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Friday, November 3 • 13:30 - 15:00
104 – “Missing Numbers”: How girls and women can help solve Canada's innovation crisis/ « Nombres manquants » : comment les jeunes filles et les femmes peuvent contribuer à la résolution de la crise en matière d’innovation au Canada

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Panel Organizers: Teddy Katz and Dr. Betsy McGregor  | SHAD

“Missing Numbers” will explore how Canada can rethink its policies to more fully equip and empower girls and women to help solve its innovation crisis over the next 50 years. Despite Canada’s impressive resources, our country falls short in punching above its weight as a global leader solving the compelling challenges the world currently faces.

Through powerful personal stories of ‘Trail-blazers’ and ‘Path-makers’, this panel will shed light on hurdles still confronting some of Canada’s best and brightest girls and women in STEMM – and some policy strategies to close the gender gap, strengthen diversity and achieve inclusiveness in firing up Canada’s innovation performance.

A survey by Microsoft found young girls in Europe become interested in STEM subjects around 11 but then lose interest at around 15. A couple of the issues noted were a lack of female role models in STEM subjects, a need for mentors and a need for more hands-on STEM experiences inside and outside the classroom.

SHAD is a case study that meets this challenge head-on in Canada. Mentoring 16,000 young Canadians over 37 years in its summer programs on university campuses nationally, SHAD has produced 32 Rhodes Scholars and multiple Science Fair winners.  Close to 60 percent of its participants the past 3 years have been girls. The majority go on to study STEM in university.
“Missing Numbers” SHAD panel includes four up-and-coming ‘Pathmakers’ and SHAD students - or Fellows as they’re known - Emily Cross, Winnica Beltrano, Amanda Adam and Bethel Samson.  Their stories speak powerfully to persisting bias, hurdles of race and obstacles in rural and remote communities. Equally, each speaks to solutions, inspiring mentors and a shared optimism for a future where their energy and talent can reach its full potential.  

‘Trailblazer’ Melanie Martin, Professor of Physics who is forging a career at the frontier of MRI technology, will address opportunities and challenges girls face entering careers in STEM and address what Canada needs to do more of to foster more diversity in groups of researchers to make scientific breakthroughs.  Erin Engelhardt is a patent agent and the program director of SHAD at Carleton University. As a patent agent, Erin positions Canadian inventors and small companies for success through strategic development of their patent portfolios. Erin’s ‘Shadditude’ formula reaches for a vision of inclusiveness that inspires.

‘Trailblazer’ Paulina Cameron a Director of Futurpreneur in BC and the Yukon will speak to coding, mentorship and global issues and challenges where Canada could become a leader with a strengthened role for girls and women at the frontiers of innovation. First Nation engineer and professor Sarah Gauthier grounds her presentation in the reality of being a breakthrough leader in her community. She raises our sights to actions embedded in the Truth and Reconciliation Report and shines light on the unmet power of matching Canada’s ‘Western Science’ with respect and learning from Indigenous and Local Systems of Knowledge.

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Dr. Betsy McGregor

Founder and Facilitator (Global Leader in Advancement of Youth and Women), McGregor Leadership
Dr. Elizabeth (Betsy) McGregor is a global thought leader in the fields of science policy, ethics, gender and youth leadership. A former Fellow of the Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard Medical School where she coordinated an international working group on science and ethics, Dr... Read More →

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Amanda Adam

High School Student, Member of 771 All Girls Robotics Team, Student Leader of her school’s STEMR Department, St. Mildred’s- Lightbourn School
Amanda Adam is a Grade 11 academic student at St. Mildred’s- Lightbourn School in Oakville, Ontario. Amanda is the incoming elected student leader of her school's STEMR (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, and Robotics) department, the Co-Lead and Co-Founder of her school's... Read More →
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Winnica Beltrano

University Student, Canada-Wide Science Fair Award Winner, University of Calgary
Winnica is a second-year student at the University of Calgary who loves keeping herself busy with the world around her. As an out-of-province student from Winnipeg pursuing a Bachelor of Health Sciences in Biomedical Science, Winnica finds enjoyment in exploring different regions... Read More →
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Paulina Cameron

Expert Panel on Youth Employment, Director, Futurpreneur BC
Paulina in an impact-driven leader. She is the Director for BC & Yukon at Futurpreneur Canada- a national NPO providing early stage resources, mentorship, and financing to startup entrepreneurs aged 18-39. Paulina also currently serves on the Government of Canada’s Expert Panel... Read More →
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Emily Cross

High School Student, Canada-Wide Science Fair Award Winner
Emily is an internationally recognized youth researcher, science mentor and public speaker whose research focus is geoscience.  She has won over 30 science awards and medals, including The Sigma Xi Society global High School Geoscience Medal, American Geoscience Institute Special... Read More →
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Erin Engelhardt

Program Director of SHAD, Carleton University
Erin Engelhardt is a patent agent and the program director of SHAD at Carleton University. As a patent agent, Erin positions Canadian inventors and small companies for success through strategic development of their patent portfolios. In her spare time, Erin loves to make, learn... Read More →
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Sarah Gauthier

Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan
Sarah Gauthier is a professional engineer who has spent her career focused in the areas of water resources, water treatment, and the environment. She is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Civil, Geological, and Environmental Engineering at the University of Saskatchewan... Read More →
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Dr. Melanie Martin

Professor of Physics, University of Winnipeg
Dr. Melanie Martin graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Physics from University of Manitoba. She then went on to obtain an MS, MPhil and a PhD in Applied Physics and Biomedical Engineering from Yale University. She was a postdoctoral scholar and an associate scientist in Biology at Caltech... Read More →
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Bethel Samson

International Baccalaureate Program High School Student – Summer intern, Megbare Senay Hospital and Addis Ababa University of Pharmacy (SHAD 2017)
Bethel Samson is a grade 11 student at Colonel By Secondary School in the International Baccalaureate Diplomat Program.  Over the past few years, she has competed and consistently won a variety of math and physics contests, and leads the math club and debate clubs at her school... Read More →

Friday November 3, 2017 13:30 - 15:00 EDT
GATINEAU – ROOM 205/207 Shaw Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr, Ottawa, ON K1N 9J2