Women in Leadership

A Special Macdonald Homecoming 2015 Event
Current Students and Young Alumni...

Women in Leadership Event

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Students at the Macdonald Campus of McGill University earn internationally recognized degrees at the undergraduate and graduate level in the fields of Life Sciences, Natural Sciences, Environment, Agriculture, Food, Applied Economics and Engineering. With such a diverse student population, we wish to help our students excel in their fields upon graduation; whether that’s in the form of employment or higher education. As a McGill Alumna, your insights, experience and advice is incredibly valued and the need for mentors to guide our students in achieving their goals is our top priority.

For the first time at Mac, we organized an event dedicated to Women in Leadership to discuss the challenges and opportunities women face in the industry today. While the event is open to all students, the goal is to increase awareness, provide insight and advice to our student body on how best to navigate the current job market as young women in their respective fields.





Dr. Éliane Ubalijoro is a professor of practice for public-private sector partnerships at McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development, where her research interests focus on innovation and sustainable development for prosperity creation. Eliane teaches and advises in Leadership programs to help equip executives in international development with tools that support inner and outer sustainable transformation towards global prosperity.She is currently the principal investigator on a Gates Grand Challenges Explorations Phase I grant looking at Innovations in Feedback & Accountability Systems for Agricultural Development. She is the Founder and Executive Director of C.L.E.A.R. International Development Inc., a consulting group harnessing global networks for sustainable systems development. Dr. Ubalijoro is a signatory of the Fuji Declaration. She chaired the 15th International Leadership Association Annual Global Conference in 2013, bringing close to 1,000 leadership scholars and practitioners to Montreal. She has a 2014 TEDx talk on “Reimaging the World from Scarcity to Prosperity”.


Dr. Chantal Line Carpentier, BScAgr’90, MSc’94
Chief, UNCTAD New York Office

Dr. Chantal Line Carpentier has a distinguished career and academic background in policy and development.  She brings to UNCTAD about 25 years of strategic leadership and program management experience.  Dr. Carpentier has rich experience in intergovernmental negotiations and stakeholder engagement.  Her wide-ranging development experience traces back to field assignments twenty years ago in the Brazilian Amazon, in Oaxaca and Chiapas in Mexico, and in rural areas of Peru. Most recently, and as a Sustainable Development Officer in the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, Dr. Carpentier supported the United Nations Commission on Sustainable Development.  Furthermore, she managed the Major Groups Engagement in the Rio+20 Conference and the follow-up processes, including the Open Working Group on Sustainable Development Goals and the High Level Political Forum.  She led her team to effectively mobilize over 10,000 civil society organizations and fundraised €3 million to support them with capacity building. Also, Dr. Carpentier worked as Head of the Trade and Environment Program of the NAFTA Commission for Environmental Cooperation, as policy advisor for the Wallace Institute for Alternative Agriculture, as a post doc for IFPRI in the Brazilian Amazon.  In addition, she has consulted for UNDP, World Bank, OECD, and the US and Canadian authorities. Dr. Carpentier is a published scholar and a frequent public speaker.  An economist by training, she holds a PhD from Virginia Tech and her BScAgr’90 and MSc’94 from McGill.  In 2006, Dr. Carpentier was named as a Yale World Fellow. Dr. Carpentier has been appointed by Dr. Kituyi, Secretary-General of UNCTAD, to lead the UNCTAD New York Office starting from 21 July 2014.

Hélène Charlebois, BSc(FSc)’88 Dietetics, RD
Registered Dietitian / Nutrition Consultant, Weight Management & Obesity Expert, Nutrition Reporting & Writing, Media Spokesperson

Hélène Charlebois is a Registered Dietitian-Nutrition Consultant in Ottawa with over 25 years experience in helping patients/clients improve their health, at any age, shape or size. Her clients call her their 'health coach', helping them acheive personal lifestyle beliefs.

As a seasoned public speaker at various events & conferences, Hélène offers work-shops across Canada (& Barbados in November 2015) entitled Waisting Away, teaching other healthcare professionals (now over 2500 individuals) her weight management strategies for successful & sustainable health. Her full day workshops received rave reviews! She’s also a sought-after nutrition expert and often appears on TV, radio, magazines, newspapers and online with social media to share her nutrition messages. You can Youtube or Google Hélène to find out more about her nutrition expertise or simply visit her website www.hcnutrition.com

She is a graduate of McGill University-Macdonald College and is a member of: College of Dietitians of Ontario; Canadian Diabetes Association; Canadian Obesity Network; Canadian Nutrition Society; American Nutrition & Dietetics, as well as the Dietitians of Canada, where she sat as a board member and continues to volunteer on various projects.

Annie Langlois, BSc(NutrSc)'92
Partner, Senior Vice-President, Massy Forget Langlois Public Relations

Annie Langlois is a public relations and marketing communication professional with more than 20 years of experience. She is well known in the nutrition, health and agri-food sectors for her skills in result-driven strategic thinking and project execution.

Annie is a registered dietitian and she has worked with the Dairy Farmers of Canada, the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec and as a senior advisor with Metro supermarkets. In public relations, she held a senior management position with National (NutriCom Division) before joining Massy Forget as a Vice-President. Today, Annie is a partner and serves as Senior Vice-President of Massy Forget Langlois Public Relations, where she leverages her experience to serve clients in food, nutrition, health care and consumer goods.

Annie is actively involved in several organizations, including Herstreet which helps women in difficulty and the Montreal Diet Dispensary which offers nutritional and social support to future mothers.

Annie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics from McGill University as well as a certificate in public relations from l’Université de Montréal. She has been a member of the Ordre professionnel des diététistes du Québec since 1992 and she is an Accredited Public Relations Practitioner (Canadian Public Relations Society).

Johanne Patry, DipAgr’77
Chair, Board of Directors, Science on Stage Canada

Dr. Patry currently works as an education consultant and is specialized in differentiated learning and education in science. First a teacher then a pedagogical counsellor, Dr. Patry has been in education for over 35 years (preschool, elementary, secondary and university). She has participated in many international events such as Science on Stage Europe and StemFest in Malaysia. Dr. Patry was awarded the Prime Minister of Canada’s Award for Teaching Excellence, the Recognition Award from the Faculty of Education of the Université du Québec à Montréal, and the Science on Stage Award in Berlin. Focusing on the quality of education, she works mainly on teaching and on how to learn for educators and the business sector. She has presented at a TEDX session in Montréal regarding quality teachers.

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