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04 Oct

Krista Beardy

Krista Beardy completed her undergraduate studies at Dalhousie University and is an MSc candidate with the department of Biological Sciences at the University of New Brunswick in Saint John. Her research in the field of marine pollution focuses on microplastic concentration in the intertidal sediments and the potential for impact on benthic dwelling species in both the Bay of Fundy and Gulf of St. Lawrence regions. As a First Nations scientist, Krista also studies the inclusion of traditional ecological knowledge and its application to Canadian scientific initiatives.
04 Oct

Sunday Panel

Ocean Technology (Sunday Panel)


The ocean economy is forecasted to double by 2030 to $3 Trillion by the OECD and 75% of Canada’s ocean economy is here in Atlantic Canada. The future of ocean technology is strong, and Canada is aligned to maintain our role as a world-class source of underwater, surface and above water technology. This panel brings together four individuals with unique perspectives on not only the current state of the sector but also the future of the field — offering insight, inspiration, and tools to enter and thrive beneath the waves.



  • Anna Naylor, Manager of Learning and Development, Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship


  • Dr. Anya Waite – Associate Vice-President Research (Ocean), Dalhousie University, and Scientific Director, Ocean Frontier Institute.
  • Dr. Mae Seto – Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering, and the Irving Shipbuilding Research Chair, Dalhousie University.
  • Maggie Nate – Survivability Engineer, Gibbs & Cox.
  •  LCdr Sarah Roberge – Senior Staff Officer Materiel Readiness Program, MARLANT, Fleet Engineering Readiness
04 Oct

Maggie Nate

Maggie Nate joined Gibbs & Cox in 2017 as a Survivability Engineer and temporarily relocated from Northern Virginia to Halifax, Nova Scotia with her family in order to provide on-site support for Canadian naval programs.  When she returns to Virginia at the end of the year, Maggie will transition into the role of Department Manager for Survivability. Prior to joining the Gibbs team, Maggie had a variety of naval platform assignments in the areas of Survivability and Test and Evaluation for various countries including serving as a Senior Test Engineer providing LFT&E support to PMS377, the USN amphibious warfare program office.  Originally an aerospace engineer, she has also previously worked at NASA Langley supporting Human Factors Integration and AAI Corporation on the Shadow unmanned aerial vehicle program. 


Maggie is a born and raised Virginian having grown up in Newport News and attended college in Blacksburg before settling in the Alexandria area.  Outside of work, Maggie is active in both the Chesapeake and Canadian Atlantic Sections of SNAME and serves on the editorial board for (mt) Magazine and the Journal of Ship Production and Design.  In her spare time, Maggie enjoys triple integrals in spherical coordinates, taking keelboat sailing lessons with her husband (Justin), and cheering on the Hokies every chance she gets.

04 Oct

Anna Naylor

Anna joined the Centre for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship team in 2016, in the newly created role of Manager of Learning and Development. Anna is supporting and managing human resource development initiatives and programs within the mandate of the Marine People Partnership (MPP). Anna has former experience with COVE in her work as an independent consultant on MPP related activities. She brings her background in marine management and experience in ocean education and curriculum development to this role.

 After graduating from Dalhousie University with a Masters in Marine Management, Anna co-founded OCEANS-NS, a registered not-for-profit organization that seeks to enhance and strengthen oceans education in Nova Scotia. Partnering with different organizations such as the Early Education and Childhood Development (EECD), Labour and Advanced Education (LAE), Ocean Technology Council of Nova Scotia (OTCNS), International Oceans Institute (IOI) and Dalhousie, OCEANS-NS completed numerous projects that helped raise awareness of the importance of the ocean sector and opportunities in ocean-related careers in Nova Scotia. In 2015, OCEANS-NS received the Gulf of Maine Visionary Award for their work and dedication.

 As a diver and open water swimmer, Anna spends her spare time travelling in search of new bodies of water to explore. Swimming once from New Brunswick to PEI for GiveToLive: The Big Swim, a fundraiser for Brigadoon Village, Anna is constantly on the lookout for other awesome challenges

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.

Registration Link:

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.