Canadians Travel to United States for Program on Women in STEM Professions

Canadian experts in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) will visit Washington, D.C., and other U.S. cities from March 21-29 as participants in an International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). They will have the opportunity to learn about U.S. policy initiatives and programs to strengthen STEM education and career paths among women, particularly in under-served and underrepresented communities. The program is organized by the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa and sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

This program will offer participants the opportunity to meet American practitioners and thinkers in STEM and discuss opportunities and challenges to accelerate student interest and learning in STEM subjects. They will examine best practices in U.S. classroom instruction, including laboratory work and experiential learning activities, and will review technological innovation in science education and programs that promote scientific literacy in the workforce.

Participants in this program are:

  • Ms. Cecilia Wong, Senior Ecosystem Information Scientist, Regional Director General’s Office – West and North, Environment and Climate Change Canada (Vancouver)
  • Ms. Kylie Toh, Founder, Chic Geek (Calgary)
  • Dr. Eve Langelier, Associate Professor, Université de Sherbrooke (Québec)
  • Dr. Lorraine Otoide, International Education Officer, Ministry of Education (Toronto)
  • Ms. Arylene Reycraft, Program Manager, Techsploration (Halifax)
  • Dr. Tina Greenfield, Lecturer, Department of Anthropology, University of Winnipeg; and Research Associate and Co-director of the Near Eastern and Biblical Archaeology Laboratory, University of Manitoba (Winnipeg)

The IVLP enables Canadians who are emerging leaders in their professional field to observe U.S. institutions, practices, and culture first-hand, and to meet with professional counterparts to explore issues of common interest. Founded in 1940, the IVLP has given hundreds of thousands of emerging leaders — including hundreds of Canadians — the opportunity to observe and interact with American culture and society on a personal level. For more information, visit

Participants are available for interviews before and after the program upon request.