Leveraging social science and humanities to achieve top career goals Mitacs supports career development at Congress 2019

Vancouver, BC – Canada’s social science and humanities research community convened at Congress 2019 to explore key topics impacting the larger socio-cultural landscape and stimulate open dialogue among participants. Organized by the Federation for the Humanities and Social Sciences in partnership with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, the annual conference brings together academics, researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners to share findings, refine ideas, and build connections. As a partner in the conference, Mitacs played a central role in the 88th Congress of the Humanities and Social Sciences, hosted this year by the University of British Columbia.

Mitacs helped participants recognize and understand the importance of leveraging social science and humanities to achieve strong goals and expand their professional opportunities. Mitacs hosted two workshop sessions which provided recent graduates the opportunity to strategize their career development.

Entitled CV to Resume, the first session spoke directly to social science and humanities graduates and PhDs. Young academics had the opportunity to engage with Mitacs experts and learn to build strong resumes that leverage their academic achievements and research as top strengths and added value for future employers and professional organizations.

During the What’s next for your SSH degree workshop, participants learned how to position their academic experience and challenge perceptions of the value of social science and humanities degrees and research outside of academia. Attendees familiarized themselves with the tools, techniques, and resources required to broaden their ability to identify collaborative research and career prospects that build on their expertise.

Mitacs also hosted an evening Meet and Greet session. The two-hour networking event allowed faculty, industry, and university partners to learn more about how Mitacs supports social science and humanities research projects. The informal session featured presentations by former Mitacs program participants.

Quick facts:

  • Mitacs is a national, not-for-profit organization that has designed and delivered research and training programs in Canada for 20 years.
  • Working with universities, thousands of companies, and both federal and provincial governments, Mitacs builds partnerships that support industrial and social innovation in Canada.
  • Now in its 5th year, Mitacs’ partnership with the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council has supported over 100 social science and humanities researchers working with partner organizations.


  • Get more details about Congress 2019.
  • Learn more about Mitacs’ Funding for Collaborative Research.
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