CanWIT Atlantic Chapter's Official Launch Event
Celebrating Atlantic Canada’s Women in Technology!
October 27, 2011

November 3, 2011

Canadian Women in Technology (CanWIT), a Division of CATAAlliance, is pleased to launch its Atlantic Chapter! Join us on November 3rd at the Fredericton Convention Centre, as part of the NRC's New Brunswick Innovation Forum, where we will feature a panel discussion from some of the regions’ most inspiring women in technology. We’ll also share the objectives of the chapter for the coming year and how you can get involved. A cocktail reception will follow after the panel and group discussion. The fun begins at 2:30 p.m. Spaces are limited, confirm your spot today!

Register online at: http://www.catawit.ca/features/news/items/news09011101.asp

Panelists:

Jill Green, PEng.
CEO, Green Imaging Technologies, Inc.

Jill Green graduated from UNB with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering in 1995. She has had a wide variety of professional experience over the last 15 years working in both the public and private sectors managing multi-million dollar projects for major public and private corporations. Through her career, Jill has had many opportunities in different areas including managing a Public Utility responsible for 23 communities, was a partner in a mid-sized engineering firm and owned her own consulting business. Much of Jill’s experience was gained in the USA but in 2006, she returned to Atlantic Canada to start Green Imaging Technologies and commercialize technologies developed at the UNB MRI Research Centre.

Desiree Stockermans
Operations Manager, Instrument Concepts-Sensor Software Inc.

Desiree Stockermans graduated from UNB with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry. She worked for five years in England providing advice to planners on the effects of building developments on trees and the environment. While living on the Bay of Fundy and studying for a Masters of Environmental Science at Dalhousie University she became interested in ocean science, and in the process to designate the Bay of Fundy as Biosphere Reserve. Desiree started working part-time for Instrument Concepts as an administrator. By seeking opportunities at Saint Mary’s University Business Development Programs,Colchester Regional Development Agency and Centre for Women in Business, Desiree was able to develop the skills needed in Human Resources, Management, Commercialization, Finances and Customer Relations to help lead a successful high tech engineering company located in rural NS.

Theresa Williams
CEO – Atwood Technology Inc.

Theresa Atwood has a Wharton’s Ivy League MBA with a major in Entrepreneurship and also possesses a Bachelor in Technology from Memorial University. She is an exceptional hands-on visionary Leader, performance driven Entrepreneur and International Project Manager with more than 20 years of relevant diverse industry experience in small entrepreneurial ventures and world-renowned organizations such as UPM-Kymmene, Allstream and Atlantic Lottery Corporation. Background includes twelve years entrepreneurial experience, control of a $12 million operating budget and multimillion dollar capital budgets. As a youth, she received the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award from then Governor General Madame Jeanne Sauvé. With Sauvé as a role model, Theresa is dedicated to social responsibility and serves as a New Brunswick Ambassador. Theresa is the owner and CEO of a management consulting company, Atwood Consulting Group Ltd and a new exciting internet start-up, Atwood Technology Inc.

Catherine (Cathy) Ronahan
Project Coordinator, Trade HERizons

Catherine (Cathy) Ronahan graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island (UPEI) with a Bachelor of Science degree (honours), major in mathematics. She feels particularly honoured to be working with WNPEI on various projects since 2008 and has been Trade HERizons Project Coordinator since 2010. Growing up the only girl in a family with three brothers prepared her for often being the only female in university math classes with male physics and engineering students. Because of her math skills, Cathy has been called upon to tutor many people with math phobia over the years. This includes working with women on the math component of programs supporting women’s participation in trades and technology. In particular, she has worked with Women in Trades and Technology (WITT) at the East Prince Women’s Information Centre (EPWIC) and Trade HERizons at Women’s Network PEI (WNPEI). She has even been nick-named ‘Mathy’ by some of her students.

For more information on how to get involved with the Atlantic Chapter and other programs it offers, please contact Emily Boucher at eboucher@cata.ca