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.


LinkedIn for Scientists
April 11, 2019, 12:00-1:00ET

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Once considered just a job search platform, LinkedIn has grown to become a practical tool for networking and career development. In this webinar, you’ll learn how you can use this social media platform to share your research, spread the word about events and provide an up-to-the minute CV. OIRM’s Director of Communications and Marketing, Krista Lamb, will show you how this easy-to-use tool can help you communicate your science to an engaged and interactive audience.

Presenter: Krista Lamb has more than 15 years of experience working in communications and marketing, prior to OIRM Krista was with Diabetes Canada. Krista began her career as an entertainment journalist, before transitioning to first entertainment and then non-profit communications. She has worked extensively in media relations, social media strategy and contentious issues management. She is also a blogger and podcast host. Krista received her B.A. in Journalism from Ryerson University.

Spreading Your Ideas:  Why and How Researchers are Talking Like TED
April 26, 2019, 12:30-1:30ET

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Have you ever thought of using TED as a platform for spreading your research? Have you ever wondered how a graduate student or postdoctoral researcher could get on TED? If so, this webinar is for you. This webinar will give you an insider perspective on how you can leverage TED, even as a graduate student or early career researcher.

You will learn:

  • How researchers use TED to spread their ideas
  • How to plug into TED
  • How to craft a TED-worthy presentation
  • How to spread your ideas beyond the academic community

Before the webinar, we recommend watching at least one TED Talk:

Facilitator: Sabrina Sassi, PhD Candidate, TEDx with and co-facilitator Sheryl Guloy, PhD
Sabrina Sassi is a Jeanne Sauvé scholar, social scientist, researcher, and consultant. As a PhD Candidate, studying political communications at Université Laval, Sabrina’s research focus is on how political communication practices involving “big data” target certain segments of the population. She has moderated and facilitated various workshops and lectures on civic engagement, democratic participation, youth culture, social innovation, and the social economy.  TEDx Talk:



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: