experience. We were presented with real cases to solve such as how to incorporate the newest technology in Virtual Reality (VR)/ Augmented Reality (AR) with the shopping experience in Horsens City Centre. The whole experience was filled with brainstorming, collaborating, receiving advice from instructors, and importantly, a lot of laughter as I am teamed up with my newly-found friends. We initially joined the Hackathon to see the competitive nature of the school and unsurprisingly had more of an amazing, fun time.

Studying abroad only enriched my study experience of Digital Business Management in
Humber. I have always been interested in the similarities and differences of the uses of technology in managing enterprises around the world. Being in Denmark allowed me to see from a different perspective, the growing digital and technological world.

Furthermore, spending semester abroad allowed me to fulfill my education and at the same time experience different culture and explore other cities in Europe. From tasting wine samples in France and seeing the Eiffel tower, to eating sweet soft cake of Sweden, and exploring the city of Brussels and then being disappointed from missing the bus in a foreign city at three in the morning, to being humbled by walking in the beautiful streets of Amsterdam. I connected with my adventurous side and never felt any braver. While I learned so much from people that I met, I have also learned a lot about myself. Every moment of my study abroad was memorable and I am very thankful for this opportunity.

MS Excel Workshop Fall 2019 (Intermediate)

The Digital Business Student Association is pleased to announce “Microsoft Excel Workshop” as part of TechWeek Fall 2019!

Details of the upcoming workshop:
  • Workshop: Excel Part 2 (intermediate)
  • Delivered by: Isabella Annouza (Microsoft Certified Trainer) 
  • Date: Saturday September 28, 2019
  • Time: 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM (includes 30 minutes lunch break – bring your own lunch)
  • Location: Lakeshore Campus, lab L3012
  • Cost: $10 (Please note that ticket sales are final, non-refundable. It is not possible to issue refunds or workshop credits for any reason)
  • Register online (Eventbrite) 
Below are the concepts that will be covered. There will be manuals available for students to borrow and share during the workshop, and the data files will be available on a shared drive that will be provided.

 Workshop Content: Microsoft® Office Excel® 2016 Part 2 (Intermediate) 


Whether you need to crunch numbers for sales, inventory, information technology, human resources, or other organizational purposes and departments, the ability to get the right information to the right people at the right time can create a powerful competitive advantage. After all, the world runs on data more than ever before and that’s a trend not likely to change, or even slow down, any time soon. But with so much data available and being created on a nearly constant basis, the ability to make sense of that data becomes more critical and challenging with every passing day. You already know how to get Excel to perform simple calculations and how to modify your workbooks and worksheets to make them easier to read, interpret, and present to others. But, Excel is capable of doing so much more. To gain a truly competitive edge, you need to be able to extract actionable organizational intelligence from your raw data. In other words, when you have questions about your data, you need to know how to get Excel to provide the answers for you. And that’s exactly what this course aims to help you do.

This course builds upon the foundational knowledge presented in the Microsoft® Office Excel® 2016: Part 1 (Second Edition) course and will help start you down the road to creating advanced workbooks and worksheets that can help deepen your understanding of organizational intelligence. The ability to analyze massive amounts of data, extract actionable information from it, and present that information to decision makers is at the foundation of a successful organization that is able to compete at a high level.

This course covers Microsoft Office Specialist exam objectives to help students prepare for the Excel 2016 Exam and the Excel 2016 Expert Exam.

Course Objectives:

Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to leverage the power of data analysis and presentation in order to make informed, intelligent organizational decisions.

You will:

  • Customize the Excel environment.
  • Create advanced formulas.
  • Analyze data by using functions and conditional formatting.
  • Organize and analyze datasets and tables.
  • Visualize data by using basic charts.
  • Analyze data by using PivotTables, slicers, and PivotCharts.

Target Student: 

This course is designed for students who already have foundational knowledge and skills in Excel 2016 and who wish to begin taking advantage of some of the higher-level functionality in Excel to analyze and present data.


To ensure success, students should have completed Microsoft® Office Excel® 2016: Part 1 or have the equivalent knowledge and experience.

Course Content

Lesson 1: Customizing the Excel Environment 

  • Topic A: Configure Excel Options
  • Topic B: Customize the Ribbon and the Quick Access Toolbar
  • Topic C: Enable Excel Add-Ins

Lesson 2: Creating Advanced Formulas 

  • Topic A: Use Range Names in Formulas
  • Topic B: Use Specialized Functions
  • Topic C: Use Array Formulas

Lesson 3: Analyzing Data with Functions and Conditional Formatting 

  • Topic A: Analyze Data by Using Text and Logical Functions
  • Topic B: Apply Advanced Conditional Formatting

Lesson 4: Organizing and Analyzing Datasets and Tables 

  • Topic A: Create and Modify Tables
  • Topic B: Sort Data
  • Topic C: Filter Data
  • Topic D: Use SUBTOTAL and Database Functions

Lesson 5: Visualizing Data with Basic Charts 

  • Topic A: Create Charts
  • Topic B: Modify and Format Charts

Lesson 6: Analyzing Data with PivotTables, Slicers, and PivotCharts 

  • Topic A: Create a PivotTable
  • Topic B: Analyze PivotTable Data
  • Topic C: Present Data with PivotCharts
  • Topic D: Filter Data by Using Slicers

MS Excel Workshop Fall 2019 (Beginner)

The Digital Business Student Association is pleased to announce “Microsoft Excel Workshop” as part of TechWeek Fall 2019!

Details of the upcoming workshop:

  • Workshop: Excel Part 1 (beginners)
  • Delivered by: Isabella Annouza (Microsoft Certified Trainer) 
  • Date: Saturday September 21, 2019
  • Time: 10:30 AM – 4:00 PM (includes 30 minutes lunch break – bring your own lunch)
  • Location: Lakeshore Campus, lab L3012
  • Cost: $10 (Please note that ticket sales are final, non-refundable. It is not possible to issue refunds or workshop credits for any reason)
  • Register online (Eventbrite)
Below are the concepts that will be covered. There will be manuals available for students  to borrow and share during the workshop, and the data files will be available on a shared drive that will be provided.

Workshop Content: Microsoft® Office Excel® 2016 Part 1 (Beginner)

Lesson 1: Getting Started with Microsoft Office Excel 2016

  • Topic A: Navigate the Excel User Interface
  • Topic B: Use Excel Commands
  • Topic C: Create and Save a Basic Workbook
  • Topic D: Enter Cell Data
  • Topic E: Use Excel Help

Lesson 2: Performing Calculations

  • Topic A: Create Worksheet Formulas
  • Topic B: Insert Functions
  • Topic C: Reuse Formulas

Lesson 3: Modifying a Worksheet

  • Topic A: Insert, Delete, and Adjust Cells, Columns, and Rows
  • Topic B: Search for and Replace Data
  • Topic C: Use Proofing and Research Tools

Lesson 4: Formatting a Worksheet

  • Topic A: Modify Fonts
  • Topic B: Add Borders and Colors to Worksheets
  • Topic C: Apply Number Formats
  • Topic D: Align Cell Contents
  • Topic E: Apply Styles and Themes
  • Topic F: Apply Basic Conditional Formatting
  • Topic G: Create and Use Templates

Lesson 5: Printing Workbooks

  • Topic A: Preview and Print a Workbook
  • Topic B: Define the Page Layout

Lesson 6: Managing Workbooks

  • Topic A: Manage Worksheets
  • Topic B: Manage Workbook and Worksheet Views
  • Topic C: Manage Workbook Properties

Digital Main Street Forum – 2019

The Digital Main Street Forum aims to assist main street businesses in embracing digital technologies to build and grow their operations – from online marketing and leveraging data to better engage your clients, to adopting e-commerce to reach a broader customer base, the Digital Main Street Forum will help you navigate the “Why” and “How To” of embracing bricks and clicks for your business.

When: Friday May 10th, 2019

Where: Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St W (Council Chambers)

Register for this event (free)

DBSA exec team attend “Women in Data Science” conference

A great day of learning spent at the WiDS Toronto conference on Saturday March 23 with Prabhavi Vashisht and Michallia Marks. The sessions featured female data scientists who demonstrated the broad applications of data science and machine learning across different industries, and shared their career journeys through a panel discussion at the end of the day.

Congratulations to the DBSA team for another successful TechWeek 2019 event!

Special shout out to the Digital Business Student Association team: Amanda Rice, Prabhavi Vashisht, Kyle Cooper, Michallia Marks, and Japjit Grewal for their hard work and dedication! A huge THANK YOU to our presenters Vik Joshi, Isabella Annouza, Amanda Rice, and Prabhavi Vashisht for making TechWeek 2019 a success!

Keith Crooc shares his Study Abroad experience at Aarhus, Denmark

On August 9, 2017, I arrived to the place that I would call my home for the next couple of months.
Aarhus, Denmark was a welcoming city that was full of life. The school I attended, Business Academy Aarhus, helped create a Study Abroad experience something I would never forget. They introduced me to an amazing group of friends (who were also abroad students) that I would still keep in contact with and miss to this very day. Business Academy Aarhus also brought a new style of learning in the “Digital Concept Development” program, which encouraged diversity and teamwork. We would work on 3 major projects that were provided by different businesses. The business would then brief us on a particular situation that they would like to improve. We were to form a team to take on the challenge and create a unique digital solution to present to executives who work for the business. The instructors were very involved in the entire process by providing more than just a lecture, they would also provide mentorship and give advice on how to approach challenges. Our digital solutions would then go towards an individual portfolio that we would have to create and present in an interview with our instructors as a final examination. During the interview, we would discuss how we incorporated concepts we learned in class to our solutions, and justify the application of each them. The Digital Concept Development program gave me the chance to showcase my passions for the digital industry and apply the skills that I have been learning over the years.

Studying in Aarhus was a very exciting and refreshing experience. It was a step out of my comfort zone, going into a new school, new culture and new people. But it is a step that I am so happy I took. I hope to one day have a reunion with the place I still consider my home and catch up with all the wonderful people I got to meet. Watch this video I made about my trip!