Bissett School of Business

International Women's Day event: Program


Event Schedule | Breakout Sessions | Panel Discussion
 


Event ScheduleFriday, March 8, 2019 | Ross Glen Hall

Time Event
9:15 a.m. Registration Opens
10 a.m. Welcome & Keynote Presentation                                                                                  
11 a.m. Breakout Sessions
12:30 p.m. Catered Lunch
1 p.m. Panel Discussion
2 p.m. Networking & Reception
3 p.m. Closing Remarks

Breakout Sessions

Gender Disruption

Facilitator: Jake Stika
Description: Jake Stika, co-founder and Executive Director of Next Gen Men & Equity Leaders, shares where conversations around gender need to go in order to advance equity. Students and alumni will leave with new ideas of how to promote positive masculinities, healthy relationships, and gender equity with youth, peers and colleagues.

Why would I want to work there?  Navigating a Male-Dominated workplace culture?

Facilitator: Cathy Glover
Description: Cathy Glover, Changemaker in Residence in the Institute of Community Prosperity, will share her experiences of working in the energy sector for over 16 years. Participants will discuss strategies for increasing diversity and leading change from inside organizations.

Media literacy and female leadership

Facilitator: Dr. Amanda Williams
Description: Gender biases dominate the media we consume, often promoting unfounded and problematic stereotypes about what female leadership entails. In this workshop, Dr. Amanda Williams from the School of Communication Studies will challenge participants to thoughtfully reflect on the media they consume. Strategies promoting critical media literacy will be provided.

Exploring your Grad School options

Facilitator: Dr. Rachael Pettigrew & Stephania Luciuk
Description: Dr. Rachael Pettigrew and Stephania Luciuk, both faculty members in The Faculty of Business and Communication Studies, will review the basics of admissions to graduate school. Rachael will discuss MBA and MS and Stephania will discuss law school. Students and alumni will leave with an understanding of the application process and duration and requirements of each option.

Building resilience for the long run  

Facilitator: Mirjam Knapik
Description: Join this workshop to learn about resilience. Explore what you can do to maximize your well-being during challenging times.

Knowledge is power - employment law basics for new or recent graduates

Facilitator: Catherine McAteer
Description: Catherine McAteer, an employment lawyer and trained workplace investigator, will go through the basics of employment offers, anti-harassment, bullying and discrimination legislation and other topics relevant to new or recent graduates. This workshop is intended to be accessible and interactive, and is aimed at providing attendees with the knowledge and confidence they need to navigate the modern workplace.

Facilitator Bios

Facilitator Bio

Women In Leadership Facilitaor Heeadshot CatharineCatharine McAteer, founding lawyer of Confluence Law

Catherine McAteer is an employment and immigration lawyer, photographer, entrepreneur and innovator in Calgary, Alberta.  She is the founding lawyer of Confluence Law, an innovative legal practice which aims to harness the full potential of both clients and lawyers for a more meaningful experience at the intersection of work, law and life.
 
Catherine has enjoyed a wide variety of work experiences from being the first female drilling fluids engineer working on the rigs in Colombia to practicing law in the office towers of Bay Street to balancing work and family life in downtown Calgary.  She was a law clerk at the Alberta Court of Appeal and Court of Queen’s Bench and in house legal counsel for a large, private oil field services company.   Her variety of life experiences inform her current law practice, which has a particular focus on guiding organizations and individuals through legally challenging work place situations and life experiences.
Facilitator Bio

Women In Leadership Facilitaor Heeadshot CathyAs Cathy retired from an over 16 year career as leader of the Suncor Energy Foundation, she was recognized and gifted with the name Aahpii Pitahgii - White Eagle Woman. As Elder Casey Eaglespeaker described, he choose this name because of her ability to have a system wide view, to see unique interconnections and to bring people together to create space for collaboration and change. As a strong proponent of social innovation Cathy and her team created a corporate community investment program that brought together unlikely partners to address complex social issues and transformative change at regional and national levels, while at the same time supporting employee initiatives and local priorities. While the team developed expertise in working with external partners in the social innovation space, they also found that they gained an ability to work differently within their internal organization, and one of Cathy’s accomplishments was co-leading the team that designed Suncor’s social goal that focuses on reconciliation. Cathy has worked on both sides of the philanthropy equation, with an almost equal amount of time working in charitable and non-profit organizations in Calgary ranging from Alberta Children’s Hospital and Children’s Cottage to the XV Olympic Winter Games and Junior Achievement. She has an MBA and BSc in Psychology, both from the University of Calgary.

Facilitator Bio

Women In Leadership Facilitaor Heeadshot StephaniaStephania Luciuk completed her law degree at Osgoode Hall Law School and graduated from Dalhousie University with her LL.M., completing a dissertation examining the transformational effects of international law on domestic legal systems, particularly water protection laws in Canada and Ukraine. Prior to joining Mount Royal University
full-time, Stephania worked in legal practice with a focus on major energy projects, commercial law and employment matters.  Her legal work spans both private practice and in-house counsel roles with several large corporations (recognized as a Top 40 under 40 corporate counsel in Canada). In addition, she is appointed to the Appeals Commission for Worker's Compensation and conducts mediations for the Provincial Court of Alberta. She has authored and presented legal research in Canada, the United States and Europe on commercial and employment law topics.
Facilitator Bio

Women In Leadership Facilitaor Heeadshot RachaelDr. Rachael Pettigrew is an Assistant Professor in Bissett School of Business at Mount Royal University. She completed her PhD at University of Manitoba. Rachael’s primary research focus is organizational culture and policies surrounding employees' work-life responsibilities, with a specific focus on gender. Recent projects have explored fathers' parental leave use and employer adaptation to the extended parental leave legislation. Her secondary research stream investigates workplace diversity and inclusion, including newcomers. Rachael has over 15 years of teaching university experience, is a public speaker, and is regularly engaged with the business community.

Facilitator Bio

Women In Leadership Facilitaor Heeadshot JakeJake is a passionate speaker and facilitator focused on gender-based issues related to the social and emotional development of young men, the health and well-being of men, and diversity & inclusion. As Executive Director and cofounder of Next Gen Men, a nonprofit promoting positive masculinities, healthy relationships, and gender equity in schools, communities, and workplaces he has impacted the lives of men and boys and those they touch across Canada.
 
Recently named one of Avenue Magazine's Top 40 Under 40, as well as having earned recognition from Ashoka, the British Council, and the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, Jake has also spoken at the United Nations as part of the Canadian Delegation, and participated in the UN Women Safe Cities Initiative Global Forum.
Facilitator Bio

Women In Leadership Facilitaor Heeadshot MirjiamDr. Mirjam Knapik is a Registered Psychologist and came to Mount Royal in 2009. She has a BA from the University of Victoria and a Ph.D. from the University of Calgary.

Early in life she was struck by family stories that spoke of resiliency, perseverance and healing in the face of painful experiences. She wanted to facilitate this growth and healing with others and initially did so as a youth worker. She then completed her degrees so she is now able to do this work intensively as a counsellor.

When she meets with students she is curious about their strengths and what they’ve done to manage their challenges, as well as explore with them new perspectives and possibilities. For Mirjam, it’s about helping others determine what they want their life to be like, and together figuring out how they’ll get there.

In her life she loves to make music with others and enjoys being outside to garden and hike.
Facilitator Bio

Women In Leadership Facilitaor Heeadshot AmandaDr. Amanda Williams is an Assistant Professor for the Faculty of Business and Communication Studies at Mount Royal University. She teaches communication theory (including feminist and critical theory),research methods, and media history. Her latest publications include a 2018 book chapter entitled “Interrogating metaphors of sustainability: laying the framework for a more inclusive discussion of the development of the Alberta oil sands for Indigenous group”, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor’s (GEM) first ever report on youth entrepreneurship in Canada (2018), and the 2017 GEM report on Alberta entrepreneurship. She has also worked for the federal government at the Privy Council Office and for the United Nations in Thailand and Malaysia.

Panel Discussion

The lunchtime panel includes Calgary leaders from a variety of industries and backgrounds who will share their career paths, lessons learned along the way, and provide practical advice to students and recent alumni for navigating their career paths.

Panelist Bios

Women In Leadership Facilitaor Heeadshot KylieKylie is passionate about technology, entrepreneurship and community building. She’s the founder of Chic Geek, a Calgary-based non-profit that curates content, people and companies to build a more supportive community where tech-enabled women advance their careers. Through its mentorship program, technical talks and networking events, Chic Geek helps women build their confidence learning new technology skills and profiles more women as leaders in the space. Ultimately, Chic Geek is working to increase diversity in technology.  

Kylie was named Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Magazine and has been profiled in Metro News as one of "Calgary Heroes." She has also been recognized as a "Need to Know" in Alberta Venture and profiled by the Mount Royal University Summit Magazine in their feature on Women in STEM. In 2016, Kylie represented Alberta in the prestigious International Visitors Leadership Program hosted by the US Department of State and was a voice for women in STEM on an international stage.

 

Women In Leadership Facilitaor Heeadshot NadineDr. Nadine Pearson is a Petroleum Geoscientist with Chevron Canada Resources. As an aspiring woman in leadership and enthusiastic scientist her career interests have taken her around the world. She has stomped around in the mudflats of the Bay of Fundy, trekked the hilly landscapes of Argentinian Andean foothills and traversed the wonders of the Kali Gandaki river valley in the Nepalese Himalayans – all in the name of research. Her expertise are marginal- and shallow-marine clastic sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy, and invertebrate ichnology. She has published eight peer-reviewed technical papers and participated as a Distinguished Lecturer for the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (2017).
 
Nadine has contributed research in the Oil and Gas industry for the past seven years. Her projects have focused on oil sands (mining and in-situ recovery), and frontier exploration (Beaufort and Atlantic Canada). Recently, Nadine was featured in the ‘My Career’ section of the Let’s Talk Science 2019 Challenge Handbook.
Nadine is an advocate and champion for Diversity and Inclusivity. She was a founding member of Chevron Canada’s Diversity Council and sat as the Chair of the Council for five years. Currently, she is the Canadian Site Lead for Chevron Corporation’s Women’s Employee Network and is on the governance committee for Chevron Canada’s MARC (Men Advocating Real Change) initiative. She is a board member for the Association for Women in Geoscience (Calgary chapter).
 
Nadine received her master’s in geology from the University of Alberta in 2006 and her doctorate from the University of Saskatchewan in 2012.  In her spare time, Nadine trains for Strongwoman competitions, crochets and loves to watch Ru Paul’s Drag Race with her daughter.
 

Women In Leadership Facilitaor Heeadshot PaulaPaula is a coach and teacher at heart with addictions to learning, competitive sports and Instagramming her wiener dogs.  Insatiably curious and a lifelong improviser, whose friends describe her as McGyver, Paula loves to create a-ha! moments in those around her and to see people evolve.
 
As Benevity’s Manager of People Development, Paula is responsible for the development and learning needs for a fast-growing global team that is infusing Goodness into the world.
 
Paula’s path to Benevity started on a pool deck coaching and training high performance athletes for Canada and the U.S. Paula then transitioned her leadership and people development skills into the non-Spandex phase of her career by taking on management and training roles for some of the most iconic brands, including lululemon and Apple.
 
When Paula isn’t igniting curiosity for Benevity-ites you can find her volunteering, or road biking (Spandex is never really that far from her life), or eating guacamole.
Women In Leadership Facilitaor Heeadshot AmandaDr. Amanda Williams is an Assistant Professor for the Faculty of Business and Communication Studies at Mount Royal University. She teaches communication theory (including feminist and critical theory), research methods, and media history. Her latest publications include a 2018 book chapter entitled “Interrogating metaphors of sustainability: laying the framework for a more inclusive discussion of the development of the Alberta oil sands for Indigenous group”, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor’s (GEM) first ever report on youth entrepreneurship in Canada (2018), and the 2017 GEM report on Alberta entrepreneurship. She has also worked for the federal government at the Privy Council Office and for the United Nations in Thailand and Malaysia.
 

Women In Leadership Facilitaor Heeadshot JakeJake is a passionate speaker and facilitator focused on gender-based issues related to the social and emotional development of young men, the health and well-being of men, and diversity & inclusion. As Executive Director and cofounder of Next Gen Men, a nonprofit promoting positive masculinities, healthy relationships, and gender equity in schools, communities, and workplaces he has impacted the lives of men and boys and those they touch across Canada.
 
Recently named one of Avenue Magazine's Top 40 Under 40, as well as having earned recognition from Ashoka, the British Council, and the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion, Jake has also spoken at the United Nations as part of the Canadian Delegation, and participated in the UN Women Safe Cities Initiative Global Forum.


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