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North American academic system workshop – January 31, 2017

Lorna MacEachern from Career & Planning Services (CaPS) will give a presentation on the North American academic system. The 411 on the North American university system” workshop is intended to introduce international postdoctoral fellows to basic aspects of the university system here with a specific focus on the academic job market, including the general hiring process. 

The event will take place in the basement of the Thompson House on January 31, 2017 @ 5:30PM

Snacks will be provided.

To ensure everyone gets the most out of the presentation, please let us know what information you most want Lorna to cover about the North American academic system. Send your questions by Friday, Jan. 27. to APF executive member Angelia Wagner at

Admission is free. Please register here.



Pics from the APF Christmas get-togheter 2016



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APF Christmas get-togheter – Old Port – December, 10

Hello McGill Postdocs,

Since 2016 is drawing to an end, and the holidays are approaching, we thought it would be great to host a postdoc get-together. The APF (Association of Postdoctoral Fellows) invites you to join us for two events on Saturday December 10th.

First, a group of us will be checking out the Christmas Market in the Old Port.
Any postdocs (as well as their families/partners) are welcome to join us.
We will meet at 3:50PM on Dec 10th at Vauquelin Place/Square in the Old Port (we’ll be close to the Vauquelin statue, and some of the APF members will be wearing Christmas hats so you can recognize us.). We will leave at 4PM sharp to walk over to the Christmas Market.

Afterward, for those who are interested/can join us, we will walk over to Les 3 Brasseurs (rue Saint Paul, Old Port) for drinks.

For anyone interested in joining us for drinks at 6:30PM (Dec 10th) at Les 3 Brasseurs, please fill out the Eventbrite link as seats will be limited. This is the same place as last year, as people were really happy with the venue and it’s able to accommodate larger groups. We will likely be upstairs.

Link to Eventbrite


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Decoding Academia: Explaining your academic skills to non-academic employers – Thomson House – December, 13

Join us for the workshop on how to talk about your academic skills to non-academic employers!

Post-docs are very skilled group of decoding-academiaindividuals but sometimes we don’t know how to describe our skills and leverage them outside of academia. Join us for this event to prepare a great CV and learn how to talk about yourself to the non-academic employers!

WHEN: Tuesday, December 13th 2016 from 5:30PM – 7:30PM

WHERE: Thomson House – 3650 Rue McTavish, Montréal, QC H3A 1Y2

Register here (places limited).


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Pictures of Social Dring – Thomson House – October, 19


Pictures of the Wine & Cheese – September, 22



Our speakers!


The audience!


Welcome McGill Post-Docs: Wine & Cheese and Info Event – September, 22

Get-together event to welcome all post-docs (returning and new) and a brief info session on useful services/resources for post-docs. This is a great chance to mingle, and get to know each other! Come over, grab a glass of wine and ask questions (about Postgraduate Student Services [PGSS], Career Planning Center Services [CaPS], Association of PostDoctoral Fellows [APF], post-doc life in Montreal etc.) and enjoy some snacks and drinks! Looking forward to seeing you there!

Thursday, 22 September 2016 from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (EDT) – Add to Calendar
Thomson House – 3650 Rue McTavish, Montréal, QC H3A 1Y2 – View Map

Please register at the following link, since spaces will be (unfortunately) limited:


-APF Executive



Nominations for the APF Executive (June 24th)

Hello McGill PostDocs,

This is a friendly reminder re. nominations for the APF (Association of Postdoctoral Fellows, McGill) Executive. Please submit your nominations via email (, by June 24th, 2016. We really need someone to step up for the role of VP Communications and Chair, in particular (though all positions are open for nominations).

The positions are not too onerous, and it’s a great way of getting involved.

Details are provided below:

We are seeking nominations for all positions for the 2016-17 Exec (August start date; one year term). Please email us your name/what position you are interested in:
a) President; b) VP Finance; c) VP Social; d) VP Academic; e) VP Communications (no nominations); f) Chair (no nominations); g) up to 3 Executive positions – without a specific portfolio (i.e. Exec Members, no nominations)
The positions are fairly self-explanatory, but, if you would like further info, please email us or check out our website (especially the constitution which outlines the roles):

-APF Executive



Postdoc social – ihaveaplan/ASEQ (June 2nd)

Dear McGill PostDocs,

Please join us on Thurs, June 2nd at ~6-8PM in the basement of the Thomson House for our last postdoc social before the fall.

We’ll have a guest at the social – Alexander Golovko from ihaveaplan/ASEQ (the health care insurance provider). ASEQ provides health/dental insurance for McGill postdocs who are Canadian residents, and provides dental insurance for all postdocs (international). If you have any insurance-related questions for Alex, this will be your chance to ask them. Alex will give a brief overview of insurance coverage for postdocs, and will then stick around to answer your questions (or suggest resources to turn to for answers). Alex will be starting his presentation at 6:30PM, and stick around until ~7:00PM. Hope to see you at the social!
Also, the APF (Association of Postdoctoral Fellows) will be holding elections for its Executive positions in the coming weeks. We will circulate a call for nominations in the coming days. If you are interested, please shoot us off an email, and check out our FB and website.


-APF Executive


New logo.

The APF (Association of Postdoctoral Fellows) was looking for a new visual identity, launched a logo contest, and voted on a winner. So, we’re introducing our new logo on the website…


Hope you like it as much as we do. Going forward, we will try to integrate our logo in all of our events and correspondences so that it’s a recognizable “stamp” of our association and all McGill postdocs.


May 18th – Pictures and Additional Information

Hi Everyone,

Thank you to all those who attended the APF’s recent career event: “Panel Discussion with New Faculty”

IMG_1476IMG_1483We hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did. A huge ‘thank you’ to our panelists who were so open to sharing their experiences. 

They have also provided some resources that may be useful for postdocs:

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Career Event – A Panel Discussion with New Faculty (May 18th)

Hello McGill Postdocs!

McGill’s Association of Postdoctoral Fellows (APF) invites you to join us for a Career Event on Wed May 18th, 2016 (6-7:30PM) called “A Panel Discussion with New Faculty” in the basement of the Thompson House.
This will be a moderated Q&A discussion that will provide postdocs with the opportunity to ask new faculty members about their trajectory/obstacles/unexpected adventures …

Our panelists include:
Dr. Michael Hendricks (Biology;
Dr. Cecily Raynor (Languages, Literatures and Cultures;
Dr. Gilles Gouspillou (Des Sciences de l’Activité Physique;
Dr. Daryl Haggard (Physics;
Dr. Sarah Moser (Geography;

As per usual, food/non-alcoholic beverages will be provided, and bar staff will be available for those who want to purchase drinks.
This will be our final event prior to the Fall 2016 semester!
Please register for the event using the link below as space is limited, and we expect a great turnout for this event!

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Survey Time! (available until April 29th)

Survey Time – Please take the survey, as it is incredibly important to helping advocate for postdocs across all of Canada!


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2016 Survey Invitation:

Good Day,

The Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars (CAPS-ACSP), with support from the Tri-councils (CIHR, NSERC, SSHRC), is conducting a national survey of Canadian postdoctoral scholars. If you are a postdoctoral scholar who is associated with a Canadian institution, receiving funding from within Canada, a Canadian working aboard or a former postdoctoral scholar that then you are a member of CAPS-ACSP and your views are incredibly important to us.

The survey requires about 20 minutes of your time, and will explore your experiences and perceptions of your postdoctoral training. We hope that you will take the time to complete the survey. It truly is your opportunity to have your voice heard. The survey will be available until April 29th. Responses from the survey will be kept anonymous and confidential. Click on the following link to get started:

Click here to begin the survey

If the above link does not work, please copy and paste the URL below into your browser:


CAPS-ACSP conducted its second national survey in 2013. The results of that survey provided, at the time, a comprehensive picture of Canadian postdoctoral scholars: their experiences, their aspirations, and who they were. The final report discussing the survey can be found here, results have guided our efforts to advocate on behalf of Canadian postdoctoral scholars over the past three years. However, the past three years have also seen a number of significant changes for postdoctoral scholars in Canada and so it is time again for us to ask you about your experiences. We will be using the information we gain from this survey to guide us as we work hard to improve the Canadian postdoctoral experience.

To reach a wide audience, the survey is being distributed in a number of different ways. Our sincere apologies if you have already received an invitation to participate in this study. Please only complete the survey once.

If you experience any technical issues, or have any questions about the survey please contact


Nafisa M. Jadavji, PhD

Chair – 2016 Survey Committee
Vice Chair External – Canadian Association of Postdoctoral Scholars


Career Event: Sign up Now (March 15, 2016)!

The APF invites you to our ‘Alternative Careers Roundtable‘ event (March 15, 2016, Thomson House).

There will be 7 speakers (PhDs) representing different career trajectories (bios below). The format will be two 30min round-table discussions with speakers of your choosing.


Where: Thomson House Ballroom (3650 Rue McTavish, Montréal)
When: Tuesday March 15th, 6PM – 8PM

Refreshments and snacks will be provided; a bar tender will be available on site.

Please register at:

If you have questions, please email us:

Dr. Germaine Lowe – Academic Coordinator at the Douglas Hospital Research Centre.
Dr. Omar Zahr – Venture Coordinator at TamdemLaunch Inc., a Montreal-based startup incubator and investment fund.
Dr. Pierre-Olivier Brodeur – Copywriter at Richter, one of Canada’s top 10 accounting and financial services firms.
Dr. Fanny Dupuy – Business Development Specialist for Mitacs and McGill University.
Dr. Sarah Waurechen – Continuing Education Instructor at Dawson College (History and Humanities); Sessional Instructor at Marianopolis College.
Dr. Dawn Dodds – Director of Studies and Educational Development at Academie Linguistique Internationale.

Dr. Alison Crump – Academic Projects Manager in Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies at McGill.


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