Latin American Heritage Month

Date: October 14, 2021 12:00 pm (ET)


  • Flavia Vasconcellos, Chemical Engineer, Cathodes, Copper and Fluorspar Specialist
    Rio Tinto
  • Cecilia García Marra, Chemical Engineer, Project Engineer
    McCue Engineering Contractors
  • Juliana Vidal, PhD Candidate, Chemistry
    Memorial University of Newfoundland
  • Bria Garcia, PhD Candidate, Chemistry
    University of Delaware

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Latin America History Month

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Join us on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at noon for CIC Talks Careers: Latin American Heritage Month Edition. Connect with talented chemical sciences and engineering professionals working in various fields and industries to receive valuable resources and tools to help you explore new career options.

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What to expect?  

  1. Expand your professional network by connecting with accomplished Latin American chemical sciences and chemical engineering professionals. 
  2. Enjoy a free career mentorship opportunity for early-career professionals and students designed to learn about the multiple career paths within the chemical sciences and chemical engineering fields. 

Audience: This event is specifically designed for chemical engineers, chemists, and all other chemical sciences professionals and students of all backgrounds and experience levels who are looking to obtain more guidance and direction to get their careers started. 


Flavia Vasconcellos

Flavia Vasconcellos, P.Eng.

Chemical Engineer, Cathodes, Copper and Fluorspar Specialist, Rio Tinto

Flavia is originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil. In 2004, she moved to Canada with her twin brother and mother, who was pursuing her PhD studies in biology. From a young age, Flavia developed an interest in mathematics, sciences and problem-solving. Her interests in these subjects led her towards a career in applied sciences. In 2015, she graduated from Polytechnique Montreal as a Chemical Process Engineer. Her professional career started with Siemens Canada, where she worked for two and half years in two different roles. In 2018, she was ready to make a career change and decided to pursue a new opportunity with Rio Tinto Canada as a Raw Materials Strategic Analyst. Flavia is still employed at Rio Tinto but now works as a Cathodes, Copper and Fluorspar Specialist. She manages these commodities for the organization’s Atlantic smelters (supplier negotiations, product quality claims, mid-long term buy strategy etc.)

Cecilia García Marra 

Cecilia García Marra, P.Eng.

Chemical Engineer, Project Engineer, McCue Engineering Contractors 

Cecilia has a Chemical Engineering degree from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina, and she is currently registered as a Professional Engineer in BC. She has over six years of experience in the water and wastewater treatment industry. Cecilia has worked with Veolia Water Technologies as a Laboratory Technician and Process Engineer. Later, she joined McCue as a Project Engineer where she contributes to the Engineering Team with process design, budget estimation, and project management. She also plans, oversees, and supports the laboratory work conducted at McCue, coordinates in-house training for McCue employees, and leads the development and implementation of the Training Indigenous People (TIPs) Program. Cecilia has volunteered for educational and engineering organizations; she is always looking for ways to contribute to promoting STEM careers.

Juliana Vidal

Juliana Vidal

PhD Candidate, Chemistry, Memorial University of Newfoundland

Juliana Vidal is a PhD Candidate at the Memorial University of Newfoundland in Canada, and under the supervision of Dr. Francesca Kerton and co-supervision of Dr. Stephanie MacQuarrie, she is investigating new applications for a sustainable material obtained from wood waste called biochar. She previously completed her B.Sc. (Hons) and M.Sc. at the Federal University of Juiz de Fora in Brazil. Today, Juliana is the Director of Marketing and Communications of the Network of Early-Career Sustainable Scientists and Engineers (NESSE), a member of the UNEP MGCY Chemicals and Waste Platform, and the Graduate Student Liaison of Beyond Benign, a non-profit organization dedicated to Green Chemistry Education. She was a member of the Governance Task Force of the CIC and has been selected as a Chemical Abstracts Service Future Leader in the last year.

Bria Garciat

Bria Garcia

PhD Candidate, Chemistry, University of Delaware

Bria Garcia is a PhD Candidate in the department of chemistry and biochemistry at the University of Delaware Newark in the United States. She is a graduate student member of Dr. Mary P. Watson’s inorganic chemistry research group. Her graduate research focuses on deaminative cross couplings of alkylpyridinium salts with aryl halides Bria earned her B.S. in Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania. Bria is also a member of SACNAS – Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science – an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM. Bria’s hobbies include yoga, watching Grey’s Anatomy, and spending time with family and friends.