Women in
Tech Summit

February 11, 2021

9 AM – 4 PM


Totally Virtual

Thank you for joining us!

Thank you to all of those who joined us – researchers, educators, and community members – who came together to understand barriers specific to women, and empower women in STEM education and tech careers in Manitoba.

We hope these inspirational keynotes and discussion tracks have helped you seek concrete solutions to bridge the gender gap in STEM.

Ubisoft Winnipeg and the University of Winnipeg are proud to partner and host the first Nova: Ubisoft Winnipeg Women in Tech Summit.


Ensuring equal opportunity in tech begins early. Four discussion tracks will focus on different stages of education and career for women and girls.

In each track, you will hear from researchers examining the gender gap, get inspiration and insight from keynote speakers, and share your voice and experiences in working group sessions.


Sarah Melo

M.Ed., French Immersion Teacher, Louis Riel School Division

Sarah Melo, M.Ed. is a French Immersion teacher in the Louis Riel School Division in Winnipeg.  She is the parent of three school aged children. For her Masters degree in Mathematics…

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Kristyn Frank

Senior Research Analyst, Statistics Canada

Kristyn Frank is a senior research analyst at Statistics Canada, where she has worked since 2011. She holds a Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Waterloo. Her research primarily…

Dr. Joanne Lee

Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Wilfrid Laurier University

Joanne Lee, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the department of Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University. As a developmental psychologist, her research focuses on early childhood learning in language and…

Victoria Kaspi

Dr. Victoria Kaspi

Professor of Physics, McGill University

Victoria Kaspi is a Professor of Physics at McGill University, where she holds the Lorne Trottier Chair in Astrophysics and Cosmology, and the Distinguished James McGill Chair. She is the…

Sidney Leggett (Wápiskisiw Pinésiw Iskwéw)

Undergraduate Researcher, University of Winnipeg, Queens University, Arthur B. McDonald Canadian Astroparticle Research Institute

Sidney is finishing her final year of undergraduate studies in Health Informatics~Applied Computer Science and a minor in Statistics at the University of Winnipeg. She has worked as a Junior…

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Kathryn Atamanchuk


After completing a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Manitoba in 1999, Kathryn began her career at StandardAero as a T56 Service Engineer. This role took…

Dr Tarek Mostafa

Policy Analyst. Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), OECD

Tarek is a Policy Analyst in the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills. Before joining the OECD, Tarek was a Senior Research Associate at University College London. His research spanned…

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Dr Nora Casson

Canada Research Chair in Environmental Influences on Water Quality, Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Winnipeg

Dr. Nora Casson is the Canada Research Chair in Environmental Influences on Water Quality and an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Winnipeg. Her research…

Ekaterina Martchenko

Consultant at DecisionWorks & Research Associate at the University of Winnipeg

A believer in the connectedness of all things, Ekaterina worked in a variety of fields before discovering her love for statistics with the help of the biostatisticians at the Center…

Dr. Elena Makarova

Director, Institute for Educational Sciences, University of Basel

Dr Makarova’s research focuses on development, learning and teaching in the face of heterogeneity in the school context. In particular, she is interested in inclusion and exclusion processes due to…

Dr. Sheri-Lynn Skwarchuk

Professor and Developmental Studies Director, Faculty of Education, University of Winnipeg

Sheri-Lynn Skwarchuk, Ph.D. is a Professor and Developmental Studies Director in the Faculty of Education at the University of Winnipeg.  She is a parent of three older children, and has…

Jenny Saucerman

Jenny Saucerman is an online learning instructional design manager for CUNA. Jenny has nine years of experience in the eLearning space with a focus on simulation and game-based learning, assessment,…

Dr. Janice Dodd

Professor Emerita of Physiology and Pathophysiology, Rady Faculty of Health Sciences and Women’s and Gender Studies, Faculty of Arts, University of Manitoba.

My scientific research has focused on hormone-dependent cancers with funding from the Canadian Cancer Society, US Army, and Canadian Institutes of Health Research to explore signal transduction in prostate cancer….

Dr. Anni Reinking

Educational Consultant

Anni K. Reinking, Ed.D. is a former classroom teacher and professor. She is currently an education consultant located in Illinois. She specializes in DEIA and bringing voices into the STEM…

Dr. Jenny Sidey-Gibbons

Dr. Jenni Sidey-Gibbons

Astronaut, Mechanical Engineer, Combustion Scientist, Lecturer

Dr. Sidey-Gibbons holds an honours bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from McGill University in Montreal, Quebec (2011). While at McGill, she conducted research on flame propagation in microgravity in collaboration…

Who Should Attend?


Educators are one of the greatest factors on child development, and can have a profound influence on their interests and choices. Join us to learn and discuss where interest and confidence in STEM can be fostered, and share your own experience and learnings.


Share your expertise, hear from others researching gender in STEM, and contribute to workshop discussions alongside educators and community members to discuss how research can be put into practice. 


Gender equity in STEM and tech benefits all of us. Interested parents, students, businesses and community members are welcome to attend and learn from the discussions.