The CREATE-REACT program has a partnership with Mitacs (, the nations’ premier graduate and postdoctoral internship program, to implement the work placement and professional development components of the programs.



Work Placement:

Each year, graduate students of CREATE-REACT will have the option to participate in a collaborative work placement program spending one to six months in industry/government laboratories or consulting firms, gaining experience in industry-standard Good Laboratory Practices and gaining a better understanding of the interface between research and science policy. Internships through the Mitacs Accelerate Program ( are organized in collaboration with Mitacs staff and industrial contacts.

Professional Development:

Mitacs’ Step program ( offers workshops at all four participating universities in the following key areas:

  • Basics of the Business Environment;
  • Communication;
  • Basics of Entrepreneurial Thinking;
  • Project Management.

Along with the University of Ottawa’s Altitude Program, for example, trainees of the CREATE-REACT have a vast choice of professional skills development courses. They are paired with advisors to choose appropriate workshops to fine-tune their skills in leadership, communications, project management and networking. This will better prepare them for work placement and future careers.


University of Ottawa, Carleton University, University of Alberta and Université Laval