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30 Sep

Janna Rosales

Dr. Janna Rosales works at the crossroads of the sciences and humanities, where she explores the values, needs, and motivations that go into the decisions we make about technology. She teaches professionalism, ethics and communication in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University. Her research interests explore the links between leadership development, civic engagement, mindfulness and dialogue in engineering education in order to address the question “How do we build a better engineer for the 21st Century?” She held the Chair for Teaching and Learning for the Faculty of Engineering from 2015-2017 and is a member of the Engineering Change Lab.
30 Sep

Eva Parada

Eva Parada, P.Eng., credits the extraordinary information in her childhood encyclopedias for leading her to Engineering.  The ingenuity and teamwork that made the wonders of the world possible lead her to her passion; building spaces where people can work, play, learn and build community.

Eva received her Bachelor’s in Civil Engineering from the Universidad del Norte Barranquilla, Colombia, in 1999. She obtained her M.Sc. (Civil) from the Pennsylvania State University, in 2002. Eva became a US Green Building Council, LEED-v2 Accredited Professional. In 2011, Eva chose to move to Halifax, Nova Scotia to continue her career and raise her family. She received her P.Eng. designation, from Engineers Nova Scotia, in 2017.

Eva’s first project with Turner Construction, in 2002, was the interactive National Constitution Centre Museum in the heart of Independence Mall in Philadelphia, PA. Another rewarding project was constructing a Resource Center for Bread for the City of Washington, DC, whose mission is to enable low-income individuals to develop their power to determine the future of their own communities.

In Nova Scotia, Eva has led several high-profile projects, including the transformation of a former Nova Scotia Power building into the highly acclaimed Discovery Centre and the construction of the Passenger Processing Terminal Expansion Project for the Halifax Airport Authority, both with Lindsay Construction. With Develop Nova Scotia, Eva leads most of their infrastructure projects including the Georges Island Wharf Project, the Lunenburg Marginal Seawall Replacement and the Big Boat Shed projects.

For five years she served on the board of the Philadelphia Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), which empowers the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and impact the world through Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).  Eva is now Co-chair of a Women in Engineering (WIE) sub-committee “Improving Working Conditions” and an active member of WIE POD Mentoring group.   

Eva was recently granted the Engineers Nova Scotia S. L. Devereaux Award for the Advancement of Women in Engineering for her commitment to Women In Engineering and encouraging increased recruitment, retention and advancement of women in the profession.

17 Sep


Innovative Ways and Means to Support STEM Education

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The world of STEM education today harbours challenges and opportunities. Attracting young people to STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) is a major goal of many institutions, including the IEEE, calling for non-traditional, innovative education approaches to the teaching and learning of sciences and technology.

The workshop offers WIE and YP volunteers and practitioners of the teaching profession feature presentations on current STEM-related activities, a practical hands-on exercise, and a discussion of trends. We welcome your interest in STEM-related education and encourage you to participate and engage in STEM volunteering.

Short description:
The workshop is designed to help IEEE volunteers and practitioners in the teaching profession to promote, support and advance STEM education. The workshop has three components: an overview of current IEEE-led outreach programs nationally and internationally, a hand-on activity involving all workshop participants, and a discussion on practical aspects of STEM support.

Speakers, Facilitators, Panelists:

  • Murray MacDonald / Chair, IEEE Canada Teacher In-Service Program (TISP) Committee
  • Lynn Bowlby / IEEE Headquarter, Education Activities (invited)
  • Alexandra Fenton / Director, SuperNOVA Outreach Program at Dalhousie University



  • IEEE Canada’s Teacher In-Service Program (TISP) – Overview and practical experience.
  • IEEE’s Learning Network – Outlining new ways of STEM education
  • SuperNova: Learning from local experience

Hands-on Activity:
Lead by Murray MacDonald, this activity will involve all workshop participants in a very practical way by engaging them in one of the most popular and ‘hands-on’ TISP and lesson plans.

Panel Discussion:
Speakers and workshop participants will discuss ways and means to engage teachers, students and the public at large in STEM education activities.

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17 Sep

Emily Tipton

Emily Tipton is co-founder and beer engineer at Boxing Rock Brewing Company. Since Boxing Rock opened in 2013 her job has involved everything it takes to brew craft beer and run a small business, from milling grain to brewing, bottling beer, pouring beer samples and running the payroll. She is a chemical engineer, who graduated from the University of Alberta in 1999 and has experience in project management, sustainable development and facilitation. She worked as an engineer in Canada, Europe and Asia before moving to rural Nova Scotia ten years ago where she became a municipal planner, engineer and sustainable development coordinator. Building a craft brewery in Shelburne was what she figured would be the most fun she could have applying her engineering skills to creating a sustainable rural business, and a new career path for herself in the community she loves. Emily is a very active community member and advocate for entrepreneurship and import replacement as key pieces of rural economic development.  She’s also a proud hockey mom, and President of the Craft Brewers Association of Nova Scotia.
17 Sep

Sarah Devereaux

Sarah Devereaux, M.Eng., P.Eng., FEC is a graduate of the Technical University of Nova Scotia (TUNS), following a two-year diploma program at St. Francis Xavier University. Following graduation from TUNS (now Dalhousie), Sarah started her career with Dillon Consulting Limited, where she provides engineering solutions for a variety of projects, ranging from municipal infrastructure to regional landfill sites. She has 23 years of experience as a civil engineer throughout Nova Scotia and nationwide. 

Sarah is a partner at Dillon Consulting Limited and currently sits of the Board of Directors. She is the Sub Sector Lead for Federal Government Clients which involves assessing and tracking business opportunities with all federal government entities; business development and sales meetings with federal government entities across the Country; proposal monitoring and preparations for all federal government clients; budget and revenue planning and monitoring for the Sub Sector. 

Sarah has also held many external leadership roles throughout her career, which have included:

  • President of Engineers Nova Scotia.
  • President of the Consulting Engineers of Nova Scotia.
  • Director on the Board of Engineers Canada.
  • Chair of the Sustainable Profession Committee for Engineers Canada. 
  • Member of the Women in Engineering Committee for Engineers Canada.

Sarah has been acknowledged several times for her accomplishments, including:

  • Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada.
  • Engineers Canada Award for the Support of Women in Engineering.
  • Engineers Nova Scotia Award for the Advancement of Women in Engineering. 
  • Consulting Engineers of Nova Scotia Distinguished Service Award.
  • Fellowship in Engineers Canada.
17 Sep

Donna F Clark

Donna Clark is a Founding Leadership Partner with Courage Group International. Donna is committed to developing the capacity of people to lead with courage and compassion and create life nurturing, high performing organizations. She coaches executives and their teams to create the changes they desire in their organizations. She skillfully integrates coaching and executive leadership development into strategic planning and organizational change and transition projects so that leadership capacity emerges as the organization delivers their business goals. She has taught conflict resolution and communication at Dalhousie University Continuing Education and leadership development across Canada and to international executives. She has over 30 years of experience as a senior leader, consultant and coach.
She has worked extensively with science and engineering professionals and women in leadership. Her research has focus on relational leadership and power with diverse women executives.
17 Sep

Saturday Panel

Transitioning Roles and Mindsets (Saturday Panel)


There comes a moment when everyone must decide: do I stay or do I go?  Many women in science, engineering, technology or trades at one point or another find themselves feeling out of place — unsure if they belong in their current position and uncertain about what change could look like.   Following a Keynote presentation from April Howe on how to recognize that you are at that junction point and determine where to go from there, this panel will bring together four individuals to discuss their experiences recognizing their own crossroads.   They will share how they changed their perspective or conditions to stay, or how they transitioned to their new roles.  While systemic change takes time, we can all change our mindsets and take actions to improve the daily grind not only for ourselves but also for our colleagues.



  • Donna Clark, Ph.D. (ODC), MA, CMC, PCC, Courage Group International


  • April Howe – Executive Director of People and Culture, Public Service Commission, 
  • Dr. Nola Etkin – Interim Dean of Science and Professor of Chemistry, University of PEI, 
  • Sarah Devereaux – Partner, Dillon Consulting Limited, 
  • Emily Tipton – Beer Engineer and Co-Founder, Boxing Rock Brewing Company
10 Sep

Georgeta Bauer

Georgeta Bauer received her BASc degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Waterloo in 1994 and her MASc in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Dalhousie University in 2000. She is currently working toward the PhD degree in Mechanical Engineering at Dalhousie University. Georgeta has worked in a multitude of fields including space, automotive, defence, and oceanography, and is a co-inventor of an internationally-commercial medical robotic work cell for automated inoculation. Most recently, she was the Engineer-in-Residence and an instructor of Mechatronics in the Mechanical Engineering Department at Dalhousie University. Her current research interests include assistive robotics, mechatronics, and advanced control methods. She is the recipient of the 2018 S.L. Devereaux Award for the Advancement of Women in Engineering from the Association of Professional Engineers of Nova Scotia, a Killam Laureate, a Dr. Eliza Ritchie Scholar, and an avid STEM and Makerspaces volunteer.
06 Sep

Industry-WIE-YP-Academia Networking

IEEE WIE ILS HALIFAX 2019: Industry-WIE-YP-Academia Networking/Mixer

Date: October 18, 2019

Time: 5:30pm – 9:30 pm

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Event Description:  This event is designed with the objective to provide Students and Young Professionals with an opportunity to network with industry, IEEE board members, and others. An important goal is to bring all stakeholders together to participate in a discussion about the need to adapt/evolve our current educational/academic system to the ever-changing needs of the technical/industrial ecosystem.

Target Attendees: Professionals from industries in town + Senior Academics (Education Management Professionals + Professors) + University Students + Young Professionals + IEEE Members (IEEE Educational Activities Committee (EAC) in particular)


5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Start with Meet-and-Greet: 

6:30 pm – 7:30 pm Presentation by IEEE Educational Activities Committee, Canada (IEEE EAC)
Speakers: Murray MacDonald, Bob Gill, and Witold Kinsner

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm Panel Discussion: Evolving Needs of the Tech Ecosystem
Moderated by: Dirk Werle(Chair, IEEE Canadian Atlantic Section)


  • IEEE EAC Delegate: Dr. Witold Kinsner (Vice-Chair, IEEE EAC Canada, Past IEEE Canada President & Professor, University of Manitoba)
  • Industry Delegate: Mike Morris (Chief Operating Officer, Natuel)
  • Academic Delegate: Dr. Jean-Francois Bousquet (Head of Department, Electrical & Computer Engg., Dalhousie University)
  • WIE & YP Delegate: Mahsa Bataghva Shahbaz (Ph.D. Candidate, University of Western Ontario)
  • WIE & Industry Delegate: Dr. Sue Molloy (President, Glas Ocean Electric)

8:30 pm – 9:30 pm RECEPTION & Networking

1505 Barrington Street, Unit 100
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Canada B3J 3K5
Building: Bell Aliant Building
Room Number: TBD

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