Women in Science and Engineering (WiSE)

Women in Engineering is excited to present our 12th annual WiSE (Women in Science and Engineering) mentorship event! The event will take place on Thursday March 9th, 5:30pm-7:30pm PST on Zoom. The event is free of charge.

WiSE is an opportunity for women* engineering students to connect with women in industry and/or academia who have taken traditional and non-traditional paths with their science and engineering degrees that have led to exciting careers. There will be 30 mentors from different fields and a panel. Each student will participate in 2 rounds of discussion with mentors of their choice and have the opportunity to take part in an additional networking session planned for the end of the evening. Students will leave having gained a new perspective and a mentor with a career path similar to their goals. Come join us this year, for a night aimed at forming connections and being inspired!

*Please note this event is for cis and trans women and those who are gender non-binary, gender-fluid and femme-identified.


Our Mentors


  • Adrienne Joaquim (She/Her/Hers) Senior Consultant, SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc.

Discipline: Geological Engineering

Adrienne is a senior consultant with a background in geotechnical investigations and stability analyses as they relate to open pit and underground mines. Adrienne is a rock mechanics engineer with nine years of experience as a consultant. She has been involved in open pit and underground geotechnical assessment projects throughout the mine life cycle from scoping level to closure. Adrienne has a range of experience including field geotechnical data collection programs (drill core logging), characterization of rock mass, slope stability analysis, review and reconciliation of old mine workings, and empirical evaluation of underground excavation stability.

  • Agnes D’Entremont (She/Her/Hers) – Associate Professor UBC

Discipline – Mechanical Engineering

  • Alison Verde (She/Her/Hers) – Senior Environmental Engineer, Golder, WSP

Discipline – Environmental Engineering

  • Anja Lanz (She/Her/Hers) Design Engineer, Haakon Industries / Founder and CEO, Global Women in STEM

Discipline: Engineering Physics

Anja Lanz is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) and Fellow of Engineers Canada (FEC) currently working as a Design Engineer for Haakon Industries in Richmond, BC. She has over 20 years of experience with Women in Engineering and Women in STEM initiatives and is one of the founding members of Women in Engineering at UBC. She holds a BASc in Engineering Physics from UBC and started Women in Engineering Physics as the first undergraduate women in engineering network at UBC. Later, she became the chair of the first BC grassroots women in engineering conference called: Building Communities – later renamed Creating Connections. Her dedication, together with a deep-seated principle of making a difference to her profession and to society, had her receive the 2008 UBC Faculty of Science Achievement Award for Service for bringing gender equality to male dominated professions. She also won the UBC Health 2021 R. Paul Kerston Community Educator Award recognizing her talents and dedication to improve the healthcare system one professional at the time. For her significant contributions to EDI initiatives that have had a positive impact on removing barriers to greater equity, diversity, and inclusion in the engineering and geoscience professions in British Columbia, Anja received the inaugural 2022 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Award from Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia (EGBC). She currently lives in Vancouver.

  • Anjali Aravindakshan (She/Her/Hers) – Process Engineer, Canada Post

Discipline: Masters in Electrical Engineering, Post Graduate Diploma in Supply Chain Management

I graduated from The University of British Columbia in 2017 with Masters in Electrical Engineering. I fast tracked my course in 1 year as I was expecting a baby but successfully completed my course in 1 year with 33 credits just a month before delivering my child. I started my career with Natural Factors as Operations Supervisor in night shift while I was taking care of my child in day time. I continued in this field until Dec, 2019. I joined Canada Post as Operations Supervisor in October 2021 and after 6 months of my probationary period, I was fortunate for being recognized for my work and I got interviewed for Process Engineer position. In my current role as Process Engineer, I have been handling customer returns processes, Non-conveyable parcel sortation processes. Also, I was incharge as Process Engineer for offsite – delta sortation process. Outside of work, I am learning Bharatnatyam – classical dance form. My little handsome boy is 5 year old so my day revolves around him, spending time with him.

  • Candace MacDonald (She/Her/Hers) – Senior Project Manager, EllisDon Corporation

Discipline: Construction Management Technology

I have been in construction for 9 years travelling and working across Canada, specializing in healthcare. I love to share my stories of working in this male dominant industry and how to navigate through the insecurities that can arise.

  • Eleanor Wong (She/Her/Hers) – Software Engineer

Discipline : Bachelors of Applied Science, Engineering Physics 

Hello! I graduated from UBC with a Bachelors of Applied Science in Engineering Physics in 2017. Previously, I’ve interned at Amazon, Tesla and Google in multiple cities across North America. After graduating, I proceeded to work full time as a Software Engineer at Google for 5 years in Cloud. Recently, I’ve moved to Tokyo and have started working in Maps, improving sustainability and routing quality. Looking forward to share my experiences 🙂

  • Elise Ng (She/Her/Hers) – Sr. Project Manager, OSI Maritime Systems

Discipline: BASC, Mechanical Engineering

Elise is a Sr. Project Manager at OSI Maritime Systems. After graduating from UBC in Mechanical Engineering, she spent 10 years in the theme park and waterslide industry designing attractions for locations in the US, China, Abu Dhabi, Guatemala, Japan, and Europe. She is most proud of her work designing the ride vehicles for the Mario Kart attractions in Universal Studios Japan and Hollywood. She is a member of the ASTM F24 Committee on Amusement Rides and Devices where she contributes to the development of the worldwide safety regulations for theme park attractions.

  • Jeanie Malone (She/Her/Hers) – BC Cancer Research Institute

Discipline: Undergrad – Electrical Engineering; Grad – Biomedical Engineering

Jeanie Malone is a PhD candidate in the School of Biomedical Engineering, working in the BC Cancer Research Centre’s Optical Cancer Imaging Lab. A graduate from UBC’s Electrical Engineering program, Jeanie develops and validates optical tools for the early detection and management of cancer. Her work explores the potential of optical coherence tomography (OCT) and autofluorescence imaging (AFI) for ovarian cancer detection. She is involved with a number of other studies including work using OCT to identify early signs of chronic lung allograft dysfunction and OCT-AFI of the endocervical canal to detect pre-cancerous lesions. Outside of the lab, Jeanie can be found working as a teaching assistant in various BMEG courses.

  • Jodie Hon (She/Her/Hers) – Innovation & STEM Manager, Iron & Earth

Discipline: UBC – Chemical and Biological Engineering

Jodie is a P.Eng with a background in energy engineering and sustainability. As a queer, POC, female Engineer, she is passionate about supporting under-represented students and workers in their career paths. She started her career in oil & gas with a focus on water chemistry and methane reduction strategies, then transitioned to the renewable energy sector to work on the design and construction of low-carbon district energy systems. Now at Iron & Earth, she works as the Manager of a tech team to create an online platform that helps other workers make the same meaningful career transition that she did. Through Iron & Earth, she also runs a Mentorship program that supports people of all backgrounds in their journey to net-zero careers.

  • Karen Markwick (She/Her/Hers) – Process Development Engineer, Precision NanoSystems

Discipline: Chemical Engineering

Karen Markwick is a Process Development Engineer at Precision NanoSystems. She obtained her Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University and Master’s in Chemical Engineering from McGill University. Karen started her career focused on manufacturing scale-up in the context of cell therapy, and now works to develop processes for lipid nanoparticle manufacture from lab to commercial scale.

  • Karine Lim-Kong (She/Her/Hers) – Project Manager at Hatch

Discipline: Bachelor of Applied Sciences – Mechanical Engineering, UBC

Karine is a Professional Engineer with worldwide experience working in Engineering and Construction Management in mining and oil and gas including two years of field experience in Peru. She is a Project Manager with Hatch, a global engineering company focused on the metals, energy, and infrastructure sectors.

  • Katelyn Balzer (She/Her/Hers) – City of Langford

  • Kathryn Ekman (She/Her/Hers) Manager, Nanaimo/Risk Advisor, Klohn Crippen Berger

Discipline: Geological Engineering 

Kathryn earned her bachelor’s degree in Geological Engineering from UBC in 2006. She spent several years working as a geological engineer in central and northern BC and Alberta before joining Klohn Crippen Berger in Vancouver. Kathryn wears many hats at KCB: managing projects; reviewing and negotiating contract terms; developing and delivering training programs for quality, health, safety and environment; managing the Nanaimo office and its team since opening the office in 2019. Kathryn’s deep passion for building an equitable and inclusive world spans her professional and personal spheres. She has two young children who provide constant inspiration and occasional exhaustion.

  • Mansi Tandon (She/Her/Hers) Embedded Software Manager, Rivian Automotive

Discipline: Electrical and Computer Engineering, UBC

Mansi has a bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the University of British Columbia. She has been in the tech industry for just over 10 years and is currently an embedded software manager at Rivian. Her diverse experience includes being employee number one at a start-up to growing within mid and large-scale companies; between building a wearable industrial particulate monitor, to developing firmware for a Vanadium flow stationary energy storage system, to now leading teams responsible for energy efficiency, low voltage management, range estimation and range prediction vehicle software at Rivian. She is passionate about community building & women STEM. She is currently the co-chair for the Rivian Women’s Network and part of the employee engagement committee for belonging. Outside of work, you’ll find her exploring her new southern california neighborhood while biking, hiking or surfing (newbie), and making friends at bookstores, game stores, or coffee shops.

  • Michelle Mahovlich (She/Her/Hers) – City of Langford

Discipline: Geological Engineering

  • Monica Jimenez Correa (She/Her/Hers) – Process Engineer, Hydrometallurgy at Hatch Vancouver

Discipline: Chemical Engineering

A hard-working and hands-on chemical engineer with over eight years of combined experience developing academic and industrial hydrometallurgical projects. This includes the proficiency to evaluate projects and analyze new methods and technologies.

  • Paula Morales (She/Her/Hers) – Distribution Engineer, BC Hydro

Discipline: Electrical Engineering

Paula graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2017 with a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Electrical Engineering and a specialization in Electrical Energy Systems. Shortly after, she joined the BC Hydro Engineer-in-Training program where she completed rotations in Distribution Standards, Work Methods, Distribution Engineering – Interior & NIA, and Generation Stations Field Maintenance Engineering (Bridge River Generation). Paula currently works as a Distribution Engineer and is a registered Professional Engineer with EGBC. Prior to BC Hydro, Paula spent 16 months as an Engineering and Maintenance Co-op Student for the Vancouver Airport Authority. Outside of work, Paula enjoys hiking, snowboarding, and training in Olympic weightlifting.

  • Rachel Urquhart (She/Her/Hers) 

Discipline – Mechanical Engineering

  • Sara Fumagalli-Hui (She/Her/Hers) – Regional Director Ports and Terminals, Hatch

Discipline: BASc (UBC)

Sara has over 30 years’ experience overseeing the execution of large-scale, multidisciplinary port developments worldwide. She has been responsible for the planning, engineering development and execution of Greenfield port facilities, as well as major upgrades of operating terminals. She’s held key positions in EPCM and EPC terminal developments and advised clients with contracting strategies and construction schedule recovery plans.

  • Sharelle Rodrigo (She/Her/Hers) – Mechanical Engineer in Training – mining, Hatch Ltd

Discipline: Mechanical Engineering

I graduated from the University of Guelph in 2021 with a Mechanical Engineering Degree. I spent 8 months working for a mining equipment OEM out of Ontario before relocating to Vancouver and starting my position at Hatch. I’ve been with hatch for just over a year working on mainly mining projects form a mechanical perspective.

  • Shreya Gupta (She/Her/Hers) – Achieve Intelligent Technologies, Inc.

Discipline – Computer Engineering

  • Viviana Ramirez (She/Her/Hers) – Geotechnical Engineer, KCB.

Discipline – Geotechnical Engineering

Viviana is well-rounded geotechnical engineering passionate about rock mechanics with more than 11 years of experience in mining, hydropower, and infrastructure projects. She has worked for consulting firms and for mining operations. Her experience includes 2D and 3D design of the pit walls for open-pit mines, geotechnical models and software simulation, stability assessments, monitoring systems, geotechnical investigations, laboratory testing, field inspections, geotechnical risk assessments, and project management. Viviana has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Science in Geotechnical Engineering, from Escuela Colombiana de Ingeniería Julio Garavito (Colombia). She currently works for Klohn Crippen Berger (KCB) in Vancouver.