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It's National Engineering Month and we are celebrating all things Engineering! As we celebrate the value and contribution made by this profession to society as a whole, let us also take a moment to discuss the future we envision for it, and what actions we can take now to make this future a reality.

Engineers Canada announced a goal of raising the percentage of newly licensed engineers that are women to 30 percent by 2030 - reaching "30 by 30". This goal is ambitious - currently, women account for only 13 percent of licensed engineers in Canada. On top of that, this number has remained virtually stagnant for the past several year, despite our best efforts to engage and retain more females. We all know that a more diverse workplace makes for a better workforce - yet the low percentage of women engineers seems to be an ever-persistent dilemma.

If this is the case, how are we ever going to get to 30 by 30? At SWE Toronto, we're asking the questions:

  • How are we going to make a gender-equal workplace work - in reality?

  • How are we going to reach this target number and stay there?

  • What are the steps that all of us need to take to get there?

... and we're going to come up with some answers to solve these questions - REAL, ACTIONABLE answers. But, we need your help in pitching into these discussions.

Join us for this special, interactive event, "Building to 30 By 30". We'll be hosting a keynote speaker, and several breakout sessions meant to generate discussion about obstacles that we face in achieving our goal, and items to follow through on to make 30 by 30 a reality. Together, we can advance diversity and inclusion to make our profession stronger!


8:45 AM - Doors Open, Registration, Coffee

9:15 AM - Keynote Speech: Lucy Casacia, Siemens Canada

10 AM - 12 PM - Breakout Sessions, Coffee and Debriefs

12 PM -12:30 PM - Closing Remarks and Networking

Breakout Discussion Topics:

Moderators: Lucy Casacia, David Clark (Stantec), Suzette Stoler (Stantec), Terri Robinson (Stantec) ,

Closing: Marilyn Spink (GS Group)

  • Mentorship (What mentorship looks like - at every stage of your career)

  • Career Transitions (When, where, how to transition)

  • Building Your Brand & Negotiation Skills (Knowing your value)

  • He for SWE (Engaging men in the conversation - achieving true gender diversity within the workplace)

Keynote by:

Lucy Casacia

VP Cities and Infrastructure at Siemens Canada

Lucy is on the leading edge of technological advancements that impact our built environments. Prior to her tenure at Siemens, she was Superintendent Engineering and Capital Projects at BHP Billiton. She also had a short assignment as Director Renewable Projects for JNE where she managed feasibility for a major renewable project at a camp in the Northern Tundra! Lucy has a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgy and Materials Science from McMaster University and Strategic Leadership Training at Schulich School of Business. She is on the Advisory Board of Digital Markham and a Director at Oakville Hydro.


David Clark

Principal and Discipline Lead for Building Engineering, Stantec

A Mechanical Engineer, David is a Principal and Discipline Lead for Building Engineering in Stantec’s GTA region where he has worked for 8 years demonstrating his knowledge, expertise and innovation. Prior to that he was a Partner at Max Fordham Associate in the UK where he spent 16 years honing his talents. David graduated from University of Dundee, in the UK and is a volunteer Career Coach with Halton Industry Education Council. He has won more than 16 awards for his work and has been published numerous times about his passion, historical theatre design and engineering.

Suzette Stoler

Managing Principal, Building Practice, Stantec

Having moved from New Jersey to Toronto in early 2016, Suzette, an architect is the Managing Principal for Stantec’s Building Practice in Ontario. Prior to her move, she was Principal at Jacob’s Engineering for 12 years undertaking various leadership roles including National Operations as well as Sales, Business Development and Marketing. Before Jacobs, she honed her strategic and management skills at Gensler, Warren Panzer Engineers and other architectural firms over her illustrious career. Suzette graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture from Carnegie Mellon and a Masters from Texas A&M. She is active within the Society of American Registered Architects where she has lead regional councils and also been the National President. Beyond her extensive experience in all facets of the industry, Suzette loves Dogs and is active in her pursuit of quality dog time.

Terri Robinson

Director, Client Development, Stantec

With more than 25 years in management, business development and marketing in the design and real estate industry, Terri is Director of Client Development at Stantec in Ontario where she levers her network and experience across many sectors to help build market strategies. Before Stantec Terri was on assignment as a consultant with Cisco and JLL helping to build go to market strategies for specific service lines, clients and sectors. Terri has spent time within manufacturing as a sales person at Steelcase fresh out of school, as well as National manager for Knoll, contract commercial products. As SVP Marketing and Business development at HOK, she helped develop new offices as well as new sectors and services for 11 years. She graduated from University of Toronto, Bachelor Business Administration and Marketing and been active in industry associations including Corenet, TCREW and ULI.


Marilyn Spink

Advisor, Engineering Manager & Principal, GS Group

Marilyn Spink began her 30-year engineering career in Northern Ontario’s mining, pulp and paper industries and then moved to steelmaking operations in both the US and Canada. After executing capital projects with Dofasco, she moved to consulting engineering working on large, global complex minerals projects. At Hatch, SNC-Lavalin, Wardrop (now Tetra Tech) and Golder Associates, as a multi-discipline engineering manager and a process engineer at heart, she led and supported teams of professional engineers and designers. She is now mentoring engineers and project managers with Isherwood Geostructural Engineers. She has been a licensed professional engineer (PEO) since 1995, a member of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) since its inception. In 2014, she was appointed the lieutenant governor appointee to PEO Council.

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