Posted March 5th, 2013 by Engineering

Women in Science & Engineering Conference a WISE Choice

Chakameh Shafii (MechE MASc 1T4) is offering a word to the WISE for female engineering students and new graduates: Join us for a weekend of innovation at the first-ever Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) national conference on March 16 and 17 at U of T.

Shafii, who is chairing the conference, says it will provide a great opportunity for students and young alumni to come together, to network and hear the stories of some really interesting people, leaders and fellow students from across Canada. And it’s not just for women, she adds.

The theme of the conference is “Imagine, Innovate, Inspire” and its goal is to inspire a younger generation of female leaders to explore different possibilities, to think outside the boundaries and to appreciate the opportunities they are given, Shafii says.

The conference is being organized by WISE’s University of Toronto branch. It will include workshops on topics such as work-life balance, leadership and health & wellness, panel presentations on the future of energy, personalized medicine and digital health, as well as networking breaks.

U of T Engineering Acting Dean Yu-Ling Cheng will open the conference with welcoming remarks. Keynote speakers include MaRS Discovery District President Ilse Treurnicht, former Hydro One CEO Laura Formusa and Google litigation director and U of T Engineering grad Catherine Lacavera (CompE 9T7). All the keynote speakers will be in attendance for the entire conference to meet and talk to attendees.

There will also be a career fair with companies such as General Electric, Cisco Canada, Cisco US, MDA, Accenture, Deloitte, Altera, Hydro One and many more on hand to hire for full-time, internship and Professional Engineering Year (PEY) placements. The conference also includes a ‘Tech-Case’ competition presented by Cisco, which gives attendees the chance to practise their solving skills using their engineering and science backgrounds.

Registration costs $100 and tickets are going fast. U of T Engineering students have 60 per cent subsidies, which means they only pay $40 for the two-day conference. For more information, go to

The WISE conference is just one of many events taking place during National Engineering Month. To see what else is happening at U of T Engineering this month, visit our National Engineering Month page.

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