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WIB-Montreal: Leveraging your Graduate Degree, January 29, 2020

Posted By Juliana Munoz Escobar, Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Our "Leveraging your Graduate Degree" event was a total success! With a full house and sold-out event, our speakers shared great tips on how to transition successfully after your grad studies. Our first speaker Mahzad discussed the missing opportunities in academia for supporting early-stage innovators in research labs. To bridge this gap, she suggested to include training on design thinking, experiential learning, and entrepreneurship at the graduate level. She also discussed the current programs that District 3 offers to help labs develop their projects towards commercialization. In the panel discussion, great tips were shared on how graduates can transition into academia or industry.

The main points were:

  • Keep good communication with your supervisor and transparency on what you want out of your academic research
  • Reorient as needed and focus again
  • Be realistic and know what you want
  • Determine your motivation and goals (e.g. applying your academic background in helping people)
  • Use job websites
  • Do networking
  • Don't get discouraged
  • Learn to communicate your story effectively
  • Consider culture fit in your working environment
  • Have a mentor, someone that has the experience and can help you.

Speakers also discussed coping mechanisms for criticism. These included to stay calm, don't retaliate, think about it, and decide or respond later, and also to surround yourself with family and friends, find diverse activities that interest you outside your professional/work life, and finally, always have a positive attitude!


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WIB-Greater Montreal: Planting the Seeds of Science Workshop for Girls in Grade 9, Thursday, November 21, 2019

Posted By Pascale Bouchard , Wednesday, December 25, 2019
YWIB and the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Center (GCRC) at McGill University partnered to host the Planting the Seeds of Science Workshop for girls aged 14 to 15. The GCRC volunteers introduced the students to biology through quizzes, workshops, informational presentations, and lab demonstrations.
 
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The event began with introductions from the YWIB Chair, Carmela De Luca, and the GCRC volunteers, as well as with a trivia game about women in science. The girls were, thereafter, given a tour of the Cancer Center, which included a presentation of the history of cancer research, an overview of major milestones within this field and a forecast of what to expect for the future. Tunde Golenar, a fifth-year Ph.D. at the Cancer Centre, proceeded to share her personal experiences pursuing a career in science.

After a short break, the students learned about biology and research techniques through several lab demonstrations. The first, Confocal Fluorescent Microscopy of Breast Cancer and Skin Cancer Cells, invited the girls into the confocal microscopy room to learn about basic principles of fluorescence as a tool for research. They viewed live-cell microscopy of melanoma cells and fixed cell microscopy of a breast ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS).

For the second lab demonstration, the girls were taught, using strawberries, how to extract DNA from the nucleus of cells. This station taught the girls simple cell biology and emphasized how researchers can use different solutions to sequentially break down cellular membranes and solubilize DNA.
 
The third educated the girls on Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) and Gel Electrophoresis through the use of PCR in different types of research. They were taught how to pipette DNA into an agarose gel and were shown how electricity can separate DNA by size.
 
Lastly, using the enzyme bromelain from pineapple juice (which can degrade a polymerized matrix, such as Jell-o), the girls were taught how enzymes can catalyze reactions. Additionally, they were shown how high temperatures can decrease enzymatic activity due to denaturation of polypeptide sequences.

After the lab demonstrations and before concluding with a pizza lunch and question answer session, the girls were quizzed on what they learned and educated on some of possible STEM career paths.  


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WIB-Greater Montreal: Let's Ellevate the Board, October 2, 2019

Posted By Juliana Munoz, Tuesday, October 8, 2019

On October 2, Women In Bio hosted a panel discussion on how to get access to boards of directors. Two exceptional women shared their perspectives on how to get opportunities, and the ups and downs of sitting on the board of a for-profit company. The panelists agreed some efforts are needed to improve diversity on boards and gave some insights on how to gain access to seats. We talked about approaching this as a career. We also discussed how to network and get proper education in order to have the tools needed for the positions available. Special thanks to our panelists Geneviève Guertin from Fonds FTQ and Katherine Crew from TEC Canada.

 

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WIB-Greater Montreal: ​ Life Sciences Partnering in the Age of Brexit / Sciences de la vie à l'ère de Brexit, May 16, 2019

Posted By Juliana Munoz, Friday, May 31, 2019

On May 16th, BCF, Women In Bio and the British-Québec Business Coalition hosted a panel discussion on the impact of Brexit on the lifesciences.  Five exceptional women shared their perspectives on Brexit's impact on immigration, European regulatory filing, clinical trials, investment, partnerships, and potential licensing opportunities. The panellists all agreed that uncertainty remains. In the short term, investment in basic and clinical research is expected to slow down and there could be opportunities for in-licensing if UK-based companies have difficulty raising capital. Special thanks to our panellists Lise Hébert of Klox Technologies, Laurence Rulleau, P.h.D of CTI LIFE SCIENCES LIMITED, Amal Khouri of Knight Therapeutics Inc., as well as Julie Lessard and Dominique Babin of BCF. Finally, thank you to our moderator Tuba Yamac of BCF.  

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WIB-Greater Montreal: Spring into STEM Festival, May 9, 2019

Posted By Ozlem Arat, Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Montreal Young Women In Bio successfully hosted the second “Spring into STEM Festival/ Fête du Printemps en STEM” event on May 9th with the sponsorship of Charles River Laboratories (CRL). CRL provided extensive opportunities to 63 Grade 9 students to learn about STEM careers, to gain extensive knowledge of clinical pathology and to meet very successful scientists who shared their experiences and knowledge.

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The event began with a lecture on toxicology followed by the playing of a short film made by Charles River Laboratories. Following the introduction, the girls were given laboratory coats and divided into three groups.

The groups rotated between three stations focusing on three separate specialties, being clinical pathology, toxicology, and laboratory sciences. The Clinical Pathology station involved a histology presentation, the toxicology station involved booths representing different departments to discuss the current toxicology studies undergone at CRL, and the laboratory sciences station involved a tour throughout the facility to discuss the various labs and the purpose they served in the drug development process.

Pizza was served for lunch and, while the students were eating, they were quizzed on how well they remembered certain details from the short film and activities. There was a lot of participation from students during this discussion and correct answers were rewarded with prizes.

We deeply appreciate the big CRL volunteer team who helped inform and inspire the students The names of the volunteering scientists, trainers, managers, supervisors, and technicians are as follows:

Carmela Parente, Aurore Varela, Agathe Bedard, Crystel Kiriakos, Pam Walker, Julien Jouniaux, Timothy McKinnon, Chantal Voyer, Kelly Tenneson, Mark Freke, Marilyne Boyer, Sylvie Wise, Dominic Poulin, Gabrielle Boyd, Natalie Chapados, Kristina Aurousseau Martinu, Corinne Waheed, Josée Comeau, Eric Theriault, Jean Bayol Parnell, Francine Deslippe, Danielle Chenail, Mélanie Bruxelle, Valerie Girard, Laurence Bonhomme, Samir Benmakrelouf, Dana Roman, Maxime Bouchard, Sabrina Lund, Beaufray Mvila, Charles Eliott Bourassa, Salpi Kasparian, Kate Chang, Stéphanie St-Jacques, Frédéric Sirois, Mélissa Desormeaux, Victoryia Klypa, Natalia Corsillo.

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WIB-Montreal: ​Young Women In Bio Spring into STEM Festival / Fête du Printemps en STEM, April 26, 2019

Posted By Ozlem Arat, Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Montreal Young Women In Bio successfully hosted “Spring into STEM Festival/ Fête du Printemps en STEM” on April 26 at Charles River Laboratories (CRL). CRL provided extensive opportunities to forty Grade 9 students.They learned about STEM careers and met very successful scientists who shared their experiences and knowledge.

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The event began with a lecture on toxicology followed by a short film made by Charles River Laboratories, which described how their orphan drug (Strinseq) transformed a young girl's quality of life as a result of curing her condition (juvenile-onset hypophosphatasia). 

The students were split into three groups and a volunteer led each group between three separate "stations". One station involved presentations by researchers who used props and visuals to explain to students the various studies currently taking place at CRL. Students learned what equipment and animal models were used for infusion, parenteral and neurotoxicology studies, and for auditory studies (such as to study hearing loss as a potential side effect of oncologic drugs). The other two stations involved descriptive tours of laboratory spaces within the facility, an informative histopathology presentation with posters and tissue stain samples, and hands-on activity utilizing various types of pipettes. 

Special thanks to the women scientists who inspired the Grade 9 students:

Carmela Parente, B.Sc. (Director, Toxicology)

Kristina Martinu Aurousseau, P.h.D (Client Project Manager)

Julien Jouniaux, B.Sc. (Scientist, Musculoskeletal Research)

At the end of the event, pizza was served for lunch. While the students were eating, they were quizzed on how well they remembered certain details from the short film and activities. There was a lot of participation from students during this discussion and correct answers were rewarded with prizes. 

 

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WIB-Greater Montreal: Planting the seeds of science / Plantez les graines de la science, April 30, 2019

Posted By Ozlem Aarat , Friday, April 5, 2019

YWIB and the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Center at McGill University celebrated Spring into STEM and Women’s History Month with their 4th Annual Planting the Seeds of Science Workshop for Grade 9 students.  Dynamic GCRC graduate student volunteers introduced grade 9 students to biology through a series of lab demonstrations and presentations including possible careers paths young students can take to achieve careers in STEM fields.

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The event began with an interactive quiz on the biology of cancer and women in science. The students then split up into small groups and cycled through various lab demonstrations isolating and separating DNA, viewing cells through high powered microscopes and learning about animal behavioural studies. The activities ended with a discussion of possible careers in science and the volunteers at GCRC answering the many questions the students had over a pizza lunch.  Special thanks to the graduate student organizers and volunteers!

Alyssa Francis and Madelyn Abraham (Student Organizers)

Daniela Gilardi,Tunde Golenar, Rachel Catterall, Reem Kurdieh,  Aislynn Hunt, Sheri McDowell, Chuhan Feng, Tatiana Lenko, Amanda Tanti, Katie Bozek, Michaela Moore, Ipshita Nandi, and Marina Fukano (Student Volunteers)

 

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Thank you to the wonderful volunteers at the  GCRC and the students and Ms. Pearce of Villa Maria

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WIB-Montreal: ​Cultivating Talent in Pharma - An Insider’s View, March 20, 2019

Posted By Juliana Munoz, Friday, March 29, 2019

We had a fantastic evening last Wednesday March 20th, thanks to our outstanding speakers from Novartis and EY. Our event started with time for networking and getting to know each other over wine and refreshments.  Our first speaker, Thea Discepola, VP Legal Counsel at Novartis, shared her exciting and inspiring career path at Novartis, where she started as a fresh graduate 17 years ago. She talked about the “unbossed” model at Novartis, where people are encouraged to remove obstacles that prevent them from growing and achieving their goals. She also discussed what type of mentoring she feels most compelled to offer and how she can successfully manage four different generations in the same team. Next, after a round of questions from the public, we had the co-presentation from Krista Robison, Partner, and Lynn Lapierre, Associate Director of Human Resources at EY. A truly interesting take on how different personalities can perceive feedback. They shared tips on how to encourage employees and ourselves to have a more open mind to change and how this can impact our happiness not only professionally but also in all other levels of life. They finalized their presentation with a fun quiz that allowed the audience to understand better how they perceive change. After their presentations, Liz Cooper, Chair of the MAPS program (Mentorship – Advisors – Peers - Sponsorship) moderated the panel discussion. One of the points highlighted during the discussion was the importance of recognizing our own weaknesses and fears and how working on them can be the real driver of professional growth. We finalized the evening with more refreshments kindly offered by our event sponsor Novartis. We thank every member of the Novartis team and all our speakers for helping us make this event a total success!  

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Mercredi dernier, nous avons passé une soirée fantastique, grâce à nos excellents conférenciers de Novartis et d’EY. Notre événement a commencé avec du temps pour réseauter autour d'un verre de vin et de rafraîchissements. Notre première intervenante, Thea Discepola, vice-présidente des affaires juridiques chez Novartis, a partagé son parcours passionnant et inspirant au sein de Novartis, où elle a commencé comme il y a 17 ans. Elle a parlé du modèle «unbossed» de Novartis, dans lequel les personnes sont invitées à supprimer les obstacles qui les empêchent de se développer et d’atteindre leurs objectifs. Elle a également discuté du type de mentorat qu'elle se sent le plus obligé de proposer et de la manière dont elle peut gérer avec succès quatre générations différentes au sein d'une même équipe. Après une série de questions du public, nous avons eu la co-présentation de Krista Robison, associée, et Lynn Lapierre, directrice associée des ressources humaines chez EY. Un regard vraiment intéressant sur la manière dont différentes personnalités peuvent percevoir les commentaires. Elles ont partagé des astuces sur la manière d'encourager les employés et nous-mêmes à avoir une plus grande ouverture d'esprit face au changement et à l'impact que cela peut avoir sur notre bonheur, non seulement sur le plan professionnel, mais également à tous les autres niveaux de la vie. Elles ont finalisé leur présentation avec un questionnaire amusant qui a permis au public de mieux comprendre comment il perçoit le changement. Après leurs exposés, Liz Cooper, présidente du programme MAPS (mentorat - conseillers - pairs - parrainage), a animé la table ronde. Au cours de la discussion, l’un des points mis en exergue a été l’importance de reconnaître nos propres faiblesses et nos peurs peut être le véritable moteur de la croissance professionnelle. Nous avons finalisé la soirée avec d'autres rafraîchissements offerts gracieusement par notre sponsor d'événements, Novartis. Nous remercions tous les membres de l’équipe Novartis et tous nos intervenants de nous aider à faire de cet événement un succès total!

 

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Previous Past Event Recaps

Posted By Marsha Morgenstern, Friday, March 29, 2019

Click here for Women In Bio Greater Montreal 2018 Past Events

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