Speaker Series

Our Speaker Series events are designed to help you expand your employment outlook. At each event, you will:

  • Listen to professionals who graduated with your degree or work in your field of interest.
  • Hear tips and strategies about career and work search based on the lived successes and failures of professionals.
  • Gain perspective on your skills, knowledge, and abilities and how they apply to the workplace.
  • Open doors to opportunities by talking with professionals who can get you connected.

Each event will have a panel, discussion, networking, and refreshments. All Speaker Series sessions are free. Registration is recommended.

Careers in Biological Sciences

Thursday, March 26, 2020


  • Adam Chipiuk
    Adam Chipiuk graduated from the U of A with a Bachelor of Science in Neuroscience. Adam continued his studies in Dentistry at NYU and began an Orofascial Pain residency at UCLA. He realized that the primary care philosophy of the health care system is to prescribe pharmaceuticals and mask the patient’s symptoms. This caused him a lot of frustration. At the age of 30, Adam was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma and began practicing yoga and realized the amazing health benefits that came with this practice. He has embraced a simple rule: you must work hard to be healthy. Adam has taught yoga all over the world and now owns Masterlab Yoga Sport & Performance Food (formerly Studio X) with his sister Eva, also a UofA BioSci grad and cancer survivor. Join Masterlab Yoga on Saturdays at 4 p.m. for a free community class introducing you a support community of practice and the benefits of yoga.

  • Alicja Brown
    Alicja Brown received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences from the University of Alberta and followed her ethics when making the career decision to leave research and become an Investment Advisor with the Brown Investment Group within CIBC Wood Gundy. Alicja is a certified Responsible Investment Advisor with the Principles of Responsible Investment Academy in London. She is a member of Financial Planning Canada as well as the Alberta and Ontario Insurance Councils. She is on the Board Executive of the Responsible Investment Association of Canada. For almost fifteen years, she has been helping clients achieve their financial goals through comprehensive tax, estate, business succession and retirement planning.
  • Garth Likes
    Garth Likes is the Executive Director of Business Development for Innotech Alberta, a wholly owned subsidiary of Alberta Innovates. InnoTech’s primary focus is to facilitate the conversion of applied research to economic, social and environmental benefits for Alberta. In his role Garth creates and executes strategy in developing relations for business development. Garth holds a Bachelor of Science from University of Alberta and also studied Marketing at the University of York and is a Certified Management Consultant.
  • Haylee Jones
    Haylee Jones received her Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with a Business Minor in 2018 from the University of Alberta. Haylee has worked as an Account Manager at two companies, the first Segue Systems, a certified agency of Xerox, and the second and current Long View Systems. The competitive, supportive, and strong learning aspects she has in her role as a sales women at Long View is what keeps her motivated and excited to go to work every day. She is excited to see how her career develops within Long View Systems given their strong company culture and career-life planning process.
  • Nicole Rodriguez
    Nicole Rodriguez graduated with a double major in Biology and Psychology from the University of Alberta in 2018. She has acquired research experience in a variety of areas including the Department of Psychology and the Faculty of Medicine, Division of Gastroenterology and the Department of Family Medicine. She currently works as a Researcher at the Department of Pediatrics where she studies the impact of psychosocial factors on the health management of chronic illnesses. She is a recipient of the Dean of Students Service Excellence Awards for creating the Undergraduate Research Peer Mentorship Program.
  • Stephanie Booth
    Stephanie Booth received her Bachelor of Science in Biology from the Augustana Faculty, University of Alberta in 2014 and her Masters of Public Health (Epidemiology) from the University of Alberta School of Public Health in 2017. She has worked as a physical therapy aide, vaccine epidemiology research analyst, opioid crisis policy analyst for the Government of Alberta Ministry of Health, and is currently a Research Advisor at the Edmonton Police Service, where she coordinates research agreements with academics and designs and advises on internal research activities. Outside of work she volunteers for a number of LGBTQ+ community initiatives and tries to pet as many dogs as possible.