Women’s Professional Development Workshop

Air & Waste Management Association's 117th Annual Conference & Exhibition, Emissions Reductions for Sustainable Energy Futures, June 24-27, 2024, Calgary, AB

Success Redefined: Celebrating Women's Diverse Paths to Achievement
Wednesday, June 26, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, Acadia Room, Marriott Hotel 
Sponsored by: Lakes Software logo

The Women’s Professional Development program will bring together a group of diverse women to discuss their unique perspectives and experiences in the workplace. Planned by the Committee for the Professional Development of Women, but this topic is applicable to everyone working in the industry!

From innovative entrepreneurs to pioneering scientists, our esteemed panelists will showcase their diverse range of accomplishments at various stages of life and will share their stories of triumph, resilience, and breaking barriers. Don't miss this opportunity to be part of an enriching conversation that will broaden your perspective on what it means to achieve success. This event is designed to empower and motivate women, so join us as we celebrate the strength, determination, and unwavering spirit of women who have redefined success and paved the way for future generations. All attendees are invited to the discussion!


Kimura HaraDr. Susana Kimura Hara, Associate Professor of Chemistry, CRC (Tier 2) in Analytical and Aquatic Chemistry, University of Calgary

Dr. Susana Kimura Hara is an Associate Professor of Chemistry and a CRC (Tier 2) in Analytical and Aquatic Chemistry at the University of Calgary. She obtained her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in Environmental Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign followed by a postdoctoral training in Analytical Chemistry at the University of South Carolina. A primary focus of her research has been developing and integrating chemical and toxicological analysis to evaluate the efficacy of new water treatment processes to produce safe waters from wastewater-impacted water sources. She has published 31 articles in top environmental and chemistry journals, raised more than $2.3 million for her research and has supervised more than 30 students and staff.

Jessica ShumlichJessica Shumlich, CEO, Highwood Emissions Management

Jessica Shumlich is the CEO and co-founder of Highwood Emissions Management with over 15 years of experience in energy companies, governments, tech developers, and startups. She has a background as a drilling engineer and supervisor for Shell and ended her tenure developing the GHG reporting plans and strategy for the global portfolio. She was the Program Manager for Energy Efficiency Alberta and Global Technical Director for Carbon Connect International, overseeing the design and delivery of the incentive programs that resulted in millions of GHG reductions. Jessica's expertise spans across Canada, the US, the Netherlands, the UK, and Germany. 

Judy SmithJudy Smith, Oil Sands Monitoring Program Stakeholder Liaison, Alberta Environment and Protected Areas
Judy Smith has been the Stakeholder Liaison for the Oil Sands Monitoring Program since 2019. In this role she works closely with the Indigenous communities on their community-based monitoring programs. Prior to joining the Government, and after receiving degrees in Science from the University of Alberta and Queens University, Judy had a diverse career as an Environmental Consultant and as Manager of Sustainable Development for Shell Canada. Most of her environmental work has been within Canada, but she has also had the opportunity to train personnel on Cumulative Environmental Impact Assessments in Turkey and Mexico. She also worked on Sustainable Develop projects across Canada on gas plays, in-situ oil sands, mining and upgrader operations, and deep-water drilling. Judy has been active professionally as President of the Alberta Society of Professional Biologist President of Canadian Society of Environmental Biologist, and a member of the Nature Conservancy of Canada Science Advisory Board.

Katie Smith-ParentKatie Smith-Parent, Business Development, Industry Diversification, Spartan Controls and Executive Director, Young Women in Energy (YWE)

Katie Smith-Parent leads Business Development for Industry Diversification for Spartan Controls, an industrial technology company with process automation, valve, measurement and control solutions in Western Canada. In addition, Katie is the Executive Director of Young Women in Energy (YWE), a non-profit Alberta organization of more than 4,500 members that provides voice, presence, development, and leadership of women working in the energy industry. She has received several accolades for her volunteerism and advocacy including, being recognized as a SheInnovator by She Innovates Alberta (2019); a Young Resource Leader Award (2021) from the Alberta Chamber of Resources, and most recently received a Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal (2022) and was recognized as one of Avenue Magazine's Top 40 Under 40 (2022). Katie is a Co-Founder and Board Director for Axis Connects, a Calgary-based organization working to advance women into decision-making roles across all industries, and as a cancer survivor, she co-leads the Next Generation Committee for the OWN.CANCER $250M fundraising campaign. Katie is currently pursuing her MBA in Executive Management at Royal Roads University.

A&WMA Committee for the Professional Development of Women
This workshop was planned by The Committee for the Professional Development of Women. The commitee's goal is to draw upon the unique perspectives and talents of women to further the goals of the Association and to mentor women in the profession.