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Halihax June Event: A Discussion on Career Growth

June 9, 2022 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm ADT


Join us June 22nd at Garrison Brewing Company for an evening focused on career growth

About this event

Navigating career decisions is difficult, and planning your career is almost impossible. At this month’s Halihax event, we have three great speakers discussing the key soft skills and things you need to consider to grow your career, whether entering management or continuing as an individual contributor (where you’re not managing people).

We’ll hear from our speakers on the common situation of having to choose between management and a technical role beyond senior individual contributor, and specifically how those critical soft skills play a huge role. We’ll walk through best practices for new managers, what it looks like to step into management (and lessons learned along the way!), and how to navigate the commonly fuzzy nature of growing into a Staff+ role.

This event will be hosted at Seaport Garrison Brewing Company with snacks and refreshments provided by Halihax, and our sponsors.

Our Speakers

Jennie Sanford: Head of HR @ Fellow

Jennie has been working in Human Resources for more than 13 years in companies of 27 to 40,000 people. She focused the last 4 years of her career working in tech startups where she has helped grow companies while maintaining a positive and productive culture.

Colin Rafuse: Director of Software Engineering @ Proposify

Colin is a Director of Software Engineering at Proposify, with 14 years of professional experience in the technology industry. As his career has evolved, he’s gained valuable hands-on expertise in the industry as a developer, senior developer, team lead and director. His core skill set includes programming, management, leadership, and team building. Colin strives to enable and support his colleagues to find success and happiness as they navigate their career journeys.

Mohanned Abbas: Engineering Lead for DXP(Developer Experience) @ FreshBooks

Mohanned is a lead software engineer who has about 10+ years experience working in Mobile, Backend, Cloud, and DevOps. I have worked in C#, Rust, Java/Kotlin, Python, Javascript. He has worked from Monolith web services to complex event-driven micro-services. He has developed and architected financial backends, industrial machine-learning backends, and shipping industry backends. He has been at FreshBooks for 1+ years, and is the technical lead for the developer experience team, which manages the Developer Environment and CI/CD system.


  • ResMed
  • Concrete Ventures
  • Lixar
  • Proposify
  • Codecov
  • LaBarge WeinsteinJonas
  • Tarka Labs
  • Jonas Software Services
  • RedSpace
  • Sandhill Financial
  • Dash Hudson


7:00 pm – 7:15 pm Welcome & Introductions
We’ll do a quick introduction and kick off the evening

7:15 pm – Speakers and Q&A
Our speakers, Jennie, Colin and Mohanned will speak on their unique perspectives focused on career growth and what it means to them. There will be an opportunity for the audience to ask the presenters questions.

8:30 pm – Socializing!
Enjoy the company of others and meet new people!




June 9, 2022
8:00 am - 5:00 pm ADT
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Garrison Brewing Company
1149 Marginal Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4P7 Canada
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