EDI Speakers & Talks

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Master of Ceremonies
Andrea Bain
Television Host & Podcaster,
National Speakers Bureau

A two-time Canadian Screen Awards nominee, Andrea has hosted a number of lifestyle programs including Live Here Buy This (HGTV), Revamped (Slice) and Three Takes (Slice). Her television career began in the newsroom at CTV and Global News. She worked behind the scenes as a producer and, shortly after, landed her first…Learn more >

Keynote Speaker
Dr. Imogen R. Coe
Chemistry & Biology, Professor,
Ryerson University

Dr. Imogen R. Coe was the founding dean of the Faculty of Science from 2012 to 2018 and is a professor of Chemistry and Biology at Ryerson University in Toronto. She is also an affiliate scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, where her research group studies the proteins responsible for the import of anti-cancer drugs…Learn more >

Keynote Speaker
Nancy Chahwan
Chief Human Resources Officer
Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat

Nancy Chahwan was appointed as the Chief Human Resources Officer at the Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat (TBS) in August 2018. Prior to this, she served as Assistant Secretary of the Government Operations Sector of TBS from May 2015 to March 2017, at which time she was appointed Deputy Commissioner of the CanadaLearn more >

Key Note Speaker
Naveen Mehta
Chief Legal Officer,

As an award-winning diversity and inclusion strategist, coach and educator, Naveen has been delivering cutting-edge diversity and inclusion training and illuminating presentations for more than a decade. He is a prominent figure in the Canadian diversity and inclusion space. Naveen is the national Diversity Coach and Columnist with Canadian Lawyer Magazine, a think-tank...Learn more >

Key Note Speaker
Martita Mullen
Senior Manager Design and Construction,
CN Rail

Martita Mullen, Senior Manager Design and Construction, is responsible for construction and infrastructure improvement projects in the US. She earned her bachelor’s degree in civil engineering at Northwestern University and a master’s in civil engineering at Tufts University. She is a PE in Tennessee and has her PMP. Martita started her railroad career at the ...Learn more >

Feature Presenter
Dr. Tibor Turi, Ph.D., P.Eng.
President & Chair,
Ontario Society of Professional Engineers

Tibor Turi has been a professional engineer for more than 25 years. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Materials Engineering and a Ph.D. in engineering nanotechnology, as well as an Executive Certificate in Strategy and Innovation from the Sloan School of Management at MIT. Tibor is OSPE’s President and Chair, and former...Learn more >

Feature Presenter
Réjeanne Aimey, P.Eng.
Vice Chair,
Ontario Society of Professional Engineers

Réjeanne is currently a Senior Consultant with KPMG, having previously worked at General Motors. She was elected to the OSPE Board of Directors in 2017 and was appointed as Secretary of the Board. For 2018-2019, she is the Chair of the Audit and Finance and EDI Committees and also serves on both the Executive and Joint Relations Committees...Learn more >

Feature Presenter
Yasir Naqvi
Chief Executive Officer,
Institute for Canadian Citizenship

Yasir Naqvi is the Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (ICC), Canada’s leading voice on citizenship and inclusion. Prior to joining the ICC, Mr. Naqvi served as a Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for almost 11 years, representing a downtown, urban and diverse community in Ottawa, Ontario. In that time, he served as the Attorney General ofLearn more >


Workshop Facilitator
Hamlin Grange
President & Co-Founder,

Hamlin Grange has been recognized for his work in helping to create inclusive environments that value the contributions of all individuals. As President and co‐founder of DiversiPro, a workplace diversity and inclusion consulting company based in Toronto, Hamlin has worked for nearly 20 years in a wide range of sectors including corporations, not‐for‐profit…Learn more >

Moderator for Panel 1
Jeanette Southwood, P.Eng.
Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Strategic Partnerships, 
Engineers Canada

An award-winning engineer, Jeanette Southwood is Vice President, Corporate Affairs and Strategic Partnerships, at Engineers Canada, the national organization of the 12 engineering regulators that license Canada’s more than 295,000 members of the engineering profession, where her team’s portfolios include globalization and  …Learn more >


Panel 1
Kevin Smith
Vice President, Human Resources, 
Pratt & Whitney Canada

Kevin P. Smith was appointed Vice President, Human Resources, Pratt & Whitney Canada (P&WC), in 2006. He plays a key role in driving P&WC’s growth strategy and sustaining its position as an employer of choice. More specifically, he fosters an inclusive, empowered and innovative work environment to increase organizational effectiveness. He isLearn more >


Panel 1
Chris Hunter
General Manager, 

Chris Hunter is a Professional Engineer with over 20 years of experience in municipal infrastructure design and construction. In the last four years, Chris’ role has evolved to leading a team of over 800 people as the General Manager for GHD’s largest global region, Ontario. In this role, Chris is responsible for the firm’s transportation and water markets inLearn more >

Panel 1
Greg Lane
Vice President of Change and Culture,
Hydro One Networks Inc.

With over 25 years’ experience in managing large scale change initiatives, Greg brings deep expertise in delivering transformational programs that evolve culture, deliver operational excellence, and realize business value while empowering and engaging employeesIn his current role he extends his change management...Learn more >

Panel 1
Tania Fauchon
Vice President Quality,
Bombardier Transportation Americas

Tania is a Senior Executive leader with over 20 years of experience in the Aerospace and Rail industry. She was appointed Vice-President Quality – Americas for Bombardier Transportation Canada Inc in 2018.  In her role, she provides global corporate quality leadership for the Americas business unit. She develops and ...Learn more >

Panel 1
Christina Hane
Manager, Sourcing and Onboarding,
CN Rail

Christina is the Manager of Sourcing and Onboarding at CN. She leads and develops programs that recruit and engage employees, ensuring CN secures and retains the best talent and gets them job-ready rapidly so the organization can deliver on its overall objectives. Christina builds long-term partnerships with key ...Learn more >

Moderator for Panel 2
Jarret Leaman
Business Partner, Philanthropy and Business Development, 
Troon Technologies

Jarret Leaman is Anishinaabe (Ojibway) from Magnetawan First Nation. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration specializing in Human Resource Management with a minor degree in Native Studies from Trent University, and a Master’s degree in Industrial Relations through the School of Policy Studies atLearn more >

Panel 2
Princewill Ogban
Diversity and Inclusion Specialist,
City of Ottawa

Princewill Ogban is a registered Social worker and a graduate of University of Waterloo Master of Social Work Program. Princewill have devoted his entire career in Human Rights, Diversity & Inclusion providing strategic advice to organizational leadership and diverse population within government, private, public….Learn more >



Panel 2
Nadine Huggins
Executive Director of People Management and
Community Engagement, Treasury Board Secretariat

Executive Director of People Management and Community Engagement, Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer, Treasury Board Secretariat. Nadine Huggins is the Executive Director of People Management and Community Engagement with the Office of the Chief Human Resources Officer (OCHRO) at Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS). She is responsible forLearn more >

Panel 2
Lydia Spencer
Enterprise Architect, Canada Border Services Agency

Lydia SpencerFor as long as she can remember, Ms. Spencer has been interested in math and science, and she distinctly remembers her disappointment when she arrived at Carleton University to pursue her bachelor in Computer Science with minor in Mathematics and discovered how few women there were in her program, and worse yet, how few made it to graduation…Learn more >

Panel 2
Dr. Tezel
University of Ottawa

She joined University of Ottawa in 1988, following two years of Post-Doctoral studies at UNB and she is currently a Full Professor in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering at the University of Ottawa (uOttawa). She was the Vice-Dean – Research for the Faculty of Engineering at uOttawa from July 2010 until June 2015. Prof. Tezel is an internationallyLearn more >

Panel 2
Meiz Majdoub
Naval Combat Systems Engineering Officer,
Department of National Defence

Commander Meiz Majdoub joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 1998 and graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 2002 with a Bachelors of Computer Engineering. After completing his initial training in Halifax,  he served in various engineering ashore establishments and operational ships until 2010 …Learn more >

Moderator for Panel 3
Sonya Shorey
Vice President of Strategy, Marketing and Communications,
Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards

Sonya Shorey, Vice President of Strategy, Marketing and Communications for Invest Ottawa and Bayview Yards, is a communications executive and management consultant with more than 20 years of leadership experience with private and public organizations. With expertise in regional, national and globalLearn more >

Panel 3
Annette Bergeron, P.Eng.
Past-President, Engineers Canada
Principal, Bergeron Consulting

Ms. Bergeron graduated from Queen’s University with a BScH E in Metallurgical Engineering and from York University’s Schulich School of Business with an MBA in Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship. She has over three decades of experience in industry, academic administration, engineering and business education, entrepreneurship, and….Learn more >

Panel 3
Sara Gauen
Inclusion and Diversity Specialist, Human Resources
Algonquin College

Sarah Gauen is the lead for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion at Algonquin College, and chairs the College’s ‘We Saved You a Seat’ initiative for Women in Technology. Algonquin College has five campuses, and serves over 24,000 on-site students annually. With over a decade of experience, Sarah has managed projects, performed research, and provided….Learn more >


Panel 3
Heidi-Lynn Ploeg
Associate Professor,
Queen’s University

Heidi-Lynn PloegHeidi-Lynn Ploeg is an Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Queen’s University at Kingston. She directs the Queen’s Bone and Joint Biomechanics (Q-BJB) Lab, in the Human Mobility Research Centre. Her Q-BJB Lab’s objective is to understand …Learn more >

Panel 3
Nicole Girard
Director General – Navigation Protection Program,
Transport Canada

Nicole Girard is currently the Director General – Navigation Protection Program for Transport Canada. In this role, Nicole provides support and leadership to a wide variety of areas within the portfolio, including regulation and policy development.Learn more >

Panel 3
Vanessa Raponi
Founder, EngiQueers Canada
EIT, Spin Master

Vanessa Raponi graduated from McMaster University in 2018 with a degree in Materials Engineering & Management. She’s now an EIT at Spin Master Ltd (a toy manufacturer with such brands as Paw Patrol, Hatchimals and Etch A Sketch) in the.Learn more >


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This year, over 1,400 attendees – from the engineering community and beyond – will gather to learn, network, and brainstorm together.

Partnership Opportunities

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