Speaker Series: Impact of women in STEM in the workforce


Wednesday, May 23 from 7:00 – 8:30pm
EN4000 – S.J. Carew Building, MUN
(Engineering building, 4th floor)

To register for the event, click HERE
Free parking in area 16A


WISE NL Speaker Series is pleased to present a panel featuring two women in executive roles whose fields of expertise include, among others, engineering, technology, and entrepreneurship. The event will showcase the kinds of contributions that women in STEM are making in various sectors in the province and what industry can do to better support women in the workplace and in business. The audience will have a chance to learn about the panelists’ personal experiences and join the discussion on how to support gender equity and the advancement of women in STEM in the workplace.


About the panelists

Jennifer Williams VP, Production, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro

Jennifer Williams was appointed Vice President, Production with Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro in August 2016. Prior to that time, she held the positions of General Manager, Hydro Production and Manager, Regulatory Engineering. Jennifer joined Hydro in 2014 and had previously worked with both Newfoundland Power and the St. John’s international Airport Authority following graduation from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Civil Engineering.

Jennifer is a member of the Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Newfoundland and Labrador, where she has been an active volunteer, including as a previous member of the Board of Directors of PEGNL. She lives in St. John’s with her two daughters, Kate and Jane and her husband, Norm.

Michelle Simms CEO, Genesis Centre

Michelle joined the Genesis Centre in 2002 as a business analyst and was promoted to vice president in 2015. She assumed the role of President and CEO in August of 2016. With more than a decade of experience advising technology companies, Michelle is passionate about entrepreneurs and advancing the technology sector of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Michelle’s passion for technology has led to her involvement with several national organizations. She is a member of the board of directors for both Oceans Advance and the CDMN Advisory Board, and for two years was the Newfoundland Chapter Lead of Ladies Learning Code, a national non-profit established to teach technical skills to women. She has also served on the board of directors for the Canadian Association of Business Incubation, and is the St. John’s hub lead for the Canadian Digital Media Network and the Genesis Centre’s Women in Technology Peer Group.

Join us on Wednesday, May 23 from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at EN4000 – S.J. Carew Building (Engineering building, 4th floor).

All are welcome and the event is free.