The Inspiring Women in Manufacturing Launch will feature a candid conversation with GE Canada’s CEO, Heather Chalmers, and a panel discussion led by the Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women, Leela Aheer, on the many career opportunities available and how, in the boardroom and on the shop floor, women are shaking up the industry.
This breakfast kicks off a year-long campaign to promote manufacturing careers to females of all ages in Alberta.
7:15 AM – Doors open
8:00 AM – Breakfast served
8:25 AM – Keynote from Heather Chalmers
8:55 AM – Panel Discussion & Fireside Chat
10:00 AM – Closing
Heather Chalmers, Keynote Speaker
President & CEO, GE Canada
In addition to leading GE Canada, Heather Chalmers is Country Leader for GE Healthcare Canada.
She is passionately committed to leading businesses that consistently deliver Canadian innovation and outcomes to customers in Canada and globally.
Throughout her extensive 23-year career with GE, Heather has consistently developed and led high performing teams that are industry leaders in bringing innovative technology and digital solutions to solve complex challenges in both Canadian and global markets.
Hon. Leela Aheer, Panel Discussion Moderator
Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism & Status of Women
Minister Aheer will moderate a fireside chat with several women discussing their career path in manufacturing. The panelists will share their own experience including why they chose a career in manufacturing, how they overcame challenges, and what more can be done.
Minister Aheer was appointed as Alberta’s Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism & Status of Women on April 30, 2019.
Theresa Redburn, Panel Speaker
Senior Vice President, Commercial and Corporate Development, Imperial Oil Ltd.
Theresa Redburn has been with Imperial Oil for 34 years in a variety of oil and gas management roles. She has held positions in the downstream, corporate and upstream segments, involving refining, supply, marketing, operations, risk management, corporate planning, and upstream commercial businesses.
Theresa transferred to ExxonMobil in Houston in 2009 where she held positions in business planning, and upstream ventures, both covering global business interests. She returned to Calgary in 2014 as Vice President of Upstream Commercial and in 2017 she became Senior Vice President, Commercial and Corporate Development at Imperial.
Shawna Barker, Panel Speaker
Brewmaster, Labatt Breweries of Canada
Shawna began her career with Labatt Breweries 8 years ago as Group Manager in London, Ontario. A year later she was promoted to Business Process Manager of Labatt’s largest bottle line in Canada, overseeing a 24-hour maintenance team. Shawna then moved into the role of Management System Specialist in Creston, BC, where she completed her Green Belt Certification and was in charge of leading Labatt’s Lean 6 Sigma process for the brewery.
As Quality Manager in Halifax, Shawna lead her team through BRC Certification and KPI improvement; the most significant change being a reduction in consumer complaints by 55% year over year. She then became Operations Manager, overseeing 70 trades people, operators and salary personnel. During her two years in that role the team won a zone competition for Best Brewery Performance during the summer months- the first Canadian brewery to ever win.
Shawna now serves as Brewmaster in Edmonton and is working towards her Global Brewmaster Certification.