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

Commercial Partners, Go-To-Market Leader

Microsoft Canada Inc.

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 Advisory Council

Erica Rossi

FRC Team 5885

Student Council Chair

Rajosree Paul

FRC Team 5036

Izzy Cossarin

FRC Team 4946

Rohma Daud

FRC Team 1075

Mehak Dhaliwal

FRC Team 4939

Andrea Farias

FRC Team 4343

Alexandra Hon

FRC Team 771


Mehakdeep Khela

FRC Team 4814

Maria Muiruri

FRC Team 7013

Alicia Pan

FRC Team 6070

Shahed Saleh

FRC Team 4903

Madison Vickery

Madison Vickery

FRC Team 6875


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