On Thursday, April 30, 2015, over 300 grade 11 students from within the Cape Breton-Victoria Regional School Board will visit CBU to learn what doors a Bachelor of Science degree can open. More specifically, they’ll be introduced to some non-traditional routes that perhaps, they’ve never thought of before.
Event organizer and Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry, Dr. Stephanie MacQuarrie, says, “Science is much more versatile a career option than most people think. Our goal for the day is to create a broader awareness about the endless number of potential careers that are out there for people who are passionate about science.”
Returning to her Alma Mater to be the keynote speaker for the day is Kristin MacDonald. Kristen, originally from Sydney, completed an BSc in Mathematics (Honours) at CBU, and went on to complete a Master of Science degree in Financial Mathematics at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. She now works as a Quantitative Auditor for TD Bank's Corporate Office in Toronto's financial district, within the Internal Audit Division.
Also speaking at the event will be Edward Cross, a graduate of CBU BSc (Honours) – Chemistry in 2010. Funded by Innovation PEI, he completed his MSc in Micro & Macromolecular Science (Chemistry) at the University of Prince Edward Island in 2013, where he focused on developing biodegradable plastics. Returning to Cape Breton, Edward spent two years in the Department of Chemistry at CBU under the supervision of Dr. Matthias Bierenstiel collaborating on research initiatives with local industry. In early 2015, Edward was hired as a Researcher in Green Mining Technologies at CBU’s Verschuren Centre through a partnership with Yava Technologies Inc. – a developer of high-tech, environmentally friendly, mineral recovery processes.
Rounding out the day will be Maureen Cameron-MacMillan, a biologist with Amec Foster Wheeler in Sydney. Maureen grew up in western Cape Breton and developed an interest in nature and sciences at a young age. After obtaining her BSc at Mount Allison University, she went on to complete a Master degree at Memorial University, studying seabird parental behaviour. Ultimately returning to her Cape Breton roots, Maureen started at her current position in 2004. Since then, she has enjoyed a varied and interesting career, conducting various field surveys, environmental assessments, research projects and sampling programs for projects throughout much of Canada. Maureen is also actively involved with the Cape Breton Naturalists’ Society and Nova Scotia Bird Society, and participates in local volunteer-based wildlife survey programs.