Banquet Speaker, Liz Cummings
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Jo Napier was looking for inspiring tales of strength and intelligence to ‘up the ante’ for her young daughter’s bedtime stories. Wanting to avoid the typical ‘damsels in distress’ fairy tales of Brothers Grimm and the likes of popular childhood cartoons like Caillou, Jo sought real stories of female leaders that would encourage her daughter […] Read More.
One of our Techsploration role models was a little more than surprised when she was recognized as a movie star while exploring the streets of India during a recent vacation. You see, she is not an actress, she’s a mechanical engineer. When a little girl ran up to her and exclaimed “I know you, I’ve […] Read More.
Whether it is the determination to enter a burning building or the bravery to ask someone for help with a personal challenge, courage is an essential characteristic for anyone working in the tri-services. Courage is an important word, in particular, for Techsploration role model Andréa Speranza, Operations Captain at the Halifax Regional Fire Service. In […] Read More.
Dear Tricia, Today we celebrate International Women’s Day, an event that celebrates the social, economic, cultural and political achievement of women. Today, we also want to celebrate you and your achievements. You’ve led our organization with a vision and aim for impact, dismantling the status quo and providing a pathway for others to smash the glass […] Read More.
Techsploration’s Board of Directors is thrilled to announce to our community of students, teachers, alumnae, role models, sponsors, and volunteers that Arylene Reycraft has been selected as the organization’s new Executive Director! She takes on the Executive Director position from Techsploration’s Founder, Tricia Robertson, who is leaving the organization in the hands of the team […] Read More.
We at Techsploration are thrilled to congratulate our Past President, Laurie Edwards, who recently received the prestigious Stu Conger Award for Leadership in Career Counselling and Career Development by the Canadian Career Development Foundation (CCDF) in Ottawa. The annual Award recognizes an individual or individuals who display outstanding vision and leadership in promoting and advancing career […] Read More.
Established only a few years ago, the Irving Shipbuilding Centre of Excellence (CoE) is making big waves throughout Nova Scotia. In 2011, Irving Shipbuilding was selected by the Government of Canada’s merit-based National Shipbuilding Strategy (NSS) to work closely with Canada’s Navy on the next class of Canadian Surface Combatant (CSC) and Arctic/Offshore Patrol Ship […] Read More.
Six years ago, Dr. Svetlana Barkanova, Physics Professor at Acadia University, became one of the first Techsploration role models to star in our Women in Action web video series. Since then, she’s been busy expanding her research, helping create a new graduate program, and producing her own series of introductory science videos. Barkanova has been […] Read More.
“Every time I think about the most valuable thing I learned there, the answer will be different,” says Arylene Reycraft, Program and Fund Development Manager at Techsploration about the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). The IVLP Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Conference, held from March 19 – 29, took place in three […] Read More.
"When the second-year calculus professor suggested I may be studying the wrong field, I wasn’t dissuaded. And when I learned that male co-workers were making significantly more money than I was, I didn’t settle. I had a community of champions standing behind me telling me I could do it. So I worked hard and kept moving forward." Read More.
It is with huge thanks to our sponsors and supporters that we enter into a new program year but also with celebrations for a fantastic 2015! This year we delivered over 50 events across the province, with the help of our role models, volunteers, teachers, and sponsors, If you missed them, don't worry, we've got your Techsploration year in review summary here. Read More.
I came to work at Techsploration through the Dalhousie University C3 Mentoring Program and through the generous sponsorship of Emera Inc. The C3 Mentoring Program gave me the opportunity to work for Techsploration as a non-profit organization while also having a corporate mentor through Emera. Although my official time at Techsploration is finished – you haven’t seen the last of me! I know that I will be volunteering with Techsploration for many years to come!” Read More.
Krista Lindsay shared her story with us and reminded the audience that "you have the ability to do absolutely anything you can dream of, don't let anything (even yourself) ever discourage you from reaching your dreams." Read More.
“If you think of our society today, almost everything has some sort of ‘geo’ context,” says Lucie Kendell, Engineering Information Technician at Halifax Water and guest speaker at the Techsplorer Event at the NSCC Truro Campus. “How many of you have checked-in on Facebook since you arrived in Truro? How many of you have posted […] Read More.
Black & McDonald became a Techsploration champion and sponsor near its inception 16 years ago. Providing both financial and in-kind support, Black & McDonald employees volunteer with Techsploration every year as committee members, as guest speakers, and as role models. At this year’s 16th Annual Launch, we were fortunate to have Adrian Morrison, Regional Vice […] Read More.
Formed in the fall of 2011, Women in Science and Engineering (WISE Atlantic) is a perfect fit for Techsploration with many common goals. The primary goal of WISE Atlantic is to encourage young women to consider careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and to consider themselves as valuable potential contributors to these […] Read More.
Striving to have the most diverse and highly skilled workforce in Nova Scotia, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 625 (IBEW 625), has been a strong Techsploration supporter for nearly seven years; not only donating time and money, but sharing core values. “Unions and construction have been male-dominated. For men, it’s always been an […] Read More.
Speaking in public can be a nerve racking experience. Many would rather jump out planes, get blood work done, or meet a tarantula than stand in front of a group of people and talk. But that’s why it’s part of Techsploration. Confident public speaking is a skill that is only conquered through practice. Lots of […] Read More.
It’s been an incredible year for Techsploration. Our 15th anniversary was truly a year or reflection, evaluation and change. Everything we planned, from the way we communicated to how we ran our events, we asked ourselves, “how can we do this even better?” Then, we did. Important things are created or crushed with communications, so that […] Read More.
Friday, October 18, was the Techsplorer Alumnae Conference; an annual one-day event for young women in grades 10 through 12 who participated in the program while in grade nine. This event provides an opportunity to meet even more women working in exciting, challenging, and in-demand science, trades and technology careers. This year, we changed it up; a […] Read More.
Last November, at our Annual Strategic Visioning Session, Techsploration alumnae, staff, volunteers, and sponsors gathered to discuss what Techsploration needed to do in order to move forward and grow during our 15th year. It was decided that the most essential issue was increasing and improving our communication with sponsors and the community as a whole. […] Read More.
The 2013 Saint Mary’s University and Techsploration Science Award, a $2,000 scholarship renewable on an annual basis, has been presented to Samantha Brown. Joining Prince Arthur Junior High School’s Techsploration team in grade eight, Samantha continued the program as a senior at Dartmouth High School, attending Alumnae Conferences and continuing to learn about different careers in science, trades […] Read More.
On Friday, May 10, 2013 Anna Marenick, Human Resources Manager, at Irving Shipbuilding Inc., was a guest speaker at the Saint Mary’s University Techsplorer Event. An officer of the Techsploration Board of Directors, her passionate words were as inspiring as they were relevant; catching the attention of every ear in the room. For everyone who missed […] Read More.
March 8, 2013 is International Women’s Day; a day to celebrate and mark the economic, political and social achievements of women worldwide. Here in Nova Scotia, women have been making headway into in-demand science, trades, and technology careers. For example, Andrea MacDonald of Bridgewater is the first licensed female tug master in Nova Scotia. Andrea […] Read More.
Tuesday, February 12 was Techsploration’s Annual General Meeting; a review of the previous year and a peek at what’s to come in 2013—our 15th anniversary. Please read below the report presented by Laurie Edwards, President of the Techsploration Board of Directors, for her review of the year’s successes. President’s ReportAnnual General Meeting 2013Techsploration Society Thank you […] Read More.
Beginning in February and continuing into spring, Techsploration school teams are meeting their role models and spending a day exploring their workplace, taking a hands-on approach to learning about science, trades and technology careers. All school teams are assigned a role model; a women working in an in-demand career where women are underrepresented. This year’s […] Read More.
You’ve got it all worked out. You’ve thought hard about it, mulled the ideas in your mind, talked to your friends and family about your choices and decided on a career path that is perfect for you. Or maybe (like many, many others, rest assured), you have thought about all the options, changed your mind […] Read More.
The United Nations declared today, October 11, 2012, the first International Day of the Girl. According to the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women (STAW), this day provides an opportunity for global communities to promote equal treatment and opportunities for girls and raise awareness about issues that affect young women everywhere. It […] Read More.
Not only is it a new school year, but it’s also Techsploration’s 15th anniversary! Welcome back to all our Techsploration alumnae, teachers, and future Techsplorers. We’re gearing up for another year of exciting programs and events and looking forward to introducing everyone to some awesome careers in science, trades and technology. We lined-up some fantastic […] Read More.
“Tugs are cool. They’re powerful. They’re maneuverable. They do cool things. They’re crazy boats. I’m a crazy girl—it fit,” says Andrea MacDonald about her choice to become a tug master. “I went for a ride and was enamoured. I thought it would be the coolest job in the world if I could drive one.” Already […] Read More.
Stephanie Lummis doesn’t know where her career path would have led had she not met and been inspired by a mentor very early on. “She made me feel confident that I had something to offer and unafraid to share my ideas and expertise, even though I was quite young and in a male-dominated industry.” The […] Read More.
Jennifer Jesty’s list of accomplishments is long. As well as being the first aboriginal woman to become a member of the Nova Scotia Firefighter’s Association, she was also the first aboriginal woman to graduate from the Center for Emergency Medicine Paramedic Program in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jennifer is the first Canadian appointed to the International Association […] Read More.
According to Skills Canada, in the next twenty years, 40 per cent of new jobs will be in the skilled trades and technologies. Experts at the Construction Sector Council say this means there will be over four thousand openings for tradespeople in Nova Scotia in the next decade. In 2005, the Province of Nova Scotia […] Read More.
Many students across the province are getting ready to graduate high school in the coming weeks and making plans to start college and university this fall. Two students, Bronwyn Jenkins Murray from New Germany High School, and Paige Power of the Strait Area Education Recreation Centre, were happy to receive news that they will be […] Read More.
The program year is complete: 50 events at 24 schools that reached nearly 3000 students—245 of whom are confident young women who can now call themselves Techsploration Alumnae. Read More.
Techsploration Goes to School events provide the opportunity for young women participating in the program to practice their presentation in front of a live audience; their classmates, teachers, and role model. Read More.
Young women and their role models from across Nova Scotia will soon meet to learn from each other’s research into science, trades, technical and technology-related careers. Over the past five months, school teams (young women in grade nine and their teacher) have been researching the career of an assigned role model in a science, trade […] Read More.
Techsplorers throughout Nova Scotia are taking a hands-on approach to learning about science, trades, technical and technology-related careers. Beginning in February and continuing into May, Techsploration school teams are meeting their role models and spending a day exploring their workplace. Earlier in the year, all school teams are assigned a role model; a women working […] Read More.
Deadlines to apply for Techsploration scholarships are quickly approaching at the end of March. Don’t lose out by not applying because don’t think you qualify! If you attended a Techsploration school and have been accepted to a post-secondary institution this September, we want you to apply—even if you weren’t on a Techsploration team. Techsploration wants […] Read More.
Techsploration is getting national attention! Check us out in the March 8, 2012, edition of the Globe and Mail. Tremendous thanks are extended to Encana for recognizing women on International Women’s Day by sponsoring this beautiful ¼ page ad featuring Cindy MacDonnell, Encana Drilling Engineer and proud Techsploration role model. You can watch Cindy’s Women […] Read More.
The first phase of Techsploration’s Women in Action Web Video series is closing in on completion, with 26 videos available online, and another four either in final editing or production. Sponsored by Encana Corporation, the videos explore diverse careers for women in science, trades and technology-related fields. Since their launch in 2009, the videos have received […] Read More.
It’s an exciting time for Techsploration; despite a sticky economy, we’re continuing to grow and adapt to build our resources, our programming, and our team. “Techsploration’s progress is possible because of the support and commitment of our program sponsors. Because of them, we are able to expand our reach to make a difference in the […] Read More.
When grade 9 student, Rebecca White, walked into the Dartmouth office of Accent Engineering Consultants with her Techsploration team mates, not only did her image of an engineer immediately change, but so did her future plans. “Up until then, I had no idea what an engineer did,” says Rebecca. “When I thought about engineering, I […] Read More.