STEM Entrepreneurs Panel




IEEE Women in Engineering (WIE) Montreal Section is pleased to organize STEM Entrepreuneurs Panel on the occasion of the International Women's Day 2019.

You are invited to hear about experiences of successful and experienced STEM Entrepreneurs. Join us to learn about how technology along with innovation is helping entrepreneurs build successful Startups. Take advantage of the opportunity to discover real world applications of STEM fields through innovative contributions of experienced entrepreneurs solving complex problems and creating positive impact in our daily lives.

***Event is free, but spaces are limited! For this event, refreshments will be provided. Please register so that we can anticipate the number of attendees and order food accordingly.***


Amy Pinchuk is the president and founder of InField Scientific Inc (1994). InField specializes in electromagnetic compatibility and interference (EMC/EMI), electromagnetic environmental effects (E3), Radiation Hazards (RADHAZ), and computational electromagnetic analysis. For the past twenty-four years, InField’s primary focus has been electromagnetic analysis and testing of military shipboard environments for the Royal Canadian Navy and for the New Zealand Royal Navy. She has also taught a Software Engineering course at McGill University.

She received her Ph. D. (1988), M. Eng. (1985) and B. Eng. (1983) from McGill University under the supervision of Dr. Peter Silvester. She was a visiting scholar at Cambridge University in England (1985). Dr. Pinchuk is the IEEE Montreal Section Chair and the EMC Society Chapter Chair. She was also a member of the IEEE EMC Society Board of Directors, and the Canadian Chair for URSI Section B. She is also the author of several children’s books which focus on engineering for youngsters.


Mohamed Khalil, CEO of Pyrocycle and Ph.D candidate – Chemical Engineering Department (École Polytechnique de Montréal). His Ph.D project focuses on developing a new thermochemical process for recycling the end-of-life electronics waste. He started his entrepreneurial career in November 2016. In April 2017, He was selected among the Top 25 emerging entrepreneurs in Québec. He was selected among the six young innovators supported by the Fonds de recherche du Québec (FRQ) as part of the entrepreneurial contest Adopte inc. 2018. In September 2018, he has been honored as a Clean50 - Emerging Leader, for demonstrated leadership in sustainability through the development of his solution for recycling Electronic waste and his project was selected as one of Canada's 2019 Clean50 Top Projects. He is a Canadian delegate for the G20 - Young Entrepreneurs' Alliance 2019 that will be held on May, Fukuoka - Japan. 


Margaret Magdesian, BSc Pharmacology, PhD Biochemistry, has over 20 years of experience in biopharmaceutical research. Tired of the slow, expensive and inefficient process of drug development, in collaboration with researchers from McGill University, she developed a new product to increase standardization, precision, and reproducibility of cellular assays. Recently, she launched a company called ANANDA Devices ( to commercialize this product and stimulate other scientists to achieve reproducible and impactful results faster. Dr Magdesian’s technology won 25 awards and grants in science and innovation in Canada, US and France and her products have the potential to dramatically accelerate the drug development cycle of new therapies for people that need it.

  Date and Time




  • Dept of Electrical and Computer Engineering 3480 University
  • Montreal, Quebec
  • Canada H3A 2K6
  • Building: McConnell Engineering Building
  • Room Number: ENGMC 603
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  • Starts 04 March 2019 09:43 PM
  • Ends 15 March 2019 12:00 PM
  • All times are Canada/Eastern
  • No Admission Charge
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18:00 – 18:15        Welcome and Opening

Saida Maaroufi, Chair of IEEE WIE Montreal, Polytechnique Montreal

Rania Gamal, Vice-Chair of IEEE WIE Montréal, McGill University

18:15 – 19:45        Distinguished Panelists

Amy Pinchuk, President & Founder of InField Scientific Inc.

Mohamed Khalil, Ph.D. Candidate - President & Founder of Pyrocycle, Polytechnique Montreal

Margaret Magdesian, President & Founder of Ananda Devices

19:45 – 20:15        Discussions

20:15 – 20:30        Conclusion and Closing