Andrea graduated from UBC with a MSc and BSc (Honours), and is a Registered Professional Biologist with +10 years experience specializing in marine mammals. As her scientific career progressed, she became involved in business development and marketing to help employers secure international scientific consulting projects. Andreapursued her interest in business by returning to the UBC Sauder School of Business to earn a Diploma in Accounting. After graduation, she worked for ‘Big 4’ accounting firms to gain experience in financial analysis, audit, and accounting. Andrea obtained her Chartered Professional Accountant, Certified in Financial Forensics, and Certified Fraud Examiner designations and now works as a Manager, Financial Planning & Analysis.
Andrea joined SCWIST roughly 10 years ago because she identified with SCWIST’s goal of promoting, encouraging, and empowering women and girls in science, engineering, and technology. At the time she joined, Andrea was in search of mentoring from the STEM community while she was building her career in science. Andrea has remained a member of SCWIST because she believes in supporting the next generation of STEM women and girls, providing opportunities to others, and giving back to those who supported her professional journey.
Andrea‘s leadership and managerial skills, matched with her accounting acumen and scientific experience, make her ideal for a position on the SCWIST Board of Directors. Andrea has led community fundraising events for non-profit organizations, scientific working groups, and business development activities for past employers. She also has experience auditing non-profit organizations and understands the financial challenges that NPOs face. Andrea is enthusiastic, optimistic, and enjoys collaboration. She has also learned to persevere and believes in empowering others to fulfill their dreams. Contact: director-strategicdev[at]