Stem Cell Network Welcomes Inaugural Members of its Early Career Researchers Committee

(Ottawa – January 23, 2023) The Stem Cell Network (SCN) is pleased to welcome the inaugural members of its Early Careers Researchers Committee.

This new committee will provide SCN with strategic advice on ways to support early career researchers (individuals within the first five years of an independent academic appointment) and offer guidance on the themes and topics to plan professional development opportunities relevant to the ECR community. The committee will also provide an organized and central platform for ECRs to connect to other ECRs, mentors and potential collaborators. The aim is to improve the visibility and establish the brand of ECRs within the SCN community, nationally and internationally.

We are pleased to welcome the following members:

  • Amy Wong, The Hospital for Sick Children, Chair
  • Natasha Chang, McGill University
  • Daniel Coutu, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
  • Janelle Drouin-Ouellet, Université de Montréal
  • Roman Krawetz, University of Calgary
  • Benjamin Lindsey, University of Manitoba
  • Ly Vu, University of British Columbia
  • Ma’n Zawati, McGill University

Read more about each member on our Committees page.


“When SCN launched its most recent strategic plan, IGNITE, we committed to further supporting our early career researchers in their professional journey. I’m thrilled that we have now launched a new committee comprised of early and mid-career researchers from across Canada’s stem cell research community. They will be essential as we seek to provide the resources, programs and supports that ECR’s need to succeed and become global leaders in regenerative medicine. – Cate Murray, President and CEO, Stem Cell Network

“On behalf of all ECRs, I am incredibly grateful for the support of the SCN in creating this new and important committee, comprised of a fantastic representation of ECRs in Canada’s stem cell and regenerative medicine community. This new ECR committee aims to improve the visibility of ECRs at the international stage and provide support to the ECR community through specialized professional development opportunities, especially as we face new unprecedented challenges.” – Amy Wong, MSc, PhD, Scientist, Developmental and Stem Cell Biology Program, The Hospital for Sick Children, Chair ECRC