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Friday, November 9 • 8:30am - 10:00am
(90 min) Where the rubber meets the road: The real life impact of policy on Canadian postdocs / Les répercussions concrètes des politiques sur les boursiers canadiens

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Organized by: Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars, Joseph S. Sparling, PhD

This panel aims to examine the real life impact of current postdoctoral policies in Canada and to discuss potential policy reforms that could provide solutions to many of the challenges facing Canadian postdoctoral scholars today. The panel will open with two presentations by current/former postdocs affiliated with CAPS/ACSP. The first of those presentations will review the major challenges facing Canadian postdocs based on survey data and front-line stories from postdocs across the country, including issues related to employment status, compensation and benefits, immigration, career development, and personal support. The second presentation will focus on identifying the policies that contribute to those challenges and discussing potential policy-based solutions for improving the status quo for postdocs in Canada. Following the presentations a representative from the Tri-Agency and a postdoctoral administrator from a large Canadian research university will be asked to weigh in on the proposed policy reforms, identify potential barriers to those proposed changes in the current Canadian research landscape, and discuss possible ways to overcome those barriers. The panel will close following questions from the audience and a brief summary statement from the moderator. 

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Joseph S. Sparling, PhD

Chair, Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars
Dr. Joseph S. Sparling is the current Chair of the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (CAPS/ACSP), the spokesperson for the Postdoctoral Associations of Alberta (the group responsible for convincing the Alberta government to grant postdocs employment status via legislation... Read More →

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Dominique Bérubé

Vice-President, Research Programs, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Dominique Bérubé was appointed vice-president, Research Programs, at SSHRC in October 2015. Prior to joining SSHRC, Dominique worked at the Université de Montréal, beginning in 2007. There, she held a variety of positions, including acting vice-rector, Research; associate vice-rector... Read More →
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Jenna Haverfield, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar, McGill University and Vice-Chair Membership, Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars
Dr. Jenna Haverfield is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, Quebec. Dr. Haverfield earned her PhD from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, and has undertaken postdoctoral training in the UK and Canada. Dr. Haverfield... Read More →
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Krishnamoorthy Hegde, PhD

Postdoctoral Scholar, Institut national de la recherché scientifique and At-Large Member, Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars
Krishnamoorthy Hegde is a postdoctoral researcher at Institut national de la recherche scientifique (Centre Eau Terre Environnement; INRS-ETE), Québec, Canada. He holds PhD in biotechnology from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. He has worked in industry and academia in the... Read More →
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Rachel Fernandez, PhD

Associate Dean, Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, University of British Columbia
Rachel Fernandez is a microbiologist. She has an undergraduate degree from the University of Toronto, and an MSc and PhD in Microbiology from Dalhousie University. After a four and half year postdoc first at Virginia Commonwealth University and then at the University of Cincinnati... Read More →

Friday November 9, 2018 8:30am - 10:00am EST
Delta Ottawa - Capitale