Marissa graduated from Lakehead University with a Bachelor of Science (Honors) degree in Chemistry. She gained experience working in an Inorganics Laboratory at Lakehead University as a Research Assistant under the direction of Dr. Craig MacKinnon prior to entering the private sector. She has over 16 years of experience in the Analytical Laboratory, Oil and Gas and Environmental Consulting industries across Canada which includes 5 years of experience in the environmental consulting field in Western Canada with a major focus in Upstream Oil and Gas activities from drilling and completions through to reclamation/remediation. In her current role as CEO of AGAT Laboratories, Marissa is focused on developing and leading the strategy and execution of continued growth plans across North America together with her executive and senior leadership teams.
Her knowledge and experience within the business sector led her to being selected by Minister of Labour and Immigration in Alberta to represent 1 of 3 panelists to celebrate International Women’s Day and showcase women in leadership positions. This panel was moderated by Alberta Honourable Minister of Culture, Status of Women Leela Aheer, and included Olympic Gold Medalist Catriona Le May Doan, and leading entrepreneur Geeeta Sankappanavar. She also served as a Keynote Speaker at University of Alberta Women in Business Gala –presenting on the theme “Together towards Tomorrow”, and was recently highlighted by Alberta MLA Jeremy Nixon in his Women in Leadership series.