Inspiring Women Series event February 28th

It’s time for our first Inspiring Women Series event of the winter semester! Join us on Monday, February 28th between 6-8 pm in STE5084 to hear two very different speakers give inspiring talks! This month we will be featuring Audrey Lavoie, associate scientist at Pfizer Vaccines Research Ottawa, and Zakiah Kassam, Engineering professor and entrepreneur.

We hope to see you there! As usual, free food and refreshments will be provided. Bring your friends!


C’est le temps pour notre premier “Inspiring Women Series” événement du semestre d’hiver! Veuillez nous rejoindre ce lundi le 28 février de 18-20 h à STE5084 pour entendre deux femmes très différentes donner des discours inspirants. Prenant la parole ce mois-ci seront Audrey Lavoie, scientifique à Pfizer Vaccines Research Ottawa, et Zakiah Kassam, professeure de génie et entrepreneuse.

Espérons vous y voir! Comme d’habitude, il y aura des rafraichissements et des desserts gratuits. Amenez vos amis!


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Audrey Lavoie graduated in 2009 from the University of Ottawa with an Honors Bachelors of Science with specialization in Biochemistry. She completed her honors project under the supervision of Dr Zemin Yao, in lipid biochemistry. She has been employed by Pfizer Canada Inc. working at the vaccine research site in Ottawa since September 2009.


Beyond the Oath: Navigating Engineering Ethics.

Engineers make an oath to practice their profession with integrity and excellence. The challenges that exist today in a world of instantaneous global communication and international money flows are very different than the challenges that existed when the Ritual Calling was developed almost a hundred years ago. Perhaps more than any other professional group, engineers are expected to navigate interdisciplinary issues that cross technology, the environment, financing, law, and health. This session will discuss engineering ethics in the context of an integrated global environment.

Zakiah Kassam holds a B.Eng. degree in Chemical Engineering from McGill University, a M.Eng. degree in Environmental Engineering from the University of Calgary, and a M.B.A. from the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto. She began her career as a Process Engineer at SNC-Lavalin, Canada’s largest engineering consulting firm, and worked mainly on international projects from the former Soviet Union, the Middle East, and Central Asia. Upon completing her M.B.A., she joined Plasco
Energy Group as a Technical Marketing Manager and was responsible for interfacing between business development, engineering, finance, and public affairs. In 2008, she became an entrepreneur with the establishment of Gentsia Consulting Inc., a boutique environmental consulting company that conducts feasibility studies and policy assessments for private sector companies, NGOs, and government bodies such as Environment Canada.



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