Team

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.

 
Marg Latham, Chair

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.

Sarah Watts-Rynard, Vice Chair

Chief Executive Officer, Polytechnics Canada

Sarah Watts-Rynard joined Polytechnics Canada as Chief Executive Officer on July 30, 2018. Prior to this role, she served as Executive Director of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, supporting Canada’s apprenticeship community with research, promotion and by connecting stakeholders across trades, across sectors and across Canada. After moving to Ottawa in 1990, Sarah worked in the offices of various Members of Parliament both during and after earning her degree in journalism and English at Carleton University. She worked at a local defence contractor as Marketing Coordinator between 2000 and 2002. In 2002, she joined the staff of the Textiles Human Resources Council, a non-profit sector council based in Ottawa. There, she held the position of Director of Communications and Operations until joining the staff of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum in October 2010. During her tenure at the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, Sarah led efforts to overhaul the organization’s governance and membership model. She has been an active and outspoken advocate of the important role tradespeople play in the Canadian economy.

Joy Brown, Secretary

BEng, MSc Geoph (Senior Explorationist, TAQA North)

Joy is a Senior Explorationist 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 Nigeria 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. 

Ginny Nicholson, Treasurer

Certified Management Accountant

Ginny has been a Director and the Treasurer of WinSETT Centre for four years. She completed a B.A. with Distinction at University of Alberta, Edmonton, and held the designation of Certified Management Accountant. During her 40-year career, Ginny contributed to the strategic direction and operations of companies and organizations. Her specialty areas include finance, human resources, and administrative operations. She has been a Director with the Children’s Autism Services of Edmonton (CASE); a member of the MacEwan University Accounting Program Advisory Group; and in 2017 she was a Presenter on Budgeting to the Peter Lougheed Capstone Course at the University of Alberta. Ginny currently provides guidance to many former employees to assist them in dealing with issues they are encountering at work, and in providing insight on recruiting and interviewing skills as they seek career advancement.

Jane Robinson, Administration

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. 

Susan Hollett, Leadership Program

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.

Annemieke Farenhorst, Director

PhD Geography, Prairies Chair for Women in Science and Engineering 

Dr. Annemieke Farenhorst is a professor in the Department of Soil Science, University of Manitoba and the Prairie NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering. Her Chair program focuses on three key areas: 1) encouraging girls to consider careers in science and engineering professions; 2) celebrating women role models in science and engineering professions and enabling female students to access them; 3) examining the workplace environment of academics in science and engineering and supporting women academics. 

Dr. Farenhorst’s research program focuses on pesticides, natural steroid estrogens and antibiotics in soil and water, and on drinking water quality in First Nations communities. She has earned a range of teaching, research and outreach awards, including the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for leadership in pesticide research, and she was named a WXN 2016 Canada's Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award winner.

Christina Gale, Director

PEng

Christina is a Professional Engineer currently working within the Frontier Exploration group at Husky Energy. Christina graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor Degree in Process Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland and was hired as part of Husky’s New Graduate program later that year. Over the past 7 years with Husky, she has worked in a variety of roles and in various locations across the country including Newfoundland, British Columbia and Alberta. Christina is passionate about making a difference within her organization and industry. In 2017, she established Husky's first ever LBGTA Network, which is an Employee Resource Group that strives to improve diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Additionally, Christina has served her organization by participating in the company's Engineer-in-Training Rotational Program hiring process, been an active member of the University of Calgary's career fair, was a selection committee member for Husky's Women in SETT scholarship, and is an active member of Husky's Engineering mentorship program.

Deborah Harrop, Director

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. 

Lianne Lefsrud, Director

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.

Lorraine Marsolais, Director

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).

Anjum Mullick, Director

PEng

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.

Rebecca Sorbara, Director

Dipl. Tech, B. Tech, AScT, CPHC

Rebecca Sorbara is the Director of Building Science at McCuaig & Associates Engineering, a Vancouver based engineering firm specializing in the maintenance and renewals of existing buildings.  After completing a Diploma of Technology and a Bachelor of Technology, both from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Rebecca also worked with CBRE GCS and Shape Properties Ltd.  Passionate about the role that buildings play in the challenge to tackle climate change, Rebecca recently became a Certified Passive House Consultant.  Rebecca’s involvement with promoting and supporting women in SETT began soon after starting her career when she volunteered in various roles with Canadian Construction Women.  She is currently part of the Advancing Women in Engineering and Technology (AWET) Regional Action Committee for the BC Lower Mainland, an initiative aimed at promoting the 30 by 30 goal championed by Engineers Canada.

Nan Armour, Director

From early interests in natural history and science education, Nan Armour transitioned in her professional life to the support and promotion of women in occupations where they have been traditionally underrepresented. Chief among her platforms for initiating and sustaining change was 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 in Trades & Technology from the Nova Scotia Community College. She was co-founder of Women Unlimited, a women's organization that partners with industry, government, education institutions and communities to promote women in trades and technology. In addition to her work with WinSETT Centre, Nan is a member of the Executive and a Past-President of CCWESTT and a Board Member of Women Unlimited. 

Clarice Ward, Director

Project Manager, Specialty Contracts, Melloul-Blamey Construction Inc.

Clarice Ward is a Project Manager, Specialty Contracts at Melloul-Blamey Construction based in Waterloo, Ontario.  She is both a 2007 graduate of the Women in Skilled Trades program and a 2011 graduate of the General Carpenter Apprenticeship program at Conestoga College. Clarice obtained the Construction Supervisory Technologies Certificate from San Diego State University in 2012. She spent the first 11 years of her construction career on the jobsite where she held increasingly challenging roles. She began as a labourer in insurance restoration, which included wind, fire, flood damage and environmental abatement.  She then advanced to a carpenter apprentice, and subsequently became a tradesperson. She rounded off her site experience in site health & safety on high-rise construction in the ICI sector.  

Clarice was named Alumna of Distinction in 2018 at Conestoga College.  In 2019 Clarice received Ontario’s Premier’s Award in the Apprenticeship Category, the highest recognition in Ontario’s college system.  She is currently completing undergraduate studies at the University of Waterloo, where she is majoring in legal studies and economics.