As of 2015, women constituted roughly 50% of Physics 11 classes, but only 19% of undergraduate engineering students and 12% of all registered engineers (P.Eng.) in Canada. The United Nations considers 30% to be the critical mass that is needed for the benefits of diversity to “make a visible impact” and become self-sustaining (United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 2005).
Considering these statistics, what is it that disenfranchises a promising student? How can this be reversed? Beyond university, which hiring practices attract or repel recent grads, and are they specific to the engineering profession? This panel discussion aims to brainstorm how we can broaden inclusive practices in the engineering profession, diversify membership, and naturally foster a gender balanced environment, starting with attracting students to engineering education.
More information on panelists speaking at this event will follow.
Dr.Lesley Shannon, P.Eng.
Associate Professor, Simon Fraser University
As the moderator, the Victoria Branch is excited to welcome Lesley Shannon, Associate Professor in the SFU School of Engineering Science. Lesley completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of New Brunswick in Electrical Engineering, Computer Option, and her master’s and PhD at the University of Toronto with Research Interests in Computing System Design. She holds the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for BC and Yukon.
Tom Tiedje, PEng,
Dean of Engineering, Unviversity of Victoria
Tom Tiedje, P.Eng., has been Dean of Engineering at the University of Victoria since 2008. Prior to joining the University of Victoria, he was a faculty member at UBC with a joint appointment in the Faculties of Science and Applied Science. From 1977–1987 he worked on solar photovoltaics at Exxon Research and Engineering Company in the US. His research interests include epitaxial semiconductor and oxide films.
Kathy Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng., FEC,
Kathy Tarnai-Lokhorst is a Mechanical Engineering Instructor at Camosun College. She received her BASc from UBC in mechanical engineering, specializing in aerodynamics, and her MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2007. Kathy is pursuing her Doctor of Social Science at Royal Roads University, researching educational philosophies and practices prevalent in high school and introductory university physics courses; her focus is to increase gender diversity in engineering education and the engineering profession. Kathy is an elected Councillor for APEGBC and has served on several academic and corporate governance committees.
District Career Coordinator, School District 62
As SD 62 District Career Coordinator, she is responsible for supporting students transitioning to post-secondary, supporting students as they apply for ACE IT and other programs and courses through their South Island Partnership that pertains to trades and tech, and supporting the new Careers Curriculum implementation. She also supports events and programs in middle and high schools. Before that, she was an academic advisor and ran an alternative cohort program for high school students.
Jamie Sawchuk, P.Eng.,
Jamie Sawchuk leads Deloitte’s BC Innovation Practice and is a Partner in Deloitte Canada, consulting practice. He is the Deloitte Public Sector Leader in British Columbia and has worked with innovative organizations, both international and domestic for over 25 years to conduct due diligence, review strategic and operational options, recommend strategies, engage stakeholders and implement large scale transformation. Jamie holds a master's degree in Business Administration from the University of Western Ontario and is a professional engineer with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Manitoba.
Partner, Deloitte Canada
5:30 PM – 6:15 PM: Registration and buffet dinner
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM: Panel discussion (with Q&A)
8:30 PM – 9:00 PM: Branch AGM
Our panel discussion will be followed by the Branch AGM. This is a great opportunity for members to meet other professionals in the area and to hear about what your Branch has been doing over the past year.