Invited Speakers

Keynote Speakers

Dr. Imogen R. Coe

Professor of Chemistry and Biology at Toronto Metropolitan University

Dr. Imogen R. Coe is a professor of Chemistry and Biology and former founding dean of the Faculty of Science at Toronto Metropolitan University. She is also an affiliate scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, where her research group studies drug transporters. In addition to being an academic scientist, Dr. Coe is one of Canada’s leading advocates for organizational change towards inclusive excellence in research, particularly in science and medicine. She runs a consulting company providing advice and training on inclusive excellence and has advised federal and national funding agencies on how to integrate equity, diversity and inclusion principles into diverse research cultures. She has published on inclusive leadership, misogyny in science and the need for intentional policy around EDI-infused organizational culture in diverse venues such as The Lancet and the Globe and Mail. She is much in demand as a speaker and panelist, and has received numerous awards for her advocacy work.

Dr. Isabelle Laforest-Lapointe

Assistant Professor of Biology at Université de Sherbrooke

Isabelle Laforest-Lapointe is a community ecologist specialized in microbial ecology. Her research focuses on the questions at the intersection between ecology, microbiology, statistics, genomics, and bioinformatics. She is interested by host-microbe interactions in terrestrial ecosystems (mainly forest) but also in the human gut ecosystem. She completed an undergraduate degree in Biology (2007-2010) at the Université Laval in Québec city, Canada, followed by a MSc in Terrestrial Ecology (Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, 2010-2011) and the courses of professional MSc in Statistics (Polytechnica de Catalunya, 2011-2012) in Catalonia. She then completed her PhD in Biology at the Université du Québec à Montréal (2012-2017) in Montréal, Canada followed by a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory of Pr. Marie-Claire Arrieta at the University of Calgary. Pr. Laforest-Lapointe started as assistant professor at the Université de Sherbrooke in January 2020 and currently holds a Canada Research Chair T2 in Applied Microbial Ecology.