Brenda has worked in academic, industrial, community and government settings over the past two decades. She holds a Diploma in Electronics Engineering Technology and a Masters in Women’s Studies (Memorial University). She has received numerous awards including the Memorial University Medal of Excellence for Research and the Women in Trades and Technology National Network Award of Merit. She is a past recipient of a 3-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Canada Graduate Scholarship (PhD, Dalhousie) where she studied workforce change and labour migration. Brenda is a strong advocate for women working in all occupational areas and is author of the book Women Fishes These Days about women working on fishing boats in Newfoundland and Labrador. In her spare time, she can be found in her studio just outside St. John’s or at her cabin beside the ocean dreaming up new projects.