International Women’s Day 2024

Today is International Women’s Day, a global celebration of the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women.

In celebration, Babcock would like to recognize some of the women on our team who play a role as advocates within Canada’s defence industry.

Joanne Skinner, Director of Supply Chain and Integrated Logistics Support
As Director of Supply Chain and Integrated Logistics Support, Joanne works with a dedicated team of professionals to deliver critical supply chain services, collaborate with key internal and external stakeholders, and support assets of national and provincial importance.

Joanne has worn many hats during her career which has encompassed the Royal Australian Navy, along with public and private sector roles in Australia, Canada, and the United Arab Emirates. An advocate for greater inclusion of women, Joanne has advanced women’s representation in Program and Project Management roles, led the development and implementation of national employment and education programs supporting women, and worked with community led groups aiding disadvantaged women.

An advocate and an ally, Joanne has significantly impacted the lives of many women around the world in and outside of the defence industry.

Michelle Armstrong, Sustainment Projects Team Senior Manager
As Sustainment Projects Team Senior Manager, Michelle is responsible for the establishment of the Project Management Centre of Excellence across Babcock Canada’s marine sector. Michelle works alongside a dedicated team of professionals, to ensure Babcock has the right people, processes, and tools in place to successfully deliver our business requirements.

Michelle’s dedication to empowering women within her field has made her a strong advocate for women in the defence industry.

At Babcock, Michelle has led a significant positive and tangible change in the way we execute our work on the Victoria In-Service Support Contract and in the establishment of our Canadian Project Management Centre of Excellence which has resulted in more effective practices for the delivery of sustainment projects among others. Her work plays a pivotal role in the successes of the Canadian Submarine Enterprise.

Michelle is an inspiring leader at Babcock and strives to encourage women, ensure their voices and ideas are heard, and that their knowledge and experience is effectively leveraged.

Babcock’s Commitment
At Babcock, we are committed to creating an agile, people-centered business where everyone is included, supported, and empowered to unlock their full potential. We see inclusion as a critical business enabler and the key to creating the right foundations to attract and retain the best and diverse talent.

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