Data Science Panel

Everywhere you turn, all you hear is “Data (insert mysterious term here)”.  Data Science, Data Analytics, Data Visualization, Data Engineering, Data Architecture, Data Wrangling, Data Munging… What does it all mean?  And as scientists who spend all day looking at data aren’t we all “Data Scientists”?  What would a “scientist” who doesn’t use data even look like?

Join GeoWomen of Calgary in partnership with our friends at the CSEG-f Mentorship Program as our panel of experts shed some light on what the terms mean, what employers are looking for and some potential pathways for obtaining these skills or better yet, highlighting the ones you already have.

Thank-you to our event sponsors Sigma Explorations

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

geoLOGIC Classroom, 2nd Floor, Aquitaine Tower

540 – 5th Avenue SW

Time: 12:00 – 1:00pm

This is a FREE event. No registration required. All are welcome.

Meet our panelists

Theresa Smith

Theresa is a Data Scientist at Transalta and the organizer of the Women in Data Calgary group. She was working as an environmental engineer when the 2015 downturn hit Calgary hard. She decided to return to school and get a Master’s Degree in Data Science and Business Analytics from the University of Denver. Since returning to Calgary, she has committed herself to developing the data community and wants to be part of diversifying Calgary’s future.

Marc Boulet

Marc is a data scientist and lead of the Oilsands Geological Information Management Team at Cenovus Energy. He has spent the majority of his oil and gas career as an asset geophysicist for companies such as BP, Apache and Cenovus Energy, working on a variety of plays in the WCSB. Marc holds a B.Sc. in Geophysics from the University of Calgary and is currently pursuing a MSc. in Analytics at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He is also an active member in the local data science community as a co-founder of Untapped Energy, a not-for-profit, grassroots-led organization seeking to collectively solve problems and generate innovation for the Canadian energy industry using data science and analytics.

Christine Ward

Christine started her career as a technical talent recruiter at MobSquad, a high-growth start-up in Calgary. She started as an analyst sourcing engineers globally and worked her way into managing the entire talent side of the business. The team she managed built over 1,000 profiles for world class data scientists, data engineers, ML engineers, and various other software engineering roles. Christine comes from a non-technical background but quickly got up to speed on the technologies in demand for data scientists so that she could communicate client needs from the head of engineering to the CHRO. She matched over a hundred software engineering talent to job descriptions coupled with conversations with hiring managers, providing her with an inside view of what each company valued in software engineering roles.

Now, Christine wears a few more hats. She works at The Accelerator and interacts with entrepreneurs, helping start-ups launch their businesses by preparing them to raise external capital. She also works for The51 and Valhalla, where she aims to increase deal flow in Calgary and in Canada through various investment strategies.  

And our amazing moderator

Alexandria Shrake

Alexandria is a geophysicist and Strategy and Planning Analyst with Chevron. She is also a co-founder of ENERGYminute, a grassroots organization aimed at reversing the polarization in dialogue we are seeing in the world about energy.