Professional Development Track: Careers in Chemistry - Exploring Your Options

Sunday, May 27, 2018
Shaw, Salon 3

Attendees will learn about various career paths that are available to them, particularly those outside of academia. Speakers will discuss their own careers, as well as strategies and resources available that can help prepare chemistry students and young professionals for their own career transitions.

Opening Remarks & Presentations (14:15-14:45)

Participants will hear about the importance of supporting professional development and opportunities to do so through the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC) and the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC, one of the three CIC constituent societies). Michel Gravel, CSC Director of Student Affairs, will welcome participants and provide an overview of how the CSC supports its Young Professional members. Zhongxin Zhou from Gilead, sponsor of the CSC 2018 Professional Development Track, will also discuss professional development and career paths in chemistry from his perspective in the chemical industry.

Prof. Michel Gravel - CSC Director of Student Affairs and Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Saskatchewan
Dr. Zhongxin Zhou - Senior Director, Process Research and Development, Gilead Sciences

Careers in Chemistry (Panel Discussion) (14:45-15:30)

Dr. Erica Tiong - Senior Research Scientist, Gilead Sciences
Dr. Lauren Mercier - Research and Innovation Specialist, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
Dr. Heather Phillips - Director of Operations, Nanalysis
Dr. Preston Chase - Director, Academic Business Development, GreenCentre Canada
Moderator: Dr. Laura Reyes - Career Development Leader, Chemical Institute of Canada

Gaining Skills & Experience Outside of the Academic Lab (15:30-16:00)

Presentations from Mitacs and NSERC representatives will highlight programs and grants that are available for students, postdocs, and early-career researchers to gain professional skills and experience outside of the academic lab.  

Dr. Ian Mallov - Research Scientist & Mitacs Postdoctoral Fellow, Inkbox Inc & York University
Dr. Elizabeth Boston - Director, Mathematical, Environmental and Physical Sciences, NSERC

Coffee mixer (16:00-16:45)

Participants will get a chance to network with one another and the invited speakers over coffee and light refreshments. This casual mixer will allow participants to ask any additional questions related to the topics covered throughout the workshop, and have follow-up conversations on how to best prepare for a career in chemistry.



Pre-registration for this event is sold out. Priority will be given to pre-registered attendees, but drop-ins are welcome to the Sunday workshops if there is space available.


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