Student and Post-Doc Engagement Committee

The Student and Post-Doc Engagement Committee (SPEC) was created to promote networking opportunities among graduate and post-doctoral students in military, Veteran and family health to build leadership in the next generation of researchers. The SPEC aims to serve as a peer-support network for students and trainees through their academic journey.

Thanks to Wounded Warriors Canada, the SPEC sponsor for Forum 2017, we will be hosting a networking event on Monday September 25, 2017 at 6:00PM at the Royal Canadian Military Institute ( Please sign up below and stay tuned to the CIMVHR Forum 2017 website for further details on how to participate in this exciting event.

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Stay tuned for the SPEC event page through CIMVHR’s Facebook - @CIMVHR. Use the hashtag #CIMVHR17Students on your social media posts

Previous SPEC Event at Forum 2016

SPEC hosted our first Student Networking Event at the Seawall Bar and Grill at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver. It was a great opportunity to connect with other students at the beginning of the conference.

SPEC Event Forum 2016

SPEC also hosted a table throughout the conference. It was a place for students and post-docs to meet and dine together in the main hall.

SPEC Event Forum 2016

About the Co-Chairs of SPEC

We are Alyson and Linna, your co-chairs for the CIMVHR Forum Student and Post-Doc Engagement Committee.

Alyson Mahar

Alyson Mahar, PhD

Alyson is a postdoctoral research associate at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre and postdoctoral trainee with the Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences. She is currently leading two retrospective cohort studies investigating the health of Canadian Veterans and military family members living in Ontario.

Linna Tam-Seto

Linna Tam-Seto, PhD(c), O.T.Reg.(Ont)

Linna is a doctoral student in military family health in the School in Rehabilitation Therapy, Queen’s University. Her research is looking at the development of a cultural competency model to support healthcare professionals working with Canadian military and Veteran families. Linna was the 2016 recipient of the Wounded Warriors Doctoral Scholarship in Military and Veteran Health Research