WiCS-Canada is the Canadian Chapter of Women in Cognitive Science, an NSF-funded organization in the U.S. affiliated with the Psychonomic Society. Heading into its 20th year in 2021, WiCS has offered important professional development and networking opportunities to women (and men) scientists in the fields of cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience, and related disciplines. We hope WiCS-Canada will enable similar opportunities, in a way that is tailored to the Canadian research context.
WiCS-C Trainee board is made up of graduate students and early career researchers across universities in Canada who are engaged in research in the cognitive sciences. The trainee board offer information and resources toward trainees in cognitive sciences (undergraduates, graduates, and early career researchers) regarding issues related to various career trajectories to help other trainees navigate school, jobs and life in general.
Halifax, Nova Scotia
The 2022 WICS-Canada meeting featured a panel on “Cognitive Science Trainees for Diverse Careers: Why Non-Academic Experience is Important and How to Get It”, speed-mentoring, and networking. We are grateful for our our panelists, Drs, Emilie Courteau, Erin Maloney, and Evan Risko.
The 2021 WICS-Canada meeting featured a panel discussion on the topic of preparing effective equity/diversity/inclusion (EDI) statements, speed-mentoring, and networking. We are grateful for our our panelists, Marie-Claude Caron (NSERC), Skyler Mooney (NSERC), Randall Jamieson (UManitoba), and Lauren Sergio (YorkU).
University of Waterloo
The 2019 WiCS-Canada meeting featured a panel on “De-Mystifying Skill Development”, speed-mentoring, and networking. We are grateful for our panelists, Drs Hilary Bergsieker, Jessica Robin, Caroline Palmer, and Barbara Fenesi, and to Melissa Meade and Jhotisha Mugon for helping to organize the 2019 meeting.
St. John’s, New Foundland
The 2018 WiCS-Canada meeting included our first WiCSC Seed Grant. Our meeting also featured a panel on “Two-Body Problem – Managing Dual careers”, speed-mentoring, and networking. We are grateful for our panelists, Aimee Surprenant & Ian Neath, Jennifer Sutton & Marc Joanisse, and Debra Titone & Robert Durham Vincent.
University of Regina
The 2017 WiCS-Canada meeting included our first WiCSC Mentorship award, new data on gender and the Canadian research context, and a panel discussion on Strategies for Work/Life Balance. We are grateful for our panelists Drs, Morgan Barense (UofT), Joel Dickinson (Laurentian Univ), Myra Fernandes (UWaterloo), and Mehrgol Tiv (McGill Univ).
University of Ottawa
We held our very first WICS-Canada meeting on 2016 at the University of Ottawa! The meeting featured a panel on “Hindsight is 20/20: What I Wish I Knew When I Was Starting Out”. We are grateful for our panelists, Drs Jo-Anne LeFevre, Caroline Palmer, Isabelle Peretz.