On June 20th, 2017, the BC Sustainable Energy Association kicked off its inaugural Women in Sustainable Energy event in Vancouver. The name appropriately stands for ‘WISE’ and certainly lived up to that title bringing together intelligent, passionate and inspirational women from across British Columbia working in clean, renewable energy, transportation and energy efficiency. Such events provide a valuable opportunity and showcase for women in STEM – sadly still a male-dominated industry.
Our principal, Jonathan Greaves, has the pleasure of serving on the BCSEA’s Steering Committee and helped spearhead the event alongside a team of talented volunteers led by Selina Liu from SES Consulting. Indeed, Selina commented that such an event “makes me feel included. That’s really exciting that there are all these wonderful women and I know I can reach out to them”.
The sold out evening was hosted in the Integral downtown offices with nearly 100 professionals from across sustainable energy disciplines.
To further capitalize on the human capital in attendance, BCSEA also invited guests to offer advice and guidance for early career professionals during the event and it was evident from conversations that many left making many lasting connections.
Invited guests included leaders working within engineering, policy, finance, marketing, sustainability and urban planning; introducing people from government, public and private sectors. This diverse crowd blended perspectives and facilitated cross-disciplinary discussions. Industry leaders such as Alterra Power, Chevron, Carbon Engineering, and Innergex gave their time and support.
Nullam is proud to see such events which champion women in renewable energy, transportation and energy efficiency and looks forward to future endeavours.