September 21, 2018

Graduate Program


This year, WiSE is extending its reach and support to the graduate studies population by hosting a Graduate Networking Event on April 5th at the Smith Robinson Building in downtown Kingston. The goal of this event is to inspire and empower female graduate students by connecting them with accomplished professionals in science and engineering industries. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear from five inspiring women who have achieved vast success in their fields, connect with a variety of individuals and enjoy refreshments provided by Pan Chancho Bakery & Café.


The purchase of a ticket for the Graduate Networking Event includes admission, one drink ticket and one raffle ticket. A cash bar will also be available at the event.

Dress is business casual.

To pay with cash, please come to one of the cash registration times. If you cannot attend one of the times, please contact the coordinators to make alternate arrangements.

Cash Registration

Location: The ARC

March 14th: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
March 15th: 4:00pm – 6:00pm
March 19th: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
March 21st: 2:00pm – 4:00pm
March 26th: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
March 28th: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
April 1st: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
April 2nd: 12:00pm – 2:00pm
April 3rd: 12:00pm – 2:00pm

Event Details

Date: April 5th, 2019

Time: 5:00pm – 9:00pm (check-in starts at 4:30pm)

Location: Smith Robinson Building, 27 Princess St, Unit 204

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Louisa Greco

Louisa Greco, formerly the President and managing director at Johnson & Johnson, is now a Partner at McKinsey & Company. She holds a BS in Pharmacy from the University of Toronto and a MBA from the Ivey Business School at Western University. Louisa has joined McKinsey with more than 15 years of leadership experience, having previously led the transformation and growth of multiple businesses in healthcare and consumer products. Louisa specializes in commercial improvement, innovation and organizational effectiveness. She is actively involved in the broader professional and public community, serving as co-chair of 30% Club Canada and as an academic mentor for the Rotman School of Management MBA program at the University of Toronto.

Natalie Raffoul

Natalie Raffoul is a managing partner at the intellectual property law firm, Brion Raffoul, with recognized expertise in the patenting of business methods and software, and the legal issues surrounding such subject matter. That recognition includes being ranked among the world’s leading patent practitioners by The World Leading Patent Professional’s IAM Patent 1000 publication annually since 2014, and in 2017, shortlisted as one of seven most Highly Recommended patent prosecutors in Canada. Natalie completed her B.E.Sc in Electrical Engineering at the University of Western and holds a Juris Doctor in law from Queen’s University. She is a registered Canadian and U.S. Patent Agent and maintains a P.Eng. as a Professional Engineer of Ontario.

Chantelle Capicciotti

Dr. Chantelle Capicciotti joined the Queen’s Departments of Chemistry, Biomedical and Molecular Sciences and Surgery in July 2018 as a Queen’s National Scholar in Precision Molecular Medicine. Her areas of teaching are in organic chemistry, biochemistry and chemical biology with specialization in carbohydrate chemistry and glycobiology. Her research interests are in the field of glycobiology focusing on understanding how glycans/glycoproteins interact with proteins on a cellular level to elicit biological responses, as well as on developing glycan-based approaches for biomarker identification, disease diagnosis, imaging techniques, and cell-based therapies. Dr. Capicciotti holds a degree in Biopharmaceutical Sciences, a PhD in Organic Chemistry from the University of Ottawa and postdoctoral training at the University of Georgia.

Qingling Duan

Dr. Qingling Duan is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Biomedical & Molecular Science (BDMS) and Computer Science. She has been recognized as a Queen’s National Scholar in Bioinformatics since 2015 and the Canadian Institute of Health Research (CIHR) funds her
work. The primary objective of her research is to identify genomic factors that regulate drug response or susceptibility to multifactorial diseases (e.g. asthma, COPD, cardiovascular diseases and various cancers). This research focus stems from Dr. Duan’s postdoctoral training with the respiratory genomics/pharmacogenomics group in the Channing Division of Network Medicine at Harvard Medical School as well as her time at McGill University where she completed a B.Sc. in Biology and a PhD in Human Genetics.

Elise Lagacé

Elise Lagacé obtained her B.E.Sc in Biochemical Engineering at Queen’s Univeristy in 2016 and received a Graduate Diploma in Nuclear Design Engineering at the University of Ontario Institute of Technology this past year. She is currently working as an Assistant Technical Engineering and Design Team Leader in Projects Design at Ontario Power Generation, a Crown corporation that is responsible for approximately half of the electricity generation in Ontario. Elise also participates in a number of non-profit organizations within the energy sector, namely as an Executive Board Member for Women in Nuclear and as a Professional Development Chair of the North American Young Generation in Nuclear.


Please email the Graduate Program Director if you have any questions.

Emily Groper