Toronto Chapter

Meet our Mentors

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Julia Andersen

PhD Candidate, 

Department of Earth Sciences

University of Toronto

I enjoy teaching and mentoring younger students and hope to become a professor in the future! I also have a passion for the outdoors and always encourage more women to get outside! 


Alvine Boaye Belle

Assistant Professor

Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science

York University 

I hold a PhD in software engineering. I am passionate about science, research and poetry. I speak both French and English. 

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Chiara Bostock

Research Associate

Department of Chemical Engineering

University of Toronto

I am eager to help young women feel empowered and achieve their personal and professional goals. I am passionate about translating complex scientific concepts into tangible, concise ideas understandable by all audiences, especially youth. In my spare time, I enjoy putting on a sweat while adventuring on hikes and recreational sports, and refuelling with sophisticated home-cooked meals. 

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Hai-Ling Cheng

Associate Professo

Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering,

University of Toronto

I am an engineer/physicist who is passionate magnetic resonance imaging and is finding ways to detect disease early and guide new tissue regeneration treatments. I love science, literature, arts, and history.  

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Mary Desrocher

Assistant Professor

Department of Psychology

York University

I specialize in Neuropsychology with children, youth, adults, and families, and I have been an Associate Professor at York University for over 20 years. My research explores the relationship between the brain and behaviour in clinical populations of people with epilepsy, pediatric stroke, brain injury, or prenatal alcohol exposure. Mentoring and teaching is a big part of my work, and I enjoy working with students who want to explore their education and career options.

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Miriam Diamond

Assistant Professor

Department of Astroparticle Physics

University of Toronto

I am an astroparticle physicist studying dark matter, the mysterious substance thought to make up a quarter of the universe. My related interests include statistical data analysis, high-performance scientific computing, and machine learning. My furry little assistants, Quark and Qubit the Guinea Piggies, provide valuable motivational support to my research team.

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Liane Fernandes

Vice President

System Strategy, Planning, Design & Implementation

Ontario Health Central

I am a health care executive who has worked in a variety of roles including clinical, administrative and government. I love to mentor students and offer assistance or guidance, and share what I have learned in the wide world of health care. 


Dr. Elaine Gilfoyle

Physician and Medical Director
Paediatric Insensitive Care

SickKids Hospital

I love cooking, learning to play chess, and I'm happy to be back in Ontario so can go my cottage on a regular basis.