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ECE Amplifier: Career Paths and Crossroads

Tue April 16, 2024 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Career paths are rarely straightforward. They are filled with moments of excitement, challenges, and pivotal decisions that make us wonder, “What next?” Join us for an engaging afternoon where our distinguished panellists, alongside ECE Chair Professor Deepa Kundur, will share their invaluable strategies and perspectives. 

Don’t miss this chance to gain insights and inspiration for your career journey. 

ECE Amplifier: Career Paths & Crossroads 

April 16, 2024  
12–2 p.m. 
GB 202 

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ECE Amplifier is our inclusive series for women in ECE and allies to connect and engage. All participants will be entered into a draw to win an ECE/U of T Engineering prize pack. Come join the fun!  

Our panellists:

Narinder Dhami is an award-winning innovator, Canada’s Top 40 Under 40 and a BMW Foundation Responsible Leader. Her work spans across sectors and silos, she brings depth and rigour to drive social impact in North America and the Global South. She is the President of the Sonor Foundation, Co-Founder of New Power Lab and a gender lens investor. Over the last decade, she built, designed and scaled social ventures including: in partnership with the Boston Consulting Group (BCG) she led a venture philanthropy fund, LEAP | Pecaut Centre for Social Impact, and alongside Sandra and Joseph Rotman at the University of Toronto, Narinder was the founding Executive Director of Rise, a microfund for entrepreneurs with mental health and addiction challenges. In the Global South, she worked in microfinance across Burkina Faso, Cote d’Ivoire, Mali at La Première Agence de Microfinance (PAMF) and in impact investing in Ghana & Nigeria with Acumen. She is a lecturer at Ryerson University and the University of Toronto. Narinder serves on multiple boards including the Community Foundations of Canada, Venture for Canada, The Circle, and CAFIID and is an investor in social ventures across Canada.

Isi Caulder is a partner with Bereskin & Parr LLP in Toronto and co-leader of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Cleantech practice groups. She is a dedicated supporter of the Toronto technology and legal community with a passion for helping deeptech startups and entrepreneurs develop an effective IP strategy and portfolio. She is actively engaged with international and domestic IP associations that shape the profession including AIPLA and IPIC. Isi is a frequent author of articles on patents and IP law generally and a regular speaker at local and international conferences, seminars and technology-related events.

Professor Cindy Rottmann brings her doctoral training in educational leadership and policy studies to her work as an Assistant Professor of Engineering Leadership at the Institute for Studies in Transdisciplinary Engineering Education and Practice (ISTEP) in the Faculty of Applied Science and Engineering. Professor Rottmann’s research examines how engineers lead and learn to lead in professional practice contexts, the integration of equity and social justice into engineering ethics education, and non-traditional engineering career paths. Cindy recently served as the Chair of the Engineering Leadership Development Division of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE-LEAD).

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