Presentations: Building Better Allies

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The CCWESTT 2022 program committee are excited to announce we received almost 100 abstracts promising a rich and diverse program for all attendees. Concurrent sessions will focus on the following themes: Intersectionality; Building Better Allies; Inclusive Leadership; Outreach; Recruitment/Retention; and Culture Transformation.


See below for the Building Better Allies concurrent presentations.

Theme: Building Better Allies

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A Game of Adding Ladders
Presenters:  Laleh Behjat, Schulich School of Engineering; Jennifer van Zelm, WISE Planet; Matthew Bardsley, Schulich School of Engineering

Allies through mentorship
Presenter:  Noor Al-Zanoon, WiSER, University of Alberta

Best Practices from Active Allies: A transformative study on the recruitment and retention of women in Saskatchewan mining and engineering
Presenters:  Jocelyn Peltier-Huntley, University of Saskatchewan; Jovita Dias, University of Saskatchewan

Building a Collaborative Network
Presenters:  Laleh Behjat, University of Calgary; Shohini Ghose, Wilfrid Laurier University; Catherine Mavriplis, University of Ottawa; Anne Ndegwa, University of Calgary

Creating Inclusive Cultures through Allyship
Presenters:  Tracy Boyer, YWCA Halifax Shift Change Project; Bonnie Douglas, CCWESTT Project Manager

Engineers and Geoscientists BC EDI Journey: Actions we are taking and how industry can support EDI
Presenters:  Ailene Lim, Acting Director, Programs and Professional Development, Engineers and Geoscientists BC; Marcie Cochrane, EDI Specialist, Engineers and Geoscientists BC

Engineers Canada’s EDI Training for engineers
Presenters:  Cassandra Polyzou, Manager, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at Engineers Canada; Christine Plourde, Senior Engineer/ Risk Assessor at Wood PLC, member of the EDI Training Task Force; Ailene Lim, Acting Director, Programs and Professional Development, Engineers and Geoscientists BC

Gender Partnership: Sponsorship as the ticket to Gender Equity
Presenter:  Lesley Parrott-Galgay, Genesis

How Settler Allies can walk with Indigenous Engineers
Presenters:  Jessica Vandenberghe, University of Alberta, Faculty of Engineering

LGBTQ+ Postdocs in Science: Perspectives on Representation, Mentorship, and Coming Out
Presenters:  Drew Burchell, MSVU and IWK; Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal, MSVU; Phillip Joy, MSVU

Mentoring as a Team Sport
Presenter:  Denise Pothier, Stantec

SETT FOR LIFE-ALLYSHIP IN ACTION ALLIGNING STARS FOR EVERYONE
Presenter:  Tinaye Manyimo, Shumba Consulting

We are all mentors: A panel discussion with women across the many professional stages of water engineering from early Master’s and PhD studies to Postdoctoral Fellows and Alumnae
Moderator: Dr. Jennie Rand, Associate professor of engineering, Acadia University
Panelists: Dr. Wendy Krkosek, Water Quality Manager, Halifax Water; Kalli Hood, PhD Candidate, Centre for Water Resources Studies, Dalhousie University; Meghan Swanburg, P.Eng, Masters candidate Acadia University; Dr. Crystal Sweeney, Postdoctoral Fellow, CWRS, Dalhousie University; Dr. Sarah Jane Payne, Assistant Professor, Civil Engineering, Queen’s University

What Do Managers of SETT Women Need to Support Gender Inclusive Change in their Workplace Culture?: Sharing the Results of the WinSETT Needs Assessment.
Presenters:  Carrie Vos, WinSETT Centre; Susan Hollett, WinSETT Centre