The following workshops will be offered by the Faculty of Engineering Graduate Research Symposium (FEGRS) this year. Some of the workshops may have enrollment limits and will be available on a first come first serve basis. To register for any of the workshops listed below, please visit the workshop registration page. To find the time and location for each workshop, please visit the Schedule tab. Please note that the description of workshops are subjected to changes. Please check it regularly.


Day 1 - June 27 - 2017



Please note that this session does not count for professional development hours.

The session will attempt to help the students understand the various immigration streams available to them for attaining permanent residency, the eligibility criteria and the application processes.

An immigration advisor will discuss the Economic Class Stream: 

  • Federal Skilled Workers Program
  • Canadian Experience
  • Federal Skilled Trade Program
  • Provincial Nominee programs with special focus on (Alberta Immigration Nominee Program AINP)
  • Express Entry System




This workshop will cover topics such as translating research into business ventures, effective business pitches, and entrepreneurship resources.



Dinuka Gunaratne and JIa jia - Career Centre

With shifts in technology, economy, and consumer demands the job market is changing quickly and dynamically more than ever before. This leads to the need of having a strategic job search plan as graduate students enter the job market.  As a highly skilled and educated workforce, the plan you implement will change with the needs of the labor market. This session is geared toward the common challenges and specific needs graduate students face in searching for employment in a constantly changing industry. The workshop will cover key steps and techniques on job search to help you adapt to the ever-changing job market.

Speaker Profile:

  • Dinuka Gunaratne – Career Education Coordinator (Graduate Students)

    Dinuka joined the U of A in May 2016, coming from his alma mater, the University of Guelph. He has worked at various universities in International Student Services, Alumni Relations, and Advancement, and is now engaged in career education. Dinuka runs the highly sought after Career Mentoring Program for Grad Students and advises graduate students on the career transition from academia to industry. A self-proclaimed gamer, he enjoys playing League of Legends during his free time.

  • Jia Jia - T2C Team Lead and Career Coach

    Jia obtained her MEd in 2008 and MBA in 2016. With more than eight years of experience in career services, Jia was tasked with the development and implementation of the Transition to Career (T2C) Program, a blended learning program and an innovative approach to providing personalized career services that foster agency, resilience, and hope



DAY 2- JUNE 28 2017

WORKSHOP 3: Fundamentals of intellectual property law


This seminar will present an overview of fundamentals of Intellectual Property law applicable to engineers, including an overview of patents and copyright. Specific topics which will be covered include the scope of patentable subject matter, strategies for patenting and commercializing inventions, as well as the resources available to students and industry representatives interested in pursuing commercialization of their inventions.

This seminar will be presented by a panel consisting of Francisco Marquez-Stricker and Eugene Gierczak from Miller Thomson LLP (both of whom are lawyers practicing in the area of intellectual property law) as well as Jayant Kumar from TEC Edmonton.

Speaker Profile:

Francisco Marquez-Stricker is an Associate in the Edmonton office of Miller Thomson. Francisco is currently building his practice focusing on intellectual property, construction and commercial litigation, as well as personal injury law. Francisco has experience with patent and trademark prosecutions in both Canada and the United States, as well as with providing patentability assessments and advising clients regarding effective strategies for technology commercialization and business development. Francisco has been involved in numerous builders lien disputes as well as large scale construction litigation, and has appeared before the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench and Provincial Court, as well as numerous administrative tribunals.


WORKSHOP 4: Successful Networking Strategies for Introverted Personalities

Dr. Shoma Sinha

This workshop will be presented by Dr. Shoma Sinha, a co-founder of Wiser (Women in Science, Engineering and Research) on networking skills, particularly for introverted students.

Do you have a fear of networking? Do you identify with an introverted personality and feel that this is holding you back in your career? This workshop will take a practical look at what it truly means to be introverted versus extroverted. We will look at the differences and strengths along the Introverted-Extroverted spectrum and how best to leverage one's strengths for professional networking. With a focus on practical tips and some interactive exercises the workshop will help prepare you for building a strong and lasting network.