Asian Heritage Month Edition

Date: May 20, 2021 12:00 pm (ET)


  • Celia Du
    Science Communication Specialist
  • Fletcher Han
    University of Toronto
  • Harshan Radhakrishnan
    Manager @Climate Change and Sustainability Initiatives
  • Ladan Shahcheraghi
    McMaster University

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About the Event: Join us on Thursday, May 20, 2021, at noon ET for CIC Talks Careers: Asian Heritage Month Edition to connect with some of Canada’s accomplished chemical sciences and chemical engineering professionals. This free employment workshop allows participants to receive valuable career advice from experienced professionals who are passionate about inspiring the next generation of leaders to achieve all their career goals – particularly communities and individuals who may not see themselves adequately represented within the STEM field. Register now to receive valuable information to get your career started.

Audience: This event is specifically designed for chemical engineers, chemists, and all other chemical sciences professionals and students of all backgrounds and experience levels looking to obtain more guidance and direction to get their careers started.

What can you expect?

1. Obtain valuable professional development tips from seasoned chemical sciences professionals and engineers to help you successfully navigate the Canadian job market.

2. Connect and meet some brilliant and accomplished chemical sciences professionals and engineers working in Canada.

3. Enjoy a free career mentorship workshop specifically tailored for students and earlier career professionals.


Celia Du

Celia Du, Science Communication Specialist

Celia Du is a science communication specialist with extensive experience engaging various audiences with science. She has worked with the Royal Canadian Institute for Science, Science Rendezvous, the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada, Science Everywhere, and Indus Space Inc. With a background in Chemistry from McGill University and a Master’s in Science Communication and Public Engagement from the University of Edinburgh, she is dedicated to improving science communication practices to better bridge science and the public. She has led workshops and trained budding science communicators through the Royal Canadian Institute for Science, the SciCommTO Conference, Laurentian University’s Science Communication program, the Canadian Science Policy Conference, and Lotus STEMM.


Fletcher Han

Fletcher Han, University of Toronto

Fletcher is a recent chemical engineering graduate from the University of Toronto (UofT). Although originally from New Zealand and currently based in Canada, Fletcher has spent most of his life living in Europe. He has become a prominent leader in UofT’s Chemical Engineering community through his involvement with the Canadian Society for Chemical Engineering (CSChE) student chapter. In his most recent position as Vice Chair, he founded the “CSChE Entrepreneurship Initiative” and the “PEY Mentorship Program”. Through these initiatives, he has motivated students to find solutions for the gaps that exist within our society and helped hundreds of them secure co-op placements. Fletcher is most passionate about global development, having completed a capstone in water insecurity and an undergraduate thesis in malnutrition. This fall, he will head to Beijing as UofT’s first engineering student to be selected as a Schwarzman Scholar. Beyond academics, Fletcher enjoys playing basketball, cooking, and traveling.


Harshan Radhakrishna

Harshan Radhakrishnan, Climate Change and Sustainability Initiatives

Harshan Radhakrishnan is the Manager at Climate Change and Sustainability Initiatives, where he oversees programs and initiatives that address climate change adaptations and sustainability and plans outreach to government and technical stakeholders in relation to climate change and sustainability strategies. Harshan is a registered Professional Engineer with Engineers and Geoscientists BC and APEGA with over ten years of experience in environmental regulation and oversight of regulatory programs. In addition to his years of experience, he also has an in-depth understanding of the municipal, provincial, and federal regulatory requirements. He is passionate about deepening his understanding of climate science and relating it back to professional practice and sustainable approaches in achieving low-carbon resilience.


Ladan Shahcheraghi

Ladan Shahcheraghi, McMaster University

Ladan was born in Tehran, Iran, and raised in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She is passionate about research, innovation, and discovery especially in the areas of nanotechnology, material science, renewable energy, environment, and advancements in technology. She received her Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.Sc.) degree in Chemical Engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology which is Iran’s leading institution for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. She worked as a Research Assistant at Monash University (Australia’s leading research university) during her undergraduate degree and completed her internship at DarouPakhsh Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Company that is considered as the largest pharmaceutical company in Iran. She then worked at Nestlé Waters Company upon completion of her bachelor’s degree, before migrating to Canada for higher education. She has recently graduated with a Master of Applied Science (M.A.Sc.) degree in Chemical Engineering from McMaster University. Outside of work, Ladan enjoys playing the piano, listening to classical music, socializing with friends, and going on a hike.