Science Careers in Government


Date - 25/01/2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


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

Science Careers in Government

Thinking about a science career in government? If so, join us on Jan 25th to learn about making the transition from academia to government from individuals working in the field.

Date: Wednesday, Jan 25th, 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.


ericmarcotte-cvEric Marcotte, PhD
Associate Director, Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction & Institute of Genetics, Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR)
Dr Eric Marcotte is the Associate Director of the Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction (INMHA) and the Institute of Genetics (IG) of the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) – Canada’s major funding agency for health research. He has over 15 years of experience in government, academic, investment and health research funding sectors. In addition to his role helping develop and implement initiatives for CIHR INMHA and IG, Dr Marcotte serves as Chair of the Executive Committee of the International Human Epigenome Consortium (IHEC) – a $150M international research coordinating activity. He has played a lead role in the genesis and development of IHEC, and is involved on a number of international consortia, including serving as a Steering Committee member of the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC).
Since 2010, Dr Marcotte has been the strategic lead for the Canadian Epigenetics, Environment and Health Research Consortium (CEEHRC), one of the signature initiatives of CIHR – securing over $95M for transformative, integrative research in epigenomics and epigenetics. He was recruited to CIHR in 2003 to establish the Regenerative Medicine and Nanomedicine Initiative, which developed into one of the agency’s inaugural major strategic initiatives, securing $87M in research funding. He holds a PhD in Medical Sciences from McMaster University, and did post-doctoral work at McGill University. Prior to CIHR, he served for several years as a biotechnology analyst in the investment sector, and as a sessional lecturer at McMaster University. During his time at CIHR, he has developed many national and international contacts in research funding, policy, government and non-governmental organizations.



Katya Park, PhD   
Senior Research/Planning Advisor, Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care
Katya Park joined the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care in 2015 and is currently acting as a Manager in the Research, Analysis and Evaluation Branch. She was previously the Director of Neurovascular Research and a Scientist at a private healthcare clinic where she oversaw grants, research projects and collaborations. She has presented her work internationally and published her research in a number of journals and has several successful funding applications. Katya holds a PhD in molecular neuroscience from the University of Toronto, an MSc in neuroanatomy from the University of Toronto Scarborough, and a BSc in kinesiology from the University of Waterloo.





Kevin Donato, PhD
Regulatory Policy and Risk Management Advisor, Health Canada
Kevin has held a variety of positions with the Marketed Health Products Directorate at Health Canada where he has monitored, evaluated and communicated about the safety of therapeutic products.
His role has involved the practice of pharmacovigilance, Executive and Ministerial briefings, providing scientific advice to inform policy development, managing emergent risks and contributing to media or stakeholder correspondence. Currently, his primary responsibilities include working with the Directorate’s scientific and medical experts to turn the technically complex safety review documents into plain-language summaries for a broad Canadian audience.
Kevin holds a B.Sc. and Ph.D. from studying with the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto.




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