Women in Engineering Panel

WiE Panel at EPEC 2020

Date: November 12th, 2020 12:30 – 14.00 MST


The panel of women in engineering

Session Outline

(1.5 Hours)
Moderator: Prof. Ivan Fair, University of Alberta
Opening Remarks
10 minProf. Ivan Fair, University of Alberta
Panel Presentations
  Speaker Presentation 60 min (12 min each)Panelists
Lianne Lefsrud, Assistant Professor and Director Outreach, at Chemical and Materials Engineering Dept, University of Alberta
Terri-Lynn Duque, Director, Strategic Innovation at Enmax
Monique Soboren, Sr. Standards and Projects Engineer at FortisAlberta
Jeanie Chin, Manager Centre of Grid Innovation at NAIT
Raymond Matthias, Strategic Advisor to Associate Dean (Outreach)
at University of Alberta Faculty of Engineering
Q&A Period
Q&A Discussion
20 min
  Moderated questions from the audience.


Dr. Lianne Lefsrud, P.Eng. is an Assistant Professor, Engineering Safety and Risk Management, University of Alberta. She uses various methods to examine hazard identification, risk management and evaluation, and technology adoption. Specifically, she has used topic/sentiment analysis on media discussions about resource development, network analysis to understand online climate change debate, and machine learning to analyze incident reports, predict mining industrial incidents accidents, and fracking impacts in China, and bibilometrics to examine the creation/flow of knowledge networks. She has authored over 80 articles, chapters, reports, and practice standards. She has also been a longstanding advocate for equity, diversity, and inclusion and co-chaired CCWESTT2018, which hosted 579 attendees. For more, see W: liannelefsrud.com and T: @lefsrud.

Jeanie Chin, P.Eng, is the Manager for Grid Innovation at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology.  Jeanie has over 14 years of engineering and project management experience in the Albertan power utility sector, specifically on building and maintaining transmission and distribution infrastructure.  In her current role with NAIT, Jeanie is leading applied research to advance innovation in the distributed electricity sector by utilizing a novel plug and play microgrid platform

Monique Schluff Soboren, P. Eng., is an electrical engineer who has worked in electrical and telecommunication utilities for 29 years.  Her experience includes power, radio, and fibre optic networks.  She is currently involved in distributed generation and working on the interconnection of generation projects up to 25 MW.  Her main area of focus over the years has been developing the standards that technologists and power line technicians use for project design and construction. Monique is especially interested in how effective leadership can mobilize large teams of people to implement new work methods, and she is passionate about sharing knowledge and strategies that can lead teams through change.