Collage credit: Céline Hanzen, Member of Team HB6
Across the globe, 100 women in STEMM were selected to join Team HB6.
Meet the five members who are based in Canada!
Jennifer Copeland (She/Her)
Associate Dean, Faculty of Arts & Science
Professor of Kinesiology
University of Lethbridge
Traditional territory of the Siksikaitsitapi
I am an exercise scientist with a passion for research, knowledge translation, and education. I moved from my Biology degree to a PhD in Kinesiology because of my fascination with the effects of exercise on physiological function. I am a researcher and an educator —I understand the importance of accessible, high-quality, post-secondary education. My deep personal connection to nature and landscapes has shaped my commitment to sustainability. As a senior leader in higher education, my goal is to translate my work into better outcomes for the planet by fostering science literacy and helping people understand and value research and education.
Stephanie (Nia) Fernandez (They/Them)
E-IDEA Manager, Office of the Dean, Faculty of Engineering
Tio'tia:ke (Montréal), Québec
Traditional territory of the Kanienʼkehá꞉ka
I'm an academic, artist, and adventurer and I’m passionate about the intersection between STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine) and social work. I majored in Biochemistry and Chemical Engineering and completed my doctoral research in the field of regenerative medicine, working to advance cell therapy for type 1 diabetes. Throughout my post-graduate career, I've advocated for increased awareness and support for mental health, accessibility, and intersectional frameworks in academia. Empowered by Homeward Bound, I am now pursuing a career as a leader who influences and builds sustainable policies, practices, and structures to foster a more equitable scientific landscape for all.
Amy Goodbrand (She/Her)
Hydrologist, MacDonald Hydrology Consultants Ltd.
Traditional territory of the people of the Treaty 7 region in Southern Alberta and the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3
Amy is a hydrologist interested in how water moves through a landscape; a curiosity sparked as a Saskatchewan farm kid. She recently completed a PhD in forest hydrology from the University of Alberta and currently works as a consultant at a small company with large hydrological expertise. Previous work has taken Amy across the Saskatchewan prairies and into the Boreal Plain, over to the Alberta Foothills and through the British Columbia Rocky Mountains. Her passion is to understand the hydrological and ecological processes that underlie the structure and function of ecosystems to solve complex watershed management issues to ensure water security and forest integrity into the future. Amy recognized that forests need more women to speak up for them. When not listening to trees, Amy adventures in a canoe or on skis, and knits when it is too cold to play outside.
Linda Lara-Jacobo (She/Her)
Toxicology Scientific Specialist (Signer)
(Wendake-Nionwentsïo) Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Scientific Consultant: Sustainability, Toxicology Research, and Regulatory Toxicology
(Wendake-Nionwentsïo) Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Teacher and researcher with experience in toxicology, environmental health, and toxicogenomics (OMICS). Scientific fieldwork in the Lacandon Rain Forest, Cloud Forest, Boreal Forest, and epidemiology research in Latin American indigenous communities. A strong advocate for diversity in STEM, I am a member of Cientifico Latino, Women Leaders in STEM (US-Mexico Leaders Network), and a Chair of The National Chapter: Mexico OWSD (part of the UNESCO program). I have worked on Agenda 2030 for the Sustainable Development Goals as Ambassador of My World Mexico and ExpertSDG (SDSN). I am also passionate about the fight against Climate Change, and I am a Climate Reality Leader and Mentor (Al Gore Training). I am a scientific advisor for the Latin American and Caribbean Network of Science Diplomacy (DiploCientifica). She is developing liaisons between health, environment, gender equality, social inclusion and diversity, indigenous engagement, creativity, and science diplomacy towards a sustainable world.
Raegan Pollard (She/Her)
Senior Project Manager, Graham
Treaty 6 territory and the Homeland of the Métis
Raegan completed her civil engineering degree at the University of Saskatchewan, she has worked in the construction industry for her entire career on a wide array of project types including infrastructure, industrial and institutional. She is registered as a Professional Engineer in Saskatchewan, holds a Project Management Professional designation, and is a Gold Seal Certified Project Manager with the Canadian Construction Association. Raegan enjoys traveling, she has worked in the UK and done an Engineers Without Borders posting in rural Kenya. She is a passionate volunteer for causes with a focus on women, including being on the Board of Directors for the YWCA Saskatoon. She lives in Saskatoon with her husband and two children.