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12:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. ET

Collecting data on diversity demographics

Regulators present their research and data collection best practices. What data is collected and how is it used? What are the challenges in collecting the data? How does it impact engineers and employers to have this data?

There will be an opportunity for virtual breakout rooms. Each panelist will lead a smaller group discussion to answer questions and work on solutions with other participants. We want to give participants and panelists the chance to work through problems and take away actionable advice they can implement in their own jurisdictions on improving data collection and research on gender and diversity demographics.

Speakers

Moderator: Lisa Stepnuk

Lisa Stepnuk

Lisa Stepnuk is the Director of Equity and Representation at Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba, where she has worked on the initiative to have 30 per cent of newly licensed engineers be women by 2030, since 2018. Lisa is a graduate of Biosystems Engineering at the University of Manitoba. She worked as an engineer-in-training at Building Alternatives Inc designing straw bale, timber frame, and cordwood residences, and commercial buildings. She also worked in Goose Bay, NL, and Montreal, QC, in the environmental engineering field, conducting Phase I site assessments of commercial and industrial sites. Lisa is a mother of three, a community organizer, and a DJ at queer dance parties and drag shows.

Tracey Caruana, P.Eng.

Tracey Caruana

Tracey Caruana is a professional engineer with a degree in mechanical engineering from McMaster University. She joined PEO in January 2014 in the role of EIT Coordinator, and has since moved into the position of Manager, Engineering Intern Programs. Prior to joining PEO, Tracey worked at Hatch Ltd. for nine years, gaining exposure to numerous projects within the mining industry.  She worked as a piping engineer for seven years and in management consulting for the remainder.  

In the role of Manager, Engineering Intern Programs, Tracey is responsible for providing guidance and support for the EIT Program, the Student Membership Program (SMP) and the Licensure Assistance Program (LAP).  In addition, she is the staff advisor for PEO’s 30 by 30 Task Force.  

Marcie Cochrane (she/her), MBA, P.Eng.

Marcie Cochrane

Marcie Cochrane is an engineering sector leader with strengths in project management and delivery, diversity and inclusion research, strategic planning, and leadership.  She is passionate about leading others to take action and catalyzing change within organizations and industries. Located in Kamloops, BC, Marcie is the 30 by 30 Coordinator for Engineers and Geoscientists BC. She also works as a consultant, supporting engineering sector organizations, including the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies of BC (ACEC-BC), with equity, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) programs, leadership programs, and strategic planning.  Her MBA research project, which examined retention of women in engineering in British Columbia, combined with her experience working in the sector, provides a strong foundation for her EDI work within engineering.

With over fifteen years experience in the practice of engineering, Marcie has worked in a number of different sectors including consulting, public sector, and private industry.  Within these sectors, she has worked with and led multi-disciplinary project teams in technical and leadership roles, delivering a range of projects, including high voltage unground transmission, substations, residential distribution systems, energy management programs, and product innovation for power system management and monitoring.

Marcie obtained her Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from the University of Victoria, and Master of Business Administration from Royal Roads University. Marcie received the Chancellor’s Award (2019) for highest academic excellence from the Royal Roads School of Business and was nominated for the Governor General’s Gold Medal for Top Masters Level Student Thesis (2018) for her research on the retention of women in engineering.

Mohamed El Daly, M.Sc., P.Eng.

Mohamed El Daly

Mohamed El Daly is Director, Outreach and Product Services at APEGA. In his role, Mohamed oversees APEGA’s Outreach, and Diversity and Inclusion portfolios while providing guidance to hundreds of volunteers in APEGA’s 10 branches across the province. He has over 20 years of project management and leadership experience and has led many projects to successful completion. Mohamed is a registered professional engineer with APEGA, holds a Master’s degree in civil engineering, and is a graduate of Cornell University’s Diversity and Inclusion program. He also holds a Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional (CCIP) designation from the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion (CCDI) and was recently recognized by CCDI as the Diversity and Inclusion Practitioner of the Year. Mohamed is also the recipient of the Human Rights Award from the John Humphrey Centre for Peace & Human Rights for his efforts to promote STEM education of underrepresented groups and Indigenous communities.

Justin Haley

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Justin Haley is the Communications Advisor for PEGNL, a role which includes Diversity & Inclusion planning for the organization. Since graduating with a Bachelor of Public Relations from Mount Saint Vincent University in Nova Scotia, Justin has gained over a decade of experience in communications management, with a special focus in non-profit and community-minded work.

Prior to starting with PEGNL in 2018, Justin was employed in roles related to youth advocacy, health care, assault prevention and  survivor support, and municipal relations. In his spare time, Justin is an avid, yet middling pool player. When the weather cooperates, he also enjoys visiting some of the many corners of his home province.