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Tuesday, November 8 • 08:00 - 15:00
1st symposium on “Achieving Diversity in STEM, Advancing Innovation,/ 1er Colloque sur «Concrétiser la diversité en STEM ; promouvoir l'innovation »

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Organized by Dr. Imogen Coe, Ryerson University

Science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in Canada has a diversity problem. STEM education and careers are overwhelming white, male and middle-class. In 2014, StatsCan reported that only 22% of Canadians working in STEM were female. Participation in STEM education and careers by other under-represented groups (such as people with disabilities, First Nations, Metis and Indigenous Peoples) is even lower. Significant challenges to full equity, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) in STEM still exist in Canada and are barriers to innovation and economic development.  This mini-symposium will identify barriers, look at best practices in other parts of the world and make evidence-based recommendations for policy initiatives that will promote EDI in STEM in Canada.

Moderators
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Dorothy Byers

Dorothy Byers is an educator with 40 years of experience in Ontario schools. In her most recent role as Head of School at St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School, a not-for-profit independent school for girls in Oakville, ON, Dorothy, found her passion: nurturing and supporting STEM programs for girls. Prior to SMLS, she was a teacher and administrator in the Peel District School Board. Recently retired, Dorothy now has the time to fiercely promote... Read More →
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Imogen Coe

founding Dean of the Faculty of Science, Professor, Ryerson University
Dr. Imogen Coe is the founding Dean of the Faculty of Science, Professor at Ryerson University, one of Canada's Best Diversity Employers for 2016.  In addition to being a research scientist and academic leader, Dr. Coe is known nationally and internationally as leader in the field of supporting and promoting diversity in science and written and spoken on the issue on numerous occasions in diverse venues such as TEDx and the Huffington Post.

Speakers
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Kristin Baetz

Dr. Kristin Baetz is a Canada Research Chair in Chemical and Functional Genomics, Director of the Ottawa Institute of Systems Biology at uOttawa, President of the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences, mother of two,  who spends a lot of time wondering why she is so often the only woman in the room at work.   
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Jennifer Flanagan

CEO and co-Founder, Actua
Jennifer Flanagan is CEO and co-Founder of Actua, a national youth STEM outreach charity that has been working with millions of youth across Canada for the past twenty years to build innovation capacity. Actua's focus is on the engagement of under-represented audiences through national programs to engage Indigenous youth, girls and young women and other under-served youth. Jennifer has significant expertise in gender equity issues and she... Read More →
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Gabrielle Genereux

Student, Carleton University
Gabrielle Genereux is a 3rd year Carleton University student studying Software Engineering and is a proud advocate for STEM education in youth.   She has been involved in FIRST Robotics for the last 6 years; initially as a student, then transitioning into an alumni and finally as mentor.  This has given her a well rounded view of the program from all sides. She is currently a business and software mentor for the Ottawa West... Read More →
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Emily Haws

Student, Carleton University
Emily Haws is a fourth year journalism student at Carleton University. She started with FIRST in 2011 in the FRC program (FIRST Team 1305) and is a FIRST Dean's List Finalist for 2013. She has been a part of the FLL program for four years, and has mentored FLL Junior, organized 1305s Lego Robotics Club, and was a Core Values Judge last year at the North Bay Qualifying Tournament. This is her second year mentoring business, awards and FLL for Team... Read More →
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Jeremy Kerr

President, Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution
Jeremy Kerr is the President of the Canadian Society for Ecology and Evolution and holds a research chair in Macroecology and Conservation at the University of Ottawa, where he is also a strong advocate for diversity.
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Annika Pint

Annika Pint is an educator with 16 years of experience teaching science and mathematics in Ontario and abroad. In her current role asFIRST Robotics Administrator at the Toronto District School Board, she supports the implementation of STEM programming and 21st century learning through the integration of coding and robotics into the curriculum and the formation of FIRST robotics teams at elementary and secondary schools. In her previous role as... Read More →
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Marisa Sterling

First Assistant Dean Inclusivity and Diversity, York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering
Marisa Sterling is an accomplished chemical engineer and the first Assistant Dean Inclusivity and Diversity at York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering. She is an advocate for women and youth, serving as President and Chair at the Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education.
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Liette Vasseur

Liette Vasseur is a full professor in Biological Sciences, a member of the Environmental Sustainability Research Centre, and the UNESCO Chair on Community Sustainability: from Local to global at Brock University.


Tuesday November 8, 2016 08:00 - 15:00
Room 212

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