Aline Medeiros Ramos
Agente de mobilisation et transfert
Université du Québec
Aline Medeiros Ramos is the President of GPDN and a mobilization and knowledge transfer officer at the Université du Québec (UQ) headquarters. She is very passionate about her #alt-ac job, which includes kickstarting and promoting initiatives to foster grad student success. At UQ, she cooperates with personnel (staff, faculty, deans) from all ten universities that are part of the UQ network to support the professional and academic development of students. Aline holds a PhD in philosophy from the Université du Québec à Montréal. Previously to joining UQ, she taught philosophy at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition to being fully bilingual (English/French), Aline speaks six other languages. Outside of work, you will find her practicing some of them.
Director of Professional Development and Student Engagement
Mabel Ho (she/hers) is the Director of Professional Development and Student Engagement at Dalhousie University (Dal). At Dal, she designed and implemented the first cohesive professional development program, Dal GradPD, and an orientation alongside a mentorship program for Together@Dal: Grad Edition. Further she established a pan-university Graduate Professional Development Committee with multiple partners university wide. She sits on the executive board of the BIPOC Graduate Student Mentorship Academy and the CIRTL@Dal board. Nationally, she serves on the GPDN-Canada Board and the Canadian Association for Graduate Studies. Mabel holds a PhD in Sociology from University of British Columbia and is a trained facilitator and educator in the Stanford Life Design Lab, Intercultural Development Inventory, Instructional Skills Workshop, and Facilitator Development Workshop.
Doctoral Professional Development Coordinator
Julie Jonkhans is the Doctoral Professional Development Coordinator at Western University where she manages operations and fosters strategic partnerships to offer the Own Your Future program. As an advocate for showcasing the value of the PhD, she designs and facilitates career development programming to help PhDs explore and connect their expertise to diverse careers. Julie holds a PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from Western University
Manager, Postdoctoral Affairs and Programming Development
University of Waterloo
Sarah Howard (she/her) is the Membership Manager of GPDN and the Manager, Postdoctoral Affairs and Programming Development at University of Waterloo. In her role at UWaterloo, she develops and oversees programming for graduate students and postdocs, including professional skills programming, research communication showcases, and graduate Work-Integrated Learning. Sarah has an MA in Political Science from the University of Waterloo. Outside of work, Sarah can be found snuggling with her cat, chasing her toddler, and enjoying good (though often cold) coffee!
Hospital for Sick Children
Kristine earned her undergraduate degree at the University of Waterloo, majoring in biochemistry. Currently, Kristine is pursuing her master's degree in the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto, where she is concentrating on human-centered data science. With over 5 years of research training experience, Kristine has honed her skills and knowledge in the field. She is the program coordinator at the SickKids' Research Training Centre. In this role, her responsibilities are diverse, encompassing research programming, awards management, and business development. Beyond her professional pursuits, she finds joy in going to spin classes. She also enjoys indulging in bubble tea after a good workout!
Coordinator, Postdoctoral Affairs and Research Training
Catherine is the Coordinator, Postdoctoral Affairs and Research Training in the School of Graduate Studies at McMaster University. She has worked with graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in different roles at McMaster since 2010, with a focus on careers and professional development.
Coordinator, Professional Development
University of Lethbridge
Academic Associate, Graduate Education
Rebecca Maymon is a Director at Large of GPDN and an Academic Associate in Graduate Education at McGill University's Faculty of Science, where she works to support professional skills and career development for graduate students. She earned her M.A. and PhD at McGill University in Educational Psychology, Learning Sciences, with a research focus on motivation and student support in higher education. Following her work in the private sector as a recruiter and headhunter of PhDs and scientists, Rebecca brings knowledge of research in professional skills, and PhD career outcomes to her work in connecting highly skilled graduates with meaningful careers across sectors.