Engineers and Geoscientists BC Women in Engineering & Geoscience Division
Engineers and Geoscientists BC Women in Engineering is a community that encourages and promotes women at all levels in engineering and geoscience. Its mission is to build a strong and supportive community to connect, attract, promote, retain, and advocate for women in engineering and geoscience.
Engineers and Geoscientists BC Women in Engineering puts on events aimed towards women engineers. They also organize a monthly book club. Books are selected based on participant interest and relevance to women in engineering and geoscience. Sessions are hosted via video conference to allow members across the province to participate.
Champion Perspective • Networking for Advancing Career • Networking for Social Reasons • Professional Development
Project Manager & Partner, BBA Engineering
Katie started volunteering as a member of Engineers and Geoscientists BC in a mentorship role and wanted to have a bigger impact on the community so she joined the Executive Team of the Women in Engineering and Geoscience Division (WIEG), a community that encourages and promotes women at all levels in engineering and geoscience.
Through WIEG experiences, Katie shared that she has gained many skills in the areas of board governance, communication, and leadership. She feels volunteering has given her an opportunity to speak up and voice her opinion to make impact in her community. If you want to learn more you can get in touch with her on LinkedIN.
Vice President & Resources Business Group Director at HDR
Michelle started volunteering as a mentor with a program called Women in Leadership Foundation (WIL) and participating in Engineers and Geoscientists BC’s Women in Engineering and GeoScience Division. She became more focused on promoting woman in engineering by volunteering as a presenter/panelist to many groups, including schools, STEM programs, Science World, and universities, as well as attending UBC Alumni events. Her experiences gave her insight on how to speak with young women about careers in the engineering field, for example, she noted that women tend to prefer collaboration instead of competition and elitism.
Michelle has worked in male dominated sectors for several companies and has participated in formal equity programs in addition to informally advocating for equality in the workplace. In her workplace, she actively supports diversity and inclusion initiatives, including mentorship and sponsoring regional D&I groups. The highlight of Michelle’s career was recently she was approached by three women from the engineering sector, with no program affiliation, who asked her to be their mentor.
The one piece of advice Michelle emphasized was no matter how much time you have, it is important to give back to women in the sector; get out and volunteer – the rewards are enormous.