Careers in Chemistry - Speaker Bios

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Exploring Your Career Pathways in Chemistry (Workshop), 14:00-14:40

Speaker:

Lynne Greenblatt - Career Consultant
Lynne Greenblatt - Career ConsultantLynne Greenblatt is a Career Consultant with the American Chemical Society, as well as a facilitator for the ACS Careers workshops and Leadership Development courses.  She is looking forward to bringing her expertise in career consulting to Canadian audiences.

Lynne retired in 2010 from a 37-year career at Wyeth Laboratories (now Pfizer), spanning QA/QC, bulk manufacturing and, most recently, discovery research.  Upon her retirement, she and her husband moved from the Princeton, NJ area to Waterside, NB, on the Bay of Fundy.  For a time, they owned and operated a software consulting firm, Phare View Concepts, Inc., specializing in custom applications in Microsoft Excel.  They have both since retired from that venture.  

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From Jobs to Gin: Social Media for Chemists, 14:40-15:20

Speakers:

Stuart Cantrill - Chief Editor, Nature Chemistry
Stuart Cantrill - Cheif Editor, Nature ChemistryA graduate of the University of Birmingham in the UK, Stuart obtained his PhD in chemistry from UCLA in 2001 (working with Fraser Stoddart), followed by postdoctoral research at Caltech (working with Bob Grubbs). In 2003, he returned to UCLA to tackle a number of different roles, including lecturer, research associate, administrative consultant to the California NanoSystems Institute, and his first job in journal publishing — running an editorial office for the ACS journal Organic Letters. In 2006, Stuart returned to the UK to join Nature Publishing Group where he was first an associate and then senior editor at Nature Nanotechnology. In early 2008, he was appointed to be the founding Chief Editor of Nature Chemistry, which launched in April 2009. His main research interests were in the fields of supramolecular chemistry, self-assembly processes and interlocked molecules. But he’s now fascinated by scholarly communication — particularly in chemistry — and how it might be changing in the not-too-distant future. He (very occasionally) blogs about chemistry and related topics at Chemical Connections (http://stuartcantrill.com/) and probably swears a little bit too much on Twitter.

Laura Reyes - Career Development Leader, Chemical Institute of Canada
Laura Reyes - Career Develoment Leader, Chemical Institute of CanadaAt the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC), Laura oversees the organization’s Local Sections and Student Chapters. She is also involved in creating professional development programming for the CIC’s annual chemistry and chemical engineering conferences, including organizing workshops, career panels, and networking events. Laura completed her BSc in chemistry at York University and her PhD at the University of Toronto, researching the surface chemistry of heterogeneous catalysts for CO2 utilization. During her PhD, Laura developed a lasting passion for sustainability practices and green chemistry education as a founding member and co-chair of the student-led Green Chemistry Initiative. She has also been involved in the Toronto CIC Local Section, and was a founding member of Women in Chemistry Toronto.

 

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Careers Panel: Academia, Education, and Training, 15:40-16:20

Panelists:

Andrew Dicks – Professor, Teaching Stream, University of Toronto
Andrew Dicks - Professor, Teaching Stream, University of TorontoAndrew (Andy) Dicks joined the University of Toronto Chemistry Department in 1997, after undergraduate and graduate studies in the United Kingdom at the University of Wales (Swansea) and Durham University respectively. His doctoral work at Durham under the supervision of Professor Lyn Williams focused on the reactivity of nitric oxide donor drugs. He has research interests in undergraduate laboratory instruction that involve designing novel and stimulating experiments, particularly those that showcase green chemistry principles. This work has led to 50 peer-reviewed publications in the chemistry education literature and several pedagogical awards. He has additionally edited two books as resources for teaching green chemistry ("Green Organic Chemistry in Lecture and Laboratory" and "Problem-Solving Exercises in Green and Sustainable Chemistry"). In 2014 he was co-chair of the 23rd IUPAC International Conference on Chemistry Education which was held in Toronto, and became a Canadian 3M National Teaching Fellow in 2016.

Alon Eisenstein – Educator, Experiential Learning, Impact Centre
Alon Eisenstein - Educator, Experiential Learning, Impact CentreFor the past five years, Dr. Eisenstein has been responsible for teaching and enhancing the Impact Centre’s Entrepreneurial Work Integrated Learning (E-WIL) programs, in particular the undergraduate course-based internship “Exploring New Ventures”. Building on his experience, Dr. Eisenstein established a partnership with the University of Oslo’s School for Entrepreneurship, creating E-WIL opportunities to visiting summer students from Norway. As part of his research activities, Dr. Eisenstein is studying the role and importance of critical thinking and entrepreneurial attitude in E-WIL participants, which includes a project to develop critical thinking assessment tools for E-WIL programs.

Dr. Eisenstein obtained his BSc and MSc in Chemistry, both with honours, at the Ben-Gurion University in Israel. He received his PhD from the University of Toronto, specializing in Physical Chemistry, and is currently pursuing an MEd in Curriculum Studies and Teacher Development at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education.

Tamara Freeman – Instructor, The University of British Columbia - Okanagan
Tamara Freeman - Instructor, The University of British Columbia - OkanaganTamara obtained her BSc with Honours at University of Victoria while completing a 4 year Co-Operative Education program. She obtained her Ph.D. in Materials Chemistry (2009) at UBC under the supervision of Dr. Michael Wolf. Tamara investigated the optic and electronic properties of pendant group functionalization on polythiophene backbones. In her current position as First-Year Coordinator at UBC Okanagan campus, she is responsible for developments across both the lecture and laboratory components of the general chemistry curriculum. She focuses on experiential learning opportunities for both undergraduates and the public through her work as coordinator of the UBCO Chembassador chemistry outreach program and is chair of the Southeastern BC local section of the CSC.

 

Avena Ross – Assistant Professor, Queen’s University
Avena Ross - Assistant Professor, Queen's UniversityAlthough born in Canada, Avena was raised in New Zealand where she attended the University of Auckland and obtained her BSc (Hons.) in Chemistry in 2005. She then returned to Canada to undertake Doctoral research at the University of Alberta under the supervision of Prof. John Vederas. During her degree, Avena investigated antibacterial peptides called lantibiotics, these exquisitely potent molecules are produced by bacteria as a chemical defense. She received her PhD in Chemistry in 2012 and then joined the lab of Prof. Brad Moore at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography/UCSD. As an NSERC Postdoctoral fellow at Scripps, Avena continued to study peptides from bacteria and her work focused on how these complex molecules are biosynthesized in nature. In January 2015, Avena began her current position as an Assistant Professor and Queen’s National Scholar in Chemical Biology and Medicinal Chemistry at Queen’s University. Avena’s research group uses a multidisciplinary approach to investigate marine bacteria as a source for new bioactive molecules and seeks to understand the methods used by bacteria to enzymatically construct these complex molecules.

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Careers Panel: Industry, Startups, and Government, 16:20-17:00

Panelists:

Kyle Boniface – Director of Product Development and Innovation, Zenabis Global Inc
Kyle Boniface - Director of Product Development and Innovation, Zenabis Global Inc.Dr. Kyle Boniface is a professional chemist taking on big challenges in Canada’s brand-new Cannabis Industry. At Zenabis, Kyle’s role in Product Development and Innovation spans the product life cycle and encompasses all facets of manufacturing from raw material extraction to finished product packing for global markets.

In 2018, Kyle earned a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Chemistry from Queen’s University. At Queen’s, Kyle’s multidisciplinary work developing novel green technologies for the chemical industry resulted in one issued US patent and several publications. Prior to joining Queen’s University, Kyle completed an Honours Bachelor of Science (HBSc) degree, specializing in Chemistry and Business at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2012.

Published multiple first author, and several co-authored peer reviewed publications in internationally recognized scientific journals. Named inventor on patent US20160244548A1.

Tim Clark – Technology Leader, GreenCentre Canada
Tim Clark - Technology Leader, GreenCentre CanadaTim has been with GreenCentre Canada for over 9 years, during which time he has held a number of roles since beginning as a Senior Scientist. He now leads their Technology Team and scientific program. While at GreenCentre, Tim has contributed to the commercialization of technologies including the “Switchable Water” platform, which led to the creation of the start-up company Forward Water Technologies.

Tim is an experienced organometallic, polymer and materials chemist who has published extensively in the open and patent literature. He graduated with his BSc from the University of Calgary before completing his PhD at the University of Toronto with Ian Manners. Prior to beginning his time at GreenCentre, Tim held an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship at Cornell University working with Geoff Coates.

Nafiseh Ebrahimi – Research Officer, National Research Council Canada
Nafiseh Ebrahimi – Research Officer, National Research Council CanadaNafiseh earned her bachelor of materials engineering from Ferdowsi University of Mashhad Iran in 2007 and her MSc in Material selection in 2010. She then got a scholarship from university of western Ontario to pursue her PhD in Physical chemistry, with a focus on electrochemistry and corrosion. She finished her PhD studies in 2016 and started working as research associate at National research council of Canada (Ottawa). Nafiseh is currently working as a research officer leading NRC’s corrosion and electrochemistry related projects. She has been the project manager and project technical lead of various project involving governmental agencies and industry clients such as Infrastructure Canada, Royal Canadian Navy, Canadian Coast Guard and also Canadian Construction Material Center.

 

Patricia MacLeod – Senior Research Scientist II, Gilead Alberta ULC
Patricia MacLeod – Senior Research Scientist II, Gilead Alberta ULCPatricia received her BSc. (Honours in Chemistry) in 2003 from the University of Prince Edward Island. Subsequently, she joined Professor Chao-Jun Li’s group at McGill University. She completed her PhD work in 2009, and immediately thereafter, she started her career in industry in the Process Development department at Gilead Alberta as an Associate Scientist II. Patricia remains with the company today in the Senior Research Scientist II role. Her work at Gilead Alberta focuses on developing manufacturing processes for active pharmaceutical ingredients to support clinical activities.

 

 

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Careers Panel: Options for Chemists Beyond Academia and Industry, 17:00-17:40

Panelists:

Stuart Cantrill – Chief Editor, Nature Chemistry
Stuart Cantrill – Chief Editor, Nature ChemistryA graduate of the University of Birmingham in the UK, Stuart obtained his PhD in chemistry from UCLA in 2001 (working with Fraser Stoddart), followed by postdoctoral research at Caltech (working with Bob Grubbs). In 2003, he returned to UCLA to tackle a number of different roles, including lecturer, research associate, administrative consultant to the California NanoSystems Institute, and his first job in journal publishing — running an editorial office for the ACS journal Organic Letters. In 2006, Stuart returned to the UK to join Nature Publishing Group where he was first an associate and then senior editor at Nature Nanotechnology. In early 2008, he was appointed to be the founding Chief Editor of Nature Chemistry, which launched in April 2009. His main research interests were in the fields of supramolecular chemistry, self-assembly processes and interlocked molecules. But he’s now fascinated by scholarly communication — particularly in chemistry — and how it might be changing in the not-too-distant future. He (very occasionally) blogs about chemistry and related topics at Chemical Connections (http://stuartcantrill.com/) and probably swears a little bit too much on Twitter.

Angela Lyon – Patent Agent, Queen’s University
Angela Lyon – Patent Agent, Queen’s UniversityAngela Lyon (BSc(Hons) & MSc Queen’s Chemistry) is a patent agent, registered with the Canadian Intellectual Property Office and the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. Angela is part of the technology transfer unit within the Office of Partnerships and Innovation of Queen’s University. While at Queen’s, Angela has worked closely with the patent team at GreenCentre Canada to evaluate and protect green chemistry innovations. Prior to training to be a patent agent, Angela was part of a medicinal chemistry program to develop new compounds for treating people with epilepsy. This work was funded through NSERC and Queen’s spinoff company, Neurochem Inc. Angela is a named inventor on one U.S patent.

 

Josephine Tsang – Community Engagement Specialist, TELUS Spark (Calgary Science Centre)
Josephine Tsang – Community Engagement Specialist, TELUS Spark (Calgary Science Centre)Dr. Josephine Tsang is a testament of the power of science to empower Canadian citizens of all backgrounds. Her captivation with science as a young newcomer has enabled her to become a proud female scientist and researcher, striving continuously to share her passion in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Math) through mentorship and leadership.

As the Community Engagement Specialist at TELUS Spark, Josephine’s work has catalyzed the Future City and Future Province initiatives that highlight the critical role of informal education in helping our communities’ transition to sustainable energy systems. Before joining TELUS Spark, Josephine was a champion of science literacy in liberal education at Mount Royal University. She has worked in the energy industry, overseeing the development of unconventional oil recovery applications and advocating for innovative practices in the management of fertilizer impacts in soil and groundwater.

Josephine is an eager builder of engaged communities, working with many boards, including Science & Technology Awareness Network, Faculty of Arts and Science Dean’s Council and the Chemistry Innovation Council at Queen’s University. She also works with Social Venture Partners Calgary to help local non-profits build their capacity to thrive and grow their impact.

Josephine is a Professional Chemist (Alberta), with a doctoral degree in physical organic chemistry from Queen’s University with a focus on destruction of chemical weapons. Chatelaine magazine named Josephine as one of “80 Canadian Women to Watch” and she was a recipient of the L’Oréal Canada/Canadian Commission for UNESCO Women in Science Research Excellence Fellowship.

Matt Zamora – Acting Sales Manager, Nanalysis Corp.
Matt Zamora – Acting Sales Manager, Nanalysis Corp.(Dr.) Matt Zamora obtained his BScHon in Chemistry from Mount Allison University in Sackville, NB under the supervision of Prof. Steve Westcott. After graduating from the WiLdToAdS research group, he fled out West to pursue a PhD in organometallic chemistry with Prof. Martin Cowie at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, AB. Following graduation, Matt accepted an NSERC/JSPS postdoctoral fellowship with Profs. Sanshiro Komiya and Masafumi Hirano at Tokyo University A&T. After 2 incredible years in Tokyo, Dr. Zamora returned to Canada to further pursue postdoctoral studies with Prof. Paul Hayes at the University of Lethbridge in Alberta and Prof. Cathleen Crudden at Queen’s University in Kingston, ON. With an extensive knowledge of NMR, Matt decided to take a leap and pursue sales in capital equipment, accepting a position in 2016 at a Canadian tech startup named Nanalysis Corp. As a Technical Sales Rep, Matt was responsible for sales of benchtop NMR instruments in the Midwest USA and Canada, while also showcasing the product at conference expos around the world. Dr. Zamora now serves as Acting Sales Manager at Nanalysis, overseeing direct sales and global distribution. Matt and his wife, Avena, have both travelled the world working in various labs and now live in Kingston, ON. They spend their time seeking out fun restaurants and pubs, hosting parties, discovering new cocktails, and always making time for hockey and their favourite TV shows.

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