Careers in Policy and Government


Date - 30/11/2017
5:50 pm - 8:00 pm


Medical Science Building, Room 2170, Medical Sciences Building, 1 King's College Cir, Toronto, ON

Careers in Policy & Government 

LSCDS is hosting a seminar about Science Careers in Policy and Government. Please join us on Nov. 30th to learn about policy making and government sector from experts working in the field.

Date: Thursday, Nov 30th, 2017
Time: 5:50- 8:00 pm
Location: Medical Sciences Building (1 King’s College Circle), Room 2170 – Please use the building entrance by Tim Hortons (other entrances are locked after 6 pm).

5:50 – 6:00 pm  Registration
6:00 – 6:05 pm  Welcome remarks and guest introductions
6:05 – 7:05 pm   Guest presentations
7:05 – 7:30 pm   Collective Q & A
7:30 – 8:00 pm   Networking

Light refreshments will be provided.

Guest Speakers:


Stephanie Holbik, Manager of Operations at the Ontario Brain Institute.
Stephanie Holbik is the Manager of Operations at the Ontario Brain Institute where she is involved with annual planning and reporting, policies and procedures, risk management, performance measures, event funding, and the Board and Audit and Finance Committee. Prior to moving to the Operations role at the Ontario Brain Institute, she was the lead for several multi-million dollar scientific programs in brain research called the Integrated Discovery Programs. Stephanie has extensive experience in developing research and commercialization strategies, managing research programs, and providing awards to companies with innovative technologies. She has worked in the Ontario Government in policy, program and budget planning areas in a number of ministries such as Research and Innovation, Health and Long Term Care, Consumer and Commercial Relations and Finance.



Mehrdad Hariri, Founder and CEO of the Canadian Science Policy Centre.
Mehrdad Hariri is the founder and CEO of the Canadian Science Policy Centre, a not-profit HUB for science policy in Canada. Mehrdad has numerous publications in various media outlets, and regularly appears in media as a commentator and leading figure on science policy issues. He studied in the fields of Veterinary Medicine, Cell Biology and Functional Genomes, in Tehran, Montréal, and Toronto universities.





annmAnn Meyer, Manager, Knowledge and Research Exchange at Ontario Institute for Cancer Research.
Ann is the coordinator for the Canadian Bioinformatics Workshops (CBW, series and is the Knowledge and Research Exchange manager at the Ontario Institute for Cancer Research.  She received her B.Sc. from the University of Guelph and went on to complete a Ph.D. in Plant Agriculture also from the University of Guelph.  She started  a post doctoral fellowship in the Department of Pathobiology before moving to her current role at OICR.  Ann serves as the Chair of the Promotion and Outreach committee for the Global Organization for Bioinformatics Learning, Education and Training (





Matias Casás-Selves, Senior Scientist at Ontario Institute for Cancer Research.
Matias has been a Senior Scientist with the OICR Drug Discovery Group since July 2015. Originally from Montevideo, Uruguay (South America); Matias earned a B.S. in Biochemistry from Universidad de la República. As an undergrad student (2001), he worked as a Technician at GENIA (a diagnostics biotech startup) in Montevideo for 3 years and after graduation moved on to the Pasteur Institute of Montevideo as a Research Technician working in the glycobiology of cancer.
In 2006, he earned a Fulbright scholarship and moved to the United States for his PhD studies in Molecular Biology at the University of Colorado, School of Medicine (USA).  Under the supervision of Dr. James DeGregori, his thesis centered in Functional Genomics and the discovery of synthetic lethal interactions for EGFR inhibition in non-small cell lung cancer. In 2012, he relocated to Boston, MA (USA) for his postdoctoral studies at AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals in Chemical Proteomics, studying the mechanism of action novel Wnt inhibitors.


Bookings are closed for this event.