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VISION (2011)

CAPS shall act as a broad national voice of Canadian postdocs. CAPS shall work toward clarifying the role of postdocs in Canada, advocate for equitable treatment of postdocs, and represent the interests of postdocs at Federal and Provincial levels.

MISSION (2011)

CAPS exists to represent Canadian postdocs by:
a. Acting as a Collective Voice
- Examples: act as a liaison between Canadian postdocs, institutional representatives, funding agencies, professional organizations, and the national and provincial governments; highlight the role and value of Canadian postdocs within the academic community within Canada and internationally.
b. Advocating on behalf of Postdocs
- Examples: express the views and needs of postdocs at international, national, regional and institutional levels; establish best practice polices for the postdoctoral training experience and encourage implementation of these policies by institutions nationwide.
c. Providing Resources for Professional Development
- Examples: enhance the postdoctoral experience by facilitating the transition into subsequent career phases; assist in the establishment of and provide support for institutional postdoctoral associations.


CAPS/ACSP Governing Documents


Emma Griffiths, PhD


(English) Background: Emma Griffiths is currently a research associate at the University of British Columbia (Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, Vancouver, British Columbia), where she works with different Canadian and international health and regulatory agencies to develop frameworks (ontologies) for sharing and integrating whole genome sequencing and contextual data (clinical, epidemiological, laboratory). This goal of her work is to better enable the implementation of genomics for improved tracking and control of infectious disease outbreaks. Dr. Griffiths completed her PhD in Bacterial Phylogeny (McMaster University, Hamilton, Ont), and combines this expertise with postdoctoral experience in antimicrobial resistance analyses, as well as chemical and fungal genetics (McMaster University, and the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC) in her current research in genomic epidemiology. Dr. Griffiths has a keen interest in advocacy, and participates in different environmental and social equity efforts. As such, she co-founded and is past president of the Simon Fraser University Postdoc Association (SFU PDA). During her terms as president, Dr. Griffiths helped to establish many new initiatives such as the annual SFU Postdoc Research Day, the Brown Bags Professional Development Lunch Time Workshop Series, the Practice Job Talk Seminar Series, and the Postdoc Profile Writing Workshop.

Agenda: CAPS-ACSP has had many successes recently, in establishing a national health insurance plan for postdocs across Canada as well as contributing to several federal government consultations, panel discussions and publications. As continuity and preservation of knowledge and networks are pillars of successful advocacy, Dr. Griffiths would like to ensure the sustainability of CAPS through the creation of an Executive Director position during her term. An Executive Director, hired as opposed to elected annually, will provide guidance and experience to new executives. Additionally, Dr. Griffiths plans to work towards securing a long-term operational budget, which will provide security for CAPS' work and and better enable CAPS to reach its long term goals. Dr. Griffiths plans to help expand the resources available to postdocs for career planning, as well as facilitate data collection regarding postdoc challenges and career trajectories through surveys and the National Postdoc Registry.

Email: chair@caps-acsp.ca
Twitter: @griffiemma
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/emma-griffiths-a0a3383/

Joseph S. Sparling, PhD

Ancien Président

(English) Background: Dr. Joe Sparling holds four degrees including a BSc in Biology (McMaster), a BA in Psychology (Brock), a Master’s in Psychology (Queen’s), and a PhD in Neuroscience (UBC). His PhD and postdoctoral research focused on neuropathology, but he has now left the tenure track path to pursue a career in advanced post-secondary training and labour relations policy. His interest in the latter was piqued during his postdoctoral training at the University of Calgary, where he became involved in postdoctoral representation and advocacy, first as a member (and later President) of the Postdoctoral Association of the University of Calgary (PDAC) and then as a member (and later Chair) of the CAPS/ACSP Executive Council. As the Chair of CAPS/ACSP for two consecutive years, Dr. Sparling became a prominent figure in the postdoctoral community at the national level due to his extensive contributions to postdoctoral advocacy and his lead role in convincing the provincial government to legislate employment status and collective bargaining rights for postdocs in Alberta. An outspoken advocate for improved postdoc training and labour relations policies, Dr. Sparling is excited to serve as the Past Chair of CAPS/ACSP for 2019.

Agenda: As the Past Chair, Dr. Sparling is focused on continuing to improve the resources and support offered to Canadian postdocs by CAPS/ACSP, including insurance programs and free webinars for members. He also looks forward to continuing to fight for improvements in postdoc policies at the national level by contributing to CAPS/ACSP’s federal advocacy initiatives and to playing a role in CAPS/ACSP’s 2019 National Postdoc Survey.

Email: pastchair@caps-acsp.ca
Twitter: @Joe_S_Sparling
LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/jsparling

Michael Kyweriga, PhD

Vice-Président Opérations

(English) Background: Dr. Michael Kyweriga is currently serving as a postdoc at the University of Lethbridge working on mouse models of decision making, sensory perception, and auditory disorders. His research interests have an underlying focus on the neural circuits driving perception and behavior. Unlike most Canadian postdocs he has a rather unique career path. Born in Winnipeg, MB he became a permanent resident of the United States before completing high school in Montana. He then served five years as a Hospital Corpsman with the US Navy. His primary training was to deliver battlefield aid to wounded infantry Marines. Other duties included preventative care, including hearing tests. This began his interest in hearing disorders, specifically tinnitus which affects a disproportionate number of service members. Following his military service, he obtained his BA in Psychology (Biology minor) from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He next received his PhD in Biology (Systems Neuroscience) from the University of Oregon in 2014. There he discovered a sound localization circuit in the rat auditory cortex. His future goals are focused on continued work to understand the underlying source of tinnitus, to better treat those who suffer from the disorder.

Agenda: Dr. Kyweriga is currently the president of the University of Lethbridge Postdoc Association. Over the past two years he participated as an At-Large member. His major advocacy accomplishment was co-authoring, along with the other Alberta Postdoc Association Presidents, a letter to the province of Alberta requesting changing the status of Alberta postdocs from “trainees” to employees. Much to his surprise, the Alberta legislature acted rapidly and within months passed An Act to Enhance Post-secondary Academic Bargaining (Bill 7). He is currently working with the Presidents of the other Alberta Postdoc Associations to update their constitutions to reflect the changes implemented by Bill 7. Due to this collaborative work, Alberta postdoc can now contribute to Employment Insurance and Canada Pension Plan and have recognized collective bargaining rights.
His goal as the Vice Chair of Operations is to have a more active role in CAPS. This position requires attending all meetings, writing the minutes from the meeting, and maintaining accurate logs of CAPS activities. This “behind-the-scenes” work is necessary for the smooth running of the organization. This will ensure that CAPS can continue to work towards changing the lives of Canadian postdocs for the better.

Email: operations@caps-acsp.ca
Website: http://lethbridgebraindynamics.com/michael-kyweriga/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/michael.kyweriga
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/michael-kyweriga

Osiris Soledad González Galván, PhD

Vice-Président Communications

(English) Background: Dr. Osiris González Galván is currently a postdoctoral research fellow at Laval University (Department of Information and Communication, Faculty of Letters and Human Sciences), where she works on the appropriation of Social Networks Sites (SNS) by public actors in democratic contexts.
Her research interests include the uses of SNS by public actors in democratic societies, the impacts of SNS in public organizations and the influence of SNS on the social acceptability of public problems.
Prior to her postdoctoral stage, Dr. González Galván completed a Ph.D. in Public Policies (Michoacan University of San Nicolas de Hidalgo, Mexico), during which she studied the efficiency of social communication public policies of Mexican federal government.
Dr. González Galván has been distinguished with several scholarships from the National Council of Science and Technology of Mexico and also she has been recognized as an active collaborator of the Virtual University of the State of Michoacan, mainly for her teaching task and the curricular design of master and doctorate programs.

Agenda: Dr. González Galván’s goal as CAPS Vice Communication Chair is to strengthen the postdoctoral community, to achieve this objective, the creation of thematic networks will be proposed to the members; and also the maintenance of social network sites as a platform to communicate and collaborate inside the organization.

E-mail: communications@caps-acsp.ca
Email: osiris-soledad.gonzalez-galvan.1@ulaval.ca
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/osirisgonzalezgalvan
Twitter: @osirisglzgalvan
Blog: www.osirisglezgalvan.com

Sara Teinturier, PhD

Vice-Président des Communications Françaises

(English) Background: Sara Teinturier is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Research Chair on Law, Religion and Secularism of the University of Sherbrooke (UdeS), QC. Her research interests include religion in education, everyday religion, and religion and (geek) pop culture. She earned PhDs (Political Science) from the University of Rennes 1 (France), a thesis which was awarded the annual prize from the French Society for Religious Studies (ASSR : Association des sciences sociales des Religions); in this study, she analyzes the transformations of French Catholicism during the inter-war period, through activism for faith-based schools. Continuing her work on religion and diversity, she then pursued postdoctoral fellowship at the École pratique des Hautes Études (EPHE, France) in 2013-2015, and at the University of Montréal (UdeM) in 2015-2017. Dr. Teinturier was previously the first postdoctoral delegate in her French lab (GSRL, EPHE) where she helped to establish new initiatives for young careers scientists such as networks, regular workshops and conferences, and collaboration between senior and junior researchers.

Agenda: As a postdoctoral fellow in France and then Canada, Dr. Teinturier has witnessed meanings and consequences of employment situations in academia. She strongly believed that CAPS/ACSP could provide information and help for postdocs, thanks to its engagement for better resources and support in their daily work. French language is one of the working languages used in Canadian universities: as Vice-Chair of French Communications, Sara Teinturier aims to make CAPS/ACSP more visible and to improve relationships between all postdocs in Canada.

Email: sara.teinturier@usherbrooke.ca
Twitter: @teinturs
Website: https://www.usherbrooke.ca/chaire-droit-religion-laicite/jeunes-chercheurs/collaborateurs/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sara.teinturier
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sarateinturier/

François Potus, PhD

(English) Co-Vice-Chair French Communications

(English) Background: Dr. Francois Potus is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Medicine at Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He obtained his masters with distinction in molecular biology and genetics at the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1, France, and completed his Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology at Laval University, Québec City, Québec, Canada. Dr. Potus is a physiologist and molecular biologist with an expertise in cardiovascular research and genetics. His main work currently focuses on the epigenetic mechanisms underlying right ventricular failure in pulmonary arterial hypertension.

Agenda: As French and English are the official languages of Canada, we believe that is critical for CAPS/ACSP to communicate bilingually with its membership. Francois’ mission is not only to provide French translations for information and opportunities shared by CAPS/ACSP, but to also act as a key resource. As a Co-Vice Chair, French Communication, Francois aims to increase communication and visibility of CAPS/ACSP within the French-speaking community and, ultimately, to increase the engagement and representation of French-speaking postdocs.

Researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Francois_Potus
LinkedIn : https://www.linkedin.com/feed/
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/francois.potus.3

Kalpesh Joshi, PhD

Vice-Président Gestion du Site Web

(English) Background: Kalpesh Joshi is currently working as a post-doctoral fellow at University of Saskatchewan, Canada and has been a visiting scholar at Washington State University, WA, USA earlier. His research interests include the planning and operations aspect of sustainable energy systems with renewable energy resources and storage systems. Dr Joshi has won several fellowships and scholarships all along his post-graduate studies and research. He is also interested in reading, writing and digital content preparation specific to his needs. As a Vice Chair website management, he brings with him the experience of designing and mainlining websites while improving its visibility by coordinating with other social and professional networking platforms.

Agenda: Website – among all web-based platforms such as social and professional networking sites – is the most authentic representation of an organization on digital media. In the age of Google as a guide, the web-domain and its contents create the first impression and remain the prime source of information for new as well as returning visitors. Dr Joshi aims to keep the CAPS website live and up to date while making it more engaging and interactive.

Email: mail[at]kalpeshjoshi.co.in
Website: http://kalpeshjoshi.co.in
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/joshikalpesh/

Mohit Garg, PhD

Vice-Président Finances

(English) Background: Dr. Mohit Garg is a member of ASTM (voting), EGBC, IEEE, IIE and currently a Postdoctoral scholar in ‘Centre for Advanced Materials and Related Technology’ at the University of Victoria, and a 2018-2020 NSERC PDF award recipient. In addition to that Mohit has more than 5 years experience in the field of composite materials, non-destructive testing, and data analysis. Mohit wears an ‘Iron Ring’, honoured after successfully completing the requirements of ‘Bachelors in Industrial Engineering with minor in Supply chain management’ program from University of Windsor, Ontario in June 2010. It is worthy to mention that Dr. Mohit received a ‘Certificate of Distinction’ from University of Waterloo (in 2004). Mohit has published work in several high-impact factor peer-reviewed journals and also provides his comments and feedback on composites related articles as a ‘Reviewer’. Additionally, he also been the editor of ‘Operations Research’ book published by McGraw Hill. Lastly, Mohit has served as a ‘non-tenure faculty’ at two prestigious institutes in India, Thapar University and PEC University of Technology.

Agenda: Dr. Garg’s goal as CAPS Vice Financial Chair is to maintain a healthy and balanced financial budget through the year. CAPS servers a vital role and as a helping hand in addressing issues and concerns of both local and international Postdoc fellows here in Canada. It is also the goal of this association to carefully utilize the funds and resources available for the betterment of the community, as a whole. Mohit is also interested in helping his postdoc fellows in Canada to make them aware of possible financial assistance available to support themselves, boost their rights, and avail special facilities for them with the support from the local bodies or the government.

Email: finance@caps-acsp.ca
Twitter: @mgarg28
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mgarg28
Research Gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Dr_Mohit_Garg
LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/mohitgg

Fiona Zhang, PhD

Vice-Président Membres

(English) Background: Fiona Zhang is currently a postdoc fellow in the Department of Urology in UBC. Before moving to Canada, Fiona received her Bachelor of Engineering in Biological Engineering in China. Then, she studied and received her MSc in Environmental Toxicology from University of Alberta. She received her PhD in Neuroscience from UBC in 2015 where she focused her research in the molecular linkage between stroke and Alzheimer’s disease. After graduation, Fiona joined a start-up company aiming in branding a health product. She was responsible for formulation design and quality control of the products. After the very first product of the company entered the market, Fiona returned to the research field where she can maximize her contribution in the area of life science with her solid interdisciplinary skills. Now, Fiona is focusing on translational studies including drug formulation and therapeutic strategy development for cancer therapy.

Agenda: (To be updated)
E-mail: membership@caps-acsp.ca

Christine Gibb, PhD

Vice-Président Externe

(English) Background: Christine Gibb is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Geography and Planning and the Asian Institute at the University of Toronto. She is currently researching how gendered religious practices, institutions and norms determine access to disaster assistance in Southeast Asia. Her research interests include environmental migration, global environmental change, feminist geography, post-disaster reconstruction, and accompanied research methodologies. She has an interdisciplinary background, which includes studies in geography (Ph.D. from the Université de Montréal), capacity development and extension, and international development (M.Sc. from the University of Guelph), and biology (B.Sc.H. from Queen’s University).Outside academia, she has worked as a consultant for several United Nations agencies and NGOs on environment, development, and youth education issues

Agenda: As an off-campus based postdoc, Dr Gibb understands the importance of establishing and nurturing often remote affiliations and collaborations. As VC External, she is focused on building and strengthening partnerships with organizations valuable and relevant to postdocs, as well as sharing these resources with CAPS members. Her work plan for 2019 includes disseminating existing resources on best practices around indigenous PDF support, building a resource list for the CAPS website, and supporting the 2019 membership survey.

E-mail: external@caps-acsp.ca

Rahaf Ajaj, PhD

Vice-Président International

(English) Background: Dr. Rahaf Ajaj completed her doctoral studies in the field of radioactivity concentration of primordial and anthropogenic radionuclides. She holds a M.Sc. degree in Radiation Physics and B.Sc. degree in Medical Physics. She is currently a Postdoc Associate Researcher at Carleton University. Currently she one of about 65 researchers from ten institutions in Canada, the United Kingdom and Mexico working on the DEAP-3600 experiment. This experiment is one of the most sensitive experiments for the direct detection of dark matter. Her responsibilities include detailed data analysis of the DEAP-3600 dark matter dataset. Besides, she is working on developing, operating and analysis of prototype noble liquid detectors.

Agenda: As the Vice-Chair International, Dr. Ajaj will be responsible for providing and maintaining support and services for members of CAPS/ACSP who are non-Canadian citizens working as postdocs in Canada and Canadian citizens or permanent residents working as postdocs abroad. Dr. Ajaj aims to develop partnerships with other international organizations in order to enhance CAPS’ opportunities to participate in activities and events involving postdocs around the globe.

Email: international@caps-acsp.ca
Email: rahaf.ajaj@carleton.ca
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/rahafajaj/

Noushin Nabavi, PhD

Vice-Président Développement de Carrière

(English) Background: Noushin Nabavi earned a B.Sc. in 2005 in Cell and Molecular Biology and a PhD in 2011 in Cell and Systems Biology from the University of Toronto where she worked on mesenchymal stem cell differentiation to bone. She then obtained a Siebel stem cell fellowship in 2012 from the University of California at Berkeley to work on the role of Sirtuins in aging and disease. In Silicon Valley, she co-founded a stem-cell company for Huntington disease and was involved in the strategic development and management of the company along with three other postdoctoral fellows. She then came back to Canada as a senior postdoctoral fellow at BC Cancer Agency, where she led a three year genomics project on rare malignant peritoneal mesothelioma cancer with funding secured from BC Cancer Foundation. She was recently awarded the Mitacs Science Policy Fellowship in association with the University of Victoria and the BC Government's Integrated Data Division (Ministry of Citizen’s Services) where she is working on cross-ministry big data to enable evidence-informed decision making. At CAPS, as the career development executive, Noushin is interested in the development and improvement of strategic and long-term career options for junior and senior postdoctoral fellows. She welcomes suggestions from the postdoctoral community for this and encourages engagement and dialogue.

Agenda: Career development is crucial for postdocs who are a vulnerable population not yet academics and not yet respected in the industry. The resources for postdocs are currently insufficient and support is scarce. In my role as vice-chair of career development, I aim to investigate and identify career development needs for postdocs, raise awareness of these needs in the academic and industry communities, and develop resources for postdocs on career development options. Specifically, based on consensus and demand, I will collect strategic academic and industry opportunities to share with postdocs. With ongoing efforts, I believe that CAPS/ACSP can provide key information and support to this vulnerable population and I aim to facilitate this.

Email: careerdev@caps-acsp.ca
Webpage: https://noushinn.github.io
Twitter: https://twitter.com/nabavinoushin
Linkedin: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/noushin-nabavi-56b27b13

Sathya Narayanan Thulasi Raman, PhD

Vice-président Gestion des Données

(English) Background: Dr. Thulasi Raman is currrently a NSERC Visiting Fellow in Health Canada, Ottawa. His work mainly involves studying the biology of different viruses such as Influenza, Zika and RSV with the goal of developing methods for analyzing the efficacy of therapeutics and vaccines. He obtained his PhD from University of Saskatchewan, where he worked on understanding Host-Virus interactions during influenza infection.

Agenda: As an International PhD student and Postdoc in Canada, Dr. Thulasi Raman believes that a strong voice for the Postdoc community as a whole is lacking. CAPS/ACSP is the ideal platform to showcase the issues of the community to those who can directly bring about a change. Data and surveys can serve as an important tool to objectively determine the need of the diverse Postdoc body in Canada and he is very excited to assist in maintaining this important tool for CAPS/ACSP association.

Email: survey@caps-acsp.ca

Jean-François Bruxelle, PhD

At-Large Membre (SFU; BC)

(English) Background: Dr. Jean-François Bruxelle is a microbiologist specialized in host-pathogen interactions and vaccine development. His research focuses on the mechanisms of induction of both mucosal and systemic immune responses in vaccine strategies against mucosal infections. He accomplished his PhD in France in University Paris-Saclay on the development of a mucosal vaccine strategy targeting colonization factors of Clostridium difficile. Dr. Bruxelle currently holds a postdoctoral position in Simon Fraser University (SFU) in Pantophlet lab where he is studying the elicitation of broad neutralizing antibody response against HIV in mucosal and systemic immune compartment by targeting a conserved patch of oligomannose on the virus spikes.

Agenda: As vice-president of external communication of SFU Post-Doctoral Association, Dr. Jean-François Bruxelle is the communication link between CAPS and our University. He strongly believes that postdocs are the backbone of research. He is committed to promote our community, help organize campaigns that improve our rights, recognition and benefits.

Email: jean-francois_bruxelle@sfu.ca
Twitter: @jeffbrux
Researchgate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Jean-francois_Bruxelle

Krishnamoorthy Hegde, PhD

At-Large Membre (INRS-ETE; Quebec)

(English) Background : Krishnamoorthy Hegde is a postdoctoral researcher at Institut national de la recherche scientifique (Centre Eau Terre Environnement; INRS-ETE), Québec, Canada. He holds Ph.D. in biotechnology from Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati. He has a demonstrated history of working in industry and academia in the field of environmental engineering, biotechnology, oil and renewable energy for 8 years. He worked as a lead researcher for nearly 4 years’ in different industrial sectors in the field of sustainable biocatalyst development for bioremediation and effluent waste treatment for petrochemical wastes, technology transfer and field trials of the ‘in-house’ techniques developed at laboratory scale in petroleum refineries, metabolic pathway engineering for production of therapeutic recombinant proteins. His research contribution is credited with more than 20 peer reviewed research and review articles, 3 patents (published/filed), 2 edited books and more than 15 book chapters. He also received several prestigious fellowships and awards, such as FRQNT Postdoctoral Fellowship, TWAS-CONACYT Postdoctoral Fellowship, and TUM Post-Doc Mobility Fellowship. His research interest lies in the development of advanced biosensors for environmental applications, treatment of emerging contaminants in wastewater and drinking water, bioremediation of petroleum crude wastes, green synthesis of functionalized polymers, metabolic engineering of microorganisms for conversion of biomass residues and industrial waste into biofuels and value-added products. In addition to research activities, he is also involved in co-teaching of courses to postgraduates, co-supervising PhD students and short-term trainees at INRS-ETE. Apart from research, Dr. Hegde is keenly interested hosting/participating in social and scientific events and networking.

Agenda: As an At-Large Member, Dr. Hegde wants to make CAPS platform more vibrant by sharing academic and non-academic career opportunities with postdoctoral researchers across Canada. He also wants to strengthen career opportunities for Canadian postdoctoral researchers through various professional networking activities, such as scientific events, events on career development and industry-academia symposiums.

Email: hegde@ete.inrs.ca
Twitter: @Hegde217
LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/in/krishnamoorthy-hegde-46a49419

Edel Perez Lopez, PhD

At-Large Membre (USask; SK)

(English) Background: I am a plant pathologist. By the end of my Bachelor's in 2011 I had discovered my passion - the study of the microorganisms that affect plants, and particularly those that harm economically important crops, which can threaten the entire economy of countries. My path started in Cuba working with HLB (Huanglonbing), a devastating disease affecting citrus plants. From there I went to Mexico and did a PhD studying MBS (Maize bushy stunt), a disease affecting Mexico's native corn. During my PhD I had the chance to visit Saskatoon for the first time, and I fell in love with the city, the scientists working there, and even the weather. After a year as a postdoc at Auburn University in the US, working again with HLB and the bacteria associated with the disease, I returned to Saskatoon, this time as a postdoc in the Biology Department of the University of Saskatchewan. My new project, which is funded by the Government of Saskatchewan, aims to identify and characterize effector proteins produced by the soil-borne protist, Plasmodiophora brassicae, which is responsible for the devastating condition known as clubroot disease.

Agenda: At present, there are exciting changes in postdoctoral policy occurring at the UofS and I intend to serve as a bridge between the local and national postdoctoral communities as an At-Large Member of CAPS/ACSP.

Allison Tscherner, PhD

At-Large Membre

(English) Background: Dr. Allison Tscherner is a Lalor Postdoctoral Fellow at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, with a research focus in mammalian oocyte maturation and preimplantation embryo development. She completed her doctoral training in the department of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Guelph. Through her roles as an At-Large member of CAPS and as VP External Affairs of the UOttawa Faculty of Medicine Postdoctoral Association, Dr. Tscherner aims to support her peers throughout their postdoctoral training, and to augment the situation for postdoctoral researchers in Canada.

Twitter: @atscherner

Chris Corkery, PhD


(English) Background: Chris completed an MSc in Polymer Chemistry at the University of Manitoba in 2006 and then earned a PhD on Optical Materials at the Australian National University in 2010. He spent two years as a postdoc at the University of Western Ontario, working on water-repelling coatings. The three years folliwing were as a CREATE postdoctoral fellowship in Neuroengineering at McGill University, where he designed surfaces for brain-machine interfaces. Currently, he is the Chief Project Engineer at Sensoreal Inc. and a part-time Workshop Facilitator at McGill University. Sensoreal (www.sensoreal.com) is a small company specializing in point-of-care health testing. They design capillary microfluidic devices that rapidly and economically make health measurements within 20 minutes, allowing for prompt assessment and treatment. Chris has been involved with postdoctoral fellows in Canada from 2010, holding various positions, chronologically: VC external of the Postdoc Association at Western (PAW, 2010-2011), Chair of the Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (CAPS, 2011-2012), the Past-Chair of CAPS (2012-2013), and the Chair of the Association of Postdoctoral Fellows at McGill (APF, 2012-2016). Chris has served as an executive member of CAPS from 2010 to present, and represented CAPS at several national and international conferences and meetings.

Agenda: Both as the Chair of CAPS and in his other postdoctoral representation positions, Chris' main agenda has been to increase the reputation of postdoctoral positions in Canada. More attractive postdoctoral appointments will result in higher quality postdocs and improve the level of research coming out of Canada. Successes have been many, with the largest achievement being the completion of the first third-party national survey of postdoctoral scholars and a resulting white paper. This survey data has been used and reported widely by the tri-councils, scholarly journals, media, Mitacs, universities, and national and international postdoctoral associations. He was pleased to be involved in the 2016 Canadian National Postdoctoral Survey as well, and was a co-author on the official report from that survey released Nov 21st, 2016.

Silvia Vilches, PhD


(English) Background: Silvia Vilches is a Mitacs Elevate postdoctoral fellowship at the Centre for Health Leadership and Research in the School of Leadership Studies at Royal Roads University in Victoria, BC. She is studying in capacity development and leadership in the health system with the Canadian College of Health Leaders and Fenwick Leadership Explorations. Her academic studies centre on social planning issues, and have evolved from an interest in the contribution community makes to well-being (psychology) to studies in policy and practice and the difference early childhood education makes in communities, to mental health community partnerships planning (urban planning) at UBC. These studies have involved her in community research and capacity development partnerships with First Nations, explorations of GLBTTQ equity and inclusion in the academic setting, and investigation of the impacts of welfare policy reform. She has worked in the nonprofit sector on community social issues, and she has more than 22 years of experience on non-profit boards. In these various capacities she has worked on organizational development and change theory, fundraising, incorporation, and with agency and board volunteers.

Monica Sesma-Vazquez, PhD


(English) Background: Dr. Monica Sesma-Vazquez was born in Mexico City. She pursued studies (Bachelor, Master and Ph D) in Psychology, and has several specializations as an individual, couple, and family therapist. She was a professor in three Universities in Mexico City (Universidad de Londres, Universidad de las Americas, and Alliant International University), teaching Narrative, Brief, Solution Focused, Reflecting Teams, and Collaborative Therapies, as well as Qualitative Research Methods, in graduate programs. She worked several years at the Eating Disorders Clinic at Hospital Medica Sur in Mexico City as an individual and family therapist. Dr. Sesma-Vazquez’s research primarily focuses on examining families’ and professionals’ discourses, conversations, and interactions around food, weight, and appearance; she also investigates the implementation of family therapy treatments for people with eating concerns in Canada. She studies Western DSM diagnostic culture and how discourses on mental health and medicalization impact individuals and families. Her research focuses on how people perform mental illness understandings in social interactions, and how these performances shape their relationships and experiences. She is the Spanish Translator Editor for the International Journal of Collaborative Practices, a Taos Institute council member and associate, and President of the Postdoctoral Association of the University of Calgary (PDAC).

Agenda: Monica served as the Vice Chair Communications for CAPS/ACSP from 2014 to 2017 and played a key role in the development and implementation of our new website. She became an Advisor to the CAPS/ACSP in July 2017.

Online Profile (UCalgary): http://werklund.ucalgary.ca/educ_info/profiles/monica-sesma-vazquez
Twitter: @monicasesma
LinkedIn: https://ca.linkedin.com/pub/monica-sesma-vazquez-ph-d/7/758/ba8

Mohamad Nadim Adi, PhD


(English) Background: Dr. Mohamad Nadim Adi completed his doctoral studies in the field of virtual reality, having obtained his undergraduate degree and Master’s in architecture. Combining these two fields, he developed a passion to understand and test new buildings and building materials through the use of VR. Dr. Adi has studied how people respond to different types of built environments using various virtual platforms as a medium. He worked in several universities around the globe, in the fields of high-rise wood buildings, hospital design, dementia friendly design, and interactive architecture. He joined the University of Alberta to apply his extensive knowledge of this area in the establishment of a virtual reality lab for multi-disciplinary research in construction. His research has several potential inter-disciplinary applications involving health, education, and ergonomics. He developed an interest in crypto currencies during his time as consultant in the University of Alberta which lead to him to establish several companies that deal with this tech and help in educating the public. He is currently looking into the psychology of space and buildings. He is also active on the global field as the Chair of ICoRSA (international consortium of research staff associations) to help draw attention to the vital role young researches play.

Agenda: Having been elected previously as a student union delegate and CAPS Chair in 2015, he successfully led and established several initiatives that helped in enhancing his fellow students’ experience. He aims to utilize his experience to help his fellow postdocs listening to their concerns and enriching their experience. He plans to make postdocs more visible both nationally and internationally and highlight their vital role. He was involved in completing the 3rd national postdoctoral survey and in campaigning for a nationwide clear definition for the postdoc role in higher education.

Research gate: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mohamad_Nadim_Adi
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/dr-mohamad-nadim-adi-5179283
Twitter: @mnadeemadi


(English) 2017-2018

Président: Joseph S. Sparling
Ancien Président: Mohamad Nadim Adi
Vice-Président Opérations: Anni Hamalainen
Vice-Président Communications: Emma Griffiths
Co-Vice-Président Communications en français: Sara Teinturier
Co-Vice-Président Communications en français: François Potus
Vice-Président Finances: Mohit Garg
Vice-Président Membres: Jenna Haverfield (April-Dec 2018); Houman Savoji (July-Oct 2017)
Vice-Président Externe: Mohamed Elgendi
Vice-Président International: Yun Zhang (2018); Helen Roberts (July-Nov 2017)
Vice-Président Développement de Carrière: Yan Yan
Vice-président Gestion des Données: Maartje Wouters
Vice-Président Gestion du Site Web: Kalpesh Joshi
Conseiller: Chris Corkery
Conseiller: Silvia Vilches
Conseiller: Monica Sesma-Vazquez
Conseiller: Peter Clark
At-Large Membre: Michael Kyweriga
At-Large Membre: Krishnamoorthy Hegde
At-Large Membre: Jean-Francois Bruxelle
At-Large Membre: Allison Tscherner
At-Large Membre: Edel Perez Lopez
At-Large Membre: Fiona Zhang


Président: Joseph S. Sparling, PhD
Ancien Président: Mohamad Nadim Adi, PhD
Co-Vice-Président Communications: Monica Sesma-Vazquez, PhD
Co-Vice-Président Communications: Emma Griffiths, PhD
Vice-Président Externe: Nafisa Jadavji, PhD
Vice-Président Opérations: Caitlin Forsey, PhD
Vice-Président Finances: Mohit Garg, PhD (2017); Pengwei Wang, PhD (2016)
Vice-Président International: Lauren Drogos, PhD
Conseiller: Chris Corkery, PhD
Conseiller: Silvia Vilches, PhD
At-Large Membre: Michael Kyweriga, PhD
At-Large Membre: Peter Clark, PhD
At-Large Membre: Grace Iyirhiaro, PhD
At-Large Membre: Stefanie Vogt, PhD


Chair: Mohamad Nadim Adi, PhD
Past-Chair: Raj Kannan, PhD
Vice-Chair Operations: Jiro Inoue, PhD
Vice-Chair Finances: Joe Sparling, PhD
Vice-Chair Communications: Monica Sesma-Vazquez, PhD
Vice-Chair External: Nafisa M. Jadavji, PhD
AGM Co-Chair and CAPS/ACSP Advisor: Silvia Vilches, PhD


Chair: Raj Kannan, PhD
Past Chair: Silvia Vilches, PhD
Vice-Chair Operations: Mohamad Nadim Adi, PhD
Vice-Chair Finances: Abdi Ghaffari, PhD
Vice-Chair Communications: Wei Wei, PhD (2014); Monica Sesma-Vazquez, PhD (2014-2015)
Vice-Chair External: Hein Min Tun, PhD


Chair: Silvia Vilches, PhD
Vice-Chair Operations: Chinyere (Chi chi) Nwafor-Okoli, PhD
Vice-Chair Finances: Abdi Ghaffari, PhD
Vice-Chair Communications: Kalin Penev, PhD
Vice-Chair External: Supriya Syal, PhD
Vice-Chair International: David Kent, PhD

(English) 2012-2013

(English) Chair: (English) Chris Corkery, PhD
(English) Vice-Chair Operations: (English) Chinyere (Chi chi) Nwafor-Okoli, PhD
(English) Vice-Chair External: (English) Maya Boudiffa, PhD
(English) Vice-Chair Communications: (English) Alexandra Merkx-Jacques, PhD
(English) Vice-Chair Finance: (English) Abdi Ghaffari, PhD
(English) Vice-Chair International: (English) David Kent, PhD

(English) 2011-2012

(English) Chair: (English) Jeremy Mitchell, PhD
(English) Vice-Chair Operations: (English) Angela M. Crawley, PhD
(English) Vice-Chair External: (English) Daniel Preece, PhD
(English) Vice-Chair Communications: (English) Alexandra Merkx-Jacques, PhD
(English) Vice-Chair Finance: (English) Lucie Low, PhD
(English) Vice-Chair International: (English) David Kent, PhD