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Every two weeks we welcome guest lecturers in the field of science communication. They showcase career opportunities in the field and provide real world context to the theories and practices taught in class. Topics presented range from public speaking tips, and science journalism to medical writing and risk communication.

David Lickley - IMAX Director/Producer

David Lickley, is a scientist-turned-filmaker with over 30 years of experience at Science North.  The director/producer of six IMAX films, which include Gold Fever, Jane Goodall's Wild Chimpanzees, Mysteries of the Great Lakes, Born to be Wild, Bears and Wonders of the Arctic, brings science topics to the big screen through the art of storytelling.  
David Lickley

Helen Leask, Script Medical - Medical Script Writing  

Helen is the founder, president and creative director of Script Medical, an award-winning medical communications agency based in Toronto, Ontario. Her ability to see the "so what?" in the science - and put it into words - has shaped innumerable pharmaceutical communications programs globally and inspired many new medical writers entering the business.


Samantha Kuula, SNOLAB - Communications 

Samantha Kuula is the Communications Officer at SNOLAB.  She develops, implements and manages all internal and external communications for SNOLAB including generating and coordinating outreach and educational activities, preparing marketing and promotional material for stakeholders, and developing partnerships with with local, national and international partners as well as media to help foster an understanding of particle physics and the experiments hosted at SNOLAB.  

Mark Gentili, Northern Life - Newspaper Writing

Mark Gentili is the managing editor of Northern Life, a Sudbury community newspaper, website, video news portal and livestream video provider.  He has a wealth of experience editing and reporting for newspapers, having also worked for The Northern Times in Kapuskasing.  Science Communication students have the opportunity to contribute to Northern Life's 'Talking Science' column biweekly.  

Stephanie Hawkins, Senior Analyst, Strategy and Operations at Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA)

Stephanie Hawkins is an alumna of the science communication program and was the Project Manager for the Toronto and Region Remedial Action Plan for 3 years. She has completed graduate studies at Queen's University (Biology - Aquatic Toxicology) and M.B.A at Yale. Prior to joining Toronto and Region Conservation, she held positions with the Department of National Defence - Land Force Central Area, and the Nunavut Regional Office of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.

Andy Fyon, Ontario Geological Survey - Aboriginal Community Engagement   

Andy is the director of the Ontario Geological survey and specializes in Aboriginal community engagement, geological survey planning, science organization leadership, and demonstrating value for public investment.

Tim Lougheed - Writing

A writer and editor specializing in science, medicine and education, Tim Lougheed's work has appeared in a number of Canadian newspapers and magazines, including Arthritis News, Canadian Consumer, Canadian Geographic, Family Practice, Equinox, The Financial Times of Canada, Laboratory Focus, The Medical Post, Ottawa Business Quarterly, the Ottawa Citizen, and University Affairs. A former president of the Canadian Science Writers' Association, he has worked with communications staff and researchers on projects at Queen's University, Carleton University and the University of Ottawa, as well as various government agencies and private organizations. A former general assignment reporter for the Sault Star and the Windsor Star, he has been freelancing full-time in the Ottawa area since 1991.

Peter Calamai - Freelance Newspaper and Magazine Writer and Adjunct Research Professor at Carleton University's School of Journalism and Communication

Peter worked for 30 years as a reporter and editor with the now-defunct Southam newspapers. A 1965 B.Sc physics graduate from McMaster University, he was the national science reporter for Southam News from 1973 to 1977 and filled a similar post for The Toronto Star from 1998 to 2008, both times based in Ottawa. A founder of the Canadian Science Writers' Association, Peter is also a director of the Science Media Centre of Canada. He has been honoured for science journalism by the Canadian Association of Physicists, the Royal Canadian Institute, the Geological Association of Canada and the American Meteorological Society. He is also a three-time winner of National Newspaper Awards for spot news reporting and feature writing. 

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