Building effective EDI practices: A panel discussion with changemakers

Date: March 8, 2021 11:00 am (ET)


  • Geneviève Tanguay
    National Research Council Canada
  • Catherine Mavriplis
    University of Ottawa
  • Denise Pothier
  • Paulette Vincent Ruz
    University of Michigan
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Recorded on October 28, 2020, as part of a CCEC 2020 plenary session.


Geneviève Tanguay Vice-President, Emerging Technologies at the National Research Council Canada (NRC)  Dr. Tanguay, who holds a PhD in Parasitology from McGill University, has worked at Universities Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Fonds pour la formation de chercheurs et l’aide à la recherche and the Centre Québécois de valorisation des biotechnologies (CQVB). At the CQVB, she established a major network of businesses and research institutions to promote technology and innovation transfer in the biotechnology sector. She has also served as the President of Acfas, the largest association of Francophone scientists (with 7,000 members). From 2007 to 2011, she held the position of Assistant Deputy Minister for research, innovation and science and society with the Government of Québec. There, she created and implemented strategies to increase research and innovation efforts in the province and improve the involvement of society in scientific debates. She also established an issue table with deputy ministers responsible for research within the provincial government to bring greater consistency to government policies. Between 2010 and 2011, she handled the coordination of the interprovincial table of deputy ministers for innovation. Dr. Tanguay also served as Vice-Rector, Research, Creation and Innovation at the Université de Montréal (UdeM) from 2011 to 2015. In this role, she coordinated all UdeM research activities at the local, national and international levels. In 2014, she was also responsible for international relations. Her leadership enabled her to improve the amount of research being conducted at UdeM which, during her mandate, rose from fourth to second place in Canada. Over the course of her career, Dr. Tanguay has chaired or been a member on boards of directors for over 50 organizations. She has developed and maintained an impressive network of contacts with the provincial government, in Quebec’s innovation system and with many stakeholders at the federal and international levels. As a proven leader with over 25 years of experience in research management, in representing the interests of research and innovation, technology transfer and in communicating scientific interests, in 2015 she started Vision et stratégies d’innovation, a research and innovation consulting firm. In April 2016, Dr. Tanguay was appointed Vice-President, Emerging Technologies at the National Research Council of Canada (NRC). In this capacity, Dr. Tanguay oversees the Metrology Research Centre and the Herzberg Astronomy and Astrophysics Research Centre. Dr. Tanguay is also responsible for the Nanotechnology, the Security and Disruptive Technologies, and Advanced Electronics and Photonics research centres.  


Catherine Mavriplis Professor, University of Ottawa and NSERC Chair for Women in Science and Engineering  Dr. Mavriplis holds a PhD and Master’s degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Aeronautics and Astronautics and an Honours Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from McGill University. She was a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University in the Program for Applied and Computational Mathematics and the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering. Dr. Mavriplis started her tenure-track career at the George Washington University in Mechanical Engineering where she worked for 12 years. She has also worked as Program Manager in Applied Mathematics and in Computational Mathematics at the US National Science Foundation. She has been a research scientist and adjunct professor at the School of Meteorology at the University of Oklahoma prior to joining the University of Ottawa in 2008. Dr. Mavriplis’ field of specialization is computational fluid dynamics, method development, namely in high order and adaptive methods, with applications in classical fluid dynamics, aerodynamics and interdisciplinary work in combustion, MEMS, meteorology and biofluids. Since 1996, Dr. Mavriplis has worked on nationally funded projects to advance women in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (commonly referred to as STEM). The FORWARD project has a strong 16-year history of providing workshop format support and mentoring to women advancing in these fields. The successful FORWARD to Professorship workshop, funded by the US National Science Foundation ADVANCE program, has reached 1300 doctoral women in science and engineering since 2003 to provide guidance and peer mentoring to pre-tenure candidates. In Canada, Dr. Mavriplis organized the Women Engineers – Moving Up in Ontario leadership workshop for mid-career women in collaboration with the University of Ottawa’s Academic Leadership Center.   Denise Pothier Stantec, Vice President, Practice Services and Vice President, Indigenous Relations

Denise Pothier has a background in chemical engineering and more than twenty-five years of industry experience. She is currently the Vice President of Practice Services and the first-ever Vice President of Indigenous Relations at Stantec. For the last 10 years, she has helped develop, build, and now supports Stantec’s Diversity and Inclusion council. She is a firm believer that a diverse and representative employee base, led by a diverse and representative leadership team, enhances and strengthens the cultures of quality, innovation, and health and safety within an organization.She sits on the board of directors of Center for Ocean Ventures and Entrepreneurship (COVE), and the NSCC Foundation; she is the current chair for the Indigenous Advisory Committee for Engineers Canada.  She is a recipient of 2016 the Canadian Progress Club Halifax Women of Excellence Award for Management and the Professions; was named as one of the 2018 Canada’s Inspiring Fifty women in STEM; was named one of 2018 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winners; in 2019, she was named one of Athabasca University’s 25 Hall of Fame Alumni; and most recently was named as one of Dalhousie University’s Aurum Award Winners for 2020. Instagram:  @denisepothier LinkedIn: Twitter:  @denise_pothier Paulette Vincent Ruz Postdoctoral Fellow, University of

Paulette Vincent Ruz

Michigan  Paulette Vincent-Ruz is a Postdoctoral Associate in Chemistry Education at the University of Michigan. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) in Mexico and obtained her Ph.D. in Learning Sciences and Policy from the University of Pittsburgh. Her research seeks to build an understanding of the systemic disadvantages that hinder the success of marginalized students in Chemistry and their effect on their intellectual resources. Intellectual resources refer to three malleable and interrelated categories: knowledge, skills, and dispositions that learners bring into the classroom. She does this by using cutting-edge quantitative methods with a #QuantCrit lens. Thanks to her unique combination of Chemistry disciplinary knowledge and Educational she became the first chemistry education researcher named a CAS Future Leader in 2019.