April 2017

Women in Engineering and Geoscience Panel Discussion

Organized by the APEGBC Vancouver Branch

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Guest/Non-member registration: If you are not a member of APEGBC, you can register online by quickly creating a 'non-member' account. Find directions on creating a 'non-member' account below the Speaker information in the full description of the event.
Status: Advanced registration is now closed or the event is full. For space availability, please contact [email protected] with subject line, "WIEG Event". Thank you.
Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Location: Vancouver Public Library, 350 W. Georgia Street, (Alma and Peter Room Combined) Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Various panelists will be present. Please read the full description below for details.
Credit: 1.5 Informal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Members: $15 + GST = $15.75 for all members and members-in-training who register online.

Student Members: $10 + GST = $10.50

Drop-in: $20.00 + GST for late registrations at the door (space permitting).

A selection of warm and cold refreshments will be served.
Contact: Please contact [email protected].
Note: Dress code: Business casual.
A considerable amount of literature on women leaving engineering and geosciences highlights the difficulty of balancing long work hours and family and the associated lack of mentoring and networks, as well as the risk-taking environment. For any individual, the decision to persist or change careers, jobs, or organizations is often precipitated by a variety of factors that influence the trajectory of the choice process. It is therefore critical to understand the diversity of factors that may lead some women to persist in engineering and geosciences while others to leave it.

Please read full description below for more details.

Questions that will be explored during the discussion will include:

  • Why do women contemplate leaving engineering and geoscience more than men?
  • How do we empower women and promote advancement of women professionals in their careers?

Our educational system and organizations that employ women professionals have a vital role in better preparing and creating work environments that both attract and retain women professionals.

Diversity with inclusion can provide a potent mix of talent retention and engagement. As the discipline continues to lose female talent, more must be done to keep these women professionals engaged. 

To support women to grow and advance in the field of engineering and geoscience APEGBC Vancouver Branch is organizing a panel discussion where we will be joined by our Event Moderator, Kathy Lokhorst (Camosun College), and Expert Panelists, Marg Latham (Aqua Libra Consulting Ltd.), Siobhan Robinson (Kerr Wood Leidal), and Lindsay Steele (APEGBC).


6:00 PM: Registration and networking
6:30 PM: Welcome and introductions
6:50 PM: Panel discussion
8:30 PM: Networking
9:00 PM: Closing


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

Marg Latham is a professional engineer and certified management consultant with a passion for leading people and change. She is President of Aqua Libra consulting Ltd., a management consulting firm. As a consultant for APEGBC since 2011, she has provided services to develop, implement and support the OQM program. From 2000 to 2009, Marg was Vice President with consulting engineering firms, UMA and AECOM, where she implemented management systems to improve frontline delivery to clients. Marg graduated in civil engineering from Queen’s University. She is currently Vice Chair on the board of the Canadian Centre of Women in Science, Engineering, Trades and Technology (WinSETT Centre) and actively volunteers her time to encourage and increase the number of women in SETT careers.

Siobhan Robinson, P.Eng.
Project Engineer, Kerr Wood Leidal

Siobhan Robinson is a registered professional engineer in the province of British Columbia. She works for Kerr Wood Leidal Associates, a consulting engineering company that provides leading water engineering services to the municipal infrastructure and resource development fields. Siobhan is passionate about empowering youth to pursue a career in engineering. She is also focused on providing opportunities for young professionals to grow in their careers. As the Vice-Chair of the BC Water and Waste Association (BCWWA) Young Professionals Committee, Siobhan works to facilitate professional development by organizing career development and networking events across the province. Siobhan was named a Women’s Executive Network (WXN) 2015 Canada’s Most Powerful Women: Top 100 Award Winner in the TELUS Future Leaders category.

Lindsay Steele, P.Geo.
Associate Director, APEGBC

Lindsay Steele is a professional geoscientist with nine years of experience in the mineral exploration and mining industry. In 2015, Lindsay joined APEGBC as a Practice Advisor in the Professional Practice, Standards, and Development Department. Since joining the association, she has achieved certification as an ISO 9001: Lead Auditor, which has enabled her to take on a primary role in audits and training carried out under APEGBC’s Organizational Quality Management (OQM) Program. In her new role, she manages development of APEGBC’s professional practice and quality management guidelines, practice advice services, and OQM Program, as well as oversees APEGBC’s professional practice committees and working groups.


Katherina V. Tarnai-Lokhorst, P.Eng., FEC
Instructor, Camosun College

Kathy is a Mechanical Engineering Instructor at Camosun College. She received her BASc from the University of British Columbia in 1987 in mechanical engineering, specializing in aerodynamics, and her MBA from the University of Phoenix in 2007. Kathy is pursuing her Doctor of Social Science at Royal Roads University, researching educational philosophies and practices prevalent in high school and introductory university physics courses; her focus is to increase gender diversity in engineering education and the engineering profession. Kathy is an elected Councillor for APEGBC (the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia) and has served on several academic and corporate governance committees.

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