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WCM SheBiz Calgary 2019

Tuesday, October 15th 2019
8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Calgary, AB

WCM Shebiz Calgary 2019

WCM SheBiz is a complimentary day-long event hosted for female high school students in grade 9 – 11. WCM SheBiz offers participants unique access to Business and STEM leaders and exposure to the exciting career opportunities available in these fields. 

Statistics Canada reports that female high school students receive higher academic averages in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics than their male peers, yet females are less likely to enroll in those programs in university than their male counterparts. While there are many reasons for women opting out of these career paths, included in these factors is a lack of access to female role models and an information gap – young women need to be informed of the opportunities available for them in these fields.

As female students begin to make important decisions that will impact the direction of their education, such as applying for post-secondary programs and course selections, WCM SheBiz aims to educate female high school students about the exciting and rewarding careers in STEM and Business, aiming to inspire this generation to enroll in these disciplines for their post-secondary education. 

Areas of STEM is at the forefront of today’s economy and a driving force in shaping our future. Our national and global economies are becoming more and more dependent on business and STEM-related knowledge and are projected to pay increasingly higher wages in these areas of expertise compared to other occupations.

The persistence of low female representation in these industries will bear incredible economic cost with time. We must leverage our entire talent pool if we are to fully access our collective potential.

*Please note students must be accompanied by a teacher in order to attend WCM SheBiz.

There is a maximum of 10 ticket registrants per ticket order.  For educators interested in registering more than 10 students, please enter additional ticket orders as required.

Presenting Sponsors

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Venue Sponsor

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Keynote Speaker

Heather Christie Burns

P.Eng. Founder and CEO, Energy Executive

Ms. Christie-Burns is a successful energy entrepreneur, founding two Canadian start-up oil and natural gas companies within the last fifteen years. Over Heather’s twenty-five-year career as a professional engineer she has developed expertise in mergers and acquisitions, negotiations, capital allocation and budgeting, reservoir engineering and production operations. Her most recent role was President and CEO of High Ground Energy Inc., a private Alberta-based Company, which was sold in July 2019. Prior to this role, Heather co founded and was President and Chief Operating Officer of Angle Energy Inc., an Alberta-based exploration and producing company which went public via IPO in 2008 and was sold in 2013. Heather is a mentor for both technical and financial professionals in the energy industry and has been recognized as a Top 40 Under 40 by Avenue Calgary, as a rising star by Oilweek, and as one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women of 2018 in the CIBC “Trailblazers and Trendsetters” Category by the Women’s Executive Network. She is also an active volunteer in her community with a recent appointment to the University of Calgary’s Board of Governors, as a member of the finance committee at Grace Presbyterian Church in Calgary and having worked with children’s groups. Ms. Christie-Burns is an alumna of the University of Calgary with an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering. She is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA).

Entrepreneurship 101 Speaker

Koleya Karringten

Technology Entrepreneur, Executive Director at Alberta Blockchain Consortium

A proud Albertan technology entrepreneur, advocate and leader, Koleya Karringten has a unique perspective on the challenges and opportunities of product commercialization, ecosystem building and fostering inclusion in the technology industry. As the co-founder and CEO of Absolute Combustion, she has spent a decade successfully designing and developing ground-breaking cleantech solutions for multiple industry sectors, including aerospace and Oil & Gas. She is a driving force in Alberta’s blockchain technology industry as the CEO of Bitquest Corp., the Executive Director of the Alberta Blockchain Consortium (ABC), co-founder and board member of the Canadian Blockchain Association for Women (CBAW), and CEO of Civitas Events Corp. In her leadership role at the ABC, she has merged her passions for technology and social good to bring together blockchain companies, corporate leaders and government to build the province’s largest blockchain ecosystem organization. An influential public speaker, writer and community volunteer, Koleya strongly believes that uniting diverse voices behind a common goal is the path to creating a fairer, more sustainable and prosperous Alberta.


Kari Gordon, Director, Programming at Creative Destruction Lab 
Sarah Romanuck, Director, Technology and Innovation, RBC
Doug Buhr, Investment Banking Associate at National Bank Financial
Kaila Stepanic, Engineer at Pembina Pipeline Corporation

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