Please join us in congratulating Irene Sterian who has recently been named one of Canada’s Inspiring 50 in 2018. Inspiring 50 recognizes exceptional Canadian female role models for their contribution to the Canadian tech and innovation sector.
As a finalist from over 400 nominated leaders in STEM, Irene’s passion for advancing science, tech, engineering, and mathematics serves as an inspiration for women across Canada.
A successful engineering executive, Irene has demonstrated both incredible creative vision and the ability to forge successful large-scale, cross-sector partnerships. Her work has resulted in unprecedented investments in Canadian electronics research and support for small-medium and large enterprises ranging from healthcare, energy, ICT to aerospace.
In partnership with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Canada, and with the support of the Senate of Canada, Irene will attend a formal ceremony that will take place at the nation’s Capital on May 7th.
On the program is a discussion with the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and the Honourable Senator Marilou McPhedran.
About Inspiring Fifty
Inspiring Fifty is a Dutch-based organization, which has successfully engaged in multiple initiatives to highlight inspirational female role models in the tech and innovation sectors, as well as advocate for increased diversity and gender-parity in these important fields. The project has been embraced by several other countries in Europe including the UK, France, and the Nordics and, most recently, the initiative was launched in South Africa.
Irene Sterian is the Founder, President & CEO of a not-for-profit tech organization, Refined Manufacturing Acceleration Process (ReMAP). As the architect of a $20M Business-Led Networks of Centres of Excellence, Irene has formed an integrated shared ecosystem to accelerate the commercialization of Canadian innovations. Through shared resources, dozens of start-ups, small-medium enterprises, large organizations, and top-notch research institutions from across Canada focus on hardware optimization, the development of advanced manufacturing solutions and electronics.
Irene Sterian is also the Director of Technology and Innovation at Celestica Inc., a multinational electronics manufacturing services company headquartered in Toronto, Ontario. Over her 30-year career with IBM and Celestica, Irene has proven her technology leadership in innovation management, product realization, and global technology transfer – leveraging technology to solve today’s business challenges. Since joining Celestica in 1994, Irene has led large engineering teams to develop leading-edge research to overcome current technological barriers and drive new products and services for the global market.
Irene’s personal leadership acumen rests in her ability to effectively communicate and motivate others around her is what truly enables new challenges to be overcome and new pathways to be forged. Irene engages other business leaders, industry associations, and research institutions from around the world to develop technology roadmaps, industry standards, and tangible electronics product solutions. As a trailblazer and Celestica intra-preneur, her work with environmentally safe and sustainable technology is a testament to her ability to lead at the forefront of technical innovation as well as lateral innovation.
Please find the full bio of Irene Sterian here.