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“The future of women in STEM is bright.” - Francesca Ottoni, Ontario Regional Manager, Water Power, Hatch

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As Francesca reflects on the past year, she notes that one of the challenges highlighted by the global pandemic is that women and girls continue to face disproportionate impacts. The same can be said about the workplace; women face very different challenges than men as they advance professionally and this is compounded when women enter a market that has traditionally been male dominated. But Francesca is noticing that things are changing and sees the future for women in STEM is bright.

During her career, she has seen and felt it all. In her keynote talk, she will share some of the most common roadblocks she has seen get in the way of the careers of some of her female colleagues, friends and mentors – as well as her own – and share lessons learned on how to overcome them.

Join us as we explore how to break habits shaped by institutional norms and become our own champions on our road to success.


4:00 p.m. - Networking

4:10 p.m. - Opening Remarks, Innovate Niagara and Title Sponsor, BDC

4:15 p.m. - Keynote talk and Q&A session with Francesca Ottoni

5:00 p.m. - Networking

Women in STEM is generously sponsored by BDC.

About Francesca Ottoni, Ontario Regional Manager, Water Power, Hatch

Francesca has over 20 years of experience in engineering and construction, primarily in the power generation sector. She is currently the Ontario Regional Manager for Water Power at Hatch, leading a team of world-class hydroelectric professionals out of Hatch’s Niagara Falls office, the birthplace of the company’s nearly 100-year history in Water Power.

Prior to joining Hatch, Francesca was the Senior Vice President of Business Development for SNC-Lavalin’s nuclear power division and also led their new products & technology development team. She started her career in STEM in California and has accumulated a wealth of experience in business management, growth, strategy, and project management. Her long list of accomplishments includes leading the development of multi-billion dollar projects for nuclear plant refurbishments here in Ontario.

Francesca earned a Bachelor of Engineering from Concordia University, as well as a Masters of Business Administration from Queen’s University. She is registered as a professional engineer in the state of California (U.S.) and speaks three languages (English, French, and Italian).

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