SMRTS Seminars Program

The SMRTS (Sharing Multi-network Resources for Trainee Success) Seminars Program is a professional development initiative between 14 research institute, national and provincial networks aimed at providing the best possible programming to our respective trainees.

Each month, we will offer our trainees access to a wide range of soft skills programming through a live-streamed webinar or event.  For further information about specific webinars, please contact the host network as listed below.


Using value assessment to inform R&D priorities: An introduction to early health technology assessment (eHTA) (NMIN NCE)

In a competitive landscape where resources are limited, quantifying the potential value of a new health technology for key stakeholders/potential customers at an early stage can reduce commercialization risks.

This three-part webinar series will introduce attendees to the concepts of health technology assessment (HTA) and early health technology assessment (eHTA), and will discuss how assessing value can inform decisions when translating an invention into a commercially viable product.

By the end of this webinar series, participants will gain a broad understanding of:

  • A technology’s lifecycle and why technologies can fail to be widely adopted
  • The key components of health technology assessment, economic evaluation, and budget impact analysis, and when to use them
  • Early health technology assessment and how it can be used to inform the development and maximize the value proposition of a new health technology.



Creating accessible and inclusive research communications for colleagues and participants who are blind, deafblind or who have low vision: from research design to knowledge dissemination (CRIR)

This English language webinar will consist of a 45-minute interactive presentation and 15 minutes of bilingual question period with guest speaker Natalina Martiniello, Research Associate, Wittich Vision Impairment Research Lab, Université de Montréal.

WHEN: October 11, 2022 at 10:00am – 11:00 am ET




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2022 Webinars

2021 Webinars

  • “Top Ten Ted Talk Tips”,  Leah Graystone (NMIN NCE)
  • Navigating a Career Path Outside the Academy“, Sandra McKay, VHA Home HealthCare; Arjun Puri, Luxsonic; Usha Srinivasan, Ryerson Venture Zone; Jennifer Polk, From PhD to Life (AGE-WELL NCE)

2020 Webinars

2019 Webinars

2018 Webinars

  • “Pitching and Presenting with Style,” Sylviane Duval, OpenTheBox, (MEOPAR NCE)
  • Choices and Opportunities for Academic & ‘Academia Adjacent’ Careers,” Allison Brennan & Leslie Grad (KBHN)
  • “Social Media: Building Your Personal Brand,” Kate Headley, MsCommuniKate Public Relations (MEOPAR NCE)
  • “Taking Good Business Ideas out of the Lab: Commercializing Your Research” (GlycoNet)
  • “Navigating Academic Scholarship,” Amber Hastings-Truelove (CFN NCE)
  • “The ABCs of Media Interviews,” Margaret Polanyi (Senior Communications Manager, AGE-WELL NCE)
  • “Experimental Design and Reporting” (BioCanRx)
  • “Write the Right Grant” Dr. Parminder Raina, (McMaster University)

2017 Webinars

  • “Moving Research to Policy: Practical Approaches for Researchers to Inform Policy Development,” Dr. Jennifer Zwicker (University of Calgary) & Dr. Keiko Shikako-Thomas (McGill University)
  • “Media Relations- How to Get Your Story Into the Press,” Lisa Willemse (Senior Communications Advisor, OIRM)
  • “Understanding Patents in the Academic Environment,” Lisa Sim (Miller Thomson LLP)
  • “Grantsmanship: An Exercise in Strategy,” Dr. Jennifer Quizi (Ottawa Hospital Research Institute)
  • “Building Success Through Networking and Interview Skills,” Guang Ying Mo, PhD.

2016 Webinars

  • “Reverse Innovation: A Case Study,” Dr. Matt Ratto (University of Toronto)
  • “Communicating in Plain Language,” Sylviane Duval (Independent Consultant)

The SMRTS Program is a collaborative effort between the following networks: