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The Alt-Ac Career Café: discussions on career building and transitioning

October 16, 2014
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What can you start doing now to build your career--both within and beyond the university?

At the Alt-Ac World Cafe, former doctoral students now working in such diverse fields as internet broadcasting, policy analysis, academic administration and environmental consulting will share their career insights and work with you to generate ideas right for your situation.

Date: Nov 13, 1pm - 4pm

Location: room 126, Halpern Centre, Burnaby Campus 

Go here to REGISTER. Refreshments served.

Moving away from traditional panel events, this session will be focused on small-scale conversations so that all attendees will have the opportunity to engage in actual discussions with the event guests. Our invited guests include:

Val Walker is Director of Policy at Mitacs, a national, not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for 15 years. She completed a PhD in Physiology at McGill University in 2009 and a MSc in Kinesiology at  Simon Fraser University in 2003.

Val has appeared on multiple panels on the topic of graduate student training and career outcomes such as the 2014 Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences and the 2014 Canadian Science Policy Conference. Read more about her story here

Lino Coria is Senior Research Engineer at Broadband TV and Partner at Scribble Consulting. He completed a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering at UBC in 2008 and a postdoctoral fellowship at the same university in 2011.

While completing his doctoral degree Lino started creating YouTube videos. The success of his channel allowed him to launch an educational services company, Scribble Consulting. Read more about his story here.

Stephanie Chu is Director of SFU's Teaching and Learning Centre and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Education. She completed a PhD in Educational Psychology at Simon Fraser University.

She is the Vice-Chair of the Educational Developers Caucus, a Steering Committee member of the Educational Technology Users Group and Western Regional Director of the Canadian Network for Innovation in Education.

Brendan Connors is Senior Systems Ecologist at ESSA Technologies, a consulting company specializing in environmental and social sciences and decision support, and a an Adjunct Professor at SFU's School of Resource and Environmental Management.

Brendan completed a Ph.D. in Biological Sciences at SFU in 2011 and completed a postdoctoral fellowship with the School of Resource and Environmental Management in 2013. Read more about his story here


Tosha Tsang is a Research Commons Librarian at Simon Fraser University. She completed an MA in Sociology and spent 7 years working on PhD at the University of Alberta before deciding to shift gears and attain a Master of Library and Information Studies degree at UBC.

Prior to her academic career, Tosha was a full-time athlete and is a Canadian Olympic silver medallist in rowing from the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games. Read more about her story here.

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