September 19, 2016

Brunch with Industry


Brunch with Industry is an event to bring together engineering and science students with successful professional women in these fields. The event will consist of keynote speakers and a delicious brunch. The speakers will share their experiences and give advice, allowing students to gain insight on opportunities and roles of women in this industry. The theme for this year’s Brunch with Industry is ‘Breaking Barriers’. The theme for this year’s BWI is “BREAKING BARRIERS”. This theme revolves around the fact that every accomplishment comes with obstacles and barriers. These barriers are essential building blocks for career development and personal growth. Each speaker will be sharing their journey to their current career and the barriers they broke through to get there.



Shelley Morris
Shelley Morris is the Eastern Canada Account Manager for Clarius Mobile Health.  Clarius is a Canadian medical device company based in Vancouver that launched the world’s first wireless handheld ultrasound scanners.  Shelley has over twenty-five years of experience in the field of Diagnostic Medical Imaging and has worked/volunteered in 12 countries.  She received her X-Ray certification from Mohawk College in Hamilton and her Ultrasound certification from The Michener Institute in Toronto.  During her career she has explored many different positions in her field including Medical Radiation Technologist, Diagnostic Medical Sonographer, Lead Technologist, Clinic Manager, Department Manager, Clinical Instructor, Instructor of Quality Control and Assurance, Clinical Applications Specialist, Global Applications Specialist and Sales Specialist.  She feels that working for medical device companies have allowed her to stay on the forefront of the latest technology.  Through her various positions as an instructor, she has passed along her knowledge to the next generation of medical professionals.  Shelley has a passion for travel and has helped many other medical professionals realize their dreams of taking their skills on the road to explore new and interesting places while providing much needed support to local communities.
Tasha Jawa
Tasha is a third-year MD/PhD Candidate in the Centre for Neuroscience Studies and School of Medicine at Queen’s University. Her research explores the impact of life-saving kidney replacement therapy on neurological outcomes in critically ill adults. Prior to embarking upon her current program, Tasha completed an honours BSc and MSc at the University of Toronto. Tasha has been recognized by several notable awards during her PhD training, including the Frederick Banting & Charles Best Canada Graduate Scholarship, Physician Services Incorporated (PSI) Foundation Research Trainee Fellowship Award, and the Canadian Federation of University Women Dr. Margaret McWilliams Pre-Doctoral Fellowship, among others. She has also contributed to many first- and co-authored publications. Outside of academia, Tasha is passionate about patient advocacy. She has worked with patients and families to develop educational infographics and videos to support their understanding of their own kidney disease and management, enabling patients and families to take part in their own healthcare. Tasha is also an active member of her community, promoting awareness of kidney health and disease on a global scale through the international World Kidney Day campaign.
Dr. Heidi Ploeg
Dr. Heidi Ploeg is a Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering and Queen’s Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science Inaugural Chair for Women in Engineering, at the Queen's University at Kingston. She directs the Queen’s Bone and Joint Biomechanics (Q-BJB) Lab, in the Centre for Health Innovation (formerly Human Mobility Research Centre). Her Q-BJB Lab’s objective is to understand the human musculo-skeletal system better, in order to aid the development of biomechanical and safe solutions for the care and treatment of diseased or injured systems. Her research interests include studying the nature of bone, bone growth and joint biomechanics as they relate to orthopaedic solutions as well as to the developing field of in silico medicine. Prior to joining Queen’s University, Dr. Ploeg was 2003-2018 Tenured Faculty in the Dept. of Mechanical Engineering at University of Wisconsin-Madison; and, before 2003 she was Director of the Pre-Clinical Stress Analysis Group at Zimmer GmbH, Winterthur, Switzerland. Including her ten years at Zimmer, she has 30 years of experience in research and analysis of orthopaedic devices. Dr. Ploeg has a BSc, MSc, and PhD in Mechanical Engineering from Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Patty Jansen
Patty is the Hospital Community Liaison Nurse for the Pediatric Oncology Program at Kingston Health Sciences Centre.  In her role she works to extend the care of the child with cancer and their family from clinic/Hospital out into the home and community. She works closely with the child and family in all settings of their care. Patty received her Diploma of Nursing from St Lawrence College, Brockville.  She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Ottawa.  Patty holds Canadian Nursing Association certifications in Oncology Nursing and Hospice Palliative Care Nursing.  She also holds her certification in Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Nursing from the Association of Pediatric Hematology Oncology Nursing.  Prior to her current role Patty worked on the inpatient Pediatric unit in Kingston as staff and charge nurse.


Last year’s event was held virtually on Saturday, November 20th from 10am to 1pm. In addition to the keynote speaker presentations, there was a Q&A panel and opportunities for networking.






Dr. Monique Potvin Kent
Associate Professor in the School of Epidemiology and Public Health at University of Ottawa.
Dr. Amy Wu
Assistant Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Materials Engineering at Queen’s University.
Dr. JoAnne McLaurin
Senior scientist in the Brain Sciences Research Program at Sunnybrook Research Institute.

Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto.
Christie Cunningham
Senior Logistics Manager at Labatt Breweries of Canada


Dr. Roshi Rainbow
Dr. Rainbow is an assistant professor the Queen's Engineering and Applied Science department, specializing in the biomaterials and biomechanics courses.
Dr. Lisa Shipley
Dr. Shipley is the Vice President of Digital and Analytics Technologies at Merck & Co., a multinational pharmaceutical company.
Dr. Harriet Richardson
Dr. Richardson is an epidemiologist and a professor in the Department of Public Health Sciences at Queen's University.
Debora Grant
Ms. Grant is Head in the Enterprise Project Management Office at BMO Financial Group and was a WiSE chapter lead at BMO.


Please email the Brunch with Industry coordinators if you have any questions.

Francesca Sestito & Mattie Lewis
[email protected]