Program

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The 2022 CCWESTT national conference is being held May 12 – 14, 2022 at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel.  It is anticipated, this three-day national event will bring together more than 300 national and inter­national subject experts, employers, CEOs/presidents, government representatives, allies and women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology (SETT) at all phases of their career lifecycle to share their knowledge and experience.

Showcasing collaborating, sharing and learning from one another and networking with allies engaged in inclusion for all SETT workers, the conference will maximize the engagement of participants, acknowledge their individual and collective experiences and provide opportunities for us to learn from those experiences. Creating Impact Together. The 2022 conference will move forward and reach for the stars toward the overarching goal of full participation of women at all levels in SETT in safe and inclusive work places.


AGENDA

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Thursday, May 12
8:30 AMWorkshop Registration
9:00 AM – 10:30 AMWinSETT Workshop 1
Fundamentals of Respectful and Inclusive Workplaces
9:00 AM – 12:30 PMYou as a Brand Workshop
11:00 AM – 12:30 PMWinSETT Workshop 2
From Difficult to Effective Conversations
1:30 PM – 5:30 PMPolicy Forum
6:00 PM – 7:30 PMOpening Reception
Friday, May 13
7:45 AM Registration
8:30 AM – 9:45 AM Welcome & Keynote Speaker: Maydianne CB Andrade, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Toronto Scarborough 
9:45 AM – 10:15 AMBreak
10:15 AM – 11:50 AMConcurrent Presentations

10:15 am – 11:15 am

Connecting and Collaborating: STEM Programs for Girls and Nonbinary Youth
Presenter:  Larissa Vingilis-Jaremko, Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS)
 
Creating Inclusive Cultures Through Allyship
Presenters:  Tracy Boyer, YWCA Halifax Shift Change Project; Bonnie Douglas, CCWESTT
 
SCWIST Make DIVERSITY Possible: Tools to Embed EDI into Organizations including Policies, Toolkits, Success Stories and Collective Impact – to Transform SETT Workplaces into Equitable, Diverse and Inclusive Cultures where Everyone can Thrive
SCWIST Make DIVERSITY Possible workshop will engage, advance & inspire participants to reach for the Presenter:  Cheryl Kristiansen, SCWIST; Anja Lanz, SCWIST
 
BIPOC in STEM spaces – How do we Build a More Inclusive Space for Us?
Presenter:  Helen Yip, WISEST
 
Reflections on the Experiences, Challenges, and Successes of the L’Oréal Laureates: What More Needs to be Done?
Presenters:  Virginie Hotte-Dupuis, L’Oréal Canada; Eleanor Haine, Canadian Commission for UNESCO; Liette Vasseur, Brock University

11:20 am – 11:50 am

Seeing the Stars? Lessons from a Grant Application to Digitize the Archives of Women Astronomers in Canada
Presenters:  Adele Torrance, Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation; Sandra Corbeil, Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation
 
Gender Partnership: Sponsorship as the Ticket to Gender Equity
Presenter:  Lesley Parrott-Galgay, Genesis
 
Equitable Scholarship – Lessons Learned from AWSN’s New Scholarship Program for Alberta STEM Students
Presenter:  Alicia Bjarnason, CCWESTT
 
Collaborating for Greater Gender Diversity in University Engineering Programs
Presenters:  Joëlle Pelletier-Nolet, NSERC Chair for Women in Sciences and Engineering (Quebec Region); Eve Langelier, NSERC Chair for Women in Sciences and Engineering (Quebec Region); Jade Brodeur, NSERC Chair for Women in Sciences and Engineering (Quebec Region); Vincent Belletête, Université de Sherbrooke; Nolwenn Crozet, Université Lavel
11:55 AM – 1:45 PMLunch & Keynote Speaker: Michael Bach, founder and chair, Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion
1:45 PM – 3:25 PMConcurrent Presentations

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

Island WISE in Cape Breton: Developing an Innovative Board Game to Encourage Girls to Pursue STEM Fields
Presenters:  Katherine Jones, Cape Breton University; Stephanie MacQuarrie, Cape Breton University;
 
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 Alumni
Presenters:  Wendy Krkosek, Halifax Water; Kalli Hood, Dalhousie University; Meghan Swanburg, Acadia Univerisity; Crystal Sweeney, Dalhousie University; Sarah Jane Payne, Queen’s University; Jennie Rand, Acadia University
 
FEMINEN – Employees Standing Up for Inclusion and Driving Change Through Storytelling, Mentorship, and Intersectionality
Presenters:  Kevin Tsang, Enbridge; Edie Bates, Enbridge; Lia Squires, Enbridge; Tina Uribe, Enbridge
 
Digital Science Communication: Background, Barriers and Battleplan
Presenters:  Helen Yip, WISEST
 
WinSETT – Who are We? Where We’ve Been and Where We’re Going – Help us Shape our Future in Support of Women and Employers in SETT
Presenters:  Marg Latham, WinSETT Centre; Sarah Watts-Rynard, WinSETT Centre; Edna Dach, WinSETT Centre

2:35 pm – 3:05 pm

Allies Through Mentorship
Presenter:  Noor Al-Zanoon, WiSER, University of Alberta
 
New Boots – How our Provincial Network Combines Outreach with Recruitment to Hopefully Produce Retention!
Presenter:  Hélène Savoie-Louis, MAP Strategic Workforce Services Inc.
 
Building a Sexual Harassment Free Workplace for Women in Electricity
Presenter:  Anita Gara, Electricity Human Resources Canada
 
A Look at the Co-op Training Experience of Women Students in Science and Engineering
Presenters:  Jade Brodeur, NSERC Chair for Women in Sciences and Engineering (Quebec Region); Eve Langelier, NSERC Chair for Women in Sciences and Engineering (Quebec Region); Joëlle Pelletier-Nolet, NSERC Chair for Women in Sciences and Engineering (Quebec Region); Vincent Belletête, Université de Sherbrooke; Nolwenn Crozet, Université Lavel
 
Exposure to Engineering: High School Participation in Outreach Programs, Role Models, and Recruitment Events and Likelihood of Engineering Program Graduation
Presenter:  Nicole Wilson, University of Alberta

3:10 pm – 3:25 pm

Academic, Professional, and Personal Effects for Students Leading STEM Outreach
Presenters:  Jennifer Jakobi, Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology (WWEST); Elizabeth Saville, UBC Okanagan; Sabre Cherkowskil, UBCO Okanagan
 
Inclusive Leadership – Unlocking the Power of Diversity
Presenter:  Tanya Hawco, Women in Resource Development Corporation
 
Returnships Program
Presenters:  Pamela Flynn, Electricity Human Resources Canada; Emily Griffiths, Electricity Human Resources Canada
 
COVID-19 and it’s Effect on our Tools – Stop the Leaky Pipeline
Presenter:  Lori Wareham, University of Saskatchewan/McInnes Cooper
 
She Persisted, or Did She? The Role of Belongingness and Utility Value in Women’s Persistence in STEM
Presenters:  Hanna Bincik, Acadia University, Department of Psychology; Randy Lynn Newman, Acadia University, Department of Psychology; Joseph Hayes, Acadia University, Department of Psychology; Tamara Franz-Odendaal, Mount Saint Vincent University, Department of Biology, and NSERC Chair of Women in Science and Engineering (Atlantic)
3:25 PM – 3:45 PMBreak
3:45 PM – 5:20 PMConcurrent Presentations

3:45 pm – 4:30 pm

Collaborating to Inspire, Celebrate and Engage: Lessons Learned from Initiatives Aimed at Fostering a Culture of Inclusion
Presenters:  Sandra Corbeil, Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation; Eleanor Haine, Canadian Commission for UNESCO; Andrea White, Office of Fisheries and Oceans Canada
 
Sett for Life-Allyship in Action Alligning Stars for Everyone
Presenter:  Tinaye Manyimo, Shumba Consulting
 
Diversity and Inclusion at Transport Canada
Presenters:  Andrea Watts, Transport Canada; Shari Currie, Transport Canada; Rumbi Muvingi, Transport Canada
 
Leapfrogging to Online: Sharing Lessons Learned and Effective Practices Moving the WinSETT in Person Leadership Program to the Virtual World
Presenter:  Susan Hollett, WinSETT Centre

Building a Diverse and Inclusive Talent Pipeline for the Ocean and Marine Sector of Atlantic Canada
Presenter:  Tanya Lush, COVE

4:30 pm – 5:20 pm

Collaboration- a Key to Sustainability and Expanding your Organization’s Impact
Presenter:  Fervone Goings, WISEST
 
Engineers Canada’s EDI Training for Engineers
Presenters:  Cassandra Polyzou, Engineers Canada; Christine Plourde, Wood PLC; Ailene Lim, Engineers and Geoscientists BC
 
Scientific Expertise and Women in STEM
Presenter:  Audrey Groleau, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières
 
 “The Missing Link”: The Role and Use of Sustainability Themes to Increase Gender Diversity in Engineering
Presenter:  Amy Hsiao, UPEI Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering
 
Let’s Talk: Women in STEM and Science Teaching
Presenter:  Catherine Mavriplis, University of Ottawa
5:20 PM – 6:30 PMNew NSERC Chair Atlantic Competition
6:00 PM – 9:00 PMOutreach Program
Saturday, May 14
8:00 AMRegistration
9:00 AM – 9:15 AMOpening Remarks
9:15 AM – 10:00 AMKeynote Speaker, Natasha Ferguson, Founder, Ethelfox Construct Group
10:00 AM – 10:30 AMBreak
10:30 AM – 12:10 PMConcurrent Presentations

10:30 am – 11:00 am

WISE NL Student Summer Employment Program – A Shift in Pandemic Times
Presenter:  Clare Graves, WISE NL; Kelsey Howlett, WISE NL
 
LGBTQ+ Postdocs in Science: Perspectives on Representation, Mentorship, and Coming Out
Presenters:  Drew Burchell, WISEatlantic; Tamara Franz-Odendaal, Mount Saint Vincent University, Department of Biology, and NSERC Chair of Women in Science and Engineering (Atlantic); Phillip Joy, MSVU
 
Solving the ‘Lonely Only’: The Canadian Black Scientists Network and the Advantages of a National, Multidisciplinary Coalition in STEM
Presenters:  Maydianne Andrade, University of Toronto Scarborough; Juliet Daniel, McMaster University
 
Bring an IDEA Plan into Research Labs
Presenter:  Liette Vasseur, Brock University
 
WISE Planet: A Framework for Change Leadership
Presenters:  Lorena Solis, University of Calgary; Laleh Behjat, University of Calagry; Jennifer van Zelm, WISE Planet; Stacia McCoy, University of Calgary; Matthew Bardsley, University of Calgary

11:00 am – 11:35 am

The Engineering Problem-Solving Process to Make School Tasks in Technology Meaningful and Interesting for Girls
Presenters:  Eve Langelier, NSERC Chair for Women in Sciences and Engineering (Quebec Region); Fatima Bousadra, Université de Sherbrooke; Abir Ouerhani, Université de Sherbrooke; Nicolas Félix, Lacombe
 
Building DEI Culture Without Getting Overwhelmed
Presenters:  Victoria Fernandez, CBCL Limited; Holly Sampson, CBCL Limited; Alan Ehrenholz, CBCL Limited

11:05 am – 11:50 am

A Positive and Impactful Manifesto on the Situation of Women in STEM
Presenters:  Louise Lafortune, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières; Claire Deschênes, Université Laval; Audrey Groleau, Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières

11:05 am – 12:05 pm

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
 
Better Together: Accelerating SETT Women’s Personal and Professional Success through Group Coaching and Online Community
Presenters:  Erica Lee-Garcia, Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology (WinSETT); Christina Gale, Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology (WinSETT)

11:40 am – 11:55 am

From Hair Ties to Lab Coats: The Impact of STEM Programming on Young Women
Presenters:  Madyn Bourque, WISEatlantic; Molly Murray, WISEatlantic
 
Academic Training, Beyond the Classroom: Formal and Informal Initiatives to Build Leadership Skills in Women Engineering Students
Presenters:  Dallys Serracin-Pitti, Centre for Water Resources Studies; Jennie Rand, Acadia University; Megan Fuller, Centre for Water Resources Studies

11:55 am – 12:10 pm

8 Strategies for Inclusive Leadership in Tech
Presenter:  Emily Smits, Modest Tree Media
12:15 PM – 1:45 PMLunch & CCWESTT Annual General Meeting
1:45 PM – 3:25 PMConcurrent Presentations

1:45 pm – 2:15 pm

ProGRES: Authentic Mentorship Through Research in Engineering and Sustainability
Presenters:  Amy Hsiao, UPEI Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering; Sydney Wheatley, UPEI Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm

How Settler Allies can Walk with Indigenous Engineers
Presenter:  Jessica Vandenberghe, University of Alberta, Faculty of Engineering
 
Workplace Transformation: CCWESTT Projects and Initiatives
Presenters:  Bonnie Douglas, CCWESTT; Gurpreet Chana, WEST of Windsor Inc.; Stephanie Allen, WEST of Windsor Inc.; Lorraine Hewlett, CCWESTT; Alicia Bjarnason, CCWESTT
 
Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in SETT
Presenters:  Eve Langelier, NSERC Chair for Women in Sciences and Engineering (Quebec Region); Joëlle Pelletier-Nolet, NSERC Chair for Women in Sciences and Engineering (Quebec Region); Jade Brodeur, NSERC Chair for Women in Sciences and Engineering (Quebec Region); Nolwenn Crozet, Université Lavel; Vincent Belletête, Université de Sherbrooke
 
A Game of Adding Ladders
Presenters:  Laleh Behjat, University of Calgary; Jennifer van Zelm, WISE Planet; Matthew Bardsley, University of Calgary

2:20 pm – 2:50 pm

Evidence-based Approaches to Supporting Girls in STEM
Presenter:  Larissa Vingilis-Jaremko, Canadian Association for Girls in Science (CAGIS); Francine Karmali, University of Toronto 

2:55 pm – 3:10 pm

Building STEM Connections Through Indigenous Mentorship Outreach Programs
Presenters:  Rebecca McCullough, Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology (WWEST); Jennifer Jakobi, Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology (WWEST)

2:55 pm – 3:25 pm
 
Experimental and Longitudinal Examinations of Outperformance-Related Discomfort Among Women Studying STEM
Presenters:  Erika Koch, St. Francis Xavier University; Tamara Franz-Odendaal, Mount Saint Vincent University, Department of Biology, and NSERC Chair of Women in Science and Engineering (Atlantic); Abby Davis-Janes, St. Francis Xavier University
 
10 Lessons I Wish I Learned 10 Years Ago: My Path to Leadership as an Introvert
Presenter:  Isobel DeMont, Dalhousie University
 
Intersectionality and Outreach: Engineers Canada’s Commitment to the Next Generation
Presenters:  Kim Bouffard, Engineers Canada; Jeanette Southwood, Engineers Canada

3:10 pm – 3:25 pm

Inspiring Youth Towards SETT in an Aging, Rural Town
Presenters:  Gillian Stanton, Inspiring Communities; Morgan Dunn, Inspiring Communities; Jesselyn Nesbitt, Inspiring Communities
2:55 PM – 3:30 PMGrab n Go Coffee
3:30 PM – 5:00 PMConcurrent Presentations

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

Techsploration Alumnae Outreach: Young Women ‘SETT’ for Success
Presenter:  Emily Boucher, Techsploration

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

Engineers and Geoscientists BC EDI Journey: Actions we are Taking and How Industry can Support EDI
Presenters:  Ailene Lim, Engineers and Geoscientists BC; Marcie Cochrane, Engineers and Geoscientists BC
 
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
 
APEGA’s 2018-2021 WAGE (Women and Gender Equality Canada) Sponsored Research on the Barriers Women Face in the Engineering and Geoscience Workplace in Alberta
Presenters:  Asyah Saif, APEGA
 
The Missing Piece in STEM Success – Supporting the Support Networks
Presenters:  Jasmine Shaw, Solace; Angelica Tilli, Society of Women Engineers – Ottawa; Diane Watson, Nokia

4:20 pm – 5:05 pm

Breaking Down Barriers for Women and Creating a Culture Transformation Through Collaboration
Presenters:  Gurpreet Chana, Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc. (WEST of Windsor Inc.); Stephanie Allen, Women’s Enterprise Skills Training of Windsor Inc.
 
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
 
Revitalizing the WinSETT Checklist of Strategies for Women in SETT
Presenter:  Lori Campbell, WinSETT
 
Ranking of Factors Affecting Workplace Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) for Decision Making
Presenter:  Denise Stilling, University of Regina
 
Sector Wide Approach to Cultural Transformation on D&I
Presenter:  Kelly Cooper, Centre for Social Intelligence
6:00 PM – 7:00 PMReception
7:00 PM – 9:00 PMDinner
Sunday, May 15
9:00 AM – 12:30 PMInformed Opinions – Writing Compelling Commentary Workshop