WiRE Networking Meet-ups

Compelling Presenters. Welcoming Environment. Women Only.

Join discussions that focus on building skills and networks for jobs and roles in the energy sector. WiRE meet-ups present a welcoming and casual opportunity to meet peers, share ideas and opportunities, and educate colleagues about projects and initiatives of interest to the group. All women working in a field related to renewable energy are invited, as are students and developing professionals who are looking for perspectives on joining the renewable energy sector. 

Toronto Networking Meet-Up (Women Only)

Featured Speaker: Reena Goyal, Senior Counsel, Independent Electricity System Operator of Ontario (IESO)

Reena Goyal is a lawyer and currently the Senior Advisor to the CEO at the Independent Electricity System Operator of Ontario (IESO). In her many roles to date, Reena applies her expertise to support a range of enterprise-wide matters including supporting the IESO's executive leadership team, liaising with stakeholders, developing corporate strategy, and managing the market rule amendment process including for the IESO's Market Renewal initiative. Prior to joining the IESO, Reena worked for a number of years as a litigation and dispute resolution lawyer with two major national law firms and a litigation boutique, appearing before various provincial tribunals and all levels of court in Ontario.

Reena has a Master in Laws (L.L.M.) in Energy and Infrastructure Law from Osgoode Hall Law School.  She also holds a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of Toronto Law School, and an Honours BA in Philosophy, Political Science and Ethics, Society and Law from Trinity College at the University of Toronto. Reena is a Steering Committee member with Women in Energy Canada (WIECan) and a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada In-House Corporate Counsel Roundtable."

Date: Wednesday June 20, 2018 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Location: Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP,199 Bay Street Suite 4000, Toronto ON M5L 1A9
Cost: $10

Calgary Networking Meet-Up (Women Only)


Featured Speaker:  Minister Sandra Jansen, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Calgary-North and the Minister for Infrastructure

Sandra Jansen is the first female Minister of Infrastructure in Alberta and MLA for Calgary-North West in her second term. She was a journalist for 23 years, including 10 years as a national news anchor for CTV News.  

Minister Jansen is a Member of the Economic Development Policy Ministerial Committee and her most recent Legislative accomplishments include being responsible for creating Alberta’s first disability advocate.

In 2016, she was named by Alberta Venture Magazine as one of Alberta’s 50 most influential people and by Chatelaine as one of "the 18 Canadian women who blew our minds." She was also included in the Famous Five Foundation’s “Women Belong” campaign, and was made a honourary member of the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (ACWS).  

As the former Associate Minister, Family & Community Safety in 2013, she released the province’s first domestic violence framework and assembled the province’s first round table on sexual violence supports.

Minister Jansen has a Master’s Degree in Professional Communication and is an acrylic artist in her spare time.  She has donated most of her artwork to the many charities she supports including the United Way.

Date: Wednesday June 27, 2018, 5:30 - 7:30 pm
Location: Gowling WLG, 421 7 Ave SW #1600, Calgary, AB T2P 4K9
Cost: FREE

GTHA Networking Meet-Up (Women Only)

Featured Speaker:  Biba Dimitrievska, Vice President of Customer Care, Survalent

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As the Vice President of Customer Care at Survalent, Biba oversees the company’s technical support and training departments. Her field experience with installation and commissioning of SurvalentONE applications aids in her current role where she works with her teams to develop customer course schedules and content, and help utilities solve issues to keep their networks running optimally.

Biba joined Survalent in 2007 as the General Manager of Survalent Europe and was responsible for overseeing the European office and expanding the company’s regional presence.  Prior to Survalent, she was the Automation Department Manager at ELTEK doo with a hands-on role in system design, substation automation solutions and project delivery.  Biba holds an MBA from the University of Minnesota, and has a Bachelor of Science as an Electrical Engineer in Automation and Computer Science from the University of St. Cyril and Methodius in Macedonia.

Survalent invites WiRE guests to a live demo of Survalent’s ADMS platform in action in the company’s state-of-the-art Customer Solution Center.  Dramatic changes to power sources and location, technology, customer expectations, and weather patterns require technological solutions to enable a better managed, more efficient smart grid -- one that is complex and has bi-directional power flow. For utilities, these challenges can be addressed through the implementation of an advanced distribution management system (ADMS).

By integrating the systems utilities rely upon into a single solution, an ADMS provides quick access to accurate information and all of the functionality needed to: monitor and operate the network; balance power generation and distribution, and optimize asset use; identify outages and restore power quickly and efficiently; improve communication with all stakeholders. 

Join Survalent as it announces its commitment to the EHRC Leadership Accord for Gender Diversity, strengthening their dedication for women in leadership positions. 

Date: Wednesday July 4, 2018 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Location: Survalent, 7965 Heritage Road, Brampton, Ontario, L6Y 5X5
Cost: $10

Toronto 20/20 Catalyst Networking Meet-Up (Women Only)

Featured Speaker:  Cherie L. Brant, Practice Group Chair - First Nations/Native American, Dickinson Wright LLP

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Cherie Brandt has a commercial real estate, renewable energy and Aboriginal law practice. Cherie provides strategic counsel to several First Nations and industry clients seeking to develop projects with First Nations and to understand and address Aboriginal rights and interests. Cherie has been named one of Lexpert magazine’s Rising Stars, Leading Lawyers Under 40.

As a member of Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte and with family from Wikwemikong First Nation on Manitoulin Island, Cherie brings a profound understanding of the opportunities and challenges that both Indigenous people and Industry proponents face in carrying out resource, infrastructure and economic development in Canada.

Cherie completed the first 100% First Nation owned windpower project in Ontario and is active in providing both on-going advocacy for renewable energy development proponents. As lead counsel to the First Nations Energy Alliance (a consortium of twenty First Nations) on the Integrated Power System Plan review before the Ontario Energy Board, her counsel was instrumental in promoting Aboriginal participation models for renewable energy procurement.

Dickinson Wright is a general practice business law firm with more than 400 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has seventeen offices in Michigan, Ohio, Florida, Kentucky, Tennessee, Texas, Nevada, Arizona, Washington D.C., and Toronto.

Thank you to event partners 20/20 Catalysts Program and the Aboriginal Apprenticeship Board of Ontario AABO

Date: Wednesday July 25, 2018 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Location: Dickinson Wright LLP, 199 Bay Street, Suite 2200, Toronto ON M5L 1G4
Cost: $10

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