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. 

Montreal Chapter Networking Meet-Up October 2018 (Women Only)

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Featured Speaker:  Sophie Brochu, President and Chief Executive Officer, Énergir

Ms. Brochu has been active in the energy industry for nearly 30 years. A graduate in economics from Université Laval, she began her career in 1987 at SOQUIP (Société québécoise d’initiatives pétrolières).  In 1997, she joined Énergir as Vice President, Business Development. After holding various positions in the company, she became President and Chief Executive Officer, a position she has held since 2007. 

Ms. Brochu sits on the Board of Directors of Bank of Montreal, Bell Canada and BCE Inc. Involved with Centraide of Greater Montreal, Ms. Brochu is the Chair of Fondation Forces Avenir which promotes students' involvement in their communities. She is cofounder of “ruelle de l’avenir”, a project aimed at encouraging students in the Centre-Sud and Hochelaga neighbourhoods of Montréal to remain in school.

Ms. Brochu is a member of the Order of Canada.

Thank you to event host Blakes.

Date: Tuesday October 16, 2018 5:30PM - 8:00PM
Location: Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, 1 Place Ville Marie, Suite 3000, Montréal, Quebec
Cost: Free

Toronto Chapter Networking Meet-Up October 2018 (Women Only)

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Featured Speaker:  Malini Giridhar, Vice President, Market Development, Regulatory and Public Affairs at Enbridge Gas Distribution

Malini Giridhar is Vice President, Market Development, Regulatory and Public Affairs at Enbridge Gas Distribution, one of North America’s fastest growing utilities with a customer base of more than 2 million households and businesses.

Malini is accountable for regulatory strategy and execution, public affairs and stakeholder relations. She is also responsible for the company’s carbon strategy, including execution of its compliance obligations and development of lower carbon solutions, which includes the advancement of renewable natural gas, natural gas for transportation, geothermal energy, and energy conservation. In her previous executive role, Malini led the team responsible for Enbridge Gas’ largest capital project, working collaboratively with stakeholders to secure regulatory approval for a major pipeline reinforcement project in the GTA.

Malini is a Chartered Financial Analyst and has a graduate degree in Economics. In addition to her day to day work at Enbridge, she is very passionate about the promotion of diversity, inclusion and personal development. Malini is an active supporter of Pathways to Education and YouthLink, which help youth at risk graduate from high school.

Thank you to event host Grant Thornton Ltd.

Date: Wednesday October 17, 2018 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Location: Grant Thornton Ltd. 11th Floor, 200 King Street West Toronto, Ontario M5H 3T4
Cost: $10

Inaugural Southwest Ontario Chapter Networking Meet-Up in Windsor November 2018 (Women Only)

Featured Speaker:  Sarah Van Der Paelt, VP, Infranchise Sales, Marketing and Customer Care, Union Gas

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Sarah Van Der Paelt is vice president, infranchise sales, marketing and customer care for Union Gas Limited.

As a member of the Union Gas Leadership Group, Van Der Paelt leads all in-franchise residential, commercial/industrial and demand side management functions. In addition, she is accountable for the management of Union Gas’ revenue cycle through its customer care operation.

Most recently, Van Der Paelt was the director of distribution business development and strategic accounts for Union Gas Limited where her efforts focused on understanding the opportunities and challenges associated with transitioning to a low-carbon energy sector, including developing the renewable natural gas (RNG) business and introducing compressed natural gas (CNG) into the transportation sector. 

During her more than 25 years with the company, Van Der Paelt has held a number of senior leadership positions, including manager of Product Development, Director of Accounting Services, Director of Energy Conservation and Director of Commercial/Industrial Sales and Marketing.

She has a Bachelor of Commerce and an MBA from the University of Windsor, and holds the CPA designation.

Thank you to event host Union Gas.

Date: Wednesday November 7, 2018 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Location: Union Gas Limited, 3840 Rhodes Dr, Windsor, ON
Cost: $10

Tickets will not be available at the door for sold out events.

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