On January 31st, 2024, the Ontario Science Centre played host to the 3rd Annual IIBEC SOC Diversity and Inclusion Forum, drawing an impressive crowd of over 100 attendees for a day of education and networking.
The event kicked off with an opening speech by IIBEC CEO Brian Pallasch. He not only discussed upcoming IIBEC events, such as the 2024 IIBEC International Convention & Trade Show in Phoenix, Arizona, and the Building Enclosure Symposium in Toronto, Ontario, but also emphasized the pivotal role diversity plays in IIBEC’s vision and mission.
IIBEC President Amy Peevey then took center stage with a keynote presentation on “Becoming an Expert.” Offering valuable insights, she guided professionals on the path to expertise, delving into the nuances of being an expert witness.
The day continued with a dynamic panel discussion moderated by Stephanie Robinson. Panelists Jelena Madzarevic, Hannah Thevalapan, Allen Lyte, and Jennifer Hogan shared perspectives on career paths, networking, emerging trends, and mentorship, providing a comprehensive view of the industry landscape.
Following the panel discussion, attendees participated in mentor/mentee breakout groups, fostering direct engagement between guests and IIBEC’s experienced mentors. This interactive session allowed for personalized discussions and the exchange of valuable insights.
Marianne Touchie delivered a special presentation, sharing her journey to becoming a building science researcher and professor. She provided an overview of ongoing research at the University of Toronto Building Science Group, offering a glimpse into the exciting developments in the field.
The forum concluded with the award of two scholarships to deserving students in attendance, showcasing IIBEC SOC’s commitment to supporting the next generation of building science professionals.
The 3rd Annual IIBEC SOC Diversity and Inclusion Forum was a resounding success, providing a platform for learning, networking, and the celebration of diversity within the IIBEC community. A sincere thank you to all who contributed to the event’s success and to those who continue to champion diversity in our industry.
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