Christina Visser is the 2015 recipient of the YWCA Sudbury Woman of Distinction for Science, Engineering & Trades. A talented and entrepreneurial systems design engineer, Christina is highly respected in her field and has worked to open doors for women in science, technology, engineering and math careers. Originally from Stratford, ON Christina relocated to Northern Ontario in 1995 to embark on a career in mining engineering at INCO. In 2005, she joined Ionic Engineering as the manager of their consulting team. Her success led to a spin-off engineering consulting business, Black Rock Engineering, of which Christina is a part owner.
Christina has been dedicated to inspiring and mentoring women, girls and youth to pursue careers in traditionally male-dominated fields. Christina is the founding President of the Sudbury chapter of WISE, of which her involvement has spanned over 15 years. Since 2012, Christina has also volunteered her time as a team leader and coach for a team of robotics enthusiasts aged 9 to 14 in their participation in the FIRST Lego League, a robotics competition.
The Women of Distinction Awards Gala celebrates women who have influenced women and girls as a role model, mentor, through their direct accomplishments in many different fields. It also recognizes the significant contributions of a group of women who have been a source of inspiration and motivation in their contribution to the advancement of women. On Friday, May 1, 2015 WISE Sudbury was present to honour Christina at the YWCA Women of Distinction Award Gala. Proceeds from the gala support the Annual Power of Being a Girl Conference held locally by YWCA Sudbury.