Women in Leadership Series

ECO Canada Women in Leadership Series

ECO Canada hosted its first Women in Leadership webinar on October 19, 2022. The Women Leaders Panel Discussion consisted of four panelists speaking about their experiences in the environmental and engineering sectors, their journey to reach their current roles and the importance of having women leaders in decision-making roles.

The webinar panellists were Marissa Reckmann, CEO of AGAT Laboratories, Andrea Lougheed, Senior Geotechnical Engineer BGC Engineering, and Jocelyn Peltier-Huntley, Founder of Prairie Catalyst Consulting.


The Facts about Women and Leadership in Canada

  1. Women comprise just over half of the Canadian population, yet are underrepresented in professional leadership positions.
  2. Women are 30% less likely than men to get promoted out of an entry-level job.
  3. Women in Canada hold about a third of management occupations, and 30.9% of senior management-level jobs
  4. Only 4% of Canada’s largest publicly traded companies have a woman CEO.


ECO Canada’s webinar touched on many different challenges women face in the environmental and engineering sectors. Panellist Marissa Reckmann communicates that in order to retain women in these sectors, you must “surround yourself with a network that is very supportive of your career as a woman.”


When asked about the challenges around building a successful career as a woman, Andrea Lougheed says “One thing to recognize is it has more to say about the other person, and their biases, than anything to do with your worth and your capabilities.” Lougheed expresses that there will be individuals that challenge you, but it is important to not give up.


Register here to watch the full webinar recording and learn more: https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/5758081247964012560


Women in Leadership – In-person Event

Join ECO Canada for the next part of the Women in Leadership series: an IN-PERSON event to learn and engage with experts on Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (DEI) research in the environmental sector. You will hear from women in leadership about their professional journeys, the challenges faced, and the impact of Covid-19 while providing advice to emerging professionals. There will be networking, light refreshments and an opportunity to hear from some of the brightest minds in the environmental and engineering sectors. You do not need to be a woman to attend this event; it is open to all! This is an opportunity to provide allyship to your female employees and coworkers and to hear about the obstacles faced by women in these sectors.

This event is FREE and IN PERSON. It will run from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm MST, on November 9, 2022, at cSPACE King Edward in Calgary, AB. Register at https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/success-stories-women-who-lead-in-the-environment-and-engineering-sectors-tickets-424584442497?utm-campaign=social&utm-content=attendeeshare&utm-medium=discovery&utm-term=listing&utm-source=cp&aff=escb

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