SMRTS Seminars Program

The SMRTS (Sharing Multi-network Resources for Trainee Success) Seminars Program is a professional development initiative between 9 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.


Choices and Opportunities for Academic & ‘Academia Adjacent’ Careers
Thursday, October 25th, 2018 12:00-1:30pm ET

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Guest Presenters:
Allison Brennan, PhD (Director, Business Development, Mitacs & Simon Fraser University)
Dr. Leslie Grad, PhD (Manager, Research Programs Design & Development, Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research)

This webinar will share stories and advice for young researchers to better understand career opportunities beyond bench and clinical research. Our guest presenters will share with us their career paths that have taken them from the rigors of biomedical research to applying their training to support innovative research and training programs. They will also share with us how organizations like MITACS and Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research provide both academic and academic-adjacent (or alt-ac) opportunities that enrich the training of bright minds and prepare them for upcoming careers in science, industry, and beyond.

Pitching and Presenting with Style 
Tuesday, November 27, 2018 1:00-2:00pm ET

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Presenter: Sylviane Duval (Research Navigation and Knowledge Transfer Professional, OpenTheBox)

First impressions count! Because people form an opinion of you within 30 seconds of initial contact, creating a positive lasting impression is crucial—especially if you are (or want to be) an influencer or whether you are presenting your research at a conference or pitching it to a team of reviewers. In this short session, you will learn key strategies to present yourself and your research/ideas with more impact, leaving your audience no choice but to be impressed from the start.



2018 Webinars

  • “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,” (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: