After graduating from the Schulich School of Engineering with a master’s in electrical engineering, Jennifer spent 10 years at TRTech, supporting industry with in-house research, academic resources, and government support. During these early years of her career, Jennifer gained a deeper understanding of the importance of diversity in STEM.
Jennifer took on a leadership role in this area, hiring on as a consultant with Schulich to develop its five-year strategic plan—Energizing Engineering Leadership. She guided the faculty in setting one of its key priorities: a welcoming, diverse community of learners and educators.
Since her work with the university, she has held several technology-focused consulting and advisory roles, including 2 years as a fulltime technology advisor submitting and defending SR&ED claims, and most recently helping launch UCalgary start-up DESTINE Health Inc., where she is currently a board member. At DESTINE, Jennifer stepped in as CEO of the all-female team of inventors, securing early funding, winning a social innovation pitch award and successfully completing PLATFORM Calgary’s Junction training program for entrepreneurs.
Jennifer often speaks to students, sharing openly about her experiences and challenges as an engineer and parent in a dual-working household. She is thrilled to be part of the WISE Planet team, helping with program development, network formation and execution.