My name is Janelle Fournier and my pronouns are she and her. I am currently the Manager of Education at Actua, as well as a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education at the University of Ottawa. My research is focused on implemented engineering education in the K-12 classroom.
I am particularly interested in working with teachers to make this happen, as engineering activities are a way to bring science, technology and mathematics together for integrated STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) learning.
It’s also about exposure to the profession. Did you know that in Canada, only 14% of engineers are women?* For many different reasons, including gendered socialization, students haven’t always had the opportunity to explore engineering. Thus, I believe the classroom is the perfect place for this, and to determine if engineering is a potential career path.
Prior to pursuing my doctoral studies, I taught for nine years in a French-language high school in southern Ontario. I had the privilege of teaching many courses in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. While teaching young minds, I became an advocate for gender diversity in STEM. This has led me on a path to become the lead organizer for Soapbox Science Ottawa, and a member of the Board of Directors for the “Association de la francophonie à propos des femmes en sciences, technologies, ingénierie et mathématiques”.
Over the past few years, I have learned a lot about inclusion practices. I have also become quite passionate about this issue. Thus, this website uses AODA (Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act) language standards.
To learn more about me and my various projects, please explore the site.
*Source: Engineers Canada. (2020). 2020 National Membership Information.