WGC Fall Summit 2021 Speakers

WGC is hosting its second annual Fall Summit on Friday, November 19, 2021. It's half-day event that's free and fully online, intended to be inclusive for all geoscientists. The event consists of four technical presentations, presented by women across the field, with a focus on how they love the geoscience profession. Each talk is 15 minutes long and followed up by 10 minutes each for questions and discussion.


In between the technical talks, we will have a one hour discussion session. Breaking into small rooms, we will have topics on geoscience, diversity and equity, retention, industry culture, etc for attendees to talk about and share their ideas. By the end of this, we aim that you have made or strengthened connections with about 12 other people!


Registration is required for this event. Sign up HERE. All details regarding the event are available HERE.


WGC is grateful to the four speakers who have volunteered their time to help make this event a success. In no particular order, we introduce each one below. Thank you, Dawn, Edna, Lilian, and Jennifer!


Dr. Lilian Navarro is currently working as a Lab Instructor at Cape Breton University. She completed her B.Sc. in Geological Engineering at the Universidad Central de Venezuela, and subsequently she finished M.Sc., Ph.D., and Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Department of Earth Sciences at the University of Ottawa. She has conducted extensive geological fieldwork in deep-marine siliciclastic and mixed (siliciclastic-carbonate) rocks of the late Neoproterozoic Windermere Supergroup in the Cariboo Mountains, South-eastern Canadian Cordillera. Her research interests include sedimentological characterization, stratigraphic architecture and evolution of ancient deep-water systems and origin of Ediacaran phosphatic deposits. She is one of the Co-chairs of the SEPM Deep-water Research Group, and an active leader of GeoLatinas.



Dr. Jennifer Smith is currently a Research Scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada. After completing her PhD in 2014 at the University of Leicester, Smith was adamant a career in research wasn’t for her. With opportunities being rather scare in the mining industry, she explored other options including geotechnical engineering, process mineralogy and even farming! Her passion for geology and research soon returned and with the right opportunity, she re-established her career in ore geology, joining the Geological Survey of Canada in 2017. Smith’s research now focusses on the genesis of magmatic Ni-Cu-PGE mineralization, and incorporates a broad range of methods at the micro to regional scale to constrain the temporal and structural controls on magmatic sulphide systems and metal distribution.


Edna Mueller-Markham is the Vice-President and Senior Consulting Geophysicist at Paterson, Grant & Watson Limited (PGW), a geophysical consulting firm based in Toronto. She has been with PGW since 1997 (24 years!) She has a B.Sc. in physics and a M.Sc. in geology. Most of her work has been the processing, interpretation and modelling of airborne geophysical data. Currently, she is involved in project management and quality control of large nationwide geophysical surveys located in Saudi Arabia and Nigeria. In her free time, she is president and editor of the Napoleonic Historical Society and member of the International Napoleonic Society.



Dr. Dawn Kellett has been a Research Scientist with the Geological Survey of Canada since 2011, previously completing degrees at UBC (BSc), Queen's U (MSc) and Dalhousie U (PhD), and post-doctoral work at U California-Santa Barbara. Kellett's research focuses on deformation and exhumation during orogenesis and their relationships to ore deposits by applying a wide range of structural, metamorphic and especially geochronological methods. Her work spans the Cordilleran, Appalachian, Trans-Hudson and Himalayan orogens. Kellett is Associate Editor for Journal of Geophysical Research-Solid Earth and Canadian Journal of Earth Sciences, and has been Chair of the Canadian Tectonics Group division of the Geological Association of Canada since 2016. She holds adjunct professor positions at UBCO, Saint Mary's U, Dalhousie U, and Queen's U.


We are looking forward to an exciting event and hope to see you there!

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