Welcome to Connected Intelligence - a podcast about all the things we bring to work that aren’t actually about the work.
Join me in conversation about the building blocks that bring complex ideas to life - not the code, calculations, or research - but the bonds between teammates, connection to your purpose, and the character that you build along the way.
Your host for Connected Intelligence, Sonia Sennik
Connected Intelligence with Sonia Sennik
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Sonia Sennik Resilience Fund
Faculty of Engineering
Largest multi-donor endowment in McMaster Engineering history
Established in 2020 by Sonia Sennik, MBA, B.Eng., Eng. Physics (Class of ‘08) who understands there are numerous obstacles and off-ramps that can deter students of any identity from making it through their Engineering studies and starting their careers.
The scholarship recognizes a student who has shown grit and strength of character in their life - whether it is at school, at home, on the athletic field, or in their creative pursuits. The fund acknowledges what they have already achieved and invests in their future success.
About Sonia Sennik
Sonia is the Executive Director of Creative Destruction Lab (CDL), a seed-stage program for massively scalable, science-based companies. Sonia is responsible for the CDL’s strategic, operational and programmatic leadership, coordination and oversight to ensure the success of the Lab and its ventures across thirteen university-based locations. Sonia is also the Executive Director of the CDL Rapid Screening Consortium, a not-for-profit organization focused on developing a cost-effective system for reopening the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Having spent a decade managing large-scale capital projects at Hatch Ltd., a leading global engineering firm, Sonia is well-established in guiding interdisciplinary teams of professionals working on multiple, complex projects. In 2020, they founded the Sonia Sennik Resilience Fund at McMaster University to award an annual $8,000 entrance scholarship for an engineering student who has shown grit and strength of character in their life; the largest multi-donor endowment in McMaster Engineering history. Most recently, Sonia was named as Canada’s Top 40 Under 40, selected from hundreds of nominees by a respected and independent advisory board on four key criteria: Vision & Innovation, Leadership, Impact & Influence, and Social Responsibility.
Sonia is a current board member for Futurpreneur Canada – a 25 year old organization that provides early-stage financing, mentorship and resources to support aspiring Canadian entrepreneurs age 18-39 launch successful businesses that contribute to sustainable economic development in their communities across Canada. She previously served as vice-chair of the board of directors for ParticipACTION – a 50 year old organization dedicated to helping Canadians sit less and move more. Sonia was the head coach of Rugby Ontario Senior Women’s Team from 2016 to 2018, winning bronze, silver and gold at the Canadian Rugby Championships. Sonia is a proud graduate of the MBA program at Rotman School of Management and was the first-ever recipient of the Social Impact Award. Sonia received the Rotman Emerging Leader Award to recognize their influential leadership talent to motivate, mentor and inspire others to reach their potential. They also hold a B.Eng degree from McMaster University.