Entrepreneurship Track


Time and Date: 10:15-11:15 AM on Saturday May 6th
Session Type: Workshop
Facilitator: Dr. Elisa S. Chavez

When you truly know yourself and what you stand for, it becomes easier to determine your priorities and find a career path that aligns with your beliefs. Much like a company’s core values, your personal values are there to guide your behaviour and choices. Learn how to refine your personal values by assessing what is important to you and what you need in your life. How do your personal values coincide with the values of your organization? Are there changes you should make in your life to better suit your priorities? Take away the ability to clearly articulate your personal values and why they are important to you.

Tomorrow’s Leaders: Business Skills for STEM

Time and Date: 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM on Saturday May 6th
Session Type: Panel
Panelists: Anna Stukas (Moderator), Caroline Andrewes, Bill Tam, Sarah Main, Janice OBriain and Dr. Alexandra T. Greenhill

Today’s job market requires that entrepreneurs and STEM leaders be more than just technically skilled but also be business-savvy. While having a novel idea or innovative approach will get you far, you also need to know how to pitch, promote and sell your concept. In order to differentiate yourself from the competition, it is important to become well versed in today’s 21st Century skills – critical thinking, communication, collaboration. How do you elevate your ideas and turn them into a successful pitch? What non-technical and business skills are required when starting a STEM venture? This session is not just for entrepreneurs, business skills benefit all STEM professionals aspiring to leadership positions. 


Time and Date: 3:00-4:00 PM on Saturday May 6th 
Session Type: Workshop
Facilitator: Kaylee Byers

Communicating your research, ideas or venture effectively can help you get a job, publish your research, obtain funding and even influence people. Making your work accessible to different groups is an extremely important skill to have, especially when you have to address non-expert audiences. However, turning off your professional jargon or compiling decades of work into an elevator speech isn’t always easy. How do you make your message more accessible to the public? How can you make your message more engaging? Leave with effective communication techniques that will help you tailor your message to your target group.