Career Panel: Life After Grad School
The APEX professional development program in the Office of Graduate Studies & Postdoctoral Fellows is pleased to announce our first career panel.
Panelists include six graduate student alumni (SFU/UVic/UBC) who will discuss their experiences upon leaving graduate school and finding career paths in non-academic settings. You'll hear tips on what has worked for others and pick up some great ideas for how to prepare yourself for your future careers.
Date: Friday, November 15, 2013
Time: 2–4 pm
Location: IRMACS theatre, ASB 10900, Applied Sciences Building, Burnaby campus. Light refreshments will be served.
RSVP required: To help us order enough refreshments, please RSVP: http://websurvey.sfu.ca/survey/155663639
Livestream: The event will be livestreamed in real-time for those unable to attend in person. Please go to: http://www.irmacs.sfu.ca/about/live-video in advance of the event to check that your software is up-to-date and you are able to view the event.
For any questions about the event, please contact Sue Hampton, email@example.com.
Aaron Cruikshank is a multifaceted creative class professional who brings together communication, research, analysis, and business development skills. With a background in Communications and Public Policy, Aaron has worked for non-profits, in the high tech industry, for major multinational corporations and with government. He is currently the Executive Director of HiVE Vancouver, a non-profit co-working space located in Gastown. Aaron has been able to turn the organization into a sustainable operation and is currently helping with growth and additional locations. Aaron graduated from SFU with a Masters in Public Policy in 2006.
Trish Garner is the Community Organizer of the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition and the co-author of A Poverty Reduction Plan for BC. She gained her experience working with Raise the Rates, an anti-poverty group based in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. In 2008, she co-founded the Poverty Olympics, a community festival that highlighted the disparity between public spending on the Olympics and people living in poverty, and in 2010, she coordinated the Poverty Olympics Torch Relay around the province ending with a 100 km walk from Langley to Vancouver. Trish graduated from SFU with a PhD from the Department of Gender, Sexuality, and Women's Studies in 2011. (See her editorials in The Province as well as in The Vancouver Sun.)
Peter Hampton is a Control Systems Engineer at Cellula Robotics Ltd. Cellula is an engineering firm dedicated to the development of innovative automated and teleoperated equipment, primarily for subsea geotechnical and geophysical operations. Peter researches and implements cutting-edge technological design in the area of electrical and systems engineering, integration, automation and embedded systems. Peter graduated from UVic with a PhD in Electrical Engineering in 2009 with a focus on control systems for astronomy and held a postdoctoral appointment at UVic (2009–2010).
Geniva Liu is a partner and researcher at Directions Evidence and Policy Research Group, a Vancouver-based consulting company in applied research and evaluation, policy analysis, and strategic direction in areas such as education, child and youth development, social services, and health. Geniva was a Research Grants Facilitator at SFU for several years, and prior to this was a research consultant. Geniva held a postdoctoral appointment at Dalhousie University (2006–07) as a NSERC/Killam Fellow. Geniva graduated with a PhD in experimental cognitive psychology from UBC in 2005.
Kevin McQuiggin is a member of the International Cybercrime Research Centre and also works as an airline pilot for Kelowna Flightcraft, one of Canada’s largest cargo airlines. Prior to July 2011, Kevin spent 30 years with the Vancouver Police Department. He retired in 2011 as the Inspector in charge of the Forensic Services Section, where he was in charge of all financial crime and technological crime investigations, as well as forensic identification. Kevin graduated from SFU in the 1980s with a BSc in Computing Science, and subsequently finished an MA in Communications in 2001 on the topic of technological innovation.
Kristoffer Palma is a Field Application Specialist at a US biotech company, a leader in the production and supply of reagents and technologies for the life science industry. He is responsible for all sales, business development and technical support in Western Canada. Prior to working with this company, Kris held two postdoctoral appointments, one as a Marie Curie/EMBO/NSERC Fellow at the University of Copenhagen (2008–2011) and the second position (2011–2012) as a MSFHR Fellow at the Genome Sciences Centre/BC Cancer Agency. Kris graduated from SFU with a Masters degree (Biological Sciences) in 2002, and from UBC with a PhD (Genetics) in 2007.
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