A Panel Discussion: Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)

January 12, 2021: 7:30 pm -

Panelists:
Dr. Kira Lussier
Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Toronto Mississauga

Dr. Kira Lussier is a researcher, writer, and speaker committed to advancing understanding of diversity, inclusion, and inequality in organizations. She uses history to illuminate pressing contemporary issues about work, technology, and gender within the global economy. Raised in the Niagara region, Kira now lives in Toronto, where she works as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Toronto's Institute for Management & Innovation. Her writing has appeared in Slate, The Conversation and Aeon, and The National Post.  Kira holds a PhD in history of science & technology from University of Toronto and a BA in history and political science from McGill.

Alissa van Overbeeke
P.Eng., ROV/Hydro Operations Manager at ASI Group Ltd.

Hello!  My name is Alissa van Overbeeke, or just Al.  By trade I am a Mechanical Engineer, but work as a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) technician and manager at ASI Group Ltd. (http://www.asi-group.com/).  I am passionate in the development of my team, always striving to lay the building blocks for growth, fulfillment, and team success.

I was born and raised just west of St. Catharines, Ontario – in the middle of some of the best fruit farms and vineyards in the country!  My family however were greenhouse folk, and I spent all my summers as an early teen on, working in a few local greenhouses.  Throughout high school, I was an avid sports player, but my deepest passions were found in the design and tech shop.  I was deeply influenced by my high school tech teachers, tradesmen for many years themselves, and ended up heading to university and graduated with a Honours BA in Engineering.

I worked as a field technician and ROV pilot for over 10 years. This has provided me with extensive knowledge and insight to lead the next generation of technicians.  I currently work for ASI Marine in Stoney Creek, an underwater inspection company that services the hydroelectric, nuclear, municipal water, and many other industries world-wide.  I am the Operations Manager for both our Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV) and Hydro Survey Divisions, which specialize in remote underwater inspections and hydrographic surveys.  I spend most of my working hours collaborating with ASI’s team of project managers – planning and coordinating field work and deliverable generation.  I also work closely with my team of technicians to mobilize for field work, conduct equipment maintenance, and complete client deliverables.   I am also the co-chair of ASI’s Joint Health and Safety committee.

I play soccer and volleyball. I love music of all kinds. I am also a canoe and portaging enthusiast.  I am keen on the environment and reusing/recycling wherever possible. More than anything, I like working with my hands – I am a DIY’er at heart.  Last year I purchased my first home – a 115-year-old beauty in the heart of St. Catharines that I am working on improving one step at a time.

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