Women in Engineering - An IEEE Canada Women in Engineering Forum

May 18, 2016

The Canadian Conference on Electrical and Computer Engineering (CCECE) and IEEE Vancouver Section are holding a forum to discuss diversity within Canada’s Electrical and Computer Engineering fields. WWEST’s own Dr. Lesley Shannon will be speaking at the forum about “understanding implicit bias and stereotype threat.” Other keynote speakers include Catherine Roome and Zahra Ahmadian.  Attendees will also get the opportunity to network with Vancouver’s top engineering professionals and connect with WWEST.

Where: Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel, 1128 W Hastings St, Vancouver
When: Wednesday, May 18th 1:00PM to 4:30PM
Cost: Free!

Event Itinerary:
13:00 — 13:30 Registration
13:30 — 13:35 Opening Remarks
13:35 — 14:15 Catherine Roome (BC Safety Authority)
14:15 — 14:30 Break
14:30 — 15:15 Lesley Shannon (WWEST)
15:15 — 16:00 Zahra Ahmadian (Boeing Canada-AeroInfo)
15:45 — 16:25 WIE Panel
16:25 — 16:30 Closing Remarks followed by networking

The forum is free to attend but you must register ahead of time. Register here.

Speaker Bios:

Dr. Lesley Shannon:  is an Associate Professor and Chair for the Computer Engineering Option in the School of Engineering Science at Simon Fraser University and is the Chairholder for the 2015-2020 NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering for the BC and Yukon Region. 

Presentation Topic: Understanding implicit bias and stereotype threat

Catherine Roome: is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the BC Safety Authority.  Catherine received her degree in electrical engineering from the University of Victoria and as a professional engineer she has been the recipient of several business and leadership awards.

Presentation Topic: Business case for diversity 

Nancy Paris: is the Director of MAKE+ and the Product and Process Applied Research Team (PART) at BCIT. Ms. Paris is also an accomplished researcher and product developer with over twenty years of experience in developing proposals, grants, and contracts to conduct applied research projects and build applied research infrastructure. In 2009 Engineers Canada bestowed the designation of Fellow upon Ms. Paris in honour of exceptional contributions to the engineering profession in Canada.  

Presentation Topic: Engineering the Future