Industry – Graduate Student Speed Networking

Monday, October 29, 2018
Sheraton BnB Restaurant

This event will provide chemical engineering graduate students with an opportunity to meet people currently working in related industries, expand their networks, and learn about potential career paths. Industry representatives are welcome to recruit graduating students but it is not required for this event.

The event will consist of 2 parts: 1) Speed Networking Sessions and 2) Informal Networking.

In the speed networking sessions, groups of 4-5 grad students will be rotating through 5 pre-assigned industry representatives in 10-minute sessions. Students will briefly introduce themselves then industry representatives will briefly (1-2 minutes) introduce themselves, their organization, and their role. Students can use the remaining time to ask any questions they have and industry representatives are encouraged to hand out business cards to each student. The informal networking session will happen directly after the speed networking session, where students and industry representatives can mingle freely, follow up with people they have met, or talk to those they did not get a chance to speak to yet.


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Participating Representatives

Chris Biederman - Senior Engineer, Hatch

Chris Biederman is a Senior Engineer with Hatch and is currently the Portfolio Manager for Infrastructure projects in the Technology Development Business Practice. He is responsible for growing Hatch’s portfolio of internal Technology Development projects and supporting them from ideation through commercialization. Biederman has been with Hatch for over 10 years and started his career in the Water & the Natural Environment Business Unit. His expertise includes performance assessments, troubleshooting, engineering design, pilot testing and design, and bench-scale testing for mine water treatment systems.

Michael Blain - Process Designer, Associated Engineering

Michael Blain is a Process Designer at Associated Engineering, where he focuses on municipal water and wastewater treatment projects. He contributes to all phases of project delivery, starting at concept development through to detailed design and construction. He completed his MASc in chemical engineering at the University of Toronto, where his research focused on membrane processes for wastewater treatment. He also previously completed an undergraduate degree in chemical engineering at Queen’s University.

Wilfred de Vega - Business Development Specialist, Mitacs

Wilfred de Vega is a Business Development Specialist with Mitacs. He completed his PhD in epigenomics in 2017 at the University of Toronto. As a Business Development Specialist, he works with academics and industry professionals to forge partnerships in R&D collaborations, and provides support for all Mitacs programs. Mitacs is a national non-profit organization that is dedicated to driving innovation in Canada through funding graduate students and post-doctoral fellows and helping them gain experience in industry while completing their theses or research projects.

Pratish Gawand - CEO & Co-Founder, Ardra

Pratish Gawand is co-founder of Ardra Inc., a synthetic biology company based in JLABS, Toronto. Ardra focuses on production of natural ingredient using advanced fermentation processes. Gawand is responsible for business development as well as fundraising for Ardra. He secured seed funding for Ardra from the SOSVentures, MaRS Innovation and Novatio Ventures. His previous experience includes his role as a Development Scientist at India’s largest biotechnology company Biocon Ltd., where he was responsible for fermentation scale-up of pharmaceutical molecules.  Gawand has been part of several Entrepreneurship training programs including the IndieBio in San Francisco. Gawand did his B. Tech and M. Tech at ICT, Mumbai followed by PhD in Chemical Engineering at the University of Toronto.

Hayley Hung - Senior Research Scientist, Environment and Climate Change Canada

Hayley Hung is a Senior Research Scientist of the Air Quality Research Division of Environment and Climate Change Canada. She studies the temporal and spatial trends, sources and transport pathways of atmospheric organic contaminants to the Arctic, the Great Lakes and other ecologically sensitive environments. She also investigates the impact of climate change and variations on the cycling of environmental pollutants.  She is a graduate of the University of Toronto, Canada (PhD Chemical Engineering/ Environmental Collaborative Program) under the supervision of Professor Don Mackay.  She leads the long-term air monitoring programs for persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and chemicals of emerging concern in the Canadian Arctic and the Great Lakes Basin.  Hung is Canada’s Key National Expert (KNE) of the Arctic Council’s Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP) POPs Expert Committee.  She is the lead and co-author of over 65 peer-reviewed scientific publications and is a chapter lead in numerous international assessments on POPs and emerging chemicals of concern, including the UNEP Stockholm Convention on POPs Global Monitoring Plan First and Second Reports.

Hamdy Khalil - Senior Global Director for Advanced Technologies and Innovation, Woodbridge Foam Corporation

Hamdy Khalil is the Senior Global Director for Advanced Technologies and Innovation at Woodbridge Foam Corporation. He has worked at Woodbridge for 19 years and has worked as Senior Technical Manager at BFGoodrich for 15 years prior. He has multiple patents and pioneered the introduction and commercialization of renewable materials into polyurethane chemistry used in automotive manufacturing. He has a BSc In Chemistry and Physics from the University of Alexandria, a MSc in Nutritional Biochemistry from Cairo University, a MSc in Organic Chemistry and Polyene Synthesis from Laurentian University, a PhD in Polymer Science from Windsor University, and a Post-Doc from UCLA.

Steven Loo-Yong-Kee - Senior Development Associate, Centre for Commercialization of Regenerative Medicine

Steven Loo-Yong-Kee is a senior development associate at CCRM, a Canadian not-for-profit organization supporting the development of foundational technologies for commercializing cell and gene therapies. His current focus is on technical projects to improve manufacturing and accelerate commercialization of viral vectors and immunotherapies. Prior to joining CCRM, he spent a year developing an onsite sanitation system that collects, disinfects, and recovers valuable nutrients from human waste streams for developing countries as part of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s Reinvent the Toilet Challenge at the University of Toronto. He completed a BASc in chemical engineering at the University of Waterloo, and a MEng in bioprocessing (focus on the scale-up of protein production) at the University of Toronto.

Robert Molino - Eastern Canada Account Manager, SCION Instruments Canada Limited

Robert Molino has twenty years sales experience with segment leaders including Varian Inc., QIAGEN, Bruker Ltd. and SCION Instruments. He held many positions including sales representative, product specialist, sales manager and business owner. Through the years, Molino has sold equipment, products and services to industry, government and academic customers. Molino is passionate about sales and helping businesses improve their performance.