network, network,
november 2010 Issue
Build your web


Have you found SBN's initiatives inspiring and educational? Want to contribute to our ongoing success? SBN has launched a brand new Supporters Program that allows anyone to fund us so that we can continue to operate to our highest quality standards. If you are interested in supporting our 2010-2011 initiatives, please make a donation. No amount is too small! If you have any questions, please contact Erika Diaz at ediaz[at]

Membership has its privileges! Get special access to job postings, employer profiles, early access to event registration and other industry resources. Take the next step in strengthening your network by joining today

SAVE THE DATE! MARCH 1, 2011- SBN's Annual Career Expo & Conference. More details next month

Economic Darwinism

Andrew Tait“Now in its 24th year, the [Ernst & Young Global Biotechnology]report has become an important resource for life science companies globally who are looking into the future and emerging opportunities.” – Rosine Hage-Moussa, LifeSciences British Columbia.

 SBN’s event liaison, Andrew Tait, provides the insider scoop on how the BC & Canadian Biotechnology industry is faring through the global economic recession. Read it here

Career Q & A

EtiquetteGood manners impact your career beyond how you hold a fork. Etiquette is the art of doing the right thing at the right time in social settings. An entrepreneur and business leader herself, Margaret Page shows her clients how appropriate business etiquette and good manners can become their own invisible profit centre.

Read more about her career choices here

Company Spotlight

Ever wonder how a university keeps track of the funding and progress of its seemingly countless research projects? Explore the VP Research Office at the University of British Columbia here.

In The News

Upcoming Events

Critical Skills for Success

Critical Skills for Success 

Nov 10, 6:00pm| Business Etiquette 
Nov 17, 6:00pm| Networking Tips

The remaining two sessions of this 4-part workshop will greatly enhance essential skills that are needed to succeed in today's world. Interested members can register for the individual sessions (spaces are limited). Upon completion, workshop attendees will have a special opportunity to mingle with SBN mentors and executives.



Powering the Bioeconomy – Inspired by Innovation to Build a BioEnergy Future

Nov 17, 10:00 - 11:00 am| Webinar

SBN, in partnership with Life Science BC, is hosting a Web-Conference on the Bioenergy Industry in BC. The two companies presenting, Lignol Energy Corporation and Diacarbon Energy, have both found unique ways of processing wood waste to make ethanol and other bioproducts. Find out about the science and strategy behind their success.

This online seminar is a new format for SBN; it means that it’s easy to attend no matter what your University. The best part is, you can ‘attend’ from the comfort of your home!

Mark Your Calendar


EXPERIMENTS: Dialogues on Art and Science

Nov 9, 14 & 18
SFU Centre for Dialogue

Explore the similarities and differences between both disciplines as they employ creativity, experimentation, logic and intuition to understand the world around us. These Dialogues precede the World Premiere of LINK Dance Foundation’s new work Experiments: Logic and Emotion Collide. Over the past three years, LINK Artistic Director Gail Lotenberg has been working with dancers and ecologists to create an ensemble piece interweaving movement, sound, video and lighting, appealing to both halves of the brain.


Genome BC

Genome BC's 10 Year Anniversary Event 

Nov 16, 4:30pm | Vancouver Convention Centre

This free public event will provide participants an opportunity to learn where health care is heading in the 21st century from the groundbreaking developments in “cancer genes”, genetic breakthroughs in Parkinson’s, new insights into the aging process, and epidemics that sweep our globe. There will be a post discussion reception, for registered guests only, that will provide an opportunity for dialogue with Mark Walport and some of BC’s top research scientists, policy makers, and physicians.



Going Global: Key Considerations in Cross Border Licenses & collaborations

Nov 26, 8:30 am | 777 Dunsmuir St, Vancouver
McCarthy Tétrault

Licensing and collaborations have long been an integral part of the commercialization strategy for life sciences companies. This free seminar will address key areas of concern when companies are entering into cross border licenses or collaborations.


Get involved

Volunteer opportunities are available with Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST) for their 2011 Fundraising Gala. Expand your network here.

The Heart and Stroke Foundation is looking to fill over 20 different volunteer opportunities during February's Heart Month. Explore the possibilities here.


" Never be afraid to try. Remember... Amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic." - Anonymous


This is what it's all about! We want to hear from you. Is there someone you know whom we should interview? Following a career-enhancing blog? Found a great resource that others should know about? Please share with us by emailing us at newsletter[at] We're keen to bring you information and inspiration for your biotech career, so email us and let us know how we're doing.

SBN would not be possible without its generous sponsors:
[ PLATINUM ]  Genome BC, National Engineering and Science Research Council, STEMCELL Technologies, Technology Vision Group [ GOLD ] Centrifuge Media Lab, Gowlings, KMPG, UBC Office of the VP Research, [ SILVER ]  AstraZeneca, BC Bioenergy Network, Cardiome, Centre for Drug Research and Development, SFU Office of the VP Research, UBC University Industry Liaison Office [ IN KIND ] Discovery Parks, LIfeSciences BC
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