The first-ever virtual SBC Innovation Summit is here! Bringing together all of our Sanofi Biogenius Canada competitors from across the country for the first time, we’re proud to showcase their innovative spirit as we break down barriers from British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador… and we’re pleased to have you be a part of it.


Get the most out of your experience


Much like an in-person science fair or trade show, you are free to come and go from our virtual platform as your please over the 2-day event. To get the most out of your Innovation Summit visit, we recommend the following in our handy checklist:

  • Follow the Canadian Trail: Visit project kiosks in each of our nine competition regions.
  • Network and Engage: Ask our students questions using the chatboxes and share your coordinates for follow-up.
  • Make Sponsor Connections: Visit our sponsors and learn more about their contributions to SBC.
  • Collect Innovator Points: Seek out Innovator Points across the platform and participate in our Enigma Quizzes.
  • Celebrate Success: Watch as we unveil the winners by joining us for the Regional and National Awards ceremonies, broadcast each evening at 6 PM EDT.

A brand new virtual event open to all


Research means innovation, and SBC is no different. We believe that all Canadian youth deserve access to hands-on STEM learning and instruction to embrace scientific discovery, regardless of their location, background or heritage. That’s why we’ve transformed ourselves to present the SBC Innovation Summit as an interactive online science experience for students and visitors alike. It is a great opportunity for networking and discovery, where you’ll enjoy a national showcase of young scientific talent, ready to share their skills with you.

Two-Day Program of Activities and Events

TIME DAY 1 DAY 2
ADT EDT PDT Monday, April 26
Regional Competitions
Tuesday, April 27
National Finals
11:00am 10:00am 7:00am Judge Deliberations (Finalists)
1:00pm 12:00pm 9:00am Project Showcase (Self-guided) Project Showcase (Self-guided)
4:00pm 3:00pm 12:00pm Learning Lab 1
For students and alumni only
Career Planning in the Life Sciences sector
Learning Lab 3
For students and alumni only
The impact of COVID on Canada’s Life Sciences Research sector
4:45pm 3:45pm 12:45pm Project Showcase (Self-guided) Project Showcase (Self-guided)
5:00pm 4:00pm 1:00pm Learning Lab 2
For students and alumni only
Balancing Diversity, Culture and Science
Learning Lab 4
For students and alumni only
Catching the Eye of University Recruiters
5:45pm 4:45pm 1:45pm Project Showcase Project Showcase
7:00pm 6:00pm 3:00pm Celebration Ceremony
Regional Competitions
Celebration Ceremony
National Finals
7:00pm 7:00pm 4:00pm Celebration Ceremony – End
8:30pm 7:30pm 4:30pm Celebration Ceremony – End

Learning Labs and Ceremonies, Featuring Nearly 30 Guest Speakers

Celebrate science talent from coast-to-coast with:

  • Bob McDonald (CBC)
  • Sophie-Andrée Blondin (Radio-Canada)
  • Neetu Garcha (Global BC Television)
  • Meeker Guerrier (Bell Media)
  • Pint of Science (Alexandra Gellé & Pramodh Senarath)
  • Dr Samantha Yammine (@science.sam)
  • … and many more…

Enjoy our Learning Lab educational webinars, exclusively for students and SBC alumni:

LEARNING LAB 1 Career Planning in the Life Sciences Sector
A panel discussion of the landscape of life sciences sector when it comes to employment opportunities, the options for internships, preceptorships and other entry-level employment initiatives, and what potential employers are looking for when recruiting young researchers
Moderator: Claudie Noël (Montréal InVivo)
When? Monday, April 26 at 3pm EDT
Panelists:

  • Dr. Samantha Pauls (BioScience Association of Manitoba)
  • Edie Dullaghan (AdMare BioInnovations – AdMare Academy)
  • Maria Carolina Aguilera (Sanofi Canada Talent Acquisition)
LEARNING LAB 2 Balancing Diversity, Culture and Science
Diversity is an important game changer, and researchers must find the appropriate balance between science and cultural concerns. How do we best address cultural sensitivities when it comes to research, and integrate spiritual and cultural beliefs into scientific approaches in an increasingly globalized industry?
Moderator: Christine Tessier (Ingenium)
When? Monday, April 26 at 4pm EDT
Panelists:

  • Marissa Poole (Sanofi Canada)
  • Bonnie Schmidt (Let’s Talk Science)
  • Amber Sandy (Ryerson University)
LEARNING LAB 3 The impact of COVID on Canada’s Life Sciences Research sector
What impact has the pandemic had in how research is conducted in Canada, and what can new researchers expect in the coming years? How will the pace of research change? How will funding priorities evolve? And what should new researchers expect when entering the sector?
Moderator: Alexandra Gellé (McGill University)
When? Tuesday, April 27 at 3pm EDT
Panelists:

  • Kate Winchester (Sanofi Pasteur Canada)
  • Lakshmi  Krishnan (National Research Council)
  • Alison Symington (Life Sciences Ontario)
LEARNING LAB 4 Catching the Eye of University Recruiters 
A panel discussion on what universities look for in aspiring health researchers, the competitive nature of recruitment and what students applying to university should do to help get their applications to the top of the pile.
Moderator: Gary Arpin (NATIONAL/ Radio-Canada)
When? Tuesday, April 27 at 4pm EDT
Panelists:

  • Gillian Chan, University of Calgary
  • Kate Hooten, McGill University
  • Nathan Biniam, SBC Alumnus and University of Ottawa student

Prizes and Awards across our Platform

Collect Innovator Points: Throughout our platform, you’ll find hidden (and not-so-hidden) codes to collect in your Innovator Points wallet. At the end of your visit, redeem your Points for special prizes and experiences, thanks to our generous sponsors. The more you visit, the more points you can collect, all while learning about the fantastic innovations our students have been working on. It’s a win-win!

Prizes include special gift bags and items, passes to local science museums, special guided tours, virtual lunch and learn sessions with key leaders, and much more!

Our interactive platform gives you many different ways to enjoy the SBC Innovation Summit experience and learn about everything our students have to offer.
Find a Project

Press ‘Projects’ in the left-hand column to find our search engine to browse projects, or follow the Canadian Trail to scope out different projects in each of our competition regions. Find your interest and learn how our students have tackled the challenge. You can also use our project randomizer, and let chance choose a project for you!

Watch Student Videos

Each and every student has prepared a video presentation for you to enjoy. Visit project kiosks and watch students tell you about their project, in their own words. Once you’re done, you’ll also have access to their project write-ups, lab journals and posters so that you can read more about their inspired work.

Expand Your Knowledge

We’ve organized four special Learning Lab webinars exclusively for students and SBC alumni. These 45-minute sessions will include panel discussions with representatives from universities, non-profit associations and industry to talk about issues of interest to you. Students will get the opportunity to ask questions and learn more.

Ask Questions and Network

Intrigued by a project? Want to learn more? Engage directly with students by asking questions through the ‘Public Exhibitor Chat’ available in the right column of every kiosk. You can also book a live text exchange to learn more about their project, share your experiences and build links for the future. Our students are the up-and-comers in the life sciences sector, so you’ll definitely want to make those connections now!

Collect Innovator Points

Throughout our platform, you’ll find hidden (and not-so-hidden) codes to collect in your Innovator Points wallet. At the end of your visit, redeem your Points for special prizes and experiences, thanks to our generous sponsors. The more you visit, the more points you can collect, all while learning about the fantastic innovations our students have been working on. It’s a win-win!

Make Sponsor Connections

SBC brings industry, government, academia and not-for-profit groups together to create opportunities for STEM learning. Learn more about some of the sponsors that help make SBC happen by visiting our Sponsor Zone, special kiosks where you can connect with our key contributors.

They’ll share with you some of the great programs and services they have to offer young innovators, and how they help pave the way for scientific innovation across Canada.