10 Year Anniversary Celebration


Did you know? This year (2018) is our 10 year anniversary! To honour the 10-year’s achievements of WiSER and its impacts on individuals in all STEM fields, we are holding a celebration on Oct 11. This is a public event. We welcome all individuals to share with us a celebration of successes, accomplishment, and milestones.


10 Year Anniversary of Women in Science, Engineering & Research
October 11, 2018 / 5:30 pm Reception
University of Alberta Faculty Club
Networking + Celebration Panel Discussion


5:30 pm / Reception at Winspear Room (Faculty Club)
6:00 pm / Cocktail (Cash bar) + Hors d’Ouvres
6:30 pm / Keynote Speaker: Gail Powley
6:45 pm / Panel Discussion and Q&A – successes of women in STEM
7:45 pm / Closing Remark: Dr. Margaret-Ann Armour
8:00 pm / Networking


Early bird – $20 (by September 28)
Regular – $30 (by October 8)
At the door – $40

Interested in a trip down the memory lane, and some founder profiles? It's coming soon!

About our Panelists

SOLANGE GAGNEBIN / Data scientist, stream technologies inc.

Solange Gagnebin is an experienced scientific project manager and young entrepreneur. She co-founded High Level Analytics in 2014, a consulting company which uses predictive modelling and deep learning to enable faster and more informed decision making. She has delved in data in several fields ranging from medical to customer analytics. Taking a sabbatical from her company, she joined the team of Stream Technologies in 2017 to support the development of a deep learning engine for hyper-spectral images. Since 2017, Solange has the honour of being on the Board of Directors of Cybera, a non-for-profit organization responsible for driving Alberta’s economic growth through the use of digital technology. Prior to joining Cybera, she was invited three years in a row to be part of the ICTC (Information and Communications Technology Council of Canada) advisory group to provide guidance and strategic recommendations on ICTC’s labour supply study for the Canadian digital economy and supply flow of talent from Canada’s immigration system. Solange holds a Ph.D. in Physics from ETH Zurich, Switzerland, she has a second Dan blackbelt in Judo, enjoys motorcycling, and gardening in the summer, and skiing in the winter.

michelle miller / chief executive director, delta genomics

Michelle completed her Bachelor of Science in Molecular Genetics from the University of Alberta and Masters of Science in Human Genetics from McGill University. During her studies, Michelle participated in a 16-month internship at the Alberta Research Council (currently, Alberta Innovates), a one-year student exchange program at the University of London, and studied in Rio de Janiero, Brazil for one summer. Previous work experience was in both Canada and the United States researching various genetic conditions. Michelle spent three years working at Delta Genomics and attending school part time to complete her Masters in Business Administration (MBA) in 2015. At Delta Genomics, Michelle was hired in a technical role in 2012. Once she began her MBA part-time, Michelle was promoted to Director of Operations in 2014 and was responsible for the laboratory’s operations, specifically process improvement and optimization, financial management, customer service, and human resource activities. In her current role as CEO at Delta Genomics, Michelle is working towards expanding the use of genomic technologies in various industries through the promotion of research and development.

Lizeth Gaytan / Engineer in Training, EPCOR

Lizeth is originally from Mexico. She holds a bachelor degree in Electrical Engineering from the Chihuahua Institute of Technology and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in engineering from the University of Waterloo. Lizeth joined EPCOR in the fall of 2014 fist as a Project Engineer (in Training), then as a EIT designer, and currently as an Engineer in training in Transmission. Her professional goal is to advance and consolidate a career as an electrical engineer and become an expert in the field of electric power systems by solidifying and increasing her technical expertise in the latest state-of-the-art technology. Lizeth passionate about empowering women, and was proudly part of WISER from 2012-2015. She enjoys spending time with her incredible son and husband.

Sharon Barker / Director (Health Accelerator), TEC Edmonton

Sharon is a scientist engaged in the business of science. Results-oriented by nature, she wants to see public benefit from the vast amount of brilliant scientific research being conducted in our time. Bringing new drugs, devices, technologies, treatment and care delivery approaches to market is the best way toward better health and better healthcare. Her professional experience includes strategic planning, business and corporate development, marketing and sales activities, and technology evaluation. In these opportunities Sharon helped over 200 Alberta start-up companies. Sharon is a strong communicator with extensive networks and a passion for health and wellness. Both a leader and a team player in volunteer and mentorship initiatives in the community, and a co-founder of academic, industry, and government collaborations (working with BESTT, AWSN, WISER, MentorUP and the community). She mentors early-career professionals to help them develop career progression plans, connect with opportunities, and build our science & technology community. Sharon is Director of the TEC Health Accelerator. She holds a PhD in molecular oncology and an MBA from the University of Alberta, an MSc from McGill, and a BSc from Bishop’s University.