Panel Discussions

Panel 1

Celebrating Women's Leadership in Mechanical Engineering



Panelist Chair/Moderator: Ms. Minha R. Ha, PhD Candidate
Monday, May 28th, 2018
BRG: 125



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.




Panelists (4):


Leila Kheradpir
M.Sc., P.Eng. Product Development Manager, Synaptive Medical
Naadia Carrier
 P.Eng. Mechanical Engineer, J. L. Richards & Associates Limited











Dr. Adeola Olubamiji 
Lead Metallurgist and Additive Manufacturing Engineer, Burloak Technologies Inc.
Dr. Amy Bilton
 Assisstant Professor, Mechanical Engineering, University of Toronto


Panel 2

Towards Mechanical Engineering as the Leader in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI)


Panelist Chair/Moderator: Dr. Jeff Harris, Assistant Lecturer
Tuesday May 29th, 2018
BRG: 125



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.




Panelists (4):


Angella Mignon-Smith 
Mechanical Analyst, CANDU Energy, SNC-Lavalin Nuclear Inc.
Sangeeta Shakrawar
 EIT Process Automation Engineering Intern, Qvella Corporation











Johnson Omeziri
4th year student, Mechanical Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering
Xueling Luo
PhD student, Mechanical Engineering, Lassonde School of Engineering