Natalie is an Aerospace Engineer and Explorer. Extraordinary experiences have shaped her dreams of becoming an astronaut; whether learning to fly, driving a solar-powered car across North America, or building space robotics. Natalie was recently named one of Canada’s Top 100 Most Powerful Women by the Women’s Executive Network, a Forbes 30 under 30 2015, and “a vocal advocate for women in technology” by The Financial Post. Dare to achieve the impossible!
Almost 20 years ago Roberta Bondar autographed one of her books for me (signed “Reach for the stars Natalie, and I’ll see you there”). After 20+ years chasing a dream of becoming an astronaut (no, I am not one yet!), I am part of a museum exhibit alongside her, as well as Canadian Physician Shawna Pandya. Just unbelievable! If you are in Toronto, you MUST check out the Women In Space exhibit… Read More
Super stoked and over the moon that the small film “Space to Explore” that I had the opportunity to collaborate on has been selected to show at the Banff Mountain Film Festival. We are officially a 2018 Banff Mountain Film Competition Finalist! The festival runs from Oct 27 to Nov 4, 2018 in beautiful Banff, Alberta. 75+ insanely inspirational films will be showing, in addition to exhibits, workshops and free events. Not only… Read More
I recently had the opportunity to participate in the Arc’teryx Climbing Academy in Squamish, B.C. The motivation: how can we empower more women to participate in outdoor sports? Our conversations centered around celebrating our humanity rather than celebrity, and creating safe and welcoming spaces for people and underrepresented groups to participate in the outdoors. There are barriers to entry in outdoor pursuits, but also barriers along the pipeline. It is not enough… Read More