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 April 2019 (Women Only)
Heather Crochetiere is a Freshwater Specialist at WWF-Canada where she leads WWF’s efforts to safeguard Canada’s Wild Rivers, the Loblaw Water Fund, and work on the intersection of water and energy. Working with diverse stakeholders on a wide range of initiatives, her efforts contribute to getting all of Canada’s waters in good condition, as determined by WWF-Canada’s Watershed Reports. She is working to keep Canada’s ten longest wild rivers wild by collaborating with local Indigenous communities and facilitating requested training opportunities and capacity building. Another project, the Loblaw Water Fund, enables community-based organizations efforts to tackle the restoration and monitoring needs of watersheds all across Canada, especially in those regions that need it most as identified by the Watershed Reports. She is leading WWF-Canada’s engagement with the federal government around the Fisheries Act and the Canadian Navigable Waters Act, working to ensure that Canada’s environmental legislation adequately protects our freshwater. Finally, she is working to understand the water-energy nexus in Canada, in particular around hydro power, to determine how we can better treat water and energy in a holistic way.
Heather has been with WWF-Canada since 2012. Past work includes playing a key role in the technical analysis and outreach efforts for the Watershed Reports, released in 2017.
Heather has a Master of Environmental Science from the University of Waterloo where she studied the efficacy of voluntary programs to reduce invasive horticultural plant species introductions. This research was inspired by her work as a field botanist for the Royal Botanical Gardens in Hamilton, ON. Heather also has a BSc Biology, with a specialization in biodiversity, and a minor in geographic information systems from McMaster University.
Ottawa Networking Meet-Up April 2019 (Women Only)
Date: 5:30PM - 7:30PM on Thurs. April. 18, 2019
Location: TCC. 555 Legget Drive, Tower A, Suite 304, Kanata, Ontario K2K 2X3 - (MacKenzie Room)
Gwendolyn is a mechanical engineer with a deep passion for sustainability. Fresh out of university, she jumped into the deep end, joining a small wind start-up where she was the lead mechanical designer of a 50kW wind turbine. She is currently working for Natural Resources Canada, where she is working to ensure that homes across Canada are energy efficient.
How many hours a day do you spend driving your car? And yet how many times a year does it get maintenance work done? Now imagine designing something which spins constantly, and yet only gets serviced once a year.
Modern wind turbines are an important component of renewable energy, but they face design challenges above and beyond conventional energy systems. Gwendolyn's talk will dive into the cutting edge of renewable research and development. She will discuss the unique challenges of building wind turbines from a mechanical design perspective. As well, she will cover the issues facing the wind industry in regards to sustainability and energy storage.
Vancouver Networking Meet-Up May 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.
Montreal Networking Meet-Up May 2019 (Women Only)
Date: 5:30PM-8:00PM on Thursday May 2, 2019
Location: Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP - 1 Place Ville Marie, Suite 3000, Montreal, Quebec
Claudia is currently working at government affairs for Effenco, a growing international enterprise in the clean transportation industry. She is the founder of several organizations one of which addressed waste and logistics problems in the wind renewable energy industry. In her role as a founder, Claudia raised 10 times the sales revenue in grants and subsidies. In her current position, she builds projects ranging from 100K$ - 40M$ in Canada and USA. She also develops the government network and relations needed to increase the success rate of her proposals. She is involved in the local cleantech cluster, including ECOTECH QUEBEC which recently nominated her 1 out of 8 women making the province move forward in the industry. She was previously working in the solar industry in Canada and Africa. Above everything, Claudia aims to use her problem deconstructions skills and capacity to connect to make the world a more inclusive and sustainable place.
Claudia will likely provide the audience with a short overview of wind turbine decommissioning problems. Lessons learned in entrepreneurship in the field of renewable energy, overview of grants and subsidies available for that industry and how to successfully write a proposal.
Toronto Networking Meet-Up May 2019 (Women Only)
Susan has been with Schneider Electric for the past 14 years working in both the U.S. and Canada. She is currently the Country President for Canada responsible for the entire operation of Schneider Electric Canada. Previous to this role, she worked in a variety of roles including leading National Sales; leading the Building Business Unit in Canada, Finance leadership roles in the U.S. and Canada and leading Acquisitions for North America. In her tenure with Schneider, Susan has been a key player in transforming the company from a product manufacturer to a specialist in energy management and efficient technologies. Prior to this, Susan led Strategy and Mergers & Acquisition projects globally with McCain Foods Limited, an international leader in the frozen food industry employing over 20,000 people and operating 57 production facilities in six continents with annual sales of $6 billion. Susan also held positions of increasing responsibilities with Deloitte, a global advisory firm. Susan holds Board positions with Canadian Manufacturers and Exporters, Electrical Federation of Canada, and the FranceCanada Chamber of Commerce. Susan has an Executive MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University with a focus on international business practices. In addition, she holds a Master of Accounting (MAcc) and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Waterloo. Susan has also completed the Women’s Senior Leadership Program and Executive Scholar Certification from the Kellogg School of Management, as well as the Chartered Accountant (CA) and Certified Public Accountant (CPA) designations. Susan’s interests include travelling and experiencing the diversity offered by different cultures, theatre, and reading. About Schneider Electric: Schneider Electric is leading the Digital Transformation of Energy Management and Automation in Homes, Buildings, Data Centers, Infrastructure and Industries. With global presence in over 100 countries, Schneider is the undisputable leader in Power Management – Medium Voltage, Low Voltage and Secure Power, and in Automation Systems. Schneider provides integrated efficiency solutions, combining energy, automation and software.
Edmonton Networking Meet-Up May 2019 (Women Only)
Date: 5:30PM-7:30PM on Thursday May 9, 2019
Location: NorQuest College, Room TBC. Edmonton, AB
Sandra Moore is the Dean for the new faculty of Business, Environment and Technology at NorQuest College in Edmonton, Alberta. She is a 2015-2018 Vanier Scholar and Ph.D. Candidate in the School of Environment and Sustainability at the University of Saskatchewan where her research focuses on understanding the socio-economic impacts of the oil and gas industry on rural communities. She is also a Research Consultant and works with municipalities, post-secondary institutions, non-profit organizations, and economic development associations to help them better understand the impacts of renewable energy.
Additionally, Sandra is a board member with Energy Efficiency Alberta, a member on the Power and Natural Panel of the Alberta Utilities Consumer Advocate, and an avid volunteer. She has over 20 years of professional experience in research, evaluation, public relations, management, and program/project development with organizations, communities, and governments in Canada and internationally.
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