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CSPC2017 - Engaging the public where they live: perspectives from media personalities and strategists for better science communication   Event

November 03, 2017

Engaging the Public Where They Live: Perspectives from Media Personalities and Strategists for Better Science Communication

Panel Organizer: Shawn McGuirk & Vanessa Sung, Science & Policy Exchange

Event details:

The steadily declining perception of science in the media has now become a critical and worldwide issue, fueled by the viral spread of pseudoscience and “fake news” in an era where misinformation is prevalent. It has become necessary to enact new and more informed strategies to engage the public on a large scale, to break the stereotype of the “elite” scientist, and to communicate the importance of evidence, consensus, and the scientific method.

Our panel of media strategists and science communicators will describe their success in reaching the public on various media platforms (Twitter, podcasts, television, etc.) as well as how they believe scientists and policy makers can leverage new media to reinvigorate public interest and engagement in science and evidence. To maximize interactions between panelists and the audience, 45-60 minutes will be dedicated to a moderated discussion and question period. The strength of this panel firmly resides in establishing a dialogue between these media experts and our audience of established and aspiring science policy experts at CSPC, and we are confident that this exchange will yield viable and valuable strategies.

The intended outcomes are to generate a set of concrete strategies with which scientists and policy-makers alike can deploy to (1) increase their social media presence in an impactful way, (2) communicate information more effectively to wider audiences, and (3) translate online interactions into more active engagement from the public. These will be communicated broadly through universities, provincial and federal agencies, and other interest groups following CSPC.

Science & Policy Exchange is a non-profit advocacy group run by graduate students and post-doctoral fellows in Montreal, whose aims are two-fold: (1) to foster the student voice in evidence-based decision making and (2) to bring together leading experts from academia, industry, and government to engage and inform students and the public on issues at the interface of science and policy.

To know more about it click here!

When: 1:30-3pm on Friday November 3rd, 2017

Location: Shaw Center 55 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, ON, Canada




Gene editing: Rewriting your DNA (Public Forum)  Event

June 06, 2017

Gene editing: Rewriting your DNA


Thanks to all who attended this forum! Want more SPE content? Check out photos from the event and more SPE videos!


Event details:

Your DNA is a transcript of who you are, from your eye colour to your risk of developing cancer – what if we could change the script? DNA editing has been used for years in research labs to answer important questions about disease, but now with the advent of technologies like the CrispR/Cas9 system the possibilities seem endless. This raises some questions:

Do we understand enough about DNA to change it without creating undesirable side effects? Can we treat healthy people to fix genetic predispositions that lead to Huntington’s disease and cancer later in life? Should we start worrying about “designer babies”? Where do we draw the line?

This public forum intends to answer these questions and many more. Join us for a two-hour session on Tuesday June 6th to learn more about gene editing and what kinds of challenges Canadian scientists, lawyers, and policymakers foresee in these uncertain times.

To register for this public forum, click here. Registration is free, but seating is limited - so register quickly!


Psst...did you know this public forum is the second of a two-part series? To get more information or watch videos from our first forum on personal genetic testing , click here!


When: 6-8pm on Tuesday June 6th, 2017

Location: Martin Amphitheatre (6th floor), McIntyre Building, 3655 Promenade Sir William Osler, Montreal, QC, Canada

Format:

(10 min) Natalie Brender, former national director of Genomics in Society at Genome Canada, welcomes everyone to the session and briefly introduces the topic and why it’s an important discussion to have, introduces the speakers;

(25 min) Alan Peterson, professor in Experimental Medicine at McGill, gives brief background on what gene editing is, then discusses how these technologies are used in research and how they are being/will be translated to the clinic;

(25 min) Erika Kleiderman, associate at McGill’s Centre of Genomics and Policy, discusses policy and ethical considerations of gene editing technologies in health care.

(15 min) Break for coffee where we will collect cue cards with your questions for our panelists

(45 min) We will pose your questions to the panel for discussion

Please see the "Speakers" tab above for more information about our speakers.




Genetic sequencing gets personal: Who owns your DNA? (Public Forum)  Event

May 16, 2017

Genetic sequencing gets personal: Who owns your DNA?


Thanks to all who attended this forum! Want more SPE content? Check out photos from the event and more SPE videos!


Event details:

Your DNA is an awesome source of information - you can trace your heritage, determine your risks of disease, and even use it to personalize treatments. With new technologies available in the clinic and at home through kits from companies like BiogeniQ, 23andMe, and even Ancestry.com, it is almost certain that your DNA will get sequenced.

But who owns your genetic information? Will insurance companies or research groups have access to your genetic information? What is a genetic counselor, and do you need one?

This public forum intends to answer these questions and many more. Join us for a two-hour session on Tuesday May 16th to learn more about personal DNA sequencing and how Canadian scientists, senators, and policymakers are making sure your data stays safe.

To register for this public forum, click here. Registration is free, but seating is limited - so register quickly!


Psst...did you know this public forum is the first of a two-part series? To get more information for our gene editing forum on June 6th, click here!


When: 6-8pm on Tuesday May 16th, 2017

Location: Martin Amphitheatre (6th floor), McIntyre Building, 3655 Promenade Sir William Osler, Montreal, QC, Canada

Format:

(2 min) James Cowan, a now retired senator who sponsored and recently passed the genetic anti-discrimination bill S201, briefly welcomes everyone to the session;

(20 min) Nathalie Bolduc, genetic counsellor with BiogeniQ, describes what you can learn from personal genetics testing for heritage or disease, and reasons why you should do it;

(25 min) Adrian Thorogood, associate at McGill's Centre for Genomics and Policy, will introduce DNA sequencing and how these technologies impact treatment, and will discuss how DNA data is regulated, who owns it, and how can it be used, for better or for worse.

(15 min) James Cowan discusses the importance of bill S-201, and what are some next steps in the fight against genetic discrimination.

(15 min) Break for coffee where we will collect cue cards with your questions for our panelists

(45 min) Senator Cowan will pose your questions to the panel for discussion

Please see the "Speakers" tab above for more information about our speakers.




Social Mixer at L'Amère à Boire  Event

February 09, 2017

Where: Brasserie L'Amère à Boire, 2049 St-Denis St., Montreal (H2X 3K8)

When: Thursday, February 9th 2017 at 6 PM

Details: Our first event of the year! We have a lot on our plate for 2017, and we want to start it on the right foot by inviting you to join us for a social mixer next week at one of our favorite pubs. Come and meet the new SPE team, talk policy, or pitch us your ideas!

Let us know if you can attend by visiting our Facebook event page!

CSPC2016 - Developing Canada’s Innovation Talent: How New Directions in STEM Education Can Position Canada for Success  Event

November 08, 2016

Joint panel organized by:
Andrew Parkin
Let's Talk Science; Bonnie Schmidt
Science & Policy Exchange; Shawn McGuirk and Liam Crapper
Information and Communications Technology Council; Sean O'Leary

Placing Canada at the centre of global innovation can only be achieved through the development of talent. This talent must come from both a new generation of young innovators, and from the ongoing training of those already in the workforce. While Canada’s diverse systems of education and training have successfully positioned the country as a world leader in knowledge and skills at the start of the 21st century, we face the challenge of ensuring that this advantage is maintained, not only in the near future but also in decades to come. This may require new directions at every level of STEM education, including elementary and secondary education, postsecondary education, and adult learning and skills development. This panel will explore the question of what these new directions should be, drawing on the perspectives of students, educators, policy makers and employers. It will be informed by knowledge mobilization initiatives recently completed by three organizations. Let’s Talk Science reviewed and consolidated recommendations for new directions in STEM education from experts from around the world in order to identify the core elements of a framework for innovative STEM learning. The Science & Policy Exchange engaged university students and experts in a dialogue on the current state of STEM education in Canada, whose proceedings were compiled in a report which identifies several shortfalls in higher education. The Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC) launched a digital talent strategy highlighting Canada’s digital landscape and labour market needs and providing recommendations to build Canada’s digital talent base in an increasingly global and digital landscape. The panelists will consider the recommendations stemming from all three initiatives and consider the changes that should be made in STEM education and skills training to ensure that Canada continues to have the talent needed to successfully deliver on the promise of a new innovation agenda.

For more information about CSPC 2016, visit http://cspc2016.ca/

Science and Policy Exchange - STEM Working Group  Event

November 28, 2015

Update: The strategies and solutions discussed at this event have been compiled in a white paper, which was released November 7th 2016 and presented at the 2016 Canadian Science Policy Conference (CSPC) on November 8th 2016.

STEM Working Group

Have you craved for a more practical curriculum that brings academics to the real world? Have you wondered about the relationship between your degree and your employability?

A recent report by the Council of Canadian Academies suggests that STEM education is a necessary but not sufficient requirement for innovation and economic growth. Based on these findings, Science and Policy Exchange (SPE) is developing a white paper on how to translate training in Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) fields to improve employment options leading to an increase in economic growth for Canada. To do so, we are hosting the SPE Working Group on STEM Education to bring together students with experts in STEM fields across academic, government and industry sectors. The goal is to deliberate and devise guidelines for the federal government to radically improve the way STEM training is imparted. As such, we are looking for student representatives to take part in this full day event on Saturday November 28th, 2015.

What's In It For Me?
Selected students will be invited to interact and contribute to the white paper as co-authors, engage in a lively discussion with experts from various fields, and enjoy an exclusive networking session with an exclusive expert panelist.

 

Event Details
When: Saturday November 28th, 2015
Location: Montreal, QC (details TBA)
Foramt: This This event will involve small group discussions related to a specific aspect of the STEM ecosystem. Students will work together with experts in each sector to devise and collate guidelines for the white paper. If you are selected, more details will be given on the specific topic so that you can adequately prepare.

 
 

Application Instructions
Application Deadline: Wednesday November 10, 2015 at 17:00 EDT
Answer the following questions within the indicated word limit. Save completed applications as a Microsoft Word document with the file name: firstname_lastname_application and submit it along with a curriculum vitae (maximum 2 pages) saved as firstname_lastname_CV to spestemevent@gmail.com.

1. Please describe the qualities that you possess that would make you the ideal candidate to voice the student perspective at the Science & Policy Exchange STEM Working Group on STEM Education (250 Max).

2. What are your long-term career goals and how will this experience contribute to meeting those goals (250 Max).

3. What do you believe is the biggest issue facing STEM fields today? What are the potential solutions to the challenges you identified? (500 Max)

If you are selected, you will be asked to join a discussion group on a specific topic. Please rank the following topics in order of preference (1 being the discussion group would you most like to take part in and 5 being the discussion you would least like to take part in).

 

________Government Policies
________Start-up Companies/Entrepreneurship
________Big Bussiness/Industries
________Natural Sciences(e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Physics)
________Applied Science(e.g. Technology, Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics

Come On Get Happy! The Science Behind Stress Management and Productivity  Event

June 02, 2015

Join us for SPE’s second public forum this year, where we will be exploring different aspects of mental wellness, followed by a panel discussion with a Q&A with three experts. Our second free public forum will be moderated by Mr. Jeff Moat, the President of Partners for Mental Health, and will feature a talk from Dr. Michael Meaney, the Scientific Director at Ludmer Centre for Neuroinformatics and Mental Health at the Douglas Mental Health University Institute, who will be highlighting how the environment impact our genes and mental well-being (more info). Our second speaker Dr. Sonia Lupien, The Founder and Director of Centre for Studies on Human Stress, will discuss her research on stress and her “Destress for Success” program( more info). Our third speaker will be Dr. Pierre Durand, who is a professor at the School of Industrial Relations, and a researcher at the Institute for Public Health research at Université de Montréal where his research includes understanding the relationship between workplace factors and mental health problems.

 
 

Thank You to Our Sponsors
A big thank you to our sponsors for supporting our second SPE public this year, Partnersformentalhealth, Cadance, Spa Ovarium,and Victoria Park.

The Truth About Antibiotics: Superbugs and What You Need To Know  Event

March 10, 2015

Science and Policy Exchange’s first public forum

On March 10th 2015, the Science and Policy Exchange hosted its first public forum, “The Truth about Antibiotics: Superbugs and What You Need to Know,” consisting of a panel of expert speakers who discussed the topic of antibiotic resistance from various contexts.

The evening began with a witty introduction from Dr. Albert Berghuis (McGill University). Dr. Berghuis warmed up the crowd of almost 100 with a timeline of antibiotics and antibiotic resistance. “Penicillin started it all.” Since then, other antibiotics have been discovered, however, this has plateaued significantly with very few new antibiotic discoveries occurring in the past few years. A scarier fact is that currently, there are no antibiotics without resistance. Dr. Berghuis then introduced “the perfect storm:” a combination of the decline in antibiotic discovery and the increase in antibiotic resistance. Dr. Berghuis ended by stating that we need better drugs. Science and research can provide clues to answering the problem of antibiotic resistance, however this is not a “one way problem,” and cannot be answered by science and research alone, highlighting the importance of the forum’s dialogue between the different panelists.

The first panelist of the evening, Dr. Karl Weiss (Université de Montréal) began by emphasizing that few advancements in the field of medicine have impacted life expectancy as antibiotics have. He then stressed that a major threat leading to the increase of antibiotic resistance is worldwide travel. Antibiotics are easily accessible in most of the world, however, there are many differences in regulations between different countries. For example, only 50 of 200 countries require a prescription to obtain antibiotics. This becomes problematic because resistance is no longer restricted to one location – when people travel, antibiotic resistance travels with them. Although use of antibiotics is more controlled in Canada, Dr. Weiss believes that there is still room for improvement by changing the prescribing behavior among family physicians. With that being said, Dr. Weiss reiterated that “antibiotic resistance is [still] one of the most threatening issues in medicine today.”

Dr. Vinay Thatte (Health Canada) then introduced the audience to the Canadian drug approval process. All drugs, including antibiotics, have side effects and Health Canada works to measure the risks vs. benefits of each new drug. After the long process of drug discovery, each new drug must then go through a rigorous approval period before being released onto the market. This is a lengthy process as a lot of information needs to be reviewed to ensure that the standards are met for three major areas: safety (warnings, precautions, adverse reactions), efficacy (benefits, dosage, population), quality (stability, impurities, sterility). Once approved, all of this information is openly accessible as a product monograph which Dr. Thatte strongly encourages consumers to seek out. Additionally, after drug approval, Health Canada continues to monitor safety while the drug remains on the market. Dr. Thatte concluded by reassuring that: Canadians should feel safe about the drugs that they are consuming!

Dr. Marie Archambault provided yet another facet of antibiotic resistance from the perspective of veterinary medicine. A similar trend of the evening emerged as Dr. Archambault began her dialog stating that antibiotic resistance is the largest, continual threat again humans and animals. In veterinary medicine, the use of antibiotics is used for treatment, growth promotion, and for prophylaxis. Proactive countries such as Sweden have banned the use of antibiotics as growth promoters and Dr. Archambault is hopeful that antibiotics will soon be banned in Canada for this purpose. She then proudly discussed how Quebec is a “pioneer” of the country with very active regulation of antibiotic use. Some examples of such pioneering in the field includes: mandatory prescriptions for antibiotic usage among animals, mandatory certification in bacterial resistance, and surveillance of antibiotic use and bacterial movement in animals. Dr. Archambault ended her panel with the importance of the veterinary community and other experts in the field to become the leading forefront of antibiotic resistance stewardship.

The last panelist of the evening was Mr. Michael Atkin (Sopharmia Inc.) who spoke of antibiotics in the context of the pharmaceutical industry. Mr. Atkin started off with the poignant fact that antibiotics are a $38 billion market that still “can’t get no (any) respect.” The antibiotics market is an invisible market of high volume, low priced, generic drugs. In terms of the numbers, each new drug costs $2 – $5000 over a short course treatment, therefore fewer pharmaceutical companies are invested in a market that does not have a huge payout. Mr. Atkin believes that truly novel, creative antibiotics can overcome the hurdles of field and revive the market. Finishing with some positive remarks, Mr. Atkin pointed out that although many large pharmaceutical companies have left the antibiotics field, more venture capitalists and some governments are recognizing the threat of antibiotic resistance and are beginning to invest more money for antibiotics for resistant microbials. In a case of “the revolving pharma door,” many pharmaceutical companies are slowly becoming interested in this field again.

The floor was then opened to the public who had many burning questions leading to a thought provoking discussion. The discourse ranged from topics about the changing (and improving) societal views of antibiotics to the importance of basic and academic research, with the overall awareness that more needs to be done in this field or else human health will take a huge hit. A lengthy discussion regarding whether we are “losing a battle to [antimicrobial] evolution” had all the panelists weighing in. The general consensus of the evening was an optimistic one; with novel, creative, and multiple approaches, the panelists believe that the situation of antibiotic resistance will get better as evidenced in other countries.

*Summary piece was written by Vicki Leung, a dedicated SPE volunteer with inputs from Noura Redding, then Vice President of Communications, SPE.

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BioTech Annecto Montreal - Holiday Cocktail  Event

December 10, 2014

The holiday season is upon us. On December 10th BioTech Annecto Montreal is inviting you to an end of the year celebration to the new & trendy Pub Sir Joseph. It will be the perfect place to reconnect and make new connections, enjoy good food and drinks, share stories and wrap up the year. The admission ticket includes two drinks and five tapas per guest.

For more information and to register please visit http://biotechannecto.com/Montreal or contact us at: montreal@biotechannecto.com

Women in Bio  Event

December 09, 2014

The greater Montreal chapter of Women in Bio will be hosting a Holiday happy hour and networking event on December 9th, 2013 at 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Registration is only $15 (or free for members) if you register on or before December 5th. Don’t miss this chance to ring-in the season with women and men in Quebec’s bioscience sector. More info here.

The State of Innovation in Canada  Event

October 03, 2014

Panels Topics:
The State of Innovation in Canada: Are we lagging behind?
Intellectual property and new technology: The impact of patents on innovation
Bioethics and Law: Bridging the gaps

Keynote Speakers:
Rosemarie Truman, Founder and CEO, The Center for Advancing Innovation
Scott Findlay, Co-Founder, Evidence For Democracy
Virginie Hotte-Dupuis, Manager External Communications & Philanthropy at L'Oréal Canada  

Please, see the Full Program for more details about the event.

Registration Fees:
Students / Post-Doc:
Registration $15
Registration at the door $20

Professionals / Unaffiliated:
Online Registration:
Half Day $25
Full Day $40

 

Registration at the door:
Half Day $40
Full Day $60

 
 

Please note that the online discounted rate will end Thursday October 2nd at 11:59PM You will be able to purchase tickets and register at the door starting Friday October 3rd at 8:00AM or online starting at 12:00AM for the full price. Please note that registration will not be completed until you process with the payment.

 

Registration includes:
Access to all sessions
Lunch and coffee breaks
Reception mixer
Networking Session

 

We are sorry but registration for this event is now closed. Please contact us if you would like to know if spaces are still available.

Relationships - Your Key Strategy For Achieving Professional Success  Event

June 17, 2014

Relationships are the basis of every human transaction, and relationship building is our greatest asset and strategy for building professional success. Relationships affect our work, performance, self-esteem, and ability to achieve professional aspirations. Join Frema Engel, an organizational consultant and coach who specializes in addressing work conflict and building healthy teams and organizations, as she challenges us to think differently about our relationships and helps us brush up on the skills to improve them. Be proactive in your relationship-building and enhance your career with this key business skill! Join us on June 17, 2014 for a dynamic presentation and a fun, challenging interactive seminar in the relaxed atmosphere of Café Alexandre’s private room. The evening will include networking, canapés, and a cash bar. We look forward to seeing you at our last networking event before the summer holidays! The presentation will be primarily in English with French participation welcomed.

 

Les relations sont la base de nos échanges les uns avec les autres, et être capable d’établir de bonnes relations est un atout important pour réussir sur le plan professionnel. Les relations que nous forgeons peuvent affecter notre travail, notre performance, notre estime de soi ainsi que notre capacité de réaliser nos aspirations professionnelles. Frema Engel, consultante en développement organisationnel et spécialiste en résolution de conflits aux travail et dans le développement de l’esprit d’équipe, tiendra une conférence qui nous mettra au défi de réfléchir différemment à nos relations au travail et nous aidera à les améliorer. Développer l’habilité d’établir de bonnes relations au travail est une compétence clé pour la progression dans notre carrière! Joignez-vous à nous le 17 Juin 2014 pour une présentation dynamique et un séminaire interactif, amusant, et stimulant dans la salle privée du Café Alexandre. Durant la soirée vous aurez l’opportunité de faire du réseautage, de déguster des canapés et de prendre un verre au bar payant. Nous avons hâte de vous voir lors de notre dernier événement de réseautage avant les vacances d’été! La présentation sera principalement en anglais et la participation en français est toujours bienvenue.

Walk-Ins Accepted?
Yes/Oui

Cost for Event
Early bird (by June 14, 2014)
Members: $15
Non-Members:$30

 

Regular (after June 14, 2014 and at the door)
Members: $20
Non-Members: $35

 

"Early bird" Prix jusqu’au 14 juin 2014
Members: $15
Non-membres: $30

 

Prix après le14 juin 2014 et à la porte:
Membres: $20
Non-membres: $35

 

On-Line Registration Deadline
June 16, 2014

   

Special Pricing for Guests
Yes / Oui: When registering, members are also allowed 2 guests at member pricing

   

Maximum Capacity: 55

   

Date/Time


Tuesday, June 17, 2014 / mardi, 17 juin, 2014 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. / 17h30 – 20h00 EST

Challenges and Opportunities: How Science Policy Contributes to Shaping Our Society  Event

May 28, 2014

What fields of study are relevant to Science & Policy? What are some of the key science policy challenges presently impacting Canada (and Quebec’s) economies and how can they be addressed?

Science policy contributes significantly to shaping our world: Policies regulating the fields of science and technology impact the way in which societies move forward, whether support is offered to new entrepreneurial ventures, and pave the way for innovative discoveries to get off the ground. There is an ever-greater need for a broad and informed discussion on key science policy issues and the way in which they contribute to shaping our society. Fostering dialogue between policy-makers, scientists, entrepreneurs, as well as the general public has the potential of shedding new light on common challenges and opportunities facing these stakeholders, and may even point towards novel solutions and courses of action. Join our panel of experts as they will be discussing some of the key issues facing the field of science policy today and how things can be improved in order to better serve the interests of society at large, as well as ways in which individuals from various fields can get involved in this exciting field.

Science Communications  Event

April 29, 2014

Lost in Translation: A Need for Better Scientific Communication


Interested in a career in scientific communications?
While budget cuts are making it harder for academia to absorb the ever-growing number of students enrolled in their programs, many graduate students are left unsure as to what to do with their degree. Science communication represents the diffusion of knowledge on science-related topics among professionals and to the public. Better science communication is a real and actual challenge, which is necessary to inform the decision-making of policy makers who are responsible for guiding the future of research. It is especially critical to address scientific misinformation, which often stems from over-vulgarization of otherwise straightforward science. This need for reliable scientific information opens a window for graduate students and post-graduate fellows to utilize their skills and their knowledge to better fulfill the public’s scientific curiosity.


Science & Policy Exchange is inviting you to come meet our distinguished speakers and discuss the opportunities and challenges of an industry in complete transformation.

Guest speakers include:
Joanne Kennedy, Director Communications at Sanofi Canada
Dr. Rosie Goldstein, Vice-Principal Research and International Relations at McGill University
François-Nicolas Pelletier, Research and Adaptation Agent/ Programming at Montreal Science Centre

Future of Pharma: New Discoveries in a Competitive Market  Event

February 24, 2014

The State of the Pharmaceutical Industry in Quebebc and Canada
Interested in a career in the pharmaceutical industry? According to PwC Canada forecast, in 2012, $1.11 billion was invested into Canadian life sciences, of which the industry generated $3 billion in the Canadian economy. Ontario holds 48% of Canada’s pharmaceutical industry, while Quebec is at 17% in 2013. Quebec has increased tax credits by 10% in order to promote R&D in the province. However, R&D is at a point of low drug productivity with lost revenue from patent expirations. What does the future hold for the pharmaceutical industry in Canada?


This month, the Science and Policy Exchange Networking event will focus on the future of the Pharmaceutical Industry. Come meet our distinguished speakers and discuss the opportunities and challenges of an industry in complete transformation. The key objective of this event is to provide you with relevant information, as well as an opportunity to build your own professional network.

Cost: $10

Bussiness casual: bring your bussiness card, not your resume

BioTech Annecto - February Event  Event

February 04, 2014

Science & Policy Exchange and BioTech Annecto Darwin’s Den Team have partnered to organize a networking event on Science, Policies, and communication. There are an increasing number of employment opportunities arising in the field of Science Communication that are looking for knowledgeable scientists.

As always, BTA Darwin’s Den Team aims to provide high-value, privileged and exciting opportunities for academic scientist to network with established industry professionals. Our selected speakers will not only share their career path and personal stories, but also give advices on successful transitioning to industry.


Time: 6:30pm to 9:30pm
Cost: $15 (up to 48h before the event) / $20 regular price.

BioTech Annecto members receive a 50% discount when registering

Etiquette: Business casual. Bring your business card, not your resume.

The State of Entrepreneurship in Canada  Event

January 27, 2014

Entrepreneurship in Canada
Wondering what to do with your degree? Why not become an entrepreneur? More people than ever are becoming entrepreneurs. In 2010 alone roughly 1 in 15 working Canadians owned an incorporated business. Canada has been ranked within the top 5 countries for entrepreneurs by the Ernst & Young G20 Entrepreneurship barometer in 2013

The Science & Policy Exchange is hosting its first networking event that will focus on “The State of Entrepreneurship in Canada”. We are aiming to provide you with an opportunity to discuss challenges, opportunities, and growth potential for future entrepreneurs with experts in the field. The key objective of this event is to provide you with relevant information, as well as an opportunity to build your own professional network, both of which can be invaluable assets when deciding on your next move after university.

Workshop in Networking
We are also pleased to offer you a Workshop in Networking that will be given by Darlene Hnatchuk (Director, McGill CaPS). Students often consider the transition from academia to industry to be challenging because of a lack of networking skills. Come take advantage of this workshop, which starts at 6:00pm, and learn the skills needed to network like a pro!

Cost: 10$ (Note: Register by Jan. 25th to get 50% off our next event)
Business casual - bring your business cards, not your resume





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Student-Only Night - Learn To Leverage LinkedIn  Event

January 20, 2014

LinkedIn is the world’s largest online professional networking tool with more than 250 million people using it to help reach their professional goals.

Learn how to use this tool to its full potential to showcase your personal brand, expand your personal network, or find a job.

Shelly Elsliger, LinkedIn trainer, strategist, and coach, will walk you through a strategic process to help you understand how to make the most of this online tool so you will not only be on LinkedIn, you will be Linked In!

Montreal Book Club Discussion on "Lean in" by Sheryl Sandberg  Event

January 20, 2014

The Greater Montreal Chapter of Women In Bio is excited to present its inaugural Book Club event featuring the book “Lean In”, written by the COO of Facebook, Sheryl Sandberg. After Sandberg’s provocative TEDTalk in 2010, this book digs deeper into the issues and challenges women experience in the workplace and encourage women to “sit at the table”, take risks, and pursue their goals. Sandberg uses many personal experiences and anecdotes, as well as published research, to explore the day-to-day biases and unspoken challenges women may face. Sandberg also includes practical advice, for men and women, as to how we can move forward and increase opportunities for professional growth and personal fulfillment. Her book has prompted conversations around the globe and we are looking forward to hearing your thoughts and personal experiences. Guests will be split into small groups so that everyone has a chance to participate in the discussion and the groups will come together during the last half hour to share thoughts and network. Seats are limited and walk-ins will not be accepted the night of the event, so please register early. Coffee, tea and dessert will be provided.

Members: $10.00 USD
Non-Members: $25.00 USD