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Gender parity in science, technology, and beyond: another rebuttal to Margaret Wente November 30, 2012

Posted by Jane Fritz in Uncategorized.
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For those of you who may have ideas about how to attract women not only to ICT careers but also to positions of leadership, feel free to read this blog post and comment. It seems to me that mentoring needs to play a role, and maybe we need some mentoring from men, who obviously have an inside edge!

Gender parity in science, technology, and beyond: another rebuttal to Margaret Wente


Call for Volunteers: Trades and Tech Gala for Girls November 29, 2012

Posted by Meaghan Seagrave in Uncategorized.
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Volunteer Opportunity with Young Women in Technology

We are looking for a person or two to represent the ICT sector at the Trades and Tech Gala in Saint John (see attached poster):

Where: NBCC Saint John, 950 Grandview Avenue
When: Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Time: 5:30 – 8:30
Cost: FREE

Info about the Galas

Trades & Tech Gala for Girls are designed to introduce young Women in high school to the skill trades and technology sectors through female mentors who are currently working or studying in a related career field.  Trades & Tech Gala for Girls is a relaxed dinner that fosters a positive environment in which young women have the opportunity to hear speakers discuss the rewards and challenges of their chosen career path and to connect with mentors from their community who provide students with advice, guidance and inspiration by sharing their experiences. Participants leave empowered and informed about exciting non-traditional careers.

If you are interested please contact Mary-Clare White: MaryClare.White@gnb.ca

NBWICT December 11th Luncheon 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm: Andrea Fuenekes November 28, 2012

Posted by Meaghan Seagrave in December 2012, Event, October 2012.
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The next luncheon gathering of women in ICT in Fredericton (and those visiting) will be held on December 11, 2012.  Information about our speaker and location details follow below.  We encourage you all to come out to catch up with each other, make new acquaintances, and especially to meet with Andrea Fuenekes.  Please let your female colleagues know about this event.  You can register (free, but limited seating so please let us know of your interest) for the luncheon at this doodle: http://doodle.com/ig6rs62cctqzvxq9 .

On December 11th –  please join us for lunch and discussions with Andrea Fuenekes. 

We encourage you all to come out to catch up with each other, make new acquaintances, and meet with Andrea.

When: Tuesday, December 11, 2012: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Brewbakers Restaurant
Speaker: Andrea Fuenekes
Registration: (Free, but attendees will be responsible for purchasing their lunch. For our convenience, Brewbakers will be offering their Express Lunch Menu. Prices ranging from $9-$15 with vegetarian and vegan options).

Let us know you are coming:  http://doodle.com/ig6rs62cctqzvxq9

Please let your female colleagues know about this event by sending them to our web blog: https://nbwict.wordpress.com/

Andrea Fuenekes:

Andrea is Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Remsoft. Remsoft provides optimization technology to empower organizations to maximize the performance and value of their assets. In 2011, Andrea was named chair of Future NB. On Dec 11th Andrea will speak with us about how she and her company use technology as a means of furthering the objectives of their clients. Andrea will also share with us her experience at Future NB,  what Future NB is working on today, why this is important for the province and in particular for the ICT sector and she will explain the role that Future NB played in developing the Province’s Innovation Strategy.

Looking forward to seeing everyone – please let us know you are coming by registering: http://doodle.com/ig6rs62cctqzvxq9

ILLUMINATE!: Opportunity to volunteer (just one evening) in support of girls in science November 26, 2012

Posted by Jane Fritz in December 2012, Event, November 2012.
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Folks, Science East is one of the groups in our province making a difference in encouraging young girls to follow a path towards science and technology. They need our help. If you are available for either of the ILLUMINATE! events below, or know someone who might be – perhaps someone who lives in the event area, please contact Lieff Salonius at Science East. She will explain what the event is like and what is required of volunteers (very easy) and answer any questions you may have. She can help any volunteer who would like to be involved, including providing you with some activity to host to help initiate conversations. Experience shows that having professional women in front of young women, telling their stories of what they do and how they got to where they are, is very powerful. Please consider getting involved. If you can’t be part of either of these events, consider giving Lieff a call anyway to find out more about it, with the possibility of participating in an event sometime next term.

Lieff’s contact info: lieff.salonius@scienceeast.nb.ca or 506-457-2340 ext. 26

Event details:

  ILLUMINATE! Shedding Light on STEM

  Carleton North High School, November 27, 2012 (tomorrow night)

  Sir James Dunn Academy, St. Andrews, December 12, 2012

Science East, Sir James Dunn Academy, and Carleton North High School are hosting ILLUMINATE, an evening of hands-on fun and excitement for students and their families. The goal is to provide youth with examples of some of the amazing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) by giving them the chance to talk to “real” professionals as well as to handle and see the tools/technologies used in different STEM fields. Exhibitors are encouraged to provide hands-on displays and activities (feel free to contact us if you need help with display ideas).

ILLUMINATE will take place in both locations from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Doors will be open at 5:00 for set-up.

Science, technology, girls and the media November 25, 2012

Posted by Jane Fritz in Uncategorized.
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Maybe some food for thought? We continue to struggle to get the word out that there are opportunities in our field, and as soon as there is any success a media story provides a negative spin.

Robby Robin's Journey

Let’s start with STEM.  What comes to mind?  Plant stems?  Long-stemmed roses (or tulips)?  Stemware?  Stem cells?  For those of us who are immersed in the world of science and technology, STEM has a different meaning; it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  STEM as an acronym has been in use for several years now, but it is hardly a household word.  What caused an acronym like STEM to see the light of day anyway?  Several years ago, employers and public policy specialists began to realize that we (the U.S. and Canada) are not producing enough home-grown graduates to fill the needs of existing science and technology based companies.  As well as posing a huge challenge for technology and technology-supported enterprises, without sufficient young people studying in STEM areas, our capacity for new innovation will suffer.  One statistic that comes as a surprise to many is that more than half…

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NBITC AGM to be Held November 27th November 9, 2012

Posted by Jane Fritz in Event, November 2012, Uncategorized.
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The Annual General Meeting of the New Brunswick IT Council will be held November 27th between 4:40 and 6:30, at the New Brunswick Museum in Market Square, Saint John. A reception will be held following the meeting.

Members and non-members alike are invited to attend. NBITC’s CEO, Larry Sampson gave a compelling status report on our industry and the work of the Council at our NBWICT group event yesterday evening, which sparked a lively and fully-engaged discussion. Last evening’s gathering provided excellent background for the AGM, including how we can help grow our sector.

You can find out more about the NBITC at http://nbitc.ca/news/nbitc-agm-be-held-november-27th.

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