Career Fair 2018

April 26, 2018 @ 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
80 St George St
Toronto, ON M5S 3H4
We invite you to our 5th annual career fair for a day of networking and professional development with local start-ups, not-for-profits, incubators, and multinational companies. Aimed towards graduate students, postdocs and early-career members in the chemical sciences, this event seeks to provide you with the skills and connections required to begin your career with confidence! 
Some highlights of the day:
Lunch will be provided. See highlights from last year’s career fair by following the link here.
Tickets are $5 (+fees) for graduate students, postdocs, and CIC members, and $25 +fees for non-members. Space is limited – get your tickets early! Register on Eventbrite:

Job postings for on-site interviews can be found by following the link:

The Career Workshop is titled “Following Up In Your Career”, did you have a great, but brief meeting with someone, and you aren’t sure when, why, or how to ask for more of their time? Have you submitted an application or interviewed and you want to boost your chances of getting the job? Bring your specific questions on the topic of following up, and we’ll address them in this interactive sessions.


Tentative schedule

9:00 am – 9:30 am
9:30 am – 10:00 am
10:00 am – 10:30 am 
10:30 am – 10:45 am
10:45 am – 11:45 am
11:45 am – 12:15 pm
12:15 pm – 12:45 pm 
12:45 pm – 2:00 pm
2:00 pm – 2: 30 pm
2:30 pm – 4: 30 pm 
 Keynote speaker: Laura Reyes
 Keynote speaker: Melanie Mastronardi
Panel Discussion (1)
 Coffee Break
 Career Workshop
 Keynote speaker: Jan Oudenes
Keynote speaker: Andrew Dicks, Jessica D’eon, Oriana Muzzin
 Networking Lunch and Booths
 Panel Discussion (2)
Round-table Discussion

*Interviews according to company preference


Featured Speakers

Jan Oudenes, PhD

Jan Oudenes, Ph.D., Founded Alphora Research Inc. in 2003 and serves as its Chief Executive Officer and President. Dr. Oudenes is a pioneer of contract process development services for early phase emerging pharmaceuticals. During his career, Dr. Oudenes was personally involved in developing approximately 150 compounds for (pre)-clinical applications as well as in establishing manufacturing positions for newly commercialized products with an annual pharmacy retail value exceeding $1 billion. Dr. Oudenes received a B.Sc. and a M.Sc. from The University of Leiden. In 1979, he received a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Canada in the field of organometallics. This was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Federal Institute of Technology in Zürich, Switzerland.

His talk, “Science, Business and Entrepreneurship”, will be a reflection of his career in Ontario and his contribution to creating several hundreds of jobs for scientists in this province. One of his objectives is to encourage participants to look at entrepreneurship as a very necessary component of the science and business ecosystem.
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Laura Reyes, PhD

As the Career Development Leader for the Chemical Institute of Canada (CIC), Laura is responsible for the organization’s professional development programs and initiatives, serving as the primary liaison between the CIC and its student members in chemistry, chemical engineering, and chemical technology. She is also involved in creating career-focused programming at the annual Canadian Chemistry Conference and Exhibition and the Canadian Chemical Engineering Conference. Laura received a BSc in chemistry from York University, where she worked on the electrochemistry of non-innocent ligands with Prof. Barry Lever. Laura then went on to obtain her PhD in materials chemistry with Prof. Geoffrey Ozin at the University of Toronto, where she researched the surface chemistry of catalysts for solar fuels production. She has experience in communications, marketing, and leadership within the green chemistry community as a founding member of the Green Chemistry Initiative (GCI) student group, and in her previous position as Marketing and Communications Coordinator for GreenCentre Canada. She has also been involved in the CIC Toronto Section, and was a founding member of Women in Chemistry Toronto.


Melanie Mastronardi, PhD

Melanie Mastronardi is a Chemistry Specialist at Top Hat, an educational technology company based out of Toronto. She works with university instructors across North America to help them implement the use of interactive textbooks and teaching materials in their classes.  Previously Melanie worked for McKinsey & Company as a management consultant.  There she worked on projects across a wide variety of industries and topics, including digital technology in manufacturing, energy efficiency, and operations.  She completed her PhD in the Ozin lab at the University of Toronto in 2015, where her research focused on the synthesis, size-separation, and characterization of silicon nanocrystals.  She completed her BSc in Chemistry with a minor in Theatre at the University of Ottawa.  Melanie was also a co-founder of the Green Chemistry Initiative at the University of Toronto.



Participating companies


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