WiRE Networking Meet-ups
Women Only. REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED
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.
Inaugural St. John’s Newfoundland Chapter Networking Meet-Up September 2019 (Women Only)
Jennifer Williams was appointed President of Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro in February 2019. Most recently Jennifer served as Vice President, Production with Hydro, a position she held since August 2016. Prior to that time she held the positions of General Manager, Hydro Production, as well as Manager, Regulatory Engineering. Jennifer joined Hydro in 2014 and had previously worked with both Newfoundland Power and the St. John's international Airport Authority following graduation from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering. Jennifer is a member of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador, where she has been an active volunteer in many different capacities, including as a previous member of the Board of Directors of PEGNL. Jennifer was awarded the Fellow of Engineers Canada in 2016.
Toronto Networking Meet-Up September 2019 (Women Only)
Date: 5:30PM-7:30PM on Tuesday, September 17, 2019
Location: KPMG, 333 Bay St., Suite 4600, Toronto, ON, M5H 2S5
Dr. Carla Parslow has over 20 years of experience in the cultural heritage resource management (CHRM) industry in Canada. As the President of Parslow Heritage Consultancy Inc. (PHC Inc.), Carla is responsible for the for the management of CHRM projects, as well as the technical review and quality assurance of all archaeological and cultural heritage projects. Throughout her career, Carla has managed both large and small offices of CHRM professionals and has mobilized both large (50+) and small (4+) teams of CHRM and Environmental projects offices throughout the province of Ontario. Dr. Parslow has served as Lead Archaeologist on numerous cultural heritage resource projects in the Renewable Energy Sector. These projects include wind and solar energy, hydro energy, and nuclear energy. Companies that Carla has worked for include NextEra, Pattern Energy, Samsung Renewable, Ontario Power Generation, Hydro-One Networks Inc.
Dr. Parslow has extensive knowledge in heritage policy and regulatory requirements from a regional federal and global perspective. Carla has also participated in cultural heritage/archaeological policy development and standard setting projects; monitor and evaluate the implementation of heritage/archaeological policy and procedures and make recommendations for policy changes. Dr. Parslow has a Ph.D. in Anthropology (University of Toronto 2006) and has taught courses at various universities throughout Ontario. Carla is also working with the Ontario Archaeology Society to deliver workshops to northern Ontario Indigenous communities on monitoring and participating in archaeological field work.
Mississauga Networking Meet-Up September 2019 (Open To All)
Jamie McMillan is a Journeyman Ironworker/Boilermaker and founder of KickAss Careers. She became an ironworker in 2002 when women only represented 2% of the workforce across Canada and the United States. She thoroughly understands the stereotypes and struggles that women face in male-dominated occupations, and she is determined to equal the playing field. She is also the cofounder of the Workplace Equality Awareness (WE) Ribbon. The WE Ribbon Campaign is an effort to raise awareness and address the need for inclusive working cultures globally. The red and white polka dot WE Ribbon is currently an awareness piece that supports the conversation about the importance of a diverse and equal workplace free from all types of harassment, bullying and discrimination regardless of differences.
When Jamie was young she struggled academically. In high school she did well in shop classes but was not made aware of skilled trades apprenticeship pathways. She had no interest in post-secondary education and dropped out in grade 12. After leaving home she started part time job and struggled to make ends meet. In 2002 with an empty bank account, no investments, pension, or benefits she felt like she was self-destructing and spiraled into a depression. One day she set out to purchase a few groceries when she bumped into an old high school classmate who spoke to her about skilled labour opportunities. That conversation changed everything. Over the next few years Jamie completed an apprenticeship and became extremely passionate about educating others about earn while you learn pathways in building and construction apprenticeship programs.
Her mission: Engage, Educate and Encourage youth to consider careers in skilled trades and technology through school and community outreach.
She speaks to more than 30,000 students, parents, educators and employers each year across North America, and has gained international notoriety. She has opened doors and minds to the career possibilities in the skilled trades, and shows youth an alternate pathway to rewarding and well-paid careers in the trades. Jamie takes several months off each year from her skilled trades job to promote careers in underrepresented occupations and to encourage youth to consider the vast opportunities skilled labour has to offer. Jamie also volunteers her time with Skills Ontario and the YWCA Equitable Pathways to Technical Fields and Skilled Trades Advisory Committee.
Jamie is also the cofounder of the Workplace Equality Awareness Ribbon (WE Ribbon). As a woman in underrepresented, male dominated occupations Jamie is well aware of the stereotypes and struggles to be treated as an equal. The campaign is an effort to raise awareness and address the importance of diverse and inclusive workplaces free from all types of harassment, bullying and discrimination regardless of differences.
Over the years Jamie has received the Top 20 Under 40 Award for making an impact in the metal trades, the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program Champion Award and District School Board of Niagara Technology Education Partnership Award for her commitment to youth in schools across the province of Ontario and most recently the Hamilton YWCA Women of Distinction Award for being a trailblazer excelling in her field promoting leadership and equal advancement opportunities.
Vancouver Networking Meet-Up October, 2019 (Women Only)
Date: 5:30PM-7:30PM on Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Location: KPMG, 777 Dunsmuir Street 11th floor, Vancouver, BC.
Johanna is a strategic consultant who specializes in the development, structuring, implementation, and management of major capital projects.
Johanna has over 20 years of experience including the development and delivery of some of the most complex and interesting Major Capital Projects in Canada, including: BC Hydro Site C Clean Energy Project, Manitoba Hydro's Keeyask Project, and City of Calgary's Greenline Project amongst others. Her experience includes procurement strategy, contract development and management, program/project management, project set-up, project controls, and governance. Her projects portfolio includes projects within Canada and Latin America, within the public and private sectors, and using a variety of delivery methods such as EPCM, DB, DBB, and P3.
Calgary Networking Meet-Up October, 2019 (Open To All)
Kelly is a co-founder of BluEarth and she was appointed Chief Operating Officer in 2015. Kelly is responsible for leading our operations team across Canada and the United States - ensuring the reliable and safe operations of all our renewable energy facilities. Prior to this appointment, Kelly served as Vice President of the Regulatory, Communications and Operations portfolios during BluEarth’s initial five years. Kelly has over 15 years’ experience in the renewable power sector. She has overseen the permitting of many pioneering wind, hydroelectric and solar facilities built across Canada, and has provided key oversight in the development of numerous wind, hydroelectric and solar power facilities.
Prior to BluEarth, Kelly held leadership roles at Canadian Hydro Developers and TransAlta Corporation, supporting the development of greenfield renewable energy projects and the operations of a diverse fleet of renewable energy facilities across Canada and the United States.
Kelly holds a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from the University of Calgary.
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