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GIRLS in STEM Executive Advisory Council

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.

Girls in STEM Executive Advisory Council Members

Natalie Benitah

Natalie Benitah

VP of Printing

HP Canada Co. 

Dawn Britton

Dawn Britton

Associate Director, Engineering Outreach Office

University of Toronto, Faculty of Engineering 

Dorothy Byers

Dorothy Byers

Chair of the Board of Directors at FIRST Robotics Canada

, Former Head of School at St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School 

Emily Chung

Emily Chung

Senior Science and Technology Journalist

Imogen Coe

Dr. Imogen Coe

Professor and Dean

Faculty of Science at Ryerson University 

Elliott Coleshill

Dr. James Elliott Coleshill

Professor, Information and Communications Technology

Seneca College 

Kim Cooper

Kim Cooper

Director, Communications & Engagement

FIRST Robotics Canada, Chair of Girls in STEM EAC

Raman Dang

Raman Dang

Citizen and Corporate Affairs Manager

Microsoft  Canada Inc.

Eugenia Duodu

Dr. Eugenia Duodu

Executive Director

Visions of Science and Award-winning Chemist

Carol Fraser

Carol Fraser

Global Director, HR Programs

Magna International

Julia Hanigsberg

Julia Hanigsberg

President & CEO

 Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital

Gilbert Lai

Dr. Gilbert Lai

Software Engineer


Heather McDermott

Heather McDermott

Environmental Effects Monitoring Scientist

Government of Canada

Annika Pint

Annika Pint

FIRST Robotics Administrator STEM - Teaching & Learning

Toronto District School Board

Debbie Spencer

Sales and Marketing Operations Manager, Canada

Rockwell Automation

Sheryl Staub-French

Dr. Sheryl Staub French

Associate Professor, Department of Civil Engineering

Goldcorp Professor for Women in Engineering at UBC

Stephanie Thompson

Senior Manufacturing Engineer, General Motors

General Motors

Sangeetha Vigneswaran

Sangeetha Vigneswaran

Project Manager

Aecon Utility Engineering 

Bruce Wannamaker

Bruce Wannamaker

Vice President and Investment Counsellor

RBC Wealth Management – PH&N Investment Counsel 

Natalie Wood

Natalie Wood

Sales Manager and Professional Engineer

Lakeside Process Controls

Girls in STEM Student Executive Advisory Council

Girls in STEM Student Advisory Council

Ishra Aroni

FRC Team 4914


Mehakdeep Khela

FRC Team 6387

Girls in STEM Student Council

Eileen Letander Trudeau

FRC Team 5672

Alexandra Hon

FRC Team 771

Paulina Phang-Lyn

FRC Team 4001

Madison Vickery

Madison Vickery

FRC Team 5689

Jessica Kelso

Jessica Kelso

FRC Team 1305

Erica Rossi

FRC Team 5885

Kouthar Waled

FRC Team 772


Microsponsorship on FIRST Teams

by Erica Rossi, FRC Team 5885 — The Villanova WiredCats Last month, the Girls in STEM Student Executive Advisory Council had a discussion

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Challenging Gender Stereotypes for Our Siblings

by Madison Vickery, FRC Student As a child I was always encouraged by my parents to step outside of the borders set for females and to pursue my

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Thank You, Dad!

by Jessica Kelso, FIRST Team 1305 — Ice Cubed For me, one of the most impactful people in my life has been my dad. As a 16-year-old girl on a

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A Weekend to Remember

by Mehakdeep Khela, FRC Team 6387 — Discobots Canada On Saturday, May 28, 2017, FIRST Canada held a weekend for girls in FIRST. This weekend

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Allies Advance Ideas and Innovation

by Kouthar Waled, FRC Team 772 — the Sabre Bytes Every year, there are more girls joining FIRST Robotics teams. There are still struggles, however,

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Afghan Girls Team Wins Silver Medal

FIRST Robotics Canada Update on “courageous achievement” by Afghan Robotics Team Toronto, ON, (July 19, 2017) – A renown team of teenage girls

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Dads for Daughters in STEM Campaign

The Girls in STEM Executive Advisory Council (GIS EAC), an initiative of FIRST Robotics Canada, is proud to present the Dads for Daughters in STEM

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Girls in STEM Executive Advisory Council – Interview with Bruce Wannamaker

Bruce Wannamaker is Vice President and Investment Counselor at RBC PH&N Investment Counsel. He’s also a supporter of FIRST Canada and

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The Math Guru – Vanessa Vakharia

FIRST Robotics Canada interviewed Vanessa Vakharia, The Math Guru, 2016 participant on Canada’s Smartest person, and one of today’s most

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