Saturday, March 20, 2021, to Sunday, March 21, 2021,
9:00 am until 4:00 pm (ET)

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Event Goal

To provide an engaging, interactive, on-line opportunity for young women in STEM and their allies to problem-solve, collaborate with mentors and industry professionals, develop skills and open minds to new opportunities.

About the Girls and Allies in FIRST STEMathon

Join us ONLINE on March 20th and 21st for the FIRST Canada STEMathon – 2021! Teams of four to five students will work together to solve a real-world problem (THEME to be announced the day of the event). Enjoy 24 hours of showcasing your STEM skills and teamwork with the FIRST Canada community! Launching at noon on Saturday, March 20th and wrapping up at 4 PM on Sunday, March 21st, the event features a weekend of problem-solving, informative and engaging workshops, and a lot of fun for everyone!

Hosted by Karthik Kanagasabapathy and the FIRST Canada Youth Council, who will facilitate a weekend full of inspiration, project presentations, scavenger hunts and much more. The teams will be matched and guided by FIRST Canada mentors and volunteers who will provide insight and tips for participants, and most of all, cheer on their team to new heights! Special guest appearances by Dr. Imogen Coe (Ryerson), Dr. Catlin (Director of ED&I-FIRST), and notorious PRIZES from Swaggy P. Thank you all for your interest in the STEMathon! 

STEMathon Winners

Participants and Team Numbers

Team Number

participant name

mentor name

1

Rudmila H

Lisa Ramraj

1

Shreya S

Lisa Ramraj

1

Faraaz A

Lisa Ramraj

1

Aditya R

Lisa Ramraj

2

Madeline L

Karen Lee

2

Kayleigh B

Karen Lee

2

Lauren C

Karen Lee

2

Emma L

Karen Lee


3

Hridi P

Pranit Trivedi

3

Zameeha J

Pranit Trivedi

3

Sejuti S

Pranit Trivedi

3

Salma O

Pranit Trivedi

3

Khushi G

Parnit Trivedi



4

Jordan G

Matt Glanfield

4

Sreela C

Matt Glanfield

4

Alicia J

Matt Glanfield

4

Yume Y

Matt Glanfield

5

Julia J

Taegen Poles

5

Chloe B

Taegen Poles

5

Sadee Z

Taegen Poles



6

Gurkeerat G

Marie-Jolicoeur-Becotte

6

Kiana L

Marie Jolicoeur-Becotte

6

Aysha B

Marie Jolicoeur- Becotte

6

Shivangi A

Marie Jolicoeur- Becotte

7

Lauren W

Nikhita Jotsinghani

7

Emily W

Nikhita Jotsinghani

7

Maeve G

Nikhita Jotsinghani

7

Leia T

Nikhita Jotsighani

8

Olivia O

Laura Lee

8

Ella H

Laura Lee

8

Oliver L

Laura Lee

8

Charlotte L

Laura Lee


9

Vedha M

Sydney Lamorea

9

Daniel H

Sydney Lamorea

9

Daman S

Sydney Lamorea

9

Kiersten S

Sydney Lamorea

9

Jude T

Sydney Lamorea

10

Kennedy H

Ankita Sharma

10

Victoria A

Ankita Sharma

10

Andrew C

Ankita Sharma

10

Isaac H

Ankita Sharma

10

Mary O

Ankit Sharma

11

Olivia M

Erica Rossi

11

Stephania S

Erica Rossi

11

Izabel K

Erica Rossi

11

Brionna T

Erica Rossi

11

Tansue C

Erica Rossi

12

Arani H

Libby Kamen

12

Nashrah P

Libby Kamen

12

Trisha K

Libby Kamen

12

Saruka V

Libby Kamen


13

Isabel V

Sarah Arnold

13

Claire T

Sarah Arnold

13

Robin S

Sarah Arnold

13

Anna L

Sarah Arnold

13

Isabella C

Sarah Arnold

14

Sally J

Vivian Nguyen

14

Melina V

Vivian Nguyen

14

Julia A

Vivian Nguyen

14

Sophia A

Vivian Nguyen

14

Julia C

Vivian Nguyen


15

Makenna H

Shelby Servant

15

Mackenzie F

Shelby Servant

15

Rakshaa J

Shelby Servant

15

Kayla N

Shelby Servant

15

Gursimran K

Shelby Servant

16

Shorya B

Shifa Abbas

16

Prutha P

Shifa Abbas

16

Anahat S

Shifa Abbas

16

Shreeya S

Shifa Abbas

17

Niki Q

Megan McEwen

17

Victoria Z

Megan McEwen

17

Pauline L

Megan McEwen

17

Megan G

Megan McEwen

17

Katelyn C

Megan McEwen

18

Vanshika B

Barbara Magolon

18

Vivia R

Barbara Magolon

18

Hannah A

Barbara Magolon

18

Logan W

Barbara Magolon

18

Daniel R

Barbara Magolon

19

Areesha A

Gabby Genereux

19

Prisha T

Gabby Genereux

19

Mariam S

Gabby Genereux

19

Julia G

Gabby Genereux

20

Ria C

Angela Bi

20

Nuha K

Angela Bi

20

Abeer K

Angela Bi

20

Catarina F

Angela Bi

20

Thuvaragan P

Angela Bi

21

Victoria L

Rishi Jotsinghani

21

Elisha M

Rishi Jotsinghani

21

Asmi G

Rishi Jotsinghani

21

Ishita T

Rishi Jotsinghani

22

Sarah S

Sarah Alderson

22

Natalie L

Sarah Alderson

22

Dhyani T

Sarah Alderson

22

Allie D

Sarah Alderson

22

Melissa J

Sarah Alderson

23

Natasha C

Miki Corneil

23

Yuxi Q

Miki Corneil

23

Harjaap K

Miki Corneil

Agenda

Saturday, March 20th, 2021

TIME

event

lOCATION

9:00 am

Participants Check-In

Slack

10:00 am

Welcome from Karthik and Mehak from Youth Council, Mark Breadner

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10:15 am

Keynote Welcome form Dr. Janell Catlin, Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion- FIRST

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10:30 am

Youth Council Roundtable with Karthik- FIRST Strategic Pillars: Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Accessibility

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11:00 am

Info on Brainstorming & Design Tips - How to Give the Perfect Pitch - Lisa Ramraj

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11:30 am

Presentation Tips - How to Give the Perfect Pitch- Celeste Nantel

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12:00 pm

STEMathon Theme Launch

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Participant Group Working Session

Slack Groups

Agenda

Sunday, March 21, 2021

TIME

Event

lOCATION

9:00 am to 1:00 pm

Judging Sessions for Participating Teams

Teams to check in to their slack group for details on location


Check your slack group

12:00 pm

Scavenger Hunt with Sheri-Lynn K.

Teams to check into their slack group for details on location

Check your slack group

12:30 pm

Activities with the Youth Council and Annika Pint

Teams to check into their slack group for details on location

Check your slack group

1:30 pm

Welcome from Karthik Kanagasabapathy and Dorothy Byers

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1:45 pm

Join Dr. Imogen Coe to learn more about allyship and the actions we can all take to become better allies to create inclusive cultures


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2:15 pm

STEMathon Team Highlights

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2:30 pm

Story Time with FIRST Alumni- Shifa Abbas

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3:00 pm

STEMathon Team Highlights

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3:15 pm

Closing Ceremony & Awards

Wrap Up Time by Karthik and Mehak

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Mentors

Shifa Abbas

Shifa Abbas is an alumnus of Team 188, and has mentored Teams 3683 and 188 for the past 10 years. She is working as a Global Coordinator for an international nonprofit and registered charity based out of Princeton, New Jersey. Shifa is a graduate of the Master of Arts program at Wilfrid Laurier University in Religion, Culture and Global Justice as well as a graduate researcher. Shifa also is an Ontario- and New York State- certified high school science and math teacher and tutor, having graduated from Medaille College with a Masters of Science in Education. She has experience in youth engagement and mentoring, international development and nonprofit, and graduate research work.

Sarah Alderson

Hey, I'm Sarah! I am an alum/mentor of FRC team 4039 and a past Dean’s List Finalist. I have been involved in FIRST for 14 years and would classify my areas of expertise as communication, mechanical fabrication, presentations, and strategy. I graduated from the Bio-Medical Science program at the University of Guelph in 2020 and am currently completing my M.Sc. in Speech-Language Pathology at McMaster University. During my undergrad, I taught high school and college students about human anatomy using dissections that I had completed myself. I was also a tutor for ESL international students in conversational English. Over the last six months I have been administering swallowing assessments and explaining the physics behind voice production to clients at my clinical placements. I'm looking forward to all of the great ideas you're going to come up with - Let's break the game together!

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Sabrina Angco

My name is Sabrina Angco, I did my undergraduate degree in Industrial Engineering at the University of Windsor, my Masters of Applied Science in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Ryerson University, and I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in Mechanical and Industrial Engineering at Ryerson University. My research focus is in data science, specifically in artificial intelligence; my research uses reinforcement learning algorithms to solve medical decision-making problems. I am a FIRST Robotics alumni, I was a member of FRC team 4039 from 2012-2014 and have mentored FRC teams in Windsor from 2015 - 2019, including FRC team 5885, and a community based FRC team 6202. Additionally, I am a figure skating coach and in my free time I like to go skating wherever I can find ice, and have recently taken up roller skating, so I can skate outside all year round 🙂

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Sarah Arnold

Hi, I'm Sarah and I am an alumna from FRC team 5024! I gained experience in many different aspects of the team, such as build, chairmen's, and outreach. Through my time of forming and leading the Strategy subteam, I have gained expertise in strategic analysis, design, as well as data collection and analysis. I also gained experience in a neuroscience lab, where I learnt more about the scientific research process. Currently, I am studying at McMaster University in their Integrated Biomedical Engineering and Health Sciences Program. Here, I have furthered my knowledge of biomedical solutions, python and CAD. I am an avid activist for gender equality in the STEM fields and am looking forward to being involved with this event.

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Gabby Genereux

Currently, on my team, I am a software and electrical mentor, and I also help with planning and logistics. I'm also a lead robot inspector! I have a bachelors degree in Software Engineering, and currently, work as a software developer in live video production

Marie Jolicoeur-Becotte

Marie is a seasoned awards lead and mentor in various areas such as team structure, branding, documentation, presentation skills and strategies, outreach planning, etc. Further, she also has a lot of experience with sponsorship and business as she acquired almost all of the funds and financial aid Flashpoint 914 used in their rookie season and would happy to share some tips and tricks in that area. Finally, Marie has been working with FIRST Canada over the last few years as a Volunteer Coordinator, MC, and broadcast assistant.

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Angela Bi

Hi, I'm Angela! I joined FIRST in 2014 as part of FRC Team 772, and have been volunteering at FIRST events ever since in a variety of positions. My role with Team 772 was on the business side, where I was often editing awards essays and creating videos. Currently, I am a third-year University of Toronto student double-majoring in Computer Science and Cognitive Science. I've previously worked at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and Microsoft as a software developer/engineer, and I'll be returning to Microsoft this coming summer. Outside of courses, I'm also a founding member of a club called UofT Blueprint dedicated to providing software solutions pro-bono for nonprofits. My areas of expertise are software development and writing, but please feel free to ask me about psychology and philosophy too if it ever becomes applicable! I've also dabbled a bit in photo and video editing, design, and project management.

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Miki Corneil

Mikaela, often known as Miki in the FIRST community, is a FIRST Alumna who you might recognize as a referee, head referee or volunteer coordinator from FLL, FTC and FRC events. In her life outside of FIRST, she completed her post-secondary education at the University of Waterloo in the Mechatronics Engineering program. This co-operative education program allowed her to work in five different industries: medical, mining, renewable energies, wire and cable, and aerospace. This allowed her to learn how designing electrical and mechanical assemblies for different industries both differ and remain the same. Miki now works at Sinclair Interplanetary, a subsidy of Rocket Lab, in Toronto, as a Space Systems Electrical Designer. Her expertise includes electrical and mechanical design, coding, controls, technical writing and presentations.

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Matt Glanfield

Matt was a student on FRC team 365, has been a volunteer for many FLL, FTC, and FRC events, and is currently the coolest mentor of MakeShift 4039. He's been involved in 8 seasons of FIRST and, at various times, has specialized in mechanical, programming, and strategy roles. He has Bachelor's Degree in Nuclear and Mechanical Engineering from Penn State and a Master's degree in Engineering Physics from McMaster University. His current position is with the Robotics and Space Operations group at MDA, where he works on various projects in the nuclear industry. Outside of work, he enjoys backcountry camping, skiing, and anything related to science.

Nikhita Jotsinghani

Hi! I'm Nikhita. I am a FIRST alum and a Business Services, Scouting, and Strategy mentor of Team DAVE, 3683. I help with award submissions and running our social media and public relations, as well as contribute to our scouting processes and picklist strategy. I'm also one of the head mentors of Team 4252, Cardinal Robotics, helping with just about everything on that team. Currently, I'm an undergraduate student at the University of Waterloo, studying Math and Business Administration, with a computing minor. I'm also currently a Supply Chain Data Analyst at ATS Automation, an engineering firm in Cambridge. I specialize in all types of math, mainly data collection and analysis. I'm a wizard with Excel, SQL, and data modelling, including Power BI. I also am well versed in marketing, business presentations, essay writing, photo and video editing and design, and social media. I'm great at management, organization, and facilitating conversations in teams.

Rishi Jotsinghani

Mentor in FRC for 9 years, currently a mentor on FRC Team 1310. My role is focussed around Team Communication & Dynamic, Strategic Design, Match Strategy, Scouting and Coaching. I've led mentors and students in creating several scouting infrastructures and helped them effectively use the information to make sound strategic decisions. My education and areas of expertise revolve around Mathematics, Statistics, Data Analytics and Machine Learning. Graduated with a BMath from the University of Waterloo and an MMA from the Smith School of Business, Queen's University."

Libby Kamen

Hi! I’m Libby. I am a FIRST alumni and lead mentor for Team 1923: The MidKnight Inventors, with a background in mechanical design and strategy. I’m also a passionate FIRST volunteer – serving as a Volunteer Coordinator & Event Manager, as well as MC and Game Announcer throughout my time in the FIRST community. My professional experience is in digital marketing for the technology space, and I specialize in the gaming & live streaming industry. In 2020, co-founded Radiance Media, a marketing consulting agency for brands seeking to break into working with content creators and influencers! I'm also a Community Manager for web and mobile games at Kongregate, I manage a live streaming team of all-female broadcasters, and I create online content on Twitch about community management - so gaming creators can grow while keeping their spaces welcoming. Whether in robotics or in my gaming world, my mission is to make the spaces I take part in more inclusive, diverse, and accepting.

Karthik Kanagasabapathy

Karthik Kangasabapathy has always had a passion for education. While mentoring students in robotics, he began to realize that many of the education and career decisions being made by young people were often shaped by external factors as opposed to their own passions, causing them to take paths that led them to unintended destinations. Throughout his career, he has worked to help students discover what they are truly passionate about. Karthik spent 9 years at Innovation First International, where he was responsible for exciting young people about STEAM (Science, Technology, Education, Arts & Mathematics) education, via participation in the VEX Robotics Competition. A mathematician by trade, he has designed competition robotics games that have been played by over 75,000 teams of students across the globe. He has won numerous awards for his dedication to furthering robotics education, including the prestigious Woodie Flowers Finalist Award for exemplary mentoring and being a positive role model for high school students through the FIRST Robotics Competition. He served as the lead mentor for FRC Team 1114 from 2004-2016 and now acts as a team advisor. During his tenure with the team they won the FIRST World Championship and were inducted into the FIRST Hall of Fame for winning the Championship Chairman's Award. Karthik now works for FIRST Canada as the Manager of Operations, Digital Strategy & Analytics. While his background is in Mathematics, his own passions include mental health awareness, empowering underrepresented groups in STEAM, and a love of sports at all levels. He also hosts various global robotics events, having worked with media personalities such Mythbusters' Grant Imahara and Kari Byron, gave an international recognized TEDx talk, and has hosted televised robotics specials on ESPN and CBS. His areas of expertise include strategic planning and design, data analysis, creative problem solving, and taking products to market.

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Sydney Lamorea

Hi, I’m Sydney! I am an emcee for FIRST Robotics Canada. I have a Bachelor of Science in Psychology with Neuroscience from Nipissing University and a Masters Degree from University of Waterloo in Digital Experience Innovation. You could say I’m an “expert” in many things. In addition to what was listed above, things my mind is saturated in are (but not limited to): Being Awesome Public Speaking Creative Problem Solving Making Prototypes Design Leadership Literature (I have quite the library) Nerd Stuff (DC over Marvel) Squids for some reason… Mental Health/Self-Care Policy Writing (not as fun to many people) and I can tell the time by using the sun! Science, Art, Leadership, and rainbow sprinkles on top! What else could you possibly need in a mentor?? If it’s not in there, let me know and I can learn it real quick.

Karen Lee

Hi, I’m Karen! You may have seen me around at competitions as an FTA. I’ve been involved with FRC since the 2007 season. I went to university to study art history and business. I have an HBA, as well as an MSc in international business from Ivey Business School. I also have a Masters in International Management (MiM) from CEMS. I’m currently the founder of a start up in the beauty/tech space called Glou Beauty. I have extensive knowledge and experience in retail, fashion, luxury, travel, and of course, beauty. In addition, I’m also passionate about learning new languages (Cantonese, English, French, Mandarin, Italian, Spanish), and culture and society as a whole. On a personal level, I’m very open about talking about mental health, am obsessed with dogs, and love performing improvisational comedy. In the summertime you’ll catch me sailing across the finish line ahead of my sister, Laura. 😉

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Laura Lee

Hello! My name is Laura and I love building robots! I am a 2014 SWAT 771 alumni and Dean’s List Finalist. I studied Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science in university, where I was the team lead of the Cornell University Autonomous Underwater Vehicle team, a 7-time world champion team that built fully autonomous underwater robots to play the ultimate #watergame. I then went on to graduate school at Stanford University where I studied robotics and did research on a quadruped robot. I am now a roboticist at Boston Dynamics where I work on… even more robots! I love talking about robots… and dogs… and robot dogs! My broad areas of “expertise” are in mechanical design, dynamics, and controls.

Barbara Magolon

Hi! My name is Barbara, also known as Miss M. I am a FIRST Alumna from Team DAVE - 3683, where I have been the Lead Business Services mentor for the past several years. I also am a FIRST Canada volunteer, you can find me at competitions by the field as Lead Queuer. I graduated from Wilfrid Laurier University in 2018, with a Bachelor of Arts specializing in Computer Science and Medieval Studies. Currently working at Indigo, I am always happy to talk about the latest books. My area of expertise is within the realm of public speaking, including problem-solving, reviewing, and editing essays/scripts/presentations. I am always happy to sit in on presentations and give honest feedback as well as practice for the Q&A period. I am also happy to help provide distractions in the form of memes and conversation if you hit a roadblock or need to take a break.

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Megan McEwen

I've been involved with FIRST since 2013, when my school started an FRC team. I'm an alumna of FRC Team 4595 (Infinity Robotics), where I served as team captain and electrical lead until graduating in 2015. I've also served as a referee and mentor for FIRST Lego League. Outside of FIRST, I recently completed a degree in electrical engineering at Carleton University. While there, I was involved in outreach programs with Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) and Engineers Without Borders (EWB). My capstone project focused on designing a robot that could assist patients and staff in medical settings. I also had the opportunity to represent Canada as an engineering student in a program with participants from all over Europe, where we designed an Internet-of-Things cloud concept project! I am currently working as a robotics engineer for Ross Video, designing hardware for their camera motion system robots. When I'm not tinkering with new projects, you can usually find me out hiking or playing hockey!

Vivian Nguyen

Vivian is a mentor on Team 1241: THEORY6, specializing in the scouting and electrical subteams. For the 2020 season, she was awarded the Woodie Flowers Finalist Award at the FIRST Ontario Provincial Championship. Vivian is currently a Medical Laboratory Science student at Ontario Tech University, with previous education in Biology at the University of Waterloo. She is studying to be a healthcare professional where she will be conducting diagnostic laboratory tests in a medical setting.

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Taegen Poles

Taegen’s FIRST journey started in 2013 as a student on FRC Team 771 and continues as a mentor for FRC Team 4476 and as an FRC referee. She is also the lead mentor for the W.A.F.F.L.E.S. FLL Challenge and Explore programs, where she was recognized at the 2019 Kingston Regional as the Youth Coach of the Year. Completing her last semester of a BASc. in Materials Engineering at Queen’s University, she will be starting a MASc. in Nuclear Engineering this summer. Her professional experience includes a 16-month internship as a Mechanical Testing EiT for the Queen’s Geomechanics Group. She is also fascinated with the world of motorsport. Taegen first got behind the wheel of a kart at the age of seven and never stopped, having raced karts and cars competitively for the last 15 years. One of her proudest moments includes being selected as a W Series Qualifying Driver in 2019, recognizing her as one of 54 women worldwide (and one of two Canadians) who have been a trailblazer in the world of reaching gender equality in motorsport."

Lisa Ramraj

I joined FIRST in 2009 as a student on FRC Team 1310 - Runnymede Robotics and have been a mentor on the team since 2013 & Head Mentor for the past 2 years. Throughout my 12 years in FRC, I have been involved in every aspect of the team from construction, electrical, strategy, scouting, promotions and team management. I studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo and graduated in 2018. I currently work as a Sales & Product Engineer at Clear Blue Technologies, where we make smart off-gird technology that is used to power lighting and telecommunications solutions around the world. When designing solutions, I like to take inspiration from what already exists and focus on asking the right people, the right questions. My areas of expertise are organization, strategic design, breaking down problems, prototyping and making things look pretty. I also love bears of the polar variety, and will always be #teamred.

Erica Rossi

Erica Rossi is a second-year undergraduate mechanical engineering student at the University of Windsor. She is a proud FIRST Alum and was a member of FRC 5885 for four years and has been involved in numerous ways in the FIRST organization. For two years she was a member and student chair of the FIRST Canada Girls in STEM Student Advisory Committee and is currently the Chair of the FIRST Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Youth Advisory Council. Erica is passionate about encouraging and empowering youth in STEM and has volunteered her time as an FLL and FRC mentor as well as being a part of the University of Windsor’s Women in Engineering Club where she is currently the club President. Her skills range from leadership and public speaking to critical analysis and problem solving and she is always looking for new ways to create a more inclusive world.

Shelby Servant

Shelby Servant is a FIRST alumni and currently works for 3M, a multinational leader in industrial & consumer manufacturing. She is the subject matter expert for 3M Canada Product Quality, specializing in customer issue resolution, and acts as a key resource for regional & global project deployments. Her dedication to facilitating effective, collaborative, and proactive solutions has earned her various opportunities and global recognition, including the 2017 3M Canada Quality Excellence award. Shelby has had the pleasure of being a FIRST mentor and volunteer since 2014 and is continually inspired and motivated, both personally and professionally, by the FIRST community. Shelby holds a BA in Criminology and Sociology from Western University

Ankita Sharma

I am an FRC SWAT 771 alumni and 2013 Dean's List finalist. Back in the day, I had many different leadership roles on my FRC team in areas such as mechanical design, outreach and fundraising. After graduating high school I studied electrical engineering at Caltech and went on to do my masters at ETH Zurich, where I specialized in electronics and photonics. Outside of school, some of my hobbies are also STEM-related activities. For example, during undergrad, I developed curriculum and taught robotics and programming at middle schools in the Greater Los Angeles Area through an organization called Robogals.

James Spencer

I did my undergrad at Queen’s University where I studied mathematics and engineering. I then went on to do my masters in computer engineering also at Queen’s University. My research was focused on telecommunications and reducing the error rate of data through noisy/wireless channels. After completing my masters I worked at Scotiabank, where I worked on their data systems either doing data engineering work or providing a secure method to move the bank’s data to the public cloud. Recently I joined the team at Clio, a company who makes software to help lawyers, where I am a software developer on their payments team. TL:DR: Skill set: Math, Telecommunications, Data engineering, Cloud computing, Software development, Cryptography, Cyber security

Angela Tollis

As a FIRST Canada alumna, mentor, volunteer, and the 2019 winner of the FIRST Canadian Women in STEM scholarship, my passion of all things STEM began in my grade nine year. Throughout high school, I grew my skills in rapid prototyping, computer aided design (CAD), part fabrication, event organization, social media management, and presenting on my FRC team 4039, MakeShift Robotics. My experience as a student in FIRST inspired me to help lead initiatives to promote equity, diversity, and inclusivity in STEM. Thus, much of my experience was also focused on running my team's 'Girls R Brilliant’ campaign, ED&I workshops, and outreach events to inspire young girls to pursue STEM opportunities. Today, I am currently in my second year of Mechanical Engineering and Society pursuing a minor in sustainability at McMaster University. There, I have applied what I learned in my four years of robotics by mentoring first year female engineering students through the Women in Engineering Society, running events, helping with welcome week as a McMaster Engineering red suit representative, and contributing to online mental wellness initiatives through the McMaster Engineering Society Wellness Committee. I have also continued to improve my skills in mechanical design, fabrication, 3D modelling, and engineering research. During the summer of 2020, I carried out my McMaster Summer Research Scholarship in an engineering physics lab, designing innovative solutions to increase the lab’s testing capability and sample production. In addition, I recently had the opportunity of competing in McMaster’s largest designathon in January 2021, designing a robot over the course of two days to make remote lab research possible. FIRST has been the foundation of my journey as a whole. I continue to remain involved in the community by volunteering at events, mentoring my FRC and FTC team, speaking on FIRST Canada Live!, and being an active member of the 2021 STEMathon planning committee.

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Pranit Trivedi

I am currently a lead strategy mentor and drive coach for FRC Team 3683. I finished my undergrad in Mechanical Engineering in 2016 from UOIT (now known as Ontario Tech University) and have been working in the robotics and automation industry since.

Lilah-Finn Wareham

Hi! I'm Lilah-Finn Wareham! I'm 20 years old and use any pronouns! When competition runs, I'm a mentor of my alum team, FRC Team 3739: Oakbotics and FTC Team 16432: Roboroots! I focus on mentorship's operations side, assisting students with media, outreach, business, imagery, and more! I plan to start attending King's University College next year and plan to major in Disability Studies! One of the main goals and the role I try to take on as a FIRST mentor is to address inequities within the program and make FIRST a more accessible and inclusive place. The FIRST community played a huge role in supporting me through challenging times in my life, and I want to be sure every student can have that experience.

Judges

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Naomi Bower
Director of User Experience (UX) Design at Fiix Software
A Rockwell Automation Company

Naomi is the Director of User Experience (UX) Design at Fiix Software and began her adventures in tech over 17 years ago. Her work has shaped design solutions for organizations ranging from early-stage startups to enterprise companies, across a variety of industries. Naomi is passionate about creating innovative, engaging digital products that deliver both meaningful value to users, and a great experience — to help people, communities, and organizations thrive. She grew up in Toronto, and loves giving back to the design and tech communities in the GTHA through mentorship, teaching, speaking engagements, and volunteering. At Fiix, Naomi Ieads a team of talented UX professionals, and works closely with other teams at Fiix to deliver best-in-class user experiences for maintenance professionals. Naomi and her team help realize Fiix’s dual mission to build a more sustainable world, and to deliver digital solutions that change how maintenance teams work — for the better. Naomi uses the pronouns she / her.

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Dawn Singh Khan
Director of Product Management for the Lenovo Commercial & Apple Group SYNNEX Canada

Dawn’s professional career in Product Management expands across the entire IT Channel, having worked in Distribution, Manufacturing and for a very large Channel Partner. She was recently promoted to Director of Product Management for the Lenovo Commercial & Apple group at SYNNEX Canada. She applies an entrepreneurial mindset to her business and is a proven Strategic Leader and Creative Thinker. Dawn is committed to excellence, mentors her team to think outside the box and together they deliver exceptional business results. Grateful for all that has been given to her, she is an advocate for Corporate Social Responsibility and also gives back by taking a lead role on the SYNNEX Share the Magic Canada committee. She has a passion for Marketing and Data Analytics and is also a part-time undergrad student in the University of Nipissing’s, BBA-Marketing stream program. When Dawn is not working or studying, she enjoys spending time with her husband on their new Country property.

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Dr. Gilbert Lai
R&D Engineer, Research Software
Quanser

Dr. Gilbert Lai is a senior R&D Engineer in Research Software at Quanser. His roles include being Project Manager and Technical Lead for various advanced applied research projects focusing on unmanned vehicle systems, robotics, mechatronics and systems engineering. He holds a Ph.D. degree in Electrical & Computer Engineering from the University of Waterloo, with a research specialization in unmanned vehicle systems and robotics. Gilbert is passionate about academic research and education in engineering. He serves as a technical advisor and mentors at numerous academic institutions worldwide for engineering design courses and projects at both undergraduate and graduate levels. He volunteers with FIRST Robotics Competition as a mentor to an all-girls team and is a member of the Girls in STEM Executive Advisory Council for FIRST Robotics Canada to help promote Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in STEM education and career.

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Taylor Mathewson
VP Engineering
Fiix Software
A Rockwell Automation Company

Taylor has been building software professionally for over two decades. He's passionate about growing teams and building practices and architecture that empower engineers to deliver awesome products

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Thuvishan Rajagulasingam – Territory Manager for the GCC, India, Australia & New Zealand at Quanser Inc

Thuvishan is the Territory Manager for the GCC, India, Australia and New Zealand at Quanser Inc, a leader in real-time control and mechatronics solutions for education and research. Thuvishan develops regional partnerships with universities and distributors from across the globe. For over 3 years, Thuvishan has worked with numerous reputable universities in more than 15 different countries to modernize their engineering education, while developing and implementing the company’s strategy for international business development. Thuvishan holds a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering, spell known in the FIRST community for his extensive volunteering and mentorship of FIRST Teams 1241, 1285, and specialized in Mechatronics Systems from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Canada. Thuvishan is with the Afghan Dreamers Team 7239. Thuvishan was a recipient of the Woodie Flowers Regional award for outstanding mentorship. Thuvishan has been involved with FIRST since 2005 and has been a volunteer since 2012. During his leisure time, Thuvishan enjoys reading, camping, exercising, and investing in real estate.

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Effie Rezkalla
Public Sector Manager, Canada SYNNEX Canada

Effie has been working for one of the top IT distributors in Canada for the last 3 years. In her role as Public Sector Program Manager, she has been actively engaging with Faculty on building STEM strategy, has hosted various STEAM events in schools across Ontario and is expanding this initiative to other Provinces. In her spare time, Effie explores Ontario trails, is an avid reader and has a newly found passion for painting.

Judge Advisors

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Jaeleen Koscielski
R&D and Sustainability Coordinator
Atlantic Industries Limited

Jaeleen is a recent graduate of the Science and Business program and is currently working as an R&D and Sustainability Coordinator at Atlantic Industries. She is an alum and now a mentor of FRC Team 772 the Sabre Bytes and was previously the Lead Mentor of FRC Team 5092 the Titanium Tigers. Jaeleen has been involved with FIRST since 2006 and has been a volunteer since 2013. In her spare time, Jaeleen enjoys living a zero-waste lifestyle, working out, travelling with Girl Guides and being outdoors.

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Katlin Walsh
Event and Communications Manager, Robotics Instructor, MEd Student

Currently, Katlin is a Communications Manager with Nortec Industries while also completing her Master's Degree in Education at Ontario Tech University She completed her Honours Bachelor of Interaction Design in 2019. Katlin is a FIRST Alum, and now mentors FRC 1334 & 1374, and FTC 16428 from Oakville. She has held roles such as FTC & FRC Volunteer Coordinator, FLL Challenge Judge Advisor, and FLL Explore Reviewer.

Speakers

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Mark Breadner
President, FIRST Canada

Mr. Breadner founded the first-ever FIRST Robotics team from Canada in 1998 from Woburn Collegiate in Toronto. During 2002 and 2003 Mr. Breadner was Director of Robotics for the Toronto District School Board in which capacity he also acted as Director of the Canadian Association for Student Robotics (now FIRST Robotics Canada). In June 2010 Mr. Breadner was seconded from his Vice Principal role at the Toronto District School Board to FIRST Robotics Canada in order to serve as its President. Prior to entering a teaching career, Mr. Breadner worked as a systems engineer and marketing representative with IBM Canada. Education: B.Math (Waterloo), B.Ed (University of Toronto).

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Dorothy Byers Chair of the Board of Directors
FIRST Canada

Dorothy Byers is an educator with 40 years of experience in Ontario schools. In her most recent role as Head of School at St. Mildred’s-Lightbourn School, a not-for-profit independent school for girls in Oakville, ON, Dorothy, found her passion: nurturing and supporting STEM programs for girls. Prior to SMLS, she was a teacher and administrator in the Peel District School Board. Recently retired, Dorothy now has the time to fiercely promote opportunities for diversity in STEM fields through her role as Chair of the Board, FIRST Robotics Canada; she is the first woman internationally to assume such a position. With a Masters in Education in Curriculum Development, she is keenly aware of the impact of real-world application of concepts on learning. Although her degrees are in English, Drama, and Geography, Dorothy is a closet engineer who learned from her dad who worked in STEM fields.

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Dr. Janell Catlin
Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, FIRST

Dr. Janell N. Catlin is the Director of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at FIRST. She joined FIRST in October 2020 and brings more than 15 years of experience as a global STEM education researcher, teacher educator, and advocate of access to STEM education for all learners. Janell has led fundraising campaigns to lay the foundation for building out equitable global STEM and Girls’ Education programs and she has led STEM and Girls' Education Initiatives throughout the Americas, Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia, and Southeast Asia. In this capacity, she has structured the vision, design, and implementation for teacher and school leader professional development and leveraged partnerships to deepen the impact of equitable STEM and Girls' Education teaching and learning. Furthermore, she has led international STEM consultancies with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for a funded project in Indonesia, private schools in China and Vietnam, and for the New York City Department of Education. Janell received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Science Education, and Masters in Pharmacology from Columbia University. She received her Bachelors in Biology from Bennett College (North Carolina, USA). Janell is extremely passionate about increasing access and inclusion for all learners in global P-20 STEM Education and Girls' Education. In 2019, she co-authored the National Science Teaching Association position statement on Gender Equity in Science Education. Janell has been awarded for her scholarship by the National Association for Research in Science Teaching and her alma mater, Bennett College. In her spare time, Janell loves to cook her favourite dishes such as roasted meats and vegetables. She also enjoys travelling to different parts of the world, spending time at the beach, and has a "gold medal" in finding the best discounts and sales for online shopping.

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Dr. Imogen Coe
Scientist, Academic Leader, EDI Advocate, STEMinist

Dr. Imogen R. Coe was the founding dean of the Faculty of Science from 2012 to 2018 and is a professor of Chemistry and Biology at Ryerson University in Toronto. She is also an affiliate scientist at St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, where her research group studies the cell biology of proteins responsible for the uptake of anti-cancer drugs. She is the President of the Canadian Molecular Biosciences Society and sits on various boards including Science Rendezvous and the Michael Garron Hospital. In addition to her work as a research scientist, Dr. Coe is internationally recognized as a Canadian thought leader in how to integrate principles of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) into science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). She has advised academia, government and industry on best practices and approaches to improve EDI and has contributed to national dialogue about these issues through various platforms. She is much in demand as a speaker and panelist and has received numerous awards for her advocacy work.

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Celeste Nantel
3rd Year Student McGill University

Celeste is a 3rd-year mechanical engineering student at McGill University and a FIRST Alumna from FRC Team 1360. She has volunteered as a Master of Ceremonies and a Game Announcer at FRC events since high school. Through internships, she has had the opportunity to work in biophysics research at Sunnybrook Hospital, embedded systems in automotive at Geotab, and haptics for VR at Haply Robotics. Celeste also led interesting projects and events for engineering students through her involvement in student government at McGill. Celeste is currently balancing her studies with her tech startup since co-founding Acrylic with a fellow creative mechanical engineering student to provide painting artists with scalable fulfilment solutions.

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Lisa Ramraj
Clear Blue Technologies Sales & Product Engineer

I joined FIRST in 2009 as a student on FRC Team 1310 - Runnymede Robotics and have been a mentor on the team since 2013 & Head Mentor for the past 2 years. Throughout my 12 years in FRC, I have been involved in every aspect of the team from construction, electrical, strategy, scouting, promotions and team management. I studied Mechanical Engineering at the University of Waterloo and graduated in 2018. I currently work as a Sales & Product Engineer at Clear Blue Technologies, where we make smart off-gird technology that is used to power lighting and telecommunications solutions around the world. When designing solutions, I like to take inspiration from what already exists and focus on asking the right people, the right questions. My areas of expertise are organization, strategic design, breaking down problems, prototyping and making things look pretty. I also love bears of the polar variety, and will always be #teamred.