Speaker Series

About the Speaker Series

The WISE NL Speaker Series is a regularly scheduled event, open to the public and designed to tell the story of women’s contributions in science and engineering.

The series features notable women who speak on science and engineering related topics and who complete the narrative with personal perspectives ranging from the paths they took, to the experiences they encountered, to the potential impact of their work on community.

The Speaker Series also provides opportunities for both professionals and students to gather and learn about an interesting topic or career, to mingle and socialize, and to network.



  • October 3, 2023: ” Women in Quality Jobs”  Moderated by Eileen O’Brien.With Erin Hickey, Margaret Lawson, and Yvette Hughes,
  • March 22, 2023: “ WISE NL 35th Anniversary: WISE NL Past, Present and Future”  Panel is moderated by Mona El Tahan, the first WISE NL President 35 years ago. The panellists are three extraordinary science and engineering women who led the organization in difficult times; Gloria Montano, Carolyn Emerson and Eileen O’Brien as Past Presidents, and Kelsey Howlett, 2023 President.

Past Seasons







  • December 4, 2018 – “Tips and Tricks of a Successful Mentor Relationship” with panelists Dr. Fran Kerton, Dr. Erika Merschrod, and Susan Fudge. Held in conjunction with the Holiday Social
  • November 21, 2018 – “Women in STEM in Business”. Panel discussion with Moderator Caron Hawco, Caron Hawco Group, and Panelist: Ashley Smith, Owner of Fundamental Inc., Mona El Tahan, Founder of InCORETEC Inc., Charlene Johnson, CEO of Noia, and Paula Sheppard, CEO of NLOWE. Held in conjunction with the AGM and 30th Anniversary Celebration.
  • May 23, 2018 –  “Impact of women in STEM in the workforce” with panelists Jennifer Williams VP, Production, Newfoundland and Labrador Hydro, and Michelle Simms CEO, Genesis Centre.
  • March 8, 2018 – “Women in Entrepreneurship Panel” with panelists Emily Bland from Project Sucseed, Jess Chapman from ethree Consulting, Ashley Smith from fundamental Inc, and Erin Stapleton from Stapleton Environmental Consulting. Organized by WISE GSS.






  • October 23, 2013″ 25th Anniversary of WISE NLGreta Raymond, ICD.D, MPH; Independent consultant in Environment, Health, Safety, and Sustainability
  • April 23, 2013: “Bariatric (weight loss) surgery in NL – Weight loss and improvements in type 2 diabetes” Dr. Laurie Twells & Kendra Lester, Department of Clinical Epidemiology, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • March 26, 2013: with Sadie Sellars, P.Eng., FEC, Technical Manager, Hebron Project, ExxonMobil
  • February 12, 2013: “A stroll down memory (research) lane” with Dr. Carole Peterson, PhD, F.R.S.C., Professor, Faculty of Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • January 16, 2013: “Construction – A place for women!” with Kathrine Haldorsen, Construction Manager, Kiewit-Kvaerner Contractors


  • November 14, 2012: “Technology for the North – a New Look at Arctic Science and Engineering” with Dr. F. M. Williams, Consultant, Arctic and Ocean Technologies & Engineering and Science Sector
  • October 18, 2012: “What animal behaviour can tell us about human behavior” with Dr. Anne Storey, Professor of Psychology, Faculty of Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • March 21, 2012: “Networking with Intent” with Susan Sparke, Owner, Susan Sparkes and Associate


  • November 16, 2011: “Unlocking the Secrets of the Past with Physics and Archaeology” with Dr. Kristin Poduska, Associate Professor, Faculty of Science, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • March 9, 2011: “The role of engineers in sustainability and climate change adaptation” with Dr. Lianne Lefsrud, Management and Organization, University of Alberta School of Business
  • September 14, 2011: “Tropics to Arctic” with Meg O’Neill, President, ExxonMobil Canada


  • November 23, 2010: Hege Rogno, VP Statoil Offshore Upstream, Statoil Canada
  • October 19, 2010: “Wild About Mushrooms” with Dr. Faye Murrin, Associate Dean, School of Graduate Studies & Department of Biology, Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Apr. 14, 2010: “From a train car to global health initiatives: An interview with Dr. Elizabeth Hillman” with Dr. Elizabeth Hillman, O.C., M.D., L.L.D., F.R.S.C.
  • February 22, 2010: “On the Hunt for a Killer: Pinpointing the heart-breaking gene causing a lethal form of arrhythmia in many NL families” with Dr. Terry-Lynn Young, Associate Professor, Faculty of Medicine (Genetics), Memorial University of Newfoundland