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How to climb the corporate ladder?

  • 08 Mar 2021
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Zoom Webinar
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NOTICE OF Panel Event

How To Climb The Corporate Ladder?

ASHRAE Toronto Chapter invites you to join us for webinar panel. 

Registration within 24 hours of the event start time cannot be guaranteed due to technical reasons.

Cost: Free for Toronto Chapter Members

$5 for Participating Region 2 Chapter Members

$10 for Non-Members

Date: Monday March 8th, 2021

Where: Online Webinar

Start Time: 6:00 pm Eastern Time

If you are a member of one of the participating chapters, you can acquire the special access code through your chapter. You MUST register here using your chapter-registered email and name. We will use this information to verify your membership, and failure to verify membership in the participating chapter will void your registration without refund.

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Panel Summary

Climbing the corporate ladder has always been an employee’s desire, however, facing the unknown challenges might seem intimidating. One possible solution can be listening to the expert’s success and failure stories to enlighten the path and reduce the doubts. In conjunction with International Women’s Day, Diversity in ASHRAE Committee, will have a panel discussion consisting of 4 successful individuals in different market segments including leaders from Energy Management and Research, Sustainability and Policy Development, Engineering Consultants and, Sales. They will share their expertise on how they climbed their ladders. This panel will be an open format where the moderator guides a discussion through important questions. Some of these questions will include their success stories, barriers, inspirations, and recommendations. Before the panel, attendees will also be able to submit questions, and some will be included in the discussion. In addition, the panel will conclude with a Q&A period where attendees can ask live questions. 


 Sheila J. Hayter, PE, FASHRAE, LEED AP

 Laboratory Program Manager, Federal Energy   Management Program (FEMP)

Sheila is the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) Laboratory Program Manager (LPM) for the DOE Federal Energy Management Program (FEMP). In this role, she leads NREL’s portfolio of activities focused on helping U.S. federal agencies identify, implement, and evaluate opportunities related to energy/water resilience and security, facility and fleet optimization, and energy and project procurement. Since joining NREL in 1992, Sheila’s roles have included line management, partnership development, project management, and research. Sheila served as the 2018-2019 ASHRAE President and has held many other ASHRAE leadership roles throughout her career. Sheila’s Society Theme during her presidential year was, “Building Our New Energy Future,” which focused on how buildings are becoming integrated with other energy systems and how professionals in the buildings industry must be ready for this evolution. She was awarded the ASHRAE Distinguished Service Award, ASHRAE Exceptional Service Award, and received the ASHRAE Fellow distinction. Sheila is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of Colorado.


 Joan M. Hughes, CEM, CMVP

 Agency Energy Program Manager

 Environmental Management Division

 NASA Headquarters

Joan Hughes serves as NASA’s Agency Energy Manager. She leads the Agency’s energy and water efficiency program in planning and policy development to support NASA’s mission by improving the affordability and sustainability of NASA facilities. Hughes previously served as the energy manager at NASA’s Langley Research Center, the birthplace of NASA and the Agency’s oldest field center. She began her career as a petroleum engineer, then spent time exploring other fields, all concerned in one way or another with sustainability. She currently lives in Virginia with her two teenaged sons and is an avid outdoorswoman. After the apocalypse she will miss coffee the most. Hughes is an Association of Energy Engineers Certified Energy Manager and Certified Measurement and Verification Professional.

 Bertha Lai

 Associate Principal- Smith and Andersen

 B.Eng., M.A.Sc., P.Eng., LEED AP BD+C

Since graduating from Ryerson University in 2004, Bertha has established herself as an unparalleled mechanical engineer and a trusted project leader. Bertha is a leader of the national healthcare team at Smith + Andersen, one of Canada’s largest national consulting engineering firms. Bertha’s experience with healthcare and laboratory design is second-to-none, designing and project managing building systems in Canada’s largest healthcare facilities. Her commitment to innovation is evident on every project, with honed areas of specialization such as infection control requirements. Her understanding of the funding challenges and limitations with healthcare projects makes Bertha a valuable asset to clients. Bertha is a strong advocate for mentorship, and an active member of the CaGBC, the Professional Engineers of Ontario, the Women in Healthcare Toronto Chapter, and the ASHRAE Toronto Chapter. She was also a founding member of the Women in STEM Committee with the Consulting Engineers of Ontario (CEO), actively supporting the mandate from Engineers Canada to raise the percentage of newly licensed engineers that are women to 30 per cent by the year 2030 (the “30 by 30” initiative). Bertha chairs Smith + Andersen’s Women in STEM Committee, dedicating professional and personal time to connecting women across the company through events, education, and mentorship.  

 Sharon Godlewski 

 Canadian Sales Manager

Sharon Godlewski has been in the HVAC industry for over 35 years.  As a graduate of Sheridan College, she worked for manufacturers of products for the HVAC industry as a production controller, contracting and engineering salesperson, and a regional sales manager. Sharon is married and has raised three children during her career. She has volunteered for ASHRAE and sat on the board of directors.  Volunteering in her community, Sharon has helped students achieve their goals, worked on cycling committees, and helped build a community appreciation for the environment. 


 Azadeh Ghadimi

 The Masters Group EFI Concepts Project   Manager

 B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D.

Azadeh Ghadimi is a Project Manager at The Master Group EFI Concepts in Toronto Office. She is currently chairing Diversity in ASHARE Committee for Toronto chapter. Azadeh has over 7 years of involvement in ASHRAE in Malaysia and Canada as CTTC Member, Student Branch Advisor and Refrigeration Chair. She has worked in multidisciplinary segments in Academia and industry. She has authored several journals, conference articles and book chapters.

Need Assistance?

Feel free to contact the following:

Azadeh Ghadimi
ASHRAE Toronto Chapter Diversity Committee Chair


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