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. 

Edmonton Networking Meet-Up (Women Only)

Featured Speaker: Dr. Maureen Kolla, Manager, Clean Power and Heat , Alberta Innovates, Clean Energy


Dr. Maureen Kolla, Manager of Clean Power and Heat within the Clean Energy Division of Alberta Innovates, is responsible for leading initiatives, developing partnerships, evaluating technologies, and managing projects ranging from applied research to technology demonstration. She works closely with industry, technology developers, government, and other stakeholders to advance clean energy technologies to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and diversify Alberta’s economy.

Maureen is an avid outdoor enthusiast and an accomplished skier, hiker, and cyclist. When not working, you will often find her seeking adventure in the mountains. Maureen has a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alberta and received her M.Sc. and Ph.D. from Ryerson University. 

Date: Tuesday April 24, 2018 5:00PM - 7:00PM
Location: The Common 9910 109 St NW, Edmonton, AB
Cost: FREE

Vancouver Networking Meet-Up (Women Only)

Featured Speaker: Meredith Sargent, VP Commercial Performance for Surespan

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Meredith Sargent has practiced as a lawyer specializing in the engineering and construction industry, consulted in risk management and project management processes and directly managed procurement operations for an EPC technology contractor.  

Meredith has over 25 years' experience developing and negotiating project contracts, managing claims processes and resolving disputes.  Meredith has provided legal services to all sectors of the construction industry while in private practice, has consulted to BC Transmission Corporation and BC Hydro Transmission Engineering between 2007 and 2010 on project risk management and project commercial management processes, and now combines an in-house lawyer role with VP Commercial Performance for Surespan, a construction contractor working in renewable energy, specifically on Wind Energy and Hydro projects. 

Date: Thursday May 3, 2018 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Location: Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, 595 Burrard Street, Suite 2600, Three Bentall Centre, Vancouver, BC V7X 1L3
Cost: FREE

Ottawa Networking Meet-Up (Women Only)

Renewable Energy Documentary & Networking Night: The Breakthrough in Renewable Energy (VPRO Documentary)

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View The Breakthrough in Renewable Energy (VPRO Documentary) with colleagues and discuss! Description: "It’s not in the papers but a silent revolution is moving across the world. Renewable energy is becoming cheaper than fossil fuels. It means that progressively the choice for wind and solar energy is no longer an ethical one but an economic one. And this will speed up the transfer to renewable energy. In countries like Brazil, Australia, Chile and parts of the United States people consider renewable energy because of financial reasons. The price of solar and wind energy will continue to drop and in more countries renewable energy will occur. A surprising newcomer on the market is Morocco, where the government expects that in 2020 more than 40 percent of the energy could come from solar."

Date: Thursday May 3, 2018 7PM - 9PM
Location: Shopify Office, 150 Elgin Street, 6th Floor, Ottawa ON
Cost: FREE

Événement de réseautage de WiRE au Québec / WiRE Networking Event in Quebec (Women Only)

Featured Speaker: Marie-Hélène Labrie, Première vice-présidente, Affaires gouvernementales et communications chez Enerkem / Senior Vice President, Government Affairs and Communications at Enerkem

 Marie-Hélène Labrie traitera de l’historique d’Enerkem, de sa technologie innovante et durable en matière de déchets et de diversification énergétique, de la place et du développement d’Enerkem aujourd’hui à l’échelle nationale et mondiale et des projets futurs de l’entreprise dans la bioéconomie.

Marie-Hélène Labrie traitera de l’historique d’Enerkem, de sa technologie innovante et durable en matière de déchets et de diversification énergétique, de la place et du développement d’Enerkem aujourd’hui à l’échelle nationale et mondiale et des projets futurs de l’entreprise dans la bioéconomie.

Français: À titre de première vice-présidente, Affaires gouvernementales et Communications, Marie-Hélène Labrie supervise à l’échelle internationale toutes les activités liées aux relations avec le gouvernement et aux communications. Auparavant, Mme Labrie a œuvré dans les domaines de la communication, de la stratégie d’affaires et de l’analyse de marchés en tant que directrice, Marketing et planification stratégique chez CAE, ainsi qu’à titre de consultante pour diverses sociétés, dont Desjardins Sécurité financière et Oliver Wyman Delta Organization & Leadership. 

En 2016, Marie-Hélène a été nommée ambassadrice canadienne du Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) women’s initiative par le gouvernement fédéral canadien. De plus, elle agit à titre de vice-présidente du conseil d'administration d'Écotech Québec, une grappe industrielle des technologies propres, de coprésidente du conseil de CETEQ, qui représente des entreprises privées du secteur des technologies environnementales, et elle est membre du conseil d’administration de l’association Biocarburants avancés. Marie-Hélène représente également l'entreprise auprès du Advanced Ethanol Council à Washington. En 2015-2016, elle a agi en tant qu'experte sur le comité des biocarburants avancés créé par la Commission européenne. Marie-Hélène a débuté sa carrière au ministère de la Défense nationale, puis chez Industrie Canada et au Bureau du Conseil privé du gouvernement du Canada.

Elle est titulaire d'une maîtrise en gestion internationale des entreprises (M. Sc.) et d'un baccalauréat en administration des affaires (B.A.A.) de l'Université Laval. 

English: As Senior Vice President, Government Affairs and Communications, Marie-Hélène Labrie oversees all government relations and communications activities globally. Prior to joining Enerkem in 2008, she worked in communications, business strategy and market analysis as Director of Marketing and Strategic Planning at CAE, as well as a consultant for numerous organizations, such as Oliver Wyman Delta Organization & Leadership and Desjardins Financial Security. Mrs. Labrie began her career at the Government of Canada, in the Department of National Defense, and pursued it at Industry Canada and the Privy Council Office.

In 2016, Marie-Hélène Labrie was nominated Canadian Ambassador of the Clean Energy Education & Empowerment (C3E) women’s initiative by the Canadian federal government. She serves as Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of Écotech Québec, a cleantech cluster, as Co-President of the board of CETEQ, which represents private companies in environmental technologies, and is a Board member of Advanced Biofuels Canada. She also represents the company on the Advanced Ethanol Council in Washington. In 2015-2016, she acted as an expert on the Sub-Group of Advanced Biofuels created by the European Commission.

Mrs. Labrie holds a Masters in International Business and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Université Laval in Québec City.

Presentation: En français
Date: Wednesday May 16, 2018 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Location: Blake, Cassels & Graydon, 1 Place Ville Marie, Suite 3000, Montréal (Québec) H3B 4N8
Cost: FREE

Toronto Networking Meet-Up (Women Only)

Featured Speaker: Kathryn Klement, Director, Phoventus

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Kathryn Klement has 9 years of experience in the renewable energy and sustainable technologies sector, working on projects in Canada, the US, the Caribbean, South America, Africa, and Asia for a wide variety of clients.
With a project management and electrical engineering background, her expertise spans the life cycle of solar and wind projects, providing developers with feasibility assessments, design, specifications, electrical studies, procurement support, reviews and site inspections. She acts as independent engineer for acquisitions and financing on behalf of owners, lenders, and investors.  She also advises large corporate and industrial electricity users on the use of renewable energy to reduce their carbon footprints and electricity costs, sometimes considering integration with energy storage and generators for on- and off-grid systems.
Kathryn joined Phoventus in 2017, shortly after its launch in 2016, and has been instrumental in the direction of the consulting company as it grows its services and client base in the areas of renewable power, electrification, and microgrid. Prior to joining Phoventus, Kathryn was Director Solar, North America at global engineering firm Hatch. She is a Senior Member of the IEEE and has published papers in IEEE conference proceedings and the IEEE Transactions on Industry Application journal, for which she acts as a peer reviewer. Kathryn possesses a BASc in Engineering Science and MASc in Electrical Engineering (Energy Systems) from the University of Toronto.  She is a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario.

Date: Wednesday May 16, 2018 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Location: KPMG: 333 Bay St, Ste 4600, Toronto ON M5H 2S5
Cost: $10

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