Marisa Sterling is an accomplished engineer and an advocate for women and youth. In 2014 she was named one of the top 30 inspirational women engineers in Canada. In 2015 she received the Arbor Award from the University of Toronto for her volunteerism. In 2016 she received the Engineers Canada Meritorious Service Award for Community Service, and was named a Woman of Distinction by the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) Association. In 2017, Marisa was made a Fellow of Engineers Canada. In 2018, she received a Canada 150 Heritage Pin from her Member of Parliament for her service to improve her community.
Currently Marisa is the first Assistant Dean, Inclusivity and Diversity at York University’s Lassonde School of Engineering. She is leading the school’s commitment to the Lassonde 50:50 Challenge: a $1.5-million investment to become the first engineering school in Canada to reach gender parity.
She is also President and Chair at the Ontario Professional Engineers Foundation for Education where she led a 50% increase in annual scholarships and directly helps Ontario engineering students address the affordability imbalance of their education costs.
In February 2018, Marisa won an election to be the Vice President of Ontario’s engineering regulator, Professional Engineers Ontario. She received a significant mandate with 42.6 percent of the vote. Her one-year term will begin on April 21, 2018.
A graduate of chemical engineering and applied chemistry from the University of Toronto and a member of the Oxford Business Alumni Network, Marisa has previously worked in the pharmaceutical and consumer products industries as well as for the Ontario regulator, Professional Engineers Ontario.
Marisa’s community and board service started as an undergraduate student when she was elected to the University of Toronto’s Governing Council. Since then, she has served on the boards of the Canadian National Exhibition Association (CNE), the Anglican-United Refugee Alliance (AURA) to facilitate private sponsorship of refugees, a group of Toastmasters Clubs and a condominium corporation. Marisa has supported many charitable endeavours, including her local hospital’s Emergency and Child & Teen Programs and Habitat for Humanity.