May 2020

Leading Remote Teams with Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion: Part 1

Communication and Structure

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Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
Time: 11:50 AM–12:00 PM: Registration
12:00 PM–1:00 PM: Webinar
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Marcie Cochrane, P.Eng.,
Project Leader, The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies BC<br />
30 by 30 Coordinator, Engineers and Geoscientists BC

Nancy Sims, P.Eng.,
Principal Engineer, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants (NHC)

Dr. Michael Wrinch, P.Eng.,
President and CEO, Hedgehog Technologies
Credit: Eligible for 1 CE Hour(s) of Informal Learning
Cost: Free
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This webinar is being delivered in partnership with The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies BC (ACEC-BC) and offered complimentary to all registrants.

COVID-19 is turning the world upside down, including how and where we work. The shift to working from home has been drastic and widespread. With this sudden change in where we and our teams work, we must consider how to support our employees to effectively work from home. Approaching this with consideration for equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) can help those who lead and work on teams consider how to support remote work teams during this crisis.

Building upon the Effective Leadership: Equity, Diversity and Inclusiveness in a Time of Crisis series we will discuss what it means to consider EDI while leading remote teams and why it is important. We will then explore strategies and approaches that bring EDI to remote work teams, discussing the topics of communication and structure.

The second webinar of this series, Leading Remote Teams with Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Part 2: Ownership, Accountability, Productivity, and Connection is scheduled on May 27, 2020.

Learning Objectives:

  • What does EDI have to do with leading remote teams?
  • What different diversity factors may need to be considered during the COVID-19 pandemic?
  • Why leading with EDI is critical during the current crisis?
  • Inclusive communication approaches for leading remote teams.
  • Considerations for structure that can support remote teams.


Marcie Cochrane, P.Eng.,

Project Leader, The Association of Consulting Engineering Companies BC
30 by 30 Coordinator, Engineers and Geoscientists BC

Marcie Cochrane is a professional engineer with over 15 years of experience in leadership and project delivery. Located in Kamloops, BC, Marcie is ACEC-BC’s Project Leader and Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s 30 by 30 Coordinator.

Marcie is an engineering sector leader with strengths in diversity and inclusion research and program development, intersectionality training and guidelines, and strategic planning. She is passionate about leading others to take action and catalyzing change within organizations and the sector.

Marcie obtained her Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of Victoria, and Master of Business Administration from Royal Roads University.

Nancy Sims, P.Eng.

Principal Engineer, Northwest Hydraulic Consultants (NHC)

Nancy Sims is a Principal in NHC’s North Vancouver office. She has gained more than 20 years of hydraulic design experience working on numerous projects ranging from small run-of-river hydroelectric projects to major hydroelectric developments, intake structures and pump stations, and dam spillway projects. In addition, NHC enjoys collaborating on dam safety assessments for water and tailings dams and supporting NHC’s team with hydroclimate field assignments. Her approach focusses on team collaboration, science-based methodologies, innovation, and client satisfaction.

Dr. Michael Wrinch, P.Eng.

President and CEO, Hedgehog Technologies

Dr. Michael Wrinch is the founder of Hedgehog Technologies, an electrical engineering and risk management consulting firm. For 20 years, Michael has managed complex projects and designed electrical systems for world-class roller coasters, military-grade submarines, and renewable energy systems. He is the past president of Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia and currently on the director's board for Engineer’s Canada.

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