Networking 101 and Industry Mixer (Registration Required)

Tuesday, 4 June 2019
Delta Hotel, Cremazie-Garneau

It is no secret that networking is an important part of building a career in chemistry, yet knowing how to get started with networking can often feel daunting. Want to lower this activation barrier? Let the CIC be your catalyst! This two-part event will provide graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with the opportunity to improve their networking skills and expand their professional networks. 

This event is now sold out.


Networking 101, 19:00-20:00

Participants will learn about how to demystify networking, practice their ‘elevator pitch’ introductions, and become better self-advocates to reach their professional goals. CIC Career Development Leader Laura Reyes and representatives from chemistry-related organizations will help guide participants in refining their networking skills to highlight relevant expertise and build lasting connections. Each participant will be expected to come prepared with an elevator pitch introduction as a starting point. Business cards are also strongly recommended.

Participating mentors:
Tamas Benkovics – Associate Principal Scientist, Merck & Co. Inc.
Judy Cipot-Wechsler - Technical Manager, Science & Innovation, DuPont Canada
Lynne Greenblatt – Career Consultant
Steven Holdcroft – Professor & Canada Research Chair in Electrochemical Materials, Simon Fraser University
Angela Lyon – Patent Agent, Queen’s University
Patricia MacLeod – Senior Research Scientist II, Gilead Alberta ULC
David Palmer – Department Head & Professor of Chemistry, University of Saskatchewan
Susanne Riegel - Director of Marketing & Product Manager, Nanalysis Corp.
Mark Scott – Principal Scientist I, Gilead Alberta ULC
Josephine Tsang – Community Engagement Specialist, TELUS Spark (Calgary Science Centre)

Read mentor bios (PDF)


Industry Mixer, 20:00-21:30

Participants in Networking 101 will also gain entry to the Industry Mixer, where they can meet invited speakers from the CCCE 2019 Industry Program, gain insight into Canada’s chemical industry, and put their newly-polished networking skills into action. 

Note: the Industry Mixer will start at 19:00 for speakers from the CCCE 2019 Industry Program – by invitation only. Participants (and mentors) from Networking 101 will join at 20:00.

Anticipated attendees:
Matt Heuft, Xerox Research Centre of Canada and Director of Industrial Liaison, Canadian Society for Chemistry
Deborah Nicoll-Griffith, EndoParagon Inc. and President, Canadian Society for Chemistry
Adrien Côté, Velocity
Kyle Boniface, Zenabis Global Inc.
Ian Jobe, Executive Director, Chemical Institute of Canada
Plus various speakers from the Industry Program.