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A paramedic, a carpenter, and an entrepreneur walk into an expo…Posted on November 22, 2019

Build a Dream London (November 26, 2019) promises to inspire the crowd with trailblazers from a variety of backgrounds. Regardless of the career path that young women will follow, the panel always offer advice that often can be applied to any field.

MODERATOR: Jennifer Khan, Director, Talent Management, EllisDon
Jennifer is a passionate supporter of Build A Dream. She was once in your shoes, trying to figure out what she wanted to be when she “grew up”. Parents and students have a unique opportunity for Jennifer to help educate you on career opportunities that you may have never even considered.

Cassandra Nordell, CEO & Founder, William Standen Co.
Cassandra is the innovative and strategic leader who built William Standen Co, the only company in Southwestern Ontario to combine a design studio, construction firm and home goods retailer. A Top 100 Female Entrepreneur, Cassandra has been recognized by PROFIT Magazine for leading Canada’s fourth fastest growing construction and consumer services company and one of the country’s top new growth companies.

Miranda Bothwell, Paramedic, Middlesex-London Paramedic Service
A native of Kitchener, Miranda graduated from the Paramedic program at Fanshawe College in 2005 and has been working as a paramedic in London ever since. In 2014, Miranda started in her current role, focusing on community engagement. Miranda enjoys being active outside and is always planning the next family adventure with her husband and 2 daughters.

Glendalynn Dixon, Author, Professor and Consultant
Driven by curiosity, bestselling author, professor and consultant Glendalynn Dixon asks questions most people are afraid to. She shares her leadership and diversity strategies as a columnist, freelance writer and dynamic speaker. With nearly two decades of experience, Glendalynn has promoted change as a recognized leader and diversity champion within the technology community.

Madison Crossett, Carpentry Student, Conestoga College
Madison Crossett is a first year student studying carpentry at Conestoga College. After discovering the skilled trades in high school, she explored technology courses, completed Specialist High Skills Majors (SHSM), attended skilled trades conferences, and even completed a dual credit at Fanshawe College. Her goal is to become a General Carpenter and to achieve all levels of her apprenticeship.

Rayona Thompson, Fitter and Welder, Tigercat
Rayona was introduced to welding in grade 12 at H.B Beal Secondary School. She completed her Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program (OYAP) for Level One Welding during her 5th year at Beal. After successfully completing OYAP at Lambton College, Rayona was hired more than a year ago at Tigercat, where as a full-time fitter and welder she currently builds forestry machines.