Speaker Series

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Our Speaker Series events are designed to help you expand your employment outlook. At each event, you will:

  • Hear from professionals who graduated with your degree or work in your field of interest.
  • Learn tips and strategies about career and work search based on the lived successes and failures of professionals.
  • Gain perspective on your skills, knowledge, and abilities and how they apply to the workplace.
  • Open doors to opportunities by talking with professionals who can get you connected.

Each event will include a panel discussion with an opportunity to ask questions. All Speaker Series events are free. Registration is required to access virtual event links. 

Upcoming Events

Perspectives and Paths of 2SLGBTQ+ Professionals in STEM
Thursday, March 11, 2021
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. MST
Location: Virtual via ZOOM

A virtual panel with professionals from a variety of STEM fields. Panellists will share their career journeys and how they thrive as 2SLGBTQ+ members of their workplace. Participants will have the opportunity to ask panellists questions about their career paths & their current work.

This event is offered as part of UAlberta Virtual Pride Week 2021.

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  • Dr. Philip Egberts Associate Professor of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering, University of Calgary 
  • Gregory John - President and Leading Executive Officer of Unimaize Technologies (IT) 
  • Dr. Kristin Jonasson  - Research Scientist with Bat Conservation International 
  • Dr. Lindsay LeBlanc  -  Atomic physicist and Associate Professor of Physics, University of Alberta 
  • Eagle Willier - Outreach Coordinator at First Nations Technical Services Advisory Group (TSAG) / former Park Ranger, Government of Alberta 
  • Dr. Cristian Zaelzer - Founder and President of the Convergence Initiative (neuroscience) 

Career Pathways with EPCOR (co-presented with First Peoples' House)
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
5:00 - 6:30 p.m. MST
Location: Virtual via ZOOM

Hear from speakers working in a variety of STEM and non-STEM professional careers within the EPCOR organization.  The focus is on encouraging students to consider education and career paths that offer a diverse and innovative range of employment opportunities.

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Speaker Bios:

Stephanie Neufeld, Watershed Manager, EPCOR
Steph Neufeld has been a Watershed Manager with EPCOR for 12 years where her focus is on drinking water source water protection and managing the cumulative effects of EPCOR’s operations on the North Saskatchewan River. Steph completed her B.Sc. and M.Sc, in Environmental Ecology at the University of Alberta. Her M.Sc. degree investigated the effects of land use change on water quality and aquatic insect communities in Alberta streams. After graduation, she worked in consulting as an Aquatic Biologist for several years before starting her career with EPCOR. Along with her passion for watersheds, Steph is an avid ultramarathoner, marathoner, and IronMan distance athlete and a mom of two energetic toddlers.
Kimberley Alcorn, Process Safety Engineer, EPCOR
Kim Alcorn has been with EPCOR for six years, in the role of Process Safety Engineer at the Gold Bar Wastewater Treatment Plant. She is a part of the Plant Engineering group, which works closely with the Maintenance and Operations teams to ensure the plant continues to run efficiently and protect Edmonton’s waterways. Previous to EPCOR, Kim worked in the anaerobic digestion technology and process safety consulting industries, which prepared her for her current career. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Alberta. Away from work, Kim enjoys staying active through riding her horse, walking her dog, weight lifting, and running.
Jed Johns, Government Relations Manager, EPCOR
Jed Johns is nėhiyaw from Treaty 8 territory in northern Alberta and is a member of Sucker Creek First Nation. He currently resides in amiskwaciwâskahikan. Prior to joining EPCOR as Manager of Government Relations, Jed served as a special advisor to Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde in Ottawa, Ontario where his work saw the first National Chief march in the 2017 Toronto Pride Parade, in solidarity with Two-spirited First Nations peoples. Jed also served in a communications role in the Office of Mayor Don Iveson where he helped lead efforts to rename the road between 23rd Avenue and 215th Street “Maskêkosihk Trail” as an act of reconciliation between the City of Edmonton and Enoch Cree Nation. Jed received his Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Political Science from MacEwan University. When not working, Jed enjoys exercising, playing chess, and spending time with his husband Kerron, and their two dogs, Bindi and Sparky.