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Welcome 10:00 – 10:15 a.m.

Dr. John Yoo, Dean, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

Dr. Thomas Drysdale, Associate Dean, Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies

Workshops 10:15 – 11:45 p.m. 

Science to Business Network Presents (S2BN): Outside the Academic Box: Exploring Careers for Graduate Students

Hosted by S2BN, this workshop features an esteemed group of industry professionals across sectors including pharmaceuticals, consulting, government and technology. Learn about their unique journeys from graduate school to industry, the skills and knowledge needed to excel in their positions and how graduate students can leverage their experiences to enter these industries and succeed.

This 90-min session will consist of a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Bruce Seet, Director of Medical Affairs at Sanofi Pasteur and President of S2BN. The panel discussion will be followed by an opportunity to network and interact with the panelists.

Panelists Include:

Ms. Leila Bocksch - Senior Policy Advisor at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Dr. Katherine Lee - Life Sciences Consultant at L.E.K Consulting

Dr. Hassaan Ahmed - Founder & CEO of

Dr. Paula Piraino - Global Medical Operations at Mundipharma

Reforming Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Academic and Professional Health Settings: Fundamentals, Gaps and Accountability

In this 90-minute interactive workshop, learn directly from advisors, experts and trainees on how to adopt equity, diversity and inclusion practices in academic and health research settings.


Dr. Nicole Kaniki, Special Advisor on Anti-racism to the President of Western University

Dr. Nicole Kaniki is the Special Advisor on Anti-racism to the President of Western University, and works as a Research Consultant and EDI Specialist at Western Research. She holds a MSc Kinesiology, and a PhD Health and Rehabilitation Sciences from Western University. She is also currently completing a MA Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Western doing research in Black Feminist Narratives in the Academy. Dr. Kaniki has a passion for social justice and uses an anti-racism and decolonization framework in her EDI work. 


Dr. Javeed Sukhera, Associate Professor of Psychiatry & Paediatrics at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry

Javeed Sukhera MD, PhD, is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Paediatrics at the Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University, Canada. He is also a Scientist at the Centre for Education Research and Innovation at Western University. He practices in the Paediatric Chronic Pain and Child and Adolescent Mental Healthcare Programs at London Health Sciences Centre.  His interdisciplinary research program explores novel approaches to stigma reduction and bias recognition and management in health professionals.  He is routinely interviewed by local and national media for his expertise on bias, stigma, equity, and wellness. He is also involved in numerous committees and councils. He is Chair of the London Police Services Board, and a former member of the Association of American Medical Colleges Board of Directors. He is also Past President of the Ontario Psychiatric Association.

Dr. Greta Bauer, Professor in Epidemiology & Biostatistics, CIHR Sex and Gender Science Chair  

Dr. Greta Bauer is an Associate Professor and Graduate Chair in the Department of Epidemiology & Biostatistics in the Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University. Dr. Bauer was also named a CIHR Sex and Gender Science Chair in 2021. She came to Western in 2005, after completing her PhD at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Dr. Bauer’s primary research interests are in sexually transmitted infections, health care access, the broader health of sexual and gender minority communities, and in quantitative research methodology for studying communities that experience marginalization. She has served as the lead principal investigator or co-principal investigator on five research grants on the health of transgender (trans) people. Along with her community and academic colleagues, Dr. Bauer designed and implemented the first large survey of trans health conducted in Canada, as part of the Trans PULSE Project. Dr. Bauer serves as Co-Chair of the Research Committee of the Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health. She also leads an ongoing program of research to incorporate intersectionality and multidimensionality into population health research methodology. As part of this research, she is addressing issues in survey measurement of sex/gender, sexual orientation, race/ethnicity, and discrimination.

Dr. Melanie Anne Atkins, Acting Associate Director, Graduate Education, Center for Teaching and Learning

Dr. Melanie-Anne Atkins is the Associate Director of Graduate Education at the Center of Teaching and Learning, Western University. Dr. Atkins has partnered with every Western University faculty and Western-affiliated university college to develop a diverse set of educational resources and assessment tools in the areas of mental health and wellness, financial literacy, anti-oppressive practices in education, academic literacy and research skill development, intercultural communications, and eLearning. Dr. Atkins has delivered over 200 presentations, the majority during her time as Wellness Coordinator, where she led the creation and development of the Wellness Education Centre into a student-led wellness education innovation hub, teaching evidence-based strategies to improve the mental health and wellness of the Western community. Drawing on her PhD research in anti-stigma education, which received the Alberta O’Neill Ontario Graduate Scholarship for academic achievement and research merit pertaining to children’s mental health, Dr. Atkins has become a key contact for staff, faculty, and student leaders seeking mutually beneficial, enriching, and sustainable strategies to support students with mental illness in the classroom, and to promote mentally healthy learning environments for all.


Olivia Ghosh-Swaby, Chair, Schulich CREDIT

Divya Santhanam, Co-Vice-President EDI, Hippocratic Council

Break 11:45 – 12:00 noon

The Lucille & Norton Wolf Health Research Lecture Series – featuring Andrew Au 

12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Andrew Au is a modern business leader who helps global blue-chip brands respond to the new culture and nature of work. During his keynote lecture, Andrew will share how digital transformation is providing new opportunities for innovation across the health care and health research sectors and how it is revolutionizing the ways we interact with each other, our teams, patients and the broader community.

Workshops 1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

Knowledge Mobilization via The Conversation Canada

The Conversation Canada is a daily independent online publication, delivering analysis and explanatory journalism from the academic and research community directly to the public. Deputy Editor Hannah Hoag and Health and Medicine Editor, Patricia Nicholson will explain the mission of The Conversation Canada, offer some background on how it helps academics with knowledge mobilization and tips on how to pitch a really great story idea. This is an interactive workshop where participants are encouraged to bring story ideas to discuss.  

Hannah Hoag- Deputy Editor

Hannah Hoag has covered the environment, science and medicine for more than 15 years. She launched and ran Arctic Deeply. Sh has graduate degrees in biology for McGill University and in science and medical journalism from Boston University.

Patricia Nicholson- Editor Health and Medicine

Patricia Nicholson is a journalist who has reported on health and medicine for more than a decade. She has been a staff writer at the Medical Post, has produced multimedia content for Women's College Hospital's consumer health websites, and has written material for continuing medical education courses. She has a Master of Journalism degree from Carleton and a BA in anthropology from McMaster University.

Interview Skills/Strategies for Academic and Non-academic Positions

This workshop consists of two concurrent sessions focused on interview skills/strategies needed for academic and non-academic job positions. During the workshop, a panel of speakers who have vast proficiency in the recruitment process will share their experiences with attendees.

Panel Members for Academic

Dr. Alison Allan – Chair, Anatomy and Cell Biology

Dr. Greg Gloor – Chair, Biochemistry

Dr. Jefferson Frisbee – Chair, Medical Biophysics

Dr. Frank Beier – Chair, Physiology and Pharmacology

Dr. Subrata Chakrabarti – Chair, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine

Dr. Saverio Stranges – Chair, Epidemiology and Biostatistics 


Panel Members for Non-academic

Mr. Andrew Millar – Founder & Managing Partner, Iris Scientific

Dr. Yara K. Hosein – Director of Operations, Additive Design in Surgical Solutions (ADEISS) Centre

Ms. Swaroop Bhagwat – Technical Sale Consultant, Miltenyi Biotech