Career Transitions and the Law: Employment Terminations & Maternity Leaves – Know Your Rights

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GeoWomen of Calgary will be holding a noon-hour event with Catherine McAteer – Calgary employment lawyer – for a discussion on Women, the Workplace and the Law. This event has agenda of networking, talk and discussion. It’s FREE and no registration required.

Please join us to meet, learn and greet other professionals in Calgary.  Women and men are all welcomed to attend. Bring your lunch and your questions.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 22 2015, 11.30 – 1PM. 
WHERE: The University of Alberta Calgary Centre: #120, 333 5 avenue SW 

Please use main entrance off of 3rd street SW, accessible entrance is available from 5th avenue SW.

11:30am Networking
12:00pm Presentation by Catherine McAteer

Biography: Catherine McAteer 

Catherine is a lawyer, photographer and mom.  She has practiced employment and immigration law at a large law firm, a small law firm and as in house counsel for an oilfield services company.  Prior to law school, she earned a degree in geological engineering and trained as a drilling fluids engineer with a large oilfield services company in Columbia and Venezuela.  Catherine’s current focus is providing efficient and practical employment and immigration advice to employees and employers and is frequently called upon in career transition situations.


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Great news to end 2014

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One recent article in STEM Education  noted that Women have made progress in science, technology, engineering and math, yet movement into male-dominated STEM industries has slowed down considerably in the last 20 years.

Less than one-quarter of Canadian women work in the sciences, a number mirrored in the United States, where 26 percent of women had STEM careers in 2011. While up from seven percent in 1970, that’s only a three percent increase since 1990.

Although we’ve seen “pockets of success,” such as more professional networking groups, women’s progress in STEM careers has stalled, says Co-President of the Alberta Women’s Science Network (AWSN), Geologist Alicia Bjarnason.

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Season’s Greeting

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Wishing you Happy New Year 2015

May 2015 give us new hopes in our mind
May 2015 bring us more confidence and courage in all our endeavors.

Happy New Year and all the best


November GeoWomen meeting on 3rd November

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The meting will be held on Nov 3rd, 5-7pm at the Calgary Downtown Campus at

906 – 8th Avenue.

GeoWomen Group will gladly have Erin Leonty from Catalyst speak to us about what CATALYST is doing. 

CATALYST is the leading nonprofit organization with a mission to expand opportunities for women and business.

Catalyst is the leading nonprofit organization with a mission to expand opportunities for women and business. They are dedicated to creating more inclusive workplaces where employees representing every dimension of diversity can thrive. They act as a catalyst through their pioneering research, tools and services, their events, and Awards. Together, their offerings raise awareness of how diversity benefits today’s global businesses, and provide guidance on how to enact real change.

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Latest update on this October’s GeoWomen Meeting

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Come and join us!

This Fall we are back to have our meeting which will be held at  University of Calgary Downtown Campus, Room 66, at 906 – 8th Ave SW Calgary, AB T2P 1H9.  TIME : October 1, Wednesday, 5-7 PM


We will be hearing from Marian Hanna who will be talking about her standing for election for President of the CSEG (Canadian Society for Exploration Geophysicists) and others who will share their stories with us, and some updates of women we’ve already met for example, Wendy Hearn who is now General Manager, Canadian Operations, Integrated Reservoir Solutions Division, Core Laboratories here in Calgary.


The Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers Cookbook Launch!  

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Soup Sisters and Broth Brothers is a non-profit charitable social enterprise dedicated to providing comfort to women, children and youth through the making, sharing and donating of soup. Anyone can be a Soup Sister and a Broth Brother . Simply join us in one of our soup-making sessions that will provide hundreds of litres of soup to women shelters and programs for youth in crisis right across the country!

Find out more about the organization at

Their Upcoming Event is a cook book launch

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Susan Eaton’s all-female team SEDNA of Arctic explorers seeks your support

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Susan R. Eaton, founder and leader of the 2014-2016 Sedna Epic Expedition, is a Calgary-based geologist, geophysicist, conservationist and journalist. Eight years ago, she suffered a SCUBA diving trauma that landed her in a hyperbaric chamber and ended her diving career. Undaunted, her life-long relationship with the ocean (which had included teaching diving) didn’t end there. Today, she explores the world’s oceans—from Antarctica to the Arctic—in the snorkel zone, a dynamic land-sea-air-ice interface. A member of the Explorers Club, she will lead Team Narwhal.


She is a Calgary-based geologist and geophysicist with 30-plus years of experience, Susan has had a successful career in the Canadian energy sector, attaining the position of Vice President of Exploration in several junior oil and gas companies. Known for her business acumen, she’s been listed in the Who’s Who of Canadian Women Directory.

Here is her message that I am passing to all of  you..

Respectfully, I’m reaching out you—my female relatives, friends, work colleagues and associates—to let them know that Team Sedna, my all-female team of 10 arctic explorers, is fundraising via a new-fangled social media platform called “Indiegogo.”

Team Sedna has five (5) days left in its crowd-sourcing Indiegogo campaign, and we’re hoping to raise funds to pay for part of our July 2014 proof-of-concept expedition to the Arctic.

The 2014-2016 Sedna Epic Expedition provides an amazing hands-on platform to raise awareness about disappearing sea ice in the Arctic. It’s also represents a great opportunity to reach out and empower Inuit women and girls in Canada’s North and, indeed, young women around the world.

This proof-of-concept expedition is crucial to reaching our goal of snorkeling the Northwest Passage—all 3,000 kilometers of it—during the summer of 2016. We can’t achieve one without the other, so your support is essential to the success of both of our missions: the July 10-30th proof-of-concept expedition and our epic snorkel relay, in 2016 of the Northwest Passage, from Pond Inlet, Nunavut, to Inuvik, Northwest Territories, Canada.

Every donation, no matter how small, will be warmly received. Support a snorkeler or become a friend of the expedition!

If making a donation via PayPal is not your preference, Team Sedna gladly accepts cheques, made out to me, the expedition leader. My mailing address is listed below, along with our Facebook, Sedna website, Youtube and Indiegogo sites.

On behalf of Team Sedna, I thank you, in advance, for your consideration of my request.

Most sincerely yours, Susan