October 2015 Forum

Diversity Forum - Tuesday, October 6th 2015    Logo by Louisa Oualim

 

On Tuesday, October 6th, EUS Equity, the Faculty of Engineering and the Mary Brown Fund brought together students, faculty, and industry leaders for a Forum on Diversity and Inclusivity in Engineering!

The event took place in the Wong building, room 1020 from 6:00-8:00pm. We’re excited to have hosted this open discussion of gender, LGBTQIA, racial, and cultural diversity within our faculty and the engineering profession at large, and hope that you joined us.  Keynote speaker Brie Code, lead programmer at Ubisoft, opened the forum, followed by discussion from a panel of leaders in the McGill community: Adeola Odusanya (President of NSBE), Tynan Jarrett (SEDE), and Prof. Susan Gaskin (Dept. of Civil Engineering).

Refreshments and food were provided; admission was free. Thank you for joining us at this event and in our efforts to create an open conversation on how to create a truly diverse and inclusive community.

Diversity Forum - Tuesday, October 6th 2015

 

Keynote speaker: Brie Code (lead programmer at Ubisoft)

Brie Code has been a programmer in the video game industry for almost 13 years. Until recently, she was working at Ubisoft Montreal, where she led programming teams on Child of Light, Assassin's Creed III, Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood, and Assassin's Creed II. Before that, she wrote code at Relic for Company of Heroes and Warhammer 40k: Dawn of War. She was also a founding member of the Ubidiversity Team at Ubisoft Montreal, volunteers with Pixelles, and is part of the advisory committee for YES Montreal's Advancing Women in STEM through Mentorship Project. Her ambition is to make games for her friends who don't play games.

 

Followed by discussion from a panel of leaders in the McGill community:

 

Adeola Odusanya (President of NSBE)

Adeola was born in Nigeria and lived there until moving to Canada when she was 11 years old.  Currently, she is completing her degree in Chemical Engineering here at McGill.  She is very involved in the Engineering Undergraduate Society, whether as a member of one of the design teams, Frosh coordinator or President of NSBE (National Society of Black Engineers) McGill chapter.  She truly has enjoyed her almost 4.5 years as a McGill engineer, she has learned a lot in terms of her formal and social education.  She hopes to apply what she has learned in the Renewable Energy industry in higher education and eventually, the workplace. 

She feels honoured to be included in this panel and hope that her contributions are helpful to the discussion on diversity in engineering.

 

Tynan Jarrett (SEDE)

Tynan Jarrett is Equity Education Advisor (LGBTTQ) at McGill University's SEDE office, where since 2009 he has trained staff, faculty and students on equity issues, advised units and departments on policy and programming, and worked to increase access to McGill for groups that are typically underrepresented in the post-secondary setting.

 

Prof. Susan Gaskin (Dept. of Civil Engineering)

Professor Gaskin joined McGill in 1997, adding to the environmental engineering expertise in the Department of Civil Engineering (2nd women in the department and the 6th women in the Faculty of Engineering). She has a B.Sc. in Civil Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario (Professional Engineers Gold Medal) and obtained her Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand (Commonwealth Scholarship).  She teaches and does research in environmental hydraulics and water resources. Research topics in experimental fluid mechanics include turbulent dispersion of jets and plumes, river engineering, sediment transport in surface waters, and topics in water resources management include sustainable water supply management and basin wide hydrologic modeling.  She is (co-)chair of the Senate Sub-Committee on Women since 2012, which provides advice to the administration on policy improvements to support improvements towards equity for women in academia.