NSERC Chair for
Women in Science & Engineering

Yvette Shang

"The most important thing is to be enthusiastic"

Business Development Specialist

Mitacs Canada

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

My job is to help promoting research and innovation through creating internship opportunities by connecting industries, organizations and research institutions.

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?

My workplace-Mitacs is a national wide organization with staffs of different background. We value work ethnics and different ideas can always be shared. I think in the agricultural field, people need to break the stereotypical perceptions and gain more appreciations toward the hard work that has been done by those who has the noble duty of “feeding the population and the planet”.

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

The most important thing is to be enthusiastic (love what you’re doing) and never afraid to reach out.

What are some of your interests outside of work?

I am an adult LEGO fan, building self designed LEGO modules and doing miniature photography with LEGO minifigures never gets old for me.

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

I’d like to learn what was my mentee’s personal experience, how did she choose this field, what is she looking for and how/ if I could offer any help.

My learning goals also include to understand the needs of the current university students and how differently do they think than those who have already joined the workforce. My ultimate goal is to learn from my mentee and other mentors, and hopefully be a little helpful on my mentee’s future endeavors.