Dr. Samantha Smith (Ph.D.) graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honours B. Sc. in Chemistry & Mathematics in 2013, during which she was an active research assistant in the lab of Prof. Dmitri Gusev. Her research was focused on the synthesis of ruthenium and osmium catalysts for the hydrogenation of esters. She then continued her education in graduate studies at the University of Toronto where she worked under the supervision of Prof. Robert H. Morris. Her research focus was on the rational design of base-metal catalysts for the asymmetric hydrogenation of ketones. During her graduate studies she participated in a three-month exchange at WWU Münster, Germany through the IRTG program under the supervision of Prof. F. Ekkehardt Hahn. Samantha completed her degree in 2018, after which she joined the technical team at GreenCentre Canada.