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ASHRAE Toronto Dinner Meeting - Gender Bias in AEC Industry - May 15th, 2017

  • 15 May 2017
  • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  • Novotel Toronto Centre, 45 The Esplanade, Toronto M5E 1W2
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Date: Monday, May 15th, 2017



Novotel Toronto Centre

45 The Esplanade, Toronto M5E 1W2

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5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

NOTICE OF MEETING - May 15th, 2017

ASHRAE Toronto Chapter and CIBSE invite you to the last ASHRAE Toronto dinner meeting of 2016-2017.

Speakers - Fiona Cousins and Julia Keen will talk about Gender Bias in the AEC Industry, share their personal experiences and discuss how to retain women in the workforce.


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Registration and Networking

6:00 PM onwards - Dinner and Presentations


Novotel Toronto Centre 

45 The Esplanade Toronto M5E 1W2

Please click here for directions!


Fiona Cousins, CIBSE Fellow


Arup, NY

Fiona Cousins is an Arup Fellow, a member of Arup’s Americas Region Board and a member of Arup’s Global Board.

Fiona is a mechanical engineer by profession and has spent much of her career engaged in HVAC design, with an area of specialization in thermal comfort and energy efficiency. She has extensive project experience and has worked on a wide range of projects, including the design of museums, archives, trading floors, laboratories, libraries and performing art centers. Fiona is a frequent presenter on transformative sustainable building design, very low-energy design, resilience and sustainability. She gave the 2016 CIBSE Annual Lecture: ‘How building services Engineers can save Civilization’. She is a LEED Fellow.

Fiona served as the chair of the New York Chapter of the USGBC (Urban Green) from 2008-2009 and as chair of USGBC in 2016. She is also on the board of the Architectural League of New York and the Beverly Willis Architectural Foundation.

Julia Keen, ASHRAE Fellow


Kansas State University, KS

Julia Keen is a Professor of Architectural Engineering and Construction Science at Kansas State University holding the Bob and Betty Tointon Engineering endowed chair.  She also owns her own consulting company, Keen Designs, PA. Her specific areas of interest include HVAC design, energy codes, high performance design, HVAC education, and the advancement of women in the building design and construction industry. 

Julia became involved in ASHRAE as a student member of the Kansas State University student branch. She has acted as the faculty advisor to this branch since 2003 during which time the chapter has routinely attended the ASHRAE winter meetings and the competition team that she has coached has finished first in the ASHRAE Design Competition five times. Through the years, Julia has held several chapter positions including President and CRC Chair of the Cedar Valley Chapter. She has also been involved in many Society level committees including: Planning, Publications, Conferences and Expositions, and Certification as well as chaired TC6.1-Hydronic and Steam Equipment and Systems. Julia served as a Director-at-Large to the ASHRAE Board of Directors (2013 – 2016). Her service to the organization was recognized in 2010 when she was given the Distinguished Service Award. 

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Badri Patel
ASHRAE Toronto Programs Committee Member 


Beatriz Salazar
ASHRAE Toronto Programs Committee Member 


Abhishek Khurana
ASHRAE Toronto Programs Chair 


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