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.


Pitching your innovation: Pro tips for scientists (NMIN NCE)

Having a positive impact on society is the dream of many scientists. With a well-honed, understandable, and compelling pitch for your innovation, you can open doors to the partners who can help make those dreams come true.

Clay Braziller, Visiting Lecturer at the Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University (SFU), will discuss how to communicate the potential impact of your innovation, how to bust the three mindsets that hold scientists back, and how to work through the seven elements of a simple pitch.

This webinar will equally benefit the scientist who wants to move an innovation from the lab to the market, the institutional researcher looking for management support to continue their work, and the graduate looking for a new position.

WHEN: May 18, 2022 at 1:00 – 2:00 pm EDT




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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: