The Banff International Research Station (BIRS) is proud to host the Career & Innovation Hub in partnership with Atlantic Association for Research in the Mathematical Sciences (AARMS), Canadian Society of Applied and Industrial Mathematics (CAIMS), Data Science Nexus, University of Alberta, University of British Columbia, University of Manitoba and the University of New Brunswick. The program will run from October 16, 2020 to March 2021. 

The Career & Innovation Hub is a series of themed online monthly seminars and workshops culminating in a three-day virtual career fair in March. The program is aimed towards bringing our upcoming math science workforce together with science and technology companies in emerging fields. Students will learn how their expertise is suited to today’s job market and what employers are seeking when hiring employees with mathematical, statistical, and computational backgrounds. 

Each month’s event will be based on a subject of interest in the current hiring landscape, featuring talks from industry and academic leaders. Participants will have opportunities to interact with the speakers in Q&A and workshop settings.

Events are free but registration is mandatory due to space constraints. Register here.


Friday October 16, 2020 (11AM – 2PM MST) – Drug Development [LINK

Helen Moore (Applied BioMath) – “Systems Modelling in Biopharma”
Richard Allen (Pfizer) – TBA
Dean Bottino (Takeda) – TBA
Jake Taylor-King (Juvenescence) – “Exploiting AI in Early Clinical Development”

Open Discussion Q+A with Presenters

Friday November 20, 2020 (11AM – 1PM MST) – Machine Learning/AI/Data Science [LINK]

Chris J. Maddison (U of T) – Gradient Estimation with Stochastic Softmax TricksMike Domaratzki (UManitoba)  – Predicting with Rare Data
Stasi Baran (nQube) – AI in the Casino Gaming Industry – applications in an unexpected, data rich field
Matt Schaubroeck (ioAirFlow) – So Hot Right Now: Using big data analytics and IoT sensors to identify building performance, efficiency problems, and help mitigate climate change
Kristine Kroeker (Bold Commerce) – TBALuz Angelica Caudillo Mata (MDA Corporation) – Panel discussion           

Lillian M. Wong (Amazon Web Services) – Cloud computing workshop.

Wednesday December 16, 2020 (TIME TBA) – Epidemiology & Public Health [LINK]

Presenters: Coming Soon 

Friday January 15, 2021 (TIME TBA) – Finance & Risk Management [LINK]

Presenters: Coming Soon 

Friday February 19, 2021 (TIME TBA) – Energy + Natural Resources [LINK]

Presenters: Coming Soon 

March 2021 – Culminating Event

Details to follow.