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A big-picture visionary capable of driving incredible change, Irene dedicated much of her time to meaningful partnerships that helped companies bring their ideas to life.
Giving back generously to her community, Irene mentored countless engineers, colleagues, Canadian businesses and beyond; was a role model for hundreds including women in STEM, and a treasured advocate for adults with special needs.
The Canadian technology and advanced manufacturing sector lost one of its greatest champions this year. Her sudden loss on May 8, 2022 was felt far and wide and many have been searching for a meaningful way to pay tribute to her legacy.
Join us to celebrate Irene
Irene was a visionary, trailblazer and inspiration. Few people were as loved and respected as Irene in the Canadian advanced manufacturing landscape.
With that, it was decided by Irene's colleagues, friends and family to celebrate her through a tribute event to build on her life's work and the incredible contributions she made personally and professionally.
Held on November 23rd, 2022, we will gather to honour Irene's impact and legacy by helping many people reach their full potential. The event will benefit two of Irene's greatest passions:
Active Lives Canada
We will support their vision to build a first-of-its-kind, ground-breaking, one-stop therapeutic centre serving the unique requirements of adults with exceptionalities who have 'aged out' of the resources and funding they need to thrive.
The Irene Sterian Scholarship for Women in Engineering (in perpetuity, starting in 2023)
We are working together to establish a living legacy by creating an endowment fund that will inspire a new generation of aspiring women engineers to follow in Irene's footsteps - studying engineering at the University of Toronto, learning on the job via a paid internship in the advanced manufacturing sector and becoming the trailblazing roles models of tomorrow.
Auction & Exciting Door Prizes
For those of you joining us in person, you'll be eligible to win one of the following prizes!
1) *Pair of Toronto Maple Leaf Tickets (7th Row Platinum Section inside the blueline across form players bench with access from the Signature Lounge)
2) *Via Rail Vouchers valued at $750 each
*Must be at the event to be eligible to win door prizes
Dr. Milica Radisic
University of Toronto
Dr. Milica Radisic is a Professor at the University of Toronto, Canada Research Chair in Functional Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering and a Senior Scientist at the Toronto General Research Institute. She is also Director
of the NSERC CREATE Training Program in Organ-on-a-Chip Engineering & Entrepreneurship and Director of Ontario-Quebec Center for Organ-on-a-Cho Engineering. She obtained B.Eng. from McMaster University, and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada-Academy of Science, Canadian Academy of Engineering, the American Institute for Medical & Biological Engineering and Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine Society. She received
numerous awards and fellowships, including MIT Technology Review Top 35 Innovators under 35. She was a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013.
Active Lives Canada
A trailblazer in his field, Howard Dalal is synonymous with driving breakthroughs for children & adults with special needs. Early on, Howard had a vision and was committed to his passion for working with nonverbal clientele, and their families, learning, advancing his knowledge of technology and his expertise with augmentative communication skills. As a respected Behavioural Technologist, Howard has held several hats throughout his career, from the owner of Montessori School for Autism, special-needs, camp owner, and private consultant to many school boards across Ontario, to developing weekend respite programs for special needs clientele and their families. In 2019, Howard was appointed as Executive Director of the Active Lives Day Program. Within the last three years in the role, Howard changed the direction and the lives of the participants within the organization.
Chief Executive Officer
Mike has over 30 years’ experience working with dozens of the best-know tech firms, launching hundreds of products. He was one of the founding members of the management team at Celestica. He is passionate about clean technology and continues to be active in the Canadian manufacturing and technology industries in advisory roles.
Mike is a member of the Professional Engineers of Ontario. He holds a Bachelor of Engineering Science degree from the University of Western Ontario and a Master of Business Administration degree from York University.
VP, Operations, Aerospace & Defense, Celestica
Darryl is the VP of Operations for Aerospace and Defense, responsible for overall operational performance and growth of Celestica's customers in the Aerospace and Defense market segments. Darryl joined Celestica in 2001 and has held
a variety of leadership positions within the company. His experience and accomplishments span finance, operations quality, supply chain management and product transfers. Most recently he was the General Manager of Canadian Operations. Prior to that, Darryl held various roles of increasing responsibility in the Finance team,
including Segment Finance Director for the Energy, Semiconductor and Industrial
markets. He has an Honours Bachelor of Commerce degree from McMaster University with a minor in Economics. He has also completed a four-year CPA with CMA designation.
About the hybrid event
Can't join us in person but want to participate in this important fundraising tribute? This hybrid event is available both in person or join us for the virtual livestream in real-time - emceed by Canada's #1 fundraising auctioneer and "philanthrotainer", Layne, The Auctionista.
Attend the gala
Hosted by REMAP at the Clubhouse at the Royal Woodbine Golf Course, the gala event will include:
· Networking Cocktail Reception
· Delicious Gala dinner
· Real-time fundraising with Layne, The Auctionista
· Engaging and inspiring speakers & entertainers
· Post-event networking reception
· Door prizes and more surprises!
Time: Starting at 6:00 p.m.
Dress code: Business formal/cocktail attire
Cost: $250 per person or $2,300 for table of 10
Join the virtual event
Can’t attend in person but would love to participate in this important fundraising tribute? Join the event from the comfort of your home!
Our livestreamed event allows you to join us virtually to hear our inspiring speakers and participate in real-time fundraising led by Canada’s leading "philanthrotainer" – Layne, the Auctionista.
Time: Join the livestream at 7:30 p.m. (tbc)
Cost: $ Free
Access: Registration is required to join virtually
Special access code to join the live stream event on November 23, coming soon!
You can still make a big impact even if you are unable to join us on the evening of the tribute event!
Donate to Active Lives Canada and/or the Irene Sterian Scholarship for Women in Engineering and help us celebrate the unlimited potential of adults with exceptionalities and women in STEM.
Make your donation today! See below
Early birds receive special recognition as pace-setter donors on the night of the event!
Make a Donation to
Active Lives Canada
Make a Donation to create the Irene Sterian Women in Engineering Scholarship*
*100% of proceeds will be directed to the University of Toronto will support the creation of a scholarship in Irene's name. Tax receipts are not available for this donation.
Sponsor this event
There are a number of meaningful sponsorship opportunities available that will help to offset the costs of the event to maximize the evening's fundraising efforts. Pay tribute to Irene's legacy by supporting the two causes closest to her heart. By sponsoring this event you will:
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for information about sponsorship opportunities.