NSERC Chair for
Women in Science & Engineering

Kristin Hildahl-Shawn

"Recognize the importance of life long learning"

Instructor 1

University of Manitoba, Department of Food and Human Nutritional Sciences

What is your job and what most excites you about what you do?

I work as an instructor in the Food and Human Nutritional Sciences department. I am a registered dietitian and am a member of the Dietetic Focus Committee here at the university. I teach three courses, all of which are online. I enjoying having the opportunity to share my passion for nutrition with students.

How diverse is your workplace, or your field of work as a whole? What do you think should be done to support greater diversity and create more inclusive practices in your workplace and in the Agriculture field?

The field of dietetics is female dominated, and while there is good representation of women in the Food and Human Nutritional Sciences department, there is less representation within the Agricultural and Food Sciences faculty as a whole.

What advice would you give to young women interested in a career in your field?

Recognize the importance of life long learning. Learning does not (and should not) end once you get your degree, or your licence to practice dietetics. It is important to seek out opportunities for continuing education. And, be open to new opportunities, both professionally and personally, as you never know where one of those opportunities may lead you.

What are some of your interests outside of work?

I have young kids, so I spend most of my winter in an ice rink watching hockey, and outside doing activities like sledding, snow shoeing and skating. In the spring, summer and fall we try to spend a lot of time outside at the playground, bike riding and at the cottage. At home, I enjoy reading and baking.

What are you most hoping you will learn from your mentee? What learning goals do you have for this experience?

I am honestly not sure what to expect, as I have never been a formal mentor before. I guess a learning goal would be to learn how to be an effective mentor.