Women and Technology Conference
June 19, 2015
Carleton University
River Building, Rooms 2220-2228


Family42WebGail Carmichael has been an advocate for women in computer science for more than seven years.  She co-founded Carleton University’s Women in Science and Engineering group, was a member of the now disbanded advisory board for the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology, and is working on bringing Girl Develop It! back to Ottawa.  She is currently an instructor and part time PhD student at Carleton University, and will be joining Shopify as a developer later this summer.

You can learn more about Gail’s work at www.gailcarmichael.com or by following her on Twitter:


10 am: Registration (coffee and tea to be served)

10:30 am: Welcome and Opening Remarks

10:45 am: Keynote Presentation

Gail Carmichael (Carleton University)

11:30 am: Panel 1

Filling the Void: The History of Canadian Women in Computing 
Jennifer Thivierge (University of Ottawa)

Unprecedented Committee: Women in Physics at Université de Montréal
Mirjam Fines-Neuschild (Université de Montréal)

The New Sexism: Methodologies and Media Bias in Academic Hiring Disparities
Arielle Friedman, Scott Jacobsen, and Amy Winter

12:30 pm–1:30 pm: Lunch Break (a light lunch and beverages will be provided)

1:45 pm: Panel 2

Teaching and Learning Engineering: A Gendered Experience?
Ruby Heap and Ann Denis (University of Ottawa)

Confronting the Obstacles: Canadian Media Depictions of Muslim Women and Their Professional Potential in STEM Disciplines
Honaida Shahbar (University of Ottawa)

Behind the Digital Screens: Stock Photography, Search Algorithms, and Gendered Representations of Women in STEM-Based Careers
Lee Chapman and Matthew Tiessen (Ryerson University)

3 pm: Panel 3

Effective STEM Outreach Strategies to Engage Girls and Young Women 
Natalie Linklater and Rim Khazall (Carleton University)

Ontario Midwives: Facing Misconceptions and Confronting Power
Melodie Cardin (University of Windsor)

4 pm: Closing Remarks and Open Discussion

4:30 pm: Networking and Drinks at Mike’s Place (2nd Floor, University Centre)


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