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Unseen Obstacles to a Science Career

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Lash Miller Chemical Labs

Davenport Atrium

80 St. George St.

Toronto, ON M5S

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WICTO invites you to participate in the conversation on Unseen Obstacles of a Science Career. Five panelists will discuss the challenges and keys to success for obtaining a career in the STEM field. They will share their insights on academia and industry, as well as their outlook on the future for STEM if we encourage more diverse involvement in this area. The panel will be followed by a networking session to further discuss important issues facing individuals to obtain a STEM career.

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Sophie Rousseaux
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Toronto
Sophie Rousseaux received her B. Sc. from the University of Ottawa in 2007 and remained at the same institution for the start of her graduate studies working with Prof. Keith Fagnou. In 2010, she moved to MIT to complete her graduate research with Prof. Stephen L. Buchwald. After obtaining her PhD from the University of Ottawa in 2012, she moved to the University of Oxford to work with Prof. Harry L. Anderson as a NSERC postdoctoral fellow and Glasstone Research Fellow. In 2015, she joined the Department of Chemistry at the University of Toronto as an assistant professor and was named Canada Research Chair – Tier 2 in Organic Chemistry in 2016. Her research group is interested in the development of new synthetic transformations with a particular focus on transition metal catalysis and sustainable organic synthesis.

Dilesha Stelmach
Group Benefits Underwriter
Dilesha Stelmach is a group benefits underwriter with a passion for analytics and social advocacy. She is a woman in Math and uses it daily in her career in finance, analytics and predictive mathematics. This includes, but is not limited to, Excel macro, Excel Spread Sheet analytics, price setting, claims experience analytics, finance and reconciliation, to name a few. Dilesha serves on the board of directors at hErVOLUTION, a Toronto-based not-for-profit that encourages girls and young women to pursue STEM based careers and promotes stakeholders' involvement in the support of STEM education in Canada. Dilesha also manages partnerships at Tech Spark, which is a non-profit focused on increasing digital literacy among inner-city youth and marginalized women.

Ismael Mourifié
Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, University of Toronto
Dr. Mourifié is an Assistant Professor at University of Toronto and member of the Early Childhood Interventions Network at University of Chicago. His research interests lies in micro-econometrics, especially in causal inference, incomplete models and their applications to treatment effects and policy evaluations. Dr. Mourifié's recent research project examines why women are underrepresented in STEM education and careers and is looking at what policies would help change the situation in STEM fields and potentially reduce the gender wage gap. Professor Mourifié is the 2017 recipient of the John C. Polanyi Prize in Economic Science.

Emily Agard
Director of SciXchange, Ryerson University
Dr. Emily Agard earned a B.Sc. (honours) in Life Sciences from Queen's University and a Ph.D. in Immunology from the University of Toronto. She taught biology at York University and the University of Toronto at Scarborough before joining Ryerson as an Associate Professor. Currently, as Director of SciXchange at Ryerson University, she is passionate about making science accessible, engaging and inclusive of all groups. She embraces opportunities to speak about learning and applying science in everyday life and various career paths.
In her spare time, Dr. Agard also enjoys music, travel, sports and photography. She plays steelpan and loves dancing in various fusion styles. She has travelled to countries in 6 continents and loves immersing herself in different cultures. She often attends Raptor games and the occasional Seahawks game in Seattle. She has recently completed a Certificate in Photography Studies.

Fiona Logue
Business Intelligence Analyst, L.V. Lomas
Fiona completed her Honors Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Queen’s University, with an emphasis on analytical chemistry both in her research work and her studies. Her thesis work was centered around analytical and materials chemistry, research of which has been published in ACS Publications. While at Queen’s, Fiona also gain experience working in two research labs.
After graduating, Fiona decided to pursue work in the chemical industry at LV Lomas, a $2B International Conglomerate Chemical Distributor, where she worked for the past several years. Initially hired into a technical marketing role, Fiona was quickly promoted into sales where she worked with customers & manufacturers in the Food, Pharmaceuticals, Oil and Gas, and Cosmetics industries. Fiona was then further advanced once again, into the role she holds now as Marketing & Business Intelligence Analyst for the Canadian and US divisions of company. In this role, she is able to apply her analytical skills (developed from her background in Chemistry) alongside her knowledge and passion for the industry to support her company’s strategic decision-making. Fiona plans to obtain an MBA in the future, to further her career in the Chemical Industry and build upon her business acumen.


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