Engineering Your Way to the Top

Wednesday, January 21 - 2015
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

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

Moderator: Lynda Partner, Partners Inc.
Lynda Partner is an experienced technology executive who has run four technology companies, one of which she founded. She is passionate about the need to have more women in senior positions in technology companies and is an active member of five of Canada’s future business stars. Her one regret is that she didn’t study engineering at university.

Maria Elena Carbajal, VP Solution Area Global ICT Centers, TE & Cloud, Head of Montreal Site, Ericsson
Maria Elena applies her 20+ years of experience in creating new ways of working within Ericsson’s Global ICT Centres – one of the biggest transformations within Ericsson. Born in Peru and lived in Sweden and Canada, diversity is one of Maria Elena’s many strengths. Her vast exposure to different countries, industries, areas and roles, has helped her build strong leadership skills and honed her ability to create high performing teams. Maria Elena’s international work includes Region Northern Europe and Central Asia where she managed teams located in 10 countries including Sweden, Finland, Norway, Russia. Prior to joining Ericsson, Ms. Carbajal worked in telecommunications, energy and IT in Canada and Peru.
Julia Elvidge, Chipworks
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 was growing her leadership, communications and people skills. In addition, Julie has been actively involved with leadership development in Ottawa – through participation and sponsorship of the Mindtrust development program at Carleton and U of Ottawa.
Trina Alexson, Regional VP, Advanced 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. Currently she 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.
Nilufer Erdebil, Spring2Innovation
Nilufer is CEO of Spring2 Innovation, an innovation and commercialization consulting firm. She has over 17 years of experience in innovation in various fields including telecommunications, application development, program management and IT management. Nilufer is a 2014 recipient of the Ottawa Forty under 40 Award. She has a B.Eng in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Queen’s.

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: January 21st, 2015, 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Where: Ericsson OVC  (Ottawa Visitor Centre)
349 Terry Fox Dr, Kanata, ON K2K 2V6

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

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