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. 

Toronto Networking Meet-Up June 2019 (Women Only)

Laura is the founder and CEO of Diversio, a technology company that uses data analytics and machine learning to help companies become more inclusive. She is a serial social entrepreneur who has co-founded several initiatives around diversity, including #GoSponsorHer and Summit Leaders. Laura was named a Top 25 Women of Influence in 2017, and was recently appointed Co-Chair of Canada's Women Entrepreneurship Strategy Expert Panel.

Laura McGee, Founder and CEO of Diversio

Laura McGee, Founder and CEO of Diversio

Date: 5:30PM-7:30PM on Tuesday June 18, 2019
Location: BLG, 22 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON, Canada M5H 4E3

Cost: $10
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Southwestern Networking Meet-Up June 2019 (Women Only)

Michelle Branigan, CEO EHRC – Electricity Human Resources Canada

Michelle Branigan, CEO EHRC – Electricity Human Resources Canada

Date: 5:30PM-7:30PM on Wednesday June 19, 2019
Location:  University of Windsor, E.D. Lumley Center for Engineering Innovation, 2285 Wyandotte Street West; Windsor, Ontario N9B 1K3

Cost: $10
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The world is almost too small to contain all the projects of Michelle Branigan, the CEO of Canada’s leading organization delivering HR information and research for the electricity Industry. EHRC has just released the industry’s 2017 – 2022 Labour Market Information Study, which is a major research undertaking that will provide both real-time current information and long-term (up to five years) estimates/assessment of labour demand and supply specifically for the electricity and renewable energy industry. This research will be used to inform and improve the electricity industry’s capability in workforce planning, regulatory filing and organizational planning to mitigate business risk related to human resource management. 

Branigan is a subject matter expert when it comes to the market and industry and enjoys working closely with employers and industry stakeholders to address their specific labour market and HR challenges. She has accumulated her Human Resources knowledge through 20 years of experience in project management, human resources development, recruitment, and curriculum development and evaluation. Originally from Ireland, Branigan holds a master’s degree in training and Performance Management from the University of Leicester, U.K., and is a certified Project Management Professional.

Her ambitions are fuelled by Canada's aging electricity infrastructure, a maturing workforce, and a growing skilled labour shortage. Understanding the impacts of innovation and technology, Branigan is committed to developing forward thinking and cutting-edge tools, resources, and research to meet current and future workforce needs. As a Champion of diversity and inclusion, she is passionate about leading real change for the advancement of women and minorities and has spearheaded many instrumental programs which have sparked a national movement for organization to become agents of change. Among these initiatives is The National Leadership Accord on Gender Diversity for the Electricity Industry - a public commitment by employers, educators, unions, and governments to build a workforce that is truly representative of Canada’s people.

Additional programs of influence led by Michelle include: Empowering FuturesNational Occupational Standards and Career PortalConnected Women Mentorship Program for WomenValuing People with Disabilities in the Workplace, along with a host of others to support the recruitment, retention and advancement of Canada’s Electricity sector. Her team at EHRC notes that she practices the same values and virtues when it comes to her own workforce culture, putting emphasis on the development and advancement of her own employees. Her motto: Balance, Collaboration and Commitment, be practical and learn from your mistakes, they're a great teacher. She is currently an active Board Member with the Energy Council of Canada, the Irish Film Festival Ottawa, and a recipient of Women in Renewable Energy’s (WiRE) 2015 Woman of the Year award, which recognizes and celebrates professional women working in the energy sector who go above and beyond business as usual.

Ottawa Networking Meet-Up July 2019 (Women Only)

Dr. Cynthia Cruickshank, Associate Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department

Dr. Cynthia Cruickshank, Associate Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department

Dr. Cynthia Cruickshank is an Associate Professor in the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering Department and is Carleton University’s ambassador for Engineers Canada’s 30 by 30 initiative. As Director of Carleton’s Solar Energy Systems Laboratory and Centre for Advanced Building Envelope Research, her research focuses on the design and optimization of advanced building energy systems, including solar-assisted heat pumps, absorption chillers, thermal storage and high performance building envelopes.

Date: 5:30PM-7:30PM on Wednesday July 18, 2019
Location:  100 Metcalfe Street, Suite 200, Ottawa, ON, K1P 5M1

Cost: $10
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Dr. Cruickshank was the Carleton University Faculty Advisor for Team Ontario, a participant in the 2013 U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon. Team Ontario, a collaboration between students and faculty from Carleton University, Queen’s University and Algonquin College, won first place in the coveted Engineering category at the 2013 Solar Decathlon Competition in Irvine, California. Dr. Cruickshank has also been the recipient of a number of research awards, including the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Discovery and Collaborative Research and Development Grants, Canada Foundation for Innovation Leaders Opportunity Fund, the Natural Resources Canada Energy Innovation Program, Ontario Research Fund and Ontario Centres of Excellence Collaborative Research Grant. Dr. Cruickshank has also been recognized for her teaching, earning the Carleton Student Engineering Society award for Best Professor in 2019, the Carleton Teaching Achievement Award in 2016, and an award from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation for excellence in sustainable education in 2014. Dr. Cruickshank has authored or co-authored over 70 peer-reviewed papers on the topic of solar energy, thermal storage and high performance building envelopes. 

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