Members of the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Administrators include senior academic administrators and staff responsible for postdoctoral issues at universities and research organizations across Canada. Others interested in these issues (representatives of funding organizations, and of postdoctoral organizations) can be Associate Members.
We are excited to introduce our 2017 Conference speakers. For dates and times please refer to the Conference Programme (pdf).
Dr. Jim Woodgett
Jim Woodgett, Ph.D. (Dundee U) moved to Canada in 1992 to work at the Ontario Cancer Institute. His research is focused on signalling mechanisms that underscore malignant growth, degenerative diseases, cell fate determination and diabetes. From 1995-2005, he was an International Scholar of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and in 1997 was appointed Head of the Division of Experimental Therapeutics. A full professor in the department of medical biophysics at the University of Toronto, he has been an MRC Scientist and CIHR Senior Scientist and is known for his work on a class of proteins that regulate cellular processes, termed protein kinases. In 2005 he was appointed Director of the Samuel Lunenfeld Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital (now the Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute). He has served as Chair and member of several CIHR and other funding agency panels around the world and is an active proponent of highest quality peer review and the Naylor Report on Fundamental Science.
Brett Cavanaugh is a lawyer with McKercher LLP in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He has a solicitor’s practice that compliments his background in business, education at four Universities and years living abroad, focusing on the corporate and commercial, education, international business transaction and employer-side immigration practice areas. Brett is experienced in drafting and negotiating exchange and cooperation agreements with foreign institutions, planning and implementing company-wide immigration strategies and guiding employers through immigration audits. Prior to law, Brett obtained a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Saskatchewan, a double major in Finance and Marketing and was elected Class Valedictorian. He attained a Bachelor of Laws at the University of Victoria where he graduated early and received a commendation that led to being named a Japanese Government Scholar. As a result, Brett received a Master of Laws in International Economic and Business Law and a Graduate Diploma in European Union Studies at Kyushu University among a cohort of lawyers and judges from around the world. Brett then articled with McKercher LLP and was called to the Bar in 2012. Brett is currently Chair of the Canadian Bar Association Immigration Section for Saskatchewan. He is also on the national CBA immigration executive, the Saskatoon Bar Association Executive and the Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce Human Resources Committee focused on immigration, labour and youth entrepreneurship issues.
Crystal Hutchinson, Workplace Wellbeing Strategist within Human Resources at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, has over eight years experience working in the field of health promotion and health education. She has co-authored a number of publications related to health promotion practice within higher education settings and was directly involved in the 2015 International Conference that resulted in the Okanagan Charter: An International Charter for Health Promoting Universities and Colleges. In her current role, Crystal is leading strategic and comprehensive University-wide workplace wellbeing actions and initiatives in partnership with faculties, departments and administrative units. Her interests include resilience, systems thinking in health promotion practice and evaluation within complex systems.
Dr. Aimee Surprenant
Dr. Aimée Surprenant is Dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Professor in the Department of Psychology. She completed her BA at New York University and her MSc and PhD at Yale University. An expert in the intersection of auditory perception and memory, Dr. Surpenant is the co-author of two books.. She has also authored, edited and contributed to numerous book chapters, papers, publications and other scholarly articles. She is a member of the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science and is a Fellow of the Canadian Psychological Association and the Psychonomic Society. She has also served as chair of the Scientific Affairs Committee for the Canadian Psychological Association and is active in Science Atlantic and the Canadian Society for Brain, Behaviour, and Cognitive Science.
Dr. Lorrie Blair
Lorrie Blair is a Professor of Art Education at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec. She is the author of Writing a Graduate Thesis or Dissertation (Sense Publishers). She is an active supervisor of MA and PhD students and is the 2017 recipient of the Concordia University Award for Graduate Mentoring.
François Zegers is the Lead for the Vanier-Banting Secretariat in the Research, Knowledge Translation and Ethics Portfolio at CIHR. During his 11 years at CIHR, he has provided advisory services in analytics, project management, peer review, business transformation and strategy integration, and has coordinated several governance bodies for CIHR and the Tri-Agencies. François’s current responsibilities involve overseeing the program design and delivery for the Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarships and Banting Postdoctoral Fellowships programs. He also contributes to multiple harmonization projects across the three agencies to increase efficiency and standardization for our stakeholder communities.
Katharine Fahlman-Smith is the Manager, Recruitment & Global Mobility, Human Resources at the University of Saskatchewan. In her role, Katharine is directly accountable for the management and direction of a recruitment team; focusing on the strategic hiring of outstanding senior administrators, faculty, and staff at a local, national and international level. Additionally, Katharine manages the global mobility program on behalf of the University of Saskatchewan; ensuring appropriate immigration and relocation support and services are available to new employees. Katharine has 17 years of executive recruitment experience; she holds a Registered Professional Recruiter (RPR) designation as well as her Canadian Global Mobility Professional designation (CMGP) and is an active member of the Canadian Employee Relocation Council (CERC).
Jessica Edge is a Senior Researcher in The Conference Board of Canada’s Centre for Skills and Post-Secondary Education. Jessica has authored and contributed to reports on education, employment, and economic competitiveness. Most recently, Jessica was co-author of the much talked about Inside and Outside the Academy: Valuing and Preparing PhDs for Careers report. She is co-author of forthcoming reports on social sciences and humanities career skills development and transitions as well as gender equity, diversity, and inclusion in post-secondary education. Prior to joining the Conference Board, Jessica completed a Ph.D. at McMaster University in Political Science where her research focused on corporate social responsibility and activist networks. Among other things, Jessica is a member of CIHR's External Working Group on Training.
The Canadian Association for Postdoctoral Administrators wishes to thank the following sponsors for their generous support of the Sixth Annual CAPA Conference.