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Thinking Outside the Box

STAN 2024 • Virtual Conference • February 27-29, 2024

Join us in February 2024 for three days of

professional development and networking opportunities.

This year’s STAN Conference theme, Thinking Outside the Box, will invite participants to challenge the status quo. We will consider questions such as: What practices need to change in order to center equity and sustainability? What beliefs do we need to revisit to keep up with the changing face of education?  How can we harness technology to drive innovation and radical change in a resource-constrained sector?

We invite you to join us at the 2024 Science & Technology Awareness Network (STAN) Annual Conference, which will be held primarily virtually. We hope to welcome over 150 delegates from across the country. The three-day Conference will include a mix of invited and member-proposed sessions, engaging and interactive sessions, panels, and keynote speakers. Opportunities to network with your Canadian peers will be offered throughout the program. STAN’s Annual General Meeting will be built into the proceedings.

Individual - $50.00

Group of 3 - $95

Student - $25

Group of 5 - $150

Questions? Contact us

Group of 10 - $250

Program Information
Session Highlight
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Sustaining Canada's Economic Growth: A critical need to foster STEM equity

February 27, 2024 at 11am Eastern Standard Time

It is critical, for Canada’s economic development and global competitiveness, that inequities in STEM are addressed, as a diverse and inclusive STEM sector can unlock the full potential of Canada’s labour force. Inclusive STEM practices also enhance problem-solving and innovation by leveraging diverse perspectives and knowledge. By focusing on key systemic issues including pay equity, IDEAS in STEM, childcare/parental leave/flex work, education, and leadership and GBV, Canada can lead the way in creating an equitable and sustainable STEM future.

Dr. Poh Tan (she/her)
SCWIST Past President

Dr. Melanie Ratnam (she/her)
SCWIST  President

*Schedule displayed in Eastern Time

February 27, 2024

11:00-11:30: Welcome and Land Acknowledgement : Meet Your Fellow STAN Members


11:30-12:45: Session #1 Sustaining Canada's Economic Growth: A critical need to foster STEM equity

                     Presented by Dr. Poh Tan & Melanie Ratman (SCWIST)

                     Followed by open networking

13:30-14:00: Annual General Meeting


14:00-15:15: Session #2 It looks like you're trying to use AI. Can I help?

                     Presented by Andy Forest (Steamlabs) & Melissa Valdez (Zafin / Enterprise Quantum)

15:15-16:00: Session #3 Networking with your Peers

                     Presented by STAN

February 28, 2024

11:00-11:30: Check-in | Coffee & Open Chat

11:30-12:45: Session #4 Leading Change in the SETT Workplace

                     Presented by Carrie Vos

                     Followed by open networking

13:30-14:30  Session #5 Advancing the E in STEM

                     Presented by Rebecca White (Engineers of Tomorrow), Kim Bouffard (Engineers Canada)

14:45-16:00  Session #6 STEM Equity Community of Practice - a collective impact approach for more diversity in STEM

                     Presented by Catherine Paisley (Ontario Science Centre), Dr. Julia Lalande (Ontario Science Centre), Sandra Corbeil (Ingenium)

February 29, 2024

11:00-11:30: Check-in | Coffee & Open Chat

11:30-12:45: Session #7 Shaping a Greener Tomorrow Through Creative Approaches to Sustainability Education

                     Presented by Alexandra Gellé (Climate Change Advisory Committee), Aloïs Gallet, (EcoNova Education), Constantin Kozlow                                   (Climate Fresk) & Amanda Stanger (Relay)

                     Followed by open networking

13:30-14:30: Session #8 Data Visualization

                     Presented by Sadish D, Curtis Collier (Red Meat Games)

                     Followed by open networking

15:00-16:00: Session #9 Finding your Seat at the Table - Improving equity in STEM through outreach

                     Presented by Rebecca McCullough (WWEST), Alina Perrault (Indigenous Women in Tech), Jarman Ley (SuperNOVA at Dalhousie                           University), Jo-Anne Coggan (BIG Little Science Centre)

                     Followed by open networking

Thank you to our Sponsors

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Sponsorship Packages

Would you like to support the STAN conference, or promote your organization, project, or business? Consider becoming a sponsor. View and download the tiered options below. Contact us if you have any questions.

Call for Proposals - Closed

Submission Deadline: October 23, 2023
Conference to be held on February 27-29, 2024


STAN's mission is to connect members so they have a shared platform for sharing their stories, trouble-shoot issues collectively, discuss best practices to enrich the national STEM culture. With your experience and expertise, we can jointly develop a unique conference experience. 


In order to support the growth and development of both attendees and the field at large, STAN encourages the development of session proposals that keep science literacy at heart. We are hoping to create a vision of the future of Canadian STEM. 

Please download the document below for all details.

Submit a document with the following information, by email to before end-of-day October 23, 2023 with subject line "Conference Proposal 2024"

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