Cafe X

Café X will bring together faculty, staff, students and the broader community, to cultivate and develop “blue sky” thinking about topical issues and leading edge ideas. Invited speakers will share experiences in exciting innovative areas that will spark discussion, provoke debate and elicit thoughtful ideas.

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Lisa Brown

Lisa Brown
(B.Eng.Mgmt. ’03, MBA’10)
Service Manager, Power Systems at Toromont CAT

Inspiring the Next Generation of Female Engineers: Lessons Learned

Monday, February 13, 2017
3:30 - 4:30 pm

McMaster University
Engineering Technology Building, Room 535

Free admission, however seating is limited. Registration required.

Café X will be open for business for one hour, starting with a presentation, followed by questions and answers. Refreshments will be available at the start and conclusion of the event.



It is time to change the perception of the Engineering industry for women. Often women are intimidated by the male-dominated industry and do not pursue education and employment in the field because of it. Lisa Brown is a passionate advocate for Women in Engineering and will share her career experiences and how she has overcome barriers in the workforce.

About Lisa:

Lisa Brown has dedicated her career to the construction and power generation industry, working in sales, management and servicing of standby and prime power generation projects for Toromont CAT, one of the world’s largest Caterpillar dealerships by both revenue and geographic territory. Lisa’s project exposure ranges from system supply to multi-million-dollar, design-build solutions in sectors such as mining, municipal infrastructure, commercial manufacturing and nuclear power.

Graduating from McMaster University with both a Bachelor of Engineering & Management and an MBA, and honoured in 2015 as a recipient of McMaster’s Arch Award (which recognizes personal and professional success and contributions to society), Lisa has successfully progressed through increasingly challenging roles in an industry traditionally underrepresented by women.

Lisa is an active volunteer in the community, donating her time as a board director and fundraising participant for various not-for-profit organizations. She sits on the boards for the Canadian Association of Women in Construction (CAWIC) and the Joseph Brant Hospital Auxiliary. She was a participant in the 2014 Habitat for Humanity GTA Women Build, and has dedicated six years to the United Way of York Region’s annual Dragon Boat Festival. Beyond this, Lisa enjoys mentoring aspiring youth and is a regular participant in McMaster Engineering’s Mentor Connection Night and the Halton Industry Education Council (HIEC)’s annual Women as Career Coaches event.

Lisa is an active figure in social media, as a member and guest blogger for the Women’s Executive Network (WXN), best known for the Canada’s Most Powerful Women Top 100. Lisa is a wonderful example of a woman in leadership who seeks to encourage and facilitate the success of women in her field.

For event information, please contact Terry Milson,, 905-525-9140, ext. 27391.