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 ‘Steppingstones’. This theme revolves around the fact that every accomplishment and obstacle have an impact in life. These experiences are essential building blocks for career development and personal growth.


This 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.

A huge thank you to Hatch for sponsoring this year’s event. Hatch is a global multidisciplinary engineering consulting firm. Hatch employees are passionate about the pursuit of a better world through positive change. Notably, Hatch is committed to diversity and inclusion. 50% of students and new graduates hired globally are female and Hatch’s goal is to reach 40% female employees by 2023. WiSE is thrilled to partner with Hatch for this event!




Susan Derrah

Susan is an Electrical Engineer with the global engineering consulting company Hatch. She has spent her 21 years at Hatch working on power quality related projects mostly related to electric arc furnaces, taking on diverse technical and project management roles. During her career, Susan has also taught at Mohawk College in Hamilton and worked as a youth group leader in her community. She has worked hard to define her own career path that has allowed time to focus on her family.
Lauren Adolphe

Lauren Adolphe is an engineer with a passion for innovation. She is currently an Electrical Design Engineer with Tesla in Palo Alto. As a member of the Electrical Distribution team, Lauren works on vehicle architecture and wire harness design for vehicle programs, including the Semi and Cybertruck. Outside work, Lauren enjoys volunteering with Dev/Mission, a San Francisco non-profit, that provides STEM education and career opportunities to underserved youth in the Bay Area. Lauren has a BASc in Engineering Science, specializing in Robotics, from the University of Toronto. In her final year of undergrad, she co-authored two papers as a member of the Ready Lab, researching engineering collaboration using data analytics and machine learning. Throughout her degree, she completed various summer internships ranging from software to consulting, and a year-long internship at Tesla. During her time at U of T, Lauren was a dedicated member of both the University of Toronto Aerospace Team (UTAT) and the Varsity Rowing team. She has and continues to support women in STEM through mentorship, U of T’s Girls’ Leadership in Engineering Experience (GLEE), and Women in Tesla.
Dr. Roberta Shear

Dr. Shear is a graduate of McGill University where she also completed her residency in Obstetrics & Gynecology. She then completed a Fellowship in Maternal-Fetal Medicine at Ste. Justine Hospital, University of Montreal. Dr. Shear has been on staff at the JGH since 2000. She is very involved in Residency education at McGill. In 2016 she was appointed as Director of Obstetrics at the JGH and Director of Obstetrical Ultrasound. In 2017, she was appointed as the Assistant Program Director of the McGill OBGYN residency program.
Dr. Amber Simpson

Dr. Simpson is the Canada Research Chair in Biomedical Computing and Informatics and Associate Professor in the School of Computing (Faculty of Arts and Science) and Department of Biomedical and Molecular Sciences (Faculty of Health Sciences). She specializes in biomedical data science and computer-aided surgery. Her research group is focused on developing novel computational strategies for improving human health. She joined the Queen’s University faculty in 2019, after four years as faculty at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York and three years as a Research Assistant Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Vanderbilt University in Nashville. She is an American Association of Cancer Research award winner and the holder of multiple National Institutes of Health grants. She received her PhD in Computer Science from Queen’s University.
LLana James

LLana James is a public intellectual and scientist. Her career spans the private sector and public service. She examines how artificial intelligence (AI) disrupts healthcare and undermines human rights advances while it increasingly redefines the human, clinical care, rehabilitation sciences and public health systems. LLana evaluates current practices, develops and implements multi-pronged interventions at the intersections of medicine/clinical care, public health, data, AI, law, and race-ethnicity across multiple axes, e.g., gender, class, able-bodiedness. She is wrapping up her PhD in the Faculty of Medicine, Rehabilitation Science at the University of Toronto. LLana’s ground-breaking work led to her current role as the AI, Medicine and Data Justice Post-Doctoral Fellow at Queen’s University.




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.

Kya Weiman & Danielle Cutler
[email protected]