Friday, April 26th, 12pm-1pm
Attendees of all genders are welcome and encouraged to attend our Women’s Luncheon. This is a lunch time panel moderated by Danniele Livengood (Program Manager at WWEST). We have several wonderful women joining us to share their wealth of experience and knowledge gained from working in STEM.
Panellists will answer prepared questions posed by the moderator. Following this, the floor will open for Q&A. After the panel wraps up there will be free time to mingle and discuss any lingering thoughts.
Khristine Carino has a PhD in Dental Sciences and international awards for epidemiological research. She came to Canada for a postdoctoral fellowship at UBC in 2005, but due to parental demands, she veered off the academic track and became a stay-home mom.
In 2018 she founded East Van Kids STEAM, a volunteer-driven grassroots initiative providing free/low cost workshops for children in East Vancouver. Through Empower.Mom, another initiative, Khristine is keen on building a community of women sharing resources and support for mothers who want to transition to a career in Tech.
An innovative leader, Khristine currently is the Director for Communications for SCWIST, leading the implementation of communication campaigns, social and digital media strategies. Her pet project is the SCWIST StoryBook which chronicles the lives and careers of Canadian Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
Danniele Livengood is the Program Manager of WWEST at Simon Fraser University, operating under the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering (BC/Yukon Region). At WWEST Danniele works to further the participation of women and other under-represented groups in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Additionally, Danniele is the Director of Events for the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST). She has volunteered on SCWIST’s Board of Directors since 2014 and has represented the organization twice in addressing the House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women. Danniele has a passion for advocacy and community engagement, and currently serves on 3 non-profit boards.
Slavica Vukadinov is from Belgrade, Serbia and has a BSc from the University of Belgrade with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Computer Science. She has been living in Vancouver since 1993 and is married with two kids and a dog.
She has worked at Electronic Arts since 2001 where she is currently the director of Analytics in one of EA’s departments. She runs a team of 25 business analysts, data analysts and analytics engineers. Her career path involved databases; SQL; business intelligence; business analysis; and now management of other analysts. Her current role revolves around simplifying complexity and solving problems.
Her favourite math quote:
“Mathematics as an expression of the human mind reflects the active will, the contemplative reason, and the desire for aesthetic perfection. Its basic elements are logic and intuition, analysis and construction, generality and individuality.” - Richard Courant (German mathematician 1888 – 1972)
Matthea Wiebe is a MA student in archaeology at Simon Fraser University. She is a member of the department’s Geoarchaeology Laboratory and uses experimental archaeology, geochemistry, as well as electron microscopy to learn about ancient fire-making technologies. Matthea has worked as an archaeological technician and technical assistant in field environments such as Greece, Israel, South Africa, and British Columbia. Archeology was a male-dominated discipline only a decade ago, but now it is not unusual to find more women than men being taken on as archaeology graduate students. It is a very exciting time for women in archaeology and Matthea hopes that other disciplines will soon see the same boom of female scientists.