Date: January 30, 2017
Time: 4:00 – 6:00pm
LocationMichael Smith Laboratories, MSL101 lobby
Catered refreshments will be provided.

I have been invited to be a panelist for a workshop on careers in industry. This panel is part of a series of career planning workshops for mentoring female graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in life science.

Using real life case studies, you will learn from technically experienced financial, tax and legal practitioners how to start, finance, and create the right structure for your business venture. You will also learn to navigate and manage risk as an entrepreneur.

3:45 – 4:00 pm: Registration

4:00 – 5:00 pm: Guided and open discussion

  • Welcome and housekeeping: 2 mins
  • Speaker intro: 2 minutes (total < 15 mins). Oral introduction.
  • Guided discussion: 15 mins
  • Open discussion (questions from the audience): 20 mins
  • Final remarks/wrap up: 5 mins

5:00 – 6:00 pm: Open networking with catered refreshments.

General questions on careers

  • Describe your position – what does an average day look like for you?
  • Why did you choose a career in your current role over the alternatives e.g. traditional academia?
  • What do you most enjoy about your work? What do you least enjoy?

Questions on women in science/women’s issues

  • Do you think “women in science” is still an issue worth discussing? Why or why not?
  • Do you feel that you have encountered any barriers in your career as a woman? For example, have you ever encountered times of obvious or implicit gender bias? If so, could you tell us how you dealt with it?
  • What difficulties have you faced regarding work-life balance? (This could include being a parent, balancing your career and your partner’s career, or other interests or hobbies). What strategies have you developed to maintain work-life balance?
  • For those with families, what strategies do you use to balance between science and motherhood? Do you feel that choosing to be a mother has influenced your career path or progression? If so, in what way?
  • If there was one piece of advice that you could give to young women in science today, what would it be?


Women in Life Sciences Industry Panelists

Dr. Edie Dullaghan – Head, Target Validation, Centre for Drug Research and Development (CDRD)
Dr. Grace Lee, Senior Product Manager, STEMCELL Technologies Inc|Director, Krimson Marketing Inc
Dr. Marcia MacDonald – Director, Research Programs, Genome BC
Dr. Yanet Valdez – Scientist, Team Lead, STEMCELL Technologies Inc
Dr. Gesa Volkers – Scientist, Protein Engineer, Zymeworks


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