GeoWomen started in 2014.  Our motivation is to help women embarking on a career in geoscience in Calgary to get from new graduate to retiring at the top of your game.

We meet to network and share stories & strategies on navigating a career in geoscience in Calgary.

Anyone in the geoscience and energy community in Calgary is welcome.  We will make an effort to focus on topics of interest to women.  To showcase the achievements of women in the geoscience and energy community of Calgary.  And to both inspire and educate.  We aim to appeal to a broad range of experience levels, from women starting their geoscience careers in large or small companies, women in mid-career and women late in their careers.

The realities are that the numbers of women geoscientists drop as their careers progress. Women aren’t as likely to progress into technically higher levels, management or the board of directors in any size company.  If we get together and share knowledge and strategies perhaps this could change.

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Diversity and Inclusion in Industry - APEGA’s Current Initiatives and an update on the APEGA Workplace Barriers for Women study

Speaker: Alissa Boyle | APEGA Outreach Manager

Time: 12:00pm
Date: Tuesday, September 24, 2019
Location: Scotia Centre, 4th floor Conference Centre, 225 7 Ave SW Calgary

Join GeoWomen of Calgary & the Women In APEGA Advisory Group for a presentation by Alissa Boyle on APEGA’s current Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives and an update on the Workplace Barriers study.  
Alissa will speak to APEGA’s efforts to increase diversity and influence workplace inclusion by equipping, engaging, and empowering past, current, and future female professionals.  She will also provide an update on the Workplace Barriers study.  Funded by the federal Department for Women and Gender Equality (WAGE), this study looks at topics such as pay equity, hiring practices, and advancement opportunities within the engineering & geoscience professions in Alberta.
Free Event - Bring your lunch and questions - Everyone is welcome!

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As the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta’s (APEGA) Outreach Manager, Alissa Boyle leads the association’s Diversity and Inclusion initiatives, working to address key diversity and inclusion challenges in the engineering and geoscience professions. She also oversees APEGA’s Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K-12) and University Outreach programs, designed to inspire and empower the next generation of professionals.

Most recently, Boyle has developed APEGA’s Strategic Plan for increasing the representation of women in the professions and is leading a 3-year project to foster inclusive workplace cultures within the engineering and geoscience professions. She is passionate about transforming workplace culture to increase employee engagement and mental health awareness.

Ms. Boyle holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Genetics from the University of Alberta; a Project Leadership Certificate from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT); a Certificate in Leadership and Inclusion through Centennial College; and is a Canadian Mental Health Association Certified Psychological Health and Safety Advisor. She is currently pursuing her Master of Education focusing on workplace learning and educational neuroscience.

Alissa is the Vice-Chair for the City of Leduc’s Family and Community Support Services Board, is a recognized “SheInnovator” with the United Nations Women’s first Canadian chapter, was named one of the The Wanderer Online’s Top 100 Edmonton Women in Business in 2013, and Alberta Venture Magazine’s Alberta’s 50 Most Influential People in 2015.

Be Story Savvy: How to Get Your Message Across with Story

Join GeoWomen of Calgary for a noon-hour workshop with Jilliane Yawney, founder of A Narrative Approach.  Jilliane will be sharing the skills you can learn that will help you communicate with polish and influence.  (Tip number one: the most important thing you can do is become a storyteller.)

This workshop is for you if you want to:
•    Become a compelling speaker
•    Build your confidence
•    Present with power

You will walk away from this talk with an understanding of the importance of story and an awareness of the skills and tools that will make you a more powerful communicator.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
geoLOGIC Classroom, +15 Level, 2nd Floor, Aquitaine Tower
540 – 5th Avenue SW

11:45am - Networking
12:00pm – Presentation by Jilliane Yawney

Free Event – No registration required – Everyone is welcome!
Bring your lunch and questions

Jilliane Yawney
is the founder of A Narrative Approach, where she empowers entrepreneurs and business people to communicate with impact using story.

Jilliane has been building the storytelling community in Calgary since 2012 when she founded the Calgary Story Slam.  She is a faculty member at the Mount Royal Conservatory in the department of Speech & Dramatic Arts and is an expert storyteller, public presenter and instructor.

Jilliane spent 13 years in non-profit & management where she worked with teams to craft compelling narratives to better convey their message. She loves helping people build their voice and their confidence by guiding them to refine their message and grow their communication skills.  Her educational credentials include an Associates of Speech & Dramatic Arts, BFA in Theatre and a Masters in Library & Information Studies where she wrote a thesis on storytelling & education.

For more information on A Narrative Approach, please visit
For more information on GeoWomen of Calgary, please visit
GeoWomen of Calgary is a GeoCommunity of the CSPG
GeoWomen of Calgary is also a member of AWSN

Fall 2019 events have been scheduled for the following dates.  Stay tuned for more information.
Tuesday, November 26
Tuesday, December 10


Jocelyn Keith-Asante, P. Geol., PMP - Co-Chair
ARTIS GeoConsult & PM, Ltd.
403-463-7830 |

Mandy M. Williams, P.Geol. - Co-Chair
Burgess Creek Exploration Inc.
(403) 703-6014 |

Jennifer Kingsbury P.Geo - Events Coordinator
403-874-4993  l

Fanny Malpica Rojas, Petroleum Geologist - Organization and Communications
Lisa Doyle, MSc - Organization and Communications
Areeba Ayaz, PhD - Organization and Communications