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May 28, 2020

VIRTUAL EVENT: Science to Business Network -- June 3, 2020


We are excited to announce an upcoming virtual event from the London Chapter of the Science to Business Network (S2BN) on Wednesday, June 3, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.

Event Description
Join the S2BN London Chapter for a virtual professional development workshop with author Sunil Godse. During this one-hour webinar, Sunil will discuss the complexity and science of human intuition and how trainees can recognize their own intuitive signals for effective decision making and career planning.


  • Show how intuition plays a critical role in career decisions for STEM grads through case studies.
  • How to recognize and leverage your strengths and passions to choose a career path.
  • To demonstrate different ways to establish connections to land your desired career.


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About our speaker
Sunil Godse earned a B.Sc. (Eng.) Bachelor of Science in Engineering at the University of Manitoba in 1994, and he obtained his MBA at Richard Ivey School of Business in 2004. Sunil Godse has harnessed the power of intuition to grow several businesses to a combined $20 million as an entrepreneur, help many companies earn record profits as a business consultant and has addressed thousands of people as an international speaker on how to overcome failure and unleash their intuition, topics from his two books: Fail Fast. Succeed Faster and GUT, which have sold tens of thousands of copies worldwide.

What is the S2BN?
The Science to Business Network (S2BN) is a national non-profit that aims to enhance innovation and commercialization in Canada's Health and Life Sciences sectors. To do so, S2BN focuses on developing highly qualified personnel (MSc, PhD, Post-docs, & PharmDs), by equipping them with relevant skills, information, and mentorship to ensure a more efficient transition into non-academic careers. Learn about our chapters across Canada at

Hope to see you there!
Science to Business Network - London Chapter

May 26, 2020

Eligibility Changes to Postdoctoral Fellowships Program


NSERC is pleased to announce a change to the eligibility criteria for the Postdoctoral Fellowships (PDF) program.

As of the 2021 competition year (application deadline October 19, 2020), NSERC will no longer impose a once-per-lifetime application limit. Provided applicants meet all other eligibility criteria, as detailed on the PDF Program webpage, they can re-apply to the program.

While institutions are not involved in the evaluation or administration of this program, we are aware that many SLOs and RGOs receive questions from postdoctoral program applicants. As such, we wanted to ensure that you to have this information well in advance of the 2021 PDF competition. The webpage for the 2021 competition will be updated in July 2020 to reflect all changes coming into force for the competition.

If you have questions, please email

May 21, 2020

Apply Today for the CAPI Doctoral Fellowship!


The Canadian Agri-Food Policy Institute (CAPI) is accepting applications for the 2020-2022 CAPI Doctoral Fellowship.

The CAPI Doctoral Fellows will consist of a small, dynamic, innovative and transdisciplinary research network specializing in sustainability, resilience, and soil in Canadian agriculture.

Deadline for applications is Friday, May 29, 2020.


Applicants must be currently enrolled in a PhD program at a Canadian university. The PhD research of the applicant must be related to sustainability and resilience of Canadian agriculture and soil. Area of study of the applicants could include, but are not limited to policy, economics, environmental studies, agricultural and biological sciences, geography, law, etc. 

May 19, 2020

Free Webinar: How to Access Data during COVID-19


DATE:  May 20
TIME:  2:30 p.m.

Register Now

Is COVID-19 keeping you from accessing Statistics Canada Masterfile data only available on campus? Western Libraries can help you find other sources of high-quality research data you can access from home.

Join librarians Liz Hill and Kristi Thompson on May 20 at 2:30 p.m. for a national webinar on Statistics Canada RTRA, an online access system for accessing Statistics Canada restricted data. Western students, faculty, staff and researchers have free remote access through Western Libraries. You will learn the differences between the data that can be accessed through the RTRA vs. Statistics Canada Research Data Centre (RDC). You will also discover alternative sources of data from the U.S. and elsewhere that are similar to the Statistics Canada master datasets.

May 13, 2020

Writing Support Centre -- Online Support with a Writing Advisor


Western’s Writing Support Centre is now offering 50-minute Zoom sessions with a writing advisor for Western graduate students and postdoctoral scholars.

Our writing advisors will review any academic or professional writing at any stage of the writing process. You book the appointment. We send you the Zoom invitation.

Everything you need to know is on the Writing Support Centre website at Grads and Postdocs Online Appointments

May 06, 2020

McKinsey Canada Launchpad | Zurich Enterprise Challenge 2020


McKinsey Canada Launchpad (Virtual)

DATE: Friday, June 5, 2020
TIME: 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. EST

Join us this summer for our McKinsey Launchpad event for PhDs, MDs, postdocs, and medical residents interested in pursuing a career in management consulting.

The Launchpad experience is designed to provide students with advanced professional degrees (APD) with an insider's look at management consulting and our firm. In addition, you'll learn about life as a consultant, work on a mock case study, and have fun connecting with our consultants and other APD participants through our virtual networking social. This program will be held virtually this year.



Zurich Enterprise Challenge 2020

At Zurich Insurance Company Ltd we are hosting the Zurich Enterprise Challenge 2020 and registration is now open for interested MBA, Masters and PhD students from universities all around the world!

The Zurich Enterprise Challenge is a three-phase student team competition, designed to offer participating students the unique opportunity to work directly with some of the world’s biggest multinational companies in order to provide real world solutions to their corporate challenges! The participating student teams compete for a CHF 5’000 cash price, as well as attendance and presentation at a Zurich-sponsored event in Q1 2021, including travel and accommodation. Participating students will benefit from gaining real-life working experience, career-enhancing skillsets, international exposure, and networking opportunities at senior management and often C-suite level. The Zurich Enterprise Challenge builds entirely on online and remote way-of-working, using all available digital channels and platforms – partner companies and student teams can work together from anywhere in the world!

The three phases of the Zurich Enterprise Challenge 2020 are:

  1. Phase 1 (20 April – 30 June 2020): The student teams will solve a generic case study in order to compete for qualification to Phase 2.
  2. Phase 2 (July – November 2020): The top teams from phase 1 will collaborate with a selected Zurich multinational corporate customer to provide a solution for a real-world corporate challenge.
  3. Phase 3 (December 2020 – Q1 2021): The winning team from phase 2 will receive a cash price of CHF 5’000 and present their work at a Zurich-sponsored event in Q1 2021.

More information about the Zurich Enterprise Challenge, including registration, can be found HERE.

The first round of the Zurich Enterprise Challenge 2020 started on Monday, 20 April 2020 and registration for participation is open until Tuesday, 30 June 2020! 

APPLY NOW -- Mitacs Elevate for Postdoctoral Scholars



Mitacs Elevate is now accepting proposal submissions for two years of postdoc funding valued at $60,000/year plus extensive customized professional development training ($7,500/year non-cash value).


  • Manage a long-term collaborative research project with a company or not-for-profit
  • Develop business-ready skills in leadership, financial literacy, management and negotiation, project management, problem solving and much more

Key deadlines

  • June 10, 2020 - Deadline to submit draft application for pre-review and (if applicable) conflict of interest declaration at 5:00 p.m. PT
  • July 22, 2020 - Deadline to submit full application at 5:00 p.m. PT

For questions or more information, please contact us at


Mitacs recognizes that due to the pandemic and the uncertainties it’s created, you may be operating with limited ability to plan future research projects. If you feel that you cannot submit an Elevate proposal at this time due to the pandemic, please reach out to us at

April 30, 2020

Cornell University Ask-a-Writing Coach | Productive Writer Virtual Workshops


Do you have writing goals or a looming deadline? You are invited to join one of Cornell Graduate School's virtual writing productivity workshops, or an Ask-a-Writing Coach session. We'd love for you to join us! Details and pre-registration links below.

Ask-a-Writing Coach!

Join us anytime, come and go, to ask questions and get advice for overcoming writing obstacles. Learn ways to manage yourself, your time, your multiple projects, and how to engage your advisor and others to create a supportive writing community. We are all in this together ... and we can do this!

Tuesday, May 5, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. (New York time/EDST).
Join us by Zoom.
Pre-register to receive more details and hand-outs.

Productive Writer

Join a virtual writing workshop to learn strategies to become a more productive writer! Want to learn ways to manage your writing, time, schedule, and tendencies to procrastinate or be a perfectionist? Overcome anxiety (or use it to your advantage!) and stay motivated to complete your manuscript, thesis, or dissertation. We want to help you become a more productive writer!

Friday, May 8, 12 noon to 1:00 p.m. (New York time/EDST).
Join us by Zoom.
Pre-register to receive more details and hand-outs.

April 29, 2020

FREE Mindfulness for Academic Success in Graduate School Sessions


This is a five-week online program which uses mindfulness practices to:

  • Reduce academic stress
  • Improve focus and manage distractions
  • Effectively get started and stay on track with academic tasks
  • Develop a positive and productive mindset for learning
  • Connect students experiencing common academic challenges


April 22, 2020

FREE Virtual Masterclass: Master the Entrepreneur Skillset


Master the Entrepreneur Skillset
Powered by Western Entrepreneurship and Ivey Business School

This six-week virtual masterclass is now available for FREE for Western alumni, students, faculty & staff!

These are unprecedented times. Around the world, millions of lives, and livelihoods, have been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. While our healthcare workers are battling on the frontlines, the rest of us can play an integral role in restarting our economy, creating jobs, and future-proofing our careers. Tried and tested over the last decade, “Master the Entrepreneur Skillset” is now being offered free (all tuition and fees waived) for a limited time for Western alumni, students, faculty and staff.

Please choose your start date below to register:


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