WES’ mission is to create an engaging space to discuss issues and explore practical strategies toward inclusion and retention of females in the profession. We strongly believe women engineers and geoscientists must be valued, respected and recognized for their contributions to the field, ensuring women remain in the profession until retirement. Men and women are welcomed to attend.
program WES 2018
Registration and continental breakfast
7:30AM - 8:15AM
registrar: andrea panzeter, P.eng.
Welcome, Opening Keynote and imax film showing
8:15AM - 9:00AM | "Keynote: Ilya Espino de Marotta, Executive VP Engineering and Program Management for the Panama Canal Authority"
Ilya Espino de Marotta led the Panama Canal Expansion Project as Executive Vice-President of Engineering for the Panama Canal Authority. Marotta was appointed to the role in 2012 and was the first woman in the history of the Panama Canal Authority to hold the role. Marotta said that some male colleagues questioned her appointment and is quoted as saying, "I wear the pink hard-hat to make a statement that a woman can do this job." Marotta describes the Panama Canal Expansion project as "a dream job for any engineer". Ilya has been in Canada only once before, she visited Halifax, Nova Scotia. Now she is pleased to visit Edmonton, Alberta for the first time to share her message of hope for equitable engineering careers for men and women.
Interview with Ilya Espino de Marotta
9:00AM - 9:45AM | "IMAX Film - Dream Big: Engineering Our World"
Telus World of Science is pleased to kick-off WES 2018 with a complimentary showing of the IMAX movie Dream Big: Engineering Our World. Our registered WES 2018 attendees are welcome to bring any children in their family to the movie for free. Dream Big reveals the compassion and creativity that drive engineers to create better lives for people and a more sustainable future for us all. This is a MacGillivray Freeman film in partnership with the American Society of Civil Engineers, and presented by Bechtel Corporation.
Dream Big Trailer | Kids Reaction to Dream Big Film
workshop session 1 | 10:00AM - 11:15AM | "Employment Strategies that get RESULTS" | Karen Carleton, M.Ed., M.Sc.
Career progression of most women is not a linear path. Most women likely have maternity leave gaps, part-time work or other breaks in their work record. How can I customize my resume if I have gaps? How could a customized cover letter, networking, or new job search tactics increase my chances for an interview? How do I side-step inappropriate interview questions? Gaining job application know-how and learning how to strategically market your value to employers will
help you land a great position. Leave with a Job Seekers Guide that has helped many professional engineers secure employment over the past year.
workshop session 2 | 11:15AM - 12:15PM | "How to Support your Tribe – Awareness and Behavioral Change" | Susan Urra, P.Eng, PMP, MBA
Human beings are psychologically wired to be drawn to like-minded individuals to form a group. These 'tribal connections' provide belonging, understanding, support for common goals, and a clear common purpose. This session explores how cooperative and collaborative behaviour can help to eliminate feelings of isolation that drives many female engineers to change career paths or remove themselves from the engineering world. We will discover strategies that raise awareness and promote 'strength in numbers' from female and male colleagues alike, in the workplace and from the community.
BOX Lunch with interactive fireside chat | 12:15PM - 1:10PM | "Fireside Chat: How to Ask for a Promotion" | Claudia Gomez-Villeneuve, P.Eng, M.Eng., PMP, ACG
One of the key motivators for women to stay in the engineering profession is the ability to win salary raises and promotions at work. Research shows women often ask for raises and promotions but are less likely to receive them, compared to men. This fireside chat will capture the very creative ways in which women and men have achieved promotions and raises at work.
workshop session 3 | 1:10 PM - 2:25 PM | "Targets for Women in Engineering - Employment Equity Policies" | Martha Vega-Smith, P.Eng, DTM
The number of women choosing engineering careers is on the rise. This sounds great, doesn't it? It would be better if more women stayed in the profession pipeline, and made it a long-term career. Unfortunately the “leaky pipeline” is a reality. What support would be needed to encourage more women to remain motivated and vested in an engineering path? Permit holding companies should be asking themselves this important business question. This session explores the concept of 'Hiring Quotas' vs 'Diversity Targets' and review the pros and cons of implementing them (whether voluntary or mandatory), by looking at case studies.
YOGA BREAK in the grass | 2:15 PM - 2:40 PM | Join our guest yoga instructor in relaxation techniques. Meet behind the Telus World of Science.
workshop session 4 | 2:40 PM - 3:55 PM | "Inter-Gender Communication for Professional Men and Women" | Diana Ionescu, P.Eng, NLPC
Today’s workplace is the melting pot where at least two genders, four generations and a dozen cultures melt together to creatively enable performance and professionalism. This session will employ academia research, Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP™) and a wealth of experience to bring you a practical guide on how to become a better communicator. This session is particularly crafted for both professionals who function in technical design, construction, sales and customer service environments, and want to enhance their rapport-building skills.
Presentation and EXPERT PANEL DISCUSSION | 3:55 PM - 4:30 PM | "Engineers Canada's 30 by 30 Initiative: The Tipping Point We Need" | Connie Parenteau, P.Eng. Panel: TBA.
Engineers Canada is the national organization of the provincial and territorial associations, such as APEGA in Alberta, that regulate the practice of engineering in Canada. Engineers Canada's 30 by 30 initiative has a goal of raising the percentage of newly licensed engineers who are women, to 30 percent by the year 2030. Our panel discussion will explore how we can achieve this sustainable tipping point, from the current 17% to 30%, by finding existing women graduates and help them return to the profession.
VIP presentation and networking cocktail | 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM | "Closing Ceremony and Celebration of our Summit's Goals"
Come meet our VIP guests from industry and academia while mingling with your fellow Summit attendees, just outside the IMAX theatre. There will be door prizes and lights snacks. Remember to sign the Women in Engineering Summit 2018 Declaration supporting the 30 by 30 Initiative (Engineers Canada). First Toast by: Alan Nursall, CEO TELUS World of Science.