Professional Development Track: Speed Networking Evening

Monday, May 28, 2018
Off-Site: State & Main

*This event is sold out*

The two-part Speed Networking Evening will provide graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with the opportunity to learn about various career paths and the skills required for each, practice their high-level communication skills through speed networking, and expand their professional networks during a relaxed mixer with representatives from chemistry-related organizations.

Part 1: Speed Networking (18:30-20:30)

Attendees will be organized into groups of 4 and seated with an industry, government or academic representative (host) for 10 minutes. Each host will begin by speaking for three minutes about their company/team, the role of chemistry in it, and the key skills that they use in their role or value in their personnel. Each student will then be given one minute to outline their interests, current expertise, and the skills they wish to develop. After 10 minutes, a bell will ring and each group will move to the next host table. Each attendee will see 10-12 hosts over the course of the evening.

Part 2: Mixer (20:30-21:30)

Attendees and hosts will have the opportunity to continue their discussions and to network over a casual drink. An excellent opportunity to expand your professional network and to network with future colleagues in the chemical sciences. Appetizers and 1 drink ticket per person will be provided.



The Speed Networking Evening is sold out. To be placed on the waiting list, please email


Confirmed Organizations & Representatives

Applied Quantum Materials
Dr. David Antoniuk - CEO & Co-Founder
Prof. Jonathan Veinot - President & Co-Founder; Professor of Chemistry, University of Alberta

Borden Ladner Gervais LLP
Dr. Vanessa Renee Little - Associate

Canadian Light Source
Dr. Jeffrey Cutler - Chief Strategic Relations Officer

Gilead Sciences
Dr. Erica Tiong - Senior Research Scientist
Dr. Zhongxin Zhou - Senior Director, Process Research and Development

Graphene Leaders Canada
Dr. Leah Coumont - Director, Research and Development

GreenCentre Canada
Dr. Preston Chase - Director, Academic Business Development

Dr. François Levesque - Associate Principal Scientist
Dr. Feng Peng - Senior Research Chemist

Dr. Heather Phillips - Director of Operations
Dr. Susanne Regel - Director of Marketing

Ridout & Maybee LLP
Dr. Kazim Agha - Partner & Patent Agent

University of Alberta & 48Hour Discovery
Prof. Ratmir Derda - Associate Professor of Chemistry, U of A; Founder & CEO, 48Hour Discovery

Dr. Adrien Côté - Science Lead & Business Advisor

Xerox Research Centre of Canada
Dr. Matt Heuft - Business Development Manager


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