Upcoming Events

We’re pleased to announce that our next two workshops, with guest speaker Dr. Erik Wong, are scheduled for December. Space is limited (40 guests each for now, but we may allow more), so reserve your tickets soon!

Workshop One: Tuesday, December 10 from 1:00 – 3:00 in DMCBH 3402
“Career Options, Mindsets and Strategies - Your Place in the Sun” 
When and how should I spend time thinking about my career trajectory? What do I know about my training needs and job options for graduates with science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) background? The speaker will share real life experience as a curious young neuroscientist, transitioning to drug hunter, head of research departments, and a business development executive. We will discuss ways to combine learning potentials, interests, core values and education/exposure to develop strategies to achieve entry, and sustain a fulfilling career. This workshop will include case studies drawn from the last thirty years of rapid expansion in scientific knowledge and commercial productivity. We will also review examples of global commercialization, career development via non-traditional career paths.

Register for Workshop one here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/workshop-career-options-mindsets-and-strategies-your-place-in-the-sun-tickets-71586947487

Workshop Two: Thursday, December 12 from 1:00 – 3:00 in DMCBH 3402
“Tools and Tactics for Joining the Global Workforce – Do I Have the Right Stuff?” 
Universities are essential training grounds for future leaders in science and industry to hone their technical and analytic skills – yet the level of professional training on offer are uneven. In this session, we will address a variety of communication tools and tactics necessary to join the global workforce. We will survey the relationship between research training and job descriptions, and raise awareness on the employer’s expectation. This is an intentional and necessary process to define one’s career options, formulating goals and adjusting the mindset for a successful and satisfying career! 
The speaker will draw from real life examples of how to create critical differentiation to build credibility and exhibit professional behaviors during interviews. In addition, we will cover key elements that drive employability, namely social and cultural competency, entrepreneurial spirit, emotional intelligence, and how they intersect to drive career planning and development. How networking, publishing and presentation at international conferences are opportunities for distinguishing yourself in the future job market and securing referrals. This is about the importance of articulating the big picture and create a favorable and distinctive ‘brand’!

Register for Workshop two here: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/workshop-tools-and-tactics-for-joining-the-global-workforce-tickets-71588987589

Introducing the Speaker: 
Erik Wong, PhD, received his training at University of Aberdeen in Human Physiology and at Medical Research Council (UK), National Institute for Medical Research in Molecular Pharmacology. He carried out postdoctoral research in academia and industry, at University of California and Merck Neuroscience Research Centre, respectively. He is a consultant for career and professional development, plus an expert on innovation and translational psychiatry. 
Over a 33-year career, Erik has served 10 major global pharmaceutical and biotech companies in 3 continents, contributing to research and development (R&D) functions in several therapeutic areas (neurology, psychiatry, pain, ophthalmology, immune-oncology). He had roles from research biochemist, directors of Pharmacology and External Sciences, to VP in global business development. His duties include: directing recruitment to build departments, designing training programs to support transitioning academic scholars into industrial research leaders, to optimize pitching techniques for performance reviews and promotion. He directed research and educational programs to build multiple in-house, cross-discipline research task-forces, sustaining cross-culture learning organizations and external R&D infrastructures. His research responsibilities include: journal editorships and as evaluator of multi-million size research grants, served on study sections for National Institute of Mental Health. 
His industrial leadership, plus research, social and cultural competence honed through innovative global partnerships have resulted in publication of 11 patents, the approval of 3 medicines in over 30 countries, and communicated novel scientific findings in over 100 peer-reviewed articles. Erik is passionate about the future of STEM and biomedical graduate and postdoctoral training, and is keen to bring up-to-date marketing, career management tactics and transferable skills to facilitate the professional growth of future scholars. He has served as an adjunct associate professor of psychiatry at Michigan State University (MSU) and career development advisor for different universities and professional societies. He is a consultant for the Office of Academic and Professional Development at Rackham Graduate School, University of Michigan. He also serves as a consultant for University of Bergen, Chinese University of Hong Kong – School of Life Science, School of Biomedical Science, and University of Pittsburgh. He mentors graduate students from Universities of: Aberdeen, Bergen, Cardiff, Hong Kong, Michigan, and Oxford.