Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP)

The future of our initiatives will be sustained by the next generation of investigators, clinicians, and healthcare professionals. We formed the CANet HQP Association for Trainees (CHAT) to nurture new professionals in public and private research through the development of Highly Qualified Personnel (HQP).

CHAT provides its members valuable resources and opportunities to network with like-minded colleagues, and participate in events and competitions across Canada that help strengthen their research and career development. To view a list of our CHAT members, click here.

To date, CHAT has conducted 159 courses and workshops, trained 3,842 HQP, and launched 70 new careers into the workplace.


Featured Trainee

Sol Vidal Almela

Sol is a PhD candidate in Human Kinetics in the at the University of Ottawa Heart Institute. Sol is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist certified by the American College of Sports Medicine with a strong passion to advance knowledge about the role of exercise training to prevent and treat cardiovascular disease.

She completed her undergraduate degree in Sports Science in Valencia, Spain, where she is originally from, and her MSc in Clinical Exercise Physiology at Liverpool John Moores University, in the UK.

“CANet and CHAT offer great support for trainees working in an arrhythmia-related field. Arrhythmias are complex diseases which require multidisciplinary work to improve patient care. This community allows me to connect with other researchers and clinicians involved in the care of arrhythmias but from many different disciplines.

For example, my background is in cardiovascular rehabilitation and how we can use exercise training to improve the health of patients with arrhythmias – this is one of many pieces of the arrhythmia care puzzle. If you need another reason to become a CANet and CHAT member, they have funding opportunities for members including the publication award and a travel award (yes, we are all dreaming of in-person conferences!).”

Sol’s  PhD work is focused on sex-based analyses of the effects of exercise on physical and mental health outcomes in patients with Atrial Fibrillation.

CHAT Members

To view a complete list of all CHAT members with additional search and sort capabilities, click here.


Interested in becoming a member of the CANet HQP Association for Trainees (CHAT)? Please download, review, complete, and submit the CANet CHAT Membership (MS Word) form below:

Upcoming Events

CHAT Webinar
Facilitating Genomics Research in Cardiology
— Brianna Davies

January 26, 2022
12 pm – 1 pm EST

CANet Virtual Symposium Digital Health in Cardiovascular Science

CANet Virtual Symposium
Digital Health in Cardiovascular Science
February 16, 2022
1 – 4 PM EST

CHAT Funding Opportunities

Travel Award (Open for Applications)

The Travel Award program is available to CHAT members to attend conferences/workshops/events (in-person or virtually) outside of those sponsored by CANet.


CHAT Travel Awards are available to CHAT members to present their CANet related results or outreach initiatives at virtual or in-person conferences/workshops/events outside of those sponsored by CANet.

This is an open competition and submissions may be entered at any time. When possible, please submit applications at least four weeks in advance of the event. Applications submitted within four weeks prior to the event may not be reviewed in time. Preference will be given to those with accepted abstracts; however, it is not a requirement for the award.


Applicants must be a member of CHAT and must have a sponsor/mentor that is a CANet Network Investigator.

Individuals that are in the field of arrhythmia research aligned with CANet’s strategic plan are eligible for CHAT membership under the following categories:

  • Students in progress of completing degrees (MSc, PhD, MD) in the fields of medicine, science, engineering, social science and/or health care)
  • Medical Residents and Clinical Fellows, Post-doctoral Fellows
  • Professional advancement (research associates, assistants, technologists, etc.)

Award Requirements

  • The conference/workshop/event must be hosted by a reputable organization. Preference will be given to those with abstracts accepted to HRS (Heart Rhythm Society) or CCC (Canadian Cardiovascular Congress). If requesting funding support for conferences other than HRS or CCC, the applicant’s supervisor must provide a letter indicating the importance of the conference the applicant is intending to attend.
  • CANet’s support must be acknowledged in oral/poster presentations
  • A two-page maximum summary report must be submitted which outlines the experiences obtained from attending the event.

Funding Details

  • Registration fees (virtual or in-person), travel, accommodations, and meals are eligible expenses. Printing of posters or other supplies will not be covered. Up to a maximum of $1500 may be awarded.
  • All expenses must follow CANet’s Travel Policy.

Selection Process and Criteria

Proposals will be reviewed by the CANet administrative staff in collaboration with the Chair of the CANet Training and Education Committee.

Click here to download the application (MS Word)

Publication Award (CLOSED)

The Publication Award recognizes outstanding publications authored by a CHAT Trainee through nomination from CANet Network Investigators.


There will be one award for each of the following categories: basic research paper, and clinical research paper. Award recipients will be announced via e-blast communication. Award recipients will receive a letter of recognition and certificate signed by the TEC Chair and Scientific Director. A cash prize of $200 will also be awarded.


  • The nominator must be a CANet Network Investigator
  • The nominee must hold membership in CHAT
  • The nominee should be the primary/first author on the submitted publication
  • The publication should have been published/accepted within 24 months of the application deadline

Award Requirements

The nomination package includes:

  • Letter of support from the nominator. This must detail the trainee’s role in the research project and publication preparation (maximum 500 words)
  • Letter from the nominee detailing their role in the research project and what they learned as a result of their experience (maximum 500 words)
  • Copy of published/accepted manuscript

Selection Process and Criteria

Nomination packages will be reviewed by the CANet Training and Education Committee and CANet Network Investigators.

click here to download the application (MS Word)