|Graham Gagnon is the Associate Vice President Research at Dalhousie University, where he also serves as the NSERC/Halifax Water Industrial Research Chair in Water Quality & Treatment in the Centre for Water Resources Studies. He holds a PhD in Civil Engineering from the University of Waterloo (1997) and a B.Eng. in Environmental Engineering from the University of Guelph (1993). In 1998, Dr. Gagnon was hired as an Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering at Dalhousie University and in 2002 he was awarded a Canada Research Chair in Water Quality & Treatment. In December 2006, Dr. Gagnon became the Faculty of Engineering’s first NSERC Industrial Research Chair holder, through a partnership between NSERC and Halifax Water. In 2012 and 2017, this Research Chair was renewed with additional industrial partners, namely: Cape Breton Regional Municipality, LuminUltra Ltd., CBCL Ltd and MANTECH Inc. and AGAT Laboratories. Graham works closely with his students and research partners to deliver timely solutions that have broad impact to the water industry. Dr. Gagnon has supervised more than 100 student researchers at Dalhousie University 50% of Dr. Gagnon’s student trainees are women. He has authored more than 150 peer reviewed journal articles, over 300 conference proceedings in his 20-year career at Dalhousie University. In 2013, Dr. Gagnon was awarded the Fuller Award from AWWA through the Atlantic Canada Section for his constructive leadership to the water industry.|
|Nola Etkin is a Professor of Chemistry at the University of Prince Edward Island, where she has taught Organic Chemistry and conducted research in Organometallic Chemistry and Catalysis since 1997. She served for six years as Chair of the Department of Chemistry, and in 2019 she was appointed interim Dean of Science at UPEI. Throughout her career, Nola has been a leader and an equity activist, both within academia and in her community. Her involvement in Equity work began as a PhD student at the University of Alberta where she was involved in the local Women in Science and Engineering group and co-chaired the campus GLBTQ group. In the late 1990′ she was a founding co-chair of Abegweit Rainbow Collective, which was formed to provide support and advocacy to PEI’s 2SLGBTQ community, and is currently Chair of the Board of PEERS Alliance (formerly AIDS PEI). She has served as President of the UPEI Faculty Association, and as a member of the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) Equity Committee. She currently serves on the Canadian Society for Chemistry (CSC)’s Working Group on Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, the Chemistry Education Division Executive, and the CSC Board as Director of Student Engagement. In 2016 Nola edited the book Making Chemistry Inclusive: Proceedings of the CSC Symposium on Equity and Diversity in Chemistry.|
Human Resource Specialist, Nova Scotia Power
Carol’s career has had some interesting twists and turns (bus and streetcar driving instructor, telephone company wiring technician) but none that excite her more than when she works to ‘level the playing field’ for people who have been underrepresented in workplaces. Through her work with the owner of a large transmission project, she assisted construction contractors to develop and follow through on their diversity and inclusion plans, thereby increasing the participation of women and other under-represented people, and providing a welcoming culture for everyone. Carol is currently helping to deliver on the Nova Scotia Power Diversity & Inclusion strategy by enabling conversations about diversity & inclusion throughout the business.
As an adult educator, Carol has developed executive mentorship programs, leadership training, and facilitated respectful workplace and anti-bullying workshops. Carol is a past board member of Hypatia, a not-for-profit organization that designed and implemented long term strategies to improve the representation of women in science, and technology in Nova Scotia, and past chair of the Canadian Electrical Association Training Network.
|Katherine Risley brings more than a decade of recruitment experience to her role as Partner with Meridia Recruitment Solutions (a division of KBRS). There she specializes in recruiting top talent for Engineering and Construction roles and her strong understanding of progressive recruitment and retention practices combined with her insight into market and industry trends, have earned her the trust and respect of candidates and clients alike.
Katherine recently received her FEC (Hons.) from Engineers Canada for the volunteer work she has done with the Engineers Nova Scotia Women in Engineering committee and within the Engineering community. She also volunteers her time with the Canadian Progress Club – Halifax Cornwallis, the United Way and Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS).