Elizabeth Pietrantonio has held senior roles in global corporations in operations, manufacturing, customer service and executive relations. Her career, however, began in education – as a professor of Civil Engineering at Sheridan College – and then returned to education – as a professor of Business at Mohawk College and, in the last four years, as the Associate Dean of Electrical and Computer Engineering Technology.
With a passion for lifelong learning, Elizabeth, a Civil Engineering graduate from the University of Waterloo (1981), holds two Masters: an EMBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business (2005) and an Masters of Theological Studies from the University of Toronto (2014). She is also a graduate of the Rotman School of Business Corporate Director Accreditation program.
Elizabeth has served as a member on several boards including Halton Wellspring, Canadian Mental Health Association – Halton, Accreditation Board of OACETT, Women in Science and Engineering and she chaired College Council at Sheridan College. She was a member of a number of Program Advisory Councils and was a Governor on the Mohawk College Board of Governors.
Elizabeth believes in the power of engagement and motivation, and as such, encourages extracurricular activites. She has initiated clubs for Women in Engineering, Game Development and participated in many others. As a member of the Ontario Society of Professional Engineers' Diversity and Inclusion Committee, she received the President's Award. Her STEM books, The Stella Hudson High Series, were written to encourage young girls into the field of engineering and science.
An active member in her parish community, Elizabeth runs a workshop titled Called to Be Saints and she is the lead on Evangelization and Discipleship. Combining her love for writing with her passion for evangelization, Elizabeth has written Beauty and Reflections for Your Catholic Journey. She hopes that this book will inspire those who are newly engaged with their Christian faith. Her fourth book, The Gate Through the Old Elm Tree, will be published in early 2021 and is a middle grade fantasy book based on the Book of Esther.
Elizabeth enjoys family time, travel and needlework. She attributes her joy of storytelling to her young grandchildren. She is an enthusiastic and engaging speaker who is most passionate about learning, motivating and encouraging.