The goal of this event is to provide insight on the lasting impact of allyship for women in engineering. During this presentation, the panelists will be sharing experiences from throughout their careers, how allyship has impacted them and the importance of allyship in engineering. There will be a Q&A at the end of the event. If you already have a question in mind that you would like to ask our panelists please submit your question when you register. If you do not have a specific question now there will be time for the audience to ask questions live during the Q&A.
Dr. Jannik Haruo Eikenaar is a son, nephew, brother, husband, father, and uncle. He is, too, an Assistant Professor of Teaching, an EDI Advisor in the School of Engineering, the Bauder Professor (Okanagan) of Experiential Learning and Leadership, and a UBC Okanagan Senator. His current research interests include: equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) in engineering; intercultural development; decolonization/Indigenization of higher learning; positive leadership; and digital learning platforms.
Sara Anderson is a professional engineer licensed in Alberta, British Columbia, and Colorado. Born and raised in Italy, she graduated from University of Calgary with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering with a minor in transportation. She has dedicated her 20-year career to providing unparalleled service to municipal and land development clients as a consultant. Sara is a Principal and Director with Urban Systems. Her project experience spans a wide-range of practices including infrastructure master planning, design, and construction, community and land-use planning, governance, and finance planning. She is currently the Past President of the Consulting Engineers of Alberta while busy being a wife, a mother and taxi driver of two young teenagers, and volunteering in the community. Her passions are the outdoors, her two dogs, and sports in general.
Christopher Flury is a professional engineer who has worked in the natural resources industry in north eastern BC for 10 years. He has held roles with large and small consulting firms, owned a firm himself, worked for a midstream company in the natural gas industry, and is now employed by the BC Oil and Gas Commission as their Safety Oversight Engineer. This has helped him develop a diverse skillset and given him a very unique perspective on the industries in the area and engineering as a career. His work started in north eastern BC upon completion of his Master's of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta, where he also completed his bachelor's degree in the same discipline. He also has a Functional Safety Engineer (F.S. Eng.) designation that he achieved due to his work in and facilitating process safety measures throughout his career. Currently, he is working towards a risk management designation to further his career in this area.
Lucy De Souza is a PhD student and social psychology researcher at the University of British Columbia. Lucy’s research focuses on understanding inclusive action, mainly describing the broad range of action that people can take in support of people who are marginalized. In this line of work, she investigates the social-psychological factors that may motivate or inhibit people from taking these different forms action. Lucy is also interested in perceptions of and experiences in intergroup dialogue about prejudice from the perspectives of women and people of color. Lucy is passionate about learning intersectional and Black feminist theories, specifically understanding how racial/ethnic identity may distinctively shape gender stereotypes.