Nathalie Podeszfinski – NSERC
• Julia Chehaiber – Engineers Canada
Fanny Eugène - FRQ
Pélagie Lefebvre – IDRC
Krystle van Hoof - CIHR
Natalie Ward – Genome Canada
Natalie Weiskopf – NSERC

PodeszfinskiNathalie Podeszfinski is the Project Manager of the Gender Summit 2017 at the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada. Previously, Ms. Podeszfinski worked for 13 years in federal politics in different ministerial offices. She has extensive experience in providing strategic advice to senior officials, the development of policies, and writing communications strategies. Ms. Podeszfinski also has experience in the development and implementation of numerous complex projects, such as the Quebec 400th Celebrations in 2008, many Francophonie Summits, and the place of French during the Vancouver Olympic Games in 2010. Ms. Podeszfinski has an MA in project management as well as a BA in business administration from the Université du Québec en Outaouais.

WeiskopfNatalie Weiskopf is a Team Leader in the Scholarships and Fellowships (S&F) Division at NSERC. She holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration from Nipissing University and a Master’s of Public Administration with a concentration in policy analysis from Carleton University. Natalie has been employed at NSERC since 2006 where her primary responsibilities have included managing the S&F Selection Committee for Psychology and the Chairs for Women in Science and Engineering program. Natalie currently manages S&F’s Life Sciences team as well as the Women in Science and Engineering portfolio. Natalie is proud to serve as a member of the organizing committee for Gender Summit 11 North America.

EugeneFanny Eugène is a Strategic Planning and Management Analyst at Fonds de recherche du Québec, where she works on issues related to research in natural sciences, engineering and mathematics. She has a background in research and teaching in the fields of psychology and neuroscience. She holds an MSc in biomedical sciences from the Université de Montréal and a PhD in psychology from Stanford University.

LefebvrePélagie Lefebvre is a Program Officer with Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC). She oversees programs that enable women and men to enter, excel, and become leaders in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields. Principally, Ms. Lefebvre manages the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences (AIMS) program, which provides training in advanced mathematical sciences to graduate students from across Africa. Ms. Lefebvre previously worked as a Program Management Officer with IDRC’s Science and Innovation program, where she coordinated joint initiatives with Canada’s science granting councils. Ms. Lefebvre holds an MSc in rural planning and development from the University of Guelph and a BA in sociology from the Université du Québec à Montréal.