Girls’ STEM Leadership Conference

Heads and Hearts To Action: April 20 + 21, 2017

Inspiring young leaders by sharing stories of perseverance, ingenuity, and integrity


THANK YOU to everyone who was part of our big day. This year marked the first ever Girls' STEM Leadership conference and it was a huge success thanks to our sponsors, presenters, exhibitors, volunteers, student focus group, SMS staff, and everyone who participated or helped in big ways and small. See you next time -- but in the meantime, for info or feedback, email us at STEMcon HQ.


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When: Evening activities on Thursday, April 20 + all-day conference on Friday, April 21
Where: St. Margaret's School for girls, 1080 Lucas Avenue, Victoria BC
Who: Girls grades 5-10 and their teacher chaperones
How: Registration is now closed for school delegations. Thursday Night programming is still open to attendees.

Get ready to embark on a leadership journey at our first ever Girls' STEM Leadership Conference in April 2017. You will be joined by 400 girls in Grades 5-10 from public and independent schools across Southern Vancouver Island and the mainland for an action-packed conference. You will be inspired to use your head and heart to see beyond the challenges of the future by seeking solutions. Through an incredible series of speakers, workshops, and team-building activities, our goal is to ignite your leadership potential by sharing stories of perseverance, ingenuity and integrity. We hope that you will will make memories to last a lifetime. The pathways to STEM and service await you.

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Conference Goals:

  1. To inspire young women to seek and to courageously accept responsibilities as part of their contribution to society.
  2. To increase awareness of current and emerging leadership opportunities, with a special interest in STEM opportunities.
  3. To develop a network of students to support future collaboration among these emerging leaders.

Heads and Hearts to Action: Our Theme

From global warming to fighting homelessness, the important challenges we face have solutions based in the STEM fields. Head and Hearts to Action, or HH2A, is a leadership conference emphasizing how approaching each day with perseverance, innovation and integrity leads to amazing achievements. Exploring the unique stories of female leaders from across all disciplines through engaging hands-on workshops and keynote presentations, conference participants will be inspired to take action and shape the world around them.

HH2A Keynote Speakers

Natalie Panek: Keynote at Girls' STEM Leadership Conference, April 21 2017.
Natalie Panek is a rocket scientist, adventurer, and advocate for women in technology. As a Member of Technical Staff at MDA’s Robotics and Automation division, Natalie works on the next generation of Canadian space robotics and space exploration programs. She seeks to pursue the road less travelled while working towards her dream of becoming an astronaut.
Donna Garbutt: Keynote at Girls' STEM Leadership Conference, April 21 2017
Donna Garbutt is the Chief Executive Officer of Maxxam, a Canadian market leader in analytical services and solutions to the energy, environmental, food and DNA industries. Ms. Garbutt currently serves as a member of the Government of Canada’s Science, Technology and Innovation Council (STIC). She has been spoken at numerous industry & government functions, including the Women of Influence speaker series, the US/Algeria Business Council, and the Asia Pacific Energy Research Council. Ms. Garbutt has been recognized as a finalist for the Woman of Achievement Award in Alaska in 2001, the 2003 US Energy Woman of the Year in Washington, DC, and in 2006 the Blackberry Women in Technology award in the UK. In 2013, she was included on Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People list.
Rosemary Chapdelaine: Keynote at Girls' STEM Leadership Conference, April 21 2017
Rosemary Chapdelaine is the Vice President and General Manager of Lockheed Martin Canada, Rotary and Mission Systems. With a background in mechanical engineering, Ms. Chapdelaine volunteered on the Girls and STEM (Canadian) National Advisory Board, and she is interested in seeing girls thrive in STEM fields. During her visit to St. Margaret’s School last year, she captivated students as she described her journey to embrace and follow her passion for engineering. 


HH2A Highlights

  • Inspiring female leaders as keynote speakers
  • Hands-on workshops on diverse topics: from coding to presentation skills, advocacy workshops to scientific inventions, STEM & the arts, and more!
  • Exposure to diverse STEM career paths and applications of STEM learning in service of our planet and its inhabitants
  • Network with community partners, advocacy groups, and STEM innovators
  • Forge new friendships with motivated peers 
  • Set personal and community goals to create change


THANK YOU to our sponsors

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What is STEM?

More than a mere acronym standing for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, STEM is a framework for an inquiry-based approach, emphasizing critical thinking, interdisciplinarity and project-based learning. St. Margaret's is Canada's first all-girl STEM school, and an international centre for inquiry-based learning. Learn more...