Engineering Your Way to the Top

Tuesday, June 2 - 2015
11:30am - 1:30pm
Mississauga, ON


Join four female engineers in the technology sectors who will describe their career path, share their stories, tips and tricks for succeeding as women in a male-dominated profession.


Anuja Sheth, P.Eng, MBA

Anuja holds a degree in Electronics and Communications Engineering from India and an MBA from University of Toronto`s Rotman School of Management. In her current role at Bell, Anuja leads the team responsible for the planning, development and realization of wireless products to meet growing business demands. With over 18 years of global product management and professional service delivery experience in the wireless industry, Anuja`s career has spanned three continents.

Julia Elvidge

Now President of Chipworks, Julia Elvidge started her career as one of six female electrical engineers in her University of Waterloo graduation class of 1987.  Although this technical background was a great asset, Julia’s focus for the past 20 years has been growing her leadership, communications and people skills.  In addition, Julia is actively involved with leadership development in Ottawa through participation and sponsorship of the Mindtrust development program at Carleton University and the University of Ottawa.

Trina Alexson, Regional VP, Advance Services
Cisco Systems Canada

Trina ended up studying engineering by process of elimination, and that choice led her to an awesome career at the heart of the Internet revolution. As Regional VP, Advance Services, Trina currently leads engineering teams helping Cisco customers deploy and manage their networks.  She is so passionate about technology she co-authored “Bit by Bit” to encourage young women consider technology as a career.

Geni Hutton

Geni Hutton is the Director of Collaborative Lifecycle Management solution which includes  Rational Team Concert, Rational Quality Manager, Rational Doors Next Generation,  and Rational Jazz Foundation.  In this role she leads a worldwide development organization, delivering leading edge Collaborative Lifecycle Management solutions for IT and Continuous Engineering markets.  During her career Geni has held a number of technical and management positions in the IBM Canada Toronto Lab and IBM RTP Lab.. Geni holds an Honors Bachelor of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Toronto, Canada.​​

Moderator: Fawn Annan, CEO, IT World Canada

Fawn has specialized in media marketing and journalism within the IT community for the past 25 years. She is the President of IT World Canada, the No. 1 IT publisher in this country. Fawn is recognized for her contribution to the IT landscape sending daily information to 165,000 Canadian IT professionals.

Topics  to be covered include:

–  Being a female engineer – advantages and disadvantages in career advancement

–  Being a leader – shifting from engineering to the executive office

–  Role models, mentors, sponsors – were they there for you and are they important?

–  Advice for all women who want to become leaders in a technology-based company


When: June 2, 2015, 11:30am – 1:30pm

Bell Mobility
5099 Creekbank Road
Mississauga, ON
L4W 5R1

Price (Light Lunch to be provided):
ITAC/WCT Members: $25.00
Non-members: $45.00
Students: $20.00

This event is being held in collaboration with Bell

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