Mona El-Tahan

WISE NL ROLES: Founder and Director Emeritus

DESIGNATION: Professional engineer, businesswoman, successful entrepreneur

EDUCATION: B.Sc. in Civil Engineering, Masters Degree in Ocean Engineering

Mona El-Tahan is the founding president of WISE NL, leading the development of a provincial chapter of WISE National in 1988. Mona is a professional engineer, businessperson, and successful entrepreneur experienced in leading diverse and highly talented teams of professionals in the offshore and high technology industries. She is recognized nationally and internationally through awards for success in engineering, business and entrepreneurship, and has an extensive network of professional industry and academic contacts throughout the Middle East, North America, Europe and Southeast Asia.

After obtaining a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Cairo University in Egypt in 1975, Mona moved to Newfound- land with her husband, where she obtained her Masters in Ocean Engineering from Memorial University and went on to work with Lavalin-Fenco Newfoundland Ltd. as a Project Engineer and Senior Research Engineer/Manager. Mona noted that there were very few women in engineer- ing working with her at that time, so she cleverly took the chance during an interview about her work with icebergs at the CBC Morning Show to announce that WISE NL would be holding its first meeting! She went on to work with C-CORE as a Senior Research Engineer/Manager and then founded her own company, InCoreTec Incorporated, an applied research and development company specializing in offshore and environmental engineering, marine navigational aids, sea ice management, project management and consulting. She recently stepped away from the company and into a consulting role.

Mona is the recipient of numerous awards of recognition including Canadian Female Entrepreneur of the Year Award (1999), NLOWE Entrepreneur of the Year NL 2000), Sara Kirke Award – Canadian Advanced Technology Alliance (CATA) (2002), and the Canadian Muslim Contributors to the Business Sector – Canadian Islamic Congress (CIC) (2005).


HOBBIES & ACTIVITIES: Gardening, cooking, walking

VOLUNTEER WORK/CHARITIES: Canadian Muslin Women’s Association, Canadian Islamic Center


  1. Keys to Success: Please dedication and and work
  2. Inspirational Motto: Lifelong learning