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Born Ursula Martius on September 16, 1921, in Munich, Germany
Education Ph.D., experimental physics, Technical University of Berlin (1948)
Ursula Franklin is a renowned metallurgist, physicist, educator, and activist. She has taught and researched extensively in the field of materials science and is an expert in the structure of metals and alloys. She is best known for her extensive writing on the social impact of technology and for her role in developing the field of archaeometry. As a pioneering woman in the field of metallurgy and a public intellectual, Ursula has inspired countless young women both within and outside STEM fields.
Born Carolyn Russell on March 15, 1941, in Hazel Grove, Cheshire, England
Education B.Sc., engineering, Imperial College, London University (1961); Ph.D., physical metallurgy, Imperial College, London University (1966)
Carolyn Hansson was the first female student in the Royal School of Mines at Imperial College, London University, and the first woman to graduate with a Ph.D. in metallurgy from the same institution. She has worked in the United Kingdom, the United States, Denmark, and Canada in the industrial, academic, and not-for-profit sectors. Carolyn is currently a professor of materials engineering, cross-appointed in the Departments of Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering and Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Waterloo. She is an expert in the field of corrosion of steel in concrete.
Born Norah Jean Allman on October 25, 1942, in Edinburgh, Scotland
Education B.Sc., geology, University of Edinburgh (1964)
Nean Allman is a geologist and currently the principal at Allman & Associates Corporate Communications, a Toronto-based communications consulting company she founded in 1988. She served as the first female president of the Geological Association of Canada (GAC). She was the first female reporter and the first geologist on staff at the Northern Miner, a weekly mining newspaper. Nean continues to be an active promoter of women in mining.
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Born Indira Vasanti Arulpragasam on April 11, 1952, in Colombo, Sri Lanka
Education B.Sc., mechanical engineering, University of Ceylon (1974); M.Sc., mechanical engineering, University of California, Davis (1976); Ph.D., metallurgical engineering, University of British Columbia (1980)
Indira Samarasekera is one of Canada’s leading metallurgical engineers. She was the first woman in Sri Lanka to become a mechanical engineer, the first female professor in the Department of Metallurgical Engineering at the University of British Columbia (UBC), and the first female president of the Metallurgy and Materials Society (MetSoc) of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM). From 2005 to 2015, Indira served as president of the University of Alberta; she was the first woman and the first engineer to hold this position.
Born Lucy Ilena Centomo in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
lived May 11, 1953 – April 30, 2011
Education B.Sc., chemistry, Concordia University (1975)
Lucy Rosato was the first female general manager, president, and CEO of Canadian Electrolytic Zinc Limited (CEZinc), the third-largest zinc refinery in the Western world. A distinguished Canadian hydrometallurgist with a background in chemistry, she is best known amongst the metallurgical community for her role in the development of the Jarofix process. In 2013, an undergraduate scholarship for women in science and engineering was established in Lucy’s name in honour of her dedication to the promotion of women in her field.
Born Louise Grondin on June 26, 1953, in Saint-Nazaire-de-Berry, Quebec, Canada
Education B.Sc., physics, University of Ottawa (1978); M.Sc., meteorology, McGill University (1980); P.Eng. qualification, mechanical engineering, University of Toronto (1984)
A self-described problem solver, Louise Grondin has a background in physics and mechanical engineering and more than thirty years of experience in environmental assessment and management. She is currently the senior vice-president of environment and sustainable development at Agnico Eagle Mines Limited, one of the largest gold mining companies in the world. Louise is a pioneering leader in her field and passionate about ensuring that environmental issues and community concerns are prioritized in the Canadian mining industry.
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Born Jennifer Aline Thompson on January 15, 1954, in Trail, British Columbia, Canada
Education B.Sc., biophysics, University of Guelph (1976); M.Sc., physics, University of Guelph (1977); Ph.D., condensed matter physics, University of Guelph (1983)
Jennifer Jackman, or Jenny to her friends and colleagues, is a recently retired physicist with more than thirty years of experience working in government research facilities. For most of her career, she worked for CanmetMATERIALS (CMAT), Canada’s principal federal R&D laboratory for research in metals and materials, starting as a specialist in materials characterization and later establishing programs on materials for manufactured products. She was CMAT’s director general from 2000 to 2013, managing the laboratory’s relocation from Ottawa to Hamilton and the construction of its new Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) platinum research facility.
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Born Mary Volpe on February 1, 1954, in Monteleone di Puglia, Italy
Education B.A.Sc., engineering science, University of Toronto (1977); M.A.Sc., materials science, University of Toronto (1979); Ph.D., materials science, University of Toronto (1983)
Mary Ruggiero is currently vice-president of R&D at Datec Coating Corporation. She has more than thirty years of experience in new product development, project management, industrial R&D, and engineering design. Mary has a Ph.D. in materials science and is an expert in coatings, solidification processing, and joining processes. She is a dedicated University of Toronto alumna and cares passionately about promoting women in her field.
CYNTHIA LE SUEUR-AQUIN
Born Cynthia Le Sueur on November 24, 1954, in Johannesburg, South Africa
Education B.Sc., industrial engineering, Witwatersrand Technikon (1977)
Cynthia Le Sueur-Aquin is an industrial engineer with more than thirty-eight years of experience in the mining industry, including over fifteen years spent in project management, development and management, and sands and slimes recovery and processing sites in mines in Johannesburg, South Africa. An expert in project management, technical management, and capital administration, she is currently the president and CEO of Laurion Mineral Exploration Incorporated. Since 2014, she has been a director at Women in Mining (WIM) Canada.
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Born Maureen Wehnde on April 9, 1956, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Education B.Sc., geology, University of Toronto (1979)
Maureen Jensen is a highly skilled senior business executive with a background in geology and twenty years of experience in the mining industry. She is currently the executive director and chief administrative officer of the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC). Maureen is not only an expert in capital market regulation and corporate governance, she is also passionate about the public interest and remains committed to promoting the mining industry in Canada.
Born Susan Knoerr on July 17, 1957, in Smithers, British Columbia
Education B.Sc., chemistry, University of Victoria (1979); Executive MBA, University of Toronto (2005)
Susan Knoerr has a background in chemistry and metallurgical engineering and holds an Executive MBA in business administration. She has more than thirty years of experience in the mining industry and is currently the director of business planning for zinc at Teck Resources Limited. During her twenty-five plus years with the company, she spent seven years working in the company’s mining operations in Lima, Peru, serving most recently as the vice-president of business planning and development for the large Antamina zinc mine.
Born Pek Wah Pearl Lee on August 15, 1961, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Education B.Eng. (distinction), metallurgical engineering, Technical University of Nova Scotia (1985); M.A.Sc., metallurgical engineering, Technical University of Nova Scotia (1986); Ph.D., materials engineering, University of British Columbia (1990)
Pearl Sullivan is a materials engineer and an expert in polymer-based composite materials. She is the founding director of the Collaborative Nanotechnology Graduate Program at the University of Waterloo, an inter-disciplinary graduate program that is the first of its kind in Canada. She is currently dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Waterloo and is the first woman to hold this position. Pearl is a passionate promoter of engineering and is committed to advancing engineering education and research.
Born Janice Zinck on November 14, 1964, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Education B.Sc., chemistry, Carleton University (1988); B.Sc., geology, Carleton University (1989), M.Eng., hydrometallurgy, McGill University (1994)
Janice Zinck is a metallurgical engineer with a background in chemistry and geology. She has more than twenty years of experience in environmental management and mineral processing and is currently the director of critical metals at CanmetMINING, a division of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan). She previously chaired the environmental section of the Metallurgy and Materials Society (MetSoc) of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) and is the past chair of the Environmental and Social Responsibility Society of CIM. Since 2002, she has served as the secretary of Canadian Mineral Processors (CMP).
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Born Annette Saulnier on December 15, 1964, in Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Education B.Sc., metallurgical engineering, Queen’s University (1987); MBA, York University (2000)
Annette Bergeron has a background in metallurgical engineering and is an expert in executive leadership in industry and governance matters, particularly for not-for-profit private and public sector organizations. For more than ten years, she worked at Queen’s University as a lecturer and an administrator. From 2013 to 2014, she was the sixth woman to serve as president of the Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO). She is currently on the board of directors of Engineers Canada and the Ontario Electrical Safety Authority (ESA).
Born Eva Carissimi on may 31, 1966, in São Paulo, Brazil
Education B.Eng., metallurgy, McGill University (1989)
Eva Carissimi has a background in metallurgical engineering. She is currently the president and CEO of Canadian Electrolytic Zinc Limited (CEZinc), the second-largest zinc processing facility in North America. Her promotion of the metals industry and her committed work on the board of Collège Boréal led to the creation of the Xstrata Nickel Biodiversity Applied Research Centre. As the first female engineer to work at the Horne smelter and the first woman mine manager in Sudbury, Eva has paved the way for future female engineers.
Born Liana Centomo on November 18, 1966, in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Education B.Eng., chemical engineering, McGill University (1990)
Liana Centomo is a metallurgist with a background in chemical engineering. She has twenty-five years of experience working in extractive metallurgy and is currently the manager of technology and environment at Canadian Electrolytic Zinc Limited (CEZinc), on behalf of the Noranda Income Fund. She is a dedicated member of the Hydrometallurgy Section of the Metallurgy and Materials Society (MetSoc) of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM).
Born Priti Wanjara on September 4, 1970, in Mumbai, India
Education B.Eng., Metallurgical Engineering, McGill University (1993); Ph.D., Metallurgical Engineering, McGill University (1999)
Priti Wanjara is a metallurgical engineer and currently the team leader of the Coatings and Metallic Products Group at National Research Council (NRC) Canada – Aerospace. She is a leading researcher in the fields of metallurgy and materials science and author or co-author of more than 100 publications. Priti served as the second female president of the Metallurgy and Materials Society (MetSoc) of the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) and remains a dedicated and active member of the metallurgical engineering community.