April 30, 2013 2 Comments
Update: This Dinner is now sold out. Thank you for the amazing level of interest! We didn’t get enough additional inquiries to move to a larger space, unfortunately. Sorry to those who won’t be able to join us.
Our speaker will be Valerie Blackmore, President of Wyndham Forensic Group in Guelph. She’ll be talking about what really happens in a forensic laboratory, compared to what we see on tv. She’ll also delve into some of the challenges executing their corporate vision as a private firm within what has historically been the domain of public laboratories.
Valerie co-founded Wyndham Forensic Group in 2009, and was responsible for startup, establishing the necessary relationships, and applying the requisite skills and competencies to establish and grow the organization. She holds a M.Sc. in Molecular Biology from McMaster University and an Hons. B.Sc. in Biology from the University of Guelph.
In addition to her business development and management responsibilities, Valerie continues hands-on work as a forensic biologist, performing body fluid and DNA analyses and reporting their results, as well as providing expert opinion and testimony when called upon. She began her career at Ontario’s Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto in 1997, where she held a number of progressively responsible positions until moving to a private laboratory in 2006. She has been a qualified reporting scientist since 2000 and has been actively involved in the provision of client training throughout this time. Valerie is also a qualified laboratory auditor, with certification from the FBI to perform DNA audits.
We try to cover a wide range of STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) topics at the Dinners, and I admit that this one gives me a geek thrill, as forensics is a personal interest of mine (and Valerie came highly recommended by a good friend, also a forensic scientist).
Our May Dinner will be the last one of this season until September, so we really hope you can join us!