Alicia Bjarnason P.Geo., MA, CCIP, AWSN President

Alicia Bjarnason P.Geo., MA, CCIP, AWSN President

“Leadership is about leading others to be more than they thought they could be.”

 

 

Alicia has been with AWSN since 2013. Alicia has held the positions of Member at Large, Vice President, Co-President and now President. In 2015, Alicia secured a 3 year Status of Women Canada Grant and initiated the AWSN Work Re-engagement program. The program investigated the struggles professional STEM women have when re-engaging back into the workforce after an extended leave. The program created a document to support this demographic on their journey back to employment, as well as Leading Practices for STEM companies as they navigate the topic of Diversity and Inclusion – including on-ramping strategies to employ this often overlooked professional STEM resource. She continues to lead the greater team/initiative as the Program Director. Additionally, Alicia is active in the greater STEM community, including as an Advisor for the Women in APEGA (Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta) Advisory Group and as an Executive Mentor for the Operation Minerva Program - a one day job shadowing program for Gr. 8 girls with female STEM mentors.

 

Alicia is passionate about enhancing innovative thought within the energy sector in Alberta. After 15 years as an exploration geoscientist, Alicia returned to school and received a master’s in Human Geography - with a focus on corporate culture, diversity, and inclusion. Alicia won multiple awards during her time as a graduate student, including a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship and an Alberta Graduate Citizenship Award. In 2019, Alicia obtained her Canadian Certified Inclusion Professional designation through the Canadian Centre for Diversity and Inclusion. Most important, Alicia is a proud mother of two elementary aged children. She enjoys teaching geology in their classrooms and securing science-based programming for their school.

Our Mission: Enabling a culture of diversity and inclusivity through STEM Programs. AWSN acts as the platform that initiates or supports programs, partners and stakeholders who amplify, magnify, or accelerate systemic and social change within the greater community, allowing all to participate to their full capacity in STEM"