4th Annual Postdoctoral Research /Career Day | 4e Journée annuelle de la Recherche/Carrière Postdoctorale

June 10, 2017 (9:00 AM - 6:00 PM)

New Residence Hall, McGill University (map)

The next event will take place June 16 2018.

Le prochain événement aura lieu le 16 juin 2018.



The 4th Annual Postdoctoral Research/Career Day will take place at McGill University. This year’s theme is “Non-Academic Career Options". The event is organized in collaboration with six Quebec university partners, McGill University, Concordia University, l'Université de Montréal, L'École de technologie supérieure (ETS) de Montréal, L'Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), and Laval University.

The Annual Postdoctoral Research/Career Day is open to the entire academic community. It is intended to bring together a wide range of topics to help and inspire postdoctoral fellows both now and as they transition into their career. There will be networking opportunities for postdocs across Quebec.

To attend, you must register before June 1, 2017, using the registration form provided for that purpose.

* Refreshments will be served.


La 4e Journée annuelle de la Recherche /Carrière postdoctorale aura lieu à l'Université McGill. Le thème de cette année sera « Options de carrière non académiques ». Cet événement est organisé en collaboration avec six universités québécoises: l'Université McGill, l'Université Concordia, l'Université de Montréal, l'École de technologie supérieure (ETS) de Montréal, l'Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS), ainsi que l'Université Laval.

La Journée de la Recherche/Carrière Postdoctorale est ouverte à la communauté académique et vise à rassembler un large éventail de sujets afin d’inspirer et de soutenir les stagiaires postdoctoraux durant leur parcours actuels mais aussi durant leur transition vers leur future carrière. De plus, Il y aura également des possibilités de réseautage à travers le Québec.

Pour y participer, vous devez vous inscrire avant le 1er juin 2017, en utilisant le formulaire d'inscription prévu à cet effet.

* Des rafraîchissements seront servis.



To view the full 2017 program and session description, please click HERE.


8:45-9:20 AM

Registration and refreshments | Inscription et refraîchissments


9:20-9:30 AM

Welcome and Introduction | Accueil et introduction

David Syncox

Opening Plenary | Plénière d'ouverture

9:30-10:30 AM

Inspiring Senior Scientist | Scientifique chevronné et inspirant

Peter White

10:30-10:40 AM

Break | Pause


Morning Sessions | Séances du matin

10:40-12:15 PM

 Job hunting resources | Ressources pour recherche d'emploi

Niem Huynh

Immigration process | Processus d’immigration

Leiter Rahme Attorneys Inc.

12:15 - 12:45 PM

Lunch | Dîner

Afternoon Sessions | Séances de l'après-mid

12:45-2:15 PM

Non-academic CV | CV non-académique

Emily Bell
Danielle Barkley

2:15-2:25 PM

Break | Pause

2:25-3:25 PM

Social media for success & Networking | Médias sociaux pour le succès et réseautage

Nathan Hall

Panel discussion | Table ronde

3:25-4:30 PM

Career Paths: From Academia to Industry | Parcours professionnels : de l'académie à l'industrie

Johans Fakhoury 
Bahador Bakhtiari   
Jihan Rabah

Networking | Réseautage

4:30-6:00 PM

Wine and cheese | Vins et fromages




Speakers' Biography

Peter White:

I grew up in Michigan and earned degrees at the University of Chicago (BSc in chemistry) and Columbia University (PhD in organic chemistry). During my PhD I developed an interest in enzymology, so after finishing grad school I moved to Berkeley, California to do postdoctoral research in biochemistry. From Berkeley I moved to Montreal and worked for over twenty years at the Boehringer Ingelheim infectious disease research centre, with a focus on virology. Starting as an industrial postdoc, I held positions of increasing responsibility and was a Director in the Biology Department when the company closed this centre in early 2013. I then moved to the Novartis research site in Emeryville, California where I led a biochemistry group working on both oncology and infectious disease projects. Shortly after my arrival, oncology research was terminated at this site and the entire group was laid off. I moved back to Montreal, where I lead the biology group at Paraza Pharma. Paraza provides research services and drug discovery expertise to Biotech and Pharma customers across North America.

Niem Huynh:

Niem Huynh, PhD. Geographer. Inquirer. Risk taker (calculated). Niem is also an explorer of career opportunities.  You may find her weaving between crowds of people, lending her ear to acquaintances who share their employment trajectories.  Niem’s interest in supporting graduate students search for meaningful careers was ignited by her own journey. Professional work took her to Texas, for an Assistant Professor position.  This was followed by Niem leaping to a research role in a non-profit organization in Washington, DC.  Feeling like the Canada goose, Niem traced her roots back to Canada where she has since enjoyed being a Career advisor at McGill University, working primarily with graduate students. Today, Niem leverages on her suite of transferable skills and manages graduate student recruitment at Concordia University.

Leiter Rahme Attorneys/Avocats:

We are a legal firm practicing in all aspects of Canadian and American immigration law, since 1991. Based in Montreal, Quebec, and having offices in the Middle East and the Gulf, we are able to assist a diverse pool of clients from around the world. What sets up apart from other firms is our fighting spirit and determination to try to ensure the success of each and every application. Accordingly, we adopt a personalized approach based on human contact. We chaperon our clients through their entire immigration process by means of effective and continuous communication. For more information, we encourage you to visit our website at: LR [at] immcanada.com.

Emily Bell:

Emily Bell,PhD, manages a program of professional and career development for graduate students and postdocs in the health sciences at one of Quebec’s largest university affiliated health centres (the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre). Emily worked in academic health research for the better part of 15 years as a graduate student, postdoc and associate researcher before transitioning into her current alt-ac position. Still working in a higher education and research context allows her to continue to pursue most of the same activities she enjoyed before such as teaching, collaborating, mentoring and advising students, writing, and working on policy. At the same time, she has found new passions to pursue and focuses increasingly on course design, visual presentation, and educational technology. You can find Emily on Twitter @truemilybell and on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/in/truemilybell/.

Danielle Barkley:

Danielle Barkley holds a Ph.D. from McGill University and currently works as a Career Advisor at the Career Planning Service.  She has worked extensively with graduate and postdoctoral students through roles as an advisor, instructor and workshop facilitator, and partnerships with the McGill Writing Centre and the Faculty of Management.

Nathan Hall:

Nathan Hall is Associate Professor in the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology (Learning Sciences) at McGill University. Hall is also the Director of the Achievement Motivation and Emotion Research Group and creator of Shit Academics Say, @AcademicsSay. His research is funded by provincial, federal, and international grants (e.g., SSHRC, FQRSC, Spencer, Humboldt) and has a specific focus on the structure, effects, and self-regulation of motivational variables and emotions in educational settings  (e.g., teachers, students, faculty) as well as motivational interventions for improving achievement, persistence, and psychological health as facilitated by digital/social media.

Johans Fakhoury:

Johans Fakhoury is currently a senior Research Associate and Lab Manager in the DNA nanotechnology group of Dr. Hanadi Sleiman of the McGill Chemistry Department. He completed his undergraduate studies in Montreal at McGill University in the department of biochemistry. He subsequently pursued his doctoral studies with Dr. Chantal Autexier at the Lady Davis Institute where he studied the biochemical functions of telomerase, the ribonucleoprotein responsible for maintaining telomeres. He then was recruited by Dr. Hanadi Sleiman to head the molecular biology research initiative. He currently, maintains his position in the DNA Nanotechnology group where he is responsible for student mentorship, lecturing, and group management.

Bahador Bakhtiari:

Bahador Bakhtiari, PhD, MBA is a process engineer at the CanmetENERGY Research Centre in Varennes, Quebec, for the Department of Natural Resources Canada. After his PhD at Polytechnique Montreal, he joined CanmetENERGY in 2009 as a Postdoc. He accepted a process engineer position there two years later working on energy recovery and optimization, and process integration.

Bahador also has a couple of years of business development and project management experiences in the private sector and he holds an MBA from the John Molson School of Business at Concordia. He has over 10 years of experience in the energy R&D sector.

Jihan Rabah:

Dr. Jihan Rabah is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Concordia University and at KnowledgeOne Inc., an internationally recognized elearning service provider. She holds a Ph.D. in Education from Concordia University. Her academic degrees also consist of a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration, In addition, she holds a Certificate in Project Management from McGill University and is specialized in educating students with needs, with a two-year Postgraduate Diploma in Special Education. Dr. Rabah's research interests are grounded in the affordances of digital technologies in learning environments. She currently holds a two-year postdoctoral fellowship from Mathematics of Information Technology and Complex Systems (MITACS) national research organization. She was also the recipient of a two- year Social Sciences Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellowship, David Azrieli's Graduate Fellowship as well as, the Judy and Morris Fish's Graduate Scholarship in Education.


Working Group

Anaïs Charles, Université Laval

Cynthia El Hage, Université de Montréal ( Udem)

Dorival Martins, McGill University

Leila Qashu, Concordia University

Marion Tanguay, L'Institut national de la recherche scientifique (INRS)

Syed Asfarul Haque, The Research Institute of the MUHC - McGill University

Nazanin Rostami, Administrative Coordinator, McGill University






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