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A few spots remaining….Workshop: Attracting and Retaining Top SETT Talent – June 3, 2015 February 23, 2015

Posted by Meaghan Seagrave in June 2015.
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NBWICT, NB Women in Engineering and Geoscience, WISE Atlantic and VENN will be hosting a workshop, facilitated by WinSETT, for managers and leaders this coming June.

The workshop is on Attracting and Retaining Top SETT Talent : Towards a Gender Inclusive Workplace, and will occur in Sackville June 3nd, in conjunction with the Atlantic Connections Conference June 3-5, 2015.

What: Workshop on Attracting and Retaining Top SETT Talent
When: June 3, 2015 – 1:00 PM to 5:00PM with registration starting at 12:30PM
Where: Mount Alison University, Avard Dixon Building Room 120

This 1/2 day workshop (on the afternoon of the 3rd) is designed to support strategic planning on gender diversity within organizations, increase awareness of the factors that influence the success of women in SETT organizations, assess current workplace conditions and policies, and share effective practices and strategies to welcome, support and enable employees to contribute, advance, and bring the many benefits of diversity to the organization.

On a higher level, we are hopeful that this program will help organizations address the needs of gendre diversity including:

  • Addressing the skills shortages
  • Supporting employers access a broader base of talent
  • Increased innovation potential
  • Enhanced market development
  • Greater return on human resource investment
  • Stronger financial performance
  • Improved governance

Our target for the workshop in terms of audience are the companies and organizations that have talent needs. The workshop is designed to be intimate and as such we are limiting the participation to 30 ppl max. If this one goes well, we will organize additional ones in the future.

If you or someone from your organization would like to attend, please register: www.genderinclusiveworkshop.eventbrite.ca

Please feel free to share this invitation broadly. Also feel free to contact Meaghan Seagrave (mseagrave@bionb.org) for more information.


How do we mentor women when there aren’t enough female role models? October 30, 2016

Posted by Jane Fritz in Uncategorized.
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Author: Jane Fritzlightbulbs

It’s been a long time since there’s been activity on our NB Women in ICT blog. I thought I’d share a relevant post I recently posted to my personal blog and see if it resonates with any of you. I’d love to hear what you think about any of these issues, any related experiences you may have had, and any approaches you can think of. The reason I wrote it in the first place is because some concerned male colleagues suggested, correctly, that women need more female mentors and role models. My conundrum was that this would require asking several of you on this blog list to take on yet more responsibilities, and you’re all going flat out. I just don’t think that is enough of an answer, but maybe I’m wrong.

Here is the blog post: How do we mentor women when there aren’t enough female role models?

Any thoughts?!


Be a Judge at the River Valley Regional Science Faire: April 17, 2015 February 27, 2015

Posted by Meaghan Seagrave in April 2015.
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Invitation to Judge at the River Valley Regional Science Fair (RVRSF) 2015

Judges required:  25-30, April 17, 2015

Science East is in the process of recruiting judges for the River Valley Regional Science Fair (RVRSF) being held at UNB in Fredericton, April 17, 2015. Judging for our Regional Fair will take place Friday, April 17, 2015 from 10:30 am – 4 pm. Refreshments and lunch will be provided. The River Valley Regional Fair is a great way to get ready for judging at the Canada Wide Science Fair taking place at UNB, May 11-16, 2015!

Our goal is to ensure that the best projects at the RVRSF receive medals, regardless of the type of science that the project focuses on. All projects will be judged for medals against all others in their grade category – junior or senior. The junior category comprises grades 6-8 while the senior category comprises grades 9-12.

Several days before the fair, judges will receive project summaries for the approximately six projects they will be judging. On the day of the fair, judges will work independently to assess the assigned projects then work as a group to compare notes with others judges to arrive at the gold, silver and bronze medal winners. All judges work together to determine the 3 Grand Prize Winners who will compete at the Canada-Wide Science Fair in Fredericton from May 11th -16th, 2015.

To help assign judges to projects, we are asking judges to “Login/Register” through the River Valley Science Fair registration website at: http://secure.youthscience.ca/sfiab/rivervalley/

A popup window or webpage may tell you that you are entering a secure website, please click on the “Proceed Anyway” or “Allow” button.

This program automatically assigns projects to judges based on the comfort level indicated when registering and we review the assignments making small changes as necessary. Every effort is made to match judges with projects they may be interested in. The more information you provide, the better able we are to make these matches.

If you were a judge in previous years, you need only activate your account and verify the information in our system is correct. Your username is your email address. If you forget your password or have a problem logging in, send me an email and I will assist you.

Please let me know if you are interested and able to help out or if you require more information. You can begin by registering yourself as a judge at the website listed above.

Note: For information about judging at the Canada Wide Science Fair, please contact Ben Newling at bnewling@unb.ca.

Hope to see you at the River Valley Regional Fair April 17, Toole Hall, UNB Fredericton!

Karen Matheson, BSc, BEd, MSc

Director of Education,
River Valley Regional Science Fair Committee
Science East
(506) 457-2340 ext. 127

Fabulous Over 50 Seminar and Fundraiser Oct 26 October 24, 2014

Posted by Meaghan Seagrave in Event, October 2014, Uncategorized.
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What is Fabulous over 50 all about?  We are bringing together a range of experts who will share their wisdom and expertise on a wide range of personal and professional topics.  You will be inspired and motivated to take charge of your health, and discover key new facts to conquer a woman’s aging process.  This is a fun event, sure to make you laugh while you learn.
What is Fabulous over 50 all about?

October 26, 2014, 12-4:30

Kingswood Lodge, Fredericton, NB

Tickets: $75 (includes light lunch, coffee and a donation to Marissa’s Medical Fund – find details here.

Tickets can be purchased at Gardiner Realty (457 Bishop Drive), or through one of the volunteers listed below in the “Contact” section.

Join us for an afternoon of fun, meet new friends, and participate in our RE-STORE.  We greatly appreciate your donation of a Gently worn Handbag or Jewelry item, it will be sold at the RE-STORE tables during the event.  Donated items need to be collected by Oct  20th, and can be  picked up or dropped off at Gardiner Realty (457 Bishop Drive).  RE-STORE items will be sold at fantastic prices that will sure to put a smile on the buyers face.  You know how we all love to shop, and donators will be recognized for their generous contribution.

All proceeds from this event benefit the fund, and tax deductible receipts are not available.

Contacts: Donna Gardiner-Thompson 451-5684 (donnathompson@royallepage.ca) or Jane Crozier-Ellis 449-2400 (Carl1875@hotmail.com) or Colleen Benson 470-9562 (

Additional details can be found on the event poster here.

Tech & Trade Gala for Women, Nov 6 October 24, 2014

Posted by Meaghan Seagrave in Event, Uncategorized.
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The next Tech & Trade Gala for Women event is taking place at NBCC Saint John Campus, Thursday November 6, 2014. Meet fascinating women working in technical and trade fields. Hear inspiring stories from dynamic guest speakers and investigate a variety of interesting career paths.


Cost: Free

Time: 6:30 to 9:00pm

If you are interested in mentoring or simply looking to learn about other technical career paths, simply contact Kate McLean at kate.mclean@gnb.ca.

Anyone who has participated in the Tech & Trade Gala for Girls in the past  has proclaimed it to be a fun and rewarding experience.

Details can be found on the event poster here.

Check out Technovations September 23, 2014

Posted by Jane Fritz in General Notices.
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You are all encouraged to take a look at the gallery of apps submitted to the 2014 Technocation season. This is a competition for young women sponsored by the National Center for Women and IT is the U.S. Check out their web site at http://technovation.cmail2.com/t/d-e-skdtht-mhidlhk-r/. There are lots of interesting links.


CyberCamp for middle school girls, please spread the word June 9, 2014

Posted by Jane Fritz in Uncategorized.
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UNB Computer Science will once again be offering a day camp designed to offer middle school girls a hands-on learning experience about computer science and explore the fun and exciting world of Internet security. This year’s Cyber Girlz Camp will be held August 18-22. Please pass on the information to anyone you think might be interested. For more information, please contact Natalia Stakhanova at Natalia.stakhanova@unb.ca or 451-6967.



Looking for ICT women to talk to young women, May 15 May 8, 2014

Posted by Jane Fritz in Uncategorized.
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A Trades & Tech Gala for Girls is happening on Thursday, May 15 at the Willie O’Ree in Fredericton for Aboriginal Girls of the province. The event is during the daytime (11:30-2:30). We need women to represent the ICT Sector. If you can help out please contact Annick Noël at Annick.noel@gnb.ca or at 453-6464

T4G Keeps the Big Data Conversation Going, May 8 May 5, 2014

Posted by Jane Fritz in Uncategorized.
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T4G is pleased to bring Big Data Week to Saint John as part of Big Data Week Worldwide by hosting a casual, informative affair that offers you the chance to hear from some of T4G’s Big Data thinkers and doers while socializing with like-minded colleagues.

T4G Principal Consultant Janet Forbes will talk about the ‘Internet of Things’, one of the hot topics at this year’s Big Data Congress II, and one of the themes for Big Data Week 2014. Following that, Shawn Peterson and James MacManus will talk about the notion of ‘Data as a Product’. These short presentations will give you food for thought and conversation as you mingle with colleagues over light refreshments.

Join us to learn about what’s coming,what’s already here, and what it means for your business.

Registration is free but space is limited.

Thursday, May 8, 2014   4:30-6:30pm

T4G Saint John  384 Lancaster Ave, Saint John, NB


Panel discussion on women in Science and Technology – UNB, May 9 April 30, 2014

Posted by Jane Fritz in Uncategorized.
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You are invited to join the discussion.

When: May 9, 10 a.m. – noon

Where: Head Hall (the Gillin Hall part of the engineering complex), Room C11 (enter from campus side or from Windsor Street entrance)

What: Panel and full group discussion


“All is well with women in science—or is it?” asks Prof. Geoff Rayner-Canhem, professor of chemistry at MUN (Grenfell Campus) who teaches Women in Science and, together with his partner Marlene Rayner-Canham, has published several books about the work of forgotten women scientists.

Geoff is joined by professional engineer Christine Plourde, President of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of NB, who is actively involved in a national effort to increase the proportion of women members in the profession.

Building a bridge (metaphorically) between the academy and the STEM work world is sociologist Dr. Lori Leach, who is an occasional lecturer in UNB’s Gender and Women’s Studies Interdisciplinary Program, researches women in computer science in particular, and promotes women in trades and technology.

The event will be moderated by Prof. Frank Collins of UNB’s Engineering Faculty and Prof. Wendy Robbins of UNB’s Gender and Women’s Studies program.

Come along and add your voice!

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