Diversity by Design- A virtual workshop

Dec 7, 2022 2:00 PM - 4:30 PM



About this event

APEGNB is proud to partner with the Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology (SCWIST) on engaging professionals and professionals in training on how implement and create a diverse and inclusive working environment where everyone thrives.

The Diversity by Design Workshop is part of the “Make DIVERSITY Possible” program by SCWIST (Society for Canadian Women in Science and Technology). SCWIST works with STEM organizations to attract diverse talent and create inclusive workplace cultures where everyone thrives. Make DIVERSITY Possible Manager Cheryl Kristiansen, P. Eng., will lead participants through interactive exercises and group discussions to:

• Examine the business case for diversity and innovation

• Better understand challenges including unconscious bias, gendered language and workplace culture

• Explore best practices including diverse recruitment, mentoring, and inclusive workplace policies

• Work together to develop actions to advance equity, diversity and inclusion


At the end of this workshop, participants will complete an evaluation of learning outcomes to receive a certificate for 2 PDH credits.

As part of this workshop, you are invited to use a Diversity Awareness Tool that assesses unconscious bias, diversity and inclusion. The tool includes an Implicit Association Test (IAT) that has been developed by Harvard’s Project Implicit to create awareness of the built-in biases that we all have. Your insights and participation will help advance diversity in STEM. Once you register, you will receive instructions on how to use this tool.

All participants are invited to complete the Diversity Awareness Tool prior to attending the workshop. Summary results from the Diversity Awareness Tool will be integrated in the workshop activities.

To Register CLICK HERE

Speaker Bio: Cheryl Kristiansen, P. Eng.

Cheryl brings diverse expertise in project management, engineering innovation and leading transformative change in STEM. She has a degree in Mechanical Engineering, research experience in alternate fueled engine technology, and senior leadership success in the oil and gas sector. Cheryl has worked in a variety of cultures and organizational models with strategic agility, effectively managed international engineering projects, led diverse sales teams and created marketing strategies to deliver financial growth.

As Managing Director of the Mitchell Odyssey Foundation, Cheryl developed a network of schools with innovative programs to inspire high school students to pursue careers in STEM. Cheryl is a certified facilitator and created the “Wild About Science” Odyssey Symposium for educators in BC. She has delivered a variety of training across Canada, including SCWIST Diversity by Design workshops at post-secondary institutions, industry conferences and STEM organizations. As a WinSETT Facilitator, Cheryl delivers training on topics including Leading Change, Unconscious Bias, and Allyship for Everyone. She is also involved in the Engendering SUCCESS in STEM Consortium and Project RISE workshops to create a culture of inclusive collaboration.

As Project Manager at SCWIST, Cheryl leads a variety of projects to address systemic barriers and advance diversity in STEM, including MakePossible mentoring, Make DIVERSITY Possible, SCALE and STEM Forward. She moderated a Pay Equity Panel for Vancouver Board of Trade Leadership Circle, and shared strategies to advance equity, diversity and inclusion, as part of an expert panel at the ACEC-BC AGM (Association of Consulting Engineering Companies).

Cheryl is passionate about connecting and collaborating with others to create solutions, with a strong focus on continuous improvement and the belief that diversity drives innovation!