May 2015

APEGBC DAWEG & Vancouver Branch Seminar on Recruitment, Retention, Growth and Advancement of Women in Engineering and Geoscience

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Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Time: 6:30 pm – Registration & Networking
7:00 pm – Panel Discussion
8:30 pm – Networking
9:00 pm – Closing
Refreshments will be served.  

Dress code: Business casual.
Location: Vancouver Public Library, 350 West Georgia Street, (Alma Van Dusen & Peter Kaye Rooms), Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Various speakers.
See details below for speaker panel.
Credit: 1.5 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: $15 for online registration
$20 at the door
Food and beverages included
The APEGBC Vancouver Branch and the Division for the Advancement of Women in Engineering & Geoscience (DAWEG) have partnered up to co-host a seminar to discuss issues that are important to the women in the industry. A panel discussion will be set up with guest panelists, including male and female professionals working as academia, executives and managers of various organizations.

This event is being organized to support women to grow and advance in the field of engineering and geoscience. The goal of the panel discussion is to address following three important issues related to women in the engineering and geoscience field:
1. Recruitment and retention of women in engineering.
2. What influences or inspires women to be in the professions of engineering and geoscience.
3. Work-life balance.

Panel Speakers:

Steve Frith
President and Co-Leader of Urban Systems
Steve Frith is the President and Co-Leader of Urban Systems, a Western Canadian-based consulting engineering and planning firm that has been named a Top 50 Best Workplace in Canada for ten of the last ten years and only one in four companies in Canada so recognized. He was a member of APEGBC’s Women in Engineering and Geoscience Task Force (WIEGTF), and is happy to share his experiences on the enabling of diversity in professional practices. His research interests include organizational development, leadership, strategic planning and community empowerment.

Sheryl Staub-French, P.Eng.
Associate Professor, UBC Civil Engineering
Sheryl Staub-French is an Associate Professor in the Department of Civil Engineering and is the inaugural holder of the Goldcorp Professorship in Women in Engineering at UBC.  She received her B.S. in Civil Engineering from Santa Clara University and her M.S. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. She has over 15 years of consulting and research experience studying the technological and organizational issues of Building Information Modeling (BIM) implementation.  As the Goldcorp Professor, Dr. Staub-French is Director of the eng•cite program (www.engcite.ca), which develops and delivers a targeted recruitment strategy for UBC Engineering that aims to increase the number of women enrolled in its programs to 50% by 2020.  Eng•cite works with teachers, counsellors, parents and high school students to promote engineering education, and provide mentorship and role models for young women who might not otherwise consider or pursue engineering careers.

Avery Jones, P. Eng.
Department Manager of Protection and Control Support Services, BC Hydro
Avery Jones is a Professional Engineer and the Department Manager of Protection and Control Support Services in Transmission Engineering at BC Hydro. BC Hydro is an electric utility serving 1.9 million customers in British Columbia and is a provincial Crown corporation.  BC Hydro’s mandate is to provide “clean, reliable electricity for generations”. Avery resides in Tsawwassen with her husband and their three children. Her group is responsible for technical support for groups in Field Operations and Engineering, transmission system fault analysis, power system monitoring and project commissioning support. She graduated from the University of Victoria, and is married with three beautiful children. In her spare time she coaches a masters triathlon swim club, and enjoys running.

Cindy Shaw
Cindy is the Human Resources Team Lead for Stantec - BC Region.  She draws on over 17 years of Human Resource Management experience from a diverse background including legal services, retail, and the entertainment and services sectors. Cindy also has a background in Operations which has provided her with in-depth knowledge in the fields of performance management, strategic development, and change management. In her current role she provides leadership and support to the Stantec HR Team who support 1000 employees in the region.

Stephanie Thompson
QC Lab Supervisor (M&P, NDT), Avcorp Industries Inc.
Stephanie began her career as a metallurgist and researcher in a steel-town in the North of England before opting to join the British Columbian utopia of snowboarding, mountain biking, trail running and watersports. A masters from UBCs Materials Engineering department helped her dive further into a world of research engineering and on into aerospace manufacture. She currently manages M&P, NDT and Calibration test and inspection labs with a unionized workforce at Avcorp Industries, a major airframe structure supplier. Her greatest inspiration (and challenge!) to date is her three-year-old daughter.

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