I love the outdoors (canoeing, hiking), and walking my dog Leo. I enjoy volunteering. I am very active with an international organization that imparts leadership and spirituality amongst youth. I enjoy music and reading.
I always wanted to be a scientist. When I was a young child, I was fascinated about working with cool gadgets. I pursued a Masters in Genetics and then went on to do my Ph.D. in Immunology. That is where I became a specialist in Vaccine Development. I chose this field because I was fascinated by the way cellular processes work. I was interested in learning how we could develop cures for diseases. See my LinkedIn profile for more details of my career path.
Science is fun! Nurture your curiosity and find the field that fascinates you the most. Your journey can be beautiful and work will feel like play even though hours are long.
I like my job because every day brings new challenges. I get excited when an experiment works in the lab. It is also exciting when I can see the impact it will have in bringing a new solution for benefit of health. I enjoy that I can use my understanding of certain areas such as vaccine development in my job every day. I enjoy the diversity in my work place that brings together people to solve a problem.
At the National Research Council, I plan and develop research projects that will improve health and food security. I discuss with other scientists the progress of various projects and analyze scientific data. I also plan and execute experiments with my team. I participate in meetings with other senior executives in industry, government and universities to establish and conduct collaborative research. I review and allocate budgets. I also write business cases and business plans for large projects. I provide advice to other scientists and I participate in international and national meetings with scientists. I make decisions on priorities for my organization, and on promotion cases. I work in both English and French. As a scientist, I am able to be an administrator in a scientific organization, and understand key strategic areas of opportunity in my field.
- Foreign Languages
- Always wanted to be outside
- Liked helping people
- Was motivated by success
- Wanted to be in charge
- Liked being given free range to explore my ideas
- Engaged in volunteer activities
- Liked reading
- Always knew exactly what I wanted to do
- Learned best “by doing”
- Loved music and painting