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2014 Annual Conference

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Conference Presentations

Tuesday, October 28

Jean-Pierre Gaboury Lecture

How to train students to find post-PhD opportunities:
Sidonie Smith – Keynote

Preparing Graduate Students for the work outside the Academy: Frédéric Bouchard

Polk and Greenwood
Workshop on the PhD

Wednesday, October 29

News from the Granting Agencies: Fortin, Goosney, Villemure
Federal Strategy on International Education

Presentation from Vessey (Moderator)
Presentation from Annan
Presentation from Slater
Presentation from Humphries
Students with Disabilities: Mahaedo Sukkai

Intellectual Property: Matthew Herder


Presentation from Brenda Brouwer
Presentation from Barbara Crow


Rob Annan
Rob Annan is Chief Research Officer at Mitacs, a leading Canadian not-for-profit that supports innovation through skills development, research, and collaboration between students, researchers, and industry. Dr. Annan speaks regularly on research and innovation policy with public and private audiences across Canada. He advises government and university leaders on innovation and research policy as well as in evaluation methods for research and innovation programs. As of July 1, 2014, Dr. Annan became Interim CEO of Mitacs. Dr. Annan has a PhD in Biochemistry from McGill University and undergraduate degrees in English from Queen’s University and in Biology from the University of Victoria.

Frédéric Bouchard
After completing a BA and MA in philosophy at the Université de Montréal, Frédéric Bouchard completed a PhD in philosophy at Duke University (Ph.D. 2004). He went on to pursue a post-doc fellowship at the University of Toronto. Frédéric Bouchard has been a professor at the Philosophy department, Université de Montréal and is the first holder of the ÉSOPE Chair in philosophy. Since 2014, he is also Director of the Centre interuniversitaire de recherche sur la science et la technologie. He is President of the Canadian Philosophical Association.

Noreen Golfman
Noreen Golfman is Dean of Graduate Studies and a professor of English and Film Studies at Memorial University. Her Ph.D. is from the University of Western Ontario. She recently served two terms as president of the Canadian Federation of Social Sciences and Humanities, a national education advocacy group. She is currently President of the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies. In addition to publications in scholarly journals, Dr. Golfman has been writing on the arts and culture in more popular venues. She was the film columnist for the Canadian Forum, and has contributed to Newfoundland Quarterly, the Independent newspaper, and worked as a commentator for CBC radio and television.

Robert Greenwood
Robert Greenwood is Executive Director, Public Engagement for Memorial University and of The Leslie Harris Centre of Regional Policy and Development. He is lead on the Public Engagement Framework for the University, which coordinates and supports the University’s collaboration with partners and stakeholders. Dr. Greenwood has operated his own consulting business and has served as a Director and Assistant Deputy Minister of Policy in Economic Development departments in Newfoundland and Labrador and in Saskatchewan. He was Vice President, Corporate Development, Information Services Corporation of Saskatchewan, and was founding Director of the Sustainable Communities Initiative, a partnership of the University of Regina, the City of Regina, and the National Research Council of Canada. He holds a Ph.D. in Industrial and Business Studies from the University Of Warwick, England, which he attended as a Commonwealth Scholar.

Matthew Herder
Matthew Herder is an Assistant Professor of Medicine and Lawyer at Dalhousie University. He teaches on a variety of health law topics, including informed consent, patient-physician confidentiality, and regulation of the medical profession. Prior to arriving at Dalhousie, he taught in the areas of bioethics and intellectual property law at Loyola University, Chicago’s School of Law. Professor Herder’s research interests cluster around biomedical innovation policy, with particular focus on intellectual property law and practices connected to commercialization of scientific research. He studied as Harvard and was admitted to the Bar in 2004.

Jennifer Humphries
Jennifer Humphries is Vice-President, Membership, Public Policy and Communications at CBIE, Canada’s international education organization. CBIE comprises 150 member institutions including school districts, cégeps, colleges, institutes, universities and language schools. Jennifer is responsible for membership relations, communications, research, advocacy, conferences and scholarship programs. Jennifer serves on the board of the Association for Studies in International Education (publishers of the Journal of Studies in International Education) and represents CBIE in the Network of International Education Associations and Project Atlas (worldwide student mobility). She has delivered presentations at conferences across Canada and abroad. She holds a Master’s degree in English and a Bachelor’s in English and French Literature from the University of Ottawa.

Jennifer Polk
Jennifer Polk is a professional listener and question asker. As a post-academic consultant and coach, she helps smart, creative, motivated individuals inside and outside the academy achieve their personal and professional goals. Jen specializes in helping dissertators finish and graduate, and ABDs and PhDs figure out life and work beyond the professoriate. She earned her PhD in history from the University of Toronto in 2012 and is currently pursuing certification through the International Coach Federation. Find her online at http://FromPhDtoLife.com and on her University Affairs blog, From PhD to Life (http://www.universityaffairs.ca/from-phd-to-life/). Connect with her on Twitter @FromPhDtoLife (https://twitter.com/FromPhDtoLife), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/FromPhDToLife), and LinkedIn (http://www.linkedin.com/pub/jennifer-polk/43/564/bab).

Allison Sekuler
Allison Sekuler received her BA degree in Mathematics and Psychology from Pomona College in 1986. She completed her PhD Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. She is currently professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour. Dr. Sekuler is a Canada Research Chair in Cognitive Neuroscience and focuses on vision science and aging in her research. She was McMaster's first Associate Vice-President (Research). Dr. Sekuler is currently on research leave from her position as Dean of the School of Graduate Studies at McMaster University.

Gary Slater
After receiving a Ph.D. from the Université de Sherbrooke (1984), Gary Slater worked at the Xerox Research Centre of Canada in Mississauga. He joined the Department of Physics at the University of Ottawa in 1990 and has since occupied the positions of Vice-Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Science (1997-2000), Vice-Dean (2002-2004) and Dean (2005-2011) of the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, Associate Vice-President International (2012-2013), and Associate Vice-President Student Affairs since January 2014. A world renowned polymer physicist, he was elected Fellow of the American Physical Society in 2010 and Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada in 2012.

Sidonie Smith
Sidonie Smith is Mary Fair Croushore Professor of the Humanities and Director of the Institute for the Humanities at the University of Michigan. She is a past-President of the Modern Language Association of America (2010). This past year, she served on two task forces making recommendations related to the future of doctoral studies in the humanities, one for the MLA and another for the Social Science and Humanities Research Council in Canada. Her most recent books include the second, expanded edition of Reading Autobiography: A Guide for Interpreting Life Narratives (with Julia Watson, University of Minnesota, 2010); and Human Rights and Narrated Lives: The Ethics of Recognition (with Kay Schaffer, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004).

Mahadeo Sukhai
Mahadeo Sukhai is a research fellow and team leader with the Advanced Molecular Diagnostics Laboratory at the University Health Network. Prior to assuming this role, Dr. Sukhai completed his Ph.D. in cancer biology from the University of Toronto (2007), and two post-doctoral fellowships, in genomics and drug discovery. Outside of a distinguished research and teaching career, Dr. Sukhai has been an active volunteer with the International Association of Lions Clubs (1993-2003), the Let’s Talk Science Partnership Program (2007-2012), the University of Toronto (2001-2012) and the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS; 2004-present).

Paul Edward Yachnin
A leader of collaborative, interdisciplinary scholarship, Paul Yachnin teaches at McGill University and publishes on the social creativity of the arts, principally on Shakespeare and other writers of early modern Europe. In addition to serving as Director of the Shakespeare and Performance Research Team and President of the Shakespeare Association of America (2009-2010), he founded the Making Publics (MaPs) Project (2005-10), which brought together scholars across the disciplines to rethink the history of early modern Europe by understanding how works of art and intellect created “publics,” new forms of association based on the shared interests, tastes, and desires of individuals. He is currently Director of the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI).

Leigh Yetter
As Executive Director of the Institute for the Public Life of Arts and Ideas (IPLAI) and Project Manager for Early Modern Conversions, Leigh Yetter develops academic and public programs that facilitate and promote the collaborative efforts among researchers at McGill and other universities and between the McGill academy and diverse collection of community partners. She is currently working on developing a new Master of Arts degree, to be offered by IPLAI. Before coming to McGill in 2006, she taught widely in the history and literature of Britain and Europe at Brown University and Harvard University. She also taught in the History Department at McGill before joining IPLAI as Associate Director in 2009 (becoming Executive Director in 2013).

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