IEEE Women in Engineering International Leadership Summit (WIE ILS) is here for the first time in Toronto, Canada!

IEEE Canada WIE is delighted to invite you to meet us on September 15thand 16th, 2018 at the Hilton Mississauga Meadowvale and participate in our 2-day summit. With “STEMpowered Leadership” as the theme, the summit aims at inspiring, engaging, and empowering women in STEM.

IEEE WIE International Leadership Summit is launched as a part of IEEE WIE’s portfolio of global initiatives that provide opportunities for networking, mentorship, and collaboration. Past IEEE WIE Summits have been extremely successful and have made an outstanding impact on communities around the globe!

So, what can you expect from the IEEE WIE ILS Toronto’18?

Professional advancement:

The summit will bring together engineers, scientists, politicians, business leaders, entrepreneurs, and social activists to share their perspectives on multiple hot topics in tech and soft-skills topics to facilitate your professional development and career advancement.

Build a wide and global network:

This summit will serve as a networking venue for an international gathering of professionals, researchers, industry leaders, and students. Join us to meet, discuss, learn, share, and create connections that matter!

Become part of one of the IEEE WIE:

You will learn about IEEE WIE and the greater IEEE organization, the benefits of joining, and the available resources for members. You will also discover multiple ways to get involved in a vibrant community, to make a true difference and exercise meaningful leadership skills.

Empower future female leaders and entrepreneurs: 

The summit will host various tracks featuring Leadership, Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and future technologies to help unlock women’s potentials as leaders in tech fields. It will also help them build resilience and self-confidence as they embark on their professional journeys.

IEEE Canada Women In Engineering Group is looking forward to meeting you all!


IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) is one of the largest international professional organizations dedicated to promoting women engineers and scientists, and inspiring girls around the world to follow their academic interests in a career in engineering. With the mission of facilitating the recruitment and retention of women in technical disciplines globally, it envisions a vibrant community of IEEE women and men collectively using their diverse talents to innovate for the benefit of humanity.

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IEEE Canada Women in Engineering (Region 7) group has been established to promote achievements of women professionals in STEM fields, and in particular the engineering fields, across Canada. With an incredible and inspiring group of volunteers from every province of the country, we work together towards supporting and promoting our members’ professional growth and elevation.

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(Graydon Ballroom (Main Floor))
8:30-9:00Summit Opening: Dr. Maike Luiken - Region 7 Director-IEEE Canada President

(Graydon Ballroom (Main Floor))
9:00-10:00Keynote: "Leaders Don’t Journey Alone: Collaborating to achieve greater diversity and inclusion
in the engineering profession for a resilient future"

Jeanette Southwood - Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Strategic Partnerships, Engineers Canada

(Graydon Ballroom (Main Floor))
10:00‐10:30Coffee Break & Exhibits
(Lower Floor)
10:30-12:00IEEE TrackLeadership Track
(Club Studio 3 (Lower Floor))
Future Technologies Track
(Club Studio 1 (Lower Floor))
10:30-11:00"Volunteer Leaders through IEEE:
Volunteer Leadership Training
Program (VoLT) & Center for
Leadership Excellence (CLE)"

Sean Garrity - Territory Account
Manager, Omron Automation,
Americas & IEEE Canada Young
Professionals, Chair

(Garden Studio 1 (Lower Floor))
"How WIE can Lead the
Development of the Next
Educational System"

Witold Kinsner - Professor of
Electrical and Computer
Engineering at the University of
Manitoba, Past President of
IEEE Canada,
and Vice President of
IEEE Educational
"The Changing Nature of the
Workplace and Education"

Sheldon Levy - CEO of NEXT
Canada & Deputy Minister
of Advanced Education and
Skills Development &
Former President of
Ryerson University
11:00-11:30"Inspire, Engage,
and Advance Women
in Engineering"

Saida Maaroufi -
Research Fellow at
Ecole Polytechnique
de Montreal & IEEE
Canada WIE East
Area Chair & IEEE
WIE Montreal

(Garden Studio 2
(Lower Floor))
"Community Outreach
with the IEEE &
Team Buidling
Ship the Chip"

Murray MacDonald -
Principal at
Murray MacDonald
Consulting &
IEEE Canada
Central Area Chair

Garden Studio 1
(Lower Floor))
"IEEE WIE - Excellence in
Community, Education, and
Leadership (Ex.C.E.L.)"

Bozenna Pasik-Duncan -
Professor, University of Kansas &
IEEE Women in
Engineering, Chair
"Technology Innovation for
Improved Public Safety"

Alex Ferworn - Professor
at Ryerson University
11:30-12:00"Why IEEE - A Journey
to discovering IEEE

Amy Pinchuk -
President and
founder of InField
Scientific Inc.

(Garden Studio 2
(Lower Floor))
"Impact with Authentic Leadership"
Haniyeh Yousofpour - Principle
at Proac Consulting Inc, Global
Professional Consultant and
Assistant Professor at
McMaster University
"Creativity in Science and

Emanuel Istrate - Assistant
Professor at Universiy of Toronto
& IEEE Toronto, Past-Chair
12:00-13:00Lunch & Keynote: "Engineering Skills for the Future"
Tom Murad - Country Lead, Engineering, Technology & Academic Relations & Head of
Siemens Canada Engineering and Technology Academy

(Graydon Ballroom (Main Floor))
13:00-14:30"Future of Artificial Intelligence, Future of Our World" Panel
Moderator: Amy Pinchuk, President and founder of InField Scientific Inc.
Tom Murad - Country Lead, Engineering, Technology & Academic Relations &
Head of Siemens Canada Engineering and Technology Academy

Ana Luisa Trejos - Assistant Professor-Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering &
Biomedical Engineering, Western University & Associate Scientist, Canadian Surgical Technologies and
Advanced Robotics, Lawson Health Research Institute

Pooja Viswanathan - Founder, CEO at Braze Mobility Inc.
Marlys L. Koschinsky - Scientific & Executive Director, Roberts Research Institute &
Professor, Department of Physiology & Pharmacology, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry

Adnan Chaudhry - Regional Vice President, Central Canada Power Systems Group,
Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc.

(Graydon Ballroom (Main Floor))
14:30-15:00Coffee Break & Exhibits
(Lower Floor)
15:00-17:00IEEE Track
Young Professionals

(Garden Studio 2
(Lower Floor))
Development Workshops

(Garden Studio 1
(Lower Floor))
Leadership Track
(Club Studio 3 (Lower Floor))
Future Technologies Track
(Club Studio 1 (Lower Floor))
15:00-15:30"How does YP fit/
types of events

Kazu Arai - IEEE Canada
Young Professionals,
Vice Chair
"The Brand Called You
Become Known as the
'go-to' Expert in
Your Field"

Shahab Anari - Multiple
Best-Selling Author,
Speaker, Coach and
"Creating an Environment
that Empowers Innovation
and Creativity"

Farzad Rayegani - Dean of
Applied Technology, Humber
Institute of Technology and
Advanced Learning
"Novel Technologies to Improve
Respiratory Disorders
during Sleep"

Azadeh Yadollahi - Assistant
Professor at Universiy of Toronto
& Scientist at the Toronto
Rehabilitation Institute –
University Health Network
15:30-16:00"IEEE Funding"
Sean Garrity - Territory
Account Manager, Omron
Auomation, Americas &
IEEE Canada Young
Professionals, Chair
"Inclusive Excellence and
Empowered Leadership"

Imogen Coe - Dean of the
Faculty of Science at
Ryerson University , Affiliate
Scientist in the Li Ka Shing
Knowledge Institute,
Keenan Research Centre, at
St. Michael’s Hospital
Panel: "Future of Textile

Moderator: Adriana Ieraci -
Founder, Conveyor Built,
Founder & Director,
GYBO Robotics Network &
Lecturer, University of

Abdul Javaid - Data Scientist,

Debbie Wu - Biosensor
Engineer, Myant

Michelle Zheng - Director
of Industrial Design & UX, Myant

Adrian Straka - Director of
Hardware & Manufacturing,
16:00-16:30"How to Market
Your Events"

Sean Garrity - Territory
Account Manager, Omron
Auomation, Americas &
IEEE Canada Young
Professionals, Chair
"Leadership Lessons –
Key Takeaways"

Katherine Kristoferson -
Research & Development
Engineering Supervisor
at ZTR Control Systems
"Leadership: The Power Within"
Puica Nitu - Managing Director,
First North Energy
16:30-17:00"Academic Leadership:
Finding Your Voice"

Marlys L. Koschinsky - Scientific &
Executive Director, Robarts
Research Institute & Professor,
Department of Physiology &
Pharmacology, Schulich School
of Medicine & Dentistry
"The Harmony of a
Glass of Malbec"

Shahram Sean Yousefi - Professor,
Queen's University and Co-founder,
President, and CEO,
MESH Scheduling Inc.

(Hazel McCallion Ballroom (Main Floor))

(Hazel McCallion Ballroom (Main Floor))
Andrew Maxwell - Chair in Technology Entrepreneurship at Lassonde School of Engineering, York University &
Director Bergeron Entrepreneurs in Science and Technology (BEST)

"Why you will fail to become a successful technology entrepreneur?"

(Hazel McCallion Ballroom (Main Floor))
20:15-21:30Awards Ceremony & Networking

(Hazel McCallion Ballroom (Main Floor))

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