[Ottawa] Networking Event – Forging Your Own Path Nov 11, 2014

When: Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014 – 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EDT)
Where: bitHeads – 1309 Carling Avenue, Ottawa, ON K1Z 7K8
Cost: $15, Light refreshments are included

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There are many inspiring women who have pursued careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. They have forged their own paths in their chosen areas of specialization. We will be showcasing five of them at this event. Each woman will give a short presentation highlighting her chosen career and some of the challenges and obstacles she has overcome in achieving her goals. Following the presentations there will be a panel discussion with audience Q&A.

After the panel session, we will have small group discussions and networking.


Jeanette Southwood, Global Sustainable Cities Leader & Urban Development & Infrastructure Leader – Canada, Golder Associates Ltd.

Dominique Simoneau-Ritchie, Technical Lead, Shopify

Lucy Campbell, Associate Professor, Carleton University, Department of Mathematics

Nadine Wiper-Bergeron, Associate Professor, Ottawa University, Cellular and Molecular Medicine

Michelle Dennehy, Scientist and Leader/Advisor on human health, working with F500 companies and Federal Govt

When: Tuesday, Nov 11 at 7PM
Where: bitHeads 1309 Carling Ave (external entrance on the East side of Westgate Mall, beside Pet Valu)

To register: http://wptforgepath.eventbrite.ca


Jeanette Southwood is an award-winning engineer, leading the Canadian Urban Development & Infrastructure (UD&I) Sector and the Global Sustainable Cities teams at Golder Associates – a global, employee-owned firm of more than 8,000 around the world. Golder delivers solutions to help clients achieve their sustainable development goals by providing a wide range of independent consulting, design and construction services in its specialist areas of earth, environment and energy. UD&I brings together Golder’s Real Estate, Federal, Municipal, Finance, Insurance, Legal, Rail, Waste, Water, and Transportation sectors to better serve Golder’s clients. One area of focus for Jeanette’s global and national team members is the strategic integration of cutting-edge international innovation and knowledge into value-creating solutions for urban intensification, revitalization and resilience for public and private clients. A dedicated volunteer on several Boards over the years, Jeanette is a Fellow of Engineers Canada and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Engineering, and a recipient of the Province of Ontario “Leading Women Building Communities Award”. She is also a lecturer at the University of Toronto, and was honoured as one of Canada’s Clean50 for 2014.

Dominique Simoneau-Ritchie, is a technical leader at Shopify, a rapidly growing e-commerce startup in Ottawa. She is a strong leader capable of motivating and energizing the very best software engineers. Previously Dominique was a Sr Development Manager at QNX and BlackBerry, where she led the software development of the BlackBerry 10 home screen while also stepping in to turnaround critical projects and re-form teams in order to get them to successfully deliver to ambitious timelines. Prior to that, she held multiple roles at IBM, as a Software Developer, Program Manager and Product Manager for various enterprise products. She graduated from Concordia University’s Software Engineering program in 2006. While at Concordia, she was the recipient of a number of honours, among them the Concordia University Software Engineering Medal, for having achieved the highest Final Graduation GPA in software engineering, and the Association des Ingénieurs Conseils du Québec (AICQ) Award 2005.

Dr. Nadine Wiper-Bergeron is an Associate Professor in the Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine at the University of Ottawa where she teaches and heads a biomedical research lab. A devoted pedagogue, Dr. Bergeron is actively involved in teaching the basic sciences to medical students and graduate students. She is also involved in research in medical education, with the goal of modernizing and facilitating the science education of adults. In addition to her teaching pursuits, Dr. Wiper-Bergeron is actively involved in biomedical research and heads a lab of graduate students at the University of Ottawa. Her research aims to understand how our body regulates the formation of fat, muscle and bone, especially under conditions of stress and illness. Her laboratory is funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, the Muscular Dystrophy Association, the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council and the Canadian Foundation for Innovation.

Lucy Campbell was born in Barbados and lived in Jamaica, Ghana and the UK before moving to Canada. She obtained her PhD in Applied Mathematics at McGill University and did postdoctoral work in Atmospheric Physics at the University of Toronto. She is currently an Associate Professor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics at Carleton University. In addition to teaching mathematics courses at both undergraduate and graduate levels, she carries out scientific research often with the involvement of graduate students. Her research involves applications of differential equations and numerical analysis with a particular focus on mathematical modelling in geophysical fluid dynamics. The aim is to improve our understanding of the mechanisms by which the earth’s atmosphere and ocean evolve with time; this is relevant to climate modelling and weather prediction. Lucy is active in the applied mathematics community in Canada and is currently the treasurer and a member of the board of directors of the Canadian Applied and Industrial Mathematics Society.

Michelle K. Dennehy received her B.Sc. degree in Chemistry from Saint Mary’s University (SMU), Halifax, NS, and her Ph.D. degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Missouri, MO. During her doctoral studies, Michelle studied how cancer is initiated using model drugs and known carcinogens. Her postdoctoral training in proteomics was performed Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, TN, where she studied model reactive drug intermediates and their reactions with cellular proteins. In 2005 Michelle joined GlaxoSmithKline, Philadelphia, PA, in the department of Drug Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics, where her research centered on biotransformations and structure elucidation of drug metabolites. After 3 years, she moved to the Metabolism and Pharmacokinetics group at the Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research in Cambridge, MA, where her focus remained in biotransformations and the identification of drug metabolites, and extended to project representation in Infectious Diseases. Michelle was born in Ottawa, ON, and spent most of her formative years growing up in Luxembourg where her father worked with NATO. The family moved back to Ottawa for her high school years at Lisgar C.I. where she was Valedictorian in 1992. She has recently moved back to her hometown to raise her 3 year old twin boys closer to family and to further her studies with an Executive MBA.

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