The WinSETT Centre is governed by a Board of Directors of accomplished women leaders in SETT fields and is establishing Advisory Panels for the Centre and for programs and activities.
Marg Latham, Chair
P.Eng., CMC (President, Aqua Libra Consulting Ltd.)
Marg Latham is President and owner of Aqua Libra Consulting Ltd., a management consulting firm she started in 2010 to help engineering organizations improve their professional practice, quality and project delivery. She is a seasoned senior executive, professional engineer and certified management consultant with a passion for leading people and change. Marg graduated in civil engineering from Queen’s University in 1974. Over the first 20 years of her career she managed institutional, residential and infrastructure projects in Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver. She was a vice president with consulting engineering firms, UMA and later AECOM Canada Ltd. from 2000 to 2009. In 2001 she was named “Outstanding Woman in Construction”; an award co-presented by the Vancouver Regional Construction Association and Canadian Construction Women. Marg actively volunteers her time to encourage and support women in engineering and construction. She was president of Canadian Construction Women from 2004 to 2006 and led the group from near dissolution to being a vibrant organization serving 200 women in the BC lower mainland construction industry.
Sarah Watts-Rynard, Vice Chair
Chief Executive Officer, Polytechnics Canada
Sarah Watts-Rynard joined Polytechnics Canada as Chief Executive Officer on July 30, 2018. Prior to this role, she served as Executive Director of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, supporting Canada’s apprenticeship community with research, promotion and by connecting stakeholders across trades, across sectors and across Canada. After moving to Ottawa in 1990, Sarah worked in the offices of various Members of Parliament both during and after earning her degree in journalism and English at Carleton University. She worked at a local defence contractor as Marketing Coordinator between 2000 and 2002. In 2002, she joined the staff of the Textiles Human Resources Council, a non-profit sector council based in Ottawa. There, she held the position of Director of Communications and Operations until joining the staff of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum in October 2010. During her tenure at the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, Sarah led efforts to overhaul the organization’s governance and membership model. She has been an active and outspoken advocate of the important role tradespeople play in the Canadian economy.
Joy Brown, Secretary
BEng, MSc Geoph
Joy is a Senior Explorationist at TAQA North in Calgary, Alberta. After an undergraduate degree in engineering and a Master’s degree in geophysics, both from the University of Saskatchewan, Joy joined the oil and gas industry with Chevron Canada in 1990. Most of her 24 years in the industry have been with Chevron and ConocoPhillips, focused on structural plays in western Canada with brief stints in international groups working plays in offshore Brazil and Nigeria and most recently, Kurdistan with her current company, Taqa. Joy’s volunteering in support of women in SETT began in university and carried on throughout her career in Calgary. Joy has been very active in women in SETT groups in Alberta. During this time she served a term as President of the Alberta Women’s Science Network (AWSN) as well as a term as President of CCWESTT.
Rebecca Yang, Treasurer
Rebecca graduated from the University of Toronto with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree and is a Chartered Professional Accountant, Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA). She is a Manager, External Reporting & Accounting Policy at Ontario Power Generation (OPG) in which she primarily manages the quarterly and annual financial reports and advises on technical accounting issues. Prior to joining OPG, Rebecca worked at PwC in the Assurance practice in Toronto. Her audit portfolio spanned multiple industries and sectors including power and utilities, technology, healthcare, manufacturing and distribution, and non-profit organizations.
Rebecca is passionate about giving back to the community and has previously volunteered as an Advisor with Junior Achievement in which she taught and mentored numerous high school students on leadership, financial literacy and entrepreneurship. During her spare time, she also serves as a Sessional Instructional Assistant at the University of Toronto and a Facilitator in the Professional Education Program (PEP) with CPA Ontario.
Kelsie Priest, Director
Kelsie Priest is a Project Engineer at Glotman Simpson Consulting Engineers specializing in the structural design of concrete and wood-frame projects in British Columbia, Washington, and California. Kelsie graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia in 2014. Since graduating, Kelsie has been actively engaged in the recruitment and retention of women in engineering through speaking to and mentoring University and High School aged women. In 2018, she was one of the founding directors of Women in Consulting Engineering Vancouver, an organization that supports and empowers women in engineering and increases gender diversity and inclusion in the industry.
Rebecca Sorbara, Director
Dipl. Tech, B. Tech, AScT, CPHC
Rebecca Sorbara is the Director of Building Science at McCuaig & Associates Engineering, a Vancouver based engineering firm specializing in the maintenance and renewals of existing buildings. After completing a Diploma of Technology and a Bachelor of Technology, both from the British Columbia Institute of Technology, Rebecca also worked with CBRE GCS and Shape Properties Ltd. Passionate about the role that buildings play in the challenge to tackle climate change, Rebecca recently became a Certified Passive House Consultant. Rebecca’s involvement with promoting and supporting women in SETT began soon after starting her career when she volunteered in various roles with Canadian Construction Women. She is currently part of the Advancing Women in Engineering and Technology (AWET) Regional Action Committee for the BC Lower Mainland, an initiative aimed at promoting the 30 by 30 goal championed by Engineers Canada.
Carrie Vos, Director
MA, BSc, CET
Carrie Vos is a Department Head in the School of Applied Sciences and Technology at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton, Alberta. Before this role, Carrie was the Academic Chair of the Engineering Design Technology program at NAIT. Carrie is a Certified Engineering Technologist and graduate of the Engineering Design Technology program at NAIT. She worked as an engineering designer for several consulting companies in the areas of structural and piping design. Carrie’s other educational achievements include a B.Sc. in Environmental and Conservation Sciences as well as an M.A. in Communications and Technology (both degrees from the University of Alberta). In addition to joining the WinSETT Board of Directors, Carrie actively promotes STEM careers through volunteer work with the Association of Science & Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) and Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science, and Technology (WISEST).
Clarice Ward, Director
Project Manager, Specialty Contracts, Melloul-Blamey Construction Inc.
Clarice Ward is a Project Manager, Specialty Contracts at Melloul-Blamey Construction based in Waterloo, Ontario. She is both a 2007 graduate of the Women in Skilled Trades program and a 2011 graduate of the General Carpenter Apprenticeship program at Conestoga College. Clarice obtained the Construction Supervisory Technologies Certificate from San Diego State University in 2012. She spent the first 11 years of her construction career on the jobsite where she held increasingly challenging roles. She began as a labourer in insurance restoration, which included wind, fire, flood damage and environmental abatement. She then advanced to a carpenter apprentice, and subsequently became a tradesperson. She rounded off her site experience in site health & safety on high-rise construction in the ICI sector.
Clarice was named Alumna of Distinction in 2018 at Conestoga College. In 2019 Clarice received Ontario’s Premier’s Award in the Apprenticeship Category, the highest recognition in Ontario’s college system. She is currently completing undergraduate studies at the University of Waterloo, where she is majoring in legal studies and economics.
Laleh Behjat, Director
Dr. Laleh Behjat is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Calgary, and the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering – Prairie Region. Her research focuses on developing mathematical techniques and software tools for automating the design of digital integrated circuits. She has won several awards for her work including the 1st and 2nd places in International Symposium on Physical Design Placement contests, 3rd place in the Design Automation Perspective Challenge, and Schulich School of Engineering Research Productivity Award. Dr. Behjat acted as an academic advisor for the Google Technical Development Guide and was a member of Google’s Council on Computer Science Education. She is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits, ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems, and Optimization in Engineering from Springer.
Dr. Behjat is passionate about increasing the status of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). She was the recipient of the 2015 Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) Women in Engineering Champion Award; Association of Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group in Design Automation Service Award in 2014 and 2017; and 2017 Killam Graduate Student Supervision and Mentorship Award. Her team, Schulich Engineering Outreach Team, was also the recipient of the ASTech Leadership Excellence in Science and Technology Public Awareness Award in 2017.
Christina Gale, Director
Christina is a Professional Engineer currently working within the Frontier Exploration group at Husky Energy. Christina graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor Degree in Process Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland and was hired as part of Husky’s New Graduate program later that year. Over the past 7 years with Husky, she has worked in a variety of roles and in various locations across the country including Newfoundland, British Columbia and Alberta. Christina is passionate about making a difference within her organization and industry. In 2017, she established Husky’s first ever LBGTA Network, which is an Employee Resource Group that strives to improve diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Additionally, Christina has served her organization by participating in the company’s Engineer-in-Training Rotational Program hiring process, been an active member of the University of Calgary’s career fair, was a selection committee member for Husky’s Women in SETT scholarship, and is an active member of Husky’s Engineering mentorship program.
Deborah Harrop, Director
I.S.P., CISSP, CBCP, CISM
Deborah Harrop is the Senior Manager, Information Management at Alberta’s Workers’ Compensation Board and leads the Board’s Information Technology Team. This involves ensuring the computing systems deliver high levels of availability, reliability, stability and scalability, as failure could seriously impact the ability of the Board to achieve its objectives and deliver critical services to stakeholders. Deborah chairs the committee responsible for ensuring that investment in new technology and new business applications is cost effective and aligned to business priorities. She develops a strong team of highly skilled and motivated IT professionals and creates teams that provide high levels of employee satisfaction and effective service delivery.
Lorraine Marsolais, Director
BA, MSc, FIC, ing (Past Control Systems Engineer, Hydro-Québec Trans-Énergie)
Lorraine Marsolais is an electrical engineer who has enjoyed a 34 years career at Hydro-Québec in the specialized field of systems control for electricity networks. She has a Bachelor of Arts (Université de Montréal), a Bachelor of Engineering (Concordia University) and a Master of Sciences (Université du Québec). After graduating, she was awarded two scholarships for six months training at the Research Center of Électricité de France and for one year at the Central Electricity Generating Board (England). Over a period of 22 years, she got involved in various social activities related to engineering and sciences. For the Order of Engineers of Québec (OIQ), she has contributed to the works of the Continuing Education committee followed by the Women in Engineering committee. On a national basis, she got active in CCWESTT and in Engineers Canada. In 2004, she became a member of the Women in Engineering Advisory Group of Engineers Canada and in 2006, she served as president for a two years period. In 2010, she received the title of Fellow Ingénieurs Canada(FIC) for her contributions to the profession. She is a member of the Board of WinSETT and a member of the Board of AFFESTIM (Association de la francophonie à propos des femmes en sciences, technologies, ingénierie et mathématiques).
Katherine Sinex, Director
P.Eng., B.Sc. (Mech. Eng., Co-op), M.Sc. (Psych)
Katherine has worked in the petroleum industry for the past 19 years in technical, planning, change management, and leadership roles of increasing responsibility. Notable career highlights include her time in Chevron’s Energy Technology Company worldwide consulting team where, in addition to her role as a reservoir simulation engineer, she led Chevron’s global Reservoir Simulation Network of nearly 1000 members. While working in the Gulf of Mexico, she created the organizational competency and processes to steward major capital funding requests for more than two dozen projects in just one year. She later served as Manager of the Liard/Horn River upstream asset, which included managing a cross-disciplinary team, a significant budget, and partner relations. Most recently, she stewarded a culture change known as Leading Performance, which included designing and delivering an innovative, holistic leadership development program. Katherine’s contributions were honoured with a Young Women in Energy Award in 2016.
Erica Lee, Program Director, Women in SETT Leadership Program
Erica is a professional engineer with over 15 years’ experience in automotive manufacturing, mining, non-profit management and entrepreneurship. She is a Six Sigma Black Belt, professional change agent, innovator and big-picture thinker, as well as an enthusiastic mentor and coach, especially to recent grads who aspire to change the world.
Erica is the founder of Erica Lee Consulting which assists companies in embracing leaner, more efficient, and less impactful ways of working.
In the fall of 2018, she founded Engineers of Tomorrow, a non-profit organization that inspires the next generation of engineers through effective, impactful outreach.
Jane Robinson, Administration
MA, PSIC (President, Jane Robinson Consulting)
Jane has worked as an administrator, development educator, researcher, executive director and project manager with organizations such as Oxfam-Canada, the St. John’s Women’s Centre, and the WinSETT Centre. From 2006-2014, she worked at the College of the North Atlantic as a Program Developer and as a Policy, Planning and Research Analyst building her knowledge of the engineering technology, information technology, health sciences, business, and industrial trades sectors and labour markets in Newfoundland and Labrador (NL) and Canada. Jane is a past President of the Canadian Research Institute for the Advancement of Women, and a member of the Multicultural Women’s Organization of NL and the Canadian Evaluation Society. Jane holds an MA in Sociology in Education, and a Post-Secondary Instructor’s Certificate.
Susan Hollett, Project Consultant
MSc, CE (President, Hollett and Sons Inc.)Susan Hollett is President of Hollett and Sons Inc., a consulting firm based in Clarenville NL. Her firm specializes in planning, facilitation and evaluation and has done considerable work engaging under-represented populations. Prior to forming her business, Susan worked in senior positions in community, economic and social development. She is the recipient of the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs Recognition Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Women’s Advancement in Business and Community Economic Development”. Throughout her career, Susan has worked extensively with women in science, engineering, trades and technology through collaborations with organizations such as Women in Resource Development, CCWESTT, and the WinSETT Centre. Susan supports the WinSETT Centre as a project consultant.