Larissa Vingilis-Jaremko, Founder & President
In 1992, at age nine, Larissa Vingilis-Jaremko founded the Canadian Association for Girls in Science. Larissa remains president of CAGIS and has become a strong voice and recognized expert internationally. She is often consulted by various levels of government, speaks to the media regularly on issues relating to gender equity in STEM, and serves as an adviser and consultant on numerous selection and review committees.
Larissa has created awareness of the barriers that still exist in STEM, and through her efforts has become renowned for her work. She has received a variety of honours including Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women, Toronto Young Woman of Distinction, London Young Woman of Excellence, Youth in Motion Top 20 Under 20, Chatelaine’s 80 Amazing Canadian Women to Watch, and more. In addition to her work with CAGIS, Larissa serves as chair of the board of directors of the Canadian Coalition of Women in Engineering, Science, Trades, and Technology (CCWESTT). Larissa is trained as a vision scientist and received her PhD from McMaster University in 2013.