February 2015

DAWEG & APEGBC Sea-to-Sky Branch Panel Discussion: Women in Engineering & Geoscience

Status: Advanced registration is now closed. For more information and space availability, please contact [email protected] Thank you!
Date: Thursday, February 26, 2015

6:30 pm – Registration & Networking
7:00 pm – Panel Discussion
8:30 pm – Networking
9:00 pm – Closing

*Hot and cold hors d'oeuvres will be provided. Cash bar is also available. 

Location: Royal Canadian Legion 118; 123 West 15th Street North Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Barbara Caelles, P.Geo.
Charlotte Olson, P.Geo., PMP
John F Watson, P.Eng., FEC, C. Arb
Kerris Hougardy
Marg Latham, P.Eng.
Credit: 1.5 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Members (P.Eng’s & P.Geo’s) - $20 for online registrations
EIT’s and GIT’s - $15            
Guests - $15
Student Members of APEGBC - $10
$25 for late registrations at the door (cash only)

*If you are not yet registered with APEGBC’s online registration system, you can simply create a new account at the Log In Page.

In an effort to support the continuing growth and advancement of women in the profession, the APEGBC Sea-to-Sky Branch is collaborating with the Division for the Advancement of Women in Engineering & Geoscience (DAWEG) in organizing a seminar to give an insight on how women can proactively build their confidence, and what they could do to successfully integrate and advance in the fields of engineering and geoscience. 

This event will consist of a panel discussion with a wide range of guest panelists, including male and female professionals in management positions, and recruitment, in both engineering and geoscience in an effort to offer a range of perspectives in the discussion. The discussions will include and are not limited to:

  • How could women overcome obstacles which are making it difficult for them to enter or stay in engineering and geoscience?
  • How can women best showcase their capabilities and reach for more when dealing with difficult employers?
  • What can organizations and employers do to support their female colleagues in career advancement?
  • How can we empower women and help nourish their confidence to enter the engineering and geoscience profession?

Everyone is welcome to attend this event.

*A subsidy towards cost of childcare and/or arrangements for childcare (if reasonable to do so) during this event is available. Please contact [email protected] at least one (1) week prior to the event to make arrangements. The maximum amount to be paid for childcare is limited to the amount equivalent to the minimum wage, for the duration of the event inclusive of travel time for each family or group claiming an expense paid to a single caregiver.


Barbara Caelles, P. Geo.

Barbara Caelles graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Geology, from the University of British Columbia and has worked in the Mining Industry for over 40 years. Barbara is a founding member of the Vancouver Women in Mining, on the executive of the Greater Vancouver Mining Women’s Association, and is currently part of the AME BC Labour Shortage Task-force, Diversity-Women Sub-Committee. In 2010 Barbara received the Minerva Foundation, Women in Natural Resources Award for Philanthropy and Volunteerism.

Charlotte Olson, P. Geo., PMP
Port Metro Vancouver, Environmental Project Management Specialist

Charlotte Olson provides project management support to Port Metro Vancouver, Canada’s largest and most dynamic gateway for domestic and international trade and tourism. Charlotte has over 10 years of environmental and project management experience with previous roles as Manager, Environment at Seaspan ULC, and project Geoscientist at SNC Lavalin Environment. She holds a Masters Certificate in Project Management from York University’s Schulich School of Business, as well as a Bachelor of Science in Earth Sciences from Simon Fraser University.

John F Watson, P. Eng., FEC, C. Arb

John Watson’s career has been primarily in the management of large projects, including the $500 Million Key Lade Uranium Mine in Northern Saskatchewan, as well as numerous other projects in BC, Peru and other parts of North America. He graduated from UBC in Civil Engineering in 1963, and from the Simon Fraser University Executive MBA program in 1971.  A founding member of the board of Directors of YVR, John served as a Director from 1990 until 2011, chairing the board’s committee that oversaw the building of the new International Terminal Building, the new North runway, and the modernization of the older airport facilities. 

Kerris Hougardy
Recruiting Expert in Resources & Mining, Manager – North America  

 Kerris leads the Hays Resources & Mining recruitment team for North America working across the full project life-cycle of mining and forestry operations. In addition, Kerris is the National Practice lead for Hays Executive’s Resources & Mining division. She has gained over 14 years international recruitment experience at mid to senior management level across a number of industry sectors. Kerris is involved with the Women in Mining Vancouver branch, the BC Mining HR Taskforce: Diversity Program, BCIT’s Program Advisory Committee for Mining and was Session Chair for CIM2014.

Marg Latham, P. Eng.
Aqua Libra Consulting Ltd, President

Marg Latham, P.Eng., CMC is President of Aqua Libra Consulting Ltd. Marg provides management consulting services to engineering clients, including acting as consultant to APEGBC for the APEGBC OQM Program. Marg was a vice president with consulting engineering firms, UMA and later AECOM Canada Ltd. from 2000 to 2009. Over the first 20 years of her career she managed construction projects in Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver. Marg currently sits on the board of the Canadian Centre for Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology (WinSETT Centre) and actively volunteers her time to encourage and support women in engineering.  


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