The WinSETT Centre is governed by a Board of Directors of accomplished women leaders in SETT fields and is establishing Advisory Panels for the Centre and for programs and activities. Additionally, staff and consultants provide specialized skill and experience towards advancing the WinSETT mission.

Marg Latham, Chair
P.Eng., CMC (President, Aqua Libra Consulting Ltd.)

Marg Latham is President and owner of Aqua Libra Consulting Ltd., a management consulting firm she started in 2010 to help engineering organizations improve their professional practice, quality and project delivery. She is a seasoned senior executive, professional engineer and certified management consultant with a passion for leading people and change. Marg graduated in civil engineering from Queen’s University in 1974. Over the first 20 years of her career she managed institutional, residential and infrastructure projects in Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver. She was a vice president with consulting engineering firms, UMA and later AECOM Canada Ltd. from 2000 to 2009. In 2001 she was named “Outstanding Woman in Construction”; an award co-presented by the Vancouver Regional Construction Association and Canadian Construction Women. Marg actively volunteers her time to encourage and support women in engineering and construction. She was president of Canadian Construction Women from 2004 to 2006 and led the group from near dissolution to being a vibrant organization serving 200 women in the BC lower mainland construction industry.

Sarah Watts-Rynard, Vice Chair
Chief Executive Officer, Polytechnics Canada

Sarah Watts-Rynard joined Polytechnics Canada as Chief Executive Officer on July 30, 2018. Prior to this role, she served as Executive Director of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, supporting Canada’s apprenticeship community with research, promotion and by connecting stakeholders across trades, across sectors and across Canada. After moving to Ottawa in 1990, Sarah worked in the offices of various Members of Parliament both during and after earning her degree in journalism and English at Carleton University. She worked at a local defence contractor as Marketing Coordinator between 2000 and 2002. In 2002, she joined the staff of the Textiles Human Resources Council, a non-profit sector council based in Ottawa. There, she held the position of Director of Communications and Operations until joining the staff of the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum in October 2010. During her tenure at the Canadian Apprenticeship Forum, Sarah led efforts to overhaul the organization’s governance and membership model. She has been an active and outspoken advocate of the important role tradespeople play in the Canadian economy.

Sara Myers, Treasurer
Controller, Lotus Group

Sara graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with a Bachelor of Business Administration in 2012. She is the Controller for Lotus Group, a Human Resources and Search virtual collective offering Elevated People Solutions. She oversees the financial reporting, ensures compliance and audit measures are in place, and adapts quickly to the business’s needs. As a valued member of Lotus’s Executive team, Sara helps the organization grow, while managing all operational day to day accounting activities.

Carrie Vos

Carrie Vos, Secretary

Carrie Vos is a Department Head in the School of Applied Sciences and Technology at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) in Edmonton, Alberta. Before this role, Carrie was the Academic Chair of the Engineering Design Technology program at NAIT. Carrie is a Certified Engineering Technologist and graduate of the Engineering Design Technology program at NAIT. She worked as an engineering designer for several consulting companies in the areas of structural and piping design. Carrie’s other educational achievements include a B.Sc. in Environmental and Conservation Sciences as well as an M.A. in Communications and Technology (both degrees from the University of Alberta). In addition to joining the WinSETT Board of Directors, Carrie actively promotes STEM careers through volunteer work with the Association of Science & Engineering Technology Professionals of Alberta (ASET) and Women in Scholarship, Engineering, Science, and Technology (WISEST).

Leleh Behjat

Laleh Behjat, Director
PhD, P.Eng.

Dr. Laleh Behjat is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Calgary, and the NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering – Prairie Region. Her research focuses on developing mathematical techniques and software tools for automating the design of digital integrated circuits. She has won several awards for her work including the 1st and 2nd places in International Symposium on Physical Design Placement contests, 3rd place in the Design Automation Perspective Challenge, and Schulich School of Engineering Research Productivity Award. Dr. Behjat acted as an academic advisor for the Google Technical Development Guide and was a member of Google’s Council on Computer Science Education. She is an Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits, ACM Transactions on Design Automation of Electronic Systems, and Optimization in Engineering from Springer.

Dr. Behjat is passionate about increasing the status of women in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). She was the recipient of the 2015 Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA) Women in Engineering Champion Award; Association of Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group in Design Automation Service Award in 2014 and 2017; and 2017 Killam Graduate Student Supervision and Mentorship Award. Her team, Schulich Engineering Outreach Team, was also the recipient of the ASTech Leadership Excellence in Science and Technology Public Awareness Award in 2017.

Christina Gale

Christina Gale, Director

Christina is a Professional Engineer currently working within the Frontier Exploration group at Husky Energy. Christina graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor Degree in Process Engineering from Memorial University of Newfoundland and was hired as part of Husky’s New Graduate program later that year. Over the past 7 years with Husky, she has worked in a variety of roles and in various locations across the country including Newfoundland, British Columbia and Alberta. Christina is passionate about making a difference within her organization and industry. In 2017, she established Husky’s first ever LBGTA Network, which is an Employee Resource Group that strives to improve diversity and inclusion in the workplace. Additionally, Christina has served her organization by participating in the company’s Engineer-in-Training Rotational Program hiring process, been an active member of the University of Calgary’s career fair, was a selection committee member for Husky’s Women in SETT scholarship, and is an active member of Husky’s Engineering mentorship program.

Deborah Harrop

Deborah Harrop, Director

Deborah Harrop is the Senior Manager, Information Management at Alberta’s Workers’ Compensation Board and leads the Board’s Information Technology Team. This involves ensuring the computing systems deliver high levels of availability, reliability, stability and scalability, as failure could seriously impact the ability of the Board to achieve its objectives and deliver critical services to stakeholders. Deborah chairs the committee responsible for ensuring that investment in new technology and new business applications is cost effective and aligned to business priorities. She develops a strong team of highly skilled and motivated IT professionals and creates teams that provide high levels of employee satisfaction and effective service delivery.

Kelsie Priest

Kelsie Priest, Director
BA.Sc. P.Eng.

Kelsie Priest is a Project Engineer at Glotman Simpson Consulting Engineers specializing in the structural design of concrete and wood-frame projects in British Columbia, Washington, and California. Kelsie graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of British Columbia in 2014. Since graduating, Kelsie has been actively engaged in the recruitment and retention of women in engineering through speaking to and mentoring University and High School aged women. In 2018, she was one of the founding directors of Women in Consulting Engineering Vancouver, an organization that supports and empowers women in engineering and increases gender diversity and inclusion in the industry.

Staff & Consultants

Katherine Sinex

Katherine Sinex, Program Director, Women in SETT Leadership Program
P.Eng., B.Sc. (Mech. Eng., Co-op), M.Sc. (Psych)

Katherine worked in the petroleum industry for two decades in technical, planning, change management, and leadership roles of increasing responsibility. Notable career highlights include her time in Chevron’s Energy Technology Company worldwide consulting team where, in addition to her role as a reservoir simulation engineer, she led Chevron’s global Reservoir Simulation Network of nearly 1000 members. While working in the Gulf of Mexico, she created the organizational competency and processes to steward major capital funding requests for more than two dozen projects in just one year. She later served as Manager of the Liard/Horn River upstream asset, which included managing a cross-disciplinary team, a significant budget, and partner relations. Most recently, she stewarded a culture change known as Leading Performance, which included designing and delivering an innovative, holistic leadership development program. Katherine’s contributions were honoured with a Young Women in Energy Award in 2016.

Susan Hollett

Susan Hollett, Project Consultant
MSc, CE (President, Hollett and Sons Inc.)

Susan Hollett is President of Hollett and Sons Inc., a consulting firm based in Clarenville NL. Her firm specializes in planning, facilitation and evaluation and has done considerable work engaging under-represented populations. Prior to forming her business, Susan worked in senior positions in community, economic and social development. She is the recipient of the Newfoundland and Labrador Organization of Women Entrepreneurs Recognition Award for “Outstanding Contribution to Women’s Advancement in Business and Community Economic Development”. Throughout her career, Susan has worked extensively with women in science, engineering, trades and technology through collaborations with organizations such as Women in Resource Development, CCWESTT, and the WinSETT Centre. Susan supports the WinSETT Centre as a project consultant.

Renée Kirby, Administration

Born and raised on Treaty 6 territory and currently residing on Treaty 7 land, Renee brings commitment to anti-oppressive education, personal growth and becoming a good ancestor through justice, inclusion and equitable and regenerative practices. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering with experience in oil and gas and municipal land development. She also has over 20 years of nonprofit experience as a volunteer, board member and employee, working collaboratively to reach organizational goals through direct action and clear implementation of strategy.