Date: May 24, 2015
Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm
LocationThe Westin Bayshore, Vancouver, 1601 Bayshore Drive
Lunch will be provided.

It is with great pleasure to announce that I have organized a satellite symposium as part of the 9th Annual Canadian Association of Neuroscience (CAN) Meeting. This 1-day satellite consists of short presentations from speakers representing a variety of sectors, discussing how they go to where they are, and offering advice to trainees interested in entering industry or government. Ample time will also be provided for informal interactions with the speakers.

Registration fees are:
$25 if combined with CAN Meeting registration (Register HERE)
$50 for those wishing to register for the satellite only (Register HERE)

Handouts from the sessions are available for download! Click the links in the agenda.


9:00am – 9:15am
Introduction and welcome: Grace Lee, PhD
Download slides: Introduction: Alternative Careers Workshop – Grace Lee, PhD

9:15am – 9:45am
Eric Marcotte, PhD
Associate Director, Institute of Genetics & Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction, CIHR
Download slides: Leaving Academia: Government/Research Administration – Eric Marcotte, PhD

9:45am – 10:15am
Murray Webb, PhD
Head, Pharmacology & Toxicology, Centre for Drug Research and Development
Download slides: The Wonderful World of Drug Development – Murray Webb, PhD

10:15am – 10:30am Break (coffee provided)

10:30am – 12:00pm Panel Session 1: Entrepreneurship, Self-Employment, and Start-ups
Moderated by Grace Lee, PhD
Senior Manager, Product Marketing, STEMCELL Technologies
Director, Krimson Marketing Inc.


12:00pm – 1:30pm Lunch (provided)

1:30pm – 2:45pm Panel Session 2: Finding a Job in Industry
Moderated by Tiffany Timbers, PhD
Banting Postdoctoral Fellow, Simon Fraser University


  • Justin Davis, PhD
    Scientific Director, Nognz Brain Fitness

  • Kenneth To, PhD
    Global Medical Affairs Center of Excellence – Medical Liaisons, Eli Lilly and Company

  • Vivien Lo, MSc
    Co-Founder, FLO Innovations Inc.

  • Yu Sun, PhD
    Inside Sales Representative, STEMCELL Technologies Inc.

  • Janny Marie Peterslund, PhD
    Product Marketing Manager, STEMCELL Technologies Inc.

2:45pm – 3:00pm Break (coffee provided)

3:00pm – 3:45pm
Ali Tehrani, PhD
President and CEO, Zymeworks Inc.

3:45pm – 4:00pm
Conclusion and wrap-up: Grace Lee, PhD
Senior Manager, Product Marketing, STEMCELL Technologies
Director, Krimson Marketing Inc
Download slides: Common Themes: Alternative Careers Workshop – Grace Lee, PhD


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