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Women for STEM Summit

Women for STEM Summit 2021: Resilient, Responsive, Resourceful

The third annual Women for STEM Summit will take place virtually on Thursday, October 14 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. The virtual event will feature distinguished speakers who will explore various viewpoints on the challenges faced by women and the ways that COVID-19 has changed how we live and work.

The speakers will focus on the theme of Resilient, Responsive, Resourceful to explore how women in STEM careers are helping their organizations and employees succeed and move forward from COVID-19.




Welcome and Opening Remarks 

1:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Fireside Chat with Rania Llewellyn and Mitch Frazer

1:45 - 2:30 p.m.

Rania Llewellyn, President and Chief Executive Officer, Laurentian Bank of Canada
Mitch Frazer, Chancellor, Ontario Tech University


2:40 - 3:00 p.m.

Paula Hodgins, Senior Vice President Global Accounts and Telco, VMWare
Rekha Rao-Mayya, Country Leader, ISV and Digital Native Customers, Amazon Web Services Canada


3 - 3:20 p.m.

Karine Glenn, Strategic Project Director, Nuclear Waste Management Organization


3:20 - 3:40 p.m.

Vandana Juneja, Executive Director, Canada, Catalyst Canada Inc.

Women in STEM in the Academy

3:50 - 4:10 pm

Jennifer McKellar, Associate Professor, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, Ontario Tech University

Remarks from President Steven Murphy

4:10 - 4:20 p.m.

Steven Murphy, President and Vice-Chancellor, Ontario Tech University

Closing Remarks with Lisa McBride

4:20 - 4:25 p.m.

Lisa McBride, VP, Country Lead, Small Modular Reactors, GE Hitachi, President of Women in Nuclear Canada and Chair of the Women for STEM Council.

*schedule subject to change

Rania Llewellyn, President and CEO, Laurentian Bank of Canada

Rania Llewelyn

Rania Llewellyn was appointed President and Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of the Laurentian Bank of Canada in October 2020. She is the first woman to lead a major bank in Canada.
Ms. Llewellyn is a strategic and innovative leader with more than 25 years of experience in the banking industry.
She previously served as Executive Vice President, Global Business Payments, at Scotiabank, where she began her career 26 years ago as a part-time teller.

Karine Glenn, Strategic Project Director, Nuclear Waste Management Organization

Headshot of Karine GlennKarine Glenn is the Strategic Project Director at the Nuclear Waste Management Organization, responsible for leading the development of Canada’s Integrated Strategy for Radioactive Waste. Karine is a professional engineer in both Ontario and Québec, receiving her degree from Concordia University. Prior to joining the NWMO in August 2020, she worked at the Canadian Nuclear Safety Commission from 2007 and held a number of positions of growing responsibility throughout her time there, most recently as Director of the Wastes and Decommissioning Division. With over 20 years of experience in the nuclear field in industry and with the regulator, Karine has also held various roles in the areas of transportation and packaging and internal quality management and served as the vice-chair of the CSA technical committees on radioactive waste and decommissioning. When she is not working, Karine enjoys fishing with her husband and son and is an avid karate practitioner.


Paula Hodgins, Senior Vice President, GLobal Accounts and Telco, VMWare

Headshot of Paula HodginsPaula Hodgins currently serves as Senior Vice President, Global Accounts and Telco and has responsibility for VMware’s largest and most strategic global customers.

Prior to joining VMware in 2021, Hodgins was President of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) Canada. As the top executive in Canada, she ran all customer segments and supported some of Canada’s largest companies and government agencies through their digital transformation journeys.

Hodgins also spent 13 years at Microsoft, where she held multiple leadership positions working across global, US and Canadian subsidiaries. Most recently, Paula led Azure sales in the enterprise customer segment at Microsoft Canada, moving some of the country’s largest companies to public cloud for the first time.


Vandana Juneja, Executive Director, Catalyst Canada

vandana juneja headshotVandana Juneja is Executive Director of Catalyst Canada, where she leads the growth of Catalyst’s operations in Canada, working closely with supporters, corporate partners, professional organizations, CEOs, and senior leaders to accelerate progress for women through workplace inclusion.

A sought-after speaker on diversity, equity, and inclusion, Vandana is a trusted business leader who has guided DEI strategies around the globe, including in Canada, the US, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Latin America. She joined Catalyst in 2013, working closely with Catalyst’s supporter communities in progressive roles, and advancing to VP, Global Growth Markets in 2017.

Prior to joining Catalyst, Vandana practiced immigration law, working with clients across a broad range of industries. She went on to work in the Diversity and Inclusion groups of two leading Canadian banks, where she focused on gender initiatives and advising Employee Resource Groups.



Jennifer McKellar, Associate Professor, Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science, Ontario Tech University

Jennifer McKellar headshotDr. Jennifer McKellar is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Energy Systems and Nuclear Science at Ontario Tech University and a licensed Professional Engineer in Ontario.  She leads the Energy Systems Analysis research group.  The group’s goal is to contribute to the development of sustainable energy systems by (1) developing analytical tools in support of decision- and policy-making, and (2) completing techno-economic and environmental assessments of energy systems.  Her students’ work has been presented at conferences on energy economics, industrial ecology, chemical engineering and nuclear energy.  Dr. McKellar’s undergraduate and Master’s degrees are in Chemical Engineering, and her doctorate is in Civil Engineering, with a focus on Environmental Engineering.  Following her PhD, Dr. McKellar held a Postdoctoral Fellowship jointly with the Universities of Toronto and Calgary.  Prior to pursuing her PhD, Dr. McKellar worked in environmental consulting with Golder Associates Ltd., focused on air quality.



The Women for STEM Fund is an opportunity for women students to fulfil their potential in innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)-based fields which currently have the lowest female enrollment at Ontario Tech. 

 Gifts of any amount to the scholarship fund are greatly appreciated. 

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Registration is complimentary for the Women for STEM Summit 2021: Resilient, Resourceful, Responsive.

Donations are welcome and will go towards the Women for STEM Scholarship Fund.

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