Professional Development

The BESA Professional Development Committee delivers professional development events for IBBME students, including industry tours and the annual Career Day. Our goal is to expose graduate students to the various opportunities available in the biomedical space, as well as to help equip students with professional development skills that are frequently sought after in today’s competitive job market.

Listed below are:

  • Upcoming BESA Professional Development Events
  • Additional Professional Development Opportunities
  • Past BESA Professional Development Events
  • Contact Information

Upcoming BESA Professional Development Events

Annual Career Day – TBA

Career Day is an annual event organized by the Biomedical Engineering Students’ Association (BESA). The main objectives of the event are to expose graduate students to the various opportunities available in the biomedical space, as well as to equip students with professional development skills that are frequently sought in today’s competitive job market. To this end, the event will engage students on the topic of professional development through a series of keynote speakers, hands-on workshops and networking opportunities with leaders in the biomedical field. Regardless of where you are in your academic journey, Career Day is an excellent opportunity to learn about the endless opportunities available to a biomedical engineering graduate, as well as to network with those already successful in the field.

Additional Professional Development Opportunities

Sunnybrook Medventions Lectures and Workshops (click here for link):

Medventions is Sunnybrook’s grassroots avenue to fulfill the global and Canadian demand for innovation and cutting edge technologies in health care. Sunnybrook hosts a series of lectures and workshops involving academic and industry medtech professionals, CEOs and thought-leaders with real-world advice on medtech innovation and commercialization.
Past Event: Regulatory Strategy for Medical Devices

Apply for internships with MaRS Student Work Placement Program (click here for link):

This program is designed to provide work experience with scaling ventures and large corporations in key growth sectors in hope to bridge the disconnect between the demands of employers and the skills students have when they graduate.

Institute for Leadership Education in Engineering Graduates (iLEAD: Grad) (click here for link):

ILead:Grad is a cross-department, student-run organization focused on skill and social development. They help motivate and encourage engineering students to develop their leadership skills by providing workshops and speakers focused on leadership qualities.
Past Event: Financial Literacy for Engineers

Health Innovation Hub (H2i) (click here for link):

H2i hosts ongoing workshops designed to educate, enable, and facilitate growth. One workshop that should be highlighted is the MiniMBA program. This 10 lecture program will give graduate students and post-docs a grounding in fundamental business concepts, the opportunity to learn from business experts and the chance to apply this new knowledge to solving business cases. The lectures will be presented by industry professionals from diverse backgrounds.
Past Event: Pillars of Health – Networking Event for Healthcare Innnovators

Entrepreneurship 100 @ Impact Centre (click here for link):

Entrepreneurship 100 is focused on connecting curious people with diverse entrepreneurs. Featuring interactive Q&A conversations and chances to meet with panelists. Entrepreneurship 100 is the best way to learn about starting a business—no MBA required! Refreshments are served and the events are free for anyone to attend, not just University of Toronto students.
Past Event: How did a U of T student turn his PhD thesis into a healthcare company?

Training Workshops with Mitacs (click here for link):

Turn your academic success into a rewarding career. Mitacs Training offers professional development workshops for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows, giving you the workplace-ready skills required by today’s employers. Each year, thousands participate in Training workshops to augment their university learning. Now it’s your turn. Reserve your seat today!
Past Events: Career Professionalism, Skills of Communication, Presentation Skills

Life Science Career Development Society (LSCDS) (click here for link):

University of Toronto’s largest and only recognized society that helps graduate students learn about careers within life sciences industry fields, and build the necessary skills to transition to a career in industry through a variety of seminars, career-networking events and workshops.
Past Event: Networking Reception 218

Graduate Professional Skills (GPS) (click here for link):

The Graduate Professional Skills (GPS) program, an initiative of the School of Graduate Studies, is designed to help all graduate students become fully prepared for their future. This program can help you to communicate better, plan and manage your time, learn entrepreneurial skills, understand and apply ethical practices, and work effectively in teams and as leaders.
Past Events: Foundations of Project Management, Oral Presentation Skills

Career Learning Network (CLN) Events and Workshops Calendar (click here for link):

Plenty of events hosted by UofT are posted here that range from company information sessions to career exploration help and workshops on networking and resume building. Simply login and click on the Events and Workshops Calendar on the left and select your campus.
Past Event: Information Session with Deloitte

The OPTIONS Program (click here for link):

The OPTIONS Program is an initiative by the Vice-Dean, Graduate Studies and the Troost iLEAD to support U of T Engineering PhD students and post-doctoral fellows to explore diverse career options. It is an amazing opportunity to organize your thoughts on jobs, what is important, and the skills you need to carry it out.
Past Event: The Art of Introducing Yourself to Employers