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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

Registration Link:

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

Silver Sponsor:

In-Kind Sponsor:

30 Aug

Monique Arsenault

Monique is the Director, Innovation and lead on the Internet for Nova Scotia Initiative for Develop Nova Scotia.  Prior to joining the Develop Nova Scotia team, Monique was with the provincial Department of Business where she led the rural Internet file for three years.  She is a bilingual BA graduate with a Marketing concentration, and has 15 years of provincial economic development experience with organizations including Invest NB and Department of Business New Brunswick. Monique and her team are responsible for extending access to high quality, reliable Internet to at least 95% of Nova Scotians.
29 Aug

Stella Bowles

Stella Bowles prompted action for the clean up of Nova Scotia’s
LaHave River, which contains alarmingly high levels of fecal
contamination. Because of her work, three levels of government have
allocated $15.7 million dollars to address the problem of illegal
straight pipes that still drain raw sewage from over 600 homes along
the river.
Three years since her initial research, Stella continues to be an
advocate for the elimination of illegal straight pipes province wide.
She has teamed up with Coastal Action Foundation and together they
have started a campaign training other kids to become citizen
scientists and test their own waterways.
Stella has won many awards including the Meritorious Service Medal
from the Governor General of Canada, the Action for Nature
International Young Hero’s Award from California and the Canada’s
Walk of Fame Community Hero Award. In a completely separate
project, she has also recently become the youngest ever published
Stella’s story is now a book, My River: Cleaning up the LaHave River,
written by Anne Laurel Carter. Stella hopes her story will inspire
other youth to become advocates for issues they care about.

“I’ve learned that kids do have the power to make change,” says
Stella. “And I’m just getting started.”

27 Aug

Tara Mccartney

Tara is an ex-corporate manager (Microsoft, Deutsche Telekom) turned social entrepreneur and progressive development specialist with multiple projects & companies based out of India. 

From basic services for the rural poor such as clean water, solar energy, menstrual hygiene products & profitable income generation such as social tourism via the non-profit United for Hope & its partner for-profit, Shakti Empowerment Solutions to ethical textile production for European retailers through her full- service agency, Fairfactia, Tara has extensive knowledge of the challenges & the opportunities of social entrepreneurship and progressive rural development in India.

A resident of India, holding an OCI card she has spent years living in some of India’s most challenging rural areas and is based primarily out of the Kushingar District, Eastern Uttar Pradesh. She firmly believes in living in the communities she and her team are trying to develop.

Her repertoire of engaging speaking, workshop & collaboration opportunities include:

  • Smart Villages in Rural India
  • Go-to-Market for Social Enterprises in Developing Markets
  • Involving men in Women’s Empowerment Projects
  • From Corporate Ladder to Indian Villages – a personal journey
  • Areas of WASH, Education, Menstrual Hygiene, Clean Energy, Women’s Empowerment and Ethical Textiles
19 Aug

Landon Getz

Landon J. Getz is a Vanier Scholar, Killam Laureate and PhD Student in the Microbiology and Immunology Department at Dalhousie University. His academic work is focused on a group of ocean bacteria, called Vibrio, which play important roles in marine nutrient cycling, but also cause infections in animals and humans. This work was awarded Dalhousie University’s Faculty of Medicine’s Excellence in Research Award in 2019, as well as funding from the NSERC Alexander Graham Bell Canadian Graduate Scholarship program at both the Master’s and Doctoral level, the Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship, the Nova Scotia Health Research Foundation Scotia Scholars Award, the Killam PreDoctoral Scholarship, and the Canadian Vanier Scholarship. Landon’s work has resulted in 6 peer-reviewed journal publications. Further, Landon is an impassioned teacher, having been awarded the President’s Graduate Student Teaching Award at the Dalhousie Legacy Awards in 2019 for his teaching in the Department of Chemistry and the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Dalhousie University.  Landon is also an LGBTQ+ advocate, the founder of Queer Atlantic Canadian STEM (QAtCanSTEM), and on the organizing committee for the upcoming QAtCanSTEM Colloquium. Landon strives to raise awareness for a more critical engagement with ethics among STEM fields, having published many commentaries and a peer-reviewed journal article on frontier science like CRISPR/Cas9 and its regulation and consequences worldwide. He has been interviewed by DalNews and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation for his work. Landon is passionate about environmental ecology; climate change mitigation; equity, diversity and inclusion in STEM; and scientific and research ethics.

Twitter: @landongetz


Personal Website and Blog: 

07 Aug

Chris Hornberger

With more than 30 years’ experience as a business leader, Chris brings
a deep understanding of the issues facing today’s leaders. As an
executive coach and management consultant and a founding partner
in Halifax Global Inc., she specializes in providing executives with
strategic counsel, coaching and advisory, and planning and facilitation
Prior to launching her coaching and consulting career, Chris worked
in the public and private sectors in Canada and the US as an executive
in workers’ compensation, health insurance and health IT. Her clients
represent diverse sectors including health care; research and scientific organizations; post-secondary
education institutions; and social services and government services organizations; among others.
Many of Chris’ clients are women leaders nationally, regionally and locally. Much of her work is about
diversity and inclusion including women in technology, persons with disabilities, and immigrants and
Passionate about women’s issues, Chris is a past member of the executive and board of the International
Women’s Forum Canada – Atlantic Chapter and acts as a mentor to young women and men through the
Halifax Partnership Connector Program, Immigrant Settlement Association of Nova Scotia and
Futurpreneur. She currently serves as the President of the Rotary Club of Halifax Harbourside.
Accreditations and Education:
• Certified Executive Coach – Royal Roads University
• Fellow Certified Management Consultant – CMC-Canada, Canadian Association of
Management Consultants
• Bachelor of Arts – University of Western Ontario

• Office: 902-491-4483
• Mobile: 902-449-1902
• E-mail:
• Website:

07 Aug

Ghada Koleilat

Ghada I. Koleilat received her BASc (2006) in Electrical Engineering from Concordia University, her MASc (2008) and her Ph.D. (2012) in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto. 

During her graduate studies, she developed the world’s first functional colloidal quantum dot tandem solar cell employing a single quantum tuned material. She also conceived a material processing that enabled prolonged stability and improved electrical properties in photovoltaic junctions based on colloidal quantum dots. That process is now patented and licensed to InVisage, Inc.  Before joining Dalhousie University in August 2016, Koleilat did her postdoctoral training at Stanford University where she investigated the properties of single-walled carbon nanotubes and their potential in photovoltaics.   

Her work has frequently been highlighted in major media outlets like Nanotechweb, Materials today, National Post, MIT’s Technology Review and Engadget, to name a few. Her first publication (ACS Nano 2008) was one of the 10 highest cited articles in the journal for 4 years.  She has received several presitigious highly competitive awards for her research work, most notably the Banting PDF (2012). She was ranked 3rd among all the engineering and natural science applicants (PDF NSERC applicants). Recently, she was awarded the tri-agency funded New Frontiers in Research Fund – Exploration stream award.

07 Aug

Sreejata Chatterjee

Sreejata is the co-founder and Head of Product at LeadSift – a sales intelligence platform. She’s responsible for the design, architecture & shipping of LeadSift products, figuring out how to deliver maximum value to the customers, and also picking up snacks for the office. As a female-tech-immigrant-entrepreneur, her journey has been exciting, but sometimes lonely. Outside of work, she’s a guest lecturer at Saint Mary’s University, co-hosts a Data Science meetup and runs a small-scale catering company but you’re most likely to find her chilling over wine and food after an (easy!) hike.