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. 

Toronto Networking Meet-Up February 2019 (Women Only)

Featured Speaker: Jamie McMillan, Owner of KickAss Careers

Growing up Jamie wasn’t aware of the vast opportunity in the construction industry. She wanted to be a miner like her father but was discouraged by its absence of women. She followed in her mother’s footsteps and became a health care professional. Jamie spent years working in health care facilities, homecare, and bartending/serving at restaurants and pubs.

Discovering the trades changed her career path and gave her a feeling of self-worth and empowerment. Jamie became fascinated and intrigued by her desire to learn to create with steel and figure out ways to put it all together with cranes, rigging, bolts, and welds. She loved the physical challenges, being one of the crew, and seeing the results of the work everyone did together knowing it would stand there for years to come.  She knew there had to be others out other who would love to find a job that made them happy. Since then she has become extremely passionate about encouraging others to seek out similar pathways.


Date: 5:30PM - 7:30PM on Wed. Feb. 13, 2019
Location: KPMG- 333 Bay St, Suite 4600 Toronto, ON M5H 2S5
Cost: $10

Guelph Networking Meet-Up February 2019 (Women Only)

Featured Speaker: Marlen Aleman, Asset Management Specialist in the Asset and Facilities Management Solutions business unit at Walter Fedy.

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Date: 5:30PM - 7:30PM on Wed. Feb. 27, 2019
Location: Innovation Guelph @ 111 Farquhar Street (3rd Floor)  Guelph, ON  N1H 3N4
Cost: $10

Marlen Aleman is an experienced Asset Management Specialist in the Asset and Facilities Management Solutions business unit at Walter Fedy. Her talk will dive into the topic of renewable energy integration to existing buildings and its potential challenges from the perspective of facilities management, and will give a close look at a case study in this area.

Marlen has been in the Sustainable Buildings Consulting industry for over 10 years. She is certified as a LEED Green Associate and a Facilities Management Professional with a Bachelor's Degree in Architecture, Project and Facilities Management. Marlen is a sustainability advocate and has helped hundreds of buildings get recognized for their sustainability practices.

Special WiRE Event: Calgary Networking Meet-Up March 2019 (Open to all)

Featured Speaker: Anouk Kendall, President of Decentralised Energy Canada

Anouk was appointed President of Decentralised Energy Canada (DEC) in 2003 and is one of North America's leading authorities on decentralised energy.

She has helmed DEC through two transformational phases in 2007 and 2013 in response to changing industry and member needs. Her continuous engagement with members and industry partners has contributed to the development of a national network of over 10,000 DE stakeholders. Through the design and implementation of innovation to commercialisation programs, she has ensured that DEC annually impacts over 50 small to medium-sized businesses in Canada. The current focus of her innovation efforts are related to smart energy grids and automation innovations in the heat and power sector with an emphasis on behind the fence energy generation.

She has over 20 years of experience in the energy and the environment fields with a unique combination of industry, government, academic and non-profit sectors. She lived and worked in the UK for 7 years where she conducted post-graduate research into bioenergy at the University of Leeds. She also served as the Senior Energy Conservation Officer at Leeds City Council following the UK’s Home Energy Conservation Act (1995).

Anouk holds several board professional positions including:

  • Peer Reviewer for the Green Municipal Fund (GMF) and Municipalities for Climate Innovation Program (MCIP) at the Federation of Canadian Municipalities,

  • Member of the Board for the Green Building Technology Access Centre (GBTAC) at Southern Alberta Institute for Technology (SAIT),

  • Fellow of the Alberta Energy Futures Lab,

  • Advisor on the Renewable Energy Committee at Calgary Economic Development,

  • Advisor on the Renewable Energy and Conservation Committee at Lakeland College, and,

  • Member of the Marketing Committee of the Ontario Sustainable Energy Association.

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Date: 5:30PM - 7:30PM on Wed. March 19, 2019
Location: KPMG Management Services LP #3100, 205 5 Ave SW Calgary, Alberta T2P 4B9
Cost: $10

Toronto Networking Meet-Up March 2019 (Women Only)

Featured Speaker: Stephanie Dei, National Coordinator -Canada for UN Women & We Empower Programme.

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Date: 5:30PM - 7:30PM on Wed. Mar. 27, 2019
Location: Torkin Manes, 151 Yonge Street, Suite 1500. Toronto, ON M5C 2W7
Cost: $10

Stephanie is the National Coordinator in Canada for the We Empower programme. With an emphasis on responsible business conduct in G7 countries and women's economic empowerment, Stephanie regularly interfaces with programme partners and the private sector in Canada to promote the women's empowerment principles in Canada. Stephanie also serves as Non-Executive Director at global frontier markets risk firm DaMina Advisors where she helped steer the firm's global expansion to Asia and Europe. Stephanie launched her international career as an investigative analyst at the Canadian Ministry of Foreign and International Affairs.

With a penchant for visionary leadership and a yearning for innovative solutions to development, Stephanie co-founded Reconnect GH (a platform for connecting youth in Ghana with diaspora) and the African Development Forum at the School of Oriental Studies and African Studies, University of London. Stephanie is an active member of her local parish where she regularly supports women and children in the Merciful Moms Ministry. Stephanie holds a BA Honors in Political Science and Law from Carleton University, Canada, an MA in International Studies and Diplomacy from SOAS, University of London.

Vancouver Networking Meet-Up April 2019 (Women Only)

Colleen Giroux-Schmidt brings over a decade and a half of experience in resource development with an extensive knowledge of the renewable energy sector.  As Vice President – Corporate Relations for Innergex Renewable Energy Inc. she leads the engagement and relationship activities with all levels of government, Indigenous communities, local communities, strategic partners and other stakeholders. Her team leads the policy research and advocacy portfolio with the goal of increasing renewable energy opportunities to help the jurisdiction’s meet their climate change goals.  Colleen is also responsible for the management of Innergex’s Vancouver office.

Ms. Giroux-Schmidt has a strong background in government relations, relationship building, regulatory and policy development as well as project management.  She has had the opportunity to be involved in the development, environmental assessment and permitting, construction, and operations phases of numerous clean energy projects, in multiple technologies and in multiple jurisdictions, which has afforded her a broad perspective on developing clean energy projects from conception to operation.

Colleen is well-versed in association management, starting with several years working with the Association for Mineral Exploration BC. She served as the first female Chair of the Board of Directors for Clean Energy BC (CEBC) from 2014 through 2017, where she helped promote and support the growth of British Columbia’s Clean Energy industry. Today, she is active with many of the associations Innergex is a member of and is the past-chair of CEBC’s annual Generate Conference. Colleen continues to participate in government working groups and task forces, both provincially and federally, as well as leads Innergex’s work with the Energy Forum, a collaborative table of representatives from the ENGO community and the renewable energy industry. 

In 2016, Ms. Giroux-Schmidt was appointed to Canada’s newly created Generation Energy Council. The council was created to give shape to Canada’s energy future by providing recommendations on how Canada can transition to a reliable, affordable, low-carbon economy. It will report directly to the Honourable James Carr, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. In 2016, Colleen was one of six experts invited to brief the BC Cabinet before their decision on the Site C project. In 2017, she served on the Environmental Assessment Revitalization Committee, reporting to the Honourable George Heyman, BC’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change.

In 2014, Colleen was chosen to participate in the International Visitor Leadership Program with the US State Department on renewable energy policy. She has also been recognized through a nomination for the Minerva Foundation’s 2014 Women in Energy awards and AME BC’s Honourable Service Roll. In 2017, she received the Merit Award for Distinguished Service from CEBC. These recognitions reflect her significant expertise and her contribution to the renewable energy sector both in BC and across Canada.

Colleen is committed to working collaboratively with governments, First Nations, industry and other stakeholders to develop workable solutions and policies that ensure renewable energy development will be supported to meet climate objectives and future energy needs.

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Date: 5:30PM - 7:30PM on Tues. April 23, 2019
Location: Blakes. 595 Burrard Street
P.O. Box 49314 Suite 2600, Three Bentall Centre
Vancouver BC V7X 1L3, Canada
Cost: $10

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

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