Events 2011

September 2011: Persuasion Strategies Workshop

This entertaining presentation introduces some of the key foundations of persuasion and concretely demonstrates through vivid, researched, examples how to readily influence, motivate, and persuade anyone!

In this presentation you will:

  • Learn how to have instant influence.
  • Learn techniques that will allow you to more readily persuade anyone.
  • Understand why people buy … and why they don’t.

Guest speaker:

With over 25 years of sales & marketing experience, Kurian M. Tharakan is a senior member of the business strategy firm Acton Consulting Ltd. He has been involved in the creation of sales and marketing strategy for companies in many industries. Prior to Acton, Mr. Tharakan was the vice-president of sales and marketing for an Alberta-based software firm where his team achieved notable wins with several members of the US Fortune 500.

October 2011: 5th Annual Industry Mixer

WISEST (Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology) is pleased to invite you our annual industry mixer.

On October 13, the undergraduate student group (UA-WiSE) and early-career professional community (WISER) will be brought together with representatives from industry, government, academia and supporting organizations.

This year we are excited to feature as our keynote speaker, Dr. Jacqueline Shan, Chief Scientific Officer of Afexa Life Sciences, who will share inspirational stories about her career path.

Join us for a fabulous evening of networking with the broader innovation community, exploring career options, connecting with mentors, and be inspired by engaging speakers.

Thank you to our sponsors!

  • TEC Edmonton
  • Innovotech
  • Edmonton Economic Development Corporation
  • Schlumberger
  • Stantec
  • Gilead
  • Afexa Life Sciences

November 2011: Women in Academia

WISER invites you to a fun-filled evening at Steeps Tea Lounge!

Steeps offers a wide variety of fresh steeped tea, snacks, and board games. This is a great opportunity to get to know your peers better outside of a professional setting. This is as much about strengthening support networks as it is about building new networks. So drop by for a drink and chat for awhile!

December 2011: Women in Academia

Interested in an academic career? Not sure how to get there? Or what to expect when you arrive?

Join us for WISER’s presentation of Women in Academia; an evening of small, round-table discussions with some of the U of A’s finest women faculty members in a festive atmosphere. Use this personalized setting to learn how these ladies achieved their careers goals and gain perspective on how you can be successful in your pursuit of an academic career.


  • Dr. Janet Elliott, Canada Research Chair in Thermodynamics, Chemicals and Materials Engineering
  • Dr. Rachel Milner, Faculty Service Officer, Biochemistry
  • Dr. Renee Elio, Associate Vice President Research, Computing Sciences
  • Dr. Maya Shmulevitz, Assistant Professor, Medical Microbiology and Immunology
  • Dr. Sharon Morsink, Associate Chair (Graduate Studies), Physics