Speakers

Vandana Juneja

As Senior Director with Catalyst, Vandana leads the relationships with Catalyst’s supporting companies in Canada. A trusted advisor, she coaches and counsels Canadian companies with respect to their strategies to advance women into leadership and create inclusive work environments where women, men, and all diverse groups can thrive. Internally, Vandana has delivered Catalyst presentations, facilitated roundtables, workshops, and focus groups, and moderated panels in various locations including Canada, the U.S., and Australia.

Prior to joining Catalyst, Ms. Juneja practiced immigration law, following which she worked as a manager in the Global Diversity and Inclusion groups of two Canadian banks, where she focused on women’s initiatives and advising Employee Resource Groups. In pursuing her passion for empowering women, she has also worked as a Research Associate for the Pay Equity Task Force in Ottawa (Status of Women Canada), and travelled to Vietnam with an NGO in partnership with the University of Toronto to evaluate and report back on a micro-finance project designed to help women living in poverty to understand and enter the mainstream banking system.

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Gloria Montano

Gloria has over 35 years of experience related to engineering in the private sector, non-profit sector and post-secondary education administration. Her experience includes a long history of volunteer work with organizations dedicated to diversifying participation in engineering in the US and Canada.

Gloria began her career as an engineer in the Silicon Valley, and for 20+ years she advanced through positions in design, customer support, technical sales and marketing support, project and program management at high tech companies in the Silicon Valley. She left the for-profit sector to join the non-profit sector as the director of  an innovative program that leveraged design-based experiential learning at 11 US universities to bring tangible benefit to those underserved by technology, especially women. That experience compelled Gloria to leave the high-tech sector and earn a Master of Education degree and then work in administrative roles in the faculty of engineering at a Canadian university.

Currently, Gloria serves on the Board of the Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology, and is the creator of CareerLinks: Smart Choices for Women.  She is also a past president of WISE NL and a National Past President of the Society of Women Engineers in the US. Gloria continues to seek to broaden discussion on the role women play in the identification, development and distribution of technology-based solutions.

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