International Women's Day



International Women's Day is a world-wide celebration, a day of recognition, and above all a chance to raise awareness of all the achievements of women throughout history. It also serves as a day to highlight the work that is still needed for a more equitable society. ChooseToChallenge focuses on the autonomy and responsibility we all have for our thoughts, actions, and biases. It provides the opportunity for us to reflect on ourselves and others, and to make a pledge to create a more inclusive world.

To learn more about how you can support women in engineering, please contact Terra Ahrens, Director of Development, Engineering, at or 519 661-2111 x83743. If you'd like to contribute towards scholarships, programming and mentoring available for female students in engineering, click here.

Lauren Lake

COO and Co-Founder, Bridgit - BESc'13 Civil

I #choosetochallenge the tech industry’s hiring norms in order to build a diverse company where both women and men can thrive.

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Priya Shrestha

Green Process Engineering Student

I will speak up and educate others when I see gender bias.

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Ken Coley

Dean, Western Engineering

I commit to working toward a more equitable Faculty of Engineering at Western – increasing diversity in our faculty and in our student body.

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Sadaf Mehrabi

PhD Candidate, Civil Engineering

I'll question any gender-biased work environment.

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My-Linh Yee

Civil Engineering & Ivey HBA Student

I’ll support young women in their interest in and pursuit of STEM.

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Ana Luisa Trejos

Associate Professor, Electrical Engineering - PhD'12 Electrical and Computer

I will advocate for all minority groups by speaking out against any act of harassment or discrimination, while considering my own implicit biases.

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Mia Van Oirschot

Chemical Engineering Student

I will challenge gender bias and inequity by calling out gender stereotypes.

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Kirsten Westeinde

Development Manager, Shopify - BESc'15 Software

I will find and create opportunities to give more women a seat at the table.

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Miriam Capretz

Professor and Associate Dean (Research), Western Engineering - PhD, P.Eng

I’ll strive for equal empowerment to achieve great things together.

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Colleen Westeinde

Community Builder - BESc'91 Civil

I'll ensure that my non-profit organization has equal representation of talented female and male directors on its board.

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Taylor Stanbury

System Designer, Grantek Systems Integration - MESc'18 Interdisciplinary, BESc'16 Mechatronic Systems

I will mentor a woman, providing advice and support for entering the workforce.

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Emily Newton

Junior Analyst, Northland Power - BESc'20 Mechanical

I will mentor and encourage young women who are looking to go into STEM related fields.

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Ninava Sibo

Software Engineering Student

I will call it out when I see gender bias in the classroom.

#ChoosetoChallenge #IWD2021

Oswald Lawson

Mechatronic Systems Engineering Student

I’ll work to make sure organizations I am involved with are well-balanced and representative.

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Katrina Darcel

MD Candiate, University of Toronto - BESc'18 Chemical

I'll mentor a woman and help her realize her potential.

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Laura Perry

Head of User experience for Crime Prevention Platform, TietoEVRY - BESc'16 Software Engineering and Ivey HBA

I'll encourage friends and family to tune into more women's sports, especially during the 2021 Summer Olympics.

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Jules Thomas

Civil Engineering and Ivey HBA Student

I choose to start conversations about women’s issues with my peers and advance the dialogue.

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Matthew Tutty

Chemical Engineering and Ivey HBA Student

I'll call out bias, both my own and my peers, in engineering communities.

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Sarah Adams

Process Improvement Designer, IFAB Engineering - BESc'18 Chemical

I'll mentor a woman and help her build her networks.

#ChoosetoChallenge #IWD2021

Mimi Ruypers

Logistics Intern, Schaeffler - BESc'19 Chemical

I’ll mentor young females who wish to enter the STEM field.

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Amber Scrooby

Software Engineering Student

I will fight for gender diversity and equality in my workplace throughout my career.

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Andrew Cohoon Gallego

Civil Engineering Student

I’ll call out and challenge gender stereotypes or bias when I hear it.

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Dana Zagar

Software Engineer, Apple - BESc'19 Software

I will contribute time and money to support local businesses owned by women of colour.

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Heather Chau

PLC Programmer, BOS Innovations - BESc'20 Mechatronic Systems

I'll mentor a woman and help build confidence to speak out against gender inequality in the workplace.

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Jenna Wemple

Mechatronics Systems Engineering student

I will encourage and mentor young women and girls to pursue their careers in male-dominated fields such as engineering.

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Olivia Gillis

Project Engineer, AGI Improtech - BESc'17 Chemical

I will challenge gender stereotypes and foster conversations that encourage others to call out bias.

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Elena Uchiteleva

R&D Engineer/ Data & Machine Learning, Tenova - PhD'20 Electrical, MESc'13 Electrical

I will challenge inequality by raising awareness of implicit bias.

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Danielle Aucoin

Assistant Project Manager, BTY Group - BESc'16 Civil and Ivey HBA

I will connect younger females with female mentors in my network.

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Hilary Luo

Applications Engineering, ZTR Control Systems - BESc'17 Mechatronic Systems and BA'17 Music

I'll build my female colleagues up and speak out against gender bias.

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Alex Matyas

Mechatronics Engineer, GlobalDWS Corporation - BESc'19 Mechatronic Systems

I pledge to invest in technology businesses led by female founders in STEM.

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Ruhmaa Saeed Bhatti

E.I.T, Honda of Canada Mfg. - BESc'20 Electrical

I will address the issue when I see/hear gender inequality and always strive to create an inclusive environment.

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Amarjeet Bassi

Professor and Department Chair, Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering - PhD'93 Biochemical

I'll call it out when I see or hear gender stereotypes or bias.

#ChoosetoChallenge #IWD2021

Katherine Albion

Executive Director, Western Sarnia-Lambton Research Park - PhD'08 Chemical

I'll recognize and celebrate women's accomplishments.

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Charity Kabango

Co-Founder and Director @entrepreneurial solutions partners (ESP) - BESc'05 Electrical

I'll choose to show up authentically and vocally in rooms and spaces that would have me silenced.

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Asha Parekh

Co-founder and CEO, Frontline Medical Technologies - PhD'15 Biomedical

I'll call out gender stereotypes or bias!

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Sushila Chandel

Mechanical Engineering Student

I will challenge gender stereotypes and gender bias whenever I encounter them.

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Abbey Slawich

Electrical Engineering Student

I will always provide mentorship and encouragement for women choosing engineering.

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Erica Glatt

CAPEX and Utilities Manager, Labatt Brewing Company - MESc'18 Chemical, BESc'16 Green Process

I'll call it out when I see or hear gender stereotypes or bias.

#ChoosetoChallenge #IWD2021

Elaine Cook

Lighting Engineer, Moxie Lighting LLC - BESc'19 Mechanical and Ivey HBA

I call-in and call-out when I see or hear gender bias and stereotypes.

#ChoosetoChallenge #IWD2021

Hailey Holmes

MESc Candidate in Chemical Engineering - BESc'19 Green Process

I promise to question all-male judge panels, especially in STEM fields. We should all be represented!

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Caroline Serjeant

Analyst at OPTIS Consulting - BESc'20 Mechanical

I will always speak up for equality in the home, the workplace and the wider community.

#ChoosetoChallenge #IWD2021

Sahar Bader

Civil Engineering Student

I'll buy from women-owned businesses more.

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Elizabeth Blokker

BESc'19 Civil, MESc Candidate Mechnical

I commit to challenge sexist remarks that I see or hear, and to support fellow women in STEM.

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Sarah Whelan

Backend Developer, OTI Lumionics - BESc'19 Software

I will advocate for women to be represented in all areas where decisions are being made - empowered women will change the world.

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Christopher Mohan

Software Engineering Student

I will call out others when I see or hear them using sexist stereotypes.

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