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2023 Panel Discussion - Women in Manufacturing

Meet our local women leaders - who have trailblazed in a male dominant industry. Join our moderator who help guide our leaders through a discussion of workplace successes, industry challenges, and best practices that make them the leaders they are today.

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Meet the Panelists

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Carol Jiang, Founder/CEO, Beneco Packaging

Ms. YAJUN(Carol) JIANG, is the founder of two printing packaging companies –
Beneco Packaging and – which provide customers with the most
reliable and trustworthy packaging solutions in North America.
With over 20 years experience in the printing and packaging industry, the
companies that Ms. Jiang leads continuously ranking at Profit 500 as Canada’s
fastest growing companies for 8 Years, Meanwhile Ms. Jiang has been nominated as 100 Canada’s Top Female Entrepreneurs by the Canada Fortune Magazine for consecutive years.

The journey for Ms. Jiang’s ever-accelerated development in the printing and packaging industry is still ongoing. In spring of 2022, Ms. Jiang expands another branch facility 250,000 ft2 at Cobourg ON, Canada. She believes in continuous learning and reflection; Constant practicing and innovation. For her, each challenge is a new opportunity to breakthrough.

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Christa Ingalls, Operations Manager, Cameco Fuel Manufacturing

As the Operations Manager of the Cameco Fuel Manufacturing’s Port Hope facility, I oversee approximately 120 people within the production, janitorial, waste treatment, logistics, material inventory, quality, engineering, maintenance, and process groups.   In this role, objective setting, production requirements, capital and operational budgets are completed as well as providing the leadership and direction towards the overall culture at the facility.

Joined Cameco in 2005 as a UF6 Project Engineer and held subsequent positions including, UO2 Production Superintendent, UF6 Production Superintendent, Project Manager Conversion Projects, Quality Program Manager in the corporate SHEQ department and most recently, the role as Operations Manager at Cameco Fuel Manufacturing’s Port Hope location. Learn more HERE

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Diane Northey, Business Development Coordinator & Quality Manager, Belair Mechatronics Inc.

Diane Northey is a highly skilled and experienced professional with a diverse background in business development, engineering, and design. With over 26 years of experience in manufacturing field, Diane has proven herself to be a valuable asset, to any organization she works for.

She began her career at Fishercast Global, where she spent 15 years gaining extensive hands-on experience, in the injection metal process. She was cross trained in various roles, including quality inspection, calibration, and machine operation. Diane was responsible for the entire production process, from raw materials to end product. She also gained proficiency in software programs such as ProE, AutoCAD, and Microsoft Office.

Currently, she serves as the Business Development Coordinator and Quality Manager at Belair Mechatronics Inc., where she has successfully implemented and is maintaining an ISO9001 quality management system and ISO14001 Environmental management system. in accordance with the ISO standards. She is responsible for coordinating the people, as well as working with government and other contributors to develop research and development grant proposals.
Learn more HERE

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Angela Herron, Plant Manager, Arclin Surfaces

Angela graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from Trent University in 2004. She began her career in manufacturing at Coveright Surfaces in 2002, working as a summer student in the laboratory department, while she attended university. She continued to work there part time, while attending university full time, until her graduation in 2004, when she then accepted a permanent position as a Quality Technologist. During her 14 years in the lab, she continued to develop her analytical skills, as well as leadership skills. She interacted with suppliers and customers, regarding quality issues and product improvements. She made improvements to the trial and non-conformance processes, as well as quality process procedures in the lab and in production.


In 2012, Coveright was purchased by Arclin, and in 2014, Angela had taken on a Quality Manager role, leading a small team of lab technicians. In 2016, she was promoted to the role of Operations Manager for the site and within a year had become the Plant Manager of the Cobourg site. As Plant Manager of Arclin - Cobourg, she manages a team of 80 employees that support a 24/7 operation. She continues to drive improvements at the site in all areas (safety, quality, scrap, downtime and costs). During her time as the Plant Manager, she has implemented many improvements that are considered best practices and have been incorporated into other Arclin facilities.

Moderator, Victoria Pichler, StrikeUp Women's Conference

Victoria Pichler is the Marketing Communications Lead for NCFDC. She is a supportive growth leader in the women entrepreneurship ecosystem and continues to play a significant role in the development and execution of NCFDC's national brands, including StrikeUP, Canada’s leading digital conference for women entrepreneurs, and DELIA, a microloan fund for women-owned businesses. Discover more about StrikeUP by visiting For more information on DELIA and to apply for the fund today, please visit 

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