Previous Events

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

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

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

According to the Canadian Institutes of Health Research in 2012, over 8000 patients succumbed to hospital-acquired infections. The unscrupulous use of antibiotics has created drug-resistant “superbugs” that have become a significant challenge to treat and contain by health professionals. Furthermore, scientists have failed to develop new antibiotics in the last 30 years.

Through eminent panelists, the public forum will address issues such as the state of antibiotics in research, and its impact on the food industry and human health. The forum will be an excellent opportunity to understand the state of affairs and to share concerns and questions with experts.

For more information please visit the event page.

Selon les Instituts de Recherche en Santé du Canada (IRSC) en 2012, plus de 8000 patients succombent à des infections qu’ils ont acquises dans les hôpitaux. L’utilisation excessive des antibiotiques a généré des « super-bactéries » résistantes aux médicaments qui deviennent de plus en plus difficile à traiter et gérer par les professionnels de santé. De plus, les scientifiques et compagnies pharmaceutiques n’ont pas réussi à développer des antibiotiques depuis les 30 dernières années.

Durant le forum public, des panelistes renommés discuteront de leur opinion sur l’état des antibiotiques en recherche, et les impacts sur l’industrie alimentaire et la santé humaine. Le forum sera une excellente opportunité de comprendre la situation présente et de partager ses inquiétudes et questions aux experts.

pour plus d’informations se il vous plaît visitez la page de l’événement.

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 or contact us at:

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?

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


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



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