Behind the Scenes: Science at Work (Networking Panel)

Wednesday, Feb. 6
6 - 8:30 p.m.
Faculty Club, DV 3140

In collaboration with the Department of Chemical & Physical Sciences, the Erindale Chemical and Physical Sciences Society (ECPS), and the Erindale Biology Society

Enrolled in the Sciences?

Interested in learning about possible career paths for graduates? Or simply curious in entering related career fields?

This event is for YOU.

With a great selection of industry reps, this Networking Panel features a Q & A 'Career Panel' format to start the event, followed by some networking. It's a great opportunity to hear from professionals currently working in the field, learn about their experiences, and ask your specific questions. Don't miss out!


More info on the professionals participating will be updated as the event draws near.

  • NEW - Julia Abramov, PhD, Scientific Leader, Toxicology, Apotex Incorporated
  • UPDATED - Bruce Seet, PhD, MBA, Reimbursement Strategist, GlaxoSmithKline
    Bruce has had a broad range of experiences which has enabled him to leverage a multi-disciplinary background towards a variety of roles within and around the bio-pharmaceutical industry. Bruce holds a HBSc (Honors Physiology) and a PhD (Microbiology & Immunology) from the University of Western Ontario, and has performed post-doctoral research (Molecular Biology & Cancer) at Mt. Sinai Hospital’s Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute. He also holds an MBA from the University of Toronto. Bruce joined GSK in 2006 and worked first in R&D Alliances and then moved to Medical Affairs in 2007 as a Scientific Advisor to launch a number of new vaccines. In 2010, Bruce joined the Marketing Division as a National Vaccines Strategy Manager and after two years, moved to GSK’s Public Affairs and Reimbursement Division as a Policy Manager. In mid-2012, he assumed and currently holds the role of Reimbursement Strategist, leading the market access and reimbursement strategy for a number of oncology and specialty care products. Outside of his work at GSK, Bruce mentors graduate students, guest lectures at the Rotman School of Management and is the founder and President of the Science to Business Network (S2BN), a non-profit organization that focuses on promoting life sciences innovation and commercialization in Canada.
  • Dr. Jason Field, Executive Director, Life Sciences Ontario
    Dr. Jason Field is the Executive Director of Life Sciences Ontario (LSO), the industry voice for the life sciences sector in Ontario. LSO is a member-driven organization that represents and promotes the province’s vibrant and diverse life sciences sector. LSO collaborates with governments, academia, industry and other life science organizations in Ontario and across Canada to promote and encourage commercial success throughout this diverse sector. Jason obtained his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts and his undergraduate degree from the University of Waterloo. Following graduate school, Jason returned to Ontario and worked in the pharmaceutical industry as a research scientist developing scalable manufacturing processes of active pharmaceutical ingredients. In 2007, he joined the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade (MEDT) where he led a team of senior advisors dedicated to growing Ontario's life sciences and information and communication technologies (ICT) sectors. During his time at MEDT, Jason was integral to the development of a number of strategic policy initiatives and spearheaded negotiations with several major ICT and life sciences companies that resulted in significant new investments in the province. Jason joined LSO as Executive Director in October, 2011.
  • Terri Pavelic, Founder and Publisher, Biotechnology Focus and Laboratory Focus
    Terri Pavelic is the founder and publisher of Biotechnology Focus and Laboratory Focus, the leading life sciences and laboratory magazines in Canada.
    Terri graduated from York University with a BSc. Her aptitude for business quickly led to a career in the finance industry, at a managerial level. Terri was looking for chance to combine her business experience with her interest in science, when she realized that publishing would offer just such an opportunity. Her first magazine, Laboratory Focus was launched in 1997, serving the information needs of bench researchers and decision-makers in the analytical sciences.
    She also recognized that Canadian biotechnology, with its many fresh ideas and dynamic growth, was another industry in need of media attention –  especially from someone who understood the science. As a result, Biotechnology Focus was launched in 1998, with a mandate to report on research and business trends in the Canadian life sciences industry.
    Today both publications have grown to be a multi-media news source serving its readers with unique content covering what is happening across Canada from a research and business perspective.
  • Bonnie Kuehl, HBSc, PhD, General Manager & Science Analyst
    Dr. Bonnie Kuehl is CEO and founder of Scientific Insights® Consulting Group Inc. a scientific/ medical research and communications company. Scientific Insights® specializes in the strategic interpretation of scientific, medical and clinical information and technology. Bonnie has a PhD in cell and molecular biology from the University of Toronto and post-doctoral experience from The University of Dundee in Scotland and McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario.
    Dr. Kuehl has served as a Senior Scientist, Scientific Licensing Officer and Liaison at a pre-market biotechnology company as well as completing two post-doctoral fellowships, one with Sir Professor David Lane. She has worked with many different companies over the past few years including pharmaceutical, consumer healthcare, biotechnology and continuing healthcare education companies. Dr. Kuehl works extensively with company executives, marketing teams, health education specialists, clinical scientists and health care professionals.
    Bonnie has over 20 years experience in biological science and in cellular systems. She has been involved with discovering single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and genetic aberrations in several key proteins involved with metabolism, cell function and cellular aging. Dr. Kuehl has expertise in dermatology, gastroenterology, diabetes, inflammatory diseases, oncology, as well as disease prevention through vaccination and chronic disease management.
    Bonnie currently volunteers as an External Advisor to the Applied Research and Innovation Centre (ARIC) at Centennial College, and on the Gala committee for Life Sciences Ontario. Bonnie also runs a fresh fruit and vegetable program at The Compass, a community food bank and drop-in centre which she helped establish 10 years ago.

Dress code

Business casual attire (no jeans or t-shirts) is mandatory for this event. To learn more about appropriate business attire, please visit our Dress for Success section.


Industry representatives prefer to talk to prepared students, so you must attend a Learn to Network workshop, offered regularly by the Career Centre, prior to registering for this event.

If you have not attended a Learn to Network workshop...


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Sign up for any Learn to Network workshop taking place before the event: click here for dates

Once you have signed up for a Learn to Network workshop, you can then register for the event using the link to the right.


Signup will typically become available a few weeks before the session. Please check the Events Calendar closer to the date.

If you absolutely cannot attend a Learn to Network workshop but still wish to attend the Networking Event, please contact and we will try our best to accomodate you (unfortunately however, we cannot make any promises).

Not sure if you have already attended a Learn to Network workshop (or equivalent)?

If you attended any of these sessions no later than two years ago (i.e. September 2010), then you have already qualified to attend any of our Networking Events taking place during the 2012-13 academic year.

  • Learn to Network
  • Networking for Employer Events
  • Management Conference
  • MBio Networking
  • MBio Networking and Interviewing
  • MMI Networking and Interviewing
  • CCT410 Networking
  • Get Ready for Fall Recruitment Part 2
  • Summer Accounting Career Institute Part 2

If you have reviewed this list and you're still not sure if you have the prerequisite, please contact the Career Centre at, 905-828-5451 or visit us in Davis 3094.

How often is this event held?

Networking Events take place at different times throughout the year, and typically vary from year to year. Please check our Events Calendar to see what other events are coming up!


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