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Welcome to Best of the WWEST (Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology), where we believe providing role models for women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) can change the world. Come along with us as we talk to incredible women in STEM about their lives, careers, and everything in between.

Best of the WWEST Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology

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    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

Welcome to Best of the WWEST (Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science and Technology), where we believe providing role models for women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) can change the world. Come along with us as we talk to incredible women in STEM about their lives, careers, and everything in between.

    Young activists in STEM w/Olivia Ireland & Joshua Rojas

    Young activists in STEM w/Olivia Ireland & Joshua Rojas

    In this episode, Olivia Ireland and Joshua Rojas discuss the importance of gender equality and equity, and how individuals can support and encourage opportunities for diversity and inclusion. Olivia Ireland is a UBCO biochemistry student, and co-organizer of the Sciversify UBCO student conference. Joshua Rojas is a Texas high school student who is actively supporting opportunities for women and raising awareness of the need for greater equity, diversity, and inclusion through his podcast.
    Link to Joshua's podcast: https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/male-feminism-joshua-rojas-6RZvjKbk-xh/
     
    Link to the Sciversify UBCO conference: https://events.ok.ubc.ca/event/welcome-week-sciversify-ubco-conference/
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    Visit wwest-cwse.ca to learn more about WWEST and to listen to other available episodes.

    • 24 min
    Women in STEM and the Canadian Armed Forces w/Kayla Bouchard

    Women in STEM and the Canadian Armed Forces w/Kayla Bouchard

    In this episode, we discuss Women in STEM and the Canadian Armed Forces and how to empower oneself in a male environment with Lieutenant-Commander Kayla Bouchard!

    Listen to the Best of the WWEST on Spotify, Apple, Google, Amazon, iHeart, Gaana, and Castbox
    Visit wwest-cwse.ca to learn more about WWEST and to listen to other available episodes.

    • 26 min
    Women in STEM w/Dr. Michelle Kunimoto, Karine Poliquin & Nancy Darling

    Women in STEM w/Dr. Michelle Kunimoto, Karine Poliquin & Nancy Darling

    This episode explores the career progression of women in STEM from university, to industry, and leadership. Dr. Michelle Kunimoto is a Post-Doctoral Scholar at the MIT Kavli Institute for Astrophysics and Space Research. During her undergraduate degree, Michelle discovered 4 new exoplanets and she has carried that interest forward to now improving techniques for finding exoplanets. Michelle is also dedicated to inspiring young women and exciting individuals about astronomy. Karine Poliquin is a Civil Engineer with 7 years’ experience in the consulting engineering industry. She started her career as a structural engineer, but halfway through switched her focus to transportation design. Most of her projects involve low-volume road design and ice road engineering in northern Canada. During her spare time, Karine volunteers for the ACEC-BC EDI committee, and for Women in Consulting Engineering. Nancy Darling is the creator and project administrator for the Women in Trades Training (WITT) Project at Okanagan College. The program introduces women to the building trades and supports women to step into a career in the trades. Nancy received a BA in Community Rehabilitation from the University of Calgary, and was motivated to develop the WITT program after noticing the underrepresentation of women in trades and the systemic barriers to their participation. Listen to the Best of the WWEST on Spotify, Apple, Google, Amazon, iHeart, Gaana, and Castbox
    Visit wwest-cwse.ca to learn more about WWEST and to listen to other available episodes.

    • 46 min
    Intro to the New WWEST Chair w/Dr. Jennifer Jakobi

    Intro to the New WWEST Chair w/Dr. Jennifer Jakobi

    Welcome to the first episode of WWEST UBCO's continuation of the Best of the WWEST Podcast! In this episode, Dr. Jakobi will outline the goals of the WWEST program and highlight the exciting projects to come. 

    Jennifer (Jenn) Jakobi, is a Professor in Health and Exercise Sciences at the University of British Columbia Okanagan. She was the Associate Chair Westcoast Women in Engineering Science and Technology (WWEST; 2018-2020), and founding director of the integrative STEM Team Advancing networks of Diversity (iSTAND) Program. Through these programs she worked towards increasing diversity across STEM fields through engaging, mentoring and supporting youth and women in STEM activities that facilitate self-awareness, and professional understanding to empower organizational change through independent contributions. Most recently, Dr. Jakobi was named the new NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (CWSE) program for BC and the Yukon.  We would like to thank WWEST SFU for the outstanding precedent they have set with the Best of the WWEST podcast. We are excited to take on this project and continue the wonderful work they have done! Listen to the Best of the WWEST on Spotify, Apple, Google, Amazon, iHeart, Gaana, and Castbox Visit wwest-cwse.ca to learn more about WWEST and to listen to other available episodes.

    • 13 min
    Marg Lathan P.Eng, WinSETT Chair and President of Aqua Libra Consulting

    Marg Lathan P.Eng, WinSETT Chair and President of Aqua Libra Consulting

    Marg Latham P.Eng has been around the scene for a long time. She’s a pioneer for women and intersectionality in STEM, she’s a leader, and she loves to build things! Listen to this episode for some real gems of wisdom and advice and an all-around fun conversation between Marg and WWEST podcast producer and host Vanessa. (Please excuse any audio hiccups in this remotely recorded interview.)
    Marg Latham was the only woman to graduate in civil engineering from Queen’s University in 1974. Since then, she has continued to be a pioneer and trailblazer. Marg is a professional engineer and certified management consultant. She is President of Aqua Libra Consulting Ltd., a management consulting firm. Since starting her business in 2010, she has helped public and private engineering organizations improve professional practice and quality management.
    For five decades, Marg has also been a champion for women in engineering and construction across Canada. She is currently the Chair of the Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology (WinSETT), an organization committed to fostering opportunities for women to enter, stay, grow and lead at all levels in science, engineering, trades and technology careers.
    Marg is the 2021 recipient of the RA McLachlin Award, one of the Presidents Awards presented annually by EGBC.
    For full shownotes, transcription, and land acknowledgement visit http://i.sfu.ca/HAjtZe
    Relevant Links: 2021 President's Award - Engineers & Geoscientists BC - R.A. MacLachlan Memorial Award Gender-Based Analysis Plus (GBA+) - Women and Gender Equality Canada Skill Builders - WinSETT Centre WinSETT Centre Hosted by: Vanessa Hennessey
    Theme Music: “Positive and Fun” by Scott Holmes
    Produced by: Vanessa Hennessey

    • 45 min
    Janet Phan, Founder & Executive Director, Thriving Elements

    Janet Phan, Founder & Executive Director, Thriving Elements

    Janet Phan is busy, but she's also working on changing the landscape for girls and women in STEM. In this episode, she tells us all about moving across an ocean to another country for a job, finding internal peace with past challenges, and how technology drives everything we do. Plus, she gives the inside scoop into her new book, "Boldly You!" (Please excuse any audio hiccups in this remotely recorded interview.)

    Janet T. Phan is the Founder and Executive Director of Thriving Elements, a nonprofit dedicated to creating access and opportunities for underserved, underrepresented girls with long-term, 1:1 mentorship in STEM fields. 
    For full shownotes, transcription, and land acknowledgement visit http://i.sfu.ca/yNLlGg
    Relevant Links: 3 Key Elements to Thriving Mentorship - TEDxZurich Boldly You Janet on LinkedIn Master of Science in Information Systems, University of Washington Thriving Elements Weyerhaeuser Hosted by: Vanessa Hennessey
    Theme Music: “Positive and Fun” by Scott Holmes
    Produced by: Vanessa Hennessey

    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

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9 Ratings

9 Ratings

TransWriter90 ,

Love love love!

An entire podcast devoted to women in STEM who are helping change the world into a brighter, better tomorrow!! I love this!

Elaine - Angus Eye Tea Podcast ,

Support Women & Learn Something New!

The women that Best of the WWEST interviews are simply amazing. Guests range in age and topics, and every single person has sage advice to pass on to other woman looking to grow in STEM or other male dominated career fields. As a non-science person, I find such inspiration in these gals and how much they've had to overcome to get where they are now! Best of the WWEST is the perfect episode length to gain some knowledge, get a sprinkle of inspiration, and move forward with your day, ready to conquer the world. - Elaine, Angus Eye Tea Podcast

oodelally3 (@AHthePodcast) ,

Fascinating

This isn't usually the type of podcast I would seek out, simply because I was never big into these topics. However, I'm a huge proponent of getting more girls and women into STEM and of hearing stories from those who already are. In just one episode, the following topics were brought up: daily microagressions & sexism these women face in the field as well as in gaming; theatre; film; work/school/life balance; and the psychological effects of prolonged time in space, among seveal other things. You'll always walk away learning more than you expect. Give it a try!

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