We are bringing back our fan favourite Role Model sessions, except we’re going virtual! We are happy to announce that we will begin hosting Career Corner, monthly virtual role model sessions, that will take place the first Wednesday of every month.
Each session will be a half-hour long, starting at 6:30 pm (Atlantic) and will feature two different female STEM role models who will discuss their careers. Be sure to mark your calendars!
RSVP will be required to participate, you can RSVP for individual sessions OR for the full year. To RSVP email Sally at WISEatlantic@msvu.ca with your name, active email, and age.
Our March 3rd session will feature four Engineers in different fields, to celebrate Engineering month!
Learn More About our Role Models
Pattie Reynolds is an Industrial Engineer with 25 years of experience in manufacturing and consulting in businesses across North America, including Pratt & Whitney Canada, Jacuzzi Brands, and Irving Shipbuilding. She is also the former Vice President of Operations at Skinfix Inc. In 2019, Pattie launched Point 8 Consulting in order to bring her expertise in manufacturing, product launches and processes to early stage innovation companies.
Sylvia Bryson is a Geotechnical Engineer and Team Lead at Stantec Consulting Ltd, located in Dartmouth, NS. Originally from Antigonish County, Sylvia is happy to have returned to Nova Scotia after spending 15 years away for school and work. She completed a Bachelor of Science in Geological Engineering (’09) and Master of Civil Engineering (’14) at the University of New Brunswick. Outside of work Sylvia spends most of her time hiking, playing hockey, or baking.
Avril Shand is a Power Engineer and took Power Engineering Technology in school. She has obtained her 3rd class ticket and has worked for various large organizations, including Cole Harbour Place and Mount Saint Vincent University. Avril presently works in the oil sands out West, running a large facility for Convergent Technologies.
Amy Hsiao is an associate professor in the Faculty of Sustainable Design Engineering at the University of Prince Edward Island. As a materials scientist and engineer, her research has focused on characterization and processing of novel materials for applications in aerospace, advanced manufacturing, energy, and medicine
If you are a female currently working in a STEM profession and would like to be a role model for one of our Career Corner sessions, please let us know by emailing Sally at WISEatlantic@msvu.ca.
We are pleased to announce that the recipients of the 2020-2021 Partnerships Program Funding are...
Diversity of Nature and Fundy Geological Museum! Congratulations to both groups.
Diversity of Nature is a new organization led by female Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC) graduate students at Dalhousie University. Diversity of Nature is an initiative aimed at empowering BIPOC students at both the secondary and post-secondary level across Nova Scotia. They pitched a program called Diversity of Nature Field Camp which will provide an immersive week-long ecological field expedition for BIPOC students. You can learn more about this program at www.diversityofnature.com/
The Fundy Geological Museum in Parrsboro, NS is the world centre for experiencing the geology of the Bay of Fundy. Founded in December 1993, the museum is operated locally by a registered non-profit, the Cumberland Geological Society, on behalf of the Nova Scotia Museum. The museum pitched their first ever all-girls overnight experience at the museum called ‘Paleontologist for a Weekend’. Participants will stay overnight at the museum and take part in fun and educational activities including: a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum gallery, fossil lab, and rarely seen collections room; casting their own fossil in the lab; and travelling to the nearby Wasson Bluff dinosaur dig site, with the opportunity to excavate fossils alongside our experts and ask questions over a bonfire. More information on the Fundy Geological Museum can be found at: fundygeological.novascotia.ca/
WISEatlantic is excited to announce...
That along with Women in Aerospace Canada – Atlantic, we will be hosting the CCWESTT 2022 Conference in Halifax! So make sure to save the date, May 12-14, 2022. The conference will take place at the Halifax Marriott Harbourfront Hotel.
Let’s reach for the stars and create impact, together!
Did you hear?! We are having our first BIG contest for girls!
Until January 15, youth who identify as female between the ages of 14-16 can submit their application for our Living WISEly App Idea Design Contest. Living WISEly is an opportunity for teenage girls to apply their creativity to one of the most heavily discussed topics in today’s classrooms: Sustainability. Sustainability refers to meeting your own needs without compromising the ability of future generations to do the same. There are four types of sustainability: human, social, economic, and environmental.
We encourage participants to develop their own interpretations of sustainability and define it in any way they want. At this point in time where the need to create habits that support the well-being of our planet and beyond is so vital, we want to challenge you to come up with a design for your own App that either promotes or is related to the above definition of Sustainability in some way.
We have some fabulous prizes to give away, first place is $500 technology gift card!, so be sure to head to wiseatlantic.ca/living-wisely/ for full contest rules and eligibility.
This handy brochure developed by the Chair for Women in Science and Engineering – Quebec Region provides helpful advice and guidance for increasing equity, diversity, and inclusion in research.
This document features 10 tips on enhancing EDI within university administration. It was developed by the Chair for Women in Science and Engineering -Prairie Region.