It’s time to meet 3 incredible women making their mark in STEM

A couple days ago we introduced Dr. Gina Cody, who is headlining as keynote for this upcoming conversation “Leading Women in STEM: Future-Proofing Engineering.”

Today, it’s our privilege to introduce the three panelists joining the discussion! Each will speak to the impact of technology on society, while shedding light on their personal journeys and the barriers women often face in STEM fields. We are so excited to be hosting this panel, particularly on International Women’s Day.

Join the conversation with our panelists:

Susan IbachSusan Ibach is the Head of ‘Amazon Future Engineer Canada’ at Amazon, which is a program designed to increase access to computer science education for children and young adults from underserved communities. Having spent 8 years in national and international developer relations, and 15 years as a technical trainer, her passion is helping others learn to code.

In 2016, Susan was awarded the Technology Innovator of the Year Award by Women in Communication and Technology Canada.

These days, most of her time is spent playing, presenting and blogging about Python, data science and AI. (To follow along on her blog, visit HockeyGeekGirl Inc


Suzanne KrestaDr. Suzanne Kresta joined the University of Saskatchewan on January 1, 2018 as Dean of the College of Engineering after 26 years at the University of Alberta. She holds a BSc from the University of New Brunswick (UNB, 1986), an MSc in Integrated Design of Chemical Plants from the University of Leeds (UK), and a PhD from McMaster University (1992). Over her career, she has worked in 20 different industrial sectors on turbulent, multiphase mixing problems ranging from drinking water to metal extraction. Several companies have been valued collaborators for over twenty years. Students who have graduated from her research group hold academic positions across Canada and in Europe, and she treasures close relationships with a number of her former undergraduates who are also academics.

She has been recognized with a number of national and international awards for her research, teaching, and leadership. She is a co-editor of the Handbook of Industrial Mixing (2005), and chief editor of Advances in Industrial Mixing (2015). For a closer look, please go to her personal webpage,


Kaitlin OlmstedKaitlin Olmsted is the current EWB USask President and has been a part of EWB for 5 years. She leads the EWB USask Chapter, motivates members to achieve their leadership potential, and helps them advocate for more equitable systems.

Recently, she won the Canadian Engineering Memorial Foundation Ambassador Undergraduate Engineering Award for the Prairies Region. This was given in recognition for her strong community involvement at the USask College of Engineering.

Previously, she was the Administration Executive for Cameco Spectrum 2019, a major USask College of Engineering science exhibition that had over 4,000 attendees and taught approximately 1,800 elementary and high school students about Saskatchewan STEM projects.  ​​​

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