FIRST Robotics Canada is proud to collaborate with corporate executives, educational institutional leaders, and passionate individuals who all believe in success for, and inclusion and acceptance of, girls and young women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

The Girls in STEM Executive Advisory Council will offer insight and oversight that will help us break down the barriers of girls in STEM, encourage girls and young women to become innovative and successful leaders of the future, and build the foundation for systematic change for acceptance and inclusion of girls in STEM.

Contact us to hear about our initiatives, including:

1.  Dads for Daughters in STEM Campaign – Ask the Council to present at your corporate workplace to raise awareness and education about the importance of male champions on girls and young women in STEM. To find out more information about this campaign, click here.

2. Allyship Resources and Guide – Find out how you can encourage allyship and positive spaces through our resources. Applicable to schools, communities and workplaces.

3. Speaker Blog Series – Various in-person and online speaker series and brainstorming with like-minded individuals who want to make a difference.

Girls in STEM Executive Advisory Council

Natalie Benitah

Commercial Partners, Go-To-Market Leader

Microsoft Canada Inc.

Pamela Blais

Integrated Architecture Technical Consultant

Rockwell Automation

Dawn Britton

Associate Director, Engineering Outreach Office University of Toronto, Faculty of Engineering

Dorothy Byers

Chair of the Board of Directors at FIRST Robotics Canada Former Head of School at St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School

Emily Chung

Senior Science and Technology Journalist

Dr. Imogen Coe

Professor and Dean Faculty of Science at Ryerson University

Dr. James Elliott Coleshill

Professor, Information and Communications Technology Seneca College

Raman Dang

Citizen and Corporate Affairs Manager Microsoft Canada Inc.

Dr. Eugenia Duodu

Executive Director Visions of Science and Award-winning Chemist

Carol Fraser

Global Director, HR Programs Magna International

Julia Hanigsberg

President & CEO Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Mark Hardy

VP, Product Management Synnex Canada

Dr. Gilbert Lai

Software Engineer Quanser

Heather McDermott

Trade Commissioner, Life Sciences Global Affairs Canada

Young woman in a blue suit

Annika Pint

Program Manager, FIRST LEGO League Challenge

Adam Proulx

Senior Manager, Member Communities CompTIA

Stephanie Thompson

Senior Manufacturing Engineer, General Motors General Motors

Sangeetha Vigneswaran

Project Manager Aecon Utility Engineering

Luc Villeneuve

President Benchmark Corp

Bruce Wannamaker

Vice President and Investment Counsellor RBC Wealth Management – PH&N Investment Counsel

Natalie Wood

Sales Manager and Professional Engineer Lakeside Process Controls

Dr. Sheryl Staub French

Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering Goldcorp Professor for Women in Engineering at UBC


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