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International Women's Day - Panel and Open Networking Session 

Join us on Friday, March 8th from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm at the Ontario Tech University Library Dixon-Alger Fireside Reading Room for a Panel and Open Networking Session celebrating International Women's Day. Faculty, staff, and students from all faculties are welcome.


  • Kerry Freek - Moderator
    Kerry Freek is a marketing and communications leader with 15+ years of experience in the water and cleantech sectors. She is currently Acting Executive Director of the Ontario Clean Technology Industry Association, as well as Director of Marketing and Communications at XPV Water Partners, a growth equity firm investing in a water-secure future. Previously, she was Vice President of the Water Technology Acceleration Project (WaterTAP) and Editor of Water Canada.
  • Elina Teplinsky
    Elina Teplinsky, Pillsbury’s Global Energy Industry Leader & a leading member of the firm’s International Nuclear Projects and Hydrogen teams, focuses on international nuclear energy matters, including advice to U.S. and global clients on transactional and regulatory issues. Elina is a trusted advisor to nuclear owner-operators, reactor and equipment suppliers, investors, architect-engineering companies and technical consulting firms on complex nuclear transactional & regulatory matters. She has worked on transactions for more than 30 countries.
  • Sonia Jabal
    Sonia Iqbal is the Program Manager for the Small Modular Reactor Program at CANDU Owners Group (COG). Prior to joining COG, she held various positions at CSA Group, Candu Energy and Atomic Energy of Canada Ltd. Sonia has over 20 years of experience in the Canadian nuclear industry, with expertise in project management, codes & standards, licensing, and nuclear safety and design. She has extensive experience with nuclear new build and refurbishment projects. She is the Canadian representative on the IAEA Technical Working group on SMRs.
  • Lisa Mcbride
    Lisa McBride is the Country Leader, GE Nuclear business in Canada. She is responsible for the vision & strategy to lead the deployment & implementation of the BWRX-300 SMR in Canada. She leads the collaboration with customers, Canadian government, industry, and partners and provides leadership an oversight of GEH SMR Canada business operations. Lisa is the President of Women in Nuclear (WiN) Canada. Lisa is on Ontario Tech Board of Governors and holds seats on various boards in the nuclear industry.

The Women in Engineering Program focuses on professional development from the day our students get to Ontario Tech. Workshops and Speaker Series are held throughout the academic year which allows students to strengthen their professional skills while also connecting them with female leaders in the industry. We also regularly host programming that will educate our students about essential campus services, how to make the most of their education, and learn skills that will benefit them after graduation, such as resume development and interview preparation.

For more information about any of these events, please email Madeline Sialtsis, at
We are always looking for volunteers for our events, if you are interested in volunteering, you can find out more information here.