Manufacturing AUTOMATION

Virtual Event
Women in Manufacturing
May 13, 2021 at 1:00pm ET

3:30pm- 4:30pm
Advancing women in manufacturing: New approaches to leadership

Irene Sterian, President & CEO, REMAP Network, and Director, Technology & Innovation, Celestica
Diane Reko, Chief Executive Officer, Reko International
Peng-Sang Cau, Vice-President Life Sciences, Emerging Markets & Symphoni, ATS Automation
Moderator: Nour Hachem-Fawaz, President, Build a Dream
In this panel discussion, industry leaders discuss how traditional approaches to cultivating leadership in manufacturing must evolve to accommodate the strengths women bring to the decision-making table.

The discussion will centre on how to develop career pathways and supports to ultimately get them there.

Meet our Panelists:

Diane Reko, Chief Executive Officer, Reko International

Diane Reko is the Chief Executive Officer of Reko International Group Inc., a diversified, technology-driven manufacturing company located in Lakeshore, Ont. The company utilizes technology combined with a long history of manufacturing to supply innovative automation solutions, tooling, prototype parts and precision machining of large critical components to its customers in the automotive, transportation, power generation, aerospace and more recently food and other industries. Diane is proud to lead this woman-owned company with a team of skilled and innovative people and is passionate about the importance of manufacturing success and independence in North America.

Irene Sterian, PEng, Founder, President & CEO, REMAP

Director, Technology & Innovation, Celestica

Irene is a strategic technology leader with over 30 years of experience in electronics. Irene has an entrepreneurial spirit and is a driving force in the future of manufacturing in Canada. Irene presents significant accomplishments in engineering management and pioneered environmentally safe, sustainable manufacturing technologies. Irene is a Professional Engineer in Ontario and holds a patent in high-density, high-performance memory circuit packaging.

As a successful engineering executive, Irene has demonstrated incredible creative vision with the ability to forge successful large-scale, cross-sector partnerships. Her work has resulted in unprecedented investments in Canadian commercial R&D in electronics manufacturing. These investments support start-ups and small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs) in the healthcare, energy, ICT and aerospace sectors.

Irene continues to give back to the engineering community as a regular contributor to global manufacturing standards at international associations through several board membership and steering committee appointments, including Canada’s first advanced manufacturing supercluster, NGen Canada. Irene is a regular contributor to the World Manufacturing Forum Report and many other industry publications.

As a frequent industry expert and conference speaker, Irene co-hosted the 2018 Ontario Economic Forum (Future of Work) and was a Canada 2020 Future of Work panelist. Irene delivers “Smart Manufacturing for a Connected World” seminars and workshops from coast-to-coast to increase the adoption of Industry X.0 in Canada – a strategy for Canadian businesses to navigate the digital economy, accelerate growth, and increase global competitiveness.

Among Irene’s key accomplishments are three-time GOLD winner at the 2020 Stevie® International Business Awards (Innovator of the Year, Executive of the Year – Manufacturing and Executive of the Year – NFP) and the 2019 Medal for Management from Ontario Professional Engineers. As architect and founder of a $50-million business-led NCE with over 400 participants, Irene has reached upward of 10,000 mentoring hours. She has also managed large 50+ engineering teams (Thailand, Malaysia, China, United States & Canada), led an engineering team to implement first five SMT / flip chip assembly lines, and leveraged the Ontario Green Energy Act legislation for a new solar factory.


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