Date(s) - Mar 21st - Mar 22nd
Metro Toronto Convention Centre – South Building
About The Event
The WISE National Conference is an annual event gathering science and engineering students from all across Canada for two days packed with enrichment. This will be the third year for the conference and will feature inspirational leaders with scientific and engineering backgrounds covering a wide variety of topics including personal and professional development. Our keynote speakers, panels, workshops, and competitions are designed to build the potentials of attending delegates.
Attending delegates will have the opportunity to hear influential success stories from scientific and engineering leaders, including insightful topics such as work-life balance and building impactful relationships.
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|Saturday – March 21||Event||Sunday – March 22||Event|
|10:30 – 11:30am||Registration||9:00am – 12:00pm||Case Competition|
|11:30 – 12:00pm||Opening Ceremonies||12:00 – 1:00pm||Keynote|
|12:00pm – 1:00pm||Opening Keynote||1:00 – 2:00pm||Lunch + Career Fair|
|1:00pm – 2:30pm||Lunch + Poster Competition||2:00 – 3:30pm||Workshop 1/2/3/4|
|2:30pm – 4:00pm||Panel||3:30 – 5:00pm||Workshop 1/2/3/4|
|4:00pm – 5:00pm||Fireside Chat||5:00 – 6:00pm||Closing Keynote|
|5:00pm – 6:00pm||Keynote||6:00 – 6:15pm||Closing Remarks|
|6:00pm – 7:00pm||
Hors d’oeuvre reception
Wilfred Laurier University
|Subsidies available for 15 email@example.com|
University of Western Ontario
|$50 subsidies firstname.lastname@example.org|
University of Waterloo,
|$50 subsidies for up to 20 Waterloo Engineering email@example.com|
University of Ottawa
|60% subsidies for 16 firstname.lastname@example.org|
|100% subsidies for all students email@example.com|
|University of Toronto Engineering||
George Brown College A native of Toronto, Anne Sado has been President of George Brown College since 2004. Anne had a very successful career at Bell Canada prior to joining the college, holding increasingly senior positions across a range of disciplines including engineering, operations, customer service, finance and business planning.Beyond her leadership at the college, she is Chair of ORION, Chair of Polytechnics Canada and past chair of Trillium Health Centre. She also sits on many other not for profit boards, which have given her a 360-degree perspective of the social and economic challenges facing the GTA. Anne was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in June 2013. She has also recently been recognized as a YWCA Woman of Distinction and inducted into WXN’s Hall of Fame as one of Canada’ s Most Powerful Women.Anne holds an MBA from the University of Toronto as well as a Bachelor of Applied Science in Engineering. Anne was also awarded a Doctor of Laws, honoris causa, from the University of Toronto in June 2011.
|Cynthia Goh Cynthia Goh is Professor at the Department of Chemistry, the Institute of Medical Science, the Munk School of Global Affairs, and Director of the Impact Centre at the University of Toronto. She received her PhD from the University of California at Los Angeles, and carried out postdoctoral fellowships at Columbia University and the University of California, Berkeley, prior to taking a faculty position at the University of Toronto.Professor Goh’s interest in the education of scientist-entrepreneurs led her to introduce a non-credit series in 2004, which led to what is now known as Entrepreneurship101 at MaRS, the flagship entrepreneur training program of the MaRS Discovery District, with thousands registered attendees annually. In 2010, she introduced Techno, a one-month intensive training program specifically geared for university scientists intending to build a tech-based company. Techno2010 to 2014 have led to the creation of over 70 start-ups based on the results of scientific research, many of which now have sales and follow-on funding.|
|Diane Freeman Diane Freeman is a Professional Engineer and Fellow of Engineers Canada. Diane is a manager with Conestoga-Rovers & Associates Limited and a Councilor for the City of Waterloo. In 2010-2011 Diane served as the President of Professional Engineers Ontario.Diane is a board member with the Association of Municipalities of Ontario, Grand River Hospital, Engineers Canada, the Ontario College of Veterinarians and the Air and Waste Management Association.Diane received the 2009 KW Oktoberfest Rogers professional women of the year award; a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal; and a Leading Woman Building Communities Award from the Ontario Woman’s Directorate. |
|Craig H Craig is the CEO of Bitmaker Labs, Canada’s largest coding bootcamp where 92% of full-time graduates end up with a new career in the tech industry within 3 months of graduating their 2-3 month programs. He is an Advisory Board Member at Venture for Canada, an Advisor to Teach for Canada, and is a guest lecturer at Ivey Business School. Previously he was employee #52 at Uber, worked in Ontario/Canadian politics, and co-chaired the inaugural TEDxUWO. He spends a lot of his time helping early stage Canadian startups navigate regulations, raise money, and scale.|
|Karl Martin Karl Martin is the CEO and founder of Nymi (formerly known as Bionym). His passion lies in building things — things that surprise, delight, and make you do a double take. Nymi is creating the first wearable biometric authenticator, known as the Nymi Band, which has gained worldwide attention, being covered in Wired, Popular Science, The New York Times, BBC, The Economist, Forbes, and many others. In 2014, Nymi raised a $14 million Series A investment, led by Ignition Partners and Relay Ventures. Karl holds a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Toronto.|
|Emilie Cushman Emilie loves to engage and connect. Her background in social enterprise and micro-finance taught her the value of helping people achieve their goals while challenging the norm. Since graduating from Windsor’s Odette School of Business and Canada’s Next 36 Entrepreneurial Institute at the University of Toronto, Emilie is blazing the trail to disrupt university admissions for the better having co-founded the tech startup Kira Talent, a digital assessments platform that allows you to assess thousands of university applicants using timed video and written responses. As Co-Founder of Kira Talent, Emilie handles sales, team performance, fundraising and stakeholder relations. Kira Talent, a venture-backed startup led by prominent investors including Relay Ventures, Roger Martin, Gary Slaight, Tony Lacavera and David Shaw, has recently been named one of Canada’s Top 25 Up and Coming Startups. From her time in social enterprise and now with Kira Talent, Emilie was recently named the HSBC Women Leader of Tomorrow and one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network.|
|Lauren FrieseLauren Friese is the founder of TalentEgg.ca, Canada’s leading online career resource for students and recent graduates.Lauren started TalentEgg in 2008, after receiving her master’s degree at the London School of Economics. She also attended Queen’s University and has worked in consulting and financial services in the UK.Lauren has been recognized by PROFIT Magazine as one of the Top 30 Entrepreneurs Under 30 in Canada, by Women’s Executive Network as Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100, and TalentEgg was awarded Best Business in the 2012 Canadian Youth Business Foundation Chairman’s Awards.|
|Dr. Joshua Liu Dr. Joshua Liu is a physician turned entrepreneur who believes that the future of healthcare depends on the intersection of design, data and technology. He is the co-founder & CEO of SeamlessMD, a healthcare technology company advancing patient care in surgery using mobile & web technology. Joshua is a Startup Advisor to Northeastern University, and has been named a Forbes 30 Under 30 in Healthcare and Canadian Top 20 Under 20.|
|Caroline Charter Caroline provides visionary leadership and direction for systems and business processes. She recently joined Microsoft and currently holds the position GM of Operations at Microsoft responsible for the Latin American Operational Centre as well as holding global responsibility for IT systems management and order entry quality across the operation centers globally. Prior to Microsoft Caroline held the position of Vice President within Worldwide Alliance & Channels Operations at Oracle Corporation. In 2013 she was recognized as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women in the Corporate Executive Category. In 2014 she was nominated for the Premiers Award in Ontario recognizing her contributions to the industry. Caroline regularly speaks around the world to diverse groups of women, individuals & organizations including the University of Miami, The Federated Press, WXN, and Microsoft Women in Technology.|
| Jennifer Christie Territory Sales ManagerJohn Deere Canada ULC
Jennifer defies our perception of the typical farmer. While working full-time, she still proudly calls her family’s 6th generation farm home and is as comfortable on the tractor, as she is in the boardroom. Prior to her current role as a Territory Sales Manager with John Deere, Jennifer was the Canadian promotions lead for the global equipment leader. She has established relationships with many producers, and is a strong advocate for youth, women and the agriculture industry. Jennifer is establishing a women’s agri-business network in Southern Ontario, is a director for 4-H Canada, and co-founded the Canadian Agri-Business Education Foundation. Selected one of 2013 Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network and The National Post, Jennifer has an Executive MBA from the Ivey School of Business at Western University.
Huda is a problem-solver with a passion for efficiency. She has a background in Human Factors Engineering from the University of Toronto and lives to build products people love. She heads up design at Wealthsimple, the smarter, simpler way for Canadians to invest their savings. Prior to Wealthsimple, Huda jumpstarted the design team at Wattpad and led the invoicing and accounting products at Wave Accounting
Presented by: Accenture and General Electric
“Know Thyself”: Career Mapping 101
“What do you want to do?” – by this point you’re all familiar with this question. But how about:
Join Meredith Keenan in this interactive workshop, as she has guides you through a an exercise that will help you better understand yourself, and in turn, be better prepared for opportunities ahead.
Meredith is the Organization & Talent Development Manager for GE Canada. Throughout her vast Human Resources career, she’s gained experience in labour relations, compensation & benefits, succession planning, and leadership development.
The session will look at how to be an effective team player while, at the same time, being recognized as an individual. We will first look at the characteristics of effective teams and then at how you can be both a team player and a team leader. The session will be participative, drawing on your lived experiences to analyze and to develop behavioral guidelines for effective team membership. We will conclude with all of us making action commitments.
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Social Innovation Case Competition
The Social Innovation Case Competition will be held on the second day of the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) National Conference, March 22, 2015. This competition will explore the combination of social, technological, cultural, and environmental aspects of a problem in proposing an efficient and effective solution that meets the needs of the target market.
Each team will have 2 days to prepare. The team members will then present their solution to a group of 3 judges from different entrepreneurial and technological backgrounds. Once they pass the first round, they will present their proposed solution to a team of 12 judges.
The winner of the competition will receive $1,000 in cash.
– Teams are allowed to have a minimum of 2 members and a maximum of 4 members
– Only one member from the team is required to register for the competition. This member will be the key contact for the team
– All individuals participating in the competition must register to the conference
– Don’t have a partner? Join the facebook group https://www.facebook.com/groups/874238592619673/ to meet other individuals interested in finding partners!
For delegates coming from outside Toronto and requiring accommodation, WISE has reserved a number of suites at the Residence Inn Toronto Downtown: http://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/yyztd-residence-inn-toronto-downtown-entertainment-district/
The studio suites are equipped with 1 King bed and a sofa bed and accommodates four delegates. The rate per night is $129 + 13% HST + 2.66% DMP. This equates to $75 per person for a two night stay in a studio with three other individuals.
Please fill out the following form before the March 6th cut-off date to guarantee a room. (Note: Room reservation is guaranteed upon buying a conference ticket)
After March 6th cut-off date, rooms are not guaranteed but may be available depending on reservations.