STEM Talks to honour women in science

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An upcoming event at the TELUS World of Science will honour women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and the difference they’re making for future generations.

The STEM Talks take place on Tuesday, October 13 – also known as Ada Lovelace Day, in honour of the 19th Century mathematician famous for her work on the early mechanical computer known as the Analytical Engine.

There will be five speakers at the event representing researchers, scientists, business leaders, and new graduates. CBC Meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe will moderate.

“Diversity is critical to long-term business success,” Janet Kennedy, President of Microsoft Canada and one of the evening’s speakers said in a press release. “Although the representation of women in the technology sector is improving, we still have work to do. I look forward to sharing my personal experience and the work we are doing at Microsoft to attract, retain and promote female talent.”

The event serves as a fundraiser for Science World’s Scientists and Innovators in the Schools program, which supports education programs for youth in regards to the STEM fields.

“B.C. needs strong science and technology leaders,” said Dr. Sandy Eix, Science Learning Lead for Science World British Columbia in the release. “Not only does this event align with our mission, but it celebrates the significant contributions that women are making in STEM careers and we hope that it will inspire more women to pursue such careers.”

The event will feature an interactive partner forum, speaker presentations and discussion, followed by a meet-and-greet reception, catered by Culinary Capers with drinks provided by Parallel 49 Brewing and Road 13 Vineyards.

The five speakers will be:

  • Dr. Amiee Chan – President and CEO of Norstat International, Inc.
  • Dr. Elizabeth Croft – Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, UBC and former NSERC Chair For Women In Science And Engineering (BC/Yukon)
  • Dr. Jennifer Gardy – Senior Scientist, Molecular Epidemiology, BC Centre for Disease Control
  • Janet H. Kennedy – President of Microsoft Canada
  • Genevieve L’Esperance – Graduate of McGill University with BSc join in Computer Science and Biology

STEM Talks

When: Tuesday, October 13; 6:15 to 10 p.m.

Where: TELUS World of Science – 1455 Quebec Sreett, Vancouver

Price: $25 or $35 for VIP

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