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. 

Mississauga Networking Meet-Up (Women Only)

Featured Speaker: Neetika Sathe, Director, Advanced Planning - Alectra Inc.

Neetika Sathe is Director, Advanced Planning at Alectra Inc. Her role in the organization is to identify, analyze and develop leading-edge, green, innovative technologies and disruptive business models. Prior to joining Alectra, Neetika was the Chief Marketing Manager at Nissan Canada responsible for the launch of the all-electric Nissan LEAF in Canada.

She serves on the board of several industry associations such as SmartGrid Canada and Electric Mobility Canada, including chairing the Board of NSERC Energy Storage Technology (NEST) Network. Neetika was recognized by Energy Storage North America with the 2016 Champion Award for her leadership and exceptional achievement in advancing energy storage technology. Neetika has a Masters degree in Physics from Panjab University, followed by an MBA from McMaster University.


Date: Wednesday February 21, 2018 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Location: Alectra Utilites, 2185 Derry Road West, Mississauga, Ontario L5N 7A6
Cost: Free including limited # Student Tickets

Calgary Networking Meet-Up (Women Only)

Featured Speaker: Honourable Shannon Phillips, MLA for Lethbridge-West, Minister of Environment and Parks, Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office


Shannon Phillips was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Alberta, representing the constituency of Lethbridge-West, on May 5, 2015. On May 24, 2015, Ms. Phillips was sworn in to cabinet as Minister of Environment and Parks and as Minister Responsible for the Status of Women. On February 2, 2016, Ms. Phillips was named the Minister Responsible for the Climate Change Office.

Prior to serving with the Legislative Assembly, she worked with the Alberta Federation of Labour as a policy analyst for five years. She also spent five years as a member of the board of directors for the Womanspace Resource Centre, a nonprofit organization that provides resources, referrals and education to the community and to individual women.

In 1999 she received a bachelor of arts with honours in political science and in 2002 she completed her master of arts, both at the University of Alberta. Together with her two sons Ms. Phillips resides in Lethbridge, Alberta.

Date: Tuesday February 27, 2018 6 PM - 8 PM
Location: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP, Centennial Place, 520 3 Ave SW #1900, Calgary, AB T2P 0R3, Canada
Cost: Free including limited # Student Tickets

Toronto Networking Meet-Up (Women Only)

Featured Speaker: Karen Clarke–Whistler, Chief Environment Officer, TD Bank Group

Karen Clarke-Whistler has been the Chief Environment Officer of TD Bank Group since 2008. An environmental scientist, she spent more than 15 years consulting a diverse base of clients in North and South America, Europe and Africa prior to joining TD. 

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Karen developed and leads a program that embeds an environmental perspective in TD's core business strategy and has been instrumental in the bank being recognized as a North American environmental leader and a global climate leader supporting the transition to a low-carbon economy. Over the past 10 years Karen has led the development of a number of important milestones including: the first North American-based carbon neutral bank, the first commercial bank in Canada to issue a green bond, and most recently a commitment to target $100 billion by 2030 toward advancement of the low carbon economy. 

Karen has twice been named one of Canada's Clean 16 for her outstanding contribution to clean capitalism within the financial services sector. She advises a number of thought leadership groups focused on environmental innovation and collaborative problem-solving, including the Private Sector Advisory Board to the Network Centres of Excellence (NCE), Canada's Ecofiscal Commission and Evergreen Brickworks.Karen holds a master’s degree in land resource science from Canada’s University of Guelph and a bachelor’s degree in ecology from the University of Toronto.

Date: Wednesday March 21, 2018 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Location: Gowling WLG, 1 First Canadian Place, 100 King Street West , Suite 1600, Toronto ON M5X 1G5
Cost: $10

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