Building Your Online Professional Profile - IWS Ottawa

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Tabaret Hall - University of Ottawa

550 Cumberland St

Conference Room 158

Ottawa , ON K1N 6N5


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Building Your Online Professional Profile - IWS_Ottawa

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Social media channels like LinkedIn, twitter, Facebook and Instagram have changed how we interact with the world.

Bring your lunch and join us to discuss how you can build your credibility as a professional by building your online presence.

Discussion will cover:

  • Social media for professionals.
  • Different platforms (i.e. LinkedIn, twitter, Facebook etc.) and best practices for each platform.
  • Online etiquette.

Who can attend:

This event will be primarily aimed towards immigrant or international women from a science background.

Others who are interested in this topic or feel they have valuable insights to share are requested to contact the event organizer ( before registering.

About IWS:

Immigrant and International Women in Science (IWS) is a growing peer support network with chapters across Canada.

Established in 2018, our vision is to build a collaborative environment for immigrant and international women in science that promotes equity, diversity and inclusion in Canada.

We hold monthly meetings facilitated by committed volunteer IWS leaders on various opportunities and challenges unique to multicultural women.

Past Topics:

  1. Resolving conflict in the workplace - Dec 2018
  2. Imposter syndrome - Nov 2018
  3. Career tips and advice - Oct 2018

2019 updates:

We are really excited as we have planned a variety of interesting topics for 2019 and our meetings will take place at different important locations across Ottawa, allowing IWS participation and discussions(students and professionals) from all around the city.

In January, our meeting will be held at the University of Ottawa.


We want to thank Terry Campbell (Executive Director, Research Management Services at University of Ottawa) for her wonderful support in bringing this event to the University of Ottawa.

For more information visit:

Twitter: @IWS_Network


Edna Matta-Camacho Ph.D.

Dr. Edna Matta-Camacho is a structural biologist with extensive experience in academia and the private sector. She obtained her PhD at McGill University, studying the structure of ubiquitin related proteins, and her discoveries represent a major advance in our understanding of the life cycle of proteins. Edna wants to continue her research on protein biophysics, with emphasis on understanding pathophysiological mechanisms and drug discovery.

During her academic formation Edna had the opportunity to mentor a large number of students in different countries, she has taken leadership positions and contributed to the formation of the Canada-wide network of Immigrant & International women in Science (IWS). Edna is fully committed to engage and mentor younger generations in Science.

Twitter: @EdnaMatta78

Hellen Weinschutz Mendes Ph.D.c

Hellen is a PhD candidate at the University of Ottawa in developmental and cell biology with zebrafish. She has always been enthusiastic about science communications and loves finding new ways to do so. Joining and Co-leading IWS in Ottawa has certainly increased her enthusiasm about networking and science! She also loves writing and producing Podcast to broadcast science communications and related subjects in Portuguese. As a curious and nature enthusiast person , she loves every activity that involves being outside and exploring new places.

Twitter: @hellen_cwm

Olga Pena Ph.D.

Dr. Pena obtained her PhD from UBC focusing on the pathogenesis of Sepsis. Her PhD work laid the research grounds for the creation of Sepset Biosciences Inc, and she is currently working in the development of a first-in-class diagnostic assay for the early and rapid diagnosis of sepsis. She is also part of the board of directors at the Canadian Sepsis Foundation providing support in knowledge translation and patient engagement activities.

Dr. Pena possesses more than 12 years of combined research and management experience in different countries including Colombia (where she was born and raised), US, Australia and Canada. Based on her own challenges and experiences as an Immigrant and International Woman in Science (IWS), Dr. Pena co-founded the IWS Network and is now fully committed to empowering other IWS across Canada and mentoring students from low and middle income countries as part of the Accessible Science Initiative. She enjoys expending time with her son and family, as well as gardening and running outdoors.

Twitter: @OlgaPena

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550 Cumberland St

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Ottawa , ON K1N 6N5


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