Meet our Podcast Hosts

Anja Lanz, FEC, P.Eng.

Anja Lanz is a Professional Engineer (P.Eng.) and a Fellow of Engineers Canada (FEC) and a Founder and CEO of Global Women in STEM Inc. She received the inaugural 2022 Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Award from Engineers and Geoscientists British Columbia (EGBC), the provincial engineering regulator – This award recognizes an individual who has made significant contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in the engineering and geoscience professions in British Columbia. Anja also received the 2023 Vancouver Community College Outstanding Alumni Award in the category of career success.

Her incredible dedication, together with a deep-seated principle of making a difference to her profession and to society, had her receive the 2008 UBC Faculty of Science Achievement Award for Service for bringing gender equality to male dominated professions, and the UBC Health 2021 R. Paul Kerston Community Educator Award recognizing her talents and dedication to improve the healthcare system one professional at the time. In addition, Anja launched a podcast episode through Westcoast Women in Engineering, Science, and Technology (WWEST), titled: “Episode 7: Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and Workplace Inclusivity in STEM”.

For almost 20 years, Anja has helped remove barriers for women and girls in STEM, challenged the status quo and create a more inclusive and welcoming environment for everyone. She strongly believes in mentorship and has been a mentor for several organizations such as the Women in Leadership Foundation, the Minerva Foundation, the YWCA Connect to Success, the YWCA Highschool Mentorship program, the UBC Tri-Mentoring Program, iWIN Virtual Mentoring Program, Women in Technology Sharing Online (WitsOn) Virtual Mentoring, Make Possible STEM Online Mentorship Network, and the BCIT Mentorship Program.

More of Anja’s initiatives can be found on her LinkedIn profile:

Damineh Akhavan, FEC, P.Eng., MBA

Damineh is a Professional Engineer and Fellow of Engineers Canada with immense passion for human rights. She holds a Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering, a Bachelor of Science in Physics, and an MBA in International Business from the University of Victoria. She is a Senior Engineer at De Havilland Aircraft of Canada with more than 19 years of technical experience in the aerospace industry. Moreover, she is a Founder and CEO of Global Women in STEM promoting human rights for women and equity-deserving groups and challenging the status quo in STEM through education, innovation, advocacy, and action.

As a result of her work, Damineh was invited by the Minister of Women and Gender Equality and Youth to serve on the Canadian CSO delegation to the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women in New York in March 2023. Furthermore, she was invited to attend the United Nations Office of the Outer Space Affairs Space4Women Expert Meeting in Montreal in October 2023.

Damineh has been an active member, contributor, and collaborator with many diverse organizations serving local, provincial, national, global, and academic communities in advocacy, youth outreach, mentorship, governance, justice, and human rights initiatives for over two decades. She champions women in leadership roles, equal and diverse representation on boards, and gender pay equity, and fights for ending gender-based violence through community building, storytelling, and sharing her lived experiences of harassment and discrimination in the workplace. Her true calling and lifelong goal are to serve her community with long-lasting and sustainable global impact.

It is through her professional achievements, community leadership, and volunteer work that she has been the recipient of seven awards (The EGBC McLachlan Award for Outstanding Achievement in Engineering, The Northern Lights Aero Foundation Elsie MacGill Award in Engineering, University of Victoria Distinguished Alumni President’s Award, WXN Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100 Award in Science and Technology, Canadian Immigrant Magazine’s Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Award, University of Victoria Spirit of Ali Award, Capilano University Alumni Excellence Award) and two honours (Fellow of Engineers Canada, Engineers Canada EDI Leader) in the past 18 months.

More of Damineh’s initiatives can be found on her LinkedIn profile: