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OPG debuts Women in Science Conference


March 7, 2019
By Peter Saunders
Keynote speaker Gina Pravaneh Cody addressed the students on Mar. 6. Photo by OPG

March 7, 2019 – Ontario Power Generation (OPG) hosted its first-ever Women in Science Conference this week, with approximately 200 female high-school students from across Eastern Ontario learning about careers in the trades, engineering, research, environmental science and even health science.

The two-day conference was held at the Nav Centre in Cornwall, Ont., on Mar. 6 and 7, with a mix of guest speakers and breakout sessions to encourage Grade 9 and 10 students to engage with women working in a range of science-related fields. The event was co-chaired by OPG vice-president (VP) of asset management and optimization Jane Travers and VP of Niagara operations Jessica Polak.

Other speakers representing the electrical utility included: Annette Miller, environment technician; Alyssa Reid, hydroelectric operator in training at the R.H. Saunders Generating Station; Nancy England, first-line manager for Eastern operations; Natasha Dwyer, engineer and project manager at R.H. Saunders; Geraldine Coulas, former operating technician for the Chenaux Generating Station; Asta Perra, section manager of compliance and management systems for Eastern operations; Amanda Jacobs, mechanical service trades maintainer at R.H. Saunders; and Stephanie Seymour of OPG’s indigenous relations department.

“Women have made important contributions to science and it’s vital we continue to encourage the younger generation to do the same,” says Barb Keenan, OPG’s senior VP (SVP) of people, culture and chief ethics.