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July 15, 2024

MITACS Skills Workshops Summer 2024 | Master Skills Valued By Top Employers


Master Skills Valued By Top Employers

Discover FREE instructor-led courses—bilingual and fully accessible—that will help you develop core competencies in the workplace:

  • Project and time management
  • Networking skills
  • Career Planning
  • Communication skills
  • Leadership skills
  • Writing and presentation skills
  • Reconciliation and EDI
  • R & D Management

Enrol in one or more courses, enhance your resume with the help of Canada’s top-ranking professional experts—and share your certificate with your network!

For further details, please feel free to visit our website Training Courses | Mitacs or contact us via email at [email protected].


Mitacs is also sponsoring seats in the Mitacs-i2I Skills Training program to support trailblazing researchers with a passion for entrepreneurship.

Please visit the website for full details.

June 10, 2024

REGISTER NOW! Navigating Healthcare Systems and Procurement | June 25, 2024


Join us for an engaging and informative workshop from Lisa Schellenberg, hosted by BioNext, in partnership with Morrissette Institute for Entrepreneurship, designed to help entrepreneurs, students and professionals navigate the complex healthcare systems and procurement processes in Canada and the USA.

Date: Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Time: 11:30AM to 1:00PM
Location: BioNext Robarts Research Institute - 6th Floor

Who Should Attend
This workshop is ideal for those looking to understand the intricacies of healthcare product access, distribution channels, and strategic opportunities within the procurement system.

Lisa is a seasoned sales and marketing professional with over 25 years’ experience in the medical devices industry. She is currently the National GPO (Group Purchasing Organization) Manager with Solventum, Canada. Solventum is the new name for 3M Health Care, which spun out as a standalone global company April 2024.
Her expertise includes B2B partner management, new product acquisition, redeveloping existing products for new markets, distribution management, the healthcare product procurement process, OEM sales, communications and mentoring.

Additional Information
Please arrive 10 minutes early to find a seat. Refreshments will be provided!
Feel free to contact us at [email protected] with any questions.


June 06, 2024

MAY GATHERING | A Western Graduate Community Event


Last month, the School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies (SGPS) hosted over 600 graduate students, along with their families, at a gathering designed to give everyone an opportunity to relax, unwind, and socialize as a group at the Mercato, Brescia University College.



Domestic and international students from our Master's and Doctoral programs shared dinner and dessert, while children had their faces painted and received balloon animals.

Students from Faculties across campus were impressed by the venue, the food, and the overall tone of this first-time event.


Some comments based on an anonymous survey included the following:

"It was an awesome event! Thank you! It is also an important event for students to socialize and connect with different friends and families. That will positively impact our academic journey and allow us to know each other, connect, and share ideas."

"The event was so welcoming and delightful. The communication was effective, and the venue was a perfect fit for the event. I am particularly thrilled because my family had great fun and I am afraid they have started asking for the next edition."

"Loved that I could bring my kids and that there were kid focused activities!"

"I liked the food, and the gathering hall. It was great to reconnect with people I haven't met for a while."


Based on this year's success, and taking into consideration all the excellent feedback we received from students, SGPS plans on hosting similar functions in the future.

Our thanks to everyone who came out to relax and connect!

May 21, 2024

APPLY NOW! Graduate Student Innovation Scholars (GSIS) | Fall 2024


We're excited to announce that applications for the Graduate Student Innovation Scholars (GSIS) program are now open for Fall 2024.

Program Highlights

  • Hands-on Training: Participants will receive practical training in areas such as Research Technology Review and Assessment, Market Research, Business Planning, Intellectual Property Strategy, and Pitching.
  • Mentorship and Networking: The program offers mentorship from industry leaders and valuable networking opportunities. Prizes: Prizes include $3000 for first place and $1500 for second place in both the best business plan and best pitch categories.
  • Who Should Apply: Graduate students from Western or Ivey, from any discipline.
  • Deadline: June 17, 2024.

Learn more:

May 15, 2024

REGISTER NOW: Dissertation Writers' Retreat | May 27 & 28, 2024


Remove yourself from daily distractions and focus your time exclusively on dissertation writing! The Dissertation Writers' Retreats provides PhD candidates with dedicated time for intensive writing. Participating in the Retreat can help you make significant progress in writing your dissertation and help establish good writing habits.

DATE: May 27 & 28, 2024
TIME: 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
HOSTED BY: Paul Schmidt and Derek Lattimer, Writing Support Centre

Coffee, tea and snacks will be provided for in-person attendees in the morning and afternoon. Attendees are invited to a pizza lunch at the grad club over lunch.

The Dissertation Writers' Retreat involves:

  • Dedicated writing time for your thesis
  • Short mini writing seminars facilitated by the Writing Support Centre
  • One-to-one support from expert writing advisors

The Dissertation Writers' Retreat is specifically for PhD candidates working on their dissertation. Please make every effort to clear your calendar and commit to attending the full retreat.


Contact Alli McDonald [email protected] if you have questions or need additional information.

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