Women’s Professional Development Workshop and Luncheon

Tuesday, June 25 • 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Room 207

Empowering Women and Changing Mentalities
Join two successful scientists in an interview setting as they exchange their experiences and perceptions as women in the science field. Their presentations will be followed by a moderated discussion on empowerment and changing mentalities.

Current topics in today’s culture will be covered, including: 
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•  Gender bias in academia and the STEM fields
•  Mental health: fighting stigma and creating awareness
•  Women in science after #metoo
•  Family-work balance

Keynote Speakers:

Parisa A. Ariya, James McGill Professor and Chair, Chemistry and Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences, McGill University

Prof. Parisa A. Ariya is a James McGill Chair in Chemistry and Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences at McGill University. She is a leading world expert in fundamental and applied atmospheric and interfacial chemistry. Her major scientific contributions are in the domains of aerosols, photochemistry, kinetics, microphysics, nanoparticles, emerging contaminants, air/ice/water interactions and development of sustainable of technology. Dr. Ariya has authored numerous publications including over 120 international peer-reviewed publications, 3 patents issued and 1 book. She has conducted over 250 conference proceedings and presented over 100 invited lectures, including several keynotes, plenary distinguished named lectures on 4 different continents.

Kathy Baig, Présidente à l'Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec

Kathy Baig is a graduate in Chemical Engineering (Polytechnique de Montréal) and Business Administration (HEC Montréal). She has been working in engineering for more than 10 years at IBM, Johnson & Johnson, Pyrogenesis and Aéroports de Montréal. She was elected President of the Ordre des ingénieurs du Québec (OIQ) in 2016, she was re-elected in 2018 for a two-year term. Under her leadership, the association wants to be recognized as a unifying body and the benchmark for protecting the public within the professional system. Kathy Baig also sits on the boards of directors of Engineers Canada and Via Rail Canada.


Marika Wheeler, CBC Quebec's Travelling Journalist 
Marika Wheeler has visited many corners of Quebec including several Indigenous communities telling stories that matter to people who live in La Belle Province for Canadian Broadcast Corporation (CBC) Radio and She covers a range of topics including education, healthcare, natural resources and the impact of climate change. She grew up in the Laurentians, and after her studies in Journalism joined the CBC team in Quebec City more than a decade ago. Her reporting kit is always ready, whether it's to cover major breaking news or record a conversation in someone's kitchen about their community and their lives.

Participants are welcome to take this test and see if they have unconscious gender bias: