The WinSETT Centre is governed by a Board of Directors of accomplished women leaders in SETT fields and is establishing Advisory Panels for the Centre and for programs and activities.
Margaret-Ann Armour joined the University of Alberta's Chemistry department in 1979 and has been Associate Dean of Science (Diversity) since 2005. Her contributions to science in the handling, recycling and disposing of small quantities of hazardous chemical waste are well known around the world. As one of the few women in her discipline at the time, she was struck by the need to encourage more women to become involved, not just to change the discipline but also to open the range of opportunities available to them. In 1981 she founded Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science and Technology (WISEST) at the University of Alberta, and in 2010 she established the Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology (WinSETT Centre). In 1996 Margaret-Ann was honoured with a 3M Teaching Fellowship, Canada's premier award for undergraduate teaching, and in 2002 with the Governor General's Award in Commemoration of the Persons Case. In 2005 she was awarded the Montreal Medal, Chemical Institute of Canada, and in 2006 was named a member of the Order of Canada. Margaret-Ann was honoured with the Innovator Award at the 2011 APEC Summit on Women in the Economy. In 2011 the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology awarded her an Honorary B.Tech degree and in 2012 she received an Honorary B.A. degree and a Distinguished Citizen Award from MacEwan University. She has been awarded Honorary Doctorate in Science degrees by the University of Alberta in 2013, by Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador in 2015, and by her alma mater, the University of Edinburgh in 2016.
PEng, CMC (President, Aqua Libra Consulting Ltd.)
Marg Latham is President and owner of Aqua Libra Consulting Ltd., a management consulting firm she started in 2010 to help engineering organizations improve their professional practice, quality and project delivery. She is a seasoned senior executive, professional engineer and certified management consultant with a passion for leading people and change. Marg graduated in civil engineering from Queen’s University in 1974. Over the first 20 years of her career she managed institutional, residential and infrastructure projects in Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver. She was a vice president with consulting engineering firms, UMA and later AECOM Canada Ltd. from 2000 to 2009. In 2001 she was named “Outstanding Woman in Construction”; an award co-presented by the Vancouver Regional Construction Association and Canadian Construction Women. Marg actively volunteers her time to encourage and support women in engineering and construction. She was president of Canadian Construction Women from 2004 to 2006 and led the group from near dissolution to being a vibrant organization serving 200 women in the BC lower mainland construction industry. Marg has been on WinSETT's Board of Directors for several years and accepted the position of Vice Chair in 2016.
PhD Vice President Research and Informatics, Ontario Brain Institute.
After completing a PhD in neurosciences at McMaster University, Elizabeth went to Harvard University for postdoctoral studies and then spent 14 years as a researcher and professor at the University of Toronto, focusing mainly on traumatic spinal cord injury. In 1999, she was appointed Dean of Science and Technology at Sheridan College, and also served as the first Director of Research. From 2003-06, Elizabeth was seconded by the federal government (Dept. Foreign Affairs, International Trade and Development) to the Canadian Embassy in Tokyo as Science and Technology Counsellor. After five years with CIHR's Institute of Neurosciences, Mental Health and Addiction which is based at UBC, Elizabeth accepted the position of Vice President Research and Informatics with the Ontario Brain Institute in 2015. Elizabeth brings to the WinSETT Board extensive experience in research, education and organizational development.
MA, PSIC (President, Jane Robinson Consulting)
Jane has worked as an administrator, development educator, researcher, executive director and project manager with organizations such as Oxfam-Canada, the St. John’s Women’s Centre, and the WinSETT Centre. From 2006-2014, she worked at the College of the North Atlantic as a Program Developer and as a Policy, Planning and Research Analyst building her knowledge of the engineering technology, information technology, health sciences, business, and industrial trades sectors and labour markets in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) and Canada. Jane is a past President of the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, and a member of the Multicultural Women’s Organization of NL and the Canadian Evaluation Society. Jane holds an MA in Sociology in Education, and a Post-Secondary Instructor’s Certificate.
MSc, CPF, CMC, CE (President, Hollett and Sons Inc.)
Susan Hollett is President of Hollett and Sons Inc., a consulting firm based in Clarenville NL. Her firm specializes in planning, facilitation and evaluation and has done considerable work engaging under-represented populations. Prior to forming her business, Susan worked in senior positions in community, economic and social development. She is the recipient of the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs Recognition Award for "Outstanding Contribution to Women's Advancement in Business and Community Economic Development”. Over the last 18 years, Susan has worked extensively with women in science, engineering, trades and technology through collaborations with organizations such as Women in Resource Development, CCWESTT, and the WinSETT Centre. Susan is the WinSETT Centre’s Leadership Program Coordinator and National Facilitator.
(Executive Director, Hypatia Association)
From early interests in natural history and science education, Nan Armour transitioned in her professional life to encouraging more women to explore and participate in fields that were considered ‘non-traditional’. Chief among her platforms for initiating and sustaining change is her role as Executive Director of Hypatia Association, a not-for-profit women’s organization based in Nova Scotia. In recognition of this work, in 2009, Nan received an Honourary Diploma from the Nova Scotia Community College’s School of Trades & Technology. Nan is Past-President of CCWESTT, and was a chief organizer of CCWESTT’s 2012 National Conference in Halifax Inspiring a Sea Change: Moving Forward Together as well as the pre-conference Policy Forum.
BEng, MSc Geoph (Senior Geophysicist, TAQA North)
Joy is a Senior Seismic Interpreter at TAQA North in Calgary, Alberta. After an undergraduate degree in engineering and a Master’s degree in geophysics, both from the University of Saskatchewan, Joy joined the oil and gas industry with Chevron Canada in 1990. Most of her 24 years in the industry have been with Chevron and ConocoPhillips, focused on structural plays in western Canada with brief stints in international groups working plays in offshore Brazil and Africa and most recently, Kurdistan with her current company, Taqa. Joy’s volunteering in support of women in SETT began in university and carried on throughout her career in Calgary. Joy has been very active in women in SETT groups in Alberta. During this time she served a term as President of the Alberta Women’s Science Network (AWSN) as well as a term as President of CCWESTT.
I.S.P., CISSP, CBCP, CISM
Deborah Harrop is the Senior Manager, Information Management at Alberta's Workers' Compensation Board and leads the Board's Information Technology Team. This involves ensuring the computing systems deliver high levels of availability, reliability, stability and scalability, as failure could seriously impact the ability of the Board to achieve its objectives and deliver critical services to stakeholders. Deborah chairs the committee responsible for ensuring that investment in new technology and new business applications is cost effective and aligned to business priorities. She develops a strong team of highly skilled and motivated IT professionals and creates teams that provide high levels of employee satisfaction and effective service delivery.
PhD, PEng (Subject Matter Expert, Bombardier Transportation)
Susan King is a professional engineer with experience in industry, construction, sales, education, research and policy development, and is building a portfolio career in environmental research and education, policy development and technical writing. Her work experience includes positions at CDI Professional Services, McGill University, National Research Council - Biotechnology Research Institute: Environmental Bioengineering Group. Her work related to diversity in SETT fields has involved serving as a Director of Women in Trades and Technology National Network as well as with CCWESTT and now the WinSETT Centre.
PhD, PEng (Dow Sustainability Post Doctoral Fellow, Erb Institute, Univ. of Michigan)
Lianne Lefsrud has an undergraduate degree in Civil Engineering, a multidisciplinary Masters in Environmental Engineering and Sociology, and recently completed a Ph.D in Strategic Management and Organization, focusing on professional and corporate ethics as applied to the definition and regulation of the environment, natural resources, and climate change in the oil sands industry. Lianne was previously the Assistant Director, Professional Practice, with the Association of Professional Engineers, Geoscientists of Alberta, and has also worked in transportation, construction, oilfield, water resources, and environmental consulting. Her work experiences have motivated her involvement in diversity initiatives including with Women in Scholarship Engineering, Science, and Technology, Association of Women in Engineering and Science, and APEGA outreach. From 2009-13 she served as Vice President of the WinSETT Board.
BA, MSc, FIC, ing (Past Control Systems Engineer, Hydro-Québec Trans-Énergie)
Lorraine Marsolais is an electrical engineer who has enjoyed a 34 years career at Hydro-Québec in the specialized field of systems control for electricity networks. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Université de Montréal), a Bachelor of Engineering (Concordia University) and a Master of Sciences (Université du Québec). After graduating, she was awarded two scholarships for six months training at the Research Center of Électricité de France and for one year at the Central Electricity Generating Board (England).
Over a period of 22 years, she got involved in various social activities related to engineering and sciences. For the Order of Engineers of Québec (OIQ), she has contributed to the works of the Continuing Education committee followed by the Women in Engineering committee. On a national basis, she got active in CCWESTT and in Engineers Canada. In 2004, she became a member of the Women in Engineering Advisory Group of Engineers Canada and in 2006, she served as president for a two years period. In 2010, she received the title of Fellow Ingénieurs Canada(FIC) for her contributions to the profession.
She is a member of the Board of WinSETT and a member of the Board of AFFESTIM (Association de la francophonie à propos des femmes en sciences, technologies, ingénierie et mathématiques).
BSEE, MEd, FSWE (Past President, WISE NL)
Gloria Montano is a past president of WISE NL and is on the WinSETT Centre Board of Directors. She is also a Fellow and national Past President of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE) and has received a number of awards for technical excellence and service. She was previously the Academic Program Manager (Undergraduate) in the Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science at Memorial University of Newfoundland, and was Director of the Virtual Development Center (VDC) at the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology. Ms. Montano has over 20 years of experience in various high tech companies in the Silicon Valley. Gloria holds a BSEE from the University of Texas at El Paso and a Master of Education from the Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is a Fellow of the School of Graduate Studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland.
Anjum Mullick has 17 years of experience as an environmental engineer. She is a Principal Project Manager in Edmonton and a Technical Specialist in Remediation Engineering. She is currently the Projector Director and environmental engineering lead for multiple mine closure and reclamation projects in the oil sands area of northern Alberta. As a female professional engineer, as well as a visible minority, Anjum has a passion for diversity and inclusion, in particular increasing the number of women in not only engineering and science related professions, but in leadership. She was the President of the Women of WorleyParsons, an employee resource group with the vision to support the recruitment, retention and promotion of women in the industry. She developed and managed a joint partnership project with the WinSETT Centre and the University of Alberta School of Business to examine organizational change as it relates to women in leadership, gender diversity and inclusivity.
Sarah Watts-Rynard worked on Parliament Hill and in the private sector before turning to a non-profit environment. She has been Executive Director of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum since 2010. Sarah oversees a team that develops initiatives in support of Canada's apprenticeship community. This includes the promotion of skilled trades careers, research to inform evidence-based policies, and connecting stakeholders to share best practices. As an advocate of skilled trades, Sarah promotes the high-level competencies and skills required by these careers, and underlines the value of tradespeople to Canada's economy.