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Denise Pothier

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


Twitter:  @denise_pothier

Plenary Panel Biographies

Geneviève Tanguay

Catherine Mavriplis
Denise Pothier
Paulette Vincent Ruz

The CCEC 2020 Equity Diversity and Inclusion programming is presented in collaboration with the National Research Council Canada (NRC).