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CIC Talks Careers: Women's History Month
Join us on Thursday, October 21, 2021, at noon for CIC Talks Careers: Women’s History Month Edition. Connect with talented chemical sciences and engineering professionals working in the various fields to receive valuable resources and tools to help you explore new career options.

Oct 21, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sandra Odendahl
Vice-President, Social Impact and Sustainability @Scotiabank
Sandra Odendahl is Vice-President of Social Impact and Sustainability at Scotiabank, joining the bank in November 2019 with almost 25 years of experience in environmental science, corporate sustainability, and responsible finance. At Scotiabank, Sandra leads the team responsible for corporate sustainability, global donations, employee engagement, and ESG reporting. Before joining Scotiabank, Sandra was President and CEO of a small environmental company helping clients develop and scale up innovative carbon management technologies and strategies. Previously, she held several roles at another Canadian bank, including leading Corporate Sustainability, Social Finance and Environmental Risk Management.   In her early career, Sandra worked as an environmental engineer in the natural resources sector. Sandra is active in her community and enjoys serving on several non-profit boards and advisory panels. Sandra has a Master’s degree in chemical engineering from the University of Toronto an
Dawn Pratt
Founder and Science Educator @Askenootow STEM Enterprise Inc.
Dawn Pratt is a member of the Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation. With varied experience in science education and an indomitable spirit, she has forged a professional consultancy as an Indigenous STEM Educational expert for the past 20 years. Dawn earned a Master of Science degree with a specialization in the design of organic adsorbent materials directed toward the removal of arsenic from contaminated water (University of Saskatchewan, 2011). Her research resulted in several peer-reviewed publications, including two first-authored and three co-authored papers along with her thesis entitled “Sorption of Arsenic Species using Chitosan-Based Biopolymer Sorbent Materials”. Previously, she was actively involved in two University of Saskatchewan programs, Science Ambassador (2007) and MentorSTEP (2019). In both these programs, she contributed to designing or delivering STEM programming for Indigenous youth or young adults.
Carolina Diaz-Goano
Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer @Innovative Numerix
Dr. Carolina Diaz-Goano is the Co-Founder and Chief Technology Officer at Innovative Numerix. She holds a B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, a M.Sc. in Computing Sciences and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta. Dr. Diaz-Goano has over 25 years of combined academic and industry experience. After her PhD, she worked at different national and international research centres, including a term at the Institut Francais du Petrole in France and as an assistant professor at the University of Alberta. Since 2007, Dr. Diaz-Goano has been working in the energy sector, evaluating and developing new technology related to enhanced oil recovery, simulation, strategic planning and optimization. Currently she is the technology lead at a software start-up specializing in modelling and simulation of complex multi-physics engineering and scientific problems, optimization and data analytics. She has a proven track record that includes conference presentations, peer-reviewed papers
Hind A. Al-Abadleh
Professor @Wilfrid Laurier University
Professor Hind Al-Abadleh is a recognized and celebrated leader, mentor, and role model in the EDI in STEM space with 15+ years of active engagement at different levels. Her academic career in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Wilfrid Laurier University started in 2005 following a Ph.D. at the University of Iowa and a postdoctoral position at Northwestern University in the U.S. She is an award-winning scientist who established the EPIC lab for Environmental, Physical and Interfacial Chemistry research in the fields of atmospheric chemistry, air quality, geochemistry, and environmental remediation. She is currently the 2021-2022 University Research Professor, a Fellow at the Balsillie School of International Affairs, and was the 2019 Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair in Atmospheric Chemistry, Air Quality, and Climate Change at the University of California Irvine. Among her leadership roles, Al-Abadleh is the current Chair of the Environment Division of the CIC.