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Mastering Data Science: Conversation With Experts on Roles, Responsibilities, and Challenges

Thursday, June 20, 2024 18:00to19:00

Gain valuable insights into the rewarding experiences and challenges that data scientists, artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning specialists, face in their careers.

Whether you work in a data-related job or are interested in starting a new career in this field, this webinar will allow you to hear from experts about their strategies to navigate and deliver results in data-based projects effectively.

This conversation with Nabil Beitinjaneh BEng, MBA, CBDA., and Faculty Lecturer at SCS, Alejandro Gutierrez Lopez, MSc, PhD, PMP, CPOA, CBDA, and Faculty Lecturer at SCS, and Paco Awissi, BComm, MBA, Heading Data Science and Machine Learning Teams, Morgan Stanley, and Course Lecturer at SCS, will also explore how the McGill SCS Professional Development Certificate in Data Science and Machine Learning helps to prepare learners for different roles in data science.

This event will be delivered in English, but participants can ask questions in English or French.


  • Common challenges faced by data scientists and AI/machine learning specialists
  • Roles and responsibilities in a data science-related team
  • Strategies to overcome roadblocks in a data-related project
  • How the McGill SCS Professional Development Certificate in Data Science and Machine Learning helps build foundational skills necessary to succeed in data-related roles.


About Paco Awissi

Paco Awissi is a leader and trainer with over 15 years of experience in data science and machine learning. He has held significant roles at renowned organizations such as the National Bank of Canada, TELUS, and Morgan Stanley. Throughout his career, he has been committed to helping organizations harness the power of data and machine learning to drive informed decisions and foster growth. His talent for building and nurturing teams of technologists, combined with his ability to innovate, has made him an integral part of numerous data projects and applied machine learning endeavors.

As a lifelong avid learner, Paco Awissi consistently approaches challenges with an open mind, always in search of innovative solutions. His academic background, including an MBA from HEC Montreal, as well as professional development courses at institutions like Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, and Stanford University, adds depth to his hands-on experience.

About Nabil Beitinjaneh

Nabil Beitinjaneh is a consultant and trainer with more than 25 years of experience in strategy development, business intelligence, project management, systems and process engineering spanning both the corporate and the entrepreneurial world.

Nabil is known for his ability to mobilize individuals and to grow teams in turbulent and undefined environments. His professional corporate experience includes Nortel and CGI, where he has held positions of increasing responsibility and has been involved in the area of business intelligence and data analytics. As an entrepreneur, he supported the growth of several businesses through strategy consulting and business development. He has lived in North America, Asia and Africa and is experienced with intercultural negotiations and bridging geographies. Nabil holds an Executive MBA from Concordia University, in addition to his degree in Electrical Engineering (computers) from McGill University.

Nabil is curious and a life-long learner who loves to share his knowledge and experience through teaching. Currently, he is a program coordinator for Data Science and Data Analytics programs at the School of Continuing Studies, as well as a course instructor at Concordia University’s Centre for Continuing Education.

Nabil is actively engaged in the community through his work at Le centre Culturel Syrien, which focuses on helping newcomers to Montréal in their integration, and in alleviating the suffering of those impacted by the conflict in Syria.

About Alejandro Gutierrez Lopez

Alejandro Gutierrez Lopez, Ph.D., has more than fifteen years of experience in Information Technology projects working for companies in Mexico, Sweden, Iceland, and Canada. His fields of expertise include data science, project management, simulation models, and software systems.

Alejandro is a faculty lecturer at the School of Continuing Studies, where he teaches multiple courses in business analytics and data science. He holds a Ph.D. in Project Management from the University of the Basque Country in Spain, a Master of Science in Entrepreneurship from Lund University in Sweden, and a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Monterrey in Mexico. Alejandro holds several professional certifications including, Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), certified Microsoft Excel Expert, as well as Certification in Business Data Analytics (IIBA®- CBDA) and Certificate in Product Ownership Analysis (IIBA®-CPOA).

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