Quantum Leaps is a virtual Girls STEAM & Leadership conference for ALL Kootenay & Boundary girls in grades 8 to 12. Taking place on International Women’s Day, the 2021 event will aim to inspire, educate, and introduce participants to a variety of STEAM-focused education and career pathways while emphasizing the importance of women’s leadership.
We’re pros at dreaming big, building connections and linking you with professional women from across Canada and around the world, who pursued STEAM education and careers, and want to share their stories with YOU!
3:30pm: Check-in at the virtual registration table.
3:45pm: Welcome & Orientation
4:00pm KEYNOTE Tracey Malcolm: Reimagining work for a better future.
Consider the shifts in how work is getting done now and into the future, with alternative talent and automation options. What is key to succeed? Discover how learning agility, change adaptability and resilience are critical facets of being a leader – for architecting your own future path, and contributing value in whatever form of work you take on.
4:40pm Breakout 1 WORKSHOP Tracey Malcolm: See Artificial Intelligence help reinvent work with us!
Participate in reinventing a job using Artificial Intelligence software. Reimagine work by classifying it, deconstructing and reconstructing a job based on the new requirements of work.
4:40pm Breakout 2 Mylene Tu: My Story as a Young Female STEAM Founder
Listen to the story of a young female STEAM founder, their learning and any advice they have for other people interested in pursuing a similar path.
–Bouncing back from failure and shifting your mindset
-Pushing through challenges in STEAM such as imposter syndrome & gender bia
-Taking risks and trying new things: how I accidentally fell into entrepreneurship
-How to get started as a young female founder
– What to expect from an entrepreneurial career
– All the challenges and rewards of pursuing your own thing
5:20pm Breakout 3 Gabrielle Herle: The Journey – An Insight into the Rewarding World of Trades
Participants in this presentation are expected to learn all about the benefits of enduring a path in the trades industry, as Gabrielle explores both her own experiences and those of others encountered on her “journey to journey-status”.
5:20pm Breakout 4 WORKSHOP Annika Lui: Getting Started as an Entrepreneur
Have you ever daydreamed about a business idea but didn’t know how to get started? Are you looking for a passion project and a community to support your goals? Join the League of Innovators’ workshop to learn about entrepreneurship and innovation. In just 30 mins explore how entrepreneurship can play a role in your life and career.
– Understand what innovation and entrepreneurship is
– Get a sense of what your next steps towards an entrepreneurial journey could be
– Get equipped with some resources to get started with entrepreneurship
5:20 Breakout 5 Alli Eve: GIS, Electricity and you!
In this session participants will learn about Geographic Information Systems as Alli highlights 3 different platforms that use GIS at FortisBC Inc. You will be shown how data gets from the field into FortisBC’s GIS system and you will examine the future of GIS at FortisBC. We will also discuss some paths of study that are perfect for young women wanting to learn GIS.
6:00pm KEYNOTE Jillian Lennartz: Climate Change and Changing the World – Climate change is an existential threat to our entire way of life. It sounds dramatic, but earlier this year the World Economic Forum identified Climate Change as its #1 most concerning risk. To whom? Everyone! People, the planet, profit… How is the threat of climate change being addressed by organizations around the world, and how is it sometimes serving as an opportunity?
6:40pm Breakout 6 Cassandra Spence:Tales from an Accidental Miner
Mining and processing are critical steps in turning rocks into the valuable metals and minerals necessary for our daily life. This talk will describe some of the major steps in this transformation, include examples of automation and robotics technologies, and will incorporate personal reflections on the opportunities, skills and experiences gained from a career in the mining industry.
6:40pm Breakout 7 Hannah Mills & Anelda van Staden: Why Rocks Matter!
From rocks in the ground to the everyday objects we rely upon, the journey of metals through the mining value chain is critical to our lives. Why Rocks Matter! highlights the very beginning of this journey where science is applied to geological and mineralogical questions when we’re trying to find valuable rocks during exploration and develop it into an ore deposit. Anelda and Hannah will discuss the important roles that scientists play in turning rocks in the ground into the metals we use in our every-day lives from cellphones to make-up.
6:40 Breakout 8 Sandra Boer: How Engineering creates opportunities
Real examples of strategic thinking, creative problem solving and team work which required hands on engineering and project management skills. Be amazed to see how 400 years of engineering has built a country and get a glimpse of next generation challenges. See how work experience and continuous education provides tools that you use in many different ways and how it can allow you to look for opportunities in unexpected places. See how with 10 simple steps in lifelong learning anyone can be capable of far more than initially believed. Take your career to where your passion leads you and enjoy the journey!
7:20pm Breakout 9 WORKSHOP Anne Simonen: No Wrong Answers – How Engineers Problem Solve
You have a problem, but how are you going to solve it? Practice brainstorming and problem solving, and learn what sort of things engineers think about when trying to find the best solution to the world’s problems.
Outcomes: to learn about the engineering design process, and what engineers & technologists think about when problem solving.
7:20pm Breakout 10 Mia Otto: Water and Life
The presentation is aimed at providing an overview of my career and how science has opened many doors for me as a woman. It has taken me across the world, and finally all the way to Canada where I now live and work.
This presentation provides a story of discovery and learning. Science is an ever evolving process of acquiring knowledge, but the true science lies in critical thinking. Science teaches us to question, to seek answers, and then to question these answers – it becomes a way of thinking, of living.
In a time of so much inequality and uncertainty in the world, the ability to question and critically assess has never been of more importance. We are at heart, but a mere species sharing this planet with an immeasurable number of other living organisms. Science humbles us and illuminates the world in ways we have always wondered about. Who are we? Where do we come from? Why am I here? Where is here?
This presentation is about a journey of one woman, the encounters and lessons that brought her to the foot of the mighty Rockies, but perhaps it’s just a biology lesson… you decide.
7:50pm – Closing