SCWIST Panel Discussion: Work-Life Balance
Welcome to our SCWIST panel discussion event on 'Work-Life Balance'. We bring to the table 4 successful men and women from different walks of career to share their views and stories on how to make a career and more importantly to strike a balance between work and life. Meet our 4 panelists:
Shenaz Hanif Shahban: Director Shahban advocates psychological well-being at her downtown Coal Harbour psychology clinic, as an educator, a blogger, and public speaker. Currently, she serves as a Chair of Ethics and Standards to the BC Board of Directors for Clinical Counsellors, Delegate representative to BC Clinical Counsellors, and Wellbeing Liaison to UBC’s student interdisciplinary Well-being Commission. She is no stranger to presenting her research at prestigious international conferences where she invites her audience and students to receive her material in a global and philosophical rhetoric. Shenaz holds a Bachelor and Master degree in psychology. She continues her UBC doctoral work in a joint appointment with the Liu institute for Global issues and the Faculty of Medicine.
She studies pathways to positive and optimistic outlooks to foster psychological well-being across layers of well-being in hard to change life circumstances. When she is not working or volunteering she is hitting the slopes, at educational social service talks, or learning from cultures abroad.
Christopher Maxwell: Dr. Maxwell is an Associate Professor in the Department of Paediatrics at the University of British Columbia, Investigator in the Michael Cuccione Childhood Cancer Research Program and co-Lead of the Childhood Cancer and Blood Research group at BC Children's Hospital. He completed a B.Sc. degree in Biochemistry from the University of Victoria (1997) and a PhD in Medical Sciences from the University of Alberta (2004) followed by post-doctoral training at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratories (Berkeley, USA) and the Catalan Institute of Oncology (Barcelona, ESP). He was appointed as an Assistant Professor at UBC in 2009.
He lives in Vancouver with his wife Alaine and their two-year-old son Leo. His wife is a senior sales manager for a major life sciences corporation and together they have made a number of professional choices based upon their work-life priorities. Their decision to move to Spain and subsequently return to Vancouver were largely decisions made for lifestyle reasons with fortuitous professional benefits; similarly, their future professional decisions will prioritize their family lifestyle. Vancouver and the field of academic research present a number of challenges to a work-life balance but each also provide some wonderful opportunities.
Janny Marie L. Peterslund: Janny Marie earned her PhD degree in stem cell biology from the University of Copenhagen and Hagedorn Research Institute/Novo Nordisk A/S (Denmark). She moved to Vancouver in 2010 while on her 2nd maternity leave for the adventure of working and living abroad. She works with STEMCELL Technologies Inc. as a Product Marketing Manager, responsible for epithelial cell culture products. Next to her professional life, Janny Marie is a past board member with SCWIST, is a board member of Dania Home Society (retirement home in Burnaby), is a manager for her son's soccer team, and has two young kids with her husband Mads.
In the fall of 2015, Janny Marie took leave from work due to stress. After 3 months she gradually returned and is again working full time since November 1st. Her main new year-resolutions for 2016 is to find a work/life-balance. Janny Marie is looking forward to provide a first-hand experience of what it is like trying to find that work/life-balance and how being open about her leave has been received by her colleagues.
Alex Read: As a seasoned entrepreneur, and recipient of the Business In Vancouver “40 Under 40” award, Alex owns several successful businesses across North America. These include a number of high-growth franchises with 1-800-GOT-JUNK? and You Move Me in the New Jersey area and the boutique small business consulting firm “Make Anything Work”. Currently, Alex is also dedicated to leading the charge at Movarie Capital Ltd (TSX-V: MOV), where they are executing an industry consolidation in the Health & Wellness sector. His primary career focus has revolved around rapidly scaling privately held companies across multiple markets. Alex brings to everything a wealth of international business and leadership experience having worked in several countries around the world. He holds an honors degree in Marketing and is a former ski coach. He is the current Global Chair for the Global Student Entrepreneur Awards (GSEA.org), and also a past Canadian Regional Director for the Entrepreneurs Organization (EO), a global organization uniquely for entrepreneurs.
Even in the midst of building-up and scaling a number of successful enterprises, Alex prides himself on maintaining a balanced quality of life. Starting at a core value level, Alex ensures that his world is structured (using simple, easy to implement tools) in such a way that enables him to be calmly in control of his life and schedule, rather than living in continual reaction and chaos.
Kelly Marciniw, Principal Consultant at Bright Go Solutions and Director, Finance at SCWIST will be the moderator for the panel.
Our discussion will start at 7 PM and continue up to 8 PM. The rest of the evening will be open to networking where you all can make valuable connections and continue the discussion with the panelists and each other.
The event will be held on 13th Dec 2016, 6:30 - 9:00 PM at the Science World at Telus World of Science, Vancouver. Please make your way to the side entrance. From the main entrance turn right and walk around the outdoor science park, following the walkway around the dome; the door will be before the giant question mark.