About Us

SHEInnovates Alberta Chapter

As part of the UN Women’s innovation strategy to drive action in this area, UN Women has created the Global Innovation Coalition for Change (GICC). The GICC is a dynamic partnership between UN Women and key representatives from the private sector, academia and nonprofit institutions focused on developing the innovation market to work better for women and to accelerate the achievement of gender equality and women’s empowerment.

SHEInnovates Alberta is the first Canadian Chapter and a pilot for the GICC. The project will be documented and shared with the GICC and UN Women so that the learnings can be shared and adapted for other regions globally. SHEInnovates Alberta will celebrate and inspire women innovators and entrepreneurs in Alberta.

Why Alberta?

We have the can-do attitude to get things done. We are the fastest growing population in North America, with the most high-growth companies in Canada and the highest rate of post-secondary completion in Canada. We are growing and growing fast. We’re incubating innovation and supporting entrepreneurship province-wide. With so much opportunity in front of us, this is the right time to ensure we empower and support women in their endeavors to succeed.  

Our goals

  • Profile a diverse range of women innovating to create value in Alberta
  • Brand Alberta as a hotbed for women-led innovation
  • Be the gateway to a diverse range of global and local resources

Our team

Dawn de Lima
Chair
Chief Shared Services Officer, TransAlta
Calgary
Jennifer F. Koury
Co-Chair
Director, Global Innovation Coalition for Change, UN Women
Calgary
Sarah Kangas
Corporate Secretary
Organizational Change Management Specialist, TransAlta
Calgary
Amber Goulard
Communications & Media Strategist
Strategic Communications Professional
Calgary
Shelly Sicat
Software Engineer & Data Scientist
Marketing Science Analyst, Critical Mass
Calgary
Joanri Duursema
Committee Member
Contract Management Advisor, YWCA Calgary
Calgary
Katie Smith
Committee Member
Proposals, Process Systems & Solutions, Spartan Controls
SHEInnovator Recipient
Calgary
Laura Hartwell
Committee Member
Director, IBM Canada Ltd.
Calgary
Andrea Mondor
Committee Member
Co-Founder, BOLT Transition
Edmonton
Colleen Carter
Events Manager
Manager, Facilities, TransAlta
Calgary
Alli McDonald
Social Media Coordinator
Junior Communications Advisor, TransAlta
Calgary
Gary Bunio
Committee Member
General Manager, Strategic Technology Development, Suncor Energy
Calgary
Lyn Brown
Committee Member
Vice President, Marketing and Communications, Alberta Innovates
Edmonton
Lesley Rigg
Committee Member
Dean, Faculty of Science, University of Calgary
SHEInnovator Recipient
Calgary

Our partners