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

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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?!



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

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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.

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

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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

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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 NoĂ«l at Annick.noel@gnb.ca or at 453-6464

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

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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

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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!

CANCELLED: NBWICT April Luncheon Event or May Wine Event – stay tuned for further notices April 14, 2014

Posted by Meaghan Seagrave in April 2014, May 2014, Uncategorized.
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This two-part event is being cancelled. News of a special fall gathering will shared as details emerge.

Hello everyone,

You are cordially invited to attend the April 24th NB Women in IT/ICT luncheon update event or the May 7th wine and chat event. Pick one and join us.

Last month we heard from Larry Sampson about the state of the ICT industry in NB and the ICT talent gap challenges we have that is affecting our potential to excel.

In 2012 our group undertook a strategy planning session. From that a number of important sector initiatives were identified and deemed relevant to improving the sector and the involvement and advancement of women in ICT.

In short, there are a lot of opportunities to chase. From peer mentoring that helps advance women into senior leadership roles to getting the attention of young girls onto the fun of building robots. But, we can’t chase everything.

Our informal group, of which you are a part,  represents a great resource to the advancement of the sector. NBWICT would like to better focus that collective resource on a specific endavour for the coming year. We would like you to join us this month for lunch or wine conversation to determine that focus. We want everyone’s input. Where do you think we should be focusing our attention? What would interest you?

CANCELLED: A Workshop on Gender Inclusive Workplaces, March 7, 2014 February 17, 2014

Posted by Jane Fritz in March 2014, Uncategorized.
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This workshop has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

A Workshop on Understanding and Creating Gender Inclusive Workplaces

Who: Managers, leaders, and HR professionals responsible for hiring and retaining a talented workforce.

What: A half day workshop for leaders in science, engineering, and tech based organisations. The Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology will deliver an interactive workshop module designed to increase awareness of the factors that influence the success of women in their organisations, assess current workplace conditions, & share effective strategies to attract, support, & retain talented women.

Where: NBCC Moncton, 1234 Mountain Road, Moncton

When: March 7, 2014, 8AM – 12:30PM, Breakfast provided

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/attracting-and-retaining-top-sett-talent-a-workshop-on-understanding-and-creating-gender-inclusive-tickets-10108230991

For further details and registration and contact information, please see the Managers Workshop Flyer at this link.

Slides: The Everyday Use of ICT in Education in Norway January 30, 2014

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On January 29th Dr. Barbara Wasson, Professor of Informatics at the University of Bergen in Norway (whose hometown is Fredericton), presented a well-received talk on the integrated use of ICT throughout the education process in Norway. Her talk solicited many questions and comments. For those of you who would like to take a closer look at the slides she used in her talk, or share them with others, they can be found at ICT and Education in Norway w Technology 1&2. Thanks again for your time and interest, Barb.

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