IWS Calgary Leaders (City and Senior leaders)

Ana Carolina Lima - Senior Leader (Member of IWS NLB)

I am a scientist and a nature lover. My academic path includes biology and conservation and I have a PhD in Biology and Ecology of Global Change. I was born in Brazil and moved to Portugal at 10 years old. I have traveled and worked in different countries, and moved to Canada in 2017. My professional path gave me the opportunity to travel, learn, teach internationally, and have contact with multicultural groups of people. I am very enthusiastic about diversity and inclusion and I joined the IWS team to support and empower immigrant women in science. I am currently a postdoctoral associate in the Aquatic Laboratory at the Biological Sciences Department of the University of Calgary, where I am studying the effects of multiple stressors in biological endpoints (macroinvertebrate and fish) at the Athabasca River Basin (ARB). In my free time, I love hiking, scuba diving, and photography. I am also a mother of a young toddler who is starting to discover the world.

Sneha Annie Sebastian - City Leader

I am a doctor and a passionate photographer. I did MBBS from India and have over 3 years of clinical experience in Family Medicine and Internal Medicine. I moved to Canada in 2019, currently working through the licensure process in Canada with a goal of residency training in Internal Medicine. In addition to my clinical practice, I am a health advocate and a patient advisor. I understand that navigating the system can be distressing, particularly for patients and their family members who may be experiencing difficult times in their lives. As a health advocate I have engaged with South Asian immigrants in Calgary to overcome the barriers to quality health care. I am also a member of HPV Global Action Canada, an organization that raises HPV vaccine awareness to promote vaccine uptake through comprehensive education programs. Being an immigrant doctor in Canada has been challenging. I believe networking and getting peer support and mentoring will be a great help in this journey. I joined Immigrant International Women in Science to support immigrant women with a STEM background. We need more women talents for better science, research, and innovation. Apart from health care and science, I love traveling and photography. ‘I love seeing the world through the lens of my camera’. I also enjoy volunteer work and community activities

Silvina Stietz - City Leader

I am a doctor and a passionate photographer. I did MBBS from India and have over 3 years of clinical experience in Family Medicine and Internal Medicine. I moved to Canada in 2019, currently working through the licensure process in Canada with a goal of residency training in Internal Medicine. In addition to my clinical practice, I am a health advocate and a patient advisor. I understand that navigating the system can be distressing, particularly for patients and their family members who may be experiencing difficult times in their lives. As a health advocate I have engaged with South Asian immigrants in Calgary to overcome the barriers to quality health care. I am also a member of HPV Global Action Canada, an organization that raises HPV vaccine awareness to promote vaccine uptake through comprehensive education programs. Being an immigrant doctor in Canada has been challenging. I believe networking and getting peer support and mentoring will be a great help in this journey. I joined Immigrant International Women in Science to support immigrant women with a STEM background. We need more women talents for better science, research, and innovation. Apart from health care and science, I love traveling and photography. ‘I love seeing the world through the lens of my camera’. I also enjoy volunteer work and community activities