Women in Manufacturing 2022
March 22, 2022 at
3:00 pm – 3:45 pm
Panel Discussion on “Stuck in the Middle”
Moderator: Natasha Dhayagude - CEO and Co-Founder, Chinova Bioworks
- Irene Sterian, P.Eng. - Founder, President & CEO, REMAP, and Director, Technology & Innovation, Celestica
- Jennefer Griffith - Executive Director, Food Processing Skills Canada
- Renn Scott MA, Interaction Design, RCA - Founder + Chief Designer, Daily Goods Design LABS
Natasha Dhayagude was named Startup Canada’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2017 and Startup Canada’s Woman Entrepreneur of the Year in 2019 for her role in co-founding Chinova Bioworks. Since then, she has raised $4.5 million in capital investment from major food-technology venture capitalists and has formed strategic partnerships with major multinational producers in the food-technology industry. Dhayagude earned her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from the University of New Brunswick.
Irene Sterian, P.Eng.
Irene Sterian is a strategic technology leader and engineering executive with 30+ years in electronics manufacturing. Sterian presents significant accomplishments in engineering including pioneering environmentally safe, sustainable manufacturing technologies. She is a professional engineer in Ontario and holds a patent in high density, high performance memory circuit packaging. Sterian is an entrepreneur and a driving force in the future of manufacturing in Canada. Sterian 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. Sterian serves on many boards and committees including the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers, NSERC’s Computing Hardware for Emerging Intelligent Sensory Apps (COHESA), and NRCs Advisory for Advanced Electronics & Photonics Council. She was named one of Canada’s top 50 Women in Tech in 2018.
Jennefer Griffith has been a leader in skills development and training for the Canadian food and beverage manufacturing sector for over 20 years. As executive director of Food Processing Skills Canada, she has led ground-breaking initiatives including development of the Canadian Food Processors Institute, FoodSkills Library and FoodCert – resources that support education and career pathways for businesses and people. Recently, Griffith and her team finalized Canada’s first Learning Recognition Framework for the industry and are in the process of completing national labour market analysis and an accreditation process for colleges, universities and private trainers. Griffith is passionate about supporting new Canadians, Indigenous People, women and youth in finding rewarding careers. Prior to joining Food Processing Skills Canada, she held roles in government and the non-profit sector.
Renn Scott MA, Interaction Design, RCA
A design leader and prolific inventor, Renn Scott has a passion for creating innovative user experiences and forward-thinking product designs. With over 20 years of experience at companies such as IBM and BlackBerry in leadership roles within user experience, design research, consumer insights and strategic innovation, Scott has helped design best-in-class products and experiences. Scott’s experience and observations has been that there is a lack of female design leaders and designers in the tech and design fields. Instead of just leading by example, Scott also strives to empower other women to make, create and innovate in the field of design, technology and fashion by sharing her insights, skills and knowledge through Daily Goods Design LABS pop-ups and educational event series.