Promoting Opportunities for Women in Engineering

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POWE
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Executive Team
Co-Presidents Isabella Bozzo & Stephanie Greene
VP Finance Emma Rozier
VP Internal Marika Ueda
VP External Jenny Pan
VP Outreach Taylor Lynn Curtis
VP Conference Sara Bozzo
VP Mentorship Diana Serra
VP Communications Nina Qi
Website

Promoting Opportunities for Women in Engineering (POWE) is a McGill student-run organization with a vision to increase the presence of women in the engineering classroom and profession. To achieve this goal, POWE reaches out to future engineering students and supports current students through professional development activities.

Mandate

Promoting Opportunities for Women in Engineering (POWE) is a philanthropic group at McGill University under Engineering Undergraduate Society (EUS). POWE’s main goals are:

  • To promote awareness for female students in engineering
  • To encourage young women to join this field of study by exposing them to the many career opportunities that an engineering degree offers
  • To enlighten others about the important contributions and general role of women in the engineering field
  • To create a positive and friendly environment where fellow female engineers can socialize and seek support

Main Events

Speed Mentoring Event

Speed-Networking

One of the largest and most successful events that POWE organizes is Speed Networking. At our Speed Networking event, we invite professional engineers to share their experiences. The evening is always extremely successful and gives students the opportunity to learn from, connect, and network with engineering professionals. In the past year, the event has always filled quickly and has drawn 80 students and 25 professionals. Due to its success, POWE also hosts a Fall Speed-Mentoring, where we invite 10-15 professionals.

POWE Conference

By far POWE’s largest event, the Conference for Future Women in Engineering has been an annual event at McGill for over a decade. The event is so successful that we always fill to capacity months prior. During the conference, over 135 high school students from the Montreal and surrounding area come to McGill for a day to experience a microcosm of what it means to be a McGill Engineering student. The full day conference involves a keynote speaker, lab tours, student and professor panels, and concludes with a design competition. Year after year, we receive enormously positive feedback from both teachers and students.

Industry Tours

POWE visits many industries throughout the year. These tours aim to expose students to a wise variety of possible career paths with the hope of encouraging female students to remain within the discipline after graduation. In the past, POWE has visited Medtronics, CSA (Canadian Space Agency), Pfizer, Pepsi Co., IREQ (Hydro-Quebec Research Institute), and l'Oreal Canada.
POWE Delegation at WISE 2014

Conferences

One of our major initiatives is in sending a strong delegation to represent McGill at national science and engineering conferences, particularly the Conference on Diversity in Engineering (CDE) as well as WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) and SWE (Society for Women Engineers). These conferences allow selected applicants the opportunity to participate in the conferences and, equally importantly, connect with industry, academic, and student representatives from across Canada, and internationally.

History

POWE McGill was created in October 1989, six weeks prior to the Polytechnique Massacre! The first POWE Speed-Networking took place in 2010. <tabs container="width:600px">

2017-2018 Executive Team
Position: Name:
Presidents Stephanie Greene & Isabella Bozzo
VP External Jenny Pan
VP Communications Nina Qi
VP Conference Sara Bozzo
VP Finance Emma Rozier
VP Internal Marika Ueda
VP Outreach Taylor Lynn Curtis
VP Mentorship Diana Serra
2016-2017 Executive Team
Position: Name:
President Helen Lin
VP Finance Sarah Ma
VP Internal Emma Rozier
VP-Outreach Gabriel Benchetrit
VP External Amanda Bianco
VP Conference Isabella Bozzo
VP Mentorship Tarjei Skaar
VP Communications Stephanie Greene
VP Engagement Gustav Sustar
2015-2016 Executive Team
Position: Name:
President Vanessa Jones
VP Finance Sarah Ma
VP Internal Sheelah McCarthy
VP-Outreach Shawn Fontaine
VP External Jacqueline Varey
VP Conference Helen Lynn
2014-2015 Executive Team
Position: Name:
President Stephanie Breton
VP External Vanessa Jones
VP Communications Shawana Habib
VP Conference Mariam Hachem
VP Finance Jacqueline Varey
VP Internal Jessica Dakkak
VP Student Outreach Loreane Goma-Gakissa
VP Website Da-Eun Kim
VP Social Media Andrea Saliba
VP Health & Wellness Claire Reierson
2013-2014 Executive Team
Position: Name:
President Lian Al-Bardaweel
VP External Karuna Kadam
VP Communications Claire Reierson
VP Conference Khanutta-Kim Tremblay
VP Finance Jacqueline Varey
VP Internal Stephanie Breton
VP Student Outreach Racha Slaoui
VP Website Vanessa Jones & Saki Kajita
2012-2013 Executive Team
Position: Name:
President Elisabeth Perron & Vanessa Vannelli (Fall), Vanessa Vannelli (Winter)
VP External Morgan Grobin & Stephanie Campbell
VP Communications Andrea Gideon (Fall) & Lucy Zheng (Winter)
VP Conference Rana Nasrallah
VP Finance Andrea Rocha (Fall), Andrea Rocha & Sarah Neahmatallah (Winter)
VP Internal Ashley Galagusz
VP Student Outreach Lian Al-Bardaweel & Sophie Li
2011-2012 Executive Team
Position: Name:
President Mackie Jordan (Fall), Marie-Christine Noel (Winter)
VP University Affairs Elizabeth Perron
VP Communications Stephanie Campbell
VP Conference Vanessa Vanelli
VP Finance Sarah Neahmatallah
Secretary Jenny Clements
VP High School Outreach Beatrice White
2010-2012 Executive Team
Position: Name:
Co-Chairs Lindsay Ferguson & Marie-Christine Noel
VP University Affairs Jill Vandenbosch
VP Conference Michele Peou, Hilary Brown and Sophie Li
Secretary & Treasurer Mackie Jordan
VP High School Outreach Beatrice White