WISE Planet network

Our programming relies on expertise and mentorship                                                                             from WISE Leaders and Allies across the prairies.

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WISE Leaders and Allies (volunteers/mentors)

Deirdre Norman

Deidre Norman

Future Opportunities Integrated Subsurface Team Supervisor, Imperial Oil

Grew up in a tiny beautiful town in NL and a proud Memorial University of Newfoundland Mechanical Engineering graduate. After 12 years in oil and gas in a variety of roles she is currently leading a team from diverse business groups to deploy new (and improve existing) technologies. She values volunteering and has a passion for fact-based information.

Diana Wong Doolan

Diana Wong Doolan

Program Coordinator,  Information and Communications Technology Council

B.Sc Mechanical Eng and an M.Eng in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, Specialization: Engineering for the Environment from UofC. After progressing to leadership roles in the oil and gas industry Diana underwent a mid-career pivot and now supports growth of the tech ecosystem in Alberta. She is a supporter of STEM, Women's Leadership and Mentorship.

Heather Herring

Heather Herring

CEO/Principal, Make it So Inc.

A professional engineer and proud alumna of the Haskayne School of Business. As a coach, she supports client companies in business, communications and customer development. Passionate, driven, and admired for her ability to forge connections, she shines brightest at the intersection of cooperation, collaboration and competition to drive success for all parties.

Jillian Johnson

Jillian Johnson

Engineer, Incident and Integrity Management, DNV

A mechanical engineer currently consulting within the pipeline industry who has lived, worked, and studied in four different countries. She completed her master's degree in renewable energy technologies in Switzerland and now spends as much time in the mountains near Calgary as possible - currently adapting to how that is done with a small child.

Kelly Hall

Kelly Hall

CEO/Principal, Vermillion Power Technologies / Kelly Hall & Associates

A Chemical Eng who graduated from the University of Waterloo, Kelly ran her first business while still in school. She lived and worked in the UK & US before landing in Calgary. She has enjoyed combining leadership & management with her technical focuses throughout 25yrs in Industrial Automation & Controls, Engineering Mgmt, and Infrastructure. She is a proponent of Big Goals.

Kelly Krahulic

Kelly Krahulic

VP Technology and Innovation, Summit Nanotech Corporation

A PhD Chemist in Clean Tech Innovation who is passionate about protecting Alberta's economy and environment for the next generation. Kelly is a proponent of unconventional career paths and an advocate for exceptional women in STEM.

Latha Nachiyamai

Latha Nachiyamai

Program Manager, Garmin Canada

Latha holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from the UofC. She's passionate about health and wellness and her current role, managing the R&D and integration of biosening into Garmin wearables is a way to bring that passion to work. Throughout her career in high tech, she's seen the value that diversity and inclusion brings to engineering. Latha loves to cook, travel, hike and ski with her family.

Laura Curiel

Laura Curiel

Assistant Professor, Entrepreneur, University of Calgary

An Electronics Engineer that realized early that her passion for learning was stronger than practice, Laura has worked primarily in academia (research institutes and university). Engineering education is a passion of hers, but she also currently is part of a biomed start-up focused on a life-saving device she envisioned after her grandfather passed away.

Laura Mislan

Laura Mislan

Senior Exploitation Engineer, Tundra Oil and Gas

Self-identified builder, entrepreneur and enabler. With a B.Sc in chemical engineering from McGill, her oil and gas career in Calgary has been punctuated with breaks to found other companies including Alberta 66 MTB (mountain bike guiding/coaching) and lithium technology company LiEP Energy Ltd. "We always accomplish more, together."

Nafiseh Dadgostar

Nafiseh Dadgostar

Research Technical Lead, Imperial Oil

PhD graduate from University of Alberta followed by 8 years of experience in energy industry with a focus on R&D, Nafiseh is also an amateur advanced pianist, half-marathon runner and avid hiker.

Nayyara Mandjee

Nayyara Mandjee

Programs Team Lead - Environmental & Property Solutions, Imperial Oil

After being born in France, growing up in the Ivory Coast, and moving to Montreal where she studied Chemical Engineering Nayyara has worked in serveral Canadian cities where she learned to embrace her own diversity while learning about other cultures. She is passionate about returning contaminated sites to productive use, volunteering, and the acquisition of her first puppy!

Sandy Kennedy

Sandy Kennedy

VP, Innovation, Hexagon Autonomy and Positioning

Originally drawn to UofC for its geomatics engineering program and proximity to good ski hills. After completing a B.Sc and M.Sc she has spent 17 fascinating years developing leading edge positioning technology for a diverse, global customer base.

Serene Yew

Serene Yew

Director of Technology, Pixeltree Inc.

Founder of Pixeltree, co-founder of LocalShops.com, and a lead organizer of YYC Dev, Serene is a veteran in today’s software industry. She is passionate about building sustainable mentorship ecosystems, fostering community stewardship within the Calgary tech sector, and helping forward-thinking companies turn their ideas into realities.

 


Regional NSERC Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering

Dr. Laleh Behjat, CWSE Chair (Prairie Region)

Dr. Laleh Behjat, CWSE Chair (Prairie Region)

Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering
University of Calgary

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Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal, CWSE Chair (Atlantic Region)

Dr. Tamara Franz-Odendaal, CWSE Chair (Atlantic Region)

Department of Biology
Mount Saint Vincent University

NSERC Profile

Website

Dr. Eve Langelier, CWSE Chair (Quebec)

Dr. Eve Langelier, CWSE Chair (Quebec)

Department of Mechanical Engineering
Université de Sherbrooke

NSERC Profile

Website

Dr. Shohini Ghose, CWSE Chair (Ontario)

Dr. Shohini Ghose, CWSE Chair (Ontario)

Department of Physics and Computer Science
Wilfrid Laurier University

NSERC Profile

Website

Dr. Lesley Shannon, CWSE Chair (British Columbia and Yukon)

Dr. Lesley Shannon, CWSE Chair (British Columbia and Yukon)

School of Engineering Science
Simon Fraser University

NSERC Profile

Website


Promoting careers for women in the natural sciences and engineering is a priority for NSERC. We are committed to creating a more equitable, diverse and inclusive community by increasing the number of women in these fields and supporting programs like the WISE Planet Early Career Fellows that will nurture training and mentorship opportunities for women to become change leaders in STEM.

Alejandro Adem

President, Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada


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