DIVERSITY IN ENGINEERING

Inspiring Change, Having Courage to Act

The many challenges of 2020 and now, have forever changed the way we see our careers in engineering by adding a new global perspective. As we commemorate IWED, International Women in Engineering Day, in June, WES is committed to continue providing a message of hope and actionable strategies to support the “30 by 30 initiative” by Engineers Canada.

Featuring incredible speakers of all genders, the 2021 Women in Engineering Summit will provide participants and leaders with strategies on:

  • Inspiring change in our workplace and our careers;
  • Having courage to act when seeking equity and inclusion; 
  • Welcoming all genders in the engineering and geoscience fields.
Our two expert panels discussing EDI (equity, diversity and inclusion) and the 30 by 30 initiative will close this inspiring one-day Summit.

Save the Date

Join us at the fourth annual Women in Engineering Summit, and our second virtual one, on June 18. A keynote opens WES 2021 to an incredible line-up of speakers and panelists addressing the importance of tipping the scale to 30% of women representation in the profession. Sessions will be interactive with 3 networking opportunities throughout the event.

 

“It will be an exceptional day to learn and to network”
Ingrid Pederson, WES 2021 Chair

  • Who

      • People of all identities
      • Engineers | Geoscientists
      • Diversity & Inclusion Practitioners
      • High School & University Students interested in Sciences & Engineering

  • Why Attend

    • Learn life/career skills needed during change
    • Recognize and take advantage of opportunities
    • Take charge of building your career knowledge
    • Meet your peers

  • Why Sponsor

      • Acquire access to competitive and rich local talent
      • Gain visibility as a promoter of diversity and inclusion for women in engineering
      • Give your staff the opportunity to learn soft skills needed to navigate these challenging time

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

9:00 am – 10:00 am

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Speakers Session A

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Kinia Romanowska

Preparing for Paternity and Maternity Leave Transition
while Protecting your Career Capital

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

FEMINEN-Steering-committee

FEMINEN Steering Committee

Evolution of FEMINEN (Females in Engineering): Enbridge’s 1st ERG (Employee Resource Group)

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Alvin Pilobello

Fostering Male Allyship in the Workplace

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Justin-Pritchard

Justin Pritchard

M.Des., M.Sc., CCDP

Practicing Mindfulness as a Tool to Reduce Stress in your Life

Speakers Session B

10:00 am – 11:00 am

Major Matthew Oliver

Retired, CD, P.Eng., M.Div., M.Eng., CFEI

Tips for Obtaining and Maintaining a P.Eng. or a P.Geo. Designation

11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Andrea (Latos) Suffern

Andrea (Latos) Suffern

P.Eng., ARWP, SAS

Busting the Many Myths about Becoming an Entrepreneur

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Claudia Gomez-Villeneuve 

M.Eng., P.Eng., PMP, DTM

Discover your Core Values and Re-Align your Career for Life

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Laura-Kennett

Laura Kennett

P.Eng., M.Eng.

Cowardice – Courage – Cockiness:  A Slippery Spectrum for All Genders

WES 2021 Panels

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm

30by30 Panel

The 30 by 30 Panel is held every year at WES, Women in Engineering Summit, to keep track of the progression of the 30 by 30 Initiative by Engineers Canada, which is a key strategy of WES. The 30 by 30 Initiative seeks to achieve the goal, by the year 2030, that 30% of newly licensed engineers and geoscientists in Canada will be female. According to the Engineers Canada website, the national number is 17.9% as of December 31, 2019. The panelists represent various regulators, members of academia and industry.


Ingrid Pederson
P.Eng.


Bio


David T. Lynch
P.Eng.


Bio


Margaret Anne Hodges
P.ENG., FEC, FGC (HON)


Bio


Dr. Laleh Behjat
BSc (Eng.), PhD (Eng.)


Bio


Eva Cheung
P.Eng. M.Eng.


Bio

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Panel

The EDI Panel was first held last year at WES, Women in Engineering Summit, last year to keep track of the progression of EDI – Equity, Diversity & Inclusion – initiatives in the engineering industry. EDI is important in engineering, because when organizations have a diverse workforce they feel more engaged and welcomed to be their authentic selves in the workplace. In this supportive work environment creativity, innovation, and profits will increase. The panelists represent various minority groups in engineering.


Meghana Valupadas
EIT


Bio


Dr. Emily Marasco
PhD (Eng.)


Bio


Dr. Mina Alyani
Ph.D (Eng.), EIT


Bio


Gail Powley
B.Sc. (Eng)


Bio


Deanna Burgart
P.Eng.


Bio

ONLINE PROGRAM

Friday

June 18, 2021

8:00am
 Breakfast Networking Event
9:00am
 Welcome and Keynote Speaker
10:00am
Preparing for Paternity and Maternity Leave Transition while Protecting your Career Capital

 

Tips for Obtaining and Maintaining a P.Eng. or a P.Geo. Designation
11:00am
Evolution of FEMINEN (Females in Engineering): Enbridge 1st ERG (Employee Resource Group)

 

Busting the Many Myths about Becoming an Enterpreneur
12:00pm
Break
12:20pm
Lunch Networking Event
1:00pm
Fostering Male Allyship in the Workplace

 

Discover your Core Values and Re-Align your Career for Life
2:00pm
Practicing Mindfulness as a Tool to Reduce Stress in your Life

 

Cowardice – Courage – Cockiness: A Slippery Spectrum for All Genders
3:00pm
30 by 30 Initiative Expert Panel
4:00pm
EDI (Equity, Diversity and Inclusion) Expert Panel

5:00pm

Dinner Networking Event

6:00pm

Adjournment

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