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Evening Panel Discussion at Dynamic Earth

(Discussion en anglais)


A significant gender gap has persisted at all levels of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines globally. Despite progress, women are still underrepresented in these fields.

Gender equality is a core issue for the United Nations. Achieving gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls will make a crucial contribution to economic development globally, and will enhance the goals and targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

On 22 December 2015, the General Assembly adopted a resolution to establish an annual International Day to recognize the critical role women and girls play in science and technology communities. Welcoming the efforts of several UN and other international organizations that support and promote the access and participation of women and girls in all levels of STEM education, training, and research activities, the General Assembly proclaimed 11 February of each year the International Day of Women and Girls in Science.

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Panel Discussion

We are hosting a FREE public event in the evening where a panel of women leaders in STEMM will discuss their perspectives on Inclusivity in STEMM. (Discussion en anglais)

Doors open at 6:30PM

Panel discussion: 7:00PM to  9:00PM.

Mix and Mingle: 9:00PM – 10:00PM

Light refreshments will be available

Dynamic Earth: 122 Big Nickel Mine Dr, Sudbury, Ontario

All are Welcome!

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Master of Ceremonies



Panelist Biographies


Tammy Eger, PhD

In December 2019, Dr. Tammy Eger returned from a three-week expedition to Antarctica, with 99 other women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) from 33 different countries around the world, as a member of Homeward Bound (international leadership program for women). Tammy is passionate about research and an advocate for women and girls in STEMM.  She has over 20-years of applied research experience in vibration reduction, fatigue management, musculoskeletal injury prevention, and new technologies to mitigate injury risk. During this time, she co-developed graduate programs in Human Kinetics, co-founded the Centre for Research in Occupational Safety and Health, co-developed of the first mobile research lab in Ontario for Occupational Health and Safety, and co-developed the Workplace Simulation Lab at Laurentian University.  Tammy is currently a Full Professor in the School of Human Kinetics and the Interim Vice-President, Research at Laurentian University.


Madiha Khan, PhD

Madiha F. Khan, (PhD. Biomedical Engineering; PMP) is completing her tenure as Post-Doctoral Researcher at the Mykytczuk Lab in Laurentian University, and holds over $200,000 in successful scholarships, leadership and research awards. During her short time in academia, she has published 4 papers, developed 4 different university courses, hired and directly supervised 7 High Qualify Personnel, given award-winning talks at local and international conferences, and served on various strategic visioning committees, most notably for the University of Toronto Mississauga. Madiha has extensive experience in the fields of biomedical engineering, microbiology, sustainable development and more generally process optimization.


Ashley Kirwan, MSc, PGeo

Ashley Kirwan is the Co-founder, President & CEO at Orix Geoscience; a geological consultant firm with over 60 employees of which 50% are female and 25% are foreign born. The company was created with a vision to enjoy coming to work every day and make a positive impact on the mining industry. They operate within three offices (Toronto, Sudbury and Winnipeg). Raised in Sudbury, Ashley earned both a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Geology at Laurentian University. In 10 years, Ashley has worked throughout North and South America, including Sudbury, Nunavut, Nevada and Ecuador. In 2016, Ashley was named in the 100 Global Inspirational Women in Mining, and in 2018, was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Rising Star Award from Laurentian University. More recently Ashley was selected as one of the Top 40 Under 40 award winners for the city of Greater Sudbury. Ashley is committed to leading a new generation of geoscientists in the mining industry.


Jennifer Jocko, MD, FRCSC

Jennifer Jocko is a Algonquin woman from Pikwakanagan. She is a mother, wife and caregiver of women across the lifespan as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist. Her focus is on improving women’s health in Northern Ontario, particularly around access to care for Indigenous, rural and Northern patients. Raised in Mattawa, Jennifer spent the first decade of her medical career as a Registered Nurse in North Bay and Mattawa, being married and having two children. With her family’s support, she attended McMaster for her medical degree. She then completed her 5 year residency in Ottawa/Thunder Bay. Jennifer is in her fifth year as the regional cervical screening and colonoscopy lead for the North East Local Health Integration Network with Cancer Care Ontario. She is a consultant specialist at the Shkagamik-Kwe Health Centre in Sudbury, Manitoulin Health Centre in Little Current and Naandwechige-Gamig Wikwemikwong Health Centre where she operates a varied half-day weekly to a monthly clinic on the Island. She is an associate professor at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine, and she sits on the Aboriginal Women’s Health Committee for the Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada. In 2018 she and her business partner opened Northeastern Ontario’s first fertility clinic – NEO Fertility.