Panel Discussions

Panel 1

Recognizing Women’s Leadership in Mechanical Engineering / Celebrating Women's Leadership in Mechanical Engineering

Panelist Chair/Moderator: Ms. Minha Ha
Monday, May 28th, 2018
14:00-15:30
BRG: 125

Purpose: Under representation of women in formal leadership roles negatively affects female students’ ability to see themselves in the field of mechanical engineering. This panel brings women engineers from across GTA to: (1) celebrate their successes and contribution to the field of mechanical engineering, and (2) provide insights about the growing sub-fields of mechanical engineering. Both male and female delegates will find the content enriching and motivating, for pursuing innovation and leadership in mechanical engineering.

Women engineers from different organizations

(1) Your experience in a number of very different company environments,

(2) Your passion in pursuing technical leadership as well as team leadership,

(3) The presence of women engineers at your current company (30%),

(4) Women being unequally burdened with social skill responsibilities; leaving technical roles.

Confirmed Panelists (4):

  •       Angella Mignon-Smith, P.Eng. Mechanical Analyst, Nuclear Power, SNC-Lavalin Nuclear Inc.
  •       Leila Kheradpir, M.Sc., P.Eng. Product Development Manager, Synaptive Medical
  •       Naadia Carrier, P.Eng. Mechanical Engineer, J. L. Richards & Associates Limited
  •       Sangeeta Shakrawar, EIT Process Automation Engineering Intern, Qvella Corporation

Format:

  1.     Introduction to the theme
  2.     Panelists’ leadership journeys, in organizations and innovation
  3.     2 questions from the moderator
  4.     Questions from the audience

Panel 2

Actualizing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in the Workplace and Education

Panelist Chair/Moderator: Ms. Minha Ha
Tuesday May 29th, 2018
14:00-15:30
BRG: 125

 

Purpose:

This session aims to enhance the current discourse on EDI by sharing concepts and examples relevant to the environments in which mechanical engineers find themselves. EDI perspective is specifically applied to understanding barriers (experienced by the racialized minority groups, women, and other underrepresented groups) to entering or continuing in the field of mechanical engineering, as well as pursuing leadership roles. The panelists will be sharing practical strategies being implemented in different organizations, and insights gained from such efforts.

 

Confirmed Panelists (2):

  • Sangeeta Shakrawar, EIT Process Automation Engineering Intern, Qvella Corporation
  • Johnson Omeziri 4th year undergraduate student, Mechanical Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering

Format:

  1. Introduction to the theme
  2. Panelists’ leadership journeys, in organizations and innovation
  3. 2 questions from the moderator
  4. Questions from the audience