MentorU event (Calgary): Mythbusters – Marketing Your Advanced Degree

Time: Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014, 6:30-9:00 pm (NOTE THE NEW DATE)

Location: Innovate Calgary (3553-31 St. NW, Calgary)

Summary: Time to bust out of the myth. The logic of the knowledge economy suggests that increasing the number of people with advanced degrees – known as “highly qualified personnel” – leads to more innovation, and thus more economic development. What governments want are not more professors or researchers, but more well-educated people in many areas of the workforce. But has industry figure it out? Worse, have we?  The trick is to learn how to sell your MSc or PhD in a Non-Academic job market. Come join us to unlearn some of the things you thought you learned getting your advanced degree.


  • Taofeek Ayinde
    Degree: Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering, King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, Saudi Arabia
    Current job: Engineering Specialist – Mechanical, SNC-Lavalin, Oil & Gas Business Unit, Calgary
  • Deborah M. Kurrasch
    Degree: Ph.D. in Molecular Pharmacology, Purdue University
    Current job: Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Genetics & Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute & Hotchkiss Brain Institute, Faculty of Medicine, University of Calgary
  • Abu Junaid
    Degree: Ph.D in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta
    Current Jobs: R&D Process Engineer, Total E&P Canada Ltd.
    Reviewer for Scientific Journals on Petroleum and Catalysis
  • Carla Davidson unfortunately had to cancel


  • Heather Kaminsky unfortunately had to cancel

6:30 registration
7:00 Myth busting – participants fill out sentences that describe some of the myths. There will be a prize for the best myth!
7:30 panel discussion
8:30 networking and snacks

Registration: $10 online at