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. 

Vancouver Chapter Networking Meet-up September 2018 (Women Only)

Featured Speaker: Nardia Chernawsky, lawyer, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP
Presentation: A Legal Perspective on the Renewable Energy Industry


Nardia is a lawyer at Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP in Vancouver where she practices environmental and Aboriginal law. She has experience with provincial and federal environmental and regulatory regimes, permitting, environmental appeals, the remediation of contaminated sites, and federal regulatory prosecutions. She also regularly supports clients in the negotiation of impact benefit agreements and other commercial agreements with First Nations. Nardia holds a Bachelor of International Business from Carleton University and a B.C.L/LL.B. from McGill University.

Thank you to hosts Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Date: Thursday September 20, 2018 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Location: Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP, 595 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC V7X 1L3
Cost: Free

Toronto Chapter Networking Meet-up September 2018 (Women Only)

Featured Speaker:  Michelle Chislett, County Manager, Northland Power Inc.

Speaker details and presentation information to be announced shortly. Thank you to event host KPMG.

Date: Wednesday September 19, 2018 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Location: KPMG, 333 Bay Street, Suite 4600, Toronto, ON
Cost: $10

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

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

Sarah Ven Der Paelt head shot

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 October 10, 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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