Industry Insider (Jan-Feb) 2021: A Look at Careers

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INDUSTRY INSIDER - FEDERAL GOVERNMENT EDITION

Are you curious about career paths in the federal government? Here’s your chance to get an insider’s look at the public service! Join us for a McGill CaPS Industry Insider speaker event with a public servant who will share their experiences and answer your questions about government careers.

Industry Insider - Natural Resources Canada

January 7, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Speaker Bio

Frank Des Rosiers, Assistant Deputy Minister

Frank Des Rosiers was appointed Assistant Deputy Minister, Strategic Policy and Innovation (SPI) in November 2019. Prior to this, Frank was ADM, Innovation and Energy Technology at NRCan. He also served as General Director, Tax Policy at Finance Canada and as Assistant Secretary, Priorities and Planning at the Treasury Board Secretariat. Frank worked as Director General, Strategic Policy Branch at NRCan from 2003-07 and at the Privy Council Office (Intergovernmental Affairs at) as Chief of Staff to the Deputy Minister and Director, Economic and Fiscal Analysis.  Frank holds a BA in Economics from Université Laval, an MA in Economics from Université de Montréal and a Masters of Public Administration from Harvard University (Fulbright Scholar).

Organization Profile

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) specializes in the sustainable development and utilization of Canada’s natural resources, including clean energy, minerals and metals, forests and earth sciences. Strategic Policy and Innovation is providing strategic advice on the overall management of the department’s agenda and leads on horizontal functions (Cabinet, International Affairs, Federal/provincial relations, planning, innovation, economic analysis, data and national security). In addition, SPI is responsible for Canada’s Center for Mapping and Earth Observation (CCMEO).


Industry Insider - Health Canada and the Public Health Agency of Canada

January 28, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Speaker Bio

Sonia Parmar is the Senior Manager for the Initial Review team for commercial cannabis licensing for Health Canada. She has a Biopharmaceutical Science Degree and has been with the Department for 15 years. Her experience includes laboratory work for the Food Directorate and Viral Vaccines Division, Blood Establishment Regulation and specialization in Good Manufacturing Practices for drugs and natural health products (including management of the Site Licensing team).

Sonia Parmar est la directrice principale de l'équipe d'examen initial des licences de commercialisation du cannabis pour Santé Canada. Elle est titulaire d'un diplôme en sciences biopharmaceutiques et travaille au sein du ministère depuis 15 ans. Son expérience comprend des travaux de laboratoire pour la Direction des aliments, la Division des vaccins viraux, la réglementation des établissements de sang ainsi qu’une spécialisation dans les bonnes pratiques de fabrication des médicaments et des produits de santé naturels (y compris la gestion de l'équipe chargée des licences d'exploitation).

Annie-Claude Bourgeois, Manager of Domestic Vector-borne Surveillance Team, Centre for Food-borne, Environmental, and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases.

Annie-Claude Bourgeois owns a bachelor degree in Applied Zoology (McGill University), a MSc. in Parasitology (McGill University) and a MPH (University of Montréal). She started working at the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) in 2008 as a policy analyst of the ES-Development Program. In September 2009, she joined the Canadian Field Epidemiology Program (Cohort 2009-2011). From 2011 to 2017, she worked as a senior epidemiologist, focusing mainly her work on tuberculosis in the circumpolar region, and HIV surveillance. Since 2018, Annie-Claude has been the manager of the Domestic Vector-borne Surveillance Team in the Centre for Food-borne, Environmental and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases. More recently, Annie-Claude has also been supporting the COVID-19 response at PHAC in various capacities.


Industry Insider - Transport Canada
February 11, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Speakers:

Felix Meunier, Director, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Taskforce – Transport Canada

Félix Meunier was appointed Director, Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) Taskforce, effective since June 26, 2017. Mr. Meunier started working at Air Canada's Technical Services and at the Canadian Embassy in Washington, D.C. He joined TC in 2006, working in different policy areas, including strategic policy, innovation policy, ports policy and international air policy before becoming Executive Advisor to the Assistant Deputy Minister, Policy and later to two associate deputy ministers. He was Public Servant in Residence in the French public service in 2013-14. Mr. Meunier has a degree in Mechanical Engineering (Aeronautical) from McGill University, a Master of Public Administration from ENAP, a Master in Economics and Management from Université de Strasbourg and obtained a diploma from the Ecole nationale d’administration de France. A 3rd generation Transport Canada employee, he is married and has 3 children.

Farrah Fleurimond, Regional Director Corporate Services

Originally from the pharmaceutical sector, Ms. Fleurimond joined the public service in 2000 as a Transportation of Dangerous Goods inspector at Transport Canada. In 2004, she was promoted to Manager of her division and over the next 13 years, she worked in Civil Aviation, Rail Safety and the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Branch in the National Capital Region. She began her executive duties in 2017 as Regional Director, Surface, Quebec Region, and in January 2019, she was transferred to the Regional Corporate Services Branch. In order to support the professionalism and development of all, she is actively involved by championing Transport Canada's Digital Transformation initiative, the Young Professionals Network and National Public Service Week. She also works with employees by offering the New Employee Orientation course. Ms. Fleurimond holds a Bachelor's degree in Microbiology and Immunology from the Université de Montréal, a certificate in Management and Quality Assurance from the École de technologie supérieure and a Master's degree in Public Administration from the École nationale d'administration publique. She also holds a PROSCI certification as a Change Management practitioner.

Maxine Bilodeau, Director Climate Change Adaptation and Planning and Marie Anick Maille, Environmental Policy Analysis and Evaluation

Maxine has over twenty years of experience in the public service, starting her career as a program analyst in the Learning and Literacy Branch at what was then known as Human Resources and Development Canada. In the early 2000s, she joined Infrastructure Canada where she worked in various positions within both the Program Operations and Policy Branches, working closely with federal/provincial/territorial/municipal governments and other stakeholders to implement a variety of federal infrastructure programs. She joined Transport Canada’s Environmental Policy group in 2017 as Director of a newly formed Climate Change Adaptation team. In this role, Maxine oversees Transport Canada’s adaptation policy efforts and the management of two adaptation funding initiatives and coordinates the department’s sustainable development reporting. A francophone from Saskatchewan, Maxine originally moved to Ottawa to pursue her university studies in both official languages and has remained here since. She holds a degree in Canadian Studies from the University of Ottawa.


INDUSTRY INSIDER - WORK YOUR BA EDITION

Industry Insider - A Closer Look at Public Policy Careers

January 26, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Curious to learn more about a career in public policy?  Owen Ripley, at Canadian Heritage will talk about his experience and share insights on how to start off your career on a good note.

Owen Ripley, B.A. (Honours History & Political Science) and Bach of Civil Law
Director General, Broadcasting, Copyright & Creativity Marketplace
Canadian Heritage

Owen currently leads the Broadcasting, Copyright and the Creative Marketplace Branch at Canadian Heritage, which is the policy centre for broadcasting and copyright policy, CBC/Radio-Canada, the Canada Media Fund, the Creative Marketplace Lab on Data, Skills & Technology and the Digital Citizen Initiative. Much of his current work involves looking at the impact of digital technologies on Canadian policy and society.  Owen believes passionately in the potential of public policy to improve the lives of Canadians and in empowering teams to be as effective as possible.  A graduate of McGill University, Owen has both a B.A. degree (Honours History & Political Science) and a law degree.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/owenripley/

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Industry Insider - A Closer Look at Research Design & Applied Anthropology Careers

February 9, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Curious to learn more about a career in research design and applied anthropology? Chloé Roubert, Anthropology Lead at Sonder Design Collective will give you a closer look at her role, share advice on how to start a career in design and the skills and qualifications needed.

Chloé Roubert, BA Art History & Communications, Masters Anthropology
Anthropology Lead
Sonder Design Collective

Chloé is an applied anthropologist fascinated with how humans make meaning and organize the world around them. For a decade she has worked in design settings where she has led ethnographic research, facilitated conversations and driven analysis to uncover the insights that lead to more purposeful and human-centered systems, tools, and practices.

As part of Sonder Collective, a design co-operative, she collaborates with partners and communities on complex global health, humanitarian and social innovation challenges. Among some her current projects she is using an HCD approach to reconsider 'the why' behind the workings of the DRCongo's data immunization system.

The Zoom meeting link will be sent to all registrants in advance of the course start time. All confirmed attendees will receive a copy of the slides directly following the course. You will need to sign-in to the event using your McGill email address.


Industry Insider - A Closer Look at Non-Profit Careers
February 16, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Curious to learn more about a career in the charitable sector? Marina Boulos-Winton, Executive Director of Chez Doris will share her experience and answer your questions.

Marina Bolos-Winton, BA Psychology, Graduate Diploma Applied Management
Executive Director
Chez Doris

Marina Boulos-Winton is the Executive Director of Chez Doris, a day shelter for women in difficulty, a position she has held since April 2015. During the last several years, she has also been a course lecturer at the Université de Montréal in the Certificate of Philanthropy Program for the Faculty of Continuing Education as well as a consultant for a variety of non-profit organizations. Prior to this, between 2009 and 2012, she was the President & CEO of the Foundation of Greater Montreal. Between 1997 and 2009, she was based in New York City, where she held positions as the Executive Director of the High Water Women Foundation, President and CEO of the national “I Have a Dream Foundation®,” and as an Assistant National Executive Director of the YWCA of the USA, and earlier, held senior executive positions with the national fundraising consulting firm, CCS Fundraising Inc. and with United Way of New York City. In Montreal, from 1993 to 1997, Marina was Executive Director of Le Bon Dieu Dans la Rue, and preceding this, served as Executive Director of Tel-Aide. She is a graduate of McGill University and holds a BA with a major is psychology and a Graduate Diploma in Applied Management.

Under Marina’s leadership, Chez Doris’ annual operating budget has increased from $950,000 to $3.6 million and its team has increased from 11 to 42 employees. The organization has launched a capital campaign to raise funds for an emergency night shelter for homeless women as well as a permanent residence with 26 affordable apartments for vulnerable women; these two new points of service will be launched late next year.

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INDUSTRY INSIDER - STEM EDITION

Industry Insider - A Closer Look at What Software Developers Do
January 20, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Wondering what a Software Developer does? Then what our guest Rola Dali has to share will be of particular interest to you – more details to come soon!

Rola Dali
Senior Software Developer
Local Logic

Rola is a senior software developer at Local Logic, a Montreal-based start-up specializing in Location Intelligence. She has a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Ottawa and a PhD from McGill University in NeuroScience and Bioinformatics. She also has a Machine Learning and Data Science certificate from McGill.  Rola started her career as an academic researcher studying development and cancer for 13 years. She has moved to industry two months ago to pursue a career that is still data centred.

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Industry Insider - A Closer Look at Data Science
January 27, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Join Managing Principal Lisa Pinheiro and Data Scientist Stefano Parravno from Analysis Group to hear about what a Data Scientist does day-to-day, the impact they have on business decisions, and how they help organizations solve real-world problems through the power of Data Science.

Lisa Pinheiro, M.Fin., Mathematical Finance, Princeton University; Licence en sciences mathématiques, Université Libre de Bruxelles

Ms. Pinheiro has an extensive background in quantitative analysis and statistical modeling, which she has applied to various practice areas, including finance, intellectual property, biostatistics, and antitrust. In finance, she focuses on cases involving allegations of market price manipulation, misleading communications, excessive mutual fund fees, and mortgage-backed securities litigation. She has also applied survey analysis and statistical modeling to various intellectual property cases, including patent disputes among smartphone manufacturers, copyright tariff setting for musical works, and patent infringement in the pharmaceutical industry. She has extensive experience analyzing clinical trial, registry, and insurance claims data for both litigation and research purposes and has published manuscripts on pharmacoeconomic issues. In the antitrust field, she has led and managed US and Canadian cases and supported multiple experts in matters involving competition in the online search engine industry, class certification, and cartel and price-fixing allegations. Ms. Pinheiro has also coauthored expert reports and testified on questions relating to the modeling and calculation of royalties and damages. 

Stefano Parravano, M.S., Senior Data Scientist

Mr. Parravano is a results-driven data scientist with a focus on problem solving, data mining, and developing and implementing predictive models. He has applied his expertise in a number of industries including financial services and energy.  Stefano has led the implementation of predictive models supporting inventory management and scheduling systems at a Fortune 500 company. He has extensive experience in using machine learning to aid in natural language understanding tasks and has designed and implemented automated systems to perform text classification to solve problems in the context of information retrieval and sentiment analysis.

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Industry Insider - Closer Look at PR & Communications Careers in STEM
February 3, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Curious about STEM, China, and communications? Do you need to be amazing at math to have a career in tech? And by the way, is my job going to be automated? Chris Pereira, President & CEO of Canadian Ecosystem Institute (CEI), shares his views on these questions, on networking and career decisions, and on how to quickly learn another language like Chinese (hint: you don't need to move to China for 15 years).

The Canadian Ecosystem Institute (CEI) is a communications and marketing research firm dedicated to enabling and Chinese business opportunities. We provide branding, ecosystem, and research support that enables our clients to position themselves effectively as an engaged and valuable ecosystem participant, helping solve real business challenges and find the right business partners to succeed and thrive. If you have an idea, we've got a roadmap to make it a reality.

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Industry Insider - A Closer Look at What Data Scientists, AI Specialists, Management Consultants & Actuary Careers
February 10, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Wondering what Data Scientists, AI Specialists, Management Consultants & Actuaries do?

Then what our guest Hye Ra Moon, Data Scientist/AI Solutions Specialist at Deloitte has to share will be of particular interest to you. Hye Ra Moon will talk about her experience at Deloitte and how she shifted to this burgeoning field after many years as an actuary. Working alongside her clients as a detective to uncover truths through statistics, Hye Ra is well-versed in using tools like Python, Spark, and Hadoop to achieve this through statistics, data mining and machine learning.

Bio:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/hye-ra-moon/

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Industry Insider - A Closer Look at What Clinical Research Project Managers Do
February 17, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Wondering what a Clinical Research Project does? Then what our guest Michelle Marquis has to share will be of particular interest to you – more details to come soon!

Speaker

Michelle Canac-Marquis, BSc(Kin), MPH, CCRP

Do you cringe at the thought of writing yet another research paper, but want to pursue a career in Science? Are you interested in many different fields, but don’t know where you fit? Michelle is a Project Manager for the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre. She helps teams of world-renowned scientists accomplish their research projects. She has an MPH from l’Université de Montréal and a BSc in Kinesiology from McGill University. She also has a Graduate Certificate in Business Administration from Concordia University.

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Industry Insider - A Closer Look at What Medical Physicists Do
February 24, 2021
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Wondering what a Medical Physicist does? Then what our guest Sarah Quirk has to share will be of particular interest to you – more details to come soon!

Speaker

Dr Sarah Quirk

Dr. Quirk is a clinical scientist specializing in radiation therapy and uses radiotherapy data to advance breast cancer treatment. She did a Ph.D. in Physics followed by a two-year residency in Medical Physics and a one-year research fellowship to be certified as a clinical medical physicist. This academic and clinical training combines to help her ensure effective and innovative radiotherapy for people with cancer.  Dr. Quirk's experience applying new breast radiotherapy findings in a clinical setting has translated into 30 peer-reviewed publications that globally inform patient care.

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